Archive for February 29, 2012


Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Earlier this month, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on national television that Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan. (Reuters)

Earlier this month, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on national television that Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan. (Reuters)

By AFP
WASHINGTON

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of trying to undermine newly independent South Sudan, adding Washington would consider increasing pressure on Bashir to reverse course.

Clinton told U.S. lawmakers that “what we’ve got with Bashir is a very determined effort to try to undo the results of the comprehensive peace agreement,” which led to the creation last July of a separate state in South Sudan.

She recalled “the United States played a very important role in negotiating that agreement,” a 2005 deal that ended more than two decades of war between the Islamist-led government in Khartoum and rebels representing the mainly Christian and animist south.

“The people of South Sudan voted for independence and ever since, despite Bashir going to Salva Kiir’s inauguration, there has been a steady effort to undermine this new state,” Clinton said, referring to the new southern president.

“We will certainly look at trying to up the pressure on Khartoum and on Bashir personally,” the chief U.S. diplomat told a House of Representatives committee.

On Feb. 3, Bashir said on national television that Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan, with a dispute over oil and other issues stoking tensions.

Bashir spoke after Kiir warned that renewed conflict could erupt if oil negotiations with Khartoum do not include a deal on other key issues, including the contested Abyei region.

Tensions have also been raised by the still undemarcated border, parts of which cut through oilfields, as well as mutual allegations that each side backs rebel forces against the other.

“We also believe there has to be an agreement to finish out the comprehensive peace agreement and try to finalize all of the border issues, the oil issues, and that’s going to be very difficult, too,” Clinton said.

“We support the process that the African Union is running in Addis Ababa but it doesn’t seem to be making a lot of progress yet,” she said.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/02/29/197822.html

Clinton: Bashir trying to scuttle Sudan peace deal

By MATTHEW LEE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday accused Sudan’s leader of trying to scuttle a historic peace deal that created the world’s newest country last year.

Clinton told a House panel that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s regime in Khartoum is actively trying to undermine the government of South Sudan and that the Obama administration will look at new ways to build pressure on them to stop. Her comments came in response to a lawmaker’s question about reported bombing attacks on refugees fleeing violence in the south and firefights between southern and northern troops.

“I think that what we’ve got with Bashir is a very determined effort to try to undo the results of the comprehensive peace agreement,” Clinton said.

South Sudan was created last year after southern Sudanese voted to secede from Sudan in a referendum required by a 2005 peace agreement that ended the country’s long-running civil war. Clinton noted that the people of the South had voted overwhelmingly for independence and lamented that Bashir, after initially embracing the results and attending the inauguration of South Sudan’s president, had been involved in “a steady effort to undermine this new state.

“We will certainly look at trying to up the pressure on Khartoum and on Bashir personally,” she said.

Earlier this month, South Sudan accused Sudan of bombing a border town, violating a non-aggression agreement between the two nations just hours after it was signed.

That agreement was inked during talks to resolve outstanding provisions of the 2005 peace deal, including the division of the two nations’ once-unified oil industry. South Sudan inherited nearly three quarters of Sudan’s oil production but its oil must still exported through pipelines through Sudan.

The two countries have been unable to agree on the transport fees the south should pay. In lieu of an agreement, Sudan declared it would take a percentage of the South’s oil as in-kind payments prompting the South to accuse Khartoum of stealing its oil and shut down all production in its oil fields, depriving Khartoum of a critical source of income.

The two countries are also far apart on other issues such as the demarcation of the north-south border and the status of the disputed Abyei region.

UN peacekeeper killed in Darfur ambush
Reuters
Separately, the UN peacekeeping department will brief the Security Council later on Wednesday about reports that rebels killed some 130 members of the Sudanese army near the border withSouth Sudan. Rebel groups in Sudan claimed credit on Monday for 
US accuses Bashir of trying to undermine South Sudan
Al-Arabiya
Earlier this month, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on national television that Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan. (Reuters) By AFP US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday accused Sudanese 
Clinton: Bashir trying to scuttle Sudan peace deal
Modesto Bee
Clinton told a House panel that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s regime in Khartoum is actively trying to undermine the government of South Sudan and that the Obama administration will look at new ways to build pressure on them to stop.
Vice President Riek Machar will give address to South Sudanese at Minesota 
New Sudan Vision
The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar, will address South Sudaneseat Minnesota State University Mankato, on Saturday 3rd of March 2012. Dr. Machar is in the United States for quick medical checkups.

