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Peace with Justice is Imperative for South Sudan

Posted: March 26, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary

By Garang David Bol, Lira, Uganda

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March 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  The South Sudanese people want peace as well as justice. This is the answer to those who are reluctant to allow the release of the African Union Commission of equiry report into the atrocities committed in South Sudan from 15th December 2013.

The commission headed by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo completed its  assignment Months ago and has been ready to publicize the report.

Nevertheless some politicians, probably those guilty of committing the heinous crimes against the people of this nation have been urging for a delay in making the report public, on grounds that, the politicians adversely depicted in the report would refuse to cooperate in the peace talks scuffling effort to bring peace.

Such politicians want justice to be  a hostage to the peace process. Without justice, peace will remain elusive, without accountability and reconciliation, peace will continue to evade us. A peace agreement must take into account the Obasanjo findings.

The people of South Sudan do not  want people who participate in killing them to be given any role to misgovern their country again. They have suffered too much at the hands of these murderers they are asking for abreak. They
deserve it.

This fear that the participants in the peace talks will not sign the agreement if they are found with mud in their faces is baseless. In the Arusha deal which brought about the re-unification of the ruling SPLM, all sides agreed that whoever took part in human right violation or abuses must be held accountable.

Who then is this one who will disengage himself or herself from the peace process when justice is being sought? let Obasanjo allow all Sudanese to learn who has done what Southerners are merciful  people.

Perhaps they will forgive the human right violators. But that should come from them after they have received apologise and pleas for mercy from the perpetrators.

The author, can be reach on the following E-mail:  garangdavid@hotmail.com, Lira District, Uganda

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By John Masura (hot in juba)

Chairperson of (South Sudan)Political Parties Youth Forum and former chairman of South Sudan Youth Union declared his defection to SPLM in Opposition.

Chairperson of (South Sudan)Political Parties Youth Forum and former chairman of South Sudan Youth Union declared his defection to SPLM in Opposition.

March 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Mr. Agel Ring Macar on 24th March 2015 surprised most of us when he declared through Dinka Radio in Australia that he has defected from the government and joined Riek Machar’s rebellion which has for the past one year refused to find a name for themselves but clung to the SPLM and SPLA names.

One wonders why a sudden change of heart by one time a strong and vocal supporter of president Salva Kiir. He once accused gospel musician Manasseh Mathiang in an online debate of being the worst ‘rebel’ and swore to never join a rebellion that has no cause.

Agel left due to what he described as, “disappointment with the current leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.”

“I have come to welcome HE LT. General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the legitimate president of South Sudan and a peace loving man who has never betrayed the cause of our people.” Agel said this on SSTV in August 2014 when a crowd of Kiir supporters turned up at JIA to welcome him back from USA where he had attended US – Africa summit. I think the video is somewhere in SSTV’s archives.

I took it upon myself to explain here why I think Agel joined Riek.

Agel Ring Machar with Riek Machar in Addis Ababa

Agel Ring Machar with Riek Machar in Addis Ababa

Background to Agel Ring’s Defection

Agel Ring Machar is a son of the well known member of parliament and a medical assistant Victoria Adhar Arop who helped many unaccompanied minors in Dimmo Refugee between 1986-91.

Agel Ring Machar was last year featured in a documentary about his life called ‘Were Rebels’.

Agel’s story of child soldier returning to South Sudan was told. But in real sense Agel was never a child soldier, he spent most of his life in Kakuma and Nairobi before moving to Australia.

In the documentary, “We were rebels” Agel appeared as national basketball team captain. He was never captain or a coach of national basketball team which participated in a match against Uganda on Independence Day in July 2011. Though with no skills, he played in the game on independence day which South Sudan lost because his uncle Achuil Bangol is a board member for the team.

Agel used to date the daughter of the president until, Adut Salva dumped him for Ethiopian boyfriend because the first family was allegedly concerned about his alcoholic and violent behaviors.

