Exclusive: In South Sudan Leaked UN Memo Says 150 Soldiers Dead As Some Joined Kiir’s Tiger Force


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By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

January 18, 2017, UNITED NATIONS, July 9 — In the UN’s continued withholding of news and answers about South Sudan, the reports of the UN’s own knowledge of abuses are now being withheld from its own impacted national staff.  So Inner City Press has published below multiple leaked documents from inside UNMISS and from non-governmental organizations – and compares them to contradictory official statements by the UN.

The UN has responded by evicting Inner City Press from its long-time shared office in the UN on April 16, video here and here (Periscope). Still, here exclusively from inside UNMISS is a UN memo on the most recent violence, even as the UN Security Council held no meeting on July 7, see below:

“JUBA Nearly 150 soldiers are reported dead from Friday’s clash between South Sudan’s rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to  the First Vice President Riek Machar.

The heavy fighting occurred on Friday near J1, the Presidential Palace, between troops of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and protection unit of the First Vice President, Machar, of the SPLA in Opposition.

35 of the SPLA-IO soldiers lying dead and over 80 died from the SPLA’s side.

All the bodyguards of the First Vice President who were deployed on the street outside J1 were killed, said a senior SPLA officer.

A huge force came from nowhere and joined up with President Kiir’s tiger force and opened fire on Machar’s bodyguards deployed outside the Palace for protection.”
On July 8 amid the surge in violence in South Sudan, the UN Ambassador of Lithuania, until recently on the UN Security Council, tweeted on Friday that the Council would meet that afternoon about the crisis.

But when ICP asked the month’s President of the Council, Koro Bessho of Japan, he said there would be no Security Council meeting that afternoon. The Lithuania ambassador deleted the tweet; the UNTV crew took down their camera. This as, for example, World Vision went on lock-down in Juba. Ban Ki-moon, in China, issued a canned statement – this as his spokesman refuses Press questions about South Sudan, calling them “too granular.”


On July 7, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it, video here, UN Transcript here and below. Dujarric refused an answer, calling it “too granular.” Then Inner City Press exclusively published this, from within UNMISS:

“Please be informed  that  on 07 July at about 20:25 hours,  Mr. Salah Khaled ( UNESCO Country Director) was shot by SPLA soldiers. Several shots were fired at his vehicle at the junction of Panorama Hotel along the Airport road. Incident occurred as he was driving home from an official UN function held at the UNDP compound. Mr. Khaled sustained three gunshot wounds; one to the leg and two shots to the left hand (lower & upper arm). The vehicle windscreen was shattered. He was taken to UNMISS level II clinic where he is presently receiving treatment. His condition is stable.

The circumstances surrounding his being shot at remain unclear.”

UN staff, only on condition of anonymity due to Ban Ki-moon’s and Herve Ladsous’ proclivity for retaliation, speak of large increase of roadblocks and checks resulting in a normal 20 minute journey taking three hours within the city.  The UN is becoming complicit.

From the UN’s July 7 transcript:

Inner City Press:  you’d read now this statement about Wau, but there’s still no UN estimate of the people killed.  There’s still these divergent… does the UN intend to actually come up with the figure?  Are they investigating what happened?

Spokesman:  Obviously, the UN is looking into it.  The mission is looking into it.  As we said, the SRSG herself is going, and as soon as we have something to share, we will do so.

Inner City Press:  Is the UN bringing media to Wau?  And if so, how do they decide which ones?

Spokesman:  Matthew, I think you can call the mission and find out.  I’m really not going to get into the granularity of what our colleagues do and how they do it.

Inner City Press:  Right, but, as an overall policy, I guess I’m saying enough time has gone by that the UN’s failure to come up with an estimate of casualties, which it does even in countries where it doesn’t have…  [inaudible]

Spokesman:  Matthew, the UN facilitates media in peacekeeping operations and they will… and as our colleagues in South Sudan do.  As for this particular trip, that’s a phone call you need to make to the mission. [inaudible]

Question:  Sure… I’m asking but the number of people killed and why…  [inaudible]

Inner City Press:  And I’ve told you… I’ve told you, I have not gotten that information from the mission.  As soon as I get information, I try to bring it up here.

