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SPLA Denies Blocking Civilians From Taking Food To The Villages

By Aleer P David

 

The SPLA has denied reports that it has been restricting civilians in Lainya County from taking food to the people who fled to the villages due to insecurity in the town.


The unrest that ensued after the departure of former vice president Dr. Riek Machar from Juba spilled over to Lainya and some of the citizens who fled their homes did not return. According to Eye Radio, the residents of Lainya County have complained that they were restricted from taking food to the civilians who were forced to flee the villages because of insecurity caused by SPLA soldiers.


Eye Radio quoted the Episcopal Church Bishop of Lainya Diocese, Bishop Eliaba Laku as having said citizens in the area are more than “traumatized” to return due to conflict that took place after eviction of Dr. Machar.


“Most of them are traumatized. They don’t seem like going back home,” Bishop Laku told Eye Radio.

When contacted by The Nation Mirror for comment, the SPLA spokesperson Brig. General Lul Ruai denied the allegation, saying that the national army cannot restrict the civilians for taking food to the villages. “We have no reason to deny our civilians movement” Gen. Lul said.


He rubbished the accusation as baseless and said that there was no reason for some of the civilians to continue hiding in the bushes when the situation has improved. Lul questioned the motive of the civilians who opted to stay in the bushes and rely on those who are in the town to transport for them food to the bushes.


Until today, roads to the Southern town of Yei the capital of Yei River State have been closed due to insecurity that ensued the July 8 fighting. Media reports have hinted worsening insecurity in Yei with several civilians killed.

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National NGOs Protest ‘Unfair’ Conditions For Registration

By Chuty Anyar

 

 National Non-Governmental Organizations (NNGOs) operating in the Country on Monday convened a meeting at Civic Engagement Centre in Juba to discuss challenges of registration after operationalisation of the new NGO Act, 2015.


In the meeting, the local organizations described conditions specified as procedures for registration including the fees as ‘unfair’ and challenging to the NGO fraternity and therefore called on South Sudan Relief Rehabilitation Commission (SSRC) to unconditionally recognize and legalized their work to perform their duties as expected.  


David De-Dau   Executive Director for Agency for Independent Media (AIM) during the meeting revealed that only 22 National NGOS out of 70 have registered so far, while the rest find it challenging to process registration certificates.


“Out of 70 national NGOS in the Republic of South Sudan only 22 have turned up for registration exercise and have  completed processing registration certificate with Relief Rehabilitation Commission,” De-Dau said.


He explained that they in the NGOs meeting discussed issues that derail effort of local NGOs during registration process that includes high charges of fees among others.


The executive director further explained that monitoring and strategic plans are key challenges facing National NGOS particularly the criteria enshrined in the Non-governmental organization acts. “We need to discuss with RRC on how those challenges should be addressed but RRC has not turned up for the meeting due to some technical issues. We were to disuss issues to do with our recognition for the NGOS who have turned up for   this particular   meeting which was meant for healthy dialogue between national NGOS and RRC,” Dau said. The meeting according to the organizers was meant to bring the two sides; NGOs and RRC together, but the government regulator failed to show up.


On that regard Dau said, the members decided to form committee that will register their challenges and later present the draft to RRC.


He stated that what will be formulated by the Committee are issues which are facing all NNGOS operating within the capital and outside Juba.


According to Dau, the government and especially RRC should consider the timeframe of which   NGOS are being registered and prioritize National NGOS.


Jacob Chol Atem the Executive Director for Organization Community Initiative said that RRC office has boycotted the meeting simply because they claimed majority of local NGOs did not complete their registration process.


However, Atem acknowledged that most of NNGOS have not register due to some unfair conditions tabled by RRC.


“And this was the reason we called for the meeting with SSRCC so that more explanation is given but they decided to not heed the calls,” said Atem.

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KenyaWithdraws Parliamentary Motion To Deploy Its Military In South Sudan

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By Aurelious Simon Chopee

 

The Kenyan Majority Leader in the parliament Aden Duale has withdrawn a special motion seeking Parliament’s approval to deploy Kenya Defense Forces troops in South Sudan as a “matter of urgency” as requested by the UN, The Star website has reported.


