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South Sudan’s warring factions reached deal, divide ministerial posts

Juba, January 7, 2016 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s government, armed opposition, former detainees, and other political parties have divided up key ministerial positions in the upcoming transitional government of national unity proposed by the IGAD-Plus as a mean to end more than two-year old civil war.

The meeting, which was held today (Wednesday) and supervised by the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and Former Motswana’s President, Festu G. Mogae, is the main part of the implementation of the power-sharing deal.

In the conference, all parties agreed to allocated ministerial posts based on provisions of Chapter I (Article 10.5) of the peace agreement.

Under the IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement, the transitional government will have a total of 30 ministers of which 16 for the government, 10 for the SPLM/A-IO, 2 for former political detainees, and 2 for other political parties.

Based on the allocation guidelines, the government of Republic of South Sudan was given 16 Ministers including Finance and Planning, Defense and Veterans Affairs, Justice and Constitutional affairs, Information, Communication Technology and Postal Services, Minister in the Office of the President, Trade and Industry, Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Roads and Bridges, Parliamentary Affairs, National Security, Health, Culture, Youth and Sports, Gender, Child and Social Welfare, General Education and Instructions, Livestock and Fisheries, and Environmental Forestry.

The armed opposition was given Petroleum, Interior, Water Resources and Irrigation, Labor, Public Service and Human Resources Development, Federal Affairs, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Energy and Dams, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Land, Housing and Urban Development, and Mining.

Meanwhile, Former political detainees took Transport and Foreign affairs and International Cooperation. Other political parties were also given Cabinet Affairs and Agriculture and Food Security.

On December 23, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) reported that talks over the formation of South Sudan's transitional government have already begun and that negotiations over ministerial posts started two days after rebel advance team arrived in Juba.

Nuer community in the United States rejects Kiir's 28 States plan; warns of collapse of peace deal

United States, January 5, 2016 (SSNA) -- The Nuer (Naath) Community Development Services-USA, Inc (NCDS) has rejected and condemned South Sudanese president Salva Kiir’s expansion plan of existing 10 States into 28 States and threatening to wage a recall campaign of rebel advance team if Kiir keeps violating the IGAD-Plus’s compromise agreement by issuing “unilateral decrees.”

In a strongly worded memo obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), NCDS, which works as the umbrella agency for all Nuer organizations in the United States, says it rejects and condemns what it described as “one-man creation of many tribal States” created in an attempt to invite tribal conflicts between neighboring tribes.

“The NCDS of USA hereby strongly rejects and condemns in the strongest terms possible the unilateral decrees for creation and appointment of 28 States and governors by genocidal President, Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Jieng Council of Elder[s] (JCE) government,” NCDS said.

The NCDS leadership also threatened to wage a recall campaign of rebel advance if Kiir and Jieng Council of Elders refuse to reverse the creation of 28 states decree.

“The Nuer community is also calling on the chairman of SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar Teny to immediately recall the advance team to Pagak HQ if the government of Jieng Council of Elders under the leadership of President Salva Kirr Mayardit has refused to rescind the unilateral declaration of 28 tribal States,” NCDS declared.

The NCDS also accuses Kiir of violating the power-sharing deal which was brokered by the IGAD-Plus in August last year.

“The community rejected this unlawful exercise as it was done in direct violation of recently signed Compromised Peace Agreement between SPLM-IO and other South Sudanese stakeholders,” the document reads in part.

The US-based NCDS also blasts South Sudan’s president, saying Kiir's one-man decree to create more "tribal states" is a deliberate move to create war between tribes who have been living in peace for centuries, adding that Kiir must withdraw his 28 states order and apology to peace partners and the people of South Sudan.

“The one-man creation of many tribal States in South Sudan is an intentional declaration of war, which is a recipe to invoke tribal border wars between neighboring tribes, which have been living in peace for centuries. We call on President Salva Kiir Mayardit to immediately withdraw these unilateral decrees and apologize unconditionally to all peace partners and to the people of South Sudan,” NCDS asserted.

On December 24, Kiir issued an order, appointing 28 Governors for his 28 States expansion scheme which he decreed in October last year. The move has been condemned both locally and internationally with some world leaders calling the order a ‘violation of the IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace’.

The NCDS says Kiir’s one-sided decrees are “promotion of disunity and planting the seeds of hatred among our diverse tribes of South Sudan.”

The NCDS added that it expect all parties to the peace deal to respect the pact, adding that the Nuer Community in Diaspora “rightfully rejected the dictatorial unilateral decrees because they will disregard for badly needed peace by the people of South Sudan” and urges Kiir to respect the peace agreement.

The NCDS calls on IGAD, IGAD-Plus, African Union (AU), and the international community to put a meaningful political and diplomatic pressure on Kiir to respect provisions of the peace deal and reverse all his unilateral presidential orders.

The Nuer Community is the largest South Sudanese Community in the United States of America.

