Bring back Upper Nile state from SPLM-IO – Apadang community

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (left) and Dr. Riek Machar Teny (right) have agreed to allocate the Upper Nile state to the SPLM-IO (Photo via Facebook)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (left) and Dr. Riek Machar Teny (right) have agreed to allocate the Upper Nile state to the SPLM-IO (Photo via Facebook)

MALAKAL – Members of the Apadang community in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state have rejected the decision of President Salva Kiir last week to allocate the oil-rich state to the main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

This comes after the presidency decided in a collegial process to divide the 10 states given Kiir’s SPLM-IG six states, and Machar his SPLM-IO three states including the Upper Nile state while the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) was given one state of Jonglei.

In an interview this afternoon with Sudans Post, a senior member of the Apadang community in Malakal said they have rejected the recent decision taken by Kiir and Machar and said they have written to the presidency over the issue.

“Our position is very clear,” the community leader said on condition of anonymity. “We reject the allocation of the Upper Nile state to an opposition group. We don’t trust the SPLM-IO.”

The official further explained that the allocation of the South Sudan state to the SPLM-IO will increase tensions between the already bitter communities of the Upper Nile state saying they have asked the president to give the state to the ruling SPLM faction led by Kiir himself.

“The decision of allocating the state to the SPLM-IO will complicate the situation which is already volatile in the states between the communities here,” the official further added.

Dr. Lam nominates ally for Jonglei state governor

Secretary-General of NDM who is nominated for Jonglei state governorship Mahjuob Bile Turuk [Photo via Facebook]

Secretary-General of NDM who is nominated for Jonglei state governorship Mahjuob Bile Turuk [Photo via Facebook]

JUBA – The leader of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin has nominated his group’s secretary-general Mahjuob Biel Turuk for the governorship of Jonglei state, according to a statement seen by Sudans Post.

Last week, President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar agreed to allocate Jonglei state to the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) as also allocating six states to the SPLM-IG and three to the SPLM-IO.

The allocation of Jonglei state to SSOA, although some members of the Alliance rejected it, was welcomed by Dr. Lam who is also the secretary-general of the opposition consortium, and the group’s military chief, General Bapiny Manytuil Wijang.

In a statement this morning, Dr. Lam announced that his group has nominated Dr. Mahjuob stressing that NDM is one of three opposition groups in the SSOA that have not been represented in the R-TGoNU.

“All SSOA Leaders This is to confirm that the National Democratic Movement (NDM) has officially nominated its Secretary-General, Cle Mahjuob Biel Turuk, to the position of Governor of Jonglei State which is allocated to SSOA as per R-ARCSS,” Dr. Lam said in the statement.

“As you will recall only three organizations of SSOA have not been represented so far in RTGoNU. These are: NDM, SSLM and FDP.

“We hope that all of us will see that this will be where NDM could lead the contribution of SSOA and others in running this State.

“My special appeal is for the other two organizations to support NDM’s candidature.”

Dr. Lam Akol, Gen. Bapiny welcome Kiir, Machar deal on states

Secretary-General of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin (Photo via Getty images)

Secretary-General of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin (Photo via Getty Images)

JUBA – Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, the secretary-general of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and the group’s military chief, Lt. General Bapiny Manytuil, have welcomed the agreement on the states reached by President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar on Wednesday.

This comes a day after the chairperson of the Alliance, Josephine Lagu, said in a statement that the opposition consortium rejected the deal which they lamented for giving away Upper Nile states to the SPLM-IO.

In a statement seen by Sudans Post, Dr. Lam Akol and Gen. Bapiny Manytuil said the deal was crucial because – according to them – it will end the ongoing violence in most parts of the country.

“The agreement reached 17 June 2020 by the leaders of SPLM-IG, H.E. President Salva Kiir, and SPLM/A-IO, H.E. First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar on the allocation of Governors of States to the Parties of the Agreement is a right step in the right direction,” the two powerful opposition leaders said in the statement.

“We appreciate the efforts of the two Principals and their decision to break the deadlock between them. This matter has taken four long months to negotiate with a great deal of arguments some of which were really pedantic,” added Dr. Lam Akol and Bapiny Manytuil.

According to Dr. Lam and Gen. Bapiny, the “states were suffering, especially from rising insecurity and the lack of preparedness to combat the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic. All these need a political leadership in the State.”

