Kiir’s office summons Kuol to shed light on his recent comment

Former Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs General Kuol Manyang Juuk | Photo: File

Nairobi—The Office of the President has summoned former Minister of Defence General Kuol Manyang Juuk over his recent controversial comment on the Kiir administration.

“The Office of the President has summoned him to hear the comment straight from the horse’s mouth. He is a high-ranking official and has every right to express his feelings, if he feels the government has lost direction, but he should explain his statements clearly to avoid misinterpretation,” said a reliable source in an interview with a Nairobi-based newspaper.

Earlier this week, Kuol admitted that the South Sudanese government has failed to deliver much-needed services since the country gained its independence in 2011.

“When we fought the Sudan government for 22 years, it was for us to become independent so that we do what the government of Sudan was not doing for us”, Kuol admitted in a statement that elicited mixed reactions on social media.

The top government official admitted that they had all failed to fulfill the promises and obligations they made when they were in the bush.

“Since July2005, the government of South Sudan was formed, but what did we do from 2005 until 2011. What did we do? We didn’t build schools, we didn’t build roads, we did not build houses for our people, we didn’t make hospitals, we are not feeding ourselves and depending on the relief food,” he added in a very frustrated tone.

President Kiir, Machar had rare conversation for the first time

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar were seen sharing ideas on January 30, 2021 |Photo: File

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy, Dr. Riek Machar, were seen on Saturday having normal conversations and exchanging views for the first time since the formation of the coalition government.

The key leaders were applauded on social media for showing a positive gesture and sharing ideas on current issues affecting the world’s youngest nation.

They were also encouraged to continue holding similar meetings as part of the trust-building effort as the nation is seen slowly getting back on the right track.

“This is actually encouraging, I hope they will continue with the same spirit and understanding,” said a social media user identified as Emmanuel Chol D.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013, Kiir and Machar have had a bad working relationship and the two have never exchanged views on how to tackle the country’s deep-seated problems.

“Such a positive interaction between our leaders is a sigh of relief for the people of South Sudan, I wish the newly appointed Governor and his Deputy the best of luck as they begin the first phase of reconciliation in Upper Nile State,” another user wrote in the comments section.

South Sudan’s leaders signed an agreement in September 2018 aimed at ending years of violence that has driven millions from their homes and outside the country.

However, the implementation of key components of the agreement fall behind schedule, including security arrangements, the formation of Hybrid Court, and the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly.

Last week, the R-JMEC called on the parties to accelerate the graduation of the Unified Forces that are currently undergoing training in cantonment areas.

“We believe that the successful implementation of PCTSA is a guarantee to a permanent foundation of enduring peace in the South Sudan. Protracted delays and passing of time without progress is detrimental to the overall situation in South Sudan,” said peace guarantors in a joint statement.

Ateny under spotlight on sexual scandals, risks lawsuit

Press Secretary in the President’s office, Ateny Wek Ateny |Photo: Gettyimages

South Sudan’s Presidential Press Secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny, is now under the spotlight on possibly-immoral sexual activities against women at J1 palace, according to firsthand complainants.

Ateny— a high-profile figure in South Sudan— is being accused of using the president’s office as bait to entice girls and women into sexual relationships.

“The boss of Presidential Press Units [referring to Ateny Wek Ateny] has been repeatedly practicing and lecturing types of misconduct while working around our President whom, we (citizens) tirelessly stood behind him during the liberation struggle and voted him in 2010,” wrote a concerned citizen on social media.

Daniella Valentino Wol, a staunch critic of Ateny, has lodged a complaint in recent months, accusing him of turning the president’s office into a brothel.

“Good morning Mr. President, I became homeless in December 2020 and checked myself into a cheaper hotel, and could have had money to pay for it — if I hadn’t refused to have sex with Ateny Wek Ateny,” Daniel claimed on Facebook.

“Mr President, Ateny is using your office and public resources to destroy women of South Sudan and your Presidential image,” she said.

Adding that, “No women should be sleeping with Ateny in order for him to give them money to feed their children. I know he has told you many lies about me but he has left out the truth about his fighting against me which is simply my body. Land mark hotel is Prostitution place for Ateny Wek Ateny.”

