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GENOCIDAL PRESIDENT SALVA KIIR LIES
 

BY: Anonymous writer, RSS, Juba, JAN/10/2013, SSN;

I have kept an eye on all the write-ups, following the turmoil in the world’s new nation South Sudan. Having gone through and analyzed all the critics and supporters of whatever camp they belong to– Government (Kiir) or opposition (Riek), or otherwise as you like, Dinka vs Nuer, my conclusion and any other learned individual either through formal or informal (Military bush era or loiters and gangs in overseas cities) would agree with me on the following:–

1. There was no coup attempt
2. Government is trying to silence its critics
3. Dinkas are trying to learn the Kikuyu, Nyankole, Zulu, Bashir style of leadership.
4. Nuers bravery and inborn rebel mentality
5. Revenge of the 1991 incident
6. Gangs are ruling technocrats
7. No working system in all functions of the Government
8. Equatorians naivety
9. Corruption
10. Genocide
11. Military taking advantage to commit crimes
12. Ugandan Army support of Kirr
13. A powerless president calling for international support
14. Same OLD gangs trying to win population
15. Impartial IGAD
16. Illiterate human used as war shields
17. Copy and paste impractical ideologies

You can add or delete appropriately but don’t dwell on changing the reality or framing ingredient conspiracies.

Beware, once the turbulence is over which is inevitable moments from now, the list above would even be longer and longer and no person in single/ group would dare try to whisper of democracy, freedom of speech, human dignity, rule of law, good governance and so on.

It might be at a critical stage as the aircraft would have already taken off and therefore no reverse power, however the only reversing would be shutting of the engine while initiating a steep climb thus expecting a stall (falling down with the tail first) which would be catastrophic.

Is that what we want for our coming generation?

Would you wish to enjoy fish now and wish our kids to have snakes in the future? Not Pythons as they are a delicacy in some societies. I mean Cobras and high venomous snakes.

If we disagree reconsider your parental obligations or otherwise request for a vasectomy specialist.

Another fact would be one ethnic cliché ruling till the end of our time.

Domination and false recruitment be it in the military or awarding of scholarships in the education sector clearly reveals and acts as evidences in future power domination and indicates a malicious intention from our brethren.

We all need to escape the plot and rescue our bright glimmering future, quite important for us, our children and grandchildren.

Change is needed utmost now at whatever cost.

The international community has already seen the trend and is supportive of the insurgents as it is clearly evidenced by the remarks of US- Assistant of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, boldly portraying her country’s stance and position on the ongoing conflict.

She courageously denies the wrought of government and scraps off allegations of coup attempt.

This is big blow to the government as US is the highest donor to Kirr and his aliens for support of their families and maintenance of brothels all over the world. I don’t even know China would listen to social life issues.

He, Kiir, once embarrassed himself and the country amazingly reading a press conference message in front of the media and boldly saying, as I quote, “IGAD members should have sent their military support to us immediately after the attempted coup d’etat.”

This was ridiculous indicating you have lost control, you have no power and the subsequent action should have been to resign and let the military take over.

In my opinion the president is like an accountable manager just like in the corporate world of which his definition would be: The person acceptable to the citizens, who has the corporate authority for ensuring that all operations and other activities of the government can be financed and carried out to the standard required by the authority and any additional requirements defined by the government officials, citizens and or military personnel.

He has sole responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of every individual in de facto spontaneously.

The mass killings and the uncontrollable situations prevailing the world’s new nation could have been avoidable, only if the president and his advisors would know he was the accountable manager and therefore responsible for promoting peace and stability in the country.

He had the power under his jurisdiction to accommodate and rectify any grievances within the party.

This is gross negligence on the part of the highest authority and he should be prepared to answer to the public or to any other competent court outside the lawless South Sudan.

A president telling lies as in the case of Coup attempt to cover up his failures, hits hard on his critics and threatening naive intellectuals to sing the song including a lawyer who repeatedly tells a lie over international media is a gross mis-conduct.

A lawyer who took an oath to defend the truth only and nothing but the real truth is caught up in the mix. This individual should reconsider his credentials and return for a one year supplementary law course and consequently retake the oath.

Dr Nyaba quoted: “A lie repeated continuously becomes a truth,” but I would disqualify that statement and amend it to be, “A lie repeated continuously in a chronological manner by an intelligent person tends to be true.”

That latter aspect was clearly missing from our uncharismatic beloved officials. They repeatedly mentioned coup, until our friends from Oman, Equatorial guinea, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Chad, Gambia, DRC, Cambodia, Fiji, Mauritania, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, CAR and Egypt clearly criticized us and said then the word had loosed meaning.

They have vowed to create a new word in the coming months. Most likely (arabi-revo-coup d’monde)

Make your mind, the time is now, no need to procrastinate as it is the worst evil.

Let’s all have a desire to make our country the fastest growing nation in the world, difficult developing grounds were created since the birth of our new nation.

We hopped the obstacles until all the world noticed, some like Uganda and Kenya were envious of how fast our pace was, they came back maliciously and tactically engulfed our president in a cocoon claiming to be among their clique.

He was blinded and never saw ahead, he was talked to once on a full stomach and they sang lullaby and massaged and later got requested to sign memorandums of understanding on various topics including to passively run the government affairs.

The aims, scope and their objective is what we experience now.
God open our eyes to see the unforeseeable.

The writer is an upcoming freelancer. His credentials are undisclosed at the moment. He is writing from an undisclosed location.

(PS: Due to the sensitivity of the message implied in the article, the author’s name is excluded as he’s in hiding in Juba).




THE FINGER PRINTS ON GENOCIDE IN SOUTH SUDAN
  The Finger Prints on Genocide in South Sudan

BY: Stephen Par Kuol, SOUTH SUDAN, JAN/01/2014, SSN;

Any body with keen interest in South Sudanese current affairs could not have missed the recent shuttle diplomacy waged by the regional leaders and diplomats to end the ongoing crisis in the country. That is very encouraging and should be supported by all people of good will.

Unfortunately, what is now diminishing through the thin air of that diplomacy is the ugly fact that weltered with decomposing corpses and their fetid smell in the air, Juba, the capital of South Sudan is a crime scene against humanity and should be treated as such at the time of this writing.

Worth noting also is the chilling truth that among those cheeky personalities rubbing shoulders with regional leaders and diplomats to bring peace to South Sudan are red-handed suspects in the ongoing genocide.

Meanwhile preventive diplomacy can surely minimize the magnitude of the crisis and save more lives; one delicate affair in the process is avoiding diplomatic niceties to overshadow the criminal responsibility of those whose finger prints are notoriously evident on those crimes against humanity.

Thus, on behalf of the murdered victims, traumatized survivors and their families, I write to recommend that the peace process goes hand in hand with a multi-national investigation of these premeditated heinous crimes against humanity.

Any thing short of that is another betrayal to humanity and South Sudanese citizens of Nuer ethnic origin who have perished in the ongoing genocide.

Experiences elsewhere have taught us that war fatigue and desperate yearning for peace can easily give way to impunity that could haunt the nation in question for an unforeseeable future.

Speaking as a practised diplomat, I mean the diplomatic tendency to avoid antagonizing the genocidaires, who might walk out of “the peace process.”

This often frightens diplomats who fear “upsetting the peace process.” For example, in Naivasha for South Sudan, or in Abuja for Darfur in 2005, the argument became: “don’t upset the fragile new order in Khartoum since signature on the agreements settling the civil war in the South serves the greater good. Let’s now concentrate on getting the Darfur ‘rebels’ to reach a similar agreement with Khartoum in Abuja, under the African Union.”

Meanwhile the ethnic cleansing of Darfur and genocidal massacres and rapes continued daily. This argument, which diplomats often naively espouse, ignores the fact that genocidaires are serial killers whose blood thirst can never be quenched by a peace meal.

Hence, policies toward them based on fear lead only to appeasement and further genocide.

In the case of the ongoing genocide in South Sudan, the prime suspect, General Salva Kiir Mayardit has already offered unconditional cease fire and peace talk but the genocide continues.

Like any genocidaires, Kiir is a serial killer, a master of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

As a career military intelligence officer, he is well trained in cold blood killing and practised that well during the liberation struggle where he executed murder of the bulk of our liberation politicians.

He is doing that now with efficiency on our unarmed civilians in Juba. Presently, the only safe heaven for South Sudanese of Nuer ethnic origin without guns is the UNMISS concentration camp near Juba International Airport where his Propaganda Chief, Justice Michael Lueth, has been calling them out to finish what they have started.

Nobody talks about that now where as Kiir is preparing for more genocide. That is why I write to strongly recommend that both the international criminal investigation and the peace talks go on simultaneously.

Criminal Investigation as an inquisitive process starts with these questions: What, Where, How and Who?

Legally speaking, the process proceeds with one fundamental question: has a crime been committed in violation of an existing law? If yes, then what is the name or definition of the crime committed?

In this case, a crime has been committed in violation of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, Rome Statue and the Geneva Convention.

Genocide in this case is defined as “the intentional destruction, in whole or in part, of a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such.

Was it systematically organized by General Kiir’s regime using his privately armed Dootku-Beny militia, tanks and other lethal weapons?

Were the victims chosen because of their ethnic identity? If yes again, then only South Sudanese of Nuer ethnic origin in 107, Guddele, Gurei, Eden, Manga, Jabel villages were targeted and are now the dominant IDPS in UNMISS compound and the Dinka homes nearby were left untouched?”

Is this an intentional destruction, in part, of ethnic and racial group? If yes, then, this in short, is genocide.

As for who did what, the finger prints of the following top seven names have surfaced with probable cause beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan who declared the state of emergency leading to the mass killing.
2. General Malong Awan, the current Governor of Northern Bar-Elghazal State who personally recruited Dootku-Beny Militia from NBGS and Warap States and commanded Dootku-Beny during the genocidal operation.
3. General Marial Chinoum, the field General who executed General Salva Kiir’s orders to disarm Nuer soldiers within Tiger Battalion and ordered the use of tanks to kill 22 unarmed bodyguards of Dr. Riek Machar and seven bodyguards of Hon. Gier Chuang Aluong.
4. General Salva Mathuok Gengdit, the former Deputy Minister of Interior and Salva’s father-in-law who was seen in Dootku-beny uniforms commanding part of the genocidal force during the operation in Juba.
5. General Garang Mabil, a notorious general on reserve from Warap State who was reinstated to active duty during the genocidal operation to execute the genocide.
6. General Bol Akot, a general in reserve reinstated after the clashes to execute the genocide in Thuk sita and Gudele.
7. General Alew Ayieny, the Current Minister of interior who was seen in military uniform commanding a police force in collaboration with Dootku-Beny.

In conventional practice, those primitive tribal generals should be charged with the following crimes:
1. Genocide and crime against humanity
2. War crimes in violation of Geneva Convention
3. Vandalism and formation of a private tribal army for the sole purpose of committing genocide in violation of South Sudan Transitional Constitution

Those of us who speak the language of criminal law know damn well that genocide as an act of mass killing is a joint enterprise with many accomplices including the demagogues and propaganda pundits.

As for proving the Mensa Rea, Kiir is physically on record graduating his Dootku-Beny Brigade alone without involving the SPLA Chief of General Staff and the Ministry of Defence, and declaring state of emergency and quoting 1991 Bor massacres proving both motive and the criminal mind behind the act of genocide.

With these, I rest my case.

Stephen Par Kuol is a former Deputy Ambassador of the Sudan to the United Republic of Tanzania and the State Minister of Education in the recently overthrown Government of Jonglei State by Dr. Riek Machar’s forces. He is also a researcher and freelance writer on academic topics pertinent to Human Rights and Post-conflict Criminal Justice Administration. He can be reached via stephenkuols@yahoo.com /kuolpar@yahoo.com




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SSCCIA ELECTIONS UPDATES FOR GOVERNORSHIP POSITION IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTHERN SUDAN.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CENTRAL EQUATORIA STATE

LT.GENERAL ALFRED LADO GORE BRIEFING AND LEADING IN THE STATE.

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Vote Counting Suspended Over Attack on Officials

Vote tallying was yesterday suspended in Eastern Equatoria State following an attack on election officials by security forces.

Tight security during vote counting at a centre in Rumbek, Lakes State. [©Gurtong]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 20 April 2010 (Gurtong) – The chairperson of the State High Elections Committee (SHEC) Joseph Ojukwu Ikarak told reporters in Torit yesterday that three senior polling officials were attacked by soldiers on Sunday evening at Rub Hall, a polling centre near Torit airport.

“We have now suspended counting of ballot papers for security reasons. Our morale to continue at the moment has shrunk as army personnel launched an attack on us. We shall only be receiving election materials from the ground .This is very unfortunate and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible. We suspect that someone might have reported to the army personnel that the officials were going to recount the ballot papers inside the counting hall,” he said.

Ojukwu named the three officials as Charles Atul Rino, the State Returning officer, Amos Juma Ochieng, the Secretary to the EHC and Elizabeth Iwi Fredrick, head of civic education department.

He explained that the officials were sorting out forms for various levels of assemblies and ballot papers for different positions, including the party list, women lists and geographical lists, when two lorries full of security personnel in military uniforms stormed the premises and began harassing them.

“Why are you recounting the ballot papers when they were already counted at respective polling centres?” charged one of the soldiers.

Ojukwu said there had been a misconception by some voters that his office wanted to manipulate the votes, which he denied was the case.

“That was a wrong perception. Nobody, even myself, has the right to open the boxes and count the ballot papers”, he said.

Ojukwu said the three were then interrogated for over an hour before being freed.

“We are definitely going to be delayed since we have been disrupted a bit. I know suspending this work is causing a lot of impatience amongst  the citizens of Eastern Equatoria but I appeal to everyone to accept the situation  and bear with us”, he said.

He said he had already communicated with the two chairpersons of Southern High Committee and the National Election Commission in Khartoum over the incident.

He said the election results will be announced at a later date than the earlier expected Tuesday, April 20.

BREAKING NEWS: Taban Deng seizes NEC office in Bentiu, refuses to accept defeat

Tuesday 20 April 2010   

April 20, 2010 (BENTIU, Unity state) – The incumbent caretaker governor of the oil-rich Unity state has refused to accept defeat in the gubernatorial elections, threatening the State High Elections Committee to declare him the winner irrespective of results.

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Unity state Governor Taban Deng Gai

The overall results received by the electoral body in the state have shown that his main challenger, Angelina Teny, is far ahead of him by more than 24,000 extra votes.

An official close to NEC office in Bentiu who spoke on condition of anonymity told Sudan Tribune that governor’s security officers had controlled the NEC’s branch office and were conducting forceful dialogue with the electoral staff, threatening them to declare Taban as winner.

He said senior officials in the state were consulting with the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit to intervene and allow for the free and fair announcement of the gubernatorial results in the state.

“Taban Deng Gai should be told to accept defeat in a democratic and peaceful atmosphere,” the official added.

The gubernatorial candidates were scheduled to sign for the elections results today (Tuesday) in the NEC’s office during which losers were expected to accept defeat before announcement of the winner.

State officials across the country were also making consultations to respond to the situation and avoid any resort to violence until the issue is resolved peacefully.

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SSCCIA CONGRATULATES THE FOLLOWING NEWLY DEMOCRATICALLTY ELECTED SOUTHERN SUDAN REPUBLIC MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT IN VARIOUS LEVELS OF ASSEMBLY.

NAME IN FUL                                                                          CONSTITUENCY NO                                                                                                     PARTY

1. ANGELO JAMES CIRISIO                                                3 CES                                                                                                                                  SPLM

2. ATIM GARANG DENG                                                     5 BOR NORTH JONGOLEI                                                                                          SPLM

3. MARK LOTEDO                                                                6 KAPOETA SOUTH     EES                                                                                           SPLM

4. NHIAL DENG NHIAL                                                      10 WARAP STATE                                                                                                            SPLM

5. ANGORIAN  MARK                                                        4 KAPOETA NORTH EES                                                                                                SPLM

6. JOHN MALISH                                                                15 CES                                                                                                                                   SPLM

7.ANTONY LINO MAKANA                                             YAMBIO         WES                                                                                                              SPLM

8. MADUT DENG                                                                25 TONJ WARAP STATE                                                                                                   SPLM

9.WILLIAM      KOTALIEU                                               13 GOGORIAL WARAP STATE                                                                                        SPLM

10. DAVID DENG ATHORBAI                                        6 YIROL NORTH LAKE STATE                                                                                          SPLM

11. ABIAR DOR                                                                  WESTERN BAHR EL GHAZAL                                                                                             SPLM

12. AROP DENG KUOL AROP                                     1 ABYEI                                                                                                                                          SPLM

13.ALIER MICHAEL MALEK                                        28 JONGOLEI                                                                                                                               SPLM

 

 

NOTE. MORE NAMES COMING AND PLEASE THE NAMES MAY BE MISSPELLED AND THE SAME TO THE CONSTITUENCY NOS.

 

THANKS

 

IT IS TIME FOR SOUTHERN SUDAN PARLIAMENT TO DECLARE OUR INDEPENDENCE THROUGH UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

SSCCIA

Sudan's Bashir Threatens Southern Referendum

Sudan's president warned the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Monday that if they refused to take part in April's elections, a southern referendum on secession would not happen, according to comments broadcast on Al Jazeera.

Bashir Threatens Southern Referendum

GoSS President Kiir (left) and Sudanese President al Bashir in Malakal.[© Gurtong]


KHARTOUM, 29 March 2010 (Reuters) -"If the SPLM refuses to hold elections then we will refuse to hold the referendum," he said during a campaign speech in Khartoum.

April's first multi-party elections in 24 years and the January 2011 southern referendum on independence are key elements of a 2005 peace deal between the SPLM and Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP).

But the opposition, including the SPLM, says the elections cannot be free and fair. Bashir's warning is a clear message to the SPLM to distance itself from the opposition, some of whom have threatened to boycott April's vote.

"We will not accept a delay to the elections not even for one day," Bashir said. Last week he threatened to expel international observers who asked for any delay to the presidential and legislative polls due to start on April 11.

The only international long-term observer mission, the Carter Center, had said a short delay may be necessary because of logistical problems including hundreds of thousands of missing names from the electoral register.

The opposition want the polls delayed until November. They cite a continued conflict in Darfur and unresolved complaints of electoral irregularities.

The north-south civil war that began in 1983 claimed an estimated 2 million lives and destabilised much of east Africa. Most analysts believe the south will vote for independence in 2011.

In a further sign of the deterioration in relations between the northern and southern authorities, who formed a coalition government in 2005, a rare meeting of the presidency scheduled for Tuesday in Khartoum was abruptly cancelled.

"There was no agreement on the agenda to be raised to the presidency," Abdallah Masar, an advisor to Bashir, told Reuters late on Monday.

"There are differences over the elections - the NCP says the elections must happen on time," he added.

When relations between the north-south partners hit a wall, the presidency usually meets and resolves the differences. The decision to cancel the meeting indicates how far apart their positions are less than two weeks ahead of the polls.

(Reporting by Khaled Abdelaziz and Opheera McDoom; editing by Andrew Roche)

 

 

 

Bakosoro removes Political Virus in WES’s Nagero County Saturday 6 March 2010


March 5, 2010 (NAGERO)
Western Equatoria’s Nagero County borders Western Bahr El Ghazal State. It is also a home to political virus and confusion in the whole state. Ibba County is bigger in size than Nagero. It is here Bakosoro was to meet his first challenge since he started his campaign, unfortunately he had political antivirus with him when he arrived Nagero on Tuesday.

Col Bakosoro, addressing his supporters in Yambio on Feb 27, 2010 (Gift Friday) Due to the remoteness of Nagero, Sudan Tribune could not file this report in time. Nagero is 60 miles away from Tambura County.

Nagero seems a stronghold of Jemma Nunu and Natale Ukele where their campaigners have managed to confuse the population there that Mr. Bakosoro has already dropped from the race and is no longer running. When Col Bakosoro and his team arrived in Nagero late Tuesday afternoon, there was no sign of any reception. Isolated without any telephone network, it was difficult to reach out to people and most of them are depending on rumors or propaganda.

Bakosoro’s campaign manager started wondering about what was going on in this small county. Two hours later some elders started coming to visit Mr. Bakosoro with a very surprising information that they have been told he is no longer contesting that is why nobody shows up to welcome him and his team.

Some youth who turned up to be Bakosoro supporters came and was afraid to come closer to where the elders were meeting him. One of the bodyguards of Mr. Bakosoro came in and informed one of the team members that there are some youth outside who would like to meet Bakosoro and they seem to be afraid.

Then the youth were asked to come in and when they entered and greeted Bakosoro he asked them why they did not come directly in to see him? They said that they were afraid of two things; 1) when the governor comes here, nobody is allowed to come closer to the place where she is with her people 2) if her supporters see them around they may be subjected to so many things which they do not want to mention.. They also stated that they just got the news by surprise that Col. Bakosoro was in town.

When the news started spreading across the young town that Col. Bakosoro was present, people started turning up in numbers. Soon after that the team sent a car with loudspeakers to announce about his presence in town and about the rally the next morning. Bakosoro’s campaign team was not convinced that people were going to turn up to listen to him.

Surprisingly, a good number of people turned up and it was the turning point for Mr. Bakosoro to change the public opinion by telling the truth.

Col Bakosoro explained to the crowd that there are a lot going on these days about independent candidates that they are NCP, paid money by northern parties, rebels and traitors and so on. He said these are all baseless allegations without any ground. After the rally, Col. Bakosoro then met separately with the elders including the Paramount Chief of Nagero.

A young man by name Arkangelo who bravely stood up and spoke on behalf of the youth said people should not continue to be afraid on their own rights. He stated that it is clear people want to vote for Bakosoro in Nagero but they are just confused and intimidated by other politicians. He continue by saying that there are wrong elements who are working tirelessly to confuse people not to vote for Bakosoro and he continued by saying that he is sure if there is going to be free and fair elections, Nagero will vote for Bakosoro.

Bakosoro and his team left Nagero on Wednesday afternoon for Tambura. On his way, he made a stop over two times to talk to people on the way.


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W. Equatoria cabinet overturns State Assembly investigation on Students’ shooting

Friday 5 March 2010

March 5, 2010 (YAMBIO)

The excessive use of force and live gun shots against innocent civilians after the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Yambio last January will get a new investigation hearing. During an extra-ordinary meeting held on Tuesday March 2, the Council of Ministers of the Government of Western Equatoria State deliberated on the resolution of the State Legislative Assembly pertaining to the accidents which took place on 21 – 01 – 2010 involving the police, the army and students who participated in carnival show during the CPA celebration.

The State Legislative assembly had found guilty the commissioner of Police, Brigadier Said Abdel Lalifchol as the source of the incidents who over looked the state authorities, and passed an order to beat the innocent School Children. Security forces in Western Equatoria were accused of use of power on the civilians arrogantly and gave false statement to the army that, the School pupils has defeated the Police and they are advancing to burn the County Headquarters and State Guest House where the Governor of WES is residing. He gave order calling the SPLA soldiers to beat and shot life bullet on pupils and civilians in Yambio town.

The Speaker of WESLA disclosed that, the house Came up with the below resolutions based on the facts from the security committee set to investigate the riots which took place after the CPA celebration. 1. The august house strongly condemned the inhuman act. 2. The august house demanded the immediate Discipline by WES Government, Demotion and transfer of the commissioner of the police from WES.

The Cabinet meeting Tuesday upheld security force’s condemnation on the mistakes by the security forces but overturned the assembly investigation result, ruling that errors occurred during the investigation phase by state Assembly.

In a press release signed by Col Joseph Ngere Paciko, Deputy Governor and Minister of Information and Communication acknowledges that the resolution of the Legislative Assembly to form the fact finding committee to investigate the incident was in place.

However, the extraordinary cabinet meeting stated that the findings of the committee which appeared in the resolution should have been brought first to the Government instead of taking it to the media for announcement.

The cabinet meeting deplored the decision of taking the resolution of the Assembly directly to media, as it gave the impression to the public that the Assembly had the final decision on the findings of its committee. The cabinet meeting revealed that, immediately after the army crackdown the Governor of Western Equatoria State formed a properly balanced committee to investigate into the incident. The committee is headed by the legal Administrator and membership of other law enforcement agent and is still working.

The findings of the state assembly committee and the one formed by the Governor after thorough comparisons with whatever recommendations would now constitute the basis for final decisions. "Let it be known by our communities that the first task of the Government is to protect them and therefore is ready to punish any of its official found guilt, but under legal and administrative procedure," the statement promised. The statement written careful appealed to WES citizens that on such matters there are strict procedures to be observed which in most cases involve more than one level of the government. "We therefore want to assure our public that your government will remain always with you, for you, and by you." Since then, the accused Police Commissioner accused by the State Assembly has been reinstated by the caretaker governor, urging her supporters that, he is the only qualified to preserve good security in the state. Analysts say the protection of Brigadier Saidy by the caretaker governor continue to raise eyebrows over the relation or communication the two had during the security forces gun battle with “innocent students.”

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VOTE FOR PRESIDENT SALVA KIIR MAYARDIT SPLM

 

SPEECH OF H.E. GEN. SALVA KIIR MAYARDIT, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC AND PRESIDENT OF GOSS

5TH ANNIVERSARY OF CPA CELEBRATIONS

YAMBIO, 19TH JANUARY, 2010

President of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is delivering his powerful speech
at the Fifth CPA Celebrations which took place today in Yambio, WES
 

·        Field Marshal Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, President of the Republic,

·        Excellencies,

·        Distinguished citizens of the Sudan,

·        People of Western Equatoria and Yambio (Sanno),

·        Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to welcome you all to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the signing of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in this beautiful Yambio, capital of Western Equatoria State. We are extremely honoured and delighted that the celebration this year is attended by our President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (Shukran Sayid el Raees (thank you Mr. President)). Mrs Jemma Kumba, the State Governor and our only woman Governor, the Organizing Committee and people of Western Equatoria State I thank you all for successfully organizing and presenting this year celebration in such colorful and wonderful manner (Maburuk alikum).

 

Before I proceed to share with you my reflections during this auspicious occasion, please may we stand up to pay tribute in memory of our founding Leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior and all our fallen heroes and heroines, without whose sacrifices this country would not be in peace.  (2 minutes of silence) Thank you!

My dear compatriots, this year2010 is the final lap of our journey of the six years of the Interim Period.  I take this opportunity to call upon all Sudanese people and particularly Southern Sudanese to stand together and walk tall in crossing the last line of our struggle for peace, freedom and democracy.  After deep reflection on what would be the guiding principle of this final journey, I have come up with the conclusion that it should be the ‘consolidation of peace and our Unity’ for a noble purpose!

Fellow citizens, we have indeed come a long way but this final year could even become a major test to our destiny if we do not put our hearts and minds together.  I, therefore, call upon us all to relegate the past behind us and honor a better future which is the ultimate price of the selfless sacrifices of our martyrs.  The CPA is a major achievement in itself and the development and peace that we have been experiencing in the past five years are concrete evidence. The living conditions of our people have been tremendously transformed by the CPA, which is truly a display of peace dividends.  The life of the individual Sudanese has changed from worst to better since the signing of CPA.  The past five years have confirmed to us that the choice of our people is peace and no one would want to go back to war. I want to reiterate again that myself and my Brother President Bashir are committed not only to take our people back to war but to work together to ensure a peaceful and stable Sudan. Therefore, we will exert every effort to overcome the remaining hurdles during this final journey and I urge you all to maintain the balance to stay on the lane of peace.

Because of the commitment to consolidate peace and unity of our people, we embarked on national healing and reconciliation since January 2006 with the Juba Declaration.  The ‘Juba Declaration 2006’ brought to an end the era of chaos, mistrust and hatred that resulted from a prolonged civil war in Sudan. In the same spirit of reconciliation and healing, we apologized during the Third Anniversary of CPA Celebrations in Wau to all Sudanese for all atrocities committed during liberation struggle and we called upon the other political parties to do the same. Since then our focus has been keeping the CPA on course as the only basis for consolidating peace, reconciliation and healing of our nation from the ills of our bitter past. With our commitment to peace and reconciliation, we will learn from every shortcoming from our past and during the last five years to build a peaceful Sudan. In fact when mistakes are acknowledged with humility, we can look better into the future with greater confidence.

Distinguished citizens, I do not want to belabor myself and you as well by recounting the various successes and achievements during the past five years as they are numerous and you know most of them. However, I believe that there is more work to be done in order to achieve the objectives of our struggle.  We will work harder to build a sufficient health services sector.  We will reserve no efforts in trying to improve the standard of our hospitals and we will redouble our determination in expanding the basic health care to our rural populations.  This is critical if we are to cut down maternal and child mortality rates that have ranked us among the worst in the world.  That is why during the recent opening of the final session of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA), I declared the year 2010 to be the year for combating maternal and child mortality. We will be working closely with our development partners to promote public health and provide free primary health as the basis for improving the health conditions of women and survival of children in our rural areas.

In the area of education, we will accelerate the fight to reduce illiteracy through mass literacy and numeracy campaigns and to ensure that access to primary education is free and compulsory, particularly for girls as required by our constitution. The government at all levels in collaboration with our development partners will redouble school enrolment and upgrade the educational institutions at all levels to the acceptable standards.  We will work to inculcate the spirit and principles of CPA in school curricula and programmes especially, the culture of democracy, tolerance, human rights, gender sensitively, respect of diversity and environmental awareness. We will equally expand secondary education facilities and redouble efforts in providing support to our Universities.

As for social welfare, the Government is committed to supporting vulnerable members of our society such as women, children, elders and people with special needs.  We will strengthen the Southern Sudan War Disabled, Widows and Orphans Commission to work in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs in order to achieve that objective.

In the area of agriculture, the development of this sector, as it represents the most important source of rural livelihood and basis for wealth creation, is fundamental to the overall growth of our economy and to poverty eradication. Without combating poverty in the rural areas, meeting targets for poverty eradication shall be impossible mission. The government will encourage the people to till their land and support massive production in order to overcome food shortage.  The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry together with our development partners have developed agricultural recovery programme to ensure that fertile land is put to maximum use in order to curb dependence on imported food from neighboring countries.  This would be realized through encouraging and providing our rural communities with the necessary agricultural tools to enable them produce enough food for themselves and surplus for the market.  The government will diversify the economy by promoting commercial agriculture and mechanized farming through the provision of necessary instruments such as credit and appropriate technologies.  It is also our policy to attract foreign commercial farmers to come and invest in the agricultural sector.  This I believe will bring in new technologies to the agricultural sector and impart skills to our people in order to maximize food production.

My dear people, the animals that we own for our survival became unfortunately a source of our misery and conflict. Recently, we have seen increased incidents of cattle rustling that resulted in loss of innocent lives. Given the potential of the livestock sector for broadening the base for wealth creation and economic growth and contributing to local and global food security, this sector requires more attention. Apparently the numbers of livestock had greatly increased even with the impact of war and poor conditions of livestock. Despite increase in number of livestock, the growth of the sector is inhibited by cultural factors. The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has undertaken medium and long term plans to heighten awareness among pastoralists of the benefits of monetizing and commercializing their animal wealth with the aim of ensuring the gradual incorporation of the pastoral sector in the economic main stream. In particular, the Ministry will work with other institutions and development partners to improve animal health services, ensure sustainable utilization of pastures, end conflict among livestock owners and minimize, if not putting an end to, cattle rustling and improve existing cattle markets.

Fellow citizens, I would like to point out that we cannot achieve our development dreams without building the infrastructure.  During the last five years, the government has managed to connect all our big towns and counties with roads that we will continue to improve.  However, cognizant of the fact that building roads are an expensive business, the Ministry of Roads and Transport has drawn affordable priorities that will give more access to our people.  We will equally embark on power generation in order to accelerate development in line with the Southern Sudan Vision 2040 that was passed recently by the Council of Ministers.  The Ministry of Energy and Mining has also drawn its own priorities for power generation that will encourage sustainable small scale industries to operate and gradual electrification of our rural areas as basis for economic growth and improving the living conditions of our rural population.

My Dear people, the government will spare no efforts in addressing issues of governance and insecurity.  I would like to assure our people that prophets of doom, who have been dreaming about the pre-failed state of Southern Sudan, will be proven illogical. Since the formation of both GOSS and GONU, we have been sensitive to the rights of every citizen. That is why we established inclusive governments at all levels that have included even political parties that were opposed to our ideals and who never believed that the CPA would become a reality. We have truly established ourselves as harbingers of democracy, freedom, equality and the rights of individuals countrywide.  Our government and even Salva Kiir Mayardit myself, have been called names by both the local and international press.  As a government we have been tolerant to the views of the media and individuals.  This is the true democratic transformation that we have been struggling to achieve for many years until it has been achieved through CPA, which we are celebrating today.

Fellow citizens, despite the recent upsurge of tribal conflict that we strongly believed as alien to our customs and traditions as peace-loving and peace abiding people, we have embarked on serious measures of containing this insecurity. We have initiated a comprehensive programme for disarmament that was endorsed by Chiefs Conference and we are now seeing good results. I am delighted to inform you that our gallant forces of SPLA are now well organized, equipped and capable of protecting you from any external or internal threats as required by our constitution. The Ministry of Internal Affairs with support from our development partners and Government of National Unity has developed a comprehensive plan of upgrading the capacity of our police and other law enforcement agencies to extend their services to our rural communities. We are extremely encouraged by progress we are seeing and we are confident that the security will be improving and we shall prove wrong those who would like to project Southern Sudan as unable to protect its own citizens.

Dear people of Western Equatoria State, we are aware about the atrocities committed by the so-called LRA and the fear and displacement created by their activities. I would like to appreciate your firmed stand against LRA activities. In particular, I would like to congratulate your Governor because she has been consistently ringing alarm bell and keeping us informed about the activities of LRA in your state. Although we do not want to talk about how LRA came to Sudan and who is still supplying them after they refused to sign the peace agreement that we mediated, we have decided to scale up SPLA presence in this state and to support community security measures with people equipped to protect themselves. We are confident that with your own efforts together with that of the SPLA, the activities of LRA will be contained.

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

CPA celebration is a significant event and I call upon all Sudanese people to again thank the SPLM and the NCP leadership for having taken the patriotic decision to sign for peace rather than continuing war.  Please I kindly request you all to rise up and applaud our President, H.E. Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, leader of the NCP and our late hero Dr John Garang De Mabior, Chairman of the SPLM and Ustaz Ali Osman, for the bold decision to sign for peace.

Mr. President, I would like to personally thank you for the ability to always overcome the temptation to lock horns whenever there are issues of differences between us or between the NCP and SPLM. I appeal to you today in front of all the Sudanese people that let us run this final lap of the Interim Period with resolve for peace and say no more to war!  The referendum will truly determine the future of the Sudan because it is the time when we will know whether our country will remain one or give birth to a new entity?  I am not suggesting that I know the outcome, but let me be clear to your Excellency and the NCP that even if the South decides to separate from the North in 2011, it is not going to shift to the Indian Ocean or to the Atlantic coast. Who knows future generations may have their own choice about the future of Sudan?  Therefore let us prepare ourselves to embrace the outcome of the referendum peacefully.

Dear citizens, the CPA represents a landmark in Sudan’s political history since it put an end to war, created conditions and established ground rules for restructuring the Sudanese state politically, economically, administratively and culturally and paved the way for the creation of a national coalition around a common agenda. Nevertheless, it must be asserted that the CPA is not identical to SPLM’s New Sudan vision. CPA is, essentially, a deal to find a middle ground between parties and it provides a spring board to realize our vision of New Sudan through democratic means. I equally believed that if CPA is realized fully in letter and spirit, it provides the last chance for Sudan’s unity.

Mr. President, the Two Parties agreed to make unity attractive based on the realization of certain conditions within a six year interim period. Those conditions provided for the realization of a democratic transformation that includes recognition of all rights and duties enshrined in Universal Human Rights Declarations and Covenants. Those rights encompassed the right to be eligible for the Presidency on the basis of citizenship, not religion, origin or gender, peaceful transfer from a one-party rule to broad-based governance in a multi-party democracy, decentralization of the system of rule, equitable distribution of power and wealth, national reconciliation and recognition of all local languages and cultures as part of Sudan’s cultural patrimony. Those radical measures established, beyond doubt, the basis upon which the people of Southern Sudan will assess of how we have made the unity of Sudan attractive.

Dear citizens, the CPA provided for general national elections that may result in a peaceful transfer of power in Khartoum, Juba and states and obligated all levels of government in Sudan to ensure that elections shall be free and fair under international supervision. I am delighted to declare to you that the SPLM has chosen Mr. Yasir Saeed Arman as its candidate to the President of the Republic and I have been chosen to contest to the position of the President of the Government of Southern Sudan. It is fair to inform you as well that our President of the Republic H.E. Omer Hassen El Bashir has been chosen by NCP to contest for the position of the President of the Republic.

Dear citizens, although, you know more about me and Mr. President and you can make your judgment about two of us, you may not know much about Mr. Yasir Saeed. Mr. Yasir Saeed is among few Northern Sudanese such as late Yusif Kowa, Mansur Khalid, Malik Agar and Abdel Aziz Adam El Hailu who decided to join the SPLM/A in its early formation because of their conviction of the agenda of New Sudan. Mr. Yasir contributed a lot during our struggle and he even participated in the liberation of Western Equatoria and spent some times in Yambio when we were establishing new administration in Yambio. During our liberation struggle, Yasir has been a voice of our people through the SPLM/A radio togther with our great hero late Murhoom Dut Kat. After the signing of the Peace Agreement that he participated in, Yasir decided to dedicate his efforts to the organization of SPLM and became Deputy Secretary General of SPLM in Northern Sector. In recognition of his contribution in the SPLM, Yasir was elected to the SPLM National Liberation Council and SPLM Political Bureau. As the Chairman of the SPLM Caucus in the National Assembly, Yasir played a remarkable role and stood firmly for the passing of three laws (Southern Sudan Referendum, Abyei Referendum and Popular Consultation). With these few observations about Yasir, you can judge by yourself whether he is fit for the position of the President of the Republic.

Dear citizens, as I stated in the Third Anniversary Celebration of CPA in Wau that one of the biggest achievements of the CPA is the recognition that the sovereignty of the state is vested in the people and to be exercised through their elected democratic and representative institutions in free and fair elections. As such elections are going to be conducted in April 2010, they will be critical impetus for true change and empowering of our people to choose their leaders and elect their democratic institutions. This will be the slimmest opportunity for Sudanese people to bring a real change through their true and free will as basis for democratic transformation and national reconciliation. It is your opportunity now to use your vote wisely and select the people and party that will represent you well and capable of protecting your achievements in the CPA. I urge every Sudanese to be vigilant and alert to ensure that these elections are conducted in free and fair environment. You can not only make a difference by voting but also by monitoring the conduct of general elections. You and Your Vote both count in bringing a real change to Sudan. I call upon all those people who registered to turn up during the voting to cast your vote and change Sudan for better with your vote.

Dear fellow Southern Sudanese, although we are committed to a united Sudan on new basis, the choice of whether Southern Sudan will remain in a united Sudan or succeed remains your absolute constitutional right and we are committed to ensure that you exercise that right in a peaceful environment. The right of self-determination, however, is not a simple exercise but it is a choice with much responsibility that would ensure a peaceful, prosperous, democratic and united Southern Sudan that is built on honour, dignity and the values for which our martrs gave ultimate sacrifices. In order to create Southern Sudan that we should be proud of after referendum for either outcome, the government has established Southern Sudan Referendum Taskforce to prepare for referendum and to build greater capacity to provide improved governance, peace, stability and prosperity for the people of Southern Sudan during the post-referendum period.

Dear Citizens, in the event that people of Southern Sudan voted for unity, we will focus on the implementation of outstanding issues in CPA such as the formation of new Sudan Armed Forces, improved transparency in oil sector management, initiating national reconciliation and consensus on key national issues, strengthening and enhancing CPA governance frameworks and new constitutional arrangements to strengthen decentralization and equal representation of all regions of Sudan at the national level. In the event of the people of Southern Sudan opted for secession, necessary arrangements are needed such as approaches to ensure international recognition of new state, the name, new constitution, membership in international and regional organizations and institutional and capacity development to support the transition to an independent statehood.

Dear fellow Southern Sudanese, whatever decision that you will take in the referendum, I would like to reiterate that we share many things in common as Sudanese and these are the things that will hold us together whatever the outcome of the referendum. Over years and despite grievances and agony of civil wars, our people have developed and cultivated strong social relations between South and North. It is our moral obligation and responsibility to nurture and cement such social relations as valuable asset that will bind our people together. It has been recognized that social relations play very important role not only in economic growth but also in good governance.

I am certain that these social relations between the people of the South and the North be it friendship, businesses, Sudanese hospitality, social and education that have been cultivated over years can not be erased but will rather get stronger whatever the outcome of the referendum. No one can deny the ties amongst our people from East to West, far North and down South.  It is a living fact that Southern Sudan has taken a lot from the rest of the country in terms of culture and attitudes and it will never be simply wished away.

Besides these social relations, the North and South will continue to be economically and politically connected whatever the choice of the people of Southern Sudan in their referendum in 2011. Our enormous common natural resources and environment have been a valuable natural bond between the North and the South and we have limited choice to reverse such link but rather to develop it better. The Nile will continue to flow from the South to the North and will continue to provide enormous social and economic benefits to our people in the North and the South.

Given the deteriorating environmental conditions and desertification in the North, the Arab nomads will continue to look for pastures and water in Southern Sudan and nobody would think of denying them such traditional grazing rights as basis of their livelihoods. With these movements of Arab nomads many social and economic relations will continue to flourish. It is a fact and before appropriate oil infrastructure is developed in Southern Sudan, the oil produced in Southern Sudan will continue to flow from the South to North for processing and export.

Politically, the SPLM and probably most of the national political parties will continue with their political agenda in Southern Sudan whatever the outcome of the referendum. In particular, the SPLM shall continue with its political agenda of the New Sudan both in the North and South whatever the outcome of the referendum. Our choice as SPLM of a candidate from the North is to ensure that the SPLM will remain strong in the North and South for whatever the outcome of the referendum. In case of unity, Sudan will be united under the agenda of New Sudan and in case of separation the SPLM will provide a stronger political link between the North and South around the agenda of New Sudan and democratic transformation.  Besides this political link, the legacy of our various leaders of the past and their struggle for independence will remain a symbol of our common heritage. Thanks to the wisdom of our historical leaders and please allow me to request you once again to pay tribute to personalities like Ali Abdel Latif, Ibrahim Aboud, Jaafar Mohamed Numeiri and Dr. John Garang, whose attempts to keep the country together and united should be remembered and honoured. Whatever the decision of the people of Southern Sudan, we will continue to honour and be proud of these Sudanese leaders who played important role in shaping our future.

Fellow citizens, building a viable and prosperous Southern Sudan will continue to be a real challenge. The selfless sacrifices of our political leaders before and after the independence of Sudan in 1956 laid a solid foundation for the unity of the people and a viable Southern Sudan. After the Addis Ababa Agreement in 1972, the regional government did not only consolidate the unity of our people but they also established the tradition of democracy, good governance and strong civil service.  It is from such values that the struggle to change the Sudan in 1983 was germinated, producing one of the greatest leaders of Africa and indeed the world, comrade Dr John Garang De Mabior. The leadership of the South will continue to nurture and improve on these values that came as result of our long struggle and sacrifices of our people.  I have no doubt in my mind that we shall prove the enemies of the South wrong and that we will continue now and after the referendum to build a stronger, democratic, united and prosperous Southern Sudan.

Once again, in order to honor the sacrifices of our heroes and heroines, I call upon all political forces in the country to unite in pursuance of peace in the Sudan.  Let us commit ourselves to the CPA process which is a few inches away from conclusion.  I urge the SPLM and the NCP to remain engaged in political dialogue in order to maintain peace and stability in the country.  As leaders we have the moral obligation to save lives and give the country a future of peace and prosperity.  The future generation of this country deserves more than our limited egos and selfish tendencies.

Before I conclude, may I also seize the opportunity to ardently appeal to all political forces in the country to abide by democratic rules during the forthcoming elections.  Every political party must have equal rights during the conduct of the elections including even individuals who would wish to go it alone as independent candidates.  I urge the electorate to seize the opportunity to elect leaders who will not only duly represent them but leaders with the competence to deliver services to the people.  Let us conduct these elections peacefully and anybody who is tempted to disrupt tranquility will be handled by the due process of the law.  It is my belief that all citizens will receive elections results with calm and we should tolerate the different points of view of others.

Finally, to the region and the international community, we are grateful to you because without your tireless efforts, this country would still be in flames. On behalf of our peace loving citizens, please accept our words of gratitude particularly to the countries of IGAD (Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Eritrea), the Arab League (represented by Egypt) and the African Union (represented by the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Sub-Committee on Sudan chaired by the Republic of South Africa), the IGAD Partners Forum (represented by USA, Norway, UK, Netherlands and Italy), the European Union and all our development partners, the International Financial and the UN institutions, I cannot thank you more!

I call upon key members of the international community, particularly the P5, to remain committed to the full implementation of the CPA and to ensure free and fair elections and accept the results of the choice of the people of Southern Sudan and Abyei area.  Similarly, I take this humble opportunity to appeal to you all to remain vigilant and focused in order to see CPA reach its logical conclusion.  The Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement is a major landmark in our history and as leaders let us rise to the challenge in efforts to implement the remaining provisions.

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!  

Thank you!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

President of South Sudan Lt.General and Commander in Chief SPLA Salva Kiir Nominated for South Sudan Presidency.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The wise decision made by the people of South Sudan and our Southern Sudanese SPLM members in the PoliticalBuro had path way for our peaceful transition in our nation of South Sudan,with able leadership under President Kiir the people of South Sudan for the time in history will realized an independence nation with total sovereignity and protection from their own sons and daughters in SPLA under commander in Chief  Salva Kiir Mayatrdit.

At this time we the members of SSCCIA and the Southern Sudanese in particular support the nomination of Lt.General Salva Kiir Mayardit as a sole Presidential Candidate for South Sudan Nation. For those outside our borders we support SPLM PB for the nomination of SPLM Deputy Secretary for the Northern Sector Mr.Yasir Said Arman as for the position is elected for. SSCCIA has no business in Northern Sudan and hence our priority is the people of South Sudan and our resources that had been exploited to kill our own people with.

SSCCIA appeals for the Unity of the people of South Sudan and all Southern Sudanese Parties to give support and elect our President as the first democratic Military Leader of the Republic of South Sudan after 50 years of historic armed struggle by the Black African nationalist of South Sudan. Our unity is the only tool to break the strenght of NCP and all our oppressors in South Sudan. Cattle rustling and corruption problems in South Sudan will be cleared by 2011 and those responsible will be brought to justice by our President of Republic of South Sudan General Salva Kiir.

SSCCIA appeals for the government of South Sudan to do immediate repatriation of Southern Sudanese in Khartoum and other Northern Sudanese states to South Sudan to avoid problems when indepence is declared after successful voting for a separate South Sudan,The UNCHR and other NGOS must do their best to bring our people back home and for those who want to join Khartoum we have no option for them but our message is home is home nothing is better than South Sudan and its villages. This is our original land and we must embrace it as our country.

President Salva Kiir Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

South Sudan Republic Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

SPLM Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Our Army (SPLA) Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

The People of South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Our Separaties Parties Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

SSCCIA offer free website blogs for all Separatist Candiates for their Campaign.

Struggle Continues

 

Charles Pioneson

President

South Sudan Concern Citizens International Association (SSCCIA)

 

 

PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN GENERAL SALVA KIIR MUST NOT STEP FROM SPLA MILITARY RANKS IN SOUTH SUDAN REPUBLIC BEFORE SEPARATION  AND REAL DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH SUDAN.

 

VOTE FOR SEPARATIST AND PRO SOUTH SUDAN INDEPENDENCE LEADERSHIP LIKE PRESIDENT SALVA KIIR FOR THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN APRIL 2010 GENERAL ELECTIONS.

SOUTH SUDAN NATION IS COMPULSARY IN 2010/2011,NO UNITY

SSCCIA MESSAGE YES FOR GENERAL SALVA KIIR AS MILITARY LEADER FOR THE SEPARATE COUNTRY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN

 

South Sudan independence a “reality”, NCP official says

Sunday 10 January 2010 08:24.

January 9, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese ruling National Congress Party (NCP) appeared resigned to a pro-secession choice in the 2011 referendum for the people of South Sudan.

Al-Dardiri Mohamed Ahmed, a leading figure at the NCP, was quoted by local press as saying that the separation of the south from the north became the “reality and inevitable” blaming the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) for this outcome.

“We should be realistic and talk about what is current and what should be. We in the NCP were keener than anyone else on unity, but the SPLM blocked that option for us, and we missed the opportunity” he said.

He ruled out any possibility for averting the probable secession vote in the remaining timeframe saying that the process should be “smooth, peaceful and attractive” to prevent any return to war. Furthermore, he said that North and South Sudan should have “brotherly relations” in a post secession scenario.

Ahmed slammed the ex-southern rebel group saying it failed to manage the South adding that the latter now is in a state of chaos governed by the “law of the forest”.

However, the deputy SPLM secretary general for the Northern sector Yasir Arman placed the blame on the NCP saying the latter deals with the country’s major issues “in a moody manner” accusing it of fueling conflicts and tribal clashes.

Arman said that the SPLM is committed to the principle of attractive unity and called on the Sudanese people to hold on to the unity choice and work for it.

Last month the NCP & SPLM agreed on a referendum bill last month after much wrangling that created a political deadlock in the country raising fears of resume return to civil war. It will only take a 50%+1 ‘Yes’ vote and a 60% turnover to make South Sudan independence choice valid.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed exactly five years ago between the Sudanese government and the former SPLM rebels in Nairobi ending more than two decades of civil war in the country.

Many observers and opposition figures accuse the NCP of making the secession choice more appealing particularly after the 1989 coup that brought it to power. Critics say that the religious slogans and Islamic ideology emphasized by the government during the civil war coupled with a fierce military campaign in the south has fueled the anti-unity sentiments.

Furthermore, the death of the former SPLM chairman John Garang in a helicopter crash in 2005 is believed to have all but demolished chances of Sudan remaining united. Garang was a strong proponent of unity.

(ST)




United We Stand ,Divided we fall we the people of South Sudan need Separation than Unity of Sudan
 

Are southern Sudanese politicians afraid to run against northern politicians?

By: Panther Kuol

 

On behalf of all the ANXIOUS southern Sudanese, whether at home or abroad, I ask this of our leaders, why is none of you stepping up to the plate and declare presidency against the indicted criminal Omar Hassan El Bashir at such a critical moment in our history?”

While I commend the courage of those who have been vocal to speak the truth about the suffering of so many Sudanese people, it is increasingly becoming clear that we have suddenly stopped short of confronting the evil that has enslaved and marginalized our people for several years. We must recall that the reason why our people took up arms was to fight against injustice; they took up arms to fight for equality for all people, whether a southerner, a Darfuri or a Nubian.

When the CPA was signed in Nairobi, several communities danced in joy and one thought that peace would finally come to Sudan. I write this piece today with great sadness that peace may not come after all! There are several indicators to prove that peace will be a long way to come by. It will take sacrifice, renewed sense of patriotism to realize true peace.

I believe that lack of unity among our communities is one of the greatest challenges that could impede the prospects for southern Sudan to become an independent state. Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, if there will ever be one, our people ought to understand that despite the tribal rivalries, there is a common (bigger evil) in Khartoum that has the potential to wipe all of us out. Unless all our leaders do something to reverse this fact, there will be no progress in southern Sudan.

Unity of Southern Sudan will not be achieved easily. So long as nobody shows leadership and preaches to the people of southern Sudan that we are sinking and rotting together, we shall remain a divided people for several decades to come.

It is incredible how the cheap fortunes of this world, gained through corruption are quickly eroding an entire nation of “good people.” What a huge letdown to our brave fallen brothers and sisters who died for freedom!

While it is unfair to blame southern politicians for all the problems facing our region, it is a shame that we blame northerners for everything that goes wrong in Southern Sudan. For example, if it is true NCP is paying southern militias to fight, then isn’t this an indication that these people are poor and that they will do anything to survive? If that is the case, then why don’t our government use the same strategies to unite its people? The status quo is simply unacceptable!

 If people can be bought to fight and kill, I am sure by the same measure, they can be bought to stay in peace with their neighbors. Mr. Kiir and your government, find money to buy these militias for peace. It is an ambitious project that would win the support of many southerners and friends alike!

The instability going on in Southern Sudan is due to lack of leadership, not Arabs’ money. Since the signing of the CPA, I have never heard of any peace initiatives at government level on behalf of the people of southern Sudan. You must demonstrate to the people that there is a political will for peace as the leaders should be the role models.

Tribalism is a disease amongst our people that must be fought just like other diseases. It has caused lives and it must be rejected at all costs.

The Government of Southern Sudan has a duty to prove to all Southerners that it cares for them. Even though the ‘bigger evil’ in Khartoum is stealing the oil revenue, the government must transparently demonstrate to its citizens that they have used the little they got wisely. Instead, we are busying ourselves in corruption and as long as corruption is not addressed within GOSS, SPLM will have a tough time convincing the people that they are the better party.

Everyone in southern Sudan still appreciates the sacrifice made during the war by many leaders who are now in the government and it will be too naïve to overlook those sacrifices. However, the notion that SPLM (the political party) is synonymous with SPLA (the army) is simply unacceptable. As a political party, you must give other southern parties the same democratic freedom that we all fought for.

Southern Sudan, for several years, has enjoyed sympathy of many people around the world. Nevertheless, our politicians must know that the support of our sympathizers cannot be taken for granted. There is no tolerance for corruption in the world. For Government of Southern Sudan to continue to sustain the generosity and support from the international community, it must win the trust of its own people.

Although the CPA has not achieved much success, it has granted all citizens of Sudan, regardless of religion, an opportunity to vie for the big office. Though this right might be symbolic due to eminent possibilities of vote rigging, I think it is an opportunity any southerner who is eligible to run should not shy away from.

As I argued earlier in this article, the biggest challenge facing every southern Sudanese right now, whether they are corrupt or not, is the government of Omar Bashir which has every intend to frustrate prospects for peace and freedom in Southern Sudan. I believe we must remain vigilant and united regardless of our differences until we settle scores with the monster, just like we stood together during the war. Then leader, John Garang was not a perfect man but he has brought all of us to where we are today.

Corruption and defection to the enemy are both bad for southern Sudan. I urge all southern politicians to broaden their scope when it comes to assessing the problems in Sudan. There are people in Darfur, Nuba Mountain, and eastern Sudan who are suffering just like us. Even though it took some of them long to realize the brutality of successive Khartoum governments, they are now ready to fight for their rights. Let’s try and form alliances with those marginalized people because we share a common cause against one tyrant evil group, which has always thought to take advantage of our inadequacies.

Although winning the presidency for the entire Sudan may be made difficult by the current regime, there is nothing wrong for a southerner to declare candidacy. You all seem to forget that the results of the referendum may turnout to be another disappointment just like the census results. What will all southern politicians do when they are asked to give five solid reasons why they didn’t run for presidency? What if we were forced to unite with the rest of Sudan? Declare your candidacy right now and let history recall that a southern Sudanese once ran for president but it was stolen from him, just like our land!

The NCP has no interest in anyone “CAMPAIGNING” for separation, an example of which can be drawn from its reaction to remarks made by Salva Kiir recently.

Doesn’t everyone get what this means for the outcome of 2011 referendum? It is a democratic right for a political party to choose a referendum side and no political party has a constitutional might to take away that right. The fact that SPLM has shied away from those remarks is a sign of major weakness.

The people of Southern Sudan, Abyei and Nuba mountains had put all their hope on the CPA agreement. There is every indication that those hopes are quickly fading because the enemy who has now fooled us twice in the broad day light is bent on repeating its past tactics.

Just as they imposed war on us, the Government now wants to dictate peace at their own discretion. The people will say no to that type of peace; we are better off without it!

My advice to all our politicians is that the marginalized people of Sudan are ready to rally behind a strong leader who is willing to look Omar Bashir in the eye and stand up for his people. It doesn’t matter what you have decided to call your party, our people are just looking for a leader who is willing to take us to the “Promised Land”.  Even if you don’t take us there, at least we will remember that you tried but the evil was far too powerful than you.

Whether you are leader of GOSS, or leader of SPLM-DC (Lam) or head of National Election Council (Abel), or adviser to President of the republic (Bona), you are still a southerner and we look to you for leadership at such a critical time. Our people have endured so much suffering and cannot afford another let down.

United we stand, divided we fall!

*Panther Kuol is a contributor to NewSudanVision.com. He can be reached at panther.kuol@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Source:SSN

 




WHY WE DO NOT JUDGE OURSELVES BEFORE JUDGING OTHERS?
   

 

BY RAMADAN MALISH

DECEMBER 05, 2009

 

Sudanese Church is a multicultural and multi-denominational Church founded by Southern Sudanese immigrants eight years ago and it had been served by Pastor Lexson Maku as head of this Community Church.  Division within the Sudanese Church is due to the opinions and views of members against Pastor Lexson and those who support his Biblical, religious   and Professional way of leading the Sudanese Church.  The arguments put forward by some members are earlier signs experienced by us Sudanese Church congregation and it was a warning ringing bell to our Sudanese Church Pastor Lexson Maku. His presences in the Church is a threat to his opponents  (the people who terminated him known as the Big 5) The signatories of November 8,2009 termination letters for Pastor Lexson head of the church, Charles Wani the Church Secretary General and Agei Malek the Church Board Chairperson has not followed the Church Constitution and policy.

Brothers and sisters, our parents, seniors ,our Sudanese Community and church members is it possible that Pastor Lexson Maku deserve this mistreatment from his own community members especially his spiritual office and choirs especially our Christians from Sudan? Pastor Lexson had served us the Sudanese Christians and non Christians for eight years (8) voluntarily as his pastoral duties and obligations towards his people.  Are we going to forget his services without giving him appreciation, respect and a vote of thanks, love for what he had done to us? The reasons why I asked the above question is because of Lino okis Leus Ananga explanation for the reasons he stated why they wrote and signed termination letter for pastor Lexson and some of his reasons are below.

1.                  They claimed that Pastor Lexson Maku abused congregation’s members of the Sudanese Church.

2.                  They said for the last 8 years there has been a problem after problems within Sudanese Church and Pastor Lexson failed to resolve them.

3.                  ETC

On above note I personally give the below analysis or my personal view on the situation and I have not seen any evidences provided by Lino Okis against Pastor Lexson during his speech and on above two stated reasons among others. I concluded from Lino Okis letter and explanation the following.

1.                  It shows that pastor Lexson had committed a sin that cannot be forgiven as it was written in the letter of Jude in the New Testament, when we go and define sin it means one who broke God’s laws and has no love within himself and to others. Now for us as Christian’s believers what judgment can be done to such people who sin against the Church and Pastor Lexson Maku?

