Category: South Sudan

Kenya opposes call to seize property of S. Sudan leaders

June 17, 2018 (NAIROBI) – Kenya has calls from the United States to seize properties of South Sudanese leaders, allegedly acquired using proceeds from corruption, money laundering and the ongoing war.
Last week, the US Treasury’s under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker said some South Sudanese, have continued to invest illicit money in Kenya’s real estate market.
“I wanna be very clear, those who profit from human rights violations and corruption, preying (…)


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South Sudan army attacks rebel positions in Eastern Equatoria, claims spokesperson

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – SPLM-IO spokesperson accused the South Sudanese government of attacking their positions in the Imatong State of Eastern Equatoria region and called on the ceasefire body to investigate the aggression.
Lam Paul Gabriel said in a statement released on Sunday evening that the SPLA-IG launched an attack on their base in Pogee from Ngomoromo at about 06:30 pm
“The forces left Magwi yesterday and crossed into Uganda via Lobone border point where they launched the attack (…)


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China firm trains 20 young South Sudanese engineers

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – China Railway Construction Engineering Group has trained 20 young South Sudanese engineers in various disciplines.
The young engineers drawn from the civil, electrical and carpentry fields recently completed one-month of training at the China-aided project for modernization and expansion at Juba Teaching Hospital.
Out of the 20 students who enrolled for the training, only seven managed to complete, according to the Chinese engineering firm.
Deng Agany Aguto, a (…)


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South Sudan passes $584m 2018/19 fiscal year budget

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan cabinet on Thursday adopted a 82 billion South Sudan Pounds ($584 million) budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
This year’s budgetary figure presented a 75% increase when compared to what was approved during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the proposed budget is to be presented to MPs for approval next week.
It, however, remains unclear how the war-torn nation will finance its budget, given its (…)


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Juba only pledged to consider holding Kiir-Riek meeting in Khartoum: diplomat

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir has only pledged to consider the Sudanese proposal to hold in Khartoum the face-to-face meeting between him and his main rival Riek Machar, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.
South Sudanese Government Spokesperson came out on Friday say they do not want this crucial meeting for the peace process to be held in one of the IGAD countries because there are “competing interests” and indicated they prefer a neutral country such as South Africa.
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TEXT: IGAD Revised Bridging Proposal for Peace in South Sudan

A REVISED BRIDGING PROPOSAL
ON THE OUTSTANDING ISSUES PERTAINING TO GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS IN THE HIGH-LEVEL REVITALIZATION FORUM OF THE AGREEMENT ON THE RESOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
After eleven (11) months of intensive engagements and negotiations to revitalize the ARCSS as mandated by the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on 12 June 2017, ten (10) key Governance and Security issues remain outstanding. At the (…)


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S. Sudan national security regional office opens in Wau

June 16, 2018 (WAU) – South Sudan National Security Services inaugurated on Friday its regional head office in Wau state.
Construction of the building, located on eastern bank of Jur River, started in 2013.
Officials say the new office will help the region handle issues affecting national security issues affecting various communities.
Speaking during Friday’s occasion, the national security minister in the office president, Obuto Mamur Mete directed all army commanders to withdraw their (…)


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S. Sudan parties resume talks as IGAD makes revised bridging proposal

June 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese parties Saturday started three-day Intensive Interlink Consultations meeting to discuss a revised Bridging Proposal dealing with the outstanding issue in the peace revitalization forum.
The IGAD mediators submitted to the participants a new proposal described as “a middle ground on their various negotiating positions” on the power-sharing or governance and security arrangements. The parties during the three-day consultations are supposed to sign it (…)


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Juba calls to hold Kiir-Machar meeting outside IGAD countries

June 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said it wants the face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and his main rival Riek Machar to be outside the IGAD countries, saying there a sort of competition among the block’s countries to organize it.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth pointed to the multiple initiatives by Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia to host a meeting between Kiir and Machar saying there are “competing interests” between (…)


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Salva Kiir’s kingdom of doom

