By Morris Mabior Awikjokdit

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The Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan defined Education as the fundamental right to every citizen to be educated but the former National Ministers of Education science and Technology were against the establishment of quality education in the country as the intention of the attempted coup.

Dr. Adwok Nyaba was against the operation of private Institutions of learning across the country due to the reason best known to him. Instead of fighting against high illiteracy rates in the young nation, comrade Adwok Nyaba went as far as encouraging the closure of private universities.

Education is one of the basic ways people of the Republic of South Sudan can achieve their well- being. It life-time earnings as well as how much a person can engage with and contribute to the entire society of South Sudan. Quality education positively effects health, and lowers family size and fertility rates.

Availability of workers with the right skills is one of the key determinants of success for any business and of capable and professional public bureaucracies and service. Investing in Education in South Sudan will brings individuals and societies enormous benefits, socially, environmentally and economically. But to realize these benefits, children and adolescents must have access to Education and learn from it.

Across the African states, investment in education clearly benefits individuals and societies. In countries emerging from conflict, giving children who couldn’t attend school and a second chance is one way to rebuild individual capabilities and move into national recovery.

However, globally, there is an education, learning and skills crisis especially in the ten Southern states. Some primary schools are operating under the quantities average instead of quality education. The author of this opinion piece of Article is totally confuse about the current education system in South Sudan and I don’t really understand to my limit knowledge whether our government want quality education or quantity?

I believe it important to target learning outcomes, to make sure that every child performs up to a global minimum standard upon completing primary and secondary education. To do this, many countries have found that pre-primary education, getting children ready to learn, is also needed in South Sudan, so we have added target on that.

All around the world, we are nearing universal primary school enrollment, although 28 million children in countries emerging from conflict like DRC, Mali, Somalia, Central Africa Republic and South Sudan are still not in proper established Educational system.

Universal primary education, continues to be a required priority and our government need to ensure all children, regardless of circumstance, are able to enroll and complete a full course of primary and lower secondary education and, in most cases meet minimum learning standards by employing qualified trained teachers.

Of course, education is about far more than basic literacy and numeracy. While the target is about access to school and learning, education’s aims are wider. As set out in the convention on the Rights of the child, education enables children to realize their talents and full potential earn respect for human rights and prepare them for their role as adults. With quality Education, it should also encourage creative thinking, teamwork and problem solving.

It can also lead people to learn to appreciate natural resources, become aware of the importance of sustainable consumption and production and climate change, and gain an understanding of sexual and reproductive health. Education supplies young people with skills for life, work and earning livelihood.

Teachers are often early mentors who inspire children to advance. The quality of education in all countries depends on having a sufficient number of motivated teachers, well trained and possessing strong subject- area knowledgeable. Equity must be a core principle in promoting education system of the Republic of South Sudan. Education disparities persist among and within countries.

In many countries where average enrollment rates have raised, the gaps between, for example, rural girls from a minority community and urban boys from the majority group are vast. Some states have made significant gains in education of South Sudan in the last decade in reducing disparities based on disability, ethnicity, language, being a religious minority and being displaced. Equatorial region benefits in education of South Sudan more than other region of the country.

As children move on higher levels of education the education gap still remains enormous. Many children who finish primary school do not go on to secondary school due to lack of strong secondary schools established and insufficient of qualified trained teachers.

Under payment of teachers and lack of motivating them is another factor facing the education system of South Sudan? They should, and we have included a target to reflect this.

Skills learned in school must also help young people to get a job. Some are non- cognitive skills teamwork, leadership, problem solving. Others should come from technical and vocational training centers.

Wherever it takes place, these skills are important components of inclusive and equitable growth. Such activities are needed to build capacity and professionalism in governments and business, especially in conflict affected states.

The barriers to education of South Sudan, and the most effective solutions, will vary from state to state. But the commitment to learning must be constant and unwavering.

