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Interview: South Sudan?Where to from Here?

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An exclusive interview with Mabior Garang de Mabior, Spokesperson for the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO)

INSET: South Sudan is hurtling toward a November 12 deadline to form a transitional government to end 6 years of fighting that has killed over 400,000 and created 2.3 million refugees. The country descended into war on December 15, 2013, two years after becoming the world’s newest state. The conflict started as a dispute between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar over the party nomination of its presidential flag-bearer. A heated December 13 meeting of the party leadership failed to resolve the issue. Within a few days fighting broke out in the military between Kiir and Machar loyalists, effectively cutting it in half.

In 2015, the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), was brokered to end the fighting but it fell apart in 2016 after fighting recurred between forces loyal to the two principals. In September 2018, a Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was concluded to give peace a chance yet again. However, many of the issues that triggered the collapse of the ARCSS remain unresolved, chief among them the security arrangements. Fearing the likelihood of a repeat scenario, the opposition SPLM-IO called for a delay in installing the new government. President Salva Kiir however threatened to move ahead with the agreement with or without the opposition.

MABIOR Garang: Machar ready to work with Kiir despite provocation

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SPLM-IO spokesman Mabior Garang de Mabior tells Fred Oluoch challenges that their leader faces ahead of establishment of Transitional Government …………………………………………

Now that Dr Riek Machar has turned down formation of transitional government before the outstanding issues are resolved, is there a chance that he could be isolated by the international community?

This question is misleading and is based on an assumption that Dr Riek Machar is not already isolated by the international community.

The SPLM/SPLA-IO leadership has been isolated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) mediation team because Dr Machar has been under detention without charges since October 2016, first in Pretoria, South Africa and currently in Khartoum, Sudan.

South Sudan: Journey of a thousand kisses ~ Long John

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Please note that this is based on true events, however a little bit exaggerated.

Achol’s mother ‘aa col piou’ (had a black heart). 1996, after lessons from series of movies, ranging from John Rambo, to Sinbad, to Conan the barbarian, and to the most watched soap, Maria De los Angelos, just like the other boys, I had just learned a thing or two about romance, and I could with ease tell the difference between boys and girls and so graduated from the compulsory ‘gay squad’.

Achol was my first approach in the quest to emulating Jorge De La Rosa. Her mother and Timothy Mulinge, a Kenyan, a classmate who had compound eyes and had by then kept the eye witness status on Achol, but kept at bay by the language, made it hard for me to at least take my ‘heartbeat’ for a packet of 5 Kenyan Shillings chips date at ‘mulima B’ (Mountain B).

Pursuit underway for agents luring Ugandan youths into joining South Sudan rebels

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Kitgum district security committee is pursuing a group of people who are allegedly luring Ugandan youths to engage in subversive activities against the South Sudan government.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says that the impending hunt is intended to bring to book all persons who have reportedly duped unsuspecting victims through a syndicate job recruitment scam. He, however, declined to divulge details on the identities of the alleged rebel recruiters.

Komakech was speaking before a section of parents of Lagoro sub county whose sons recently returned after escaping from the hands of alleged rebel’s groups operating in the jungles of South Sudan.

South Sudan to boost oil exploration after new oil discovery

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Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba on Thursday, Chuang said the discovery of the new oil well in Adar oilfields proves the young nation still possess huge amounts of unexploited resources.

“We want to go to the next level of exploration because we have not been fully engaged in exploration in the last few years probably because of instability,” Chuang said.

“With peace coming now, we will be able to move forward and do more exploration.”

Leaked memo: Uganda is the real threat to South Sudan peace

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South Sudan civil war will never be resolved peacefully if the East African regional bloc, IGAD, stands idly while Uganda wage a double standard role in the war-wracked young nation, an IGAD secretariat internal memo leaked to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) shows.

The documented dated August 15, 2019, claims that the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is the real threat to peace in South Sudan and that South Sudan has become the second source on income for the Ugandan leader.

IGAD: Machar must reclaim his post as South Sudan’s first vice president

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South Sudan’s ex- vice president Riek Machar returns to Khartoum

It seems regional bloc IGAD still believes Riek Machar should return to Juba to reclaim his post as first vice president. That’s despite comments from the U.S. that the replacement issue is an internal matter for South Sudan.

Two Ugandans killed by South Sudan rebels

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Two Ugandans have been killed in an attack by suspected rebels of National Salvation Front (NAS) of Lt Gen Thomas Cirilo. They were reportedly ambushed over the weekend and their car burnt along Kaya-Yei road.

An eye witness who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal from the rebels, since he’s a frequent travelller to South Sudan, said they were ambushed at a place called Alero along Kaya-Yei road. “After these people were abducted, they were then killed 13 kilometers away in a place called Lungamere.

Security situation in South Sudan still remains volatile because of the rebel groups that are operating along some of the routes,” the witness said.

Uganda dismiss allegations of harboring South Sudan rebels in refugee settlements

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An official from the office of the Prime Minister has denied allegations by South Sudan Security personnel that they are hosting suspected South Sudan rebels in refugee settlement centers in Uganda.

South Sudan security officials allege that some suspected criminals disguised as refugees are being harbored in refugee settlements in Kiryandongo, Lamwo and Adjumani Districts.

The allegation was made last Friday during an inter-border meeting between Ugandan leaders and their South Sudan counterparts in Magwi County headquarters, South Sudan.

General Cirillo Swaka troops kill eight soldiers

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A South Sudanese rebel group said it killed eight soldiers in the south of the nation on Tuesday, underlining the fragility of the oil-rich east African country after a partially implemented peace deal was signed last year.

Government forces attacked fighters from the National Salvation Front, led by renegade former General Thomas Cirillo, early in the morning at Lo’bonok in the Karpeto region of Central Equatoria State, said a statement signed by the group’s spokesman, Suba Manase.

The statement said the attackers included fighters from a larger former rebel group led by Riek Machar, which signed a peace deal with the government in September.

Uganda accused of harboring South Sudan rebels in refugee camps

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Authorities of South Sudan have accused Uganda of harbouring suspected South Sudanese rebels in the refugee settlements camps in Kiryandongo, Adjumani and Lamwo districts.

The allegation was fronted during an inter-border symposium between Ugandan leaders and their South Sudan counterparts in Magwi County headquarters, South Sudan on Friday. The meeting was purposely called to highlight potential security threats and challenges between the two countries.

General Machar sets tough unrealistic conditions for his return

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Conditions set by opposition leader Riek Machar for his return to Juba are totally unrealistic, the president’s office has said.
Mr Machar was invited by the government to meet with President Salva Kiir to discuss the peace process. A new government was supposed to be formed in May but was delayed until November, and security arrangements are facing multiple delays.

“We don’t see the need for conditions. Riek Machar is part of the peace deal and his team is already here in Juba,” Ateny Wek Ateny, President Kiir’s spokesperson told Radio Tamazuj on Thursday.
Ateny further said the conditions confirm that the opposition leader has not yet demonstrated goodwill for the planned meeting in Juba.

South Sudan fighters told to report to military camps for integration

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South Sudan’s armed forces and rebels were on Friday ordered to report to military camps, a much-awaited step towards creating a unified national army as part of a peace accord.

The deal, signed in September 2018 in a bid to end almost six years of conflict, has suffered heavy delays.

One of its biggest hurdles has been the logistics of creating so-called cantonment sites, where troops and rebels are screened, trained and integrated into a single force.

Riek Machar and Salva Kiir to meet face to face

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South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar has agreed to a face-to-face meeting with President Salva Kiir, a step that could energize the lagging talks on a government for the civil war-wracked country.
In a letter dated July 8 and sent to President Kiir’s security adviser, Tut Gatluak, Machar said he is ready to talk with the president as long as he can freely move about in South Sudan.

The Kiir administration invited Machar to meet with Kiir after the government and opposition groups missed a May deadline to form a transitional government of national unity. The period was extended for another six months.

Sudan drafting committee fails again to finalize agreement on power-sharing – mediators

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The drafting committee of the agreement on the power-sharing between the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) has failed to conclude its works; as the parties will resume talks on Saturday, said the mediators

The TMC and FFC on 5 July struck a deal on the last sticking point which is the composition the Sovereign Council, a collective head of state with mostly symbolic and ceremonial powers.

South Sudan roads very unsafe ;Two killed in Juba-Nimule ambush

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Unknown gunmen on Tuesday ambushed a commercial vehicle on the main road connecting South Sudan’s capital with the Ugandan border, killing at least two people, police authorities said.

“The Toyota Noah was attacked in Aswa village when it was coming from Juba to Nimule without an escort,” Daniel Justin, South Sudan police spokesperson told Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday.