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Why Relieve Bor County Commissioner?

Posted: November 22, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

By Malith Alier, Juba

Agot Alier Leek, taking the oath of office to become the Commissioner of Bor County before the president of the Jonglei State High Court, 12 September 2012

Agot Alier Leek, taking the oath of office to become the Commissioner of Bor County before the president of the Jonglei State High Court, 12 September 2012

The news coming from Bor County that its commissioner was dismissed is indeed one of unpalatable sackings this country has ever witnessed. John koang, the irate governor was in Juba during the crisis while the ever-patriotic Bor County commissioner was on the shores of Nile River suffering with his people there. This is one reason why this author believed that the commissioner is still the best for that war-devastated county.

Bor County deserves better and this cannot come from people like john koang whose agendum is to deprive the very people of every opportunity to be better. If john koang has, any sword in his hands he should instead use it to axe the remnants of GPAA officials stuck in Bor, notably the deputy governor and minister of information who is lulling us to sleep on the issue.

Overall, it is worse to be a County commissioner in this country. The job turnover of county commissioners is 90% since 2005. Bor County alone has four commissioners from 2005 to 2014 a period of about ten years. That means that a commissioner has ruled for less than three years on average in that embattled County.

According to Local Government Act 2009 section 48, a county commissioner’s term is 4 years renewable only once. Further and more importantly, a County commissioner is support to be directly elected by people of the County in a general election. This provision is shelved as if the Act was in vain.

The relieved Commissioner was trying to be nice when pressed on his removal. According to the Citizen Newspaper of 21 November, he was quoted as saying that nobody should take the law on to their own hand on his behalf. That is good, good Doctor Agoot. Your patriotic and long service to your people is unquestionable but remember that people who kill in this country are always rewarded for their bravery. Many names are now big because of that notoriety.

Agot Alier Leek, Commissioner JPEG - 2.9 Mb Agot Alier Leek, taking the oath of office to become the Commissioner of Bor County before the president of the Jonglei State High Court, 12 September 2012 (ST) Name: Agot Alier Leek Position: Bor County Commissioner Career: Deputy Governor of Jonglei State (NCP), 1998-2005; Jonglei State Minister of Health (NCP), 2005-2010, for seven years as a member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress party (NCP); Bor County Commissioner (SPLM), Sept. 2012 - to date. Tribe: Dinka Bor Political Affiliation: National Congress Party (NCP) -2010; Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), 2010-to date. Background Agot Alier, is a member of the Dinka Bor from Anyidi Payam [district] in Bor County. Before the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which brought the former rebels the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to power in South Sudan, Alier held the position of Jonglei’s Deputy Governor for seven years as a member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress party (NCP).

Agot Alier Leek, Commissioner
Name: Agot Alier Leek, a medical doctor
Position: Bor County Commissioner
Career: Deputy Governor of Jonglei State (NCP), 1998-2005; Jonglei State Minister of Health (NCP), 2005-2010, for seven years as a member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress party (NCP); Bor County Commissioner (SPLM), Sept. 2012 – to date.
Tribe: Dinka Bor
Political Affiliation: National Congress Party (NCP) -2010; Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), 2010-to date.
Background: Agot Alier, is a member of the Dinka Bor from Anyidi Payam [district] in Bor County. Before the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which brought the former rebels the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to power in South Sudan, Alier held the position of Jonglei’s Deputy Governor for seven years as a member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress party (NCP).

One of big stories coming from Bor, which we believe, caused the sacking of the Commissioner is the issue of land and many others like the teachers strike, business people closing shops because of diversion of US Dollars and the “stoning” of IDPs in UNMISS compound earlier in the year.

None of this should be blamed on the Commissioner, if at all the Governor and the entire Jonglei Administration is severally liable.

Jonglei is in bad shape as a result of the war. This situation would be rectified by other officials in the absence of John Koang and his dysfunctional administration in the near future. Indeed, let federalism come for this to be a reality.


