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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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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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City Council Urges Traders To Restock Looted Shops With Commodities

By Chuty Anyar

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Michael Lado Allah-Jabu of Juba City Council on Friday called on all traders to restock various commodities to boost the markets after Juba – Nimule highway resume operation following weeks of unrest caused by July fighting in Juba.

The speaker of city legislative council, Alla-Jabu told journalists yesterday during council first meeting after the July incident that government has beefed up security along the highway to facilitate traders to bring more goods to the capital amid looting.

“We know it’s a great lost to you (traders) but don’t give up, government will provide protection particularly Jubek State Police will make sure your goods are well protected,” Said legislator.

He noted that the incident has scared and discourage many traders especially those who lost huge amount of worth valuable items as a result of the fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar.

The official admitted that the rampant looting of commodities at Jebel Markets and Check-point hiked prices in the market but argued traders to forget and start new life through resorting to little saving they have made to bring more goods from neighboring countries.

“The government has deployed security personnel along Juba-Nimule highway to curb criminal along the road to secure safe passage of goods coming from East African Countries. Juba-Nimule high way is safe for those traders   who are still panicking,” he stressed.

He reiterated that Juba is now calm since President Kiir issued ceasefire which was properly observe my gallant forces on July 11, 2016. He also encouraged Public to build trust and confident onto government soldiers in uniform and shun fears upon seeing them doing their jobs. Eyewitness revealed that during the fighting that erupted outside presidential compound on July 8, 2016 between forces loyal to president Kiir and Dr. Machar, subsequently  Jebel Market and check-point were seriously ransacked.

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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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Food Insecurity In Juba Deepens

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The recent conflict in has resulted in disruptions to key infrastructure that supports livelihoods, destruction of key markets, and displacement of populations, with ripple effects across the neighbouring counties, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has said. Juba is an important commercial and humanitarian logistical hub

According to the organization, an estimated 36 000 people were displaced at the height of the conflict with an estimated 15,000 remain displaced without adequate shelter, food, water, or sanitation and hygiene facilities.

“People that fled their homes in Juba have lost both domestic and productive assets to looting. Livelihoods based on casual labour and petty trade have also been severely affected, further exacerbating the food insecurity situation among the urban poor in Juba” FAO said in the report.

The organization cited dysfunctional markets disrupted further through the looting  of shops and market stalls.

“Trade in Juba and the neighbouring counties relies on the Nimule--Juba  highway for  the importation of food commodities and current insecurity along the road is severely affecting the ability of traders to supply markets sufficiently in order to meet food demands” it explained.

Due to evacuation of foreigners for fear of their lives, the organization reported hikes of prices of basic commodities between 45‐80% for legumes, 12-58% for cereals and 70-80% for fuel.

“The local currency lost further ground to the US dollar (depreciated by 43%) in the aftermath of the conflict, exchanging at SSP 60/1 US dollar down from SSP 48/1 US dollar a week earlier” it stated.

South Sudan currently has an inflation rate of over 300% - the highest in the world and a historical high since the country rebased the CPI basket in June 2011.The ongoing crisis in South Sudan is aggravating an already fragile socio‐economic context, in which many households are at risk of food insecurity and malnutrition both in rural and urban centers, including in the capital Juba.

The South Sudan IPC update for April 2016 estimated that 4.8 million people (40% of the total population) would face severe food insecurity countrywide in the May‐July 2016  lean season period. A high proportion of the food insecure are from the states of  Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Warrap. 

The macro-economic downturn occasioned by the protracted crisis and the decline in oil revenues, combined with below‐average harvests in 2015 led to a further increase of food prices and a contraction of  income-generating opportunities, hence constraining physical and economic access to food for South  Sudan’s  poor population, estimated at 60% of the total population as of 2015.

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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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Over 6 Million People In South Sudan Need Aid Assistance, IOM Says

By Achol Achien Kiir

 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said its teams are continuing with lifesaving humanitarian activities in South Sudan with more than 6.1 million people in need of assistance.

Since December 2013, the crisis has displaced 2.3 million people, including 717,300 who have fled to neighboring countries and more than 1.61 million others who remain internally displaced.

IOM said humanitarian needs remain high in Wau town in the former Western Bahr el Ghazal State, since fighting broke out in late June.

According to the organization, its rapid response team on the ground is supporting an estimated 78,800 internally displaced persons, but stressed that their access to displaced populations in areas south of Wau town remains hindered, cutting off thousands from humanitarian aid. 

The camp manager at the displacement site near the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Wau said IOM is relocating IDPs to areas of the site improved to mitigate the impact of the rainy season and overcrowding IOM revealed that in Juba, about 12,000 people remain displaced due to fighting that broke out in capital on 7 July and continued until a ceasefire was declared between the warring parties on July 11 2016.

“4,000 people are sheltering at the UNMISS peacekeeping base in Tong Ping and 6,830 new arrivals remain at the UNMISS protection of civilians (PoC) site at UN House, where 28,000 people were registered prior to the 7 July fighting,” it said.

It further stated that an additional 1,250 people are sheltering in community centers, churches and other areas in town with partners coordinating closely to assess needs and provide emergency aid to civilians, running a clinic, providing safe drinking water and camp management support and ensuring IDPs have access to shelter during the rainy season. It said that it is supporting the Health Cluster response to a cholera outbreak. Since 12 July, health agencies have reported more than 270 cholera cases, including 14 deaths.

