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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

28 states map

Map of 28 states

February 7, 2016, (SSB)  —-  What are 28 states and the federal government?  When the government of South Sudan declared a long awaited SPLM vision of “taking towns to people” on Oct 2, 2015, under leadership of Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the SPLM party did not defined 28 states as what or like what?, just they talked of bringing services closer to people. But it is literally known as a figure of mathematical methodology (28 states).

And in my own understanding, the definition and concept of 28 states in the Republic of South Sudan and federal government have no differences as people were been complaining about federalism since 1947, and they had raised the issue two years back. The 28 states are self-governing states or political entities in one party called SPLM characterized by union of SPLM partially self-governing states or regions under central government in Juba, while federal government is the same coin of the same side as a Latin word, “foedus” mean “covenant” with more understanding federal states.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Governor Agwer Panyang

The newly appointed governor of Jonglei state, Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, with Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk and Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth in Bor, Jonglei state

February 6, 2016 (SSB)  —  Dear Governor Philip Aguer Panyang, I would like to congratulate you on the trust given to you by the President of Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit to appoint you as governor of Jonglei on 24th Dec, 2015 through order No. 36. Additionally, Jonglei people have given you the mandate to implement the infrastructural development projects and security plan you promised to them during your campaigned and therefore, they expect everything possible in your leadership.

I am an ordinary member of Jonglei, writing to you to express my opinion and expectations for your first term’s administration as governor of Jonglei State.  I want to tell you that in Jonglei State you are going to develop a government that will be led by the people, by which I mean a bottom up and down approach in policy formulation, because there are so many things/challenges confronting our people in our state.

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Young generation of South Sudan has to forged tie with Jieng Council of elders for peace to prevail in the country “as blaming is a cousin of failure while dialogued is a brother of Nation Building.”

By Dau Mabil Awer, Brisbane, Australia

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February 6, 2016 (SSB)  —-  I find it difficult to think for an idea that can shift perceptions of my age group to accept my thought. I have this thought in the nearest future, my generation will took share of blamed for something they didn’t realised today they are part of it. Its obvious nobody will be young for forever, today elders were yesterday young and today young will be tomorrow elders it is just a flipping of a coin or simple life-chain circle.

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South Sudan’s Sovereignty at a possible slaughter

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Tonj, South Sudan

RSS coat of ARMS

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.

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is an enormous challenge and disgrace at the same time to create a country in 21st century and have its sovereignty and independence rights of the citizens being abused several times while the system in government keeps watching and hopes that political miracles will be sent from heaven to rescue this nation. Sovereignty is solely based in the land, the laws, and citizens and in personality of the president of the country and the government. An external breach on such subjects immediately can be referred to as an attack of the country’s sovereignty.

Sovereignty by itself means: the state of which a nation makes its own laws and controls its resources without the coercion of other nations. Sovereignty gives the ruler of any nation to have supreme power over all things in his own nation. It is the right of being internally independent from outside and having the right and freedom to protect your nation from any external abuse. This is what it means in the rest of the world accepts in South Sudan where sovereignty is under “no man’s care.”

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

peace for south sudan

peace for south sudan

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  —-  I would like to ask the commission for National Healing, Peace and reconciliation to set an awareness to preach all the communities of South Sudan the importance of peace in the nation. All members should be from all the communities and the government should monitor all groups in whatever they are doing. The awareness should be all level of societies in the country.

The awareness team should be mandated to organized campaigns on domestic violence, tribalism, nepotism, corruption and segregationist people. All these should discourage during peace awareness, people should be encourage loving each other as people in one nation.   It will also endeavour to promote justice and democratic principles, to expand human rights and strengthen non-military means of peace-making.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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famine in RSS

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  —-  The above businessman, we are told, came to fore went he donated a cool one million (SSP 1,000,000) South Sudanese Pounds to the victims of Maridi fuel tank fire late last year when the whole country showed solidarity to those victims or agitators who failed to support the owners/drivers of the overturned fuel tankers near place called Mambe. Whichever the case, it was a tragedy which left some families wiped out.

In the face it, people like Makiir Gai couldn’t stand by and watch fellow countrymen suffer on hospitals beds while they had amassed fortunes in the country. Prior to this tragedy, Makiir Gai has been doing low level philanthropic deeds among the incarcerated folks in various states particularly in his home area of greater Bahr El Ghazel. Some of prisoners he helped freed are grateful for his generous and open hearted deeds which rekindle hope that this country values freedom and liberty.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  — The call is for peace and stability in the country but our neighbours the Murle youths keep on launching deadly attacks on our areas with no any sign of remorse. They conduct themselves like the Boko Haram who gruesomely and brutally attack people in the churches and schools in West Africa. These terrorists have abducted the school girls and made them their wives. This is unislamic and against the Hadith of the prophet.

