Mongolian President visits Juba

JUBA, 18 February 2013 (NASS) – Mongolian President, Tsakhiagiin el Begdorj arrived in Juba on Friday despite plans to threaten his visit to the areas in which Mongolian peacekeeping troops operate in South sudan.


On Thursday at around 4pm, Sudan Armed Forces bombed Jau area, northern part of Unity state, a place where the majority of the Mongolian peacekeeping troops serving under UNMISS are based.

 


Mongolian President arrives in Juba.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Briefing the press at the airport on Friday, Government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the President is in the country to inspect its troops serving under United Nations Mission in South Sudan areas of Rumbek, Lakes state and Bentiu of Unity state.


Dr. Benjamin said although Khartoum’s aim is to scare the Mongolian President from visiting Bentiu, he stressed that the President will visit because he is for the peace of Sudan and South Sudan.


Dr. Benjamin, who is also the minister of Information and Broadcasting, condemned the activities carried by the Khartoum government on the territories of South Sudan saying it is belligerent since there is a cooperation agreement between the two states.

 


President Kiir welcomes the Mongolian President to South Sudan.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He as well disclosed that the Mongolian President would be accompanied by deputy defense minister and a team from the RSS Presidency.


Sources said there are over 800 Mongolian peacekeepers in South Sudan. Based on a report from the UN Representative of the Secretary General, Hilde Johnson, Mongolian troops are high quality and duty bearer troops that doesn’t hesitate being sent to hotspots.


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


Trans World Radio to set up South Sudan network soon

JUBA, 14 February 2013 (NASS) – Trans World Radio network (TWR) is set to establish its radio network soon in South Sudan as the necessary arrangement with the government is completed. This was announced by its Africa International Director, Dr. Emmanuel D Mbennah yesterday after meeting the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Dr. Mbennah said the radio will operate on medium wave and will be located in Malakal of the Upper Nile State far north of the country. Trans World Radio network is a multinational evangelical media that offers inspirational programming in various languages in the world via satellite, cable, internet and local AM and FM stations. The radio will provide people with religious programs and other social programs like health, education and agriculture.

 


Dr Benjamin (centre) and top ministry officers meeting the Trans World Radio delegation.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr. Benjamin said the government would cooperate with the organization to help install the radio.


Although South Sudan has a number of radio stations beside South Sudan Radio which operate on both medium wave and frequency modulation (FM), coverage of the ten states is still low. There is hope for better coverage with the coming of Trans World Radio.


Reported by Taghrid George; edited by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


South Sudan urges UN and IGAD to stop Khartoum over territorial incursion

JUBA, 13 February 2013 (NASS) – The government of the Republic of South Sudan has warned that Khartoum be advised against violating South Sudan airspace after it was confirmed that Sudan Air Force has been dropping ammunitions to militia led by Yauyau inside Pibor County of Jonglei state.


Over the past few weeks, it was reported that Yauyau carried out a series of attacks on Lou-Nuer area leaving over one hundred people, mostly women and children, dead.


Speaking to journalists at a news conference in Juba yesterday, the Deputy Defence minister, Dr. Majak D’Agot called on United Nations and Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to stop Khartoum from invading the territory of South Sudan.


Dr. D’Agot said the violation of South Sudan airspace threatens peaceful co-existence between the two neighboring states. He affirmed that the government is fully committed to resolving outstanding issues between the two countries according to the roadmap presented by the African Union.

 


Dr D'Agot (left) addressing the press in the company of Dr Benjamin (second left), Dr Biong (second right) and Mr George Garang, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (right).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


On his part, the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the officiasl government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin condemned the warlike attitude of Sudan saying it will not lead to progress in the two countries. He urged UNMISS to help monitor the movement of rebels and report to the government to help keep peace between communities.


In a separate event, the co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee, Dr. Luka Biong appealed to the United Nation to mandate UNISFA not to allow any foreign settlements around and within Abyei.


According to Dr. Biong who arrived from Abyei on Monday said Khartoum has brought many foreigners and is still bringing more to settle in Abyei which is expected to have a referendum in October.


He also disclosed that so many militias are heading towards Abyei. He said he believes this may have negative implications on the referendum process. Dr. Biong urged AUHIP to refer the stalemate between Juba and Khartoum to the UNSC.


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


“Take Yawyaw to the ICC”, Lou-Nuer community urges government

JUBA, 12 February 2013 (NASS) – Lou-Nuer community of Jonglei state has called on the government to hand over rebel leader David Yawyaw to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and not be granted amnesty anymore following the recent attack launched on Lou-Nuer that left over hundred people dead and five thousand cattle looted.


According to the authorities from Jonglei state, this is not the first time Yawyaw is committing such atrocities. Yawyaw was one of the rebel leaders granted amnesty after the death of late renegade George Athor whose death was believed to bring peace in greater Akobo of Jonglei state.


In a meeting organized yesterday at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre by Lou-Nuer youth, the community urged the government to disarm Murle communities in Pibor county of Jonglei state whom they suspect of being part of the problem.

 


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


South Sudan is considered one of the leading countries in terms of cattle ownership with reports indicating that over 31 million heads of cattle exist in the country. Unfortunately, this wealth has been a source of conflict.


Justice minister, Hon John Luk Jok urged the government to declare a state of emergency in Pibor county of Jonglei to keep away David Yawyaw from the area. He as well backed the community’s idea that Yawyaw be handed to ICC.


Hon John Luk further called on the humanitarian organizations to intervene to help rescue the Lou-Nuer communities whose properties were looted by Yawyaw.

 


A section of the dignitaries and other participants follow proceedings at the meeting.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


The government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed that the cattle raided were recaptured by the vigilant SPLA forces who are currently working on the ground.


Dr. Benjamin blamed Khartoum government for being behind Yawyaw to interrupt the construction of refineries and oil facilities which are expected to to transit oil through Djibouti.


He further disclosed that the government has taken steps to form community police to help tackle such violence issues hindering the development of the country. Jonglei is one of the largest states and with a big number of cattle in South Sudan yet killings over cattle remains the biggest challenges affecting development in the state.


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


New edition of Public Service Mirror

JUBA, 12 February 2013 – Please click here to download the latest edition of the Public Service Mirror published by the national Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Republic of South Sudan.


Government pledges to fend-off the famine threatening Kapoeta

JUBA, 8 February 2013 (NASS) - The government of the Republic of South Sudan has pledged to rescue the famine situation caused by poor harvest in greater Kapoeta following the appeal raised by authorities from Eastern Equatoria state.

 

This was announced the Humanitarian Affairs minister, Joseph Lual Acuil who said the ministry and some of UN agencies are prepared and working to put an end to the alarming famine which is expected to worsen by May of this year.

 


Hon Acuil (left) addresses the media in the company of his Information and Broadcasting counterpart, Hon Barnaba Marial Benjamin (centre).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

 

So far a report from the commissioners of greater Kapoeta indicates that up to this moment over ten people, mostly women and children, are reported to have died of hunger while many more suffering from malnutrition. The commissioners said there are no sufficient food items in the markets of four counties of greater Kapoeta.


Hon. Acuil disclosed that UNICEF is now on the ground tackling the growing problem of malnutrition facing young children. He further appealed to the authorities in the ministry of Roads and Bridges to quickly fix the bridge connecting Kapoeta East to facilitate transportation of aid.

 

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


South Sudan pipeline construction to begin this year

JUBA, 7 February 2013 – Construction of a pipeline to carry South Sudan’s crude oil from oil fields in the landlocked country to an export terminal will begin later this year, according to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining.

 

This was announced during a briefing by the Petroleum and Mining Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau and senior executives from his ministry held for top officials of the ruling SPLM General Secretariat on Saturday to enlighten them about the status of the country’s oil industry.

 

In September 2012, South Sudan signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Ethiopia and Djibouti to create a mechanism for the construction of a pipeline through their countries. South Sudan also expects to sign a similar IGA with Kenya, which would allow the construction of a pipeline to the Kenyan port of Lamu.

 

Ministry officials explained that a Japanese firm has completed feasibility studies on the Lamu route. They added that the Japanese and American companies have expressed interest to jointly fund the project on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis.

 

According to Dr. Gatwech Thich, the Ministry’s Director for Pipelines, a German company, ILF, has been contracted to carry out a feasibility study on the South Sudan-Ethiopia-Djibouti route, which will begin this month. The study, said Dr. Thich, will take between six and nine months.

 


Hon Dhieu.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

 

The ministry said it was currently looking into the two options as possible routes for the pipeline. “So far we have not yet chosen the route,” the Minister said.

 

But regardless of the route the government of South Sudan eventually decides to be most appropriate, construction will “begin in October,” the Director for Pipelines pointed out.

The Ministry’s Under Secretary and other top Ministry executives, including the Director General for Petroleum Mohammed Lino, the Director for Refineries Awow Daniel Chuang and Nile Petroleum Managing Director Paul Adong all made presentations during the briefing at the SPLM headquarters.

 

The briefing was in line with the SPLM’s obligations as a ruling party to follow up on the performance of its cadres in the executive and to ensure that they are executing party policies and delivering on promises made to the people.


South Sudan was forced to shut down its oil production in January last year after Sudan imposed exorbitant transit fees and tariffs and in protest of continued theft by Sudanese authorities of its oil.

