Tuesday 17 October 2017
(South Sudan Nation 07/02/13)
Action speaks louder than words, corruption in south Sudan in the highest echelons of the government has become the order of the day. This is to be expected in a situation where there is no accountability of any sort. It is generated by the absence of the rule of law in the country, complications of causes related to mismanagement of public funds which make it impossible for justice to deal withi It becomes monotonous on the eye of public since accountability is at zero level as we have experienced this kind of action, where action speak louder than word. On many occasions, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of the Republic of south Sudan, in all speeches he had delivered...
(Gurtong Net 07/02/13)
JUBA, 02 July 2013 (Gurtong) - “A soldier from the SPLA or personnel of National Security or the Police may be a suspect but you will find that it is rather difficult to bring him or her to justice as quickly as you would expect because of their positions,” said General Filberto Mayuot Mareng in an exclusive interview. He said it is a mentality accruing from the effects of the long liberation struggle. “There is this mentality that laws are not applicable to some people because of the position they hold. This is a situation that exists always in post-war situations,” he said. The prosecutor general however strongly believes that the mentality will diminish after some period of transition. “Gradually,...
(South Sudan Today 07/02/13)
Bad cultural practices among communities are another form of war in South Sudan, the Deputy Governor in Eastern Equatoria State, Jerome Gama Surur has said.Surur notes that while the first war against Khartoum government was concluded in 2005, there is serious need to fight against negative practices that affect children and other vulnerable groups in the country. “The first war was with Jalaba (Arabs) which we have concluded. We are now opening a new front to fight against bad cultural practices in Eastern Equatoria State. We must fight it; it is not right for our children to be exposed to such evil bad cultural practices. As a Government we will not tolerate bad cultural practices” Jerome warns. The deputy governor...
(Gurtong Net 07/02/13)
KUACJOK, 02 July 2013 [Gurtong]-The three-day massive training engaged over 30 clinical officers, nurses, and health inspectors from the six counties in Warrap State. “This training is basically on malaria case management for health personnel working in different health facilities throughout the six counties of the state,” the director of Preventive Measures, Ministry of Health, Dr. Agai Akec said. He further stated that since malaria outbreak become rapid during rainy seasons, they decided to capacitate the health workers who deal directly with the cases in various medical facilities in the state. According to Dr. Barac Atem, Malaria which is both epidemic and endemic disease vary in outbreak depending on climatic change and nature of the land. He mentioned that the...
(Gurtong Net 07/02/13)
JUBA, 02 July 2013 (Gurtong) – The officials were responding to a question on what happens with some criminal cases of great public concern which seemingly die out once they reach the prosecution stage. One case in point involves Ministry of Finance officials where finance forms were stolen and believed to have been used to extort hundreds or millions of pounds from the public without the notice of the Ministry. Some government officials were arrested and detained three months ago for theft of financial forms but their prosecution seems slow. “Not everything in a case is done by the ministry of justice. The police investigate and we lead the prosecution but sometimes we are given cases with shoddy investigation which...
(Sudan Tribune 07/02/13)
(JUBA) - Illegal foreign workers in South Sudan, mostly from neigbouring East African countries, are fast running out of time to complete regularising their status, the government in Juba warned. If they fail to do so, the foreign workers risk being deported, according to an administrative circular from the ministry of interior affairs on Monday. The order, which follows similar instructions issued by the ministry last year, gives all foreign workers a grace period of three months to regularise their residency or else risk being removed from the country to avoid being prosecuted or jailed and fined. South Sudan’s ministry of interior estimates that there are more than 2.5 million illegal foreign workers in the country, mainly from neigbouring countries...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/02/13)
SINGAPORE, July 2 (Reuters) - South Sudan's shipment of its first crude cargoes in June after 17 months out of the market, on top of falling Japanese demand for similar medium to heavy sweet grades, has sent premiums tumbling. The restart knocked August prices of one heavy sweet, or low sulphur, crude from Australia to 1-1/2 year lows, and pressured other premiums for other medium to heavy grades, improving margins for refiners able to run such oils. Chinaoil and Unipec, the trading arms of PetroChina and Sinopec , have snapped up cheaper barrels after South Sudan and neighbour Sudan resolved a dispute over pipeline fees that had been running since January 2012. The market for medium sweet crude will die...
(Sudan Tribune 07/02/13)
With the 50 years in existence, the AU and its institutions need a thorough review to assess their institutional and organizational capabilities to deliver better and to meet the aspirations of the people of the continent. In particular the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) that was established as standing decision-making body for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts may need scrutiny. As the Council will receive report from the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) before the expiry of its mandate by the end of July 2013, this will provide opportunities to review progress and learn lessons for maintaining peace in South Sudan and Sudan. I will use the case of Abyei to contribute to such review of AUHIP...
(Africa Review 07/02/13)
Sudan has freed 127 South Sudanese women and children who were abducted in a border skirmish in January and held as captives in the eastern Darfur region. The abductees were captured in an attack by the Sudan Armed Forces on Kitkit locality in Raja County in Western Bahr al-Ghazal State. A joint committee for the eradication of abduction of women and children (formed by cross border communities), together with the Arab Rezigat members, negotiated the release of the victims with the Sudanese government officials. “We have received the abductees in the capital Aweil,” said Northern Bahr al-Ghazal deputy state governor Salva Chol Ayat. The release came a day ahead of the visit of South Sudan’s Vice-President Riek Machar and his...
