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SPLM Message to Diaspora No. 03/2019: Dear Comrades from the SPLM Diaspora Chapters

Monday, March 4, 2019 (PW) — Comradeship greetings to you all, saluting and wishing you ahead of time a very Happy Easter. The SPLM activities in South Sudan and all over have been geared towards achieving total peace and reconciliation in our beloved country. February had continued witnessing the arrival of our brothers and sisters who were fighting against the government and sovereignty of our country.

Their messages on arrival have been: “ Never again shall we fight each other; Democracy will be the way of political life in the country; South Sudan first and everything else follows… all those who are still holding out under foreign influence should come home as well”. We are pleased that everyone has realised peace as such.

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Wednesday February 27, 2019 (PW) —- The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) Interim Chairperson, Amb. Lt. General Augostino Njoroge, on Tuesday reiterated that the full restoration of the rule of law is key to the future of South Sudan.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the two-day stakeholder’s meeting on security laws organized by the National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC) in Juba, Amb. Njoroge noted, “This forum is critical and has provided an excellent opportunity for the organized sectors of South Sudan society, including civil society, youth, women groups and government institutions to give feedback to NCAC on the proposed amendments”.

The meeting which was attended by various representatives from different institutions discussed The SPLA Act, 2009; The National Security Service Act, 2014; The Police Service Act, 2009; The Prisons Service Act, 2011 and The Wildlife Service Act, 2011. (more…)


Press Statement from JSC-USA – Notice of Collective Name: Communities in Jonglei State must be called Jieng Ë Jonglei

Monday, February 25, 2019 (PW) — It is with ultimate understanding to inform all South Sudanese, and Jieng’s communities that the Jieng’s subtribes in South Sudan’s Jonglei state must be referred to as Jieng Ë Jonglei. This is reality that South Sudanese in all corners of the world must digest. For quite sometimes, the Jieng’s subtribes on the East Bank of the White Nile River have been wrongly referred to as Jieng Ë Bor while the reality is that Dinka’s tribes in Jonglei are: Hol Dinka, Twic Dinka, Bor Dinka, and Nyarweng Dinka. These Jieng’s tribes are distinct ethnic groups.

There are very important timelines that people need to be mindful of: In 1928, the Bor Dinkas in what was Mangalla Province were transferred to the Upper Nile Province, and into Duk District inhabited by Hol Dinka, Twic Dinka, Nyarweng Dinka, Nuer Lou and Nuer Gawaar. The Jieng District( Hol Dinka, Bor Dinka, Twic Dinka, and Nyarweng Dinka) became known as the Bor-Duk District starting from 1928 till the 1950s when the hyphenated District’s name faded away. It was around the same period that Abong District was dissolved, and Lou Nuers in Duk District were transferred to newly created Akoba District. In the same move, Nuer Gawaar were transferred to Fangak District and co-joined with Luac Dinka, Rut Dinka, Paweny Dinka, Thoi Dinka, Nuer Lak and Thiang Nuer.

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Jieeng Padang Community of North America: Open letter to the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GOSS), SPLM-IG and SPLA-IO Under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny

•    Your Excellency, Cc: H. E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan.

•    Your Excellency, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Cc: SPLA-IO and leadership.

•    Your Excellency concerned citizens of the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS).

 

Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — For the sake of peace signed by the R-ARCISS late last year, and the desire for the peaceful coexistence of the citizens in South Sudan, the Padang community is disappointed with the ongoing activities by the SPLM-IO in two sister counties. We the Jieeng Padang Community of North America demand for an immediate withdrawal of Johnson Olony’s SPLA-IO armed forces from Atar & Khorflus counties (formerly known as Pigicounty) of the Central Upper Nile State.

We are also calling for an immediate release of the Padang people of Atar and Khorfluscounties from being held hostages in Padum. We the Padang community across the board reject the idea of SPLA-IO forces being stationed in Jieeng Padang land, such as Atar, Khorflus, Baliet, Akoka, Maluth, Renk, Panriang, and Biemnom.

The Padang community condemns the illegal occupation and invasion of Padang land. It is a clear threat and an attempt to incite war. The Padang community is united more than ever before and is vigilant to any maneuver being engineered either by the ROSS or SPLA-IO and Johnson Olony against our community. (more…)


Confutation to the Article Published by “The Eye of the Nation Committee” On 27th January 2019: “Ambassador Telar Ring Deng: The Political Judas Iscariot of South Sudan.