 

A deal to restart production has yet to be executed but South Sudanese officials are also looking at other options to export its crude oil.

 

Reported by Matata Safi (NASS) and Apiku Simon.


South Sudan Electronic Payroll System II launched

JUBA, 3 February 2013 - The national Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development has launched the pilot phase of an electronic payroll management system which will improve payroll management and enhance efficiency in the civil service.


The South Sudan Electronic Payroll System II (SSEPS II) Pilot which will be implemented from February to April this year will seek to improve payroll management at the national and state levels.


Speaking when she launched the project at the Ministry boardroom, the Undersecretary for Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mrs Angeth Acol de Dut, said SSEPS II would go a long way in reducing the civil service wage bill which remains a major challenge for the government.


Madam Angeth said under the austerity programme, the government was supposed to reduce the size of the workforce and remove ghost workers from its payroll.

 


The Undersecretary for Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mrs Angeth Acol de Dut (centre, hand on forehead), and other officers during the launch of the SSEPS II project.


The Undersecretary said payroll management was the function of the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, adding that institutions which do not forward their reports to the Ministry as required by SSEPS II would have their payrolls withheld.


Addressing the meeting, the Director General of Establishment in the Ministry, Mr Albino Aguer, said the Ministry had trained 28 establishment officers from the states and disciplined forces on electronic payroll management. Mr Aguer said the next stage would be to train establishment officers at the county, payam and boma levels.
The DG said a thorough clean-up was required at the state levels to remove persons who are on the payroll without official appointment.


To ensure that it becomes effective, SSEPS II will involve training of various cadres of staff including establishment officers, payroll managers, DGs, Ministry of Finance officials involved in budgeting and support personnel offering helpdesk services.


Reported by Justin Jada and Simon Owaka


Newly appointed police boss sworn into office

JUBA, 1 February 2013 - As the people of South Sudan have a lot of expectations of quick changes for better, secured and suitable country to live in, the newly appointed Inspector General of Police Lt. General Pieng Deng Kuol Arop was sworn into office today before the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, in an official swearing in ceremony organized in the Office of the President.

 


The new IGP is being promoted to the rank of General.
[Photo: Garang Thuc]


The swearing in ceremony was conducted by the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan, Justice Chan Rec Madut, and was attended by the Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs Justice Telar Ring Deng, minister in the Office of the President Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla, minister of Interior Hon. Alison Manani Magaya and his deputy Gen. Salva Mathok, and senior officials in the Office of the President.

 


The newly appointed IGP taking oath before H.E Kiir.
[Photo: Garang Thuc]


After the swearing in ceremony, the sworn in inspector General of Police Lt. Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol Arop was promoted to the rank of General. In addition to that, the newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Andrew Kuol Nyuon was also sworn into office, in the same occasion and was promoted to the Rank of Lt. General.

 


Deputy IGP taking oath before H.E Kiir.
[Photo: Garang Thuc]


After the swearing in ceremony, the Inspector General of Police thanked the President of the Republic for the trust he has given to him to lead the institution that protects the life of people. He said that in spite of the huge challenges he will devote his time and energy to the service of South Sudan people and he will make use of all the resources available to protect and secure the life of his people.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


President Kiir’s statement to the 20th Assembly of the African Union

ADDIS ABABA, 28 January 2013 – Please click here to read the statement given by H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan to the 20th Assembly of the African Union on January 27th, 2013.

 


The AU 20th Ordinary Session of Assembly.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir meets heads of state on the margins of the AU meeting

ADDIS ABABA, 28 January 2013 - As an initiative from Nigerian President H.E Good luck Jonathan, six heads of states of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, South Africa, South Sudan and Sudan held a summit yesterday on 27 January 2013 evening in the margins of the African Union 20th Ordinary Session of Assembly. The initiative aimed to support the resolution of the African Union Peace and Security Council urging the two sides to implement the Cooperation Agreement and accept the AU/HIP Proposal on the final status of Abyei area.


According to Chief Negotiator of South Sudan Mr. Pagan Amum, the six heads of state summit agreed to organize another meeting very soon. The meeting charged the foreign ministers of the six states in coordination with chief negotiators of the two parties to discuss a venue and time for the coming proposed meeting of the summit.

 


H.E. Kiir in a meeting with Ban Ki-Moon.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir in addition to that held side meetings with the President of Equatorial Guinea and discussed bilateral relations as well as the role the country can play in supporting the implementation of all the agreements signed with Khartoum.


Mr Amum also disclosed that President Kiir will also in the margins of the AU Summit sign a number of agreements for the establishment of bilateral and diplomatic relationships with a number of African countries including Benin.


President Kiir also met with UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and discussed the latest progress on the agreement.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


H.E Kiir meets Nigerian President and US special envoy

ADDIS ABABA, 28 January 2013 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Saturday 26 January 2013 met the President of Nigeria H.E Goodluck Jonathan on on the margins of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa. The two Presidents during the meeting discussed ways of strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries, besides issues of mutual interest taking place around the African regions. H.E Kiir also briefed President Jonathan on the political situation in the newborn state of South Sudan. The Nigerian President assured President Kiir of his country’s supports to the new nation so that it comes out of all the challenges of nation building.


In another event President Kiir also met the US special envoy to South Sudan and Sudan Mr. Layman Princeston. The meeting discussed results of the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting held on Friday 25 January 2013.

 


H.E Kiir meets Nigerian President Jonathan.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Shortly after the meeting Mr. Princeton said the US remains deeply concerned about the delay of the implementation of the cooperation agreement signed on 27 September 2012, which should be implemented unconditionally.


The US special envoy said the US will continue to discuss with Khartoum why it refuses to implement the agreement. He also said that UN Security Council should be contacted on how they can help or provide support that can lead to the implementation of the agreements signed.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


RSS participates in African Cultural Day in Nairobi

NAIROBI, 27 January 2013 – The Republic of South Sudan yesterday participated in the African Cultural Day held at National Defense College (NDC) at Karen in Nairobi - Kenya. The college that is linked to the University of Nairobi admits senior administrators and military officers from rank of Colonel to Brigadier General from all over Africa and offers courses in international relations and diplomacy, national and international security studies and economics studies.


The African Cultural Day is a part of academic routine in the college that allows all the participants to display and hold their cultural show in form of traditional dances, foods, products and national symbols. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Promoting African Diversity”.

 


South Sudan's booth at the cultural day.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


The commandant of the NDC Lt Gen J N Waweru thanked the participants for the work well done and urged the embassies for total support to maintain this important occasion to be held every year in the college. He encouraged the participants to enjoy their diversity.


On his part, the deputy commandant of the NDC Maj. Gen Hajji explained that Africa has rich cultures and that there is need to understand these cultures so that Africans can know and cherish their roots and destiny. He said that appreciating African diverse cultural heritage will promote the unity of Africans.

 


(From right to left) Brig. Gen. Chol Biar, the Consul Mr. Kur Garang Deng, Brig. Gen. Gatwech Yiech Ruom.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


South Sudan’s Deputy Ambassador H.E Mariano D. Ngor who presented the Ambassador to Republic of Kenya H.E Majok Guandong in the occasion introduced to guest of honor and other dignitaries portraits of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit the President of the Republic of South Sudan and that of the late hero Dr. John Garang de Mabior.


“As you know South Sudan is the youngest country in Africa and in the world at large and it is a great pleasure to be among brothers and sisters and members of states of Africa here today, there couldn’t have been any other place that we would like to be and for this reason I welcome you to South Sudan”, he said. Guests were shown the displays by Brig. Gen Chol Biar with the help of Madam Akur Kuol Mading who explained the different foodstuffs. Different traditional foods, beverages and products of South Sudan were displayed. Bor community women cultural group in Nairobi also presented a cultural dance on behalf of South Sudan.

 


Brig. Gen. Chol Biar (right), and Brig. Gen. Gatwech Yiech Ruom (left) spruce up the RSS booth.
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


Participants were drawn from Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Of the fourteen countries' 41 participants in the 2012/2013 course, South Sudan has two participants who are Brig. Gen. Chol Biar Ngang and Brig. Gen. Gatwech Yiech Ruom.


Reported by Joseph Garang Deng


Statements on the Summit and PSC meeting

ADDIS ABABA, 26 January 2013 - The Summit between President Kiir and President El-Bashir held on 25th January 2013 at the AU Premises in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the AU/HIP discussed four main agendas of the outstanding issues between South Sudan and Sudan. These were oil production, formation of Abyei Administration and Council, border demarcation, claimed and disputed areas and the issues of Sudabet Oil Company.


According to the chief negotiator of South Sudan Government Mr. Pagan Amum Okec, President Kiir during the summit presented a clear position of the RSS on the above-mentioned four issues, that South Sudan is ready to start oil production through Sudan. On Abyei issues, he said Abyei administration and council should be formed according to the agreement of 60% and 40%, Abyei Council to be chaired by Sudan and deputized by South Sudan, and Abyei Administration should be chaired by South Sudan and deputized by Sudan.


On border issues Mr Amum said all the disputed and claimed areas issues will be handed over to AU experts who will then propose a solution to the two sides. He explained that if the two sides disagreed again, the issues should be taken to the permanent court of arbitration. He also said that South Sudan has endorsed the AU/HIP proposal on final status of Abyei.

