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Rebel Governor Koang Rambang Chol took $40,000 of $107,743 dollars according to Kenyan family of 2 pilot released claims that Rebel

February 24, 2018, Rebel Governor Koang Rambang Chol took $40,000 of $107,743 dollars according to the family of the two Kenyan Pilots released in South Sudan’s Akoba claims that the rebel Gov. Koang Rambang Chol who initiated the conpensations and release of two Kenyans Pilots who crashed in Akobo, in Bieh State, South Sudan, on January 7 2018.

Africans Press also have learned that $15,000 of $40,000 dollars that Koang Rambang has taken to himself was given to his family in Ethiopia and Kenya

 

This came after more than a month in captivity, two Kenyan pilots detained by rebels in South Sudan and were released on a $107,743 dollars consensation to the family of the dead family and finally head home.

 

This is after the government and the rebels agreed on the amount of money to be paid as compensation for loss of life and property when the Cessna Caravan registration number 5Y-FDC crashed in Akobo, in the Greater Upper Nile region of South Sudan, on January 7.

Following the crash, Captain Pius Frank Njoroge and co-pilot Kennedy Shamalla have been under the custody of Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) rebels who have been demanding Sh20 million compensation for the death of a woman and 11 cows in the accident.

The pilots and nine passengers suffered minor injuries. On Feb 20, 2018,  Two Kenyan pilots held in South Sudan by the country’s rebel group returned to Nairobi Tuesday afternoon following their release from month-long captivity.

 

The pilots were released late Monday following intense negotiations by South Sudanese government officials and their counterparts from Kenya who accompanied them home.

The two were captured by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) after their plane crash-landed in a rebel-held area on January 7, killing one person and 11 cows.

The plane was said to have suffered a technical hitch a few minutes after takeoff in the Akobo rebel-held region near South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia, according to the Standard newspaper.

“The families of the detained pilots have suffered great emotional and psychological distress during the unacceptable long period of detention,” Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma who was at hand to welcome them at Wilson Airport said.

“The Government of the Republic of Kenya deplores the unfriendly and inhumane response of the SPLM-IO to what was an unfortunate accident,” she said condemning “the capture and detention of our Kenyan pilots in the strongest possible terms.”

Ambassador Juma also thanked the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for aiding in securing the extradition of the pilots.

Captain Wachira, the owner of the plane told the media that US$107,743 was paid to secure the pilots’ release.

The Kenyan-owned plane was taking aid workers to the Akobo area to carry out an assessment on the food crisis in the area when it crashed, but none of the nine passengers on board suffered injuries.

The pilots suffered minor injuries.

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South African adviser to Machar sentenced to death in Juba

File photo: William John Endley

File photo: William John Endley

February 24, 2018, A South African adviser for South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was sentenced to death on Friday on charges of espionage, conspiracy to overthrow the government and supplying weapons.

William John Endley, who served as an advisor to exiled opposition leader Riek Machar, is a retired army colonel. He was also charged with insurgency, sabotage, terrorism and illegal entry into South Sudan.

The South African national was arrested in the capital Juba by national security agents on 18 August 2016.

During the sentencing today, the presiding judge Ladu Eriminio Sekwat said Endley, 55, has already served two years in jail for violating Article 38 of South Sudan’s immigrations law.

He further said Endley has been sentenced to death by hanging for violating provisions of section 67 of South Sudan’s Criminal Procedural Act and section 57 of the South Sudan National Security Act.

He pointed out that Endley had 15 days to appeal.

His lawyer Gardit Abel Gar told said Endley should be released according to the signed cessation of hostilities agreement.

“It is inconsistent with the just signed cessation of hostilities agreement which has stated that all political detainees and prisoners of war should have been released with 72 hours and 14 days later, but it has not been done and the government should have stayed the case,” he said.

The defense lawyer said he is ready to appeal within the period specified by the court.

James Gatdet Dak, the official former spokesman for Riek Machar, has also been sentenced to death for inciting war and conspiracy against Kiir’s administration.

Human Right: says, “wider Government strategy is to eradicate the Nuer community.” in South Sudan

February 23, 2018, Human Right concluded that the goal of the government is to destroy as much as many community who are not Dinka. The report says that in July 2017, the SPLA had arrived in Mathiang, continuing to engage mortar fire and heavy artillery. The SPLA-IO (RM) and Nuer White Army resisted the attack before withdrawing.

