Machar carried his desktop with him while on the ran to DRC in 2016 – source

Desktop belong to SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny (Photo via Facebook)

Desktop belong to SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny (Photo via Facebook)

JUBA – South Sudan First Vice President and Leader of the main armed opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, carried his desktop with him in the bush while on the run while he was pursued by air bombardment by the army in 2016 before ending up in Congo DRC, sources have said.

In July 2016, fighting between President Salva Kiir’s army and Machar’s SPLA-IO, broke out in the capital Juba, ending a 9-month-old peace deal which briefly stopped the civil war in the world’s youngest country.

Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, a senior member of the main armed opposition group said Machar carried a desktop with him when he was on the ran in the Equatoria jungle in July and August 2016.

“He carried with him his desktop in July 2016 when he fled to Congo DRC. He was with us and every time there was calm, we look for a place to use that device because he had to communicate with friends,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

“The device was finally left in the Sudanese capital Khartoum when he when to South Africa and when he returned, he got the computer and will be transported to Juba next week,” the source added.

Kiir sworn in newly appointed governors

South Sudan president Salva Kiir swearing in state governors today at state house J1 (Photo via presidency)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir swearing-in state governors today at state house J1 (Photo via presidency)

JUBA – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has this afternoon sworn in some of the newly appointed state governors, according to a statement by the presidency.

This comes a few days after Kiir appointed eight state governors refusing to appoint SPLM-IO nominee for Upper Nile State due to objection by Apadang community who argues that General Johnson Olony is a divisive figure. The other candidate for Jonglei which was nominated by a section of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance was not agreed upon and was not appointed.

“The President of the Republic, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the seven out of the eight newly appointed state governors and chief administrators of Abyei and Ruweng administrative areas on Wednesday,” the presidency statement said.

The appointment came as a result of an agreement between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny on the formation of the state governments. The government appointed governors for eight states with the exception of Jonglei and Upper Nile states which would be resolved soon.

“During the swearing in ceremony, most speakers emphasized on security, education health, agriculture and revenue collection for the development of the states.

“Addressing the ceremony, President Salva Kiir Mayardit described the Swearing in ceremony as a milestone for the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity. President Kiir called on the newly appointed state governors and administrators to disseminate the message of peace to the populations in their respective states, and work hard to end inter communal conflicts in the states.

“The First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny called on the state governors to cooperate and resolve challenges facing the populations in the ten states and administrative areas of the country.

“Meanwhile, the Vice President for the Gender and Youth cluster, Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior urged the state governors to include women, youth and people with disabilities in the state government.

“On his part, the governor of Eastern Equatorial State Louis Lobong Lojore, who represented the governors, said that they accept the challenge of developing their respective states, and as governors they will implement the 35 per cent affirmative action by including women in the state governments.

“In addition the Chief Administrator of Abyei Administrative area, Kuol Diem assured the government and the people of their respective administrative areas that they will work tirelessly to deliver services to the people.”

Bentiu residents celebrate reappointment of Nguen Manytuil

Residents of Unity state's capital Bentiu celebrating in the streets to welcome the reappointment of Dr. Joseph Nguen Manytuil as governor [Photo via Facebook]

Residents of Unity state’s capital Bentiu celebrating in the streets to welcome the reappointment of Dr. Joseph Nguen Manytuil as governor [Photo via Facebook]

BENTIU –Residents of South Sudan’s Unity state capital Bentiu have taken to the streets this morning to welcome the re-appointment of Dr. Joseph Nguen Manytuil Wijang as governor of the oil-rich state.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday defied calls to replace Manytuil and reappointed the medical doctor to the position which he held since mid-2013, following the removal of now vice-president Taban Deng Gai in a controversial move.

Speaking to Sudans Post this morning, Dr. Samaan Chutyier, a senior aide to Manytuil, said spirits were high in the capital Bentiu and that residents have taken to streets to welcome the decision by Kiir to reappoint Manytuil.

Separately, residents have confirmed that they are on the streets of Bentiu expressing happiness to President Salva Kiir for the reappointment of the man they describe as servant of the people.

“We are really happy with President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Reappointing a servant of the people who is Dr. Nguen Manytuil is a great action and we welcome the move,” one resident who identified himself as Gatluak told Sudans Post from Bentiu on phone.

Another resident said he welcomes the move by Kiir to reappoint “our governor who has done what it takes to reunited the people of Unity state who have been disunited under the dictatorship of Taban Deng Gai.”

