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Japan Stresses Safety Assurance For Nationals A Basis For Future Projects

By Roger Alfred Yoron

 

Japan’s Foreign Minister has stressed that safety assurance for Japanese nationals is a basis for any future development projects to be implemented by his Country in South Sudan.


Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the TICAD VI in Nairobi held bilateral ministerial meeting with South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Deng Alor Kuol on Friday.

“Minister Kishida emphasized the importance of safety assurance for Japanese nationals as a basis for any future development projects and solicited South Sudan’s willingness to render full cooperation with UNMISS in its endeavor to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan of August 2015,” partly reads a statement on the developments, released by the Japanese Embassy in Juba.


“Hon. Deng conveyed appreciation for Japan’s cooperation programmes for South Sudan, most notably through JICA, and wished for early resumption of development projects.” Japan has since the recent fighting in Juba halted most of its developmental projects in South Sudan, including the construction of the Freedom Bridge along the Nile and the project for the provision of clean water in Juba. “On a happier note, Minister Kishida made reference to Japan’s assistance to the dispatch of the first South Sudanese Olympians at the Rio Games and expressed Japan’s interest to stand behind the effort to spread hope among youths and pursue peaceful dialogue,” the Embassy’s statement added. Vice President James Wani Igga, the Foreign Minister, representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, and Juba City Mayor took part in the TICAD VI.


The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at the start of the summit on Saturday that Japan will mobilize a total of $30 billion in private and public sector funds to invest in Africa over three years to boost infrastructure building in the continent.

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Nuba Mountain Refugees Get Farming Land From Ruweng State

By Garang Abraham Malak

 

Ruweng governor Mayuol Kur Akuei has said the local communities in the State in collaboration with the state authorities have offered free hectares of land to Nuba Mountains refugees for cultivation in a move to fight food insecurity.  

 

Speaking to The Nation Mirror yesterday on phone, Dietron Ngor the Secretary General of Ruweng state said the governor together with community members agreed and gave Nubian refugees a free land for farming to boost food security. “Since, this is a farming season with availability of moderate rainfall, it’s high time for all residents in the state to start farming,” Ngor told this medium.  

 

“I am appreciating individuals that have already initiated cultivation and I also do encourage others to replicate the same. Agriculture is the only tool we can eliminate food insecurity that is currently facing our people in the state and in South Sudan at large,” said Ngor. Ngor recounted the governor’s plea to the residents to effectively use the recently distributed crops as a way to better their farming in the state. Recently President Kiir urged citizens to at least cultivate two to five hectares of their land to boost productivity in addition to the last year distributed 1000 tractors to defunct ten states. He said the governor also paid a visit to all the markets within state particularly Jamjieng market, Ajuongthok market and in exception of Abumthon market due to poor accessibility of road.

 

Dietron mentioned that the reason why the governor paid a visit to all those market was to discuss with traders about the market prices amid alarming high inflation in the state. Ngor reiterated that the trader’s response to the governor was problem of dollar crisis which has hit up the states compared to capital, Juba. He further added that most goods consumed in the state are bought from Wau market or directly from Juba at high taxation cost inflicted on traders.

 

“The security situation in the state is relatively calm, there are no any inter-tribal fighting reported among the residents, therefore everybody including refugees are living in harmony exception of deteriorating economy in the state” he said.

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Cleric Accuses International Community Of Fueling Conflict

By Daniel Laat M’ Kon

 

A Catholic Priest in the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek (CDOR) has laid blame on UN and International Community for fueling ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

 

Fr. Marko Tong Dihany, Holy Family Cathedral Parish Priest said the fighting between government and opposition forces in 2013 and July this year were plans by International community to destabilize the country.

 

Fr. Marko accused the international community of arming the opposition and repeatedly using it to destabilize the country for what he said many don’t know. He said South Sudanese are only at the mercy of God from what he termed as “UN sponsored genocide” in South Sudan.  The Parish Priest also criticized government for always failing to stick to its decisions despite having chances of protecting the sovereignty of the country and its’ people.

 

“Jesus said let your yes be yes, and your no be no, when uttering truth,” the clergy added. Fr. Dihany said South Sudanese need peace and reconciliation by supporting peaceful co-existent in the country but not through deployment of foreign forces. The Catholic priest called upon the citizens to remain in peace as the reconcile one another. We must change our mentality of hatred and maintain peace in our society. 