That’s debatable. The UN’s most recent Department of Safety and Security situation report covers up what other sources say was the targeted assassination of an SPLA-IO soldier, in point 3 (we publish in full):

“CENTRAL EQUATORIA

1.         Crime – Assault: On 05 July at about 15:30 hours in Juba, UN military engineer personnel carrying out repair works at PoC 1 and PoC 3 of the UN House were pelted with stones by a group of IDPs who became violent towards the military engineers. The IDP’s action is believed to be because of their dissatisfaction with the condition of that portion of the PoC following recent heavy rains. No injury was reported.

2.         Crime – Shooting:  On 05 July at about 11:00 hours in Juba, an RPG was reportedly fired in the Dar El Salam market under unknown circumstances.  The resultant explosion is said to have injured five civilians.

3.         Crime – Shooting:  On 05 July at about 10:30 hours in Juba, UN military personnel on patrol reported a shooting incident near the NISS HQ on Jebel Road.  The report indicated that an SPLA soldier who appeared to have been shot was taken away from the scene by other Host Government security personnel. The body of a deceased SPLA –IO was reportedly later discovered in the same general area. It could however not be ascertained if this was the same person earlier taken away by HG security personnel neither could it be confirmed if the cause of death was  as a result of gunshots.

4.         Crime – Assault:  On 04 July at about 14:50 hours in Juba, a group of unknown persons blocked a UN contracted water truck near the western gate of the PoC site and demanded the release of a number of motorcycles that had been seized by UNPOL on 02 July when they were illegally brought into the PoC. The agitators left upon sighting UNPOL/FPU. Later that day at about 15:35 hours, UNPOL personnel were stoned at the PoC access gate by seven unidentified persons who also demanded the release of the seized motorcycles.

5.         Civil Unrest – Peaceful Demonstration: On 05 July at about 15:00 hours in the UN House PoC site in Juba, about 30 women and 40 children staged a peaceful protest over food shortages during the recent food distributions.  UNPOL and FPU were on standby during the peaceful protest.”

On June 21, UN DSS issued and Inner City Press has obtained and exclusively publishes the below advisory about South Sudan – well, Juba – which contrasts to DSS officials’ behavior, for example in New York where on February 19 they pushed Inner City Press into the street(apparently ordered to do so by DPI’s Cristina Gallach), on March 10ordered it out of the UN contrary to published rules, and since then have harassed the Press even when it has a minder.

Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it, UN transcript here: 

Inner City Press:  In South Sudan, there’s a leaked e-mail by the DSS [Department of Safety and Security] of South Sudan.

Spokesman:  That’s a surprise.

Inner City Press:  Yeah.  The reason I want to ask you is it seems to implicate… it might even be related to the thing you just said.  But what I’ll ask you about… It tells UN staff that they should not… that there may be a strike by judges and teachers in South Sudan and that during this time of uncertainty, they should not show their ID cards while they’re in town, and they should not give over their driving permits to the authorities if requested.  So I wanted to know, I mean, maybe it’s a smart thing to suggest, but given host country agreements, is it… is it the norm for UN officials, UN personnel, to not show their UN ID cards or to not turn them over to authorities…?

Spokesman:  I don’t know if it’s the norm or what’s the norm.  And again, I have no clue as to know the validity of the e-mail you’re referring to.  What is clear is DSS has a responsibility to ensure that our staff is kept safe, and so…

Inner City Press:  I wanted to ask you here whether security has a duty to give their names.

Spokesman:  I don’t think that… that’s two different issues.

