Vendredi 22 Septembre 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 02/07/13)
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The vice presidents of Sudan and South Sudan pledged on Monday to resolve a conflict over Juba's alleged support for rebels that is threatening cross-border oil flows, but failed to offer any concrete solutions. Last month, bilateral ties hit a new low when Sudan said it would halt South Sudanese oil exports passing through the north for shipment unless Juba ended support for rebels operating across the shared border. South Sudan denies the claims. To defuse the situation, South Sudan's vice president, Riek Machar, flew to Khartoum for the first high-level meeting since Sudan's threat to close two cross-border pipelines. After two days of talks between Machar and Sudan's vice president, Ali Osman Taha, both sides said...
(Sudan Tribune 21/06/13)
They stand shoulder to shoulder in a wide circle listening to one another’s concerns and fears. The group varied in age, religion, politics, ethnicity, etc. Regardless of their differences, a common theme peers out at all of us in the room—insecurity is growing in these two countries, and it wears many hats. I recall clearly the first comment made: “I am tired of fear.” One mother laments her four boys’ serial battles with malaria and typhoid, completely preventable diseases. Another woman shares stories of women increasingly robbed at gunpoint as they shopped in the market to buy food. Some tell of a sharp spike in flogging, stoning, and detention of women in Sudan, and growing abductions of women in South...
(Voice of America 20/06/13)
BOR, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudanese rebel leader David Yau Yau has agreed to begin peace talks with representatives of the government, members of a delegation from Jonglei state's Murle community said Wednesday after meeting with the hold-out insurgent chief. “We told him to stop his rebellion because it is affecting the community and destroying development in the area. He accepted and demanded government officials talk with him," Nyany Korok, a Murle youth leader who was part of the 15-strong delegation that met with Yau Yau, said. The group met with Yau Yau on Monday and took his proposal to meet with the government to President Salva Kiir the following day. “The president is now studying the matter to see...
(Gurtong Net 12/06/13)
JUBA, 12 June 2013 [Gurtong] - The document comes as Juba demanded for an official letter following the arrival of the announcement by the Sudanese minister of Petroleum that they will stop South Sudan from using its oil pipeline alleging that it supports rebels in their country. “We have received an official letter from Khartoum for suspension of the cooperation agreement and giving us sixty days for oil shutdown,” says Machar Aciek Adder, the Undersecretary in the ministry of Petroleum and Mining. Machar says that the embassy later called to tell them that there is a correction in the document which they are waiting for from Khartoum. The document awaiting correction is effective from the 9thJune 2013. Meanwhile the AU’s...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(Sudan Tribune 11/06/13)
(JUBA) - South Sudan parliament on Monday summoned three cabinet ministers over the oil dispute with the government of neighbouring Sudan, following an order issued by its president Omer al-Bashir to halt the flow of crude oil through its territory to the international markets. Bashir’s announcement came amid accusations the new nation is supporting rebels from the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) fighting to topple the government in Khartoum. In a heated parliamentary debate, some critical legislators and senior members of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) demanded the government to recall its ambassador to Sudan and expel the Sudanese ambassador from the country, describing Khartoum as an aggressive country determined to undermine independence at all costs. “We are not...
(Sudan Tribune 11/06/13)
South Sudan leader, Salva Kiir on Monday questioned the credibility of the African Union (AU), saying the continental body failed to take the lead in resolving its current oil row with neighbouring Sudan. Kiir said the 54-member body specifically failed to impose its own recommendations as per its communique, which stipulated that both countries must resolve their differences according a designated time frame before any unilateral decision can be made.,“This latest turn of events brings into question the credibility of the African Union mediators but we remain optimistic that they will intervene accordingly”, Kiir told reporters in the capital, Juba. "We urge both regional and international governments to diplomatically engage with Sudan in order to protect the lives of the...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/06/13)
(Reuters) - The head of South Sudan's only private television station said he was threatened at gunpoint by a national security agent who was attempting to censor its news programs. Nhial Bol, managing editor of Citizen TV in Juba, said the official showed up at his office late on Thursday and demanded that he hand over the broadcast schedule as well as all news materials relating Vice President Riak Machar. "He pulled out his pistol and said he was ready to shoot anybody who didn't show him respect," Bol told Reuters. "He said he would shut down the station if we didn't cooperate. This is censorship," said Bol who also heads the Citizen daily newspaper. The ministries of national security...
(New Vision 23/05/13)
JUBA/KHARTOUM - South Sudan has almost halved its oil production as it faces new "problems" exporting crude to Sudan, it said on Tuesday, suspecting its long-time rival had closed a cross-border pipeline, a move that would be a sign of friction. A source in Sudan's oil ministry denied crucial oil exports had been halted but the Sudanese pound fell on the black market close to a record low as traders worried an economic crisis would worsen. The cut in oil production is bad news for both African countries which have been suffering since South Sudan shut down its oil output of 350,000 barrels a day in January 2012 over a row with Sudan over pipeline fees. Oil is the lifeline...
(Voice of America 21/05/13)
BOR, SOUTH SUDAN — The South Sudanese Army (SPLA) has recaptured the town of Boma in Jonglei state after a brief battle with rebels led by David Yau Yau, SPLA officials said Monday. “The SPLA yesterday restored law and order to Boma and chased away the militia from Boma town," army spokesman Philip Aguer said. Four SPLA soldiers died in the fighting and 12 were wounded, Aguer said, adding that "20 bodies from the militia side were counted" after the 30-minute battle for Boma, the psychologically important town the was the first captured by the SPLA from the Sudan Armed Forces during the long civil war against Khartoum, which ended in 2005. The rebels, meanwhile, denied that they had lost...
