Month: February 2016
(The Bieh Telegraph)—-The SPLM in Opposition has started the process of transporting their forces to Juba as part of the implementation of the peace agreement, an official has said.
They say the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission is providing transport with support from the European Union, the Troika, and other partners.
But it would take about two to three weeks to have the forces in Juba.
The troops will be reintegrated with those of the government to form a joint police and army, which will be redeployed in Juba and other parts of the country.
A senior member of the SPLM in Opposition, Henry Odwar, says the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar cum leader of the SPLM in Opposition, will be in Juba soon after reintegration of the two forces.
“The European Union and the Troika have committed themselves to supporting the airlifting of our troops to Juba and those who are going to come by barges or by road,” Mr Odwar told the media.
He said the operation is being coordinated by the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission of JMCC, in which the government is also represented.
(The Bieh Telegraph)-—The National Security Service have released a journalist illegally detained at their headquarters in Juba since 29 December.
Joseph Afandi, a journalist with the ‘El Tabeer’ daily newspaper, was arrested after writing an article allegedly criticising the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling party.
His case was the subject of a ‘call to action’ by rights group Amnesty International earlier this month, which urged its supporters to write to Minister of Information Michael Makuei at email@example.com to advocate on behalf of Afandi.
Sources told Radio Tamazuj today that Afandi was released without having been charged with any crime.
South Sudan’s National Security Service are also holding in detention George Livio, a journalist for the UN radio service.