NBG Formed Committee to Investigate Enrollment of non-candidates.

The ministry of education in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state has formed a committee to investigate non-candidate enrollment to standard eight and four classes. The committee comprised of eight members.

First-time enrollment of unqualified candidates in the classes comes after the government allowed the school to open for primary eight and form fourth finalize.

The committee will start work next week Monday. The commission formed will get the facts right and report the finding to the ministry about an alleged schools’ misconduct against education policy.

Astonishing random enrollment surprises the ministry of education, they said their records early this year show that the number of students in senior four is 2,200 and standard eight candidates were 7,000 across the State.

The Director-General in the state ministry of education, Seacer Atem Biojo, has questioned unmatched candidates increases, which he said his office has the lists of qualified candidates.

“After we received some information that lowered classes were allowed to join senior four and primary eight by the administration of some schools, then we formed the committee yesterday. The committee will immediately be tracing noncandidates who joined the classes because we don’t want to encourage such a habit against education policies. And they will be starting their work on Monday next week.”

According to the education official, the number of students registered this year is recorded at the public education ministry. He warned that if additional candidates added should need explanation or school face disciplinary measures.

Atem stated the ministry would not allow students who jump classes to sit for the final exam. This restriction will also be applied to candidates who will avoid attending classes regularly.

“Again, my advice to entire parents who allow their children to jump classes is that ministry would not allow them to sit if found that the student or pupil did not follow classes in the right procedures,” said Atem.

Some school administrators spoke to Akolyom FM denied the report.

Mr. Sylvester Otieno, a teacher at City of Glory Academy in Aweil town, said the schools were given registration forms according to the number of candidates submitted to the ministry early this year.

Sylvester said, “according to our school, we don’t allow such, and the reason we don’t allow such because learning is a process that acquires lots of knowledge. When students jump the classes that affect his/her education in the future,” those who exist in the primary class right now are students who sat for primary seven last year. Admission forms were issued according to the numbers in the schools. Still, those in primary seven were suspended according to the ministry of education’s instruction they will be joining next year. “

Another headteacher from Ariathdit Primary school, Mr. Albino Anau, said that they request report forms from students and pupils to enroll in the candidate classes.

“We used report form of that schools, for example, “if the person wants to join us maybe they came from different schools. We asked for report forms that show the student has completed those classes; otherwise, we are very strict on education policy,” Anau said.

Last two weeks, the ministry of education urged the school’s management to follow the education policy.

Lakes State dismisses the report of killing in Mayath.

 Lakes State authorities has denied report of five people killed at Mayath payam in Cueibet over the weekend. Some media reported that five traders were killed, and 75 cows raided in the area on Saturday.

Zachariah Mameber Thokagor is the secretary general of Cueibet County in Lakes state. He said the report of five people killed is not accurate. 

He told  Mingakaman FM, in Awerial that cattle traders were ambushed at Mayath, which resulted into 75 cattle looted and one of the herder injured.

Mamer said they are searching for the suspects to bring them to book and recover the looted cattle. 

“The report of people killed is not true. No one died. only one person was injured, five cows killed in crossfire, and 76 cows raided” said Mamer 

One of the traders who fell in the ambush Goi Ghai Goi also said none of his colleagues  killed during the attack.

Goi said one of his colleague who was  injured is now receiving treatment in the hospital in Rumbek.

Adding the other four members are now in  Cueibet to follow up on the raided cattle.

He said they were moving as a team of traders from different states that include Jonglei, Lakes, and Warrap plus government soldiers who were escorting us, but no one is dead in the incident, “said Goi.

Many traders use the road from Wau to Juba for a better market to sell their cattle.

200 fistula patients to be operates without cost in Aweil.

The administration of Aweil Civil Hospital has announced the operation treatment for two hundred fistula patients. Free operation is scheduled to be started next week at Aweil’s main Hospital.

