“Focusing on young people is crucial to poverty reduction", Plan International's CEO

YEI/JUBA, 28 July 2013 – The Chief Executive Director of the global child charity organization Plan International Mr. Nigal Champman has urged authorities in South Sudan and its partners to focus more on the young people which he said are “crucial in reducing poverty” in the country.


Mr. Champman said child-focused interventions are the cost effective ways of improving health, reducing poverty and benefitting society. 

 


Mr. Champman speaking to press at Kinji Primary School in Yei town
[Photo: Matata Safi]

  

“Investing in children and the youth provides benefits the next generation in terms of reducing child mortality rates, improved outcome at birth, reduced rates of low-birth-weight babies and reduced vertical transmission of diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS”, he said. 


While children and youth represent more than 50 percent of the population in developing countries, Mr. Champman said young people are nearly 60 percent of the poor. He said this is coupled with the growing number of orphans and extremely vulnerable children resulting from the AIDS pandemic, conflict, child labour and exclusion which makes the situation more complex.


Unemployment, low levels of education, health, low levels of nutrition and infant mortality rates he said, are the intergenerational consequences that young people across Africa face as a result of these problems.


“We all know that young people can play an important role in national development if provided with the right tools, the learning and capacity to employ those tools, and a supportive environment in which to use them”, Mr. Champman said.


He however said the same energy and vitality that can lead young people to play a crucial role in development, if marginalized could have “dramatic negative effects on social and economic stability".

 


Mr. Champman joins pupils of Kinji Primary School in saying "yes" for girl child education
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Having invested United States $30 million in South Sudan since opening shop in 2006, Mr. Champman said the child charity organization has earmarked another $30 million to deepen its impact in the world’s youngest nation over the next three years.

 

“We are going to work closely with the government and other players to reduce the number of children who are out of schools especially girls; children and their rights is at the centre of our development efforts”, he announced in a press briefing in Juba after visiting Juba, Lanya and Yei River counties in his four-day official visit to South Sudan. The Plan International CEO's visit was to see first-hand some of the organization's projects in South Sudan.


Plan International’s country programs in South Sudan focuses on improving community health, giving children access to education, water and sanitation, strengthening children’s capacity to participate in issues that affect them, emergency response support and peace-building initiatives.


"In terms of our humanitarian support especially in Jonglei State, between February 2012 and April 2013, Plan’s in-field food distribution, agricultural livelihoods assistance, child protection and education in emergencies support as well as our water and sanitation projects reached 204,000 children and their families", he said.

 

"Of these 81,000 were children and youth, mainly drawn from the displaced population, returnees and vulnerable host communities. A further 62,000 men and 60,000 women also benefitted”, he said. He reiterated his organization's commitmment  to support in the growth and development the Republic of South Sudan.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


H.E Kiir holds consultative meeting with leaders of political parties

JUBA, 27 July 2013 - The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today held a consultative meeting with the leaders of the seventeen (17) South Sudan political parties.


President Kiir briefed the party leaders on the current political situation in the country and notified them that the coming new government will be an inclusive, representative as well as gender sensitive goverment.


Leaders of the political parties during the meeting congratulated H.E Kiir for peacefully managing the political situation in the country and particularly for reducing the cabinet to nineteen. Political party leaders expressed sincere gratitude to the President for consulting them on the formation of the coming new government, which they say "shows democratic governance".


Shortly after the meeting, leader of the South Sudan Democratic Forum (SSDF) Dr. Elia Lumoro told the press on behalf of his colleagues that the meeting came out with a decision that “the parties should send in a list of three nominees” and H.E the President is mandated to select from the list a person whom he believes is fit to be given a portfolio in the coming government.

 

He also thanked the genral public for remaining calm as they wait for the new government to be formed.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Standing Order to former SG of SPLM

JUBA, 26 July 2013 – Click here to download Standing Order No: 02/2013 issued by the Office of the Chairperson of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to be observed by the former Secretary General while under investigation.
 


Response from the Presidential Adviser on Legal Affairs to Sudan Tribune article

JUBA, 26 July 2013 – Click here to read a reply to an article published by the online edition of Sudan Tribune by the Presidential Affairs on Legal Affairs. 


