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Kiir urges Machar to urgently return and form unity govt


South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Saturday urged opposition leader Riek Machar to return home “urgently” to help form a government of national unity.

A failure by the former vice president to do so would destroy any hope for peace in the war-torn country, he said.

South Sudan’s Kiir offers to mediate political transition in Sudan

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has offered to help mediate a political transition in Sudan after the fall of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir to weeks of popular protests, Kiir’s office said on Wednesday.

His move came seven months after Bashir helped mediate a shaky peace deal between Kiir and the main opposition rebel group in South Sudan, which won independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict.

Kiir, Machar disagree over formation of transitional government

South Sudanese main rival leaders President Salva Kiir and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) Dr. Riek Machar have disagreed over peace-related rules guiding the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU), a senior SPLM-IO official who asked his name not to be published because of the nature of his work told whisper eye media Wednesday in Juba.

The official who spoke exclusively to the SSNA in Juba disclosed that Kiir contacted Machar a few days ago and asked him to come to Juba by May 12 to form a provisional government as stipulated in the September 2018 peace agreement. The armed opposition says Machar refuses to accept Kiir’s move, citing several provisions that were designed as front before a transitional government is formed.

Ex-South Sudan rebel leader believes unity government won’t be ready by May 12


The two sides of war-ravaged South Sudan will not be able to meet a May 12 deadline to form a unity government because key requirements of a peace deal have not been met, former rebel leader Riek Machar told Reuters on Friday.

Machar – who should regain his post as vice president under the deal – said the government and the rebels needed another six months before forming a unity government.

Pope Francis kisses South Sudan ‘s Salva Kiir, Riek Machar feet, calls for peace

Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s previously warring leaders on Thursday as he urged them to not return to a civil war.

He appealed to President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to respect an armistice they signed and commit to forming a unity government next month.

Rebel leader Machar finally leaves for the Vatican

South Sudan’s First Vice President designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has left the Sudanese capital Khartoum and headed to the Vatican City where he’s expected to attend a spiritual retreat with President Salva Kiir Mayardiit, an aide for Machar has confirmed. In a statement issued this morning, Machar’s SPLM-IO Director of Information and Public Relations, Puok Both Baluang, announced that his boss has left theSudanese capital after a lengthy speculation that the regional community do not want to see Machar in the Vatican despite an official invitation from the Vatican.

Machar still under house arrest : blocked from Vatican meeting

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is still waiting for permission to travel to a peace retreat at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to a Tuesday letter seen by whisper eye media.

The letter written by Machar to the East African regional bloc, which must give him permission to leave house arrest in neighboring Sudan, said his status had “not yet been determined” and he requested approval to go.

The retreat, also to be attended by South Sudan’s president, is meant to foster peace after a five-year civil war. It comes a month after President Salva Kiir met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.Brazille Musumba, spokesman for the regional bloc, would not comment directly on Machar’s letter. “I can only state that we support every effort to bring lasting peace to South Sudan,” Musumba told whisper eye media

Machar has been waiting to return to South Sudan next month to become a vice president under a power-sharing agreement.

Canadian author details rise of Dinka ‘ethnic nationalism’ against other tribes


A Canadian author and scholar has detailed what she said is a ‘rise of
ethnic nationalism’ from South Sudan’s majority tribe, the Dinka, in a new
document she said she did not gave permission to be published.

Dr. Carol Berger, a Canadian scholar said in the document tittle: “Ethnocide
as a Tool of State-building: South Sudan and the Never-ending War,” that a
well-organized Dinka plan to change South Sudan’s demography is led by the
country’s security sector.

BREAKING: EgyptAir flight enroute to Juba forced to return to Cairo over ‘technical’ issue

A EgyptAir flight, MS-859, enroute to South Sudan’s capital Juba has been forced to return to Cairo Airport more than one hour after takeoff, passengers have told Whisper Eye .

One source who decline to be named said they do not know what actually happened when they were surprisingly told by crew members that the plane is returning to Cairo airport over unidentified technical issue.

South Sudan spy chief, Kiir’s security advisor, meets Machar in Khartoum

South Sudan’s director of internal security bureau, Gen. Akol Koor, and Presidential Advisor on Security, Tutkew Gatluak, on Wednesday met, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the country’s First Vice-President designate and leader of main armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

In statements to Sudan’s state-run channel, the Sudan TV, following the meeting, Gatluak who is also the head of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) said they have come to enlighten Machar on the implementation of the peace agreement.

Pope offers S. Sudan Kiir, Machar a ‘ spiritual retreat’ at Vatican

South Sudan’s president and opposition leader are expected to travel to the Vatican next week for what the Holy See says is a “spiritual retreat” and opposition officials say is an effort to help implement the country’s peace deal.

Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti confirmed the visit Wednesday. He said a spiritual retreat was scheduled next week at the Vatican for “the leaders of South Sudan.” He didn’t identify them or cite any political initiative.

US declares South Sudan “threat” to its national security

The United States has again declared South Sudan as a threat to its national and foreign policies, an updated version of the Executive Order 13664 seen whisper eye media team .

In the new order, the US President Donald J. Trump, says the national emergency declared in 2014 must continue, saying the war-wracked young nation still poses a threat to the United States.

Security forces disrupt football match over security concerns

South Sudan security forces on Friday disrupted a football match in the town of Bor in Jonglei State, citing security concerns.

The qualifier match for South Sudan championship was being played between the Salam FC and White Bull FC at the Freedom Square.

General Malong warns of attack aimed at silencing certain section of tribe

South Sudan’s former army chief turned rebel leader, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, said in a statement issued early this week that the last week’s attack against Wau natives was politically motivated and meant to silence certain section of South Sudanese communities.

Last week, an attack against Wau civilians from Warrab pastoralists let to killing of 15 innocent civilians most of whom were women and children.
“The attacks directed on an unarmed civilians by the government forces disguising as nomadic pastoralists are aimed at jeopardizing the already bad state of the affairs,” Malong said in the statement he signed by himself.

Rebecca Garang signs revitalised peace deal

Rebecca Garang, the widow of SPLM founder John Garang, signed the revitalized peace deal in Juba on Thursday as an eminent personality in the presence of the regional bloc’s (IGAD) special envoy to South Sudan Ismail Wais.

Rebecca was one of the country’s key opposition politicians who did not get a chance to sign the peace accord brokered by IGAD. She has been loosely associated with the SPLM “Former Detainees,” high-level SPLM politicians who were arrested by the government in December 2013.

Minister Bahati denies benefiting from South Sudan compensation


The state minister for Finance in charge of Planning, David Bahati has denied owning a company that benefitted from compensation over loss of business in South Sudan.   

Bahati was on Wednesday appearing before parliament’s Select Committee that is currently inquiring into a payment of Shs 40 billion to 10 Ugandan companies that supplied goods to South Sudan contrary to a 3rd April 2018 parliamentary resolution in which a bilateral agreement between South Sudan and Uganda approved payment to 33 Ugandan companies. 

Bahati told the committee that even if he owned a company in South Sudan, he wouldn’t accept to be part of the on-going compensation process.