Sunday 25 June 2017
(Gurtong Net 06/05/13)
Police in Juba have netted over four hundred guns as part of a massive re-disarmament in the South Sudanese capital. Interior Minister Alison Manani Magaya told Gurtong that the operation which was launched in March this year following increasing insecurity concerns in the capital is on going and is proving to be working. “Over 400 guns have been collected so far. We will continue with the operation, including moving to areas we suspect to have a large number of illegal guns”, he said. He said the guns are being held at stores currently. However, Gurtong could not verify them independently. The operation is being carried out on organised forces following earlier orders from the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. President...
(Sudan Tribune 06/05/13)
Juba — A militia leader whose group has been fighting the South Sudanese army (SPLA) for the past two years in Upper Nile state has responded positively to a recent the presidential amnesty, according to the military. The chief of general staff of the (SPLA), James Hoth Mai, said on Tuesday that his office has reached an understanding militia leader Johnson Uliny that he will abandon his revolt and return to the country so he could contribute to the consolidation of peace and nation building. Uliny is one of the six militia generals who was offered an amnesty in April by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. The amnesty order pardoned them, as well as those who served under their direct command,...
(Reuters 06/05/13)
KHARTOUM/JUBA, June 5 (Reuters) - South Sudan will restart oil exports this month but will need at least a year to restore output fully after fighting with Sudan damaged facilities and hit the performance of oilfields, industry sources say. Production is unlikely to get much higher than 230,000 barrels per day this year after the restart in April, the sources say. South Sudan had hoped to have an output of 200,000 bpd in place by mid-April but new tensions with Sudan led to delays. "There is a possibility that by next year, June, we will have reached the levels we had before the shutdown," said Henry Odwar, head of the energy and mining committee at South Sudan's parliament. The landlocked...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
In South Sudan, some parents expect their children, including boys and girls as young as six, to help out with family chores before they go to school and after they get home, but now the kids are speaking out, and saying they've had enough. George Machiek Deng, 16, used to be one of dozens of children who worked in the cattle camp in Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state. Every evening, he drove cattle from grazing areas back to their shelters along the Anyama River, where he lit fires to make sure the cattle stayed warm and checked their restraints to make sure they stayed in place. Responsibilities like that can take hours to fulfill and left Deng with little time...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/04/13)
French oil company Total will partner with U.S. major Exxon Mobil and Kuwait’s Kufpec in South Sudan to search for oil in the restive Jonglei state, a senior lawmaker in the African country said.Sudan’s 1983-2005 civil war prevented Total, which has held a majority interest in Block B since the early 1980s, from exploring the 120,000 square kilometer concession in Jonglei in the east of the country. Last year South Sudan’s government said it was negotiating with Total to split the block to speed up exploration and raise much-needed government revenue. Henry Odwar, chairman of South Sudan’s parliamentary committee on energy and mining, said on Saturday the area was now being broken into blocks B1, B2 and B3. “Now Total...
(The Associated Press 06/04/13)
Officials in South Sudan say two separate bouts of violence have killed 12 people. Taban Deng Gai, the governor of Unity state, said Monday that cattle rustlers attacked a village on Sunday, killing 11 people and wounding eight. Gai said more than 50 cattle were stolen. South Sudan has a long history of cattle-raiding, attacks that have grown in frequency and deadliness since South Sudan declared its independence from Sudan in 2011. In another part of the country gunmen abducted seven children and a woman from a village in Jonglei state over the weekend. One child was killed. Barnaba Okony Gilo, a government official from the region, said witnesses said the gunmen wore South Sudanese military uniforms. The military said...
(Voice of America 06/04/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) called on the government to step up security measures in Boma to allow NGOs, aid organizations and residents to return to the town in Jonglei state, weeks after government forces recaptured it from rebels led by David Yau Yau. U.N. agencies and other humanitarian organizations pulled out of Boma weeks ago to escape fighting between government forces and Yau Yau's rebels who call themselves the South Sudan Democratic Movement. UNMISS representatives visited the psychologically important town last week to assess the security situation and determine whether conditions are right for UNMISS and other humanitarian agencies to return to the area. UNMISS noted during its visit that “there has...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(Gurtong Net 06/03/13)
South Sudan is the world’s newest investment destination, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has said. Speaking at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in Yokohama, Japan President Kiir described South Sudan as a business destination with lots of natural resources capable of turning around the fortunes of the poor new African country. “Indeed, we are open for business. South Sudan offers exceptional business opportunities for investors in many areas of economic activities. South Sudan is blessed with vast fertile land of which over 90 percent is not cultivated”, said Kiir. “We have abundant water supply and immense untapped natural resources with over five billion barrels of oil reserves and mineral deposits of gold, uranium, copper and...
