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PRESS STATEMENT: Communiqué of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) on the developments on the situation in South Sudan.

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 510th meeting held on 22 May 2015, in Swakopmund, Namibia, was briefed by the Commission on the recent developments on the situation in South Sudan.

Council expressed its extreme concern at the further deterioration of the situation in South Sudan, including the escalation of hostilities and the deepening of the grave humanitarian situation prevailing on the ground. Council expressed deep concern that, in recent days, the parties to the civil war in South Sudan have, again, abandoned the path of seeking a peaceful negotiated settlement to the civil war that is tearing apart their country. Council noted that the people of South Sudan have already been devastated by war, and that the current escalation threatens to unleash irreversible consequences for this young nation.

Council reiterated the AU’s deep disappointment over the failure of the leaders of the belligerent parties in South Sudan to rise above personal and factional political interests and put the national interest and well-being of their people first. Council strongly condemned the resumption of hostilities in South Sudan and the untold suffering inflicted on the civilian population, in total disregard of International Humanitarian Law. Council stressed that these actions are wholly contrary to the expressed will of the AU, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations (UN) and the international community as a whole.

Council underlined the particular relevance of its previous communiqués and press statements expressing its determination, in coordination with IGAD, to take the necessary measures against any party that fails to honor its commitments and continues to undermine the search for a negotiated solution, as well as of resolution 2206 (2015) of 3 March 2015, through which the UN Security Council decided to impose targeted sanctions, in order to support the search for an inclusive and sustainable peace in South Sudan. In this regard, Council called for urgent steps by the Sanctions Committee, established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015), to designate individuals and entities subject to the measures provided for therein. Council requested the UN Security Council to urgently consider the immediate imposition of an arms embargo on the belligerents.

Council reiterated the AU’s commitment to extend full support to the IGAD mediation efforts in South Sudan, notably through the early operationalization of the AU High-Level ad hoc Committee, established by the Peace and Security Council in December 2014, and other related measures. Council appealed to the Member States and the larger international community to urgently provide the much-needed humanitarian assistance to alleviate the plight of the civilian population.

Council agreed to convene soon a meeting to consider the situation in South Sudan.

THE KENYA’s MIDDLE-CLASS NIGHTMARE!

Posted: May 24, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Originally posted on Mark Maish:

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I’m seated on a wooden bench under a makuti shed located at a vantage point deep in the heart of a national reserve watching a herd of elephants grazing peaceful below, oblivious of the chaotic world out there. A fortnight ago I handed in my final year project which marked the end of a 5-year pursuit for my Undergrads. Faced with the biggest dilemma of my life, I traveled down to this remote camping site in south coast to strategize on my next step. The decision I’m about to make is to either take the job offered or turn it down and instead follow my passion which is unconventional.

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Thanks You Malith Alier

Posted: May 24, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Featured Articles

A Comment on the Article “In the SPLM and the SPLA are Slow Learners” by Malith Alier on May 23rd, 2015

By Truthhurt

South Sudan's coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

May 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  Thank you Malith for the article, those are exact same questions that any sound minded South Sudanese could ask these heartless gangs both in the SPLM/SPLA or RSS. It is a sad reality that thousands of our innocence South Sudanese lost and will continue to lose their precious lives in the coming days & months purely due to the negligence of these very people who call themselves leaders.

And in the case of Peter Gatdet, even a villager could have not committed that horrible mistake the President, his Advisors & Generals did and put him in charge of Panpandia Division 8 HQS just a few minutes outside Jonglei State capital, Bor-town. The former SPLA Chief of Staff, James Hoth Mai once said this about him just before his last re-defection to the SPLA that, “ Peter Gatdet is someone who cannot spends three months in one place”. And yet, Gen. Hoth and his boss found no reason for concern to scrutinised Peter Gatdet let alone assigned him to Division 8 in such a strategic location.

How many qualified career military officers did the President and his former Chief of Staff had when they chose him for that mission with full knowledge of Peter Gatdet’s defections/re-defections history? Of course, thousands and should anyone of those Generals afforded the opportunity to command Division 8 before December, 2013 crisis our innocence people he mercilessly killed can still be alive today! Their negligence coupled with poor decision-making has brought sufferings and shames to our people and our beloved nation, South Sudan.

