Juba: Over 100 deathrow inmates await execution



At least 100 convicts are awaiting execution at the Juba Prison, the Prisons Service has told Eye Radio.

Most of them were handed capital punishment for committing murder.

According to the Director-General of the prisons, Gen Henry Kuany, some of the deathrow inmates are women.

“These are women who killed their husbands,” Gen Kuany told Eye Radio.

He said the inmates have overstayed and ‘do not know their fate’ in the prison.

Gen Kuany also told Eye Radio that some of the inmates have been pardoned by the president. However, he could not name those pardoned.

Last week, some prisoners were given special release by the President. We are preparing another list for the celebration of the New Year,” he added.

From its independence in 2011, to the end of 2012, South Sudan conducted at least 10 executions, according to Death Penalty Worldwide organization.

The nascent state also imposed new death sentences in 2011 and 2012.

South Sudan’s 2008 Code of Criminal Procedure (pre-independence) provides that execution is by hanging.


Built in 1947, the Juba Prison was designed to accommodate 500 inmates. However, it’s now housing more than 1500 prisoners.

Recently, authorities of Juba Teaching Hospital said some mentally deranged are confined in the prison due to lack of special facilities for them.


Nilepet raises fuel prices


Photo Credit: gurtong.net
Photo Credit: gurtong.net

The state oil firm Nilepet, has increased fuel prices by more than three times due to the devaluation of the South Sudanese Pounds.

A litter of fuel that was selling at six pounds will now be sold at 22 at the petrol stations.

The Director General of Downstream, Dr Chol Abel, says the move is in response to the decision of the central bank to raise the rate of the dollar against the pound.

In a public statement, Dr Chol says the wholesale price of a litter is 20 while the depot rate is 21.


CEPO and Canadian Embassy to fight sexual violence in South Sudan


Radio Bakhita

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization or CEPO in partnership with the Canadian Embassy in Juba launched an online information sharing platform to report sexual gender-based violence.

The systems will allow citizens report cases of sexual violence through mobile text massages, says Canadian Ambassador Nicolas Coughlin.

The Canadian government contributed about eleven thousand US Dollars for the start of the project in Juba County, says Edmond Yakani, CEPO Director.

He notes the project will assist stakeholders to produce annual sexual gender-based violence report.

The project is aim at fighting sexual violence through breaking citizens’ silence.


Man protests against indecent dressing in church



A young man in South Sudan is leading seven months’ self-isolation protest from church Sunday worship to avoid temptation from what he terms offensive dressing by the opposite sex.

Stance Loyöbu says some young and old women dress in an offensive manner that detracts his attention from worshipping God.

 They put on tight clothing that brings about temptation, he declares.

 Loyöbu has resorted to lonely Sunday worship in his room.

 The man challenges church leaders and parents to regulate dressing in the church and in society as a whole.

 Loyöbu says he admires Muslims for upright dressing in their mosques and so Christians should do the same.

 The man believes South Sudan is being punished with bloody wars because of immorality.

 Some women respond to the man’s protest with jeers.

 They say the man should mind his prayers instead of getting attracted to their modern dressing.

 The bible in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 22: verse 5 reads:

 “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God”.

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Equatoria, Bahr El Ghazal insurgency will be treated as Culprits: Makuei


The official government Spokes Person Michael Makuei Lueth said Friday following council of Ministers sitting chaired by President Kiir that anybody in the Equatoria and Bahr El Ghazal regions who claim to be SPLM/A IO or trying to run an armed rebellion will be treated as culprits describing them as bandits.

Makuei say the government will not recognize any rebel in the Equatoria and Bahr El Ghazal region.

He said that the situation in Upper Nile is normal adding that only in the Equatoria there are some elements that cause insecurity destabilizing the local population.

‘’the situation in other parts of Upper Nile and parts of Bahr El Ghazal the is normal,’’ Makuei said ‘’As for the situation in Equatoria there are some elements who have been misled by Riek Machar and SPLM IO and who are told to setup their own divisions so that they are integrated in to the SPLM/A IO. They have started to assemble and they are the ones that have been causing havoc and causing insecurity to the civil population in Western Equatoria and Parts of Eastern Equatoria’’

The minister pointed that the government forces have apprehended most of them scattering others with the SPLA gallant forces giving them hot pursuit all over because they are not part and parcel of the SPLM IO.

‘‘These are People who have been told, these are People who are looking for positions, these are people who have no course, these are people who have been told by the SPLM IO to rebel or to defect and set up their camps so that they are recognized as rebels’’ he said

‘’In actual fact’’ the minister continued, ‘’when disposition of forces was made in Addis there was no mention of any forces presence in Equatoria and in Bahr el Ghazal. According to their (IO) report they were all concentrated in Upper Nile State. The creation of such positions and such forces   at this particular moment is a flagrant violation of the agreement and will not be recognized by the government of the republic of South Sudan even if they come and declare them again at any other space’’

He described those operating in the two regions of Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal as culprits who would be dealt with.

‘’ We are dealing with them as bandits and criminals who are causing unnecessary in security to the People of South Sudan’’ the minister said adding ‘’ If the SPLM IO claim them to be their people they are advised to take them where they have recognized that they have their forces and not in Equatoria or Bahr El Ghazal’’

We will treat him as culprit who wants use the name of the SPLM IO to serve his individual or personal interest. The SPLM IO is in greater Upper Nile not here in Equatoria. So we will deal with them as culprits, as bandits who are causing insecurity and havoc to the People of South Sudan’’

Makuei said if there is a separate movement or rebellion coming up in Equatoria the government has to be informed.