 


The Summit meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Mr. Amum said President El-Bashir in the summit presented new conditions to the summit making it difficult for progress in the discussions. He said the new conditions are:

 

  1. Oil production through Sudan will not take place unless the two sides agree to form Abyei Administration with percentage of 50% from either side;
  2. RSS must withdraw its forces from Northern Bahr El-Ghazal and Western Bahr-El-Ghazal;
  3. South Sudan must disengage with SPLM/A North.


On the outcome of the meeting of the Peace and Security Council summit held on 25/1/2013 in Addis Ababa under the chairmanship of President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Mr Amumn said H.E Kiir assured the PSC meeting that for the two states to enjoy peace all the agreements signed must be implemented, PSC should endorse the AU/HIP proposal on final status of Abyei and all the claimed and disputed areas should be handed over to experts from the African Union.


The PSC meeting came out with resolutions urging the two parties to implement all the agreements they signed. The two sides are given three more months and AU/HIP is requested to render a report to the PSC on the issues between the two sides after the three months.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


H.E Kiir meets Russian envoy

ADDIS ABABA, 26 January 2013 - President Kiir today at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa met the Russian Special envoy to African Affairs Mr. Mekhail Markilov. The meeting discussed ways of strengthening the bilateral ties between RSS and Russia.


Shortly after the meeting Russian Envoy told the media that South Sudan and Russia have excellent level of political and mutual understanding and the two sides are moving forward to improve bilateral relationship in economic fields. He further disclosed that one Russian company has started building an oil refinery in South Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


SSTV set to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting

SHENZHEN, 26 January 2013 (NASS) - The project to transform South Sudan TV (SSTV) from analogue to digital broadcasting is set to kickoff this year as the financial arrangements between the two governments of South Sudan and China is completed.


Senior Vice President of the Chinese Telecommunication Company (ZTE Corporation) Wang JiaRan affirmed this yesterday to the leadership of the Ministry of Information which currently on an official tour to the facilities of ZTE Company in Shenzhen.


The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting last December signed an agreement with ZTE to assist South Sudan TV to migrate to digital system to comply with the requirement as set by the rest of the world in 2015.

 


Dr Benjamin and his entourage touring ZTE.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


According to the December agreement, phase one of the project is worth 51 million US dollars to support equipment and infrastructural aspects of the project. The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin earlier said this 51 million US dollar project of digitalization will be funded by the government of the Peoples Republic of China. He confirmed yesterday that financial arrangements between the two governments is progressing very well urging the company to speed up the process.


ZTE Corporation (formerly Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation) is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. It is the world's fourth-largest mobile phone manufacturer after Samsung, Apple and Nokia measured by 2012 unit sales and the world's fifth-largest telecoms equipment maker measured by 2011 revenues (after Ericsson, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, Siemens Networks).

 


The two groups meeting.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


ZTE's core products are wireless, exchange, access, optical transmission and data telecommunications gear; mobile phones; and telecommunications software. It also offers products that provide value-added services, such as video on demand and streaming media. ZTE primarily sells products under its own name but it is also an OEM, manufacturing some products which retail under other brand names. ZTE Corporation is present in over 179 countries in the world with 53 branches in Africa.


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


President Kiir’s statement to AU-PSC

ADDIS ABABA, 26 January 2013 – Please click here to download the statement H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, Republic of South Sudan gave to the African Union Peace and Security Council Heads of State and Government Meeting on Sudan and South Sudan yesterday 25 January 2013.

 


H.E Kiir in the AUPSC meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


H.E El-Bashir in the AUPSC meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 


The AU PSC meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


HKS expresses interest to raise SSTV to international level

SHENZHEN, CHINA, 26 January 2013 (NASS) – Hong Kong Satellite Television International Media Group (HKS) has expressed interest to cooperate with South Sudan in bringing up SSTV to the international standards.


This was announced by HKS Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Xue Jianhua yesterday while briefing Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, who is on a tour of the HKS headquarters.

 


Dr Benjamin and his entourage visit HKS.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Mr Jianhua told the minister that if SSTV really wants to move towards the best standards in television production, then HKS is the right option and ever ready for all the possibilities. He also said he will soon send a special team to South Sudan to see how the television is being handled to give HKS a clue of which areas needs intervention.


Meanwhile Dr Benjamin identified program production, especially on wildlife and tourism, as an area of interest to help expose the animals in South Sudan internationally. He also urged the HKS to assist South Sudan in the areas of on-the-job-training to acquaint SSTV staff with the new digital technology.


HKS is an independent satellite media group operating from Shenzhen.


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


NLA passes Agricultural Bank Act

JUBA, 25 January 2013 (NASS) – The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) in its extraordinary session on Monday, unanimously passed the Agricultural Bank Act of 2013 in its fourth reading.


Professor Paul Logale, the chairperson of the Economic and Financial Development Committee in the National Legislative Assembly said this Act is very important and will help boost agricultural development.

 


The NLA in session.
[Photo: Jok Solomon]


One of the representatives in the National Legislative Assembly, Hon. Akol Kur proposed that the person to run the bank must be qualified scientifically to handle its management. Minority leader in the National Legislative Assembly, Hon. Onyoti Adigo said he considered the Act as essential and said it will help the farmers to access financial support that will contribute to agricultural development. He suggested that the states to be represented in the board of the bank.


On her part, Rose Adau Deng, warned that this Act should not be used to further personal interests but for the interest of the farmers to improve their agricultural projects. She appealed that bank should be insulated from “the chaos happening in the commercial banks”. She emphasized that agriculture is the actual backbone of the economy, not petroleum.


The Act states that the agricultural bank will provide financial and technical support for the agricultural sector to ensure food security in the country.


Reported by Abraham Malek and translated by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


RSS is committed to implement Abyei agreement

JUBA, 23 January 2013 (NASS) – The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has declared that it will not deviate from the Abyei agreement saying this is its permanent position.


This was announced yesterday by the government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin when addressing Abyei community during a prayer session for the success of referendum which is expected to take place in October.

 


Dr Benjamin (second left) join participants in the prayers.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Dr Benjamin said the government is committed to the full implementation of the Abyei agreement and if Khartoum does not want to cooperate then the issue will be taken to the Security Council. He urged the people of Abyei to prepare adequately for the referendum. He also reported that the government is working on the Abyei police as agreed.


On his part, the secretary general of the Sudan Council of Churches, Rev. Mack Akech Achen pledged to support the Abyei community in its endeavour for peace and prosperity. He disclosed that the church is currently working with international friends to see that Abyei problems are resolved.


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


UNHCR to open a new refugee camp in Unity State

JUBA, 23 January 2013 (NASS) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is set to open a new refugee camp in the coming weeks in South Sudan's Unity state. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards announced this yesterday.


Speaking in Geneva, Mr Edwards said the new refugee camp “will help to manage further inflows of Sudanese refugees and to decongest the existing settlement in Yida” where essential services are overstretched.


“Together with the South Sudanese government we have agreed to locate the new camp at Ajuong, a forested area of red sandy soil with good terrain, water resources, and plenty of space”, he said. Ajuong is located in the border county of Pariang and is expected to hold about 20,000 refugees.


Mr Edwards noted that refugee leaders and UNHCR have been working jointly to assess the suitability of the new site. After a "go and see visit" organized for members of the refugee community, refugees determined that the site is suitable for them. The black cotton soil in the area could be used for agriculture by the refugee population. He also reported that the local communities in the area have also reacted positively to the proposal.


UNHCR also said it is planning to open other camps in Unity State which could eventually hold an estimated 110,000 refugees. Yida, which holds 61,000 people, currently is the largest refugee location in South Sudan. However the Yida site presents major problems, in large part because it is totally cut off during the six months of the rainy season, posing serious hygiene and health risks. According to the UNHCR spokesperson, the World Food Programme last year alone had to fly in 2,500 metric tons of food at high cost while UNHCR airlifted thousands of tons of essential relief items such as buckets, plastic sheets, and medicines.


“We are hoping that many existing refugees in other camps will choose to relocate there. The new site will allow refugees to live in a safe environment where better conditions exist for self-reliance and livelihoods assistance”, he said.


Reported by Matata Safi, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


Press statement from the OP

JUBA, 22 January 2013 – Please click here to download a press statement by the Office of the President on the appointment of an SPLM-DC party member to the National Constitutional Review Commission.


H.E Kiir relieves Lakes governor, appoints new deputies to SPLA/COGS

JUBA, 22 January 2013 - The President of the Republic and Commander-In-Chief of the SPLA H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on 21st January 2013 issued Republican Decree No. 06/2013 for the relieve of the Governor of Lakes state Eng. Chol Tong Mayay from his position as a governor, with effect from 21st January 2013. The Decree directed the Deputy Governor of Lakes state to act until further measures are taken. President Kiir also issued a number of republican decrees affecting officers in the SPLA.


Please, click here to download the decrees.


SSR/TV transformation into public broadcaster commences

JUBA, 22 January 2013 (NASS) – A project to enhance and transform the South Sudan Radio and Television (SSR/TV) into a public broadcasting corporation yesterday commenced its work by holding its first Joint coordinating committee meeting.


The joint coordinating committee comprises of team of experts from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which is the government’s agency for bilateral assistance, and the government of South Sudan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.


