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TNLA Boss Vow To Adjust Public Universities Budget

By AcholAchien Kiir


The newly appointed Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Anthony Lino Makana has promised to work hard to see into it that the budget for all the five public Universities is increased. 

The Speaker told the Nation Mirror in an interview on Thursdayin the Parliament after meeting with executive body from the University of Juba students’ Union. The delegation on behalf of students from Juba University presented their challenges facing the high institution of learning to the speaker before assuring to students to address the challenges confronting the university.

The challenges discussed during the meeting include inadequate number of lecture halls, reduction of tuition fees, accommodations, and transport among others. The agenda was to congratulate the speaker for winning the trust of the president, and to share with him and requesting him to be the voice of the students in solving the issue of students’ welfare funds.

The university has problem with the number of lecture halls adding that the university has very many students but the lecture halls are very few that they cannot accommodate all of them. Abuba Evelin, the first Juba University female Student president stated that the number of students was very high but have inadequate lecture halls and could not accommodate students to take their lectures in comfort.

She mentioned that there are few books for reading and that there are challenges in paying for transport which she stressed that it has prevented most students from attending lectures.

“Another thing is also most of the students come from different states and they always wish that after their academic activities, they should also go and enjoy with their family members,” said Evelyn. “The condition is many students are not working and they come from families that earn low incomes,” she added. She further stressed that tuition fee, lecture halls for the students and accommodation among other agenda are very importance.

“We discussed with them and the parliament promise that they will work hard to see that the  budget for all the National Universities are increase so that they can be able to address these challenges of accommodations, feeding, laboratories and all other things,” Makana stated.

He said that the meeting was very nice and also appreciated that it was the first time in the history of the University of Juba that they have elected a female president. The university according to him has more than over 15,000 students who need government support.

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Government Requests $1.9 Billion Loan To Boost Economy


By Majak Kuany


The government has asked the People’s Republic of China for a loan of 1.9 billion US Dollars in a bid to boost the country’s ailing economy.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Deng Alor Kuol told journalists on Tuesday that the country had asked China to consider its request out of its $60 billion pledge to support Africa development made during China-African Cooperation Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa last year. Alor was speaking in a press conference in Juba yesterday.

“We asked for 1.9 billion US. Dollars because of our project proposal sum to 1.9 US. Dollars billion,” Alor said.

Last year Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a pledge of funding support to African’s development, worth of $ 60 billion during a forum on China – African cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg. In that regards, Deng Alor stressed that during their visit to Beijing last month, they met with Chinese Minister of Commerce who is a focal person responsible for $ 60 billion pledge to support African and discussed the details of South Sudan priority list as proposed last year in September. “We agreed on priority list and we then went to China and attended the forum on African China cooperation (FOCAC) submission of the proposal to benefit from 60 billion pledge,” he said. He said the delegation in series of bilateral talks seeking to bolster economic ties between Beijing and Juba met with Chinese X-zhang Bank President to push for the release of the loan.

 “The meeting was fruitful and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and X-zhang bank promised to consider most of the projects we presented, if not all of them,” Alor explained. Alor said the loan will be used to boost good number of projects which includes education, physical infrastructure, civil aviation, Security sector, information, among others.   In his address, Alor said South Sudan also asked China to increase its oil production and agree to protect the oil workers as well as extending all Chinese oil companies contract.

The China $60 billion offer is divided into three phases, and in a phase in a year will gives Africa $20 billion and for the period pledge end.

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Jubek State Calls Upon TGoNU To Protect Traders

By Chuty Anyar


Jubek State Crisis Management Committee jointly with Juba City Council has called on Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to guarantee maximum security to traders operating in the nation to restore back the hope of doing business.

Speaking during a meeting organized by Jubek State and City Council, Peter Paluel Yata the chairman of Jubek Crisis Management Committee told the meeting the need to provide adequate security for the safety to transport commodities to the other states.