But here’s what DSS says about South Sudan – note that is says don’t show your ID card (in UNHQ, DSS officers refuses to tell Inner City Press their names, Ban’s spokespeople refused to clarify) and don’t give over ID to authrities (with Inner City Press on February 19, they tore the ID off) —

“There are unconfirmed reports of the possibility of Judges and teachers in Juba going on strike today. UNDSS is monitoring the security situation in Juba in general and the Mudria area in particular which is likely to be affected should the strike take place. Staff traveling to Mudria area should exercise caution and avoid areas of large gatherings.

An advisory will be issued should the security situation change. In the meantime staff members are advised to monitor their radios for further updates.  Any staff member who notices any incident should inform UNDSS duty officer on [REDACTED by Inner City Press] or by radio JS Base.

There has been an increase in criminal activities throughout South Sudan in general and Juba in particular. Shops, hotels, compounds of international organizations and in some cases individuals have mostly been targeted. There have been multiple instances of armed robberies of convoys carrying humanitarian goods on some of the major roads and at INGO compounds.  In some cases the robberies have been violent in nature.

There is also an increase in the number of roadblocks during the hours of darkness. In Juba, there are instances of vehicles being stopped by groups or individuals who then demand money from the occupants before being allowed to proceed.  Incidents of this type against UN/NGOs as well as local citizens are becoming recurrent both in Juba and other parts of the country.  There is a likelihood of further upsurge in criminal activities due to the current economic situation.

To ensure staff safety, the following are advised:

1.         Observe traffic regulations to reduce the likelihood of being stopped at the road block and traffic intersections:

a.       Always wear seatbelts.

b.      Avoid the use of mobile phone while driving.

c.       Avoid stopping in pedestrian crossing or driving on the wrong lane.

d.      Adhere to traffic lights.

e.       If you can, avoid driving when the traffic light is blinking Yellow

2.         Avoid travelling alone.

3.         Do not display your ID cards visibly while in town.

4.         Do not carry large amount of money while going to town unless absolutely necessary.

5.         Reduce night movement as much as possible.

6.         Do not pay bribes or fines – Report all incidents to SIOC Duty Officer or ERT.

7.         Do not readily handover your driving permit. If forced to hand over, ensure to ask the police officer which police station is responsible in order enable UNDSS to follow-up.”

Spokesman Dujarric said he didn’t know anything. Back on April 26 Dujarric was later cc-ed on this response to Inner City Press:

“Regarding your question on Bentiu today:  On 25 April, at around 8:40 pm, unknown armed men fired small arms in the vicinity of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Bentiu. Two Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) were then fired towards the UNMISS base, and one of them landed outside the UNMISS compound, with another RPG inside the base damaging a prefab structure inside the humanitarian hub. The UNMISS Force responded effectively and prevented further shooting towards the vicinity of the UNMISS base. The incident lasted around 30 minutes. No one was injured.  The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) teams surveyed the suspected area for unexploded ordinance and declared the area safe.  All staff resumed normal business this morning.  UNMISS reiterates its call for all parties to respect the inviolability of all UN assets and premises. The Head of the Field Office is in contact with local authorities in order to carry out an investigation into the incident.”

But on April 28, after a UNMISS statement, Inner City Press asked Dujarric, UN transcript here:

Inner City Press: I’ve seen the statement from UNMISS about the incident three days ago of an RPG falling into the Bentiu camp, and you called it a preliminary investigation.  So, there were reports of… of Dinka, SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] in Government and Johnson Olony’s in-opposition forces fighting near there.  Is there… did this investigation by the UN involve trying to figure out who fired the RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] at the UN?

Spokesman:  Well, obviously, they’re limited in the way they can investigate exactly who fired the RPG.  They’re trying to gather as much information as possible.

Inner City Press:  But, they are going to try to determine…?

Spokesman:  They’re trying to gather as much information as possible.