“This is why we applaud the decision as it will help serve our people. We stand with the said decision and urge that the Governors be appointed as soon as possible for them to go on with the implementation of the peace agreement together with the national government.

“Nevertheless, we call for a face-to-face meeting of all the Parties to the Agreement 30 as to ensure their unanimity on this important step and the way forward.”

‘We don’t care who has not been given a state’ – James Gatdet Dak

James Gatdet Dak Lampuar, the Press Secretary for SPLM-IO leader and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny [Photo via SSBC]

James Gatdet Dak Lampuar, the Press Secretary for SPLM-IO leader and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny [Photo via SSBC]

JUBA –James Gatdet Dak, the spokesman for SPLM-IO and South Sudan First Vice President – Dr. Riek Machar Teny – has said that the main armed opposition group, the SPLM-IO don’t care about who has not been allocated a state.

James Gatdet Dak said in a statement seen by Sudans Post that the SPLA-IO has agreed to the distribution of states as agreed upon by his group and the SPLM-IG under President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday.

Below is the full press statement by James Gatdet Dak, the spokesman of the SPLM-IO Chairman and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

 

Press Statement
For Immediate Release
19 June 2020

The office of the First Vice President and Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to clarify the following:

1 –  Inform the stakeholders in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the general public that we, as a Party to the R-ARCSS, have agreed to the allocation to our Party the gubernatorial positions for the three States of Western Equatoria, Western Bahr El Ghazal and Upper Nile.

2 – That we agreed with the other major Party (ITGoNU), as Parties, and rightly so, and not as a Presidency, since the matter of allocations of the 10 States is between and among the Parties to the R-ARCSS.

Hence, the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) consulted with the leadership of the other major Party, the ITGoNU (SPLM-IG) which resulted in the agreement to allocate the three States to the SPLM/SPLA (IO).

And this is after we also learnt that other Parties had been separately consulting with the major Party (ITGoNU), leaving us with no other choice but to also consult with the major Party and reach an agreement. This is also in the interest of our people to see the States Governments formed.

3 – SPLM/SPLA (IO) did not decide on behalf of any other Party, be it ITGoNU, SSOA or OPP, on which State to be allocated to which other Party, or which Party gets nothing. We focused on our part of allocation during the consultations involving the ITGoNU.

4 – Since OPP is supposed to be allocated one State governorship per the responsibility sharing ratio in the Agreement, and in case it has agreed to let go its State ratio based on any understanding, we are therefore of the view that this understanding, if any, should be done in writing, signed and be annexed to the R-ARCSS as an Annexure. This is to avoid it being seen or equated to a violation of the responsibility sharing ratio which is provided for in the Peace Agreement.

Contact:
James Gatdet Dak
Press Secretary.

SSOA says will not participate in the nomination of governors

South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Logo (Photo credit: Alliance)

South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Logo (Photo credit: Alliance)

JUBA – The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) has said that it will not participate in the nomination process of the state governors unless the oil-rich Upper Nile state is allocated to it.

This comes following a meeting between President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar at the State House J1 on Wednesday in which they divided up the states between the parties and gave themselves the lion’s share.

In a statement this afternoon, Josephine Lagu, the minister of agriculture and the chairperson of South Sudan Opposition Alliance, said they reject the decision and stand by a previous position in which Kiir unilaterally gave them the Upper Nile.

“The Leadership of SSOA is dismayed by the press statement released by the Minister of the Presidential Affairs yesterday 17th June 2020 which reallocated the States to the parties to the Agreement,” the statement reads.

She said the meeting was not inclusive because VP for the alliance Hussein Abdelbagi was “currently in Aweil completing the funeral rites of his late father who passed away in Juba on the 6h June 2020.”

“Because of that, the leadership of SSOA still stands by the resolution of the Presidency dated 07 May 2020 that allocated Upper Nile to SSOA.”

S. Sudan president Salva Kiir says death “has no friend, even 1”

Photo: South Sudan President Salva Kiir

Photo: South Sudan President Salva Kiir

JUBA – President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has said that death “has no friend” after a week of speculations that he has died of the coronavirus disease also known as COVID-19.

“I have just called for this press briefing to come and update you on status of COVID-19 and the operational challenges that have been posed by the pandemic. There is a serious need to remain cautious and observe health guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health in order to control the spread of the pandemic,” the South Sudan president said.

