JUBA – South Sudan government has been urged by an activist to publish the names of 25 companies that it contracted to deliver government aid to flood-affected citizens in the world’s youngest country and to also disclose the size assistance each company has been tasked to deliver.
The government announced last week that it has allocated at least $16.7 million to aid those affected by floods in most parts of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile, and the Equatoria regions. It then said that 25 national companies have been contracted to delivery the government aid.
The government however just mentioned a few of the companies and there are now worries among the public that the companies might include those with links to senior government officials.
In a statement, the Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) Edmund Yakani, called on the government to publish the names of the companies that it contracted to deliver the aid to the communities affected by floods and to disclose the size of aid each company is tasked to deliver.
“CEPO is urging the government to disclose names of the 25 companies contracted to deliver humanitarian assistance financed by the government to the victims of the floods across the country for the sake of transparency and accountability,” Yakani said in a statement to Sudans Post.
“Further we and the public wish to know the type of the humanitarian assistance and the size of the assistance that each company was tasked to deliver and where specifically in the country,” the prominent activist added.
Yakani said “the implications of the floods on our communities is really national disaster that requires serious and urgent government responses, support from the able citizens and assistance from the humanitarian community to the affected communities.”
“The floods implications this year is total heavy and destructive on the communities living in low lands across the country. The implications are worse on the population of persons with disabilities, children and the old aged persons in the communities affected by the floods,” Yakani stressed.
He further said that his organization “will be coordinating with the ministry of humanitarian and disaster management the citizenship floods mitigation initiative.”
President Kiir encourages household farmers to engage in agricultural activities to improve livelihood
JUBA, 24th September (Office of the President) – His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Saturday had encouraged every household farmer to engage in agricultural and other productive activities in order to collectively improve the livelihood of the people.
A statement the President made while on inspection visit to his Rice and Maize plantation farm in Luri.
President Kiir said some of the plantations like Rice and Maize at his farm are ready for harvest.
President Kiir has ventured into farming during some of his free time mostly on Weekends as an example to lead and encourage the people to engage in agricultural activities in order to collectively improve the livelihoods.
The President also appreciated those that responded to his call and are using some of their free time to engage in agriculture and other productive activities, something that he urges every individual South Sudanese to embark on during their free time.
“This is the rice plantation, some plantations ready for harvest. if every household across the Country does this, we would have sufficient food, and we would not be complaining of food shortage and hunger. I encourage every household to do something productive and innovative for themselves.” said President Salva Kiir at his farm in Luri during the inspection today.
Speaking to the Press after the field visit, the Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal said the people of South Sudan are blessed with a very fertile land that don’t need fertilisers for productivity.
Wal added that the President is encouraging every household to take up the tools and carry out farming for personal consumption.
Thousands of displaced people need aid in Ayod
More than 60,000 displaced people in parts of Ayod County of Jonglei State are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, local officials said.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, James Chuol Jiek, Ayod County commissioner, said those families were displaced by floods and recent fighting between armed groups in Fangak and Pigi Counties.
The commissioner pointed out that most of the displaced have been living in the open and without food since arriving in parts of the county a month ago.
“60,385 people displaced by recent fighting among SPLA-IO Kit-Gwang factions in Fangak and Pigi counties are now resettled in Ayod,” Chuol said.
“10, 000 resettled in Gog, 8,085 in Pagil, 13,000 in Pajiek, 9,500 in Khorwai, Mogog 10,050, 12,000 in Wau areas respectively.”
The local official called for aid for the displaced.
“A handful of people are absorbed into the local community, but the majority are just in the open. They are really suffering without food and shelter. Also, there are thousands of our returnees who came along with the displaced”, he said.
One displaced person John Gatjuol said they are yet to receive aid after arriving in Ayod in August. He called for humanitarian intervention.
For his part, Maker Ter, the acting Ayod Relief and Rehabilitation Commission coordinator, said the situation is dire.
“The displaced are in need of humanitarian assistance after crossing to our borders. They came on foot without anything because they were fleeing war. We have been engaging our partners but there has been no response. So, we are appealing to our national government and agencies to come and see the situation for themselves,” he added.
US embassy condemns killing of Bentiu health worker
JUBA – The United States Embassy in Juba on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the killing, yesterday, of a local medical doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Bentiu, the capital of the oil-rich Unity State.
On Monday morning, gunmen shot dead Dr. Daniel Deng Gatluak several times before he died while inspecting health facilities at Bieh camp, a neighborhood in Bentiu town where flood-displaced residents of Unity States are seeking higher ground.
The killing, officials told Sudans Post, was connected to a sectional feud in which relatives of the slain medical doctor are suspected to have killed a man related to the assailants a few years back.
In the statement obtained by Thejubamirror news Desk and the US embassy condemned the killing and urged the government of South Sudan to do more in protecting humanitarian workers who are delivering much-needed assistance to millions of the country’s citizens.
“The United States Embassy strongly condemns the September 19 killing of Dr. Daniel Deng Gatluak, a World Health Organization (WHO) health worker, who was working in Bentiu, Unity State,” the embassy said in the statement extended Thejubamirror news desk.
“Far too many aid workers have been killed in South Sudan. More must be done to protect the workers who deliver valuable and life-saving services to help the South Sudanese people, including the most vulnerable people of this country,” the statement added.
It further called “on the Government of South Sudan to create a safer environment for aid and humanitarian workers, and to bring to justice perpetrators of violence. Nearly 150 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since 2013.”
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