Kiir asks SPLM-IO to nominate different person for Upper Nile state

General Johnson Olony who is nominated by the SPLM-IO for the governorship of Upper Nile state (Photo via Facebook)

General Johnson Olony who is nominated by the SPLM-IO for the governorship of Upper Nile state (Photo via Facebook)

JUBA – South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has asked the SPLM-IO to name a different person for governor of the country’s Upper Nile state, a senior opposition official told Sudans Post.

On Monday, Kiir – a party to the revitalized peace agreement – appointed eight state governors and decided to skip the appointment of Olony as governor of Upper Nile state which has been allocated to the main armed opposition.

He did not also appoint the governor for Jonglei state which has been allocated to the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) because of differences within the opposition consortium over who should be nominated.

A senior government official said on Monday evening that the SPLM-IO’s leadership had nominated Johnson Olony but was turned down by Kiir.

Speaking to Sudans Post on Monday, a senior opposition official who is also a minister in the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) revealed that Kiir has asked the group to nominate a different person for the gubernatorial position.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit has turned down the nomination of the SPLM-IO because he doesn’t want the appointment of Johnson Olony,” the official said.

He has since asked the leadership [of the SPLM-IO] to name a different person for the governorship and that person will be appointed next week,” the official said.

The opposition who totally refused to be named said the “SPLM-IO position is very clear: no one can tell us who to nominate. That will be a dictation of what we, as a political organization can do.”

GERD: Strong Speech by foreign minister of Egypt to UN the Security Council

Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry addressing the UN Security Council on Monday night [Photo via SIS]

Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry addressing the UN Security Council on Monday night [Photo via SIS]

CAIRO, EGYPT – The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, on Monday night addressed the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the country’s objections to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance (GERD).

Below is the full text of the speech of H.E Sameh Shoukry to the UNSC:

STATEMENT BY H.E. SAMEH SHOUKRY, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL SESSION ON THE GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENAISSANCE DAM

Your Excellency the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and President of the U.N. Security Council for the month of June, Distinguished Representatives of the Member States of the U.N. Security Council, Colleagues and Dear Brothers, Representatives of Sudan and Ethiopia, At the outset, I would like to congratulate the President of the Security Council for his able leadership of the Security Council during a time of unprecedented challenges and daunting crises.

Indeed, these are truly tumultuous times. Humanity is being tested by an invisible foe that has robbed us of countless souls, wrought untold economic suffering, and brought life to a standstill across the world. But as we face the scourge of this global pandemic, and as our frailty is laid bare before us, we are reminded of our common humanity.

We are reminded that, beyond the multitude of cultures and creeds, and the diversity of nations and peoples, we are, ultimately, a single human family, the welfare of which demands that we look beyond narrow self-interest and promote the bonds of solidarity within our global community.

Mr. President,

The matter on which I am addressing you today is of the greatest consequence to the Egyptian people, and requires, like our efforts to combat this global pandemic, a commitment to uphold the spirit of cooperation, and to recognize that no nation is an island unto itself, entire of itself, but part of a community bound by a common destiny.

A threat of potentially existential proportions has emerged that could encroach on the single source of livelihood of over 100 million Egyptians, The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a colossal project that Ethiopia has constructed across the Blue Nile, could endanger the security and very survival of an entire nation by imperiling its wellspring of sustenance.

While we recognize the importance of this project to the developmental objectives of the Ethiopian people, a goal that we share and support, it is essential to realize that this mega-dam, which is Africa’s largest hydropower facility, potentially threatens the welfare, wellbeing, and existence of millions of Egyptian and Sudanese citizens.

Therefore, the unilateral filling and operation of this dam, without an agreement that includes the necessary precautions to protect downstream communities and to prevent the infliction of significant harm on their riparian rights, would heighten tensions and could provoke crises and conflicts that further destabilize an already troubled region.

Accordingly, it is important that the Security Council consider this matter. As the body entrusted, by the international community, with the unique responsibility to maintain international peace and security, the Council is expected to exercise watchful vigilance to avert the escalation of tensions, to prevent the outbreak of conflict, and to contain crises that threaten to prejudice the peace in a fragile region. We trust that, in discharging these duties and fulfilling its responsibilities, the Security Council will act with diligence and vigor to resist instances of unilateralism that could undercut the foundational tenets of our international system that are enshrined in this organizations’ hallowed Charter.

