Outstanding issues: The proposed powers of the president and his 5 VPs

Posted: August 15, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

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By Hon. Jacob Akech Dengdit, Bor, Jonglei state

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Hon Akech Deng Kanyin, former Jonglei state information minister

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (PW) —- This marks my first ever endeavor into  cyber space as the great resource to both international and local partners in term of long-term planning, and as well as on the social ground in evaluating developmental achievements of a community. I have herein this document presented the general logic behind the establishment of gubernatorial administrative order which confirmed the establishment of Duk Padiet as a Municipal location that only follows Bortown Municipality.

It’s all attached to SPLM vision of taking town to the people of which Jonglei state governor H.E. Philip Aguer Panyang extended to people of Duk inform of municipal area. I think on my personal point of view, we, the people of Duk should stand and embrace such an incredible agenda brought to us in silver plate. Yes, it might sound to someone who is not exactly informed about the merits of Municipal area differently but honestly take your time and understand what I distinctly analyze in this piece of writing.

Duk Padiet is currently the headquarter of Duk Padiet County which is part of the former Duk County and is located about 172km (103miles) from Bor, the headquarter of Jonglei State. The current demographic population of Duk Padiet can be broken down into 4 groups including Dinka host community (from Padiet), Dinkas displaced from other areas of Greater Duk (from Duk Payual County, Duk Panyang County and Duk Pagak County), Lou and Gawaar Nuers displaced from Former Ayod and Uror counties. Read the rest of this entry »


By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda

CEPO Fact Sheet on the Signed Khartoum Peace Agreement on the Revitalization of the 2015 ARCSS

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (PW) —- For a very long time now since the war in South Sudan erupted in 2013, there have been accusations that some South Sudanese political actors together with others in the region and in the international community are conspiring to make South Sudan ungovernable so that the situation could be used as a pretext for the Country to be taken over by a foreign body in collaboration with those South Sudanese or have the country placed under the United Nations for some years.

As a journalist and South Sudan’s citizen, I followed and investigated this matter keenly in several ways over the years. In my findings, this conspiracy involves South Sudanese politicians who are not for genuine peace since they see themselves unable to compete with some of the current senior leaders in the Country even when there shall be a democracy, thereby they prefer continuity of war or a win of their conspiracy against South Sudan existence.

Those politicians have over the years placed their South Sudanese allies in strategic positions with influence into the affairs of the Country in order to promote their agenda, even ones that are against genuine peace. Read the rest of this entry »


By Muon Matai Muon, Nairobi, Kenya

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (PW) —- “If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents” there goes a conventional African proverb. In recent decades, Africa’s educational landscape has been minimally covered or worse, largely ignored. That is the best case scenario. The worst case has been that those who take the bull by the horns come not from within but outside our map. Throughout time and space, there has not been a visitor who could solve a domestic problem.

A good visitor would recommend a solution. If the victim does not take it head on, they move to other areas, say polio eradication, malarial war, climate change you mention it. With no body taking charge in fixing our education, a great deal of humanitarian work shifts gears to other “critical issues” facing the continent. Abject poverty, dilapidating health care, civil wars, environmental conservation, the list goes on. Billions of dollars in aid has been injected into these ‘critical areas” over the years.

While a significant effort has been made in transforming the continent’s education, the alarm is ringing and Africa’s education skeleton is, borrowing a line from one African analyst a “time ticking bomb.” Africa’s educational statistics remains a big concern to the continent but more so, to the outside world where the mother continent finds refuge. Read the rest of this entry »


Press release from Ngok Lual Yak in the Diaspora: An letter to H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan

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Do Not Confuse a Camouflaged Call for Confederation for Call Federalism

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (PW) — Mr. President, we the Communities of Ngok Lual Yak in Diaspora have a serious concerns about Riek Machar proposal of 21 states for federal South Sudan; this proposal does not make sense to the former Upper Nile Province because the former Upper Nile Province to our best knowledge in the colonial era of Anglo Egyptian rule was having NINE districts with their capitals as shown below:

  1. Pibor Rural Council – Pibor.
  2. Bor Rural Council – Bor.
  3. Zaraf Rural Council – Pangak
  4. Lou Nuer Rural Council – Akobo.
  5. Nasir Rural Council – Nasir
  6. Western Nuer Rural Council – Bentiu.
  7. Shilluk Rural Council – Kodok.
  8. Sobat Rural Council – Malakal.
  9. Renk Rural Council – Renk.

