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SPLM-IO OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO THE IGAD PROPOSAL ON GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY, MAY 23, 2018

Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO

Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO

I. TITLE AND PREAMBLE

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.

II. PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNANCE DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD

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…)

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CONTEXT

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

IGAD

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…)


Press Release: The Free Citizens Red Flag League’s (FCRFL) Proposed Transitional Government Arrangements for South Sudan (December 2018- December 2020)

Logo of The Free Citizens Red Flag League

Monday, May 21, 2018 (PW) — Despite initial optimism which had followed a 2015 SPLM re- unification commitments made during a meeting convened in Arusha (Tanzania), three years later the odds appear to remain stacked against the probability of South Sudanese refugees going back home soon. Their stay may be for decades to come if militarization of the country continues at current rates.

Having lost parents, watched helplessly when their mothers and sisters were gang-raped by rogue militants from all sides, South Sudanese citizens of all tribes fled for relative safety in neighboring countries. They formed the newer wave of millions of refugees in sub-Saharan Africa. (more…)


Press Release: A Position Paper of The Free Citizens Red Flag League (FCRFL) on the IGAD Revitalization Talks- Addis Ababa (May 17-21, 2018)

Logo of The Free Citizens Red Flag League

Saturday, May 19, 2018 (PW) — Since South Sudan’s civil war started in December 2013, those who have been made to pay a hefty price are the millions of citizens who have fled their homes, been raped and killed by known gunmen, succumbed to war related malnutrition and disease in swamps and villages across the country and in UN concentration camps known as Protection of Civilians Cites (PoCs), and trapped in insulting conditions in refugee camps across the region.

Many of the so called political leaders who willfully triggered this humanitarian tragedy have since enjoyed greater access to the country’s oil wealth than any time before the war, a privilege they are determined to maintain. Instead of using a portion of oil proceeds to recollect the pieces of a shattered economy, much of the money has been recycled in financing a brutal war machine which is being directed more against civilians than against armed combatants. (more…)


CEPO Press Release: The Intra-South Sudanese Dialogue at the IGAD’s High Level Revitalization Forum of the Peace Process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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, May 18, 2018 (PW) — The parties and stakeholders selected representatives for framing the inter-south Sudanese consultations methodology, facilitators, and Agenda. The parties selected 2 delegates and the stakeholders selected one delegate. The team of the delegates has a consultation and agreed on the moderation of the intra-South Sudanese Consultations. The faith Based leaders were tasked to moderate and lead the Secretariat for the consultations. Further, the delegates agreed that the intra-South Sudanese consultations will focus on finding solutions on the outstanding between the parties on chapter 1 and 2, Strength building of trust and confidence among the parties.

After the official opening of the HLRF, then those faith-based leaders brief the audience of the HLRF hall. The faith-based leaders urged for more time to be given to them for engaging the parties for compromise and seeking solutions for the outstanding issues. After the briefing of the HLRF hall, then IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan Ambassador Ismail Wise then inform the hall that they have agreed as IGAD to give the faith-based leaders more time for engaging on intra-South Sudanese consultations on 18th May 2018 in the morning hours. (more…)


South Sudan United Front/ Army: Public statement

Paul Malong Awan

Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Chairman and C-in-C of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SS-UF/A)

April 10, 2018 (SSB) — This is to inform the public that South Sudan United Front/Army is a movement with the objective of restoring the hopes of South Sudanese in a systematic manner. The movement has operation channels and will not be fed or allow a third party to feed the public with false allegations.

The movement does not entertain falsehood and propaganda and it is for reason that I am writing to inform you that the trending list of the appointee designate isn’t a making of our chairman or any movement’s organ. It is a plan by the Juba regime and particularly its rottening security apparatus through its propaganda wing to create confusion.

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Hon. Jacob Akech Dengdit resigns as Duk Padiet Commissioner and Governor Philip Aguer Appoints Gen Martin Matien Gumwel Mabior Chiengkudak as the New Commissioner of Duk Padiet County

Jacob Akech Dengdit

Jacob Akech Dengdit, Jonglei state new minister for Information, Culture, youth and sport Mr. Jacob Akech Deng Kuany [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

To: H.E Col. Philip Aguer Panyang

Governor of Jonglei State

REF: RESIGNATION LETTER OF DUK PADIET COUNTY COMMISSIONER

I wish to extend my deepest respect and appreciation to H.E Governor Philip Aguer, and the entire leadership of Jonglei State Government for their unwavering trust and believe they have in me for the recent appointment as Duk Padiet County commissioner.

