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UN head of South Sudan mission quitting in July


May 30, 2014 (JUBA) – Hilde Frafjord Johnson, the head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has officially announced she is leaving the new nation in July this year.

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The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Hilde Johnson (Photo: Getty Images)

The special representative of the secretary-general disclosed this at a meeting with president Salva Kiir on Friday.

"I informed the president that by Independence Day in July, I will have completed my three years as special representative, which is much more than usual for an SRSG in a peacekeeping mission of this nature, and in particular also with the crisis that we’ve gone through", Johnson said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

"I informed the president that I have come to the end of my term and I will be departing South Sudan", she further added.

Johnson’s surprise decision comes just days after the UN Security Council (UNSC) extended its South Sudan mission mandate with focus on civilian protection, the need to address security and the humanitarian situation worsened by the political crisis in the young nation.

The UNSC, in a resolution issued onTuesday, extended the mission’s mandate until 30 November 2014, and authorised it to use “all necessary means” to protect civilians, monitor and investigate human rights, create the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance, and support the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

The UNMISS boss, however, said she discussed with president Kiir the mission’s new mandate passed by the Security Council on Tuesday, while informing the South Sudanese leader about UNSC members’ decision to pass the course for the resolution.

Members of the UNSC, Johnson stressed, consulted and informed the South Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry on several occasions prior to the resolution issued this week.

"I also used the opportunity to reflect with the president that this is a new mandate, it is different from the one that was decided when I came in as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), which was in 2011", Johnson said.

"It is different and will imply changes also for the mission", she added.

Relations between the South Sudan government and UNMISS have been increasingly fraught in recent months, with president Kiir accusing the world body of seeking to take over the young country, although he later softened his stance.

Edmund Yakani, a South Sudanese activist, described Johnson’s decision to leave South Sudan as "inappropriate" following secretary-general Ban Ki Moon’s recent visit to the new nation.

"It will be better if she was officially replaced by UNSC leadership", Yakani told Sudan Tribune.

"Hilde [Johnson’s] decision to leave [in July] will have bad impact on South Sudan since she was much connected to South Sudanese since the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] process. Furthermore, her decision could cause friction between the government and the UN especially among communities", he added.

Meanwhile, UNMISS will remain with the 12,500 troops and 1,323 police forces approved by the UNSC in December last year when violence broke out in Juba following disputes among the presidential guards, according to its newly renewed mandate.


Born on 29 August 1963 in Arusha, Tanganyika, Johnson is a former minister of international development of Norway, and member of the Norwegian government. As minister, Johnson played a pivotal role in the peace process in Sudan, leading to the completion of the CPA between government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement in 2005.

She has reportedly been engaged in peace building efforts and post crisis-transition processes in relation to a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Central America.

Johnson also served as deputy executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2007-2011, prior to her appointment as the special representative of the secretary-general to South Sudan.


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  • 30 May 2014 12:03, by Mi diit

    With Dr. Hilde Johnson not in the core advisory, South Sudan will now have a misguided relations with the United Nations. Dr. Hilde has been a long time friend of the people of South Sudan. It is unfortunate that we will lose her.

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    • 30 May 2014 12:16, by garang kerubino

      her going is not lost to South Sudan but an achievement, without her you will see south sudan moving on very well we like her going to serve in other mission rather than south sudan she is welcome serve journey back to Norway we are still friend with Norway with out Hilde.

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      • 30 May 2014 12:31, by Ito

        Dear Dr. Hilde, We the peace loving citizens of this country deeply regret your departure. We know that you have been forced and cannot continue working with the currently ugly animals in power as they lack reasoning capacity, simple common sense and the entire awareness of how international politics and national politics is concern. All the best and God bless you. The govt will go soon.

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        • 30 May 2014 12:35, by Ito

          South sudan will be African Tiger just like singapore and asia but this tribalistic Dinka authoritarian government is removed and replaced by Dr. Riek government of all. The new government will be an inclusive, democratic and all citizens regardless of tribe, ethnic group, religion and so on will be treated equal. Bible says, let us all work for the good and by supporting Dr. Riek, we are for good

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          • 30 May 2014 12:40, by Ito

            Dr. Riek is cited by all world bodies and government as the right leader who can uplift poor conditions of the south sudanese, the one who can bring justice,equality and democracy to the nation, the one who can make those who have sacrifice in the liberation to taste the fruit of their struggle and above all he is not tribalistic like Salva. Riek treat all as brothers and sisters.

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            • 30 May 2014 15:29, by Rommel

              Riek Machar couldn’t even bring democracy and transparency in his own movement, so I very much doubt that he could bring democracy to an entire Nation. You have to judge a man by his past actions, not on what you wish he could achieve.

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              • 30 May 2014 15:33, by Rommel

                Riek’s colleagues in what was the Nasir faction condemned him for concentrating power in his own hands — authoritarianism. Among these detractors was Joseph Oduho, a widely respected political mental giant. Arok Thon Arok also voiced the same opinions. In fact, prior to Joseph Oduho‘s death, the respected elder lambasted Nasir faction for lacking democratic institutions.

