Archive for: December 2016

Associated Press Reporter Justin Lynch, deported from Juba by Kiir’s “genocidal” regime

JOHANNESBURG — Government agents ordered a journalist working for The Associated Press out of South Sudan on Tuesday, taking him to the airport in Juba and putting him aboard a flight to Uganda.

Justin Lynch, an American freelance journalist who had reported on human rights violations in the violence-plagued nation for the past six months, said he was arrested by members of South Sudan’s National Security Service who temporarily seized his mobile phones and allowed him to pack a bag.

The agents told him only that he was being deported for his journalistic work, Lynch said after arriving in Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

Lynch, 25, from Saratoga, New York, has been working for AP in South Sudan since July. He recently reported on evidence of ethnic violence in the country and on the warning by a U.N. official that South Sudan is at risk of genocide.

Speaking from New York, AP executives defended Lynch’s reporting and said they were seeking an explanation from the government.

“Any move to suppress legitimate journalism and truthful reporting shedding light on humanitarian crimes is wrong and should be condemned. We hope that the government of South Sudan will reconsider its actions,” said Ian Phillips, AP’s vice president for international news.

South Sudan Minister of Information Michael Makuei said he had no knowledge of the deportation and would look into the matter. Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek also said he would investigate and issue a statement when he had the facts.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/12/06/world/africa/ap-af-south-sudan-journalist-deported.html?_r=0

Who is Fidel Castro: Should South Sudan honor him?

BY: Peter Lokarlo Ngrimwa (PhD), Australia, DEC/05/2016, SSN;

Fidel Castro emerged on the political scene by toppling the US-backed totalitarian regime of President Fulgencio Batista in January 1959 in Havana. In what plainly amounted to an act of desperation for the change of guard in Havana, the US yet mounted a military assault on Cuba, supported by significant numbers of CIA operatives including 1,400 Cuban exiles led by a certain José Miró Cardona.

The ultimate goal was the overthrow of Castro and the establishment of a non-communist government subservient to Washington, but the invasion was botched, in reality it was a total fiasco, as the invaders were trounced by the determined Cuban defenders much to the consternation of President John F. Kennedy and former President Eisenhower who had earlier approved the bloody program back in March 1960. Six (6) B-26s war planes were shot down by the Cuban defenders, thus ending the Washington’s sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion.

The Cuban government began its support for liberation movements in Africa very soon after Fidel Castro assumed power – in 1960, the country sent aid to the Algerian National Liberation Front (known by their French initials FLN) in the form of military and medical supplies during the latter’s struggle under French rule and struggle for independence. Cuba also aided Kwame Nkrumah’s government in Ghana in the early 1960s, but the Ghanaian military backed by the CIA toppled Kwame Nkrumah. The CIA-backed coup was part of the Cold War conflict of the time as President Nkrumah was seen as an ally of Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

In early 1965, a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, Cuban-Argentinian Ernesto “Che” Guevara travelled to the Congo to offer his support as a guerilla in the Congo conflict, along with a 12-man core group and with approximately 100 Afro-Cubans. “Che” Guevara was sent by Castro to establish rapport with the Simba rebels who were resisting the CIA-Belgian recruited white mercenary forces supporting the marionette regime of Joseph Desire Mobutu in Kinshasa.

When Africa became a combat zone in the 1960s between the Cold War powers, Cuba surfaced as a friend of the liberation movements on the continent. Cuba’s commitment in Africa went beyond the ideological standoff between right and left to a real helping hand of the Biblical Samaritan.

Without the massive exertion and assistance from the late Cuban leader, Namibia (SWAPO) might certainly not have attained political independence from the Pretoria white racist regime and Apartheid might have remained intact in South African.

During the apartheid regime in South Africa, Cuba supported the African National Congress (ANC) in their armed struggle, providing both military and technical support; it also supported liberation movement of SWAPO in Namibia. From the 1960s-80s, smaller military operations were active in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Benin.

Fidel Castro extended a helping hand to ZAPU (Zimbabwe African National Union) of Southern Rhodesia (now the ruling Party in Zimbabwe) which was under the draconian rule of Ian Smith. Without Fidel Castro Angola would have been recolonized by South Africa after its liberation from the Portuguese colonial rule in 1975, courtesy to the USA monumental sustained support for both South African marauding forces of doom and the loathsome UNITA rebels led by Jonas Savimbi whose annual budget was passed by the US Congress.

Fidel Castro had sent 36,000 combat troops supported by Tanks, MiG fighters, MI-24 attack helicopters and considerable number of 40-barreled Multiple-rocket launchers (Stalin Organ) to Angola that finally dislodged and decimated the South Africans occupation troops in Angola and compelled the USA administration to hastily arrange for peace accommodation between the MPLA government of Agostino Neto in Luanda and the Pretoria regime. Samora Michel of Mozambique had obtained support from Fidel Castro for the liberation of his country.

From 1977 to 1978, Cuba had stationed 15,000 soldiers in Ethiopia to help drive away the US-backed Somali troops that had invaded Ethiopia in the Ogaden war between Ethiopia and Somalia.

In the mid- 1980s in the wake of the interlocking wars in the Sudan between the government and the SPLA insurgents, hundreds of children were airlifted from refugee camps to Cuba for education. Even a number of SPLA military personnel were sent for training in Cuba.

In this context I see little or no reason for South Sudan not to honour Fidel Castro.

Hence, Castro’s support for Africa’s liberation led him to meet with some of the continent’s leaders including Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, Ahmed Ben Bella of Algeria, Sam Nujoma of Namibia, Mengistu Haile Mariam of Ethiopia, Samora Michel of Mozambique, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Arguably, Fidel Castro has secured an indelible mark on the dossier of the continent.

Peter Lokarlo Ngrimwa (PhD)

LATEST- Ombachi captured & SPLM-IO advances to Yei Town: Spokesman

OFFICE OF SPOKESPERSON, SPLA IN OPPOSITION; Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Press Statement

Today on Wednesday, 7th December 2016 at 4PM, our revolutionary forces captured Ombachi from the government forces, at an operation that killed dozens of the Government forces.

We have captured 4 RPGs, 6 PKM and 15 AK47 with rounds of ammunitions including 1 armed vehicle.

Our luminous forces of SPLA IO are advancing toward Yei from all directions, and we would like to call on all civilian populations including humanitarian aid workers in Yei to vacate within days.

Signed

Brigadier General John Sunday Martin

Lasu, Yei River, captured & under full control of SPLM/O-IO

SPLA/IO would like to inform the general public that it’s in full control of Lasu or Lonbongo in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State and might fighters are still maintaining their position in town; SPLA/IO forces have been resisting the government forces for the whole day since morning, fighting back the government after several attempts to retake the town. The aerial bombardment by helicopter gunships and infantry reinforcement have been coming in from different directions but our forces resist it and remain in full control of area despite several attempts by government.

The SPLA/IO forces will be on their expedition to the next target when they are done with organization and search in the town. The fierce battle lasted for 45 minutes which cost great loses on Government forces where as the revolutionary forces captured great number of arms and ammunition including armed vehicle mounted on with heavy artillery, two 14.5, and one Zu-23.2.The mighty SPLA/IO forces killed 16 government soldiers. The defeated Government forces were spotted, crossing into DRC at Aba territory.

Thank you
Col.William Gatjiath Deng
spokesperson, SPLA/IO, Office of spokesperson, SPLA in Opposition, PAGAK GHQS
Tel: +251 929484417 / E-mail: splainopposition@gmail.com /gatjiathd@gmail.comdicksongatluak2013@gmail.com

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    The brilliant force of SPLA- IO this morning, 4th December is in full control of Lasu \ Lonbongo in Yei River State.

The 45 minutes battle cost great loses on Government forces where as the revolutionary forces captured great number of arms and ammunitions including armed vehicle and killed at least 16 government soldiers.

The defeated Government force crossed into DRC who are now under protection of Congolese Army in Aba territory.

In another separate battle field on 2rd, December; our forces defeated government forces near Korogulu in Yei River State when the convoy of the government forces left Yei on 7 vehicles taking reinforcements to their surrounded comrades in Lasu/Lonbongo, and the revolutionary force are in full control of Korogulu, 7kms away from Yei

The revolutionary forces captured 2 vehicles with arms and ammunitions, including 3 government forces as Prisoner of War whereas 2 are Congolese national, fighting alongside the government forces since 2013

Signed

Brigadier General John Sunday Martin

Equatoria Leaders in Diaspora condemn Pres. Kiir for turning his govt. against the people of South Sudan

Press Release:

1. We, the Equatoria leaders in the Diaspora, strongly condemn President Salva Kiir for encouraging his appointed Governors to turn against the people of South Sudan, as demonstrated in Greater Equatoria.

2. We condemn the arrest of the Paramount Chief of the Azande people, Mr. Wilson Peni Rikito, on 20 November 2016. The Chief represents his people. The arrest of such a prominent community figure is indicative of the growing repression of the Azande people. We hold President Kiir and His Governor in Western Equatoria, Patrick Zamoi, responsible for this outrageous action.

3. We observe, with grave concern, how Governor David Lokonga of Yei has betrayed his own people. Governor Lokonga has allowed himself to be used by President Kiir, and his parochial advisors, to brutally suppress the Equatorians of Yei.

4. We note that President Kiir does not pursue, in his own home state, a similar policy of targeting civilians and forcing them to seek refuge abroad. This presents further evidence that his presidency is discriminatory and unsympathetic to the suffering of all South Sudanese.

5. We, the Equatoria leaders in Diaspora, reaffirm our condemnation of President Kiir and his appointed governors. Their deplorable and highly divisive actions continue to exacerbate instability in South Sudan at a time when the focus must be on creating an environment conducive to peacebuilding.

From: Equatoria Leaders in the Diaspora
Issued: 23 November 2016

THE EQUATORIA LEADERS IN DIASPORA:

1- Federico Awi Vuni, Chairman, Executive Committee, Equatorian Community in the UK

2- William Orule, Interim Chair, Federation of Equatoria Community Associations in Australia

3- Kwaje M. Lasu, MPH, RCP, President, Equatoria South Sudanese Community Association-USA (ESSCA-USA)

4- Joseph Modi, President, Equatoria South Sudanese Community Association-Canada (ESSCA- Canada)

For Correspondence: Federico Awi Vuni; livi.hope@yahoo.co.uk