Latest Republican Decrees and Orders

JUBA, 24 July 2013 – Please click the links below to download the corresponding Republican Decrees and Orders issued yesterday by H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan:

 

  1. RSS/RD/J/49/2013 – Relieve of the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
  2. RSS/RD/J/50/2013 – Relieve of National Ministers of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan
  3. RSS/RD/J/51/2013 – Relieve of National Deputy Ministers of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan
  4. RSS/RO/J/14/2013 – Reduction and Restructuring of the Ministries of the National Government of the Republic of South Sudan
  5. SPLM/CPO/J/01/2013 – Suspension and the Formation of the Committee to Investigate the SPLM Secretary General

AU and IGAD to investigate claims of rebel support

JUBA, July 2013 – The African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and the regional body, Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) today jointly launched an Adhoc Investigative Mechanism (AIM) to look into the allegations of rebel support between Sudan and South Sudan. 

 

Launched in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa, AIM is comprised of three senior military officers namely, Brigadier-General Luis InacioMuxito, Defense and Security Advisor to the Chair of the Commission as Chair of the mechanism; Major-General (Retired) Julius Olakunle Sunday Oshanupin; and Brigadier-General Jean Baptiste Tine. The team is expected to complete its findings in six weeks.


“The mistrust caused by such allegations has jeopardized the implementation of the Addis Ababa Agreements signed on 27 September 2013, as well as the normalization of relations between the two states”, the African Union noted in a press statement issued today.

 


Mr. Thabo Mbeki, the chief mediator of the post independence talks between Sudan and South Sudan


Another mechanism, the AU Border Programme’s determination of the centerline for the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) between the two countries was as well launched to facilitate the full operationalization of the SDBZ and to address the security relations between Sudan and South Sudan. The machanism was proposed by the chief mediator and former South African President Thabo Mbeki.


“The launch of these mechanisms underscores the seriousness with which the African Union and IGAD regard the relations between Sudan and South Sudan. Since 2010, Africa has been working tirelessly to promote two mutually viable states, and these current allegations threaten this objective, and in fact pose a threat to regional peace and security”, read the statement in part. The Commission and the Chair of IGAD called on both states to meet their international obligations and promote mutual cooperation for the benefit of their citizens.'

 

The launch was presided over by the Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tedros Adhanom, representing the Chair of IGAD, and the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ramtane Lamamra, representing the Commission of the African Union.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


Oil production reduced in anticipation for a possible shut down

JUBA, 20 July 2013 - South Sudan has started a gradual reduction on its daily crude oil production to avoid possible environmental impact resulting from a back-pressure should Sudan go ahead and implement its decision to halt the country’oil exports.

 

Mawien Makol Arik, South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman told reporters on Wednesday that South Sudan through it’s embassy in Khartoum received notification from Sudanese government regarding its 60 days warning to effect an oil shutdown decision.

 

"The reduction started yesterday [May 16], it is going to go down gradually until it goes off. This is a decision made by Khartoum, they are still accusing us of supporting their rebels, he said.


South Sudan categorically denied the allegations in turn it says Sudan’s rebel accusations are a “rubber stamp” to cover their support to militia groups operating in South Sudan.

 


Oil pipeline carrying South Sudan's crude oil to Port Sudan via Sudan
[Photo: Reuters]
 


Since resuming production early in April this year, South Sudan had reached production level of 200, 000 barrels of crude oil per day after shutting down its entire production of 300, 000 barrels more than sixteen months ago over a raw on transit fee with Sudan.


In September last year, Sudan and South Sudan inked the cooperation agreement whose implementation was to see two viable states. The talks have been mediated by the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) headed by the former South Sudan’s President Thabo Mbeki.


Sudan Mr. Arik said by the letter stressed it will shutdown South Sudan’s oil flow by August 7, next month. South Sudan and Sudan have been engaged in talks to defuse the tension caused by President Omar el Basir’s decision.


South Sudan’s Vice President Dr. Riek Machar on June 30, led a high level delegation to Khartoum that met with President Basir, his counterpart Alli Osman Taha besides other senior government official. The two authorities reportedly reiterated their commitment to implement the cooperation agreement signed in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa in September.