Fistula is a permanent abnormal passageway between two organs in the body, mostly caused by complicated delivery. The UNFPA organization supports the program through the International Rescue Committee (IRC) organization.

Luka Lual Aleu is the Health Education focal point at Aweil’s main Hospital. He said the registration exercise for the patients was commenced on Tuesday this week. And the medical experts who will do the operations are expected to arrive soon from outside the Country.

“On 26th October, we will begin with the operations, so the doctors are expected to arrive in Aweil within this week. The IRC will bring in the doctors and that the targeted number is around 200 people, they will be operated and provided with feeding services and transport services” Lual said.

A fistula patient who requested anonymity has welcomed free treatment. The patient said that she has lived with the disease for more than fifteen years. And she can’t afford any treatment.

“I didn’t expect ever to receive treatment so that I can be healthy like other people, last time people were registered and receive treatment. But when I heard about it, I came to Aweil. But the operations were already done, and I missed out, which disappointed me a lot. I have spent two months here waiting for the free treatment, and my sister will be happy if all goes well. When I receive the treatment properly, then I will be much happier and normally live again. This disease is not a good one.” she said.

A beneficiary who was successfully operated in the past has encouraged all women suffering from Fistula to grab the opportunity. She added discrimination of Fistula Patients in the community was difficult to bear with.

“If I was not treated and people continue pointing at me that she has come because I used to be dirty and smelling, then I would have killed myself. But if God came and helped to get operated freely of charge, then I have nothing to say, although I will not give birth again, my few children will give birth to me,”

Early this year, the Hospital has suspended the operation plan for fifty people with fistula cases in Aweil was suspended due to COVID 19 travel restrictions globally.

MP condemns arrests of youth protests in Unity State.

A lawmaker representing Rubkona County at the National Legislative Assembly has condemned youth arrests in Unity State.

The security alleged for arrested eight youth members last week over what residents described peaceful demonstration against Greater Pioneer Oil Company- GPOC.

The Greater Pioneer Oil Company is a Chinese oil and gas company contracted by the government of South Sudan.

Youth in Rubkona demonstrated on Friday 16 October, demanding equal employment in the oil sector produces in their area. The authority said the youth was arrested after using violence and closed the company’s gate to address their concerns.

Eight youth members were later released without charge after Governor Joseph Monytuil’s intervention. The youth demanded employment, business support, scholarship, road construction, environmental protection, construction of health centers, and schools.

Hon. Buay Keke Turol, an MP of Rubkona County at the National Assembly. He said youth arrest was unconstitutional. Such action was against citizens’ rights because they used non-violence to raise their concerns to the oil company.

“We want to say that young people deserved opportunities in their country. They deserve to be given opportunities to work and prosper to establish their facilities and provide leadership in this country. This is their right. The government should make sure that such opportunities are provided to the people” he said.

The director of information and communication in Unity State, Kang Bol, acknowledged that Rubkona youth have a constitutional right to raise their demands. But should not be a violent process that undermines the labor law.

Kang blamed GPOC for recruiting people in Juba. He said the company should publicly advertise the vacancies so that citizens applied. Recruiting people in the national capital and bring to the field without considering people in the oil-producing area is a mistake.

“Well, you know peaceful protest no one should stand against it even the state government does not stop anybody from claiming his or her rights. But, why the security arrested them was the action they have taken. We mean by the peaceful demonstration by putting your demands or your complaint in writing and then presenting to the company’s authority. And another sector saying this is our demands,” Kang stated.

In June 2020, the national staff working in GPOC have demonstrated in Unity State against its policy. They said it is discrimination against national workers by the oil consortium.

The GPOC was quoted denied any wrong-doing. They rejected and condemned unfair discrimination or ill intentions towards National Employees.

CTSAMVM calls peace partners to control internal army defection.

The Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism [CTSAMVM] has called the Unity government to control internal military defection. Ceasefire monitors were such concerns about senior army officers changing allegiance within TGoNU while the parties are implementing security arrangements before the unification of forces. 

