FIVE DAYS TO LAUNCH SOUTH SUDANESE ARTISTS ASSOCIATION IN AUSTRALIA

By Amer Mayen Dhieu

artist in australia

March 2, 2015 (SSB) — South Sudanese Australian artists are preparing for their big day, which is coming in five days. The awaiting day in the calendar of this week mark the launch of the first South Sudanese artists Association in Australia.

Australia is hosting many South Sudanese musicians and artists. Coming from the war-torn country of South Sudan, none of the current artists has ever launched an album back in their home country. Yet, their dream career to represent South Sudan in musical industry is a dream they had hold dear for long period of time.

Few months ago, Australia witnessed the launching of “Pirdu” album, which in English mean “your life” album, composed by South Sudanese talented young singer Amac Don also known as Aluong Majok Mach Aluong and this week Daddizy Akech Dau successfully launched “Pal ku Tiel” or “let’s stop jealousy” album. This was in addition to many other albums South Sudanese musicians has launched in the past.

For all the great works and wonderful songs, a visionary South Sudanese musicians who has also successfully released many albums such as “Pill of dancing” named Grey Bull A.K.A Thon Garang, recently came up with a brilliance idea. He formed the very first South Sudanese Artist Association in Australia.

His goal is to bring together all the talented South Sudanese artists who are presenting South Sudan in music industry so that they can be united with one voice and work effortlessly together to achieve their common goal as artists.

As Grey Bull explains, each of these South Sudanese artist in Australia has different unique talent and skills. Teaming up for one associations will helps them in the following ways:

1. Establish bonds between South Sudanese artists all over Australia;
2. Enhance the unique role of arts in the community;
3. Foster and encourage the promotion of the members’ works;
4. Provide a national forum for the members;
5. Provide technical advice to the members;
6. Create links between South Sudanese artists and other communities;
7. Promote team work among the South Sudanese artists;
8. Organise and promote local events for the benefit of the community;
9. Creates and facilitates interactive activities within the community to keeping youth off the streets.
10. Create links between the South Sudanese artists in Australia and South Sudanese artists in South Sudan.

These ten objectives of South Sudanese Artists Association are not only benefiting to South Sudanese Australians artists but also to the South Sudanese community in general.

There is a deep faith that successful establishment of this association will bring positive image to the entire South Sudanese youth living in Australia. Therefore, it is unto all members of South Sudanese communities in Australia to come together next Saturday and support this brilliant idea of an association for our artists.

In words of the executive director of the association, Mr Grey Bull, all communities are invited to attend and celebrate the talent and spirit that bring these talented youth together.

The event is going to be held this coming Saturday, March 7th, at 4:30 pm. The venue is Central Ringwood community center, Bedford Park, Bedford Rd, Ringwood, Victoria.

Welcome all!!

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By Michael Mading Akueth, Juba

Opening ceremony: ministry of telecommunication

Opening ceremony: ministry of telecommunication

March 2, 2015 (SSB) —  We, the south Sudanese in our totality brought the independent of this country and government into power whether by bullet or ballot. I’m sure everyone has participated in away. Of course like the football match there are those players who always contributed more than other players in the field but if they win as a team they all celebrated their victory despites individual contribution levels in the field.

We could also see the fans and coach jumping up so high in celebration for victory. We cannot exclude them from the success history and they are surely part of it.

This is the fact which our people should embrace if we want our country to be peaceful. We must know that there are those who had contributed to the freedoms and liberties we are enjoying together today in many different ways according to the gifts which God who is omniscient had given them. The farmer knows very well that he can labour so hard with his family but he may not necessary be the one to get the bigger share of the harvests.

Indeed, the history taught us that the more you sacrifices the less you benefited. We deeply know in our hearts that there are families whose descendant line is cut off during the liberation of this country and who have not benefited from milk and honey which is flowing in this country and they could not excluded or levels other citizens as less government supporters.

They are always the voices that call in despairs and discouragement like John the baptized that repent and get baptize in the name of good governance, rules of law and human rights for our country which has killed our fathers, mothers and brothers to be peaceful and stable. Peace is good and we must adapt the basic principles which I have mentioned above in order to be peaceful.

In 1987 the red army was a united entity which sole goal was to acquire quality education for rebuilding and development of post-conflict Sudan. Sometime I wonder whether we are really doing the very reason we were taken to Ethiopia and beyond.

In Ethiopia Refugee camp, I was in group nine under the leadership of Duot Alaak and I remember, Dr. John Garang emphasized this vision in many meetings with us that there are clear division of labour in SPLM/A there are those who were tasked to liberate the country and those who were being equipped to rebuild it.

In this division of vision we were equal members of the movement contributing to our collective success with a clear sense of direction so we were not competing with each other.

In the contemporary post-conflict South Sudan immediately after CPA and independent, there are group of youth elites who feel that there are more government supporters than others. They have established networks to tarnish other loyal government supporters’ names with lies and hatred messages so that they can either get some handouts or good jobs.