Ateny, who had been a vocal critic of the country’s rulers, was appointed in 2013 as the press secretary by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Kiir pays tribute to Covid-19 victims, wishes S. Sudanese “Merry Christmas”

President Salva Kiir Mayardit |Photo: File

Dec 25, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sent a message of solidarity to families who might have lost their loved ones to the Coronavirus and wished the people of South Sudan a Merry Christmas.

“My family and I convey our warmest Christmas greetings to all believers who are celebrating the birth of our lord Jesus Christ, both within our country and across the world. As you come together to celebrate this joyous occasion with your families, friends and communities, I am urging all of you to maintain peace during this festive season.”

He added that, “let this season reflect our lord’s status as the Prince of peace through our conduct toward each other. To Christians who do not celebrate Christmas, kindly allow the spirit of ecumenical solidarity to bind you with your neighbours as they partake in these festivities.”

Speaking on Christmas Eve, President Kiir paid tribute to the frontline workers who put their lives on the line every day defending and fighting against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“As we welcome the Lord in our hearts, I encourage you to remember the challenges we have faced as a country this year and pray that the lord’s spirit will continue to nurture and strengthen our unity to stand together as a people despite these difficulties. We also need to collectively pray for God’s guidance and blessing as we strive to foster deeper understanding in our work to resolve conflict in our country once and for all.”

“During this festive season, let’s remember the compatriots we lost to COVID-19 pandemic and pay tribute to health workers who have been in the fore front in the battle against this virus since the first case was reported. I also would like to take this opportunity to salute all the public servants for their dedicated service to our country, especially the members of organized forces.”

IGAD says Machar is “free” to travel anywhere in the world

IGAD's Heads of State and Government at 38th Extraordinary Assembly held in Djibouti |Photo: © IGAD Secretariat
IGAD’s Heads of State and Government at 38th Extraordinary Assembly held in Djibouti |Photo: © IGAD Secretariat

Dec 21, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has denied reports speculating that the country’s First Vice-President, Dr. Riek Machar, is still under “house arrest” in the capital, Juba.

In a statement issued on Sunday following the 38th Extraordinary Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, the East African regional bloc that brokered the South Sudan peace agreement confirmed that the opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, is free to travel anywhere in the world

“The Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government underscored that currently there are no travel restrictions of any kind imposed by IGAD on the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny,” the IGAD said in a communique issued on Sunday.

Regarding the implementation of the peace agreement, the IGAD commends the South Sudanese leaders for having achieved an important milestone in implementing outstanding issues.

“The Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government acknowledged the milestones achieved through the Rome Initiative towards engaging the non-signatory groups to the peace process in South Sudan and the need to bring the talks and the negotiating parties closer to the people of South Sudan,” the statement added.

Despite being part of the coalition government, Machar has been in a situation similar to House Hetention, as he is not allowed to travel in and out of the country.

Last month, the SPLA-IO’s top military commanders expressed their frustration and demanded the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to allow Machar to visit his forces and brief them on the status of the agreement.

South Sudan’s government and opposition groups signed the R-ARCSS in September 2018, that marked an end to deadly violence that has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced millions from their homes.

Makuei denies Machar’s alleged house arrest

CPA voices concern over delayed formation of states’ governments

Ter Manyang Gatwech, head of The Center for Peace and Advocacy |Photo: File

CPA | Press Release

Nov 30th, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is highly concerned over the delayed formation of the states’ governments by the parties to the agreement. This is a worrying and disturbing sign that all is not well, raising an eyebrow about the parties seriousness of returning the country back to sustainable peace, security, justice, development and the rule of law.

For a fully functioning Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) to be realized, the peace agreement stipulates the appointment of Governor of the Upper Nile State, Speakers of State Legislatures, State Councils of Ministers and County Commissioners, something that has not happened until now.

The unnecessary delay in the formation of the states’ governments is creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and a power vacuum. The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) regrets this delay and urges the parties to show some seriousness and commitment in resolving the states issue. The formation of the states’ governments is a pre-requisite to a stable R-TGoNU and a peaceful and secure South Sudan.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is sounding the alarm bell and urges the parties to expedite the formation of the state government and call on the peace guarantors to help bridge the gap where they have been deadlocked. The South Sudanese cannot wait any longer; delaying the formation is giving them a very bleak picture of the direction the parties to the agreement are taking them.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is therefore calling the international community to help pressurize the parties because the deadlock on the states issue is a sign of worse things yet to come.

