Ministry of Finance clarifies reductions in housing and job specific allowances

JUBA, 25 October 2012 - This is to inform the public in general and the civil servants in particular all over the Republic of South Sudan that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has not directed any cut in the basic salaries of government employees whether at the State or National level. Any State authority that cuts the salaries/wages of its workers is not implementing the policy of the National Government. It has nothing to do with the austerity measures undertaken by the National Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Of course States have competence to determine their salary and staffing levels.

 

The following are some facts about State and National Government employee salaries during the current period of austerity:

 

  • The National Government policy is to reduce housing allowances by 50%. At the State civil servants do not receive housing allowances; hence even if a State opts to follow National Government policy there could not be any reduction since there is no housing allowance to deduct.
  • Conditional salary transfers to the States were not reduced except for the elimination of job specific allowances.
  • Block grants to States were reduced by 25%. This was significantly less than the reduction in the National Government budget of 35%.
  • States are free to use their block grants in the way they want.

 

Click here for the complete press statement from the Ministry.

 

Reported by Abraham Diing Akoi
 


South Sudan launches primary school text books

JUBA, 25 October 2012 - Primary school education in South Sudan has received a boost with the launch of the country’s first ever text books and supplementary readers on Monday October 22, 2012. A total of 9.3 million primary school text books estimated at 16 million US Dollars have been produced with the support from the British government through its development agency DFID.


Lynne Featherstone UK’s parliamentary Undersecretary of State department for international development speaking at the launch at Home and Away Business centre on Monday, said the 9.3 million copies will be distributed to schools and alternative education centers across the country.


Ms Featherstone underscored the role of education in development especially in a post conflict country like South Sudan. “The children of South Sudan are the picture of South Sudan; we are proud to be contributing towards an educated and informed nation of South Sudan by 2040”, she added.


She said the books will be able to facilitate the studies of about 2 million pupils across South Sudan. She reiterated the commitment of the government of United Kingdom working in partnership with the government of South Sudan. She recalled that the UK alongside other development partners is working with the government of South Sudan in a number of projects such as in agriculture, health, education, roads and humanitarian assistance among others.


While advocating for the child girl education, Ms Featherstone urged the government of South Sudan to ensure that the girl child has full access to education if they are to be part and parcel of the development process of the country.


“We all know one of the biggest challenges in South Sudan is the education of the girl child. Three out five girls do not get primary education, seven out of ten are not getting to secondary school”, she noted. She said girls should be encouraged to finish their education so that they can contribute to the national development of South Sudan.


On the cooperation agreement signed between the governments of South Sudan and Sudan on September 27 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Ms Featherstone congratulated the President the Republic for showing strong leadership and commitment to the development of African’s youngest nation South Sudan. She pledged the support of UK government in ensuring the full implementation of the agreements and also ensuring other issues such as Abyei are resolved.

 


Ms Featherstone (r) and Aggrey Tissa showing samples of the primary text books.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Furthermore she said the resumption of oil production will create new opportunities for South Sudan and urged the government to ensure transparency and accountability in the oil proceedings so as to channel the resources to diversify the country’s economy.


Hon Joseph Ukel Abango, the minister of General Education and Instruction, thanked the government of UK for their generous support saying the launch of the text books was good news to the education system in the young country.


“For the last seven years or more, South Sudan did not have its own text books. We were using text books from our neighboring countries which were also in short supply”, he observed. He said with the launch, the ratio of books to pupils will be one to one as opposed to the previous years were up to six pupils were sharing one text book.


Hon Ukel also lauded the UK through DFID and other development partners for their tireless contributions in the education sector through building school blocks, provision of learning equipments and training of teachers. However he said a lot still remains to be done to improve the education system in the country. He noted that there still remains a gap of text books for secondary school education. He appealed for more support from development partners to help facilitate the printing process of secondary school text books which he says are still lacking.


Hon. Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, the Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs represented President Salva Kiir at the launch.


Reported by Matata Safi


Restrictions on the use of state symbols

JUBA, 22 October 2012 - Please, click here to read the restrictions on the use of the Seal of the Republic, the National Coat of Arms, the Presidential Flag and the National Flag.


H.E Kiir receives credentials of Sudan and four other ambassadors

JUBA, 22 October 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit last week on 17 October 2012 in a special ceremony conducted at state House in Juba, received credentials of Dr. Mutrif Sedique as an Extra-ordinary Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan to the Republic of South Sudan.

 


H.E Kiir receives credentials of Sudan Amb. Dr. Mutrif Sedique.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Dr. Sadique expressed pleasure of being the first Sudanese ambassador appointed to the new state of South Sudan saying that his appointment as an ambassador to South Sudan is to strengthen opportunities of bilateral cooperation between the two neighboring countries, adding that his appointment will contribute a lot in working side by side with South Sudan toward the implementation of the cooperation agreement signed recently in Addis Ababa which will also contribute in flourishing of the two countries.

 


H.E Kiir receiving the credentials of the Belgium ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Besides that President Kiir also received credentials of four more ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Sudan namely: Ambassador Dedan Lot Madugu, Ambassador of Nigeria, Amb. Ghirmai Ghebremariam Abbai, Ambassador of Eritrea, Amb. Ayman Ahmed Mokhtar Ambassador of Egypt and Amb. Alian Hanssen, Ambassador of Belgium.

 


H.E Kiir receives credentials of Nigerian ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The four ambassadors expressed commitment of their countries to strengthen the bilateral relationships with the young nation of South Sudan.

 


President Kiir receives the credentials of the Eritrean ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


In another development at least two South Sudanese ambassadors assigned for diplomatic mission outside the country bid farewell to the President the same day as they left the country. The ambassadors are Amb. Bol Wek Agoth, Amb. of South Sudan to Norway and Amb. Permena Makuet, Ambassador of South Sudan to Nigeria.

 


H.E Kiir receives credentials of Egyptian ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


H.E Kiir: No piece of land belonging to RSS will be given to Sudan

JUBA, 16 October 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday 15th, October, 2012 opened the third session of the National Legislative Assembly for the year 2012.

 


H.E Kiir addressing the assembly.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
 


In his key remarks during the opening ceremony, President Kiir called on the assembly to ratify the cooperation agreement of nine protocols, which was signed recently between the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan in Addis Ababa, for improvement of economic situation and peaceful settlement of the two nations. President Kiir called on the people of South Sudan not to panic from four freedoms and cross border economic activities. Pointing out that Mile 14 belongs to Malual Dinka and the area has special temporary security arrangement in the agreement, to be demilitarized no SAF and SPLA forces are needed in the area.

 


The August House listening to the President.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir said “No any piece of land in South Sudan will be given to Sudan by him or by the negotiators”. President Kiir said he respects freedom of expression on any issue, but he added the small groups trying to incite people against the government should know what they are doing is for the interest of the nation. Father of the new nation told the August House that border should not be decided by force or propaganda, and South Sudan has not relinquished its claim on Pan Thou and the rest areas of South Sudan territories of 1956. President Kiir announced that oil production will resume soon and that the minister of petroleum visited oil fields to make necessary assessments.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


South Sudan stands to learn from Uganda’s past

JUBA, 12 October 2012 - South Sudan as Africa’s youngest country has a lot to learn from Uganda’s past as it seeks to put in place foundations of a stable and vibrant economy, a government official has said.


Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s minister for Information and Broadcasting who was the chief guest on the occasion to mark Uganda’s 50 years of independence in Juba on Tuesday October 9, said Uganda and South Sudan have a similar history.


“Uganda and South Sudan have a similar history of struggle. Marking 50 years of independence, Uganda was confronted with many challenges. It is through this experience that we will learn to face our challenges ahead”, he said.


He described the relations with its southern neighbor as ‘warm and excellent’. Dr. Marial said the people of Uganda and its government have always been with the people of South Sudan during the long struggle for freedom. He said Uganda accommodated the greatest number of South Sudanese refugees, gave them education and protection from the onset of Anyanya One to the SPLA/M liberation struggle.


“The people of Uganda and South Sudan are one people, you helped educated our children, gave our people refugee and above all while doing business, some of you did dodge bombs with us during our struggle”, noted Dr. Marial.

 


Information minister Dr. Marial first line (second) and Hon Busho the Ambasaod of Uganda right of Dr. Marial while singing the national anthems of the two countries.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


On business, Dr. Marial urged his fellow countrymen to as engage with their Uganda counterparts in Uganda. He said six years from the interim period, South Sudan used to import all goods including mineral water (Ruwenzori) from Uganda. He said today South Sudan has more than ten water factories. He observed that South Sudan in future intends to exporting to the rest of the world instead of it current trend of importing almost all goods and services.


Reacting to the chairperson of the Ugandan business community in South Sudan Tibo Abraham, who warmed his colleagues of engaging in a fair business practices like under weighing, Dr. Marial urged the Ugandan business community to do good business which he said can lead them to prosperity.


Dr. Marial condemned the few incidences where some Ugandans have lost their lives in the country. He said these are criminal acts and are not sanctioned by the government or people of South Sudan.


Uganda’s ambassador in Juba, Busho Ndinyenka, reaffirmed the existing cordial relations between the two nations adding that South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir was among then 16 heads of state that joined Uganda in commemorating her Golden Jubilee in Kampala. He said the Ugandan and South Sudanese police are working together to check on cross border crime.


The chairperson of the Ugandan Community in South Sudan, Tibo Abraham urged his countrymen to be law abiding. He called for honesty between Ugandan traders and their South Sudanese counterparts so as to excel in business and spearhead economic growth in the sector.


Reported Matata Safi


170 awarded computer competency certificates

JUBA, 12 October 2012 - After three months of intensive training on basic computer skills at the Ministry of Information’s Public Information Centre (PIC), a hundred and seventy South Sudanese have been awarded Microsoft competency certificates.


Salah Khaled, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Head of Office in South Sudan while presenting the certificates, congratulated the group for successfully completing the basic computer training course which he said will empower them as well as open the doors to opportunities for them.


He underscored the role of education in development saying education is the basic foundation for a strong and vibrant society. He observed that as a young and emerging country, it is essential for the ‘still computer illiterate’ to acquire computer knowledge so as to impact positively in the reconstruction process of the country.

 


The first batch who were awarded Microsoft certified certificates posing for a group photo.
[photo: Matata Safi]


Khaled said literacy should not only be taken to mean the ability to read and write as it goes far beyond reading and writing. He urged South Sudanese not to factor on age and explained that education is a ‘life long process” regardless of what age one has. The 170 first batch comprised of students as well as South Sudanese of working class.


Meanwhile the Director of the Public Information Centre Aleer Justin urged the group to treat their success as the beginning of knowledge. “It is not over. The purpose of you being here for the last few months is to equip you with the important computer knowledge. You must put effort to put in practice and learn more”, he urged.


The training was offered by Kush Land Education Project that works in collaboration with government institutions and partners to strengthen the level of computer literacy in South Sudan.


Medhat Safik, instructor of Kush Land Education Project said they intend to train up to 1000 South Sudanese in their first six months of training in Juba before rolling out the services to the other states of the country.


The training at the Public Information Centre that started in May has over 180 trainees in its second lot who will finish in November.


Reported by Matata Safi


Labour Undersecretary Urges Support for Malakal VTC

JUBA, 12 October 2012 - The Undersecretary for Labour in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Madam Helen Achiro, has urged development partners to finance the construction of structures to alleviate the severe accommodation problem at Malakal Vocational Training Centre in Upper Nile State.


Madam Achiro said trainees at the VTC from the counties faced the problem of accommodation, adding that development partners should facilitate the United Nations Industrial and Development Organisation (UNIDO) to address the matter urgently.


Madam Achiro further said training materials that were not available locally would have to be purchased from Juba or even imported from outside. Noting that the Malakal VTC has no clinic, the Undersecretary appealed to the state Ministry of Health to coordinate with the centre to ensure the provision of medical services to the trainees.


The Undersecretary was speaking after a coordination meeting of the UNIDO Sustainable Food Security through Community-bases Livelihoods Development and Water Harvesting in South Sudan Project that was held at the Malakal VTC.


She called on the state Ministry of Agriculture to liaise with the centre which has an instructor in agricultural engineering, adding that this will facilitate the training of locals in the repair and maintenance of agricultural machinery.


She asked the World Food Programme to sensitise the state residents on food production saying this would ensure boost food security in the state.


Meanwhile State Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resourve Deverlopment in Upper Nile Mr. Aban Makol, expressed some of the challenges facing the centre, adding that it has to be addressed with great concerned.


Speaking during the occasion, Project Coordinator Laraisse El Serginy said the aim of the project was to upgrade South Sudan’s human resource base to higher levels with beneficiaries participating more local community development.


El Serginy hailed the coordination meeting as a good example of how stakeholders should express ownership of development projects and make the projects more effective.


Reported by Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


H.E Kiir attends ICGLR 4th Extra-ordinary Summit and Uganda's Golden Jubilee

JUBA, 10 October 2012 - As an observer and with a great intention of joining the membership of the great lakes region, the President of the Republic H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit with a number of national ministers attended the 4th Extra-ordinary Summit of the Great Lakes Region held on Monday, 8th October, 2012 at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala under the chairmanship of the President of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The summit discussed the security situation in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 


Presidents Kiir and Kabila in the summit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Great Lakes Region Extra-ordinary Summit which was attended by the eleven member states of the International Conference of the Great lakes Region (ICGLR), among them were the President of DRC H.E Joseph Kabila, H.E Paul Kagame the President of Rwanda, and President of Burundi H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, came out with a number of recommendations and resolution chief of which is to set up a neutral international force to address the security situation in the eastern part of DRC.


With respect to the Republic of South Sudan, a notable development was that the summit took note of the application submitted by the Republic of South Sudan with intention of joining the region, and the summit directed the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR to establish contacts with the Republic of South Sudan so that South Sudan expeditiously is able to comply with the requirements of the membership. This was disclosed by the minister for Foreign Affairs in a press statement.

 


Uganda's Golden Jubilee.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On the same date, H.E Kiir and the delegation attended the inauguration ceremony of Bujagali Hydro-Power Dam located 75 Km north of Kampala. Bujagali Hydro-Power Dam was inaugurated by the President of Uganda H.E. Museveni. The dam is considered to be the largest power plant in East Africa constructed using 902 million USD through a partnership between the Ugandan government, Aga Khan Indian Industrial Promotion Service Company, African Development Bank and European Investment Bank.


On Tuesday 9th, October, 2012, the Republic of South Sudan participated in the 50th Independence Jubilee of the Republic of Uganda with a high-level delegation headed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Uganda’s Golden Jubilee was attended by a number of heads of state and governments from across the continent.

 


President Museveni welcoming H.E Kiir in the celebration.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir and the accompanying delegation returned to Juba on Tuesday 9th, October 2012, in the evening.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


H.E. Kiir arrives in Kampala to participate in Golden Jubilee of Uganda

KAMPALA, 8 October 2012 - The President of the Republic with a number of national ministers arrived in Kampala yesterday Sunday 7-10-2012 to participate in the Golden Jubilee of Uganda dubbed “Uganda at 50 (1962-2012)”, which will take place on the 9th October, 2012 at National Celebrations Uhuru Grounds, Kololo – Kambpala.

 


President Kiir arrives in Kampala.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir yesterday evening will participate in the 4th extra-ordinary summit of the Great Lakes Region which will end its session today October, 8th, 2012 in Kampala. President of South Sudan is also expected to participate in the opening of BUJAGALI HYDRO-POWER DAM in Jinja, a distance of 75 Kms South East of Kampala.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Kampala


South Sudan soon to launch Tele-education and medicine

JUBA, 4 October 2012 - South Sudan will soon benefit from tele-education and tele-medicine projects funded by the Government of India as part of a capacity building programme. Equipment for the project have already been dispatched to South Sudan for installation, Mr. Vimal Wakhlu, Chairman and Managing Director for Telecommunication Consultants India Limited (TCIL) disclosed this to African journalists participating in a specialised training in India.


“South Sudan will soon benefit from the project since it is the baby country born to the African continent and to the world at large,” Wakhlu stated. He added that the basic objectives of the Pan-Africa e-Network Project was to help build the capacity of the African countries by imparting quality education to students from some of the Indian universities.


He further explained that the Pan Africa e-Network had been funded by the Indian government with an approved budget of over US$116 million which was inaugurated earlier in 2009. This came as a follow up to the initiative taken by Dr. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India.


“Today this project exists in many African countries and before its end in 2014, we believe African countries will be able to sustain it for the next generation,” asserted Wahklu. He further pointed out that within a period of five years over 10,000 students from Africa will learn tele-education and medicine.