(Sudan Tribune 07/02/13)
Juba — Thousands of people travel each day in South Sudan's capital of Juba by boda-boda but accidents involving this popular bicycle taxi are on the rise, mostly due to a lack of understanding of traffic rules. Bakhita Dawut, 34, who had a boda-boda accident this week, says the bike collided with another one and injured her hands and legs. "I need to tell these boys of the boda that they don't need to go in hurry while on the public road. The traffic rules need to be respected. When you're on the road they need to know that you are on the public property", said Dawut. Dawut blamed the other driver whom she said took wrong side of the...
(South Sudan News Agency 07/02/13)
The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) in strongest terms possible condemns the shutdown of the Catholic Radio, the Good News Radio by the South Sudan's Lakes State Government. The Minister of Information and Communications of the Lakes State Government Mr. Dut Makoi Kuok, at about 1:00 PM of June 28, 2013, had shut down the Lakes State's Rumbek capital based Good News Radio. According to the verifiable information SSHURSA has collected, the Minister advanced more than four reasons which later amounted to the shutdown of the station. Some of such reasons as alleged by the Minister including; that the Radio station has been a channel for collecting human rights abuses in Lakes State and that the programs...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — From six-year-old girls seeking respect for children to adults advocating for pensions to be paid regularly to the elderly, dozens of South Sudanese turned out this weekend to tell the National Constitutional Review Commission what they would like to see included in the country's constitution. Rhoda Kuong, 6, braved rainy season weather to come to the first meeting held by the commission to hear what South Sudanese want in their constitution. For the young girl, the main issue to tackle was the safety and exploitation of children like her. "Children are raped and denied education and also they are given hard work to do, hard labor. I don’t want them to forget children’s rights," Kuong said...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(AFP (eng) 07/01/13)
South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar met Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday, seeking to ease tensions after Khartoum threatened to halt oil flows worth billions of dollars to both impoverished neighbours. Machar met Bashir for about 30 minutes after earlier discussions with Sudan's Vice-President Ali Osman Taha at a conference centre along the Blue Nile River. The oil, defence and interior ministers from both countries were also present, an AFP reporter said. "Sudan is optimistic about the visit," the official SUNA news agency quoted Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman as saying. The meeting "aims to reach (a) solution for the problems impeding progress of the relations between Sudan and South Sudan," he indicated, according to SUNA. Talks between the...
(South Sudan News Agency 07/01/13)
This article is in reply to the question posed by one of those who read my June 15th, 2013 opinion piece titled: On Abyei enough is enough. I wished to address the reader's concern much earlier but my little bit busy schedule at the time I read his/her responsive concern couldn't allow me to do so. Now that I have got some ample time I would like to answer his/her shilling concern no matter how unsatisfactory to him/her it shall sound. In the process of answering I beg the questioner to bear with me as I take him/her through somehow delicate historical trajectory that snakes around the story. The reader though appreciated me for the elaborate way I tackled the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/01/13)
KHARTOUM/JUBA, South Sudan said on Sunday it had shipped its first oil cargo through Sudan to international markets since 2011, while its vice president visited Khartoum to defuse a row that threatened the cross-border flows vital to both. Sudan told its landlocked African neighbour three weeks ago it would close the two cross-border export pipelines to Port Sudan within two months unless Juba gave up supporting rebels operating across the shared border. South Sudan, which needs to export oil through Sudan, denies the claims. In a previous dispute over pipeline fees, South Sudan in January 2012 shut down its entire output of around 300,000 barrels per day, but both agreed in March to resume the flow. South Sudan's information minister,...
(Sudan Tribune 07/01/13)
Abyei is one of the issues that dominated the quality of relations between Southern Sudan and South Sudan since the independence of Sudan in 1956 and it will continue to do the same after the independence of South Sudan. The transfer of the Ngok Dinka by the British colonial administration in 1905 from Southern Sudan to Northern Sudan with the good intention of protecting them from the barbaric slave raids by the Arab nomads has turned into misery and suffering that will continue to haunt the Ngok Dinka. Despite the effective participation of the Ngok Dinka in the first and second civil war that ended with peace agreements that addressed the issue of Abyei, yet the final status of Abyei...
(The Associated Press 07/01/13)
KHARTOUM (AFP) – South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar arrived in the Sudanese capital on Sunday seeking to ease tensions after Khartoum threatened to halt oil flows worth billions of dollars to both impoverished neighbours. Machar landed at the airport in Khartoum, an AFP correspondent reported, and was to head immediately to a conference hall on the banks of the Blue Nile for talks with his northern counterparts. Shipments from Sudan of South Sudanese oil resumed about nine days ago after resolution of a year-long fee dispute, and despite uncertainty after President Omar al-Bashir ordered the oil flow stopped. The landlocked South voted to split from Sudan two years ago, under a peace deal which ended a 22-year civil war...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...

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