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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SPLA

Posted: September 19, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary

Leaving other factors constant for the National army to be more ethical because many things needs time to function systematically, I would only write on the “speed” you drive your cars on the streets of Juba.

BY KON Joseph LEEK

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Our dear SPLA gallant forces, we appreciate your roles right from when you started emerging to present. You used to be too protective and defensive as well as being offensive to your enemies if their aim is to destroy us/you.

In the on-going crises we very much appreciate your roles for protecting civilians though there are complains raised by some institutions that you slips a little (those are the organizations who fail to understand what you are going through-they do not see the way we do), we do understand that you are doing your best for a new Nation faced by too many man-made calamities cannot just emerge suddenly like a GOST and become an “Heaven on Earth”.

Besides all these, there is one thing we civilians do not understand from you, the way you drive your cars on the streets of Juba, speed and the overtaking. Your cars’ speed is always too high and overtakes where it is not necessary to overtake and even driving on a wrong lane.

I believe your drivers are professionals, the way they control those speedy cars explains it but what confuse me is why there is a gross disrespect of traffic laws by our brothers, you, the SPLA. That always leaves our mostly women-fearful-and-less-committed-to-laws-traffic police stand aghast with huge failure to give solutions to what the military does on the streets.

Leaving them (traffic) with thousands creative ways of solving civilians and foreigners’ problems. To some extent, we applause their (traffic) roles while admiring and pity their innocence when they are dealing with the SPLA.

Another besides the above is, if it is your(the military) car knocking the civilian’s car, it is you (military) to hasten jump out of your car and begin to threaten us unless you give-in and calm your eyes that had been rubbed and fumed by resentment.

It is not of secret, we know our own SPLA, you are everywhere with us, if it is your car that has knocked ours (civilians) or our car knocking yours (because to you, it means the same), then we just know that Lord God, our/your father has forsaken you at the times you needed him most (that moment).

Since they are “hard nuts to crack”, their persuasion would not help at all though you kneel you would just be flinging yourself down in an unexciting submissive posture of a mere supplicant that would not help because it means nothing to them.

What can only help is to “show a clean pair of heels” because once we are at hand we just know that we have got “a sword of Damocles hanging on our (victim) heads” because few minutes after they are done with you and you got some magical powers to plant your eyes on someone else’ head and you have a view of yourself, believe me you would fail to recognize your own wrecked self.

It is worse when you are a little old or weak that you would be unable to speed away, from there you would be faced with two dangerous situations, each of which is to be dreaded as much as the other; that is between risking running on the road in the cars with your feet or getting yourself arrested by them (the army).

So our dear military brothers, you are making our lives very tough on the streets that if we see your car coming on that break-neck and intimidating speed, we hasten run out of the streets fearing our lives so that one do not end up trapped between the wheels of a military car.

In the past, those times when we were still in the bush (when SPLA was still a rebel), I can vividly remember that when your car comes, civilians would eventually know that they are saved because your cars used to be less speedy and were (earlier SPLA) respecting civilians a lot, something which has a little bit changed now (if that, am I not saddened by your driving).

I don’t know if it was because there were no tarmac roads then, that you want to recover the speed you might have lost in the past or that the military were more discipline in the past than now?

If yours is to scare us, then you do not need to scare us with life-threatening-tools/machines because we know that you are no alien to them (those things that kills) for you know how to carry them but it is important to know that civilians are not akin to that life-style.

You also know well that the military comes out of the civilians and upon retiring from the military; you join the civilians, in that it is better to observe your future relationship with the civilians. Who knows after having retired from the military you would want the civilians to elect you as their president or governor

Also, most of the military mistreating us do not live in the military quarters, they are staying in civilian homes with civilians, it is quiet creepy if you think that the civilian you live at home with is better than the one you meet on the street.

If you have a problem with civilians that drives on the roads then start with the one you are at home with, that is if they have one (car).

We are soon going to join the community of East Africa who are “millets of days” since they gained their independences, those ones who have learned from their mistakes, the coupés, economic depression, rebellion, tribalism among others and now fully stands with all their four legs. They are far much different from us if we are to compare our legs’ steadfastness with them.

