By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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April 27, 2017 (SSB) — Honestly, there is always a solution for any problem if given a holistic approach.

  1. President Salva Kiir. As the head of state, the President has every power to stop the war and restore our dignity in the world as people. First of all, he must be honest to himself and admit that fighting the numerous armed groups is a war that can’t be won. The SPLM/A did not capture Wau, Juba or Malakal during the 21 years of war but that did not end the war until Khartoum listened. The fact that rebels don’t control any major town is not a reason sufficient to underrate their strength. They are capable of blocking highways and disrupt movements of people and goods from one part of the country and another. Second, the President should allow communities to be ruled by leaders of their choice, not people loyal to the President but without a constituency. South Sudan is so diverse and complex to govern through one man’s preference. Third, the President should engage his SPLM faction and enter a leadership discussion. The SPLM has never been an institutionalized party for the last 34 years…in fact, it has never been a political party prepared to govern through institutions but through instructions and orders. The “all units messages” issued by Dr. John Garang had morphed into “Decrees” during President Salva Kiir’s reign. A diverse country like South Sudan needs a different approach; a compromising, tolerant and inclusive management is required. If the President break with the current styles of his leadership, he will definitely add more medals to his list for transitioning Southern Sudan from 2005 to 2011 and overseeing our independence. That is one way to end the war.

  1. Elections: Elections will remove the burden of appointing governors, MPs, and other leaders from the President’s desk and give back power to the people. Of course the conditions are not favourable for elections right now, but a plan must be hatched to prepare the country for an election. There is no doubt that an honest election will challenge the various visionless opposition groups. In fact, some armed and nonviolent opposition groups have no idea how govern this country. So I’m sure that they will not win a majority vote. And even if they win, they are South Sudan and are legally entitled to lead.

  1. Write a permanent constitution. Lack of permanent constitution is partly responsible for political violence in our country. Our legislators failed to write permanent constitution between 2011 and 2013. That contributed to political violence in December 2013. The ruling SPLM party, as alluded above, failed many times to institutionalise and that affected the parliament in some ways. But the current Transitional Legislative Assembly should not repeat this mistake. There has to a break with the past. Write the constitution to give timeline for elections, form of governance, presidential term limits (if we prefer Presidential system.) In this way, aspiring politicians will use the times between the presidential terms to solicit voters rather than engaging in violence.

  1. South Sudanese: We, the South Sudanese, have the capacity to end the war. Instead of relying on the ruling elites, allowing them to drive us as they wish, being blind by tribal divisions, we must work underground as professional teachers, traders, lawyers, activists to form a powerful union that accommodates diverse political views through nonviolent ways like the African National Congress (ANC) started in South Africa in early 1900s. The violent and nonviolent opposition parties that are currently challenging the Government in Juba are in fact the same system that brought the country to this stage. The fact that they choose to count on foreigners to effect a change of leadership truly explains their lack of faith in South Sudanese ability.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, University of Nairobi, Kenya

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Justice Chan Reech Madut, head of South Sudan Judiciary

April 27, 2017 (SSB) — In the previous article I authored titled ‘The Nation Needs a New Face in the Judiciary NOT Justice Chan Reec Anymore – Published 0n 5th December 2015 by Juba Monitor Newspaper Vol. 5 Issue No. 574 Page 5, and another piece titled ‘Why Too Many Judges and Justices are discontented with Chief Justice Chan Reec’s Leadership in the Judiciary? Published by Stance Media newspaper on Thursday 17th of Dec. 2015, Issue No. 71, Page 10, I explore hitherto issues that, if the judiciary of South Sudan could indeed position itself in its rightful place.

These articles plus many others were greeted with hostility by many stooges and kitchen supporters of the Chief Justice leadership. They turn blind eye to the important issues tackled in the articles for a simple fact that they are beneficiaries of that messed leadership but care less of the important place the judiciary occupy as an institution in our country. In this article “Crisis of the Judiciary of South Sudan: A Leadership problem”, I ironically intends to bring to forefront the crisis which has invasively infested the judiciary of south Sudan which lies not in the judiciary as a juridical institution but in the leadership of the incumbent Chief Justice.