Agel was placed at the helm of their clan’s non governmental organisation called Sudan Production Aid (SUPRAID) which was funded by various international donors. Acuil founded the organisation in 90s during the Sudan civil war. The organisation was was based in his native county of Twic in Warrap where it supported local population in providing agricultural tools and dug boreholes in the villages for the locals.

In 2001 the organisation established a local sporting activities called Twic Olympics and it successfully carried out the ‘Olympics’ annually until 2012. When the CPA was signed Acuil decided to look for greener pastures in the government and was appointed in 2008 as SPLM Secretary for Popular & Syndicated Organization.

Acuil then left the organization to Agel and due to mismanagement of funds and lack of responsibility, the NGO died in 2012.

Agel was involved in various night club brawls in Juba due to his drunk behaviours. One incident the victim suffered fractured bones and had to be compensated with undisclosed sum of money. Agel was never taken to court, he was set free because his aging mother had allegedly asked for sympathy.

When Agel was appointed as a political parties youth forum leader, he moved to one of Juba’s best hotels where he spent years. One of hotel managers inquired yesterday who will pay the expenses incurred by Agel during his stay the hotel.

"The days we were brand of our tribes are gone, this days are days we will be be brand by what we have for our nation" says Jesus Deng, Alier Ateny and Agel Ring Machar

“The days we were brand of our tribes are gone, this days are days we will be be brand by what we have for our nation” says Jesus Deng, Alier Ateny and Agel Ring Machar

The Reason Why Agel Ring Defected

Agel was appointed a chairman of political parties youth forum before war started in December 2013. A position he got through the help of his uncle Acuil Bangol.

He was part of the now disbanded infamous crisis of management committee that was formed immediately by President when fighting broke out in Juba. The committee was tasked to facilitate humanitarian assistance to the people displaced across the country but it turned out to be a source of money of all the members including Agel who misappropriated the committee’s funds prompting the president to disband it.

In Nov 2014 Agel’s was appointed as chairperson of the steering committee of the newly established National Youth Union. The committee was constituted a by ministerial order issued by the minister of youth, sports and culture madam Nadia Arop Dudi. Agel was deputized by musician Lam Tungwar.

This steering committee was to organise the first national youth convention in Juba where delegates and representatives from all ten states would elect the youth leaders to lead the new youth governmental organisation.

They were allocated millions of pounds by the ministry to prepare for the convention but Agel got accused of mismanagement of the funds. He was questioned by the ministry’s officials which angered him and started accusing individuals in the ministry of conspiracy to oust him as chairperson.

Agel’s private conversation where he is talking about how weak and corrupt the government is was allegedly taped by his close friend.

The conversation tapped secretly was taken to the minister who in turn sacked Agel in a decree read on SSTV during 9pm English news bulletin.

Mr. Agel Ring then traveled to Addis Ababa immediately where he declared his defection to Riek Machar’s rebellion.

Agel Ring Machar with Riek Machar in Addis Ababa

Agel Ring Machar with Riek Machar in Addis Ababa

It is crystal clear that Agel is an opportunist and a bloody job seeker like all those other SPLM opportunists.

John Masura, the number one blogger in South Sudan and founder of Hotinjuba.com


By Deng Lueth Yuang, Canada

March 25, 2015 (SSB) — Do u know that if and only if we, Diasporians stop ethno-politics, join hands together with the UN and work out ‘radical’ peace modalities to convince or force if needs dictate, the warring parties, we can bring the badly needed peace in South Susan?

