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.

Late Dr. Louis Edward suffer homicidal death, the report indicates

The government has released its finding over a medical worker murdered in Panyijiar County, Unity State, by unidentified culprits at large. The forensic report was presented on Sunday by the undersecretary in the Ministry of Health.

Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Elia Lomoro issued a statement stated that the report confirmed: “Dr. Lousi Edward died of homicidal death, citing reparative cuts at the neck, injured major blood vessels of the neck and sustenance of stab wounds to the arms indicating struggle injuries.” Juba Military hospital’s forensic report was presented to the government on Sunday last week.

Late Edward worked for International Rescue Committee –IRC was murdered on May 22 May this year. That forced the organization to suspend its operation in Ganyiel Payam of Panyijiar County temporarily.

An anonymous killing of Dr. Louis in Southern Unity received broader condemnation from the UN, youth, civil society, and government described it as “Heinous and inhumane.”

The national government has directed Unity state Governor Joseph Monytuil to deploy security forces to investigate and arrest culprits.

Minister of Cabinet Affairs also urged SPLM-IO to allow the legally appointed commissioner to take his duty and self-claims Commissioner Handover the area to state government.

In February, President appointed William Gatgiek Mabor as Panyijiar County commissioner under the SPLM-IO ticket. Since his appointment, he was never to the county due to controversies from the community. A former humanitarian worker Mr. Loat Gatluok was identified as a self-imposed county commissioner who is still performing the duty as commissioner.

The government said such controversy should end to allow a smooth implementation of the peace agreement. Authority apology to the health professions for not paying attention to their concern and appreciated them for ended the strike.

Healthcare Workers agreed to reconsider and ease their peaceful strike in what was described as “humanity ground” for all South Sudanese. The medical team said they resumed duties on June 13 June, 2021.

South Sudan get $116 million to tackle food insecurity

World Bank has offered new financing to address acute Food Insecurity and Desert Locust Crisis. South Sudan will get 116 million US dollars hoping to strengthen the capacity of farmers, improve agricultural production, and restore livelihoods and food security.

The country is facing increasing levels of food insecurity despite increased production, with exceptionally high food prices constraining access to food for large segments of the population and desert locusts devouring crops.

According to the World Bank projection, 7.2 million people will face acute food insecurity in the coming months, which is the highest number since South Sudan’s independence.

South Sudan Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Project (RALP) provides a grant of $62.5 million that will support investments in training for farmers to help them efficiently manage their organizations, adopt new technology, and use climate-smart agriculture practices to boost their yields. It will also invest in tools, machinery, and seeds required to improve productivity.”

World Bank allocated $53.7 million to boost South Sudan’s response to desert locusts by restoring livelihoods for the poorest and strengthening the country’s preparedness systems through Emergency Locust Response Project (ELRP).

Mr. Ousmane Dione is the World Bank Country Director for Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Sudan. He said the money would ensure direct income to the most vulnerable households to produce more food for themselves and local markets.

 “These two timely projects provide a mix of investments in social protection and agriculture to address drivers of both acute and chronic food insecurity. The implementation modality supports a broader agenda of institutional capacity building for the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, and we look forward to collaborating closely with the government and other development partners to ensure that no one goes hungry,” said Dione.

The two grants will be the first World Bank-financed projects since 2018 to be implemented through government systems, specifically the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

COVID-19 Health workers end protests

South Sudan’s COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Workers agreed to reconsider and ease the peaceful strike in what was described as “humanity ground” for all South Sudanese. The medical team say they resumed their duties today, on June 13, 2021

The workers peacefully strike demanding unpaid nine-month incentives from the Ministry of Health and the National High-Level Taskforce. However, in the last two weeks of peaceful lay down of tools by the workers. The stated health workers issued said the committee constituted to follow up the payments of staff with the Ministry of Health was able to engage in a series of meetings. Still, all the negotiations couldn’t produce a positive outcome. 

Though the Ministry of Health acknowledged that it’s the legal right of the COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare workers’ to be given their unpaid 9-months, still failed, neither have they mentioned when to pay nor to address the concerns of the staff,” Health workers stated.

