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By Michael Mabior Mading, Juba

March 4, 2015 (SSB) — Why hatred? When I read some articles from my dear opinion writers, I failed some time to understand their point of argument.

Some writers keep exchanging unnecessary words against one another trying to justify that, during the war we from our community were the brave, and so tribes were the coward.

If I may ask those writers, can anyone be able to tell me their whereabouts during the war? Were they in which front-line? I am 100% sure that, some of those writers were not even there during the war, some did not even contributed 1% to the liberation of this nation, but preventing on this website to be the one who had contributed a lot more than the rest or his community more more than the other.

To me, these are baseless argument which will not bear fruit to you and your community, instead, it will build up more hatred and the end result will be disintegration of South Sudanese communities among the nations. And if that happened, what will be your benefit, especially you those who like preaching hatred on the website?

What will you guys gain out of those selfish words? And if one tribe left in this country to own it and everything’s in it, will that tribe enjoy it? I do not think.

This country is good because of it diversity, because of it tribes, I do not think whether any of the tribe can live and enjoy this large land without others tribes. Even though you and your greedy tribes are left to rule and own this land, still there will be some areas you will not be able to enjoy its fruits. You will not enjoy the goodness of this nation even.

You guys need to know important of having your brothers, sisters, father and the mothers, without them, you alone will not enjoy your life in the world.

Let us stop hatred and start living with one another, because still even though you are given this country to own it, you will still do nothing on it and with it.

Dear writers, let us come back to our normal senses, I know some of you might have been in one way or other traumatized with hatred, but still there is time to reverse our hatred before it totally get out of control.

What I know, if not all, some of us contributed to the liberation of our land, so let not politicians with their selfish gain divide us for their own benefit or interests.

If you are able to see and judge the current situation, you may regret, if you contributed to it in one way or other. Just see now, who is suffering in this crisis? It is not these innocent people, and the politician to whom we trust to follow them with their useless ideologies, are they one enjoying abroad with abroad with their families, while the common citizens are left to die in the remote villages.

Dear brothers and sisters of our land, 10 of our innocent people are dying every single hour across the country as a result of this senseless war, some have no food to eat, some have no houses to sleep, some have no water to drink and we are enjoying our big stomach or belly with fried chickens, meat and fish while the innocent people stayed for more than a week without food

I know one day one time, the same people who are enemies to one another, will be the first people to site in one office and eat on one table.

But the common citizens will remain with bitterness and hatred because of the cause of what I called war of struggle to loot public resources, decent houses, luxury cars, and investment in big stomach or belly.

Shame to them, who wanted to fore-long this senseless war

 Shame to them, who continues to preach hatred on the website,

Shame to them who wanted to benefit from innocent people blood

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By Mayol Aleng Reng- Panyagor, South Sudan

March 4, 2015 (SSB) —  For more than a year now, the government and opposition forces in South Sudan have been locked in a destructive political and military crisis. Diplomatic efforts have thus far failed to secure a lasting ceasefire – let alone lay the groundwork for a negotiated political settlement. As a result, the volatile security situation in the Horn of Africa as a whole has only worsened.

Indeed, the crisis has added a new dimension to existing tensions in the region – between Uganda and Sudan on one hand, and Ethiopia and Eritrea, every day the crisis continues additional pressure is placed on these states that have, for some time now, been locked in a distrustful and suspicious relationship to support one side or the other.

The longer the conflict drags on, the more the possibility of fixing South Sudan fades, and the higher the risk of greater regional competition.

It is unlikely that Sudan can withstand the temptation of settling old scores

There are obvious tensions between Sudan and Uganda – which no longer share a land border, and are respectively South Sudan’s oldest enemy and closest ally. Uganda has security-related, political and economic interests, which prompted it to intervene militarily in South Sudan in support of the government.

Historically, Uganda provided substantial support to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) during its armed struggle against Sudan, which reciprocated by giving support to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Uganda also sought to protect its lucrative bilateral relationship with South Sudan since it had recently become a major trading partner, to the detriment of Sudan’s geopolitical and economic interests.