The motion was moved in order to deploy Kenyan troops as part of the protection force authorized by the United Nations Security Council, the region and African Union.


While withdrawing the motion according to the reports, Duale said he needed time for “further consultation on the matter”. 


The motion was tabled on August 18. Prior to this, the UN Security Council authorized the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force in South Sudan’s capital. The troops will be part of the UN peacekeeping mission.


The Security Council also threatened an arms embargo if South Sudan’s government does not cooperate. Duale’s motion argued that deploying KDF will see security beefed up in the country as well as deepen regional integration. Deployment of forces by neighboring countries has been a very contentious issue since South Sudan threatened not to cooperate and treat those forces as invading forces. In the past week, Sudan and Uganda announced that they will not deploy their forces in the war ravaged country. It has then remained Ethiopia and Kenya who had pledged to contribute forces that will make part of the 4,000 strong forces under the banner of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.


It is however not clear whether the Kenyan lawmakers will approve the motion if they meet next week. Amina Mohamed, Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs in her statement with US Secretary of State John Kerry, had remarked on the need to deploy the forces as soon as possible.


“All of us that spoke today discussed and addressed that issue of the protection force, and we agreed that it was something that needed to happen. We had a serious discussion with our colleagues and friends from South Sudan urging them to allow for that deployment as quickly as possible” Amina told reporters in Nairobi on Monday.

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$300 Million Needed In External Support For New Budget

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South Sudan’s government wants $300 million in aid and loans to support its next budget, as it seeks to stabilize the country which has been scarred by civil conflict since achieving independence in 2011.


Last week, the cabinet approved a budget proposal for the 2016/17 fiscal year which nearly tripled spending at 29.6 billion South Sudan pounds ($520 million). “If it is approved by the transitional National Legislative assembly (the funding aim) will be around $300 million, for which we will seek support from the donor community in terms of grants or external borrowing,” Finance Minister Stephen Dau said in comments broadcast on local Radio Miraya FM.


The world’s newest country has been devastated by war since December 2013, when soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed in the capital Juba with troops loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar.


The conflict has hammered the economy and left swathes of the 11 million population without enough food. Oil production, South Sudan’s main source of revenue, has tumbled as oil fields have been cut off and global prices have dropped. Dau said in 2016/17, the government planned to raise 9 billion South Sudanese pounds in non-oil revenue, a 50 percent increase from the previous year. “This financial year budget is different from the last because it contains reform measures that were advised by the IMF (International Monetary Fund) in their consultation when they came here last May. There are reform measures will be taken that will lead to the increase of non oil revenue,” he said.  Juba has also taken loans from Chinese companies, offering to pay them back with future oil proceeds.


Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Deng Alor said the country planned to ask China for a $1.9 billion loan - a sum equal to more than a fifth of its national output - to be used for infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges. A wobbly peace deal saw Machar return to Juba as deputy president in April but Kiir appointed a new deputy to replace him in late July, when he left the capital after street battles between rival troops. Machar is now in Khartoum, where he is undergoing treatment after being picked up this month by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo with a leg injury.

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Jonglei Governor Says Machar Rebels Learnt Big Lesson In Latest Fighting

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By Garang Abraham Malak

 

Jonglei State governor Phillip Aguer Panyang Jot has said the rebels backing the then first vice President Dr. Riek Machar have experienced lesson after attacking Pajut in Duk County in Jonglei state. 

Speaking to this reporter, Aguer stated that the fear which was circulating within the state has been contained and tranquility has slowly returned. 


“Riek Machar rebels who recently attacked Pajuut on 19-August were defeated by SPLA forces and that will be a good lesson to other rebels who want to rebel against the government,” Aguer said Aguer revealed that there has not been displacement to other states and security situation has normalized following the attack. 


