Breaking News: Upper Nile gubernatorial vacuum partly explained

Gen. Johnson Olony, the SPLM-IO nominee President Salva Kiir has refused to appoint governor of Upper Nile State | Credit | Courtesy

The SPLM-IO says it did submit a nominee for governor of Upper Nile state but the President declined to appoint him.

According to the Press Secretary of the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar nominated all the names of the governors for the three states allocated to the SPLM-IO.

But on Monday, President Salva Kiir announced the list of eight governors – six from his party and two from the SPLM-IO nominees.

He did not appoint the nominee for Upper Nile, the state allocated to the SPLM-IO, but contested by a section of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance.

Speaking to Eye Radio, Machar’s Press Secretary James Gatdet said they do not understand what happened.

“We submitted three names for the three states allocated to the SPLM/A-IO since the 24 June to the office of his Excellency the President. We do not know why only two were appointed,” Gatdet told Eye Radio.

When contacted by Eye Radio, the Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Ateny Wek Ateny, said the nominee SPLM-IO submitted is an active soldier.

He said the President rejected the appointment of Johnson Olony as governor of Upper Nile State.

“He is a person who is still carrying arms, someone who still has not yet even come to Juba as one of those implementing the revitalized peace agreement,” Ateny claimed.

“So Johnson Olony is not in Juba; he is not within the territories that are controlled by IO or by the government.

“So to nominate someone who still live outside, who has refused to come to Juba, it is what is not acceptable. Either he is replaced or he shows the fact that he is implementing the peace agreement by coming to Juba, like Dr. Riek, who is here in Juba.”

But James Gatdet insists that the SPLM-IO has the right to nominate any candidate it believes is qualified enough to manage the state allocated to the party.

Gatdet argues that Gen Olony is still carrying arms “because he is a general in the SPLA-IO, which is a recognized army”.

“It is not new in South Sudan that we have officers who have opted to go for political positions; they have been appointed,” he stressed.

On the question of being outside Juba, Gatdet stated that several other government officials were appointed while they were not in the country.

Some of them include the former deputy minister of interior, Mabior Garang, and the newly appointed governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Sarah Cleto, who is currently in the United States.

“I don’t think that can be another genuine reason for him [Olony] not to be appointed. The SPLM-IO has the right to nominate their people according to the peace agreement and once that is submitted for appointment, then it should be respected,” Gatdet added.

According to the revitalized peace agreement, appointment of constitutional and judicial office holders including state governors is one of powers exercised by the President but in consultation with the First Vice President, and the four Vice Presidents.

The new peace deal also stipulates that decision making in the Presidency shall be in a spirit of collegial collaboration.


Breaking News: Denai Chagor seems to younger then he has indicated

A passport seems to contained a picture of the Minister of Higher Education of South Sudan suggested that he was born in 1990, that could make him as the younger Minister in the history

Breaking News: Salva Kirr will create another administrative are for Apadang

Source from Juba TV

Salva Kiir Mayardit demands for an administrative area for Apadang Community!

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has demanded an administrative area for Apadang community of Upper Nile state, a senior opposition official who attended yesterday’s meeting between Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar said. The latest demand by the South Sudanese leader comes after he refused to appoint SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony, as governor of the oil-rich Upper Nile state saying the former rebel general is not popular in the state and may result in disunity.

Dr. Lam Akol has expressed disappointment over the failure

Dr. Lam Akol has expressed disappointment over the failure by the President to appoint a nominee forwarded by his party Mr Majuop Biel Turuk for Jonglei State governor.

He, however, blamed a section of the Opposition Alliance for having ulterior motives in derailing the appointment of his preferred nominee.

On Monday, President Salva Kiir appointed eight governors – six from his ruling party SPLM and two from the SPLM-IO.

There was no mention of a governor for Jonglei or Upper Nile states.

Changson Lew Chang Vs Lou Nuer of Jonglei State

The Argument by Changson Lew Chang against the Lou Nuer of Jonglei State doesn’t make sense. SSOA is an entity of South Sudan and Lou Nuer sons and daughters happened to be part of it. If Changson failed to secure Upper Nile, why turning around against the Lou Nuer?

Remember about the argument between Conservatives Vs Liberal? It goes like this, We all want the same things in life. We want freedom; we want the chance for prosperity; we want as few people suffering as possible; we want healthy children; we want to have crime-free streets. The argument is how to achieve them…

Breaking News: Communal fighting in Warrap leaves 32 dead

Communal fighting in Warrap leaves 32 dead

At least 32 people were killed in inter-communal violence in Tonj North County of South Sudan’s Warrap State, authorities said on Monday.

Violence flared up on June 26 between the Apuk Padoc and Atok Buk communities, which are both from Tonj North, the secretary-general of the now-defunct Tort State told Radio Tamazuj.

“32 people were killed from both sides, 7 others wounded and two villages were burned down,” Gabriel Awan said. “The violence started on Friday and continued until Sunday.”

The administrator said the fresh clashes seem to have been triggered by a retaliation after a man from Apuk Padoc was allegedly beaten to death by members of the Atok Buk community in the town of Awul on May 27.

He disclosed that the fighting concentrated in and around the villages of Agany and Anyibuth, but has now died down. He said state authorities have dispatched security forces to hotspots in the area to restore calm.

According to reports, the routine of inter-communal clashes in many parts of the country prevails due to the lack of an efficient justice system.

Last week, the United Nations mission in South Sudan said escalating inter-communal conflicts could undermine the implementation of the peace agreement.

Breaking News: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump

Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that Trump, along with more than 30 others Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, face “murder and terrorism charges”, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Trump, but stressed Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying Iran had requested a “red notice” be put out for Trump and the others, the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting that seeks the location and arrest of the individual named.

Under a red notice, local authorities make the arrests on behalf of the country that requested it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.

After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states. Interpol has no requirement for making any of the notices public, though some do get published on its website.

It is unlikely Interpol would grant Iran’s request as its guideline for notices forbids it from “undertaking any intervention or activities of a political” nature.

The US killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard Corps’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January attack near Baghdad International Airport.

The assassination came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.

Breaking News: NEBE Refuses the Tigray State Council’s Request to Conduct Election.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

Friday, June 26, 2020.

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) on Wednesday refuted the request forwarded to by the Tigray state’s council to organize a regional election.

NEBE’s refusal comes after the council of Tigray had notified the board of its decision to conduct the 6th regional election.

The regional council also requested the board to accept its decision and make the necessary preparations, including manpower and logistics, to organize the election.

The board in a statement said it will not conduct elections in any part of the country until the coronavirus pandemic is deemed to be a health threat across the country.

“The board is constitutionally entitled to register, manage and administer political parties; disclose election timetable and conduct an election without the interference of any party,” the board’s said.

Accordingly, the council of the Tigray region neither has legal ground to pass a decision on the holding of the regional election nor demand the board to organize the election, it said.

“The board does not recognize the council’s decision nor accept its request to organize the election. Also, there is no legal ground for the board to deploy election executives, provide logistic and material support” the board added.

Mid this month, the House of Federation (HOF) postponed the 6th general elections until favorable conditions are created to hold polls.

The upper house also approved a recommendation to hold the 6th general elections within 9 months to 1 year after the pandemic is declared by pertinent health bodies that it will no longer pose a threat to public health.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) claimed NEBE was conspiring with the ruling government to extend the election using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse.

South Sudan struggling to pay the arrears to the African Union

South Sudan Sudan end the country’s revenue on guns and briberies of elite groups and warlords generals

However, the government of South Sudan has pledged nearly $ 6 million to settle arrears due to the African Union within a week of arrears in annual membership fees.

Last week, the African Union imposed sanctions on South Sudan after the national government in Juba failed to pay its annual contributions.

In an interview with the media from Addis Ababa on Tuesday, James Morgan, South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, said they were working to clear all the arrears within one week.

He said that the sanctions do not deprive South Sudan of its membership in the African Union, but only prevented the country from actively participating in the African Union meetings.

“We would like to tell the public that our membership is active, we are only punished and we can attend the African Union meetings, but without giving our opinion, even if it is the problem of your country that is being discussed,” Morgan explained by saying, “South Sudan’s membership is still active and no one can suspend our membership.”

Ambassador Morgan stressed that the National Finance Ministry is working to resolve this issue by paying the country’s annual contributions to the African Union.

The Ambassador of South Sudan defended South Sudan’s delay in paying its financial contributions to the continental body, saying that the government of South Sudan has prioritized the implementation of the peace agreement in September 2018.

Meanwhile, Hakim Edward, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed that the African Union imposed sanctions on South Sudan after it failed to pay its annual contributions.

“We would like to assure the public that South Sudan is one of the countries that the African Union has imposed sanctions because of the lack of annual financial contributions,” Edward said in a statement released last week.

South Sudan became the 54th member of the African Union on July 27, 2011

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