Durability of peace in South Sudan

The future Engagements by Governments, Politicians, Cattle Herders and Youth?
By Ukongo Benson
The Republic of South Sudan, having gained independence in 2011, was desired to follow the path of peace and development since the people of South Sudan suffered too long enough, to bear more the tragedies associated with 1955-2005 wars. Unfortunately, unknown to expectations of many, the conflict emerged again in December 2015, due to the internal divisions within the ruling SPLM/A that fought (…)


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South Sudan’s Rebecca Garang calls on President Kiir to step down

December 20, 2017 (JUBA)- Rebecca Garang de Mabior, widow of the founding leader of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) said the conflict in the country would never be resolved unless President Salva Kiir steps down.
Speaking at the IGAD-brokered forum to revitalize the implementation of a peace deal signed in 2015, Rebecca described the government of President Kiir as “ineffective and should be replaced”.
“If you are afraid to say it, I am saying it, because there (…)


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South Sudan cabinet minister leads government revitalization team

December 17, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s coalition government has dispatched a team led by the cabinet affairs minister to the revitalization forum, sparking debate about its commitment to participating in a good faith in the IGAD brokered peace process.
Minister Martin Elia Lomuro, according to the government spokesman and the minister of information, Michael Makuei Lueth, was nominated by the cabinet of the transitional government of national at its regular meeting chaired by President (…)


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Rights group calls to establish S. Sudan hybrid court, pointing to possible ICC referral

December 15, 2017 (JUBA) – The Human Rights Watch has called on the African Union to establish a hybrid court to prosecute war crime committed in South Sudan since 2013 pointing that the International Criminal Court can deal with the situation if government continue to obstruct it.
In a statement released on Friday, the right group disclosed that South Sudanese government officials are opposed to the court which part of the peace agreement signed since more than two years ago in August (…)


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South Sudan rebels vows participation in revitalization forum

December 15, 2017 (JUBA) – The deputy leader of South Sudan’s main rebel movement (SPLM-In Opposition)led by Riek Machar said his group would participate in the revitalization forum in order to end the four-year war, build peace and pave for stability in the country.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led High-Level Revitalization Forum set to begin in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 18 December and expected to end on 22 December. The organisers worked during the past months to (…)


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ARCSS and HLRF: last or lost chance for peace in South Sudan?

By James Okuk
“Tell people in power that something they tried didn’t work as expected” – Peter Ross. “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation” – Edmund Burke.
The above quotes are the essential secrets of success or failure of countries. This wisdom from Ross and Burke should guide the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and its outcome. The warring parties should seize the opportunity as the unavoidable last chance for sustainable peace. There is no (…)


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South Sudan presidential adviser denies conspiracy to harm rebel leader

December 8, 2017 (JUBA) – An adviser to South Sudan president Salva Kiir on Friday denied a report claiming there was a conspiracy to harm the leader of the main rebel group in the country, Riek Machar.
“Assassinating political opponents is not a South Sudanese culture and I would like to assure the general public that there is no such plan against any political leader, including Riek Machar, presidential adviser on security affairs Tut Kew Gatluak told Sudan Tribune on Friday.
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South Sudan president says opposition rift prevents peace

November 29, 2017 (JUBA ) – South Sudan president Salva Kiir has attributed in discussions with regional leaders that the division of armed and non-armed opposition groups was behind the failure of a sustainable ceasefire in the country.
President Kiir, who held talks with the regional leaders including the President of Botswana, Ian Khama, said the government was doing the best to end the four-year conflict but was finding it difficult as the opposition was becoming more and more divided (…)


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Who are Juba’s “Unknown Gunmen”?

By Tor Madira Machier
Two weeks ago, the director of information for South Sudan’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), Peter Nyale Gatkuoth, was shot dead in his residence in the capital Juba by the “Unknown Gunmen” following weeks of killings that saw the same “Unknown Gunmen” targeting close political and military associates of the SPLA former Chief of General Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan.
On Friday, the 24th of November, 2017, Bol Deng Miyen, a press secretary associated with the (…)


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Just how flaw the ARCSS Revitalization process is

By Steve Paterno
The IGAD mediators are already creating hurdles in their desperate attempts to revitalize South Sudan peace agreement.
First, they ran out of credible opposition leaders, hence, they have to either invent new such leaders or resuscitate the most irrelevant ones to bring them back to life. They are going just after about anyone, particularly those they find to be opposing the government and assigning them to stakeholders. It is so funny that it looks as if they are (…)


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IGAD envoy, S. Sudan leadership discuss peace revitalization forum

November 24, 2017 (JUBA) — The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy for South Sudan, discussed with the South Sudanese President and his deputies the organisation of a forum to revitalize the implementation of a peace deal signed in 2015.
The consultations come two weeks before an extraordinary meeting of the IGAD Council of Ministers on 11-12 December to discuss the technical modalities of the forum.
“The convening of the Forum will follow the meeting of the (…)


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The Lingering Stain of Exclusivity in South Sudan’s National Dialogue

By Brian Adeba Five months after President Kiir unveiled a “reconstituted” National Dialogue, the steering committee tasked with directing its affairs released a report at the end of October detailing its activities and analysis of the political debacle in South Sudan. Notable in the activities basket of the steering committee, is the fact that key leaders of the armed opposition have refused to meet it. Riek Machar, leader of the SPLM-IO, Thomas Cirillo, of the National Salvation Front, (…)


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South Sudan’s Kiir washes his hands of support to Sudanese rebel

November 2, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit Thursday reiterated that his country does not support Sudanese armed opposition groups, and announced the agreement with his Sudanese counterpart on a roadmap to implement the outstanding security agreements.
Kiir who ended a two-day visit to Khartoum pledged with his Sudanese counterpart not to allow the “saboteurs” to affect relations between the two countries.
“We do not support the Sudanese rebel movements, and (…)


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South Sudan sets April 2018 deadline for dialogue process

October 20, 2017 (JUBA) -The South Sudanese national dialogue body said it intends to set April 2018 as a deadline for the conclusion of the political process, stressing it would not be an indefinite process. The Co-chair of the National Dialogue Steering Committee Angelo Beda told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the first document of the committee envisioned April 2018 as the last month in which the process would be closed. “It is not going to be an indefinite process. There is a (…)


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Juba gave “lukewarm response” to peace revitalization process: UN official

October 17, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – South Sudanese government is unenthusiastic for the IGAD revitalization process as a means to end the four-year war and implement reforms in the troubled country, UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday.
“With regard to the Revitalization Forum announced by IGAD, the government has only given a lukewarm response,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), said in a monthly briefing about the (…)


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S. Sudan rebel leader, religious officials hold talks in S. Africa

October 15, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese rebel leader, currently exiled in South Africa, met the religious leaders who were part of the national dialogue steering committee delegation that visited South Africa for a retreat last week.
Riek Machar, South Sudan’s former First Vice-President-turned rebel leader, had failed to honour a meeting with the delegation during their visit to South Africa.
The group, however, said although the rebel leader rejected meeting its leaders, his (…)


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South Sudan presidential aide claims rebel leader not interested in reforms

October 13, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese presidential aide Friday said that the main South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar is only interested in grabbing power but not in democratic reforms.
“It is clear that what Riek Machar wants is not the reforms and democracy he has been claiming but only interested in power. He does not care what the people faces, what they are going through and when people say this, some people do not understand and now they are pushing for a renegotiation of (…)


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