Statement By UNMISS Major General Delai on Rumbek Weapons

"...the weapons and ammunition found in Rumbek were never intended to serve any other purpose than that of peace and protection of South Sudanese civilians. Let me also add that the pictures that have been circulating on the Internet, claiming that land mines are among the cargo,are not correct."

 

STATEMENT OF MAJOR GENERAL DELALI JOHNSON SAKYI  UNMISS FORCE COMMANDER

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I am Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi.

I am addressing you today in my capacity as the Force Commander of the troops serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).  In that capacity, I am responsible for overseeing and supervising all activities and operations of our peacekeeping contingents throughout the country.

I am also speaking to you as the most senior Ghanaian officer in the Mission.  In that capacity I have an obligation to clarify the issue of the weapons and ammunition belonging to the newly-arrived Ghanaian contingent, after its cargo which was being transported to Bentiu via Rumbek was found to include weapons and ammunition.

Yesterday, in fact, I visited Rumbek where I travelled on a joint mission with the Government to look into this incident.  I am very pleased that the mission to Rumbek took place in close collaboration with the South Sudanese authorities, and I hope that subsequent investigations into last week’s incident will clarify the circumstances which have led to this very unfortunate incident.

As the Force Commander of UNMISS and the most senior Ghanaian officer in South Sudan, I want to confirm that the weapons and ammunition belong to the Ghanaian contingent which is to deploy in Bentiu. The Ghanaian contingent has just arrived in South Sudan as part of the additional troops authorized by the Security Council. It is in South Sudan to help protect civilians, assist with access to civilians who have fled the recent fighting and violence, as well as to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Let me be clear, the weapons and ammunition found in Rumbek were never intended to serve any other purpose than that of peace and protection of South Sudanese civilians.  They were not intended for the use of any other entity than the new Ghanaian contingent, and they were not being transported clandestinely. This is also why we readily agreed to the inspection of the cargo at the checkpoint in Rumbek.

Let me also add that the pictures that have been circulating on the Internet, claiming that land mines are among the cargo, are not correct. The pictures are showing canisters for masks or respirators. Please take note of this.

However, it is very unfortunate that, despite the clear policy of UNMISS, that all ammunition and weapons should not be transported by road due to the security situation, but must go by air, a packing error has resulted in several containers with weapons and ammunition being moved by road.  As conveyed in a prior press statement, this is a highly regrettable mistake.

We are expecting a high level delegation to arrive from New York imminently to undertake investigations with the Government of South Sudan. This will enable the Mission to understand how this unfortunate error could occur, and prevent a repeat of such serious mistakes.

As the Force Commander of UNMISS, I hope this process will allow the Mission to proceed with its mandated tasks in coordination with the Government of South Sudan in good faith.

Thank you.

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11/03/2014, 9:58 PM
 - Posted by William Levi
For weeks now I have been warning the country regarding this big elephant in the our house. The name of this elephant is the UNMISS and her proxy organizations. Now they are truly showing their true intend in our country. What will be the basis for bringing weaponry into our country disguised as good? The biggest question is now, how do we get her out of the house? How do we repair the damage she has already cause? How long will it take to clean her mess?
The Church in the South Sudan and South Sudan’s government have moral obligation to halt the current incursion of the UN and its proxy organizations in the new country of the South Sudan. Under the watch of the young government of the South Sudan. The UN and its various proxy organization are vigorously implementing their agenda to pre-empt and destroy this infant country of the South Sudan from achieving her future of being a city on the hill that cannot be hidden for Jesus Christ.
They are targeting the women and girls in the name of gender equality, political, social and economy equality for the sake of expedience at the expenses of the most foundational pillars of human existence since the Creation which is the family and our Judea Christian value and worldview.
The Need: We need to stop the UN from sexualizing Children, turning women and girls to become militant feminist and destroying the fabric of Judeo-Christian family in the South Sudan. Our vision is to rebuild the Biblical family and the Church in the South Sudan from the ashes of war both spiritually & physically, through the preaching of the Gospel, promotion of sustainability & Christian entrepreneurship..