As a responsible stakeholder, Egypt elected to bring this matter to the attention of the Security Council to forestall further escalation and to ensure that unilateral actions do not undermine efforts to reach an agreement on the GERD or prejudice the riparian rights and interests of downstream states, or, more alarmingly, to endanger the lives of almost 150 million Egyptian and Sudanese citizens, thereby generating greater tension in an unstable region.

We are, therefore, encouraged that the Security Council is holding today’s session. This reflects the commitment of its members to ensure that this essential organ of the United Nations fulfils its responsibilities, as enshrined in the Charter.

Mr. President,

We in Egypt populate the most arid of the Nile Basin riparian states and one of the most water-impoverished nations on earth. This harsh reality compels us to inhabit no more than 7% of our territory along a slender strip of green and a fertile delta teeming with millions of souls, whose annual share of water is no more than 560 cubic meters, which places Egypt well below the international threshold of water scarcity.

On the other hand, our brethren in Ethiopia have been endowed by divine providence with plentiful water resources, which include an average annual rainfall of almost 936 billion cubic meters of water, of which a mere 5% flow into the Blue Nile, and eleven other river basins, some of which are shared with neighboring states, and all of which provide endless opportunities for regional economic cooperation and integration.

This means that, if the GERD is filled and operated unilaterally, in the absence of a mutually beneficial agreement that protects the lives and livelihood of downstream communities, it can place further stress on an already severely strained hydrological reality and endanger millions of people in both Egypt and Sudan.

Concurrently, however, we are unwaveringly committed to support our fellow African nations, especially in the Nile Basin and including Ethiopia, in their efforts to realize greater prosperity. This is evident in the fact that Egypt has cooperated with every Nile Basin state in constructing dams, in rain harvesting projects, in digging water wells, and the removal of waterweeds that constrict the flow of the river. This reflects our unshakable belief in our common destiny as Africans, and confirms our conviction that the Nile River is not the exclusive property of Egypt or of any riparian state, but the common heritage and sacred trust of all our peoples.

Therefore, for almost a decade, Egypt has initiated and engaged in painstaking negotiations on the GERD. Our objective, throughout these arduous talks, was to reach a fair and just agreement that ensures that Ethiopia achieves its legitimate developmental objectives, while minimizing the harmful effects of this dam on downstream communities. We endeavored, tirelessly, to reach an agreement that harnesses the developmental potential of this dam for Ethiopia, while limiting its many perils for Egypt and Sudan.

Mr. President,

Because the two letters addressed by the Government of Egypt to the Security Council, on May 1st and June 19th, 2020, have detailed the successive stages of the negotiations on the GERD, I will only recount the main milestones of these arduous talks throughout which we conducted ourselves with good faith and demonstrated a genuine political will to reach a fair and balanced agreement that preserves the rights and equities of all three riparian states that share the Blue Nile.

Since Ethiopia unilaterally commenced the construction of this dam, our negotiations have included numerous trilateral and bilateral summit meetings between the leaders of our three countries.

Moreover, in a testament to our enduring commitment and abiding faith in the values of our African continent, we attended and convened several regional bilateral and multilateral summits and meetings with our other African brethren in a bid to facilitate the reaching of an agreement that assures Ethiopia that it will generate hydropower efficiently and sustainably, while limiting and minimizing the adverse effects, and preventing the significant harm of this dam on downstream states.

We also held countless trilateral meetings between the ministers of water affairs and their technical teams, and many meetings of the ministers of foreign affairs to provide political support to these talks, and we established an independent committee of hydrologists to provide impartial scientific analysis of the scenarios of the filling and operation of the GERD.

Unfortunately, however, all of these efforts came to naught. To overcome the hurdles facing our negotiations and invigorate these talks, our three countries concluded, on March 23rd 2015, the Agreement on Declaration of Principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

This treaty, the content and terms of which are unambiguous and unequivocal, was intended to provide greater political impetus and guidance to our discussions. It reconfirmed the legal obligation incumbent upon Ethiopia to conduct studies on the transboundary hydrological and socio-economic effects of the GERD and to undertake an assessment of its environmental impact.

It also reaffirmed Ethiopia’s political commitment and its legal obligation not to fill the dam without an agreement with its two downstream co-riparians on the rules governing both the filling and operation, which would guarantee Ethiopia the hydropower benefits of this project while minimizing its many harms on downstream states.