On April 25, after Tweeting this photo, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here:

Inner City Press:  on South Sudan, I just wanted to ask you, in terms of Riek Machar coming back, I wanted to ask you… and again, you may say you can’t confirm this… there’s a UN e-mail that was sent out to all UN staff in South Sudan.  I can tell you it’s 057-SB-2204-2016, and it says that for Riek Machar’s arrival, that IDPs [internally displaced persons] in the Protection of Civilian (POC) camps will not be allowed to leave, that POC 1 and 3 remain closed.  So, I wanted to ask you, how is it appropriate for the UN to essentially lock in camps, civilians, some of whom are supporters of Riek Machar, when he returns in what’s described as a peace move…?

Spokesman:  I think you’re… again, it would be helpful if you asked whoever’s sending you these e-mails to copy me on it so at least we get on the same page.

Inner City Press:  You’re copied on some things, but I never get an answer.

Spokesman:  I will assume, which I don’t like to do, that you’re getting security updates.  I think it is the role of the UN to ensure that there is no violence, and there’s no trouble for the return of Mr. Machar.  And they will take and give advice and take the steps that are necessary.

Inner City Press:  Can people be locked into the POC camps if they’re nonviolent supporters of Riek Machar?

Spokesman:  I think the issue is that we’re dealing with a very volatile situation.  And we try to take the measures we can to avoid any sort of civilian deaths or injuries.

On April 23 for the still-delayed return of Riek Machar, a UN leak to Inner City Press reflects a decision to keep Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who sought shelter in the UN’s “Protection of Civilians” sites LOCKED in those sites during Machar’s return – a taking of sides, some say, while the UN Department of Safety and Security refuses to answer local questions but instead prepares for… a Saturday barbecue.

None of this is mentioned in the US’ Sunday night criticism, which says among other things that

“Yesterday, the government denied landing permission to flights for the return of opposition leader Riek Machar….Despite the best efforts by South Sudan’s neighbors, the Troika, United Nations Mission in South Sudan, China, the African Union, the European Union and, most importantly, by South Sudanese advocating for peace, leaders on both sides have blocked progress.”

Regarding China, Inner City Press has previously reported on – and from – the Beijing Juba hotel. That is, beofre that UN Secretariat started targeting it for its reporting.

The document leaked exclusively to Inner City Press:

“UN CONFIDENTIAL

Ref: 057/SB/22/04/2016

UN personnel are to take note of the following Movement Restrictions for tomorrow (23 April) only:

Juba city is declared GREY Alert Status as of 10:00 onward until further notice: Movement of ONLY Program Criticality (PC) 1&2 staff is advised.
UN personnel are advised to avoid movement on routes in the immediate vicinity of the Presidential Palace, Ministries Road and up to John Garang Mausoleum. The Juba International Airport (JIA) and the general area are declared WHITE Alert Status (PC1 and only if cleared by program managers).

POC1 and 3 remain closed. (IDPs will not leave the POC).

The movement restrictions contained in this advisory will be reviewed COB Saturday, 23 April 2016

All staff are to comply.”

When Forest Whitaker spoke at the UN about the Sustainable Development Goals in April 19 he mentioned his work in South Sudan, and Inner City Press followed up.

Inner City Press asked Whitaker, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO, what he thought of the UN’s performance in Malakal, where SPLA soldiers – or those dressed like them – killed people in the UN’s “Protection of Civilians” site.

Inner City Press also asked about the UN bribery scandal including Ng Lap Seng used entities like South South News to buy entry into the UN, for example after SSN gave money to the UN Correspondents Association getting a photo op with Ban at the UNCA Ball. Video of Q&A here.

Whitaker answered on South Sudan, giving a shout out to aid workers and his staff there, saying it is complicated there, “We are waiting for Riek Machar to return to Juba,” see below.


The UN corruption, or really Panama Paprs, question was answered by UN DESA’s Thomas Gass, who said now is the time to implement the SDGs.