They are well organized and you can find them in all communities in South Sudan. You can find them among Nuers, Dinkas and Equatoria doing the best games they are known for; excluded others patriotic youths from the government which they have fought hard to establish. They simply level other innocent youths as rebels, betrayers and disobedience to the systems.

I wonder at some point; what is the actual cause of this competition? Why someone who does not even pay taxes to the government does feels he supports the government more than him who is paying taxes? Why do someone who is doing nothing to alleviate suffering of innocents South Sudanese feel he support the government more than him/her who is working daily to contribute for national building through service delivery in the communities?

I think it is good for us all to know that teacher, nurse and kiosks attendants who woke up very early in the morning to do his/her work is a government serious supporters than him who doing nothings to support the government. We don’t have any reason for us just to call him names because he/she is perceive to be not more supporting the government. He is supporting the government in his little way which we should appreciate.

We must know that nations are build by inclusivity and integration. We cannot allow few interest-blindfold youths to create division that is unnecessary among the communities because there is no loyal-barometer to gauge who is more government loyalists than others.

We are all government and SPLM/A supporters and there is no one who should contemplate on his/her mind that he owns this SPLM/A government. It is all our government both for those who are given chances to serve and those who are waiting to serve.

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By Ayuel Madut Chan, Kenya

Dear readers and viewers of this honourable website, this article is in response to my Brother David Aoloch Bion who termed Dinka Bhar el Ghazal of the Republic of South Sudan as “loose and lawless people”

March 2, 2015 (SSB) —  My dear brother David Aoloch Bion, you are one person I admire his historical articles I read on daily basis but as far as article of today is concerned, you have touched my nerves as well as people of the region whom you termed as“loose and lawless people.”

For easy link up for our viewers and readers Your article titled “President Salva Kiir is living symbol of 21 year liberation struggle.” My brother, indeed you are a good writer and good articulator of news but hypocrite is a deadly killer and only Lucifer can celebrate his moves and deeds.

“…When Dinka Bor man shot dead two Dinka Bhar el Ghazal youth,the killing almost provoke a dangerous communal fighting between Dinka Bor and Dinka Bhar el Ghazal . All of us know Dinka Bhar el Ghazal are half lawless. But CDR Kiir quelled down the anger”

In as far as agreeing with what you posted today, one statement of your description of Dinka Bhar el Ghazal as “half lawless people” sum up your true identity as hypocrite and indeed worse than Lucifer! Allow me to respond to two words you gave us as our good name. Your little brain thinksof us as “Halflawless” people.

Indeed that Dinka Bor man managed to kill two Dinka Bhar el Ghazal and people of Bhar el Ghazal waited for like a week to see justice done but to no avail. This is because all senior commanding officers were from Bor and took ignorance of the incident forcing the Dinka soldiers from Bhar el Ghazal to think otherwise of getting justice.

CDR Kiir who did not want this to get out of hand intervene and the commanding officer who is Dinka Bor in the headquarter of Ashwa was compelled to arrest the Dinka Bor Second Lieutenant, the culprit and his other three accomplices and they were sent to prison immediately.

Few weeks later they were sneaked out of prison under the help of the same commander from Bor and they were taken to Kakuma Refugee camp and told to come back when things come back to normal. This created tension further and that Dinka Bor commanding officer managed to run away too.

Is that justice brother? Will you call people who wait patiently for justice to be half lawless? Dinka Bor are good people and one rotten fish among their much stock of fishes can’t let them be called bad people to avoid being bias to innocent ones among them.

Thank God Salva Kiir is a gifted leader not only to Bhar el Ghazal but South Sudan as a whole because he born a brunt of mistreatment of himself and his people under poor emotional commanding officers from Bor who believed in power and not any other thing in their lives.Injustice after injustice but Kiir continued to control them and they listen to him and that tell the world the description you gave about Dinka Bhar el Ghazal is vague in all its conditions. Devil celebrates death so do you brother Aoloch.

“…In 1996, the enemies of liberation struggle created a myth,” Dinka Bor born to rule and Dinka Bhar el Ghazal born to die in frontline.” …Salva Kiir chided Dinka Bhar el Ghazal leaders who were fanning it meaningless mythology”

In fact it was a true fact and even up to now Dinka Bor are self-claimed born rulers. This was proved throughout the movement when there was rise in the promotion of Bor Dinka in all commanding positions and many sent to Refugee camp and abroad for further studies so that they will be seeds of the future of that mythical belief of born to rule. It is a fact! Who were many in commanding positions? Where were Dinka youth who survived the wrath of Nuer and Beer (Murle)?

