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South Sudan Vice-President Abdelbagi tests positive for coronavirus


South Sudan Vice-President Hussein Abdelbagi (SSPPU photo)
May 27, 2020 (JUBA) - Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi and chairman of the High-Level Taskforce on COVID 19, said on Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus and appointed a new chairman for his committee.

Abdelbagi is the second chairman of the COVID-19 committee to be infected with the pandemic after the former head of the taskforce First Vice President Riek Machar.

He is also the fourth senior official to be tested positive after Machar, Angelina Teny and Michael Makuei.

The vice-president told South Sudanese through the state TV channel he is tested positive and he would continue to do his duties from home.

Officials close to Abdelabgi told Sudan Tribune that he is self-isolating at home with mild symptoms and advised his relatives and friends to stay at home.

For its part, the COVID-19 committee reported that more 188 people tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday bringing the total number of cases in South Sudan to 994.

In a related development, Abdelbagi established a transitional committee tasked with the functions of the High-Level Taskforce.

According to the order No. 1, the committee is called "National Taskforce on Coronavirus Disease" and will be chaired by Abdon Agaw Jok, Government’s Secretary-General and a long-time close aide to President Salva Kiir.


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  • 28 May 00:19, by Mayendit

    The South Sudanese government officials don’t want to follow the recommended that was given by doctors. The first mistake was a lifting restrictions on coronavirus and it was done randomly, poorly and there was no steps of reopening. The third, the face mask and social distancing were absolutely absent. Forth, the security were not put in place to observe people who might exposed intentional.

  • 28 May 00:33, by Mayendit

    South Sudan government have no security for instance, how come the UNMISS took out the patient which brought coronavirus from Netherland and she exposed many people. Those so called National security in South Sudan are just wasting money living in hotels but in reality, they have no knowledge on how to secure the nation and its citizens. Agencies are not helping South Sudanese all, some of them ha

  • 28 May 00:46, by Mayendit

    The President Kiir Mayardit doesn’t know that, his National security agency are mixed with real enemies and corruption people just to mention few people. Major general Mawien Mawien Ngook also known as Mawien Magol is the most corrupt in National security and he is also linking with those Paul Malong Awan. Peter Kuol Fidel Majok Mabior Gak is also faking money in Kenya and he is link with Malong.

  • 28 May 01:07, by Mayendit

    If the nation is lead by criminal person and stupid leader, the whole country will be looking stupid and confusing the direction. The following lists are the best people and they are educated too.
    1.Dr.Nhial Deng Nhial. 2. Taban Deng Gai. 3.Atem Deng Garang. 4. Martin Elas Lomour. James Wani Igga is also good but he kept quiet like Kiir Mayardit. 6. Dr.Dhieu Mathok Diing. Th Mathok Diing is good.

    • 28 May 10:45, by Nueri Dial

      Your stupid list has only 1 Nuer 3 Dinka and 2 Equatoria. The only good Dinka we have is only the dead one. We needs only your tall black Dinka girls for fucking

      • 28 May 14:33, by Khent


        And you will lose hundreds of thousands of people in the service of that completely unattainable dream. The level of hatred you have for the Dinka is so looney, that it’s actually quite comical. Dreams are free, so go back to your laughable delusions. Your grand-children will still be venting against the Dinka decades from now. ROFL!

        • 28 May 15:38, by Nueri Dial

          The dream is not future, it has already happen long ago. We call you ’’jaang’’meaning slave don’t you know that? A dead Dinka is the Dinka who just follow what others say. Go back to history, we captured many Dinka and use their girls for dowry or being wife. We kill those Dinka whom resisted. They are now speaking Nuer language and they were all given Nuer Marks.

          • 28 May 16:14, by jubaone

            Nueri Dial
            Guess what! Jienges in IG have officially let IO forces to fight NAS cuz they just couldn’t. Jienge believe the IO who fled with Riek to DRC in 2016 know the terrain and bushes of Equatoria well. You know most mathiang nyors/gelweng/dutku beny foot soldier were decimated. It’s now mostly Nuer IO doing the dirty job while jienge hide in Juba

            • 28 May 19:58, by Khent


              Really, so the Nuer know that area better because they ran through it for a couple of weeks, but we gained no knowledge after decades of fighting in those areas? The Arabs used the Nuer in the oilfileds of Unity State and in greater Upper Nile, whereas the Dinka were fighting everywhere — even Eastern Sudan. You’re deluding yourself.

              • 28 May 22:16, by Khent

                You think that NAS is formidable? If so, where do you place their strength in relation to Khartoum? Why would the Dinka need to use the tribe that became Arab slaves because they were too scared to fight Khartoum? This whole thing is a farce and is 1000X less difficult than what the Dinka endured in the past.

            • 29 May 07:48, by Nueri Dial

              No IO fight NAS but they started to fight IO in eastern Eq. If you are talking if IO in Equatoria land, they are your people and no Nuer present there. Who is your chief of Staff not Nuer? please don’t open a new case. Nuer has no problem with Equatoria, they call them Nyam-Nyam (like eating) and has nothing to worry about them even our ancestor encourage us not to marry from you

              • 29 May 19:33, by jubaone

                Nueri Dial
                FYI "nyamnyam" is a Topotha word for "eat, eat" or literally translated "food food". It was a term often used by fleeing jienge and nyagat who trekked from Jonglei enroute to Kakuma Camp. These hungry savages kept begging for food from Topotha and asked for "nyamnyam" food food. For nyagats,they can do anything for nyamnyam.🤣

              • 29 May 19:39, by jubaone

                Nueri Dial
                Marry our girls? Only "sharamit nyagat"" or sharamit jienge". You can have them, they are cheap crap. Our boys don’t marry nyanjienges or nyannyagat cuz they are dirty, unclean, careless and would be producing less intelligent kids. Who wants foolish kids who are full time idiots? No Equatorian, not even for free. Keep your dirty bitches to yourselves.