The meeting discussed how the two partners can implement the 6.5 million dollars project which is expected to last until 2016. Briefing the press of the outcome of meeting, the Director General of Information, Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak said the project consists of job training for SSR/TV staff and provision of equipment to strengthen the two media institutions.

 


The joint committee meeting in session.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


He explained that the training of the staff will be from the period of 2013 – 2014 and will be done mostly in Nairobi, Kenya. He as well disclosed that the media bill is on its second reading in the parliament and will be out in due course to help boost the public broadcaster.


The JICA’s lead representative, Mr. Atshusi Hanatani said the meeting was a very good start towards enhancing public broadcasting in South Sudan. He said that the experts brought from Japan are fully equipped and will work hand in hand with SSR/TV staff to facilitate knowledge transfer of international standards of television and radio broadcasting. He further appreciated the commitment shown by the government of South Sudan towards the full transformation of SSR/TV into a public broadcaster.


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


Project to enhance government service delivery ongoing

JUBA, 22 January 2013 (NASS) - Efforts by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to deliver services to its citizens has received backing from the World Bank and other development partners which are supporting the development of the Local Government Service Delivery Project (LGSD).

 

The LGSD aims to support improvements in local governance and deliver services to communities through strengthening of community engagement and local government capacities in planning, implementation and oversight of local development activities.

 

Please, click here to download the details of the project.

 

Reported by Matata Safi, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


286 people regain sight in Jonglei state

JUBA 21 January 2013 (NASS) - About two hundred and eighty six (286) people in Duk County of Jonglei state have fully regained their sight from complete blindness after treatment by professional doctors brought from the United States of America through the support from Ambassadors Group.


This was announced last Friday by the chairperson of the Ambassadors Group, Mr.Dhieu Deng Leak after a short meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin. He said this is for the second time this has been done. He explained that last year they treated about three hundred in the counties of Jonglei.


Ambassadors Group comprises of South Sudanese Diaspora from across Jonglei state based in the United States of America. Mr. Leak said the treatment initiative is a form of peace dividend program which is part of their program to support peace and stability in Jonglei state. He explained that this is just a small fraction of their project to disarm the hearts of all tribes to bring peace in Jonglei state and. He reported that the program will continue for the period of five years.


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


African Union chairperson visits South Sudan

JUBA, 18 January 2013 (NASS) - The chairperson of the African Union H.E Thomas Yayi Boni yesterday conducted a one–day official visit to the Republic of South Sudan.


H.E Boni, who is also the President of the Republic of Benin, arrived at the Juba International Airport at about 3pm local time and held bilateral meetings with H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit. The talks that centered on the country’s relationship with Sudan among others discussed the issue of Abyei, border demarcation, and the disputed and claimed areas.

 


President Boni being welcomed by his host President Kiir.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The “French Speaking” President Boni, who spoke through the help of a translator, said it is time for Sudan and South Sudan to coordinate their efforts towards achieving stability and prosperity and urged the two presidents to talk and understand each other in order to resolve the remaining post-independence issues.


“South Sudan and Sudan are part of the African continent, we need peace and stability in these two sister countries”, he said.

 


President Boni addressing the press in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


President Boni’s visit to South Sudan comes after another visit by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and IGAD chairperson Hailemariam Desalegn. Presient Boni is expected to hold discussions with President Omar El Bashir of Sudan on the same issues today, Friday January 18, 2013.


Reported by Matata Safi, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


RSS withdraws troops from demilitarized border zone with Sudan

JUBA, 18 January 2013 (NASS) - In addition to the withdrawal of troops south of the centerline, the Republic of South Sudan has started the redeployment of its army from the border with Sudan to set up the buffer zone as mandated by the September cooperation agreement.


The government of the Republic of South Sudan has announced that the withdrawal will be completed by 4 February 2013. The government has stressed that it expects Sudan to do the same.


"By withdrawing its forces...the government of South Sudan is clearly demonstrating its full compliance with the signed security agreements and full commitment to their implementation," said the Acting Chief Negotiator Minister John Luk Jok.


Please click here to read the complete press release.


Reported by Matata Safi, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


RSS seeks Zimbabwe’s support in its search for peace with Sudan

HARARE, 16 January 2013 (NASS) – The government of the Republic of Zimbabwe has received the letter sent by H.E. the President of the Republic Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on the outcome of the recent presidential summit held in Addis Ababa. The letter was handed over yesterday to the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H.E. Joice Mujuru at Harare International Airport.


Shortly after handing over the letter, the special envoy of the President, Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla told the Vice President of Zimbabwe that the government of Sudan is not serious about implementing the cooperation agreement and dragging its feet on reaching a solution on the final status of Abyei Area as proposed by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel.


Zimbabwe is one of the members of the African Union Peace and Security Council which will meet on the margins of the African Union Summit scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa on 24th – 29 January 2013. The Summit of the heads of state and governments is expected to discuss the outstanding issue between Sudan and South Sudan, especially the final status of Abyei Area, claimed and disputed border areas and the implementation of the cooperation agreement signed on 27 September 2012.

 


Hon. LoWilla in discussion with Zimbabwean Vice President H.E. Joice Mujuru.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Hon. LoWilla, who is also the minister in the Office of the President urged the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe to encourage President Bashir and the Sudanese government to implement the cooperation agreement immediately and without precondition.


On her part, the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe said that H.E. Thabo Mbeki being a former Head of State and as the chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel is the right person for the job because he has experience over conflict resolutions and familiar with the African problems.


The Vice President assured the delegation to communicate the feedback after handing the letter to H.E. Robert Mugabe, as soon as he is back to office from his annual leave and confident that reply on the support requested will be sooner before the AU Summit.


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


President Kiir visits Uganda

JUBA, 15 January 2013 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Entebbe, Uganda on 13 January 2013 evening in the company of some national ministers among them Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting; Hon. Oyay Deng Ajak, the minister for National Security; and Hon. Kosti Manibe, the minister for Finance and Economic Planning; among others.


After his arrival H.E Kiir met his Ugandan counterpart H.E. Yoweri K. Museveni at State House in Entebbe and explored ways of strengthening the existing bilateral ties between Juba and Kampala. The two heads of state also exchanged views on some regional issues of mutual concern.

 


President Kiir shakes hands with his host President Museveni.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


According to South Sudan’s Ambassador to Uganda Amb. Samuel Luate, H.E Kiir also briefed President Museveni on the outcomes of the summit between him and President Al-Bashir which was held recently in Addis Ababa. Amb. Luate added that President Kiir also briefed President Museveni on the progress made so far on Abyei issues.


H.E Kiir and the delegation were expected to visit Nairobi on 14 January 2013 to hold bilateral talks with President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Lesotho supports Abyei referendum

MASERU, Lesotho 14 January 2013 (NASS) – The Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho has agreed to back Mr Thabo Mbeki’s proposal that allows Abyei referendum to take place in October saying there is nothing wrong with it.


The government made this reaction today after receiving a letter and a briefing on the status of Abyei from the special envoy of the President Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla.
According to Hon. LoWilla, Mr. Mbeki’s proposal suggests that the people of Abyei (the Dinka Ngok and the other permanent residents of Sudan and South Sudan residing in Abyei) are to be given the right of a referendum to decide where they want to be.

 


He as well mentioned that the proposal suggests that the nomads’ right for grazing is guaranteed but they are not to vote because they are not permanent residents of Abyei.


Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Right Honorable Motsoahae Thomas Thabane said there is no reason why the people of Abyei were not allowed to vote for referendum after the agreement signed in 2005.

 


Prime Minister Thabane pledged to support the cooperation agreement signed last September and encourage other African countries to look into this problem so that peace and stability prevails between Sudan and South Sudan. He as well noted that the Kingdom of Lesotho will always be committed to the resolution of conflicts peacefully in Africa.


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


President Kikwete pledges support for peace in South Sudan

Dar es Salaam, 11 January 2013 (NASS) – The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has assured the government of the Republic of South Sudan that Tanzania will do whatever necessary to ensure peace and stability in the country.


President Kikwete said this today after receiving a letter from a special envoy of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, minister in the Office of the President, Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla, on the recent Addis Ababa summit between the two presidents of South Sudan and Sudan.


He said as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council, it is in the interest of Tanzania and the entire African continent to see South Sudan and Sudan peaceful and viable states. He promised to help south Sudan in the upcoming African Union Peace and Security Council meeting.

 


President Kikwete (right) receiving the letter from Hon LoWilla (left).


On his part, Hon LoWilla said that the letter contained a briefing on the outcome of the presidential summit that was held in Addis Ababa on the 5th of January 2013, and a call for a decisive action on the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan as agreed upon in the cooperation agreement.


He also said the letter urged the AUPSC member states to support the AU roadmap of 24 April 2012, AUPSC Communiqué of 24 October and UNSC resolution 2046, which adopt the proposal of President Mbeki on a referendum for Abyei.


The minister further said that it is very important for the AUPSC member states to understand the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan since they are going to be tabled in the upcoming AU Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, particularly the issue of Abyei and Borders (disputed and claimed areas).


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


Distinction between NASS and South Sudan News Agency

JUBA, 11 January 2013 – Please, click here to read a press release from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting clarifying that News Agency of South Sudan (NASS) is the official government news agency in the Republic of South Sudan. On the other hand, the ministry further clarifies that South Sudan News Agency is a private firm.


