Equatoria: A Weekly Digest (12 Sep – 18 Sep 2016)

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Insecurity around Yei remains at critical levels. Ugandan teachers start leaving Kajo-Keji. Mysterious disease kills thousands of heads of cattle in Budi. These are just some of the developments making news in Equatoria last week.


Monday 12 September

Munuki FC beats Malakia FC by a goal to nil at JUBA Stadium in the fourth week of Division One.

Local officials in LAINYA warn that over 18,000 internally displaced persons are not receiving any humanitarian assistance due to insecurity and are in a critical condition.

Saturday’s fatal shooting in Lutaya prompts 1,000 residents of Dam residential area in YEI to seek sanctuary at the grounds of Immanuel Cathedral.

The Sentry, an initiative spearheaded by the Enough Project, publishes a report on war-time corruption practiced at the highest levels of South Sudan’s government and security services, including President Salva Kiir. Read our analysis for more details.

Tuesday 13 September

Armed robbers break into an NGO compound in the Tongping area in JUBA and steal US$ 2000 and 90,000 SSP, along with dozens of laptops and mobile phones.

Some of the people displaced by fighting in LAINYA have started returning to their homes.

A man is reported to be still at large after burning his wife to death on Saturday in Maribanga area in MARIDI.

Meanwhile, 35 opposition soldiers linked with Wesley Welebe’s SPLM-IO forces lay down their guns voluntarily and returned to their homes in MARIDI, claiming lack of food and medicines.

New Kush company starts gold exploration in newly created NAMORUNYANG state promising to give back 40% of what it makes to the local community.

The Governor of newly created YEI state asks armed resistance fighters operating in area to engage in dialogue with state officials.

The spokesman for opposition forces in Central Equatoria loyal to Riek Machar claims that Taban Deng Gai has no forces under his command in Equatoria.

Wednesday 14 September

The National Security Service shuts down indefinitely the Nation Mirror daily newspaper in JUBA claiming the paper was engaging in activities that are incompatible with its mission. The Nation Mirror was the only paper to print an article covering the Sentry’s corruption report.

The South Sudan Farmer’s Union, based in JUBA, expects a good harvest across the nation this season but warns of poor rainfall in Central Equatoria.

A peace conference aimed at addressing grievances between feuding communities convenes in KAPOETA NORTH.

Hospital officials in TORIT report a decrease in malaria cases at their health centres but acknowledges better awareness needed on the proper use of mosquito nets.

Thousands crowd into YEI airstrip after word spreads that the Vivacell network is still active in the area.

Refugees at Bidi-bidi camp in northern Uganda, who mostly fled from Western Equatoria, report food shortages and regular outbreaks of disease.

Thursday 15 September

Around 400 foreign teachers, mostly from Uganda, have been leaving their posts in KAJO-KEJI due to financial pressures from the devaluation of the South Sudan Pound.

The Chamber of Commerce of newly created JUBEK state starts to register traders for business certificates at a cost of 150 SSP per certificate.

Local authorities say traffic is now moving along the Juba-Nimule highway in MAGWI following last week’s deadly ambushes.

The State Legislative Assembly in newly created NAMORUNYANG state re-opens for its second session after a three-month recess, with legislators calling for institutional reforms.

Unidentified gunmen kidnap two bodyguards who had worked for the late Major Abel Lemi in YEI, as more than 3,000 people are reported to be in desperate need of humanitarian assistance in Yei town, which has been cut off from Juba and Uganda by insecurity.

Meanwhile, Radio Easter goes off-air due to a lightning strike, raising concerns among suffering residents over an information blackout in YEI.

Friday 16 September

An unknown disease has killed over 5,000 cattle in BUDI County despite a recent vaccination campaign

The director of Gateway Bus Company faces questions from Ugandan officials following last week’s fatal head on collision near Nimule in MAGWI.

Officials in YEI warns of continued disruption for telecommunications services in area as the Yei bishop, in solidarity with residents suffering insecurity in his home area, cancels a planned visit to USA, where he was due to collect a ‘global citizenship award’.

Meanwhile, state officials in YEI re-open the state legislative assembly despite the deteriorating situation in the area.

Saturday 17 September

KAJO-KEJI county has been divided into four counties including Kajo-keji, Liwolo, Nyepo and Kangapo. New commissioners have been appointed for each new county.

Residents of Pakula Boma in YEI warn of neglect citing lack of clean drinking water, education and healthcare centres

A central government spokesman dismisses the Sentry’s report on war-time corruption and raises the prospect of “counter forensic and legal analysis” of the report.

Sunday 18 September

Plain clothes SPLA soldiers entered a PoC site in JUBA where they were assaulted and held captive by residents.

Gunshots are fired in the main referral hospital in YAMBIO, following an altercation between SPLA soldiers, causing panic among residents.

Weekend fighting in Pakari village in YEI claims 17 lives, while residents in Yei say that the bright moonlight has reduced night-time attacks against civilians amid continued insecurity. The deteriorating security situation also continues to disrupt education provision in the area.

Meanwhile,a UAE plane loaded with 100 tons of aid for refugees in Uganda arrives in Entebbe.


News items credited to the following media houses: Radio Tamazuj, Sudan Tribune, CRN, Eye Radio, and Reuters. Links to their articles are provided throughout.

2 Comments on "Equatoria: A Weekly Digest (12 Sep – 18 Sep 2016)"

  1. The insecurity in Equatoria is a tragedy for the people. Yei is in a terrible state. When will the situation be dire enough to warrant enforcement of UN Security Council’s proposed protection force? The government will allow the troops into the country once they’ve truly finished with Equatoria.

  2. Equatoria has become the main area of occupation and the target for their stability. Total intimidations and killings have become apparent in most corners of Equatoria

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