Economic hardship is a major contributor to family’s break up in Warrap state

At least 11 divorced cases have been settled by a local bench court in Warrap state.  The traditional chiefs said they were motivated by the soaring economic situation in the country.

Man divorce his wife or woman decide to leave her husband, who could not fulfill her needs. 

Bench Court recorded at least 11 cases of Divorce this month in Kwajok and Turalei towns.

The chiefs said lack of resources put the marriages at risk and lead to separation.  

Paramount Chief Akok Angok is a member of Bench Court in Kuajok. He also blamed the parents for forced marriage could lead to a couple terminating their relationship. 

He calls for an amicable solution to family disputes to avoid family parting. 

“Five women take their certificate document for Divorce this month, and some of them have children. We have seen a misunderstanding in the family due to adultery and lack of money to feed the family. People should sit to resolve that problem and family stay together.”

Another local Chief is Aguek GuaK from Turalei Court. He believes lack of compromise between the couples contributed negatively to the Divorce. Guak is arguing that the two families of the bride and bridegroom suffer most to repay dowries.

He warned the youth not to put their mind on terminating their marriage to get their wealth back. 

“Divorce has risen in the community, you get people to talk about Divorce in all local court, and the reason is that people get married when they are young, and they don’t care about separating.

The chief stressed that people Divorce, and to paying back the cow is a problem. He emphasize that “people should not get married simply without studied themselves”

Currently, there is no one specific statutory law governing marriage and Divorce in South Sudan. 

The Transitional Constitution 2011 recognizes the customary laws and traditions of South Sudanese ethnic groups as governing personal matters.

25 Teachers to Receive Cash Incentives in Eastern Equatoria

At least 25 teachers working for the government public primary schools in Kapoeta South county, Eastern Equatoria are expected to received teaching incentive.

Duku Derick is the program manager for disaster emergency committee (DEC) project implemented by Plan international, an international NGO. He told Singaita FM on Wednesday that the aimed of giving incentive is to help motivate teachers so that they continue to work effectively.

He said each teachers will be paid 6,550 South Sudanese pounds and the project will continue for a duration of 6 months.

Derick said they are giving support as an incentive and not like salaries to teachers who will be involved in this alternative education process.

“This money is just given to help them to support their families I know it is a small amount we feel it is good to motivate teachers by giving some small motivation in that form” said Derick.

He said the disaster emergency committee is funded by UK in response to the emergency education program amid COVID 19 pandemic.

Mr. Ayoma Sarafin is the acting director general at the  ministry of education in Eastern Equatoria state. He said they have not been informed about the payment of incentive to teachers in Kapoeta. Saying that he hope the agency will present their plan to the state  ministry of education to see how this project will be implemented.

Sarafin called upon the partners NGOs working in the state to first get an introductory letter from the national ministry of education in case of any support to teachers.

“Any organization that comes to help we are grateful that is a very good support to our education sector, any organization that comes is supposed to come with letter from the national ministry of Education MOGEI” said Sarafin.

Plan International refuted the claims that government not aware of its support to Education in Kapoeta. It said the project is coordinated between National Ministry with County Education authority.

Residents in Leer call for Justice of love one killed during the war

Residents in Leer County have called on the government of Unity state to bring Justice during the implementation of the Revitalize  Peace Agreement.

Some of these community members said they lost their relatives during the 2013 conflict between the government and SPLM-IO. 

The calls for justice come after a National NGO, Universal Intervention and Development organization established access to justice and the human rights centre in Leer County. 

These part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and UNDP initiative to investigated human rights abuses and to educated people on their rights.  documented gender-based violence, and trains local chiefs on the rule of law.

The program shall be implemented in 16 params of leer County. More than five hundred residents have attended the launch.

UNIDOR access to justice field officer William Kuoch Malual says the project will sensitize people about their rights and the importance of justice during the implementation of the Revitalize Peace Agreement.

“The time reach, we knew that we have been in war for a while. Now, if there is peace, it is time people can know their rights. They will sensitize to know their rights. The time will come for reconciliation and Justice. People shall know new laws because we already have our customary law, which judges us. You can ask your right, and it will be put into consideration”.

