Archive for September, 2018

The plight of young South Sudanese students on scholarship program in Egypt

Posted: September 30, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Why the Egyptian scholarship program has turned many young South Sudanese youth to the life of thuggery and violent crimes and hopelessness

By Elijah Achiek Panchol, Cairo, Egypt

Sunday, September 30, 2018 (PW) — It was once said by Dr. Seuss the Lorex,”Unless someone like you cares a whole awful a lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Therefore, I have chosen to talk on behalf of all the silent students in the Arab Republic of Egypt. It will be so scandalous for some tenderhearted South Sudanese to learn about the painful story of the suffering that the young South Sudanese searching for the quality education in Egyptian Universities are going through. Egypt, being one of the developed countries in the African continent, has got a strong tertiary educational system thus, making it one of the best countries to study in. Year after year, the Egyptian government releases a good number of scholarship positions in which majority go to mainly the Nile Basin Countries and the rest to the countries with good bilateral relationships with her.

The whole scenario started eight years ago when the Egyptian government pledged to be offering the young independent nation of South Sudan 250 scholarship positions every year, which was a good news for all young South Sudanese. However, the agreement was that the Egyptian government was to be accountable for tuition fees, and be paying $50 as pocket money. The South Sudanese government was to be catering for students’ accommodation which was supposed to be $150 for those living in the hostel and $200 for those renting outside the hostel. Unfortunately, in the year 2014, the government overdue the payment of stipends in which the then students protested. As the students were protesting, their demand was the immediate payment of their grants. (more…)


Friday September 28, 2018, Juba, South Sudan

JMEC issues an Interim Implementation Status Update of the Revitalized Peace Agreement 

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has on Friday issued a status update (Read the full update HERE) on the implementation of the recently signed Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) for D-Day + 15, noting that some deadlines have been met while others have been missed.

The Commission, mandated to oversee the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, has also highlighted pending tasks and upcoming timelines for the next 15 days (D-Day +30) as envisaged by the Agreement signed on 12 September 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Activities implemented include nominations and appointment of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC), which was constituted by the President of the Republic of South Sudan on Tuesday, September 26, the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) workshop, and several declarations of commitment to the R-ARCSS by the Parties. (more…)


A call for solidarity: the Red Army Fraternity asked to support a veteran member, Mangok Thuc Aguer (Mangok Panan or Mangok Africa)

By Garang Kuot Kuot, Aweil, South Sudan

Friday, September 28, 2018 (PW) — This message serves to inform the members of the Red Army Fraternity that there must always come a time when our revolutionary ideals and spirit are invoked to stand in solidarity with one of our own during his or her hour of greatest need. Needless to say, now is one of those times to invoke that revolutionary zeal.

Let it be known that our veteran member of the Red Army, Panan Mangok Thuc Aguer, requires our urgent intervention to support his efforts to secure immediate medical attention. Panan Mangok, indeed, is sick and he is nearly going blind. His image in the video clips provided herein underscores the essence and urgency of this solidarity call. Without immediate medical attention, Panan Mangok may lose his sight permanently.

This can’t happen at a time when his comrades in the Red Army, through their collective efforts, can easily cover his medical cost and turn his situation around. Let us chip in a little into a contribution pool to uplift his spirit and turn his condition around. Support our comrade whose personal contribution towards our long and painful war of liberation and the wellbeing of the Red Army is above and beyond reservation: he was a military trainer of thousands of revolutionists, composer and singer of revolutionary songs and a frontline soldier. Panan Mangok counts on your solid support during this trying moment in his life! (more…)

The biography of the South Sudanese patriot and politician, Malath Joseph Lueth

Posted: September 28, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, September 28, 2018 (PW) — Few people inspire and leave an inedible mark on history as did the South Sudanese patriot and politician, Malath Joseph Lueth. Born in the village of Atiaba, Rumbek East in Western Lakes State, Malath’s father was a cattle herder and his mother a homemaker, neither having attained an education. Noted for being “ahead of his time” and seen as a perceptive child by his family and peers, Malath realized from an early age the significance of education and how it could alter the course of one’s life. He thus strove to excel academically. At the heels of political upheaval when the region of Southern Sudan was transitioning from British colonial rule and Sudan was gaining independence; Malath enrolled at Rumbek Elementary School for his sedimentary education, then attended Mundri Intermediate and later graduated from Juba Commercial Secondary School in 1962.

