Saturday 25 November 2017
(Sudan Tribune 06/21/13)
There is a certain intractability to Sudan’s conflicts these days, which defies logic or, it seems, any moral responsibility. The inability to move the international community off its course of pandering to Khartoum’s interests seems both irrational and unreasonable, given the significant upsurge in violence in Darfur and the critical situation now facing the population in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Consider what would happen if any government elsewhere (let’s say North Korea, for example), had the temerity to actually cross borders, drop bombs on innocent people, blatantly shut off oil supplies and sponsor militias to purposefully create instability in a neighboring country. In such a case, the whole world would be up in arms, diplomatic secure phones would be...
(Sudan Tribune 06/21/13)
South Sudanese opposition party, United Democratic Front (UDF) has denied that it has any connection with their former member, David Yauyau, who launched a rebellion against the government last year. Speaking to Sudan Tribune after meeting the Murle peace community, the UDF’s state secretary of information, Zacharia John Tut, said their party does not support Yauyau. “We as a party have no communication with Yauyau because of the problem of the person you mentioned [David Yauyau]. UDF, like any political party does see arms as an option we support”, Tut told Sudan Tribune in the Jonglei capital, Bor. Yauyau rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) after elections - in April 2010 when, as an independent candidate, he lost his...
(The Associated Press 06/21/13)
The top U.N. humanitarian official says she received a letter from rebels in Sudan proposing a halt in hostilities to allow access to civilians in need. Valerie Amos says the Sudan Revolutionary Front wrote to her last week to indicate its willingness to work with the United Nations and the African Union to negotiate a "temporary cessation of hostilities" to help humanitarian workers reach civilians. She told reporters after briefing the Security Council that the U.N. would "actively follow up on that offer." The front is an alliance of two rebel groups fighting Sudan's government: The SPLM-North, a group ideologically aligned with independent South Sudan, and the Justice and Equality Movement, which is fighting in Sudan's troubled western region of...
(Fox News 06/21/13)
JUBA, South Sudan – The president of South Sudan has suspended two of his ministers and ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against them. In a presidential decree read Tuesday night, President Salva Kiir said he was lifting immunity for Finance Minister Kosti Manibe Ngai and his Cabinet Affairs colleague Deng Alor Kuol. Officials say some $7.95 million was transferred for the alleged purchase of anti-fire safes, but those goods were never delivered. The suspended finance minister said the safes had been ordered earlier this year and that an investigation committee would have access to all the documents. Corruption has plagued South Sudan's government since the 2005 peace deal that ended more than 20 years of civil war with Sudan...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(AL Jazeera 06/20/13)
South Sudan is set to sign an agreement that would replace a colonial-era law that gave most of the River Nile's waters to Egypt and Sudan, local media have reported. The signing of the Cooperative Framework Agreement of the Nile Basin countries, sometimes known as the Entebbe agreement, is likely to be signed and ratified at the Nile Water Summit in Juba on Thursday. Paul Mayom Akec, South Sudan's Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, said earlier in the week that the signing of the agreement was "inevitable". "The process of joining the agreement has started at all levels of the state apparatus in South Sudan," Akec stated in a press conference on Wednesday. Akec said South Sudan would implement...
(Gurtong Net 06/20/13)
South Sudanese Ministers of Presidential Affairs Hon. Emmanuel Lowila, Information and Government Spokesperson Dr. Barnaba Marial and Grace Daterio Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs briefed the diplomats in Juba. “South Sudan will remain fully committed to the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement,” Emmanuel Lowilla said. “The Republic of South Sudan is clear that it does not support rebels fighting Khartoum,” he added. He said Juba has passed a resolution in which it is sending a high level delegation to Khartoum headed by the Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, a commitment to the Matrix which requires the leadership of the two foes to meet directly in case of any differences. Dr. Riek yesterday chaired a meeting also in Juba aimed at...
(Gurtong Net 06/20/13)
Bishop Daniel Deng Bul who chairs the committee revealed this recently after a consultative meeting with the minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin. According to the Bishop, the exercise will start immediately after the planned July 8, national prayers day is over. Bishop Bul said, the Ngok Dinka community in the diaspora will not be left out in the campaign exercise. He explained that they intend to cover Europe and the United States of America among other countries believed to be home to many citizens of Abyei area. Abyei that missed out in the 9 January 2011 referendum exercise, according to an AU proposal to Sudan and South Sudan is to hold a referendum exercise by October...
(Gurtong Net 06/20/13)
Speaking on behalf of the Civil Society activists in the entire state on the sideline of African Child Day held at Torit Freedom Square, the CSNEES’ Chairperson, Mr. Jimmy Killang Silverous strongly urged the state government with its keen partners to support education for the state children so to help brighten their future. He noted child compensation, early marriage, forced marriage and marrying off daughters to gain wealth in form of livestock. He protested that the popular customs where a girl-child is used for compensation after her or their elderly relatives to the deceased one. He cautioned those practising to start abandoning the ruining practices and appealed to the State Government and its partners to intervene. He said the authorities...
