By Ayuel Madut Chan, Nairobi, Kenya

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (C) acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to address a rally at John Garang's Mausoleum in the capital Juba March 18, 2015.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (C) acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to address a rally at John Garang’s Mausoleum in the capital Juba March 18, 2015.

October 4, 2015 (SSB) — First, I don’t know how to express my heartfelt joy and jubilation for the work well done by the people’s President of the Republic of South Sudan H. E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. Saying thank you is not enough or dancing the whole night of that day (2nd October, 2015) is not enough or shouting with joy for neighbors to hear is not enough. What then could be enough and equivalent to return to you as an appreciation for hard work Mr. President? Huh! You are more than a man Mr. President and for that reason God will add you 50% of your current age and I, personally with the powers of great ancestors in the name of Longar Jel, I will add you blessed fortunes for you and your family generations.

Mr. President, I am a citizen of new state in the name of Tonj state in the heart of Bhar el Ghazal region and why do I choose to give my personal thank you to you? It is because the devolution and decentralization of powers for good development have come to life on that night your Excellency. Kleptocrats and medicorats in the names of Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum, Prodigal son Deng Alor Kuol, Taban Deng Gai, Dr. Majak Agoot among the long list of losers will stand with embarrassment before South Sudanese. Their brokered behaviors in brokering or selling South Sudan to enemies is done deal and it is South Sudanese affairs now because you have done your best and silent both armed led opposition under Dr. Machar and self-proclaimed leaders of SPLM aka detainees, so do the international community.

In and outside South Sudan you are selfless hero whose objective and kind-hearted decisions are driven by public but not by power greed like that of Dr. Majak Agoot or Dr. Machar or Self-blessed leader without a village Pagan Amum. Bravo Mr. President keep the ladder going for South Sudanese are all with you now even the armed opposition supporters now except the normal greedy self-blessed leaders you know are the ones not celebrating because Lucifer never rejoice on happiest day or in the light but in the dark.

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In Brief: Outsiders Take Behind Creation of 18 more states

Posted: October 4, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary

By Deng Lueth Yuang, Canada

The goods (Pres Kiir supporters and proponents of federalism)

  1. To debunk or shield president from onslaught of those mouths who want to eat ‘politics’. The fact is armed rebellions and some learned folks in South Sudan want to be politician as it is more rewarding than any other field of work. The reason is it is overpaid due to corruption or African Big Man syndrome.
  2. Resource distribution among communities – it is truly a popular demand by people especially among the Nuers, Equatorians and a few pockets of Dinka communities in Upper Nile (settling resource fight between Bor/Murle and Padang/Nuer)
  3. Power game to curtail CPA-2. It is a divide and rule politics revisited. The essence is to deny Riek Machar control of Upper Nile oil producing areas
  4. Rewarding his (Kiir) political/military ‘lambs’ – the Bul Nuers, ‘Equatorians’, Bor and Padang Dinka stand out to benefit more (in short term)
  5. Tribal – saving scattered pockets of Dinkas especially in this wave of Nuer rebellions. See No. 2 and 3 above.

The bads (concerned citizens)

  1. Small country, small population Due to lack of economic clouts, economics define this as a nation dependent on ‘others’ for survival or sustenance. Put it this way, it relies on foreign aids, loans, grants etc to cover its costs
  1. Geographical/border realignment issues – communities fighting over adjacent areas for resource control – it is just a Pandora Box opened/Resource Curse
  2. Timing – SS is at war at the moment – economically and politically.
  3. Political – CPA-2 was recently signed on the basis of 10 states giving two resource rich states to opposition. Implementing this decree now is a clear indication that Kiir is a sole beneficiary. For opposition to enjoy the spoils of the game, they must renegotiate to get fair share of the carcass – the dead giraffe as known in opposition.
  4. Divided country – SS will remain and be called that way as a divided country. Allegiance could go different ways – Equatorians to Uganda and Kenya; Nuers to Sudan and Ethiopia and Dinkas to a land called South Sudan.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

The Burden of Nationality

The Burden of Nationality

October 4, 2015 (SSB) — With the order establishing 28 states in our country, another huge task just started. Who will rule each state? Here, I am asking myself; who will rule Jonglei state? (FYI Jonglei state is now comprised of Bor, Twic East and Duk counties). The former ‘Jonglei’ is no more.

Over last few months, underground lobbying by interested candidates for Jonglei state has been ongoing. These various groups had wanted to replace John Kong Nyuon but their luck never knocked. It is now real that one son or daughter of Bor, Twic East and Duk counties will be the governor.

All the names I have heard as favorites for governorship are Honourable Members of Parliament. This is a misery! This is terribly bad because I am proud of the MPs fro Bor, Twic East and Duk in parliament. Taking one of them home will be disservice; first to the constituency that elected him/her and second to the nation.

I am always very proud to tell my fellow reporters during the National Legislature Assembly (NLA) session that Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth is my MP; that Hon. Dengtiel Ayuen Kur also comes from Bor county. Hon. Deng Dau is from Twic East county – neighboring Bor county. We are just one divided for administrative reason. Hon. Philip Thon Leek is my former governor and MP from Duk county.

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By James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir

October 4, 2015 (SSB) — On Friday 2nd October 2015 in Juba and quoting as usual Article 101 of Transitional Constitution of South Sudan (2011), President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued “Establishment Order Number 36/2015 for the Creation of 28 States in the Decentralized Governance System in the Republic of South Sudan.”

The Order is supposed to come into force in 30 working days (i.e., by 4th November 2015) from the date of signature and in accordance with the attached delimitation map to the Order (8 States for Equatoria and 10 states for Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal each).

The President shall appoint gender-balanced (i.e., 25% women) governors and legislative assembly members for these new states with powers of making and promulgating states’ constitutions as well as electing speakers and their deputies respectively.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan


October 4, 2015 (SSB) — In the old Sudan the state and religion were inseparable. The minority clique regime in Khartoum used religion to suppress people and protect themselves from those who wanted to participate in the government on the highest level.

The saying was that an infidel couldn’t rule over believers. Believers in this case are Muslims and nonbelievers are non-Muslims also known as infidels (Kafir).

To avert this scenario the government of South Sudan after CPA and subsequent independence inserted into the Transitional Constitution a clause meant to separate state and religion.

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For Immediate Release,

October 3rd, 2015 (SSB) — I want to assure South Sudan Diaspora and the international media that the NEW SOUTH SUDAN ORDER which created 28 states has been popularly received and accepted all over the country. In all villages of South Sudan women have been ululating and dancing since yesterday. The joy expressed by the peoples of South Sudan from all tribes is unprecedented in the history of South Sudan. An old man in Parieng sacrificed a bull upon hearing the news and appealed to Nhialic (God) to bless President Kiir Mayardit for listening to the voices of the people.

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This continues Loyalty division among the Nuer Community is sickening.  

By Elbow Chuol, USA

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

October 3rd, 2015 (SSB) — Just like many other Africans fascinated by the Western series movies so was I also days back when I visited a friend place.

Fringe is one of the most interesting supernatural series movies I lately watched. It talks about one thing but reveal through different versions. It covers some of the most widely feared episodes, genetically modified occurrences solved by certain persons consider lunatic but highly intelligent.

I learned a lot about the stuffs appear to be of creative imagination but actually can be real. There is the same version of each of us in cosmoses. A theme vastly anticipates in the movie.

Coming to the point,

A question was asked month ago. Why Nuer unites during war and divides during peace? The Nuer people known by the world for their bravery and hospitality divide during peace because of the change in the agenda and unite during conflict because they believed to be fighting for a common agenda.

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