Some victims whose relatives killed during the conflict said there are more human rights abuses in the areas. Many people are taking law to their own hands without accountability.

Nyawieka, said she was a survivor among the people killed in Leer during the conflict. She want those who committed atrocities to be arrested and persecuted. 

“Now people are killed on the virtue of political crisis. It is not fair that innocent people are anyhow. It is good a person dies naturally dead. Let there will be Justice prevail in the government. The law should be implementing. Let’s stop death. People killed your relative, and you will be targeted again”.

Leer paramount chief William Nyuon Manyol says the project will help the community because it will strengthen local court ruling. 

“What we can accept as traditional chiefs is that when people bring you knowledge at home about the way people are going and our government activities, it is essential. The new government is necessary because it comes with transformation. If their bad things which people are doing, they can tell you that these are not good. You might realize that they are not right and change your mind.

An eyewitness identified Magok said he saw a lot of atrocities during the war committed by army actors. 

“Those are many people who have committed atrocities. And they always went hiding after committing crimes. Raping cases are many, and they keep increasing. This program will be helpful. If girls are raped, sometimes she will think badly about the abuse did to her. It is obvious people’s rights are not being respected”. 

Resident James Ran Kuong said that Justice is not prevailing in remote villages. If someone wrongs you, you will become the first victim again. Those who have committed atrocities were also supported by their friends even if he killed a person. 

If your daughter is rape any you want to talk reality, you will be killed. One person was killed this year after his daughter was eloping by a man. Like what happened in Rubnor, when her father went to the collected cow, he was shot dead by those guys who are eloping his daughter”.  

According to Amnesty International, government soldiers arbitrarily arrested dozens of men and boys in Leer town between 20 to 23 October 2015. They were put in shipping containers located at the Comboni Catholic, and all of them died.

S. Sudan delegations in Khartoum for Security Talk

The South Sudan government delegations are in Khartoum for a bilateral talk on joint security and political mechanisms. Three Cabinet members headed by the Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Angelina Teny left Juba on Monday, October 26, 2020.

The Chief of Defense Forces, the Inspector of Police, and Chief of Military Intelligence are also part of the delegation.

Minsters to attend the talk include Interior minister Paul Mayom and minister of foreign affairs Beatrice Khamis. The delegation is part of the security mechanism established in the cooperation mechanism during the implementation.

The talk aims to address the unsolved issues stated during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement –CPA signed in 2005 that ended decades of war in Sudan. 

The two countries had a border disagreement that led to the Heglig crisis [Panthou] in 2012 over the oil-rich regions’ control.

Hon: Angelina Teny said the talk would dress border demarcation, trade, banking, and freedom of movement between Sudanese and South Sudanese people. 

 “We are going to follow up on some of those meetings. Several issues have been agreed upon, but several issues remained outstanding. So we will go and do our best to see that we address those unique issues. We feel that the time is opportune; the environment is now very conducive to signing the Sudan Peace Agreement. “Angelina said. 

The Interior minister Paul Mayom said the resumption of talks would boost the relationship between the two countries and addressed the remaining contentious issues in the cooperation agreement. 

 “We would want to finalize the issues of corridors that are being opened now. We have agreed initially on four to be open. Now the one of Reng, the one of Maganis, which is part of North Upper Nile, will also handle the one coming from Bentiu through Heglig. And we shall handle as well the one of Timtha,” He mentioned.

The foreign affairs minister Beatrice Khamise Beatrice said she would follow the payment of benefit for the South Sudanese. They served in the Khartoum government before the country gained independence in 2011.

She also highlights the need for cooperation between two Sudan “will also have the opportunity at all sideline of the meeting, the acting minister of foreign affairs. We will look at the issues we can cooperate one. One of the other infrastructures I’m looking at the railway because the railway line is essential. And transportation by rail is cost-effective, and we can bring bulky goods to our country.”

In 2017, the Ministry of Labor, Public Service, and Human Resource Development said the committee was formed to work with Sudan to finalize the payment of pensions of South Sudanese who retired before independence in 2011.

South Sudan delegation who left Juba on Monday will spend one week in Khartoum during the talk.

