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I am Being Intimated Already: Gen. Paul Malong

The former SPLA Chief of General Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, told SBS Radio Dinka that authorities in Juba are intimadating him. “I am being intimadated already. The only thing they have not done is dragging me out to be hung”, he said. Adding, “I will face it when that time comes”. Gen. Malong says he has been confined in a house arrest at his residence in Hamarat since he returned from Yirol.

Presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, earlier denied that Gen. Malong is under house arrest. But Malong says he has been placed under house arrest. He said that he sought permission from President Kiir to travel to identify through DNA test the body of his daughter killed in a dormitory that was gutted by fire in Moi Girls School in Nairobi. But President Kiir allegedly told Malong through a Minister in his Office, Hon. Mayiik Ayii, that his two deputies, Hon. Wani Igga and Hon. Taban Deng Gai have refused him to allow Malong to travel to Kenya. Observers say President Kiir alleged response to Gen. Malong's request begs the question on the country's chain of command. An attempt to reach the Ministerl Hon. Mayiik Ayii was unsuccessful as call went unanswered.

He also said he has not been released to travel to Kenya as alleged on the social media. “I have not been allowed to travel. If I were permitted to travel I would have been seen traveling to my family”, he said.  Gen. Malong spoke to media following rumor on the social media that President Kiir has given him permission to go to Kenya where his daughter was killed in the fire.


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Former Army Chief, Gen. Paul Malong, left, his late daughter, Alakiir Malong, right. Pictured by Paanluel Wel

Gen. Malong denied the allegation that he used the war to acquire financial resources for his benefits.  He said he has not benefited from the war but rather fought the war in defense of the constitution. Malong says the only property he bought in Uganda was long time ago before he occupied the country’s army top post. “I acquired my house in Uganda way back before I become Chief of General Staff of SPLA. I have not bought any property in or during my tenure in SPLA. The documentations bearing the dates of acquisition of the property are available for verification”, Gen. Malong said.

Gen. Paul Malong Awan was a close ally of President Kiir, but his relationship turned sour when he allegedly defied presidential orders deploying soldiers to disrupt civilians planed protest. Gen. Malong was dismissed a week after government rolled tanks and armor vehicles on street of Juba frustrating civilians plan to protest against ongoing war and worsening economic condition. Gen. Malong left for his village in the night he was relieved of duties in army, but the security authorities deployed soldiers with armored vehicles blocking him from proceeding with his journey to Aweil, his home.

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Justices and Judges Need Nation’s Shoulder

By Wol Deng Atak

I applaud the courage of Justices and Judges threatened by Kiir's Administration with punitive measures for calling for justice. Their collective resolve to stay the strike despite the threats against them is remarkable; and this sends a crystal clear message to Kiir's Administration in Juba that it is not enough to suppress genuine demand by decrees. The calls for justice, improved working conditions, and resignation of Chief Justice need every one of us to support. We ought to give it up to the Justices and Judges in support of their clarion stance. Leaving it to them to battle it alone would not only defeat the common good of every citizen, but would also make it impossible to bring desired solution for common good of every citizen in the near future. 

The reality on working conditions at the Judiciary dawns on me when I visited high court to only learn that the court’s proceedings had been adjourned because of lack of papers for Judges to record the details of the court proceedings. There was ‘no money to buy the papers’. The lack of money came against the background that the presidency had the money to buy hundred of cars as gifts for President Kiir’s close allies and friends, but nothing for another arm of the government. The purchase of these cars is often done outside the parameters of national budget, habitually obtained at a whim from remittance on crude oil sales.


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Hon. Wol Deng Atak 

In the recent past, the governors in the states had been viewed as the failures and so deserving President Kiir’s decrees punishing them. Barely did it occur to unsuspecting public that the umbilical code of states’ failure lies at policies created by Juba based regime. The regime has since its inception deliberately underfunds the states making it impossible for the state governments to manage insecurity. But Kiir would react with relieving decrees, which are often immune to the realities of policies his government creates. 

