UK pledges £8m to mitigate effects of famine in S. Sudan

UK Minster for Africa James Duddridge at the State House on October 23, 2020 in Juba
President Salva Kiir receives UK Minster for Africa James Duddridge at the State House on October 23, 2020|Photo: PPU

October 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–The United Kingdom has announced a pledge of £8 million as part of its commitment to build resilience and minimize the effects of famine in South Sudan.

This comes as the British diplomat, James Duddridge, visited South Sudan last week to see first-hand the civilian population severely affected by the reccuring floods in different parts of the country.

“Minister for Africa commits £8m to mitigate famine in South Sudan
James Duddridge’s visit to South Sudan shows how the UK is helping protect the vulnerable, prevent famine across Africa and act as a force for good in the world,” the British government announced.

Adding that, “The UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, travelled to South Sudan this week (20 to 22 October) where he committed £8 million to help the victims of flooding, reduce extreme hunger and help mitigate the ongoing risk of famine in the country.”

According to Duddridge, thrhumanitarian assistance will go a long way towards supporting flood-hit communities and providing them with vital food and medicine.

“This support will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to provide food assistance, nutrition support, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene support.”

“This will help some of the most vulnerable in areas where nearly a million people have been affected by flooding and conflict, leaving them on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe. The announcement was made during a visit to Pibor and Bor to see first-hand how UK aid is providing vital assistance to people facing flooding, conflict and severe hunger.”

Speaking to the press after meeting the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir Mayardit and other Vice Presidents, James Duddridge, UK Minister for Africa, Duddridge reaffirmed that, “the UK stands with the people of South Sudan and is helping save lives.”

“We will provide vital food and support to thousands of people on the brink of hunger, following devastating flooding and conflict.”

Duddridge underlined that restoring peace and stability is the only solution to addressing these challenges facing the country

“However, aid is not a long-term solution. The Government of South Sudan must commit more resources to ending conflict, bringing peace and stability and providing basic services including health and education to its people.”

For his part, WFP Country Director in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth, commended the funding committed by the UK.

“Conflict, extreme flooding and increases in violence mean South Sudan is facing humanitarian catastrophe. Millions of households are skipping meals. This new UK funding to tackle food insecurity will help alleviate some of this suffering. However, other donors must urgently step up efforts, while the Government of South Sudan must continue to ensure access to those in need.”

NGOs to evacuate their staff as youth demand EEO in Renk, Upper Nile State

Unemployed youths threaten to attack humanitarian workers in Renk |Photo: Thessherald

Oct 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–Aid agencies are reported to have ordered immediate evacuations of their essential employees as the youth demanding Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) in NGO jobs threaten to attack NGOs in Renk County, Upper Nile State.

“An emergency evacuation is reported in Renk County, Upper Nile region where international and National NGOs are relocating their staff to safe areas and be prepared for immediate evacuation,” according to a reliable source.

This is not the first time the youth have decried employment discrimination in the Upper Nile region.

In 2018, aid agencies suspended and scaled down most of their services after a group of young people from the Maban community staged violent protests that turned into widespread looting of humanitarian assets in Maban County.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs strongly condemned the attack on humanitarian workers.

Alain Noudehou, humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, cautioned that violence against humanitarian workers is “categorically unacceptable” and must stop.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the members of the Relief International team receive the assistance and support they need at this difficult time.”

Makuei accuses traders of seeking regime change

Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information and Broadcasting addressing the press after the African Union heads of state and government summit held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Oct 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Minister of Information and government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth, has accused traders of having an ill-intentioned plan against the government.

On Thursday, the senior government official admitted that the current economic situation has gone from bad to worse and that citizens should have joined efforts to save the country’s economy.

“It is true that the economic situation in South Sudan is biting,” Makuei admits. “Citizens should not just be sitting and waiting for the government to resolve issues for them.”

“There is a lot of construction work; there is a lot of work all over Juba town,” the Information Minister stressed.

Makuei criticised the citizens for leaving blue-collar jobs to foreigners.

“Those who are working all over now are not South Sudanese because everybody wants a white-collar job, not knowing that there is no money in the white-collar job.”

South Sudan faces an economic crisis as the South Sudanese pound continues to depreciate against the US dollar on the black market.

Earlier this month, the government announced to change the country’s national currency in a bid to avert an economic collapse and hyperinflation.

Traffic Police to introduce new number plates, urge motorists to register

An official letter issued by the Directorate of Nationality Traffic Police

Oct 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s National Traffic Police Services has announced the introduction of a new generation of license plates and urged vehicle owners to register their vehicles in a timely manner.

“All the government institutions are requested to bring their vehicles to traffic police GHQS for registration and the change of old number plate with SSG number plate for the sake of unifying database system in our country,” the Directorate of Traffic Police announced earlier this week.

The Directorate of Traffic Police restricts unnecessary movement of government vehicles after official working hours.

“All the government vehicles should not move after the official working hours, unless there is permit for free movement from Ministry concern with stated reasons.”

The government instructs local and international NGOs to bring their vehicles urgently for number plate registrations.