NBG Formed Committee to Investigate Enrollment of non-candidates.

The ministry of education in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state has formed a committee to investigate non-candidate enrollment to standard eight and four classes. The committee comprised of eight members.

First-time enrollment of unqualified candidates in the classes comes after the government allowed the school to open for primary eight and form fourth finalize.

The committee will start work next week Monday. The commission formed will get the facts right and report the finding to the ministry about an alleged schools’ misconduct against education policy.

Astonishing random enrollment surprises the ministry of education, they said their records early this year show that the number of students in senior four is 2,200 and standard eight candidates were 7,000 across the State.

The Director-General in the state ministry of education, Seacer Atem Biojo, has questioned unmatched candidates increases, which he said his office has the lists of qualified candidates.

“After we received some information that lowered classes were allowed to join senior four and primary eight by the administration of some schools, then we formed the committee yesterday. The committee will immediately be tracing noncandidates who joined the classes because we don’t want to encourage such a habit against education policies. And they will be starting their work on Monday next week.”

According to the education official, the number of students registered this year is recorded at the public education ministry. He warned that if additional candidates added should need explanation or school face disciplinary measures.

Atem stated the ministry would not allow students who jump classes to sit for the final exam. This restriction will also be applied to candidates who will avoid attending classes regularly.

“Again, my advice to entire parents who allow their children to jump classes is that ministry would not allow them to sit if found that the student or pupil did not follow classes in the right procedures,” said Atem.

Some school administrators spoke to Akolyom FM denied the report.

Mr. Sylvester Otieno, a teacher at City of Glory Academy in Aweil town, said the schools were given registration forms according to the number of candidates submitted to the ministry early this year.

Sylvester said, “according to our school, we don’t allow such, and the reason we don’t allow such because learning is a process that acquires lots of knowledge. When students jump the classes that affect his/her education in the future,” those who exist in the primary class right now are students who sat for primary seven last year. Admission forms were issued according to the numbers in the schools. Still, those in primary seven were suspended according to the ministry of education’s instruction they will be joining next year. “

Another headteacher from Ariathdit Primary school, Mr. Albino Anau, said that they request report forms from students and pupils to enroll in the candidate classes.

“We used report form of that schools, for example, “if the person wants to join us maybe they came from different schools. We asked for report forms that show the student has completed those classes; otherwise, we are very strict on education policy,” Anau said.

Last two weeks, the ministry of education urged the school’s management to follow the education policy.

Traders condemn security mistreatment against business community.

The Traders in Kapoeta town have condemned the brutal torture by the security personnel over the food commodities increase. Business people complained that securities were criminally beaten due to economic inflation.

State authority and chamber of commerce held a talk on Thursday to stable price increases in the market. The security department was accused of taking money from traders as fine “for raising the prices”.

Anonymous traders said, “we have do mistakes we should be corrected in accordance with the law. Beating people is unlawful behavior”.

“What we are condemning the abuse as the business community. The issue of the dollar is automatic if the dollar is down prices should also reduce down, there is competition in the market”.Traders stated.

Traders empathize, that unlawful crack-down is not a solution, but an act of aggression against the business activities.

The Secretary-General in Kapoeta County David Eriga has confirmed that he is aware of the incident. He said the alleged security mistreatment of business people is against human rights.

‘’We have apologized for what has happened currently even in school general this issue corporal punishment is not there. The entire world lashing is something which is outdated even now even in the police if you are torcher a person so that they give you information going to the court that will not be taken consideration’’.Eriga said.

The Police department also confirmed security personnel illegal operation last Saturday. M. General Adil Juma Ramadhan explains that the security personnel has commanders who instruct them on what to do, but others abuse the orders and do their own things.

“This issue happened on Friday and Saturday, everyone was tortured and taken some fine, and this is the problem with security. They need to cooperate. You can send your security to do one two three, but there he or she will do something else’’.He explained.

He is urging the traders to cooperate with the security personnel to avoid similar problems in the future.

Lakes State dismisses the report of killing in Mayath.

 Lakes State authorities has denied report of five people killed at Mayath payam in Cueibet over the weekend. Some media reported that five traders were killed, and 75 cows raided in the area on Saturday.

Zachariah Mameber Thokagor is the secretary general of Cueibet County in Lakes state. He said the report of five people killed is not accurate. 

He told  Mingakaman FM, in Awerial that cattle traders were ambushed at Mayath, which resulted into 75 cattle looted and one of the herder injured.

Mamer said they are searching for the suspects to bring them to book and recover the looted cattle. 

“The report of people killed is not true. No one died. only one person was injured, five cows killed in crossfire, and 76 cows raided” said Mamer 

One of the traders who fell in the ambush Goi Ghai Goi also said none of his colleagues  killed during the attack.

Goi said one of his colleague who was  injured is now receiving treatment in the hospital in Rumbek.

Adding the other four members are now in  Cueibet to follow up on the raided cattle.

He said they were moving as a team of traders from different states that include Jonglei, Lakes, and Warrap plus government soldiers who were escorting us, but no one is dead in the incident, “said Goi.

Many traders use the road from Wau to Juba for a better market to sell their cattle.

200 fistula patients to be operates without cost in Aweil.

The administration of Aweil Civil Hospital has announced the operation treatment for two hundred fistula patients. Free operation is scheduled to be started next week at Aweil’s main Hospital.

Fistula is a permanent abnormal passageway between two organs in the body, mostly caused by complicated delivery. The UNFPA organization supports the program through the International Rescue Committee (IRC) organization.

Luka Lual Aleu is the Health Education focal point at Aweil’s main Hospital. He said the registration exercise for the patients was commenced on Tuesday this week. And the medical experts who will do the operations are expected to arrive soon from outside the Country.

“On 26th October, we will begin with the operations, so the doctors are expected to arrive in Aweil within this week. The IRC will bring in the doctors and that the targeted number is around 200 people, they will be operated and provided with feeding services and transport services” Lual said.

A fistula patient who requested anonymity has welcomed free treatment. The patient said that she has lived with the disease for more than fifteen years. And she can’t afford any treatment.

“I didn’t expect ever to receive treatment so that I can be healthy like other people, last time people were registered and receive treatment. But when I heard about it, I came to Aweil. But the operations were already done, and I missed out, which disappointed me a lot. I have spent two months here waiting for the free treatment, and my sister will be happy if all goes well. When I receive the treatment properly, then I will be much happier and normally live again. This disease is not a good one.” she said.

A beneficiary who was successfully operated in the past has encouraged all women suffering from Fistula to grab the opportunity. She added discrimination of Fistula Patients in the community was difficult to bear with.

“If I was not treated and people continue pointing at me that she has come because I used to be dirty and smelling, then I would have killed myself. But if God came and helped to get operated freely of charge, then I have nothing to say, although I will not give birth again, my few children will give birth to me,”

Early this year, the Hospital has suspended the operation plan for fifty people with fistula cases in Aweil was suspended due to COVID 19 travel restrictions globally.

MP condemns arrests of youth protests in Unity State.

A lawmaker representing Rubkona County at the National Legislative Assembly has condemned youth arrests in Unity State.

The security alleged for arrested eight youth members last week over what residents described peaceful demonstration against Greater Pioneer Oil Company- GPOC.

The Greater Pioneer Oil Company is a Chinese oil and gas company contracted by the government of South Sudan.

Youth in Rubkona demonstrated on Friday 16 October, demanding equal employment in the oil sector produces in their area. The authority said the youth was arrested after using violence and closed the company’s gate to address their concerns.

Eight youth members were later released without charge after Governor Joseph Monytuil’s intervention. The youth demanded employment, business support, scholarship, road construction, environmental protection, construction of health centers, and schools.

Hon. Buay Keke Turol, an MP of Rubkona County at the National Assembly. He said youth arrest was unconstitutional. Such action was against citizens’ rights because they used non-violence to raise their concerns to the oil company.

“We want to say that young people deserved opportunities in their country. They deserve to be given opportunities to work and prosper to establish their facilities and provide leadership in this country. This is their right. The government should make sure that such opportunities are provided to the people” he said.

The director of information and communication in Unity State, Kang Bol, acknowledged that Rubkona youth have a constitutional right to raise their demands. But should not be a violent process that undermines the labor law.

