Maiwut Commissioner tours Jekow & Zinke, calls on displaced communities to return home

Hon. Bang Kawich and his accompanying delegation were warmly received upon arrival in Maiwut County, Upper Nile State | © Thessherald

Thessherald—The Commissioner of Maiwut County, Hon. Bang Kawich Deng has called on all displaced communities to return to their places of residence and resume their farming activities during the rainy season.

Kawich made the remarks while meeting with representatives and members of Chany and Wadu communities in Jekou and Zinke, respectively.

“I want to assure you that peace has returned to Maiwut — we are dealing with so many things at the moment but our top priority is to ensure that peace prevails in Maiwut.”

Hon. Bang Kawich

On the same note, Kawich urges international and national NGOs to intensify operations and provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in areas previously affected by inter-communal violence and armed conflicts.

Since assuming office on May 5, 2021 Kawich has been working around the clock to bring peace and stability in the area.

Maiwut is one of the nine Counties in Upper Nile State which was affected by the conflict between the rival forces of SPLA I-G and the SPLA –IO which occurred in July, 2017 in Pagak and within Maiwut.

This has led to mass displacements of the civilian population and some were forced to move to areas where they felt safe like Jekow and some IDPs had to cross the Ethiopia boarders where they were received by UNHCR and got settled as refugees in Tharpam Refugees Camps in Gambella, Ethiopia.

About 40 Ambassadors and Diplomats visit Mekelle

Over 40 Ambassadors and Diplomats visit heavily-bombarded Mekelle | Courtesy

Press Release | Foreign Affairs Ministry Press

State Minister H.E. Ambassador Redwan Hussien and 40 resident Ambassadors and diplomats in Addis Ababa have paid a visit to Mekelle city today (March 10).

Upon arrival at Alula Aba Nega Airport, they were warmly welcomed by H.E. Dr. Mulu Nega, Chief Executive of the Interim Administration of Tigray.

Dr. Mulu Nega, and colleagues briefed the Ambassadors about current situations in Tigray, particularly on the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts as well as security issues in the region.

In this regard, challenges and results achieved in rebuilding damaged infrastructures, reopening public service institutions, rehabilitating IDPs, and delivering humanitarian supports were discussed in detail.

Aid agencies and the international community are requested to provide all the necessary humanitarian support using the unfettered access granted to them by the federal government.

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: SPLM-IO relaxes travel restrictions for all ITGNU officials

Chairman of the SPLM-IO and First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon | Photo: File

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO has announced the lifting of travel restrictions imposed on ITGNU officials allied to the Kiir administration.

The SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson, Manawa Peter Gatkouth said the step taken by the SPLM-IO shows their commitment to uniting the people of South Sudan bringing them under one government.

“All the territories of South Sudan belong to one government led by President Salva Kiir, and Dr. Riek Machar and other Vice Presidents,” said Manawa during an interview with Radio Miraya.

Speaking to the media after attending a peace mission in Jonglei state, Gatkuoth noted that from now on, all government officials, regardless of their political affiliations, can now travel freely and visit remote areas previously controlled by the main opposition group, SPLM-IO.

This is the first time the main armed opposition group has relaxed travel restrictions imposed on ITGNU officials since the conflict erupted in mid-December 2013.

Last month, the Ministry of Education, at the request of the President’s office, banned Primary Leaving Examinations in areas controlled by the SPLM-IO, citing insecurity and bureaucratic impediments.

“Security threats in most of the SPLM-IO bases in parts of Jonglei and Upper Nile State. Case in point is the recent detention of Staff belonging to an agent contracted by the National Ministry of General Education and Instruction to pay teachers’ incentives in Nyiror in Jonglei State.”

South Sudan’s government and opposition groups signed the R-ARCSS in September 2018 aimed ending years of violence that has claimed thousands lives and displaced millions from their homes.

Troika calls for credible & fair post-transitional elections in South Sudan

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar | Photo: File

The Troika countries, namely the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway issued a press release on Monday during the commemoration of the First Anniversary of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity.