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South Sudan: Will the latest power sharing agreement hold?

Posted: August 13, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

CEPO Fact Sheet on the Signed Khartoum Peace Agreement on the Revitalization of the 2015 ARCSS

Monday, August 13, 2018 (PW) — The government of South Sudan and a conglomerate of oppositions groups signed last week, in Khartoum, a new power sharing agreement in the hope of putting an end to years of civil war that has ravaged the country, rendered thousands dead and millions displaced.

The agreement sees Riek Machar return to government as the first Vice President out of the five vice – Presidents to President Salva Kiir, places 550 MPs (332 from the government and 128 from the opposition) in the parliament and creates 35 ministerial positions with 20 slots to the government, 9 to the IO and the remaining slots to the other smaller groups.

The deal didn’t go unscathed moments it was inked. It came under fire from different corners. Troika dismissed it as “not realistic”. Some from opposition quarters, especially the FDs, were complaining about how bloated the transitional government would be and that it would stretch out the resources we have and hinder service delivery to the people of South Sudan. Read the rest of this entry »

South Sudan: Let us support the Khartoum Declaration Agreement

Posted: August 13, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in HLRF, Junub Sudan, Pal Chol Nyan

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

CEPO Fact Sheet on the Signed Khartoum Peace Agreement on the Revitalization of the 2015 ARCSS

Monday, August 13, 2018 (PW) — Warring parties inked a deal in Khartoum on the 5th August 2016 but the question that begs itself is, will it hold? All the Factions along with the Government of General Salva Kiir signed except NAS.

The leader of NAS cited that the root causes of the conflict have not been addressed. The issue of Federalism has been skipped, and that the 32 States be abolished. Dr Hakim Dario of PDM (People Democratic Movement) refused to sign the agreement. The rest including the main SPLMIO made concessions and signed.

A splinter group from NAS signed on his behalf which prompted him to dismiss them. There are lingering and vociferous voices saying that this peace will not hold despite M7 and President Bashir support it. The terrified South Sudanese who know their leaders for their hostile differences are skeptical as to whether it will be implemented or not given the level of animosity in their political genes. Read the rest of this entry »


By Robert A. Portada III, Pennsylvania, USA

Kerbino Wol

Kerbino Wol

Sunday, 12 August 2018 (PW) — Kerbino Wol, the energetic, young, South Sudanese entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been unjustly imprisoned in South Sudan since 27 April of this year. No formal charges have been lodged against him, and no evidence has been presented of any wrongdoing on his part. Still, unsubstantiated claims that Kerbino Wol is an opponent of the current government of South Sudan have been levied in the press.

Kerbino Wol should be immediately granted his freedom. He has impacted so many lives through his businesses and charitable endeavours, and his story has already inspired a generation of South Sudanese youth. Kerbino Wol has devoted his entire life to his country, and he has worked tirelessly to create opportunities for his fellow citizens.

Kerbino Wol was born in 1982, just before the beginning of the Second Sudanese Civil War. As the war intensified, his family was forced to flee into neighbouring Ethiopia. Kerbino joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) at the age of twelve, becoming a member of the “Red Army,” a contingent of child soldiers. Early on, Kerbino used his discipline and communication skills to help train his fellow soldiers, and his knowledge of over eight languages allowed him to work with various ethnic and tribal groups. Read the rest of this entry »

Kabila’s Incentive to Leave Power

Posted: August 11, 2018 by mayendengdit in Junub Sudan, Mayen Ayarbior

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

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Photo: President Joseph Kabila’s last visit to Angola

Saturday, August 11, 2018 (PW) — Introduction: Breaking from the Pack: A true leader is that who is able to break from the pack and chart a new path for his people. He/she leads them out of misery into newer horizons. Congo DRC has been waiting for that leader for much too long. Finally, he has come through and the country will never be the same again.