It also aimed to protect the thousands of Ugandans working and operating businesses in South Sudan. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni assiduously cultivated close personal ties with South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir. The scenario most feared by Uganda is an outright victory by the opposition forces. This would lead to Kiir’s removal from power, which would be a strategic setback to Uganda and erode its capacity to influence future developments in South Sudan.

The proximity of Ugandan forces to the oil fields in the Unity and Upper Nile states caused great anxiety in Sudan regarding Uganda’s intentions. Sudan was deeply concerned by the possibility that the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of armed groups opposed to Sudan, might receive a significant number of weapons from Uganda.

Ethiopia feels the crisis must be stopped before it explodes beyond repair

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir’s visit to South Sudan in early January 2014 was supposed to symbolise his support for Kiir’s government against Machar – who for so many years had been Sudan’s key ally. Yet, there are real concerns that Sudan might already have reverted to its longstanding tactic of supporting the opposition forces, which are on the lookout for foreign sponsors and conduits for military support in the region.

The South Sudanese crisis has enabled Sudan to present itself to the international community as a force for stability. Yet, it is unlikely that Sudan can withstand the temptation of settling old scores with the greatly weakened South Sudan. A protracted civil war in South Sudan would be beneficial to Sudan’s interests in the short to medium term, as it would prevent the emergence of a stronger and oil-rich state allied to Uganda – thereby allowing Sudan to re-establish its influence over South Sudanese politics.

The tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea are far more obvious. Since 1998, these states have been involved in a bitter and undisguised ‘long game’ of undermining each other’s security, building opportunistic alliances and fighting cross-border proxy wars. Ethiopia has consistently avoided direct involvement in the South Sudanese crisis because of wider geopolitical, diplomatic and security considerations. The state believes that unilateral and partisan military intervention is counter-productive, and would only exacerbate the existing fault-lines in South Sudan.

It has thus strongly asked Uganda to pull out its troops, even if they had entered South Sudan at that government’s request. Ethiopia believes that Uganda’s military intervention has created harmful regional dynamics, endangering the mediation efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), of which Uganda is a member. Ethiopia sought instead to play a balanced but highly visible role in these mediation efforts.

The crisis may have presented a political opportunity for Ethiopia to play such a role and to prove itself as a reliable partner of the international community. Yet, the state has a very high stake in this crisis.

Firstly, the crisis has provoked an influx of large numbers of refugees into Ethiopia. It is currently struggling to accommodate the more than 100 000 South Sudanese.

Eritrea may have risked reaching out to South Sudanese opposition forces in support of Sudan

Secondly, Ethiopia feels that the crisis must be stopped before it becomes an ethnic conflict beyond repair, which would complicate and even sharpen the political divide between the Nuer and Anuak ethnic groups that live in Ethiopia’s Gambella region. This border region, where a Nuer president was appointed in April 2013, has experienced persistent struggles for power between these two ethnic groups.

Thirdly, deteriorating security on Ethiopia’s long, porous and politically explosive border with both Sudan and South Sudan poses a direct threat to Ethiopia. More than any other state in the region, Ethiopia seeks to prevent at all costs the total collapse of the South Sudanese government and a prolonged civil war. This could in turn lead to the marginal areas of South Sudan being used by Eritrea to infiltrate Ethiopian rebel groups and conduct destabilising activities inside Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is also very concerned that a South Sudan-style crisis could materialise in Sudan and ultimately lead to a full-fledged war between the two states. It has more than 4 000 troops in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which was deployed to prevent a border war between Sudan and South Sudan. Ethiopia is also actively involved in efforts by the African Union to broker peace talks between South Sudan and Sudan; as well as between Sudan and the SPLM-North, which is part of the SRF.

Since February 2014, unconfirmed reports suggest that Eritrean operatives are covertly providing support to South Sudanese opposition forces. This would be deeply unsettling to Ethiopia, which sees Eritrea as the principal source of instability in the Horn of Africa for as long as President Isaias Afewerki remains in power.

