Friday 21 July 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
The United States warned Thursday that a new regional plan to shore up South Sudan's failing peace agreement was the last chance for Juba's leaders to end the war, now in its fourth year. US Deputy Ambassador Michele Sison told the UN Security Council that Washington will reconsider its support for the deal signed two years ago by President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar, if the latest effort fails. The remarks highlighted growing impatience by the US administration with leaders in South Sudan, which won independence from Sudan just...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
South Sudan's government sacked a dozen judges who had been on strike for the past two months, the country's information minister told AFP on Thursday. "The president yesterday issued an order relieving some of the judges," Michael Makuei said, without explaining the reasons for the layoffs. More than 270 justices put down their gavels in May after President Salva Kiir refused to act on their ultimatum to fire the country's chief justice, whom the judges claimed ignored their demands for better working conditions and pay. The strike paralysed the justice system of the east African nation, which has been mired in a ruinous civil war for nearly four years. Most of the 12 judges fired had been members of a...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/13/17)
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has sacked several judges who had been on strike over poor pay and living conditions for the last two months, officials said on Thursday. The world's youngest country plunged into civil war in 2013 just two years after gaining independence after Kiir fired his deputy, triggering a conflict fought largely along ethnic lines. The conflict has slashed oil revenues and paralyzed agriculture. Civil servants and soldiers go unpaid for months and hyperinflation renders money almost...
(The East African 07/13/17)
South Sudan peace monitors have urged the Juba administration to promptly embark on making a permanent Constitution to guide the elections at the end of the transitional period in 2018. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission chairman, Mr Festus Mogae, Wednesday expressed fears that the transitional government was not making progress on constitution making, as stipulated in the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan. The agreement was signed between the warring factions in 2015. According to the...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/17)
South Sudan government forces have launched an offensive against a rebel stronghold in the north of the country, the UN said Wednesday. David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), described "heavy fighting" and an "extremely worrying" situation around the town of Pagak, in Upper Nile region, over the past week, forcing civilians and aid workers to flee. Speaking in the capital, Juba, Shearer said 5,000 civilians "from the area north of Pagak" have so far crossed the border into Ethiopia to escape the government offensive while "at least 25 aid workers have been forced to relocate from Pagak and surrounding areas...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/17)
President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has said the lack of funding and attacks by armed groups have delayed the implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Security Arrangement of the 2015 peace accord. The agreement is aimed at ending the conflict which began in 2013. The second chapter of the peace agreement provides details on security arrangements including the formation of cantonment sites and the declaration of ceasefire by all armed groups. Speaking in Juba on Monday to mark South Sudan’s sixth independence anniversary President Kiir said the establishment of cantonment areas has been affected by groups attacking those willing to venture to the sites.
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
South Sudan on Sunday marked its sixth independence anniversary in muted fashion, with no official celebration as the world's newest nation reels from a brutal and destructive ongoing civil war. A third of the population has been forced from their homes creating one of the world's worst refugee crises, tens of thousands have been killed and a famine and food shortages have threatened the lives of millions more. "Today I have nothing to celebrate," said 34-year-old father of three Ariik...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/17)
Men wearing South Sudanese military uniforms have launched two raids on a hamlet over the border in Uganda in recent weeks, residents said, stealing cattle and raising fears that a near four-year-old conflict is spreading. The gunmen also tried to seize refugees from Gbari in the first reported attacks on Ugandan soil since the start of South Sudan's civil war, locals told Reuters. "I am afraid, they may come ... and burn all the houses," said Martin Koma, 44, from...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/17)
What was once Bentiu, the gateway to South Sudan's oil fields, is now a cluster of bullet-riddled buildings and piles of scrap metal, its ghostly avenues abandoned. Residents of the town have long since decamped to a well-ordered grid of mud dwellings ringed by sewage, where they live in wretched limbo after three years of war, too scared to leave. Some 120,000 people living in the camp fear that if they leave their ethnicity would make them a target for...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
The United Nations said Tuesday it feared a "security vacuum" in central Africa after the withdrawal of Ugandan, South Sudanese and US troops formerly tracking Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. One of Africa's longest-surviving rebel groups, the Lord's Resistance Army has terrorized parts of central Africa for 30 years. Since being set up by Kony in 1987, it is accused of slaughtering more than 100,000 people and abducting 60,000 children who were forced to become sex slaves and soldiers. But on April 19, Uganda began withdrawing troops from the eastern Central African Republic (CAR). And 100 special forces soldiers from US Africa Command (AFRICOM) wrapped up their operation...
(APA 06/12/17)
The US Charge d'affaires in Khartoum, Stephen Kotsis, discussed with Sudanese undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Abdul Ghani Al-Naeem the East African country's efforts to restore security and stability in southern Sudan. The two countries' views coincided with the importance of supporting the peace efforts, reaching a ceasefire and the comprehensive solution, and supporting the efforts of IGAD to restore security and stability in the south, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Gareebullah Kheddir, on Monday. Kotsis expressed appreciation for the Sudan's efforts...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/17)
Unknown gunmen on Thursday ambushed a convoy on the main road connecting South Sudan's capital with the Ugandan border, killing at least 15 people, officials said. Nine others were wounded in the attack on a civilian convoy escorted by the military on the insecure Juba-Nimule highway. "The convoy was attacked in Moli village when it was coming from Nimule to Juba with an escort," said South Sudan police spokesman Daniel Justine, who confirmed the death toll. He said the convoy...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(News24 06/02/17)
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, who has been in South Africa since last year, has told the United Nations that the country's government has been "hospitable", but he wishes to be released "from confinement and detention". "My host here South Africa has been hospitable," Machar said in a statement released on Wednesday after a teleconference with the UN security council. According to reports the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), arrived in South Africa late last year...
(Sudan Tribune 05/30/17)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has vowed to prioritise peace in the country and that his administration would silence guns and focus on reconciliation, forgiveness and harmony. The Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs, Daniel Awet Akot said the South Sudanese leader welcomed and lauded efforts made by regional leaders to put the country on the path of peace and tranquillity by exploring all possibilities to end the three-year war in the young nation. "Peace has been the top agenda on...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(The East African 05/26/17)
South Sudanese authorities have dismissed claims of supporting rebels in Sudan, fighting to oust President Omar al-Bashir. Information minister Michael Makuei said the accusations by President Bashir against Juba and Egypt were completely false. President Bashir on Tuesday claimed that Juba and Cairo were offering military and logistical support to the Sudanese anti-government factions based in Darfur. He told the media in Khartoum that groups battling government forces, entered the Darfur region through South Sudan and Libya and were well...
(The Guardian 05/22/17)
Crimes against humanity. Mass atrocities. Mass displacement. While these terms accurately describe the conflict in Syria, they are equally applicable to South Sudan’s ongoing civil war. Left to its present trajectory of displacement and famine, roughly half of South Sudan’s population will have died of starvation or fled the country by the war’s fourth anniversary in December – an occurrence nearly unprecedented in modern history. In a study conducted by the South Sudan Law Society using the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire,...
(Xinhuanet 05/19/17)
South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said Thursday that ceasefire remains difficult to enforce due to constant violations by rebels following renewed clashes on Tuesday in the border town of Yei that left four soldiers dead. "Even if we were to declare a unilateral ceasefire which people are talking about that you declare ceasefire. You cannot declare a ceasefire for yourself. You declare ceasefire, so that two sides respect it all, and that the unilateral cease fire is not binding on...

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