 

More so, the regime neglect has been a relegated case to the poor soldiers sent to die in Kiir’s war; for the unlucky soldiers killed defending Kiir’s seat never get a decent burial but rather left for birds’ feed. Many others have been buried in mass graves on different occasions to no sound of a protest. Even the orphans of the fallen soldiers have equally been denied salaries in arrears for their late parents. It is a sad reality that their parents fell in frontlines defending the seat of one nonchalant man, who seems unmoved even if walls at his proximity crumble. Perhaps, the voiceless among us have no other voice other than the nation's collective resolve to stand together and advance a better course for all. 

 

The result of our collective silence is encroaching to every door in the country. We have seen the rod of indignity, humiliations, famine, deaths, etc. Yesterday, teachers, doctors, soldiers and state governors were groaning in pain silently, and now, it is the battle for Justices and Judges. Tomorrow it will be someone else going through it alone without anyone support and the result would be paralyzing beyond defense.

 

 

It will be a mistake if any South Sudanese thinks the strike is a battle of the Justices and Judges’ alone. Their fight indirectly embodies the interest of citizens. 

You might have been affected in silence by the hyperinflation that has already hit the skyrocketing level (over 800%), yet your salary remains the same. This is your battle. Your monthly salary worth 2,000 South Sudanese Pounds cannot even afford you a one decent meal let alone your dependents. It can’t even last beyond a day meal. Well, Kiir’s Administration is sacking Justices and Judges for asking for a match of salary due to hyperinflation. Your working condition is ineffably terrible but it is only a resolve to stand as one entity that can change it. 

A common stance with the Justices and Judges can help us turn J1 officials’ attention off themselves and this could only come to pass through collective efforts.

 

Our top government officials have not only sought after their own comforts to the disappointment of nation’s interests, but have gone as far as to compensate their businesses whose revenues got lost in the war they caused in 2013. The compensation of one of companies then based in the Former Unity State serving oil companies could pay annual salaries for Judges and Justices with surplus to do other things. Kiir’s Administration affords to approve money in compensation for the companies’ ill-gotten revenues by his colleagues currently at presidency because they are his allies’ businesses, yet he cannot find reason to paying salaries in arrears to the orphans of the soldiers killed on frontlines defending his seat. 

 

Although Judges and Justices have genuine concerns, their voices sound as intruders to J1 governance. Thus, sacking them as nation goes silent is giving Kiir's Administration a tool for silencing every suffering soul in the country! It is a pity!

 

Kiir’s Administration has since its inception ridden on non-accountability platform and it is not used to questioning its decision. Therefore, it finds no reason to willingly look into issues raised by citizens. A common citizen has for long been viewed by the regime as an intruder to the governance affairs and this view led to imprisonment, torture, and extrajudicial execution, but this has to be brought to stop by our collective response. Our collective resolve can end the injustices in our South Sudan.

 

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Foreign Ministry Suspends Its Undersecretary

The minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperations, Hon. Deng Alor Koul, has suspended the Undersecretary in his ministry. Amb. Joseph Ayok Anei is suspected because of what Hon. Kuol said in suspension letter seen by the Nation Mirror Newspaper as insubordination to his authority. 

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Minister Deng Alor Kuol


Hon. Kuol wrote, “I, Deng Alor Kuol, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooporation, in exercise of powers confer upon me under article 95 (a) and (b) of Civil Service Act, 2011, read together with Diplomatic and Consular Service Act, 2011 do hereby issue this suspension of Ambassador Rev. Joseph Ayok Anei, undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation with pay”, read part of the suspension notice. The Minister cited in the suspension notice that he suspends Ambassador Anei because he “Disregards my orders number of times, and Refusal, ignorance and failure to obey and comply with the laws governing Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations”, read part of the suspension letter.

The Undersecretary is using his connection the President Kiir Mayardit to undermine the authority of the Minister Deng Alor Kuol. The suspension took effect on 20th December 2016.

 

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SPLM Leaders Declined To Sign Reunification Roadmap

 

The leader of the SPLM Leaders also known as Former Political Detainees, Pa’gan Amum, has declined to sign a Reunification roadmap proposed by President Museveni. A source close to State House, says the SPLM Leaders “cited lack of inclusivity in the exercise as their main reason for declining to append their signature to the document”, he said.

