US $5million earmarked for fighting TB and Child mortality rate

JUBA, 6 August 2013 - The Korean Foundation for International Health Care (KFIHC) has earmarked five million (USD$5million), United States Dollars an equivalent of SSP20,000,000 for the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) and infant mortality rate in South Sudan.

The Undersecretary in the ministry of Health Dr. Makor Koryom, revealed this yesterday while signing a memorandum of understanding with the South Korean organization. Dr. Koryom said the three-year project aims at reducing “the already high infant mortality rates” as well as curbing the spread of Tuberculosis in the country.

The funding project, he said will help government to improve the health sector, while on the order hand he said it will open a door of cooperation between the government of the people of South Korea and the Republic of South Sudan.


Dr. Makor and Mr. Sire change copies of the signed MOU
[Photo: William Jufur]

Mean while Mr. David Sire, the Secretary General of KFIHC lauded the government, particularly the national ministry of health for its readiness to partner with his organization in improving the health sector in South Sudan.

He assured of his country’s commitment in working with the government of South Sudan to bring what he described as “positive changes” in the health care system in the young country.
Furthermore, he promised his organization’s commitment to continue funding more projects in the coming years.

Reported by William Jufur.

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Dr Benjamin meets President Kenyatta, delivers President Kiir’s message

NAIROBI, 1 August 2013 (NASS) - The special envoy of President of the Republic, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin yesterday met Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi and delivered President Kiir’s message to him.

According to Dr. Benjamin, the message was about the cooperation agreement, the concern of South Sudan on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic as well as the mega infrastructural project, LAPSET, creating a transport corridor linking the port of Lamu in Kenya to South Sudan.

Speaking after the meeting, the envoy said President Kenyatta promised to work hard to ensure the cooperation agreement and the matrix is implemented by Sudan. Dr. Benjamin also said the President of Kenya told him that the success of the cooperation agreement between Sudan and South Sudan is not only for the benefit of the Sudans alone but also for the region as a whole.


Dr Benjamin (right) meeting President Kenyatta (left) in Nairobi.

Kenya being one of the guarantors of the comprehensive peace agreement that brought independence to South Sudan, President Kenyatta said the country will work for the peace of South Sudan and Sudan since any instability in the two countries would threaten the regional security.

Dr Benjamin also reported that President Kenyatta pledged to invite President Salva Kiir to a meeting between the four countries involved in LAPSET which is likely to occur in August in Mombasa. He said the meeting will mostly focus on how to proceed with the LAPSET projects including the construction of pipelines, railway lines and airports between these countries. The four countries are Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and the Republic of South Sudan.

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

RSS appeals for support to foster regional peace

NAIROBI, 31 July 2013 (NASS) - The special envoy of the President of the Republic, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has pleaded with the heads of the states of the Great Lakes region to focus on South Sudan in order to join hands in addressing the problems facing the country as a result of the political crises in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR).

He said the country is going through challenges because of clashes at the borders and the high influx of refugees from DRC, CAR and even Sudan making the young nation to become a victim.

Dr. Benjamin made this appeal today while addressing the heads of state at the opening session of the extraordinary summit of the Great Lakes region in Nairobi Kenya.

This is the sixth extraordinary summit this single year on the security of the region following the crises caused by M-24 and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in DRC and CAR.

South Sudan, which is still a new member to the body, was highly welcomed by the heads of state for taking such a move. During the summit, the envoy extended President Kiir’s goodwill message to the heads of state and affirmed the commitment to work for peace and stability in the region.

He also urged the summit to encourage Khartoum to engage in dialogue with the SPLM–N to ensure stability of South Sudan, which he said, is being accused by Khartoum of being behind the SPLM-N.


Dr Benjamin addressing the summit.
[Photo: Martin Jada Gabriel]

“The ongoing friction in the two Sudans is because the government in Khartoum thought Juba is behind the rebels who are disturbing Sudanese territories of Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile”, he told the conference.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who is the chairperson of the conference, urged members to deal transparently with each other. He also challenged the United Nations to streamline its peacekeeping missions in the region to enhance impact. He also urged the regional leaders to deploy internal peacekeeping strategies to complement initiatives by the United Nations.

The host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya called for a quick political and diplomatic resolution of all outstanding issues between Juba and Khartoum saying that Kenya, being the CPA guarantor, remains concerned about the recurring tension in the two Sudans. He pledged to establish a joint intelligent fusion center to spearhead the expeditious implementation of the protocol non-aggression and mutual defense.

The summit was attended by the presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic; special representative of the Secretary General, Madam Mary Robinson; Vice President of Sudan; AU commissioner; and delegations of the member states.

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

“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. 

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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

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.

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.

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