The project also covers Continuing Medical Education (CME) to practising doctors and nursing staff with a view to update their knowledge and skills. The Africa Union member states signed the agreement with Telecommunication Consultants India Limited (TCIL) with its hub station at Dakar in Senegal. It has been working since 2008.


Reported by Justin Jada Joseph from India


Elders welcome Sudan and South Sudan cooperation agreement

JUBA, 2 October 2012 – A group of elders led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has warmly welcomed the historic agreements on trade, oil, border issues and the status of nationals signed by Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa on 27 September 2012. Although several crucial issues remain unresolved, the elders explained the deal holds promise for the future safety and welfare of the people of Sudan and South Sudan after months of escalating tensions.


“The fates of Sudan and South Sudan are intertwined. One can’t prosper without the other”, said Archbishop Tutu.


Archbishop Tutu said the people of both countries have faced needless hardship. The reason he said was a lack of trust between the leaders of the two sister countries. “These agreements go a very long way to building this trust, and we pray the people will start to see the benefits as soon as possible”, he said.


The elders further welcomed a key aspect of the deal: the establishment of a 10-kilometre demilitarized zone between Sudan and South Sudan. If fully implemented, this buffer zone will go a long way towards reassuring both sides that their security will be assured reads the statement in part.

 


ArchbishopTutu (c) alongside members of The Elders Group that visited Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The elders urged the international community to support the African Union (AU) in ensuring that the provisions for this buffer zone are effectively implemented and monitored.


The elders congratulated Presidents Kiir and al-Bashir on their bold commitment to peace. They also commended former South African President Thabo Mbeki, Chairperson of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and the AUHIP for their skill and persistence in helping to reach this positive outcome.


In May 2012, Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter met President al-Bashir in Khartoum. Followed by the July 2012 visit by Desmond Tutu, Martti Ahtisaari and Mary Robinson travelled to South Sudan and met with President Kiir and civil society representatives besides visiting Yusuf Batil refugee camp, near the border with Sudan.


According to the elders, the deal if implemented could dramatically improve the lives of ordinary people in both countries by opening the door to the resumption of oil flow and trade and offer a mutual guarantee of rights of movement, property, residence and work for Sudanese and South Sudanese citizens living in the other country.


Reported by Matata Safi


“No more negotiations over Abyei”, says Pagan Amum

JUBA, 2 October 2012 - The final status of the oil rich region of Abyei is no more a matter of discussion between Sudan and South Sudan after Khartoum rejected a final proposal from the African Union High Implementation Panel to resolve the impasse over Abyei, South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum has said.


The AUHIP in a bit to rest the case of Abyei proposed that a referendum be held for the Ngok Dinka and any other permanent residents of Abyei but not the nomads. “The issue of Abyei is finished, no more discussions. The two countries will be expecting a solution from the African Union Peace and Security Council,” said Pagan Amum.


Mr Amum said the government of the Republic of South Sudan and its President Salva Kiir Mayardit accepted the proposal of the panel whereas Sudan’s President Omar el Bashir rejected the proposal.


Leaders of Sudan and South Sudan on Thursday 27th September signed a cooperation agreement on a number of post independence differences but failed to agree on Abyei and other disputed border areas in their four days of talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.


The economic and security deals reached will among other arrangements allow South Sudan to resume its oil production though Sudan after nine months of shutdown, create a buffer zone between the two Sudans and open trade corridors.

 


Mr Amum (l) briefing the press upon arrival from Addis Ababa while Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin (r), the government spokesman looks on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Relations between Juba and Khartoum was much threatened early April this year when fighting broke out in the border area of Panthou (Heglig) prompting the United Security Council to issues resolution 2046 asking Sudan and South Sudan to reach a negotiated settlement or face non military sanctions.


Mr Amum explained that in case of any disagreement between the two parties, the AUHIP is required to present in a report to the African Union Peace and Security Council a detailed proposal on how to solve that particular disagreement. He said in the case of Abyei, the AUPSC is expected to take the final decision and present to the two countries a solution on how to resolve the impasse over Abyei.


He said the two countries will be obliged and required to implement the decision of the African Security Council unconditionally. He reaffirmed South Sudan’s readiness to continue negotiations on the remaining issue of the disputed border areas.


“The negotiation team after reaching on this agreement, we are left with one issue that we shall focus on within the next one month, to settle the dispute over border and claimed areas”, he said.


Mr Amum made these remarks on Friday at Juba International Airport upon arrival from Addis Ababa with President of the Republic Salva Kiir Mayarit.


Reported by Matata Safi


Development partners urged to increase support for capacity building

JUBA, 1 October 2012 - Development partners have been urged to increase their support for capacity building efforts to the public service in the Republic of South Sudan.


The acting Undersecretary for Public Service in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Albino Aguer, thanked development partners for their generous assistance to the country far, adding that it was the intention of the government to expand capacity its building programmes to cover new priorities and the public service at both national and state levels.


Mr Aguer said as a young nation emerging from more than 50 years of armed conflict, South Sudan has significant capacity gaps which could be addressed through capacity building.


The acting Undersecretary was speaking when he officially closed a 10-day capacity building workshop for 25 middle level civil servants from various ministries at Juba hotel. The workshop was organised by the Public Administration, Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA) which is based in South Africa. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Sibongiseni Kumalo of PALAMA.

 


Participants at the 10-day Khaedu Project capacity building workshop outside a Juba hotel. Standing in the first row are acting Director General (Human Resource Development) Sunday Aggrey Jaden (second left) and acting Public Service Undersecretary Albino Aguer (fourth left).


PALAMA has been running the Khaedu Project, a five-year capacity building programme for civil servants in Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan which comes to a close in March 2013.


The Khaedu project is hinged on managers putting the citizens who are the consumers of public services first. It was derived from the realisation that managers are often involved in decision making and policy formulation but are often out of touch with the needs of the public.


Khaedu is based on Batho Pele principles which include: increasing access; consultation; openness; transparency; value for money; ensuring courtesy; information, and; redress.


The acting Undersecretary urged the participants to disseminate the knowledge and skills gained to their colleagues at the workplace instead of keeping it to themselves.
“The programme content is extensively comprehensive and very relevant to the South Sudan Civil Service needs of enhancing performance for effective and efficient delivery of services,” said the acting Undersecretary.


He said that the responsibility of building South Sudan through planned and systematic human and institutional capacity development at all levels rests with the South Sudanese public service, and not with anyone elsewhere.


“Time has come for us to work harder and smarter and stop lamenting and blaming others for our own problems.”


Also present at the function was the acting Director General for Human Resource Development in the MoLPS&HRD, Ms Sunday Aggrey Jaden.


Report by Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


H.E. Kiir continues meetings with H.E. Bashir

ADDIS ABABA, 26 September 2012 - The fifth round of meetings between H.E. Kiir and H.E. Bashir took place yesterday on Tuesday 25 September, 2012 at Sheraton Hotel. There was no remarkable outcome from the meeting. But the following photos of the summit and the periodic meetings between the two heads of state indicate that the gaps of the burning issues between the two sides are being narrowed. The agreement is expected to be signed today 26 September 2012.

 


The fifth round of meeting between H.E. Kiir and H.E. Bashir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


H.E. Kiir and H.E. Bashir in a summit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


The summit between H.E. Kiir and H.E. Bashir in the presence of PM of Ethiopia and the AU HIP.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa


H.E Kiir meets President Bashir before the official summit

ADDIS ABABA, 24 September 2012 - The summit between the two heads of state of South Sudan H.E Kiir and of Sudan H.E Bashir was postponed from Sunday 23rd, September 2012 to Monday 24th, September, 2012 due to some unresolved issues between the two countries.

 


The two heads of state with their chief negotiators in a meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On Sunday 23rd, September, 2012 at night at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa the two presidents Kiir and Bashir met in the presence of the chief negotiators of both sides Mr. Pagan Amum and Idris Abdalgadir.


The two leaders met before the summit to take some necessary decisions and finalize the unresolved issues between them to make the summit of 24th possible and celebrative.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia


H.E Kiir meets PM Hailemariam

ADDIS ABABA, 23 September 2012 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa on Saturday September 22nd, 2012 on an invitation extended to him for a summit with President of Sudan Omer El-Bashir.


President Kiir is expected to meet with Omer El-Bashir on Sunday 23rd September, 2012, at National Palace in Addis Ababa at 11:00am.


After his arrival in Addis Ababa H.E Kiir met the newly appointed Prime minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Hailemariam Deselegn at Sheraton Hotel and congratulated him for the appointment.

 


H.E Kiir shakes hands with Ethiopia's PM Deselegn.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Prime Minister briefed H.E. Kiir on the process which led him to invite the two heads of state for a summit and assured that 95% of the pending issues have been settled and the negotiations will get a necessary resolution. He said he expected the two leaders during the summit to use their wisdom to get solutions for the remaining unresolved issues. PM Deselegn renewed his commitment to continue supervising the negotiations till the outstanding issues between South Sudan and Sudan are settled.


President Kiir assured PM Deselegn that the negotiating team of South Sudan is given all the authority to negotiate and complete all the small issues so that the summit day of 23rd September, 2012 to be a date of celebration not a wasted date.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


RSS and Uganda agree to fight inter-border crimes

JUBA, 18 September 2012 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday 17th September, 2012 evening in his office at Presidential Guest House in Juba, met with Ugandan minister for Interior Hon Hillary Onek and Ugandan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura.


The meeting which took place in presence of the RSS’s minister for Interior Rtd Maj. Gen. Alison Manani Magaya discussed means of strengthening the bilateral relationship between South Sudan and Uganda in fighting inter-border crimes, and how to eliminate and manage the crime effectively to enable peaceful co-existence and trade activities continue smoothly between the two sisterly countries.

 


H.E Kiir and Ugandan Ministry of Interior.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon. Onek told the press after the meeting that they agreed to fight inter-border crimes being committed by Ugandans in South Sudan and they run away to Uganda and South Sudanese criminals doing the same in Uganda, adding that enemies of the two countries are behind all the criminal activities. Hon. Onek called on the people of the sisterly countries to bear the challenges which he described as another frontline of proxy war being financed by the enemies. He said the governments of the two countries are identifying the roots and individuals behind all the criminal acts.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


H.E Kiir inaugurates Juba-Nimule highway

JUBA, 13 September 2012 - The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Wednesday September 12, 2012 inaugurated Juba-Nimule road of 192 Kms, after being handed over to the Government of the Republic of South Sudan by the USAID.

 

The inauguration ceremony which took place at Lo Liliyo Bridge along the road, 26 Kms South of Juba town was attended by Hon. Gier Chuong Aloung, the minister of Roads and Bridges, Hon. Manas Lomule who represented the governors of Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria, some of the national ministers, USA, Ugandan and Kenyan ambassadors, USAID officials and UN/SGSR Ms. Hilda Johnson.

 


H.E Kiir inaugurates the road.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The total value of Juba-Nimule road activity is $225 million, was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in partnership with the Louis Berger Group Inc. Juba-Nimule road is the first paved highway in the Republic of South Sudan with eight new bridges built in a modern standard to handle trucks. Juba-Nimule road after the completion has reduced travel time between Juba and Nimule from eight hours to less than three hours, linking Juba with Uganda and providing the shortest most efficient route to the port of Mombasa in Kenya.


Juba-Nimule road is the successful outcome of an ongoing partnership between the United States and the government and people of South Sudan. It has opened international trade between the young nation of South Sudan and neighboring countries and increased the speed and efficiency of transport and integrated South Sudan into East African trade route. It also created employment and training opportunities for South Sudanese communities.

 


H.E Kiir, US Amb. and Hon Aluong inspecting the road.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


In his key remarks at the ceremony, President Kiir appreciated US government for its continuous support to the young nation of South Sudan.


H.E Kiir called on the people of South Sudan and all those who will use the tarmacked Juba-Nimule road to be careful when driving and directed ministries of finance, interior, and roads and bridges to join hands and take necessary steps for maintaining the road and keeping it secure.


Manas Lomule, the deputy Governor of Central Equatoria state who represented the two beneficiary states of Eastern Equatoria and Central Equatoria in the inauguration ceremony, congratulated the leadership of H.E Kiir and said the successful construction of the road with eight bridges is a great testimony of the love of the American people to people of South.

 


Juba-Nimule termacked road.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Ms. Johnson urged the government to maintain the road and keep it secure.


The minister of roads and bridges thanked the American government for having the job completed and for the unforgettable assistance being provided by the US government and people.


US Ambassador to South Sudan Ms. Suzan Page said the road paves the way to South Sudan's future, and maintenance of the road falls under the responsibility of the ministry of roads and bridges and South Sudan Roads Authority.

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Kenya to train South Sudanese records management personnel

JUBA, 13 September 2012 - Kenya will train more South Sudanese records management officers in the 2012/2013 financial year in a bid to facilitate proper registry and mail tracking systems in government ministries.


The Director of the Kenya South Sudan Liaison Office (KESSULO), Amb. Col (Rtd) Elijah Matibo, said the aim of the Government of Kenya was to assist the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to establish a proper records management system that will ensure efficiency in decision making and quick retrieval of information.


“In this regard, the consultants we sent through the Kenya Technical Assistance Programme have been working with your ministries since 2008 helping them to set up proper registry and mail tracking systems and conducting training for registry staff on the basics of records management,” said Amb. Matibo.


Amb. Matibo disclosed that in February this year 43 records management officers from all ministries had undergone training on advanced skills in records management.


“We wish to work with your ministry to have the best officers from this number to undergo a certificate course in records management in Nairobi so that they can come back to be responsible for records management training across the government both at the national and state levels. We are ready to offer this training this financial year,” he said.

 


The Director of the Kenya-South Sudan Liaison Office, Amb. Elijah Matibo (left) officially hands over the bulk filing system to Mr Albino Aguer, the Acting Undersecretary in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development at the Ministry offices.


Amb Matibo made the remarks when he officially handed over a bulk filing unit donated by the Government of Kenya to the Acting Undersecretary in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Albino Aguer.


The unit which cost US$7,100 (31,950SSP) has a capacity to accommodate 3,000 files besides guaranteeing the safe custody of files and easy retrieval of information.


Amb. Matibo praised the decision by the Ministry to establish a Directorate responsible of Records Management which will supervise the records management function across the government.


“I wish to state here that Kenya Government is ready to support the new Directorate in terms of training to ensure that it acquires the necessary basic skills to enable them operate effectively,” he said.


“Your registry or clerical section should be the model that all other ministries can copy from. This is why the Kenya government decided to buy the bulk filing unit to serve as a secure storage facility for your records and also be a demonstration unit for other ministries to see and copy,” he said, and urged the ministry to use the unit to train other ministries on the need to have secure units for keeping their records.


Speaking at the function, the Acting Undersecretary in the Ministry, Mr Aguer, said the Ministry’s aspiration was to be the role model for its counterparts in records management.


The Undersecretary said the newly established a Directorate of Records Management would soon advertise posts for graduates and non-graduates to staff the directorate.
Mr Aguer thanked the Kenyan government for its ongoing technical assistance to South Sudan.


Also present at the function were the Coordinator of KESSULO programmes in South Sudan, Mr Maurice Nyamunga, and Mr Musila Musembi, the KESSULO Records Management Consultant.


Reported by Justin Jada, Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


State funeral of the late Zenawi

ADDIS ABABA, 3 September 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan yesterday 2nd September 2012, with a high level delegation headed by the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, participated in the burial of the late Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E Ato Meles Zenawi who passed away last month of August 20th, 2012.


The state funeral of the late Zenawi was organized at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa and drew tens of heads of state and governments from around the African continent and the world at large. Ethiopian citizens in dark clothes gathered in the square in hundreds of thousands and paid homage to their late PM’s body with sorrowful tears.

 


The body of the late PM Zenawi arrives at Meskel Square.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President of the Republic E.H Kiir addressed the sorrowful occasion and described the late as a great man of Africa who contributed a lot to the realization of democracy, human rights, peace and security across the continent. Click here for the President’s full speech.


President Museveni of Uganda urged Ethiopians to take courage and follow the vision laid out by the late Zenawi.

 


Ethiopians in the ceremony.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President of South Africa H.E Jacob Zuma said 20th of August 2012 was a sad day on the African Union calendar as Africa lost one of its greatest sons, a patriot and the visionary PM Zenawi.


The United States of America’s Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council Ms. Suzan Rise described the late Zenawi as a midwife to the birth of the newest state in the world, the Republic of South Sudan.


