Monthly Archives: March 2012
March 31, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Friday issued a presidential order, limiting the number of officials who travel abroad.
This comes as South Sudan begins implementing austerity measures imposed by the government following the shutdown of oil production, which used to generate 98% of young country’s annual budget.
Frequent foreign travel by government officials has been a source of depleting.
According to Kiir’s order, all presidential advisors, ministers, deputy ministers and state governors are banned from traveling with more than two officials or aides from their respective institutions.
In particular office managers and private secretaries of the said officials are banned from traveling with their bosses and should always remain in the offices.
South Sudan’s President also instructed the above mentioned constitutional post holders not to enter into international or regional agreements without the approval from the Council of Ministers.
The order came into effect on 29 March 2012.
South Sudan’s Presidential Affairs Minister Deng Alor, has just concluded a three-day tip to Luanda where he met with Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and delivered a message from his country’s leader Salva Kiir Mayardit on bilateral ties.
Alor told reporters on Friday that South Sudan hopes to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various sectors.
He said that his country is interested in developing cooperation in the areas of defence, security and mining.
March 31, 2012 (JUBA) — The recent fines slapped on two South Sudanese newspapers for allegedly defaming a senior member of the country’s ruling party cited in a $30 scam will deter journalists from further investigating corruption-related cases in the country, the Committee to Protection Journalists (CPJ) has said.
Nhial Bol Aken, The Citizen Editor in Chief in Juba. Dec. 12, 2010 (ST)
The Citizen (English) and Al Masir (Arabic) were two weeks ago ordered by a court in Juba, the South Sudan’s capital, to each pay SSP 100,000 ($37,000) in damages to Pagan Amum, the secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), in addition to a written apology within 15 days from the ruling.
Failure to comply, the high court further ruled, would see the fine increase up to SSP 1,000,000 ($370,000) to be paid in three months.
Tom Rhodes, CPJ’s East Africa consultant said the odds of any journalists in South Sudan investigating the corruption case further are “slim”.
The two publications are seeking to rescind the court decision through an appeal.
“We are going to appeal this decision,” Nhial Bol, The Citizen’s Editor told CPJ, adding that, “All we did was quote the former finance minister — there is nothing libelous about that.”
South Sudan attained independence in July 2011. In recent years, however, the relationship between the media and the state has been a fragile one in absence of laws to guide media operations.
Ngor Garang, a journalist with Sudan Tribune was on Friday barred from covering the final day of the SPLM National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting, with no proper reasons given for his expulsion.
This follows an incident in February in which Mading Ngor, a journalist with Bakhita
radio was assaulted in the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and later banned from covering its proceedings.
A proposed media law, first introduced nearly five years ago, analysts say, would have provided an independent press ombudsman to mediate the case, but the law is yet to be passed.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/Corruption-a-no-go-zone-for-S,42086
The Security Council today urged political parties in Guinea-Bissau to engage in dialogue ahead of the upcoming run-off elections next month to ensure a peaceful conclusion to the electoral process that started in January, and to be able to maintain unity and stability in the country.
The members of the Security Council called upon all political leaders and their supporters to exercise restraint and to refrain from any action that could hamper the electoral process, said Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, which holds the Councils presidency this month, in a press statement.
The West African nation is undergoing a political transition as a result of the death of President Malam Bacai Sanhá in January, which prompted early elections the first round of which were held on 18 March. A run-off is now scheduled for 22 April between former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior and ex-president Kumba Yala.
The Council also called on the parties to resolve their disputes in accordance with the constitutional framework in line with the legal instruments set out by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Members of the Council praised the smooth conduct of the first round of the presidential elections and congratulated the people of Guinea-Bissau for their peaceful participation in the democratic process and underlined the importance of having a successful conclusion to the elections to be able to address issues of priority in the country such as drug trafficking, security sector reform, demobilization of the military and police and advancing the national reconciliation process, among others.
Mr. Lyall Grant said members of the Council urged Guinea-Bissaus national authorities to continue addressing these issues and the United Nations as well as the international community to continue supporting Guinea Bissaus national authorities to achieve these aims.
Members of the Council also emphasised the need for the national authorities in Guinea-Bissau to bring those responsible for any acts of election-related violence to justice and reiterated that the Government is responsible for ensuring the security of its population and creating an atmosphere conducive to the peaceful conduct of the elections.
On Wednesday, the 15-member body was briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary- General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) Joseph Mutaboba on the situation in the country as well as by Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chair of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission.
Mr. Lyall Grant said the Council will continue to closely follow the situation in the country.