Category: Press Releases

SPLM to reinstate some ex-members in 2 weeks

EYE RADIO, Hellen Achayo | February 22, 2015

Members of the SPLM who were dismissed from the party will be reinstated within two weeks as an implementation of the Arusha Agreement, the Minister of Information has said.

They include Pagan Amum, Majak Agoot, Deng Alor and amongst others.

Michael Makuei says the reinstatement will not include Dr. Riek Machar, Taban Deng Gai and Alfred Lado Gore.

Addressing the media in Addis Ababa, Mr. Makuei said the move is to ensure the legitimacy of the ruling party.

“Anybody who was dismissed in something not connected with the conflict will not benefit from that,” Mr Makuei stated.

“And from the party are three – it is Dr. Riek Machar, it is Taban Deng Gai and Alfred Lado Goro and the rest were not originally dismissed. Up to now they are still members of the SPLM.

“Some are still members of political bureau; others are members of NLC and so forth. They will come back to their positions.

“This is what is meant by the revocation of the former decision and it will be implemented by the President within 14 days.”

Last month, President Salva Kiir had said SPLM may reconsider the reinstatement of the members who were dismissed after the December 15th incident.

Source: Eye Radio.

Danish Church Aid Involved in Fueling Community Conflict in South Sudan

Feb/18/2015, SSN;

On February 13, 2015, the regime in Juba supported by Danish Church Aid (DCA) through RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL co-opted a few individuals (Emilio Igga and David Eriga) from the Ma’di Community to support a proposal in form of a “MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT” between the Ma’di Community and the Dinka IDPs in Ma’di area. This document if signed not only encourages mass tribal migration, land grabbing, and insecurity but legitimizes IDPs not to return to their ancestral land.

The Ma’di Community in Diaspora and at home rejects the document in its entirety and condemns DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL in the strongest terms possible for being part of fueling conflict, encouraging and legitimizing land grabbing in Ma’di Area in particular and South Sudan at large.

Issues of land in the Ma’di area are the responsibility of the Ma’di Community under the Leadership of Lopirigo Amb. Angelo Vuga Morgan and Lagu Jabakana Kodara, Deputy Lopirigo who is languishing in one of the secret detention centers created by the Kiir regime in Juba.

Government and NGO representatives have no mandate or responsibility to negotiate or sign any document on behalf of the Ma’di people.

The Ma’di People urges all its leaders (Youth, Women, Chiefs, etc) not to sign such a document; signing such a document amounts to not only the betrayal of the Ma’di people and mortgaging their ancestral land but initiates direct confrontation between the Ma’di People and their leadership and encourages the Ma’di People to resist and fight all levels (National, State and Local) of government in South Sudan.

The Ma’di Community calls upon DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL to immediately withdraw this document and cease from any further consultation on this matter.

DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL shall be held responsible by the Ma’di Community if they continue to support that leads to signing of the MOA.

The Ma’di Community calls on its members to remain vigilant and reject any interference from Government representatives and NGOs and to immediately expel DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL from Ma’di area. The interest of DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL is not peace building but rather to exploit the current crisis in the country to benefit them.

The Ma’di Community also calls upon DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL to immediately withdraw its personnel and programs from Ma’di area without any further delay.

The Ma’di Community further calls upon the peace loving people of South Sudan to reject DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL from carrying out activities in South Sudan. Their intention is not peace building but rather fueling conflict, encouraging and legitimizing land grabbing in South Sudan.

Ukuni Paulino
Community Representative
Nairobi, Kenya

Memorandum on the Recent Clashes Between Mundari and Bari Tribes in Kworijik–Luri Jan.18th – 19th 2015

Central Equatoria Council of Elders in the United States of America (CECE- USA):

To Whom It May Concern:

The year 2015, marks the bloodiest year in the history of the two sisterly tribes of Northern Bari and Mundari of Terekeka County, in the Bari village of Kworijik–Luri. The tragic violence has resulted in 11 people killed, 10 wounded, and many others are displaced from Kworijik, Dijeri, Mulubur, Jopa and Komiru. The indiscriminate uses of firearms, by the Mundari cattle keepers, against the farmers of Kowrijik-Luri village, have brought about these tragic consequences.