By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
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Alarming rates of malnutrition among children in Kakuma Refugee Camp has emerged as a international concern and warning about serious malnutrition among small children and elderly people is being voiced.
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An international  medical organization has warned of the alarming rates of malnutrition among thousands of children who are in desperate need of foods assistance and medical care.
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Among the options being discussed are opening up of feeding programs for the elderly and the young malnourished children.
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According  to health worker in charge of community health in the camp, Madam Mary, children under the age of 5  to 59 months are the most malnourished.
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Moreover, malnutrition is highest  in  some countries with internal conflict and shortages of food than countries without conflict.
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Health workers who carried out  assessment from January to April this year in the camp and the border areas have come out with a report saying that the children and elderly people from conflicts zones such as South Sudan and Somalia are the most affected by the malnutrition.
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The UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNCHR), the World Food Program (WFP) and the UN Children Fund say that the camp is home to 237100 refugees from the conflicts in neighboring South Sudan and Somalia.
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Mary, one of the health workers, says that the camp is in harsh environment which is the most challenge the new arrival from South Sudan confront. This is coupled with the ill-advised Kenya government’s policies that prohibit farming, grazing or work outside the camps. This means that refugees entirely dependent on food aid.
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Renewed conflict in South Sudan has seen another 40,000 new arrivals into the camp since mid-December 15th,  2013. That has contribute big numbers of refugees, resulting to food shortages and acute malnutrition crisis that is being witnessed in the refugee camp among children and elderly people.
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(Reporting by Emmanuel Malual from Kakuma, Kenya; Editing by PaanLuel Wel from Juba, South Sudan)

Mekonen Tefere, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Peace Ambassador [Gatwech Koak Nyuon] Condemns the Drinking water poison in Kule refugee camp of Ethiopia and urges the UN and Ethiopian Government to Thoroughly Test the Water before Distribution and Investigate the Cause behind the Poison.

Oxfam is tasked with water distribution in Kule Camp.

Gatwech deliberately talked to the refugees’ leadership through the mobile phone and confirmed that the incident had already taken place. More than 200 refugees are pronounced to be patients and admitted in MSF Hospital at Kule One (1).

Peace Ambassador discloses to the Media that refugees from ‘Zone-C’ become poison’s victims. He hoped that the Ethiopian Government and UN will work closely to implement the meticulous investigation to discover the cause of the poison and suggest the pre-testing for water as well as weekly water-tank cleansing by the concern Agency who deal with water. He said.

Gatwech strongly condemns the incident and term it as “lack of skill and specialization or motivational incident”.

Early this year in July, Gatwech launched his personal campaign to voluntary work as a voice for refugees by conducted a research in Refugee Camp and later named by Ethiopian Churches to be a Peace Ambassador. He launched a video Camp titled ‘Urgent call of prayer by Gatwech Koak Nyuon ’ two months ago and recently launched a pictorial campaign through his Official Fan Page ‘KICK WAR OUT OF SOUTH SUDAN’.

Ehtiopia is nearly hosted more than 190,000 refugees mainly from Nuer tribe in Western Region of Gambella.

The author can be reached on: mekonentefere@gmail.com


Originally posted on Weakleaks!:

South Sudan Journalists are in dilemma. Two years ago, by the time I fled for asylum, I referred to it as a ‘die-lemma’, that situation where you are presented with two killer choices. I had to choose to stay and change my career (including my character) or leave and alter my citizenship. I choose the latter. Correction, I did actually not choose the latter but opted to tell the truth to the letter, hence quit them who wanted to tell it otherwise.

523568_673402332694694_1640804301_nThere is a new brand of nationalism that my fellow journalists, now activists, must subscribe to, and if they do, their career is doomed! What is the sign of the doom? More signs and symptoms will ensue as we delve into this piece of my mind but the glaring fact I have to point out as part of the intro here is this. There is no journalism. There is only activism, depending on the…

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Originally posted on Weakleaks!:

During my wandering and wondering, pandering and pondering through the opinion maze of the Social Media, I found some interesting stuffs this morning, thanks to Abraham Deng Lueth and Tearz Ayuen. They are among the fewest young South Sudanese, who sacrificially point in the eyes of the dictatorial leaders of the SPLM (all factions). The secret of our nation healing, peace and reconciliation is in truth, justice and accountability. The vilification that is sold to some gullible youth as a tool to silence truth-speakers should be fought first to give way to honesty and modesty in search for the permanent solution to our conflict. Tribalism or hypocritical allegiance is also a pest to our nationhood. We must read, interpret and respond in a peaceful and gentlemanly manner like Deng Lueth Mayom has done to Tearz Ayuen’s opinion here. Both of them are my favourite activists. They (should)  tell it live and alive! And…

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 ABRAHAM KUOT AKECH: THE NEWLY ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH SUDANESE STUDENTS UNION IN ELDORET KENYA.

