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Clashes between SSPDF soldiers and civilians in Ikotos County in Eastern Equatoria State on Sunday left three people dead, two injured and the population seeking safety at the local Catholic Church parish and in bushes, local officials said.
Odongi Joseph, the Paramount Chief of Ikotos County who said he was in hiding, told Radio Tamazuj that the fighting started in the Hai Turuju residential area when some civilians had an altercation with some soldiers at a drinking joint resulting in the death of a soldier.
“Yesterday (Sunday), the fighting happened in a drinking place in a residential area called Hai Turuju when one soldier was shot dead,” he explained. “When other soldiers went to see what had happened, they got one of their colleagues killed and they began to shoot at the civilians leaving three dead. The situation is still worsening.”
Chief Odongi said the SSPDF base commander in Ikotos resisted the request from the county commissioner to withdraw the soldiers from the center of the town.
“When the commissioner tried to order the base commander to withdraw the forces, the commander aired bad words to the commissioner and told him to also get prepared and said he was not listening to the commissioner anymore,” Odongi said. “I think they also have an issue between them.”
“Right now the commissioner is out (of town) in fear for his life and I am also away because we were targeted for reason,” he added.
The chief appealed to the state authorities to intervene in resolving the problem and protecting the civilians.
The commissioner of Ikotos County, Joseph Loholong Jenisio, confirmed the incident and said heavy weapons such as Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) were used during the fighting. He said he was threatened by the SSPDF base commander and had to move to another compound for safety.
“There was a shooting in Hai Turuju and I immediately talked to the inspector of police and director of wildlife. I
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The Bishop of the Episcopal Church Diocese of Kajo-Keji, Emmanuel Murye Modi is dead.
Bishop Murye was flown to Nairobi on Tuesday night and admitted to the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya where he breathed his last.
The Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Central Equatoria Internal Province, Dr. Paul Yugusuk made the announcement on Wednesday morning.
"I Dr. Paul Pitia Yugusuk, the Archbishop of Central Equatoria Internal Province, and on behalf of the entire bishops and congregations, I would like to inform His Grace Dr. Justin Badi Arama, the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and the Episcopal Diocese of Kajokeji and the Kuku community that this morning at Nairobi Hospital at 5 am, Bishop Emmanuel Murye Modi has gone due to heart attack. May his soul rest in peace," he said.
On Monday, Archbishop Yugusuk told Radio Tamazuj that he arrived in Kajo-Keji that morning for a reconciliation meeting and was received by the late, who collapsed soon after they arrived at his home.
He suspected the late suffered a stroke after he complained of severe pains in his head and heart and was evacuated to Juba for further treatment.
Bishop Emmanuel Murye has been leading the Kajo-Keji diocese in Central Equatoria State since 2018.
Kajo-Keji County has been affected by the conflict since 2016.
Fresh fighting has erupted this morning in Tonja of Upper Nile state with General Simon Gatwech Dual, the leader of the breakaway SPLA-IO Kitgwang faction, accusing forces loyal to First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny of triggering the fight by attacking their base.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Alfred Gach Thot, the spokesman of the SPLA-IO Kitgwang faction, said SPLA-IO forces commanded by General Jok Kuach in Phow crossed the river Nile and attacked their forces based in Tonja of Upper Nile state.
“This morning on 5/ 12/2022 at 5.00 AM, the SPLA-IO none-unified forces of Riek Machar under the command of Gen. Jok Kuach in Phow attacked the SPLA-IO Kitgwang Declaration military base in Tonja,” he said in the statement extended to Sudans Post.
The senior holdout opposition officer further said that fighting was still ongoing and that SPLA-IO forces were ordered to cross the Nile by General Nhial Kuol, the force commander in Phow of Fangak County, to attack them.
“The attackers were made to cross the river where they came from by the SPLA-IO KD under the command of Gen. Nhial Kuol,” he added.
Several attempts by Sudans Post to contact the SPLA-IO spokesman were unsuccessful.
The latest fresh fighting comes despite calls by civil society activists for the parties involved in the ongoing violence in the oil-rich Upper Nile to stop war and use peaceful means such as dialogue to resolve grievances.
Last week, armed civilians from Jonglei State’s Fangak and Ayod County (known as Gawaar White Army) attacked several villages and an IDP camp inside Panyikang County killing at least 3000 civilians, according to a senior local government official.
The Coordinator of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in Fashoda County Paul Awin said elements of the White Army attacked several areas including the camp hosting thousands of displaced civilians at Aburoc and narrated a ‘massacre’ of 3000 innocent civilians.
