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I was shocked with the appointment of such army of ambassadors all at once at a time when our country is faced with serious economic hardship as a result of the oil shutdown (Luke Dak, USA).

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By Paanluel Wël, Washington DC, USA, Planet Earth.

In exercise of the powers conferred upon him under Article 101 (o) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 A.D, read together with section 25 (1) (4) of the Diplomatic and Consular Service Act 2011, General Salva Kiir Mayaardit, founding and current President of the Republic of South Sudan, issued a Presidential Decree for the appointment of grade (1), (2) and (3) Ambassadors into the Diplomatic and Consular Services in the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sudan on March 07, 2012 A.D. The Ambassadorial list consists of 10 grade (1), 43 grade (2) and 25 grade (3), making a total of 78 Ambassadors. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, was directed by the President to transfer and assign the appointed Ambassadors in accordance with the Presidential Decree.

Among those appointed to Grade One are: 1- Mr. Majok Guandon Thiep 2- Dr. Chol Deng Alak 3- Mr. Mohamed Hassan Bakeit 4- Mr. Makelele Nyajok 5- Dr. Eluzai Mogga Yokwe 6- Dr. Akec Khoc Acieu 7- Mr. Sebit Abbe Alley and 1- Mr. Paul Macuel Malok 2- Dr. Andrew Akon Akec Kuol 3- Mr. Kuol Alor Kuol.

Grade Two appointees are: 1- Mr. Anthony Louis Kon 2- Mr. Ajing Adiang Mariik 3- Mr. Alier Deng Rual 4- Mr. Akuei Bona Malwal 5- Mr. Majak Philemon Majok 6- Mr. Baak Valentino Wol 7- Mr. John Andruga Duku 8- Mr. Mariano Deng Ngor 9- Dr. Francis George Nazario 10- Mr. Joseph Moum Majak 11- Mr. Parmena Makuet Mangar 12- Mr. Philip Jada Natana 13- Mr. Arop Deng Kuol 14- Mr. Michael Majok Ayom 15- Gabriel Gai Riak 16- Mr. Bol Wek Agoth 17- Dr. John Gai Yoh 18- Dr. Daniel Peter Othol 19- Mr. Ezekiel Lol Gathouth 20- Mr. Samuel Luate Lominsuk 21- Mr. Awad El Karim Ibrahim Ali 22- Mr. Adam Saeed AbuBakr Kabawa 23- Mr. Mustafa Lowoh Walla 24- Mr. Aban Yor Yor 25- Ms. Sittona Abdalla Osman 26- Mr. Pidor Tut Pul 27- Mr. James Ernest Onge 28- Mr. Jwokthab Amum Ajak 29- Mr. Paul Malong Akaro 30- Mr. Deng Deng Nhial 31- Mr. Lazaros Akoi Arou 32- Mr. Ruben Marial Benjamin 33- Abdon Terkoc Matuet 34- Mr. James Pitia Morgan 35- Mr. Dhanojak Obongo Othow 36- Mr. Jokwen Yukwan Ayiik 37- Mr. Michael Nyang Jok 38- Mr. Michael Mayiel Chuol 39- Ms. Abuk Nikonora Manyok 40- Ms. Nyandeng Joshua Dei Wal 41- Mr. Chol Mawut Unguec Ajonga 42- Mr. Darius Garang Wol Mabior 43- Mr. Joseph Ayok Ayok.

While Grade Three included the following names: 1- Mr. Thiik Agoth Giir 2- Mr. Nickson Deng Peter 3- Mr. Morris Batali Simon 4- Ms. Mary Badoda Francis 5- Mr. Hamilton Michael Lugor 6- Mr. Akwoch Daniel Diing 7- Ms. Jago Arop Yor 8- Mr. James Kur Muorwel 9- Ms. Sarah Victor Bol 10- Mr. William Wani Ruben 11- Mr. Wol Mayar Ariec 12- Mr. David Buom Choat 13- Ms Agnes A.O Oswaha 14- Mr. Caesar Oliha Yanga 15- Mr. Garang Garang Diing 16- Mr. Kau Nak Maper 17- Mr. Ambrose Raphael Tamania 18- Mr. Kahmis Agar Wol 19- Mr. Hassan Yousif Ngor 20- Mr. John Simon Yor Kur 21- Mr. Juma Dino Amoi 22- Mr. Dominique Panthair Mading 23- Dr. Riek Pouk Riek 24- Mr. Martin Kahmis Tabia 25- Mr. Raphael Nhial Kulang

The following variables can be employed to illustrate and better appreciate and understand this Presidential Decree for the Appointment of Ambassadors into the Diplomatic and Consular Services in the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sudan: region, state, party, gender, educational and prior experience qualifications among others.

