Sunday 25 February 2018
(The Associated Press 05/20/13)
Twenty-four people died in a battle between South Sudan's military and rebel fighters the government believes to be supported by neighboring Sudan, while a tribe-on-tribe cattle-raiding attack elsewhere in the country killed 27 people, officials said Monday. A battle in Jonglei state on Sunday killed 20 rebel fighters and four government troops, said Col. Philip Aguer. Aguer said the army recaptured the town of Boma, near the border with Ethiopia, from rebels led by David Yau Yau who took over the town earlier this month. South Sudan's military "restored law and order to Boma and chased away the rebels to the hills outside town," he said. Aguer said government forces found food manufactured in the East African country of Eritrea...
(AL Jazeera 05/18/13)
UN says town of Pibor has been destroyed, between fighting and looting, by rebels and army soldiers alike. Al Jazeera has gained access to a South Sudanese town, where fighting and looting have forced most of the population to leave. Homes and a hospital have been looted and destroyed, with the UN blaming South Sudanese soldiers who have been fighting a regional rebel group. The army denies the charge, but medical staff and patients at the hospital, the only such facility for 150km, said they had been threatened by soldiers. Jonglei state is the scene of a rebel insurgency that has steadily gained momentum. An organisation that calls itself the South Sudan Democratic Movement says it wants to overthrow the...
(Sudan Tribune 05/17/13)
Sudan’s First Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha said the ongoing war in Abu-Kershola and other parts of the country is a foreign plot aimed at further balkanizing Sudan calling it the "second chapter" following the south’s separation in July 2011. Taha said that there are circles within South Sudan government which is supportive of this scheme in order to implement the strategy of the "New Sudan" irrespective of whether the governing party in Khartoum is the National Congress Party (NCP) or another party. Khartoum says that "New Sudan" scheme, that was the motto of Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) at its onset in 1983, aims at making Sudan a secular non-Arab state. The 1st VP went on to say...
(Sudan Tribune 05/17/13)
In the late 70s when for the first time oil was discovered in Southern Sudan there was euphoria that poverty would be a thing of the past, replaced by a high standard of living. After all when oil was discovered in the Arabian Peninsula the Arabs made gigantic strides in development and the economic boom raised the standards of living. However, although the oil was discovered in Southern Sudan, the South was not to become the major beneficiary. The central government with focus on the interest of Northern Sudan had other plans to deny Southern Sudan development opportunities. To exploit the oil resources of Southern Sudan, the central government made sure the refinery was sited in Northern Sudan. In addition,...
(Gurtong Net 05/17/13)
WAU, 17 May 2013 [Gurtong] - Igga was addressing thousands of people who turned out in Wau, the state capital of Western Barh el Ghazal to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army on Thursday. “As a new nation, our country is under monitoring of the International Community and is bearing much blames on human rights abuses. Therefore today, I am urging you all to provide a space to promotion of human rights and stop impunity,” he said. “Any suspect has right to have a defender, advocate or lawyer to defend him or herself before the law in court. We should also allow public hearing in the courts for the accused’s relatives to raise their points of...
(Voice of America 05/17/13)
WASHINGTON — A new report says one billion people could have their lives transformed with better governance and management of their countries’ natural resources. The study by Revenue Watch, which was released Wednesday in Washington, D.C., says that less than 20 percent of the 58 countries studied "embraced openness and accountability.” These 58 countries produce 85 percent of the world’s petroleum, 90 percent of the world’s diamonds, and 80 percent of the world’s copper, according to Revenue Watch. Revenue Watch is a New York based non-profit that, according to its website, works to reduce corruption and improve governance in resource rich countries. The 58 countries in the study were evaluated on four factors – institutional and legal setting, reporting practices,...
(Voice of America 05/17/13)
KHARTOUM — Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti will visit South Sudan on Friday, state media said, the first high-level meeting between the neighbors since Khartoum accused Juba of supporting rebels who launched a major attack three weeks ago. Both African countries agree in March to restart crucial cross-border oil flows and end tensions that has existed since the south seceded in 2011. But despite this thaw, Sudan accused South Sudan on Saturday of supporting a rebel alliance which launched a surprise attack on the central Sudanese city of Um Rawaba. In the first high-level contact since then, Karti will visit Juba with intelligence chief Mohamed Atta to deliver a letter regarding bilateral relations from President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to...
