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January 13, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The African Union and the United Nations Thursday appointed a South African diplomat as new head of the hybrid peacekeeping mission in western Sudan region of Darfur.
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Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo (UN Photo)

“United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced today the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)”.

Mamabolo replaces Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria who left the mission last week, one year after his appointment.

Since March 2016, he has been serving UNAMID as the Deputy Joint Special Representative, overseeing political, human rights, and legal aspects of the Mission’s activities.

He also served as Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations from 2013 to 2016.

It is not clear if Mamabolo’s responsibilities including those of African Union-United Nations Joint Chief Mediator.

Uhomoibhi had a very limited role since his competences had been transferred to the head of the African Union High level Implementation Panel (AUHIP

British hate Nuer for not colonizing the the Nuer during the British Empire


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Now British government will fund Salva Kirr government to further destroy South Sudan. Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Tim Morris, who is currently in Juba, South Sudan, says his government, a member of the Troika, will fund South Sudan in the name of  “National Dialogue”

Retreating from earlier reports, which claimed that UK and Norway are initiating a political process to end South Sudan conflict, the ambassador who spoke to media on Thursday in Juba, said his government is willing to fund a national dialogue project but such project must include accountability.

“We are disposed to help, but we will need a demonstrated project and we also need, of course, full accountability,” Amb. Morris said in an interview on Thursday.

According to reliable sources, Ambassador Tim was summoned on Wednesday by South Sudan authorities in Juba who threatened that UK and Norway are spoiling peace implementation and thus his country must choose between supporting peace or supporting war.

Juba demands that Amb. Tim and his Norwegian counterpart must deny a report that was released by Kenyan media three days ago and should support peace implementation through national dialogue.

Speaking yesterday, Tim narrowed the quest for accountability to financial accountability without mentioning accountability for war crimes and atrocities that were committed with the last three years.

He also reiterates that a national dialogue should be done in the country, not in Qatar or another country.

“In other words we need to know where the money is going. But I think it is very important and this is government’s view and my personal view that all the branding of this exercise is and must be South Sudanese.” Amb. Tim said.

Speaking to press, UK Diplomat said that the UK and other members of the international community will fund the “national dialogue”.

Tim’s speech contradicts some of the fundamental values UK and TROIKA partners stood for throughout the conflict in the last three years.

While TROIKA have been funding an inclusive political process that has now collapsed and the humanitarian assistance through UNMISS and USAID, Amb. Tim believes that a national dialogue could resolve the current conflict.

Through the help of JMEC and other institution, President Kiir launched a National Dialogue last December, 2016.

A week later, he issued a republican decree for the formation of the steering committee composed of retired politicians, religious leaders, and technocrats, who are all believed to be supporters of his government.

Among the controversies, the National Dialogue would be led by President Salva Kiir himself and advised by retired seniors such as Abel Alier and Joseph Lagu. Retired Bishop Paride Taban will co-chair the initiative.

While referring to past dialogues that were organized by South Sudanese, Tim said the national dialogue should not be separate from the peace agreement.

“South Sudan knows how to do this, but I think it is very important not to separate National Dialogue from the peace agreement,” he added.

SPLA says Troika plotting to change government


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JUBA (12 Jan.) South Sudan’s army said the ‘Troika’ countries of the US, UK and Norway in collaboration with rebels are trying to achieve regime change through a plan to remove the incumbent SPLA Chief of General Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan.

“On 3 January, there was a meeting held by members of the UK, Norway and America in Nairobi, and they invited our rebels. Lieutenant General Bapiny Monyuil was one of the rebels who attended the meeting because he was part of us here, he was the SPLA deputy chief of staff for moral orientation here,” said SPLA deputy spokesman Santo Domic.

Speaking during a press conference held at Bilpham today, Santo Domic said that the Troika met with top rebel officers in Nairobi to achieve its plan to change the current government in Juba.

“During the meeting, Monytuil told them many things, one of the things he told them is that, you as a committee, you cannot change this regime without killing Gen. Paul Malong Awan,” he said.

“So, he told them that Malong must be killed whether through poisoning or assassination or by knocking him down by a car or plane crush. So, they said that all these things should be done through members of the CIA and MI6 who are present here, and rebel pockets that are here,” he claimed.