I was filled with anger the other night as I watched SSTV news and later followed by Gen. Malaak’s SPLA show on the same TV. Of course, I have no problem seeing those poor SPLA soldiers and their Generals in Malut celebrating Gen. Olony’s militias defeat in Malut County. But the question is “victory” at what costs? Those reckless Ministers and Generals in Juba talked of the so-called Olony’s warships (all three destroyed in Malut) as if he brought them from nowhere when in fact those very ships cost millions if not billions of dollars of our nation’s resources to acquired them in the first place.

I know some people out there would be quick to tell us that Olony was recently ordered to report himself at Bilpam after he fought Governor Kun in April in Malakal but refused. Any right minded person would do exactly the same thing in his situation, who would hope that Olony will comply with such orders may those in Bilpam and only if Olony is the most stupid person in the whole of South Sudan after he attacked Malakal.

There were many opportunities prior to Malakal’s incident in April of which Olony could have been controlled peacefully to avert human and property loss we are now witnessing. Unfortunately, those in the SPLM/SPLA every now and then seem to have little or no time for national issues.

Our people will never witness peace and harmony soon but only when those in the SPLM/SPLA realized that the way they run the nation is not right and begin to put national’s interests first than their own. Or give way to other capable South Sudanese sons and daughters to lead our people because they have failed us.

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By Deng Lueth Yuang, Alberta, Calgary, CANADA
The frog represents the country, the Republic of South Sudan; while the crane represents the syndicates of corrupt barons fronted by those fictitious companies.

The frog represents the country, the Republic of South Sudan; while the crane represents the syndicates of corrupt barons of mediocracy

May 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  We, the born SPLA/M members by blood and history, are not happy with how things are going in the Republic of South Sudan. We (you and my type out there) wrote very compelling articles to stop the war when it first broke out in Juba on the eve of that public declaration and denunciation by G11 led by Dr. Riek Machar and Nyandeng Chol, the wife to our late dear leader Dr. Garang.

But to our appallness, no one listened to us. Our ideas were thought of as ‘Noises’ coming from saboteurs, would-be Nyigeetin and exhibitingly the Nyageet of our times.

However, this article or piece of writing is not coming from a political genius but an economic genius who only knows why nations grow, develop or fail. Take that to your nearest cash counter of any bank and you can get a quick change out of it!

The SPLA/M Within: Meritocracy & Meritocrats

Some SPLA/M members sacrificed a lot during those formative years of our struggle in the midst 1980s. Mostly these chaps and lasses gave everything they had to rid our southern region of Jalaba and Nyageetin.

They gave free boys now known as Lost Boys of the Sudan to go for military and academic training in Southern Ethiopia — Panyunduk, Itang and Dima. Most of these people are alive today and fit the description of being born and life ‘blood’ members of the mother party and force.

In whatsoever situations, they will never betray her cause since they ideologically knew why they left their parents, relatives and friends at a relatively tender age of 5-10 years.

In this group are great army commanders like current defense minister, Mr. Kuol Manyang Juuk, Awet Akot, Bol Madut, Yusuf Kwah (late Nuba war liberator), Abu John (late, Western Equatoria), Louis Lobong (current Eastern Equatoria governor, Salva Kiir Mayardit (pres of South Sudan), Ustaz Maker Kur Lueth, ustaz Maker Thiong Maal, and the list is long. I only put the names of those men whom I met and heard of when I was going to (in) Ethiopia.

Those are men and women who deserve the word ‘meritocracy’. They are never warlords or tribal kingpins who champion their individual selfish agenda. They sacrificed a lot to be where they are now. No qualms over their tribal/ethnic identity since the war started with them and ended with them. The rest joined later owing to various reasons that none one of us can vividly explain.

The SPLA/M Without: Mediocracy and mediocrats

These are neither born/life members of the mother party and revolution but saboteurs, opportunists, foodlovers, sales outs, bought ones, Nyigeetin, etc. They jumped the line to become who they are now. Imagine a stupid UN-fed altar boy becoming a general in nanoseconds.

Imagine a warmonger as he always loves taking up gun to make it his means of living – earning livelihoods because he failed to put into his head when growing up that ‘you become who you think you are’ — No doubt, he thought he would be a murderer one day, and he is now doing it.