Analysis of South Sudan Ambassadorial List

S/N Name of Ambassador[1] Region From State From Party From Former Position Country Assigned to
1 Majok Guandon Thiep Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to Kenya
2 Dr. Chol Deng Alak Greater Bahr El Ghazal Abyei or Warrap SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to Russia
3 Mohamed Hassan Bakeit Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM
4 Makelele Nyajok Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM Ex-Judge of Appeal Court
5 Dr. Eluzai Mogga Yokwe Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to France
6 Dr. Akec Khoc Acieu Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to the USA
7 Mr. Sebit Abbe Alley Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Zambia
8 Paul Macuei Malok Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to Bulgaria
9 Dr. Andrew Akon Akec Kuol Greater Bahr El Ghazal Northern Bahr El Ghazal SPLM
10 Kuol Alor Kuol Greater Bahr El Ghazal Abyei or Warrap SPLM Fmr. GoSS
Ambassador
To Ethiopia
11 Anthony Louis Kon Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to Congo
12 Ajing Adiang Mariik Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM
13 Alier Deng Rual Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Diplomat,  Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
14 Akuei Bona Malwal Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to the AU
15 Majak Philemon Majok Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM Diplomat,Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
16 Baak Valentino Wol Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM
17 John Andruga Duku Greater Equatoria Eastern Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Kenya
18 Mariano Deng Ngor Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM
19 Dr. Francis George Nazario Greater Equatoria Eastern Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to the EU, Brussel
20 Joseph Moum Majak Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Canada
21 Dr. Parmena Makuet Mangar Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM Fmr. GoSS
Ambassador to Egypt and Middle East
22 Philip Jada Natana Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM  Fmr.GoSS
Deputy Amb. to Ethiopia
23 Arop Deng Kuol Greater Bahr El Ghazal Abyei or Warrap SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Ethiopia
24 Michael Majok Ayom Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Kenya
25 Gabriel Gai Riak Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Nigeria
26 Bol Wek Agoth Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Norway
27 Dr. John Gai Yoh Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to S. Africa
28 Dr. Daniel Peter Othol Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to the UK
29 Ezekiel Lol Gathouth Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to the USA
30 Samuel Luate Lominsuk Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Zimbabwe
31 Awad El Karim Ibrahim Ali Greater Bahr El Ghazal Western Bahr El Ghazal SPLM
32 Adam Saeed AbuBakr Kabawa Greater Bahr El Ghazal Western Bahr El Ghazal SPLM
33 Mustafa Lowoh Walla Greater Equatoria Western Equatoria SPLM
34 Aban Yor Akol Ajawin Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. Sudan Deputy Amb. to the U.N
35 Sittona Abdalla Osman Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Veteran
36 Pidor Tut Pul Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM
37 James Ernest Onge Greater Equatoria Eastern Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Uganda
38 Jwokthab Amum Ajak Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Australia
39 Paul Malong Akaro Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to the UK
40 Deng Deng Nhial Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM Deputy GoSS Amb. to the USA
41 Lazaros Akoi Arou Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Fmr. GOSS ambassador to Congo-Brazzaville
42 Ruben Marial Benjamin Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Deputy GoSS Amb. to Egypt
43 Abdon Terkoc Matuet Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM
44 James Pitia Morgan Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Indonesia
45 Dhanojak Obongo Othow Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM
46 Jokwen Yukwan Ayiik Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr.Sudan
Ambassador to Russia
47 Michael Nyang Jok Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM SPLM/A Veteran
48 Michael Mayiel Chuol Greater Upper Nile Unity State SPLM Chairperson, Referendum Committee in Unity State
49 Abuk Nikonora Manyok Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM Director Bureau of public outreach
50 Nyandeng Joshua Dei Wal Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM
51 Chol Mawut Unguec Ajonga Greater Bahr El Ghazal WesternBahr El Ghazal SPLM Fmr. 1st secr of Goss to Holland
52 Darius Garang Wol Mabior Greater Bahr El Ghazal Northern Bahr El Ghazal SPLM
53 Joseph Ayok Ayok Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM
54 Thiik Agoth Giir Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM
55 Nickson Deng Peter Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to the EU, Brussel
56 Morris Batali Simon Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM Fmr. deputy Goss Amb. to Canada
57 Mary Badoda Francis Greater Equatoria Western Equatoria SPLM
58 Hamilton Michael Lugor Greater Equatoria Eastern Equatoria SPLM
59 Akwoch Daniel Diing Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. deputy Goss Amb. to Canada
60 Ms. Jago Arop Yor Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. deputy GoSS Amb. to South Africa
61 James Kur Muorwel Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM Fmr. deputy Goss Amb. to Norway
62 Sarah Victor Bol Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM Fmr. deputy
GoSS Amb. to the UK
63 William Wani Ruben Greater Equatoria Central Equatoria SPLM
64 Wol Mayar Ariec Greater Bahr El Ghazal Warrap SPLM
65 David Buom Choat Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM South Sudan Ambassador to the UN
66 Ms Agnes Oswaha Greater Equatoria Eastern Equatoria SPLM Worked in Goss Mission to the USA
67 Caesar Oliha Yanga Greater Equatoria Eastern Equatoria SPLM
68 Garang Garang Diing Greater Bahr El Ghazal Northern Bahr El Ghazal SPLM Fmr. deputy Goss Amb. to Kenya
69 Kau Nak Maper Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM
70 Ambrose Raphael Tamania Greater Bahr El Ghazal Western Bahr El Ghazal SPLM
71 Khamis Agar Wol Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM
72 Hassan Yousif Ngor Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. Sudan Ambassador to Uganda
73 John Simon Yor Kur Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. deputy Sudan Amb. to Canada
74 Juma Dino Amoi Greater Equatoria Eastern Equatoria SPLM Fmr. GoSS Ambassador to Uganda
75 Dominique Panthair Mading Greater Upper Nile Jonglei SPLM
76 Dr. Riek Pouk Riek Greater Upper Nile Upper Nile SPLM Fmr. deputy Sudan Amb. to Libya
77 Martin Kahmis Tabia Greater Equatoria Western Equatoria SPLM
78 Raphael Nhial Kulang Greater Bahr El Ghazal Lakes State SPLM
79
80

 Summary of Ambassadorial Distribution at the Greater Regional Level

S/N Region Number of Ambassadors % Share of Ambassadors % Share of total national Population
1 Greater Bahr el Ghazal(GBG region) 31 39.74% 33% (2.71M)
2 Greater Upper Nile(GUN region) 27 34.62% 35% (2.89M)
3 Greater Equatoria(GE region) 20 25.64% 32%  (2.62M)
Total ————————- 78 100% 100% (8.26M)[2]

 Summary of Ambassadorial Distribution at the State Level

s/n Name of State Number of Ambassadors % Share of Ambassadors % Share of total national Population State Ranking
1 Jonglei 12 15.38% 16.26% (1.35M) 3
2 Unity 1 1.28% 6.98% (0.58M) 10
3 Upper Nile 14 17.94% 11.57% (0.96M) 2
4 Warrap 15 19.23% 11.67% (0.97M) 1
5 Lakes 9 11.53% 8.31% (0.69M) 5
6 Northern Bahr el Ghazal 3 3.84% 8.67% (0.72M) 8
7 Western Bahr el Ghazal 4 5.13% 3.98% (0.33M) 7
8 Western Equatoria 3 3.84% 7.35% (0.61M) 8
9 Central Equatoria 10 12.82% 13.25% (1.10M) 4
10 Eastern Equatoria 7 8.97% 10.96% (0.91M) 6
Total —————— 78 100% 100% (8.26M for 2009’s census)[3] 10 

