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.

Upper Nile State Governor appoints Deputy Coordinator

The newly appointed Governor of Upper Nile State, Budhok Ayang Aney Kur, has issued a new gubernatorial decree, appointing Koang Tharjiath Thoch Chuol as Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State.

The Gubernatorial Decree

Gubernatorial order No. 08/2021 For the Appointment of Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State Coordination office in Juba.

Title and Commencement:—This Order shall be cited as gubernatorial order No.08/2021 For the Appointment of Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State Coordination office in Juba and shall come into force on the date of its signature by the Governor.

The Order:—In exercise of the powers conferred upon me under article 99(2) A of the Transitional Constitution of Upper Nile State 2011 and in reference with Presidential Decree No. 05/2021 dated on 05th February 2021.

I, Lt. Gen. Budhok Ayang Aney Kur, Governor of Upper Nile State do hereby issue this Gubernatorial Order for the appointment of Mr. Koang Tharjiath Thoch Chuol as Deputy Coordinator of Upper Nile State coordination office in Juba Issued under my hand and the seal of Upper Nile State government on this 22 day of February 2021 AD.

Taban’s loyalists say they’re being left out from state appointments

Officials representing SPLM-IO (IG) feel left out | Courtesy

February 23rd, Taban-led group has lodged a formal complaint against South Sudan’s President Salva Mayardit over what they termed as “exclusion” from the ongoing appointments of state officials.

“Your Excellency issued Decree No:11, 12, 13, 14 establishing the State Government of Central Equatoria, Northern Bhar el Gazal, Unity and Warrap States respectively. We are indeed deeply shocked and dismayed because the Decree omitted the nominees of the former SPLM/A-IO led by Gen. Taban Deng Gai despite the fact that we are part of ITGONU as clearly stipulated in Article 1.3.1 of the R- ARCSS 2018,” said former SPLM-IO officials in a letter signed by 40 officials.

The group expressed concerns that if they are to miss appointments from other pending states, it means that they will be excluded from the unity government forever.

“Our serious fear is that if the bad development in these states is copied by the other states, then our group will be completely excluded from participation in the State and local governments in the country.”

“We are also deeply concerned with the proposal of the acting Secretary General of SPLM which was submitted to you concerning the expansion and reconstitution of the National Legislature, Her proposal allocates:

• 165 seats for those elected to Juba NLA in 2010 to be maintained.

• 91 seats for those elected to the Legislative Assembly in Khartoum in 2010 to be maintained.

• 47 Presidential appointees to the NLA in 2011 to be maintained.

“Thus the total number of seats for the SPLM alone will be 303 out of 332 leaving only 29 seats for the other parties in ITGONU. Furthermore out of the 29 seats, ten will be allocated to some elected members in 2010 leaving only 19 seats for those who were appointed in 2016. If her formula is followed, it means that the majority of the 68 Presidential appointees in 2016 as a result of the 2015 ARCSS will have been excluded.”

“Consequently the 50members of the former SPLM/A-I0 led by Gen. Taban Deng Gai will have been wickedly excluded. Your Excellency, our humble prayer to you is to maintain the unity of our people and parties which have been historically supporting you since the 2016 crisis by distributing the 332 seats fairly.”

President Kiir appoints state officials in a presidential decree

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has appointed state ministers, advisors and Heads of Independent Commission for Warrap and Unity State, respectively.

For Warrap State, the South Sudanese leader, Kiir, appointed the following officials in a presidential decree aired on SSBC this evening.