The SPLA deputy spokesman claimed that the Troika also resolved to destabilize the current SPLA leadership in an attempt to remove Paul Malong Awan when its initial plan fails.

Domic also claimed that the same group is also planning to hold another meeting on 20 January in New York to convince the permanent members of the UN Security Council so that four senior government officials including Gen. Paul Malong are taken to court.

“So, what they agreed upon was not about Malong alone. They said they would include Gen. Jok Riak, Salvatore Garang Mabior here in the government and Michael Makuei Lueth, so they said all these people must be arrested and taken to court,” he said.

Domic also accused the international community of trying to destroy South Sudan. He blamed the SPLA-IO faction led by former first vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar for the ongoing civil war across the country.

He disputed claims that the presence of Gen. Paul Malong Awan in the current leadership of the SPLA army would lead to genocide in South Sudan. “The new UN Secretary General expressed in one of his meetings that he still believes that Gen. Paul Malong Awan will carry out a campaign of genocide against the people of Equatoria by using Dinka ethnic group. This is a baseless concept, and it has no evidence,” he said.

File photo: SPLA deputy spokesman speaking during a press conference at Bilpham today/ Radio Tamazuj

UGANDAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL BURIED WITH SHS200 MILLION A WHOPPING ₦17MILLION TO BRIBE GOD IN HEAVEN


Charles Obong, 52, who worked as a senior personnel officer in the ministry of Public Service from 2006 to 2016, reportedly wanted to use the cash to redeem his soul before God, DailyMonitor reports.

Obong reportedly saved more than Shs200 million (about N17m) to bribe the Almighty Father on Judgement Day so He could forgive his earthly sins. He died on December 17, 2016, after a long illness and was buried on Christmas Eve.

He was buried in a metallic coffin estimated to have cost Shs20m. The Aromo Sub-county chairman, Mr David Elic, said his brother-in-law had left behind a Will, dictating that upon his death, his wife Ms Margaret Obong should deposit huge sums of money in his coffin. .

He planned to convey the money to God as an offertory so that the Almighty Father could forgive his sins and save him from hellfire. He reportedly also instructed his brother Justin Ngole and sister Hellen Aber to bear witness to ensure his wife follows his testament to the letter and secure the money in his coffin.

SPLM-IO leader appoints new press secretary


January 11, 2017 South Africa– The chairman of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar has appointed Lam John Kuei Lam as press secretary in his office.
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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

Lam replaces Machar’s long-serving press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, currently being detained in the capital, Juba, having been deported from neighbouring Kenya last year.

“Pursuant to the resolutions of the SPLM Political Bureau September 23, 2016 and SPLM (IO) constitution, I Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, SPLM/SPLA (IO), do hereby appoint Cde Lam John Kuei Lam as Press Secretary in the Office of the Chairman with effect from 11 January 2017,” Machar’s 11 January 2017 letter reads in part.

Lam’s appointment ends months of speculation about Dak’s possible successor.

Crown Hotel of Taban Deng Gai are left hopelessness after they were alerted


taban-deng-gJanuary 12, 2017, a source in Juba revealed that Taban Deng Gai have informed his inner circle that things are going to get harder then they initially thought. As a result, Taban is encourage those with foreign documents to start seeking a way to get out from Juba before dry season is over.

The source also revealed to Africans Press that some members are left in the dark where they have no idea about this inner information.

Breaking News: Egypt’s Sisi and South Sudan’s Kiir strike ‘dirty deal’


Egypt's Sisi and South Sudan's Kiir strike 'dirty deal'

Kiir thanked Sisi and announced the implementation of a peace deal [Anadolu]

11 January, 2017

As Egypt continues to court Nile Basin countries, President Sisi met with South Sudan’s leader in Cairo amid ongoing fears about the future of a controversial Ethiopian dam project.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo to discuss strengthening ties between the two African nations.

Kiir thanked the Egyptian president on Tuesday for backing his government and said a peace deal signed to end his country’s civil war was alive and being implemented, Egyptian state media reported.

Kiir said he had rejected attempts by unnamed parties to renegotiate the August 2015 deal, adding that he and his number two – First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai – were working “very closely” together.

“We are implementing the agreement,” he said.

Taban in July replaced exiled opposition leader Riek Machar, who maintains that the deal has collapsed.

The visit comes weeks after Sisi visited Uganda to met meet with President Yoweri Museveni – a close ally of Kiir.

An unnamed source close to Machar’s rebel group told South Sudanese media that the meeting with Sisi was part of efforts to strike a “dirty deal”.

“There is a dirty deal going between Kiir and Sisi. The issue of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is one of the main deals being finalised in Cairo,” the source said.

He added that Egypt is keen to have South Sudan and Uganda as allies so that it can “advance its covert sabotage campaign against the Ethiopian Dam”.

Ethiopia is building the GERD hydropower dam on the Nile, close to its source in the Ethiopian highlands. It has raised fears in Egypt, which depends on controlling the flow of the Nile for its agriculture, industry and domestic water supplies.

Saudi Arabian officials recently visited the controversial dam in Ethiopia, dealing a fresh blow to already strained tensions between Cairo and Riyadh.

Sisi has also met with his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki in Cairo in a discussion that was described as a “deliberate move” against Ethiopia, political sources told The New Arab at the time.

Gambia’s President Jammeh vows ‘to stay till election ruling’


Workers remove an electoral poster of Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, in a street of Bijilo, on 4 December 2016 after he initially accepted defeatImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPresident Jammeh has urged Gambians to await the Supreme Court decision

January 11, 2017, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May.

In a nationwide TV broadcast, the longstanding ruler also reiterated his concern at “foreign interference”.

Regional mediators, led by Nigeria’s president, are expected in The Gambia on Friday to urge him to accept defeat following December’s election.

President-elect Adama Barrow says he will be inaugurated next week.

Mr Jammeh, who initially accepted defeat in the 1 December poll, lodged a case before the Supreme Court after the electoral commission changed some results.

But the commission insists the outcome was not affected by an initial error and property developer Mr Barrow narrowly won.

Mr Jammeh seized power in the tiny country in 1994 and has been accused of human rights abuses, although he has held regular elections.

The president made his speech on Tuesday evening after it was announced that the Supreme Court hearing would be delayed until May because of a shortage of judges, who mostly come from neighbouring countries.

The chief justice suggested mediation would be the best way forward as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders head to the country in another attempt to end the deadlock.

But Mr Jammeh said his cabinet and the National Assembly would remain in place “to ensure the rule of law is upheld” pending the court’s ruling.

“[Under the constitution], only the Supreme Court can review our challenge and only the Supreme Court can declare anyone president,” he said.

‘Smear campaign’

The president lashed out at the UN, the African Union and the West African regional body Ecowas for their “hasty resolutions” given the peaceful nature of the dispute so far.

(L-R) President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, President of Liberia Ellen Muhammadu Buhari, President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh, President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma and outgoing President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama, during talks at the State House in Banjul, Gambia - 13 December 2016Image copyrightEPA
Image captionWest African leaders met President Jammeh (C) in December are due back again on Friday

“Our review and investigation have revealed an unprecedented level of foreign interference in our elections and internal affairs. And also, a sustained smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation,” he said.

The Gambia would not allow any organisation, treaty or law to supersede its constitution, he added.

The 51-year-old leader also appointed a national mediator to meet “all parties to resolve any mistrust and issues” and draft an amnesty bill to ensure there was “no witch-hunt so that we can restore a climate of confidence and security”.

The Gambia, a popular tourist destination, has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965.


Table of results

According to the electoral commission’s final count:

  • Mr Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.3%)
  • President Jammeh took 208,487 (39.6%)
  • A third-party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%)

Results were revised by the electoral commission on 5 December, when it emerged that the ballots for one area had been added incorrectly.

This Racist Business Owner Insulted A Black Woman. Now He No Longer Has A Business


This Racist Business Owner Insulted A Black Woman. Now He No Longer Has A Business
Black Dollars Matter! Buy Black whenever possible and stop spending money with people who hate you.

AFRICANGLOBE – The Dairy Queen owner shouting the n-word at Deianeira Ford told her he could say whatever he wanted at his fast-food restaurant — that any accusations and complaints she uttered would fall on deaf ears.

