Authorities urged not to open Pandora’s box, by arresting innocent musicians

Agel Ring Machar, former Press Secretary in the Vice-President’s Office | Photo: Courtesy

Juba—The South Sudanese government has been urged to stop cracking down on innocent people, including musicians, who try to exercise their constitutional rights by expressing their feelings in songs.

Agel Ring Machar, a former Press Secretary in the Presidency, warned authorities not to foment more trouble at the time when the President is working to reunite the country divided by violence and tribalism.

“To those behind the ongoing unfortunate witch-hunt on Cde Larson Angok, I have free advice for you. Please try to reconsider your decision. It’s unnecessary and dangerously provocative,” said Agel in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“Let’s not open another front at the time when President [Salva Kiir] Mayardit is trying his best to unite his people and transition the country from war to peace and tranquility.”

This comes after the government had arrested a musician, Larson Angok, accusing him of composing political songs that criticized the current administration.

Kiir urged to join adult education to improve reading and speaking skills

President Salva Kiir Mayardit | Photo: File

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.

Kiir faces lawsuit over unlawful appointments of state officials

President Salva Kiir Mayardit | Photo: File

A group of lawyers has filed a lawsuit against President Kiir Salva Mayardit, accusing him of violating the constitution by unconstitutionally appointing state officials .

Over the past few days, President Kiir has reconstituted and appointed state officials including ministers, advisors, and chairpersons of independent commissions in a presidential decree, a move considered as illegal by observers and activists.

“The concern that comes with the appointment is the distinction between the power of the governor and the powers of the presidency being exercise by the president himself,” Advocate Philip Anyang said, on behalf of the layers.

The group said in a statement that the move taken by Kiir is illegal and conflicts with the provisions of the peace agreement, which mandates the president to appoint ministers at the national level only.

“The agreement gives the president powers to appoint national ministers, governors and structures at the national level only. All the state appointment should be handled and done by the governors.”

On Monday, the Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth noted that since the agreement has not been incorporated into the South Sudan Constitution, the president has the right to appoint officials at the local level.

“The state constitution has not yet been incorporated into the agreement; and as such, this idea of power-sharing or responsibility-sharing is not in their (states) current constitutions,” Makuei stated.

Response to lies fabricated by South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum against NilPet’s Director Eng. Bol Ring

Author’s picture | Photo: Courtesy

By Marco Mayieb Wundit

Opinion —A bit to give an insight about the lies which were created by enemies of progress on 2nd February 2021, extended to and published as seen trending in a number of social media news outlets, a propaganda that raised the question of creditability of the source claimed in the name of what so called “South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum,” which wrongly addressed and called for the removal of the Managing Director of NilePet Eng.Bol Ring Morwel and in what they called “An Open Letter to the President for the Removal of Eng. Bol Ring Morwel from NilePet”.

This is no business at all! The so called “South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum(SSACF)” is a lies-making organization established with ultra-objectives to assassinate the good characters of Eng.Bol Ring Morwel, the Managing Director of NilePet who is ardently busy day and night for reforms in the oil and gas sector in the Republic of South Sudan.

The said organization is proving itself with so much injurious aims to the public, their illusions to capture the attention of the public with unfounded allegations has provided for, sentiments and many interrogations among South Sudanese intellectuals such as, where are they coming from? What is it established for? Who are they? Where are their offices? And so forth.

These agents who suited themselves in an open lounge are mercenaries hired to fight for their guts, with lest it be satisfied with money.

The South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum is a pseudonym entity operating under the dark shadow with one hand behind the bars waving with something written “Anti-Corruption”, while on the other two hands nursing and breastfeeding the old grown corruption which decides the order of the day in many institutions, what a creature with many hands!

Among these enemies are those who were affected by reform in NilePet and they opted to fight as the only alternate figure to get back their lost incentives and dimes of malpractices which they were fond of.

The labeling of these cheap, toothless and as well the baseless accusations are seriously misplaced and meant to deviate the attention of the public from the reform activities carried out by the Managing Director of NilePet ,Eng.Bol Ring Morwel who is everyday seen making positive changes that will contribute to the revival of economic power of South Sudan soon than later.

