Archive for January 26, 2018

Protest letter to the American embassy in Juba, South Sudan over the “undue inflammatory and defamatory remarks by Amb. Nikki Haley in New York

Baak Valentino Wol

Ambassador Baak Valentino Wol, undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

January 26, 2018 (SSB) — The Government of the Republic of South Sudan today in 26 Jan. 2018 handed over a protest note to the American Embassy in Juba on the undue inflammatory and defamatory remarks made by the US permanent representative to the UN Amb. Nikki Haley, when addressing the UN Security Council on 24 Jan. 2018.

Nikki said: “The Government of South Sudan is increasingly proving itself to be an unfit partner for this council and any country seeking peace and security for the people of South Sudan”

The protest Note was delivered to the US charge DE Affairs in Juba by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Amb. Baak Valentino.


Press Statement from Gen. Paul Malong Awan: Condemning the Prevalent Killing of Innocents in South Sudan

three brothers killed in Juba - Deng Muor Kuac, Ayuel Muor Kuac and Kon Muor Kuac

Three brothers — Deng Muor Kuac, Ayuel Muor Kuac and Kon Muor Kuac — gunned down by the unknown gunmen in Juba on the night of January 24th, 2018

January 26, 2018 (SSB) — It is when one of them occupied a prestigious position in the decision-making kitchen within the Khartoum regime, the killing of unarmed citizens occurred.  While he was in the government, the massacre of Malual Dinka known as Al-Dain massacre took place and he did not protest the incident. The conviction to represent and served your people diligently was not in his dictionary.

Today the same scenario is repeated before these political elites in the governing bodies, and in the same manner, they could not even come out to condemn the killing of three young people mercilessly killed in Juba a few days ago. The victims did not pose any threat to the government in Juba.

They were simply targeted and killed in Juba because of who they were. This happened in a city where these MPs stood up three days ago to condemn a rebellion that has never been declared. The manner in which these young men were killed was inhumane. Yet the MPs’ reaction was absent and merciful feeling was not within their political literature.


South Sudan needs a National Constitution, not Ten Commandments: A Response to Gordon Buay Malek’s letter

By Adut Naar, Melbourne, Australia

john garang with David Majur amuor

Dr. John Garang with veteran journalist David Majur Amuor

January 26, 2018 (SSB) — In recent times, both the social media and the mainstream media have reported that Gen. Paul Malong Awan has turned against South Sudan’s current government in an active rebellion aimed at ousting president Kiir from power. Of these reports, however, it has been hard to verify or confirm these reports; neither Gen. Malong affirms his rebellion; nor President Salva Kiir making it official to the public that Malong has indeed rebelled. The question is: why does the Dinka most popular military leader choose to exile himself and leaves Juba?

I argue that what South Sudan needs is a codified National Constitution, not Ten Commandments or strong Loyalty to the country’s president as Amb. Malek claims. Secondly, if Malong chooses to depose Gen. Kiir from the country’s leadership, it is not because of him being power-hungry; nor should he fly abroad and to seek international community’s approval—from the U.S. or other Troika member-countries. Analysts both inside and outside South Sudan describe Gen. Malong “as the true power behind the Salva Kiir’s presidential throne”.


By Molana Deng Awur Wenyin, Juba, South Sudan

Abel Alier and Atem Yaak Atem

Hon. Abel Alier and Atem Yaak Atem in Nairobi, Kenya, 2005, at the signing of the CPA

January 26, 2018 (SSB) — On Saturday, January 20th, 2018, the Bor community in its main sections of Bor, Twich (pronounced Twi), Nyarweng, and Hol, organized a colourful celebration in Freedom Hall, Juba, in honour of Moulana Abel Alier. As one of the hymns goes, it was a happy day. When Professor Robert Deng delivered to me the invitation card, it instantly occurred to my mind that I should be among the speakers to say something, for the following reasons: Firstly, I have a special love, liking, and admiration for this great man. Secondly, though not distinguished like him, I am a lawyer from none other than the University of Khartoum as he is. Thirdly, I founded the law school at the University of Juba. Fourthly, one of the subjects of my interest is Introduction to Law of South Sudan, in which I cannot avoid talking about him, Joseph Ukel Garang, and the rest of their colleagues.

But, because there is a lot to be said about Abel Alier, most of those who spoke talked longer and so there was not enough time for me and the President of the Bar Association, James ed Teib (whom I had requested the organizers to be given a chance) to speak. Another factor which might have disqualified me and the Bar Association boss, was that the organizers were more interested in Abel’s contemporaries and those who closely worked with him in government. Among the contemporaries who were present and spoke, were Dr Mansour Khalid, Dr Francis Deng, and Sayed/ Bona Malwal (In the Sudan politics the title Sayed is preferred to Mr). Among those who worked closely with him present and spoke were Agnes Lasuba and Aggrey Tisa Sabuni. Sayed/ Lubari Ramba sent a note from Arua, Uganda, where he is taking treatment.


The government Has Waived All Ngo Registration Fees for the Year 2018

Yakani of CEPO

January 26, 2018 (SSB) — The President of the Republic of South Sudan in collaboration with RRC has waived all NGO Registration fees for the year 2018. See RRC Circular no.1 for this year attached. This also means that NGOs will only be paying administrative and service fees at the time of renewal of registration. The breakdown will be provided. In view of this, INGOs shall pay USD 1000 for administrative and service fees while NNGOs will pay USD 200 or SSP Equivalent for the same.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO welcomes and appreciates His Excellency the President and RRC for the positive development. This great and encouraging development. It is a clear demonstration of responsiveness to our lobby calls made by CEPO and other various groups for the creation of friendly civic space for non-governmental organization operation in South Sudan.