Kiir doubts General Olony’s affiliation to the SPLM/A-IO

Religious leaders pay courtesy call on President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the State House |Photo : Maal Maker/ PPU

Nov 21, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, during a meeting with religious leaders on Friday, identified three main issues delaying the appointment of the SPLM-IO candidate, General Johnson Olony, as a Governor of Upper Nile state.

“The Church leaders and eminent personalities from the Global Churches held a meeting and prayers with H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit to encourage him to give sincere attention to the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and encourage his service for the People of South Sudan,” said the Office of the President.

Kiir outlines three major sticking points halting the long-awaited appointment of General Olony as a Governor of Upper Nile State.

General John Olony is not a member of SPLM-IO,

General Johnson Olony refused to come to Juba for his own reasons,

And The people of Upper Nile State do not want General Johnson Olony as their Governor.”

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit told the church leaders who made an appeal for the appointment of the Upper Nile State Governor that the appointment of Johnson Olony as a Governor of Upper Nile State is not an easy task for several reasons that are:

The South Sudanese leader reaffirms his commitment to implementing the peace agreement in letter and spirit and assures the religious leaders that he will not plunge the country into another conflict.

“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit assured the global church leaders and eminent personalities that the country has attained peace and will not go back to war again.”

The President requests Machar to sign an undertaking document before the nominated person is approved and appointed as soon as possible.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar to write an undertaking letter taking full responsibility should General Johnson Olony be appointed as Governor of Upper Nile State and create conflict because he was not initially a member of the SPLM-IO. Dr. Riek Machar has not yet brought the letter of undertaking to me.

I am still waiting for my First Vice President Dr Riek Machar to give me the hand written undertaking letter as we have agreed”

Full Text: Kiir’s speech at the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference

Statement by His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit at the Closing of the South Sudan National Dialogue Conference Freedom Hall Juba, South Sudan November 17, 2020

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar in Khartoum

Esteemed delegates to this historic National Conference Excellences the Vice Presidents of the Republic of South Sudan,

Rr. Honorable Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Rt. Honorable Speaker of the Council of States All Senior Government Officials,

Your Excellency Molana Abel Alier Kwai Kut, Co-Chair of the National Dialogue

Your Excellency Angelo Beda, Co-Chair of the National Dialogue The Rapporteur of the National Dialogue,

Hon. Bona Malwal Madur Ring Religious Leaders Members of National Dialogue Steering Committee and Secretariat Members of Diplomatic corps, Representatives of AU, UN and R-JMEC Distinguish Special Envoys from the region Ladies and Gentlemen.

I greet you all in the name of our country, the Republic of South Sudan.

On December 14 2016, I had the honour to launch this great event whose conclusion we are witnessing today. When this work started, not many people thought it would arrive at where we are today: sharing views gathered from the grassroots in the duration of almost four years on a national platform.

What this process has achieved is commendable and for this, I would like to thank the national co-chairs, Molana Abel Alier Kwai Kur and Hon. Angelo Beda for steady leadership they have provided during this process. I would also like to thank Members of Steering Committee led by Hon. Bona Malwal Madur and Amb. Dr. Francis Mading Deng for the incredible support they have given in guiding this process.

Let me also recognize the Secretariat of the Steering Committee for their efforts in ensuring grassroots views were gathered, documented and shared in this conference. Those involved in this process from its inception know that we have received substantial support from our regional and international partners.

I would like to thank these partners for overcoming doubts cast on the value of National Dialogu certain quarters from the star and for availing both material and technical resources to support us. Specifically, I would like to thank the Japanese Government for their contribution and UNDP for the stewardship it provided during this period. By the way, the Japanese are among few donors we have that do not attach strings to their support.

Last but not the least, I would like to thank you, the delegates who travelled to Juba from different corners of our country to participate in this conference. Your presence here signals your desire to contribute towards shaping the future of your country. Let me also congratulate you for candidly sharing your views at grassroots, at regional conferences and here at the national conference.