Unfortunately, our legs’ steadfastness have been greatly reduced by the already-existing problems that we do not need someone to tell us (because we know them all), these banes that make our legs loss-balance, these horribles that have weaken our National legs due to lack of experience that results to these made-made calamities.

We can be qualified to guide our Nation, stabilize our economy but experience is another thing (for experience is not the same thing as qualification). How do we stand out in the East Africa community? Won’t they always be viewing us as amateurs? They won’t care whether we are 9000 days since we were born, they will only care that we are another Nation like them and so with our speedy military cars, won’t it be a little set back in that community (leaving other factors constant !)

Our military has been driving like this even before 15th Dec 2013; we expect our military to be driving with care on the streets and to only speed in case of emergency such that we also know the different between when they are speeding and when they are not and it will also help us to differentiate when there is emergency and when there is not.

We want our military to also know that military is a profession of which if you are in its uniform, you are not viewed as an individual by the civilians but as a Nation hence if it is a military man in his full uniform intimidating the civilian then we shall view you as a Nation directly mistreating its own citizen.

You do not need to treat us like your enemies; we are friends, real friends. We do not have any beep between us but you want to make us believe what is not true for doing to us what is so unfortunate of you to do to us. We love you guys only that there is nothing we can do to you to show that we really love you and you are as well too busy to realize that we love you.

We want you to be a military if one glance at, you feel agitated to join.

I once went to Bilpam military head quarters to bank from there at Equity bank and made my own observation of the military of how you drive but I really saw the opposite of what you do on the roads of Juba, I guess you do that (slowly drive) to let your seniors see that you are indeed discipline.

Can you please bring that Bilpam-driving style to Juba roads without the orders from your bosses, the generals but from me, a civilian?!

It is not of recent that we saw this (bad driving) from the SPLA, the present has been there right from the start only that we were either too busy to notice or too blind to see and now that we can see/or if times come, I urge you to curve your driving style a little to the moderate one for I know that being busy is never given a leave for you to adjust yourself (you can adjust yourself while busy).

We want you to be our best friends and defenders to respect and love not our worse defenders to fear and despise.

The writer is a South Sudanese journalist living in Juba and can be reached on j.konleek@gmail.com


By Sabbath de Yecouba, forwarded by Wenne Madyt Dengs

Countries learn from each other. I have learnt that foreigners don’t work in another foreign country lest they are citizens of that country too. Dual citizenship for that matter. I was taken aback by it the first time I came to South Sudan. I was not taken aback by the presence of foreigners in South Sudan. I didn’t dispute that.

I disputed the employment of foreigners in leadership positions countrywide. I have been conversant with the situation that I lived in, in the country I grew up in. I was aware of the fact that a foreigner cannot run a business leave alone being employed.

I had struggled to work in Nairobi with an international company called forever living products. My manager ran away with my money up to date. Other South Sudanese who ran businesses ended up having their money stolen by the closest friends they employed to help them out of discrimination. What am I talking about?

While I studied in a foreign country, I didn’t see an occasion where my Kenyan classmate defeated me in my class. I wonder where such foreigners get such expertise that betters them off than us. A friend who is a journalist has written this status on her Facebook wall already. I highlighted earlier in other articles that I wrote that South Sudanese don’t believe in themselves. They think that foreigners are better.

A citizen has several advantages when he works in his own country. A foreigner will work for personal gain. He will be less concerned about the betterment of the foreign country he works in. A citizen will work for money but also endeavors to improve the living standards of his fellow citizens.

This is what South Sudanese have lacked over a couple of years. This should be the right time to make it happen that a wider opportunity is opened for the qualified citizens who toil to earn a living while qualified. Only the citizens of South Sudan will bring development to a broader spectrum.

I personally feel that we have fears as a country. We fear where our oil will be exported because we are a landlocked country. This might have been why foreigners were retained. We fear where we shall get commodities from. Who is benefiting from the imported commodities? South Sudanese aren’t.

They are those foreign countries which did give South Sudanese oppressive hands. They get taxes at the borderline. Their commodities are brought into this country and the food prices hit the roof. Who has benefited and who has been affected?

South Sudanese who live and study in foreign countries pay rent and electricity. They are scared by too high prices of the land and lease. They pay high school fees. All those aforesaid yet they don’t work in such countries or run businesses. Who has benefited there and who has been affected? Honestly, why should we be scared by actions taken in our presence in those countries?

