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Thiang Nuer Community celebrates the creation of Fangak South County, welcomes its first Commissioner

Re: The Thiang Nuer Community have successfully organized on 3th of July, 2015 in Phow state, Old Fangak, celebrated and welcomed their newly created Fangak South County and the appointment of Mr. Isaac Tut Machar Biet as its first Commissioner

July 6, 2015 (SSNA) -- Basically, they organized the celebrations mainly to:

a) Celebrate the creation of the new county
b) Welcome the naming of Brig.Gen. Johnson Kuol as Phow State's Deputy Governor
c) And to welcome Mr. Issac Tut Machar as their new Commissioner for Fangak South County.

The occasion was cheerfully celebrated by thousands of people from the Thinag Community and was as well attended by different clans’ members from different works of life across South Sudan. The community, Thiang Nuer, has also with all their hearts appreciated during the ceremony and compliments, the leadership of the SPLM/A-IO under Dr. Riek Machar Teny for having created the federal Phow state, inter alia, Fangak South County for Thinag Nuer Community.

In his speech during the ceremony, Peter Keak Beiy, the current Fangak South county Education interim Director spoke about the challenges facing the education especially after the civil war which had engulfed the country since 2013. “There are no enough teachers to teach the children, no available school materials, there are no enough classrooms, not even incentives for few teachers who have volunteered themselves to teach”.  For these reasons he “called upon all educational and international agencies, like UNICEF and the rest who are supporting the education to speed up and step in against an illiteracy which is everywhere”. Latjor Gatluak a traditional sub-chiefs’ representative congratulated the Thiang Community first because it is same community from which the deputy Governor of Phow state comes, “I think all congratulations must go to Thiang community because they are given a county of their own under the Phow federal state and their dear son, Brig Gen. Johnson Kuol Gai won the hearts of the whole state people and SPLM leadership’s confidence that was why he became a Deputy Governor of Phow State“

Thomson Not, a SPLM former Secretary in the defunct Fangak County also spoke to the crowd saying: “The appointment of Johnson Kuol as Deputy Governor done by the SPLM leadership was a result of much contribution exerted by Brig Gen. Johnson Kuol  Gai in a fight against organized injustice, crimes imposed on South Sudanese by Salva Kiir Mayardit. The creation of twenty one (21+1) federal states in South Sudan will not only bring the people of South Sudan to what they have been searching for since, or before ,1947 but also shall make the Africa newest nation develop very rapidly”.

Mr. Bol Khor Nyang , otherwise known as Shiek Gibril, who spoke on behalf of the Nuer Community said: “The Nuer community in general and Bieh state/Lou Nuer people in particular congratulated and join the Thiang Nuer Community of Fangak South County in these celebrations or in this welcoming ceremony. Fangak was a unique place for Nuer people, a town for this clan of Nuer tribe, so it was fixed by our grand-grand fathers to be a Nuer Customary Law Center. Now again it happens, the Thiang Nuer Community has a loin share in our resistant movement being led by Dr. Riek Machar against the dictatorship in Juba; therefore, the Thiang Nuer should continue working for the sole interest of Nuer Community. The Naath community has no doubt about that!  I think Mr. Isaac Tut Machar Biet, the Fangak South County’s Commissioner here in Old Fangak, Brig Gen. Johnson  Kuol Gai in the state level won’t work only for the interest of Thiang Nuer clan alone but for all communities’ who made up the state like Gawaar , Lak and Padang Dinka community of greater Pigi area”, he concluded.

One of the Thiang Nuer Head chiefs and Chairman of the Thiang Nuer Community in the county, Mr. Gordon Koang Top closed the occasion by giving sincere remarkable thanks to all the participants and promised them that the Thiang Nuer Community has keenly noted the messages and so the community will continue working for Naath Community as well as South Sudanese’s interests everywhere every times. “The Thiang Nuer Community as a first born-clan, situated in the meet point of Nuer tribe, has all due obligations to serve an overall interest of Naath Community and that of South Sudan as a nation as well”

Reported by: Thomas Jenay Dual, for Thiang Community/Committee that organized the celebrations
Old Fangak, Phow State
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South Sudan’s rebels shot down a helicopter gunship, threaten to close down a trade route

Addis Ababa, July 5, 2015 (SSNA) -- A Spokesperson for South Sudanese rebels on Sunday said rebel forces under the command of South Sudan’s Former Vice President, Dr.Riek Machar, downed a government’s helicopter gunship after a failed attempt by Juba and its foreign allies to use airpower to regain control of Upper Nile State’s capital, Malakal.

