Unknown gunmen kill police officer on Ngauro -Kapoeta Highway.

Police in Kapoeta South county said one of their officer was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Ngauro – Kapoeta road on Tuesday morning.
The officer was being carried on a motorbike escorting  the public transport vehicle that was behind them.  The late identified by his first name as William was at his 30.
The acting commissioner of police in Kapoeta South, Brigadier Garang Deng Jurkuch, said the incident happened in an area where people were doing gold mining activities.
“At 7.30 pm on Tuesday, I was called by somebody who was on duty that an officer was shot dead on Ngauro – Kapoeta road”, said Jurkuch.
He stated that the other person  who was the motorbike rider was unharmed after he ran to the bush and the suspects fled scene  before the vehicle arrived.
He said  the police are searching for the suspects, but no one has been identified in connection to the killing.
The chairperson of Ngauro youth association David Lino condemned the incident in his Facebook post. He calls on the authorities to find the culprits and bring them to book.
Lino said  several incidences had happened along Kapoeta Ngauro road, and the government is not taking any action to address the increasing insecurity in the area.
He urged the government to intervene and save lives and enhance development in the area.
Singaita FM efforts to reach Budi County authority were unsuccessful due to a lack of network coverage in Ngauro Payam.

Yirol East returns 24 herds to rightful owners in Jonglei state

Yirol East authorities in Lakes state say they recovered 24 herds and returned them to rightful owners in Jonglei state. The handing over happens on Wednesday in Nyang Yirol East.

The cows were part of 40 herds of cattle that were raided at Pacuethok cattle camp in June last year by some youth from Yirol East.

James Dhuor Apiu is the County Executive Director in Yirol East. He said that the process has been peaceful and involves much coordination with local leaders and youth in the cattle camps.

Dhuor said that his government is ready to provide security escorts to the owners to move with their cattle to Jonglei state.

“Youth from Jonglei whose cattle were raided in parts of Awerial county have taken 24 cows this morning in my office. I have written a traveling document to take their cows back home,” said Dhuor.

He stated that  the process of tracing the raided cattle is still ongoing and urges cattle keepers in Lakes State who have cattle that do not belong to them to return to the rightful owners.

Deng Alier Deng is one of the rightful owners who received his cows. He said he is so happy to be moving freely in Lakes state, searching for his cows without fear of being killed.

He appealed to the authorities in Lakes to find the missing 16 cattle that had not been recovered.

Deng also thanks the governor of Lakes state, Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor, for restoring stability for people to get some of their cattle back.

Protect the revitalized peace agreement or no elections in 2023, Machar urged governors

The governors’ forum, which started on Monday in Juba, discusses the states’ role in implementing the revitalized peace agreement.

The five-day, 5th governor’s forum brought together states delegates and three areas chief administrators to discuss.

The first vice president of the republic, Dr. Riek Machar, called on the governors and three areas chief administrators to work with recently reconstituted states assemblies to incorporate the agreement into their respective state constitutions.

“I am hoping that you, the state government, should begin to think in trying to review your constitution for it to conform with the transitional constitution amended,” said Dr. Machar.

He told the governors to protect the peace agreement and ensure not dragged back to conflict. He said that despite the peace agreement, inter-communal violence and child abduction is destabilizing some areas.

He says the forum will help governors address challenges facing the states and encourage them to implement the reform stated in the peace agreement.

The governor of Eastern Equatoria state, Luise Lobong, says the forum is a good opportunity for the governors to discuss the challenges facing people at the grassroots.

He said the forum shouldn’t be for states leaders alone but a collective responsibility of all government levels to participate and implement the outcome.

“I wish the leadership of this country attend this kind of briefing so that they make policies resolution on it.”

Lobong said there are very few resources that go to the state’s government. “We don’t know even what percent of the total revenue goes to the states,” said Lobong.

He said that if such a forum is used to decide and allocate a percentage of the total budget that can go to the state help elevate the lives of people in the rural areas.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Residence Coordinator Dr. Samuel Gbaydee Doe said the forum would strengthen inclusive governance as the country accelerates the revitalized agreement implementation.

“The forum provides a platform for the ten governors and three chief administrators to interact H.E the President and the national government to reflect on the progress of peace implementation.

The forum was organized by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and the UN development program.

The Governor’s Forum was initiated in 2006 before South Sudan gained independence in 2011.

IGAD welcomes Sudan Agreement to Restore Civilian Rule

The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has welcomed Sudan’s return to civilian rule after Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok reinstate on Sunday.

The military reached a deal with civilians to restore civilian rule and release political leaders detained in October.

The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Workneh Gebeyehu, commends all those who participated constructively in the dialogue that led to the Agreement in line with the 2019 constitutional declaration and encourages Sudan’s political leaders and civil society to build on the momentum to unite the country.