“The wounded victims on the side of Jonglei are under treatment in Malualchat hospital. I even went this morning and paid a visit to them and they are all doing well,” Aguer told The Nation Mirror. 


The former Army spokesman further stated that they have held talks with Boma state government and 7 percent of the residents in Boma sate are willing to live in peace. Governor Aguer added that the recent fighting was a violation of peace agreement that was signed a year ago by President Salva Kiir and armed opposition to end more than two years of conflict.


Last month force loyal to President Salva Kiir Mayardit and those backing his former first vice president Dr. Riek Machar clashed outside presidential palace killing more three hundred people and displacing 10,000 others to neighboring countries for refuge.


Philip Aguer appealed to the citizens to support the implementation of peace agreement under the leadership of president Kiir and General Taban Deng Gai.

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South Sudan’s Olympic Team Returns With Big Recognition

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By Garang Abraham Malak

 

The National Olympic team returned home on Saturday from 2016 Rio Olympic in Brazil with big recognition from International Olympic Committee membership officials have said.


The officials said the country has fully been recognised as Olympic member State when her flag was raised at Olympic Village in Rio Janeiro Brazil on 4thAugust for the very first time in history of Olympic.


Wilson Deng Wek, President of the National Olympic Association said the flag was officially raised by Vice President James Wani Igga.


Though South Sudan National Olympic Team has returned without medals, he said, recognition means a lot to the new nation, Wilson Deng Wek told Press upon arrival on Saturday.


“In spite of we did not win any gold medal, we achieved a lot of things; Our Flag was raise for the first time in history of Olympic, on the 4thof August before the opening ceremony of the Game and that was indication that South Sudan is fully recognised in the Olympic Family and will be participating in coming Olympic games in the near future” Deng Wek.


Deng stated that the country’s Olympic Association was registered as 206 member of International Olympic Committee According to the South Sudan National Olympic Committee (NOC).


He mentioned that the first participation of the country in Olympics will be commemorated every year and assured readiness to Tokyo Games in 2020.


“We also conduct the sideline meeting with the president of International Olympic Committee.  He promise to construct an athletic track in South Sudan, we started the procedure from the time when he declared that.  So I am telling you sooner or later we are going to have our Athletic track” Deng stressedSouth Sudan Olympic President further stated that their Olympic period in Rio Janeiro enabled them to meet with other counterparts for the future of South Sudan National Olympic.


He said the national Athletes got exposed to the world because of their competition in Rio Olympic 2016.“We really achieved a lot, especially in the field of athletics, our athletes got exposed to the world e.g. one of our athletes has been invited by Italian Athletic Federation to go there for the visit” he explained.

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Onyoti Says No Peace Without Dialogue

Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec speaks to the press today Photo by Radio Tamazuj 2


By Chuty Anyar

 

Member of Parliament representing Democratic Change party (DC), Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec on Tuesday challenged government spokesperson Michael Makuei to encourage dialogue with Machar rather than issuing conditions for his return.


“Without dialogue there will be no peace” Adigo said in reference to last week statement by Makuei conditioning Dr. Machar to quit politics and denounce violence as precondition to return to the country.


On Friday, Makuei said the sacked first vice president turned rebel can only return to the country if he disbanded violence and refrained from country political affairs until transitional period ends and wait for 2018 election.


Exclusively, Adigo told The Nation Mirror in his office yesterday that Minister Makuei statement doesn’t constitutes language of peace that the people in the country are yearning for. However, he said it will be good if the Minister was uttering the statement as personally opinion but if it was government stance then it is “regrettable”.


“I considered the statement as personally views but if it was government position, otherwise there will be no peace if there is no dialogue among ourselves,” Onyoti told The Nation Mirror.   “Am sure First Vice president Taban Deng Gai and President Salva Kiir will not bring peace among themselves but all of us can bring peace into the country,” the outspoken opposition politician said.   The ousted first vice president Machar fled the country last month following renewed fighting between forces backing him and those loyal to President Salva Kiir, leaving hundreds of people dead and displacing 10,000 others from their homes.


