The economy of creating employment opportunities for citizens/employing Nationals or protecting the labor markets in the interest of citizens

By David Char Akau, Juba, South Sudan

Your need food, seriously?

Your need food, seriously?

September 4, 2015 (SSB)  —  Since the CPA brought South Sudan to existence, its labor markets has been awashed with unmanageable foreign labor from neighboring countries and the so-called investor states/countries, it has the highest rate of citizens’ unemployment.  Every time a new investments is set up, it comes with its employees from the country of origin, the labor market now is more messed up; the private sector is staffed with foreigners from countries where those investors are coming from, the NGO sector is also staffed with professionals from other countries either as a requirement by donor projects or by the simple notions that the South Sudanese are not qualified to deliver big better things. Even the South Sudanese government has foreigners working on it in sensitive positions central to its success. All these and others have economic and social consequences on South Sudan and its people and is the main reason for this article as seen in the ensuing sections of this discourse;

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Esir Bol, Juba, South Sudan

Dr John Garang

September 4, 2015 (SSB)  —  When bourgeoisie in south Sudan fight over resources it is merely peasant that suffered the most. For instance, peasant children are exploited by the Sudanese people liberation army/ Movement (SPLA/M) elites to secure or even takes a leaderships positions. This ugly concepts had become a tradition in south Sudanese political landscape, if one wanted to get into leaderships and he/she does not have necessary skills they uses peasants as mechanism for their political achievements. Youth exploitation has been and it is still being practiced by SPLA/M ruling class.

For instance, if the so- called leader is from Dinka tribe he is most likely to exploit the Dinka youth and the same thing with Nuer ruling elite etc. Again, young persons from poor family tree are more likely to join army because it is the only source of an employment. As consequence, a lot of young boys and girls in south Sudan have joined army and police force. As a results of having weak institution Proletariats are subjected to violence, especially girls who are in army and police force.

They are normally treated harshly due to gender difference/inequality, moreover majority of them have experiences raped at some point while in national uniform. As matter of fact, they are been treated as second citizens by their fellow comrades including senior’s officers. There are numbers of cases where ruling figures/ government official used young women as their sex properties/slave, they abuse them sexually, emotionally and so forth. Majority of women who joined SPLA/M are in poor health and mental conditions as result of sexual abuses.

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HIV/AIDS TRADITIONAL NIGHTMARES

Posted: September 2, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles, KON Joseph Leek

“The local population fears HIV/AIDs but do not want to prevent it. It’s quite creepy seeing people craving what they loathe and fear most” This article is exploring the perceptions of the local Dinka people about HIV/AIDS and what the South Sudan HIV/AIDS commission is doing in regards to public awareness and sensitization

say no to early child marriage

say no to early child marriage

BY KON Joseph LEEK, Kampala, South Sudan

September 2, 2015 (SSB)  —–  That awkward moment you begin growing thin as caused by stress or too much reading in boarding school and people begin to suspect you of being a HIV/AIDS victim.

That instant they begin refusing to share beds with you or catch your hand for greeting or share basins, bed sheets and clothes due to the fear that you might infect them as if HIV/AIDS were a skin disease

That moment people talks with you with their mouths half-open – Or begin to disperse at anytime you sneeze or cough with the fear of infection as if HIV/AIDS were influenza or flue

That moment people do not come close to you and touch you anytime you get some headache caused by hangover with the fear that you might have been wrestled down by HIV/AIDS as If it were hard liquor/alcohol

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Equatoria Community (UK) sends an Open Letter to the President

The Recent Dismissal of the Equatorian Governors

September 2, 2015 (SSB)  —–  We, the Equatorian Community in the United Kingdom, deplore the dismissal of former Governor Col. Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro of Western Equatoria State; and former Governor Rt. Gen. Clement Wani Konga of Central Equatoria State.

