SPLM-IO leadership denies threatening authorities in South Sudan’s Aweil East state

 

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South Sudan Leaders Signing The Revitalized Peace Agreement In The Sudanese Capital Khartoum (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

September 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The SPLM-IO leadership in Northern Bhra el Ghazal, Awiel has dismissed accusations that one of its members, Wieu Paan Majakdit has been abusing and threatening local authorities in an official capacity in the state.

In response to the allegations, the Information Minister for the SPLM-IO’s Northern Bhra el Ghazal state, Deng Nyiwel Dhieu strongly denied that the allegations and remarks made by the opposition’s official were solely his personal views, which do not represent the position of the SPLM-IO leadership.

“The SPLM-IO leadership of Northern Bhra el Ghazal Federal state, Aweil would like to clarify and distance itself from the remarks made by an individual against the government of Aweil East state, that we have no intention to threaten or abuse each other. The person who made the remarks is a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO; he’s called Wieu Paan Majakdit and he seems to have [a] personal problem with the authorities in Aweil east before joining SPLM-IO in 2018.”

Adding that, “His personal attack against the government of Awiel East state has nothing to do with the leadership of SPLMIO led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny.”

Deng pointed out that, since the signing of the peace agreement, there’s no point in rivalries between the SPLM-IO and South Sudan’s government because the two Parties have become peace Partners.

“On our side, as in the leadership of Northern Bhra el Ghazal Federal State Aweil and the SPLM-IO at large, we are no longer opponents or rivals with the government of Aweil East state or the government of South Sudan but we are peace partner and people of South Sudan all of us.”

UNICEF launches Handbooks to help 1 million children overcome psychological distress

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Jubilant students singing songs at Pagil Primary school in Ayod County (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia).

September 27th (Nyamilepedia)-The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has officially launched two handbooks, designed to help children recover from stress, anxiety and trauma.

According to a new report released on Thursday, the UN children’s agency, projected that nearly one million children in South Sudan are psychologically distressed as a result of a five-year conflict characterized by violence, forced recruitment and mass displacement.

The booklet contains activities related to children, as well as practical advice on how to build coping mechanisms for traumatized children and more importantly, it will help facilitators working in friendly space centers learn how stress works and how to manage it at an early stage.

“Helping children coping with their traumas is unlocking their potential,” said Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan.

He explained that stress is a life-threatening health condition that prevents children from carrying out activities of daily living and that if left untreated, it often has a negative impact on their learning.

“Stress and anxiety can ruin childhoods by affecting children’s ability to study, socialize and develop. With appropriate help, children can learn to live with their past experiences and turn into productive young people who can help rebuild their nation.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it is planning to distribute booklets to children all over the country in an effort to reach all affected children in their homes without leaving any one behind.

“By making the handbook available across the country, UNICEF and its partners are moving the assistance closer to where the children are.”

The report also noted that mothers and caregivers are also trapped in this psychological situation because they are the primary caregivers who are always struggling to support their children.

The Second Handbook released by UNICEF was designed to mitigate the effects of traumas on girls previously associated with armed groups, so that it can transform their way of thinking.

“Girls used by armed forces and armed groups is another vulnerable group of children who need support transitioning back to a civilian life and cope with often difficult experiences. UNICEF has developed in collaboration with its partners a practical guide for reintegration of these girls into the communities.”

The two handbooks – Practical Guide for The Socio-Economic Reintegration of Girls Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups” and “the Facilitator’s Manual for Psychosocial Support Activities in Child Friendly Spaces, Schools and Communities” – were developed in collaboration with the Technical Working Groups in South Sudan on Psychosocial Support, on Children associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG) and on Mental Health and PSS (MHPSS) and with Child Soldier International.

“When we are developing tools for the future we need the experience of our many partners on the ground to ensure these handbooks and guides will have the impact we are aiming for,” said Mohamed Ayoya.

Adding: “Children’s mental health is an area of great concern. I am glad we have all hands-on deck through partners and the child protection cluster, as the country’s future depends on healthy children.”

Breaking: 12 SPLM/A-IO’s senior officials defect, join Maj. Gen. James Ochan’s splinter group

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Major General Ochan Puot Buop, pictured after taking over Maiwut from government forces ( File/ Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

September 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-Around 12 senior officials of South Sudan’s main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, have pledged their allegiance to a splinter group led by former deputy commander for the SPLA-IO’s 5th Infantry Division Major General Ochan Puot Buop.

