By Emmanuel Thon (Reporter for the Nation Mirror Newspaper)

6 Millions in cash money stolen from President Kiir’s office in Juba - South Sudan

$30 Millions allegedly stolen from President Kiir’s office in Juba – South Sudan

June 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  President Salva Kiir Mayardit has suspended his Chief of Staff,Mr. Mayen Wol Jong, and the Executive Director, Mr. Yel Luol, from office (office of the president) on charges related to forgery in his office.The two officials are due to appear before investigators to answers questions regarding what they know about alleged forgery, which led to the loss of hundreds of millions of US dollars in the President’s name.

Their dismissal documents instructed them to appear in person before the investigation committee by 9:00 am yesterday. The suspension is in relation to an earlier arrest of a Security Officer Mr. John Agou, seconded to the office of the President. Agou has been accused of using the seal and signature of the President to request payments in the name of President Kiir.

Preliminary investigations are said to have discovered many names involved in the scam. Presidential Press Secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny, says the suspension is normal since it is to facilitate investigations. “It is true that they were suspended yesterday. It is the case of security officer, Mr. John Agou, who forged documents in the office of the president, which implicated them.

This is only to allow for investigation to take place”, he said. Ateny, however added, “There is some sort of negligence on the side of the suspended officials. John Agou was with them in the office of the president.

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By Daniella Valentino Wol, UK

Kiir and the battle for the chairmanship of the SPLM

Kiir and the battle with his office managers

June 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  According to the Upper Nile Times website, the “Chief Administrator in the office of the President of the Republic and an executive Chief Executive serving the president were arrested this week in a major money laundering track down that has damaged the reputation of the president in his fight to curb down corruption in his administration. Chief Administrative officers Mr. Mayen Wol and Mr Yel Luol were suspected of pocketing more than $30 million dollars in money allocated to the services of the presidency over 2 years period. The two men were believed to have wired 25 million dollars to 5 different bank accounts in Kenya from January 2014 and May 2015. The men were arrested and pending investigation charges that could serve them many years in prison.”

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David Mayen Ayarbior, Press Secretary in the Office of H.E the Vice President, James Wani

South Sudan Vice President James Wani Igga, with the Chinese Minister Gao Hucheng in Beijing on July 2, 2014

South Sudan Vice President James Wani Igga, with the Chinese Minister Gao Hucheng in Beijing on July 2, 2014

June 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  I have read with dismay an article on Sudan Tribune in which they ostensibly quoted my article about the Vice President’s position. While I have never spoken with any journalist from that website, I was quoted to have said (put as have “claimed”) that: “our people and the President know that the current vice president is one of the leaders who have never let them [down] and will never ever let the [down].”

Other inaccurate quotations (parenthesis used) of my last week’s press release (it could be found in PaanLuel, Citizen, and Juba Post) were there, but irrelevant to my purpose in this observation.

My main foul call is for Sudan Tribune’s first quote, which I can say is cynical. I take it that way because first: I never said that VP Igga will never ever… second that is not my way of arguing. Only sycophants will say never ever when talking about their bosses. If at all I use the word never, I will use one never, for it sounds immature to follow it with ever. VP Igga’s record does not need putting such emphasis.

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By Marol Ariech Mawien, South Sudan

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

June 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  There is confusion in what is happening in Western Equatoria State, the fighting broke out in the State’s western county of Mundri as result to it captured by un recognize groups, on Friday of May 22, 2015, a victory which was celebrated by the SPLM.IO who claimed the capturing of the county headquarter where the rebels of Dr Riek Machar release the press statement which was seen in Sudan tribune, the spokesperson in the office of the chairman and commander-in-chief, SPLM/SPLA.IO, do hereby announce the capturing today [Friday] of Mundri town in Western Equatoria state by our gallant forces under the overall command of Major General Elias Lako Jada,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak said in a statement issued on Friday evening.

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All You Need to Know about Pagan Amum

Posted: June 26, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers

By Mok Dei Gual, Kampala, Uganda

Commander Pagan Amum Okiech, with Chairman Dr. John Garang and Commander Yasir Said Arman, Rumbek Senior, 2003

Commander Pagan Amum Okiech, with Chairman Dr. John Garang and Commander Yasir Said Arman, Rumbek Senior, 2003

June 26, 2015 (SSB) —  I have never seen any reason, which force most people to, reacts for arrival of Pagan Amum to Juba. He is the member of SPLM political Bureau as well as the rest who did not travel together him to Juba. It’s his disagreement with the president Kiir that forced him to leave the country, when they did not able to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue. They have right to settle their differences with the president Kiir peacefully.

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Garang Atem Ayiik, Juba, South Sudan

Your need food, seriously?

Your need food, seriously?

June 26, 2015 (SSB) — There are risks between the seller and buyer; if an importer pays before delivery of goods or services, there is an exposure of non-delivery by exporter, and if exporter delivers before payment, there is an exposure of non-payment by the buyer/importer.

In respond to this exposure, the International Chamber of Commerce in 1933 developed rules; and issuance of letter of credits under the International Chamber of Commerce Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits. These rules have been updated and standardized as time goes and utilized by bankers and commercial parties many countries around the world.

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By Ter Manyang Gatwech, Kampala-Uganda

“It is a principle of international law that the breach of an engagement involves an obligation to make reparation in an adequate form.”

June 26, 2015 (SSB) —  Reparation is a principle of law that has existed for centuries, referring to the obligation of a wrongdoing party to redress the damage caused to the injured party. Under international law, “reparation must, as far as possible, wipe out all the consequences of the illegal act and re-establish the situation which would, in all probability, have existed if that act had not been committed.”

According to Cde Puot Kang, the chairman of SPLM In Opposition  youth League said that the government of Juba is not committed for peace since it rejected all the agenda and the demands we put on the table for the change in the Republic of South Sudan.  The government rejected the idea of reparation and compensation for the lives lost and property in the Greater Region of Upper Nile, which is affected mostly by the current calamity.

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