SOUTH SUDAN / NEW GOVERNMENT

17-Mar-2020 00:01:39
With the threat of coronavirus COVID-19 drawing near to its borders every day, the people of South Sudan witnessed its Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity sworn in. UNMISS
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STORY: JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN/ NEW GOVERNMENT
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH
TRT: 01:39

DATELINE: 17 MARCH 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, South Sudan First Vice President greeting new Ministers with an elbow bump
2. Wide shot, South Sudan First Vice President greeting new Ministers with an elbow bump
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir Mayadiit, President, Republic of South Sudan:
“This is the first ceremony where you cannot greet yourselves.”
4. Wide shot, Parliament Chambers
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir Mayadiit, President, Republic of South Sudan:
“My Ministers have been travelling a lot and this time it will start with you.”
6. Wide shot, Chief Justice of South Sudan centre about to swear in the new Ministers
7. Close up, woman’s hand on the Bible
8. Med shot, new Ministers reading the oath of office
9. Wide shot, new Ministers reading the oath
10. Med shot, Chief Justice and new Ministers
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Elia Lomuro, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Republic of South Sudan:
“Mr. President recognized that our people have suffered for so long in the last five years and we are required and expected to serve our people this time round. We are to achieve peace, permanent peace and not return to war again forever.”
12. Wide shot, South Sudan Vice Presidents seated
STORYLINE
With the threat of coronavirus COVID-19 drawing near to its borders every day, the people of South Sudan witnessed its Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity sworn in.

Two of the Ministers were missing as they were in self-isolation due to possible exposure to the virus. Facial masks could be spotted among those attending the milestone event, as could a few instinctive handshakes and hugs before being swiftly replaced by elbow-bumping greetings.

The President of the Republic addressed the issue of the global pandemic in his opening remarks.

SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir Mayadiit, President, Republic of South Sudan:
“This is the first ceremony where you cannot greet yourselves.”

Noting that the threat is real, and that swift action must be taken so that the virus does not enter the country, the President said the Ministers were to be the first line of defence against the virus.

SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir Mayadiit, President, Republic of South Sudan:
“My Ministers have been travelling a lot and this time it will start with you.”

Other measures announced to contain a possible outbreak of the virus were to postpone or cancel any international conferences or other big social gatherings normally taking place in the country. Such large gatherings include church services and related activities – with one notable exception announced by the President. He said the arrival of the new archbishop will be a big event which the Catholic Church cannot postpone, and hoped that God would protect the people of South Sudan.

Retaining his previous post as Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro spoke on behalf of all his newly appointed colleagues, thanking the President for his trust.

SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Elia Lomuro, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Republic of South Sudan:
“Mr. President recognized that our people have suffered for so long in the last five years and we are required and expected to serve our people this time round. We are to achieve peace, permanent peace and not return to war again forever.”

The 35 ministers, eight of whom are women, and ten deputy ministers, made their pledges in the presence of President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar and the other four Vice Presidents, but with considerably less fanfare than the swearing in of the transitional presidency on 22 February.

With Ebola fading away in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, the daunting task of minimizing the potential impact of Covid-19 in South Sudan, a country with limited preparedness to handle a disease capable of spreading as fast as this virus does, is likely to be one of the new cabinet’s biggest challenges over the next few months.
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