The Failure of the SPLM and the Illusion of SPLM Reunification

Posted: February 23, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Public Service Announcement: The Failure of the SPLM and the Illusion of SPLM Reunification

By Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Saturday, February 23, 2019 (PW) — Fellow South Sudanese, as the SPLM aristocracy continues to make political maneuvers to help them stay in power, it is important that our people remain vigilant in order to avoid a complete loss of their hard-won struggle for self-determination. It would be marvelous if the wounds inflicted on our people could be healed magically by the SPLM reunification. The problem with the reunification however, is that the SPLM reunification comes partly as a result of a misdiagnosis of the problem and partly as a tactic by the SPLM(IG) to isolate the SPLM/SPLA(IO).

This is part of the regimes long term strategy, it is part of their futile attempts to continue usurping the people’s power. The catalyst to the current civil war, as we all know, was the failure of leadership in the SPLM. What has changed since December 6, 2013 that justifies this reunification that can convince the public their failures have been overcome? In order to have a more concrete understanding of this failure, it is paramount that we breakdown the genesis of this failure:

Beloved Countrymen/women!

1. The genesis of the SPLM leadership failure can be traced back to the unfortunate manner in which the first Chairperson of the SPLM, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, met his end.

2. To this day, the leadership which emerged and formed the government after the demise of our first Chairman, has never made public the results of the investigation into the crash which killed him. Read the rest of this entry »

South Sudan and the Inhumanity of the Death Penalty

Posted: February 22, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Kur Ayuen Kou, Melbourne, Australia

Friday, February 22, 2019 (PW) — I am deeply appalled by the continuous use of death penalty as the best form of punishment in our fractured society. In a span of one week, South Sudan has carried out six executions on inmates, some of who have not exhaust all their legal options, including the right to appeal for clemency to His Excellency the President of the Republic. REST IN PEACE!

This is a worrisome development in a country that is preaching forgiveness, tolerance and peace. It’s very painful that the government can embark on this undertaking when it has other weighty state responsibilities.

As concerned citizen of our nascent Republic, we are call to duty when the responsibility knocks on our doors. The duty to protect, preserve and defend the constitution does not only liewith the government, it’s a collective responsibility of every citizen. Our national heroes including our President gave their lives to liberate millions of us from the bondage of slavery. Read the rest of this entry »


By Majok Arol Dhieu, South Sudan

Thursday, February 21, 2019 (PW) — I wish, if I were close to president Kiir to tell him that another hole is created behind him to fall in. Did I hear it very well over the SSBC Radio news that one day’s pay will be cut from the salaries of all civil servants to support implementation of the peace deal? My God! Is this a decision to deduct one day from civil servants is real or the government has find a way to blanketed the six months unpaid with this decision?

In simplest calculations, one day pay for someone getting one thousand five hundred South Sudanese pounds is fifty pounds. Then, five millions South Sudanese pounds will be raised by one hundred thousand civil servants, equivalent to eighteen thousand eight hundred sixty-seven dollars at the rate of two hundred sixty-five South Sudanese pounds per dollar.

 

Who is the cleanest person in the Ministry of Finance or in the committee to keep this money? Does this decision involved army? Is this a scenario of robbing Peter in order to pay Paul? The statement is somewhat ambiguous to be understood.

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I Miss You Malakal City

Posted: February 19, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Ariik Mawien Atekdit, Kuajok, South Sudan
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (PW) — I miss you Malakal. It had been a long while without seeing your view. As politics of S. Sudan so much affected your affairs. We got so much uprooted and our direction got lost as we dashed to UNMISS as we hid for surviving. 
We badly left behind our beautiful places in town including Dingri-shufu, al-Bam, al-Thorat, Hai Matar, Malakia, Luakat & Hai Salaam.
We badly missed the unnumbered hospitalities & and the generosities of the communities and the joy of cultures of Upper Nile. 

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

Monday, February 18, 2019 (PW) —A spoon that shines through out its longevity carries a shadowy pride of its manufacturer.

Culture represents the artistic choices, behavioral pattern, religious diversity, and other belief patterns of a particular people. The way in which a certain society develops has a key role in the development of its culture and language. Superstitions and moral upbringing of a society also have a lot to do with its culture. Even though art is an expression of individuals in the society, when it is loved by a lot of audience in the society, it becomes a part of the collective culture of the society in which the people live.

