Photo Radio Tamazuj

 

The Uganda Police are investigating the death of the former Deputy Governor of Yei River State in South Sudan as a suspected assassination, the Ugandan Monitor newspaper reported yesterday.

The South Sudan National Movement for Change/Army (SSNMC/A) Chief of General Staff Brig. Gen. Abraham Wani Yoane Bondo was stabbed at his rented home in Nansana, Wakiso District, last Tuesday, and died in hospital two days later. 
 
Investigations indicate that Brig. Gen. Wani’s killers, who raided his home in the night, were heard by neighbors speaking Arabic. 

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said political motive is part of the line of investigation they are studying. 

“Investigators recorded statements that they heard killers speak Arabic and another dialect commonly used for communication in South Sudan. We have expanded the investigations beyond aggravated robbery,” Mr. Owoyesigyire said yesterday. 

The killers stole the deceased’s television set and mobile phone.
Brig. Gen. Wani had earlier told authorities in Uganda that he survived two assassinations in South Sudan, prompting him to flee into exile.

In September 2016, while in Uganda as a refugee, he declared that he had switched to Vice President Riek Machar’s side, and accused President Salva Kiir’s government of extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses. 

Brig. Gen. Wani claimed that in the same year, he started receiving threats. A group of unidentified South Sudanese visited a home he rented for his family in Nansana, Wakiso, searching for him. His daughter told police then that her mother lied to them that he was away.
  
In 2019, he claimed assassins had been sent to kill him at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Camp. 

The Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda and United Nations agencies were informed about the allegations, which were investigated but no evidence was obtained. 

In March, he traveled to Nansana to visit his children and stayed there until he was killed. 

Mr. Moses Nsubuga, the area chairman, said the deceased’s daughter told him that the killers were armed with sharp objects.

“She said the killers spoke to her father in their dialect before they hacked him. She said they fled with a few items,” Mr. Nsubuga said. He said they tried to talk to the victim to find out whether he knew the attackers but in vain. 

 “He couldn’t talk. We took him to Namungoona hospital for treatment,” he said. 

Brig. Gen. Wani was later referred to IHK at Namuwongo, where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday. 

In 2015, Wani was appointed Deputy Governor for Yei River State following the creation of the 32 states. However, in August 2016, he defected to the main opposition faction, the SPLM-IO led by Dr. Riek Machar accusing the government of gross human rights violations in areas around Central Equatoria State.

Moreover, Brig. Gen. Wani abandoned SPLM-IO and joined the South Sudan National Movement for Change of Joseph Bakasoro Bokosoro who serves as the national Labor minister. - Radio Tamazuj

Ethiopia’s ambassador to South Sudan, Nebil Mahadi, and South Sudan Defense and Veteran Affairs Minister Angelina Teny, April 24, 2021. Photo MFA

 

April 24, 2021 (JUBA) – Ethiopia’s ambassador to South Sudan, Nebil Mahadi, and South Sudan Defense and Veteran Affairs Minister Angelina Teny on Saturday held discussions on the bilateral and regional issues of common concern.

Nebil, Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs ministry said, underscored Ethiopia’s unwavering commitment to the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement and the overall peace and prosperity of the people of South Sudan.

He also emphasized the need to redouble efforts of the two nations to enhance their infrastructural linkage.

Nebil also briefed Teny about GERD, Ethio-Sudan border dispute, rehabilitation and relief efforts in Tigray, and the ongoing general election in Ethiopia.

Highlighting Ethiopia’s ardent belief in fair and equitable use of transboundary natural resources, the ambassador pointed out that GERD is an African project and is purely aimed at nothing but lifting more than 65 million Ethiopians out of darkness and chronic poverty.

Ethiopia is keen to solve the differences with the lower riparian countries through negotiation within the existing African Union forum, Ambassador Nebil reiterated.
With Regard to the border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan, he expressed the country’s full commitment to solve the issue amicably based on the already existing agreements and mechanisms.

The ambassador commended the initiative extended by President Salva Kiir to mediate the dispute, noting that Ethiopia demands the restoration of the status quo ante before commencement of talks.

Meanwhile, the South Sudanese Defense minister appreciated Ethiopia’s long-standing commitment and support for the people of South Sudan.

She said South Sudan is commitment to the peace, stability and prosperity of Ethiopia.

The minister further underscored Ethiopia’s pivotal role in the stability of the region and beyond, stressing that, “we can’t afford unstable Ethiopia,"

Teny also highlighted that the issue of Tigray is purely an internal agenda and there is no need for outside interference on the matter.

Regarding GERD, the minister stressed that all the riparian countries should have equal access to the Nile waters, given that it is a matter of right to use the waters for the benefit of the people.

She also emphasized the need to reach a common ground in the ongoing GERD negotiations through the existing African Union platforms, based on the principle of “African solutions to the African problems.” - Sudan Tribune

(ST)

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, observed on 7 April:

I am privileged to participate in the commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 

This year marks 27 years since more than 1 million people were systematically murdered in less than three months in Rwanda.  They were overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also Hutu and others who opposed the genocide.

Those days in 1994 remain in our collective conscience as among the most horrific in recent human history.  On this Day, we honour those who were murdered, we reflect on the suffering and we recognize the resilience of those who survived.  As we join in solidarity with the people of Rwanda, we must take a hard look at today’s world and ensure that we heed the lessons of 27 years ago.

Today, around the globe, people are threatened by extremist groups determined on boosting their ranks through social polarization and political and cultural manipulation.  These extremist movements represent the principal security threat in many countries.  While the technology and techniques that extremists use are evolving, the vile messages and rhetoric remain the same.  The dehumanization of communities, misinformation and hate speech are stoking the fires of violence.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgency of addressing deepening divides.  The global health crisis has profoundly affected the entire spectrum of human rights in every region, further fuelling discrimination, social polarization and inequalities — all of which can lead to violence and conflict.  We saw what happened in Rwanda in 1994, and we know the horrific consequences when hate is allowed to prevail. 

Preventing history from repeating itself requires countering these hate-driven movements that have become a transnational threat.  We must redouble our efforts and forge a common agenda, to renew and reinvigorate our collective actions going forward.  In doing this, we must defend human rights and continue to push for policies that fully respect all members of society.

Rwanda experienced one of the most painful chapters in modern human history, but its people have rebuilt from the ashes.  After suffering unspeakable gender-based violence and discrimination, Rwanda’s women now hold more than 60 per cent of parliamentary seats — making Rwanda a world leader.  The people of Rwanda have shown us the power of justice and reconciliation and the possibility of progress.

On this solemn Day, let us all commit to building a world guided by human rights and dignity for all. UN

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