Regrettably, however, despite the fact that we contracted an international consultancy firm to conduct the studies on the effects and impacts of the dam, the process of undertaking these studies was obstructed, and as a result, they were never completed. Nor do we have unassailable guarantees regarding the safety and structural soundness of the GERD. This means that, in the absence of sufficient scientific data, communities downstream of this great structure, appear condemned to live in the dark shadow of a great unknown.

If, God-forbid, the GERD experiences structural failures or faults, it would place the Sudanese people under unimaginable peril and would expose Egypt to unthinkable hazards. Indeed, our concerns in this regard are not unwarranted. In 2010, the headrace tunnel of the Gibe II dam constructed across the Omo River collapsed within days of the completion of its construction.

It is also deeply disheartening that, throughout the winding path of these negotiations on the GERD, Egypt has been subjected to an unjustifiable campaign of unfounded claims that we sought to bind other parties to agreements from the dark era of colonialism.

The reality, however, is that every treaty relating to the Nile that was concluded by Ethiopia was signed by its government, free of any compulsion or coercion, and as an independent and sovereign state. These include a treaty freely signed by the Emperor of Abyssinia in 1902, that prohibited the construction of any waterworks across the Blue Nile that affect the natural flow of the river, and a General Framework for Cooperation also freely signed by Ethiopia’s late-prime minister Meles Zenawi and Egypt’s president in 1993, in addition to the 2015 Agreement on Declaration of Principles. Needless to say, all of these treaties remain binding and in force.

Mr. President,

As construction of the GERD neared completion, and as every other path towards an agreement proved unsuccessful, Egypt called upon our partners in the United States of America and the World Bank to join our talks in an attempt to bridge the gap between our three countries.

This led, after intensive negotiations, in which the three countries fully participated, and for the first time after almost a decade of talks, to an agreement that was prepared under the auspices of the United States and with technical input from the World Bank. This agreement, which Egypt accepted and initialed on February 28th, 2020, but which Ethiopia rejected at the eleventh hour, provided a fair and balanced, win-win solution, that promotes the interests of our three countries and preserves their riparian rights and equities.

This agreement, which is annexed to our letter addressed to the Security Council dated June 19th, 2020, is now available to the international community as a testament to Egypt’s good will and as evidence, beyond any doubt, that an equitable and fair agreement was available for the parties to sign.

Furthermore, because Egypt is dedicated to explore every possible avenue to reach an agreement on the GERD, it partook in the latest rounds of negotiations that were held upon the initiative of the Republic of the Sudan. However, these talks were also unsuccessful.

It is Egypt’s belief that an agreement on the GERD must be a legally binding instrument under international law, that must also include clear definitions that establish the threshold of significant harm that must be prevented, in addition to a binding dispute resolution mechanism to ensure the effective implementation of this agreement. On the other hand, it was argued that mere guidelines of uncertain and ambiguous legal value that could be unilaterally adjusted should suffice. It was also suggested that any such document would not include a firm obligation to prevent the infliction of significant harm on downstream riparians.

Moreover, in keeping with our principled position that the GERD must be filled and operated in accordance with a mutually beneficial agreement that promotes the common interests of our three countries, Egypt accepted the invitation of H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, to hold an Extraordinary African Union Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government meeting on June 26th, 2020 to deliberate on this matter.

The object and purpose of this meeting was to ensure that an agreement on the GERD is reached expeditiously. As such, it was agreed that inter-governmental technical negotiations will be held with a view to achieving this goal within two weeks.

Moreover, during this meeting Ethiopia committed not to take any unilateral measures by commencing the filling of the GERD before an agreement is reached.
This commitment can only be interpreted as an unequivocal undertaking to ensure that the filling of the GERD is executed in accordance with rules agreed upon between the three riparian states.

Any other understanding or interpretation of this commitment would reflect the lack of political will to reach an agreement on the GERD and reveal an underlying intention to impose an unacceptable fait accompli on downstream states and enforce the unilateral will of an upstream state on its co-riparians, and turn any talks into an exercise in futility.
Mr. President,

It is incumbent on the Security Council to take note of and welcome these outcomes of the meeting of the African Union Bureau and to call upon the three counties to comply with their commitments and pledges.

Filling the GERD unilaterally, without an agreement with Egypt and Sudan would jeopardize the interests of downstream communities, whose existence and survival depend on the Nile River.