In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia on Friday, the SPLM-IO senior officials including foreign representatives, heads of mission in the diaspora, said they had made a final decision to join the defected commander, Ochan Puot, leader of the Provisional Military and Political Council of SPLM/A-IO Splinter Group who announced his defection on September 22 in Maiwut.

 

Statement On the Declaration Of Allegiance To General James Ochan Puot, Head of The Provisional Military and Political Council of SPLM/A-IO Splinter Group.

 

  • On Sunday 22/09/19, Maiwut County has witnessed an unprecedented event in its history since the outbreak of war after Major General Ochan Puot declared his dissatisfaction with the SPLMIO, aligning himself along with his forces to the ruling Party. This started as a result of the internal disagreement between Maiwut civilians and former governor of Adar State, with the help of Division 5 army which mandates were to protect the civilians in the area.

 

  • The violent confrontations resulted in the capture of Maiwut headquarters SPLMIO ARMY, plunging the civilians to flee for their lives. Once it secured the town SPLMIO army started with killing everyone indiscriminately and looted properties. During the onset of hostilities, we appealed for calm and for the Chairman Dr. Riek Machar take drastic measures to withdraw the occupying SPLMIO army from town and to the civilians to return to their homes, but in vain. The leadership showed no interest amicably nip the situation until SPLMIO Division 5 army was forcefully dislodged from the town, leading to the capturing of the surrounding areas of Merdiet, Meth and Payams by WADU white army and Maj. Gen. James Ochan Puot’s Forces.

 

  • In the last six years, the people of Maiwut and Gaatjaak stand in solidarity with other communities against the government after the Juba massacre of Nuer clvilians Maiwut became the center of the struggle. The citizens welcomed SPLMIO and everyone to live in their homes. The town was made the headquarters of Bilpam 2 recruits.

 

  • Gloomily enough, these gestures of goodwill were forgotten by the leadership SPLMIO, instead, it turned deaf ear rather than listen, and allowed small differences to degenerate into violent confrontations. After many appeals and countiess advises for leadership intervention were ignored, it became clear that SPLMIO system has hand and condone these inhuman actions of its forces which targeted a heavil populated civilians center. Therefore, General Ochan actions was to protect the civilians and their properties from the SPLMIO ARMY assaults on the town, and to bring to an the hostilities by allgning with Juba. He was doing so to give peace a chance, and expeditiously endorse the Khartoum Peace Agreement through RARCISS, but under Dr. Riek Machar Teny who allowed his army to terrorize the civilians on his watch.

 

  • As senior officials in the SPLMIO, technocrats, leaders of Chapters and who from Maiwut cannot sit while our constituency which we vow to protect
    under military assault by the same people it has stood with in the last six years of the war.

 

  • Fellow SPLMIO members both home and in diaspora; brothers, sisters comrades in the struggle; we the undersigned officials have come to this decision and to alert everyone that we stand in solidarity with the people of Maiwut and support the declaration of Maj. Gen. James Ochan Puot and his Political, Military and Provisional Council.

In light of the above note and as of today, we tendered our resignation from the SPLMIO of Dr. Riek Machar Teny with immediate effect.


SIGNED:

  • 1. Cde Col. Gatdet Bol Bangoang. SPLMIO Representative to Japan & Former Commissioner of Maiwut County.
  • 2. Cde Col. Reat Nhial Tuany, SPLMIO Representative to Nigeria and Former official at the Ministry of Interior GHQRs.
  • 3. Cde Col. Khon Kueth Mar, SPLMIO- USA National Coordinator of Veterans League & Former Adar State Secretary Finance Resources Mobilization
  • 4. Cde Lt. Col Riang Ruey Dup, Former Secretary Division 5 HQs & Former Airport Manage South Sudan Civil Aviation
  • 5. Cde Col. Ruey Yoa Yat, Former Acting Director Presidential Advisers, office of President
  • 6. Cde Jacob Both Dat, Chairman of Youth League, USA
  • 7. Cde Dr. Tor Dojiok Gach Former SPLM 1O Chairman Alaska State chapter, USA
  • 8. Cde Chuol Bur Tang former SPLM IO North Dakota State chairman, USA
  • 9. Cde Dep Nhial Tuany, Director of ROSS, Western State USA & Pioneers Humanitarian Operations in Upper Nile Drilling Waters, South Sudan
  • 10. Cde Nyayak Lul Duot, Former Women League Chairwoman of Califomia, USA
  • 11. Marol Wichduel Deng, Former Chairman, Alaska State Chapter 08-12 & Coordinator of Western States, US
  • 12. Cde Malakal Deng, Former ROSS Country Deputy Directar, USA.