When a cultural practice persists to exist for long, it becomes a part of tradition.

Congratulations to Jieeng daa Australia for the great ingenuity of teaching young children their cultural way of living, wrestling and dancing have been part of Jieeng celebrated historical lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »


By Wol Deng Akech, Juba, South Sudan

Late Justice Wuol Makec, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan1

Late Justice Wuol Makec, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan1

 1. INTRODUCTION 

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — 15th January 2019 marked the second anniversary since his Lordship Justice John Wuol[i] Makec left us and being one among his enormous academic products/beneficiaries, I deem it necessary to pen down some of his indomitable deeds. It is in this course that I wish to speak of and dedicate this piece to Late Justice John Wuol Makec. Due to insufficient information concerning his long service and time factor at my disposal, I may not be able to describe this celebrated judge of our country in every detail. But to start with, perhaps, Justice A. K. Sikri of the Supreme Court of India’s dictum in the landmark case of Justice K. S. Puttaswamy & others v. Union of India & others also known as Aadhaar case[ii], is more pertinent in describing late Justice John Wuol Makec. A. K. Sikri J writing for the majority of the Court stated:

“It is better to be unique than the best. Because, being the best makes you number one, but being unique makes you the only one”

Indeed, Justice Wuol was a great distinguished unique judge. In this paper, my attempt is not to place late Justice Wuol as number one among his colleagues whether in politics, legal fraternity or academia but to show his only uniqueness among many, a uniqueness which remains hardly and rarely seen nowadays. This makes him a man to be remembered by all forever. Such figurative narration of being the best is not aimed at in any way in this work; but it should be noted that it is merely to avoid sparking unnecessary debate. This piece of writing may also be treated as a memory and an appeal to all public institutions and individuals/persons who in one way or the other have served with, under or benefited from the service delivered by this great legend of our country to think of thanksgiving for him. Read the rest of this entry »


As South Sudanese may be searching for peace let us also be mindful of our national sovereignties with neighbors, the case of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia in the South Sudan peace agreement.  

By Dut Agostino Agei, Pro peace institute, Oslo University, Norway

kiir museveni

President Kiir and Museveni in Kampala, October 2014

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — In several peace agreements, South Sudanese in one way or another have done whatever was necessary to bring peace in South Sudan. Thank you South Sudanese leaders for peace agreement. Peace is a fundamental human right principle that can in addition be found in Geneva law of convention.

The instability started by the time internal distrubants occurs in our nation across different duration collapsed national economy and causes masses displacements into African regions and eventually into the world. Such a fragile situation in the new African nation capture the attentions of international medias outlets made of the guardian, New York time, Aljazeera, wall street Journal and even BBC world that mounted pressure of peace to South Sudan ruling elitist. This was by international communities as well as the UNSC.

In response different helms of our national institutions of governance carry out whatever was necessary to bring peace and stability in South Sudan in an attempt of humanitarian call for peace in South Sudan. However, all these processes of peace finding involves scenarios where South Sudanese find themselves in reunions with African nations where governments at some points claim a certain place in South Sudan. I am going to be proves either right or not when I cite Sudan, Egypt & Ethiopia in that order. Read the rest of this entry »


By John Youhanes Magok, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — Five month already gone wasted since the signing of the revitalized agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in September 12, 2018. The peace was echo with a wide jubilation in Khartoum, other capital cities in the region and finally it was hauled to Juba with the name “Peace Celebration” under the auspicious of president of the Republic H.E. Salva Kiir Mayradit in the presence of regional leaders among them the main guarantors Omer Al-Bashir of Sudan and his counterpart Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde was among the attendee and other IGAD mediation teams.

The celebration was a good gesture and a new commitment toward peace return in a nation that suffered for the last five years yarning for stability and lasting security. Unfortunately, the event was an analogy of putting chariot before the horse and the hidden load only floated after the celebration, where the main melody turned to be lack of financial “funds” or “Money” to operationalize the terms of the revitalized agreement stipulated in the pre-interim period that is projected to last for eight months to pave a way for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) accommodating the former foes, the fragmented SPLM/A.  Read the rest of this entry »


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Cattle camp

Thursday, 14 February, 2019 (PW) –— While skimming opinion articles on this website (Paanluelwel) I was nonplussed to read a piece penned by one Peter Bullen (name shortened) for the sake of conciseness.

