In South Sudan, a soldier’s monthly wage cannot buy a chicken

Years of bloody conflict have crippled the country’s economy, exposing soldiers to an extremely difficult situation with their families as their monthly salaries cannot even buy a chicken.

According to an independent report obtained by Thessherald, a private soldier in the military earns about 1,200 South Sudanese pounds per month, equivalent to less than $4, making it the lowest paid army in the world.

Sometimes, they resort to doing odd jobs for a living as their monthly wages, which are supposed to be paid regularly, come once in a blue month.

South Sudan descended into conflict in mid-December 2013, after President Salva Kiir accused Dr. Machar of plotting a military coup against his administration – sparking deadly violence between forces on ethnic lines.

In September 2018, the Parties signed R-the ARCSS, aimed at restoring peace in the country. However, the ongoing deteriorating humanitarian situation along with other underlying factors continues to paralyze the economy.

Last week, the Ministry of Defense, Angelina Jany Teny admitted that lack of funding derails efforts to graduate the first batch of the Necessary Unified Forces.

Government to impose heavy fines on Covidiots

As citizens continue to flout Covid-19 measures, the National Task-Force on COVID-19 has announced heavy fines for anyone who doesn’t comply with the strict guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.

So far, the Coronavirus has claimed more than 100 lives, forcing the Ministry of Health and the National Task-Force on COVID-19 to impose additional lockdowns as preventive measures to counter the spread of the virus.

Press Statement

New Restrictions and Penalties to Enforce Public Compliance with Measures to Reduce COVID-19 Spread

Whereas, the COVID-19 has been declared as a Pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Taskforce on Coronavirus Pandemic issued the Public Order No. 01/2021 dated 3 February 2021 to effect the partial lockdown measures, which will remain in force up to the 3rd March 2021.

Whereas, to enforce the National COVID-19 Guidelines and partial lockdown measures, the National Taskforce has considered it necessary to take further measures to prevent wider spread of COVID-19 across the country.

In view of the above, the National Taskforce is hereby once again putting in place the following measures:

• Extending the partial lockdown for additional one month starting from 3nd March to 3rd April 2021, subject to review.

• Warning the Public to stop receiving dead bodies in numbers at the airport, receptions and burials. This should only be attended to by not more than twenty immediate relatives:

• Only authorized health facilities are allowed to use the approved antigen- based rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for screening purposes. Meanwhile, interested facilities are advised to apply to the NTF for authorization.

• Warning all the public and private health facilities not to admit any COVID- 19 patient or suspect. They should instate alert the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) by calling free toll, 6666;

• Directing Juba City Council and other town municipal councils to ensure that traders, hotels, customers and the general public comply with environmental cleaning, hygiene and sanitation, COVID-19 Guidelines and lockdown measures; and

• Directing Civil Aviation administration to assign more personnel to enforce COVID-19 measures at the entrance and within the airport to ensure all travelers comply with civil aviation safety and COVID-19 protocols.

The National Taskforce issues this Order to effect the following restrictions and measures for enforcing the COVID-19 protocols and partial lockdown measures in force, along with other South Sudan Panel Code 2008 that shall be applicable on whoever:

(a) Violates the guidelines banning funeral rites, reception, transport and burial of dead bodies.

(b) Does not comply with infection prevention and control measures at public places such as health facilities, airports, markets, hotels, restaurants, shops, tea places, public and private institutions,

(c) Transports people in public or private vehicles, boda-bodas and rakshas (rickshas) at more than half-capacity.

(d) Does not wear facemasks and observe social distancing measures in public places, vehicles, boda-bodas and rakshas (rickshas).

(e) Crew or passenger does not comply with precautionary measures at bus stations, airports, riverports and borders.

(f) Smuggles persons across borders or helping with illegal entry in to South Sudan territories.

(g) Does not comply with closure of learning institutions, sports activities, social events, places of worship, bars, nightclubs or other places that attract gatherings

(h) Disseminates false information or data on social media or misinformation related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Zain-South Sudan finally launches 4G in Juba

Deputy Minister of Information Baba Medan Konyi and Zain officials at the official launch of 4G in Juba | Photo: Courtesy

Zain, the leading mobile operator in South Sudan, has unveiled its fourth generation (4G) cellular broadband network in the capital, Juba, the Ministry of Information announced this evening.

“In collaboration with the National Communication Authority, Zain South Sudan has launched its fourth generation Internet service (4G) in Juba on Friday 05.3.021,” the Ministry Information announced on Friday.