“Today (February 22), marks the one-year anniversary of the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU). This was a major step toward restoring peace in South Sudan. The Troika welcomes all efforts by the RTGoNU in implementing the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), most notably the appointment of a unified Cabinet, Governors, and Deputy Governors in all states.”

The members of the Troika welcomed the recent resolution of the Council of Ministers that endorsed the formation of the African Union Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

“The Troika further welcomes the endorsement by the Council of Ministers on January 28 of a roadmap for implementing Chapter 5, including the establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan; the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing; and the Compensation and Reparations Authority.”

“Much work remains and there is an urgent need to implement R-ARCSS in full. Progress made over the past year has been too slow and too limited. Critically important is the immediate formation of State Governments and the re-constitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and Council of States. Implementation of Transitional Security Arrangements and true security sector reform should commence immediately.”

“The Troika endorses and reiterates the call made by African Union and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ambassadors to improve conditions in training centers and accelerate the graduation and deployment of the Necessary Unified Forces. We will continue to work closely with IGAD and the regional guarantors to reach common objectives on the peace process and an agreed roadmap for implementation.”

“The Troika calls for the commencement of the permanent constitution-making process and the start of preparations for peaceful, credible, and inclusive post-transitional elections. There is an urgent need to continue implementation of reforms envisaged in Chapter 4 regarding transparency and accountability, including through the Public Financial Management Oversight Committee.”

The Troika voiced its concern over the ongoing intercommunal violence in different parts of the country.

“We welcome the appointment of three women as Deputy Governors but note with disappointment the failure to ensure 35 percent female representation as stipulated in R-ARCSS. While the national ceasefire has generally held, the level of violence across the country, including conflict caused by defections, is unacceptable.”

“We urge all parties to the Rome process to ensure adherence to the Cessation of Hostilities and pursue political dialogue. We are deeply concerned that violence is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation, where 7.2 million people are facing severe levels of food insecurity and more people are in need of assistance than in any year since South Sudan’s independence. We call upon the Government to ensure immediate de-escalation of sub-national conflict and unhindered humanitarian access.”

“We acknowledge the challenges posed by COVID-19 for the implementation of the R-ARCSS and more generally. We welcome efforts by the Government to respond to a new wave of cases. The Troika will continue to work in partnership to respond to this crisis. We look forward to continuing working in close partnership with the RTGoNU to support the full implementation of the R-ARCSS.”

Opinion | Being ambassador’s son is an occupation in South Sudan

Opinion | By Linho Lual Deng

Opinion —In South Sudan, if you were to fill out your passport application form, instead of using another word to describe your profession, all you have to do is write your father’s position in the government.

This is a new approach or methods used by first-class citizens to illegally access government services or when traveling abroad for medical reasons or government-sponsored scholarships.

This marks the outbreak of rampant corruption in South Sudan.

For some of us, whose fathers are celebrated every year as fallen heroes and martyrs, but forgotten at the dinner table, are yearning to see an end to this form of dishonesty in the Republic of South Sudan.

Imagine, I spent an entire month looking for a national passport at the Department of Immigration and Passports, but it was all in vain —simply because I wasn’t related or a son of an ambassador to Russia, United States or China.

Our late founding father, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, once said that after their work is done or the country’s independence is achieved, there would be a generation of corrupt elites who know nothing but money and food and will plunder the nation’s vital resources.

“People accuse me of killing our sons and eating up people’s farm produces for nothing, but let me tell you this, our blood will be shed because I hate oppression and marginalization of our people but I will not even enjoy the fruits of this struggle. There are people sleeping comfortably right now; they don’t know the hunger or the sound of a gun. After our job is done that generation will take over; they will cut a large piece of land with pangas and sell it cheaply for a bottle of beer.”

Without a doubt, these are the people whom Dr. John Garang de Mabior was referring to. The country paid off with blood, sweat and tears has lost its sense of direction at the hands of failed leaders.

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Kiir’s office denies one of its aides, Nhial Deng contracted COVID-19

Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng | Photo: File

The Presidential Press Unit has denied speculative reports suggesting that the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial had contracted COVID-19 virus.

