DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: DR. MAJAK D’ AGOOT

Posted: January 30, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers

By Dut Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Majak D'agoot Atem in Nakuru, Kenya, Jan 3rd, 2015

Dr. Majak D’agoot Atem in Nakuru, Kenya, Jan 3rd, 2015

January 30, 2015 (SSB) The war of liberation was fought by many of our veterans in the SPLA but only a few of them have extended the war to the second phase. The vision of the SPLM is taking town to the people. This has been implemented by a few members in our ruling elites. This article pays special attention to the developmental activities of Dr. Majak D’ Agoot between 2005 and 2013. This is to explain in depth to the likes of David Chol who wrote “why is Dr. Majak D’ Agoot Brainwashing South Sudanese” and many others who may not know the facts about the work of Majak. I also challenge many of my colleagues who are aware of the good doings of our leaders to punish us with the information so that we actually know who we are dealing with.

  1. Majak in Education development

The man in question has done all in his power to promote the academic knowhow in the country. This topic is surely very vast in this writing as he did:

  1. Building of Malek Academy

This school was first built by Abel Alier Kuai in the 1970 (s) to cater for the needy population of the Bor people whose educational knowhow was far much below the world-class index. The school did very well till it produced many of south Sudanese who are now world-class leaders, the PhD holder in Financial Economics, Dr. D’ Agoot inclusive.

This great institution was ruined and indeed reduced down to nothingness in the war of liberation fought by the SPLM/A and the Khartoum regime for twenty-one years. Till 2005, when the CPA was signed, this school had noticeably only a third of the wall intact and no significant building up standing. Majak thought of rebuilding the school on the same foundation so that the efforts and the history of our great legend, Justice Abel Alier does not die out of the history books.

He did this through his personal relationship with Sir Chalton, a British wealthy man whom he befriended when he was a student in the UK. For a few of us who are fans of the English football, Sir Chalton is the president of Chalton Athletic Football Club. This is after Chalton was interested in helping him as he saw in him a future leader who always put people above his personal gains. Dr. Majak used the opportunity to develop the country through building the school.

The funding was then made by DAREK CHAPEL, a charity organization under Sir Chalton. This provided a fund of $ 8 million to raise the school. Dr. Majak recommended the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan,Daniel Deng Bul Yak to head the Board of trustees who now manages the funds. This is to promote transparency and speed up the implementation as he was busy in Khartoum during the time. So far, $ 5 million has been committed to the project and it was stopped by the current crises and will resume soon when the political skirmishes are solved. This work is visible on “malekacadamy.com”.

I must make my readership aware that Malek Academy is different from Bor intermediate (malek secondary) which is being managed and maintained by the state government. Malek Academy has had two batches of graduates so far producing 100% pass in the South Sudan Secondary School Certificate. As the statistics stand, Malek Academy is the best school in Jonglei state and among the top five best in the country. I must also state that the school is being managed by DAREK CHAPEL till today. No single penny of the government (state and central) has been used in construction and its management.

Dr. Majak whose village is about 70 miles north of Bor Town raising a standard institution in this place shows that he views the country in a unitary nuclear manner. He knows we are one people in which any able member of the society can raise beneficial institutions at the point of common meetings in the country.

  1. Mangalla Primary School

This school is located in Central Equatoria state, Mangalla as the names suggest. It was too built through the solicitation of Dr. Majak D’ Agoot when he was still in Khartoum. He did this through his wealthy friend, a millionaire from Darfur named S. Wada who lives in London. The Dr. requested him to build the school when he learnt that the millionaire friend was out to help him develop his personal finances. It was the first school to be built under his influence. Since he had already signed the Darek Chapel funds to build Malek Academy, he had to locate this project in Central Equatoria to equally distribute amenities to the needy children of South Sudan.

  1. Scholarship Funds

Dr. Majak built relationship with many charity organizations and churches while a student in the UK. This is how he has been in a position to assist many students (noticeably even before he joined the government) doing various degree courses in foreign universities. The records so available show that each an every state in South Sudan has had a beneficiary in this organization needless to mention that all the payams across greater Bor (3 counties) have had an elite produced by this courtesy.

He extended this to his personal finances when the economy hit hard on his white friends who used to fund his agenda. This is the time he introduced the cost sharing strategy in which he would pay a part of the course and the family of the affected student does the rest. This had to be done to improve the work force of the independent republic.

  1. Majak in improving Jonglei State Security.

While the director of security in charge of Southern Sudan. He did the following to improve the security in Jonglei state.