In September, a General from SPLA-IO Moses Lokujo defected to the SSPDF, which was seen as a false indication of the agreement. The parties to the agreement were urges to discourage unlawful activities from stopping putting the deal at risk. 

On Monday, CTSAMVM has discussed the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement in Juba. Parties’ representatives attended the talk. The discussion highlight concerns on the recent clashes among the SPLM-IO forces after a general switched to the SSPDF in September. 

The monitoring body urged the parties to adhere to the revitalized agreement, stop the violence, and bring non-signatories on board.

Acting Chairperson of the Ceasefire Transitional Council, Gen. Dafalla Hamid Mohammed, says defection should not be allowed to weaken the agreement’s implementation.

There was significant violence involving the reported change of allegiance of Maj Gen Moses Lokujo from SPLM/A-IO to SSPDF, which resulted in violent clashes in the area of Moroto on 7, 29 September and 4 October between SPLM/A-IO and forces loyal to Maj Gen Lokujo.” Hamid me mentioned.

Mohammed appreciated the parties’ commitment to resolving clashes in Moroto amicably, which he believes such development can jeopardize the Peace Agreement.

The Representatives from oppositions who are parties to the peace agreement include the SPLM-IO, South Sudan Opposition Alliance, and Former detainee are urge the Unity government to stop welcoming people defecting from one party to another.

General David Nyang is from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance –SSOA. He said the Unity government should discourage internal defection as time is close to unifying the army under one command.

The season of migration or changing allegiance from one party to another is over. It doesn’t make sense that a military group moves from one party to another that could trigger a big problem. We have only days, weeks, or months to have one unified army; we wonder where are they going? We urge the leadership this practice should be discouraged,” He said.

The SPLM-IO has called for willingness from the parties to graduates the unifying forces. It warned that soldiers would leave training centers if not graduating in a few weeks or months due to unfavorable situations. The troops are seen losing truth after many promises have not been implemented.

Brig General. Andrea Mangu Adora said the graduation of unifying forces is a symbol that could create hope of peace for South Sudan. 

“Our unify forces in the training centers their situation are difficult too tough, and to talk about it have become monotonous. We urge the concern to have the willingness to graduates and deploy the forces that are in the training centers right now, so that we may create hope of peace in the heart of our citizens,” Gen Mangu said.

The former Incumbent transitional government of National Unity [ITGoNU] ‘s representative at CTSAMVM urged the parties to double their efforts to implement the peace agreement’s provisions. Maj Gen. Rabi Mujung echoed the calls to make the officers defecting accountable, cautioning that such acts could destabilize the country’s security.

He explained that“changing of allegiance emerged after the signing of the agreement and we have been seeing it from time to time. I see it as something that we cannot encourage since we had agreed that all the fighting forces would be unified into a national army. I quite agree with some recommendations from colleagues that such practices have to stop, and those who are involved in causing insecurity should be accounted for.”

According to the peace monitors, the pre-transitional task and cantonment activities includes registration of forces, have not yet complete. The revitalized agreement is the only hope to bring durable peace to South Sudan. 

Three people have been arrested in Aweil for Illegal land Auctioned

Authorities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal said they have three officials in police custody accused to have illegally sold public land. The accused are staff from the state ministry of physical infrastructure and rural development. It’s not clear how many plots they have sold out.

The Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state Hon. Tong Akeen Ngor said he is dismayed by the allegation of mismanagement. Saying “it disregarded the law”. 

Akeen said the illegal allotment of land is a fraud that has causes a lot of concerns from the public. Adding that his government has received more complaints from the community.

He said the suspects will be arraigned in court to face justice on their illegal land dealing.

Stephen Ajook is the director-general in the ministry of physical infrastructure and rural development in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.  He said the three staff that have been arrested are employees of the ministry but they acted in personal capacity and were not directed by anyone  in the ministry.