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Open letter to H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit President, Republic of South Sudan Juba

RE: REQUESTING FOR ENDING OUR LONG INDIGNATION BY REMOVAL OF GOGRIAL STATE GOVERNOR HON. MAJ. GEN. GREGORY DENG KUAAC ADUOL

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Gen. Gregory Vassilli Dmitry (brother of Madam Ayendit), the new governor of Gogrial state

April 27, 2017 (SSB) —- Your Excellency, first and furthermost; we would like to congratulate you for a subtle decision you had taken to create 32 states and Abyei (33) in the country. Jurmanangeer Youth Association in Juba takes this golden opportunity to extend her sincere and ceaseless trillions gratitude and heartfelt appreciations to you. For the recognition you have rendered to the whole nation. And particularly to the SPLM ruling party’s Chairman and his entire party leadership. For fulfilling the visions and objectives of our party. Indeed! We are optimized that; SPLM is the party of people, for the people and by the people. As our visionary hero Late Dr. John Garang De Mabior said, ‘’ that SPLM party shall take the town to the people instead of them coming to the towns’’. We are so delighted by its fulfillment and implementation of peace agreement among other national initiatives as well.

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“A hunter is rewarded according to his bravery”

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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April 27, 2017 (SSB) — Irrefutably, an empty stomach is the house of abnormality, the current economic war-hit has infused thorny vessels into the heart of many South Sudanese to the scope of toning down their best known moral fiber; sharing is almost becoming nonconforming affair among the South Sudanese, families responsibilities are deficient distorted and surprisingly a lot of strange behaviors have sprang up, things like open robberies, direct cheating and massive aggressiveness are currently the present day hobbies.

Though swallowed up in a smoke of hardship people of South Sudan are eyeballing positive promises from the Finance Minister Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau, since his appointment into the country money docket he had authorized series of optimistic orders and directives, though his colossal efforts have been consumed up by the huge economic gap that has been blasted open by the country’s conflict and public malpractices. Hon. Dhieu is still the only hope for our economic recovery.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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April 27, 2017 (SSB) — It seems like Juba has arrived at the dust as the animal it was chasing has darted away. It seems like Juba is comfortable with the arrival at dust as the main object they were running after is nowhere to be seen. It’s like the case of a man getting comfortable with the shadow while missing the image it intended to catch, the case of shooting first and aiming later simply to negatively make us happy!

The dollar has climbed to that high climax where it later came down while leaving the prices up. Is this a new phenomenon? When did the dollar start climbing while being followed by the prices in the market and saw the prices brought down thereafter by the authorities?

Will the State’s statement that it would look into the “issue of prices in the market” stand the test of time or is it just a ploy meant to blindfold the public to stay comfortable that magic would happen? What is basically wrong with today’s high price that makes it different from previous high prices that prompted the government to react/respond? And will the government really respond?

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I beseech father I am hungry

Posted: April 27, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems., Riak Marial Riak

By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

I stood watching my groaning sheep on lea,

On the “grave of men” where I be calm and me,

Switching my eyes to see hare in a mirth

That day my ankles shook like a mortar.

I beseech my father I am faintly hungry.

There are guards preventing me entering there;

There’s a sign telling me no way through

But father hear a voice quivering at your door,

My voice is troubled and troubled to cry,

O I beseech my father I am fistly hungry.

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Presidential Decree: The Reconstitution of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, 26 April 2017 (PDF)

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President Kiir and Riek Machar peace deal: is it a viable peace?

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President Salva Kiir Mayaardit and his former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny

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President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar praying with Bishop Daniel Deng Bul in Addis Ababa, May 9 2014


By Junior William Deng, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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SPLM/A Commander Majak Agot Atem, during the War of Liberation

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — In 2005, after the acrimonious death of our magnanimous freedom fighter and leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior in Uganda’s military helicopter, the shocks of his passing shoke and trembled all Sudanese particularly all marginalised people of the Sudan. In the build up to the succession, the SPLM/A leadership sat at Dr. Garang town of New Site and gave Gen. Salva Kiir a vote of confidence to take the mantle of leadership to follow the footsteps of the liberation struggle.

Gen. Kiir being the national deputy of the SPLM/A and having been loyal to the movement made him the first choice and undisputable successor. However, in the back of everyone’s mind Gen. Kiir has had a heck up with Dr. John in 2004 which almost broke the very foundation of the revolution and peace process in Naivasha, Kenya. Dr. Garang took it upon himself and provided leadership and nominate Dr. Riek Machar and other members of SPLM/A leadership to organize talks, conciliation and transformation of differences to build confidence and momentum to stop war and bring peace to the people of the Sudan, Southern Sudan, Korodufan, Abyei and Blue Nile.

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Attention: H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, Chairman of SPLM and the Commander in Chief of the SPLA, State House, J1, Juba, South Sudan

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Mr. President,

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — First, let me register that some of us who have never met you before and perhaps, will never meet you until you leave the presidency are very unfortunate and indeed regretting. We are even very unfortunate at this time when things are tough for all of us and we badly need to meet you in order to tell you what we think are wrong in and with the government so that you are able to change the method of governance for the better and to serve citizens of South Sudan better.