In a related development, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Nhail Deng Nhail on Thursday met with the Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Norway Hanne Marie Haarstad to South Sudan and the duo discussed the country’s relations with Sudan particularly in regard to the sticky implementation of the cooperation agreement.


After the meeting, Ambassador Haarstad reiterated the need for both parties to stick to the provisions in the agreement to address cases arising from its implementation. She said, “The international community is committed in seeing the full implementation of the cooperation agreement including the final status of contested Abyei region”.

 

Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex.


President Kiir names the national football team, the Bright Star

JUBA, 19 July 2013 - President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has officially named the National Football Team as the Bright Star.


The President unveiled the name at a colorful match between the National Team and their South Sudanese brothers from the Diaspora on Wednesday at the Juba football stadium.


The match presided over by the President was part of the ongoing commemoration of the second anniversary independence celebrations.

 


President Kiir shooting the ball
[Photo: Thomas Keneth]


The national Minister of sports Dr. Cirino Hiteng and many senior government officials joined the thousands of the sports lovers that braved the chilling evening at Juba stadium that saw the national team thrashing the visiting brothers 3 goals to 2.


Addressing the players and participants, President Kiir, known to many South Sudanese as the “father of the nation” stressed on the importance of unity which he said is a precondition for the country’s development process. He underscored the role of sports the world over, saying it should be encouraged to foster unity among  the people of South Sudan.


The sports Minister Hon. Hiteng urged the team to abide by the sporting spirit and work hard to carry the name of the country high.


President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) Charbur Goj hailed the presence of the President saying it shows government commitment  in strengthening sports activities in the country. 

 

Reported by Thomas Keneth.


“Implementing cooperation agreement offers Sudan a window of opportunity” IMF

JUBA, 18 July 2013 – Implementing the September cooperation agreement with South Sudan offers Sudan a window of opportunity to bring about a much-needed turnaround in the country’s struggling economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.


“The March 2013 agreement with South Sudan on oil and security matters is offering a window of opportunity for bold policy reforms to address the post-secession challenges and bring about a much-needed turnaround” said IMF in a press release yesterday, upon return of its mission led by Mr. Edward Gemayal to Khartoum for a two-week consultative meeting on its 2013 Article IV.


Despite an initial package of corrective measures adopted in June 2012 for Sudan, the world financial body said Sudan continues to grapple with the macroeconomic impact of the July 2011 secession of South Sudan and its economic developments remain mixed. 


While inflation has shown recent signs of moderation, and fiscal performance in the first half of 2013 exceeded budget projections, IMF stressed further action [refering to its internal policies and implementing the agreement with south sudan] is needed to safeguard macroeconomic stability and support the needed recovery in the country.


Progress on the implementation of the September peace pack has been faced with a bumpy road much due to what South Sudan calls as “dragging feet” by the government of Sudan to fully implementing the African Union (AU) mediated Cooperation agreement.


Last month, Sudan threatened to block access of South Sudan’s crude oil into the international markets through its oil infrastructures on grounds that South Sudan is “supporting” rebels against his government. An allegation, South Sudan has rubbished.


The mission, met with Sudan’s Minister of Finance and National Economy Ali Mahmood Mohamed Abdelrasool, Governor of the Central Bank Mohamed Kheir Ahmed Elzubeir, and representatives of the private sector, civil society and development partners.


Reported by Matata Safi. 


“Desist from tribal politics” youth minister urges

JUBA, 16 July 2013 (NASS) - The national minister of culture, youth and sports has urged politicians to desist from tribal politics and think positively towards nation building.


Minister Cirino Hiteng Ofuho warned the country will not go ahead if leaders continue with tribal politics and games that threaten cultural diversity of the country.


In a meeting with the British ambassador Ian Hughs today, without mentioning names, the minister said the killings happening in Jonglei state are to a larger extend as a result of such bad games that “only serve personal interest”.

 

 
Youth minister Cirino Hiteng
[photo: Akim | the Niles]
 


Hiteng also urges authorities at the ministry of general education and other government institutions to devote special attention to Jonglei in order to create awareness among the communities especially the warring youth from Lou Nuer and Murle communities which he said is threating peace and security in Jongolei state and South Sudan in general.