They were self-exiled by Dr.Garang because there were enough guards for Garang from Bhar el Ghazal to protect him and defend the movement. Is that not a fact brother? Throughout the movement only Bhar el Ghazal died in masses all over South Sudan and now termed by you as lawless people. You are a hypocrite brother for you never told truth but you packed and smeared good self with lies.

In my simple understanding of your description of us as well known “loose people” means you are saying that we are people who will never be one in all situations. We are so divided to the extent that sandy soil is somehow compact than Dinka Bhar el Ghazal. We are volatile in all conditions.

That is what you meant Brother David Aoloch Bion! Eti! Salva Kiir held us for 21 years and if it wasn’t him all of us would have surrendered to Khartoum like Nuer and Riek Machar. Indeed Kiir is much respected by People of Bhar el Ghazal not because he is their son but true humble leader just like you described dear Aoloch.

Yes, I agree with you that we were majority in number throughout the movement and even up to now because we love good cause for all people brother. Salva was never a rival to Kherubino Kuanyin Bol as you insinuated but he was a humble soldier trained to respect the command of his seniors that include Garang and Kuanyin Bol.

For your information, Kherubino differed with Garang who was his senior because of the way Garang favoured his Bor men against Dinka Bhar el Ghazal, Nuer and Equatorians but Salva took a good decision to be neutral not supporting either of them.

Why? He was trained to obey and implement orders from his seniors but not to take side. We stood with Garang as Bhar el Ghazal people not because he was God but for common cause of all South Sudanese despite minor descending voices of hatred from the likes of you Brother David Aoloch Bion.

But if what you referred us to be what to go by, will Salva Kiir be able to command loose people and be able to be listened to? Will chaotic people be able to respect one man like President Salva Kiir? Will they be calmed down by Salva Kiir as you claimed in various examples in your article? Will Loose people reject their son like when Kherubino Kuanyin Bol who differed with Garang in favour of foreigner like Dr.Garang, the late hero of our Republic?

The answer to all above questions dear brother is “big no” that we are never loose and we will never be loose people as you loosely claimed in your article. We are always one in all good and bad situations like during the years of liberation we back up our late hero Garang with our might and lives in his good cause for now South Sudan. When it comes to national issues like current war and during years of liberation we stood firm and we were never divided or appear irresponsible in any way.

Yes, indeed after being displace from Bor and lost hope of returning to Bor, You people resort to dangerous business of selling weapons to “nyamnyam” the dangerous local militia which fought day and night SPLA soldiers. Did you care of unnecessary daily death cause by your greed for food and money? Did you care that same guns you sell can be turned against you over night?

The answer is in fact is big no but for Bor Dinka it was yes because none of their sons is dying in frontline. You were busy selling weapons to enemies while Dinka Bhar el Ghazal is busy fighting same enemies you supply with ammunition and weapons. What a pathetic life my dear brother!

This forced CDR Bol Madut Bol to voice his concern to Garang but he was turned deaf ears. We never changed we born up with your brunt of being enemies within. CDR Bol Madut mobilized numbers yearly by all force and all means to avail supply from Bhar el Ghazal in particular Dinka but Manyang Juuk just wait for them and send them in frontline to fight same enemies supplied with weapons by Bor weapon dealers. What a life!

Kuol Manyang mobilized nothing but command something from the endless supply of those who were ready to die for common good cause that you are enjoying. Did a jerk in your photo appreciate even a little? So Salva Kiir calmed down sons of Bhar el Ghazal who patiently continued to listen to him without disobeying because they were trained to obey orders and to die for good cause. Will the idiot in your name ever appreciate?

“Mind you, Dinka Bhar El Ghazal are loose and lawless people, if Kiir was not controlling them in 21 year war, they would have destroyed the SPLAM/ago. They would have abandoned SPLM/Aas Riek Machar and his lawless loyalists abandoned SPLM/A and went to Khartoum in 1994.”

That is ridiculous! Mind you brother we will be the last to abandon South Sudan cause for goodies like Abiel Alier, Arok Thon Arok and many ill-mannered individuals within your midst.

One thing you must know is that if it wasn’t Bhar el Ghazal Unity South Sudan would have not been in its current status let truth be told I concur with you brother, John Garang would have not been crowned as South Sudan hero if it wasn’t Bhar el Ghazal behind him? May his soul rest in peace!

Our differences never go beyond our capacity that is why Salva as second man in command to John Garang during those years of liberation and now was listened to in case of any emergent issues among our midst or with others like the one you quote between CDR Kuol Manyang Juuk and CDR Bol Madut Bol.

Please take your regrettable perception of people of Bhar el Ghazal to hell with you for the only person to smile back at you because of this article is may be Lucifer!Make more research for you are may be misinformed about people you gave devilized title as “loose and lawless people.”

If indeed you are giving credit to Salva as true face of South Sudan liberation, there is no where you can describe him and his people as loose and lawless people. If you also claimed to be his supporter as you purport in your articles than you can’t call a hoe an axe but just admit that you are telling people that Salva and his people of Bhar el Ghazal are chaotic, loose and lawless people.

