Rebel spokesman was fired for leaking classified information to national security in Juba – sources

Ex-Malong spokesman Emmanuel Sunday De John [Photo courtesy]

Ex-Malong spokesman Emmanuel Sunday De John [Photo courtesy]

JUBA – South Sudan’s former army chief General Paul Malong Awan fired his spokesman, Emmanuel Sunday de’John, for allegedly leaking classified information to the government security agents in Juba, according to a senior opposition official.

On Monday, Malong fired Sunday as the SSUF/A but did not however give reasons behind his removal. Speaking to Sudans Post this morning, a senior member of the SSUF/A said Sunday was removed from his position for leaking classified and important documents to the National Security Service (NSS) in Juba.

The opposition official said she has direct knowledge that Sunday was being involved in activities involving South Sudan’s national security agents who were working to sabotage Malong.

“Sunday has been working and involved in activities to sabotage the Movement and this has been the basis on which he has been removed from his position,” the opposition source said adding that she will not be able to comment as to whether Malong has removed Sunday from the movement’s membership.

Opinion | Why the National Security Service is abusing its powers and laws of South Sudan

By Juol Nhomngek Gec

Members of South Sudan’s National Security Service in a pickup vehicle – NSS

JUBA – On September 22, 2020 I learned of the fact that Mr. Kanybil Noon who was arrested and illegally detained sometime back  was released from the illegal detention in the Blue House or from National Security Service Headquarters without charges.

The release came after  117 days since he was arrested and detained on May 29, 2020. Kanybil   spent all those days illegally behind bars. Sadly,  one of the conditions given to him for his release is that he must not speak against the establishment.

With that condition for his release or warning to Mr. Kanybil to keep quiet indefinitely even in the face of the destruction of the country, it has now become clearer now that the National Security service in South Sudan is rather protecting the establishment than South Sudan.

I thought that the National Security Service of South Sudan as the name itself depicts  would subscribe to and protect the values of South Sudan, which are reflected in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 as amended.

Some of the values of South Sudan enshrined in our Constitution referred to above  are justice, liberty, prosperity, social contract, fair hearing and respect for human rights. Bill of rights in our Constitution is very clear on some of these values.

It is therefore logical that a body like National Security Service of South Sudan  established to protect the National Security is supposed to know that its main duty is to protect the Constitution not the establishment. This means that where the interest of the Establishment contravenes the provisos of the Constitution, the establishment has to be investigated for being against the National Security.

However, despite the existence of the ample  pieces of evidence, which show  that the establishment is against the National interest, the National is not ready to question the activities of the Establishment that are against the National Interest.

The destruction of Bahr El Ghazal road project, the glaring and deadly corruption that has left the nation economically paralysed or  backrupt are some of the instances where we see  the establishment poses a real  threat to National Security though the National tends to ignore such dangerous acts of establishment.

Instead of dealing with those individuals who are using the establishment to destroy the Nation, the National Security has become complicit to the destruction of the Nation by  silencing or destroying the destroying those patriotic citizens who are conscious of f their Constitutional duty while protecting the rotten establishment.

It is an ironical for the body like National  Security Service that is the source of insecurity in the country to be called the National Security. It is in fact the national insecurity.  As the Human Rights Watch once observed,  there is an urgent need to  enact reforms of the National Security Service (NSS) to end arbitrary detention and abuse of detainees.

The role of National Security Service since its establishment after the  independence of South Sudan has been  a negative one. As the Human Rights Watch also observed, “South Sudan’s national security agency has for years carried out a full-blown assault on critics of the government and political opponents in brazen disregard for basic rights,”.

The problem with the National Security is that it has absolute powers that makes it absolutely corrupt.  Due to its unlimited powers, the National Security has been involved even in the functions that it has no power to exercise.

The clear example is that it is playing the role of what National Army, the role of the police service, the role of judiciary, the role of private sector. The National Security is in fact everything and holsa all the powers of organized forces in South Sudan.

It is because of  that the Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called on the South Sudanese authorities to limit NSS powers to intelligence gathering, as envisioned by the Transitional Constitution of 2011, which mandates the agency to “focus on information gathering, analysis and to advise the relevant authorities.”

As explained in the foregoing paragraph, the role of National Security is only to collect the information and then analyze and it is from that information the National Security can advise the relevant authorities on how to deal with the matter as found by the intelligence.

Unfortunately as it has been witnessed several times and in the present case of Kanybil and other South Sudanese who are rotting away in illegal detention centres under the National Security, the National Security ” has increased repression of critics, eroding the space for opposing views and critical public dialogue”.