 Summary of Ambassadorial Distribution at the Gender Level

S/N Gender Number of Ambassadors % Share of Ambassadors % Share of national Pop.
1 Men 71 91.02% 52%  (4.28M)
2 Women 7 8.97% 48%  (3.97M)
Total ————- 78 100% 100% (8.26M)[4]

  Summary of Ambassadorial Distribution at the Qualification Level

S/N Prior Experience Number of Ambassadors Percentage share
1 Former Ambassadors 26 33.33%
2 Former Deputy Ambassadors 15 19.23%
3 New Faces 37 47.43%
Total ————————- 78 100%

Further comparative comprehension of the above appointment would be aided by the following tables of the last year, first ever, cabinet of the Republic of South Sudan, apportioned according to their respective greater regions and states:

Summary of the cabinet distribution at the Greater Regional Level

s/n Name of Region No. of ministries No. of Deputy Ministries Total cabinet share % Share of Cabinet Positions
1 Greater Upper Nile 9 11 20 35.71%
2 Greater Bahr el Ghazal 10 10 20 35.71%
3 Greater Equatoria 10 6 16 28.57%
Total ————————- 29 27 56 100%

Summary of the cabinet distribution at the State Level

s/n Name of State No. of ministries No. of Deputy Ministries Total cabinet share % Share of Cabinet Post State Ranking
1 Jonglei 5 5 10 17.85% 1
2 Unity 0 3 3 5.36% 10
3 Upper Nile 4 3 7 12.50% 4
4 Warrap 4 6 10 17.85% 2
5 Lakes 2 2 4 7.14% 6
6 Northern Bahr el Ghazal 2 0 2 3.57% 9
7 Western Bahr el Ghazal 2 2 4 7.14% 6
8 Western Equatoria 3 1 4 7.14% 5
9 Central Equatoria 5 3 8 14.29% 3
10 Eastern Equatoria 2 2 4 7.14% 6
Total ———————— 29 27 56 100% 10

While the above numbers speak better for themselves, it is imperative that something is mentioned about the criticisms garnered by the appointment among South Sudanese, particularly whether the new appointment reflect a lean and a broad-based government in the age of financial difficulties. One criticism is that the appointment is too bloated at a time when South Sudan, having shut down oil production, is confronting “transitional period of budgetary problems” and financial uncertainties.

Commenting on the ambassadorial appointment, Thirik Mijak, a South Sudan from the USA, believes that “such an ambassadorial appointment is contradictory to the recent austerity measures that was passed recently to avoid the problematic shortcomings of the financial constraints due to the shutdown of the oil pipelines as the main sources of public revenue” in the Republic of South Sudan.

Mijak adds: “it would be more appropriate to trim the number of these appointed ambassadors to a sizeable number that could be more affordable and significant to the number of countries with importance in terms of diplomatic ambassadorships.” Countries of diplomatic and economic importance should have been prioritized. For instance, “the great nations like USA, Canada, UK, China, Australia, Brazil, Norwegian, Germany, India plus our Eastern African nations like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda should be given first priorities respectively.”

The second dissatisfaction with the appointment is manifested nature of underrepresentation in some states. Some South Sudanese do feel that some states have been underrepresented while others have taken more than their fairs share. For example, Unity State, which received no full ministerial position during last year cabinet formation is again shortchanged in this latest appointment—it has only about 1-2 ambassadorial positions while other states like Upper Nile, Jonglei and Warrap have taken a lion share of the ambassadorial appointees relative to their population size.

Dr. Riek Machar, the vice president of the Republic of South Sudan who hailed from Unity State has some explanations to do to the citizens of that state: what is going on in Juba in relation to Unity State, the very oil-producing state that is funding the whole of South Sudan? Why are they overwhelmingly and continually sidelined and undersold in the government?

Third disapproval is related to the pervasiveness of nepotism. There are couples of names on the ambassadorial list whose appointments may or may not have anything to do with their close relatives in the government of South Sudan. South Sudanese are wondering if the appointment of Kuol Alor Kuol (brother to Deng Alor), Deng Deng Nhial (brother to Nhial Deng), Akuei Bona Malual (son to Bona Malual), Arop Deng Kuol (brother to Pieng Deng), Aban Yor Akol (brother to Lam Akol), and Ruben Marial Benjamin (brother to Marial Benjamin), among others, have anything to do with their having close relationship to some of the ministers and Generals in Juba.

To their due credits, there is no child from the top guns in the government—President Kiir, VP Dr. Machar, Speaker Wani Igga, SPLM SG Pagan Amum etc. Design or coincidence?

And while some South Sudanese may see underrepresentation and nepotism in the appointment, others though see it in term of prior experiences and educational qualifications. According to Jouk Hakim, a South Sudanese from Germany, appointment to the diplomatic corps is not about tribes, regions, or state: “the diplomatic corps profession is not about ethnic and states representations, and that is why you can realize that some states do have more diplomats than others. Depending on level of qualifications and success during the examinations to join the diplomatic service when Sudan was still one.”

The question of Gender parity is another fundamental feature of this latest appointment! While womenfolk were deservingly represented during the cabinet formation, receiving over 26% of the portfolios, this is not the case in this newest nomination. Of the 78 ambassadorial appointees, there are only 7 members among them who are females, a paltry percentage of approximately 9%, with males taking a whopping percentage of about 91%. Since the constitution mandate 25% of all appointment to be allocated to the fairer sex, it is important to note that this selection has fallen short of that constitutional requirement. However, according to President Kiir, the problem is lack of competent ladies to fill the 25% positions:

President Salva Kiir Mayardit confessed, he was unable to find enough women to fill the gap among the new ambassadors. He repeated the commitment of the SPLM to empower women.”

That statement from the President is highly misplaced because South Sudan has a good number of women with PhD to fill the required 25%. For example, South Sudan has Dr. Julia Aker Dwany, Dr. Laura Nyantung Ahang, Dr. Pauline Riak, Dr. Jane Edward and Dr. Salwa Beriberi among others.