This bloodiest and seemingly unprovoked violence has thrown relations between the two sisterly communities into deep darkness, once again. It is only the wisdom of the political leaders and other authorities that can shine a bright light on justice and resolution of this violent conflict for the good of the two fraternal communities. The Elders of Central Equatoria in North America (CECE-USA) are disturbed by this unfortunate tragedy.

For years the Bari and the Mundari communities have lived side by side in peace. Quite often, they had co-operated to combat foreign enemies who had tried to invade their lands. Unfortunately, after the independence of our young nation, the Republic South Sudan, the Mundari cattle keepers became more aggressive towards the host communities. The Mundari possession of firearms, in particular, while the host communities do not have the same, is at the root of their aggressiveness and intimidation of others. Undoubtedly, all the farmers are not free to cultivate, not free from fear, and not free to live. Instead of growing food for their households, and to supply the urban dwellers in Juba with their surpluses for the market, the Mundari cattle owners have continuously and intentionally prevented the Kworijik-Luri farmers to perform this crucial role. Ugandan and Kenyan farmers instead have become the lifeline for the survival of Juba. We have become dependent on them and we pay exorbitant prices for their low quality agricultural food products. We have also noticed many similar incidents which have been committed, by the Mundari cattle keepers, in other areas of the Central Equatoria State. So far, nothing has been done to resolve and to end these violent activities, peacefully and permanently. To prevent farmers to grow food, in order to feed South Sudanese, whether in Juba or elsewhere, is an unforgivable national scandal for our youngest nation, the Republic of South Sudan.

After lengthy and fruitful contacts, and discussions between CECE-USA and elders of both communities, Mundari and Bari, in Juba, we have received encouraging news, namely that both communities are aware of the consequences of failing to resolve this current and bitter conflict.

We the Council of Elders of Central Equatoria in North America have emphasized and agreed on the following resolutions and recommendations, to be acted upon immediately without any delay:

1. We want to make sure that the perpetrators must be brought before the law and the right procedures must be followed in order to prevent such tragic criminal acts, in the future again, and they must be put into practice. Peace or reconciliation without justice is a recipe (license) for more conflicts.

2. All the Mundari pastoralists, who occupy farming areas in Bari villages, should immediately return to their land (home) with their animals (cattle). The same should apply to the other pastoralists in the Central Equatoria State.

3. As stipulated in the transitional constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, Article number 173(6)(b) that the land belongs to the community. Only under the principle of eminent domain (public use), the government of the Republic of South Sudan can request a community’s land for the benefits of the public. We ask the established “SOUTH SUDSN LAND COMMISSION” to exercise its constitutional power to prevent any misconduct and illegal uses and misappropriations of lands that will result in tragic violence, such as in Kworijik, Jebel Ladu and Pojulu and other lands of the Central Equatoria State. Land is the soul, the history, and the cultural roots of an African community. It is in the land that the dead (ancestors) and the living live in harmony and in communion. The Arabs and other colonizers failed to deprive us of this cardinal attachment to land. Those who are tempted, with the power of the gun, must ponder over the lessons of history. As the African proverb says, “the moon moves slowly but it crosses the sky”. It may take sometimes for violent responses to provocations.

4. We call upon the Governor of Central Equatoria, Honorable Clement Wani Konga, to establish a permanent police post in the conflict areas of Kworijik, Dijeri, and Mulubur, which is fully staffed and reinforced. We believed that a permanent police post will provide law and order, and security to these areas.

5. We also call upon the joint committee of Bari and Mundari to continue the established dialogue to promote peaceful coexistence, and to resolve other disputes over the border lines between the counties in the Central Equatoria State.

We the undersigned Executive Committee of CECE-North America (USA) has obtained the consent and approval from the general assembly of the Central Equatoria tribes comprised of Bari, Mundari, Pojulu, Kakwa, kuku, Kaliko, Lugbara, Nyepo and Nymgwara in North America, to pursue and continue the current contacts and communications with the Elders, the government of Central Equatoria State and the other dedicated authorities in the Republic of South Sudan.

Signed By:

1. Mundari Elder: Alphonse Kenyi 2. Bari Elder: Francis Limbe

Copy to:

1. The President of the Republic of the South Sudan, His Excellency, Salva Kiir Mayardit

2. The Vice President, His Excellency, James Wani Igga

3. Governor of Central Equatoria, His Excellency, Clement Wani Konga

4. Member of the Parliament of the Northern Bari Payam, Honorable Thomas Gore,

5.Member of the Parliament for Legislative Assembly, Central Equatoria State, Honorable Paulino Laku Kedia

Notes: Central Equatoria Council of Elders, USA, is a civil society organization in United States of America. Its purpose and concerns are to support peace and development for the people of the Republic of the South Sudan.

The officers of this organization can be reached at email:

Murle COBRA Forces join Machar’s SPLM/A-IO against Kiir

FEB/14/2015, SSN;

“On behalf of the COBRA forces, we declare our opposition to the regime of Salva Kiir Mayardit.” reads a declaration signed by the Commander of Greater Pibor forces, Col. Paulino Zangil.

In their Declaration to join the SPLA/SPLM, the COBRA reiterates that the government of Salva Kiir has massacred Murle Ethnic Group.In addition, the COBRA has accused Salva Kiir regime of dishonoring the agreement they recently signed.

The minority community believes that the agreement that established Greater Pibor Administration Area (GPAA) was all a hoax, and therefore, Murle declares Pibor as a Federal State, proposed by the armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA.

“The Greater Pibor Administration Area is a hoax. It is meant to deceive the people of Greater Pibor” Reads the statement.

“The Murle are for Federal System of Governance. We therefore declare Pibor as a State” the statement reads.

COBRA and Murle people have rejected to fight their neighbors and the SPLM/SPLA[IO] alongside allied forces of Salva Kiir, and now declares war against the government.

“We also reject the attempt by the regime to use the COBRA forces and Murle people to fight alongside it in this unjust war” Said Col. Paulion Zangil, the Commander of Greater Pibor Forces.

“The COBRA forces and the Murle People are for peaceful coexistence with their neighboring communities (Lou Nuer, Dinka, Anuak, Toposa, etc). As such, we condemn the regime’s tactics which promote ethnic conflict between neighboring communities” the statement reads.

According to their declaration submitted to SPLM/SPLA[IO], COBRA has officially joined the opposition and declares popular uprising against Salva Kiir government.

“We are announcing through this press statement our joining the armed struggle led by SPLM/SPLA under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny” reads the declaration.

“We call upon all the people of Greater Pibor to join COBRA in the struggle. We also urge the rest of South Sudanese to rise up against the regime in Juba” the statement concludes.

This declaration was submitted and signed on Feb 13, 2015 by Col. Paulino Zangil, the Commander of Greater Pibor Forces through SPLM/SPLA.

LATEST: Rebel shelling rocks South Sudan oil town, Bentiu

TUESDAY, FEB/10/2015, SSN;

REBEL fighters in South Sudan bombarded government positions Tuesday in the oil town of Bentiu, a day after the UN launched a $1.8 billion aid appeal to stave off famine in the war-wracked country.

Loud explosions were heard in the northern town, capital of Unity state and one of the hardest fought over regions in the 14-month long war, and where 53,000 civilians are sheltering inside a United Nations camp.

“The rebels are shelling our positions in Bentiu,” Defence Minister Kuol Manyang told AFP. “This is a violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, and we will act in self defence.”

Aid workers in the northern town of Bentiu confirmed the shelling, saying they briefly took shelter in bunkers. Fighting broke out in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, in December 2013 when President Kiir accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup. The fighting in the capital Juba set off a cycle of retaliatory massacres across the country.

Both government forces loyal to Kiir and rebels loyal to Machar continue to fight, despite numerous ceasefire deals. The UN estimates that 2.5 million people are in a state of emergency or crisis, steps just short of famine.

‘Man-made crisis’
The latest fighting comes a day after donors pledged $529 million (467 million euros) towards a $1.8 billion aid appeal by the UN, with over 2.5 million people on the brink of famine.

UN aid chief Valerie Amos on Monday warned the warring leaders they had to show a committment to peace. Top US official Anne C. Richard said that no conflict around the world today filled Washington with as “much frustration and despair” as South Sudan. Richard, US Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees, said some areas were “teetering on the brink of famine”, and that people “continue to suffer and die unnecessarily because their leaders are unwilling to do what it takes to restore peace.”

Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have been set a March 5 deadline to strike a final peace agreement, but previous deadlines have been repeatedly ignored despite the threat of sanctions.

The next round of faltering peace talks is due to resume on February 19. Washington, a key backer of South Sudan’s independence in 2011, warned the leaders on Tuesday they “bear full responsibility for this man-made crisis” and must make “the needed compromises to reach a final agreement.”

Almost two million have been forced from their homes and 500,000 of them have fled abroad to neighbouring countries. No overall death toll for the war has been kept by the government, rebels or the United Nations, but the International Crisis Group says it estimates that at least 50,000 people have been killed. END


Press Release: Mundari Community condemns Kwὃrijik-Luri/Dejeri incident


Following the unfortunate incident in Dejeri village of Northern Bari Payam on Sunday 18th 2015, between some Mundari cattle herders and some community members of Dejeri which culminated into loss of precious lives, injury of scores of people, burning of residences, displacement of residents from Kwὃrijik-Luri, and untold suffering of the people affected.

The Mundari Community Union (MCU) and the entire Mundari Community residents in Juba held an emergency community meeting on Friday 23rd January 2015, in which the sitting condemned in the strongest terms possible the incident of Dejeri (Kwὃrὃjik-Luri) and regretted the loss of dear lives and property.

The participants sent their heart-felt and sincere condolences to the grieved families and pray to the Almighty God to rest the souls of the deceased in eternal peace, and give their families strength and faith.

The meeting unanimously resolved the following:
1) The meeting appeals for peace to prevail and all persons involved should refrain from all acts of violence with immediate effect and the perpetrators of these heinous acts should be brought to book.

2) Immediate removal of the Mundari cattle from Kwὃrὃjik-Luri and the surrounding areas with the help of the Hon. Commissioners of Terekeka and Juba counties and other State Law enforcement agencies.

3) The Mundari cattle herders catering for sizable cattle which belong to some Bari community members must hand over those herds peacefully to their rightful owners before departure to avoid any future claims.

4) The meeting rejects and condemn in the strongest terms the unfounded rumors and provocative propaganda by the enemies of peace that the two communities are mobilizing to attack each other.

5) Leaders of both communities (elders, intellectuals, chiefs, women, youth, civil society and other opinion leaders) should stand firm and work together as a team so as to de-escalate the tension.

6) To avoid future incidences of the same nature; the participants recommended that the State government organizes the County Commissioners in Central Equatoria to arrange and facilitate the return of all Mundari cattle camps wherever they are in the State to the county.

7) The participants resolved to request the state government to facilitate and support convening of a truth, peace and reconciliation conference in the State for conflict resolution and mitigation and to draw participants from the various sectors of the communities in the state.

8) To avoid the existing scenario from replicating itself, we urge the government of the State and development partners to pay more and indeed special attention to service delivery for Terekeka County especially in construction of dams to provide potable water for both human and animal consumption.

9) The participants requested the State government to facilitate an urgent meeting between the two communities as soon as possible.

In conclusion, as mentioned above, the incident is not an intended/ organized conflict, and we reiterate that we are not in conflict with each other but what happened was an individual case of misunderstanding between some cattle keepers and some farmers in Dejeri village of Kwὃrὃjik-Luri.

It should be known that, the Mundari and the Bari Communities since time in memorial has coexisted in peace. Therefore there is no base for these wild rumors. Hence, the meeting calls for continuous calm and peace in order to promote unity and harmony amongst the Bari and Mundari in particular and the entire people of our beloved state.

Signed by
…………………………. ………………………………..

Wani Buyu Dyὃri Taban Emmanuel Baya
Deputy Chairperson Acting Secretary General
Mundari Community Union Mundari Community Union

Date: 24th/January/2015.

Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA): It’s Objectives

Why REMNASA was formed.
South Sudan is not only a failed state but is at the verge of disintegration very fast. The
economy has virtually collapsed with the country reported to be in debts of 1.6 billion dollars.

All these borrowed funds are deviated to buy military hardware while government employees
are not getting their salaries. The South Sudan security forces have disintegrated on tribal lines.

Development of the country has halted with roads becoming impassable. Majority of the
citizens are facing starvation while the tribal regime is spending millions of dollars on foreign mercenaries to keep it in power in Juba.

In the last 14 months, the country has been engaged in self destructive war pitting mostly two
tribes. This war was ignited when estimated 20,000 South Sudanese civilians mostly Nuer were
massacred in Juba by President Salva Kiir tribal militia which he trained in Luri while
thousands of mostly Dinka killed in Bor, Malakal and Bentiu by the unfortunate act of revenge
by Nuers. The war has completely destroyed the unity and social fabric of the country.

The root causes of the current turmoil in South Sudan stemmed from the dictatorial, corrupt,
tribalistic and incompetent nature of the regime in Juba. This regime is a product of a South
Sudan imperial president who has worked successfully to subjugate the national institutions
such as parliament and Judiciary and turned them into rubber stamps.

While South Sudan states are supposed to be service delivery organs that should bring power and resources nearer or close to the people, the central government continues to retain 80% of the resources for their own lavish lives or embezzled by individuals creating a small clique of “haves” in Juba while majority of the people of South Sudan wallow in abject poverty.

On the other hand the constitution has created a dictatorial monster who is welding his
constitutional powers to disregard the bill of rights in the constitution thus using tribal militia to commit grave human right atrocities at will. The events of 15-16 December 2013 in Juba and subsequent outbreak of fighting in South Sudan is the case in point.

While many South Sudanese thought that the current rebellion in the country would be the
savior to emancipate the country from the current deep crisis, it appears the rebel movement
has also fallen short of addressing the root causes of the problems that South Sudanese have
been yarning for since independence under the corrupt leadership of Salva Kiir.

Indeed the current peace talks in Arusha and Addis Ababa have become circus for either SPLM unification and apportion of jobs while the real fundamental problem facing the people of South Sudan have be relegated to the periphery.

The recent SPLM agreement in Arusha was nothing but a slap in the face of South Sudanese, because they are the same leaders who promulgated the so call transitional constitution that made Salva Kiir a monstrous dictator. They deprived the poor of the much needed development and created a state of despondency.

On the other hand the IGAD led Addis Ababa talks have degenerated to sharing of power The much heaved reform agenda put forward by SPLM-IO has been swept under the carpet while emphasis is being laid on who should be a president, vice president, prime minister etc.

Even IGAD forced power sharing agreement signed by Kiir and Riak is likely collapsed because it is obvious that the current leadership in Juba with its cohorts would not bulge if they are not assured of the positions that they want; positions that will enable them continue with their merciless endeavors to return the country to the dark ages of impunity.

South Sudan is a country of 64 ethnic groups which became independent through combined
struggle of all these nationalities regardless of their individual populations.

For this reason, REMNASA therefore having been deeply touched by the suffering of the people and the urgent need to salvage the country from complete disintegration, has developed firm determination to unite and reconcile all the 64 nationalities of South Sudan in order to maintain the existence of the country everybody fought to liberate for prosperity of the people and posterity of the future generations.

We are inspired by the spirit and need to create new political dispensation in the country that is based on principles of freedom, equality, democracy, unity and respect for human rights
anchored in federal structure as the basis for uniting and rebuilding the country.

The Motto of this Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation is, “I am a South Sudanese
and I am proud to be South Sudanese”. The mission is to establish and sustain a multiparty
democratic Federal Republic of South Sudan where freedom and equality are paramount while
the aim is to end the current war and work for permanent peace, reconciliation and unity of the
people of South Sudan.

The main objectives to REMNASA are to:
1. Establish a political/military peoples’ movement to dislodge the genocidal President
Salvatore Kiir in order to bring the much needed reforms and services to the people of

2. Mobilize, recruit and continuously train a national military force to engage in the
salvation of South Sudan from the current conflict

3. Advocate for the movement both internally and internationally

4. Create awareness among the people of South Sudan to enable them fully understand the
motto, mission, aim and objectives of the movement and own it as their own movement

5. Engage all other political parties and stakeholders in South Sudan on peace process,
reconciliation and harmonious co-existence

6. Draw up strategy for achieving peace and reconciliation in the country

7. Establish Federal system based on a multiparty democracy

8. Reform the governance system, security apparatus and civil services in South Sudan in
line with the proposed federal structure in South Sudan

9. Establish contacts with neighboring and friendly nations based on mutual respect and
respect for each other territorial integrity10. With the resources the country has, provide the badly needed social services our poor people including offering free quality education and free health care services.

The achievement of these objectives will be guided by the following principles:
1. Reform of the governance structure, security sector and civil services based on Federal
constitution and structures
2. Equality and equity at all levels of governance
3. Inclusivity of all nationalities in South Sudan
4. Nondiscrimination according to gender, religion, tribe, political affiliation, colour, creed
or disability
5. Transparency and accountability
6. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
7. Respect for rule of law. Therefore nobody shall be above the law regardless of his/her
8. Separation of powers between the three arms of governance (Executive, Legislative and
Judiciary) so as to create checks and balances
9. Equal share of power and resources in the country based constitutionalism.
10. Noninvolvement of security organs in political arena i.e. intelligence service shall be
purely to gather intelligence and inform leadership.
11. Commitment to adequate delivery of services to the people of South Sudan
12. Create corruption free country with strong transparent and accountable public

In conclusion, South Sudan is a country which badly needs salvation; salvation from an
autocratic leadership that has hijacked it for its own interest and domination.

REMNASA strongly believes that the South Sudan crisis cannot be solved by unifying the dreadful SPLM or by creating yet another monolithic government by the defunct SPLM politicians. What both AGAD and Tanzania government should look at is how fast reconciliation and reform agenda
can be put forward.

Secondly it needs reforms in governance, security, socio-economic and rule of law. These reforms must be enshrined in a permanent constitution based on federal form of governance. Once this is done, it really does not matter who leads the country because institutions would have been created that regulate the conduct of the leaders and prevent impunity in the country.

This is indeed where REMNASA stands and is prepared to bring to the people of South Sudan.

Information Department
South Sudan

Panic in Juba as SPLA Generals at Bilpam order arrest of Senior South Sudan Army Officer on Account of ‘Lost Battle Tanks’

JUBA: South Sudan is in a panic mode tonight as high military officials composing of the Chief of General Staff and his deputies order the arrest of Pariang Commanding officer, Col. Achuil Mathiang Kiirnaar. Achuil’s arrest follows a fierce fighting in Unity State last week between the South Sudan army, SPLA, and the rebels of the SPLM/iO supported by the Sudanese army. The fighting which took place at the western part of Ruweng County at Toma South, Aliiny Payam, lasted for three days.

The fighting was allegedly instigated by the rebels after they reportedly attacked and set ablaze oil facilities. Attempts by the SPLA, under the general command of Col. Achuil, to extinguish the explosive fire which threatened to destroy oil reserves worth billions of dollars was met with steep resistance mounted by the combination of the South Sudan’s rebels and the Sudan army, SAF, from Panthou.

As fighting raged on for three days and the SPLA, under the general command of Col. Achuil Mathiang were pushed back. As a result, two tanks, one with deflated wheels and another which had run out of fuel, were seized by the rebels and their SAF supporters.

As anyone might expect, the generals at Bilpam were shocked at the loss of the tanks. Achuil and his army of volunteers who have never been paid since February 2014 have become the objects of military wrath at Bilpam.

What is surprising, however, is why Achuil and his army who were supporting the cause of the government and people of South Sudan, by protecting the most important national resource there is at the moment, were to bear moral blemish.

Besides the loss of tanks, insiders also revealed that the generals have accused Achuil of taking orders from senior oil ministry officials, namely Paul Adong Bith and the Minister of Oil and Mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau.

This news has, however, not been received well both in Juba and at the frontline region of Ruweng County, the county which sits on more than 85% of proven oil reserves in Unity State.

The general concerns in Juba and around South Sudan is that, should the Panaruu people be angered, as this is likely to be the case, they might be forced to abandon their support to the government. The result is one that might tip the scale in favour of the rebels in this conflict.

Reports from Juba and Pariang.
BY: (Name withheld) Fresh News, JAN/28/2015, SSN;

Cessation of Hostility One Year On & Proliferation of Insecurity in South Sudan

Press Release:
Apart from being the top-ranked country in the world in terms of the Fragile State Index (Fund for Peace, 2014), and being classified as the most corrupt nation in the world (Transparency International, 2014), South Sudan is now a nation where no one wants to be, except for those who benefit from crises!

The FSI puts South Sudan second (score of 9.9 out of 10) to Afghanistan in terms of insecurity, and second (9.9 out of 10) to DR Congo in terms of human rights abuses and the rule of law. Together with Syria, Central African Republic and Somalia, it is a country with the highest number of refugees and IDPs!

Today marks exactly one year since the signing of the IGAD-brokered Cessation of Hostilities Agreement by the current warring factions in South Sudan. This commitment has proven a farce and a joke.

War has not only accelerated, but living conditions have continued to become unbearable even in government controlled areas, including Juba the capital city! Ethnically motivated killings and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians have gone on with impunity.

In the past five days alone, murder of civilians and pillaging of villages close to Juba and in Magwi County were committed unabated. The culprits who committed mass arrests and torture of citizens, including school going teenagers in Loa and Nimule towns, have not been brought to book until today!

Even when two business persons in Nimule were assassinated in their houses at night, the government in Juba is un-alarmed! It is also possible that the reported killings by Mundari cattle herders of civilians barely 72 hours ago, will go away unpunished!

Those killed at their doorsteps in Juba town or dragged outside their house compounds and murdered, are just cases too many to list! Life is quickly becoming hopeless for citizens in South Sudan!

When a nation is plagued with such calamities, there is only one conclusion: it is gripped with serious leadership flops. Either its leaders have lost direction, or they pay no attention to the ‘sinking ship’.

After all, this is a country adjudged by governance experts of the Fund for Peace to score 10 out of 10 in being run by ‘Factionalized Elites.’ These are people addicted to looting of the national coffers.

We don’t have the luxury of space to enumerate all the excesses of these elites. What we care to point out here is that the Government in Juba is being allowed carte blanche to go on with plunging the country!

This is a government that has even the audacity to declare elections within six months, despite many dissenting voices and despite the biting reality that the environment is not conducive for any national elections!

