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By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

The fruition of the CPA

The fruition of our collective revolutionary struggle: Let’s aim for the nation, not personalities or tribes or clans.

May 25, 2015 (SSB)  —-  For all the chattering about the fundamental problems of the Republic of South Sudan, much has been said about President Salva Kiir Mayaardit and Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

However, a comprehensive study of our liberationary struggle and history might give you a different picture of President Kiir and the kinds of problems he is confronting in South Sudan. Most likely, it might not be as straight forward as drawing a line in the sand.

For instance—and Nhialic forbid—if President Kiir or/and Riek Machar were to drop from a plane today like John Garang did in 2005, South Sudan would still be in a mess, probably in a bigger one, ten years from now.

Why? Because the fundamentals of the problems in the Republic of South Sudan are systemic, circumstantial, environmentally oriented and societal, not Kiiristic or Riekistic etc. You don’t simply solve these problems by getting rid of either Salva Kiir or Riek Machar.

Here is a classic case in point. When John Garang was alive and reigning, a good number of Junubeen thought that he was the problem and getting rid of him the solution. Garang has been gone for ten years now, and we are still in deep shit.

Our top SPLA commanders during the war—men and women who never betrayed the movement, men and women who gave everything for our freedom —have bankrupted the army, reducing the mighty SPLA to a shell of its former glorious self.

Is it President Kiir’s problem? Yes and no. But how is President Kiir supposed to discipline these war heroes without engendering an outcry from the public? Remember what happened when Arthur Akuien Chol was detained? Are you not experiencing the repercussions of relieving Riek Machar from his position in July 2013?

Visit any ministry in Juba and see how folks are glued to their TVs watching Nigerian films, playing games, casually chatting over bun (coffee) or literally snoring on their shining, expensive desks.

The joke in Juba is that these folks forego sleeping in their hot, sweaty homes in order to have a deep sleep in their air-conditioned government offices.

In most cases than not, the boss (ministers plus their deputies and undersecretaries and DGs) is not often in the office but rather in “a meeting”, which mean he/she is snoozing in a hotel. For all their frequent meetings, how many roads are built, hospitals constructed, schools erected across Junub Thudan?

Is it Kiir’s business to keep them at their desks? Yes and no. But surely, how could he possibly micromanage the entire country from the presidential office to the remotest kitchen in Yuai, Jonglei state?

According to John Garang, it was Maulana Abel Alier who once opined, “If we have to drive our people to paradise with sticks, we will do so for their own good and the good of those who come after us.”

Unfortunately, Uncle Abel Alier didn’t tell us whether that stick would be in the hand of a democratic or a dictatorial leader. Should we ask President Kiir to decree dictatorship and turn Juba into Kigali?

Had he lived, John Garang, might have been more of an enlightened dictator, possibly along the lines of Paul Kagame in Kigali, the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, or Meles Zenawi in Addis Ababa, etc.

Unlike Uncle Riek Machar babbling about bringing ‘democracy’ to Juba, Garang was talking about taking towns to the people in the villages, about using petrodollars to fuel agro-industrialization in the country.

Uncle Salva Kiir’s problem is his inability to fit into any camp: he is not a democrat, not a dictator, and not particularly enlightened. He is simply himself: soldier Kiir.

Kiir being Kiir hardly explains anything about the fundamental problems in South Sudan. Ship in Obama today and you would still have the same circumstances, environment, society, and system to deal with: he would fail, three out of four times.

As the South Sudanese people are falling all over themselves to bash the Dinka government, the Nuer rebellion, the Equatorian complacency, Kiir’s failurism and Riek’s murderism, will they, can they, pause long enough to remember the words from the Good Book, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Is it possible that the people themselves, the righteous Junubeen, are the problem, part of the problem, bigger part of it, and the leadership is just but a sheer manifestation of their own “GREATNESS”?

Can they all partake in the failures of the country, much the same way that they are quick to partake in the liberation and independence of South Sudan?

Did John Garang liberate our land from Arabism and Islamism? No, we all did. Did Salva Kiir achieve our independence from Khartoum? No, we all did.