The issues you raised deserve full attention of your leadership. Ladies and gentlemen, Your views on numerous issues affecting our country at multiple levels: on governance, security, economy and social cohesion have been heard. There is no doubt that the outcome of National Dialogue represents the views of a broad cross-section of our society on the issues raised. This means there is no question about the legitimacy of this process.

With this in mind, we need to remind ourselves that what has been produced in this process must be harmonized with the Permanent Constitution making process, which is provided for in the Revitalized Peace Agreement. The Revitalized Peace Agreement is not merely an integral part of our Constitution, it is in essence our fundamental law itself, and all other processes, including the National Dialogue, must ultimately be reconciled with it. Yes, the National Dialogue has been broad-based bottom-up consultations.

The Revitalized Agreement on the other hand, came as a result of talks between political elites, which makes it narrower in scope. However, the Agreement has constitutional sanctirty that the National Dialogue lacks, despite its popular legitimacy. Therefore, we should not attempt to replace the agreement with the consensus reached through the National Dialogue, but rather use the National Dialogue as a guide to enrich the forthcoming Permanent Constitution-making process that the Revitalized Peace Agreement mandates.

Esteemed delegates,

the last four years of this national conversation have not been easy. At the beginning of National Dialogue, I was accused of using this process to dodge responsibility of finding a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Others, objected to this process on the basis that it was not inclusive enough, despite the fact that the process was designed to reach our communities where-ever they reside.

Today, the presence of these delegates in this hall, and the rich discussion that went on from the start of National Dialogue, and in the last three weeks here in Juba, clearly demonstrates that the accusations labelled against me and the process have turned out to be false.

The organizers of this national conversation, for example, have fulfilled their mandate as demonstrated by the cross-section of our society represented in this hall. The views expressed by you, the delegates throughout this process, have nor been approving of any party including, the SPLM that was accused of initiating National Dialogue to save its soul. The Peace Process I was accused of replacing with the National Dialogue is now under implementation.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am not raising these points to defend myself from what has been said since this process started, I am raising them as of way of sharing with you what I believe to be part of our problem.

What you have discussed in the last four years and the resolutions you have come up with in this process will only serve our country, if we re-assess ourselves in rwo critical areas. First, we need to re-assess our tendency to readily accept external models that ignore our history. Secondly, we also need to examine our attitude towards our laws and institutions.

Since 2005, we have been falsely assured that templates of thematic experience of what has worked for others will work for us. We have been told again and again to adopt these models by people who in most cases do not understand our context. At times, even those who know our experiences cannot resist to overlook our specific history in the quest for templates of what has worked in other countries. And when things do not go as planned, the same people rurn around and blame us for nor implementing what they have pushed with no consideration of our specific context.

I know we are all united in our aspiration for a democratic South Sudan, but let us work towards this goal within our specific context. Any whole sale adoption of any governance system as advised by thse seeking to import their model at the expense of our context will be counter- productive.

No governance system can endure if it is not shaped by its political environment. Ladies and gentlemen, Most of the failures that this national conversation has blamed on the SPLM leadership are rooted in our attitude as a people.

I am going to speak about few issues raised in the opening of this conference to illustrate my point on our attitude. Part of what determine progress in any society is the attitude of its population towards its guiding laws and regulations. The laws in our books are comparable to what exist in other countries, but have we really followed what these laws say. Has our attempt to enforce the law been welcomed in certain quarters? Take the 2013 crisis, this crisis would have been avoided if we respected what the law has stipulated.

The elections were two years away and because of our poor attitude towards our institutions, some of us decided it was okay to attempt to take power when the mechanism we have adopted for peaceful transfer of power was two years away. The SPLM government created the constitution, which was violated because of our attitude.

We forgot that the way we interact wvith our institutions promote or retard their development. As part of the broader reflection, let us look inwardly and work to correct our attitudes towards how we relate with our institutions. I would also like to briefly say something about the claim the liberators have monopolized everything, including power. This assertion is nor borne out by facts.

We have been inclusive politically since 2005. The SPLM/A from its start did not take up arms for personal benefit. Revolutionaries do not exclude because armed struggle itself entails death, and no one is ever sure they will make it to the day of victory. Revolutionaries fight for the people, including those who did not participate in the liberation. On the charge to liberators’ monopoly of power is the cause of our problems, there is another view from those who fought in the war that what is affecting this country is excessive political inclusion.

