Opinion | By Raila Odinga: ‘The John Pombe Magufuli I knew’

Opinion | By Raila Odinga

Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli, welcomed Fmr. Prime Minister of Kenya, Hon. Raila Odinga to his home in Chato, where the President was on vacation | Via Facebook

Opinion —When rumors started going around about the health and whereabouts of my friend President John Pombe Magufuli, I placed several calls to him. Later, I sent him a text message. Both went unanswered. I then resigned to expect the worst while hoping I was wrong. When his death was confirmed as I was self- isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, I felt the full weight of double tragedy and emotions dealt by the cruel hand of fate. It was the worst time to lose a friend and a comrade.

It was a bond forged over war on corruption and quality infrastructure. I first met Dr. Magufuli at an international conference on infrastructure in Durban, South Africa some time in 2003. I had just assumed office as Minister for Roads, Public Works and Housing in the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) government of President Mwai Kibaki. By that time, Dr Magufuli had held a similar portfolio for some time in Tanzania. At the ministry, I discovered that I had inherited a bigger problem than I had imagined. The ministry was mired in massive corruption.

Contractors were demanding pay — and getting paid — for works they had not done, or those done way below specifications. Nearly the entire ministry budget was being used to clear pending bills that kept rising. The ministry was neither constructing any new roads nor maintaining the existing ones.It is in that context that I attended the Durban conference.

I wanted to share my experiences, learn from fellow ministers and other experts and, hopefully, also attract some funding for the massive infrastructure Kenya needed when Narc took over. Corruption Dr. Magufuli took immense interest in my presentation.

He was particularly intrigued by my admission that corruption had found a home in the ministry and it was denying the country the good infrastructure needed for economic growth. The two of us had lengthy discussions on the side-lines of the conference. During our discussions, he disclosed that the problems I had mentioned were the same ones he encountered when he took over at Roads and Public Works in Tanzania.

He offered to share his experiences in dealing with the vices of corruption and cowboy contractors and driving them out of town. For a start, he advised that I look into two areas: procurement and designing and tendering processes. From his experiences in Dar es Salaam, he had ring-fenced these areas as the hideouts for corruption and conduits for loss of government funds. Shorten procurement process
His advice was that I needed to shorten the procurement process, which is usually long and winding just to facilitate corruption.

Then he advised that we adopt a system of designing and building roads at the same time as opposed to designing the entire road first, then tendering and then constructing. That, too, was a conduit for corruption. His advice was that the sections of the road that had been designed could be tendered and construction commenced as design of other sections went on. That way, we would get quality roads faster and at cheaper prices. It had worked for him and he wanted us to try it. From there, our friendship kicked off.

We became advisers to each and partners in the war on corruption and cowboy contractors in the roads sector.Before the conference ended, Dr Magufuli asked me to get my engineers at the ministry for a meeting with his engineers in Dar-es-Salaam so that they could exchange ideas on how to deliver quality infrastructure at value-for-money costs. I immediately instructed my Permanent Secretary Erastus Mwongera to assemble our team. In Dar es Salaam, we had extremely exiting discussions on simple, fast and efficient ways to deliver infrastructure. Raila Odinga Road, Dr. Magufuli invited me to accompany him on a tour of Mwanza where he was to supervise and launch construction of hospitals and roads. It was during this trip that he named a road after me; Raila Odinga Road in Mwanza.

During this trip, we visited his home in Chato. I also invited him to visit us in Kisumu and Bondo. As we got down to work here in Kenya, we identified the Meru-Maua Highway as one of the key roads that needed immediate and massive renovation. I invited Dr. Magufuli to launch the reconstruction of this road, which he did. I also instructed the ministry to name the road after him. AS Prime Minister in the Grand Coalition Government, I visited him with a delegation that comprised Senator James Orengo and Governors Sospeter Ojaamong and Josephat Nanok, among others. On this trip, I launched the construction of the University of Mwanza.As we prepared for 2012 elections, Dr Magufuli defied protocols and stood with us, physically attending our party’s National Delegates Conference where I was handed the party’s ticket to run for president.