Report by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia


H.E Kiir arrives in Addis Ababa to participate in the burial of Zenawi

ADDIS ABABA, 2 September 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit who was accompanied by Madam Rebecca Nyandeng, Presidential Advisor on Gender, and five national ministers among them Hon Nhial Deng Nhial, the minister of Foreign Affairs and Hon. LoWilla the minister in the Office of the President and Hon John Kong, the minister of Defense arrived yesterday Saturday 1 September 2012 in Addis Ababa to participate in the burial of late H.E Meles Zenawi the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia who passed away some days ago.

 


H.E Kiir puts flowers at coffin of late Zenawi at the Grand Palace.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

Immediately after his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport President Kiir described the late Prime Minister Zenawi as a great man and great leader of Africa.

 

“Zenawi died at a crucial time where when do not expect it; may almighty father keep his legacy among the people of Ethiopia and make them remain united to overcome this sad moment. Zenawi was a personal friend to me and instrumental in bringing peace to South Sudan”, he said.

 


H.E Kiir signs the condolence book at Grand Palace.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

President of the Republic also signed the book of condolence and paid tribute to family of the late at the Grand Palace in Addis Ababa.

 


Presidential Advisor, ministers and senior official of SPLA condole the family of late PM Zenawi.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth


RSS Permanent Representative to the UN sworn into office and bid farewell to President

JUBA, 30 August 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Dr. Francis Meding Deng was sworn into office today on Wednesday August 29th, 2012, before the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.

 


Amb. Deng bidding farewell to the President.
[Photo: Brig. Lazarus Lemi]


After the swearing in ceremony, Ambassador Deng who was sworn in together with his colleague Ambassador Francis Okeny Oloka bid farewell to the President and said as the new nation of South Sudan faces a lot of challenges, he is mindful to the responsibilities shouldered on him and he is ready to implement the foreign policies of the country.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


World Bank donates books to PIC

JUBA, 28 August 2012 - The World Bank has donated a total of five hundred text books to Public Information Centre (PIC), one of the key units of ministry of Information and Broadcasting.


Handing over the books on Friday 24th August, World Bank’s Senior Education Specialist Dr. Christopher M. Kenyi, underscored the importance of the centre which he says plays a crucial role in providing learning environment and materials to the students, researchers and the general public in terms of books, internet among others.


Among the books included science, socio-economic and periodical books. Kenyi urged the general public particularly students in various learning institutions in the country to make use of the centre.


“We hope that this donation will show seeds in the new nation” said Kenyi. He further called on the ministry to publicize PIC saying that many do not know about the existence of the centre. “I leave next to you but I know very little about this centre” observed Kenyi.

 


Dr. Kenyi, World Bank's Education Specialist (L) hands some of the books to Mr. Mabor, Deputy Director PIC (R).
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Dr. Kenyi recalled that the World bank is not only about Money but also about building the capacity of the human person so that he or she can be about to make money through provision of learning materials. He said the Bank will continue to the centre.


Receiving the books on behalf of the Centre, Barnana Mabor the Deputy Director of Public Information, thanked the World Bank for the donation which he said will help tremendously in increasing the limited stock of the centre.


“We have been having difficulties in stocking the library because of the austerity measures, such a donation will go a long away in realising the dreams of this centre” noted Mabor.


He called on organizations and UN agencies working in South Sudan to emulate the World Bank.


The Public Information Centre, a government an initiative and initially supported by the World Bank through the Multi-Trust Development Fund (MTDF) is one of the government wings under the ministry of Information playing a key role in disseminating information.


Reported by Matata Safi


H.E Kiir: The first bullet shot by veterans in Torit brought freedom to RSS

JUBA, 27 August 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit who was accompanied by a number of National ministers and SPLA Senior officers attended Veterans’ Day organized on 23rd Aug. 2012 at Freedom Square in Torit the Capital City of Eastern Equatoria state. Veterans’ Day in Torit was organized under the theme” Veterans Remain our freedom’s symbol”.

 


H.E Kiir Hon Lojore and Gen. Agot in a photo with Veterans in Torit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


During the ceremony President of the Republic opened the newly constructed premises of Eastern Equatoris state Government General Secretariat. H.E. Kiir also laid the foundation stone of the SPLM Guest House and the SPLM state Secretariat premises. Besides that, he laid the foundation stone at veterans’ square located at Torit military barack.


In his key remarks to the occasion, President Kiir congratulated the veterans and said the first bullet shot by the veterans in Torit in 18th Aug. 1955 was expression of anger against the oppression and was the beginning of the liberation movement, which the SPLA/M took it over from the veterans in 1983, manage it in an organized way and manner and led to the declaration of independence for the people of South Sudan on 9th July 2011.

 


War wounded Cdes in a military parade -Torit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President of the Republic appreciated citizens of Eastern Equatoria state for being supportive to him, voted to him and for the independence of the country. Gen. Kiir announced to the public untimely death of deputy C-IN-C of the SPLA Gen. Paulino Matip who passed away on 21st Aug, 2012 in Nairobi. H.E Kiir described the death of Gen. Matip as a great loss for the Nation. President Kiir also announced to the public the death of Ethiopian Prime minister H.E Miles Zinawe and said “We have loss a great brother and unforgettable Friend of South Sudan”. President Kiir also announced to the public the death of the elder sister of Dr. Riek Machar, asking Almighty God to rest their soul in peace.


President of the Republic urged the citizens of Torit and South Sudan as a whole to live in peace with the foreigners Northerners and at the same time he urged the northerners living in the South not to practice anything that will endanger the Security of South Sudan.

 


H.E Kiir declared veteran’s Day to be a National Day, and the next Veteran’s Day will take place in Wau the Capital of Western Bahr El-Ghazal state.


Reported Thomas Kenneth/23-8-2012/from Torit–EES.


H.E Kiir meets with US Congressional delegation

JUBA, 16 August 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit met today on Wednesday 15th Aug.2012 at Presidential Guest House in Juba, with the United States Congressional Delegation headed by Mr. Jack Kingston.


During the meeting which took place in presence of the minister for humanitarian Affairs and disaster management Hon Joseph Lual Acuil. President of the Republic briefed the US Cong rational delegation on the difficulties faced by the people of South Sudan when implementing the Comprehensive peace agreement. President Kiir also briefed the delegation on the steps taken by the government to fight the corruption, and keep on building the capacity of Government institutions in the country.


President Kiir reassured US Congressional delegation that Abyei remains the central issue between Juba and Khartoum and the Referendum in Abyei must take place under the chairmanship of a neutral person to be appointed by the African Union or the United Nations and members from the two sides, if not the issue can be taken to the permanent Court of Arbitration.

 


H.E Kiir meets with US Congressional delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President of the Republic also said the government of the Republic of South Sudan with the support of International NGOs has been working on repatriating South Sudanese from Sudan. However, those who are still in the north are facing extreme abuses.

 

The meeting between the President of the Republic and the US Congrassional delegation was organized by the world food program, because the United States of America is the largest donor to the world food program and the world food program maintains a strong relationship between South Sudan and USA.


The Director of World food program who accompanied the delegation Ms. Ertharin Cousin described the meeting as favourable and will benefit the people of South Sudan to move forward.

 


H.E Kiir meets with His Grace Lukudu.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir also met today with Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro. the Archbishop of Juba Catholic Diocese. Archbishop Loro briefed H.E. Kiir on his recent visit to Rome and he confirmed after the meeting that President of the Republic has welcomed the opening of Vatican Embassy to the Republic of South Sudan.


His grace Loro who brought blessings from Vatican to South Sudan said Vatican embassy will soon be established in South Sudan and he called on the Citizens of South Sudan to be confident, grateful and bear anything happening among them because soon the suffering of South Sudan people will come to an end.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


President Kiir: South Sudan has no rooms for a politicized Islam

JUBA, 16 August 2012 - The Annual Presidential Ramadan breakfast for the year 2012 was organized by the office of the President on Wednesday 15th July, 2012 at Freedom Hall in Juba under the theme: “Our strength in our Unity”. The occasion was presided over by the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, and was attended by the Vice President of the Republic Dr. Riek Machar, a number of National ministers, Diplomatic corps, Christian leaders and thousands of Muslims.

 


H.E Kiir addressing Muslims.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


In his key remarks to the ceremony, the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit congratulated the Muslims of South Sudan and said “ Ramadan Kerim to all the Muslims” and he asked God to accept prayers of the Muslims during the Holy month of Ramadan.


President Kiir assured to the whole world that the Republic of South Sudan has no religious differences, Christians and Muslims of the new Nation live in a Religious co-existence. President Kiir said leadership of the country in collaboration with the South Sudan Islamic Council will soon organize a direct flight for the Muslims to visit the Holy lands and Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

 


Muslims pray during the ceremony.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir said “The Republic of South Sudan has no rooms for a politicized Islam and other religions, leadership of the country will not allow anyone to use Islam for a political Agenda”.


H.E Kiir announced that Oil production through Sudan will resume if Bashir accepted to sign the oil deal in Addis Ababa after Eid al- fitr al-Mobarak.

 


National ministers, advisors and diplomatic corps attended the occasion.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Dr. Riek the Vice President of the Republic described the Annual Presidential Ramadan Breakfast of 2012 as the first of its kind to be organized in the new nation of South Sudan, and the occasion has several meanings, among others are freedom of worship and expression. H.E VP added that organization of such kind of occasion proofs that leadership of the country takes care of its people.


Report Thomas Kenneth


Norway calls for international pressure on Khartoum

JUBA, 14 August 2012 (NASS) - Norwegian People Aid (NPA) has urged the international community to pressurize Khartoum to sort out the situation in Blue Nile and southern Kordufan. The NPA country director to South Sudan, Mr. Jan Ladeng said the two countries of Sudan and south Sudan will not be stable unless the Blue Nile and southern Kordufan issue is settled.


Mr. Ladeng made this call yesterday while introducing his successor Madam KARI EGGE to the spokesperson of the government Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin. He also pledged to continue advocating for peace in South Sudan saying the situation South Sudanese are living in is very tricky.

 


Dr Benjamin (left) welcomes the new NPA director.


Meanwhile Madam KARI, the new country director, stated that she will work in the same spirit and effort of her predecessor to make sure peace is sustained.


On his part, the minister of information and the official government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin thanked the former director for what he called a job well done and welcomed the new director.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


“Report responsibly,” information minister urges

JUBA, 14 August 2012 (NASS) – The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has urged the local media houses to work responsibly in reporting the daily events and move towards democracy.


The minister said this yesterday while opening the independent “Ajras al huria” daily newspaper premises at al Mauna residential area. He said the media should be fair and balanced in reporting to promote peace and democracy in the country, urging that media coverage be comprehensive not only central on government.


He revealed that media bill is on the way and advised the local journalists to read the constitution in order to know their rights.


Meanwhile the editor in chief of Ajras al-huria (freedom bells), Mr. Yai Joseph urged the government to speed up the media bill to help solve problems facing local journalists. Mr. Yai also disclosed that Ajras al – huria will soon open a training center to help train journalists in South Sudan while working also to produce its English version.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


"No Kiir Apology letter to President Obama", information minister

JUBA, 7 August 2012 - The government has dismissed reports published in US based newspaper - MacClatchy that President Kiir had written a letter of apology to President Barack Obama allegedly for denying support to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army- North (SPLM-N).


The article written by one Alan Boswell claimed that President Kiir had written a letter to President Obama accepting support to the SPLM-N.


“In that letter, [President] Kiir wrote that he did know about his military’s support to the Sudanese rebels, but he could not admit that to Obama because his advisers were in the room and they did not know he was aware of that support”, claimed Boswell in his Thursday MacClatchy newspaper article.

 

“This is not true, there is no such a letter written by President Kiir to President Obama in regards to an apology”, asserted Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the official government spokesperson.

 


Dr Benjamin addressing the press.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

 

Dr. Benjamen, who is also the minister for Information and Broadcasting in the government of the Republic of South Sudan, slammed the writer as being an enemy of peace.

 

“President Kiir has been always saying that we (government of South Sudan) are not supporting SPLM-N, the government’s position has always been that South Sudan through its President can only help if President Bashir takes an initiative for peaceful negotiations with the rebel in South Kordofan and Blue Nile as provided for by the Security Council Resolution 2046 but not to be involved militarily. No”, Dr. Benjamin told Sudan Radio Service in an interview on Monday.

 

He underscored the visit of the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to Africa’s newest country. He went further to say that the relation between the two governments is very strong. He said a lot of developmental support related issues were discussed in the meeting of Clinton with President Kiir. He added that America has been with South Sudan and continues to be, particularly in helping to settle matters of dispute with Sudan.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


Parliament passes provisional order on anti-money laundering

JUBA, 7 August 2012 (NASS) - After intense debate on the provisional order of anti-money laundering, the parliament finally passed the order with the majority of 124 votes during the session chaired by the Deputy Speaker of National Legislative Assembly, Honorable Daniel Awet Akot.


During the session, the representative of Maridi constituency in the National Legislative Assembly, Honorable Peter Beshir Gbendi said the provision is not corresponding with the interim constitution of South Sudan because certain articles are not clear. He advised the parliament that it is a must that these regulations be adjusted at all before it is lastly passed.

 


National Legislative Assembly in session.
[Photo: Jok Solomon]


The chairperson of finance and economic committee, Professor Paul Logale underscored that the country is in urgent need of such legal regulations for governing economic conduct in South Sudan noting that many investors have a lot of funds but its sources are not known to the Central Bank and even how they enter South Sudan.


However, a leading member of the National Legislative Assembly, Honorable Atem Garang warned the parliament that it is a must that there is control over the movement of funds through establishment of regulations to guide such movement.


In a separate development, Justice Minister John Luk Jok appealed to the National Assembly to remove the immunity of Eastern Equatoria Budi county constituency representative to give a chance for police investigation. Hon. David Nailo Mayo of Budi county, Eastern Equatoria state has been charged with criminal offence against Mr. Morris Logioti.


Reported by Abraham Malek, translated by Martin Jada Gabriel - NASS


Norway to continue supporting peace in South Sudan

JUBA, 7 August 2012 (NASS) - The government of Norway will continue to back South Sudan towards peace and state building, outgoing Norwegian ambassador Ingrid Ofstad has said. She explained that Norway is currently working on capacity building more particularly on petroleum revenue management, electricity and economic statistics.


The outgoing ambassador made these remarks yesterday in her farewell meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin three years of service in the country. She said so much is needed for the people of South Sudan who had been deprived for so long of their fundamental human rights to enjoy the same in their own country.


Ms Ofstad further reaffirmed that Norway will do what it can so that the people of South Sudan can get access to good health and education services.

 


Dr Benjamin being shown the new printer.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Meanwhile Dr Benjamin thanked the Norwegian government for their continuous support especially the printing press they donated to South Sudan highlighting that South Sudan will never forget such support. Dr Benjamin said the printing press donated by the Norwegian government is the first modern printing press ever to be installed in South Sudan which he said will contribute much to the national economy following petroleum which contributes 98% of the economy.


Further, the minister explained that this is not the first offer to be given but Norway was standing besides South Sudan during the time of the struggle even when South Sudan was having no friends.


This will be the second printing press in the country following old-fashioned printer of the private Citizen daily newspaper. South Sudan has a lot of newspapers but most of them are printed from the neighboring countries of Kenya, Uganda and Egypt due to lack of an efficient printer.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Oil deal reached in the Addis Ababa talks

JUBA, 6 August 2012 - Nearly two days after the expiry of the UNSC deadline, Sudan and South Sudan have reached a major breakthrough on oil as part of efforts to resolve all outstanding post independence issues. A government official has announced.


Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s lead negotiator at the African Union mediated talks in Addis Ababa- Ethiopia told the press on Saturday that Sudan agreed to take an average of US $9.48 per barrel for the landlocked country to export its oil through Port Sudan.


“Under this deal, the Republic of South Sudan will be paying US $8.4 for GNPOC pipeline and $6.5 for Petrodar pipeline”, he announced. This is only $1 more per barrel than Republic of South Sudan had previously paid, he said.


This deal comes barely a day after the visit of US Secretary of State Mrs Hillary Clinton to the newest African country. In her keynote speech, Mrs Clinton urged the two sides to reach a timely agreement on all the outstanding issues adding that their economic viability rests on resolving their differences.


The crude over oil transit fee brought the two countries to near a full- blown war in April this year that prompted the United Nation Security Council to issue resolution 2046 that gave a three-month window for the Sudan and South Sudan to resolve their differences.

 


Mr Amum
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Previously Sudan demanded that South Sudan pay US $36 to have its oil transported through its oil infrastructure to reach the international markets, a fee South Sudan rejected outright. Including processing fees paid to oil companies, South Sudan will now pay a total of US $9.10 for petrodar and US $11.0 for GNPOC.


