Open letter to the president of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit: We demand the removal of, Abraham Gum Makuac, Governor of Gogrial State
August 27, 2016 (SSB) — We thank you for the creation of (28) states and for putting to practice the vision of the (SPLM) of taking towns to the people.
In reference to the above subject matter and following:-
The Youth Association leadership of Gogrial County and their entirely members had strongly to makes their voices out due to developing administrative failure by thenewly appointed governor, Abraham Gum Makuac, the newly created state (Gogrial state). Our president, as you are aware of communal conflict in between Apuk Community of former Gogrial East County and Aguok Community of former Gogrial West County had always to lead the priority in selecting for us strong competent leader who work hard to bring political stability, Peace, law and order in the state. The governor of Gogrial State, Gum Makuac has fail us all including your image as the president of the Republic due to the followings.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) said on Friday that it is up to the South Sudanese government to decide whether Dr Riek Machar should be reinstated as the country’s first vice president.
Ms Kuku noted that Taban Deng Gai, appointed by President Salva Kiir as Dr Machar’s replacement, had pledged at Igad’s August 5 summit to abide by the South Sudan government’s decision on the first vice presidency.
By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan
August 26, 2016 (SSB) — It was bound to happen sooner rather later. For the government supporters who were holding their breath, waiting to hear what is on president’s mind about the recent adopted United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the renewal of UNMISS Mandate and approval of 4,000 strong protection or intervention force; they got what they were waiting for on Monday 15th August when President Salva Kiir officially inaugurated the Transitional National Assembly.
The business remains as usual; and the pessimists who were speculating the business to be as usual got away with right prediction as the winners of political prediction. To their dismay, the supporters of the government who were expecting their government to be “born again” and look forward to seeing their President firing verbal missiles and incendiary rhetoric Like Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth against the UN, IGAD and US regarding the recent adopted UNSC resolution on sending 4,000 protection or intervention force to South Sudan and the renewal of the mandate of UNMISS, didn’t see any change in business.
By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan
August 26, 2016 (SSB) — In 2011 when South Sudan was preparing to get its independence from the Muslim dominated and Arab minded Sudan. Countries like Ivory Coast and Libya were badly experiencing the United Nations and United States planned continental coups to undermine Africa.
Alassane Ouattara has been a prominent opposition leader in Ivory Coast intending to take over the country’s leadership from the then incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. After elections, Gbagbo was declared the president defeating his rival and UN backed politician Mr. Ouattara.
A number of countries, organisations and leaders worldwide claimed Ouattara had won the election. After months of attempted negotiation and sporadic violence, the crisis entered a decisive stage as Ouattara’s forces began a military offensive in which they quickly gained control of most of the country.
The said International organizations reported numerous human rights violations, and the UN undertook its own military action with the stated objective to protect itself and civilians, just exactly like the way it is happening in the current South Sudan’s crisis were JMEC, the International NGOs and UN agencies are said to be the reason why the strong Protection Force should be brought into the country.
As the war continued in Ivory Coast in 2011, Mr. Gbagbo was captured and arrested by UN backed pro- Ouattara forces. Very quickly Ouattara took over the Presidency and was interestingly installed and praised by United Nations and the Western allies. Badly enough, Mr. Gbagbo, the ousted leader was handed over to ICC in The Hague to be convicted as Africa silently witnessed the ordeal. They want to implement that on President Salva Kiir in order to have a total regime change in the world youngest country quickly before it gets stable to stand alone and strong.
This was exactly what UN & US wanted to do in South Sudan imposing an agreement with two armies and planned to bring into Juba a heavy armed forces to plan overthrow the government of National Unity they were supposed to protect as IGAD look at the curtain, the secret movie. When the calculus of interest fails to calculate any result in Africa for the West, they immediately instruct organizations to write down Human Rights Violation reports in order to oust the government and install new presidents in any country in order to get what they want and loot resources to support their governments and people in the West.
The Intervention Forces or Protection Forces intended to be sent to South Sudan are coming to meaningfully overthrow President Kiir from J1 without question. If we can form a Transitional Government of National Unity and Parliament all unified in one cabinet hall and one august house in Juba; what then will prevent us to create one transitional army of national unity? And if that is possible! Why then should we look for an international force to disturb the nation in unity implementing peace not war?
We are implementing peace gentlemen! We are not implementing wars as you intend to make on South Sudan. I am inspired by Taban Deng Gai for having quickly realized to create one army for the country in peace. It is ridiculous to make two armies who should be protecting one united government. If you can unite the cabinet and parliament why can’t you unite the army?
