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Amer Mayen Dhieu, Australia

You are the most delicate and alarmist National security I have ever witnessed around the globe. Your goals and objectives of defending our national security are vicious to citizens and your vision and mission are fuzzy. You perspicuously show no sign of knowledge about who our national true enemies are nor do you follow the anticipated scope of practice outline in your legal document.

I am still struggling to understand why your annual performance review show no sign of improvement instead, only indicating number of journalists and government critics you have silenced and murdered in cold blood. All your performed duties revolve around shooting of citizens and destruction of their properties.

Were you not edified in regards to professional duties of national security officers before inauguration to your positions at the beginning? You have contemptibly civilised your obligations instead of nationalising them. You are bribes by big personalities to go after their enemies even when those include tracking down run away brides that were strategically arranged to forcefully marry some of your bosses.

Instead of picking on external and internal national threats, you confine yourself to spying for (the) next candidates on the ground who are interested in contesting the post of the president in the next coming election, thus intimidating and obstructing them indirectly using your secret criminal agents and walk freely as if you are not involved in all these illegal executions.

Occasionally, you are made aware of intimidation and coercing of journalists, political analysts and opinion writers day by day. They report menacing of their lives and families on daily basis. You remain sitting motionlessly tossing glasses of beer at Juba Grand Hotel, and still claiming undutiful titles of national security officers. Deliberately you fail our national security system. You absurdly take journalists, political analysts and government critics as your national threat when there are clearly million of threats facing our national security

Illiterately, you are still holding on to the old age realist’s version of security. None of your top officials, not even military intelligence officers (MI) know how security in the contemporary world have shifted its meaning and focus.

Meanwhile, countries in global arena are focusing on environmental security, international security, natural and man-made disasters, diseases and biological weapons; you are far-behind processing your machinery guns.

Speaking of environmental security, villagers are drowning with their livestock in flooded shelters full to the brim with waterborne diseases, a simple discourse you should have made them aware before hands. How much does it cost your ministry to hire meteorologists that can monitor weather and predict flash flood, heavy rainfall, drought, famine, hot temperatures and climate change?

You reckon the impact of all these environmental insecurities is not threat to national security? How about when all cattle, wildlife, and crops died from drought, where will South Sudan government obtain its agricultural income? If all humans population in the affected areas drown in flash flood, where will you get a population that will inherited and develop the country for next upcoming generation?

Talking of human security, you think mass movement of economic immigrants and foreigners is not a threat to South Sudan’s economy, culture, religion and social practice? Are you still chasing girls with short skirts and trousers without knowing where their source of influence comes from? Without clear screening of foreigners’ criminal and health records, these economic immigrants can put our general population on health risks.

Many of these foreigners do not have professional experiences that South Sudan can benefit from. Rather, they come with intention of establishing bad businesses that are insulting to our culture such as prostitution. While others come with incurable diseases like HIV/AIDs. Some, like the so-called Tanzanian doctors, have even establish demonic centres where people go and cast spell on their perceives enemies.

How can our national security service see such things not as a threat to our national security? If you national security officers still think journalists, political analysts and opinion writers are our worse national enemies then think of man-made security. Some of you might live with the tenet that HIV/AIDs was a plague send to Africa by God. Some think Ebola is just a contagious illness that only infects people living across West Africa region. With all of these indirect harmful practices in international space, our national security service is still having her eyelid tightly closed up with fallacious hope that United Nation will continue providing human security to their poor citizens.

In conclusion, you have messed up a lot of things in the country, leaving your heavy work behind undone. You rob South Sudan police forces of their duties. Instead of focusing on your duty to protect our national sovereignty in all aspects of security, you are busy intimidating and harassing the common citizens. If you don’t know what national security stand for, if you don’t know what are the duties of national security, please seek help from your closest allies to provide training for our national security officers.

That way, we shall truly have a national security service to protect our national sovereignty, not just to partake in the politicized terrorization of common citizens.