As Christians, we must forgive him or her why because all of us have sinned according to Romans 3:10, 23 nobody within our British Columbia Sudanese Community and the world at large is perfect without sins except God,  read by yourselves in the book of Psalm 18:30, if God can forgive us why don’t we forgive ourselves see Colossians 1:14.   How do we say that we are believers or faithful?  Because to me, faith and forgiveness goes together or hand in hand.  You can not be a believer if you cannot forgive those who hurt or offended you. If you do not know the meaning or definition of forgiveness then it shows that you do not know the meaning of it that is why faith is the second word in the bible. If these five signatories to the termination letter of Pastor Lexson knew something called forgiveness especially the Sudanese Church Spiritual office members like Charles Okumu Lomudak and Abraham Daip who studied theology then they would have read it and it is written in the Bible 51 times.

I have a question to the readers of this document or letter and our Sudanese church congregation members who complained about Pastor Lexson administration that, in the bible we show Peter the apostle cutting off the ear of one of the soldiers, what happened to Apostle Peter that time? Did they terminate him from his duties or services as apostle to the needy? We are the disciples of Jesus Christ and Jesus is our teacher of School of faith. If we go to the book of Luke 23:34, When Jesus was nailed on the Cross his first word that came out of his mouth was forgiveness when he said to his father forgive them. Why I am saying that is because we are the disciples of Jesus Christ and disciple means a learner Mt 28:18-20 In the Gospels the word disciple is written 240 times and in the Acts of apostle it is written 26 times. To be a disciple or a teacher we have to follow Jesus Christ teachings Lk 6:40 and it requires us to be the doers or implementers of the word of God see 
Mt 7:21-27; Jm 1:21-25. So the above Chapters is not being followed by the Signatories like Lino okis, Choul Both, Charles Okumu, Lina Biko and Abraham Daip as their role authorized them in the Sudanese Church.
 
To tell you that leadership is the choice of God and he gave various responsibilities to different people Example he gave some of them as apostles and others as prophets see details in the book of Ephesians 4:11 .The above example came as a result of the former Vice Chairman of the Sudanese Church, Mr. Lino Okis saying he called Agei and claimed that Mr. Chairman Agei never responded to his phone call or email and hence the reasons he took over the chairing of the meeting. I have two questions to the five signatories that is Lino Okis, Lina Biko, Both Choul (Daniel),Abraham Daip and Charles Okumu Lomudak as follows:

1.                  Who is among you who understands and knows his or her own sins and mistakes?

2.                  Can the signatories mentioned above in the termination of Pastor Lexson tell me what is the measurements of their own sins, mistakes and how many kilograms and pounds do they weight?  We as Christians gave Charles Wani, Pastor Lexson and Agei Malek millions of pounds and kilograms of sins but I as a Christian believer still forgive them. Now, I want you Lino Okis Ananga, Both Chuol, Lina Biko, Abraham Daip and Charles Okumu Lomudak to tell me who will forgive you for your sins? Is it the Sudanese Church members or God?

To us Sudanese Church congregations, I advised you to stick and follow our Christian’s doctrines and teachings from all our different denominations that we all come from and believe in. But I want you also to maintain our Sudanese Church because it helps to unite and foster peace among our various congregations not that one alone but it also teaches our traditional believes to our children, families and community at large. That is why in 1999 when we founded the Sudanese Church at Gigi Mourwel (Umujuma) and Riel her husband, we disagreed that the Sudanese Church be Anglican Church. What make me concern is that the Sudanese Church was founded by five members and this includes the following:-

1.                  Peal Jok

2.                        William Malish

3.                        Charles Nyok

4.                        Gigi Mourwel

5.                        Ramadan Malish (the author of this letter)  - 3 -

This Church was founded by five Southern Sudanese members as stated above and now it is going to be destroyed by five board members or executives known as the big five signatories if the community does intervene , this big 5 includes the following:

1.                  Lino Okis Leus Ananga

2.                  Lina Biko

3.                  Both Choul (Daniel)

4.                  Abraham Daip

5.                  Charles Okumu Lomudak

However, as a concerned Sudanese Church congregations, we are not going to allow our church destroyed by few individuals with interests and without evidences or facts about the matter in question (claims on Pastor Lexson)  without following the Church Constitution. Let us all unite as Sudanese Christians believers to resolve this problem once for all. Let us ask God to give us wisdom to accept what can not be changed in our lives and let us ask God to give us power to accept what can be changed in our lives.Further more,let us ask him(God) to give us faith to differentiate between the two above.

I want to thank you all for taking your time to read and understand my concern about what is going on in our Sudanese Church.

God bless you.

Yours in Christ,

 

Ramadan Malish

New Westminster British Columbia

Note: I have original version of this document in Arabic language and for those interested in Arabic Version please contact.

 




Eastern Equatoria Joins the World in Marking Human Rights Day
 

E.Equatoria Joins the World in Marking Human Rights Day

Eastern Equatoria State for the first time hosted the International Human Rights Day celebrations in the state capital Torit yesterday.

E.Equatoria Joins the World in Marking Human Rights Day
Lotuko dancers entertain the gathering during the celebrations at Torit Freedom Square.[©Gurtong]
Lotuko dancers entertain the gathering during the celebrations at Torit Freedom Square.[©Gurtong]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 10 December 2009 (Gurtong) – The colourful celebrations under the theme: ‘Embrace Diversity, End Discrimination’, were held at Torit Freedom Square in Torit County and attended by different groups including women, children, elders and the youth among others.

The Government of Southern Sudan’s Minister for Cabinet Affairs Dr Luka Tombekana Manoja who was the chief guest, urged South Sudanese to respect the rule of law for peace to prevail.

He said collective efforts should be exercised to protect the vulnerable groups like women and children, adding that gone are days when a police officer came in harassed people at his or her own will.

“Freedom means the right to security, life, protection, education and access to medical services among other human rights”, said Dr Manoja.

He emphasised that all human beings have equal dignity and rights, adding that the fight against discrimination is a continuous struggle around the world.

“We must pay for its price should we need to and we still have a long way to go”, he said.

He explained that day is observed yearly every 10 December around the globe and marks the anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Dr Manoja, who was also a lead representative of the Government of Southern Sudan, warned against capital punishment in the country.

He also encouraged the people to appreciate a diverse nature of Sudanese cultures and asked them to retain them.

The Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Margaret Peter Abudi asked South Sudanese to recognise and appreciate Torit as it is the place where the first struggle started in 1955.

The State Governor Brigadier General Aloysio Emor Ojetuk commended the Government of Southern Sudan for joining Torit residents in celebrating the important day.

“This state has been celebrating many international days but for the first time in its history, today, the state marked the International Human Rights Day’, he said.

He asked human rights groups across the world to avoid biased monitoring of human rights violation and blaming governments instead of assessing everyone’s involvement.

He appealed to the Government of Southern Sudan to deploy the Southern Sudan Human commission (SSHRC) to the state to monitor and create human rights awareness amongst the people.

 

Source:Gurtong




President of South Sudan national Message July 21,2009 on eve of Abyei decision by the Hague.
   

National Message at the Eve of the Announcement by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Abyei

Juba, July 21st, 2009


My dear citizens, the long awaited verdict of the Abyei boundary shall be announced tomorrow Wednesday 22nd July, 2009, at The Hague, the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands. The SPLM and the NCP Parties have agreed to accept the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) with respect to the outcome of the decision. The leadership of both parties have also agreed to abide by the conclusive results of the ruling. Moreover, Abyei will still be part and parcel of Sudan even if it goes to Southern Kordofan or Southern Sudan. Each party should follow the legal procedures if there is any feeling of discontent.


I take this opportunity to appeal to all the Sudanese people, particularly the areas affected by this conflict, namely, Southern Kordofan, Southern Sudan, the Ngok Dinka and the Messiriya to restraint themselves and receive the results of the announcement with calm and dignity. I have reiterated in the past to you about my personal commitment to peace and I would like to reassure you that the SPLM leadership will stand for peace in order to give the Sudanese people the opportunity to live in civility and tranquility. As the world is experiencing myriads of problems such as economic, political and natural disasters, the Sudanese people should do their best to maintain the current peace and not to allow room for the enemies of peace to prevail.


Last but not the least, I would also like to denounce with no uncertain terms recent statements of allegations circulating in the media that the SPLA is massing their presence around Abyei area. This is not true because as the Commander in Chief of the SPLA, there is no way such deployment could have taken place without my command. Therefore I consider such statements as utter fabrications by peace spoilers who have consistently exerted their efforts to destabilize the country by taking the people back to war.


H.E. Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit, First Vice President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Chairman of the SPLM and C-in-C of the SPLA






Toxic Politicians and their influence in the SPLM
   

Toxic Politicians and their influence in the SPLM

Revised July 10th, 2009

By Acuil Malith Banggol, rumbek_star@yahoo.co.uk, 0955022378


Why these notes


On page 4 of Khartoum Monitor, Vol. 7 Issue No. 0179 of July 7, 2009; Michael Mayom Bol of telephone 0916096650 wrote extensively to enjoy his freedom of expression. It was soothing and pleasing to see this page full of SPLM and SPLA Logo in a rather unprecedented theatrical style. Hence I was amused to have such a great opportunity to have such a golden chance to explore my right to defend myself and to thank you for this opportunity. I like to write under the same title and logos if Khartoum Monitor may allow.


It is astonishing how such rare opportunities could be granted by a chance to my humble person to write and even have a chance to read and own his own eulogy while he is alive. In most cases when a person is dead friends gather to praise the dead person and sometimes they could say a lot that is mostly like their own expectations instead of expressing limit successes done by the deceased. I could say to Michael Mayom Bol thanks for giving me this opportunity to write and read my own eulogy. Hence I could defend my personal claims of achievements that I have done to my people and my country. If you, Mayom, have a capacity and a chance just go to Google and type any of my three names to learn more. However, I would also advise you to correct the spelling of my last name to be Banggol instead of Bangol. I might use your E-mail address to send to you my CV. But the summary is that I have tried and so many people understand and appreciate this. You and your paymasters are isolated. However, I have also noticed that forums elsewhere are being now funded these days to give chance for your like to just insult me and Paan Awak. Successes of such meetings are measured against how much we have been insulted by those simple tones. Some even do a mock fight just to expect appreciation and resources from same paymasters.


What did I do to my country?


I hung my basketball gears in 1985 at my best sporting status to join SPLA. I went on several assignments in the field and by 1989 I was appointed as a member of 15 member strong team that established Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association (SRRA). I coordinated delivery of food to all corners of liberated areas. I succeeded in SRRA. By 1994 I founded Sudan Production Aid (SUPRAID) that served my community. SUPRAID initiated the rejuvenation of oxplough against all off-puttings that Dinka would not use a bull to farm. Go to Warrap, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Northern Bahr Ghazal to see the success. My initiative influenced my colleagues in Lakes to start even a much more successful program in Lakes for promotion of oxplough. SUPRAID is the largest national NGO in delivery of safe drinking water. I raise the number of boreholes in my community from only 9 including 7 broken ones to now over 300 hundred boreholes. Twic County is the most covered with safe drinking water. More is expected with SUPRAID having a capacity of 3 drilling rigs operated by national drillers trained by SUPRAID. During Bahr el Ghazal Famine SUPRAID made an alert to organize an assessment to Pakor Awan, Akon Payam of Gogrial County. The assessment mission declared Bahr El Ghazal Famine. It was only SUPRAID as a UN/OLS member that was staying in field against orders of UN/OLS to evacuate because of insecurity. Find and read for yourself the report of People-to People Peace Program marked by the event of renounced Wunlit Peace Conference. In there, SUPRAID is mentioned as one those leading institutions that initiated small such meeting between Bul Nuer and Twic Dinka at Maper Akuer funded by Christian Aid and UNICEF. Maper Akuer Peace Conference was attended by Spiritual Leader Ajingdit from Twic Community. Great Spiritual Leader Getdeng was to come but instead he sent his envoy due to then changing insecurity situation caused by re-defection of Kuanyin Bol to his village. The impact of Maper Akuer Peace was establishment of a multi-ethnic teacher training center in Mayen Abun amidst war and insecurity and Also Akuer Community accommodated Bul Nuer community for years in a camp in Maper Akuer.. Trainees at Mayen Abun Teachers Training Center were from Nuer, Ngok, Abiem and Aguok Communities supported by SUPRAID and UNICEF. Also SUPRAID supported Nuer intellectuals who attended Maper Akuer Peace Conference to initiate a local NGO lead by Rev. John Sudan. This NGO was later supported by SUPRAID and Christian Aid to investigate human rights atrocities in Unity Sate. The report was dubbed Scorch Earth. This report and related case opened in USA Courts later resulted into withdrawal of some oil companies from Unity State. During Machakos negotiations I was honored leading civil society to organize a petition and a marsh to Machakos. Later, I was honored to be amongst the four civil society members that addressed United Nations Security Council in Nairobi. SUPRAID initiated Twic Olympics in 2001 and since then it is owned by Twic Community. Twic Olympics is a sport for peace and culture festivity that has been annually covered and broadcasted by international media. When Beijing Olympics was being played BBC website was showing Twic Olympics alongside Beijing Olympics. This year documentation was done by another international media company and SUPRAID Program Coordinator, Jimmy M. Morchinkegem, was invited to present Twic Olympics documentary film in British House of Commons. Three years ago through a supporting donor an international NGO was financed as a conduit to bring over 30 containers full of sports gears donated by a famous sports gears manufacturer. Those containers were distributed all over South Sudan. SUPRAID audited books are available for you and the public. SUPRAID under my leadership succeeded to initiated health and education program, raised funds and invited but also facilitated every single NGO that came to Twic County during the civil war. I initiated survival kit project that included famous mosquito net that was named in a name of Pieng, SPLA heroic field commander, because he was a dedicated combatant and a vigilant servant to his file and rank in SPLA. This is a great honor for me. I feel humbled and I wish that Lord Jesus Christ, my Peoples and Nation to give me more opportunity to serve them. I am a founding member of many institutions like the Boma Wildlife Training Center in Boma, Jonglei State. I am a board member to several institutions because of my ability to deliver. By 2006 I was appointed honorable Member of Parliament of Sudan National Assembly. I declined because I did not see any role for me there. Instead I advised my community in Khartoum to nominate a person. They succeeded to appoint a very successful and a dedicated SPLM member that knew what to do in that august house in Khartoum. By 2006 I was asked to be appointed to be the Undersecretary for GoSS Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports but I declined and instead I helped the then comrade Minister to establish the institution and then I opted to be alone. I established Policy Advocacy & Strategic Studies (PASS) to lobby for implementation of Articles 174(1), 175(1) and 175(2) of Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan (ICOSS)2005. Through that I was able to help Traditional Authority Leaders to voice their opinions and desire. Five Councils of Traditional Authority Leaders (COTAL) were formed in six states. At historic Tonj Town PASS contributed to efforts by Governor Tor and Akac-Akac Juba, Akac-Akac Kuajok and Akac-Alac Khartoum to put an end to Apuk Giir and Aguok Mou and Kuec Ayok tribal conflict. What a joy to be associated with that. At Tonj Traditional Leaders Conference, as a result, President Kiir ordered that the remaining five councils should be formed and that similar meetings to be conducted along shared boarders. He also ordered the concerns institutions to speed up the legislation of now Local Government Act 2009. You should ask to have access to Kelkuel Covenant 2008 that was signed by community leaders of the three fraternal communities. It was facilitated by PASS. In appreciation of Tonj Conference, President Kiir also instructed concerned institutions to organize a National Conference in Bentiu Unity State.


What is expected of you?


Great thinkers initiate ideas. Average thinkers are always engaged only to discuss issues that were initiated by others but the simple tones and the fool discuss personalities. I appreciate your honesty and ability to reflect your true color. But you seem very smart as you have carefully market your haterate by putting all your possible contacts so that you could be heard and indentified by your masters and be rewarded. Keep it up. In Juba two such personalities are also breathing fire in my name to attract help.


The opportunity given to you in Khartoum Monitor should have been used by you to express your dreams and your expectations and how you could contribute towards the development of our beloved Warrap State. Think about great agriculture schemes and how we could help farmers to access to financing their farming inputs. Think of how to mobilize the educated youth to effectively support them to return to your home to contribute in education. Think about Development Corporation in your state to facilitate trade for local business community and affordable goods to consumers. Think about possible livestock projects that could transform the quality of goats, cattle and chicken to be marketable and be productive. Think of how we should invest in creating a reformed security sector in your state and throughout the liberated areas. Get such rare opportunities to give intellectually viable but useful ideas for a benefit of our people. Think about how to give lessons on civic education on Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the Referendum. You should echo the great statement by founding father of New Sudan on May 16th, 2005 that: "I and those who joined me in the bush and fought for more than twenty years have brought to you CPA in a golden plate. Our mission is accomplished. It is now your turn, especially those who did not have a chance to experience a bush life.  When time comes to vote at referendum, it is your golden choice to determine your fate. Would you like to vote to be second class citizens in your own country?! It is absolutely your choice" This is your time and I would like to take this opportunity to be grateful to you for reminding me of that great statement by John F Kennedy. Give yourself a minute and ask yourself the same question. For me I pray for more opportunity to think and think and design and deliver. Try one of those!


I have never campaigned to become a Governor of Warrap State?


It is not true that I have campaigned to be a governor. This did not happen in 2006 in Rumbek when primaries elections were conducted for nominations. I was even entrusted to be a member of the elections organizing committee. Again during SPLM State Congress in 2008 I did not contest but instead I advised some peoples against contesting against comrade Tor Deng Mawein. This move became popular and comrade Tor Deng Mawein was mandated unopposed. Comrade Tor Deng Mawein is an SPLM Chairperson elect. Comrade Tor Deng is a returnee and is expected to inject in a cadreship into SPLM. He is much appreciated like any other comrade that has deserted and joined SPLM back to his Peoples. He shall only be blamed if he was to be pulled back to re-camp against SPLM and his Peoples. You know the stocks who do not feel ashamed to do it not only once but several times. You should have explored this golden chance in Khartoum Monitor to think big by offering developmental ideas to your governor in accordance to your specialization and/or your aspirations. I am on record when I replaced my name with a senior comrade to be a member of SPLM Liberation Council during Bahr el Ghazal Conference in Mayom Abun, Tonj County. This comrade was on medical leave abroad but his track of records warranted that move from me and was accepted unanimously by my community. During Twic Community Conference I was alone in advising my community to resolve to have more than one county. I was out maneuvered and defeated. I proudly, in a public speech addressing the conferees, accepted the defeat though I warned my community that they would regret that move one day. By May 2008 my community apologized to me when my warning was remembered. Also try to ask those who attended the SPLM National Convention of May 2008. They will tell you that I invested my intellect to unify my Peoples and SPLM. I declined contesting for membership of National SPLM Liberation Council.


Challenges in my hands and my aspirations


Now my hands are too full. I am mandated by article 29(3)(i-x) of SPLM Constitution 2008 to help civil society and affiliated popular and syndicated organizations in Southern Sector to take the lead in championing the realization of SPLM mission and principles. I am inspired by President Kiir’s call on January 9th, 2007 that “I call upon all forces in our country ….including the government, the media and civil society organizations, to mount a national campaign against corruption at all levels of governance”. President Kiir is renounced by his repeated statement that: Let Us Put Our Peoples First! The other inspiring statement is by founding father Dr. John in 1996 that: “The most important task and challenge facing The Movement today is the establishment of an effective, democratic, participatory and accountable civil authority, the central purpose of which is the empowerment of the civil population to become productive and the driving force of our struggle!”. To succeed, SPLM and other political parties are supposedly to compete in order to attract civil society to vote for them to win the next general elections to be granted the opportunity to lead the administration of the evolving nation state. If I succeed I could only be propelled by my success to a glory of being in a heart and a hut of my Peoples. Just tell your paymaster of any person whom have I contacted to campaign for governorship. I did not and I am now proudly repeating here publicly that I have not done it. In principle this shall be against the party cultures to campaign against a comrade for a position that has not been declared vacant. I am on record of having addressed my community in Juba to avoid tribalizing campaign and position of governor of Warrap State. It makes it too low that a person of my like would loath it and instead distant myself from it. I accepted the current position last September when my leaders appealed to me to take up the task and/or proposed to them to help them identify a person of my caliber. I felt honored. I accepted to take it up on condition that I shall only give it 60% of my time and 40% to do my private business with PASS and volunteering with several other institutions that I am a board member. It was agreed but I am now engaged day and night in fulfilling my task in SPLM. Last week I met with my immediate leader suggesting that I would like to volunteer without pay so that all of my salary to be invested to recruit two more assistants to help me and my deputy. I could spend 40% of my time with PASS and initiating other businesses to make a living. To be a governor shall constitutionally limit my direct role to do business. Comrade Tor Deng has opted to play this historical role after being mandated on May 2008 by Peoples of Warrap. Just get prepared to nominate your choice and even yourself comes next general elections or else open your pen and make your dreams known so that politicians may shape their manifestos to include your dreams.


I forgive you for your baseless insults but this is my warning to your likes


Compared to Kiir- Joshua, the icon of unity, John Garang, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon, William Deng Nhial and Father Saturino, who am I to escape such attacks from devilish media paid hit squad like you. I am next to nothing if I am to be compared to them. I even feel far too minute, if any at all, to compare myself with them. Despite the glories made by them, they could not escape attacks of your mind likeness. I am not surprised.


You and your paymaster must make use of such rare opportunities provided by Khartoum Monitor to mobilize the stakeholders in North and South to make unity attractive comes July 8th, 2011. Or else you must timely awake and repent and quickly return back to your people before you are thrown on a lorry and damp in a desert to perish comes 2011. This prophesy is by Prophet Ngundeng. Listen to philosopher Mathon Mathon who warns against those greedy climbers who are climbing a falling tree despite being hit by too sharp axes.




President Salva Kiir Receives Presents from Budi County of Eastern Equatoria State Delegation Led By Dr. David Nailo Mayo
   

President Salva Kiir Receives Presents from Budi County of Eastern Equatoria State Delegation Led By Dr. David Nailo Mayo
 
[Juba, South Sudan ] – By Thomas Kenneth          June 18, 2009
 
The President of the Government of southern Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit commended and congratulated Buya and Didinga communities of Budi County in Eastern Equatoria State for their unforgettable support to the SPLA during the struggle, by providing food, shelter and men to the SPLA. This came during his meeting on Saturday, June 13, 2009 with a 27 person delegation of Budi County led by Dr. David Nailo Mayo, Chairman of Southern Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund. President Kiir said Buya and Didinga communities have registered History by providing Heroes to the struggle since Anyanya one.

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President Kiir Receives Presents and Gifts from
Budi County Delegation
June 13, 2009
 
On the other hand, H. E. President Salva Kiir donated twenty thousand Sudanese Pounds to the Budi County delegation and promised to establish three counties to Buya and Didinga Communities upon recommendations of the Eastern Equatoria State Governor, and according to the local Government Act provisions. It was worth mentioning that the Budi County Community during the meeting requested the GOSS President to provide them with three Counties instead of one, which is because some areas within the county do not feel presence of the Government and having no essential services, things that contributed to insecurity problems in the area. In a press statement Dr. Mayo said the delegation’s meeting with the president was successful and has achieved its goals




"These defendants ran a multi-year campaign of fraud that was unparalleled in its scope and brazenness," Hynes said in a statement Wednesday.
 
 
AFP

US man dressed as dead mother to collect benefits

Thu Jun 18, 8:35 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A New York man has been charged with fraud after dressing up as his dead mother so he could collect more than 100,000 dollars in welfare benefits, prosecutors said.

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Thomas Parkin, 49, and accomplice Mhilton Rimolo, 47, face a 47-count indictment for collecting social security benefits amounting to 52,000 dollars and 65,000 dollars in rental assistance, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes.

"These defendants ran a multi-year campaign of fraud that was unparalleled in its scope and brazenness," Hynes said in a statement Wednesday.

Prosecutors said the pair doctored Parkin's deceased mother's death certificate and provided a false Social Security number.

Parkin dressed in drag to impersonate 77-year-old Irene Prusik and visit the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to renew her driver's license.

As part of a separate probe into irregularities in the Brooklyn property in Prusik's name, Parkin and Rimolo arranged a meeting between investigators and the older woman.

When prosecutors and detectives arrived, they found Parkin wearing a red cardigan, lipstick and manicured nails.

"I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother," Parkin reportedly told authorities during his arrest, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source.

Bail for the pair was set at one million dollars each, CNN said. If convicted, they could face up to 25 years in prison.




Mura - Lopit Boma in Lanfon County Condenms the killing of their members.
   

Eastern Equatoria Communities condemns five suspects killed in police cell.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 18,2009


The community members from Mura –Lopit Boma in Lafon County, of the Eastern Equatoria State have turned up in condemnation of five alleged suspects involved in death of ten members from tenet community brutally murdered at Imejejek County HQs police station.


All the intellectuals, youth, Women and chiefs turned up today to condemn the killing, saying that it’s not lawful and acceptable before God. S


Since immemorial Mura and Lopit communities in Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan, have no tragic incidents.


Outlining that these two communities lived in inter marriages , and capable of resolving any differences, in memo address to GoSS vice president the community representatives said the root causes of conflict is founded over land disputes and cattle rustling .


Mr. Oliseo Oyai said since 2003 to 2005, Logonowati gangs and criminals raided 259 cows from Lohohobohobo, Lehinyang and Mura –Lopit villages, the State government intervene and apprehended and taken the suspects to police custody in Imehejek.


After nearly four months, the SPLA deployed to contain the land disputes and cattle rustling pulled out on Dec 29 2008, and handed over the police cell to county prison warders.


Since then the five suspects put in container owned to AVSI a local organization in the area for the detention, however, through out the night time’s systematic tortures, and mistreatment, mostly suffocation and hot temperatures in container.


The team leader said cardinal issues that led to slaying of five suspects are denial and absences of formal judicial systems to seek justice.


The community is therefore , calling for quick intervention of Government of Southern Sudan leadership, State authorities, human rights organization to provide protection, unlawful killing of prisoners in Mura –Lopit area.


Beside that the community is also calling on the all the culprits involved in the killing of five suspects, 259 looted head of cattle be thoroughly investigated and reconciliation be held promptly.









Instead of the security situation improving, the opposite is happening” SSLA James wani Igga said.
   

President Kiir issued force disarmament in South Sudan

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 15,2009

The President of Government of Southern Sudan Lt. General Salva Kiir has lunched a new approach to disarmed illegal gun holders in Southern Sudan, arms that proves to be of the threats to the public security across the region.

The statement of the president came early on Monday, during the opening ceremony of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly for its last session in this year 2009.

President Salva Kiir said senior officials, along with deployed SPLA forces, and Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Interior are already on the ground to start the disbarment in Rumbek and Nasir areas.

The new disbarment strategy issued by the president comes in a fresh wake of ethnic clashes between the locals and SPLA forces in Nasir last week end when Nuer ethic group clashed with the SPLA on Friday.

UN official in Jongolei said eighteen thousand people displaced and seventy others killed mostly among the children and women during the clashes.

Adding that this disbarment will continue to all ten States of Southern Sudan, and all those holding guns in Southern Sudan capital Juba would be disarmed as well, regardless of human rights complains.

President Kiir said the on going insecurity and ethnic clashes has engulfed the whole of Southern Sudan states is very strange, and it looks designed by the enemies of peace, to make elections and 2011 referendum unachievable.

Children and women who are always spared during tribal conflicts are now being killed. One wonders whether our people have changed during peace times or whether these clashes have been engineered by other external forces” President Salva Kiir said.

Adding that the Minister of Internal Affairs, State Governors are now tasked to come up with a comprehensive plans, regular updates on disbarment to the president, and continue deployment of SPLA organized forces with continue in collaboration with all states governors to ensure safety of civilians and their property.

The Speaker of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Wani Igga also warns that current status of prevailing insecurity in Southern Sudan would have the potential of hampering the success of everything, including the government ability to deliver services.

The Speaker said some politicians are behind these tribal incidents in the very eyes of security apparatus in the Southern Sudan.

I do know where the South is heading to. I am perplexed as to what preventive role our security organs are playing. Instead of the security situation improving, the opposite is happening” SSLA James wani Igga said.




U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan J. Scott Gration
   

                                                                                                                     

For Immediate Release

June 17, 2009

2009/606

 

 

On-The-Record Briefing

 

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan J. Scott Gration

On the Current Status of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and His Recent Travels

 

June 17, 2009

Washington, D.C.

 

MR. KELLY:  Good morning.  We’re very pleased to have with us today Scott Gration.  General Gration grew up in the now Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.  He served in the Air Force from 1974 to 2006.  Among his assignments, in 1995, he was in command of the 4404th Operations Group in Saudi Arabia.  In 1996, he was in Turkey and oversaw

Operation Northern Watch, which enforced, as you know, the no-fly zone over Iraq.  Among his Pentagon assignments, in 2000 and 2001 he was Deputy Director for Operations in the Joint Staff in Washington and was also Director, Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate of the United States European Command in Stuttgart.  General Gration speaks Swahili and has a Masters – well, he has a B.A. from Rutgers and a Masters from Georgetown in National Security Studies.General Gration was appointed as the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan on March 18, 2009, and we’re very pleased to have him with us here today.  He’ll make some remarks and then take a few questions.

MR. GRATION:  Thank you very much for that kind introduction, and good morning.  I appreciate the opportunity to be here today to share some of the things that I’ve learned since becoming the Special Envoy to Sudan.  I’ll tell you what we’ve been doing in the last three months, and then I’ll give you an idea of what we plan to do in the next few months.

Since my appointment on the 18th of March I’ve made three overseas trips.  The first was to Sudan, where I traveled to

Darfur, Juba, Abyei, and to Khartoum.  The second was to Sudan’s neighborhood, to Doha, to Cairo, N’Djamena.  The last trip was to London and Paris and

Beijing.  I’ve learned through these trips that we need to have constructive dialogue with the international community, with all parties in Sudan.  We need to have engagement with all parties to save lives in Sudan, to bring about a lasting peace.  More suffering in Sudan is simply unacceptable.  We need engagement to make a positive difference in Darfur.  We need engagement to fully implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

 

This isn’t about discussions only.  It’s about making a difference in the lives of the Sudanese people.  It’s about getting results.

 

Our initial efforts to build multiple channels of dialogue have produced some positive results.  We’ve been able to work with the Government of Sudan and NGOs and the United Nations to restore humanitarian assistance capacity in Darfur.  Three new NGOs are joining the international humanitarian assistance team in Darfur.  Along with that, the UN and remaining NGOs have been able to increase their capacity.  And we’ve essentially closed the humanitarian gap that existed in Darfur when the 13 NGOs were expelled.

The situation remains fragile, and the short-term interventions by USAID and its partners still need to be strengthened.  The constructive dialogue will also help us negotiate a ceasefire in Darfur so that the people living in IDP camps and refugee camps have the opportunity to move back to a place of their own choosing and to be able to live in safety and security and dignity.

This dialogue engagement is also helping us in the second round of the talks in Doha, a process that’s designed to produce a political settlement to Darfur, a process that is designed to improve relations between Chad and Sudan, and to stop the fighting and violence that has been so disruptive.  The dialogue and engagement will also be critical as we implement all the aspects of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. 

Before the referendum for self-determination is held on January 2011, we have a lot of work to do.  We have to secure agreements on border demarcations, wealth sharing, power sharing.  In addition, we have to make sure that all parties are involved to ensure that places like Abyei do not become the next war zone in Sudan.  To successfully tackle these challenges, we need the support of the international community.  We must continue to deepen and broaden international coordination in Sudan.

One initiative in this direction is the Forum for Supporters of the CPA.  This event that will be held on the 23rd is an event

where we will bring together over 30 countries and organizations to help restore that international commitment and to rekindle the passion that we had in Naivasha in 2005 when the CPA was signed.

Before I take your questions, let me tell you about the tight timeline that we have to work within.  We only have eight months to get ready for the national elections, and we only have 19 months before that referendum that will determine the future of Abyei and of Southern Sudan.  With these events fast approaching, it’s absolutely critical that we work together, that we seize every opportunity to save lives, to facilitate a lasting peace in Sudan, and to promote stability and security in the entire region.

I’m ready for your questions.

MR. KELLY:  If you can identify yourself, too.  Well, we all know who you are, Kirit, but go ahead and identify --

QUESTION:  Kirit Radia of ABC News.  If I could just ask – President Bush and his top officials always referred to the situation in Darfur as a genocide.  Not going back to define what happened in the past, would you describe what is happening – the situation now in Darfur – as a genocide?

MR. GRATION:  What we see is the remnants of genocide.  What we see are the consequences of genocide, the results of genocide.  We still have thousands of people living in camps as IDPs.  We have women who are still afraid to go out and collect firewood.  And we have children that are not having the benefits of growing up in their homeland -- that are growing up in these camps.

So what we need to do is focus on the people.  We need to correct the situation.  We need to bring a ceasefire.  We need to bring a political process.  We need to bring security and safety and dignity so these people have the right to return voluntarily to wherever they choose, and that they can live out their lives in, as I said, safety and security and dignity. 

 

And that’s what we’re aiming and we’re working on building a future for these folks. 

QUESTION:  But the level of violence, would you describe that as genocide at this point? 

MR. GRATION:  The level of violence that we’re seeing right now is primarily between rebel groups, the Sudanese Government, and as you know from the news, we’ve had some violence between Chad and Sudan.  The violence still exists where bandits and Janjaweed and warlords and those kinds of folks do conduct terrorist activities on these folks and do increase terror.  But it doesn’t appear that it is a coordinated effort that was similar to what we had in 2003 to 2006. 

QUESTION:  So, no.  

MR. KELLY:  Lach.

QUESTION:  Okay.  Yeah.  I’m Lachlan Carmichael from AFP.  During your recent travels, you visited China.  Would you say that was the key stop in your travels and that’s because you need commitments on military supplies from them or to stop the supply of military weapons to Sudan, and that they’re key to resolving both the conflict that could reemerge in Abyei and also in Darfur?  What kind of commitments did you get during that trip? 

MR. GRATION:  What we’re trying to do is visit all the capitals of nations who have an interest in Sudan.  And China certainly has an interest in Sudan.  They have a large investment – about $4 billion in the oil – and that oil is in Abyei, which is on the border between the North and the South. 

And what we’ve been able to secure with the Chinese is an understanding that we have similar goals in Sudan.  We both need security.  We both need stability.  We come at it from different sides, but the end results are the same.  And so we have reached agreement to share information, to work together, to integrate our activities on the humanitarian front.  And I’m very happy that Ambassador Liu and I have been able to develop a strong relationship.  He was with us in Doha.  He will be with us on the 23rd

QUESTION:  So they gave you no commitments on weapons or linking supply of weapons to actions that the government might be taking -- the Sudanese Government? 

MR. GRATION:  We didn’t spend a great deal of time discussing those issues.

MR. KELLY:  Charlie.

QUESTION:  Charlie Wolfson with CBS.  Can you describe the discussions you’ve had with the Government in Khartoum, and how responsive they were, if at all, and whether – and to the extent they’re worried about the genocide and other legal actions taken against them? 

MR. GRATION:  Our main efforts in negotiations and discussions and dialogue with the Khartoum Government were initially over the return of the NGOs.  Our position was that we would like to have all the expelled NGOs returned.  And we’ve been happy to see that through a period of discussion, we now have three new NGOs returning to Sudan, and they have taken steps to improve the operating environment for international NGOs in terms of visas, in terms of technical agreements, and in terms of making the operations more effective.  So we are pleased to see that the words that they have given us have turned into deeds, and that’s what we’re holding them accountable to do. 

QUESTION:  And what about the other expelled NGOs?  You said three new ones? 

MR. GRATION:  Yes, sir.

QUESTION:  So none of the expelled NGOs have returned.  What’s the status of that? 

MR. GRATION:  It appears that the 13 NGOs that were expelled will not be allowed back into the country.  But you should note that right now, we are near a hundred percent capacity returned.  We have – on the food side, we’re providing the same food resources as we were prior to expulsion, a hundred percent.  And in the WASH, which is water, sanitation and hygiene, we’re at about 95 percent, and the other services about a hundred. 

Now I must say that some of this is being done through emergency methods.  In other words, it’s not sustainable.  But with the new NGOs that are going back in right now, we believe we’ll be able to sustain these operations and actually get more capacity than we had on the third and the fourth when these were expelled. 

MR. KELLY:  Yes.  Can you identify yourself?

QUESTION:  Bill Varner with Bloomberg News.  It’s been reported that the level of violence in Southern Sudan, North-South violence, is now greater than that in Darfur.  Is that your view, your observation from what you’ve seen? 

And also, what is the linkage, if any, between the expectation that Sudan will increase its oil output to 600,000 barrels a day by the end of the year and a million by 2015, the rising oil prices, and perhaps the increased level of violence in Southern Sudan where most of the oil is?

MR. GRATION:  Yes.  The reason that we’re spending so much time on border demarcation, on wealth sharing, just grazing rights, and where the – and how we’re going to have that border, it’s really not up to us, but we’re trying to create an environment where the North and the South can resolve these issues, because you’re exactly right.  As the production increases, as the value of the oil and the other commodities that are possibly under the ground yet to be discovered, as these issues and the value of these products goes up, obviously, the tensions can increase.  So what we’re doing is we’re going to be holding trilateral talks to allow these governments to work through these issues, and we’d like to get resolution in the very near future. 

As you know, the Abyei arbitration is coming out in July.  And so the timeline for these discussions is very, very short.  And so United States and the rest of the international community is doing what we can to help create an environment where these issues can be looked at and resolved in a way that’s mutually beneficial to both the North and the South.

QUESTION:  And just to follow up, I mean, is it your observation that the level of violence and the North-South violence is now outstripping Darfur?  And is your observation that whatever you observe about the level of violence, it is related to resources?

MR. GRATION:  I will say that the level of violence is greater, and we’ve seen an uptick in violence in the South.  It’s very difficult at this time to exactly attribute it to the resources, but it is very concerning to us.

MR. KELLY:  Yes, Mary Beth.

QUESTION:  Could you give us kind of a sense of context about the meeting – I’m sorry, Mary Beth Sheridan from The Washington Post – a sense of context about the meeting next week?  I mean, when was the last time there was this type gathering?  You know, what are you hoping comes out of that?

MR. GRATION:  Yes.  As far as I know, there have been hard task meetings.  There have been meetings to coordinate donor contributions and those kinds of things.  But as far as I know, this is probably the first meeting at this level and of this type.  At least I’m not aware of any others in the past.  But it’s probably appropriate that it is happening now, because we are now approaching the point where we need to get into the sprint mode, where we need to get everybody together coordinated on the same sheet of music.  So it’s probably appropriate that it is happening now, and there probably was not a requirement for this kind of meeting earlier. 

So that’s what we’re trying to do right now, is to get the folks together, the team together, and do that final surge so that we can get the national elections done.  Within the CPA, there’s requirements for the international community to participate as monitors and to take an active role.  And of course, that process is – it’s going to be the same process that we’ll be using for the referendum, the referendum that will allow the people of Abyei and the people of Southern Sudan to decide whether they want to be a unified country or an independent country.

MR. KELLY:  Daniel Dombey from Financial Times.

QUESTION:  A very general question, and I apologize if you’ve had to deal with this before.  Can you mark out anything that distinguishes this Administration’s approach to Darfur specifically from the previous Administration?  I mean, we sporadically heard talk of a no-fly zone being contemplated in the previous administration, seems to be a more emollient line in this Administration, or is that wrong?

MR. GRATION:  Our focus right now is to save lives.  We have a situation where the lives of many people are at risk, whether they’re in Darfur or whether they’re in the three areas of Southern Kordofan, Abyei, and the Blue Nile.  We want to make sure that this situation is stabilized, and so we’re taking efforts to make sure that the humanitarian assistance is there, that we’re able to facilitate and help coordinate a ceasefire, an end of hostilities, and then we want to make sure that there’s political processes in place in Darfur and these other places, so the will of the people can be brought and so that they can have democratic principles and mechanisms.

That’s what we’re working on right now, and we’re using all methods to accomplish this, whether they be carrots and whether they be sticks.

QUESTION:  Just to --

MR. KELLY:  One – okay, go ahead, Dan.

QUESTION:  Yeah, sorry.  Just to follow up on that, does that mean that essentially, it’s a continuity with the last administration, or would you say it’s – you’re actually standing out by taking an eminently practical approach?

MR. GRATION:  What we’re doing is making sure that we are value-added to the situation.  And so there’s things that the last administration were doing that we’re continuing, and there’s also things that are new and – in terms of our approach.  What we want to do is get results.  What we cannot tolerate is the continuing lack of human rights that we’re seeing, the lack of conditions that we want those people to live in.  And so what we’re doing is taking a look at all the elements of national power that we can bring to bear to get results to change that situation, so that the people in Sudan have a brighter future, have more stability, more security, dignity, and human rights.

MR. KELLY:  Last question.  We’ll go back to Kirit.

QUESTION:  A two-part question that are related, actually.  Your predecessor seemed to focus more as Sudan envoy on the Darfur problem.  You’ve spoken more about the CPA and the problems with North-South.  Do you think – would you describe that as your main focus right now?  Do you see that as more of the powder keg?

And similarly, there’s been a lot of criticism from some on the Hill, mainly from Congressional Black Caucus, that not enough is being done for Darfur.  Do you think that is a misplaced concern?

MR. GRATION:  What I would say is that we’ve realized in the trips that I’ve made that this is a situation where we can look at things in series.  We’re going to have to parallel process.  We’re going to have to work Darfur as hard as we can.  And that’s why we’re working hard to resolve the tensions between Chad and Sudan, because it impacts on Darfur.  That’s why we’re totally engaged in Doha and why I’ve made several trips there, and why I’ve put my full support behind the AU and the UN mediation and the efforts that the Qatar Government are doing. 

This is why we’re working hard with the Government of Sudan and the rebel groups to do the prisoner exchanges and those things that are preventing us from getting the peace and stability that we seek.  At the same time, we have to work very hard on Southern Sudan.  As the CPA is winding down, there are things that must be done, but there’s also development work and other aspects that we must focus on – the things we’ve talked about in the three areas.  In addition to that, the neighborhood.  There’s things that we need to work on.

My point is that our approach is very comprehensive.  Our approach is integrated.  Our approach is one where we do multiple things at the same time, just because our timeline is so short and the challenges are so great that we no longer can have the luxury to segment and focus on one thing and then switch to the other.  We must work all these at the same time in an integrated way where all parties are part of the solution, where the international community comes together in a unified way to bring about the results that we all seek. 

MR. KELLY:  Okay, thank you very much.





“ Discipline has seriously declined. Many officials and workers waste a lot of time playing Mungula and cards. This profoundly negates our ability to curb render services and provide for the needed economic growth” SSLA Speaker James Wani said.
   

SSLA Speaker declares famine eruption in Southern Sudan

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 15,2009

The Speaker of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly in James Wani Igga Monday, declared South Sudan as a famine zone, and dependent on food staffs from neighbouring Countries.

The acknowledgement of famine eruption in Southern Sudan to SSLA Speaker comes after his recent ten States tours to assess and make acquaintance with service delivery within state jurisdiction in all states of Southern Sudan.

The Speaker has noticed that Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State, Warap and Greater Upper Nile States are already in severe food shortages struck and suffering from eminent famine in the regions

“I visited such as Northern Bahr El-Ghazal, Warap and some in the Greater Upper Nile Region are already severely struck and suffering from famine. I wonder how the situation will look like in early July, our government must move faster to redress this catastrophe”. SSLA Speaker James wani Igga said.

James Wani Igga said, authorities and local government in Warap State have already prohibited cards playing in the States by the citizens in an effort to combat laziness and restore food security, in this on going famine catastrophe hitting the South.

The Speaker is calling on Government of Southern Sudan Ministry of Agriculture, all concern institutions linked directly with food production to display concrete plans on food productions, and carry out effective forestation.

He farther addresses that the global economic recession in the world has led to closure of thousands of companies, and million of workers going jobless, pointing that Africa , and South Sudan are not exceptional from economic crisis.

He adds that GOSS budgeted on basis of 50% oil price per drum in 2009, oil price dropped from 140 USD per drum to 40 USD making the whole budget to become deceptive.

James Wani warns that the President and GOSS members of parliament at this critical juncture should rather prepare for unpredictable downward trend, and adopt measures offer alternative solutions.

He suggests that stepping up agricultural and industrial production, and search for alternative sources of energy are much needed. Beside that immediate restoration of food security in Southern Sudan would be imperative as well.

Adding that there is also a need to strict immediate collection of non oil revenues, reduce South unnecessary, luxurious and extravagant expenditures.

The Speaker projects that Ministry of Agriculture, Finance, and Commerce including the private sectors should draw and implement policies to youth and women majority in Southern Sudan, those especially in rural areas to embark on massive food production.

Pointing that declaration of food production must be announced, such food production in larger quantities would be rendered locally, regionally and international markets as the only viable solution for the food security in the Southern region.


The Speaker regrets that discipline in government institutions has also fallen apart, frustrating the effort of the government to render service effectively, and render economic growth according to the expectation of the people.

“ Discipline has seriously declined. Many officials and workers waste a lot of time playing Mungula and cards. This profoundly negates our ability to curb render services and provide for the needed economic growth” SSLA Speaker James Wani said.





US signs MOU with GoSS in CPA support
 

US signs MOU with GoSS in CPA support

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 15,2009

The government of United States of America and, the Government of

Southern Sudan have signed Memorandum of Understanding in support of

peace promotion in the Sudan.

Late Yesterday, Monday the two States governments signed of USA and

GoSS declared and signed MOU in an effort to promote a peaceful transition

to a stable and prosperous Sudan.

The two governments have made commitment to support transition to a

stable, democratic government, after acknowledging the Goss’s priority to

implement CPA and mandates of providing peace dividends to citizens after

long period of war.

The two government stand to work together on common goals in

strengthening democracy, economic prosperity, and regional stability, USA

government gives support of US$ 203,372,000 in that support.

 

The regional Assistant Grant Agreement RAGA signed by the two parties,

since Sept 30th 2008, was amended in January 2009 to assist GoSS.

The foreign assistance objectives by the government of United States

America, to ensure that government of Southern Sudan achieves government

developmental priorities especially in accountability , economic, education,

health, infrastructure ,social and humanitarian affairs.

 

The Government of United States Agency for International Development

USAID pledged US$203 million for the development programs to help the

government of Southern Sudan provide tangible services, taking into

account employment, livelihoods, healthcare services including HIVLAIDS,

Malaria treatments.Beside that the money is also meant for expansion of education radio

interactions, gender and equity scholarships, and national elections, building

of human and institutional capacities in Southern Sudan, including accurate

reliable information, accountability and transparency.

The Minister President Affairs Dr. Luka Biong speaking during the occasion

said it’s only eighteen months left for the referendum for the people of

Southern Sudan finally determine their fate.

 

However, there outstanding issues still remain critical to coming election

and referendum in 2011, many which NCP has refused to implement

He outlined remaining laws, refusal of NCP to implement national

reconciliation to make unity attractive, non implementation 20% Southern

Sudan civil servants in National level, border demarcation, and Blue Nile

and Southern Kordofan areas.




President Kiir of South Sudan independent nation is on the right move against NCP.
   

 

1.President of South Sudan Lt.Gen Kiir is on the right direction on South Sudan Referundum.                

2.Now    Bashir above/middle is confused of what to do as South Sudan is about to declare its independence come 2011 Referundum or without the self determination ballots but will adopt Kosovo style of declaration.

3.Late Dr.John Garang De Mabior clearly that he does not want Southern Sudanese people to vote for Unity in 2011 but to vote themselves as first class citizens of South Sudan or Southern Sudanese will adopt Eritrea type of government as it was witnessed after   the collapse of Magisto Regime in Ethiopia in 1991.

 

President Kiir this is what Southern Sudanese expected of you to stand tall and we will never led any body touch or make you fall. NCP and its collaborators from South Sudan must vote for unity in Khartoum but not in South Sudan,the commission must base in South Sudan not in Khartoum otherwise they will betray South Sudan nation as our oil revenues will be use d to buy the minds of our representatives in Khartoum as we witness on June 06,2009.

President Kiir Oyee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

South Sudan Independence is certain

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CPA partners start arguments on 2011 referendum

BY SSCCIA Reporter

Juba Sudan

June 12,2009

Partners to signed 2005, Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA, have started argumentative approach over 2011 referendum bill that will finally give absolute self-determination to the people of Southern Sudan.


The Government of Southern Sudan Council of Ministers met Yesterday Friday, discussing numerable issues on shortages of electricity in Juba, insecurity in parts of Uppers Nile, Jongolei State, Lakes State and 2011 referendum.


The Minister of Cabinet Affairs Luka Tombe Kanamonoja in press briefing said, the Council has discussed reports on shortages of electricity in Juba town which amount to only less than 10% supplies.


He said that the need to increase power supply from 4 to 12 mega watts in Juba has been hampered by financial crisis, beside that the Council of Ministers approved number of officials to go for farther studies, especially those who have been affect by the long 21 years of war.


The Minister remarked that Vice of Southern Sudan Riek Machar, and Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development Michael Makuei have briefed Council on 2011 referendum bill with extensive reports.


As the referendum period draws closers, National Congress Party NCP, and Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement SPLM have started contentious arguments over some key issues on the status of long awaiting referendum.


Inside story is that definition of Southern Sudan citizenship, who would be eligible to vote for the coming referendum. The National Congress Party NCP is pushing that Southern Sudanese in Northern Sudan should vote for the referendum, but the SPLM is in position that only the South Sudanese, located in Southern Sudan should vote for referendum.


There are also other post referedum issues mixed within the referendum bill, National Congress Party wants to be discussed all to gather with the referendum bill, while SPLM is demanding that the issues should be discussed separately from the bill.


In another view, comes over the seat of Referendum Commission, as where the commission is to be based. The SPLM is arguing that referendum commission should be based in Southern Sudan, and be in Juba, however, the partner NCP on the other hand demanding establishment of the referendum commission to be based in Khartoum according to CPA provision.


The SPLM is calling for nomination of Chairmanship of referendum commission by the Government of Southern Sudan, in consultation with President of GoSS Salva Kiir, and should be appointed by the President of Republic Omar Al –Basher.


Beside that National Congress Party picked up a point that the composition of referendum Commission should consist of 15 members from Northern Sudan with majority, but SPLM is rigid on the point demanding the composition of referendum commission should carry its majority from Southern Sudan, and it must consist of only 9 members.


The drafted referendum bill have been widely now distributed to all Government of Southern Sudan Council of Ministers, and will be distributed also to all members political parties in Southern Sudan for farther analysis.


















Lokoya and Lolobo communities committee presented a letter of concern about the insecurity .
   

Five villages attacked raises humanitarian attentions

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 11,2009


A fresh attack by the children abductors has displaced five villages, and ten children have been abducted yesterday in addition to 20 more abducted children from the five villages.


Official spokesman in State Ministry of Information Steward Soroba described the situation as bad, as number of families and children fleeing into bushes in fear of armed abductors rises.


Steward Soroba said the situation is alarming and terrible because of insecurity; people are no longer cultivating because their children is targeted by the people identified as from Murle but no one has be arrest from them.

Human beings are buttered for cows, this is something unhealthy in Southern Sudan, but the State government is leading a team to the areas” Minister Steward Soroba said


He say, that ten children have reported been abducted from Langabo alone, while some people in villages are already evacuating back to Juba, because the abductors seem to be organized.


The State police are ill equipped, and the military forces are far way from raided villages, however, the State government is heading a rescue team early today, along with some humanitarian assistance.


The chief Atilio Jabir who arrived from Liria Payam together with village delegation said its now two days they are sorting out with the State governor possibility of rescuing the situation.

The Chief said the governor has promised police deployment, but State Commissioner said policemen have no guns, and there is minimum food logistics to support the police in the area for many days.


Chief says currently, the government of Eastern Equatoria State has reinforced the only six policemen in the areas, but villages are large, while the suspected murle abductors are on the tops of the mountains and around the bushes of the villages.


Chief Atilio regrets that all farming activities in the villages are suspended, including schools as the people in the villages resort to defend themselves.


Chief Atilio said the attackers also made an attempt to attack SPLA based in Jebel Goton six miles away from Liria, killing one SPLA and wounded one SPLA in the passed six days.


These people who attack are all equipped with guns, and they are on the tops of mountains, in bushes, and they kill people from their farms. People in villages, suspect that these are Murle people because they speak Murle language.” Chief Atilio said


The SPLM Secretary in Liria Payam Olimpio D. Kenyi said, the situation is bad, since the 7th of current month, the Lokoya and Lolobo communities committee presented a letter of concern about the insecurity situation in the villages to State authorities.


Olimpio addresses that there are total of 30 children abducted in the last two month from the areas of Langabo, Liria, Lowoye, Nyulere, and Lokiliri.


Now the people in the villages are trying to transport their children back to Juba and most of these people are those whose houses demolished in Juba” SPLM secretary Olimpio Kenyi said.


He says that these areas have no police forces, and SPLA based areas are also far away many people are now displaced, because the attackers have guns.


Olympio outlined that many people who are displaced, are some have been in Juba, and decided to relocate to their villages, but now they are displaced again, and they have no chance to cultivate and have education for their children.






Sudan General elections require 200 million ballot papers than its population
   

200 million ballot papers required in 2010 election

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 11,2009


The sixteen High Election Committee members in Southern Sudan are heading to Khartoum before mid fifteen this month, to discuss final requirements on preparation on Sudan general election.


The Chairman of High Election Committee in Southern Sudan Caesar Arkangelo, Yesterday says, Sudan general election required 200 million ballot papers for its equivalent voters during election for Feb early next year.


There is composition of fifteen High Election Committee from Northern Sudan, and Ten High Election Committee members from the Southern Sudan, to make the summation of twenty six members of National High Election Committee.


The Chairman said there has been an existing problem with the election act, the Arabic election act was not agreeing with the English version, but it has been adjusted.


The Twenty six Sudan High Election Committee from both North and Southern Sudan will commence a meeting from 15th to 20th this month to discuss final approaches on the budget to run the election next year.


As the period for the election is getting short, the time table on parties’ campaigns, voters’ registration, voter registrars, and publication of party candidates have not yet been finalized.


However, Caesar says, the meeting of two bodies committees from both South and Northern Sudan will draw up conclusion on kick off of election program after the 20th of this current month.


He said that each ten States in Southern Sudan is expected to budget for its own election program within the State according to environmental circumstance of each and every particular state of Southern Sudan.


He says that USAID has pledge to offer donation of 95 million US dollars in support of coming election, beside UNDP and national budget for the election. However, it was not clear, as how to ensure fair distribution of this money from national basket for election.


The Chairman Caesar remarked that there are two Southern Sudan election commissioners in Khartoum beside Abel Alier, to protect the interest of Southern Sudan, and ensure all money distribution needed for election in Southern Sudan is received.


The office High Election Committee in Southern Sudan is mandated to be responsible to undertaking election process from level of presidency to Parliament in South Sudan, but no nominated candidate from any political party in Southern Sudan has been forwarded in the office of South election committee .


Caesar said there would be a established special election court according national election act, to look into the complains arising on election issues.


He says that people have right to raise a case against a candidate they think is not competent to stand for election, and the court has the duty to examine complains of people against the candidates.


Adding that coming election is complicated, because and individual voter will be voting for twelve candidates starting from President of the Republic President of GoSS, GoSS assembly, Governors, National and States Assemblies.


National Election Committee challenges remained insecurity, rainy seasons, logistics and resources required for fair and free elections” Chairman High Election Committee in Southern Sudan Caesar Arkangelo said.






Draft Comments to the first mass demobilization in Southern Sudan by President of South Sudan Lt.General Salva Kiir Mayardit
 

 

Draft Comments to the first mass demobilization in Southern Sudan 

10th June 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen:


I warmly welcome you to the historic day when we begin the DDR Process in Southern Sudan. I know there are a lot of very important people here, and I am sure they will understand that I am speaking mainly to the group of veterans who are being demobilized today. Today is their day and we are all here to salute them.


I am sure many of you here can remember the day when you first left behind your normal lives and went into the bush, to fight for the freedom of our people. It is an experience that you share with many of your compatriots, and also with most of your leadership. It is an experience you share with your fathers, uncles and grandfathers. It is also an experience you share with some of your mothers and wives and sisters. We all know very well our long walk and just search for freedom.


For most of the last 50 years, since the days of Anyanya 1, we Junubin have been leaving behind our homes and families to join our fighting forces. No matter how each of us came to the decision to join our armed forces, we all shared the same noble motivation. We sacrificed all that we knew, in order to protect all that we loved and valued.


I take this opportunity to recognize you men and women before me: your contribution has been truly heroic and magnificent. You helped to chase the enemy forces from your lands. You have helped secure the safety of all our families. You have helped to write the history of this nation, with your sweat, your tears and your blood. You are the heroes of your people. We know your many sacrifices: the comrades that you lost; the injuries that you suffered; the time with your families which you missed; the loss of educational opportunities and civilian careers. We know what you have given for our sake. You are all our heroes and we are proud of you.


Ladies and Gentlemen: the people of Southern Sudan owe a heavy debt to the men and women we see here today. I wish today, to extend my deepest gratitude to all of these brave heroes, who are taking the first step towards their new lives.

As Commander in Chief of our armies, I thank you. I also thank you as a person who went twice to the bush for justice, and I thank you as a Southern Sudanese who wants the best for all of us.


I ask that we all take a moment to consider the sacrifices of these men and women, on behalf of Southern Sudan. Let us stand in silence, in honour of all of the many who gave so much to bring the peace and freedom that we now enjoy.

Thank You-


Ladies and Gentlemen, our people did not sacrifice to live in a constant state of war.


We fought for the rights of our people and the security of our land. We fought so our children could go to decent schools, colleges and universities and grow up with the skills and the knowledge that we need. We fought so our mothers and fathers could have proper medical care and enjoy a comfortable and dignified old age. We fought so our land and people, too, can enjoy all the benefits of the modern world: good roads; economic strength; jobs for all, especially our youth, to look forward to; and food security.


The struggle for justice freedom and equality in Southern Sudan has reached a new phase. In wartime, you sometimes must destroy vulnerable structures and installations in order to defeat the enemy. We blew up roads and railways and bridges, in order to deny them to the people that we fought. In time of war it is sometimes necessary and honourable to destroy.


I am glad to say that the long, hard-fought war is over now and in peacetime our task has become very different. Our work now is to rebuild all that which was destroyed, and to build the many things we always wanted but were denied. Our task is to build this land and make it something worthy of all the blood we shed. We must build our land such that our heroes and fallen martyrs would be proud. We must build our country so that it becomes a land of milk and honey.


As patriots, I must tell you that your duty to your people will not end with your demobilization. As soldiers you were the bravest and the strongest of our people. In your new civilian lives, I will expect you to continue to be strong and bold.