Furthermore, the unilateral operation of this mega-dam could have disastrous socio-economic effects that will diminish every dimension of the human security of Egyptians, including food security, water security, environmental security, and human health. It will also expose millions to greater economic vulnerability, leading to increasing rates of crime and illegal migration. It would reduce water quality, disrupt the riparian ecosystem, damage biodiversity, and aggravate the dangers of climate change.

This eventuality represents a serious threat to international peace and security. It could also have serious, if not seismic, political ramifications. Downstream states would find themselves in an intolerable situation and create an atmosphere of animosity between our countries, and sow the seeds of discord between our peoples.
It is, therefore, necessary for the Security Council and the international community to exert every effort and support every initiative that is intended to lift this looming threat and remove this ominous peril on the horizon.

While our positon remains that the only viable solution to the question of the GERD is to reach a fair and balanced agreement, Egypt will uphold and protect the vital interests of its people. Survival is not a question of choice, but an imperative of nature.

Accordingly, we call upon the Security Council to encourage the parties to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement on the GERD, and to refrain from any unilateral measures until such an agreement is reached. Until our efforts are successful and an agreement is concluded, the Security Council should, as it discharges its duties, remain actively seized of the matter.

In this context, Egypt has presented a draft resolution for deliberation by the Security Council that is consistent with the outcomes of the African Union Bureau meeting. It encourages the three states to reach an agreement within two weeks, and not to take any unilateral measures in relation to the GERD, and emphasizes the important role of the U.N. Secretary General in this regard. This draft resolution is not intended to preempt or forestall any negotiations, but to express, at the highest level, the keen interest of the international community in reaching an agreement on the GERD and its appreciation of the dangers of acts of unilateralism in this matter.

While we continue to extend an unfailing hand of friendship to our brethren, we expect our kinsmen with whom we share the Nile River to reciprocate our good will and to act with responsibility. Much as we wholeheartedly support Ethiopia’s right to development, including through the use of our shared water resources, we believe that justice dictates that Ethiopia respect Egypt’s right to life.

Indeed, as H.E. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi declared in his statement before a Joint Session of the Ethiopian Parliament, and I quote:
“I urge us to lay the foundations for a better future for our children and grandchildren … a future where all classrooms in Ethiopia could have electricity … and where children in Egypt could drink water from the Nile as their parents and grandparents did … a future where the economies of both our countries would expand to absorb their entire labor force … with the purpose of guaranteeing a decent life to our peoples … so as to restore their standing among the family of nations given their glorious history and immense potential”.

In conclusion, Mr. President I must reiterate that we stand ready to exert every effort to reach an agreement on the GERD. I call on my friends and colleagues in Ethiopia and Sudan to summon the spirit of brotherhood and kinship between our countries and peoples. Let us embrace the undeniable truth of our commonality and camaraderie. Let us grasp the opportunity that is before us to shape our fate, rewrite history, and chart a new course of peace and prosperity for our peoples.

I thank you Mr. President.

South Sudan: Kiir watching as Jieng children starve

By Jok Madut Jok

Co-Founder of the South Sudan Juba-based Sudd Institute Jok Madut Jok [Photo credit is unknown]

Co-Founder of the South Sudan Juba-based Sudd Institute Jok Madut Jok [Photo credit is unknown]

OPINION – If I were the head of state [in South Sudan], or in some other position of influence in South Sudan, I would not last for so long in such a position while seeing Jieng Kids sleeping on empty stomachs every night on the streets in Wau, Aweil, Tonj, Rumbek, Malakal, even as massive state contracts are given suitcase businessmen from their areas; or women sitting with babies suckling at their empty breasts on the doorsteps of some ministers’ houses in Juba.

I would not sleep well while having seen much of Equatoria emptied into Northern Uganda, Eastern Upper Nile into Ethiopia, Dedinga children, Jie kids, being educated every single day to turn away from their country and choose to be citizens of their tribes, instead of citizens of South Sudan.

How can anyone say he or she is a leader overseeing a country [South Sudan] where one citizen harms another with impunity and the state has no say in that?

I would not sleep knowing that the country that was born of war, built upon bones of martyrs, watered every day by the blood of human sacrifice, is now a country that looks like a mirror reflection of the country it protested and broke away from.

It is now a country where some of its liberators, the men, and women in uniform, can’t even afford a bar of soap to wash that uniform with.

It is now a country [South Sudan] of the rule of man by law, where security agents can arrest and detain citizens without judicial oversight, a country of neat laws that no one is interested in enforcing or respecting, where oil production has become a curse to the people who live on top of the oil fields.

