By Maliap Madit Mabior, Kampala, Uganda

March 26, 2017 (SSB) —- First and foremost, I don’t dismiss the fact that a lot has been said and many people have spoken about South Sudan and so, ‘honesty is the policy’ and by our difference in views, all answers to this article in question form maybe correct. And so, I’ll be very much on the blessing end rather than a curse.

Well, from the creation account, human being which the Bible calls mankind was and is created in God’s image with Adam believed to be the original copy of God which no one rejects this religious fact. There, Adam demanded for a partner and so God quickly co-created Eve (Garang ke Abuk in my language) and roughly the multiplication resulted into us of today split into tribes and clans. Given this brief story, one would simply conclude that we are one people by naturalization.

By definition, ‘Heterogeneous’ is the opposite of a Greek word ‘Homogeneous’ meaning ‘’of the same kind.’’ Thus, Heterogeneous is from Greek word meaning ‘’of different kinds.’’ It may also be used to describe inanimate objects as well as people. It is a society in which race, ethnicity, and religion are of secondary importance to a sense of civic equality and consciousness of a shared culture and values.

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Communiqué of the 30th Extra-Ordinary Summit of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on South Sudan, 25TH MARCH 2017, NAIROBI – KENYA

IGAD Communique on South Sudan, Nairobi, March, 2017

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March 26, 2017 (SSB) — The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 30th Extra-Ordinary Summit on 25th March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, under the chairmanship of H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly, to deliberate on current situation in the Republic of South Sudan.

Held on the sidelines of the Special IGAD Summit on Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees and Sustainable Reintegration of Returnees in Somalia, the assembly was attended by H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia; H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; and H.E. Hasabo Mohamed Abdul Rhaman, Vice-President of the Republic of the Sudan.

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 By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia  

Prof Majok Kelei stands next to UNMISS chief at Council of ministers in Bor picture by Mach Samuel

Prof Majok Kelei of Dr. John Garang University stands next to UNMISS chief at Council of ministers in Bor, picture by Mach Samuel

March 26, 2017 (SSB) — Since her birth in the winter of 1938, Nyankoot Bolek had never seen even a hill. Just anthills she enjoyed luring the termites out of them with flames in April every year. But it had never happened to see a giant mountain up close. They had managed with her second daughter- in- law to ride on the back of the heavy trucks that UN hired in Kenya to transport food relief (sacks of sorghum and cartons of oil) to hunger-stricken places in liberated areas.

Their clothes were modest if one takes into the consideration the number of women and teenage girls with nothing more than a traditional sewn skirt in South Sudan by that time. Ajah was wearing a new traditional skirt and a Malaya, a linen sheet made of polyester. And no shoes. In fact, shoes were unthinkable. Her mother in law was wearing an African dress that resembled a night gown. All of their clothes were in bright colours.

They were exhausted from their journey from Aliab to Terekeka, then with a canoe, another kind- hearted mundri man rowed them across the Nile to Gameza where Nyankoot Bolek kissed the driver’s palm for a lift.

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By Warille B. Warille, London, UK

March 26, 2017 (SSB) —- The world is waking up to the realities of South Sudan now that a multiplicity of voices are beginning to come out boldly to condemn the kleptocratic dictatorship in Juba.

The tormented people of South Sudan have been held hostage and have for so long been the victims of a vicious and lethal power struggle between the country’s tribal elite. Totally incapable of creating a common identity, ethnic politics not foreign to Africa, continues to plague the various groups in this young nation.

At the centre of it all is the fact that the genesis of many of the problems facing the nascent state of South Sudan have for a very long time remained poorly understood by the rest of the world and that is the case with the famine that is about to compromise the very existence of the infant country.

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Lack of Ideology, Moral Politics and the Rule of Law: The Cause of South Sudanese Problems

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

March 25, 2017 (SSB) — Six years ago South Sudanese overwhelmingly voted for separation from Sudan after over forty years of struggle for independence. Thus, independence made South Sudan become a sovereign state.

In that regard, when we talk of State sovereignty we mean the State responsibility and because of that responsibility the state has a primary duty to protect its citizens, which lies with the state itself (see “The Report of the International Commission on Responsibility of States to protect and Intervention and State Sovereignty,” December 2001)

Sadly six years down the road, South Sudan has lost the road as it has fallen into some of kind of a military dictatorship (though it is not a typical military government) that retains power through the use of political violence, kidnappings, and other oppressive tactics. These tactics are used solely to protect and maintain the interest of the cliques that have held the government and the president hostage in order to continue sacking the blood of South Sudanese amidst ruthless and aimless war.

