Archive for October 13, 2011

Bashir says Sudan will adopt entirely Islamic constitution

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in World

By Reuters Staff at FaithWorld

Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:21am EDT

(Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir inKhartoum, October 9, 2011/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan will go ahead with plans to adopt an entirely Islamic constitution and strengthen Islamic law, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Wednesday, three months after its former civil war enemy South Sudan became independent. Juba seceded on July 9 after a referendum agreed under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the South where most follow Christian and traditional beliefs.

The Republic of South Sudan: 100 days later

Bashir had said in December that Sudan would adopt an Islamic constitution if Juba seceded but many southerners had hoped he would not deliver on this. His comments will add to uncertainty for more than a million southerners who still live in the north and are now treated legally as foreigners. Khartoum has given them until spring to leave or obtain the legal right to stay, a complicated process.

“Ninety eight percent of the people are Muslims and the new constitution will reflect this. The official religion will be Islam and Islamic law the main source (of the constitution),” Bashir told students in Khartoum in a speech. “We call it a Muslim state,” said Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes in Dafur.

The 2005 peace deal set up an interim constitution which limited Islamic law to the north and recognised “the cultural and social diversity of the Sudanese people”. Many southerners say they feel no longer welcome in the north since the split. They have lost government jobs and now need work and residency permits to stay in the north.

by Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum

The Republic of South Sudan: 100 days later

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Hello my Dear Compatriots!

Please follow this link to view or submit this Questionnaire, you can fill it out online:

As you might recalled, I did ask for your opinions and feelings about/on July 9th, 2011, the day South Sudan gained her independence from the North. Your responses were compiled and published as “South Sudanese Views on the Independence of South Sudan” which you can access on my blog.

South Sudan will be 100 days old this coming October 16th. And to mark that great milestone in the history of our infant nation, I would like to solicit your opinions on the following questions, in as far as your feelings and opinions, disappointments and disillusionment, expectations and hopes, have been during the past first 100 days that South Sudan has existed.

I urge you to afford little time out of your personal endeavors to make your views known as citizens and well wishers of this new republic on the African continent and on the world stage!

Shukran, PaanLuel Wel.

Please follow this link to view or submit this Questionnaire, you can fill it out online:

Political rights and democratic transformation begins at home

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO is South Sudan civil society organization registered by the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development in Republic of South Sudan. CEPO is engaged in the areas of conflict mitigation, peace, human rights, and rule of law, governance, democratic transformation and livelihood.

CEPO feels that South Sudan political parties’ leaders should have obligations for ensuring democracy and political rights that are enshrined in their respective parties manifestos, objectives are respected, fulfilled and honor by them first then followed by the party members. The undermining of this consent by the party leaders have created the current political frictions within the parties leadership that are within whether being acknowledged as facts or not in SANU, UDF, USDF and SPLM-DC.

CEPO becomes concern about this because how much we call for democratization of governance and leadership including institutionalization of processes and decisions, if the political parties leaders are not practicing democracy and allowing political rights to prevail within their parties’ deals, it is not hold water though how much we struggle achieve democratic transformation for calculating the path for inclusive and peaceful governance.

Hence CEPO is calling for South Sudan political parties leaders to commit themselves in person for upholding democracy and good governance in their respective parties before seeking opportunities for the public or state office. CEPO do acknowledge that any political figure commitment for democratic system and particularly for prevalence of political rights is realized right from his/her time within the party.

The current political disputes merging within the South Sudan political parties leaderships are worrying because one day it will mount into a violent situation that will have negative implications on the meaning of politics and this may discourage the citizen civic engagement in national issues that have direct link to political life.

CEPO is urging the South Sudan political parties’ leaders in particular to disengage themselves from the political culture of personalizing party affairs for fulfillment of self interest. The government of South Sudan should enact the South Sudan political parties act in order to avoid personalization of party leaders and/or co-founders.

Political Parties Press Release.docx

Salva Kiir is Right to make Lam Akol Vice-president

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Gordon Buay, Canada.

I will support Salva Kiir Mayardit if he appoints Lam Akol as vice-president or second vice-president of South Sudan as it is now proposed. From intellectual point of view, Lam Akol has a brilliant and superb brain that can socially transform the South. Anybody who reads his three books and five academic articles published in journals would come to conclusion that the man is a gifted thinker who can contribute to South Sudan development as a vice-president.