The MP said it is an individual willingness to choose to be in politic or to quit but not to be forced to relinquish participation in political affairs of his or her own nation.  “If you chose to withdraw from politic you can decide by yourself not to be told by anybody.  Nobody can tell me today to stop doing that, it was something you had been delegated by your people,” he stressed.


He explained that being in politics means representing people and argued that it is unwise to order somebody to leave politics when he has been a politician in the country.


Adigo expounded that Dr. Machar is a citizen who has supporter and therefore need for dialogue for peace to prevail. He stressed that supporters of Riek Machar are continuing waging war against government despite Taban Deng Gai appointment as first Vice President by the opposition members in Juba.


 “Dr. Riek Machar is having his supporters who are still continuing war against us even though Taban Deng has taken majority of the Generals from the opposition and are here in Juba but still the minority with Dr. Riek will still disturb people’s peace, but dialogue can bring peace,” he said.

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Juba City Mayor Optimistic Of Successes Despite Challenges

Stephen Wani Michael Commissioner of Juba County Central Equatoria State CES speaking in an interview with Radio Tamazuj 1


By Chuty Anyar

 

Stephen Wani Michael, the Mayor of Juba City Council is optimistic the current Political and financial constrains in the country will end and the country will soon come out of the turmoil despite challenges.

Wani Michael said South Sudan will be strong and prosperous despite the current crises.

He remained hopeful that “there is no situation which is perpetual” if people work for change. “The current situation that we are in should be taken as challenging because I believe this is a situation that our Country is being set to go through and if you go to the history of other Countries, they are good Countries today because of such situation they underwent.  They have just emerged from Country hood to the level that they are in today,” the Mayor stressed.

“Every Country has gone through such difficulties we are in but at the end they took those challenges as the permanent ways forward for success against those challenges with determination and hardworking from the leaders,” Wani added.

 His worship was addressing members of press in his office last week after receiving invitation from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to attend Tokyo   International conference in Nairobi-Kenya.

Tokyo international conference is held after every four years and it’s the first kind of it to be held in the African soil. The conference is meant to focus and highlight on Financials aids and technical cooperation support given to Africa by Japan.

The Mayor applauded the opportunity given to him by JICA to represent City Council in Tokyo International conference.

He explained that JICA has been working closely with City Council in waste management and collection and dumping of garbage since its establishment.

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USAID Contributes Extra USD 17 Million to IOM’s Emergency Operations in South Sudan

Staff Writer

 

USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) has contributed an additional USD 17 million to support International Organisation for Migration’s emergency operations across South Sudan, the Agency has revealed.


According to the UN Migration Agency, the funds will help expand livelihoods of more than 605,300 displaced and vulnerable individuals at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) sites in Bentiu and Malakal, as well as in Renk and other high-need locations.


It revealed further that more than 6.1 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. “With millions facing severe hunger and displacement, humanitarian needs in South Sudan are the highest they have been since the crisis began. USAID’s contribution and partnership allows IOM to continue lifesaving assistance as we strive to meet the growing needs, which have only been exacerbated by renewed fighting in recent months,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission William Barriga.


Some USD 5.7 million will help IOM ensure that internally displaced persons (IDPs) maintain access to safe drinking water and liveable hygiene and sanitation conditions in the Bentiu and Malakal PoC. On Monday, the United States Secretary for State, John Kerry announced additional Humanitarian aid to South Sudan to the tune of US$138 million to support vulnerable people devastated by conflict  in the country.


He announced this during his tour to Nairobi to discuss issues of conflict in the world’s youngest nation. He however gave precondition for the announced aid urging parties to the conflict to implement the accord or face sanctions.


“Today, I am also announcing nearly $138 million in new aid from the United States to the people of South Sudan, and we are already the largest donor in the world to the effort to help sustain the people of South Sudan on a humanitarian basis with 1.6 billion that we have contributed. The new funds, the 138 million, will be used to provide food, water, and medicine to those in need. But I want to make this clear, and I particularly think it’s important for the people back home who are engaged in trying to help. I’m talking about our taxpayers in the United States” Kerry said while in Nairobi.


