This Week in South Sudan – Week 43

Monday 24 October

  • Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has given the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) a two-month deadline to force Sudanese rebels in South Sudan to leave the country.
  • According to the SPLA (IO), 11 government soldiers were killed during a road ambush along the Kola-Wedakona road in northern Upper Nile State.
  • A SPLA (IO)-allied rebel group has allegedly demanded ransom for Ugandan nationals captured in ambushes along the Nimule-Juba road. The SPLA (IO) denied these allegations and considers the reporting of the episode a “negative campaign” against the movement.
  • Banks in Juba has limited cash withdrawal to 50,000 SSP per week.
  • South Sudan reiterates its objections to neighbouring countries participating in the UN Regional Protection Force.
  • The head of UNMISS, Ellen Margrethe Løj, announced she will step down at the end of November.

Tuesday 25 October

Wednesday 26 October

Thursday 27 October

  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council for help to broker an agreement between MONUSCO peacekeepers, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and GOSS on the repatriation or relocation of the 755 SPLA (IO) soldiers in DRC.
  • Yei River County Commissioner, Bidali Cosmas Wori-Kojo, and three other local officials have defected to the SPLM (IO).

Friday 28 October

  • Salva Kiir dismissed reports that he has sent a military convoy to Yei to relocate members of the ethnic Dinka group.
  • President Salva Kiir and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on bilateral trade, borders and military cooperation.

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