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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…)


 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…)


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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




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.




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


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.


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

Remarks by Hon Elia Lomoro – TGONU Statement at IGAD Summit marking the end of the HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)

Strutural Complexity for South Sudan Peace Process

Press statement – South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Meeting with Dr Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)

Strutural Complexity for South Sudan Peace Process

Press Release from the SPLM-IO: On The Face-to-Face Between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Teny

KiiRiek total embrace3

Thursday, June 21, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to affirm that the long anticipated face-to-face meeting between, President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, was held late last night under the aegis of H.E. Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairman of IGAD. The meeting was cordial and the two leaders discussed the prospects for peace in broad terms.

The Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) gave his views on some of the challenges facing the peace process and proposed the solution should be to revisit the model used to achieve the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA model allowed the warring parties to discuss amongst themselves what the problems and possible resolutions should be, with an IGAD Secretariat to record the areas of agreement between the parties. The current model, with its various workshops, though they are very informative, is unrealistic, as it is not for lack of technical experts that there is war in the country, nor will the workshops stop the war.


CEPO Press Statement: South Sudan Conflicting Parties Should Cease the Incentive Debate, and Adopt the Spirit of Political Compromise as the Intensive Interlink Consultations Kick-offs Today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

HLRF Hall of Deliberation

Saturday, June 16, 2018 (PW) — The South Sudan conflicting parties’ delegates for the Intensive Interlink Consultations arrived in Addis Ababa. The consultations will be from 16-18 June 2018. Each delegate team seems to be hopeful if there is a change of attitudes and behaviors from their opponents.

All the delegations team representative said they are for making peace change me South Sudan. The spirit for political compromise seems to be very low and each party is not ready for any compromise that has no “effective political gain return for them”.

The concept of “effective political gain return” for making a compromise for peace to prevail is the new trend that stands as a strong obstacle for timely achievement of a peace accord by the conflicting parties of South Sudan in Addis Ababa. IGAD is prepared for facilitating the consultations. (more…)


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) acknowledges receipt of the invitation letter sent by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, requesting the presence of the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO), Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhuorangun, for IGAD led face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir on the 20th of June, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Movement welcomes this invitation and salutes the courage of IGAD for reaching this prudent and timely decision, it will go a long way in building confidence in the peace process.

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) would also like to take this opportunity to assure our colleagues in the opposition and the people of South Sudan at large that the SPLM/SPLA (IO) views the face-to-face meeting between our Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir, as a means to move the all-inclusive peace process forward and not as an end in itself. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) is fully committed to the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) as the only way to bring about fundamental change in our country and we shall not betray the aspirations of our people, for the trappings of power. (more…)

KiiRiek Face to Face meeting

Thursday, June 07, 2018 (PW) — The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) welcomes the prospective face-to-face meeting between the South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the Chairman and Commander-In-Chief of South Sudan’s main armed Opposition Movement: The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO).  (more…)


KiiRiek Face to Face meeting

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) welcomes the operationalization of THE COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 62ND EXTRA-ORDINARY SESSION OF IGAD COUNCIL OF MINISTERS: Article 3; Recommends to the Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government to consult with members of the Assembly on the convening of an Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly and a face-to-face meeting between H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit and H.E. Dr. Riek Machar before the 31st Summit of the Assembly of the African Union to be held on 1 and 2 July 2018 in Noukakchott, Mauritania; and, Article 4; Decides to make a final decision on the effective participation of Dr. Riek Machar on the ongoing peace process; (more…)

By Hon Mawien Marko, Tonj, South Sudan

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Monday, June 04, 2018 (PW) — Tonj youth reacts with shocks and horrors to the recent attacks on innocent children and young people in Toch area in which more than ten people got killed and scores wounded at Alabek_konggor counties of Tonj State in a suspected attacks by militia group allied to SPLMIO led by Dr. Riek Machar.

The communities of the duo counties have expressed shocks and disbelief as they paid tribute to those beloved ones who died in the tragedy. The armed militias made a surprised attacks at night on the innocent children and women.

The whole state more especially the youth and elders of the two counties have been shocked by the death and injury in Alabek and Konggor last Saturday night of which so many children and young people perished in a painful incident. (more…)


Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO

Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO


1. The title and the preamble of the proposal talk about “bridging” the gaps and identifying a “middle ground” between the different negotiating positions.

2. Having studied and analyzed the proposal, it is apparent that the proposed bridging and middle ground position has, instead, widened the gap among the positions of the parties.

3. Therefore, it does not bridge any gap, nor does it create a middle ground.


From our analysis of the document, the proposed guiding principles are not reflected on the articles proposed to bridge the gap. The following are our observations:

1.1.1. The purpose of the HLRF is not to renew and strengthen the TGoNU, but it is rather to revitalize the ARCSS and ensure its implementation. Therefore, it is our view that the principles proposed to renew and strengthen the TGoNU is conflicting with the objectives of the HLRF. Therefore, since the life of the de facto TGoNU has come to an end on May 17, 2018, the principle of establishment of the new TGoNU must guide the proposal of the new transition. (more…)



Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — Seven years after independence, violence in South Sudan goes unchecked. The 2015 power sharing peace deal between the President and Vice-President lies in tatters. The violent, hyper-masculine discourse of these leaders has left no room for an alternative vision for the country.

Despite women’s elevated roles in their societies, and the unique dangers they face – including the use of rape as a weapon of war – it is the voices of men, those who fought hardest and most viciously, who are rewarded with a place at the table. There is no spot for those who wage only peace.

This must change if the world’s youngest country is to build a peaceful and representative future. Women’s perspectives, experience and solutions must be heard if South Sudan has any choice to forge an alternative, united vision for a peaceful and stable nation.

With a coalition of women’s organizations, Crisis Action intends to bring together powerful women leaders from South Sudan, the African continent, and the wider world to a Virtual Summit that will transcend geography and the conflict itself to create a call so loud and so united that those with the power to drive real, lasting change will have no choice but to listen.  (more…)

South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Position Paper on the IGAD Bridging Proposal on Transitional Governance and Security Arrangements at the HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)

SSOA Members at the HLRF

Gabriel Changson Chang and Dr.Lam Akol Ajawin atHLRF in Addis Ababa 22/05/2018

For immediate release: IGAD Revitilisation Forum for South Sudan Registers Some Progress


The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

Monday, May 21, 2018 (PW) — The ongoing Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF), for the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) signed in August 2015, has entered its third day in Addis Ababa.

On top of the plenary sessions where all stakeholders to the crisis as well as Facilitators and observers are in attendance, the ongoing Continued Phase II of the HRLF includes inter-South Sudanese consultations during which parties discuss outstanding issues on Governance and on Security Arrangements. (more…)