H.E Kiir and El-Bashir agree to establish 8 border crossing points

ADDIS ABABA, 25 May 2013 – Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan and Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan have agreed to immediately establish eight border crossing points for easy movement of people and flow of goods to facilitate trade. This followed a meeting between the two leaders in the margins of the African Union summit yesterday evening at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa. This was announced by the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial.


Presidents Kiir and Bashir shake hands before the summit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Earlier, President Kiir met the Prime Minister of Ethiopia H.E Haile Mariam Desalegn and discussed with him the current situation in the relations between Sudan and South Sudan in terms of the issue of the murder of late Paramount Chief of Abyei Kuol Deng Kuol.

The two leaders in the meeting agreed to launch a credible impartial investigation and get the root cause and the circumstances surrounding the death of the paramount chief. The two leaders also assessed the current situation relating to the agreements signed between the two countries. The Ethiopian leader pledged to continue supporting the process of the implementation of the agreement and normalization of the relations between South Sudan and Sudan.


H.E Kiir, Ethiopian PM Desalegn, Hon. Alor and Hon Nhial in a meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

H.E Kiir and El-Bashir after this held a summit and discussed a number of issues relating to the implementation of the cooperation agreement among which are fixing of the border crossing point between the two countries that had been agreed to be fixed in Hegleg and Joda areas. As stated by the, the two border crossing points have been currently experiencing some difficulties impacting negatively on the oil production operations.

The summit between the two Presidents according to the Hon Nhial agreed that the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) on both sides will be sent on the ground in the area of Tashwin and Joda to finally plot on the ground on the basis of the coordinate on the map the precise location of Tashwin and Joda as border crossing points.


H.E Kiir and H.E El-Bashi in the summit.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa

H.E Kiir attends 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU

ADDIS ABABA, 25 May 2013 - The capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa has witnessed on 25th May, 2013 celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of the African unity (OAU)/ African Union (AU), under the theme: “Pan- Africanism and the African Renaissance”.


The participants included African Heads of State and Government, UN Secretary Gen. Mr. Pan Ki Moon, US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry, European, Asian and Arab world Representatives. The celebration started at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa with the African union 21st ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state and government, opened by its Chairman H.E Haile Mariam Desalegn who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

In his opening remarks PM Desalegn said the celebration marks Pan-African quest for freedom, Peace and Development in order to maintain the dignity of African People.


AU celebrations in Addis Ababa.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The anniversary celebrated African narratives of past, present and future that will enthuse and energize the African population and use their constructive energy to accelerate a forward looking agenda of Pan-Africanism and renaissance in the 21st century. It provides a unique opportunity, and comes at a moment when Africa is on the rise, and must therefore build its confidence in its future. The day was dominated by colorful celebrations.

This is a time for the African people to reflect on how they fared on, in the last fifty years. To improve on where they succeeded and double efforts to redress issues in areas where they drew back. It also time to focus into the coming fifty years in order to get prepared for the challenges that they faced in the past.

Reported by from Addis Ababa

Kenya to jointly undertake three major projects with South Sudan

JUBA, May 24, 2013 – The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has said his government will jointly with South Sudan undertake three major projects of Lamu oil pipeline, construction of road linking the two countries as well as construction of a railway line to improve trade between the two countries.

President Kenyatta made the revelations on his first official visit to Juba yesterday since he assumed office last month.

Currently, exports from Kenya as well as goods coming through the port of Mombasa to South Sudan have to take the longest route via Uganda to access the market in the Republic of South Sudan thereby increasing the cost of doing business. Considering the amount involved, President Kenyatta said he and his South Sudan counterpart agreed to tackle each project at a time.


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta being received by his South Sudan counterpart HE.Kiir at Juba Airport.
[Photo: Phillip Dhil]

However he emphasized the importance and urgency of prioritizing the construction of the road linking the two countries. Though no timeline has been set to start the construction of the road from Juba via Torit, Kapoeta, Narus, on the South Sudan side as well as Lokichogio, Kitale, Eldoret on the Kenya side, President Kenyatta underscored the need to fast track the process.

President Kenyatta pledged to continue strengthening the long standing bilateral relations with South Sudan for the mutual and economic good of the people of the two countries. “The purpose of our visit is to underscore the relation between our countries. It is the intension of my administration to deepen that relationship to ensure that we together prosper”, said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s first President after independence Jomo Kenyatta, underscored the importance of African leaders working together to create solution to African problems to ensure peace and stability in the region. He urged African leaders to work together to end the conflict in Kenya’s neighboring Somalia.


Presidents Salva Kiir meeting with Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Juba.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

“In our discussions, we reiterated our belief that a stable Somalia is indeed in the best interest of our region”, President Kenyatta told reporters in a joint press statement.

H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit assured the commitment of his government to closely work with the newly elected Kenyan president. The three projects, he said are very crucial for the mutual benefit for the people of the two countries.

Reported by Matata Safi

“Report fairly on Africa”, Ssali urges foreign journalists

JUBA, May 21, 2013 (NASS) - Dr. Shaka Ssali, a famous host of Voice of America’s “Straight Talk Africa” has urged foreign journalists to report fairly on Africa.

In a meeting with the minister of Information Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin in Juba today, Dr. Ssali said all news emanating from Africa is skewed to continue what he said is “furthering neo-colonization mentality”.

The USA based Ugandan-born journalist said most foreign journalists reporting about Africa do not have adequate background information of the continent therefore manipulating their stories to show the “Africa boiling in conflict”.


Dr. Ssali meeting Dr. Benjamin
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

He urged both the local and foreign journalists to research on every piece they intend to do before writing to avoid risking others.

Dr. Ssali who arrived in the country over the weekend, also called on the government to support local journalists to enable them participate in nation building process of African’s newest country.

Reported by Martin Jada (News Agency of South Sudan).


“Zambia Revenue Authority is a real model for South Sudan”, MP

JUBA, 20 May 2013 - A three-member delegation that represented South Sudan in the recently concluded Network of Reformers Conference in Lusaka Zambia, has urged the government to emulate the Zambian Revenue Authority system for its “efficiency and transparency” in order to support private sector development in the country.

Hon. Bul Andrew Cosmas, MP and member of the Committee of Commerce, Energy and Mining at the National Legislative Assembly said a landlocked country like South Sudan needs an efficient and transparent revenue collection mechanism that cuts away costs associated with time wastage at clearance points.

Since its inception in 2011, Hon. Bul said the well computerized and networked Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) system has worked for Zambia which he said according to ZRA officials has resulted in increased revenue collections over the years.