State Advisors

  1. Garang Mabil Deng – Advisor for Peace and Security – SPLM/ITGONU
  2. Malong Chan Deng – Advisor for Economic Affairs – National Agenda/ITGONU
  3. Justice Jadala Deng Ring – Advisor for Legal Affairs – SPLM-IO
  4. Akiech Atak Gong – Advisor for Human Rights – SSOA
  5. John Mayen Akon – Advisor for Gender, Child and Social Welfare – National Agenda/ITGONU
    Ministers:
  6. Akech Tong Aleu – Minister of Cabinet Affairs – SPLM/ITGONU
  7. Peter Madol Mangong – Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement – SPLM-IO
  8. Piol Wuoi Ariath Akot – Minister of Peace Building – SPLM-IO
  9. Kuot Deng Kuot Thiech – Minister of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs – SPLM/ITGONU
  10. Ring Deng Ajing – Minister of Information and Communication – SPLM/ITGONU
  11. Agok Ayar Chieny – Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports – SPLM/ITGONU
  12. Manut Chol Akoon – Minister of Finance and Investment – OPP
  13. Dr. Jong Anthony Deng – Minister of Trade and Industry – SPLM/ITGONU
  14. Kerubino Akech Kuanyin – Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Forestry – SSOA
  15. Juliana Luka Madira – Minister of Animal Resources, Fisheries and Tourism – SPLM-IO
  16. John Deng Madut Majok – Minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development – SSOA
  17. Chuor Aguek Chuor Aguek – Minister of Housing, Lands and Public Utilities – SPLM-IO
  18. Chol Victor Bol – Minister of Roads and Bridges – SPLM/ITGONU
  19. Maluk Lual Wol – Minister of Labour, Public Services and Human Resource Development – SPLM/ITGONU
  20. Abak Yol Madut – Minister of Health – SPLM/ITGONU
  21. Ater Kuei Thiep – Minister of General Education and Instruction – SPLM/ITGONU
  22. Akol Madut Tong Deng – Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare – SPLM-IO

Some members of State Commissions:

  1. Dr. Thomas Maduot Majak – Chairperson Anti-corruption Commission – SSOA
  2. Teresa Awien Daal – Deputy Chairperson Anti-corruption Commission – SPLM/ITGONU
  3. Makur Abur Anei – Member Anti-corruption Commission – SPLM-IO
  4. Majok Malok Agok Majar – Deputy Chairperson Relief and Rehabilitation Commission-SPLM-IO
  5. Angelo Madut Majok – Member Relief and Rehabilitation Commission – SSOA
  6. Bona Atem Thuch – Member Relief and Rehabilitation Commission – National Agenda/ITGONU
  7. Benjamin Anyar Mabior – Member Relief and Rehabilitation Commission – SPLM/ITGONU
  8. Riak Madut Angok – Chairperson Human Rights Commission – National Agenda/ITGONU
  9. Abraham Mabior Malith – Deputy Chairperson Human Rights Commission – SSOA
  10. Deng Ater Ngardit Thiep – Member Human Rights Commission – SPLM-IO
  11. Gaetano Nyuol Atem Lok – Member Human Rights Commission – SPLM/ITGONU
  12. William Kuot Kuer – Member Human Rights Commission – SPLM/ITGONU
  13. John Aggrey Lok – Chairperson Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Commission – SPLM/ITGONU
  14. Diom Deng Cyerdit – Deputy Chairperson Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Commission – SPLM-IO
  15. Ngang Marol – Member Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Commission – SPLM/ITGONU
  16. Lual Ater Dut – Member Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Commission – SSOA
  17. Martin Babuang Kuer – Member Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Commission – National Agenda/ITGONU

County Commissioners

  1. Victor Wek Koor Aru – Commissioner Gogrial West County – SSOA
  2. Peter Ayom Bol Kuot – Commissioner Gogrial East County – SPLM/ITGONU
  3. Kuol Akoon Kuol – Commissioner Tonj North County – SPLM/ITGONU
  4. John Deng Kok Chan – Commissioner East County – SPLM-IO
  5. Nalco Angor Malang Angor – Commissioner Tonj South County – SPLM/ITGONU
  6. Deng Tong Goch – Commissioner Twic County – SPLM-IO

For Unity State, President Kiir reconstituted and appointed officials at the state level.