Yata told journalists shortly after the meeting that they convened consultation as the joint Crisis Management Committee to examine the level of destruction caused by the renewed fighting. He reiterated that national government needs to put some appropriate measures that will encourage businessmen affected by the July renewed fighting as many traders were looted of their goods worth millions of pounds. “Many traders have locked up their shops and up to now they are fearing to reopen their shops as they pondered the fighting and looting,” Yata said. “We the chamber urges the traders that have not open their shop to reopen them since there is normalcy in the city,” he stressed. He noted that many traders whose shops were looted have remained with nothing in their hands to sell and that is why many shop are not opened. On his part, Michael Lado Allah-Jabu, City Legislative Council speaker explained that prices in the market have gone up due to damage inflicted in Jebel Market.

He regretted Jebel Market looting and described it as a big lost to the people in the capital particularly to traders whose commodities were targeted.

“We condemned the looting which happened in Juba City market during the fighting in the capital as many markets in outskirt of estates were looted,” Lado said.

He added that people of this nation need to reach the peace climax and perpetuate harmony not to repeat the circle of conflict in the Country. 

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FIFA Delegation Encourages Peace, Reconciliation To Promote Sports


By Garang Abraham Malak


The delegation of Federation for International Football Association (FIFA) who are in South Sudan for an official visit has called on citizens of the young nation to unite and promote sports for peace and good sporting spirit among the upcoming generations.

FIFA head of delegation, Veron Mosenco Omba told journalists on his arrival at Juba International Airport on Tuesday that his visit was to unite the country FIFA representative to boost sporting activities in the country. Veron said him together with his colleague George Mohwincket FIFA Public Relation Officer have come to the country to preach peace and unity.  

“We are not here to point hands on who have committed mistakes but we are here to unite all South Sudanese for peace and reconciliation to prevail,” Veron stated. Veron mentioned that it was his first time to be in the country and that he was so glad that he has been welcomed kindly. It is one of the FIFA rule to maintain peace with its members. “South Sudan is one of the member of FIFA and we are not happy seeing them in conflict. South Sudan is a football family, one of the principles of FIFA is to maintain its relationship, friendship between all members and that is why are here to make sure the friendship does not fade,” said Veron.  He urged all citizens to embrace the spirit of togetherness, patriotism, forgiveness, peace and reconciliation for a better nation. South Sudan joined FIFA 10 month after gaining independence in 2011 and become number 209 member of world football governing body.

The African country was voted into full membership by delegates at FIFA’s annual congress in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

Currently it is participating at Rio de Jenario for the 2016 International Olympics Games.

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UN Urges Government To Try SPLA Accused Of Crimes

By Achol Achien Kiir

United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has accused SPLA soldiers of committing widespread human rights violations during and after the fighting which took place last month.  According to the UNCHR, preliminary UN investigations into recent fighting in South Sudan, and its aftermath, revealed that Government security forces carried out killings and rapes, and looted and destroyed properties. 

“Tensions remain very high, and violations continue to take place in Juba and other parts of the country,” said Zeid.  The UN human rights chief said information received by UN human rights officers suggested that  hundreds of fighters and civilians were killed during the initial fighting, adding that some civilians were killed in crossfire between the fighting forces and that others were reportedly summarily executed by Government (SPLA) soldiers.

“At least 73 civilian deaths have been catalogued so far by the UN, but it is believed the civilian death toll may in fact turn out to be much higher. The UN was denied access to some of the hardest-hit areas in the days following the conflict and a number of restrictions on movement remain in place,” he said. “We have documented at least 217 cases of sexual violence in Juba between 8 and 25 July,” Zeid said. “In a few areas, women from various ethnic groups were raped by heavily armed youth believed to be affiliated to the SPLA in Opposition (SPLA/IO),” he added. The High Commissioner expressed concern about allegations that some peacekeepers may have failed to assist women and girls who were reportedly raped and assaulted near their positions. He condemned the lack of effective responses to end impunity for human rights violations as well as violations and abuses of international humanitarian law. “The rapes and killings of civilians continue, the impunity remains, and the Hybrid Court and other proposed measures to enhance protection and accountability have not yet been implemented,” he said. In addition, he observed that, thousands more people were forcibly displaced, and many civilians were denied access to safety in UN compounds.