Imagine good-for-nothing PhD holders holding the young nation hostage for not allowing them their selfish agenda — rule us because they are very educated. Nay, and never will it happen that way.

Meritocracy is the talking point here, not ‘jumping the line’ and wishful thinking.

The mediocrats are 95% hiding in SPLA/M -in- opposition. The remaining 5% is wreaking havoc in SPLA/M – Juba. These guys and ladies are causing us sleepless nights because our current leadership gave them too much power to rule us. Decreeing them out NOW, the better my cows can graze peacefully along River Nile in Jonglei state!

Now Johnson Olony has left with blood of the innocent after massively fooling us that he is a genuine Paul, not Saul, of our times. He has punctured an unsealable hole in the South Sudan boat, and it is now gushing waters overboard like that demobilised gunbarge floating in Melut because of irrationality — ill thinking and short-sightedness.

What does a person of Olony’s calibre want if he is given power in a silver plater like that! — made to be an army general without going through the rank-and-file of SPLA/M born members. Given so much money to quench his thirst for rebellions and resettle into our mainstream life as a baptized Judas Iscariot of our present church, South Sudan.

Hope our South Sudan leadership has learnt one thing for now — don’t buy peace, buy only souls of the innocents wasting away in Sudd swamps, displaced and refugee camps. Economic DEVELOPMENT is their asking price.

Again, I am so sure it is high time for Mr. Pres Kiir and like members of his leadership to give back our mother party and force to its rightful owners — the Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Kids, the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan to chart new better ways of changing lives and conditions amid all these chaos.

God bless you all and our beloved nation, South Sudan!

From a Patriarch and Kid of Junub e’ Thudan.

Facebook: Deng Lueth Yuang – holds BA and MA in Economics.

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REVOLUTION MOVEMENT FOR NATIONAL SALVATION (REMNASA)

(Office of the Secretary for Information & Document)

REMNASA would like to repulse claims of SPLM-IO on the destruction of the SPLA convoy in Mvolo County, Western Equatoria State on 19th, May 2015

Press-Release: (23th May 2015)

May 24, 2015 (SSB)  —-  The brilliant forces of Revolutionary Movement for National salvation (REMNASA) would like to repulse the claim of the SPLM-IO under the leadership of Riek Machar, pronounced by the person of comrade Nyarji Roman, D/Spokesperson and director of media Office of the chairman, dated 22dn, May 2015; regarding our victory over the SPLA on 19th, May 2015 when we successful ambushed, and destroyed SPLM convoy on Rumbek raod, between Mbara and Meyewe in Mvolo County, Western Equatorial State; where as we destroyed two vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Fuso truck carrying military supplies, living a soldier dead and injuring several others.

We would like to say that, revolutionary victories are earned by actions but not through propaganda and fakery because it takes blood.

The fact is that, the incident of the destruction of the SPLA convoy happened on 19th, May 2015 and SPLM-IO is claiming the responsibility on 24th, May 2015; after the incident in Mundri is something I can confess I don’t understand. However; where have they been all these days? If they were slept, then they should not wake up with baseless claims to steal victory that are not theirs.

I would like to stated to our supporters that, what SPLM-IO is saying about this particular incident is what they want their supporters to hear and to believe and what so ever they want their supporters to hear and believe is total strange and it is their desperateness for victory in the face of national revolutionary struggle against dictatorial, corrupt and tribal regime of SPLM under the leadership of Salva Kirr, a regime that we are fighting against too.

AS REMNASA, We do not arm ourselves for publicity, or to claim victory for ourselves in wrong manners; but to save and serve South Sudan from regime in Juba.

In regard to the claim of SPLM-IO having captured Mundri yesterday on 23rd, May 2015; I would like to inform the general public that, that is what we don’t know, but we are around and when we will be in Mundri Town, we will inform the world of who is in control of Mundri.

Indeed; the political and security situations in Mundri West remains alarming due to tribal conflicts that started between the locals and Dinka tribesmen on Thursday 20th May, 2015, followed by the incident of Friday 22th May, 2015; at 8AM in Faragasika which is about 5KMs away from Mundri Town, where group of unknown assailants fired on local civilian population, killing the Executive Director of Mundri West County, Mr.John Cleopas.

