Military in Sudan dissolve the govt, imposed state of emergency 

The chairman of the Sudan Military Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced the dissolution of the transitional government and the sovereign council and declared a national state of emergency.

In a televised news address, Gen: Fattah said, the 2019′ agreement on the transitional government with power-sharing between the civilian and military leadership had turned into a struggle threatening peace and security.

Gen: Fattah al-Burhan says the military needed to protect the country’s safety and security as stated in the constitutional declaration, he said, announcing the dissolution of the power-sharing ruling council and the government.

He also announced the removal of state governors, saying the elections would be held in July 2023.

World leaders and human rights groups have condemned the detention of several high-ranking Sudanese officials in what appears to be a coup attempt, as a senior military official dissolved the government.

Al Jazeera reported that it was unlikely for the young people in the streets of Khartoum to stop their resistance following the announcement of the state of emergency that entails curfews.

The Human Rights Watch says a military coup in Sudan strikes a major blow to the hopes that many walks of life had that a transition to a fairer and rights-abiding country was possible.

At Human Rights Watch, Sudanese researcher Mohamed Osman said in the early hours that security forces in Sudan’s capital Khartoum rounded up at least five ministers, advisors to the prime ministers, and other political figures. Military forces also had placed prime minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest before reportedly moving him to an unknown location.

Communication service the internet connectivity is currently severely disrupted, and the airport closed. Protests are now taking place in different parts of the capital Khartoum against the military takeover amidst heavy deployment of military forces.

HRW warns Military takeover a blow for Sudanese

The Human Rights Watch says a military coup in Sudan strikes a major blow to the hopes that many walks of life had that a transition to a fairer and rights-abiding country was possible.

At Human Rights Watch, Sudanese researcher Mohamed Osman said in the early hours that security forces in Sudan’s capital Khartoum rounded up at least five ministers, advisors to the prime ministers, and other political figures. Military forces also had placed prime minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest before reportedly moving him to an unknown location.

Communication service the internet connectivity is currently severely disrupted and airport closed. Protests are now taking place in different parts of the capital Khartoum against the military takeover amidst heavy deployment of military forces.

Audrey Kawire Wabwire, Media Manager at HRW, called on the security forces to protect the protesters.

“The pro-democracy protesters take to the streets; security forces should protect their fundamental right to protest and refrain from using lethal force as has too often been the go-to response. The international community should press for a return to the civilian transition,” Kawire said.

According to BBC reports, a statement from the information ministry on Facebook said the detentions were carried out by “joint military forces,” and those arrested were held in “an unidentified location.”

The ministry said soldiers had stormed the HQ of the state broadcaster in Omdurman and detained staff there.

It also said Mr. Hamdok was being pressed to support a coup but refused to do so, and he urged people to continue with peaceful protests to “defend the revolution.”

The United States said is “deeply alarmed” by the coup reports, its special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, said. The UN, EU, and Arab League also expressed deep concern.

South Sudan mediated a deal between the transitional government of Sudan and Darfur rebel groups that were signed in Juba last year.

Five activists bank accounts and allies institutions at risk of freezing

Bank of South Sudan directed commercial banks to freeze and blocked five Activists’ bank accounts, including the former governor of Northern Bahr El Gazal state Kuel Aguer Kuel who is at the National Security detention. He was arrested on 2nd August in the capital Juba after signed PCCA declaration.

The four institutions named are linked to People Coalition for Civil action PCCA.

The activists have been calling for a peaceful protest against the government and asking leaders to step down.

The telecommunication network restricted social media access on 30th August this year follow a call by people coalition through social media urging citizens for mass protest.

The activists named are Abraham A. Awolic, Rajab Mohandis, Wani Michael, James David Kolok, and Kuel Aguer Kuol, former Governor of Northern Bahr el ghazal are denies access to their money in the bank.

“All their bank accounts held at the respective banks must be blocked and frozen, “Moses Makur Deng, Director General in the Central Bank, stated.

The statement also listed four: Sudd Institute, Okay African Foundation, Organization for Responsive Governance, and Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance.

It stated, “all commercial banks dealing with these organizations must blocked their bank accounts until further notice.”