By Bec George Jongwiir Anyak; Joseph Ghai Mayen Beny; Yar Telar Ring Deng; Bol Joseph Agau Adhil; Acheng Andrew Anhiem Bahon; John Nhial Maker Gum; Moses Mayor Angong; Emmanuel Dhaal Marial Kot, and Zindia Madit Maker Gum

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Telar Ring Deng, later South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s nominee to become the new justice minister, 21 June 2014

Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — We learned of the formation of the Eye of the Nation Committee under the January Declaration at Thongpiny, Maj. Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor’s Residential House. The Mission of this committee was formed to launch a Propaganda Machine to discredit Amb. Telar Ring Deng.

In August, 22nd 2018, when Amb. Telar Ring Deng returned to Juba after H.E. the President formed a Delegation headed by Hon. Tor Deng Mawien to meet him in Nairobi and ask him to return to Juba for more consultations as to why he resigned. On arrival to Juba, his political critics immediately started propagating against him on the social media and street politics. Their fear was that and it is still now, that Amb. Telar would diminish their chances of getting appointed to the limited government positions of the R-ARCISS. While Amb. Telar was away for one year, none of the people who are crying foul got appointed for reasons known best to them.

Now, we want to respond to the allegations and malicious propaganda contained therein by the self-appointed prefects of the Eye of the Nation Committee which unfortunately included Michael Mabor Rin, whom Amb. Telar Ring Deng educated up to Secondary school and had lived with him for 15 years, Mabor Rin Tueny who also cannot deny Amb. Telar Ring Deng Academic Credentials, what a betrayal? The wise men once said, do not bite the hands that feed you.

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PUBLISHED BY THE EYE OF THE NATION COMMITTEE, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

By Jacob Adut, Paul Cabiet Ayang, Michael Mabor Rin, Gai Karanja and Makur Madit

Sunday, January 27, 2019 (PW) — As the Republic of South Sudan transitions into a new era of peace and tranquility, with the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS), it is paramount that we learn a lesson or two from the mistakes that brought about the senseless war in the first place. There are a cocktail of problems that have been haunting the SPLM/A, now turned into a political party from the outset up to date. One of such unfortunate problems, is the emergence of sadists, wrong elements and hardened betrayers or sellouts of the South Sudanese cause into the center of decision making. Since, its inception from 1983, the SPLM/A, continues to suffer from terrible internal sabotage, orchestrated and manufactured by moles and enemies of progress within the movement.

One of the most dangerous and power-hungry moles, who is still haunting the leadership of the people, is Telar Ring Deng. This notorious crook, played a very active role in the 1991 SPLM/A Nasir Declaration, that almost brought the movement to a total collapse. Telar defied the advice from every wise cadre that hail from Bahr el Ghazel region, and Lakes in particular not to join the Nasir Faction. What was his agenda? Nothing near the sense of nationalism at all, but driven mere self-interest and malice. He simply found himself at the periphery of the decision making since Dr. John Garang was well informed about his selfishness and hatred for those who were for the right cause for South Sudan. Within a short while, Telar fell out with Dr. Riek Machar, the then leader of the Nasir faction of SPLM/A, only to end up joining the NCP led Khartoum regime-the then top enemy of the people of Southern Sudan.

In 2002, when Dr. John and Dr. Riek signed an agreement to unite the ranks and files of the SPLM/A factions and through the subsequent South-South dialogue, Telar pleaded with elders of Yirol to use this opportunity to reconcile him with Dr. John Garang and Dr. Riek in order to rejoin the united SPLM/A. Our patriotic and forgiving elders around Dr. John Garang at the time, such as the late Dr. Deng Dongrin Akuany (RIP), Hon. David Deng Athorbei, among others, labored hard and successfully persuaded our late chairman to forgive this dangerous, callous and ungrateful prodigal son. (more…)


Press Release: Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a South Sudan civil society body, to train Journalists on accurate reporting on Refugees, IDPs and Returnees issues in line with the implementation of R-ARCSS

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, January 04, 2019 (PW) — A South Sudanese civil society organization says it intends to train 50 journalists on refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and returnees’ issues enshrined in the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Edmund Yakani, the executive director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said the training, to be held from 14-16 January, will equip journalists with skills for accurate reporting on refugees, IDPs and returnees’ concerns in the peace agreement.

