Malong appoints new information officials

New appointed media officials of the SSUF/A [Photo courtesies]

New appointed media officials of the SSUF/A [Photo courtesies]

JUBA – South Sudan’s former army chief and leader of South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) General Paul Malong Awan Anei has appointed two new media officials, a day after dismissing his ex-spokesman, Emmanuel Sunday De John, for leaking classified information to the national security service in Juba.

In separate statements extended to Sudans Post, Malong appointed Chol Duang Chan, former news anchor at state broadcaster SSBC, as the press secretary in the office of the group’s chairman.

He also appointed Nyamach Nyang Chol as the new head of the group’s information secretariat.

Malong cited his powers conferred upon him as the leader of the holdout opposition group.

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.

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.

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.

SPLM-IO rejects formation of state governments before General Olony’s appointment

First Vice President and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar addresses a press conference jointly with President Salva Kiir (not seen) at the State House in Juba, on February 20, 2020 (Photo: via Getty Images)

First Vice President and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar addresses a press conference jointly with President Salva Kiir (not seen) at the State House in Juba, on February 20, 2020 (Photo: via Getty Images)

JUBA – South Sudan’s main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, has said that it will not accept the formation of state governments before the appointment of its nominee, General Johnson Olony, as governor for oil-rich Upper Nile state.

Olony, a controversial figure in the South Sudan’s civil war which ended in February, was nominated by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar who is also the leader of the main armed opposition group to the state gubernatorial position in June.

But President Salva Kiir’s side rejected Olony’s appointment saying the opposition commander is a war monger who would stir up tensions between the already bitter communities in the oil-rich state.

Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, Dut Majokdit, a senior member of the SPLM-IO who is in Juba said the main armed opposition group will  not accept the formation of the state governments unless President Salva Kiir agreed to appoint Olony as nominated by his group.

“We will not accept the formation of the state governments unless President Kiir appoint Olony as we nominated him,” the senior opposition official said non phone from Juba.

Majokdit said the parties have agreed to the allocation of the states executive and he said it is high-time for Olony to be appointed so as he attend a workshop expected in the next few days with his other colleagues from other states.

“We believe that it is high time for President Kiir to show leadership and appoint Olony. As we are committed to the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, we believe that President Kiir should do the same,” he said.

“We came to Juba to work with Kiir in good faith and he should also do the same in return,” he further added.

South Sudan parties agree on states ministerial allocation – Odwar

Mining minister and deputy chairman of the SPLM-IO Henry Odwar, center, addresses a press in Juba, capital of South Sudan. [Photo via Xinhua]

Mining minister and deputy chairman of the SPLM-IO Henry Odwar, center, addresses a press in Juba, capital of South Sudan. [Photo via Xinhua]

JUBA – South Sudan’s parties to the revitalized peace agreement have agreed to the allocation of ministerial positions in the states, according to mining minister and SPLM-IO deputy chief Henry Odwar.

This comes more than five months since the parties began talks on how to divide power amongst themselves in the states following the formation of the revitalized unity government at the national level.

Speaking to SSBC on Monday, the SPLM-IO deputy chairman of SPLM-IO who is also the minister of mining Henry Odwar, the parties have finally agreed on the allocation of state ministers.

“Indeed we came up to an amicable end where the ministerial portfolios at the state levels were equitably and amicably shared,” Odwar said.

James Gatdet, the spokesman for First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar confirmed in a brief statement on social media that the “Parties to R-ARCSS have made a breakthrough and finally agreed on amicable allocation of the 17 ministries in each state and across the country.”

For his part, deputy minister of interior Paul Mayom Akech confirmed the new development.

“The outstanding issues relating to the executive branches of the states have been holistically handled. The parties have agreed to allocate the then outstanding ministries to themselves equitably and acceptably,” Mayom said.

Ex-SPLM-IO governor of Sobat state debunks Machar impeachment rumors

Former SPLM-IO governor of Sobat state Duer Tut Duer and SPLM-IO leader and South Sudan First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny [Photo moderated by Sudans Post]

Former SPLM-IO governor of Sobat state Duer Tut Duer and SPLM-IO leader and South Sudan First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny [Photo moderated by Sudans Post]

KHARTOUM – Former SPLM-IO governor of the defunct opposition Sobat state Duer Tut Duer has debunked social media reports that an internal rival group he allegedly heads was planning to launch an impeachment process for the SPLM-IO leader and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

Since August, members of the internal rival group calling itself “Reformist” group have been calling for impeachment of the main armed opposition leader for his alleged failure to secure a just peace agreement with the defunct ITGONU of President Salva Kiir.

In an exclusive interview with Sudans Post this afternoon, Duer said he don’t support any impeachment process against Machar, but said he and those with him were working to install a new leader for the main armed opposition group saying Machar has abandoned the SPLM-IO.

“The group of Reformists within the SPLM-IO including myself is not calling for the impeachment of the First Vice President Riek Machar. The group has nothing to do with this redundant position of First Vice President, let Riek Machar enjoy this position as long as he could,” Duer said.

“The Reformists within the SPLM-IO, are working to put in place a new Chairman and a new leadership since Riek Machar has abandoned the Movement.  The group is working hard to make it happen as soon as all the necessary parameters for our action are gathered,” he added.