Call a spade a spade brother for no one is born today so that you can deceive and blackmail him or her. Take your ill-advised credits about President Kiir to the dustbin for no one is interested in the way you are selling him. Will Lucifer ever advise God? So do you brother Aoloch, you will never be good credential prescriber of President Salva Kiir of the Republic of South Sudan.

Describing Bhar el Ghazal people as “lawless” persons is short and flaw in all its conditions. Let me tell you that we are never chaotic nor are we not law abiding citizens for God sake. Will lawless people be personal guards to our late hero Garang de Mabior? Will lawless people be able to maintain law and order for Garang the leader of the movement?

Garang’s brothers like Arok Thon Arok, Majier Gai rebelled against him but Bhar el Ghazal people remained with Garang and never joined any lawless disgruntled power seeking individuals. They even rejected their own son Kherubino Kuanyin Bol just because they don’t love chaos or situation of lawlessness. Are you justifying anything here brother describing us as half lawless, loose and lawless people? Why do you hate us that much? What have done to deserve such description from your narrowed brain?

Let me educate you a little bit about the contribution of Bhar el Ghazal people in the making of law even before independent of Sudan as a whole. Did you ever hear about what is popularly known as “Ganun Wathalel or Wathalel laws?” Did this law set precedence in our current laws? Where is Wathalel? Is it not in Bhar el Ghazal?

These Wathalel laws affect the whole Sudan in particular South Sudan. I don’t want to go in details for you are well informed about these laws made in Bhar el Ghazal that ended up affecting the whole nation now South Sudan.

But for the sake of other readers, I will give few examples of these laws called Wathalel laws, it was written within those laws that whoever commits murder through manslaughter that is unintentional killing should pay 31 cows as compensation to the life lost.

If one intentionally killed someone he/she will pay 31 cows and served some years of jailed terms defending on court discretion or disposal. If one impregnated somebody wife or commit adultery he must pay 7 seven cows and token of canes with hard labour as punishment to him.

If one eloped or impregnated someone’s daughter and refused to marry her, he must pay one first pregnant cow to the father of the girl and token of canes with hard labour when a girl is impregnated by him.We are not only historical in terms of contribution in law-making but great law abiding citizens. Please take to the bank of hell your bad name for Dinka Bhar el Ghazal.

Please continue writing your good articles about stories of educating our young ones about their cultures but do not mess up their minds with devilized lies that do not make up any sense at all. Do not make up stories you don’t have justification for them.

I hold no grudge against you but just want you to trace the source of observation and research dear brother. Pretenders are worst enemies of peace!

AYUEL MADUT CHAN, BHAR EL GHAZAL YOUTH CHAIR IN KENYA, CAN BE REACHED THROUGH HIS EMAIL:<ayuelm@yahoo.com>

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The Feather of Glory ( a Novella )

Posted: March 2, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in David Aoloch
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By David Aoloch Bion

Chapter Thirteen

The people had been terrified in the forty-five clans of the Borolian tribe by Madut’s courage and wisdom. Madut could easily turn big lies into big truths, big truths into big lies. There was a young man called Herjok. He was a great wrestler, singer and dancer. Herjok had been throwing men without being thrown, he composed very beautiful songs. If he dances, all spectators watch only him. Madut Kuol had a principle that anything good should come only from him or his clan.

For two days Madut didn’t go to court tree. He stayed at his Luak. When his people came and asked why he was not going out to court tree, he told them that he was sick and his wife Abuk told his brothers that he had spent three days so far without saying a word or drinking water, or eating food.

“Which part of the body is hurting?” one of his brothers asked.

“No part is hurting” Madut answered.

“In fact, I am not sick. If you want to know what I am sick of, I will tell you” he added.

In that afternoon, madut went to court tree. All people of all clans gathered earlier. He cleared his throat and said “you see my people, that man called Herjok Awar the wrestler, singer and dancer is my son. I slept with his mother before Awar married his mother and I want my son. That is my sickness I am suffering from. Some one put a song of courage and the song he said

“That is a simple matter. We shall solve it if it requires tongues, we have tongues. If it requires cattle, we have cattle. If it requires anything, we shall see”

Madut brought a bull. The bull was slaughtered and roasted and eaten. Wine was brought and drank. The following morning the clan of Madut moved to the big court tree of the tribe. Madut explained the case, Awar and his son Herjok were summoned by tribe elders’ chiefs. The clan of Awar got annoyed, they came with spears, shields and sticks threatening fighting. The other clans persuaded them to talk, not to fight. Everything would be solved peacefully. Awar clan was convinced.

Awar and Madut sat down before fifteen chiefs.

“What is the problem, Madut?”

“The man Herjok is my son” Madut said.

“He is your son in which way?” the chief asked.

“Before Awar married his mother I slept with her”

“Why didn’t you say he was your son when young?” the chief asked.

“It is the same when he is young and old” Madut answered.

Awar was very angry, he was not able to talk. The judge told him that he should talk.

“You know judge, this case does not need only talk. It is death. We are nearing death with him” Awar threatened.

When the mother of Herjok was asked, she said she was actually engaged by Madut but Herjok was not his son.

The case was very difficult for the judges to pass a verdict. The judges referred the case to god Ajak Bungang for swearing the death swearing. At Ajak Bungang god’s shrine, if you swear for a lie you must immediately die. Madut and Awar were given four days to think before they went for swearing.

Madut Kuol was told by his wife Abuk that “you must not swear for a child of your wife but the child of your sister. So don’t go for swearing.” Madut didn’t listen to any advice.

The four days had finished. So Madut and Awar came. The judge asked each of them whether Herjok was their son, both men answered “yes”.

“Go for death swearing” the judge said

On their way to the death swearing shrine, Madut and Awar were singing and dancing. When they were about to reach the shrine, Madut hit his right leg on a log. When Madut saw that sign he ran to the bush and didn’t reach the swearing shrine

“I hate something a man can’t swear of” Awar said.


Will re-unification and re-integration of the SPLM factions end the suffering of the people or re-ignite it afresh?

By Deu Lueth Ader

Who is fooling who?

Who is fooling who?

March 2, 2015 (SSB) —  SPLM factions embarked on re-unification and suggested re-integration of the former SPLM dismissed members leaving aside the issue of the lives of innocent civilians perished in the aftermath of 15 Dec calamity.  Southern Sudanese politicians do not laugh easily unless they are promised with the positions; they value positions much more than lives of whom they ruled.

It sounds badly when the so called SPLM factions are engrossing in re-unifying the party while the issue of forfeiting lives is left as if nothing had happened. The SPLM factions should have apologized to the people of South Sudan prior to embark on any process of reunification or reintegration which is currently being initiated by CCM of Tanzania.

It should be noted that the essence of the problem then was who will take the lead in the party; lives of the people of South Sudan are unworthy the way they just perished. The SPLM factions now are engaging in how their factions are reunified after great loss inflicted on the country caused by their dismissal, then why had they been dismissed? Simply in order to subject innocent civilians in that tragedy?

The gruesome killing which had engulfed the Country at the time of crisis is unprecedented in the history of South Sudan. What people were anxiously waiting for was that the perpetrators are tracked down wherever they are whether on the side of rebels or Government and brought to book, this would be the only reward that innocent civilians can enjoy, the reunification of your factions would never yield any fruitful progress but second catastrophe, for your political interests are over peoples’ suffering.

It is the same members who had been dismissed and accused to have waged coup de’ tat that are to be re-integrated back into their positions, and the same elements who alleged to have been fully allegiance to regime that are half-heartedly re-integrating their colleagues into the positions. Hence; the question that any normal living entity can ask is that on whose expenses will they be re-integrated?

And what are the guarantees of not getting back to square one? Because Government will never accommodate all the SPLM factions, for the positions are limited and those who may find themselves in the periphery of power in the proposed Transitional Government would cause another misfortune.

Because what spark-off the previous crisis was known even to non-politicians, as a power struggle within the party, are the re-integrated members persuaded not to contest for some positions any longer according to Arusha Accord? because this is where problem always starts.

If so then this is what can reassure us as citizens that the conflict would not revive anymore but if not then make sure that your immature reunification and reintegration would cause us our innocent lives which you are not care of again.

People of South Sudan should not be so oblivious to follow the realities, there has been a widespread skepticism planted in our hearts by our leaders and we should look in how we combat it and embrace ourselves. Now they are resuming their ex-businesses as SPLM members & Comrades while your lives perished are just crying and are given a deaf ear by all of them.

I might be misquoted by some of those who are negatively touched in this article of being an enemy of peace by criticizing the process of re-unification and reintegration of the former members.

But rather; those who care so much about the suffering that our country might befallen into can quote the author right, for there is a saying that “when elephants fight the grass suffers”.

The opinions presented in this article are not politically motivated but only author’s opinions, and can be reached at deuarok@gmail.com/0955858611 

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By Bwana Thontat Levite, Canada

Riek Machar and his wife, Angelina Jany Teny, in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir

Riek Machar and his wife, Angelina Jany Teny, in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir

March 2, 2015 (SSB) —  Behold! Hasn’t the rebel chief, Riek Machar been assiduously holding the country and the government hostage since…On the notion that he hails from the Oil-rich state, as commonsense purports, and that he ought to be crowned with the country top most seat, or else his old vice presidency post, without which peace becomes a nightmare, which of course has become, according to the look of things?

If it is so? It is indisputable fact that beneath any South Sudan soils lie oil deposits? There isn’t oil in Abyei, Jonglei, Warrap, Eastern Equatoria (Elemi Triangle), among other states which are yet to be advanced with oil explorations?