On April 18, the UN internally reported on, but did not publicly complain about, an SPLA raid on “Australia House,” see below.

On April 19, Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it, UN transcript here.

Later on April 19, after a closed door briefing from the UN’s Herve Ladsous – who spoke only in French on his way in – the Security Council agreed to “Press Elements;” it was UNclear if either Machar or Salva Kiir would be listening.

From leak exclusively to Inner City Press:

“Summary of security developments during the course of the day for your information.

Juba City

Following the anticipated arrival of Dr. Riek Machar to Juba and the safety and security measures adopted by DO and UN security management, the following observations were made;

Activities and movements in Juba this morning was normal, however there was buildup of HG security forces including the erection of road blocks in and around the airport area, Presidential Palace and Ministries Road. The main road to the airport was cordoned just after the traffic lights. Vehicles were not allowed in or out of the airport area.  As a result inbound and outbound passengers had to walk all the way to and from the airport.  Commercial flights at the airport operated as normal. Movements and activities in Juba remained normal even after the news that Dr. Riek Machar’s arrival has been postponed.

·         At about 11:06 hours, about 20 armed SPLA soldiers stormed the ‘Australian House’ along the airport road in Juba town. This followed the sighting by SPLA of two Australian military liaison officers monitoring the situation at the Juba Airport using binoculars. The Australian officers’ binoculars and Tetra radios were confiscated by the SPLA. The two radios have been deactivated by CITS. UN security is following up.

Note: The security posture adopted by HG today in terms of presence and road closures are likely to be in place tomorrow.

POC

The security situation in both POCs was generally quiet. The main gates of the POCs were opened at 06:00 hours as usual to allow IDPs exit and entry into both POC sites.  At about 09:30 hours, an IDP cultural group sang and danced around POC 3 through both gates. The dancers made occasional stops but continued.  They were cheered by other IDPS who also joined in. This was a peaceful dance procession. At about 11: 45 hours, following information received from UNPOL, both PoC gates were closed except for incoming IDPs.At about 12:45 hours, four SPLA Soldiers in military uniforms and armed with AK 47 were seen peeping from a distance approximately 200m from the pedestrian gate of POC 3.  ETHBATT responded and the SPLA left. Some IDPs who wanted to go out of the PoC 3 around 14:20 hours could not because of the continued closure of the gates.

UN House and Tomping

·         The situation at the main, eastern and western gates of the UN House was normal.  The same situation applied to Tomping. No gathering was observed at both locations.”

On April 17, the day after the UN evicted it, Inner City Press exclusively published the UN’s internal warning / note to staff about Machar’s return, below. Contrast it to Ban more officially saying, “The Secretary-General… spoke to the First Vice President Designate of the Republic of South Sudan, Riek Machar. He welcomed his decision to return to Juba and urged him to work with President Kiir to prevent any further violence.”

And contrast it to UNMISS’ air-brushed Situation Report, production of which was suspended after Inner City Press published the leaks, then that it was no longer being circulated to the UN’s national staff, to whom the UN presumably owes at least some duty:

““CENTRAL EQUATORIA

1.         On 16 April at about 16:15 hours in Juba POC3 pedestrian gate, group of IDPs representing the Community Watch Group attempted to arrest a Warrior Security guard on duty on the allegation that the guard is an active member of the South Sudan National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). UN Security interfered and defused the tense situation. The case is under investigation.

UNITY

2.         On 16 April at about 10:30 hours in Bentiu, UNPOL/FPU apprehended three (03) IDPs in the PoC site in possession of fourteen iron poles suspected to be UN property. The stolen items were recovered and the suspects were handed over to the leader of the Community Watch Group for further action.

3.         On 16 April at about 08:30 hours in Bentiu, three (03) IDPs were apprehended by UNPOL/FPFU at the PoC site. The suspects were alleged to have stolen materials for a public toilet in the PoC site. UNPOL/FPU conducted a search and recovered the stolen items and handed it over to the concerned INGO while the criminals were handed over to the Community Watch Group for further actions.