In the same vein, the Murle are killing the people, looting cattle and abducting the children. They attacked Bukteng and Makak of Ulang County where they, performed a well-coordinated carnage, looted cattle and abducted children. The people of Bor are also complaining of a series of attacks by the Murle. They attacked Pamai, Patuet, Dhorganwel and Powbor villages of Uror County but they were given a bloody nose. They attacked Padoi, Tangyang and Buong villages of Akobo county. They were repulsed with a lightning speed and force.

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By Awut Mayom Agok, Paris, France

Awut Mayom Agok

Awut Mayom Agok, a South Sudanese student in Paris, France

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  The growing inequality in South Sudan have a broad social, political and economic effects by reducing stable demand for services, undermining the inclusiveness and responsiveness by political and economic institutions, limiting access to education, and stunting individual development.  Yet our understanding of how these policies interact with the broader economy is limited.

Unequal growth concentrates wealth in the hands of a tiny slice of consumers who can only spend so much money. In turn, the vast majority of earners are left with nothing for living. Low growth makes everyone poorer than they otherwise might be, including those who own the means of production.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar

Politics is hindering public investment in South Sudan

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  The year 2015 has come and gone with contrasting visions for South Sudan by the warring factions of the SPLM in government and that in the bush.

It was the SPLM in the bush to strike first by creating what it called 21 “federal” states in the country. Realising that the IO move might dent the government and the party support, the IG through the presidential order no: 36/2015 created 28 states to the jubilation of most people who wanted or have waited for such happening for a long time. It is an undeniable fact that majority of people around the country continued to celebrate the creation to date.

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Tonj, South Sudan

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  The creation of 28 states by the president of the Republic in which Tonj state is among them was overwhelmingly received and welcomed with jubilations by almost all South Sudanese people across the country and particularly Tonj citizens. Thousands of citizens have applauded and blessed this historic establishment order, though some voices from individuals who are enemies of good things in South Sudan remained opposed, and are still squandering their energies calling for revocation of this beautiful administrative order. The decree came at time when people of South Sudan need services and towns near to them especially in rural areas.

The IGAD and so called international community have nothing to do with our affairs and must be urged to cease from singing their damn song of revocation of people’s popular demand. This is an administrative change and has no effect on implementation of the peace agreement as many people thought it as a violation of some provisions in the agreement.

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By Jacob Ngong Ngong and Abraham Akoon Deng, Eldoret, Kenya

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Dinka traditional dance in kenya

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  Aweil Community Association (ACA) is an organization that brings the people of Mading Aweil together wherever they are across the globe. Some of the Countries where such association is found include: The United States, Canada, United Kingdoms, Australia, Uganda, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan (Home), among others. In Kenya, this Great Association of Aweil Community is represented by Aweil Youth Association in Kenya (AYAK).

Nationwide, Aweil Community or the people of Northern Bahr el Ghazal are known for being peace loving; and possess a highly dignified trade mark of being speaking the same language of unity. This has historical proof in the Country and beyond, and that is where the Humanitarian Agencies developed a term for Northern Bahr el Ghazal in which it is commonly called “Peace House.”

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By James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  The Auxiliary Bishop Santo Loku Pio (born in 1969) of Juba Archdiocese has been consistent in his stance on faith and reason in the context of South Sudan. We should keep congratulating him for that faithful shepherding of the people of God, especially the downtrodden and the made-to-suffer as Luky Dube used to sing for South Africa. At tough time like the one we are encountering now, the Republic of South Sudan needs nothing less than revolutionary theology even if not a liberation theology similar to that of Latin America.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

28 states map

Map of 28 states

February 4, 2016, (SSB)  —  All parties in world are guided by their rules and regulations. The party principles are to safe guide the rights of individuals and uses of these rights in a correct manner. The history of SPLM since its formation in 1983 was broke out mutinies in barrack of Malual Chat in Bor and later on turned to movement to liberate marginalized people of the Sudan, whereas Southern Sudan want to be independence country.  In short, majority of South Sudanese are not acquainted with SPLM policy although they occupied national offices all over the country! SPLM vision is a song many like to sing but they didn’t’ like it because they did not start it and never finished with. So will the vision reach the grass root levels? The question is lying between us and if you say yes or no, the choice is yours!

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

kiiriek peace deal not viable peace

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

February 3, 2016 (SSB)  —  I begin by expressing my admiration for the effort done by the warring parties to reach an agreement to form the transitional government of national unity within short period to make full implementation of peace agreement and therefore, the issue of 28 states will be discus later. I express my heartfelt appreciation for the contributions made by the former president of Batswana and the current president of Joint Monitor and Evaluation Committee (JMEC) Festus Mogae for his full commitment to persuade the leaders of South Sudan warring parties in-order to bring peace to their country.

I would like to thank the rebel chief negotiator Hon. Taban Deng Gai for his most helpful participation in this juncture to bring peace to the people of South Sudan with the help of his delegation. And most of all, I congratulate the president of Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayaardit, who has given new meaning to the term shuttle diplomacy. This agreement would not have been reached without his incredible persistence and determination. From the outset, he put South Sudan squarely on the side of peace and cleared the path so that both sides could join together reached an agreement and put outside the issue of 28 states to be discus later.