In the said article, Peter talked about what is currently occurring at Marol, the largest market in Bor (the locals informally called it Mading Bor in contrast to Mading Awiel). That opinion talks about dogs and pigs that are competing for scraps of food in the market. The article also talks about the hard work or patriotism of General Kuol Manyang who encouraged, to no results, the complicated Borans (my own invention to refer to the citizens of Bor) to produce their own food. Gen. Manyang was vehemently opposed until Kiir recalled him to Juba in 2013 where his hard work could be of use.

Interesting that some people in Bor named their pet dogs derogatorily as Kuol failed (Ce-Kuol-guut). Maybe this author will dedicate an article one day for that (Ce-Kuol-guut affair) because it’s a long story. “Guut” in Dinka, translates as “can’t go any further” for some reasons including failure.

Those pigs got introduced in Bor somewhere between 2008 and 2013 by the supposedly hard-working son of Bor, Gen. Kuol Manyang during his time as the second governor of Jonglei State after Comprehensive Peace agreement (CPA) of 2005. No wonder, the growing number of pigs adds to the number of mushrooming livestock in Bor today. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuck the Button Part 2: Stop Wife Beating

Posted: February 12, 2019 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Commentary, Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (PW) —It was the beginning of rainy season in South Sudan; Makuer a famous farmer was among timages (1)he villagers of Makurudit who were waiting for the first drop of the rain that could soften the fields for cultivation.

Makuer, his wife (Aluenge), brother Marial, Lonhajooh (the chief), Atiamjoot (the assistant chief) are the major characters featured in the script.

SCENE 1

Makuer: My lovely wife, mother of Majak; Aluenge from the highest clan of Paduur, clouds of today seem to be telling us something important-yes they are promising rain.

Aluenge: Yes, father of Majak you are right those heavy dark clouds are hiding clear water of life, hopefully with the help of our forefather, the hard ground will once again be softened.

Makuer: According to my knowledge of the sky and the clouds, this night will never pass without some few drops, don’t you see how those cottons of clouds appear and disappear?

Aluenge: Yes father of Majak, I saw them chasing one another into the giant arm of the creator.

Makuer: You are right woman of my father’s cow.

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Presentation at Oxford University North East Africa Forum and the African Studies Centre

The Sudanese Revolution: A Different Political Landscape and a New Generation Baptized in the Struggle for Change

By Yasir Arman, Oxford University, UK

Sunday, February 10, 2019 (PW) — I would like to start by thanking Jason Mosley and the Northeast Africa Forum and the African Studies Centre at Oxford University for inviting me to speak today on “Sudan’s Political Crisis: What’s Next?”? Sudan is facing multiple crises of nation-building, democratization, social justice, gender equality and the need for sustainable development. All these require a paradigm shift and structural changes on the basis of a blueprint that has sufficient national consensus and will eventually lead to building a modern state on equal citizenship.

The ongoing non-violent Sudanese revolution is the widest peaceful mass movement that Sudan has ever witnessed since its independence in 1956. It has involved rural and urban Sudan, women, youth, students, professionals, political parties and movements, civil society groups, and activists from all walks of life, including anti-dam and anti-land grabbing movements and others. It has also attracted, in a limited way, some Islamists from the new and older generations who are for change. Protests have continued for almost two months, which has provided Sudan’s political life with new blood, baptizing a new generation whose courage and abilities have re-energized the entire society and provided confidence that democratization and building a new Sudan is possible.

It is worth mentioning the wider participation of women and that the discourse of this new generation is generally embracing diversity, equal citizenship, anti-racism, and the other demands of this revolution. It is well summarized by one of the dominant slogans asking for “freedom, peace and justice”, which are the cardinal issues challenging nation-building in Sudan. I believe the current revolution represents a great opportunity to resolve the multiple crises of Sudan.

Additionally, the mass movement involved in this revolution have similarities in many ways to those who received Dr John Garang when he came back to Khartoum in 2005. They share the same dreams, sometimes chanting similar slogans. Read the rest of this entry »


Examine the roots and motives of why the National Ministry of Finance renamed as   ‘‘Kuac Business Center’’

By Abel Amet Amet – Juba, South Sudan

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Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Salvatore Garang Mabiordit

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — I would want to preface this commentary by reminding ourselves of the important citation remarks uttered by two of the Great Philosophers and authors, which I consider are of much relevance here. Aristotle had once been quoted to have remarked ‘‘Poverty is the Parent of the Revolution and Crime’’. Benjamin Franklin advised: “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

Over the past few days, South Sudanese have been struggling with what interpretation would suit the best explanation of why Zachariah Makuac Maror mounted an attack on the personalities of the Minister of Finance, Hon. Garang Mabiordit and Kuac Community alike. Many people mostly youngsters and middle ages have apparently reacted differently with majority condemning the act as bigotry. With my analysis, I may not be quite incomparable from what have been discussed and speculated; and therefore remain remorseful to the readers for the boredom on the same topic.