Awulian community holds development conference

JUBA, 9 January 2013 - The Awulian Community of Nyuak Payam in Twic East County of Jonglei state on 24-26 December 2012 held a development conference at Aluel Primary School under the theme “Taking towns to the people”. The theme is also the vision of the SPLM-led government of the Republic of South Sudan.


During the development conference, the new chairman of Awulian Community Brig. Gen. Chol Biar Ngang assured the community that under his leadership the community will focus on how to fight socioeconomic challenges such as hunger so that each Awulian community member has “something in his granary”. He explained that this will be achieved through improved agriculture at the grassroots adding that the community is endowed with suitable natural resources such as fertile soil, livestock and adequate rainfall to make this happen.


Brig. Gen. Chol also said that under his leadership, the community will improve schools by building modern classrooms and motivate teachers to give their best to the students. He explained that this will help maintain the people in the countryside while attracting home those still living outside the county. He also said that the community will also expand hospitals and other health facilities.


Madam Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, who also attended the conference, promised to expand Dr. John Garang Memorial Hospital by adding more wards. The hospital was established in May 2012 to provide services to Awulian and the surrounding communities of the Twic East County. Madam Rebecca reported that the initial resources for the operation of the hospital is depleted and urged the community members and other people of goodwill to contribute more money in order to maintain the health service in the area.

 


The interdenominational prayers at "Chuei door".
[Photo: Joseph Garang Deng]


The community chiefs also agreed to allocate land for agriculture and other investment activities in the area.


To mark the conference celebration, Madam Ajoh Kuol Mading, Biar Chol Biar, Biar Ajang Biar, Atem Biar Atem and Ajang Biar Atem slaughtered bulls (riong). Pakor sub-section also slaughtered two more bulls for the celebration of their new chieftaincy under Garang Aguin Ajak.


The conference was attended by Madam Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Uncle Elijah Malok, Hon. Deu Aguin Majok and Lt. Gen. Biar Atem, Maj. Gen. Biar Mading, Maj. Gen. Ajak Deng Biar, Commissioner of Twic East Mr. Dau Akoi Jurkuc, and the Head Chief Manyok Deng Biar, among other dignitaries and the community as a whole.


Meanwhile all the church denominations gathered at “Chuei door” the peace tree on 27th December 2012 for a memorial prayer. The event was meant to pray for the souls of those who were lost during the 21 years of the struggle for the freedom of South Sudan and at the same time to commemorate the date when God made a miraculous signal to stop the internal fighting between Nuer and Dinka Bor at the same spot.


Reported by Joseph Garang Deng


Report of the outcomes of the South Sudan-Sudan summit

JUBA, 8 January 2013 - Please click here to download the report of the outcomes of the summit between President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan and President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


H.E Kiir in Addis Ababa for a summit with H.E Bashir

ADDIS ABABA, 4 January 2013 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa on 4th January 2013 to participate in a summit between him and President El-Bashir. This was announced by the South Sudan Chief Negotiator and SPLM Secretary General Mr. Pagan Amum Okec in a press conference today at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa.

 


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


Mr Amum briefed the press on the developments about the summit and thanked the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E Hailemariam Desalegn for inviting the two heads of state for the summit.


Mr. Amum said President Kiir came to the summit with open hands, heart and with the hope to resolve all the outstanding issues between the two neighboring states. Specifically, he said President Kiir is in Addis Ababa to discuss the final status of Abyei area as recommended by the African Union Peace and Security Council. Mr. Amum added that H.E Kiir is in Addis Ababa to engage President Bashir to accept the African Union proposal on Abyei and to discuss the process of a peaceful resolution of border disputes and all the disputed areas between the two sides as well as the way forward.

 


H.E Kiir in a separate meeting with PM Desalegn and AUHIP Chair H.E Mbeki.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir position is that African Union panel of experts be given the mandate to present to the two countries a non-binning opinion on disputed and claimed areas as a basis to resolve the disputes on the border and claimed areas. If there is no agreement on the border based on the opinions presented by the panel of experts, then the two countries are to agree to take the disputes and claims to an international arbitration mechanism which H.E Kiir believes is the most peaceful and best practice to resolve disputes and claims.


President Kiir will also encourage President El-Bashir to remove the new preconditions and obstacles that are hindering the full implementation of the cooperation agreements signed on 27th September 2012 because South Sudan is waiting for an immediate, concurrent and coordinated implementation of all the agreements signed between the two countries without any preconditions.

 


H.E Kiir was received by PM Desalegn at the airport.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


“May it be known to all that on the evening of 4th January2013, the Ethiopian PM H.E Desalegn together with AU/HIP Chairperson H.E Mbeki held separate meetings with President Kiir and President Bashir at the Ethiopian State House in Addis Ababa and after a working dinner on 4thJanuary 2013, the Summit will be in progress as from 5th January 2013”, Mr Amum said.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia


“Khartoum's preconditions endless”, Mr Pagan Amum

JUBA, 21 December 2012 - South Sudan should develop an alternative outlet to the sea to export its oil and develop its trade with the rest of its neighbors as Khartoum’s preconditions and obstruction are not about to end, says Mr Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s chief negotiator to the post independence talks with Sudan.


Mr Amum who was speaking on December 19th at Juba International Airport soon after arrival from Addis Ababa where they have been engaging in the next round of talks with Khartoum government after the September 27 agreements inked by the two heads states, said Sudan was not interested in implementing the peace pack.


Sudan and South Sudan have been experiencing an impasse in implementing security arrangements. Khartoum insists South Sudan should disarm rebel a group fighting its government in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan. The government calls Khartoum’s demand as “unrealistic” as it would be meddling with the internal affairs of a foreign country.


“It is time South Sudan shifts focus from pursuing a mirage with Sudan to other concrete alternatives for economic viability as Sudan’s preconditions and obstructions are not about to end”, he said.

 


Mr Amum addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said despite the readiness by South Sudan government to ensure the immediate implementation of all the agreements reached including the final status of Abyei, Khartoum still imposes preconditions to the implementation. “The position of Sudan is that they don’t want the oil to flow; they don’t want to open the border corridors to allow free movement of people and services”, Mr Amum said.


Mr Amum who is also the Secretary General of South Sudan’s ruling party said as long as Sudan continues its preconditions, the two countries will find themselves in a state of no war, no peace, no flow of oil, and no trade.


He observed that there are discussions for a summit to take place soon between President Salva Kiir and his counterpart Omar El Bashir but maintained reservations for such talks to yield any results. “I am not convinced that such a summit can produce anything special; they met last time in Addis Ababa to resolve these issues of Abyei and borders”, he said.


Mr Amum said it is up to Sudan to decide on whether to implement the September agreements. He urged South Sudanese to unite and manage the crisis that is caused by “being born in a very difficult neighborhood” like Sudan that does not want to see a strong South Sudan.


Reported by Matata Safi


Ministry of General Education gets a printing press

JUBA, 21 December 2012 - A printing machine worth half a million US dollars has arrived at the Ministry of General Education and Instruction.


The German-made machine has been acquired with funds from the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MTDF), according to the ministry’s deputy minister Madam Rebecca Joshua Okwaci.


“The arrival of this printing machine is very important because we need it at this very juncture. We have exams to be printed, books and a lot of print materials needed by the ministry”, Madam Rebecca told reporters at the ministry headquarters.

 


Madam Rebecca addressing journalists in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


South Sudan’s education ministry has been printing exams and other education material in Khartoum or East Africa. Madam Rebecca who appreciated MTDF for the donation said the machine will add value to the work of the ministry and the country at large.


The machine is expected to begin operations by January because its installation has begun. The deputy minister said the ministry will train people to run the printing machine. This will be the second printing press owned by the government in South Sudan. The official Government Printing Press (GPP) managed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is already installed and expected to begin operations next year.


Reported by Matata Safi


“Wau situation under control”, government

JUBA, 20 December 2012 (NASS) - Authorities in the government of South Sudan have announced that the situation in Wau is now under control after series of killings triggered by the transfer of county headquarters from Wau to Bagari.


Based on the reports, Wau up to yesterday was under violence from the demonstrators who are not happy with the relocation of the headquarter.


In a press conference today, the minister for Information and Broadcasting and the official government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the situation has been contained and that a number of police officers together with a delegation from National Legislative Assembly are already in Wau investigating the violence.

 


Dr Benjamin (left) addressing the media conference. He is accompanied by Mr George Garang, the Undersecretary in the ministry.


According to Dr. Benjamin, out of the 28 farmers reported to be killed six bodies were found and shops burned. "We regret this unfortunate loss of lives and destruction of property. We send our condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased”, he stated.


At the same conference, the minister urged all citizens especially those living in Juba to cooperate with police to avoid crimes during the Christmas celebration.


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


FBI agents in Juba to help unravel Isaiah Abraham’s murder

JUBA, 20 December 2012 - The government of South Sudan has received experts from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to help it carry investigations into the murder of a journalist/blogger Isaiah Abraham using the pen name Diing Chan Awuol.


The FBI officials arrived at the Juba International Airport yesterday. Mr Awuol was killed in his house in Gudele residential area west of the capital Juba on December 5.