“South Sudan is challenged that we must learn from the example of Zambia Revenue Authority”, Hon. Bul commented. To avoid congestion and time wastage at entry points for instance, Hon. Bul said importers can fill pre-clearance forms which allow them to proceed with the goods into the country as clearance process is going on. He explained that upon arrival, they [importers] can then clear their goods at any revenue office in the country’s capital.


Hon. Bul Andrew Cosmas( R) and Malok Program Coordinator of South Sudan Business Forum talking to the IFC team in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

An initiative of the International Finance Corporation’s Investment Climate Department, the Network of Reformers seeks to bring together experts from the East and Southern African countries with participation of international experts to share success stories as well as challenges in a way that can address the pitfalls of the private sector development in the region.

Speaking to a team from the IFC office Juba at the National Assembly on May 13, the group urged IFC to organize more of such conferences to expose South Sudanese technocrats from different field to benefit the young country.

The delegation included Hon. Bul, Hon. Biong Pieng - Deputy Registrar, Business Registry, and Mr. Malok Malok, Program Coordinator, South Sudan Business Forum. Next year’s conference will be held in Kigali Rwanda with the delegation asking that South Sudan bids for Juba to host the 2015 conference.

Reported by Matata Safi

DRC bank unveils plans to invest in South South

JUBA, 20 May 2013 - Rawbank, a leading financial institution in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has unveiled plans to extend its financial services to the new market in the Republic of South Sudan.

Mr. Mustafa Rawji, the bank’s Director and head of marketing described the investment opportunities in South Sudan as being enormous. He said joining South Sudan’s banking market is high on their agenda as they step up efforts to regionalize the bank. According to Mr. Rawji, Congo Brazzaville, Uganda and South Africa are countries that the bank hopes to cover.

“What made as a leading post-conflict bank in the DRC is, we were able to adopt our financial products to the needs of the realities of the local market”, explained Mr. Rawji after an exploratory visit to South Sudan’s capital Juba.

Since it opened its first doors in 2002, Rawbank, has reportedly grown to become the biggest bank in DRC in terms of total assets and total deposits. The bank currently comprises of 40 branches all over DRC, with about 50 Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs).

Mr Rawji said as a post-conflict country, South Sudan’s challenges are not different from what DRC experienced ten years ago. “We have developed a favorable opinion on investing here considering the realities on the ground. Though the final decision will have to be reached by the Bank’s board of Directors”, he said.

He said the bank has tailored products such as “Ladies First” which he said was able to produce the greatest number of women entrepreneurs in the DRC.

The delegation led by the Bank’s CEO Thierry Taeymans who described the visit as “successful ” held meetings among government representatives with the standing Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs, the Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs as well as the Deputy Governor of South Sudan Central Bank.

They also held meetings with the World Bank as well as the International Finical Corporation (IFC), a member of World Bank that offers investment, advisory, and asset management services to encourage private sector development in developing countries.

Mr. Rawji commended the level of cooperation his group received from the IFC in coordinating and introducing them to the “right people with the right information”. “If it was not because of the World Bank and IFC, these three days would have not been so successful”, said Rwaji.

Reported by Matata Safi

RSS hails good relations with Kenya

JUBA, 19 May 2013 - The acting national Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak, has hailed the good relations between the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of South Sudan.

Hon Kwong said Kenya had not only played a crucial role in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which resulted in independence for South Sudan but had continued to support human capacity development in the country through various forms of technical assistance.

The Deputy Minister said South Sudan had benefited from the Kenya Technical Assistance Programme and the RSS/Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Capacity Enhancement Initiative in which Kenya was a critical contributor of skilled manpower alongside Uganda and Ethiopia.

Hon Kwong was speaking yesterday morning at the Juba International Airport when he led a high-powered government delegation to bid farewell to 42 Civil Service Support Officers (CSSOs) who have completed their two-year tour of duty in South Sudan under the RSS/IGAD Project.

He said a good number of the CSSOs were medical doctors and nurses who were attached to various government hospitals in the states, adding that they had done a good job there.

Among those who accompanied the Minister to see off the CSSOs were the UNDP Country Director, Mr Balazs Hovarth, the Kenyan Ambassador in South Sudan, Mr Cleland Leshore, the Coordinator of the Kenya South Sudan Liaison Office, Mr Maurice Nyamunga and the Public Service Undersecretary, Mrs Angeth Acol de Dut.

Reported by Alnour Ango and Simon Peter Owaka

Minister emphasises structured coordination in civil services

JUBA, 15 May 2013 - The acting national Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Hon Kwong Danhier Gatluak, has underscored the need for the different levels of the civil service to adopt a coordinated approach in tackling challenges hindering the delivery of public services.

Hon Kwong said the civil service in South Sudan was faced with various challenges particularly in the areas of policy, legal and regulatory frameworks; institutional and human capacities, and; infrastructure, adding that these problems could not be addressed without cooperation between the national and state government levels.

“Within the provisions of Transitional Constitution, the national government mainly plays a regulatory role while the state and local governments have implementation and service delivery responsibilities,” said the Minister.

Hon Kwong made the remarks after he officially opened a three-day states Strategic Meeting for Ministers of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development at a Juba hotel.

The meeting which is the first of its kind seeks to among other foster the standardisation and application of human resource management and development processes; promote collaboration and coordination on matters of service delivery in addition to addressing human resource development issues.

“The workshop will further enable participants to get orientation on Records Management as a key function in the national and state Ministries of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development,” said Hon Kwong.

The Minister said the government had saved millions of South Sudanese pounds by getting rid of ghost workers in its payroll. He said that the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System Phase II (SSEPS) which came into effect in April this year, civil servants’ salaries were being remitted directly to their bank accounts.

The SSEPS II has been adopted for payment of salaries to civil servants at national and state government levels.

Reported by Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka

Ten students awarded educational scholarship by PETRONAS

JUBA, 15 May 2013 - The petroleum operating company in South Sudan, PETRONAS, has awarded scholarship to ten South Sudanese students to study in the Petronas University, the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Malaysia.

Announcing the scheme at Home and Away in Juba recently Mr. Utong Joseph who represented the chairman of PETRONAS in South Sudan, said he is optimistic upon graduation, the beneficiaries will contribute to the development of the young county.


“We hope the beneficiaries of this scholarship will one day come and contribute to this nation,” he said. Mr. Utong who described the scholarship as a cornerstone his company is committed to continue supporting the students to learn more skills in various oil fields.


He hailed the Ministry of Petrolieum and Mining in conjunction with the Ministry of Higher Education for their cooperation as they are looking forward to training more students in the oil sector. Mr. Utong further urged the government to establish a Petroleum Technological Institute in the country to minimize the costs of sending students abroad.