The minister added that the cabinet listens to security situation report citing general calmness especially in Juba with reduced number of crimes.

He said despite existence of individual offences committed by individuals, such people would be brought to book.

The minister further said the council listened to progress report in the implementation of the peace agreement and the delay of SPLM IO advance team arrival to Juba.

He added that the delay of the IO is because of disagreement on the numbers where SPLM/A IO want larger number while the government needs only 30 people.

He said they are still negotiating on the numbers adding that IO will come as soon as there is an agreement reached on the numbers of SPLM IO team coming to Juba

US codemn Bujumbura attacks


The United States is deeply alarmed by the attacks that occurred overnight and continue in Bujumbura. We condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms, and we call on all sides to refrain immediately from violence.

The East African Community should immediately convene high-level political dialogue between the government and opposition to defuse the situation. Recent indications from the region suggest no serious remaining barriers to these talks, so there should be no further delay in commencing them.

The United States reiterates its readiness to pursue additional sanctions against individuals responsible for — or complicit in — actions or policies that threaten Burundi’s peace, security, or stability. Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield remains actively engaged and is reaching out to regional leaders, as is Special Envoy Tom Perriello, who is in the region now with his international envoy counterparts.

US Ambassador visits Ajuong Thok camp


JUBA, South Sudan (UNHCR) – The UN Refugee Agency organized yesterday a one-day field trip to Ajuong Thok refugee camp, Unity State, for the US Ambassador to South Sudan, Molly Phee. This came as a response to the Ambassador’s request to gain first-hand information about the situation of Sudanese refugees fleeing South Kordofan, to appraise the impact of the USA’s aid contribution on refugees’ living conditions and to show solidarity with the refugees.

Canadian Ambassador Nicholas Coghlan, South Sudan’s Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Bol John Akot and UNHCR Representative in South Sudan Ahmed Warsame accompanied Ambassador Phee along with other donor representatives from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Office (ECHO) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

During her trip, Ambassador Phee paid a visit to the reception centre and met with refugees who have recently arrived from South Kordofan. “It is heartbreaking hearing the stories of mothers and small children making the perilous journey from across the border in search of safety,” says Phee. “But I am so glad to see that UNHCR and its partners are sparing no efforts to address their needs. I have no doubt that our contribution is making a positive impact on the lives of these refugees.”

UNHCR established Ajuong Thok camp in March 2013 to provide sanctuary to refugees fleeing the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan’s People Liberation Movement-North in South Kordofan. In nearly three years, the camp has become a small rural town with services and facilities for the refugees and the host community, including 50 km of in-camp roads, 315 water points, a primary health care centre, three primary schools, a secondary school and a computer lab.  

The camp population has more than doubled compared to December 2014 due to ongoing fighting and violence in the war-torn Nuba Mountains. With a current population of nearly 31,000 refugees, the camp is being expanded to accommodate up to 40,000 people. Refugees who have recently arrived in Ajuong Thok have reported that there are many people in South Kordofan awaiting the end of the rainy season to cross into South Sudan.

“As the camp population continues to grow, there will be a need for more shelters, schools, health facilities, water stands and toilets,” says Warsame. “We rely on our donors to help us meet the basic needs of the refugees, especially the most vulnerable individuals.”

UNHCR’s largest donor globally and in South Sudan, the US Government has contributed more than $90 million to UNHCR in 2015 to help protect and assist refugees in Africa’s youngest nation. “Without the support of our donors, it would have been impossible for us to help more than a quarter of a million of refugees who have sought asylum in South Sudan and desperately need life-saving assistance and protection,” says Warsame. “A special thank-you goes to the United States for generously providing 80 per cent of funds received by UNHCR in South Sudan this year.”

Before returning to Juba, the US Ambassador also had the opportunity to meet with the refugee leaders to hear the concerns of their community. Food, access to higher education and health care remain top priorities for the refugees.

South Sudan remains a country of asylum for more than 265,000 refugees. Ninety per cent are from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Niles states and live in camps across the northern states of Unity and Upper Nile. The remaining 10 per cent are refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and Ethiopia who live mostly in Central and Western Equatoria. In coordination with the Government of South Sudan and partners, UNHCR assists and protects refugees and is also part of the multi-agency response to internally displaced people, as lead of the Protection Cluster.

Wonduruba community signs peace deal with SPLA to end hostilities.


The community of Wonduruba located west of Juba City has reached peace agreement with SPLA Commando Unit to cease hostilities in the area.

Disgruntled residents of the area have been fighting against the SPLA since September this year, Radio Bakhita reports.

Bishop Paul Yuggusuk, the leading Church mediator says the peace agreement was reached on December 2nd in Wonduruba.

The peace deal enables the displaced community to resettle for normal life, says the bishop.

Over 15 thousand residents of Wonduruba have been displaced from their homes during the months of military engagement with the army, the bishop discloses.

Bishop Yuggusuk says with assurance from the government, the displaced seem willing to return to their homes.

But, there is still fear of impending attack from the SPLA among them, the bishop observes.

Wonduruba community representative in the peace talk, Engineer Stephen Luga says the peace deal will hold.

Both parties to the conflict agreed to implement the deal, he reiterates.

 Fighting between SPLA and alleged members of the Opposition broke out in Wonduruba in September this year.