Kang blamed GPOC for recruiting people in Juba. He said the company should publicly advertise the vacancies so that citizens applied. Recruiting people in the national capital and bring to the field without considering people in the oil-producing area is a mistake.

“Well, you know peaceful protest no one should stand against it even the state government does not stop anybody from claiming his or her rights. But, why the security arrested them was the action they have taken. We mean by the peaceful demonstration by putting your demands or your complaint in writing and then presenting to the company’s authority. And another sector saying this is our demands,” Kang stated.

In June 2020, the national staff working in GPOC have demonstrated in Unity State against its policy. They said it is discrimination against national workers by the oil consortium.

The GPOC was quoted denied any wrong-doing. They rejected and condemned unfair discrimination or ill intentions towards National Employees.

CTSAMVM calls peace partners to control internal army defection.

The Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism [CTSAMVM] has called the Unity government to control internal military defection. Ceasefire monitors were such concerns about senior army officers changing allegiance within TGoNU while the parties are implementing security arrangements before the unification of forces. 

In September, a General from SPLA-IO Moses Lokujo defected to the SSPDF, which was seen as a false indication of the agreement. The parties to the agreement were urges to discourage unlawful activities from stopping putting the deal at risk. 

On Monday, CTSAMVM has discussed the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement in Juba. Parties’ representatives attended the talk. The discussion highlight concerns on the recent clashes among the SPLM-IO forces after a general switched to the SSPDF in September. 

The monitoring body urged the parties to adhere to the revitalized agreement, stop the violence, and bring non-signatories on board.

Acting Chairperson of the Ceasefire Transitional Council, Gen. Dafalla Hamid Mohammed, says defection should not be allowed to weaken the agreement’s implementation.

There was significant violence involving the reported change of allegiance of Maj Gen Moses Lokujo from SPLM/A-IO to SSPDF, which resulted in violent clashes in the area of Moroto on 7, 29 September and 4 October between SPLM/A-IO and forces loyal to Maj Gen Lokujo.” Hamid me mentioned.

Mohammed appreciated the parties’ commitment to resolving clashes in Moroto amicably, which he believes such development can jeopardize the Peace Agreement.

The Representatives from oppositions who are parties to the peace agreement include the SPLM-IO, South Sudan Opposition Alliance, and Former detainee are urge the Unity government to stop welcoming people defecting from one party to another.

General David Nyang is from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance –SSOA. He said the Unity government should discourage internal defection as time is close to unifying the army under one command.

The season of migration or changing allegiance from one party to another is over. It doesn’t make sense that a military group moves from one party to another that could trigger a big problem. We have only days, weeks, or months to have one unified army; we wonder where are they going? We urge the leadership this practice should be discouraged,” He said.

The SPLM-IO has called for willingness from the parties to graduates the unifying forces. It warned that soldiers would leave training centers if not graduating in a few weeks or months due to unfavorable situations. The troops are seen losing truth after many promises have not been implemented.

Brig General. Andrea Mangu Adora said the graduation of unifying forces is a symbol that could create hope of peace for South Sudan. 

“Our unify forces in the training centers their situation are difficult too tough, and to talk about it have become monotonous. We urge the concern to have the willingness to graduates and deploy the forces that are in the training centers right now, so that we may create hope of peace in the heart of our citizens,” Gen Mangu said.

The former Incumbent transitional government of National Unity [ITGoNU] ‘s representative at CTSAMVM urged the parties to double their efforts to implement the peace agreement’s provisions. Maj Gen. Rabi Mujung echoed the calls to make the officers defecting accountable, cautioning that such acts could destabilize the country’s security.

He explained that“changing of allegiance emerged after the signing of the agreement and we have been seeing it from time to time. I see it as something that we cannot encourage since we had agreed that all the fighting forces would be unified into a national army. I quite agree with some recommendations from colleagues that such practices have to stop, and those who are involved in causing insecurity should be accounted for.”

According to the peace monitors, the pre-transitional task and cantonment activities includes registration of forces, have not yet complete. The revitalized agreement is the only hope to bring durable peace to South Sudan.