 

He questioned whether the coming of the protection force into the country will maintain a lasting peace in the country, arguing that there are already over 12,000 UNMISS peacekeepers in the country which he said are “helpless”.  Many civilians in the country are always moving at the protection-of-civilians inside and outside the country explain about widespread and uninhibited murder, rape and looting, according clergy. “They talk about the most horrendous incidents of sexual violence and I’m sure we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg,” he added. 

 

This follows the recent resolution adopted by the UN Security Council to deploy 4000 strong foreign troops from the African Union regional forces in South Sudan.  Early this year, UNMISS spokesperson rejected the claims that UN has failed their mission, pointing out that they protected civilians living in the POC sites and conducted regular patrols into conflict areas of the state.

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Gok State To Establish Special Court

By Achol Achien Kiir

 

The Minister of Information for Newly created Gok State in former Lake State, John Madol Panther has said special court will be formed next week in Gok State to settle minor cases.

 

 Madol yesterday said special court will be finalized in coming days adding that the idea came after a consultation made by governors of Gok State and Western Lakes State with Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut in Juba.

 

He said the two governors got chance to consult with the Chief Justice Chan last month after they were invited by the president for a briefing. Madol assured that the two governors consulted with the chief justice on the need to formation special courts to try minor cases which he said was approved.

 

“This was done in consultation with the two governors with Chief Justice when they were invited to Juba for briefing that didn’t happen because it was interrupted by the crisis that erupted in Juba,” Madol said. The minister said the formation for special courts of Cuebet and Gok was formed in July but for Gok State it is due to be accomplished next week.

 

He disclosed that the list for the formation of special court in his State were established in July comprising of five judges headed by Bol Ayuel as president of high court in Gok State. “They are to settle minor cases and after that they will be reporting back to the office of Chief Justice in Juba,” he added.


Meanwhile, he also said that two governors of Gok and Western Lakes state will pay a visit to Rumbek North and that their visit will be facilitated by the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The governors according to him are going to conduct a one day meeting about peace with the people of the sisterly states. He believed the governor of Gok State since his appointment has been engaging with people on peace.

 

He added that the security situation was generally normal and that people have cultivated enough and they were waiting to harvest their crops. on humanitarian situation, Madol said there is no hunger in Gok State. “I am appealing for peace to come among the people of Greater lakes and South Sudan in General,” he concluded.

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South Sudanese Contests For Parliamentary Seat In Australia

By Majak Kuany

 

South Sudanese-Australian citizen, who resides in Wyndham City in Melbourne, has declared interest to stand as a parliamentary candidate in Wyndham Council election 2016, in a bid to help South Sudanese communities living in Melbourne speak for themselves. Henry Makuei Koor left to Australia in February 2007 and settled in Melbourne Australia, in Wyndham city. Since then he have involved himself working for the common interest of the South Sudanese Australian. Makuei desires for leadership in Australia emerged during country self-determination referendum where he actively headed a coordination of “MY Referendum for Freedom” (MRF) that was formed in 2009 to participate and advocate for separation of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011.

Currently, he is a national coordinator for South Sudanese Australian Parliamentary Friendship group, a body made up of Australian Federal MPs and senators that is tasked to be voice of South Sudanese in Australian Parliament. Also, he is a director of South Sudanese Australian Graduate Program.

Makuei Studied at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and completed bachelor of accounting and masters of applied finance and currently studying master of international development at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia.

“My passion is being part of an organization and government where people are the priority. One of the most important things for me is to continue to be able to help those people who walk through difficulties and asking for assistance,” Makuei told The Nation Mirror through email communication.

“Helping them get what they want, or simply participate in their community is key to helping them move forward in their lives,” he added.

He said he is politically motivated to run for Wyndham city council 2016 because Australian democracy guarantees every citizen civic freedom and fundamental rights and equality, and it is the institutions of Australian democracy that enable diversity in our society to flourish. The democratic foundation of Australian society contains a balance of rights and responsibilities. Within this broad framework he said each individual and group is welcome to make a contribution to the common good for all Australians irrespective of where they come from.

“I declare myself for candidacy from African background a South Sudanese in particular to achieve something which includes building our Communities’ future together till 2017 to 2021,” said Makuei.