Isn’t it crystal clear that the oil productions in the states of Unity and Upper Nile is largely based therein since those oilfields are adjacent and connected to the Sudanese oil pipelines hence easy access to the international markets where the oil resource is direly needed? Whereof, the government considers future diversification of agriculture, oil and other mineral resources productions in other parts of the country when its financial positions are eventually reconciling?

If we always deem to act arrogantly in the pretext that our home states have abundant resources over others, be sure South Sudan won’t be agile enough to realize a tangible socioeconomic and political progress, as it would sharply offset one of the basic principles of our interim constitution and a federal much like system of government;legal and equitable distribution of economic resources despite resources have and have not regions.

Presumably, we have one of the best systems of governments. What is yearned, is to constitutionally formulate,decentralize and micro-scrutinize it in that any alleged thoughts of undemocratic conflagrations can be commonsensically assuage via indispensable democratic processes.

Altogether, democracy is a process and an outcome. In the other essence, this shocking and sudden political quagmire has iced out the concrete themes of jealousy and tribalism that the insurgent leader has had been harboring against our nascent nation; scaring away the investors, among others for him to see the government comes to a crumble, as a result of his economic cut-throat apparatuses that would capacitate him to subvert the democratically elected transitional GRSS.

He wishes he were the South Sudan president? Only can he appreciate the burgeoning, or rather the vibrancy of a young state? That’s a true psychology of a power-hungrier and of a leader by nurture! Jealousy vehemently ordains him for an unquenchable thirst for violence, as one of his implements of addressing his less epochal political grievances despite the fact that it is totally uncalled for in modern democracies, unless otherwise.

What went wrong at first? Where, when and how did hell actually break loose with efficacious political mechanisms of staging of demos, protests, and civil disobedience, if in deed the government has become dysfunctional, as far as the building blocks of absolute democracy are greatly concerned, as illusion by the anti-peace crusaders?

 Perhaps, it brings into play the allegation that the persona had the so called plan-B, alongside the choir of democratic reform agenda. Having said that, the man is a thorn in our flesh? It is with utmost good faith, my countrymen and women; my one and only material advice in store for the South Sudanese power hungrier politicians, is to be at least mindful of our Beloved South Sudan, as well as their personalities.

But if at all you decide to put your personal egos above that of the state of South Sudan and that you got swapped along the way by the forces of interests to betray her, by rebelling against her in the name of democracy you know much not; dare not align yourself with the tribal-based movement spearheaded by the aforementioned individual herein, lest you lose thine political credibility and legibility in the eyes of the South Sudanese general public.

You would have regrettably inherited a despicable political blemish. It is no small matter whatsoever; no wonder,you instantly become a scoundrel, and in deed a pariah. Oft-time, these are applicable identities of cohorts who have had plunged our Beloved South Sudan into a charnel house! So anguishing!

And it should dawn on all and sundry that this war is all about “good and evil, right and wrong, light and darkness.”At most, the predominant culture of violence; the impoverished machinery of expressing political dissatisfaction and a discerned highway to public offices must now stop than later, or else it completely debases us of our outstanding national image, resurrects and reinforces the spirit of bad precedence against the exercise and groundwork for modern democracy.

More so, it is blatantly licensing our archenemy with whom most of our historical issues ranging from borders, the Oil-rich Abyei, just to cite a few, are still unresolved.

A true patriotic South Sudanese bears with challenge of putting asunder any gray matter of our country political system at the expenses of our national common good virtue for all, knowing that there shall come better times and political models and/or grounds to stalking fragile political issues as such, governance of a creeping young democracy, so that the whole affair does not come with a gargantuan predicament over innocent lives like the current state of affairs.

In order to extinguish this current horrendous political turmoil, and leave no rooms for any senseless tribal uprising in an unforeseeable due course, peace is the most effective and efficient strategy that we ought to always hope to take advantage in vanquishing its saboteurs.

The incumbent and subsequent senior most leaders of this great nation should be vigilantly proactive enough to politically tame their dissidents. Violence has no place, as far as rival claims are at stake in our 21th century.

Arise Ye South Sudan!!!

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Interview with President Salva Kiir by The East Africa News Media

“I believe that [the Arusha Accord] laid the foundation people can work from, if all of us are sincere about the well being of South Sudan. But that is not what Dr Machar wants. He wants by all means to be the president and if he cannot get it on the negotiating table, then he has the military option to defeat the government and take over government…Well, I don’t believe in a military option because I have been fighting for many years and I know the difficulties of war. When we were fighting the Sudan government, Dr Machar was in Khartoum after rebelling against Dr John Garang in 1991 — just like he did in 2013. Slaughtering innocent civilians and later on enjoying the support of Khartoum and he was fighting us as the militia of Sudan. But all the same, he was hoping that Khartoum would defeat us, which did not happen. So he decided to surrender fully, signed an agreement with Khartoum and became number four in the hierarchy of the National Congress Party. So he does not understand the dynamics of the war.” President Kiir’s revealing interview with The East Africa Standard

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar exchange copies of a peace pact they signed on February 1, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

As the president of South Sudan, why do you think your country is facing an internal war only three years after Independence?