By Paul Duwar Bak, Kampala

Warrap state universities and colleges students Association in Uganda elect the new chairperson of their Association. the chairperson of the electoral commission Garang Deng Majak declared Emmanuel Majok Akuecbeny as the winner of the election defeating his rival Akook Yai Akook with 148 votes while Akook got 121 votes.

Aluel Ring Thuch was also declared the secretary for finance beating Mary Achol Majak with 135 votes while Achol got 132 votes and Angok Ring Mathiang was declared the secretary General, he came unopposed. However, the chairperson of the electoral commission described the elections as ultimately free and fair.

On the other side the electoral commission secretary Paul Duwar Bak thanked the entire students for cooperating with the commission regulations during elections process , Paul described the elections as credible, free and fair elections which met the international standards of conducting elections.The observers and the agents of all the contestants express their satisfaction with results and described the elections as  free and fair ever regardless of who won and who lose.

the outgoing chairperson Kuol Jok Manyok gave thanks to contestants for accepting the out come of the elections and he therefore,vowed to supports the  new elected chairperson  with his cabinets. He  described the Association as the center of preaching unity and peaceful co-existence as well as to recognized the dreams of our grand parents,parents and more specially the dream of our leaders to have an educated generations.

The Association was established in 2010 as a platform to unite and address students grievances concerning the academic matters of warrap state students who are studying in various institutions of learning in Uganda.


Posted: October 20, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Tearz Ayuen

By Tearz Ayuen, Nairobi

It seems that we South Sudanese can at times be peculiarly patriotic. When one’s uncle or auntie or in-law is appointed minister by President Kiir, he and his community turn into patriots so fast. They run around with the national flag. They defend the government even when it’s wrong. Like dogs, they sniff the air in an attempt to locate where dissenting voices are coming from.

They even learn how to sing that hymnal national anthem. And during state functions, they crock like frogs as they sing along.

Musicians compose platitudinal songs about the President, songs with which traditional dancers dance to. Other ‘patriots’ pray for the cowboy; not only on Sundays, at church, but also during social communal events.

“Nhiali’ny Aberem ku Ithak ku Jocop, yi awundun col Kiir Mayardit tiit ne jaa ka dhuoom.” (God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, please always protect your servant Kiir Mayardit from satanic forces)

And imagine such a prayer is said in a wedding!

They literally punch, in the nose, those who criticize Kiir and his arrogant, thieving, lying juniors. They expect everyone to swallow everything that comes from Kiir, including urine and spittle. They want everyone to talk sweet of him. Anyone who talks negative of the heavily bearded man is considered unpatriotic and deserves to be fed to the national security human dogs.

In March this year, I went to this new joint opposite Oasis, along the Nile. I sat on a stool at the counter, next to a table of drinking fellows. It was on a blazing Sunday afternoon. The young men were keeping it all grown-up over cold beer – talking about women, girls and so on. At some point, their conversation shifted to politics, particularly on the current crisis. And this old dude – probably in his late 40s or early 50s, parachuted from nowhere and asked what the youth mentioned the president’s name for. This drew my attention.

“You can’t talk about Kiir like that, ya shabab. This is his country. He runs it. He ‘worek’d’ hard to be where he is right now,” the man lectured them. I noticed that he had strong Arabic accent, the kind that looks for letter R in a word. His grammar was good, though. The visibly scared youth remained tight-lipped.

“Say one more time that Kiir has a hand in this crisis and I’ll call SPLA ‘Comondo’ on you right now. Just drink your beer ‘beraha’ and in case you run out of cash, let me know; I could buy you some.” I also saw he had gold-plated teeth, lower and upper canines. He got up, pulled his pants up to the level of navel (Congolese style) and meandered his way to the gents.

Such is a man who, when his auntie or in-law or himself, is kicked out through a presidential decree, quickly turns into a foul-mouthed rebel and begin to run black PR against the president.