The author is a freelance opinion writer and a professional experience teacher based in Warrap state- Kuajok. He can be reached by email: morrisawikjok@yahoo.com

The conspiracy behind Khartoum’s alleged leaked memo

Posted: September 30, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Mapuor Malual

By Mapuor Malual Manguen

In August this year Riek Machar and his entourage visited Khartoum to drum up support for Addis Ababa peace talks between his rebel movement and the government of South Sudan. About two months later, it is emerging that his visit was not a peace tour as reported in the media but, in fact a soliciting drive for military support from the archenemy of his country, the republic of Sudan. On 24 September, Prof. Eric Reeves, a distinguished analyst of South Sudan and Sudan published a secret memo on Sudan Tribune from a meeting of top military and security officials in Khartoum that took place on August 31 this year. This was three weeks after Riek visit. In the memo, senior Sudanese officials allegedly agreed to support the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) with advanced weapons and trainings to change balance of power in South Sudan.

Sudan 1st Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh is quoted that his regime “Recognizes Dr. Riek Machar Liaison office and all organs are required to provide protection and security to them. “I met Riak Machar, Dhieu Mathok and Taban Deng Gai and they are regretting the decision to separate the South and we decided to return his house to him. He [Riek Machar] requested us to assist him and that he, has shortage in the M.I. personnel, operations command and tank technicians. We must use the many cards we have against the South in order to give them unforgettable lesson.”

But inevitably Prof. Reeves raised questions about the authenticity of this document, marked internally as “secret, confidential, and restricted.” Most of the reasons for believing the document to be authentic, on Reeves’ reading, have to do with the extremely close resemblance of much of what is said by officials in this meeting and what has been said and done publicly by the National Congress Party/National Islamic Front regime, but in the minutes with more detail, specificity, and nuance of expression.

Nevertheless, this purported memo is not far from reality on the battlefields in Upper Nile and Unity States. After acquiring trainings and weapons from Sudan, the rebels of SPLM-IO recently crossed borders into the country and launched attacks on government controlled areas. The Chief of Joint General Staff of the Sudan Armed Forces, 1st Lt. General Hashim Abdalla Mohammed, adds his voice in this conspiracy theory and I quote,

“We must change the balance of forces in South Sudan. Riak, Taban and Dhieu Mathok came and requested support in the areas of training in M.I. and especially in tanks and artillery. They requested armament also. They want to be given advanced weapons. Our reply was that we have no objection, provided that we agree on a common objective. Then we train and supply with the required weapons,” end quote.

But what is that “common objective” that Khartoum regime is forging with South Sudan rebels? Is it a common objective for regime change in Juba? Or is it for reunification of Sudan with South Sudan? Just as I mentioned in my previous article, the recent rebels activities in Renk is strong evidence to Khartoum’s leaked memo.

The objective of Sudan may not necessarily intend to re-occupy the whole South Sudan but aims to take up contested areas along the border. Rebels on their part are desperate to capture or destroy operating oil facilities through Sudan’s help to starve Juba with oil proceeds which it depends for running state institutions. This is bitter pill for Sudan to swallow because it also relies on oil infrastructure fees that Juba pays per every barrel of crude that passes through Sudan’s territory.

This article was first published by The Juba Telegraph on Tuesday 30, September 2014. The author is journalist, blogger and political commentator based in Juba. mapuormanguen85@gmail.com

Bloomberg: China Halted Weapons Sales to South Sudan

Posted: September 30, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

China halted weapons sales to South Sudan after it discovered the state arms manufacturer sold millions of dollars worth of equipment to the war-torn nation, a Chinese Embassy official said.

China North Industries Group Corp., known as Norinco, delivered its first consignment of a $38 million order to South Sudan in June. The Chinese government decided it was “inappropriate to implement” the remainder of the contract after details of the order came to light in July, Lan Kun, an attache at the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, said in a Sept. 21 interview.

