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.
Unaware of an outstanding eviction notice due to months of unpaid rent, South Sudanese students in Zimbabwe have been camping and occupying – in protest – the embassy there for over a month demanding payment of their tuition fees, their allowance and, for some civil serving students – their salaries back home.
A ‘rookie’ US Embassy official is said to have caused a diplomatic row – that has since been contained – between the host government of South Sudan and the USA after he ‘officially’ requested to know ‘the dimensions’ of Pres. Salva Kiir’s head.
Large sections of the USAID funded 192 km Juba-Nimule highway have mysteriously ‘gone missing’ and are widely believed to have been uprooted and ‘stolen’ or ‘looted’ in an ongoing and widely unreported ‘looting of abandoned properties’ along similar unsafe routes by groups suspected to be armed and are known to generally answer to, and fall under, the name ‘unknown gunmen’.
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.
In an unprecedented move that is bound to have massive ramifications in weeks and months to come in the political climate, the South Sudan National Youth Union (SSNYU) has urged the United States President-Elect Donald J Trump to declare South Sudan as the 51st State of the United States.