I read all Dr. Lam Akol’s books and journal articles and realized that he has a thinking brain unlike his dormant colleagues who have not yet published any academic work let alone writing articles. History also attests that the idea of Nasir Declaration that brought self-determination came from him. Lam Akol was the intellectual author of the coup and the father of self-determination. He was in fact the one who wrote the document of the coup "Why Garang Must Go Now?".

If Salva Kiir will make him either the first or second vice-president, he will introduce a lot of changes in South Sudan. There is no doubt about his intellectual capabilities when it comes to scientific analysis of the problems facing South Sudan. I think Salva Kiir is growing up by realizing that Lam Akol would help him better than members of the SPLM who are not thinkers. This time South Sudan needs thinkers who can solve social, political and economic problems of our people.

I will support those calling for Dr. Lam Akol to become a vice-president. At this time we should support South Sudanese who have brains to help our people instead of one’s tribal politicians who cannot deliver. Any thinking Nuer will come to conclusion that Lam Akol is better than a Nuer who cannot scientifically solve the economic, social and political problems facing Nuerland. I have said it many times in this Nuer forum that a Ugandan who can socially transform the South economically, democratically and politically is better than a Nuer guy who doesn’t think.

Gordon Buay

The road to the democratic change

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Hearty Ritti

Fellow country man, ladies and gentlemen; the road to the democratic change begins now. Your role is very important as responsible citizen of the new nation to see change as an element that speeds up development of all kinds. For change you and we believe in to happen in South Sudan, we must get from our comfortable zones, embrace our differences and similarities and take risks of enforcing good governance, rule of law, equality, fairness, and overall core concept of our diversity co-existence as fundamental daily devotion.

We have come long way all along although with some difficulties, our struggle and history remains as one people of South Sudan. With just four month old nation at hand, let every body’s focus be development through democratic transformation that open up window of opportunity for every citizen’s voices in their own ways, states, counties and communities.

South Sudan can not afford another vacuum of development; with the limited economic resources at hand, our nation needs your help to turn table around by making effective and efficient contribution towards its success. As President Salva Kiir and Dr. Lam Akol demonstrated by working side by side, the urgency for basic provision of goods and services to south Sudan is a priority.

The proposal put forward for provisions of goods and services to citizens of South Sudan should be made practical; theory has lived and gone; so that together we can all feel and enjoy benefit of independence and freedom we have all fought for. Do not let any one out there misled you that it can not be done! South Sudan citizens are deep rooted in ethics of mutual respect, honesty, hardworking, valuing our diversity and solidarity when threatened.

The promotion of free market to spur job creation and prevent dependency on government and get our economy growing should be the ideals we should all cultivate.

President Salva Kirr and Dr. Lam did an exceptional job explaining how their reconciliation would turn South Sudan around from politics to development.

Their coming together will end dependency on food commodities exported from outside South Sudan hindering prosperity of our farmers to produce surplus for market. Once we have made farmers voice heard, we hope South Sudanese will take this opportunity to make campaign to advance agricultural production dreams.

Regardless of our political differences SPLM as the ruling party and SPLM-DC as the minority party are permitted by law to provide resources and direct financial support to positively improve lives of our citizen. The two parties are charged and committed to listening to every voice in details and respond as expected. At the end of the day, it is the people to evaluate the gap in empty and fulfilled promised made and by who? Accountability and transparency may sound good when applied on others, but in actual fact it is the only paths that will move the country forward.

Stay away from those who are showing radical ideas and policies that corruption will not be eradicated, loses of millions of which led to South Sudan downgrade government will not be tolerated, it was cronyism by few individuals that ruined south Sudan economy.

President Kiir’s leadership together with minority leader Dr. Lam policy development needs immediate support to Stop economic diving and our nation going farther off the road. Our continues support to the leadership can ensure success not only at the top but middle and grass root.

So please do your part to help the democratic change vision build the ground work across the country, especially those who have been waiting patiently and committed to implementing common sense policies to get our economy and country turn around from the politics of personal destruction to the politics of development.