Few days ago President Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) decided to leave power voluntarily through respecting his country’s constitutional term limits. That decision would sound normal for Ghanaians, Nigerians, or even Kenyans and Tanzanians who seem to have acknowledged the value and therefore respected Presidential two terms as a limit for any citizen who becomes privileged to serve his/her country at that capacity.

What makes young Joseph to become and African icon and statesman at the age of 47 is that he has had all the trappings of power at his disposal but, nonetheless, decided to look for even greater incentives to pass the torch to another competent citizen of DRC to continue from where he left. Read the rest of this entry »


By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudanese veteran politician, Uncle Clement Mboro

Friday, August 10, 2018 (PW) — The veteran politician Clement Mboro, fondly referred to as “Uncle Clement” inspired many Southern Sudanese during the many years of armed struggle from the 1940s till his passing. Uncle Clement was born on January 3rd 1920 in a small village twenty miles west of Wau to Chief Mboro Bekobo of the N’dogo. He completed his early years of education at Bussure and received a diploma in public administration from Gordon Memorial College in Khartoum, Sudan.

For a number of years, Uncle Clement worked in public service before becoming a political activist. During the Juba Conference of 1947, Uncle Clement gained prominence for being among the only three educated Southerners to participate in the conference. However, he was blamed with other Southern leaders who participated in the conference for not articulating separation of the South from North Sudan. It is important to note that prior to the Juba Conference of 1947, the British had already decided to keep the South united with North Sudan regardless of the call for separation by Southern Sudanese.

Following the Torit Mutiny in 1955, when Southerners soldiers refused to be transported to North Sudan and revolted against their Northern commanding officers which then led to large scale conflict and saw many Southern civilians, soldiers and politicians face persecution and even death. Among those detained and tortured was Uncle Clement who was then the Assistant District Commissioner in Yirol. Read the rest of this entry »


By James Thon Atem, Juba, South Sudan

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Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan

Thursday, August 09, 2018 (PW) — Let me start with a quote of Mr. Roy Bennet “Good leaders have vision and inspire others to help them turn vision into reality. Great leaders have vision, share vision, and inspire others to create their own” I hope this open letter will reach to your hand.

Your Excellency, I would like to congratulate you for three reasons, one, you have highly demonstrated to be a man of peace, i believe the little history you have created will continue to live for generations.  Secondly, your quest for reunification of the party-SPLM I.O to rejoin the SPLM mainstream is also another prove that you have a vision and a mission to serve as a legacy, “Legends are not born but they’re made” in this regard you’re one now. Read the rest of this entry »


By Kuir Mayen Kuir, Nairobi, Kenya

$18 million bonus for MP

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (PW) — At least I can see the morning rays penetrating powerfully on the eastern horizon of South Sudan. However before I gradually open the strong opaque curtains that were hindering my eyes from seeing light, I raised a standing ovation for the country’s top leadership and most importantly to the duo who had appeared initially to be forming an interphase of water and Abyei oil.

In my capacity as a citizen and a student who was massively affected by the on-going economic crisis within our boarders, I delightfully welcome the decision of our leaders with a hope that all the economic turbulences will soon subsided. It is crystal clear that the people of South Sudan and more so those wallowing in various camps have suffered in dignified silence for so long.

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By Apioth Mayom Apioth, North Dakota, USA

Peter Biar Ajak is a South Sudanese PhD student of politics and world affairs at Cambridge University in the UK; he was detained by agents of the national security at Juba International Airport on his way to Aweil for the celebration of Red Army Day.

Peter Biar Ajak is a South Sudanese PhD student of politics and world affairs at Cambridge University in the UK; he was detained by agents of the national security at Juba International Airport on his way to Aweil for the celebration of Red Army Day.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (PW) — President Salva Kiir wishes to finish discussing outstanding issues on power sharing agreement signage day. Somebody tell me right now that we are not running a Kindergarten here, are we? How chaotic and simpleminded can we become on these significant issues that may have dangerous repercussions if they are not handled with great care.

High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) has been on and off since the summer of 2017; we have had one full year discussing and trying to find the middle ground where we will need to form one unity government. It is business as usual for Juba government. Dr. Peter Biar Ajak was arrested and he is being held without trial; the Members of Parliament bagged a whopping $16 million right on our watch while the peace negotiation were ongoing in Khartoum.

