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South Sudanese rebel leader arrives in Pagak amid tight security

Pagak, August 1, 2015 (SSNA) -- The leader of South Sudan’s armed opposition Dr. Riek Machar has arrived in Pagak where a third consultative meeting is expected to kick off tomorrow (Sunday).

The rebel leadership is anticipated to review, accept, amend,or reject IGAD-Plus’s proposed compromise peace agreement before Machar can sign or cast off the deal.

Before Dr. Machar arrived, security was at the highest; all roads leading to Pagak were blocked. Only UN, NGOs, and rebel government officials were allowed to use their cars.

The South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned that Machar will have to really work hard to convince some of his military Generals who don’t want Salva Kiir to remain as the president under any deal.

Dr. Machar was welcomed by Military Governors, Generals, and civilians.

South Sudan Artists’ Association in Ethiopia to launch peace concert in Akobo next week

Addis Ababa, July 28, 2015 (SSNA) -- The office of south Sudan Artists Association in Ethiopia (SSAAE) is hereby announcing to the public that it will be launching peace concert next week in Akobo.

Akobo is adjacent to the Ethiopian border and it is one of the most peaceful counties in the rebel control areas and is inhabited by majority of IDPs who were displaced by the conflict in Bor, Malakal and Unity State.

Paul Ruot Bayoch (AKA - Paul B), the secretary of the association revealed that the event is being organized in concert with the currently established Indigenous Knowledge Center (IKC) in Akobo to boost citizens morale in their quest for peace.

“As we’re hoping for peace to come to the young nation in the next round of talks, its essential to boost citizens’ morale and to restore hope for peace they have lost in the past rounds of peace talks which failed to bear fruits”.

Khor Deng Jang (AKA- Khor dj), the chairman of the association is urging all the warring parties to put the interest of the nation first and negotiate in good faith in the next round of peace talks to be held next week in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“I am hereby sending clear message to the warring parties. We want peace, no for war. We need peace to come to south south this time. Enough is enough. You put the interest of the nation first. We’re for peace and we want you to negotiate in good faith. Peace is what we long for and we need it right now!.”

BulBul Dojiok (AKA- LTD), the deputy chairman of the association is urging the international community to exert more pressure on warring parties.

“We, citizens of south Sudan, almost lose hope on international community; we’re finishing ourselves in your watch. You’ve never taken any tough action which can pressure both warring parties to sign peace agreement. Rather, you opted for targeting sanctions which shall never bring any tangible result. Stop barking like a toothless dog. We’re tired of you. We want you to fully pledge to make sure that this agreement is signed”.

Chuol Yien, one of the organizing team and member of the Indigenous Knowledge Center (IKC) said the peace concert will be used as the official launching ceremony for the IKC.

The invitation is extended to international and national NGOs operating in the area, Church leaders, local authority, women association, traditional authority, trade union, Akobo Youth Association and to all residents of the county.

The ceremony will be officially opened by the commissioner of Akobo East County under the SPLM/A-IO Hon. Tut Chot Rial.

Messages of peace will be delivered and famous local artists of the area will be performing thereafter. The prominent artists invited include Paul B, Deng Maroal, Jock Badeng, Gatruop Yian and many others.

The concert will take place on Saturday, 08/August/2015 and the Venue is commissioner’s compound. Time is 1:00 PM to 6: 00 PM.

For more information, contact SSAAE's Secretary, Paul Ruot Bayoch, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan’s rebel leader establishes a ‘national telecommunication company’

Addis Ababa, July 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- In a move seen as a mean to assert himself as a capable national leader, the former South Sudan’s vice president issued numerous orders establishing more national institutions that directly challenge current government companies.

“Pursuant to April 15-18, 2014, Nasir Consultative Conference Resolutions and December 6-12, 2014, Pagak Conference Resolutions to enhance the economy of South Sudan, SUDAR Telecom Corporation is hereby established by this order as a National Telecommunication Company representing any assigned interest of people of South Sudan in this sector,” Machar said in a statement extended to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

This is not the first time Dr. Machar establishes national institutions.

In the past, he created military command of the rebel movement, national committee for energy and mining, 21 states, foreign ministry, among others.

The rebel leader also established SUDAR High Tension Transmission Company Limited, SUDAR Electricity Distribution Company, Women Empowerment, Child Welfare and Social Development, and National Committee for Roads and Transport Systems.

Machar argues that the establishment of national institutions is essential to the economic growth of South Sudan’s rebel-held territories.

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