  1. Network Towers

These were brought to the state by various telecommunication companies like Zain. These boosters under Dr. Majak were distributed to many parts of the state. Jalle, Akobo, Duk, Fangak, Ayod and Pibor were among the places which the towers where constructed in. This was in the light of improving Jonglei state wanting security situation.

The governor too was immobile due to impassable roads; he Dr. Majak sent a helicopter from Khartoum to facilitate the governor survey the counties under his care. He too and Dr. Lual Achuek negotiated roads construction projects with the government of Khartoum, unfortunately, referendum was executed before the project kick off.

  1. Majak in Health improvement
  2. Maar Clinic

In the improvement of health care, Dr. Majak through his friend from Sudan, too a millionaire whom he persuaded to establish a company in South Sudan built the Maar Clinic. This project was implemented by a company from Khartoum.

  1. Majak out of Corruption.

Others who have not read the president’s letter to the 75 concerning the vanishing of $ 4 billion can easily think Dr. Majak is among the wanted gluttons. For the sake of reality, the list of 75 was issued when Majak was only 87 days (roughly three months) in Juba. It was basically about those who were working with the Government of Southern Sudan. This is to set the record clear so that innocent officials are not accused falsely.

Upon his appointment as the deputy minister of Defense and veterans affairs, Dr. Majak invited the Anti-corruption commission of South Sudan and made declaration of Assets. He instructed the anti-graft body to be inspecting his family accounts after every six months to ascertain if he had done away with any public penny. He was indeed cleared by the same commission when he exited the office two years later. He has never had any corruption claim whatsoever in the country.

While in the same docket, he built the military pension funds to a billion South Sudanese pounds. By the grace of God we hope that this money is still intact upon his exit. My worry is that, a number of officials who were working in the pension scheme are gone; indeed one went to the U.S, an indication that not all is well.

NB: THESE PROJECTS WERE ALL IMPLEMENTED WHEN DR. MAJAK WAS STILL IN KHARTOUM AND THEIR FUNDING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH SUDAN.

As I conclude, many more can be found on my first article on this subject “Dr. Majak D’ Agoot: The only One in Thousand Leaders”. Many people may mistake my writing as political fanatism, while the latter has no problem were it the case, I need to make it clear that my view of writing all these is to set the clear picture of our leaders. I challenge you too to write anything positive about the one you know better than others. I happen to have the tract records of Dr. Majak D’ Agoot and there above they are. I am not wrong to say that Dr. Majak is a blessing in disguise.

The author is a student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

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By Teresa Diing, Kenya

January 30, 2015 (SSB)  Uphold us united in peace and harmony, parts of our national anthem that we do not seem to mean in any of our actions. In the words of Duop Chak Wuol co-founder and editor-in-chief of Colorado based South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), “it is morally appalling for the so called liberators of South Sudan to keep liberating their own people from a war that has already been won”. When will south Sudan be known for anything rather than these endless wars?

No matter how many times people try to make these conflicts seem political, it is obvious that we have been poisoned by tribalism and ethnicity. Negative ethnicity cannot be where we start south Sudan from.

It seems we haven’t learnt a thing from the past decades of war. Does no one care that in the last two decades we have lost too many lives? We cannot run anymore, at least not from each other . If we do not come together then our nation is becoming irrelevant. There seems to be an undue emphasis on ethnicity among our people.

It is unfortunate that mediators both for the government and the opposition forget that they are playing with people’s lives. But success and peace is fragile and the governments, talks, peace deals and a million cessation of hostilities have failed to protect south Sudanese. Patience runs out at times when no result is being seen. Promises of peace and stability seem to be mere lip service.

We must all therefore resist undue pressure to turn against our fellow countrymen for no reason. We cannot keep depending on people who don’t seem care about the lives of the innocent. Those who claim to want peace and still fight each other in the name of protecting the country and its democracy.one year on and we have nothing to show for it.

The system must therefore serve the people and not turn them against one another and we as south Sudanese must learn from our mistakes. Let us learn from the pain in the hearts of those before, from the hurt in their in their eyes. Let this be the last time brother turns against brother.

You can reach the author through her email: teridiing145@gmail.com

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THE CHALLENGES OF Life: GOD’S RESCUE THROUGH PRAYER. BOOK REVIEW

Presented by: ANYUON-MAGEDEM D’GOMBA

 

Title:                                               CHALLENGES OF LIFE: GOG’S RESCUE THROUGH PRAYER.

