South Sudan

Machar Rebel Movement Under Fire over UN Hostages

Peacekeepers with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Jonglei state. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The Minister for Education & Sports, stuff Hon. Jessica Alupo has hailed Sudhir Ruparelia for his significant contribution towards investment in Uganda’s education sector.

She was grateful that the businessman has established quality and relevant education facilities which will transform and steer national development.

Hon. Alupo made the remarks while officiating at the inaugural ceremony of Delhi Public School International (DPS) which is typically an Indian curriculum based primary and secondary institution.

The school which is a product of a merger between India International School and Delhi Public School in 2014 has since reviewed its curriculum to incorporate life skills and extra curriculum activities to enhance holistic development.

The Minister touring the indoor sports centre

The Minister touring the indoor sports centre

The new international curriculum is accredited by CBSE, viagra 40mg India’s education board. The event was attended by the school’s Directors; Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, his wife Jyotsna Ruparelia and their son Rajiv Ruparelia.

“This is an important establishment which will benefit everyone and ensure many more students access quality education. There’s no better investment a nation can make than education of good quality” the Minister said.

She hailed Dr. Sudhir the school’s proprietor for creating a world class school and for bearing a vision that caters for all nationalities.

The Minister mentioned that such investments are a product of NRM’s liberalization of the education sector and good public private partnership as key agents of development.

She pledged continued government support. Speaking to journalists, one of the school’s Directors, Rajiv Ruparelia said that Delhi Public School is community oriented in nature which also goes beyond academic performance by discovering and enhancing students’ talents.


“The Indian community in Uganda was lacking quality education so we set out to fill this gap by establishing a school with good facilities. Then we went ahead to open this Indian curriculum to students of other nationalities” Rajiv said, adding that DPS has a comparative advantage of running a digital syllabus where learning is not just about the teacher.

The school has adopted a model where in addition to teacher instruction, students learn through various mediums like videos, movies and animations.

This according Rajiv helps them to easily digest information and use it. The state of the art facility situated in Bukoto next to Kampala Parents School is spacious with serene and hygienic environs.

It has 2 libraries, 3 science laboratories, 2 ICT labs and an indoor sports centre. Sudhir owns other schools like Kampala Parents School a primary school and Victoria University.
The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the actions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A) in Opposition led by Dr Riek Machar for holding UN personnel hostage, approved and refuted allegations that the Mission was transporting weapons and fuel for the South Sudanese group.

According to United Nations, tadalafil on Monday, UNMISS uniformed personnel and 12 South Sudanese UNMISS contractors had been transporting fuel by barge from Malakal to the UNMISS base in Renk when they were stopped by approximately 100 SPLA in Opposition soldiers at Kaka in Manyo County.

The Opposition soldiers then separated the UNMISS personnel and contractors from their communications equipment, disarmed the uniformed personnel and seized the barge and its cargo of fuel, according to a statement issued by the Mission.

Following dialogue with the Opposition leadership, UNMISS was able to extract the 18 uniformed personnel yesterday.

However, contrary to claims made in the media, the Opposition failed to release the 12 South Sudanese contractors, the weapons of the uniformed personnel, the barge and its cargo.

“I call on the SPLM/A in Opposition leader and commanders to release the contractors and all UNMISS property without delay,” Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMISS, said in the statement.

“I am adamant that the taking of UNMISS personnel as hostages is equivalent to an attack on the UN. I underline that such attacks against UN peacekeepers and other personnel may constitute a war crime.”

Ms. Løj also strongly refuted reports in the media that the barge had been transporting weapons cargo of any kind, and emphasized that all of the fuel cargo was intended for resupplying the UNMISS base in Renk, and not for the use of the Opposition.


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