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imagesPersonally, I have not been concentrating on the political celebrations of the season as I was on my one-man racing to cross the annual borderline between 2015 and 2016. When you look back on this second day of the new year, what have you noticed?

I saw on SSTV my old school friend. Very funny! With a masters’ degree from outside Africa and a recent, decent job, the guy undressed to the minis, smeared himself with cowdung, covered his head with a cowboy (Kiirist hat) and then wrapped his waist with a national flag… Believe this? Then he danced himself lame from the last days of 2015 to the first day of 2016. I also doubt he celebrated the Christmas in the church.

Simply, he summarized the year (old-cum-new) on his Facebook page: “Long Live Salva Kiir Mayardit, SPLM Oyee, Jonglei State Oyee, God Bless South Sudan”. On mine, the…

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“We reached an agreement that we had to move forward with implementation…We will establish the transitional government of national unity and then we’ll engage in dialogue with the government regarding the 28 states…The security for the interim government could be in place by the end of the month,” SPLM-IO deputy spokesman Nyarji Roman said Tuesday by phone from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

This is what Michael Makuei said after JMEC meeting this evening.

“JMEC had its fourth meeting, and in this meeting, the meeting went on very well and in the meeting we discussed the communique which was issued by IGAD and we adopted the communique as it is, as the best option and the way forward and as a roadmap for the implementation of the agreement and the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity. So we have agreed that, yes, within this coming short period we need to work hard and ensure that the security elements from the IO are brought in. That the police of 1,500 for Juba town and the police for the greater Upper Nile of 1,200 are also brought in and the other security forces of 1,410 all should be brought in as soon as possible so that the first Vice President [Riek Machar] comes in and the transitional government of national unity is established. This is what we discussed. This is what we agreed and we also received reports from. Reports from JMCC report from JOC and the report from the SDSR and all these on the progress and also on the NCSC. So, all these reports we receive them and we are satisfied, JMEC is satisfied with the performance with these committees and we gave them the ok to go ahead and continue with the operationalization of the security arrangements.”


New Joke in Juba: Call police at your own risk

Posted: January 28, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Police in Juba

new joke doing rounds in Juba: when attacked by burglars, call the police at your own risk. This week, report emerged that a man who called 777 mobile police after his home was attacked by robbers, was shot dead by the very police that he had called for help.

The Perils of Power-Sharing in South Sudan

Posted: January 27, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Patrick Wight

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir agreed this week to (re)institute a power-sharing arrangement that would put the fractured country on the road to forming a new transitional government for peace. Included in the deal is a provision allowing the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM-IO) rebels, at least nominally under the control of Riek Machar, to put forth a candidate for prime minister. In addition, a constitution-making process would be implemented to “better reflect South Sudan’s diversity along the principles of federalism and devolution of power to the states” (Radio Tamazuj, 2014).

That the SPLM/A-IO rejected this deal should come as no surprise given its mandate that Kiir would remain as president for the duration of the 2-½ year transition period, that the proposed prime minister would be subject to his approval and would be barred from then running for president (Davison, 2014). There is little doubt that Kiir…

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A translated version of Dr. Costello Garang Riiny’s interview.

A leader from the Peoples’ Movement (SPLM/A), Dr. Costello Garang, in an honest interview for “Al-Intibaha”, Published on Thursday, January 20, 2016, 13:50. Interview – Hadiyah Ali


Dr. Costello Garang with Paulino Matip in Leer, 1993

Part One

January 24, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Dr. Costello Garang, one of the most prominent ambassadors of the Peoples’ Movement (Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement: SPLM/A) and (previous) Advisor to the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has demanded that Salva resigns from his post. Costello Garang clarified by saying that the time has come for him to quit, stating that the Peoples’ Movement has failed in governing the South, and cited the random killings and the unprecedented exodus to the North, which is more than what was happening when the country was united. He went on to say that the agreement between Machar and Salva Kiir will not end the crisis in the South, since it is inherently tied to their presence, and asked to allow room for the Southerners to present their choices and for the international community to help the Southerners make a change. He also said that Sudan, with strong support from Western Countries, has to play an important role in helping the South. Al-Intibaha sat down with Costello and asked him about the many issues that matter to the public in South Sudan and in Sudan. Let us then read the interview together.