From these two contending positions, you can see what we have been doing all along is the balancing act between these two positions. We chose to maintain this balance because this country belongs to all of us.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me also say something in passing about the land issue, specifically on the background why the SPLM negotiating team in Naivasha insisted on the position that land belongs to communities, which was the basis of the most quoted statement from late Leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior on the same issue. The SPLM demand on communal land rights was intended to guard against the effeet of two Sudanese legislation on Land ownership, especially in South Sudan. The first law we were guarding against was the Unregisterrid Land At of 1970. This law stipulated that any unoccupied land belongs to the government.

This was done with total disregarded to traditional community ownership of land.
The Second law was the Civil Transition Act of 1990, which also denied any recognition of customary land rights and asserted that the land in the country belongs to Allah and the state was only the inheritor. I am not sure how many people among those championing exclusive communal rights to the land were this vocal when the two legislations I have just cited were enacted.

Sometimes, we need to reflect a little on our history before we decry certain issues. Stopping a little to think on the nature of some complains we make, may tell us, perhaps today is better than yesterday. We are still committed ro the principles we articulated on land issue in 2005, but that does not mean blanket communal claims to land ownership can be used to impede legitimate land allocation for national development.

I believe all levels of government can work jointly to ensure that communal ownership of land can co-exist with legitimate land development directed by government. There is more to be gained if everyone works together on this issue. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to conclude my remarks by thanking you once again for making this conference a success.

I would also like to wish you safe trip to your respective areas across South Sudan. Please convey my sincere greetings to our people in your respective areas. As mentioned earlier, the ideas brought forth in this conference will form greater part of our discussion on how to build strong South Sudan. Be proud of yourselves, because you have done your civic duty. May God bless you all and our country, the Republic of South Sudan.

President Salva KIIR Mayardit.

Full Text: Communique of the National Dialogue Conference held today

COMMUNIQUÉ

The SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL DIALOGUE
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, 3RD—17TH NOV 2020

Nov 17, 2020 (Thessherald)–We, the 518 delegates, representing 80 counties of South Sudan, eminent persons, political parties, faith-based institutions, civil society, business communities, professional associations and organizations, representatives of organized forces, women and youth organizations, having dialogued in Juba from the 3rdto the 17thof November 2020 at the National Dialogue National Conference, under the chairmanship of Co-Chair, Hon. Angelo Beda;

Having deliberated on the agenda of the South Sudan National Dialogue National Conference;

Appreciating H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Government of South Sudan for initiating the National Dialogue process and providing the political, financial, and material support necessary for its success;

Acutely aware of the divisive and bitter conditions created by the political and ethnic conflicts in the country;

Recognizing the importance of the R-ARCSS as an important step towards ending the political violence country;

Deeply concerned of its slow implementation and persistent incidents of violence across the country;

Calling on the parties to expedite R-ARCSS implementation, especially the unification of forces, formation of state and local governments, and reconstitution of the national parliament;

Appealing to SOMMA and the government and all the parties to the Rome Initiative to negotiate in good faith and to expeditiously reach an Agreement in order to consolidate peace in the country and to prepare for democratic elections;

Cognizant of the hardships facing our people in refuge and displacement camps and desiring their speedy return to their homes;

Aware of the dire and appalling economic conditions in the country and the urgent need to improve these conditions;

Fully recognizing the sheer weight of responsibility placed on the delegates to the National Dialogue National Conference to pull the country together and unite the people of South Sudan;

Inspired and guided by the objectives and principles of the National Dialogue, the Conference reached the following resolutions and recommendations:

On Governance

The Conference,

Adopts a mixed federal system with full political, administrative, and financial powers to the states and restricts federal interference in state affairs;

Resolves to establish 32 plus states to meet the legitimate aspirations of the people of South Sudan;

Decides to share all financial resources between the states and federal government and allocates 20% net revenue share to natural resource producing states;

Endorses a presidential system of government with appropriate limitation to the presidential powers;

Approves two consecutive five-year term limits for the president, starting with the next presidential elections;

Affirms strict adherence to the normative principles of constitutionalism, including the separation of powers among the most three arms of government: the executive, legislature, and the judiciary and further recommends credible independence of the legislature and the judiciary from executive interference;

Disallows concurrent service in the parliament and the executive and recommends that any member of parliament appointed to an executive position must resign from parliament and be replaced by the constituency through by-elections within 60 days;

Restricts appointment of judges by president to only those judges recommended by the Judicial Service Commission;

Reaffirms the transferof power only throughlegitimate, timely, free and fair democratic elections;

Calls upon the government to recalibrate its diplomacy and foreign policy as a reflection of its domestic agenda;

Calls for the establishment of an independent election commission to organize and conduct the next elections

Recognizes the importance of land to the people of South Sudan and declares that land is owned by the communities and shall be managed by various levels of government in accordance with the law;

Demands that the government urgently resolves land disputes between ethnic communities through recognition of boundaries as they stood on January 1, 1956;

Resolves that state and communal boundaries must be managed and demarcated by the national government as they stood on the 1st January 1956;

Decides to criminalize the abduction and trafficking of children and calls for an immediate enforcement or enactment of laws against the practice;

Endorses the results of the Abyei Referendum and calls on the government to ensure speedy and final settlement of the status of Abyei.

On the Economy

The Conference,

  1. Resolves to urge the Government to exert more efforts in stabilizing peace and in restoring macroeconomic stability within the overall framework for sustainable peace, economic growth, and poverty eradication;
  2. Calls for the diversification of the economy by making agriculture the engine of growth and using oil revenues to fuel this engine through investment in roads, telecommunication and electricity;
  3. Recommends to the Government that it adopts a clear economic development policy and strategy;
  4. Resolves to equitably share financial resources between federal and state governments.
  5. Demands that the government and oil companies immediately address environmental, social and health problems created by oil production;
  6. Calls for an urgent enactment of an environmental law that mandates environmental and social impact assessment before any development projects are executed;
  7. Appeals to the government and companies to conduct development activities in line with sustainable development principles so that it does not jeopardize the needs of present and future generations.
  8. Calls for the establishment of an electronic payroll system in the government institutions;
  9. Resolves to urge the Government to respect and ensure the independence of the National Revenue Authority (NRA);
  10. Calls on the Government to modernize gold exploration, mining and processing;
  11. Recommends to the Government to exert efforts to increase local food production for domestic consumption and export to increase supply of hard currency in the country;
  12. Appeals to the government to strengthen social safety-net programs through the establishment of cooperatives with the aim of alleviating the cost of living;
  13. Recommends the empowerment of women and youth through the establishment of microfinance institutions to expand access to credit and promote inclusive growth;
  14. Demands that the Government establish strategic industries to increase the supply of high value goods and services;
  15. Expresses serious concern about pervasive corruption in South Sudan and calls on the government to consider corruption as a national emergency.
  16. Calls for strengthening legal, institutional, and regulatory frameworks to ensure accountability and combat corruption and impunity and therefore demands institutions such as the Judiciary, Legislature, Anti-corruption Commission to be strengthened to investigate allegations of corruption and persecute;
  17. Resolves to demand the establishment of special courts to deal with corruption and money laundering cases;

On Security

The Conference,

  1. Calls for an immediate end to all forms of hostilities in the country and urges all armed groups to end violence and seek peaceful means to address their grievances;
  2. Calls for the Transformation of the Security Sector in South Sudan through creation of a Professional National Army and other organized forces,through recruitment of South Sudanese from all regions and ethnic communities;
  3. Appeals to the government to strengthen military justice system to punish those charged with corruption in the army and organize forces;
  4. Strongly urges the government to improve salaries of all the organized forces; address their social welfare needs; and provide them with counseling and psychosocial support;
  5. Expresses serious concern about the impact of small arms and light weapons in the hands of civilians and strongly recommends comprehensive and simultaneous civilian disarmament across the country that involves the chiefs, youth leaders, politicians and the United Nations in the process and use modern technology for effective disarmament;
  6. Strongly Urges the Government to establish military barracks, provide decent housing, health insurance services, social fund for the care of soldiers’ families, widows and orphans left behind;
  7. Strongly Condemns cattle raiding and related killings and recommends that the government formulates and implements policies against this practice;
  8. Recommends to the government to strengthen military economic corporation to produce food for the army;
  9. Strongly disapproves of violent means for seeking power and mobilization of ethnic communities for the same purpose;
  10. Appeals to the Government to improve and strengthen diplomatic ties with all the neighboring countries, strengthen institutions for immigration control; sensitize communities living along the borders to support its effort to control illegal flow of arms; severely punish those involved in arms trafficking; and ratify the International Treaty on small arms and light weapons control;
  11. Calls on the Government to urgently take control of South Sudan air space to strengthen our sovereignty and security;
  12. Recommends that the government addresses persistent insecurity in the country through the creation ofjobs and improve the agricultural sector to keep youth in gainful employment; stop rewarding rebels with high military ranks and stop rampant integration of militias into national army and other organized forces.

