SSOMA Press Release: A Call on Thomas Cirilo to Dialogue

SSOMA officials, Gen. Thomas Cirilo, Gen. Paul Malong Awan and Cde. Pagan Amum Okiech posting for a picture before their current crises began(Photo credit: supplied/Nyamilepedia)

SSOMA officials, Gen. Thomas Cirilo, Gen. Paul Malong Awan and Cde. Pagan Amum Okiech posting for a picture before their current crises began(Photo credit: supplied/Nyamilepedia)

South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance would like to inform its supporters at large, regional and international community as well as the media houses that several SSOMA-Leadership Council meetings were held on the 31st October, 7th and the 14th of November 2020 whereby the leaders resolved to call for reunification of SSOMA and express readiness to engage with South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA) for SSOMA to reunite

as that will contribute to the unity of the people of South Sudan as well as strengthen the chances to address the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan.

In pursuance of the articles of The Hague Declaration of Principles, which was signed on 30th August, 2019 by SSUF/A;R-SPLM; and SSNDA; and given the recent developments during the last Rome Talks facilitated by the Community of Sant’ Egidio, that saw the Alliance negotiating separately, the SSOMA-LC has taken the initiative to engage the leadership of SSSNDA to reconsider its position in the interest of unity of SSOMA.

SSOMA-LC believes in the spirit of comradeship and working together as a strong united Alliance, which is the best way forward to achieving a lasting peace for the people of South Sudan.

Therefore, SSOMA- LC (SSUF/A and R-SPLM) opens its doors to welcome back SSOMA (SSNDA) to reconcile and unite as per The Hague Declaration of Principles.

SSOMA-LC is waiting for a positive response from SSNDA leadership to resume and continue cooperation for the sole purpose of achieving just peace and to rescue South Sudan form the latent disintegration.

_______________________ Gen. Paa’gan Amum Okiech Leader of the R-SPLM
and Member of SSOMA-Leadership Council
_______________________ Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Chairman & C-in-C of SSUF/A and Member of SSOMA-Leadership Council

Dr. Riek Machar’s recent briefing to a congregation on his COVID-19 Status

South Sudan's First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny and his bodyguards post for a picture after holding a press conference on his COVID-19 status(Photo credit: supplied)

South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny and his bodyguards post for a picture after holding a press conference on his COVID-19 status(Photo credit: supplied)

May 24, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Briefing a congregation in Khartoum through phone in Nuer language from Juba, South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar and Angelina Teny spoken in-depth but in summary these are the main points from Dr. Machar’s speech. This translation is nearly verbatim. For better suggestions or improvements, please leave your comments below or send me an email.

Begin the translation …..

1.We [ Dr. Machar and Mrs. Teny] were tested on April 27 for COVID-19 and the results turned out negative. We did not contract Coronavirus at the time.

2.Those who worked with us [The High-Level Task-Force] are many and they come from different institutions. Some of them are from Parliament [MPs] and most of them are ministers, so they meet with a lot of people at their various capacities.

3.On May 10th, we were told one of us from Parliament tested positive. He/she had COVID-19. I called my team and advised them that one of us has tested positive, he/she has COVID-19 and therefore we all need to go and be tested. I was just tested a while ago but I will come to be tested with you all.

4.On May 13, 2020, we were tested by doctors. On May 17, the Minister of Health and the Doctor, the second most senior in the ministry, came to my residence. They informed me that our results, Maan Teny and I, have turned out positive. I told them, alright, it’s God’s will. They advised me that our tests were ran three times to confirm if the results were true or false. All tests turned out that we [Maan Teny and I] have contracted the Coronavirus.

5.When I thought about it, I came to conclusion that no body knows God’s plans. I thought if we keep this to ourselves, what if it leads to death? Our people may think that it is a conspiracy that is done here [in Juba or J1]. I decided to call a Press Conference to inform the world that Mrs. Teny and I have tested positive to COVID-19. We shall isolate ourselves from the Public and stay home for 14 days until we are fully cleared by the doctors. Right now we are at home and we are doing well. We are healthy.

6.God knows what He is doing. The most difficult part with this virus is that when it gets into your system [lungs], it becomes very difficult to breathe.That did not happen to us. I only had headache for half an hour and fever for one hour only. Right now, all that is gone. Now that we have prayed together any little residue that might still be hanging around will also be gone.