Such support will probably never be fully corroborated, since it is as secretive as it is sensitive. The disclosure of its true extent would not only threaten its effectiveness, but risk major embarrassment to Eritrea – which vigorously denied these reports.

Yet, considerably isolated from Horn of Africa politics and diplomacy, Eritrea is visibly not enthusiastic about the mediation undertaken by IGAD. Eritrea views IGAD as a tool of Ethiopia’s ever-increasing military and economic predominance in the region. Controlling extensive clandestine networks, Eritrea may thus have risked reaching out to the South Sudanese opposition forces in support of Sudan’s interests – and in the hope that fragmentation or a government change could later on cause a spill-over of the violence into Ethiopia.

This would be the simplest and cheapest way to keep Ethiopia entrapped in South Sudan’s unrest for many years, as armed factions seek passage through Ethiopia to conduct military operations. As a result, Ethiopia would eventually lose the political capital that it so carefully expended in the hopelessly uncertain course of mediating the crisis.

Eritrea’s priority would be to strategically use resulting dynamics to lift its shakier regional position, and improve its own political vulnerability and economic difficulties. It is also of great importance for Eritrea to solidify its renewed strategic relationship with Sudan. Both Eritrea and Sudan had officially proclaimed their political support for the South Sudanese government during Al-Bashir’s official three-day visit to Eritrea in late January 2014.

However, this visit did nothing to allay the apprehension of their strongest rivals – Uganda and Ethiopia. On the contrary, it essentially confirmed their mutual interest of curbing the greater role that Uganda and Ethiopia play in South Sudan.

All this seems unlikely to Western analysts and diplomats, who hastily argue that the fear of a Sudan-Eritrea ‘axis of evil’ is misplaced; that there is no compelling evidence to date of Eritrean misdemeanours; and that Eritrea is currently weakened to the extent that it can no longer compete in any way with Ethiopia in South Sudan.

Nonetheless, it fits perfectly into Eritrea’s interests to ensure that the South Sudanese crisis would produce losses for Ethiopia and minimise its broader regional influence – especially owing to disagreements with Uganda and Sudan.

The writer, Mayol Aleng Reng, is an aid worker in Jonglei State, South Sudan. He can be reached at his email address: mayolalengreng@rocketmail.com/mayolaleng@gmail.com

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By Mamer Deng Jur, Australia

Dear David Aoloch Bion,

March 4, 2015 (SSB) —  We are not those people Mr. Ayuel Madut Chan was lecturing out to online community as if he was addressing a successful nation. So please! Please! In the name of Bor Community, do us a favor, stand up and explain, to Mr. Chan and online community to understand that, we are not those people he labeled as:

1. Thugs (Criminals)
2. Cowards
3. Unintelligent
4. Unfair (lack justice)

Seriously, David your article about credentials was weak in thoughts and analogy, and proved that your intention was faked, but not real.

Beside, David you have made a very bad mistake, by calling Bhar el -Ghazal community, where our president,Salva Kiir Mayardit hailed as ‘loose and lawless’ without explaining it in 3D (dimensions). Why you gave them names. And what did you meant by ‘loose and lawless (half lawless), anyway? Reminder, the readers on this beautiful website are not judges to interpret what you meant by ‘loose and lawless’.

Ironically, you have also failed hard to mention and explain what were Kiir failures, rather than just boring people with a number of insufficient achievements that lack accuracy and logic analysis, which were in my opinion in other ways, mocking a son of Bhar el-Ghazal community and their son Salva Kiir.

I would not be that sorry for this intelligent person (Mr. Chan) to refer you as hypocrite and Lucifer, because you are a coward writer who failed seriously to balance the argument, and not expressing your intention firmly and wisely, rather than hiding your real intentions. I think, if you had explained yourself clearly.

I think, Mr. Chan would have never stood and replied your article, challenging Bor’s people moral values, intelligence, and questioning their fairness! But because of your writings, we are now in this position to defend our ground firmly as if we were tosa dogs kept to fight. Giving a logic and sufficient explained argument is always the way forward.