By Duop Chak Wuol
Empires come and go, regardless of whether they are good or bad. One of the chief measures employed by historians is an investigatory examination into the legacies the empires leave behind — these legacies are always methodically scrutinized by the people who the empires once ruled. In South Sudan, the final report of Salva Kiir’s regime is already written on the wall. Kiir’s leadership is not just troubling; it is a kingdom of destruction where his regime’s policy is (…)


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South Sudan oppositions accuses gov’t forces of fresh attacks in Wau

Jue 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The SPLM/A-IO Friday accused the South Sudanese army of attacking its positions in Wau State and called on the UN and regional bodies to investigate this violation of the ceasefire agreement of December 2017.
According to the SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel, the attack occurred on 13th June, at around 5:00 am when the government forces hit the SPLA IO position in Bagaari area of Wau State.
“The SPLA IO forces of Div. 6 withdrew tactically to (…)


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S. Sudan marks World Blood Donor Day with optimism

June 14, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Thursday joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Blood Donor Day, calling for increased investment in blood transfusion services in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, the country’s health minister, Riek Gai Kok admitted that poor and inadequate health infrastructure has made it difficult for government to organize blood donation campaigns.
“When fighting broke out in 2013, it was a real disaster because we lost so many people due to lack (…)


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South Sudan least safe country in Africa – survey

June 14, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan is the least safe country in the Africa, the annual Gallup Global Law and Order poll has shown.
Gabon, Liberia and South Africa were the other least safe countries ranked after South Sudan in the latest polls respectively.
The report also ranked Egypt as the safest country in Africa and at the 16th position out of 135 countries globally.
The annually conducted poll aimed at finding out from people if they felt safe walking at night and if they were ever (…)


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Ethiopia’s Abiy welcomes al-Bashir efforts for peace in South Sudan

June 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed praised the efforts of President Omer al-Bashir to bring peace in South Sudan in support of the IGAD mediation, said the Sudanese foreign ministry on Thursday.
Abiy received the Sudanese Foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed who briefed him about al-Bashir’s initiative to convene a face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar
“The minister stressed that the initiative comes within the (…)


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UNHCR steps up efforts against statelessness in S. Sudan

June 13, 2018 (JUBA) – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), working jointly with the Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Immigration (DNPI) of South Sudan and Forcier Consulting launched on Wednesday a study on statelessness in the war-torn nation. The study, commissioned by UNHCR in cooperation with DNPI and Forcier Consulting in 2017, explains main triggers behind the statelessness in South Sudan, outlines categories of people who are at risk of statelessness, identifies (…)


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US urges crackdown on S. Sudan war money invested in Kenya

June 14, 2018 (NAIROBI) – The United States has urged the Kenya government to investigate properties and assets owned South Sudanese officials who are benefitting from the country’s civil war.
The US Treasury’s under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, said well-placed South Sudanese, have continued to invest illicit money in Kenya’s real estate market.
“I wanna be very clear, those who profit from human rights violations and corruption, preying on the poor (…)


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Ethiopia’s Abiy invites Kiir and Machar for face-to-face talks in Addis Ababa

June 13, 2018 (JUBA) – The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has invited President Salva Kiir and the leader of main armed opposition group Riek Machar to meet in Addis Ababa within a week.
in a statement released on Wednesday said the SPLM-IO acknowledged receipt of the invitation letter to its leader for “IGAD-led face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir on the 20th of June, 2018 in Addis Ababa”.
“The Movement welcomes this invitation and salutes the courage of IGAD for (…)


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South Sudan president approves resignation of SPLM chief whip

June 12, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Tuesday accepted the resignation of the chief whip of the ruling SPLM’s in the parliament and appointed a new successor to ensure that the MPs of the majority party back the government and vote as the party desires.
On 29 May, Atem Garang de Kuek resigned from the leadership of the SPLM whipping system following a disagreement with the Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly Anthony Lino Makana who refused to increase the salaries (…)


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