Yes, we can;

– we are more aware of what’s going on and how to end it

– we are blood sons and daughters of current leaders leading the nation, soldiers dying in front lines and civilians being raped, maimed, killed through revenge killings and collateral damages

– we have strong financial and international voice to effect change now

– we are very concerned and worried citizens of South Sudan since we are the ‘first’ to hear the deaths of our loved ones (the first to see the deaths are relatives living with the late) and mandated by culture to shoulder familial responsibility thereafter which comes with this war

—funeral expenses, food & accommodation, schooling for young kids, providing a safe haven for bereaved family, etc

— none of us will sell our beloved nation to a foreigner. For we are former Lost Boys and girls of Sudan; we are young scholars studying in the West; we are former refugees resettled to the West for better life not ‘by choice but circumstances'; we are sons and daughters of former Sudan’s diplomats who escaped jaws of deaths at the hands of National Islamic Front of Arab regime in Khartoum.

We are very many … so and so and so forth.

So let’s wake up and do the ‘unthinkable’.

The International community has been patiently waiting for our voice to inject new calculus into the peace process.
But albeit, ours has been destructiveness and diversionary.

If today IGAD, Troika, UN, AU and other friends of South Sudan want to enforce peace upon peoples of South Sudan, our voice won’t count for we are silent ‘know’ but noisy war trumpets.

This is the best time for us to challenge the authorities so that they make a U-turn.

Salva Kiir and his Dinka tribespeople won’t bring peace now;

Riek Machar with his Nuer tribespeople won’t bring it soon;

Pagan Amum and his former SPLA generals won’t bring it today;

Alfred Lado Gore with his Equatorian community won’t either bring it soon,

And so do other regional voices out there.

The best thing and only opportunity of hope is The Diasporas. Accepting this reality that we have a fundamental stake in South Sudan’s quest for everlasting peace and national development is paramount to this petty linear politics happening day and night.

We have become empty vessels that make noise when wind passes.

Let’s divert this wind direction by erecting its barriers now and make constructive use of those empty cans.

The onus is on us! Regardless of where one is, we are sons and daughters of this soil.

I have already petitioned the White house on my sole self!

Do the same and the world will hear us ALL.

Sincerely,

Deng Lueth Yuang is a South Sudanese patriot by blood and thinking!


Made specially by South Sudan Parliament, President Salva Kiir, not for EXPORT

By Dong Samuel Luak

June 2015 elections

extension of president Kiir’s terms

March 25, 2015 (SSB)  –  South Sudan’s parliament on Tuesday extended President Salva Kiir’s term in office by three years. Some 227 members of the 332-member National Legislative Assembly (the lower house of parliament) voted to amend the constitution to allow an extension of Kiir’s tenure from July of 2015 to July of 2018.

Only six MPs voted against the motion. The question is it necessary to amend the South Sudan Transitional Constitution 2011?

I believe is too early and dangerous to amend the transitional constitution 2011. The recent action by South Sudan parliament is a declaration of war on the voters who elected them into office.

This opens a flood – gates for more abuse by both the executive and parliament, there’s no any reasons or Justification in the first place to warrant the recent changes or amendment to the constitution.

Article 66 Term of the national legislature shall be four years from July 9, 2011. Article 100 Tenure of office of the President be four years from July 9,2011.

Looking at the two provisions, there’s no any other provision to qualify a longer period where the life of the parliament is extended, in which event the term of office of the President terminate in the expiration of the period mentioned in Article 66 and Article100 of the Transitional Constitution 2011.

Did the government and parliament follow the correct procedures?

Any constitutional amendment must follow certain procedures, to avoid any violations and abuse of power by both the legislature and executive, Article 101 (F) function of the President; Article 199 Amendment of the Constitution respectively set forth the process.

But what are the safeguards?

- Any proposed amendment which seeks to extend the length of a term-limit provision, will not apply to a persons or persons who held or occupied that office, or an equivalents officer, at any time before the amendment, this means an incumbent cannot be a beneficiary to a constitutional amendment which seeks to extent his or her term of office.

- Any amendment of the Bill of Rights, Article 25 Freedom of Assembly and Association, Article 26 Rights to Participating and Voting. Parliament alone can’t amend the rights provided in the Bill of Rights; it must be put to a national referendum Article 195.

