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AMDISS Condemns Deployment Of Security Operatives In Printing Presses

By Aleer P.David

 

The Chairperson of the association for media development in South Sudan[AMDISS] in a press statement  has condemned the deployment of National security agents in printing companies to censor news that are sent by different media institutions for printing.


“Removal of articles constitutes censorship and repression on the work of media in South Sudan and it amounts to undermining freedom of expression and media that have been enshrined in the transitional constitution of South Sudan and the South Sudan media act 2013”Alfred said.


According to the press statement Juba Monitor and The Nation Mirror newspapers had more than six of their articles removed within this month alone, which Alfred alleged to be a move taken by the National Security Service to weaken the two media institutions.


The AMDISS has also accused the Media Authority, the body tasked to look into issues of media institutions in the country of unwillingness to solve some of the problems that are affecting the media houses in the country.


Last Thursday, The Nation Mirror Newspaper had to suspend publication after security allegedly refused its front page story about escape of the former FVP to be printed. The publication had to suspend printing for fear of losses if confiscated.


Similarly, other newspapers printing at Universal Printing Press were reportedly detained before being allowed to circulate. “AMDISS takes a grim view of this unlawful interference in the distribution of the newspapers and calls for immediate end to this behavior” the released stressed.


“It appears as if the Media Authority body which was established by law to address all matters related to media seems to be unwilling or unable to act on issues affecting media” Adding, “AMDISS strongly condemns this act by the national security and reminds the Media Authority to do its work as spelled out in Media Authority Act 2013”

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CfC Stanbic Bank Dragged To Court Over Unpaid Cash

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By Roger Alfred Yoron

 

A legal suit seeking amongst others, payment of USD 9000 has been instituted against CfC Stanbic Bank South Sudan. The plaintiff, Global Quest Logistics Investment LTD through its director Nicholas Mwenda Ruteere is seeking that the Court sanctions the Bank to pay the company USD 5,000 “as outstanding actual claims” and additional USD 4000 as interest for four months “procrastination.” Speaking exclusively to the Nation Mirror, Mwenda accused CfC Stanbic Bank Juba branch of denying him payment of the money in violation of his rights.


The plaintiff said he has been urged to instead “sweet-talk” the bank’s managing director in order to be paid the money. “I have no enmity with CFC [Stanbic Bank]. The issue is they refused to sort out an otherwise small issue and they tried to refer me to the MD [Managing Director] who sits in Nairobi. As a businessman, every day I don’t work I cannot eat. So… [Instead of]to take my time off and take a plane to and from Nairobi for $800 to go and demand $5000” Mwenda said. “I decided to get a home grown solution. I did not bank my money in Nairobi. I did not bank my money with the MD. I don’t know who sits behind that desk. I bank with an entity called CfC Stanbic Bank South Sudan. So the issue of going knocking from door to door begging for my money should not arise.” According to the plaintiff, the USD 5000 “outstanding actual claims” was received by the defendant (CfC Stanbic Bank) since 18th February 2016  as remittance transfer from another account of his (the plaintiff) with Cooperative Bank of South Sudan.


The plaintiff said the USD 500 has been destined to another account of his held by the defendant (CFC Stanbic Bank). After the bank “denied” paying him the money, the plaintiff said, he resorted to taking legal steps. Delays and unexpected limitations in payment (withdrawal) of cash, especially of USD from commercial banks throughout South Sudan have been on the rise since the country went into economic crises. Mwenda however insisted that the Bank had assured him money per withdrawal. He said: “What CfC refused to do, because I have done a lot of research, they refused to do a simple thing, to press a button and lift that money to Global Quest account in CfC bank… so that when I go to the teller I get it. This refusal is sort of denying my rights.


“The guy who was telling me to go to Nairobi is a good friend of mine. His hands were totally tied. So that’s when I know this Bank operates on ‘who do you know?’ …which is, as a public institution, is wrong [sic].

 

“Apart from humiliation as a businessman, I have suffered the loss of borrowing people’s money and paying at exorbitant fee in interest rates... Actually, at one point I went to the corporate manager... the man who advised me to go and sweet-talk the MD... I took contract from the UN and the other clients... I told him my brother now these contracts are all going because I don’t have money. Can’t you people at least… to argue my case and let them lift that money into my account? At that point I was begging. I begged for two months, walking there, everyday.”