Many unfounded arguments as mentioned in their letter of claims seek refuge in their minds to where should such lies be accommodated and especially when they rinse their mouths with words like 50,000 USD, 2,000,000 USD and 1,000,000 USD be given to an employee working in NilePet as a weekly and monthly incentives, this is itself disqualifies the contents of their letter for they do not have knowledge of what is the cash-call for NilePet as a state-owned parastatal. It is a daymare indeed. NilePet does not even have such amount of money to be given to the Managing Director, a higher-ranking officer in charge of all activities of both NilePet, the headquarters itself and its subsidiaries plus Joint Operating Companies such as DPOC, GPOC and others. This is a pure lie.

The same organization so called South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum is an envious entity as seen after they failed to clearly define the basis on which they collected these unfounded allegations which wrongly named individuals as attached to wrong grades who are not even employed in NilePet ,all grade 17th. With wider knowledge of the public that Eng. Bol Ring Morwel, the Managing Director approved and fully included those employees who were placed under special contracts by previous administrations as full time employees with privileges, this development itches the hearts of these enemies in multiple times.

In fact, they are so envious to the sense that; when they see other competent South Sudanese graduates looking for jobs, they subject them to threat of not getting even a daily bread for their lives. Some of these graduates are more qualified to be assigned in any institution.

This South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum is so blind to the degree that, it does not distinguish between the Master’s degree holder and the student who is yet to be awarded the said qualification as it came in their claims mentioning one of the employees working in NilePet whose credentials and titles are in questions to be awarded Master’s degree.

To further give due to where it belongs; Eng.Bol Ring Morwel is a true servant with clear vision and goals to reform the Oil and Gas sector in the country.

Since the appointment of Eng. Bol Ring Morwel as the Managing Director, NilePet has witnessed progress in many areas.

The writer is a concerned South Sudanese, he holds BSC [ in Ac Accounting] from the University of Juba and could easily be reached through these contacts: 0912005956/0926163022 or email:

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Breaking: President Kiir develops COVID-19-like symptoms

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has reportedly developed Covid-19-like symptoms, according to a senior government officials in the Office of the President.

“The President is faring quite well but he is developing symptoms similar to those of COVID-19. We’re now waiting for COVID-19 test results,”said the source, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.

On Thursday, the Press Secretary in the President’s office, Ateny Wek Ateny, announced that he and two other officials had tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he stopped short of mentioning the names of the two officials who contacted the virus.

Earlier this month, the head of the National Task-Force on COVID-19, Hussein Abdelbaggi Ayii imposed a partial lockdown in the wake of a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.

“Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 Pandemic in the Country and around the globe, and as precautionary measures for all public and private sectors, the National Taskforce on COVID-19 is hereby putting in place the following Measures.”

The National Taskforce on Covid-19 imposed a strict ban on of all social gatherings such as sporting events, religious events including Sunday Church Prayers, “Salat Al Juma” -Mosque Prayers, funerals, weddings ceremonies and political events;

It also declared immediate closure of all pre-schools, Universities and all other institutions of learning except online classes scheduled for examinations with observations of strict protective measures.

Kiir finally dissolves TNLA ahead of formation of new Parliament

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a presidential decree, has dissolved members of Parliament ahead of the establishment of the new R-TNA slated to be formed next week.

Earlier this week, the Presidency held a high-level meeting and agreed to speed up the formation of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly that has long been overdue.

“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,” the Presidency declared a statement.

Kiir has been accused by members of the opposition of dragging his feet on the implementation of the peace agreement by reluctantly refusing to dissolve the old Parliament of the now-defunct 32 states.

Kiir, Machar reach breakthrough on pending issues, agree to form TNLA

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

The main signatories to the peace deal reached a major breakthrough on Tuesday in the capital, Juba, and agreed to form the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States before mid-February.

The statement issued today by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Nhial Deng Nhial further reaffirmed the agreement reached yesterday by the Presidency.

“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.”

On Tuesday, the Presidency convened a meeting and agreed that:

• The unification of the top echelons of the Army Command shall be expeditiously carried out to pave the way for the commencement of the process to integrate all forces into a single National Army under one unified command.

• The graduation of the first batch of the Unified Forces currently in the various Training Centers across the country be conducted without further delay, notwithstanding the lack of equipment essential for their graduation and launch preparations to admit the next batch of trainees to the Training Centers.

• H.E, the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny, accompanied by some Vice Presidents and Ministers shall undertake a tour of different areas of the country for the purpose of disseminating (R-ARCSS).

