R-JMEC called the Unity government to reconstitute parliament

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) called parties to the Agreement to reconstitution the Transitional National Legislative Assembly.

Parliament is yet to be reconstitution despite milestones made by the signatory to the Agreement forming the States’ government last month.

In a statement shared by the RJMEC members delivered electronically, the Interim Chairperson H.E. Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai said, “a reconstituted TNLA is required to enact a range of legislations critical to the ongoing implementation of the R-ARCSS.

I appeal to the R-TGoNU (Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity) to reconstitute the assembly to enable the enactment of the Bills into law and expedite judicial reforms.”

Gen. Gituai caution 35% of women representation in the appointment should be observed. He said there is a need for more women to be appointed at all government levels, especially at the state executive and legislative positions.

Head of RJMEC noted cantonment sites and training centers continue to face severe logistical constraints, such as food, medicines, and sufficient shelter, which are lacking, and female combatants continue to lack appropriate facilities and personal hygiene items.

“Training of the Necessary Unified Forces (NUF) has stalled, and no graduation or redeployment plans have been announced. The lack of sufficient funding to the Security Mechanisms is a constraint,” he said.

Peace monitor says It is the responsibility of the RTGoNU, according to article 1.2.2, to restore permanent and sustainable peace, security, and stability.

He called the Central and State Governments to work jointly with local leaders to end the violence. Mentioning the operationalization of the State Security Committees will be instrumental in improving the situation.

RJMEC reminded leaders of the cost of the struggle for independence. He says three months from now, July, marks ten years of independence for South Sudan. Now is the time to accelerate the implementation of the Agreement so that there will be much to celebrate in a decade of independence.

Gituai wishes to see new development after the Easter break from the unity government to implement the R-ARCSS and build momentum towards its full implementation in letter and spirit.

Security forces deployed in camp15’s Kopoeta area to restore peace

Eastern Equatoria State’s government has deployed security forces at camp 15 after a convoy for Governor Louise Lobong was ambushed by unknown shooters on Monday 29th.

According to officials, a joint security forces deployed comprised of Tiger division and national security service. The number of armies deployed in that insecurity zone was not made public.

Lobong’s convoy came under heavy attack after he visited Budi County to offer his condolence following the death of 15 people in the separate incident where their houses reportedly burned.

And two of his bodyguards were killed when unidentified armed men opened fire on the governor’s vehicles.

Press secretary in the governor’s office Aliandro Lotok narrated that security personnel deployed at camp15 will stay for some time until the security situation is calm.

“Some of the forces are now already here significantly enough forces. These forces are coming here to restore law and order on the breakdown of law and order at camp15. So this is what they have come for, so they will be here for some days.

So that at least normalcy returned to this area and then people of camp 15 who left this town yesterday had to return to their houses and settle. The town was deserted, but now with the presence of the force of the confidence being built, this is the forces from the tiger division and the national security, yeah,” Lotok explained.

Mr. Lotok said the situation is calm, but the deployed forces will continue patrolling the area for a number of days until the town returns to normal.

Eastern Equatoria’s governor is currently in Camp15 to monitor the situation before return to Torit.

Anataban movement called for release of detained activists

National human rights organization, Anataban has called South Sudan Police Service and National Security to release three activists arrested on Tuesday. 

James David Kolok, Michael Wani, and Mannesah Mathiang, who led the peaceful demonstration in Juba, were reportedly detained in police custody.

A group of activists, musicians, and comedians protested on March 30th after prominent singers, namely Trisha Cee, passed on from horrible road accidents.

Mourners were stunned about police service unlawful arrests that disarrayed the peaceful demonstrators in Mobil roundabout. Shocking arrested was said to “violence the constitutional rights of citizens, freedom of assembly and expression.”

Anataban and South Sudan’s youth said they were deeply concerned over the poor management of national institutions’ way of handling issues; and subsequent increase of ongoing silencing and dehumanization of youth peaceful protest and nation-building.

They called upon Police and the Judiciary to follow up the case and ensure justice for the lost lives; while urging the President to immediately create an independent National Hospitals Management Authority to look into the National hospital management deficiencies. 

Right defenders further suggested that the police consider establishing functional police units within the main hospitals to ensure timely provision and emergency services delivery.

Anataban commended the police should monitor license issuance to all drivers, introducing speed limits of not more than 40km/h within the city, Clear marking and provisions of zebra signs, and crossing on the roads. 

And the City Council and Traffic Police should have clear scrutiny over water tanks that are offering services to the public.

Anataban stated to carry their logo without a name or official stamp due to security concerns.


Youth activists stage protest, demanding justice for Trisha C tragic death

South Sudan artists, youth activists and comedians have staged a frustrating protest on Tuesday demanding justice for local artist Trisha C’ untimely death in a tragic road accident at Mobil roundabout. 

Artist was knocked together with a motorcycle rider by a water tanker. The Boda Boda die immediately, and Trish C later passes on from a severe body injured in Egyptian hospital. 