The Director General for Training and External Relations in the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Benjamin Gabriel said the ministry has signed contracts with Chinese companies to build the national universities. He affirmed Ministry’s plan to improve on the Petroleum Technical Institute in Bentiu, Unity State in the near future to provide effective training for the students in the country.


On his side, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Hon. Machar Aciek Ader thanked PETRONAS for the spirit of assistance and urged the students to take their education seriously if they are benefit from the scheme.


Reported by Yang Bang Deng, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)

President Kiir meets SSLM/A leaders

JUBA, 13 May 2013 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today welcomed into his office at the State House in Juba the leader of South Sudan Liberation Movement and Army (SSLM/A), Mr. Bapiny Monytuil and his deputies Mr. Karlo Kuol and Mr. Tut Gatluak.


H.E Kiir and leader of SSLM/A Mr. Monytuil at State House.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The meeting took place in presence of the Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs Hon. Telar Ring Deng, minister of Defense Gen. John Kong, minister of Interior Hon. Alison Manani Magaya, SPLA Chief of General Staff Gen. James Hoth and other SPLM figures and senior officers of Internal and External Security.

President Kiir appreciated the SSPLM/A leaders for responding positively to the Republican pardons he declared and for joining the people of South Sudan in the journey of nation building.


H.E Kiir in a photo with leaders of SSLM/A.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Mr. Tut Gatluak told the press on behalf of the SSLM/A leader that they returned back to participate in the process of peace building. He called on those who are still taking up arms against the country to join them in the peace building process. Mr. Gatluak expressed sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic and all the people of South Sudan for the warm welcome they received since their arrival in Mayom County of Unity state and in Juba town.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

Latest Republican Decrees and Order

JUBA, 8 May 2013 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday on Tuesday 7th May, 2013 issued three Republican Decrees and one Republican Order. Please click the hyperlinks below to download the respective decrees or order:


  1. Republican Decree No. 34/2013 – Dismissal of Ajonye Perpetua Paya as 1st Class Judge in the Judiciary of the Republic of South Sudan;
  2. Click here for the Republican Decrees No. 35/2013 – Dismissal of Ajonye Perpetua Paya as the Deputy Head of Legal Administration for Legislative Drafting in the Office of the President; and 36/2013 – Promotion of ten Police Brigadier Generals to Major Generals; Republican Order No. 08/2013 – Transfer of Brig. General Santo Lemi Loguanga from the National Security Service to the South Sudan National Police Service.

Ministry of Health plans massive meningitis vaccination campaign

JUBA, 3 May 2013 - The National Ministry of Health has announced it will carry out a massive meningitis vaccination campaign after an outbreak of meningitis in Upper Nile state capital Malakal claimed two lives and left dozens hospitalized.

The outbreak of the deadly bacterial disease confirmed on April 30 by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization is said to have started from Malakal County with the first suspected cases reported on the April 15.

Though no cases of the disease spreading to other parts of the state are reported so far, the Ministry says 38 suspected cases mainly people between the age of 18-20 were undergoing treatment at the state referral hospital.


Dr Michael Milly Hussein, minister for Health.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Meningococcal meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain and the spinal cord. According to doctors, the case fatality ratio despite adequate treatment may be about 5-10 percent and typically, patients die within 18 to 24 hours of the onset of the symptoms.

The disease is transmitted from person to person through droplets of the respiratory or throat secretions. The common symptoms are stiff neck, high fever, confusion, headache and vomiting.

According to the Ministry, National and State Epidemic Task Forces have been reactivated to coordinate the intervention responses, heightened surveillance at facility and community levels as well as case management. The Ministry has also transported drugs and laboratory supplies to Malakal.

Reported by Matata Safi

UNMISS welcomes the peace declaration by armed groups

JUBA, 3 May 2013 - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has welcomed the declaration of peace with the government of South Sudan announced by South Sudan armed groups and has called upon those still at large to lay down their weapons and join the government to build a stable and prosperous South Sudan.


A press statement issued by UNMISS on April 29, quoted a release it says was issued on last Friday by the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) and the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSDF) denouncing rebellion against the people and government of South Sudan.


“As of 26 April 2013, we will start interacting with the SPLA without any confrontation to bring peace to [the] country”, the group is quoted to have stated in the joint release.


“UNMISS stands ready to support this peaceful development, including with the demobilization of children associated with these armed groups, and assist the Government of South Sudan to achieve sustainable peace in the country”, read the UNMISS press release to the media by the Communications & Public Information Office. The statement adds that militias have been ordered to move to the areas controlled by the SPLA to achieve peace.

H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit on April 25, issued a Republican Order No.06/2013 pardoning six leaders and officers under their command of the armed groups including David Yau Yau that have taken up arms against the government.


Reported by Matata Safi

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs inaugurates new office building

JUBA, 1 May 2013 - The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs yesterday officially inaugurated its first ever office building after years operating without a defined office building. The building that stands-out in the ministries complex along Juba-Ministries road is estimated to have cost about 5.4 million US dollars to construct.

President of the Republic H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, presiding over the colorful ceremony urged ministry to make use of the good working atmosphere provided by the new building to promote democracy.


H.E President Kiir planting a tree at the new office building.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Due to the lack of an office building, the staff of the ministry have been running its affairs while been accommodated in three different government institutions. While the minister was at the National Legislative Assembly, the other directorates worked from Cabinet Affairs as well as Public Service.

The President commended the former Parliamentary Affairs ministers namely Gabriel Changson Chang, Martin Elia Lomoro and the incumbent minister Micheal Makuei Lueth for the tremendous job done of ensuring that the building is completed in spite of the difficult austerity conditions. He urged the Parliamentary Affairs minister to closely work together with the state’s assemblies to deliver better services to the people.


The new premises of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Hon James Wani Igga, Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly described the ministry as having “pitifully operated under trees”. He said the establishment of the new Parliamentary Affairs facility will provide a strong bridge between the National Legislature and the Executive as well as State Assemblies. He called for maximum cooperation between the state Assemblies and their respective executive governments.

He commended the International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI) among others, for their support to both the national and state assemblies in capacity development.

On his part Hon Makeui, said the building will be the bedrock of democracy in South Sudan.

Reported by Matata Safi

“South Sudan is not a dumping site for sub standard goods”, commerce minister cautions

JUBA, 29 April 2013 - South Sudan’s minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment Hon. Garang Akuong has cautioned some sections of investors against what he termed as “turning South Sudan into a dumping site” for substandard goods and services.

Hon. Akuong said South Sudan like any other young emerging nation with multiple challenges of infrastructure, capacity, laws and regulations, many profit minded business people have and are taking advantage of these challenges by sneaking into the country expired goods, drugs, sub-standard goods and services.