Troika Terminates SPLM IO Hotel Accomodation in Juba

Posted: January 21, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan


Troika statement on accommodation 2016 (pdf)

IGAD peace deal in limbo

IGAD peace deal in limbo

January 21, 2016 (SSB)  —  During the last two weeks of December 2015, we witnessed the successful return of SPLM-IO to Juba. The United States and Norway, in coordination with the UK and the EU, contributed very substantial financial support for this complex operation, including buses to Gambella, flights to Juba and accommodation for 240 people. The purpose of this support was to secure the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARC), and the full operationalisation of the various committees as proscribed by the Agreement. (more…)

An Excerpt from Dr. Riek Machar’s letter to the JMEC Chairman, Festus Mogae

riek letter to JMEC chairman

JUBA (HAN) January 16, 2016 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability Initiatives News. South Sudan has warned Sudan that it will shut down its only active oilfield unless the cost of transporting crude through Khartoum is revised to reflect the low oil prices prevailing globally [today, it is $29 per barrel]

The closure would be the first step in Juba’s quest to bring back issues pending from the 2005 peace deal to the negotiating table, especially if a transitional government is set up as expected this week. South Sudan ambassador to Kenya James Morgan said the Paloch oilfields in Upper Nile will be shut down because the country cannot pay Sudan $25 per barrel in transit fees when oil prices are below $30 per barrel.

“It does not make sense to pay Khartoum $25 and the Chinese pipeline owners $15 per barrel when the global oil prices have plummeted. It is better to stop and preserve the natural resource while waiting for oil prices to improve,” said Mr Morgan. Juba has asked Khartoum to reduce the fixed pipeline fee that was agreed on under the September 2012 Co-operation Agreement signed in Addis Ababa.

The agreement was meant to fast-track solutions to wealth sharing, security arrangements, border demarcation, and the issue of Abyei, which, according to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), ought to have conducted a referendum in January 2011. As part of the wealth sharing and economic co-operation agreement, a fixed transmission fee of $25 per barrel was set to repay a $3 billion compensation package to Sudan for the loss of 75 per cent of the oilfields.

However, implementation of the CPA aborted when war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. Landlocked Juba pays Sudan for transporting oil through its pipeline to Port Sudan, but has been looking for alternatives like the yet to be completed Kenyan port of Lamu. South Sudan wants the transit fee to be renegotiated, and to be based on a percentage of the global oil price. Mohammed El-Sadique, Sudan’s ambassador to Kenya, told The EastAfrican that Khartoum is ready to reconsider the issue.

“The issue of falling global oil prices is a concern for everybody, and Sudan as an oil exporter is also worried whether the prices will go up soon or stay down for a long time,” he said. Mr El-Sadique said that Sudan considers South Sudan its biggest market in the region, and a sister country, so much so that when the war broke out in 2013, it allowed those fleeing the turmoil to stay, work and acquire education in Khartoum as citizens, not refugees.

At the time of signing the agreement in 2012, global oil prices were at $125 per barrel. In addition, South Sudan — which depends on oil to fund 78 per cent of its budget — has seen its oil production fall from 350,000 barrels per day to 140,000 per day due to the civil war. Only the Paloch oilfields in Upper Nile are currently in operation; oilfields in Unity State have shut down because of insecurity. Mr Morgan said Juba is in the process of signing concessions in the mining sector to reduce dependency on oil. South Sudan has deposits of gold, diamond, uranium, copper, zinc, lead, manganese and iron. Sudan and South Sudan have also agreed to revive the implementation of the border demarcation, security arrangements and Abyei.

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President Kiir petitioned to appoint female speaker

Posted: January 15, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan


Women demand speaker TNLA

The fruition of the CPA

Opening Statement by President Mogae – Jan 2016 FINAL

Independence day celebration in Juba, South Sudan

Excellencies, Distinguished representatives, Ladies and gentlemen:
January 13, 2016 (SSB)  —  Good morning, and welcome to our first meeting in the new year of 2016, a year that I hope will be remembered for South Sudan as a year of peace and a year of transformation and reconciliation. Some dates, in any country’s history, are particularly memorable – I am told that 1947, 1972, 1983, 2005 and of course independence in 2011 are some of those dates here in South Sudan – but if peace is truly entrenched in South Sudan in 2016, then that will be a year to remember as well.

At the present time in Botswana, and indeed much of Southern Africa, is experiencing a record heat wave. I don’t suppose there are many Africans who come to South Sudan because they find it cooler, but I can honestly say that I am one of them! But in all seriousness, despite the reasonable temperatures, I understand that at present it is your dry season, and the rains are a few months away. I note this because of the opportunity the good climate of these months provides, to prepare for the humanitarian challenges that 2016 is anticipated to bring.