By this period, a volatile relationship had developed between the population of Southern Sudan and the Sudan government. The heavy-handedness of the Sudan government in the way it treated Southern Sudan was gaining worldwide attention. The Sudan government’s actions of abuse, torture and killing of innocent Southerners with impunity brought great resentment and resulted in Southerners forming the Anya-Nya guerilla movement to retaliate and seek a sovereign state for the Southern region. When the Sudan government took a drastic step and instituted a policy to eliminate Southerners they deemed educated or politically astute, Malath fled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Forced to abandon his country, Malath utilized the opportunity to further his education and attain skills that would one day benefit his people. Thus, he enrolled in the faculties of Economics and Political Science at Haile Selassie I University. (more…)

SPLM-IO: Terms and Conditions for our Official Return to Juba, South Sudan

Posted: September 27, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

27/09/2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE FORMATION OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRE-INTERIM PERIOD AND ON SPLM/SPLA(IO) RETURN TO JUBA

Thursday, September 27, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA(IO) would like to inform our members and the public at large, that the recent decree issued by President Salva Kiir announcing the formation of the Committee for the Implementation of the Pre-Transitional Period, is legitimate and that President Salva Kiir issued this decree in consultation with the leadership of the opposition groups and in accordance with the provisions of the agreement, with the exception of gender balance. The movement assures members that it is fully committed to the negotiated settlement and its full implementation, in letter and spirit and we shall continue to use the negotiated settlement to achieve our main objective, fundamental change in our country. There shall be no shortcuts.

Our members should be confident that despite the formation of the committee for implementation of the pre-interim period, your Movement has not surrendered to the regime and there shall be no return to Juba until the regime has shown some signs of seriousness regarding peace. The Movement has nominated our members because we don’t believe simply nominating, or not nominating members to a committee should derail the peace process. That your Movement has nominated members to the committee, does not mean they will go to Juba tomorrow. No! The members nominated by the Movement shall only go to Juba once there is a conducive environment for the implementation of the pre-interim period and we are satisfied with the arrangements. The SPLM/SPLA(IO) considers the pre-interim period of eight months, as the litmus test for the success of the entire peace process and the onus is on the regime.

The regime should start creating this environment, by reciprocating the SPLM/SPLA(IO) release of PoW’s of December, 2017 which was in coordination with the ICRC and in accordance with the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA), signed at that time. The regime should also honor these agreements and show their commitment to peace with the immediate release of all prisoners of war, political prisoners and detainees, starting with Hon. Aggrey Idri, Hon. Dong Samuel, Hon. James Gadet, Hon. Marko Lokidor. The Security Arrangements of the agreement also include provisions for demilitarization of major town centers, deployment of a Regional Protection Force, mandated by the UNSC and the training of a national army. This is why the regime’s invitation to the leaders of the opposition to Juba, to celebrate peace’, without implementing the security arrangements, is a nonstarter. It is our contention that we should celebrate peace with our people when they are repatriated and out of the zeriba like conditions this war has made them live under, in Internally Displaced and Refugee Camps.

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Women Decry lack of gender quota among pre-interim committee of R-TGONU

Posted: September 27, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

The Concoction and Evolution of Nuer-wew in South Sudan

Posted: September 26, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, USA

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (PW) — What is like to be called Nuerwew, a term coined by Riek Machar Group when they thought they were liberating the to-be the Republic of Riek Machar and Ngundeng?

To answer such a question, many things come to mind. First, the connotation of the term implies that the Republic of South Sudan belongs to Dinka and that any Nuer person working with that government is only working to get paid not because the nation is his and being a part and parcel of it.

Second, the term Nuerwew suggests that those Nuers, who have been working with the government of the Republic of South Sudan, are not Nuer in their origin. Meaning, they are Dinka and they are called Dinka a couple of times by their Nuer brothers and sisters. (more…)

SPLM-Concern: New Splinter Group Formed in Khartoum

Posted: September 25, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

New groups split from SPLM/IO, SSOA and OPP and formed under a new faction called SPLM-C, also this new faction is against the preconditions of SPLM-FDs

Tuesday, September 24, 2018 (PW) — Dear valuable citizens of South Sudan, regional community and international community, We would like to announce to all of you that we have split from the above mentioned parties due to delay tactics or preconditions the other oppositions still impose while it’s a right now to join our beloved South Sudanese in the country and start immediate implementation of peace. The burning point is the recent rejection of request of H.E the President of Republic of South Sudan when he requested SPLM/IO leader to come to Juba for the fresh beginning of lost trust.