 

“I want the public to know that, some banks here are taking advantage of that Bank of South Sudan thing. Because if the MD could lift it, it means it is possible. It means you will have to lick somebody’s shoes so that you get your right. I am not ready to do that, let the law take its course.”

 

The plaintiff’s advocate, Peter Dau Akolthon also told the Nation Mirror that his client exhausted all “necessary means to get his money” since February before resorting to legal steps in April 2016. Counsel Dau said a last week session on the case at Kator Court before Judge Joseph Phillip has been adjourned to this Friday week after the Bank “failed” to reply to issues raised.

 

“The session was set for them to bring the reply either to deny they are not supposed to pay him or to accept. To our surprise they brought the reply and that reply was not accepted by Court because there are some procedures which were not followed so they were told to go and amend it, of which they will come back on 26th, for the amended written statement of defence. And thereafter we shall comment on that … then we shall proceed with the case.” The advocated said proceeding with the case is a question of the law to determine whether his client Global Quest LTD is supposed to be paid by the bank or not. “Hopefully, I think they are not denying the fact, I’m very sure that my client will get his right because he has an account with them and they accepted that they received the remittance’ advice, but only that they don’t have the cash,” Dau said.Asked of a possible out of court settlement, the advocated replied: “If they are ready to accept our prayers that we need, then there is no problem. We are ready, we can stop the case and they should pay all what we requested for. We were not actually willing to go to Court but because there is no any other means of getting our client’s money unless we go to Court.” Approached yesterday by the Nation Mirror for response on the issues, CFC Stanbic Bank Juba branch manager acknowledged existence of the case.


He however declined to comment further and instead recommended other officials who were absent by the time of the press.

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Funds Needed To Facilitate Rehabilitation In Juba Central Prisons

By Aleer P.David

 

Tasked to rehabilitate and reform the wrongdoers, the South Sudan Prison Service has encountered a lot of challenges in carrying out this very duty, Prison’s official has revealed.


In an interview with The Nation Mirror yesterday, Col. Paul Puk the Public Relation Officer of the National Prison service highlighted that their work has been narrowed by lack of enough funds hence difficulty in rehabilitation process.


“There is no budget allocated by the ministry of finance to carry out reformation of the inmates and our facilities are not in good standard” Col. Puk said.


According to Col. Puk, the Prison Service used to be supported by UNMISS department in charge of rule of law and United Nation Development Program [UNDP] to enable it facilitate rehabilitation process, but the support has not been effective since the onset of political and economic crisis in the country.


“As the UNMISS focus changed to protection of civilians ,the aid that used to be granted to help Prison service stopped and only UNDP has little support that cannot manage to solve all the issues of prisoners. The work of rehabilitation is not progressing in the states because of insecurity and lack of tools”, He said.


Albeit financial constraints, Paul said that Prison service is going on with rehabilitation program in Juba Central Prison. The inmates according to him, are given vocational skills such that when their sentences elapse, they can come out of the jail with a changed mind and live a responsible life.


He added that the training of the first batch of inmates is over and the second one is ongoing. He said the inmates have been equipped with skills and are only awaiting official graduation. “We are training these inmates in car mechanics, building and construction, electricity work, welding, so that they become self-reliant and law abiding citizens at the end of their jail terms” he explained.


He blamed the judiciary for overcrowding in the prisons. Puk Appealed to the government and other stakeholders to intervene and arrest the situation. “These people who are living behind bars are citizens of South Sudan and they should be treated with care”, he said.

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FDs Urge United States Not To Give Up On South Sudan

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By Majak Kuany

 

The  South Sudan Former Political Detainees (FD), who are party to the regional brokered peace agreement to end conflict in South Sudan, have welcomed the visit of US Secretary of State, John Kerry to the region to push for commitment to peace implementation.


Kerry arrived in Nairobi on Monday where he met President Uhuru Kenyatta and other Kenyan officials as well as South Sudan Foreign Minister Deng Alor Kuol. Kerry said South Sudan crisis was high on the agenda of his visit.


Consequently, the FDs issued a press statement seen by The Nation Mirror explaining the critical role of United States and President Obama in the birth of African young nation.