The former opposition governor has been in odds with Machar since the later’s return to Juba earlier this year over the status of the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement which provides for formation of a unified national security organs before teh formation of the revitalized unity government.

Machar had insisted shortly before his return to Juba that he would not agree to formation of the 36-month unity government without the completion of the reunification of the rival forces which he said was crucial for a stable, and effective transitional period.

However, under regional pressure, Machar was forced to return to Juba in January to form the long-awaited unity government with President Salva Kiir following his appointment, once again, on February 22, as First Vice-President.

Duer said he is for Machar’s removal, but said there was no point of impeachment as the First Vice President left the movement and the cause on which basis the group fought the regime in Juba for almost seven years.

“I am for removal of Riek Machar from the Chairmanship of the SPLM-IO, because Riek Machar failed and he fails the movement ( the SPLM-IO) along with him. He abandoned the cause [and] due to his weakness and bad leadership, the SPLM-IO failed to achieve a single objective:  He abandoned those who fought for him. The white army and the civil servants who left their jobs for the cause are not considered nor part of this agreement. The professional soldiers who fought for him and promoted by him are not considered by this Agreement,” Duer said.

Duer who is currently in Khartoum and who is a member of the SPLM-IO National Liberation Council (NLC) accused Machar of surrender to the regime in Juba and for awarding family members to key government positions allocated to the main armed opposition group by the revitalized peace agreement.

“He surrendered to the Government, he ran in before the Security Arrangements [are completed]. He turned the movement in to a family business, only his relatives are enjoying the fruits of our collective struggle. He practices nepotism while the movement [ according to its documents] is fighting against nepotism, most of all those appointed in the Government are his relatives or related to him in one way or another,” he said.

“He practices corruption, while the movement is fighting against corruption. He practices tribalism, while the movement is fighting against tribalism. He is not sincere nor faithful to the members of the movement. He is not a person of his words, he said in 2013, that he and the Nuer should not always fight for position of Vice President, he is now a Vice President. He abandoned his forces in the bush and ran in for a redundant position of first Vice President,” Duer added.

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-South Sudan envoy to Russia Telar Ring to return to Kiir-led SPLM faction

Former South Sudan ambassador to Russia and member SPLM-IO Telar Ring Deng [Photo by unknown]

Former South Sudan ambassador to Russia and member SPLM-IO Telar Ring Deng [Photo by unknown]

JUBA – Former South Sudan ambassador to the Russian Federation, Telar Ring Deng, is considering return to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IG) led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, two high-profile sources told Sudans Post.

On February 20, 2020, the former diplomat who left his job in Russia in 2018, announced in a statement that he was joining the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

At the time, Telar recently joined the Kiir-led SPLM faction after a self-imposed exile following his resignation as South Sudan’s ambassador to Moscow in 2018.

“This is to inform you that ambassador Telar Ring Deng is returning to the mother SPLM led by H.E the President of the Republic Salva Kiir Mayardit,” one source said from Juba this afternoon.

“All this time, negotiation involving of well-known elders from Lakes state has been ongoing and he has been convinced to return and we only remain with terms of his returns because he is giving conditions.”

Another opposition source closed to Telar said the former diplomat has been in unusual meetings with government officials from the side of President Salva Kiir. He said among the high profile official who met Telar recently is the acting SPLM Secretary-General Dr. Anne Ito.

“Well I  haven’t heard that, but what I can say is that I cannot rule out any intention from Telar to return to the SPLM-IG. This thing (defection) shouldn’t be a matter of surprise nowadays. People are crossing from place to place,” the official said.

Rumors to replace General Johnson Olony are unfounded – Machar aide

South Sudan First Vice President and SPLM-IO chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny [Photo via Getty Images]

South Sudan First Vice President and SPLM-IO chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny [Photo via Getty Images]

JUBA – A senior opposition official of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny has labeled, as unfounded, rumors that Machar was planning to replace his nominee for governor of Upper Nile state General Johnson Olony.

Rumors have been circulating on social media purporting that the Machar-led movement was considering to replace Olony following his refusal to come to Juba last week after meeting a high-level delegation from the First Vice President.

Speaking to Sudans Post this evening, Dut Majokdit, a senior opposition official for Northern Bahr el Ghazal state said the reports were untrue and unfounded and that the opposition group stands by its nominee.

“These are unfounded news from the enemies of peace. General Olony is our nominee and the First Vice President, the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief has no any intention to replace General Olony,” Majokdit said on phone from Juba.

“I am here to reiterated that we are for Olony and stands by him,” he asserted.

Disagreement over state ministries

Majokdit also said the former ITGONU and the SPLM-IO have come under a new impasse over three key ministries in three key states. He said the government is saying that they would take the ministry of finance in Western Equatoria state, ministry of local government in Unity state and the ministry of housing & public utilities in Central Equatoria state .

“There is another impasse now. the government is asking for the ministry of finance in Western Equatoria state, ministry of housing and public Utilities in Central Equatoria and Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement in Unity state,” he said.

“You cannot be the governor and give the finance ministry to another party. That has not happened in other states,” Majokdit added.

He also revealed that the government was refusing to share four counties of Parieng, Abiemnom, Pochala and Pibor in the two administrative areas of Ruweng and Pibor.

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