We condemn, in the strongest term possible, the manner and circumstances under which Honourable Bangasi Bakasoro was arrested on 16th August 2015 in Juba. This apparent politically-motivated dismissal from office is an unwarranted humiliation and a serious violation of the freedom and human rights of a man who was lured into Juba to attend a so-called governor “solidarity meeting”. The humiliation of the former Governors also reflects on the whole of Equatoria, who elected them, in light of no apparent reason for their dismissal. The duty of candour, demands that your subordinates are treated fairly and in a transparent manner but regretfully this noble procedure was not followed.

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By Andrew K Michael, Juba, South Sudan

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

September 2, 2015 (SSB)  —–  At 1654 hours on 26 August 2015, H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan inked an accord signed earlier by Dr. Riek Machar of the SPLM-IO and a former detainees’ representative, Pagan Amum. The signing, which was witnessed by heads of states predominately from East African countries and Sudan, has ushered a new dawn for the people of South Sudan who have borne the brunt of war for the last 20 months.

With this peace agreement, people hiding for the lives in the swampy areas will think of returning to their homes in spite of having been reduced to ashes. With this peace agreement, the people of South Sudan will have a second chance to bring about reforms in their country. With this peace agreement, the people of South Sudan can reconcile and reunite in diversity rather than divided by diversity!

For the first time in 20 months, the national television, SSTV, showed and hosted South Sudanese artists from all corners of the country, depicting diversity of the great nation ruined by war. It was amazing to see those youngsters play because they know peace would once again bring happiness to the people whose livelihoods had been robbed.

Having signed the peace deal, how will the government ensure service delivery to the people? How will it reconcile the people whose thinking, as they were made to believe so during the war, is ashamedly based on ethnicity and regionalization? What frameworks will the government put in place to attain permanent peace?

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Gabriel Pager Ajang, USA

peace for south sudan

peace for south sudan

September 2, 2015 (SSB)  —  President Obama imposes targeted sanctions against Russian Mega Business and it works and works very well, President of Russia, Putin change his behaviors in less than three weeks.  I hope the generals of the SPLA armed forces and oppositions changed their behaviors and immensely take the lives of our people seriously to observe protocol and cessation hostilities issued by President Kiir Mayar and Opposition leader Riek Machar.  I would also hope that all the ambassadors take this message seriously, especially ambassadors in the United States.  Thousands of South Sudanese intellectuals, professors and medical doctors, political analysts, lawmakers, commentators, journalists and general public of the United States will not turn blind eyes to South Sudan problems.

It is time for all South Sudanese to unite and go after individuals who are benefiting from the blood of our people. War had become business, and this business will not spare legacy of President Kiir, if it continues the way majority of Kiir’s supporter want to. If you like president Kiir, than you must work to bring peace, likewise, if you like Riek, you must also work to bring peace because —if there is no peace, the world community and South Sudan will go against these two principal leaders, and you will not be happy. I do not want you to say that “I wish I had endorsed peace.” There is no good way of end war, and it does not matter how it stops. What matter is that the war had to stop.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir signs the IGAD peace deal in Juba, South Sudan, on 26 August 2015

President Kiir signs the IGAD peace deal in Juba, South Sudan, on 26 August 2015

September 1, 2015 (SSB)  —  In part one of this article (title slightly refined) on South Sudan’s written reservations over specific elements in the IGAD-Plus agreement, we have seen that states have a sovereign right to make reservations as they sign or ratify international treaties. The subject treaty here is governed by international law because the case was referred to IGAD by the United Nations Security Council; both being entities that are composed of nation-states.

We have also seen how the IGAD-plus secretariat did not include a prohibition on the right of either party to the agreement to annex a reservation. It is immaterial whether or not that omission was an inadvertent mistake or intentionally made in order to give the parties a leeway, but the fact remains that the agreement allowed a space for reservations to be legally made.

It could also be argued that not both parties to this agreement had the same right to annexing a reservation(s) as the SPLM-IO is a non-state actor, hence, legally speaking, not in possession of that exclusive privilege. That notwithstanding, if it had made its reservations in writing the issue areas or concerns raised by those reservations would have been noted.

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