The conflict came as a result of personal ambitions of individuals who wanted to take power by illegal means because they were afraid that they would not be elected if they went to the people. They opted for a military coup; when they failed; they transformed themselves into a guerrilla insurgency.

Your close associates have categorically said that Dr Riek Machar can never be your number two. Are you ready to work with Dr Machar without reservation or retribution?

Well, my personal position and that of my party is that Dr Machar should not be the First Vice President. He can come in as number three like what was agreed on in Addis Ababa last August. He wanted the position of prime minster and I accepted despite the fact that we don’t have it in the Constitution.

But when the proposed government structure was put forward by the mediators, they put president, vice president, prime minister, two deputies and then the council of ministers. Dr Machar rejected it because he wanted to be an executive prime minister who will exercise all the powers in the country and the president becomes ceremonial. He was told ‘no, because this was an elected executive president.

If you want to be an executive prime minister or president, then you wait for elections and keep out of this government.’ He wanted to share executive powers with the president and yet these powers were given by the people.

The Arusha Accord of January 21, talked about reforms within SPLM as a way forward. Do you think the fighting could have been avoided if SPLM had initiated internal reforms earlier as had been demanded by Dr Machar’s group?

Talks of internal reforms are not new because we have been talking about reforms in the SPLM even when we were fighting Khartoum. But the problem is that many of the people who are now spearheading the rebellion were not part of the movement and were co-operating with Khartoum. So they know less about SPLM than those of us who stayed.

Do you believe that this final session of the Addis Ababa peace talks will bring a lasting peace?

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development [Igad] can only bring the conflict to an end if it can differentiate between coup plotters and normal conflict. The problem is that Igad is treating the coup plotters as innocent people who simply protested against the government, yet there was nothing wrong with the government.

We did not differ on our objectives or any issue. We were discussing internal issues within the ruling Sudan’s People Liberation Movement (SPLM). So the group which was not contented with whatever was happening in government, because they found themselves out of the government, resorted to violence. But the mediators in Addis Ababa are not taking these issues into account.

Are you saying the issues of the coup and rebellion should be highlighted and not mixed up with the need to stop the fighting and people’s suffering?

The situation in South Sudan is different, for instance, from what happened in Kenya in 2007/2008 where violence was caused by the results of the elections. That is why the region came in to talk about power-sharing between Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga. This was definitely a conflict over the results of the elections but in our case, it was a coup.

Where in the world is somebody who planned a coup brought in to share power that he wanted to take wholly for himself?

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Govt and rebels adopt hard-line stance as March 5 deadline looms

Report from East African

By FRED OLUOCH

IN SUMMARY

Chronology

  • President Slavar Kiir sacked then vice president Riek Machar and the Cabinet in July 2013. An alleged coup attempt on December 15, 2013, led to an open conflict with a faction of SPLM led by Machar accused of instigating the coup.
  • Igad called for consultative meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2014, to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. The protagonists sent representatives.
  • A meeting in Arusha in 2014 came up with what is called the Arusha Accord in an effort to reunite the three factions of the SPLM.
  • On February 1, 2015, the Addis Ababa meeting came up with an agreement calling for the creation of the position of First Vice President, whose nominee will be from SPLM-in-Opposition.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has ruled out any possibility of sharing executive power with Dr Riek Machar, his former deputy who leads the SPLA faction that rebelled against his government.

This could stall the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa, mediated by regional leaders under the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Igad, as Dr Machar’s group has declared it will accept nothing short of the First Vice President position

In an exclusive interview with The EastAfrican at State House in Juba, President Kiir said the talks would not succeed if Igad insisted that Dr Machar becomes the First Vice President.

The talks were called to negotiate an agreement after fighting broke out in the country in December 2013. The last agreement signed on February 1, 2015, in Addis Ababa, allowed President Kiir to remain at the helm but created the position of First Vice President, to be occupied by the SPLM-in-Opposition nominee and the Second Vice President slot, to be given to the incumbent Vice President James Wani Iga.

President Kiir also wants Dr Machar’s faction labelled “coup plotters” and treated as such.

“The problem is that Igad is treating the coup plotters as innocent people who simply protested against the government, and yet they are people who wanted power through illegal means,” said President Kiir in reference to the last agreement.

“My personal position and the position of my party is that Dr Machar should not be the First Vice President, but he can come in as number three or the Second Vice President if he wants. After his proposal of executive prime minister was rejected, Dr Machar now wants to be the First Vice President, which we do not accept,” said President Kiir.