Before I retire, I would like you to know that you have given away unavailable position to Mr. Chan in order stab every sons and daughter of Bor community in one way or another because your weak writing had failed you to explain yourself clearly.
How I wish you would have explain what you meant by referring Bhar el – Ghazal community as ‘loose and lawless’ or half lawless.

My advice to anyone who have had read Mr. Chan’s article. Bor’s people are not those he has mentioned in his article, which is full of taunting remarks. For clarity, we are not thugs, cowards, unintelligent, and unfair. Whether we are in Australia, America, Canada, and even in South Sudan. Our respect for laws is in our blood;it doesn’t need to be in written form. Our moral values are our laws.

If a community can show fairness, distribute things fairly and treat everyone fairly and equally, then you are doing what is called humanity and that what the people want. Bor people are blessed with those! A leader is a person who has respect for others and always on the lookout to the needs of the people rather than looting them indirectly.

Being humble is not something that anyone could learn in school, it is born with a person. Humility is one of the best qualities of a leader. Money can buy everything a person wants but cannot buy a good working brain. You want to prove it! I am ready for you.

For now, let worried a lot about our current front-line issues; peace between the government and the rebels; people are sick of seeing blood flowing every year. And the past events of (29 to 30 years ago) are only references to the current events.

They will help and guide us to correct what was done wrongly in the past, not to be repeated today as we talk and write. But they will not solve our current issues, if we look blindly back and talk critically about the past events.

Conclusion

Allow me borrow a quotes of a greater philosopher of all times Albert Einstein. ‘The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits’. Secondly, “everyone is a genius.

But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”.

Therefore do the math.

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


A High Level Church Delegation of Seven Bishops Led by Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Arrives in Eldoret, Kenya

By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Kenya

March 3, 2015 (SSB) —  Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul has, for years, been championing the role of the church in searching for and promotion of peace and unity among people of south Sudan.

In pursuit of that goal, a delegation of seven Bishops of South Sudan led by Archbishop of South Sudan and Sudan is paying visit to Kenya as part of the peace building mechanism in the country.

Archbishop Daniel Deng began his speech by explaining the role of the church in the country during the struggle for independent, especially during the referendum.

“And now we are the part of the team for peace in South Sudan,” said Archbishop Daniel Deng while addressing congregations of Christians of different communities in from Nairobi, Nakuru and Eldoret who have turned up to listen to the Archbishop of South Sudan and the Sudan.

The Archbishop use the occasion to sensitize the congregations about the message of peace and reconciliations among South Sudanese people in Kenya.

Just earlier this year, the Archbishop had been to Lakes state on a mission to bring peace to the people of Lakes state who have suffered through cycle of revenge attacks and cattle raiding.

The Archbishop explains that his mission to Jonglei state was also to “pray for peace and love among different ethnics communities in the state.”

Jonglei state is one of the most affected by the national conflict of December 15th that engulfed the state capital Bor in December 2013 and in the earlier part of 2014. The conflict killed many people and displaced million more from the state.

“We pray there that God can open the heart of people of Jonglei state to live as one and forget and forgive each other for unity and reconciliations that will enhance development in the state,” said Archbishop Deng. “In part of Upper Nile, we preach the message of peace to uproot the seed of hatred and ethnic divisions in the country.”

They church leaders also called upon the South Sudan community that children should be taught well as to know our cultural values and God and to avoid issues of early marriages and violence in the society which takes us back to old days.

The Bishops also urge the congregations to avoid the division of the churches according to the tribal regions, further warning that any group found doing that will be held responsible for the violation.

The people involved will not be allowed to preach the word of God. This decision, said the bishops came out after last year assessment on the issues facing the churches in the Diaspora, especially the struggling over power and divisions according to the regions and tribes.