To jog the memory and draw the attention of the readership, it was on Wednesday, 30th January 2019 that a man named Zachariah Makuac Maror stormed the world with an article addressed openly to President Kiir requesting him to dethrone Minister Garang Mabior Wol over what he alleged: ‘‘Turning of South Sudan’s National Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning to be Kuac Business Center’’. Read the rest of this entry »


By Bol Khan, Kampala, Uganda

Adija

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — The People of South Sudan succumbed to civil war—self-destruction and immense sufferings ignited by few South Sudanese over the past five (5) solid years. This has become an absolute disgrace, now, to all South Sudanese in the world over. Who was to be blame? During the HLRF last year 2018, we suggested that IGAD should first prioritize the interest of ordinary South Sudanese people in an R-ARCSS.

The common interests we wanted was a better peace deal with proper; well-placed security arrangements, a lean government that would have pave way for profound peace dividends or services delivery to our people in the grassroots. We also hinted IGAD should not only start staying vigilant right from the outset of pre-transitional period but also to pick up and use ‘a stick and carrot’ policy throughout would-be 36 months of transitional period.

Instead, IGAD took its pillow and slept on all these suggestions. It would just facilitate only this flimsy “R-ARCSS” help signed on 12 Sept. 2018 and then threw it into South Sudan, where it is now hovering in the air without a guarantor. I am sure, the Son of Kaguta Museveni (SKM) upcoming defacto RTGoNU of Entebbe’s proposal is going to finish, in the name of peace implementation, salaries and allowances, the peace fund inject by international donors.

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Review by Matai Muon, Kampala, Uganda

Arop Madut Arop's book

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — Sometimes, we go to a bookshop to discover the latest story available for consumption, or if you are like me, browse the web to find the latest reviews for the good books as recommended by FANATIC readers the like of Bill Gates, Barack Obama or some cool international online media; the Times and the Guardian. Other times, a friend tells you about a book they just read and think it is a nice try. Well, welcome to the world of Michelle Obama. A history of almost half a century packed into 400 plus page-turner, Becoming is the greatest memoir of all times, at least by my measure!

The book published in November 2018 by the Crown Publishing Group entices the reader right from the prologue where Michelle defines the title in a few but deeply inspiring words. “For me,” Michelle writes, “Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously towards a better self.” For Michelle, Becoming is an endless journey. These were words from one of the most famous First Ladies and women of substance today. She says it clearly, keep on until you reach your highest potential.

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By Peter Khor Bullen, Juba, South Sudan

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State, whose bride price consist of 500 cows, 3 V8s, and over $10,000

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — When you are with your biological mother, she is the only person who can offer unconditional care. When you are still young, she knows when you are sick; she monitors you when you are hungry. She also knows when you are thirsty. A mother changes no position of care. Though not all mothers have that in mind, only a few of them have zeal to care. Life is indeed a choice, but much of it is prefers to be spent without interference from mothers who are easily adoptive to the heart of the devil. With the later heart, life goes on and on again with all sorts of tragedies and fault line. But one has to choose whom to live with.

While in Bor, Not all things bothered me but one thing bogged down my intellect. The conditions of dogs and their puppies in the hand of pigs, Cows and survival aggressive goat that can be ready to fight human anytime. They are the street boys and girls of Marol Market. If animals could be asked and you post a question to them on whom they thought to have cause them problems of different forms. They will quickly answer “Gen Kuol Manyang Juuk”. Don’t be jerked; I will narrate why him in particular. I love him very much. He is a good general born among the most complicated creature on earth (i.e. Bor Community). Ask me why. It will be long.