We expect you to lead the way in constructing great highways and bridges for the New Sudan. We expect you to build the millions of new homes which we need to house our people. We expect you to grow the food to make our children strong and healthy. We expect you to start the businesses to provide the services our people need. Your people are not chasing you away- we are re-deploying you and assigning you new and crucial duties and responsibilities.


To understand the importance of your role, you must observe who is being disarmed and demobilized. DDR is for everybody regardless of rank, and not just for junior ranks. I have insisted that many senior officers are among you. They will lead you in this ceremony today, and in the new great battle, to build the New Sudan. In this, you will be the advance team for all of us; you are to lead the way to the New Sudan for which we fought so long. Now we need you to be agents for change.


In addition to the men and women of the SPLA fighting forces, there are many others among its number. Of course, the people to be demobilized today include fighters who were injured in the course of their service. They deserve a return to peaceful and productive life outside the Army. Similarly, those SPLA elders, those uncles, who have given all of their youth to the Movement, deserve to be released to return to their homes to enjoy their old age in peace.


In the course of our long war, many of us fought with weapons. But there are many, many others who fought alongside us without bearing arms. Most of these supporters are women. These women worked hard and often risked their lives to help our fighters.


They cared for the wounded and even carried the dead from the battle fields. They carried food and arms for us over many miles and took care of our military sites. At times, they became mothers to our young citizens and future soldiers.

We recognize the role of these women. As you know, no army can truly fight without food and medical care. Where they appear on official SPLA lists, they will receive the same support to return to normal life as the soldiers that they supported. We must work to eliminate the stigma which is felt by some of them. They deserve our respect, our admiration and our gratitude.


As an army cannot fight without weapons, so a peacetime force for reconstruction cannot deliver without its required tools. We will not send you on this mission without the things you need. The Southern Sudan DDR Commission and the UN are there to help you in this task and today you will learn about how the DDR programme will support your reintegration into civilian life.


You will be encouraged to choose a livelihood that suits your skills, aspirations, hopes and needs. You will be guided to potential opportunities and support that available in the place you choose to reintegrate. This is your opportunity to, for example, learn a trade, develop a skill, open a small business or learn new techniques for agriculture and livestock that can increase your productivity and income.


You are among the fortunate few who will receive such individual support to earn a livelihood. It is a one-time chance for you. I strongly advise you to take full advantage of this programme and to work hard. The UN and SDDRC can only provide opportunities - but it is you who are responsible for turning opportunity into a new life and livelihood.



The DDR effort in Sudan is the largest and most complex that has ever been attempted in the world. It aims to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate 180 thousand former combatants. In Southern Sudan, this means that 90 thousand of our SPLA will undergo the DDR process.


The Comprehensive Peace Agreement requires a streamlining of the former combatant forces into a modern, professional army. As part of this process, it is inevitable that large numbers of ex-combatants will need to return to civilian life. However, given the length and complexity of the conflict, and the low level of development in most of the Southern Sudan, many will require specific assistance in order to achieve this aim. A failure to provide this help will threaten the very roots of peace between the North and South. If former soldiers are left armed, unsupported and unemployed, what kind of peace can that be? Therefore, support to DDR is an important element of supporting full implementation of the CPA.


DDR in Southern Sudan is a huge effort and it requires partnership if we are to succeed. Many friendly nations are involved in assisting the DDR effort in Southern Sudan, whether bilaterally or through their contributions to the United Nations.


One example is the Japanese government, which has committed to support the first reintegration programme, starting this September. This will be provided by the GOSS Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, through their vocational training programme. The programme will build the skills of DDR participants in carpentry, clerical, computer, building, electricity, plumbing, welding, tailoring, cooking and catering services. I thank the Government and people of Japan and I urge others in the international community to support similar projects as part of the DDR effort in Southern Sudan.


As President of the Government of Southern Sudan, I am happy to announce today my intention to exercise my perogative as First Vice President of the Government of Sudan and order the release of 30 million US dollars (US$30,000,000) for DDR in Southern Sudan. This funding will be specifically for the provision of good-quality, environmentally-sustainable low-cost homes for ex-combatants. The money will enable suitable ex-combatants to gain the skills they need to take the lead in building such homes for their colleagues. Let us take another step in achieving the vision of our Late Leader, Dr John Garang de Mabior, to bring the towns to the villages. Let our heroes build homes fit for heroes in our villages.





Finally, let me say a few words to those men and women here today to begin the process of DDR. You are pioneers. Today you are taking the first steps on the road to the future. You have my recognition and my personal gratitude for your heroic contributions. The people of the Southern Sudan are behind you too.


As you begin this new adventure, remember the following things:


  1. You must go with your heads held high-we are proud of you.

  2. You must hold yourselves as good examples to others in your communities, and I expect you to behave in ways that command respect. Maintain your military discipline; do not drink to excess, do not fight over trivial matters. Continue to be good men and women.

  3. You must remember that some of your communities have been isolated and have not been exposed to all of the things which you have been exposed to. Do not mock your people for their ignorance; instead tell them of the things you have learned so that they too may learn from you.

  4. In the struggle many of you have made good friends from all over the Southern Sudan. These are the people with whom you lived, suffered, worked, laughed and cried. Maintain those wartime friendships in your civilian lives-they may be the best friends you will ever have.

  5. Others may try to persuade you to be tribalist. If this happens, you should remind them of that great tribe called SPLA, which is made up of all the marginalized people of Sudan, and which therefore is much stronger than any other tribe.

  6. You are making a great change in your lives. If you are worried or confused, do not forget that they are people there to help you. The Chairman of the Southern Sudan DDR Commission and the staff at his Commission are fully committed to helping you through this transition.

  7. Finally, if anybody dares to accuse you of receiving benefits you do not deserve, remind them of my words here today. I expect all the Southern Sudanese to welcome their returning heroes with open arms, sympathy and pride. Never forget what was sacrificed on behalf of the marginalized people of Southern Sudan and particularly the people of Southern Sudan.


Junuba Sudan Oyee!

SPLA Oyee!

DDR Oyee!







"Cultures are sources of development, moral and spiritual strength." Said GOSS official
   

Otuho Women danced in Hiyala after GOSS gave the Payam a motor bike Ambulance.Hundreds of women died during child labour in South Sudan,Otuho nation is one of the affected communities in the country.

Such Culture and rich tradition must be protected and maintained for future generation,mixing it with Malakiya style of culture will destroy South Sudan from tourism and loss of cultural presitige

Photo by BBC

Southern Sudan Celebrates World Cultural Diversity Day

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 10,2009

Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Gabriel Changson Chan made obligatory commitment to youth to start viable changes in the Ministry within the period of six months.


Changson Chan who was recently appointed by President Slava Kiir as newly Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, while addressing the public on World Day of Cultural Diversity for dialogue and Development at Nyakuron said he has requested all directorates to present reports of work plans.


The Minister said, he would neither disappoint the youth, nor the President of GoSS Salva Kiir in discharging his duties, and he urge all potential youth ready to take careers in sports, arts and culture to come up with proposals on available opportunities.


Chan said he will ensure working closing with international communities to over challenges within the ministry; ensure installation of recording studio guaranteed within the period of six months.


While the representative of United Nation Scientific Cultural Organization UNESCO, Ibrahim Sidibe said cultural diversity is sources of richness, all beliefs, customs and cultures are human rights values that are to be passing from one generation to other.


Ibrahim said these customs, cultures and belief can be lost once for all, however, UNESCO with resolution of 197 countries has adopted cultural diversity as an international recognize cultural day to make people live together despite their cultural differences.


He says that all cultures are equal, and recognize as a human rights world wide, they should be treated equally, because any action can be the real cause of war and conflict in society. Adding that defense of cultural diversity is an ethical rights guaranteed by international human rights.


He advices that it’s crucial for the leaders to make policies that activate togetherness and cultural exchange because cultures are sources of development, moral and spiritual strength.


Adding that there is needs to formulate educational system that promote cultural diversity, and introduce in education curriculum as heart of education policy, especially in cultivating the culture of peace.


The Under Secretary in GoSS Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport Peter Baptist said Southern Sudan has emerged out of war that has destroyed everything; there are many challenges that needs to over come.


There are fifty eight tribes in Southern Sudan alone, rich with diverse cultures, beliefs, customs and languages on late Tuesday, Southern Sudan celebrates the World Day of Cultural Diversity with only less than five tribe participating the this world occasion day.




“This is government money, approve by the parliament of the people, it can not be used as political tool for campaign”. Peter Bashir said.
 

 Funds delay Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly opening

  By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 06,2009

The Chairperson for Information Committee in Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, Peter Bashir Bandy attributes that lack of necessary funds has caused the delay in opening of assembly.

The members of Parliament in Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly were expected to start their assembly duties since Monday first of June, but the turn up to meet the assembly quorum was very low.

The registration attendance of MPs in SSLA coming in from their recess, was reading only 54 members who have turn up for their duties out of 171 MPs.

However, the chairperson for information in SSLA Peter Bashir said, Speak James Wani Igga is still making preparation and consultation with GoSS President Salva Kiir to open the assembly.

We had problem with funds to open the assembly, because preparation for the opening of the assembly need necessary funds” Chairperson for Information Committee, SSLA Peter Bashir Bandy said.

Peter Bashir explains that the assembly was to open on the first week of June, in its second session of this year, but most of the MPs who have gone on one month recess, were involved in lunching of Constituency Development Fund CDF, money that is meant for the communities in counties to have even development.

However, information tips, begins to show up that rivalling over the money meant for development started among some MPs, members of parliament turning the money for political campaign.

Peter Bashir said CDF is government money, 3% of GoSS budget accumulated from 2007 and 2008, now allocated to take development to the population of Southern Sudan in rural areas, and it should not be turn for mere political campaign head in 2010.

The about 72 Counties in Southern Sudan, and each and every constituency is released amount of over 70,000 SDG to meet its developmental priorities according to proposal of  the  communities.

This is government money, approve by the parliament of the people, it can not be used as political tool for campaign”. Peter Bashir said.




“The old Sudan has denied identity and all fundamental rights for majority of Sudanese people” Said Jackson Abugo.
 


5,000 Darfur residents in Juba Joint SPLM

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 06,2009

SPLM Spokeman Mr.Yen Mathew (File Photo)

Yen addressed Darfur members who joined the SPLM party

See his photos for address in Islamic atire in SSCCIA Forum.

 

Early on Saturday 5th June 2009, Darfur youth representative in Juba, has declared joining of 5,000 new memberships to SPLM from Darfur residents in Central Equatoria State.

The Darfur SPLM youth Representative Farah Elkare said out 6,000 Darfur residents in Juba, 5,000 have already joint Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement SPLM, and the remaining 1,000 are also expected to be converted soon.

Farad says SPLM has capacity to initiate and build a nation based on freedom and equality that what has motivated them to join SPLM, adding that CPA will not be comprehensive without Darfur issue been resolved.

The Statement came during the political function organized by SPLM State Secretariat in Central Equatoria State to enlighten Darfur SPLM community in Juba, on political development, and election to come in 2010 February.

While Darfur representative Elhadi Issa states that in the last three years, the issue with SPLM is the implementation of new Sudan project.

He adds that the newly 5,000 SPLM members from Darfur who joint SPLM should be organized immediately into political structures within their Counties and Payams in Darfur Region.

He calls on Darfur community, to put aside all their tribal differences, and get united for the common good of the region, because without the unity of all Darfur tribes, they would not be able to attain their share from central government in Khartoum.

SPLM State Secretary Jackson Abugo said joining of SPLM by 5,000 Darfur residents in Central Equatoria State is a big reinforcement to the party to ensure SPLM continuous struggle especially during coming election.

He adds that all marginalized groups of Sudan from Southern Sudan, Darfur and other areas in Sudan, will use their ballots to free themselves from slavery, oppression and marginalization of domestic few colonial powers in Sudan.

Jackson said as long as there is no peace in all marginalized areas of Sudan, there would be no any peace in the whole of the country, pointing that the old Sudan has denied identity and all fundamental rights for majority of Sudanese people.





“The categories of the people we are targeting to give these radios are mostly chiefs, opinion leaders and cattle keepers. This will always help us in resolving the conflicts,” Terekeka Commissioner Juma Ali Malou said.
   

Future Generation for Terekeka County. The chiefs in this area received radios for information and educating people on many issues.

Terekeka Commissioner receives 160 FM radio sets

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 05,2009

The commissioner of Terekeka County Juma Ali Malou has received dozens of 160 FM radio sets yesterday Friday, from State Disarmament, and Demobilization Commission.


Commissioner Juma Ali said the received radios are going to be distributed mostly to elders, cattle keepers and opinion leaders in 48 Bomas of Terekeka County.


Through these radios people will be educated about self-determination, health, disbarment and CPA”

Commissioner Juma Ali said.


He says that radios targeted to assist Terekeka communities to benefit and be in touch with world information. He added that radios would also assist to inform local communities about Southern Sudan, and affairs within the Central Equatoria State.


The Commissioner adds that the radios also come at the crucial time, to disseminate information about CPA, during election, self-determination, education and health education people would be able to get through these radios.


He says recent released of population census about Terekeka is unacceptable, pointing that in 1973, the population of the County was 120,000, while in 1983 the total population was 280,000, and that the recent conducted census, the population of the area is expected to double.


Commissioner said the county administration estimates 60% of the whole population to receive this radio sets so that they benefit from the information that comes from all directions, and help in carrying the message of disarmament across the county.


The categories of the people we are targeting to give these radios are mostly chiefs, opinion leaders and cattle keepers. This will always help us in resolving the conflicts,” Terekeka Commissioner Juma Ali Malou said.




One teachers marks over 300 Exercise books in Juba Model School.
   

Three English teachers teaching in fifteen classes

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 05,2009

Juba City demolition,Buluk Model is complaining of been as adumping area by some neighbourhoods.

File Photo


Buluk model Basic School with a total enrolment of 1,355 pupils, 641girls and 714 boys, in fifteen classes from basic one to basic eight levels.


The Head Master of Buluk Model Basic school Manase Broke said the school is facing English teachers shortages, as there are only three English Teachers for fifteen classes, with total of 1,355 pupils in the school.


He said that compared to last year school academic year 1,328 pupils, this year the number has risen to 1,355, and it is expected to go higher because of on going registration.


Adding that as per now some classes have reached to as high as 105 pupils in a class, the least class with 65 pupils, resulting into intense over crowding of classes.


He says that teachers are suffering of exercise book marking, a teacher marks over 300 books per day, making it difficult for the teachers to give new lessons, and control of classes become extremely difficult.


The issue of marking is very serious, a teacher can mark over 300 exercise books a day, and will not be able to give a new lesson to the class,” Head Master Buluk Model Basic School Manase Broke said

Manase said the school environment is also bad, because the residents around the school compound have turn the school into dumping zone of all wastes, creating unhealthy environment for the school children to learn.


He added that concern authorities should pay attention to situation of the teachers, because a hungry teacher who stays for two days without food and have no soap to appear smart in front of the pupils cannot be expected to deliver good teaching to the schoolchildren.


He says that creating good and friendly environment to the schoolchildren, will help the children to love the school where they are learning. Nevertheless, school environment is tuned into waste area, always children are imposed to clean nasty wastes dumped into the school classes because the school has no fence.


In news information, the school feeding program by the World Food Program has delayed now for two months.


The Head Master said a hungry child will not pay attention to the teacher, and some parents are poor, could not able to afford give some money for break for their children on adaily bases, and a feeding program could allow a child to concentrate to the teacher.











“We have come up with a map, formed a committee, and next we are going to sit to estimate the budget ,for Kator hospital already have German and America friends who are ready to help”. Minister Huda Lowila said
   

State Health Minister Plans upgrading hospitals

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 04,2009


The State Minister of Health in Central Equatoria State has laid health strategy to up grade three health Centers into hospitals, within 2009 health plans.


We have come up with a map, formed a committee, and next we are going to sit to estimate the budget ,for Kator hospital already have German and America friends who are ready to help”. Minister Huda Lowila said


The State Health Minister Huda Micah Lowila made a press statement yesterday pointing plans to up grade three health centers outside and inside Juba town to improve health conditions.


The Minister said Terekeka, Lainya counties health centers , have been graded to full hospital , while rehabilitation of Kator health Centre into complete hospital is under renovation.


The Minister points that there is also a plan document for the year 2009, to be passed by the State Council of Ministers next week that will assist to offer better health services and policies for intended hospitals.


She adds that the community should also participate in development process, and assist in the waste management to improve environmental conditions in the Juba town, beside the efforts been exerted by the State Government.


We want to see that the community should also participate in the development and especially waste management”. State Minister of Health Huda Micah Lowila said.


In another remark she says that the State Ministry of Health has now restructured its departments, according to specifications to ensure health conditions are improved in Central Equatoria State.


There are now 234 health staffs deployed all over the States Counties, while the Ministry is embarking on the training of more health personnel.


The Minister also outlined that there were a lot of criticism over the recent State budget passed, because the budget was delimited by the revenue collections estimate, that make its difficult for the State to allocate money for the budget items.


However, the State Ministry of Health has been allocated 3% of out of State budget for the year 2009, equating to an amount of 7 million for the State Ministry of Health, to cover all its staffs operational costs for the year 2009.


But the Minster said, the Ministry is determined to lobby for more funds, and especially World Health Organization (WHO) ,World Bank and GoSS Ministry of health are also assisting as well.




Is Former Chief of Staff Lt General Oyai Deng Ajak appointed in aright place by President Kiir?
   


Newly appointed GoSS cabinet sworn in offices

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 01,2009


The newly appointed cabinet Ministers appointed by the President of Government of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardid have been sworn in offices early today Monday, 1st June 2009.


The new Ministers took oath before the President of GoSS, Speaker of SSLA and officials from both GoSS and Central Equatoria State at the office of the presidency, after Salva Kiir issued appointment and relieving of cabinet Ministers in GOSS.


The changes have caused at least four Ministers to go without vacancies, in the Government of Southern Sudan, and bring in three newly fresh Ministers in the Cabinet of government Southern Sudan including opposition leader from United Democratic Front Mr.Peter Sule.


The reshuffle is first kind that has ever taken place in GOSS, affecting about ten Ministerial positions, while the post of Gender Social Welfare and Religious Affairs, SPLA chief of Staff, and still remained vacant.


The newly appointed Minister of Information Paul Mayom after their oath taking said, the swearing in of the Minister is in response to the decree issued by the president Kiir last Sudan.


Paul Mayom said, the relieve and appointment of Ministers by President of South Sudan is not targeting particular in individuals, but it is an effort of putting right people in right places in the system.


The reshuffled is not targeting specific individuals, but it is meant to employ right people in the right places” Information Minister Paul Mayom said.


While the former Minister of Transport and Road David Deng Arthobei, who is now the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning expressed delighted over his appointment as finance Minister.


He adds that he will start from steps of his predecessor, and especially on issues of global financial crisis that impact negatively on the economy of Southern Sudan.


Minister David Deng said that Ministry of Finance has no money, since the Southern Sudan relies on the oil revenues but would try his best to look into remaining oil and non oil revenues in Southern Sudan.


My outgoing colleague has done his part during his time as the minister of finance and now I will also take off from where he has stopped,” said

David Deng Arthorbei said


He said the ministry of finance has no money because the economy of Southern Sudan since depending on the oil revenues has been kicked out by the global financial crisis and that he would try his best to see what revenues the South has remained with whether from oil or non oil revenues.


RELIEVED MINISTERS:


1- Mr. Paul Mayom Akech, Minister of Internal Affairs

2- Mr. Kuol Athian Mawien, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning

3- Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Regional Cooperation

4- Mr. David Deng Athorbei, Minister of Transport and Roads

5- Mr. Anthony Lino Makana, Minister of Commerce and Industry

6- Professor Philip Yona Jambi, Minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development

7- Mr. Gabriel Changson Chang, Minister of Information and Broadcasting

8- Mr. Gier Chuang Aluong, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

9- Ms. Mary Kiden Kimbo, Minister of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs

10- General (Rtd) Albino Akol Akol, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports


APPOINTED MINISTERS:


1- Mr. Gier Chuang Aluong, Minister of Internal Affairs

2- Mr. David Deng Athorbei, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning

3- Mr. Oyai Deng Ajak, Minister for Regional Cooperation

4- Mr. Anthony Lino Makana, Minister of Transport and Roads

5- Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Commerce and Industry

6- Mr. Peter Abdel-Rahaman Sule, Minister for Cooperatives and Rural Development

7- Mr. Paul Mayom Akech, Minister of Information and Broadcasting

8- Mr. Madut Biar, Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services

9- Mr. Gabriel Changson Chang, Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports






One of the oldest opposition Party complained of injustices made by President of South Sudan.
   

USAP: GOSS Ministerial reshuffled is unfair

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

June 01,2009


The Secretary General of Union of Sudan African Party USAP, Dr. Jimmy Wongo reviewed the appointment and relieved of Ministers in Government of Southern Sudan as unfair according to spirit of exclusivity for all the political parties in Southern Sudan.


The President of Government of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir earlier on 31st May 2009 issued a decree to reshuffle the cabinet of the Government of Southern Sudan


Dr. Jimmy Wongo said a long last, four years, GOSS president have not appointed any member from his party in Cabinet of GOSS despite that USAP is presented by seven members in Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly


We are saying that this is unfair, and it does not reflect spirit of inclusiveness according to CPA and Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan” Dr. Jimmy Wongo Secretary General of Union of Sudan African Party said.


He says that USAP has cordial relationship all Southern Sudan political parties, including SPLM as long as all these parties respect CPA, and its implementation in Southern Sudan.


Wongo pointed that consultation and dialogue with SPLM, have been discussed for several times regarding power sharing in Southern Sudan, and especially with USAP, but there are a lot of promises that has now last for four years.


SPLM, always promises, promises after four years, I can call them empty promises because if for four years we can not be represented in the government of Southern Sudan” Jimmy Wongo said.


In another statement Jimmy said, USAP is prepared to contest up coming election at the level of State, GOSS and government of National Unity Assemblies, but would not possibly nominate candidate to stand for presidency against SPLM.


He argued that this is to maintain their original position that, SPLM should continue leading the Southern Sudan, until period of Southern referendum in 2011.


In another remark, Jimmy Wongo who is also the Chairperson for Public Account Committee in Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, appealed to GOSS Executive to appoint the auditor General.


He says that non presences of Auditor General in Government of Southern Sudan, is making the work of Public Account very difficult, despite the fact he has raised a motion seven months ago, and endorsed by the members of SSLA, but no appointment of Auditor General is effected.


In another view Jimmy said , last reshuffle shows that the Ministers appointed by the President of GoSS were not confirmed by the people’s assembly, and that this current reshuffle should be brought to SSLA for the confirmation by the Assembly of Southern Sudan.


He added that some of the Ministers in the Government of Southern Sudan, have failed to bring annual and quarterly reports to assembly, including work plans of their Ministries to the Parliament of Southern Sudan for last four years, and now they are moved to new Ministries.


I hope these new Ministers will bring in the Parliament their reports” Jimmy Wongo said.


Adding that it’s the prerogative of GOSS President to make changes, in Ministries that he thinks, they are not delivering at the expected rate. But the question with the current reshuffling that, whether it will serve purpose of making the cabinet effective?


He points that the changes brought in three new Ministers, and screened out four old Ministers from Government of Southern Sudan cabinet.




President of South Sudan Nation Lt.General Salva Kiir is ready to defend and Protect our land and its people.
   

 

 

President Kiir said CPA under serious threats but ready to protect and defend the soverignity of South Sudan,its people and properities with his well profesional trained and committed  SPLA force. Good Job President Kiir Keep it up ,we will back you if you are for South Sudan freedom and independent.South Sudanese let us rally against the enemies of peace and South Sudan separation.

 

South Sudan SPLA armed forces are determine to protect and secure the sovereignity of South Sudan.They will never betray their follen heroes and heroines who departed for the cause of South Sudan Independent and Freedom from Oppressive Khartoum successive governments. No more Unity and South Sudan separation is the hope and the will of all Southern Sudanese communities across the globe. President Kiir thank you for this promise below to deal with any enemies of South Sudan.We the South Sudan separatist and concern citizens will support and joint for this noble cause and challenge facing you.

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President Kiir: CPA in serious threats

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

May 26, 2009

The president of Government of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir alerted Southern Sudan populace, international community, and SPLA forces that the signed peace deal in 2005 between NCP, National Congress Party, and Sudanese People Liberation Army/ Movement SPLA/M, is in serous threats by the enemies of CPA.

The President Salva Kiir’s statement came on 26th May 2009, during the time SPLA commemorates its lunching of long civil war struggle that last for 21 years.

President Kiir outlined that people of Southern Sudan themselves, has also threaten the CPA, through tribal conflicts across Southern Sudan, including the most peaceful town of Central Equatoria State Juba .

The President said the threats are well designed strategy to reflect that Southern Sudan is ungovernable by causing insecurity.

He points that the government is ready to preserve peace, and prove to peace spoilers that they are wrong. “SPLA forces are well trained and equipped, and ready to defend the people and their property”. President Salva Kiir said.

Salva Kiir said, all resolutions drawn by the chiefs in Bentiu conference is going to be despatched to security sectors for implementation.

President Kiir added that SPLA forces are now well trained and equipped to defend people and their property, and that disbarment in all Southern Sudan from civil population is going to be ensured.

He adds that SPLA has now all legal documents on security strategies for the Southern Sudan , SPLA White Paper on defence, and SPLA 2009 Act approved by Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly.

 Kiir said GoSS council of Ministers have also passed resolution on farther security strategy in Southern Sudan, to ensure physical protection of people, territorial, cultural and environmental security protection of people of Southern Sudan.

He added that GoSS is committed to transform SPLA into modern army, and that soon government is going to take security measures in Southern Sudan .

The president said civilians moving in military uniforms are an act of crime, and that such people deserved not to live. He points that soon practical actions on such individuals will be executed.

In another view, President Salva Kiir said there are challenges ahead that put the survival of people is at risk and SPLA should not led people down in their survival.

President affirmed to the people of Western Equatoria State and promised that the government and SPLA will not led the people of WES down in their search for peace and secu

SPLA forces deployment in Juba

The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army SPLA will be deployed in Southern Sudan Capital Juba to restore rampant insecurity incidents.

The General Chief of Staffs Oyai Deng Ajak expressed dissatisfaction that the capital of Southern Sudan Juba is threaten by gangs of criminals who are in uniforms, others are in civil dresses and some are agents of Southern Sudan enemies.

Chief of Staff Oyai said SPLA forces were out of Juba town, but as per insecurity in Juba town, SPLA forces are going to be deployed inside the town to secure the town free of terror.

Oyai reaffirmed that SPLA is ready to fight any body who does not respect the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

He points that after the signing of CPA, SPLA was given a task to reorganize and transform into modern and professional army.

He adds that this year SPLA is running into a lot of difficulties because of insecurity in many parts of Southern Sudan , especially what he calls embracement in Malakal town that led to killing of innocent lives.

Oyai Deng said high command of SPLA will not continue to tolerate, and see that such incident in Malakal happens again.

He warned that if any militia group in Malakal tempers again with SPLA, SPLA will clean out all the militias from the town.

He remarked that SPLA is ready to work with all State governors, GoSS and County commissioners to see that Southern Sudan is disarmed all.

SPLA General Chief of Staff made the remarked 0n 26th May SPLA anniversary day in Juba town, day when SPLA/M lunched rebellion against the Khartoum government.

The Governor of Central Equatoria well and supports the decision of disbarment announced by the SPLA Chief of Staffs to take place in the interest of all Southern Sudanese people.

War wounded and Widows are unhappy.

The representatives of war wounded, orphans and widows in Southern Sudan expressed unhappiness and dissatisfaction about the eminent divisions in Southern Sudan .

Mr. Deng Dau Deng said the sacrifice paid by those who laid life for people Southern Sudan, which resulted into lost of lives and parts of bodies of those are limping today is not meant to bring disunity again Southern Sudan .

Mr. Deng Dau said the war wounded, widows and orphans of 21 years of war are suffering today, not because of hunger, but because of disunity and insecurity in Southern Sudan .

We the wounded, widows and orphans are suffering, not because of food, but because of disunity. We have lost parts of our bodies not to see that Southern Sudan is in disunity” said Deng Dau Deng Chairperson Southern Sudan War wounded widows and orphans commission.

However, SPLM Deputy Secretary for the Southern Sector Mr. Antiphas Nyok remarked that SPLA/M lunched war against Khartoum Government because of five objectives.

He points that cultural and political identity of Sudan was always misidentified as Arab Islamic State, by the elite who took the leadership of Country from the British government.

Siding that monopoly of economic resources and treating state and religion as one entity is another cause of war, because State belong to all the people, while religion is an individual, and discriminate.

While the representative of political parties Mr. Gabriel Changson Chang said people of Southern Sudan must be made part and partial of social services in order to benefit from the peace dividends.

He said that injustices is one cause of war, and that the government must say no to injustices and act according to the principles.

Mr. Gabriel Changson said defending CPA, there is need for maximum security and priority to double efforts from both internal and external aggressions.

He added that CPA must be protected both political and socially so that 2011 referendum for the people of Southern Sudan is guaranteed.





CES Passes its 2009 budget
 

Central Equatoria State government passes 2009 budget

BY SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

May 25,2009


The State Government of Central Equaotoria State has unanimously passed its 2009 budget, reducing general State salaries from 84% to 74%, to meet development services.


However, the budget of Central Equatoria State has over delayed nearly mid a year without having been passed, till Tuesday , all directors, ministers, MPs and teachnocrates of State unanimousely overwhelmed passed State budget.


Central Equatoria has projected the sum of 221, 645, 74 SDG as total budget plan for the State government to cover all its operational, expenditure and salaries cost for the year 2009.


While the Government of Southern Sudan is expected to impart additional money transfer to CES in form of conditional and block grand with a total of 129,631,905, SDG, and the State has also project an mount of 98,174512 SDG as revenue collection in the year 2009 if available resources at State disposal are exploited.


In 2009, the government of Central Equatoria State is going spent an amouint of SDG 163,551,111 of its 74% budget on the payment of staff’s salaries.

The speaker of Central Equatoria State Zamba Michael Duku remarked that the final budget draft passed is very useful, but there is a need for the State government to identify more sources of revenue collections.


The Speaker Zamba Michael Duku said the State government is in plan to create State investment authority to widen investment opportunities in CES, beside encouraging of most potential agricultural areas not only produce food stuffs to eat, but also to sell since 99% of people depend on imported food from neighbouring countries.


He highlights that there is need to empower indigenous citizens to get into big business, to improve their standards of living and become wealthy as the same time.


But the threats to the State 2009 budget is that appointment of constitutional post holders without taking into account budgetary provisions is going to reduce the State budget to salary unit rather than offering development, improving health and education for the public.


Central allocated total of 62% of its budget to the public administration and law enforcing agencies, giving only minimum of 3% budget State Ministry of health sector, 4% for the public infrastructures and 5% to the natural resources.


However many have argued that allocation of big sum of budget to the public administration and laws enforcing agencies, in the last four year of CPA implementation it does not reflect insecurity improvements, development and basic living standards of the people within Central Equatoria State.


In another view, members of State Parliament have observed that the State government has taken silent position on the loan equated to 400,000,000 US dollars, approved by the State assembly.


Adding that there are also assets of State government being contracted to private institutions without consent of State legislature, and State secretariat decided not to forward any copies of contract, and financial agreement between State government and business companies within the State to the parliament.



A Member of Parliament in Central Equatoria State Oba Cicilia Tito from Yei County said, the State budget for 2009 is not bad, if it’s well implemented to address most of development projects.


However, MP Oba Cicilia cautioned that the last three years experience showed that most of the budget chapters are not implementing by the executives. She points that most of the State technocrats complained of fears that comes from their superiors ordering them against budget lines.


MP Oba said the hope in year 2009, budget depends on proper revenue collections, and initiated recommendation by the State parliament for the executive to summit quarterly reports to the parliament on budget performance.


She adds that for the last four years, the parliament has received no reports and work plan reports, including tabling of supplementary budget in the State parliament, depriving the assembly from exercise its powers and mandates of over seeing the work of executive and judiciary.


MP Betty Poni added that it’s a false allegation by the executive; accusing assembly of budget delay for the year 2009, instead the budget was presented late by the State Minister of finance.


Furthermore, members of State Parliament have noted that the budget for the year 2009 in Central Equatoria State has been tabled to State parliament without the approval of Council of State Ministers.






South Sudan hunger for power caused Bari and Mundari tribal war.
 

Hunger hitting Terekeka County

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

May 23,2009
 
The Commissioner of Terekeka County Lt Col. Juma Ali Malou made a press statement early today 23rd May that starvation and food crisis started emerging in Tindelo and Tali Payams of Terekeka County.
 
He added that the roads leading to these payam are no longer usable because of attacks threats.
 
 The Commissioner said all roads from Terekeka leading to Juba are already blocked, as result all business and movement activities between Terekeka and Juba is brought to rest.
 
He points that the Bari have block Tekekeka ?Juba road through Mobile, roads through Jebel Lado and road through Rokon are all under insecurity threats.
 
He added that there are trenches and based camps for arms and ammunitions at Kworjik where the division of Mr. Swoka Lokinyon is encamped.
 
However he regretted that the camps at both Kworjik and Tokinman barracks are carrying United Nation symbols, and that it will be unfortunate to see that, if UN supplies these camp materials in based barracks.
 
?All these information we have got from one who is arrested with 7 light machine guns, one heavy gun and ammunitions. He is now detain with Military intelligence? Commissioner Terekeka Juma Ali said.
 
He warns that Terekeka market is now applying black market exercise, as result fuel price reaches to 100 SDG per jarken, and 120 SDG per benzene jarken, beside increases in other basic food staffs.
 
The Commissioner said as the tribal conflicts between the two communities increases there are already 40 people killed, 17 people wounded from Mudari side, and 7 people along Bari side.
 
He added that Bari community has refused peace and reconciliatory conference, ignored efforts of both Terekeka  and Juba Commissioners, as well as reconciliatory committee to sit down and settle conflict.
 
Commissioner Juma Ali expresses disappoint on part of religious leaders for preaching hatred, and inciting that there is no need for State and GoSS governments interference, but they need interference of pope, because both State and GoSS have failed.
 
He says that he has ordered identifications and collections of all Bari cattle raided by Mundari community from all ten payams of Terekeka County to be return before the 30th May to their respective owners.
 
He added that there all together 520 Bari cattle according to collected information from the owners.
 
But he dismisses projection of Tongun Rumbe that 2,000 Bari cattle have been raided is basis less because, the information of 520 cattle looted, comes from rightful complainers of Bari members.
 
The commissioner regretted that it is sad to see that Bari community are now engaged in military training at Tokiman, in Southern Bari in order to fight Mundari.
 
The Commissioner said the current Bari Mundari conflict is not cattle problems, it is position of governor and Mangala township that is been contested by the two communities.
 
He added further that politicians and senior military officers are now involved in this conflict intensity, but the culprits all will be apprehended to face law.
 
However he regretted that the camps at both Kworjik and Tokinman barracks are carrying United Nation symbols, and that it will be unfortunate to see that, if UN supplies these camp materials in based barracks.
 
The Commissioner warns that , he the commissioner of Terekeka and the  State governor are already targeted, pointing that on 21st , his security officer Mr. LadoWani Borbo sustain serious injuries leaving him in
 Critical situation, and more three other wounded in his very car.
 
The Bari has dug trenches along Juba Terekeka roads, aims at targeting the governor and the Commissioner to Terekeka? Commissioner Juma Ali said.
 
 




"citizens should report fire incidents earlier and they must evacuate and isolate affected areas to avoid serious fire disasters" Said Officer incharge of Fire brigade Commissioner Lt.General Aru
   

GOSS purchases fire trucks fighters

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

May 22,2009


The Government of Southern Sudan for the first time has purchased newly manufactured fire fighters trucks in an effort to fight increasing fire incidents in Juba, and other vulnerable areas in Southern Sudan.


The Commissioner of Fire Brigade LT. General Aru Maan Chot said today Friday 22nd that the expensive trucks has cost GOSS an equivalent amount of 360,000 US Dollars to arrive finally in Southern Sudan from Dubai.


He outlined that Fire Brigade Service has convinced Government of Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir, his vice President Dr. Riek Macher and Finance Minister about the importance of purchasing 9 fire fighters truckers at the cost of $360,000 USD. The fire trucks each cost $40.000 US dollars including shipping to South Sudan.


He added that there are already well trained fire fighter forces of about 300 graduats to carry any operation on fire disasters, and in most vulnerable States of Southern Sudan mainly Upper Nile, Lakes, Juba and Bentiu where fire incidents are most common.


The Commissioner Aru Maan said that, there is still lack of special equipment to engage forces fiercely in fighting fire , especially uniforms, and fire extinguisher oxygen, since the equipment are very expensive.


But he noted that fire brigade service is a new department, with a lot of challenges to be overcome.


He advices that citizens should report fire incidents earlier and they must evacuate and isolate affected areas to avoid serious fire disasters.


The areas like Yei and Yambio are not very dangerous, we are only waiting for the Minister to decide the distribution to the rest of the States” Mr. Aru Maan Commissioner Fire Brigade Service said




Political Coup de Tat in Central Equatoria State South Sudan.
   

Gov. Clement Wani Konga

First row in one of the meetings in CES,Clement Wani is a Southern Sudanese Separatist who have spoken publicly about South Sudan separation and why the public should be educated on the referundum voting. If the coup succeed can we get people like Konga to lead us to the promised land?

SSCCIA Member

Political conspiracy over Governor Clement Wani Konga of Central Equatoria State.


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

May21,2009

A reliable source during at meeting at Secretariat discloses in a meeting on Wednesday that there is underground political conspiracy to remove Central Equtoria State Governor Clement Wani Konga.
 
The source from State official alerts the members in the meeting that there are some groups of State Cabinet members and Members of Parliament are currently collecting signatures of joint objective, to be presented to GoSS president Salva Kiir in demand of removing CES governor.
 
The former information minister in Central Equatoria State, Mr. Joseph Lasu Gale remarked during the meeting that it will be upon governor Clement to protect his position.
 
He added that the governor could as well instruct the Speaker of State Parliament to convent an emergency session, and take tough disciplinary measures on some MPs and members of Cabinet who are involved in underground conspiracy to remove the governor or else, the governor can also dissolve the assembly in replacement with new members.
 
“This assembly is transitional, if the governor is serious, he should dissolve the assembly and elect the new one. It’s up to the governor to protect his place by dissolving the assembly, because governor can be only replaced by president” Joseph Lasu said.
 
It was revealed in the meeting that the names of the planers among the some MPs and Cabinet in CES involved in the move are already known, and will be officially disclosed in the next   two, to three days.
 
The Deputy Speaker of Central Equatoria State Legislative Assembly John Lado Tombe rooted out in statement on Thursday 21, May said that he has not observed any political activities among members of State Parliament in connection with removal of State governor.
 
The Deputy Speaker said he has no information and ideas that involved Members of Parliament collecting signatures in an effort to remove the State governor. “I have no information, no ideas and never come across anybody doing that” Deputy Speaker central Equatoria State Legislative Assembly John Lado Tombe said.
 
However, the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan says, the State Legislature may, in accordance with State constitution pass a vote of no confidence in the governor by  three quarters majority of all its members.
 
And that should State Legislature pass a vote of no confidence, the president of Government of Southern Sudan, shall make a request to the President of Republic calling for snap elections of the governor, and president of the Republic shall act upon such request and shall call the State electorate for snap election of the governor to be conducted within sixty days.
 
But another side of the SSIC says that should the governor who was subjected to vote of no confidence be re-elected, the State  Legislature shall be deemed to have been dissolved, and new State Legislature  be elected within sixty days.
 
The Chairman of finding committee on Bari –Mundari conflict Mr. Moses Idoru Nayama said some  individuals who are demanding  removal of the governor according to committee findings, are the candidates who were defeated in last SPLM State congressional election, and they are trying to get alternative ways to get into  position of governorship.
 
Mr. Moses said there are also some group members from former State Executive reshuffled out from State system,  they have developed anger, negative feelings against the State system, and begins talk ill of the  system.
 
He added that the committee has also noted that some individuals who have personal ambitions resorted to robbing and looting of cattle.
 
 Adding, committee also noted that occupation of Bari land at Jebel Lado by Mundari cattle keepers, has led to increasing conflicts. He points that Mundari residents are Jebel Lado declined and resisted the Bair demands of Mundari to evacuate the area.




"What is taking place in CES is no longer Bari –Mundari conflict, but there are groups instead of looting cows, they are shooting down the cows, and kidnapping children” One of the members in the meeting remarked." Said Former CES Minister for information Joseph Lasu gale
   

Community delegation prepare to meet President of South Sudan

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba south Sudan

May 20,2009


A delegation of nine members’ community in six counties of Central Equatoria State has drafted strong letter addressed to GoSS president Salva Kiir, calling upon restoration of order and law in the State.


The representatives of six counties gathered early today at State Secretariat in Central Equatoria State to state their joint position on Bari-Mundari continuous tribal conflicts, and daily insecurity threats in the State.


The fact finding committee deployed on the ground to report on Bari Mundari conflict noted that, there are also other sources of insecurity in CES, that includes LRA, bandits on Juba Torit roads and daily rampant shooting in Juba.


The members have also called for peace and unity among the citizens of CES, and expressed concern on sustainability of CPA, Interim constitution of the State, GoSS, GONU and respect on the laws for peaceful co-existence


The representatives from the six counties discussed concerns of insecurity prevailing in the State, saying that it is a new phenomenon against the citizens of Central Equatoria State rather than simple tribal conflicts between Bari and Mundari communities.


The meeting has also rejects and condemned politicians who have played part in instigating current Bari –Mundari conflicts leading to blood shed of the innocent individuals, and causing of insecurity in the State.


The members have urged that the politicians must stop incitation of conflict to cause political instability in the State. Mr. Michael Tongun remarks that CES is going through critical transition, and if leaders never serious the State is going to loose sight of the vision.


He adds that the on going situation in CES, is gradually turning the CES into killing ground, because there are people behind the incidents taking place in the CES.


The members have noted that the cause of instability in CES is a result of dirty politics that destroys life of innocent people.


Rev. Father Prudensio Laku reported in the meeting that at least two young men from Liggi village were wounded yesterday as result of on going conflict, and are currently admitted in Juba Teaching Hospital.


In an interview with SSCCIA in Juba,Mario Lokou, stated that, his house was ambushed at 4 AM on the 14th May, unknown robbers looting 11 cows beating him terribly.


Yesterday members from all State Counties appeal to the two communities to respect and corporate with the reconciliation committee to bring to an end the conflicts.


However , former information Minister Joseph Lasu Gale said the on going situation is not Bari –Mundari conflict in CES but are the signs of votes in up coming eletion due in Feb 2010, and also signs of pushing Southern Sudan toward the Unity of Sudan by causing insecurity and destruction of life.


He added that all those involved in killing and life created for a purpose must be arrested and brought to book.


“ What is taking place in CES is no longer Bari –Mundari conflict, but there are groups instead of looting cows, they are shooting down the cows, and kidnapping children” One of the members in the meeting remarked.




The 16 million SDG allocated in State budget is meant to downsize nearly 9,000 workers.
   

Sixteen million SDG to down size manpower in CES.


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

May 20,2009

Adisappointed jobless Youth walked out of UNDP Office board. CES and South Sudan government is reducing the labour force.

SSCCIA File  Photo

The Government of Central Equatoria State has allocated in its fiscal year budget for 2009, allocated an amount of sixteen million SDG lay off its inefficient workforce.


The source for this fund is expected to drawn from Government of Southern Sudan conditional grant going to the States.


Chairperson for the Committee of Economic development, Finance and Public Account Mr. Leonard Logo presented half year old budget to the State assembly for final corrections.


Central Equatoria State budget for the year 2009, has over delayed, creating accusation between the Executive and Legislators in the State.


The Speaker of State Legislative Assembly John Lado Tombe argued that the Parliament was expecting the budget to be presented timely since November 2008, but it has been delayed by Executive till 2nd March 2009.


It is becoming difficult to establish real figure of Central Equatoria State workforce, the Governor projected the State workforce over 19,000.


While the Economic Committee noted that 2008 workforce was 23,693, and 2009 workforce projected at 24, 168.


Despite several screening exercise that the State government has carried in different levels of its institutions workforce hardly reduced.


But MPs have noted that frequent increase in the State manpower is the results of integration exercise in police and wildlife services projecting total workforce to 24,168.


The 16 million SDG allocated in State budget is meant to downsize nearly 9,000 workers.


The State Members of Parliament warned that the government must be careful ensuring the downsizing procedures, because it will cause insecurity threats to the State.


The MP has recommended that all those will be affected with this downsizing exercise, their packages should be ensured for them to make an alternate life in the future.


The Speaker of State Parliament John Lado Tombe said, the budget is final corrections of figures, and it would be passed far by Friday this week.




New SPLM-Democratic Change Party formed in South Sudan
 

 OUR LEADERS ARE THE SOURCES OF OUR BETRAYAL FOR THE NEW AND HOPEFUL NATION OF SOUTH SUDAN.

Southern Sudanese usual confusion on the table,can we really separate from Khartoum by forming many parties,why not create change within SPLM and forge ahead the unity of Southern Sudanese and educate people for separation. Can we learn from the current British Parliament crisises? Why do n't we adopt and change these crop officials out from GOSS? We should not accept this behaviour that claimed alot of lives in South Sudan if our leaders break away again without making reform within SPLM.

 
 
            
Dr.Lam why am I isolated
hence I will  form another party?         Dr.Riek I want South Sudan by New Party?      Lt.General Kirr What is wrong with me?
 
Thanks
 
SSCCIA Member.
 
 
EDITORIAL: SPLM-Democratic Change: The Takeoff Breakaways
 
MAY 19/2009, (Sudanvisiondaily.com, Tues. May 19)
 
In the news, a new faction has broken away from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the name of SPLM-Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) and its founders are intending to register it at the Registrar of Political Parties' Affairs.

The new party disclosed its manifesto a matter that has drawn the attention of a number of SPLM leaders as leading this breakaway group who have formed the new party.

Observers think that the SPLM reformation leaders such as Dr. Lam Akol, Dr. Riek Machar and others are behind the establishment of this new party which will be announced officially within the coming few days.
 
The question that poses itself is: did the founders choose the right time to present the new organization as a new political party? Or is it a pressure card against the SPLM leadership to force it to stop the investigation committees formed to bring some of its leaders to account for alleged violations of the organizational procedures?

In our view, the existence of this new entity has its justifiable reasons which necessitates its emergence after the failure of the many attempts to reform and correct the SPLM violations since the death of its leader late Dr. John Garang whose shoes none of his senior aides could fit.

Such breakaways were expected due to the disappointment and frustration amid several SPLM leaders because they have failed to provide the least requirements for its people in the South, together with the continuation of the security deteriorated situation and the instability.

The Southern Sudanese people feel that GoSS is not serious to resolve the problems facing the citizens there. GoSS has failed to provide security to people in Western Equatoria, in Lakes, in Warrap, in Jonglei and in Upper Nile. The ministers even do not feel remorse about their failure.

The SPLM reaction to the event seems to be unwise as it described the founders of this new party as individuals who do not have any majority which can hamper its course so they do not deserve to be within the movement and it is better to let them quit.

If that is the case, then the SPLM will face more defections from other leaders who are now fidgeting from the current situation within the SPLM. The situation of lack of development, corruption in the highest echelons of the government and total break down of security in most states of the South.

The breakaway of the SPLM-DC is but a start and if the movement does not put its house in order quickly and review its policies, a gloomy future is awaiting it especially if we put in consideration the upcoming elections the preparations to run it by all the political forces.
 
Source:SSN



Report on the Killing of Five Suspects in Police Custody at Imehejek
   

EASTERN EQUATORIA STATE

MURA-LOPIT BOMA II

LOPA COUNTY


Date: April 10, 2009

From: Monyomiji Tome

To: Mura Lopit Community in Torit, Juba, Khartoum and the Diaspora


Report on the Killing of Five Suspects in Police Custody at Imehejek


Dear folks,

We the ruling age-Monyomiji Tome would like to share with you this vital information on the ethnic massacre of five suspects from Mura-Lopit Boma II during the period April 7 through 8, 2009 in Imehejek police cell by the inefficient county administration.

The slain suspects are Patrisio Ohucholi, Amato Lefio, Ngafidang Ahatar, Ilongoji Emilio and Lecha Ngtura.

When the SPLA proper deployed to the area late in December 2008 shortly after Logonowati raided ten stables of Lohobohobo, Lehinyang and Mura-Lopit were pulled out on April 2, 2009, the management of Imehejek custody was handed over to incompetent prison warders. The same night, the county authorities immediately directed the transfer of all the suspects involved in the alleged killing of ten (10) members of Tenet community to a container belonging to a local organization called AVSI.

On April 6, 2009, Lecha Ngatura was discarded like a disposal waste or thrown out from the container dead after being tortured. The following day, April 7, 2009, Patrisio Ohucholi, Amato Lefio, Ngafidang Ahatar and Ilongoji Emilio were also reported dead.

The causes of death of these five heroes of ours were because of systematic torturers and poisoning. After the barbaric and inhuman operations the butchers hammered a nail on the head of each of the victims and removed two teeth from each corp. We have the evidence and the eyewitnesses are present at Imehejek. If any person doubt about poisoning, you can contact the remaining suspects held in Torit main prison for more detailed information.

On April 8, 2009, the so-called Lopa county commissioner arrested Mura-Lopit chief Paul Leriho and Boma administrator Abeye and continuously persecuting our people. He is asking for more Mura-Lopit Monyomiji to be apprehended and thrown into his personnel inferno- AVSI container. But we strongly oppose and reject to surrender or allow those wanted persons to travel to Imehejek.

Below is the list of members who implemented the heinous operations in an AVSI container. They are:

1- Commissioner Luka Aribok Chief of Operations

2- Colonel Adelio Oyaha Deputy/Chief of Operations

3- P.C Lodua and P.C. Oruma all watchdogs of the commissioner or turn boys.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that we have laid our brothers to rest peacefully. On April 8, 2009 was observed by the Boma administration as mourning day and it has gone into books. The Day has also been declared as our Martyrs Day to be commemorated annually. The two primary schools in the Boma (Mura and Lohobohobo) were closed down on this very day and the liberation struggle flag was flown half mass for two days.

We (Monyomiji Tome) would also like to tell the entire world that we are not cowards, only that we can not take law into our own hands. Let those who have taken law into their hands feel the weight of justice.

May the souls of our departed Heroes rest in eternal peace, Amen


Ngairwang Monitor Lizard

Mura-Loipt Boma II

Lopa County, Eastern Equatoria State






The president confirmed that he would be standing for election again.
 

President Omar al-Bashir

In an interview first broadcast on BBC World News on Thursday 14 May, Zeinab Badawi asks President Omar al-Bashir how he answers the charges against him.

 

In an exclusive interview with Zeinab Badawi for HARDtalk, the Sudanese president says the charges brought against him by the International Criminal Court are all lies.

'Hostile media propaganda'

President Omar Al-Bashir is the first serving head of state to be indicted for alleged war crimes.

In his first interview to the western media since his indictment by the International Criminal court over the Darfur conflict, Zeinab Badawi pressed him on some of the detail of the charges against him.

 

President Omar al-Bashir tells Zeinab Badawi that his government has fought insurgents, but he denies that it has committed crimes in Darfur.

Prospects for peace

The ICC has accused President Bashir of two counts of war crimes - intentionally directing attacks on civilians and pillage - as well as five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and torture.

The diplomatic fallout from the ICC charges has further complicated an already extremely complicated and long drawn out peace process.

 

Zeinab Badawi asks President Omar al-Bashir why he does not declare a unilateral ceasefire.

Elections due

Nationwide elections are due in Sudan next year. Under the 2005 peace deal to end years of war in the south, the elections were supposed to be held this year.

The SPLM, former rebels from the south, are expected to field a candidate against President Omar al-Bashir.

The president confirmed that he would be standing for election again. Zeinab asked him whether his candidacy might be an obstacle to the country's further development.

 

Zeinab Badawi talks to the President of Sudan about his diplomatic isolation. She asks him what prospect there is of a different relationship with the new American administration and why he does not engage with the ICC process.

Hardtalk is shown on the BBC World News at 0330 (except Middle East, South Asia and Asia Pacific), 0830, 1430, 2030 and 2230 GMT (except Middle East and South Asia)

HARDtalk is also broadcast on the BBC News channel at 0230, 0430 & 2330

 

Source: BBC





United Democratic Front Party denied Registration by CPA Unionist Partners SPLM and NCP.
 

 

 

DOWN DOWN NCP AND SPLM ALLIANCE ON UDF,SOUTH SUDAN WILL SEPARATE WITH OR WITHOUT REGISTRATION OF ANY SEPARATIST PARTY OF SOUTH SUDAN BE IT SPLM SEPARATIST PARTY OF SOUTH SUDAN OR UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT NOW WITH CLEAR OBJECTIVES FOR SOUTH SUDAN SEPARATION,

UDF WILL WIN AND SOUTH SUDAN WILL BE INDEPENDENT AND FREE FROM ANY UNIONIST GOVERNMENT IN THE SUDAN UNDER UNIONIST/GOVERNING  PARTY LIKE NCP AND SPLM.

President Kiir SPLM and President Bashir NCP  turn their backs on South Sudan Nation and look forward in a United Secular Sudan ,adream which is not accepted by the Hereoes and Heroines of South Sudan Separatist who fought to achieve the dream left by their comrades who shaded blood to freed their people of South Sudan from oppressive regime of Khartoum .NCP and SPLM deal to deny  United Democratic Front Party regisrtration because its President Peter Sule not in picture clearly demanded for South Sudan separation as one of the major objectives for forming the party and must be clearly included in its registration with its original wording of SEPARATION OF SOUTH SUDAN  from Northern Sudan which reflects the continues struggle,wishes and hopesof the party members and Southern Sudanese at large both in diaspora and in South Sudan is aclear betrayal of SPLM of the people of South Sudan and their promised land.

Now the people of South Sudan know who is for South Sudan Separation and why we the people of South Sudan should vote for such party that will bring hope and permanent nation of South Sudan. The denial itself motivate us the Southern Sudanese Separatist to support UDF even though we wanted to vote for SPLM our party but now we are changing our votes.

 

As SSCCIA member I salutes and Congratulate United Democratic Front Party Chairman Peter Sule and its members for this Victory,Southern Sudanese will vote you in without NCP and SPLM registering your party ,until our nation of South Sudan is free and indepedendent UDF will then be registered by the government of South Sudan. We Southern Sudanese Separatist do not recognize any unionist government whether in South Sudan or in GONU,hell with their registration which will not save us oppressed majority Southern Sudanese.

 

OUR SOVEREIGN AND HOPEFUL NATION OF SOUTH SUDAN,VICTORY IS CERTAIN BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT

SOUTH SUDAN OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

UDF OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

PETER SULE OYEEEE

VICTORY IS CERTAIN

STRUGGLE CONTINUES

SSCCIA MEMBER.

 


UDF declined submission to NCP and SPLM (Political Affairs Council) demand to delete the word Separation of South Sudan from Northern Sudan from Party Constitution.

BY SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

May 06,2009



United Democratic Front Party has declined to submit to persistent requests of Council of Political Affairs, demanding removal one of the most crucial objectives within UDF constitutions.


The council of political affairs refused to register the party, and continue its persistence that UDF must remove its call for separation of South from North from its objectives and constitutions. But we clearly reject and we will stand for separation of Sovereign state of independent Southern Sudan” UDF Chairman Peter A. Sule said.



In an interview with the SSCCIA Reporter the Chairman of United Democratic Front Mr. Peter Abdurrahman Sule said the Council of Political Affairs in Khartoum refused registration of UDF because the party has a clear objectives for the separation of South from Northern Sudan.


He said that the Council persistence is a tactic to refuse UDF from participating in the coming elections, despite the fact that the party has fulfilled all the requirement and procedures needed for the registration of political parties.


We have fulfilled all legal requirements, hosting of convention, logo of party, and fulfilled number of participants in convention” Sule said.


He says that there is no any legal proves and laws that forbids a party from contesting elections because it’s separatist or unionist in the objective. He points that UDF will continue its search for Sovereign State of South Sudan.


However Peter said UDF is not going to make any political alliance with Southern Sudan political that have no clear stand for the separation of South Sudan, and UDF will also refused to support any party that has no clear agenda and objective for South Sudan.


He regretted that all the nine members of Council of Political Affairs in Khartoum are made up of only SPLM with three members and NCP with six members in the council.

It’s the SPLM members in the council, even more vocal than the Arabs in the north demanding us to remove our objective of separation. Now if your own brother is acting this way, what do think your enemy can do to you?” Sule said.


He adds that he has presented this case of the Council of Political Affairs refusing to register UDF to GOSS president Salva Kiir last week end and promised to put pressure on the council.


He points that it’s very unfortunate; to see that SPLM members within the Council are more vocal in demanding UDF objectives separate south from the North to be removed from its constitution.


He says that this situation demonstrated by the council means, parties with majority of representatives in National Assembly, each is working according to the interest of their parties.


He said that this is a crucial time in the history of Sudan, when people are talking of democracy but in real sense no democratic transformation taking place in Sudan, but rule of power and dictatorship is controlling public affairs including judiciary.


Mr. Sule said his party will continue to spread the message of South Sudan Separation for the people of Southern Sudan, to make their own Sovereign and Independent nation of South Sudan.

United Democratic Front holds state convention.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan.

February 23,2009


Members of United Democratic Front party in Central Equatoria State is hosting state convention aiming at restructuring and electing new party members at the State level ahead of National Convention to take place in two days time.


State Chairman for UDF, Kamillo Bye-Bye Paul state during the opening remarks that South Sudan does not need any money but only land that belongs to them


“UDF have no money, but we have vision for tomorrow, now many people who defected from the party are coming back and the number is increasing from States, Counties to payams levels” UDF chairman Khamilo said


The chairman said during the hard times many people defected from the party because of torture and silent killing, but currently the party is gaining daily registration of new members because of clear vision to vote for the separate independent South Sudan.


While the youth representative of UDF party states that, for South Sudan to have peace and stability, the option is go for independent South Sudan, to bring about change in the families.


“We in UDF, we don’t want any money but we want this land of South Sudan. Those who wants money, them leave us lone” Chairman Kamillo said


His advises that elders and fathers in the families should maintain transparency without fear by telling and doing everything good for the South Sudan, without endangering the future generation.


In another remarks, women representative from UDF laments that most of he women are not happy because many of their children are loitering on the streets.


She points that its time to talk openly about he independence of South Ensure that South is for Southerners, because there are many reasons South needs separation from the Northern Sudan.


She ruled out that there is not real dividend of peace, as the situation of insecurity, killing of children and corruption where money is carried with bags to Uganda for building of schools remain a big challenge.


The representative of UDF in National level MP John Aurelio said, independence of South Sudan does not require too much talks, because sight effects of unity is already clear in daily life of the people.


