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By Andrew K Michael, Juba, South Sudan

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

September 2, 2015 (SSB)  —–  At 1654 hours on 26 August 2015, H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan inked an accord signed earlier by Dr. Riek Machar of the SPLM-IO and a former detainees’ representative, Pagan Amum. The signing, which was witnessed by heads of states predominately from East African countries and Sudan, has ushered a new dawn for the people of South Sudan who have borne the brunt of war for the last 20 months.

With this peace agreement, people hiding for the lives in the swampy areas will think of returning to their homes in spite of having been reduced to ashes. With this peace agreement, the people of South Sudan will have a second chance to bring about reforms in their country. With this peace agreement, the people of South Sudan can reconcile and reunite in diversity rather than divided by diversity!

For the first time in 20 months, the national television, SSTV, showed and hosted South Sudanese artists from all corners of the country, depicting diversity of the great nation ruined by war. It was amazing to see those youngsters play because they know peace would once again bring happiness to the people whose livelihoods had been robbed.

Having signed the peace deal, how will the government ensure service delivery to the people? How will it reconcile the people whose thinking, as they were made to believe so during the war, is ashamedly based on ethnicity and regionalization? What frameworks will the government put in place to attain permanent peace?

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Gabriel Pager Ajang, USA

peace for south sudan

peace for south sudan

September 2, 2015 (SSB)  —  President Obama imposes targeted sanctions against Russian Mega Business and it works and works very well, President of Russia, Putin change his behaviors in less than three weeks.  I hope the generals of the SPLA armed forces and oppositions changed their behaviors and immensely take the lives of our people seriously to observe protocol and cessation hostilities issued by President Kiir Mayar and Opposition leader Riek Machar.  I would also hope that all the ambassadors take this message seriously, especially ambassadors in the United States.  Thousands of South Sudanese intellectuals, professors and medical doctors, political analysts, lawmakers, commentators, journalists and general public of the United States will not turn blind eyes to South Sudan problems.

It is time for all South Sudanese to unite and go after individuals who are benefiting from the blood of our people. War had become business, and this business will not spare legacy of President Kiir, if it continues the way majority of Kiir’s supporter want to. If you like president Kiir, than you must work to bring peace, likewise, if you like Riek, you must also work to bring peace because —if there is no peace, the world community and South Sudan will go against these two principal leaders, and you will not be happy. I do not want you to say that “I wish I had endorsed peace.” There is no good way of end war, and it does not matter how it stops. What matter is that the war had to stop.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir signs the IGAD peace deal in Juba, South Sudan, on 26 August 2015

President Kiir signs the IGAD peace deal in Juba, South Sudan, on 26 August 2015

September 1, 2015 (SSB)  —  In part one of this article (title slightly refined) on South Sudan’s written reservations over specific elements in the IGAD-Plus agreement, we have seen that states have a sovereign right to make reservations as they sign or ratify international treaties. The subject treaty here is governed by international law because the case was referred to IGAD by the United Nations Security Council; both being entities that are composed of nation-states.

We have also seen how the IGAD-plus secretariat did not include a prohibition on the right of either party to the agreement to annex a reservation. It is immaterial whether or not that omission was an inadvertent mistake or intentionally made in order to give the parties a leeway, but the fact remains that the agreement allowed a space for reservations to be legally made.

It could also be argued that not both parties to this agreement had the same right to annexing a reservation(s) as the SPLM-IO is a non-state actor, hence, legally speaking, not in possession of that exclusive privilege. That notwithstanding, if it had made its reservations in writing the issue areas or concerns raised by those reservations would have been noted.

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By Mabile James

The Tug of War: Let the tussle it out by themselves but avoid involving our people in their corrupt games.

September 1, 2015 (SSB)  —  I’ve learned that the final peace Agreement inked by President Kiir is just very inconsequential and nonsensical. It’s an Agreement signed under the menaces of sanctions because the prominent top leaders do not want their assets freeze by Mr. Troika, UN and maybe the IGAD.

Well, I believe putting my signature in the document I’m being threatened to ink, is and will never be workable in the long run simply because I find that it’s not through the questions of convenience and politically negotiated settlement.

This point would definitely be realized and understood when we recall to our minds how many Agreements have been signed yet violated, and how long has both President Kiir and Mr. Machar been inconsistent to ink the latest final Agreement. Have they known only in the last minute that the people of South Sudan need Peace?

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Compromise Peace Agreement is signed – what next.

Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir and Riek Machar peace deal: is it a viable peace?

President Kiir and Riek Machar peace deal: is it a viable peace?

August 31, 2015 (SSB)  —  On August 21, 2015 “paanluelwel.com” website published an article by this writer under the title “To be or not to be – South Sudan on the balance” and concluded by stressing that “the future of this country is on the balance, either to be or not to be. This requires consensus, wisdom and courage.”

During the period of over twenty months or so, the people of South Sudan, the government of the Republic of South Sudan and President Salvatore Kiir Mayaardit in particular were all subjected to an unprecedented pressure from the United States of America in particular. As a result the president conjured wisdom, gathered courage and sought consensus and signed the document in front of regional witnesses.

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By Mayak Deng Aruei, USA

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

August 31, 2015 (SSB)  —-  The very moment President Salva Kiir signed the Peace Deal, those who appeared bitter should have taken chill-pills, relaxed and be thoughtful. There are outstanding issues that need citizens’ cooperation, efforts and well structured inputs to make the signed Document fruitful. All must know that signing the peace is one thing, but implementing what the warring factions have agreed upon and undersigned is another. Unlike previous peace Agreements/Amnesties that the Government of South Sudan had entered into with various rebels, the one at hand is very challenging, and will define whether South Sudanese are able to put their differences aside, have the will to live as one people, tribes side by side and live in harmony as God has put them in the LAND of SOUTH SUDAN. As the last weekend of August-2015 scaled down, South Sudanese made crucial contacts: some convened gatherings in East African nations and celebrities attended rally in the United States. Those are good gestures toward settling the senseless war. The peace as its meaning tells us is beneficial to all, and there should be nobody against the peace for the heck of protecting one’s job or position in the Government.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

This is how impunity has stubbornly sat on South Sudanese people.

August 30, 2015 (SSB)  —  Hon. Kuol Bol Ayom popularly known as Adur-hok-noh, takes the initiative to resolve the differences between the youths of the three counties of Greater Bor in Kampala. The event attended by over four hundred youths was held at Millennium Chambers on the 29 08 2015, in Kampala.

The differences started as a result of naming of Bor community students’ association and has taken over three years without a tangible solution. In 2012, when Garang Amol from Duk County was elected as a chairperson for the three counties of Bor, the Association used to be called Bor Youths’ Students Association (BOYSA). It is alleged that Garang Amol with few executives in his cabinet secretly added to the name of the Association adjective Greater. His argument was to give suitable name for the three counties of Duk, Twic East and Bor Counties by adopting the umbrella name as being used by Bor community in South Sudan.

This secret move triggered the withdrawal of Bor County executives from the Association disagreeing that they had not been consulted on issue pertaining the name of the association. Subsequently, series of consultations were organized on whether the word “Greater” was being used anywhere as a rightful over all name for the three counties of Bor community associations.

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