On Social Cohesion

The Conference,

  1. Resolves to urgently call on thegovernment to expedite the enactment of legislation on the establishment of truth, healing and reconciliation commission;
  2. Appeals to the government to urgently undertake repatriation prior to the end of the Transitional Period, provide compensation to those whose homes and properties were destroyed during the war, allocate lands for the returnees and settle land disputes before repatriation
  3. Calls on the cattle herders to follow the traditional consultation mechanism on movement of Cattle in Farming Communities and implement the Presidential Order to remove the cattle from Equatoria
  4. Calls on the government to immediately pass the legislation on the right of people with disabilities;
  5. Strongly urges the government to establish education centers for homeless children, orphans and strongly urges the government to care for the wounded heroes and allocate land for war windows;
  6. Recommends the promotion of Annual Cultural shows for all nationalities to promote national diversity; and to encourage inter-communal dialogues to promote peaceful co-existence among the communities;
  7. Strongly recommends criminalization of negative propaganda and hate Speech;
  8. Appeals to the Government to preserve and promote historical and natural sites, build museum, set up an archeological department to promote archeological studies and reclaim South Sudan’s arte-facts or archival materials in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Egypt, Turkey and the Sudan; and,

On Implementation and Follow-Up Mechanism

The Conference;

  1. Resolves to establish a High-level Monitoring and Evaluation Committee that shall report to the president and the parliament on the status of the implementation of the National Dialogue Resolutions.

Response to the media circulating fake news against Kiir and Tut Gatluak

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs Tut Gatluak Manime | Photo: File
President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs Tut Gatluak Manime | Photo: File

Opinion | By Brown Akoon Yel

Nov 15, 2020 (Thessherald)–The fake news had been published in various media outlets titled; CORRUPTION: Ex-finance minister’s teeth broken during fist fight in Dubai with businessman Kur Ajing over stolen crude oil money.

It goes viral on social media and that is complemental baseless accusation for involving Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Hon.Tut Gatluak Manime in that muddle of messiness.

General speaking and honestly, I would like to accentuate the general public that H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime are not in that disorderliness activities because they’re forsightedly, diligent, and visionary leaders that we have ever known in our lives and their work is based on sophistication, worldiness and disillusionment. They’re purely nobel leaders in South Sudan and Africa at large.

Hence, I want to approach public attention that President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime are not involved in such criminalism. Then I condemned propagandists in strongest term possible for creating defamation by tarnishing the image our beloved leaders without conceivable matter. Creating falsifications on social medias against brilliant leaders for no reason will never take them anywhere rather than destroying their images by themselves. South Sudan is our country and biggest than all of us of which we should respect the images of our leaders.

However, H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit has never been in a such mess our people in his Regime are doing. Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit is the only patriotics man among Junubeen who doesn’t like corruption but always thinking that services must to be delivered to the public. On the other hand, there is nothing that can involved the presidential Advisor on National security Affairs Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime in a such criminal case of looting public funds.

Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime doesn’t have any single responsibility of selling crude oil, otherwise let us have ways of making analysis before airing out unreasonable message to the public. Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime is a security advisor who doesn’t have single connection with crude oil.

He is not advisor to the Ministry of petroleum nor advisor to the Ministry of Commerce and trade neither advisor to the Ministry of Finance but just he is a security advisor.

My people, honestly speaking Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime and H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit are always victimized in any single outlet but they are absolutely innocent men in the Republic of South Sudan. Let us pay attribute on them for their being distinctively leaders that couldn’t be challenged in their Administration office.


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