National pastors who ascribe to the sufficiency of Scripture are facing a cultural mindset that has been heavily influenced by the U.N. and post-Christian Western ideology. The Bible reveals that the family is an integral part of the unfolding of His eternal purpose for the redemption of sinners. This great and gracious salvation--purposed by the Father, accomplished by the Son, and applied by the Holy Spirit--is in great measure passed on to succeeding generations as parents faithfully disciple the children God gives them. Therefore, the biblical order of the family is crucial to the stability and health of the Church of Jesus Christ in the South Sudan. In light of this, we recognize that the family--specifically fathers-- is the focus of a fierce and unrelenting attack by the world, the flesh, and the Devil. For the Church in the South Sudan to thrive, Christians must rise up in defense of the family with uncompromising biblical warfare.

What is the " U.N. " Mindset? Prior to the Islamic war of persecution, most South Sudanese enjoyed rural, peaceful lives in multigenerational communities. A Judeo-Christian framework for faith and life had been the pattern for many centuries. Marriage, childbearing, and work found their meaning and dignity within this context. During the Islamic bombing campaigns of the 1980's and 90's, those who were not killed were driven into U.N. operated refugee camps in the neighboring countries with little hope of ever returning home. The first generations of Sudanese refugees born in these camps were fatherless and dependent on handouts of food, clothing, and shelter for survival. The Church was scattered and thousands of pastors and elders were martyred. Opportunities for work and education were practically nonexistent. While families languished in exile, they were indoctrinated by UN agencies who told them that their homeland and former way of life were gone forever; faith in God is meaningless, marriage is an irrelevant human institution, and children are an impediment to progress. When UN agencies brought micro -businesses into the area, they targeted women and girls with feminist career propaganda while the men and boys are deliberately left out and deemed to be the root of the problem. Drinking became the norm of the day. The second generation of refugees grew up in a culture defined by a cycle of poverty, divorce, co-habitation and UNICEF funded abortion. The third generation is now reaping the whirlwind. They must contend with the battle for their minds if they would have true liberty in New Sudan.
Here are the lists of programs UN is implementing to destroy the family, the church and the country Abortion industry is now in place in our country.
South Sudan Planned Parenthood News UN to provide family planning 'services' in eight African countries
Aug 7, 2013 - 22:07 GMT. Eight African countries are now on the list to receive funds from the UN, allegedly to "manage growth" of their populations. This is a euphemism, used to cover the promotion of abortion and contraception. NEW YORK, NY (Catholic Online) - In an " Family Planning , In Its Infancy in South Sudan Interview with Makur Kariom, Director of Reproductive Health for South Sudan. Ministry of Health, Government of Southern Sudan
Q&A: South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare on Africa’s Newest Nation and its Women
South Sudan among recipients of UN grants to end violence against women
. What are your hopes for South Sudan’s women moving forward?
“My hopes for the women of South Sudan are many. I hope that by 2015, women of South Sudan will be 50/50 with men in parliament. .
UNDP provided technical support to the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare advising on the development of the Ministry’s Social Protection Policy and advocating for key social protection interventions. tp://www.ss.undp.org/content/south_sudan/en/home/mdgoverview/overview/mdg3/
Headquartered in New York City, Planned Parenthood Global currently supports partnerships in 10 countries — Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Sudan and South Sudan — and maintains regional offices in Miami and Nairobi, Kenya. In Washington, Planned Parenthood Global monitors issues of U.S. foreign policy.
12/03/2014, 7:33 AM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
So the UN is the enemy of Judaism and Christianity William Levi? I wonder why nations like Israel and the Vatican don't have such a dim view of the UN!
12/03/2014, 1:54 PM
 - Posted by William Levi
UN Record on Israel versus & Arabs and Islamic world :
With all due respect to you sir. Let us have honest and open debate and dialogue on the true motive of the UN in the South Sudan. By now, they should have packed up and gone. They have exceeded their mandate and the more they state, the more they complete our problems. We are a sovereign nation not without problems. We have our own problems to address. It take the families, the church and the government of South Sudan which is us the citizens and our democratically elected leaders not the UN to solve our problems. We appreciate their help for the time needed. But She has become an elephant in our house destroying everything we have ever fought for, stood for and die for as I outline above. It is time for UNMISS to reconsider her position and allow the South Sudanese and the IGAD grouping of Concern African neighbors to solve our problems.
Coming to the matter you raised regarding how Israel and the Vatican view the UN in respect to Judaism and Christianity, Make no mistake, UN is against Judaism and Christianity without question. I would like to