SPLM/A-IO Deputy Chairman, Odwar urges Kiir not to form unity government without Machar

 

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SPLM/A-IO Deputy Chairman, Henry Dilah Odwar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia).

September 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The SPLM/A-IO’s Deputy Chairman and Deputy Head of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC), Henry Dilah Odwar has urged President Salva Kiir Mayardit to relinquish his recent plan of forming  a unilateral unity government without Dr. Riek Machar, leader of the main opposition group.

Last week, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit reportedly revealed during national peace prayers that, he would press ahead with the formation of the transitional government of national unity if Machar does not show up within the agreed timeframe in November.

“Mr. President Yesterday’s prayers conducted at the front yard of J1 by clergy of the various denominations in our country was indeed appropriate for coming together in solicitation for lasting peace in our country. It was a prayer day following, in the same sense, on the footsteps of the one conducted at the Vatican in April 2019, where the Holy Father kissed your foot. Mr. President,peace is a prerequisite for development and prosperity. The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is an instrument which was designed and intended to bring lasting peace to our nascent country,” said Odwar.

As the clock ticks towards the November Deadline, when the two leaders – among other signatories, are supposed to form a unity government, the SPLM/A-IO’s senior official said he was ‘shocked’ to learn that President Kiir was planning to form a controversial unity government.

“To date, as you are well aware, there are critical provisions of the Agreement that must be implemented before the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU).
I was utterly shocked when, during the prayers, you asked me to convey to Dr. Riek Machar, leader of the SPLM/A (IO), a message to the fact that you shall forge ahead and form R-TGONU with or without SPLM/A (IO) by November when Extension of the Tre-Transitional Period comes to an end,” he added.

He appealed to the President to reflect on the consequences, if he formed a unilateral unity government without involving the leadership of the SPLM/A-IO, one of the key signatory Parties to the R-ARCSS.

“Formation of R-TGONU without any one of the signatory parties to the Agreement, especially when critical provisions of the Agreement are not implemented, tantamount to violation of R-ARCSS. Mr. President, I would implore you to seriously reflect on consequences of your would be unilateral decision to form R-TGONU without SPLMA (10). In the least, your declaration conveyed a negative moral not only to the citizens of this country but also to the people of this region, Africa and the entire world.”

If he goes ahead as he was planning, the senior opposition official pointed out that this would definitely imply that, the president does not care about the suffering population, nor does he value the lives of millions of people currently suffering in refugee camps.

“If you remain true to your utterance, it shall mean you have condemned the IDPS into staying in POCs for the duration of your presidency. It shall mean that most refugees are condemned to uncertain future. It shall mean no reconciling and healing as is today. It shall mean no accountability for crimes and atrocities that have been committed as is today. It shall mean no political space in the country as is today. I shall mean continual instability in the country. To the point, it shall mean no guarantee for peace in the country.”

He further blamed the President for his reluctant to disburse the funding needed for the timely implementation of the peace agreement.

“On your side Mr. President, the will to implement the Agreement in letter and spirit, is abysmally lacking. You have failed to avail implementation money that you promised for the Extension period. Your statement of forming government in November with or without a very important peace partner does not send a message of trust and confidence building for the sake of realizing peace,” he stressed.

Adding that, “Mr. President, we have come a long way since 12 September 2018. The ceasefire is holding. The security arrangements are disturbingly inching forward. It only requires a political decision by you and the other principles of signatory parties to reach a decision on the number of states and boundaries.

He stated that, there are signs of improvement in this difficult situation and that it would be regrettable to lose the last-ditch peace agreement at the very last moment.

“We can “see the light at the end of the tunnel”, so to say. So let us not wreak the boat of peace before reaching the port. Let us together learn from the past and step up to bring peace to our country.”