“No more weapons are heading to South Sudan,” he said. “There are some media reports that were alleging that the Chinese government was behind this business operation and wants to undermine this peace process. That is totally untrue.”

South Sudan has been wracked by a civil war since mid-December in which thousands of people have died and sparked one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, according to the United Nations.China’s Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called for an end to hostilities, while Chinese Ambassador to the African Union Xie Xiaoyan has worked with U.S., Norwegian and U.K. diplomats to try end the conflict.

U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth said he raised the issue about the weapons sale with Chinese officials during a visit to Beijing in July.

“I have been told and assured that they have frozen delivery of any further arms that are already sold and they continue to have a policy of no new arms agreements,” he said by phone from New York.

Oil Buyer

China is one of the biggest buyers of South Sudan’s oil, output of which has fallen by a third to about 160,000 barrels a day since fighting between President Salva Kiir’s government and insurgents loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar started nine months ago, according to the Petroleum Ministry. The violence has displaced 1.8 million people and left 4 million, almost a third of the population, in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.

China National Petroleum Corp. is one of three companies that pump oil in South Sudan. The company evacuated 97 of its staff in December because of the conflict, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Dec. 25.

Human Rights Watch, the New York-based advocacy group, has accused South Sudan’s army and rebel forces of crimes against humanity including massacres and rape during the fighting. Civilians had been purposefully targeted and killed, child soldiers recruited and towns pillaged, said HRW South Sudan researcher Skye Wheeler.

‘Meaningful Steps’

“Neither side has made any meaningful steps toward ending abuse or holding their forces to account for crimes driving South Sudan deeper into humanitarian crisis and causing terrible levels of suffering,” she said by e-mail.

Since the start of the war, China’s government “has asked all relevant Chinese companies to stop the weapons trade to South Sudan and this stance of the government has not changed,” Yu Ruilin, chief of the political section at the embassy, said in a Sept. 23 interview.

China’s government is committed to restoring peace to the nation, she said. Yu was unaware which shipments by Beijing-based Norinco had been stopped. The deal for the weapons was struck before the war broke out and the embassy had no knowledge of the sale, Lan said.

“China’s support in halting arms flows to all parties in the conflict is critical to reaching a political resolution of the conflict,” Casie Copeland, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group’s South Sudan analyst, said by e-mail.

‘No Obligation’

No one was available at Norinco in Juba for comment. The company’s office in Beijing referred questions to a man named Ji, who declined to comment when reached by phone on Sept. 29.

“Norinco observes international laws and the laws and regulations of the Chinese government,” he said. “We are under no obligations to talk about Norinco’s internal business with journalists.”

South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer said in a Sept. 21 interview in Juba he was unaware that the Chinese had stopped arms sales.

“We have weapons,” he said. “We are an army. We have no shortage of arms.”

South Sudan’s Army Chief of General Staff Paul Malong declined to be interviewed and two calls to Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk’s mobile phone didn’t connect.

News of the weapons order prompted Amnesty International, the London-based advocacy group, and a coalition of 30 non-governmental organizations to call for an embargo against arms sales to South Sudan. During a visit to Juba last month, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said reports of arms purchases were “very worrying.”

‘Convenient’ Cancellation

China’s decision to halt the weapons sale comes “conveniently” after one shipment arrived in South Sudan, said Jonah Leff, director of operations at Brussels-based Conflict Armament Research.

“Nevertheless, it’s indicative of a renewed effort on their part to not play a part in fuelling the conflict with arms,” Leff said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Ambassador Mawien Makol Arik, spokesman for South Sudan’s foreign minister, said he did not understand what the issue was with buying military equipment.