Lastly, I would like to thank Uncle James Agor (USA), Luke Dak (USA), Gordon Buay (Canada), Thirik Mijak (USA), Tearz Ayuen (South Sudan), Jouk Hakim (Germany), Peter Karlo (USA), and especially those who requested to remain anonymous, for their invaluable assistances in tracking down and identifying the states and regions the ambassadors hail from., thank you! Any error or misrepresentation thereof is of my own making, however.

PaanLuel Wël is the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese bloggers. He can be reached through his Facebook page, Twitter account or on the blog: https://paanluelwel2011.wordpress.com/


[1]  South Sudan Ambassadors: Presidential Decrees for the Appointment of South Sudan (First) Ambassadors.

https://paanluelwel2011.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/south-sudan-ambassadors-presidential-decrees-for-the-appointment-of-ambassadors/

[2] Sudan Tribune: “South Sudan census results officially released”, 2009: http://www.sudantribune.com/South-Sudan-census-results,31411

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.


By Hilde F. Johnson

2012-03-07-JohnsontalkingtoIDPsPibor.jpgUNMISS Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson interacts with affected community members in Pibor, Jonglei state on 7 January 2012 (Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Gideon)South

Sudan is the world’s newest nation, born from the people’s vote in January 2011 after 30 years of devastating conflict and proclaiming independence on 9 July last year. Today we celebrate the first International Women’s Day in independent South Sudan and together we must look at how we can address the great challenges faced by women and girls in one of the world’s least developed countries.

This year the United Nations has devoted International Women’s Day to rural women and girls — those that routinely figure at the bottom of every economic, social and political indicator. This is fitting for South Sudan, whose population overwhelmingly lives in isolated rural communities. South Sudan is the size of France, with virtually no paved roads and none of the basic infrastructure even many developing countries take for granted.

I have the privilege of heading up the United Nations presence in South Sudan, as the Special Representative for the Secretary-General

As I travel around the countryside I see both the challenges and the daily courage of South Sudanese women. I see the sun baking down on the women and girls who carry goods, who line up at water pumps and walk miles bearing heavy loads to their tukuls, mud and thatch huts, in isolated villages.

2012-03-07-Johnsonarticlewomenatpumpphoto.JPGSouth Sudanese women collecting water at the village water-pump in Jonglei state on 14 February 2012 (Photo: UNMISS/Josephine Guerrero)Life is tough for these women.

Many South Sudanese communities are partially or wholly nomadic and within this context far fewer girls get educational opportunities compared to boys. Maternal mortality rates are abysmal. One the most normal features of life – to give birth – is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do in South Sudan: 16 mothers die every day due to pregnancy-related complications.

South Sudanese women played a critical role in building the foundations of their country. Women are the backbone of society despite not having formal positions of power and, during times of civil war when men left to join the guerrilla movement, it was the women that held communities together.

But there is a long way to go for women and girls to enjoy equality in leadership roles. Despite the long history of male dominance in politics, there has been some recent encouraging progress on this front since Independence. In the Transitional Constitution, the Government has also recently introduced a quota of 25 per cent for female representation in all independent commissions and the council of ministers. Female parliamentarians make up slightly over 24 per cent of the National Legislative Assembly and the draft electoral legislation calls for a gender quota of 25 per cent.

I have been here eight months in this role, and as I meet women in the bustling capital or travelling within the large, remote sun-burnt states, they see a woman in charge of U.N. Peacekeeping in their country as an encouragement to them.

The United Nations has taken important steps to improve its own gender balance, particularly at the leadership level. It is more unusual, however, to be a woman leading a large peacekeeping mission. The 10,000-strong, when fully staffed, mission is made up of military, police and civilian staff. It is here to consolidate peace and security and help establish conditions for development. It is a challenging post and in contrast to previous leadership roles I’ve held in the Norwegian government and at UNICEF, where women were an established presence, peacekeeping has traditionally been a male-dominated world. This is changing with a visibly growing female presence. I am accepted as a leader, and respected according to what I do: that is essential in order to deliver on the UN’s mandate in such a challenging environment.

The United Nations mission has its role to play in supporting the government of South Sudan to achieve gender equality and to empower women.

Women have much experience to draw on in their role as peacemakers in their communities. They are also the mothers, sisters, daughters of the men that take up weapons and have a strong voice in preventing conflict and violence. We want to support their efforts.

The United Nations also works to support equality for women and girls through its agencies, funds and programs, whether in education or health or programs to empower girls and women. They are delivering positive results every day.

I want to use this first International Women’s Day for South Sudan to place a spotlight on the lives of women and girls here. We, the international community, need to maintain our support for this newborn country, and continue targeting programs for girls and women. All evidence shows us that investing in women and girls over the long run is a critical step to securing stability, peace and prosperity. This is also the best development investment we can make. Let’s do it.

Hilde F. Johnson is the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in South Sudan.

Find out more at www.unmiss.unmissions.org/ and www.un.org/peacekeeping

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hilde-johnson/international-womens-day-2012_b_1326792.html


By ISAAC KHISA 

Saturday, March 10  2012 

THE WORLD Bank has instituted fresh investigations into the South Sudan’s grain scandal in which several companies are claiming some $1.5 billion for supplies they made in 2009.

The companies — from Uganda and South Sudan — also claim that some consignments destined for Juba were destroyed en-route, and Juba committed to compensation for the losses.

The claims, however, became contested after it turned out the grains were never supplied, pointing the spotlight on the administration in Juba which is grappling with widespread claims of corruption within its ranks.

Uganda’s consul to Juba Busho Ndiyenka told The EastAfrican last week that the World Bank and the South Sudan government had launched fresh investigations into the scandal.

The supplies of grain were procured for the National Grain Reserves, intended to build a buffer between famine and citizens of the infant state that was just emerging out of war. The purchases were financed under a component of the World Bank’s $524 million multi-donor trust fund.

Sources in both the Uganda and South Sudan governments are piling blame on some South Sudanese companies that won the tender, and then allegedly induced some state governors to sign for consignments that they did not receive.

According to internal investigations by Juba, the Ministry of Finance also paid briefcase companies under unclear circumstances. This World Bank probe comes barely six months after the Government of South Sudan hinted at closing its two-year investigation that has failed to net the culprits.

