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SIM card registration launched in Jonglei


February 9, 2013 (BOR) - South Sudan has begun a process of registering all telephone subscriber identity module (SIM) cards in order to track those responsible for issuing threats and conducting criminal activity using mobile phones.

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Jonglei Governor, Kuol Manyang Juk, addressing the public on the SIM card launch day in Bor, February 9, 2013 (ST)

The decision to conduct the nation-wide registration was taken by South Sudan’s cabinet in 2011 before the country seceded from Sudan. The registration only began in some parts of South Sudan in December 2012 as it took over a year to separate the country’s new network from Sudan’s.

On Saturday South Sudan’s deputy minister for Telecommunication and Postal Services, Betrics Khamisa, launched the SIM card registration in Jonglei state, which he said would be closed by the end of February.

In a launching ceremony attended by more more 300 people, Khamisa told mobile users to register before the end of the month, warning them their SIM cards would be deactivated if they were not registered before the 28 February deadline.

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Jonglei heatlh minister Jehan M. Makuei registering her lines (ST)

The minister said that registering mobile phones was needed so that the government could identify users who were using the phones to coordinate crimes such as "cattle rustling [and] child abduction.”

She urged the public not to fear the move as the “government is trying to protect them” from calls that may be threatening.

The four telecoms companies that operate in Jonglei - Gemtel, Vivecell, Zain and MTN - say that under the old system they estimate there are 660,000 users in Jonglei. In 2010 it was estimated that 1,443,500 people live in Jonglei, which is South Sudan’s largest state.

Mobile operators say they are committed to improve network coverage in remote areas of South Sudan.

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Maar Nyout for registration in Bor. (ST)

Jonglei’s minister of information and communication, Hussein Maar Nyuot, urged people to turnout to register in large numbers within the time frame.

“We must finish our registration before the end of the month”, said Maar, who is also Jonglei state’s deputy governor.

Jonglei state governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, has long argued that infrastructure is essential in order for the government to deliver services, for economic development and to enable companies to invest in the state.

Manyang said his government is looking for foreign companies to build more roads in the state.


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  • 12 February 2013 05:20, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    Dear Kuol Manyang, Beggers never get satisfy. Do not beg foreign companies to build roads for you. Use your budget to build your state roads. Human beings in Jonglei state are your assets. If you don’t build them foreigners will not do them for you. They want to invest where road network is well modified.

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  • 12 February 2013 06:34, by master

    your mission to eat state fund and NGO to build the road for you

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    • 12 February 2013 07:25, by Robot

      The move is encouraging..... the attacks are being coordinated everywhere, maybe including Juba... so it is very important to register the SIM cards to avoid this acts.

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  • 12 February 2013 07:54, by JEBE

    Abonanu ?
    Awang. Kuol Manyang zabal o. The most supid idea so far. Criminals do not need sim cards

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  • 12 February 2013 09:09, by James Ruai Gatkouth

    Your excellecy Governor, it is good enough to exppess your emmotional standards to the silent individual who does,ent care to registering theirs simcard. and I personaly encourage you to enlarge the communication system to all over the rest of the county wich had no network,that will help you easy track information more then using thoraya network.

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    • 12 February 2013 12:22, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Ruach Gatkuoth u west ur time to comment for noonsense speak of Governor Kuol who completed ur brothers and sisters in Lou areas?
      why don’t u send a massege to those who will help the orphan of Akobo,Uror and Nyirol to support them.
      Kuol is the one who support that killing of Lou Nuer.

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      • 12 February 2013 13:46, by wang

        Pinyin Gatkuoth
        I am glad we still have people like you brother in Nuer society as a whole that can see what is going on in this Kuol world. Governor Kuol is playing a game here against Lou, but we have some idiot among us who can’t even see what the enemies planning are: The introduction of this so called SIM card registration launched has got nothing to do with texts threating. It was purely int

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        • 12 February 2013 13:46, by wang

          It was purely introduced to targeting only Lou-Nuer youth, Fear for retaliation. Over 100 civilians were murdered in broad daylight two days ago, hundreds are still missing and l haven’t heard any single government official visiting the scenes areas even the criminal Kuol which supposed to be the 1st person to visit Walgak. Why criminal Kuol doesn’t introduce that plan before since they know the M

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          • 12 February 2013 13:48, by wang

            Why criminal Kuol doesn’t introduce that plan before since they know the Murle people were not disarmament? Lou should learn their last lesson from last year Dengjok attacked which came in middle of disarmament and ask themselves why they always get fooled by minority Dinka-Bor.

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            • 12 February 2013 14:36, by Moral Agent

              @ wong
              you are a big hypocrite,where did you get your information ,dinka bor are minority in the state ,if you get fooled by Dr massacre "reik machar" is not dinka bor false ...."dinka bor are the only one in the state have high moral ground " so stop your nonsense

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              • 12 February 2013 15:04, by Nuer Empire

                Moral Agent:You are another liar like your uncle Kuol Manyang. Even Dinka Bor don’t fit one Greater Akobo Counties population.Uror population is more than those Dinka suffering from leprosy curse as they thought it.I’m sorry for people calling curable disease as a curse.Go and save your cursed leprosy mothers!
                The Nuer Empire

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                • 12 February 2013 15:38, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

                  wang and Nuer empire Oyee!!! good commment young brilliant,

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                  • 12 February 2013 23:57, by Moral Agent

                    @ wong ,food empire,Pinyin,...There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread,doesn’t matter to advertise your loyalty, I don’t believe there is a single person you guys that didn’t eventually betray. keep dreaming to make south food empire good luck

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                    • 13 February 2013 00:52, by wang

                      Moral Agent
                      Sorry I missed what you are trying to imply here Sir, please explicit your arguments in which other readers would quietly understand it.

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  • 12 February 2013 11:18, by Gaddfa

    that is what i have being talking about, yes am really happy our come to term of important of SIM Cards registration. our security was indeed in vulnerable situation. thank to Jonglei Govt for spearheading this very important things. thank to you Mr. Governor.

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  • 12 February 2013 14:19, by Moral Agent

    Registration of SIM Card is not going to solve jonglei security, jonglei state has the worst network in south ,those thieves hiden deep in the bush have not chance to coordinate through phone communication , kol you better get up do real job before your departure

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