He also noted that in the wake of the violence the government severely restricted the right to freedom of expression and clamped down on journalists

 “The Government says it has established a court martial to try SPLA soldiers accused of committing crimes against civilians, including ‘looting, murder and other forms of human rights abuses,’” he noted. “It has made similar promises in the past, but the violations continue unabated.” “The severity of the recent violence, and the very dangerous ethnic undertone, call for urgent action by the Security Council,” Zeid said.

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I Don’t Want To Represent Graves: Yei River MP

By Roger Alfred Yoron


A Member of Parliament representing Yei in the newly constituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly has called on the government to ensure peace in Yei River State. MP Paul Yoane Bonju yesterday told the TNLA that Yei is not stable.

“let the government ensure that there’s peace in Yei because I don’t want to represent graves. I want to represent people. When I clap my hands here, I want to clap for people in Yei: the youth, farmers, the chiefs!” said the visibly emotional Bonju.

“I would like through you, as you sit here, I would like to call you, to appeals [sic] to you, so that we have the minister of the National Security to update us on the security [sic]. What is happening in the Republic of South Sudan? There is rampant killing, there is rampant insecurity and I’m a member of the SPLM and I feel sad when I talk when my people are dying.  I don’t want to represent graves,” he added. However, TNLA speaker Anthony Lino Makana urged the honorable MP to put the matter in writing before he could summon the minister. Makana acknowledged that Members of parliament have the right to initiate parliamentary oversight over the executive. “If you have issues, you table it in a good way, with evidence like the information you have given but documented, so that I from my part can summon the minister, so that the minister concerned can come and give reports here. Also you have privileges where you can question ministers when they come to the August House. I’m going to give you adequate time for that,” he said. The speaker thanked Bonju for bringing-up the issue saying “It is emotional, but thank you for representing you people very well.” For his part, MP representing Maridi Peter Bashir Gbandi and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, argued that Yei is not an exception to the crises in the Country.

“Yei is not an exception. What is happening in Yei is happening in each and every part of South Sudan. And we want us to dress this national dress,” said Gbandi stressing that the Parliamentarians should put the interest of South Sudan and the people above all. “My appeal to you, as we discharge our new responsibility and new mandate, let us speaks as nationals of this Country. Because the ills that have made us to be divided amongst ourselves, we know it: it is about tribalism, it is about corruption, it is about bad governance. This is why this Agreement [ARCISS] is full of reforms... this Assembly will be championing the review of all the laws that has caused havoc in this Country,” he said.

“So I’m appealing to you that, as much as it is painful, at time when you are personally affected because your constituency is affected, you cannot do it alone. Let us do it together.” It remained unclear whether MP Bonju will put the issue in writing and address it to the TNLA as an urgent motion. The Nation Mirror could not reach him for details by the time of the press.

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Wau State Runs Out Of Drugs Supply

By Garang Abraham Malak


The deficiency of drugs supply has hits the newly State of Wau and it has left residences in critically dire health conditions, Wau State Governor Andrea Mayar has said.

Governor Mayar upon arrival from the State at Juba International Airport told journalists that the residents are in health turmoil due to inadequate health supplies amid deteriorating humanitarian situation. However he reiterated that the main government health facility is empty because transportation of medicines from Juba to the State is inconsistent. He revealed that he is visiting Juba to meet and discuss way forward in solution to the problem in the state. “I have come to meet The Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) so that I can share the problems my state is facing, as I told you before that the state is facing drugs shortage,” said Mayar.

He urged President Salva Kiir to boost security in order to pave way for the return of internally displaced person to rebuild their lives normally.  “We need all IDPs that ran to various places to seek refuge to start sensing peace in the area, particularly those who fled to Red Cross, UNMISS camp should  return to their respective homes” said Mayar.

Andrea stated that the security situation in Wau state is now calm and majority of residents have started going outside Wau Town with a mission to cultivate to boost food security in the state.

Mayar further mentioned that there is free movement of residents in the town; the movement from rural areas to urban areas is now free and normal because there is no more insecurity along the main roads compared to before. “the problems with our people here in south Sudan even in Wau state is, that they like listening to the rumors that are baseless, only with intention to create fears among themselves,” he said.

Mayar lauded President Salva Kiir Mayardit decision to reject foreign forces intervention because it undermines the country’s sovereignty.