In s statement, IGAD said the Agreement should lead to the formation of an inclusive government and expressed the readiness to work with the new government to implement this Agreement. It stated the effort is to serve the people and build a new democratic Sudan that responds to the legitimate aspirations of all sectors of its society.

South Sudan congratulates its neighboring Sudan for its leadership courage to forge a way out of its current political situation.

It described the Agreement that parties signed as a “significance landmark achievement” that displays Sudan’s will and determination to return the path of peace.

As part of that Agreement, Gen Burhan had been due to step down as head of state, handing over to a civilian this month.

The reinstated prime minister Dr. Hamdok will lead a cabinet of technocrats until elections are held, the Agreement stated.

Media, at least 40 people had died in mass protests the coup since 25 October, when the military declared a state of emergency and dissolved the civilian leadership.

Women call for an inclusion in permanent constitution making process

An annual event attended by more than hundreds women in Juba call for an inclusion of women in South Sudan permanent constitution making process. They said making their voice heard in the process is key in achieving sustainable peace in South Sudan.

The peace event was organized by the center for inclusive governance, peace, and justice (CIGPJ) in Juba on Monday.

Some of the issues discussed include the needs for effective participation of women in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

They stressed the importance of full implementation of the revitalized peace deal. They said there are key provisions still outstanding such as the formation of hybrid court as stipulated in chapter five of the deal to bring justice, accountability, reconciliation, and healing.

Ms. Jackline Nasiwa is the Executive Director of the Center for Inclusive Governance, Peace, and Justices. She said that women’s participation in the governance and security sector reform is key to ensure the process of inclusivity.

” There is a very crucial milestone in the peace agreement that requires women to participate. One of them is security sector reform and the constitutional making process” said Nasiwa.

She urged women to be bold enough and push for justice in South Sudan, so that the culprits face justice.

Those committees should go to the grassroots and hear views of the people on what type of Trust and healing Commission should South Sudan adopt,” Naiswa stated

The Director of women International peace center, Helen Kezie Nwoha stressed the need for gender equality. Saying that women were affected mainly by the conflict. They want peace and shouldn’t be left behind in the permanent constitution-making process.

Kezie stated that South Sudan can not attain peace without equal opportunities for boys and girls.

She said that they should be in the center of these processes and will not be silent. We can’t leave our voices out in the constitution-making process, let’s plan from now to make ensure we get what we want,” she said.

The Adviser on Human Rights Affairs in Central Equatoria State government, Jenifer Yugu, said there is need to discouraged male dominance in public offices. She said equal rights must prevail to ensure more women take part in decision-making and leadership.

” There are issues they don’t want us to raise in the parliament like when a man marries more than ten wives but if woman divorce it becomes a problem.”

The revitalized peace agreement parties signed in 2018 approved 35% affirmative women representation in all government sectors.

Kiir reshuffled Finance and Interior ministers.

President Kiir fired the minister of finance and economic planning, Athian Ding Athian, and Interior Minister, Paul Mayom Akec.

The two ministers were relieved through presidential decrees readout on the state-run SSBC on Friday evening.

In a separate decree, Kiir also discharged the undersecretary in the ministry of trade and industry, Agak Achuil, and appointed him as the new minister of finance in a separate decree.

 Kiir appointed Mahmud Solomon, a former governor in the defunct western Lakes state, as the new interior minister, replacing Gen. Paul Mayom Akech.

There were no reasons cited for the dismissal of the two cabinet ministers.

Traders demand the release of detained colleagues in NBG

Local traders in Aweil are calling on the government to release the three people arrested on Wednesday after protesting over the demolition of small shops built along the roadside.

About a hundred people went on the streets to protest the eviction of vegetable vendors and the demolition of shops that the official said had been erected illegally.

Among those in police custody, two women and a young man were accused of assaulting a police officer who attempted to disperse the protesters.

Some of the protesters who spoke to Akol Yam 91 FM say they are not happy with how the Aweil town municipality treats them.

Many local vegetable sellers say they were chased from the roadsides, selling vegetables and other small goods for survival.

They urged the government to allocate them a piece of land within the main market to continue their activities.

“For us, we are just women who are trying to support our families, we are not rebels, and we shouldn’t be treated this way; how will our families survive.” One of the female protesters.

Another protester said he couldn’t afford to rent a shop because he was doing a small business to support his family to survive.

However, Aweil Town Municipality says it will not reverse the decision to evict all roadside vendors and remove their structures.

Garang Deng Diing is the mayor of Aweil town municipality. He says the three people they have arrested will be arraigned in court.