- Article 9 Nature of the Bill of Rights sub article (4) this Bill of Rights shall be upheld by the Supreme Court and other competent courts and monitored by the Human Rights Commissions. Where are they?

- There must be a wider consultative process before any amendment is presented to the Parliament.

The recent action by the parliament in South Sudan is a serious violation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; Salva Kiir is a Parliament made President not a choice of the people of South Sudan.

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Will There be Stability in South Sudan If Peace Agreement is Signed Today Between President Kiir and Dr. Machar Riek?

By Chuol C. Puoch

Who is fooling who?

Who is fooling who?

March 25, 2015 (SSB)  –   South Sudan has badly been hit almost in all aspects by this conflict, giving more chances of social, political and financial disintegration both on personal and institutional basis leaving nearly every living South Sudanese in a quandary on the future and present of themselves and that of the Country.

Each and every single problem, be it something associated with environment, politics, economics, social, cultural etc. is now a problem of Salva Kirr and Riek Machar who doesn’t want to bring peace to ‘us’ even if, in reality, that particular problem has nothing to do with either of the two men.

We, I mean all of us, have developed a sense of laziness and blamestorming resulting into procrastination; we try as much as possible to create a linkage between whatever problem we encounter and the ongoing conflict led by the two men, Riek and Kirr.

Most of the time, peace and stability are like a mother and a child as the former produce the later and safeguard its realization, coverage and durability.

But, will that really be the case in South Sudan? Will we have stability if peace is inked between our two leaders, Riek and Kirr today? Will there be stability in Lake State? Are we not going to go to war with Sudan again on the issue of Abyei e.i will there be stability in Abyei? Will Shilluk accept that Malakal is for the people of Upper Nile and not Chollo Land (Podh Choll) alone to chase out Nuer and Dinka? Will there be stability in Jonglei between Dinka, Nuer and Murle?

Will UPDF leave our soil peacefully without any disturbances? Will the hourly killing stop in Juba? Will the soil of Equatoria be respected and not grabbed from its owners every now and then? Are we going to have economical men and women to tackle our economical challenges that may lengthen our economic instability without corruption?

The question above plus many more are some of the highlights subjected to further individual interrogation and once put in place; a comprehensive peace that wholly safeguard a wide covering and durable stability would finally be achieved.

Gen. Salva Kirr Mayardit Deng Kuethpiny and Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon may know what they are doing, they are matured politicians who would soon or later come together and have stability between them.

But, what about the millions of adolescents driven into politics by the situation and cannot differentiate between normal/ordinary life and political life, how do we rescue them and restore stability among them by removing the hatred that have been pumped into them by the situation?

Talk to an elder, a grandparent in the community; all they will tell you about X tribes is that we can never be in peace and harmony with them; they are so and so (worse) and can never be in peace with others. How do we convince those traumatized grandparents and parents that the Country is still one; that there are no Dinka, Nuer, Shilluk or Bahri that will own this Country alone?

Make a slight mistake now as a person, you will only hear your tribe being abuse in your before leaving you wondering what involves your tribes in a mistake you individually made. Consider there is peace today between Kirr and Riek, will the generalization of Anyuak tribes because of Oman who made an individual mistake to Garang stop?

All these and many more are the factors, if not the sources, contributing to broadening the instability among individuals, institution and communities.

The purpose of writing this piece is to outline the fact that peace signed between Kirr and Riek will never bring a comprehensive stability among us and with our environment.

I believe that there will be stability in our Country but we shouldn’t expect it to come from Addis Ababa alongside the peace agreement paper. A meaningful stability is not forced or imposed; but developed, nurtured and apprehended fully with care and respect.

It’s not a closed door meeting resolution but an outdoor/indoor practice and all of us are required, even by moral laws of course, to practice it and give it as a reward to our land and those who died for it.