“Time has come for this exploitation to stop. The government is open for business to the outside. But once you are here you must sing and dance to the tune of the songs of this country”, cautioned Hon. Akuong. He warmed that the law will soon appropriately deal with those who may not heed the government warnings.

Hon. Akuong made these remarks while officiating at a three days food safety training workshop at Juba Grand Hotel today. He urged the business people to play a leading role besides government in ensuring the standards of goods and services they import in the country represent the international acceptable standards.


Hon Akuong addressing the participants at the workshop.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Supported by Trade Mark East Africa South Sudan, the three-day food safety workshop was organized by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Investment and targeted food and beverages companies, hotels and restaurants and bakeries.

The commerce minister underscored the role of Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) in promoting trade in the region. He reiterated the commitment of the government particularly his ministry in working together to with TMEA in order to promote trade between South Sudan and the region.

The country director of Trade Mark East Africa- South Sudan Mr. Eugene Torero, urged the participants to take the training seriously if they are to make impact on food safety. “The training would be of no use if skills obtained from this workshop are left here”, said Mr. Torero.

Trade Mark East Africa in South Sudan supports the government and the private sector in developing institutional frameworks that facilitate trade and regional economic integration. The South Sudan Customs Service, South Sudan Bureau of Standards, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment, and the Chamber of Commerce are among the key government institutions benefiting from it three year project.

Reported by Matata SAFI

President Kiir grants pardon to rebel forces

JUBA, 26 April 2013 – Please click here to read the Republican Order No.06/2013 issued yesterday by President Salva Kiir Mayardit for the Granting of Pardons to Forces which took up arms against the Republic of South Sudan.

Radio, TV managers complete a training course in Japan

TOKYO, 26 April 2013 - An eight-person delegation from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting completed a one-week training course in Japan where they were exposed to cutting-edge broadcasting technologies, equipment maintenance methods, as well as to the concept and practical methods of public broadcasting.

The officials, led by the Director General of Information, Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak, returned to Juba on 25 April 2013. Accompanying Mustafa were Paul Jacob, director of information, Moyiga Nduru, director of South Sudan TV (SSTV), Rehan Abdelnabi, director of South Sudan Radio (SSR), Faris Mathew, director of state affairs and international relations, Ramadan Kamil, head of SSTV’s engineering section, Abdallah Noah, head of engineering unit at the SSR, and Rejoice Samson Tio, head of the English News section at the SSTV.

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the implementing arm of the Japanese government, invited the team to the Asian country. JICA has embarked on a four-year project since last year to turn SSTV and SSR into a public broadcaster. Upon arrival in Japan on 17 April 2013, the delegation was subjected to a series of trainings in the capital Tokyo and Kyoto, a city in central Japan.

In Tokyo, the delegation learned about the relationship between government and public broadcaster. In Japan, the main source of revenue for the national broadcaster, NHK, is the subscribers. Each household, owning a TV set, pays a fixed annual subscription fees to the NHK for running the national broadcaster. This system has not been introduced in South Sudan. Hence, the revenue collected by the SSTV and SSR, through advertisement sales, is submitted directly to the account of the Ministry of Finance in Juba.

The imposing Tower in Tokyo has also offered some idea to the delegation. This 648-metre tower hosts all transmitters, used by both public and private broadcasters, in Japan. It is a system that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in South Sudan hopes to benefit from.

Archiving, or storing films or footages, also offers challenges for both SSTV and SSR. While NHK is working on a new search system which would run through ten million items (tapes, footages) per second, SSTV needs, sometimes, a full day, if not days, to identify and pick an item out of a heap of a mess in its archive unit. Currently NHK search system can run through one million items per minute.

In Japan, the government has no say in the running of the NHK, which is, essentially, an independent public broadcaster. The media bills, which are being discussed by various governmental institutions, are expected to provide such autonomy in South Sudan where the government controls both the SSTV and SSR.

NHK has a lot of experiences to share with both the SSTV and SSR. For example, the Japanese national broadcaster has more than ten helicopters, on standby, to cover elections and national disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami. It also has cameras stationed all over the country to cover natural disasters without participation of camerapersons. The camera transmits the footage directly to the NHK, which is then broadcast within seven seconds of its transmission.

The delegation also had an opportunity to visit Sony Corporation headquarters in Tokyo. Sony is workig on a new generation of its modern equipment such as mobile phones and TV sets.

In Kyoto, the delegation was exposed to small-scale broadcaster management and its transmission tower. The delegation also visited Buddhist temples and shrines in Kyoto, a former Japanese capital before the emperor relocated his headquarters to Tokyo.

‘’It was a successful training course,’’ Mustafa, the head of the delegation, said. ‘’The team has benefited from the training.’’

Reported by Moyiga Nduru

President Kiir’s statement during the opening of parliament

JUBA, 23 April 2013 – Please click here to read the Statement of H.E President General Salva Kiir Mayardit during the opening of the first session of the South Sudan National Legislature today on 23rd April, 2013 at Freedom Hall in Juba.

Republican order on national reconciliation committee

JUBA, 23 April 2013 – Please, click here to download the Republican Order No.05/2013 for the formation of the National Committee for Healing, Peace and Reconciliation issued by President Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday.

NCRC tender for vehicles

JUBA, 23 April 2013 – The National Constitutional Review Commission (NCRC) in the Government of the Republic of South Sudan is announcing a tender for the supply of motor vehicles under the international competitive bidding contract NCRC/G/GROSS/J/2013/01. Please click here for the announcement.

Electronic payroll to weed out ghost workers

JUBA, 23 April 2013 - The Director General for Establishment in the National Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Albino Mior Aguer, has said that the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System phase II (SSEPS II) which comes into effect this month will assist the government to get rid of ghost workers by automating the payrolls. The Government of South Sudan is losing lots of money every month to ghost workers who exist in government payrolls at national and state levels.

Mr Aguer at the same time directed establishment officers and payroll managers to clean up their payrolls by ensuring there were no ghost workers, adding that they would be held responsible for any anomalies in the payroll. He urged establishment officers to work closely with payroll officers in their ministries to ensure better management of payroll systems.

The DG was speaking when he officially opened a three-day training workshop on the SSEPS II for 60 establishment and payroll officers at the Human Resource Training Centre in Juba on Monday morning. A similar number of officers had been trained last week under the programme which is being funded by the Capacity Building Trust Fund.

However, DG disclosed that 320 officers at the state level had already undergone training on SSEPS II and were ready to implement the programme. He said that all establishment and payroll officers would also undergo training on information; communication and technology equipment to enable them implement SSEPS II effectively. He added that the Pensions Act was now out; establishment officers will be required to manage pensions’ payments in addition to their normal duties.