Consultants for each other this time, we had become consultants for each other. We were available for each other whenever either of us needed assistance or advice. When Dr Magufuli declared his interest in the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ticket for the presidency in 2015, I took keen interest because his contest was my contest, just as mine had been his. We got deeply involved and we were excited when he won.He invited me to Dar almost immediately after his inauguration. During that visit, the newly elected president was frank. He said he had known how to run ministries; now he needed advice on how to run a government. He particularly wanted to know how we managed under Narc and the Grand Coalition Government to raise revenues to deliver services and stop corruption. I advised my friend that, for a start, he should look no farther than the revenue and procurement officers at all levels of government. I told him that in most cases, those officers were the ones driving latest car models, building classic apartments in cities and putting up castles in rural areas despite lower salaries. He needed to subject them to lifestyle audit, retire or even jail the incorrigibly corrupt and transfer others, then revenue collection would shoot up.He listened.

In some cases, he personally walked into offices to see how work was being done. Soon, Tanzania’s revenue doubled, then trebled. The new president suddenly had money to build roads, ports, hospitals and railways without relying on donors. SGRThe President developed very keen interest on what happened to Kenya’s standard gauge railway in terms of its cost. He was determined to avoid the pitfalls, and he did. That is how he constructed Tanzania’s SGR four years later at a much lower cost than ours.

President Magufuli was a very independent-minded person. During his tenure, people developed this belief that he would always listen to me. While we did exchange views and agreed on many things, it is not true that he agreed with every suggestion I made. When Dr Magufuli disagreed, he did so firmly, no matter who he was disagreeing with. When he ordered the confiscation of Maasai cattle that had crossed into Tanzania, I pleaded with him several times to release the cattle but he just wouldn’t budge. ASaeryp a politician, President Magufuli was a populist.

Ideologically, he leaned towards social democracy. He allowed the private sector to grow, but under very watchful eyes of the State because he felt that the private sector, if not watched, could be overbearing especially to the lowly in society. Enemy of corruption. Magufuli was an avowed enemy of corruption. That, in my view, is his most outstanding trait. He could not stand the idea of public officials using public resources for their own benefit. If you hated corruption, you were on the first row as Dr. Magufuli’s friend and confidant. He was determined to put Tanzania ahead in the region and Africa through industrialization.

In that endeavor, he saw Kenya as the stumbling block, hence his sometimes-hostile stand against Kenya. We had a discussion on this, too, my position being that industrialized countries in Europe and Asia, for instance, co-exist and we could do the same here. He was not convinced. His primary business was Tanzania. Outside Tanzania, his other business was Africa. He had little interest in other continents. Even in Africa, he was selective with his visits. I remember he visited Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC. Otherwise, he was a Tanzanian preoccupied with Tanzania.

CCM ideologueDr Magufuli was a CCM ideologue who grew through the ranks of the party and embraced some of the founding President Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s ideals on patriotism, nationalism and self-reliance for his country. In about six-years, he went farther than Mwalimu Nyerere in trying to economically empower his people. While Mwalimu Nyerere embraced internationalism and had a broader view of the world and Tanzania’s place in it, Dr. Magufuli was a super nationalist with little regard for the rest of the world. Where Mwalimu Nyerere was a constant voice on the global stage, especially for Africa and the Third World, Dr Magulfuli reserved his voice and energy for Tanzania.

Transformed TanzaniaDr Magufuli was, however, overly successful in transforming Tanzania in just about six years. He transformed Tanzania’s highways, ports, created Rapid Bus Transit to decongest Dar es Salaam and delivered SGR at a competitive rate, all because of a crackdown on corruption. Despite all these, Dr. Mgufuli’s legacy that may live for years, especially if his successor builds on it, is that of unity, hard work and discipline.

Hapa Kazi Tu, Chapa Kazi and its legacy will endure. He pushed hard the idea that success comes from hard work. In Tanzania today, people report to offices very early and they do not just sit there, they work. I hope the new President builds on this tradition that is good for Tanzania and Africa.May Dr Magufuli fare well in the next world.

The writer is the ODM party leader and former Prime Minister of Kenya.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga tests positive for COVID-19

Kenyan veteran politician and former-Prime Minister | Courtesy Photo

A Kenyan veteran opposition leader, and former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga has tested positive for COVID-19, his personal doctors confirmed in a statement.