          • 28 May 19:12, by Khent

            Nueri Dial

            Your hubris is based on fighting small Dinka sections in Jonglei and that’s all. You people lose terribly whenever the Nuer fight large Dinka sections in Bahr el Ghazal or the large Dinka sections in Upper Nile, and that’s precisely why you have never achieved any sort of substantive victory. This is why you lost in the 90s... you declared war against the entire Dinka tribe..

            • 28 May 19:20, by Khent

              .. Did you Arab slaves leave Bor, Twic east and Duk on your own accord in 91? Of course not. You were forced out, and you were pursued to your homelands and cut down there. Nuer areas like Ayod, Yuai and Waat were devastated in our retaliation. If the Nuer were so mighty, you would have won when you ran to the Arabs for help. Keep this up and you will become smaller than the Azande.

              • 28 May 19:27, by Khent

                The Nuer is like the little, misguided brother we show mercy to, but our insouciance seems to build up your ego - until we pay you the slightest bit of attention; and the Nuer get themselves killed, cry and complain about it, and then they try again years later. The Arabs are not here to help you, so go ahead and lose your people in the process.

            • 29 May 07:56, by Nueri Dial

              Why are you complaining of Nuer grafting your land if you defeated them? i.e Most of land from Rumbek, Ruweng, Figi/Atar, Baliet, Duk, Paloch etc name them were under Nuer and most of them are speaking Nuer as we speak. Only Aweil among all Dinka land which we did not have them. but most of them remain in Nasir for life after 1991 war. Most red army from Bharelgazal were thought to be dead.

              • 29 May 08:00, by Nueri Dial

                Cont... They were all accommodated in Nuer land given a mark on their forehead and get married to Nuer girls. These are dead Dinka but they are alive and well in Nuer land. I always ask you a question which you never reply. If you are brave, then why did you hired foreign forces? Yes, i agree that those of Warraf and Aweil still can fight. but what can they do if their fellow tribe are good in run

                • 29 May 08:06, by Nueri Dial

                  Cont.. Good in running. Rumbek are busy fighting themselves, all trained Dinka during the war were defeated in Juba-Bor road after that they were replace with Ugandan. White army from Bhargezal were defeated in Malakal March 2014 war and were replaced with GEM. Abuchiok of Chol Thon were completed in Nasir. The fight in after 2016 was Nuer Vs Nuer. i.e In Lou was Gony Biliew and in Maiwut was Nhia

              • 29 May 08:03, by Khent

                Nueri Dial

                This is a tragic comedy at this point. You’re not well, are you? The Nuer have never taken an inch from Bahr el Ghazal, so it’s hilarious that you would claim taking Rumbek at any point. Get some help, mate. The Nuer are like children and this is why your elders convinced you that would be resurrected upon dying in the battlefields.

                • 29 May 08:10, by Nueri Dial

                  Can you ask those in Waraf and Rumbek if they have all the land of their ancestor? Bul Nuer (Mayom) has extended to Ruweng and Waraf and Nyong (Panyijar) extend their land to Rumbek. what are you saying? Be specific in your argument. No one rise from death but we belief that, a man should die in defending his land. that is why all Nuer deserted Equatoria after their sons joined IO.

      • 28 May 16:06, by jubaone

        Nueri Dial,
        I like your comment.."the only good jienge we have is the dead one"..These cowards, backstabbers, criminals, lazy fools, rapists and killers are evil.

        • 28 May 19:35, by Khent


          You’re claiming that we’re using the child-mind, weak and unreliable Nuer to fight you? ROFL! These people do not know how to suffer for long periods of time and will never truly commit to any sort of alliance. The Nuer follows food and the opportunity to attain it; the Arabs used them so extensively because of this prostitute-like nature of theirs...

          • 28 May 19:45, by Khent

            With the exception of Paulino Matip Nhial, every Nuer general [during the war] oscilated between serving the Arabs and running back to Garang whenever it suited them. The Nuer is more of a liability than an asset. Please build an alliance with them, but just know that they will run back and forth. Every Nuer section and clan surrendered to Khartoum and did their bidding for almost two decades.

            • 28 May 19:47, by Khent

              This is what Peter Adwok said in an interview in 2003: For a Shilluk, a Nuer is anybody who is chaotic and an outlaw. There is a Shilluk saying: Yi ba onwar, which means ’Are you a Nuer?’, when someone is not behaving well. An unruly child is also referred to as ’Nuer’, cie nwar to bie tuokto. ’...

              • 28 May 19:48, by Khent

                There is a famous decree by a Shilluk king: ’There are two living animals that should not go to Puchudho [the royal centre] - a live chicken and a Nuer girl.’

                ’Governments like Nuer chaos because they can be easily manipulated. The Nuer are like bubbles. You can blow them easily. They are changing sides like nobody’s business.’

              • 29 May 08:16, by Nueri Dial

                Ahahaah! you make me laugh actually! If Shiluk use the word Nuer to mean chaotic, then you should understand how frustrated they are when they want to deal with Nuer. They know they are brave and that is why they joined ally with Nuer finally. Nuer never fear anyone. This fight took long because it is Nuer Vs Nuer. remember in 2014 when it was almost Dinak Vs Nuer, you get smell and Run

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