South Sudan President Appoints 1 Woman Among 8 Governors, 3 Administrators.

By Waakhe Simon Wudu. June 30, 2020 03:29 PM

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir attends the oath taking ceremony of his Vice Presidents at the State House in Juba, South…
FILE – President Salva Kiir attends the oath- taking ceremony of his vice-presidents at the State House in Juba, South Sudan, February, 22nd, 2020

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – South Sudan President Salva Kiir issued a decree Monday appointing governors for eight of the 10 states and chief administrators for the areas of Pibor, Ruweng and Abyei.  

Of the newly appointed governors and administrators, only one — Sarah Celto Hassan of Ghar el Ghazal state — is a woman. Under the provisions of the 2018 revitalized peace agreement, 35 percent of posts in the new, unity government are to be allocated to women. 

Juba-based Sudd Institute analyst Augusting Tiing Mayay says more women should have been appointed. 

“There are loopholes in the way the appointments are made. One in particular is the underlying lack of consideration for women and youth being a huge constituency that should really be considered with governance or politics of the country; this is fundamental,” Mayay told South Sudan in Focus. 

Governors for Upper Nile and Jonglei states, to be chosen by the SPLM-IO and South Sudan Opposition Alliance, have yet to be named. The government did not explain why those two appointments were left out of Monday’s announcement.   

Governors and administrators should immediately start managing their areas and play a major role in implementing the peace deal’s objectives of restoring peace and stability, especially in areas where inter-communal fighting has been raging for more than a month, said Mayay. 

“The lead priority for the new governors is restoring security at state and sub-national levels. This is essential considering that there have been ongoing clashes as a result of a political leadership vacuum in the last few months after the agreement was partially implemented,” Mayay told VOA. 

Witnesses and rights groups say inter-communal fighting has killed hundreds of people in Jonglei state in recent weeks. 

The unity government was formed in February after Kiir rescinded his move to give South Sudan 32 states instead of 10.   

Mayay said having eight governors appointed is “a move in the right direction.”   

“It shows that we are moving away from the old system which favors only those who are inside the system and moving towards making sure that other capable citizens are deployed to do the same work that others in the system are doing right now,” she said. 

The parties to the peace deal have yet to appoint state ministers, heads of commissions and county commissioners, not to mention national and state parliaments.

Sudan’s Hamdok pledges important decisions within two weeks

KHARTOUM, June 29, 2020 – The Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, Monday pledged to positively respond to the demands of the Sudanese street for justice and implementation of democratic reforms within two weeks.

Abdallah Hamdok (Reuters photo)
Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok

Hamdok made his pledge, in a statement to the Sudanese in less than 24 hours before demonstrations to mark the anniversary of the countrywide protests across the country on 30 June 2019 that forced the military council to give power to a civilian government.

He reaffirmed the demands of the Sudanese people are legitimate and crucial to put the locomotive of the revolution on the right track.

“The transitional government will implement (these demands) during the next two weeks, with the ambition to achieve the highest levels of consensus and popular consent,” he said.

“In the coming days, a number of decisive decisions in the course of the transitional period will follow. Some of it may have a significant impact – politically, economically and socially – and some parties will try to use them to fuel and create instability,” he added.

The Families of the Martyrs organization call for the investigation of the human right violations and killing of peaceful protesters during an attack by the security forces on a pro-democracy camp outside the army headquarters on 3 June 2019.

The resistance committees also say Tuesday’ rallies aim to press the government to complete the goals of the revolution, pointing to the transitional parliament, state governors and several commissions to be set up to achieve democratic reforms.

The prime minister also sought to explain his approach and handing of the state affairs when he stressed that the balance that underpins the transition is very “sensitive”.

He further said the transition from time to time comes across difficulties and crises that threaten its stability, while many forces inside and outside the country try to return our march back.

“Nonetheless, I want to assure that we may get stuck, but we will never go back. I reaffirm the government’s principled obligations to achieve justice and retribution that ensure that crimes committed during the past 30 years are not repeated,” he further emphasized.


Sudanese Christian killed in latest Islamic mob attack.

Mon 29 Jun 2020

A Christian man has been killed and four others seriously injured in a mob attack in Sudan in north east Africa. 

Mariel Bang, 35, was murdered after a group of young Muslims attacked the group of Christians with knives and batons in the Shagla area of Omdurman, west of the capital, Khartoum, on 20th June. 

Bang is survived by his wife and four children. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), another man and three women were seriously injured in the attack, which is just the latest in a series of brutal attacks in Khartoum this month. One such assault took place during evening prayers on 6th June, when the imam of a local mosque in the Al-Jerif East neighbourhood in Eastern Khartoum called on worshippers to “cleanse” the “Muslim area” of Christians.

The call to arms resulted in a number of mob attacks the next day which resulted in scores of injuries. One incident occurred at the local market where a group of Christians were targeted with batons and rifles. An 18-year-old, Ariere Sathor, was badly hurt. 

Of the latest attack, CSW’s chief executive Mervyn Thomas said: “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr Mariel, and wish those who were injured in this series of attacks a speedy recovery. These attacks highlight the identity-based divisions nurtured by the previous regime, which has permeated society, and which lies at the core of the armed conflicts that ignited across the country during that era. 

“They should also serve as a reminder to the international community of the continuing vulnerability of religious and ethnic minorities, and of the necessity for economic assistance to be accompanied by legal and political reform. We urge the Sudanese Transitional Government to begin the erosion of the impunity surrounding ethnic and religious hatred by ensuring that the instigators and perpetrators of these particular crimes are held accountable. 

“We also call on members of the international community who have pledged to assist Sudan to also prioritise technical and financial assistance for the reforming of laws and practices that underpin the residual, societal hostility that occasions violence and threats of violence.”