Did Salva Kiir and Riek Machar fail the Republic of South Sudan? No, we all did. Will Salva Kiir and Riek Machar bring peace and reconciliation and social prosperity to South Sudan? No, we all must do it, together.

South Sudan does not belong just to the likes of John Garang, Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, Wani Igga, Pagan Amum and Nyandeng Garang; it belongs to all of us Junubeen.

Junub Thudan is ours to destroy or to build and cherish. The choice is yours. The choice is mine. The choice is ours.

PaanLuel Wël, the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers, is a South Sudanese national currently residing in Juba, South Sudan, where he works for one of the International NGOs. He 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 the editor of the speeches of Dr. John Garang, published as “The Genius of Dr. John Garang, Vol. 1 &2“. He is currently working on two books to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Dr. John Garang: Vol. 3 of “The Genius of Dr. John Garang” and “Who Killed Dr. John Garang“, an account of events and circumstances leading to the death of the late SPLM/A leader in July 2005. You can reach him through his email: paanluel2011@gmail.com

Thanks You Malith Alier

Posted: May 24, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Featured Articles

A Comment on the Article “In the SPLM and the SPLA are Slow Learners” by Malith Alier on May 23rd, 2015

By Truthhurt

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.

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.

May 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  Thank you Malith for the article, those are exact same questions that any sound minded South Sudanese could ask these heartless gangs both in the SPLM/SPLA or RSS. It is a sad reality that thousands of our innocence South Sudanese lost and will continue to lose their precious lives in the coming days & months purely due to the negligence of these very people who call themselves leaders.

And in the case of Peter Gatdet, even a villager could have not committed that horrible mistake the President, his Advisors & Generals did and put him in charge of Panpandia Division 8 HQS just a few minutes outside Jonglei State capital, Bor-town. The former SPLA Chief of Staff, James Hoth Mai once said this about him just before his last re-defection to the SPLA that, “ Peter Gatdet is someone who cannot spends three months in one place”. And yet, Gen. Hoth and his boss found no reason for concern to scrutinised Peter Gatdet let alone assigned him to Division 8 in such a strategic location.

How many qualified career military officers did the President and his former Chief of Staff had when they chose him for that mission with full knowledge of Peter Gatdet’s defections/re-defections history? Of course, thousands and should anyone of those Generals afforded the opportunity to command Division 8 before December, 2013 crisis our innocence people he mercilessly killed can still be alive today! Their negligence coupled with poor decision-making has brought sufferings and shames to our people and our beloved nation, South Sudan.

I was filled with anger the other night as I watched SSTV news and later followed by Gen. Malaak’s SPLA show on the same TV. Of course, I have no problem seeing those poor SPLA soldiers and their Generals in Malut celebrating Gen. Olony’s militias defeat in Malut County. But the question is “victory” at what costs? Those reckless Ministers and Generals in Juba talked of the so-called Olony’s warships (all three destroyed in Malut) as if he brought them from nowhere when in fact those very ships cost millions if not billions of dollars of our nation’s resources to acquired them in the first place.

I know some people out there would be quick to tell us that Olony was recently ordered to report himself at Bilpam after he fought Governor Kun in April in Malakal but refused. Any right minded person would do exactly the same thing in his situation, who would hope that Olony will comply with such orders may those in Bilpam and only if Olony is the most stupid person in the whole of South Sudan after he attacked Malakal.

There were many opportunities prior to Malakal’s incident in April of which Olony could have been controlled peacefully to avert human and property loss we are now witnessing. Unfortunately, those in the SPLM/SPLA every now and then seem to have little or no time for national issues.

Our people will never witness peace and harmony soon but only when those in the SPLM/SPLA realized that the way they run the nation is not right and begin to put national’s interests first than their own. Or give way to other capable South Sudanese sons and daughters to lead our people because they have failed us.

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By Deng Lueth Yuang, Alberta, Calgary, CANADA
The frog represents the country, the Republic of South Sudan; while the crane represents the syndicates of corrupt barons fronted by those fictitious companies.