The medical team expressed readiness to continue to deliver services despite the challenges facing them. “You can imagine, the COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Workers committed despites the daily life challenges while saving the people’s lives.”

COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Workers call the country’s top leadership to intervene, and their concern should not be neglected. “It’s on these bases that we still call for the intervention of the top leadership to protect the rights of the COVID-19 healthcare workers.”

They urged the government and the Donor communities to continue supporting the healthcare sector in South Sudan to overcome the pandemic, expressed the need for accountability and auditing to avoid the misuse and mismanagement of resources by individual.

South Sudan cumulative number of cases confirmed to date 10, 691, number of cases recovered 10,514 and one hundred fifteen death since coronavirus declared in the country last year.

Nine African countries set to miss urgent COVID-19 vaccination goal

The World Health Organization has warned that nine in 10 African countries are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10% of their people unless Africa receives 225 million more doses.

The global targets were announced recently at the World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-setting body, and at today’s pace only seven African countries are set to meet them.

According to WHO, numbers of cases continue to rising week-on-week and increased by nearly 20% to over 88 000 in the week ending on 6 June.

The pandemic is trending upwards in 10 African countries, with four nations recording a spike in new cases of over 30% in the past seven days, compared with the previous week. 72% of all new cases were reported in Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia and over half were recorded in nine southern African countries.

“As we close in on 5 million cases and a third wave in Africa looms, many of our most vulnerable people remain dangerously exposed to COVID-19. Vaccines have been proven to prevent cases and deaths, so countries that can, must urgently share COVID-19 vaccines. It’s do or die on dose sharing for Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.

At 32 million doses, Africa accounts for under 1% of the over 2.1 billion doses administered globally. Just 2% of the continent’s nearly 1.3 billion people have received one dose and only 9.4 million Africans are fully vaccinated.

United States President Joe Biden who is currently in England for G7 submit is expecting announcement his country effort to support low income nations.

The US said to purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and the African Union is an important step forward. “The tide is starting to turn. We are now seeing wealthy nations beginning to turn promises into action,” said Dr Moeti.

Attitudes towards vaccines and acceptance of vaccination varies across countries and communities.

South Sudan confirmed 10,475 cases of COVID-19, ten thousand two hundred fifteen recover and one hundred fourteen death since coronavirus declared in the country last year.

RJMEC gives resolutions of Constitution-making Process’ workshop to R-TGoNU

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) said it has handed over the Resolutions of the Workshop on the Permanent Constitution-making Process to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU).

The document’s hopes to be a roadmap for constitution-making was given to Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Hon. Justice Ruben Madol.

Last month, President Kiir Mayardit instructed stakeholders in the permanent constitution-making process to reflect the citizens’ interest and spirit of nationalism in the amendment. The constitution amendment is expected to be accomplished within four months.

RJMEC Interim Chairperson H.E. Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai said: “I am pleased to report that the workshop was successfully convened and facilitated, and its outcome is a very robust and clear roadmap on the details for conducting the Permanent Constitution-making process for the Republic of South Sudan.”

Gen Gituai continued: “I commend the participants for the cordial, principled, and constructive engagements during the workshop that yielded the expected outcome that we celebrate today.”

This was then followed by three days of technical and constructive deliberations with the nominees of the Parties and stakeholders entrusted with the responsibility for designing the path to a durable constitution-making process for the Republic of South Sudan.

“The process design was just the first step in the constitution-making. Much more work of the Permanent Constitution-making, which will be led and owned by the people of South Sudan, and supported by their friends and partners, will now start with enacting the legislation to govern the process,” Tai said.

The head of peace monitors further stated that the next phase of civil education would be a national conversation and a wide range of consultations with South Sudan’s diverse communities. All voices must be heard in this process.”

Graduation of unify police delay again

President Salva Kiir and his five deputies have extended the graduation of unify police Batch 22 cadet which was expect to commence on Wednesday this week.

According to the Minister of presidential Affairs, the move said to allow proper arrangements for graduation in another later date not mentioned.

On Tuesday, the Presidency discussed permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangement, which is chapter 2 of the revitalized peace agreement.

Kiir and his Vice Presidents also agreed to accelerate the graduating of unifying forces. The process has been postponed many times, including a recent promise from the Minister of defense to graduate the force on 31th May and unify police expect to graduate this week, June 9, 2021. That deadline was not meet.

Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin issued a statement said the government and opposition forces would relocate to cantonment sites for further training.

The President directed his security advisor Tut Gatlluak to mobilize logistic support for unifying organized forces.

Last week, the deputy spokesperson of SPLA-IO said the graduation of forces lies in the hand of the President and his deputies.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nicholas Hayom worried that Peace Agreement implementation remains fragile and could delay the election stated in the peace agreement.

Lakes state governor sacked

President Salva Kiir has sacked Lakes state governor Makur Kulang in a republican order read on SSBC this evening, Tuesday, 8th May. In a separate decree, Kiir appointed Gen: Ring Tueny as successor. The reason for his dismissal was not stated.

Former Governor Makur Kulang was appointed in June last year under the Unity government parties’ implementation. He was among eight states governor President Kiir appointed.

Since his appointment, several killings have been reported include the shooting of a Catholic Bishop in Rumbek this year.

On Monday this week, two aid workers were killed. The staff members who work for International NGO, Doctors with Africa (CUAM), traveled with a security escort, and their vehicle was ambushed in Yirol West County.

In August last year, Kulang has directed all soldiers to carry out disarmament exercises in the state. Still, the process wasn’t successful and could not stop the rampant killing which has been on before his appointment.

The New governor, Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor, was formerly appointed to defunct Eastern Lakes shortly after the president created 32 states in 2017 before the country return to 10 states. Kiir later appointed him as Chief of Military intelligence replaced Major-General Chock-rach Angich in 2019.

Last year, he became disarmament forces commander in the Bahr el Gazal region, threatened to use force against civilians if they didn’t surrender guns. The disarmament turned violence’s in Tonj left over eighty people dead and that process was suspended.

AMDISS Elect New Executives Board

The Association for Media Development in South Sudan – AMDISS has elected Mary Ajith again as its Chairperson with other six members includes deputy Chair, Secretary-General, and Treasurer. The election of the new board members came after three days annual general meeting held in Juba. The members will serve two years term in office before an election is conducted.

The AMDISS Chairperson Mary Ajith says she will continue with effective advocacy on freedom of expression and create awareness for media houses to join the Association. She urged media practitioners to work as a team to make people’s voices heard. Mary called the International partners to support AMDISS and the Union of Journalists of South Sudan to strengthen the safety of media practitioners.

The Media Authority, a government regulatory body, tasked to oversee the work of the media in South Sudan, encourages AMDISS’s new leadership to improve the media profession.

Sapana Abui, Director General for Information and Compliance in Media Authority, says media a tools to democracy and should be uses wisely in South Sudan.

A representative of Norwegian People Aid, Jacob Atem, has called the new board members to work with all partners, both national and International, with goals to strengthen media roles and promote press freedom.

The Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) is a membership organization of media houses formed in 2003 with the cardinal aim of building professional journalism.

Activist: Delay to form States assembly, MPs oaths risk the peace

Center for Peace and Advocacy asks the Unity government to place the state’s legislative body and swear into office the newly appointed National MPs.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit reconstituted the National parliament last month, ending the party-political deadlock over Transitional National Legislative Assembly formation.

The Revitalized Agreement requires the parties to reconstitute the two Legislatures on time to implement the Revitalized Agreement.

Human rights defenders were upset over such administrative delay dragging the agreement backward.

Ter Manyang, Executive Director (CPA), was concerned about the Parties’ long delays and silence to the Revitalized Agreement without making party-political deadlock public.

“In this respect, the CPA is calling on the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement (the R-ARCSS), particularly the Other Political Parties, which is comprising Alliance, Umbrella and Political Parties who participated at the HLRF and is headed by Hon. Peter Mayen Majongdit and the Incumbent TGoNU comprise the former GRSS, the former SPLM/A-IO led by General Taban Deng Gai, and the political parties TGoNU represented at the HLR headed by his Excellency, the President,” Manyang said.

CPA urges the two Parties to solve issues connected to the reconstitution of the National and State Parliaments for the public’s interest.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir reconstituted parliament with 550 MPs from all parties to the agreement as stipulated in the 2018 peace dead.