Reported by Alnour Ango, Justin Jada and Simon Owaka

EU unveils 285 million Euro plan to assist South Sudan

JUBA, 17 April 2013 (NASS) – The European Union has unveiled a 285 million Euro plan to assist the government of South Sudan to cover the gap caused by the austerity budget brought about as a result of the oil shutdown last year.


This was revealed yesterday by European Union political counselor, Mr. Christian Manahl, after a consultative meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Dr Benjain meeting the EU delegation.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

Speaking after the meeting, Mr. Manahl disclosed that out of the 285 million Euros, 85 million Euros would be announced the same day in Washington for South Sudan. He also revealed that the European Union will launch the government printing press early next month.

Meanwhile Dr. Benjamin hailed the efforts made by the European Union saying it represents the true meaning of friendship. He confirmed that the government of South Sudan will always cooperate with European Union on issues related to bilateral relations.

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

Information minister clarifies on Republican Order No.03/2013

JUBA, 16 April 2013 - The minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has clarified the misconception of the Republican Order N0. 03/2013 issued yesterday by the President of the Republic H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit withdrawing all the duly delegated powers assigned to the Vice President by the President of the Republic.

“In the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, there are responsibilities and duties of the President as well as responsibilities and duties of the Vice President. What happens at times is that the President delegates to the Vice President some of his responsibilities and duties for a certain period of time. In the same way, the President can issue a decree to withdraw these responsibilities,” clarified Dr. Benjamin.

He added that Dr. Riek Machar is still the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and has all his powers as stipulated in the Transitional Constitution.

“The Vice President of the Republic shall be restricted to exercise and discharge only his powers as stipulated in accordance with the provisions of Article 105 (a), (b) and (c) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011A.D,” read the Order in part. The Order took effect on April 15, 2013.

Please click here to download the order.

Reported By Matata Safi

Committee to investigate loss of money from OP sworn in

JUBA, 16 April 2013 - The investigation committee which was formed recently by the Republican Order No.01/2013 to investigate the loss of money which occurred on the 15th and 23rd March 2013 respectively in the Office of the President, was sworn in today before the President of the Republic at the State House.

The four-person investigation committee under the chairmanship of Justice John Gatwich Lul is given a term of reference for the investigation to identify, summon, interview and investigate all the concerned members of the staff involved.


The committee is also to establish and ascertain the exact amount of money stolen; and as to how the said money was stolen, despite the fact that there is heavy security in and around the Office of the President; and why such amount of money was kept in a building which was not serving as a strong room, instead of keeping it in a bank. The committee shall submit its findings to the President within thirty (30) days from the date of issuance of the order.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

President Bashir to increase cooperation with South Sudan

JUBA, 14 April 2013 - President Omar Hassan el Bashir of Sudan has promised to increase the cooperation between his country and the Republic of South Sudan upon a successful one day official visit to Juba on Friday.

“I take this opportunity to instruct all state organs in the Sudan including political institutions to open up for cooperation with their brothers and counterparts in South Sudan”, said President Bashir.

In a joint communiqué, issued after a closed-door meeting, the two presidents affirmed their commitment to implement the cooperation agreement honestly and with the same constructive spirit prevailing between the two countries.

They expressed their satisfaction with the progress made so far in the implementation of the different aspects of the provisions of the matrix particularly the agreements on security arrangements, oil and banking agreements.

Presidents Kiir and Bashir further discussed the way forward regarding the remaining unresolved issues and agreed to continue efforts to resolve them, especially the Abyei and border disputes, in accordance with the implementation matrix.


Presidents Bashir and Kiir addressing a joint press briefing after their meeting in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

In an effort to strengthen relations between Juba and Khartoum, President Bashir, has also invited President Salva Kiir to visit Khartoum to expedite their joint efforts to cement relations.

On Abyei President Bashir reiterated Khartoum’s commitment to the joint implementation of the temporary administration and security arrangements for Abyei agreement, by establishing the legislative council, the administration and the police service to facilitate the provision of security, rendering of services and help the return of the displaced.

President Bashir told people who cast doubt on Sudan’s full commitment to the implementation of the nine cooperation agreements to look back at Sudan’s history with Chad and Ethiopia which he said had disputes and but now enjoy good neighborly relations with the Sudan.

The Sudan’s president was accompanied by presidential assistants Jalal Al-Dougair and Abdel Rahman Al-Mahdi; minister of presidential affairs Bakri Hassan Saleh; defence minister Abdel Rahim Hussein; foreign minister Ali Karti; interior minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid; oil minister Awad Al-Jaz; and the head of national intelligence and security services, among others.

Reported by Matata Safi

President Bashir arrives in Juba

JUBA, 12 April 2013 - Sudan’s President Omar el Bashir has made his first official visit to the Republic of South Sudan nearly two years since the latter attained independence in July 2011.

President Bashir who touched-down at half past 10 local time at Juba International Airport was received by President Salva Kiir Mayarit, the Speaker of Parliament Hon. James Wani Igga, ministers and other top government officials.


Presidents Bashir and Kiir at J1.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

On the agenda of the meeting of the two heads of states is the implementation of the cooperation agreements signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in September last year and matters of bilateral relations.

Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the official government spokesman described his visit as a signal of warm relations that Juba and Khartoum are geared towards after months of tension caused by disputes of unresolved post-referendum and other issues.


President Kiir welcomes President Bashir to South Sudan.
[Photo: Philip Dhiel]

Accompanied by over 65 member delegation that includes advisers, ministers of Denfence, Interior, Foreign Affairs and senior civil service officers, President Bashir and his host will co chair a ministerial meeting comprising of ministers from the two countries before holding a press briefing.

Reported by Matata Safi

President Bashir to visit Juba tomorrow

JUBA, 11 April 2013 - The Office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan has announced that H.E Omer Hassan Ahmed El-Bashir the President of Sudan will arrive in Juba tomorrow morning for a one day state visit to South Sudan. This is in response to an official invitation extended to him earlier by H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan.

After reception at the Airport, the two presidents will head to the State House at J1 for a closed meeting.

President El-Bashir will be accompanied by a big delegation that comprises senior ministers and high ranking officials of his government. His ministers and other officials will subsequently hold respective meetings with their counterparts of South Sudan.

After the meetings the two presidents will hold a press conference at the State House.


Chaat Paul Nul
Communication Lead, Office of the President
RSS/Juba - 0956063031

OP's press statement on UN convoy ambush

JUBA, 9 April 2013 – The Office of the President deeply regrets the loss of life that occurred when rebels ambushed a United Nations convoy on the way to Gumuruk (Jonglei State). The Government strongly condemns this cowardly act by rebels loyal to David Yau Yau.


Please click here for the complete press statement.