All the Best

Hearty Ritti

The Great, Slow Road of Juba: South Sudan’s Crucial Artery

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

By Krista Mahr / Juba Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

A construction company security guard walks in front of a new bridge being constructed on Southern Sudan’s Juba-Nimule road, January 24, 2011.

If you’ve never thought much about pavement, take a drive from Juba to Nimule. Parts of South Sudan’s busiest road have been paved, but the unfinished parts are still teeth-rattling stretches of pitted, rust-colored dirt. On a dry day, each passing truck leaves a impenetrable dust cloud in its wake; after a rain, pocks in the earth degenerate into red lagoons. The trucks whose tires don’t sink into the mud veer wildly to dodge the lakes, sending lesser vehicles scattering. When you finally bounce back onto the pavement, it is so mercifully uneventful that you swear you will never take it for granted again, and before you can make any more promises you won’t keep, cathunk! You’re back on the dirt, splayed across the backseat like a starfish, bracing against windows and seats with all available limbs.

When it’s done, the Juba-Nimule road will be the longest paved road — and by far the biggest infrastructure project — in the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. USAID, a major donor to the three-month old country, is paying for and overseeing the work on the 192-kilometer route and the eight bridges along the way. Work began in 2008, and it’s total price-tag of $220 million is $61 million over original projections. Some have questioned why only a third of the road is finished after three years; others wonder whether those millions of dollars were best spent so near the capital, instead of a more isolated area. See photos on South Sudan’s quest for independence.)

Few, however, would argue that the job shouldn’t get done. In a country the size of France, there are less than 110 km (68 miles) of paved roads. Most of the nation’s limited road network is comprised of dirt routes in various stages of disrepair. Money for infrastructure did not flow generously to the south from Khartoum, a chronic neglect that was one of many factors fueling the nation’s decades of civil war. “Even before the ravages of war could set in, our country never had anything worth rebuilding,” President Salva Kiir said before the United Nations last month. Now that he and his ministers are in charge, they face the enormous task of creating a road system nearly from scratch. In August, local media reported that the government aims to pave over 4,300 miles of roads — a feat they estimate could cost nearly $7 billion.

It’s hard to imagine a weeks-old administration — for which everything is a priority — tackling that so soon. The logistics of building a road in a war-torn nation are daunting. Landmines plague many parts of the countryside and have to be cleared before grading can begin. Because South Sudan is landlocked, almost everything — from skilled engineers to bulldozers — has to be imported over land, a process that itself can get slowed down when, say, pirates off the coast of Africa hold up shipments. With the widespread prevalence of illegal guns, security has to be provided for road crews. On the Juba-Nimule road, USAID expects to spent $10 million alone on security and $8 million de-mining the road. Workers are still finding mines as the job continues. (See photos of South Sudan at the polls.)

Still, the young government needs to aim high. Without better roads, it won’t be able to tackle some of its biggest problems. Despite its ample fertile land, South Sudan has extremely little commercial agriculture, in large part because there is, in most cases, no way to get farmers’ produce to market. The nation has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world; more roads would enable more women to get to hospitals before, during or after a complicated childbirth. They could also help rein in the violence that regularly erupts in remote areas of the country. When fighting breaks out between tribes, as it did this August when over 600 people were killed in Jonglei state, troops can’t always get to the site of conflict to diffuse the situation. “You put a road in place and it opens up a lot of things.” says Kevin Mullally, mission director for USAID in South Sudan. “It opens opportunities… but if it’s not well thought-out, it could also destroy certain opportunities.”

Near the end of the Juba-Nimule road, a breeze blows through a long, narrow surgical ward where patients try to nap through the afternoon heat. Here, the staff is already seeing the good and the bad that modern roads will deliver. Dr. David Nyuma, the medical director at Nimule Hospital, scrolls through photos on his phone, landing on an image of the hospital morgue piled with contorted bodies. On June 17, two buses collided on the highway, killing 28 people. The twisted heaps of metal still sit on the side of the road; the first several rows of seats are gone. (Read about the conflict in Sudan.)