And two weeks prior to the thievery of $16 million from the public coffers, the same Members of Parliament extended the presidential term limit to 2021, an actuality of three more years added to the current term which was also extended to three more additional years in 2015. The $16 million was awarded to the Members of Parliament for a job well done for having been on the good side of Mr. President. Read the rest of this entry »


Press Release: JMEC lauds the signing of the outstanding issues on Governance as part of the revitalization of the ARCSS

CEPO Fact Sheet on the Signed Khartoum Peace Agreement on the Revitalization of the 2015 ARCSS

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (PW) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) welcomes the signing of the outstanding issues on Governance between Parties to the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, which took place in Khartoum on Sunday 5th August 2018.

This most-recent signing strengthens efforts to revitalize the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), and is expected to lead to the achievement of an inclusive, comprehensive peace, restore security, stability and promote national reconciliation in the Republic of South Sudan. Read the rest of this entry »

President Kiir’s Remarks at Juba International Airport

Posted: August 7, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Courtesy of Radio Tamazuj

The red file I am showing you is the peace agreement. I want you to see it once again. This is the peace agreement signed by all opposition groups, and if there is someone saying the agreement is not yet signed, he or she is a liar. I have just heard from the security personnel, the First Vice President and the Vice President that those who are in the bush are still attacking people. They attacked people on the road to Torit, they attacked people in Yei and attacked people in Western Bahr el Ghazal, but what is the reason?

Five vice presidents

There are five vice presidents under the terms of the peace agreement. Our two vice presidents out of the five are here. Initially, Riek Machar rejected Taban. He said Taban should not be part of the government. I even told him that I don’t want to work with you. President Bashir and President Museveni intervened and told Riek that now you have your allies, those who were together with you in the bush. They told him that Salva has no right to tell you not to bring in your allies, and at the same time, you cannot tell Salva to send his allies home. So, he was advised that let Salva be with his people. Read the rest of this entry »


CEPO Fact Sheet on the Signed Khartoum Peace Agreement on the Revitalization of the 2015 ARCSS

CEPO Fact Sheet on the Signed Khartoum Peace Agreement on the Revitalization of the 2015 ARCSS

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CEPO - Khartoum Peace Agreement to be signed at 3pm, Juba time

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Is South Sudan Agreement on Governance a blank check?

Posted: August 5, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda

Sunday, August 5, 2018 (PW) — The Agreement (Proposal) on Outstanding Issues of Governance in South Sudan has not provided for a date for the formation of the next transitional government.

Article 4.14 and Article 6.3 of the Agreement imply that the Pre–Transitional Period shall be eight (8) months but there is no explicit provision on when exactly the transitional government shall be formed.

In its preamble, the Agreement (Proposal) confirmed the commitments that parties have solemnly undertaken in the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan ARCSS and the Khartoum Declaration. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday, August 5, 2018 (PW) —- A jilted Gen Julius Tabuley has reportedly declared a bloodless coup against Gen Thomas Chirillo of the National Salvation Front (NAS) for failing to initial and sign the Khartoum peace agreement. This is nothing less than the replay of Taban Deng vs Riek Machar scenario in July 2016.

However, the political self interest driving Thomas Chirillo must be understood and appreciated. One, he has little chance of clinching one of the 5 VP positions since Dr Wani Igga, a Bari like him, is retaining his seat.

Two, Equatorian politics revolves around land rights and federalism, and no unifying leader has so far emerged to champion them.

Since the Khartoum peace agreement has not adequately addressed the two issues that are dear to the Equatorians and since there is a gaping leadership vacuum on these issues, it is easy to see where Thomas Chirillo is going with his uncompromising opposition to Khartoum peace agreement.

He has nothing to lose personally and everything to gain politically. By the end of the three years of the TGONU, assuming it lasts that long, Thomas Chirillo may finally emerge as a serious force to reckon with – along with Kiir, and Riek.

But that is not all: just as Kiir is generally perceived as a Dinka leader and Riek as a Nuer leader, Thomas Chirillo will inevitably become an Equatorians leader, not a South Sudanese leader.

And that is the fundamental problem of South Sudan – losing our heroes and national leaders to tribalism.