“It is aimed at enhancing capacities of South Sudanese journalists on accurate reporting on refugees, IDPs and returnees concerns in accordance with the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan,” said Yakani. (more…)


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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (PW) — Juba 27th November, 2018. The signed revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan dated 12th Sept. 2018 mandated the parties’ signatories to the agreement to establish a security mechanism called Joint Defense Board (JDB). JDB is composed of the Chiefs of Staff and Directors General of National Security Service, Police, and all other organized forces.

The heads of the armed opposition groups will continue as Commanders-in-Chief of their forces until the end of the Pre-Transitional Period or until the end of the unification process. On 25th Nov. 2018 first meeting for the formation of JDB was held in Khartoum under the chair of the Sudanese General Isam al-Din Mubarak while the IGAD Special Envoy Ismail Wasi delivered the opening speech.

The meeting discussed the regulations and timetables before to launch the implementation process of security arrangements including troop’s disengagement, cantonment, and joint training before the formation of unified forces. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcomes the formation of the JDB. It is remarkable move for speeding up the implementation of Chapter two of the revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. (more…)


The Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (JIPDD) calls upon IGAD to include the holdouts groups in the implementation process of the revitalized ARCSS

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The Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development – JIPDD

Friday, November 23, 2018 (PW) —- The Jonglei institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (JIPDD) has strongly rejected the recent statement issued by the IGAD threatening to categorize holdout groups as ‘spoilers’ of peace in the Country. Last week, the East African bloc of nations IGAD threatened to categorize as peace “spoilers” the holdout rebel groups that refused to join the peace deal in South Sudan.

JIPDD urges the IGAD, Partners and Friends of South Sudan to still reach out to any warring groups who are not signatories to the peace deal. The war for South Sudanese and the peace is for South Sudanese all. No one should left out, our grievances need to be address all equally. Who is not a South Sudanese? And who shall not enjoy this peace? (more…)


Subject: Apuk Community in Uganda Updates and Clarifies on the Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda’s Press Release, “Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda condemns an assault inflicted on chairlady Becky Akuindiik”.

Anyuon Madut Deng, Kampala, Uganda

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The Ugandan election: do or die scenario

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (PW) — Following the press statement entitled “Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda condemns an assault inflicted on chairlady Becky Akuindiik” dated 17th September, 2018 and published on PaanLuel Wel website on 22nd September 2018 and 25th, September 2018 on Juba Monitor and other media outlets, we, Apuk Community in Uganda, would like to take this opportunity, although belatedly, to enlighten the aforementioned media readership on the successful resolution of the resulted misunderstanding and state clearly what we believe to be a firsthand account of what happened.

We acknowledge with regret all the fuss the incident had stirred up and the unnecessary strain it threatened to put on the relations between our sisterly communities in Uganda and although a particular member of our community may have been responsible, we maintain, with utmost respect, that the matter has nothing to do with Apuk Community in general as the statement alleged.

On 15th September, 2018, we gathered for an annual community meeting, a forum that discusses matters related to social welfare, peaceful co-existence, cooperation, cultural adherence and education here in Kampala, Uganda. As a longstanding practice, we do extend invitations to heads of various communities’ associations to join us on such extra ordinary occasions. In this regard we were honored to have Becky Akuindiik, the Chairlady of Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda, in our amidst representing her community in the meeting. (more…)



Yakani of CEPO

Friday, September 07, 2018 (PW) — Today evening the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan Ambassador Ismail Wise brief the delegates of the South Sudan peace mediation process that On Tuesday all the delegates will be airlift to Ethiopia-Addis Ababa to be alongside the IGAD Council of Minister Ordinary meeting that will discuss the South Sudan peace outcomes on 12 Sept. 2018.

The council of ministers meeting will be held in the morning hours. On Same day evening hours, the Head of State and Government will hold an ordinary summit to endorse the initialed Revitalized ARCSS. Both meetings will proposed resolution on the presented reservations by the conflicting parties of South Sudan.

