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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…)

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.


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


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.



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


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.


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.