MP John alerts that NCP is planning games to distort elections, including forgings and buying time for the elections, though NCP has already prepared and calculated time for the elections.


MP John said people of South Sudan have suffered enough, there is no reason why people should suffered again, when CPA has already given rights for self-government in Southern Sudan from Northern Sudan.


He outlined that from now and on, citizens should know that in 2011, comes referendum period, there is going be two boxes, to vote independent South or Unity of South Sudan, but in case of UDF, people must know that the option is to vote for separate South Sudan Nation.


He points that UDF after national convention would announce its intention where to stand for elections at all levels of contesting during the up coming general election in the Sudan.

“NCP wants to play with time , NCP is now preparing for elections, and wants to distort elections we want to tell to the people in CES, that they have to be ready for election at any time” John Aurelio said.


H adds that the vision of UDF is to head south for the independent State where democracy, good governance and freedom of rights are respect in South Sudan.


He points that some parties in South Sudan are not clearly advocating separation of South, result many people are not aware and conscious about coming referendum

choice.




Easily avoidable deaths in Otuho Nation,Hiyala Ambulance Bike now operational
 

South Sudan's bike ambulance lifeline

 

By Peter Martell
BBC News, Hiyala

There are certainly more comfortable ways to go to hospital than a motorbike with a sidecar bed attached to its side.
But the launch of these ambulance motorbikes in South Sudan is a serious attempt to tackle some of the world's highest rates of women dying in pregnancy.
A woman has a one-in-six chance of dying during pregnancy during the course of her lifetime in this underdeveloped region scarred by two decades of war, according to the United Nations.
A 15-year-old girl is more likely to die in childbirth than to complete school.
Easily avoidable deaths
Many of those deaths are easily avoidable if even basic medical support were available, experts say.
 
If a woman is pregnant and she goes into labour, it is very difficult to get her to the health centre within a short time
Susannah Patrick
Health worker
"Our place here is very big, and the health centre is only one," said Susannah Patrick, a health worker in the small village of Hiyala in Eastern Equatoria State.
She points to the rough and dusty track through her small village, a scattered collection of tin shacks and thatch huts.
Children play on the gun barrel of a rusting tank, a relic of Sudan's long years of war.
Only the toughest of vehicles travel these roads.
"If a woman is pregnant and she goes into labour, it is very difficult to get her to the health centre within a short time," she says.
That is where the motorbike ambulances are supposed to help.
The few health facilities are scattered across this remote land, and getting to them is a big problem for many.
Public transport rare
Half of all deliveries are done without trained health workers, while 80% take place outside a health facility.
South Sudan is a vast region - about the size of Spain and Portugal combined - but its roads were left in terrible conditions by 21 years of civil war.
Peace came four years ago, but public transport remains rare on the rough tracks that connect even the region's biggest towns.
Some 90% of the population lives off less than $1 a day, and many are too poor to hire transport if they are sick.
In the rainy season, many tracks become impassable to normal vehicles.
 
Local people held a special dance to welcome the ambulances

The motorbike ambulances have just started work in Eastern Equatoria State - one of the areas hardest hit by the long years of fighting.
The sidecar bed has padded cushions and powerful suspension to cope with Sudan's rough roads.
The patient can lie flat, with seat belts to strap them in, but there is also space for a health worker to support the woman too, if needed.
Special shade
There is even a special shade to cover the patient from the baking sun..
"The advantage of the motor bikes is that they can easily be managed at a lower level health facility," said Joyce Mphaya, a safe motherhood specialist with the UN children's fund (Unicef), which donated the bikes.
"It is cost-effective in terms of fuel, and you can easily move with the motorbikes to remote places, where there are no roads and where cars cannot go."
 
In Malawi, the bikes have helped more than halve maternal mortality
The five bikes - each costing $6,000 (£4,100) - are part of a pilot scheme, which if successful, could be rolled out elsewhere in the region.
"We have a transport problem of bringing the critically sick people to the few referral facilities available," said Atem Nathan Riak, head of primary healthcare for South Sudan's autonomous government.
Each county in the south is due to receive a four-wheeled ambulance this year, Mr Riak said.
But he says that more transport facilities are still needed badly.
"If the motorbikes work, we will go for it, and expand their use," he adds.
Sudan is not the first to use motorbike ambulances.
In Malawi, similar bikes helped more than halve maternal mortality rates over a period of four years.
They also helped halve the numbers of emergency caesarean sections, because they got the women to hospital before an operation was needed.
In South Sudan, girls often give birth at a young age, meaning complications in pregnancy are all too common.
The arrival of the motorbikes has therefore been welcomed warmly by local people, who say they hope that the vehicles can cut down the numbers of women dying.

 

Source:BBC




Youth Campaign against tribalism in Southern Sudan
 
Campaign against tribalism in Southern Sudan
 April 30,2009
 
The youth group from Southern Sudan, gathered in southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Wednesday 29th to discuss and wage a campaign against the practice of tribalism in Southern Sudan.
 
Mr.  Abdun Agaw said, Southern Sudan is in crucial process of nation building, and it would not succeed unless there is legal frame work established on authorities favouring tribalism in public duties.
 
?In this process of nation building, we will never succeed unless that there legal frame work establish on authorities in public sectors to eradicate tribalism? Mr. Abdun said
 
It has been noted that, it would be difficult and almost impossible to eradicate tribalism outside rule of laws, where equal opportunities are granted on basis of fundamental human rights without discrimination.
 
He mentioned that practice of tribalism in Southern Sudan public institutions have being practiced by the government technocrats in civil service institutions, as result it has become critical to fair employment leaving thousands of young graduates jobless.
 
Mr. Abdun said tribalism should be fought at the level of social justice and be enforcing by legal frame work in Southern Sudan. ?Unless tribalism is made punishable by law it is impossible to eradicate? One of the participants said.
 
 Pointing that the youth should formulate a nucleus wider group in Southern Sudan pressurize leaders in South on how affairs are conducted on tribal basis today in Southern Sudan.
 
The
Forum has also out lined the need to form a bloc against tribalism for common goal and purpose to build just nationhood in Southern Sudan.
 
The members in the forum warned that they would retain their votes from the leaders and political parties if they failed to present clear agenda of their political parties, on how to eradicate tribalism from the Southern Sudan public institutions and societies.
 
The participants argued that tribal practices in the South has become dangerous vice and destructive to the unity, harmony and peaceful co-existences leading to fuelling of inter-community conflicts.
 
The participants demanded that tribalism in Southern Sudan be incriminated and be punishable by law because it has become the source of divisions.
 
 It has been discussed that tribalism is that which opens the gate to wider rampant corruptions in Southern Sudan, including nepotism, and favouritism in public institutions of the both State and GoSS governments.
 
However, majority of members in the forum held leaders in key ministerial positions for being responsible for causing divisions and misleading youth on tribal lines in order to attain their political and individual interests.
 
The forum signals that youths are to be careful of politicians in a head 2010 scheduled elections in February, and conscious against the influences and interests of politicians that would result into electoral chaos and loose of youth life.
 
 
 
In another view, its was argued that campaign forum organized by youth against tribalism should  be extended to both State and GoSS Council of Ministers and parliaments for more discussions and deliberation because they are the causes of tribalism that is already rocking future nationhood of Southern Sudan and encroaching developing by  the force of corruption.
 
One of the grievances discussed in length, is that one of GoSS ministries  has been concentrated with  one tribesmen, and scholarships awards abroad are  been offered mainly to two ethnic lines representing unknown agenda in the  future of Southern Sudan.
 
The Undersecretary in GoSS Ministry of Parliamentary Affair Dr. Julia Juany in the other hand traced and blames former Sudan colonial rulers British government, for implanting seeds of tribalism in Southern Sudan.
 
Dr. Julia said, when the European came into Africa, they began to name some groups of African ancestors as tribes with negative connotation of permittivity and less developed group, thinking that they have no system of governances.
 
She argued that despite the fact that Southern Sudan consists of sixty ethnic lines have all their social, economic, belief and language civilities and systems of their governance, that was why the Nuer and Azande people resisted the British government.
 
?Colonial rulers have perpetuated negativity in Sudan considering one tribe better than others and this has cause selfishness and discrimination? Dr. Julia Juany said.
 



The SPLM Youth will have a campaign celebration for Election in Torit.
 

Speaker of South Sudan Legislative Assembly Hon.James Wani Igga in Torit County.

Torit State

The SPLM Youth will have a campaign celebration for Election in Torit.

Hon. Jubati Chairman SPLM, James Wani Iga, this time, invites all South Sudanese to vote to SPLAM like before, 1983, the Old Southern Sudanese to enjoy the movement to bring the freedom to the Sudan, particularly to South Sudan.

Now it is the Second time to all the South Sudan to vote the SPLM.

The Jubati Secretary General South Sector, Dr. Hannah Itto, the SPLM promised to all the South Sudanese now to have some schools, hospitals and roads and some new buildings. We have now telephone lines.

Now the SPLM is one encouraging the Old second citizens to be the first Citizens.

The people from Torit: No more Anti-knocks, bombs like before.

The SPLM takes care in all the struggles.

This time is to register to vote the SPLM, the Father of the Sudan and the Mother of the South Sudan. Now all the Youth, boys and girls,18 years and adults to vote for the SPLM.

Eng. Akol Paul Kordit, the President of the Youth said the meeting for the Kinana will be down. Thanks to all the SPLA/M soldiers and to all the women.

Thanks to all those who lost their lives during the struggles and may their souls rest in eternal peace and thanks to those who lost their arms and legs during the war.

Now the Arabs people from Khartoum come to South to buy our people with money not to vote for the SPLM but for the Khartoum government. Any one who has been given money for that reason should put the money in the pocket and use it but vote  for the SPLM. This money is from our oil; for our development of the South and your own benefit. Just eat it when given.

Why should your property be used to buy you???

This is the most important and critical time to vote the SPLM.

Next Month, 1st Jun. 2009, registration will begin. So register and vote for the SPLM.

 

Source;NSF By James Deng Angonk




Barking Dog Leads to Murder.
 

By The Associated Press

Wednesday April 1, 2009

SYDNEY -

A woman was convicted of fatally stabbing a neighbour who complained about her barking dog in Australia's biggest city.
A New South Wales Supreme Court jury found Katrina Megan Whitmore, 26, guilty of murder after two days of deliberations. Joseph Durrant, 47, of Sydney, was on his way home from Australia Day celebrations Jan. 27, 2007, when he argued with Whitmore in her yard about her dog.
Prosecutors said Whitmore threatened Durrant then attacked him with a knife.
Whitmore has acknowledged there was a struggle but denied wielding a knife.
She will be sentenced May 29.
"She does say that she told people not to speak to her dog like that," prosecutor Chris Maxwell told the court Wednesday.
A witness, Adam Duncan, told the court he was at a party next door when he saw Whitmore run down her driveway brandishing a knife, adding that he was "pretty sure Katrina stabbed him in the neck."
Co-accused Steven Spiro Sotiropoulos, who was involved in the fight and charged alongside Whitmore, was found not guilty of murder.



if Dr.Riak declared war against SPLA in 1991 there should be no SPLA/M or Dinka leadership today in the South but the Southerners yet not giveing thank to Nuer roles.
 

What does the President/Founder of SSCCIA condemnation against Lou Nuer and SPLA mean?

by F.Sen.Sam Simon Mayan Tut


Fellow Southerners,I am not supporting the tribal war in the South Sudan to day after we became under (GOSS) and (SSLA) system who can guide every one in the South Sudan from inhumanity crimes but what happened from the SPLA leadership in 1983/2006 against Nuer in general and Lou Nuer in particular during 21 years must not be repeated again.

Also mr.President of SSCCIA must know very well that war can bring good result some time and that is why we have got what is call (GOSS)today,if Murle tribe or any tribe in the South failed to respect Nuer community than what do we do next?

So let me apologsis to those whose will read this coment referring to the article written by the President/founder of SSCCIA asking the Southerners to strongly condenmed Lou Nuer and the SPLA as a result of Lou Nuer youth attack to Murle land in march 2009.

However,I don,t want to prolong my coment or explain more about the conflicts between Lou Nuer and Murle but let mr.President ask Murle people when that conflict begin and how many innocent people from Lou Nuer killed by Murle gunsmen since 1928 to on the 8th,march 2009?

So I would like to assured the President of SSCCIA that if he want to defend Murle let him go to the field not in the wedsite.Once again I think the president may not have good background or good story about the conflict between Lou Nuer and Murle community which took about (80)eighty years since 1928 upto on 8/3/2009 when Lou Nuer youth decided to said no enough Murle.So if Murle community killed 50 Lou Nuer persons a year how many people killed by Murle in the last 80 years ? about 4000 innocent people killed and millions of cattle and children taken by our close lovely neighbour Murle since 1928 up to on 8/3/2009.

However ,before on 8/3/2009 Murle killed 327 in Biel-cattle camp near Ulang County in 1998/99 and thousands of cattle were taken by Murle and again,on 15/3/2004 in Toi-Gila,Murle militia killed 275 Lou Nuer innocent people included women and children and elderly people,so mr.president dosen,t think that those thousands of Lou Nuer innocent relatives are not within the population of Lou Nuer or are not lovers relatives to Lou Nuer people?

Where were mr.president of SSCCIA in 1998/99 and 2004 and 2006 when Lou Nuer civilian have been killed by Murle and SPLA government or mr.president love Murle people more than Lou Nuer people whose can also vote for him if he want to contest for (GOSS)presidential seat.

Does mr.president of SSCCIA think that the Lou Nuer people should leaved Lou Nuer land to Murle community or the children,elderly people and women of Lou Nuer community should yearly fall tears on their eyes because of their lovely husbands,fathers and brothers kills by Murle or should not quitly sleep at night because of Murle problem?

When you are in the school,you must have a final year to end off your schooling and any examination always have a final result.So let Lou Nuer youth since they were already disarmed by the (GOSS) in 2006 in which every community in the South heard and know including UN and the International community,its Lou Nuer people whose can worried because their children went to attacked Murle land without guns in their hands and Murle community have got half of million guns in their hands.

Finally,as a chairman of BNFA community in Sudan over Nuer land,I want to advice any community in the south Sudan not only Murle and Dinka alone not to attack any Nuer area in whole over Nuer land,what happened in the past by loosed their lovely heroes leaders Samuel Gai Tut and William Chuol Deng and 450 Nuer SPLA qualified officers whose remainded under the SPLA/M leadership in 1991 and killed in 1994 and thousands of Nuer innocent civilians must never be repeated again in the South Sudan otherwise we will destory the South and be reunited again by all of us or we must all respect one another as brothers and sisters because we don,t have first class citizen and second class citizen in the South Sudan we are all usefull and lovely citizens of the South and all fights for the good will of the South Sudan.

Also the Southern communities should appricated the roles that the Nuer leaders has been played since 1953 upto 2009,the self determination for the South came from Nuer leader which is Dr.Riak Machar Teny Dhuorgon in 1997,if Dr.Riak declared war against SPLA in 1991 there should be no SPLA/M or Dinka leadership today in the South but the Southerners yet not giveing thank to Nuer roles.Again,Hero Both Diu declared Federal system in the National Assembly in 1958 and Sudan became under Both Diu proposal today but yet nothing be done by Nuer in the South.Dr.Riak Machar leaved his position when he go back to SPLA/M in 2000 for the sake of the South but Dinka approached Dr.Machar to said sorry to Dinka forgotten that there is no Dinka in the South without Nuer.

I have strongly appeal to the Southerners generally to respect one another and provide justice and equality and also to respect the unity of the South Sudan not Nuer alone should respect the unity of the south and any community who will attack Nuer land in the South must pay double consequences or double price.Many things happened against Nuer and yet Nuer still keeping silence and still the bad mismanagement going on against them.Who will be blame in the South if time become into zero hour?

Let us all come to unite and not disrespcet among ourselves.
God bless the South Sudan and Sudan in general.

F.Sen Sam Simon Mayan Tut/Chairman of BNFA.



Two State Youths in Conflict Why is it take GOSS long to solve Cattle rustling problem in South Sudan? Charles Pioneson
  Conflict erupts between pastoralist youth of Warrap and Lakes states
Tuesday 31 March 2009.

By Manyang Mayom

March 30, 2009 (RUMBEK) — Inter-state conflict erupted again between Cueibet county pastoralists’ youth of Lakes state and Warrap state pastoralists’ youth on Sunday early morning, when youth of the Cueibet Gok clan launched a flashpoint assault into Warrap territories to a place called Kolkou and Manyang-yic.

Lakes State Governor Daniel Akot (photo M. Mayom)

Although only two wounded persons were admitted at Cueibet local hospital on Sunday afternoon, everyone in Cueibet town is crying seeking to see his son, since mixed up reports indicate that more are missing in action. Again on Monday, an unconfirmed report said that 13 other people were brought wounded to Cueibet local hospital, according to Hon. Mario Deng Bol, Cueibet’s representative in the Lakes state parliament and chairperson of the financial committee.

There are mixed reactions among local inhabitants of Cueibet community. “If truth be told, we launched the assault to Warrap state because their youth day by day took away our cows and also the killing of pregnant women has become common and our commissioner usually is forced to loot back the cows to their owners and yet our cows are not completely returned back to us, so we are not happy, we have to used our powers to return our cows,” said a resident who did not wish to be named.

One wounded man asserted that they had launched the operation to Warrap state at 3 o’clock at night but were met defiantly by youth already prepared. Even so, they managed to run away with a small number of domestic animals, but later they got scared and actually left all the cows nowhere in the bushes, he said. “First we had to defend ourselves,” he said.

According to a cattle keeper youth member of Cueibet county, Mathiang Maker, last month Jalwau youth of Warrap state attacked Gok-Panyar youth of Cueibet county and that attack at Tiaptiap payam resulted in the killing of four pregnant women and more properties were looted and as well a herd of cattle was taken with the attacking youth. So this attack was organized by Gok youth in retribution for the first attack done by Warrap youth, he argued.

On March 20, 2009, members of parliaments from each of the two states held a meeting at the Cueibet County premises that resulted in the signing of a framework for peace for two the states but both youth groups dishonored the peace framework.

Cueibet county is located in the western part of Rumbek Central County at a distance of just 50 km from the state capital. It is served by eight Payams that include: Tiaptiap, Mayath, Pagor, Abiriu, Duong, Chietcok, Malou-pec and Gap.

However, the Lakes state government has purchased the help of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to assist local police. The sector of operations seems to be quelled down since the tension between Warrap state pastoralists’ youth of Jalwau and Cueibet county pastoralists’ youth of Lakes state.

Furthermore, robbers and cattle thieves are reported in the western part of Lakes state everywhere but particularly at a place called “Aber” just at a distance of 10 km from Rumbek central county. Also Mvolo road has robbers meanwhile new robbers are discovered on the road to greater Yirol counties. One road to Rumbek North County (Maper) is safe for a quick journey but the poor road conditions on the way to Maper threaten passengers.

Cueibet County one of the eight counties of Lakes state and the home area of Lakes State Governor Lieutenant General Daniel Awet Akot, who hails from at small village of Mayath payam at just a distance of 43 km from the state capital.

In a separate incident, an attack on Mvolo road Saturday, a famous bus well known as “Nationdit” was hijacked and looted while two people are reported killed, according to a source.

According to Captian Makok Mathian, who serves as an officer with Lakes state correctional prisons services and spoke on the way from Cueibet to Rumbek, six robbers are locked up in Lakes state correctional prisons services custody charges for pickpocket and murders.

Captain Mathiang said that those who hijack buses on roads are deserters who break away from their units.

During the dry season like now in South Sudan, water points are flashpoints for inter-clan or inter-state hostility, whereas the rainy season is known as a peaceful period despite fears of any revenge within the society.

On September 5, 2006, the former governor, John Lat Zechariah, was removed from power by South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit charging him of failing to quell down insecurity. The current governor took his position after being downgraded from the post of GOSS Minister of Interior Affairs, making a promise to streamline Lakes state once again into a state of rule of law.

(ST)



Four Kony Rebels killed by WES Arrow Boys
  Press Release – 30th March 2009



WES Self Defence groups clashed with LRA in Nzara county killing four LRA terrorists



The Arrow boys Self Defence groups in Western Equatoria have again clashed with Ugandan Lords Army rebels (LRA) and this time our gallant boys taught the LRA a lesson as the Self Defence groups inflected heavy losses on the LRA by killing 4 terrorist and capturing another terrorist alive.



The clash occurred on Saturday 28th March 2008 in Nzara country which is not far from Yambio but we could not bring the news earlier as the Self Defence group waited for WES Minister of local government & law enforcement, Col Samuel Bati to rush to the scene and verify the clash and the killing of the 4 LRA terrorists and the taken LRA prisoner. The clash occurred in the village of Sangua on the way to Dorima and the LRA are believed to have come from the area of Dorima in Congo DR where they have set up a camp just inside the Congo DR . Also A woman and her 2 children who had been captive with the LRA for over a year was rescued together with the two children and the mother and the children are now being cared for by the state Authority in WES as they were collected yesterday by WES Minister of local govt & law enforcement. On the other hand WES authorities are baffled by the fact that the captured LRA terrorist seem to be a Sudanese Arab and he has been handed over to Nzara county police and security officials for interrogation and verification of his identity and how he came to be with the LRA terrorists.



Strange also is the fact that in same area of Sangua, three weeks ago, WES authorities seized a convoy of trucks heading toward Cong DR with food items consisting of maize flour, beans, salt and rice. Authorises suspected the food was being delivered to the LRA because the suspicion was raised as the trucks were told they could not go beyond the village because there was no road to Congo over there and further there is an LRA camp between Doruma in Congo DR and Namama in Sudan but they insisted on going still up to Namama where they can unload the food so that Congo DR internal displaced people (IDP) can walk 21 miles via area occupied now by LRA to come collect the food items of 103 metric tonnes. Hence WES authority stopped the food convoy and seized the 13 trucks for questioning and clarification on their intended target for delivery of the supplies whether it is indeed for internal dappled in Congo DR or convert operation to supply LRA with food. According to the trucks convey leader, it is WFP who contacted Caritas Uganda to deliver the food but so far nobody from either Caritas Uganda nor WFP has come to Yambio to claim the food consignment and WFP in Juba and SSRRC in Juba all say they are not aware about such arrangement to deliver food to Dorima. Hence WES authorities are still holding the food trucks while waiting for the right information from either WFP or Caritas Uganda .



Charles Kisanga



Eng. Kisanga is former SPLM NLC member and chairman of Western Equatoria Azande Community World-Wide Organisation. He can be reached on cbkisanga@yahoo. co.uk, Tel: +44-770899 8373



They are going to be given salary and the problems in Nadapal is going to be solved Said Major General Isaac Obuto Mamur Mette (Olongere olo gulo hitti)
 

Major General Obut proof beyond reasonable doubt as innocent by SPLA Court Martial.

Photo by Andrew Allam

Major General Obuto Mamur Mette  above has helped to secue salary for disabled and wounded former SPLA/M combatants. Obuto was almost in closed bar for two years but was released on December 30,2008 after the South Sudan Court found him innocent of political motivated charges late by few leaders in GOSS. He under went physical and psychological torture under his own army and superiors.

Now Major  General Obuto is doing his usual work since he joint the SPLA/M as a honest son and hero of South Sudan who sacrificed his life without defection to a faction or joining oppressive regime in Khartoum. Read below article from SRS.

 

END

 

 

 

27 March 2009 - War Veterans Block Road At Nadapal Over Unpaid Salaries

Source.SRS

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SPLM as a party is ready for the upcoming general elections and for sure will win most of the seats in the country
 

Comrade James Wani Igga Addresses SPLM Planning Workshop

 

[Juba, South Sudan ] – By Larco Lomayat   March 26, 2009

 

The three days SPLM National Secretariat for Popular and Syndicated Organizations planning workshop kicks-off at New York Hotel in Juba today and attended by comrade Martin Majut Yak, National Secretary for Popular and Syndicated Organizations, Comrade Acuil Malith Banggol, Secretary for popular and syndicated organizations, Southern Sector and Comrade  Walid Hamid, Secretary for Secretary for popular and syndicated organizations, Northern Sector plus all the assistant secretaries for popular and syndicated organizations of all the twenty five states of the Sudan.

 
Comrade James Wani Igga
 

Comrade Martin Yak, National Secretary for Popular and syndicated organizations briefed the conferees and of the purpose of the workshop and called upon comrade James Wani Igga to officially open the workshop and address the conferees.

 

In his remarks, comrade Rt. Hon. James Wani Igga, Deputy Chairman of SPLM, Speaker of South Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) and Chairman of SPLM Election committees talked briefly on Election policies, objectives of SPLM towards democracy in the Sudan and goals of SPLM in transforming the Sudan into the democratic system.  Comrade Igga also shed lights on the views and challenges facing the upcoming general elections. I will talk more at my tomorrow’s session, said comrade Igga.

 
 
H. E. Honorable Michael Makuei
 

On his part, H. E. Honorable Michael Makuei, Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Developments, GOSS, who is also one of keynote speakers shed lights on the legal aspect of electoral laws which may hinder the upcoming elections if not amended by the NCP in order the Sudanese people to experience free and fair election in the Sudan .

 
 
Comrade Martin Majut Yak
 

The three days SPLM planning workshop will discusses issues with the view of creating an understanding of the vision and objectives of the SPLM party as they relate to women, youth, professionals and other groups.  The facilitators will also highlight the role of these groups in achievement of the SPLM vision.  The role of SPLM Youth League, SPLM Women League, SPLM Students’ League, advocacy, mobilization will also be discussed ways and strategies of overcoming the challenges that will face the upcoming general election in the Sudan .

 

SPLM as a party is ready for the upcoming general elections and for sure will win most of the seats in the country.

 
 
Comrade Acuil Malith Banggol
 
 
Comrade Antipas Nyok
 
 



"We are alerting forces that we may have some difficulties with salaries ... They need to know ahead so they are not surprised," acting spokesman Malaak Ayuen Ajok said.
  By Skye Wheeler

JUBA, Sudan, March 26 (Reuters) - South Sudan on Thursday said falling oil revenues would leave it struggling to pay soldiers in its vast army, in the latest sign of a financial crisis that could undermine a fragile north-south peace deal.

The region has had to slash spending this year to cope with the near $100 fall in the oil price since July and the cuts have already sparked unrest after disabled soldiers last week blocked key trade routes in protests over back-pay.

South Sudan gets almost all of its revenues from oil found in its territory according to the terms of the 2005 peace deal that ended more than two decades of north-south civil war.

The south has already warned it might not be able to cover the salaries of all government workers in March, if Khartoum failed to send an additional $50 million in oil revenue arrears from last year.

South Sudan's army told Reuters the former rebel force might not be able to pay salaries on time in the months ahead.

"We are alerting forces that we may have some difficulties with salaries ... They need to know ahead so they are not surprised," acting spokesman Malaak Ayuen Ajok said.

The south's Sudan People's Liberation Army is officially made up of around 60,000 troops, but officials have said as many as 160,000 people, some absorbed from the south's many militias, could be on its pay roll.

"It is dangerous to the peace if people are not paid salaries and do not understand why," Finance Ministry Undersecretary Aggrey Tisa told Reuters
The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement created a semi-autonomous southern government, allowed the south to maintain its own army and promised a referendum on southern independence in 2011.

Relations between north and south Sudan are still tense and troops from both sides have clashed on a number of occasions.

Washington-based campaign group Refugees International said on Thursday the U.S. government should step up funding to help the southern government build up social services, create jobs and invest in agriculture.

"South Sudan needs an emergency financial package to address its current crisis and to keep the (north-south peace) agreement from failing," senior advocate Andrea Lari said.

Two million people died and 4 million fled their homes between 1983 and 2005 as north and south Sudan battled out differences in ideology, ethnicity and religion. Fighting since then between northern and southern troops over the contested oil region of Abyei has caused some analysts to warn the country could be dragged back into civil war. (Editing by Andrew Heavens) (For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit:



“those” pointing out his drastic shift of position are “half-witted critics,” Alex De Waal
 

Alex De Waal Response by Proxy on Darfur Genocide Question

By

Steve Paterno

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I wrote an article published in Sudan Tribune on March 23rd, 2009 entitled “Alex De Waal and Darfur Genocide Question.”  In the article, I stated and explained that Dr. Alex De Waal, a foremost expert and scholar on Sudanese affairs has, of recent, been dismissive of any claim of genocide committed in Darfur, skeptical of the strength of evidence of genocide that can be presented in court, and adamantly opposed to the prosecutions of President Omar al-Bashir on the alleged crimes he committed in the ongoing conflict in Darfur. The article also points out De Waal’s relentless attacks on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and it as well exposes De Waal’s drastic shift of position over a short period of time on the same subject.

In what seems to be a rather disguised reaction to my article, De Waal made a very weak attempt to refute some of the concerns I raised with respect to his position on the subject matter. His feeble effort surfaced in an article he published, following my article, on his blog which he later forwarded the same article to be carried in Sudan Tribune the subsequent day with the title Genocide by force of habit?  In his article, De Waal made endeavored to completely avoid any direct reference to me or my article. The closest he come to making reference to me is where he used generic pronounce such as “those” and “some.” Interestingly, he instead picked up on a likely target, Professor Eric Reeve who is similar to him in some odd ways as his point of reference. He makes a reference of Reeve’s article written awhile ago, which pointed out that he has shifted his position on the genocide question.

De Waal goes in his article to charge that “those” pointing out his drastic shift of position are “half-witted critics,” because though he shifted his position, it is “a minor shift” that changes with facts. For those who follow De Waal’s shifting of position, the fear is that he is trying to change the facts as he goes other than trying to allow facts change him. According to him, some of the facts, which make him shift his position include: lack of evidence on part of Khartoum regime for its intention to commit genocide in Darfur; advice from lawyers who told him not to use the term genocide when referring to atrocities committed in Darfur; the dropping down of mortality rate; the reduction of violence by 90%; and the bringing of humanitarian crisis under control.

Though De Waal sought to address my article by proxies, I was in away compelled to respond to his article by posting my comments on his blog to address some of the issues that he tried to refute. To my surprise, De Waal decided to block my commentaries. He then wrote me privately, issuing a condition that before he would post my commentaries, I “must apologize in public” for alleging that he (De Waal) opposes the arrest of al-Bashir and for questioning his motive for having alerted al-Bashir weeks prior to prosecutor of ICC officially filing for the arrest warrant against al-Bashir.

To me, it was apparent that De Waal was attempting to blackmail me into apologizing to him, given that my article has clearly impacted him negatively. It also became obvious that he was in away trying to suppress my freedom of expression and limit my ability to exchange ideas by not only blocking my commentaries, but also by threatening to deny me access to public platform. It would only be fair if he would allow my commentaries to be posted along his article, because his article was attending to my previous article by proxy. In addition, my commentaries were relevant to his article. But instead, De Waal chose the art of blackmailing and power of suppression to deal away with me, though not successful. So the concept of censorship is not only practiced in Khartoum or by some dictators with big names. It seems to be all over.    

Anyway, on my part, I see no reason to apologize to De Waal for my article. I don’t think I can also be blackmailed or succumbed into any threats. And I am not in any way bound to have my freedom of expression restricted and my ability to exchange ideas get limited by those who falsely think they have monopoly of thoughts. I have not made any false allegations against De Waal, but my points are all supported by hard facts—the facts, which mostly originated from De Waal’s own writings. For example, on a notion that De Waal opposes the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir, in an Op-Ed for Washington Post, even weeks before the ICC Prosecutor Ocampo could file a request for the arrest warrant against al-Bashir, De Waal warned that bringing charges “against the highest echelons of government” in Khartoum is a terrible gamble. (This was when De Waal had already a tip-off on the possibility of imminent charges being leveled against al-Bashir where in turn he alerted al-Bashir of it). Ever since then, De Waal continued to argue against the arrest warrant against al-Bashir. Just months prior to the ICC Pretrial Chamber making the rulings against al-Bashir, De Waal went on to critique the public application by the chief prosecutor of the ICC for an arrest warrant against al-Bashir where De Waal recommended that there should never be any charges “brought against the Sudanese President.” He urged the United Nation Security Council to invoke article 16 for “unconditional” deferral of al-Bashir arrest warrant. The facts that De Waal is oppose to the arrest of al-Bashir are very clear and can be inferred from all his writings, even way before the application of arrest warrant for al-Bashir was filed as demonstrated in the examples above. De Waal is a featured celebrity of pro Khartoum regime Sudan Media Center , where his arguments in opposition of ICC are echoed in that platform over and over for the amazement of the regime in Khartoum and its supporters.

As for De Waal complaints for being questioned on his motive for alerting al-Bashir prior to the ICC prosecutor filing the application for the arrest warrant, it is up to De Waal to explain his motives and for the general public to interpret or even speculate on those motives.

Well, the last time I checked De Waal’s blog, Eric Reeve, the lone respondent whom De Waal picked-on and allowed to comment on his article, is being pounded by the supporters of the regime in Khartoum . Those supporters of the regime in Khartoum are allowed to post their commentaries at the expense of those who disagree with De Waal. The most shocking twist of events, De Waal had no choice, but to forward his article to be published in Sudan Tribune as a counteraction to my own article. I hope this is not “counteraction on the cheap.” This is ironic, because De Waal could privately threaten to deny me access to a public platform he controls while he would sneak around to go after me in search of another public platform that I thrive on. After all, De Waal does not control public platform at least that is what he found out. Now with his article, which he denied me to comment on already published in Sudan Tribune, I am in a liberty to comment on it as much as I want, but out of respect, I am not going to. I leave it for those who agree with him to do the commentaries.

If there is any lesson learned, it will be that my article affects De Waal negatively and exposes his contradicting positions on the ongoing conflict in Darfur, though it is difficult for him to openly admit the obvious. Another lesson learn is that knowledge is independent of any single individual regardless of their race, region, class or what have you—there is no one in charge of monopolizing knowledge—no matter how many times he or she is called “expert.”  The search for truth, which is independent of any individual human being or a race, is left to all. The good thing about the truth is that it will always prevail in the end and set one free. With that, this must be the lesson of today.


Source:NSF



We are committed to the SPLM movement because of blood of our Murle heroes like Ngachigak Ngachaluk, Lokurnyang Lado, Clement Kathinya, Bothrus Agany and David Ngare among others who offer their lives so that you enjoy the privileges that you had today.
 

The President of Southern Sudan attitudes towards Murle Community.

By:  John. B. Kumen

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Murle are part of Didinga group, Cattle raiding  and our cultures are the sources of problems and President Kiir must solve Murle and cattle raiding problems in South Sudan to avoid massscre as it happened in Pibor.

Who is accountable for all this massive killing of children,women and elderly?

Charles

 

When CPA was signed in 2005 Southerners advocated for unity and reconciliation among us and the pasts be forgotten and new development will be shared for all Southern Sudan . But unfortunately hatred developed its routes against Murle community in President Salva Kiir government. Our contributions was not considered; instate President Kiir damaged the image of Murle community by executing the following plans;

1. Approved and executed the death of Lokurnyang Lado, founder of Southern Sudan Liberation movement (SSLM)

2. Led Nanaam massacre (western Pibor) of 1988 where thousands of lives were killed mostly Murle women and children.

3. Refused to form committee to investigate Bor hospital incident where our Murle patients and officials were killed in Bor town, the case similar to Tombora-Yambiyo incident where 4 Officers were killed.

4. President Kiir deceived community of Pibor with two new Counties because he was ill advice by the incombant Governor of Jonglei State who happen to be from Dinka tribe

5. He led campaign against the Murle people as notorious, criminals, child abductors and cattle raiders on diplomatic missions. A President who went to campaign against  small tribe like Murle on his diplomatic mission to America and the recent occasioned on 21/09/008 in Lobonok Mission in Juba provoke and  anger the Murle community in Southern Sudan.

The people of Southern Sudan waged the African longest armed struggle in quest for social justice, respect ethnics dignity, equality, freedom control by rule of law and rights for self determination to defense their own political destiny, social economic and cultural well beings. We would have achieved all these if the leadership of Comrade Kiir has not become discriminative and tribalistic government in nature. A government dominated by single tribe under his leadership and head of autonomous state like President Kiir that waged cold war against small ethnics groups like Murle is a tribal government. Suppression and marginalization of Murle community by Salva Kiir is tribal war between Murle people and his government. His war crimes and crimes against humanity in Murle land in 1988 will not be forgotten by the history in Southern Sudan in 21st century, and the Murle people have capacity and ability to resist Kiir regime that dares to exterminate their existence through false propaganda as nationality with its own system in Southern Sudan . We want to remind President Kiir that your negative attitude towards Murle community will culminate into worse impact in the future for your government if you refuse to control your tongue. We, the Murle community questioned the creditability of President Salva Kiir leadership in Southern Sudan . Why Kiir did deployed most of the Murle senior Officers in Bhar el Ghazal region if there were thieves and criminals who do not follow the law. These people will then go and steal children from his region.

Murle contributions in SPLM/A movement

The SPLM/A started its entry into Sudan through Murle land, the local population from Boma and Pibor under the leadership of Chief Mojong Kengen Longole mobilized the community and well-come SPLA forces with 10,500  cattle. His men supported movement with both logistics and participation in war in Kapoeta and Pibor. The charismatic and transformational leadership of late Lokurnyang Lado and Ngachigak Ngachaluk moved all southern Sudanese students from Malakal and other towns in Southern Sudan to joined Southern Sudan Liberation movement whose product is Comrade Pagan Amum ,the SPLM secretary General. Agrab battalion was mainly dominated by Murle sons who because of their leadership skills captured Boma on 9/04/1985 and advanced their movement towards Kapoeta where we lost hero Comrade Ngachigak Ngachaluk, a military-Political high Command. No tribe in Southern Sudan lost such senior person in the movement whose contribution is not recognized like Murle community. Some SPLA senior officers from Murle tribe did tremendous works in launching military attacks against the enemy positions before CPA. Although we are small community, our contributions in this movement is profound. During those days when movement was divided into Nasir faction and Torit faction most of the Murle in so-called liberated areas remained loyal to the movement. We never became Nyagat (bandits) or rebel against movement.

 On his Presidential visit to Pibor County in 2007, the message of weapons collection from the hands of civilians was taken with great concern by all Murle leadership at all levels of Government. The community noted this information while reflecting the past disarmament programs in 1977 and 1980s before SPLA launched its revolutionary war in 1983. The peaceful and successful civil disarmament programme in Southern Sudan was profoundly seen in Pibor County . We collected over 1,931 different types of weapons currently stored in Pibor town. In President own State (Warrap), weapons were looted on broad day time from the store. His government never condemned this unlawful behavior of President tribe men. The President community are fighting on clanism basis, the rule of law are dysfunctional. Yet he did nothing. Recently the incident happened in Lakes State Kiir formed Committee to investigate the problem. Many issues from Murle community are filed and pended in his office he gives no solution to Murle Problem. What type of President is that who is discriminative person? 

 Origin of Murle People

The Murle people live in jonglei state in Southern Sudan and most of them congregated around Pibor, Kengen, Lolita and Vevino rivers. Over many years of migration, they have gathered reputation of being fierce and warriors’ people. This reputation was termed by Jonathan.E.Arenson in his Book called MICE ARE MEN as “rightly earned reputation because of their search for cattle, women and children” the Statement which I  rebuke it as fallacy and it is a constant and common allegations made by Murle neighbors in Southern Sudan. The Murle live entirely within Sudan but their origin is from southern Ethiopia . They belong to the Semitic family in which in Sudan we have the Didinga, Tenet, and Larim (Boya) found in eastern Equatoria. Historical findings indicated that the people originated near Maji Mountain in Ethiopia . The Murle migrated from Omo river into the region of Kapoeta of Sudan. However, in the mids of 18th Century’s this community (Murle) was devastated by catastrophes of small pox pandemic and rinder pest. This situation coincided with Toposa invasion and migration into Murle region from northern Uganda . In a series of battles the weak Murle state was defeated by new migrants (Toposa). The remnants moved northwards in a search for a new land for settlement.

Because of the remote location of Murle land, the mahadist upheavals of the 1880’s and on wards by passed them. The British system of administration in Sudan and Southern Sudan in particular focused their attention on the people they could reach from the banks of the Nile river. The privileges communities were the Dinka, Shilluk, and Nuer ethnic groups. The British government set governments post in those places.

The Dinka-bor continued their accusations against Murle people known as biers. This was seen by the new government in place as embarrassment. The British decided to bring biers (Murle) under their control. In 1910, the governor of Mongalla ,RCR Owens without calling for peace conference to mediate for peace, wrote “ if the Biers raids are allowed to go without government retaliating and taking steps to stop them, the loss of prestige and confidence of the government will be great” (Collins: 1960: 43)

 From that time onwards a government campaign against the Murle infavour of Dinka-Bor was planned. In 1912, three separate columns of troops were sent against the Murle whom they referred as Biers. They are to be attacked from different directions namely: North, East, and South. The column from the southern direction never arrived due to lack of water. The others finally did arrive at the Murle land and had a number of running battles with the Murle warriors. Eventually Murle warriors lost war in favour of government. Large herds of Murle cattle were looted; many Murle women, children, and men were killed.  The punitive military campaign against the Murle community led to the establishment of Pibor post as administration centre. The government campaign against the Murle was the second route cause of the conflict between the Murle and her neighbors in a former jonglei district.

The slave trade activity by Northerners in South Sudan was conducted a long the Nile basin. The communities (Dinka-Bor) found a long the river Nile discovered the lucrative profits from this business activities. They begun by stealing children of neighbors and together with wedlock children, sale them to Murle society, a business which Murle found to be a source of expanding their community for protection. The child trafficking business introduced to Murle people is the third route cause of the conflict.

The same attitude was demonstrated again in the reign of Abel Alier as President of high executive Council when he influences President Jaafar Nimeri in 1980 where Murle were killed in discriminatively and latter when  the case was  investigated and  proved false on the side of government.

We challenge, as Murle community the attitudes of President Kiir. This Period is volatile situation and the unity of Southern Sudanese is paramount to this nation. If Comrade Salva cannot stomach Murle behavior, please report our case to UN and declared Murle community as independent State within the State. We are committed to the SPLM movement because of blood of our Murle heroes like Ngachigak Ngachaluk, Lokurnyang Lado, Clement Kathinya, Bothrus Agany and David Ngare among others who offer their lives so that you enjoy the privileges that you had today. The   community demand public apology from your office to restore the damage of Murle community.  

From that time onwards a government campaign against the Murle infavour of Dinka-Bor was planned. In 1912, three separate columns of troops were sent against the Murle whom they referred as Biers. They are to be attacked from different directions namely: North, East, and South. The column from the southern direction never arrived due to lack of water. The others finally did arrive at the Murle land and had a number of running battles with the Murle warriors. Eventually Murle warriors lost war in favour of government. Large herds of Murle cattle were looted; many Murle women, children, and men were killed.  The punitive military campaign against the Murle community led to the establishment of Pibor post as administration centre. The government campaign against the Murle was the second route cause of the conflict between the Murle and her neighbors in a former jonglei district.

The slave trade activity by Northerners in South Sudan was conducted a long the Nile basin. The communities (Dinka-Bor) found a long the river Nile discovered the lucrative profits from this business activities. They begun by stealing children of neighbors and together with wedlock children, sale them to Murle society, a business which Murle found to be a source of expanding their community for protection. The child trafficking business introduced to Murle people is the third route cause of the conflict.

The same attitude was demonstrated again in the reign of Abel Alier as President of high executive Council when he influences President Jaafar Nimeri in 1980 where Murle were killed in discriminatively and latter when  the case was  investigated and  proved false on the side of government.

 We challenge, as Murle community the attitudes of President Kiir. This Period is volatile situation and the unity of Southern Sudanese is paramount to this nation. If Comrade Salva cannot stomach Murle behavior, please report our case to UN and declared Murle community as independent State within the State. We are committed to the SPLM movement because of blood of our Murle heroes like Ngachigak Ngachaluk, Lokurnyang Lado, Clement Kathinya, Bothrus Agany and David Ngare among others who offer their lives so that you enjoy the privileges that you had today. The   community demand public apology from your office to restore the damage of Murle community.

 

Source: Charles Kisanga ,Head of SPLM/A Patriotic

Photos: File from SD and BUDITO

 

Vital message for all Southern Sudanese

Dear All,
 
Greetings to everyone. Like noted by a few collegues here, this is personally the first time to me to hear the perpsective of the Murle Community on a one-sided perception that has been created about them for years in the South. Mr. John Kumen, thank you for enlightening those of us who are always in search of two sides of the story through your piece below. Wars of words aside; I would like to share with everyone my three hours experience in Lekuangolei Payam in Pibor County in Jongolei State . On Tuesday March 24, 2009 I travelled in a UN Team led by the head of the UN for South Sudan to conduct a rapid assessment of reported killings of hundreds of Murle in the above mentioned location. 
It is also very important to mentioned here that, the trip came a of a request made on 17 March 2009 by the Deputy Governor of Jongolei State and SSRRC Director to UN agencies and international NGOs working in Jonglei. The UN agencies and NGOs operating in Jongolei brought the situation to the attention of the Head of the UN for South. Jongolei State governmrnt basically appealed for emergency humanitarian intervention to support over 5000 Murlei IDPS in Lekuangolei Payam who were displaced following attacks by Lou Nuer groups that killed over seven hundred Murle.  The attacks were said to be retaliation against Murlei attacks which took place in January 2009.  The Jonglei Government rated food aid, shelter, water and health kits as the most urgent needs. In response, WFP is presently mobilising distribution of 30-day rations for the affected population and UNICEF has sent a Child Protection team and Non-Food Items (NFIs) needs.  PACT Sudan is attending to water and sanitation needs and MSF-Belgium is taking care of the nutrition support and the GOSS Ministry of Health has approved the dispatch of emergency health kits to Lekuangolei Pibor county.

Having provided you with the context of the situation as wellas some of the actions being taken to address the crises in Pibor county, I would like to point out that as a Southerner in that team that visited Lekuangolei yesterday; I was traumatized by the senseless intension that motivated the killings of hundreds of men, women and children in the Murle community. I wonder if the Murle Community will be able to complete the burial of the some decaying dead bodies. For the first time, and deeply within me, I questioned the sustainability of the peace we have achieved after 2011.  You know, leaving in Juba , where there is relatively some level of tolerance in diversity, tend to make one to assume that things are ok in the rest of country.  It is only when tragedy of this magnitude strike that I am reminded we are still very far from progress.What is so disturbing about the tragedy that has befallen the Murle in comparison to the LRA killings of Equatorians, is that it is caused by fellow Southerners. Note; this is not to belittle in any manner the painful killings of Equatorians by LRA for the past couple of years.  It is absolutely unacceptable for anyone and especially any ethnic group in South Sudan to organize themselves and kill over seven hundred of fellow Southerners in one single strike! Honestly, what is the objective? Leaders of the Lou Nuer community please talk to your people. Like-wise leaders of the Murle community kindly do not be tempted by a counter attack. I would end by expressing my sincere condolence to the Murle Community. And please dear fellow netters, kindly I will not be available to answer any responses on this as I will be travelling and it was only an initiative on my part to share with all of you my personal experience.

Josephine

kidepo55@yahoo.ca

 

 




Take the ownership and utilization of these three institutions in Kudo Payam
 

 

(Gurtong) 

General News 
17/03/2009 14:16:08

Two Educational Institutions and Health Centre Opened in Torit County

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, March 16 (Gurtong) – Two new educational institutions and a health centre have been inaugurated in Kudo Payam in Torit County.

The Governor of Eastern Equatoria, His Excellency Brigadier General Aloysius Ojetuk Emor, last Wednesday officially opened St Peter’s Claver and  Kudo primary schools and Kudo Health Centre, where he appealed the locals to take the lead in the ownership and utilisation of the facilities.

Addressing the massive turn up during the event, the Governor expressed his gratitude to the people of Kudo Payam for their generous contribution and cooperation towards the construction of the three facilities.

“The institutions opened today neither belongs to me nor the donors. These are your belongings and you should take good care of them as you derive benefits from them”, Brigadier Emor told the locals.

He also assured the community that the government will drill more boreholes and renovate the Kudo Primary Health Centre Unit (PHCU) in the near future.

The Eastern Equatoria State Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Francis Ben Ataba, who was also present, urged all parents to send their children to school, adding that more professional staff will be recruited by his ministry to handle the increasing number of school-going children.

The construction of Kudo Primary School was funded and implemented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Action Africa Help - International while St Peter‘s Claver Primary School was funded by the United Kingdom’s Department For International Development (DFID) and implemented by Bridge Caritas Swiss, who also funded the construction of  Kudo Health Centre.




Gov. Kual Manyang Juk found a carpeter in Jogolei State appointed as Director of Engineering.
   

GOSS launches Public Service reform campaign in South Sudan autonomous State.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 12,2009

GOSS Minister of Public Service Awut Deng Acuil is now calling for reform and giving the stolen money back to the people of South Sudan. Women are more concerned and now championing reform in South Sudan. SSCCIA congratulates and support Minister Awut Deng reform call.

Photo by SSCCIA Reporter in Juba South Sudan.


The government of Southern Sudan Today Thursay,, carried campaign message of public service reform headed by GoSS Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Luka Tombekana Monoja.


Accompanied by GOSS Minister of Public Service Awut Deng Acuil, consultants, the occasion gathered in State Governors, Ministers, MPs, Commissioners and Directors as well.


The public service reform implementation framework is a government laid strategy to create effective public service organizations, to make a system that is efficient, that eventually resulting to high economic growth.


But it is well conceived that the reform is going to face resistance from the few elements of government staffs who are benefiting from the public resources without delivery.


The State Parliament recently warns in recommendation on the speech of governor of the State that, State government must be careful in dealing with issues of downsizing its manpower, because it will backfire.


The Minister of Public Service Awut Deng Acuil said decision of GOSS to lunch public Service reform policy is for efficiency and effectiveness of work performance as intended by GoSS President Salva Kiir.


Awut says the reform has clear articulation of national vision, and corporation of State leaders to fulfill and contribute the questions how South Sudan should look in the next thirty years time.


The Minister said President Salva Kiir is calling on leaders at all levels of Government to become champions and models of public service reform implementation policy.


She says that the time has come to evaluate performance of governments at all levels, including Ministers, commissioners and chiefs.

Mrs. Awut Deng Acuil centre in the front calls for South Sudan officials to give back to the people. SSCCIA support Awut call for reform and delivery services to the needy .

Photo by SSCCIA Reporter in Juba South Sudan.


It’s the matter of integrity, time has come, every body who might have taken enough, its time to give services to the people” Minister Awut Deng said.


She urged that citizens of Southern Sudan must always demand, services and raise alarm of what services they want from Government that is accountable to them.


Awut requested that fiscal decentralization from GoSS to State and on to Counties must be done because reform policy could not be realized without resources taken to lower levels of government to realize basic service delivery.


She adds that leaders should avoid politicization of public service reform implementation process.


She points that constitution of Southern Sudan required non politicization of public Service in the system of government.


We have to take courageous decisions; today all in our system are our relatives, brothers and sisters. The three years budget passed by parliament are all salary budget, the public have not seen what they want to see” Minster Awut said.


Awut said regulations of Public Service are no longer observed, by leaders of the government as result they have all contributed to politicization, promotion, and recruitment of workers against public service regulations.


A driver is promoted to become director. I cannot allow this, this is the killing of a person and destroying of the system. Governor of Jongolei State also found a carpenter is promoted to become director of engineering. Its time, something must be done. Awut said.


She added that in the last three years, amount of 3.8 has been recovered from monthly salaries as result of double names and ghost names in pay sheets.

The Governor of CES Clement Wani Konga in opening remarks said Public Service Reform program must be implemented in the State.


He outlined that success of this reform will be realized only if spices of government systems mainly tribalism and nepotism at all levels government are stamped out. He farther said, State was spending only 6 million SDG on salary on monthly basis, but after the assimilation of manpower, State’s salary requirement reaches to 9 million.


He points that GoSS has never supported the assimilations, as result, the State was left with deficit of 14 million an amount needed to top salary payment for over 9,000 workers.

The Deputy Governor of Central Equatoria Manese Lomule at the closing remarks sighted that the on going corruption is a betroyal of men and women who have painfully and heavily paid dearly for the war fought in the last decades.


He says that betraying the cause of people is on going realities, and its time to say no by ensuring implementation of public service reform policy.


He tells that State has already intended to downsize 9,000 of its manpower, and create job of 1,000 graduates, so that State remain only with 10,000 work forces.

He added that there will be no success, unless there is change of attitudes towards goals and visions with common participation.

He ends with a remark that working for the unity of people is important in South Sudan, regardless of tribal basis and regions, with coming elections, people must elect leaders who are shepherds and stewards to lead.




“Now children are coming from Tali, Lirya for primary education, and women are dying of child labor in Morobo and Rokon because there are no health Centers” Minister Luka Tombekana said.
   

GOSS official admits failures,2000 children go abroad for Primary education and women died of child labor.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 12,2009


A leading figure among the leadership of Government of Southern Sudan Dr. Luka Tombekana Monoja today Thursday, has acknowledged the failure of GOSS to respond in giving most needed services to South Sudanese population.


Dr. Luka states that the last three years the government practically has done nothing on service delivery, because 90% of its budget goes on salaries consumption alone and salaries related expenses.


He acknowledges that the last three years nothing has been done in on delivery of social services, with minimum only in education and health institutions.


"In last three years, also we realized 90% budget goes on salaries or salary related expenses in all three levels of governments. We have done  nothing on social service delivery except little in health and education”. Minister Monoja said.

 

The acknowledgement statement of the Minister came at the crucial time before State Ministers, MPs, Commissioners and directors of State government who, gathered in State Parliament to listen to message of public service reform implementation framework


Minister noted that government also done nothing on development as result , it has noticed that the annual total of 2,000 children are leaving capital of Southern Sudan Juba, going out for primary education abroad.


If we are sending away our children out for education, we need to ask ourselves. We are now at stuck, we have to choose, there is no way out, either we choose pay salaries or we deliver services” Minister Luka Tombekana said.


"We have also done nothing in development. More than 2,000 children leaving Juba to go for primary education abroad. If we are sending our children abroad, we need to ask ourselves" Dr. Luka said


The Minister said there is need to fulfill the needs of the people because now, people are even migrating from the rural areas to town of Juba to get primary school. He adds that women are also dying of child labour from rural areas because there are no health centres available.


Now children are coming from Tali, Lirya for primary education, and women are dying of child labor in Morobo and Rokon because there are no health Centers” Minister Luka Tombekana said.


He commends that to lead a reform program; each of leaders must be a model and inspire the people to understand reform policy, because if people don’t see visions from their leaders, it’s just waste of time.


He advices that the government of Central Equatoria State is the Southern Sudanese people , and its accountable to people of South Sudan .There is no reason to blame the Arabs in Khartoum according to CPA.



He points that Public Service Reform policy is not only about downsizing but deployment and relocations of functions and manpower. “Like what is happening in Bor, a carpenter is made a director. Now some of these people in Bor, now they have noticed that they are doing nothing by being a bid boss” Luka Monoja said.


He appeals for the collective and individual efforts on duties to ensure success of Public Service Reform to realize hopes of the citizens.


The Minister of Cabinet Affairs in Government of Southern Sudan Dr. Luka Tombekana Monoja said, in the last half three year South Sudan has experienced influx from 100,000 to 300,000 of its cadres from abroad.






SSCCIA brings you Central Equatoria State in Pictorial
 

SSCCIA SAY NO UNITY FOR SUDAN BUT TALK ABOUT SEPARATION OF SOUTH SUDAN AND VOTE FOR SOUTH SUDAN INDEPENDENT IN 2011 REFERUNDUM.

SOUTH SUDAN PRESIDENT LT.GENERAL SALVA KIIR LEFT MUST NOT BETRAY OUR STRUGGLE FROM  1947-1955-2005. SSCCIA URGE ALL SOUTHERN SUDANESE TO VOTE FOR HIM AND OTHERS ONLY IF THEY WILL LEAD US IN SEPARATION COME 2011 BUT WE NEED TO HEAR FROM THEM AND LET THEM TALK NOW THEIR PROMISES IN THE NEXT COMING ELECTIONS AND 2011 REFERUNDUM STATUS.  SOUTHERN SUDAN POPULATION NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS THEIR FUTUIRE AND THE SHADED BLOOD LOST BY OUR HEREOS AND HEROINES FROM SOUTH SUDAN DURING THE STRUGGLE ONSET UPTO 2005 REFERUNDUM FREEDOM.IGNORANT SOUTHERN SUDANESE POPULATION MIGHT VOTE FOR UNITY OF SUDAN THINKING THEY ARE VOTING FOR SEPARATION OF OUR BELOVED NATION OF SOUTH SUDAN SO PRESIDENT KIIR MUST PASS AN AWARENESS INSTITUTION TO EDUCATE OUR PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR SEPARATION AND VOTE IN LEADERS WHO WILL CHAMPION THE CAMPAIGN FOR 2011.

TODAY WE BRING YOU PICTURES FROM CENTRAL EQUATORIA STATE WHERE OUR NATIONAL CAPITAL CITY IS LOCATED,GOV.CLEMENT WANI AN OPEN ACTIVIST FOR THE SEPARATION OF SOUTH SUDAN IS DOING WELL IN THE STATE AND THE AUTONOUS NATION OF SOUTH SUDAN AT LARGE. SEE DETAILS IN SSCCIA NEWS SECTION FOR DETAILS OF THE BELOW PHOTOS.

95 % OF THE BELOW PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY SSCCIA VOLUNTEER REPORTER IN SOUTH SUDAN,WE ARE PROUD OF HIS TIRELESS WORK AND SYMPATHY TO INFORM THE EDUCATED SOUTHERN SUDANESE WHO HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON IN CES AND SOUTH SUDAN AT LARGE.SSCCIA WILL NOT FORGET ITS VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT REWARD AND RECOGNITION EVEN THOUGH IT TAKES HUNDREDS OF YEARS,THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN WILL KNOW THEM AND WILL HONOUR THEIR FREE SERVICE FOR THE LIBERATION AND SEPARATION OF SOUTH SUDAN THROUGH OPEN MEDIA AWARENESS. CONGRATULATION TO YOU OUR REPORTER IN JUBA,WE LOVE YOU AND WE HONOUR YOUR FREE SERVICES , HARD WORK TO SSCCIA AND SOUTH SUDAN FREEDOM IN PARTICULAR.

 

IF YOU LOVE SOUTH SUDAN AND YOU WANT OUR LEADERS TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR RESOURCES , CITIZENS AND LEAD US INTO THE PROMISE LAND THEN SEND YOUR ARTICLES,PICTURES ,LETTERS AND COMMENTS TO SSCCIA EDITOR,WE WILL PUBLISH YOUR WORDS AS IT WAS RECEIVED. SSCCIA WANTS VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL TEN STATES OF SOUTH SUDAN TO BALANCE STATE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENT E-MAIL SSCCIA AT editor@ssccia.org

I GIVE THANKS AND WORDS OF APPRECIATION TO OUR REPORTER IN JUBA FOR THIS WONDERFUL AND INFORMATIVES PHOTOS FOR CENTRAL EQUATORIA STATE.