In a meeting with the US Ambassador to South Sudan, Susan Page on December 13, President Salva Kiir welcomed an offer by the ambassador to invite FBI agents to help the South Sudan security organs trace the murderers of Isaiah Abraham.


“We are pleased to have a legal attaché from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to help South Sudan government in its investigations into the murder of Isaiah Abraham. They will meet with government officials to determine how best they can support the government”, said Michael McClellan the Charge’d’ Affaires of the US Embassy in South Sudan.

 


Mr McClellan and members of the FBI addressing the press at the Juba Internation Airport.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


H.E President Kiir who denounced the murder, has already ordered security organs to fully investigate the circumstances leading to the death of Abraham and bring the culprits to justice.


Mr. McClellan said the FBI is a legal bureau that builds relationships with law enforcement personnel around the globe and facilitates the prompt and continuous exchange of information to aid combating international crimes.


Meanwhile South Sudan’s Information minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said government investigations are ongoing adding that with the support of the FBI agents, the government will apprehend the culprits and bring them to face justice.


“The government has made it clear that the murderers of Abraham Isaiah whether they are within the government or elements outside moving and killing our citizens, they must be indentified and brought to face justice”, he emphasized.


Reported by Matata Safi


Ministry of Commerce opens trade office at Juba International Airport

JUBA, 20 December 2012 - The ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment has established an office at Juba International Airport to monitor the follow trade between South Sudan and the region.


Opening the office within the Juba village cargo yesterday, the Commerce Undersecretary Mr. Simon Nyany Anei underscored the importance of the office saying it will help to check the standards of goods entering the country as well as to ensure people importing the goods have all the necessary documents to do business in the country.

 


Undersecretary Anei cuts the ribbon while the DG of Standards Mary Gordon looks on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Meanwhile the Director General of Taxation Stephen Matatia said the Juba International Airport office adds to the already existing office at the key border entry points such as Kaya, Nimule with the border to Uganda and Nadapal to Ethiopia.


Mr Matatia said the office will comprise of staff from the directorate of trade and standards. He called for cooperation among other organs of government working at the airport. “We are here as trade, there will be other partners like customs, economic security but all working to attain the same national goals”, he said.


The trade office was officially opened by the Mr. Undersecretary Anei on behalf of the minister of commerce Hon. Garang Diing Akuong.


Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan Bible Society officially launched

JUBA, 19 December 2012 (NASS) - In an attempt to the understanding of Bible and the Holy Scriptures easy to the diverse ethnicities in the country, South Sudan officially launched its bible society yesterday. The society will help the country in the dissemination and translation of Holy Bible and scriptures into South Sudanese local languages.


The inauguration of the society was witnessed by members of United Bible Societies from Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.


At the inauguration ceremony, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the society will have full government support to facilitate the translation and dissemination of Holy Bible across the country. He also underscored that the government guarantees freedom of religion especially to the minorities.


On his part, Bishop Arkangelo Wani Lemi advised that a strategy to stop corruption is not through imprisonment but through God’s word, the Bible. He appealed to the authorities to make the Bible more available to reduce crimes.


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


Outdated legislation hindering health programs in Africa

JUBA, 19 December 2012 - Africa is faced with huge challenges in the execution of health programs because of old and outdated laws and regulations that the continent inherited from its colonial masters, a World Bank health officer has said.


The International Finance Cooperation’s (IFC) Head of Health in Africa Initiative, Professor Khama Rogo, said most of the African countries still rely on the old English or Portuguese laws and regulations that are unable to regulate and guide the execution of modern activities in the health sector effectively.


“It’s on record that 50 percent of medicines used in Africa are counterfeit medicine. It may look like an anti-biotic but inside it you have chalk, powder or if you are lucky, you get maize flour or whatever is inside there”, decried Prof Rogo.

 


Prof Rogo.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said the health challenges in the continent are so huge that no government or development partner can surmount them single-handedly. He emphasized the need for collective efforts in dealing with the health challenges in the region. Prof Rogo identified the inability to work to full potential by hospitals and other health institutions, limited drugs, and doctors leaving the continent for greener pastures as some of the major challenges facing the health sector in Africa.


“Today every African country goes through the process of budget allocation in construction and renovation of hospitals but the big issue is, these institutions we put our money in work at not more than 30 percent of their potential”, he stated. He emphasized the need for African governments to put in place the necessary laws and regulations to monitor the proper execution of health programs in Africa.


Prof Rogo made these remarks on December 14 at the launch of South Sudan Drugs and Food Control Authority (DFCA) in Juba under the theme “Securing access to quality, safe and efficacious pharmaceutical and food products”. The DFCA is supported by the International Finance Cooperation and the World Bank Group.


Hon. Dr. Yatta Logur, the deputy minister for Health said despite South Sudan making some progress in the area of pharmaceuticals, he expressed concern over the way drugs are being handled.

 


Dr Logur.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


“A lot of drugs still enter our country unverified. In the market you find a lot of fake drugs; you also find drugs being sold like groundnuts in kiosks all over South Sudan”, he said.


He said the government through the Ministry of Health has established the Drugs and Food Control Authority to enhance drugs and food control in South Sudan.


Meanwhile Dr. Abdi Mohamed of World Health Organization (WHO) lauded the government for the initiative of forming the authority which he said will help in ensuring the quality of foods and drugs entering the country.


He expressed hope that the DFCA will address the problem of counterfeit and substandard foods in the country. He assured of the support of WHO in making the DFCA achieve its desired objectives.


Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan inks agreement to meet 2015 digital world initiative

JUBA, 13 December 2012 (NASS) - As the whole world struggles to migrate from analog into digital communication systems, South Sudan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting yesterday inked an agreement with ZTE, a Chinese Telecommunication Company, to assist the Republic of South Sudan meet the 2015 digital world initiative expectations.


According to the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, this 51 million dollar project only targets the first phase which revolves around equipment and infrastructure. He announced that the project will be funded by Chinese government through Exim-Bank.

 


Dr Benjamin signing the agreement with ZTE representatives.


Dr Benjamin emphasised that the government is keen to transform communication systems in the country from analog to digital in spite of the economic challenges it currently faces. He said this will be achieved through the support of friendly nations and development partners.


ZTE leaders emphasised that South Sudan has no option but move towards digital communication or risk exclusion. They said ZTE is committed to support South Sudan to take the necessary steps to realise the analog-digital migration in the shortest time possible.


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


Steel factory to open in Juba

JUBA, 10 December 2012 - Construction industry in African’s youngest nation South Sudan may soon receive a boost as steeling manufacturing factory is set to launch operations in Juba early next year.


Edward International Company Ltd started operations in January 2012 and now it has established a factory across “Koru Ramula” about 10 km along Juba Kajo keji road. The factory besides production of steel products such as iron sheets and bars will also be producing electric cables, paints, water pipes, and plastic water tanks.


“We will be producing all types of different building materials locally here. Since we will be producing locally, we will have competitive price”, said Kirolos Edward Assad, the General Manager.

 


DG of National Bureau of Standards Mary Gordon and Undersecretary Mr Nyang consult during a visit to the factory premises.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


South Sudan after decades of civil war is witnessing a rapid development drive with almost all the construction materials imported. Starting with paint production in February 2013, the factory will be employing over three thousand South Sudanese in the plant.


Meanwhile the Undersecretary of Commerce, Industry and Investment Mr Simon Nyany Anei has urged more investors to come and invest in the Republic of South Sudan. “We need more industries for the development of South Sudan”, he appealed.

Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan ratifies seven international labour conventions

JUBA, 7 December 2012 - The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has ratified seven fundamental International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions.


Labour Undersecretary Madam Hellen Achiro Lotara disclosed that the seven conventions were those which had initially been ratified by the Republic of Sudan from which South Sudan seceded on July 9, 2011.


Madam Hellen said the ratified conventions were: the Forced Labour Convention of 1930; the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Agreement, 1949; the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951, and; the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957.


The others were: the Discrimination in Employment and Occupation Convention of 1958; the Minimum Age Convention, 1973, and; the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999.


The Undersecretary further said the government was in the process of ratifying Convention Number 87 which guarantees the freedom of association for workers.


Madam Hellen was speaking when she officially closed a five-day tripartite orientation workshop on reporting on international labour standards at a Juba hotel. The workshop drew participants from government line ministries and agencies, trade unions and the South Sudan Employers Association.


The Undersecretary later handed over a letter of acceptance ratifying the seven conventions signed by the acting Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak, to Ms Alia Jamal Ahmed of the ILO’s Cairo Office who headed of the ILO delegation to the workshop.


The letter dated November 30, 2012 and addressed to the ILO Director General, Mr Guy Ryder, further expressed the wish of the Government that the ratification be backdated to April 29, 2012 when South Sudan was admitted as a member of the ILO.


Reported by Justin Jada, Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


South Sudan and Sudan urged to resolve pending post-independence issues

JUBA, 5 December 2012 (NASS) – The Japanese government has urged Sudan and South Sudan to have trust and resolve the remaining post independence issues to avoid instability in the two states.


Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs in the government of Japan, Kayuza Shimba said the two states have the potential to solve the problems in Africa but without peace it is difficult. He made these remarks yesterday in a meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


He also confirmed that Japan is ready to do whatever is possible to see South Sudan developing faster noting that all the projects signed with the government of South Sudan will commence in due course.