If IGAD meetings were able to draw resolution on the reservations and their resolution is accepted by all conflicting parties of South Sudan then immediately the final signing of the revitalized ARCSS will be conducted. Today all the parties and stakeholders initialed the minutes of the ceasefire workshop. (more…)


Press Release: Jonglei State Community USA (JSC-USA) Inaugural Meeting in Louisville Kentucky on the 23-25 November, 2018.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (PW) — The JSC-USA will have their first inaugural meeting in Louisville Kentucky on the 23-25 November, 2018. This is obviously the thanksgiving weekend when we in the United States of America reflect on family and to give thanks for the abundance and blessings.

We invite all subtribes of Jonglei State Community to come out and support this community based organization because it’s the only one that can unite our sisterly Jieng subtribes of Hol, Nyarweng, Bor and Twic. It’s high time for Jonglei State Diaspora communities to come together in mutual respect and understanding to solve matters that stand in the way of a more perfect union.

We are mindful of the confusion and frankly sometimes tough and honest discussion the formation of this community based organization has generated. It’s about time the four Jonglei’s communities honestly talk about serious matters tending to divide us and disregard loud voices of disunity. This gathering is where many questions that have been asked since our initial press release will be answered. (more…)


PRESS RELEASE: FORMATION OF JONGLEI STATE COMMUNITY-USA (JSC-USA)

 Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (PW) — With a great deal of deliberation and community engagement, the people of Jonglei State in the United States of America have something to share with the world at large. Today, the Committee tasked with the setup of the inclusive community based organization for all the subtribes of the Jonglei State is hereby announcing the formation of Jonglei State Community-USA.

There has been a lot of soul searching and reflection in the greater goal of a union that will be representative of the diverse and unique subtribes of Jonglei State namely: Hol, Bor, Nyarweng, and Twic. The history of these four Jieng’s subtribes is rich in tradition and cultural similarity that date back many generation. In fact, they’re inseparable through shared values and common identity.

With all that in mind, there has been a lot of confusions in recent times about what should be the common identification for the four Jieng’s subtribes (Hol, Bor, Nyarweng, & Twic) in the Jonglei State. The name Jonglei State belongs to all the subtribes and no one group claims that name, therefore it’s imperative that the state name should be adopted as our common name for all the Jieng’s subtribes in the Jonglei State. (more…)


PRESS RELEASE

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Festus Mogae in Malakal

Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae visits Malakal.

Monday August 20, 2018, Juba, South Sudan

 

STATEMENT

 

The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), His Excellency Festus G. Mogae, also Former President of the Republic of Botswana, informs the general public that he has written to the Chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Heads of State and Government, His Excellency Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, informing of his intention to step down as Chairperson at the end of September 2018.

His Excellency Festus G. Mogae, who recommended the revitalization of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan to the IGAD Heads of State and Government during their 31st Extra-ordinary Summit on South Sudan held on 12th of June 2017 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, has said that:

“…as the process to revitalize the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan draws to a close, I have adjudged it appropriate to allow for the new phase of the transition period for South Sudan to be in fresh hands.”

The Chairperson will address the subject publicly in due course.

 

ENDS

 


Press release from Ngok Lual Yak in the Diaspora: An letter to H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan

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Do Not Confuse a Camouflaged Call for Confederation for Call Federalism

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (PW) — Mr. President, we the Communities of Ngok Lual Yak in Diaspora have a serious concerns about Riek Machar proposal of 21 states for federal South Sudan; this proposal does not make sense to the former Upper Nile Province because the former Upper Nile Province to our best knowledge in the colonial era of Anglo Egyptian rule was having NINE districts with their capitals as shown below:

  1. Pibor Rural Council – Pibor.
  2. Bor Rural Council – Bor.
  3. Zaraf Rural Council – Pangak
  4. Lou Nuer Rural Council – Akobo.
  5. Nasir Rural Council – Nasir
  6. Western Nuer Rural Council – Bentiu.
  7. Shilluk Rural Council – Kodok.
  8. Sobat Rural Council – Malakal.
  9. Renk Rural Council – Renk.

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President Salva Kiir’s and Dr. Riek Machar’s Face to Face Meeting – Final Communique of the 32nd IGAD Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa (PDF)

Strutural Complexity for South Sudan Peace ProcessCEPO Fact Sheet - Revised Bridging Proposal from IGADPeace Update from CEPO