“It is our hope that President Obama and people of United States will not give up on South Sudan as hopeless case that is beyond redemption,” said Kosti Manibe in the statement. “South Sudan can still be rescued through proactive assistance that puts the people first rather than the mighty and the powerful,” partly read the statement. The group, who comprised of former SPLM leaders who were implicated with involvement in alleged coup attempt in Juba in 2013, urged all parties and stakeholders especially the Transitional Government of National Unity and the other parties to the peace agreement, civil society and the general public to reservedly give support to regional and international communities on their initiatives for providing protection force in the country.


The visit of US secretary of State to the region comes while South Sudan enters its second month after renewed conflict in Juba.


“We, the SPLM-leaders (former political detainees) wish to convey sincere appreciation and commend the strenuous and selfless investment that our neighbors and the international community at large continue to make for the cause of peace in South Sudan,” it added.


The FDs also welcomed the August 12, 2016 United Nations Security council resolution to deployed 4000 strong regional protection forces aimed at providing protection to civilians, humanitarian workers and Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Staff.

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Eastern Lakes Announces Additional Counties, New Commissioners

By Daniel Laat M’ Kon

 

Eastern Lakes State Governor Hon. Rin Tueny Mabor on Wednesday issued gubernatorial decrees obtained by The Nation Mirror on Friday for the creations of additional five Counties into three existing counties to give Eastern Lakes eight counties.

The newly created Eastern Lakes state is one among the 28 states created in 2015 by President Salva Kiir Mayardit”

Governor Rin also issued another separate decree that relieved commissioners and appointed new ones for Eastern Lakes State Magar Anyuon, Commissioner of Luo County Headquarters Nyang

Commissioner Manyang Luk was appointed as the Commissioner of Adoor County and the headquarters will be based inAdior, while Tong Kariom was appointed Commissioner of Yirol County where the headquarters will be based in Geng-Geng.

Governor Tueng Mabor in the same decrees appointed Commissioner Majak Kuot to head Aluakluak County,were headquarters will base in former Aluakluak Town of Yirol West County.

Commissioner Diardit Bol Dak, was named as the head of  Ngop County and the headquarters will be  based in Ngop Town while Madit Achiek was names Commissioner of Abang County where Abang will be the headquarters.

Former Aweirial was divided into two counties were Simon Jok Geng will lead Aweirial South with But-Agok named as headquarters’ and Andrew Ayiu Koro named Commissioner of Aweirial South County based in Mingkam/Guolyar.

The decree comes to effect on 17 August 2016 in Yirol town of Eastern Lakes state.

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TNLA Inauguration Crucial For Peace Implementation-CEPO

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By Chuty Anyar

 

The Community Empowerment for progress Organization (CEPO) has lauded and welcomed the installation of Transitional National legislative Assembly and called on lawmakers to unite and implement the agreement in letter and spirit.


Last Week, President Salva Kiir installed the TNLA in fulfillment of the provisions enshrined in the August 2015 Peace Agreement.    The Executive Director for CEPO, Edmund Yakani described the installation of the transitional parliament as demonstration of commitment by unity government towards peace implementation despite slow progress since it was inked a year ago. “Reopening of the parliament has built and repaired back the broken hearts of South Sudanese who had given up on peace in the Country,” Yakani said.


However, he said the question asked by citizens is whether the August House will work onto its installation objectives as stipulated in the agreement.


“Will the transitional national legislative assembly work in line with the objective in which it was inaugurated by the President? But for civil society we are not doubting the August house capabilities in addressing challenges facing the nation,” he said.


“Our text is not much more center on an individual who are working in the August House, our concern as civil society is the institution to be established fully with its powers independent to work as it is mandated according to the Constitution so that we can hold people accountable,” Yakani explained. He explained that civil society applaud and appreciate President Kiir for the hard work and decision to prove to the world that TGoNU is on full move to make peace prevail in the country by all means.


He added that they are not more interested on how Parliament will be run under the government of National Unity. “To prove our message to public about parliament inauguration is the way forward for peace to prevail in the country. There is consensus between the SPLM-in- opposition in Juba and SPLM-in government,” he added.


Edmund Yakani explained that thought there is conflict within the SPLM-IO members, government of national Unity should keep peace and harmony so that the nation triumphs.

