JUBA South Sudan
South Sudan has resumed oil production in the northern Unity
region after disruption by a five-year old conflict which
damaged oil wells.
Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, minister of
petroleum, revealed on Tuesday that he authorized the first
phase resumption of oil production on Dec. 31 in five wells from
the 16 wells.
"The initial target of the oil production at Phase One will
be 20,000 bpd (barrels per day)," Gatkuoth told journalists in
He disclosed that they will launch full resumption plan in
Unity oilfields together with Azhari A. Abdallah, Sudan’s
minister of petroleum and minerals on Jan. 21.
South Sudan since last year worked on renovating its 48 MW
power plant to boost oil production at Tharjiath oil field from
14,000 bpd to 40,000 bpd in the northern Unity region.
South Sudan prior to outbreak of conflict in December 2013,
produced some 350,000 bpd before it declined to less than
160,000 bpd due to devastation caused by conflict on the oil
The country depends on oil production to finance about 98
percent of its fiscal expenditure despite ongoing efforts to
increase its share of the non-oil revenue.
South Sudan has suffered from a civil war since December
2013, which led to the death of thousands and the displacement
of about 4 million others.
South Sudan President
Salva Kiir pardons 48 prisoners
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has
pardoned 48 prisoners from six prisons across the country in a
presidential decree issued over the weekend as gesture to usher
in New Year.
Anthony Oliver Legge, spokesperson for the National Prisons
Service, told Xinhua on Monday that among those who benefited
from the presidential pardon include a juvenile.
"There is a Republic Order of the New Year 2019 which orders
for the release of 48 inmates from six prisons across the
country," said Legge in Juba.
He disclosed that those released include 10 prisoners from
Wau prison, Juba 11, Torit 8, Turalei 4 and Kuacjok 15 prisoners
Legge confirmed that the presidential pardon was issued on
Sunday by President Kiir in his first decree of the New Year.
He also said that some of those released attended vocational
training which will help them to integrate into the public.
Legge said that their idea in the prison service is not just
to jail the inmates, but to ensure they reform.
"I think a big number of them have benefited from training at
the vocational centers within the prisons," he said, adding that
the skills acquired will help sustain them upon release.
He added that they will cooperate with the Judiciary to speed
up trials of those on remand without trial.
South Sudan prisons are grappling with congestion amid case
backlogs in the judiciary due to a few qualified judges, leaving
so many inmates on remand for several years without trial.
South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013, and the
conflict has created one of the fastest growing refugee crises
in the world.
President Salva Kiir, his former deputy and arch rival Riek
Machar and several opposition groups in September signed a new
power-sharing deal in the Ethiopian capital aimed at ending the
five-year old conflict.
South Sudan starts
registration of foreigners to curb crime
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan government said on Monday it has
started registration of all foreign nationals living in the
country in a bid to deter cross-border crime.
John Akot Maluth, head of Nationality and Immigration
department in the Ministry of Interior, said they will screen
and register foreigners to curb illegal immigrants in a period
of three months.
"We are asking foreigners to come to the designated centers
for screening," said Maluth at a press conference in Juba.
He disclosed that foreigners with legal documents will be
pardoned and those without will be documented.
South Sudan shares border with neighboring countries
including Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and DR Congo.
Over two million South Sudanese are living as refugees in
these countries and others have been displaced since conflict
erupted in the East African country in December 2013.
South Sudan warring parties signed the revitalized peace
agreement in September which has ushered in normalcy and fresh
hope of peace.