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By Juach Garang Bul, Perth, Perth, Australia

October 6, 2015 (SSB)  —  It was not until I awoke on Saturday morning and accessed social media that I discovered that president Kiir had issued a presidential decree extending the current ten States to twenty-eight, dividing South Sudan into ethnic States. This puzzled me, and I asked myself why the president would issue such a feudal decree. The creation of more States is not that bad in and of itself, but it’s unlikely to do much to solve any problems either, nor was the current set up the primary cause for conflict in the young nation. The decision should lie with the people of South Sudan, not the president alone. The people should have the final decision on if they want twenty-eight states or not. There are some communities that should be given individual statehood, but not all of the communities that the President has indicated.

The claim of the majority of South Sudanese was to have a practical federal system in which all levels of governments rule themselves without interference from federal government. The creation of twenty eight States had not been demanded, as some of my colleagues have claimed. As such, the president and his closed cohorts came up with this decision against the demands of the South Sudanese people. It is a decision that seems like a political intrigue to appease some political elites who want to revolt against the regime in Juba, and join Riek Machar. It may also be a political decision made to purposely rift Dinka living in the Greater Upper Nile, vanquished by Nuer in the region.


President Salva Kiir’s Presidential Decree for Establishment of 28 States (click on the PDF)

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

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

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

October 5, 2015 (SSB)  —  One of the chief “wisdom” being bandied around concerning the recent decree by President Kiir is that his unilateralism is somehow a direction violation of the signed IGAD peace accord.

Given the fact that IGAD peace accord was itself imposed on the warring parties, at least on the gov’t, how can a unilateral peace accord be breached by a unilateral decision from the president? Which unilateralism violate the other, logically speaking? Sometimes, we work ourselves up bashing President Kiir to the point of self-delusion.

Good enough, Riek Machar and Salva Kiir have unveiled their “contentious” forms of federalism. Equatorians should now. At least, South Sudanese may then have a meaningful debate from there, based on competing merits and demerits of the various forms and systems of federalism presented.

As I wrote the other day, this is pure politicking between KiiRiek and their fanatical supporters. Riek Machar makes a political tool out of federalism to court Equatorians and Salva Kiir responded in kind.

Both are now back to square one.

This real-politicking has nothing to do with peace and development; to think it is, or has to be, is the beginning of confusion. Stop it.


PaanLuel Wël, the managing editor of PaanLuel Wel: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB), graduated with a double major in Economics and Philosophy from The George Washington University, Washington D.C, USA. He is the author of Return in Peace (R.I.P) Dr. John Garang and Who Killed Dr. John Garang and also the Editor of the essential speeches and writings of the late SPLM/A leader, Dr. John Garang, published as The Genius of Dr. John Garang, vol. 1-3. You can reach him through his email: or Facebook page

By Ayuel Madut Chan, Nairobi, Kenya

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (C) acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to address a rally at John Garang's Mausoleum in the capital Juba March 18, 2015.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (C) acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to address a rally at John Garang’s Mausoleum in the capital Juba March 18, 2015.

October 4, 2015 (SSB) — First, I don’t know how to express my heartfelt joy and jubilation for the work well done by the people’s President of the Republic of South Sudan H. E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. Saying thank you is not enough or dancing the whole night of that day (2nd October, 2015) is not enough or shouting with joy for neighbors to hear is not enough. What then could be enough and equivalent to return to you as an appreciation for hard work Mr. President? Huh! You are more than a man Mr. President and for that reason God will add you 50% of your current age and I, personally with the powers of great ancestors in the name of Longar Jel, I will add you blessed fortunes for you and your family generations.

Mr. President, I am a citizen of new state in the name of Tonj state in the heart of Bhar el Ghazal region and why do I choose to give my personal thank you to you? It is because the devolution and decentralization of powers for good development have come to life on that night your Excellency. Kleptocrats and medicorats in the names of Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum, Prodigal son Deng Alor Kuol, Taban Deng Gai, Dr. Majak Agoot among the long list of losers will stand with embarrassment before South Sudanese. Their brokered behaviors in brokering or selling South Sudan to enemies is done deal and it is South Sudanese affairs now because you have done your best and silent both armed led opposition under Dr. Machar and self-proclaimed leaders of SPLM aka detainees, so do the international community.