Our faction does encourages short visit to Juba by opposition leaders in order for the citizens to taste sweet words of peace from their mouths and if the request regarded as kind of welcoming back home is being turn down like it’s happened then we are not part of that peculiar respond. According to revitalized peace agreement, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit remained as overall supervisor and if we still don’t trust or respect him then we are still lacking spirit of teamwork even up to the time of expected TGONU, there is no anywhere you can opposed your boss and at same time is your brother (we see President Kiir & Dr. Riak as brothers), no point to show respect to other boss (es) in different country or institution.

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REPUBLIC OF KENYA

IN THE SOUTH SUDANESE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION IN KENYA ARBITRATION BOARD PETITION NUMBER 1 OF 2016 IN THE MATTER OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH SUDANESE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION IN KENYA 3,4,5,6,7,13,23,24,25,26,27,28,31,32,43,44,45,59,60,61,62,65,70,71,72,73,74,75,76 AND 77 IN THE MATTER OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH SUDANESE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION IN KENYA 2ND, 6TH, 7TH AND 9TH SCHEDULES

BETWEEN

CHUOT MAKUR CHUOT……………………………………………………..1ST PETITIONER

JOHN ANYAR DENG……………………………………….………………..2ND PETITIONER

MATAI MANUOI MUON……………………………..……………………..3RD PETITIONER

NYALANG THIEP………….…………………………………………………..4TH PETITIONER

JUMA LOKANG PETER……………………………………….………………5TH PETITIONER

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ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF SSSAK……………………………………1ST RESPONDENT

SIMON GATKHOR…………..……………………………………………..2ND RESPONDENT

ALIANDRO LOTOK…………………………………………………………3RD RESPONDENT

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SSSAK

ARBITRATION BOARD VERDICT

BACKGROUND TO THE PETITION

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (PW) —- Petitioners filed this petition supported with a sworn affidavit on the 4th November 2016. The petition challenges the just concluded SSSAK Annual General Elections before the Arbitration Board. It lists SSSAK Electoral Commission of 2016 as the First Respondent, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission as the Second Respondent, and Mr. Aliandro Lotok (the president-elect) as the Third Respondent.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE PETITION

The Annual General Elections for South Sudanese Student Association in Kenya (hereinafter referred to as SSSAK) were conducted on the 22nd October, 2016 in Eldoret and Nakuru, and on the 29th October, 2016 in Nairobi. Aspirants organized themselves into three teams: Triple Alliance Party (hereinafter referred to as TAP-SSSAK), United Student with Integrity (hereinafter referred to as USI-SSSAK) and Triple Alliance for Reforms (hereinafter referred to as TAR-SSSAK). These were the parties’ campaign vehicles. The teams fielded candidates for all positions except for the information secretary and legal affairs position which only had one person who registered interest to vie. The election results were announced on the 29th October 2016 for Nairobi and on 22nd October, 2016 for Nakuru and Eldoret. These results were disputed by TAR-SSSAK and USI-SSSAK who then filed petitions before the Arbitration Board for final determination.

The Petitioners sought for orders from the Arbitration Board including:

1. The Electoral Commission is restrained from swearing in the purported president-elect until the matter is heard and determined.

2. The General Elections held on 22nd and 29th October, 2016 respectively be rendered null and void abinitio.

3. In the event the Honourable Arbitrators nullify the said elections, a fresh body of electoral officials be appointed within reasonable time.

4. The petitioners’ rights as enshrined under the SSSAK constitution be upheld.

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After PaanLuel Wël’s proclaimed Joshua [Kiir] Failed the Country, It is now the Ultimate Messiah [Riek] Who Brought Peace (R-ARCSS) to South Sudan

By Job Kiir Garang Kuir (Kiir-Agou), Edmonton, Canada

Monday, September 24, 2018 (PW) — The world’s newest country of South Sudan continues to wage a bloody fratricidal war against itself. The war has threatened the very survival of this fragile young nation, leaving the social fabric in utter ruin.

On the evening of December 15th, 2013, a mutiny took place within the so-called Tiger battalions that guards the president. The mutiny occurred during a tense political climate in the country within the SPLM party as the politico military elites jostle for positions within the party. It is understood that whoever takes control of the ruling SPLM party is almost likely assured of becoming the country’s president. As such the stakes couldn’t be so high.