President Maumur Gadaffi of Libya was another innocent victim of the West who was badly killed after he had successfully turned Libya into a worldly heaven in Africa. Full of jealousy the West thought out of reasons to overthrow the Libyan President in order to interfere into the resources of Libya. When it was difficult to put side Mr. Gadaffi, they killed him and they lucratively went away unquestioned, as the then beautiful Libya became an uncontrollable mess in Africa giving a route way for terrorists into the region.
“Neither Libyan leaders nor the International Criminal Court have investigated the shooting in custody of Gaddafi’s remaining fighters, nor the details of Gaddafi’s death or the apparent execution of his son Motassim,” – Vivienne Walt. Indeed if Human Rights watch was for everybody including Africa. Then ICC would have not kept silent without questioning the reasons behind the killing of Gadaffi. The overstaying in powers doesn’t qualify a person to be criminal and deserve death like the way Gadaffi disappeared and the African leaders remain disciples to the Western politicians.
The intervention of NATO has not brought any peace to Libya nor did the presence of IGAD and US forces brought any stability in Somalia. Again what type of peace do we have today in Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)? Yet these countries have a lot of UN missions intending to keep peace.
What we have recently seen is the fact that UN missions in South Sudan and elsewhere have become war keepers rather. The example is that they have polarized Protection of Civilians sites (POCs) in Juba, Malakal and Bentiu as a lot of ethnic conflicts continue to exist. If UNMISS forces cannot control IDPs in the PoCs, how can they claim to control the entire nation? And successfully the government has brought to control the residential areas yet they want the IDPs to remain in camps in order to extend their mandate in South Sudan.
The Protection Forces or Intervention Forces said to come to South Sudan will without doubt strive to overthrow President Salva Kiir. The Example of Laurent Gbagbo of tiny African Ivory Coast is being tried on Salva Kiir and the throw out and overthrow of Maumur Gadaffi is the daily calculation dialed on move by United States and their allies within the IGAD bloc and beyond. However, the West should realize that they have at this time stepped out of lines of our constitutional texts.
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By Mok Dei Gual, London, UK
August 26, 2016 (SSB) — Before I started to examine some events happened after the signing of the August peace agreement between SPLM in Opposition and the government of South Sudan, therefore I want all readers to recall the speeches of the two leaders when signing the agreement proposal in Addis Ababa. The president Kiir started his speech by saying that, Iam the president of South Sudan and I must always remain in that position as the president, the leader of that country.
He worried about his position as the president instead of thinking about the sufferings of the citizens affected by the civil war in the country. Dr Machar also went on saying that by signing of this agreement, Iam sending the signal that, this conflict must be ended peacefully, I hope the other side will be serious for the implementation of this peace agreement. He believed in the implementation of the peace agreement and restoration of the permanent peace in the country as whole.
Former first vice president of South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar has thrown prospects of stability in the country into further uncertainty after his allies said they were rethinking their role under the August 2015 peace agreement.
The allies said Dr Machar planned a review of the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) involvement in the transition government once he recovered from injuries sustained last month.
Sources close to Dr Machar —who arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday afternoon from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for treatment — told The EastAfrican that the rebel leader was consulting Igad before making his decision known.
By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan
August 25, 2016 (SSB) — It’s almost three years now since the war broke out in Juba on December 15, 2013 between the soldiers loyal to Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the republic of South Sudan and his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
The war started in Juba and moved to States. And to the saddest, it moved to social media that are operated in and outside the country. Most of these social media fighters are having their bases abroad. How the war is being successfully fought on social media? They fight in this useless way;
Nuer in Diaspora: ” You Dinka in Juba, we have finished your Mathiang Anyoor, now we are on our way for Juba so we could crush you with your president.”
Dinka in diaspora: ” Why did you run away in 2013 and on July, 2016 with your rebels leader, Dr. Riek Machar? You come and you will get us here in Juba, you will face us.”
By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan
August 25, 2016 (SSB) —- The work of any good government is to enlarge the middle class in the pyramid of the society by downgrading the upper class and upgrading the lower class. The government ensures that no citizen is left behind. This is in order to achieve a just society where there is no one go to bed hungry , where there is no beggar on the street except the mad , where there are no barefoot citizens .
The society is constructed as a pyramid whereby the top is occupied by top class, the middle by the middle class and the bottom by the lower class. Who are the top, middle and lower classes in the pyramid of society?