Publisher:                                        ABUNDANT LIFE FOUNDATION TRUST

                                                         P.O.BOX 24113-00502

                                                         NAIROBI, KENYA

Writer:                                             RT. REV. PETER BOL AROK

Design and typesetting:                ANDREW MOGAKA

Date of publishing:                          24/01/2015

Number of Pages:                            80 PAGES

Challenges of life: God’s rescue through prayer is not only a semi autobiographical and captivating story that reveals bishop Peter Bol Arok’s very humble background and service to the church in south Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, but most importantly, focuses on the day challenges of Christian and the power of prayers in his/her life. It shows through several biblical examples as well as interesting observations from a selection of Christian writers that despites the many trials and temptations that a Christian faces, he/she should stand firm and strong by turning to God in prayer.

I believe this book that read like the bishop’s testimony, will appeal to all Christians who are facing hardships, temptations and feel like they want to give up as they serve the lord all over the world.

The writer and the bishop has not only dual much in his inspirations in Christianity and his struggles that comprises of many things he went through, but also touches on the first struggle for freedom in the autonomous then southern Sudan. He is able to mention some leaders who brand the several phases of the Anyanya’s wars.

The book is also affordable to reading since it removes the stresses of bulkiness as portrayed by it pages which are convenience to both low and habit readers and I believe it is in God’s hidden work of inspiration that we are able to access his salvation in multiple ways. And I encourage the willing to share with bishop in his written testimonies.

By Anyuon-magedem D’Gomba


MNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PRESS RELEASE

30 January 2015 – For Immediate release

South Sudan:  Africa Union Peace and Security Council stands in the way of Justice in South Sudan

Spokespeople available on request

The African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council has failed the thousands of South Sudanese victims who are waiting for truth and justice by not making public the report of the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, said Amnesty International today.

Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria and Chair of the Commission of Inquiry, was scheduled to present the report to the AU Peace and Security Council yesterday evening. But, in a move shocking to those committed to accountability, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, tabled a motion to “defer” presentation and consideration of the report pending the finalisation of a peace agreement. Presidents Zuma of South Africa and Museveni of Uganda seconded the motion.

“What is outrageous is that the Peace and Security Council shelved the report indefinitely before its members even received copies or heard Obasanjo’s remarks,” said Amnesty International’s African Regional Research and Advocacy Director Netsanet Belay. “The AU seems to have forgotten that one of its founding principles is the condemnation and rejection of impunity.”

Over the past year, all parties to the conflict in South Sudan have committed crimes under international law, including attacks on civilians often based on ethnicity or perceived political allegiance, sexual violence and wide-spread destruction and looting of civilian property.

The Commission of Inquiry was established by the AU in March 2014. It was mandated to investigate human rights abuses and violations by parties to the conflict in South Sudan and make recommendations on accountability, reconciliation and healing in South Sudan.

“The Commission of Inquiry’s findings and its recommendations on accountability could be a critical step towards ending the impunity that continues to fuel the conflict in South Sudan,” said Belay.

Members of the AU Commission of Inquiry and its investigators conducted multiple visits to South Sudan and also met with South Sudanese living outside of the country.

Twenty-one South Sudanese civil society organizations sent a petition to the Peace and Security Council on Wednesday calling for the report to be published immediately.

“The failure to publish the report is a slap in the face of the hundreds of South Sudanese who took time—sometimes at significant personal risk—to tell members of the Commission of Inquiry what they witnessed,” said Belay.

The Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) signed a cessation of hostilities over one year ago. Despite this, fighting has continued.

Negotiations being brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have failed to result in a peace agreement. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who tabled the motion to “defer” presentation of the Commission of Inquiry’s report, currently serves as IGAD’s Chair.

In a press statement yesterday, the SPLM/A-IO reiterated its call for the report to be published.

For more information, please contact:
Netsanet Belay, Africa Director, Research and Advocacy: +251 91 344 7341
Japhet Biegon, Africa Advocacy Coordinator: +251 946656241
Elizabeth Deng, South Sudan Researcher: +254 739354262


By Lam Wuor

President Uhuru Kenyatta: We witnessed the signing of the SPLM Reunification Agreement between South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar and Mr. Deng Alor Kuol which was overseen by Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete in Arusha, Tanzania. The signing of the agreement will help the SPLM work together. The framework will reunite the party which many South Sudanese had placed their hopes on. Some of us have been involved in this particular process since the beginning of the crisis, and indeed it has been very agonizing at times to see leaders unable to talk to one another and yet they were the same leaders the people of South Sudan depended on to guide the young republic after struggling for many years. We hope that the instruments that have been signed here will form the basis of bringing about peace in South Sudan which is the hope of the South Sudan and the East Africa region as a whole.

President Kiir and Riek Machar during the Arusha accord.