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By Hon. Arop Madut Arop, Nairobi, Kenya

 media reporting

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- The topic journalism; the most abused profession in the Republic of South Sudan, in particular and Africa at large, will be discussed, in several articles. The first part will revisit the origin of information gathering skill, the emergence of the modern press industry, as well as the first appearance and subsequent development of journalism as a profession. We will then turn and discuss the need to have a new vision for an African press, as opposed to capitalist and socialist press. This part will attempt to answer the question as to whether there is an absolute Freedom of the Press at all in the world. The second part will briefly look at the constraints encounter by journalists in their practice of their profession; hence the importance for the training of press men and women. The third part of the article will comment briefly about the introduction and development of the press, for the first time, in South Sudan, during the regional self-rule experiment (1972-1982) and the current pathetic situation of the press industry in the world youngest nation. The study will further discuss briefly, the importance and the need for the training of press men and press women in South Sudan, by the country ministry of information and broadcasting; assuming that the concerned authorities have learned useful lessons from the past experiences of the previous regional ministry of information authorities (1972-1982), when they managed and trained many journalists from scratch. Importantly the training of journalists is pivotal so that they can do their job of informing the general public accurately and satisfactorily about what concerned them directly or indirectly; in accordance to the norms and ethics of journalism profession. The third part will bring us to the conclusion about the central theme of our topic ‘’journalism the most abused profession in the Republic of South Sudan’’. In this concluding part, we will give classic comparative examples about the abused of journalism profession or lack of it in the world youngest nation. In this context we will compare the press coverage of the South Sudan current conflict by the Sudan Tribune and Radio Tamazuj Websites, on the one hand, with that of Gurtong Peace Trust and PaanLuel Wël Websites, on the other hand.  Let us now start discussing part one of the article.

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By Constant’s Dc, Perth, Australia

South Sudan in 2040

South Sudan in 2040

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- Last year on 22 March 2040, as I was sitting under a mango tree I planted in the year 2030. I was enjoying cold breeze from the Nile and run my mind wild for a while.

My grandson was playing with his mates in the soccer field nearby. The environment was so peaceful. The sound of approaching ships, planes and trains 🚄 filled the sky.

The roads were tarmac, lights brightened the streets of konyokonyo and the whole was like heaven. Businesses were booming, and there was abundance food around which can be seen through the buttocks of fat kids around.

The TV 📺 news were full of development projects, inventions and innovations. There seem to be no news on cattle raids, SPLA rapes, famine and looting of public monies; One would wait almost a lifetime to hear them.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- The Hon MPs and Commissioners of the twin States of Akobo and Bieh States have today been sworn in; in a colourful event at the States Coordination Office in Juba. The ceremony was presided over by Hon Judge from the High Court and the two Governors, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew and Col Moses Majok Gatluak respectively.

There was a multitude of celebrants in attendance including the author. The newly states officials have reassured the people of their States to work together for peace and harmony among the communities of Lou Nuer and their neighbours. They commended the President of the Republic Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit for having initiated the National Dialogue which was preceded by the National Prayer.

As one of the celebrant, the MPs and Commissioners are people’s representatives. They have got to meet the expectations of the local communities by providing basic essential services. The two Governors have pledged to work hand in hand with them. My message to the two Governors is that; delegate powers and duties to your commissioners that is decentralization.

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A Countryman between two Lawyers is like a fish between two cats: Assessing the role of lawyers in the South Sudanese crises

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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Bany William Deng Nhial

March 24, 2017 (SSB) — I have taken the above quote that “a countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats” from Benjamin Franklin. In fact, before I assess the role of lawyers in the South Sudan crises based on this quote, I would like to ask my readers to persevere with me a bit so that I tell them the biography of Benjamin Franklin in brief and why I love and make him to be my role model. Having asked my readers a permission to allow me to digress a bit and presume that they have allowed me, I now give the brief background of Benjamin Franklin.

 Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States as Wikipedia told me. He was before becoming the President of the USA a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.  He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution.

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By Ater Garang Ariath, Juba, South Sudan

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March 24, 2017 (SSB) — My fellow South Sudanese, men and women, old and young good night, As I approach aforementioned heading, I am oblige as South Sudanese citizen, die –heart freedom fighter, Pan-Africanism theoretician, global villager and secularist with dedicated energies to bring into some South Sudanese doom-casters, specialized war-mongers and social media propaganda actors that General Paul Malong Awan is more alive.