We would like to caution the civilians within Mundri to remain in demilitarized zones because it is about to be a Tea Party; SPLM-IO is around, the Government troops are around and so are the brilliant forces of REMNASA; and all in party moods; just waiting for the music to start.

REMNASA would like to state once again to the general public that, we are not fighting against any tribes (group) or individuals but against odd policies and practices of the SPLM regime under the leadership of Salva Kirr that is affecting us all as Nation.

Signed:

Col. John Sunday Martin

Spokesman –REMNASA

E-mail: guerillalinks@gmail.com

Cellphone: +236-75172511


By Malith Alier, South Sudan

Marial Benjamin, minister for international affairs, with Aguer Panyang, SPLA spokesperson

Marial Benjamin, minister for international affairs, with Philip Aguer Panyang, SPLA spokesperson

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  Once a rebel, always a rebel – anonymous

Q: What does the SPLM and the SPLA have in common?

A: Forgetfulness and gullibility

Q: What do Peter Gatdet, Johnson Olony and David Yau-yau have in common?

A: Rebellion multiple times

The latest “friendly” fire in Malakal and the environs is a result of forgetfulness and gullibility of the SPLA to trust a militia leader who ascended in to the military through dubious means. We only wait until time is opportune to pass judgment on situations in the country as is the case now.

That is our view as ordinary citizens who have nothing to do with power and its games. The power games have not been played appropriately in the past and will continue to be so deeper into the future as long as the current slow learners in the SPLM and the SPLA persist.

Peter Gatdet rebelled 10 times, Johnson Olony and David Yauyau two times each. However and because of the party and the military wing gullibility these rebels continue to roam and cause mayhem to the country at will.

Questions are still unanswered why Gatdet was allowed to go back to Panpandiar Division 8 headquarters after having been accused of actively planning and organising rebellion in the state of Jonglei? Why was David Yauyau allowed to snick out of the country to travel to Khartoum via Nairobi in 2012?

And finally why was Johnson Olony trusted, promoted armed to the teeth only to capture very important towns and killed thousands of people in the destruction. Seeing is believing. It is often said that these people never hear through the ear but through the eye. This is the assumption from now onward.

The SPLA is a true risk taker. It had been doing it since 1983. Millions of people, military and civilians had died from preventable causes. Some of them were just collateral. Nobody can accuse the military strategists because they are not in the office.

On the other note the generals are marrying more wives, building new schools, procuring latest weaponry, studying for higher degrees, checking damned records for promotions all while investing their 40 percent pension surpluses in Bonga buses and tractors.

And the SPLM? You know it has signed Arusha Reunification agreement and is following up in Dar El Salam, Abuja, Pretoria and Addis Ababa. It has unfrozen bank accounts of Pagan and group on second hand and Riek and group on the third hand.

Peace has to come at all cost to avoid total collapse. All criminal charges are forgiven. Come home, SPLM and reunite!

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit the material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


Those Who Learn Not from History are Doomed to Repeat it: We Must Learn from our Troubled History.

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —-  The government has reportedly retaken the town of Melut, about one-hour drive away from the oilfields of Paloch in northern Upper Nile state. The rebels had captured the town on Tuesday evening, 19 May 2015. Since the eruption of the civil war on 15 December 2013, this is the closest rebels have come to disrupting the oil supply and deny Juba oil revenues.

Had the rebels succeeded, the resultant reverberations would have haunted South Sudan for decades to come, akin to the self-immolation of Somalia after the departure of President Siad Barre in January 1991.

So what transpired in the city of Malakal, leading to the defection of Johnson Olony? For those who have been following the news since or even prior to 2005 when the war ended, there have always been disputes pitting the Shilluk and Ngok Dinka communities over the ownership of Malakal town.

It is this land dispute that gave birth to militia leader Johnson Olony. It is also this land dispute that led to the killing of Olony’s deputy, James Bwogo in April 2015, by armed Padang Dinka youth. Malakal has not been the same since the death of Bwogo. The subsequent heightened tension and mutual suspicion resulted in the killing of the bodyguards of Governor Simon Kun Puoch.

The escalation of fighting between the bodyguards and Olony’s soldiers culminated in the defection of Olony on Friday, 15 May 2015, in spite of many spirited attempts by the government to patch up frayed military relations between Olony and the state government, which included efforts to persuade Olony to report to Juba.