“The whole world is struggling to contain the pandemic and South Sudan should be extra cautious in ensuring that we do not reach the levels we have seen in other countries. Our Health system may not be able to withstand overwhelming emergencies we have witnessed in other countries if things get worse. The Ministry of Health together with the National Task Force on COVID-19 has been tirelessly working around the clock to continue testing despite their limited operational capacity.” Kiir added.

“We now have over 600 active cases of COVID-19 and if we are not careful enough, then such numbers will shoot up and we will be in very deplorable state as country to contain it. Your government has been reaching out to friendly countries, though struggling with their own, to assist in any way possible with protective health equipment as we combat this pandemic.

“I am once again urging all the citizens specially those residing in densely populated areas like cities and towns to keenly observe the rules of social distancing, wearing of face masks and regular hand washing. Please stay at home instead of congregating at tea stalls throughout the day. This is where the virus spread and by staying home, you would have assisted in controlling the spread of the virus. Your leadership of the country is observing this seriously. You have heard that some of our colleagues in the government have been tested positive of COVID-19 and they have adherently quarantined themselves. We also want you to do the same even if you are not infected.

“Lastly, I want to urge all of you to refocus your energies to the fight against Coronavirus pandemic and leave futile politicking and helpless propaganda for now. The disease we are fighting does not differentiate whether this is a Muslim or Christian, Dinka or Acholi, SPLM or SPLM-IO and therefore this is the unforgiving monster in the room. There has never been any reassignment of duties of the President. The Public should not delve into propaganda,” President Salva Kiir further concluded.

SPLA-IO chief of staff Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual warns Yau Yau of severe consequences for inciting violence

Photo: SPLA-IO chief of staff Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual

Photo: SPLA-IO chief of staff Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual

WAAT – The SPLA-IO chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual has warned the governor of the defunct Boma State governor David Yau Yau of what he said are consequences for inciting violence against civilians.

The office of the SPO)LA-IO chief said that SPLA IO is closely monitoring the on going tribal conflict and senseless war waged on Lou Nuer by Militia armed by the President of the Republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual warned David Yau Yau to cease his senseless attacks on neighboring tribes for no legitimate or concrete reasons why they killed innocent people in Pierri.

General Gatwech Dual also asked the ITGoNU to speed up the creation of the full Government and specially the state Governments to step in and stop the on going tribal wars in many parts of South Sudan.

The conflict between Murle and Nuer was politically motivated by the former system, they use David Yau Yau to destabilize the Greater Jonglei during the War and now David Yau Yau remained as the tool to be use to spoil the the Implementation of R-ARCSS in the Country.

People of South Sudan have suffered and all they need at the time is peace and tranquility to start living and to start their lives safe.

In his final remarks General Simon Gatwech Dual expressed his heartfelt condolences to the entire Lou Nuer(Pierri) and the people of South Sudan who are still dying due to the failure of ITGONU.

SPLM-IO rejects ongoing process on incorporation of peace deal into transitional constitution – statement

File: SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar Teny

JUBA – South Sudan’s SPLM-IO has rejected in a statement the ongoing process to incorporate the revitalized peace agreement into the transitional constitution.

Fine below the full statement!

“Press Release

Incumbent TGoNU Reviewing Draft text of Constitution Amendment Bill and Security Sector Laws

It has come to our notice that the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development introduced Constitutional Amendments Bill; the bill incorporating R-ARCSS(2018), to the TNLA. After short deliberation the bill was referred to Parliamentary Committee on Legislation for review and examinations.

There is clear tendency and intention by government to review the draft bill to delete provisions that doesn’t suit them. SPLMA(IO)will never accept this process or any changes to the Constitution Amendment Bill arising from this process and outside the National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC).

We are also aware that recently, the Minister of Justice similarly tabled Security related draft bills in the Council of Ministers for deliberation and the SPLMA(IO) has full information that the draft Security bills were unfortunately angrily rejected with contempt by the Council of Ministers of ITGoNU (a party to the R-ARCSS). The draft Security bills (SPLA, National Security Services, Prison, Police, Wildlife and Fire Brigade Services Acts) are now referred to the Governance Cluster of the Council of Ministers for review and changes.