Since the road has been improved, many patients in the area have been able to hitch a ride with passing trucks to the hospital, a government facility funded by the British NGO Merlin. (That’s helpful because the government-issued ambulance can’t withstand the bumpy local roads and has never been used.) But the number of injuries Nyuma and his colleagues see from traffic accidents has risen dramatically. The problem, he says, is that most South Sudanese have no training in how to obey traffic laws, or how to enforce them. He says many of the motorcycle taxi drivers who come in after collisions don’t have licenses — a hazard on the streets of any village, but a potential catastrophe on a busy trade route packed with buses and trucks carrying goods from Uganda. “The traffic police are not well-trained,” Nyuma says. “Human beings need to be kept in check with laws. If they are free, they don’t care for their lives.”

Like so much else here, traffic safety, too, is scrambling to catch up. Last month, 17 members of the nation’s first motorcycle highway patrol graduated from training, but the government is still working out how to pay for the gas to send the unit out onto the road. The Ministry of Roads recently assured the government that a new road safety bill is nearly ready. USAID has been helping fill the gap in the meantime, holding road safety workshops for bus and truck drivers and in primary schools along the new road, where kids are learning things like learning to look both ways before crossing. At a busy intersection just outside the capital, a large billboard on the side of the Juba-Nimule road reminds pedestrians to use the nation’s first “zebra” crossing crosswalk. The stripes haven’t been painted yet — they’re coming. When they do, it may take some time for people to use them. But it will be a lot longer before anyone takes them — or the road they’re painted on — for granted.

Produced in association with the International Reporting Project.

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Photos: South Sudan, the Newest Nation


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Land mines highlight South Sudan’s needs

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan, Oct. 13 (UPI) — More work is needed to clear land mines in South Sudan, a U.N. mission there said after 20 people were killed in the country during the weekend.

A bus ran over a mine on a road last weekend, killing 18 civilians and two soldiers, the U.N. Mission in Sudan reports. Another seven people were injured in the incident. UNMISS said the mine was an anti-tank device allegedly placed recently by area rebels.

The United Nations has expressed heightened concern about violence along the border between South Sudan and Sudan.

South Sudan became an independent nation in July as part of a comprehensive peace agreement reached in 2005. Border conflict, some of which may be ethnically motivated, threatens the fragile peace in the region, however.

Lance Malin, program manager for the U.N. Mine Action Coordination Center, told the U.N. News Center that officials suspected the route was riddled with mines but traffic continued because there were few other options.

Malin said there were only 15 people working on mine clearance operations in the immediate region. More help was needed in South Sudan, he said, as the country lacks key infrastructure and has a poor road network.

The mine incident, he added, was the worst such explosion in South Sudan since July independence.

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UN mulls South Sudan demining boost after deadly blast
Militias in oil-rich region known to be laying mines along civilian roads as part of their campaign against South Sudan government
AFP , Thursday 13 Oct 2011

The United Nations is considering boosting mine clearance in South Sudan after a deadly blast killed at least 20 people at the weekend, a UN demining official said late on Wednesday.

Four children, four women, 10 male civilians and two soldiers were killed in the suspected anti-tank mine explosion which blew up a civilian bus in oil-rich Unity State on Sunday, the UN said.

Dissident militiamen have been active in Unity since South Sudan won independence in June and are suspected of mining the road where the blast struck in Mayom, west of the state capital Bentiu.

“That route was suspected to be mined but civilian traffic continued to use it because of a lack of alternate routes,” said Lance Malin, programme manager of the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC).

Malin said UNMACC may ramp up operations to deal with the threat from new mine-laying by dissident armed groups.

“It’s a significant problem and it’s suspected to be rebel militias that are sponsored by unknown sources,” he told AFP.

In Unity, a breakaway faction rejected a ceasefire signed by militia commander Peter Gadet in August, accusing him of accepting bribes from the South Sudan government.

Terje Eldoen, Mine Action Programme Manager for Norwegian People’s Aid in South Sudan, said the recent increase in land mine explosions was a major concern as aid agencies had made a large effort to clear roads in the fledgling nation.

“These accidents could not have happened without somebody laying new mines, because the roads have been used for a long time”, Eldoen said.

With the dry season just weeks away, demining agencies fear further mine-laying by the dissident militias.


Sudanese president al-Bashir welcomed in Malawi despite ICC war crimes indictment

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in World

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, October 13, 1:06 PM

BLANTYRE, Malawi — The southern African nation of Malawi is welcoming Sudan’s president despite his war crimes indictment.