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                • 30 May 2014 15:55, by Rommel

                  South Sudan has the potential to be an economic powerhouse, but Riek Machar’s economic prescriptions and the time-frame in which they could be achieved make him look absolutely bonkers. Comparing South Sudan to Singapore is ridiculous. Riek previously said that building an international airport, catering to the rest of the region would make us Africa’s Singapore...

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                  • 30 May 2014 15:58, by Rommel

                    South Sudan and Singapore are two very different cases. South Sudan is landlocked, and simply building an international airport, envisioned as a regional hub for the barely existent economies of this region would certainly not "compensate" for anything. Singapore is enviably located at the entrance of the strait of Malacca, where 1/3rd of all global sea commerce passes through.

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                    • 30 May 2014 16:08, by Rommel

                      This is the same man that announced that South Sudan would be able to draw in $500 billion in foreign direct investment, over a period of five [5] years from the very same Washington-Wall Street consensus that purloined over 20 trillion dollars from the U.S. economy, and was for a short period engaged in a currency war with the European Union.

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                      • 30 May 2014 16:11, by Rommel

                        Anybody that is even remotely acquainted with the state of the "global economy" would know that it’s not possible for South Sudan to receive that level of foreign direct investment in such a short period of time — half a trillion dollars in just five [5] years, representing 1/10th of all global foreign direct investment and just a little under half of what the United States receives annually.

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                        • 30 May 2014 16:25, by Rommel

                          Please cite all the world’s bodies and governments that supposedly recogise a man responsible for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians as the ’right leader’ — the ’right leader’ that can supposedly introduce democracy, justice and equality. You people really should stop lying through your teeth.

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                          • 30 May 2014 16:59, by Bravo Nuer

                            Rommel you do doubtlessly suffer from Riekphobia a disease many Dinka fear most out of prejudice and gluttony not that Riek is not a just man. for me if I want someone who can do favor to Nuer, Machar is not the best person to reward Nuer but can reward South Sudanese with equal treatment and apportionment.due to this booming fall of Kiir, Machar has become a Pope in the eyes of world bodies

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                            • 30 May 2014 17:14, by Rommel

                              Bravo Nuer:
                              ’Fear’? My opposition to Riek is not motivated by ’fear’ or ’prejudice’. People misinterpret my opposition to the prospect of Riek ascending to Executive office as being essentially tribal in nature, when nothing could be further from the truth. He has killed more civilians than any leader in recent memory. He has blood on his hands. He is tainted and morally filthy.

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                              • 30 May 2014 17:20, by Rommel

                                I would have absolutely no problem with members of the Nuer tribe holding Executive position in a successive and unbroken line of Nuer Presidents for a hundred [100] years... But I quite simply cannot accept Riek being my President. Allow me to reaffirm that I would like nothing more than for Salva Kiir to resign, immediately.

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                            • 30 May 2014 17:19, by Bravo Nuer

                              no doubt nor citation needed,the international opinion poll is exposing it.the foolish words of kiir (fake coup, UNMISS, US,UN and churches are rebels, Desalgn wanted to arrest me and Kerry put election deferral into my mouth)indeed have earned Dr.Riek international popularity and integrity in the whole universe except dwarfed thinkers and tribal thinktanks whose intellects succumb to being bribed

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                              • 30 May 2014 17:30, by Rommel

                                Bravo Nuer:
                                *Evidence* in the form of citations is certainly needed. You are delusional if you think that facts are up for compromise. You have not yet demonstrated just how negative perceptions of Salva Kiir translate into positive perceptions of Riek. Your ’logic’ is warped. He has no ’international popularity’ and he is certainly not seen as a pope by anyone.

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                                • 30 May 2014 17:32, by Rommel

                                  You should make sure you have sources that can affirm your assertions, that you are prepared to present - on demand. Your perennial refusal to provide the requested evidence for your assertions is ultimately what makes so despicable. Your posts are replete with Emotional appeals. Your rationale is something like this: ("If it makes me feel good, it must be true."

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                                  • 30 May 2014 17:58, by Rommel

                                    Your admiration, commitment and devotion to Riek borders on the religious... But that’s just it, isn’t it? It is *religious*. You [like many of your cohorts] actually believe that Riek was prophesied to preside over this Nation as Sovereign centuries ago by Ngundeng.

