WFP suspends food assistance over funds, hunger in S. Sudan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday announced it has suspended food assistance to almost a third of “acutely” food insecure people in South Sudan over “critical funding shortages”.The decision, WFP said in statement, means the 1.7 million people it planned to support this year will starve owing to the lack of humanitarian food assistance.The suspension of aid comes at the worst possible time for the people of…

Sudan’s military leader lifts state of emergency

Sudan’s military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday issued a decree lifting the state of emergency, seven months after its imposition in October 2021.On October 25, al-Burhan dissolved the civilian transitional government and the empowerment removal committee suspending a series of political and economic reforms and preparations for elections.The coup opened the door for political instability following the detention of FFC leaders and the killing of civilian protesters. Also, it…

Four arrested over Twic-Abyei conflict

At least four officials have been arrested for allegedly inciting communal clashes in Abyei as well as Twic county in Warrap state.Dhieu Mathok, a member of the fact-finding committee investigating the Abyei-Twic conflict, said the suspects were involved in inciting the youth to cause violence.Mathok, who also doubles as the country’s Investment minister, identified the officials arrested as the Abyei Administrative Area minister for Infrastructure, Mayot Kunit, Rumamer County commissioner,…

Kenyan television apologizes for anti-President Kiir remarks

Kenya Television Network (KTN) has apologized for disrespectful remarks directed towards South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir.While appearing on the Kenyan-based television station last week, renowned South Sudanese activist Peter Biar Ajak claimed President Kiir failed to address mourners at the late Kenyan leader Mwai Kibaki’s funeral service in Nairobi due to “a hangover”.Kiir was among the leaders invited for the funeral of Kenya’s third president. The activist’s remarks against the…

Sudan Frees Ex-Officials in Effort to End Political Impasse

Sudanese authorities released two outspoken former government officials from jail, lawyers said Wednesday, part of trust-building measures amid efforts to end the country's political impasse.Sudan has been plunged into turmoil since an October military coup upended its short-lived transition to democracy after three decades of repressive rule by former strongman Omar al-Bashir. Al-Bashir and his Islamist-backed government were removed in a popular uprising in April 2019.Khalid Omar, a former minister…

Sudan’s NUP, SRF groups distance themselves from new controversial initiative

The signing of a new political platform for the transitional period in Sudan has caused confusion and chaos within the National Umma Party (NUP), while other political forces have been quick to distance themselves from this initiatives.The UNITAMS and the African Union prepare together with the IGAD to launch an intra-Sudanese dialogue aiming to bring the country out of the political strife and restore a civilian transitional government.Several political parties…