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By Gatluakz Khot, Juba, South Sudan

peace for RSS

February 3, 2016 (SSB)  —  First and foremost, I welcome the adoption by the parties to the agreement of the communiqué of the 55th extraordinary session of the IGAD council of ministers. In spite of the alteration of the initial sequence in the much anticipated execution of the August accord, the step taken to accept it is a crucial break through.

However, varieties of reactions and views regarding the communiqué have drawn my attention, analysis and response. At some points, I agree on the views which are opposed to the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) before the amendment of the constitution which incorporates the agreement. At other points, it is imperative to discern that the communiqué dictates and that it puts on hold the amendment of the constitution pending the disagreement between the two warring parties on the 28 new states.

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By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

salary

salary

February 3, 2016 (SSB)  —-  So  the rebellion cannot be difficult, the rebel leader told a journalist that in Zaire, rebellion was easy, all you needed was only ($10,000) and satellite phone. While this was obviously poetic exaggeration, he went on to explain that in Zaire, everyone was so poor that with these amount you could hire yourself a small army and the satellite phone.

This takes us to the third and financial economic risk factor in civil war and rich natural resources like South Sudan. Because of dependency upon the foreign imports commodities substantially increase the chances to civil war. There has been the several causes where our own brothers, neighbours and international companies have advanced massive amounts of funding to rebel movement in return for resources concession in the event of rebel victory, which will only happens unless by the spirit in the next World not this World.

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“We reached an agreement that we had to move forward with implementation…We will establish the transitional government of national unity and then we’ll engage in dialogue with the government regarding the 28 states…The security for the interim government could be in place by the end of the month,” SPLM-IO deputy spokesman Nyarji Roman said Tuesday by phone from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

This is what Michael Makuei said after JMEC meeting this evening.

“JMEC had its fourth meeting, and in this meeting, the meeting went on very well and in the meeting we discussed the communique which was issued by IGAD and we adopted the communique as it is, as the best option and the way forward and as a roadmap for the implementation of the agreement and the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity. So we have agreed that, yes, within this coming short period we need to work hard and ensure that the security elements from the IO are brought in. That the police of 1,500 for Juba town and the police for the greater Upper Nile of 1,200 are also brought in and the other security forces of 1,410 all should be brought in as soon as possible so that the first Vice President [Riek Machar] comes in and the transitional government of national unity is established. This is what we discussed. This is what we agreed and we also received reports from. Reports from JMCC report from JOC and the report from the SDSR and all these on the progress and also on the NCSC. So, all these reports we receive them and we are satisfied, JMEC is satisfied with the performance with these committees and we gave them the ok to go ahead and continue with the operationalization of the security arrangements.”

 


“Don’t saw the branch you are sitting on” Swedish Proverb

By Wilson Mading Koc, Juba, South Sudan

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Rebecca Nyandeng and Twic East County Commisioner, Dau Akoi, arriving at the celebration site at Panyagoor, 9 July 2012

February 2, 2016 (SSB)  —  Dr John Garang lost his life upon returning from an official visit to Uganda on 30th July, 2005… The Movement was in shock, but nevertheless it forged ahead and nominated Comrade Salva Kiir to replace him on a premise that he would follow the foot-steps of his long time friend and guardian, John Garang.

In fact, Salva had to be enthroned quickly because there were perceived wolves amongst sheep, there were Dr Lam and Dr Riek who were seen as extension of Khartoum’s long hands in the SPLM. On 3rd of August, 2005, Mama Rebecca, Gen Kuol Manyang and Elijah Malok, met as family and resolved leadership to be given to comrade Salva and that they would work closely with him to move the country forward. Gen Kuol would later convey that position of the family in a meeting of leadership council that was convened by Deputy Chairman Salva Kiir.

And so when Comrade Salva introduced the agenda of the meeting, as having lost the chairman of the SPLM and C.IN. C of the SPLA, Kuol interjected and asked Salva to take the seat of the Chairman and was seconded by Daniel Awet Akot. Boom! There it was, Kiir had taken over the driver’s seat.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management

Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

February 1, 2016 (SSB)  —  I am baffled by how big men and the wealthy respond to greetings with less attention; no matter how cordial you may be. When you extend them your hands, they unacceptably give you the tips of the three fingers. In this situation, you are favoured.

Behind the back of their mind is that, they will be asked for money after the pleasantries. This is a new and strange culture which I have observed with keen interest. I agree that the culture of dependency syndrome is unbearable and should not be encouraged to say the least.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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February 1, 2016 (SSB)  —  If you are in this nation and you have not done research before, try and do it right away. Get yourself a copy of South Sudanese newspaper sold at the street of Juba. Go through its pages to find out how many people were described in that particular edition as believable politicians or honest and selfless South Sudanese. You would be surprised to see the number of people that thoughtlessly allowed to be allied with such wonderful qualities even when they are fully aware that by what most people know about their character and evil history, it might even be considered a generous compliment to dress them up in the very opposites of those terms.

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