South Sudan has also offered Sudan US $3.028 billion in direct Transitional Financial Assistance (TFA) that will be paid over three and half years to reduce on the financial gap resulting from the loss of revenues as a result of South Sudan’s breakaway.


“This short team assistance is part of a comprehensive package designed to ensure peace and security, respect for territorial integrity and cooperation” said Mr Amum.


As to when South Sudan will resume oil production, Mr Amum said the country is expected to reach production levels at shutdown point by September. “We have been informed by our oil companies that our 80 percent from Unity state will be able to resume by September”, he said. He added that the companies will need three to four weeks to get back to production.


He however said the two sides will be meeting again to finalize the details of the oil deal and other issues if the production is to commence.


“We will be returning to Ethiopia soon to finalize the details of the oil deal and conclude additional agreements addressing all the outstanding issues of Security, border both claimed and disputed the status of Abyei among others remarked Amum.
South Sudan shut down its oil production in January this year in protest to Sudan’s decision to confiscate its oil entitlements for export after the two sides failed to agree as to how much South Sudan pays for transporting it oil through Sudan’s oil infrastructure.


Reported by Matata Safi


Acting Minister for Labour and Public Service hails RSS/IGAD initiative

JUBA, 6 August 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) has benefited greatly from the RSS/IGAD Regional Initiative for Capacity Building Initiative which is now in its second year of implementation.


The Acting Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatlwak, said Civil Service Support Officers (CSSOs) under the IGAD Initiative had proved very useful to the government ministries, commissions and agencies where they were attached.


Gatlwak said the CSSOs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda had played critical roles in improving the delivery of public services in strategic planning and healthcare among other areas.


Gatlwak said there had initially been misinformation that CSSOs had come to take up jobs meant for locals, adding that the officers from the three IGAD countries were in South Sudan to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills to their counterparts after which they would return to their countries.


“The initiative is being felt all over the civil service in South Sudan. The CSSOs are doing their best to serve our country by mentoring and coaching our civil servants,” he said, and cited the government hospital at Malakal in Upper Nile State where he said CSSOs had helped to improve services significantly.


The Minister urged South Sudanese civil servants to ensure they learn from their IGAD counterparts.

 

RSS/IGAD Project Executive Board members after the meeting held at a Juba hotel. In the picture front row (l-r) are Ms Catherine Waliaula, Amanda Serumaga, Ugandan Ambassador Busho Ndiyenka (third left), Kenya’s Public Service Assistant Minister Aden Sugow (fourth right), Ethiopian Ambassador Tesfamichael Tesfatsion (third right) and IGAD Country Director Mohammed Rahman (far right).


Gatlwak was speaking during an RSS/IGAD Project Executive Board meeting at a Juba hotel. Among those who attended the meeting were Kenyan Assistant Minister for Public Service Aden Sugow, Ethiopian Ambassador to South Sudan, Fre Tesfamichael Tesfatsion, his Ugandan counterpart, Amb Busho Ndiyenka and IGAD Country Director Mohammed Abdel Rahman.


Addressing the meeting, IGAD Project Manager Catherine Waliaula urged government institutions hosting the CSSOs to reduce the high staff turnover of local civil servants saying frequent transfers were adversely affecting knowledge transfer.


Waliaula further called for improved coordination between the Ministry of Labour and Public Service which is steering the initiative and receiving institutions to facilitate the effective twinning of CSSOs and their South Sudanese counterparts.


Waliaula said host institutions should also endeavour to provide adequate tools and equipment saying there were instances whereby CSSOs had been unable to contribute effectively due to shortage of working facilities.


“There is also need for coordination within the government of RSS at both horizontal and vertical levels to ensure that all relevant institutions and personnel know the objectives and limits for the IGAD Project for example that IGAD does not provide hardware such as buildings and office equipment,” she said.


The RSS/IGAD Initiative is funded by Norway through UNDP and has drawn 200 CSSOs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda who are twinned with their South Sudanese counterparts whom they mentor and coach.


Also present at the meeting were UNDP Team Leader Amanda Serumaga, Ms Juliana Baffoe of the Norwegian Embassy and Labour and Public Service Undersecretary, Ms Angeth Acol De Dut.


Reported by Justin Jada Joseph, Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


President Kiir meets Clinton in Juba

JUBA, 4 August 2012 – On Friday, August 3, at the Office of the President in Juba, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and senior cabinet ministers met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who arrived in Juba that morning as part of an official tour of several African nations. During the discussion, aimed at strengthening relations between the two nations and finding lasting solutions on borders, security and oil production, President Kiir iterated his commitment to upholding United Nations Security Council Resolution 2046, which provides a roadmap to resolve remaining post-independence issues with Sudan, and to a negotiated solution for use of Sudan’s oil infrastructure to export South Sudan crude oil.


Following discussions, RSS Minister of Foreign Affairs Nhial Deng Nhial and Secretary Clinton made statements to the press and responded to questions from journalists.

 


President Kiir meets Ms Clinton.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Acknowledging outstanding issues of citizenship, borders, security and economy, the U.S. Secretary of State said, “We will do everything we can to exert influence on Sudan to reach an agreement on these issues,” and that, “…both countries will need to compromise to close the remaining gaps.”


In regards to progress in negotiations with Sudan over terms of use for Sudan’s oil infrastructure, RSS Foreign Minister said, “We hope Sudan can also be persuaded to accept the extremely generous package of financial assistance and payments…that the Republic of South Sudan has offered in return for the resumption of oil export operations through the Republic of Sudan.”


Representing the South Sudan government at the meeting were: Presidential Advisor Hon. Aggrey Tisa Sibuni, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of the Office of the President Hon. Emmanuel Lowilla, Minister of Finance Hon. Kosti Manibe, Minister of Information and Broadcast Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Deputy Minister of Defense Hon. Majak Agot.

 


H.E Kiir and US sec. Clinton in a meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Representing the U.S. were U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Susan Page, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Mr. Johnnie Carson, the Secretary of State’s Chief-of-Staff Ms. Cheryl Mills, Presidential Senior Africa Advisor Mr. Grant Harris, Director of Policy and Planning Mr. Jake Sullivan, and USAID Director in South Sudan Mr. Kevin Mullally.


Following the discussions and joint press conference, the Secretary Rodham Clinton departed for Uganda.


About the Office of the President
The Office of the President is the executive office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan. Among its functions, the office explains the president’s policies and actions to the people, considers input and concerns of citizens and promotes the interests of South Sudan internationally. Ambassador Emmanuel Lowilla is the Minister of the Office of the President.


For more information contact Thomas Kenneth, Media Liaison Officer, Office of the President, Republic of South Sudan E-mail. j1pressroom@gmail.com - Mob. +249 955 583 217


RSS proposes solutions for the outstanding post-independent issues

JUBA, 3 August 2012 (NASS) - South Sudan has extended its solution proposal to the neighboring peace and Security Council members of Zimbabwe and Angola in regards to the outstanding issues with Khartoum.


This was revealed by Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Information and Broadcasting minister when he addressed the press yesterday upon his arrival from Harare after presidential mission to Zimbabwe and Angola. He said within the proposal is an offer of 3.2 billion dollar cash, debt relief of nearly 8.2billion dollars and substantial transit fees to Khartoum.

 


Dr Benjamin (foreground left) arrives in Juba. He is accompanied by his deputy Hon Atem Yaak Atem.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr Benjamin explained that President Kiir wanted South Sudan’s position to be known to friends like Zimbabwe and Angola because Khartoum is behaving in an intransigent manner towards the talks in Addis Ababa.


Talks in Addis Ababa were expected to expire by August 2nd but no solutions have been reached up to now. The minister reiterated that the government is committed to the AU roadmap and viability of the two states. Last week reports said Khartoum dropped oil fees to 32 from 36 dollars but the government in Juba has said this is still exorbitant.


The minister confirmed that South Sudan is ready to face whatever the UN Security Council will decide after failure to reach an agreement with Khartoum on the post independence outstanding issues.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Ministry of Agriculture signs MOU with Bangladesh

JUBA, 3 August 2012 – The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on agriculture sector and human development with the government of Bangladesh.


Signing the MOU on behalf of the ministry and Government of the Republic of South Sudan, the minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development Dr Betty Achan Ogwaro said the MOU provides a framework for cooperation between the two countries in boosting agricultural productivity in South Sudan.

 


Dr Ogwaro (second right) shaking hands with Eng Hossain.


She explained that the cooperation will include human resource development and extension services to empower South Sudanese farmers to embrace new farming techniques and technologies to the benefit of the nation. She announced that Bangladesh will start a massive rice scheme in Aweil before moving to Jonglei and Upper Nile states.


The government of Bangladesh was represented by Eng. Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, the country’s minister for Labour and Employment.


Reported by Gabriel Lawrence


‘South Sudan has remained polio free’, health minister

JUBA, 2 August 2012 - The national Ministry of Health in the government of the Republic South Sudan has refuted recent media reports of polio outbreak in the county.


The minister for Health Dr. Micheal Milly Hussein on Tuesday 31st July while addressing the press in the ministry’s headquarters in Juba refuted media reports of polio outbreak as not true and assured the general public that the country has remained polio-free for more than three years since the last case was reported.


“The Ministry of Health would like to re-assure the people of South Sudan and the entire polio eradication partnership in the country and the region alike that the recent media reports of polio outbreak in the South Sudan are false. The Ministry of Health would like to affirm that the Republic of South Sudan has remained polio free for more than three years”, Dr. Hussein reiterated.


South Sudan’s last polio case was reported on 27th June 2009 from Aweil North County of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.


Dr. Hussein said the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in the Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners like World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), USAID, among others were able to implement all the recommendations of the Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for sustaining a polio free South Sudan.


He added that between 2010 and 2012, the country was able to reach a total of 3.3 million children under 5years under its four-round immunisation campaign of 2010 and 2011 against polio.

 


Dr. Hussein adressing the press.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He further stressed that while implementing the recommendations of TAG, South Sudan was able to register an increase in coverage for the third oral polio vaccine (OPV-3 from 63 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2012 on children between the age of 0-12 months in eight states except Eastern Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal states.


Dr. Hussein reiterated the commitment of the government in maintaining a polio free South Sudan. “In order to sustain high population immunity for polio, we have instituted a four round National Immunization Days (NIDS) supplemental program for years 2012-2016”, he said.


The ministry has also warned of wrong administration of injections in children as being the cause of paralysis in some children as many would blame it on polio. “The Ministry of Health confirms that there remains a high occurrence of paralysis in children caused by wrongly administered injections, severe dehydration, ascending neuritis (Guillain Bare Symdrome) and other causes but not polio”, he explained.


The health minister noted that since January 2012, 163 paralyzed children have been identified and none of the cases has been as a result of polio.


Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that affects nerves and can lead to partial or full paralysis of limbs and is caused by poliovirus that spreads by direct person-to-person contact with an infected person. The virus enters through the mouth and nose, multiplies in the throat and intestinal tract, and then is absorbed and spread through the blood and lymph system.


Dr. Micheal Milly Hussein assured of the ministry readiness with support from the Global Polio Eradication partnerships in sustaining the country’s hard- earned polio free status.


Reported by Matata Safi


RSS marks seventh Martyrs Day

JUBA, 1 August 2012 - People across the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan on Monday marked the seventh Martyrs Day with the President of the Republic calling for support for the widows and orphans of the liberation struggle.


Addressing thousands of people who gathered at the Dr. Garang Mausoleum for national celebrations in Juba, President Salva Kiir Mayardit said the responsibility of orphans and widows rests in the hands of every South Sudanese who has lived to see the independence of the Republic of South Sudan.

 


President Kiir addressing the celebrations.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


“It is the responsibility of everyone here to look into the welfare of our widows and orphans”, appealed President Kiir.


He explained that the government underscored the need to cater for the widows and orphans of Africa’s longest civil war by establishing an independent commission during the interim period to address the issues affecting the widows, orphans and war disabled.


He added that without the ultimate sacrifices of the martyrs, the realization of South Sudan’s independence would have not been possible. “We are here today because our sisters and brothers have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this country. We must remember them every day”, he said.

 


Children holding candles in memory of the martyrs.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


President Kiir called on the people to remain united in the face of challenges that the young country is going through. “We have come a long way to be here today. The fight is still far from over. We still have a lot of challenges”, the President noted.


“A lot of progress has been made and continues to be made. However the challenges are immense. We will continue to stand with you as we have done in the past”, said Busho Ndinyeka, Uganda’s Ambasador to the Republic of South Sudan.


Ambassador Ndinyeka who presented on behalf of the four neighbouring countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and his own country Uganda underscored the unwavering support to the baby country of Africa.

 


Ministers and other dignitaries hold candles in memory of the martyrs.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Meanwhile Professor Lado Breng who represented the governor of Central Equatoria state Mr. Clement Wani Konga revealed that three shops in Juba have been donated by the government of Central Equatoria to the widows of the struggle.


July 30th has been set aside for all the people across South Sudan to reflect and appreciate the people who sacrificed their own lives for the liberation of the country. It is also the day the founding father of the Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) Dr. John Garang de Mabior died in a plane crash.


Reported by Matata Safi


RSS calls for vigilance against Ebola

JUBA, 1 August 2012 - The Ministry of Health in the government of the Republic South Sudan has issued a warning to the general public to report any associated symptoms of Ebola following an outbreak of the diseases in the neighbouring country of Uganda.


Dr. Micheal Milly Hussein, minister of Health observed that though no cases of Ebola has been registered in line with the warning; he said the country’s proximity with Uganda could pose a serious threat to importation of the disease across the borders.


“Although the mid western district of Kibaale is closer to Democratic Republic of Congo than to South Sudan, all precautionary measures must be taken by the general public and by all health workers in the country”, cautioned Dr. Hussein.


Uganda in the last three weeks has reported to have registered the outbreak of the deadly disease in its western district of Kibaale. Fourteen people are said to have died including a clinical officer who died after being referred to Mulago, the main referral hospital in the country.


Ebola a highly infectious disease and with no vaccines for its treatment presents symptoms of high fever, vomiting, passing of blood through body openings, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, measles-like rash, red eyes among others.


Dr. Hussein outlined direct physical contact with blood fluids like saliva, vomit, urine, vaginal secretions and sweat from infected person been some of the media of passing the virus to others.


He warned people against cultural traditions of handling dead bodies of persons who die presenting signs of the disease. He called on the general public to report suspected cases immediately to the nearest health centres for screening. He urged the general public to call the following numbers to reported suspected cases.

  1. The Undersecretary of Ministry of Health RSS. Dr. Makur Matar Kariom. +211 955 000 400.
  2. Director General of Preventive Medicine Dr. Samson Baba +211 955 169 303


Southern Sudan as part of Sudan registered two cases of Ebola in 1976 and 2004 in the Western Equatorial State town of Yambio. Dr Hussein called on the general public to remain calm as the ministry and other partners work to ensure that any cases are detected and dealt with promptly.

 

Please, click here for the detailed press release from the Ministry of Health on the issue.


Reported by Matata Safi


Strategic plan for Ministry of Labour, Public Service and HRD

JUBA, 31 July 2012 - The Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development is in the process of finalising its five-year Strategic Plan that will enable it to fulfill its mandate, mission, strategic objectives and contribution to the achievement of the South Sudan Vision 2040 and other Government policy documents.


The Acting Minister for Labour, Public Service and HRD, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak, said that efforts to modernise the South Sudan public service could not succeed unless the Ministry is sufficiently prepared to play its role in addressing the new challenges posed by the demands of significant changes in public administration.


Mr Gatluak said the government would adopt information and communications technology in a bid to revolutionise management, work and decision making for better service delivery.

 


Participants following the proceedings.


The Acting Minister made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by the Advisor to the Ministry, Hon John Itorong, during the opening of a two-day stakeholders’ workshop for the Ministry’s Strategic Plan 2012-2016 at a Juba hotel.


He said the implementation of the Strategic Plan will require the directorates, departments, units and individual officers to prepare annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly work plans detailing all strategic activities that are to be undertaken.


The Minister further urged civil servants to be disciplined, committed to their work and to uphold public service core values while service the public who are their employers.


Reported by Justin Jada Joseph, Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


South Sudanese tipped on conservation agriculture

JUBA, 27 July 2012 – The farmers in South Sudan have been encouraged to embrace conservation agriculture. This was done during a five-day workshop held at the Crop Training Centre in Yei by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


The participants were encouraged to use modern farming techniques and tools such as tractors and ox ploughs to turn the soil while cultivating so as to boost productivity.

 


Mr John Choal Dhol posing for a photo with sorghum.


Addressing the participants Mr John Choal Dhol, the DG for Agriculture called on them to conserve forests to preserve the ecosystem. He said the government has a policy to train 513 extension officers every year for a period of five years so as to promote best agriculture practices in the country.


Mr Isaac Bazugba, the Rural Institutional Capacity Building Specialist from FAO expressed his happiness to see good sorghum crops in Yei. He explained that conservation agriculture would enable South Sudan to conserve both soil and water and produce adequate food for all the citizens.


Reported by Lawrence Gabriel


EAC verification team in Juba

JUBA, 26 July 2012 – The members of an East African Community verification team are in Juba. The EAC team is in South Sudan to assess the country’s readiness to join the regional economic bloc.


 

In the picture above are Public Service Undersecretary Angeth de Dut (4th left, front row), Labour Undersecretary Hellen Achiro (6th right, front row) and the EAC team leader Nathan Gachanjya (sandwiched between the two Undersecretaries).


Government to increase investment in vocational training

JUBA, 24 July 2012 - The government will invest heavily in vocational training for the youth as a way of keeping them gainfully employed. The Under Secretary for Labour in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Madam Hellen Achiro, said the youth constitute 72 per cent of the population of South Sudan and can be a threat to security if the country fails to plan for them.


Madam Achiro said Government of South Sudan was working in collaboration with international development partners to provide technical, material and financial assistance which will make the vocational training centres (VTCs).


Madam Achiro said the government would expand the four VTCs based at Aluak Luak (Lakes State), Wau (Western Bahr El Ghazal), Malakal (Upper Nile) and Juba (Central Equatoria) in addition to extending the training to the states that do not have VTCs.


The Under Secretary said vocational training was a priority area in the Ministry’s new 5-year strategic plan which will be launched soon. Madam Achiro urged instructors at the VTCs to impart trainees with skills that are responsive to the labour market.


The Under Secretary was speaking today when she officially opened a 5-weeks refresher course for vocational instructors and administrative staff at the Multi-Service Training Centre in Juba. The training of trainers’ course which has attracted 60 participants from all the 10 states is being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


She said South Sudan was borrowing heavily on the skills of vocational training experts from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania who were assisting with the development of curriculums, policies and systems. She further thanked JICA for its generous assistance to the country in vocational training.


Speaking at the function, JICA’s Chief Representative in South Sudan, Mr Atsushi Hanatani, urged the Ministry of Labour and Public Service to renew its commitment to and allocate more resources to the VTCs.


Mr Hanatani said it was the duty of the government to allocate sufficient financial resources and develop a policy framework for vocational training which would equip the youth with skills for entrepreneurship and employment.


Mr Hanatani disclosed that Japan was spending US$15 million on the development of physical facilities, provision of equipment and capacity building support to improve vocational training in the country.


He said JICA had invested in the physical development of the Juba Multi-Service Training Centre (MTC) which should be completed by September this year, adding that similar support had been extended to the VTCs in Wau, Malakal and Aluak Luak.


The JICA official said they were assisting the Juba MTC through capacity development and provision of instructors. He said more than 2,500 youths have undergone vocational training since 2006 when JICA started working with the VTCs.


Reported by Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


MoLPSHRD produces five-year draft strategic plan

JUBA, 24 July 2012 - The Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resources Development has produced a draft 5-year strategic plan which is expected to guide its development over the next five years.


The plan, which is the product of critical deliberations of a five day workshop, held in Torit, Eastern Equatoria from July 17-21, 2012 also seeks to improve service delivery by the entire public service over the next five years.


The draft plan’s strategic areas of focus include Decent Work Country Programme, Institutional and Human Capacity Development. The draft Strategic Plan will now be presented to the Council of Ministers for approval before it is officially launched.


In his opening remarks, the Governor of Eastern Equatoria State, H. E. Luis Lobong Lojore, urged the participants to develop a strategic plan that would among other things define a uniform salary structure for all.


“It is only through proper strategic planning that success can be achieved,” Governor Lojore said.


He lauded the national Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development in supporting State Ministries of Labour and Public Service in developing policies, laws, regulations and human resources.


Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister and Acting Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Hon. Kwong Danhier Gatluak, said the Ministry would address, as a matter of urgency, issues of a code of conduct for public servants, core values and work ethics to ensure the attainment of the South Sudan Vision 2040.


Hon Gatluak said the long term development blueprint provides a framework that should ensure efficient service delivery in all sectors of the economy. He urged civil servants to be proactive rather than being reactive because the world had become very dynamic due to information and communications technology.


The Minister assured the conference that the HIV/AIDS pandemic was a matter of grave concern to the Ministry which was working in conjunction with the HIV/AIDS Commission at national and state levels to address the issue of HIV/AIDS at the work place.


The workshop brought together the top leadership in the Ministry, middle level managers, policy experts and junior staff who debated and agreed on critical choices that the Ministry must make if it is to adapt effectively to its internal and external environment in today’s highly dynamic world.


Reported by Justin Jada Joseph


RSS has presented a draft proposal on all outstanding Issues.

JUBA 23 July 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan through its negotiating team yesterday at 10pm local time presented a final draft agreement proposal to the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and the government of the Republic of Sudan addressing all the outstanding issues, a government official has revealed.


A press statement obtained by goss.org from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-SPLM states that the two negotiation teams agreed to comb through the document so as to identify the areas of differences in the presence of the AUHIP for a possible agreement on all the unresolved post independence issues between the two countries.


Click here to read the proposal.


Reported by Matata Safi


Parliament agrees on 6.6 billion-pound austerity budget

JUBA, July 22 2012 (NASS) - The National Legislative Assembly has unanimously agreed on 6.6 billion austerity budget for the year 2012 – 2013. This was arrived at last week in their process of fourth reading.


The minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Hon Kosti Manibe Ngai who attended the session said this budget may affect some government institutions according to government priorities but urged the affected institutions to adapt to go new realities.


He explained that basic services are safe from these measures adding that finance and economic committee has made significant progress in the preparation of the budget disclosing that there is an amount of 256,778,187 pounds as reserved for budget support.


He as well revealed that the finance and economic committee has recommended that there is a need to change in the nearest future the Sudanese financial form 15 with the new one in addition to the adoption of stamps used by the government official in private management like nationality and immigration.


Professor Paul Logale, the chairperson of finance and economic development in the assembly said parliament must guide the Ministry of Interior to develop a system of collection at border point and airport using stickers in visa procedures instead of stamps which he said is most corrupt.


On the other hand, he suggested that the committee should limit the number of cars benefiting from government fuel to determine the number of cars limited in each ministry but the parliament preferred the matter be discussed.


Most importantly, the austerity budget did not affect the budget plan of ministries like ministry of health, education, defense and security. In his recommendation to the parliament, the chairman of the economic and finance committee called on the parliament to pass the budget for the conduct of government activities especially in the areas of basic services.


However the parliamentarians appealed to all the ministries to abide by all the articles in the budget without exceeding its ceiling.


Abraham Malek, NASS


Four RSS ambassadors bid farewell to President Kiir

JUBA, 20 July 2012 - At least four Republic of South Sudan’s ambassadors who are assigned for diplomatic mission abroad on Tuesday 18th, July 2012 bid farewell to the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit.

 

The Ambassadors are:

  1. Amb. Dr. Akec Khoc – USA
  2. Amb. Sebit Alley – UK
  3. Amb. Dr. John Gai Yoah – Turkey
  4. Amb. Mayen Dut Wol – Sudan

 


H.E Kiir in a photo with the ambassadors.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

President of the Republic directed the ambassadors to reflect a good image of their country to the world through diplomatic methods.

 

Speaking to the press after bidding farewell to the President, Ambassador Akec Koch said the four ambassadors are going to establish diplomatic relations with the West and they will work hard to bring technical, economic support as well as political cooperation to the young nation.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


“Stop violence on citizens”, Hon Magaya warns police

JUBA, 20 July 2012 (NASS) – The minister for Interior in the government of South Sudan, Alison Manani Magaya has warned police to stop violence against citizens and work for the peace of the country. Hon Magaya said this on Tuesday when he visited Rejaf to prepare police batch 16 for graduation.


He told batch 16 that beating citizens senselessly is not the professional way of practicing police globally. The minister revealed that the government vision is professional police not the type of police that beat and rob people during night hours. He advised batch 16 police to not to follow the past mistakes committed by police saying the culture they had is different due to past civil war.


“The type of police we have right now is not normal police; they are political police because most of them were previous militias without police background; some even don’t salute when seeing an officer passing-by so don’t follow them but change them”, the minister advised. He as well disclosed that the government had come out with new policy of transfer stating that no police will stay in one place for more than two years; just two years then transfer.


Hon Magaya further revealed that the students dismissed from Khartoum’s Al-Ribat College for police will graduate with certificates of the college particularly batch 63. He said that batch 64 will have their certificate from Rejaf College for police.

 


Hon Magaya emphasizing a point.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


In the same occasion, the minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin urged the police to show respect, love and care for the people of South Sudan stressing that without professional work people will not realise peace. Dr Benjamin also warned them against tribalism saying South Sudanese are all equal before law and South Sudan’s transitional constitution.


“In a place where there is no police there is death, because police is life and security, so please try to use the knowledge you are getting from this college to create peace within your communities”, he said.


Batch 16th is the first batch which will be graduating from Rejaf College of police. It consists of cadets dismissed from Khartoum as a result of clashes over Heglig earlier this year, and the other group are the students who finished from Uganda waiting for commissioning from the President of Republic, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.


The students dismissed from Khartoum’s Al-Ribat College were 71 men and 14 ladies while the ones from Uganda were 38 men and 11 ladies totaling 134 students. The Interior minister also said that the government is planning to build a secondary school for police and possibly postgraduate studies in the nearest future.


Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


“We have made good strides in the digitization journey”, Information minister

JUBA, 20 July 2012 - South Sudan is hopeful of achieving full migration to the new digital system of broadcast from the traditional analogue system by 2014 before the June 2015 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deadline.


This was revealed by Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, minister for Information while speaking at a one-day digital evolution workshop organized by ZTE Corporation and held at Juba Grand Hotel mid this week. The minister underscored the importance of the migration saying South Suda,n as the world’s newest nation, cannot lag behind when the rest of the world is moving forward.


“South Sudan Television and broadcasting started shifting towards digitalization as early as 2009 though we have been moving side by side with the analogue”, said Dr. Marial. He said the ministry had set the year 2012 to complete the shift. He however said he is optimistic that the ITU deadline would get South Sudan across the board.


A 2006 regional communications conference organised by the International Telecommunication Union-ITU in Geneva set June 2015 as deadline for migration to all countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa of which South Sudan as a new nation is not an exception.

 


Dr. Marial (centre) listens to the DG of Information Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak (left) while Mr. Jing (right) looks on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


“As an independent country and party to the ITU, South Sudan will have to comply with the policies and decisions taken by ITU. This is also good in that we will avoid the risk of being a dumping site for people who may think the market for analogue products is in South Sudan”, Dr. Marial said.


He further explained that since the world has gone digital, embracing it would mean being part of the world family of nations, equipment being less expensive as they would available and harmonized using the digital system for the benefit of the citizens.


Meanwhile the director of SSTV, Mr. Moyiga Korokoto Nduru, expressed the need to speed up the shift if South Sudan is to move together with the rest of the region. He noted that the East African Community that South Sudan is much expected to join has set the end of 2012 deadline which he said may affect South Sudan.


Mr. Jianj Jin Jing, ZTE’s CTO underscored the importance of strengthening the media in passing the right information to the people in the young nation of South Sudan. He recalled that the task of nation building is a difficult one which says will need a collective responsibility of every one.


“You are more than 9 million in this country, if all of us can contribute something in our own ways, we can develop this country”, said Mr. Jing.


Reported by Matata Safi


Special UN Representative to South Sudan visits Yambio

JUBA 17 July 2012 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of the United Nations and head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson is scheduled to pay her first visit to Yambio, the state capital of Western Equatoria today Tuesday 17 July 2012.

 


Ms Johnson in a previous media briefing.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


During the one-day visit, the SRSG is expected to meet Western Equatoria State Governor Joseph B. Bakasoro to discuss issues pertaining to the implementation of the UNMISS mandate in Western Equatoria State.


The SRSG will also meet with representatives of civil society, political parties, the African Union Regional Task Force on the LRA, members of the United Nations Country Team, as well as UNMISS staff.


Reported by Matata Safi


H.E Kiir meets Zuma of South Africa and VP of Angola

JUBA, 16 July 2012 - H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit today discussed the ongoing negotiations and the situations in the two countries in his meeting today on Monday July 16, 2012 with President of the Republic of South Africa H.E Jacob Zuma.


Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation described the meeting as important since South Africa as a member of the United Nations Security Council has a role to play and get a peaceful result on the dispute between South Sudan and Sudan.

 


H.E Kiir shakes hands with H.E Jacob Zuma.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon Nhial also said H.E Kiir met the Vice President of Angola H.E Fernando Piedade Dia Dos Santos, further saying that Angola as a member of the African Union Security Council and as part of South African Development community (SADC) has a role to play in terms of expediting the conclusion of agreement between the two states.


In his meeting with VP of Angola Nhial said, H.E Kiir expressed sincere gratitude to Angola for the moral and material supports provided by Angola to SPLA/M during the struggle and before the independence of the Republic of South Sudan.

 


H.E Kiir meets with VP of Angola.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On the question of the remaining two weeks left for resolving the issues between the two states, Hon Nhial said AU/HIP and AU/PSC will make their inputs first and assess the situation to let the negotiations continue after the term given or let the UN Security Council handle it.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa


H.E Kiir holds series of meetings with heads of state and delegations

ADDIS ABABA, 16 July 2012 - In the margins of the opening sessions of the 19th AU ordinary session of the assembly on Sunday July 15th, 2012, President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit held a series of important meetings with a number of heads of state, USA, UN and AU representatives.


Among the heads of state are President of Kenya, H.E Mwai Kibaki, President of Egypt H.E Mohammed Mursi, President of Zimbabwe H.E Robert Mugabe, UN deputy secretary General Jean Aliason, USA assistant secretary of state for African Affairs Mr Johnny Caisson, and Russian Presidential Envoy for African states Mr. Mikhail Margelov.


According to the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial the theme of President’s meeting with the heads of state and governments was to update them on the meeting he held with President El-Bashir.

 


H.E Kiir meets with his Egyptian counterpart H.E Mursi.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon. Nhial disclosed that H.E Kiir’s meeting with Bashir discussed the ongoing negotiations in Bahr Dar in Ethiopia, emphasizing that the meeting has a positive impact on the ongoing negotiations for it boosts the talks and gives courage to both teams to seriously consider all things being discussed on the agenda. Given the fact that the two countries left with couple of weeks before the deadline set by the UN Security Council for the talks to produce positive results, Hon. Nhial said.


On his comment to the statement given by the President to the AU/PSC meeting, Hon Nhial said the statement gave a factual account of what have been achieved so far, realistic prospects and what needs to be done to fully comply with the UN Security Council resolution and AU road map. He also added hat all the road map has been accomplished by the Republic of South Sudan and Sudan has failed to pull out its forces from Abyei.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Russian government expresses interest to expand bilateral ties with RSS

ADDIS ABABA, 16 July 2012 – The Russian government has expressed strong and sincere interest to expand and diversify bilateral ties with the new state of South Sudan. This came in a meeting held by the President of the Republic H.E. Kiir with the Russian Presidential Envoy for African states Mr. Mikhail Margelov, on the margins of the 19th AU ordinary session of Assembly.

 


H.E Kiir and delegation meets with Russian Envoy Margelov.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Russian envoy appreciated South Sudan for opening its Embassy in Moscow and for developing and promoting good relations between the two countries. He added that the current Russian Ambassador based in Uganda will also be overseeing bilateral relations between the two countries. The Russian Envoy said South Sudan needs a lot of financial engineering companies since it is rich but most of its wealth is untapped and the interest of Russian companies to participate in the development of new oil pipelines and mining.


H.E Kiir on his part praised the current developing relations with Russia and asked Russian companies to come to Juba and peruse their fields of interest with the relevant ministries.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


President Kiir meets President Bashir

ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit held closed bilateral talks yesterday on Saturday July 14th, 2012 evening with his counterpart of the Republic of Sudan Omer El-Bashir at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa.