Israel and Judaism ..
Just like South Sudan, God brought Israel into existence in 1948. Of the 175 United Nations Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel. The U.N. was silent while 58 Jerusalem synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians destroyed 58 Jerusalem Synagogues and systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians prevented Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
This anti-Israel stance of the UN is a natural consequence of its membership structure. 21 members of the UN are Arab countries, and 52 members represent Islamic countries. Since the Arab Israeli conflict is represented as a religious conflict (see article) Israel as the only Jewish state has no chance for a fair hearing in the UN.
Read ON
http://www.unwatch.org/site/c.bdKKISNqEmG/b.1359197/k.6748/UN_Israel__AntiSemitism.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171010
http://archive.adl.org/international/israel-un-2-background.html#.UyBh0RLD8y8

VATICAN
Panelists Blast UN Report That Calls on Vatican to Reconsider Homosexuality, Abortion. http://www.christianpost.com/news/panelists-blast-un-report-that-calls-on-vatican-to-reconsider-homosexuality-abortion-115684/
WASHINGTON – Experts denounced the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child's recent report in which it suggested the Catholic Church alter its positions on fornication, contraception, homosexuality, and abortion. The report, they said, is an attack on the Catholic Church and an overreach of U.N. power.
While the committee's report emphasized the Catholic Church's clerical sexual abuse scandals, it also called on the Vatican state to alter its positions on other, unconnected moral issues. The Geneva report criticized the Vatican's opposition to contraception, homosexuality, and abortion in cases of child rape and incest.
Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), called the panel's report "a dagger to the heart of motherhood," and denounced it as an overreach of U.N. power. "A treaty-monitoring organization has told a religion to change its teaching on fundamental issues," Ruse declared at a Family Research Council panel on Wednesday.
Travis Weber, director of FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, argued that this decision weakens the credibility of the United Nations' system for adjudicating human rights. "When rights are read into a treaty without the consent of nations, the entire system loses credibility," Weber argued.
Pat Fagan, senior fellow and director of FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute, carefully compared the report to Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," an attack against Jews throughout Nazi Germany. Fagan emphasized that this connection is loose. "This is not a Kristallnacht, but it is a breaking of windows," he explained, "because it makes very clear what the agenda is."
"This is a violation of religious freedom, and this targeting of the Catholic Church makes eminent sense for the radical Left," Fagan declared. He argued that an international movement for the causes of abortion and same-sex marriage, among others, targeted the Catholic Church due to its clear stance on morality. "The Catholic Church is known internationally as a source for being clear on what is right and wrong for men."
Fagan warned that "if the Catholic Church can suffer this indignity without any response, the radical Left has gained massive yardage" in the fight against religious freedom.
The MARRI director attacked the U.N. treaty on the Rights of the Child for violating the rights of parents. "It is a fundamental universal human right to transmit your religious and moral beliefs to your child while he is a minor," Fagan declared.
Ruse agreed, arguing that the document gives the child religious liberty and "free access to information from every source," two provisions which make it impossible for parents to protect their children from a host of dangers on the Internet. In addition to these violations, already in the original treaty which the Vatican signed, the commission also requested it change its positions on other issues.
A Non-Binding Resolution
The U.N. Commission on the Rights of the Child ordered the Vatican to reconsider its positions on numerous issues, from spanking to "the diversity of family settings" – a reference to homosexual adoption – and even fornication. "The church has to overcome taboos on adolescent sexuality," Ruse quoted from the report.
The report, however, is completely unbinding, the speakers agreed. The declarations of the commission are "not decisions in any way, shape, or form," Ruse explained. "They are comments and suggestions which governments are free to ignore." He also emphasized that the committee members do not represent the various countries which nominated them to serve. "Only individuals could do something so crazy."
"This report has no binding effect," Weber agreed. "It's almost as if it's just one step further than one voice telling the Catholic Church what to do."
Nevertheless, each panelist argued that it is important for the Catholic Church to respond, and for other groups to join in their attack on this report. "We have to build upon layers of response in order to prepare for attacks years from now," Weber argued.
"You have a very long-term battle going on about fundamental issues of humankind," Fagan declared. He argued that the activists for gay marriage and abortion "love a reasonable response because they have no interest in discourse but in popular messaging." They aim to elicit mocking and derision in order to defame their enemies, Fagan argued. To them, "this is an occasion by which they can humiliate the Catholic Church."
Even so, Fagan suggested a response through different groups. He argued that nations with a concern for the family – both those from Christian and Muslim traditions – should join together to oppose these attacks. "I would also call upon the United States Council on International Religious Freedom" to list the U.N. International Commission on Human Rights as a threat to religious freedom, he added.
"This is a gift from God because it highlights how crazy and radical these committees are," Fagan stressed. He argued that the Catholic Church and other organizations, including Congress, should take this opportunity to denounce U.N. overreach