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By Ayuel Madut Chan, Kenya

Dear readers and viewers of this honourable website, this article is in response to my Brother David Aoloch Bion who termed Dinka Bhar el Ghazal of the Republic of South Sudan as “loose and lawless people”

March 2, 2015 (SSB) —  My dear brother David Aoloch Bion, you are one person I admire his historical articles I read on daily basis but as far as article of today is concerned, you have touched my nerves as well as people of the region whom you termed as“loose and lawless people.”

For easy link up for our viewers and readers Your article titled “President Salva Kiir is living symbol of 21 year liberation struggle.” My brother, indeed you are a good writer and good articulator of news but hypocrite is a deadly killer and only Lucifer can celebrate his moves and deeds.

“…When Dinka Bor man shot dead two Dinka Bhar el Ghazal youth,the killing almost provoke a dangerous communal fighting between Dinka Bor and Dinka Bhar el Ghazal . All of us know Dinka Bhar el Ghazal are half lawless. But CDR Kiir quelled down the anger”

In as far as agreeing with what you posted today, one statement of your description of Dinka Bhar el Ghazal as “half lawless people” sum up your true identity as hypocrite and indeed worse than Lucifer! Allow me to respond to two words you gave us as our good name. Your little brain thinksof us as “Halflawless” people.

Indeed that Dinka Bor man managed to kill two Dinka Bhar el Ghazal and people of Bhar el Ghazal waited for like a week to see justice done but to no avail. This is because all senior commanding officers were from Bor and took ignorance of the incident forcing the Dinka soldiers from Bhar el Ghazal to think otherwise of getting justice.

CDR Kiir who did not want this to get out of hand intervene and the commanding officer who is Dinka Bor in the headquarter of Ashwa was compelled to arrest the Dinka Bor Second Lieutenant, the culprit and his other three accomplices and they were sent to prison immediately.

Few weeks later they were sneaked out of prison under the help of the same commander from Bor and they were taken to Kakuma Refugee camp and told to come back when things come back to normal. This created tension further and that Dinka Bor commanding officer managed to run away too.

Is that justice brother? Will you call people who wait patiently for justice to be half lawless? Dinka Bor are good people and one rotten fish among their much stock of fishes can’t let them be called bad people to avoid being bias to innocent ones among them.

Thank God Salva Kiir is a gifted leader not only to Bhar el Ghazal but South Sudan as a whole because he born a brunt of mistreatment of himself and his people under poor emotional commanding officers from Bor who believed in power and not any other thing in their lives.Injustice after injustice but Kiir continued to control them and they listen to him and that tell the world the description you gave about Dinka Bhar el Ghazal is vague in all its conditions. Devil celebrates death so do you brother Aoloch.

“…In 1996, the enemies of liberation struggle created a myth,” Dinka Bor born to rule and Dinka Bhar el Ghazal born to die in frontline.” …Salva Kiir chided Dinka Bhar el Ghazal leaders who were fanning it meaningless mythology”

In fact it was a true fact and even up to now Dinka Bor are self-claimed born rulers. This was proved throughout the movement when there was rise in the promotion of Bor Dinka in all commanding positions and many sent to Refugee camp and abroad for further studies so that they will be seeds of the future of that mythical belief of born to rule. It is a fact! Who were many in commanding positions? Where were Dinka youth who survived the wrath of Nuer and Beer (Murle)?

They were self-exiled by Dr.Garang because there were enough guards for Garang from Bhar el Ghazal to protect him and defend the movement. Is that not a fact brother? Throughout the movement only Bhar el Ghazal died in masses all over South Sudan and now termed by you as lawless people. You are a hypocrite brother for you never told truth but you packed and smeared good self with lies.

In my simple understanding of your description of us as well known “loose people” means you are saying that we are people who will never be one in all situations. We are so divided to the extent that sandy soil is somehow compact than Dinka Bhar el Ghazal. We are volatile in all conditions.

That is what you meant Brother David Aoloch Bion! Eti! Salva Kiir held us for 21 years and if it wasn’t him all of us would have surrendered to Khartoum like Nuer and Riek Machar. Indeed Kiir is much respected by People of Bhar el Ghazal not because he is their son but true humble leader just like you described dear Aoloch.