“You can not reconciled people who don't understand one another unless through education”, the minister told the British ambassador. South Sudan has over 60 languages and tribes with Juba Arabic as the linkage between them.


Hiteng further pledges to setup culture centers in the ten states to bridge the cultural differences of languages.

 

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


University of Juba receives equipment donation

JUBA, July 16, 2013 - The University of Juba, has received assorted equipment worth US$40,000 (168,000SSP) from the South Sudan Capacity Building Project (SSCAP).


The equipment which includes laptops, printers, photocopiers, electronic accessories and furniture was presented to the University’s Principal, Professor Wani Sule, by the acting National Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak.


Speaking after receiving the donation at the university’s administration block, Prof Sule said the equipment would be put to good use in the School of Management Sciences, School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, and the College of Social and Economic Studies.


Prof Sule said it was encouraging that the SSCAP would also facilitate the training of the university’s teaching staff to Master’s degree level at universities in the East African region.


Addressing the function, acting Labour and Public Service Minister Kwong Danhier said the government was keen to transform the university into a centre of excellence that would produce high quality manpower for South Sudan’s development needs.

 

“It will be a national pride if the University of Juba produces high quality, disciplined and competent graduates capable of bridging the national capacity gap both in the public and private sectors in order to sustainably achieve our national development goals,” said Kwong.


In his opening remarks, the SSCAP Project Coordinator, Mr Peter Juma, said the project was committed to supporting the University in various areas including reviewing the curriculum of the School of Management Sciences and training up to three teaching assistants in Master’s programmes.

“The project also involves funding the University’s training-related activities including workshops and seminars, and funding short-term tailored courses in accounting, auditing, corporate governance and financial management,” said Juma.

 

The University, which is South Sudan’s premier centre of higher learning, is both a beneficiary institution and a service provider for capacity building under the SSCAP which is funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

Other beneficiary institutions of the project include the Bank of South Sudan, South Sudan National Audit Chamber, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

 

Reported by Alnour Ango/Justin Jada/Simon Owaka


Speaker's forum kicks off in Juba

JUBA, 15 June 2013 - South Sudan speakers’ forum aimed at strengthening good governance today kicked off in Juba bringing together all the governors from the 10 states, speakers, Ministers of Parliamentary Affairs, the National Executive and the leadership of the Council of States.

 

Opened by the President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the three-day event according to Hon. Speaker James Wani Igga of the National Assembly who is also the Chairperson of the forum will act as a robust coordinating point between the national legislature and the states’ parliaments.

 

The forum also aims at improving parliamentary procedures, engagement with the governors, executives and other civil servants to iron out some of the issues on the ground.


Moreso, it aims at reviewing and evaluating the resolutions of the previous forum. The speaker also said the forum is expected to focus on the security in the country, debate youth unemployment, and establish a coordinating secretariat and to draw out how the legislature can help the executive on improving provision of basic services to the citizens among others.

 

President Salva Kiir called the participants to put unity ahead of them in chatting out the possible solutions to the challenges the country is facing.


“This platform is a critical opportunity to learn from another,” Kiir said. “As we collectively assess the State of democracy in South Sudan we must look on what is the basis of our unity and contribute to our strength,” he added.


He said, as leaders “our ultimate goal must focus on service delivery…through working in a decentralized system which is only effective when there is effective coordination.” He also called for the participants to intensify the understanding of the roles of the various government organs and structures and defining their responsibilities.


Botswana's former President Festo Mogae is among the politicians to share experience with South Sudanese politicians. The participants are expected to share experience from some Ex-Kenyan politicians, Botswana and South Africa. 

 

Though it’s the sixth forum following numerous others held before the South Sudan independence, this forum is the first of its kind following South Sudan gain of independence in 2011. 



Source: Gurtong trust


About 1,000 returnees arrive in Juba

JUBA, 15 July 2013 - Approximately 1,000 South Sudanese returnees who had previously been stranded in the border town of Renk arrived in the capital Juba today on an International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized barge convoy.