Over 1.5 million People Are Internally Displaced Within The Country – New Research

 

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IDPs carrying water from outside as they walk toward the entrance of a UNMISS base in Malakal on February 6, 2014. PHOTO | AFP

September 26th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-A new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, noted that, South Sudan’s baseline on internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been reset from 1,829,223 individuals to 1,465,542 due to the culmination of an 18-month-long review and rationalization exercise between IDP datasets maintained by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Organization for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (IOM DTM).

“For the past 18 months, OCHA has been working closely with IOM DTM to thoroughly update South Sudan’s baseline data on IDPs,” said Steve O’Malley, Head of the South Sudan Office for OCHA.

“Now a new baseline has been set, and OCHA and IOM DTM will maintain a unified IDP baseline for South Sudan, which will be regularly updated.”

“The IOM DTM Mobility Tracking exercise published its first round of data in March 2018, at the time covering 230 locations across 23 counties”, says Jean-Philippe Chauzy, the IOM Chief of Mission. “Coverage has steadily expanded and the latest exercise, DTM Round 6, covers 2,312 locations across all 78 counties of South Sudan. The findings are due to be published in September 2019.”

The large-scale reduction of more than 360,000 individuals is caused by updating and verifying displacement data through revisiting locations and obtaining new population estimates, and reviewing all data for potential duplications.

The new baseline does not reflect the actual change in IDP numbers between July and August, but rather the cumulative effect of the data review. Considering all decreases and increases of IDPs throughout the country, there has been an overall net decrease of 26,302 individuals from July to August 2019.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to update the IDP data. The ability to understand the context and measure displacement is crucial to serving people who are impacted by the crisis,” said Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan.

Consortium of civil society groups calls for urgent release of Peter Biar Ajak, Kerbino Agok and other detainees

 

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Prominent Human Rights Defender, Peter Biar Ajak (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

September 26th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The Network of South Sudan Civil Society Organizations in Uganda (NoSSCOU) has strongly condemned South Sudan’s High Court ruling on prominent human rights activist Peter Biar Ajak, and six other defendants – including businessman and philanthropist Kiribino Agok Wuol, saying their prolonged detention at the National Security facility is a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

According to a joint press release signed by more than ten civil society organizations, the group strongly condemned the arbitrary detention of South Sudan’s renowned human rights defender, Peter Biar Ajak and his colleagues, saying it goes against the Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.

“Instead of protecting the rule of law, human rights and democracy, the High Court convicted them despite the fact that they were subjected to long and arbitrarily detention contrary to the Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan which shows that the decision of the judge amounts to enforcement of unjust system driven by anti-personal liberty sentiment, that devalues all human rights values upon which the State of South Sudan is established.”

The Network of South Sudanese Civil Society Organizations in Uganda (NoSSCOU), a consortium of over sixty eight civil rights organizations, releases the following statement:

  • We strongly condemn the High Court’s decision which is perpetuation of state-sanctioned oppression as inconsistent with our Constitutional values as enshrined in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan. This decision is the violation of the human rights law and obligations of South Sudan as it sends a clear signal that the rule of law and justice are not important in the country. The judgment rather sends green lights for the security officers to violate the Constitution and its values that they are not important in South Sudan yet our country aspires to realize the values enshrined in the Constitution.

 

  • We should not repeat oppressive and discriminative policies based on the former Sudan that are hauntingly similar to the treatment of the South Sudanese activists and some members perceived to be against the government as used to be the case in the course of our struggle that forms the basis of our national history. From the Northern Oppression of South Sudanese based on the unjust and inhumane treatment by the Northern Regimes from 1983-2005 in which millions of citizens died and thousands incarcerated, which defines our country and explains part of its an unfortunate history of unjust laws and the same laws have been introduced that threaten this nation’s founding ideals of justice, liberty and prosperity.

 

  • In reference to the Peter Biar and others’ decision, while the High Court was supposed to uphold the rule of law and justice, it enforces injustices that are facing the citizens day and night in the country. The judge succumbed to the security threat and personal concerns that lead her to making unjust decision contrary to the principles of Constitution of South Sudan.

 

  • The judge and judiciary have become part of the history of detaining people and subjecting them to torture and other ill-treatments, creating an atmosphere of fear and self-censorship amongst activists.

 

  • The decision of the Court is a threat to the freedom of expression yet the freedom of expression constitutes a necessary condition for the realization of other rights. The present case has clearly brought out the strong opposition of the Government of South Sudan against freedoms of expression and speech.