NORTHERN BAHR EL GHAZAL

4.            On 16 April at about 10:15 hours in Aweil, an outbreak of electrical fire occurred in the office of the UNMISS Field Integrated Operation Centre (FIOC). The fire was successfully extinguished by the Aviation fire officer. Nobody was injured and the fire caused minor damage to the office.
WESTERN BAHR EL GHAZAL

5.         On 16 April at about 10:10 hours in Wau, an UNMISS MLO while driving a UN vehicle at the market area accidentally hit an alleged slightly blind local pedestrian juvenile. The victim sustained minor injury and was admitted at a local hospital in Wau. UN Security and Military Police responded to the scene and secured the release of the UN driver but the UN vehicle was detained by the local police for further investigation.”

Here’s the UN’s earlier (April 18) internal memo:

“Following the anticipated arrival of Dr. Riek Machar in Juba and the associated activities, UN personnel are advised to observe/adhere to the following risk management measures/guidance:

Movement Restriction for 18 April 2016 Only:

·         Juba city is declared GREY Alert Status: Movement of Program Criticality (PC) 1&2 international and national staff and support staff to workplace must be concluded by 09:00 hours. Program Managers are to determine the PC category of their staff.

·         Therefore, no movement in the city beyond 09:00 until UN Security advises when staff may commence movement in the city.

·         The UN Tomping main gate will be opened until 08:30 hours thereafter all movements will be through the Western gate.

·         UN personnel are advised to avoid movement on routes in the immediate vicinity of the Presidential Palace, Ministries Road and up to John Garang Mausoleum.

·         The Juba International Airport (JIA) and the general area are declared WHITE Alert Status (PC1 and only if cleared by program managers) except for staff members arriving on inbound flights on commercial flights. Staff departing should restrict their travel to the afternoon fights.

·         The movement restrictions contained in this advisory will be reviewed at COB on Monday, 18 April 2016 in event it has to be extended.

Assembly Areas:

·         All UN compounds serve as Assembly Areas.

·         All UN international staff residing outside UN premises who feel unsafe should relocate to their designated Assembly Areas in a timely manner. Monitor the security radio broadcasts throughout the day/ night.

Concentration Point:

·         Concentration Points (CP) are used when staff members are to be evacuated out of the country. The designated CP for UN staff members in Juba are the UN- Tomping and the UN House. That will be on DO instruction only.

Staff Residential Details:

·         Staff members who reside outside UN compounds and who are yet to send details/ coordinates of their residence to UN Security are advised to immediately send it to the SIOC Duty Officer before 15:00 hours on Sunday, 17 April 2016.”

Watch this site.

Back on April 4, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric about the report, and he had no response on journalists saying UNMISS dug into what questions they would ask. From the UN transcript:

Inner City Press: I wanted to ask about South Sudan.  It’s  reported in great detail by Radio Tamazuj that there are minders, that minders are assigned to journalists who seek to go and cover Malakal, Bentiu and other Protection of Civilians sites.  And a number of the journalists quoted anonymously, because they feel retaliation by the UN, say that they believe that the purpose of the minders is to undermine their ability to hear about underperformance by UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan] and other human rights violations in the camps.  So, I wanted to know, what is the UN’s response to that?

Spokesman Dujarric:  Look, the UN and the Mission in South Sudan are working over extremely difficult conditions, caring for more than 200,000 civilians, a number of Protection of Civilians sites.  Over the years… over the last two years, we facilitated travel for over 180 journalists to various Protection of Civilians sites around the country, a greater number even in Juba itself.  Travelling on UN planes and accessing UN sites is done according to established guidelines, which take into consideration, obviously, security and individual considerations.  The guidelines have been in place since this particular conflict erupted.  I think if journalists have any issues, they should contact the mission there.  But, I know they do their best.  And you know, we have some responsibility if journalists come into the site, it is a UN site; we have some responsibility to them.