I used to know death

Posted: February 29, 2012 by gakson in Poems.

I used to know death

Every time I breathe

He’s in my countenance

Showing off his malignance

He concocted his ways

To manipulate one’s gay

Shoving one to unknown

But back then he knew me

Lightning bolt speed I possess

Leaving my pal death abjectness

Adding fuel to the flames

My dodging skills drained him gangrene

I was the champ with fists of iron ore

Now death know me no more

I felt enervated and my reign a bit blue

Death pinched me saying

”you used to know who?’’

I wailed in tacit to my secret utopia

I used to know death.


Mr. Isaiah Chol briefing the press about the commissions’ 2014 plans [©Gurtong]Mr. Isaiah Chol briefing the press about the commissions’ 2014 plans [©Gurtong]Mr. Isaiah Chol, the Chairperson of the Commission told press yesterday in Juba that, prior plans in the Commission have been finalized and are only waiting implementation after the government and her partners approve and release funds for the proposed budget.

“If the government of South Sudan is able to pay this money and channel it into the commission’s account we will conduct the exercise,” Chol said while decrying of the government’s reluctance in supporting the Commission’s activities.

Chol explained that, the estimated $99million is needed to facilitate field mapping, training of human resources, and enumeration among other several activities to be done.

The South Sudan census is to determine the conduct of the South Sudan first elections stated in the transitional constitution to take place after five years prior to the declaration of her independence.

In another development, Chol said the Commission faces challenges in terms of government funding on her activities. It has failed to provide many data in different areas of need due to lack of funding.

He gave an example of the commission’s plans to research and unveils statistical information on Wild Life Monitoring Survey, Crisis and Recovery Analysis, National Labour Force Survey and National Agricultural Survey among other research activities have been delayed by government’s partial policy support.

Since its establishment, the Commissions’ budget has been cut off continuously derailing its smooth process. Chol said many government institutions have not underscored the importance of the statistical information in backing development plans and policy making.

He pointed out that, his Commission’s budget has kept on dropping; 0.3%, 0.33%, 0.25%, 0.28%, 0.22%, and 0.21% according to the annual budgets of the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.

However, the South Sudan government deputy spokesperson Atem Yak, the governments’ efforts in supporting the Commission’s activities are being influenced by politicians who do things negatively.

http://www.oyetimes.com/news/105-africa/18894-south-sudans-2014-census-to-cost-99-million


The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF)

Statement No. 1

The first Victory of the SRF Forces against the National Congress Party (NCP) Forces and Militias in the battle of Jau.

The Destruction of Two NCP brigades and the seizure of 140 Vehicles and 300 Dushkas.

In the first contact with Commander Abdelaziz Adam Alhilu, after the conclusion of the Jau battle and the control of the strategic Jau area by the forces of the Joint Command of the SRF and in its first battle with the NCP forces and militias that had started at 5:00 AM on February 26, 2012, Commander Alhilu provided the preliminary details of the big victory that raised the morale of the forces of the Joint Command of the SRF. The victory is also considered a huge support for the forces of change inside Sudan since they are an important front that complements the armed struggle with their popular efforts in a tight coordination with the armed, popular and civil efforts inside Sudan.

To the members of the SRF inside Sudan and abroad and to the people of Sudan in general who are longing for change, hereunder are some of the initial details of the Jau battle and will provide full details of the battle when the rest of the information are available:

  1. The complete destruction of two NCP brigades and seizure of all military equipment and the intact military gear.
  2. The battle left high numbers of deaths and injuries among the forces and militias of the NCP and the rest ran away in different directions.
  3. The seizure of 3 Tanks in good condition.
  4. The seizure of 7 cannons 120mm.
  5. The seizure of more than 140 vehicles in good condition.
  6. The seizure of 300 Dushkas
  7. The inventory of captured small arms is underway and will be announced soon.