Riek and Kirr will bring us a paper from Addis Ababa written ‘Peace Agreement’ (in case they will do it), but to translate it into reality is our collective responsibility; Riek and Kirr are there for us and by us, they are the lames and we are the pretending blinds.

We are ‘pretending blinds’ because we actually see more than the two men do!

Chuol C. Puoch can be reached via email: chuolchotson@gmail.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chuolcpuoch. He can also be followed on Twitter @chuolcpuoch


By James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Born-to-Rule Mentality: President Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar, in their reigning days

Born-to-Rule Mentality: President Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar, in their reigning days

March 24, 2015 (SSB)  –   As long as both the SPLM-IO and the GRSS continue to use violence means for securing their political interests, facts and fictions will always get mixed to produce propaganda fallacies in attempts to justify one’s evil actions. The article of Stephen Par Kuol is not absolved from such one-sided bias. It is his right to be biased for the interest of the SPLM/A-IO, but he doesn’t have a right to force it on our throats without a response.

Mr. Stephen has already damaged his credibility when he lied that he was an eye witness of ‘genocide’ in Juba while he lived in comfort in New Sudan Palace Hotel and was driven on a standard car to Juba Airport for flight check-in to Nairobi as the city was under threat of rebel attacks. Even myself who lived in 107, dodged some bullets to escape death narrowly on 16 December 2013, swallowed the bitterness of my house being attacked and looted badly with damages, and communicated with some of my neighbors who managed to reach UNMISS camp alive, cannot  temper with my credibility to lie with a conclusion that ‘genocide’ took place in Juba.

Yes, some targeted killings took place but not ‘genocide’ as the SPLM-IO propaganda machine used to lie to the international community. Also not all those who were killed in Juba during the outburst of the crisis hailed from one ethnic group. Other ethnic groups were affected too, including some foreigners. If 20,000 members of one ethnic group were killed in Juba on 15, 16, 17 and 18 December 2013, then who would have been left among them in 107, Kor William, Gudele and Jebel to run for a dear life and take refuge in UNMISS camps? Even those who took refuge in UNMISS camps were not all from one ethnic group. That was why you could see signposts in UNMISS camps pointing to one ethnic group on one side and other ethnic groups on the other side.

Armed Forces Status Issue: The amalgamation proposal is a recipe for another future eruption of senseless violence. The case of the CPA’s model of the Joint and Integrated Units (JIUs) is still fresh in our memories where the two armed forces clashed thrice in Malakal, for example. Thus, neither integration nor amalgamation of the armed forces of the two warring parties will work as long as there is no trust and good faith between them. Also the proposal pf proportional representation of the 64 tribes in the national armed forces will not set a good precedent for a one nation-building because it will, instead, entrench tribalism as criteria for tackling national issues of South Sudan. Hence, it could be safer if the 1972 Addis Ababa Agreement model is adopted for tacking the issue of armed forces of the warring parties. Thank God that veteran Gen. Joseph Lagu is still alive and kicking for consultancy on this matter.

Public Disclosure of Debts: If the SPLM/A-IO has already gave a verdict that the debts of President Kiir’s Government is illegal then why should it be disclosed at will? Why should Dr. Riek’s Resistance Movement negotiate with a kleptocrat and an illegal president if at all there is honesty in what the SPLM/A-IO posits? They should they not stick to overthrowing him via violence means if they thought it was an easy matter to usurp power that way? But is the SPLM/A-IO legal itself to demand for legality of another? It should be the citizens who have not taken arms against the state to demand such disclosers of government debts; not outlaws rebels. Also the law-abiding citizens of South Sudan will not bother themselves asking for disclosure of debts of rebellions because rebels are never accountable to the citizens; only the legitimate government.