Arrangements to export oil through Djibouti progressing

JUBA, 9 April 2013 (NASS) - Authorities in Upper Nile state have announced that work on the project to export oil through Djibouti via Ethiopia is progressing very well.

The Upper Nile State minister for Information and Communication, Mr. Philip Jiben state this late last week after briefing his counterpart in the national government on the challenges Upper Nile is facing in receiving the signals of South Sudan Radio.

Mr. Jiben said the project will enhance oil transit and exportation once it is completed. He stated that most of the roads that are meant for the oil transportation through Ethiopia have been finished. He also reported that the security situation at the border with Sudan has improved following the signed matrix and people have begun to experience peace.


Dr Benjamin (right) meeting the delegation from Upper Nile.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

On his part the national minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the challenges facing the media houses in the ten states will be solved in two months.

He also briefed Mr. Jiben on the recent transformation process of the media institutions from analog to digital systems as well the ongoing public broadcasting process.

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

“Playing with information can be disastrous”, warns official

JUBA, 8 April 2013 (NASS) – The Director General for Information in the government of South Sudan, Mr Mustafa Biong Majak has warned that communication and information should be handled well to avoid hazards.

He said wrong management of information is always bad and can be disastrous if not controlled.

The Director General said this yesterday while launching a joint workshop with UNICEF on the national communication for development in Juba Regency Hotel.

During the event Mr Majak advised the participants who are mostly communication officers from the ten states and UN agencies that the workshop be taken seriously to avoid future problems in the system.

He told the participants that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has taken steps towards the transformation of the state owned media into public broadcasters.
He also disclosed that that the government has already passed a resolution to adopt the 2015 digitalization initiative, a project worth 100 million USD.

Mr. Majak assured the media houses that the ministry is fully committed to support media development in the country.

Equally, Elizabeth Quaye, UNICEF Chief of Operations urged the communication officers to follow the proceedings of the workshop carefully so as to help facilitate behavior change in the societies they will be working with after the course.

The workshop is facilitated by experts from both United Nations agencies and British Broadcasting Corporation.

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

H.E Kiir congratulates President Kibaki for the smooth transfer of power

NAIROBI, 8 April 2013 - President Kiir and the accompanying delegation this evening paid a courtesy call on the outgoing Kenyan President H.E Mwai Kibaki at State House in Nairobi.


H.E Kiir shakes hands with H.E Kibaki at State House.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

According to Hon Dr. Barnaba the minister for Information and Broadcasting President Kiir during the meeting congratulated H.E Kibaki for the smooth elections conducted and for the peaceful preparations being carried out for the smooth transfer of power tomorrow at the Moi International Center for sports in Kasarani.

Dr. Benjamin said President Kiir assured H.E Kibaki that South Sudan will never forget him for his unforgettable role in bringing peace in South Sudan. He also reiterated that South Sudan is ready to cooperate with the new President H. E Uhuru Kenyatta and to work with him for the mutual interest of the two sisterly countries and for the region at large.


H.E Kiir and the delegation in a general photo with H.E Kibaki.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Dr. Benjamin also reported that President Kibaki congratulated President Kiir for the resumption of oil production and thanked him in person and the entire people of South Sudan for the bilateral ties the two countries are enjoying.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Nairobi - Kenya

African leaders arrive in Nairobi for Uhuru’s inauguration

NAIROBI, 8 April 2013 - Fifty Four African leaders including President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and President El-Bashir of Sudan have been invited by the Kenyan government to attend the inauguration ceremony of Kenya’s new President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto which will take place tomorrow on Tuesday 9th, April 2013.

South Sudan’s President H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit was the first African leader to arrive in Nairobi on 6th April, 2013 for the occasion, followed by Ugandan President Yoweri K. Museveni, and according to the sources in Nairobi President El-Bashir is expected to arrive in Nairobi today. Some foreign leaders also started to arrive in Nairobi since yesterday for the occasion.


H.E Kiir the first African leader to arrive in Nairobi for Uhuru's inauguration.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Mr. Kenyatta, Kenya’s fourth President is to be sworn in by the Kenyan Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani, in a colorful ceremony expected to be attended by thousands. As quoted by Daily Nation, Kenyan newspaper, all arrangements for the ceremony had been finalized and the party was set to start tonight. Indeed the entire world keeps watching Kenya’s historic moment.

As Uhuru prepares to take Presidential Oath tomorrow, his main contender at the polls Raila Odinga went to South Africa on 7th April 2013 and according to the sources in Nairobi he is expected to deliver a speech on the same date of the ceremony.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Nairobi - Kenya

President Kiir leads RSS delegation to Uhuru’s inauguration

NAIROBI, 7 April 2013 - President Kiir has led South Sudan’s delegation comprising of a number of Presidential Advisors and National Ministers to Nairobi to participate in the inauguration ceremony of Kenya’s President-elect H.E Uhuru Kenyatta. H.E Kiir and the delegation arrived in Nairobi on Saturday 6th April, 2013.


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

As stated by South Sudan’s official spokesman who is a member of the delegation to Nairobi, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s President is one of the eight African leaders invited by the Kenyan Government to participate in the inauguration ceremony which will take place on Tuesday the 9th April, 2013 at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi. For South Sudan, Kenya is one of the most important sisterly countries in Africa. Kenya has contributed a lot to peace and stability in South Sudan and not forgetting the tremendous economic activities being carried out between the two countries.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Nairobi - Kenya

Media urged to sensitise public on child labour

JUBA, 7 April 2013 - The media in South Sudan have been urged to be at the forefront in educating members of the public on the dangers of child labour not just to children but the country as a whole.

The Undersecretary for Labour in the national Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Madam Hellen Achiro Lotara, said the Ministry would work with the media and other stakeholders to sensitise the public on the worst forms of child labour.

Madam Hellen said street children were a by-product of the war of independence which lasted for over two decades and that the elimination of child labour was the duty of all and not just the government.

The Undersecretary said that the streets of Juba and other state capitals were littered with many children of school-going age, adding that the children were vulnerable to various forms of exploitation including prostitution.

She was speaking when she officially closed a two-day stakeholders’ consultative workshop on the proposed list of hazardous work for children at a Juba hotel. The workshop which was funded by the International Labour Organisation drew participants from Western Equatoria, Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria and Jonglei states.

The Undersecretary disclosed that similar consultative workshops would be held for stakeholders in the remaining six states.

The workshop identified motorbike riding as one of the hazardous tasks that should not be undertaken by children aged 17 years and below. The high number of motorbike accidents was partly attributed to riders some as young as 12-13 years who lacked sufficient knowledge of traffic rules.

Other hazardous tasks for children were in the commercial farming sector where children operate heavy machinery and handle chemicals in green house farming.