“The Media Department in the Office of the President has learned of a false news article trending on social media published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 which states that, the Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal along with unnamed SSBC journalist attached to the Office of the President have tested positive for coronavirus.”

The Office of the President noted the report, speculated on Facebook and local media outlets, was incorrect and carried no concrete evidence.

“This Press statement is to clarify that this news article published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 is untrue and totally unfounded. The Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal tested for Covid-19 and their results came out negative on February 11th ,2021.

“Only covid-19 results of the Press Secretary in the Office of the President Ateny Wek Ateny and 3 Junior staff [members] came out positive in the entire Office of the President.”

“In addition, No SSBC Journalist in the Office of the President tested Positive of Coronavirus. The Office of the President is wishing all the Covid 19 positive colleagues a quick recovery.”

UN calls for swift formation of Hybrid Court for South Sudan

The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten | Photo: UN

The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, has called for the immediate formation of the AU Hybrid Court for South Sudan to hold accountable individuals accused of having committed acts of sexual violence during the conflict.

“The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary- General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, welcomes the announcement by the Government of South Sudan to establish transitional justice institutions provided for under Chapter V of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), and calls on the Government to expedite their establishment,” the UN diplomat said in its statement.

The Special Representative noted that the timely establishment of Chapter V institutions, including the long-awaited African Union Hybrid Court, which are envisioned to investigate and prosecute individuals bearing responsibility for violations of international law and/or applicable domestic law will be a strong signal that such crimes, including acts of sexual violence will not be tolerated, that those responsible will be held accountable, and that the needs of survivors and communities will be addressed.

The Special Representative further underscored the importance of adhering to the 35 per cent quota for women’s representation in government institutions, including Chapter V institutions, in line with the revitalized peace agreement.

The UN official urged Southern Sudan leaders to devise an approach focusing on sexual and gender-based violence that would undoubtedly address sexual violence committed during the war.

“As the Government of South Sudan moves forward with establishing transitional justice and peacebuilding processes, I call on the authorities to adopt a survivor-centered approach. Survivors of sexual violence, their families and communities have a central role to play”, emphasized the Special Representative.

“My Office stands ready to support the Government and its partners in their efforts to strengthen prevention and response to sexual violence and ensure that the prosecution of these grave crimes takes place in a timely and transparent manner.”

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

Former US President Barack Obama speaking to reporters |Photo: AP

By | Barack Obama

June 1, 2020 (Washington)–As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached out asking how we can sustain momentum to bring about real change. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to a new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times. But I believe there are some basic lessons to draw from past efforts that are worth remembering.

First, the waves of protests across the country represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States. The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring. They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation — something that police in cities like Camden and Flint have commendably understood.

On the other hand, the small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms, whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism, are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause. I saw an elderly black woman being interviewed today in tears because the only grocery store in her neighborhood had been trashed. If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back. So let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.

Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.
Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices. When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government.

And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.

It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Those are all elected positions. In some places, police review boards with the power to monitor police conduct are elected as well. Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low, especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.

So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.

Finally, the more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away. The content of that reform agenda will be different for various communities. A big city may need one set of reforms; a rural community may need another. Some agencies will require wholesale rehabilitation; others should make minor improvements. Every law enforcement agency should have clear policies, including an independent body that conducts investigations of alleged misconduct. Tailoring reforms for each community will require local activists and organizations to do their research and educate fellow citizens in their community on what strategies work best.

But as a starting point, here’s a report and toolkit developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and based on the work of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing that I formed when I was in the White House. And if you’re interested in taking concrete action, we’ve also created a dedicated site at the Obama Foundation to aggregate and direct you to useful resources and organizations who’ve been fighting the good fight at the local and national levels for years.

I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life. But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful. If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.
Let’s get to work.

Originally published by Medium 

AU Peace and Security Council concludes a Three-Day Field Mission to the Republic of South Sudan

Press statement of the African Union Peace and Security council


(Thessherald)– In line with its mandate t promote and enhance peace and security in th Continent, the African Union (AU) Peace and Securit Council (PSC) undertook a field mission to the Republi of South Sudan from 18 to 20 February 2020.