12/03/2014, 2:51 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
Mr Levi, Let's be real for a minute: What do we do with the tens of thousands of our people who now find themselves sheltering and in safety in the UNMISS compounds in Juba, Malakal, Bor, Bentiu and other places? What do we do about the millions now in need of food this season? Is all this suffering a game designed by the UN/UNMISS?
14/03/2014, 4:14 AM
 - Posted by William Levi
Thank you Sir, with all due respect to you again, it is clear that you are looking for answers. I hope that you are not on the wrong side of the issue to resolve crisis facing out people and country. Nevertheless, I will do my best. It is a blessing in disguise to know what the other side are thinking. You are in my prayers at least we can debate this issues within its context under the freedom of press and speech afforded in our interim constitution .
Talking about the reality, this is the reality. UN has lost credibility in the South Sudan. To rebuild her credibility, she can't behave like out of control elephant dangerously roaming around in our land and trembling underfoot our sovereignty as a nation. The issue of mislabeling 13 UN containers laden with lethal weapons as "Goods in General " coming into our country bound for an area under conflict partly controlled by anti-government group is a very serious matter. Judge for yourself, this matter.
To answer your question regarding the fate of our fellow IDPs and their needs stranded within UN Camps in our country. The South Government Crisis management team and the local churches and local citizens throughout the South Sudan are taking responsibility to deal with the day to day needs of the IDPS and we are praying to see a lasting solution to address the impasse between the Government and the rebels who are also part of our people except that they are on the wrong side of the issues.
We, as local churches and community of concern citizens in Eastern Equatoria are helping our fellow IDPs who came from the affected states in the country with practical needs such as medicine, water, food, shelter and Biblical counseling to deal with spiritual problem they are facing of which the UN has no solution to address critical matters such as pain, anger, grief, discouragement and loss of love ones during this crisis in the country.
We are not involving the UN and cannot over stretch our government either. As a pastor, I pray for the sin of my country for a collective repentance. Borrowing the Word of US President JFK , " Don't ask for what your country can do for you but what can you do for your country?." In the same way, I don't want to ask what South Sudan can do for me but what can I do for South Sudan?" UN does not even come close to this question and it has no a role to play. UN is just a collection of nations each of which has her own problems at home country.
As far as I'm concern, every citizen of South Sudan has a role to play to care for our own country man and women at this time of crisis. I don't see a Dinka or a Nuer. I see a child of God, my fellow countryman in need of help.
Having said that, South Sudan is a sovereign country. It is not perfect but it is not Somalia. The UN should work through our government if they want to help us in our crisis. Toby Lanzer of the UN have no right running around raising money from the International community in the name of our people and country then deny the legitimacy of our democratically elected government to have access to the funding to help our fellow citizens through the Crisis management who can procure the aides to the people. If they don't trust our government, then, they will have very hard time in the Republic of South Sudan.
You ask me to answer whether it was the UN is to blame for the IDP Crisis. This is a loaded question and it must be answered on record.
You are appealing to the emotional aspect of what we are facing as a country and trying to create a reactionary panicking solution to address the root issues. The situation regarding South Sudanese IDP living in the UN Camps in places inside our country as you mention is nothing but a distraction created by the UN agencies to distract us from what God wants us to be doing inside South Sudan, restructuring our country, caring for our families, our church, working with our hands, educating our own and living within our means.
On the other hand, this is exactly what the UN wants. They know how to play the card. UN thrives on Chaos so that we are all sucked into it. It is all about maintaining their presence there and around the globe. They the UN created the toxic environment inside the South Sudan and become the government that controls women and children and weaken men along tribal lines . With their strings attached funded programs, they pulled the strings too tight enough to create tribal tensions and corruptions in the South Sudan government that resulted to a coup attempts to split the country.