State Advisors

  1. Stephen Salam Maluit – Advisor for Peace and Security – SPLM/ITGONU
  2. Tut Gatchuol Kom Dak – Advisor for Economic Affairs – SSOA
  3. Saman Dokta Chuot Nhier – Advisor for Legal Affairs – SPLM/ITGONU
  4. Abraham Dak Lual – Advisor for Human Rights – National Agenda/ITGONU
  5. Joseph Nhial Ruach – Advisor for Gender, Child and Social Welfare – SPLM-IO

State Ministers

  1. Gatluak Tutjel Teny – Minister of Cabinet Affairs – SPLM-IO
  2. Dak Kuach Monykuer – Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement – SPLM/ITGONU
  3. James Madut Ruai Wich – Minister of Peace Building – SPLM/ITGONU
  4. Tebuon Jany Rial – Minister of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs – SPLM/ITGONU
  5. Gabriel Kuon Makuei – Minister of Information and Communication – SPLM/ITGONU
  6. David Gai Jenuor Nguen – Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports – SPLM/TGONU
  7. Malual Tap Dhieu – Minister of Finance and Investment – SPLM/ITGONU
  8. Anthony Kuoch Liach – Minister of Trade and Industry – SPLM-IO
  9. James Gai Gatduel – Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Forestry – SSOA
  10. James Tungwar Ruach Dhieu – Minister of Animal Resources, Fisheries and Tourism – SPLM-IO
  11. Rebecca Francis Geu – Minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development – SPLM/ITGONU
  12. Lam Tungwar Kueigong – Minister of Housing, Lands and Public Utilities – SPLM/ITGONU
  13. Habiba Luk Gatluak Thon – Minister of Roads and Bridges – SPLM/ITGONU
  14. Nyakuma Abdalla Gai Duop – Minister of Labour, Public Services and Human Resource Development – SPLM-IO
  15. Lam Moses Biel Chan – Minister of Health – OPP
  16. Stephen Tot Chieny – Minister of General Education and Instruction – SPLM-IO
  17. Rose Nyaboth Toch – Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare – SPLM/ITGONU

Heads of Independent

  1. Thor Jal Bap – Member Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Commission – SPLM/ITGONU
  2. Nyajuba Manas Ochuon – Member Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Commission – SPLM/ITGONU

County Commissioners

  1. Gatluak Wichar Nyak – Commissioner Rubkona County – SPLM-IO
  2. James Chol Gatluak Manime – Commissioner Mayom County – SPLM/ITGONU
  3. Kawai Chany Guor – Commissioner Guit County – SPLM/ITGONU
  4. Gatluak Nyang Hoth – Commissioner Mayiandit County – SSOA
  5. Gordon Koang Biel – Commissioner Koch County – SPLM/ITGONU
  6. Stephen Taker Riek – Commissioner Leer County – SPLM/ITGONU
  7. William Gatjiet Mabor Wan – Commissioner Panyijar County – SPLM-IO

Kiir appoints state ministers, commissioners & advisors in CES

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a presidential decree on Saturday appointing state ministers, commissioners, advisors, and heads of independent commission in Central Equatoria State.

Below are the details of the appointed officials:

State Ministers

• Hon. Wayi Godwill Lo Bizi Edward, minister of cabinet affairs (IO)

• Hon. Moro Genesio minister of local government and law enforcement (SSOA)

• Hon. Gerald Francis, minister of peace building (IG)

• Hon. Taban Emmanuel Baya minister of parliamentary and legal affairs (IO)

• Hon. Paulino Lukudu minister of information and communication (OPP)

• Hon. Dorrin Wosuk Ladu, minister of culture, youth and sports (IO)

• Hon. Diana Susu Hassan, minister of finance, planning and investment (IG)

• Hon. Wani Tom Sebit, minister of trade and industry (IG)

• Hon. Lily Kafuki Paul, minister of agriculture, environment and forestry (SSOA)

• Hon. Alex Latio Elia, Minister of animal resources, fisheries and tourism (IG)

• Hon. Peter Lujo Yospeta, Minster of cooperative and rural development (IO)

• Hon. Flora Gabriel Modi, minister of housing, land and public utilities (IG)

• Hon. Mawa A. Moses, Minister of roads and bridges (IG)

• Hon. Modi John Molla, labour, Minister of public service and human resource (IG)
• Hon. Nejua Marshal, minister of health (IG)

• Cirisio Zachariah, Minister of general education and instructions (IO)

• Martin Mollai Dodo, gender, Minister of child and social welfare (IG)

State Advisors

• James Modi Laku, state advisor on peace and security (SSOA)

• David Wani, state advisor on economic affairs (IO)

• Jacob Gore Samuel, state advisor on legal affairs (IG)

• Bullen Amos Soro, state advisor on Human rights (IG)

