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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.

South Sudanese government troops steal “relief food” in Unity State

Addis Ababa, July 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s government troops and their allied militia have been accused of stealing “relief supplies” which were given to South Sudanese refugees by the UN’s world food program. The report also alleged that government soldiers killed at least seven people in a rebel-held area, the Associated Press (AP) has reported.

The AP also reported that the World Food Programme on Saturday dropped 270 metric tons of food in Dablual, saying it is “the first delivery of food to the area in two months.”

SPLA-Juba Spokesman Philip Aguer denied the report saying Juba-backed soldiers and their allies didn’t steal food or other supplies destined for refuges, adding that SPLA-Juba faction did not launch any attack against rebels in Unity State.

However, local officials in the area reported that government troops have burned the whole village completely, killed people, and rapped women and girls.

In February 2014, government soldiers were accused of stealing UNICEF Backpacks.

US President calls on South Sudanese warring factions to “put their country first,” urges collective work

Nairobi, July 25, 2015 (SSNA) -- The President of the United Stated of America Barack Obama on Saturday announced that the US and Kenya have to work together to find a successful peace solution to the ongoing civil war in South Sudan.

The news comes as Obama, who is on a two-day official visit to the East African economic powerhouse — his father’s ancestral country, Kenya, urges African leaders and the international community to work together to find a peaceful solution to ongoing conlfict in the violence-plagued young nation.

“Our nations [US and Kenya] are going to work together, in order for us to be successful,” Obama told reporters.

At a packed news conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Obama said he had a good discussion with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on many regional security issues, particularly on South Sudan.

“…on the terrible conflict in South Sudan which is taking so many lives that caused unbearable suffering for the South Sudanese people,” he said.

“The situation is dire…and the best way to stop fighting is for South Sudanese leaders to put their country first with a peace agreement that ends the fighting,” Obama asserted.

The United Stated which staunchly helped South Sudan gained her independence from Sudan in 2011, has been somewhat muddled of what to do about the conflict given the complexity of the situation.

Most South Sudanese believe that the US and its Western allies may not have good options to play with given the fact that Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni who is directly fighting alongside South Sudan’s government troops against rebels is an ally of the West.

IGAD-led peace negotiations collapsed in early March after South Sudan’s rival leaders failed to agree on power-sharing deal and security arrangements.

Fighting erupted in December of 2013 between presidential guards after months of political disagreement between senior leaders of the ruling SPLM party over political differences.

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed, at least two million fled their homes, and hundreds of thousands also fled to the neighboring countries.

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