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By Ajo Noel Julious, Juba, South Sudan

July 6, 2015 (SSB)   —-   The other day I was at my favorite tea spot by the roadside at Mahata Yei, sipping hot kerekede – hibiscus tea – as speeding bikers and motor vehicles moved by. In local, Juba Arabic, this location is famously known as BARLAMAN – or Parliament in English. It earned this name because both employed and unemployed youth love coming to discussion politics of the day every evening after work. Of course for those who know it, BARLAMAN has history that dates back to the days of the liberation with its ancient spot in Yei town, then known as DNC. Today there are many Ministers and Honorable Members of Parliament in both State and Federal government who pride themselves on having been members of the BARLAMAN. It moved to Juba when the CPA was signed and all these promising young men came to the city and continued it.

As I sat there drinking my hibiscus tea with the traffic throwing dust on us, the discussion intensified around Transitional Justice, Judicial reforms and what really needs to be done and how we should go about it. “It is common knowledge that the Judiciary is understaffed, poorly financed and corrupt. Young well-educated lawyers like you must rescue us,” one of my colleagues asserted. We all know that South Sudan needs Justice but this can only be achieved when we have genuinely reformed our judiciary and enhanced its capabilities. I have had a cocktail of ideas swarming my mind on how I can contribute to make a difference in this search for judicial reform and Justice. So, in the interest of bringing BARLAMAN and its important debates to the public, I’d like to share my thoughts on where to begin with judicial reform in South Sudan.


By Sunday de John

July 5, 2015 (SSB) —- A country floating on political sentiments like South Sudan, characterised by political anarchy and specious political groups basing on tenets of tribal jingoism is destined to achieve, if any, very little success.

With continued grooming of warlords and dishonourable political chitchats, there is a glimpse of hope for a prosperous nation. It hurts a lot for a country as young as South Sudan to be this deeply submerged in unending politico-social turmoil where innocent civilians are penalized for crimes they have not committed.

With unending death, tortured mental state, physical harm and a tangible anxiety, it becomes unbearable to an innocent victim to acknowledge that a country acclaimed in the national anthem, one theoretically depicted to be a land of great abundance exist in this continent. (more…)

By Garang Atem Ayiik, Juba, South Sudan




July 5, 2015 (SSB)  —  In democratic societies, budget has become a very important tool through which the government identify macroeconomic risks, identify priorities and suggest how to address identified macroeconomic and budget risks.

Budget can be define as process in which private and public entities estimates their resources envelops, and identify activities to be financed in accordance with defined objectives and developed oversight functions to reduce revenue leakages or unnecessary expenditures.

To ensure comparability, budget is done annually to allow year-on- year comparison, for South Sudan budget cycle is July-June; in most countries budget is a people-centered exercise, in South Sudan, budget was presented on 1st July 2015 which theoretically, is the effective date leaving no room for public participation either by legislative function and public.


Apology to South Sudan DDR’s International Partners

David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

unRSSJuly 4, 2015 (SSB)  —-  I was approached by some quarters to apologize to our international partners for an article I wrote last week about their failure to effectively help South Sudan in undertaking a successful DDR (Demobilization, Disarmament, and Re-Integration) program. Obviously, our partners did not appreciate my hypothesis that “whatever constraints were there on their part must only be in theory because these international (multi-state) organizations are more than capable if they have the will. It was more of a case of lack of will, massive corruption, and lack of a plan on their part.”

Since our international partners speak ill about South Sudan in terms of unsubstantiated claims, I expected them to be not so sensitive when an inconsequential man like me accused them of failure. Having lived for a few years in their part of the world, I came across such phrases as freedom of conscience, and I might have believed in them. However, since this ‘westerners’ might be hypersensitive when in Africa, and since they provide funds, let them receive my apologies on a silver platter.

I do apologize for including “massive corruption” in my article, yet in hypothesis testing researchers start by using assertive statements in the present and future tenses (is, was, and will) to create propositions demonstrating relationships between dependent and independent variables. A cause and effect relationship which they end up substantiating or refuting through null hypotheses within their main research areas or theses/dissertations.


By David Lony Majak

The swearing in ceremony of Pagan Amum after his reinstatement inot his former position of SPLM SG

The swearing in ceremony of Pagan Amum after his reinstatement inot his former position of SPLM SG

July 3, 2015 (SSB) —-  Recaps of part one which was earlier published in different websites and in national newspapers in Juba. The so-called G10 is now almost reducing to G-4, and not only reducing but they have had politically broken up into G-6 and G-4. I know some genuine questions will be asked by mindfully readers, why G10 reduced to G-6 and G4. The defection of Pagan Amum has caused a greater internal turmoil in the group of former political detainees. The rest of the formally G10 has initially reputed Pagan his rationale decision of rushing back to Juba reasonably because of his unbelievable individual interest. Very interestingly; like I made it clear to all readers in Part one that the so called G-10 is sick and almost dying at any time due to their individual interests which destroyed their camp and political vision. They call it a senseless war by then but now in the shoe of Kiir and Machar, what next after the death of G-10 because they finally have broken up into pieces instead of many GS (G-10, G-6 and G-4), I hope the time of telling lies and propaganda is over and we need truth and truth shall always set us free.


By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan



June 30, 2015, (SSB)  —  The war our country is currently plunged into cannot be an exclusive responsibility of South Sudanese. An important angle into explaining the root causes of this senseless war implicates the international community for its failure to do its imperative part, especially in supporting an elaborate DDR (Demobilization, Disarmament, and Re-Integration) program in South Sudan.

In 2005, after the SPLA was forced by circumstances to absorb other armed forces with which it had bitterly fought for years, consequent security arrangement steps could not be logically done by South Sudanese alone. That surely was not because of lack of willingness among South Sudanese to own up to their responsibility, but simply for lack of capacity (both financial and technical) to gradually and effectively reduce the size of the so called “big tent government”.

Creating the ‘big tent government’ was indeed a case of a wrong step in the right direction, when the direction was more important than the step itself. It was a classic case of what was a necessary evil in the sense that the people of South Sudan valued the referendum more than anything else, and for the right reason. Without the big tent government South Sudan was not going to be able to have an environment conducive to holding a referendum and attaining its independence.


By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

June 30, 2015 (SSB)  —  The Vice Chancellors of the five public Universities in the republic were reshuffled last year by the country’s president and the Chancellor of the universities. The five public universities are University of Juba, Bhar El Ghazel, Upper Nile, Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology and University of Rumbek.

The University of Juba was headed by Aggrey Abate while John Akec was somewhere heading the University of Northern Bhar El Ghazel which is now a project.

A visit to the University of Juba on 29.6.2015 tells me that some fundamental changes are underway in the first university of the country. This institution of higher learning was founded in mid seventies immediately after the Addis Ababa peace accord. The University was transferred to Khartoum during the second civil war in the south. It only returned in the years from 2005 through to 2011.