The SRF affirms to its supporters that it is born strong and the NCP lost its balance in the first confrontation and test. We promise our members and supporters with more victories in the coming days and expect from them to stage popular uprising and protests in support of the arm struggle in the fighting fronts to accelerate the departure of this nightmare that suffocates the peoples of Sudan for nearly a quarter of a century.

Abu Algasim Imam Elhaj

Information Secretary and the Spokesperson of the SRF

February 26, 2012

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Juba officials scramble for luxuries as nation wallows in poverty

By CHARLES OMONDI, in Juba

FEB. 16/2012, SSN; Are Southern Sudanese Government officials trying to make up for lost time? Top of the range four-wheel drive vehicles, including the fuel-guzzler Hummer, are the only cars they are driven in.

Their offices are air-conditioned and flashy, with wall-to-wall carpets. The men prefer neatly cut and well-pressed suits of the designer type, with shoes to match.

I’ve little doubt that like their counterparts elsewhere in Africa, they live in huge houses on big compounds, fly outside their country a lot and eat choice food unavailable to rest of the Southern Sudanese.

Who could be footing the bill for this opulence while ignoring the squalor, all too visible in the general neighborhood?

Could it be the African malaise of the elites, their relatives and cronies misallocating resources to finance the luxuries of a select few at the expense of the suffering majority?

I have no qualms about Cabinet ministers, their assistants, permanent secretaries, department directors and other top government officials being accorded the perks befitting their status, but for heaven’s sake, can this be done in relation to the size of the wealth generated? Isn’t that the only way these privileged lot can ensure their lifestyles are sustainable?

Liberation fruits
A popular theory has it that the big vehicles are the only ones that can tackle the rough terrain beyond the regional capital Juba. And, as you know, leaders need to keep in touch with the people and inspect development projects in far flung corners of the country from time to time.
If that were the case, wouldn’t it make more sense investing in the roads to be used by all over a long time, rather than focus on the comfort of a handful?

How about the expansive and posh offices, with wall-to-wall carpeting, imported (from outside Africa) leather seats, and of course other fine imported office equipment?

Wouldn’t some semblance of modesty do while ensuring efficiency in service delivery?

And the well cut and pressed designer suits and imported shoes, in an environment where diurnal temperatures can hit 40 degrees Celsius?

Could it be that these government bureaucrats are so well remunerated? If so, where is the money coming from when so much poverty is apparent?

Huge parts of Juba, for instance, look no better than a temporary settlement for nomads in pursuit of pastures for their livestock. Thousands of Southern Sudanese are homeless, having only returned to the war-ravaged region from exile or from Khartoum where they did no more than struggle to keep body and soul together.

Can’t they be given a share of the liberation fruits they and their kith and kin have sacrificed so much for?

There can be no justification for the top leadership trying to make up for the lost time. Like was the case with liberation struggles in other parts of Africa, most of those in top leadership never bore the brunt of the war.

They either lived in luxury in other capitals during the war period or were the beneficiaries of lucrative scholarships that equipped them with various skills in preparation for the takeover from the oppressors.

Their children, by extension, benefitted immensely as others either paid with their lives or were perpetually marginalized.

The inequality gap is certainly taking root in Southern Sudan even as the masses celebrate the prospects of an independent state from the North.

This must be arrested for the sake of social harmony and sustainable development.

Posted Tuesday, January 11 2011, Africa Review, Nairobi, Kenya


Sudan asks China to help in oil dispute with South
Mmegi Online
BEIJING: Sudan’s government said yesterday that it has appealed to diplomatic partner and investor China for help in resolving a protracted dispute over oil revenues with newly independent South Sudan.>Sudanese Foreign Minister 

Parliament Passes Higher Education Bill
AllAfrica.com
By Abraham Garang, 28 February 2012 Juba — The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly in its sitting on Monday 27th February 2012, chaired by its Speaker Right Honorable James Wani Igga, passed the Higher Education Bill (2012) into law in its 

Israel to help S. Sudan prevent gender-based violence
Jerusalem Post
By Ben Hartman A group of Israeli experts is traveling to South Sudan on Thursday to conduct the first gender-based violence training program for social workers in the world’s newest nation. The Israeli delegation is part of IsraAID, the Israel-based 