My resignation as the commissioner of Duk Padiet County is with the reference to Hol Community meeting held for ten days in Bor town and was attended by the intellectuals, chiefs and elders in which the core resolution was maintaining peace and harmony within Hol community and Jonglei state as whole.

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Position paper of the South Sudanese Students’ Association in Kenya (SSSAK) on the IGAD-Led High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

SSSAK

Leaders of the SSSAK together with Ayuel Taupiny Malek, President of South Sudan Students’ Association In Kenya (SSSAK) For Universities and Colleges Students’ in Kenya.

March 26, 2018 (SSB) — In the recent wake, following the suspension of peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), be regional body responsible for conflict mitigation, management and resolution proposed more inclusive consultative fora among the South Sudanese communities. In particular, the civil society groups namely, the church, intellectual think tanks, women bloc to mention but a few.

This is a very noble suggestion the IGAD and its partners have made so far in their tireless effort to bring about a durable peace in our young, nation. We applaud this move and give it our full support. It is our collective belief that for any meaningful peace to happen, having an inclusive, transparent and wide consultation is of significance.

The object of this paper however, is to explain our position as a vibrant students’ community in one of the most strategic places in our country’s history. It was here that the birth of our Great Nation was mediated and subsequently agreed upon through the unified will of our population 13 years ago.

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Vowing to public pressure, the office of the 1st VP, Gen Taban Deng Ghai, fires Ugandan national, Ms Animu Athiei, who masqueraded as a South sudanese national and got employed as Taban’s office secretary. 

Office of the 1st VP fires a Ugandan under pressure

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National Dialogue Steering Committee 

Subcommittee on Refugees & International outreach

Press conference – Juba International Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National Dialogue completes consultations in the Sudan and Ethiopia

National Dialogue, concept reflictions by Mading Deng

“In this polarized and polarizing conflict, perceptions can overshadow reality, and whatever the equation of the power structures, the Dinka are being seen as having replaced the Arabs as the rulers in an ethnically unjust system. As the various ethnic groups converge against what they perceive as Dinka domination, the Dinka in turn begin to perceive themselves as targeted and paradoxically as in imminent danger of a genocidal onslaught. They therefore strive to mobilize themselves in self-defense.” – Dr Francis Mading Deng – SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL DIALOGUE; Conceptual Reflections page 43

March 20, 2018 (SSB) — The National Dialogue subcommittee on Refugees and International Outreach has completed the National dialogue consultations with refugees and South Sudanese living in the Republic of the Sudan and the federal democratic republic of Ethiopia but some areas were not at reach given pieces of advice by the host governments and UNHCR.

The consultations were carried out by the national dialogue’s subcommittee on Refugees and International Outreach in both countries between 6th and 20th of March 2018.

The subcommittee consulted with more than nine hundred (900) representatives of stakeholders (women, youth and students, persons with special needs, community leaders, chiefs, academics, civil society, political parties, imminent personalities and other categories) in both countries ( the Republic of the Sudan and the Federal democratic republic of  Ethiopia consecutively ).

The committee comprised of eight members headed by Hon. Deng Dau Deng as chairperson for the subcommittee.

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For immediate release: IGAD Council of Ministers Statement on Non-Compliance by The Parties to The Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan to Its Statement of 25th January 2018

IGAD

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.

March 20, 2018 (SSB) — The IGAD Council of Ministers (CoM) recalls its statement of 25th January 2018 titled “Statement on The Reports of Violations of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in the Republic of South Sudan”, regarding serious violations of cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) which called on the Government of South Sudan and SPLM-IO (RM) to undertake the necessary investigation and ensure accountability of Violators.

The Council also recalls its demand on the Parties to provide information of the responsible individual(s)/groups(s) to CTSAMM within one month from the issuance of the 25th January, 2018 Statement. However, the council notes with regrets that no party has submitted its report to CTSAMM as of the issuance of this Statement.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

February 20, 2018 (SSB) — Ustaz Angelo Ngot Mayar, the competent candidate for the chairmanship of Twic Mayardit Community in Juba is a true patriot who cares for his people. He is a man who believes in the unity of all the people of Twic Mayardit community irrespective of their ancestral background. Ustaz Angelo Ngot is a graduate of Khartoum University and he has so far accomplished many achievements as an ordinary member of Twic Mayardit Community.

