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By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan


Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

November 27, 2015 (SSB)  —  According to Yoloye (1980), he defines education as weapon for combating ignorance, poverty and disease: as a bridge between confusion and comprehension, As dam for concerning man’s store of civilization, as a rocket for transporting man from a state of intellectual subservience to a state of intellectual sovereignty. Here, I am recalling the anecdote of a proud professor with the shabby boy who was the boat rower and what went wrong eventually.

One day long ago a certain learned professor, theoretically at least, well versed in philosophy, psychology and Mathematics made arrangements with a boatman in the islands to take him across the river in a rowboat. The professor proudly considered himself as educated, rich, and a master of life and a shabby boy was poor who seemed not to have studied much and only a boat rower. As they were going, the proud professor idly wondering how best to pass the time during crossing, thought of showing off his knowledge to the boatman, so he asked the shabby boy few questions before he was drowned.


By Aideed Koryom, Bor, South Sudan

Nhial Majak Nhial

Bor Mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial, addresses IDPs in Nimule – March 2, 2014.

November 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  As of today, I am suspending my campaign against your corrupt practices indefinitely. Whether they are good or bad, my intentions were not to defame you nor was it a character assassination on you as a person but it was the truth about your corrupt activities as the mayor and a politician. I was telling the truth and I will still stand for that and it is up to you to make your statement about the allegations that I have written against you. Then I will get my sources.

As I have said before, in a civilize societies, politicians are not credited for their official duties but their small mistakes are non tolerable. So what ever great things you have done since you became Bor mayor, the only thing that matters and we the public care and what we want to know are bad things. I am a whistleblower that knows every detail of your corrupt activities as Bor mayor Nhial Majak.


By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan

alliance high, Bor

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Education is a wider concept with no single standard definition agreed upon by the scholars and academics. Plato defines education as a process of drawing and guiding children towards the principle which is pronounced right by law and confirmed as a truly right by the experience of the oldest and the most just. In other words, education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, positive attitudes and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research.

However, the most agreed definition of education is that, it is a process of transfer, consumption; accumulation and adoption of skills, knowledge ability and change of attitudes among the individuals or between groups of people. It is both a conscious and unconscious process that aims at creating desirable changes in both individuals and the society in which the inhabitants interact. Education may also include informal transmission of such information from one human being to another. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.


By Peter Gai Manyuon, Kampala, Uganda

SPLM House


November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) is a party that was formed in 1983 where Dr. John Garang became the head of the party after eliminating senior comrades within the movement those days.  Moreover, when the death of Dr. John Garang came accidently in July 2005, President Kiir took the leadership of the party and eventually, the mission and vision of the party became looting of resources, manipulating rule of law, killing professional Journalists in the Country on daily basis, abusing human rights, lack of democratization processes in the country, killing of civilians, harassing, intimidating, raping, torturing, cannibalism, carrying out mass killing and genocide in the Juba city and eliminating any one who objects dictatorial Leadership existence in South Sudan. Killing civilians on 16th, 17th and 18th of December 2013 in Juba was because of belonging to a certain ethnicity. Those are genuine points to dismantle the party for good in South Sudan for civilian’s safety unless those who have psychological disorder might disputes the reality.


By David Lony Majak, Kampala, Uganda

Riiny Thiik

Justice Ambrose Riiny Thiik, chairman of the Jieng council of Elders

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  — Just to residue unapprised majority of South Sudanese celebrating the political failure in the Country. The so called Jieng Council of Elders is the genesis and the downfall of Dinkas’ legacies in the history of South Sudan, the tribal advisory committee. A nation brought to luminosity in the course of blood of mass in the longest war between Southerners and Sudanese the then, it is at this instantaneous centered in the heart of tribal troupe and extremists.

President Kiir and his tribal advisers; has made detrimental achievements to Dinkas by murdering and killing of innocent Nuer civilians and lastly smashed the political roadmap of South Sudanese at the level of international and regional relationships. A country leads by illiterate leader is like unrestricted resting center, it is now true that, SPLM is assumed to be for majority Dinkas who believed in Salva Kiir calling national government Dinka’s government.


Are our Women in South Sudan really empowered?

By Mading Abraham Majur, Kampala, Uganda

Hon Jemma Nunu Kumba

Hon Jemma Nunu Kumba

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  I deplore the absence of women at the negotiating table in the democratic alliance; my condemnation is a concern for all who have a stake in this country and those that want the rights of women to be realized.

In fact the women themselves should explain why they are missing, were the bullied ignored, timid, or are they not interested? We need an explanation. Yes, we should have women at the negotiating table but they should not be mere static.


How would Majak be a leader if he has no vision and no principle that he believe and stand for?

 By Aideed Koryom, Bor, South Sudan

Majak Agot Atem

Majak Agot Atem, former longtime adjutant to Commander Salva Kiir Mayaardit during the war of liberation

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Majak 44 minutes speech to the greater Bor USA youth, seem like old days when we were jesh amer in Ethiopia and Sudan displaced camps. Majak doesn’t know that these groups are educated, intelligent and understand the world politic better than before.

