Archive for August 3, 2018

By Apioth Mayom Apioth, North Dakota, USA


Thomas Cirilo Swaka, former SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics

Friday, August 03, 2018 (PW) — We have committed wretched crimes against each other in the last four years of the civil war. We can all point fingers at the government, and we can also likewise point the same fingers at the SPLA – IO and National Salvation Front. The best route we should have taken was to set up one Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU).

However, our brethren at the house of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) have taken a different route of refusing to initial an agreement of power sharing altogether, which is understandable to all who know how things span out in the end. South Sudan Opposition Alliance’s standing point is valid and crystal clear, however, our people are scared and helpless no matter where they may reside in any part of the world.

President Salva Kiir may have a wicked thirst for power, but he is starting to open up new avenues for restructuring and implementing policies that may align our socioeconomic interests with progressing prospects. (more…)

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya



Friday, August 03, 2018 (PW) — As this author once wrote about the transitional periods in south Sudanese politics, a series that is still in its third publication stage, there’s yet another transitional period which emerged as the TNLA amended the Transitional Constitution of the Republic on a Bill introduced to the August House by the Hon. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of the TGoNU to extend lifespan and mandate of the Office of the President, the Office of the FVP, the duration and term of the TNLA, States Governors and States Legislative Assemblies from 12th August 2018 to 12th August 2021.

 The Bill sought to amend Articles 66(2), 100(2), 103(A), 164(5) and 165(1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (as amended) 2018 to provide for the extension of the term of office of the above organs of the state.

The Bill is cited as the “Transitional Constitution, 2011 (as Amended) Bill, 2018, which of course, shall come into force upon the assent of the president of the republic.

The authority upon which the government relied on is initiated in accordance with the powers vested in the president or the FVP under article 106 A (4)(c)(i) of the Transitional Constitution, 2011 (as amended) as well as powers vested in the National Legislature under Article 55(3)(a) read together with article 199. (more…)

CEPO press release: Peace deal on outstanding issue of governance signing not rescheduled: FM minister of Sudan

Edmund Yakani

MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a Juba-based South Sudanese civil society organization.

Friday, August 03, 2018 (PW) — Sudanese foreign minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said on Friday that the final signing of the peace agreement will take place as scheduled in Khartoum on 5 August. Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in the South Sudanese Juba this morning, Al-Dirdiri said:” It has been confirmed. The peace agreement will be signed on 5 August around 12 pm.”He pointed out that the signing ceremony will be attended by a number of regional leaders.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO appreciates the efforts of the Sudan mediators to ensure that on Sunday a peace deal is reached on the outstanding issues of governance. CEPO is calling upon the conflicting parties of South Sudan to make effective compromises for attaining peace as a road map for democratic transformation of governance and non-violent settlement of the on-going political crisis in the country



Photos: Late Isaiah Abraham (top right) and Dr. Peter Biar Ajak (below) 

Thursday, August 02, 2018 (PW): Another activist in one of Juba’s national security detentions, another outcry from human rights organizations to release him, another family worrying about their son, and the count goes on and on. While brute force, assassinations and intimidation have been the order of the day, the struggle for dignity and freedom continues in South Sudan in all its forms and means.

The latest arrest of Dr. Peter Biar Ajak who is a founding member of the country’s Red Army Foundation is a clear violation of the constitution of South Sudan, media freedom and freedom of expression laws in the country. It is a violation of the country’s Bill of Rights which gives citizens the right to express their opinions and conscience, which are fundamental rights that are observed in all civilized societies, except when a government is in absolute and contemptuous disregard for its own constitution and national laws. (more…)