Participants also noted small scale industries as another sector notorious for the worst forms of child labour and singled out alcohol brewing as posing a danger to children’s general health and moral development.

Reported by Justin Jada, Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka

JICA launches $5.5 million project to strengthen SSTV/R

JUBA, 5 April 2013 - The government of Japan through its development agency JICA has launched a capacity development project worth USD $5.5 million to help transition South Sudan TV and Radio to a public broadcaster.


Dr Benjamin addressing participants at the launch of JICA/SSTVR project.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Launching the four year project at Juba Grand yesterday, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information and Broadcasting expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Japan for availing resources to enable the young nation of South Sudan to move towards public broadcasting which he said is in line with the policy and vision of the government.

The head of the liaison office of the government of Japan in South Sudan Mr. Takeshi Akamatsu said the project will focus on human resource development besides securing equipments. He underscored the role played by radio and TV in today’s mass media which he said is an important tool that will help the young government of South Sudan as it embarks on a process of nation building. He reiterated his government’s commitment towards establishing a strong and vibrant media in South Sudan.


Mr Mustafa Biong Majak, the chairperson of the project's Joint Coordinating Committee.
[Photo: Matata Safi]

Mr Mustafa Biong Majak Director General of Information who also chairs the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) of the project on behalf of the ministry announced that a group of officials from South Sudan would be leaving for Japan this month for a ten-day training program to be followed by ten Engineers on 2nd of July. He also said that another training programme will take place in Kenya’s national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBB) by 2014.

Reported by Matata Safi

Undersecretary decries child labour

JUBA, 5 April 2013 - About 35 per cent of children in South Sudan are engaged in various forms of child labour. The Undersecretary for Labour in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Madam Hellen Achiro Lotara, said many of the affected children work in the informal sector undertaking activities such as pushing wheelbarrows, shoe shining, working in backyard garages and street vending.

Madam Hellen said a Labour Market Information survey conducted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) had further revealed that the work undertaken by the children was often hazardous, requiring them to work long hours, including nights and exposing them to physical and verbal abuse on the streets.

The Undersecretary said many child labourers were school dropouts, adding that without a list of the most hazardous work it would be difficult to know where and what to concentrate on to protect the children.

The Undersecretary made the remarks when she officially opened a two-day stakeholders consultative forum on the propose list of hazardous work for children at a Juba hotel.

She emphasised that today’s children were the nation’s future and the country would assured of a healthy generation in tomorrow’s world if it invested in and protected from the worst forms of child labour.

Madam Hellen said the government was committed towards ensuring that children were protected and cited the ratification by government of the ILO Convention 182 on Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour and Convention 138 on the Minimum Age for admission to Employment.

She said the provision of these two conventions had further been domesticated into draft national labour laws, adding that the list of hazardous work would further enhance efforts to protect children.

The Undersecretary said that once developed the list of hazardous work would have to promoted with parents, employers, workers, NGOs and the public being sensitised about it. She, however, pointed out that not all work done by children should be classified as child labour or hazardous work that should be targeted for elimination. She said children’s or adolescents’ participation in helping their parents around the home or earning pocket money outside school hours and during school holidays did not constitute child labour.

Reported by Justin Jada, Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka

Deloitte international expnads horizon to South Sudan

JUBA, 5 April 2013 (NASS) – Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu Limited has announced the expansion of its service delivery in the Republic of South Sudan. This was revealed by the firm’s Regional Managing Director, Jan Dalhuisen during a meeting with the minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

Deloitte is one of the biggest four professional service firms and the second largest professional service network in the world providing audit, tax consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services.


Deloitte team meeting Dr Benjamin.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

“We recognized the rapid development in the Republic of South Sudan but yet Deloitte has plans to improve company’s service in the country,” Mr Dalhuisen said. He disclosed that the company is working on the capacity building program to strengthen government auditing services.

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

Government dispels OP theft report

JUBA, 28 March 2012 (NASS) - The government has condemned the reports published by Sudan Tribune that millions of pounds in cash were stolen from the Office of the President as untrue.


In a press conference today, the minister in the Office of the President, Hon Emmanuel LoWilla said this is not logical at all for such huge amounts of money to go missing from such an office.


Hon LoWilla admitted that there was a case of theft last Friday night in the accounting section but the money missing is 176, 196 pounds and 14,000 USD.  He explained that the amount missing is actually the petty cash meant for junior staff, mostly drivers. The minister warned the media houses to exercise responsible reporting that adheres to journalistic ethics to avoid misleading people.


Hon LoWilla (left) addresses the media. He is accompanied by Dr Benjamin (right).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


In the same conference, the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is the government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin announced that President Bashir has accepted the invitation to visit South Sudan. He confirmed that the Sudanese president will be in the country after the Easter holiday. He urged all the people of South Sudan to warmly welcome President Bashir saying he is one of the important guests of government and South Sudan in general.


The minister also revealed that some elements from Rezigat Arabs have infiltrated Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile killing two police officers and a civilian. He said the government has already launched a complaint to UNISFA which is coordinating committee for Sudan and South Sudan which receives complaints on violations.


He blamed the Sudanese government for not being able to control its people but confirmed that this may not affect the cooperation agreement. Dr. Benjamin further confirmed that SPLA forces have completely withdrawn from the areas designated in the cooperation agreement.


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

“Back digitalization to block looming analogue challenges," Dr. Benjamin

JUBA, 28 March 2013 (NASS) – The minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has called on the government to back his ministry in achieving digital migration initiative to avoid problems of analogue, which are expected to arise after 2015.


In 2006 UN passed a resolution to switch off analogue devices by 2015 and migrate towards new system of digitalization. Upto now South Sudan televisions and radios are working under analogue system, which are expected to expire in less than two years from now.


Dr. Benjamin made this call on Monday upon return from the innovation African digital summit held in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. He said the ministry delivered a comprehensive report on South Sudan’s vision of digitalization in the summit and was highly accepted by the regional and international companies working in the field of information and communication.


He also disclosed that very soon companies working in the fields of information and communication would arrive in Juba to explore ways of backing the digitalization process.


Earlier last week, the deputy minister of Telecommunication, Hon. Beatrice Khamisa raised concerns over the transformation of the analogue into the digital system. She stated that once the transformation of government systems would help in the issue of transparency and accountability within the government system.


Hon Khamisa as well outlined the benefits of the project to the realization of the e-government revolution the government is working to accomplish soon. She also disclosed that the ministry of Telecommunication is working on the broadband project of fiber optics, which she strongly stressed as very important in the entire process of digitalization. She revealed that plans are underway to access fiber optics from the neighboring countries of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.


