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2014/05/11 The East African Standard Gauge Railway protocol is signed by the presidents of Kenya and Uganda. The project is expected to link South Sudan to Uganda via Nimule and to Kenya via Nadapal. Work is due to start in October and take three years. The contractor is the China Communications Construction Company. Snippet: The East African Standard Gauge Railway protocol is signed by the pres....
2014/04 South Sudan is in the process of buying into the proposed Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network project for East Africa (along with Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda), according to the project's Joint Technical Committee. This will entail a railway line between Kampala and Juba. Snippet
2014/03 The CES Ministry of Education has ruled that school students are examined on the South Sudan syllabus. This is a problem for students in three of the state's counties - including Yei River County - where the students have been using the Uganda syllabus. Snippet
2014/03/14 The Ugandan army says it will withdraw from South Sudan as soon as the IGAD stabilization force is in place. Snippet
2014/03/07 Four soldiers and four Ugandan brick-makers are killed by shooting in or near the army HQ barracks in Juba. Apparently a drunken soldier first killed three of a different ethnicity, then tried to shelter in a container where the Ugandans were hiding, which was fired on by pursuing soldiers. Snippet 1585
2014/03 An outbreak of meningitis in Kajo-Keji County has caused at least eight cases and two deaths. WHO is trying to prevent the disease spreading from Uganda. Snippet
2014/03/05 Local residents report at least six killings outside Giyada (HQ) barracks, where the army says five soldiers were killed in an internal pay dispute. One reported incident was of a targeted killing of two Nuer soldiers hiding in a private compound, and an Ethiopian who tried to protect them. Another reported incident involved the deaths of two Ugandans and a South Sudanese person in the Jabarona market area. Snippet 1538
2014/02 Edward Lino, a senior figure in the SPLM, goes against the party line by dismissing the idea that Riek Machar's rebellion started with an attempted coup. He believes peace talks should not be hampered by recrimination on this point. He also criticizes the involvement of Ugandan troops. Snippet 1479
2014/02/14 Defence minister Kuol Manyang states that GRSS is funding the Ugandan troops in the country. Snippet
2014/01 Various Ugandan, other African and international commentators argue that the intervention of Ugandan troops on the side of GRSS against rebels will undermine Uganda's role as a peace-broker in IGAD. Snippet
2014/02 Some refugees from the December 2013 violence in Juba have settled at Kiryandongo in Uganda. Snippet
2014/02/19 Ugandan army says it will not participate in investigation into the use of cluster bombs in recent fighting in South Sudan. Snippet
2014/02/19 US State Department condemns abrogation of 23 January truce by both GOSS and rebels. Calls for a stop to fighting, and finalization of monitoring arrangements. Also for withdrawal of Ugandan forces. Ugandan army spokesman rebuffs the latter. Snippet 1431
2014/02/21 Ugandan president Museveni pays surprise visit to South Sudan where he meets Ugandan troops in Bor and President Kiir in Juba. Snippet
2014/02/17 70% of the SPLA will potentially defect to Riek Machar, according to SPLM chief whip, Tulio Odongi in the NLA. Interior minister Aleu Ayieny says his ministry is 'terribly affected' as police officers defect to the rebels. SLA votes a supplementary budget of more than $300 million dollars to deal with the security threats, much of which may be paid for the services of Ugandan military. Snippet
2014/01/18 The SPLA with Ugandan forces recaptures Bor town from rebels (White Army and Peter Gatdet's forces). Snippet: The SPLA with Ugandan forces recaptures Bor town f....
2013/10/29 President Kiir attends the 3rd Infrastructure and Africa Transform Projects Summit in Kigale, along with the presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. They agree to form a Single Custom Territory without non-tariff barriers, and discuss other matters of infrastructure integration and movement of people across their common borders. Snippet 1373
2013/10 Ugandan police deploy an officer in the embassy at Juba, to help identify Ugandan criminals in Juba. South Sudan police inspector, Peing Deng, vows to protect law-abiding Ugandans. Snippet
2013/09 to 2013/10 Neighbouring border communities from the triangle area of South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda hold a peace conference in Kapoeta East. Snippet
2013/09 South Sudanese in Uganda are fearful of attacks after the South Sudan interior minister bans Ugandans from working as boda boda (motorcycle taxi) drivers. Snippet
2013/02 'In practice, most of the investment in South Sudan is still from neighboring countries, especially Kenya (for banking and transport), Uganda (for retail and telecoms), Ethiopia (for hotels), and Eritrea (for retail and hotels)' (Alex de Waal, 2013) Snippet 602
Reference Mini-review
Harry Verhoeven, 2014/05/30. Bibliography item: Harry Verhoeven (2014/05/30) "South Sudan conflict destabilizes Ethiopia’s regional strategy". (Article). Radio Tamazuj. [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

This 1000-word article points out the special interest of Ethiopia in regional stability - an interest built on the potential for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to export power to neighbouring countries - and hence in South Sudan stability. In passing, it states that Uganda President Museveni consulted with the US (in the person of National Security Advisor Susan Rice) before sending its troops to help GRSS fight the rebels in December 2013.

IRIN, 2014/03/19. Regional interests at stake in the South Sudan crisis [Article] IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis. Accessed online.

Analysis of the motivations of South Sudan's key neighbours in the current crisis of rebellion and peace negotions.

John Prendergast, 2014/02/19. “Peace Must Come Soon”: A Field Dispatch from South Sudan [Report] Enough Project. Accessed online.

Outlines major allegations of atrocities and other damage done since the rebellion of 15 December 2013. Argues that a broad-based inclusive peace process is essential and that, although difficult this could give South Sudan 'a second chance to re-boot' (p. 6), i.e. address its underlying problems. Processes of investigation, punishment and compensations are also needed. Proposes an infusion of international legal staff to bolster South Sudanese court capacity. Advocates international targeted sanctions against individuals who undermine peace, and the withdrawal of most Ugandan troops.

Mahmood Mamdani, 2014/02/15. South Sudan and its unending bloody conflict: No power-sharing without political reform [Article] The East African.

This 5,000-word article is particularly interesting in view of its author's status as a public intellectual and a member of the AU Commission of Enquiry. Mamdani argues that the rebellion crisis has roots in colonial techniques for managing populations as tribes, which still shape politico-social relationships. It blames a failure to build institutional culture in the SPLM/A and a 'shoddy' 2005 peace agreement largely on the influence of the US's War on Terror. It sees a way forward in combining political reforms with power-sharing, rather than punishing the perpetrators of gross violence.

Arop Madut Arop Gotnyial, 2014. Background to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan [Article] Sudan Tribune. Accessed online., Accessed online.

A long article (divided into four parts) containing beliefs and analysis of an MP. Among topics covered are: the current need for Ugandan forces in South Sudan; lack of control over oil money; failings of international aid; deplorably ad-hoc origins of the civil service; and lack of cultural integration of population groups with different experiences during the war. The author thinks the SPLM Politburo should have been more active in the governance process, but wasn't because many of its members were made ministers, and were then alienated when President Kiir sacked them in mid-2013.

 

Yutaka Yoshino and others, 2011/07. Enhancing the recent growth of cross-border trade between South Sudan and Uganda [Article] The World Bank. Accessed online.

Analyses the physical and institutional constraints to cross-border trade, and includes an interesting section on roles of women particularly in local and informal cross-border trade.

Lucy BeckSouth Sudanese, who are again refugees in Uganda, see no reason to ever go home [Article] UNHCR. Accessed online.

Short article, poignant family case, big implications.

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