Trisha’s dreadful death has shocked many of her supporters and citizens. According to an eyewitness, a driver who made a road accident believed an Ethiopian national. 

Anger protesters say they needed speedy justice and accountability for the person who committed a road accident. It is not the first-time water tankers were being blamed for such road accidents. People alleged some water tankers are driving recklessly.

A Female activist, her name kept anonymous, said, “young people were so oppressed, we have been watching incidents, and enough is enough. We need the system to be in place; the health care system must be put in place. A transportation system must be put in place. We need peace. 

“We are angry young people. Today we are coming here because we lost Trisha C. Where is the government when we have lost people on road accident, we have lost people from road ambushes, we have lost from unknown gunmen.” 

Artists were so irritated, saying they are tired of the government that does not intervene on citizens’ issues. And they will not leave Mobil roundabout until the minister of justice intervenes. 

The decease colleagues, 𝗔𝗸 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝘀 called the government to checked Water tank drivers if they are fit for road driving. He said Trisha C would not have died in a road accident if traffic police were busy checking for logbooks and Tinted windows. 

“The SPLM and Government of South Sudan, you have failed. Just let go. We are dying. The young generation is dying every day because of your incompetence. I gave my blood first. Meanwhile, Trisha C is still conscious and in a lot of pain, and running out of blood, a youth activist said.

After receiving my blood, the doctor asked us to go back to the hospital and bring the patient’s blood to see it’s compatible. At the same time, she refused to take my friend’s blood because he hasn’t eaten.”

Activists led the protest, the Coordinator for South Sudan Civil Society Forum Caroline Kibasa, Wani Michael, and some prominent musicians include Manasa Mathiang.

Caroline Kibasa said traffic police are “corrupt of giving driving license to unqualified foreign drivers.” They demanded blood compensation for decease victimized in the road accident.

Governor Lobong convoy attacked, left two people dead in camp15

Eastern Equatoria State governor’s office says two people are dead and three others wounded followed an attack on the governor’s convoy on Monday evening. Governor Louis Lobong was in convoy but was not hurt in the attack.

The incident happened at camp 15, about 40 kilometers South West of Kapoeta Town. Mr. Aliandro Lotok is the press secretary for the governor of Eastern Equatoria.

He said their convoy was attacked by local armed youth in 15 camp. He said that they were returning after the governor traveled from Torit to visit Camp 15 on Monday to address the bereaved families of 15 people killed on Sunday night.

Lotok said their way out of the area are blocked and have retreated to a military barrack, and the situation remain tense.
He said the incident did not shake governor Louis Lobong, and he is in good spirit as a military man. He explains that the two people who lost their lives include a wife of a soldier and one military personnel but provide no details if there are casualties on the attackers’ side.

Mr. Lotok said the fighting between soldiers and armed youth lasted 2 hours before they retreated to a military barrack.

Camp 15 is at Loriyok Payam in Budi County of Eastern Equatoria State.

Fifteen people killed in Budi attack

Over 15 people died, seven others were wounded, and houses burned in the Budi County attack on civilians. Casualties include women and children. The government condemned the killing of innocent people described as “criminality.”

The attack occurred on Sunday at Camp 15 in loriyok Payam, and the wounded person transfer to Chukudum hospital for treatment this morning.

Eastern Equatoria State Governor’s office said the attackers are well-armed, and their motives remain unclear but could not unidentified. 

Aliandro Lotok is a Press secretary of the Eastern Equatoria Governor. He stated that governor Luise Lobong visited the area where the incident occurred.

“We are here with the governor at camp15 and the governor has come here to pay condolence to the people who lost their loved ones at the attack that took place on the 28th of this month. So far, seventeen people have brutal this vicious attack and the governor condemns it in the strongest terms possible this attack on camp15”, He said.

The state governor directs the organs forces to search for the perpetrators.

Last week, gunmen attacked an SPLA-IO cantonment site in Kapoeta County, killing its commander and four others.

Refugees from Kakuma doubt peace in South Sudan

South Sudanese refugees in the Kakuma camp were shocked and panic with the Kenya government’s announcement to close the base giving only two weeks for the UN to implement the plan.

The UN refugee agency issued a statement this week confirmed the notification over the planned closure of Kakuma, Kalobeyei, and Dadaab refugee camps. The closure of the camps came due to fear of national security threats, the Kenya government stated.

The refugees expressed mixed reactions. Some doubted that South Sudan’s government did not fully implement the revitalized agreement to give hope for their returns.

Others urge the Kenyan government to reverse the decision-cited situation in their home’s countries not safe for repatriation.

Singaita FM in Kapoeta spokes to the camp chairperson, Sabina Achola, who said refugees have the right to seek safety

“It depends on the country’s situation. If the situation of our country becomes okay, then UNHCR will do that repatriation. Still, the situation South Sudan is in now, South Sudanese they will not be given repatriation because the country is not yet well”.

Another South Sudanese refugee is Emilio Moi, described the news as “abrupt closure and shock.”