Transitional ministers to be named on Thursday: JMEC

Posted: January 12, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

JMEC 12 Jan 2016 Press Release on JMEC meeting

sharing the TGONU

John Akoy Pech is a rising comedian who took the challenge of combining the challenges of being a refugee or new arrival in Australia to a stage in terms of comedy. Akoy came up with the idea because of the situation he described as the only time can can have the best laughter is when we all share the pain, happiness while sitting together. Akoy talked about the challenges faced by the South Sudanese-Australian from expensive marriage, divorce, lack of cohesion in the community and why it is necessary to live as one people? Akoy spoke with SBS Dinka Radio team from NSW but his first show of the comedy will take place in Brisbane.

Israeli and Indian companies to collaborate on South Sudan mega dairy project

By Jim Cornall, 08-Jan-2016

A $600m dairy farming enterprise is being developed by Tel Aviv-based firm, AlefBet Planners Ltd., who will be conducting the planning and design work for Indian entrepreneurs in South Sudan

The 11th Anniversary: Happy Birthday CPA

Posted: January 9, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

The 11th Anniversary: Happy Birthday CPA

PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers.

The fruition of the CPA The fruition of the CPA

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba

January 9, 2015 (SSB) — Happy Birthday CPA; Shukran President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, ex-VP Riek Machar Teny, ex-Speaker and current VP James Wani Igga and ex-SG Pagan Amum Okiech for ensuring the realization of the central tenet of the CPA: FREEDOM.

Independence day celebration in Juba, South Sudan Independence day celebration in Juba, South Sudan

Through the amalgamation of your esteemed leaderships, the blood of our martyrs and the long, generational, revolutionary struggle of our people did not go in vain.

The current state of RSS The resilient Junubi

Even in the midst of the bleakest time, of the darkest hour, we have always come out much more stronger and united. The current civil war among brothers and sisters pale in contrast to past predicaments.

We are a proud remnants of a victorious generation, yet to figure out the way forward in the post independence South Sudan.

The Late SPLM/A Leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabioor Atem Aruai. The Late SPLM/A Leader, Dr…

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Posted: January 8, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

By Kuol K. Alberto, Juba, South Sudan


Kiir and the battle for the chairmanship of the SPLM

January 8, 2016 (SSB)  —  My dear readers, allow me to bring into your attention some of the instances where in my opinion, I feel the president has been confused and thus explains the lack of progress in this country. The proverbial elephant I alluded to above was said to have been chased by villagers. The story had it that, sometimes back in a certain village in this country there was a young boy who happened to witness his father and some men in the village seriously engaged in a fight with a stray elephant. His dad and the rest would run after the elephant seeking to kill the elephant and once the elephant turned to fight them, they would back off and instead ran for their dear lives. This went on for quite a moment until the young boy wondered why his dad and the rest were confusing the elephant in that when the elephant does not engage them in a fight, the villagers struggle to fight it, and when the elephant turns to fight them, they run away.



image-d5b68d9c138b726443d625155713d81818fc6a27aae3a885571b1f955f947f4c-VTo be a dinkum Dinka, or  to be fair dinkum about this Dinka (JCE) trending topic, one has to be sacrificially a daredevil to condemn it. So I have to.

From many wires, I landed on the following quotes about JCE and for JCE. Thence, they provoked me to join the shout on the role of this supposedly tribal outfit that is possibly and forcibly establishing itself as a tribo-politico stakeholder, say ‘shareholder’, in the management of the nation, alongside the president who has left his state house’s door azure to these 77 honourable elders-cum-leaders.

In short, I would rather the Jieng (Dinka) communities cancelled off these elders because they sprang up during and for the December war as seen in their chairman’s interview with SBS Radio last year, here:

Justice Riiny: “Jiɛ̈ŋ Council of Elders was formed in mid-2013. It was started after Riek Machar announced his candidacy for…

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JMEC confirms ministerial portfolio selection

Posted: January 8, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

South Sudan Ministerial Portfolio

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“There is something call community based approach. We shall sit with the community and decide the priority for our people. Is it road, health centre or school?” Col. Philip Aguer, the newly appointed governor of the newly decreed Jonglei State, has spoken out his very sound bookish plans.

And that is why I have resisted the temptation of not speaking out my mind on this 28 states’ saga as late as on the 28th day of December.

fighting However, I got exactly the same plans when I interviewed Governor Philip Thon Leek for ‘The Southern Eye Newspaper’ 14 years ago, then Governor Kuol Manyang for my magazine 5 years later. What happened? No political will to fund those projects from Juba by the time 1 dollar was trading at 2 SSD? So the talk of taking towns to the villages today is but a political gimmick to divert the attention from…

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G-10 Press Release on the 28 Governors

Posted: December 29, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Press Release

SPLM FPD Press Release on the 28 governors (PDF)