“South Sudanese should understand this, how can somebody from a different country come and secure you in your country, that show that you have no power on your own,” said Mayar.

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UNICEF Sounds Alarm On ‘Catastrophic’ Food Insecurity In Country

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it is responding to a growing food security emergency causing malnutrition in children in both rural and urban areas of crisis-gripped South Sudan.

“The situation in South Sudan is catastrophic, and even more so for children,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told a news briefing in Geneva, where he also pointed out that so far this year, the agency has treated 120,000 children under age five for severe malnutrition; a nearly 50 per cent increase over the same period in 2015.

Initially, UNICEF had been planning to provide support to 166,000 children in 2016, but that figure has been revised to more than 250,000, he added.

Seven out of the country’s 10 states have reached the malnutrition-rate-emergency threshold of 15 per cent, while in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the malnutrition rate stands at 33 per cent, he explained. UNICEF has also noted a sharp rise in malnutrition in South Sudan’s urban areas, including the capital, Juba, where the rates of children admitted for malnutrition to UNICEF-supported Al-Sabbah children’s hospitals were some 20 per cent higher in the first six months of 2016 than for the same period last year. The spokesperson cited the country’s inflation rate as one of the main reasons for the high increase, explaining that it made basic household staples too expensive for many families.

Mr. Boulierac stated that while UNICEF could not provide figures of children dying from starvation, “one quarter of a million children in South Sudan are facing severe malnutrition.” According to the spokesperson, with a number of roads inaccessible, the ongoing conflict has further limited UNICEF’s ability to respond – leaving, in the most urgent cases, the more expensive option of air transport for delivering supplies. Additionally, Mr. Boulierac stressed that “due to insecurity and the rainy season, UNICEF staff in South Sudan are unable to be fully mobile and deliver their goods and services.”

Mr. Boulierac said that of the $154.5 million UNICEF needs for South Sudan in 2016, the Fund had, to date, received only $52 million to assist with water and sanitation; child support services; nutrition; health; and education. He indicated that more than 900,000 children have been displaced in the country, which – with 1.8 million children, or 51 per cent of school-age youngsters out of school – also had the highest proportion of out-of-schoolchildren in the world.

“An estimated 16,000 children had been recruited by armed groups, and there were concerns that the renewed violence would lead to a further expansion of that practice,” explained the spokesperson. He also called attention to the fact that sexual violence and rape had been used as a weapon of war, saying “all the ingredients were there to be extremely concerned.” Between 8 and 25 July, at least 72 civilian deaths and 217 cases of sexual violence had been documented in Juba alone.

The spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), William Spindler, added that the total number of South Sudanese refugees in the region stood at 917,418 – most of whom are sheltering in Uganda.

The recent fighting in South Sudan between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar – erupted in and around Juba, on 7 July, close to the fifth anniversary of its independence.

The young country has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between the two leaders erupted into conflict in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.

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JMEC Accused Of Sidelining National Members

By Aleer David


The Minister Information, Michael Makuei Lueth, who also double as government spokesperson has accused the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) of sidelining their participation in the latest meeting organized with partners in Khartoum.

Makuei said the recent meeting was called by the Commission’s Chairman Festus Mogae without communicating to members about change of venue. He questioned the intention of JMEC. “If there is any other groups who have decided to call themselves JMEC partners, then we are not members of JMEC,” He said.

“Whatever is decided in JMEC is done by the whole membership but I don’t quite understand whether Fetus Mogae is a partner of JMEC,” he wondered.

JMEC partners held a meeting in Khartoum, Sudan recently in a bid to discuss the recent renewed fighting that has created division within the main opposition faction.

“If he can attend the meeting of the partners then who are the members of JMEC, They leave South Sudanese out and they go and conspire in Khartoum to create havoc,” he stressed.

“I think there is something wrong with JMEC, it must prove itself to be a joint body, otherwise JMEC in the current situation it is useless,” he explained. Makuei said JMEC have evacuated all foreign members including the deputy chair of the body empty following the July fighting. Since then the scenario propelled many organizations and foreign embassies to evacuate their workers in which JMEC was not exceptional. “It is a time they should have been here to witness for themselves. It is unfortunate that JMEC is no longer serving the objective for which it was established’, Makuei emphasized.

