South Sudan president seeks maintaining Machar in Pretoria

January 21, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir, is currently visiting South Africa in a bid to advocate for maintaining in confinement his main political rival and the leader of the armed opposition Riek Machar and to exclude him personally from future interim arrangements.
President Kiir who arrived on Friday to South Africa is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Defence, Kuol Manyang, the Minister in the Office of the President, Mayiik Ayii Deng, and Minister of (…)


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UNICEF chief calls for end to South Sudan conflict

January 20, 2018 (JUBA) – Only an end to the ongoing hostilities in South Sudan can bring back hope and safety to the nation’s children and young people, a top United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) official has said.
“I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw first-hand how four years of a man-made conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death,” UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta H. Fore said Thursday after a two-day visit to the country.
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South Sudan rebel accuses government of fresh attacks in various locations

January 19, 2018 (JUBA) – The main rebel movement under the overall leadership of the exiled former first vice president in South Sudan has Friday issued a statement giving details of continued military offensives on their positions by the government forces in multiple places across the country.
Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA IO Deputy Military Spokesperson, according to a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, claimed government forces on Friday morning attacked their base in Pogee as their (…)


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Former W. Equatoria governor survive kidnap attempt in Uganda

January 18, 2018 (KAMPALA) – A former governor of Western Equatoria State Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro, survived an alleged kidnap attempt by the South Sudanese security agents from Kampala on Wednesday.
On Thursday, his office announced the kidnapping attempt while he was on official visit to East Africa region.
“The South Sudan National Movement for Change would like to inform our supporters and well-wishers about news of a thwarted kidnapping attempt on our Chairman Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro (…)


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Lawyers for jailed Machar’s spokesperson pullout over unfair trial

January 18, 2018 (JUBA)-The defence team for the former spokesperson of the former first vice president turned rebel leader Riek Machar announced withdrawal from the case, citing unfair trial despite the recent signing of a cessation of hostilities.
The lead defence lawyer Monyuak Alor Kuol told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that they decided to pull from the process because of “unfair trial.”
James Gatdet Dak was deported to Juba by Kenyan authorities in November 2016 where he has since been (…)


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South Sudan ambassador denies defection from Kiir’s gov’t

January 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese Ambassador to Russia Telar Deng Wednesday denied reports claiming he had defected from the government of President Salva Kiir and joined the opposition groups.
Recently there were reports circulating in the social media claiming that Ambassador Deng, an old friend of the South Sudanese president discussed ways to remove Kiir with a number of opposition officials in a meeting held in Nairobi at the house of the Rebeca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of (…)


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U.S. Congressional delegation to visit Khartoum on Sunday

January 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – A delegation from the United States Congress would arrive in Khartoum on Sunday on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Sudan’s National Legislature, said parliament speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omer
Speaking at a press conference in Khartoum Wednesday, Omer said the Congressional delegation would meet with the Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih, ministers of the economic sector, speaker of the National Assembly, opposition parties and the National (…)


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WFP calls for urgent food distribution in South Sudan

January 16, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s food security situation will worsen this year unless food is procured and distributed to millions of people in urgent need in inaccessible areas of the country before the rainy season start, the World Food Program (WFP) said Tuesday.
“The food security situation is not good and the indication we get is that the harvest last year (2017) was less than the year before,” said WFP Deputy Country Director Simon Cammelbeek.
South Sudan has been hit by (…)


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S. Sudan becomes African export credit agency member

January 16, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan has officially joined the African Trade and Insurance Agency (ATI), a multilateral financial institution providing export credit insurance, political risk insurance, investment insurance and other financial products to member states.
The East African country becomes the 14th member of the ATI.
As a member of the ATI, countries are usually supported to cover risks to companies and investors doing business in member countries. The trade agency also (…)


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Sudan, South Sudan committee to meet in Addis Ababa

