JUBA (15 Jan.) The Norwegian government has categorically rejected the allegations made recently by South Sudan’s army that its representatives were involved in a plot to change the current government in South Sudan.
“The Government of Norway categorically rejects the allegations made on 12 January that representatives of Norway together with Troika colleagues, have been involved in discussions in a meeting in Nairobi on changing the leadership of South Sudan,” partly reads a statment on the website of the Norwegian embassy in South Sudan.
The statement further said these are false accusations and a willful and gross misrepresentation of Norwegian policy, which for so long has focused on contributing to peace and development in South Sudan and for its people.
According to the statement, Norway does not hold any opinions, nor interfere, in the democratic leadership in any countries.
The Norwegian government was reacting to the recent statement released by South Sudan’s army claiming that the ‘Troika’ countries of the US, UK and Norway met in Nairobi with members of the armed opposition groups to allegedly achieve regime change in South Sudan
January 14, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government has banned international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from operating in the rebel-controlled Payinjiar county, according to confidential statement Sudan Tribune has obtained.
NGOs distribute relief items to civilians in Bor town of Jonglei state, 9 October, 2012 (ST)
South Sudan Nation Security Service, in a letter addressed to 8 international organizations in the area, advised these entities to cease from operating in a territory controlled by rebels forces allied to ex-First Vice President Riek Machar.
“You are hereby directed to cancel operations in and around Payinjiar (Ganyliel & Nyuong) from the effect of today 31-12-2016 and all your staff must immediately pullout from the area. All the flights to the foresaid areas are suspended. Also, boats from Juba to Payinjiar or from Payinjiar to Juba via River Nile are banned,” partly reads the statement.
Payinjiar has remained a stronghold of the rebels since the crisis broke out in mid-December 2013, and thousands of displaced persons live in the area.
Although the area remains under the control of rebel forces, relations have been strong between neighboring communities of Yirol and the Nyuong-Nuer, with trading activities being a common practice along each other’s’ borders.
Despite several attacks by pro-government forces to re-take the area from rebels, they have failed after facing fierce resistance from the opposition forces.
Last month, the rebels detained a Tanzanian who flew a chartered plane that landed at Ganyliel airstrip with a government commissioner aboard the plane.
Talks are reportedly underway with the rebels to have the commissioner freed.
Several aids workers confirmed to Sudan Tribune that all NGO staffs in the area were on Friday airlifted to Juba. These included national and international staffs as the government implements last month’s ban on NGOs in the rebel-controlled area.
Juba – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Saturday night issued a decree creating eight new states in addition to the existing 28 states which were created in October 2015.
In presidential decree read out on state-run SSBC, Kiir created Central Upper Nile state, Northern Upper Nile state, Latjor state, Maiwut state, Bieh state, Akobo state, Tombura state and Gbudue state.
In another decree, President Kiir removed the Governor of Central Bank Kornelio Koriom Mayiik and replaced him with Dr. Othom Ajak.
Kiir also removed the Deputy Governor of Central Bank John Dor Majok, Governor of Bieh State Gen. Peter Bol Kong, Latjor Governor Peter Lam Both, Deputy Minister of Finance Mary Jervas Yak and First Undersecretary of the Finance Ministry Salvatore Garang.