SPLA forces destroyed humanitarian compounds, schools, a church, water points and a local hospital. The Commission also received information that SPLA-IO (RM)
forces abducted three humanitarian workers. The Commission received numerous reports of civilians being subjected to arbitrary killings, assault and gruesome acts of sexual violence, in addition to the destruction and looting of their property.
91. One witness, from Malow (Witness 301) told the Commission how she watched as
SPLA soldiers castrated her husband and forced her to hold his bloody testicles in one hand
as she shielded their new-born child with her other hand. She then watched three SPLA
soldiers rape her 70 year-old mother and coerce her twelve year-old son into having sex with
his grandmother. After raping the grandmother, the SPLA soldiers shot and killed her. The
woman’s husband and one-month old baby subsequently died during their flight to Ethiopia.
92. As the SPLA continued east towards Maiwut, their tanks got bogged down in the
seasonal mud, stalling the advance. The SPLA Chief of General Staff deployed attack
helicopters to reinvigorate the campaign, with SPLA forces reaching Maiwut in late July.
93. Despite the SPLA-IO (RM) base being located two kilometres outside the town, the
SPLA ground forces stormed Maiwut, raped women and massacred civilians in Maiwut and
the surrounding villages. SPLA troops embarked on a similar pattern of looting and
destruction, burning schools, the hospital, NGO facilities, as well as homes before advancing
to Pagak.
94. One witness (Witness 333) recounted returning from seeking shelter in the bush to
find that his mother had been blinded by SPLA soldiers who gouged her eyes out with spears
as she unsuccessfully tried to defend her 17 year-old daughter from being raped by fourteen
soldiers. Seventeen SPLA soldiers then raped the man’s blind mother, while his father was
found beheaded with his castrated penis stuffed in his mouth.
95. Witnesses reported that as the SPLA arrived in Pagak in late July 2017, they began
shooting at civilians who had fled during earlier points in the offensive. Fierce fighting
continued before the town was captured by 7 August 2017. SPLA IO (RM) forces had already
counter-attacked to recover Mathiang and Maiwut.
96. Meanwhile, civilians who had fled earlier in the Government offensive described
walking for four to five days without food or water to reach Pagak and the Ethiopian border
with family members becoming separated or children dying along the journey from starvation
and thirst. Several women were reportedly raped as they sought food for their children.
97. The intense fighting led to the evacuation of nearly all humanitarian personnel, which
resulted in a dearth of aid for an estimated 50,000 civilians in an already dire humanitarian
situation.
98. Buoyed by the SPLA’s Pagak success, the Minister of Defence, Kuol Manyang
declared that the SPLA would “crush all remaining rebels in South Sudan within 30 days.”
Intermittent fighting continued around Pagak up until December 2017.

Ethiopia builds Africa’s first energy plant that converts trash into electricity

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February 22, 2018, Waste management is one of the biggest challenges confronting many African countries. The issue of collection, management and disposal of solid waste still features highly in major towns and cities across the region. Failure to correctly manage waste disposal has often led to flooding and the outbreak of diseases.

In Ethiopia, its largest rubbish dump Koshe was for almost 50 years, home to hundreds of people who collect and resell rubbish trucked in from around the capital Addis Ababa. It, however, made headlines last year when it killed about 114 people, compelling the government to rethink an alternative use for the site which is said to be the size of 36 football pitches.

Ethiopia has since turned the site into a new waste-to-energy plant via the Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project which is the first of its kind in Africa. This forms part of efforts to revolutionise waste management practices in the country.

The plant, which was expected to begin operation in January, will incinerate 1,400 tons of waste every day. This represents about 80 percent of the city’s waste generation. The plant will also supply the people with 30 percent of their household electricity needs.

“The Reppie project is just one component of Ethiopia’s broader strategy to address pollution and embrace renewable energy across all sectors of the economy. We hope that Reppie will serve as a model for other countries in the region, and around the world,” Zerubabel Getachew, Ethiopia’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations said in Nairobi last year.

The waste-to-energy incineration plant will burn the rubbish in a combustion chamber. The heat produced will be used to boil water until it turns to steam, which drives a turbine generator that produces electricity.

Waste-to-energy incineration is also vital for cities where land is in short supply, as apart from generating electricity, space will be saved and there is a substantial prevention of the release of toxic chemicals into groundwater, and reduction in the release of the greenhouse gas – methane – into the atmosphere.

The Reppie plant operates within the emissions standards of the European Union, as it contributes towards alleviating air pollution.