Workshop on Constitution-making stalled as ITGNU refuses to attend

The Kiir administration has refused to nominate three participants to attend a crucial workshop on Permanent Constitution-making, said Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, SPLM-IO Representative to NCAC.

“For the past two (2) months, RJMEC pursuant to the Agreement, Chapter Six; (Art. 6.7-9) has been engaging Parties to the Agreement to kickstart the process of the Permanent Constitution Making for South Sudan. Series of consultative and sensitization meetings/workshops took place with Parties and Stakeholders but the ITGNU refused to take part,” he said.

“Each party to the Agreement were requested to nominate 3 participants to the Permanent Constitution Making Workshop planned for first week of February, 2021; all parties nominated their representatives, except ITGNU.”

In accordance with R-ARCSS, the Permanent Constitution Making for South Sudan is one of the most critical milestones in the Agreement since:

1)—It shall enact a Federal System of government in South Sudan;

2)—The upcoming General Elections for South Sudan shall be held under the new Constitution;

3)—The Constitution shall resolve a number of outstanding governance issues in South Sudan pertinent to addressing root causes of the conflict in the country.

The opposition accused the Kiir administration of dragging it feet on the implementation of the peace agreement.

“The ITGNU, the party to Agreement didn’t appoint its representatives to participate in the workshop on Permanent Constitution Making despite several notifications; and refused to take part in the preparatory consultative and sensitization meetings.”

Kiir praises Machar for changing warmonger Johnson Olony

President Salva Kiir Mayardit commends FVP Dr. Riek Machar for changing General Johnson Olony |Photo: File

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed governors, President Salva Kiir Mayardit commends First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar for changing his mind and replacing General Johnson Olony.

On Friday, President Kiir issued a Republican decree appointing Budhok Ayang Kur as Governor of Upper Nile State and picked James Tor Monybuny as his Deputy.

“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit presided over the swearing in ceremony of Hon. Budhok Ayang Kur as the Governor of Upper Nile State, Hon. Aleu Ayieny Aleu as the Governor of Warrap State and Hon. James Tor Monybuny as the Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State,” the Office of the President said in a statement on Saturday.

The oath-taking ceremony was officiated by President Kiir and was administered by Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut at the President’s Office in the capital, Juba.

“In attendance also were, The First Vice President H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Presidential Adviser on National Security Affairs Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime, Minister of Presidential Affairs Nhial Deng Nhial , Minister of National Security, Hon. Obuto Mamur Mete, Minister of General Education and Instruction Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec.”

“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said, he was happy when he got the letter from Dr. Riek Machar that he changed General Johnson Olony Thabo as his nominee for the sake of peace and security for the people of Upper Nile State after Johnson Olony Thabo declined the post two weeks ago.”

The President urged the newly appointed Governor and his Deputy to unite the people of Upper Nile State instead of sowing seeds of division.

“H.E. President Salva Kiir urged Hon. Budhok Ayang and Hon. James Tor Monybuny to work together to reconcile and unite the people of Upper Nile State.
H.E. President Salva Kiir said, the people of Upper Nile State are one blood and they should learn to co- exist and not fight with each other.”

President Salva Kiir urged the State Governors to get to work and bring for him their recommendations of States and local Governments officials for him to issue the decrees for appointments.

“H.E. President Salva Kiir urged Hon. Aleu Ayienyi to bring back law and order in Warrap state, H.E. President Salva Kiir said, he is confident that Aleu Ayieny Aleu will do his work to end hostilities in Tonj and Warrap State in General.”

On his part, the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar said he decided to replace General Johnson Olony after declining to be appointed as Governor.

Gen. Olony hints at abandoning SPLM-IO after his replacement

South Sudan's armed forces holding up their guns a sign of victory | Photo: File
South Sudan’s armed forces holding up their guns a sign of victory | Photo: File

A day after the opposition and the government agreed to appoint Abudhok Ayang Kur, the head of Agwelek forces, General Johnson Olony says he might have no options but to form his own party.

“Olony is devising strategies and may drop the SPLM-in-opposition soon after a recent spat over his replacement,” according to a source familiar with the issue.

This comes after President Kiir rejected to appoint him as Governor of Upper Nile State.

Since last year, the Kiir administration had refused Olony’s appointment, accusing him of being a warmonger and could plunge the country into yet another chao.

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