Wednesday 23 August 2017
(The East African 08/08/17)
Regional leaders continue to shun South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, who is believed to be under house arrest in South Africa. He fled South Sudan after fresh fighting broke out in Juba in July. Mike Mabior, spokesperson for Rebecca Nyadeng, the widow of Dr John Garang, says it is unlikely for Dr Machar to come back to active politics in South Sudan. Mr Mabior suggests that President Salva Kiir should also consider quitting to allow the South Sudanese to chart a new course. James Morgan, South Sudan's ambassador to Ethiopia, who is also the permanent representative to the African Union, describes Dr Machar as a warmonger and says his absence will assure South Sudan of peace. Dr Machar has...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Violence and arson broke out Thursday at the biggest South Sudanese refugee camp in Sudan, which houses tens of thousands of people, a security official said The scale and cause of the violence at the Al Waral camp in Sudan's southern White Nile was not immediately clear, but local police officers and government officials rushed to the camp to investigate the incident. The UN refugee agency and the White Nile police chief confirmed there was unrest at the camp where some 50,000 South Sudanese refugees live. "We have reports that there is disturbance and fire in Khor Al Waral camp of South Sudanese refugees," White Nile police
(Xinhuanet 08/04/17)
The military command of the South Sudanese army, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), has passed a resolution changing the name of the revolutionary army to South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF). Army Deputy Spokesman, Santo Domic told Xinhua that the resolution was reached during a three-day military command conference that concluded on Thursday. "It has been recommended that the SPLA name has to be changed to South Sudan People's Defense Forces and we will continue to use the SPLA name until the SPLA Act of 2009 is amended," Domic said in Juba on Friday. Domic said the military command also passed other 70 resolutions that call for transformation of the army through capacity building, establishment of pension scheme, adoption...
(Bloomberg 08/03/17)
Traders in war-torn, hunger-stricken South Sudan are stocking up on goods from neighboring Kenya in case unrest around next week’s elections there disrupts imports, the Chamber of Commerce said. While most of South Sudan’s food supplies originate in Uganda, any upheaval in Kenya could affect goods such as wheat, building materials and spices that arrive via East Africa’s biggest port in Mombasa, the chamber’s secretary-general, Simon Akuei Deng, said by phone from the capital, Juba. The owners of the shipping containers are being advised to clear them before the Aug. 8 vote, he said. “Much as we wish Kenyans well in their elections, people need to be conscious in case there is a problem,” Deng said. He warned that imports...
(Business Day Ghana 08/03/17)
AfDB signs US$ 78 million Grant agreements with Governments of Somalia and South Sudan to strengthen drought resilience whilst addressing chronic hunger and malnutrition The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed tripartite grant agreements of US$ 34.8 million and US$ 43.8 million with the Republic of Somalia and the Republic of South Sudan respectively and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) under the Bank’s ‘Say No To Famine – Short Term Regional Emergency Response Project – STRERP’. IGAD will oversee the implementation of the project through an agency to be recruited in each of the countries. The agencies will work with the governments to put in place structures, systems and facilities that will enable them take on increasing responsibility for...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
At least four people were killed by unknown gunmen on the main road between South Sudan's capital and the Uganda border on Wednesday, an army spokesman said. The deadly attack was the latest on the dangerous yet busy highway that ferries South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda or those returning home to Juba. "Four civilians died on the spot and five others were wounded," said army spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang. Koang said the attack on the Juba-Nimule road involved machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The death toll is expected to rise. Two of the attackers were also killed when soldiers escorting the convoy returned fire. In the most recent attack on the same road in June at least...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
A new Human Rights Watch report accuses nine leaders in both of South Sudan’s warring parties of committing serious rights violations and possibly war crimes during 2016 and 2017. It recommends placing sanctions on all nine men, including President Salva Kiir, former First Vice President Riek Machar, and former army chief of staff Paul Malong. Jehanne Henry of Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, says that based on HRW's research, the leaders are implicated in abusive operations across the country. “We have come to the conclusion now after almost four years of conflict in South Sudan, that there is mounting evidence of the role of key commanders in the ongoing atrocities," Henry told VOA's South Sudan in Focus. "There are two...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