Yes, I agree with you that we were majority in number throughout the movement and even up to now because we love good cause for all people brother. Salva was never a rival to Kherubino Kuanyin Bol as you insinuated but he was a humble soldier trained to respect the command of his seniors that include Garang and Kuanyin Bol.

For your information, Kherubino differed with Garang who was his senior because of the way Garang favoured his Bor men against Dinka Bhar el Ghazal, Nuer and Equatorians but Salva took a good decision to be neutral not supporting either of them.

Why? He was trained to obey and implement orders from his seniors but not to take side. We stood with Garang as Bhar el Ghazal people not because he was God but for common cause of all South Sudanese despite minor descending voices of hatred from the likes of you Brother David Aoloch Bion.

But if what you referred us to be what to go by, will Salva Kiir be able to command loose people and be able to be listened to? Will chaotic people be able to respect one man like President Salva Kiir? Will they be calmed down by Salva Kiir as you claimed in various examples in your article? Will Loose people reject their son like when Kherubino Kuanyin Bol who differed with Garang in favour of foreigner like Dr.Garang, the late hero of our Republic?

The answer to all above questions dear brother is “big no” that we are never loose and we will never be loose people as you loosely claimed in your article. We are always one in all good and bad situations like during the years of liberation we back up our late hero Garang with our might and lives in his good cause for now South Sudan. When it comes to national issues like current war and during years of liberation we stood firm and we were never divided or appear irresponsible in any way.

Yes, indeed after being displace from Bor and lost hope of returning to Bor, You people resort to dangerous business of selling weapons to “nyamnyam” the dangerous local militia which fought day and night SPLA soldiers. Did you care of unnecessary daily death cause by your greed for food and money? Did you care that same guns you sell can be turned against you over night?

The answer is in fact is big no but for Bor Dinka it was yes because none of their sons is dying in frontline. You were busy selling weapons to enemies while Dinka Bhar el Ghazal is busy fighting same enemies you supply with ammunition and weapons. What a pathetic life my dear brother!

This forced CDR Bol Madut Bol to voice his concern to Garang but he was turned deaf ears. We never changed we born up with your brunt of being enemies within. CDR Bol Madut mobilized numbers yearly by all force and all means to avail supply from Bhar el Ghazal in particular Dinka but Manyang Juuk just wait for them and send them in frontline to fight same enemies supplied with weapons by Bor weapon dealers. What a life!

Kuol Manyang mobilized nothing but command something from the endless supply of those who were ready to die for common good cause that you are enjoying. Did a jerk in your photo appreciate even a little? So Salva Kiir calmed down sons of Bhar el Ghazal who patiently continued to listen to him without disobeying because they were trained to obey orders and to die for good cause. Will the idiot in your name ever appreciate?

“Mind you, Dinka Bhar El Ghazal are loose and lawless people, if Kiir was not controlling them in 21 year war, they would have destroyed the SPLAM/ago. They would have abandoned SPLM/Aas Riek Machar and his lawless loyalists abandoned SPLM/A and went to Khartoum in 1994.”

That is ridiculous! Mind you brother we will be the last to abandon South Sudan cause for goodies like Abiel Alier, Arok Thon Arok and many ill-mannered individuals within your midst.

One thing you must know is that if it wasn’t Bhar el Ghazal Unity South Sudan would have not been in its current status let truth be told I concur with you brother, John Garang would have not been crowned as South Sudan hero if it wasn’t Bhar el Ghazal behind him? May his soul rest in peace!

Our differences never go beyond our capacity that is why Salva as second man in command to John Garang during those years of liberation and now was listened to in case of any emergent issues among our midst or with others like the one you quote between CDR Kuol Manyang Juuk and CDR Bol Madut Bol.

Please take your regrettable perception of people of Bhar el Ghazal to hell with you for the only person to smile back at you because of this article is may be Lucifer!Make more research for you are may be misinformed about people you gave devilized title as “loose and lawless people.”