General Malong is flawless South Sudanese iconic hero and freedom fighter in his aged generation and will be a great legend of the age’s generation to come and his death will not be wished and will never happen through doom-casters, but God knows, who will go first.

However, spreading wild rumors and shallow information on his health status, in the social media and other propagandas media outlets around the globe and at home is tantamount to high conspiracy punishable in the country’s constitutional framework.

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By Maliap Madit Mabior, KAMPALA, Uganda

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Your need food, seriously?

March 24, 2017 (SSB) — If words were humans or if I had any way, this article would write itself reason being that it bears all we know about ourselves. I’m wondering whether many of us have seen the signs and symptoms this disease or just me alone. However, my own research shows that we are all suffering differently but the same disease – rich or poor.

I called it ‘Victim Mentality’ not that I can’t find other words, but these two words makes a complete view of our status in South Sudan. For me or us who have been suffering since, before, during and now in an independent state – South Sudan, I’m or we aren’t bothered nor ashamed to talk about it otherwise, it is part of us and by the way by this time, we would have been veterans if suffering was an achievement.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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March 24, 2017 (SSB) — Let me begin this article with what William Shenstone once said about lie and a liar. He said, “a liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood”. Hence, this article is in response to the recent news circulating on Facebook that General Paul Malang Awan, the Army Chief was dead in order to inform the public that such news was malicious, fabricated and baseless.

I have to tell the public that one of the people whose post misled the public in relation to Malong Awan is Sheriff Balang Nyakim who posted the post that falsely killed Malong. His post reads as follows as I have quoted below—

“General Paul Malong Awan Anei (http://www.malongfoundation.org) was a South Sudanese politician and military figure. He served as governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal since 27 March 2008 before promoted to Army Chief. In April 2014 he was appointed Chief of General Staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army by the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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By Atem Yaak Atem -Australia

“Dr. Lueth Garang Kuany, a renowned medical practitioner during the Liberation days has passed away. The late Dr. Lueth was on duty in Bor Hospital on the 16th of May 1983 when Battalion 105 was attacked at Malual ë Chaat and casualties began to arrive. He personally treated the wounded Kerubino when he was brought into the hospital before joining the rebellion that became the SPLA/M few months later. Dr. Lueth was among the six people in the car that took John Garang to Ethiopia. During the War of Liberation Dr. Lueth, together with the likes of Dr. Achol Marial, Dr. Akol Diing, Dr. Atem Nathan, Dr. Kemerie, Dr. Dau Aleer, and many others worked in the liberated area rendering medical care to hundreds of thousands of people in need. He died on the 5th of March in Kampala, Uganda and his body was brought back on Wednesday 8 March to South Sudan for burial.” From The National Courier, March 9, 2017.

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Commander Pagan Amum Okiech, with Chairman Dr. John Garang and Commander Yasir Said Arman, Rumbek Senior, 2003

March 23, 2017 (SSB) — When I received a text message from a friend in Juba carrying the news of the passing away of Dr Lueth Garang, I was struck by sadness. Late Lueth Garang was one of the people I have known for a very long time. He was a friend. More than that, the departed compatriot was truly a decent man. At a time when people see and feel evil things happening around them, their consolation is when they see good people in their midst; the presence of the righteous ones often inspires hope while their exit opens a space for despair and loneliness; it also weakens the defences in the war against the forces of darkness. Where and who are the replacements for the departed good people? The good fight must not relent but its soldiers are leaving the stage. For good. Very sad indeed.

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By Kachuol Mabil Piok, Juba, South Sudan

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CDR John Garang, CDR William Nyuon and CDR Salva Kiir

March 23, 2017 (SSB) —- History is awash with occasions where South Sudanese have been able to forge unity amidst existential threats to their survival. Such occasions date back to the periods of slave trade, predatory Turco-Egyptian and Anglo-Egytian rules, and until the times of successive oppressive Khartoum based regimes.

Despite their primordial differences in forms of inter-communal raiding and expansionist wars, the black African tribes in South Sudan had collectively confronted and resisted external invasions carried out by Arab slave merchants and colonial regimes. That form of unity was remarkably demonstrated umpteen times in 1947 against the unilateral abolition of Southern Policy and subsequent unsolicited unification of the North and the South by the British colonial regime. Since then, the quest for an independent South Sudan and preservation of the dignity of its people had been the most inspiring and unifying narrative.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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The vision of John Garang

March 23, 2017 (SSB) — Admittedly, our country is saddled with host of problems it cannot afford but is being forced to carry. But how can we get the problems solved and by who and when?