“Following my letter of the 10th of March 2021 we have confirmed that Rt. Hon. Odinga has SARS-2 COVID 19. He is responding well to the treatment he is recciving at The Nairobi Hospital and remains upbeat. We are continuing to monitor his progress,” said a Consultant Neurosurgeon, David L. Oluach-Olunya.

Odinga, 76, has been a mainstay of Kenyan politics since the 1980s, and remains hugely popular despite losing four shots at the presidency.

Announcement: Kendeka Prize for African Literature

Nairobi, February 24, 2021

Announcement of Judges

Kendeka Prize for African Literature is honoured to announce Lucas Wafula (Kenya), Renee Edwige Dro (Côte d’Ivoire) and Remy Ngamije (Namibia) as the judges for the 2021 prize. The Panel will be chaired by Lucas Wafula.

Lucas Wafula | Photo: Kendeka Prize

Lucas Wafula

Lucas Wafula is Editor-in-chief, and CEO, Booklyst Press Limited. He is also Director and Lead Facilitator, at Global Editorial Centre-KE. Lucas has been working as a publisher/editor for nearly 20 years now, during which he has worked with award-winning authors, authors of note, as well as young writers. He has worked in and on projects for, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, and South Sudan. Lucas is passionate about growing African literature and helping budding writers sharpen their writing craft.

Edwige Renée Dro | Photo: Kendeka Prize

Edwige Renée Dro

Edwige Renée Dro is a writer, a literary translator and a literary activist from Côte d’Ivoire. Her writings have been published by Bloomsbury, Harper Collins and in magazines like Popula, This is Africa, etc.
She has judged and facilitated many writing competitions such as the PEN International Short Story Prize, the AfroYoungAdult anthology project or the Bakwa Magazine Literary Translation workshops.

She strongly believes that arts and literature are the tools that can change a society for the better and in February this year, she set up 1949, a library of women’s writings from Africa and the black world. 1949’s mission is to unearth and shine the light upon the contributions of African and black women to the world in order to inspire present and future generations.

Remy Ngamije | Photo: Kendeka Prize

Remy Ngamije

Rémy is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the founder, chairperson, and artministrator of Doek, an independent arts organization in Namibia supporting the literary arts. He is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first and only literary magazine. His debut novel “The Eternal Audience Of One” is forthcoming from Scout Press (S&S).

His work has appeared in Litro Magazine, AFREADA, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Brainwavez, The Amistad, The Kalahari Review, American Chordata, Doek! Literary Magazine, Azure, Sultan’s Seal, Santa Ana River Review, Columbia Journal, New Contrast, Necessary Fiction, Silver Pinion, Lolwe, Barzakh Magazine, Journal Periferias, The Forge Literary Magazine, Yellow Means Stay: An Anthology Of Love Stories From Africa, Menelique, Barely South Review, Bad Form Review, Hypertext Magazine, and The Selkie.

He was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020. He was also longlisted for the 2020 and 2021 Afritondo Short Story Prize. In 2019 he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines.

Comments from the Kendeka Prize Board

—We are excited to have this panel to help us go through some of the best new writing to come out of Africa today. Their experience working with some of the most exciting writing talent in journals, anthologies, and novels between them will go a long way to shining a deserved light on the growth of the short story on the continent. The composition of this panel from three different regions of the continent underlines that this is a Pan African prize for all African citizens. We can’t wait to read the stories that these three judges will bring to us.
James Murua,
| Kendeka Prize for African Literature

The Prize

Kendeka Prize for Africa Literature is based in Kenya and it is administered by Solano Publications Ltd. Entrance is free and was opened on 1st February, 2021 and will close on 31st May, 2021. This is its’ first edition.
The Prize will be awarded for the best piece of unpublished short story either fiction or creative non-fiction. The first prize will be KShs.100,000 while the 2nd and the 3rd shall receive Kshs 50,000 and 25,000 respectively. The remaining two of the five short listed stories shall receive Kshs 5,000 each.

All long-listed stories shall be published in an anthology titled I Am listening, 2021 Edition. Winners shall be awarded at a ceremony to be held during the Nairobi International Book Fair. Please send unpublished manuscripts to info@solanopublications.com


• Entrants must be born in, or are citizens of any African country.

• One entry per writer.

• Manuscripts should be of between 3000 and 5000 words.

• All entries must be in English.

• Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format, with the title of the story as the file name.

• The first page of the story should include the name of the author, the title of the story, country of origin and the number of words.

• The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.5 line spacing.

• Entries must be sent as attachments to an email.

• The email to which the story is attached must include the legal name of the writer, telephone number, a short Bio, age, and country of residence.

• Entrants agree that the prize organizers may publicize the fact that a story has been entered, long listed, or shortlisted for the prize.

• An author of a long-listed story agrees to its inclusion in an anthology, and to work with editors to get the story ready for publication.

• Every author confirms that the submission is their original work, it has not been published anywhere else, and that it has not been long listed in any other prize.

• Every author gives exclusive global print and digital rights to Solano Publications Ltd for the long-listed stories for publication in an anthology. The author retains the copyright.
• The judges’ decision is final.
For more details, visit www.solanopublications.com

About the Short Story Prize

The prize is an annual event and it is an initiative of Andrew Maina, a Kenyan writer, through Solano Publications Ltd. It aims at giving African writers, especially the unpublished a platform on which to show case their work. Through this platform more people will have access to their work which will in turn inspire more writing.

We want to hear stories of the beauty of our people, the ingenious architect of the pyramids and that of Timbuktu, the snow-capped mountains in the tropics, the roar of the Victoria Falls, the wild savannas and much more.

Timelines for the Prize

Submissions: From 1st February to 31st May 2021
Judging: 1st June to 31August 2021
Long List; First week of August
Short List; Third week of August
Prize Giving Ceremony; 1st October at Sarit Centre, during the Nairobi International Book Fair
The Prize Advisory Board Members
James Murua – A blogger, podcaster, journalist, and editor who has written for a variety of media outlets in a career spanning print, web and TV. His online space www.jamesmurua.com focuses on literary news and reviews. He was a judge of the 2020 Cain Prize for African Writing. He is the Chairman to the Board.

Andrew Maina – A writer and a representative of Solano Publications Ltd.
Dr Tom Odhiambo – A Senior Lecturer in Literature, at the University of Nairobi
Muthoni wa Gichuru – A short story writer, a multiple award winner of the Burt Award for African Writing and a coordinator AMKA, space for women writers, Kenya
Mercy Kiragu – A psychologist
Patrick Gatobu – A public policy expert
William Mureithi – A writer and lecturer at Kagumo Teachers College

Juba police foil organized drug syndicate, confiscate 26Kg of heroin

A group of drug dealers paraded at Juba International Airport on February 17, 2021 /Photo: Thessherald
By Buay Kapduel 

Following a months-long investigation into an organized drug syndicate, the country’s national police on Thursday arrested drug traffickers, [2 Nigerians, 2 Kenyans, and a South Sudanese woman] and impounded 26 kilograms of heroin at Juba International Airport.

The drugs were wrapped and hidden in electronic appliances so as not to raise any suspicion.

According to the South Sudan Penal Code of 2008, drug trafficking or smuggling of illegal substances are considered as transnational crimes and can lead to long-term imprisonment.

“Any person who conceals, disguises, or enjoys the proceeds of the unlawful dealing in dangerous drugs, upon Conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of not exceeding ten years or with a fine or both.”

The five defendants are in police custody, pending being arraigned in court in the next few days, according to the South Sudan National Police Services.

This is not the first time the South Sudanese police have arrested criminals and foreign drug dealers in the capital, Juba.

What’s Heroin?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants.”

Its Long-Term Effects when used excessively

People who use heroin over the long term may develop the following conditions:

• Insomnia
• Collapsed veins for people who inject the drug
• Damaged tissue inside the nose for people who sniff or snort it
• Infection of the heart lining and valves
• Abscesses (swollen tissue filled with pus)
• Constipation and stomach cramping
• Liver and kidney disease
• Lung complications, including pneumonia
• Mental disorders such as depression and antisocial personality disorder
• Sexual dysfunction for men
• Irregular menstrual cycles for women

Kenyan officials exchange hot blows at the funeral over BBI

Kenyan Legislators Simba Arati and Sylvanus Osoro traded blows on the first day of February, 2021 over the BBI |Photo: Unknown

The funeral of Abel Gongera- the father to Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi- came to a halt momentarily after legislators Simba Arati and Sylvanus Osoro traded blows Monday in full glare of mourners, sparking public condemnation.

