Revitalized Peace Agreement celebration held in Bor
Women Groups at a Peace rally in Bor
In Jonglei State;
Compiled by Opio Jackson
The government of Jonglei State organized celebrations for the revitalized peace agreement at Bor Freedom Square last Saturday.
The government Spokesperson and Information Minister Michael Makuei, told the rally: “We came here purposely to disseminate the recently signed Revitalized Peace Agreement. We come to tell you what is in the Revitalized Peace Agreement. You will go out there and inform your neighbor about the return of peace to the country.”
On his part, the Jonglei State Governor Philip Aguer said, “We appreciate the presence of peace partners and dignitaries who sacrificed their time and resources to come down to Jonglei State to attend this important event. The civil populations in Jonglei and South Sudan welcomed the coming of a long-lasting peace in the country”, the governor added:
“South Sudan has been in a war of self-destruction since mid-December 2013 until the recently signed peace agreement in Khartoum by the warring parties.”
Agok Makur Agok, representative for SPLM-IO, said in the rally: “We, as the SPLM-In Opposition, have come back home for peace, not for war. We have accepted the peace signed and we will not go back to war. This is the message coming from the leader of SPLM-IO Dr. Riek Machar Teny”.
Akim Garang Chawuc, who is representing the SPLM Former Detainees (FD), said that “Our return to Juba as FDs shows that we have accepted this Revitalized Peace Agreement. We politicians had some disagreement in the past but our people have suffered; the suffering of our people made us to accept peace”.
Akim Garang said to the rally: “Former detainees request all of you to forgive each other and every one of us for the wrong we have done in this country”.
Peter Mayen, representative of Other Political Parties (OPP), said that all the diverse ethnic communities of Jonglei need to work together on reconciliation: “Yes the peace has come but there is need for us to work together to address internal grievances and issues in a very fair way”.
Alier Aluong Ajak, the paramount chief for Bor Counties, said that “nothing is bigger than peace. Peace makes people live together in harmony. This peace is not for one person, it’s for all of us.”
The peace rally was attended by government delegations, including Presidential Adviser on Security and Military Affairs Daniel AwetAkot, Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, Gender, Child and Social Welfare Minister Awut Deng Achuil, SPLM-IO delegation, including Deputy of Army Chief Gatwich Dual, Agok Makur Agok and Stephen Par Kuol.
In Wau State;
National Dialogue Conference Convenes in Wau
As the National Dialogue Committee conference kicked off Monday in Wau capital of Greater Bahr el Ghazal, the Co-chair of the National Dialogue, Angelo Beda, called on the people of the region to unite and welcome peace and reconciliation.
“In the National Dialogue, the public have the opportunity to speak their minds on the grievances that are affecting the nation and to strengthen the implementation of the Revitalize Peace Agreement.”
Beda said the National Dialogue held a public rally in Wau Public Stadium yesterday and that it would today afternoon launch a one-week conference.
“Today we are going to open a session that will go on until Friday but it may go up to Saturday. We will address ourselves to how the work started. All the governors of Greater Bahr el Ghazal states were at the rally yesterday, which was a very good sign of success,” said Beda.
“We are looking forward to do a good discussion, a successful regional conference for Greater Bahr el Ghazal. Success here will encourage us to do even better in Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria,” said Beda.
“The objective of the National Dialogue is clear. It is to reconcile the people; but before you reconcile you need to talk about the issues, what are the problems that led us into the crises?” he asked.
According to Beda, the National Dialogue Committee has already warned the government actors not to intimidate or interfere with any person that spoke out during the conference on issues of concern to the citizens. “We have told the government’s security people to allow people to talk freely, to criticize both the government and whoever is in the game”.
The conference brought together the civil population and the leaders, including the governors of states of Greater Bahr el Ghazal Region.
Beda said this conference would be a great success toward the aims of the National Dialogue in Greater Bahr el Ghazal Region.
He concluded that, “In the National Dialogue, the public have the opportunity to speak their minds on the grievances that are affecting the nation and to strengthen the implementation of the Revitalize Peace Agreement.”
Southern Liech State:
Dispute over loot leaves army officer dead
A gunfight over loot in Southern Liech has left a military officer dead, the state minister of information has said.
The incident occurred in Leer over the weekend.
Nyuon Joseph said a group of South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF) was divided over some animals they had seized during a fighting on the outskirts of the state capital, Leer.
One group wanted the animals returned, a decision the other objected to.
“When they returned to Leer with cows they had seized from SPLA-IO-held areas, some soldiers argued that the animals be returned since they belonged to civilians,” Joseph told Eye Radio on Monday.
“However, the other group objected, saying since the cattle were taken during clashes, they must not be returned. This sparked the fighting.”
As a result, Nyuon Joseph said a fighting ensued, leaving Major-General Biel Gai Malual dead.
“This occurred the day before yesterday [Saturday]. The misunderstanding was about loots,” he added.
Maj.-Gen. Gai was a member of the former SPLA-IO faction under First Vice President Taban Deng Gai which was merged with the national army around earlier last year.
Information Minister Joseph declined to reveal whose side the military officer was on – the one that suggested the livestock be returned to their rightful owners or the one that rejected the move.
In Gbudue State
Journalists urged to alter world’s perceptions
Journalists and government officials during a workshop in
Yambiob (Photo by Gaaniko Samson)
By Gaaniko Samson
Local Journalists have been urged to write positive stories to change the world’s negative perception towards South Sudan.
Badagbu Daniel RimbasaGbudue state governor said the conflict in the country had shown bad image about South Sudan to the world, “It is time for the local journalists to change the image of the country by publicizing right information to the public.”
He appealed to the public to collaborate with media so that journalists can get accurate information. He said journalists are not enemies but voice of the voiceless.
Governor Rimbasa made the remarks in Yambio last week during a three-day training that brought together journalists from Yei, Amadi, Maridi Tambura and Gbudue.
He expressed commitment to supporting media in the state.
The journalists were trained on ethics, implication of hate speech and defamation in media, component of human rights stories, how human rights and importance of promoting gender equality.
Baraka John, a journalist working with Yambio FM said the training would improve his performance.
He said before he did not know how to report human right stories, “Now I am well informed and ready to perform my work effectively.”
He hailed media authority for adding value to his carrier.
John urged fellow journalists to make correct use of the knowledge they had acquired so as to report professionally on human right related issues.
The training which was conducted was conducted by South Sudan Media Authority in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) a Canadian media entity.