GOD BLESS YOU.

CHARLES PIONESON

SSCCIA PRESIDENT

president@ssccia.org

THE GOVERNOR OF CES LT.GENERAL CLEMENT WANI LISTENED ATTENTIVELY.HE IS ONE OF RARE ADVOCATES FOR SOUTH SUDAN SEPARATION AND REFORM.

Yei River Commissioner Mr.David Lokonga durinmg the meeting on March 06,2009

Kologata Music led by Education Minister for Central Equatoria State Mr.Stephen Lemi during the opening of Lanya County.

Central Equatoria State women prepare food for the conference that took place in Terekeka. Women are the foundation of the nation.

 

Agnesss Poni explains the content of their letter in Support of their indicted NCP leader and Sudan President Omar Hassan El Bashir

by ICC March 04,2009. SPLM/GOSS suppressed the rights of NCP Southern Sudan sector to demonstrate openly in South Sudan streets.

Commissioner of Raja County Mr.Louis Ramandan being interviewed by a reporter in Central Equatoria State.

Morobo  Commissioner Ofeni Amitai addressed its citizens on March 06,2009,CES select productive and young leaders to champion development in the State. SSCCIA congratulates the people of Central Equatoria State and their Strong Governor Clement Wani.

When CES Gov. Clement Wani talks every one in the meeting pays attention to the words he say,Clement Wani is arare leader of South Sudan.This is want we want and how the citizens treat their leaders and the leaders must deliver to gain community Support.

JUBA MARKET DEMOLISHED TO OPEN SPACE FOR DEVELOPMENT,ILLEGAL LAND GRABBING IS RAMPANT IN JUBA CES.

SOME OF CENTRAL EQUATORIA STATE MPS AND OFFICIALS AT END OF THE SESSION DURING THEIR DEBATE IN JUBA

TRACTOR DEMOLISHING ILLEGAL LAND GRABBED BY SPLA/SPLM/GOSS OFFICIALS IN JUBA MARKET.CONGRATULATIONS TO GOV.CLEMENT AND JUBA COUNTY COMMISSIONER FOR THE WORK DONE.

MP LOUIS GEORGE SAID THIS IS THE PROBLEM I TOLD YOU IN OUR BEAUTIFUL LAND OF CENTRAL EQUATORIA STATE.

YOUNG ENERGETIC SOUTHERN SUDANESE SEEKING JOBS AT UNDP LEFT AND KATOR CATHOLIC CATHEDERAL CHOIR RIGHT IN JUBA CENTRAL EQUATORIA STATE SOUTH SUDAN.

FAMILY DISPLACED IN CES SOUTH SUDAN,CPA IS SIGNED STILL MORE SOUTHERN SUDANESE FACE THE PROBLEM OF INSECURITY BY BOTH SPLM POOR POLICIES AND LRA LAWLESSNESS IN THE AUTONOMOUS COUNTRY OF SOUTH SUDAN.

USTAZ/SPEAKER OF SOUTH SUDAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY MR.JAMES WANI IGA IS ONE OF THE LEADING ACTIVIST OF SOUTH SUDAN LIBERATION AND INDEPENDENT COME 2011 VOTERS VOICE  AND BALLOTS TO FREE SOUTH SUDAN,HE IGA IS THE SON OF CENTRAL EQUATORIA FROM BARI TRIBE.

 

SSCCIA SAY TALK ABOUT SEPARATION OF SOUTH SUDAN AND VOTE FOR SOUTH SUDAN INDEPENDENT IN 2011 REFERUNDUM.




CES want more representation of opposition in the budget committee in the State.
   


Power struggle arise over State budget committee.


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Monday 09,2009


South Sudan Independent activist and Central Equatoria State Gov.Clement Wani .Photo by SSCCIA Reporter in Juba

The members of Central Equatoria State Parliament on Monday 9 March 2009 have dragged into question of how to fairly represent various political parties in formation of Budget Committee.


When we came here, we took oath as an assembly. My objections not to be in this committee is because this article is divisive, I cannot stand to participate from my party committee” one of the MPs remarked.


The MPs were in parallel lines on whether to compromise representation of political parties or to stick to constitution and provision of comprehensive Peace Agreement.


The acting Speaker Logo said State parliament conduct of business required that formation of budget committee should consist of representative of members of political parties.


As the Acting Speaker Logo puts it “SPLM 70% is represented by 14 members, NCP 10% represented by 2 members and other political parties 20% represented by 4 members”


But Hon. Bense Khamis comments that if the parliament is discussing anything to do with common interest of the people in the State constitutions and traditions of the parliament have to be followed.


We want this article is to be read to us. Up to now the article is not read to us, because what we are hearing is all speeches about the article” One of MPs said


In another remarks MP Khamis said Comprehensive Peace Agreement specified other parties as different entities and NCP as a different entity. He says that it’s not important that every party in State house is of necessity to be represented in budget committee.


MP Khamis said they are talking as assembly for the good of the people in the State, if things are based on parties, the parties with majority representation in the assembly will encroached on the interest of the people in the State.


While MP Nelson Lomuta comments that the conduct of business introduced by the Acting Speaker marks the first time to hear about it from the Economic Committee. He warned that anything do to with parties in the Budget committee, it will obstruct State budget.


The budget committee of the assembly shall consist of 20 members designated on proportional basis by the party whips” MP Jacob Aligo points on regulations.


While control of State house Jacob Aligo was of opinion that taking into consideration of power sharing, there is need to find means of compromising, to ensure presentation of other political parties in budget committee.


MP Jacob Aligo said regulations are very clear, questions of percentages does not arise according power sharing but any party must be represented in the committee for fairness.


But Logo who is the acting Speaker repeatedly said the budget committee according to conduct of assembly business, is to consist of 20 members with representations of 70% SPLM, 10% NCP and 20% from other political parties.


Some MPs have argued that the provision article restricting assembly to percentages affiliated to parties is very divisive, instead of assembly concentrating on selecting competent and knowledgeable members to form budget committee.


I am from SPLM honestly, this particular clause put according conduct of business according to parties in the budget, and the times for politics have to come later”. One of the MPs said.


However Dr. Gada James argued that, the members of the assembly who are objecting to assembly business provisions are also the members of committee when the provision was in formation.


Dr. Gada points that regulation that gives provisions to party representation in budget committee was endorsed and passed by all the party members in State Parliament.


She says that if there is any objection by members, they should raised motions for the amendment of the regulation.


This article was passed through stages from first to second and third reading by this assembly. We have to go according to business of conduct because it was passed by the assembly” a member of SANU Dr. Gada said.


After adjournment of sitting Yesterday to late evening, consultations with political party leaders in assembly, the list of nominees were finally forwarded and passed by the assembly.


The nominated members into Budget committee are expected to examine, make observation and make their recommendation back to State Assembly after findings.


State Finance Minister Angelo Dayu Agor, budgeted for total of 233.2d million SDG, out of which 47.4 million SDG is allocated in Accountability and Economic sector, while health sector is get sum of 16.5 million.


And institutions of natural resources, social development and humanitarian affairs to allotted 15.9 million, while physical infrastructure, public administration, and laws enforcement sectors are to received SDG 132 million.











Corruption by Police and Land grabbing is distracting developing island of Kaya.
   

Corruption in Sudan –Uganda borders provokes Governor Clement

Kaya

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 07,2009


The Commissioner of Morobo County Ofeni Ngota Amitai said Kaya Payam at Sudan, Uganda and Congo borders is a strategic area for South Sudan.


The Commissioner Ofeni said Kaya is a developing Island which serves all state, National and International purposes according to its status.


However, Morobo Commissioner Ofeni regrets that issues of forging money are rampant at Kaya area that comes specifically from Congo.


He points that they have arrested forgery printed notes in both Bazi and Kaya respectively.


He adds that land grabbing at Kaya Sudan –Uganda borders is also developing in the area.


The commissioner said issues of too much smuggling of cars entering into South Sudan are among eminent reports within the County, by some people noticed to be in uniforms.


Commissioner states that forms Number fifteen for taxes collections from former Minister of Finance still in existence, and some have been arrested.


Morobo Commissioner said there are still no legal forms at Kaya Sudan –Uganda borders to legally collect money from the entry point, but meeting is at hand to resolved forms problems.


The commissioner said in Kaya Payam almost everybody is have a gun , and civilians who have run to Uganda and Congo, are still holding guns because they have not been disarmed.


The Governor said that there are too much corruptions in Kaya, Nimule and other taxe collections points.


The Governor said that the work of Southern Sudan Police force at the borders is to ensure security purposes and safety, but the police have nothing to do with money and administration of Payam.


He point out that traffic police that belongs to the Government of Southern Sudan ends their duties by issuing temporary form number 27, for any car that enters into South Sudan.


He added that any exercise of traffic police exceeding issuing of form number 27 is corruption and its wrong something must be done.


The Governor added that land grabbing in Kaya is retarding development in South Sudan, because it keep s government to spend time on demolition.


The governor said UN is blaming to government of violating human rights because of on going demolitions in Juba.


However, he urges people wait for proper demarcation to attained recognized plots in Kaya at Sudan Uganda Borders.







Commissioner said the State governor has already promised some ammunition supports to arrive in few days’
   

Yei Commissioner waits ammunitions against renewed LRA attacks in Central Equatoria State.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 07,2009


The Commissioner of Yei River County David Lokonga made statement to SSCCIA that one group of LRA about six to seven have appeared at Kagulu killing four people.


The commissioner said the LRA came with sticks and guns, despite that the SPLA has laid ambushes but the LRA dodge the ambush laid.


We have shared with the Governor, in few days we will be expecting some ammunitions in self defence. But my people do not refused handing over guns” Commissioner David said


He points that LRA activities have resorted to sticks and axes, because the LRA has become desperate and without ammunitions.


The Commissioner said he has already mobilized all the people including the youth to go on pursue LRA with their arrows, bows and available guns to defend themselves against the LRA atrocities.


Yei Commissioner David Lokonga said since three week now, Uganda rebels LRA, have splited into small groups moving in the bushes, as result to dispersing of LRA bases in Garamba park.


He adds that the plan is to deploy SPLA forces in crucial strategies areas of LRA crossing points


Commissioner David explains that on Thursday, group of 9 LRA also appeared at Kiripa in Lasu Payam at Eleven PM where they got people of Chief Simon Logoro at funeral.


He says that an old has been beaten to death, numbering to three people killed there, and abducting young man of 25 age, two girls of seven and ten years respectively.


People in Yei  have bought these weapons to defend themselves since the time of war, they handle guns without any crime, and they say if there is no LRA they are ready to hand over their guns. And I have also registered all the guns according to head Chiefs”. Commissioner David Lokonga said


The Commissioner said the State governor has already promised some ammunition supports to arrive in few days’ times, in addition to arrows, bows and available guns to confront LRA.


The Commissioner said the people in have bought their guns since the time of war, but the no incident of misusing guns, the available guns are for people to defend themselves.


The Commissioner points that Yei County is an areas facing Garamba Park, LRA based areas, and also distant of sixteen miles from Kiripa is facing LRA atrocities.


The Commissioner said Yesterday’s night was there was gun exchange a t Sudan –Congo border, followed SPLA pursued of LRA, of which its results are still unconfirmed.


People need ammunitions; they are ready to defend themselves. I am asking people to prepare their traditional arms to get the rid of LRA” Yei Commissioner David Lokonga said.





No surrender of arms to GOSS because of LRA havoc in CES.
   

Governor urges communities in Central Equatoria State not to disarm due to LRA.

Morobo.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 07,2009

Dr.Riek Machar VP of GOSS shaking hands with Kony LRA Chief. Kony turned his guns on innocent civilians in South Sudan.

The Governor of Central Equatoria State Clement Wani Konga has requested the communities at the Ugandan rebels crossing points not to disarm for the moment.


The Governor said communities mostly in Yei, Morobo and Onduruba areas should not disarm for this time because of LRA attrocities


Central Equatoria Governor Clement Wani pointed that the Counties still under LRA threats have to defend themselves with few existing guns, against LRA attacks.


These guns can not be collected from civilians at this moment because of LRA. Counties face with LRA problems have to defend themselves” Governor Clement said.


As Yei River Commissioner David Lokonga said, mobilization of youth in addition SPLA, Ugandan People’ Defence, Congolese forces has been strategize.


The Commissioner said LRA is now weak without guns, and they are scattered into bushes into small groups.


He said that Government of Southern Sudan should support Yei with logistics as the Head Quarter for operation.


Governor Clement said people have to defend themselves and direct Sudanese Liberation Army, SPLA as well in LRA hiding areas.


The commissioner of Morobo County said in Kaya Payam almost everybody is holding a gun, because civilians, who have run to Uganda and Congo, are still holding guns, and they have not been disarmed.














Imatong Gas and Gazelle who obstructed the work of UNMIS
   

Governor orders court case for obstructing UNMIS work

Kaya

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 06,2009


The Governor of Central Equatoria State Governor Clement Wani Konga has order for opening of court case and arrest of elements involved in obstructing work of UNMIS on Kaya –Yei roads.


The United Nation Mission in Sudan, UNMIS has suspended its work of road construction from Kaya at Sudan, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC since last week.


Governor Clement Wani Konga said UNMIS must not be obstructed of its work because of personal interests of private companies that takes money into their pockets.


The Governor said road construction under by United Nation Mission in Sudan is a part of national project.


He says that UNMIS has been ask to construct road from Kaya , Bazi and Morobo to Yei as planed by Government of National Unity, GoNU, and Government of Southern Sudan, GoSS.


The Governor said involvement of two companies main Imatong Gas and Gazelle who obstructed the work of UNMIS, court case must be opened against them.


UNMIS must not be obstructed of its work because of personal interests, they are private companies, and the money goes to their private pockets” Governor Clement said.


A source from UNMIS said they have intended to complete the Kaya –Yei road most probably in four months period before June.


He adds that most of equipments are deployed construction of Kaya –Yei road covering 78 KM.


Adding that Poki is sensitive area and risky, events of people appearing on road in uniform requesting money from truck drivers. “They ask for money, saying that yesterday I here guarding your cars” the sources said

The Commissioner of Morobo County Ofeni Amitai comments that Poki area on Kaya –Yei is claiming lives weekly, monthly and yearly because of cars overturn.


He adds that some individuals, who are perpetrators within the County, have been arrested for having threatened the work of UNMIS in the County because of personal interests.








Zimbabwe lost the Prime Minister's wife in Car crash
 

Zimbabwe PM's wife dies in crash

Thursday, March 06, 2009

 

Morgan and Susan Tsvangirai in Harare, March 2006
The Tsvangirais were south of Harare when the crash happened

The wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash in which he was also hurt, party officials say.

Susan Tsvangirai was travelling with her husband south of the capital, Harare, when the crash happened.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.

Mr Mugabe has reportedly gone to visit his former long-term rival in hospital.

Zimbabwean journalist Brian Hungwe told the BBC that both the president and his wife were visiting the clinic in Harare where Mr Tsvangirai is being treated for his injuries.

Hungwe said he had been told that Mr Tsvangirai, who will turn 57 next week, was in a stable condition but in a state of shock.

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The prime minister is said to have been on his way to his rural home in Buhera, where he planned to hold a weekend rally, when his vehicle was involved in a crash near Beatrice.

A spokesman for Mr Tsvangirai, James Maridadi, told the AFP news agency: "The prime minister was travelling to Murambinda [in Buhera district] at about 1600 hours when his vehicle was involved in an accident with a haulage truck.

"The vehicle in which the prime minister was travelling rolled over about three times with its four occupants."

The AFP quoted an MDC minister as saying the driver of the lorry had been asleep at the wheel.

The crash comes just two days after Mr Tsvangirai delivered his maiden speech to parliament after being sworn in as prime minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government.

A look at the important role Susan Tsvangirai played in her husband's life

He and his wife Susan, who were married in 1978, had six children.

The BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says that Mrs Tsvangirai was very discreet and stayed out of the limelight, but was a very important part of her husband's life.

She was a great source of strength to her husband, when in the past he was charged with treason and assaulted for his opposition to Mr Mugabe, and sat through all his treason trial, our correspondent says.

She also made a point of visiting MDC members who were jailed while the party was in opposition, he adds.

Her death comes at a very challenging time for the fledgling power-sharing government, our correspondent says, and will only make matters more complicated.

Mr Tsvangirai still relied on his own security teams and used his own convoys when he travelled, he adds, in a sign that he was not entirely comfortable with the security provided by the new government.

There are no dual carriageways on Harare's inter-city roads, making overtaking dangerous, our BBC News website's Africa editor Joseph Winter adds.

Traffic accidents are common, often because of speeding and drink-driving.

 

Source:BBC




2nd Vice President Osma Taha
   

2nd Vice President OSman Mohamed Taha fails persuade Kiir to join ICC warrant rejection.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 05,2009

Late Dr. Garang signed CPA with Vice President Osman Taha.


Minister Barnaba said 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha on Wednesday arrived in Juba seeking the company of GOSS President Salva Kiir to join together in Khartoum in denouncing and rejecting ICC warrant of arrest against President Omar Al Bashir.


Vice President Taha came personally so that they can travel to Khartoum but the conspiracy conducted by the militia Kiir could not travel together with Taha” Minister of Regional Coorporation Barnaba said


Barnaba said however President Salva Kiir was not happy to join in because of Malakal incident killing 150 people, and the officer who does this in Khartoum.


He says that there is no reason for Khartoum to keep Tang, because he is a criminal and he is to be arrested.


Minister Barnaba however said, yesterday late evening, President Salva Kiir traveled to Khartoum to attend presidency meeting to review post ICC indictment.


Minister Barnaba remarked that Government of Southern Sudan is going to discuss to its position regard the expulsion of NGOs from Darfur, something the Government of Southern Sudan does not support.


We don’t support expulsion of NGOs from Darfur because they are doing humanitarian work of food, health and water” MRC said.


He says that there is real crisis in NCP, but it’s a crisis that can be handled. He adds that the ICC decision will affect the CPA.


You don’t completely dismiss all what ICC said. We don’t see any impact of ICC on CPA when we lost our chairman we were able to resolve the crisis. Now NCP have real crisis, but to us it’s a crisis that could be handled.” Minister Barnanba said.


In another remark the Minister said they have already instructed their members in Khartoum not participate in any demonstration, as an official position of the government.

We told our members in Khartoum not to participate in those demonstrations” Minster said.






No Open demonstration in Juba capital of South Sudan
   

GOSS confined NCP demonstrations within their premises.


BY SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 04,2009

NCP Leader Southern Sector Agness Poni left with their supporters in Juba demanding SPLM/GOSS the right to demonstrate for their Leader indictment by ICC on March 04,2009,SPLM said they have to demonstrate within their premises in Juba.

Prominent member of National Congress Party in Southern Sector Agnes Poni said the party has written letter to President Salva Kiir regard the intention of the NCP members to go out to demonstrate against issuing of arrest warrant on the chairman of NCP Omar Al- Bashir.


Agnes poni said President Kiir has willingly accepted the proposal, and farther imparted the letter to GoSS Ministry of Interior.


Agnes said the Ministry of Interior in turn said they will be together will NCP in CES, but the demonstration should be held in side the fence because of security reasons.

Agnes Poni said they have equally written letter to Governor of Central Equatoria State, and Khartoum, that forces the Ali Osman Taha to come and resolve why NCP has not turn up publicly on peaceful demonstration.


NCP Southern Sector wrote a protest statement on ICC warrant of arrest on President Omar Al –Bashir yesterday, rejecting any cooperation with the ICC.


Agnes Poni said NCP Southern Sector is aware that ICC was established in 1998, and implementation of its endorsement finalized in 2002 by Countries subject to Rome Convention.


She says that Sudan is not part and bond by ICC decision, affirming that no any Sudanese citizen shall be subject to International Criminal Court.


Agnes said no one will judge with laws that Sudan is not part of its decision. Adding that issuing of arrest warrant will spoil CPA, and Darfur peace process.


We reject ICC decision because we are not part of it; we are committed to CPA implementation and Darfur peace process”


The chairman of youth and students in National Congress Party Mr. Peter Yeyi Deng, made a press statement to the Citizen, an allegation that GoSS deprived the NCP members to line for peaceful demonstration against the ICC decision on Sudan head of State.


Mr. Peter Yeyi said all youth and students of National Congress Party have no any ill intention to destroy or cause destructions, but to match on peaceful demonstration in order to express their dissatisfaction on ICC for issuing arrest warrant on President Bashir.


Mr. Peter points that America and European Countries, mainly of Britain, France America are responsible on ICC decision, aiming to weaken the position of Sudan in the world.


She adds that issuing of warrant of arrest on President Bashir by Louise Moreno Ocambo, will create set back on CPA implementation especially coming elections, North –South border and referendum in 2011, including democratic transformation will seize.


Mr. Peter said Sudan is not part of Court and even America is not part of ICC Court that is politically motivated without justice.


It’s a political motivated court, Gaza killing by Israel, American Killing in Iraq and Afghanistan, where is this court since its establishment in 2002” Peter said.


Mr. Peter said GoSS has refusal to allow National Congress Party to hold peaceful demonstration is because of security reasons form LRA which is not reasonable.


We think, this reasons given is not reasonable, we are partners in the government, we expect good relations to express ourselves against ICC in a peaceful demonstration” Mr. Peter said.

Benjamin Marial Today Thursday briefed the about nineteen diplomatic missions residents in South Sudan capital on ICC.


The Minister Barnaba said they have advice their partners to engage with the ICC, without getting into any confrontation with the International Community.


The Minister said the issue of arrest warrant for Sudanese President will not affect day to day functions of South Sudan and the Government of Sudan.


He states that there are members of National Congress Party in Juba are allowed to express their constitutional democratic rights to demonstrate, but they have to do the demonstration within their premises because of security reasons.


The Minister the NCP members goes ahead to accuse the government to the human right group for not allowing them take off for demonstration on the streets.


Minister Barnaba said the government will not allow any one to go on streets, but they are allowed to be within their premises because some elements want to disrupt the stability.









Dr. Barnaba Benjamin Marial MRC addressed Diplomats in Juba.
   

GOSS Minister briefed Diplomatic Missions in South Sudan on ICC warrant of arrest for President Bashir.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 05,2009

President Omar El Bashir 

Mrs Agness Poni addressing members of NCP in Juba is given right to demonstrate within their premises in Juba for Bashir arrest.

The Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Regional Coorporation Dr. Barnaba Benjamin Marial Today Thursday briefed the about nineteen diplomatic mission’s residents in South Sudan capital on ICC.


The Minister Barnaba said they have advice their partners to engage with the ICC, without getting into any confrontation with the International Community.


The Minister said the issue of arrest warrant for Sudanese President will not affect day to day functions of South Sudan and the Government of Sudan.


He states that there are members of National Congress Party in Juba are allowed to express their constitutional democratic rights to demonstrate, but they have to do the demonstration within their premises because of security reasons.


The Minister the NCP members goes ahead to accuse the government to the human right group for not allowing them take off for demonstration on the streets.


Minister Barnaba said the government will not allow any one to go on streets, but they are allowed to be within their premises because some elements want to disrupt the stability.


He ensure complete protections for diplomatic mission representatives in South Sudan, and this what President Salva Kiir said.


He requests that anything abnormal around and within the compounds of diplomatic missions capital immediately be reported for farther accessing of situations.


Anything abnormal of disrespect just tell us”


Minister Barnaba said President Ali Osman Taha on Wenesday arrived Juba to seeking company GoSS president Salva Kiir to join together in Khartoum in denouncing and rejecting ICC warrant of arrest against President Omar Al Bashir.


President Taha came personally so that they can travel to Khartoum but the conspiracy conducted by the militia Kiir could not travel to gather with Taha” Minister of Regional Coorporation Barnaba said


Barnaba said however President Salva Kiir was not happy to join in because of Malakal incident killing 150 people, and the officer who does this in Khartoum.


He says that there no reason for Khartoum to keep Tang, because he is a criminal and he is to be arrested.


Minister Barnaba however said, yesterday late evening, President Salva Kiir traveled to Khartoum to attend presidency meeting to review post ICC indictment.


Minister Barnaba remarked that Government of Southern Sudan is going to discuss to its position regard the expulsion of NGOs from Darfur, something the Government of Southern Sudan does not support.


We don’t support expulsion of NGOs from Darfur because they are doing humanitarian work of food, health and water” MRC said.


He says that there is real crisis in NCP, but it’s a crisis that can be handled. He adds that the ICC decision will affect the CPA.


You don’t completely dismiss all what ICC said. We don’t see any impact of ICC on CPA when we lost our chairman we were able to resolve the crisis. Now NCP have real crisis, but to us it’s a crisis that could be handled.” Minister Barnanba said.


In another remark the Minister said they have already instructed their members in Khartoum not participate in any demonstration, as an official position of the government.

We told our members in Khartoum not to participate in that demonstration” Minster said.





What problems faced by Sudanese Political parties?
   

Financial difficulties looms political parties to face 2009 election campaigns.


BY SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

March 01,2009


The Chairman of Sudan African National Union, (SANU) Dr. Toby Madout Parek in statement at the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly today, said the party is opening its head office soon within the current month.


Toby said SANU leadership is working on policies to hold talks about way forward for the party, and strengthen the position of the SANU before the due elections.


He adds that the currently concentrating on recruitment new membership among the party activities, and engaging more into registration of new members into the party, as its witnessing new converts.


Dr. Toby said the party is working on youth and women mobilization, to consolidate peace, unity and development in South Sudan.


He says that the Sudan African National Union is preparing for up coming elections, to contest with the rest of parties in the whole of the Country.


He adds that other parties are facing difficult financial situation, despite efforts of pressing National Congress Party NCP, and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement SPLM, to ensure that other parties are given election funds assistances.


He adds that financial aid for election is very crucial for the parties to reach population to disseminate their parties programs and plans before the elections.


Financial difficulties is general situation with Southern Sudan political parties, because of twenty one year of war many people are poor and they can contribute to the parties financially” Chairman SANU Dr. Toby said


Chairman of SANU Toby said, so far no any positive response has come up from NCP and SPLM; regard the request for the financial supports for the parties to attain fair and free election in this year.


He states financial difficulties is general situation with political parties in Southern Sudan, because most of the party members in Southern Sudan are poor and can not support their various parties effectively financially.


In another view, Dr. Toby said, SANU is also about to commence its party national convention, schedule to take place in the nearest future in preparation to coming election, and in conformity with electoral laws.


He adds that delegates of SANU from all parts of the Sudan, Northern and Southern Sudan will participate in the National convention, since SANU’s convention in 1998.


Toby remarks that all people must defend and consolidate gains of comprehensive Peace Agreement, and signed in 2005, for all Sudanese People.


He points that the achievement to sustainable peace , Unity and development all youth and w omen groups should join in culture of unity and harmony of their people, so that permanent peace, unity and development is achieve in the whole of the Country.


This is what we are calling on, if wee are not united, love our Country and committed to hard work, how we can achieve sustainable peace, Unity and development”


Dr. Toby said the recent Malakal incident is very disappointing, because, the people could not be allowed to die again for reason of militias in SAF and SPLA forces.


He adds that the incident is contrary to the decision taken in CPA agreement, pointing that GOSS and GONU should investigate Malakal recent clashes between SAF and SPLA that led to over 150 lives lost.






"He said the time to fight his war had not come yet. "
 
Tanginye” Says His Time To Fight Has Not Yet Come.
 
 
27 February - (Khartoum)
 
Major General Gabriel Gatwech Chan known as “Tanginye” says he wouldn’t have been able to go to Malakal if GOSS didn’t want him in southern Sudan.

Speaking to Sudan Radio Service by phone on Friday, General Tanginye said that he was not aware of President Salva Kiir’s announcement that he is wanted criminal.

He said the he was not ready for any war. He said the time to fight his war had not come yet. This was his reaction to the accusations that he had been behind the violence in Malakal.

[General Tanginye]: “I didn’t know if what they say is true because if I knew, I would have stayed in Khartoum without visiting Malakal, because I don’t want people to die because of my name. This is a time for peace, not for war. I thought what happened in Malakal in 2006 was not my fault. If I knew that I am the one, I would not come to Malakal again. I know the time when I will fight my war in southern Sudan.”

General Tanginye, who claimed that he is a member of a SAF JIU unit in Khartoum, said his unit had given him permission to visit Malakal.

[General Tanginye]: “I took my leave for seven days from Khartoum and I have a departure order, to prepare the funeral of my daughter who pastsed away in Malakal, and to renovate my house which collapsed a long time ago and see one of my flats which was sold by somebody who I don’t know. I was given seven days to go and complete all my work. That was the reason why I went. I went with my bodyguard. I didn’t go with the army. I didn’t carry a single gun with me. I was just going home.”

General Tanginye said that he is not a criminal as GOSS has claimed. He said that he was just a victim of what he called ‘tribal government’ in southern Sudan.

He claimed that GOSS is using him as a scapegoat to disrupt the implementation of the CPA so that GOSS can derail the up-coming elections.
 
Source: SRS



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General News 
27/02/2009 14:17:32

South Sudan Gears up for General Elections

By Clement Lochio Lomornana

JUBA,  February 26 (Gurtong) - South Sudanese living in the Diaspora should be allowed to vote only if they possess a valid Sudanese passport with valid visas, says a top South Sudanese Government official.

Speaking yesterday during a public debate on election awareness among the Sudanese people, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Julia Duany, said that many South Sudanese in the Diaspora are willing to vote but were denied the right to do so by the interim constitution of South Sudan.

According to the constitution, only the Sudanese nationals living abroad with valid passports will be allowed to vote for the President but not for their members of parliament or Governors.

Dr. Duany added that the Government of South Sudan’s Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs is working hard to prepare South Sudanese citizens for the forthcoming general elections, saying that it is the Ministry’s mandate to educate the citizens on the electoral process.

During the debate, facilitated by the Association of Inter-Media, a booklet on the guiding principles on elections that will be used by the civil society and other NGOs in conducting civic education across South Sudan was launched

“The booklet has so far been translated to seven major South Sudanese languages and will be used as a guideline on civic education in the electoral process in preparation for the general elections”, said Dr. Duany.

 “We will work hard to minimise violence throughout the elections period and I hereby appeal to all the NGOs operating in South Sudan and key ministries to ensure that the elections are conducted peacefully”, she added.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that was signed in 2005 between the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement provided for elections to be held no later than July 2009 as part of a democratic transition in the country.

 



“So I decided instead of coming [to Juba], is best to go where the problem is [Malakal],” he said.
 

Sudan’s Machar confirms 57 people died in Malakal fighting.

By James Gatdet Dak

February 27, 2009 (JUBA) – About 57 people were confirmed dead in the Tuesday’s bloody clashes involving the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in the Upper Nile state’s capital, Malakal.

In a press statement on Friday shortly after his arrival in Juba from Malakal, the Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Riek Machar Teny, said among the people killed included 26 civilians, 15 SPLA soldiers and 16 SAF soldiers.

The wounded, he said, included 21 civilians, 40 SPLA soldiers and 33 SAF soldiers, bringing the total wounded to 84.

Machar stayed in Malakal town for three days, inspecting the town and assuring the citizens that the violence stopped and calm returned to the town. By Thursday shops were re-opened and civilians started moving in the town as normal.

The UN said today that Malakal violence resulted in about 50 deaths from the troops of both sides as well as civilians. Also there are some 100 wounded people.

The deadly fighting erupted on Tuesday one day after a surprising arrival of a wanted General to Malakal from Khartoum. An order to arrest General Gabriel Tang Ginye had been issued by the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit since 2006.

General Tang, who is wanted by the Government of Southern Sudan for causing the November 2006’s clashes in Malakal which left about 150 people dead, is a military general formerly identified with the Other Armed Groups (OAGs) in the country.

He has been integrated into the Sudan Armed Forces for the last three years.

Machar explained that General Tang, who arrived in the town on 23rd February, defied the SPLA and UNMIS commanders who tried to persuade him to leave the town, resulting to clashes on the following day.

He said the incidence occurred on Tuesday while the Presidency was meeting in Juba, prompting him to urgently travel to Malakal instead of Juba from Khartoum on the same day to arrest the situation so that it did not escalate.

Machar who co-chairs the Joint Political Executive Committee between the two Naivasha peace partners went to Khartoum on Sunday to resolve a number of outstanding issues in the implementation of the peace deal.

He further explained that the Malakal fighting which started in the morning hours raged on for the whole day and stopped only after he arrived in the town in the evening where he moved between the two forces telling them to ceasefire.

“So I decided instead of coming [to Juba], is best to go where the problem is [Malakal],” he said.

“It took us sometime, that day we arrived around 6:15 (PM) and we straight went to meet first the SPLA commanders who were around the airport. From there we went to where General Tang was with the JIU (SAF) and persuaded him to leave so that there would be ceasefire. And by then there was still fighting, so we persuaded him, he left. After that we began to move in the twilight and in the night between the two forces so that there is ceasefire,” Machar further narrated.

He said the ceasefire was observed, but the following morning looting of property ensued in the town which was later stopped through the intervention of the United Nations peacekeepers and the Ceasefire Joint Monitoring Committee (CJMC).

“The next day some looting occurred. We had no force even to separate the forces [SPLA & SAF]. CJMC and UN forces managed to separate them. Since that time the town has become quiet” he explained.

The Vice President said he also traveled to Faluj oil field in Malut County north of Malakal town for the second time since Tuesday to resolve tensions that resulted from similar clashes which occurred hours after the Malakal incidence.

Meanwhile the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, has constituted an investigation committee to be headed by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Luka Tombekana Monoja, to investigate the causes of the Malakal incidence.

The committee shall report back to the President office within one month.

(ST)

 
 




SSCCIA CONDEMS MALAKAL SOUTHERN SUDANESE IN FIGHTING
   

GOSS and SPLA hold SAF responsible on Tuesday Malakal fight

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

February 24,2009

                                

President of GOSS Lt.Kiir is in crisis at home.                      Vice President of GOSS Dr.Riek is apeace Angel          President of Sudan Omar  is                                                                                                                                                                                            responsible for Malakal fighting.

The Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), and the Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA), have issued urgent joint statement Tuesday night, holding Sudan Army Forces SAF responsible for eruption of fighting in Malakal town.

 

The Minister of Information Gabriel Changson Chang in statement Tuesday night said serious incident of fighting between SAF and SPLA Tuesday morning is repeated action of the same Maj. General Gabriel Tanginyang in 2006 where life and property were lost.

 

The information Minister said, GoSS president has formed an immediate monitoring committee consisting of Ministers of Information, Presidential Affairs, and  Interior to monitor malakal incident.

 

Gabriel Chang said Maj. General Tangiyang arrived by plane in Malakal town on 23rd Feb, and was well come received by the SAF military intelligence in ceremonial way accompanied by 20 members.

 

He says that after learning of Tangiyang presence in Malakal town, State security committee organs in Upper Nile immediately convened meeting, passing resolution asking Tangiyang either to leave the town or have him arrested.

 

The Minister said Tangiyang refused to comply with all the proposals and decisions of Upper Nile security to leave the town peaceful, and also resisted attempts to arrest him.

 

SAF intelligence is working closely with Tanginyang to destabilize peace in South Sudan but GoSS is going to take precautionary measures to avoid any future incident of insecurity” Minister of Information Gabriel Changson Chang said.

 

The Minister said this procedure has led to the fire exchange by SPLA after Tangiyang forces first opened fire on SPLA and Joint Integrated Units JIUs in the Malakal.

 

He added that the clashes resulted to unconfirmed lost of life and property, including massive displacement of citizens from Malakal town on Tuesday Morning.

 

The Minister said it’s the second incident of its kind caused by Gabriel Tanginyang in Malakal since 2006; where big size of life and property were lost without bring Tanginyang to justice.

 

SAF is not willing to hand over Tanginyang to face justice as repeatedly demanded by GoSS” Minister Gabriel said.

 

In another view, Minister said the civilian population also clashed with petroleum police in the area of Faloj, just few hours after Malakal SAF and SPLA fighting.

 

The Ministers said GoSS is urging SAF, to hand over Tanginyang to Upper Nile State authorities, and bring to him to face justice.

 

He adds that any attempt to evacuate and protect Tanginyang will constitute aiding of criminal activities. “GoSS is informing the public about the same repeated act, supported by SAF intelligent. Tanginyang said he will not go back to Khartoum unless he is called back Minister Gabriel said.

 

SPLM Deputy Secretary for Southern Sector Anna Itto pays condolences to the families who lost life and property during the joint statement.

 

Anna said it’s very unfortunate after four years of peace; individuals are still trying to put Sudan back into situation before 2005, just n defiance of CPA.

 

She says that in 2006, Gabriel Tanginyang caused the same problem; many people were killed, including injuries and lost of property, which shows a real challenge to two CPA partners.

 

She adds that security arrangement provisions option other arm groups to joint either SAF or SPLA, as result SPLA has observed and integrated over 70,000 other arm groups into the system.

 

She reaffirmed that SPLM is ready to protect and work for peace commitment, and continue task of democracy.

 

She warns that if there is any person spear heading Gabriel Tanginyang activities will be held accountable for what happen in 2006 and Tuesday incident yesterday in Malakal.

 

While SPLA Chief of Operation James Oathmai said, Tanginyang is one of supporters of Khartoum government since 2006, and he chose to be integrated into SAF to cause instability, spoil peace and cause lack of development in South Sudan .

 

However, no any definite figure of casualties, property lost and number of displace persons involved in Tuesday’s SAF and SPLA Malaya fighting.

We are still monitoring the information about the figures” Minister Gabriel said

End

 

SSCCIA CONDEMS MALAKAL SOUTHERN SUDANESE IN FIGHTING.

           
1.Our South Sudan founder Fr.Lohure         2. Our Nation,our  sovereign country of South Sudan  3.Our New Sudan Visionist Leader De Mabior

 




Independent South Sudan,Democracy and Governance UDF Motto at conference.
   

United Democratic Front holds state convention.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan.

February 23,2009

UDF officials at Press Conference in Juba,They said we will vote for a separate South Sudan nation in 2011 .

Members of United Democratic Front party in Central Equatoria State is hosting state convention aiming at restructuring and electing new party members at the State level ahead of National Convention to take place in two days time.


State Chairman for UDF, Kamillo Bye-Bye Paul state during the opening remarks that South Sudan does not need any money but only land that belongs to them


“UDF have no money, but we have vision for tomorrow, now many people who defected from the party are coming back and the number is increasing from States, Counties to payams levels” UDF chairman Khamilo said


The chairman said during the hard times many people defected from the party because of torture and silent killing, but currently the party is gaining daily registration of new members because of clear vision to vote for the separate independent South Sudan.


While the youth representative of UDF party states that, for South Sudan to have peace and stability, the option is go for independent South Sudan, to bring about change in the families.


“We in UDF, we don’t want any money but we want this land of South Sudan. Those who wants money, them leave us lone” Chairman Kamillo said


His advises that elders and fathers in the families should maintain transparency without fear by telling and doing everything good for the South Sudan, without endangering the future generation.


In another remarks, women representative from UDF laments that most of he women are not happy because many of their children are loitering on the streets.


She points that its time to talk openly about he independence of South Ensure that South is for Southerners, because there are many reasons South needs separation from the Northern Sudan.


She ruled out that there is not real dividend of peace, as the situation of insecurity, killing of children and corruption where money is carried with bags to Uganda for building of schools remain a big challenge.


The representative of UDF in National level MP John Aurelio said, independence of South Sudan does not require too much talks, because sight effects of unity is already clear in daily life of the people.


MP John alerts that NCP is planning games to distort elections, including forgings and buying time for the elections, though NCP has already prepared and calculated time for the elections.


MP John said people of South Sudan have suffered enough, there is no reason why people should suffered again, when CPA has already given rights for self-government in Southern Sudan from Northern Sudan.


He outlined that from now and on, citizens should know that in 2011, comes referendum period, there is going be two boxes, to vote independent South or Unity of South Sudan, but in case of UDF, people must know that the option is to vote for separate South Sudan Nation.


He points that UDF after national convention would announce its intention where to stand for elections at all levels of contesting during the up coming general election in the Sudan.

“NCP wants to play with time , NCP is now preparing for elections, and wants to distort elections we want to tell to the people in CES, that they have to be ready for election at any time” John Aurelio said.


H adds that the vision of UDF is to head south for the independent State where democracy, good governance and freedom of rights are respect in South Sudan.


He points that some parties in South Sudan are not clearly advocating separation of South, result many people are not aware and conscious about coming referendum

choice.













African Countries Explore Investment opportunities in South Sudan.
 

 

African investors call upon GOSS on investment opportunities.

By SSCCIA Repoter

Juba South Sudan

February 21,2009

Minister for Investment in GOSS Mr. Lino Makana

Photo by SSCCIA Reporter Juba South Sudan.

The government of Republic of South Africa and group of African investors have called upon Government of Southern Sudan to responds for the investors in Africa seeking investment opportunities in the South.

The foreign Ministry of Republic of South Africa along with African investors trying to explore into South Sudan, have organized an international conference for South Sudan to start early next week.

In Statement on 21 Feb. 09, the Minister of Commerce and Trade in Government of Southern Sudan Anthony Lino Makana said, the investors have requested presences of concern GOSS Ministries.

Anthony Lino said, the international conference for South Sudan shall last for four days, and will be attended by forty chief executive officers, who discuss exploration of major investment opportunities in Southern Sudan.

The Minister said most of the investors centred interests in Southern Sudan, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, trade and industries.

The Minister said invitation of African investors comes as a result of Memorandum of Understanding between GoSS has signed with Republic of South Africa on protocols to invest in the South.

"This is following up of protocol signed two years ago between South Sudan and Republic of South African. The African investors want to invest in various areas of infrastructure, trade and industry" Minister Anthony Lino Makana said at Juba International Airport.

The Minister points that GOSS Ministries of Commerce and Trade. Regional Co-corporation and Presidential Affairs will take part in the organized conference in South Africa.

 

South Sudan Demining Commission received Trainees back.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

February 21,2009

Mine officials returned from training in Kenya Photo by SSCCIA Reporter Juba South Sudan

The head of office of South Sudan mine Authority Commission 21st Feb, 2009 have received group of its employees after an international mine training organized in Kenya.

The training has covered participants from South Sudan, Eritrea, America and Kenya equating to the total of twenty four, as an effort of building capabilities to deal with the mine performance especially in South Sudan.

The head of delegation Mr. Henry Andrew on Saturday said, the training was relatively short, but equally beneficial and important to implement the reinforced knowledge in South Sudan.

"We are taken to Kenya, for the three weeks training, at International Mine Training Centre in Kenya during these short days, we got substantial knowledge." Henry said at Juba International Air Port.

The International training includes variety of skills, in financial management, information, logistic management as well as human resources management.

Mr. Henry said South Sudan Demining Authority Commission, still needs sufficient training and capacity building for existing man power and additional manpower recruitment.

He adds that South Sudan Demining Authority Commission is facing lack of capacity building, equipment and Human Resource particularly in this transitional plan period, as it plans to take over mining program by the year 2014.

He says that South Sudan Mine Commission though receiving funds from Government of Southern Sudan, but there are still remaining problems in the fields, as most of funds goes on salaries and operation costs.

 

 

 

 

 




"If population of Southern Sudan remains five million, they will still vote for referendum" Salva Kiir said.
 

 

President Kiir warns WBG youth against political influences creating conflict.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

February 17,2009

President of South Sudan Lt.Gen Kiir in Wau during the opening of Wau power station Febraury 17,2009.

Today Tuesday, 17 February 2009 President Salva Kiir warned the youth of Western Bhar El Ghazal State, against political influences that creates conflicts among the citizens.

President said he has all records of WBG youth, he advices that if there are social and political problems among the youth they must sit and settle their cases peacefully.

He adds that they youth in Wau have no anything to fight for, politicians and members of political parties are confusing youth, with bloody money something the youth must avoid.

Salva Kiir said population census results is not out, something all the citizens should ask questions about , but looks that some people have hidden agenda behind population census results.

President Kiir said if the recent conducted population census comes out in way not a way not acceptable to South Sudan, it will not be accepted; it will not agitate war because population census alone will stop people of Southern to vote their referendum.

President Kiir remarks that there are already newspapers in Khartoum, circulating false information regards population census estimating Southern Sudan population around three to five million people.

However salva said, in 1983 population census, South Sudan population is noted to be 8 million something does not logical, compared to recent news circulation by Newspapers in Khartoum

"If population of Southern Sudan remains five million, they will still vote for referendum" Salva Kiir said.

He adds that there are now ten political parties in Southern Sudan, and they will contest to South Sudan presidency, but any party coming in should not allow people to die of policies that create conflicts.

He says that SPLM political Bureau is now working on the criteria of candidacy to Presidency, for schedule July elections in this year.

 

 

 




President Kiir inaugurates development projects in Wau

President Kiir inaugurates development projects in Wau

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

February 18,2009

On Tuesday today, President of South Sudan Salva Kiir received hundreds of thousands of Wau population, upon arrival in Wau State Capital of Western El-Ghazal State.

The visit of president KIir comes in light to inaugurate more than five development projects in Wau, on Tuesday’s occasion brought nearly all working activates at standstill, including closure of shops and petty businesses within the town.

 

Thousands of citizens in Wau town turn up along the streets, addition to heavy deployment of Joint Integrated Unit JIUs, state police, wildlife, and SPLA forces, bring the mode of town at normal security sight

Yesterday Tuesday, Kiir has officially inaugurated Wau new Power station which is constructed at the cost of eight million US dollars, to successfully bring extensive light enjoyment in Wau Townships.

Beside inauguration of electric station, the State capital also witness, President Kiir laying foundations of development projects with in the town, especially modern Egyptian complex school, Mark Nyipuoch bridge construction, SPLM Head Quarters and State Traffic police administrative unit.

President Kiir has expressed strong need to protect Egypt –Southern Sudan relationships, and building of corporation between Republic of Egypt and Semi –Autonomous government of Southern Sudan.

President Kiir recalls that Egyptian President Hosni Mobarrack visited Southern Sudan last November, to explore more into development projects. He adds that Egypt South Sudan relation is crucial, stating that most of war liberators in South have their education background in Egyptian Alexandria University and today they have come Ministers in South Sudan.

Salva Kiir reassured that there are still problems associated with implementation of Comprehensive Peace Agreement, but these problems will not drive people back into war situations.

He says that first seventeen years of South-North civil war and addition to twenty one was heavily concentrated in South Sudan, giving no way to development in South Sudan because some individual are benefiting from the war.

While the Egyptian Minister of Electricity Hassan Ahmed said, the inauguration of Wau Power Station is a potential electric supply to cover 5, side 000 households in Wau, hospitals, schools, markets and Airport as well.

The Minister said the government of Egyptian is already in possibility of building Alexandria University branch in Southern Sudan, implementing of developmental projects in health, agriculture, education and offering of trainings.

The director of Wau Power station Mr. Earnest, said the electric instalment has cost maximum of 8 million US dollars, and that similar extension of power stations are on process to start soon in Southern Sudan towns of Rubek, Bor and Yambio.

 

The Governor of Western Bhar El. Ghazal Mark Nyipuoch Ubong said, he has no much to say because of time shortage, but he singles that some elements within the State are trying to create conflicts among the citizens, but he assured that position of State Government to stand for peace sustenance and reconciliation.

GoSS Minister of Energy and Mining John Luke appreciated the citizens of Wau, for keeping environment of the town in well hygienic manner, free of garbage, a town that signs an example of clean environment out of Southern Sudan towns.

President Kiir warns WBG youth against political influences creating conflict.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

February 17,2009

Today Tuesday, 17 February 2009 President Salva Kiir warned the youth of Western Bhar El Ghazal State, against political influences that creates conflicts among the citizens.

President said he has all records of WBG youth, he advices that if there are social and political problems among the youth they must sit and settle their cases peacefully.

He adds that they youth in Wau have no anything to fight for, politicians and members of political parties are confusing youth, with bloody money something the youth must avoid.

Salva Kiir said population census results is not out, something all the citizens should ask questions about , but looks that some people have hidden agenda behind population census results.

President Kiir said if the recent conducted population census comes out in way not a way not acceptable to South Sudan, it will not be accepted; it will not agitate war because population census alone will stop people of Southern to vote their referendum.

President Kiir remarks that there are already newspapers in Khartoum, circulating false information regards population census estimating Southern Sudan population around three to five million people.

However salva said, in 1983 population census, South Sudan population is noted to be 8 million something does not logical, compared to recent news circulation by Newspapers in Khartoum

"If population of Southern Sudan remains five million, they will still vote for referendum" Salva Kiir said.

He adds that there are now ten political parties in Southern Sudan, and they will contest to South Sudan presidency, but any party coming in should not allow people to die of policies that create conflicts.

He says that SPLM political Bureau is now working on the criteria of candidacy to Presidency, for schedule July elections in this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Money foundby SPLA investigators roled in a bag
   

Security officials arrest bundles of money as fire consumes Beijing Juba Hotel.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Thursday, February 18, 2009


The Security officials said, they have caught up significant bundles of money as fire overtake nearly 60 sixty rooms of Beijing Juba Hotel to complete ashes.


Interrogation by the security official reveals that the man in connection with money arrested is a civilian putting up in the Hotel.


The man with a name of Dout, was in tense security investigation, and it was not possible explore from where he has got the money ,since there was no proper respond of explanation to security officials, but farther investigation have been undertaken.


Another money incident occurred in room 102, where considerable amount of money folded in bag have been also taken under the custody of security officials.


Another related arrest was the properties including many passports, pistol and laptop money and lost money.

The security officials said all arrested property, will not be handed over the claimers of property, but would be handed over to the Hotel managers who are responsible to compensate any lost of the client.


As the fire sweeps off 60 room of Beijing Juba Hotel, looters also picked up the advantage, as the customers get more confused escaping from rooms with their valuable belonging.


Contacts with hotel manager was broken down, as owners caught up with frustration and cry about the damage the fire has cost, but the spectators ruled out that this is the sight effect of non permanent structures.


As the fire gets heavily over the hotel rooms, some customers entered into disappointment and quarrels, and others started taking refuge possibly to other hotels around Juba town.


The fire brigade forces, arrived more than an hour later, when the fire nearly concludes and takes over hotel rooms.


The fire brigade forces failed operation for nearly over ten minutes, as the engine of the vehicle was not ready to start.

This force the brigade force to look into spanners to work on the engine to subside inflammatory fire.


However one of workers within the hotel rooms said, they were all inside respective rooms, when suddenly man in room 49 started carrying for help as he throws out his property.


The worker in Beijing Juba Hotel reveals that, they were all caught by surprise, what they notice upon the carry, they start of the fire from electric connection, and inflame by the gas from the room 49.





Census cheating of Southern Sudanese continues in Khartoum.
   

Cheating discovered on census questionnaire forms in Khartoum.


By SSCCIA Reporter

February 13,2009


An official in Southern Sudan Commission for Census, Statistic and Evaluation today 13th Feb, remarked that Central Bureau for Statistic in Khartoum has not yet finalized its work to come up with general result of Sudan National Population results.


The official said it has being discovered that the designed questionnaire form which is meant only for eight people in the house hold, in the Northern Sudan, it has been increased to ten people.


The questionnaire form design is only for eight people, but some forms discovered in Khartoum, are designed for ten people. Suppose in the family, questionnaire form is for eight people, but in the North some forms are for ten people” Department publication official said.


The delay is in Khartoum, Central Bureaus of Statistic and Evaluation have not completed their work this is the cause of delay” SSCCE official said.


The Head of Southern Sudan Census for Statistic and Evaluation Mr. Isaiah Chol left to Khartoum in event of sorting out way forward with members of Central Bureau of Statistic in Khartoum.


The official said if the household numbered beyond eight members, the household is supposed to use two questionnaire forms.


Official said a team from Southern Sudan is heading to Khartoum on 16th, January to hold meeting in Khartoum and to discuss solutions on undersigned questionnaire forms


The official said this questionnaire form issues remains one of the reasons why there is delay in census results.


He adds that the teams of census commission in Rumbek has already finalized their job, and has already joint the merging team in Khartoum.






Land Grabbers are obstacle to land demarcation in Juba.
   

Central Equatoria State Infrastructure Ministry set 5,000 plots allocation on Juba-Yei Roads.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

February 12,2009

Mr. Louis George said Land grabbers are the sources of problems in land demarcation  in Central Equatoria State.


The Director General for Ministry of Physical Infrastructure in Central Equatoria State Mr. Louis George Gore said in this year plan, the newly custom Market situated between the Army Barrack and Mountain site, would be relocated to different market areas.


Mr. George said there are total of 610 shops within the market,as early as next week, the traders owning the shops, will start payment of 10,000 SDG per each of their shop plots and would be relocated within Block “A and B” munuki residential areas.


Mr. Louis, said there they have already started mobilization for distribution of 5,000 plots in weeks time, along Juba –Yei road specifically for first, second and third class residential areas.


We are now mobilizing our surveyors to go and demarcate these plots on Juba –Yei Roads before rain starts. But as now I am speaking to you, land grabbers are already there, some body has occupied over 150 meters of land before we could go there and these are the implications” Director General Louis said.


He says that they will allocation 1,500 for first class plots, 1,500 second class plots and 200 second class plots within the area of two by two kilo square along Juba –Yei, and this is expected to be completed as soon as possible for those who have already applied before the rainy season.


Mr. Louis said they are equally working on the areas particularly on Maridi –Juba road and an area across the bank in the east, to ensure more plots allocation to the people.


He says that there are many implications on land allocation, because most of the plots allocation processes are interrupted by the land grabbers, before the surveyors could start carrying their jobs, the land grabbers are already on the intended area to be demarcated.


Mr. George says, people with occupations, and marital status would get the upper opportunity to get plots, and especially people with financial abilities able to develop plots.


He outlined that first class ownership will amount to 120 SDG; second class plot residents will amount to 100 SDG while the third class will cost 60 SDG, these rates of payment vary to allow citizens of low income to acquire plot as well.


He adds that communities in Juba are not against giving land to the people, but need consultations between the government and community members to give land to the government, people or any company according to the priniciples of Comprehensvie Peace Agreement, Which says that the land belongs to the people.


Mr. Louis said if there is any company that require piece of land, it would enter into agreement with the goverment, and spelt out as well what is the community going to benefit from the land they are going to give out.


The company is going to sign Memorandum of Understanding with State government on building of real state in Juba residents, in first, second and third classes, but we need to know clearly the terms of repayment and type of housing they are going to build in the State 50 for each of resident class” Mr. Louis George said.










No brother no job, what is your tribe and where are you from are obstacles to employment in South Sudan.
   

Unemployment challenges in Southern Sudan Capital of Juba.

By SSCCIA Reporter.

Juba South Sudan

February 11,2009

Southern Sudanese job seekers line up at UNDP Board February 2009 Photo by SSCCIA Reporter in Juba.


In an interview today 11 February 2009 with SSCCIA reporter, on unemployment situation facing many graduates, responds from, Mr. John Paul a former employee of International Aid Service organization since 2001 to 2009 said, he has lost his job when the organization finally terminated the contracts of employees, because of budget shortages.


Mr. Paul explains that since January this year, his efforts in job seeking proves that getting job in Southern Sudan, is a matter of closed relatives and issue of brotherhood in both government and NGOs working systems .


Mr. Paul who is professionally a driver said there are many Non Governmental Organization operating in South Sudan, and more others are coming in with cars, including government and private business vehicles but most people without experiences and recommendations are recruited in jobs regardless of their performances.


Mr. Paul said there are significantly abundant job opportunities in Southern Sudan and especially in Juba within the systems of Government and NGOs institutions, but what is happening in relation to job vacancies, is a clear frustration to Sudanese nationals to work in their own country.


In another view, Mr. Andria Tulio, comments that, he has been working as a teacher in Kenya for seven years, but decided to come home in South Sudan to participate in the development of the country, within the limits of his profession as a teacher.


But he points out that since 2007; two years until today it proves extremely hard, to get job, within teaching profession or even involving into another profession, despite continuous effort of posting applications in many advertised job vacancies.


Mr. Andria said his experience of two years job seeking showed that, there are tricks along the line of job opportunities offered by the employers. He argued that there are many advertisements in plenty on the sign boards, but actually shortlisted applicants are always different from the applicants who applied applied.


He states that there are a lot of games associated with employment opportunities within the government and Non Governmental Organization, but no opportunities offered because of elements of tribalism.


He suggests that leaders, and employers should avoid tribalism and learnt to be social and development oriented, by recruiting people who are qualified and people according to their capabilities.


Gisma Eva Francis, a Diploma holder in community studies remarks that photocopying of documents and CVs for every advertisement is becoming costly, beside transport costs, and the day long struggles end up in vain without any achievement.


Gisma Eva said it marks the second year struggle for her seeking for job, and all these years experience of job seeking demonstrates that favoritism is contributing in depriving job seekers from employment.

But she also points that another key element is that many people are flowing into Juba where there are high competitions among the job seekers.


Mr. Sam Ali Abdullah said he has worked for both national and international organizations in different parts of the country especially on information systems, but since last December, his contract has come to an end.


He adds that stories associated w ith job opportunities now a days, are very funny stories, interviewers are asking irrelevant questions gearing to tribal identity, areas allocation in line with ethnic communities.


They ask you where are you from, what is your tribe, this is what I have experienced in the interviews, this are all irrelevant questions. Today, all about job is whom you know” Mr. Sam said.


Sam Ali said posting of adverts on many open sign boards are becoming only symbols, to show that actually the vacancies are advertise to the public looking for job opportunities, but in reality concern officials are dealing with appointments.


A paper to be photocopied is costing One Sudanese Pound, and if you have ten copies and CVs, goes to fifteen and this out of transport you need to move up and down”

Mr. Sam Ali said.


Sadia Florence picked up a point that, outlined of conditions for jobs are very difficult to meet, seemly that it’s away of avoiding job opportunities to the Sudanese Nationals depriving them on basis of experience and qualifications.


In another view, Mr. Isaac Mathew Mabe remarked that it’s becoming new job policy, most the advertisement stating, that women are strongly advice to apply. This confirm to on going complains that most of Government and NGOs Institutions, female candidates are in top list of recruitments.


Mr. Isaac said, many people are roaming on streets of Juba town seeking for Jobs, but it’s a surprise to see that NGOs mostly recruiting foreigners in national vacancies.


He urges that Government should come up with guide line formation to Non Governmental Organizations, to relieve Sudanese national from burden of unemployment to get employment opportunities.


To my surprise Non governmental Organizations are recruiting foreigners instead of Sudanese national, jobs are available but Sudanese are not employed. So the government should come up with guide lines to the NGOs to offer opportunities to Sudanese nationals” Mr. Isaac said.


Mr. Isaac said refugees and IDPs are heading home in South Sudan, but situation of living without employment and no money is very hard.