(MSF 06/20/13)
An estimated 120,000 people have fled fighting in and around the main towns in Pibor County in South Sudan’s Jonglei state and are now hiding in unsafe and malaria-infested swamps without access to safe drinking water, food, or medical care, said the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The government of South Sudan must allow immediate humanitarian assistance to these areas to prevent the deaths of thousands of internally displaced persons, said MSF. Looting of MSF hospital. Many of the displaced have fled for their lives into the bush amid intensified fighting between the South Sudan Army (SPLA) and the David YauYau armed militia group over the past month. The heightened fighting has coincided with the...
(Gurtong Net 06/20/13)
Zain network communication officially launched its operation activities in all the county areas to boost the communication in the local communities. Uror County Commissioner Simon Hoth Dol expressed happiness and thanks to the State Ministry of Information and Telecommunication for its effort in completing the transportation and erection of the tower. Hoth said that the process of erection of the telecommunication tower took two years due to logistical and poor road network in the area. While Uror County citizens living in Bor said that the launching of the telecommunication network will ease communication with their families back home and enable them send money home easily through Zain money transfer. The commissioner said the network will be officially opened by the...
(Voice of America 06/20/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan and Uganda have agreed to step up security patrols on their common border and on the highway linking Juba to Kampala after a spate of attacks against motorists, officials said Wednesday. “They agreed to proceed to enforce the deployment of more security forces to provide security on the border areas," South Sudan police spokesman James Monday Enocka said. "They agreed also to enforce partnerships, especially in community policing, with citizens in the two border areas.... and to liaise on issues relating to citizens of the two countries," he said. The border area between South Sudan and Uganda is currently patrolled by only a few hundred South Sudanese officers. Enocka did not disclose how many...
(Gurtong Net 06/20/13)
BENTIU, 20TH June 2013 (Gurtong) – Simon Gatluak whose shop is among the affected ones says fire incidents happen every year in the state as the same market got burnt last year in addition to Rubkona main market, Suk Shabi, and Mayom. “Many of the properties are being destroyed by fire because firefighting are not helping the community and when the fire erupted, the local people use only the ordinary water tanks that are selling water and the help of many people around there in removing commodities out of the shops,” he said. Many blamed the department of fire brigade of failing to carry out their task to help during the fire and currently there are no fire-extinguishers in the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Gurtong Net 06/20/13)
JUBA, 20 June 2013 [Gurtong] - Toby Lanzer, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan in a statement to the press today said the call came after the mid-year review of the UN’s largest aid operation in Africa. “During the rainy season, which poses huge logistical challenges, we plan to fulfil our commitment to civilians in need, and we now seek the continued generosity of donors,” Lanzer said. The thorough review resulted in a 9 per cent reduction in overall requirements from $1.16 billion to $1.05 billion, funding earlier on wanted by agencies to address the situation in the country. As of mid-June, donors had contributed some $567 million, leaving a gap of $485 million. Thirty per cent of this...
(Gurtong Net 06/19/13)
YEI, [Gurtong] – Businesses have been significantly affected following the notice by Sudan to shut down South Sudan’s oil export, an official has said. Tito Ayambo Jakondo, the Chairman Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Yei River County told Gurtong that business opportunities in Yei have fallen down compared to last year. Tito confirmed a drop in the sales volume of food and non-food items in the market due to the limited circulation of money, contributing to low purchasing power of the consumers. As Khartoum confirmed its position on the South’s oil shut down, prices of goods and services are expected to raise high in the country, as hard currency the U.S. Dollar used for importing goods from the...
(Gurtong Net 06/19/13)
TORIT, [Gurtong]-This road, one of Juba’s most important arteries, had deteriorated significantly. With recent rains, it could hardly sustain the heavy amount of traffic. Over 30 specialists from the Bangladesh Engineer Company based in Juba, using heavy duty vehicles such as motor graders and road rollers, are involved in the project. The work, on a 3-km stretch of road, started on June 13 and will be completed by mid-July. Similar road projects have been undertaken by the Bangladesh Engineering Company based in Yambio and Torit (Western and Eastern Equatoria States). Roads and transport are key to stabilization and peace-building in South Sudan. Improving infrastructure will help establish the conditions for development benefiting all the people of South Sudan. The Torit-Longute...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/13)
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has suspended two of his most senior and influential ministers to launch investigations into an alleged multi-million dollar corruption scandal, official documents published Wednesday showed. The presidential order has lifted the immunity of Minister of Cabinet Affairs Deng Alor and Minister of Finance Kosti Manibe, powerful leaders of the young nation. Both face questioning by a special investigation committee "into the alleged unprocedural transfer" of some eight million dollars (six million euros) to a company called Daffy Investment Group. The money was allegedly transferred to buy special anti-fire safes for government offices, but it is not clear if any of the safes have arrived. Oil-rich but war-ravaged South Sudan, which gained formal independence from Sudan...
(Sudan Tribune 06/19/13)
(JUBA) – South Sudan has formally been admitted as the newest member of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), at its ongoing conference in Rome, Italy. Betty Achan Ogwaro, the country’s minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, said South Sudan’s membership to FAO, signals a new era of partnership. Agriculture, she stressed, is the key to food security, growth and peace in South Sudan where almost half the country’s 65 million hectares of land is suitable for agricultural production. “Food security is human security,” Ogwaro said at the Rome conference. “We say that a hungry country is an angry country. Emerging from the long war as we did, South Sudan does not need to be angry anymore,...

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