Jok Madut Jok is a Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University, in New York, and Executive Director of the Sudd Institute. He said the freezing of Sudd Institute and other organizations’ bank accounts, is “unbecoming.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine consignments arrive in Juba

The first batch of United States donated Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines arrived in Juba this morning. The 152,950 doses were received at Juba International Airport by Health Minister Elizabeth Acuei Yol and The U.S. Chargé D’affaires, David Renz.

The single-dose J&J COVID-19 vaccines are the third batch of several vaccine shipments to arrive in the country through the support of the COVAX Facility.

The U.S. Charge’d Affaires, David Renz, says the vaccines are part of worldwide United States efforts to combat the global pandemic and help South Sudan respond to COVID-19.

“These vaccines are the next step in our support for protecting the health and wellbeing of the South Sudanese people and for bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to an end,” said David Renz at JIA this morning while receiving the vaccines

The J&J vaccine requires only one dose to protect against the virus but, AstraZeneca takes two dosages to vaccinate fully.

South Sudan government has welcomed the donation from the United States, saying the vaccines will expand the protection mechanism against COVID and its variants.

Minister of Health Elizabeth Achuei Yol said the target people to get vaccinates are young adults to offer protection against delta variant. She urges the public to stop listening to rumors about the effects of vaccines.

“The delta variant is with us, and there is no compromise between the young person and elder in this virus. So, you take your time and come forward to take the vaccines. If there is information you want to know, come to us and were the right people to ensure your safety,” Achuei said.

World health organization Country representative Dr. Fabian Ndenzako warned the public not to mix the vaccines from different companies. He says one should consistently get vaccinated either for Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca.

“Effectiveness and guidance on how to use those vaccines are particular to each of these vaccines because there was clinical trial and guideline during the development of these vaccines were achieved through those processes. So, if we use the vaccines, we must follow that as part of the recommendation,” Ndenzako stated.

He encourages adults in South Sudan to get vaccinated to limit the spread of COVID-19 and help protect individuals, families, and communities.

The COVAX Facility is a global partnership comprised of Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, and WHO, to ensure all countries can equitably access COVID-19 vaccines.

ICRC documents 5,300 missing persons in South Sudan

The International Community of the Red Cross -ICRC said it has documented over five thousand three hundred people are still missing in South Sudan.  It is asking government to take appropriate action for all the missing persons, and held anyone who might be responsible for disappearance accountable.

ICRC says the state has responsibility to prevent disappearance, ascertain the fate and whereabouts of missing persons.

The ICRC has been working in Sudan since 1986, including in what is now South Sudan.

“We have documented cases of missing persons before South Sudan’s independence in 2011 and afterwards in relation to conflict, other situations of violence, natural disasters, and migration,” ICRC said.

The International Day of the Disappeared is observed on 30th August yearly.

Nourane Nouas is the ICRC Protection Coordinator. She said many being reunited with the families shared the stories of suffering and distress. Others still search for missing family members, which the organization is working to track their whereabouts.

“The majority of the time, they share the suffering of the separation, and that absence has caused them mental disorders. They have lost economic capacity,”

Nouas further stated there is a need for practical solutions to end issues of disappearance in South Sudan.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it supports the authority in enacting legislation for South Sudan to implement international obligations towards the missing persons and their families.

Minister of Gender, Child, and Social Welfare, Ayaa Benjamin warille criticize people’s acts on behalf of the government to commit force disappearance that sometimes could result in the death of an individual being abducted.

Ayaa narrated her personal story saying her husband Aggrey Ezbon Adri was kidnapped in January 2017 alongside South Sudanese lawyer Dong Samuel Luak that left the families in pain.

The men’s disappearance between South Sudan and Kenya, but both governments have consistently denied responsibility.

Minister Ayaa said such unlawful should stop, and justice must prevail to pay back the painful situation families of missing one undergone through.

“I was living in Nairobi, my husband when out for exercises and today I have not heard from him. As a family, we went through pain, and I don’t’ even have a word to describe what we went through for three good years unit the UN panel of experts officially inform us in 2020 that my beloved husband is no more.” Ayala said.

International law prohibited the forced disappearance, which violated the fundamental human rights of the individual.

In February this year, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Peter Mayen Majongdit has established a technical working group on Missing Persons in South Sudan.