The claim comes a few days after the SPLA-IO said it has shot down an alleged Ugandan helicopter gunship.

James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesman for the rebels late Sunday announced the downing of the helicopter, saying forces of the SPLA-IO under the overall command of Major General Johnson Olony carried out the operation.

“SPLM SPLM/SPLA forces under the overall command of Major General Johnson Olony shot down another helicopter gunship on Sunday morning at Kodok in Fashoda (Upper Nile) state. This came after a failed dawn attempt by government forces to match towards Malakal to recapture the state capital from our forces. The gunship was on mission attacking our forces in the area when it met its fate,” Gatdet said in a statement.

The SPLM/A-IO Spokesman also disclosed that a separate military confrontation between government and rebel forces occurred in Nimule, a South Sudanese town bordering Uganda.

Gatdet said anti-government forces are capable to do maximum damage against government interests and threatened to close down a vital trade route linking Juba to Kampala.

“SPLM/SPLA forces will be forced to close the trade route between Uganda and South Sudan at the Nimule border unless Salva Kiir’s government accepts peace and signs an agreement with the Movement,” he asserted.

The rebel Spokesperson further claimed that fighting in Nimule happened after SPLA-IO destroyed government war logistics in an area of Nimule.

Peace Ambassador condemns atrocities committed by Government Forces in Unity State

For immediate release
Thursday, July 02, 2015

July 2, 2015 (SSNA) -- I’m very disturbed to hear the atrocities committed by the Government’s Forces on civilians in Unity State. I strongly condemn the brutal killing of mothers and sisters. Wherever on the Earth, killing a woman has no different of killing a Nation.

I doubt that the very soldiers who abducted, raped and burned the women had neither raped nor burned their wives. This is dangerous and the warring factions’ leaders must critically look into it. I strongly appeal to the leaders to convince their forces because the more they continue raping and burning the civilians, the highest the chances the leaders will one day face the Court after this senseless war.

These are the consequences of war; they always resulted on innocents’ people. The brutal killing of innocent civilians in Unity State is strongly a violation of Human Rights.

In this senseless war, I believe whoever win the battle will still need civilians. 

I don’t see the benefit of abducting, raping and burning or brutally killing a woman as a strong signal of victory, but I do see it as a weakness or an authoritarian leadership to scare the citizens. Citizens must be respected for they are the cornerstones of leadership for every leader. They are there for you and me to bring us onto power. Whoever targets them must be viewed not as a strong commander, but as cruel and weak commander.

I strongly urge the warring factions to refrain from such acts. The continuation of such acts will directly lead the civilians to withdraw trust from either party.

Once again, I urge the Opposition to practically avoid the culture of revenge or any retaliation. War will never and ever end this conflict but instead will escalate the suffering of civilians if it’s not properly managed through peaceful mean.

I directly urge the two principals to attentively convince their Generals to respect the civil populations, their properties and entire vicinity.

Concerning the recent sanction on six commanders, I narrowly welcome the move but I wish the UN Security Council would have thoroughly studied the sanction before it’s imposed on commanders strategically. Commanders are only commanding, but they are under command of Commander - In – Chief. I believe that imposing sanction on Military Commanders who rarely move nowhere on the globe will contribute nothing to resolve the crisis in South Sudan. 

It makes sense not to sanction the principals because we need them to negotiate on the table, but what if the two failed to reach an amicable solution? Of course, the more the UN Security Council gives more chances for two principals to negotiate on the table with no solution, the more the innocents’ women will be abducted, raped and burned to death.

I strongly urge the UNSC to possibly study the sanction with full strategy before they imposed on Field Commanders.

Finally, I urge the Youth from all parts of South Sudan to work for peace and attempt a bold step of bringing peace through peaceful advocacy. It’s just a matter of time…a Dinka man and a Nuer man will soon share a plate of Pizza on one table.

Pray for women not to be abducted, raped and burned!
Pray for South Sudan!!
Pray for change!!
 
Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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