 

  • It has corroborated the previous report of the killing of at least two individuals; the arbitrary arrest and detention of 58people (including five women); the dismissal from their workplace of 16 individuals, and several acts of intimidation, harassment, and other forms of violence which violate the South Sudan’s obligations under domestic and international human rights law.

 

  • It also supports the views held by many that in South Sudan freedom of expression is highly restricted and we are heading towards absolute censorship. If a person like Biar Ajak is punished for having given interview then there is a great threat to the freedom of expression in South Sudan. This further explains the reason behind the restriction of media institutions and houses.

 

  • “It is sad to see the judge upholding the charges are, which an attempt to criminalize free expression and the legitimate work of human rights defenders and activists as observed by Human Rights Watch,” says South Sudan researcher Nyagoah Tut Pur.

 

  • The action of South Sudan in the present case is the clear example of the violations of her human rights obligations under International, regional and domestic human rights law. South Sudan is a party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and its Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. South Sudan is also bound by relevant rules of customary international human rights law are which are also applicable to her.

 

  • The Republic of South Sudan is a State party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and seven international human rights treaties. International human rights law applies both in times of peace and armed conflict. South Sudan is also bound by provisions of international human rights law that have attained the status of customary law.

 

  • Under this framework, the Republic of South Sudan is legally bound to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the human rights of all persons within its territory or under its jurisdiction or control. Accordingly, South Sudan has the obligation to prevent all acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and inhuman or degrading treatment, and abductions, as well as looting of civilian property, to take effective measures to prevent and promptly investigate violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law, and to ensure accountability for the perpetrators of these acts.

 

  • Additionally, under international human rights law, South Sudan is responsible for the wrongful conduct of individuals or groups not formally integrated into its defense or security forces when the latter are under its direction or effective control.

 

  • The same body of law binds South Sudan to take necessary action to prevent, protect against, and respond through the provision of effective remedies to violence against activists, whether perpetrated by private or public actors.

 

  • International humanitarian law applies to the non-international armed conflict in South Sudan. The temporal scope of international humanitarian law ends when a peaceful settlement is achieved, which, in practice, means not only the end of active hostilities but also the end of related military operations of a belligerent nature in circumstances in which the likelihood of their resumption can reasonably be excluded. Under international law, the Government of South Sudan is obligated to investigate serious violations of human rights and to protect human rights defenders.

 

  • In addition, the current peace in South Sudan remains fragile, with many of the components of the pre-transitional phase as provided for in the R-ARCSS yet to be implemented. The continued oppression of the citizens is a sign that peace Agreement is not being implemented.

 

  • The use of security apparatuses and the courts to sanction their actions is a sign that Peace Agreement is not yet accepted in South Sudan. South Sudan as a party to the Agreement has a duty to respect the freedom of expression which is fundamental to its effective implementation.

 

  • We condemn in the strongest term possible to the use of security personnel to threat the judge and the decision of the judge to continue with the case even when it is very clear that under such circumstance, true justice in its true sense cannot be done. We urge the Government to open up space for all citizens to talk over the issues that affecting implementation of Peace Agreement.

 

  • Will continue to defend the communities affected by the Muslim Ban. Armed with the knowledge that justice eventually prevails, we will continue to challenge this discriminatory policy and fight alongside our Muslim brothers and sisters and other impacted communities whose Constitutional rights are being violated. The struggle for justice has never been easy. But together, united in the struggle, we shall overcome and will continue to resist against any attempt at a Muslim Ban.”

NOSSCOU is a consortium of sixty eight South Sudanese Civil Society Organizations in Uganda. Its main role is to advocate for the upholding of the rule of law, human rights and democracy by the Government.