Even those who were sucking the nation’s cow dry, in the name of making business before falling out with the administration, have now turned against Kiir. They’re now all over the social media where they launch anti-Kiir textual missiles.

So, what is patriotism measured by in South Sudan? First of all, what’s patriotism? American Philosophy Professor Stephen Nathanson defines patriotism as a ‘special concern for the well-being of the country’ or ‘special affection for one’s own country’.

So, when is one supposed to love South Sudan? Is patriotism measured by the amount of crumbs one picks from under the high tables? Is it by the number of uncles and aunts one has in the cabinet? Or is it by the position one holds in the government?

Famous English writer Julian Barnes in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot, for which he won Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1985, writes: “The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.”

Do we first help President Kiir’s government spifflicate the country through ineptitude, corruption, nepotism, totemism, and then when dismissed, we begin to tell him that he ‘is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously’?
What patriotism is that?

And this goes to the self-made cherubs, the alleged potential saviors of the falling, failing nation – Pagan Amum, Majak de Agoot, John Luk, Dr. Riek, Rebecca Nyandeng and other self-deceiving SPLM-this-and-that seniors.

They now speak of Kiir having built no roads, no schools, no health facilities; they say the cowboy is mismanaging public funds. That he’s further plunging the young nation into political and economic abyss.

Well, when did Salva Kiir turn unintelligent, inept, weak and tyrannical? Obviously after he left them out in the political cold, isn’t it?

Yes President Kiir’s leadership is wanting. He deserves the most severe rebuke there is, but not from any SPLM renegade. Kiir should be criticized and mauled politically by South Sudanese without ‘blemish’ – those who never partook in the looting of the countries riches.

Anyway, we must be the most stupid people on earth. How do we worship the same people who co-engineered the downfall of the baby country? Why are we this cheap?

Tearz © 2014

By Philip Thon Aleu, Bor, Jonglei State

Bentiu, UNMISS Camp

Bentiu, UNMISS Camp

First of all, allow me to define what hurdle means in this context.

Hurdle has other meanings but in this piece I am referring to the problem that one has to deal with before one makes progress.

Having told you what I meant by hurdle, I will now go straight to my argument. I am currently in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state and there is no local community radio, newspaper or TV (If TV would ever make one in this generation…just saying). The absence of any local media mean that for the past one week and some days, I have been relying on radio and other news channels from Juba and facebook posts from my ‘friends’ for updates. I saw Twice East county association on Facebook holding a meeting in Australia. Bor county ‘something’ electing a new leader in Nairobi, Kenya and Warrap state youth ‘something’ electing a youth leader in Kampala, Uganda.

I thought my memory has betrayed me. But after checking my clock and other gadgets, I confirmed that this is 2014. ‘So why are these tribal unions and clan gatherings still making sense?’ I asked myself. Ultimately, I realized I and my other colleagues never won the war but only the battle. And so I decided to challenge these tribal, useless and irrelevant associations or unions or whatever they are called, in this piece.

In 2010, I was given a chance of a leader for Students’ Union at Dr. John Garang de Mabior Memorial University of Science and Technology (DR. JG MUST) in Bor, Jonglei state as a Speaker. Our students’ political party, the Students’ Democratic Union (SDU), campaigned on democracy and non-tribal Southern Sudanese (that was before independence from Sudan) associations at the campus and rewriting of students’ union constitution.

We won by a margin of two votes. As a speaker, my core task was to rewrite the constitution and our leader, Mabior Philip Mach, gave me unwavering support. The students’ representatives accepted my leadership and we came up with a historical constitution. “No state, regional or tribal associations will operate at DR. JG MUST. Only professional unions, entertainment clubs or any other body with at least three-quarters from all regions of Southern Sudan will legally operate in the campus.”