The frog represents the country, the Republic of South Sudan; while the crane represents the syndicates of corrupt barons of mediocracy

May 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  We, the born SPLA/M members by blood and history, are not happy with how things are going in the Republic of South Sudan. We (you and my type out there) wrote very compelling articles to stop the war when it first broke out in Juba on the eve of that public declaration and denunciation by G11 led by Dr. Riek Machar and Nyandeng Chol, the wife to our late dear leader Dr. Garang.

But to our appallness, no one listened to us. Our ideas were thought of as ‘Noises’ coming from saboteurs, would-be Nyigeetin and exhibitingly the Nyageet of our times.

However, this article or piece of writing is not coming from a political genius but an economic genius who only knows why nations grow, develop or fail. Take that to your nearest cash counter of any bank and you can get a quick change out of it!

The SPLA/M Within: Meritocracy & Meritocrats

Some SPLA/M members sacrificed a lot during those formative years of our struggle in the midst 1980s. Mostly these chaps and lasses gave everything they had to rid our southern region of Jalaba and Nyageetin.

They gave free boys now known as Lost Boys of the Sudan to go for military and academic training in Southern Ethiopia — Panyunduk, Itang and Dima. Most of these people are alive today and fit the description of being born and life ‘blood’ members of the mother party and force.

In whatsoever situations, they will never betray her cause since they ideologically knew why they left their parents, relatives and friends at a relatively tender age of 5-10 years.

In this group are great army commanders like current defense minister, Mr. Kuol Manyang Juuk, Awet Akot, Bol Madut, Yusuf Kwah (late Nuba war liberator), Abu John (late, Western Equatoria), Louis Lobong (current Eastern Equatoria governor, Salva Kiir Mayardit (pres of South Sudan), Ustaz Maker Kur Lueth, ustaz Maker Thiong Maal, and the list is long. I only put the names of those men whom I met and heard of when I was going to (in) Ethiopia.

Those are men and women who deserve the word ‘meritocracy’. They are never warlords or tribal kingpins who champion their individual selfish agenda. They sacrificed a lot to be where they are now. No qualms over their tribal/ethnic identity since the war started with them and ended with them. The rest joined later owing to various reasons that none one of us can vividly explain.

The SPLA/M Without: Mediocracy and mediocrats

These are neither born/life members of the mother party and revolution but saboteurs, opportunists, foodlovers, sales outs, bought ones, Nyigeetin, etc. They jumped the line to become who they are now. Imagine a stupid UN-fed altar boy becoming a general in nanoseconds.

Imagine a warmonger as he always loves taking up gun to make it his means of living – earning livelihoods because he failed to put into his head when growing up that ‘you become who you think you are’ — No doubt, he thought he would be a murderer one day, and he is now doing it.

Imagine good-for-nothing PhD holders holding the young nation hostage for not allowing them their selfish agenda — rule us because they are very educated. Nay, and never will it happen that way.

Meritocracy is the talking point here, not ‘jumping the line’ and wishful thinking.

The mediocrats are 95% hiding in SPLA/M -in- opposition. The remaining 5% is wreaking havoc in SPLA/M – Juba. These guys and ladies are causing us sleepless nights because our current leadership gave them too much power to rule us. Decreeing them out NOW, the better my cows can graze peacefully along River Nile in Jonglei state!

Now Johnson Olony has left with blood of the innocent after massively fooling us that he is a genuine Paul, not Saul, of our times. He has punctured an unsealable hole in the South Sudan boat, and it is now gushing waters overboard like that demobilised gunbarge floating in Melut because of irrationality — ill thinking and short-sightedness.

What does a person of Olony’s calibre want if he is given power in a silver plater like that! — made to be an army general without going through the rank-and-file of SPLA/M born members. Given so much money to quench his thirst for rebellions and resettle into our mainstream life as a baptized Judas Iscariot of our present church, South Sudan.

Hope our South Sudan leadership has learnt one thing for now — don’t buy peace, buy only souls of the innocents wasting away in Sudd swamps, displaced and refugee camps. Economic DEVELOPMENT is their asking price.

