Tuesday 24 April 2018
(Sudan Tribune 07/04/13)
Bentiu — The inspector general of the South Sudan Police Services, Pieng Deng Kuol, told officers, on a four-day visit to Unity state, on Wednesday that their salaries will increase next year despite the country's economic problems. Kuol told hundreds of police officers at the state headquarters in Bentiu that the aim of his visit is to visualise the challenges faced by the police across the two-year-old nation. After shutting down oil production in January 2012 over a transit fee dispute with Sudan, South Sudan has been forced to introduce severe austerity measures to cope with loosing 98% of the government's income. South Sudan resumed oil production after a new deal was agreed in March this year but unresolved security...
(Sudan Tribune 07/04/13)
(JUBA) - South Sudan announced on Wednesday that at least five heads of state will attend the nation’s second independence anniversary on 9 July, following the country’s secession from Sudan in 2011. Abdon Agau, the secretary general of the government told a news briefing on Wednesday that five presidents - Uganda’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwanda’s Paul Kigame, Somalia’s Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Botswana’s Ian Khama - would attend the celebrations in Juba. Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, whose country has hosted post-separation negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan will also attend the event. The official also added that the Juba government hopes that Sudan will be represented at the event despite Khartoum not responding to the invitation sent...
(Gurtong Net 07/04/13)
JUBA, 04 July 2013 [Gurtong] – Despite the three hour debate in the bill, other parliamentarians were still left unsatisfied as the bill contains some sensitive articles in which some of the MPs had requested the Speaker to allow for more time for deliberation. However, the Speaker and some of the MPs could not as saying the bill has taken over one year following its first presentation to the House, adding any extension will delay it further. The bill objectively spells out the legal framework on how the oil revenues can be best used by South Sudanese. Critical aspects during the debate yesterday were the distribution of the oil revenue. It spells out that, the National government will get 95%...
(Sudanese Online 07/03/13)
Juba-South Sudan announced on Sunday that it had sent its first oil cargo through Sudanese territory to international markets. South Sudan's Information Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, stressed that the first shipment of South Sudan oil had left Port Sudan on the Red Sea. The dispute between the neighbors threatens to hit supplies to Asian crude buyers such as CNPC, India's ONGC Videsh and Malaysia's Petronas, which run the oilfields in both countries. Khartoum’s government always accuses Juba’s government of supporting rebel movements, which prompted Sudan to its decision of 9 June 2013 in suspension in oil and related economic issues between the two countries.
(Gurtong Net 07/03/13)
JUBA, 3 May 2013 [Gurtong]- The United States $ 27 million dollar project has been signed with the government of South Sudan paying 15% and China giving 85% of the money. During the signing ceremony in Juba, Madam Mo said that the signing marks a new page of socio-economic development. Meanwhile the acting minister said that in an effort to develop the country, such projects are necessary. He also said that the project will not hamper with the environment and that it will remain safe. According to the governor of Eastern Equatoria, Louis Lobong Lojore, the project was top of his priorities and that they started pursuing the loan in 2011 adding that without power little can be achieved. He...
(Sudan Tribune 07/03/13)
Khartoum/Juba — South Sudan's Vice President, Riek Machar, has appealed to the Sudan's major political parties to support the implementation of the cooperation agreements between the two countries. Marchar and his high level delegation to Khartoum held talks with the Sudanese top leaders over the pending pipeline closure which carries South Sudan's oil to Port Sudan, and implementation of security agreement that Khartoum said Juba ignored its implementation and continues to support rebels.. The two delegations led by Machar and the first Vice President of Sudan, Ali Osman Taha, after two days of talks reached an understanding and issued a press statement on Monday recommitting the two countries to the full implementation of cooperation agreements. While the fate of the...
(Gurtong Net 07/03/13)
TORIT, [Gurtong] – Addressing the press in Torit, the Minister Charles Lokonoi said a recent auctioning of the 14 government vehicles was done successfully and it has generated over 360,000 SSP. “The amounted accrued was later remitted to the state treasury by the Ministry,” he said. Prior to this, the Minister last month, issued a ministerial order naming a five-member State Public Auction Committee. Issuing the Order, the Minister said that the aim of the named Committee led by Secretary General for the State Government of Eastern Equatoria’s Hon. Charles Atul Gabriel is to impartially and publicly auction 14 state government Toyota Land Cruisers. The State Roads and Transport Ministry Director General, Engineer Norman Charles Gideon was a Secretary to...
(Gurtong Net 07/03/13)
JUBA, 03 July 2013 [Gurtong] – South Sudan annual budget is supposed to have been passed by the parliament by July 1st of every year. However, the bill came this time round late without the Minister outlining reasons to the parliament. Despite concern raised by the leader of the Minority Hon. Onyoti Adigo Nyikwech during the presentation of the budget, voices from senior members of the ruling party, SPLM voiced down the opposition through all sorts of fora; use of point of information, procedure and order giving no room for audience to the voice of the leader of the minority. Minister of parliamentary Affairs Hon. Michael Makwei at one moment ordered the Leader of the Minority “respect” the house referring...
(Gurtong Net 07/03/13)
BOR, 03 July 2013 [Gurtong] – The Minister of Local Government, Diing Akol Diing said that he has acknowledged that the government of Jonglei state is really supporting the ministry of local government adding that without the ministry, the democracy in governance and accountability and prosperity that they are longing for will not be achieved. Diing said that it is through the ministry where the service delivery is taking place at the grassroots and the economic growth in the counties will happen only through the ministry in the counties where stability and peace will prevail in the community. “We accepted as the ministry that there institutions are weak and that why we are asking to strengthening them so that they...
(Sudan Tribune 07/03/13)
(JUBA) – An estimated 20,000 South Sudanese returnees are still stranded within the four transit camps in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. Despite this, however, the organisation says it organized a convoy of river barges carrying 1000 returnees, which departed Sunday from Renk on a two-week journey to the capital, Juba. “The river convoy, consisting of two passenger and two luggage barges, was the first to depart from Renk this year,” Jumbe Omari Jumbe, the IOM spokesperson told a United Nations briefing Monday. IOM medical staff, he said, screened returnees travelling on the barges 72 hours prior to departure to check if they were fit to travel and prevent the spread of communicable...
(Sudan Tribune 07/03/13)
Rumbek — Rumbek Catholic Radio Good News FM-89 resumed its normal broadcast on Tuesday after being ordered to go off air by the Lakes state government on Friday. However, the station's program manager, Peter Mapuor Makur Malith, has been suspended without a reason being given. The staff at the station allege that Mapuor has been suspended due to pressure from the Lakes state government. Various government sources have told Sudan Tribune that Mapuor's suspension paved the way for the broadcaster to be allowed back on the air. Security personnel are reported to have been instructed to monitor the radio station's output, which the state minister of information described as politicized.;Radio Good News staff say the decision to shut the down...
(Sudan Tribune 07/03/13)
In my recent article, "Proven wrong," I suggested that the way South Sudan can improve by at least one point next year in the failed states grading is to target at least two issues that make it a failed state and improve on them. I did not offer the strategies that the Government could use to select these two issues. But Akol Liai Mager reminded me by giving his suggestions for selection under the article, making me think that I should go ahead and suggest the approach that I believe would be effective for both the selection and the improvement of the two indicators. We should first remind ourselves on the indicators that were used for grading this year. They...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(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...

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