Friday 20 October 2017
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/13)
KHARTOUM/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Sudan and South Sudan's oil ministers on Thursday vowed to continue cross-border oil flows but gave contradictionary opinions whether a technical problem at a pumping station which had cut output had been fixed. Landlocked South Sudan is in the process of restarting oil exports via cross-border pipelines to the Sudanese Red Sea port of Port Sudan following a 16-month shutdown. Two days ago, it said it had lowered oil output to 105,000 barrels a day from 200,000 bpd due to a technical problem at a pump station at a processing plant in Jebelain just across the border in Sudan's White Nile state. On Thursday, South Sudan's Oil Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau flew to Khartoum to meet...
(The Economist 05/24/13)
East Africa is in danger of throwing away part of its new-found oil wealth. IN MARCH last year the heads of state of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan met among mangroves in Lamu, a Kenyan town on the Indian Ocean, to launch the construction of a port and oil pipeline together costing $16 billion that would serve all their countries and vastly enrich them. Taxpayers were billed $350,000 for the celebratory meal, according to local officials, though it actually cost only $4,000. So far, so profitable. But little has happened since. Plans to build the pipeline have stalled. The absence of the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, at the launch was the first clue that all was not well. Uganda recently...
(Sudan Tribune 05/24/13)
Sudan’s foreign ministry regretted statements issued by South Sudanese officials claiming that oil flow was deliberately blocked for political reasons, while in Juba president Salva Kiir reaffirmed that an alternative pipeline through Kenya remains his top priority. Khartoum and Juba agreed since last March to resume oil production and its exportation though a Sudanese pipeline after more than a year since the shutdown of oil production in December 2011. Earlier this week South Sudanese official said that Khartoum blocked the oil flow after recent allegations that Juba continues its support to the rebel groups in Darfur and South Kordofan. President Kiir on Monday said they may be forced to shutdown oil production again if the Sudanese government "continue to use...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/13)
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said on Thursday his country would never become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it appeared to be preoccupied with prosecuting African leaders. "It seems that this thing has been meant for African leaders, that they have to be humiliated...we never accept it," Kiir told reporters, referring to the Hague-based tribunal. "We will sit together with our brothers and sisters in Kenya," he said at a news conference in South Sudan's capital Juba held jointly with Kenya's new president Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces charges of crimes against humanity at the tribunal. Last month, South Sudan received Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, another African leader indicted by the Hague tribunal...
(Voice of America 05/24/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan President Salva Kiir said Thursday that he would “never accept” the International Criminal Court. He spoke during a visit from new Kenyan president and ICC indictee Uhuru Kenyatta, who pledged the creation of roads, rail and pipelines to deepen economic ties between Kenya and the new nation. It was Uhuru Kenyatta’s first visit to South Sudan since becoming Kenya’s president, and he was greeted with open arms by Salva Kiir, who told him “this is your home” and pledged the new nation’s solidarity with the contentious leader and his people. Kenyatta took office after winning a March election while under indictment from the ICC, which accuses him of inciting some of the ethnic violence...
(Gurtong Net 05/24/13)
Members of the State Parliament in Upper Nile are being trained on human rights issues to protect the citizens’ rights during their law making processes and debating. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is conducting the two-day workshop which is aimed at broadening the knowledge of the state lawmakers on human rights.“The purpose of this workshop is to make Upper Nile State MPs understand the importance of human rights as a broad subject,” said Alfred Zulu, the head of UNMISS human rights department in UNS. “The training will enable them to know that whenever they are making laws, they should include human rights standards. They have to make sure that each law they make has human rights perspective...
(Voice of America 05/24/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday launched a $9 million project aimed at helping South Sudan to better track food production, a move that officials hope will allow alerts of possible food shortages to be raised well ahead of time. The three-year project would replace the current system, under which "we don’t really know how much food is produced, by whom, of what type, when is it available, how much of it is lost to post-harvest losses," Sue Lautze, the head of office for the FAO in South Sudan said of the current system which will be replaced by the new one. The new standardized system is expected to facilitate information-gathering and...
(Gurtong Net 05/24/13)
Employees from Unity State’s oil field have demonstrated against the failure of Greater Pioneer Operating Company (GPOC) to issue them with working contracts over the last two years despite being promised. Early this week, a number of the employees went on a peaceful protest to the company offices and locked out all those who have been illegally given contracts from Juba. One of the company officials who asked not to be named said: “Many of us have been working in GPOC for the last two years without a contract and those who have signed their contracts were employed from Juba and sent down to the field only to occupy positions.”“The company promised us many times that our contract is on...
(Sudan Tribune 05/24/13)
South Sudan’s justice minister on Thursday expressed disappointment with Amnesty International’s annual human rights report, arguing that it does not reflect the correct picture of governance in the world’s youngest country. Describing critical reports as lacking objectivity has been a common response from the SPLM-led government since South Sudan’s independence in 2011. The main finding of Amnesty’s 2013 report was that the "Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA, South Sudan’s armed forces) and the South Sudan Police Service (SSPS) continued to commit human rights violations with relative impunity." In terms of press freedom Amnesty said that the "environment for national and international media workers remained challenging. Security forces harassed national and international media workers, arbitrarily detained journalists and radio presenters, and...
(The Associated Press 05/24/13)
South Sudan's president is criticizing the International Criminal Court, saying the court is designed to humiliate African leaders. Salva Kiir spoke Thursday during a visit by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces ICC charges related to Kenya's post-election violence in 2007-08 that killed more than 1,000 people. Kiir said that South Sudan — the world's newest country — will not sign the Rome Statute that binds countries to the ICC process despite offers of "assistance" in exchange for signing it. Kiir and Kenyatta also discussed a planned transport corridor that is to run from Kenya's coastal of city of Lamu into South Sudan. A proposed pipeline would be used to transport South Sudan's oil to the coast without having to go through Sudan.