I would not rest a day knowing that all our [South Sudan] newborns are not registered so that the state acknowledges their existence and do everything possible for them to survive.

How could anyone rest knowing that every public official appointee does not know how to coordinate with the next appointee so that public institutions can operate in concert with one another? I would not carry on without asking my aides how come they all own houses that are bigger than the structures of the ministries that employ them?

This is not to say that I would know exactly what to do about all these challenges, nor to declare anyone incompetent. But I would not be found pretending there is no problem.

This is to say that it is one thing to have a problem, but it is entirely another to acknowledge or note that you have a problem, for accepting you have a problem is half of the solution to that problem.

The author is a professor of anthropology at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He is also a co-founder of the Juba-based Sudd Institute. Follow him via Twitter: @JokMadut.


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Kiir appoints eight state governors, leaves out Upper Nile and Jonglei

South Sudan President Salva Kiir speaking to reporters at the state-house J1 in January this year [Photo credit: Reuters]

South Sudan President Salva Kiir speaking to reporters at the state-house J1 in January this year [Photo credit: Reuters]

JUBA – President Salva Kiir Mayardit has this evening appointed eight state governors without appointing governors for Upper Nile and Jonglei which are allocated to the SPLM-IO and South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), respectively.

According to a deal reached between Kiir and Machar last week, the SPLM-IO was given three states of Upper Nile, Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal.

However, in a decree this evening, Kiir appointed governors for Unity, Warrap, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria as follow:

A- State governors

1 – Emmanuel Adil Anthony Wani – Central Equatoria state (SPLM-IG)

2 – Louis Lobong Lojore – Eastern Equatoria state (SPLM-IG)

3 – Makur Kulang – Lakes state (SPLM-IG)

4 – Tong Aken – Northern Bahr el Ghazal state (SPLM-IG)

5 – Nguen Manytuil Wijang – Unity state (SPLM-IG)

6 – Bona Biar – Warrap state (SPLM-IG)

7 – Sarah Kilto – Western Bahr el Ghazal state (SPLM-IO)

8 – Alfred K. K. Onyango – Western Equatoria state (SPLM-IO).

B – Chief Administrators

1 – Kuol Alor – Abyei Administrative Area (SPLM-IG)

2 – Joshua Kuani – Greater Pibor Administrative Area (SPLM-IG).

3 – William Chol – Ruweng Administrative Area (SPLM-IG)

Denay Chagor says his age written wrongly on national documents

South Sudan minister of higher education Denay Jock Chagor (Photo by Sudans Post)

South Sudan minister of higher education Denay Jock Chagor (Photo by Sudans Post)

JUBA – South Sudan’s minister of higher Education, Denay Chagor has claimed that his age was written wrongly on his Nationality Certificate and the Passport, days after some opposition leaders suggested that Chagor is young and cannot serve as governor.

Currently, members of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) are engaged in an internal feud over who can serve as governor for Jonglei state which has been allocated to the opposition consortium by President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

Following the allocation of the state, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, the chairperson of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and a senior member of the Alliance, nominated his secretary-general Mahjuob Biel Turuk for the Jonglei state governorship.

He then criticized some members of the alliance of conspiring to obstruct his nominee and install Denay Chagor as governor of Jonglei state.

However, speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, Denay Chagor said his age was written wrongly and that he is bigger than Dr. Mahjuob Turuk.

“My age is written wrongly in my documents. I was not born in 1986. I was born in 1975 and my age is 45,” Denay Chagor told Sudans Post.

“They are talking against Denay Chagor as if I have any personal issue with them,” he said probably referring to Dr. Lam Akol talking against him.

Rebuttal to Salva Mathok’s fake goldening of Tutkew Gatluak  

By Ayok Thon Akoon

South Sudan Presidential Advisor on Security Tutkew Gatluak speaking during a press conference in Juba in 2019 [Photo via SSBC]

South Sudan Presidential Advisor on Security Tutkew Gatluak speaking during a press conference in Juba in 2019 [Photo via SSBC]

OPINION –  “In words of J. Nozipo Maraire “Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.”  In light of J. Nozipo Maraire proverbial wisdom, the SPLM cadres don’t know this government belongs to them bloody and that reason they are being bribed using their own money, their own power, and the revolutionaries will end up sycophantically writing in support of hunters (NCPs) like small boys on Facebook and other social media outlets. Until they know this government belongs to them is when the story will not glorify the hunter (NCP) but the lion (revolutionaries) himself.

