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Setting records straight: Press Statement from the Disbanded National Revenue Authority (NRA) Board

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Introduction

Friday, September 06, 2019 (PW) — We the members of the defunct NRA Board of Directors wish to express our gratitude to the President and the entire government for the opportunity to serve as the founding Board of NRA. We have served our country with honor and dignity and as a team, we have been committed to advance the reform agenda of the President and in doing so, we have for the first time, managed to mobilize our people to voluntarily pay their taxes to the government.

We have also closed so many loopholes and as we speak, public money is not leaking as it used to be. We have also mobilized international support for the reform in the country and for the first time, international organizations have been paying taxes. We have pursued with diligence, the East African Community integration process and we were moving closer meeting our Custom Union and Common Market obligations under the EAC Accession Treaty.

The press statement is released to clarify to the public what actually happened at the NRA, and why Commissioner General and the Board were fired by the Hon. Minister of Finance & Planning. This is warranted because the Ministerial Orders terminating the services of the Board and the Commissioner General did not specify the reasons for the Minister’s decision. However, in recent engagements with the media, the Minister opened up to explain why he took the decision. Being party to the affairs of the NRA, we strongly feel that the President and the public would be well-served by setting the records straight.

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The National Dialogue Initiative – Final Communique from the Equatoria Regional Conference in Juba, 26 August 2019

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Declaration of Principles – South Sudan Opposition Movement – Pagan Amum, Paul Malong, Thomas Cirillo, Oyai Deng Ajak and Cirino Hiteng launch a new opposition group in the Netherlands

Pagan amum, Paul Malong Awan, Thomas Chirillo, Chirino Hiteng and Oyai Deng Ajak launch the South Sudan Opposition Movement in the Netherlands
Pagan amum, Paul Malong Awan, Thomas Chirillo, Chirino Hiteng and Oyai Deng Ajak launch the South Sudan Opposition Movement in the Netherlands

Press Release: RJMEC Interim Chair Stresses Importance of Cantonment and Funding

Thursday August 1, 2019, Juba, South Sudan — At the RJMEC monthly meeting, held in Juba on Thursday, 1 August 2019, Ambassador Lt. Gen. Njoroge, the Interim Chairperson of the Reconsituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), updated the particpants on the progress of cantonment. He said: “CTSAMVM has reported that the majority of the designated sites and barracks have been verified. The JDB issued orders for all forces to move to the designated cantonment sites and barracks by 31 July 2019.”

However, he stressed cantonment’s overall importance to the formation of the Revitalised Government, and he made it clear that more work was necessary in order to operationalize the cantonment sites.

Amb. Lt. Gen. Njoroge also told the meeting that “one of the key factors influencing the rate of implementation of the critical pending Pre-Transitional tasks is funding,” and he urged that the Government follows through on its pledge of US$ 100 million for implementation, and “continues its disbursement in a predictable and timely manner.” Alluding to the slow pace of implementation and the lack of funds, he added: “Time is fast running out and a lot still remains to be done.”

Finally, referring to his recent visits to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to brief the Chairman of the IGAD Council of Ministers, Amb. Lt. Gen. Njoroge, informed the meeting that he has received assurances from the Council’s Chairperson that he will act on his recommendations.

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CONDOLENCE ON THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF GEN. CHAGAI ATEM BIAR (99).

On 27th of July, 2019, We learned with deep sorrow the untimely passing on of the revolutionary General and a great Freedom Fighter Gen. Chagai Atem Biar ( 99 Code-named) which is a big loss to his family, relatives, friends and the whole Country, Republic of South Sudan that he hardly fought for till the Dawn of independence.

Historically, He was one of the Generals I know his bravery, courage & zeal in the liberation struggle remain remarkable in the history. We were trained in Timsa Battalion and graduated at the rank of Captain and later on assigned as a commander of 2nd Company Timsa Battalion. I moved with him under the command of Maj. Arok Thon Arok; our first mission was to capture Pibor Town, before we could arrive at Pibor, commander of 1st Company Capt. Chol Angui was called to reinforce Tiger Battalion at Pachalla under command of Cdr Salva Kiir Mayardit and Gen. Chagai Atem (99) remained to lead the first attack to Pibor and captured it on 26th/06/1984. It is also remembered that his colleagues, Capt. Manyang Kiir, Capt. Akim Aluong and Capt. Akobo Mayen perished in different battles. It is also a Public knowledge that Gen. Chagai Atem played a great role in recruitment of Koriom Division.

However, historical records of Gen. Chagai Atem will remain in our memory. Therefore, I am urging my colleagues and Youth to take pens to record backgrounds of our heroes and heroines who zealously fought for this hard-earned Country.

I salute Gen. Chagai Atem Biar (99), Heroes never die. His legacy will live on inspiring masses.

Cde Hon.Lt.Gen. Mangar Buong Aluenge,

Governor & interim chairman of SPLM,

ELS, Yirol.


Press Release 23rd July 2019: PRESIDENT SALVA KIIR BANS SINGING OF NATIONAL SONG IN HIS ABSENCE

Juba 23rd July, 2019 (PW) — President Salva Kiir has banned singing of the national anthem in any public event in his absence. The directive was announced by the minister of information after the weekly cabinet meeting at the weekend. Michael Makuei says the national song is being misused, especially by government officials. Makuei added that President Kiir has also directed that all commanders in their respective forces to stop quit speaking at public functions. “They have the choice either to leave the uniform and go to the public and be a politician and be free to talk in public rallies,” Makuei said.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization is disturbed by the directive on banning the use of the national anthem by anybody apart from the president. National anthem is one of the indicators for citizens’ ownership of the national and affiliation to the nation.  Schools students, Boy Scouts, girl guards and South Sudanese in front of foreigners in foreign events all can identified themselves with national anthem plus other occupation. Being proud of your nation is by owning or demonstration affiliation by singing national anthem or holding national flag publically.

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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

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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…)