It really a new job policy in any advertisement, that female candidates are strongly advised to apply, and people who apply ,you don’t see them working” Mr. Isaac said.



However, the government of Southern Sudan last year has lunched its Public Service Reform Policy to make the year of 2009, much more target of democracy, decentralization and development.

In support of Public Service Reform Policy declared by GoSS president Salva Kiir and formulated by GoSS Ministry of Public Service, downsizing of man power from GoSS to State levels of Government is yielding bigger supports from leaderships of both States and GoSS governments.


On the fifth of January 2009, the Speaker of Southern Sudan Legislative assembly James Wani Igga states that it is impossible for the government to employee all people, but government could possibly employee 10% of its population.


The Governor of Central Equatoria State Clement wani Konga in policy statement of his government last week, states that out of the State work force of 19,639, and the government intends to cut down manpower to about 10,000. Saying that GoSS has funded with two million to downsize this workforce but the amount needed is 16, 00,000.

 

The governor points that the reports of committee showed that downsizing 10,639 workers of the State would give an opportunity to recruit new graduates numbering 1,000.


The States governors have started implementation declared public service reform policy that amount to down sizing of workforce in all ten States of Southern Sudan.


Members of both States and GoSS parliament are in support that unproductive work forces within the systems of the goverments be screened some members in SSLA assembly in position that 25% of GoSS workforce also be transported states levels of government because there is no much work to be done at GoSS level.


In another view Minister of Parliamentary of Affair Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro said all job vacancies in government institutions are suspended, and would be resumed after recruitment board to administer fair employment free of tribalism, nepotism and favoritism in all government vacancies.








We don’t want cattle on farm lands
   

State Agriculture Minister prepares to confront food insecurity.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

February 10,2009

"CDR Wilson Deng is now ordered to move cattles from Nimule back to Jongolei State "said Manase

above  a cattle farmer in his Kraal in South Sudan.

The State Minister of Agriculture in Central Equatoria State Manase Lomole Waya outlined in the press statement today 10th Feb 2009 the intention of State Ministry of Agriculture to fight food insecurity.


Minister Manase Lomole said from this year till 2011, the State is going to witness massive food production upon realization of 7 tractors at hand, twenty more others on the way expected due in March and seventy more other tractors again are equally expected in within the month of September this year.


The Minister said farmers are encouraged now to get into organized bodies of associations and unions, to receive seeds, equipments and tools for food productions in Central Equatoria State.


Today one most embarrassing thing is, fish come from Uganda, we are happy of Uganda to provide food for us, but it is time to turn to provide food to Uganda and also for the region” Minister Manase Lomole said.


He says that there are six water pumps available for irrigation purposes along the Nile, while urging that land should be avail for people interested to produce vegetables along the Nile.


He adds that there are however, three main challenges facing State Ministry of Agriculture amounts to issues of mobilization of material, financial and Human resources to improve on food production sufficiently within the State.


Minister Lomole said that immediate actions and plans are on move to understand and study projects, functions of personnel and Ministry in an effort to mobilize resources for the future plans to do with actions for agriculture.


We have met with concern NGOs for Agriculture, NCA and FAO and visited all the Counties, and identified some sources of loans, so civil societies including the private sectors are to help also in agriculture” Manase said.


The Minister said from 2009 to 2011, there are already well set strategies and plans, to lobby for agricultural tools, equipments, seeds and training of man power to strengthen extension of food production services, especially equipping young people with tools.


He points that CES has already indentified potential areas for large scale food production, most particularly Jebel Lado sorghum scheme, which has already been contracted to an international investor, now delivery its equipment on the ground for operation to reactive the sorghum production in the State.


The Minister said Mangala Sugar scheme is also ready to start its rehabilitation, including Morobo, Mafo farms for eggs ,and livestocks farming which are parts of large scales food production in the State planning to increase agricultural production capacity within and regionally.


Manase Lomole, who is also the Deputy State Governor in Central Equatoria, warns that the State authorities will not tolerate presence of cattle roaming on the farming grounds any more, depriving farmers from their benefits.

We don’t want cattle on farm lands. Wilson Deng is now ordered to move cattle from Nimule back toward Jongolei State, and Mundari also are moving cattle from land. And now we are developing regulations between farmers and livestock keeping” Lomole said.


He says that President Salva Kiir is in support to ensure that cattle are evacuated from farming lands, which eventually will end conflicts between the farming and pastoralist communities.


He adds that cattle owners have started moving away from Nimule to Jongolei State, and they are developing regulations to guide cattle keeping and farming communities ensure harmony.


In another view, the Lomole said in the last three year of non food production in the Southern Sudan, is due lack of imputes, no motivation to the famers, road inaccessibility and lack of loans has led to dependency of South Sudan on neighboring countries.


The Minister said this year GoSS and State budget is focusing on development strategies, his Ministry is going to embark on proper utilization of these resources especially along purchasing of machinery, tools carrying rehabilitations, seeds supplies and ensuring projects.


He added that State Ministry of Agriculture is encouraging to investors to come and create funds and employment to the people of the State.

 




“We have no problem with food, our worst problem is health, there is health unit but no medicine, if a person is ill we carry 25 miles up to Rokon Payam, to be taken to Juba” Chief Benjamin said.
   

Villages around Terekeka County in CES are facing water challenges.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Terekeka South Sudan

Wednesday, February 09, 2009

Doctors carry free treatment in Terekeka, Chief Khamis said  Terekeka County still face drugs/medicines problem.


The villages around Terekeka County is facing severe water shortages as all the streams and water points within the villages have come to total drought, because of the dry season.


Kowori village, about 78 miles away from Juba,their chief is called Benjamin Khamis who says that water problem is the worst of all the problems in the villages.


The Chief said Kowori village consists of seven sub villages; they have resorted to dig water wells as deep as the night of a tall tree.


The chief said the only water point from the wells is the only source where both the animals and human beings drink.


I decided to stop members of community who are building teachers quarters, to go and dig well. And this well is shared by people and their animals who also drink from after people have fetched water during the morning hours” Chief Benjamin said.


Chief Benjamin said another problem facing the Kowori Boma, is the health issue though there is Health Unit within the village, there is no drug available in the health unit.


We have no problem with food, our worst problem is health, there is health unit but no medicine, if a person is ill we carry 25 miles up to Rokon Payam, to be taken to Juba” Chief Benjamin said.


He points that to rescue a person to Juba Teaching Hospital in a distance of 78 miles, they have to carry the sick on the stretches on distance of one day journey to Rokon Payam to get means of transport to Juba.


Kowori village is neighbored to Western Equatoria State Moru community, Bari and Nyangora Bari speaking communities of Central Equatoria State.


The Chief said they are enjoying considerable security situations, and they equally have good relations and coordination on security information with the neighboring communities.


Chief Benjamin said education set up within the areas has received no attention, since colonial period, they have been neglected from education benefits.


However the chief said after the signing of CPA, they are now happy new construction of Kowori Primary which was just completed.


He adds that it’s very unfortunate, entire Kowori Primary school has only one teacher teaching number of 375 pupils in five classes.


Since the time of war, in we have only one teacher in this primary school, he goes around to all the five classes, now parents are not happy to see most of time their children are only playing” the Chief said.


He points that seven villages of Kowori Boma are trying to mobilized the daughters and sons to come out to attend to education, but most of the parents are discourage because of the time they children spend on playing rather than learning due to lack of teachers.


The chiefs of the villages consists mostly of Mudari communities, are both Agro-Pastoralist, in raising and cultivating goats, cows sheep and crops of grains, groundnuts, simsem.


In Burra Boma, village is where water crisis, the only water point a stream within the village is where also people and cattle drink including the wild animals possibly at nights.


The water looks thick and colored as one of genuine warm community educator said these stagnant water points are where many people are contracting the disease from, while the environment is dry and burnt.


In Rejung and Kworinyang villages some 55 miles and 27 miles away from Terekeka County, are also signs of newly build primary schools each for each village, including latrine set ups, but water challenges in these schools is lacking if the pupils are start learning.


The project coordinator Humanitarian Assistant for Southern Sudan Mr.Azaira said it has cost HASS amount of two Million US dollars to construct seven schools in the three primary Schools in Kowori, Rejung and Kworinyang Bomas.


He said that each and every primary school is made up of eight classes, stores, staffs office, Head teacher and deputy head teacher offices, including latrines in each of the school.

                              

Children at the bank of the river in Terekeka                                              Two boys drink water using pipes to sip clean water in Bahr El Ghazal.

South Sudan face alot of problems of clean water.




Peace and Reconciliation Conference adjoured.
   

Gumiza Peace and Reconciliatory conference adjourned to mid February.

By SSCCIA Reporter

February 04,2009

Gov.Kual Manyang Juk smiles to other conferences Representatives,EES delegate did not turn up for the conference.

Efforts to bring inclusiveness of four States delegates in peace and reconciliation conference on the third Feb , to dialogue in order to achieve peace and reconciliation among the communities has been adjourned.

The peace conference scheduled on the third was to bring in representatives from Eastern Equatoria State, Central Equatoria, Jongolei and Lakes States, beside States Ministers, MPs, elders and Chiefs.

Commissioner of State Head Quarters in CES, who is also the Chairman of peace Conference Organizing Committee Mr. Enoch Stephen Loro said they have received information for rescheduling of the peace conference from office of Vice President Dr. Riek Machar who is supposed to open the conference.

Mr. Enoch said also, some of expected communities members invited to take part in the conference from Lakes and Eastern Equatoria States have not turn up for the conference.

The Commissioner said no any letter to the members of organizing committee to explain reasons why expected participants in the peace conference have not chose to come in the reconciliatory conference.

Enoch said dialogue on peace and reconciliatory conference was to address tribal conflicts, cattle raiding, child abduction and border related conflicts.

He adds that in the last two years, efforts to address these situations have been done, but no much achievement has been made.

He says that it’s now the third time conference is to be held among these communities cross borders to solve inter –community conflicts, but these communities are difficult to understand, because some of these issues are difficult to reconcilable.

He adds that government is continuing efforts to hold workshops and organize peace conferences, but the grass root at levels of these communities are not educated that makes it difficult to attain chance of peace and see peace in these areas.

The Commissioner warns that unless the intellectuals and politicians gather together to educate these communities in spirit of team work to intervene in educating these communities that conflict can not help them, no much achievement would be made.

Communities are not educated and they are wild. So, we need to educate these people, that what they do will not help them in the future” Commissioner Enoch said.

However, Enoch said issues of riches and interests of some politicians have also play part in these conflicts, especially those politicians who are encouraging bad things leading to crisis among the communities, despite the efforts of the government to bring about reconciliation and peace to the people.

Interest of some politicians, also play part, but leaders need good governance, some leaders encourages bad things that makes crisis” Commissioner Enoch said.

Enoch outlined that education backwardness, is the major issue among these conflicting communities, and the States where the situations is running out of control have limited budget to constructed schools at the States levels, as most of the schools are constructed by NGOs.

Mr. Enoch added that problem of guns on the hands of the citizens remain still risk, and the politicians are using the simple people at grass roots to attained riches and win 2009, Sudan National General elections due to take place.

Gumiza area situated with residents mostly along the River Nile looks dry and exhausted land because of cattle roaming, though the land naturally look fertile most of are residents are cattle keepers

Gumeiza within CES is an area estimating nearly 20 miles away from Jongolei State, is an area neighboured with members of Aliab Community in Lakes States, Toposa in Eastern Eateria and communities of Jongolei State, however these communities are mostly cattle keepers, Enoch said.

Commissioner of Bor County Brigadier Abraham Jok Aring said the peace conference was aimed to be inclusive of Lakes, CES Eastern and Jongolei States, but delegates from Pibor County, Eastern Equatoria , and lakes state failed to show up for the peace conference.

Commissioner Abraham Jok said the committee is going to hold a meeting, to make more information to bring about inclusiveness of all States delegates in reconciliatory conference.

Commissioner Jok said the conference is crucial to achieve reconciliation and peace, in order to attain stability for drawing Sudan National elections, and 2011 South Sudanese referendum.

He points that GoSS has call off for peace conference to be held till mid Feb from 14 to 15, because this will give more time to bring those absent to participate in the conference.

CES and Jongolei are ready to hold the conference but the intended members have not come up. Governor of Lakes States, Governor of Eastern Equatoria, Commissioner of Terekeka and Pibor and members of Aliab have not come” Bor Commissioner Jok said.

But also information sources from the disappointed delegates present during the peace and conciliation conference reveals that, poor arrangement and lack of adequate information to mobilize communities across the four States was not sufficiently carried out to bring all members on board.

Jok said security situation in Bor County is stable , but areas within country sides of Jongolei is experiencing frequent attacks from members of Murle Community, despite efforts by the government to discuss and put an end to cattle raids and child abduction.

Commissioner Jok said failures of workshops and peace conferences under the mediation of government, does not show a success because the leaders do not make the follow up of the recommendations and resolutions drawn from the peace and reconciliatory conferences.

Since 2007, the government is expending resources to bring inter-States tribal conflicts, cattle raids and child abductions to an end, but without involvement of grass roots leaders mainly of chiefs and community leaders.

The commissioner points that last year alone, attacks from Murle members, resulted to 17 children abducted, 463 cattle raided and 7 people killed, while this year attacks records showed 5 people killed, 11 people wounded and 100 cattle raided.


However no member of the Murle community was immediately available at the time to explain the reasons on constant attacks between Bor communities and members of Murle community.

However, the Commissioner Jok states that many conferences have been organized between these communities, but the youth who are the cause of insecurity as result of cattle raids and child abduction always remain in the bushes.

This what the Murle youth are saying, cattle raiding are something practices by their parents why should be stop in their time, and this is the way of life” Bor County Commissioner Abraham Jok said.

 

Mundari at dance during the conference. Photo By SSCCIA Reporter in South Sudan




Deadly Niggers group identified by CES Gov.Hon.Clement asD12 Niggers, D black Niggers and Dikori Ti Melo Niggers groups,
   

Governor Clement identifies State disturbing insecurity sources on Public welfare.


By SSCCIA Reporter

February 02,2009


The governor of Central Equatoria State Clement Wani Konga, during the statement on the opening of 5th Session of State Legislative Assembly Yesterday said his government has already fully identified disturbing insecurity sources.


The Governor warns that strategies and plans are under execution on eminent criminal activities within the capital town of Juba, with the assistance joint efforts of State, GoSS, security intelligences and other security organs to crack down common criminals.


The governor said most identified insecurity sources within Central Equatoria State, arise from LRA of which its latest information shows that LRA has cross early Yesterday from Yei area heading to Uganda, but there is possibility that the crossing group of LRA will continue to move within the area.


He added that beside LRA, is also the Niggers group that is made of three sections, namely D12 Niggers, D black Niggers and Dikori Ti Melo Niggers groups, soldiers carrying arms in the residents, land grabbers and disgruntled soldiers constitutes most threatening sources of insecurity on public life.


The governor states that intervention of the citizens, along with integrated security forces, SPLA and the National Security are in push to curbed with the crimes within the State.


Adding that cattle rustling and child abduction that has inflicted fear and perpetuated misery in other areas of the State, especially between the Lakes, CES and Jongolei States are been handle at the level of leadership.


He says that governors of these States are in position harmonized life of ordinary citizens, by ensuring commitment on the return of the dispersions in order to relieve the farming communities concentrate on massive food production to address foot insecurity.


However Today Eastern , CES, Jongoelei and Lakes State communities will start reconciliation conference that aimed at addressing children abduction, harassment, killing and rampant rapes.


The kick off of reconciliation conference will try to iron out misunderstanding between these States through dialogue in a manner recommended by Comprehensive Peace Agreement.


In addition to that arising issues from the border disputes between the States, including Counties and Payam since 2007, has been handled by the formed committee whose fact finding reports and recommendations has been already summated to State Assembly for deliberation and passed recommendation in line with the laws.


I am optimistic that the disputes within our States will be resolved amicably, and the government of Southern Sudan through its own machinery, will tackle any inter-State border issues. Again, in the spirit of CPA, my government is committed to solve disputes and conflict through dialogue and reconciliation”. Governor Clement said.




Late Dr. Garang wife Rebecca Nyandeng demands the Presences of Nhial Deng Nhial of SPLA affairs.
   

Southern Parliament summoned Five Governors and two Ministers to appear early next Monday.

BY SSCCIA Reporter

February 02,2009



Members of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly are demanding for the appearance of five States Governors and two Ministers to give an explanation of insecurity reports.


Today Monday the SSLA decided to terminate debate on the reports of insecurity situation facing Southern Bari of Juba County in Central Equatoria State, Magwi County in Eastern Equatoria State, Lakes, Jongolei and Warap State, while demand for presence for Minister of SPLA Affairs and Internal Affairs as well.



Deng Manduet said security situations in Southern Sudan is not properly control and organized, civilians are heavily armed, despite huge budget allocations on security, health and education resources are use on irrelevant things.


MP Martin Aligo said security issues is becoming too much in SSLA Assembly, because the levels of government are divided, there is need to re-examine the structures because they could not be only MPs in GoSS and seeing things getting bad in States


The Security situation getting out of control today in Jongolei, Tomorrow in Bentiue and Tomorrow in Eastern Equatoria who does the decentralize system work” MP Martin Aligo said.


Martin Elia added that its now three years, Southern Sudan police supposed to be decentralized in the respective States that they have not provided basic security to States.


There is need for house to summon the governors of the respective States where insecurity always emerges in their States


Dr. Martin said even the commissioners in the Counties have become sources of insecurity especially in Yei commissioner is locking people into containers.

What is the difference between this man fighting in the bush locking people in the container and the Arab.? We don’t want our freedom to be infringed. And our problem in Southern Sudan we don’t want to follow and enforce the resolutions” Dr. Martin Elia said.


Speaker James wani Igga said governors and the Ministers are summoned by the Parliament many times but they have not turn up to appeared before the assembly.


The speaker added that it’s not the mandate of the SSLA to summon commissioners because they are under the governors in the States, pointing that it’s the governors to discipline those under them.


Rebecca Nyandeng said the debate on the Security reports could not continue without the presence of SPLA Ministers and Minister of Internal Affars who are members of Security committee.







Gov. Clement Wani of CES plans to reduced the labour force in his state and replace it with 1000 graduates.
   

Central Equatoria State 5th Parliamentary Session opened on Monday.

By SSCCIA Reporter

February 02,2009


Today on Monday, an inauguration of Central Equatoria State Legislative Assembly 5th Parliamentary Session for the year 2009, was coloured with guests of honour, MPs, State Ministers and members from Non Governmental Organization.


The Deputy Speaker of State Legislative Assembly John Lado Tombe during his opening speech outlined crucial challenges that need emergency responds to avoid difficulties in levels of performance in the Assembly during the 5th session opened.


The speaker said the governor of the State promised an allocation to ensure additional office accommodation in the Assembly, but this has not materialized forcing the Chairpersons in the Assembly to operate without offices.


The Speaker added that another situation facing the State parliament is that building has become dilapidated, whereby light rains expels members of parliament out of their sitting.


This situation is definitely going to affect our performance during this session so much so that sittings are going to be adjourned any time it rains” Deputy Speaker John Lado said.


The speaker said this situation has created difficulties in work operation, since there is no place to meet with the people seeking information from the Hon. Members, he urges that the governor of the State should seriously address the issues before 2009, budget is tabled in the parliament.


He warns that the situation would definitely affect the performance of parliamentary sitting or else forced the sittings to be adjourned at any time the rain rules.


The speaker said the Parliament is facing transportation setbacks, especially since 2005 with the opening of Parliament in December, there is only one brand new Land Cruiser Motor vehicle to the speaker, while the bigger buses are already worn that because of over use.


The speaker regrets that presentation of annual budget in the Assembly has being delayed for known reasons, and looks confused how that the State government is operating without the approved budget for year 2009.


The presentation of this year budget to the assembly has been delayed so much. I don not know the reasons for this delays and I do not even know how the government is now operating in the State without an approved budget” Deputy Speaker John Lado Tombe said.


John Lado requests that before any debate by the State members of Assembly on this year budget, an account on the performance on last year budget is much need by the members of Parliament how it has been implemented.


He says, the 5th parliamentary Session will concentrate on reports, on land malpractices in CES and border conflicts in the State Counties, as well as revisiting some of the resolutions that have been passed during the last sessions, and examine if these passed resolutions have been implemented or not.


Governor Clement said delay in presentation and preparation in this year budget is caused by technical reasons in which the State finance Minister has to follow new guidelines for preparation of the budget, not only from the government of Southern Sudan but also from United Nation Development Program consultant who has experience in budget formulation.


The governor said that delay in salaries comes from huge manpower heritage form Southern Sudan Coordination Council, Civil Authority of New Sudan and small transfer of conditional grant of money from GoSS to State.


The Governor said CES has work force of 19,639, and the government intends to cut down manpower to about 10,000. Saying that GoSS has funded with two million to downsize this workforce but the amount needed is 16,000,000.


The governor points that the reports of committee showed that downsizing 10,639 workers of the State would give an opportunity to recruit new graduates numbering 1,000.






7 KILLED IN KAPOETA EASTERN EQUATORIA STATE,ONE IN TEREKEKA WHILE DR.JOHN IS WORKING HARD TO CONTROL THE DISEASE IN AFFECTED AREA.
   

GOSS starts struggling with emerging meningitis prevalence control in South Sudan.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Dr. John Rumunu,Director General of Preventive Medicine in GOSS Ministry of Health looking forward to control Meningitis disease in South Sudan.

Photo: By SSCCIA Reporter.

 

Government of Southern Sudan Ministry of Health, have started receiving report cases of meningitis prevalence from the remote parts of South Sudan.


Dr. John Rumunu Director General of Preventive Medicine in GoSS Ministry of Health said today Friday 30th January 2009, they have already developed contingency plan from 2008 to 2009, to address meningitis sessions.


Dr. John Rumunu said Ministry of Health in its preparedness responds, has secured 5,000 anti meningitis vaccine in Southern Sudan, to assist on emerging cases of the epidemic, beside other antibiotic and supplies for the treatment of meningitis.


He says that there are already outbreak of the disease cases, from the first of January to 25, out of 46 cases in Kapoeta town, 7 seven have been reported dead.


Adding that the GoSS Ministry of Health team sent to Kapoeta, is expected to send another additional line list report from the ground; regarding the information in line with the meningitis cases.


Dr. John said they have so far sent the samples of this meningitis cases to Nairobi to confirm as to what type of meningitis is in prevalence, because the previous case shows that most of the disease is of types A and C.


We have done test for antigens and the types are A, the vaccine we have is for type A and C but before we apply it we have to confirm what type of the outbreak” Dr. John Rumunu said.


In another disease case report comes from yei area of Central Equatoria State, that shows reports of five but measures of control has been taken.


In Yesterdays information reports, two cases have been verified in Terekeka, one of whom is dead, as the Ministry Health is still waiting for confirmation from Nairobi to start vaccine supplies.


Dr. John Rumunu said in this meningitis period, they are going to respond adequately and bring things under control.


He says that the Ministry is following the World Health Organization regulations and standard in testing the disease outbreak.







SPLM PARTY READY TO CONTEST FOR THE FIRST COMING DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN SUDAN SAID MATTEW SPLM OFFICIAL.
 

AREA VIEW OF DESTROYED JUBA MARKET,WILL THE GOVERNMENT COMPENSATE THESE BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE PROPERTIES ARE DESTROYED BY THE GOVERNMENT,WILL THEY VOTE FOR THESE KIND OF LEADERS TO LEAD SOUTH SUDAN?

WHO DO WE BLAME HERE GOVERNMENT OR THE BUSINESS PEOPLE BRINGING DEVELOPMENT?

 

 

NEC requests non partisans civil servants to form 26 High Electoral Commission.


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Juba demolished market remains right.

President of South Sudan His Exellency Lt General Kiir ,Head of SPLM  smile and confident in his regime to win elections.

National Information Secrectary of SPLM Mr. Mattew said SPLM party is ready to contest in the elections as scheduled.

The National Electoral Commission, an independent body tasked for fourth Sudan National General Election is requesting nominees to form 26 electoral Committees.


The National Election Commission demanding submission of non partisans civil servants from Southern Sudan ten States, to join with Northern States nominees to form 26 Committees representing each of 26 States of Sudan for due election.


Mr. Goi Jooyul Yul representative of GoSS in National Electoral Commission said yesterday consultation on electoral process to form necessary structures and elements of coordination has been put in place.


Mr. Goi said the task for general election is big, but there are already many donors who have responded to fund the election preparation and strategies.


He said that the Head for National Election Commission is expects to arrive in Juba early next week, following the letter from NEC last week requesting Southern Sudan States to send their nominees to Khartoum.


He added that beside formation of 26 Committees for each of Sudan States, there is going to be more other sub-Electoral committees to run the electoral process with distinct defined roles.


However, Mr. Goi said despite consultation of government of Southern Sudan with members of National Electoral Commission to know facts about the elections, schedule date for the election still remain unknow.


Information hints is circulating that a member of National Congress Party has put warning that Comprehensive Peace Agreement will be thrown into garbage if other wise any of parties other than NCP and SPLM won the election.


In last few months experts have also advised GoSS to reschedule the electoral period in October due to rain which would hinder logistics facilities during elections.


However, National information Secretary of SPLM Mr. Mathew Yien after the SPLM political Bureau meeting said his party is ready to contest the election as scheduled.









CIVIC EDUACTION FOR SOUTHERN SUDANESE SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY SO THAT CITIZENS CAN VOTE FOR THE RIGHT CHOICES.
   



Participants warns Southern Sudan Civil Society against dependence on GoSS.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Thursday, January 29, 2009


The representative of Southern Sudan civil Society Organization, National Democratic Institute and members of Parliament in Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly have discussed crucial points on the role of Southern Sudan Civil Society Organization to push government, all political parties and citizens to attain fair and free elections.


On Thursday, participants have warns that Civil Society Organization in Southern Sudan must be careful on its dependence on getting financial supports from GoSS which would make them weak and shy to ensure GoSS’s accountability in promoting democracy in coming election.


Civil Society in Southern Sudan should work independently of any support avail by the GoSS Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.


Participants have argued that if government decided not to respect the values of democracy they would have no voice but hold government accountable.


Members of political parties in the discussion have urged media to maintain its position of being non partisan to all political parties and the media must be granted access to information to disseminate formation to citizens at all levels.


MP Martin Aligo said if answers to good governance are not answered there is no truth to hold fair and free election this year.


He says that there is bad experience of governance taking place, before the eyes of government, United Nations and International Community but nothing actually have been done about the bad things.


Martin Aligo s aid there is no way to deny insecurity situation facing South Sudan, how could people have conducive environment to conduct elections, and that there are also gap between State and GoSS in exchange of views to settle the problems facing Southern Sudan


Today systems of our governments is not workable, GoSS and State have no exchange of views. If there is anything GoSS says that is State problem, until things will reach to crisis” Martin Aligo said.


Dr. Julia Aker states that one of electoral guides, violence must not be tolerated by the movement, and all task force of government institutions mainly Ministry of Interior , Ministry of Presidential Affair, Ministries of Information , Peace Commission and Telecommunication are the identified organs for coming fourth Sudan National Election.


Dr. Julia points that there is going to be voters registration in all the Counties and payams in Southern Sudan, people should come out to register as soon as its requested.



MP Paulino Apiyin Akol said all political parties, regards less of their political backgrounds should come together for common objectives so that citizens vote for leaders of their choice in free enviroment.


He points that according to international standard, preparation for elections starts eighteen months before announcement of electorate date, but the case different where environment for elections would be a problem.


Dr. Julia Aker Duany remarks that women must equipped with all information for the election to make right choice for the people whom they think is in a right place.


She says that people must dismiss all rumours about he electoral time, because it’s the competent –of the National Electoral Commission to declare the date of holding the election.


Dr. Julia said that challenges of a rising from the infrastructure and insecurity is under coordinated management by GoSS and United Nation Mission in Sudan, Security sector to ensure the security for the fair and free election is guaranteed.


Dr. Charles Nayama remarked that the government should not look at the Civil Society as destroyers of the system, but an organ that work in consultation with media to influence the society objectively.


Dr. Charles said the Government should not interfere with civil society activities, in line with civic education that aims to translate democracy at the practical level.


Adding that role of Civil Society is carry awareness to the people as the only body and must not be looked at it with suspicions, because in any election it’s the people who are important.


He says that civil society organization are non partisan interest, as there role is to ensure communication about the election simple language that is understandable to local communities.




Merala Augustino Modi comments that she has lost equivalent amount of 45 Million Sudanese Pounds to establish business Centre in Juba .
   

Massive demolition starts in Southern Sudan Capital Monday

BY SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

January 26,2009


Mr. Loshauo David Peach legal Advisor for Workers Trade Union said Today Monday 26th Jan 2009 that the demolition has been done without allocation an alternative business plots in market areas to the affected people who faces severe demolition yesterday.


Mr. David said on the 20th Jan a man called Sultan Jambo came around with Microphone announcing dateline to demolish Juba Market on the 26th Jan, and the announcement carries no written letter.


He says that all the traders in the Juba Market pay taxes and registration money to the government.


He says that on 20th they have met and formed a committee to assist in stopping demolition exercise and request for more time.


Mr. Loshauo David said they are not against any order and organization of capital, on 24th traders meeting resolve in recommending that two or one year be granted to them since there is no place yet for them to relocate.


He says that he has made all possible efforts at level of leadership in the government of GoSS, State and County , especially SPLM Deputy Secretary, SPLM National Secretary Yien Mathew ,Dr. Anna Itto, but at last Deputy Governor Mannase Lomule said the governor said demolition order must be executed.


Mr. David said Traders are in process to mobilize their fellowmen from abroad to assist government in the due election, but this demolition exercise has caused them lost of property and it will equally increase criminality in Juba Town.


Adding that for those whose families survive from daily earning from the Market businesses would caused division and separation at the domestic levels and cultivates hatred as well.


Merala Augustino Modi comments that she has lost equivalent amount of 45 Million Sudanese Pounds to establish business Centre in Juba Market that is just demolished.


Ms Merala Augustino said the demolition actions taken by Government have paralyzed their well organized women business, and it has equally affected them at individual family levels.


She laments that they are planning to open business office for women in Juba the capital of South Sudan, as preparation for training of 100 women on business skills to hold themselves is already under way.


Merala says that now her business is dead, she is prepared to be jailed because of debt; she hopes to recover after successful business in Juba.


Adding that the flash point of government action on its own citizens especially destroying their property at this crucial time will not encourage people in Diaspora to come home and take part especially with the coming elections and 2011 Southern Sudan referendum.


She adds that the government that is to plant love and unity amount people have forgotten that their leadership comes from the people they are frustrating, especially women who take care of their children in education, health and feeding based on business efforts they are making.



However the Commissioner of Juba County Mr. Pius Swaka Subek remarks that their intention to demolish the Market is not to harm people, but rather to work to the best interest of the people.


Mr. Commissioner said police office in Juba is responsible for illegal creation of Juba Market on the space that is meant for Bus Park.


Mr. Pius said their demolition exercise will continue not only in Juba Market, but will equally include squatters along Juba International AirPort, Juba Na Bari which also know as Toping Residential Areas , illegal congested hurts around Dr. John Garang Grave yard located on Customs Market and illegal petrol Stations in Juba Town are all subject to demolition.


We are going to move along the roads to the Air Port, after that to Juba Na Bari where petrol Station are located in residential areas which is deadly to the population” Mr. Pius said


The Commission said powerful people have take over the powerless, especially in Juba Na Bari residential area forcefully grabbing their plots, something the government of the people will not allow.


The plots of the weak that is grabbed by the powerful people we as the government, we are not going to allow” Mr. Pius said.


He adds that constructions of petrol Station illegally within the residents have become deadly to the populations in Juba, and that all Garages around Juba town would be located to Gudele, Yei road and Gumbo areas as well.




Eastern Equatoria Director of the Prison Major General Adriano Long missed an assassination ploted against him in Torit .
   

Assassination attempt against Major General failed in Eastern Equatoria State.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan.

January 26,2009


The Southern Sudan Eastern Equatoria Director of the Prison Major General Adriano Long missed an assassination ploted against him in Torit within this month.


Long missed assassination plots against him in Torit just in this month, the junior prison officer in CHukudum town of Eastern Equatoria travel all the way to Torit” source said.


According to report source from Torit who spoke on the condition of anormity said , the Junior prison officer in Chukudum, a town in Eastern Equatoria State travel all the way long to Torit and entered the office of the General before meeting officers on duty in the Headquarter for the reason of his presences in the base.


According to him, on the same day the officer met with his colleagues at the prison, following that gathering in Torit Town he release the secret of attempts he plots to execute.


The source said upon the notification of the secrets of assassination attempt, the junior officer was arrested and apprehended in detention waiting further investigation currently in Torit town.


The GoSS president Salva Kiir re-instated Major General Long and a number of police ,prison, Wild Life and Fire Brigades officers to the administration in Southern Sudan after National Islamic Front regime retired the Southern officers before their terms of offices end.


The source reveals that the plotters who want to do away with the life of Major General Long actually from Equatoria region.


Pointing that Major General Long was deployed to , Southern Sudan Prison wing last year in Eastern Equatoria State to organize the prison administration which was crippled by malpractices and corruption in the past three years after the establishment of semi autonomous government of Southern Sudan.


Adding that currently there is existent of hatred among the senior prison officers in Torit over administration of prison services, possibly arising from the cut off of individual interests who benefit from the system.






"The Minister said irregularity of salaries payment is rooted from the problems between the Government of Southern Sudan and Khartoum Government"
   

GOSS health Minister to pay second phase strikers after 2009 budget passed.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan.

January 26,2009


The Government of Southern Sudan ;Minister of Health has promised payment to second phase of Juba Teaching Hospital strikers after new budget for year 2009 is passed.


In statement to general assembly of workers in Juba Teaching Hospital Today Monday, Minister Joseph M. Wejang plead to the nurse who joint to cease their duties, a day after 43 Doctors in Juba Hospital left on strike.


The Minister Joseph said he has not received any document in his office to do with over time and incentives of workers in Hospital, on claims of five months incentives and five month overtime, adding that he only learnt about the case after five days of strike in the Hospital.


The Minister said irregularity of salaries payment is rooted from the problems between the Government of Southern Sudan and Khartoum Government, stating that Khartoum has refused to release money requested by GoSS last month.


He adds that other factor of lack of money in Government is attributes to decline in oil price which is reliable source of money to the Government.


One of the workers remarks that, they have learnt from the reliable source that the money for incentives and over time of the Hospital currently still kept in GoSS Health Ministry.


The worker argued that they demand the money before it is consumed by the GoSS Ministry of Health, but the Minister refutes that there is no any money presently in GoSS Health Ministry which is false information.


“This information that, there is money in Ministry of health is wrong. If we have money there what is reason that we cannot give you” Minister Joseph M. Wejang said.


One of the workers requested that the Minister should explain to the general assembly of workers, the connection between their incentives, overtime of 2008 and the payment that is to wait until 2009 budget is passed.


“We know about this money, the money is there in cartons in the Ministry of Health before this money is consumed we want this money” She said


However the Minister said on the issues of 2008, budget has been closed since 25th December 2008, the account for last year is therefore closed, but they are waiting for the New Year’s budget.


The Minister added that the rumors that circulating about money in GoSS Ministry of Health is actually about six million in GoSS Finance Ministry, saying that six million is general incentive of GoSS workers but it has been noticed money is only four million at the end which was not fitting to pay all GoSS workers incentives.




The Head of Nurses committee said workers in the Hospital are always threatened by dismissal committee in Hospital, when they are demanding their rights. She points that they are ready to go home at the cause of their rights.


“ When we ask about our rights , we are always threaten to be dismissed, we have given three days to work, if there is no money no work” she remarks



Adding that nurses will resume workers as normal but they have ultimatum of three days to work, if the money is not forthcoming they will cease their duties again.


But the Minister pleaded that nurses should adhere to suffering of the people, the Ministry is ready to pay their rights as soon as the newly budget in Southern Sudan Parliament which is under going discussion is passed.


Minister Joseph appeals that workers should not carry out strikes again on money related problems but instead to send representatives to office of Ministry for farther consultation on anything do with their rights.


“My last words to you, I want you to be concern about your work, don’t leave patients in wards but choose representative to go to my office”









Red Cross Messages enable separated family members to exchange news and help reduce the psychological effects of separation.
   

Over ninety nine Congolese children who missed parents escaping LRA violence under nutrition care in WES.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

January 23,2009


Unaccompanied Congolese children in Southern Sudan are assistance of ICRC and the Sudan Red Crescent Society.


Children who fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Sudan, and whose parents or immediate relatives did not accompany them, no longer need to worry about shelter and food.


Since October 2008, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has opened a centre in Yambio, Southern Sudan, to host children who fled their villages following violent armed clashes between the Ugandan forces and the Lord Resistance Army (LRA),


Many of the children have simply followed other Congolese refugees into Yambio town and surrounding areas, and have immediately found a place with local host families.


"A number of children as young as five years old are living with families who found them in the market or in town. The ICRC supports them through these host families”, said Daniel Corthesy, the ICRC delegate responsible for the area.


However, some problems arose in the following weeks. "Some children were asked to make bricks, help with household chores or sell things in the market in exchange for a meal or very little money."

 

Volunteers from the Sudan Red Crescent Society (SRCS) branch in Yambio, who are currently managing the Centre, have been providing the children with hot meals and first aid, as well teaching them English and registering them in order to try to find their parents.

 

SRCS volunteers have been working in close collaboration with Dido, a volunteer from the Congolese Red Cross Society (CRCS), who also fled the fighting.


They have registered 57 children so far, 42 of which already living in the centre, with ages between 10 and 18 years. Three of them are girls. Younger children are living with host families in Yambio.

 

Children separated from adult family members, especially by armed conflict, are likely to have been traumatised by the sequence of events, and are usually at a greater risk of abuse or exploitation.


As part of its mandate, the ICRC tries to search for the parents or close family members of such children through its tracing services because reunifying them is the best protection for the children.


Since some of the children are unable to give proper information due to their young age, photographs are sometimes the only way to help parents or relatives identify a child.


Tracing is done in close collaboration with National Societies of the Red Crescent or Red Cross. In the case of Yambio, it is a joint effort of the ICRC, SRCS and the CRSC.

 

"Although we are fine here, I always worry about whether my parents and other brothers and sisters are alive," said Kubako, a 17 year old boy staying at the centre with two younger sisters." If only I could find someone to give me some news about my family!!"

 

Red Cross Messages enable separated family members to exchange news and help reduce the psychological effects of separation.


The ICRC is hoping to be able to establish as many contacts as possible between Congolese refugees in Yambio and their families back home.


"If we are able to find the parents or close family members, they can at least exchange Red Cross Messages and know that they are all safe," Anne Vallet, ICRC Tracing Coordinator in Sudan explained. "Our ultimate aim, however, is to reunify them with their families as soon as the situation allows."

  

The ICRC works closely with the SRCS to assist people affected by conflict and to build the capacity of the SRCS volunteers to respond in times of emergencies.

 







“We are working for humanity, our strike is not even politically motivated” One of the Doctors remarks"
   

Doctors in Juba Hospital resumed work after illegal dismissal by GoSS Health Ministry.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Over 43 Doctors in Juba Teaching Hospital have resumed their normal duties of services in Juba Hospital after been dismissed illegally by the Government of Southern Sudan Undersecretary.


The Under Secretary sent the dismissal letter to the administration, and in additions he asked all doctors to evacuate buildings. This dismissal is not an official dismissal” One of the Doctors said.


In a statement to Citizen’ Newspaper members of Doctors in strike committee said they have finally taken upon themselves to normally continues their professional services in the Juba Teaching Hospital.


The committee members said the Minister of Health has humanly and kindly urged them to resume work, and expected to solve their problems in due three days to come.


Committee members remarks that Undersecretary in GoSS health issued illegal dismissal letter of doctors through the Juba Hospital administration, and again requested the doctors to evacuate rooms and buildings meant for the doctors.


Adding that the Undersecretary requested the doctors to apologize, they have refused to summit to any apology because there is no reason to apologize for no wrong.


We have refused to apologize to the Undersecretary because, we have not done anything wrong some of are sleeping in corridors on floors, no water in our residents this the change we need” One of the doctors said


The committee said they are sent by the National Ministry of Health, their dismissal must follow right procedures in any case. Adding that their strike has no any political background because they are working for humanity.


“We are working for humanity, our strike is not even politically motivated” One of the Doctors remarks.


Now we have resumed that work, we are in there situation where there is no globes, no drugs yesterday we borrowed few globes from one of the NGOs there is a real health risk” one of the doctors comments.


But that they are asking for basic needs of doctors, because it’s unfair for the doctors to sleep in corridors while buildings meant for the doctors are closed for unexplained purposes.


The doctors said Undersecretary in GoSS health Ministry bears responsibility for causing crisis in the hospital that makes both the Doctors and Nurses to go on strikes.


The committee said they have now resumed workers but there are no drugs, no globs and sanitation of the hospital is very poor because the nurses are still on strike, since the Health Minister is not in.


The members said that there is health risk now emerging in Juba hospital, with bringing in of un-experienced, unqualified and workers from health Ministry to rescue the situation in Hospital on half of nurses on payment of 30 pounds per day.


These people sent from Health Ministry and medical assistants students with no experiences it’s a risk to the hospital and they are going to kill people for the sake of 30 SDP per day work” one of doctors points.


The members said that the leadership in the government should seriously consider health situation in only Teaching Hospital in capital of Southern Sudan assist patients from both within and rural areas.


Adding that there is overlapping into administration of Hospital from GoSS health Ministry affects work system in the hospital. And that advance plans for health in Southern Sudan and facilities are equally lacking in the Hospital.


Comments from one of the nurses states that their strike will continue until issues are finally solved, because the government is not serious about the problem of the people.


“We nurses, we are not working on trees, but on human life the parliament of Southern Sudan should thing give us shares with spade and let them take with spoons because we are caring for human beings.” One of the Nurses said.


She states that the administration has urged submission of keys from all the heads of departments as nurses continue with strike until the Minister of Health in the Government of Southern Sudan finally resolved the money issues.




“The cut down from budget of M ministry of health must be return to health Ministry” Dr. Toby said.
   

South Sudan Parliament raises serious concerns on budget over important Ministries.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

January 22,2009


The discussion over the budget of 2009, has raised real concern among the members of parliament over particular Ministries of Health , Education and Agriculture since inception of GoSS in 2005 people of have not realized tangible outcome despite huge budget allocations.


The Minster of Information Gabriel Changson Chan said the Council of Ministers in GoSS has discussed much about of Ministries of Education and Health has not realized tangible development.


He says that most of money allocated to these Ministries goes on salaries, urging that the Parliament must not cut down money from these Ministries, and that the reserve money is needed to go to the Ministries of Health to open more Health Centers.


MP Remijo Lasu Peter said Health sector is the most suffering in Southern Sudan. No money should be sent to the reserves, because people are suffering, allocated money in the budget should be adjusted to Ministries of Agriculture and Health.


How can we send money to the reserves, when people are suffering in the health sectors? And the rates of consumption is high than the rate of production. Ministry of Agriculture is becoming more of foot procurement than foot production” MP Peter Lasu said.


Mr. Nartisio Laluke said the issue with education is very crucial, especially that there is a need to form scholarship committee whose work is to strictly to handle issues of scholarship and money for that purpose.


He says that scholarship is going to the hands of few individuals and interest of few people, and that Minister of Interior must listen to orders of assembly to ensure that roaming cattle on agricultural farms evacuated to allow people cultivate.


Dr. Toby Maduot said health sector is very important, there is need to build more primary health centers, there are many diseases in the Southern Sudan that need health services. He says that health services cannot be done with money in the health Ministry. There is no drug of government supplies, since most of drug in the markets are of private initiatives.


The cut down from budget of M ministry of health must be return to health Ministry” Dr. Toby said.


MP Agnes Lasuba said it’s a disgrace to the parliament of Southern Sudan to see that there is no medicine and food services in the Juba Teaching Hospital, adding that thought renovations has taken place with the hospital the workers are working on strikes because there is no money while people are dying tin the hospital.


Mr. Agnes said daily dying of people in Juba Teaching Hospital is worse of human resources to people of Southern Sudan that will equally have negative impact on development.


She says that constitutional post holders are making their way abroad for treatment, purchasing cars and computers and people are dying in the hospital and still demanding budget for more cars, while leaving people who can not afford to suffer.


MP Agnes Lasuba said people are dying in the hospital, there is no need to demand for more cars and purchase more equipments, let the money for these equipotent in the budget be diverted to for the services of the Southern Sudan population.


Dr. Jimmy Wongo readdresses that there are over 400 constitutional post holders, with these new budget for 2009, they are salivating to drive modern cars on the streets of Juba. For this year 2009, there is a need to restrict this year budget on expectation of the people.


Dr. Jimmy remarks that GoSS Minister of Finance must work closing with GoSS parliament and convince the assembly on tranches of the bills so that Southern Sudan is serve from the Economic crisis.


The budget for this year must be exempted from anything luxurious “Dr. Jimmy Wongo said.


Professor Barri Wanji states that Government of Southern Sudan must pay 20 million teachers arrears immediately, because these are the people who teach children of Southern Sudan.


He added that the assembly must pay attention to ensure that all parts of Southern Sudan are developed equally.








CES signs MOU with Denmark Investor.
   

Central Equatoria State Government signs MOU with Denmark investors’ high delegation.

By SSCCIA Reporter.

South Sudan

January 21,2009



The State Government of Central Central Equatoria State has signed a deal Memorandum of Understanding with Demark investor’s delegation yesterday’s Night in Juba, after long negotiation to reach final agreement.


The MoU signed between the two partners is on integrated project to start in Central Equatoria State immediately on most concentrated areas of agriculture, infrastructure, including health and electricity.


The Minister of Finance Angelo Dayu said the MoU deal takes nearly a year to reach agreement to benefit the people of Central Eeuatoria State on most need services.


He added that there are no more insecurity threats in Central Equatoria that would prevent the State from signing investment projects with investors from abroad.


It took us long to negotiate in this deal, but today I am happy to thank my friends from Demark now we have come finalized. We thought we have no friends for nearly thirty years, now for sure we have friends who come long way to help the suffering people of Southern Sudan in Central Equatoria State.” Minister Angelo said.


The Minister of Information Lasu Gale comments that it’s now very clear, the steering committee should translate everything into actions, by implementing the amount of 200 million Euros into prioritize projects.


I could not believe that now we have 200 million Euro, and if we use this money well it it’s going to increase. For this time we don’t want to be called lairs but people of action who are fight hunger” Minister Lasu said.


The Chairman of investment in CES Mr. Joseph Kulang said there is going to be a success in the signed memorandum between Demark investor’s delegation and CES because of seriousness shown by the two partners in the agreement.


One of the official’s remarks that many investors have come forth to negotiate with State government but it has been proved that these people with no resources and trying to attain land for their individual gains.


He adds that most of the investors have not met the criteria and necessary documents of qualification from the Ministry of Land, and GoSS Ministry of Legal Affair that makes difficult for the State government to make choice for them.


Mr. Holger Laenkhom president of investment group from Demark arrived with delegation of five members in Central Equatoria State Monday 19th.

In a press statement at Juba International Airport Mr. Holger said they have come with big deal project for the Central Equatoria State.

He says that they have come a long way with development programs to cover areas in infrastructure an agricultural projects that amounts to 200 million Euros.

He adds that the plan is to start such investment project in CES will equally spread to ten States of Southern Sudan after some consultations and discussions with respective States governments.

Mr. Holger said the interest of investing 200 million Euros in Central Equatoria State is to reduce unemployment rates within the State as well.

To day I am very happy to be here with, we have come with development programs in Southern Sudan, but most particularly in Central Equatoria State. This big project will cover agriculture, infrastructure and other areas. Mr. Holger said.

While State Minister of Information Mr. Lasu Gale comments that the delegation is expected to sign memorandum of Understanding MOU with State Government of Central Equatoria State.

He added that investors will basically concentrate on agriculture, infrastructure and in addition to tourism within the State.








SPLM Apologized to Major General Obuto Mamur Mete.
   



First SPLM extraordinary Political Bureau meeting in Juba

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

January 20,2009


The leadership of Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) political bureau has held consecutive two days lengthy extraordinary meeting from 19th to 20th, Jan 2009 at Home and Away in Juba.


The meeting consistently discussed the SPLM position to retreat on the current political situation in the Country.


In press statement Spokesperson of SPLM National Secretary for Information, Culture and Communication Mr. Yien Mathew outline that SPLM is renewing its traditional positions on political situations in the Country.


Mr. Yien Mathew said the International Criminal Court gravity looking for indictment of Sudanese Head of State President Omar Al Bahir carries many implications and have complicated situations.


SPLM has renewed its position on continuous support behind Sudanese President not to be indicated by ICC, warrant of arrest as requested by Louis Moreno Ocambo.


“SPLM aspect things to move right on ICC, but SPLM are also careful of any negative emergency from ICC because any incaution will lead to crisis” Mr. Yien Mathew said.


Adding that the meeting is of its first kind called by GoSS president Salva Kiir to further discuss Darfur problem, LRA and insecurity in Southern.


Mr. Yien said SPLM political Bureau meeting has resolved to form a committee under the subversion of President Kiir to hand any situation might come up from ICC.


He states that leadership of SPLM equally request National Congress Party to address the ICC case with wisdom in order not to reach any possible confrontation with International Criminal Court.


Mr. Yien said they have notice that Darfur issues is also with SPLM social, political and economic vision, something need to done before coming elections. Adding that SPLM has taken upon itself to bring peace and final cease fire to the suffering people of Darfur.


He says that in three days time the Committee will be formed and send to Darfur to get recommendations from the people of Darfur and summit the reports to SPLM political Bureau, and make additional effort to unify different Darfur fractions under common agenda for achievement of peace.


He added that the National Congress Party should avoid political jealousy, on SPLM from these initiatives to bring about solutions in the Country.


SPLM information secretary addresses that insecurity threats in Southern Sudan, SPLM leadership have discussed that disbarment of civil population to be reactivated, reorganization and reintegration of forces be completed.


Mr. Yien said Ugandan Lord Resistant Army (LRA), has now proven its resistances, and that SPLM has recommended to protect the life and property of the people of Southern Sudan, including assuming the responsibility of extending humanitarian assistance to LRA affected populations.


He says that SPLM decided to recommends engaging LRA in regional coordinated means to stop insecurity situation arising from the LRA.


He added the SPLM is urging the NCP not defend people unnecessary as in the case of Dr. Hassan al Turabi. But that the case of Isaac Obuto Mamur detention is finally discovered to be false accusation after the investigation that gives the reason why he was not taken to the court.


“SPLM /A has apologize for that because after the investigation he accusation against Mamur was untrue that is why he was not taken to court” Yien said.




WES Gov. Jemma Appeals for Donations.
   

WES Governor lunches press conference lobbing for humanitarian assistance as LRA atrocities continue.

SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan


The governor of Western Equatoria State Jemma Nunu Kumbo, organized press conference in Juba Monday, at Home in an effort to campaign , struggling to gain support of humanitarian assistance in the State.


The Governor said, the citizens and local population in Western Equatoria State are in State of fear, and most population have already deserted their villages and have taken refuge to the towns.


The governor points that Ugandan Lord Resistant Army continuous attacks has disburse people out of their property, homes and foot stores from around the villages.


She says that, she lunched this press conference as an appeal to all levels of governments, humanitarian organization, international Community as well as people in Diaspora to assist victims of LRA attacks.


“I am appealing to all levels of governments, humanitarian organizations, international community and people in Diaspora to assist victims of LRA in Western Equatoria State” Governor Jemma Nunu Kumbo said.


What the governor Nunu described as barbaric, genocide and massacring of innocent defenseless people in WES has affected mostly the children and women in the State.


Ugandan rebels LRA is still continuing with its barbaric, massacring and carrying genocide against people, the governor said that people across Sudan, Congo and Uganda borders people are still living in State of misery because of LRA atrocities.


The Governor Points LRA has gone as far as carrying attacks on Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) based in Western Equatoria State.


She adds that since the relocation of Ugandan rebels in WES in 2006 children and women are abducted and many have been killed.


“People in WES are now living in missery by LRA atrocities even in bushes and at the borders. On the behalf of people of WES and refugees from Congo I am forced to lunch this press conference for assistance.” Governor Nono Kumbo said.


It has been noticed that Congolese refugees estimate have already reached to 8,000 in Sudan and 7,300 internally displace persons, while there is significant number of 300 killed of recent LRA attacks from December 28.


The governor said that the humanitarian situation in WES is getting down as people continue to shifting to town for protection from the LRA.




“We have already submitted our problem tomorrow on Tuesday we will go on strike until after ten days our problems are solved”. One of officials said.
   

Doctors numbered 43 in Juba Teaching Hospital on Strike.

SSCCIA Reporter.

Juba South Sudan


The only reliable Juba Teaching Hospital in Southern Sudan Capital Juba will experiment Tuesday an additional strike hitting pressure.


Number of over 43 young doctors serving in Juba Teaching Hospital left on strike two days till now due to complains that arise from incentive and bad living condition of Doctors.


The 43 Doctors will continue with the strike to indefinite until the Administration of Juba Teaching Hospital and GoSS Ministry of Health responds to the complains to the doctors.

Beside the doctors’ strike, nurses are in high probability to start strike tomorrow today Tuesday “We have already submitted our problem tomorrow on Tuesday we will go on strike until after ten days our problems are solved”. One of officials said.


The representative of Doctors committee s aid the under Secretary in GoSS Ministry of health has requested for the apology from the Doctors for something they have not done wrong, despite the fact that they have summated their complain to the administration of the hospital.


One of the members comments that free treatment policy proclaimed by GoSS in the hospital is no longer observed, and no drug availability to the patients from the within and outside the hospital.


“I saw people dying before me, no drug , and even pregnant women died before the need medicine is not there , we doctors we are ready to served, we even donate our blood to patients, no blood in the hospital” One of Com committee members remarked.


A source from the hospital said JTH is divided into two work forces groups, those belong to GoSS and State governments, beside that the work force that belong to GoSS are also divided two under GoSS Ministry and JTH.


One of the nurses said Tuesday, will experience another additional strike by the nurse, they will go on strike because of five months incentive and five month over time. The source said the money was release since before the exams.


GoSS Minister of Health after consultation with JTH administration promised to solve the money complain after ten days, but he position of the work force remain that they will go on strike until the GoSS Minister of Health fulfil the promise in ten days to come.


In another remark, one of the sources said last year, GoSS was officially handed over Juba Teaching Hospital along with its entire workforce, last month decision by GoSS Ministry of health decided to transfer back workers to the States for unreason, while the hospital is lacking personnel.


In another view, the sources said GoSS intention to transfer workers back to states is plan to replace these workers with people from abroad.




"GOSS acting Minister of Public Service , Human Resource Development Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro issued Ministrial Orders "
   


GOSS Officials ordered to evacuate Hotel rooms.

SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Thursday, January 15, 2009


The Manager of Juba Grand Hotel outlined today that twenty seven government officials are still accommodated in the Juba Grand Hotel alone.


Mr. Yonas Abraham said these officials are sent with identified letters from their respective Ministries to Hotel administrations to accommodate them on the expenses of government account.


He said that there is no letter still terminating accommodation of these officials from the rooms by the respective Ministries, unless they the Ministries identify and list names of officials and indicating end of agreements they have no power to evacuate these officials.


According to the rules of hotels we have any who come with a letter we have to accommodate , in this case each responsible Ministry is to write a letter to us t telling the official to leave the rooms, even the officials are aware and their Ministries are aware about these case” Mr. Yonas said.


Mr. Yonas said they accommodate each official for 180 US dollars or 160 US dollars depends on the sorts of services within each room. But he regrets that the Ministries of GoSS have not been cooperative in releasing the money that takes nearly one year to receive the money.


He added that most of the clients within the hotel come from the Government related sources, but some customers are also noted to be from companies, NGOs and other different directions.


 

GoSS finance Minister Kuol Athian said that there is already clear laid down intention by the government of Southern Sudan to evacuate officials living in expensive hotels around Juba using government money.

 

The Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mr. Kuol Athian made a remark Statement at Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, revealing at least an official spends 150 US dollars per day.

 

Mr. Kuol Athian said by the first of January 2009 supposed, all government officials accommodated around Juba hotels will be expected to be no more accommodated within the hotels

 

This is what the government has decided, so everybody has to evacuate the hotels spending 150 dollars per a day is a big money” Minister Kuol Athian said.

 

Mr. Kuol explains that spending 150 dollars per day in hotels is very expensive to the Government, and most of the officials are accommodated since 2005, because there was no accommodation for officials in the first place.

 

However, Mr. Athian said in last three years, renting cost in Capital Juba has reduced and with upcoming land laws most of the individuals including government officials would be entitle to owned plot and build.

 

The Minister Kuol Athian  would not figure out exactly  the already exhausted amount as result of accommodation in various hotels, but said that the money is huge being paid by each GoSS  Ministry that hosts its official in the hotel.

 

Mr. Kuol made another remark that Government of Southern Sudan has also decided to reverse its policy of vehicle ownership, and that only the ministers in the Government of Southern Sudan will be entitle to car services.

 

He said that government has deiced to reverse policy of cars ownership, to individual ownership, each individual who will be responsible for the repairmen and insurance after reduction in the salaries.

 

GOSS acting Minister of Public Service , Human Resource Development Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro issued Ministrial Orders two weeks ago requesting the evacuation of government officials from all the Hotels.


Dr. Martin said security organs , police and CID should cooperate in executing the government orders because the residing of these officials in the hotels is very costly to government despite they the officials also receive salaries from the Government.


Dr. Martin said any violation of this Ministerial order constitutes corruptions and punishable law, all the officials and managers of the hotels must therefore abide the order expelling officials from all the hotels.


Dr. Martin said its not legitimate for the officials to stay in the hotels for long on the expenses of government money, and at the same time they receive money from the government.

 





Denmark investors plan 200 million Euro investment project in Central Equatoria State
 
 

Denmark investors plan 200 million Euro investment project in Central Equatoria State.

SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Mr. Holger Laenkhom president of investment group from Demark arrived with delegation of five members in Central Equatoria State Monday 19th.

In a press statement at Juba International Airport Mr. Holger said they have come with big deal project for the Central Equatoria State.

He says that they have come a long way with development programmes to cover areas in infrastructure an agricultural projects that amounts to 200 million Euros.

He adds that the plan that is to start such investment project in CES will equally spread to ten States of Southern Sudan after some consultations and discussions with respective States governments.

Mr. Holger said the interest of investing 200 million Euros in Central Equatoria State is to reduce unemployment rates within the State as well.

To day I am very happy to be here with, we have come with development programs in Southern Sudan, but most particularly in Central Equatoria State. This big project will cover agriculture, infrastructure and other areas. Mr. Holger said.