The launch of the advanced Internet technology was attended and witnessed by senior government officials and partners.

4G is one of the fastest and most reliable mobile technology that follows 3G and 2G cellular networks.

The launch of 4G in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan, is not just good news for the people of South Sudan, but it is also a relief to millions of subscribers who rely solely on 3G which is no longer used in major parts of the world.

4G technology builds upon what 3G offers but does everything at a much faster speed.

South Sudan’s veteran politician Joseph Ukel succumbs to COVID-19

Veteran politician Joseph Ukel Abang receives treatment after contracting Covid-19 | Photo: Thessherald

A South Sudanese veteran politician and freedom fighter, Joseph Ukel Abang has succumbed to COVID-19 in the capital, Juba, his family confirmed in a statement on Friday.

“Rest in peace, uncle, you’re a hero and freedom fighter who undoubtedly contributed to the liberation struggle during the country’s years of liberation struggle for independence,” said James Ukel Abang.

Who’s Joseph Ukel Abang?

Joseph Ukel Abango (born 1939), commonly known as Joseph Ukel, is a veteran-politician of what is now South Sudan and an educationalist by profession.

Professional career

Joseph Ukel was born in January 1939 in Achot, a village close to the town bau in Bahr el Ghazal, when the Southern part of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan was still isolated from the North due to the Closed District Ordinance. Ukel went to the catholic Elementary School between 1950 and 1954 in Mbili, southeast of Wau. When Sudan gained independence from the Condominium colonial rule in 1956, Ukel was attending the government Intermediate School in the Equatorian town of Maridi, where he graduated in 1958.

Staying in Maridi, he qualified as a teacher after completing a training course at the government-run Institute of Education between 1959 and 1962. The same year he started his first teaching-post in the Equatorian town of Kapoeta.

When the Anyanya rebellion escalated in Equatoria, Ukel moved to Northern Sudan, where he first worked as a schoolteacher in the Gezira area and then continued his studies at the University of Khartoum . He received a BA in English in 1972 from there.

When the Addis Ababa Agreement of 1972 ended the Anyanya rebellion and granted Southern Sudan autonomy, Ukel moved back to Bahr el Ghazal, where he taught English at Rumbek Secondary School. In 1975 he took up further studies at the University of Edinburgh , receiving a postgraduate diploma in teaching English as a foreign language a year later. From 1976 to 1977 he returned to his home area to teach at Mbili Girls Secondary School, holding the posts of deputy headmaster and headmaster, respectively.

Political career

In 1978 Ukel joined politics by contesting and winning his home constituency of Wau East in the elections to the Second People’s Regional Assembly in Juba . [1] He was re-elected in 1980 as a political ally of the Southern Front leader Abel Alier and appointed regional Minister of Culture and Information as Alier assumed the President of the High Executive Council. When Alier lost this office in October 1981, Ukel became the secretary for the publicity committee of the “Council for the Unity of the Southern Sudan” (CUSS) which advocated against the redivision of the South.

After the fall of Gaafar Nimeyri ’s regime in April 1985, Ukel was a founding member of the “Southern Sudan Political Association’s” (SSPA) political party and in 1986 became its Parliamentary group leader in the national Constituent Assembly of Omdurman.

In 1988, the SSPA joined other Southern and Nuba parties in a coalition called the United Sudan African Parties (USAP) that took the lead in organising dialogues with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). [3] Ukel became a minister of local government in the final coalition government of prime-minister Sadiq al Mahdi (25 April – 30 June 1989).

After the June 1989 coup, USAP was banned like all other parties and went underground. Ukel helped to form the domestic arm of the exiled National Democratic Alliance (NDA), an umbrella of parties and forces opposed to the “National Salvation Revolution” rule of General Omar al-Bashir , and was appointed its secretary general in 1992, while still working as a teacher of English language.

He was USAP chairman

Hilary Logali passed away in 1998, Ukel became his successor. During this period, he was repeatedly detained by al-Bashir’s government, the last time between December 2000 and October 2001 on charges of treason and sedition.

Ukel and Alier participated and mediated in the peace talks between the SPLM and al-Bashir’s government in Naivasha, Kenya, which led to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. Under its power-sharing agreement, USAP was allocated ten seats in the National Assembly and Ukel was appointed Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Government of National Unity.

In its campaign for the 2010 general elections, USAP defined as one of its main goals “unity in diversity” as opposed to separation, which it emphasized by the choice of Khartoum as its headquarters.

It failed to win any parliamentary seats, complaining about illicit actions against its campaigning. Nevertheless, Ukel was appointed the Minister for Higher Education in the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS).

After the independence of South Sudan in July 2011, Ukel was appointed Minister of General Education and served in this office until President Salva Kiir dismissed the whole cabinet in August 2013.

In the 2014 IGAD -led peace talks with the rebel SPLM-IO , Ukel was part of the government delegation, representing smaller opposition parties. [9] In April 2017, Ukel as USAP chairman was one of nine candidates picked by the government to represent South Sudan at the East African Legislative Assembly.

The same month, he was selected by Kiir as a member of the steering committee for the National Dialogue. [11] However, he was not elected by the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in Juba in August 2017.

In early 2018, a power struggle between Ukel and Elia Lomuro over control of the political parties alliance was reported. On 12 September 2018, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed in Addis, Ukel was one of the six signatories representing the Umbrella Coalition of Political Parties.

However, when the National Dialogue Steering Committee held a regional conference in Wau at the end of February 2019, Ukel reportedly walked out after not been given the chance to address the gathering and resigned from the National Dialogue.

In August of 2019, Ukel was reportedly arrested in Wau on allegations of supporting the rebel SPLM-IO and put under house arrest in Juba by the National Security Service (NSS). Two months later, in Mid-October, he was released from his confinements and arrived in Khartoum ” to seek medical treatment “.

Original source: Wikipedia 

Kiir urged to join adult education to improve reading and speaking skills

President Salva Kiir Mayardit | Photo: File

A South Sudanese human rights activist advises President Salva Kiir Mayardit to join adult education, also known as non-formal education, in an effort to gain basic knowledge, master English grammar, and improve reading and speaking skills.

“President Kiir’s recent speech at the virtual EAC conference attended by East African heads of state was absolutely embarrassing,” says Abraham Kuol, a rights defender who pursues his Bachelor’s Degree in Kampala, Uganda.

“The president should join English language courses or an adult education school in order to improve his reading and speaking skills,” Kuol advised in a statement exclusively extended to Thessherald.

Earlier this week, President Kiir came under fire on social media after he delivered a written speech in slow-motion at a virtual discussion forum attended by the EAC leaders.

The regional meeting was attended by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan President Paul Kigame, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Mary Boyoi fakes sickness as way to get more YouTube subscribers

Singer Mary Boyoi lies in an ICU bed pretending to be critically sick | Photo: Courtesy

A South Sudanese singer, Mary Boyoi, admits that she wasn’t really sick as posted on social media on Tuesday, but instead, she was looking for more followers and subscribers on YouTube.

On Tuesday, Mary took to social media calling on well-wishers and South Sudanese across the globe to wish her a speedy recovery while pretending to be in the Intensive Care Unit in Tanzania.

“Your prayers in my hospital bed are urgently needed by clicking on this [YouTube channel],” said Mary Boyoi in a Facebook post shared widely on social media.

After faking being critically sick in ICU, the South Sudanese singer claimed to have received 139,000 viewers on her YouTube channel.

“I wasn’t sick but team Mary Boyoi [was] promoting All I need video,” she confessed.

She receives negative reactions from the public for pretending to be sick when she is not

“Mary Boyoi. That was a terrible thing you did to your viewers and followers. How could you pretended to be sick just to trick people to visit and like your YouTube channel? You are very unethical my sister,” said Peter Nhiany in comments section.

“Worst promotion ever. And God listens to your heart too. Hoping you don’t fall sick for real soon,” said Remmy Diri.

“I thought we were going to keep it a secret,” said Sam Dee Elly, a member of the promotion team who blamed Mary for spoiling the fun.

“Joke with everything but never Joke with something related to sickness my dear,” advised Chiok Guek.

“That is a primitive way of getting fame! Murle should go to schools,” said Witty Maluak Deng.

According to YouTube Terms of Use, the more followers, subscribers and viewers you have, the more money you can earn through Google AdSene when your channel is monetized.

Suspected case of Guinea worm reported in Longechuk, South Sudan

Formed blister on the lower foot signaling the presence of Guinea Worm Disease | Photo: Thessherald

Humanitarian health workers have reported a suspected case of Guinea worm disease (also known as Dracunculiasis) in Longchuk County, one of the remote areas in Upper Nile state.

“Three days ago, we detected a suspected case of Guinea worm infection in Longchuk County,” said Lim Gambella, an Operations Officer working for Relief International.

Dracunculiasis is an infection caused by a parasite called Guinea worm. A person becomes infected when they drink contaminated water. The disease has been eradicated in most parts of the world, but it is still present in South Sudan, Ethiopia Chad and Mali.