South Sudan Information Minister and government spokesman Bernaba Marial declined to comment. “I don’t know of the investigation and therefore have no comment,” Dr Marial said.

Apparently, by the time the supplying companies made their claims in 2010, the GOSS had stopped the contracts because “there was nothing to show on the ground,” sources close to both governments said.

It was established, however, that the Ugandan suppliers, subcontracted by South Sudan contractors, were not paid.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/World+Bank+launches+fresh+probe+into+South+Sudan+grain+scandal/-/2558/1363456/-/11t9q1bz/-/


Hereward Holland/Reuters – Women who fled a war across the border in Sudan’s Blue Nile state sit outside a clinic in Doro refugee camp. Sudan is fighting a civil war on multiple fronts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, with almost 100,000 fleeing across the border into the newly-independent South Sudan.

By Sudarsan Raghavan, Saturday, March 10

NAIROBI — Renewed cross-border clashes between Sudan and the new nation of South Sudan are raising fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis, with some officials warning that the violence is reminiscent of the conflict in Darfur.Hundreds of people have fled Sudan in recent days, heading to camps in South Sudan and western Ethi­o­pia where tens of thousands have sought refuge since the crisis began last year, U.N. officials say.

From July 9, 2011: South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time Saturday, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens and dozens of international dignitaries swarmed the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the country's birth.

From July 9, 2011: South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time Saturday, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens and dozens of international dignitaries swarmed the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the country’s birth.

“The refugees are crossing into South Sudanfrom Sudan’s troubled Blue Nile state,” Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Geneva. “They say they fled because of bombardments and the fear of more violence.”South Sudan, which celebrated independence in July, has been besieged bynumerous conflicts, including ethnic and tribal fights and a bitter dispute with its former rulers in Khartoum over oil fees.

In the South Kordofan region, once a major battleground during Sudan’s 22-year civil war, fighting broke out in June between Sudanese forces and rebels formerly allied with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. By September, the conflict had spread to Blue Nile state.

This past week, Mukesh Kapila, a former U.N. representative to Sudan and now a human rights activist, said the conditions in South Kordofan could become as violent as they had been in a separate conflict in Darfur, a vast region in western Sudan. That conflict pitted the Arab-ruled government in Khartoum against non-Arab rebels. According to the United Nations, more than 300,000 died and 2.7 million were displaced, prompting the United States to declare that a genocide had taken place.

Kapila, who had recently returned from a visit to the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, told reporters in Nairobi that Sudanese airplanes routinely bomb civilians, actions he deemed “tantamount to war crimes.”

“Inside the Nuba Mountains, I saw burnt villages, destroyed food stores and damaged schools and churches used by civilians to shelter from the fighting,” said Kapila, now with the Aegis Trust, a human rights group that campaigns against genocide.

“I heard an Antonov [airplane] myself and watched women and children running away, shrieking with fear, as well as fields on fire from dropped bombs destroying what little food crops were being planted,” Kapila said.

Sudan has denied the allegations, but it has also prevented foreign relief agencies from entering the Nuba Mountains, even as U.N. and other aid groups report food shortages and malnutrition.

The conflict appears to be intensifying. Sudanese airplanes allegedly bombed border areas in late February and again this month. In November, bombs hit the Yida refugee camp near the border, and U.N. officials are concerned it will be struck again.

“We are extremely concerned about the safety of people in the nearby Yida refugee settlement, which hosts 16,022 Sudanese,” Lejeune-Kaba said.

U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), who recently visited Yida, said in a statement this week: “In speaking with the refugees in the camp, I heard echoes of Darfur — accounts of ethnic cleansing, mass murder and rape of innocent civilians in the region. As any Sudan watcher knows, this is familiar ground for Sudanese President Omar Bashir — an internationally indicted war criminal.”

Wolf, along with two other members of Congress, Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.), this past week introduced the Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act, which calls for tough actions against Bashir and an end to human rights violations in the Nuba Mountains.

One recommendation said that “no American tax dollars should be going to countries that welcome Bashir.”

The U.N. Security Council also weighed in this past week, calling for a cease-fire “to put an end to the cycle of violence.” The Obama administration welcomed the council’s action.

“The United States remains deeply concerned about the grave humanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, where hundreds of thousands endure the daily threat of violence and looming famine without an urgent infusion of life-saving assistance,” said Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/violence-between-two-sudans-has-echoes-of-darfur/2012/03/09/gIQALukS3R_story.html

South Sudan and Khartoum have many unresolved issues

By FRED OLUOCH Posted  Saturday, March 10  2012

SINCE THE two Sudans separated on July 9 last year, they have never gotten down to relating like good neighbours should. Khartoum still treats the newly independent South Sudan as part of its territory, given that it carries out military incursions across their common border.

Khartoum on the other hand, accuses Juba of providing logistical support for rebels who support the newly independent South, especially the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLN-N), which is fighting the Sudanese government in Southern Kordofan.

The uneasy relations have hindered talks over post-referendum issues that were to see the full implementation of the 2005 comprehensive peace deal. They include the loosely demarcated north-south border, the issue of citizenship, oil-rich Abyei and wealth-sharing.

Earlier in the year, South Sudan stopped oil production and transportation of oil through the pipeline to Port Sudan, on the grounds that the north was siphoning oil through unofficial pipelines and charging exorbitant prices for oil transportation.

South Sudan’s armed forces last Wednesday said that two Sudanese planes dropped six bombs in oil wells in Pariang County, destroying at least one of them which lead to leakage that is polluting drinking water.

In the meantime, the issues of citizenship is a running concern. Prior to the referendum in January 2011, President Omar Al Bashir announced that there would be no need for cultural diversity in the North if the South voted to separate.

Since the South went its separate way, there have been great migration of southern Sudanese who have been living in the North, fearing for their lives.

The UN estimates that there are at least half a million people of Southern origin still residing in Sudan. The International Organisation of Migration stated that it is impossible to transport hundreds of thousands to the South in less than a month.

Recently,  South Sudan  started demanding to know the fate the children abducted from the South and taken to Sudan during the civil war, especially in the 1990s. It is estimated that the children number at least 35,000 children, but there are no accurate estimates.