While State Minister of Information Mr. Lasu Gale comments that the delegation is expected to sign memorandum of Understanding MOU with State Government of Central Equatoria State.

He added that investors will basically concentrate on agriculture, infrastructure and in addition to tourism within the State.




Southern Sudan Parliament finally unanimously passes SPLA Bill.
   

Southern Sudan Parliament finally unanimously passes SPLA Bill.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Thursday, January 13, 2009

The members of government of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Today 13th Jan. 2009 have unanimously passed one of long awaiting bill of Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).


After several amendments and observation by the two Committees of Security and Public Order and Legislation and Legal Affairs the; members of SSLA finally passed the SPLA bill in its third reading en acting it into law.


The Speaker of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly James Wani Igga the generals in the army should now know that they are equipped, and that any one in South Sudan ill be subject to law.


The Speaker said that penalties must be ensured on crimes, because the laws are to be put into practice. Adding that south wants to develop the army as people is now much more concern about insecurity caused by the individuals.


The Speaker said we must congratulate all the players who have contributed for enact of SPLA bill especially respective Committees of Security and Public Order, Legal Affairs and all the army general.


Major General Salva Matok comments that the enacted bill will improve the situations happening in the last three years. He says that judges in the first place have refused to apply the SPLA act in the bush.


MG Salva said the SPLA 2009 Act will bring improvement and achievement within the army s actors including structuring and organization of the army depends on the Act passed by the parliament.


He regrets that the civilians have conceived bad image of SPLA, some issues also arises from the human rights violation from the army, but this bill passed will assist resorting good image and relations between civilians and SPLA.


MG. Salva says that the bill will equally improve on the disciplining of the army, improvement of services, payment and organizing the army through law.


The SPLA affair Minister Nhial Deng Nhial comments in an exclusive interview that the bill is a way forward of improving SPLA into professional army.


He added that the Military Justice Branch is not yet fully staffed, but it’s now helpful that the bill is passed and it will help in improving discipline among the army.


Mr. Nhila Deng said the army capacity is large , and officers in the army are equally large which is a big task to organize the army and setting priority in provisions of services, payment and looking into individual soldier needs.




SSLA Member used Pistol to harrass teachers who discipline their children.
   

Top Government officials must stop teacher’s harassment in disciplining students.


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan.


Government of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Education Committee, Research and Technology organized Head Teachers workshop in Juba 15th January at GoSS Legislative Assembly.


Rev. David Lowela Lado representing Secondary School Cadre strongly states that interference from responsible Government official on teachers, who are intending to discipline the students and pupils in primary and secondary schools must be stopped.


“Interference from Officials, in disciplining the students by teachers must be stopped” Rev. David Lowela Lado said.


Mr. David said officials are interfering with affairs of teachers in schools, harassing and threatening teachers with pistols, officials must correct these situations. “Even one of the officials is from SSLA; he came and ask me who are you, I told him I am teacher”


Mr. David said transfer of teachers salaries from GoSS to States must be revisit, because money is going into many hands, hence delaying the payment of salaries in time and regularly making teachers to desert their duties.


He says that government should consider motivation and allowance for teachers including teachers’ promotion because it’s unfair to keep teachers in one grade for fourteen and twenty years.


“ I am now 14 years in same grade and others remain for twenty years in the same grade and this make our young teachers to desert their professions” Mr. .David said.


He added that there are over 2,000 students in Juba Day Senior Secondary school lone but the sanitation is very poor, no renovations and even training for capacity building among teachers.


He explains that the government is advocating “let all children go to school”, since the signing of CPA many training courses and capacity building in various Ministries are in process both internally and externally but no single teacher has ever received training.


Mr. David said during 1972, Addis Aba Agreement, the returnees students were offered accommodations and food till they were able resettle themselves, but now returnees students are left without accommodation resulting into unnecessary pregnancy of young girls and boys involving in niggers activities for survival.


“Now for many young returnees students, who have nowhere to live and sustain their lives, they end up niggers taking pangas to kill people at night and the case is equally terrible for girls”. He added that there is a need for the government to construct new schools, especially boarding schools.


Mr. David warns that South Sudan will receive syllabus and curriculum blow, if these items are not unified. He argued that there are about five different Syllabus and curriculums mainly from Ugandan, Kenya, Maridi, Khartoum and South Sudan syllabus all operating in different areas of Southern Sudan, and in addition to South Sudan syllabus and curriculum is now in process of production. He says that there is a need to unified syllabus and curriculums for Southern Sudan that is acceptable to all the communities.


MP Henry Odwa remarks that the government in its 2009 budget indicated construction of ten new boarding schools but GoSS education Ministry has forgotten budgeting for food in these new boarding schools.


He added that Teacher Association should come up to address issues of their allowance, so that the allowance is included in the budget. And those officials occupying teachers’ premises in all schools must be relocated immediately.


The representative of Head teachers in primary level said encroachment into school lands by the people around the schools premises must be settle, and NGOs should expedite repatriation of displace persons around schools because existence of these population is causing un-conducive environment for both pupils and students learning.


He added that there is need in schools calendars need to be amended to two terms instead of three terms, and religious and nationals holidays should be counted in the school calendar.


One of the teachers representative from the rural areas said, destruction by 21 year of war have schools destroyed, children are learning under the trees, there have been no new construction of schools and offices.


The director of higher Education in GoSS comments that harmonization of curriculum and syllabus is very difficult, unless there is a body form to comprise from free education to schools levels that will come to formulate unified curriculum and syllabus will be acceptable for all the communities in South Sudan.




Human rights and Anti-Corruption Bills passed by SSLA into its 3rd Reading.
   

GOSS Parliament and Council of Minister in struggle to elevate two commissioners Status from State to GOSS level.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Government of Southern Sudan members of parliament today 13th, Tuesday 2009, passed the Southern Sudan Human Right bill to its third reading after amendments and deliberations.

The MPs have notice seriously the importance, of Anti-Corruption and Human Rights Commission as the backbone of Southern Sudan Government.

MP Peter Bashir Bandi from SPLM in WES said Southern Sudan Human Rights Commission and Anti Corruption Commissions have delivered a lot of reports in the parliament, but these commissions are still lacking legal framework to effectively carry their functions.

He says that human rights in Sudan is facing a lot of questions by the International community, this marked the reasons the government of Southern Sudan decided to take initiative for establishment of human rights commission in South Sudan.

He added that the members of Parliament should ensure that roles and functions of SSHRC and Anti Corruption Commissions must not be tempered with, because these commissions are facing serious violation, and that reducing the status of HRC and Anti-Corruption

commissioners to status of State Minister will not make the work of these two commissions effective.

MP Esther Ekere from Sudan African National Union (SANU) party said the assembly must ensure that status of HR commission is maintained to GoSS Minister. If the status of these commissioners remained to Status of State commissioners, the two commissioners will not have access to investigate Human Rights violation or corruption in South Sudan.

MP David William from United Democratic Front (UDF), remarks that the constitution of Southern Sudan is very clear that appointment of commissioner is the prerogative of GoSS president in consultation with South Sudan Legislative assembly, and the commissioner must be non partisan.

However, contrary to that , the commissioners have become political appointees, and this need the parliament to scrutinize because this is what the constitution says.

Dr. Jimmy Wongo MP from USAP1 comments that there is similarities in the functions roles of commissions of GoSS, the commissions are not meant to waste resources and human resources as well. He says that MPs must not comprise the Human Rights and Anti Corruption Commission status to preserve the rights and life of the people of the Southern Sudan.

He added that many are still suffering in hand of despotic rulers; Human rights Commission must be empowered to investigate even Ministers in GoSS, if two Commissions are given equal level of status to GoSS Ministers.

However Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro from South Sudan Democratic Forum said GoSS Council of Ministers have reversed the decision that the Status of HR and Anti-Corruption commissioners be elevated to Goss Ministers, instead the Council has sited that the Status of the two Commissioners be at Minister of State level which will make these commissioners answerable to governors at State levels.


He added that this comes from the complain of other commissioners in GoSS who said that they are all appointed by GoSS president , so they must share the same status, and if the two commissioners status are uplifted their status must be uplifted as well.

Dr. Martin Elia said these two commissions deserved extra attention because their job is risky, especially in following corruptions and human violation issues since the criminals will be hostile to the officials rather than other commissions.

Dr. Martin Who is also Minister of Parliament affairs and Acting Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development said the option is now left to the GoSS president Salva Kiir either to decide to sign lifting the status of two Commissioners or equalizing to other 17 commissioners.

From Nineteen Commissions of Southern Sudan, DDR, 20,000, 000, Centre for Census, Statistic and Evaluation 2009 budget is figured to 10,000,000, Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation becomes the second in budget priority with 29,000 and HRC budget 2009 equals to 5,000,000 million SDG, while the total budget of 19 GoSS commission is 108,569.703 million SDG.

END

BELOW IS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES WE EXPERIENCED IN SOUTH SUDAN,CRIMINALS ARE LEFT FREE AND INNOCENT ARE DETAINED WITHOUT TRIAL BECAUSE OF THE WEAKNESS ,TRIBALISM AND CORRUPTION  IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM IN SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT .

 

 

 

                         

1. President of South Sudan Lt.Gen. Kiir         2. Human rights abuse in Malakal will commisssioners        3. Speaker of South Sudan Legislative

to make political appointment for the             they be neutral to bring the criminals into book?                  Assembly Hon.James Wani will the bill

two commissioners of Human rights and                                                                                                             pass into law,how effective will law be?

Anti-corruption commissions.

 

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WE CONDEMN MALAKAL KILLING.
 

CPA 4TH ANNIVERSARY MARKED BY TRIBAL KILLING,IS OUR GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH SUDAN FAILING?
PRESIDENT KIIR MUST TAKE DECISIONS TO SAFE TRIBAL WARS IN SOUTH SUDAN

 

(الإنتباهة) تكشف وتنشر تفاصيل وصور الأحداث الدامية بأعالي النيل 



صراع الدينكا والشلك يخلِّف قتلى وجرحى وحرقًا ونهبًا ونزوحًا 



ملكال: وكالات

 


قُتل تسعة أشخاص وجُرح اثنان وأُسر ثلاثة في اشتباكات قبليّة اندلعت بعد خلافات بين راقصين في احتفالات  العيد الرابع للسلام بإستاد ملكال، فى وقت امتدت فيه المواجهات القبلية المسلحة إلى منطقة النقديار وأدت لقتل وتشريد ونهب ممتلكات المواطنين..

 

7.jpgوقال بيور أجانق المتحدِّث باسم الجيش الشعبى أمس إن تسعة من أفراد قبيلة الشيلوك قُتلوا في هجوم شنَّه أفراد من قبيلة الدينكا بولاية أعالي النيل بجنوب السودان يوم أمس الأول.. وأكد أجانق استمرار الاشتباكات وتابع: (لم تنته بعد... إذا ثأروا (قبيلة الشلك) ستكون العملية واسعة للغاية.

 

وذكر أن الراقصين التقليديين من القبيلتين اختلفوا يوم الجمعة خلال احتفالات بمناسبة الذكرى الرابعة لاتفاق السلام الشامل. وكان من المفترض أن يشارك الراقصون في عرض حول الإستاد في ملكال عاصمة ولاية أعالي النيل قبل أن يُلقي كل من الرئيس عمر البشير ونائبه الأول سلفا كير ميارديت خطابه. وقال أجانق: (اندلع خلاف بشأن من يخرج أولاً ومن يخرج ثانيًا الدينكا أم الشيلوك... أصيب ثلاثة بجروح بالغة بالرماح أثناء الاشتباك).

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وقال مراقبون دوليون إن رجال الشرطة أطلقوا النيران في الهواء في محاولة لإنهاء الاشتباك. وأضافوا أن اشتباكات اندلعت خارج الإستاد ولم يصَب أيٌّ من الضيوف أو الاشخاص الذين ألقوا كلمات. وذكر المتحدث باسم الجيش الشعبى أن مقاتلي الدينكا هاجموا قبيلة الشلك شمالي ملكال يوم أمس الأول السبت وأن هناك تقارير تفيد بمقتل شخصين أحدهما من الشلك في اشتباكات منفصلة بالقرب من ملكال. وحمّل اتحاد طلاب فشودة بالجامعات والمعاهد العليا الدينكا مسوؤلية أحداث الشغب بإستاد ملكال التى أدت لمقتل تسعة أشخاص، وعزا تطوُّر النزاع بين القبيلتين لخلافات حول تبعية مدينة ملكال التى يدعي دينكا باليت ودنقجول تبعيتها لهم فيما يؤكد الشلك تبعية المدينة لهم. وأعلن الاتحاد فى بيان تلقت الإنتباهة نسخة منه أن دماء القتلى لن تذهب هدرًا وهدَّد فى لهجة حاسمة (لكل فعلٍ ردُّ فعل).

 

وطالب البيان بتكوين لجنة من حكومة الجنوب والمركز لتقصّي حقائاق الحادث وتقديم المجرمين للعدالة.

 

وقال اتحاد طلاب فشودة إن الاشتباكات امتدت إلى منطقة النقديار التى شنَّت فيها مجموعة من الدينكا بمساعدة الجيش الشعبى هجومًا على مواطني الشلك بالقنابل والأسلحة الثقيلة قُتل خلالها العشرات فضلاً عن اختطاف النساء والأطفال وحرق القرى وتشريد المواطنين ونهب الممتلكات.

 

وفيما يلى تنشر (الإنتباهة) أسماء القتلى من الشلك وهم :

 

5.jpg3.jpgفى غضون ذلك عزا طون مون كيجوك وزير الإعلام والناطق الرسمي لحكومة أعالى النيل الأحداث التي وقعت لسوء فهم بين اثنين من جماعات الفرق الشعبية ولم يكن شيئًا مرتبًا له، و قال إن قوات الشرطة قامت باحتواء الموقف فورًا، ورأى أن ماحدث لم يؤثِّر على سير الاحتفالات التي استمرت حتى العاشرة مساءً حيث شهد رئيس الجمهورية الكرنفال الرياضي ومن بعده الحفل الساهر الذي أحياه الفنان محمد وردي بإستاد ملكال..

أسماء ضحايا قبيلة الشلك

SOURCE: ARABIC NEWSPAPER



“You have destroyed everything, and your are still asking where development is”Kuel said
   

Central Equatoria State Government celebrates fourth Comprehensive Peace Agreement anniversary


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Monday, January 10, 2009


The representative of National Congress Party in Central Equatoria State Mr. Osman Laku, have questioned GoSS and SPLM and citizens in Juba town about slow rate of road construction and development taking place.


NCP representative said there is unsatisfactory development in South Sudan capital, and that the government must stick to principles of freedom, democracy and extension of social services.


Mr. Osman said government should open ways to all political parties starting by giving awareness among the citizens about the next coming elections.


While Deputy SPLM Secretary for Southern Sector Mr. Kuel Aguer Kuel readdress that NCP is responsible for lack of development in South Sudan. He says that CPA is the sacrifice and struggle of South Sudanese people, people from Southern Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, and those who find themselves since 1956 in Sudan all must be treated equally, exercise their freedom, democracy and share resources equally.


Mr. Kuel said since 2005 there have been internal insecurity by the people who wants to benefit from war, but most insecurity which is taking place in Southern Sudan is caused by the sons and daughters of South Sudan.


He says that there are elements of insecurity that comes from tribal entities particularly in Jongolei, Warap and Upper Nile States, because individuals still hold guns to protect themselves.


SPLM representative Kuel added that what is happening at North –South Sudan border at the areas of Abyei, Northern Barhr El-Gazal, and Malakal Unity States is opening the door for eruption of war, but all those who are encouraging this situation of insecurity at North South borders must be taught a lesson.


Mr.Kuel said when NCP was in absolute power, it has destroyed all existing infrastructures, and today NCP is still asking where is the development in South Sudan, despite the fact that NCP has not deliver the money of the oil share from Abyei to GoSS.


“You have destroyed everything, and your are still asking where development is”Kuel said


He says that in Oct 2008, SPLM and Southern Political parties engaged themselves in dialogged which was held in Nyakuron Culture Center to have common objective for people of South Sudan and draw agenda for 2011 referendum.


Mr. Kuel said SPLM objective is to achieve new united Sudan where all people are first class citizens in the new Suda based on justice, freedom and democracy, this must be decided by people of South Sudan should chose what they want.


He adds that SPLM promise to continue to fight and struggle to deliver services, and protect people of South Sudan to vote finally in referendum that determine South Sudan Nation or vote to remain within united Sudan.


The political position of SPLM on coming election is that ,elections must be conducted as scheduled, but current Assembly in Government of National Unity ,all Southern Assemblies will not go for recess until fundamental laws are passed.


He points that GONU assembly will continue to work hard until Referendum laws, National Security laws are amended and passed, including press and printing laws to gives freedom of expression.



The State Government of Central Equatoria State celebrates the fourth CPA Anniversary when finally the North and South Sudan signed to put an end to Sudan long African war.


In 1983, Sudanese People’s Liberation Army and Movement took up arms in struggle to put down depression of marginalization, Islamic sharia law imposition, and power dominance by ruling Khartoum Governments, which finally resulted into establishment of semi autonomous secular government in Southern Sudan.


Today 9th January 2009,the leadership of government in Central Equatoria State, GOSS and citizens in Juba town has gathered at Dr. John Garang Grave yard in remembrance of day when Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed.


During last 21 years of civil war ,struggle between South and North Sudan dominating government claimed an estimated of 1.5 million killed and nearly 2.5 millions people displaced as result of conflict which was only subsided by CPA signing in Naivasha Kenya in 2005.


The two signatory parties to the 9th CPA document have been in conflicting position over the implementation of signed peace deal that makes SPLM to withdraw its cabinet Ministers from the Government of National Unity because of non implementation of agreement.


The Abeyei rich oil region in South Sudan has spark tension and erupted violence last may when both Sudan Armed Force (SAF) and Sudanese People’s Liberation Army SPLA, clashed over the misunderstanding over the area.


The National Congress Party and its partner to peace, Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement have then been forced to sign another compromise agreement on Abyei region to minimize violence and find the mechanism to implement Abyei protocols.


However, Abyei case still remain fragile between two parties as the parties have already summited their grievances before the arbitration Court of Tribunal .But many arguments and analysis said the two parties will not accept the out come of Judges judgment over Abyei case when it comes in favor of one of the two.


The leadership in GoSS and SPLM party are giving repetitive statements that CPA implementation is moving at slow rate especially demarcation of borders between North and South Sudan to determine the constituencies for the due 2009 Sudan general elections.


The architect of Comprehensive Peace Agreement Dr. John Garang became the first Vice President of Sudan and President of GOSS after fighting Khartoum Government for 21 years, and was killed in plane crash after 21 days of assuming the office.

 

SEE SOME OF THE PHOTOS TAKEN DURING CES 4TH CPA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN JUBA.

South Sudanese rich cultures,a traditional dance from Central Equatoria State


Former SRRA Coordinator in Uganda Ustaz Steven Lemi in brown suit leading dancers during CPA 4th Anniversary.




"We have your written allegations anyone will confront you with your written paper and you will have to answer yourself" Said President Kiir to Sudanese in USA on his address.
 

HOW SERIOUS PRESIDENT KIIR THREATS AGAINST HIS CRITICS.

We will arrest you diaspora if you opposed corruption and tribalism in South Sudan.

Extending Elelction Date In Sudan Will Have Dominos Effect On CPA

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Extending Elelction Date In Sudan Will Have Dominos Effect On CPA
Thursday January 8th 2009

The Vice President of the republic of Sudan and the President of the government of Southern Sudan General Salva Kiir Mayardit told a gathering at a dinner in Washington that, extending the 2009 election would jeopardize referendum in South Sudan.

At a Congressional dinner hosted by Ted Dange and Roger Winter at Mayflower hotel in Washington DC, the dinner was attended by about fifty people many of whom are dignitaries from different countries who attended the signing of the CPA in Nairobi Kenya.

Amonth them was, Heldan Joshnson Norway representative at the UN, Congressman Ronal Pyne, Kjell Hodneboe of Norway, and many other dignitaries.

The dinner was hosted to celebrate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed four years ago. President Kiir reiterates his words of gratitude and appreciations to President Bush and his administration for keeping the South Sudan problem at heart. Kiir told group of dignitaries, Sudanese, and long time supporters of the struggle that, postponing the election will have dominos effects on the implementation of the CPA.

However, some are not so keen to conduct the elections in July. Given the fact that rainy season began during the month of May to October, a season chosen during negotiations to hold the first election, many are concerns that conducting the election in July will limit people’s participations in most part of Southern Sudan where the people will physically elects their chosen candidates.

On the other hand, according to the President, If the election is push forward to dry season, everything else that comes after the election such as the referendum in Southern Sudan, referendum in Abyei, and the popular consultation of Nuba Mountains all will miss the date lines and that has grave consequences. In respect to the other events line up after the election, it’s imperative for people of Southern Sudan to keep the election date the way it was scheduled.

Border Demarcations:

When the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was negotiated four years ago, the six years interim period seemed too long, but four years have passed before we all know. Now, we’re celebrating the fourth anniversary of the CPA this year; however, it’s without doubt that the two parties have much to do in implementing the CPA.

“One of the problems with the NCP is, if you say this is a color white, they will say no, the color is red.” President said. Every average person in the Sudan knows where the border between south and north Sudan located. It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist nor some experts both from out-side and inside Sudan demarcate the border.

In spite of the fact that, the NCP has lacked behind in implementing major contentious issues of the CPA, It’s apparent that Juba has been pushed to the limit but we will not go to war under my watch President Kiir said. However, we must make sure north-south border is fully demarcated, census result must be conventional to what South Sudanese understand reasonable. “Let those who like to fight start their fight, we don’t want war, but if instigated, we will depend ourselves.

President Mayadiit went ahead to assured the gathering that, corruptions will not be tolerated. Those venal officials who may attempt to embezzle or exercise illegal dealing with states funds will all be brought to justice. At the same time, he said, those who resorted in defaming the image of Southern Sudan on world wide web transmitting un found accusations and passing un researched facts from one person to anther will too be confront with real facts sometime when they show up in Southern Sudan. We have your written allegations anyone will confront you with your written paper and you will have to answer yourself.

Moreover, we have not given up in bringing peace in Darfur. But, for the Darfur leaders to achieve a long-lasting peace for their people, the leaders must reside where the people suffer. It’s ridiculous for Darfur leaders to think he/she leads his people while living in a rather comfortable place somewhere in the West and yet refuse to attend peace that could bring an end to the killings and raping.

You cannot claimed to represent neglected people while once does not even reside where the problem actually occur. We’ve successfully united 27 Darfur rebel factions in 2007. However, these factions dispersed back and form even more factions because we have no money to keep them united. If they can only unite to receive money, it will be impossible for anyone to keep them united because no one will be able to provide money for unity.

President Kiir flew to Boone, North Carolina to meet with one of the well known evangelical Church leader Franklin Graham whose church has been an instrumental to pressure American government in bringing about peace in the Sudan. The President arrived in Nairobi shortly at ten pm Kenyan local time. He will fly to South Sudan to attend the CPA celebration in Malakal, Upper Nile state.

 

Source: Torit Blog




President of South Sudan warn the world about consequences of CPA failure in the Sudan.
 
First Vice President and Chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Salva Kiir speaks during the 4th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ending more than two decades of civil war in southern Sudan. The celebration is taking place in the town of Malakal on January 9, 2009.
 
By Larco Lomayat
 
Gen. Salva Kiir warn and said:
 World powers must step up efforts to ensure a landmark 2005 Sudan peace pact is fully implemented, a report said on Friday, warning that its failure could lead to Darfur-style crises erupting elsewhere in the country.
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Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) salutes a military parade next to First Vice President Salva Kiir during the 4th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in southern Sudan. The celebration is taking place in the town of Malakal on January 9, 2009.
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) salutes a military ...
 
 
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Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) soldiers march during a parade at the 4th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ending more than two decades of civil war in southern Sudan. The celebration is taking place in the town of Malakal on January 9, 2009 
Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) soldiers march ... 
 
Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) soldiers march ...
 
 
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A traditional dancer performs with the presidential band during the 4th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ending more than two decades of civil war in southern Sudan. The celebration is taking place in the town of Malakal on January 9, 2009
A traditional dancer performs with the presidential band during ...
 
 
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Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during the 4th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ending more than two decades of civil war in southern Sudan. The celebration is taking place in the town of Malakal on January 9, 2009
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during the ...
 
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during the ...






Two people killed by Police in Malakal Sudan's 4th CPA Anniversary no tribe identified for the two deceased..
 

Upper Nile State police killed two people as Malakal celebrates the fourth CPA anniversary

 

 

                                          (By Ngor Arol Garang)

 

  Malakal (January)-As thousands of people turned up to celebrate the fourth CPA anniversary in the town of Malakal, Capital of the Government of Upper Nile State, Police, in an attempt to diffuse the rivalry tension of the first entry to claim town ownership between Shilluk and Dinka tribes, killed two people as they enter Stadium where celebrations were held in the morning. 

 

 

 However, the incident which occurred at the strategic place where celebration attended by key government officials did not stop the function but left blames on the state government for being aware of the existing rivalry tension over the town ownership between the two tribes but failed to provide adequate security prior to commence of the celebration.

 

Speaking to the Juba post reporter inside the Stadium, Peter Ojwal, a member of the organizing and reception team, says  the death of the two brothers amid joys of celebration is regrettable and that I called upon brothers and sisters from both sides to  immediately come together to resolve the existing  differences.  Shilluk and the Dinka are brothers. The issue of town ownership needs not to involve killing. History and elders are there to correct and convince any claiming group. Why fight to be killed in the cross fire innocently like this, he pitied.  

 

However, John Chuol Biel, a student from Upper Nile University blamed police for having unskillfully used gun to disperse the crowd to kill.  He says that gun is not the first thing a police should use to disperse the crowd but a resort in case of violent. Gun is often used in case any of violent, he stressed.  Chuol too called for immediate solution to the issue creating tension between the two communities and urged the state government to prioritize police training in crowd control and conflict handling. It is part and parcel of the police training to be adequately taught different ways to deal with crowd and their conflicts management, he says.

 

He continued to add that those police who killed the deceased be disciplined adding that state government must pay for their lives.  The lives of the deceased have to be paid by the state government immediately and also address the issue soon than later so that it does not escalate into tribal conflict, he urged.

 

I called upon the State Governor and his security personnel to look after the town too. Asked why he urgently called on the state government to look after town, he says, this is Upper Nile where killing of a person is simple. People kills other people even before none of their close relatives is killed let when someone believed to be from his/her tribe or even close relative is killed.  This killing will soon result into more death if it is not addressed with immediacy, he adds.

 

Therefore, it must be treated with immediacy and government too should act swiftly to condone the situation from escalating into tribal conflict, he stressed.  On his part from the Dinka, Ustaz John Kur, who is also an SPLM Secretary General in the state Government, caught up with reporters at the scene to say that, he, as a Dinka does not support physical assault as the way to channel your legitimate claims.  Kur who declined to comment on the cause of the tension called for calm and deployment of the security forces in the town. There is no reason for fighting each other, he says.  

 

We are all one person, he adds. Even if one lives in Fanyikang or Baliet, you are still part of Upper Nile State. It does not necessarily mean that those living in Malakal town are the legitimate sons and daughters of the Upper Nile. Upper Nile includes you who are even living outside in USA, Canada and elsewhere in the world provided that you were born in this state. Living in harmony and peace as it is being celebrated today is important, he adds. Let's develop sense of togetherness and oneness for better relations, development and peaceful coexistence wherever one lives, he concluded.




14 Western Equatoria State Delegation ready to fight LRA and asked GOSS Vice President Dr. Riek Machar for approval.
   

WES Community Delegation meets GOSS leaderships seeking approval to fight LRA.


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


The delegation of 14 community members from Western Equatoria State on Wednesday, held a lengthy meeting with Vice President Dr. Riek Machar on issues pertaining to Lord Resistance Army continuous attack in the State.

                                                      

Dr. Riek asked  and waiting                                 LRA Chief killing Junuubin  in WES                   WES Gov. Nunu Kumba Ready to fight Kony.
for  advise from  President Kiir .                         with imunity  while GOSS watch.                         We are ready defend ourselves  but we need guns

The community delegation from WES, have come to meet the GOSS leadership seeking the approval of the government for the community members to fight and protect themselves against LRA attrocities.


In an interview with SSCCIA reporter a representative of the community members said sons in WES are now prepared to use their local weapons, and seeking additional support from the Government to fight against LRA.


He says that entire community of WES want immediate deployment of fighting forces in all areas of WES to improve worsening situation in the State arising from LRA.


Adding that there is great need for non and foot items, shelter, sanitation and health services to be provided to the affected population of which nearly five thousand are displaced in Maridi alone beside IDPs and refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo.


The member of delegation said SPLA forces are also reluctant to fight LRA because most of them have not receive their dues/salaries for long, while Ugandan and Congolese armies are not familiar with the WES areas, and communication with local population is also obstructing any move because of language difficulties.


In addition to that since then government is afraid and not ready to confront LRA but need to settle LRA case through negotiation. But then, the triplet Countries of Sudan, Uganda and Congo have agreed to wage military operation on LRA, they should not shy away but stand to fight LRA.


The community representative said Vice President Dr. Riek is reluctant to give green light for the community to fight LRA, and he has urged for further consultation from President Salva Kiir scheduled for 11th January.


He says that LRA attrocities within the WES have gone beyond community patience because the government is silent. LRA has killed a total of 114 people both male and female, and abducted a number of 133 men and women.


He adds that Dr.Riek Machar is in position that the case for approval for the community to fight LRA need to be referred first to security meeting and after that to the council of Ministers because the government has already approved the resolution to take a way arms from the civil population.


However, the community is in positions that LRA case within WES is unexceptional, the community is seeking to protect and defend themselves against this foreign enemies threatening their peace.


He said that since 2006 to 2009, LRA impunity have spread to Maridi, Ibba and Yambio, inclunding Tombura, Ezo and Mundri covering nearly whole of the State leaving people in dilemma of panic.


He says that communities in WES are also beginning to doubt about the nature of LRA, 11 persons were arrested in Maridi after which they begin to play football and finally killed 10 of them. And in Moba village three days ago they arrested Mr. Alxander Jumna Jeleba and Willison Keba lastly killed them along with a policeman in Bangolo village.


Last night LRA is said to have killed 3 persons in Maridi, burn houses, disperse villagers into the bushes, and are expected to be advancing to towards direction of Mundri.


He says that on going LRA activities is becoming unusual, because LRA don’t kill using guns and roaming around within one area for long.


In another remark he says election is nearerto our hands, there is now doubt within the community whether to vote to SPLM or not because the leadership of the government of South Sudan have become tribally interested than pay attention for common justice.


He says that this is unfair presentation of WES in the government and unequal rate of development in comparison to other States, this makes people confused about the what is really going about expectation of the people from the government.


Adding that WES have hosted and provided support for liberation struggle of the movement but actual rewards for the contributions of WES representation have not been taken seriously and still WES continued to feel pains now nearly 4 years after signing of peace agreement due to insecurity.




“Removing capital is what people in Khartoum and Diaspora are saying, who do not represent the community, the people who represent the community are here in Juba but we have not come up with any statement” Peter Jerkis said.
   

Relocating Southern Sudan capital is violation of Southern Sudan Interim Constitution

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


The members of Bari Community today 7th, met with the Speaker of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly James Wani Igga to discuss insecurity in general, land grabbing and cattle destruction in respective localities.


Mr. Peter Jerkis Jaden in Press statement said that his community is not responsible for the existence of Juba as the capital of Southern Sudan; there is no yet declaring statement from the Bari community to seek for the removal of Juba as the capital of Southern Sudan.


He says that it’s not the responsibility of Bari Community to remove Juba from being the capital of South Sudan; the on going information to remove the capital is the influence of community members from Khartoum and Diaspora


“Removing capital is what people in Khartoum and Diaspora are saying, who do not represent the community, the people who represent the community are here in Juba but we have not come up with any statement” Peter Jerkis said.


MP Paulino Apinyi Akol from SPLM party, WBG said Southerners should avoid conflict creation based on nepotism, and party because South Sudan need to unite in order to work together without disputes to deliver services.


MP Paulino said no one will accept the proposal for removal of capital Juba, it is the decision of South Sudan parliament agreed to make Juba as the capital of South, and it is confirmed in the Constitution of Southern Sudan.

“No is going to accept to remove the capital, decided by the parliament and it’s in the constitution of South Sudan” Paulino said


MP Philip Palet said the issue of removing Juba as the capital of South Sudan will bring misunderstanding and disharmony among the people of South Sudan. Juba is historically the capital of South Sudan, where all government institutions are established in the interest of the people of South Sudan.


He says that since 1947, it has been in the intention of British Government that Juba be the capital , since its where all authorities of Southern Sudan are based; there is no any reason for the people to seek for the removal of the capital.


MP Philip Palet member of Sudan African National Union (SANU) from Greater Bahr el Gazal said there are now few individuals shouting to present opinions of general public and particular communities, but in real sense they don’t represent the community or the public they speak on their half.




South Sudan insecurity become a concern to the Council of Ministers in GOSS.
   

GOSS Council of Ministers Discuss Measures on insecurity prevention.

By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan.


The Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), Council of Ministers Yesterday on 7th at Secretariat General shifted its usual Friday meetings to Wednesday to discuss possible measures to prevent future in security.


The Acting Minister of information, who is also the Minister of Roads and Transport Mr. David Deng Athorbei in statement to the press said GOSS Council of Ministers discussed reports on the visit of the Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to Malakal and issues of insecurity in Juba and Southern Sudan at large.


The Minister said the Council resolved to settle solutions on the outcome of resolution on the conference that took place between Lou and Nyikan communities in Upper Nile.


He says that Government of Southern Sudan is going to initiate programs of water through the Ministry of Irrigation in GOSS to solve insecurity between the cattle keeping communities during the dry seasons especially between two communities, of Lou and Nyikan.


He says that there is going to be formation of Ministerial committees who are going to be charge with this mission of the project.


Minister Athorbei said the Council of Ministers discuses concerns on insecurity especially unauthorized recent shooting that occurred in Juba, and will take possible decisions to prevent future insecurity.


He adds that the cabinet is going to ask Sudanese People Liberation Army administration to provide full reports of recent shooting in Juba and take appropriate measures on the case.







International Committee of Red Cross officially opens disable physical rehabilitation reference centre
   

 


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba South Sudan

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has officially opened newly build disabled physical rehabilitation reference centre for treatment of disabilities of all forms in Southern Sudan Juba.


The Head of ICRC delegation Mr. Patrick Vial said during the occasion, that the newly opened centre on 5th January 2009 is fully equipped for production of prosthesis, orthoses, and crutches, and can accommodate patience from the far remote parts of Southern Sudan.


Mr. Patrick Vial points that ICRC have been working closely with GoSS Ministry of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs to able to trained 26 local staffs both internally and abroad on areas of prosthetist, orthotist and physiotherapist.


The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC built and equipped the said new centre constructed at the cost of 1.8 million US dollars, in the construction that lasted nearly for two years.


“Tens of thousands of civilians and military personnel who were injured by gunshots, anti-personnel mines and other explosive weapons, many had to be amputated, became handicapped , lost some of their dignity and underwent severe psychological trauma” Patrick said.


And that the centre will enable to treat and make accommodation with all necessary facilities of 60 inpatients at any given time and will also serve to 100 patients per month, while there is future plan to build centers in tens Southern States as w ell.


Mr. Patrick says government authorities have to make joint responsibility with extra effort beyond merely physical rehabilitation to designs programs to allow reintegration for disable mainly in vocation training and micro-credit schemes, education and psychological support among the disable persons.


He says that an estimate of 90% disabled persons in developing countries, under age of working group go without employment, and UNESCO also estimated 90% children in developing Countries never attended the schools.


He added that ICRC is still committed to offer services to those who are badly hit be 21 years war in Southern Sudan as it has been doing in the last 25 years of its history in Sudan.


The Minister of Social Welfare and Religious Affairs Madam Mary Kiden, comments that it’s the policy Statement of GoSS and President t Southern Sudan Kiir to make priority to people with disabilities.


Mary Kiden said challenge is how to respond to needs of people with disabilities especially in areas of physiological and economic needs, which need joint participation of the government and partners.


Mary Kiden says that there are a lot of social problems now in Southern Sudan that call need attention of social workers, as they have already graduated from Juba University to be contributed in ten Southern States


The Minister said Centre has cost for treatment of disable persons may require 2.9 million budget to deliver daily services to disable persons with number of 78 staffs.


Madam Mary Kiden remarks that Government of Southern Sudan , according to CPA does not have the ;mandate to ratify intentional treaties , the best way for disable persons is get organize in associations and organization and call for their needs and rights.


She says that aim of the government is ensure that disable people contribute positively in the society and able to be self reliant within the society.





It has been noticed that there is an estimated of 35,000 disable people in Southern Sudan including war victims.


Catholic Archbishop of Juba Paulino Lukudu Loro during the opening of Physical Rehabilitation Reference centre said all the widows, orphans and disable persons in the out society constitute category of people, whom the society can not live with them.


Arch Bishop Paulino said it’s the duty of government and all the people in our society to care and pay attention to the poor because they are essential part of society in w which we live, since there is no society without the suffering people.


The Bishop said that people should try to avoid attempts to eliminate this part of society, because the presence of orphans, widows and disabled in our makes our society to become complete


During the closing remarks, Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Speaker James Wani Igga said in 2009 budget GoSS is committed to improve allocation for disable commission from 3 million to 78 million. While 720 families will also benefiting from small agricultural supports.


The Speaker said again in 2009, government is going to lobby 20,000 for rehabilitation of disable program all over Southern Sudan, and avail 50, scholarship for disable students as well in 2009 in both technical and academic schools.


Finally the Speaker regrets that there reels insecurity threats now in Juba, arising from SPLA atrocities, about 4,000 form Sudan arm forces soldiers and niggers activities resulting into breaking of shops, and killing.







President of South Sudan his Exellency Lt. General Salva Kiir brief Sudanese in USA.
 
Pictorial News From Washington DC
Larco Lomayat.
 
(Set of Ten Pictures, Group Number One)
 
 
Gen. Salva Kiir Briefs the Sudanese Community About His Visit To Washington DC
 
 
President Salva Kiir Mayardit
 
Dear all
 
On his second day of visit to Washington DC and after meeting with the President Bush, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and many dignitaries from the US Administration, H. E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit meet and briefed the Sudanese community in Washington DC Metropolitan Area about his current visit and talked in length on:
 
  • SPLM Initiative for peace in Darfur .
  • Update on the status of CPA Implementation.
  • Population Census and the upcoming general elections in the Sudan .
  • Development Assistance to Sudan , particularly the war affected areas.
  • Scaling-up of the UN Mission in the Sudan .
  • Strengthening Diplomatic Relations between Sudan and USA .
  • LRA.
  • Corruptions in GOSS.
  • Land Grabbing Cases in Juba and some other parts of South Sudan.
  • Development in South Sudan.
  • Security Situation in South Sudan
  • Abyei Area
  • Oil and Oil Revenues.
  • Borders between South and North Sudan (Borders Demarcation)
  • SAF and.
  • OIOC (Other Issues of Concerns)
After the briefing, H. E. Gen. Kiir answered all the questions asked by the attendees, everyone was satisfied with the briefings, A & Q sessions and everything. I am working on the detail report of the event and will post it later.
 



Jongolei State Gov. Kuol Manyang Honored for his initiatives to send his home boys abroad for education.
 

Lost Boys of Sudan honor Jonglei Governor

Tuesday 6 January 2009 02:42.

By Philip Thon Aleu

January 5, 2009 (BOR TOWN) — Southern Sudanese living in the United States of America – popularly known as the Lost Boys of the Sudan, honored the Governor of Jonglei State, Kuol Manyang Juuk, for his decision to send them to schools in 1980s.

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Governor of Jonglei State, Kuol Manyang Juuk (Photo Ph. T. Aleu)

Gov. Kuol Manyang hailed the group too for completing the mission and honoring him. "I am proud and thankful to our young people who are in America," he told reporters witnessing the ceremony at his office here on Monday.

The certificate of achievements was handed over by Wel Mayom Jok – a lost boy on family’s visit from North Carolina (NC). Jok said the decision to honor Manyang is expression of gratitude and change in behaviors. "Those days, people use not to say ’thank you’ but this is the only thing we can do to this man (Gov. Kuol)," he said.

Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, a native of Bor, used his authority and influence in Bor community in 1987 to send thousands of children to Ethiopia to attain basic education. The children doubled as soldiers known as ’Jec Amer (Red Army)’ and school pupils in Panyuduk before being displaced back to Southern Sudan and further to Kenya following the overthrow of Mengistu’s regime in Ethiopia early in 1990s. While in Kakuma refugee camp, the young men – now relieved from burden of serving as child soldiers, remained in groups known as ’minors.’

Following the resettlement of the boys to the USA, Americans coiled the term "Lost Boys" to referring this group of children staying in wildness without parents.

Majority of the Lost Boys are from Jonglei State and a good number from Greater Bor Counties of Duk, Twic East and Bor. Jok said his team in NC yield the idea to award Gov. Kuol and have the backing of all colleagues.

Acknowledging the honor, Gov. Kuol said he "receive this award on behave of the all people of Sudan" and call upon the young people to take over responsibilities in Southern Sudan. "I expect them to come and take responsibilities of this Country," he said referring to Southern Sudan controlled by former rebel’s party the SPLM.

Source:ST




SPLA monthly salary almost caused an officer life.
  SPLA officer Deng sucidal mission rescued.


We Must put an end to this inhuman treatment by our own people.
  Lokoya,Bari,Madi and Lulubo petition against IDPs and Insecurity.


“Southern Sudan is going to be divided over the issue of land because of land grabbing, let us not encourage insecurity, there is concern for the unity of Southern Sudan but primitivity is threat to attain goals of Southern Sudan” Speaker Igga said.
   

Southern Sudan Speaker regrets alarming insecurity threats in Juba

By SSCCIA Reporter.

Monday, January 05, 2009



Senior SPLM official James Wani Igga, who is also the Speaker of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Today 5th January at opening ceremony of Physical rehabilitation Center for disable, made a realizing statement that there are dangerous threats of insecurity now in Juba.


The Speaker James said clear signs of insecurity are that which happen on the first of January 2009, when the city of Juba was engulfed by random shooting of guns, without any authorization from the concern officials



The Speaker said it is not the policy of the government to cause panic among the citizens, this situation is created by wrong people aiming at spoiling the name of GoSS and SPLM making the citizens to hate their own goverment.


He says that Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly is going now producing more laws, including SPLA laws to discipline the army, and restrict movement of soldiers without guns into the towns.


He added that as now people are approaching to election period, some political parties are known to be inciting insecurity to spoil SPLM program, but SPLM is concern for the unity of the people of the Southern Sudan and future of its people.


The speaker below  said primitivity in Southern Sudan is remaining a threat to attain Southern Sudan goal, in addition to issues of land grabbing.

 


“Southern Sudan is going to be divided over the issue of land because of land grabbing, let us not encourage insecurity, there is concern for the unity of Southern Sudan but primitivity is threat to attain goals of Southern Sudan” Speaker Igga said.



During the closing remarks, Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly Speaker James Wani Igga said in 2009 budget GoSS is committed to improve allocation for disable commission from 3 million to 78 million. While 720 families will also benefiting from small agricultural supports.


The Speaker said again in 2009, government is going to lobby 20,000 for rehabilitation of disable program all over Southern Sudan, and avail 50, scholarship for disable students as well in 2009 in both technical and academic schools.


Finally the Speaker regrets that there is real insecurity threats now in Juba, arising from SPLA atrocities, about 4,000 former Sudan arm forces soldiers and niggers activities resulting into breaking of shops, and couple with killing of four persons in Nyakurun West, beside constant information regards disappearance of people from the town.










Persons with disabilities regret continuous rights violation in Southern Sudan
   

 


By SSCCIA Reporter

Juba

Sunday, January 04, 2009


The representative of persons with disabilities Mr. Edema Eriko Anthony, remarks during the inauguration of physical rehabilitation reference centre in Juba ,that there is imminent violation and discrimination of persons with disabilities in the Southern Sudan.


Mr. Edema Eriko made an open statement at occasion that gathered GoSS ministers, Speaker of SSLA, NGOs and guests around localities of Juba, pointing that despite the fact that numerous countries in the world have adopted and ratified UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in which Sudan is signatory, there are still on going violation of rights of PWDs in the Southern Sudan.


Mr. Edema said Union of people with disabilities in Southern Sudan have exhausted and worked hard for the positive development of its members, mainly in the areas of education, training and delivery of social services but it has proved to be extremely difficult to meet the demands of the members because of financial difficulties.


Mr. Edema explains that discrimination persons with disabilities who constitute either visual impaired, physically disabled or deaf from public institutes forced most of members to be roaming around in the markets and offices begging in order to attain daily survivals for their livelihood.


He says that since 14th July 2007, GoSS Legislative Assembly organized workshop that targets persons with special needs and elderly, where formerGoSS education Minister Mr. Michael Mulli promised employment of three persons with disabilities to establishment directorate for special education in the Ministry but nothing has materialized.


Mr. Edema said Government of Southern Sudan should grants 5% affirmative action as representation for person with disabilities in both GoSS and in Government of ten States of Southern Sudan.


He says that this is in line with political and public life, and in accordance with United Nation Convention that recognize the rights of people with disabilities to participate in affairs of the government.


He adds that both GoSS and States governments should try to ensure that people with disabilities exercise their rights of expression, access to justice and rights of both girls and women who are disabled to be treated on equal basis with other women and girls in Southern Sudan.


Mr. Edema reflected concern of deceptive promises made by Central Equatoria State Government since 2007, to offer 3000 SDG to each of three Association of disable persons up to now its not avail.

He added that also the Minister of Social Welfare and Religious Affairs Madam Mary Kiden Kibo also requested the disable associations to present three project proposal within the budget since 2007, and to effected immediately non of these promises were executed.


Mr. Edema has urged both GoSS and State government to revised their education policy and identify education policies that provide proper attention to the deaf and establish special schools for the deaf to engage them into it with few existing human resources for deaf development.




President Salva Kiir And The Accompanying Delegation Arrives Washington DC
 

President Salva Kiir And The Accompanying Delegation Arrives  Washington DC

H. E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit
Arrives Washington DC - Sunday, January 4, 2009
 

[ Washington DC , USA ] – By Larco Lomayat    Sunday, January 04, 2009

H. E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit, The First Vice President of the Sudan, President of the Government Southern Sudan, Chairman of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and Commander-In-Chief of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the accompanying delegation arrived Washington DC today Sunday, January 4, 2009 for a three days official visit to the United States of America on the invitation of the US administration to discuss and update them on:

  • SPLM Initiative for peace in Darfur .
  • Update on the status of CPA Implementation.
  • Population Census and the upcoming general elections in the Sudan .
  • Development Assistance to Sudan , particularly the war affected areas.
  • Scaling-up of the UN Mission in the Sudan .
  • Strengthening Diplomatic Relations between Sudan and USA .

On another development, President Kiir is also coming to express his gratitude and appreciation to President George W. Bush for the role he, his Administration and the people of the United States played in brokering the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005, as well as to express his continuing concern about the ongoing crisis in Darfur in western Sudan, reaching out in partnership to the incoming President Elect Barack Obama’s administration. Kiir is also expected to hold a number of meetings with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and members of the Security Council in New York about the current situations in the Sudan , such as CPA implementation, Darfur and ICC, he will also meet with the Sudanese Community in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and will also address the media. 

President Kiir’s visit is also intended to demonstrate the need South Sudan and its allies throughout Sudan feel to establish an early and solid partnership with the incoming President Elect Barack Obama’s administration.  The political realities inside Sudan are that the crisis in Darfur drags on, the CPA is being undermined by Khartoum and is at serious risk and that Sudan’s President Omar Beshir is the only sitting President to face charges by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.  Khartoum ’s actions risk Sudan getting worse before it gets better.

This is the forth and the last official visit by President Salva Kiir Mayardit to meet with the current US President George W. Bush.  The first visit was in 2006, then 2007, 2008 and now 2009 all the visits were/are successful.

President’s delegation is comprised of Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Presidential Advisor, GONU, Mr. Deng Alor Kuol, Minster of Foreign Affairs, GONU, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng De-Mabior, Presidential Advisor for Gender and Human Rights, GOSS, Dr. Luka Biong Deng, Minister for Presidential Affairs, GOSS, Lt. Gen. Nhail Deng Nhial, Minister of SPLA Affairs, GOSS, Mr. John Luk  Juk, Minister for Youth and Sports, GOSS,  Dr. Samson Kwaje, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, GOSS Comrade Malik Agar, Governor of Blue Nile State, Mr. Joseph Lual Acuil, State Minister at the Presidency, GONU, Comrade Yasir Said Arman, Deputy SPLM Secretary General for Northern Sector, Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, Undersecretary, Ministry of Regional Cooperation, GOSS,  Dr. Pauline Riak, Chairperson of Anti Corruption Commission, GOSS, Moulana Mayen Wol, Director for Presidency at the office of the First Vice President, Khartoum .

President Kiir and the some of the delegation who arrived today to Washington DC were received at Dulles International Airport by Dr. Akec Khoc, the Sudanese Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Ajing Adiang Marik, the Sudanese Ambassador to Romania, Mr. Anthony Louis Kon, the Sudanese Ambassador to DRC, Ambassador Salah Guneid, Deputy Head of Mission at the Sudanese Embassy to the United States and Mr. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Head of GOSS Mission to the United States of America.




President's Delegation Is Waiting To Receive President Kiir At Mayflower Hotel
 

President's Delegation Is Waiting To Receive President Kiir At Mayflower Hotel

 

From Left: Dr. Luka Biong Deng, Dr. Samson Kwaje
and Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho

 

[Washington DC , USA ] – By Larco Lomayat    Sunday, January 04, 2009

Some of President Kiir's delegation who arrived earlier to Washington DC as an advance teem are seen here waiting to receive President Kiir at Mayflower Hotel, and they are:

  1. Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Presidential Advisor, GONU,
  2. Dr. Luka Biong Deng, Minister for Presidential Affairs, GOSS,
  3. Dr. Samson Kwaje, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, GOSS,
  4. Comrade Malik Agar, Governor of Blue Nile State,
  5. Mr. Joseph Lual Acuil, State Minister at the Presidency, GONU,
  6. Comrade Yasir Said Arman, Deputy SPLM Secretary General for Northern Sector,
  7. Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, Undersecretary, Ministry of Regional Cooperation, GOSS,  
  8. Moulana Mayen Wol, Director for Presidency at the office of the First Vice President, Khartoum .

President Kiir and the some of the delegation who arrived today to Washington DC were received at Dulles International Airport by Dr. Akec Khoc, the Sudanese Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Ajing Adiang Marik, the Sudanese Ambassador to Romania, Mr. Anthony Louis Kon, the Sudanese Ambassador to DRC, Ambassador Salah Guneid, Deputy Head of Mission at the Sudanese Embassy to the United States and Mr. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Head of GOSS Mission to the United States of America.


 

 




Some of Presidents's Delegation Who Arrived Washington DC Today
 

 

From Left: Mr. John Luk Juk, Ambassador Anthony Louis Kon,
Madam Rebecca Nyandeng De-Mabior,
Mr. Joseph Lual Acuil, Lt. Gen. Nhial Deng Nhaial and
Ambassador Ajing Adiang

 

[Washington DC , USA ] – By Larco Lomayat    Sunday, January 04, 2009

Some of President Kiir's delegation who arrived earlier and today to Washington DC are seen here at Mayflower Hotel, and they are:

  • Mr. John Luk Juk,
  • Ambassador Anthony Louis Kon,
  • Madam Rebecca Nyandeng De-Mabior,
  • Mr. Joseph Lual Acuil,
  • Lt. Gen. Nhial Deng Nhaial and
  • Ambassador Ajing Adiang Marik.

President Kiir and the some of the delegation who arrived today to Washington DC were received at Dulles International Airport by Dr. Akec Khoc, the Sudanese Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Ajing Adiang Marik, the Sudanese Ambassador to Romania, Mr. Anthony Louis Kon, the Sudanese Ambassador to DRC, Ambassador Salah Guneid, Deputy Head of Mission at the Sudanese Embassy to the United States and Mr. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Head of GOSS Mission to the United States of America.




Mr. Francis Ben Ataba is doing great job for EES graduate students.
 
(Gurtong) 
General News 
03/01/2009 12:13:18

Unemployment Levels Remain High in Eastern Equatorial State

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, December 30, 2008 (Gurtong) – The Deputy Governor of Eastern Equatorial State, His Excellency George Echom Ekeno, has expressed concern with the high rates of unemployment of university graduates in the state.

In an exclusive interview with Gurtong on Monday 29th December, Ekeno, who is also the State Minister of Local Government, confirmed that about two-thirds of the youth in the state remain unemployed despite having graduated with marketable courses.

He explained that due to the frustrations of studying hard in the hope of getting jobs and failing to do so, the idle youths have resorted to theft and other sorts of crimes in order to sustain their livelihoods.

“This is one of the major problems facing the unemployed youth and the State Government is trying to contain it by creating job opportunities in the coming year in an attempt to reduce the rate of crimes which currently appears rampant,” Ekeno said.

He also said that there is need for the Government of South Sudan to intervene and create employment opportunities so as to curb crime since similar cases and sometimes worse scenarios have emerged in the semi-autonomous South Sudan capital, Juba.

In other developments, State Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Francis Ben Ataba, said that his ministry has absorbed all those qualified for teaching fields and still seeks more recruits should they be available as per the previous advertisements.

“So far, about 150 newly employed teachers only this year are already on board and we are still targeting more teachers in the coming year because we have a wide gap to be filled,” asserted the minister.

The State Minister for Health, Flora Nighty Otto, also said that her ministry is understaffed hence compromising on the quality of services rendered to the locals.




Read what happened in GONU/GOSS about BESHIR Presidency.
 

Sudan SPLM discussed asking Bashir to step down: report

Monday 5 January 2009 02:42.

January 4, 2009 (PARIS) – The southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) contemplated urging president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to step down in the event of the issuance of an arrest warrant, a newspaper reported today.

The London based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat quoting unidentified SPLM officials said a meeting was held to discuss options should Al-Bashir be formally charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In mid-July the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno- Ocampo filed 10 charges against Al-Bashir: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder and accused the Sudanese president of masterminding a campaign to get rid of the African tribes in Darfur; Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

The ICC judges are believed to be in the process of issuing a decision before the end of the month.

The SPLM officials said that Salva Kiir’s visit to Washington will carry their vision on a post-arrest warrant future during talks with US officials.

They further said that the proposal asking Bashir to resign has triggered divisions during the meeting on the grounds that such a request may cause the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to dissolve the government of national unity effectively suspending the Comprehensive Agreement (CPA).

NCP officials have both publicly and privately blasted the SPLM for calling on Sudan to deal with the ICC.

Sudan’s foreign minister Deng Alor who is an SPLM figure came under fierce attack from pro-government columnists and NCP lawmakers for echoing his movement’s call on missions abroad.

The Sudanese government rejected the ICC jurisdiction over Darfur war crimes saying its judiciary is capable of prosecuting any criminals.

Sudan’s 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha leaders of civil servants today that Ocampo’s allegations aim at "creating anarchy in the country and sabotaging the development process".

In March 2005 the UN Security Council (UNSC) invoked its power referring the situation in Darfur to the ICC despite Sudan being a non-State party to the Rome Statute.

(ST)




SPLA shoots on air worried resident in the capital city of South Sudan.
 

There must be law and order to control this joyful comrades,this indiscriminate shooting may harm our people.

Charles


Commissioner of Juba appeals for calm after celebratory gunfire, murders

Saturday 3 January 2009 05:35.

By Isaac Vuni

January 2, 2009 (JUBA) — The Commissioner of Juba County, Pious Subek, appealed to residents in Juba city to remain calm following unauthorized random shootings by soldiers celebrating the end of 2008 and entry into the new year 2009, an event compounded in being marked as the 53rd Anniversary of Sudan Independence.

Commissioner Subek said the rampant shooting, which started at 11:00 pm from military barracks and spread like burning fires into residential areas, has created panic and fears among peace-loving people.

Similarly, in a statement over Southern Sudan Radio, the SPLA Spokesman Lt. Colonel Malek Aywen Ajok apologized to people in Juba for what he termed unauthorized shooting by soldiers joined by opportunists celebrating the New Year.

The Lt. Colonel further assured people in Juba city that SPLA and the Government of Southern Sudan have not authorized such shooting, therefore it will immediately investigate and bring those involved to book.

“If there was official approval, the public would have been informed on the type of guns to be used on such jubilant days in history of Sudan 53rd Independence Anniversary,” Lt. Colonel elucidated.

Local fears have been worsened by the murder of four youth at Nyakuron West by unknown gunmen while riding on bikes to attend midnight prayer at Kator Cathedral.

On behalf of the Eastern Equatoria Governor, Commissioner Subek extends condolences to families and relatives of the murdered youth on that fateful night.

The victims are Mogga Loro, son of former governor of Equatoria from the Bari tribe, Sarah Kasara Adui Madi from Moli, Bosco Tabule from the Kakuwa tribe and Musa Lado from the Lolubo tribe.

(ST)

 

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Major General Obuto Mamur appeal to his followers and supporters to be clam.
 

"I’m not afraid of military detention. If I fought for 21 years to free ourselves from oppression and exploitation by Arabized northern Sudanese, why not accept detention by fellow comrades with same objective?"  Major General Obuto Mamur (Olo gere ologere olo ogulo ahiti)

Detained SPLA general released in Juba

Friday 2 January 2009 05:30.
 

By Isaac Vuni

January 1, 2009 (JUBA) — A high-ranking commander in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) was released in Juba on Wednesday after more than a year and a half in detention.

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Maj. General Isaac Obuto Mamur stands beside the President of Southern Sudan Government, Salva Kiir Mayadrit at Kator cathedral Juba.

Maj. General Isaac Obuto Mamur Mete was released and reinstated to his position as deputy chief of staff for political and moral orientation. He appeared publicly for the first time in Kator cathedral in Juba, accompanied by his wife Mary and twelve children.

Mamur, an Equatorian commander, had been arrested on March 20, 2007 on charges of administrative misconduct. He faced an indeterminate court-martial and reportedly was released following a decision by the military court—however, informed sources insist, more to the point, that in recent weeks he held private meetings with SPLA Commander-in-Chief Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of Southern Sudan.

The released general hailed President Kiir for a decisive decision and appealed to all his followers and supporters to maintain calm and continue praying for unity of Southern Sudanese at this crucial time of decision-making for or against unity of the Sudan.

"I’m not afraid of military detention. If I fought for 21 years to free ourselves from oppression and exploitation by Arabized northern Sudanese, why not accept detention by fellow comrades with same objective?" he posed.