Again, I am so sure it is high time for Mr. Pres Kiir and like members of his leadership to give back our mother party and force to its rightful owners — the Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Kids, the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan to chart new better ways of changing lives and conditions amid all these chaos.

God bless you all and our beloved nation, South Sudan!

From a Patriarch and Kid of Junub e’ Thudan.

Facebook: Deng Lueth Yuang – holds BA and MA in Economics.

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 the material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


By Malith Alier, South Sudan

Marial Benjamin, minister for international affairs, with Aguer Panyang, SPLA spokesperson

Marial Benjamin, minister for international affairs, with Philip Aguer Panyang, SPLA spokesperson

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  Once a rebel, always a rebel – anonymous

Q: What does the SPLM and the SPLA have in common?

A: Forgetfulness and gullibility

Q: What do Peter Gatdet, Johnson Olony and David Yau-yau have in common?

A: Rebellion multiple times

The latest “friendly” fire in Malakal and the environs is a result of forgetfulness and gullibility of the SPLA to trust a militia leader who ascended in to the military through dubious means. We only wait until time is opportune to pass judgment on situations in the country as is the case now.

That is our view as ordinary citizens who have nothing to do with power and its games. The power games have not been played appropriately in the past and will continue to be so deeper into the future as long as the current slow learners in the SPLM and the SPLA persist.

Peter Gatdet rebelled 10 times, Johnson Olony and David Yauyau two times each. However and because of the party and the military wing gullibility these rebels continue to roam and cause mayhem to the country at will.

Questions are still unanswered why Gatdet was allowed to go back to Panpandiar Division 8 headquarters after having been accused of actively planning and organising rebellion in the state of Jonglei? Why was David Yauyau allowed to snick out of the country to travel to Khartoum via Nairobi in 2012?

And finally why was Johnson Olony trusted, promoted armed to the teeth only to capture very important towns and killed thousands of people in the destruction. Seeing is believing. It is often said that these people never hear through the ear but through the eye. This is the assumption from now onward.

The SPLA is a true risk taker. It had been doing it since 1983. Millions of people, military and civilians had died from preventable causes. Some of them were just collateral. Nobody can accuse the military strategists because they are not in the office.

On the other note the generals are marrying more wives, building new schools, procuring latest weaponry, studying for higher degrees, checking damned records for promotions all while investing their 40 percent pension surpluses in Bonga buses and tractors.

And the SPLM? You know it has signed Arusha Reunification agreement and is following up in Dar El Salam, Abuja, Pretoria and Addis Ababa. It has unfrozen bank accounts of Pagan and group on second hand and Riek and group on the third hand.

Peace has to come at all cost to avoid total collapse. All criminal charges are forgiven. Come home, SPLM and reunite!

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 the material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


Those Who Learn Not from History are Doomed to Repeat it: We Must Learn from our Troubled History.

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —-  The government has reportedly retaken the town of Melut, about one-hour drive away from the oilfields of Paloch in northern Upper Nile state. The rebels had captured the town on Tuesday evening, 19 May 2015. Since the eruption of the civil war on 15 December 2013, this is the closest rebels have come to disrupting the oil supply and deny Juba oil revenues.

Had the rebels succeeded, the resultant reverberations would have haunted South Sudan for decades to come, akin to the self-immolation of Somalia after the departure of President Siad Barre in January 1991.

So what transpired in the city of Malakal, leading to the defection of Johnson Olony? For those who have been following the news since or even prior to 2005 when the war ended, there have always been disputes pitting the Shilluk and Ngok Dinka communities over the ownership of Malakal town.

It is this land dispute that gave birth to militia leader Johnson Olony. It is also this land dispute that led to the killing of Olony’s deputy, James Bwogo in April 2015, by armed Padang Dinka youth. Malakal has not been the same since the death of Bwogo. The subsequent heightened tension and mutual suspicion resulted in the killing of the bodyguards of Governor Simon Kun Puoch.

