Category: Press Releases

South Sudanese in Diaspora thanks Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations

To: Her Excellency Nikki Haley- United States Ambassador to the U.N.

On behalf of the South Sudanese, we would like to thank you for your service to the global community in promoting international cooperation, peace, and security. The South Sudanese civil society group in the Diaspora would like to acknowledge your commitment to the people of South Sudan. As South Sudanese-Americans, we deeply appreciate your tireless efforts to bring a lasting peace to our country of origin.

Ambassador Nikki Haley, the South Sudanese civil society group sincerely applauds and commends you for your recent trip to South Sudan. Thank you for calling President Salva Kirr’s regime out for the suffering of the people of South Sudan; for telling him that the international community, and United States cares about South Sudanese lives. South Sudanese people support and appreciate the United States Government and the State Department for working with the parties to provide relief to the suffering people of South Sudan.

Ambassador Nikki Haley, as evidence by your trip, it is clear that the IGAD-led peace negotiations have not made any progress in bringing the war to an end. Tens of thousands of innocent South Sudanese have been killed and over seven million are displaced, with more than 100,000 IPDs living in dire conditions in UNMISS camps in Juba and around the country. President Salva Kiir, who has committed atrocious crimes against humanity, continues to defy the international community’s effort. It is time that international community stands up for the people of South Sudan and for the United States to take decisive leadership role in ending the civil war in South Sudan.

Lack of urgent action has the potential to destabilize the entire East African region, which could present a potential security threat to the rest of the world. The time has indeed come to help bring an end to what you have described as “senseless violence.”

South Sudan Community expresses their deep gratitude toward the American people and appreciates the United States Government for working with the parties to ensure lasting peace in South Sudan.

We thank you for your leadership and for making honest assessment of the situation. We ask you to take actions reflective of the concern you have expressed and witness.

NOV/01/2017

Respectfully,

Alliance for South Sudan in diaspora – Dr. George Phillip Imuro. imurot@yaoo.com
Equatoria Community USA – Lojing Rugang
Global Partnership for Peace in South Sudan – Theresa Samuel, gappss.info@gmail.com
Human Rights activists – Simon Deng, sdengkak@yahoo.com
Nile Peace Development Relief Agency USA – Dr. Gatluak Deith, gatluakdieth757@gmail.com
Nuer American Christian Network USA – Rev. James Dak Rut, james.rut.rev@wisynod.org
Nuer Community USA – Michael Gai Chokchok
Pashodo Community Mutual Assistance Association (PCMAA) – William Atillio Ator, upernile@gmail.com
South Sudan International Advocacy for Human Rights (SSIAHR) – Peter Gatkuoth W. Kuel, peterkuel@yahoo.com
Western Bahr el Ghazel Community USA – Rabeh Dimbiti, westernbahr@gmail.com

CC:
U.N. Secretary General, António Guterres
U.N. Security Council
United States President, Donald J. Trump
U.S. congress

Kiir’s Juba regime forces using starvation of civilians as method of combat in Yei River State

On Friday 13-10-2017, a convoy of humanitarian agencies operating in Yei attempted to deliver humanitarian consignment to SPLM/A (IO) controlled areas where most of the civilians have taken shelter, but it was blocked by Kiir’s tribal and merciless security elements at Lutaya.

We are outraged at this disgusting and unacceptable denial of access to humanitarian corridors.

It is a clear indication that in addition to its scorched earth policy and ethnic cleansing, the regime in Juba is using starvation of civilians as a weapon of war.

On similar note, Juba regime continues to terrorize civilians through indiscriminate use of weapons.

On Saturday 14-10-2017 the brutal and murderous regime forces sneaked out of their base in Ombasi and invaded Wundukori village and the market square with usual intent to cause additional atrocities against the civil population in the area.

They sprayed bullets randomly in the market and the entire village causing panic among the civilians who have settled in the area and were carrying out their economic activities.

However, the gallant SPLA-IO forces in the area intervened to rescue the innocent civilians from their brutality thereby repulsing them and killing three on the spot.

We once again want to categorically condemn the government’s cowardly action of denying access to humanitarian agencies and its widespread attacks, torture and ill-treatment against civilians.

We call upon the United Nations right bodies to take serious measures against Juba regime for its non-compliance behavior to respecting and upholding the relevant provisions of the International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and the United Nations’ guiding principles of humanitarian emergency assistance.

The government must equally cease its continuous attacks against civilians and their objects, and should be reminded that humanitarian agencies have the right to cross conflict lines in a move to render humanitarian relief to the thousand victims of the situation regardless of their location of shelter.

PRESS RELEASE, 17/10/2017.
Lt. Col. Wayi Godwill Edward
Spokesperson, Office of the Governor
SPLM (IO) Yei River State.

Western Bahr-el-Ghazel-IO demands Federal system in South Sudan

Press Release:

The Government of Wau Federal State in Opposition, would like to make it clear to the public that, major issues, which let the people of Western Bahar Ghazal WBG to take guns and raise against the government in Juba, are land and the marginalization issues. The below are the demands that considered to be fundamental to the people of the Wau Federal State. The demands that they are fighting in order to achieve and there shouldn’t be comprises on any one of them.

The demands are as follow:

1. A federal system of governance should be implemented in the Republic of South Sudan, by creating states’ own executive, legislative, judicial, and security organs.
2. Wau to be a separate and an independent federal state with its border as it stood on January 1, 1956.
3. The soil of Wau Federal State to be consist of six counties, Bagari, Bessilia, Kpaile, Kuajina, Udici and Wau county, in their boundaries as they stood on January 1, 1956.
4. Wau should be both a county and a capital of the federal state
5. All the grabbed lands, the public lands in particular, which have been illegally distributed to the government officials, especially to non-citizens of Wau state, particularly during the period of the former Governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan, should be backtrack to their lawful ownership.
6. The cattle grazing in the state should be restricted, organized and regulated, to avoid the destruction of the agricultural farms.
7. The state natural resources should be placed under the authority of the government of Wau Federal State
8. The interest of the indigenous tribes of Wau Federal State should be safeguarded and here the indigenous tribes are identified as the Fertit of Wau and Lou of Wau.
9. The indigenous tribes of Wau Federal State should take the lead in any allocation of the public office and local business opportunities.

The government of Wau Federal State in Opposition would like to reaffirm its position of standing behind Dr Riek Machar Deny, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/A-IO to fight, in order to achieve the above mentioned demands and further to realize democracy, rule of law, accountability, and lasting peace in the Republic of South Sudan

Hon. Dominic Ukelo
Governor of Wau Federal State in Opposition
October 4, 2017

To US Pres. Trump: Declare Pres. Kiir an illegitimate president

SEP/23/2017;

Dear President Trump:
We, the South Sudanese civil societies in diaspora, express our deep concern for the ongoing crisis in South Sudan and the continuing intentional displacement and bombardment of the civilian population that has caused severe famine and displacement of citizens in all regions of South Sudan: Pagak, Maiwut, Wau chollo, Malakal, Jonglei Equatoria Bentiu and West Bhar Elgazel.

For that reason, SSIAHR, and ASSDA recommend that all leaders of the South Sudanese government be sanctioned, restricted in their moment and that their assets be frozen.

We recommend the sanctions in order to provide relief to the suffering people of South Sudan.

Four year have passed since the conflict started in Juba, South Sudan.

It is certain that the IGAD-led peace negotiations have not made any progress in bringing the war to an end.

Tens of thousands of innocent South Sudanese have been killed and over four million are displaced, with more than 100,000 IPDs living in dire conditions in UNMISS camps in Juba and around the country.

President Salva Kiir, who has committed atrocious crimes against humanity, continues to defy the international community since the beginning of the civil war in South Sudan by attacking UN Camps in Jonglei on April 17, 2014 and Malakal on Feb 18, 2016 and by continuing to displace millions of civilians around the country and by destroying the August 17, 2015 peace agreement this July 8, 2016, and by the recent bombardments in Wau Chollo using Egyptian Antonov.

Salva Kiir’s actions will cause South Sudan to continue to spiral into devastating war with an unprecedented loss of lives.

There is little doubt that this war will continue to intensify if the United States government does not take a decisive leadership role to end the war in South Sudan.

Some IGAD members, such as Uganda, Kenya and now the Egyptian bombardment are directly involved in the war in various capacities which makes it impossible for them to end the conflict in an effective way.

Meanwhile, the war in South Sudan has the potential to destabilize the entire East African region, which could present a potential security threat to the rest of the world.

The South Sudanese activists and faith-based communities will rally on September 23 & 25, 2017 at the U.N Headquarter New York.

We are appealing to U.N Secretary General the United Nations Security Council, U.S President Donald trump and US Congress to take the leading role in sanctioning the South Sudanese government by:
** freezing all of its assets and to refer President Salva Kiir to the International Criminal Court for the genocide of ethnic Nuer civilians on December 15, 2013;
** the bombardments of Wau Chollo;
** the massacre of Nuer civilians at the UN camps in the state of Jonglei on April 17, 2014;
** the attacks on Shilluk and Nuer civilians in the UN camps in Malakal, and the continued killing; the continuing massacre of the West Bhar Gazal people in Wau which began on June 24, 2016;
** the targeting killing of Equatorians people;
** the daily rape and displacement of Nuer civilians in Bentiu;
** the unknown gunman who terrorized citizens in Juba including activists, foreigners and journalists Christopher Allen.

We, therefore, recommend that the U.S. make the following resolution:
• Declare Salva Kiir an illegitimate president who must step down to allow peace in the nation and for his role in the genocide of ethnic Nuer civilians in Juba, Malakal Shilluk, Wau fertit, and Parjok Acholi, now Pagak Maiwut and in other states as was former President of Ukraine Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych for the killing of 200 citizens of his country.
• Ensure justice and accountability for the gross violations of human rights committed by Salva Kiir’s regime in order to end the culture of impunity in South Sudan.
• Impose targeted sanctions on the government of South Sudan—including freezing all assets, as well as an oil and arms embargo.
• Assist the international community in providing humanitarian assistance (healthcare, education, food and shelter) to the war affected areas in South Sudan.
• Assist UNMISS to increase protection and exclude Kenya, Uganda and Egypt from UN protection because of their participation in the war and allowed the government to kill and rape women and kidnap South Sudanese citizens that are under their protection.
• We strongly recommend use of force on South Sudan Government to achieve peace and stop displacement of thousands people to neighboring countries

Sincerely,–
***Alliance for South Sudan in diaspora – Dr. George Phillip Imuro. imurot@yahoo.com

***Human Rights activists Simon Deng –sdengkak@yahoo.com

***Chollo Community USA- William Atillio Ator

***Equatoria Community USA-Lojing Rugang

***Nuer Community USA -Michael Gai chokchok

***Nuer American Christian Network USA- Rev James Dak Rut

***Nile Peace development Relief Agency USA- Dr Gatluak Deith

***Western bhar el Ghazel Community USA-Rabeh Dimbiti

***South Sudan International Advocacy for Human rights-Peter Gatkuoth W kuel- peterkuel@yahoo.com

U.N Headquarters New York,
South Sudan International Advocacy for Human Rights
P.BOX.634 Kent, WA 98035

U.N Secretary General
U.N Security Council
United States President Donald Trump and US congress

Wau State Governor-in-Opposition calls for resistance against Kiir’s terror

My dear Great people of Western Bahar Ghazal, allow me, please, to wish you all my heartfelt revolutionary greetings.

On many several occasions in the history of the Western Bahar Ghazal region, the existence of our people was threatened by the enemy of peace. As an example, in 1986, while the former Western Bahar Ghazal State WBGS Governor, Dr. Lawrence Wol Wol, was in power, the so-called Dinka Community had planned what could be termed as Dinka Dominance Policies in the area.

It was intended for dominating the public positions and the resources of the state, in which Dinka militia killed, looted and burnt houses, including the attack on Taban village in March 17, 1986, where the Dinka militia killed five persons, looted properties, and burnt 15 houses.

Today, the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) emerged as a new driver to the Dinka domination policy, funded by president Salva Kiir Mayardit, and enforced by some traitors, for example Brigadier Rizik Zachariah Hassan, the former WBGS governor.

During his term, governor Rizik tried to silence the voices of the Western Bahar Ghazal people by shooting to death on the peaceful protesters on December 8, 2012 and December 9, 2012.

Fortunately, the people of Western Bahar Ghazal protect themselves always and come together if subjected to any type of threats.

While it is still unclear which way the new government in Wau will rule, one thing is clear, that Salva Kiir’s aggressive standing in the Western Bahar El Ghazal region has terrorized innocent civilians.

Today the unity among the people of Western Bahar Ghazal has become solid, and they are more organized politically and militarily, hence capable of defending themselves professionally as never before.

We, the government of Wau Federal State in Opposition, would like to assure our citizens that this time around we will retaliate, if our people’s dear lives are put under threat, their safety is in jeopardy or their security is undermined.

We call upon our people, to be proactive and raise up their voices.

We call upon our intellectuals to enlighten our civilians concerning the potential threats coming from the new administration in Wau.

Moreover, we call upon our people to support our freedom fighters, to enable them prepare more professionally to protect and defend our innocent civilians back home.

May God protect and bless you all.

Hon. Dominic Ukelo
Governor of Wau Federal State in Opposition
September 20, 2017

Position Statement of Diaspora Aweil Communities on Gen. Paul Malong’s Detention

Dear Mr. President;

We the undersigned, on behalf of our respective communities in Diaspora, extend to you our warmest
greetings and best wishes as you endeavor to propel our country forward, endeavoring to achieve the
ideals indelibly etched on South Sudan’s Coat of Arms.

We have been reflecting lately, Mr. President, on the unflattering situation of Gen. Paul Malong in Juba. It is with this solemn issue in mind that we write to convey to you, the concerns of Greater Mading Aweil Communities in Diaspora.

Mr. President, Mading Aweil community in Diaspora is quite troubled by the health and welfare of General Paul Malong Awan. This disquiet is confounded by recent refusal to allow him to attend to his daughter’s burial, following the tragic incident in Kenya.

With one daughter deceased and another critically burned, he should have been allowed to visit the family but authorities in Juba chose the opposite.

We are pleading with you, Mr. President, to release Gen. Malong Awan from his current house arrest to attend to his fatherly obligations, including providing a decent funeral to his daughter. It is a travesty of justice that he should continue to be under house arrest uncharged, even at a time when he is asking for a permission to attend
to his deceased child’s burial, leave alone his medical needs.

Think about it, Mr. President. Not long ago, Gen. Malong defended the Constitution of the Republic and he risked it to save the country from “enemies of state.” Now that he is not holding a public office, should he not deserve better than his current post-relieve treatment?

As for the fear of unknown, we do not believe that he poses any threat to the peace and security of our nation more than the current rebellion.

If you have lost trust in Gen. Malong, then we suggest you swap his current personal bodyguards with soldiers you
trust more and allow him to travel home.

In a country that aspires to be democratic, it makes no sense to hold someone without charges past three days. Of course, it is totally unacceptable that some people in the Community have felt the compulsion to ventilate on social media regarding this issue.

We recognize that some of these remarks may have been a little too harsh.

As leaders of Mading Aweil in Diaspora, we thus apologize on their behalf unequivocally and unreservedly to Your Excellency, the President. Such comments or attendant divisive undertones have no place in our society.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that it is the will of the majority in Aweil Community in Diaspora that unlawful detention is deleterious and not allowing Gen. Malong to attend the funeral of his deceased daughter is equally unconscionable.

While we respectfully await your prompt response, please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of our
highest consideration.

Yours Sincerely;

Mr. Simon H. Angok
President, Aweil Community in Australia 13th / 09/ 2017
Mr. Atileo A. Deng
13th President, Aweil Community in Canada / 09/ b2017
Mr. Adim M. Puot
President, Aweil Community in USA 13th / 09 / 2017

GREATER MADING AWEIL COMMUNITIES IN DIASPORA
(AUSTRALIA – CANADA – THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
Date: Wednesday 13th September 2017

Pres. Kiir continue to suffocate standards of his own Ceasefire: PR

AUG/31/2017; Contact: Daniel Zingifuaboro

On the 22nd of May 2017, in Juba, President Salva Kiir inaugurated an exclusive national dialogue and announced a unilateral ceasefire. SSNMC agree in principle the need for South Sudan national dialogue so as to help heal the wounds in our hearts and in our society and bring sustainable peace so badly needed by the people of South Sudan.

However, SSNMC doubt whether President Kiir is doing this in good faith or it is a political spin to confuse South Sudanese, regional and international bodies to maintain his grip on power. The later is proving to be true.

First, lets talk about the unilateral ceasefire. Salva Kiir continues to call on all opposition groups to renounce violence, put their arms down and return to Juba for his so-called implementation of Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS); while at the same time continues to asphyxiate standards of his own unilateral ceasefire.

If the opposition groups had accepted the phony call of Salva Kiir to put down their guns and walk to Juba for the national dialogue, what would have happened to them in the many areas that Salva Kiir has launched unprovoked military attacks (Maiwut, Pagak, Yei, Maridi, Raja, to mentioned but a few)?

This would have amounted to total annihilation of the oppositions similar to what he attempted in July 2017 when SPLM-IO came in good faith to implement the ARCSS, and later were attacked and chased out of Juba. Is he immune from his own unilateral ceasefire?

Why should he not lead by example by denouncing violence himself? Salva Kiir can fool people most of the time but not all the time.

The current forged First Vice President is by his own or being used to destroy the Nuer people and other ethnic groups. He is unhappy with the IGAD’s prospect of ARCSS “revitalization”, supported by Troika’s view that the current TGoNU is “absolute”.

Therefore, the continuous claims by the fake TGoNU of full implementation of ARCSS is an absolute fib designed by its architects to confuse, delay or derail the peace process and in order to create an impression in minds of IGAD, AU, UN and others that things are okay. IGAD and the International bodies should know very well that things are not right in South Sudan.

They equally know that the self-proclaimed national dialogue is exclusive, not transparent and is conducted in an atmosphere of intimidation such that no one can freely express their views without being apprehended or persecuted.

For example, on 20th of August 2017, Radio Tamazuj reported that a Journalist by name Mr. Peter Moi Julius was kidnapped and killed at Gudele residential area in Juba on the night of the 19th August 2017.

This brings the magnitude of media oppression, lack of freedom of expression and killing of journalists in South Sudan to 58 so far.

IGAD and the entire international bodies are fully aware that the Government of South Sudan has abrogated several agreements including its own unilateral ceasefire.

They know that the current TGoNU is “absolute”. They know that South Sudan is a hostage to tribal elites called the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE). They know that President Kiir is implementing his “16 reservations” on ARCSS instead of implementing ARCSS in letter and spirit.

They should know that South Sudan is importing weapons from Russia as reported by African Press on 30th August 2017.

The people of South Sudan are suffering, but according to the actions of President Kiir, they deserve nothing other than to die. SSNMC would like to assert that things are not Okay at all in South Sudan.

Majority of South Sudanese intellectuals are predicting that South Sudan is heading to a very protracted conflict if the IGAD, AU, UN, Troika and others do not act quick enough to avert this catastrophe.

Second, lets thrash out the national dialogue. Human rights organizations have repeatedly reported about abuses across the country. They have indicated that there is no freedom of expression and association for people to air out their views without fear of being persecuted.

As we write, there are attacks launched by the same government in various areas, and lawmakers in Lakes State are arbitrarily detained for simply expressing their views on the national dialogue.

Hence, there are clear indications that anyone who freely express contrary views on issues
causing conflict in South Sudan are targeted, apprehended and/or killed. SSNMC maintains that for national dialogue to be successful, the mandate should emerge from a consensus among the stakeholders to ensure that all participants, even those on the fringes, agree to the mandate.

It is our conviction that before the national dialogue would take place, all must agree to lay down their arms; government to lift the ongoing state of emergency; release all political detainees and open corridors for humanitarian assistance as pre-requisite for national
dialogue.

This will create conducive atmosphere for people to gather and express themselves on national issues without victimization.

In conclusion, the international bodies and human rights groups should watch what is happening in South Sudan with care, especially the recent war in Maiwut and Pagak. The JCE has paralyzed the South Sudanese society.

For example, the case of JCE who are using the forged First Vice President to destroy his own Nuer Community and others for personal gains. In essence when a tribal elite group motivates another tribal elite groups to fight its own people is tantamount to genocide.

The perpetrators call this “counterinsurgency” plan. They loot South Sudanese resources and use it against the South Sudanese and to keep their grip on power. They loan money to stockpile weapons, including chemical weapons, to destroy their own people instead of feeding them.

For example, the African Press report cited above that South Sudan is importing weapons from Russia. If the reports from Pagak are to be believed then, this could be an opportunity for IGAD, AU, UN, Troika and others to investigate the weapons captured by the SPLM/A-IO in Pagak from the genocide orchestrated by the JCE and carried out by Taban Deng Gai on his own Nuer people.

There are anecdotal evidence that Taban Deng Gai is flying with money, bribing South Sudanese and Non-South Sudanese to carry out his brutal agenda to maintain his forged position of First Vice President at the expense of the innocent folks of South Sudan.

His desperate attempt to maintain grip on power has forced him to resort to kidnapping Refugees in East Africa to be deported to Juba to prove his loyalty to President Kiir and the JCE.

SSNMC solely agree with US Senators Bob Corker and Christopher A. Coons’ letter to the US Secretary of the Treasury, the Hon. Steven Mnuchin, on August 1, 2017 to “cut off the free flow of resources to political and military elites” in South Sudan, which makes them to “enrich themselves and fuel violence.”

The dimensions of conflict in South Sudan are becoming complex day-by-day. It is paramount to act now than to let things go out of hand. Such move will precipitate peace and stop South Sudanese tribal elites from enriching themselves while maintaining their grip on power at the expense of the suffering folks of South Sudan.
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August 31, 2017
Contact: Daniel Zingifuaboro,
South Sudan National Movement for Change, SSNMC
Phone: +61 474 047 016
Email: Daniel.isbon@gmail.com

Kiir Govt. admits Killing US Journalist, Christopher Allen

FROM: JOSEPH ODUHA, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, AUG/28/2017, SSN;

South Sudan army admitted killing the US journalist while in combat with rebels in Kaya town near the border with Uganda.

The 26-year-old Christopher Allen was killed in the fight in Central Equatoria on Saturday.

The army spokesman, Brigadier General Lul Ruai, said the clashes claimed five lives from both sides, including the American citizen.

“On the side of the rebels, we counted two dead bodies plus the white man, while two died on government side plus four wounded,” the Juba-based army official is quoted saying by the local daily the Juba Monitor.

Was airlifted

Brig Ruai said the foreign journalist, who was later confirmed by the US State Department as an American citizen, was embedded with the rebels to cover the clashes.

He added that the body of the American was airlifted to Juba Military Hospital to establish further details about the American and how he got to South Sudan.

