South Sudan is safe and those fleeing the country are only doing so because neighbouring countries Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia are actively recruiting refugees as refugees – Taban Deng Gai, the second First Vice President of South Sudan and commander-in-chief of the rebels-in-government (SPLA-IO-IG) told reporters this week.FVP Taban Deng accuses neighbours of recruiting refugees as refugees
Somali state owned satellite television has released footage showing rebel leader Riek Machar and his wife Rebecca Teny receiving a micro-red-carpet reception at the airport in Mogadishu after the duo and their bodyguards were reportedly denied entry into Sudan and Ethiopia.
The month of April appears to bear some bad mystical omens especially for Riek Machar, and his supporters and religious leaders of the prophet Nyundeng – a tribal prophet – appear to strongly suggest that the designated Vice President of the World’s Newest Nation must delay his return for a few more weeks and return to Juba in May.
A leaked itinerary of the SPLM-IO advance team currently in Juba show a scheduled visit by all 150 members of the delegation to the blood bank there to donate blood to the hospital – Saakam has learned.
UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has expressed its readiness to create what it calls a ‘conducive environment’ for the SPLM-IO by offering to host and accommodate some 500 of their members who are expected to visit Juba as part of an advanced team to prepare for the reception of their leader Riek Machar.
The Vatican has announced it will be lending one of its “Popemobiles“, the specially designed vehicles used by the Pope during outdoor public appearances, to Dr. Riek Machar for his visit to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, next week.