Inner City Press:  Have you read the article?  Because they quoted journalists…

Spokesman:  I’ve read the article, and I really have nothing else to say.  I can’t speak to anonymous quotes.

But Dujarric follows anonymous UNCA-affiliated Twitter accounts devoted to attacking Inner City Press…

“According to a UN document produced as a ‘guide’ to visiting journalists, UNMISS PIO requires information on ‘the duration and type of visit’ of any journalist seeking to enter into a protection site. In addition to this, according to a second journalist interviewed by Radio Tamazuj who had recently visited one of the protection sites, the UNMISS Public Information Office also ‘demanded I tell what I was going to be asking about, because any political questions were restricted.’ The journalist noted that they also tried to provide a ‘minder’ to accompany him during interviews.”

While in South Sudan Ladsous’ DPKO uses safety as the pretext to require minders, no such pretext exists inside UN Headquarters. But nevertheless, on March 24 covering Western Sahara Inner City Press was told it could only do interviews on the UN’s second floor with a UN minder.

On March 31, while other correspondents were permitted to interview US Deputy Ambassador David Pressman about Ladsous’ DPKO’s (and Sangaris’) rapes in the Central African Republic, Inner City Press was told to leave the gaggle due to its “Non-resident” accreditation cut by Gallach.

Inner City Press directly told Gallach about the impact of her no due process order on March 31, audio here including in fairness her response; she has done nothing to change it. This is the UN’s “Public Information” chief? Why? See here.

The UN requiring minders for journalists is disgusting. They uses security as their figleaf in South Sudan, but inside UN Headquarters it is straight up censorship, even amid or really to prevent Press coverage of the unfolding UN bribery scandal. We’ll have more on this.

While UN Peacekeeping’s antipathy to Inner City Press has been evidence since 2011-12 (under Ladsous), now in the Department of Political Affairs there is a inquiry or witch hunt into who leaked the Yemen envoy’s email to Inner City Press.

Amid or because of this reporting on what the UN knows but doesn’t say, on February 19 at the demand of UN Under Secretary General for Public Information Cristina Gallach, Inner City Press was thrown out of the UN. Audio here; ongoing petition here.

On March 28, Ban Ki-moon’s personal lawyer Miguel de Serpa Soares issued an eviction threat against Inner City Press; on March 29, he was listed as one of only three members of a Task Force purporting to clear Ban of involvement in the ongoing UN corruption scandal. We’ll have more on this.

On March 30, Inner City Press’ sources provided this detailed timeline and specifics:

“The planned movement of 1,370 SPLA-IO soldiers to Juba via Malakal begun yesterday with the first batch 40 soldiers. The entire exercise was conducted in three phases as follows;

Phase 1: Move IO soldiers from Canal to Malakal airport. Escorted was provided by SPLA. No involvement of UNMISS and CTSAMM in this phase.

Phase 2: Processing the soldiers for air movement to Juba.

Phase 3: Air lift by UNMISS aircraft to Juba.

Phase 2 Details

The 40 SPLA –IO soldiers arrived at the airport at 13:00 hrs. The following senior SPLA and SPLA-IO officers led the escort from Canal to Malakal airport:

Maj Gen John Maluit           – SPLA LO
Maj Gen Samuel Mayiik      – SPLA Acting Div 2 Comd
Brig Gen Makuol Ajand        – SPLA Chief Operations
Col Abraham Komye               – SPLA
Brig Gen Peter Pur Nienkel – SPLA-IO

The senior officers were at the airport throughout the process. The Deputy Governor was also at the airport to welcome and bid troops farewell to Juba.

CTSAMM carried out the process of verification, clearing weapons and putting them in boxes. UNDSS – prepared weapon manifest, manual luggage search and body screening. UNDSS also served as a point of contact between escort team and UNMISS team at the airport.