7.People have been calling me and some of them have asked me: “where is Maan Teny?”. Sometimes, when she has gone to the kitchen, I tell them she has gone to kitchen because it’s like she has recovered- she has gone to kitchen to discharge some of her duties, the duties our women do. We are healthy. Me too, I’m healthy. Please tell our people not to panic. I have doctors, a lot of our people, especially our doctors in the United States have been calling our doctors here and direct them on best practices. I’m confidence nothing bad will happen, they have done their part. I’m healthy. With this prayer, God will hear us and we will meet in peace. I’m glad we have prayed today. Inform our people that I’m healthy.

8.When the time [14 days] that has been agreed upon by the doctors comes, they will come to test us again, just like two doctors whom I trust a lot came to visit us today, together with our doctors from the US – they have tested it. They tested blood samples to determine how best they can help. Please inform our people, we are doing okay, I’m healthy and maan Teny is also healthy. We will leave the rest to God.

9.In addition, I’m confident that the military that is being trained will be graduated in one month. South Sudan will soon have one army. Those who have not been trained will also be trained. It is true that within this month or by the end of the month, the army should be graduated. Because we are left with 14 days to graduate the forces, there might be 7 days delay. All our leaders are at work to ensure that South Sudan shall have one army. Don’t panic or worry, we are okay!

10.I’m not hiding anything, I can’t keep you in the dark over a serious illness like this. This is a global pandemic but it heals within 14 days!

This speech was translated by Deng Elijah. Deng has interpreted Nuer and other languages to English and vice versa for over eight years in British Columbia, Canada. He currently works in the BC Prosecution Service in the department of Criminal Justice in the Ministry of Attorney General and Legal Affairs. He can be reached through his email at dengsimon2000 at yahoo dot com or followed on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


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Opinion: Is South Sudan Traffic Police taking preventive measures against COVID-19?

By Duom Peter,

Members of South Sudan traffic police who participated in a training session posts for a picture with their trainer, Wau South Sudan(Photo credit: James Deng Dimo/Nyamilepedia)

Members of South Sudan traffic police who participated in a training session posts for a picture with their trainer, Wau South Sudan(Photo credit: James Deng Dimo/Nyamilepedia)

May 17, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan COVID-19 cases have risen in the last few days bringing the total to 290. Out of samples collected and tested, there were confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections among truck drivers. Uganda as of May 16, 2020, recorded 24 new COVID-19 cases from 2,044 samples of truck drivers. Majority are allegedly to be from South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. This makes one to ask question that, are South Sudanese traffic officers aware of Novel Coronavirus? How safe are our road traffic officers who have little or no knowledge of COVID-19? Absolutely No! I sometime sit under the tree during evening hours next to traffic police Station in Shirkat and what I always see is really horrible and quite alarming. Our traffic officers who rarely wear masks or put on gloves constantly shake hands with drivers particularly truck drivers.

South Sudan road traffic officers should proactively take preventive measures against COVID-19 as well as creating conducive working environment with truck drivers who are delivering goods and services to our local population. It’s the role of the Ministry of Interior to punish any traffic officer who violates COVID-19 preventive measures. Our traffic officers are not living on their own private islands. They live with us in the community. Little did they know that their daily customers (or truck drivers) might be carriers of COVID-19. I am not saying all truck drivers are potential carriers of COVID-19, but anyone whether passenger, driver, or traffic officer can be a carrier of novel coronavirus. When medical practitioners attend to their patients, they regularly observe social distancing, wear masks and gloves. This should be replicated by traffic officers when dealing with their daily customers (or truck drivers). We must fight COVID-19 on all fronts.

As a concern citizen, I humbly request South Sudan Traffic Police Department to avid by World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines in fight of the pandemic. The measures should include; training of road traffic officers on COVID-19 preventive measures based on WHO guidelines, compulsory wearing of masks and gloves, and mass testing of traffic officers. The mass testing should start with Nimule-Juba highway traffic officers as well as those in the states’ capital cities. Our traffic officers must avoid shaking hands with drivers as well as signing transport documents with their own pens. Finally, the government of South Sudan especially the Ministry of Interior should ease the congestion at all the entry points. Our fight against COVID-19 seems to be getting ugly but this does not mean we should give up.

May God bless South Sudan

The author, Duom Peter, can be reached through his email at duomchol@yahoo.com,


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