He said the move is to enhance public image of Africans in Wyndham through an assertive public communication campaign that showcases the positive achievements and contributions of African Australians and actively challenges unbalanced negative representation of the communities in the wider society.

“Develop a sustained relationship with the media and aim to increase representation of African Australians as part of mainstream storytelling in the media Re-establish African Voice as a self-funded widely distributed African community magazine that is a ‘must read’ because its contents are high quality and reflects the communities” he stressed.

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Customs Officers Intimidated, Harassed By Other Organized Forces, Says Official

By Aleer David

 

The Deputy Director of South Sudan Custom Services, Lt. General, Dominic Malong, has revealed that the work of custom officers has been constrained by interference from security operatives deployed at various entry terminals in the country. General Malong complained that customs officers are harassed and intimidated by other organized forces.

“Custom Service is experiencing a lot of challenges such as intimidation and harassment from other organized forces who are not technically trained to handle custom services” Malong lamented in his complain to the new minister of Interior, Michael Chanyjiek Gaey.

He said the institution is not given a free space to operate efficiently and independently and therefore appealed to the Transitional Government of National Unity to intervene and correct the situation.

General Dominic addressed his grievances to the new minister of Interior, at the Directorate of Custom Services in Juba yesterday.

The newly appointed Minister of Interior has started his familiarization tour of all the directorates that make up the interior ministry.

He was accompanied by the Inspector General of South Sudan Police Service Lt. General Makur Marol. In the same occasion, Gen. Makur explained that many goods which are not basic needs are exempted from paying custom duties by the ministry of finance without consultation from ministry of interior. He claimed that some traders connived with UNMISS so that their goods are exempted and when the goods reach Juba, they are channeled to Konyo Konyo Market. “The issue of exemption is seriously affecting the collection of non-oil revenues at the border ports” Gen. Makur said. 

The Inspector General requested the interior minister to look into the problem of exemptions of luxury goods, harassment of custom officers, insecurity along Nimule Highway, and improve the working conditions of custom workers.

The Directorate of Custom Service is a leading agent in collection of non-oil revenues in South Sudan. 

Though some of the border points like Pagak, Mayom Malakal are not operational, custom service manages to collect two hundred millions South Sudanese Pounds monthly. The minister promised to provide a conducive atmosphere to help custom officers discharge their duties professionally.

 “In order to avoid corruption, the workers welfare should be put into consideration properly”, Chanyjiek said. The minister ordered the Director of Customs to give a detailed report of those who interfere with the work of custom officers for appropriate actions.

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Cabinet Fails To Respond To UN Approval Of Regional Forces

By Majak Kuany

 

The Cabinet Ministers on Sunday’s extra-ordinary meeting have failed to come with unified position on the latest turn of events in the United Nations Security Council, which approved 4000 extra troops to the troubled country with broad-based mandate.

The Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth told journalists in J1 after the extra-ordinary meeting that decision-makers are being directed to study UN Security Council resolution before responding.

UN Security Council on Friday approved 4,000 regional troops to strengthen United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to further protect civilians, humanitarian workers and Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) staff as requested by IGAD plus and African Union.

Consequently, the TGONU cabinet sat as a matter of urgency to deliberate on the latest turn of events to give their position. According to Makuei, the meeting which was chaired by President Salva Kiir and attended by the two vice presidents; Taban Deng Gai and  James Wani Igga discovered that the resolution to had some pros and cons that needed analysis.  

“It was an expanded meeting and the objective of this meeting was to discuss and deliberate on the UN Security Council resolution and it is decided that this process be taken to executive, parliament before it becomes a decision of citizens,” Makuei told journalists. Early July, the capital, Juba witnessed eruption of deadly violence in the young country, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation. Since December 2013, over two million people have fled their homes. Some 1.6 million are displaced within South Sudan and more than 900,000 people have fled to neighboring countries.

The resolution adopted by the Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the fighting in Juba, including attacks against civilians, UN personnel, premises and property, and requested the Secretary-General to expedite investigation into the incidents.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny was quoted by international media as having expressed government rejection to the approval and possibility of none cooperation.

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Approval Of 4000 Additional Troops A Violation Of Country’s Sovereignty-RAF

By Achol Achien Kiir

 

Red Army Foundation (RAF) said approval for deployment of 4,000 additional troops to South Sudan by United Nations Security Council was a violation of basic principal of United Nations Peacekeeping Operation.