Class is the person’s economic position or hierarchy in the society. There are three classes in the society, the top/upper/first class, second/middle class and lower/third class. The first class is the well-born, rich, powerful or combination of. The second middle class are the working class. The lower classes are employed in low-paying wage job.
By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA
August 24, 2016 (SSB) — I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for policing the country appropriately at a time when chaos has occupied our core ways of life. Through the execution of laws, an average citizen in this country can feel equally protected. It is very important that a well-organized and disciplined armed forces do their share to protect citizens and this has been your obligation as the man who is in charge of the army.
With that in mind, you were able to contain one of the worst social problems in the country. As you may know, a war associated with tribal connections can be very dangerous and indeed, it was quite dangerous. You have done your part and as such, you deserve my appreciation along with others who witnessed your work firsthand. Many of the people under your command are underappreciated for their work they have done for the people, which is completely wrong.
Our hope as citizens rests with the army, so when the army fails to do their job right, scholars and citizens blamed Gen Paul Malong for the failure. At the moment, we have nothing to blame you for, rather many of us have words of appreciation for you. Leaders are often blamed for something they have no proper control and these are normal drawbacks for leadership. You have been tested in your capacity as a leader and as a Chief of General Staff in the SPLA.
By Gatluakz Khot Keat, Kampala, Uganda
August 24, 2016 (SSB) — I said, ‘History is made not by the insatiable bourgeoisie and the fierce reactionaries, but solely the valiant revolutionaries.’ In pursuance of truth, I am made to direct my effort to articulate a concise account on the different groups of people who as a matter of convergence formed a unifying Revolutionary Movement whose noun continued to stand as Sudan People Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) and the inconsistence exhibited by the rascals who proved themselves ignorant about the cause of their stay in Pagak for one-fifth a decade.
The merger groups comprise: reformists (patriots and nationalists), jobseekers (people who joint the movement either in quest for positions or sacked post holders), followers (people who admire a leader and remain loyal comes what), escapists (people who fled because they are ethnically targeted), tribalists (people who are ethnocentric) and anti-massacre (people who strongly protest the coordinated state policy to commit ethnic massacres); some of whom especially jobseekers have thrown in the cards and given away their comrades.
By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan
“Resources in foreign lands had to be militarily captured to keep them out of the hands of commercial rivals in opposing nation-states who would use them to defeat our nation-states. If your own nation was to be wealthy, it could only be so by making other poorer,” Victor de Mirabeau.
“It is clear that a country cannot gains unless another loses and it cannot prevail without making other miserable” Voltaire
“The USA is destabilizing South Sudan to deny China oil” writes Thomas C Mountain
August 24, 2016 (SSB) — Some weeks ago US proposed 4000 regional force to be deployed in South Sudan as protection force to come quell down the violence in Juba. It was approved by the UN Security Council. The US Secretary of State yesterday reiterated that the 4000 had to be deployed.
‘The USA is destabilizing South Sudan to deny China oil’, writes Thomas C Mountain, independence journalist in Eritrea. This sentence reminds me of the meeting between Dr John Garang de Mabior and the former Secretary of State Collin Powel in Nairobi after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.
By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan
August 23, 2016 (SSB) — Sometimes it is not any interesting to start a move that one doesn’t have a great confidence of success. The Khartoum and London learned Dr Riek Machar Teny of engineering science that later shifted to doing his doctorate in Philosophy and Strategic Planning had been dreaming high for Presidency even days before the independence of the country. But does he philosophically and strategically plan well of how to get to presidency?
The Rumbek Secondary School leaver was accepted in the University of Khartoum to specialize in engineering. However, with his ambition in leadership Machar applied for another social science specialization in Philosophy and Strategic Planning, a specialization that he thought would quickly excel him to a giant leadership position in politics.
It is not bad for any South Sudanese including Machar to pursue the interest of becoming a president. Any of the millions South Sudanese can be anybody they want to be in their nation; however, that of Dr Machar has become quite extraordinary. What benefit do we make out of wars and destructions of properties and intended killings of human lives just for quest of office?
By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA
August 23, 2016 (SSB) — It has become obvious that the SPLM Former General Secretary Pagan Amum has become committed to the idea of handing over South Sudan to international and regional bodies of control. If we were to interview the deceased who this country took and the living, who are depressed and probably overwhelmed, it would be made clear that no one envisioned South Sudan being run by foreigners after what we went through during the civil war. You must wonder why Pagan Amum is so interested in involving the international community in South Sudan’s affairs.