Michael Bassey Johnson once said and I quote “The best way to detect the destructive element in someone is to watch closely their behavioral pattern when given authority over poverty”. Given my keen follow-up of Hon. Salva Mathok Geng utterances against National Security Service (NSS) during swearing-in of South Sudan National Youth Union in Nyakuron Cultural Centre and his today’s lip-sticking with million lies about Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh, there is no doubt in my mind liberators are being used like condoms in their own government.

Hon. Tutkew Gatluak’s birthplace, age, education, work experience, and NCP life.

Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh was born in 1968 in Mayom village, Unity state. Given that birth date, his age currently could be approximately 52 years old. He never went to school leave alone secondary school education. He worked as a waiter in the restaurant of Nuer NCP guy called Bejay Wangkai. He as well worked in army barrack as cleaner, washing and ironing senior officers’ clothing.

When former President Omer Hamed Hassan El Bashir came for visit to Bentiu, he took Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimene with him to palace in Khartoum. During late Gen. Paulino Matip (R.I.P patriot) he was taken as a translator by late General. In same service he was rendering to Gen. Paulino Matip, SAF military intelligent recruited him as their agent/mole within late Gen. Paulino Matip rings of his activities.

He became a frequenter of Antonov plane that used to bomb SPLM/A areas in Upper Nile given his conversant with terrains and localities, job he perfectly did until 2005. On separate assignment, former spy chief Gen. Salah Gosh recruited him and in Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh’s term of reference (ToR) was data collections from senior politicians from Southern Sudan by then, job he was doing until our great Republic gained Independence and ended after ouster of spy chief in Sudan. Who knows same file is transferred to him by current Sudan Military council $?.  He was one time MP through National Congress Party’s ( NCP) ticket.

Who is Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh and his highly network of corruption

He is South Sudanese Nuer Bul of Mayom in Bentiu state. History indicates that Tutkew Gatluak, Nguen Monytuil and Dr. Riek Gai Kok voted for united Sudan in which they coined phrase “South Sudanese can’t govern themselves” better we remain in the hands of Arabs. Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene is working together with businessman Kur Ajiing Ater in Money laundering bloody billions of dollars are being siphoned out in names of fake contracts and our President is being blind-folded.

Hon. Tutkew Gatluak one time burned SPLM/SPLA flag into ashes protesting as to why our great movement proposed current flag. Hon. Tut Kew Manimene is tasked by Khartoum to make sure SPLM/SPLA is destroyed, lodging all her leaders out and embark on reuniting Sudans. For avoidance of doubts, let President try to remove him from his current position, Khartoum will tell president Salva Kiir no don’t try it man.

Mark Twain one time said and I quote “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes”. Dear Hon. Salva Mathok Gengdit, it is with deepest dismay and regrets that I read your doctored piece about Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh, the Security Advisor of our great Country.

If my great brain works perfectly as I know it does, you mentioned in your piece to have met Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene in 1979 as secondary education student in one of secondary schools in Bentiu.

If true, by then he was 11 years old. Kindly, reiterate to me in your other own words, was he in secondary school at 11 years old in Sudan not other part of the world? In the year 1979-1980 which you said was exactly the year those of Hon Nadia Arop Dudi, Hon Simon Mijok Mijak, Hon Amb. William Daud, Col Manytoc Kuel Ador, Maj. General Pauline Dador of police and Hon. Micheal Chiengjiek.

Tell me who were colleagues of Tut Kew in Bentiu Secondary school? So when you met Hon. Tut Gatluak Manimene in 1979 already in secondary school, it means he is older then those mentioned above? In 1979 you said you were commander of Sudan Army Forces, kindly educate we young people, what rank were you? Which division in Bentiu were you commanding and how did Comander came to know little Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene of 11 years old? What brought you together for you to even further know his education level?

Dear Hon. Salva Mathok Gengdit, for records and prayer in God’s names for peace to prevail, Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene and former Governor Hon. Nguen Monytuil are part and parcel of killings, burning of properties and cattle looting that has been going on between Nuer Bul and Twic either by sponsoring militias in Bul or failure of Governor Nguen Monytuil administration.

He is extremely busy these days purported to be reconciling communities he failed to reconcile during his entire era. As you said, fighting between Bul and Twic was there before Hon. Tut Kew Gatkuak Manimene and Governor Nguen, you brutally buried the fact that what used to be there was youth/gelwong cattle raiding but current one is well armed and highly organized militia attacking civilians in their villages.