The arbitrarily detention and abuse of human rights by the National Security is not only limited to Juba but it is being experienced acroaa the country. For instance as the Human Rights Watch reported “In early February 2020, , National Security  officers in Maridi allegedly detained a sports journalist for “spreading wrong information against the state” and beat him with a stick and pipe”.

Again  in January, 2020, the Human Rights Watch reported that  National Security  officers arrested Ijoo Bosco, a journalist working with a local radio station in Torit, reportedly for airing news on United States government sanctions against the Former  First  Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, for human rights abuses.

Another report on Bahr El Ghazal was that in December 2019, National Security  officers arrested and detained an assistant lecturer at the University of Western Bar el Ghazal in Wau for reportedly mobilizing rebel fighters against the peace agreement’s security arrangements. He was released in January 2020  without charge.

In Juba, it is very clear that hundreds of people  are being held in the Blue House, in Juba. Those detained in Blue House include security sector personnel held for disciplinary purposes and civilians held without charges,.

Sadly, they have been detained  for long periods as the  National Security Act of South Sudan  grants the National Security officers broad powers of arrest, detention, search, seizure, and surveillance and to detain citizens beyond the Constitutional period.

The National Security Act does not provide the guarantees to prevent arbitrary detention and torture or other ill-treatment, which are clear violation of South Sudan Constitution, African Charter on Human and People’s Rights the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Charter of 1945 and the UN  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966.

The National Security as an institution is a relic of Sudanese oppression that was intended in Sudan to destroy the Southerners and their Northern sympathizers. It I that law which has been wholesomely copied and pasted in the establishment of South Sudan.

The National Security as an institution is intended to protect the interest of the ruling elites. Hence, South Sudanese ” political elites are benefiting from the relative stability and access to an economy benefits through the role of National Security.

In summary, the National Security has reached the zenith of its abuse of power by being ready to detain any person without charges as long as they deem fit as a way of silencing the critics against the Government. It is the duty of every South Sudan to strong against the illegal exercise of power by the National Security.

All South Sudanese should struggle to make sure that the National Security Service powers are streamlined. Its powers should be reduced do only intelligence gathering, analysing the information based on clear evidence and advise relevant authorities to deal with the threats contained in the information.

The National should be reduced into civilian dressing code instead of having two National armies as it is the case in South Sudan. In South Sudan, South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) is the National Army which should be the only National Army of South Sudan instead of creating another National Army indirectly. This is destruction of South Sudan and shouldn’t be allowed to continue.

The author is a member of the SPLM-IO in Lakes State.


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South Sudan ambassador to Kuwait dies

South Sudan ambassador to Kuwait Parmena Makuet Manar Riak [Photo via al-Jarida]

South Sudan ambassador to Kuwait Parmena Makuet Manar Riak [Photo via al-Jarida]

KUWAIT – South Sudan’s ambassador to Kuwait, Parmena Makuet Manar Riak, has passed away today at dawn after short illness, according to a foreign ministry official.

The foreign ministry official who spoke to Sudans Post on condition of anonymity said Manar died in Kuwait following short illness caused by high-blood pressure and diabetes.

The official although hinted at COVID-19, the official ruled out the possibility.

“This is to confirm that Ambassador Parmena Makuet Manar Riak, our country’s representative to the state of Kuwait has died,” the official said. “We cannot rule out COVID-19, but what I have as of now is that he has been sick with high blood pressure and diabetes.”

Manar was the first South Sudan ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

He was appointed the head the country’s diplomatic mission in the North African country following the independence of South Sudan in 2011.

Before he was moved to Kuwait, he was South Sudan’s ambassador to Nigeria.

He was later on recalled and then redeployed to Kuwait.     

This is not the kind of the unity government we want – European Union

European Union (EU) and South Sudan national flag from textile. [Photo by iStock]

European Union (EU) and South Sudan national flag from textile. [Photo by iStock]

JUBA – A senior European Union (EU) diplomat has said that the current unity government in South Sudan is not the kind that the continental body wants.

“You cannot have a proper new transitional unity government without a parliament. There are no real check and balances at the moment and this is not the kind of government the international community is ready to speak with for long-term planning of development,” Alessandro Rossi, EU’s deputy head of mission to South Sudan, said.

The EU diplomat said the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement is not going as expected saying the security arrangements are not completed ruling out any support for the government the unity government.