“When it comes to weapons, this is a sovereign country, we can contract anybody who can give us some weapons,” he said. “This is the right of any country not just South Sudan.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Ilya Gridneff in Nairobi at igridneff@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.netPaul Richardson, Karl Maier

South Sudan Bus Crash kills 56

Posted: September 29, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

South Sudan bus crash kills 56

Monday, 29 September 2014

Baakulu bus that crashed head-on on the Jub-Nimule Highway, near Nesitu

Bakulu bus that crashed head-on on the Jub-Nimule Highway, near Nesitu

At least 56 people have been killed after a bus travelling from South Sudan to Uganda crashed into a truck, doctors say.

‘The police first brought something like 20 bodies… all in all they brought 56,’ said Xaviour Okadi, a doctor at the main hospital in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

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The crash is one of the worst recent accidents in South Sudan.

The bus crashed shortly after dawn on Monday, on the main highway south to Uganda, some 25km from Juba.

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Police said the bus and truck collided head-on while crossing a bridge.

Many of those killed were Ugandans, Okadi said, adding that around 15 were South Sudanese.

An AFP reporter witnessed dozens of dead bodies in the hospital’s mortuary, many with wounds to the head, or with broken limbs.

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Ugandan traders play a key role in the South Sudan capital, many running small businesses or trading stores.

The Ugandan army is also supporting government troops in South Sudan, battling rebel forces in a more than nine-month long civil war.

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The highway to Uganda is one of the few tarred roads in South Sudan, which is grossly underdeveloped after decades of war.

Fighting broke out again in the oil-rich country, also the world’s youngest nation, in December 2013 following a clash between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

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The war spread rapidly across the country and has been marked by widespread human rights abuses and atrocities by both sides.

- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/africa/2014/09/29/south-sudan-bus-crash-kills-56.html#sthash.oGatmtxD.dpuf


Speech of Hon. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, Minister of the Environment, Republic of South Sudan, at the Meeting of the Delegation of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan with the South Sudanese Community
27 September 2014

My colleagues, Your Excellencies, the Ministers,
Ambassador Baak Valentino Akol Wol, Charge d’affairs, Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Washington DC,
Hon. Biel Jock Thich, Deputy Chairperson of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission,
Hon. Dr Makur Matur Koriam, Undersecretary, Ministry of Health,
Your Excellencies, the Ambassadors,
All the other protocols are observed,
Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to meet you and address you today here in New York. I thank you for attending this important meeting. I have a lot to say but

Key Messages

1. I was born during the first civil war. I grow up during the second civil war. And I count myself lucky that I witness the signing of the CPA. I can tell you peace is much better than war. I say so because peace is the catalyst for development, economic growth and prosperity. This is why our President, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, our Vice President James Wani Igga and the entire government are committed to peace. This is why we are negotiating a peaceful solution to the conflict. This is why our President took a bold decision to meet Riek Machar on three occasions and sign the 9th May agreement with him. This is why our President signed The Protocol on Governance Arrangements During the Interim Period recently, which we strongly believe is a firm basis for the peace agreement with the rebels. This is why your government is determined to negotiate peace and end this senseless war, which Riek Machar imposed on the government and the people of South Sudan.

Peace is our only choice. For this reason, we must reaffirm our commitment to peace today. As children of God, let each one of us go out, like the 12 Apostles, filled with the spirit of peace to preach the message of peace to our people throughout the United States of America such that peace prevails in our country.

2. Let us adhere to democratic principles. We all agree that taking power by force, in a democracy, is not acceptable. Ballots, rather than bullets, are the means by which we change guards in a democracy. In accordance with democratic principles and the Constitution and the law, we conducted the General Elections in 2010 and we elected President Salva Kiir Mayardit President of the Government of Southern Sudan. In addition, we elected the MPs of the National Parliament, including our Vice President, and the 10 State legislative assemblies. All these citizens did not take power by force. They were elected by the people. So, let us adhere to the democratic principles of rule of law, accountability, transparency, free and fair elections, etc.

3. I want to give you a test. I want to invite Ambassadors Wani, Gordon Buoy, Thiik, and Aban. Look at them. Can you tell their tribes from their appearances. Look at me. Can you guess my tribe from my appearance? We are one people. We are South Sudanese. I urge you to fight tribalism and sectionalism.Tribalism contributed to the coup and the rebellion. Riek Machar convinced himself and his allies to stage a coup d’état and wage a futile war against Our President, his government and the people of South Sudan because he believed the majority of SPLA hail from Nuer tribe. He was convinced that he can overpower the forces loyal to the government in two hours and take over the government.

Thank God the coup failed. But, we must remember too many citizens of South Sudan were killed by the forces of Riek in the last 9 months. So, tribalism and sectionalism are the enemy within, which is killing our nation. An African proverb says “If there is no enemy within, the enemy without can do you no harm.” Let us not allow tribalism and sectionalism to kill our nation.

4. I want to talk about unity. I urge you to promote unity. And I want to tell you why you should. I believe unity, nationalism, nation-building and national cohesion are prerequisites for peace, coexistence, harmony, development, economic growth and prosperity. Unity was the key to our survival of the liberation war. Unity was the key to achieving our independence and freedom. Unity is the key to addressing our current crisis. Unity will remain the key to our success in the future. We have no option or alternative other than to embrace unity. So, we must continuously promote unity. Each and every one of us must resolve to promote unity.

5. Let us uphold our values of respect, peace, love and sacrifice, tolerance, friendliness, courage, honesty, hard work, perseverance, dignity, humility, unity and faith in and fear of God. These are the values that define who we are. These are the values that enabled us to weather all the storms since the time of Prophet Isaiah, until today. Abandonment of these values can only spell disaster and it has proved to be disastrous. Total disregard to these universal values has contributed significantly to eruption of the coup and the rebellion, too. Let us uphold and promote these values of our ancestors since they served us so well.

6. It is our duty to resist the rebels and protect our Constitution. Article 4, Section (3) of The Transitional Constitution, 2011, says and I quote

“Every citizen shall have the duty to resist any person or group of persons who attempt(s) to overthrow the constitutional government, or suspend or abrogate this Constitution” end of quote.

As law-abiding citizens of this country, it is our duty to resist the rebels and protect our Constitution.

7. Our people have struggled, died and suffered for a period of nearly half a century, and in the end we achieved the dream. We wanted and fought for a free and independent Republic of South Sudan. On 9th July 2011, we got it. Our dream has come true. The dream became a palpable reality on the ground. We have achieved the dream, thanks to our President, Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit, for his patience and wise leadership. Let us protect our people and our country. And let us live the dream!

8. In conclusion, I would like to drive on last key message home. Your country needs you. Your country needs you. Your country Your country needs you not to wage a war against the rebels but to play an active role in our mission of peace. I urge you to do your part. And I promise you I will do my part.

May the Peace and the love of God be with you now and always!

Thank you.


By Garang Atem Ayiik

  1. Introduction

John Perkins in his book, ‘Confession of Economic Hit Man’, explained how he and his colleagues designed economic assistance programs in Saudi that will make huge in-flows of petrodollars to United States; and make Saudi more intertwined to United State economy.

The objectives according to Perkins was to make US benefits from Saudi natural resources; and inhibits Saudi from implementing punitive economic policies against the United States as she did in 1970s during Yom Kippur war. John illustrated how Countries around world were made vulnerable to be submissive to United States.

The programs in Saudi took forms of capital intensive programs with long term contracts management and maintenance provisions to keep United States in business in Saudi. The programs according to John were intended to ensure United States milk Saudi to Sun set economically.

Though the above scenario has different connotation, its applicability to South Sudan is precise. South Sudan got her independent in July 2011. She formed a government on a background of emptiness in term of infrastructure, social services, institutions and human capital.

This circumstance provides an opportunity for wrong policy prescription in forms of assistance programs design to disadvantage South Sudan economy.