If South Sudanese are chased in those neighboring countries, don’t we have a land to settle them in? Can’t we offer them enough jobs? If at all commodities will not be brought because we have stopped foreigners from working, can’t we cultivate like them?

How could we give into an excuse that there are activities that South Sudanese cannot perform. Where did they get that? I have learnt that most of the foreigners have big businesses. They come and employ their nationals. Take for example Eritreans. In all their hotels and lodges, only Eritreans work for them. Who owns this country now?

Foreign investors are welcomed into a country to invest and help the citizens of that country out of the employment problems. This might have been the reason why they were given such opportunities. But it has become unbecoming.

I have always seen leaflets along the road for traditional doctors who are said to be specialists in treating various diseases. I always take my leaflet. Do you know why? It is because that leaflet I have taken will not be used to cheat one person. I tear it or burn it.

This country was not liberated through witchcraft. It was liberated through the act of God. Such acts should be stopped. All the witch doctors should be deported in soonest time possible. They have a hand in the highest rates of crimes and insecurity. They should leave us in peace.

Foreigners should allow South Sudanese to enjoy their citizenship rights. This is all we are up to. It should be afoot now. Let us not be threatened by what affects our citizens. If so, the foreigners will always believe that they are better when literally they aren’t.

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The writer is a Journalist, an artiste, a poet and an author of four fictional books (Betrayed: For Love, Born to write, mentored by a rebel and The Mysterious Ghost)

What of my Mother?

Posted: September 19, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By Wenne Madyt Dengs (A poet and journalist)

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I am your shield

I am the sole of your shoes

I am the cap that covers your bald head

I am the bed that carries your fatties

You fart and I have never held my nose

You have stopped thinking about my mother

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My mother, my mother, my mother

She cries day to day

She is naked and thin-legged

Toothless and bottomless

She is still wearing CPA-aged underwear

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My mother, my mother, my mother

She has become the residence of all maladies

I am hearing that she lives under the tree

Because you have branded all your built-ups with covetousness wording

That “NO TRESPASSING …!”

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My mother, my mother, my mother

My eyes are dried

They are subjected to objectivity

Presuming to protect

Who is consuming your shares

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Mother, I am still your son though I am at the sun!

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Writer can be reached through: wennemadyt63@gmail.com

Dispatch from Addis Ababa–Documents from Stakeholders

Posted: September 19, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in History

SPLM-A (IO) SNT response 15 Aug

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Response of Political Parties

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Resource,Economic and Finance Mgt Committee [4]

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POSITION OF THE POLITICAL PARTIES ON THE TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT-1

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NATIONAL SECURITY SERVICE REFORM

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NATIONAL ARMY REFORM

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IGAD DRAFT II FRAMEWORK-4-3

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Harmonized Contribution for South Sudan SSR_Five Stakeholders-2

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GRSS SNT response 15 Aug

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FINAL Communique 27 IGAD Summit 25 August

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FEDERAL POLICE SERVICE REFORMS

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CSO Comments on the Single Negotiation Text-3

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14 08 28ProtocolonPrinciples

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14 09 16 Harmonised Negotiation Text


Laws of South Sudan–NGO Bill


By Mapuor Malual Manguen

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When the Minister of Public Service, Labor and Human Resource Development issued circular this week directing Nongovernmental Organizations and private Companies to hire competent South Sudanese nationals in certain positions currently occupied by foreigners, the move sent shock waves in the region and beyond.

As an attempt to bully Government of South Sudan to reverse its new employment policy, foreign media not least in neighboring countries are making their own interpretations. A Kenya base Daily Nation newspaper resorted to sensational coverage and I quote some of its headlines ran in its front page: “Leave now, SPLA tells non-locals”…; “Fears for South Sudan’s future after foreign worker ban”.

It went on to say that “A move by war-torn South Sudan to turf out foreign workers has been met with shock, consternation and dire predictions that the country is being led towards total collapse.” The paper further likened South Sudan’s decision to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s expulsion of Asians in 1970s.

This kind of reporting is what forced me to write this article. It’s disproportionate and does not represent real intent of the Circular issued by Labor Ministry. Moreover, it paints South Sudanese as xenophobic and unfriendly.