Sudan asks China to help in oil dispute with South

Mmegi Online – ‎
BEIJING: Sudan’s government said yesterday that it has appealed to diplomatic partner and investor China for help in resolving a protracted dispute over oil revenues with newly independent South Sudan.>Sudanese Foreign Minister 
The Citizen Daily – ‎
In an air-conditioned Toyota showroom packed with half a dozen off-road vehicles in South Sudan’s capital, dealer Desmond McCue is wondering whether the shutdown of the country’s oil production industry means the bonanza is over.
Pakistan Observer – ‎
Khartoum—Sudan denounced suggestions that it was confiscating oil from South Sudan on Tuesday and indicated that the newly independent South was responsible for stonewalling an oil deal between the two nations. South Sudan became Africa’s newest nation 
The Nation, Pakistan – ‎
JUBA – South Sudan has signed a ceasefire with the largest of several rebel groups which threaten the stability of the world’s newest nation, the government said on Tuesday. The deal to integrate an estimated 1800 guerrilla fighters into the South’s 
China Daily – ‎‎
By Zhang Yunbi and Cheng Guangjin (China Daily) BEIJING – Differences between Sudan and South Sudan should be resolved as soon as possible, China said, as tensions over oil rights simmered. Vice-President Xi Jinping told Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali 
The Daily Star – ‎
JUBA: A major South Sudanese rebel group with alleged links to the northern government in Khartoum has signed an amnesty deal two months after its leader was killed, South Sudan said Tuesday. George Athor founded the South Sudan Democratic Movement in 
News24 – ‎Feb 28, 2012‎
This colourful guide contains concise information on 234 reef fish and 36 coral species found along… Now R153.95 Juba – South Sudan has signed a ceasefire with the largest of several rebel groups which threaten the stability of the world’s newest 
News24 – ‎Feb 28, 2012‎
Beijing – Sudan’s government said on Tuesday that it has appealed to diplomatic partner and investor China for help in resolving a protracted dispute over oil revenues with newly independent South Sudan. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti said 
Conduct IRC South Sudan Supply Chain workshop annually.
Reuters AlertNet
Responsible for the successful rollout and maintenance of Prologs for IRC South . Ensure procurement is done according to IRC and/or donor regulations. Ensure that staff participating in tender committees are trained and understand their roles.
SUDAN: Undeclared War Survives Peacemaking Efforts
Strategy Page
February 28, 2012: In January it was the Kenya pipeline, now South Sudan is also exploring an oil pipeline through Ethiopia to Djibouti. Djibouti has access to the sea; South Sudan is landlocked. The central objective is obvious: escaping Sudan’s 
South Sudan Agrees Truce With Major Rebel Group
NASDAQ
The government of South Sudan has signed a peace deal with one of the largest rebel groups, theSouth Sudan Democratic Movement, a South Sudan official said Tuesday, in a move that could help to stabilize the situation in the troubled oil-rich East 

Sudan blames South for aiding rebels in attack
FRANCE 24
The tension is rising between the government in Khartoum and the recently independent South Sudan, with both sides blaming each other for sponsoring rebels and torpedoing a long-awaited oil agreement. By Joseph BAMAT Rebels claimed on Monday to have 
NCP Urges Opposition Support Against South Sudan ‘Attack’
AllAfrica.com
Khartoum — The governing National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan has appealed for support from local opposition groups against a military attack it alleges was carried out by neighboring South Sudan. The NCP-led government has accused South Sudan’s 

Rebels Sign Truce in South Sudan
Wall Street Journal
The government of South Sudan signed a peace deal with one of the largest rebel groups, theSouth Sudan Democratic Movement, a South Sudan official said Tuesday, in a move that could help stabilize the East African nation. The peace deal was signed 

South Sudan Idea to join East Africa Community losses Value
GroundReport
by JosephEdward February 29, 2012 The South Sudan long dialogue over joining the East Africa Community, has touched, the interest of the Speaker of National Legislative Assembly James Wani Igga, last week in a Parliamentary sitting, Igga released a