Sudan has refused to discuss the issue of abductees. In recent years, rights groups accused Sudan of using the abducted women and children as slaves.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/-/2558/1363526/-/myh0v8z/-/

Intervene before the two Sudans erupt again

Posted  Saturday, March 10  2012

THE EAST African region must renew its focus on the uneasy relations between Sudan and South Sudan following reports that Khartoum has started bombing oil wells in the South.

This bombing combined with the ongoing war in the frontline northern states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, could easily lead to fresh wars that could destabilise the entire region.

It appears that the international community has abandoned the Sudans after the successful referendum in 2011 that led to the independence of the South.

Yet, the separation was the beginning of a new rivalry that has hindered talks over post-referendum issues that were to see the full implementation of the 2005 peace deal.

The issues include the loosely demarcated north-south border, citizenship, Abyei and wealth-sharing.

The current talks under the auspices of the African Union to bring the two to an amicable solution, needs to be complemented by diplomatic pressure from countries in the region.

Kenya has of late been engaged in shuttle diplomacy to bring the two countries to an understanding.

Uganda has also been engaged in some diplomacy to secure its interests.

For Kenya, the recently signed transport infrastructure joint venture with South Sudan and Ethiopia could be in jeorpady were the two Sudans to resort to war.

While Kenya would want to benefit from the resources in the South, it still maintains a strong bond with the North.

In that sense, Kenya is the best country to bring the two to some level of understanding that would ensure peace in the eastern Africa region.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/OpEd/editorial/Intervene+before+the+two+Sudans+erupt+again+/-/434752/1363332/-/y8tmvb/-/

Sudan’s hidden conflict: Rebels, raids and refugees

Women carry water bottles across their shoulders at a refugee camp in South Sudan

Largely hidden from the world’s media, a conflict is raging in the border area between Sudan and the new nation of South Sudan. The BBC’s Martin Plaut reports from the border on the plight of the thousands who have fled their homes and the rebels’ motives.

“I clutched my children to my bosom, when the Antonov bombers came,” says one grandmother, who crossed into South South with her 29 children and grandchildren.

We cannot name her, since she hopes one day to go home.

A scattering of refugee camps along the borders have been erected by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to serve their needs.

Just one – Jammam refugee camp, in Maban county of Upper Nile state – is home to some 34,000 people.

Col Abdildem Dafalla Col Abdildem Dafalla said he had between 8,000 and 9,000 men fighting across the border in Blue Nile

It is estimated that around 100,000 people have fled their homes since the second half of 2011, when the Sudanese government launched an offensive against rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, in the south of Sudan.

Most set off with nothing but the clothes they wore.

Families we spoke to say many of their children and elderly were too weak to make the journey, and died along the way.

First estimates of the scale of the crisis by aid agencies proved inadequate, and the United Nations had to rapidly increase the scale of its operations.

Now a route has been opened through the port of Djibouti and on through Ethiopia and into South Sudan.

It is a journey of six to seven days, but the trucks towing trailers of basic supplies are now arriving to feed these huge camps.

map
Rebel alliance

The rebels who are taking on the government in Khartoum are the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North).

They see themselves as continuing in the footsteps of the movement from which they sprang, the SPLM of the late John Garang, which now runs the newly independent state of South Sudan.

When independence came in July last year, many SPLM forces in Blue Nile and South Kordofan were left stranded in Sudan.

“We have not even requested support or ammunition from any other country because we know we can win this fight” Abdildem DafallaSPLM-North colonel

These areas were supposed to have been allowed a vote to choose autonomy, but this was blocked by Khartoum.

Neroun Philip Aju, the SPLM-North’s humanitarian co-ordinator in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, says the aim is to change the government in Khartoum – not to form another new state.

Fighting is vicious, with refugee after refugee explaining how they have been bombed from the air, with markets being a particular target.

This is likely to intensify as the SPLM-North has concluded an agreement to link up with three rebel movements fighting in Darfur.

A conflict that brings together South Sudan and the west of Sudan could prove a real headache for the authorities in Khartoum.

Until now the SPLM-North has been a somewhat unknown quantity. There are few hard facts about its operations in Blue Nile state and no independent sources of information.

Boxes of ammunitionRebel ammunition in border area waiting to be walked up to front line positions

But visiting the border area in Maban County, South Sudan, we pieced together a picture of the movement.

We saw no training bases or rebel camps.

This is a military zone and there were plenty of men in uniform from the South Sudan government forces – the rebels we did meet were in civilian clothes.

Neroun Philip Aju

“If nothing is done we will have a humanitarian disaster” Neroun Philip Aju SPLM-North

In a border village, we ran into Col Abdildem Dafalla of the SPLM-North, who told us he has between 8,000 and 9,000 men fighting in Blue Nile.

“We are moving around. If a specific place is attacked, we move away and then return to it when the Sudan government forces have left.”

Asked whether his forces could win, he was confident: “100%, we’ll win.”

“We have not even requested support or ammunition from any other country because we know we can win this fight,” he said.

The SPLM-North routinely denies receiving support from South Sudan, and the government denies any connection with the rebels.

Juba signed an agreement with Khartoum not to support rebellions in each other’s states, but there are strong suggestions that both sides flout this pact.

Help from outside

Daily life for people in the Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan is reported to be dire, with hundreds of thousands of displaced – many living in caves in the hills to avoid aerial bombing which happens day and night.

Aid arriving at a refugee camp on the border in South SudanSupplies are now arriving in South Sudan’s refugee camps, but not in conflict zones across the border

Former UN official, Mukesh Kapila, who has just visited the area, told the BBC it reminded him of the “terror tactics” he had seen in Darfur.

“We saw whole tracts of deserted countryside and smoke rising from fires where fields of seeds that had been planted had been burnt off, ” he said.

“We saw churches destroyed where people had run to take shelter. And we saw fear, hurt and anger in the eyes of the people we met.”

Mr Aju showed the BBC a document signed by the UN, the African Union and Arab League calling for international aid to be allowed to flow directly into these areas of conflict.

“We have accepted that proposal for the delivery of aid to the affected population and we are waiting for the Sudan government to do the same,” he says.

