Government pledge to empower citizens with loans

The National Minister of petroleum, Puot Kang Chuol, has urged the minister of finance and economic Planning Athian Ding Athian to support citizens with ban loans. Ministry observed that helping people with bank loans will encourage people to create the business.

It is the first time the government wants to offer bank loans to the citizens since the war broke out in 2013.

South Sudan hosted the Oil and Power 4th conference in Juba to raise financing and build infrastructure and energy projects.

Several African oil ministers, diplomats, national and international investors participated in the conference.

Hon: Puot Kang said the country had achieved some significant progress include the resumption of oil production in Unity state, road infrastructure, and renovation of Juba International airport.

The Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, who spoke on behalf of president Kiir, applauded the minister of petroleum for loans endorsement.

However, he says the ministry of finance should support vulnerable citizens with bank loans when securing enough cash.

Dr. Marial urged companies to invest in different areas, incorporate Gold, tourism, wildlife, and agriculture as part of an asset than the oil and gas sector.

The government assured stakeholders about its commitment to implement the Revitalize Peace Agreement ending seven years of political wrangling.

The investors were warned to adhere to the human resource policy for equal employment to all oil workers and protect environmental pollution.

Sudanese Minister of Energy and Mining Adel Ali Ibrahim appreciated the resumption of oil production in Unity state to improve country investment and economic growth and promised to work closely with his South Sudanese counterpart.

The Regional countries’ representatives were admired for national security improvement, demonstrating the new political marriage between president Kiir, first vice president Dr. Riek Machar and other political parties who were signatories to the Addis Ababa agreement had a positive impact.

Somalia Minister of Petroleum, Gas, and energy Mohamed Hamid said the Juba conference on oil and energy would improve the bilateral relationship between two sisterly countries.

South Sudan Civil Society appreciates the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Energy and Dams for organizing the conference on Oil and Power amidst the various challenges of the year 2021 aggravated by COVID-19.

They say the development is magnificent, but equitable management of the natural resources in the oil resources should benefit the people now without compromising the future generation.

The Oil & Power conference is part of a campaign to drive capital into key energy and infrastructure sectors.

VP Rebecca Nyadeng visits Torit to address youths’ grievances

The Vice president of the Gender and Youth cluster in the Unity government has lead delegation to eastern Equatoria on Monday, June 28, 2021

H: E Rebecca Nyadeng de Mabior arrived in Torit this morning to address youth concerns that lead some humanitarian’s organizations to suspend their operation in the area.

In April, a group of youth known as Monye-miji from greater Torit counties petitioned the state government, demanding fair recruitment in the UN and NGOs. This came after South Sudan Red Cross staff were assaulted at the state capital.

In the office of Eastern Equatoria state governor, the Press Secretary, Mr. Aliandro Lotok, says the Vice President has met with the youth and called them to stop the violence.

He says discussion between youth and top leadership has resolved to form Labor committee with hope to end youth concern.

The high-level delegation from the national government was alarmed by youth uprising against humanitarian agencies due to unfair employment policies’ claims.

VP Rebecca Nyadeng heard from representatives of the aggrieved youth, political leaders in the state, and the NGOs/ UN agencies on the ground.

“When this case reached Juba, it is magnified, and it became a concern. So what people heard about Eastern Equatoria from Juba concerning the Monye miji issue was so bad from the other side. Still, her message to the people of EES was that you don’t need to use violence as a way of really addressing your grievances”. 

“The most important thing was that there was an understanding that now people should leave it to the government to handle the case. That committee that the government formed is supposed it works, and nobody should take the law into their hand.”

The Vice president Rebecca Nyadeng was accompanied by senior government officials, including the National Minister of youth and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs.



AU leaders ask to improve security in the continent

South Sudan Minister of National Security Gen. Obuto Mamur Mete has warned the Africa Union and regional members from the Eastern Africa bloc to build security stability and trust among regional members. 

The minister expressed his disappointment about continental uncertainty during three days workshop on Intelligence and Security Service organized by African Union on the eastern African countries. 

Gen. Obuto painted the consequences of regional political instability, which will affect continental development. He felt infuriated external sanction against African leaders from international counterparts is unfair system that needs Africa unity. 

Minister did not attack any foreign nations directly, but he referred his statement to superpowers countries that had colonized Africa; remained to play some central roles, manipulating the system of governance.