“If the security arrangements are not completed, if transitional justice has not even started, if public finance management is not redressed then we cannot speak of appropriate implementation of the peace agreement,” Rossi.

Most of the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement, most importantly the security arrangements which provides for the formation of a unified and professional national army, have not been implemented.

The United Nations Secretary-General said in a report last week that the government was not sending its forces to training centers where opposition forces are currently stationed for training.

General Malong removes his media secretary Sunday De John

South Sudan former army chief and leader of South Sudan United Front/A (SSUF/A) General Paul Malong Awan [Photo via The New Times]

South Sudan former army chief and leader of South Sudan United Front/A (SSUF/A) General Paul Malong Awan [Photo via The New Times]

NAIROBI – The leader of South Sudan United Front (SSUF), General Paul Malong Awan has on Sunday removed his press secretary, Sunday De John, according to a statement signed by the former army chief.

The statement which did not make mention of why De John was removed is effective from yesterday, September 21, 2020.

“The leadership of South Sudan United Front/Army regrets to inform its supporters and the general public that it has suspended Dr Sunday De John, SSUF/A’s Secretary of Information & Communications Technology, as its official Spokesman with effect from the date of this letter until further notice,” the statement extended to Sudans Post partly reads.

Statement by General Malong announcing the dismissal of his media official Sunday De John [File obtained by Sudans Post]

Statement by General Malong announcing the dismissal of his media official Sunday De John [File obtained by Sudans Post]

The statement also “wishes to acknowledge and appreciate Dr Sunday De John for his commendable role and contribution to the movement.”

“SSUF/A will, in due course, update its membership, parties, media houses and the general public once the new acting Spokesperson assumes office,” it further added.

SPLM-IO to nominate deputy governors for oil-rich Unity, Lakes and Eastern Equatoria states

South Sudan map featuring current 10 states [Photo via  Wiley Online Library]

South Sudan map featuring current 10 states [Photo via Wiley Online Library]

JUBA – South Sudan’s main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, will nominated three deputy governors for three states of Lakes, Unity and Eastern Equatoria state, according to a senior member of the group.

“The parties have agreed to the allocation of states deputy governors and the SPLM-IO will nominate governors for Unity state, Lakes state, and Eastern Equatoria state,” Dut Majokdit, a senior member of the SPLM-IO in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and who is a part of the SPLM-IO peace delegates in Juba told Sudans Post this evening.

The SPLM faction under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit will also nominate three deputy governors for Western Bahr el Ghazal, Jonglei and Western Equatoria states.

Other opposition groups (OPP) will nominate deputy governors for Central Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states. South Sudan Opposition Alliance will nominate deputy governor for oil-rich Upper Nile states.

The SPLM-IG now has governors for Central Equatoria, Unity, Eastern Equatoria, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states.

The SPLM-IO has the governors of Western Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal and the yet-to-be appointed governor of Upper Nile state.

SSOA is having the governor of Jonglei state.

Jonglei state police arrest man in Bor for registering floods victims with money

Police man guards jail in Bor town [Photo by unknown]

Police man guards jail in Bor town [Photo by unknown]

BOR – Authorities in South Sudan’s Jonglei state have arrested a man for allegedly registering floods victims with money for potential benefits from humanitarian agencies, according to a state government official.

“Yesterday, the police arrested Michael Aguer because he has been taking money from those affected by flood promising them many benefits and deceiving them that the aid from humanitarian organizations was very limited and only those who pay will have great chance to receive it,” the state government official said on condition of anonymity.

The official said the perpetrator was being prepared for court proceeding saying the latest decision by the authorities in Jonglei state “will serve as precedent not only for people like him, but for corrupt officials at large.”

Jonglei is one of many South Sudanese states badly affected by floods. Amid inter-communal conflict between the Dinka, the Nuer and Murle, thousands of people have been displaced in the South Sudan eastern region.

Parties in another deadlock as Kiir demands formation of state gov’ts without Upper Nile, counties

President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny speaking to the press in February 2020 ahead of the dissolution of the former incumbent TGoNU [Photo via Radio Tamazuj]

President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny speaking to the press in February 2020 ahead of the dissolution of the former incumbent TGoNU [Photo via Radio Tamazuj]

JUBA – South Sudan parties have come to another deadlock after President Salva Kiir Mayardit demanded the formation of state governments without that of Upper Nile state and the counties, according to a senior opposition official.

The parties have agreed on the responsibility sharing at the states’ level, but have not reached an agreement on the Counties and another disagreement on General Johnson Olony remain unresolved.

Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon from Juba, a senior SPLM-IO official said President Salva Kiir’s team at the talk have demanded that state governments be formed  and the  dispute on counties and Upper Nile state governor be resolved at a later date.

“There is another deadlock. As we speak, the representative of President Salva Kiir are saying that Upper Nile state government be formed at later date as well as the county distribution be done later,” the opposition official said from Juba on phone.

“The SPLM-IO has rejected this and we will not accept to do that because there is no any reason other than that the former ITGONU is dragging its feeds on the formation of counties government and the appointment of General Johnson Olony,” the official added.

Last week, the SPLM-IO rejected any formation of the state governments before the appointment of General Johnson Olony Thabo saying there was no concrete reason why the President would reject his appointment as he is the SPLM-IO nominee.

Kiir rejected Olony’s appointment saying the opposition leader is a warmonger who may stare up situation in the oil-rich Upper Nile state.

State House J1 should remove Ateny Wek Ateny and professionalize its press unit

By Chol Duang

South Sudan presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny speaking to reporters at J1 in 2015 [Photo via Getty Images]

South Sudan presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny speaking to reporters at J1 in 2015 [Photo via Getty Images]

OPINION – Last month or so, I penned a revealing article about Ateny Wek Ateny, J1’s self-proclaimed Presidential Press Secretary. In that article I attempted to help free all reporters under him from his exploitative working relationship. Public reacted with shock, but gravitated towards his complete removal. Inside J1, Ateny has painfully tried to accuse people who never met or spoke to me.

Just to clarify: I do not have any personal vendetta with Ateny Wek Ateny to settle. In fact, he’s a senior member in my community, which gives him a lot of advantage over me — age wise, experience and community contribution or service. Although Ateny is not a trained journalist,  he claims to be one, meaning I (begrudgingly) see him as a senior Journalism colleague too.

As a journalist, I’m strongly guided by ethics and laws of Journalism and aware of legal consequences involved. Another point I intend to dismiss here is a view that I may’ve  been envious of my colleagues working at the Presidency, that I’m a bitter reporter. It’s not true. I’m a brother’s keep.

With due respect, Ateny Wek Ateny is the reason why many people ridicule  J1 Press Office; he’s the source of incompetence, cluelessness, embarrassment and transactional employment of non-journalists. Many more people today make fun of president kiir for keeping scammers like Ateny Wek around him.

For example, Ateny Wek individually attends funerals and weddings, where he would say he’s “representing the President; speaking on behalf of the President; sent by the President.” One wonders why is the president invited to almost all South Sudanese weddings and funerals, including those he might not have heard?

In his most recent interview with a one Ajak Deng Chengkou, following Biar Ajak’s  chilling accounts of sodomization and torture at Blue House, Ateny Wek abrasively answered that he would be convinced that sodomization took place if he saw a pregnant male South Sudanese prisoner. Who does that?

J1 should quickly move to send Ateny home, because he’s severally embarrassed the President, staff and exploited his poor J1 reporters for money.  As I write this, Ateny Wek is plotting to replace innocent and hard-working Journalists with more non-journalists who’re pliant for use.

The country has media professionals who’re far more experienced to run J1’s media. For how long can you allow him to destroy the image of J1 and President Kiir?

Chol Duang is a South Sudanese journalist, political campaigner, and literacy activist.


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South Sudan police officer arrested in Juba for raping 9-year-old girl

South Sudan police spokesman Major General Daniel Justin speaking to journalists in Juba in 2019 [Photo by Sudans Post]

South Sudan police spokesman Major General Daniel Justin speaking to journalists in Juba in 2019 [Photo by Sudans Post]

JUBA – South Sudan police authorities in the country’s capital Juba have this afternoon put behind bars a senior police officer for raping a 9-year-old girl, two police sources with direct knowledge told Sudans Post.

The first source said from Munuki police station that the unnamed officer with the rank of Major and who is the deputy head of Munuki police department was arrested after he was found raping the small girl who has not yet been identified.

“Today, the deputy head of Munuki police station with the rank of Major has been arrested because he was found raping a small girl who is between the age of 9 and 10,”  the police source with direct knowledge told Sudans Post from Juba.

The second source said it was not the first time for the police officer to do the unlawful act saying he was also caught doing the crime twice this year.

“This is not the first time. Since beginning of the year, he has been found with two minors also here in Juba,” the source said.

For his part, police spokesman Major General Daniel Justin confirmed the incident, but said he was “not ready to give information on this matter.”

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