(Voice of America 05/17/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar called Thursday at the 30th anniversary celebration in Juba of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) for peace and reconciliation in the country, which is still being rattled by rebellions and violence. ‘’It is our collective duty to see that peace prevails in South Sudan," Machar said at the Nyakuron Cultural Center in the capital, where thousands of people gathered to celebrate the birth of the SPLA, which grew out of a mutiny at army barracks in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state. The SPLA went on to lead a decades-long war against Khartoum, which ended in 2011 with the secession of South Sudan from Sudan. "Whoever has rebelled and...
(Gurtong Net 05/17/13)
A national association for youth in South Sudan has accused the ruling party’s secretary general, Pagan Amum of allegedly failing the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the country. In an interview with the Juba-based UN sponsored Miraya radio on Thursday, the chairman of the South Sudan Patriotic Youth Association, Samuel Okomi, said the head of the party’s general secretariat was responsible for the "poor" performance of the party at the grassroots. The youth organization is connected to 40 other youth groups that are associated with the SPLM across the country. The youth leader directly referred to the recent SPLM joint reports from the party secretariats in the ten states of the country, in which the final report suggested that...
(Gurtong Net 05/16/13)
The US Presidential Assistant and Senior Director at the National Security Council, Gayle Smith on Tuesday called on the stakeholders to double their efforts on the implementation of the Abyei Resolution. Ms. Smith who spoke to the media after she held closed-door talks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Juba described the killing of the Abyei Paramount Chief in the previous week a “tragic loss. “It underscores the urgency on the resolution in Abyei so that it will bring peace and stability to the people of there,” Smith said. She reiterated the US continues support both to both South Sudan and the Abyei matter. Abyei is scheduled to hold referendum in October this year in a bid to choose...
(Sudan Tribune 05/16/13)
The governments of Sudan and South Sudan have signed in Khartoum today the commerce minutes on trade activation cooperation between the two countries yesterday. The record is comprised of ten items including regulation of commerce between the two countries, encouragement of businessmen, activation the laws, movement of goods and people, commercial missions, preferential trade , banking and insurance, factories and commodities, commercial points, and the settlement of disputes. In September of last year, the two ex-foes signed a series of cooperation agreements which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, and border trade among others. After several months of an apparent setback, the two countries signed an implementation matrix last March for these cooperation agreements. Sudan’s minister of trade, Osman...
(Ventures Africa 05/16/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – South Sudan is a market South African banks – well-known for their appetite for opportunities in other African countries – are prepared to bypass for now. Safs Narker, an equity analyst at the Cape Town-based Metropolitan Asset Management, told Ventures Africa that going into South Sudan is a risk that South African banks are not prepared to take right now. “They are looking at the bigger economies like Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana among others. But they are not prepared for those cross border activities. They are not prepared to carry that risk of going into South Sudan at this early stage,” Narker said. But the world’s banking trailblazers have begun to see banking opportunities in South Sudan,...
(The Africa Report 05/16/13)
Authorities in South Sudan have warned of an outbreak of meningitis in some parts of the country. Health minister, Michael Milly Hussein confirmed the meningitis outbreak, which has affected some 90 people, mostly in Upper Nile State. "There are 90 cases of meningitis that have been confirmed in Malakal town in Upper Nile State" Milly said. Although the minister said that the situation is under control, so far, he has warned that the outbreak is an indicator that the northern parts of the country faced a risk of an outbreak. "The situation is still considered under control because there are only 90 cases in the town, which has a population of over 200,000," he said. 

 He advised people to...
(Voice of America 05/16/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan has set up a team to conduct a criminal probe into the five-year-old "dura saga," in which the government paid the equivalent of nearly $1 million for cereals which were never delivered. “Today we are launching a very high-level committee to investigate the dura contracts," Minister of Legal Affairs John Luk Jok said. Dura is the South Sudanese name for sorghum, one of the grains involved in the scandal. Luk Jok said the government paid the equivalent of nearly a million US dollars to domestic contractors to supply food to state governments ahead of a projected famine in 2008. But the food was never delivered, he said. “Some scurrilous people used the opportunity to...
(Voice of America 05/16/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has voiced "deep concern" about the deteriorating security situation in Pibor County in Jonglei state, where rebels led by David Yau Yau are fighting the South Sudan Army (SPLA), and called on the government to take urgent action to stop the "violence, looting and displacement." "UNMISS has been deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Pibor town in the last days: there has been violence, there has been looting which has resulted in the displacement of civilians as well as the destruction of humanitarian organizations' premises," UNMISS spokeswoman Ariane Quentier said. UNMISS has also received reports of widespread looting of civilian dwellings and humanitarian organization premises, including medical...
(Gurtong Net 05/16/13)
A total of 500 ox-ploughs, six motorbikes and other agricultural tools have been handed over to the Warrap State Ministry of Agriculture by the World Food Programme (WFP), a plan to ensure adequate food production among locals. WFP, Deputy Country Director, Eddie Rowe who attended the ceremonial hand-over called on the communities to increase food production through support from Food for Asset (FFA) programme. “Together with state ministry of Agriculture, our main object is to increase arable productive land through Food for Asset programme hence adequate food production in Warrap,” he said. He made clear that by donating the ox-ploughs and other tools, they are expecting over 25,000 feddans increase in an arable land to be under production this year...
(Gurtong Net 05/16/13)
The South Sudan National Assembly (SSNA) on Tuesday passed the media Broadcasting Bill into its third reading after a thorough debate by the parliamentarians. Chaired by the Deputy Speaker Hon. Daniel Awet, the bill was presented in its second reading to the House by the Information Committee Chairperson Hon. Joy Kwaje and was later referred back to the Committee for further fine-tuning. Hon. Adigo Nyikwec, the leader of the Minority in the August House commended that passing of the bill is important and that it guarantees freedom of press and expression as enshrined in the Transitional Constitution. Boboya James, Program Coordinator of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) who was present in monitoring debate on the passing of the bill commended,...
(Gurtong Net 05/16/13)
An inquiry board recently formed by the Torit County Commissioner to investigate missing money from land allotment has released its independent fact-finding report recommending the suspention of the county official involved in the fraud. Led by Franco Rino as the Committee chair, the team says that the county main cashier has disappeared and did not present all the necessary support which could have been vouchers and other important receipts in his office. Additionally, the report presented to the commissioner reveals that during investigation processes, there was lack of cooperation from some of accounting staff, hence making the committee’s work difficult. “With the disappearance of the County’s Main Chest Cashier and lack of cooperation from some accounting staff, our work couldn’t...
(South Sudan Nation 05/16/13)
Lately, I have been monitoring the political development in South Sudan and I am in awe on how fast the situation is deteriorating and how fast the SPLM lost and will continue to loose grounds as a national political party! Things may get worse for the South and the SPLM, unless miracles happen. There have been a lot of talks lately on how best to govern South Sudan, some are calling for Federalism others are calling for centralism and few are for I don’t care party!? Without taking sides on which is the best way to govern the South, one can only be concerned in the way the debate is being carried out. For example last week in Juba the...
(Sudan Vision 05/15/13)
Khartoum - National Congress Party (NCP) said the implementation of the agreements with South Sudan is subject to ceasing support of South Sudan to rebels and disengaging the 9th and 10th divisions in South Kordofan and Blue Nile from SPLM, the army of South Sudan. In a press release following the meeting of NCP's political Sector; Yassir Yousif, the media secretary of NCP, renewed NCP's call for government and army of South Sudan to cease support for Sudanese rebels considering that is the only way the agreements between the two countries can be implemented. Commenting on the information revealed by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) regarding the support offered by South Sudan to SPLM-N before their attack on...

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