The meeting between the two heads of the neighboring states took at least one hour. They did not give a statement to the press after the meeting but the following six photos talk clearly about the meeting which proclaims hopes for a better future, you can study them carefully:

 


H.E Kiir shakes hands with Bashir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


H.E Kiir meeting President Omer El-Bashir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


H.E Bashir gives signal of peace to H.E Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


Delegations of the two sides in a courtesy call meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


H.E Kiir and delegation with Ali Kerti Foreign minister of Sudan.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


The two leaders getting out of their closed door bilateral meeting with smiling faces.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


H.E Kiir presents a report to the AU/PSC

ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit yesterday on Saturday 14th, July 2012 presented a full report to the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting (PSC) No. 327 held in Plenary Hall at AU old premises in Addis Ababa.


The AU Peace and Security Council meeting chaired by the President of Cote D’Ivoire H.E Alassane Ouattara at the level of Heads of State and Government, was held behind closed doors specially to discuss conflicts in Mali, South Sudan and Sudan.

 


H.E Kiir in AU-PSC meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


In the opening session of the meeting, PSC Chair H.E Alassane Ouattara, AU Chair H.E Boni Yayi and the AU/C Mr. Jean Ping appreciated efforts of the mediators to resolve African conflict issues. They also called for immediate solutions for the conflicts in Mali, South Sudan and Sudan through unity.


In his statement to the Council President Kiir pointed out a clear position of the new state that it is committed to the full, immediate and unconditional implementation of the AU/ PSC Communiqué issued on April 24th, 2012 and supported by the United Nation Security Council Resolution 2046 of May 2012. H.E Kiir said South Sudan’s relationship with the neighboring Republic of Sudan is a great challenge resulting in the two states being brought before the council, which he described as a greatest opportunity.

 


AU Peace and Security meeting in Addis Ababa.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir reported to the AU/PSC that Sudan’s failure to t accept AU/HIP map has become the only factor causing the delay in the establishment of the Sated Demilitarized Border Zones (SDBZ) and the full operationalization of its security mechanisms. He also pointed out that Sudan has further fallen substantially short of compliance with the communiqué and resolution 2046 by failing to declare a cessation of hostilities, not accepting the unconditional nature of negotiations and failing to complete a full withdrawal of its forces from Abyei.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia


H.E Kiir in Addis Ababa for AU Summit and Peace and Security meeting

ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit accompanied by a number of national ministers arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday on July 13th, 2012 to participate in the African Union’s 19th ordinary session of the Assembly scheduled for Sunday, 15th, July 2012.


Before the AU’s ordinary summit, President Kiir is expected to present a report to the Peace and Security Council meeting No. 327 at the level of heads of state and government, which will be held today on Saturday 14th July 2012. H.E Kiir’s report is in compliance with the position of Republic of South Sudan on the AU Communiqué of April/2012 and the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2046/May, 2012.

 


H.E Kiir arrives in Addis Ababa for AU Summit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Peace and Security Council meeting is expected to discuss two agenda items on conflicts in Africa, particularly the conflicts in Mali and the conflicts between the two neighboring states of South Sudan and Sudan.


President of the Republic is expected to meet a number of Heads of state in Africa, special representatives from EU, UN and Arab world on the sidelines of the summit.


It is important to note that the Republic of South Sudan’s negotiating team headed by SPLM Secretary General, Cde. Pagam Amum Okech, is now in Addis Ababa to continue with the negotiations as scheduled by the African Union.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia


Dr Machar calls on political parties to study South Sudan’s Vision 2040

JUBA, 13 July 2012 – South Sudan’s leadership has called on all the political parties in the new nation to acquaint themselves with the Vision 2040 document which the government has envisioned as the basis from which any ruling party shall draw its development plans.


The country’s Vice President and deputy chairperson of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Riek Machar Teny, made the remarks on Thursday during his meeting with the chairman of the National United Democratic Front (NUDF) party, Kornelio Kon Nger who was accompanied by his Secretary General and members of the secretariat.


He added that the parties should also acquaint themselves with the government’s document on strategic development plans.


Machar further added that the political parties should also join the ruling SPLM by being proactive on the national priorities such as the border demarcation with Sudan, fate of Abyei, oil production and security as well as war against corruption, which he said are among the challenges faced by the government.


The NUDF party leader had earlier on requested that the other political parties should be given a chance to participate with the ruling SPLM in the ongoing negotiations with Khartoum on the outstanding issues in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.


While reiterating his government’s commitment to multiparty democracy in the country, the SPLM deputy chairperson however encouraged any party with the same vision and principles with the ruling SPLM to join the SPLM, or merge with any other like-minded political party instead of splintering into many smaller opposition parties.


The new nation is in the process of forming a Council of Political Parties which will be responsible for registering afresh all the political parties in South Sudan including the SPLM.


In accordance with the transitional constitution of South Sudan all the political parties are required to re-register under the new law.


The Political Parties Leadership Forum (PPLF); a consultative forum which includes membership of leaders of all the political parties and chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, met on Tuesday and consulted on the pending formation of the Council.


South Sudan has about 20 political parties most of which were registered in Khartoum when the region was still part of Sudan while others were recently born after independence and they are not yet registered or recognized by the government.


Reported by the Vice President’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak


South Sudan invites Japanese agricultural technologies

JUBA, 13 July 2012 (NASS) - The government of the Republic of South Sudan has invited the Japanese government to bring in technologies to improve agriculture sector in the country. Official government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin extended this invitation yesterday during a meeting with the Japanese special representative to South Sudan.


Dr Benjamin said South Sudan is a virgin territory with a fertile land for agriculture but the skills and technology are not available. He appealed to the Japanese government to introduce a program through its contingent in UNMISS to train SPLA forces.


The minister further urged Japanese investors to venture into country to confirm that its market is immemorial and the policy in existence is a win-win system.


Japanese special representative to south Sudan, Mr. Hideo Fukushima said Japan acknowledges the difficulties South Sudan is going through but said determination is crucial to face out the challenges. Mr. Fukushima also reassured of the government of Japan’s commitment to cooperate with South Sudan.

 


Dr Benjamin meeting the Jonglei Peace Initiative delegation.


In a separate meeting, Jonglei Peace Initiative group yesterday announced that the killings in Jonglei state have dropdown by 90% after a series of clashes witnessed between Murle and Lou Nuer last year. Jonglei Peace Initiative group is a combination of sons and daughters of Nuer, Murle and Dinka of Jonglei state living in the United States of America.


The chairperson of the group, Paul Manyok who came with the retired US national security expert said the next step of their struggle is peace through development. Meanwhile, the retired US national security expert, Otis Jackson who is on business, disclosed that they have conducted background studies on South Sudan and developed plans and strategies to set up a strong security in the country.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Agriculture ministry receives seed testing equipment

JUBA, 13 July 2012 - The national Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development yesterday received laboratory equipment for seed testing as a donation from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in collaboration with Food Agricultural Organization (FAO).


Receiving the equipment at the ministry’s headquarters, Hon. Beda Machar Deng, the deputy minister in the ministry of Agriculture lauded the initiative and said it was a major boost to agricultural empowerment in supplying good and quality seeds to the farmers.

 


Part of the equipment seed testing equipment.
[Photo: Gabriel Lawrence]
 


He said the equipment has come at the right time and will be stationed in research centres like Abu Halima of Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital of Wau, Yei Laboratory in Central Equatorial and Renk in Upper Nile.


The Executive Director of Research in the same ministry Dr. Cerino Oketayot said the total cost of the equipment is 70,000 Euros.


Reported by Gabriel Lawrence


NLA discusses austerity budget in its second reading

JUBA, 13 July 2012 (NASS) - The minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Hon Kosti Manibe Ngai has said he is unhappy to see the new born country go through difficulties after one year of independence.


In his report to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) mid this week, Hon Manibe said the country still has good opportunity to reform the public service sector stressing that it is time to focus on other resources instead of dependence on oil revenues.


He added that despite the austerity measures, improvement of health condition and government employees’ payment is paramount. He highlighted the importance of development in rural areas through sustainable humanitarian and social service delivery explaining that delivering such service will result to peace and stability in conflict affected areas since 80% of the population is rural.

 


The NLA in session.


He disclosed that customs and taxation authorities are now under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning so as to help account for and monitor public funds. He as well revealed that the government allocates 12,471,880 Pounds for South Sudan Television. The national legislative assembly has basically agreed to improve service sector according to the priorities as is seen by the government based on the austerity measures.


In a separate development, one of the parliamentarian suggested that the budget for training the parliamentarians be diverted to delivery of clean drinking water, electricity and education in the country and that was welcome by number of his colleagues.


Reported by Abraham Malek, NASS


High hopes for South Sudan football as Bright Stars draw with Uganda Cranes

JUBA, 12 July 2012 - Juba the capital of South Sudan was engulfed in ecstasy on July 10th when the national team, Bright Stars of the newly born Republic of South Sudan dashed away the hopes of the giant Uganda Cranes who thought victory was a foregone conclusion in the host’s first international match.

 


The Bright Stars singing the national anthem.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The match that ended with a 2-2 draw saw the first goal coming from Uganda’s Kizito Lwanga who put the Uganda Cranes on the lead when he netted the ball at the 10th minute of the first half. The home side levelled at 23 minutes when Richard Justin sent the ball at the left hand corner of the net in a penalty taken after a foul play was committed by the Ugandan defence side within the box. The second goal for the visiting side came from Ogwang Julius 4 minute later but only to be levelled by Bright Star’s James Joseph at stoppage time of added two minutes.


The Crane’s Okuti Ceasar was sent out with a red card at the twenty fifth minute after been booked twice with yellow cards giving way for the Bright Stars domination of the match. The fully parked Juba Stadium saw the second half end without more goals.

 


Ugandan community in Juba cheering up their home team.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Zoran Djordjevic, the Coach of the Bright Stars said besides the long sad history of South Sudan, the team came up to show the world that they have the ability to compete at the regional and international levels.


He said all the team needs is good coaching, good facilities and to be exposed to the world. “This is our first step, you have seen it all. We have many chances to be like the Drogbas and the Messi you hear of”, said Djordjevic.


Juma James, keeper of the Bright Stars and Uganda Crane’s Bengo Stephen were award USD 200.00 each after being nominated as the best players of the game by Kush Air, a domestic airline service provider in South Sudan.

 


Juma James, South Sudan's player of the game receives his token from Kush Air.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Among the distinguished guests were, Rtd Col. Joseph Laku, Presidential Advisor and leader of the Anyanya, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, government spokesman and minister for Information, Dr Cirino Hiteng, minister for Youth and Sport, President of South Sudan Football Association Chabur Goc, and among others.


The friendly match between South Sudan and its southern neighbour Uganda was part of the independence celebration. It was also the first of its kind since South Sudan was admitted to the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).


Reported by Matata Safi


“The world needs tough people”, Museveni

JUBA 12 July 2012 - President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda has urged the people of South Sudan to stand firm and united as they are faced with a lot of changes resulting from their one year of independence.


The Ugandan president said South Sudan has and will continue to witness many challenges. He said the problems will need the people to stand together and face the challenges as one. President Museveni who was the chief guest at the occasion of South Sudan’s first anniversary independence said the issues of South Sudan should not have taken ‘two days’ to be understood by Khartoum because he said their demands were very clear.

 


President Museveni giving his speech at the independence celebrations.
[Photo: Philip Dhil]


“In the world the voices of black people are not heard very much, otherwise the suffering of the black South Sudanese should have not gone on for so long”, he said. He explained that the issue at hand for the black Southern Sudanese was that they wanted to practise their diverse beautiful God given cultures but they were denied.


He congratulated the people of South Sudan for showing dedication and unity which he said brought the hard-won independences after more than two decades of war. He urged South Sudan not be like the children of Israel whom after being delivered out of slavery in Egypt at some point entertained the thoughts of going back there.


“Now you should not be like the children of Israel. The children of Israel when they got out of slavery from Egypt and got problems in the desert, they said they ‘we wished we were back in Egypt because in Egypt we at least had pumpkins to eat. You are supposed to eat pumpkins in your own country”, he emphasised.

 


President Kiir and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Kaguta Museveni arrive at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum.
[Photo: Philip Dhil]


President Museveni, however, said Africans are at times to blame for the problems that befall them. He said are easy to divide, easy to confuse and will easily give in to slavery. He called on the people of South Sudan to unite in realising peace and sustainable development.


The Ugandan president pledged continued cooperation of his country with the people of the Republic of South Sudan. He further called for justice to be done as talks on the outstanding issues between South Sudan and Sudan go on in the Ethiopian Capital of Addis Ababa.


We warned that any agreement reached must reflect the best wishes of the two parties saying a deal that may not be based on justice may be the cause to future problems.


Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudanese community in Kenya join in independence fist anniversary celebration

NAIROBI, 10 July 2012 - The multitude of joyous South Sudanese community in Kenya joined their country citizens in celebration of their country’s first independence anniversary yesterday on 9th July 2012 at Railway Club, Uhuru Park in Nairobi Kenya.

 


Some of the VIPs at the celebration.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


South Sudan attained her independence last year on 9th July 2011 through the international monitored referendum where nearly 99% majority of the southerners overwhelmingly voted for separation from Arab and Muslim dominated north. The plebiscite was part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which was signed on January 9th 2005, between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement /Army (SPLM/A), the former rebel movement which was fighting against marginalization by the central government and the National Congress Party (NCP) the incumbent ruling party in Sudan.


The guest of honor Hon. Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology thanked the gathering and conveyed the warm greetings from H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan. He announced that he was here on a short official mission and that was happy to officiate the occasion.

 


Part of the crowd which attended the celebrations.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


He honored those who bravely fought the war of liberation including the SPLA martyrs among them the late hero Dr. John Garang de Mabior. He said that without them South Sudanese would not have achieved independence. “As we are celebrating our independence today, it is a proof to many prophets of doom who had wished our country to be a failed state. Some people who are closely monitoring our progress disprove either of the allegations”, he asserted. Hon. Nyaba elaborated that South Sudan will not be a failed state because of the zero tolerance policy in fighting corruption and appreciated the recent orders given by President Kiir to the Minister of Justice and Constitution development to prosecute those who might be found to have been involved in corruption.

 


South Sudanese dancing to celebrate first independence anniversary.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


Hon. Nyaba quoted Hilde Johnson, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan who said that “there is an improvement in the country” adding that the statement is an indication that South Sudan is going in the right direction.


H.E Mariano D. Ngor, the Deputy Ambassador of South Sudan to the Republic of Kenya in his speech appreciated the cordial relationship maintained between the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of South Sudan. He said that this bilateral relation with Kenya is rooted in historical and cultural affinity between the two neighboring states. He commended the role played by Kenya during the liberation struggle saying Kenya has hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees from South Sudan and during the liberation war that led to the signing of the CPA. He acknowledged that Kenya is still actively involved and engaged in post independence issues such as capacity building and monitoring of the implementation of the outstanding CPA issues between the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan. H.E Ngor commended the LAPSET corridor project saying that it will help boost development and economic relation not only between the two states but in the whole of Eastern Africa. He further commended the African Union and the international community for their support and the recognition of the Republic of South Sudan as one its member states. He assured that the young nation will continue to abide by the international UN Charters and Agreements among which respect of human right and promotion of peace and Democracy is paramount.

 


A band playing during celebrations.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


On his part H.E Ambassador Oyugi congratulated the people of the Republic of South Sudan for their independence anniversary on behalf of the people and the Republic of Kenya. He also appreciated the people of South Sudan for their peaceful staying in Kenya and encouraged them to feel at home. “You have become part and partial of the Kenyan society because you have embraced Kenyan culture and language”, he added.


Many entertainment activities including dances, poems and songs were sung to punctuate the program. The celebration was conducted in good weather condition that encouraged people to attend and remain there as earlier as 9 am to 6 pm. Many drinks and lunch was served and the cake bearing the flag of the Republic of South Sudan was cut by the senior guests to mark the occasion.

 


Dignitaries cutting the cake during the celebrations.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


The occasion was organized by South Sudan Embassy in Kenya in coordination with South Sudanese Student Association in Kenya (SSAK) and members of the representative from South Sudanese community in Nairobi.


The celebration was also attended by H.E Kelebert Nkomani, the Permanent Representative to UNEP & UN Habitat who is also a Zimbabwean Amb. to Kenya, H.E Sahle-work Zewde from Un office in Nairobi, among other government officials and members of the diplomatic core.


Reported by Joseph Garang Deng


South Sudan marks first anniversary after been wished a failed state

JUBA, 10 July 2012 – The world’s and Africa’s youngest nation of South Sudan yesterday successfully marked its first independence anniversary. This anniversary is significant because many of its enemies had wished it to become a failed state few months from its independence.