For example, he has settled several disputes among the youth of Twic, he has also played a critical role in improving the student’s welfare through monetary and material contribution and he has a vision of uniting all the youth of Twic Mayardit community through sport and cultural activities. Angelo Ngot achieved the above achievements in his capacity as an ordinary God-fearing member of Twic Mayardit Community.

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Press statement: SPLM/A (IO) leaders in the US Condemn the mockery of Justice in the case of James Gatdet Dak, call on IGAD and the international community to immediately intervene

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — We the undersigned SPLM/A (IO) leaders in the United States of America, upon fixating our collective eyes on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia hoping for good and peaceful news, were shocked to learn of the sentencing of James Gatdet Dak, SPLM/A (IO) Chairman’s Spokesman. At a time when all South Sudanese were cautiously optimistic that the Juba regime will refrain from the usual gimmicks, deceits and intransigence and, instead, uses this opportunity faithfully to stop the bloodshed, they received one of the shocking news of their lives and in recent history.

A court, with obvious guidance from the regime, sentenced Mr. Dak, who is covered by the recently signed Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, to death for what it called “treason.” The evidence of this so-called treason was Mr. Dak’s Facebook post reporting the presidential palace – J1, battle hours after it occurred in July of 2016. This “dogfight” was later followed by an all-out assault on the SPLM/A (IO) positions eventually dislodging the SPLM/A (IO) military and political leadership from Juba. This flagrant violation of the peace agreement ultimately led to its collapse.

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Phow State Civil Society Organizations: Press Statement on South Sudan’s current Peace Process and Political situation in the country

South Sudan in Turmoil

South Sudan in Turmoil, courtesy of the Gov’t, IO, G-10, other opposition groups and UNMISS

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudan embroiled itself into civil war in mid-Dec 2013.  As a result of that political and armed conflict, thousands of innocent civilians have so far lost their dear lives. Millions other more are already displaced now SUFFERING internally in the country as IDPs and in neighboring countries as Refugees.

We, Phow State’s Civil Society Organization groups, would, therefore, like to seize this golden opportunity today to express our views and voices on South Sudan current disturbing political situation. We need peace to return to South Sudan!!

It has now been almost five years since January 2014 when IGAD took the regional initiative to mediate peace talks first between the two main warring parties in order to bring about a peaceful settlement in South Sudan. But all in vain! Today, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Peace talks between the opposition coalition and Juba government are still ongoing through IGAD-led High-Level Revitalization Forum on ACRISS.

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Biel Boutros Biel, the Executive Director of the South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA)

Biel Boutros Biel, South Sudanese human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of the South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA).jpg

February 4, 2018 (SSB) — The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) welcomes the announcement made today 2 February 2018 by the United States Department of State to implement restrictions on the export of defense articles and defense services into South Sudan. Though this announcement has rather come far too late, still, it is a great step for a right cause. SSHURSA welcomes such announcement and urges the United States to move beyond words, to mobilize the conscience of the international and regional bodies to ensure with urgency the implementation of the full arms embargo on South Sudan.

SSHURSA urges the United Nations Security Council to speak with one voice on the sufferings and humiliating situations in which the ordinary South Sudanese are going through due to the effects of the ongoing civil war in South Sudan. SSHURSA specifically calls on China and Russia to value the humanity of the ordinary South Sudanese children, women and elderly persons who have been trapped in humiliating circumstances.  The people of South Sudan have been put into untold sufferings by their own failed political system and political elite; especially the Government of President Salva Kiir who instead of taking responsibility to bring about peace but working hard to frustrate efforts to restore sanity in South Sudan.

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Response to the so-called suspension of Gogrial State Youth Union

Posted: February 2, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Press Release

Subject: Response to order number 002/2018 for the so-called suspension of Gogrial State Youth Union

Telar Ring Deng

February 2, 2018 (SSB) — In the matter of the suspension of Gogrial Youth Union in Juba by the President of South Sudan National Youth Union and endorsement of Gogrial StateCoordinator-Juba on behalf of Gogrial State Government, the union would like to officially respond to assure the youth of Gogrial State about the continuation of its activities.

Attention Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu, the president of South Sudan Youth Union. Please, consider this response as my official response to your unconstitutional order issued on 26/Jan/2018. Firstly, your order to suspend Gogrial Youth Union in Juba is unconstitutional and lacks binding force of law for the following reasons: –

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SPLM-IO Official Position: Riek Machar demands 42% of the government of national unity at the High-Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Riek demands 42% of the government1

SPLM-IO Official Position – Riek Machar demands 42% of the government of national unity at the High-Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa

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