Red army foundation yesterday in a statement of objection to the United Nations Security Council resolution no. 2304, said there are already 12,000 United Nations Forces in South Sudan, and therefore said it was unnecessary and even questionable why additional forces would be required when the situation is fully under control.

Deng Bol Aruai, the Chairperson of Red Army Foundation said the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) was not fully consulted on the matter and did not consent to it, as required, which undermines the sovereignty of South Sudan as UN member State.

“The United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 2304 is a violation of the basic principle of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, which requires full consultation and consent of the main parties to a conflict, before UN Forces can be deployed,” Deng said.

He elaborated that the Airport and Key Strategic Government Infrastructure cannot be put under the protection of United Nations Forces under the discretion and directives of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, when there is a sitting Government in an independent country, which is a deliberate infringement to the sovereignty of South Sudan, which is not a United Nations Protectorate, but an equal member state of the United Nations.

He believed that the country’s position was echoed by the Members of the United Nations Security Council that objected to the Resolution and later abstained from voting in favor of it, including Russia, China, Venezuela and Egypt. He said that was extremely worth noting and emphasizing because two of those countries, China and Russia, are among the five (5) permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and the permanent United Nations representative of the People’s Republic of China emphasized to the United Nations Security Council.

“There should be full consultation with South Sudan on the deployment of a regional protection force. The deployment should obtain consent from the country’s transitional government. Only by doing so will the regional protection force truly achieve the goal to promote peace and stability in South Sudan and to create favorable conditions for implementation of a peace agreement of all parties”, China’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi.

“This is equally the position of the Red Army Foundation and we call upon all the people of South Sudan to rally behind the government and categorically object to this United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 2304,” Deng said.

Deng however said the problem of South Sudan has been wrongly diagnosed and completely misunderstood, and that they encouraged the international community to embrace the new dispensation and spirit of mutual cooperation within the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU), which he said to be the only true hope for effective and quick implementation of the Peace Agreement, to unite, reconcile and take South Sudan forward.

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South Sudanese Community In Kenya Calls For Peace, Reconciliation

By Emmanuel Malual Makuach

 

Nairobi, Kenya, Thousands of South Sudanese living in Eldoret town in Kenya converged at Catholic Church in the town to hold National prayers dedicated to the fifth Anniversary independence celebrations which was postponed due to unfolding events and the incidents in Juba recently.

The occasions brought together South Sudan communities to listen to the message of peace, unity and reconciliations as a strategy to hunt for peace lovers in all sources in the society.

  According to Bishop Elijah Abuoi Arok and Daniel Reech it is now time for you south Sudanese to repent to God so that the nation’s problems can be resolved.

Adau  Chol one of the attendant of the peace prayers said it was time  to stand together  and preach  a strong message of peace, reconciliation and unity among ordinary  people  in the Diaspora and back home  regardless of  ethnicity, gender and political affiliations.

“we must abstain our community from politics of polarization and indeed we have shown an example as South Sudanese  living  in Eldoret Kenya  since the crisis of south Sudan our unity is unshakable  across our diversity .we have  always distance ourselves  from politics” she stressed to the congregation . The sentiments also echoed by Mary Nyanpout Mai, sister to former SPLA Chief of General Staff, Gen. James Hoth Mai. Nyanpout said people should forgive and build a culture of peace regardless of political difference.  “Let us not use negative language and identify ourselves base tribes and regions; say Nuer, Dinka , Equatorian, or shilluke  (Chollo) it does not take us anywhere” she stressed .

The Community chairperson David Koang on his part urged the youth to distance themselves from politics along tribal lines. He said youth are victims of all political differences in the country.  The Chairman added that youths should be on the first front of preaching message of peace and reconciliations among the communities.

They urged the unity government to revive the country’s economic from the current deterioration which they say causes hunger threats in the country and outside. “Here in Kenya, many houses are closed down , children also dropout of schools like  universities colleges   secondary schools and primary schools as a result  of unfavorable economic situations” they say .

“Since the conflicts erupted in Juba in 2013, both parties should considered lives of the ordinary citizens who are also sources of voters to politicians if there is an election in the country. 

we are also appealing to international  community to bring solution to the conflict of  south Sudan in different ways than intervention forces, by using mediation  despite  how long it will takes to get solutions” the emphasized.