South Sudan survived massive challenges from the President Bashir regime of Khartoum last year to lay its foundation after attaining independence from sudan, but President Kiir invited President Bashir for the independence anniversary.


Among the top guests at the celebration were the representatives of the Khartoum (Bashir) government minister Salah el Din Mohammed al Kheir Wanasse of foreign affairs, President of Uganda Yuweri Kaguta Museveni, representative of Kenyan president (Kibaki) Dalmas Otieno, representative of the Ethiopian prime minister (Zenawi) Haile Mariam, special representative of UN secretary general Hilde Johnson and the chairperson of African Union Commission Jean Ping.


In his keynote at the anniversary commemoration at Garang Mausoleum, President Kiir told the mass that the problem with Khartoum is political and has nothing to do with Sudanese citizens. He emphasized that even though Khartoum has already declared South Sudan as its enemy number one Juba’s position is peace with Khartoum.


General Salva Kiir Mayardit commended Sudanese President Omer al Bashir for helping South Sudan become independent. He appreciated Bashir’s response to the independence invitation pointing it as responsible goodwill gesture. President Kiir told the mass that the challenges ahead are enormous but the country will prevail urging the international community not to neglect South Sudan because it is young.


The president urged the international community not to doubt assisting South Sudan because of its past mistakes. He said the government is working hard to correct them. He as well called on the national legislative assembly and civil society organizations to support the government in dealing with corruption vowing not to stop till it is eradicated.


Formerly Sudan Tribune reported that the chairperson of civil society organization was kidnapped and beaten into a coma after staging demonstration in support of President Kiir’s statement of stolen money. President Kiir further commended the role played by teachers in the one year of independence stating that education has improved.


The special representative of Sudanese president, Salah al din Mohammed al Kheir Wanasse extended President Bashir’s congratulations on one year of independence saying he wished good relations and exemplary neighborhood with South Sudan.


Ugandan president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni urged South Sudanese to unite with one another to lay a strong foundation for the country. “In this world the voices of black people are not heard, otherwise the people of South Sudan might have not suffered for so long because the problems between Sudans are very clear” he said. He reaffirmed Uganda commitment to assist South Sudan in laying down strong foundation for development.


The two countries of Kenya and Ethiopia also expressed deep happiness for South Sudan’s anniversary noting that their support for South Sudan remains in place.


The special representative of United Nations secretary general, Hilde Johnson acknowledged the efforts exerted and challenges South Sudan is facing but confirmed that the UN is working to resolve the deteriorating situation between the two neighbors. She as well revealed that UNMISS is doing its best to see that South Sudan is stable and secured.


Meanwhile the chairman of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping promised South Sudan that AU Commission will not turn its back on the young nation. He said the AU and international community will equally help North and South Sudan to become peaceful.


He advised the government of South Sudan to take agriculture very seriously to strengthen its economy disclosing that the AU will assist the budgetary challenges South Sudan is going through to make sure education, health, security and basic infrastructural challenges are surmounted.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


“With peace, there’ll be no poverty”, Tutu

JUBA, 9 July (NASS) – The retired South African Bishop and Nobel Laureate, Desmond Tutu has called on the two countries of Sudan and South Sudan to embrace peace to kick out poverty.


Addressing a Christian congregation at All Saints’ Cathedral near Mobil, Tutu said the only way to eradicate hunger, disease and illiteracy is when North and South Sudan have peace. He urged the government of South Sudan to take peace as a must to give development a chance expressing hope to see South Sudan different next time.


Earlier reports said the Nobel Laureate and his team of elders will be meeting President Bashir in Khartoum after holding high level political meeting with the President of the Republic Salva Kiir Mayardit.

 


Church leaders welcome Bishop Tutu to the church service.
[Ajang Monychol]


Government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin commended the role played by the church saying much is needed especially during these hard times. Dr Benjamin told Desmond Tutu that the government position with Khartoum is peace and creation of two viable states disclosing that President Bsshir is invited for the independence celebrations in Juba.


He as well acknowledged the challenges the government is going through but promised to deliver adequate services. He further appealed to the international friends to help in putting up a strong foundation for South Sudan as it matures.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Muslims and Christians agree to join hands for development

JUBA, 9 July 2012 (NASS) – South Sudan Muslims and Christians have agreed to forget the past differences and work for the unity and development of country. This pronouncement was made over the weekend during a workshop organized by Sudan Council of Churches on peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian communities in South Sudan.


Opening the workshop at the Star Hotel, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the meeting was encouraging and would support development in the country. He urged the two parties to translate this spirit of oneness so as to achieve real peace in the country.


However, Dr Benjamin also warned both Christians and Muslims not to use religion as a tool of conflict as is happening with al Qaeda in Baghdad and Timbuktu in Mali.

 


Religious leaders at the workshop.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Meanwhile, the representative of the Islamic Council in Couth Sudan, Dr Abdallah Deng Nhial assured that the Muslim community in South Sudan is for peace, unity and stability of the country.


On his part, the acting chairperson of Sudan Council of Churches, Rev. Hassan Wawoo urged the Muslim community not to fear for being the minority stressing that all are equal before God. He as well advised the two communities not to say bad things of each other explaining that it will affect peace and development in the country.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Tutu in Juba to support AU peace effort between the Sudans

JUBA, 9 July 2012 (NASS) – The famous South African Bishop and activist, Desmond Tutu is in Juba to support African Union High Implementation Panel to realise peace between the two Sudans after a series of failed talks in Addis Ababa.


Desmond Tutu who is heading the delegation of African elders arrived in Juba on Friday after a brief meeting with the chief mediator of African Union High Implementation Panel at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia.


Briefing the press at Home and Away after a warm reception by the President of the Republic Salva Kiir Mayardit, Tutu said their presence in South Sudan is to work on how the two countries of Sudan and South Sudan can become viable states.

 


Bishop Tutu meeting President Kiir.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He stated that that there is nothing the two states can do to separate them from being neighbors. “Whether north and South Sudan want or not, they are going to remain two different states. Failure to embrace peace is going to be serious on both sides,” Tutu warned.


However, talks between Sudan and south Sudan resumed last week but reports indicate security agenda remains to be an obstacle.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Office of the President continues to receive support for the SPLA

JUBA, 9 July 2012 - The Office of the President of the Republic continues to receive contributions as part of the mobilizations in support of the SPLA forces to defend the sovereignty of the country.

 


Hon LoWilla receives the contribution of South Sudanese living in Qatar from Hon Datiro.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Friday 6th, July 2012 the minister in the Office of the President Hon Emmanuel LoWilla received 3,000 USD contributed by the South Sudanese community in Qatar which was handed over to him by the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Grace Datiro, and 17,700 SSP contributed by the staff of South Sudan National Bureau of Standards and Metrology working under the council of ministers. The money was handed over by Hon Wek Mamer deputy minister for Cabinet Affairs.

 


Hon. LoWilla receives the contribution of South Sudan Standards and Meteorology Bureau from Hon Wek Mamer.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon LoWilla on behalf of the President thanked the staff of Standards and Meteorology Bureau for their valuable contributions. He also thanked the South Sudanese community in Qatar for not forgetting the SPLA forces.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


South Sudanese artists asks for places to perform

JUBA, 6 July 2012 (NASS) – South Sudanese artists have urged the government of South Sudan to build places for artistic performance. One of the young and emerging South Sudanese artists, Salome Kiden said South Sudanese artists have a lot to deliver, but performance is so difficult without places like museums, galleries and stadiums.


Ms Kiden voiced out this message yesterday while exhibiting her fine arts talents in an artistic exhibition in Juba Civic Engagement Center. The fine arts at the exhibitions were mostly pots made out of recycled papers gathered from the waste collected from the waste disposals of the government ministries.


According to Ms Kiden who is also a television anchor at the national television, said she had more to do out of waste disposals for the betterment of the country. She said the next step to embark on is the plastics waste materials which are actually rampant with in Juba.

 


Ms Kiden showing some of her work to Dr Benjamin.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


She, however, advised the general public not to stick only on government but to do things out of their own talents, saying there are many things to earn a lot from than waiting for government salaries.


The official spokesperson of the government of South Sudan, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin congratulated the emerging artists for the wonderful job performed. He asserted that the government of South Sudan is taking culture very seriously and very soon most of the facilities will be in place. He also appealed to the other artists who have never shown up in such a level to come out with the talents to develop South Sudan.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Labour Undersecretary calls for support for Vocational Training Centres

JUBA, 6 July 2012 - The Undersecretary for Labour in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Madam Hellen Achiro, has called for international support for the four Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) in South Sudan.


Madam Achiro said technical, material and financial assistance will make the VTCs fully operational in training young people for the job market. The VTCs are based in Aluak Luak (Lakes State), Wau (Western Bahr El Ghazal), Malakal (Upper Nile) and Juba (Central Equatoria).


Madam Achiro said that the VTCs would be able to provide short courses lasting between 3-6 months in various fields, adding that this would enable young South Sudanese to take up jobs which are currently held by non-nationals.


The Undersecretary particularly singled out the hospitality industry saying there was high demand in the country for training of school leavers.


“When you go to most of the hotels in this country, the situation does not reflect the real image of the country because most of the workers are non-nationals. These are jobs which should be held by locals. We need to get nationals who are interested in the hotel industry and give them training in this area,” she said.


“We require facilitation in terms of training and expertise for the VTCs. You can’t lay off non-nationals before you train locals,” she added.


Madam Achiro made the remarks when she met two officials from the African Development Bank (AfDB) – Ms Faith Kamau and Ms Arek Dut Majok - who paid her a courtesy call at the Ministry offices in Juba. The AfDB officials are part of the bank’s country strategy verification mission in South Sudan.


South Sudan which became independent on July 9 last year joined AfDB as the 79th shareholder at the bank’s last annual meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania from May 31-June 1, 2012.


The Under Secretary disclosed that the Ministry had finalised the Labour Bill which had the negotiated in a tripartite manner with the government, trade unions, employers and civil society giving their input.


She said that once it is enacted into law the Labour Bill would require implementation through the formulation of regulations and by-laws, adding that the government would require technical assistance to make this possible.


“We will also need to make awareness about the bill by printing and disseminating information, education and communication materials. We will also need to engage the media in creating awareness about the bill and its provisions,” she said.


Madam Achiro said the International Labour Organisation was working with the Ministry to establish a unit to tackle child labour which is a major challenge for South Sudan, adding the main strategy was to fight child through education.


On the handling of labour disputes, the Under Secretary said the country needs to establish labour courts by borrowing experiences and best practices from the region and beyond.


“We also need an Industrial Act that will operationalise the labour courts because the country lacks a legislative framework for such courts,” she said.


Speaking during the occasion, Ms Faith Kamau, the AfDB Legal Affairs official, said the bank would mainly focus on capacity building and infrastructure.


Reported by Alnour Ango, Justin Jada, Simon Owaka


US anticipates $ 440 million aid to South Sudan

JUBA, 5 July 2012 (NASS) – The United States of America is anticipating to spend $440 million for the development and humanitarian program in South Sudan for the fiscal year 2012. The US ambassador to South Sudan, Suzan Page disclosed this on Wednesday while commemorating United States independence anniversary in Juba.


Ms Page said the money will be used for the programs of direct benefits to the citizens and people of South Sudan. She as well assured that the US will work together with the government of South Sudan to address the issues of good governance and conflict mitigation.

 


Dr Benjamin (left) at the American independence celebrations.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


On his part, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin congratulated the people of the United States of America for the Independence Day saying South Sudan is committed to good and democratic governance.


Dr Benjamin said the government of South Sudan is working very hard to curtail the issue of corruption revealing that arrest and prosecution powers have been given to anticorruption commission. He further urged the UN Security Council to press Khartoum to withdraw its police forces from oil-rich Abyei region.


Earlier, the government of South Sudan had alerted the UN Security Council about the presence of Sudan’s police in the disputed area of Abyei, but Dr Benjamin confirmed nothing materialized.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


SPLA engineering units is government priority

JUBA 3 July 2012(NASS) – The official spokesperson of the government of South Sudan, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has said that among the top priorities of government this year, from Japanese engineering contingent in South Sudan is the improvement of SPLA engineering unit.


Dr Benjamin who is also the minister for Information and Broadcasting made this remark today in an interview with the Japanese media NHK. He said the other areas of great importance are the construction of roads, bridges and intensification on capacity building program.


However, the minister lauded the hard work exerted by the Japanese engineering contingent and. The minister further reaffirmed to the government of Japan that the Japanese and the engineering contingent serving under UNMISS are safe in South Sudan.


He also appealed to the Japanese investors to venture for investment in the young republic explaining that the environment and the laws are very friendly.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, NASS


Pari community donates 36 heads of cattle to SPLA

JUBA, 3 July 2012 - Pari community of Lafon County, Eastern Equatoria State on Saturday 30th June contributed thirty six (36) heads of cattle to the national government of South Sudan in support of the national army as part of the ongoing mobilization campaign.

 

Receiving the donation, the Deputy Minister for Defense Hon. Dr. Majak Agot Atem welcomed the donation and he called it working together to protect the country from external aggression. He said the Pari community has historically contributed to the liberation struggle of South Sudan.

 

“The massive enrolment of the sons and daughters of Lafon in South Sudan national army right from the beginning of the SPLA/M armed struggles in 1983 to date is a testimony of your unwavering support and contribution for total liberation of South Sudan”, he said. He said the SPLA will never give up defending the territorial integrity of the Republic of South Sudan.

 


The head of cattle donated by the Pari community.
[Photo: Ugila Paul]

 

Hon.Abdallah Kafelo, Eastern Equatorial’s State Advisor to the Governor on Political Affairs who is also the state’s head of Mobilizing Committee witnessed the handover. He said the donation symbolized unity of the people of South Sudan.

 

After Khartoum government’s continued aggressions on the people of South Sudan that resulted into the bitter border clashes in April, communities and organizations have been gathering support and contributions to the army. Hon. Kafelo lauded the continued support and unity of the people of South Sudan.

 

Present on at the handover was Hon. Charles Udwar Lafon County Constituency No.6 state member of parliament in the Eastern Equatorial Legislative among others.

 

Reported by Ugila Paul


Work on the new bridge on the Nile starting soon

JUBA, 29 June 2012 - Work on the new proposed new bridge on the River Nile is set to start soon after officials signed a memorandum of understanding for its commencement.


Besides the construction of the new bridge, according to the signed MOU, Japan through Japan International Cooperation (JICA) will also develop the urban water system in Juba and give a modern facelift to the Juba river port.


Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday in Juba Mr. Hideo Fukushima, Japan’s special representative and Head of Office in South Sudan described it as a major project since the independence of South Sudan. The construction is expected to cost US Dollars $50 million and would be completed within forty months.


Juba Bridge that serves as a major link for both local and international trade is over forty years old and has broken down twice since 2008 due to heavy traffic and being old. Mr. Fukushima underscored the importance of the three projects saying they are for the economic development of the new Republic of South Sudan. He said peace consolidation in South Sudan is one of the major pillars of government of Japan’s assistance to the country.


“Peace consolidation and development are the major pillars of Japan’s assistance to the people of the Republic of South Sudan”, he said.


On the other hand Prof. Elias Nyamwell Wakoson applauded the support from the government of Japan towards the people of the Republic of South Sudan. He said the bridge is a key business link to the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia where South Sudan gets most of its imports. He further said once completed, the new bridge would ease traffic in the city which is growing by the day.


Japan since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement has been in solidarity with the people of South Sudan and has been engaged in projects that are aimed at supporting the young nation devastated by the long civil war.


Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan launches labour market report

JUBA, 29 June 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan held a one day seminar on world day against child labour under the theme “South Sudan Human Right and Social Justice Let end Child Labour”. The occasion also marked the launch of the South Sudan’s labour market report which includes general labour, youth and child labour market situation in South Sudan.

 

In his opening remarks yesterday at Regency Hotel in Juba Mr. Kwong Danhier Gatluak, the Deputy Minister of Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development expressed concern that as an emerging nation, South Sudan has a greater and urgent need to increase access to employment opportunities, develop its human resource capital especially among the youth as well as addressing unethical and indecent employment and labour practices such as child labour.

 

He further called for decent work in the Republic of South Sudan and applauded the commitment of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), European Union (EU) and other Development Partners for their continues support in addressing issues of child labour in the nation.

 

The report on labour market situation indicates that over 90 percent enter the labour force with less than primary education. This situation requires urgent need of a second chance to learning opportunities through establishment of vocational training centres (VTC) across South Sudan. Kwong acknowledge the importance of the VTC and should not be overlooked.