When will the UN, the AU and other concerned bodies say, ‘we have seen enough of South Sudan and this must be put to a stop’?!!

Rally for Peace and Democracy (South Sudan)
The RPD Interim Secretariat
REF: RPD/PR-21/15
22 January 2015

Madi Community USA condemns Nimule killings of community members


We the Ma’di Community in the United States of America are deeply saddened, angered and aggrieved by the cold-blooded murder of our prominent business community members Mr. Daudi Kisire and Mr. Gwanya, in Nimule, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan on January 18th 2015.

We reject the killings and intimidation of our people in our own land. The Ma’di people are a peace loving people and, this is a well-established fact in South Sudan.

We would like to remind the nation, the world and the Human Rights groups that these killings have come at the heel of a massive security deployment in our ancestral homeland. On January 11, 2015, a midnight house to house arrests was conducted by the Juba government with over 200 civilians snatched in the dark of the night, out of their homes; some were children as young as 13 years old. Four priests were also arrested and detained.

We are yet again painfully reminded of the killing of our Paramount Chief, George Livio Ajugo that occurred in Sept 2013, leading to untold sufferings inflicted by the Juba government on our Youths and Community Leaders, in the name of investigating the crime, as is typical for tyrants, through tortures and unconstitutional detentions without charges and trials.

The Ma’di Community worldwide condemns in the strongest terms the killings of our people in cold blood in the name of maintaining security. We call upon the UNMISS and the International Community to take serious note of what is happening in Ma’di land and investigate the killings of this two prominent businessmen. We also call on the Government of Salva Kiir and his security apparatus to stop the killings and the arbitrary arrests of the Ma’di people in their own land.

Ma’di Community in the United States of America
January 19, 2015
From: Andrew Oweny
Country: South Sudan

Message Body:
Nimule 18 Jan 2015; By Andew Oweny: South Sudan Liberty News has sadly and regrettably learnt the tragedy shooting dead of Daud Kisire and Gwanya the owner of Motherland lodge in Nimule. The incident occurred at around 7:45 pm south Sudan local time.

Eye witnesses who have heard the gunshot couldn’t confirm the identity of the gunman, but immediate friends and relatives of both men have pointed fingers to government security officers, and neighbors who spoke in panic and asked for their identities to be concealed have confirmed seeing unidentified man running in the direction of Abila shortly after hearing the gunshots.

Some people in the close vicinity were terrified with the tragedy cold blooded murdered of the two well known Ma’di businessmen in what appeared to be a normal evening. They said there is nothing suspicious been reported and the two men have not received any death threat to their lives. Closed friend of two men said the killing could be related to business dispute with group of Dinka military men who have business partner with late Daud Kisire and Gwanya could have been an innocent victim.

Right now in small town of Nimule this suddenly killing of two Ma’di prominent businessmen have taken many in surprise and has brought back some fresh memory of the killing of late paramount chief of Nimule Boma, Livio Ajugo George, who was gunned down by unknown gunmen in September 2013, till to date his killer/s remained unidentified, but the local blamed his tragedy murdered on Dinka Internally Displaced persons/ IDP in Nimule, after the killing of late chief government has reacted forcibly by rounding up innocent youth and community elders.

Right now people are afraid that innocent people will found themselves in unknown environment, the relationship between the host community and their uninvited guests can be describe as unfriendly and tense given the host community are subjected into constant harassment by the IDPs roaming with guns been backed up by some elements of Dinka security personnel and government elites in Nimule and Juba.

Right now people are very shocked and the situation in Nimule is tense as security personnel are immediately been deployed at the scene, and Nimule is under curfew and what remain unknown to the local people is how the government will react to this latest killing of the two well known Ma’di businessmen, who were also believed to have bulk contracts of lucrative business venture with government elites both in Juba and Torit.

Andrew Oweny

South Sudan Liberty News