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Wau state deputy governor, two others take oath

August 30, 2017 (WAU) - The deputy governor of South Sudan's Wau state, Dominic Emilio Bafuka was on Tuesday sworn in office.
Also sworn-in was the local government and law enforcement minister, Wol Dheil Theip as well as the Wau town mayor, Cecilia Livio Bahra.
Bahra became mayor after her appointment as deputy governor was rejected by state law makers and members of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).
The governor of Wau, Andrea Mayar Acho, in a decree, relived his (...)

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S. Sudan does not keep oil revenues in central bank: report

August 30, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government does not keep revenues acquired from the sale of its oil resources in the country's Central Bank, a new parliamentary committee report has shown.
This revelation shocked members of parliament and the general public.
“We were surprised as the leadership of parliamentary committee responsible for finance and economic planning when we carried out the research. We found out the revenues accruing from oil are not deposited into the Bank of South (...)

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South Sudan says will hold general elections next year

August 30, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has vowed, despite the ongoing civil war in the nation, to hold general elections next year.
The country's information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the war will not stop the 2018 polls from taking place as planned.
“When time comes for elections, they will have to be conducted because you cannot take insecurity as an excuse for not running the election,” Lueth told reporters in the capital, Juba on Wednesday.
The (...)

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South Sudan president not stepping down for anyone: spokesman

August 30, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir has no plan to step down for anyone, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said in a statement released to the public on Wednesday that President Kiir was not contemplating ceding power, dispelling speculation claiming Kiir was considering stepping down in favour of Costello Garang Riiny Lual, a former presidential advisor who is living abroad.
“I came across certain Facebook posting allegedly, of (...)

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South Sudan rebels say talks to release Machar from S. Africa ongoing

August 30, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese rebel official says diplomatic efforts involving regional leaders are underway to have the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar freed from South Africa.
Nathaniel Perieno, the rebel-appointed governor of Imatong state told Sudan Tribune Tuesday that the process begun after the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailmariam Deselgn met the Sudanese President Omer Hussein Al Bashir during a visit to Khartoum last week.
Another group, he said, was dispatched (...)

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South Sudan Parliament passes $300 million budget

August 30, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan's parliament on Monday passed a $300 million budget, despite the civil war raging in the world's youngest nation.
The undersecretary for economic planning at the finance ministry, Wani Buyu Dyori is optimistic that more than half of the budget would be raised by the government from oil and non-oil revenues.
“The funding comes from oil revenues and non-oil revenues and the development partners, they always give us some resources for our people,” said (...)

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Slain American journalist was “illegally” in S. Sudan: army

August 30, 2017 (JUBA) - The American freelance journalist shot dead in war-torn South Sudan over the weekend “illegally” entered the country, army officials said Tuesday.
South Sudan army spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang said Christopher Allen, 26 allegedly entered into the country with rebels forces and warned journalists against associating with armed elements.
“Anybody who comes attacking us with hostile forces will meet his fate,” Koang told Reuters.
Allen, a freelance scribe, was killed (...)

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Opposition figure, officers defect to FVP Taban faction

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
August 29, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – An “influential” opposition figure from the opposition faction of Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former Vice President, Riek Machar on Tuesday officially declared that he has switched his loyalty to first Vice President Taban Deng Gai-led SPLM-IO faction.
Major Tut Rom, commissioner of Jotome County in Maiwut state defected along with 15 officers.
In a statement Sudan Tribune received today from the Taban-led SPLM-IO (...)

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UN boss appoints new deputy head of S. Sudan mission

August 29, 2017 (JUBA) – The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday announced the appointment of Alain Noudéhou from Benin as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Noudéhou will, in his new post, also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The new deputy head of South Sudan mission succeeds Eugene Owusu of (...)

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S. Sudan: UN chief sends condolences to family of U.S journalist

August 28, 2017 (JUBA) - The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has expressed sympathy to the family and friends of Christopher Allen, an American freelance journalist killed during fighting in Kaya, a South Sudan town near the Ugandan border.
“We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the family, colleagues, and friends of Christopher Allen for their loss. His death while reporting on the conflict in South Sudan is a tragedy,” said David Shearer, also Special (...)

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End human rights violation in South Sudan, groups say

August 27, 2017 (PRETORIA) – Five South African-based human rights organisations have called on their government to urgently intervene to government to stop the gross human rights violations in South Sudan.
Abuses in South Sudan, according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, include " the deliberate targeting of civilian populations on the basis of their ethnic identity by means of killings,abductions, unlawful detentions or deprivation of liberty, rape and sexual violence, (...)

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Rights body condemns killing of US journalist in S. Sudan

August 28, 2017 (JUBA) – A New York-based human rights body has condemned last week's killing of an American journalists in South Sudan, urging authorities in the war-torn nation to investigate the incident and ensure those responsible are held accountable.
Jehanne Henry, a senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch described the killing of Christopher Allen, a freelance reporter, as a violation of international humanitarian law.
Allen, 26, was killed in heavy fighting in the town of (...)

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South Sudan rebels claim capture of multiple key places in Equatoria

August 27, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rebel fighters allied to the exiled former First Vice President Riek Machar have issued a statement claiming to have captured Kaya, Bindu, Kimba and Bazi.
“Yesterday morning (Saturday 26) at exactly 06:00 hour (local time), our joint operations forces of division 2B under the command of Major. General John Mabieh Gaar successfully launched a coordinated attack on Kaya, Bindu, Kimba and Bazi. Our forces flushed the enemies out of Kimba, Bazi, Bindu and (...)

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South Sudan president downplays refugee crisis, blames social media

August 27, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has said the millions of civilians fleeing the war-torn nation were being driven by social media propaganda manned by those conspiring against his government.
“The people who ran to Uganda were chased away by social media. There was no fighting in that area. They were told to leave because they know a UN [United Nations] official came in to assess the humanitarian situation to decide if there was need for assistance,” Kiir told (...)

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U.S journalist among those killed in S. Sudan clashes

August 27, 2017 (JUBA) - An American freelance journalist covering the civil war in South Sudan died on Saturday during a battle between rebels and government troops.
Christopher Allen, 26, was killed in heavy fighting in the town of Kaya near the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
At least 16 rebels, according to South Sudanese army (SPLA) officials, were also killed in the fighting, adding that the journalist's body was taken to the military hospital in the (...)

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It took time to convince world Machar is not for peace in S. Sudan: Kiir

August 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Saturday said it took him time to convince regional and international leaders that Riek Machar is not a man of peace and that he should be kept away.
The former South Sudanese First President has been forced to live away from the country in South Africa where he is currently after the bloody clashes in July 2016 between his troops and the South Sudanese army forces loyal to President Kiir.
President Kiir says the rebel leader (...)

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U.N envoy warns of election risks in war-torn South Sudan

AUGUST 27, 2017 (JUBA) - The United Nations special envoy for South Sudan warned that the young nation could face more problems if issue affecting it are not tackled prior to next year's general polls. "There is sporadic fighting and widespread insecurity across the country," Nicholas Haysom told the UN Security Council Thursday.
He added, "Our engagements with South Sudanese interlocutors, including the opposition, suggest that battlefield fortunes continue to inform the calculus of (...)

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Machar’s return to South Sudan will create regional instability: Kiir

August 25, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has said the return of his main political rival Riek Machar to the country from exile to participate in the national dialogue process would create regional instability.
President Kiir Further asserted that the decision to keep Machar away from the country was reached by the regional leaders; allegedly for fear that he would take the country back to war if issues he raises are not given attention he wants.
“We didn't really exclude (...)

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