Ford was vindicated two days later, when her Facebook post about the incident provoked outrage so strong that the Dairy Queen in Zion, Ill., didn’t open for business.

But her victory was tempered by something even more troubling that she heard at a protest: Although she was the most vocal victim of the owner’s racism, she was not the first.

On Wednesday, Ford had taken her two children to visit their grandmother — and, because they were well-behaved, she stopped by the Dairy Queen on the way home. She ordered a $5 box, but part of the order was wrong, and another part was missing.

So she asked the owner to fix the order, and when he balked, she asked for a refund. That’s when things spiraled.

The owner, James “Jim” Crichton, returned her $5, but gave her a mouthful, according to Ford and the police in Zion, 50 miles north of Chicago.

“He called me and my children n*ggers; he said I can go back to where I came from,” Ford said.

“He took out his flip phone and he said he would take a picture and put it on Facebook because he wants to show the world what kind of n*ggers he has to deal with. Then he shut the window and walked away.”

But the worst came a few moments later, from the back seat, where her two children were sitting, Ford said.

“My daughter is 3. She’s a little sponge; she repeats everything,” said Ford, 21. “She asked me: ‘Mommy, we n*ggers?’ ”

Crying and shaking, Ford dialed 911.

An officer found her sitting in the parking lot in tears. She told him what happened, and he went to talk to Crichton, the DQ owner.

The officer later detailed what Crichton told him in a police report.

He said Crichton was angry.

He was shaking and pacing the floor.

But he did not deny what Ford had said:

“Crichton boastfully told me he would be happy to go to jail over the issue and proudly admitted to calling Ford a n*gger. He added that he is ‘fed up with Black people,’ ” and described an alleged incident in which two “of them” were in his restaurant squirting ketchup all over the floor, according to the officer’s report.

“During the course of my conversation with Crichton, he used the word ‘n*gger‘ freely to describe Black people,” the officer continued.

Still, there was little police could do.

In a statement, Zion Police Chief Steve Dumyahn said that “while this alleged activity is deplorable, it is not criminal.”

So Ford took to Facebook.

She wrote a post describing what had happened. She described how she had asked for the owner’s name after recovering from her shock so she could report him to Dairy Queen’s corporate office. He replied “Bill Clinton then said better yet I’m Donald Trump,” Ford posted.

She included the phone number and address of the Dairy Queen. She also called Dairy Queen’s corporate headquarters.

A few hours after she wrote the post, it had been shared by several thousand people. Some called the restaurant. One man went by Crichton’s store, sparking another call to police. At some point, the post was seen by the people at Dairy Queen’s corporate office.

On Thursday, the company released a statement saying Crichton’s actions “are inexcusable, reprehensible and unacceptable. We do not in any way condone his behavior or language.”

Dairy Queen also released a statement from Crichton, which said he and his employees would undergo sensitivity training.

“I would like to sincerely and humbly apologize for my recent words and actions,” his statement said. “I have let my family, friends, employees, our system and this community down with what I have done.”

But it was too late. On Friday, Dairy Queen announced that it was closing the location in Zion, Ill., and that it was terminating Crichton’s franchise rights.

Crichton could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

A Saturday protest organized by local activists and Black Lives Matter demonstrators turned into a celebration of sorts.

Ford’s attorney, Renea Amen, says that revoking the franchise license was a good first step.

“I didn’t want my clients to walk away with just a letter of apology,” she said.

Dairy Queen and Crichton “received money from this community. I think those days are gone where businesses and business owners can mistreat people and just say ‘I’m sorry.’ ”

Legal action is still possible against Dairy Queen, Amen said, especially because other patrons — and even employees of the restaurant — have described racist comments and discriminatory mistreatment. She’s meeting with some of them Monday, so see if there is a pattern that Dairy Queen was made aware of.

Ford said she was happy about the outpouring of support from community members who showed up in the blistering cold at what used to be her favorite restaurant.

But Ford said she’s still struggling to explain racism to a 3-year-old who doesn’t fully understand what happened.

“She kind of still brings it up — that’s just how she is. She said, ‘Why did that mean man say that to me?’ ”

“I [told her] some people are just mean. Some people don’t have good hearts.”

By: Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

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