Waste-to-energy plants are already popular in Europe, as nearly 25 percent of municipal waste is incinerated.
In France alone, there are about 126 waste-to-energy plants, with Germany having 121 and Italy having 40.

The Reppie plant in Addis Ababa is the result of a partnership between the Government of Ethiopia and a consortium of international companies: Cambridge Industries Limited (Singapore), China National Electric Engineering and Ramboll, a Danish engineering firm. The consortium is hoping that the project will be a series of similar ones in major cities across Af

North Korea canceled secret meeting with Pence at Olympics

North Korea canceled secret meeting with Pence at Olympics
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Vice President Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials during his stop in Pyeongchang, South Korea, during the Winter Olympics earlier this month, but the North Koreans canceled, Pence’s office confirmed Tuesday.

According to The Washington Post, which was the first to report on the meeting and its subsequent cancellation, Pence and his aides were slated to meet Feb. 10 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and North Korea’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam. However, the North Koreans called off the meeting a couple hours before it was set to take place.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the Vice President softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, said in a statement.

The meeting was in the works for a couple weeks, and was scheduled before Pence departed for his trip through Asia on Feb. 5, according to the Post. Pence was expected to use the meeting to vocalize the Trump administration’s stance against North Korea.

Pyongyang reportedly objected to Pence’s announcement of forthcoming sanctions, as well as his meeting with North Korean defectors.

“We regret [the North Koreans’] failure to seize this opportunity,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death,” she added, referring to Otto Warmbier, who died after being arrested in North Korea, and whose father Pence met with during the Olympics.

Pence said leading up to the Olympics that he intended to use his appearance at the opening ceremonies to push back against any favorable media narrative the North Koreans generated by attending the Winter Games.

The vice president caused a stir in the media when he was seated a few feet away from Kim Yo Jong during the opening ceremonies, but did not acknowledge her.

Tensions have cooled recently between North and South Korea, as the two countries have engaged in talks for the first time in years.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, has taken a more rigid approach.

Pence has said the Trump administration is willing to talk with North Korea, but would continue to pressure the government to end its nuclear program.

Dinka Vs Nuer in Australia: South Sudanese police taskforce stalls with two groups of leaders at odds

DAVID HURLEY, Herald Sun

Who said Nuer and Dinka will be the same again? A TASKFORCE of South Sudanese community leaders established by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton seven weeks ago has been riddled with internal political divisions which have hindered its progress.

Mr Ashton confirmed this morning that a group from Melbourne’s southeast and a group from the city’s west were at odds with each other.

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The joint initiative with African community leaders was unveiled at a highly publicised press conference. Picture: Alex Coppel

The Chief Commissioner confirmed there had been issues between the Dinka and Nuer groups.

“It is not my issue to get involved with their internal issues around politics,” Mr Ashton said on 3AW.

“As long as I can get assistance with trying to settle down those elements in the community.”

Mr Ashton said members of the community were helping Victoria Police but it was correct to say the taskforce — which was announced with a highly publicised press conference in early January — had not yet got into “full stride”.

“It has met a few times and it is trying to form up its membership for us,” Mr Ashton said.

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Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton set up the community taskforce. Picture: David Caird

“My request to them was to form up a taskforce to assist with the community.

“We have been having issues with African youth offenders and that has been an ongoing problem for us for quite some time.

“We want the community to be involved in sorting that issue out.”

Mr Ashton said he had asked Melbourne’s South Sudanese community to sort out the membership and to let Victoria Police know what the membership will be.

“They are still working through it,” Mr Ashton said.

“They have met a few times and we have been going along to those meetings.

Sudanese Community Leaders Urges Young Offenders to Stop ‘Thuggish’ Behaviour. Credit — Victoria Police via Storyful

“But it is a very political environment. There are elections coming up within the community about different office holders.

“It is still an ongoing thing we have to deal with but we continue to work with them.

“It is not my issue to get involved with their internal issues around politics … as long as I can get assistance with trying to settle down those elements in the community.”

Mr Ashton said he hoped the issue would be resolved promptly.

“It is not in full stride yet but it is up and is working to some extent,” he said.

“It is going to take time to do all that because there is politics in the community.”

david.hurley@news.com.au

@davidhurleyHS

Kendrick Lamar Is Sending 1,000 Kids to See ‘Black Panther’

The movie “Black Panther” out today is very dear to Kendrick Lamar, who was the driving force behind the film’s critically acclaimed album.

Now he wants to share his hard work with kids who might not be able to see the movie while it’s out in theaters.