The escalation of fighting between the bodyguards and Olony’s soldiers culminated in the defection of Olony on Friday, 15 May 2015, in spite of many spirited attempts by the government to patch up frayed military relations between Olony and the state government, which included efforts to persuade Olony to report to Juba.

Apparently, while negotiating with the government, Olony was also surreptitiously coordinating with the rebels on how to strengthen his Agwelek militias. The combined forces of the rebels led by Gabriel Tanginye and Mabor Dhol teamed up with Olony’s men and captured Malakal on Saturday, 16 May 2015—the SPLM/A Day.

And as the government troops tried to reorganize and to retake Malakal, the rebels sneaked out of Malakal and marched towards the Paloch oilfields, taking the towns of Akoka and Melut on Tuesday.

For years to come, whenever Junubeen have sobered up enough to document the history of this ongoing war—and their many other bloody conflicts—many will hotly debate what transpired in Malakal that took the rebels to the brink of capturing the Paloch oilfields, where over 98% of government revenues come from.

More specifically, many questions will focus on how the government could have put so much trust in a former militia leader, Johnson Olony, who became famous for fighting the government. How could such a figure have been entrusted with amphibious tanks, military barges, heavy artillery, and other assortment of armaments?

In other words, how could the government have relied on Johnson Olony to execute its war against the rebels in Malakal? For the military strategists in Bilpam, Juba, the military debacle in Malakal is a shellacking with a teachable moment. It is said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is what happened in Malakal.

President Salva Kiir Mayaardit commenced his leadership in 2005 with a “big tent” philosophy in which every Deng, Gatluak and Lado was paraded as a national hero including the very militias that collaborated with Khartoum against the SPLM/A during the war of liberation. The consequence was the spectacular fallout in December 2013 that our nation is yet to recover from.

After the war erupted in December 2013, instead of relying on SPLA proper, the government decided to curry favor with (and sometimes exclusively rely on) militia leaders such as Johnson Olony in Upper Nile, Mathews Puljang in Unity, David Yau Yau in the GPAA–not just to fight the war, but also to rule certain quarters of the country.

The defection of Johnson Olony almost led to the loss of the entire Upper Nile state. Likewise, if Mathew Puljang and David Yau Yau were to defect today, the entire Unity and Jonglei states would automatically be lost to the rebels. While this might not result in the immediate fall of the government, it would certainly lead to the somalization of South Sudan.

The government has no absolute control over—and no plan B whatsoever in—areas under the militia leaders. The nation is at the mercy of those leaders. Where is the national army?

It is a precarious military situation. Arm the militias at your own risk. Abandon them at your own risk, too: deny them armament and they fall into the waiting arms of the rebels. It is the military dilemma the government of Iraq is confronting in Anbar province where ISIS has recently overrun the city of Ramadi. The local Sunni militias allied to the government in Baghdad are demanding arms to fight ISIS on their own, but the central government dominated by Shia cannot trust their Sunni allies.

And the problem is not entirely due to the unpredictability or the wickedness of these militia leaders. The government has no clue whatsoever on how to manage and control these warlords. Take the military farce in Malakal for example–the deputy of Olony was killed and no appropriate measures were taken until after there was open warfare between Olony and the state government.

Inasmuch as we may castigate Olony for the catastrophe that has befallen our unarmed civilian population in Malakal, we must ask the government if the killers of James Bwogo were arrested and justice was served, since he was killed on patrol mission and not in all-out fighting. Had the government brought the killers to justice, perhaps Olony might have never contemplated defection and the current military fiasco might have been avoided.

We must learn from our troubled history. We must learn from the humiliating debacle of Malakal. This should be a wake-up call for the military strategists in Bilpam, if indeed there are such people in Juba.

PaanLuel Wël, the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers, is a South Sudanese national currently residing in Juba, South Sudan, where he works for one of the International NGOs. He 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 the editor of the speeches of Dr. John Garang, published as “The Genius of Dr. John Garang, Vol. 1 &2“. He is currently working on two books to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Dr. John Garang: Vol. 3 of “The Genius of Dr. John Garang” and “Who Killed Dr. John Garang“, an account of events and circumstances leading to the death of the late SPLM/A leader in July 2005. You can reach him through his email: paanluel2011@gmail.com


The Bor-County USA Election: Interview with Akol Aguek Ngong, One Bor Campaign Presidential Candidate

Akol Aguek Ngong with his supporters

Akol Aguek Ngong with his supporters

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  In advance of the Bor-County USA election on May 24, 2015, Panther Kuol sent nine identical questions to each of three presidential candidates.

The election fever is in full mode and this weekend, the sons and daughters of Bor County are converging on Des Moines, Iowa, USA to participate in what promises to be unprecedented election in the modern history of democracy in Bor County. The pitching videos by candidates, as well as the numerous enthusiastic Facebook endorsements and commentaries by supporters and concerned citizens have raised the profile of this election. Due to the efforts invested and what is at stake, the elections are deemed to certainly generate both the feelings of euphoria and uncertainty among supporters and opponents in the campaign camps.

To shed light on each candidate’s stand on pertinent issues, Panther Kuol reached out via Facebook to the three presidential candidates namely Daniel Mabior Achiek (incumbent President), Michael Ayuen Agok and Akol Aguek Ngong. By press time, only one response had been received; the two other candidates were yet to send in their responses.

Q: What is your full name (plus traditional nicknames, if any), Payam, and State where you hail from in the USA?

My name is Akol Aguek Ngong. I am a South Sudanese citizen from Gwalla, Kolnyang Payam, Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan. I am also an American citizen and I currently reside in Burlington, Vermont, USA.

My nickname is Mourdit [literally translated as “Gigantic Bull” in dinka].

Q: Who is/are your running mate/core team members, and what was/were the criteria for choosing them?

My running mate is Ajok Atong Ajok. Ajok is a South Sudanese citizen from Biong, Baaidit Payam, Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan. Ajok is also an American citizen and he lives in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Ajok is a Bor son who shares core values of dedication to Bor community and South Sudan. He has a wealth of leadership experience and he is an individual who can step into my position and lead our community should anything happen to me.

One Bor Campaign Manager is Aguet Kuany Aguet and he is deputized by Maker Manyang Makol. I am immensely indebted to these two individuals and indeed the entire One Bor Campaign team for their dedication to serving our community. I applaud the spirit of volunteerism in each and every individual on my team.

Q: Why did you decide to run for President of Bor-County USA?

One Bor Campaign feels there is need for change and as a team, we aspire to organize the diaspora Bor community into a cohesive community that pools resources together to rebuild itself and also help our people back home.

Q: What unique experience do you have that makes you best qualified for this position?

I am a down to earth man of Bor community from all angles of community service. Over the course of my career, I have served in various leadership positions as educator, advocate and community organizer. I deeply cherish my traditional roots; I am a singer and a dancer. I am educated in economics, politics, business, and government. I have lived the cattle camp, refugee camps, and in western world. I am connected to some of the most powerful people in the US government, media, and institution of higher learning.

Q: What is the single most important project that you intend on undertaking if elected into office, what are the potential hindrances and how to you plan on mitigating those challenges in order for your project to succeed?

If elected, my priority will be to reorganize the community into solvent entity, and liaise with our leaders back home to create stability in Bor for safe return of our people.

Q: How do you plan to engage and unite Bor-County USA membership and their sub-associations to get them to work toward common goals of mutual benefits?

I will do my utmost to discourage bickering among ourselves. I will strive to help all members to collaborate and work together for the betterment of all here in the USA and back home.

Q: If elected President, How will you finance all your promised projects?

First, I will champion membership contributions. Second, our team will reach out to raise money from our American friends.

Q: What are your policies toward friends/enemies of Bor-County? For example, what do you think is our survival mantra?

I will work for peace and harmony with our neighbors but from the position of strength and not weakness.

Q: Finally, what is your general take away from the campaign trail?

The campaign experience has shown me the best in our people. This was evident from living rooms, church pews, town halls, and conference rooms across the US where I traveled in the last 12 Months.

