Immigration announces to resumes issuing Nationality and passports

The immigration department has announced the resumption of issuing national identity cards and passports for South Sudanese. The process was being suspended for nearly a year after the country failed to pay an international contracted company.

The German technology provider Muhlbauer Tech shut down the system due to unpaid bills.

Director-General of Immigration, Gen. Atem Marol Biar, said South Sudan had paid 1.4 million US dollars to the company as part of the balance the country owes them.

“The Ministry of Finance pays one million five hundred dollars, and we remain with the balance of about five million which will be payable by the government,” Marol said.

Gen. Marol said the company was instructed to prioritize providing an ordinary passport as most needed by the citizens.

” We’re going to receive twenty-two thousand cards of national IDs and three thousand nine hundred diplomatic passports. We have told them the most needed is a regular passport, and we don’t want to receive a diplomatic passport/National ID card without a regular passport,” He stated.

According to the Director-general, the resumption of immigration documents is expected to start next week.

Mantani’ death dismay Artists in South Sudan

Musicians and other Entertainers described Singer, Murye Alex, Mantani’s death as a great loss to the entertainment industry.

The Rapper Murye Alex died of intracranial pressure due to a fatal motorcycle accident in Moyo, Uganda. The medical report indicated increase pressure in the brain due to intracranial bleeding.

His body was brought to South Sudan on Monday this week.

Thousands of his fans, family, and government officials gathered in Juba wearing blacks’ shirts and dresses with a picture of the deceased artist to pay their last respect.

Late Mantani was a Hardlife Avenue Stars member, an Afro-pop and dance group in South Sudan formed in 2011.

Other members in the group include Mr. Vocalist Siliman Musa (Nicky Prince) and Ochwo Junior (Linus). They produced series of collaborated songs in Arabic like Kilo Kwen Kulek, offside, and Yau De.

Nicky Prince said the loss of their member is a test but will not stop them from fulfilling the HardLife Avenue Stars family’s legacy.

“When we formed the group, our motto is ‘Voice of Change, and we can’t just stop here.”

Mr. Prince encourages the people to celebrate those who make an impact in their life.

“Most of you don’t know the impact of music, and you only realize when someone is no more. We should only love people when they are dead.  We should love people when they are still alive. Stop pretending and waiting until we died,” Prince said.

Pitty Tonny, one of the female artists in South Sudan, said she shouldn’t believe Mantani is no more, and it’s “unbearable.

“The Artists and Entertainment community are saddened and shocked. He was a musician who creates songs that unite people, bring a smile to people, and he is a humble guy” Tonny said”

Another musician described Late Matani as a man of peace. Dj Cent, also known as Mr “No Rest,” said, ” Mantani is one of the artists who preach about love. He contributed a lot to educate our people through his music about peace in South Sudan.”

Dj Cent also retreated calls for support to the artist achieve their dream and promote culture. “We musicians are trying our level best to our people that we are talented, but lack of support from our people matter.”

South Sudan Artist Association’s representative, Mc Lumoex, said Artists are traumatizing due to low income and government support.

“We’re traumatized, and that’s the reason why you see the music that we do is not enough to support our families, and the young education artists are pursuing,” He stressed.

Lumoex urges the government to formulate the copyright law for the artist to benefit from their career.

Central Equatoria State Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony directed the local government Minister to named one the road in Kajo Keji as Murye Alex for his remembrance.

Adil also pledges to support the Artists in achieving their goals in the music industry.

These views were collected during the funeral prayer of the late Murye Alex, Mantani, held in Juba on Tuesday. The body of Matani is expected to be burry in Kajo-keji, his home village, on Saturday.