Diing added that although the issue is being politicized, it will not stop them from organizing Aweil main market.

“Every market is governed, and there is no market that people just come and sit on the roads and start selling; this is not okay, and we are not going to tolerate,” said Diing.

It is not the first time in years that authorities forcefully relocated vegetable sellers and other small businesses to the new location but refused, citing distance and lack of customers.

Two drivers narrowly escaped death on Kapoeta-Ngauro road

Two drivers, driving public transport vehicles say they survived road ambush as their vehicle came under attack by unknown gunmen on Kapoeta-Ngauro road.

One of the drivers who spokes to Singaita FM narrated how he managed to maneuver dodging the bullets as his car came under fire at Lorobola Kraals in Kapoeta South.

He said the passengers that were in his vehicle are safe and no one was hurt in two separate attacks on Wednesday morning.

Michael Belbel explain that the attackers were wearing civilian clothes, but he could not identify them as his focus was to get out of bullets range.

“They did not injure anyone it is like they intend to scare us and loot our personal belong” said Belbel.

He said the place has become hotspot where criminal ambushed people between Kraals and Lorobola area.

He appealed to the government to deploy some soldiers along Ngauro- Kapoeta road for safer road movement of citizens.

Brigadier Garang Deng Jurkuch is the acting police commissioner in Kapoeta county. He said they are aware of multiples road ambushes but urged the community help identify criminals and reported them to the police.

Brigadier Jurkuch assures the public that his office is working hard to arrest those involved in criminal activities and make sure the road is safe for the travelers.

In August this year, three public vehicles were attacked along Kapoeta-Ngauro road of which six people lost their lives.

States MP express mixed reaction after four Assemblies Reconstituted

The formation of the state’s parliament raised mixed reactions among members, some welcoming reappointment and others dismayed for being left out.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a republican decreed, reconstituting the long-awaited states assemblies in four, Lakes, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, and Upper Nile state.

This is seen as a critical step toward fully implementing the 2018 revitalized peace deal signed in Khartoum.

Peace monitors and the UN have urged the unity government to reconstitute states assemblies that can work closely with the transitional parliament to review and enact the laws such as security bills, financial and judiciary reforms.

The new reconstituted states parliament has new faces and welcomed the appointments. At the same time, those left out say Kiir should revise the list because they were duly elected in the 2010 Sudan general elections.
Hon. Jacob Ladu, MP representing Lanya County in Central Equatoria, said they plan to visit their constituencies after the swearing-in. He added his mission is to disseminate peace and create awareness for people in remote areas to know peace is worthy.

Hon. Madhieu Makuach MP from Lakes State parliament says the formation of the state assembly is crucial when communities face challenges, including insecurity and national disasters like floods.

“The state parliament plays a critical function for check and balance, as the people’s eyes, ears, and voices, said Mdhieu.

He said they provide an oversight role as the body that checks the executive in the state. Hon. Makuach said they hope to see the remaining states and administrative areas parliamentarian appointed.

However, some left-out members say they are disappointed in the process despite having won elections in 2010. They say it is unfair and urged President Kiir to look into the matter and revise the list.

Hon. Mabor Ater Dhuol was elected in 2010 on the SPLM ticket unopposed. Ater say he felt let down by the party SPLM, he strongly believed in but said he is happy the peace implementation is ongoing.

The expanded states parliaments of a hundred MPs per sharing ratio include representatives from the parties to revitalize the peace deal.

Lack of funds stalled graduation of unified forces, says JDB

A joint defense board, a body that oversees the successful integration of unified forces in the revitalized agreement, says lack of funds is stalling the graduation of the unified army.

This came after the joint defense board announced last week that they are set to graduate the long-awaited unified forces across the country.

General Lul Ruai Koang is the spokesperson for South Sudan Defense Forces (SSPDF). He says the national transitional committee (NTC has not provided funding to start the screening and other logistical needs.

He said that the secretariat for the joint defense board is in discussion with the NTC chairperson and political leadership to mobilize resources for the exercise. He did not provide an estimated amount needed for the graduation of forces.

He says the security arrangement team can’t suggest any new timeline until they have secured the graduation budget.

“This stage, I can’t tell the date. You know I announced the date last month on the instruction of joint defense board chairperson with the directive from the presidency.”

South Sudan civil societies activist says failure by the parties to establish a unified army is a tactical attempt to extend the duration of the transitional unity government.

Edmund Yakani is the Executive Director for Community Empowerment and Progress Organization CEPO. He warned the parties to stop delaying tactics and embark on the full implementation of the peace agreement. He says the unity government should avail the budget for the graduation of unified forces.

There are 83,000 unified forces drawn from various parties to create unified national forces to take security during the transitional period.