Meanwhile Dr Benjamin dismissed the entire allegation made against the government saying South Sudan is not for regime change in Khartoum nor is it supporting the rebels in Sudan. He affirmed that the government is committed to peace with Khartoum and ready to finish the remaining outstanding issues. He further urged the Japanese government to persuade Khartoum to implement the popular consultation of Southern Blue Nile and Kordufan to circumvent future accusations.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan


WES ready for Christian Centenary celebrations

JUBA, 5 December 2012 (NASS) – The authorities in Western Equatoria State have announced that the government and the people of the state are ready to receive people for the upcoming Christian centenary (100 years of Christian life) in the state.


This was revealed by Hon. Sapana, the Deputy Governor of the state, yesterday shortly after meeting the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin. He also revealed that the state is currently secure from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Hon. Sapana further disclosed that the state has produced enough food but decried the poor state of roads which limits their access to markets.


In another event, the Governor of Upper Nile State, Simon Kun Pouch confirmed that the state is safe and under government jurisdiction after the recent chaos at the Bank of South Sudan branch in Malakal. He stated that the culprits who caused the mayhem were been caught and are currently in legal custody. He also announced that the state has started a road project to Ethiopia which he said will facilitate oil export. On his part Dr Benjamin appreciated the effort exerted by the state government to bring the culprits to justice.


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


President's speeches

JUBA, 30 November 2012 - Please click the links below to read the corresponding speeches delivered by H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit at the respective occasions.

 

 

  1. Opening ceremony of the Agricultural Trade Fair and Conference held at Nyakuron Cultural Centre, Juba on 27 November 2012.
     
  2. Governors' Forum held at the Freedom Hall in Juba.

Water harvesting project to reduce conflict in Jonglei launched

JUBA, 30 November 2012 - Government of the Republic of South Sudan and its partners have launched a three-year project to harvest water in Jonglei, one South Sudan’s most conflict-prone states, in which scarcity of water is blamed for inter-communal conflicts.


The project is to ensure that youth who currently spend about a half-year moving to other areas with cattle in search of water, leaving fights in their path, stay in their localities.
“Water points and wells have been poisoned in the past, and this kind of investment may not have been feasible during the war,” Dr. Sue Lautze, Head of Office, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, South Sudan Program said in a press statement in Juba.


“This is expected to contribute to community stability and peace in Jonglei, particularly in Uror and Nyirol Counties where natural resources-based conflicts are prevalent,” says Isaac Liabwel, Undersecretary, Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation, Republic of South Sudan.


The feasibility study for the Canadian Aid-funded project unveiled at a major stakeholder’s workshop bringing together central government officials, state ministers, civil society and donor partners, has taken more than a year to put together.


Jonglei has witnessed some instability, especially along the cattle routes to and from the areas inhabited by the Lou Nuer (Uror, Nyirol and Akobo-West) and along Pibor-Bor corridors between Pibor and Akobo areas.


“The problem is enormous,” Ali Said, Chief Technical Advisor, Sustainable Food Security Through Community-based Livelihood Development and Water Harvesting, noted. “People are killing each other due to completion over water resources.”


Youth have been engaged in almost all conflicts, some of which were characterised by violent armed conflicts resulting in the death of innocent rural people, extensive destruction of homes and livelihood assets and displacement of large number of people.


When water harvesting for cattle begins, there would be substantial underemployed youth presence in their home village areas whose engagement in agriculture, vocational and skills training will reduce their involvement in future conflicts, reads the statement in part. It further stresses that water harvest would reduce the workload of the elderly and the women and open an opportunity for girls to go to schools.


“Under normal weather conditions and relative peace and stability, Jonglei has a potential to be a surplus producing area both in crop and livestock production and fishing,” says Dr. Sue Lautze, “but it cannot do so if localised conflicts are not halted or reduced to manageable levels,” she adds.


Reported by Matata Safi


“Stop depending on relatives and work’, President Kiir urges citizens

JUBA, 28 November 2012 - President of the Republic H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit has urged South Sudanese to engage in productive work other than depending on few working relatives.


President Kiir was speaking at the launch of the second annual agricultural trade fair and conference at Nyakuron cultural centre in Juba on yesterday. The four day fair is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and held under the theme “Food security is the other side of human security”.

 


President Kiir cutting the ribbon at the second agricultural agricultural trade fair. On his right is Vice President Dr Riek Machar.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


President Kiir said there was what he termed as a “dangerous scenario” of people moving to urban areas disregarding the potential income generating activities like farming. “If you go to one minister’s house today, you will be surprised by the number of relatives living in his/her house. We must fight this dependency syndrome and tell our people to work and become self reliant”, he said.


The head of state noted that independence of the country should be translated into the ability of the population to feed itself and meet other demands than relying on imported food. He expressed hope that South Sudan would be Africa’s food basket owing to the fertile agricultural land, favorable climate and abundant water bodies including the River Nile which is suitable for promoting food production, animal rearing and fishing.

 


A farmers' representative from Eastern Equatoria donning a 'head gear and vest' designed from seeds shows the President awater melon.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Impressed by the quality and varieties of the agricultural produced at the trade fair stands, President Kiir said there was no reason why communities should remain hungry. “There is no reason why we should have malnourished children when we have more than eleven million herds of cattle in the country”, he said.


He however decried the habit of cattle raiding that lead to insecurity in some part of the country. He cautioned pastoralist communities to desist from the act if they are to live without fear of being attacked, killed or their animals being stolen.

 


Hon Martin Elias Loromo, the minister for Animal Resource and Fisheries shows to the President a nile perch about 25 kg caught from River Nile.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


President Kiir told them to discard the traditional belief of keeping animals for pride and marriage instead of embracing beef and dairy production to earn income for self sustainability and development. The President reiterated commitment by his government to transform the country’s economy through agriculture adding that oil was not a lasting resource.


According to him, about 48 percent of the population in South Sudan is food insecure despite the fact that 83 percent of the citizens live in rural areas but with less agricultural activities. He expressed optimism that the country would be food secure by 2014 and urged investors to focus on increased food production and value addition.


Reported by Matata Safi


Second Agricultural Trade Fair to take place on Tuesday

JUBA, 26 November 2012 - The second agricultural trade fair and conference is expected to take place on November 27 at Nyakuron Cultural centre in Juba.


This year’s trade fair with the theme “Food security is the other side of human security” comes as the second agricultural trade fairs organized by the ministries of Agriculture and Animal Resource as an annual event according to Timothy Thwol Onak, the chairperson of the second Agricultural Trade Fair and conference.


The trade fair is intended to bring together the country’s famers from ten states to share experiences and gain lessons from the participants both at regional and international levels who will be taking part.


Mr. Onak who is also the Director General of Forestry in the ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said the fair is expected to provide a platform for farmers in the country to gain the most modern technologies used in today’s agricultural production, forestry, animal production and fisheries.

 


South Sudan deputy minister of Agriculture Beda Machar during a harvesting visit of Nyeli demonstration farm in CES.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The trade fair further seeks to give an opportunity for the local farmers to display and sell their products as a socio-economic activity. Mr Onak explained that besides selling, the fair would as well bring service providers in agricultural production to interact with farmers.


He said with the trade fair, they seek to provide an ‘eagle’s eye’ into the investment opportunities the new country provides in agricultural production, animal resource and fisheries for foreign investors.


“The main objective of the agricultural trade fair is to promote and encourage foreign investors to invest in agriculture”, said Onak. He further said the government is focusing on improving agricultural production through better and modern farming methods in order to combat food insecurity.


Officials from line ministries such as water and irrigation, environment, wildlife, and commerce both at national and state levels are expected to attend the fair which will be opened by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Top government officials are expected to participate in the trade fair and conference including all the state governors who are present in Juba for the governors’ forum.


Reported by Matata Safi


SPLM leaders on a study tour in China

SHANGHAI/JUBA (Nov 24, 2012) –Senior officials from the SPLM are on a 10-day study tour in the People’s Republic of China to learn about China’s experiences in the area of governance.

 

The 14-strong delegation headed by member of the SPLM Political Bureau Cde Mark Nyipouch, on Saturday, concluded lectures at the prestigious China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) located in Shanghai province. According to a press statement obtained by goss.org, the lectures focused on “Governance Capability Construction of the Ruling Party.”

 

The trip of the SPLM delegation, which included Political Bureau member Akol Paul and a number of members of the party’s National Liberation Council (NLC), came amid a strengthening of ties between the SPLM and the Communist Party of China.

 

In remarks at the opening of the training on Saturday, Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC’s Central Committee Li Jinjun, explained that his party would continue to help the SPLM strengthen its capabilities. This, he said, was in line with a Memorandum of Understanding the two parties signed in October 2011.

 


The SPLM team visits Huawei's facilities in Shanghai.

 

Similarly, CELAP’s Professor Feng Jun described the SPLM as “a good friend,” adding that the doors of his institution would remain open to SPLM leaders.

 

The SPLM team arrived in Shanghai late on November 21 and commenced lectures the following day. During their stay in the city, the delegation paid a visit to the facilities of Huawei, one of China’s leading firms specializing in the area of telecommunications wireless solutions, where they were received by the company’s senior Vice President Qu Wenchu.