• Mariam A Zachariah, state advisor on gender and social welfare (IG)

Independent commissions

• George Wani Elia, Chairperson of anti-corruption (IO) deputised by Kenyi Abiaso

• Asio Moses John, Chairperson of employees justice chamber (IO) deputised by Huda Michael Laila

• Marino Michael Sebit, Chairperson of HIV/AIDS (SSOA)

• Felix Lado Johnson, Chairperson of RRC (IG) deputised by Amal Suleiman

• Isaac Wuri Eluni, Chairperson of human rights (IG) deputised by Emmanuel Kose Wani (IO)

• Henry Kala Sabuni, Chairperson of conflict resolution and reconciliation (IG) deputised by Amule Barnabas Lemi (IG)

County commissioners

• Hon. Charles Joseph Wani, County Commissioner, Juba county (SSOA)

• Hon. Aggrey Cyrus, County Commissioner, Yei River County (IG)

• Hon. Joseph Mawa John, County Commissioner, Morobo county (IG)

• Hon. James Lino Malou Anok, county commissioner, Terekeka county (IO)

• Hon. Emmanuel Khamis, county Commissioner, Lainya county (IG)

• Kenyi Erasto Michael, county Commissioner, Kajokeji county (IO).

Nhial accused of lying to the public about TNLA reconstitution

Members of the opposition and critics have taken to social media, accusing Nhial Deng Nhial of lying about the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly which was supposed to be finalized on February 15, according to his previous press release issued earlier this month.


“Just imagine, one could lie to more than 12.8 people by issuing a fake press release and get away with it,” said Kalany Mamuon a fierce government critic and a member of the SPLM-IO.

“This is an absolutely irresponsible government that doesn’t live up to its promises and commitment,” said another social media user identified as John Maduk Deng.

Earlier this month, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial issued a statement reassuring the public that the implementation of the Peace Agreement remains on the right track and that the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly would be finalized before or on February 15th. However, the aforementioned deadline has been missed.

“Further to the Press Statement issued on the outcome of the meeting of the Presidency that was held yesterday Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs hereby wishes to declare that the said meeting also resolved that the (R-TGONU) shall finalize the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) and the Council of States on or before February 15, 2021,” Nhial declared in a statement dated February 3, 2021.

Since last year, the parties have come under increasing pressure from peace monitors and the international community to speed up implementation of the peace agreement.

Some of the critical outstanding provisions of the agreement include:

• Reconstitution of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNA).

• Graduation of the Necessary Unified Forces, currently undergoing training at various military training centers.

• Establishments of the African Union Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

• And the establishment of the Reconstituted National Constitution and Amendment Committee, a mechanism charged with overseeing and incorporating the R-ARCSS into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (TCRSS) 2011.

Long-awaited reconstitution of R-TNA to be finalized today: Nhial Deng

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar were seen exchanging views on February 2, 2021 |Photo: © PPU

The long-awaited reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly is expected to be finalized today, February 15th, according to a statement issued by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial.

“Further to the Press Statement issued on the outcome of the meeting of the Presidency that was held yesterday Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs hereby wishes to declare that the said meeting also resolved that the (R-TGONU) shall finalize the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) and the Council of States on or before February 15, 2021,” Nhial declared in a press release dated 03/02/2021.

Supplied document issued by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Nhial Deng Nhial | Photo: © PPU

Since last year, the he South Sudanese leaders have come under international pressure to dissolve and reconstitute the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the peace agreement.

In July 2020, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), during its virtual conference, issued an ultimatum calling on the unity government to urgently reconstitute the new R-TNA. However, the Kiir administration has been reluctant to take their demands into account.