More than three years of fighting have slashed South Sudan’s oil output and left half its people facing severe food shortages. Now crop-eating caterpillars and livestock disease are hitting the world’s newest nation’s meager other resources. The fall armyworms, already wreaking havoc elsewhere in Africa, have destroyed vital corn and sorghum crops and grazing land since arriving in South Sudan in June. Meanwhile, seven outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease this year have infected as many as a third of the nation’s 12 million cattle, a linchpin of the rural economy. As clashes between government forces and rebels continue, damage to such key sectors is spreading more misery and may complicate any peacetime rebuilding. It’s “as if God is punishing South Sudan,”...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(APA 08/01/17)
South Sudanese government and opposition leaders have failed to halt atrocity crimes, including killings, rape, and forced displacement, or to hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch(HRW) said in a report released on Tuesday. The 52-page report, “‘Soldiers Assume We Are Rebels’: Escalating Violence and Abuses in South Sudan’s Equatorias,” documents the spreading violence and serious abuses against civilians in the Greater Equatoria region in the last year. The report focuses on two areas, namely, Kajo Keji county, in the former Central Equatoria state, and Pajok, a town in the former Eastern Equatoria state. The US based rights group noted that nine men – including President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, former army chief of staff Paul...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/17)
Fighting between two rebel groups broke out on Sunday in South Sudan's southern Equatoria region, a rebel official said, adding another dangerous dimension to an increasingly fragmented conflict that has spawned many armed factions. The incident on Sunday in Nyori in Central Equatoria state pitted rebel leader Riek Machar's SPLA-IO fighters against the National Salvation Front (NAS, led by General Thomas Cirillo, who formed his own faction after leaving the government in February, vowing to overthrow President Salva Kiir. South Sudan's war has largely been fought between the forces of Kiir, a Dinka, and the SPLA-IO of former vice president Machar, a Nuer. The fighting has often been along ethnic lines. SPLA-IO spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters by phone...
(The Guardian 07/28/17)
Tomomi Inada’s resignation will coincide with report on how peacekeeping mission details were concealed from public. Japan’s defence minister, Tomomi Inada, is to resign over claims she helped cover up internal records that exposed the danger Japanese peacekeepers faced in South Sudan. The scandal adds to the political woes of Shinzō Abe, who has faced a string of local election losses and seen his cabinet’s popularity plummet to the lowest level since he returned to the prime ministership in 2012. Inada’s departure will also trigger new leadership in the defence portfolio at a time of growing tensions with North Korea
(New Vision 07/28/17)
The groups call upon the SPLM-IO of Dr. Riek Machar to join the process of reconciliation and unity of the SPLM. Various factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have signed the Entebbe Declaration to operationalize the Arusha Agreement on the reunification of the SPLM. The declaration was signed Thursday at State House Entebbe under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni. In furtherance of the objectives of the SPLM reconciliation and unity, the faction groups have resolved to establish a working group to revitalize and operationalize the implementation of the Arusha SPLM Reunification Agreement.
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Over 4 million cattle in South Sudan are infected with the deadly foot and mouse disease that threatens to wipe out the war-torn country's vast untapped livestock economy, officials said late Thursday. The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries James Janga Duku, despite not declaring an outbreak of the viral animal disease in Juba, said they were working on ways to establish control measures at the various border points in the country to curb further infections. "We are looking for funds to set up control stations and maximum surveillance along our border. And we are doing this alongside our neighboring countries," he told journalists in Juba. He added that the foot and mouse disease which does not kill cattle instantly but...
(APA 07/28/17)
Various factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have signed the Entebbe Declaration to operationalize the Arusha Agreement on the reunification of the SPLM. According to a Uganda state house statement, the declaration was signed on Thursday at State House Entebbe under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni. In furtherance of the objectives of the SPLM reconciliation and unity, the faction groups have resolved to establish a working group to revitalize and operationalize the implementation of the Arusha SPLM Reunification Agreement. The statent further notes that the working group shall develop a matrix for the implementation of the Arusha Agreement with specific timelines and shall report to President Museveni after one week beginning Monday 31st July 2017. Members of...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(Xinhuanet 07/27/17)
South Sudan and Uganda have agreed on mechanisms to boost trade between the two countries through enhancing infrastructure development and cross-border trade electricity transmission. Speaking on state-owned radio Thursday, Dhieu Mathok, South Sudan's Minister of Energy and Dams said the government concluded a two-day discussion with their Ugandan counterparts and the two countries have to cooperate in cross-border electrification and road connectivity. He said Uganda has agreed to supply electricity to the South Sudan border towns of Nimule and Kaya, adding that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been developed and it will be signed after consultations with leaders of both countries. "In our sides as ministers of energy, we have discussed the MOU and we have finalized and it...

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