“The estimated figures that I can say regarding the death, it can be more than three thousand because people are still checking,” he told the media this week.
“After they finish in Kudok Payam, they also proceed to Dethouk Payam where is the higher population of the IDPs, so the attacker they went there and start shooting on those IDPs, this is where a lot of population of Dethouk Payam lost their lives,” he added.
Prominent activist Edmund Yakani who is the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) also warned that ongoing violence against civilians may amount to war crimes or genocide and called on Gatwech and Olony to immediately stop it.
“The forces of SPLA-IO Kitgwang under General Gatwech Dual and the Nuer white and those forces of General Johnson Olony of Agwelek are seriously engaged in acts against communities and these acts may constitute genocide in the eye of international community. Despite those attacks, the state capacity to protect civilians is weak and UNMISS intervention is needed,” Yakani said in a statement extended to Sudans Post this morning.
“The war between Simon Gatwech and Johnson Olony is totally a funded proxy war which is senseless apart from been supported to only create crimes against humanity and other gross human rights violations and sexual violence against women and girls. This ongoing violence are like any other ethnic violence across the global that requires urgent response of the government or international community,” he stressed.
CEPO further urged General Gatwech and General Olony to stop the fighting and use peaceful mean such as dialogue to resolve their grievances instead of committing crimes against civilians in Upper Nile state.
“CEPO is urging Simon Gatwech and Johnson Olony to immediately ceasefire and opt for dialogue for sorting out their political differences without committing crimes and gross human rights violations on the civil population in some parts of Upper Nile state,” he said.
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A New RRC Office opens in Torit, dedicated to advancing monitoring and registration of returnees.
Governor Louis Lobong Lojore on Wednesday inaugurated a new office building of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Commission in Torit on Wednesday.
Officials say this field office will strengthen NGOs relations with the government, as well as boost ongoing humanitarian efforts in the State.
The Governor of Eastern Equatoria Louis Lobong Lojore appreciated the good working relationship between the Government and the humanitarian agencies in the State.
The Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Raouf Mazou, said "this historic Office" will position the agency to better advance the monitoring and registration of the returnees.
The Chairperson of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Dr. Manasse Lomole Way, said "Torit is an island of peace and stability, saying the establishment of the Office is a testament that there is tranquility in the State.
Lomole said more six hundred thousand people have so far returned to the country from the refugees camps.
The UNHCR-funded "Pocket of Hope" Location is to help in monitoring the return process of the refugees from the neighbouring countries.
A high-level delegation from Juba led by the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Raouf Mazou and the Head of RRC Dr. Manasse Lomole Waya.
The team is in the State to advocate for additional focus and support for the government and the people of South Sudan to advance solutions to the returnees and refugee problems.
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US FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL RUN AGAIN FOR PRESIDENCY IN 2024 ELECTION.
Donald Trump, who has mounted relentless attacks on the integrity of U.S. voting since his 2020 election defeat, on Tuesday launched a bid to regain the presidency in 2024, aiming to pre-empt potential Republican rivals.
Seeking a potential rematch with Democratic President Joe Biden, Trump made his announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida a week after midterm elections in which Republicans failed to win as many seats in Congress as they had hoped.
In a speech lasting little more than an hour, Trump spoke to hundreds of supporters in a ballroom decorated with chandeliers and lined with American flags.
“In order to make America great again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump said to the phone-waving crowd, which included family members, donors and former staffers.
Trump steered clear of the name-calling that has marked other public appearances, opting instead for a critique of Biden’s presidency and a review of what Trump said were the policy achievements of his own time in office.
“Two years ago we were a great nation and soon we will be a great nation again,” he said.
Trump laid out familiar dark themes from his playbook, denouncing migrants – “We’re being poisoned” – and portraying American cities as crime-ridden “cesspools of blood.”
He said he would push for the death penalty for drug dealers and rehire members of the military who had been dismissed for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Although he assailed the U.S. election process, Trump did not use his speech to revive his false claims of massive voter fraud in 2020 and did not mention the violent attempt by his supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.
On a trip to Indonesia, Biden said “not really” when asked if he had a reaction to Trump’s announcement. On Twitter, he posted a video criticizing Trump’s record in office.
LONG ROADThere is a long road ahead before the Republican nominee is formally selected in the summer of 2024, with the first state-level contests more than a year away.
Trump’s announcement comes earlier than usual even in a country known for protracted presidential campaigns, and signals his interest in discouraging other possible contenders such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or his own former vice president, Mike Pence, from making a bid for the Republican Party’s nomination.