Omar al-Bashir’s arrival Thursday for a regional summit follows previous visits to Chad, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. He also went to South Sudan, carved out of his country, for independence festivities earlier this year.

The International Criminal Court has issued warrants for al-Bashir’s arrest on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The ICC has no police force, depending on member states for enforcement. Malawi signed the U.N. statute establishing the ICC, but President Bingu wa Mutharika has complained the court targets Africans.

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The ICC-indicted Sudanese president al-Bashir welcomed in Malawi

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, right, speaks at a joint news conference with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. The president of South Sudan made his first official visit to Khartoum since the south broke away to form an independent country earlier this year. South Sudan became officially independent from the north on July 9, breaking away after more than 50 years of on-and-off war. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, right, speaks at a joint news conference with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, left, at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. The president of South Sudan made his first official visit to Khartoum since the south broke away to form an independent country earlier this year. South Sudan became officially independent from the north on July 9, breaking away after more than 50 years of on-and-off war. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

Testimony of a South Sudanese Slave

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

I found myself on Tuesday afternoon sitting next to an emancipated slave from Sudan.

Ker Deng spoke little English if any at all. He was a representative of the newly formed South Sudan nation who had come to Congress to share his story of slavery and plead for American aid in the democratic formation of the 193rd U.N. Member Nation.

South Sudanese slave Ker Deng (photo by Michael Gerson of the Washington Post)

Before the testimony of several freed slaves (found in full here), US Ambassador to Sudan Princeton Lyman, spoke of the diplomatic tensions between borderlines, and the continuing cultural and religious divides in the recently divided countries. After Ambassador Lyman, liberated slaves spoke of being hung by their feet over fires, being beaten daily, having peppers rubbed in their eyes for no reason, and other terrible atrocities.

The untold story of the United States’ government is in the response to these pleas. Rep. Chris Smith (D-NJ), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, internalized both the diplomatic realities and the personal stories of strife, and immediately asked the witnesses about possible specific fixes and their implementation. The experts on the pertinent NGOs at the hearing were asked to present a unified front on the issue, and the private sector representatives were asked what they needed to invest in the region to provide the spark the new nation needed.

This form of collaboration is why I’m growing to love Washington. Humanitarian concerns of this magnitude simply transcend political barriers. The implementation of solutions may be a point of division, but the overall moral call is simply too great to ignore. On a daily basis these solutions are being hashed out as quickly and efficiently as possible, and in this case the government was actually waiting on the private sector to come to a decision before moving forward.

Of the 10 major political battles that are gridlocked each month, there are 1,000 that are solved quickly, quietly, and justly. If those were printed in the front page of Politico or The Hill maybe Congress would have a higher approval rating.

Or perhaps they would simply sell less sensationalist newspapers. But hey, if the Invisible Hand can push 200 Occupy DC protesters into McPherson Square, then maybe it can push these stories into your morning speed-read.

SPLM-DC’s New Secretariat line-up

Posted: October 13, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Following last month public resignation of SPLM-DC’s secretariat officials, the party has restructured and appointed the following individuals to serve as the new face of the Party’s Secretariat:

1. Secretary for Political Affairs and Spokesman
Mr. Zakariah Jerkuei Marek Anyuon

2. Secretary for Organisation and Administration
Mr. Emmanuel Tijwok Matthew

3. Secretary for Economic Affairs and Finance
Dr. Aurelio Manyang Kon

4. Secretary for Popular and Syndicated Organisations
Ms Lydia Nhial Buk

5. Secretary for Social Affairs and Services
Ms Roda Paul Adwoljok

Assistant Secretaries

1. Information and Public Relations
Mr. Khamis Celestino Modison

2. External Relations
Mr. Salah Cosmas Lumumba

3. Popular Organisations
Ms. Alice Kiden Benjamin

4. Syndicated Organisatrions
Mr. Isaac Akot Tobo

5. Finance
Mr. Paul Eskimo Adol

6. Economic Affairs
Mr. James Gatwech Kun

Submitted by

Sisto Olur Erista
Acting Secretary General
SPLM-DC General Secretariat
JUBA, South Sudan