(Gurtong Net 05/23/13)
The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in South Sudan on Thursday to discuss vital diplomatic ties with his counterpart and host President Salva Kiir Mayardit. This is the very first time Mr. Kenyatta is visiting South Sudan as president of Kenya. “President Kenyatta will be in South Sudan briefly to discuss bilateral issues with Kiir before heading to Addis Ababa for the African Union meeting,” Dr. Barnaba Benjamin Marial told Radio Miraya. “President Kiir has urged all of us to welcome Kenyatta and give him a good reception,” Dr Marial added. Kenya, the largest East African economy is also politically a very important country to South Sudan because it played a crucial role in hosting the peace accords especially...
(Gurtong Net 05/23/13)
The President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday said that the government of Sudan is plotting to shut oil production over allegations that the Juba government supports rebels against the Khartoum government. Sudan and South Sudan early this year agreed to have a new spirit of cooperation as marked by the cooperation agreement and the implementation matrix signed by the two countries for the South Sudan oil to flow again following its shutdown in January 2012. “We are still staggering and we might for the second time. We are still working with them in a diplomatic way. It’s not we who are going to shut the oil production; it is they (Sudan) who have started,” Kiir said. President...
(The Associated Press 05/23/13)
Following a lengthy Cabinet meeting, South Sudan's government spokesman said Wednesday that the country will continue to export oil through Sudan and that there had been only a temporary slowdown in production. An official in South Sudan's oil ministry earlier told The Associated Press that Sudan had blocked the export of South Sudanese oil. The official insisted he not be identified because he is not authorized to release the information. But government spokesman Barnabas Marial Benjamin said later that it was only a temporary slowdown. "It is not really a shutdown," Benjamin said, before explaining a technical process behind storage procedures and valve openings. "But as we speak now P2 is going to be opened later on this afternoon and...
(Sudan Views 05/23/13)
Misseriya general Union blasts opposition alliance leaders who visited Juba capital of southern Sudan recently. The union says that opposition alliance leaders met Dinka Nagock prominent members in Juba. Meanwhile opposition leaders have started releasing passive statements aimed at triggering tensions between Misseriya and Dinka in Abyei. The union stated will sue a case against leading Popular Congress Party member Kamal Omar who alleged that Misseriya killed Dinka Nagock paramount chief Kuwal Deng. Head of Misseriya union Mohamed Khatri Gumma urges Misseriya loyalists to pull out from this party which is “a biggest enemy of Misseriya .” He affirms that the union will sue Kamal Omar. He adds that the committee assigns to probe killing of Kual has not yet...
(Sudan Tribune 05/22/13)
A high ranking Sudanese official said Uganda has to stop its support to the rebel groups in Darfur, if it wants to help to bring peace in the troubled region. The source, the state new agency (SUNA) reported on Tuesday, was reacting to statements by the Ugandan prime minister Amama Mbabazi who met on Monday with the head of the African Union United Nations Mission for Darfur (UNAMID) Mohammed Ibn Chambas. Mbabazi, according to Uganda’s New Vision newspaper, told Chambas that Kampala is ready to help in bringing an end to the conflict in Darfur. He added that Ugandan army would pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels "if they meted terror on Darfur". "The Real assistance that Uganda can...
(Sudan Views 05/22/13)
A high-level government source said that the real support that Uganda could provide for the peace process in Darfur is to abide by the decision of the Summit of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region in December 2011, which classified the so-called Justice and Equality Movement (Jibril Ibrahim group) and Sudan Liberation Movement with all its factions as a passive force that threatens the security at the region, as well as the decisions of the summit which prevented the member states from dealing with these rebel groups and bans these movements from practicing any activities inside the territories of the member states. The source gave this comment in response to statements given by the Prime Minister of Uganda...
(South Sudan News Agency 05/22/13)
May 22, 2013 (SSNA) -- When the government of S. Sudan closed down oil production in late January 2012, the news was received with ululations. Those who hold S. Sudan close to their hearts thronged the dusty roads of Juba in celebration. I was no exception. In my humble burrow, I managed throwing a couple fists in the air. Then sank the whole euphoria in with my favorite 21-years-long-war songs from the great Koryom division of Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA). For those who abhor Khartoum with her Islamic Sharia laws, religious prejudices, warmongering, and racially based discriminations, it was a perfect day. We couldn’t simply afford funding our destabilization with our own resources. Full stop. After all, it doesn’t...
(Africa Review 05/22/13)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his Sudan counterpart Omar al-Bashir, are scheduled to hold a summit in Addis Ababa on Friday on the Abyei impasse and accusations of rebel support, officials said on Tuesday. The announcement followed a visit of Sudan’s Foreign minister Ali Karti, along with the security chief Mohamed Al-atta, to Juba last week in an effort to ease tension following the killing of Abyei former chief Kuol Deng Kuol. Arab Misseriya tribesman reportedly murdered Kuol who was in a convoy of UN peacekeepers on return from a visit to the northern Abyei region. Juba accused Khartoum of masterminding the killing, while Sudan blamed the deceased and UN peacekeepers of moving north of the region without informing...
(Gurtong Net 05/22/13)
Morobo County administration in Central Equatoria State in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit ( GIZ) will soon install a community FM Radio station in the county. The project is funded by the Government of Germany through its (GIZ) non-governmental organization operating in South Sudan. Morobo County is one of the beneficiaries of GIZ’s programmes. This would be the first FM radio station to be installed in county since the county gained its administrative unit status as a county in 2004. The FM Radio Station will be installed at Morobo County Youth Centre. Hon. Moses Simon Soro, the County Commissioner said, the radio is for the community and will act as “a mouth piece” of the community in disseminating...

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