“March is a deadline. If nothing is done we will have a humanitarian disaster in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

“If the Sudan government does not accept the proposal, we would ask the international community to put the food in anyway.”

This might mean sending aid in without government approval – something the UN appears to be considering.

This could put the aid agencies in an extremely awkward position, caught between serving the needs of the people and the demands of the states in which they are operating.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17276865


Presidents Salva Kiir, Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (holding flags) at the ground-breaking ceremony in Lamu. Picture: File

Presidents Salva Kiir, Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (holding flags) at the ground-breaking ceremony in Lamu. Picture: File

By A JOINT REPORTSaturday, March 10  2012 

Kenya is quietly plotting a new regional diplomatic initiative to mediate the oil dispute between Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan through the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (Igad).

Well-placed sources told The EastAfrican that President Salva Kiir appealed to Kenya to intervene when he visited Nairobi recently to take part in the ground breaking ceremony at the site of the proposed Lamu port.

It is understood that when Prime Minister Raila Odinga visited President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala recently, it was to seek the latter’s support for the new initiative under the auspices of Igad, currently under the chairmanship of President Mwai Kibaki.

Mr Odinga was in Kampala in his capacity as an envoy sent by President Kibaki. Nairobi and Kampala’s role in playing big brother to South Sudan and Kenya’s decision to forge closer ties with Ethiopia and Somalia illustrates how the northern front is starting to reshape the contours of power in the East African Community.

Sources told The EastAfrican  that Kenya’s Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka will shortly travel to Khartoum and Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula to Addis Ababa, Djibouti and Eritrea on similar missions. It is the latest indication that South Sudan is beginning to lose faith in the negotiations being conducted at the level of  African Union, United Nations, US and the UK.

Analysts give three reasons for Juba’s discomfort with the diplomatic initiatives that have taken place so far. First, is the fear in Juba that the initiatives at the continental level are likely to end up exerting international pressure on South Sudan to accept an unfair oil deal.
Juba is especially uncomfortable with the push by the international community to load the agenda with humanitarian issues, which have been outstanding for a long time, arguing that this merely serves to mask the gravity of exploitation and extortion of South Sudanese oil by Khartoum.

Success or failure

Whether Igad will succeed where other diplomatic initiatives have failed remains to be seen. Analysts believe Igad has the levers to exert more pressure on Sudan since Khartoum will not want  face isolation by its regional neighbours.

It’s noteworthy that both Kenya and Djibouti have already signed a number of memorandum of understanding to build pipelines connecting to their ports. The fact that both President Kiir and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenewi attended the ground breaking ceremony of the proposed Lamu Port which will be the bridgehead to a new transport corridor connecting Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with road railway and pipeline links, demonstrates the potential threat of isolation which Khartoum could  face if it insists on playing the lone ranger card in a region which is becoming more and more integrated.

Uganda, which will shortly be building its own oil pipeline and refinery, is also angling the opportunity of refining some of  South Sudanese oil. The  tensions over oil between Khartoum and Juba have been brewing ever since South Sudan became an independent state.

But matters exploded recently after Juba shut down all oil production in the South in response to a decision by Khartoum to impose a $36 per barrel transportation fee on oil from the South. In December last year, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Sudan announced that as from December 25, 2011, all shipments from the South  would only be allowed to leave Port Sudan  after paying fees amounting to $36 per barrel.

A few days later, Khartoum blocked four ships carrying 3.5 million barrels of oil from sailing out of Port Sudan. It followed a decision by Khartoum  to prevent four other ships from docking at Port Sudan. The ships which had purchased 2.8 million barrels of crude oil were unable to collect their purchases for several days.

In total, it is estimated that the revenue Khartoum had retained by the time the controversy broke was approximately $815 million. Juba also complained that Sudan had constructed  a tie-in pipeline  that was designed to permanently divert 120,000 barrels per day of South Sudan oil to refineries in the north. Southern Sudan is unhappy that despite the fact that the North is clearly at fault on the oil issue, international diplomacy is proceeding as if both side are equally culpable.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/South+Sudan+seeks+Kibaki++help+over+oil+standoff+with+Khartoum/-/2558/1363522/-/xq4ru0/-/

South Sudan seeks Kibaki help over oil standoff with Khartoum
East African
Nairobi and Kampala’s role in playing big brother to South Sudan and Kenya’s decision to forge closer ties with Ethiopia and Somalia illustrates how the northern front is starting to reshape the contours of power in the East African Community.

South Sudan and Khartoum have many unresolved issues
East African
Khartoum still treats the newly independent South Sudan as part of its territory, given that it carries out military incursions across their common border. Khartoum on the other hand, accuses Juba of providing logistical support for rebels who support 

The syndrome stealing Uganda and South Sudan’s children
BBC News
And it is killing children across northern Uganda and South Sudan. But I’m not talking about Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army which, despite its sudden brush with global infamy, has not been seriously active inside Uganda for some six years.

Sudan encourages Arab states to foster good relations with South Sudan
Sudan Tribune
March 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government would like to see Arab states build strong ties with the newly established country of South Sudan, an official said today. At a press conference held at the Sudanese embassy in Yemen, 
Country Firm Eyes South Sudan for Investment
AllAfrica.com
A LOCAL engineering firm, Ng’andu Consulting is seeking to invest in South Sudan to take advantage of the yawning opportunities in Africa’s youngest country. Ng’andu Consulting managing director for its Rwandan franchise Watson Ng’ambi, 

Britak plans South Sudan expansion
The Star
The British American Group is set to expand its regional reach with the opening of its first branch inSouth Sudan before the end of June . The listed company, which currently has operations in Kenya and Uganda, also plans to be in Rwanda before the 

Sudan: Jonglei – Akobo Villages ‘Besieged’ By Raiders, Wounded Reach Hospital
AllAfrica.com
The fighting, that began at 5am on Friday, comes as Jonglei prepares for a mass disarmament campaign after a series of large scale clashes between rival cattle herding groups in South Sudan’slargest state. Four steam boats full of wounded people 
South Sudan Claims Moyo Land, Arrests 6 Local MPs
AllAfrica.com
By John Odyek and Joyce Namutebi, 9 March 2012 The presidential and foreign affairs committee has asked government to prevent armed persons from Sudan from controlling parts of Moyo district and claiming it is part of South Sudan.
South Sudan to host foreign investment conference
Sudan Tribune
March 9, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan said Friday it will host aa high level investment summit later this month expected to bring together more than 300 participants from different parts of the world. The announcement comes as South Sudan’s Vice President 
S.Sudan accuses Khartoum of ‘enslaving’ thousands
AFP
ADDIS ABABA — South Sudan accused former foe Sudan on Friday of holding 35000 Southerners as “slaves,” stalling talks to resolve a furious oil dispute as tensions remain high between the two neighbours. “There is unfortunately a disagreement, 
Where there’s a need: Blount missionary embarks on second visit to South Sudan
Maryville Daily Times
So on March 15, Hurley will leave McGhee Tyson airport and embark on a 20 hour flight into South Sudan and the town of Yei, a town with a population of about 600000. This will be his second trip toSouth Sudan. Hurley’s church, First United Methodist 
As I See It :The Emerging South Sudan State: Challenges and Solutions (3)
Sudan Vision
SSLA would attract most of the SPLA commanders, officers and enlisted men in due course because there would be no reason for Southerners to kill their fellow Southerners to defend a pre-born and a pre-failed emerging South Sudan state that is incapable 
CMC’s secret deals in South Sudan exposed
Daily Nation
By PAUL WAFULA pwafula@ke.nationmedia.com Car dealer CMC Holdings failed to disclose to its shareholders that it operates a subsidiary company in South Sudan. The subsidiary was operated secretly, and the proceeds were never reflected in the company’s 

South Sudan Awarded Global Road Achievement Prize

Posted: March 10, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

A Global what???

This sounds more like a mocking joke than a reality. South Sudan has no road to begin with let alone winning a “Global Road Achievement Prize.”

South Sudan Awarded Global Road Achievement Prize

The Louis Berger Group presented to the Ministry of Transport a Global Road Achievement Award Category Prize on Road Safety at the Ministry’s premises in Juba last Wednesday.

09 March 2012
South Sudan Awarded Global Road Achievement Prize
A group photo for the Transport Ministry staff and the Louis Berger group (centre) the Deputy Minister Mayom Kuoc holding the trophy [©Gurtong]

By Juma John Stephen
JUBA, 9th March 2012 [Gurtong]

The prize was won by the Louis Berger Group project (Sudan infrastructure capacity building in working in South Sudan), and the prize was received in Washington DC on 24th January, 2011 by South Sudan’s Ambassador in the United States of America, and the Senior Vice President of Louis Berger Group, on behalf of the Ministry of Transport.

Speaking during a ceremony to deliver the prize to the Ministry in Juba on Wednesday, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Mayom Kuoc Malek highlighted the significance of the award.

 “The Ministry of Transport emerged the winner of the 2011 Global Road Achievement Award-Road safety category. The Republic of South Sudan and Ministry of Transport are very grateful for coaching our team with the best international practice of innovation, creativity cost serving and sustainable solutions on road safety,” Kuoc said.

“This award will be our guiding principle in our endeavour to pursue a proactive policy to reduce road accidents. Our dedicated staff worked as a team. I would like to appeal to donors to support the field of road safety,” the deputy minister continued.

The Minister was quick to say that, “doubting Thomas’ will say that this was a favour to the Republic of South Sudan, but the country competed with nine other counties, judged by a penal of independent international judges with experts in the field of road safety and due to job well done South Sudan got the award.”

The President of Louis Berger Group, Larry Walker said during the nomination what the company put forward was a collaborative effort with cross-multiple agencies, donor and Ministries in South Sudan.

“This is an extremely prestigious award, it shows a lot of hard work and dedication from lots of people and that gives you a solid foundation to building the future of roads in South Sudan. In the long term we want to educate the drivers to reduce road accidents,” Berger stressed.

“It was a very holistic approach not for people who only use the road but also for those who leave along the road. In particular having a road like the ‘Juba-Nimule road’ to build the program around was important in the nomination process.”

According to the Deputy Minister each year more than 1.17 million people die in road crash and more than 10 million are crippled or injured globally. The World Health organization in 1990 identified traffic injuries and by 2020 it said that traffic injuries will be health risks.

The Louis Berger Group
The Louis Berger Group is an internationally recognized consulting firm that provides engineering, architecture, program and construction management, environmental planning and science, and economic development services. For nearly 60 years the group operates with a commitment to integrity held to the highest standards of ethics, quality, and accountability.

http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ID/6597/Default.aspx


Dear Esteemed Readers,

Writing on/for the New Sudan Vision, Dr. Thuou Loi Cingoth, a core member of the organizing panel that constituted South Sudan National Anthem, narrates a brief account of how the National Anthem was written/composed:

This is in brief how the National Anthem was written by the technical team mentioned above and sang by the choir of the University of Juba.  This is important to make clear for the records.

Please check it out below, it is a very interesting, behind-the-scene account of the events and intrigues leading up-to the creation of the national anthem:

http://www.newsudanvision.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2547:on-the-making-of-the-south-sudan-national-anthem&catid=5:columns&Itemid=14

And in case you are wondering what the product being described above was, the lyrics of the national anthem for the Republic of South Sudan are given below: Listen to it here

Oh God!

We praise and glorify you

For your grace on South Sudan

Land of great abundance

Uphold us united in peace and harmony

Oh motherland!

We rise raising flag with the guiding star

And sing songs of freedom with joy

For justice, liberty and prosperity

Shall forevermore reign

Oh great patriots!

Let us stand up in silence and respect

Saluting our martyrs whose blood

Cemented our national foundation

We vow to protect our nation

Oh God, bless South Sudan!

Or you can sing along or teach yourself how to sing it from this link:

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ6WdKl2Gh8&feature=related (with lyrics and sound)

2.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMKobBJOSTU (with lyrics and sound)

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXmzLCpkmsk&feature=related (sound, very clear)

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHn5xOfx5gE (with picture and sound)

Thanks,

PaanLuel Wel.