January 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) between Sudan and South Sudan will meet on 3 February in Addis Ababa, said the African Union representative in Khartoum
The head of the African Union (AU) office in Khartoum Mahmoud Kan said an emergency meeting of the JPSC would be held on 3 February under the auspice of the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP).
He told the pro-government Sudan Media Center (SMC) that the invitation for the meeting (…)


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Taban’s visit to Jonglei violates ceasefire: former detainees

January 16, 2018 (JUBA)- The SPLM Former Detainees (FDs) group Tuesday has condemned the visit of the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai to Jonglei, accusing the government of violating the ceasefire agreement brokered by the IGAD mediators.
In a statement released in Juba, the FDs condemned in the “strongest terms” the violation to the cessation of hostilities by the warring parties in the country, stressing that the two sides have the obligation to observe the humanitarian truce.
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South Sudan former army chief’s aides call for uprising to remove Kiir

January 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The associates of former South Sudan’s chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan, have called for an uprising to remove President Salva Kiir from power, claiming the latter was using divide and rule policy to consolidate his regime.
Kuol Athuai Hal, former Aweil Northern County commissioner who also served in different capacities in the Northern Bahr el Ghazal government including an adviser for peace in the state government run by Awan when he was its governor, told Sudan (…)


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S. Sudan’s ex-army chief did not set condition for talks: official

January 14, 2018 (JUBA) – A member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders has dismissed reports that former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan set conditions and demands for President Salva Kiir’s government to meet before entering into talks with the Juba regime. In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday, the co-chair of the Jieng Council of Elders, Joshua Dau said he was unaware of conditions and demands Awan allegedly placed. “Gen Paul Malong was receptive and cooperative in our (…)


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UN experts urge Libya, S. Sudan to prevent weapons supplying to Darfur rebels

January 14, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – United Nations experts have urged Sudan’s neighbours Libya and South Sudan to stop supplying Darfur armed groups with weapons and ammunition in line with UN resolutions on this respect.
In a report to the Security Council released this week, a panel of five experts says that rebel groups from Darfur region “work as mercenaries” with South Sudanese government and the different warring parties in Libya.
Regarding the restive north African country, the report (…)


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S. Sudan Presidential spokesman questions ex-army chief’s denial of audiotapes

January 13, 2018 (JUBA) — Presidential spokesman Saturday Ateny Wek Ateny has questioned the logic behind the denial of the authenticity of the audiotapes which recorded the voices of former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan, ordering his associates in the army cause fighting or asked them to carry out attacks in some areas.
The presidential aide said people who denied the authenticity of the audiotapes have either lost the objectivity or had chosen voluntarily and intentionally to (…)


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Dinka elders strike deal with ex-army chief to not rebel

January 12, 2018 (JUBA) – Prominent personalities and the members of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of elders in South Sudan have reached a deal with the former army chief of staff, Paul Malong not to rebel against the government under the leadership of President Salva Kiir.
The new deal, according to the mediation team, will allow the government to not treat former chief of staff Paul Malong Awan as a rebel as he was declared on Monday. It demands him to cease involving himself in any (…)


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Ex- presidential adviser abandons S. Sudan’s main rebel group

January 11, 2018 (JUBA) – A former presidential adviser, who was initially a member of the South Sudan’s armed opposition movement led by the country’s former first vice-president, Riek Machar has announced the formation of a breakaway faction from the latter. Albert Abdullah, in a statement issued Thursday, said the Eastern Front Army, which he leads, was formed with objectives to fight against the current system of governance so as to create federalism.
The group, the statement added, (…)


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Machar orders release prisoners of war in S. Sudan rebel hands

January 9, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan armed opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Riek Machar has ordered the release of war prisoners in the rebel-controlled- areas on Tuesday, pointing the move is part of the cessation of hostilities agreement reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in December 2017.
“In compliance to article 9 of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities, protection of civilians and humanitarian access, all prisoners of war that were captured by the SPLM/SPLA (IO) (…)


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