Apparently, while negotiating with the government, Olony was also surreptitiously coordinating with the rebels on how to strengthen his Agwelek militias. The combined forces of the rebels led by Gabriel Tanginye and Mabor Dhol teamed up with Olony’s men and captured Malakal on Saturday, 16 May 2015—the SPLM/A Day.

And as the government troops tried to reorganize and to retake Malakal, the rebels sneaked out of Malakal and marched towards the Paloch oilfields, taking the towns of Akoka and Melut on Tuesday.

For years to come, whenever Junubeen have sobered up enough to document the history of this ongoing war—and their many other bloody conflicts—many will hotly debate what transpired in Malakal that took the rebels to the brink of capturing the Paloch oilfields, where over 98% of government revenues come from.

More specifically, many questions will focus on how the government could have put so much trust in a former militia leader, Johnson Olony, who became famous for fighting the government. How could such a figure have been entrusted with amphibious tanks, military barges, heavy artillery, and other assortment of armaments?

In other words, how could the government have relied on Johnson Olony to execute its war against the rebels in Malakal? For the military strategists in Bilpam, Juba, the military debacle in Malakal is a shellacking with a teachable moment. It is said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is what happened in Malakal.

President Salva Kiir Mayaardit commenced his leadership in 2005 with a “big tent” philosophy in which every Deng, Gatluak and Lado was paraded as a national hero including the very militias that collaborated with Khartoum against the SPLM/A during the war of liberation. The consequence was the spectacular fallout in December 2013 that our nation is yet to recover from.

After the war erupted in December 2013, instead of relying on SPLA proper, the government decided to curry favor with (and sometimes exclusively rely on) militia leaders such as Johnson Olony in Upper Nile, Mathews Puljang in Unity, David Yau Yau in the GPAA–not just to fight the war, but also to rule certain quarters of the country.

The defection of Johnson Olony almost led to the loss of the entire Upper Nile state. Likewise, if Mathew Puljang and David Yau Yau were to defect today, the entire Unity and Jonglei states would automatically be lost to the rebels. While this might not result in the immediate fall of the government, it would certainly lead to the somalization of South Sudan.

The government has no absolute control over—and no plan B whatsoever in—areas under the militia leaders. The nation is at the mercy of those leaders. Where is the national army?

It is a precarious military situation. Arm the militias at your own risk. Abandon them at your own risk, too: deny them armament and they fall into the waiting arms of the rebels. It is the military dilemma the government of Iraq is confronting in Anbar province where ISIS has recently overrun the city of Ramadi. The local Sunni militias allied to the government in Baghdad are demanding arms to fight ISIS on their own, but the central government dominated by Shia cannot trust their Sunni allies.

And the problem is not entirely due to the unpredictability or the wickedness of these militia leaders. The government has no clue whatsoever on how to manage and control these warlords. Take the military farce in Malakal for example–the deputy of Olony was killed and no appropriate measures were taken until after there was open warfare between Olony and the state government.

Inasmuch as we may castigate Olony for the catastrophe that has befallen our unarmed civilian population in Malakal, we must ask the government if the killers of James Bwogo were arrested and justice was served, since he was killed on patrol mission and not in all-out fighting. Had the government brought the killers to justice, perhaps Olony might have never contemplated defection and the current military fiasco might have been avoided.

We must learn from our troubled history. We must learn from the humiliating debacle of Malakal. This should be a wake-up call for the military strategists in Bilpam, if indeed there are such people in Juba.

PaanLuel Wël, the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers, is a South Sudanese national currently residing in Juba, South Sudan, where he works for one of the International NGOs. He graduated with a double major in Economics and Philosophy from The George Washington University, Washington D.C, USA. He is the author of “Return in Peace (R.I.P) Dr. John Garang and the editor of the speeches of Dr. John Garang, published as “The Genius of Dr. John Garang, Vol. 1 &2“. He is currently working on two books to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Dr. John Garang: Vol. 3 of “The Genius of Dr. John Garang” and “Who Killed Dr. John Garang“, an account of events and circumstances leading to the death of the late SPLM/A leader in July 2005. You can reach him through his email: paanluel2011@gmail.com