New Year 2016 Celebrations and message

PRESS STATEMENT
January 1, 2016

Dear Comrades,

Calgary, January 1, 2016 (SSNA) -- Revolutionary Greetings to you all SPLM Canada Members across Canada Provinces and North America in particular USA, and I want also to extend my revolutionary greetings to our SPLM members in Europe, Australia and Africa and above all to our Freedom Fighters, Governors, Military Commanders, Chief Negotiator, National Committee Chairpersons, Ambassadors and fellow deputy ambassadors, Deputies Chiefs of Staffs, National Liberation Council, Vice Chairman SPLM/SPLA General Alfred Lado Gore and on top our SPLM/SPLA Chairman and Commander in Chief General Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, I salute you all in the name of our SPLM/SPLA Resistance Movement Viva SPLM/SPLA, Viva Compromised Peace Agreement, Viva our freedom fighters and Viva for the people of South Sudan.

As Canadians SPLM Members gathered to celebrate our New year 2016, let us not forget our end day of 2015 and our 20 months of imposed war in our nation. I salute our Chairman and Commander in Chief SPLM/SPLA General Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and SPLM/SPLA leadership in ending the war in our country, congratulations to you the people of South Sudan and our partners in Peace like the Government of South Sudan and all those signatories to the August 17, 2015 Agreement.

My message to you all is our Chairman and Commander in Chief General Riek call and message for all the people of South Sudan to embrace and own the peace agreement.  Let us all Canadians South Sudanese SPLM members be Ambassadors of peace and development, human rights, democracy and rule of law apostles in our new nation. It is our rights to own the Compromised Peace Agreement and implement it fully to end the suffering of our people in the protected camps, Internally Displaced Persons and the South Sudanese Refugees across Africa.

Dear Comrades in struggle, it is my hope and resolution that I will see and read for the first time in our history the inclusion of my Itahile tribe and other oppressed, marginalized and colonized tribes in the Republic of South Sudan like Ofiriha, Katembo, and others unknown across the ten states due to fear and reprisal from their colonist. These tribes like Itahile, Ofiriha and Katembo in Imotong State had suffered a lot and their languages thrown away from schools in their local villages and replaced by Otuho tribe Language which is not their mother tongue. The Government of South Sudan leadership and our Chairman and Commander in Chief SPLM/SPLA General Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission  through their Representatives in the Constitutional Amendment Committee recognize and include in the New coming Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan  2011 which will be emerge with the Compromised Peace Agreement  that will govern the people of South Sudan during the Transitional  Government of National Unity, the acknowledgement and recognition of all ignored tribes or un represented tribes like Itahile, Ofiriha, Kembo in the old Tranistional Constitutional of the Republic of South Sudan 2011 by the Constitutional Amendment Committee to bring an end to the suffering of these tribes and their freedom to promote their own languages buried under the wings of their oppressors is very imperative to bring total peace and harmony in the new nation of the Federal Republic of South Sudan. It was not easy for these tribes to fight, liberate and vote for total independence of South Sudan in last 38 years of our Liberation struggle from Anya Anya I to SPLM/SPLA First struggle and the Referendum vote of January 09, 2011 but ending up not free in their own land and country. This is the 3rdRevolution and armed struggle where Itahile tribe members and sons took the first initiative to support the Nuer victims of genocide during the December 2013 campaign by Juba regime. It is therefore very vital for all the people, the tribes and the languages in South Sudan to be treated equal without discrimination, biases and above all because their voices are not heard in Pagak  capital and Juba seats of government of National Unity.

In Eastern Equatoria State now Imotong State for example it was not an easy road for the leaders in  tribes like Lokoya, Lopit, Tenet, Dongotono, Lango and others to have a free ride to their tribes freedom  and independence from otuho tribe but it took them courage, resilient and resistance to Otuho leadership but because of their higher education  and representation in the government and SPLM/SPLA  Military Command and influential position the Lopit, Dongotono, Lango and Lokoya people were able to liberate themselves and pushed for the inclusion of their tribes in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011 after verbal and political confrontation with Otuho tribe leaders and intellectuals.

The above example is not worth comparing to our tribes of Itahile, Ofiriha and Katembo plus others across South Sudan ten states who are led by Chiefs who can be manipulated by the colonizers  and corrupt opportunists intellectuals from these tribes collaborating with Otuho to get petty positions while the majority population continued to suffer only to be recognize during elections campaign and war situations like the current war where the sons of unity are high but after liberation we will go back to our marginalized standard of living and our languages not practiced in schools and replaced by foreign language of our imperialist and neocolonialist Otuho. We love Otuho people because they are part of Imtotong state but we are not from their tribe, some speak and write because we are forced to study it in our villages as main subjects leaving our mother tongues we speak at home on daily bases un taught in our schools.

My fellow tribesmen and Women from Itahile tribe, my Comrades from Katembo, Ofiriha and other unknown tribes in South Sudan ten states, it is my hope and wish that our tribes that are unknown by 64 tribes of South Sudan be known in the year 2016 in South Sudan and across the world. We will be only free and equal when we are recognized and acknowledged in our new States and national Constitutions. I wish you SPLM/SPLA members, your families and love ones across Canada and the world a joyful, bright, healthy, happiest and prosperous new year 2016. Together we will be all free and peaceful in our new nation if justice and equality prevail.

Struggle Continues and Victory is Certain.

Ambassador Charles Wani Pioneson, Deputy Representative to Canada
SPLM/SPLA, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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