 

The SPLM leaders say the roadmap isolates other key groups to the conflict and this according to them, would not yield the desired result. The IO spokesperson, Mabior Garang De Mabior, in a press release seen by the Nation Mirror says that the organization he speaks for was not invited though it is a signatory to Reunification Agreement. He added that SPLM IO is for the spirit of Agreement for Resolution of Conflict In South Sudan (ARCISS), as the main viable mechanism for a long lasting peace for of South Sudan. The organization lamented that Entebbe meeting did not give its leadership opportunity to peace process.

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SPLM Delegations to Entebbe Meeting


A source close to State House said that the Former Political detainees believe the conflict of South Sudan has gone beyond SPLM and that any approach geared toward bringing solution should be inclusive. The armed oppositions groups namely SPLM-IO of Dr. Riek Machar, NAS of Thomas Cirilo, NDM of Dr. Lam Makol, among others have not been inclued in the invitation by President Museveni. President Museveni invitation specifically invites SPLM in the Government under President Salva Kiir, and SPLM-IO-Juba under Taban Deng and SPLM Leaders under Pa’gan Amum for re-energization of the Arusha Reunification Agreement. The invitation leaves out the armed groups fighting against government forces. Observers say the effort by President Museveni may not bring to a halt the fighting since the active members of the armed groups are isolated.

 

The Arusha Reunification Agreement was signed in 2015 with view of uniting SPLM and reinstating the members of SPLM in their previous positions prior to the abrupt of the violent conflict. But its implementation has been cumbersome as members of SPLM affected by the war blame President Salva Kiir of unwillingness to resolve the stalemate.

 

The main signatory to Arusha Reunification Agreement are SPLM-IG under President Salva Kiir, SPLM leaders under Pa’gan Amum, and SPLM-IO under Riek Machar. But the SPLM-IO split in 2016 bringing to being SPLM-IO-Juba, under Taban Deng now at the side of the government and SPLM-IO-Pagak now fighting against government forces.

 

In July 2016, J1 dogfight in involving forces of SPLM-IO and government forces abruptly halted the implementation reunification Agreement. Dr. Riek Machar accuses President Kiir and his former Chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai of attempting a coup against him and seeking to end his life in July 2016. After the fighting Riek fled to Congo and latter went to South Africa for treatment. Dr. Riek is currently in South Africa under house arrest under unclear circumstance.

 

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Is the Call for National Dialogue a Bluff or Quest for Peace Building?

By Wol Deng Atak

The recent proposal for National Dialogues unveiled by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, in his speech to Parliament, is a good stride toward a right direction. The revelation is also in line with political opposition’s leaders and media personalities who earlier called for the same national exercise. Thus, it is evident that the opinion resonates with President Kiir. Furthermore, nurturing this quest for national dialogue will consolidate peace and national spirit. This, however, is only achievable if President Kiir creates environment for free media and relax curbs placed on freedom of speech in the country.

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Salva Kiir Mayardit

Concern is growing in proponents as quarters within Kiir’s administration secretly voice serious reservations on the proposed National Dialogue. Their reservations are understandably based on fear of loosing influence they have enjoyed during years of political and economic crisis in the country. Their major fear is in possible new dimension to power equation that may result from National Dialogue. However, the opposition to National Dialogues needs not to be incentivized because it is the only road to peace building, reconciliation and national unity.

 

It is important for the nation to have well-defined national dialogues to bear transparency and independent patronage to steer the process toward inclusive and measured success. This seems not to be the case as President Kiir recently nominated himself to serve as the patron to National Debate exercise. This self-nomination is not plausible because Kiir is a side with interest to defend. Thus, handing himself a podium to lead the process would only result into a replica of December, 2013 political monologue on SPLM documents in National Liberation Council. The proponents on side of President Kiir were then given chances to advance positions favorable to President Kiir’s views while sentiments for constitutional amendment were denied the same opportunity. Subsequently, many SPLM leaders for amendment of the clauses boycotted the deliberation on 15th December 2015; leaving Kiir’s side to pass the documents in their absent. This deepened disagreements and later degenerated into violence, pillaging and destructions, ethnic targeting killings, and divisions the dialogues would now aim to undo. For this reasons, it would undermine the process if President Kiir leads the Dialogue.

 

International personality like Kofi Anan can lead the process of National Dialogues. He has led a successful political dialogue in Kenya in 2008 and he proved to be up to the task.

 

Let us be very clear here that there are important steps recent calls for National Dialogue ignored yet they are very important to its success. These include lifting restriction on free speech and media spaces required for serious dialogues. Let us first examine what it means to have National Dialogues. Heibach informs that National Dialogues can be understood, as an “argumentative interaction of political elites in the framework of an institutionalised or non-institutionalised process outside a constitution or established associations that aims at engaging as many relevant actors as possible on a national level in negotiating socio- political issues relevant to the whole society”(Heibach, 2011, 78). In other words it is a political process geared toward establishing consensus on major issues of national importance. More so, it is a crucial tool for peace building, reconciliation, fostering good governance, and national unity. In a nutshell, it encompasses debates on constitution making, good governance, and provisions of vital services such as health, education, infrastructures, rules and procedures, legitimacy, etc.

 

Kiir calls for forgiveness for the mistakes he might have committed against the nation needs to correspond to his behaviours toward oppositions. The oppositions currently under detention for opposing him or on ground of being sympathizers of Riek Machar should be released to show a good gesture. It would also serves as signal for reconciliation. For example releasing Hon. Andrew Kuach, Hon. Wol Mayom, Hon. Elise Wayuai, including critics from Eastern and Western Equatoria, among others political detainees would send a tone for reconciliation.

 

In the same light above, Media houses forced close by Kiir’s office because they reported stories directly touching him or are owned by people opposed to his rule should be allowed to resume print or broadcast. For example, the Nation Mirror, Citizen, Destiny, Al Waton, Al Raiai, Al Masir, among other Newspapers currently under the National Security’s ‘Detention’ should be allowed to resume print. Not to over emphasize the importance of free media and free speech as key ingredients to a successful National Dialogues, allowing political space and free media is crucial for fostering good governance and peace building in a country.

 

Most experiences on national dialogues have been on post-war situations. Unlike South Sudan where President has called for it as violence rages on in former Western Equatoria, Bhar el Ghazal and Upper Nile states. It is, therefore, incumbent on President Kiir to reach out to armed oppositions to consolidate the success of discourse, thereof.

 

I wouldn’t want to think of presidential calls for National Dialogues as a bluff to get every opposition back to the country then shut the doors behind them. But it is also difficult to ignore any sentiment gearing toward that direction if the president does not take key decisions to create conducive environment required for National Dialogues. For no national debate can shape nation’s future without the presence of free media and free speech.

 

In conclusion, it is equally important for President Kiir to reconsider the thorny Order No. 36 creating more states outside stipulations of peace agreement, and the directives revoking dissidents’ passports and private properties to echo a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation he asked of the nation.

The views expressed in the content of this opinion do not represent this medium but solely of the author. The author is a former Deputy of Right of Access to Information Commission. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Stop Illegal Detention, South Sudan Government Told

A South Sudan Human Right Observatory (SSHRO), called on the government of South Sudan to break from unlawful detention of citizens. The rights body issued a press statement following a release of Mr. George Livio, a journalist working for UN Radio, 101 Miraya FM, detained by State Security. Mr. Livio was held at the National Security detention facility for three years without being arraigned in court of law.

Mr. George Livio, a journalist with the UN’s Radio Miraya, has been released from unlawful detention in South Sudan, where he was held at a National Security facility incommunicado and in deplorable conditions for over 1,000 days without charges”, read in part the press released.

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George Livio, Released Journalist

SSHRO says the government is systematically harassing, intimidating, oppressing the journalists in South Sudan and this, according to the organization, is sending “a chilling message to those seeking the truth, and… setting the stage for impunity”, read the press release.

Various Human Rights Organizations have previously raised concerns about violations of basic human liberties and restriction on media by the government of South Sudan.

SSHRO praised the government for releasing Mr. Livio from detention; however, the organization says it is extremely disappointed in government for unlawful detention of journalists and infringement of the freedom of media across the country.

“We commend the Government for Livio’s release but condemn the increasingly routine arbitrary detention of journalists on unfounded accusations. This seems a deliberate ploy to undermine press freedom for political reasons,” reads in part on press release.

SSHRO calls on the government of South Sudan to respect the institution of media and allows it to inform in the nation.

The Government must respect the crucial contribution of factual, objective and neutral media to keeping citizens informed and holding the powerful to account, especially under the current extraordinary circumstances”, the organization said.

