Equatoria: A Weekly Digest (26 Sep – 02 Oct 2016)

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A new import route opens up for Yambio. Opposition claim to have captured Morobo. Shortage of teachers in Lopit causes school closures. These are just some of the developments making news in Equatoria last week.


Security

Kajo Keji: Authorities in Kajo Keji Health Institute suspend classes indefinitely after gunmen stormed the premises, killing two students.

Morobo: Armed opposition forces, loyal to Former First Vice President Riek Machar, announce the capture of Morobo town.

Torit: A person is killed and several others wounded when their vehicle was ambushed by an armed group on the Torit-Kapoeta road.

Yei: UNHCR releases a report in which it raises concerns for the safety and well-being of over 100,000 people trapped in Yei.

Crime

Juba:

  • Three Sudanese traders are killed in two separate incidents in former Central Equatoria State.
  • A Juba City Council watchman was tied up before being killed by robbers between 2am and 3am on Tuesday morning.
  • Meanwhile, Juba police blamed Tuesday night’s shootout in Thongpiny on criminals.

Kerepi: Isaac Vuni, former deputy director at South Sudan’s National Ministry of Information and veteran journalist, is reported to have been kidnapped and killed, with his family suspecting he was a victim of a dispute over land grabbing.

Yei: A suspected robber was shot and killed in Gabat residential area. His body was dumped in Yei Freedom Square. Meanwhile, Catholic priests confirm that robbers have broken into church property at Holy Family-Lainya and St Joseph -Lutaya Parishes.

Governance

Juba: Juba City Legislative Council elects George Ben Young as Deputy Chairperson following an extraordinary sitting.

Health

Juba: In a bid to tackle cholera in the capital, more than five hundred Juba residents take part in the launch of the “Clean up Juba” campaign, a joint effort by Oxfam, UNICEF and the Juba City Council.

Economy

Juba: Hotels in the capital are struggling to stay in business due to the worsening economic crisis.

Kajo Keji: Both radio stations in Morobo remain off-air, as staff at Grace FM say the station has been unable to broadcast for nearly a month due to the lack of electricity.

Morobo: Citizens raise concerns as Zain, MTN, and Vivacell networks are unavailable for over a week in the area.

Yambio: 15 trucks of food arrive from Uganda raising prospects that a new import route through Congo will lower prices in local markets.

Yei: Electricity supply in Yei town partially resumes after a month’s outage with residents now able to access power for seven hours per day.

Education

Lobonok: A UN team, transporting school materials are denied access to the area by security forces, according to county commissioner.

Lopit: Twelve primary schools remain closed due to a shortage of teachers, which commentators blame on irregular payment and heightened insecurity.

Entertainment

Juba: Kator FC beats Munuki FC by five goals to two at Juba Stadium as part of the division one clubs matches of Juba Football Association.

Refugee Crisis

A humanitarian awareness team in the Democratic Republic of Congo says more than 15,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived there since the clashes in Juba in July.


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

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