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

Reports of theft in OP incorrect

JUBA, 28 March 2013 – News reports that six million South Sudanese Pounds were stolen from the President’s Office are incorrect. Click here to read the complete press statement from the Office of the President.

“Encourage girls’ education”, urges education deputy minister

JUBA, 25 March 2013 (NASS) - The deputy minister for General Education and Instruction Madam Rebecca Joshua Okwaci has appealed to the societies in the country to encourage girls’ education and avoid forced or early marriages of girls.

Madam Rebecca made this appeal last week during a visit to the Malek Secondary School in Bor town, Jonglei state. She appreciated the high level of education among the students of Malek School. She reiterated the ministry’s commitment to improve the level of education in the country and encouraged parents to take their children to schools in South Sudan. She explained that taking children to schools in the country will help them to learn more about and appreciate their country.

The deputy minister also announced that the ministry will supply text books to all schools. She said this will be done with the support of South Korea.


Meanwhile the newly appointed chairperson of the South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority Agasio Akol Tong has appealed to the members to work hard and improve services in airports in South Sudan. The members of the authority were appointed last month by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Reported by Francis Oliver Kenyi, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)

Madam Rebecca Nyandeng urges women to prioritise agriculture

JUBA, 20 March 2013 (NASS) – The Presidential Advisor on Gender and Human Rights Madam Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior has challenged South Sudanese women to prioritise agriculture for commercial and subsistence purposes.

Addressing women during the International Women’s Day in Bor she said that agriculture has great commercial potential. She explained that she earned SSP 400,000 in three months from agriculture. She said that this is lucrative compared to her monthly salary of about SSP 10,000.


Gender minister Agnes Kwaje (second left) Mama Rebecca Nyandeng (second right) and Rebecca Joshua, the deputy minister of General Education, arrive for the celebrations in Bor.
[Photo: Simon Matiop Akol]

Madam Rebecca also challenged mothers to support girl-child education. She said that educating one girl is an investment in the development of a community. She said that better education will equip girls to participate more effectively in nation building. She explained that it is only educated girls who can make impact in the national assembly and other constitutional positions.

These sentiments were echoed by the national minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Hon Agnes Kwaje Lasuba. She emphasized that this year’s theme for the women’s day celebrations is education for women and girls.

On his part, the Jonglei State Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk the state authorities are working to take education to the lowest levels. He said that the state government will work with the national government to ensure that all children, especially the girl-child, get access to quality education in all parts of the state. He also said the state government is dealing with insecurity so that the people can live in peace.

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

RSS signs MOU with Egypt on agriculture, health and animal resources

JUBA, 15 March 2013 (NASS) – The Republic of South Sudan and the Arab Republic of Egypt have expanded their horizon of cooperation by signing memorandum of understanding of cooperation in the areas of agriculture, health and animal resources.

The signing of the MOU was witnessed by the Vice President of the Republic Dr. Riek Machar Teny and the Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham el Qandil.

Briefing the press after the event, Dr. Machar said the MOU underlines the importance and improvement of the bilateral relations between South Sudan with the Arab Republic of Egypt. He also said they had had a fruitful discussion on a number of issues like water resources, electricity and both general and higher education.


Dr Machar (right) addressing the media after the signing of the MOU.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

On his part, the Egyptian Prime Minister, Hisham el Qandil clarified that the signing of the MOU represented his government’s contribution to South Sudan. He also said that the Egyptian government is also working to bring investors in to strengthen the economy of South Sudan and renew the old ties between the two countries.

He said peace and stability of South Sudan is of strategic importance to Egyptian economy stating they will do whatever it takes on their capacity to strengthen peace and develop South Sudan since it is a key player in the region.

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

Britain to widen scope of cooperation with South Sudan

JUBA, 15 March 2013 (NASS) – The British government has pledged to extend the scope of its cooperation with the Republic of South Sudan to strengthen the bilateral ties with the United Kingdom.

This was revealed by the outgoing British ambassador to South Sudan Dr. Alastair Mcphail after bidding the minister for Information and Broadcasting farewell following his long service in the country.

Dr Mcphail said as the South Sudan’s government resumes getting oil revenues it will be more interesting for the British government to widen the scope of cooperation to enhance development of the country.

He disclosed that the British government had approved a new innovative program for South Sudan education costing one hundred million dollars and will last over six years.


Dr Mcphail (left) meets Dr Benjamin (right).
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

Dr Mcphail further revealed that 10 million textbooks are currently coming from the UK to primary schools in South Sudan.

“We look forward to seeing South Sudan joining the commonwealth, doing better in the UN and international arena,” he said.

Meanwhile the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin hailed the efforts of the British government to support South Sudan. He also said South Sudan will always remember the work done by the outgoing ambassador.

Being the first UK ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Alastair Mcphail was also the first ambassador to get accreditation from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He was the first ambassador ever to the country after attaining its independence on the 9th of July 2011.

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

South Sudan to resume oil flow in three weeks

JUBA, 13 March 2013 (NASS) - The government has announced that it will resume pumping oil through Sudan in three weeks time following an agreement reached yesterday morning on the matrix that guarantees implementation of the nine cooperation agreements signed last year.


This was announced in a news conference yesterday by South Sudanese negotiating team on arrival from Addis Ababa. South Sudan’s chief negotiator, Pagan Amum said all the obstacles hindering the flow of oil have been removed and with the signed matrix there is guarantee that all the nine agreements will be implemented. He said the two countries have already agreed to instruct the oil companies to resume the oil production within two weeks time.


In the same conference, the minister for Petroleum Stephen Dhieu Dau explained that the oil resumption would start in three weeks maximum if the technical part of the oil production delay otherwise he said ten days are adequate to start pumping oil through Sudan. He also affirmed that the oil will reach Port Sudan on the way to international market in 28 days.


Moreover, the minister added that with this matrix signed it will become easier for the African Union to follow and oversee the implementation of the nine agreements. It will also set a way forward for some of the contentious issues like the four economic agreements of trade, external debts, oil and pensions.


Mr Amum (left) and Hon Dhieu (right) during the press conference.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


Casting out the doubt people have on the agreement, the minister for Water Resources, Paul Mayom Akec, who is one of the negotiating team explained that the matter had provoked regional and international concern although they are not immediate signatories to some of the agreements they are also watching very seriously.


He also clarified that the matrix provides for the demilitarized zone of twenty kilometers where there shall be monitors from both Sudans, international communities besides the Ad hoc committee for the investigations of any violation.


“South Sudan is ready, prepared and mobilized to fully implement the agreement signed and it expects Khartoum to do the same hoping that this time round there will be no conditions provided by Khartoum in the implementation of this agreement,” Mr Amum said.

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

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