If indeed you are giving credit to Salva as true face of South Sudan liberation, there is no where you can describe him and his people as loose and lawless people. If you also claimed to be his supporter as you purport in your articles than you can’t call a hoe an axe but just admit that you are telling people that Salva and his people of Bhar el Ghazal are chaotic, loose and lawless people.

Call a spade a spade brother for no one is born today so that you can deceive and blackmail him or her. Take your ill-advised credits about President Kiir to the dustbin for no one is interested in the way you are selling him. Will Lucifer ever advise God? So do you brother Aoloch, you will never be good credential prescriber of President Salva Kiir of the Republic of South Sudan.

Describing Bhar el Ghazal people as “lawless” persons is short and flaw in all its conditions. Let me tell you that we are never chaotic nor are we not law abiding citizens for God sake. Will lawless people be personal guards to our late hero Garang de Mabior? Will lawless people be able to maintain law and order for Garang the leader of the movement?

Garang’s brothers like Arok Thon Arok, Majier Gai rebelled against him but Bhar el Ghazal people remained with Garang and never joined any lawless disgruntled power seeking individuals. They even rejected their own son Kherubino Kuanyin Bol just because they don’t love chaos or situation of lawlessness. Are you justifying anything here brother describing us as half lawless, loose and lawless people? Why do you hate us that much? What have done to deserve such description from your narrowed brain?

Let me educate you a little bit about the contribution of Bhar el Ghazal people in the making of law even before independent of Sudan as a whole. Did you ever hear about what is popularly known as “Ganun Wathalel or Wathalel laws?” Did this law set precedence in our current laws? Where is Wathalel? Is it not in Bhar el Ghazal?

These Wathalel laws affect the whole Sudan in particular South Sudan. I don’t want to go in details for you are well informed about these laws made in Bhar el Ghazal that ended up affecting the whole nation now South Sudan.

But for the sake of other readers, I will give few examples of these laws called Wathalel laws, it was written within those laws that whoever commits murder through manslaughter that is unintentional killing should pay 31 cows as compensation to the life lost.

If one intentionally killed someone he/she will pay 31 cows and served some years of jailed terms defending on court discretion or disposal. If one impregnated somebody wife or commit adultery he must pay 7 seven cows and token of canes with hard labour as punishment to him.

If one eloped or impregnated someone’s daughter and refused to marry her, he must pay one first pregnant cow to the father of the girl and token of canes with hard labour when a girl is impregnated by him.We are not only historical in terms of contribution in law-making but great law abiding citizens. Please take to the bank of hell your bad name for Dinka Bhar el Ghazal.

Please continue writing your good articles about stories of educating our young ones about their cultures but do not mess up their minds with devilized lies that do not make up any sense at all. Do not make up stories you don’t have justification for them.

I hold no grudge against you but just want you to trace the source of observation and research dear brother. Pretenders are worst enemies of peace!

AYUEL MADUT CHAN, BHAR EL GHAZAL YOUTH CHAIR IN KENYA, CAN BE REACHED THROUGH HIS EMAIL:<ayuelm@yahoo.com>

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


By Bwana Thontat Levite, Canada

Riek Machar and his wife, Angelina Jany Teny, in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir

Riek Machar and his wife, Angelina Jany Teny, in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir

March 2, 2015 (SSB) —  Behold! Hasn’t the rebel chief, Riek Machar been assiduously holding the country and the government hostage since…On the notion that he hails from the Oil-rich state, as commonsense purports, and that he ought to be crowned with the country top most seat, or else his old vice presidency post, without which peace becomes a nightmare, which of course has become, according to the look of things?

If it is so? It is indisputable fact that beneath any South Sudan soils lie oil deposits? There isn’t oil in Abyei, Jonglei, Warrap, Eastern Equatoria (Elemi Triangle), among other states which are yet to be advanced with oil explorations?