Guinea worm disease (GWD) is one of the main causes of disabilities in rural communities that lack access to clean drinking water.

As of the end of February 2018, the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, declared that the country was Guinea worm-free after registering zero cases for more than 14 months.

Attempt by Thessherald to reach health authorities for comment hit a snag.

Newsflash: Kiir delegates his power to 10 states governors

President Salva Kiir Mayardit delegates some of his power to 10 states governors | Photo :File

Republican Order No.03/2021 for the Delegation of Power to the Governors of the Ten (10) States of the Republic of South Sudan, 2021 A.D. 1.

Title And Commencement:

This Order shall be cited as “Republican Order No.03/2021 for the Delegation of Power to the Governors of the Ten (10) States of the Republic of South Sudan, 2021 A.D.” and shall come into force on the date of its signature by the President of the Republic.

The Order:

In exercise of the powers conferred upon me under Section 28 (1) of the 2. Interpretation of Laws and General Provisions Act, 2006 read together with Article 106A(2)(a) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (as amended), Articles, 1.16.2, 1.16.3 and Annexure D, Implementation Matrix item Numbers 20 and 21, Pages 88 and 89 of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic South Sudan (R-ARCSS) 2018, I, Salva Klir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, do hereby issue this Republican Order for the Delegation of Power to the Governors of the Ten (10) States of the Republic of South Sudan as hereunder:

1) Each State Governor is hereby delegated the power to swear into Office the appointed State Government Officials in accordance with the provisions of the respective State Constitution and the Local Government Act, 2009, save for the power to appoint or remove. which the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), 2018, vests in the Presidency (in a collegial manner), the Parties to the Agreement and RJMEC respectively.

2) All the State Governors, State and Local Government Officials shall, pending amendment of the State Constitutions and the Local Government Act, 2009, exercise their respective legal mandates in conformity with the terms of the Revitalized Agreement and in a collegial manner to avoid any disagreements.

Issued under my Hand and the Seal of the Republic of South Sudan in Juba, this Second Day of the Month of March in the Year 2021. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, Republic of South Sudan, Juba.

Breaking: Plane crashes at Pieri airstrip, killing 10 passengers, including 2 pilots

A commercial plane has reportedly crashed this evening into the Pieri airstrip, killing 10 passengers including two pilots and wounding several others, according to multiple sources on the ground.

“Deaths has robbed off Uror family, a plane has just crashed at Pieri airstrip killing 8 including two pilots. Two are in critical condition. The incident happened at exactly 5:05PM.”

“My hometown of Pieri in Jonglei State has been hit today at 5:05 pm by a plane crash that claims the lives of 10 ( 6 passengers & 2 pilots). Exact details are yet to be unveiled to us from there. May God console and comfort the affected families,” said Nyang Mar, former Chairman of the Lou-Nuer community in Nairobi, Kenya.

This is a breaking news story, check back in a few minutes for more updates on the incident.

South Sudan suspends fiber optic company over “shoddy work”

A team headed by the Director-General of National Communication Authority, Hon. Napoleon Adok Gai visits Muya Fiber Construction Company along the Juba-Bhar El Gazal Road
A team headed by Director-General of the NCA, Hon. Napoleon Adok Gai visits Muya Fiber Optic along the Juba-Bhar El Gazal Road | Photo: SSBC

The South Sudanese government has suspended a fiber construction company, Muya Fiber Construction Company, for failing to comply with policies set forth by the National Communications Authority (NCA).

This comes after the government officials went up to inspect the ongoing installations of fiber optic cables and poles, which are expected to connect Juba and Bahr al-Ghazal region.

Speaking to the state-owned SSBC, the Director General of the National Communication Authority, Hon. Napoleon Adok Gai cautioned foreign companies against using South Sudan as an experimental ground.

“Muya has not been able to stand to the standards we have requested. The went ahead and laid the fiber cables using poles which we had initially disagreed with because we wanted poles to be only in the city—but outside across the nation we wanted to bury [underground fiber optic cables].”

“I now issue a suspension for Muya Fiber Optic until they obtain all the alignments for this work and their operations in Juba because Muya has been elusive —and this is an appeal to all the licenced fiber optic operators in the country to make sure that they conform with the regulatory rules.”

“Why do you use our country as an experimental ground?,” he asked.

Fiber optic cables provide an effective bandwidth that significantly carry more data than copper cables and are far less likely to be affected by power blackouts or electromagnetic interference.

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