Osoro, an ally of Deputy President William Ruto, had left the podium after telling off ODM leader Raila Odinga over his push for BBI when Arati went on the stage and told the DP off over his continued rejection of the document

Simba Arati who went ahead and accused the deputy President for being responsible for the killing of gusii people in Rift Valley during 2007/2008 post elections skirmishes,and asked him to do an apology.

Hardly before completing his statements Osoro went back to the podium, held Arati by the collar and they exchanged harsh words before they were separated.

S. Sudanese continue to suffer around the globe at the hands of cruel leaders

Shame on our leaders who have failed to put the interests of their citizens above their personal needs..

President Salva Kiir Mayardit |Photo: Via Facebook

Opinion | By Mary Nyibol Maker

To my fellow South Sudanese across the globe. It’s with deepest regrets and a ton of frustrations that I write to you. My heart is heavy as I jot down what I am about to reveal to you all.

As we all know, we are all scattered throughout the world. Some are fortunate enough to be exposed to a less toxic environments but many are caught up in the hands of people with bent rules where those in power tend to use those rules to suit their interests.

It’s obvious that, over the years, our people in Egypt have been going through a hell of time in the hands of Egyptians and yet our government has done absolutely Nothing to intervene. This is a shame, isn’t?

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Africans were thrown out of their residential apartments and beaten almost to death in China. It’s certain that our own people were among this group being humiliated and tortured by the Chinese, yet there’s something called “China-South Sudan relations” and the Chinese of all the people have come, exploited and exhorted our God-given resources, and our leaders just watched on. Isn’t this a shame, too?

Again, 2020 in Uganda, some of our young people were found not far from their home and the police stomped towards them and beat them like animals for no apparent reason. What is Uganda to us, a brother or sister right? The president of Uganda is the foster carer of our own president and yet, the children of the client are being mistreated in the watch of their parent by the foster father/carer, Mr. M7. Isn’t this just too shameful guys?

Nevertheless, just this Saturday gone, the 30th of January 2021, a bunch of our young people who were eating out like any other young persons, were again stomped towards by the Kenyan police, rounded up and asked to pay TKK( Toa Kitu Kidogo. Which means give whatever little you have. In other words, bribe us so we can let you go).

This is the reason as to why they were caught. Kenya has its curfew starting at 10:30pm( I was informed). The boys left home just before eight in the even to buy food. They met their friends and they decided to chit chat a little. At 21:00 pm, they decided to go home because they were mindful of the curfew time.

A group of Kenyan police officers seen on duty in Kakuma Refugee Camp |Photo: Thessherald

While approaching their house, a police car pulled up and the police officers (Affande) stomped towards the young people and immediately handcuffed them. When the young people asked why they were being handcuffed while the curfew time was still, the police offices asked for TKK.

The young people told the officers that they had no money. The officers got bitter and demanded for five thousand Kenya shillings each, otherwise, they threatened to drag the young people to the prison, and if by morning they hadn’t paid, the young people would appear before the court and explain why they were before the Judge.

As if that wasn’t enough, our young people were tortured through beatings, thrown into a dark room filled with urine and bad odour. On top of that, they were abused that they needed to go back to their country(SS) where there were no rules and where people do whatever each one pleases. “Go back to your country”, they were told. What kind of humiliation is this my people? Isn’t this too shameful ?

Kenya, like Uganda is a sisterly country with a head of state that has been initiating the return of peace to the people of South Sudan. If our people are being mistreated in Kenya, it’s because our leaders have failed us. Kenyans don’t see us going back to our country anytime sooner, hence, the reason they see us as a burden on them.

My people, the equation the other countries are using to arrive to their answers is simple: “If South Sudan is mistreating, torturing, dehumanizing her own people, who are we not to do the same?” This is the reality and it’s a sad reality!