January 30, 2015 (SSB) It’s very disturbance to compromise again and again with the same people and the same party which has ideology of depopulating other community in the country, the Arusha deal for party reunification is annoying many people, there should be no another compromise between victims and the perpetrators.

Example, Any Anya II and Nasir faction compromised with John Garang because the Any Anya II and Nasir faction leadership had put the country interest first then power interest, however, that kindness of forgiveness is being used in negative thinking and that is why Salva Kiir said “ a dog lives with you at home and when you beat him he will runaway but still will come lay down near you because he has nowhere to go and live” killing the innocent Nuer civilians seems normal from Salva kiir comparing them like runaway dog from home especially children, women and men were targeted by state security and murdered because of being Nuer (one of the tribe in South Sudan) ethnic group.

In a nutshell, the President of South Sudan doesn’t think that he is responsible for incident in which he personally ordered his presidential guards to target ethnic Nuer in the capital on December 16, 2013. In reality, the Nuer always accepts the compromise for love of peace in the country not a leadership weakness. In this case of the Nuer massacre there would be no such compromise again.

Why we can’t take the best example from Eritrean people who fought for 50 years and they eventually achieved their objectives,I think better to be in exile then going back under Salva Kiir because he will consider it as failure while compromise exists when two parties try to find a halfway point for resolution. One advantage is that the outcome can generally be seen as fair to both parties because each gets something in return. This can also solve a short-term conflict while laying the foundation to resolving a long-term problem.

The disadvantage of a compromise is that neither party leaves the negotiating table completely happy. Since compromises are short-term, they usually indicate that another conflict will occur in the future, This come through collaboration in which we called the win-win form of conflict resolution in which, at the end of negotiations, both parties feel they have gained something and no one feels as if they lost something, I courage you all to stand firm to defend our right and the future of our generation.

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The Republic of South Sudan
Office of the President
Press Secretary Office

January 29, 2015

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Statement on President Kiir’s visit to Addis Ababa

January 29, 2015 (SSB)  The Office of the President has learnt with utter dismay the news spread by the Sudantribune electronic media of the allegations that the President was being treated from sudden illness in one of the Ethiopian hospitals in Addis Ababa. According to one Tesfa-Alam Tekle, the purportedly Sudantribune correspondent in Addis Ababa, the President’s meetings were interrupted by his illness.

Notwithstanding all these allegations, the Office of the President would like to inform the public that the information is false, farfetched and wanting. H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit is in good health and he is going about his normal duties as Head of State and government of the Republic of South Sudan. He has arrived in Addis Ababa on January 27th 2015 and on the same day he had a number of courtesy meetings with foreign diplomats, inter alia; Norwegian Foreign Minister, Kenyan Foreign Minister, Ugandan Foreign Minister and Chines Special Envoy Amb. Zhang Ming.

On 28th January, 2015 from morning until late evening, the President had a meeting with the rebel leader Riek Machar, attended by two Chief Negotiators as well the IGAD peace mediators, supervised by the Ethiopian Primer who is also the Chairman of IGAD. The meeting between the President and the rebel leader was aimed to narrow the gap in the negotiation in an attempt to arrive at finding a peaceful solution to the current political crises in South Sudan.

Today, Thursday, January 29, 2015 President Salva Kiir Mayardit is again having another face-to-face meeting with the rebel leader Riek Machar ahead of the Heads of States and Governments of IGAD Summit which is scheduled to start today at 3:00 pm Ethiopian local time from which the political crisis in South Sudan is on the top of the agenda. The President is also expected to have number of other sideline meetings with his counterparts on the wake of the said IGAD Summit, prior to the 24th Ordinary AU Summit tomorrow Friday, January 30th 2015.

In nutshell, President Salva Kiir is doing his duties trying to restore peace to the people of South Sudan, and so any attempt to wish him illness is futile and desperate to say the least. While we cherish and respect freedom of speech as fundamental human right, we deplore evil-wishing and rumormongering. This is not the first time for Sudantribune to speculate about the health of the President every time when the President is travelling. It has turned out to be a naked lie in many occasions, yet the Sudantribune’s management is not learning. We believe the purpose for establishing Sudantribune was to educate and to inform general public accurately as part of ethics of professional journalism, but this has not been the case.

The Office of the President has discarded previous rumors that emanated from the same electronic media, as we believe the people who have read them are capable of ascertaining the reality from fabricated one. But, this time around and given the damage inflicted on the people of South Sudan through the false reports often published by the Sudantribune that the President was sick, we are considering legal suit against Sudantribune.

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