(Sudan Tribune 06/03/13)
Juba — South Sudan president Salva Mayardit said it is time for the international community "to take action" in order to resolve conflict over the disputed region of Abyei, accusing Sudan of showing lack of political will to forge an understanding. President Salva Kiir poses with other leaders of African countries during a photo session before the opening session of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama on June 1, 2013. (Getty) The president made the remark at a meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations on the side-line of the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yakohama, Japan on Sunday. "Despite our good intentions and commitment to resolve the difference, we are...
(MSF 06/03/13)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in collaboration with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, stemmed a meningitis A outbreak and vaccinated over 130,000 people against the disease in South Sudan's Upper Nile state, reinforcing its commitment to assisting the region's population. Starting on 15 May, medical teams deployed in the northern city of Malakal administered a vaccine first introduced a few years ago that will give the region's vulnerable population a longer-lasting immunity to meningitis A (a strain likely to cause large-scale epidemics). "This vaccine protects people from meningitis A for ten years, seven more than the previous one," says Olimpia de la Rosa, MSF emergency medical coordinator. The vaccination campaign, launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, aimed to...
(Sudan Tribune 06/03/13)
Juba — South Sudan Police on Friday arrested the Managing Director of Payii roads and bridges company over misappropriation of funds allocated for construction of the 140km Juba-Kajokeji road. Rex Abdalla Nicholas was reportedly arrested at about 3pm on orders from South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC), whose summons he allegedly ignored, despite several reminders. "SSACC summoned the MD [Managing Director] of Payii to come and answer some questions about the said road construction and he refused to report to SSACC despite a reminder sent to him," a source told Sudan Tribune. SSACC then invoked section 29 of its 2009 Act, and sought the intervention of the Ministry of Justice and secured arrest warrant, he added. Abdalla is now under detention...
(Gurtong Net 06/03/13)
A third of primary school teachers in South Sudan are untrained. This revelation was made by the South Sudanese Minister of General Education Joseph Ukel Abango during the launch of the National Professional Standards for Teachers in South Sudan on 30 May 2013 in Juba. In a statement read on his behalf by the Eastern Equatoria State Education Minister Michael Lopuke Lotyam, Abango said the document will serve as an important tool for the professionalisation of teaching in South Sudan. “It will enhance the quality of education by ensuring that teachers undergo comprehensive training to ensure that they meet the objectives of our education goals”, he said. The National Professional Standards for Teachers in South Sudan sets levels of knowledge,...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United Nations refugee agency (UNCHR) reports it is rushing to pre-position relief supplies for tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan's Unity and Upper Nile states before the rainy season begins and deliveries become impossible. U.N. refugee spokesman Dan McNorton says time is running out for this humanitarian operation. "In terms of the cut-off point, in the next couple of weeks the window that we have in order to make those deliveries, and because in coming weeks those roads that we need to use will become impassable," McNorton said. McNorton says the operation is in good shape, and relief supplies for more than 190,000 refugees from Sudan will be in place before the rains and floods arrive. Currently,...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan is working with the United Nations to ensure that South Sudanese citizens are evacuated from Syria if fighting between government forces and rebels in the Middle East country continues to intensify, officials said Friday. "We will be working together with the UN to make sure our citizens are evacuated," Mawien Makol Arik, a spokesman for South Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. "We are in contact with them to work together with the UN to try to see whether it would be possible for the UN also to work with the embassy in Cairo to see the evacuation of our citizens if things get worse." The number of South Sudanese nationals in Syria is...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(Gurtong Net 05/31/13)
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) at Continental Hotel, Yokohama Japan. TICAD is a major development platform on African development that discusses and produces action plans to tackle various challenges in Africaon the economy, poverty reduction and post- conflict recovery. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between Juba and Tokyo governments. “It’s my great pleasure to welcome you here to Japan to discuss the bilateral relations between South Sudan and Japan”, said Abe. President Kiir expressed gratitude to the government and leadership of Japan for organising and being part of TICAD V conference. He personally congratulated Abe upon his recent election...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/13)
South Sudan expects its first oil to arrive in Sudan’s export port in mid-June as both countries are continuing to implement oil and trade deals despite Khartoum’s renewed accusations over rebel support, Juba’s ambassador to Sudan said. The neighbours, which fought one of Africa’s longest civil wars, agreed in March to resume cross-border oil flows and end tensions plaguing them since the south seceded in 2011. South Sudan has started since then to pipe oil to two treatment plants in Sudan to be readied for exports, the first time since the landlocked new nation shut down its production of 350,000 barrels a day in January 2012 in a row over export fees. On Monday, Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir threatened...

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