WES Press Briefing

August 4, 2015 (SSB)  —  The security situation in Western Equatoria has improved significantly today following days of ethnic violence involved pastoralists and local youth and communities in Yambio and surrounding villages. However tension still remains in some areas.

A delegation of MPs ( Hon George Kosta, Hon Anthony Lino Makana, Hon Victor Danda) and Division 6 Army Commander had joined the State Government earlier on 1st August 2015, trying to help mediate and bring peace and stop the violence. First two days was mostly spent discussing with state authorities and local communities but the youth complained that it was the armed pastoralists based in Hai Kuba in Yambio who are the ones shooing at people without warning which is prompting them to be mobilising to go and attack them also to avenge the deaths of their people.

The Army Chief of Staff also did visit Yambio but only talked to his troops and State authorities were surprised to hear that he ordered the Army to apply shoot to kill policy only on the local youth without reference to the armed pastoralists or trying to address the root causes of the violence. Hence the State Government together with the MPs delegation and the Army commander took upon themselves to hold a rally with the pastoralists on 3r August 2015. During the rally terms of peace were well spoken and some Dinka community members expressed their desire for peace. It transpired that most of those inciting the violence are not those who had lived longer in Yambio but new comers and some elements of the SPLA who had deserted there position in the barracks to go and back the armed pastoralists mainly with hope of looting something in the violence.

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By Peter Mach, Kampala, Uganda

hate speech

August 4, 2015 (SSB)  —  I have no fixed hatred for Nuer just like I have no fixed love for the Dinka. i measure each of them correctly on the weighing scale. That to me determine whether or not i should hate or love a given community. But then, i hate Riek Machar and love Kiir Mayar. That one you should take to the bank.

Riek Machar rebelled in 1991 on the dictatorship ground against john Garang, he wanted the best for black people of the south who occupy the southern part of the country (Sudan). His differences with Garang Mabior took a tribal shape. The tribal warfare between the supposedly Dinka and Nuer was so ugly to the point that even Nuer themselves started fighting each other under his presumably democratic and pro separation NASIR FACTION. The end result was to go to Khartoum instead of coming back to the TORIT FACTION in time to avoid further bloodshed.

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Dinka elder?

Dinka council of elder in the making?

The Republic of South Sudan
Jieng Council of Elders (JCE)
Friday, July 31st, 2015

August 4, 2015 (SSB)  —  The Jieng Council of Elders, as a body that is greatly concerned about suffering of the people of South Sudan and yearns for an expeditious end to the on-going violent conflict in the country, wishes to express publicly it views on the latest Intergovernmental Authority on Developments (IGAD)-Plus “Proposed Compromise Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan”. Though the proposal is an attempt to resolve the on-going conflict in the country, it is our opinion that the proposal inherently creates more serious problems than it solves. It actually makes the achievement of peace very difficult for four reasons. First, the proposed agreement is intrinsically a strategy for the international actors to take-over the country. It is essentially born out of the recommendations of the African Union Commission Report, which recommended foreign personalities to run the country during the transitional period. Second, the proposal creates a more divisive future for the country that is likely to breed a much bitter war, considering the proposal to handover Upper Nile region to the opposition.

Thirdly, it does not address in a meaningful way the root causes of the conflict, though it may succeed in temporary halting the fighting, it does not entirely provide any guarantees to stop its resumption in the very near future. Lastly, the agreement is crafted particularly in favor of Riek Machar and helps him achieve his coup objectives, albeit diplomatically. The agreement makes Riek Machar co-president, not just a vice president and the agreement essentially renders the sitting president powerless and more ceremonial. This glaring appeasement of hell-bend coup plotters actually provides incentives for violent usurpation of power.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

August 3, 2015 (SSB)  —  No one exactly knows the origins of the so-called gay rights. In fact the word gay used to mean being merry before it was corrupted to mean somebody who is attracted to another person of the same sex.

Perhaps the starting point may be the ancient Sodom as told in the bible. According to the bible, the ancient people of the above land led depravedly immoral life that displeased the creator and were burnt all to death except Lot with his family Genesis Chapters 18 and 19. This is where the term sodomy originates and it means sexual relationship between man and animals or man to man.

These days, America and the rest of the white world are now the champions of all the human rights including gay rights.  They think that it’s their moral duty to sell those rights to the rest of the world with pomp and fanfare.

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By Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba- South Sudan

August 3, 2015 (SSB)  —  Of the many problems we face on daily basis today in South Sudan, some are natural poverty, natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity other however, are some of our own making created by misunderstanding either socially, mentally, physically or politically, and can be addressed and corrected. One such type arises from the conflict of ideologies, political or social when people fight each other for petty ends, losing sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as South Sudanese people and as a single human family bind by the common interest of togetherness. We must remember that how far we have travelled for the difficult journey and walk to freedom. We must our mistakes and forget our political differences and political interests and achieve the positive political ideologies, and political systems in the country for the sake of pain and suffering our innocent civil population. We must not lose sight of this fundamental goal and no time should we means above ends; the supremacy of humanity over matter and ideology must always be maintained.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Do Not Confuse a Camouflaged Call for Confederation for Call Federalism

Do Not Confuse a Camouflaged Call for Confederation for Call Federalism

August 2, 2015 (SSB) — On Friday 31 July 2015 the Center for Peace and Development at the University of Juba organized a public lecture on federalism in relation to South Sudan. Panelists eloquently presented their conception of why federalism was a good system for South Sudan. I was humbled when one of the panelists, comrade Acuil Malith, glanced over the purpose of my book “House of War: Civil War and State Failure in Africa,” (2012) which exposes the impracticality of excessive centralization of political power in sub-Saharan Africa.

The presenters’ insights into the concept of federalism highlighted various dimensions from which the debate on this gratuitously controversial topic could be rationally examined by all literate and semi-literate politicians and compatriots. The concept is wide-ranging and elastic such that different analysts could examine it from various angles and individual countries could shape and reshape it for serving their peculiar purposes.

Like all social science debates, federalism remains a concept that is detached from its application until its framework is built and implementation modalities agreed upon by all its constituent units. For that reason, there is no ground whatsoever for a country to fear federalism, since it is essentially a framework structure with a positive spirit until such times when society shapes its elements. In other words, because of the concept’s undeniable positive outlook, countries have always positively responded to federalism and embraced it when tabled.

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PRESS STATMENT: – The Situation in Western Equatoria

Sunday, August 2, 2015 – WELC

August 2, 2015 (SSB) — Yesterday, at approximately 11a.m., a high level delegation comprised of SPLA Generals, His Royal Highness, King (Bakindo), Wilson Hassan Peni Rikito Gbudwe, the Paramount Chief of WES and Chairperson of Western Equatoria Traditional Leaders Authority and 3 Members of Parliament as well as Members of Western Equatorial Leadership Council (Hon. Anthony Makana, Hon Victor Danda, Hon George Bamandara Kosta) left Juba as they travelled to Yambio in an attempt to help contain the insecurity situation that has erupted since Friday in the capital City of WES, Yambio, and following the problems at Birisi area.

The clashes and heavy shooting took place on Friday night and continued to Saturday between armed groups mainly appear to be, tribal groups from the Dinka, suspected lawless elements within SPLA and Elements of Youth from the Zande Local Community in Yambio. “The clashes prompted panic among the population in the city”.

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