S. Sudan being punished for not paying for western support: Kiir

April 23, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan president Salva Kiir said his country was being punished by western powers for not paying for their support in the long civil war against neigbouring Sudan.
The South Sudanese leader said it is a culture among African people to pay back without being reminded of the support they received from those who provided needed support and the time of need.
“The country is suffering today because of the punishment we are getting from western countries. They think (…)


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S. Sudan’s planned election violates peace process: Amum

April 23, 2018 (NAIROBI) – Threats by South Sudan government to hold elections is a plan to violate the peace process mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Pagan Amum, a member of the former political detainees said.
In an email to Sudan Tribune, the former secretary general of the country’s ruling party (SPLM) said it will be a “sham” election process.
South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), which also includes Amum’s group of the former detained earlier, demanded (…)


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S. Sudan repatriates late army chief’s body from Egypt

April 23, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government on Monday received the body of army chief of staff, Gen James Ajongo Mawut, who died on Friday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo after a short illness.
Mawut died in a military hospital in Egypt and preparations to take his body to his ancestral home in Bar-Mayen village are underway.
Top army officers and government officials upon arrival on Egyptian military on April 23, 2018 at Juba international airport from which it was taken to St. (…)


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Clerics promoting violence in South Sudan, says VP

April 22, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan vice-president, James Wani Igga has, in an unexpected move, accused the clergy of promoting violence in the young nation by allegedly spreading hate messages.
Igga, while addressing the congregation at All Saint Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan in Juba Sunday, claimed some said some clergymen were orchestrators of violence.
“Some clergymen have resorted to preaching against personalities in this country. They misinforming (…)


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U.S embassy initiates curfew after renewed clashes in S. Sudan

April 21, 2018 (JUBA) – The United State embassy in South Sudan has announced a temporary curfew for its personnel after renewed clashes erupted west of the capital, Juba on Thursday.
“Effective immediately and until 6:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018, the Embassy’s curfew has been temporarily changed from 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,” partly reads the embassy’s statement issued on Friday.
The embassy, in the brief statement, also appealed to US citizens in the country to be cautious and closely (…)


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AU delegation urges S. Sudan parties to commit to peace process

April 21, 2018 (JUBA) – The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) delegation on Thursday urged all parties involved in the South Sudan conflict to honour their commitments to the peace process.
The mission, at the end of their six-day visit to the war-torn nation, urged the warring parties to allow for genuine reconciliation and healing and ensure that next round of high level revitalization forum (HLRF) succeeds.
“The PSC delegation assured all stakeholders of AU’s readiness and (…)


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UN official calls to focus on South Sudan civilians protection from sexual violence

April 20, 2019 (JUBA) – At the end of her four-day visit to South Sudan, UN chief aide for peacekeeping operations, Bintou Keita Thursday called to focus on protection of civilians particularly women and children who are victims of sexual violence.
Keita’s visit came after the renewal of UNMISS mandate for another year until March 2019. The resolution 2406 (2018) pointed to the need to prevent sexual and gender-based violence against civilians and encouraged the mission to explore what (…)


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China to send peacekeeping police to South Sudan

April 19, 2018 (JUBA) – China will send 19 peacekeeping police officers to South Sudan and Cyprus to carry out United Nations peacekeeping missions, its ministry of public security said Thursday.
According to ECNS news agency, the police crew bound for South Sudan will be the seventh to be deployed in the country, starting on 22 April.
The average age for the members is 37 and that they come from different police classifications and excel in foreign languages.
Since joining the UN (…)


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Official reveals alleged plot to “assassinate” ex-army chief

April 19, 2018 (NAIROBI) – A senior member of South Sudan United Front (SSUF), an opposition movement led by former military chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan, claimed they have unearthed an alleged plot by the Juba government to “assassinate” their leader.
“It has come to our attention that the Government of South Sudan has deployed secret agents and foreign assassins with plans to bring harm to the leader ofSouth Sudan United Front, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, his family members, and (…)


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UN sanctions committee briefed on situation in South Sudan

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) – Members of the United Nations Security Council Committee, established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan, were briefed by the Panel of Experts on South Sudan in connection with the Panel’s final report, which was submitted in pursuance of paragraph 2 of resolution 2353 (2017).
During the deliberations, held on 11 April, the Committee reportedly considered the Panel’s findings with respect to the political and security situation in South Sudan; (…)


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South Sudan presidency denies arresting adviser

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed as propaganda reports alleging presidential adviser on military affairs, Daniel Awet Akot has been placed under house arrest, causing speculations and warning such actions could spark unrest.
The presidential adviser on security affairs. Tut Kew Gatluak denied that Akot is under house arrest, saying he was unaware of the top aide’s detention.
“I am not aware of this allegation. I spoke to Gen Daniel today and he did not (…)


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South Sudan shuts BBC stations over “unpaid arrears”

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) The authorities in South Sudan have shut down the BBC’s FM relay stations in the capital, Juba and in the town of Wau.
The decision, an official said, was taken after the London-based radio ignored requests to pay arrears, despite a reminder in January.
“On 22 January 2018, the minister [of information] wrote to them [BBC] cancelling the agreement and informed BBC to pay SSBC [South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation] all the arrears and come to negotiate the new agreement (…)


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South Sudan presidential spokesperson disowns suspension reports

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – The spokesperson of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Tuesday has dismissed as “fake” reports claiming he has been suspended from his assignment.
Ateny Wek Ateny said the social media reports were a creation of “rumour mongers to create disharmony at the South Sudanese presidency.
While Ateny denies social media reports, sources at the presidency told Sudan Tribune that there is a feeling within the presidential palace that Ateny should be replaced with someone (…)


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IGAD postpones resumption of S. Sudan revitalization process

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan peace revitalization talks have been postponed sine die, announced the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in a short statement released on Tuesday.
Last March, the IGAD Council of Ministers agreed to resume Phase II of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on 26 April. It was also decided that the Special Envoy had to hold consultations meetings with the process’s parties and stakeholder to narrow the gaps on governance and security (…)


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IGAD postpones resumption of S. Sudan revitalization process

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan peace revitalization talks have been postponed sine die, announced the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in a short statement released on Tuesday.
Last March, the IGAD Council of Ministers agreed to resume Phase II of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on 26 April. It was also decided that the Special Envoy had to hold consultations meetings with the process’s parties and stakeholder to narrow the gaps on governance and security (…)


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EU ready to apply “measures” over S. Sudan peace process

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The European Union (EU) Council is ready to apply all appropriate measures to those obstructing the political process in war-torn South Sudan, according to its conclusions adopted on Monday.
The Council, in its conclusion, agreed that that 2018 is a critical year for securing peace in South Sudan, as the term of the transitional government of National Unity as set out in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) comes to an end.
“While (…)


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South Sudan conflict continues to be marked by sexual violence: UN

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – In a report to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said sexual violence in South Sudan remains characterized in 2017 with marked political and ethnic undertones
“In almost all recorded cases, the perpetrators and victims came from rival ethnic groups, with the physical violence often accompanied by verbal insults levelled against victims on the basis of their identity and presumed allegiance,” reads the report
However, it said the (…)


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South Sudan peace monitors brief AUPSC delegation

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The senior leadership of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) secretariat briefed the visiting African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) delegation on the recent activities in relation to their monitoring activities in South Sudan.
The AU delegation are a five-day visit to the war-torn East African country to urge South Sudanese parties to commit to the (…)


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