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Greater Bahr Al Ghazal Fears Vicacell Disconnection

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By Daniel Laat M’ Kon

 

The states of Bahr al Ghazal regions are in fear of disconnection from South Sudan Mobile operating company Vivacell at any time due to fuel shortage and blockage that has hit Lanyi station that provide the region with network services.


Lanyi station is the general Centre that supplies the whole Bar al Gazal regions with Vivacell network service. The conflict that erupted in Juba 2013 till present has affected the civil population in many ways that force many companies to reduce their services and others are forced to close down service. The Vivacell network became a full fledge GSM operator in South Sudan in 2009. It is the only mobile operator to be headquartered in South Sudan. The Company currently operates in all states.


Director of Telecom and postal services in Western Lakes State, Paul Akim Makoion last Thursday said the network will stop its operations in Greater Bahr al Ghazal anytime. He said the current fighting between Sudan People Liberation Movement SPLM-IO and the government forces along the road have increased fuel shortages at Lanyi station that connects the whole Bahr al Ghazal region with Equatoria. Akim disclosed to The Nation Mirror that he was informed by the Centre manager on Thursday morning that Vivacell may be off service anytime.


Director Akim appealed to the citizen to be aware and don’t get shocked if the service disappears from their phone anytime. He called upon citizens to be patient and use MTN that will only remain working in Rumbek though the company also fears closing down anytime too.


Makoi assured people of Western Lakes State that the mobile network will resumes its service as soon as possible if roads become accessible from internal rebels and rains that has disconnected many roads from bringing goods and fuels.


“The two mobiles operating networks in South Sudan, Gemtel and Zain network have reduced their service in different parts of the country. Rumbek is amongst the states where many citizens miss two operators service for months now” Makoi said.


You can now use Vivacell in Uganda and Kenya through MTN Uganda and Safaricom Kenya. Vivacell have internet access for mobile phones. It offers credit transfer from phone to another phone. This Network is becoming increasingly popular as it has introduced a bonus scheme, where local calls became free for those making International calls, which attracted a lot of customers.


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Looting Continue In Jebel Market Despite Respite

By Chuty Anyar

 

The traders in Jebel Market in Juba have complained of continued looting by criminals dressed in police uniform despite assurance of security.

“We the traders in Jebel Market are experiencing continued looting, confiscation of goods and intimidation at the broad day-light by men dressing in police uniform despite ransacking our shops last month following renewed fighting between government troops and those backing then first vice president; Chol Akol Jebel Market Coordinator has revealed to the City Council on Friday.

Akol was speaking during a joint meeting with Juba City Legislature Council on issues affecting traders in the city.

He narrated that the traders are still encountering cases of rampant looting since July incident.

“I fought this morning with some of them who are putting on police uniform and claimed to be police officers trying to forcefully loot a shop,” he emphasized.

He mentioned that massive looting still continues among traders that are trying to resumes their businesses although their shops were vandalized during the renewed fighting in Juba. Akol strongly stressed that some of the elements come with tri-circle cars with the aim to collect everything in the shops. He said some of the targeted commodities include; iron sheets, tiles, ceiling boards and even the doors.

He explained to the city council that the issue of looting in Jebel market is getting worst amid dire insecurity situation in the market. “We thought the looting of shops had stop last month when criminal took advantage of the circumstances and vandalize all shops but now the town is calm, why looting?” he query.

 According to trader’s coordinator, they have been reporting issues of looting in the market to nearby police station but police officers decline to answer to their call. However, The Nation Mirror was unable to verify the alleged looting and the accusation made by the trader’s from the police authorities by press time.

Chairperson of Juba City Legislature, Michael Ladu Allah-Jabu appealed to government to help council in conducting mobile patrols around the markets in order to crackdown on the criminals who move at night with vehicles looting the markets.

Allah-Jabu described that the current event happening in Jebel market is destruction but not looting.   “If they are removing iron sheets, ceiling, tiles, and doors that is destruction,” He stressed.  

Jebel market was ransacked last month following the renewed fighting that erupted between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and forces backing former first vice president Dr. Riek Machar. Since then, the goods and commodities reduced in the country as the result of looting and economic crisis.

