Weekly states round ups
Dear reader, this is our weekly page which brings to you current affairs from all states across the country.
Compiled by Moses Gum Degur
In Wau State
Ghana Police boarding a plane (photo courtesy Ghana online news):
The Women’s Union in Wau, former Western Bahr el Ghazal state is calling for justice after the Ghanaian force accused of sexual exploitation was repatriated without being held accountable.
In February, the UN mission revealed an allegation of sexual exploitation involving police personnel belonging to a Ghanaian Police Unit at the Wau Protection of Civilians site.
Following the alleged sexual exploitation, a unit of 46 police officers was recalled from duty within the POC site and moved to Juba as a precautionary measure while an investigation was carried out.
UNMISS said an investigation into the allegation of sexual exploitation has finalized.
The 46 police officers were flown to their home country six days ago in Acra. It is not clear whether the UN Mission will replace the personnel.
“They are the ones protecting people and at the same time they are doing this. We are not happy,” said Tereza Pasquale, the Secretary-General of the Wau Women’s Union.
She called for justice for the women of Wau:
“Let them be taken to court and tried and they should also inform us what measures have been taken against them.”
On Tuesday, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said repatriation of the Ghanaian force accused of sexual exploitation calls into question the credibility of UNMISS.
The Director of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador John Andruga, said the UN repatriated the forces without informing the government of South Sudan.
UNMISS says in line with existing rules, the report will be shared with the Government of Ghana which is also conducting its own national investigation into the allegations and take disciplinary or criminal action for substantiated acts.
It added it is closely following up with the Ghanaian authorities on the accountability of those found responsible for these acts after due process.
In Jubek state:
Civil Society Organization Harassed
Unidentified men in uniform stopped one of the Civil Society Organizations’ vehicles at gun point while traveling to conduct activities on peace building at the UNMISS POC in Jebel, Juba on Tuesday.
There were four members including the driver at the time of the incident. The gunmen threatened and robbed the said staff of money meant for program activities.
The Centre for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice condemned the incidence.
“We condemn such barbaric acts by whoever has carried out and reiterate our call for protection of civil society as they play a crucial role in peace building and delivery of humanitarian services to most needy citizens of our country”, statement extended by Juba Monitor said..
The CIGP call upon all the parties to work towards peace and reconciliation so that such security related crimes are controlled; civilians enjoy the dividends of peace and participate in nation building.
We call upon the government and Regional Protection Force to deepen their patrol within Juba and other cities for the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers including Civil Society.
In Unity state:
UNMISS convoy came under attack, no death
A convoy consisting of peacekeepers and civilians belonging to United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS came under fire when it stopped briefly to interact with a civilian in Rubkway, about 20 kilometres north of Leer town.
The team was on a short patrol from the Mission’s Leer Temporary Operations Base to Thaker, in Mayendit County on 4th June, 2018.
No one was injured in the incident, and so far, no damage to the vehicles has been identified.
UNMISS strongly condemns this attack against its personnel and calls on all parties to respect the freedom of movement of UN personnel carrying out their mandate, and to cooperate with the peacekeepers as they work to protect civilians; monitor human rights; create a conducive environment for delivery of humanitarian aid, and support efforts to restore peace.
Leer area has been the scene of heightened insecurity in recent weeks, as humanitarian agencies working in the area continue to report that more people are still fleeing for their lives amid sharp escalation in fighting and attacks on civilians.
UNMISS has boosted its peacekeeping contingent into the area, flying in additional soldiers and airlifting in armoured personnel carriers to assist with patrolling in affected villages to better protect civilians.
In Torit state:
Iloli and Oguruny communities to live in peace
Iloli and Oguruny communities in Torit state reached an amicable solution to live months after heighten conflict.
The Chairperson of Peace Commission, German Charles Ojok said that the two communities have shared their grievances and paved a way forward for peace and reconciliation.
The resolution was reached at a peace conference held over the weekend at Ilieu village.
According to Ojok, the two communities mentioned cattle raiding, grazing land, killing and many others which created insecurity in the area.