“We have been misused throughout our ages, against our interest. Especially in the Eastern Africa community, if you see chaos engulfed in the whole region, our problem is the lack of knowledge.

If you allowed your brother to be sanction, you would be sanction tomorrow. And another one will be sanction. Where is Africa? Where are you going? He asks”

Mr. Obuto blamed external influence triggering Africa’s instability. He encouraged leaders to exercised democracy, good leadership, and unity in the continent. 

Director-General for National Security Simon Yien Makuach says, “Sanctions are likely growing as foreign policy and political instrument for western powers to advance their strategic interests where the popularity is growing.” 

In May UN Security Council renewed the sanction of the embargo against South Sudan. And six military generals, three from the government and a rebel faction from SPLM-IO led by First Vice president Dr. Riek Machar were previously sanctioned. 

Some politicians include Michael Makuei Lueth, Martin Elia Lomuro, and others, who were also banned.

Britain, France, and the United States imposed a travel ban and access freeze from those individuals believe as profiteers, prolonging the war in South Sudan.

The UN Security Council’s continuous sanctioning annoyed South Sudan, citing that imposing such an unfair decision on them will affect the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement. 

IGAD calls Unity govt to reconstitute Council of State

Intergovernmental Authority on Development Council of Ministers urged the Unity government to expedite the reconstitution of the Council of States as stipulated in the peace agreement. 

 IGAD Council of Ministers made these calls during its 72 extraordinary sessions last week.

 The Parties have completed expanding and reconstituting the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, but the swearing-in of members still yet accomplish.

 South Sudan peace deal was mediated by the regional body – IGAD in 2015. However, the agreement was later revitalized after second fighting erupted in Juba between soldiers loyal to the President of those supporting the leader of SPLM-IO. 

 IGAD said there need to achieve the restructuring and reconstitution of institutions and Commissions at the national level. He noted reform would encourage the Parties to adhere to the 35% quota of women’s representation.

 The Unity Government has been expressing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, logistical and financial constraints on competing some provisions stated in the agreement. For example, the agreement required graduation and redeployment of Necessary Unified Forces.

 The IGAD also appealed to all parties under the South Sudan Opposition Movement and Army –SSOMA to pursue the Sant’Egidio mediation process and adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017. 

 Rome Declaration of January 2020 and the Declaration of Principles of March 2021 were signed by the holdout group with R-TGoNU.

 IAGD Council of Ministers asks the South Sudan government to establish Special Reconstruction Fund and its Board; the formation of the three Transitional Justice mechanisms; and the permanent constitution-making process are vital to the deal. 

 They call the international community to work closely with the Ministries to create an enabling environment for the safe and dignified return of refugees and IDPs.

The regional body commended Sudan for agreeing to host the inaugural Leadership Retreat for South Sudanese leaders and encouraged the RTGoNU, the Parties, and Sudan to expedite the convening of the Retreat.

A revitalized Agreement on Conflict Resolution in the Republic of South Sudan was signed in 2018.

Students protest demand reopening of Dr. John Garang University

The students from Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor Jonglei State have staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the reopening of higher learning institutions.

The protesters blocked the road to the University while carrying posters indicated; Covid-19 is no more and urged the administration to start lectures.

Dr. John Garang University was shut down during the country’s total lockdown due to COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020. It was never reopened despite the lifted restriction.

One of the students Agol Panchol, said they call off the strike until the administration reopens within five days.

 “It is coming two years now without lectures. Other public universities like the University of Juba and Upper Nile are operational why only John Garang University is affected by COVID-19 until this time. 

“We are tired of waiting. We are not doing anything for ourselves because we always promised that University would reopen soon. This confines us in Bor without going anywhere to do any other business. We hope to finish so that we get a job and do other things for our families.”

The University Dean of Students affair Prof. Majok Kelei said the administration would brief students over the cause of delay to resume lectures. 

He claimed that students had ended their peaceful protest stage on roads to allow traffic flow.

“My students have abandoned the road as we talk now. I am in front of them. It is no longer on the road. It was a kind of peaceful demonstration, not violent and we are in position to sort it out.”

Dr. John Garang Memorial University of the science board of deans wrote a letter on 3rd June assuring the students that the University would reopen when the contractor supplied food.

The University was established in 2008 as one of the five public universities in the country.

Minister of Land & Housing proposes customary law review

South Sudan Minister of Land and Housing Michael Chiengjiek Geah has called for a mandatory review of customary law, which promoted violation of women’s rights to land ownership.

NGO records reported that “women are often marginalized when land or household property is transferred, as transactions occur without their consent.”

The Minister did not dismiss women’s concerns raise relate to a violation of their equal rights with men to own property.

Speaking during three days of the Women’s conference in Juba, Minister mentioned the customary law that needs to be subjected to firsthand adjustment accelerate serious negligence against female constitutional rights.

According to the Minister, “the customary law should be confronted because the inadequate implementation of the 2009 land act encourages some people who have no land ownership legitimacy tempered with the legal process to corrupt the system”.

UN Women representatives Alinane Kamlongera discouraged gender inequality grasping land in the hands of vulnerable women.

“If were to describe you today to describe what you see when I say women and land rights. I’m sure the story narrated most, if not all those descriptions, about families favoring sons than daughters to donate their land:.

Assuming that the daughters will get land through marriage. The ground will control being by husbands, uncles, and brothers”.

She appealed to the government to respect and promote gender equality to dignified women’s voice of participation.

“We need to dial deep into the issues relate to governance, institutions, policies, and programs, and ensure that women land rights informal law that supports women access and control of that land.”

UNHCR representative Kimberly Roberson says women’s rights historically have been limited inability to access land and property.

She added women and girls’ rights to land can bring peace, stability, and prosperity. Women’s rights are land ownership; their freedom needs to be structured according to the law.

Kimberly suggested that the government can create a good environment with the law, not just a word; the law can become an action people can see.

Undersecretary in the ministry of Gender, child and social welfare Esther Ikere says a women’s right to land ownership is not promoted. They call men to implement women’s access to land.

International standards, women have the right to equality in the enjoyment of all their rights, including the right to access, use, inherit, control, and own land.

JICA reported that South Sudan is a patriarchal one that keeps strict gender norms and rigid gender roles.

Disputes on marriage, property, and inheritances are often judged in accordance to Mandatory customary law review at the expense of women’s rights. Harmonization of customary laws with statutory ones is a significant matter in South Sudan.

Labong reiterates commitment to peace implementation

The Governor of Eastern Equatoria state has repeated his government’s commitment to implement the revitalized peace agreement.

Hon Louis Labong Lojore said the government would continue to disseminate the agreement to citizens in remote areas and ensure they participate in the process.

He called the International community to support South Sudan achieve peace through the deal parties signed in 2018

The governor made remarks during three days’ workshop UN Mission in South Sudan organized under the theme “working together and consolidating peace through political engagement and good governance’.’ It aims to create a conducive environment for implementing the revitalized peace agreement.

Labong said the government is using the available resources for the state’s sustainable development.

 “We in eastern Equatoria are so much committed to the implementation of the peace agreement. We are very much to reconciliation using the little resource that we have for sustainable development”. 

Lojore emphasized the need for a strategic plan to mobilize local resources to shun dependency on foreign aids.

“We must plan to liberate ourselves from dependence on foreign aids. Chiefs, we should not wait for help from people every day. I am hearing our people are now used to that when food will come, when UN will bring food, these should stop and let’s produce our food.” 

The Head of the UNMISS field office in Torit, Caroline Waudu, called the political leaders to accept criticism and work for peace, unity, and development. She said the forum UN initiated is hoping to help leaders discuss issues affecting peace implementation.

 “The forum is aimed at creating a very conducive environment for the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, including cooperation among the appointed officials and the peace partners collectively. We need to develop our state, provide security, and deliver services to each citizen in Eastern Equatoria.

“Leaders need to understand one another and respect each other’s ideas even if they belong to a different political party or hold a different opinion. I call on you as leaders to handle criticism constructively in a mature way and work for peace, unity, development of every citizen of Eastern Equatoria”, said Waudu.

The forum brought together traditional chiefs, youth, women leaders, and top government officials at the state, including Commissioners and state Ministers, on Friday 25th June.