I need not to remind you by telling you that it is now going to four years while the war is still on. The last three years have never been easier for us citizens and I do not know whether you know that we are suffering. It was good when the war started but as we progress from one year to the other in the war, things are becoming tougher and tougher day and night as US dollars have staged a second front against the country and citizens.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Juba, South Sudan

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — Sincerely speaking, there are good reasons why Honourable Nyandeng De Mabior can reject the presidential surprise decree appointing her into the National Dialogue Committee. One of the reasons is if she has not been consulted by H.E the President. However, there are heavier reasons as to why she should accept the unexpected appointment.

Firstly, it’s a noble indication of honouring, recognizing and trusting the positive influence she can play in reviving peace in the country. Already, the members of the National Dialogue committee are icons who have served this nation in one way or another. H.E Abel Alier, Joseph Laggu and the rests are people of high integrity who have only been resorted to rescue the dying trust amongst the citizens. Appointing Mama Nyandeng to join them in resuscitating hope is a good move in recognizing Garangs’ roles in the national building.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan must be weaned off war

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — Is South Sudan conflict now a problem of the dead people or for the livings? Dinka says particularly Dinka Bor community that, “Kou gut wun Amok gɔɔl”, the thorn injure, hurt or inject the owner anus, which literally mean, whatever you do to others in secret turns against you in public. The poem became popular in Bor community, and they used to advise those who do wrong things that, “kou gut wun amok”, don’t plan things against others and also teach all members of the community to be more loving people.

As I want to discuss today proxy war in South Sudan part two, I want to explain what caused popular poem of kou gut wun amok as it becomes a storytelling in Dinka Bor community. Long time ago, few people used to build” Luak”, a local building used for keeping animals in Dinka, and Nuer communities. You keep your animals in Luak and it is a nice and cool place people stay in during hot season.

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By Hon. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, SPLM-IO Governor Imatong State  

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April 26, 2017 (SSB) — To shoot down the economic crunch, which artillery to use? The situations in Juba is that of a swirling hurricane. Manga ten, Gurei, market are looted, Inflation has already hit over 1000%. The highest salary is that of the president valued at 150 USD per month. Over 80% of government employees earn less than 4 USD a month. An average poor person in the world lives on 1 USD a day, he should be able to earn 30 USD a month to be rated poor (World Bank scale).

80% of South Sudanese earns 4 USD a month (48 USD per annum) are not just poor but lives between absolute slavery and death. The 4 USD per month is not also paid on time as civil servants go for 3-4 months without pay. Since 2013 the government of South Sudan has borrowed heavily to prosecute the war of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The debt levels stand at 38.7% of GDP. Classified reports indicate that the government has already sold a large quantity of oil in advance sales and payments to multinational companies involved in oil business.

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By Dr Isaac Ayii Ayii (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

After this greedy and suspicious orders of Devaluation of currency and Nationalization of jobs market by the novices of the government of South Sudan, this beautiful and precious South Sudanese Pound will turn into a Zim Dollar!

April 26, 2017 (SSB) —- When we choose the path of corruption looting public funds like no man business was it USD dollar driving us? When we choose war the most expensive business in expenses of lucrative business of peace which is less costly did USD dollar signed us that deal

It wasn’t USD Dollar preventing us to cultivate our fertile land in order to get the produce but instead we were playing cards, Dominos and gossiping only waiting for food and drinks from where we did not sweat. It wasn’t USD dollar that prevents us /our leaders in services delivery like hospitals, schools, roads, water and electricity when there was enough of from 2005 up to 2013 before December crises.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba

April 26, 2017 (SSB) —- In the society where people are confused and do not know what they are doing, they always point fingers at other people and keep on blaming others for their faults. In such a situation, it is hard to get a solution and because of that people can easily lose confidence or trust in the system based on hearsay.

Where people live on hearsay, it is hard to maintain trust or confidence. The most important thing is trust and where there is no trust, the system is broken or will be broken by lies.

For that reason, it is important to say something small about trust.  In a social context, trust has several connotations.  According to Wikipedia, trust typically refers to a situation characterized by the following aspects:

One party (trustor) is willing to rely on the actions of another party (trustee); the situation is directed to the future. In addition, the trustor (voluntarily or forcedly) abandons control over the actions performed by the trustee.