“The impression we are getting is that he was embedded with the rebels that came to attack Kaya. How he got to Kaya, how he contacted the rebels, is something that we have no ideas about,” Brig Ruai said.

“We can confirm that US citizen Christopher Allen died in South Sudan on August 26, 2017 while working as a journalist.”

War-torn country

International advocacy group Human Rights Watch criticised the killing of the American, saying it was a violation of the international humanitarian law.

The agency urged the leaders of the war-torn country to condemn the killing and hold the perpetrators to account.

South Sudan’s media environment has remained precarious since the attainment of independence in 2011.

Mr Allen’s killing has brought the number of journalists who have died of gunshot wounds in South Sudan to 11 since 2012.

Collo Community to Pres. Kiir: Return grabbed Collo land without dialogue or negotiation

Collo Community Council: AUG/07/2017;

Collo Community Council would like to inform all Collo people residing in Sudan and those concerned about Collo land problems everywhere that the council met a group coming from the government of South Sudan on Monday 24 July 2017 in Khartoum.

The group which actually requested to meet the Council is part of the so-called national dialogue committee that was formed by President Salva Kiir some time back. The group said the meeting with the Council was part of its program of contacting influential persons, groups and organizations which it thinks could help in making peace return to South Sudan.

The Council thanked the group for its initiative to meet. But the Council said clearly that its members and the Collo people they are representing have nothing to do with Kiir’s dialogue. The council’s prime concern is the land that has been grabbed. That land grabbing process started with the presidential decree establishing the Dinka Padang’s Pijo County on Collo land of Athidhyang and Obay.

The appeal and the complaint raised by the late James Ogilo Agor and Samson Oyay Awin were ignored by President Salva Kiir whom the two gentlemen met in person. Instead President Kiir, on the advice of the Jieng Council, went further to grab Malakal and areas along the Sobat River and those falling east of the White Nile. The creation of 28 states that grabbed a very large Collo land was effected through a decree not dialogue.

The Council, therefore, stressed that since our land was grabbed via a decree its return should follow the same process – a decree. Collo has been forced into war and many of them are currently displaced in UN camps inside South Sudan or have crossed the borders to refugee camps in neighboring countries. The national dialogue members who want to go to Collo villages will not find anyone to talk to.

The point that the Council clearly stated to the committee from Juba was the following:
“If President Salva Kiir really wants peace with Collo, let him decree the return of all Collo lands that were grabbed and given to Dinka Padang. This process does not need dialogue or negotiation.”

Samson Oyay Awin
Chairman,
Collo Community Council Khartoum
Khartoum
Press Release
Thursday 27 July 2017

Dr. Lam’s NDM ambushes gov’t forces in Eastern Equatoria

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM)

On the 17th instant, the gallant forces of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) laid a deliberate ambush on an enemy convoy moving to attack their positions. The ambush occurred on the Torit-Hillieu road, Eastern Equatoria.

One enemy car was completely destroyed.

In a related development, the overall commander of the NDM forces in the area, CDR Okongo God Comman, received into the ranks of the NDM seven soldiers who defected from the enemy, two of them from the CID.

The names of the seven (7) are:
1. Moses Okulo (CID)
2. Gatluak Kuong (CID)
3. Sgt. James Oting
4. Lcpl. James Odong
5. Pvt. Ukelo Justin
6. Pvt. James Oboya
7. Pvt. Santino Allajabo

The Chairman of the NDM congratulated the new members for their patriotic decision to choose the broad front as a mean for waging a revolutionary struggle in order to free the people of South Sudan from the dictatorial and ethnocentric regime of Kiir and his Jieng Council of Elders.

The Chairman assured the new members that the struggle to uproot corruption, injustice and tribalism is not easy but with our determination and adoption of the correct means and methods of the struggle, the people of South Sudan shall surely triumph.

19th July, 2017
Press Release
Long live the struggle of our people
Long live South Sudan
A luta continua

Ambassador; Emmanuel Aban
For/ the Spokesman
National Democratic Movement (NDM)