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Ban ki Moon Welcomes IGAD Plus Decision On South Sudan

By Aurelious Simon Chopee

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The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed the communique of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Plus countries to send protection force to salvage the faltering peace in Juba.

In a statement issued from the UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban commended the IGAD leaders for their decisive action and welcomed the Government’s acceptance of a regional protection force.  

He called on all South Sudanese leaders to set aside their personal differences and demonstrate their commitment to the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which he said remains the only viable path to ending the crisis. 

The Secretary-General according to his spokesperson remains deeply concerned about the continued fighting in the country and calls for an immediate end to the hostilities. “He is outraged by the continued reports of serious human rights violations and abuses, including widespread sexual violence against women and young girls, committed by armed men in uniform” the spokesperson stressed. “He calls on all parties to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians and demands that they take immediate steps to hold accountable those responsible for these despicable crimes” he added.  The Secretary-General reiterates his commitment to work with all South Sudanese, IGAD, the African Union and international partners, to implement the recommendations of the summit.  IGAD Plus Heads of State convened an extra-ordinary summit on Friday in the Ethiopian City of Addis Ababa to discuss the unfolding situation in South Sudan and forge way forward. Among the agenda discussed were; what the region can do to ensure the country doesn’t break into pieces due to conflict. Consequently, the region agreed to send a protection force to protect the internally displaced persons, important installations in the country and to ensure the agreement is implemented as planned.

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President Kiir Sacks 6 Opposition Ministers

By Majak Kuany


President Salva Kiir on Tuesday evening replaced six Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-IO) ministers and their two deputies through series of decrees read on state run radio and television.

The affected ministers, who were sacked in a televised presidential decree on the national broadcaster, included Interior Minister Alfred Lado Gore, who was replaced by Michael Tiangjiek Mut. Gore, the second in command in opposition faction, was however retained and named the Minister of Land, Housing, and Urban Development, replacing Mary Alfonse Nadio Lodira.

Kiir replaced Dak Duop Bishok, the Minister of Petroleum with Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth. The former minister of higher education Peter Adwok Nyaba was replaced with Yien Tut.

Mabior Garang De Mabior, the former minister of water resources and irrigation was replaced with Sofia A. Gai. Peter Marcello, the minister of labour was replaced with Gabriel Duop Lam.

The president also replaced Doup Lam who was the deputy minister with Rieu Gatliek Gai and named Nathike Allan Lochul as deputy minister for Labour to replace Elizabeth Achuei.

Kiir said the reshuffle was carried out based on recommendation from the newly appointed First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai who took over from ex-rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar.

The reshuffle comes after Lam Akol resigned as Minister of Agriculture, calling for regime change, saying the peace deal which was aimed at ending more than two years of fighting was “dead’.All the ministers who were sacked on Tuesday are deemed loyal to Machar who fled Juba on July 9 following heavy clashes which erupted between his forces and that of President Kiir.According to UNHCR, the deadly clashes between the two rival factions have sent thousands of civilians fleeing city including 60,000 others who have fled to neighbouring countries.

Meanwhile, President Kiir has reiterated his rejection of the regional force being mooted by the international community to help stabilize South Sudan. Information Minister Michael Makuei accused the African Union (AU), the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and UN for creating political turmoil in a bid to colonize the country.

Makuei told journalists on Tuesday evening in Juba that the two bodies are out to prove that the transitional government that was put in place in April is not working so that they can prolong their stay in the country. “We do not understand what the bodies mean by intervention when we are fully a sovereign state,” he said, adding that the call for intervention is simply a new way of colonizing the country and tear it apart. IGAD, AU and the UN have called for the deployment of third force to guard key government institution and act as the buffer zoon between the two rival armies in July.

The regional countries are due to hold a summit in Ethiopia this weekend to finalize plans to send troops from East African countries to Juba. But Makuei said the action is not acceptable since it is not within the mandate of the organizations.

“This move is tantamount to the colonizers coming back in form of organization and claim to work for humanity with hidden agenda,” he added, accusing the former political detainees for accepting to be used to cause chaos in the country.

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