 

In the same occasion the deputy minister of Higher education and Instruction Madam Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, assured the gathering of the strategic plan to address, raise awareness and sensitise children to enrol in education programmes.

 

According to Valentino Kenyi Pitya, Minister of Labour Public service and Human Resource Development Central Equatoria State, to address issues of child labour and other component mention in the labour market report in South Sudan, advocacy for more action to eliminate child labour especially the worse form of it.

 

“Establishment of strong Institutions, National Bureau of Statistic and the support from the National Steering Committee on Child Labour should be made available in the ten states of South Sudan,” Kenyi Pitya explained.


Reported by Justin Jada Joseph and Alnour Ango


Seven RSS Ambs. bid Farewell to President Kiir

JUBA, 27 June 2012 - At least seven Republic of South Sudan Ambassadors who are assigned for a diplomatic mission outside the country today on Wednesday 27th, Juna 2012 bided farewell to the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit.


The Ambassadors are:

 

  1. Amb. ,Majok Guandong Thiep – Kenya
  2. Amb. Dr. Eluzai Mogga Yokwe – China
  3. Amb. Paul Macuei Malok – South Africa
  4. Amb. Lumumba Makelele Nyajok – Belgium & EU
  5. Amb. Philip Jada Natana – Eritrea
  6. Amb. Sammuel Luate Lominsuk – Uganda
  7. Amb. Sitona Abdallah Osman – Germany



H.E Kiir in a photo with the Ambassadors.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

During the farewell ceremony, President of the Republic congratulated the Ambassadors for being appointed as the first Ambassadors to represent the new country in the world, and directed them to do more in preaching the real image of South Sudan and attract foreign investors to come and improve the infrastructure.


The Ambassadors expressed pleasure to the President for always being supportive to them and said that they are ready with the support of the President to work for the interest of the nation and implement directives of the President.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


South Sudan statistical Yearbook 2011 launched

JUBA, 25 June 2012 - The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last week launched the South Sudan Statistical Yearbook 2011 at Home and Away Business Centre.


In a statement by the Vice President Dr Riek Machar read out by Kwong Danheir Gatluak deputy minister for Labour Public Service and Human Resource, the VP applauded the efforts of the National Bureau of Statistics staff in collecting, compiling and analysing the comprehensive data which he said will act as reference to stakeholders and development partners in decision making so as to bring socio-economic development in the young nation.


Dr Machar asserted the firm backing of the national government in facilitating the work of the NBS Commission which he said benefits all the people of South Sudan. He explained that with the NBS report, it will be easy for the government and other players in development to correctly plan when delivering services.


Meanwhile Mr George Conway, the Resident Coordinator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) outlined the importance of statistics saying they provide a solid base of evidence on the living condition of people in a given country which he said enables analysis of the key challenges people face whether in terms of poverty, livelihoods, food security among others.


He also said the report provides a sound basis for dialogue on policies, debate around priorities and ultimately decision making of the allocation of resources and targeting of programmes. “Statistics help us to determine what the people need most to improve their lives and where our programmes can have the greatest impact for those who need them most”, said Mr Conway.


Mr Conway expressed commitment working with the bureau towards achieving its goals of being the premier source of national statistics to support development in South Sudan. Released alongside the statistical yearbook are the National Baseline Household Survey 2009 and the South Sudan Poverty Estimates at the county level for 2008. The details of these important reports can be accessed by visiting the NBS’ web site at www.ssnbs.org.


Reported by Barnaba Mabor


Sudan told to complete withdrawal

JUBA, 25 June 2012 - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called Sudan to complete the withdrawal of its forces in Abyei as demanded by the UNSC resolution 2046 and African Union Peace and Security roadmap.


“Sudan still has a significant number of its oil police in Abyei”, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin the spokesman of the government of the Republic of South Sudan said last week in a press statement. The members of the Security Council on a press release issued on the 18th of June welcomed the withdrawal from the Abyei Area of the Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudanese Police Service personnel.


They called on the Government of Sudan to complete the full withdrawal of its forces by redeploying all oil police in accordance with resolution 2046 and the 20 June 2011 Agreement on Temporary Arrangements for Security in the Abyei Area.


Dr. Marial also called on Sudan and South Sudan to urgently finalize the establishment of the Abyei Area Administration and constitute the Abyei Police Service, in accordance with their commitments in the 20 June 2011 Agreement.

 


Dr Marial addressing the press.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


On the other hand the UNSC underscored the urgency of immediately establishing the necessary border security mechanisms and creation of safe demilitarized Border Zones which they said must be established as stipulated in the United Nations Security Council resolution 2046.


“We are optimistic that the outstanding issues can all be resolved within the timeframe if the other party is committed in resolving these issues”, said Dr. Marial. He reaffirmed the commitment of the government of South Sudan to resolve all the outstanding issues with Sudan as per the UNSC resolution 2046 and the African Union Peace and Security roadmap.


Second phase of talks on the post independence outstanding issues of border demarcation, oil, security arrangements and citizenship, among others, with Sudan resumed last week in Addis Ababa Ethiopia after the bitter April clashes at the borders between the two countries.


Please, click here for the complete press release.


Reported by Matata Safi


Youth tipped to seek self-employment

JUBA, 25 Juba 2012 – South Sudanese youth have been urged to seek self-employment instead of staying jobless hoping for a white-collar job. This appeal was made by Madam Hellen Achiro, the Undersecretary of Labour and Industrial Relations in the Minisrty of Public Service and Human Resource Development.

 


Participants posing with their certificates.


Madam Achiro made these remarks when closing a five-day workshop organized by UNIDO to build the business skills of the youth. Madam Achiro urged the participants at the workshop to share the skills they had obtained with the other youth all over South Sudan. Participants were given certificates of participation.


Reported by Jogo Joice and Alnour


SPLM issues orders

JUBA, 25 June 2012 - In accordance with article 16 (12) of the SPLM Constitution 2008 and National Liberation Council Resolution No.2, the chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), General Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued the following four orders:

 

  1. SPLM/CPO/J/1/2012 - Formation of the committee for drafting and reviewing of the SPLM Constitution,
  2. SPLM/CPO/2/J/2012 - Formation of the committee for the drafting and reviewing of the SPLM Manifesto,
  3. SPLM/CPO/3/J/2012 - Formation of the committee for the drafting and reviewing of SPLM Internal Rules and Regulations,
  4. SPLM/CPO/4/J/2012 - Formation of the committee for drafting and reviewing of the SPLM Code of Conduct.

President’s office continues to receive valuable contributions in support of the SPLA

JUBA, 22 June 2012 - As mobilization for the support of the SPLA continuous and contributions in cash and in kind are going on, the office of the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has received on Wednesday 20th, June 2012, amount of 233,568 SSP contributed by the citizens of Eastern Equatoria state to the gallant soldiers of SPLA in support of their efforts as they defend the sovereignty and all the territories of the country.


The minister in the office of the President who received the contribution said the money will be credited to the accounts of the Army which receives contributions, and he thanked on behalf of the President the citizens of Eastern Equatoria state and all the people of South Sudan for their valuable contributions and supports for the SPLA to defend the territories of the country.

 


Hon. LoWilla receives the money.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Minister LoWilla also appreciated the people of South Sudan in Diaspora for not forgetting their Army and for the supports they always send in for the SPLA to defend the country. The South Sudanese community in Canada contributed 1,520 USD, and the amount has been received by the President’s office on 21st June, 2012.


Not forgetting the contributions sent in by the staff of Bank of South Sudan on June, 1st, 2012 inform of a Check with amount of 500,000 SSP and was received by the President of the Republic and C-IN-C of the SPLA H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit to support SPLA forces who are in the front line defending the Republic of South Sudan territories


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


H.E Kiir witnesses graduation of customs police officers

JUBA, 19 June 2012 - The President of the Republic and the supreme commander of the Republic of South Sudan National Police Services H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday on Monday 18th June 2012 graduated at Buluk Police Headquarters in Juba not less than 125 customs officers of different ranks. The ceremony also witnessed swearing in of the 13 police officers who are reinstated recently by a Presidential Decree.

 


H.E Kiir addressing the graduates.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


When addressing the ceremony President Kiir congratulated the graduates and directed all units of the police to join the government and be committed in fighting the corrupt systems and serve the country with honesty. H.E Kiir urged the police not to abuse its powers but rather exert more efforts to change its image among the citizens.


President Kiir commended the efforts of the Ministry of Interior in transforming the police and said the government will always be supportive to the ministry and will avail modern equipment and quality training to help change the image of the police. He appreciated the role being played by the UN Police in training the South Sudan police forces.

 


Customs Police graduates taking oath before the President.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Meanwhile the minister for Interior Rtd Major General Alison Manani Magaya said despite the difficulties and challenges his ministry has started the process of transforming the police services according to the transformation action plan made by the ministry which includes high quality training of police officers. He announced that the college of police has started functioning and police academy is being established.


The minister for Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Kosti Manibe Ngai said that if anyone joined customs service with the aim of serving his/her interest will have no place in the customs. He called on the customs police graduates to win the trust of the people and be disciplined in their services.

 


The reinstated police officers.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Inspector General of Police, General Acuil Tito called on the police to respect the citizens. He urged the government to establish strong customs checkpoints with modern devices of checking to prevent dangerous materials entering the country. IGP called on the citizens to always provide information about any violation done by the police.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


US urges South Sudan to pay attention to child sex trafficking

JUBA, 18 June 2012 (NASS) – The government of the United States of America has urged South Sudan government to pay attention to child sex trafficking and stop impunity for such crimes.


The ambassador of United States to South Sudan, Suzan Page said this today after a brief meeting with the Information and Broadcasting minister Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin. She said the US is not trying to accuse South Sudan’s government of organizing for sex trafficking but tryingl to bring such activities into legislation and justice to protect the vulnerable children.

 


Dr Benjamin meeting Ms Page.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Ms Page disclosed that United States has developed a roadmap to partner with South Sudan to tackle the issue of sex trafficking especially with vulnerable like children.


Dr Benjamin said the government is waiting to see the report and is ready to be part of the roadmap to address such issues. He added that this is a very important issue which will soon be part of country’s legal structure to protect the rights of vulnerable.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


Australia ready to support agriculture in South Sudan

JUBA, 18 June 2012 (NASS) – The special envoy of the Australian Prime Minister, Tim Fischer has expressed the readiness of the Australian government to boost the agricultural sector in South Sudan.


Mr Fischer who was happy with the performance of government expressed this on Friday in his courtesy call to the minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

 


He said they are launching an agricultural forum on Monday to mark the beginning of their agricultural support and food security in South Sudan. He stated that areas such as education, health and infrastructure are no exceptions either.


Dr Benjamin hailed the effort made by Australia saying South Sudan has long periods of rainfall that can allow the production of crops twice a year. Dr Benjamin urged the Australian government to also focus on rural roads to facilitate transfer of products to markets. He also appealed to the Australian government to assist in supporting South Sudan get membership in commonwealth.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


“Hague is the answer to the border disputes with Sudan”, Mr Amum

JUBA, 17 June 2012 - South Sudan’s chief negotiator and Secretary General of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)Mr Pagan Amum has re-echoed the previous statement by the President of the Republic HE Salva Kiir Mayardit that South Sudan considering taking the border disputes with Sudan to the Hague for an arbitration.


Mr Amum speaking to press on Wednesday last week in Juba cited lack of cooperation from the government of Sudan in attempts to resolve the border disputes among other outstanding issues said the possibility of reaching a negotiated settlement on borders is edging out.


“Arbitration is the civilised way to settle disputes; we want Sudan to carry their maps and evidence of claiming the disputed areas, we will also carry our maps to the International Court of Arbitration and let the court judge based on the evidence provided”, he said.


He, however, said Sudan is not willing to face South Sudan in the court battle for disputed areas and is calling for more negotiations. “For how long should we be negotiating”, asked Mr Amum. He said South Sudan has been on the negotiation table with Sudan for more than six years with little achievement.


He said the government of Sudan insist to administer the disputed areas while talks go on and utilize the resources. “Sudan doesn’t want to go to the court of arbitration. Why? They don’t have the document and maps to defend their claims over these areas”, he explained.


On de-militarizing the disputed areas, he said the negotiation team was willing to adopt both maps as believed by the two parties. He explained that they had suggested that Sudan move their forces from ‘what they assume is the borderlines with South Sudan’ to what South Sudan believes is the border as of 1st January 1956, from which they move 10 kilometres into the Sudan territory.


While South Sudan on the other hand will move out of their current locations to Sudan’s assumed border line and then move 10 kilometres backwards. He said by doing so all the disputed areas would have been made conflict free and then an arbitration be called for. He said Sudan again did not comply with that idea.


He said despite Republic of South Sudan full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2046 and African Union Peace and Security roadmap, Sudan has fallen substantially short of the resolution.


He urged African Union and United Nations to utilize all necessary measures to require Sudan to comply fully even if that means imposing sanctions. He said his team will be heading for Addis Ababa on 19th June to resume in good faith and in accordance with the UNSC resolution to discuss all the outstanding issues.


Reported by Matata Safi


“Effective mass communication is what we encourage,” Dr Benjamin

JUBA, 17 June 2012 (NASS) – The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has said the government of South Sudan recognizes responsible and only effective mass communication.


Dr Benjamin who is also the spokesperson of the government of South Sudan remarked this last week while opening a workshop on how to prepare the journalists for public broadcast.

 


Dr Benjamin addressing the journalists.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He stated that the government welcomes interactive communication with the citizens so that they exactly know what the government is doing in regards to their needs. He as well pointed out the importance of public broadcast in nation building mentioning that the media bills are on the way for enactment into law.


He advised journalists to work in line or within the limits of what is agreed upon in the bills and to embrace professional ethics of conduct to avoid problems.


“Those who are taking media as fora for insulting and abusing others will have problems with the bills to be enacted into law because it doesn’t entertain such behavior”, the minister warned.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


South Sudan to join commonwealth soon

JUBA, 17 June 2012 (NASS) – The Republic of South Sudan is set to join the commonwealth sooner in the upcoming months, UK ambassador to South Sudan Dr Alastair Mcphail revealed last week on Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.


Dr Mcphail said Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second recognized and is proud to see South Sudan independent and will work hard to assist South Sudan becoming a commonwealth member shortly.


He stated that the government of UK remains committed to fully supporting South Sudan and promised to provide basic educational facilities next year to primary schools across the ten states of South Sudan. Dr Mcphail further advised the government to address corruption and accept being accountable to accelerate development.

 


Dr Benjamin stresses a point during the celebration.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin commended the assistance availed by Her Majesty saying the government of South Sudan remains committed to development despite challenges from Khartoum.


Dr Benjamin said South Sudan is also committed to UN Security Council Resolution 2046 and the AU roadmap. He as well urged UK government to support South Sudan austerity budget to reduce the burden the country is carrying.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan


President Kiir inaugurates CFC Stanbic Bank branch in Juba

JUBA, 12 June 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today on Tuesday 12th June 2012 inaugurated a new South African based commercial bank branch in Juba known as CFC Stanbic Bank (CFC stands for Credit Finance Corporation), located south of the MTN headquarters.

 

The CFC Stanbic Bank is is a member of Standard Bank Group and formalized in South Sudan as a commercial bank No. 13 out of 14 registered commercial banks in the country. But, the Bank of South Sudan described it as the second in the community of banking sector for its maturity. (as Governor of BoSS Mr. Koryom asserted).

 


H.E Kiir cuts a piece of cake in the ceremony.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


When addressing the inauguration ceremony, President of the Republic said South Sudan looks forward to opening more commercial banks because they play a great role in economic development through sensible investment and provision of vital service to the people. President Kiir urged CFC Stanbic Bank's leadership to establish a strong foundation in the country and open more branches in other states. He urged  the bank to create business opportunities, employ the local staff and treat its customers equally. President Kiir recognizes a tremendous role being played by the Business community in boosting the economy of the country.


Meanwhile the deputy minister for Finance and Economic Planning Hon Dr. Awou Marila said the inauguration of CFC Stanbic Bank in Juba is one of the solutions for the economic problems the Republic of South Sudan was looking for, and the bank will reduce costs of looking for money. Dr. Awou affirmed the Republic of South Sudan is a virgin country which has abundant opportunity of investment.

 


H.E Kiir inaugurates CFC Stanbic Bank in South Sudan.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


CFC Stanbic Bank's Chief Executive Mr. Krist Mission, said opening of the bank branch in Juba was to deepen the bilateral relationships and to support the government and people of South Sudan in financial system, marketing management and create environment for transparency and accountability.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth