Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth (file photo):
By Martha David and Kitab A Unango
The Government and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS} are to reach agreement over the registration of a UN based Radio.
South Sudan Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth met with a legal team from United Nations Mission in South Sudan on Monday to discuss matters regarding the registration of Radio Miraya as a legal entity in the country.
Michael Makuei said the meeting discussed the registration of the UN based radio adding that they would reach an agreement the next day.
Earlier this year, the Media Authority ordered the suspension of operations of Radio Miraya for non-compliance with the regulations of the country.
Michael Makuei Lueth said he is optimistic to reach an agreement with UNMISS team in legalizing its radio operations.
He said they will put aside all the pending issues and continue with normal cooperation.
“I am optimistic that by tomorrow we will finalize the agreement and put that aside so that we continue with our normal cooperation with UNMISS and all UN agencies in the country,” Makuei said.
Stephen Mathias, the Assistance Secretary General for legal affairs said that the meeting was intensive and friendly.
“We have discussed elements of possible agreement and we have agreed to come back to see which elements to be signed with the government,” Mathias said.
Managing Director of the Media authority, Elijah Alier Kuai said several notifications for registration were given of which there was no respond by the management of Radio Miraya.
The media authority warned the public not to interact with radio Miraya. The Staff were burned from coverage.
The meeting was held at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs on Monday.