"The Screen of Rights is privileged to announce that the
campaign informed 27,223 beneficiaries through videos and flyers
posted on our social media pages on the danger of hate speech
and the need to co-exist as a country," D’Akumrich told
journalists on Tuesday in Juba.
Since outbreak of conflict in
December 2013, hate speech was widespread pitting communities
that had been co-existing in peace and harmony against each
other amid heightened communal violence characterized by cattle
theft and killings in South Sudan.
"As people keep watching our videos the number of
beneficiaries may keep increasing. We aspire to see a republic
of South Sudan where no tribal or communal hatred prevails over
the love for our country," said D’Akumrich.
The outbreak of renewed violence in July 2016 led to collapse
of the 2015 peace deal which prompted UN Secretary General’s
Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng in November 2016
to warn that ethnic killings amid rising hate speech risked the
youngest nation descending into genocide.
But experts have since ruled out genocide as President Salva
Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the revitalized peace
deal in September 2018 in Ethiopia which is largely holding.
Action against hate speech is a campaign which has been
funded since 2017 by the EU through the Norwegian Refugee
Council (NRC) aimed at countering hate speech and peace building
in South Sudan.
The conflict killed tens of thousands and displaced more than
four million people both internally and externally, creating one
of the world’s fastest crises.
The revitalized peace deal which is currently being
implemented returns Riek Machar as one of President Salva Kiir’s
four vice presidents under the transitional unity government (TGoNU)
expected to be formed in November.
The parties were supposed to form the TGoNU in May but agreed
to a six-month extension in order to implement key issues that
include cantonment, screening of forces and determining number
of states and boundaries.
Kenya plans infrastructure
project to boost development in northeast region
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Tuesday kicked off preparations for a
World Bank-backed infrastructure project to boost economic
development of the northeast region, officials said.
Julius Korir, principal secretary in the Ministry of
Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development told
journalists in Nairobi that the Northeastern Transport
Improvement Project (NETIP) aims to improve transport efficiency
along the 740 km Isiolo-Wajir-Mandera road.
"To facilitate preparatory work, particularly the engineering
designs of the road sections, the World Bank has advanced Kenya
1 billion shillings (10 million U.S. dollars)," Korir said
during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the
national government and county governments of Meru, Isiolo,
Wajir, Garissa and Mandera for NETIP related projects.
He said the existing Isiolo-Wajir-Mandera road will be
upgraded to bitumen standards so that Kenya can enhance its
links to the neighboring countries of Somalia and Ethiopia.
Korir said that the World Bank is expected to fund through a
concessional loan of 500 million dollars for construction of 365
km of road out of the 740 km.
"The remainder of the road will be constructed with funds
from Arab banks and the road annuity program," he added.
According to the government official, environmental and
social impact assessment has already been completed. "The
process of procuring the contractors will begin in the next
three weeks," Korir added.
Josphat Sasia, lead transport specialist at World Bank said
the NETIP project is at an advanced stage and construction work
should start in the next eight months to 12 months.
He noted that NETIP will also include installation of a 744
km fiber optic cable from Isiolo to Mandera.
Kenya and South Sudan
confirm deals to shore up trade ties
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and South Sudan on Monday inked agreements
aimed at deepening trade ties between the two neighboring
The deals which were signed in Nairobi between visiting South
Sudan President Salva Kiir and his host Kenya President Uhuru
Kenyatta will also see the two countries set up a joint border
commission for the management of the common border.
Under the agreements, Kenya will hold a trade expo in Juba in
November to help deepen trade ties between the two nations and
also work as a show of confidence in South Sudan’s economy.
"The expo will not only showcase Kenyan products but also
reciprocate by exposing South Sudan’s products to Kenyan
business people," Kenyatta told a joint news conference after
holding bilateral meeting with Kiir.
Kenyatta said his government has also agreed to allocate land
for a dry port to South Sudan at the Naivasha Special Economic
Zone and for a logistics hub near the new Lamu Port.
Kenyatta assured South Sudan that Kenya is fast tracking the
completion of an ambitious Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia
Transport (LAPPSET) corridor project, an economic and transport
corridor that stretches from Kenya’s coastal Lamu Port to South
Sudan and Ethiopia, including transnational highways, oil
pipeline and the Lamu Port, among others, to link the two
"The first berth (of the Lamu Port) will be ready this August
while Berths 2 and 3 are expected to be completed within the
year 2020. I will invite Your Excellency, with other regional
leaders, to inspect the Lamu Project in due course," said
He said Kenya and South Sudan will put more efforts in
completing trans-national highways including
Kenya urges South Sudan to
enhance peace and boost growth
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on
South Sudan leader to consolidate peace dividends to accelerate
the country’s social and economic growth.
Kenyatta said the moment has come for the patriotic men and
women of Africa’s youngest nation to secure their place in
national, regional, continental and global arena.
"The leadership of South Sudan, across the entire spectrum,
have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to forge for lasting peace
that provides the internal stability and enabling environment
for your country’s take-off, both economically and socially,"
Kenyatta told visiting South Sudan President Salva Kiir.