  1. Economic Vulnerabilities

This article, explore possible scenarios economic agents with interest in South Sudan can design economic assistance programs with an intention to milk South Sudan till Sun set; identify South Sudan economic vulnerability to monitor and propose policy recommendations.

A two decade war eroded South Sudan social services, institutions, human capital and work attitude. As result of these gaps, immediately after Comprehensive Peace Agreement, well wishers and self seekers ran into South Sudan by air, land and rivers.

Ten years later, an arm of experts, advisors and businessmen are rooted in South Sudan. The legitimate concern is why experts, advisors and businessmen haven’t passed on their expertise and altitude towards the local people and institutions?

The failure of capacity building in South Sudan can be explained by two reasons; tactical behaviors by consultants not to pass capacity to locals so as to retain their jobs; and tactical behavior by public employees not to employ capable locals to reduce knowledge pressure underneath them.

I am not a believer of lack of capacity but capacity mismatch. The above scenario, have serious economic implications.

First, South Sudan will be indebted to capacity building; second, local resources will be repatriated out in forms of salaries and profits putting pressure on South Sudan pound; third, lack of employment will increase, increasing social problems and these are typical problems of economic hit men – economic vulnerability.

Any public officer or institution that benefited in forms of economic assistance for more than two years, thereafter has no capacity is guilty of the above explained selfish behaviors. You must have met those consultants whose soul almost fades when their contracts expired.

Rwanda and Singapore demonstrated that countries that have confidence in their young people; place them central to economic policy; and encourage local content and solutions make long economic strides then those that depend on outsiders-reduction of economic hit man influence.

After all, John Perkins explained that consultants and international institutions are first for themselves and their masters. So why do policy makers place these actors central to South Sudan economic needs?

In 2012, pissed off by behavior of Sudan, South Sudan halted oil flow through Sudan. Though this was a onetime decision, its lessons live on. Whether oil flows through Sudan, Kenya or Djibouti, it is possible that economic interests and geo-economic dynamics can halt oil flow. This is an area vulnerable to economic hit men.

An economy that runs on one resource is like a driver on long road without spare parts. The uproar caused in Uganda, Kenya and around the world by recent circular by Ministry of Labor in regulating foreign nationals’ jobs in South Sudan points to possible economic and diplomatic war in case interests clash.

It is a clear manifestation of how those who come to help live to protect their interest. South Sudan needs to reduce economic vulnerability by develop good road networks with all its neighbors for possible road transport in case the existing pipeline(s) is compromised; develop local oil refinery for local consumption and possible exports – road networks link to existing refinery plan; diversify productive sectors from oil.

Lack of pipeline, refinery and huge depend on imports through Kenya subject South Sudan to possibility of bullying, arm twisting and name calling with little alternative and economic breathing space.

Perkins explained how international financial institutions and consultants suffocated nations with natural resources for economic vulnerability. This is done through huge loans for submissiveness, geo-economic and politic. South Sudan needs strong institutions on public loan so that she is not suffocated.

In 1970s, Malaysia used to sent her employees to Kenya Institute of Management for training in Kenya, above fifty years later, Malaysia has enjoyed economic growth as Kenya continue to swim in poverty and underdevelopment.

South Sudan needs to conceptualize her economic path like Malaysia. In a world build on capitalism; in a world where consultants and international partners have different interests as explained by John Perkins in his book; in a world where Kenyans demonstrated against Chinese working on Thika road and condemn South Sudan for acting in her interest in the same circumstance, South Sudan is better off in the hands of her Citizens.

  1. Conclusion and Recommendations

South Sudan interests are better in hands of South Sudan. The government needs to integrate this into migration, labor policy and education financing. Do we need a circular when a permit and visa can do the job silently? If South Sudan doesn’t have capacity, why don’t South Sudan takes money to Universities where capacities are made!

John Perkins demonstrated that countries with natural resources are more vulnerable to world geo-economic and political dynamics. South Sudan needs to place its people, business and capacity central to economic expansion and policies to address economic vulnerabilities.