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Security Forces Guarding Freedom Bridge Construction Equipment, Makuei Assures

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By Our Reporter

 

The construction of the Japanese funded Freedom Bridge which is currently suspended over insecurity will be finished by 2018 as scheduled, if the engineers return to the country, according to Government Spokesman and Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth.

Makeui told journalists yesterday after the regular sitting of the council of ministers that a protection force is guarding the bridge’s construction equipment.

“She [the Minister of Roads and Bridges Rebecca Joshua Okwachi] assured us that all the equipment are not touched. There is a force which is there, protecting the equipment plus the South Sudanese who are employed by the company and working there, all these people are there and as such they expect that the work to resume as soon as these people[Japanese engineers] come back,” he said. 

Last Week, the Japanese Ambassador to Juba told The Nation Mirror that his Country has suspended major developmental programs in South Sudan including the construction of the Freedom Bridge along the Nile and the project for provision of clean Water in Juba city until “peace is back and security is ensured.”

Makeu said the council also resolved to form an economic committee headed by the Minister of Finance to visit Kenya “to discuss economic issues of concern.”

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Juba University Lacks Basic Students Requirements Says JUSU

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By Garang Abraham

 

The Juba University Student’s Union (JUSU) has submitted strategic plan to Youth Network against Poverty (YNAP) a local nongovernmental organization, to request for financial backing, the organization’s official has revealed.


The Chief Administrative Office in YNAP Stephen Mou on Friday told The Nation Mirror that JUSU President Abuba Evelyn Peter had recently paid a visit to their offices to seek for financial assistance and presented strategic plan to the CEO of the Association.


According to the JUSU president, the visit to the YNAP was to present the challenges facing university students in their quest to acquire knowledge at the campus.  


 “The students in University of Juba under the leadership of JUSU would like to inform you about the conditions we are facing. There is insufficient and poor lecture rooms, shortage of books in the University library, poor food and nutrition and poor hostels which are lacking electricity and water.  The students at Juba University are lacking basic student’s needs,” Abuba revealed.


On his part, Gum Thany Secretary General of JUSU explained 45 goals with aims and objectives to better the student’s welfare at the university. “We need this goals achieved and the Union will continue to knock at different doors while seek for assistance until university students achieve their study freely without constrains in the campus,” Gum said.


“Various helps from outside rendered to the students will build better welfare of the university students. Hostels need to be electrified and at the same time renovated as we request outside donations for the betterment of future students,” he stressed.


The YNAP administrator, Stephen Mou thanked JUSU for the initiative and promised to review the strategy before making any pledge.


“I am glad that some of the students have the vision to help students at the university but at the meantime I cannot guarantee your request whether accepted or rejected. I will let the board know first and by Monday (today) we will forward you the feedback,” Mou assured Student union.

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$ 6.7 Million For Food Importation To Be Investigated

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By Chuty Anyar

 

The Secretary General of Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture, Simon Akuei Deng has vowed to investigate how $6.7 million meant for importing food to the country has been used by contracted companies. Deng revealed in a press conference yesterday that the government through Central Bank had approved 6.7 million US Dollars to 25 companies in July 2016 to import food to the Country to alleviate food   shortage in the country following renewed conflict.


“The government did not give Commercial Banks money but it availed hard currency to companies in exchange of local currency to enable them purchase essential food items from the neighboring Countries,” Akuei said.


The Secretary General underscored that the amount which was allocated by Central Bank was for emergency to alleviate the country out of food shortage and reduce   prices of food in the market since several shops were looted during the July fighting in Juba. “Some companies have complied with the procedure to supply what was   given them while others are still trying their way to complete the process because they are still having some issues with commercial Bank in transferring money,” Akuei explained.


According to Akuei, 3.25 million dollars were successfully transferred for importing food and nonfood items out of   6.7 million dollars allocated allocation while 3,450,000 dollars are still pending at commercial Banks.


“Those companies who will not comply according to the undertaking regulated by stakeholders will bear consequences. Some of the  Commercial  Banks  have cooperated  to release  the funds while others  banks  have frustrated  the process  and procedures to import food have stalled above 50 percent,”  said Akuei.


He warned Banks who might default the funds for their interest that they will be interrogated and if found guilty will be fined. The   members of Chamber of Commerce   has met and proposed that those who   will have misused the money   after the investigation will be held accountable and their companies will not be allowed once gain to get involved in future business.

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