That constitution was passed by the general students’ assembly after a fierce debate and all the Equatoria, Upper Nile or Bar El Ghazal regions associations plus counties gatherings ceased by August 2010. After the students’ meeting where the constitution got a majority blessing, I was approached by a member of Bor county committee and he asked me why I supported the dismissal of counties association when Bor was one. I told him that is what I believe is good for Southern Sudan. He made a sharp turn and headed to an opposite direction and I think I lost him as a close friend!

In March 2011, students at University of Juba fought amongst themselves on tribal lines. One American journalist was covering that story. And he cleverly linked it to how volatile, and tribally divided, South Sudan is ahead of July 2011 independence declaration. I had then left DR. JG MUST and I was a student in Uganda at Ndejje University but remained intact with DR. JG MUST.

When I read that American reporter’s story, I sent him an email to explain that there is one University in Southern Sudan where tribal or regional gatherings are illegal and hence tribal feuds are out of date. He requested for my company and by May 2011, we met students at DR. JG MUST in Bor. One of my opponents for non-tribal association in 2010 was the students’ leader by then. He proudly explained to the American reporter that DR. JG MUST is free of non-professional unions. I thought I and my SDU members have won but today, I have just realized that there is a long road ahead.

I don’t support these tribal, regional or state associations because they are useless, aimless and lack objectives. For your information (FYI), these associations support stealing of national resources in the name of tribe(s), states or regions for the benefit of few elites and at the expenses of the majority South Sudanese.

These associations are where tribalism breeds and if you want to eliminate malaria, you better first destroy the breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

We need paved (tarmac) roads, schools, and health centers but not those associations if you want your education to have value yaa students and the South Sudanese in Diaspora!

© Philip Thon Aleu, Bor

By Kur Wel Kur

It sends a chill down my spine to hear our brothers want to return as prodigal sons to their masters in the North Sudan. It makes me wanders in unthinkable thoughts because yesterday some of us disposed buckets full of shits in our own land in the hands of our enemies (Arabs in the North Sudan) so we waged a liberation war. In which, we aimed to liberate all Sudanese of African discern, born and living in Sudan.

However, because of religious numbness, some of our brothers sticked with the enemy and they fought us in the name of Allah-Jihad- all sons of Darfur and all Nuba, except sons of Southern Korodufan and some Blue Nile sons fought to choose wives among seventy most beautiful ladies in heaven, only if they (sons) die as jihadists while sons of Hassan al Turabi and Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, enjoyed their studies in either within Khartoum or abroad.

The liberation war consumed over two decades (22 years) because of our short sighted brothers who invested in short term benefits and short term wars; they returned to their filthy vomits; they asked our enemy for anything to do in order to pick scrums of bread for survival. The enemy propelled our brothers to the oil fields where they and General Peter Gadet Yaak, patrolled our oil wells so the enemy would drill our oil in their safe hands! General Gadet owed us our lives lost in the two-decades-war because the government of Khartoum purchased military gears with oil revenues. Apart from the slaying of the most respected and highly valued commander, William Nyuoon Bany (stay tune for a note about him), Gadet has proved himself a lone wolf roaming in and out of South Sudan.

For these reasons, we must absorb the brothers’ rumours of plan B to join the North Sudan if they don’t attain what they want; what’s this they want? This question needs Nuer’s community to answer it! Failure in answering it, will mean more deaths in Nuer’s community. Nuer’s community must understand that they bled and may continue to bleed to quench Riek’s thirst of power. I believe my brothers (Nuers) will disbelieve me but a government may roll down a test of this statement not far from now. If the government calls   for Tabaan Deng Ghai to take the presidency today, and Riek waits for an election; Riek will either remain in the bush or commit suicide! The ailing man has these two options at his disposal, could a government hit his weakest link by choosing someone in his camp as a president. A gain, what’s this Riek wants?   My brother Paul Tethloach Dak on nyamilepedia wrote: “Give sword a chance or compensate the ‘Nuer’ with power in order for a just and lasting peace to rain in South Sudan”; I believe that’s what Nuers especially Riek wants.