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‘Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power’. – William Gaddis

By Ajang Alaak Atem, Bor, South Sudan

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The battle over the SPLM-IO leadership

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — “Corruption, the biggest reason for the downfall of most empires and civilization. Some group of people can tolerate corruption as long as their leader champions their religion, some will tolerate bribery as long as they champion their own race. I’ve lived long enough to see most of my friends that shouted anti-corruption slogan against the government have no problem bribing a police officer and vote for a leader of their choice as long as these leaders championed their own race” ~ Gecko & Fly

Based on past observations from Sudan government, and after South Sudan gained her independence from the decayed Khartoum regime, we assumed that the fresh leaders who took over the government of South Sudan could be benevolent not as predatory as they have become a threat to the development of their own state (South Sudan) in recent days after attaining their self-determination.

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“When you change the way, you look at things, the things you look at change.” (Max Planck)

By Ocholamero Otir Bure OROTO, Queensland, Australia

Ocholamero Otir Bure OROTO, Queensland, Australia

Ocholamero Otir Bure OROTO, Queensland, Australia

Dear South Sudanese,

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — It is vital to try seeing things from various angles!  Peace lovers and concerned South Sudanese within and outside South Sudan plus their friends have been suggesting political dialogues as the surest means to resolves South Sudan’s issues long time ago, but, the call felled in deaf ears of those steering the country.

There are several reasons for concerned people to say no to war. How could people prefer war to peace when the atrocities are on our face! Let the leaders and the ordinary people see the consequences for supporting war in one way or another. For examples; a place like Western Equatoria State that used to be one of the finest bread basket is no longer producing due to war, it is rendered unproductive in terms of its known agricultural activities, similar thing can be said of other states or regions in South Sudan. The result of the leadership-made war is now self-evidenced. Famine is now real, none of the leaders can rhetorically sweep this reality under the carpet anymore.

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Remarks at a Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

Ambassador Nikki Haley

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

U.S. Mission to the United Nations

New York City

April 25, 2017

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

AS DELIVERED

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — I want to thank Mr. Shearer for his briefings. I’d like to thank the leadership of Ambassador Seck and the briefings of Ambassador Ciss that you gave us today.

The BBC recently ran a report with a headline that asked the question, “Why are there still famines?” It’s a good question. The United Nations has declared that we are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II due to famine in Africa and Yemen. Twenty million people are at risk for starvation. In South Sudan, five and a half million face life-threatening hunger if nothing changes soon. That’s fully half the population of this young and troubled country. How can so many people be facing starvation given the technological and humanitarian capabilities we have today?

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Festus Mogae in Malakal

Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae visits Malakal.

 April 26, 2017 (SSB) — JMEC Chairman, H.E. Festus Mogae, opened the April JMEC Plenary, in Juba, with a warning that South Sudan now faces a crisis of hunger that is undermining all efforts to make peace.

The Chairman said, “There can be no doubt that we now face a crisis within a crisis. Security is the foundation stone upon which we build economic and social confidence. This foundation stone no longer exists, confidence has evaporated, commerce is seizing up, prices are escalating and as a result we now face a crisis of hunger that is undermining all our efforts to make peace.

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From Maal Maker Thiong, FROM INSIDE J-1:

Taban Deng Ghai and President Kiir, Juba, Dec 22 2015

Taban Deng Ghai and President Kiir, Juba, Dec 22 2015

April 24, 2017 (SSB) — The office of the President today dismissed a number of rumors which were spread out on the social media and on Newspapers in some Countries, especially in Khartoum Arabic newspaper call Alwathan recently citing that President Kiir is planning to hand over power and that the army is planning to take over.

Ateny Wek Ateny, the President’s Press Secretary told the Press in Media briefing at state House Juba, Monday that the propaganda was done by Anti-Peace elements. Ateny Wek also described the recent report of United Nations panel of experts as bias against the Government of South Sudan. He added that the report does not differ with previous reports about South Sudan.

Mr. Ateny answering a question from a journalist said, the current security deployment on the streets is just a normal routine. On the economic, Mr. Ateny said the government is working hard to make sure the economy of the Country get back to normalcy. He also mentioned that the dollars was 20,000 South Sudanese pound few days ago, but today, it is 16,000 South Sudanese Pounds.

For more insight story, Tune in to SSBC with Senior Reporter Joseph Akol Akol.

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By John Achiek De Mabior, Bor, Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

April 24, 2017 (SSB) — The Governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer Panyang has confirmed the resumption of the recent postponed peace deal between the two States of Jonglei and Boma soon.

Jonglei Governor stated that the Boma State Governor Ismail Konyi has accepted Peace Conference between the two neighboring States last week. Aguer made the statement during the morning service at St. Andrew Church on Sunday in Bor, Jonglei State.

According to Governor Aguer, the Boma State Governor did not accept Terekeka anymore and Torit as well but he preferred Kapoeta State as the conducive place for the peace to take place.

Philip call upon the Citizen of Jonglei to remain calm and promise that peace will be achieved between Jonglei and Boma State this year.

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