Break down of details as follows:

Number of soldiers                     – 40
No. of weapons                           – 33 AK 47
No. pistol                                         – 01
No. of ammo (7.62 x 39 mm) – 6,754 rounds
Ammo for pistol (9mm)           – 28 rounds

The exercise ended without any incident at 15:30 hrs. The aircraft departed Malakal at 16:00 hrs for Juba.

The movement is expected to run daily from 28 Mar to 7 Apr 16 except 2 and 3 Apr 16 (given Juba airport’s closed at weekends).”

On the “unrest” in the UN’s Juba camp, Inner City Press has these reports from its sources:

“The IDPs told the guards  don’t treat us like animals.  We need water and food… UN is very nervous, and it’s very clear to all they didn’t know what to do or how to handle situation which is still tense and growing. UNMISS and some UN organs are fearing leaks of info now as it’ll again put them in ‘bad light.’ Accepting they’re trying to suppress info, it’s a bit late as international banks passed word and it was all over Nairobi and Kampala news this am just after weekly Church services concluded and now in regional media.”

And, internal UNMISS:

“At around 11:30hrs fighting broke out between IDP communities in POC 1 at the UN House in Juba. FPU and CHINBATT were deployed to control the situation.  Around 1800hrs the situation flared up again resulting in about 200 IDPs moving into the UN House compound specifically around the staff accommodation areas.   Additional troops were deployed to patrol the staff accommodation area to ensure staff safety and  control the movement of the IDPs. Currently the IDPs have refused to go to PoC 3 and are being kept at the humanitarian gate under force protection.

Advisory:  GREY ALERT Status have been declared in the affected areas, especially at the Humanitarian Gate and PoC1.  Staff are advised to restrict movement to the affected areas until further notice.”

SRSG Loj needed to have Chinese armed guards surrounding her compound. Their lack of reporting into public mainstream is one thing, but they’re unable to hide the reality within their internal sit reps given after 18.00 hrs (LT) there are effectively no go zones that the UN doesn’t monitor due to armed groups of SPLA-IG (in civilian clothes etc)

One of those behind the ouster of Inner City Press – and laughing and filming it on February 19 – was Voice of America, which tried in 2012 to get Inner City Press out of the UN by writing to UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, here. In 2016 the same VOA scribes has become an anonymous troll, defending UN corruption and ouster. Is BBG in on this? US tax dollars at work.

Ironically, today Voice of America reports inaccurately from South Sudan that the SPLA – IO is to have 3,000 troops in Juba. VOA error here. But the number is under 2,000 — VOA is apparently conflating police that are to go elsewhere in the country. In any event, the cantonment sites have yet to be built; one proposal, near Juba, would put them in the direct line of fire of the SPLG – IG. We’ll have more on this.

Inner City Press’ UN Pass was confiscated and its files seized. Questions sent to Gallach and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric have still  not been answered. A new ouster occurred on March 10, video here.

Nevertheless, and pending reversal of Gallach’s no due process order, Inner City Press continues with its exclusive reporting, this time from Akobo in Jonglei State, on which the UN is silent. Inner City Press early on the morning of on March 14 exclusively published an NGO email about problems in Akobo, then asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it. UN transcript:

Inner City Press: an email among NGOs there that in Akobo in Jonglei State, there had been an 800 per cent increase in revenge killings and that several NGO staff have gone into hiding but haven’t seen anything from UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan] about this.  And I’m wondering, what is… I understand, I guess, UNMISS doesn’t report on some of the fighting, deferring to some website you’ve cited, but when actually humanitarian workers are as… as… as frightened as this email shows, what is UNMISS doing?

Spokesman Dujarric:  Well, I’m happy to look into the issue.  I have not received any reports from UNMISS.

An NGO in Akobo has written, as obtained exclusively by Inner City Press; the full document we have put online here. We’ll have more on this.

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