Apparently, the Circular did not target any particular country neither did it mention confiscation of foreign businesses in the country. So, why should it be likened with Idi Amin’s ruthless action on Asians? Kolong’s Circular is only meant to create jobs for thousands of South Sudanese who are unemployed despite having attained necessary qualifications. This should not be blown out of proportion because South Sudan government is doing what any responsible government should do to protect rights of its citizens. After all, Kolong’s Circular is widely welcome by South Sudanese.

This Circular is double-edge: first, if implemented, unemployment level will be reduced. Secondly, it will be another milestone towards full control of our internal affairs. Because aliens have penetrated all national sectors, they tend to develop patronage over South Sudan by interfering or influencing its internal policies. This behavior is unacceptable because it is a threat to sovereign rights of this country.

Yes, the literacy level in this country is very low. But it shouldn’t be taken as advantage by foreign companies to continue exporting employment of their compatriots to South Sudan even when the country is producing professional force every year. Until now, thousands of South Sudanese that got their trainings abroad and within the country are jobless.

Last year when Minister of Interior issued similar Circular banning foreign motor cycle (boda boda) riders in South Sudan, the country unfairly received sustained barrage of criticisms and intimation from affected foreign nationals particularly Ugandans. They returned to Uganda and misrepresented the issue as “expulsion.” This almost affected cordial diplomatic relations between Uganda and South Sudan. However, the two governments quickly clarified the issue logically. The order was implemented fully and jobs were created for South Sudanese. Therefore, Mr. Kolong’s Order is no different. It serves the same purpose like bodaboda policy of last year. Implementing authorities should go ahead to effect it.

The author is journalist, blogger and political commentator base in Juba. He can be reached at mapuormanguen85@gmail.com

Press Release from Thiang-Nuer Youth

Posted: September 19, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Press Release

Thiang Nuer Youths support the SPLM/A-IO,  demand the root causes of South Sudan’s current armed conflict to be address first.

This is to inform the media houses and the International right bodies that the Arms which are now in the hands of warriors Nuer Youth or White Army came as result of those more than 20,000 civilians’ carnage in South Sudan by Salva Kiir’s militias. And defend against the obvious possible extensions to Nuer residential remote areas like Greater Akobo, Nasir, Bentiu and Fangak. Yes there are some hundreds Nuer Youth—White Army child soldiers members but from 17 years of age and above who are currently fighting alongside the SPLM/A—Resistance Movement.

However, the notion that those members who are defending and fighting for their people (South Sudanese) rights, should be exempt from services; would be a premature thinking. The first thing to note here, in the first place should revolve around the basic reason as to why these young patriotic warriors decided to wage a just war. They are there to halted well-planned annihilation against their ethnic group and now decided to find a final solution to a neocolonial by a clique mistreating all South Sudanese people. Read letters written by Puk Goar on 14 April 2014, one of those young fighters and understand why these young fighters took up arms. Without the strong resistance exerted by the SPLM/A gallant forces supported by these youths—the White Army against the UPDF, Dootku Beny militia, JEM, SPLA-N and SSLA our people in Greater Upper Nile would have been slaughtered by the UPDF and all foreign allied forces.

Our say on the six round of talk currently underway in Ethiopia: The Thiang Nuer Youths are standing behind and support the SPLM/A under the wise leadership of Dr. Riek Machar on the National programs the Resistance Movement is fighting for. Especially, the demand for basic reforms in all public institutions, federal system of governance and more importantly the need to address the root causes of the conflict before the formation of the so-called Transitional Government of National Unity.

Addressing the root causes of the conflict is what we wanted, before any other thing else. We would want to know why our people in their thousands were killed—more than 20,000 Nuer civilians in Juba. This is what the Association’s leadership; the Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA) stands for. Therefore, on behalf of the Nuer Youth Union and on behalf of Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA) I would like to reiterate one thing: All decided members of the White Army (WAR) particularly those at the age of 17 and above must continue in the WAR services until the killer of those more than 20,000 Naath innocent slaughtered children, women and elderly is finally held responsible and all South Sudanese people are totally freed from the current state of oppression.

Bol Tut

Secretary for Information and Public Relation

Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA)

Email: thianggekayouthfangak67@gmail.com