South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has joined the rest of the world in mourning the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli and declared three days of mourning across the country.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued a statement on the passing on of H.E. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania,” the Office of the President said on Thursday.
“The people of Republic of South Sudan are deeply saddened and grieving with their brothers and sisters in the United Republic of Tanzania.”
The President ordered all diplomatic missions to fly their flags half-mast for a period of three days in honor of the Tanzanian bulldozer President, Magufuli, who succumbed to the cardiovascular disease while receiving treatment at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared three days of mourning across South Sudan and instructed all the Government institutions and our diplomatic missions abroad to fly their flags half-mast during this period beginning from today in his honour to the Late H.E. President John Pombe Magufuli.”
Kiir urged the people of Tanzania to be strong at this tragic moment and come to terms with the death of their leader that has sent shock waves across the region.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that at this moment, the people of the Republic of South Sudan stand in solidarity with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.
In addition, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit prays to the Almighty God to give all the strength and comfort to the people of Tanzania and the family of the late to withstand this immense loss.”
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.
Press Statement | On the rampant corruption in Nilpet under the leadership of Bol Ring Muorwel
The leadership of South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum would like to update the general public and the high leadership of the country, on the ongoing malpractices that are being practiced by the incumbent Managing Director Eng. Bol Ring Muorwel and his relatives.
The SSACF’s leadership is much concerned about the broad daylight looting of the Nilpet’s resources by Bol Ring and his relatives. Eng. Bol Ring unknowingly turned the national company into a clan entity and the public need to take this into consideration.
The top leadership of the country should intervene quickly and rescue the national company from collapsing by firing the corrupt managing director Eng. Bol Ring. The leadership of South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum (SSACF) made strong research on Nilpet Company surroundings and finally comfiled the following points that you need to intervene so that you liberate the innocent South Sudanese’s resources from being eaten by this man you appointed but turns into Hyena in a broad daylight looting Nilpet resources and hired people to defend him on social media (Deng Emmillo Mou) and many others.
1- The leadership of South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum examined and found that the monthly salary designated for Managing Directors depending who is present as a Managing Director had been an amount of 1300$ with weekly allowance of 1000$. However a designated amount that an Eng. Bol Ring Muorwel refused to abide by but he instead changed his Managing Director’s monthly salary from 1300$ to 50,000$ with a weekly allowance of 70,000$. Which is a clear corruption on the broad daylight. He deserves to be relieved immediately.
2- The salary amount of a cashier in the National Oil Company all these years had been 800$ and an allowance of 300$, but when Eng. Bol Ring Muorwel entered as a Managing Director, he first of all relieved the innocent cashier (Chiek Reech) with his duties and appointed his brother’s son Ring Charles Mayen and changed the cashier’s salary from 800$ to 20,000$ with weekly allowance of 50,000$. Corruption and nepotism in action.
3- He currently bought an unbelievable luxurious building in Sudan Khartoum and he is building or constructing another wonderful tower in Uganda Kampala currently too through brother’s son Ring Charles Mayen who is in charge of all his uncle’s looted country’s resources. And more are yet to happen.
4- The Managing Director Eng. Bol Ring Muorwel rented the house here in juba for 5years with an amount of 3,000,000$. He did this in his arrival to the National Oil Company.
5- He bought 4 cars on his arrival to the company as his own, 1 prado, 2 V8 and 1 Land cruiser.
6- He diverted the company’s employees year bonus Clothes allowance into his private account, he also moves to divert the amount dedicated for Christmas occasion and other important feasts into his account also.
7- He (Managing Director) is planning to buy a cargo plane for the company at an amount of 45,000,000$ which is not an amount of buying when the citizens are hungry, civil servants have no salaries and when government is always on loan from other countries, waging a heavy debt that would have serious implications on the next generations.
With all these evidences, an Eng. Bol Ring Muorwel deserves immediate dismissal and taken for investigation. In this time of the implementation of the Revatlized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, South Sudanese are keenly checking on you the leaders of the Country to see who doesn’t hear the voices of people across the country, imagine that Bol got appointed recently into this sensitive Country’s position but in less than 6 months, he did all the listed above which is a clear disgraced to the high leadership of the country
Deng Tong Ariath,
President, South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum, Juba, South Sudan
As the world continues to step up the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus on all fronts, TradeMark East Africa has donated to South Sudan – Personal Protective Equipment valued at over $100,000.
The equipment provided includes hand sanitizers, hand washing stations, liquid hand washing soap, infrared thermometers, re-usable safety boots, full protective PPE, filtering full face respirators, reusable masks, plastic face shields, disposable gloves, hand sanitiser dispensers and disinfectant spray bottles.
“The PPE we have received from TradeMark East Africa could not have come at a more opportune time. Whereas as a government we have made concerted efforts to minimize infections across the country, the re-emergence of the disease in parts of the continent as well as new strains of the virus continue to pose a big threat to the health of our populations. We must double efforts in order to protect the health and livelihoods of our people” said Mou Mou Athian, EAC Under Secretary.
On his part, the Commissioner General of South Sudan National Revenue Authority, Dr. Patrick Mugoya noted that the non-oil revenues collected at their Nimule border point have greatly improved the country’s economy.
“This border is very key due to the amount of trade volumes it controls. We are keen to enhance and protect both government workers and traders in order to foster both our economy as well as revenue collection” said the Commissioner General.
“The equipment presented today will enhance the safety and working conditions of front-line workers at the Nimule Border, the crossing point between South Sudan and Uganda and which controls an estimated 90% of international trade in South Sudan,” the statement further added.
On his part, TradeMark East Africa Country Representative John Bosco Kalisa underscored the importance of a multi-sectoral approach towards improving the faltering economy.
“As we witnessed last year, the challenges posed by Covid19 are first health-related, then immediately economic in terms of their negative impact on the social-economic standards of our people. In order to protect trade and livelihoods, TradeMark will continue working with the Government of South Sudan to address challenges posed by Covid19 on trade as well as other other trade barriers.” Noted the Country Representative.
According to TMEA, the donation of these medical facilities is part of the Safe Trade Emergency Facility, a US$ 23 million emergency program rolled out following the outbreak of the pandemic in 2019.
October 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–Two South Sudanese servicemen killed during a border-related dispute between South Sudan and neighboring Uganda have been laid to rest.
On Thursday, the SSPDF lost its two soldiers following a fierce firefight with a Ugandan Mechanized Unit over a disputed area in Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State.
As the two countries learned of the incident, an arrangement was made to handover the bodies of the deceased soldiers to South Sudan.
In an interview with Radio Tamazuj on Friday, the SSPDF spokesperson Lul Ruai Koang confirmed that they had received the bodies, “We have received the two bodies including our soldier who was captured with their guns in our border there. These bodies were buried yesterday in the evening in the same place.”
“Four other soldiers were killed in Kajokeji and some of our people died in a way we cannot understand. The best solution is that the border should be known by Uganda, they are the ones disputing this land,” he added.
The SSPDF military leadership appeals to the Ugandan government to cease violent confrontations and find an amicable way of resolving the border dispute.
“First, the issue needs a political solution using colonial references. The military solution cannot help because soldiers don’t talk, they fight,” he said. “Our politicians in South Sudan and politicians in Uganda should sit and reach a political solution and the technocrats will show us the border.”