The government must capitalise on all fears. Histories recur because of fear, all sorts of fear, known or unknown fears drive the world. When US dismantled USSR, the fear of military competition and the fear of unity from USSR drove their (Americans) tactics; US troops, partying in the backyards of Asia, Europe and Middle East: US planned to sail 60% of her navy ships in Pacific region by 2020; in Darwin, Australia, US stationed 2,500 troops and navy vessels to repel the South east Asia threats. US deployed 116,400 troops in Middle East and Europe; Out of this number, 56,000 soldiers and 15,000 airpersons reside in Germany and the rests in Turkey, Britain and Italy. 47,000 of US troops reside in Japan, 37,000 troops live in South Korea because America fears the two communist countries: China and North Korea and in case of any conflict in Europe (Russia/cold war) and Middle East. And most US embassies in the world own some numbers of Marine Corps. With the same fear, US invests millions of dollars in missile defence in Israel to counteract the Iran’s nuclear threats.

The fears continue, Israel has established the best defence system ( the iron dome) the world has ever known, even US doesn’t come close to Israel when it comes to defending the citizens from terrorists/enemies. Israel has the best surveillance systems and the best missile-defence; they (Israelites) fitted all their domestic and commercial planes with missile deterrent system. The fear of Iran, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon, drives all these systems.

So my reader, having read this far, I am about to hit the core of this article because you deserve to know the truth. And the truth comes down to Upper Nile Region in South Sudan versus Crimea in South Ukraine and North Sudan in the shadows of Iran versus South Sudan in the shadows of Israel. I believe you keep looking over your shoulders for US in this picture; and you have rights to do so but I will let you know how to keep US in this picture without it interfering in a harmful way after I discuss the above mentioned topics. Or give it (US) the drilling of oil and all is fine

Upper Nile Region versus Crimea in South Ukraine

Early this year, the case of Crimea in the Southern Ukraine occupied the world headlines; the 58 or 60 % of Crimea population that belongs to Russia, pushed for secession of Crimea from Ukraine to Russia; However, the referendum failed to validate this notion so the Russian government backed the rebels from Crimea. This made European nations and US to warn Russia and threaten it with the economic sanctions. The case hangs without apparent and viable solution. How does case resembles our current crisis?

To be continued so lookout for part two….

Traffic Lights are Unnecessary Evil in Juba City

Posted: October 19, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Economy, Featured Articles

By Malith Alier, Juba

Malith who lives and works in Juba since 2009 is not sure whether to laugh or cry as a gesture to receiving the good news of the advent of traffic lights or stop light as known in USA.

In late 2007, Malith arrived in Juba for the first time from a western country where technological things like stop light is part and parcel of everyday life of a motorist. The rate of motor accidents is a major hazard that kills nearly as many people as cancer. Both are major killers of people in the developed world.

To reduce the risk of accidents occurring and perhaps lessen the work the traffic police, the city councils continuously device new rules and regulations to control the ever increasing motor vehicles. This is mostly the case in build-up areas like CBD or Central Business District. The CBD is controlled not only by concentration of traffic lights but also by speed limits of as low as 50 kph. The speed limit in school zones are labelled with 40 kph at certain times of the day. The maximum limit on a free way is a hundred (100) kph. What is very important about the speed limits is the adherence by the motorists. None adherence on the other hand attracts penalties in form of pecuniary or cancellation of one’s licence.

The Juba before you was like a ghost town under revival in 2007. The population was rapidly growing exponentially by the world standard. The displaced by war and bunches of foreigners arrived by the hour to see for themselves the capital of the semi-autonomous region of the Sudan. The immediate returned of the displaced signalled eagerness to rebuild their lives in the motherland. No doubt about that in every ones’ mind.

Juba is described as a city of sunshine. The weather is hot throughout the year. The summer temperature is particularly unbearable. Juba is situated on the banks of river Nile. The eastern and western parts of joined by viaduct built around sixties or seventies. It is the lifeline to the western side and up particularly western Equatoria and Bhar el Ghazel states.