 

Shanghai municipality’s Li Xi also hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting SPLM delegation. In Shanghai, Cde Nyipouch and his team visited the Daining Community to study a CPC grassroots through which the CPC tries to address the material as well as emotional and other needs of community members with meager resources from the party and government. The team will travel to Jinggangshan on Sunday for further studies before proceeding to Beijing.

 

Reported by Simon Peter Apiku and Matata Safi


Campaign against gender based violence launched

JUBA, 25 November 2012 (NASS) - The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare on Friday launched the 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence [CAGBV]. The campaign was launched by the Deputy Minister Dr. Priscilla Joseph Kuch.


This year marks the 7th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in South Sudan but is the second year that the South Sudan is celebrating as an independent nation. The Ministry is working to devise new ways to utilize the campaign to bring about transformative change in women’s lives.

Yet despite this increased awareness, women continue to experience violations in alarming numbers and new forms of violence are emerging. There is need to look more closely at the structures in place that permit gender based violence to exit and persist.

This year the global theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s change militarism and end violence against women”. The national theme of the Republic of South Sudan on the 16th Days of Activism 2012 is: “Promote Peace at Home Stop Gender Based Violence and Ending Child Marriage”.

In South Sudan the first celebration was 2006 and 2008 celebration marked the launching of the First Special Protection Unit (SPU) at Malakia Police Station. The Ministry organized a procession led by a police band and women, school children, government Staff, UN Agencies, NGO’s and other Activists marched from Buluk near the Technical School to Malakia Police Station where the first SPU was officially opened by the former Minister Hon. Mary Kiden Kimbo. Since then two other Units have been opened in Juba and Munuki Police Station others have been launched in Yambio, Western Equatoria State, Wau, Western Bahr el-Ghazal, Malakal, Upper Nile State and in Kwajok, Warrap, State.


The South Sudan Child Act 2008 has put the age for marriage at 18 years and should be with the consent of both parties, due to consequence of force marriage three girls in Lakes State, Rumbek and two in Jonglei State, Bor met their death because they refused to accept the arranged, marriage. Cases related to individuals taking the law into their hands are many and many women stay in police custody for long periods before trials are made, domestic violence is another area when women’s rights are violated most. In 2009 a man killed his wife and the young girl child almost cutting their heads off.

The celebration of the campaign will be on Monday 26th November, 2012 from 8:30 am-01:00 pm at the New Sudan Hotel Palace hosted a half day program. The campaign will be waged through panel discussions on television and several media houses at the State level, the Ministries of Social Development will commemorate the 16 Days of Activism in their respective States.

Reported by Simon Matiop Akol, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


"Khartoum not serious on the security arrangements", Dr Benjamin

JUBA, 23 November 2012 (NASS) - The minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the Official Government Spokesman, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has said today that Khartoum is not serious about the security arrangements despite full commitment of the government to the agreement reached in Addis Ababa.


Dr Benjamin stated that South Sudan’s team is supposed to be in Khartoum by now over the demilitarization which was agreed to be finalized in Khartoum to assure on security but no action has been shown by Khartoum which has now resorted to bombardment.


Briefing the special representative of the Japanese government on the security arrangements which is the current impediment of oil production, Dr Benjamin said Khartoum is reluctant to comply with the cooperation agreement.


He urged the Japanese government to intervene in this oil problem saying Khartoum is not reasonable in spite of being the monopoly of the business.


The representative of the Japanese government, Mr Takeshi Akumatsu asserted that Japan is keen and committed to see Sudan and South Sudan peaceful and flourishing. Mr Akumatsu also revealed that the construction of Juba Bridge will kick off early next year 2013.


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


President Kiir visits PFPF and lays foundation stone of Thiangrial Refinery

JUBA, 22 November 2012 - In a historical step showing a goodwill of the Republic of South Sudan to resume the oil production according to the cooperation agreement signed in Addis Ababa, the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and a number of National Ministers of economic and security sectors on Tuesday 20th November 2012, visited Paloch Field Processing Facility in Malut County at Upper Nile state.

 


H.E Kiir arrives at Paloch Tir Airport.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Upon his arrival at Paloch Tir Airport President Kiir was received by the Governor of Upper Nile states Hon. Simon Kun Puoch and immediately paid familiarization visit to Paloch Field Processing Facility (PFPF), power plant and pump station one. H.E Kiir was briefed by the processing field facility technicians that the facility is hundred percent ready and only waiting for orders from the government to start operations.

 


H.E Kiir arrives in Malut County.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir and the accompanying delegations after that laid a foundation stone for the construction of Thiangrial Refinery at Thiangrial Payam of Malut County. In his key remark during the ceremony H.E Kiir assured the citizens of Thiangrial Payam that the government of the Republic together with the oil companies will avail all the basic services to the people of the area in terms of roads, health, education and clean drinking water.

 


H.E Kiir inspects Paloch Field Processing Facility.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir called on the citizens of Thiangrial Payam to allow and be in peace with neighboring citizens of Sudan who come to their areas looking for grazing fields.


President Kiir who is known as the father and founder of the new nation of South Sudan addressed a very huge public rally yesterday evening at SPLM Square in Malut and appreciated the citizens of Malut County for being loyal to SPLM, and reassured that South Sudan has no hostility with Republic of Sudan.

 


Paloch Field Processing Facility.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir said the Government will make sure that basic services for the local communities at oil producing areas are availed.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Military seeks to improve relations with civilians

JUBA, 22 November 2012 - A one-day workshop aimed at improving relations between the military and the civilian population concluded in Juba kicked off on Tuesday.


Attended by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLA), police, prisons, wildlife, representatives from the Human Rights Commission and the national Ministry of Gender, the workshop outlined some of the bottlenecks hindering good civilian-military relations and possibilities of fixing the gaps.


Col. Philip Aguer Panyang the SPLA spokesman, described the current civilian-military relations as being ‘good’ though he said the army and the other forces are working together to make the relations better.


Representatives from the Military Intelligence, National Security among other security organs expressed concerns over how the general public perceives their role. “The relation between the military and the civilian population has to be perfect because it is the civilian population that the military comes from and later retires to”, Col. Aguer observed.

 


Col. Phillip Aguer.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Singling out the army, Col. Aguer said there have been some few irregularities particularly in cases of civil military operations.


“We had pockets of incidents in the area of disarmament in Jonglei; we investigated them and others were tried”, he said. He explained SPLA has been quick to address these irregularities in a manner to ensure that maximum discipline is ascertained and trust of the people is maintained.


Col. Aguer said the position of the SPLA command has always been of ensuring a positive image of the army among the civilians. He also urged his security counterparts to work together with the media as partners in promoting relations between the military and the civil population. He however cautioned the media to be straight forward and fair in its reporting.


“We want the media to be straight forward and publish confirmed information by the highest authorities of the military command”, he said.


He explained that some media houses publish stories that are “twisted” thereby giving out incomplete messages which may be wrongly received.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


Oil Wealth to be utilised in developing human resources

JUBA, 21 November 2012 - The Government of South Sudan is investing a significant percentage of the country’s vast oil and mineral wealth in developing human resources and putting in place a modern civil service.


The acting Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Hon Kwong Danhier Gatluak, said that effective service delivery will only be possible through an adequate pool of a highly skilled, professional, motivated, productive and well managed civil service.


Hon Kwong said five decades of war had ruined civil service structures and precipitated a brain drain of South Sudan’s highly qualified, experienced and competent professionals in all sectors who either joined the liberation movement or fled the country altogether for their own safety and livelihood.


“In so doing, they left a very big vacuum that could only be filled by largely less experienced, competent and qualified personnel. This resulted in poor delivery of basic services to the citizenry meant to ensure their wellbeing,” he said.


The acting minister was speaking when he officially opened the 9th Meeting of the Regional Capacity Building (RCB) Project at a Juba hotel. The RCB is a 5-year capacity building initiative funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Public Administration and Leadership Academy (PALAMA) of South Africa as the implementing agency.


Noting that the project was coming to an end in 2013, Hon Kwong said the Ministry would continue with capacity building efforts at national, state and local levels of government.

 


Acting minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak (seated 2nd right), in a group photo with other participants at the 9th Meeting of the Regional Capacity Building project outside a Juba hotel. Also in the picture are the acting DG Human Resource Development Madam Sunday Jaden (seated, extreme right) and Dr Mary Ledwaba of PALAMA (seated, centre).


The minister urged civil servants and other stakeholders involved in the management of the project to own it by implementing aspects which would address South Sudan’s specific needs.


“We should shift from supply-driven to demand-driven capacity development initiatives,” he said.


He further urged the implementers to focus on results that would have a lasting impact on eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, promoting sustainable development and enhancing local capacities in line with the priorities and policies in the South Sudan Development Plan.


Speaking at the function, the acting Director General for Human Resource Development in the Ministry, Madam Sunday Aggrey Jaden, said the aim of the RCB Project was to improve public service capacity management and leadership capability for better service delivery through training interventions in Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.


Madam Sunday said the ultimate goal of the project was to achieve institutional capacity development, adding that planned outputs of the project were curriculum development and training capacity in the participating countries.


Also present at the function was Dr Mary L. Ledwaba, Chief Director (Executive Development) at PALAMA.


Reported by Alnour Onyongo, Justin Jada and Simon Owaka