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By   Majur Chol Khor The recent protests by wounded heroes in South Sudan highlight the deep economic crisis that the country is facing. While these heroes who sacrificed for the nation are begging for survival, the Finance Minister Dr. Baak Barnabas Chol seems more concerned with maintaining his lavish lifestyle than addressing the dire situation of the people. The soaring dollar rate inflation and the rampant presence of black market dealers are clear signs of the failure of the current Minister of finance to stabilize the economy. Instead of focusing on implementing reforms and policies that would benefit the…

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The promise of a well-functioning government delivering high-quality public and civil services, fostering trust and participation, ensuring political stability, and upholding the rule of law seemed within reach with the Independence of South Sudan on July 9, 2011. Unfortunately, these aspirations have dwindled under the dictatorial rule of President Kiir, who appears more as a village paramount chief than a national leader. Despite numerous Peace Agreements inked, South Sudan continues to grapple with persistent conflicts, exacerbated by the absence of a clear roadmap for economic transformation and equitable wealth distribution. The dearth of political will, marred by tribal and regional…

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Pope Francis has appealed to Sudan’s warring parties to put an end to the conflict that has seen millions displaced and prompted warnings of famine, according to Vatican news. Pope Francis launched the appeal on Sunday after praying the Angelus prayer with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. The pontiff observed that 10 months had passed since the civil war – that saw some 9 million people internally displaced – broke out, leading to a serious humanitarian situation. “I once again ask the warring parties to stop this war, which causes so much harm to the people and the future of the…

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South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador James Morgan Pitia, has expressed deep concern over the escalating crisis in Sudan. Addressing the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ambassador Pitia called for urgent AU intervention to restore peace and stability in Sudan. Despite South Sudan’s mediation efforts, Ambassador Pitia highlighted that the situation in Sudan is deteriorating. Previous attempts at mediating peace between the warring parties, including South Sudan’s efforts, have failed. Sudan specifically requested President Salva Kiir of South Sudan to lead mediation talks between rival generals…

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In a shocking turn of events, a corruption scandal has been uncovered within the ministries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, shaking the very foundations of trust in the government. The scandal came to light after the disappearance of funds earmarked for the care of wounded heroes, sparking outrage and calls for accountability. The key figures at the center of this scandal are Finance Minister Bak Barnaba Chol, his first Undersecretary Malual Tap Diu, and the Central Bank Governor, Dr. James Alic Garang. These high-ranking officials, entrusted with managing the country’s finances and ensuring the welfare of its courageous veterans,…

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JUBA – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday travelled to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to attend the 37th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State Assembly. Speaking at Juba International Airport, Press Secretary Lily Adhieu Martin said the summit will discuss peace, security, development, and other fundamental issues affecting the continent. “President Kiir, who is also the Chairperson of the East African Community, will hold sideline meetings with the East African Community Heads of State and IGAD leaders to discuss the Sudan crisis and regional peace and security,” she said. Kiir was seen off…

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Dear Dr. Barnaba Bak Chol, I write to you today with a heavy heart and a burdened spirit as I witness the deplorable treatment of our wounded heroes left in agony outside the gates of the Ministry of Finance. It is truly shocking and disheartening to see those who fought for the freedom and independence of South Sudan now suffering at the hands of the same government they helped establish. These brave individuals, who risked their lives on the front lines and defended the leadership of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar during the tumultuous periods of 2013 and…

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The South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF) on Tuesday attacked a base of the SPLA-IO in the Wunaliet area of Terekeka County in Central Equatoria State, an SPLA-IO official said. SPLA-IO Spokesperson Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel told Radio Tamazuj that their bases at the Wunaliet Cantonment Site and in Tindilo in Terekeka County were attacked early in the morning on Monday. “We talk of Wunaliet which was attacked on Monday by the SSPDF and also around Tindilo on the same day,” he said. “We are trying to get details but cannot contact our field and sector commander who is based…

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JUBA – The office of President Salva Kiir Mayardit has vehemently denied accusations of purchasing a manuscript to suppress potentially damaging information about the president. The unpublished book by Tim Edward, titled “A Bloody Nile,” has stirred controversy by alleging that President Kiir is HIV-positive and has engaged in sexual misconduct with young women, purportedly with the intent to transmit the virus to them. The paper also suggests a link between Kiir and the 2005 demise of John Garang, insinuating that Garang’s “spirit” is haunting Kiir. The circulation of the manuscript on social media has fueled speculation, with exiled opposition…

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The Sudanese Journalists Network on Monday condemned the cutting off of communication and Internet services and termed it a grave violation committed by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). According to the Network, the action isolated the Sudanese people from the outside world in light of the digital age, threatening the lives of defenseless civilians and doubling their suffering. The statement that Radio Tamazuj obtained, said cutting off communication services is a crime punishable by international law as it represents a serious threat to people’s lives by affecting their livelihoods by stopping the movement of financial transfers on which…

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