I presume many people would be of the view that peace isn’t something we can deliver by ourselves as we have proved incapable. Yeah, in one or the way, they may be right.

But here is one thing. The truth is that the woes facing our country are as a result of our own making and can only be sorted out by us. Not by anyone from outside.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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salary

March 22, 2017 (SSB) — A parallel market, popularly known as black market, is a market whereby goods or service are traded illegally. The illegal economy consists of the income generated by engaging in the production and distribution of prohibited goods and services such as prostitution, illegal drugs dealings and smuggling of contraband weapons or ammunition.

According to scientific American Journal, says around 1.9 billion people are engaged in the black market. Every country has been spending a considerable amount of money and time but they all failed to eradicate black markets.

Take example of USA who spends billions of dollars annually to fight the war on illegal market but there are stills numerous numbers of black market in America today. “With estimates of $ 100 to 110 billion for heroin, cocaine and $ 150 for synthetic drugs”

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

New Sudan Vision-John Garang

THE 6TH-12TH SEPTEMBER 1991 TORIT RESOLUTIONS: SOLUTION MODALITIES IN THE SUDAN CONFLICT AS ENVISAGED THROUGH DR. JOHN GARANG’S VISION OF THE NEW SUDAN

March 21, 2017 (SSB) — National building begins with ideological building.  Without defining and identifying proper ideology, the nation remains confused, corrupt and stranded.  As it has been defined, an ideology is a collection of beliefs held by an individual, group or society. It can also be described as a set of conscious and unconscious ideas which make up one’s beliefs, goals, expectations, and motivations.

 In this regard, an ideology is a comprehensive normative vision that is followed by people, governments, or other groups that is considered the correct way by the majority of the population, as argued in several philosophical tendencies. Hence, as those of Karl Marx and Frederick Engel observed in their work, the ideology is set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of society such as the elite to be followed by all members of society.

In relation to politics, the ideology refers to the system of abstracted meaning applied to public matters, thus making it central to politics. Implicitly, in societies that distinguish between public and private life, every political or economic tendency entails ideology, whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought. In the Althusserian sense, Ideology is “the imaginary relation to the real conditions of existence”.

Where the nation does not have a clear ideology like South Sudan, the whole system becomes corrupt as there is no ideology that directs people on what to do, when to do it, where to do it, how to do it and why it should be done.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Juba South Sudan

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salary

March 21, 2017 (SSB) — As I said in Monday’s article that government needs to stop emphasizing the need for austerity and hard times.  Yes I agree on ‘growth’ but we don’t understand how to achieve sustainable growth. This can only come from either continuing to increase the South Sudan’s population or by continuing to improve efficiency.

The first is clearly impossible as we would bust at the seams. This means the only choice we have is INVESTMENT and in the RIGHT areas. Our politicians and most economists do not understand this. I believe that I have some of the answers.

Investment is a good idea however, going back to basics, investment alone will not stimulate the economy, and firstly you need real demand for products and services. That comes from me and you the consumers providing there is the disposable income available, with wage restraints and uncertainty in the economy this will take time.

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The New Nation South Sudan is Torn Apart: Politicians are not important and permanent than a Nation.

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Plane crash in wau

March 21, 2017, (SSB) — I have putted rightly earlier last year that South Sudan is an album of tribes, and each tribe is fitted on its column. There is no single tribe who has rights to remove and replace any tribe with God angels to stay with and be comfortable because they are trying to live with God perfect angels.  All tribes have their evil men/women who can public unrest, and (64) tribes living in South Sudan have rights and equal rights of humanity dignity to be respected and honoured as South Sudanese wonderful citizens who made South Sudan to be called a young nation among the league of nations.

Political conflicts have high consequences when it started like fire of fuel tank breakout which may not be easy to control simply. With war and conflict caused by politicians on the innocent civil population in South Sudan, 3.6 million were drive out of their homes as well as my family refuge in Uganda for more than four year now; truly 305,000 are in Sudan, 342,000 in Ethiopia, 89,000 in Kenya, 609,000 in Uganda, 68,000 in Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC), and 4, 900 in Central African Republic.

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