Members CSOs signed condemns the sentenced of Peter Biar and Kerbino Agok
1. All Religion for Peace International (South Sudan)
2. Africa’s Youth First Network (Tanzania)
3. Center for Peace and Advocacy (South Sudan)
4. Centre for Media Advocacy (South Sudan)
Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG- Uganda)
5. International Youth for Africa (South Sudan)
6. Nile Centre for Human Rights (South Sudan)
7. Nuer Women for Peace and Development (South Sudan)
8. Joth Mayardit Community Centre for Peace and Justice (South Sudan)
9. Mer Christian Women Fellowship (South Sudan)
10. Transitional Justice Working Group in Uganda
11. Gawaar Center for Human Rights and Transitional Justice (South Sudan)
12. Generation Identity Initiative (South Sudan)

SPLM/A-IO accuses South Sudan gov’t of deploying heavily armed forces in Maiwut

 

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South Sudan’s solder prepares to shoot an RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launcher (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia) 

September 26th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-South Sudan’s main armed opposition group, SPLM/AIO, has accused South Sudan government of deploying more troops and heavy artillery, including armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in Maiwut and its surrounding areas following the defection of Major General Ochan Puot and his forces.

“On Deployment of the Government Forces in Civilian Centres in Maiwut area. Following the defection of General James Ochan Puot, the government of South Sudan has deployed its forces in civilian centers that are administered by the SPLM/SPLA (IO) in the following areas.”

  • 1. Maiwut
  • 2. Jotome;
  • 3. Wiechluak Jaak.

In an unexpected turn of events, the main opposition group further accused South Sudan’s government of reinforcing its troops and deploying more heavy artillery in Nasir and Bentiu, in violations of the R-ARCSS.

“Recently, we observed that the government of South Sudan has also deployed new Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), for instance, two (2) APCs in Nasir and six (6) in Bentiu. They also have been reinforcing their forces in various fronts with ammunitions and weapons in all South Sudan.”

In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, the SPLM (IO) Director for Information and Public Relations, Puok Both Baluang pointed out that, these developments are contrary to the spirit of the peace process and constitute a breach of the R-ARCSS.

“The aforementioned incidents are grave violations to the Revitalized Peace Agreement. Furthermore, it is also a demonstration of bad faith on the part of government.” Adding that, “The SPLM/SPLA (IO) therefore, calls upon the government to withdraw their forces from the aforementioned Civilian Centres in Maiwut area to its barracks in Pagak in accordance with the agreement.”

The group called on ceasefire monitors to conduct an independent investigation into these incidents, which could hamper the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

“We also call upon CTSAMVM and JMCC to immediately investigate these violations which pose a threat to the Implementation of the peace agreement. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) reiterates its full commitment to the implementation of the (R-ARCSS), in letter and spirit, as the only way to attain lasting peace in South Sudan.”

South Sudan government and opposition groups signed a peace agreement in September last year, in a bid to end years of conflict that has killed thousands of people and forced millions to flee the country.

Exlusive: Mobile banking service curbs pickpocketing, says m-GURUSH

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m-GURUSH Promo Picture, Featuring a Woman (photo credit: m-GURUSH)

September 25th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The introduction of an electronic banking system in South Sudan, has deterred pickpockets and bag snatchers as people no longer hold their money in their pockets and bags but m-Gurush accounts, the first mobile banking group, m-Gurush, said on Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview with Nyamilepedia early today, m-GURUSH customer service said that before the launch of South Sudan’s first mobile banking service, there was rampant theft, pickpocketing, bag-snatching and other related crimes, but thanks to the introduction of m-GURUSH, the level of these crimes has reduced dramatically.

“m-Gurush is the first South Sudanese mobile money service provider that is enabling South Sudanese send, receive, pay bills for goods and services in the country. In South Sudan, we have been experiencing cases of our people losing money or their money being stolen, particularly when they’re spotted carrying money [in their pockets] but through m-Gurush one is able to keep his or her money in any type of phone.”

Launched on 14 July 2019, m -GURUSH is South Sudan’s first leading banking service offering a fast and secure money transfer platform across the country.

 

Civil society groups to host public forum on the status of R-ARCSS

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Organization for Responsive Governance’s Logo (Photo credit: ORG)

September 25th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The Organization for Responsive Governance (ORG) in conjunction with the South Sudan Civil Society Forum (SSCSF) is expected to host an interactive session on the status of the implementation of the revitalized Peace Agreement, signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

According to a joint statement dated 23 September, the group invited participants and government officials to attend a public information forum on the status of the implementation of the R-ARCSS, which will last for approximately three hours at the Juba Regency Hotel.

“Tomorrow 26 Sept we will host a public forum to assess progress being made in implementation of the R-ARCSS & critical obstacles.”