There are lessons from countries like Rwanda, Malaysia and Singapore that South Sudan can learn. Whether to be like Kenya or Malaysia, South Sudan has herself to choose. Central is the manner and capacity to make economically conscious decisions.

Garang Atem Ayiik is an independent South Sudan economic policy commentator base in South Sudan. He can be reached at garangatemayiik@gmail.com


The Committee of Senior SPLM members in Victoria Australia would like to refute as falls and mere propaganda the claims by SPLM-in-Opposition that Victoria South Sudanese Communities wholly support them

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Following the nearly nine months of War and its subsequent political maneuvers by the members of SPLM-in-Opposition including the defection of most SPLM and Youth League office in Victoria Australia members to the opposition; leading to a great level of confusion among the South Sudanese people here in Victoria.

The concerned SPLM Senior members in Victoria became alarmed by exaggerated propaganda by SPLM-in-Opposition including their recent meeting and a claim that the Dinka Community in Victoria has organized a rally to welcome the visiting SPLM-in-Opposition team led by Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth.

These senior SPLM members acknowledge the disintegration of SPLM Office and Youth League to other South Sudanese the World over; and due to this unfolding of events, the members have formed a Committee to coordinate SPLM activities and respond to any issues raised by the opposition or SPLM branch at home which runs the Government of South Sudan.

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The Committee of Senior SPLM members in Victoria Australia would like to refute as falls and mere propaganda the claims by SPLM-in-Opposition that Victoria South Sudanese Communities wholly support them, in fact what has happened is actually individuals running to Dr. Riek Machar’s camp looking for employment and other positions should he seize power.

Otherwise the general public is against the rebellion and the ongoing War weighed by the Opposition forces in South Sudan. In reality, South Sudanese Communities and SPLM members in Victoria are a people well exposed to democratic processes since they vote in a system here and do condemn with strongest terms possible the killings of our people and attempts to dislodge a democratically elected Government by force.

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The SPLM members and consulted South Sudanese Community Leaders and their members here by condemn as , the continued attacks by Rebels on Government positions and killing of Civilians, and unfortunately, whenever the two groups go to Addis Ababa Ethiopia to settle the conflict through peaceful ns.

We would also like to bring to light that majority of South Sudanese, leave alone the SPLM members here in Victoria, do pledge their full support behind the Government and SPLM ruling Party as usual and are behind the President and his team, given the President’s sincere efforts to bring back the peace South Sudanese have been yearning for all the way even before the CPA.

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We encourage the Government to continue to show good example of unconditional dialogue to look for peace as the only option to bring the war to an end and ease the suffering of our people who became victims of those seeking Power by all means including war as uttered by the former Vice President last year in his address before the war erupted.

The SPLM members in Victoria are here by assuring the SPLM in South Sudan and the Government that the SPLM in Victoria and South Sudanese communities encourage you to continue with the commitment to bring peace.

The committee would also like to assure you that we in Victoria are in control to safeguard the SPLM agenda of peace, development, justice and prosperity and also liaise the Government of Australia to support the Government and participate effectively in the humanitarian front to safe our people that have been affected by this war.

We would also encourage the Government in South Sudan to ready and a team for visit to Australia in the team will be in full support possible to facilitate a rally and care for any issues as deemed necessary.

Signed by:

  1. Cde Isaac Achol Malony, Team Secretary
  2. Majok Abian Doong
  3. Jacob Maduok
  4. Kur Deng Ring
  5. Deng magot Deng
  6. Marco Ngati
  7. Ayuel Aleer Deng
  8. Clement Angui
  9. Simon Juac Deng
  10. Lual Makuei Deng
  11. Longar Atem Kolang
  12. Chol Muonyroor
  13. Mayom Boldit
  14. Samuel Thon Panchol.
  15. Leek Aleer Deng
  16. Chan Kamich

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