Killing, maiming, burning their shelters and looting their cattles and properties. How many times did militias in Bul attack Twic under the watch of Governor Nguen Monytuil and Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene? Where you not in South Sudan yourself? As you may not know, we Bul community knows bloody hands behind continuous deadly attacks ongoing between Bul and Twic since Governor Nguen Monytuil days upto now. It will cut your respect and wisdom expect from you by 50% if you continue to feed this country with lies you can’t evidently substantiate.

Let me conclude by quoting from great Mao Tse-tung and I quote “when you point a finger at the moon to indicate the moon, instead of looking at the moon, the stupid ones look at your finger”. It is indeed unfortunate that liberators identified NCP as cancers eating up what they fought for yet some liberators see at fingers pointing at NCP instead of NCP. Pathetic!

South Sudan Oyeee!

Peace Oyeee!

The author is a concerned citizen of South Sudan. He can be reached via: ponisimon2019@gmail.com


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South Sudan economy hijacked

By Alikaya Aligo Samson

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (left) and Chinese Prime Minister Hu Jintao (right) meeting in China in 2016 [Photo via Reuters]

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (left) and Chinese Prime Minister Hu Jintao (right) meeting in China in 2016 [Photo via Reuters]

OPINION – My economic and social reconnaissance around the city of Juba I discovered that the economy is hijacked by foreigners and there is a too high percentage of unemployment among the nationals. Foreign businesspersons established their economic enclaves and have their own engineers, lawyers, brokers, doctors, tricycles, restaurants, and even tea-sellers girls/women. Someone told me that they have their own foreign shoe polishers. The UN and its sisterly international organizations almost do the same. They award lucrative contracts to foreign nationals. Of cause, the Chinese, sincerely, I have no comment.

Also, the public sector in South Sudan has created employment enclaves through nepotism, favoritism, and an unclear employment recruitment policy. No pension scheme and unfortunately the old ones who have been working since the 1960s are carrying age certificates of under 50 years old in South Sudan. This has badly frustrated the public sector and made it not to perform and deliver the expectation of the citizens.

However, for South Sudan to regain control over its economy and generate employment there is a need to evolve policies to develop and promote indigenous entrepreneurs both in the rural and urban setup. Also, the respective professional syndicates must wake up to protect domestic employment markets for nationals. Our professionals have the bad practice of selling their licenses to foreigners and then continue loitering across night clubs or traveling abroad without doing any work. This is laziness, unethical and should be maximumly discouraged.

In Uganda, they have the ‘Ugandan Indigenous Entrepreneurs Association’ which is working day and night to protect their internal markets and give priority to Ugandan sons and daughters to strive in a well-facilitated ground. All progressive African nations are doing similar and they are witnessing economic and political stability at a faster rate. Tanzania is achieving the status of middle income in less than 20 years of constructive political will and economic programs. There is a need to borrow such effective policies and strategies to ensure that we own our economy and improve income per capita particularly in the productive rural areas.

What we need is potential and genuine investors not the creation of an uncontrolled market for foreign economic migrants in South Sudan. South Sudan, sofar, has over 1.5 million foreigners who dominated the macroeconomic sector depriving the nationals of employment opportunities. Also, they establish factories outside the countries with money scooped from South Sudan while securing the consumption market to be South Sudan. As a result, South Sudan will never realize tangible economic growth in the near future.

Hence, the South Sudan policy-making circles must hurry to work out viable policies and strategies to harness economic reliance and employment that eventually bring back dignity to the indigenous populace. Much focus should be on how to revamp rural development through the current urbanization process in South Sudan. We have the resources to achieve that, we can do it if there is a change in heart and will to make our citizens prosper. Otherwise, militias and ethnic conflicts shall remain lucrative businesses in the country.

During my reconnaissance, I work with a head bow down and broken heart, because, I can’t believe that this is happening in my country, South Sudan. I couldn’t believe that this will be the outcome of our hard and long sociopolitical struggle for a nation. Really, are others seeing what I saw? So, let us plan to unlock what we saw before unlocking the corona lockdown.

The author is a concerned citizen of South Sudan.


The views expressed in the ‘OPINIONS & ANALYSIS’ section of the Sudans Post are solely the opinions of the writers. The veracity of any claims made are the responsibility of the author not this website. If you want to submit an opinion piece or an analysis please email us here.         

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