Category: Press Releases

Tribalism is pouring us into the pit before our time

A Poem: By Aldo Wol Makuei, CANADA, 25/MAR/2018, SSN;

Don’t be a damn fool
Are you dead?
Are you a tribalistic?
If not, so Wake up!

If you don’t make use of your brain wisely
Tribalism will use it for you with disgrace.

If you can’t handle the cargo of your life cleverly
Tribalism will handle it for you with embarrassment.

Tribalism will handle you and drive your brain into savagery
Tribalism will drive your savage brain into destruction.

Tribalism will drive you into the grave
Tribalism will drive you into the Kingdom of Doom.

And if you are brainless enough to drive your life
Tribalism will drive you with a one-way first-class ticket without delay to hell.

I am not trying to insult you
I am just trying to get you think today.

You can’t just lay in the coffin satisfying with this death
You think everything is all right.

Don’t be so dumb and numb
Your thinking is in turmoil.

Just take a look around you
Can’t you see what is going on around you?

We have been butchering ourselves for so long
After being colonized for many years.

So what is the reason?

Tribalism becomes the suicide habit
The terrible type of social amnesia.

Tribalism has become our trade mark
The logo on our forehead.

We are the dry bones in the valley of the dead
All the eagles have gathered to defecate on our carcasses.

Carcasses in the valley of fate
There is nothing left of us.

Tribalism is pouring us into the pit before our time.

One by one
We are the dead
The left over
The outdated.

This is you
This is me
This is us.

This is South Sudan
No apology.

May God of Ancestors Bless South Sudan
Amen.

By Aldo Wol Makuei and can be reached at: awm761@gmail.com

South Sudan’s leadership uses state-owned oil company Nilepet to funnel millions into brutal security services and ethnic militias

GLOBAL WITNESS, Tuesday 6th March, London, ssn;

A new Global Witness investigation shows how South Sudan’s state-owned oil company, the Nile Petroleum Corporation (Nilepet), has fallen under the direct control of President Salva Kiir and his inner circle, and is being used to funnel millions in oil revenues to the country’s brutal security services and ethnic militias, with limited oversight and accountability.

“While South Sudan’s population continue to suffer a senseless war and economic crisis of their leaders’ making, Nilepet is failing its true constituents, serving instead the interests of a narrow cabal, and being used to prolong the brutal conflict,” said Michael Gibb, Campaign Leader for Conflict Resources at Global Witness.

Ahead of resumed peace talks, Global Witness is recommending a renewed focus on the economic drivers of South Sudan’s conflict; including its oil sector, and increased engagement with the international companies and traders that connect Nilepet to international markets.

While South Sudan is a producer of crude oil, it lacks capacity and infrastructure to refine this into the fuel its population relies on. As a result, Nilepet is deeply integrated into global oil supply chains, including international refineries and commodity traders, without which it would be unable to raise revenues.

These international trading partners could play a key role in challenging and holding it accountable.

“Nilepet depends on the international oil supply chain,” said Michael Gibb. “The international companies it deals with have a responsibility and opportunity to use their influence to drive reform and transparency at this critical moment in South Sudan’s conflict. Indifference is tantamount to complicity in the face of clear evidence of Nilepet’s role in the war economy.”

Capture on the Nile draws on secret documents and first-hand testimony to detail the means by which one of South Sudan’s most significant economic institutions has been co-opted to serve the personal aims of President Salva Kiir and his inner circle.

This is illustrated most dramatically by the presence of Lt. Gen. Akol Koor — head of South Sudan’s feared Internal Security Bureau— on the company’s board.

Once captured, Nilepet appears to have become the vehicle of choice for connected elites wishing to evade scrutiny of financial transactions worth millions, linking the company directly to arms transfers and the patronage system at the heart of the conflict.

Nilepet’s successful capture has made it a critical component of the war economy. As a private company, Nilepet is able to operate in near total secrecy.

The report details how this secrecy has been used to finance military operations, arms transfers to ethnic militias, and conceal the looting of millions in ‘letters of credit’ intended to help imports of essential goods as South Sudan’s economy deteriorated.

“South Sudan’s security forces are able to operate with alarming impunity, driving cycles of violence and oppression,” said Michael Gibb. “Nilepet’s ability to finance these operations without scrutiny or oversight is critical and must be tackled as a first step towards confronting this rampant impunity while also creating the economic conditions for peace after years of brutal civil war.”

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Contact: Michael Gibb, Campaign Leader – Conflict Resources, mgibb@globalwitness.org, +44 (0)7808 776 340

Notes to editors:

• The report includes new information on Nilepet’s role in the so-called “Letters of Credit” scandal, one of South Sudan’s largest recent corruption scandals. It details how millions in letters of credit intended to facilitate the import of refined fuel, were diverted to Nilepet with almost no oversight, raising the risk of these borrowed funds lining the pockets of connected elites rather than easing the worsening fuel crisis.

• Global Witness have researched South Sudan’s oil sector since the country’s independence in 2011, producing a number of reports that aim to help the young country make the most of its natural resources through sound and transparency governance of its natural resource wealth. For more information about this work, see: https://www.globalwitness.org/en-gb/campaigns/south-sudan/

• For more information about Global Witness’ work to disrupt conflict financing through improved due diligence on international mineral supply chains, see: https://www.globalwitness.org/en-gb/campaigns/conflict-minerals/

Global Witness investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses

LATEST-News From Juba: Pres. Kiir prepares for war as he suddenly departs for Nimule

MAR/04/2018, SSN;

Latest news today from highly connected and reliable sources in Juba revealed that President Salva Kiir unexpectedly and suddenly departed today for Nimule, on the Uganda-South Sudan border, in a very big convoy of military vehicles that included heavy tanks and armed soldiers.

This latest development only confirms the clear fact that the Kiir’s Dinka-dominated government does not believe or expect peace in the country but is firmly prepared for war now.

As reported, president Kiir’s objective in Nimule is to receive and expedite the smuggle of arms and other war materials from Uganda into the country in a blatant contravention on the recently imposed United Nations and President Donald Trump’s USA arms embargo on South Sudan.

Clearly, this is undisputed evidence that president Kiir’s terror regime is obstructing and refusing to bring any peace in the country.

Furthermore, it’s obviously clear that the next revitalization peace process scheduled is now doomed by Kiir’s apparent moves to smuggle more weapons into the country and to continue his genocidal war against the people of South Sudan.

The principal criminal actor in abetting the importation and arming Kiir is Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni, who’s shamelessly in complete solidarity with president Kiir. Uganda’s president Museveni has now exposed himself as a true enemy to the people of South Sudan.

With these latest ominous developments, it should be plainly clear to all those political parties and armed groups that recently partook in the failed Addis Ababa IGAD so-called peace revitalization process, that president Kiir is not ready for any negotiations with any opposition groups.

As rightly described by the Trump’s US government, president is indeed an “unfit partner” in the so-called peace process and as such, all the opposition groups that are purportedly ‘fighting’ to oust the Kiir regime must strenuously support the arms embargo on the Kiir regime.

Furthermore, if Kiir’s returns from Nimule armed to the teeth with the Museveni guns, the opposition groups must come out and loudly condemn Uganda and its president, Museveni and also Kenya’s president Kenyatta, as those arms that will be given to Kiir must have originated from Mombasa.

Obviously, the IGAD so-called ‘Revitalization’ talks is a mockery to the suffering people of South Sudan and it’s time for the international community to impose more strenuous sanctions against the Kiir regime with immediate effect.

Finally, it’s imperative that all the anti-Kiir opposition groups must come together to expedite the removal of the Kiir regime. END

Bakosoro’s SSNMC denies & condemns South Sudan Government’s claim of connection to an apprehended arms-loaded UN car

SSNMC would like to deny and condemn in the strongest terms South Sudan Government’s unfounded claims about the apprehension of a UN car loaded with guns, ammunitions and military equipments and that this is connected to the Chairman of SSNMC, Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro.

On Friday, the 2nd of March 2018, in Juba, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), Government’s owned and monopolized broadcaster, reported that on 2/3/2018, “National Security apprehended a UN car loaded with guns, ammunitions and military
equipment”.

SSBC further stated that “the lady who was in charge of the car confessed the items belong to security officer, Doming Ruiz, who was connected to Joseph Bakosoro, who is currently in Uganda mobilizing for war in Western Equatoria”.

SSNMC would like to reach out to our supporters, well-wishers and the entire people of South Sudan that we, as an organisation, or our Chairman Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, as an individual, have/has no knowledge about and no involvement in the said apprehension matter if at all the matter holds ground and can be substantiated any way.

We strongly believe this allegation is unfounded and a shoddy and despicable propaganda by a government that has failed all milestones of a moral and trustworthy leadership/government, but instead has brought disgrace onto its people of good repute.

These are some of the reckless tactics the government will resort to, to justify their incessant violation and abrogation of the 21st December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and advancing no political will for the resolution of South Sudan conflict.

We assure the people of South Sudan that we stand for peace and search for durable solution to the crisis in our country.

SSNMC would like to appeal to the UN to investigate this matter and publish its findings to
the people of South Sudan.

SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 03 March 2018
Contact: Daniel Zingifuaboro
Secretary of Information
Phone: +61474047016
Email: si.ssnmc@gamil.com

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UN accuses 40 South Sudanese SPLA generals of war crimes

BY: Mansuru NYALAZIRI, Eyeradio.org, FEB/23/2018, SSN;

UN Human Rights Commission says it has collected evidence to hold more than 40 South Sudanese officials accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

On Friday, the Commission released its first report since it was mandated by the Human Rights Council.

It is mandate was to collect and preserve evidence for use in the Hybrid Court and other accountability mechanisms agreed under the 2015 peace agreement.

In the 58,000-page document, the Commission has already identified 8 Lieutenant Generals, 17 Major-Generals, 8 Brigadier Generals, 5 Colonels and 3 State Governors who may bear individual responsibility for serious violations of human rights and international crimes.

“We not only looked at the incidents or events that occurred, but we also collected evidence which looked at the patterns in conducts, the question of command structures, those individuals who were in command and control,” Yasmin Sooka, the Chairperson of the Commission told Eye Radio via telephone from Nairobi.

“On the basis of that, you actually begin to identify those who, in fact, were in those structures.”

Last year, the UN commission said the AU was making itself complicit in South Sudan’s bloodshed by failing to set up the court.

It called the AU again today for the court to be established.

EYERADIO.org

Pres. Kiir, Resign as you’re unfit to lead South Sudan: Letter from Canon Clement Janda

Open Letter: General Salva Kiir Mayardit,
Presi.dent, The Republic of South Sudan
Juba, dated Feb/20/2018.

Dear General Kiir Mayardiit,

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. On the occasion of this Lent season, I have chosen to communicate to you on the important issue of managing or Country.

As we are all aware, you have been our leader for 13 years, since July 2005,. As it is very clear, the country is worse off now than when you started.

There is no chance of the cuntry getting better than now as it’s descending deeper and deeper into the pit.

For this reason, I am appealing to your Christian conscience to do what brave leaders do just like President Zuma of South Africa did and the Ethiopian Prime Minister.

Please, my brother in Christ, RESIGN NOW AND LEAVE another South Sudanese to take oer the leadership of our Country.

I appeal to you not to listen to the likes of (ministers) Michael Makuei and Martin Lomoro, who would rather tell you “things are well” when in fact nothing is going right.

I wish to remind you that you have never enjoyed a cordial relationship with Dr. Riek Machar right from the beginning.

So, no miracles will happen to allow you share power with him. So both of you must give South Sudan the chance to move on without any of you.

Since in your scheme of mind, any appointment must be filled by thinking of a Dinka first, a Nuer second and may be a Chollo third, if only people like Natanial Oluak were alive.

(Do you recall a joke you told me in January 2010 at Yei Air Field, about appointment of a Commissioner for Abbiyei?

You said, “The Jallaba did not want a Dinka or a Nuer to head the Abbiyei Commission.”

If only Nathaniel Oluak were alive, they might consider a Collo! So, you asked me if I was the angel that the Jallaba would accept?!

Since therefore, any appointment must be given to a Dinka first, please pick a good and upright Dinka and hand the reign of power to him/her.

Please, do not give it to somebody who is anti-social, very selfish and is near you.

The world is watching to see whether you are capable of salvaging something of your legacy as the leader who brought independence to South Sudan.

But now is the time to give leadership to somebody who will bring peace and prosperity to South Sudan.

I trust that you can take that bold step during this Lent season of 2018.

Sincerely in Christ,

(Signed)
CANON CLEMENT JANDA
Comrade-at-Large

South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) condemns Govt. violations

PRESS RELEASE: FEB/12/2018;

SSNMC Condemn Government’s Continuous Violation of Cessation of Hostilities. SSNMC would like to condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our ally’s defensive position in Nasir by government troops.

On Monday morning, the 12th of February 2018, our colleagues from the SPLM/SPLA–IO reported that their defensive position in Nasir was attacked by government troops without any provocation.

The government not only violating the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on 21st December 2017, but also disregarding, disrespecting and providing no credibility to the High Revitalization Forum current taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Since the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities on the 21st of December 2017, the government has continuously violated the agreement on numerous occasions in Upper Nile, Equatoria and Western Bahr El-Ghazal.

There had been indiscriminate attack against unarmed and innocent civilians across the country. Provision of humanitarian assistance to the famine-affected population continuous to be horrendous. This clearly manifests
government’s lack of care for the country and for the people.

Sincerely, SSNMC ask the Government of South Sudan to use this opportunity if it is serious about the country and the entire people of South Sudan.

SSNMC expects the government to engage the oppositions actively, discuss and resolve conflict in good faith, without intransigence, offering concessions and demonstrating political will to channel a new political dispensation for South Sudan.

SSNMC is committed to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. Hence, SSNMC appeal to the IGAD-Plus to take significant and practical steps to ensure the government of South Sudan is serious about peaceful resolution to the conflict in South Sudan.

IGAD-Plus should not continue to lay blanket blame on all parties but should hold spoilers responsible for their actions.

Contact: Daniel Zingifuaboro
Phone: +61474047016
Email: si.ssnmc@gamil.com
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Statement on South Sudan’s current Peace Process and Political situation in the country

Phow State Civil Society Organizations
Date: 16/02/2018

To: All media outlets. In the name of Almighty God, God of Peace and Mercy;

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

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

It has now been almost five years since January 2014 when IGAD took regional initiative to mediate peace talks first between the two main warring parties in order to bring about peaceful settlement in South Sudan. But all in vain!

Today, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Peace talks between the opposition coalition and Juba government are still ongoing through IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum on ACRISS. We are really optimistic that these latter talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be fruitful. As we call for peace in the country we also urge the region and the world to decisively act on the below narrated issues which in our views are some of obstacles preventing peace from happening. Let’s be brief, precise and straight to the points.

First, Phow State’s Civil Society Groups condemn the following in the strongest terms possible:

1. The acts of South Sudan Peace obstructers and violators who are continuing attacking amidst peace Revitalization e.g. the recent Sobat, Nasir, & Yei River States attacks.

2. The act of Kenya Government who kidnapped and deported James Gatdet, Aggrey Idir, Dong Samuel and Marko Lokidor and then handed them over to South Sudan Government in Juba.

3. Unlawful, tribal and politically-motivated verdict of James Gatdet Dak death sentence announced on Monday 12 of Feb 2018.

4. The meaningless and irrational political confinement of Dr. Riek Machar Teny in South Africa.

Second, we support the regional and International Community in the following:

1. Continuous initiatives to bring about lasting peace to South Sudan through ongoing High Level Revitalization Forum on ACRSS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2. Recent America’s Arms restrictions sanctions, EU and other sanctions on South Sudan government.

3. We support and encourage any other country in the world to do the same.

Third and finally, we the entire population of Phow State Civil Society Organizations demands:

1. The regional and International Community to decisively mount punitive measures on South Sudan Peace obstructors and violators. The world should step up measures to end impunity in South Sudan.

2. Unconditional and immediate Release of Dr. Riek Machar Teny from detention in Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Machar is an influential popular leader whose presence is badly needed for successful peace process in South Sudan.

3. IGAD to stand up and find out the actual whereabouts of Agrery Idiri, Dong Luak and Marko Lokidor who were arrested and deported back to Juba, South Sudan, by Kenya Government. We want to know whether or not, they are already killed or still alive and in the hands of Nairobi or Juba? We will expect from IGAD an urgent public feedback on this issue or push for those four men immediate release. Phow State alone recently released fifteen (15) prisoners of war to ICRC and then ICRC handed them over to Juba government as stipulated in CoH agreement signed on 21 Dec 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

4. Therefore, on the same token, let the other side or Juba unconditionally release as well from its custody the opposition prisoners of war, those detained or arrested for reasons related to this conflict and all political prisoners including James Gatdet Dak, Mako Lokidor, Dong Samuel and so on and so forth.

5. All parties to the conflicts which are concluding the HLRF second phase in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to immediately agree and sign peace for South Sudanese people.

6. We also call upon the region and UN Security Council to immediately impose Arms Embargo sanctions on South Sudan and on all individuals peace abstractors and violators.

Because peace will to come without imposing arms embargo or individual sanctions on South Sudan to stop unnecessary buying and bringing in of deadly weapons which are being used against the civil population across South Sudan.

Signed:
Peter Gatkuoth Nuar
Chairperson
Phow State’s Civil Society Organizations
Email: gatkuothpeter44@gmail.com
Copy to:
• ICRC
• IGAD
• AU
• China
• Troika (United Kingdom, the United States of America and Norway)
• EU
• UNSC
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Unfair Justice: South Sudan Government & Kenyan Allies should be held accountable for the life of James Gatdet Dak

PRESS RELEASE:

The South Sudan’s human rights groups in the Diaspora call upon the South Sudan government to drop all charges against, and release unconditionally, Mr. James Gatdet Dak, former journalist and spokesperson of the South Sudan Liberation Movement -In Opposition (SPLM-IO) with an immediate effect.

On 12th February, 2018, James Gatdet Dak, was sentenced to death penalty on charges of treason and war incitement against the government of South Sudan by the rogue regime in Juba after spending one year in detention. Dak was innocently accused and his imprisonment was only politically motivated by his affiliation to an opposition group.

James Gatdet Dak was kidnapped on November 4th, 2016 at his residence in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, by the Kenyan authorities after his comments on his Facebook page regarding the dismissal of Mr. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, a Kenyan citizen, working as a commander of the United Nations’ forces in South Sudan.

Mr. Kimani was dismissed on allegations of failing to protect civilians during clashes on July 8, 2016 in Juba between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and the opposition forces under Dr. Riek Machar.

The Kenyan authority acted in an irresponsible manner by violating the international law for refugees’ protection by deporting James Gatdet Dak to South Sudan regardless of his refugee status.

Dak’s judgment is a total violation of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan article 19.6 which stipulates a right of any accused to defend himself/herself through a lawyer of their own choice.

Dak’s verdict was pronounced few months after his defendants walked away in protest of unfair trial conducted by the South Soudan high court.

The court is also dishonoring the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) Article 8.3 of demobilization signed on December 21st, 2017, which states that all the political prisoners and detainees shall be released within 14 days after the signing of the agreement.

The government of South Sudan needs to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression and the protection of civilians instead of conducting politically motivated prosecutions.

Real leadership is needed if Kiir’s regime is to convince South Sudanese and the world that his government is genuinely supporting public opinions and the freedom of press for pursuit of peace.

The human rights groups call on South Sudan government to respect its own constitution and the recent CoHA to release all political detainees and to give room for peace to prevail in the country.

South Sudan human right groups in the Diaspora call on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), U.S congress, European Union, IGAD, Troika countries, African Union, all the international human rights organizations, Faith based groups and human rights activists to use their power and immediately intervene and stop the politically motivated prosecutions on James Gatdet Dak by the Juba regime.

Sincerely yours,

Alliance for South Sudan in Diaspora – Dr. George Phillip Imuro. imurot@yaoo.com
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
South Sudan International Advocacy for Human Rights (SSIAHR) – Peter Gatkuoth W. Kuel, peterkuel@yahoo.com

Kenya, Uganda accused of prolonging South Sudan war

By KEVIN J KELLEY, THEEASTAFRICAN, JAN/30/2018, SSN;

Kenya and Uganda are aiding to prolong the four-year-old civil war in South Sudan by serving as conduits for arms to combatants, a United Nations official said on Monday.

“The responsibility to prevent atrocities is regional and international,” Adama Dieng, the UN special advisor for prevention of genocide, told VOA.

“It is true that large quantities of weapons and ammunition are flowing into South Sudan through Kenya and Uganda.”

Mr Dieng said peace will be achieved in South Sudan only “if we have concerted regional and international efforts to leave no further options to the South Sudanese leaders to stop and start negotiating.”

“International partners have to start targeting the accomplices, intermediaries of the South Sudanese parties,” Mr Dieng said.

“Welcoming refugees who are victims of a conflict they are de facto facilitating is not good enough,” he added.

Arms trafficking

Mr Dieng did not indicate whether the governments of Kenya and Uganda are directly involved in arms trafficking to South Sudan. He also did not say whether the weapons are intended for the country’s military or rebel forces — or possibly both.

The UN panel of experts reported last November it had obtained documentary evidence of a cargo flight containing 31 tonnes of weapons that arrived in Entebbe, Uganda, in August.

Kampala-based Bosasy Logistics was listed as consignee for the shipment which was said to have originated in Bulgaria. The arms were to be transferred to South Sudan, according to unnamed sources cited by the UN experts.

Mr Dieng’s contention that Kenya and Uganda are fuelling the war in South Sudan follows a comment by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley last week that “it is past time for the leaders of Uganda and Kenya to get involved and put pressure on President Kiir”.

Kenya and Uganda “are key players in the success of a true peace process,” Ms Haley said in a speech to the UN Security Council.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also recently warned South Sudan’s neighbours against taking sides in the civil war.

While not naming Kenya or Uganda, the UN chief told an African Union gathering in Addis Ababa on January 27 that it is essential to ensure that “any contradictions that might exist among the neighbours of South Sudan are not translated into an influence in the internal situation of South Sudan.”