“We are aware that the police have detained some of our staff; what happened is that they are accused of selling public lands and they were caught red-handed last week.”Said Stephen.  

He said that a case has been opened against the individuals and will proceed to court.

Adding that currently they are not surveying any land, and there are no empty plots that the Ministry can sell out.

Some of the community members who spokes to Akol Yam 91 FM said those  officials have caused many land problems in the State.

They said that the people who have been arrested are the same people you deal with when processing land documents in the ministry of infrastructure.

Deng Majok is one of the youth representative in Aweil. He said that they want the government to established a digital filing system that can help detect any duplications of plot.  

Majok said that having a database system will prevent land fraud from individuals who erase other people’s names in the public record”.  

Some residents in Aweil blamed the  ministry of physical infrastructure and rural development as the cause of many land disputes in the State.

South Sudan plan to change currency.

The government of South Sudan has revealed a plan to change the currency, saying it is the only option left to mitigate soaring inflation.

The council of ministers directed the economic crisis committee and the central bank to come up with a plan of changing the currency and present it to the council of ministers next week for approval.

The government spokesperson said the decision was reached after the cabinets deliberate on the matter.

The minister of information Michael Makuei Lueth briefed the media in Juba on Friday, saying they came to the conclusion that people are keeping money in the houses.

He said the move is a strategy to force those keeping money in their houses to take them to the bank.

“The cabinet has decided that the currency should be changed so that anybody who doesn’t take their money to the bank will be left out and will lose that money,” Makuei said.

The government said it had mandated the committee to do all appropriate ways possible and develop one clear policy on the economy.

“Most of the citizens are keeping the money in their houses for so many reasons. Some fear if they take their money to the bank, they may be confiscated. However, this is a typical situation that has been happening, and there is always a solution,” Makuei said.

The government stated that the idea aims to improve economic challenges. It’s not clear what type of currency South Sudan wants to introduce.

And how this will be possible with current flooding that cutoff road accessibility and COVID-19 restrictions to reaches all Country.

President Kiir formed the economic crisis management committee in August this year after the central bank said it had run out of foreign exchange reserves.

Kiir appointed vice President Dr. James Wani Igga to head the crisis management committee.

One hundred recovered cattle return to owners in Yirol

The community leaders in Yirol West County have returned over one hundred-headed of cattle to owners. According to the police, the cattle were raided in Rumbek East on Thursday by suspected cattle rustlers.

Authority said the recovered livestock had been given back to rightful owners on Sunday, two days after the raiding incident occurred. The raided cattle were traced through youth and community chiefs at Aluak Luak Payam in Lakes State.

Chairperson of Peace Committee in Greater Yirol Hon. Chol Kuotwel argued that handing over recovered cows to the owners would pave the way for a lasting peace among the neighboring communities.

The first time raided cattle were legally given back to rightful owners peaceful in Lakes State following years of inter-communal violence over cattle rustling.

“We want the community to cooperate with the government when your cows are stolen.  Come to the government to solve the problem, don’t take laws into your own hands.  Don’t go for revenge raiding; come directly to the government.  It will follow your rights from suspected criminals and give it to you without the coursing problem. So stop revenging. This is the form of cooperation we want to stop revenge.  Let the government apply laws and orders to eliminate crimes in the State,” Chol said.

One of the cattle owner Majok Thuc who has received his 29 cows being raided, applauded the initiative. He explained his cow was raided during grazing time. Simultaneously, calling the government and the community members to end cattle raiding and revenge killing.

“It surprised me to recover the raided cattle in Lakes State,” Thuc said.

He Stated that many cattle raided and never been returned to the rightful owners.  “My cattle have been raided three times, but this third raiding, my cows were returned. I’m happy and appreciated the State government for bringing back my cattle.  This is a tremendous surprise to the community of Rumbek East County.”