The Committee expects to carry out an in-depth research exercise into missing persons in the country.

Govt vows to hold elections in 2023

South Sudan transitional government of national unity say they are ready to hold general elections on time despite slow implementation of the revitalized peace deal.

Michael Makuei Lueth is the minister of information in the revitalized national unity government. He says the government is committed to fulfill the agreement and will have unified army forces established before holding election in 2023.

Makuei dismissed the crackdown of civil coalition that are calling for public uprising to bring down the government for failing to implement the agreement.

He said the election is the solution to end the power sharing and have a government that is chosen by the people.

“It’s the election that will reduce this mess which the agreement has established—that party who passes takeover fully. There will be no more compromises. There will be no more accommodations,” said Makuei.

He said they are concerns as a government of the division within the SPLM in opposition but says that will not derail the implementation of the agreement. “If the IO is divided, it’s their internal issues. Last week the President appealed to both parties to cease the hostilities. Unfortunately, there have been clashes for three days. This is what we don’t want,” Makuei said.

Makuei denied the involvement of the government and said there is no way they can work against a partner to the peace agreement. He urged the SPLM IO factions to have dialogues and resolved their differences amicable.

“There is an indication from the Opposition or from the IO suspecting the incumbent transitional government to have done this, which is unfair. There is no way we can work against the partner to the peace agreement.” 

Earlier this month, a faction within the SPLM/A-IO emerged and declared to have removed Dr. Riek Mach and appoint Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual as interim Chairman.

Dr. Riek Machar. The SPLM-IO political bureau in Juba disregarded the declaration’s group cited as not the party’s leadership.

On Thursday, the Sudanese Prime Minister and Chair of IGAD, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, arrived in Juba. Part of his visit is to examine the implementation status of the Revitalized Peace Agreement with parties.

Dr. Hamdok was also expected to mediate peace dialogue between the SPLM/A In Opposition factions.

Humanitarians aid calls for end of violence against its workers  

South Sudan’s Humanitarian Country Team warns of a climate emergency and calls for an end to violence against aid workers. 

Today, 19th August, marked Humanitarian Day globally.

South Sudan is ranked among the five countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change, and populations across the country are already suffering the effects with devastating consequences, including disaster displacement.

Mr. Arafat Jamal, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, said Climate change fuels conflict over shrinking resources and puts humanitarians in harm’s way.

He called for an end to violence against humanitarian workers and civilians. “Humanitarian workers must be able to reach people in remote safely and highly food-insecure areas and those in conflict- or flood-affected areas without the threat of attack. 

“Today, we pause to remember all humanitarian and aid workers whose lives were taken from them in the course of their humanitarian work,” Jamal said. “We also salute the courage of humanitarian workers serving in isolated and insecure locations, doing crucial and lifesaving work.

Last year, more than a million people were impacted by a second consecutive year of significant flooding, with women and children most affected. 

The UN said the situation is continuing to be felt, with a worsening food security situation, and some communities are now facing catastrophic needs. The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are at the highest since independence ten years ago.

World Humanitarian Day said is an opportunity for all to re-commit to the values that underpin humanitarianism.

Five aid workers were reportedly killed in South Sudan this year include three medical professions.

 

Hamdok in Juba to evaluate implementation of R-ARCSS

The Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, arrived in Juba for two days visited to examines the implementation status of Revitalized Peace Agreement with parties.

The Chair of Intergovernmental Authority on Development- IGAD expects to mediate peace dialogue between the SPLM/A In Opposition factions.

Earlier this month, a faction of the SPLM/A-IO emerged, declared Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual as interim Chairman replaced the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar. The SPLM-IO political bureau in Juba disregarded the group that makes the declaration cited as not the party’s leadership.

Sudan and South Sudan foreign Ministers briefed the media at Juba International Airport on Thursday, 19th August.

The Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mariam Asadiq Al Mahadi, said her country concerns recent fighting in Magenis. The delegation would engage the parties and resolve the matter amicably.

“For sure, we are concerned, and that is why we are here with the minister of Defense and the minister of transport and corridor, to allow us to look into all issues.” 

Mariam further said Sudan and South Sudan want to find a solution to the issue of Abyei to maintain good relations between the sisterly countries. 

“We want to use the good relations to make more excellent to impact the two sisterly countries significantly. We want it to also have a significant impact on people through opening corridors in a way that can benefit people from the two Sudan,” Mariam said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in South Sudan Beatrice Wani-Noah, said the visit is an opportunity for the Ministers of the two counties to discuss the cooperation agreements signed this year.

“Over the year, we’ve cooperation agreement signed between Sudan and South Sudan those will be examines by various Ministers and their counterpart.”

Sudan mediated the revitalized peace agreement on the resolution of Conflict in South Sudan parties signed in 2018

 

South Sudan gives three months to foreigners, process valid visas

South Sudan gives a three-month period to Uganda nationals to process valid visas and work permits to legalize their stay in the country.

The immigration announced following peaceful protest from Ugandan in Juba this week, citing high charges of monthly visas and excessive taxes.

On Monday, Police launch a silent search in Juba, arrested foreigners who do not have legal status.

The Director-General of Immigration, Atem Marol Biar, said the number of foreigners who stay in Juba without documents has increased, which should stop. ”

“A huge number of aliens are here staying without the document more than 90 percent, especially from two countries, Eritrea and Uganda. We agree to give them a temporary stay permit for one month with the condition that let them go back to their embassies to process the documents,” Gen. Marol said

Moral warned of security threats if South Sudan continue allowing foreign national without documents.

“You must come into a country like South Sudan with a valid document. If we continue like this, it might even bring insecurity to the country. We suppose to deport those without documents, but we felt that they are our brothers and sisters from East African countries,” he stressed.

The Ugandan Community in South Sudan said the government failed to alert them about the ongoing security search.

Mr. Elias Mugaga, Chairman of the Ugandan Community in Juba, urges the police to release those arrested during the crackdown.

“Some members who are arrested don’t have migration to warn them so that they can process their documents. We also request the government give us three months to inform members in the villages across South Sudan to process legal documents,” Mugaga said.

Police formed eight members committee comprised of security organs, area chiefs, and local government officers to identify those stay in South Sudan without documents.

Women Activists call for Mayen ‘dismissal

Women rights activists matched in the parliament and Ministry of Gender demanding immediate dismissal of Peter Mayen Manjongdit, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs.

The Activists carry posters with the hashtag Peter Mayen, a disaster “justices for Aluel Messi, zero tolerance for GBV in South Sudan, violence against women is a crime, not a family matter.”

The right campaigners wrote a petition submitted to the Minister of Gender and Reconstituted Parliaments, respectively.

In the communique, civil society condemns the acts of beating, stabbing, and torture Aluel Garang underwent due to violence from her husband. “In solidarity with Aluel Messi, the South Sudanese Women Leaders, Women’s Right Organization, Civil Society and Activists call for the dismissal of Hon. Peter Mayen Majongdit.”

The Women group has described Ms. Aluel as South Sudanese Icon and an inspiration to many young women with talents in sports and leadership.

This year, Ms. Aluel Messi is a footballer who plays for the Aweil club in South Sudan’s Women League.

In April, Mayen reportedly stormed the pitch and demanded his wife leave the match. That incident resulted in the shooting at the fetch, but no one was injured.

Women rights Activists said such acts are unacceptable.

“We want justices for Aluel Garang. We want justice for gender-based violence victims. We want justice for women who have been in marriages, and they had no say at all. We don’t want men who beat up women and still see them holding govt positions.”

“Anything to do with violence is not domestic affairs of the family, and that we’ve to take it out of our minds. It’s a public issue. He will do it today; another Minister or a man will go doing it.”

“Punishing or torturing one woman is like punishing all the women. Considering that we’re a women-led organization, we are calling respect for gender equality.”

The Deputy Speaker of National Legislative Assembly, Hon. Nathaniel Oyet Pierino assured the woman that leadership of the parliament will table the matter.

“We, as parliament, especially the leadership, are grateful to receive your petition. It’s good that you didn’t choose violence. If the right of Aluel Messi has been violated, we regret this as parliament,” Oyet said.

Last week, the People’s Liberal Party revoked the membership of Hon. Peter Mayen Majongdit, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs in the Transitional Unity government.

The party is a signatory to the revitalized agreement signed in 2018.