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Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Cattle camp

Friday, February 8, 2019 (PW) — This is a crazy Friday talk. The idea sprang up at the moment of news time and the back of the mind validated it for an essay. Before, one goes to the keyboard, there are many ideas that come to mind as to what themes, subjects and most importantly aims for a particular piece. I have visited a number of museums on a number of occasions: motor, maritime, tractor, Immigration and so on. I therefore, thought that the world has gone around as far as making absolutely everything for everything as museums are concerned.

I thought about  cattle or livestock museum for my birth country, Sudan. However, before, I pen something about it and cattle, I first had to google something like it. The nearest museum was found in Texas, USA in form of Cattle Raisers Museum. I saw a few photos of cattle, boots, straps and saddles as well as pieces of writing to describe what used to happen in relation to the cattle and their raisers.

This did not discourage me to put forward an idea for cattle keepers or government in South Sudan. The pastoralists love their cattle to death in this part of the world. Cattle are not only for milk and meat but are also for prestige and pride. They also also for payment of bride price and fines in the event of murder. Read the rest of this entry »


Legitimization of unethical leaking of national exams question papers, and why it is a complete professionalization of corruption in making!!!

By Dut Kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 (PW) — We are living in a country where the rate of illiteracy is excessively high compared to other backwards nation, yet, we seldom care about such an essential issue!  We all pursue degree/certificate with the sole purpose of enabling us get luxurious jobs with NGOs or to be accommodate in some powerful Government institutions by our uncles, in-laws or close associates.

This primitive perception is the problem we don’t want to study or understand the true meaning of acquiring education. Apparently, there is a vast difference between education and literacy, realistically, not all literate people are educated if you can thoroughly examine the misdeeds and negative attitudes/behaviors of our so-called educated intellectuals in the contemporary south Sudan.

Hence, the perspective had encouraged a large number of our people with uniform dream of getting a good job after obtaining a degree/certificate. This had entirely legitimized the undertaking of unethical and illegal ways to obtain degree/certificate via malpractice and villainous fraudulent in multiple learning institutions across the country. The practice is the reason the nefarious syndicates are able to take advantage by conducting theirs vested interests in leaking out our national exams questions papers to the children of fat-cat and their close associates. Read the rest of this entry »


By John Deng Diar Diing, Mombasa, Kenya

The Treasure of South Sudan

Monday, February 04, 2019 (PW) — Quoting the Deputy Information Minister, Lily Albino Akol Akol, on the decision of the Cabinet of the government of South Sudan to allocate 10,000 barrels of its crude oil per day to Chinese firms to build roads within the country. This decision delivered what I have, as a road engineer aspired for, for far too long. It is my opinion that this is going to be the first petrodollar to flow directly to addressing the needs of our vulnerable population since 2005.

Various development economists and experiences of economic upward mobility from transient economies and developed countries attest that transport infrastructures and energy have the highest and quick economic multiplying effects. It has been shown that countries that invested in energy and transport infrastructure realize a burst in the growth of processing industries, improvement in mobility of skills, people, goods and services and agricultural sector.

South Sudan has a classified road network of 19,000km; that includes primary, secondary and intra-county roads. The Primary road network, that is, the trunk roads that connect all the former ten (10) States Headquarters and major international borders is about 6,400km. If this 10,000 bpd of the crude oil is projected to flow for 10 years, and assuming that crude prices oscillate around 61US$ as it stands, then we will expect about 61×10,000 x 365×10 =2,226,500,000 US$. Read the rest of this entry »


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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

Monday, February 04, 2019 (PW) — In the age of social media, it’s very difficult if not impossible to hide family squabble that could be solved locally round the dining table. We need to take a long, hard look at the way the two camps of our respected politicians have flooded themselves with coined stories interwoven together with historical events. If social media wasn’t discovered, two sides would have no means of reaching themselves, one would have to treks between camps till his neck bubbles with sweat.

As one of the rumination thinkers, I can see that both camps are populated by people who lack directions because there is no way somebody can slammed into a feud between two influential families without first observes their close connections. If it’s a matter of being deeply wronged somewhere that had made one to join the opposing camps in order to avenge, then one would rationalized that his chances must have collided with a disadvantageous time.

I thought political camps were erected to fights their way to power instead of criticism that go down to the family line. Whatever dust-ups and squabbles there may be along the way, one camp would be useful to each other in the long run and in case the elders of the two families reunite the head of eristic arguments, my friend, your fate is in doubt. My payam traditionalist call it “Yïn abï cök döŋ laŋ nhom” Read the rest of this entry »


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