(Gurtong Net 14/05/13)
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said that it is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in and around Pibor town, a county within Jonglei State. “UNMISS strongly condemns the violence, looting and displacement affecting civilians and humanitarian organizations that have occurred in recent days in Pibor,” read the press release. The statement said UNMISS is particularly alarmed by reports about the involvement in some of the incidents of allegedly defected and ill-disciplined members of security forces, as well as by statements issued by the South Sudan Movement/Army armed group demanding civilians to leave the towns of Pibor, in Jonglei, and Kapoeta, in Eastern Equatoria State. In public statements issued on 2, 6 and 13 May...
(South Sudan News Agency 13/05/13)
(SSNA) -- Africa, south of the Sahara, is urbanizing faster than ever in the history of the region. Many of the youth and able-bodied citizens are piling into the only urban centres available leaving the rural areas vacant. This is putting negative strains on our economies. Rural areas are not realizing their high potential in agricultural productivity and, at the same time, the demand for shelter, food, medical services and educational facilities in urban areas is becoming more intense. As regards shelter, rural-standard housing is being transferred to cities, making our cities extensions of the rural sector but that is not the worry. If there are worries elsewhere in the region, in Juba such worries are multiplied. Everyone in Juba...
(Gurtong Net 10/05/13)
The Western Equatoria State (WES) Governor Joseph Bangasi has called on the state governments to put more emphasis on agriculture as the backbone of nation building. “The State governments must intensify campaigns on agricultural productivity by encouraging our citizens to work hard in order to produce enough food not only for local consumption, but also for commercial purposes,” Bangasi told leaders in a forum held in Juba yesterday. In a related call, the Speaker of the South Sudan National Assembly Hon. James Wani Igga urged farmers to use ox-plough rather than demanding for tractors which he said are more expensive to maintain in terms of fuel, labour and spare parts. Several farmers have demanded tractors, saying agricultural mechanization would boost...
(Redpepper 07/05/13)
Monday talks came after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union demanded both sides to create calm the restive area. The tensions in Abyei, a region claimed by South Sudan and Sudan, intensified after Kual Deng Majok, the Abyei leader of the Dinka Ngok, and an Ethiopian UN peacekeeper were killed on Saturday. Both Juba and Khartoum slammed the deadly clashes. “Our president has been in direct contact with president Bashir… they exchanged ideas about this sad incident,” South Sudan’s Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said. Ban advised both countries on “avoiding any escalation of this unfortunate event,” with the AU, as the mediator between Juba and Khartoum, saying, “the two countries must ensure that the current situation does...
(Allafrica 06/05/13)
Juba — South Sudan said on Sunday that it will reclaim the oil- producing region of Abyei from the government of neighboring Sudan with which it has repeatedly failed to settle the region's final status "at any cost", and repeated accusation to Khartoum of "masterminding" the killing of paramount chief Kuol Deng Kuol on Saturday. Kuol,was killed during following a standoff that lasted for several hours with armed members of the Misseriya who claimed that the Dinka Ngok chief was passing through their land without permission. However, Sudan's interior ministry said in a statement today that the armed Misseriya demanded from Kuol that their stolen cattle stolen by Dinka Ngok returned to them. The tribal leader was being escorted in...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...
(South Sudan News Agency 18/03/13)
(SSNA) -- Change is indeed needed in South Sudan and this is a fact which no two should differ on. Equally concerned compatriots have made this very observation earlier on though in a bit of a sarcastic way. “Now we have got the South Sudan state that we fought for, but still we have to create the people that we can proudly refer to as the South Sudanese”, they said. So who are we the current people to whom South Sudan is a home? Are we not South Sudanese in any way? Of course we are. We are indeed South Sudanese in every sense of the expression. If so, then where does the problem lie? It is the answer to...
(20 minutes 21/02/13)
Les autorités du Soudan du Sud détiennent des dizaines de personnalités de l'opposition interpellés sans mandat d'arrestation ou en leur déniant le droit d'accès à un avocat depuis les troubles qui ont éclaté à Wau en décembre, affirme ce mercredi Amnesty International. A cette date, les forces de sécurité ont ouvert le feu sur des manifestants protestant contre le transfert du siège de l'administration locale. On avait relevé dix morts, puis au moins 13 autres lors de l'agitation qui a suivi la fusillade. Depuis cet accès de violence, déclare l'ONG de défense des droits de l'homme dans le monde, les autorités de l'Etat de Bahr el Ghazal détiennent une centaine de personnes, dont des figures de l'opposition, des militants de...
(22 Septembre 21/02/13)
Si le tirage au sort des groupes des éliminatoires de la CAN 2015, qui va se dérouler au Maroc, n’aura lieu que le 10 mars, la Confédération africaine de football (CAF) a rendu publique la composition de trois des 4 chapeaux. Au total, 44 équipes seront en lice pour tenter de rejoindre le pays hôte, qualifié d’office. La CAN 2013 est terminée, vive la CAN 2015 ! A peine la compétition sud-africaine a t-elle sacré les Super Eagles du Nigeria que la Confédération africaine de football a déjà annoncé la composition des chapeaux pour le prochain tirage au sort des groupes pour les éliminatoires. Lors de son assemblée générale, la CAF a donc annoncé un retour à un format de...

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