I am not surprised, though, because I am not sure why our officials have this selling out tactics that leaves people vulnerable. Early this year, former Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin made a statement that contradicted our ownership of the Abyei, and the government wasn’t heard in its attempt to address the premature statement from the Minister. Why wasn’t he confronted, many of us asked. Someone is always trying to sell people out, and all which is done in response is removing the person from their position, but without proper investigation.
Jonglei state turns to prison service farm to feed its population
By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State
August 23, 2016 (SSB) — Jonglei State prison service is expected to produce tones of food this year subsequent by the directorate strategy planting mammoth terra firma in the state with sorghum
Meager food commodities in the market furnish business community to swell prices of the few existing goods, making lives difficult for common citizens without an exception. The percentage increase of dollar against South Sudanese pound has been taken as scapegoat by most foreign and domestic traders as a chance to raise the prices in the Market.
Major General Alfred Manyang Agok the director of Prison service in Jonglei State who has 10 hectares farm said the indigenous must supplement the little they have by engaging in agriculture subsistence farming.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry: “With respect to Machar, it’s not up to the United States; it’s up to the leaders of South Sudan and the people of South Sudan and the political parties and the political process, and their neighbors, to weigh in on what is best or not best with respect to Machar. But I think it’s quite clear that legally, under the agreement, there is allowance for the replacement in a transition of personnel, and that has been effected with the appointment of a new vice president. And what they decide to do is going to be dependent on them in the context of the implementation of the peace agreement.”
James Gatdet Dak : “The recent Summit in Addis Ababa of the Heads of State and Government of IGAD-Plus, including participation of representatives of the United States, passed a resolution which expects the “illegal” First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, to step down and for a third party force to be deployed in Juba before the “legitimate” First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, can return to Juba. Any other rumoured opinions are irrelevant and against the IGAD resolutions. We dismiss them as rumours or opinions from individual officials, and call on them to abide by the contents of the peace deal and the IGAD resolutions. We thank IGAD leaders for sticking to their resolutions! Having said that, despite the “rumoured irrelevant opinions attributed to some uninformed officials”, it is the prerogative of the leadership and members of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to decide how best to stop the violations of the August 2015 peace agreement by President Salva Kiir.”
By Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, Colorado, USA
August 22, 2016 (SSB) — While many South Sudanese in the social media always argue that Dr. Riek Machar is a comeback kid, this writer always argues that Dr. Riek Machar is a dying horse politically and militarily. The man lacks intuitive leadership coupled with, self-pride, and blind ego. Such a leader never intuitively sees dangers ahead of time due to aspects above. Meaning, he always puts the society at a greater risk of butchering themselves while he enjoys being served with the scarce resources people have at their disposals as a leader.
For example, the incidence of Juba in July 2016 could have been mitigated and averted had it not been Dr. Riek’s way of doing things. There were many signs showing that the danger was looming before the outbreak of the fighting in Juba. He knows his few soldiers would be in danger because the government forces would outnumber them. He knows his military logistics is not in good shape. He knows that there could be collateral damage when two armies fight in the capital city.
Reports from Isiro in DRC where ousted South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar is under protection indicated yesterday that he is seeking a visa for eye treatment in South Africa. On Friday, UN helicopters carrying Dr Machar returned to Dungu where he was evacuated from days earlier to take away about 75 soldiers from his army.
UN admitted that peacekeepers in DRC rescued Machar and his wife Angelina Teny from the jungle. The Standard on Sunday independently established that the ousted VP’s entry into DRC was facilitated by Chad with support from Sudan. Following the Chadian intervention, the Kinshasa government authorised its military intelligence to extract Machar from Dungu, about 90km from DRC’s border with South Sudan but the planned rescue mission was abandoned for lack of adequate capacity.
Marko Mawien Mawien, Kampala, Uganda
August 22, 2016 (SSB) — In a good faith, I kindly urge the government of South Sudan to serve the country from the wide spread of tribalism by simply shutting down both Facebook and Twitter. It is because some people misuse those pathways but when it comes to those who used social media outside South Sudan, I think it can’t have much effects within the country. You know how they misuse them.
Telling the public lies and if the social media is shutdown then they will learn how to use them properly if they are reopened. I know it is ill advised if anyone shuts down or blocks social media. Social media has totally brought divisions among our people. It has increased tribalism and hatred in our beloved nation. The government has to do something to safe our country from being torn apart by a well-known disease which is social media.