According to the refugee organization report, four barges carrying returnees and their luggage, departed from Renk in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State on 30 June. Over the course of the two-week journey, the convoy stopped at several locations, including Melut, Malakal, Shambe and Bor, where small numbers of passengers departed depending on their intended final destinations.

 

Family members, friends and representatives from IOM, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission and humanitarian partners received the returnees at Juba port.

 

Upon arrival, the returnees were registered and escorted to the Juba way station from where, they will be transported by road to their final destinations of choice. Most of the returnees are from Greater Bahr el Ghazal.

 


A barge carrying South Sudanese returnees 
[Photo: IOM]

 

Speaking at Juba port, the Hon. Joseph Lual Acuil, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, expressed the government’s appreciation for the movement, and asked for continued support to stranded returnees. “It is our hope that all South Sudanese people who are stranded and wish to move to other locations can be assisted,” Minister Acuil said. “We cannot do this without our humanitarian partners, and without the support of the donors.” He said.

 

While over 50,000 South Sudanese have returned this year, an estimated 43,500 South Sudanese are still in Khartoum and Kosti in Sudan, unable to reach the border and living in precarious conditions with limited food, water, healthcare and sanitation. the humaitarian  organizations said.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


Parliament endorses two media bills

JUBA, 11 July 2013 – The national parliament of the Republic of South Sudan on Monday endorsed two major bills, the Media Authority Bill and Access to Information bill to become law.

 

The bills if signed into law will serve to provide among other provisions, freedom of press, access to information and protection of the rights of journalists in the Republic of South Sudan.

 

“The committee scrutinized the bill to ensure conformity with the transitional constitution. The drafting style, language and format are clear and ensures that the provisions are legally constrictive and meaningful” South Sudan’s independent daily, the citizen qoated Joy Kwaje Eluzai, the chairperson for the committee of information, telecommunication and culture in the parliament as saying.

 


South Sudan National Assembly
[Photo: Matata Safi |file]

 

Kwaje, who underscored the role of the media, urged media practitioners to make right use of the laws in order to contribute positively into the nation building process of the two-year old South Sudan.

 

If signed into law by President of the Republic H.E Salva Kirr Mayardit, South Sudan will become one of the few African countries with a fuctioning media law. Earlier, the parliament had also endorsed one of the three media bills, the broadcasting bill that is awaiting the presidents signature to become law.

 

Reported by Matata safi


Thousands of South Sudanese in Kenya celebrate second independence anniversary

NAIROBI, 9 July 2013 - Thousands of South Sudanese braced the sun in Nairobi and celebrated the second independence anniversary of their country in a colorful ceremony held at the Railways Club in Kenya’s capital city.


According to Amb. Majok Guandong, the Republic of South Sudan Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya, “it is worth mentioning that millions of our people driven by the zeal and spirit of freedom sacrificed their lives to make this day worth celebrating”. He added that South Sudan’s greatest homage and praise goes to her gallant heroines and heroes among them the late great leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior, who paid the ultimate price for freedom.


He appreciated the new nation under the leadership of H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit saying it is working to provide a constitution that will guarantee all basic rights in the United Nations Charter. He also added that the country is embarking on nation building to create an inclusive, just and prosperous nation living in peace and harmony with itself and with its neighboring states.

 


Amb. Guandong and the other dignitaries at the celebrations.
[Photo: Lawrence Mwangi]


He appreciated the cordial relationship enjoyed by the citizens of the two sisterly countries of Kenya and South Sudan and added that this relationship with Kenya is anchored on the historic mutual coexistence between the people. He appreciated the government of Kenya under the former presidents for helping South Sudan to achieve her independence. He also appreciated the continuous support Kenya’s accords South Sudan to facilitate national building especially in capacity building. He commended this long relationship and expressed the hope that the same will continue under the new President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta. He also appreciated the dynamic entrepreneur skills of Kenyan companies currently operating in South Sudan such as the banking sector, energy and construction companies among others.


The ambassador also commended the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSET) linking three countries of South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. He said it will bring more sustainable economic development to the member countries as well as infrastructural development and regional integration.