In and outside South Sudan you are selfless hero whose objective and kind-hearted decisions are driven by public but not by power greed like that of Dr. Majak Agoot or Dr. Machar or Self-blessed leader without a village Pagan Amum. Bravo Mr. President keep the ladder going for South Sudanese are all with you now even the armed opposition supporters now except the normal greedy self-blessed leaders you know are the ones not celebrating because Lucifer never rejoice on happiest day or in the light but in the dark.


By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

The Burden of Nationality

The Burden of Nationality

October 4, 2015 (SSB) — With the order establishing 28 states in our country, another huge task just started. Who will rule each state? Here, I am asking myself; who will rule Jonglei state? (FYI Jonglei state is now comprised of Bor, Twic East and Duk counties). The former ‘Jonglei’ is no more.

Over last few months, underground lobbying by interested candidates for Jonglei state has been ongoing. These various groups had wanted to replace John Kong Nyuon but their luck never knocked. It is now real that one son or daughter of Bor, Twic East and Duk counties will be the governor.

All the names I have heard as favorites for governorship are Honourable Members of Parliament. This is a misery! This is terribly bad because I am proud of the MPs fro Bor, Twic East and Duk in parliament. Taking one of them home will be disservice; first to the constituency that elected him/her and second to the nation.

I am always very proud to tell my fellow reporters during the National Legislature Assembly (NLA) session that Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth is my MP; that Hon. Dengtiel Ayuen Kur also comes from Bor county. Hon. Deng Dau is from Twic East county – neighboring Bor county. We are just one divided for administrative reason. Hon. Philip Thon Leek is my former governor and MP from Duk county.


By James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir

October 4, 2015 (SSB) — On Friday 2nd October 2015 in Juba and quoting as usual Article 101 of Transitional Constitution of South Sudan (2011), President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued “Establishment Order Number 36/2015 for the Creation of 28 States in the Decentralized Governance System in the Republic of South Sudan.”

The Order is supposed to come into force in 30 working days (i.e., by 4th November 2015) from the date of signature and in accordance with the attached delimitation map to the Order (8 States for Equatoria and 10 states for Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal each).

The President shall appoint gender-balanced (i.e., 25% women) governors and legislative assembly members for these new states with powers of making and promulgating states’ constitutions as well as electing speakers and their deputies respectively.


By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan


October 4, 2015 (SSB) — In the old Sudan the state and religion were inseparable. The minority clique regime in Khartoum used religion to suppress people and protect themselves from those who wanted to participate in the government on the highest level.

The saying was that an infidel couldn’t rule over believers. Believers in this case are Muslims and nonbelievers are non-Muslims also known as infidels (Kafir).

To avert this scenario the government of South Sudan after CPA and subsequent independence inserted into the Transitional Constitution a clause meant to separate state and religion.


This continues Loyalty division among the Nuer Community is sickening.  

By Elbow Chuol, USA

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

October 3rd, 2015 (SSB) — Just like many other Africans fascinated by the Western series movies so was I also days back when I visited a friend place.

Fringe is one of the most interesting supernatural series movies I lately watched. It talks about one thing but reveal through different versions. It covers some of the most widely feared episodes, genetically modified occurrences solved by certain persons consider lunatic but highly intelligent.

I learned a lot about the stuffs appear to be of creative imagination but actually can be real. There is the same version of each of us in cosmoses. A theme vastly anticipates in the movie.

Coming to the point,

A question was asked month ago. Why Nuer unites during war and divides during peace? The Nuer people known by the world for their bravery and hospitality divide during peace because of the change in the agenda and unite during conflict because they believed to be fighting for a common agenda.