He said South Sudanese want to hear free movement with total silencing of guns and economic stability. 

People were happy to come back to South Sudan but not completely happy because situation not okay in our country. We want the government to provide education for our children. We need to realize that the government is implementing peace to gives us hopes of returning.” 

South Sudan peace deal signed in 2018 detailed the needs for reconstruction and repatriation of refugees includes internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Governor Monytuil access flood situation in Southern Unity

The governor of Unity state, Dr. Joseph Nguen Monytuil has visited flooding affecting counties on Tuesday in the Southern part of Unity state. Governor one day visited designed to explore two counties, Mayiandit and Leer counties, to see those affected by devastating flooding.

It is the first time for the governor to visit the Southern part since the conflict started in mid-December 2013. 

Thousands of people in two counties received governor with the optimism of peace dissemination, improvement of insecurity threats, roads repairing, and local dyke construction to prevent heavy flooding.

Governor Monytuil was accompanied by his deputy Tor Tungwar and state dignitary government officials. He was received respectively by newly appointed county commissioners Dr. Gatluak Nyak Hoth and Stephen Taker Riak Dong. 

Monytuil said his administration was so concerned about thousands of people who have been affected by unprecedented flooding. And his government is ready to construct local dykes protect lives.

State authority condemned insecurity threats imposed on innocents people by unauthorized armed youth, taking the law into their own hands. All areas “imposed insecurity such illegal check-point in the counties and river shall be abolish.” be abolished residents to stop prohibited cattle raiding during peace implementation when people require reconciliation and healing.

“We will not accept again that civilians will be mistreated; it is unacceptable. The time vulnerable people suffered has ended. It is time for the civilians’ government. Now, we will do what civilians want. And we shall unite civilians; we will not do anything that divided civilians; we will not bring such issues to you again. We are being appointed as a government for peace to unite people of Unity state.”

Deputy Governor Tor Tungwar said peace is only a national platform that has brought the country together; while urging people to embrace agreement to end suffering. 

Leer County commissioner Stephen Taker Riak Dong appreciated the governor visiting see people affected by flooding since last year. He urged the state government to repair roads that will help business people to bring in food commodities. 

According to NGO, an estimated 1 million people believed were affected by the flooding in eight states and one administrative area in South Sudan between July 2020 and January 2021. And more than 500,000 people displaced from their homes.

Five SPLA-IO soldiers killed; cantonment deserted in Eastern Equatoria

Sudan People Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) has reported that five of its soldiers were killed, houses burnt in Lowareng cantonment area on Monday.

Attackers described as “Unknown gunmen” who open fire on soldiers with motive remain unclear.

SPLA-IO deputy Military Spokesperson, who is also the Press Secretary for the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Col: Lam Paul Gabriel, said among those killed include Brigadier general and one woman.

He said attackers have not yet identified, but a committee from Joint Defense Board (JDB) will travel to the Cantonment site to investigate, and perpetrators will be accountable.

“Yesterday in the morning hours, we received a phone call from Kapoeta, and we got the information that the cantonment site of Lowareng was attacked. We lost about five soldiers include a woman and the commander of the Lowareng cantonment site”, Col: Lam said.

The military official claimed that delay in the graduation of the unified forces should not be used to attack a base of the forces to the peace agreement.

Lam said parties are making progress in reorganizing the forces for necessary graduation.

“The committee was given seven days to complete their task, which is going to do with the formation of all the reunification of the highest command,” Lam said.

Kapoeta South County Commissioner Angelo Lominit said his administration visited the scenes to get precise information. 

“We went to the ground at 2:00 pm, we got five people, including one woman dead. We got two houses burnt totally without anything. And the barrack deserted, nobody, even one person no! the criminals went no one arrested”

The Commissioner said this incident happened for the first time since SPLA.IO cantonment areas were established in Eastern Equatoria as part of a security arrangement according to the peace deal.

Several reports indicated the necessary unification forces deserting training camps due to the delay of their graduation. The Peace Monitors described the condition soldiers undergone as “unbearable” due to lack of food, shelters, and medicines.

South Sudan Agriculture Minister in Aweil for farming tour 

The national Minister of Agriculture arrived in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state capital on Tuesday morning.

The top government official was accompanied by humanitarians supporting food security in the country.

Hon Josephine Lagu briefed the media said her two-day visit is to assess the Aweil Rice scheme and some agricultural projects implemented by partner organizations.

She assured the public that government would find alternative ways to support food production locally.

“The purpose of the visit is to see how the agricultural activities are continuing in NBGs. We know of the historic Aweil rice scheme, which was functioning very well. Our major purpose is to see its operating.”

The senior national government official further stated that only 3 percent of the land is used for agriculture in South Sudan despite the fertility of country soils. “Our country has a fertile arable land that needs us to cultivate so that we can be food secure.” Josephine said.

Director of World Food Program (WFP) and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ‘s representative participated in minister delegation to the state.