BY EMMANUEL MAKUACH

Thousands of south Sudanese students in some universities colleges in eldoret has elected their chairman and vice chairlady to represent them in any functions the association was form by south Sudanese students union in eldoret which is in great north Rift including kitale bungoma   kapenguria .after election the chairman of south Sudanese student union in eldoret has   a message of peace among the students to united stand behind our leaders to bring peace back to the people of south sudan .He also continue that it will be marvelous indeed if we embrace the culture of peace in our hearts so that we can stay in harmony without any segregation or tribal influence in order to demonstrate it with confidence to the other nations that we have common destiny and that we will achieved peace in our minds .i would like also to entreaty both parties involved in the conflicts to stop fighting and respect any agreement so that our country can moved forwards since we know that the war cannot make us to developed but it can make us unsettle since we living in fear of being killed . we students need peace that can end all our suffering of our people beyond the borders of the south Sudan .As a matter of fact the day is still young when we got independence and it is very astonished if we continue with spirit of tribalism and hatred and culture of killing innocent people the population is declining to the political gain   therefore we need .everyone wants to ensure that the peace is restore back in the country so that anyone can feel free and enjoy the freedom of her or his country .Since know that being expatriate have a lot of obstacles that you may encounter rather than being in your home country ,Nevertheless through a rekindle hopes of peace and mutual understanding between our leaders to bring peace back therefore people of south Sudan should have gone through hardship and suffering that take country back to the dark days when we fought Arabs .He appealed to youths who are students to have sound of peace and unity among themselves regardless of their genders religions or minority or majority or affiliations party   that can take us forwards


By David Aoloch Bion

The South Sudan warring parties, the Government and rebels SPLM/A O have agreed to command separate armies during the interim period like the Sudan had two armies, the SPLA and SAF in the interim period (2005 -2011) before South Sudan separated from Sudan . The SPLA was kept as separate army  to safeguard the referendum to determine whether South Sudan be an independent state or remain in the united Sudan.

Today  on the above mentioned precedent, the Government and the rebels have agreed to have the separate armies in the peace talk mediated by IGAD in Addis Abba.  This propounds many questions like- what is the SPLM/A O going to safeguard?  Do the SPLM/A O want to have independent country like SPLA want to have South Sudan before?  Are these two army militias or the national armies? Is South Sudan with two armies a sovereign state or stateless territory control by warlords? Is the agreement not a peace agreement but short  break for war that will resume after 30 months of interim period?

All in all, from the disinterest point of view, the two armies in South Sudan is self-acknowledgment that South Sudan is ‘’failed state’’ It is self –confession that South Sudan is ‘’stateless territory’’ control by the ‘’warlords’’. it is self –declaration that South Sudan is divided ‘’two countries’’, one rule by Kiir , one rule by Riek  . it is self admission that the individuals like Mr Kiir and Mr Riek are  either  ‘’above the state’’ or ‘’are state themselves’’ .

What is the objective of keeping two armies?  Is it to protect individuals like Mr . Kiir and Mr. Riek? Is to protect power from the one who have it like Mr. Kiir? Or  Is it to seize power from someone like Kiir and give it to somebody like Riek?

In black and white , the two armies will not see themselves as friends or comrades but as enemies as it happened in Malakal during the interim period . Two fighting took place in Malakal because of three separate armies; there were SPLA JIU, SAF JIU and Gabriel Tanginya Army. SPLA JIU was in South Malakal, SAF JIU was in North Malakal, and Tanginya Army was between Malakal airport and Upper Nile University .Each army had it own check point .  Tanginya Army  erected a check point between the town and the airport , his(Tanginya ) forces checked and searched anyone passing through their  check point, which  later on provoked the  fighting that involved the three armies in Malakal  .therefore ,  if there are two armies ,  fighting will erupt not by  orders  of   any commander  but because of rudest  check and search from Check  points of  separate  armies . it can happen at one check point like in Bentiu but will involve the whole South Sudan into fighting like one check point dispute  in Malakal involved three armies into fighting .

In fact, in last 11 months, SPLM/A O led by Riek had failed to take power from Kiir, therefore, they will not take it even if they are commanded separately. Furthermore, integration cannot stop any soldier from fighting if he wants to fight. Last December, the army was integrated and mixed but they fought ,therefore ,integration cannot prevent soldiers from fighting.

Immediate Integration of the two armies is the best solution and best hope for South Sudanese who are thirsty for peace. Integration will assure the people that peace has come; integration will build trust and confidence among the people of South Sudan. Integration will promote reconciliation and healing. What are you going to tell the people in the Reconciliation and Healing conference during the interim period , if there are two armies . Two armies during interim period  means fighting is not stopped yet.