“All NGOs both national and international are requested to bring their vehicles for registration at the traffic police GHQS. 4. No Motorcycle (BodaBoda) should carry more than one person apart from rider.”

The Traffic Police warn motorists against using fragment of cloth to conceal their number plates.

“No vehicle should move on the road while number plate is covered with cloth, this is a violation of traffic rules & regulations.”

“Any vehicle using one number plate either front or behind shall be consider a criminal act and should be detain and taken to court immediately. 7. Any private vehicle with door open to left side is not allow to be used for carrying passengers or for public transport.”

“Any vehicle (bus, Noah etc) with door open to road side is strictly prohibited to be used for public transport.”

Gov’t to pump $250m into market to boost ailing economy

Stashed million of dollars

Oct 16, 2020 (Thessherald)–The South Sudanese government is seeking to inject $250 million into the financial market to improve the country’s failing economy.

Dr. David Nailo Mayo, the Chairperson of the Finance Committee in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly said that the approved loan will significantly reduce the current economic downturn.

Last month, the Council of Ministers issued a resolution approving a $ 250 million financial loan from the African Export-Import Bank in the hope of stabilizing the ailing economy.

According to the government official, the requested loans will go a long way towards paying salaries of civil servants who have gone for months without receiving their monthly wages.

While announcing the approval of the budget, the South Sudanese official, David Nailo Mayo confirmed that the loan will be disbursed once the request reaches the African Export-Import Bank also known as Afreximbank.

South Sudan, despite the significant reduction in the intensity of armed conflicts, remains in the grip of an economic depression as a result of the sharp drop in oil prices, corruption and now the current global pandemic.

Breaking: President Kiir invites T.B. Joshua again as economic collapses

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir meets Prophet T.B Joshua inside an aeroplane |Photo: File

October 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has re-invited the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T.B Joshua to the East-Central African country.

Mayardit said Joshua’s November 12, 2019 prophecy on the country’s unity had come to pass and RSS was now at peace under the terms of a revitalised peace agreement that came into effect on February 22, this year.
During his first visit to the world’s newest sovereign state last year, Joshua was personally received by Mayardit and he led the president and government officials in a prayer for peace.

“Time has come for us to put our differences behind us,” Joshua told the thousands of South Sudanese, who gathered to hear his message.
“This is the voice of God. Our leaders should overcome their division and agree to work together for the good of the country,” he insisted in the address, which was televised live on South Sudan’s official broadcasting channel SSBC.

In the invitation letter, the President noted that global organisation’s tried but failed to negotiate peace in Sudan, but God intervened.

He explained that the invitation would enable Joshua “to harvest what you planted”, adding that the entire nation of South Sudan is ready to receive the Nigerian once again.

Mayardit said: “With due respect and honour, I am privileged to write to your highly prophetic esteemed office in reference to the above mentioned subject.

“First, I would like to thank you, humble servant of the most high God and the higher grace and anointing upon your life.

“And for your love and humility by coming on your prophetic and historic visit on 12th November 2019, when the nation was in a desperate situation, whereby the country was experiencing civil war violence for many years.

“The world organisation tried to negotiate peace but where human wisdom failed, God has the final answer.
“As you have prophesied that, it shall be a new beginning for the nation and we the leaders should overcome our divisions and our differences and come back to develop our youngest nation in the world.

“Hence we, the government and the opposition have come together to implement the revitalised Peace Agreement and now the nation is at peace followed by the formation of Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGONU), which signifies a new beginning indeed.”

Originally published by The Nation, Nigeria

“Changing currency may not be worthwhile option for S. Sudan,” whistle-blower

South Sudan’s current banknotes |Photo: File

October 11, 2020 (Thessherald)–A local anti-corruption group, Integrity South Sudan, has warned that changing the national currency will not be a viable solution to improving the economy as long as the ongoing corruption continues in the country.

“Changing the national currency may not be a worthwhile option for South Sudan moving forward if it continues with rampant corruption,” the whistle-blowers said in a statement on Saturday.

Adding that, “By South Sudan using the word hyperinflation is a clear induction that the government has surely failed to control the inflation levels and because of hyperinflation South Sudanese currency lost its value. But the question is what factors played the role in deteriorating the South Sudanese pounds? And indeed there can be many factors that can play a major role to fuel hyperinflation in the economy for example the rampant/mismanagement of resources and the civil war.”

The group underlined that even if the country were to print dollars as tried by Zimbabwe in the past, the country would instead experience an unprecedented recession and other consequences.

“And even if we print our own dollars just like Zimbabwe who printed their own dollars but instead their economy continue to worse.”

“We see a lot of dollars in the hands of black marketers and security [agents] were deployed to arrest those selling dollars but they continue favoring their own people and this is evidence on street you will find a group of people who are selling and buying dollars openly. So is the issue currency or weak institutions?,” asked ISS.

The group pointed out that if the government is serious about addressing the economic crisis, it should pursue accountability and arrest anyone found to be hoarding money in their homes.

“If the government is serious to change the currency then, the government must now monitor those depositing huge sum of money into the banks now because most of them might be the corrupt leaders who were storing the corrupted money in their houses.”

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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