The high-level discussions are expected to focus on the progress of the peace deal, particularly challenges faced and critical tasks achieved so far since the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“Presentations from the National Pre- Transitional Committee and the Joint Defense Board; and subsequent plenary discussions will focus on the Transitional Security Arrangements, issues of the number and boundary of states and overall preparedness for November 12, the agreed date for commencement of the Transitional Period of the R-ARCSS.”

The forum will attract around 80 multi-stakeholder participants including legislators, security sector officials representatives of civil society, women, youth, chiefs and religious leaders.

SPLM/A-IO’s top official lodges formal complaint against Angelina Teny

 

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Head of the SPLM/A-IO Security Committee, Angelina Teny, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the State House (File/Supplied/Nyamilplepedia).

September 25th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The Executive Director of the Relief Organization for South Sudan (ROSS),
Yien Thiang Luony has formally lodged a formal complaint against Angelina Teny, head of the SPLM/A-IO Committee for Security, over what he called a “commotion caused” by a planned visit to New York.

“Comrade Chairman, This morning I met with Comrade Henry Odwar about the trip to New York. After candid and friendly discussion, we have resolved that I will not go to New York as originally planned. That was my position after learning of the commotion it has created. There is nothing personal about going to New York, apart from disseminating peace, and to advocate for more humanitarian intervention for South Sudan. Specially now that we are emerging from war.”

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the main armed opposition group, Dr. Riek Machar, the SPLM/AIO’s delegate expressed dismay after the cancellation of his scheduled trip to UNGA 74th by the leadership of the Movement, and urged that trust is an essential element when it comes to politics.

“Comrade Chairman, I must admit I am writing to you with heavy-heart and disappointment. Apart from the Deputy Chair, the spin that was put around this trip by people who should have acted responsibly is disappointing to say the least. My loyalty to this Movement, as well as my capacity to represent its interest, shouldn’t have been question just because the NPTC nominated me for a mission. if NPTC cannot use us for the good of this country then, why do you sent us here? Comrade Chairman, in politics, trust and confidence is a valuable asset, If it is lost, it takes time to rebuilt,” he stated.

He strongly defended his appointment by the NPTC to represent South Sudan in the United General Assembly, saying it doesn’t imply changing allegiance to South Sudan government.

“Sir I must admit I am not comfortable with Cde Angelina’s role in my alleged defection. Cde Angelina shouldn’t be destroying things (reputations, comradeship, harmony..) she cannot replace. After six years of sacrifices, where am I defecting and in exchange for what? For going to New York? It defies any logical thinking,” he questioned.

Angelina Teny, is a senior member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army -IO and the Chairperson of the SPLM-IO Security Committee and Defense.

US diplomat, Sudan’s PM Hamdok discuss bilateral relations on margins of UNGA 74th

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Sudan’s Prime Minister Dr. Hamdok Meets on the margins of UNGA 74th with the administrator of the UNDP, Achim Steiner (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

September 25th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, Mark Green has met with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly currently being held in New York City.

At the meeting, the US official congratulated the Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok on his first official trip to the United States, as his country’s first civilian Head of State in 30 years of authoritarian leadership.

Pooja Jhunjhunwala, the US State Department spokesman, said the newly appointed Sudanese Prime Minister, Hamdok, had been assured that the United States is ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Sudanese people in their quest for a brighter future and democracy.

“The Administrator assured Dr. Hamdok that the United States remains committed to stand alongside the people of Sudan during this time of enormous opportunity, as they work to achieve their dreams of an open, inclusive, and democratic society.”

For the past 30 years under the authoritarian leadership of former Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudan and the United States have been at diplomatic odds over accusations of terrorist activities in Khartoum.

Kiir shares National Security meeting, urges security units to enforce laws and orders

 

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President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Senior Government Officials At The National Security Council Meeting. (Photo credit: PPU)

September 24th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday shared a meeting of the National Security Council at the State House in the nation’s capital Juba.

According to state-own news outlet, PPU, the meeting, chaired by the president, was attended by senior government officials and focused on the overall security situation, including a wave of crimes that have been committed by criminals in the capital Juba.

The statement disclosed that the law enforcement agents managed to apprehend most wanted criminals who have been disturbing residents over the last few weeks.

“Minister Chengjiek confirmed that security units managed to arrest most of criminals who were involved in crimes during the past few weeks.”

The authorities urged the security officers to take tough measures in an attempt to curb these increasing criminal activities committed by gangs.

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