Th Mission took place within the framework of th implementation of various decisions of the Council o the situation in South Sudan.
In particular, the Counci aimed at evaluating the status of implementation of th Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict i the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed on 1 September 2018, given that the Revitalized Transitiona Government of National Unity (R-TGONU) is to b formed on 22 February 2020. Furthermore, the Missio aimed at expressing AU’s solidarity with the People an Government of South Sudan during this critical perio in the history of the country. In this light, it is wort noting that this is the fourth field mission of the AUPS to the Republic of South Sudan since October 2016.

The PSC delegation was led by His Excellenc Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah, Permanen Representative of the Republic of Djibouti to the Africa Union, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the PSC fo the month of February 2020.

The PSC delegatio comprised representatives of the fifteen Member States namely: Ambassadors of Algeria, Salah Franci Alhamdi; Angola, Francisco Da Cruz; Burundi, Joe Nkurabagaya; Equatorial Guinea, Cristantos Obam Ondo; Lesotho, Mafa Sejanamane; Morocco, Mohame Arrouchi; Nigeria, Bankole Adeoye; and Togo, Sebad Toba; as well as Representatives from Gabon, Kenya Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

During its mission, the Delegation paid a courtesy cal on the 1 Vice President of South Sudan, H.E. Taba Deng Gai and held consultation with Dr. Riek Macha Teny, Chairman of the SPLM-IO, who is also the Firs Vice President-Designate.

It also received briefings fro the National Pre-Transitional Committee, Members of the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue, the African Diplomatic Corps, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), as well as the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) Furthermore, the delegation met with international partners, the African Development Bank, an representatives of the Civil Society Organizations an faith based groups in Juba.
In all its engagements, the Delegation pledged the African Union’s unwavering solidarity with the people o South Sudan and support towards the full implementation of the R-ARCSS, especially the formation of an inclusive Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on 2 February 2020.

The Delegation underscored that, a inclusive R-TGONU is a pre-requisite for lasting unity peace, stability and development in South Sudan.

The PSC delegation commended President Salva Kii Mayardit and his Government for the courageous and progressive decision to revert the country back to the original ten (10) States, and further noted that such political compromise has restored the confidence of all stakeholders to the peace process.

The PSC calls welcomed the reassurance by Dr. Riek Machar Teny t work with the Government, noting that the issue o States has been resolved, and that he agreed t address other outstanding issues during the Transitional Period, including the security arrangements. The Delegation applauded the timel decision by IGAD to address the travel restriction imposed on Dr. Machar. The PSC delegation commended the positive reaction by the Civil Society Organizations towards these positive changes an looked forward to the full participation of all South Sudanese in the development of their country. The Council also welcomed recommendations made b various stakeholders, especially for the AU Member States to provide technical assistance to the R-TGoNU.

In light of the foregoing, the Delegation expressed the necessity for the international community to sustain it valuable support to all aspects of the peace process i order to prevent a relapse to conflict, and possible devastating consequences on innocent civilians.

In this connection, the Delegation expressed its concern over the slow implementation of the security arrangements in particular, the delayed training of the Necessary Unified Forces, inadequate availability of uniforms an medical supplies. Given the monumental challenges t face the impending R-TGoNU, the Delegation pledged t advocate for sustainable continental and international support towards overcoming these challenges.

The PSC Delegation reiterated the AU’s appreciation towards IGAD, the neighboring countries of Sout Sudan, UNMISS, R-JMEC and international partners, for their relentless efforts towards assisting the parties efforts to restore peace, security, stability an development in South Sudan. The Delegation noted that the formation of the R-TGoNU is only the start of a lon nation-building process, and thus called on the parties to remain resolute, guided by the principles o compromise and restraint.
The Delegation expressed its full appreciation for the support extended by the Government of the Republic o South Sudan, UNMISS and other stakeholders i facilitating its field mission. It also acknowledged the facilitation of the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and Head of the A Mission in South Sudan, Ambassador Professor Jora Mukama Biswaro, and the staff of the AU Mission i South Sudan for their valuable support.
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