The question is, how much longer should the people of South Sudan continue to suffer in the hands of people who are not even close to them by all means? If it’s intelligence, we have it! If it’s education, we have highly educated, highly qualified professionals who could do so exceedingly well. If it’s resources, we have a country that flows with milk and honey! And if it’s hardships, sufferings and struggles, our forefathers and present fathers and mothers have bitterly experienced it. What exactly don’t we know or have really for us to be treated like a piece of “sh**t?

What we need is simple so that all this humiliation can stop! We need a stable, peaceful and secure country. Please give us back our country!. We want to go back home!!! South Sudan is the only home we can walk freely and proudly.

The writer is a South Sudanese activist and human rights defender.

The views expressed in this “Opinion Section” belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of The South Sudan Herald. Should you wish to submit your opinion piece or analysis, kindly contact us at: thessherald@gmail.com

Defence Minister Angelina officiates at Leadership & Peace-Building workshop in Nairobi

Defence Minister Angelina Jany briefs participants at a workshop organized in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi Photo |© Defence Minister’s office

Dec 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Angelina Jany Teny, officially witnessed, on Monday, a workshop on Leadership, Peace-Building and Reconstruction held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

“The Minister of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs, Hon. Angelina Jany Teny on 7/12/2020, witnessed the official opening of the Leadership Peace Building and Reconstruction Course at International Peace Support Training Centre in Nairobi, Kenya,” said Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, Press Secretary and Media Analyst.

The course was jointly organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), and is the “beginning process of unifying the Command meant to command the Necessary Unified Forces of the Republic of South Sudan who are in the Unified Training Centres.”

Speaking at the opening of the training, Jany applauded the UN agency and the RJMEC for organizing the training aimed at empowering senior officers to become peace ambassadors.

“Hon. Teny, thanked UNITAR, RJMEC and the instructors for giving the Senior Officers chance to become peace builders.”

Jany was appointed earlier this year as part of a power-sharing agreement between the South Sudanese government and the opposition parties.

S. Sudan’s diplomat collapses and dies while drawing cash from Bank

A hearse carrying the body of South Sudan Ambassador to Eritrea Michael Nyang leaves Kencom House in Nairobi on October 22,2020. Photo credit: Evans Habil | Nation Media Group

Oct 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan ambassador to Eritrea Michael Nyang on Thursday collapsed and died inside Kenya Commercial Bank’s Moi Avenue Advantage Centre at Kencom building in Nairobi.

The diplomat was on a mission to withdraw some cash before developing complications. He died on the spot.

Efforts by medics on call by the bank to resuscitate him did not bear fruits as the ambassador lost his life some minutes to 1pm.

South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya Chol Ajongo confirmed the death but refused to divulge more details until the family of the diplomat is made aware of the incident.

“I can confirm that we have lost one of our colleagues. He died this afternoon in Nairobi. I cannot share any further information for now until we inform the family and a postmortem is done,” Mr Ajongo told the Nation.

Nairobi Police Commander Rashid Yakub confirmed the death of the diplomat, saying the ambassador went to withdraw money from the VIP section of the bank before developing health complications.

“He went to withdraw money but he told the teller that he was not feeling well before he collapsed. Doctors tried to attend to him but he unfortunately passed on at around 12.30pm,” said Mr Yakub, adding that samples have been taken for Covid-19 testing, though the doctors suspect a heart attack.

The diplomat’s family stays in Kenya and a worker at the bank, who spoke to the Nation said he was a regular customer.

The body later left aboard a Lee Funeral Home hearse some minutes to 4pm accompanied by his family and a driver.

Later, the entrance used by the diplomat was fumigated by a health officer who arrived at the bank in full Covid-19 protective gear. A statement by Kenya Commercial Bank said they will temporarily close the banking hall and Advantage Centre where the diplomat died.

Originally posted by The Nation

R-ARCSS implementation may take 10 years to complete: SPLM-IO official

Oct 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–Given the apparent lack of progress in implementation of the R-ARCSS, a senior SPLM-IO official has observed that addressing unimplemented issues will remain a daunting task, and could take up to ten years to complete.

Nathaniel Oyet Pierino, an SPLM-IO representative at the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) explained that the implementation of the peace deal continues to move at a snail’s pace and may not achieve a positive outcome soon.