SSHRO also calls on the government of South Sudan to release all the journalists and political prisoners still under detention in the country. The press release urges government to allow unrestricted access to all the locations of detention in the country to Red Cross. More so, calls on the International Community to compel South Sudan government to cease from the use of violence to silent media and dissenting voices.

South Sudan Human Rights Observatory (SSHRO) is a non-profit network of volunteers, comprises of South Sudanese and non-South Sudanese. Its mission is to gather human rights situation in South Sudan and disseminate the information thereof. The organization is comprised of different experts.

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Security Concerns Hinder First Vice President Visit to Bentiu

Juba, 6th 12/2016 - The office of South Sudanese First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, cancelled his planed visit to Bentiu amidst security concerns. Sources say the decision was arrived at after Security apparatus advised First President office against going to Bentiu. An impeccable source told the Nation Mirror “There is a genuine reason to be concerned about First Vice President safety in his hometown, because forces hostile to him are presence around Bentiu areas. The government forces can’t guarantee his safety”, he said. Gai was scheduled for a visit on Monday 5th December 2016 for the first time since peace agreement was reached. Since the Peace Agreement was reached he has never set foot to the area. Gai hails from Guit Section of Nuer of Bentiu area.

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Bentiu has been under the government forces when the Peace Pact signed and operationalized. FVP scheduled visit to Bentiu was thwarted amidst security reports that IO forces are preparing to attack the Government garrison in Bentiu. Riek’s IO and the government forces are at daggers draw as each of the parties wants entrench its presence or dominance. UN reports indicate that the belligerent parties are preparing for resumption of hostilities in and around Bentiu, Upper Nile, including Bhar el Ghazal, and Equatoria areas.

Taban Deng replaced Riek following the eruption of violence at Presidential Palace in July, which saw IO Base in Jabel overran. Riek fled Juba and Taban replaced him raising controversy and division within IO Camp. Taban had earlier felt out in yet another low tone with his former boss Dr. Riek Machar leading to his resignation in April 2016 from position of IO Chief Negotiator.

After replacing Riek on 23rd July with Taban, Kiir sacked ministers loyal to Riek replacing them with Taban Loyalists. Since then the IO forces under Riek Machar and those loyal to Taban Deng do not see eye to eye.

Last Month forces loyal to Machar overran government garrison comprised of IO under Taban and government forces in Bentiu. But the attacking forces withdrew after ransacking the garrison. After fighting at J1, Presidential Palace, violence spread across the country with Former Western Bhar El Ghazal, Central and Western Equatoria witnessing heavy military concentration leading to human rights violations. The US has raised concerns of recent surge of violence in Greater Equatoria areas.

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M7 Did Not Invite IO-Pagak to Entebbe Meeting

The leadership of the SPLM-IO in Pagak says President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who recently initiated the reinvigoration of Arusha Reunification Agreement did not invite the SPLM-IO leadership. The spokesperson of SPLM-IO, Mabior Garang De Mabior, welcomes the initiative but wonders as why his organization was not invited since it is a signatory to Arusha Agreement. The meeting was aimed at recommitting the signatories of the Arusha Agreement to reunite the SPLM. However, Dr. Riek Machar, the leader of SPLM-IO, is a signatory to the Agreement, but neither him nor his deputy was invited to attend the meeting.

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Mabior Garang, IO Spokesperson

“In principle, the attempts by H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to bring the warring parties of the SPLM together is commendable, any initiative for peace is a noble cause. However, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) never received an invitation to participate in this dialogue and if this dialogue was in the context of the Arusha Agreement, then the exclusion of one of the signatory to that Agreement may constitute a violation”, Mabior said.

 

The IO mouthpiece said, attempt to isolate some members of the opposition in the political process would further derail efforts to attaining peaceful settlement of the conflict.

“The marginalization of any political faction of the opposition will impede the process of reaching peace and this is demonstrated by President Salva Kiir’s actions in July, 2016; the facts of this are well documented”, he said.

 

Mabior Garang in a statement also said, the Meeting Held at State House at Entebbe, Uganda “Should have focus on ending the war, instead of focusing on SPLM reunification, which has clearly been overcome by events”.