Isn’t it crystal clear that the oil productions in the states of Unity and Upper Nile is largely based therein since those oilfields are adjacent and connected to the Sudanese oil pipelines hence easy access to the international markets where the oil resource is direly needed? Whereof, the government considers future diversification of agriculture, oil and other mineral resources productions in other parts of the country when its financial positions are eventually reconciling?

If we always deem to act arrogantly in the pretext that our home states have abundant resources over others, be sure South Sudan won’t be agile enough to realize a tangible socioeconomic and political progress, as it would sharply offset one of the basic principles of our interim constitution and a federal much like system of government;legal and equitable distribution of economic resources despite resources have and have not regions.

Presumably, we have one of the best systems of governments. What is yearned, is to constitutionally formulate,decentralize and micro-scrutinize it in that any alleged thoughts of undemocratic conflagrations can be commonsensically assuage via indispensable democratic processes.

Altogether, democracy is a process and an outcome. In the other essence, this shocking and sudden political quagmire has iced out the concrete themes of jealousy and tribalism that the insurgent leader has had been harboring against our nascent nation; scaring away the investors, among others for him to see the government comes to a crumble, as a result of his economic cut-throat apparatuses that would capacitate him to subvert the democratically elected transitional GRSS.

He wishes he were the South Sudan president? Only can he appreciate the burgeoning, or rather the vibrancy of a young state? That’s a true psychology of a power-hungrier and of a leader by nurture! Jealousy vehemently ordains him for an unquenchable thirst for violence, as one of his implements of addressing his less epochal political grievances despite the fact that it is totally uncalled for in modern democracies, unless otherwise.

What went wrong at first? Where, when and how did hell actually break loose with efficacious political mechanisms of staging of demos, protests, and civil disobedience, if in deed the government has become dysfunctional, as far as the building blocks of absolute democracy are greatly concerned, as illusion by the anti-peace crusaders?

 Perhaps, it brings into play the allegation that the persona had the so called plan-B, alongside the choir of democratic reform agenda. Having said that, the man is a thorn in our flesh? It is with utmost good faith, my countrymen and women; my one and only material advice in store for the South Sudanese power hungrier politicians, is to be at least mindful of our Beloved South Sudan, as well as their personalities.

But if at all you decide to put your personal egos above that of the state of South Sudan and that you got swapped along the way by the forces of interests to betray her, by rebelling against her in the name of democracy you know much not; dare not align yourself with the tribal-based movement spearheaded by the aforementioned individual herein, lest you lose thine political credibility and legibility in the eyes of the South Sudanese general public.

You would have regrettably inherited a despicable political blemish. It is no small matter whatsoever; no wonder,you instantly become a scoundrel, and in deed a pariah. Oft-time, these are applicable identities of cohorts who have had plunged our Beloved South Sudan into a charnel house! So anguishing!

And it should dawn on all and sundry that this war is all about “good and evil, right and wrong, light and darkness.”At most, the predominant culture of violence; the impoverished machinery of expressing political dissatisfaction and a discerned highway to public offices must now stop than later, or else it completely debases us of our outstanding national image, resurrects and reinforces the spirit of bad precedence against the exercise and groundwork for modern democracy.

More so, it is blatantly licensing our archenemy with whom most of our historical issues ranging from borders, the Oil-rich Abyei, just to cite a few, are still unresolved.

A true patriotic South Sudanese bears with challenge of putting asunder any gray matter of our country political system at the expenses of our national common good virtue for all, knowing that there shall come better times and political models and/or grounds to stalking fragile political issues as such, governance of a creeping young democracy, so that the whole affair does not come with a gargantuan predicament over innocent lives like the current state of affairs.

In order to extinguish this current horrendous political turmoil, and leave no rooms for any senseless tribal uprising in an unforeseeable due course, peace is the most effective and efficient strategy that we ought to always hope to take advantage in vanquishing its saboteurs.

The incumbent and subsequent senior most leaders of this great nation should be vigilantly proactive enough to politically tame their dissidents. Violence has no place, as far as rival claims are at stake in our 21th century.

Arise Ye South Sudan!!!

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