“At the current speed, Parties may take at least 10 years to implement the Revitalised Peace Agreement,” said the SPLM-IO official, Nathaniel Parienio.

“Nearly Eight (8 ) months of the Transitional Period and after over Two (2) years of a signed Agreement the parties have nothing yet tangible to show. The Pre-Transitional Period of Eight (08) months on the matrix became elastic. It took Seventeen (17) Months moreover without completing the tasks meant for that period.”

“Today after nearly one year of Transitional Period, the task that were meant for Pre-Transitional period have not been completed, especially:

  1. Completing the Unification of forces of the military, and other organized forces;
  2. Incorporating the agreement into the constitution and ratifying it into the law;
  3. The passing into law of the amendments of security related laws and political parties Act;
  4. Completing task necessary for the formation of RTGNU, including Submissions of nominees for Legislature, etc. and finally;
  5. Establishment of RTGNU at all levels;
    Mathematically, if the will for the agreement shall be there, and at the current phase of implementation, the parties may need to secure at least Ten (10) years more of Transitional period to implement the agreement.”

“The parties are turning the R-ARCSS,(2018) into a “Gentlemen Agreement”. The parties are yet to meet provisions that are not easy go, especially those that are politically more sensitive than those that the parties are currently grappling with. The Security Sector and economic reforms, the Census; the implementation of federalism, the Permanent Constitution and its processes, the mother of all stalemate; the transitional justice mechanism especially the Hybrid Court, and the National Elections; Just to mention but few.”

“The complacency of IGAD, the body that is supposed to guarantee the agreement, has reached it’s climax. The member states of IGAD have turn blind eyes on the plight of South Sudanese people and are busy with their internal matters. Including elections and Covid19 pandemic. IGAD could have assumed responsibility that it could not be able to discharge. The international partners including the troika, having exhausted their leverage shall at the end resort to and plead with the parties to guarantee the agreement especially the permanent ceasefire.”

“The parties have been granted free hands and are at liberty, in essence, the parties are the actual guarantors of the agreement, they can choose to implement the agreement or not to do so. Which is why the R-ARCSS (2018) may altogether be turned by the parties into a “Gentlemen Agreements”

“With this backdrop, and failing to arrest the complacency, reality shall dictate that the agreement shall require an elastic timetable and a Transitional Period longer than that previously envisaged. Given the proposed Six (6) months extension of the matrix is already behind schedule before it was announced at the last JMEC plenary.”

Aldo Ajou, 78, receives his PhD from Mount Kenya University

Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, receives his PhD from Mount Kenya University |Photo: Thessherald

October 11, 2020 (Thessherald)–Meet Dr Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, a South Sudan citizen and politician who has graduated with a PhD in History at Mount Kenya University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Aldo Ajou, a member of the Jieng Council of Elders, was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy – the highest university degree in education at the age of 78.

According to Professor Simon N. Gicharu “Dr Ajou dismantled stereotypes on his path to academic self actualization.”

Professor Simon N. Gicharu poses for a picture with his student Aldo Ajou Deng |Photo: Thessherald

Who is Dr Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey?

Aldo Ajou, is a well-known politician and currently a member of the Jieng Council of Elders, an informal group of elders predominantly from the Dinka.
According to his biography, Aldo was first elected to the Sudanese parliament in 1967. Between 1967 and 1989, he held positions of provincial governor, deputy speaker, minister of culture, minister of irrigation, minister of transportation, and deputy prime minister. In 1988, Deng sent his wife and children to Alexandria to avoid the escalating Second Sudanese Civil War.

The next year, Omar al-Bashir led a military coup that took control of the government, and Deng was arrested at gunpoint, spending three months in prison. Omar al-Bashir released Deng so that Deng could negotiate with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army of southern Sudan, but in 1993, Deng fled to the United Kingdom and claimed political asylum. Shortly afterwards, he travelled to Egypt to collect his family, and they settled in South Norwood, London.

He has since organized several charities to support women, children, and schools in Sudan. After the end of the civil war in 2005 and the independence of South Sudan in 2011, he returned to serve on the committee that wrote the new country’s constitution.

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