We Share the Grief and pain with the family and Relatives of late Uncle Lual Diing Wol and the entire Aweil Dinka community

By Mawien Athian Athian, Tito Awen Bol and Garang Dong, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Commander Lual Diing Wol with John Garang, Salva Kiir, and Yusuf Kuwa Mekki

February 9, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Baba Africa, it is so early to leave us, Uncle “Lanbaar,” it is too soon to go away from us; Uncle Lual Diing Wol, it is not the time for us to see you parting with us forever. You are a man known by all for your principles and satires that you add in every speech with nation always at heart.

As members of Mading Aweil Community and friends to the children of the late Uncle Lual Diing Wol; and as nationals, we are heavily touched by the passing-on of veteran Lualdit. Late Lualdit or Baba Africa has not just been a politician and a revolutionist; but a man that had been keeping the movement lively from the days of struggle to independent.

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R.I.P Commander Lual Diing Wuol

Posted: February 9, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles, History, People

Uncle Lual Diing Wol

“Because of this gross violation, I have decided not to be part of the government that will not see participation of representatives of the people and this is why I have this morning called and told both President of the government of southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit and his deputy, Dr. Riek Machar Teny never to consider me as part of their future government. Because I have seen that this upcoming government will not be the government of the people by the people and for the people,” said Lual Diing Wol on May 6, 2010 when he rejected an appointment by President Kiir

“Dear All. This is to inform you that we Lost Lt. Gen Lual Diing Wol famously known as Baba Africa or Landbar yesterday at around 5:00 Pm Yesterday at Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi. It took me time to announce his death because I was busy making some arrangement. I thank all people of South Sudan for their firm stand with us during this hour of tragedy. I would also like to appeal to our government and the opposition to allow the presence of all those who intend to mourn with us and put our political differences aside because my father was a man of all South Sudanese, Baba Africa was a lovely Father,Grandfather, uncle and comrade to all South Sudanese without discrimination. R.I.P Landbar all your proverbs will be missed by your people specially SPLA comrades but you did all a man can do to his people and Country. I would also like to appreciate All those South Sudanese who visited us in both hospitals Germany and Aga Khan.” Sultan Malong Diing

Commander Lual Diing Wuol

Among the unfortunate groups that fell victim to Akuot/Ghai’s vindictive machination were the over a thousand recruits from “Ngok Dinka of Abyei led by Bagat Agwek Acaak” and the over “10,000 recruits from Aweil” led by the veteran politician Lual Diing Wuol who later became a close friend of, and a longtime political advisor to, Dr. John Garang.

February 9, 2016 (SSB)  —  Garang left nothing to chance in his high-powered courtship of Gadhafi’s assistance. The survival of the movement and the fate of his people depended on his success in winning over Gadhafi, even for a brief period of time. Thus, Garang cobbled together a well briefed and amply prepared delegation led by Commander Lual Diing Wuol, then the SPLM representative to Tripoli.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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Corruption in South Sudan

February 8, 2016 (SSB)  —  To the laypersons, this article may seem unnecessarily complex but let me first hit the point although many readers may fall out with me on this matter. My appreciation goes to those well-mannered humans who will make it to be tongue in cheek and observed the facts detailed herein. Furthermore, I caught the opportunity of writing this article by the skin of my teeth and I would probably play it rough but reassure that nothing is intended for you in particularity.

The target is the Eastern Lakes State but the others are welcome to compare our situation with theirs. You may comments whether rudely or politely but the reality is that we MUST accept our weaknesses in order to move forward with clear minds that will produce a good future for our next generations. The general problem with all social media users is the language problem, as most of you are lacking enough polite language and are not politically oriented and therefore are left with option other than fuck you, son of a bitch, etc.

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As a concerned citizen, I totally disagreed with our government’s decision to hire 20,000 foreign teachers

By Marko Mawien Mareng, Kampala, Uganda

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Alliance high school’s Students under a tree {Chueei} during exams – August 2010

February 8, 2016 (SSB)  —  It seems that ‘foreign teachers’ will play fundamental roles in South Sudan as a result of the increased need for South Sudan children and adults alike to learn the new things in and around the globe. While on the one hand South Sudanese are readily in need of better education but the first thing to be done is to bring peace and later on hiring of some foreign experts from other countries but not in one country like Zimbabwe, on the other hand am also suspicious that our government is openly resenting these same teachers for encroaching on our homeland and its longstanding social and family values.