“In addition, I want to make clear that part of our understanding today is that the parties in South Sudan will allow unfettered access for the delivery of this and other humanitarian relief. The overriding need in South Sudan is to re-invigorate an inclusive political process and to implement the reforms that are set out in the agreed-upon peace process, the peace agreement, so that this young country can stand up to its economy, create effective security institutions, and bring an end to the sectarian division and fighting” he added.

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16 Students Win Kenyan High-School Scholarships

By Akon Dut Paul

 

At least 16 South Sudanese students have been offered high school scholarships by two Kenyan secondary schools based in Mombasa in an effort to enhance two countries bilateral ties. According to Anip Majok, a member of the South Sudan Basketball Federation, the 16 luckiest students include seven girls and nine boys, between the age limit of 15 to19 years.“For now sixteen is the number the schools could take though we wanted more but there is always next time. This scholarship caters for education, health, and accommodation,” Majok told The Nation Mirror in an exclusive interview on Friday.

“During holidays, they are going to be occupied with a lot of sports activities since some parents cannot afford the costs of movements all the time but if a parent wants their child back in South Sudan for any reason, they are free to pick them,” he said.

Majok further noted that the Basketball Federation is currently working with the students’ parents on issues including visa and transports both at South Sudan embassy in Kenya and in the Country. He reiterated that the first priority is for children to get quality education. He thanked the parents of the students for motivating their children to engage in sporting activities saying “by uniting this generation, we can unite the nation.”

Wilex Moses, a representative for the two schools said the scholarship was meant to cover all the states of South Sudan but the crisis has since limited the program to only Juba. Moses said the sponsorship is based on the talents seen in the students adding that the rest of the states will also be engaged in various sporting activities such as volleyball, football and handball.

“The students are expected to be hard working but if one is not smart enough, it doesn’t mean that we are going to take away the sponsorship from him or her we just want them to get education for their future and not to waste their future under any circumstance because they are the hope of the nation,” he stated.

“So we encourage all South Sudanese across the country to get involved in at least one sports activity.  It’s good for health, keep you away from bad practice and shape one’s discipline.”

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1,700 South Sudanese Refugees Arrive In Uganda Daily, NRC Says

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By Roger Alfred Yoron


Aid agencies in Uganda have warned of insufficient resources to respond to South Sudanese refugees “spilling” across the border, after renewed violence pushed over 85,000 people into Uganda’s West Nile region since July.


In a press statement yesterday, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Uganda said several transit centres for the refugees have “massively surpassed” their holding capacity.


“The Government of Uganda and UNHCR are establishing eight new refugee settlements. However, the relocation of refugees to these sites is not matching the pace of new arrivals. About 1,700 South Sudanese are arriving into Uganda each day,” the statement said.


“For example, the Nyumanzi reception centre in Adjumani was set up to accommodate 3,500 people, but now hosts over 8,000 individuals.”


According to the statement, only 36 per cent of the US$212 million “required to meet needs” as South Sudanese Refugee Response Plan has been funded. It adds that aid agencies cannot respond adequately to “unfolding” humanitarian crisis including cases of cholera and other rising needs without increased funding.


“We are ringing the alarm bell now. Cholera is just one result of us not having resources to decongest reception centres at a quick enough pace,” warned Hosana Adisu, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Country Representative in Uganda. “Other diseases like diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory tract infections are likely to break out if we cannot step up the support we are giving to new arrivals.”


Adisu said so far fifty five people have been treated for suspected cholera infection, cautioning that recent outbreak of the disease in Adjumani may spread to other areas including Yumbe if “urgent measures” are not taken.


 “The new arrivals need urgent assistance including shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene support. Reports of sexual violence against people fleeing South Sudan continue, with a large number of children and youth reportedly suffering from psychosocial trauma as a result of sexual abuse and violence,” partly read the NRC statement.


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