However, the SPLM-in-Opposition representative in Kenya, Adel Sandrai, says his group will not accept anything short of the post of the First Vice President, adding that the last agreement of February 1 was very clear that SPLM-in-Opposition will have the position of First Vice President.

“As far as we know, President Kiir caused the war in the country by resisting internal party reforms and purging those who fought with him from the party hierarchy. He has the responsibility to take the lead towards peace, but if he is not interested, then we will meet in the field,” said Mr Sandrai.

After 21 years of civil war, South Sudan got Independence on July 9, 2011. But the delicate inter-ethnic coexistence started shaking in July 2013 when President Kiir sacked Dr Machar as his deputy, together with the entire Cabinet.

The current hardening of positions is likely to complicate the proposed Transitional Government of National Unity, even as the various peace committees continue with consultations in Addis Ababa for a lasting peace agreement before the March 5, 2015 deadline.

The five peace committees are; Transitional Security Arrangement, Governance, Economy, Justice and Humanitarian Affairs; and Leadership Structure.

But the Addis Ababa mediators are running out of time given that the United Nations Security Council on Thursday this week issued a draft notice for sanctions against those committing human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including those involved in targeted killings of civilians, ethnically-targeted violence, extrajudicial killings, rape, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence, recruitment and use of children in conflict.

Signs that the Addis talks may not end well emerged when President Kiir revealed during an interview with The EastAfrican that he was pressured last August to consider the position of the prime minister by three regional leaders — Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn — despite the post not being provided for in the Constitution.

President Kiir explained that when he passed through Nairobi on his way to Washington for the US-Africa Summit in August 2014, he was asked by the three leaders to explain what he thought would be the best way to bring the conflict to an end.

“I told them that if there is to be a solution to this problem, the best thing is to appoint two vice presidents, with the First Vice President going to the incumbent and the second going to Dr Machar. But these leaders did not accept my proposal and instead proposed the position of the prime minster,” he said.

On coming back from Washington, the four again met in Juba and President Kiir says he was forced to give in to the position of the prime minster but asked them to give him a job description of a non-executive prime minister because South Sudan has never had one.

“So the special envoys of the region were given the task of finding out what non-executive prime ministers in Uganda and in Tanzania do. When these functions were brought to the table in later negotiations, Dr Machar rejected them and said that if he is not an executive prime minister, he has to be First Vice President,” said President Kiir.

The general mood among top government officials in Juba is that the Arusha Accord of January 21 that seeks to reunite the three wings of SPLM is a good springboard for peaceful negotiations but the Igad proposal offering the First Vice President position to Dr Machar is just a suggestion that must be renegotiated.

The SPLM government is maintaining a delicate balance between finding a solution as demanded by the international community and ensuring that it does not encourage future rebellions.

SPLM’s secretary-general, Dr Ann Itto, says the party realises that there is a need for give and take but giving Dr Machar the position of vice president is setting a bad precedent and is like rewarding rebellion.

“Many people are saying that it is okay for SPLM to sign an agreement to bring the rebels and former detainees home. But even if we say as SPLM that we want peace that bad, the same SPLM members are asking, ‘is it possible, for instance, for Joseph Kony to go back to Uganda and be appointed the first vice president?” she asked.

But as the SPLM in Government grapples with the way forward in the peace talks. President Kiir on Tuesday issued a decree of blanket amnesty for all those in exile, and all the anti-government forces within the country under Dr Machar.

He argued that the amnesty is in accordance with the Arusha SPLM Party Reunification Agreement and should be respected by all parties.

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President Kiir: Why Machar will not be my Number 2

By NATION REPORTER

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir says he will not accept Dr Riek Machar, who led a rebellion against him, as the first vice-president in the current peace negotiations.

In an exclusive interview with The EastAfrican from State House, Juba, President Kiir said he would only agree to Dr Machar coming in at position three as the second vice-president or non-executive prime minister.

PERSONAL POSITION

“My personal position and the position of my party is that Machar should not be the first-vice president. He can come in as number three as agreed in Addis Ababa in August last year. He wanted the position of prime minister and I accepted, despite the fact that we don’t have it in the Constitution.

“But when the pecking order was put forward by the mediators, they had the president, vice-president, prime minister, two deputies and council of ministers. Machar rejected it because he wanted to be an executive prime minister who will exercise all the powers and the president becomes ceremonial. He was told ‘no’, because this was an elected executive president. If you want to be an executive prime minister or president, then  you wait for elections and keep out of this government. He wanted to share executive powers with the president and yet these powers were given by the people,” Mr Kiir said.

President Kiir added that the Igad talks in Addis Ababa after violence broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, could only end the conflict if the mediators acknowledged that Dr Machar’s men were “coup plotters”.

He also spoke about the pressure from regional leaders and his views on claims that Kenya supports the Machar group.