Amb. Ngessu, the director of political affairs and secretary to the Minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Kenya who was the guest of honor in the occasion, on behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Kenya, congratulated the people of the Republic of South Sudan for their independence. He said Kenya will continue t o stand with the Republic of South Sudan and ensure that the remaining issues such as the border demarcation, Abyei and oil are settled with the Republic of the Sudan in a peaceful manner.

 


One of the groups entertaining the guests at the celebrations.
[Photo: Lawrence Mwangi]


The occasion was punctuated by cultural dance from Bari representing Greater Equatoria, Dinka of Lakes State representing Greater Bahr el Ghazal and the Colo Community dance representing Greater Upper Nile. The occasion was attended by ambassadors from Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as the members of the diplomatic corps.


Reported by Joseph Garang Deng


Regional leaders commend RSS on second anniversary, pledge support

JUBA, 9 July 2013 – Regional leaders attending South Sudan’s second independence anniversary have congratulated the world’s newest country for the process it has made since attaining independence two years ago.

 

Pledges of cooperation and committment poured from speaker after speaker reiterating their readiness to work with South South in order to attain lasting peace and development in the Republic of South Sudan and the region at large.

 

Despite the effects of the oil shutdown, the major revenue earner for the young country, the leaders underscored the tremendous progress South Sudan has made in its bid to develop the country devastated by the two decades long civil war.

 


Regional leaders lay wreaths on the tomb of the Late Dr. John Garang de Mabior
[Photo: Matata Safi]

 

 “When I was coming, flying over Juba, I looked down through the window of the plane, seeing the expansion of the town, I thought we were lost. Juba has grown in such a very short time”, said President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda. He wondered how much more would have been achieved had precious time not been lost in the many years of civil war.

 

Citing a famous proverb in his language, President Museveni said Africans have continued to pay the price of foreign supremacy for what he said is “weakness” among Africans. president Museveni said many foreigners came to Africa and took over the resources and began using them to oppress African.

 


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni making remarks
[Photo: Matata Safi]

 

He urged Africans to fight weakness among themselves which he says breeds tribalism, religious conflicts and lack of organization among others. He further called for an end to internal weakness that he said is tearing the continent apart. He said the same internal weaknesses are the major causes of division among most African societies. He called for unity, saying “the teeth which do not have a gap among them can chew meat properly than those with gaps”.

 

Sheikh Hassan Mohamud, President of Somalia, underscored the need for Africans and their leaders to embrace dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts. He observed that though a number of issues still remain to be resolved between the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan, he said the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended one of Africa’s longest wars is an example for many African countries to follow. “It is time for all of us to start thinking of developing Africa,” he said.

 

“We must learn from each other and share experiences of each our recent past and work together to form a future that will be beneficial to all of us,” said said Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

 

Calling for regional integration, President Kagame said South Sudan is bound to contribute to peace, security and development in the region and Africa as a whole. He said there is need to strengthen intra-African infrastructure and create economic growth in the region.

 

Reaffirming the commitment of his government to work with South Sudan and the region, the Rwandan President called for unity in the region to avoid what he said is “divide in action”.

 


An un-identified woman carrys the potrait of Rebecca Kadi, a 115-year old wowan who voted in the January 2011 referendum exercise resulting in the independence of South Sudan
[Photo: Matata Safi]

 

Botswana's President Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, former South African President Thabo Mbek and UN Special Representative of the Secretary General Hilde Johnson, were many among regional and international dignitaries that graced the second independence anniversary attended by hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


President Kiir’s Independence Day speech

JUBA, 9 July 2013 – Please click here to read the speech delivered by H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on the occasion of the 2nd Anniversary of the independence of the Republic of South Sudan.


Humanitarian chief congratulates RSS on second anniversary, pledges more support

JUBA, 8 July 2013 – The humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan Mr. Toby Lanzer on behalf of the humanitarian community has congratulated the people and government of South Sudan on the occasion of the second independence anniversary.


He reaffirmed the commitment of the humanitarian agencies in working together with the government in providing assistance to the needy in the young country.


“On behalf of the humanitarian community, I congratulate the people of South Sudan on the second anniversary of their independence. Their resilience and determination are an inspiration to aid organizations and their staff” Mr. Lanzer said.