The much loathed incompetent country’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit who is also called Joshua by his ever dwindling supporters, is the chairman of SPLM Party. As Chairman of the ruling SPLM, Salva Kiir is deputized by Riek Machar (1st Deputy) whose supporters see in him a Messiah, and also by corrupt and inept James Wani Igga (2nd Deputy). (more…)

R-ARCSS Aftermath: Bloodless Coup Declares against Governor Joseph Bakasoro

Posted: September 22, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Aguok Kuei community in Uganda condemns assault on Chairlady Becky Akuindiik

Posted: September 22, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Press statement: Aguok Kuei community in Uganda condemns the assault inflicted on their chairlady Becky Akuindiik Abiem Akeen during the occasion termed as “Apuk community in Uganda’s Finalist Celebration’’ held at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel on 15th September 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018 (PW) — In reference to the aforementioned matter, we the community of Aguok Kuei in Uganda strongly condemns the deliberate assault on our chairlady by a group of disrespectful girls headed by a notorious Adhieu Akuol Madut Jok who initiated the act by pouring a full bottle of water on Akuindiik followed a punch.

As if that was not enough, Adhieu went ahead to hurl insults at the leader. The chairlady was officially invited to attend the occasion not knowing it was a set-up to humiliate/disrespect the community.

In this regard, we the community of Aguok in Uganda regret the insane behavior and hostility directed at our leader moreover after an official invitation of our entire community to this occasion including the Aguok Cultural Dance that entertained the guests. (more…)

The Puzzling Pragmatic Patriarchy of the Sudan Over South Sudan

Posted: September 22, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

“We honor the human capacity to manage our collective lives with peace and even, at times, dignity” – Barbour & Wright

James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Saturday, September 22, 2018 (PW) — The political process of the Sudan and South Sudan has largely been determined by shifting situations of war and peace, traceable to the history of the entry of Arabs into the Sudan as legitimized by the Baqt (652 – 1323 AD). That treaty spelt out the patriarchal soft invasion, free movement and safe residence of Arabs under guise of trade—using Nile Valley, Route Forty of Sahara Desert, Mediterranean-Transatlantic Maritime Routes and Red Sea-Indian Ocean Routes with connection to Asian Silk and Belt Roads.

It obliged the indigenous African natives to cease raids on the entering Arabs (Jellaba) in return of guaranteeing them the Peace of God and blessings of Prophet Mohamed. The local inhabitants had to build mosques, pay annual tribute of 300 slaves and deport fugitives or opposition elements back to the Arab Umayyad Dynasty in Egypt.

While the Land of Cush was grappling with effects of the unfair Baqt, the Treaty of Westphalia (1648 AD) was already marking a critical juncture of political secularism as sanctified by equal freedom of the powerful sovereign nations with ‘pecking-order’ for the less powerful ones. Within the trends of the nation state, Thomas Hobbes endorsed the idea of patriarchal authority in the Leviathan (1651) where he argued for necessity of absolute sovereign to enforce security and peace, to prevent “war of all against all”, and to avoid subjecting the citizens to “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short” living.

Also Sir Robert Filmer promoted similar thinking in the Patriarcha (1653) where he defendeddivine right”of kings in the exercise of authority. But James Tyrrell wrote Patriarcha Non Monarcha (1681), John Locke wrote Two Treatises of Government (1689) and Algernon Sidney wrote Discourses Concerning Government (1698) to rebut the “divine right” theory. Their argument centered on the “natural right” and the “social contract” theories for justifying the legitimacy of any government. (more…)

A Peace Agreement Signed in Khartoum Left Me With Doubts: Is it Real?

Posted: September 21, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

Friday, September 21, 2018 (PW) — First, in recognition of the Khartoum Speedy Peace Agreement (KSPA) success, I would like to acknowledge H.E., the President Salva Kiir Mayardit for his courage in signing the peace agreement in Khartoum, Sudan—a place known for dishonesty. At the very start of the peace process in Khartoum, I was in disbelief and dismayed that we, the South Sudanese, who fought vigorously against Khartoum had to seek their help to gain stability for our country.

Isn’t that something? Definitely. This led me to ask the question, is this peace real?  Many of us are curious whether the peace signed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar is genuine. The harrowing peace under The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) seemed to be designed for the continued long-suffering of the South Sudanese and has made this peace agreement signed in Khartoum extraneous.

The Authenticity of the peace is in its details, which gave South Sudanese leaders the confidence to sign, but concerned citizens have little faith in accepting and acknowledging peace coming from Khartoum as it may have an unworthy elements with facts yet to be unearthed or revealed fully. The peace comes with consequences the people don’t seem to understand, which has prompted many to ask questions about the integrity of the Sudanese government and their Khartoum Speedy Peace Agreement.