Am talking in reference with an article published by Sudan tribune entitled “South Sudan to hire 20,000 Zimbabwean teachers”. With regard to this article published by Sudan tribune as a concern citizen of this country am not convinced by the government to hire foreign Zimbabweans as teachers in this country. I was expecting some few experts to be hired if at all South Sudanese are not capable to deliver high quality education. The government should have hired some few consultants to come and train south Sudan nationals on education sector.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Bor, South Sudan


February 8, 2016 (SSB)  —-  It’s very vital to maintain peace and unity in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like South Sudan as we know very well South Sudan is actually occupied by over 64 tribes with almost three religious groups such as Christianity, Islamic and paganism as divided across geo-political lines of South Sudan.  The nation’s unity is being woefully threatened by ethnocentrisms, sentiments and tribalism. Recently, tribalism has exploded in the central part of the country causing more harm and hatred among the overall South Sudanese. In this article I would like the citizen to take a look on the Following are some tips on how to maintain peace and unity in South Sudan:

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African Leaders and the Hyena’s Prayer

Posted: February 8, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Columnists, Commentary, Malith Alier

By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar

Politics is hindering public investment in South Sudan

February 8, 2016 (SSB)  —-  The African continent is full of animal tales, proverbs and narratives signifying the rich fauna the creator presented to us. I often times hear people talking of the big five, lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe and rhino. I actually don’t know whether I got them correct – somebody can help.

Tales, proverbs and narratives are not only concentrated on the big five above but also on other smaller animals down the chain like hyena, fox, squirrel, tortoise, or porcupines. Certain qualities of particular animals such as cunningness, greed, cleverness, swiftness are related to a situation or human beings and a line drawn to connect them together.

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“I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man with no feet.’’ Persian Proverb

By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

The current state of RSS

February 8, 2016 (SSB) —-  Poverty is an insidious disease that incapacitates, depresses, and ultimately kills scores of people world-wide. Those afflicted can be old or young, black or white or brown, rich or poor, skinny or obese. Everyday more than 50,000 people needlessly die from poverty. Nearly a billion persons unnecessarily suffer, some of them in the midst of plenty.

Yes, endowed persons can and do suffer deprivation and painful premature deaths. Our beloved South Sudan is an example. How could a nation so blessed with countless natural and human resources be so self-cursed that nothing works well? Every statistic that should be high is low and those that should be low are high. Be it about mortality, employment, crime, disease, accident, corruption, greed, human rights, you name it!

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Map of 28 states

February 7, 2016, (SSB)  —-  What are 28 states and the federal government?  When the government of South Sudan declared a long awaited SPLM vision of “taking towns to people” on Oct 2, 2015, under leadership of Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the SPLM party did not defined 28 states as what or like what?, just they talked of bringing services closer to people. But it is literally known as a figure of mathematical methodology (28 states).

And in my own understanding, the definition and concept of 28 states in the Republic of South Sudan and federal government have no differences as people were been complaining about federalism since 1947, and they had raised the issue two years back. The 28 states are self-governing states or political entities in one party called SPLM characterized by union of SPLM partially self-governing states or regions under central government in Juba, while federal government is the same coin of the same side as a Latin word, “foedus” mean “covenant” with more understanding federal states.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Governor Agwer Panyang

The newly appointed governor of Jonglei state, Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, with Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk and Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth in Bor, Jonglei state

February 6, 2016 (SSB)  —  Dear Governor Philip Aguer Panyang, I would like to congratulate you on the trust given to you by the President of Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit to appoint you as governor of Jonglei on 24th Dec, 2015 through order No. 36. Additionally, Jonglei people have given you the mandate to implement the infrastructural development projects and security plan you promised to them during your campaigned and therefore, they expect everything possible in your leadership.

I am an ordinary member of Jonglei, writing to you to express my opinion and expectations for your first term’s administration as governor of Jonglei State.  I want to tell you that in Jonglei State you are going to develop a government that will be led by the people, by which I mean a bottom up and down approach in policy formulation, because there are so many things/challenges confronting our people in our state.

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Young generation of South Sudan has to forged tie with Jieng Council of elders for peace to prevail in the country “as blaming is a cousin of failure while dialogued is a brother of Nation Building.”

By Dau Mabil Awer, Brisbane, Australia

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February 6, 2016 (SSB)  —-  I find it difficult to think for an idea that can shift perceptions of my age group to accept my thought. I have this thought in the nearest future, my generation will took share of blamed for something they didn’t realised today they are part of it. Its obvious nobody will be young for forever, today elders were yesterday young and today young will be tomorrow elders it is just a flipping of a coin or simple life-chain circle.

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560,000 dollars: A VIP Donation to Dr. Marial Benjamin

Posted: February 5, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Editorials

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A “Donations to VIP personalities.”?

A finance ministry document obtained by Radio Tamazuj from an anonymous source authorized Barnaba to cash a cheque for the amount of $560,000. The authorization letter signed by Finance Ministry Undersecretary Wani Buyu and Acting Director General Makur Makuer says that the purpose of the payment was “Donations to VIP personalities.” No further explanation was provided in the letter, which was stamped and signed by finance ministry and central bank officials. Another document provided by the same source indicates payments to Lual Yiech Deng, whom the source said was a staff of Barnaba, including $155,000 to be cashed with a cheque from the South Sudanese embassy account 1107176255 at Kenya Commercial Bank Sarit Centre, dated 10 December 2015. A second cheque from the same account, dated 12 December 2015, was issued for the amount of $155,000, also to be cashed.