DeSantis handily won re-election as governor last week. Pence has sought to distance himself from Trump while promoting a new book. Other potential Republican presidential hopefuls include Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Trump played an active role in the midterms, recruiting and promoting candidates who echoed his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through widespread voting fraud.
But many of his candidates in key battleground states lost, prompting some prominent Republicans to openly blame him for promoting weak candidates who derailed the party’s hopes of taking control of the Senate.
Control of the House of Representatives remains up in the air, but Republicans are on track to win a razor-thin majority.
Trump will seek his party’s nomination even as he faces trouble on several fronts, including a criminal investigation into his handling of government documents, a congressional subpoena related to his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, assault. Trump has called the investigations politically motivated and has denied wrongdoing.
Trump, 76, is seeking to become only the second U.S. president in history to serve non-consecutive terms, after Grover Cleveland, whose second stint ended in 1897. Biden, 79, said last week he intends to run for re-election and will likely make a final decision by early next year.
In an Edison Research exit poll, seven out of 10 midterm voters expressed the view that Biden, who remains deeply unpopular, should not run again. In the same poll, six of 10 respondents said they had an unfavorable opinion of Trump.
During his turbulent 2017-2021 presidency, Trump defied democratic norms and promoted “America First” nationalism while presenting himself as a right-wing populist. He cut taxes and secured a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. He alienated U.S. allies and praised authoritarian leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
He became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, though congressional Democrats failed to remove him from office.
At a rally that preceded the Capitol attack, Trump urged supporters to march on Congress to “stop the steal,” but the mob that subsequently stormed the Capitol failed to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory.
Even though court and state election officials rejected Trump’s false election claims, about two-thirds of Republican voters believe Biden’s victory was illegitimate, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
Trump has elicited passionate support from many Americans, especially white men, Christian conservatives, rural residents and people without a college education. Critics accuse Trump of pursuing policies built around “white grievance” in a nation with a growing non-white population.
The political landscape has changed dramatically since he won the presidency in 2016 and some in his party, including major donors, are exhausted by the drama surrounding him.
Ivanka Trump was not at the event, although her husband Jared Kushner was along with her brothers Don Jr. and Eric. She issued a statement saying: “I do not plan to be involved in politics. While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena.”
A rare political drama played out in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), when a national youth league official made a statement that seemed to have irked the top brass of the ruling party, prompting swift damage control.
It all began when the Secretary-General of SPLM Youth League, Simon Machuar, posted a statement on social media referring to the national assembly speaker, Jemma Nunu Kumba, as the country’s “upcoming president”—a post that the party termed an “unacceptable political statement.”
“I am urging all the SPLM youth to attend the popular reception of our right honourable speaker, comrade, Jemma Nunu Kumba, the elected Speaker of East Africa Parliament and the upcoming president of our Republic today at 11:00 am at Juba International Airport,” Machuar wrote on Sunday.
However, the Public Relations Officer in the Office of the Speaker, Ador Deng, countered Machuar’s praises with condemnation on Facebook, calling on the public to treat it as an individual statement.
“On behalf of Rt Hon Jemma Nunu Kumba, the Speaker of the National Assembly, who is also a senior member of the SPLM political bureau, I would like to clarify the following: first, I condemn this irresponsible statement,” Ador noted.
However, it did not end there. The Chairperson of the SPLM Youth League, Daniel Abocha Ali, would then take it further by suspending the SG and forming a committee to investigate him.
“Based on your post on your page today… you are hereby suspended from today until further notice,” the suspension letter partly read.
Abocha said a committee would investigate the incident, although he referred to the matter as administrative.
“It is true that we suspended him (Machuar), but it is an administrative suspension, not a dismissal…”Just a matter of two days, and when the issue is resolved, he will get back to his work,” Abocha said.
“I think the committee is already finalising the work,” he added.
Speaking to The City Review yesterday, the Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs and Mobilization, Santo Malek, reiterated that Machuar’s statement was an individual opinion and not the party’s position, and hence, should be treated as such.
“We should focus on the implementation of the peace agreement and how to support our chairperson, Salva Kiir Mayardit,” Malek said.
He stated that the national secretariat had been informed about the suspension of the youth league official and would wait for the investigation committee’s report.
“I understand that he has been suspended, and there is a committee investigating [the incident], and they will report to us later. “We are waiting for the outcome of the committee in order to act,” he said.
Malek stressed that the incident can be handled by youth league leadership, adding that it is unfortunate for the youth league executive entrusted to manage the youth at the national level to act in an unacceptable manner.
He noted that the youth league is a very important body considered a pillar of the party, saying that issues involving this wing must be carefully handled by the ruling party.
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