Meet the Dinka people, the tallest people on Earth

Meet the Dinka people, the tallest people on Earth (Photo via The African History)

Meet the Dinka people, the tallest people on Earth (Photo via The African History)

JUBA – The Dinka people are a Nilotic tribe from South Sudan, but they do have a significant community in the diaspora. They live mostly along the Nile, from Mangalla to Renk, in Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile (formerly two out of three Sudanese Southern Provinces) and Dinka Ngok of Abyei Area in South Sudan.

The Dinka people originated from the Gezira, in what is now Sudan, according to oral traditions. The area was controlled in ancient times by the Kingdom of Alodia, a multicultural Christian kingdom governed by Nubians.

Dinka man conversing and a cousin sister with their white friend

Dinka man conversing and a cousin sister with their white friend

Living in its southern region and connecting with the Nubians, the Dinka people learned the Nubian syntax in a significant amount. Around the 13th century, the Dinka began to move from the Gezira with the disintegration of Alodia, escaping slave raids and other military conflicts, and also droughts.

The Dinka people live mostly on traditional farming and herding, depending on livestock as a cultural pride not for trade or meat, but cultural presentations, ceremonies, dowries and milk products for all ages.

Former South Sudan Chief of Defense with son

Former South Sudan Chief of Defense with son

Food and cash crops are cultivated on the Dinka. Grains, primarily sorghum and millet are grown in food crops. Groundnuts, sesame and gum-arabs are among the cash crops. Cattle are confined in dry season to wetland areas, the sudd and grass fields, but are taken to high grounds in the rainy season to prevent flooding and mud.

According to the 2008 Sudanese census Dinka number around 4.5 million people , making up about 18% of the country’s population and South Sudan ‘s biggest ethnic group.

Basketball player from Dinka

Basketball player from Dinka

They called themselves Muonyjang (singular) or jieng (plural), they make up one of the branches of the Nilotes River Lake (mainly sedentary agri-pastoral ethnic group of the Nile Valley and African Great Lakes that speak Nilotic languages, which include Nuer and Luo).

The people of Dinka do not have a centralized authority, but they have many independent but interrelated clans. Traditionally, some of these clans provide ritual chiefs, known as “fishing spear masters” or beny bith, who provide leadership to the entire people and appear to be at least partly hereditary.

Dinka man hugging his white friend

Dinka man hugging his white friend

Dinka called their language Dinka or “Thuɔŋjäŋ” (Thoŋ ë Muɔnyjäŋ), their language is one of the Nilotic languages of the eastern Sudanic language family. Their language is written in Latin letters with some additional characters included.

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:


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.

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.

Telar Ring wants Western Equatoria traded for Lakes state

Former South Sudan ambassador to the Russian Federation Telar Ring Deng speaking to SSBC following his arrival at Juba International Airport in 2018 from Nairobi (Photo via SSBC)

Former South Sudan ambassador to the Russian Federation Telar Ring Deng speaking to SSBC following his arrival at Juba International Airport in 2018 from Nairobi (Photo via SSBC)

JUBA – Former South Sudan ambassador to the Russian Federation, Telar Ring Deng, has SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny to trade Western Equatoria state for Lakes state, pointing to the strategic importance of the state to the main armed opposition group, a senior opposition official has said.

The former diplomat who has switched sides several times during the past two years joined the SPLM-IO from the SPLM-IG earlier this year following the return of then rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar to the South Sudanese capital.

Reports have said that Telar Ring who is from Lakes state has been lobbying for the governorship of Lakes encouraging the SPLM-IO to trade the state with Western Equatoria state which he said was not significant to the group.

“Amb. Telar Ring Deng has requested the Chairman and Commander in Chief, the First Vice President H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny to swap the state of Western Equatoria for Lakes because – according to him – it is of significance to the SPLM/A (IO),” the official closed to Machar told Sudans Post this morning from Juba.

The opposition official however said that Telar’s request has been turned down by Machar saying all the states are equal and are significant in the eye “of the people’s movement.”

Dr. Lam asks Kiir’s support on Jonglei state governor race

Leader of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and Secretary-General of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin is asking for appointment of his nominee as governor of Jonglei state (Photo credit: via Radio Tamazuj)

Leader of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and Secretary-General of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin is asking for the appointment of his nominee as governor of Jonglei state (Photo credit: via Radio Tamazuj)

JUBA – Opposition leader Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin has appealed to President Salva Kiir to support his nominee for Jonglei state governor, days after welcoming a Kiir-Machar consensus that ended a four-month-old deadlock on states allocation between the parties to the revitalized peace agreement.

There are rumors that President Salva Kiir is working to appoint the state governors this week, although a senior opposition has said today that the parties were in a deadlock over when that action should be taken.

Kiir and Machar met at the statehouse J1 on Wednesday last week and reached a consensus on how to resolve the deadlock on the states allocation which has been on for a duration of four months, and which has been blamed by peace sponsors for the surge in ethnic violence at local levels.

The Kiir-Machar consensus provided for the allocation of six states to the SPLM-IG. These are the states of Warrap, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Eastern Equatoria, Lakes, and Central Equatoria.

The SPLM-IO was given three states which are Western Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and oil-rich Upper Nile state. The South Sudan Opposition Alliance was given the Jonglei state which it initially rejected, but accept after pressure mounted on them from the two principals of the agreement.

Letter from Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin to President Salva Kiir asking him to support his nominee for Jonglei state (File credit: NDM)

Letter from Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin to President Salva Kiir asking him to support his nominee for Jonglei state (File credit: NDM)

Following the announcement of the deal by South Sudan’s presidential minister Nhial Deng Nhial, Dr. Lam’s group along with another party within the Alliance welcomed the decision by the two men to allocate to them Jonglei state and immediately nominated its secretary-general for the position of the Jonglei state governor.

In a letter on Thursday, Dr. Lam asked Kiir’s support on the matter and appoint his nominee as Jonglei state governor because – according to him – it is the last chance for the group to serve as part of its contribution in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

“Pursuant to the agreement reached on the 17th instant regarding the allocation of the Governors of States to Parties to the R-ARCSS, we in SSOA have started the process of choosing our candidate for the position of the Governor of Jonglei State,” Dr. Lam said in the letter dated June 25, and addressed to Kiir.

“The selection procedure [for Jonglei state governor] has always been for the interested constituent organizations to make their nominations, seconded by another and the Leadership Council chooses the one with more votes in the Council or if there was only one candidate then he/she wins unopposed,” he added.

He said his group has nominated its Secretary-General, Mr. Mahjuob Biel Turuk, to the position of Jonglei state governor adding that the “nomination was seconded by the SSLM.”

“To date, no other nominations were made. Therefore, SSOA LC should have adopted him as the nominee of SSOA to the position. However, some organizations within SSOA are reluctant to hold a meeting for that purpose for reasons best known to them.

“As time is ticking, we are obliged to present our nomination [for Jonglei state governor] directly to your Excellency hoping that he gets the appointment.”

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