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What is the fate of South Sudan’s Revitalized Peace Accord?

Posted: September 21, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Yanta Daniel Elisha, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, September 21, 2018 (PW) — South Sudan’s revitalized peace accord signed on September 12, 2018 in Addis Abba, Ethiopia has created a billion questions in the mind of the world and particularly of the South Sudanese, pondering what will come out of it.  What its fate is remains a lingering question in the mind!

In 2004, a year before the signing of 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Naivasha, Kenya, there were Miraculous Signs for Peace in Sudan as published on the then Sudan Mirror Newspaper on the column of Humour written by this very author.

The signs were resurrecting fallen dry logs at Waligo and Liwolo areas of Kajo-Keji in Equatoria and their rare forest meeting at Gbari area in Eastern Kajo-Keji. Forests are symbolic in many cultures. Among the Aringa people of Uganda, there is a strong belief that one can only be confirmed a man after passing through seven thick forests. The seven thick forests symbolise ordeals, a man has to encounter to succeed in life.

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South Sudan: God Grew Tired of US

Posted: September 21, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie Once made Shashamane in1948 as a settlement of Rastafarians nationals in diaspora: A South Sudan case study

By Dut Agostino Agei, Oslo, Norway.

‘’ For 14 years I lived without a family of blood relatives in the refugee camps of Pinyudu and Kakuma I learned that if you do not have a family, you must make a family in order to survive, in John Bul Dau film, God Grew Tired of us’’

Friday, September 21, 2018 (PW) — In several occasion the republic of Ethiopia is always a South Sudan case study. The South Sudanese like for Ethiopia in general can be summaries in different ways. Across several nations that border South Sudan the republic of Ethiopia carries the greatest interest of South Sudan not only in people relations but also in history that can be dated back to the African system of socialisms and in the horn of Africa.

When there was political instability in the Sudan and in South Sudan most of the Sudanese peace agreements were convened in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Also in history the Ethiopian relations with South Sudanese in particular happened to be a better relations and therefore two Countries influence each other culturally. In different dimensions in the bible the Sudan and Ethiopia almost have similar descriptions simply because of Nile rivers and eventually the relations like no other in Africa, politically, economically and even socially. (more…)

JMEC: “There are no beneficiaries to the conflict”.

Posted: September 21, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

PRESS RELEASE: 21 September 2018, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, September 21, 2018 (PW) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has appealed to the people of South Sudan to embrace working together for the good of the country and further stated that there are no beneficiaries to the conflict in South Sudan.

While addressing dignitaries and attendees at the celebrations for UN International Day of Peace at the Nyakuron Cultural center in Juba on Friday 21 September, the Ag. Deputy Chief of Staff- Strategy, Dr. Thomson Fontaine added that when the country suffers, everyone is affected.

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Racing against the odds: Lion, Leopard and Hyena in a cage

Posted: September 21, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By John Agata, Nakuru, Kenya

Friday, September 21, 2018 (PW) — Lion, Leopard and Hyena in a cage is what I envision of country X(name withheld for security reasons), when every soul that was part of peace ‘harvesting’ settle in the aforementioned country.

For your information and your attention, I am no enemy of peace nor development. But truth, pure truth without fear or favor must be told.

If you’re not seeing any problem in the aforementioned cage then you’re one.

Lions are what are called “top level predators” and are not preyed on by other animals and you know who the lions are. (more…)

R-ARCSS: Salient features of South Sudan latest peace deal

Posted: September 20, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda

Thursday, September 20, 2018 (PW) — Last week, the government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir, various armed and unarmed opposition groups and other parties, including the SPLM/A-IO led by Dr Riek Machar, signed a peace deal called Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan R-ARCSS aimed at ending the civil war in the youngest nation.

The signing of the R-ARCSS is a result of the Igad-led revitalisation process of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan ARCSS which remains largely unimplemented due to the resumption of armed conflict in July 2016.

The R-ARCSS provides for the establishment of a Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) whose term of office shall be thirty-six (36) months, commencing eight (8) months after signing of the R-ARSS (as of September 12) or on completion of redeployment of “necessary unified forces.” (more…)


Khartoum Declaration Agreement: The Signed Copy of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS), 12 September 2018  (PDF)

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

CEPO Fact Sheet on the Expected Agreement on Outstanding Issues on Governance