South Sudan is a nation of grumblers say observers in the government. The educated and people of interest mostly in towns lead this pack. This may be the opposite of the unsuspecting rural folks who rely on second information most of the time.
Kiir Mayar is the overall leader of the country. They also know about the SPLA and the SPLM. These are the only things known by rustics who are in the majority. They have no hint or whisk about the mammoth corruption. Nothing about dysfunctional street lights often knock down by drunken over speeding motorists. Nothing about durra saga or the 75 wanted officials. This is the reality that will also live with us in the towns for the foreseeable future.

At the speed the country is moving by erecting street traffic lights, we may be sure there is more to come. Our neighbouring countries of Uganda and Kenya are still struggling with two or three stop lights in terms of managing them. Kenya and Uganda have at least stable power supply unlike south Sudan. Uganda supply Kenya with excess power from Jinja. This means that there are numerous questions than we have answers for the project of the city stop lights. The questions may be framed such as: Where is the source of power to run the lights? Does Juba city which is poorly planned need such lights? Will the motorists who are not in a position to interpret the different light colours like red, green and yellow obey the erected stop lights? Have the traffic department made the traffic control centre? Will the traffic control centre manage the many lights erected at a go? Will the stop lights have surveillance cameras to take photos of violators? Will the armed forces who are always flouting traffic rules be turned around?

It is mesmerising how the asphalted kilometres of roads are getting depleted by clogged water in many parts of Juba City. However, no one seems to bother about that. ABMC South Sudan and Thailand, the company that constructed the road stretches is nowhere to undo this damage that is not only an eyesore but also a risk to road users, motor vehicles and pedestrians alike. The roads in the city constructed by the poor engineers won’t serve the motorists for long.

The writer passes the roundabout of University of Juba and saw some interesting observations about the traffic lights. The roundabout is at the intersection of University road and Unity road. The old roundabout is still intact. Nobody made an attempt to modify it to a full functional cross section fully controlled by traffic light. The traffic lights are placed at the invisible corners such that the approaching motorists can’t see until they are within 1 metre of the lights. The lights have four bulbs indicators but only two were functional. The two are just arrows pointing in different directions. Both are on the yellow background. They are powered by flat solar panels measuring about 1 metre by half a metre. This is indeed a modification of the normal traffic lights seen around the globe.

Many people have come to accept the fact that new projects come with new possibilities. This is a trend that may be difficult to circumvent. Many institutions including the City Council would like to make an attempt at it. The traffic lights are a temporary measure which no one will make an effort to maintain just likes the disappearing road sections commandeered by flood water.
The drivers for the Lologo route are still on strike because of bad roads. They parked their vans on the 13th this month until the authorities who are executing new projects come to their senses. The authorities include the Juba City Council (JCC) which busy with new projects and the administration of Rajaf Payam full of self serving officials.

No level of government got policies and priorities right since CPA. Even if they are got right, there is a ghost called corruption in over projects in form of kickbacks. A company cannot get a contract until it does speak the language we speak. This is the dead end of doing business the way it is. The traffic lights under construction will be abandoned like the roads that nobody maintains to date.

President Appoints New Ambassadorial Team

Posted: October 19, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in History

1. Telar Ring Deng….Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs……..appointed Ambassador to Russia.

2. Garang Diing Akuong……The Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment…..appointed Ambassador to the USA.

3. Gen. Alison Manani Magaya………Former Minister for Interior……..appointed Ambassador to the EU.

4. Dr. Michael Milli Hussein…….Former Minister of Education……..appointed Ambassador to China.

5. Emmanuel Lowilla……..Minister in the Office of the President…….appointed Ambassador to Belgium.

6. Beatrice Khamisa Wani………Former Deputy Minister for Telecommunication and Postal Services……..appointed Ambassador to DR Congo.