Why did majak and his group address the power sharing in the upper Nile region only and left the powers of the JMEC clause out? The most lethal clause in this compromise is the JMEC and security arrangement clause and he, Majak does not understand them. Majak and his group sold the hard earned sovereignty of south Sudan away and want to be the next leader.


By Sunday de John, Nairobi, Kenya


President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, first president of the republic of South Sudan

November 24, 2015 (SSB) — When the peace agreement for the resolution of conflict in South Sudan was brokered by Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a number of issues were tabled, discussed and agreed upon even without adequate consent from the government.

The signed Peace Agreement came as a consequence of unwarranted compromise. It wasn’t a demand so tangible so that rebels could claim the superiority on the negotiation table.

It was accepted as a result of feasibility and the fact that the sufferers of the war aren’t the wealthy rebels but innocent South Sudanese who have suffered unmatched damages either mentally, socially or physically following a destructible war fought in the last 35 months.


“Never ever give up in life, fight forward don´t give up’’

By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

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

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

November 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  Politics is defined as activities associated with governance of a country or area. From etymological enquiry, the word politics derives from the Greek word ‘politikos’, which means ‘of, for, or relating to citizens.’ Thus, Wikipedia defines politics as ‘an art or science of influencing other people on a civic or individual level.

More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance.’ Politics, therefore, is about the people-exercising power or influence in such a way that there is equitable allocation and management of limited resources, opportunities, and privileges for the happiness, peace, security, good health, and general prosperity of the people.


By Mok Dei Gual, Kampala Uganda

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Minister John Luk at press conference in Juba, 7 April 2011

November 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  Before I start to put my comment on what the people used to talks about daily that, the former Minister of Justice John Luk is the one who formulated Transitional Constitution which killed civilians in the country.

First of all, I want to let most people know that, the current constitution we have, permitted students to have rights to critics any politician in the country. Students have rights to direct all politicians by criticizing them and that is an evidence, the Juba University students used to debates politically.

From today on ward, I want to defend the former Minister of Justice John Luk for false accusations which the people of South Sudan started accusing of him. John Luk is the peace lover person who always want the people of South Sudan to remain peaceful and he does not instigate violence since he joined politics in the country.


Living in the Shadows of Darkness: The Invasion and Annexation of Anyuak Land of Akobo by the Nuer Community

By Peter Okello, Nairobi – Kenya

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

November 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  From the onset of the “so called” NUERS, coming into the blessed land of “Anyuak” – in particular AKOBO in earlier 1930s, nothing good had been prevailing. The policy of tricking our people, which they claimed to be peaceful migration into the interior of AKOBO, the claim that “their land is dry and no grass for their cattle is the deadliest agreement if not the least outrageous reasons that our ancestors granted to these “inhumane culprits”. The Akobo elites and historians perfectly knows the evolution of “pathetic Nuers” into the land of Akobo.

I am not interested to narrate the chronology of the Nuers exodus into our land but for the record, allow me to give you a glimpse of the darkest days of our people. During the Anyanya I civil war, most of our peoples’ villages in Akobo town were brutally burned down, massive killing of our innocent civilians by the then Government of Sudan, claiming that the Ciro Anyuak members were collaborating with the Anyanya I regimes.


By Arol Dut Jok Dau, Juba, South Sudan

...the late Luol Chol...valiant revolutionary singer of Koriom Division...with Garang'e Mabior in the background under under the tree...with Kuol Majak standing guard

The late Luol Chol, a revolutionary singer of Koryom Division, with John Garang in the background sitting under the tree…with Cde. Kuol Majak standing guard

November 21, 2015 (SSB)  —-  South Sudan’s youth in this context must be understood from the perspective of what contributions they can make for their country’s national building. Puzzling as such, is the fact that the youths’ instrumental role in this country has lost its meaning. As a matter of reality, there is no hesitation to pose a question on when shall the South Sudanese’s youths bear out the hope this nation has in them for its building whether it could be the case today or in future?


South Sudan needs to restore peace and stability among the communities; we are tired of war. Enough is enough.

Mading Abraham Majur, Kampala, Uganda

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VP James Wani Igga greeting Pagan Amum in New York

November 17, 2015 (SSB)  —  On 15th. Dec. 2013 thousands of South Sudanese losses their life in Juba fighting, Despite the ruthlessness of the regime, different  rebel groups have been formed and battling government, recruiting young boys in violent acts against the government that have seen a big number of South Sudanese loose lives at the expense of other people’s selfish interests. For instance of David Yau Yau, the chief administrator of Pibor and Johnson Oliny, who was been recruiting children under age of 13-14 years old.


By Mading Abraham Majur, Kampala, Uganda

November 17, 2015 (SSB)  —-  A unique nature of political system in which the rivalries and struggle of power and willful mow rather that unfriendly institution, ideologies, municipal policies or class interests are fundamental in determining political. It is monopolistic politics as against pluralistic or dual politics.

