By Denis Elamu JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua)
-- The South Sudanese government
revealed on Thursday that it would send nine representatives to
the East African Community (EAC) parliament for the first time
since the country became the sixth member state of the regional
trade bloc last year.
Ministry of Foreign
Affairs spokesman Mawien Makol told Xinhua that despite delay to
pay the annual 1 million U.S. dollars to the EAC, South Sudan
will soon be selecting nine representatives to the Tanzanian
“The timeline of
doing this was supposed to be in February, but that (selection)
is going to happen,” he said.
EAC member states
like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have recently been selecting
representatives to the influential regional parliament that
handles legislation and policy.
South Sudan applied
in 2011 to join the EAC, but outbreak of conflict in December
2013 delayed its admission ,which finally came to conclusion in
war-torn country, which imports all its goods and services from
the EAC countries, has hoped to use its membership to benefit
its economy and political stability.
South Sudanese president calls
for national day of prayer
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has called
for a national day of prayers for peace and forgiveness across
the conflict-hit country.
In a statement
broadcast on state-owned Radio and Television (SSBC) on
Thursday, Kiir said the praying would be conducted in all state
capitals on March 10.
He appealed to
citizens to shun violence and seek forgiveness from God through
prayer, while saying the national day of prayers would pave way
for the start of a national dialogue initiative he declared late
It is the first time
the South Sudanese leader has called for a national day of
prayers after the world’s youngest nation descended into civil
war more than three years ago following a political rift between
the president and his former deputy Riek Machar, who is now
being exiled in South Africa.
A peace pact signed
in August 2015 led to the formation of a transitional unity
government in April, but was again devastated by fresh violence
Tens of thousands of
South Sudanese have been killed, with over 2 million displaced
and last week the UN declared famine in parts of the East
African nation, warning that some 100,000 people, nearly half of
the population, is in urgent need of food aid.
South Sudan seeks to plant 20
By Julius Gale JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudan has set an ambitious target of
planting 20 million trees in ten years in a bid to mitigate
negative impacts of climate change, a senior official said
Bartel, undersecretary in the Ministry of Environment and
Forestry, said deforestation in the country has reached alarming
levels due to charcoal burning and illegal timber trade.
He said under the
new guidelines, regional provinces would be asked to plant 2
million trees each and residents in urban required to plant five
trees in their residential plots.
“In our environment
management plan, we are going to plant 20 million trees in ten
years and each of the ten former states are going to plant 2
million different species of trees,” Bartel said.
Bartel added that
South Sudan is seeking to enact laws to crack down on illegal
timber trade, charcoal export and ban importation of plastic
bags to protect the environment.
He revealed that
rainfall and temperature forecasts for South Sudan in the next
three months predicted less rainfall in the southwestern parts
of the country, signaling a negative climate change pattern that
would affect food production in the country.
The UN Environment
Programme (UNEP) warned last year that South Sudan’s forests,
currently covering 33 percent of its total land area, shrink by
1.5 percent annually due to logging and deforestation as the
country lacks alternative source of fuels.
The agency said
forests depletion was being fueled by armed conflict, poverty
and increased demand for agricultural land.
South Sudan last
month launched 28 projects under the UN-led National Adaptation
Program of Action (NAPAs), making the East African country
eligible to acquire funding of nearly 200 million U.S. dollars
for implementation of programs seeking to address climate change
after it pledged to implement some provisions of the 2015 Paris
Climate Change Conference (COP21).