Lamar’s record label Top Dawg Entertainment bought out five different screenings in three cinemas in the Los Angeles area for kids who live in the Watts housing project, the Fader reports.

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An estimated 1,000 kids will be able to see the movie now, which is being hailed as one of the best superhero movies of all time.

The three cinemas are situated nearby three distinct housing projects —  Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs, and Imperial Courts Projects — and children will be able to go to the theater that’s closest to them.

Lamar isn’t the only person buying tickets for the underprivileged. T.I. and Octavia Spencer are sending thousands of children to see the movie and many more campaigns are on GoFundMe.

Part of why “Black Panther” is so anticipated is because it’s an unabashed celebration of African-American culture that challenges Hollywood notions of representation. It features a black director, black screenplay writers, and a primarily black cast. It has a phenomenal soundtrack (featuring Global Citizens like Kendrick Lamar).

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It occurs in a fictional African country called Wakanda that was never colonized. By showing an African country as prosperous and thriving, it defies the usual reductive treatment that the continent receives. And it’s being released during Black History Month as people throughout the US reflect on black culture from the past several centuries.

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People have been building excitement for “Black Panther” for months and now that it’s finally here, it’s expected to shatter box office records during its premier weekend.

For long afterwards, Lamar’s soundtrack will be bringing people back to the movie as “King’s Dead” and “All the Stars” are played in cars, headphones, and clubs.

Human Right groups: Unfair Justice: South Sudan Government & Kenyan Allies should be held accountable for the life of James Gatdet Dak

February 19, 2018, The South Sudan’s human rights groups in the Diaspora call upon the South Sudan government to drop all charges against, and release unconditionally, Mr. James Gatdet Dak, former journalist and spokesperson of the South Sudan Liberation Movement -In Opposition (SPLM-IO) with an immediate effect.

On 12th February, 2018, James Gatdet Dak, was sentenced to death penalty on charges of treason and war incitement against the government of South Sudan by the rogue regime in Juba after spending one year in detention. Dak was innocently accused and his imprisonment was only politically motivated by his affiliation to an opposition group.

James Gatdet Dak was kidnapped on November 4th, 2016 at his residence in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, by the Kenyan authorities after his comments on his Facebook page regarding the dismissal of Mr. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, a Kenyan citizen, working as a commander of the United Nations’ forces in South Sudan.  Mr. Kimani was dismissed on allegations of failing to protect civilians during clashes on July 8, 2016 in Juba between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and the opposition forces under Dr. Riek Machar.

The Kenyan authority acted in an irresponsible manner by violating the international law for refugees’ protection by deporting James Gatdet Dak to South Sudan regardless of his refugee status.

Dak’s judgment is a total violation of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan article 19.6 which stipulates a right of any accused to defend himself/herself through a lawyer of their own choice. Dak’s verdict was pronounced few months after his defendants walked away in protest of unfair trial conducted by the South Soudan high court.

The court is also dishonoring the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) Article 8.3 of demobilization signed on December 21st, 2017, which states that all the political prisoners and detainees shall be released within 14 days after the signing of the agreement.

The government of South Sudan needs to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression and the protection of civilians instead of conducting politically motivated prosecutions. Real leadership is needed if Kiir’s regime is to convince South Sudanese and the world that his government is genuinely supporting public opinions and the freedom of press for pursuit of peace.

The human rights groups call on South Sudan government to respect its own constitution and the recent CoHA to release all political detainees and to give room for peace to prevail in the country.

South Sudan human right groups in the Diaspora call on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), U.S congress, European Union, IGAD, Troika countries, African Union, all the international human rights organizations, Faith based groups and human rights activists to use their power and immediately intervene and stop the politically motivated prosecutions on James Gatdet Dak by the Juba regime.

Sincerely yours,

Global Partnership for Peace in South Sudan – Theresa Samuel, gappss.info@gmail.com

Human Rights activists – Simon Deng, sdengkak@yahoo.com

Nile Peace Development Relief Agency USA – Dr. Gatluak Deith, gatluakdieth757@gmail.com

South Sudan International Advocacy for Human Rights (SSIAHR) – Peter Gatkuoth W. Kuel, peterkuel@yahoo.com

Constructive Revitalization? Troika Statement on Phase 2 of the High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan

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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 16, 2018

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) welcome the parties’ constructive efforts toward compromise for the benefit of the people of South Sudan at the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) over the last two weeks in Addis Ababa. The Troika expresses its appreciation for and fully supports the continuing effort by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to restore peace through the HLRF, and commends the tireless efforts of the IGAD Special Envoy Ambassador Ismail Wais and the mediation team.