It is the politics of big men who are substantial distance from the ordinary citizens of South Sudan politics of no accountability, transparency and responsibilities other practices in personal government are conspiracy factional politics and corruption purges.


By David Lony Majak, Kampala, Uganda

kiir musevo

SOLIDARITY: Museveni and Salva Kiir are close friends.

November 17, 2015 (SSB)  —  It is not a surprise that President Salva Kiir has appointed his SPLM secretaries based on clannish-line up. Following the rendezvous of Dinka SPLM-Juba representatives is in a simplest terms regarded as tribal, clansim and sectional satisfaction under the leadership of President Kiir. Kiir dishonored SPLM-Aursha agreement to reunite SPLM because of erroneous advice imposed on him by President of Uganda and Jieng Council of Elders as he personally feels guilty not to disregard their negative advices.


A Response to Machiek Nhial‘s opinion article entitled: “Yirol Land should not be used as a scapegoat in the Gubernatorial Race for Eastern Lakes State.”

By Nelson Makoi, Kampala, Uganda   

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir on 2 October 2015

On the November 11, Machiek Nhial Makeny wrote an article published by the South Sudanese bloggers known as Paanluel Wel. When I took my little time at night to pass through his writing, I found something which was not true and that need correction in his opinions writing and given the fact that Mr. Machiek lives in Kenya and he is a bit far away from Juba where politics of the newly created 28 states are discussed.


By Malek Cook-Dwach, Kampala – Uganda


May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”― Albert Einstein

November 17, 2015 (SSB)  —  In the paradox of human evolution we learnt to love one another in the family relations or friendship and hate one another in pretext of antagonism which is necessitated by worldly material needs.

The political environment and family set-up in which we are exposed influence and constitute the formation of our mental compositions and determine the texture in which one is being positive or negative toward other.


By Atem’sijin, Juba, South Sudan

Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, Spokesperson for the South Sudan national army, the SPLA

Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, Spokesperson for the South Sudan national army, the SPLA

November 16, 2015 (SSB)  —  I have been reading through the amoral views of both sympathizers and those who oppose Hon. Deng Dau; some Twic East individuals have failed to notice the waning tune of the 28 states’ music.

If you compare the mood immediately one day after the presidential decree and now there is a serious worry on whether the decree will hold up to its expectations or not. Let’s not forget that many things were said only to be reversed later, whether because of pressure or lack of consultation it doesn’t matter.

In dinka culture we don’t buy clothes, basins, oils, and sweaters for unborn babies. Just because we may not know the fate of the unborn baby; I thought my Jieng brothers and sisters would have learnt from that culture.


Uganda Defense People Forces Have Entirely Left Bor, Why Still Keep UN Forces and Its Partners Again?

By Manyang Duany Jok, Bor, South Sudan

Ugandan troops (UPDF) storm #SouthSudan Capital; #Juba streets, armed with brooms, clean Juba streets. The excericise is part of the UPDF army week.

Ugandan troops (UPDF) storm #SouthSudan Capital; #Juba streets, armed with brooms, spades….to clean Juba streets. The excericise is part of the UPDF army week.

November 13, 2015 (SSB) — It had been among negotiated security arrangement items of the IGAD Plus Proposed Peace Agreement that presence of Uganda People Defense Force (UPDF), the South Sudan government stronger ally in a fight against rebel forces–was an obstacle to peace agreement in the country–an only excuse left for Mr. Riek Machar by then to please himself after a defeat in most key towns of Greater Upper Nile (Bor, Malakal and Beniu);

While in a real sense, the South Sudan government failed to address, pro-rebel UN forces and its agents, the overt engineers of the country conflicts—as indicated in their construction of UNMISS Protection camps in greater Upper Nile and Juba, which latter served as a safe haven for rebels and their families, before no sign of Riek’s rebellion forecasted; this was to encourage Dr. Riek’s rebels, the implementers of UN’s coup to create another 1991 in Dec, 2013 , which they surely did to affect innocent citizens in Bor, Malakal, and Unity.


By Elbow Chuol

The 19th century Lou Nuer Prophet, Ngundeng Bong

The 19th century Lou Nuer Prophet, Ngundeng Bong

November 13, 2015 (SSB)  —  Let’s test the possibility of Ngundeng predictions against the recently signed IGAD’s Compromised Peace Agreement. For the international readers who may not be familiar with the title, have funs.

Some people would need a miracle to believe whether this imposed peace agreement is not here to materialize. Evidences produced by the recent IGAD peace progress is self-indication that peace is coming back home to people of South Sudan. It would take a well trained scientist to visit a laboratory to elaborate the system in which this development all came about considering months of poor experiments from the world’s most influential figures trying to resolves south Sudanese worse civil war. Or else a student of political Science would need to revise the notes years ago stored in the library to evaluate the possibilities for this compromised peace agreement not to be successful.