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 the material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


By Dut-machine De Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —-   My colleagues and writers of opinionated articles on how to run our country might have missed my opinions for the last three months. I had taken a break due to some unavoidable circumstances. Even as I put this piece in writing, the same circumstances have not permitted me to do so but I consider the fate of the country painful enough to make me defy my personal conditions on why I should not educate South Sudanese on the futility of the war they are fighting.

My dear readership, as indicated in the title, the capture-recapture method being used by the warring parties of South Sudan creates more graves than building the country. At independence, we had vowed to create a country in which every one of us would be proud to live in; only to realize two years later, it’s an oasis of death and suffering. For us to have a nation that preserves humanity, embraces peace, feeds its population among many more, we, must have a heart of humanity that fears human suffering.

The engagement in war and the continued violation of the cease fire (I don’t know which party to blame) bleeds our country more yet we all know the solution, whether we like to hear or not, will be found on the negotiating table in Addis Ababa or any other city in Africa. Whatever the reason of the war is; whether protecting legitimacy as argued by the government of the Republic of South Sudan or fighting Reforms as claimed by the SPLM-IO rebellion, none of the two is fit enough to slaughter South Sudanese. Quoting from the outgoing president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H. E. Goodluck Jonathan, he said after losing elections, “No body’s ambition is worth the blood of a Nigerian.” I hereby challenge the principals of the warring sides that, no matter how much legitimacy needs protection, it’s not worth the blood of a South Sudanese. I here boldly tell the other side that no amount of reforms not intertwined with a political ambition is worth the blood of a South Sudanese.

Capturing a town only kills people, recapturing it kills South Sudanese, do we know we are depleting ourselves, one by one? It is pathetic to always claim fighting on behave of the people you are killing. Isn’t that funny and ironical? It’s pathetic to claim love of the people that only suffers as a matter of our own making. It’s inhumane to expose our elderly, children who are indeed the future of this great Nation and women as if we don’t care about how they suffer yet we claim day in, day out that they are the people we want to comfort. Comfort my bosses! Do we comfort people after sending them to the displace camps, widow or widowers them? Are we willing to comfort the dead since that is what our continued deafness to calls for peace is creating? My bosses, are we planning to kill more in order to liberate our masses form nothing that calls for bloodshed? I am sure the war we are fighting can be handled on the table of negotiations.

Needless to remind someone that if we were able to sit and talk, achieve peace with Khartoum, a people we parted thereafter, then why not with a brother whom you will always be confined to the same territorial borders. Maybe it will hurt some people who want this war to continue but I will tell the naked, plain reality, we are not going to part ways with whoever we don’t like, whether for a political reason or something! We are all in South Sudan to stay together and that is the naked fact!

To the SPLM-IO of Dr. Machar, reforms are only fought, negotiated and brought to a people. Not unless your rebellion needs to bring reforms and be a reformer of the dead; this war should and must stop, yes soon I mean. No matter how much your intentions are pure for South Sudanese; we don’t feel the genuine when what they only bring is death and suffering, creating more disabled and orphans without forgetting widows and their opposites. If they are intertwined with people political ambition, then that should be addressed through the social means.

As I finalize appealing to the presidency of South Sudan, not unless you want to govern the dead, this war has to stop and stop soon. What is the fate of legitimacy when the very people who gave it are all deceased? I must state clearly here that the Juba regime is legitimate because people voted for it. What becomes of this very legitimacy when the population is depleted is a theory that can be defined by the English Language. Putting it in plain terms again, legitimacy and the people governed is one and the same thing, so they either live together or die together. Whether we like to hear it or not, the legitimacy of the Juba government will be no more when it cannot work to avert the death and the suffering of South Sudanese.

Finally, we must remember, we can put our land to better economic use rather than burying our loved ones. We must stop creating more graves through the technology of capture-recapture and get back to the peace talks to find a negotiated solution to the current crises rocking the country. Peace must be brought to the country now to stop the looming predicted famine in South Sudan.

May God almighty bless South Sudan and make us understand that we are one people in many political divisions. May peace prevail soon.

South Sudan oyee.

The author is a student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya.

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