Supporters rejoiced at his release, and the parish priest of St. Theresa Cathedral, Fr. Caeseur Lokani, described the event as miraculous and a New Year gift to all Southern Sudanese for celebrating the 53rd anniversary of Sudan’s independence.

Members of the Equatorian community had lobbied for Mamur’s release, including parliamentarians who voiced their concern during Kiir’s recent visit to Torit.

Benaiah Duku, a senior member of the Equatorian Association in the United States, expressed satisfaction that the ordeal had ended peacefully. Duku had taken part in a delegation that discussed the matter with SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum in Washington in September 2007. The organisation also took it up with Minister of Presidential Affairs Luka Biong Deng and other senior officials.

A more recently formed group began organising members of the diaspora to take part in the Gen. Isaac Obuto Mamur Initiative: A Quest for Justice. Their advocacy helped win the general’s release, said Steve Paterno, a Sudanese-American leader in the group.

But ultimately it was Kiir who took the initiative to release the detainee, said Paterno. He also observed that the decision to release the general was timed to help consolidate unity within the south ahead of Sudan’s 2009 elections, as well as restore a renowned military figure during a period of continuing political uncertainty.

According to Duku, who once chaired the Equatorian Association in the U.S., the detention of the general suggests that individuals can use the justice system in Southern Sudan "to perpetrate their own hidden agenda on their own colleagues using the system."

"The SPLA was a rebel movement, which is directed by commanders and commanders have their own differences," he said.

"In the making of the SPLA there are regional commanders. And these commanders get their support from the region," added Duku. "When such leaders are in trouble with the system and the accusations against them are not made up clearly to the public, then it becomes very easy for one to speculate that these leaders are targeted, either from above or maybe by their own colleagues, whether it comes to vying for positions or influence in the system."

At issue now, said Duku, is whether Mamur will be effective in his position or whether he has already become irrelevant. He indicated that the general’s main concern now will improving security—four people were killed by unknown gunmen as he was released, including Mogga Loro, son of former governor of Equatoria from the Bari tribe, Sarah Kasara Adui Madi from Moli, Bosco Tabule from the Kakuwa tribe and Musa Lado from the Lolubo tribe.

Supporters are also concerned about the commander’s health and they will try to get him medical attention abroad.

Mamur is from the Otuho (Lotuka) tribe and Torit town, where SPLA was headquartered during parts of the 22-year north-south civil war.

The SPLA uprising began in 1983 when John Garang, then the head of the army’s Staff College in Omdurman, joined guerrillas and the 105 battalion in mutinying and fleeing to Ethiopia.

The CPA established the SPLA as the Sudanese army in southern Sudan while the Sudan Armed Force is considered as the northern Sudanese army. Both are parts of the Sudanese army. The Joint Integrated Units formed in accordance to the peace deal are supposed to the nucleus of the future united army if southern Sudan opts to remain part of a united Sudan.

Additional reporting by Daniel Van Oudenaren in Washington.

(ST)




GoSS initiates recruitment board to promote fair employment
 

Wednesday, December 30, 2008

By SSCCIA Reporter in Juba.


The Minister of Parliamentary affairs, who is also the Acting Minister of Public Service in the Government of Southern Sudan Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro, saidrecruitment Board initiated by GoSS  is on progress to implement fair employment policy by 2009.
 
 Dr. Martin Elia’s statement came on Tuesday in Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly that Government has decided to stop employment in all its institution to avoid employment based on tribal, ethnic and relational basis.
 
He says that there is already initiated recruitment board in the Government of Southern Sudan from seven Ministries to look strictly into the employment policies to promote fairness.
 
“We have stop recruitment in all institutions until the recruitment board start work to promote fair and free employment to avoid ethnic , tribal and relation or know who as it is happening” Dr. Martin Elia said.
 
Among the crucial Ministries involve in the recuitment policy is GoSS Ministry of education, its sole role is to evaluate the forge certificates of new recruits in the system of the Government, and make consultation with various institutions of learning to confirm related issue to documents from the applicants to those institutions.
 
The recruitment committee would also look into the issue of the foreign employees in the government of Southern Sudan, while the imported experts in the Southern Sudan will be treated differently the minister said.
 
Dr. Martin Elia said, it’s not yet clear how many people will be recruited for coming 2009, but each respective ministry is responsible and knows what number to be recruited   early next year.
 
He says that good governance in managing the system of government is already in program, to attained adequate goals and objectives by employees within the system of the government, and need to improve on the weakness of the employees through methods of offering training.
 
In another view, Dr. Martin said Government has taken a hard decision to adapt Khartoum salary structure to meet the international crisis and surrounding situation on drop of oil price in order to help the government to save some resources in the coming future.
 
He added that Ministry of information in the Government of Southern Sudan would be the only responsible for job advertisement by the year 2009. “It only the Ministry of information that advertise all the jobs”Dr. Martin Elia said
 
However the Minister said it’s not yet clear how the recruitment committee is going to decide on those who have already got there their way into the system through forge documents.
It has being very clear that marketing policy and living condition of the people in Southern Sudan is very expensive, that would not allow government of Southern Sudan to adapt Northern Sudan salary structure, where there is good transport, water and communication facilities, but he Minister said that the government is aware about the situation.
 
He added that the government knows about high prices in the markets, which force the government to declare free market policy to give way for competition among the business men.
 
 Adding that Government of Southern Sudan is under the criticism of international community of spending 90 % of its budget on salaries along,
 
While in effort to reduce much expense Dr. Elia said, he has issued ministerial order seeking removal of all government officials from hotels..
 
He adds that some of the government official receiving salaries, but still accommodated in various hotels on the account of the government that cause government to spend double money.
 
Dr. Elia has urged concern security personnel and police to enforce the order of the government seeking removal of officials from the hotels, to reduce much expenditure by the government and confirmed declaration of zero tolerance against corruption to promote good governance in the Southern Sudan.
 
Dr. Elia said there is eminent anticipation that, some of privileges officials staying in the hotels will decide to resist the move of the order as it w as in March, where the order to remove these officials was not implemented.
 
But the Minister warns that there is an additional instruction accompanying the ministerial order to hotel owners not recognize any government official staying in the hotel without the approval of the Council of Ministers in the Government of Southern Sudan.




"Commissioner of Juba County Albert Pitia Redentore was emotionally relieved by President Kiir on baseless allegation of Minister Mary Kiden Kimbo"
  Juba December 30th 2008
Legislators Boycotted Human Rights  Bill Discussion
By Isaac Vuni

The Legislators of Southern Sudan have today boycotted  deliberation on the
most awaited Bill of Human Rights in its  second  reading, simply because 
Christmas bonus were only paid to  specialized committees Chairmans. 

Some Lawmakers interviewed  emphases that they will continue boycotting
deliberation partly because  government has failed its commitment to zero tolerant
on  corruption.

When the honorable Speaker entered the hall at noon,  there were only twenty
five MPs present compared to sixty-six registered  then declared the house
adjourned for next day.
In another  development, some PMs said Albert Pitia Redentore was emotionally
relived  by President Kiir as commissioner of Juba County on baseless
allegation of  minister Mary Kiden Kimbo that commissioner was interfering in women
right  of what to wear to associate with.

The police arrested 36 suspected  youth consist of five girls, 31 boys
including 12 foreigners behaving  abnormal with half necked dressing in churches and
public  places.

Minister Kimbo was widely supported by international media  broadcast
alleging denial of women right without taking into consideration  how female were
behaving and dressing in front of parents.

The SPLM  Deputy Secretary General for southern sector, Ann Itto allegedly
accused  former commissioner of applying out dated war time jungle  laws.

However, President Kiir, stunchc catholic defended himself  before Christian?
s congregation in Kator that removal of commissioner  Pitia has nothing to do
with negrs or ?dikertimelo? groups rather  political and concern citizen Ali
of Kator challenged that they will bring  Pitia back coming general election
scheduled for July  2009.

Meanwhile Governor Clement Wani was quoted saying that he had  wanted to
appoint Pitia a commissioner of lobono that was yet to be  created.

Nevertheless, he issued orders to arrest negrs or  ?dikertimelo? groups
terrorizing innocent people in Juba city under  influence of alcohol compounded
with half naked dressing in front of their  parents.

Other states are replicating orders of burning pocked  alcohol from Uganda
and Kenya to South Sudan.

On the other hand,  the chairperson of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs,
Hon. Margaret  Abudi Peter alleged that many Equatorian are daily killed
daily by SPLA in  their detentions in and around Juba, worst than what is
happening in Juba  central prison. She appeals to Archbishop Lokudu and Assistant
Bishop  Laila to urgently call for forgiveness and reconciliation prayer day for 
all Equatorian.

Present were ministers Michael Makuei Lueth, Martin  Elia Lomuro, Dr. Luka
Monoja Tombekana and Commissioner Joy Kwaje of human  right commission among 
others.
Ends



This is the President of South Sudan Concern Citizens International Association (SSCCIA)
 
By Larco Lomayat.
 
 
Sunday, December 28, 2008
 
SSCCIA President Mr. Charles  Pioneson Onyo Ihari Langairio
SSCCIA stands for and believe in  South Sudan Independence,accountability and Sustainability
 (The voice of the Voiceless)
 
 
Dear all
 
This is Mr. Charles Pioneson known us Onyo Ihari Langairio, President of South Sudan Concern Citizens International Association (SSCCIA) based in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada.
 
I met Charles and many other SPLM-Diaspora Forum Members at the Sudanese Community Church tonight (Sunday, December 28, 2008) here in Vancouver where my family and I attended the Church Service with the Sudanese Community Members in this great city.
 
Charles Onyo Ihari loves snow, that is why he took this historic picture of his while holding snow at his hands.  It good to know and see some of our SPLM Diaspora members worldwide, incase you visit Vancouver, they will help you in so many ways they can.
 
 
From left Former South Sudanese Association of British Columbia Mr. Johnson Sunday Ochieng brought democracy for SSABC ,Charles Anteros  SSCCIA and SPLM member and right is Charles Pioneson SSCCIA President a strong SPLM member  and believe in South Sudan separation,accountability and sustainability.
 
SSCCIA President  holding snow in his hands at the Church compound. All of us love peace and the snow signify peace and love. Can we have peace and love for all in South Sudan without tribalism ,nepotism ,human abduction ,detention without trial and corruption?
Left to Right Manyok Kur Deng SSABC President,Former SSABC President Johnson Sunday Ochieng,SSCCIA President Charles Pioneson,Charles Anteros SSCCIA  and Deng Biar Akech Sudanese Elder.
 
SSCCIA President Charles Pioneson greeted by Deng Biar Akech a Sudanese Elder and one of Dr.John Garang relative. Deng Biar has no borders but he believe in the unity and development of Junuubin without discrimination.
 
 SSCCIAPresident  Charles Pioneson shaking hands with  Larco Lomayat from President of South Sudan and 1st Vice President of the Republic Lt.General Salva Kiir  office on his private visit to Vancouver British Columbia.
 
This is Charles Juma Anteros And His Family
 
Charles Juma Anteros, His Wife And One Of His 5 Children
 
 
Dear all
 
This is Mr. Charles Juma Anteros and his family. I met Charles and many other SPLM-Diaspora Forum Members at the Sudanese Community Church, yesterday (Sunday, December 28, 2008) here in Vancouver, Canada where my family and I attended the Church Service with the Sudanese Community Members in this great city.
 
Charles has been a member of SPLM-Diaspora and any other South Sudanese Forums, some of his friends who have not seen him for many years, can now see him and his family.
 
SSCCIA  and SPLM Member Charles Anteros introducing Larco Lomayat to the Sudanese Church congregation and behind him Mr. Abraham Daip the Sudanese Church Board of Directors Chairman. Abraham tried to unite the Sudanese Christians in British Columbia.
 
 
 
Note: Additional information is added to this article by Charles Pioneson any information added to Lomayat original posting is not Lomayat responsibity neither SSCCIA .
 



GOSS Budget Discussion Postponed for 15th January 2009
 

Juba December 29th 2008

By Isaac Vuni

The Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly has today postponed second reading of 2009 Budget for 15th January 2009 , Chairman specialized committee for Economy, Development and Finance, Professor Bari Wanji has said.

Speaking to journalist from his office, Hon. Wanji  emphasized that budget requires critical analysis  by assembly specialized clusters based on guideline given  by (EDF) chairman whether the proposed budget has takes into account aspiration of Southern Sudanese before it¢s could be passed. 

 Hon Bari went on saying that government of Southern Sudan will be forced to borrow money from international community by either using unexploited underground oil as guarantors or assured international community of its commitment to collection of none oil revenue.

Meanwhile in interview minister of finance said postporment was necessitated by many celebrations including the forth anniversary of SPLM in Malakal and lack of quorum in the assembly; Adding that it would be very important for Goss president to attend deliberation of the proposed budget for ushering new change.

 The minister acknowledged that they have adopted American system whose financial years end in December. He reiterated that a lot of money has been wasted on house rent and vehicles for senior staff at expense of government. He declared that only ministers would be entitled to dive government vehicles while other staff will be given higher purchase cars as per their entitlement.

 On the other hand some disappointed present MPs angrily expressed their disappointment over postponement and demanded for removal of specialized committee together with Hon. Speaker whom they accused of being over due in offices and promised to issue statements tomorrow.

Ends







The Need for Change in South Sudan in 2009
 

Sunday, December 28, 2008

In the past three years since the implementation of the CPA started my comments about the case of tribalism, bad governance and corruption in Southern Sudan have been well received and apprenticed by a majority of the people of South Sudan as well as by observer on South Sudan Affairs. My words could have created a way forward for the current President of GoSS Lt Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit and his government which would have allowed them to make a change and start to solve the critical issues facing South Sudan so that there is enough room to tackle the North-South conflict. But everybody knows that all my attempts to make GoSS to move away from tribalism, bad governance and corruption seemed to have fallen on death ears. The year 2008 will be remembered as one of the worst years for corruption revelations in South Sudan , a period during which many people could only be amazed to tune in for the biggest news ever on corruption, tribalism and the politics of appeasement.

If we start to record the strings of revelations and blunders of tribalism and corruption in South Sudan right from today and going backwards then we may have a whole book to write and as such I will only tackle the tip of an iceberg here to justify the grounds why there should be change in South Sudan .

Just before Christmas celebrations of 2008, we had the biggest news and an appointment many from South Sudan will view as putting the last stamp to tribalism. Another South Sudan Defence minister had been appointed in the form of Nhial Deng Nhial, a well known SPLM Dinka leader from Bahr el Ghazal . Of course the ministry of SPLA affairs is one of the sovereign ministries which could act as basis for unity of South Sudanese if such sovereign ministries are distributed equally among the main tribes of South Sudan . My previous articles devoted to tribalism by Government of South Sudan are very clear as what amounts to equitable distribution of powerful ministries in order to implement equality and are non-tribal system for our infant nation of South Sudan. You cannot claim you are democratic and non-tribal when you distribute powerful ministries only to your tribe and close relatives and associates. It is even worse when it comes to a country like South Sudan which is very much divided on tribal and regional basis and interests. Hence my advice on eradication of tribalism in South Sudan had been very clear in my past articles but it is South Sudan and Lt Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit is the First Vice President of the Republic and the President of the Government of South Sudan and he can do as he likes as many say. In the end he has succeeded many times in getting away with tribalism and nothing happened and so there is no stopping now and all the sovereign ministries and the powerful ministries can only be held by his tribe and his relatives and yes he is quite confident the South Sudanese are backwards in democratic thinking and also there is no any useful civil society organisations which can tackle topics of bad governance and tribalism including the cases of one tribe occupying all key powerful ministries in GoSS. Thus to him it is just perfect to appoint another Bahr el Ghazal son to lead the ministry of SPLA Affairs because the Government belongs to Bahr el Ghazal  and after all the other tribes of South Sudan are just third class citizens. I think other tribes are considered third class citizens judging from the behaviour of the GoSS towards the other tribes when it comes to appointments and allotment of ministries. No one can dispute the ability of Nhial Deng Nhial to be given high positions in GoSS but then there are cases where you cannot get the positions even how much qualified you are because the need for inclusion and political balance dictates that the position has to be occupied by another tribe to create harmony and equality for our infant nation.


 

Most of the other tribes be it from Equatoria, or Nuer or Shilluk or the other smaller tribes all know well of the cases of tribalism and tribal domination and all are unhappy about the continued tribal appointments and misrule in South Sudan but it seems that after 22 years of war and deprivation many people are just interested in acquiring some dollar wealth first rather then indulging and thinking seriously that this tribal appointments can one day cause disaster for the South Sudan . Western circles now say many South Sudanese intellectuals are only interested in eating money and care less about serving the interested of the masses of South Sudan and running a government for all the people. In this scenario the don’t care people from all other tribes have a big support in the form of weak civil societies in Southern Sudan who lacked basic education for more than 20 years. As long as many from the population are blind and do not know their rights for equality in the country then anybody can get away with tribalism, bad governance and corruption. But one day the minds of the people can open and they will no longer see leaders who support tribalism for money as right people to lead them. When that happens things will explode in the South and we will go back to square one and be occupied with another terrible war. To avoid that kind of scenario the Arthur is going to prescribe a way forward for 2009.

Besides the latest appointment of SPLA Affairs minister we continue to witness also that all the powerful ministries all go to one tribe and the rest of the other tribes like Zande, Nuer, Bari, Shilluk, Latuko, Balanda, etc. can take any weak positions and the Governor positions which just renegade somebody to their tribal area where one is nobody for the SPLM leadership. Well this is the reason why also Kuol Mayenga was aspiring that at least he can be given the SPLA Affairs as Dinka Bor but little did he articulate that the boss Lt Gen. Salva Kiir had other ideas about other tribes taking powerful ministries and there were the usual SPLM divisions and intrigues. Hence one can see from the cabinet line-up for the powerful ministries in GoSS how effective is this policy from the partial list of ministers: Mr. Luka Biong Deng- Minister of Office of the President; Mr. Alual Diing Wol- Political al Advisor to the President; Mr. Paul Mayom Akec- Minister of Internal Affairs; Mr. Peter Wol- Under Secretary of Internal Affairs; Mr. Maluoc Kolang - Under Minister of Internal Affairs and a Legal Advisor, Mr. Kuol Athian Mawien- Minister of Finance and Economic Planning; Dr. Barnabas Marial Benjamin - Minster of Regional Cooperation; Dr. Joseph Monytuiel Wiejang Akol -Minister of Health, Mr. David Deng Athorbei - Minister of Transport and Roads; Mrs. Awut Deng Acuil - Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resources Development; and now Lt Gen. Nhial Deng Nhial: Minister of SPLA Affairs and Defence. We have also Army Chiefs and Generals who are from the same tribe and are the ones calling he shots in SPLA. Besides also the Police and Prisons heads all come from the same tribe to lead us. Also we have directors and sometimes workers in ministries where the work force is almost 80% from the same lead tribe.

How can one then tell us that South Sudan is not the most tribal nation on earth now? Even the former Apartheid regime in South Africa would have thought twice before implementing such a tribal distribution of positions in GoSS.

If tribalism was the only thing affecting GoSS then we can say it is one big problem to solve but we can handle it tomorrow. But corruption is growing now at an alarming rate then anybody could have imagined. Corruption also has its roots in tribalism because the more power are invested in one tribe the more wide spread the corruption will be as brothers and sisters will support one another in the act of stealing public funds. It is not secret then that most of the open cases of corruption to hit the mass media are mostly connected to the same leader’s tribe from Bahr el Ghazal or so. In 2007, it was the case of Arthur Akuen using the Khartoum pre-GoSS donation of $60 million, plus the cars each for $500,000 scandal and many other millions which vanished under him as Minister of Finance. Soon after that other allegations have continued such as the case of Ministries of Legal affairs paying salaries of almost $9000 per month to ministry’s workers group one scale and this outside the range of Public Service guidelines. The case of ghost names cannot be mentioned either. Then just recently we have the case of British Custom Officers impounding $3 million being brought to the UK by Steven Madut Baak, Mr Mou Mou and others. Shameful enough the Ministry of Regional Cooperation even tried to make a cover up and claim the British are exaggerating of how big the money was. This man Steven Baak Wol is talked of as having lived in the UK  claiming UK social security benefits yet GoSS can make him big saying that he is Advisor to the President  and hero and that he can be given a loan of $200,000 against his salary. What kind of human beings do these South Sudanese officials think can believe their story? Where in the world can a jobless man suddenly be given $200,000 loan immediately upon commencing a hidden job? Since Mr Baak would have not declared the money in UK any way and as such he would have continued claiming UK social security benefits which raises eyes brows that GoSS entertains thieves in its ranks? If Mr Baak in all his years in the UK could not afford a single job how suddenly can be useful man in South Sudan which needs more guts to work there than in Europe? All these questions clearly show that tribalism and corruption in South Sudan are becoming like fiction than the truth. What hero cannot work like the rest of us who tolls hard in Europe to earn a living? Also the British Customs have nothing to hide and no reason to exaggerate any mount, no matter how much the corrupt officials in Juba try to shield their comrades so that the loot are freely divided among themselves; the truth will always come out sooner or later. The saying goes that only 10-25% of drugs may be impounded by Customs and Police and surely if the unemployed like Steven Madut Baak could easily go and bring back $3 millions then it is also easily predictable that at least 75% of money journeys could have slipped undetected with such amounts of money into the UK without customs impounding them. For how long can the South Sudan stand such a looting spree? We know of the cases of millions of dollars which have been sent to USA, Australia, Europe, Kenya, Uganda and Canada where families of GoSS officials are living in lavish mansions costing millions of dollars These all point to he fact that that corrupt GoSS officials have stolen even up to billion US dollars of the funds for South Sudan for their own personal use in the past four years ending now.


Turning away from corruption and tribalism we have also insecurity everywhere in South Sudan . From Abyei where there was fierce fighting in May 2008 between SPLA and Khartoum forces to Western Equatoria where LRA have terrorised Western Equatoria citizens, to Bor, Lakes and many places, South Sudanese cannot feel secure or enjoy any peace dividend at all. From 2005 to 2007, I made concerted efforts begging GoSS to have LRA fought and not entertained in South Sudan yet GoSS went on with blunder of hosting them and giving them supplies in lieu for peace as claimed. The peace never materialised and our people continue to suffer. Lastly now the SPLM/ GoSS claims to fight LRA with Uganda support when it is too late for hundreds who have already died. This is clearly a case of Government with no vision.

Then if we move on to the general economic and developments programme we cannot even mention the many failures like the fact that many civil servants go on without salaries for months. We have some hospitals standing on half demolished buildings which have not changed since 2005 and we have schools where nothing has changed from their states of 2005. Some progress such as few roads can only be attributed to Intentional development activities such as USAID Road project. In December 2007, the SPLA had a budget set for 2008 but by middle of 2008, that budget for the Army was already exhausted and  more money had to be pumped in from nowhere into the SPLA without questioning the many generals who are rumoured to have looted millions of dollars. We have an SPLA general like Gen Malual Ayom who disappeared with all the salaries of the officers in Rumbek Malou and yet he is protected by SPLA chiefs in Juba . The victimised junior officers were forced to write a petition in October 2008 and nothing seems to have happened to help them in their plight for their salaries.

On the case of misrule and injustice, including tribalism we have the case of people like Major General Obute Marmur who have been arrested and put in jail without trial for two years simply because they are considered to be strong Equatorians and a threat to tribal rule. Further we have seen increase in harassment where some rogue SPLA soldiers are continuously harassing and looting fellow citizens all over the South including the capital Juba . There are the cases where whole tribes like Madi have been denied their ancestral lands and are forced to live exile while other tribe occupy their land. Also we have the land grabbing from the Bari and other tribes  and all  such unlawful activities of land grabbing is because of bad governance and a tribal regime which allows one tribe to get away with anything they want and the support for such actions goes to top leadership in SPLM.

So now the question as we go into New Year 2009 is with all such tribalism and corruption and misrule how can we even expect we can get a free and fare Elections in South Sudan if one is organised for 2009? If you are in the mood for free and democratic Elections in 2009 then you won’t be awash with corruption and tribalism but you will be introducing some form of democracy to get the people tuned to the value of democracy and non-tribal appointments. I’m afraid the current leaders in South Sudan are preparing to install a dictatorial tribal and oppressive regime in South Sudan which may continue to harm the people for the next 30 years just like cases in Congo DR, Rwanda , Zimbabwe and Somalia. Four years is passing since the signing of the CPA and nothing has changed in the way of tribalism and corruption in South Sudan . There has not been any major economic development and most people continue to live like they did prior to 2005.  Hence there is not going to be an overnight u-turn suddenly where the next day we are going to wake up and find that all of sudden a Nuer or Zande has just been appointed minister of SPLA Affairs and we have a tarmac road running  from Juba to Yei. Hence it is clear that the current SPLM leadership will try to manoeuvre their way in the next election if one can be organised. It might be intimidation, bullying or the politics of appeasement but whatever happens Lt General Salva Kiir thinks he is guaranteed to get it his way and continue to cement a tribal system for the Southern Sudan where there is no justice and no equality. Only difference will be replacing an Arab colonial master with a black colonial master. The new colonial masters seem to have no respect for the fact that all South Sudanese fought and sacrificed for the land like in 1955 Elia Kuze, a Zande, was the first South Sudanese nationalist to stand trial for opposing Northern rule and supported by his people who revolted in Nzara.

Hence the only option for South Sudanese is to make a pre-empt strike to rid themselves of such a scenario of one tribal domination and rule in South Sudan which is embroiled with corruption and bad governance. I hope people can really take my advice seriously and turn 2009 as a year to realise their dream of turning South Sudan into a country of justice, equality and democracy – a year for change. There is a general talk among some South Sudanese that independent of South Sudan is more important then handling tribalism now and they want to wait for Independent day before turning their guns on tribalism. Let us not make that mistake because any fighting after independent can always bring back the Arab colonial master to side with one group. We have to destroy tribalism before we get our independent in order to secure the future in South Sudan . Leaving tackling tribalism till after independence had always failed elsewhere in Africa and South Sudan is no exception. People need to tackle tribalism today rather then hoping to crush it after independent. Tribalism and corruption cannot give us a good independent country and we need to be united as one nation if we want a peaceful, democratic and independent country of South Sudan . Change and Transformation have to come today and not tomorrow.

As such I would gain advice the people to make year 2009 as the only time we can guarantee our future by getting rid of tribalism, corruption and bad governance in South Sudan and implement change. We need immediate change and turn around where every South Sudanese have every right to be a leader and have every chance to be appointed to lead the Defence and Financial portfolios. We need South Sudan where there are no officials who move around with millions of dollars in their brief cases and see themselves better then others. We need South Sudan where the rule of law is upheld and there is no insecurity and injustice where nobody can just be detained or shot at, at will and the criminal can get away with impunity like it has happened numerous times in Western Equatoria as well as in other states. It is we the citizens of South Sudan who can get ourselves enlightened with our democratic rights and our rights to have a say in GoSS and running of our government. As such my message here is to the nation and no longer to the GoSS leader as before. We, the masses of South Sudan should make the year 2009 a year of change for South Sudan . For the sake of what our fathers sacrificed so much for beginning from the time of the round table conference in 1947 to the Anya nya movements from 1955-1972, and then to the millions who died from 1983 to 2005, we need to implement peaceful change today then allowing the system which will trigger another bloody war in South Sudan.. The word change and progressive should be on everybody’s lips. Let people not only count or depend on the assumed coming election because experience shows that corrupt and tribal regimes will never produce change by the ballot box and elections are careful planned and staged to strengthen tribalism and corruption. Change has to be imposed as much as we saw in Kenya in January 2008. The masses are the ones to impose change and not the tribal, corrupt and dictatorial leadership.

Oyee.. to a true democratic, non-tribal and non-biased SPLM for Change

By

Charles B. Kisanga, M Sc, MIET

Eng. Kisanga is a former SPLM NLC member who lives and works in exile in UK as Consultant Engineer. He is also chairman of Western Equatoria Azande Community world wide Organisation. He can be reached on cbkisanga@yahoo. co.uk




The Governor of Central Equatoria under Fire for corrupting state funds.
   

Central Equatoria: A failed State


By

Lasu Losowa

lolosowa@yahoo.com

December 28, 2008



If there is a state in Southern Sudan which should be doing extremely well, it should have been none other than Central Equatoria. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Central Equatoria, by every measure, is a dying state. The machinery of government in the State has almost come to a complete halt. And, surprisingly nobody seems to care or question this state of affairs. This piece is, therefore, an attempt to explore why this great State is failing to hold itself together and provide for its inhabitants the fruits of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).


Since 2005 Central Equatoria State has never witnessed any significant reconstruction or socio-economic development. The infrastructure in the state has continued to remain un-rehabilitated. The existing road network has deteriorated to such an extent that it has become un-usable or dangerous to use. Until last month, Kajokejji County was cut off from the rest of the State and indeed the rest of Southern Sudan due to the absence of road outlets. And the same happens to be true for most of the remote areas in the State.


In the education sector, no new schools have been constructed to accommodate and cater for the children of citizens returning from exile. Even the old schools have never seen any renovation nor have they been provided with equipment and scholastic materials. Worst of all, the few teachers in the State who have sacrificed to stick to their profession have gone for months without salaries, not to mention training/re-training. When these teachers went on strike recently with the hope that this action would compel the authorities to address the issue, the response from the State government was total silence. School students tried to come to the support and rescue of their teachers by staging peaceful demonstrations. The State authorities reacted by ordering the police to gun down any demonstrating body of students. At least one or two students were reported to have been shot to death and several others wounded in clashes with the police.


In the medical field there are almost no functional health facilities. The few hospitals and health centers that are functional not only lack drugs, equipment and staff but they are totally dilapidated and out of shape. Hospital and health center buildings still bear the scars of the 21 civil war. No efforts are being made by the authorities to improve and expand medical facilities in the State. Yet the prevalence of controllable diseases and the out break of many other diseases continue to be a menace in the region. And like their colleagues in the education sector, medical personnel in these facilities have gone for many months without being paid salaries. No training opportunities have been sought and availed for medical personnel in the State to upgrade their knowledge and skills. The ordinary citizens of the State survive at the mercy of God while the top brass of government have all the means to seek medical treatment abroad in countries such as South Africa, India, Jordan etc.


Insecurity continues to be the order of the day in Central Equatoria. Mundari tribesmen have been allowed to raid and ravage villages for cattle in Pojulu and Bari areas. Murle marauders have continued to abduct and rape women and girls with impunity in parts of the State, especially in Bari land. Elements of the Lords Resistance Army roam the countryside killing, raping and adducting innocent citizens, leave alone looting and destroying property and homesteads. Inter-communal disputes and deadly fights are rampant in the State over Boma and Payam boundaries. Some of these disputes have been created and encouraged by Governor Wani Konga. For example, Governor Wani has attempted to unilaterally annex Mangalla to Terekeka and Wonduruba to Juba counties respectively.


In the area of agriculture, Central Equatoria has become a non-producing area. No efforts have been made by the authorities in the State to encourage and provide the necessary tools and implements to citizens so that they can engage in productive agriculture. Instead, the State has been made to depend on food imported from neighboring Uganda, Kenya and Congo. Basic food stuffs such as tomatoes, grains, cassava, bananas, potatoes, pine apples; vegetables etc. which can be grown locally are now being imported from Uganda and Kenya. Chicken, fish and meat as well are imported from the neighboring countries. Even simple materials and implements such as stools, brooms, stoves etc., which could be made locally, are all being brought from the neighboring countries.


In the State's capital, Juba, the situation is even most dire. Basic services such as housing, schools, hospitals, health centers, electricity and clean drinking water are almost non-existent. The few services and facilities that are functional are poorly funded and managed. Congestion, crimes, land grabbing, prostitution, killings, drunkard-ness, poor and repugnant sanitation and harassment are nightmares that residents of the City face on a daily basis. The roads in the City are terribly bad, making driving a hazardous business.


It is indeed sad and insulting that of all the states in Southern Sudan it is only Central Equatoria which has failed its citizens. This should not have been the case, for Central Equatoria is endowed with a wealth of both human and natural resources that it should be performing much better than other states in the region. Central Equatoria probably has the best and largest educated and trained manpower. In terms of natural resources the State has the best arable land for cultivation of all kinds of food and cash crops. The State has plenty of free God given rainfall. It has rivers, forests and mineral resources. In Central Equatoria anything can literally grow, even stones. With these resources Central Equatoria should have been able to produce enough crops for self sufficiency and export. The State should be selling its products to Uganda, Kenya and Congo instead of importing from them.


Central Equatoria, like the other states in Southern Sudan, receives grants from the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS). As these grants-in- aid may not be sufficient the State is expected to supplement it with revenues collected locally and to use the same for salaries, services and development. Fortunately for Central Equatoria it has one very important entry point of international trade at Kaya. Every day hundreds of cars and trucks pass through Kaya bringing goods of all kinds to Southern Sudan. Tax Money collected from these goods at Kaya alone goes to thousands of dollars. In Juba itself, there are hundreds of thousands of business entities which could also bring in revenues in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In Kajokejji and Yei, two major trading centers in the State, lots of tax money could have been raised from businesses. Also at Lasu, Mile 38 and Bazi a lot of tax money could have been raised. Certainly, Central Equatoria does not lack sources of revenue. What is lacking is the will, ability and the transparency to make good uses of these revenues sources.



Therefore, the question of money in Central Equatoria is a non-issue. The State has the bucks to cater for its needs. The problem of Central Equatoria State is that its money is not being used for the purposes for which it is intended. The money is being "eaten" by some individuals in the government of the State and Governor Wani is the lead person in this corrupt scheme of defrauding State coffers. If this is not the case, why does Governor Wani continue to retain the minister of Finance and the Director General of the Ministry of Finance both of whom are from his Mundari tribe? It is perhaps worth recalling that the Parliament of Central Equatoria has demanded the replacement of either the Minister or the Director General by a non Mundari but Governor Wani refused to oblige to the resolution of the State's Legislature. Doesn't this action and behavior of the Governor go to show that Clement Wani Konga wants the secrets of the money laundering scheme to remain in-house? Besides, refusal to implement a legislative resolution is a clear case of abuse of power and disdain for democracy.


The claims by Governor Wani and his cohorts that, their failure to perform and deliver is due to GOSS's refusal to give them enough grant-in-aid and to allow them to collect taxes from businesses in the State, are all lies. These are claims orchestrated to merely mislead the public and to deflect criticism against Governor Wani's woeful performance in the State. Let Clement Wani and his corrupt clique be reminded that the people of Central Equatoria are not that dumb to know these things. The people of the State are capable of smelling a rat even when they do not physically see it.


Given all these human, natural and material resources, there is absolutely no reason for Central Equatoria to be in the appalling situation it is in today. The failure of Central Equatoria State to function and deliver goods to its citizens must not be attributed to anybody or anything other than to the incompetent and incapable State Government headed by Governor Clement Wani Konga. Clearly Governor Wani has no vision and plans for the development of the State nor does he have the requisite skills to govern it. May be it is necessary at this point to remind all that Clement Wani's appointment as Governor by the NIF or NCP was a bribe to make him fight the SPLA and for that Clement Wani has remained very loyal to the NCP in spite of his claims that he has converted to SPLM. How true could it be that a man who was disabled by an SPLA bullet could change over night and become a true SPLM member? The fact that Governor Wani shouts slogans of "SPLM Oye" in rallies does not really make or qualify him to be a loyal SPLM member.


In 2005 when the SPLM allowed Clement Wani to continue to be governor, it was based on the false premise that he would be able to contain the security situation in the State as well as control his unruly militia. It was not based on credible credentials or ability to lead or govern. Now, it has become quite obvious that Governor Wani has failed to live up to these expectations of the SPLM. The man is simply not a governor material. Leading a disorganized and an unruly militia group is not the same as leading an organized government.

In fact, what the SPLM may not know is that, may be, Governor Wani has been deliberately planted to work for the destruction of the Movement and the State of Central Equatoria. And indeed this could be the reason why he is not bothered about the state of things in the State. Instead of focusing on delivering goods to the citizens of Central Equatoria, Governor Wani is very busy recruiting supporters for the NCP and creating discord amongst the citizens. His recent changes in the government of Central Equatoria speak for themselves: out of the whole cabinet there are only two SPLM members. It seems that Governor Wani wants things to become extremely bad and intolerable for the citizens of the State so that come 2001 they will vote for unity. May be the SPLM needs to reevaluate Wani's membership in the Party and his continuation as Governor of Central Equatoria. After all, that position belongs rightly to the SPLM, for in the CPA the NCP is supposed to have only one position of governor in the South and they already have that in Upper Nile. The governorship of Central Equatoria should rightly go to a loyal member of the SPLM and not to a NIF infiltrator


Make no mistake, the ills afflicting Central Equatoria are not due to lack of resources but rather due to the ineptitude of Governor Wani's leadership. Governor Wani and sycophants like his deputy, Manase Lomole, who do nothing but sing praise songs for the Governor in return for favors, will never save Central Equatoria from eminent collapse. It is therefore incumbent upon the sons and daughters of Central Equatoria to take matters into their hands by collectively demanding the dismantling of Wani's incompetent, ineffective and corrupt government and the sooner they do this the better for Central Equatoria State.


President Salva Kiir of GOSS has changed several governors and governments in the South. Why has he refused to respond to the various demands from prominent leaders and politicians of the State to remove Clement Wani? If he can change governors in other states why has he not done the same for Central Equatoria, a State which by all standards has failed?


 




THE ABYEI ARBITRATION PROCESS
   

THE ABYEI ARBITRATION PROCESS

AND SUMMARY OF SPLM/A ARGUMENTS


Introduction


On December 18, 2008, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the Government of Sudan (GoS) submitted to the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal their first written arguments concerning the validity of the findings of the Abyei Boundaries Commission (ABC). The SPLM/A and GoS (the Parties) signed several binding documents in the summer of 2008 mutually agreeing that their dispute over the boundaries of Abyei Area would be settled once and for all by an international arbitral tribunal. The Parties agreed that the seat of the arbitration would be the Hague, Netherlands. At the end of October of this year the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal (Tribunal) was formally constituted.


The Tribunal consists of five arbitrators. They are world-renowned and five of the most respected, experienced, and well-known lawyers, judges and scholars in public international law. Both the SPLM/A and GoS each selected two arbitrators to serve on the Tribunal. The PCA selected the fifth arbitrator, who now serves as the Chairman of the Tribunal. All arbitrators signed declarations of independence, impartiality, and commitment to the proceedings.


In accordance with the Arbitration Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army on Delimiting Abyei Area dated July 7, 2008, (Abyei Arbitration Agreement) the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) International Bureau, seated at the Hague, Netherlands, is acting as registry and providing administrative support to the arbitration. The PCA provides the Tribunal, as well as the SPLM/A and GoS, with technical support and assistance during the arbitration process, including space to hold hearings. The PCA is the world’s oldest and best known arbitral dispute settlement organization. It has been tasked by the SPLM/A and GoS with ensuring that the proceedings of the Tribunal will be carried out in accordance with the Parties’ agreements and specified rules of procedure and in a transparent manner that allows the public to follow the process.


The PCA is authorized to issue periodic press releases about the arbitration process and it will post on its website and make publicly available all materials submitted by the SPLM/A and GoS to the Tribunal shortly after such materials are received by the Tribunal. The publicly available materials on the PCA website will include the entire written arguments of the Parties (known as “memorials”, “counter-memorials” and “rejoinders”) and all supporting information submitted by the Parties. (See http://www.pca-cpa.org/showpage.asp?pag_id=1306) In its most recently submitted memorial, the SPLM/A’s supporting information included statements from Ngok Dinka chiefs and elders, officials from the SPLM/A, and several international actors, as well as historical documents, maps, the opinions and analysis of international experts, and a variety of other materials.


In addition to making publicly available all submissions of the SPLM/A and GoS, the oral pleadings of the arbitration process will be open to the media. Lastly, the final and binding decision of the Tribunal (known as an “award”) shall be posted on the website of the PCA as soon as possible after the decision is rendered. As agreed upon by the Parties, the English language award shall also be professionally translated into Arabic and will likewise be publicly available on the PCA website.


Timeline for the Abyei Arbitration

The SPLM/A and GoS agreed to a strict timeline for the Abyei Arbitration process, that the Tribunal is to follow. First, the Parties and the PCA worked together to satisfy all deadlines with respect to the appointment of the five arbitrators. In accordance with their agreement, the Parties then submitted their first written arguments (“memorials”) to the Tribunal on December 18, 2008. Next, the Parties will review each other’s memorials, and on February 13, 2009, present their second submissions/counter-arguments to the Tribunal (known as a “counter memorials”). In accordance with the Abyei Arbitration Agreement, the Parties and Tribunal have also agreed that the SPLM/A and GoS shall provide a third written submission (a “rejoinder”) to the Tribunal on February 28. Oral hearings are currently scheduled to take place in the Hague during the period of April 18 – 23, 2009. According to the timeline provided for in the Abyei Arbitration Agreement, the Tribunal is expected to issue its award by July of 2009.


As per the agreement of the Parties, the Tribunal is authorized to continue its work until it reaches a conclusion. Nothing that occurs in Abyei can change this fact.  Under the Abyei Arbitration Agreement, the Tribunal will issue a decision even if one of the Parties fails to submit a pleading or appear for the oral hearing. 


SPLM/A’s Legal Representation at the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal


The SPLM/A is represented in the arbitration by the world class arbitration law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and the global pro bono law firm Public International Law & Policy Group. GoS is represented by Professor James Crawford, QC, S.C., Matrix Chambers, London, and Dr. Nabil Elaraby from the law firm of Zaki Hashem & Partners in Cairo, Egypt.


Issues before the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal


The Parties have placed two main issues before the Tribunal:


  1. Whether or not the Abyei Boundaries Commission (ABC) Experts had, on the basis of the agreement of the Parties as per the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), exceeded their mandate which is “to define (i.e. delimit) and demarcate the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905” as stated in the Abyei Protocol, and reiterated in the Abyei Appendix and the ABC Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure.


  1. If the Tribunal determines that the ABC Experts exceeded their mandate, it shall make a declaration to that effect, and shall proceed to define (i.e. delimit) on map the boundaries of the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905, based on the submissions of the Parties.


The first issue asks the Tribunal to decide whether the ABC Experts, in defining the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905 (otherwise known as the “Abyei Area”), decided matters within the scope of the disputes put to it by the Parties. While other grounds might exist for nullifying or refusing to comply with the findings of a body such as the ABC, challenges on these other grounds are not permitted by the Abyei Arbitration Agreement. If the Tribunal finds that the ABC Experts did not exceed their mandate, the Tribunal shall make a declaration to that effect and issue an award for the full and immediate implementation of the ABC Report, including the boundaries that the ABC defined for the Abyei Area. If the Tribunal finds that the ABC did exceed its mandate, the Tribunal shall define those boundaries based on the submissions of the SPLM/A and GoS. Both Parties have expressly agreed to accept the award of the Tribunal as final and binding.


SPLM/A Arguments to the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal


On December 18, 2008, the SPLM/A submitted its first written memorial to the Tribunal. The document was almost 300 pages long and was supplemented by annexes containing 59 maps, compelling historical documents, photos, an expert’s report, witness statements from 26 Ngok Dinka chiefs and elders, and several SPLM/A officials and impartial international actors. The following provides a brief summary of the key arguments set forth in the SPLM/A’s memorial. Though it is not a comprehensive discussion of all of the facts, issues and law raised within the memorial, it provides the reader with a helpful overview. A full copy of the memorial, as well as the memorial of the Government of Sudan will be available shortly on the PCA website.


The SPLM/A’s memorial is structured so that it first sets out, in a very-detailed manner, the history of the Abyei Area and the Ngok Dinka people as far back as the 1700s, including information regarding the Ngok Dinka migration into the Abyei Area, as well as the Ngok Dinka’s cultivation patterns, cattle, lands, and interaction with their neighbors as well as the history of the Mahdiyya and the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium Government. The SPLM/A memorial then makes the two following broad arguments:


  1. The ABC Experts did not exceed the authority granted to them in the CPA when, in the ABC Report, they defined the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905. Therefore, the conclusions of the ABC Report as to Abyei Area’s boundaries must be respected and implemented by GoS.


  1. If the Tribunal were to conclude that the ABC Experts exceeded their mandate and move to define the area based on the submission of the Parties, then based on the evidence provided, the “area of the Nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905” should encompass the territory extending north from the current Bahr el Ghazal/Kordofan boundary to latitude 1035’ N, bounded on the west by the current Kordofan/Darfur border and on the east near the Ngok settlements of Miding [Arabic: Heglig] and Mardhok. This boundary extends further north than the boundary originally drawn by the ABC Experts. In the alternative, the SPLM/A memorial further argues that an excess of mandate determination does not preclude the Tribunal from relying on the ABC Expert’s original determination on the boundaries of the Abyei Area.


Summary of SPLM/A Argument 1


Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Abyei Protocol


  • Central to the conclusion of the CPA was the resolution of the status of the Abyei Area, lying on the border between northern and southern Sudan and constituting the historic homeland of the Ngok Dinka people, was central to the conclusion of the CPA.

  • The Parties’ agreement on resolving their disputes over the Abyei Area were negotiated over a 10-month period. As finally negotiated, the Abyei Protocol, and shortly thereafter the Abyei Annex, set forth the definition of the Abyei Area and a procedure for implementing these agreements.

  • The Abyei Protocol and the Abyei Annex defined the “Abyei Area” as “the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905.”

  • Second, the Parties agreed that to establish a remarkable dispute resolution mechanism that was carefully tailored to suit their specifc needs. It provided for the establishment of a boundary commission, the Abyei Boundaries Commission (ABC or the Commission), composed of distinguished experts from Africa and elsewhere with a range of complementary expertise in Sudanese history, culture and politics.

  • The Parties also jointly developed a unique set of adjudicatory procedures for the Commission to apply, which entailed presentation of the Parties, extensive local meetings with the residents of the Abyei Area and surrounding regions to hear live witness testimony, as well as provisions for a series of site inspections and for archival research.

  • Central to the Abyei Protocol and the Abyei Annex were the Parties’ commitments to treat the decision of the ABC Experts as “final and binding”. These provisions were essential because both Parties recognized that full and effective implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement depended on a prompt and conclusive definition of the Abyei Area – including, among others, those provisions regarding an Abyei referendum, interim governance and wealth-sharing.

The ABC Experts

  • The ABC was composed exactly in the manner required by the agreement of the Parties, with a total of 15 members, selected by the Parties, IGAD, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The composition of the ABC proceeded without controversy or objection from either the SPLM/A or GoS.


  • Together with the Parties, the ABC then created the procedural rules to govern its work, which were set forth in a Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure. There were no objections from either GoS or the SPLM/A to these documents. Instead, the Parties referred to their procedural collaboration as a “partnership” and repeatedly expressed their approval of the Commission’s conduct.

  • The ABC concientiously implemented the procedural mechanisms contained in the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure, and agreed upon by the Parties. In total the Commission heard more than 125 live witnesses at nearly a dozen locations in and around the Abyei Area, while conducting a number of site inspections. The ABC completed its fact-finding mission in the face of daunting logistical and other constraints, travelling extensively through a recent war zone to meet with groups of local residents. The ABC also heard detailed presentations from both Parties’, again in accordance with the Parties’ mutually agreed procedures. Once more, there were no objections by either party to the Commission’s activities.

  • During the proceedings before the Commission, GoS’s representatives repeatedly reaffirmed, in the clearest terms, the Government’s commitment to respect the ABC Experts’ decision. GoS’s final presentation to the Commission declared:

the fact that the ABC decision is final and binding was in fact, emphasized very, very much by us … [W]e want them to be very clear about that fact.  And that once the decision is reached, we have to accept it and welcome it.  … [Your decision] will be final and binding and everybody shall accept it. … When a decision is agreed and accepted beforehand it has to be final and binding ...  And, it’s unmanly of any person not to accept that decision and respect it.”


  • At the conclusion of its work, and as required by the Parties’ agreements, the ABC Experts prepared a thorough, carefully-researched Report, setting forth its unanimous decision on the definition of the Abyei Area. The Report was signed by all five ABC Experts and included detailed reasons explaining the analysis leading to the ABC’s unanimous conclusions. It also included a map demarcating the boundaries of the Abyei Area.

  • After the Commission delivered its decision, and despite GoS’s commitments that the ABC’s decision was “final and binding”, GoS reversed course and refused to implement the ABC Report. GoS claimed that the ABC Experts had exceeded their mandate – an objection that GoS did not once raise during the course of the Commission’s work. GoS’s refusal to implement the ABC Report not only broke its solemn commitments but also gravely threatened the Parties’ agreements regarding Abyei and their broader commitments to peace under the CPA.

  • The destabilizing consequences of GoS’s actions was reflected in renewed fighting in the Abyei Area in May 2008, which resulted in numerous casualties, the burning of Abyei town and mass displacement; and further violence in December 2008 resulting in the death of two policeman, the injury of several others and further displacement.

The ABC Experts did not exceed their mandate


  • Under the terms of the arbitration agreement, only if GoS is able to demonstrate that the ABC Experts exceeded their mandate may the ABC Report be nullified. No other basis for ignoring the ABC Report is permitted under the arbitration agreement, including, for example, alleged errors of law or facts by the ABC Experts, objections to the ABC Experts’ procedures, or the composition of the ABC.

  • A claim that the ABC Experts’ decision was an “excess of mandate” requires GoS to demonstrate that the ABC Experts decided matters that were outside the scope of the disputes submitted to the ABC by the Parties. Simply stated, an excess of mandate may only be claimed if the ABC Experts “decid[ed] upon that which was not in fact submitted to themor delimit[ed], in whole or in part, a boundary in areas not covered by the terms of reference and thus exceed[ed] the territorial scope of [their] jurisdictional powers.”

  • It is beyond debate that, in the present case, GoS bears the burden of establishing the purported “excess of mandate” by the ABC Experts. There is no conceivable basis for suggesting that the ABC Experts exceeded their mandate. In a unanimous and carefully reasoned report, the ABC addressed the definition of the geographic boundaries of the Abyei area in exhaustive and meticulous detail (251 pages in total). The ABC Report specifically referred to the mandate and proceeded to set forth specific latitudinal and longitudinal lines defining the Abyei Area’s geographic boundaries which were based on the historical and other evidence collected by the Commission concerning the 1905 territory of the Ngok Dinka. Exactly as required by the Abyei Protocol and the Parties’ related agreements, the ABC Experts fulfilled their mandate by defining the Abyei Area.

  • In addition, under well-established international and national legal principles, a commission does not exceed its mandate simply by committing a factual or legal error. International and national authorities hold that any excess of authority must be “manifest,” “glaring,” “flagrant” and unambiguous. An excess of authority only arises in extreme and clear-cut cases, not in vague, debatable or complex circumstances.

  • There is no serious basis for concluding that GoS can demonstrate any excess of the mandate by the ABC Experts, much less an excess of mandate that is “manifest”, “glaring”, or “flagrant.” Rather, the position of GoS in these proceedings is nothing more than a cynical, after-the-fact effort to re-litigate the substance of the ABC’s decision in contradiction to basic precepts of developed international and national legal regimes.

  • International decisions and commentary also uniformly affirm the acute importance of the principle of presumptive finality of decisions such as those issued by the ABC Experts (that is, the final and binding nature of decisions). It is recognized that with regard to boundary determinations, this principle is of particular importance to guaranteeing national and international stability. Disregard of these principles would contradict basic concepts of legal order and would reward parties that contravened negotiated dispute resolution mechanisms and adjudicated boundary determinations. It is in the light of these deeply-rooted policies that GoS’s attempt to re-litigate the ABC Experts’ decisions regarding the Abyei Area’s boundaries must be seen with the grave disfavor and deep skepticism that such efforts have consistently been regarded with in all legal systems.

  • In addition, GoS raised no jurisdictional (or other) objection at any time during the ABC’s work, in which GoS actively participated. Under general principles of law which are uniformly recognized in international and national legal systems, GoS has either waived or has been estopped from raising any excess of mandate claim as a result of its regular participation in the ABC’s work and regular consent to that work. Stated differently, GoS is barred and prevented from raising a legal challenge given their prior behaviour consenting to and acquiescing to the very process they now challenge. Rather than raising its objections during the course of the ABC’s proceedings, when they could have been addressed, GoS chose to proceed with the ABC process and attempt to obtain a favorable ruling. Having failed in that effort, GoS and its counsel only then began opportunistically to allege – without explanation or articulation – that the Commission decision was not binding and that the ABC had somehow exceeded its mandate.

Summary of SPLM/A Argument 2

  • If the Tribunal concludes that the ABC Experts exceeded their mandate, the “area of the Nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905” should encompass the territory extending north from the current Bahr el Ghazal/Kordofan boundary to latitude 1035’ N, bounded on the west by the current Kordofan/Darfur border, and on the east near the Ngok settlements of Miding [Arabic: Heglig] and Mardhok. This boundary extends further north than the boundary originally drawn by the ABC Experts.

  • The SPLM/A memorial provides extensive evidence demonstrating that the Ngok Dinka occupied permanent villages with substantial agricultural cultivation throughout the region centered on the Kiir/Bahr el Arab and Ngol/Ragaba ez Zarga river systems, extending north up to a latitude of 1035’ N. This definition of the Abyei Area is confirmed by a host of documentary and other evidence put forth by the SPLM/A, in particular:

    • contemporaneous historical documentation from 1905 and the years immediately surrounding 1905, which were prepared by multiple sources before the current dispute arose, often based on first-hand observation;

    • subsequent 20th century documentation, again from multiple sources and based on first-hand observation, reflecting a continuity of occupation and use of the Abyei region by the Ngok Dinka;

    • oral traditions consistently recounted by multiple sources, including information regarding Ngok Dinka burial sites, age set initiation locations, permanent villages, and grazing areas in 1905;

    • cartographic evidence from numerous sources over a lengthy period of time;

    • detailed testimony by 26 Ngok Dinka witnesses in these proceedings and nearly 70 witnesses during the ABC proceedings; and

    • environmental, climatic, and physical evidence regarding the Abyei Area and evidence regarding the cultural and other practices of the Ngok Dinka, the Misseriya, and other neighbors.

  • The SPLM/A’s description of the Abyei Area is, for the most part, consistent with what the ABC Experts found after extensive expert scientific analysis and research. These conclusions are plainly correct and are fully entitled to be given immediate effect.

  • The principal aspect of the ABC Report where the evidence before the Abyei Aribtration Tribunal would call for a different conclusion than that of the ABC Experts concerns the northern boundary of the Abyei Area. The ABC Experts concluded that the Abyei Area’s northern boundary fell midway between latitudes 1010’ N and 1035’ N, reasoning that the Ngok Dinka shared secondary rights of usage of the area with the Misseriya. In fact, the evidence outlined above demonstrates Ngok Dinka usage and permanent occupation of this area; under the terms of the Abyei Protocol, this area should therefore constitute Ngok Dinka territory (albeit subject to the Misseriya’s seasonal rights of usage).

  • Alternatively, a finding that the ABC exceeded its mandate does not prevent the Tribunal from accepting the conclusions of the ABC Report as its own.

GoS Arguments to the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal:

  • As stated above, GoS also submitted its first memorial to the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal on December 18, 2008. It is not the purpose of this document for the SPLM/A to summarize all of GoS arguments. Most generally, however, it can be said that GoS argues that the Abyei Area that the Tribunal should define consists only of a small area of 2,715 square miles that falls below the river Kiir, representing the sliver of land that all of the nine Ngok Dinka Chiefdoms allegedly occupied in 1905. As argued previously in their presentations before the ABC, GoS reasserts that in 1905 the Ngok Dinka did not live North of the River Kiir, and that all of the Ngok Dinka chiefdoms lived below the river. It further argues that they did not live in the eastern and western areas of the Abyei Area originally defined by the ABC Report.

  • GoS asserts that the ABC Experts exceeded their mandate by acting outside of the procedural rules provided for by the Parties and in doing so disregarded their mandate and answered a different question entirely.

  • In its counter-memorial the SPLM/A shall establish why these assertions are unfounded and not properly supported by the applicable law and facts of this case.

Conclusion


At this time each of the Parties are now working to prepare their counter-memorials (second submissions to the Tribunal) due on February 18. In this second submission, the SPLM/A and its counsel will respond to GoS’s first arguments and continue to assert that under the law and based on the facts of the case, GoS has no legal basis to assert an excess of mandate claim. It will further assert that despite the exclusion of some of the northern areas of Abyei from its final boundary determination, the ABC Experts’ findings were sound and deserving of the Tribunal’s deference and respect and, if they are to be revised, the Tribunal should consider extending the northern boundary to that of 1035’ N.


The SPLM/A is confident that the legal principles upon which it relies, together with the substantial documentary evidence and witness statements, will allow it to prevail in the arbitration proceedings and secure an affirmation of the ancestral homelands of the Ngok Dinka people of the Abyei Area. The SPLM/A has confidence in the five arbitrators and believes that they understand the exigencies of the circumstances, will review the facts and the law without delay or distraction, and will issue a well-reasoned decision that will command the respect of the Parties and the support of the international community.




PRESIDENT KIIR ZERO TOLERANCE ON ACTION ,NO MORE FORGERING IN SOUTH SUDAN FOR ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS.
 
 
Juba December 27th 2008
Employees to Screen for Genuine Certificates
By Isaac Vuni
The minister of Parliamentary Affairs has today said all Government of Southern Sudan (Goss) employees from grade fourteen to super scales four will have to under go mandatory screening to ascertain originality of their certificates.
In a statement to press read on his behalf by Undersecretary Dr. Julia Aker Dueny, the acting minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development emphasized that Goss employees ranging from grade fourteen to super scales four will have to under go mandatory screening to ascertain originality of their certificates including unprecedented promotion of junior officials to super scale now hindering quick progressive development of South Sudan that has emerged from 21 years of destructive civil war with northern Sudan. The committee work starts from January next year
The statement further say unprecedented promotion of junior officials to super scale now hindering quick progressive development of South Sudan that emerged from 21 years of destructive civil war with northern Sudan
Dr. Dueny assured Southerners that seven committees comprising Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro as chairman, Representatives of Dr. Julia Aker Dueny of parliamentary Affairs, Public service, Information and Broadcasting, Education, Health, and Legal Affairs will thoroughly investigate all cases that hinders and deprive recruitment of qualified Southerners in government and NGOs who mostly recruits foreigners in positions meant for local South Sudanese.
There are cases that some southerners claiming to have PhDs ,Master, degrees and Diplomas from Australia  USA, Kenya Uganda Ethiopia and Khartoum while they never attended  training but now posing to be an SPLA soldiers.
In a separate development, staff of Bank of Southern Sudan Central (Boss) who ask not to be name, said  Boss lack in Sudaneseʼs pounds because there is no circulation of pounds due to money being kept in millions by well placed individuals while foreigners exchange and transport millions of dollars to their countries.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) was seen by this reporter carrying boxes of money instead of banking with Boss.. KCB is on record of hijacking money at Juba airport when flown from Nairobi to its bank office.
Ends