He urges the two communities to own, protect and implement their agreement to live together in peace.
In Gbudwe State:
Farmers group to support HIV/AIDS Patients through farming
A support group of farmers has embarked on vegetable farming to feed people living with HIV and Aids in Gbudue State.
Justin Woduapai, the executive director of the association, said the vegetables will help improve the nutrition status of the people living with HIV/AIDS.
But with the economic crisis which has also affected this vulnerable people, it decided to extend their services.
“We sell some portion of it and these caretakers or people living positive will have to take some portion of it home in order to share it or eat it as their meal in order to improve on their nutrition status,”
“We are going to start clearing the land tomorrow and the seeds are already with us in our store.”
According to previous health reports, formers Western Equatoria have the highest HIV rate in South Sudan as it shares a porous border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic, where HIV rates are usually higher.
In Tonj state:
Security situation is calm after civilians attack Governor’s convoy
The security situation returns normal days after the convoy belonging to the state Governor came under attack over the last few days, the Deputy Governor has said. Manheim Bol Malek said the security forces are now in control of the areas in Tonj North County to investigate the incident.
Early this week a convoy of Tonj state Governor Anthony Bol Madut was attacked by civilians of Tonj North County when the governor was on his way to monitor the disarmament process in the area.
Two body guards were reported lost lives during the incidence.
Manhiem expressed disappointment about the two soldiers that lost their lives during the confrontation.
The Deputy Governor says the state government sends condolence message to the parents of the deceased.
In Yei River:
Catholic Bishop encourages children to visit sacrament of confession
The Catholic Bishop of Yei Diocese is encouraging children to visit sacrament of confession regularly as a way of showing love and increase their faith in God.
Addressing the congregation on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Sunday at Christ the King, Erkolano Lodu Tombe said children should be taught and encouraged by parents on how to embrace the sacrament of penance.
The Bishop mentioned that the Jesus has an especial love for children.
Bishop Lodu notes that some parents are no longer visiting the sacrament of penance which he says “It is not a good example to children”
In the same context, Bishop Ladu has asked priests who left their ministry at the Holy Alter of God to also go for penance and continue serving the faithful.
He said the Church is still in need for more priests to serve the Lord.
The prelate says priest should not allow themselves to be controlled by evil
The Bishop encourages all to keep penance in the centre of their Christians’ life so as to be forgiven.
In Western Lakes:
Officials refute forcefull displacement of Pakam Community
Senior official from Western Lakes State has dismissed the statements that state government had burnt down houses belonging to Pakam community.
Last week a Member of Parliament in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, Zachariah Matur Makuer accused Western Lakes State government of forceful displacement of Pakam community to neighbouring Eastern Lakes State.
Mr. Makuer claimed that the governor had burnt down all the houses belonging to Pakam community.
Elizabeth Poth Dumic, Adviser for Peace and Reconciliation Committee for Western Lakes State said the State government did not participate in burning of houses and other properties belonging to the Pakam community but the people of Pakam burnt their properties alone.
“When they were told to evacuate the area to Mayen they decided to burn down their houses saying that they do not want their enemies to come and inherit what they had built in the community,” Ms. Dumic added.
She said accounts of the events have been exaggerated by MP Zachariah Matur Makuer to make the public believe that the houses had been burnt by the state government.
According to Ms. Dumic, those who migrated from Pakam to Eastern Lakes State were people who did not want to be disarmed.
However, the Lawmaker had last week insisted that the local government and the commissioners were the ones who burnt down the houses on pretext that the people had resisted the disarmament process.
“When the process of disarmament started in the state some of the communities went into hiding into areas where the army cannot get them and they were not disarmed,” he said.
Ms. Dumic termed the statement as “incitement of violence and instability in the state by some political icons in the national government.”
She stressed that since the state of emergency was declared by President Salva Kiir four months ago the state has experienced total peace with no communal fighting.
“Some politicians at the national government are the ones using the youth in the communities as fighting tools. The youth should refrain from violent activities for the interests of others,” Ms. Dumic warned.