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
Former SPLA Chief of General Staff Gen. Paul Malong is preconditioning that a regional protection force – preferably from Kenya – be present in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, before he sets foot there.
In what many see as a surprise move, the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued a presidential decree reappointing his wife and mother of their multi-millionaire 7 year-old child to the position first lady of the republic and ‘Mother of the Nation’.
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.
South Sudan’s peace partner the SPLM-IO has detained the press-secretary in the office its leadership, relieved him of his duties and disarmed him of internet-connected devices after he allegedly spread false information about the cause of the shootings, and his false account has already been internationally publicised as cause of shootings in Juba.
The Sudanese embassy in Juba, South Sudan has announced that its government in Khartoum – embarrassed that South Sudan was too broke to celebrate its independence anniversary – will donate around half a million dollars towards nation-wide celebrations commemorating the independence of the world’s youngest nation.