Yei, 3rd January 2019. The Governor of Yei River State points out that 2018 had been a year of challenges despite that there were some achievements.
Emmanuel Adil Anthony told Radio Easter that the good news from 2018 was the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, (ARCSS).
Adil hopes that final peace prevail in Yei River state because it is one of the states that still experiencing insecurity.
The governor calls on brothers in opposition who picked up arms against the government to reconcile for peace.
The Governor made these remarks in Christ the King Church during the celebration of the New Year in Yei.
Torit, 3rd January 2019. A Priest from Catholic Diocese of Torit calls on christians to live according to God’s will.
Fr. Anthony Obina Odemelam, Parish Priest at Our Lady of Holy Rosary advises faithful to be closer to God to receive more blessing in 2019. Radio Emmanuel reports.
He urges the congregation to understand the word of God so as enter the kingdom of God.
Fr. Odo-emelam points out that faithful must live like children of God by doing according to the will of God.
Father Anthony Odo-emelam made the statement during his New Year homily at our lady of Holy Rosary Church in Torit on Tuesday.
Yei, 3rd January 2019. The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Yei says leaders that practice good politics is a service of peace.
Erkolano Lodu Tombe says politics without the guidance of church will become bad politics and politicians will be lost. Radio Easter reports.
Bishop Tombe advises politicians to take good care of it for peace.
People are in need and crying for peace because it is something to live it and not only to speak about it, he points out.
The Bishop made the remarks in St. Mary mother of God Catholic Chapel in Yei.
Juba, 2nd January 2019. The catholic Archbishop of Juba praises the major work of the media practitioners in South Sudan.
Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro says journalists are struggling and he is aware of the difficulties the media face in the country.
He advises the media practitioners to be professional by telling the truth and the right time.
The Archbishop wishes all journalists a happy Christmas and the prosperous New Year.
Archbishop Lukudu made his applauds to journalists while delivering his Christmas message in Juba last week.
Tonj, 2nd January 2019. The Governor Tonj State on Monday wishes citizens Merry Christmas and happy New Year and will be year of peace and love.
Anthony Bol Madut Bol in his message to the community says New Year will be filled with blessings from God.
He appeals to the citizens to pray hard for the year 2019 to come with peace and reconciliation.
Bol encourages people to avoid laziness and work hard for the development of the country.
Only hard work can defeat the hunger in the country, he stresses.
The governor made the remarks on Monday in an interview to Don Bosco Radio in Tonj.
Yei, 2nd January 2019. The Bishop of the Catholic Dioceses of Yei urges South Sudanese that peace will come but they should be people of faith and hope.
Radio Easter quoted Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe telling the congregation that individuals should continue praying so that God will give the peace to prevail.
Bishop Lodu adds that churches are not against peace but there are some people who are anti peace.
The Bishop advises citizens not be afraid but to have hope for the revitalized peace.
The Bishop made his remarks on Sunday at Christ the King Cathedral in Yei.
Nuba Mountain, 29th December 2018. Unknown cause of the fire on the house of Amani around in Kauda, Heiban County of Nuba Mountains led to her death and three children this week.
The deputy head of Kauda police station Abdul Majid Hassan told Voice of Peace Radio that one child died instantly in the fire accident.
He adds that the mother and other two children were transferred to Luwere hospital, but they all died due to severe burns.
The police mention that they have not found any suspect yet but the investigation is ongoing.
Hassan calls on neighbors and community to cooperate with them to identify the criminal in order to face justice.
Yambio, 21st November 2018. Christians in the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio on Monday conducted a requiem mass for the soul of a Jesuit priest who was killed in Cuei-bet last Thursday.
Radio Anisa quoted Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala while presiding over the mass at St Mary Cathedral, regretting to see how Fr Victor Luke Odhiambo was murdered.
He terms it criminal, cruel and sinful act.
The Catholic prelate says the killing of a priest who was a teacher is a big loss to the Church and the people of South Sudan.
He adds that killing a priest this time in South Sudan indicates vulnerability of people to any unlawful act which shows weak law enforcement in the country.
The Bishop urges Christians to pray for the soul of the late priest, his family the people of Kakamega Catholic Diocese and entire people of Kenya where Fr Odhiambo came from.
Juba, 21st November 2018. The Jesuits in Africa on Monday reaffirms their commitment in South Sudan and appeals for peace in the country after the killing of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo.
According to Vatican Radio, the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar calls for justice, reconciliation, peace and complete disarmament in South Sudan.
It calls upon the African Union, regional governments and the international community to support the implementation of the peace agreement.
The Jesuits strongly condemn “the horrific murder of Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo, on 15 November 2018, in Cuei-bet, South Sudan”, reads the statement.
Our hearts go out to the family of Fr Odhiambo, praying that the risen Christ consoles them,” reads part of the statement.
The document was co-signed by Fr. Joseph Afulo, Jesuit Provincial of the Eastern Africa and Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar.
The slain priest was a Principal of Mazzolari Teachers’ College in Cuei-bet, Parish of the catholic Diocese of Rumbek.
Wau, 10th November 2018. The Intergovernmental Authority for Development or IGAD Assessment team arrived in Wau on Thursday to assess the implementation of the peace agreement in the state.
The team comprises fourteen officials from IGAD member states that included Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Djibouti and Somalia.
Team leader Izadin Osman Taha, says his team is in Wau to assess the implementation of the peace agreement and report the findings to the defence authority.
Wau State governor Angelo Taban acknowledges the presence of the team saying the government is ready for the implementation of the peace deal.
The governor confirms the implementation of the peace agreement through dialogue between the state government and opposition forces.
Earlier in September this year the opposition leaders and government of South Sudan signed a revitalized peace agreement in Khartoum Sudan and agreed to implement the peace deal on the ground.