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SPLA-IO Forces Integration Announced, Cantonment Areas Underway

By Chuty Anyar

 

 President Salva Kiir on Friday ordered the integration of Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) and directed SPLA joint Military high command to allow the establishment of cantonment areas as a way to pave speedy implementation of the peace agreement signed last years. 

The Minister of Information Michael Makuei, told journalists after council of ministers weekly meeting chaired by the President that the unity government is working hard to implement all the provisions enshrined in the agreement to end conflict in South Sudan. 

“Today, President Kiir has issued an order of integrating all SPLA-IO forces together with the establishment of cantonment areas and directed SPLA Military high command joint committee to immediately move and verify  the areas,” Makuei said. 

The government spokesperson expounded that all SPLA-IO that will be found in identified areas will be immediately integrated so that peace and harmony is restored in the country.However, the official said SPLA-IO forces that have decided to follow former First Vice president Dr. Riek Machar following clashes in July that forced Machar out of Juba will not be considered. “Only SPLA-IO forces currently under command of General Taban Deng Gai will be cantoned but those who have continued to render their loyalty to Dr. Riek Machar are not included,” he said.

He revealed that failure to report to the cantonment areas that will be established by joint military high command will lead to regret.Meanwhile the issue of the cantonment since the agreement was inked last year has created a lot of bitter argument between the armed opposition and the government.  Analyst say the controversial stale talks between former first vice president Dr. Riek Machar president Kiir groups contributed to the recent renewed fighting that shakes the peace accord.  The fighting that broke out in Juba in early July resulted into death of over 300 people and displacement of thousands more. Dr. Riek Machar who was the country’s FVP was forced to flee giving way to the appointment of Gen. Taban as FVP. The two factions of the opposition have continued to part ways as Machar claims control of the army while Gai argues he has majority.

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Gov’t Revokes Passports Of Five Former Political Detainees

By Garang Abraham Malak

 

South Sudan government has revoked Passports of Five Former Political Detainee’s also known as SPLM-Leaders following their call for United Nations to take over administration of the country due to its current political turmoil.

 Ambassador Gordon Buoy told Voice of America (VOA), South Sudan in Focus on Thursday that South Sudan leadership in the transitional government of national unity has revoked the passports of the five former political detainees due to their campaign of UN trusteeship

The five SPLM former political detainees whose passports have been withdrawn according to Buoy, are, FDs chairman Pagan Amum Okiech, Dr. Majak D’Agoot, Kosti Manibe, Oyai Deng Ajak, Gier Chuong Aluong and Madut Biar Yel. However it is not yet clear whether the government has now totally bared majority of FDs from being South Sudanese citizen or it was persona Non granter (PND) for FDs not travel back to the country.

“It’s true the government has cancelled the former detainee’s passport because what they have committed is called treason according to South Sudan panel court,” Buay said.  “It is a crime and it is in South Sudan panel court when you turn against the country you have committed treason”. Ambassador Buay further stated that there is freedom of speech in South Sudan but it is not enshrined in any page or chapters of the transitional constitution of South Sudan, 2011 that a citizen of the country can interfere with the affairs and the sovereignty of the State on claim of freedom of expression and speech like in United States of America or United Kingdom (UK).

 “Every citizen of South Sudan can express his/her constitutional right but it has to be guaranteed by law but not demonstrating through demand of United Nations to take over power.  It would be better if a citizen demonstrate calling for UN to protect civilians but not power,” Buay angrily told VOA. The diplomat reiterated that according to UN charter South Sudan is recognized, as a member State. Adding “South Sudan is not killing its own people but it is fighting a rebellion, outlaws and at the same time criminals,” he stressed He expressed astonishment on what he called actions of former political detainees whom he considered as once freedom fighters but cheaply called for the country to be under UN trusteeship.

 He reasoned that the ex- rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar could not even think of UN takeover in a move to colonized and rule South Sudan for five years as expounded by former SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum together with the group. He said it is a very serious crime. Buay concluded that South Sudan government gave amnesty citing himself as a beneficiary of forgiveness as well as Dr. Riek Machar among other politician.

The Nation Mirror was not able to get the views from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the claim.

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