The Troika underscores the critical importance of the parties creating a conducive environment for peacemaking: fighting while talking is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. The parties must make good on their promises to implement the Agreement on a Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) signed in December 2017. We take note and support the intention by IGAD and the African Union to identify and impose consequences on those undermining peace as soon as possible and we stand ready to support them in their efforts. Implementation of the ACOH must also include the release of political prisoners and prisoners of war, the end to the use of child soldiers and sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon. The parties must also allow unfettered access for Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) monitors and for humanitarian assistance and aid workers responding to Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.

While useful dialogue has taken place over the past two weeks, there is much more for the parties to do if the HLRF is to make meaningful and sustainable progress towards peace. The Troika calls on all parties to reconvene as soon as possible, without preconditions, to address the important security and governance arrangements that are essential for peace. We urge all parties to take steps to maintain the momentum of the process and refrain from comments or actions that could make returning to dialogue more difficult. We urge the parties to agree that a negotiated arrangement for an inclusive transitional government that reflects South Sudan’s diversity is needed. We encourage the parties to set as priorities the separation of powers, dispute resolution and reconciliation mechanisms, service delivery, and accountability. Arrangements must not advantage any political, armed, or ethnic group. We call on the parties to develop practical security arrangements that end violence and build confidence, and set out a realistic path to broader security sector reform. We urge the parties to support financial reforms that address corruption and build confidence in public institutions.

The Troika renews its firm view that elections in 2018 are not viable given the continuing conflict, lack of security, displacement of one third of the population, and severe food insecurity affecting half the population. It calls on all parties to reject any unilateral effort to extend power though the ballot box, the legislature, or military means. A negotiated path to elections also means the protection of fundamental political freedoms, and significant improvements in security and humanitarian conditions. The Troika continues to stand with the people of South Sudan and urges their leaders to move expeditiously to achieve the peace their people deserve.

New development: Joh n Kerry was behind July 2016 Juba attempted murder of Dr. Riek Machar

February 19, 2018, John Kerry is now confirmed by Taban Dang that he was helping them during 2016 war in Juba. He said the goal was not to destroyed peace, it was rather how to get a rid of Dr. Riek Machar.

This moved, however, was not seen when then, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged South Sudan’s leaders to “get the job done” by fully implementing a peace deal or face a U.N. arms embargo and sanctions.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

His warning followed meetings in Nairobi on Monday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and foreign ministers from Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan to discuss escalating violence in South Sudan and the deployment of a U.N. protection force.

“It’s really up to the people, the leadership of South Sudan to lead and to do the things that they’ve promised to do,” Kerry said in an interview with South Sudan’s “Eye Radio” broadcast on Tuesday morning.

“If they don’t, then obviously it may be that the U.N. arms embargo and sanctions are going to be the tools of last resort. It’s not what people wanted to have to do, but our hope is that the government, the transition government will seize the bull by the horns here and get the job done,” he added.

Fighting in the capital Juba last month has raised fears that the five-year-old nation could slide back into civil war.

The violence prompted the United Nations to authorise the deployment of 4,000 extra U.N. troops to bolster a U.N. mission there, warning South Sudan it would face an arms embargo if it did not cooperate.

South Sudan’s government initially said it would not cooperate with the new U.N. troops which will be under the command of the 12,000-strong UNMISS mission. But since then it has said it was still considering its position.

Kerry said the force was not an intervention force that would challenge the sovereignty of the country. Its main task would be to protect property and civilians in Juba.

South Sudan secured its independence in 2011, but by December 2013 the longtime political rivalry between Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and Machar, a Nuer, had led to civil conflict that often followed ethnic lines.

The two men signed a peace deal in August 2015, but spent months wrangling over details while sporadic violence flared. Crucial elements of the deal, such as integrating the government and former rebel forces, have not been carried out.

The fighting has killed thousands of people and driven more than 2 million people from their homes, with many of them fleeing to neighboring states.

Ask whether the United States was willing to help South Sudan’s economy recover, Kerry said it would only do so if the nation’s leaders implemented a peace agreement and was doing whatever necessary to stabilise the country.

“If they choose not to do that, then we, who have been the largest donor in the world to the government of South Sudan, will have to rethink what we’re doing,” he added.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Edmund Blair and Michael Perry

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