South Sudan

PHOTOS: Kiir Registers SPLM Party, Vows to Win Upcoming Elections

iDROID USA and Uganda Telecom have partnered to take the world’s first Luganda smartphone, sildenafil the iDROIDSimu, nearer to their customers.

The iDROIDSimu was launched in December 2015.

The perfectly sized 4.0 inch Multi-touch screen is operational in Luganda and English.

The iDROID and Uganda telecom customer activations have been held at UTL outlets at Shoprite Lugogo, Clock Tower and UTL Head office.

Speaking about the partnership, UTL Brand Manager Bright Baba asserted that the activations are in line with the brand’s drive to get services and products closer to their people.

“We believe in giving our customers personalized services and products that suit their needs. We will continue to offer them affordable and world class brands like the idroidsimu so they can comfortably make use of our network offerings,” Baba said.

iDROID USA Co-Founder Jawad Qureshi asserted that iDROID will continue to work with brands that need the best of their range of phones.
The Minister of Finance Hon. Matia Kasaija has assured on government’s commitment to improve road infrastructure despite suspension of World Bank funding for road projects last year.

He made the remarks on Wednesday afternoon while inspecting the Kabwoya – Kyenjojo road which is currently undergoing an upgrade.


Hon. Kasaija blamed the stalled project on the irresponsibility of former UNRA staff who were in charge of overseeing the project.

Hon. Kasaija who was accompanied by the Executive Director, shop Ms. Allen Kagina made assurance that the process of construction wouldn’t be affected by suspension of funding.

“The World Bank didn’t cut funding but rather suspended it due to the failure by the people in charge to implement contract requirements, visit web ” he stated.

“Construction of this road should have started earlier but for two years, cheap the previous leaders failed to get a contractor. We now have a clean UNRA,” said the Minister.

He cautioned the contractors against doing shoddy work saying; “I want to see similar quality work like the one you did on Nebbi – Thika Highway.”

Shengli Contractors was procured to do the civil works on Kyenjojo-Kabwoya road.

On her part, Ms. Kagina promised a new dawn in the way of doing business following the recent overhaul of the Roads entity.

“We have seen your works elsewhere and we believe you will do the same on this project. There’s no reason for any further delays or contract variations,” she told the contractors.

She also noted that UNRA is taking all measures to ensure that all issues surrounding the project are resolved so that works resume.

In December 2015, World Bank announced that it suspended financing of the project citing failure on the part of the Uganda government and the contractor to take corrective steps.

World Bank also stated that the suspension was resultant of several complaints from communities about the environmental and safety dangers of road projects.

The funding is estimated to have been USD 265M.
The United Nations will in February train task force members of the opposition, unhealthy the SPLA/IO.

The Implementation Task force consisting of senior staff, clinic representatives of the five Military Directorates (Operations, Military Justice, Political and Moral Orientation, Logistics, Training, and Administration and Finance) will be trained in Pagak.

According to a statement from Sudan People’s Liberation Army( SPLA) spokesperson, the task force Members to be trained will be designated officially by the leadership of the SPLM/A before time.

The main aim of the training is to equip members and carry out activities under the four pillars of the Plan: Prevention, Accountability, Training and Capacity Building and Communication and Outreach.

The Task Force according to Major Dickson Gatluak Jock, Deputy spokesperson SPLA, will work with other stakeholders in monitoring and evaluation of the implementation plan, developed by the SPLM/A with technical support from the United Nations through the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and United Nations Integrated Mission in South Sudan.

The SPLM/SPLA has affirmed its strong commitment to combat sexual violence including addressing impunity for such crimes, to cooperate with the United Nations and other stakeholders to address the problem and undertaking a number of concrete measures.

Tasks force members are to operationalize the plan and ensure the administrative, disciplinary and judicial follow-up of all cases implicating within SPLA/IO.

Members are expected to develop and implement a communication strategy and Organize training activities in entire SPLA/IO, as well as undertake regular field missions to sensitize field commanders and troops.

The same is expected from Focal points at the Division, Brigade, Battalion, Company and platoon levels to get train also and help in Identifying Cases related to sexual violence (CRSV) and Organize regular consultations with service providers and communities.

Major Dickson Gatluak said Sexual Violence Prevention Focal Points will be designated among the existing Military and Moral Orientation Officers at Division, Brigade, Battalion and Company levels.

The Focal Points will work closely with the Task Force, as well as the Special Investigation, Monitoring and Documentation Unit (SIMDU) to Organize frequent awareness-raising sessions on CRSV at all levels within SPLA, among others.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan has officially registered the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) as a political party, ailment vowing to win the country’s general elections.

President Kiir, who also serves the party’s chairperson, was joined Wednesday by hundreds of Party Loyalists in a public rally that paralyzed business in the capital Juba.

Speaking to journalists after the registration, President Kiir said: “Democracy doesn’t know who is big or small… We don’t want someone to steal the name SPLM.”

He added: “We came here (political Parties council) this morning as leaders and members of the SPLM in Juba to the offices of the political Parties council to come and register our party so that it becomes a registered party in South Sudan,”

President Kiir told SPLM party supporters that “We are sure that we are going to win the elections.”

The South Sudan Political Parties Council last year gave all political parties operating in the country 90 Days to register as mandated by section 16 of the South Sudan political parties Act 2012.

The registration deadline is set to expire Friday 15 January 2016.

Kiir leading SPLM leaders to the registration of the ruling party
Kiir leading SPLM leaders to the registration of the ruling party

The SPLM party adopted a new constitution last year after conclusion of a three days extra ordinary party convention.

But the party remains divided as other two factions (the rebel wing, SPLM/ A- OI lead by former president Riek Machar and the SPLM- FDs, a group of senior officials detained after the outbreak conflict in 2013) continue to engage in fierce wrangles over leadership.

The elections will be held after the end of the interim joint government currently being formed in Juba.

It’s mandate will last only 33 months.

Parliament last year extended Kiir’s government to 2018.

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