SPLMA(IO) would like to reiterate and make it categorically clear that we shall never accept any process that shall overturn the provisions of the Agreement. The provisions of the Agreement particularly Articles; 1.18.1.1, 1.18.1.1, 1.18.2, 1.18.6-7, 1.14.7 and Article 8.1-3 shall prevail over any intention and wishes of the ITGoNU unless they declare the Agreement death.

Article 1.18.7 of the Agreement provides that the work of the Assembly shall be limited to “ratify” the Constitution Amendment Bill drafted by NCAC and not to review it and make unnecessary changes. And by virtue of Articles; 8.2 and 8.3, the Agreement supersedes the text of the Constitution and any law or any other intention by any party or group.

The parliamentary process and rules of procedures leading to enactment of Constitution Amendments Bills, Security laws or any other laws drafted or that shall be drafted by NCAC shall be subject to the provisions of the Agreement as per Article 1.14.7.

We reject this clear intention of ITGoNU to manipulate the Agreement and legal reforms process. This is a clear indication that despite signing the R-ARCSS, ITGoNU doesn’t want any reforms, it is determined to maintain the current status quo of decay and collapse in the security sector and to obstruct any prospect for reforms in the government.

Hn. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino
SPLM/A-IO Representative to National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC),
30/01/2020.”

Christmas Message to Deans and Directors of the University of Juba

25 December 2019

Photo: Prof John Akech

Dear Colleagues,

Here is Christmas again upon us. And the new year lying just less than a week away. How time does fly – days turn into months and months into years, and years into decades. Life flows fast. And so we need to make sure our time is well spent. A minute should be well lived and appreciated. And to thank God for every minute given us. And this year, we can humbly say we have not done too badly. Our student population now stands at 16,000 in addition to another 4,000 at postgraduate level. This brings the total student population to 20,000. And by the beginning of next academic year, the total student population will hit 24,000, the highest since the teaching began in October 1977.

Moreover, we are adding three new schools to our academic portfolio. These are: School of Journalism, Media, and Communication Studies; School of Mathematics; and School of Veterinary Medicine. And we were delighted to be joined by many colleagues after serving their terms as Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors of other public universities; and almost all of them took up new administrative roles as deans of schools or directors of institutes. We are very grateful to them for enriching and strengthening our University.

Just before we broke for Christmas a Japanese Corner in the Main Library was inaugurated. Our campus is witnessing unprecedented effort at renovation and we are planning to inaugurate the maintained Samani Hall by the end of January 2020. Our graduation ceremony for class 2018 which took place on 16 November was a spectacular success. The implementation of new salary structure has brought smiles to the faces of our staff and their families. In short, there is much to celebrate and thank God for. We also regret the untimely and sudden death of our colleague, Wafa’a Hussieni in November 2019. We will miss her greatly.

All in all, we thank God for all the progress made in 2019, and we look forward to a new year full of hope and pregnant with success stories. Together, impossible will be possible.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020.

Prof. Dr. John Akech

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO

SPLM/A (IO) Press Release
1/4/2019

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – JUNE 21: South Sudanese rival Riek Machar attends the meeting by Leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), at an extraordinary summit on Thursday to endorse a new proposal to take the South Sudanese peace process forward. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO)

The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and the public at large that Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong together with other five (5) political leaders from Rumbek Federal State have joined the SPLM/A (IO) on 1/4/ 2019.

Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong was the Chairman of United Democratic Salvation Front (UDSF), and then Minister of Tourism and wildlife, and Minister of Environment, Forestry and fiscal Infrastructure in the Republic of Sudan prior to the independence of South Sudan. He was accompanied by the following political leaders:

1. Hon. Elia Magok, Former Lakes State Minister for Agriculture and Forestry
2. Hon. Andrew Machiek, Former Member of Lakes State Legislative Assembly.
3. Mr. Emmanuel Malual Ater, Advocate and Legal Consultant
4. Mrs. Salma Mubarak
5. Mr. Abraham Maluok

The SPLM/A (IO) highly appreciates Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong for the bold decision taken by him to join the revolutionary movement (SPLM/A (IO) under the leadership of H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.

Finally, SPLM/A (IO) warmly welcomes Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong and his group to the people’s movement.

Cde. Puok Both Baluang
SPLM (IO) Director for Information and Public Relations.

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