SPLM-IO contented with 3 states, tells others to take it or leave it

Press Statement
For Immediate Release
19 June, 2020

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy, Dr. Riek Machar exchange greetings in Juba | Photo: Supplied

June 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–The office of the First Vice President and Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to clarify on the following:

  • That we agreed with the other major Party (ITGoNU), as Parties, and rightly so, and not as a Presidency, since the matter of allocations of the 10 States is between and among the Parties to the R-ARCSS. Hence, the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) consulted with the leadership of the other major Party, the ITGoNU (SPLM-IG) which resulted in the agreement to allocate the three States to the SPLM/SPLA (IO). And this is after we also learnt that other Parties had been separately consulting with the major Party (ITGoNU), leaving us with no other choice but to also consult with the major Party and reach an agreement.
  • Inform the stakeholders in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the general public that we, as a Party to the R-ARCSS, have agreed to the allocation to our Party the gubernatorial positions for the three States of Western Equatoria, Western Bahr El Ghazal and Upper Nile.
  • SPLM/SPLA (IO) did not decide on behalf of any other Party, be it ITGoNU, SSOA or OPP, on which State to be allocated to which other Party, or which Party gets nothing. We focused on our part of allocation during the consultations involving the ITGoNU.
  • Since OPP is supposed to be allocated one State governorship per the responsibility sharing ratio in the Agreement, and in case it has agreed to let go its State ratio based on any understanding, we are therefore of the view that this understanding, if any, should be done in writing, signed and be annexed to the R-ARCSS as an Annexure.

James Gatdet back on duty, reinstated as Press Secretary in the FVP’s Office

James Gatdet Dak taking notes during a conference in 2015 as Dr. Riek Machar was delivering a speech in Pagak/Photo: James Gatdet’s Facebook

May 4, 2020 (Thessherald)-South Sudan’s First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar has reinstated James Gatdet Dak as Press Secretary or Head of Press Unit in the First Vice President’s Office, a position he held for years before he was kidnapped in Kenya in 2016.

While announcing that the office of the First Vice-president is about to be established, Gatdet urges members of the public to stay informed of the latest developments on South Sudan by liking and following the newly created official Facebook page of the First Vice President.

“As The First Vice President’s Office is currently establishing a Press Unit (Office of the Press Secretary), I am delighted to inform the wider public that from today, Monday, May 4, 2020, my Office, as Press Secretary, will be publishing official events, Press releases, news stories, or any other relevant activity eminating from the Office of the First Vice President, H. E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and other relevant official activities from the Presidency, on the newly created official Page as shared below,” he announced.

“I have therefore invited you all to like and follow the Page so as to make it easy for you to timely see any popped up story from The First Vice President’s Office.”

Kidnapped in Kenya and locked behind bars in the capital, Juba for two years – Gatdet was released from prison under a presidential pardon in November 2018 following the signing of the current peace agreement and has not been reinstated to his previous position since then.

Immediately upon his release from prison, Gatdet launched a 116-page handbook recounting and reflecting on his abduction in Kenya and the suffering he had gone through while in detention in the capital, Juba at the National Security Service’s detention facility.

Defense Minister Angelina declines to appear before Parliament, citing its illegitimacy

April 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–The newly appointed Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Angelina Jany Teny has declined to appear before Parliament after being summoned by an Ad hoc committee of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, citing that it had become illegitimate and should be reconstituted.

“The Ministry of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs presents its compliments to your esteemed office, and has the honor and privilege to write on the subject thereof. Reference to your letter dated 14 April 2020, summoning me to appear before the IG-Transitional National Legislature Taskforce for COVID-19,” said Angelina.

Adding that, “In light of this summon request, I hereto, decline to appear before this committee for the following reasons.”

Angelina stressed that according to the peace agreement, the current Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) had become illegitimate and could have been reconstituted and expanded by the end of the Pre-Transitional Period.

“The IG-TNLA as per Article (1.4.4) of the revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is supposed to be replaced by the reconstituted TNLA by the end of the pretransitional period,” she said.

She gave a number of reasons why she was unable to turn up after being summoned by the TNLA.

  1. The last function of the IG-TNLA is the ratification of the constitution amendment bill.
  2. The IG-TNLA has no mandate to extend its life.
  3. According to Chapter VIII Article (8.1), the agreement is supreme to constitution and any other legislation that is not in compliance with the agreement.
  4. I am ready and willing to appear before the reconstituted TNLA.

The SPLM-IO senior official said that she would not appear before the government’s TNLA until an inclusive Transitional National Legislative Assembly is established.

“Given the above-mentioned reasons, I cannot appear before the IG-TNLA until a reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly is formed. However, I recognize your concern regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.”

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