The Coup or No-Coup Narratives: This has not been falsified yet because no court verdict has taken place so far. The case has been stayed only until further notice. But how do you call shootings in an army barrack which make politicians escape from their homes and declare rebellion resistance movement against the government within a very short period? If it is running for dear lives why not run to non-violence asylum in another country rather than to violence rebellion in the bushes? Remember that a victim cannot resist, hence, no rebel can be regarded as a victim in the current crisis of SPLM failed leadership in South Sudan. That is why the Intra-SPLM Arusha Reunification Agreement forced all the so-called SPLM leaders to apologize to the people of South Sudan and be ready to answer any proven war crimes against humanity. Victims don’t apologize.

Peace Talks in Bad Faith: In Pagak consultative conference, the SPLA-IO generals told Taban Deng Gai to carry on with peace negotiations in Addis but they will continue to conduct the violent approach on the ground with Paul Malong until President Kiir is gone for good. Where the good faith to demonstrate from the SPLM-A-IO even if the GRSS failed to bring peace out from around the corner of Makuei Lueth? Hence, comes double standards of contradiction of mixture of both dialogue and violence at the same time but with the result of collapse of negotiations and continuation of warfare. This makes the region and the world skeptical about seriousness of the warring leaders of South Sudan in bringing good news to their people. Thus, an agreement could possibly be forced on their throats by before July 2015 as their hands are held on pens to sign it unwillingly with international guarantees for its implementation.

Diplomacy is an anti-thesis to Militancy: Diplomatic language is a language of nice and flattering expressions in order to cool the environment for tackling hot issues and gain something out of the deal at the end of the day. The diplomacy of blaming and condemning both the warring sides is a correct one as long as the SPLM/A-IO and GRSS senseless war continues. This language may only change if the principals agree or are forced to end the war by any means. So, it would be better for Stephen Par Kuol to keep his appeal to the regional and international community to himself because they are doing what diplomacy is supposed to do when there is no will for peace from the warmongers.

Dr. James Okuk is lecturer and public analyst in the area of politics. He lives in Juba and can be reached at okukjimy@hotmail.com

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Chairperson of (South Sudan)Political Parties Youth Forum and former chairman of South Sudan Youth Union declared his defection to SPLM in Opposition.

Chairperson of (South Sudan) Political Parties Youth Forum and former chairman of South Sudan Youth Union declared his defection to SPLM in Opposition.

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Agel Ring Machar joins Riek Machar (PDF)

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Breaking News (SBS Dinka Radio): Chairperson of (South Sudan) Political Parties Youth Forum and former chairman of South Sudan Youth Union declared his defection to SPLM in Opposition.

"The days we were brand of our tribes are gone, this days are days we will be be brand by what we have for our nation" says Jesus Deng, Alier Ateny and Agel Ring Machar

“The days we were brand of our tribes are gone, this days are days we will be be brand by what we have for our nation” say Jesus Deng, Alier Ateny and Agel Ring Machar

Agel Ring Machar who is also a son of the well known Member of Paliament and a medical assistant who helped many unaccompanied minors in Dimmo Refugee Victoria Adhar Arop Chop between 1986-91 left Juba three weeks ago for Nairobi.

Agel then took a decision to defect to the opposition by traveling to the Ethiopian Capital. Agel left due to what he described as, “Disappointment with the current leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.”

More than ten hours ago Agel posted this quote on his Facebook page, “The unfortunate state of affairs our people find themselves in ‘MUST BE CHANGED BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY’ just to borrow a phrase.”

Agel who is a native of Warrab State in South Sudan is also an Australian who did his studies in Adelaide. He said he went back home hoping to help and see South Sudan as free country but not the country on war with herself. He was a supporter of President Kiir Mayardit until his abrupt change of mind.

In a short message to SBS Dinka Radio he said,

“The status quo and the suffering of our people is not sustainable due to lack of leadership but SPLM in Opposition will provide that alternative leadership that will allow South Sudanese to have a debate on issues affecting them. As youth; we have to rise up in order to take the duties of setting this country free.”

Agel he will release his full statement tomorrow 25/03/2015 in Addis Ababa.