 

The SPLM/SPLA-IO urged President Kaguta Museveni, to “use his dignified office to address the fundamental problem”, and avoid engaging in proposals which will bear no fruits. Mabior said, “The resuscitation of the Agreement must be based among many other reforms, security sector reforms and a quick roadmap for the constitutional making process and free and fair elections, and this has been the position of the Government of Uganda in the past”, he added.

 

Mabior emphasized that, “The failure to mediate in a transparent manner and in an all-inclusive context will never bring peace, it will only lead the civil populations of South Sudan to conclude that H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, has failed his moral responsibility towards the people of South Sudan”, he said.

 

Last week President Museveni invited the SPLM Leaders also known as Former Political Detainees under Pa’gan Amum, SPLM in the Government under President Salva Kiir, and SPLM-IO-Juba under Taban Deng to meet in Entebbe in Uganda with view of re-energizing the Arusha Reunification Agreement. However, Former Political Detainees declined to sign the resolution citing lack of inclusivity in the exercise. The Arusha Reunification Agreement reinstates the members of SPLM in their previous positions prior to the abrupt of the violent conflict. But its implementation has been cumbersome as members of SPLM affected by the war blame President Salva Kiir of unwillingness to resolve the stalemate.

 

 

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Economic hardship Over Turns Tables in South Sudan

Juba, Nov. 30 (The Nation Mirror) – Soaring economic hardship in South Sudan has left many women to solely shoulder family’s responsibilities traditionally known as male domain (main breadwinners). Many families of the armed forces whose salaries not paid for nearly four months bear the brunt.

 

Adut Aguer Ajang, a mother of two, earlier forced into marriage at age 19 in 2012, turned a family breadwinner. Adut told The Nation Mirror this week in an interview that spiraling economic situation has forced her to venture into selling tea in a makeshift café to make ends meet for her family. Tea business has become her major source to support her two children, her mother after her husband salaries in the national army were not forthcoming.

“I started boiling tea for sale earlier this year as a way to sustain my children, because there was no other better and easies option to sustain my family,” Ajang told the Nation Mirror.

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Mary. Picture Source: CARE South Sudan


The 23 years old mother said her struggle began after her husband sort alcohol for solution to agonizing months of salary delay, leaving her to take up family responsibilities. She says her husband’s frustration resulting from his inability to meet the family’s immediate needs as army spends months without salaries.  Adut’s husband is a major in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), but his pay barely comes in time. This December marks fourth month without pay, a situation that has forced some members of armed forces to take their lives after witnessing unbearable agony of their children. In May this year two soldiers form Police service and other from SPLA, a woman in Torit commit suicide, respectively as a result agony relating to children condition.  

 

Adut is one of the few women ventured out to search for an alternative source of income. “My condition forced me to this business because my husband is not getting pay to support us and nothing else can help my children, and myself”, she said.  Adut earns 500 South Sudanese Pounds on tea sells a day, an equivalent of dollar $4.86, USD 145.8 a month.

 

Suzan Keji, another sole family breadwinner, told The Nation Mirror in Juba that tea business is very annoying because of sexual harassments from her suppose customers. Marks of frustration are visibly telling from Keji’s eyes. Despite alleged harassment from at her makeshift café, Keji says she is left with no option available to cater for her siblings, but to sell tea. She believes, “Tea selling is mostly mistaken by men as a way of prostituting. I am selling tea because it is the only way I can support my family. I can’t get office work because I lack required education,” Keji said.

 

 South Sudanese Pound depreciated following its devaluation by the authority in the Bank of South Sudan in 2015. Currently, a U.S dollar trades at 103 South Sudanese Pounds.A development that did not down well in a country with high unemployment rate, making it increasingly become challenging for South Sudanese to make the ends meet.

 

The recent wake of violence has reversed nation’s recovering process from series of violent conflicts, destruction, and pillaging. The South Sudan government says it will repair pipelines damaged in war in bid to increase oil production to counter the spiraling economy hardship. However, the recent flare of violence in Unity makes the plan unlikely to succeed.

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SPLM-IO Calls on M7 to Initiate Inclusive Peace Process

 

The leadership of the SPLM-IO called on President Museveni of Uganda to use in influence on President Salva Kiir Mayardit to revive the Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict of South Sudan (ARCISS). The IO spokesperson, Mabior Garang De Mabior, says that the organization he speaks for believes in the spirit of ARCISS as the only viable mechanism for a long lasting peace for of South Sudan.