“IOM is supporting cholera surveillance, treatment and prevention across Juba,” the organization said in the released statement. The migration agency further revealed that it was providing multi-sector assistance at the UNMISS Tong Ping base and providing coordination and pipeline support for the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Shelter and Non-Food Items and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clusters responding to needs across Juba.

“IOM is working closely with UNMISS engineering on site improvement and site planning to mitigate flooding and maintain living conditions in the base,” it adds. Adding, “19 communal shelters have been constructed on the base, to provide IDPs shelter from environmental conditions”.

The statement reiterated that IOM and MSF are conducting an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign at the Tong Ping site as part of the Health Cluster effort to stem the cholera outbreak, targeting 4,500 people.

In addition, IOM is managing oral rehydration points in the site, mapping cholera hotspot locations and treating several cholera cases at the temporary clinic in Tong Ping while referring others to the cholera treatment center at the Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).

“The culture sample from the first patient referred to JTH from the IOM clinic last week has come back positive, confirming cholera in the UNMISS Tong Ping,” the statement stressed.

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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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VP Wani Igga Dismisses Criticism Against Appointment Of Taban

By Garang Abraham Malak

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Vice President James Wani Igga has said appointment of Gen. Taban Deng Gai as the First Vice President is legal since it was made by the SPLM-IO.

VP Igga said the decision came in a bid to fulfill and implement the South Sudan peace agreement.

Article 6 sub-article 4 reads, “in the event that the post of the first vice President falls vacant during the transitional period for any reason, which includes mental insanity or physical insanity of the office holder, the replacement shall be nominated by the top leadership of the SPLM-IO”.

VP said the process or replacement cannot exceed 48 hours but he said the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) has been so patience for two weeks for Dr. Riek to return to his office. “I appeal to our friends in the IGAD, AU, UN and international community at large, we have not done this illegally,” Igga told the swearing in ceremony on Monday.

However, VP stressed that the worst part was that Dr. Riek did not heed to the ultimatum issued by president this month. “If you have  number of goats and one gets got loss, should you mourns for the lost one and leave majority behind ,you ought to go ahead with the remaining goats and continue with your life,” said Igga.

He lauded President Kiir for his promptly respond to the nomination made by member of Sudan people’s Liberation Movement in opposition (SPLM-IO).

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RAF Commemorates 4Th Anniversary, Call For Unity

By Garang Abraham Malak

Red Army march during the Red Army Foundation Day

The Red Army foundation (RAF) on Friday July 2016 commemorated fourth anniversary and called for unity among citizen across the country.

“We call upon all the people of south Sudan to completely detest violence, tribalism and all forms of sectarianism and fully rally behind the government to work for peace and development in south Sudan.” The chairperson of red Army Foundation Deng Bol told hundreds of its members yesterday.

Deng Bol in a statement he delivered at SPLM House during the celebration said the foundation will work for peace and unity of the people in the country.

The day was mark under the theme “South Sudan should be respected, it is not a donation from United Nation”

“We are fully committed to working for peace and guns should fall silence in South Sudan. We all need to focus our energies on developing our nation,” Bol said.

Red Army congratulated President Salva Kiir Mayardiit for wise leadership for demonstrating good leadership and having managed the July, 8 2016 fighting. It also thanked the leadership for appointing Taban Deng Gai to the position of First Vice President following the vacuum created by Dr. Riek Machar failing to heed 48 hours presidential ultimatum. “Our position on this matter is that the decision of the top leadership the SPLM-IO should be respected by everyone because the agreement is not about individuals,” he said.

“We equally stand together with the Presidency Salva Kiir Mayardit, General Taban Deng Gai the First Vice president and Vice president James Wani Igga for categorically rejecting the deployment of additional foreign troops in the country,” He added.

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US Officials Refutes Alleged CIA Reports To Destabilize S. Sudan

By Achol Achien Kiir

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The United State official have refuted the published media report by The Dawn newspaper on Wednesday about CIA alleged secret operations in South Sudan to destabilize the government. 

The US Embassy in Juba issued a press release on Tuesday refuting the story and describing it as baseless. It said the American government has no intention to destabilize the world newborn country with the intention to achieve regime change.  The Embassy noted the July 27 issue which included several pages of “fabricated” documents with claims to support the allegation was unfounded. “The article and the documents published by The Dawn Newspaper are false.  No editor or journalist at The Dawn sought U.S. Embassy views prior to publication and when the U.S. Embassy sought to correct the record July 27, the editor declined to speak with us,” the statement read.  The Embassy claimed that the allegations were first circulated on social media and a local list on July 17.     In response, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement July 17 which said: “The United States want to reassure the people and the government of South Sudan that we are not planning, nor will plan, to target any government or military leaders; nor will we import special military equipment with the goal of destabilizing South Sudan. 

“Any suggestion that the United States has done so or will do so is false, baseless, and not in the interest of peace in South Sudan,” it added.

Ambassador Molly Phee said earlier that the circulating “fake” CIA report was a “fabricated” documents, “Someone is trying to hurt the historic and deep relationship between the United States and the people of South Sudan.” said Phee.

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