Mr. Lanzer however said while the overwhelming majority of South Sudan’s citizens enjoy peace and stability, violence he said [referring to the activities of David Yau Yau’s militia group] continues to affect the lives of some citizens.


He said the humanitarian agencies estimate about 100,000 people in both Pibor and Pochalla counties in Jonglei are in urgent need of assistance, stressing that their situation may worsen as the rainy season intensifies.


“The goal of humanitarian agencies is to reach people in need, wherever they may be, and for civilians to be able to access aid safely. I am therefore encouraged that the South Sudanese Government and armed forces have confirmed that humanitarian personnel can operate freely throughout the country. This commitment will help us, in close coordination with the authorities, ease the suffering of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months”  read the message in part.


Meeting the needs of the people affected by violence in Jonglei, the UN humanitarian cordinator said will contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous South Sudan, where the benefits of independence are enjoyed by all.

 

Reported by Matata safi


RSS seeks US support on cooperation agreement

JUBA, 7 July 2013 (NASS) – South Sudan Government has called upon President Obama’s adminstration to assist in ensuring the implementation of the cooperation agreement between the Republics of South Sudan and Sudan that has gone through a series of violations since it was signed.


Speaking at the independence anniversary of the United States on Thursday, the official government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said South Sudan is in need of US contribution to see that the cooperation agreement is respected by Sudan.


He said although South Sudan is committed to the cooperation agreement and good neighborhood with Sudan, the latter is dragging its feet in the implementation of the agreement. Dr. Benjamin also called on the US investors to invest on oil and the other resources in South Sudan.

 


Dr. Marial
[Photo: Associated Press]


US ambassador to South Sudan, Suzan Page reiterated the commitment of the Obama administration to the country saying US stands with South Sudan in good and bad times.


In a related development, the minister Dr. Benjamin also attended the nineteenth anniversary of the Rwandan freedom organized by Rwandan peacekeepers in Juba. In his key address at the occasion, the minister pledged the government’s commitment to work together and enhance bilateral relations between Rwanda and Africa’s newest country South Sudan.


Hilde Johnson, the UN envoy to South Sudan underscored Rwanda’s contribution in peace building efforts in the Republic of South Sudan. She said Rwanda efforts dates back to the pre and post-independent South Sudan. After the independence, Rwanda alone deployed to UNMISS 845 troops, 48 police and one hundred eleven aviation officers, she noted.

 

Rwanda's contingent commander, Col. David Ngarambe pledged to do much to see a peaceful South Sudan.

 

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


“Role of media, key in combating diseases”, information minister

WAU, 7 June 2013 (NASS) - The Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has underscored the role of media in combating preventable diseases in the country and reiterated his ministry’s commitment in ensuring better health outcomes in South Sudan.


Dr. Benjamin said a lot of resources that should have gone to much needed developmental programmes are being channeled by the government and other agencies to fight diseases.


Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the government, he said has been channeling good sums of money to fight preventable diseases like AIDS, Malaria and typhoid. "There is need for awareness so that we are able to use these resources for building new facilities for health services and develop other sectors such as agriculture", he said.

 


Dr. Benjamin
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]

 

Dr. Benjamin said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will closely work with the state's ministries of health to help prevent diseases among the population. He said the ministry in partnership with the states ministries of health will engage in conducting campaigns against preventable disease so as to inform and educate the public on good hygiene and ways to avoid these diseases.

 

Dr. Benjamin made this promises recently while touring Wau Teaching Hospital, where he had begun his medical career as a young doctor in 1970s. The minister who was also on Presidential mission to Western Bahr el Ghazal, called on the authorities in the state to discard tribalism and embrace good governance in order to achieve a united and prosperious South Sudan.

Isaac Cleto the State minister of health, said over 90% of the cases reported to the medical facilities are preventable diseases. He underscored the role of media in combating preventable diseases saying “without media campaigns on radio and television, it will be very difficult for the government to combat preventable diseases”.


Mr Cleto appealed to the government to strengthen the media  in order to reach the greatest number of the citizens whom, he said, are in the Payams and Bomas.

 

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


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