 

The SPLM/SPLA IO believes in the spirit of the ARCISS as the only solution to the conflict in South Sudan. The Movement calls on H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, to use his leverage on President Salva Kiir, so that the initiation of a reinvigorated and inclusive political process can be achieved. This is the only way we can rescue the suffering people of South Sudan”, Mabior said in a press statement.

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The SPLM/SPLA in Opposition says it is fully committed to the implementation of a negotiated peaceful settlement as the only instrument for the resolution of the South Sudanese conflict. The IO-Pagak stressed, it welcomes any new process that doesn’t isolate ARCISS. The movement says any efforts isolating ARCISS shall yield fruitless endeavors, and thus, it will not be party to it. According to the SPLM-IO Pagak, “The resuscitation of the ARCISS as the basis for this new political process”, is key to resolving current political crisis in the country.

 

IO-Pagak says despite its desires for peaceful resolution of the conflict it will defend itself should the government forces attack any of its garrisons.

 

“The Movement also takes this opportunity to assert our natural right of self-defense and our capability to restore law and order in the country through protracted struggle in the face of the expanding genocidal war by the regime in Juba”, said Mabior Garang.

Mabior Garang urged the government to abandon fruitless efforts but genuinely engage the oppositions with serious political process.

 

On Wednesday the National Army Spokesperson complained that government military convey suffered attack by the SPLM-IO Pagak forces. The ambush happened, despite the President Kiir declaration of unilateral ceasefire, he said. Also on Thursday IO-Pagak attacked government in Kaya forces killing senior officers before withdrawing.

 

Last week President Museveni invited the SPLM Leaders also known as Former Political Detainees under Pa’gan Amum, SPLM in the Government under President Salva Kiir, and SPLM-IO-Juba under Taban Deng to meet in Entebbe in Uganda with view of re-energizing the Arusha Reunification Agreement. However, Former Political Detainees declined to sign the resolution citing lack of inclusivity in the exercise. The Arusha Reunification Agreement seeks to reunite and reinstates the members of SPLM in their previous positions prior to the abrupt of the violent conflict. But its implementation has been cumbersome as members of SPLM affected by the war blame President Salva Kiir of unwillingness to resolve the stalemate. 

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Greater Yirol Communities Gears Up Sport For Peace

Juba, Nov. 27 (The Nation Mirror) – Greater Yiorl communities on Thursday in Minkaman wrestle to engage on sport for peace and reconciliation. The event came against the backdrop amidst inter-communal violence in the defunct Lakes State. The former Lakes State is one of the states most affected by vicious cycle of revenge. The violence has uprooted many people from thier homes resulting into acute humanitarian needs across the country.

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South Sudanese Wrestlers, Photo Professsional Affairs

 

The sport festival brought together more than 5,000 spectators after travelling from up to six hours from Yirol and Awerial to cheer wrestling for peace competition with internally displaced person in Minkaman.

 

“We are here for promoting peace and peaceful coexistence,” said Gabriel Modol, Awerial County wrestling committee member and lead referee of the competition. “At this event you will see community, you will see love and socialization.”

 

The competition consisted of 21 matches, each lasting up to three minutes. The first wrestler to force their opponent onto the ground was declared the winner. If neither wrestler is wrestled after three minutes the match a draws. The team were divided between the “home” community of Awerial and “visitors” from Yirol East and West.


 Yirol Wrestling Manager said, “This event is important as it brings people from Yirol and Awerial together, to meet and interact in a place that allows understanding. Now when (the spectators and wrestlers) return to their homes, they will remember the people they met here. If, say, a member of this group gets in trouble in an opposing community, it doesn’t need to turn into a bigger problem. They will know each other. They will have understanding,” said Sibet Jenena.


 UNDP’s Community Security and Small Arms project supported the wrestling competition as part of its initiatives to encourage social cohesion and strengthen ties between neighboring communities.

 “The role that sports can play in bringing communities together and building peace is often underestimated,” said UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen. Adding, “This initiative is community-led, supports an area which has seen many challenges in the past few years, and we are pleased to see the competition organized well, providing the community with a reason to celebrate themselves and promoting cooperation and understanding between the groups.”


 It is first of its kind in the area since the country gained independence from Khartoum in 2011.

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