The Kenyan leader spoke on Monday evening during a state
banquet hosted for Kiir and his delegation in Nairobi.
Kenyatta’s office said in a statement issued after the
reception that the Kenyan leader urged the South Sudan
leadership to defy the naysayers and prophets of doom by putting
aside their differences and delivering unity, peace and security
to their nation.
Kenyatta said Kenya will continue to provide technical and
diplomatic support to facilitate the implementation of the peace
process including deployment of military ceasefire monitors as
well as technical advisors to various transitional and
"Kenya is cognizant of the fact that the political, security,
economic and humanitarian situation in South Sudan will largely
be determined by the success in the implementation of the
Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the
Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) which was signed by the
parties on 12th September 2018," he said.
He said commitment to the agreement will allow South Sudan to
shed off the yoke of needless conflict and internal disunity
that have limited the Horn of Africa country’s achievement of
its full potential.
Kenyatta said South Sudan will be able to take advantage of
the immense opportunities available on the African continent.
"One of these is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA)
which has opened enormous trade and investment opportunities
among African countries. Another is the East African Community,
which South Sudan is the youngest member," the Kenyan leader
Speaking during the occasion, Kiir thanked Kenyatta for
inviting him for the state visit, saying it has strengthened the
bond of friendship between Kenya and South Sudan.
"I want to assure that South Sudanese and the great people of
Kenya are one people. We share common borders and we are good
neighbors," Kiir said.
electricity deal with South Sudan
NAIVASHA (Xinhua) --
Kenya and South Sudan said Tuesday they are
working on a deal to address the acute shortage of electricity
in Juba. Under the deal, Kenya will offer electricity from
geothermal in exchange of gas from oil fields in South Sudan.
Charles Keter, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for energy and
petroleum, said that works are undergoing to construct
transmission lines to Lodwar town which neighbors South Sudan,
noting that Nairobi is keen to use the transmission lines to
supply electricity to the neighboring country which was
currently engaged in various development projects.
"We are engaging our brothers from South Sudan so that Kenya
can get gas from the oil fields while they in return will get
electricity supply," he said.
The official made the remarks when visiting South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir toured the geothermal plant in Naivasha,
Daniel Awou, South Sudan’s minister for petroleum, said that
his country faces many challenges in power production, noting
that the oil fields in the war-ravaged country need more
electricity so that they could supply more oil.
"We are ready to partner with Kenya in terms of geothermal
exploration and supply as currently the demand for electricity
in our country is higher than supply," he said.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), the largest
power producing company in Kenya, said on Tuesday that the
company is ready and willing to share its expertise and
experience in geothermal power development with South Sudan.
Rebecca Miano, CEO of KenGen said that studies have proven
that South Sudan has capability of producing 400MW of geothermal
power, adding Kenya is ready to support its neighbor.
"Kenya is ranked ninth in terms of geothermal production in
the world and we are ready to offer expertise and advice to
South Sudan government," she said, emphasizing the importance of
clean energy given its contribution to curbing climate change.
"KenGen’s strategic focus is geared towards geothermal energy
production, an area the company has heavily invested in. Our
diverse expertise in energy production has become a point of
reference, providing insights to various countries in Africa
such as Ethiopia, Comoros, Rwanda and Djibouti," Miano said.
Miano said KenGen is also exploring expansion opportunities
beyond Kenya and will in the near future extend to oil and
mining sectors in the region.
Kenya is Africa’s leading geothermal energy producer and is
among the top ten in the world. The country has a geothermal
installed capacity of 685 MW with an estimated potential of
10,000MW along the Rift Valley, according to KenGen.
South Sudan’s Central Bank
to suspend transactions in Kenya currency
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s central bank on Monday
directed all commercial banks to suspend transaction in Kenyan
currency until October as demanded by its Kenyan counterpart in
a bid to curb illicit financial flows and counterfeit.
The Bank of South Sudan (BOSS) in a circular issued in Juba
said the move was necessary to curb illicit financial flows and
"The Central Bank of Kenya has informed us that it has
started issuance of a new series of Kenyan shillings banknotes.
The measure is partly intended to combat the emerging
concerns of illicit financial flows and counterfeits," said
Moses Makur Deng, director general for banking supervision,
research and statistics at BOSS.
It added that the directive will help discourage illicit
transactions in Kenyan currency in South Sudan during and beyond
the period of conversion from old Kenyan shilling banknotes to
the new ones.
"Given these concerns, the Bank of South Sudan hereby direct
all the commercial banks and other non-bank financial
institutions to be vigilant and to subject all such transactions
to strict due diligence," it said.
"We are specifically directing you to immediately stop
accepting deposits in Kenyan shillings to ensure that illicit
flows in Kenyan shillings do not return to Kenya’s financial
system through financial institutions in South Sudan," it added.
BOSS also called on the financial institutions it overseas to
share with it relevant information and intelligence on any
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has kicked off the process of
phasing out old notes in circulation and replacing them with new
generation currency notes.
Kenya is withdrawing the old 1,000 shilling note with a new
note in an exercise expected to be complete by Oct. 1.