SPLA-IO Chief of staff appoint to Presidential Peace’s Advisor

President Salva Kiir appointed top opposition commander to political post in the revitalized peace agreement. General Simon Gatwech Dual was appointed on Monday 21 June as Presidential Advisors for Peace in a decree read on National TV, SSBC.

Kiir was granted powers to appoint and remove the cabinets by the revitalized peace agreement parties signed in 2018.

The new Advisor to the presidency is also Chief of staff for SPLA- in Opposition based at Magenis near Sudan in the north

His appointment came after the IO tackling internal issues after General Gatwech sacked his director of military intelligence, Maj. General Dhiling Keak Chuol. SPLM-IO’s Chairperson, Dr. Machar, overturned that order.

The Chief of staff has been questioning the unreasonable delays in the implementation of the revitalization.

SPLM – IO’s Director of Information Puok Both Baluang said Gen Gatwech was consulted before his appointment.  And demised the rumors suggesting that the chief of staff declined the new post.

“We’ve not received an official communication from General Simon Gatwech formally informing the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/A (IO) declining to take the new position. We would like to confirm to the pure members and the public at large that General Simon Gatwech was officially consulted and he give the leadership of the party his consent to take the role” Baluang said.

Kiir also appointed Dr. Costello Gargang Ring Lual, the South Sudan Patriotic Movement (SSPM), as presidential Advisor on presidential affairs.

Their appointment also comes at a crucial time in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement. A week ago, defense minister Angelina Teny said the parties are almost done with forming the unified military command.

The suspect in connection to the double killing is in custody say authorities

Authorities say, a man who is alleged to have killed a woman and her infant child is in custody and has NOT been executed.

Police say, Nyitur Mapuor Chut and her baby boy were killed by a gunshot. The killing happened at Pachong in Lakes State on Monday.

Eighteen year-old Sebit Marol Kuticel from Panbarkou village, was arrested in connection with the double killing.

However, there are concerns that the arrested man has been executed – without evidence being presented in court. Local chief Sultan Majak Agok says they received Sebit Marol’s body. And he was buried at Panbarkou village, on Thursday.

Poth Madit is the deputy governor in Lakes state. He says the suspect has NOT been killed. “That is not the information I have. What I heard was that there was shooting at the scene when the man was arrested but he is in the custody of security forces in Rumbek East as we talk now. He is not killed”.

Madit says the arrest was made with the help of local youth group gelweng, police and the area commissioner.

Elijah Mabor Makuac is the police spokesperson in Lakes state.  He also denies the execution of the suspect. Makuac says the Sebit Marol Kuticel is now in custody and the report of the firing squad execution is not true.

Mingkaman 100 FM spoke to a number of people in Lakes state, some who claim to be close to the suspect Sebit Marol. They say Sebit Marol Kuticel, also known Rel Cheeth, was executed.  And his body was buried at his father’s house on Thursday.

They say justice for the woman and child has not been served. And the charges against Sebit Marol must be proven in court.

The commissioner of Rumbek East County was contacted by Mingkaman 100 FM.  Mapuor Malek refused to comment on the alleged execution of the suspect.

Day of African Child commemorates in Kapoeta

Hundreds of residents in Kapoeta town gathered at Freedom Square to commemorate the “Day of African child” with calls to protect children and support their education.

In 1991, the OAU Organisation of African Unity, the current African Union, dedicated 16 June as Day to honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976.

The Director-General for Gender, child and social welfare, Mr. Thomas Nawi, encourages partner NGOs to work together for the children’s freedom.

 “I encourage all the partners to put their hands together in such occasion that lead to help people in the entire people in the communities in this country to reflect freedom and human right we are to give a chance to all children in all time to remember freedom children not allow to exercise.”

The Manager of an International NGO known as Root of Generation, Clement Loboi, said their responsibility to create a conducive environment for children would not stop.

“The implementation of the plan 2040 for an Africa fir for children is indeed our effort to make sure we create a conducive environment for our children we know in our daily lives in our homes, in our communities in our school’s children under a lot of challenges our children are not getting access to proper education they are not getting adequate access to health care due to lack of health care facilities.” 

Save the Children’s Child protection officer Joseph Lokulang told the parents to prepare their children for a better future.

“We need to support children, give them maximum support in our community. We need to ensure that their needs are met, and through doing this, we can be able to give children a perfect environment to go.”

The Day of African Child is commemorate annually on 16th June.