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South Sudan Rebel Delegation to Meet Ugandan President Next Week

Addis Ababa, July 20, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have revealed that a high level delegation which compromises of senior leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O) will meet the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni next week in Kampala, Uganda.

James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson for the leadership of the SPLM-O, released a press statement stating that the delegation will include several members of the SPLM-O top leadership.

“The delegation will be led by the Deputy Chairman, General Alfred Ladu Gore, and it includes Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, Chairperson for External Relations, Professor Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, Chairperson for Political Mobilization, Cde Mabior Garang de Mabior, Chairperson for Information and Public Relations, Cde Hussein Mar Nyuot, Chairperson for Humanitarian Affairs, Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Deputy Chairperson for External Relations, among other”, Dak said in the statement.

He further explained that the meeting will focus mainly on preparations for an upcoming face-to-face meeting between Machar and Museveni.

“The sole purpose of the visit is to make necessary preparations for the expected face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. The meeting is expected to take place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, any time soon”, Dak added.

The official Spokesperson for the SPLM-O Chairman also disclosed that the expected meeting between Museveni and Dr. Machar was brokered last month by the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Most South Sudanese do not trust the Ugandan president Museveni; they suspect him of killing Former South Sudanese pragmatic leader late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Former rebel leader Lieutenant General George Athor, among others.

South Sudanese rebels demand the withdrawal of Uganda’s troops; Museveni refuses proclaiming that Uganda has interests in South Sudan and that Juba asks Kampala for a military help. Regional observers have on many occasions warned that Ugandan military involvement in South Sudan could intensify the conflict, perhaps making it even worse.

SPLM-in Opposition Proposes 21 New States, Ramciel to be the National Capital

Addis Ababa, July 16, 2014 (SSNA) -- The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O) has announced a proposal for creating twenty one (21) new states instead of the existing ten (10).

The new proposal titled: “Proposal for Creation of New States”, comes just seven months after fighting erupted in Juba late last year.

In a press statement extended to the South Sudan News Agency, the official Spokesperson for the Chairman of the SPLM-in Opposition, James Gatdet Dak, said the new scheme is in accordance with the April 2014 Nasir Resolution—a resolution which he said endorsed a federal system of government for the Republic of south Sudan.

“…1) Kodok district as Fashoda state with capital in Malakal town, 2) Renk district and Akoka county as Northern Upper Nile state with capital in Paloich town. 3) Nasir district and Baliet county as Sobat state with capital in Nasir town. 4) Fangak district as Fangak state with capital in Fangak town. 5) Akobo district as Akobo state with capital in Waat town. 6) Pibor district as Pibor state with capital in Pibor town. 7) Bor district as Bor state with capital in Bor town. 8) Bentiu district is already Unity state with capital in Bentiu town. 9) Aweil district is already Northern Bahr el Ghazal state with capital in Aweil town. 10) Wau district as Wau state with capital in Wau town”, the proposal reads in part.

“...11) Raga district as Raga state with capital in Raga town. 12) Gogrial district as Gogrial state with capital in Gogrial town. 13) Tonj district as Tonj state with capital in Tonj town. 14) Rumbek district as Rumbek state with capital in Rumbek town. 15) Yirol district as Yirol state with capital Yirol town. 16) Yambio district as Yambio state with capital in Yambio town. 17) Maridi district as Maridi state with capital in Maridi town. 18) Yei district as Yei state with capital in Yei town. 19) Juba district as Juba state with capital in Juba town. 20) Torit district as Torit state with capital in Torit town, and 21) Kapoeta district as Kapoeta state with capital in Kapoeta town”, the document said.

The proposal to create 21 states also emphasizes that the 1956 former district’s boundaries are instrumental and should be used to help draw new borders.

“The boundaries of these states shall be as they stood in 1956 as the former districts’ boundaries. The national capital shall be Ramciel”, it added.

However, Mr. Dak affirms that the new proposal is not final and that comments and consultations are welcome. He also stated that the proposal is in line with the policy of Taking Towns to the People.

The SPLM-in Opposition says the only way to get the young nation out of the current crisis is by adopting a fully established federal system of government, where powers are split equally between States and the central government. President Kiir disagrees, asserting South Sudan does not need federalism in what he calls a “difficult time”.

South Sudan Rebels Held a conference on Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, July 13, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese Rebels have held what they described as a successful meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, this week to discuss legal and human rights related issues. The meeting focuses on justice, human rights, international conventions, legal reforms, among others.

The newly appointed Chairperson of the National committee of Justice and Human Rights, Dr. Richard K. Mulla, chaired the occasion. Mr. Dong Samuel Luak, who is the Deputy to Dr. Mulla was as well in the meeting.

The South Sudan News Agency obtained a document which shows that the meeting was also attended by high ranking members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O).

“…protect, depend and promote human rights in the liberated areas and the wider state of South Sudan, enlightening the citizens and the freedom fighters about the International Conventions on laws of war, and embark on serious and critical reforms of the legal system in the Country (the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Military Justice, Legal Practice, Legal Education and Human Rights Institutions) along local and international standards”, the group said in its official deliberation.

“…work hard to develop a legal frame work based on the principles of good governance, respect of Human Rights, federal governance of system and prevalence of the rule of law in a democratic society of South Sudan as well as upholding the freedom of expression and the media as a cornerstone of a democratic society without any kind of censorship”, the group added.

In its consideration, the Justice and human rights Committee of the SPLM-O unanimously nominated Mut Turuk Thok as the Secretary and Bachuy Dor Madeng as a Treasurer.

The SSNA has learned that a good number of Lawyers who joined the rebels’ side were also in attendance.

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