UN agencies were the first one to flee the country luring civilians to follow them into exile. They set up IDP camps inside the South Sudan in places like Juba, Bor, Malakal, Bentiu etc where South Sudanese families have fled making it difficult for the government to urge them to return to their respective homes as calms returns to the affected areas. Across the border in Uganda and other place like Ethiopia , they set up camps their waiting for refugees to come into so that the whole game and cycle of refugees crisis we have witnessed for 50 years begin again.
If we are talking about the South Sudan being gripped by Tribalism and government corruption and lack of government structure, we should also talk about the tribalistic and corruptive agenda of the UN global social engineering policy toward South Sudan. We have been used as the Guinea pig of the UN Millennium agenda for experiment.
The real question you should ask the UN and her proxy international NGOs is this, what happen to the billions of dollars they raised in the name of South Sudan from 2005- 2013? The development fund raised by International community to develop the republic of the South Sudan since 2005 in excess of $10 billion has gone into the hands of the UN driven NGOs who string attached their funding to every projects they sponsor in our country specially in directing the implementation of their agenda through the ministries of Education, Interior, Ministry of Gender, Child, and social welfare and the ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Health and Agriculture . What is the result? Utter failure.
They have high jacked these institutions to mind control the population. As a nation, who ever have control over the welfare of our women, our children, our culture, youth, our health and food, will control the country and silence the family, the church and the government. This is the root of the chaos plugging our country right now. Tribalism has very little to nothing to do with it. We the South Sudan are to blame to larger extend because we have blindly accepted this UN agenda and now it has blown open on our faces. Don't take my word for it, if you don't believe me, do your own research and understand what others have to say about this same issue.
Billions in Aid Couldn't Save South Sudan SLATE - January 02 By Joshua Keating
"The odds were always stacked against South Sudan, the world’s newest country, which achieved independence in 2011 with one of the world’s poorest populations, an unsettled oil-rich border with its primary antagonist Sudan, and a nearly complete checklist of warning signs for state failure.
But with the ethnic and political violence that has killed at least 1,000 people and displaced nearly 200,000 in the past two weeks, it’s hard not to reflect critically on the outsized role the international NGO community played in the country over the past two years.
As economists Greg Larson, Peter Ajak, and Lant Pritchett recount in a prescient analysis from last October, “South Sudan received approximately one billion US dollars of international assistance on an annual basis between 2006 and 2010”—the run-up to independence. “The total aid allocations for the first year after independence totaled USD $1.4 billion.” The authors argue that the “orthodox state building and capacity building more or less failed in South Sudan, leaving the world’s newest country mired in a “capability trap. … Despite countless trainings, workshops, reforms, and a large corps of foreign technical assistants embedded within state ministries, there is an absence of real change, and [South Sudan] now “looks like a state” but performs as anything but.” In an extreme example of this, one donor official distinguishes between the “fake ministry of finance” set up to deal with donors and advisers, and the “real ministry of finance,” which actually makes funding allocations and is “operated through backdoor dealings between South Sudanese officials, concealed from donor view.”
The authors concluded that “without any history of South Sudanese self-governance, no predecessor institutions, and starting essentially from scratch,” aid programs had been implemented “with limited South Sudanese 'ownership' and only notional adherence to principles of 'aid effectiveness.' ”
14/03/2014, 10:39 AM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
Dear Mr. Levi,
Though not convinced by your arguments, I admit that I am exhausted by such reasoning. Unless someone else other than you or I comments, I consider this argument closed on Gurtong website. Since you feel quite passionate about UN’s presence around the world in general and in particular South Sudan, I would suggest that you register on, say, Face Book and follow your mission.

All the best.
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