South Sudan’s Sovereignty at a possible slaughter

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Tonj, South Sudan

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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.

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is an enormous challenge and disgrace at the same time to create a country in 21st century and have its sovereignty and independence rights of the citizens being abused several times while the system in government keeps watching and hopes that political miracles will be sent from heaven to rescue this nation. Sovereignty is solely based in the land, the laws, and citizens and in personality of the president of the country and the government. An external breach on such subjects immediately can be referred to as an attack of the country’s sovereignty.

Sovereignty by itself means: the state of which a nation makes its own laws and controls its resources without the coercion of other nations. Sovereignty gives the ruler of any nation to have supreme power over all things in his own nation. It is the right of being internally independent from outside and having the right and freedom to protect your nation from any external abuse. This is what it means in the rest of the world accepts in South Sudan where sovereignty is under “no man’s care.”

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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peace for south sudan

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  —-  I would like to ask the commission for National Healing, Peace and reconciliation to set an awareness to preach all the communities of South Sudan the importance of peace in the nation. All members should be from all the communities and the government should monitor all groups in whatever they are doing. The awareness should be all level of societies in the country.

The awareness team should be mandated to organized campaigns on domestic violence, tribalism, nepotism, corruption and segregationist people. All these should discourage during peace awareness, people should be encourage loving each other as people in one nation.   It will also endeavour to promote justice and democratic principles, to expand human rights and strengthen non-military means of peace-making.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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famine in RSS

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  —-  The above businessman, we are told, came to fore went he donated a cool one million (SSP 1,000,000) South Sudanese Pounds to the victims of Maridi fuel tank fire late last year when the whole country showed solidarity to those victims or agitators who failed to support the owners/drivers of the overturned fuel tankers near place called Mambe. Whichever the case, it was a tragedy which left some families wiped out.

In the face it, people like Makiir Gai couldn’t stand by and watch fellow countrymen suffer on hospitals beds while they had amassed fortunes in the country. Prior to this tragedy, Makiir Gai has been doing low level philanthropic deeds among the incarcerated folks in various states particularly in his home area of greater Bahr El Ghazel. Some of prisoners he helped freed are grateful for his generous and open hearted deeds which rekindle hope that this country values freedom and liberty.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  — The call is for peace and stability in the country but our neighbours the Murle youths keep on launching deadly attacks on our areas with no any sign of remorse. They conduct themselves like the Boko Haram who gruesomely and brutally attack people in the churches and schools in West Africa. These terrorists have abducted the school girls and made them their wives. This is unislamic and against the Hadith of the prophet.

In the same vein, the Murle are killing the people, looting cattle and abducting the children. They attacked Bukteng and Makak of Ulang County where they, performed a well-coordinated carnage, looted cattle and abducted children. The people of Bor are also complaining of a series of attacks by the Murle. They attacked Pamai, Patuet, Dhorganwel and Powbor villages of Uror County but they were given a bloody nose. They attacked Padoi, Tangyang and Buong villages of Akobo county. They were repulsed with a lightning speed and force.

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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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By Awut Mayom Agok, Paris, France

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Awut Mayom Agok, a South Sudanese student in Paris, France

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  The growing inequality in South Sudan have a broad social, political and economic effects by reducing stable demand for services, undermining the inclusiveness and responsiveness by political and economic institutions, limiting access to education, and stunting individual development.  Yet our understanding of how these policies interact with the broader economy is limited.

Unequal growth concentrates wealth in the hands of a tiny slice of consumers who can only spend so much money. In turn, the vast majority of earners are left with nothing for living. Low growth makes everyone poorer than they otherwise might be, including those who own the means of production.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar

Politics is hindering public investment in South Sudan

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  The year 2015 has come and gone with contrasting visions for South Sudan by the warring factions of the SPLM in government and that in the bush.

It was the SPLM in the bush to strike first by creating what it called 21 “federal” states in the country. Realising that the IO move might dent the government and the party support, the IG through the presidential order no: 36/2015 created 28 states to the jubilation of most people who wanted or have waited for such happening for a long time. It is an undeniable fact that majority of people around the country continued to celebrate the creation to date.

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The NGO Bill passed by Parliament

Posted: February 4, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Press Release

  1. NGO Bill

2. Relief and Rehabilitation Bill

By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Tonj, South Sudan

February 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  The creation of 28 states by the president of the Republic in which Tonj state is among them was overwhelmingly received and welcomed with jubilations by almost all South Sudanese people across the country and particularly Tonj citizens. Thousands of citizens have applauded and blessed this historic establishment order, though some voices from individuals who are enemies of good things in South Sudan remained opposed, and are still squandering their energies calling for revocation of this beautiful administrative order. The decree came at time when people of South Sudan need services and towns near to them especially in rural areas.

The IGAD and so called international community have nothing to do with our affairs and must be urged to cease from singing their damn song of revocation of people’s popular demand. This is an administrative change and has no effect on implementation of the peace agreement as many people thought it as a violation of some provisions in the agreement.

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