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                                    • 30 May 2014 19:04, by Bravo Nuer

                                      Rommel I predicted that your intellectual honesty from day one as I used to silently read your comments is totally swallowed up by dinkocratic myths that kiir presidency is a source of Dinka wealth and fame. I know you just have joint the rest in bandwagon or what I can correctly call wild goose chase.it is INTL opinion poll Machar is ranking top and if you want to get rid of him discard kiir away

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                                      • 30 May 2014 19:15, by Bravo Nuer

                                        and replace him with another Dinka nationalist who has not washed his dirty linen in the public the sooner the better. short of this hope kiir ’s unappealing odor of blood and filth accumulation will infect you all beyond hope of salvation unless another Messiah of Dinka kingdom will rise and be bold to be crucified not evading responsibility like your teenage abused Pres.Kiir does before J.walker

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                                        • 30 May 2014 19:26, by Bravo Nuer

                                          Rommel to be frank you were a staunch critic of Salva dooming kingdom and My surprise is: what has of recent persuaded you to divert the ancient path? has been there traffic accident ahead of you or your criticism was once materialistically motivated and thus has been addressed and you are told to catch the other animals of your likes? I need tangible answer lest intellectual prostitution.

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                                      • 30 May 2014 19:15, by Rommel

                                        Bravo Nuer:
                                        Have I ever said anything about Salva Kiir being the source of Dinka ’wealth and fame’!? The man is an idiot. I loathe him. I want him to leave office. What part of this do you not understand!? The onus is on you, to provide EVIDENCE regarding your assertions against me, which of course, you can’t, so now what?

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                                        • 30 May 2014 19:31, by Rommel

                                          Name a single official, from a single government that views Riek in the positive way that you’ve suggested. You can’t, can you? Because your view is ridiculous, and you know it. You’re hilarious in your determined stupidity.

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                                          • 30 May 2014 19:42, by Rommel

                                            You don’t seem to realise that I greatly dislike Salva and Riek. I don’t have a horse in the race, as it were. It would be no skin off my nose if both were to spontaneously combust, simultaneously - sometime tomorrow. I think we would all be a lot better off if that were to happen. Don’t you agree?

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                                            • 30 May 2014 22:10, by Bravo Nuer

                                              Rommel even me too I like Riek out of his quest for liberal and democratic tendencies and I don’t want him to lead now having liberated the people of South Sudan from all yokes of slavery and tribal domination he would bide election but only instrumental in federal constitutionalism crafting and give this interim period to a neutral nationalist from reformists not from deformed camp of kiir.

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                                    • 30 May 2014 22:25, by Bravo Nuer

                                      I thought my language might have revealed to you who am I. I am not a Ngundeng follower but Christ’s true disciple who believes in all Christian constitution Book of books (Holy Bible) and my christian ethics compel me to stand behind the truth because Jesus is the Way,Truth and Life John 14:6-7 and thus Jews disowned Jesus because of telling truth and I am strictly commanded by the same scripture

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                                      • 30 May 2014 22:42, by Bravo Nuer

                                        not to judge others whether Ngundeng worshipers or TB Joshua pilgrims it is up to whoever to account for his wicked and prideful sinfulness in the hell. but God naturally stands with oppressed Exodus 14:28 not with oppressors because oppression or dictatorship is a seed planted by Satan in the heart of his customer to slay God ’s temples because all people were created by God with purpose

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                                        • 30 May 2014 23:02, by Bravo Nuer

                                          not meant for tribal massacres nor religious enmity. however; whoever knows Bible this flight of Nuer or Cushites Upper Nile people was prophesied by Prophet Isaiah 10,000 years before the birth of Jesus Isiah 18:1-7 and that the enemy of Cush(upper Nile) will massacre the cushites and for whole Winter and Summer with their dead bodies littered unburied only eagles would feast on them seasonally.

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                                          • 31 May 2014 00:36, by Rommel

                                            Bravo Nuer:
                                            That ’prophecy’ wasn’t in relation to your people. I really don’t know where you’re getting this idea from. ’Prophet’ Isaiah lived about 700 years before Christ — not 10, 00. During the war, Southerners as a whole identified with this ’prophecy’, so I don’t know why you think you can appropriate this for yourselves.

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  • 30 May 2014 12:09, by Ayom Ayom

    I think she has accomplished her mission, she has done a lot, we wish you success in your future endeavor

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  • 30 May 2014 12:11, by garang kerubino

    Good riddance to Madam Hilde we will be free with out her

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  • 30 May 2014 12:13, by wang

    The whole nation of South will miss you heaps Hilde Johnson….we wish you all best

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    • 30 May 2014 12:25, by Bravo Nuer

      Hilde Johnson wants to educate an idiot leader like kiir that if a section of public opinion is not favoring you in the halls of leadership that one should resign and we urge kiir to bite his dirty teeth to follow the suit if not he wont take it from me but from Muamar Gadhafi as a renowned and fearless Journalist Luke Dak put it in his article titled that "Kiir is a problem not a solution to RSS.

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  • 30 May 2014 12:33, by Niggorota

    The day you will leave South Sudan Mrs. Johnson, that will be the day your good work will be remembered. Wish you all the best and keep South Sudan in your mind.

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  • 30 May 2014 22:45, by marie

    Commenting all over the place makes people to hate reading the comments anymore. You better reply in form of an article to a topic if you feel you are savvy in all the topics under discussion.

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