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national ministries (2011/08 - )

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2014/05/15 The GRSS Information Minister claims that the US is waging a proxy war against the government in order to gain control of South Sudan's oil, according to a report in The Standard (Nairobi). He says that Riek Machar and his group have promised when in power to help the Americans gain oil concessions, and suggests that US pressure made IGAD mediators propose the interim government plan which President Kiir signed. Snippet: The GRSS Information Minister claims that the US is waging a proxy war....
2014/05/10 RSS will soon open embassies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Snippet: RSS will soon open embassies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE, accordin....
2014/05/10 The health ministries of Sudan and South Sudan sign a cooperation agreement. Its areas of coverage include importation of drugs, professional training and human resource development. (The South Sudan health minister is Riek Gai Kok, who served as a minister in Sudan before the independence of South Sudan.) Snippet: The health ministries of Sudan and South Sudan sign a cooperation agre....
2014/05/04 SPLA recaptures Nasir and Bentiu, and repulses a rebel attack on Renk. Amid diplomatic pressure to implement the 23 January Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, the presidency claims that the SPLA marched into the towns after they had been deserted by the rebel forces. However, other reports had spoken of heavy fighting. Snippet: SPLA recaptures Nasir and Bentiu, and repulses a r....
2014/04/26 1,400 people died of malaria in 2013, and two million suffered from the infection, says Health Minister Riek Gai. Snippet 1867
2014/04/18 China donates USD 8.5 million for humanitarian assistance, apparently through GRSS, it is announced when the Chinese Ambassador meets the Minister the Office of the President. Snippet 1837
2014/04/11 A 2014-2021 strategic health plan is launched by national and state health ministries at the end of a workshop in Nairobi. The planning process has been supported by USAID, WHO, PSI, Mentor initiative, and malaria control officials from other African countries. Snippet 1788
2014/04/11 A General Medical Council is to be formed, announce the health and justice ministries. The Council will help set and enforce medical standards. Snippet 1779
2014/04 Aid agencies are helping government to eradicate Guinea Worm through a scheme of offering cash rewards to victims who report to treatment centres. The aid agencies concerned are Carter Centre, WHO, UNICEF and Rotary Club. Snippet 1763
2014/03/24 CfC Stanbic Bank (which began operations in Juba in 2012) gives a donation of KSH 10m (about USD 115,000) to the Office of the President for helping internally displaced people. Snippet
2014/04/01 Environment Minister Deng Deng Hoc Yai returns from UN environment conference in Japan, and warns of desertification if people continue to cut trees without replanting. He also hopes for a co-operation agreement with Japan on environment-friendly urban planning. Snippet
2013/11/30 President Kiir appoints a new Minister in the Office of the Presidency: Awan Guol Riak Snippet
2013/11/26 to 2013/11/30 President Kiir dismisses Abdallah Deng Nhial from the post of Environment Minister (after he got into a physical fight with a Warrap MP about Abyei) and instead appoints Deng Deng Yai Hoc. Snippet 1726
2014/03 Health facilities in Abyei, including Agok hospital, are reportedly suffering 'terrible' shortages of basic supplies and equipment. Snippet 1711
2014/03 The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Health says the ministry is planning a nation-wide malaria control operation based on spraying inside homes. However, the National Malaria Control Program Manager says that the Ministry agreed on distribution of mosquito nets as the only simple way of preventing malaria, and that seven strategies are in place. Meanwhile, it is claimed that more than 50% of hospital beds are taken by malaria patients. Snippet 1647
2014/03/16 President Kiir issues a Republican Order dividing some national ministries (including re-division of some that were amalgamated in July-August 2013). Snippet
2014/03/14 Culture minister Nadia Arop says the Musicians' Union needs to be legalized within six months. Snippet
2014/03/11 Information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth states that broadcasting or publishing interviews of rebel leaders in South Sudan violates the law because it is an offence against the state and the state is a person in law. Snippet 1606
2014/03 A press release from Rally for Peace and Democracy (RPD) expresses alarm at living conditions inside IDP camps run by the UN, claiming that children are dying daily. It also alleges that people in the camps have been shot at and killed by people on the outside as a result of government propaganda from the Information Minister and others that the camps are sheltering armed rebels. Snippet
2014/03 A South Korean overseas investment company, Make Group, is to revise and renew its MOU with the telecommunications ministry. Snippet
2014/03 A local NGO - the Interchurch Medical Association (IMA) - is under contract from the Ministry of Health to coordinate and deliver services. Snippet 1561
2014/03/05 In the aftermath of Juba barracks shooting panic, information minister Michael Makuei warns that media houses which disturb the government will face penalties. Snippet
2014/02/28 No medicines have been received in Yei River County from the national or state ministries of health in the past year, according to the county commissioner. This has led to a shortage of basic healthcare. Snippet
2014/02 The foreign ministry recalls its top diplomats to Washington, Moscow, Addis Ababa and Brussels. The minister says this is for routine transfer of staff, and denies it is because the diplomats failed adequately to convey the GRSS case in the rebellion crisis. Snippet
2014/02/14 Defence minister Kuol Manyang states that GRSS is funding the Ugandan troops in the country. Snippet
2013/10 The ministry of foreign affairs is trying to respond to concerns in the Legislative Assembly by slimming down the diplomatic service. It believes many diplomats have been appointed incorrectly. Many have been appointed on the strength of being important in the independence struggle, rather than diplomatic qualities. South Sudan currently has 22 embassies, but more than 90 ambassadors. Snippet 1333
2013/10 A Justice Ministry Legal Committee completes a tour - supported by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) - focusing on detention in four states. They find specially poor conditions in Wau Central Prison (see separate snippet) and a need for more judges in all courts. Snippet
2013/09/24 Zimbabwe promises to support South Sudan's diplomatic missions, by providing staff with courses in international relations and English language. Snippet
2013/08 Incoming Minister of Defance and Veteran Affairs, Kuol Manyang Juuk, gives an interview in which he acknowledges a need to tackle indiscipline in the SPLA. He sees a need for timely salaries and food, more rigorous training and more modern equipment, in which case the size of the army can be reduced. Snippet
2013/08/19 Parliament - with Speaker James Wani Igga playing a leading part - summons the ministers for defence, interior and security services, and there are public demonstrations, in response to perceived poor security in Juba, and particularly the recent killing of two brothers. The demonstration and Igga's speech are not broadcast on state TV, amid accusations of interference by security personnel. Snippet
2013/08/13 The National Legislative Assembly votes not to approve the appointment of Telar Ring Deng as Minister of Justice. The reason is partly that he lacks legal qualifications beyond a pre-law degree. He is accused of sentencing to death a respected educator, Ustaz Mayek Riak, when he was an SPLA judge during the war. Snippet 1136
2013/08 President Kiir acknowledges that in the past he authorized Telar Deng - at that time his legal affairs advisor - to approve USD 600 million, apparently for land for the National Security Services. The acknowledgement is made as a response to tough examination by the Legislative Assembly's vetting committee of Telar's suitability to be appointed as justice minister. Snippet 1135
2013/05 President Kiir dismisses Ajonge Perpetuar as both a presidential legal advisor and as a first-class judge. This is thought to be connected with disagreements she had with the President and his other legal advisor, Telar Deng, over the suspension of officials in the President's office over the theft of a large amount of cash. Snippet
2013/03/15 to 2013/08/01 On 15 and 23 March 2012, 'huge sums of money' are stolen from the Office of the President. After this fact is revealed by Sudan Tribune, President Kiir suspends three officials in the office and sets up a committee headed by SSACC Chairperson John Gatwec Lul. The report concludes the theft was done by a syndicate of office insiders, and notes a failure of office leaders to report the matter or tighten security afterwards. By 1st August it appears that at least two of the suspended officials have been reinstated. Snippet 1045
Reference Mini-review
Thon Awan, 2014/07/07. Bibliography item: Thon Awan (2014/07/07) "Corruption in the Office of the President!". (Article). Nyamilepedia. [Article] Nyamilepedia. Accessed online.

This short article contains an allegation of recent embezzlement of USD 12 million, which appears to be worthy of investigation.

Global Witness, 2014/06. Bibliography item: Global Witness (2014/06) "South Sudan: The call for a moratorium on new oil contracts". (Report). Global Witness. [Report] Global Witness. Accessed online.

This attractively-presented 8-page document argues that GRSS should stop making any more big deals with companies in the petroleum sector until it has finished enacting and implementing the legislation that is meant to regulate them. GRSS has not yet met the requirements of the 2012 Petroleum Act. The Petroleum Revenue Management Bill has long been awaiting signature in the President's office. Until these are in place, deals signed are unlikely to be very favourable for the South Sudanese people.

James Okuk, 2013/09/27. Decreasing the decrees on undersecretaries in South Sudan [Article] Accessed online.

Argues that the under-secretaries in ministries should mostly be appointed by ministerial orders rather than presidential decrees (which seems to be the case at present on the grounds that they are constitutional post holders). This would increase the professionalism of the civil service.

Ministry of Environment and UNDP, 2011. Environmental impacts, risks and opportunities assessment [Report] Ministry of Environment; United Nations Development Programme. Accessed online.
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