South Sudan bus crash kills at least 56

Bus accident

Shocked onlookers who had come to help victims gathered around the buses that collided killing 29 people in June in a head-on collision of Ugandan owned buses at at Arapi village, Pageri in Payam, 28 kilometres in Southern Sudan(Photo: via Daily Monitor)

Sept 29, 2014(Juba) —  At least 56 people have been killed after a bus travelling from South Sudan to Uganda crashed into a truck, doctors say.

“The police first brought something like 20 bodies … all in all they brought 56,” said Xaviour Okadi, a doctor at the main hospital in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

The crash is one of the worst recent accidents in South Sudan.

The bus crashed shortly after dawn on Monday, on the main highway south to Uganda, some 25 kilometres from Juba.

Police said the bus and truck collided head-on while crossing a bridge.

The accident happened Monday at Nisitu, some 10 kilometres south of Juba, South Sudan’s capital, as the bus sped to cross a bridge before a truck arrived from the opposite direction, said John Nsubuga, who heads an association of Ugandans working in South Sudan.

The bus crashed into the truck, killing or wounding most of the passengers, he said by phone from the Juba Teaching Hospital mortuary, where bodies were being identified.

“The trailer ripped the bus into pieces,” he said, adding that first responders, a group of Ugandan soldiers at a nearby camp, struggled to attend to all victims. Many bled to death before they could be helped, Nsubuga said.

Many of those killed were Ugandans, Okadi said, adding that around 15 were South Sudanese.

An AFP reporter witnessed dozens of dead bodies in the hospital’s mortuary, many with wounds to the head, or with broken limbs.

Ugandan traders play a key role in the South Sudan capital, many running small businesses or trading stores.

The Ugandan army is also supporting government troops in South Sudan, battling rebel forces in a more than nine-month long civil war.

The highway to Uganda is one of the few tarred roads in South Sudan, which is grossly underdeveloped after decades of war.

AFP, AP

China Halts Weapons Sales to South Sudan After Norinco Shipment

By Ilya Gridnef, Bloomberg

SPLM-IO delegation meeting members of Chinese Government in China(Photo: Puoch/Nyamilepedia)

SPLM-IO delegation meeting members of Chinese Government in China(Photo: Puoch/Nyamilepedia)

Sept 29, 2014(Bloomberg) — China halted weapons sales to South Sudan after it discovered the state arms manufacturer sold millions of dollars worth of equipment to the war-torn nation, a Chinese Embassy official said.

China North Industries Group Corp., known as Norinco, delivered its first consignment of a $38 million order to South Sudan in June. The Chinese government decided it was “inappropriate to implement” the remainder of the contract after details of the order came to light in July, Lan Kun, an attache at the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, said in a Sept. 21 interview.

“No more weapons are heading to South Sudan,” he said. “There are some media reports that were alleging that the Chinese government was behind this business operation and wants to undermine this peace process. That is totally untrue.”

South Sudan has been wracked by a civil war since mid-December in which thousands of people have died and sparked one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, according to the United Nations. China’s Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called for an end to hostilities, while Chinese Ambassador to the African Union Xie Xiaoyan has worked with U.S., Norwegian and U.K. diplomats to try end the conflict.

U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth said he raised the issue about the weapons sale with Chinese officials during a visit to Beijing in July.

“I have been told and assured that they have frozen delivery of any further arms that are already sold and they continue to have a policy of no new arms agreements,” he said by phone from New York.

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US Pledges Another $83 Million for South Sudan

UN IDPs protection sites in Bentiu Unity state(Photo: Nyamilepedia/file)

UN IDPs protection sites in Bentiu Unity state(Photo: Nyamilepedia/file)

Sept 29, 2014(VOA) — The United States on Monday announced nearly $83 million in additional emergency assistance for South Sudan.

The new pledge brings to more than $720 million the total U.S. emergency assistance for South Sudan in fiscal year 2014, which ends on Tuesday.

The new funds will be used to help South Sudanese who are living as refugees in neighboring countries or are internally displaced inside South Sudan, a statement released by the State Department said.

“With over 450,000 new South Sudanese refugees since December 2013, there are now more refugees than when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended Sudan’s long civil war in 2005,” the statement said.

“An additional 200,000 South Sudanese are expected to flee to neighboring countries by the end of the year,” the statement said.

There are now more refugees than when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended Sudan’s long civil war in 2005.

The new pledge of funding was announced by Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard at a meeting of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees’ executive council in Geneva.

Although there has been a lull in the fighting in South Sudan in recent days, the United States warned that “without progress on political negotiations, the end of the current rainy season is likely to bring a new, intensified chapter of fighting and displacement.”

The United States called in its statement for “all parties to the conflict to end the violence and allow immediate and unconditional access for humanitarian workers to reach people in need across all areas of South Sudan.”

A report released last week showed that the number of people at “crisis” and “emergency” levels of hunger in South Sudan — phases three and four on a five-point scale – has dropped to 1.5 million from 3.9 million, thanks to the onset of the rainy season and a massive international aid effort.

But South Sudanese government officials and aid agencies warned that if the fighting continues, food security will be weakened again and more than 2.5 million people could face alarming levels of hunger at the beginning of next year.

-voa

Ter Manyang Gatwech is better than Mps of Ayod County who represents Ayod country in the national parliament in Juba, South Sudan.

By Ter Manyang Gatwech, Kamapala-Uganda,

Opinion

Ter Manyang Gatwech...

Ter Manyang Gatwech…

29th Sept, 2014 (Nyamilependia) — The politics as resource allocation: two prominent scholars here include Lasswell who defines politics as who gets what, when and how. The other is David Easton who defines politics as the authoritative allocation of resources and values. According to President Yoweri Museveni who defines politics the science or art of managing society. Politics is deals with issues of the state government, people, resources and the interrelationship. It is concerned with the relationship between the rulers and ruled.

Some politicians in my county are just go to parliament to represents their children and their stomach in parliament and therefore, the Kiir’s government is just bring those who don’t know what is going in the parliament, therefore, those people should be thrown into river , so that they cannot make the people to be grubby .

The question is; can a juvenile people deceived again by old people to vote for them? The answer is no, no ways for them because they don’t do anything to their person who elects them last time and therefore, I recommend the young ones in order to unite themselves as one body. Gawaar politicians have a bad policy when somebody is a university student and therefore, people will not give him or her assistance for the tuition fees yet they are our representatives in the parliament .The person who deny your education mark that person as your’’ bug ‘’ in your life.

Politicians who represents Gawaar in the legislative body does not have vision at all, they have no hearts to carry for people and the intend goals in them.  Who is an mp? The Mp is the people who represent the voice of people in the national parliament; the quest is: does our Mps represent us well?  Is so concern when I saw my Mps waste the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) money without proper accountability, transparency, and the rule of law? The former president of United State of America say that if you want to  know  a man, give him a power in order to know the strengthen weakness . Yes, it happened to my Mps of Ayod County, have no vision, mission and goals.

The money should be used to build the hospitals, schools, and agriculture in the county and therefore, some politicians change the public money into their private money which is not the case.  What I know in South Sudan, majority of people are liars, if you want to be hate in this world, tell the truth to the people and therefore, that is way Dr.Machar is in the busy because he is the a man of truth in South Sudan. If my people test me to be an mp in state or central government.

What an Mp can do for you?

The main roles of a member of parliament are to review legislation and to represent local interest in parliament in Juab. House of Commons, Mps scrutinize legislation, attend debates and committees, and generally protect, advocate and promote the interest of their constituency at a national level and state level.

In the constituency, Mps support local community groups, publicize local issues and endeavor to help constituents resolve any issues that they have by making representations on their behalf and ensuring that their cases are clearly presented. In general, they can help with any issue   over which parliament, a Central Government Department or an Agency has responsibility;
Including the Home Office and South Sudan Border Agency, the Ministry of Defense, the Foreign Office, the Department of Health, the Department of Work and Pensions and Human Resource Revenue and Customs.

What does an MP do?

The South Sudan public elects Members of parliament (Mps) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. There are 344 Mps, each representing one area of the country called a constituency. Mps work in parliament on behalf of all the people in their constituency even those who did not vote for them but, our Mps in Ayod County,  ask you are you from which clan in Gawaar, how can you answer  a such person who is the ,member of parliament. The best thing is to them scrub out all in the system and bring new one.

What else can your MP do for you?
Mps can raise matters in the House of Commons on behalf of their constituents. They can do this by asking parliamentary questions, participating in debates or introducing legislation.

What is the difference between an MP and a Councilor?

A local councilor whether town, district or county, represents a ward on their respective council. An MP represents the whole constituency at Parliament.  Councils have responsibility for areas such as education, social service delivery, rubbish collection, and planning all at local level. An MP debates and votes at the Parliament concerning national and international issues-such as climate change, defense, law and order, economic policy, and health

Inclusion

Our MPs who do not know what is going on in parliament should be kick out in order to bring the new one into the system. In my observation as a concern citizen Mps are not presents their people very well. The Kiir’s government of old people and left the young one out of system. That is why there are so many challenges in the government. Members of parliament do not know their right in the parliament and therefore, President Kiir order them on what to do. According to my observation as concern citizen President Kiir have 500 decrees in the country from 2005 and to up 2014, that is why there is too much problems throughout the time in the country.

By Ter Manyang Gatwech, a finalist student of Cavendish University Uganda and pursing a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Public Administration and Management. A chairman of Gawaar Community in Uganda. You can reach him through email address; termanyanggatwech@yahoo.com or face book above name.

SPLM Australia Congratulates Those Who Broke The Chains of Tribal Lines and Hatred.

By Gatluak Puok Puoch,

Opinion.

SPLM in Opposition Chapter in Uganda (File Photo/Nyamilepedia)

SPLM in Opposition Chapter in Uganda (File Photo/Nyamilepedia)

September 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The SPLM Leadership in Australia under the Chairmanship of the Commander-In-Chief, Dr Riek Machar Teny and his Representative, Comrade Aguer Rual and the entire SPLM Coordination Office and Chapters in Australia, has congratulated the following nationalists sons and daughters of the Republic of South Sudan for standing tall, speaking out loud and strong condemnation of the extermination of Ethnic Nuer and destruction of the nation by Salva Kiir and his extremists:

Comrade Aguel Rual, Comrade Adhar Chol, Comrade Deng Mading and Comrade Magach Awan.

Also, the leadership extends its is deep gratitude and appreciation to those who broke the chain of tribal lines and hatred at first; including Mama Rebecca Mabior and her son, Comrade Mabior Garang De’Mabior, Brigadier General Dau Aturjong, Chairman of External Affairs, Dr Dhieu Mathok and countless brave individuals whose name cannot be mention.

South Sudanese should realise that Greater Dinka is bigger than Salva Kiir and his extremists. It was not a mistake that a member of this great community has led this great nation, but could be mistake if Salva is using his tribal benefit to exclude, marginalise and exterminate others minority tribes for his own gain while his community members remains silent to condemn his actions and evil deeds.

The South Sudanese, Dinka Community in particular, should not allow Salva Kiir to spoil their image and integrity in the supreme eyes of South Sudanese and the world at large.

Although there are no proper censes conducted yet, from a number of analyse, it seems as if Dink Community approve to be largest tribe following by Nuer in South Sudan. Traditionally, the adult or elderly person, or the majority, assume the responsibility of protecting the minority, or younger one, not capitalising on their vulnerability and weaknesses. Likewise, Salva as someone coming from the majority and bigger tribe should ensure the protection of the minority tribes and nation instead of exterminating them and destroying the nation.

The biggest mistake we would ever make as Southerners is to attempt covering Salva’s evil deeds and egos that have destroyed our unity, prosperity and trust amongst ourselves.

Those who are supporting Salva Kiir and his extremists for the sake of tribal cohesion would forever be remembered best with the massacre of their beloved fellow citizens, betrayal of the nation using foreign forces, bitter division of the young nation.

Author:

SPLM Chapters Coordinator, Australia

Email: mccluak@hotmail.com

COWBOY: A POLITICAL JOKE!

By Job Kiir Garang,

Opinion.

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Sept 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Politics is, surely, a dirty game. However, it does justify its definition if the players are, by any stretch of imagination, smart. I wonder whether that definition holds the same when it comes to political discourses in South Sudan.

Some politicians in my country are just absolute jokes. Apart from being non-ideologues, they have no vision. They have no sense of direction as to where the country should be driven to. They are a metaphorical “Kayaker without a paddle” in the middle of a rough tided river.

The saddest part is, they seem to thrive among these rough conditions at the expense of the lives of the innocent majority. Corruption: is the word. Country’s resources are the waters through which they wallow. Their bellies are fully extended and they always need a little more.

No one embellishes these, qualities than the leader of our country: Salva Kiir Mayar-dit. He is the very definition of what is wrong with South Sudan.

Up until the assignation of CPA, Kiir was wrapped up in the same garment as Dr. John Garang and as a result, he was always perceived as a man who fought for our values and freedom. He was exalted and appreciated and it does not surprise me that upon his appointment as the president of South Sudan, albeit by default, he was overwhelming accepted.

However, over the course of his tenureship and especially over the last year and a half, all has been revealed about the man. The demons of corruption, tribalism, nepotism, and sexual immorality have been exposed and are out there for the public to see.

In his last speech, delivered on the 8th of September in which he gave an ultimatum that Riek should accept the post of prime minister within 45 days, he foolishly or maybe intentionally quoted the great Karl Marx and this is how he went about it:

The Philosopher Karl Marx said in his theory of class struggle ‘’ the classes emerge when society starts to produce private property. When society starts realizing private property, social division of labour emerges with one social category or class attempting to control the private property at the expense of other classes. Class struggles are nothing but struggles aiming at controlling private property and means of production. in order to maintain their control over means of production , one class seek to control state power and its uses state power to enhance its class interest  vis –a – vis other classes , that is  political struggles are nothing but the extension of economic struggles for private property’’

Looking at this quote, two things come into mind:

  1. President is trying to give us the impression that he does read a few scripts here and there (something I definitely doubt).
  2. He absolutely does not know why he is quoting Karl Marx or if he does know, he was unknowingly putting himself in a trap of shame.

One thing is for certain, the president has been ignorant all along and it is evident in this quote. If he had taken a moment to pause, breath and think about it, he might have had a different thought whether or not he needs to put that quote across.

He needs not look farther to see that he is self contradictory. His government is 80% Dinka (his tribe). Private property that he alludes to is certainly in the hands of the aforementioned tribe (mainly from his inner circles: Bar-el-ghazal).

I am not saying that it is all Bar-el-ghazal because I am sure there are many out there that are suffering just like the rest of the country. I am talking of the fat cats within the ranks of Kiir who own property locally, in foreign countries such as Uganda and Kenya or both locally and regionally.

No wonder he has surrounded himself with his own tribesmen because only then can he control state power, means of production and to try and crush any other tribe that tries to rise against him. The current situation in the country is a simple evident.

Kiir has declared war against the Nuer with the intention of wiping them out not knowing that this will have very nasty backlash whether now or in the near future. He is using public fund to train mainly his own tribesmen to protect himself as well as pay foreign soldiers in the shape of AU peace keepers. Kiir by anyone’s estimation is not the president we need.

Apart from declaring war against a tribe in his own country (the Nuer that is), he has failed on all occasions to visit the three regions being devastated by war at the moment. His actions have convinced me and am sure many others out there that he is not a president for South Sudan and definitely not a president for peace.

Dr. Riek Machar and indeed many others that are aspiring to lead one day should not be intimidated or baited with positions such as those of prime minister.

This is an illegitimate way of making peace. All he needs (the president that is) is, first and foremost, stop bloodshed in the Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei regions and then come to a discussion table. He needs to come clean and face his so-called-foes instead of chickening out. What is he afraid of?

Once he provide a less intimidating environment for those in opposition, only then can they move forward to 2015 and hopefully see elections come and go conducted in good spirits.

I hope Dr. Riek Machar, the current leader in opposition, comes top for I believe that with him in office, South Sudan would be a better place. He has the glue that can unite that country.

I have been attacked for saying this before but I say it again, he has the better chance of providing the peace we need the most. May peace prevail at last cometh the hour!

By Job Kiir Garang: A DINKA FOR ALL

South Sudan: Government Troops Shelling Relief Centers

SPLA troops are accused of shelling humanitarian centres, putting lives of humanitarian works and IDPs at risk (Photo File: Reuters, 2013).

SPLA troops are accused of shelling humanitarian centres, putting lives of humanitarian works and IDPs at risk (Photo File: Reuters, 2013).

Sept 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — According to Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, the director for military information and military spokesman for SPLA(Opposition), the government troops under overall command of Sector Two Commander, Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony Beliu have been deliberately shelling Humanitarian Relief Centres.

Brig Lul reports that the SPLA-Juba shelled the humanitarian centers in Pigi county on 27th and 28th September 2014.

“On 27th and 28th September 2014, Kamel Relief Distribution Centre in Pigi County, Jonglei State came under heavy barrage of artillery and mortar fires from government troops at Dolief Hills on eastern bank of Sobat River.” Lul said.

“Two days of shelling disrupted registration of new group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) distribution of regular food rations, Therapeutic foods and None Food Items (NFIs).” Lul continued.

Brig. Lul believes that the deliberate and indiscriminate shelling has directly and indirectly put at risk the lives of humanitarian aid workers, noticeably those working for WFP, UNICEF and Nile Hope at Kamel.

“It’s unfortunate that government troops decided to disrupt food distributions in order to subject IDPs to destitution and state of despair” Lul decry the shelling.

Pigi county is controlled by the opposition. The loyal troops have made attempts to capture the town, inhabited by dinka ethnic group, however, to a little success.

In July Brig. Lul reported a fight in Mareng village of Pigi county, as SPLA-Juba crossed Sobat river from the side of Malakal, however, rebels defeated the troops and maintained control of the town.

“Government Forces under overall command of Sector Two Commander, Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony Beliu crossed over to Southern side of Sobat River, attacked Mareng village in Pigi County of State killing four civilians, three Dinka women, one elderly man and wounded two others. Kiir’s forces stole an estimated 55 cows. However,the Resistance Forces under direct command of Maj. Gen. James Mabor Dhoal ambushed the attackers, repulsed them back to Malakal town and recovered the stolen animals which have been since returned to thier rightful owners”  Lul’s reported in July.

On 15 September 2014, Hon. Wilson Awol Gai-jang, who represents Pigi County in Jonglei state government reports that his people live in a “hotline” as all the exit routes are blocked by the SPLA-IO forces.

“Our people are being blocked by rebel fighters. All borders of Pigi County are in control of SPLA defectors or their supporters. People in Atar or Khorfulus cannot come out of that disaster because they are being killed should they attempt to escape. It is also clear that nobody from outside can get into those areas. It is already a hotline,” Awol stressed.