Archive for June 10, 2018

By Kuir Mayen Kuir, Nairobi, Kenya

New 500 SSP

Congrats to the Central Bank of South Sudan (BOSS) for the timely introduction of the brand new 500 note – say what you may, but it will surely reduce the risky business of carry huge sacks of 5ssp and 10ssp and 20ssp around Juba, which often attract the dangerous attention of the unknown gunmen and the dogged creditors. FREE AT LAST

Sunday, June 10, 2018 (PW) — The economy of any country depends largely on the political stability of the host country. That is a fact which nobody can deny. The persistent Civil war in our country (South Sudan) has mothered series of problems and estrangements which our people go through each day. It is conspicuous enough and too major to be hidden. The youngest country in the world experiences economic agony tailored by warlords and merciless demagogues which I doubt if their eyes twinkle in reflection of what they are doing.

At least initially, there was a good reason to fight and whichever the subsequent consequences which shifted in, there was no regret because it was a war of liberation but not a fruitless war of interests as it is the case now. A war due to massive individualism and mismanagement of the country fundamental resources. This is always the preliminary walk through of a country before it fails.

This is what Ernest Hemingway said when he was shedding some limelight on the relationship between a war torn nation and the top leadership, “The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists”. (more…)

CEPO Press Release: President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Face to Face Meeting in Khartoum, Sudan

Raila and Riek

Former Kenyan PM, Raila Odinga, meeting South Sudanese opposition leader, Riek Machar, in South Africa, in the lead up to the face to face meeting in Khartoum between President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar

Sunday, June 10, 2018 (PW) — The Republic of Sudan President Omer al-Bashir declared his government readiness to host the face to face meeting between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Marchar in Khartoum in the month of June prior Africa Union Head of States and Governments summit to be held in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott from 1 to 2 July, 2018. Both H.E. President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar welcome and accepted the meeting. Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who is also the IGAD chair and other African Union and IGAD leaders will attend the meeting.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcomes the meeting and calls upon the South Sudan leaders to take this opportunity as great chance for resolving their political difference and gives peace chance. It is time to demonstrate the responsibility to deliver peace and stability for the citizens of South Sudan. This meeting will be practical test for resolution of the political difference in Non-violent manner.

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the citizens are so expected of the face to face meeting of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to make a breakthrough for ending the on-going violence between them and offer an opportunity for the other armed groups to also join the process of resolving political difference in non-violent manner. The approach of resolving political difference militarily is not workable and it is destructive to the citizens and nation. It is proof that violence never gains. (more…)