SPLM-IO refutes claims that peace agreement removes leader’s bodyguards

August 30, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) said their leader, Riek Machar, who is a designated first vice president in accordance with peace deal with president Salva Kiir, will have bodyguards in the capital, Juba, contrary to what some media outlets said to the contrary. Continue reading

South Sudanese rivals trade accusations over ceasefire violations

August 30, 2015 (JUBA) – Rival forces in South Sudan conflict have issued statements counter-accusing each other of violations of the permanent ceasefire hours after it came into effect on Saturday midnight as declared by president Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.

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Soldiers from the South Sudan army (SPLA) patrol the streets in the Upper Nile state capital, Malakal, on 21 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Charles Lomodong)

The spokesperson of the government forces, Colonel Phillip Aguer, issued a series of statements on Saturday evening and again on Sunday, accusing forces loyal to the former vice president, Riek Machar, to have carried out attack on positions held by forces allied to president Kiir in Malakal town.

The intention of the rebels attack on the government forces, according to Aguer, was to gain more territories which they were seeking to use as assembling points in the event peace deal is implemented. Continue reading

South Sudan’s Kiir to sign peace agreement on Wednesday

August 25, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, will sign the final peace agreement on Wednesday to end the 20-month long civil war against his former deputy, Riek Machar, IGAD has announced.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, seen in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2015 (Photo AFP Zacharias Abubeker)

This sudden change of mind came 7 days after the South Sudanese leader refused to sign the final peace agreement on 17 August, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, citing disagreement with many critical provisions in the peace deal. His arch rival and leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Machar, signed the final document. Continue reading

South Sudan’s Kiir demands more time, as Machar signs final peace agreement

August 17, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar signed the long-awaited final peace agreement to end the 20-month long civil war in the youngest world’s nation on Monday. but president Salva Kiir declined to sign the deal, requesting for more time to consult with his political and military officials back in the capital, Juba.

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta trying to convince South Sudanese president Salva Kiir back to the hall and sign peace agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, on July 17, 2015 (ST)

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Obama to meet with African leaders on South Sudan


President Obama in Nairobi as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Kenya on Sunday. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images).

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Obama will convene a meeting Monday with the leaders of several African nations and the chairwoman of the African Union, senior administration officials said Sunday, to determine whether there is sufficient regional support for sanctions if the ongoing peace process in South Sudan breaks down.

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His late father looms over Obama’s trip to Kenya

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)
July 20, 2015

Obama visits Kenya this week for the first time as president, though he does not plan on visiting his late father’s village or gravesite.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama is defined in many ways by something he never really had: a father.

He quizzes golf partners and friends about their dads. He leans in when he talks with troubled teens about the absence of a father in his own life. The loss shapes his role as a father and drives him to try to help others escape what a close friend calls “the voids in your life.” Continue reading

Conflict in Pochalla – Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA), South Sudan

July 23, 2015 (USA) – We are writing to the United States Department of State with a sense of the utmost urgency regrading a naturalized United States citizen Akwai Agada Akwai Cham, who returned to South Sudan in the county of Pochalla North, under greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) and was crowned a king in one of Anyuak people’s village of Adongo/Otalo. His wife and children reside in Mankato, Minnesota, U.S. Continue reading