Another pastoralist said he has received forty cattle but still seven cows are missing.

Mangon Dut Madol commended the effort of Community leaders who said it will promote permanent peace among the neighboring clans in Lakes State.

“Government is still searching for the missing cows and am feeling secured here with community leaders they are working hands in hands with the government to maintain peace between two neighboring communities. The government has promised me to bring seven missing cows once trace out”.

Manyang Ater who has also got his 20 cows returned expressed readiness to support the committee on the search for rustlers

Traditional leaders of Apaak have done a great job with the entire community at Aluak-Luak to trace out looted cattle. Their leaders assure us to bring back the missing cows am now waiting for my two cows to be returned from the suspected criminals” Ater stated.

Last week suspected group from Yirol West raided over 200 cattle in neighboring Rumbek East County.

Governor warns prisons for unlawfully releasing inmates in Yirol

The governor of Lakes State has warned the Prison Services unit for letting prisoners free without a due process. Governor Makur Kulang angrily spoke after receiving a report of two released inmates who were mysteriously murdered  in Yirol town.

Governor Makur threatened to punish prison wardens over the illegal release without proper court orders. He further cautioned that some of the released criminals were found guilty of crimes involving loss of lives making them dangerous to the community. Their illegal releases may turn as a “blame of the government.”

The state governor also revealed that one escaped prisoner was found dead in Yirol town. The assailant was not identified. It further said the deceased had got involved in a fight that left four people dead and two other wounded at Nyang Payam of Yirol East County last week.

The local prisons authority promised to investigate the reason behind the increased illegal bailouts before inmates’ prison terms expired.

“I don’t want you to release the suspects with a murder case. It must stop! If the prisons release the people with major crimes, that is not lawful. We want to bring an end to the communal violence in Lakes State through the law.”

The prison director of prisons, Elijah Biar, admitted that some inmates easily escaped due to inadequate detention facilities. He claimed that the inmates also bribed their way out. The director said his administration would take disciplinary measures against officers on duty during the escape of prisoners and assured the citizens of a speedy solution to this menace.

“We are not going to allow any bailout at all because we have seen challenges now. Then the people with the major crime cases will go to Rumbek or other States with good facilities. Our prison is impoverished, and that is the reason some inmates do run-away,” Biar said.

Young girl rape by multiple men survive in Yirol.

A 14 years girl raped at Yali village on Tuesday 22nd, has been admitted in Yirol hospital due to severe physical and internal injuries. The medical doctor reported that the victim was sexually assaulted by four men while returning home after fetching water nearby community borehole 7 pm at

Yali village, outskirts of Yirol East County. Authority believed perpetrators who were involved in sexual assaults of the teenager were allegedly under alcohol influence.

The medical doctor who was treating the victim assured the public that a teenager had been rescued with blood transfusion, and her conditions are improving”.

County Health Director Michel Makuei Ijoung confirmed that rape survival is getting stable compared to two days back. The rape victim has lost more blood as a resulted after too much bleeding.

“In fact, from the very beginning is severe, she came with very severe bleeding and till she was donated blood when she runs out blood. So she was donated blood, and up to now, she ok. She no longer bleeding like before. She got rap at some distance with where she was living. Now she needs no referral because she ok.”

Acting Police Inspector Andrew Maguar Deng said two suspects accused of raping the young had been arrested, and two others were still running.

Police explained they would keep the two suspects in custody before they are taken to court after a thorough investigation.

“Yes, the police are following up those people, they escape one person is gone to settle village near here, and another is not heard of where he is about. Rap happened last year, and this is another surprise, one girl with four men, so we will deal with them after we detain all of them.”

Police stated that rape is one of the major crime is punishable by the laws. He appeals to young people to cease from committing rape in the Country.

In June this year, an older woman was rushed to the reproductive clinic in Mingkaman after a young man sexually assaulted her at night. And she was treated with similar severe injuries.