An Analysis of whether or not the Presidential Decree No. 126/2015 Legally confers Dismissal and appointment Powers on the Governors

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

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December 8, 2016 (SSB) —- Prior to the end of the year 2015, a wave of jubilation engulfed the country precipitated by Order #36 which created the current 28 states. On 27th of December 2015, another decree cancelling the existing 10 states was issued under the hand of the president and on 31st December 2015, another presidential decree No. 126/2015 was issued for the appointment of the governors of the new states in the country.

However, while the people of South Sudan were engulfed in a lot of celebrations, one thing passed unnoticed either by the president himself who is the appointing authority or his so-called Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs, whom many people presumed to be engine that drives every legal vehicle the president uses. That is, what we called ‘constitutional vacuum’ in the legal vocabulary, I wished my learned presidential advisor on legal affairs knows this.

This is what this author, being a constitutional law specialist wanted to tackle. The analysis is not about the creation of 28 states and how they were created but on the widest legal and constitutional vacuum created forthwith or brought about by the creation and cancelling of the previous 10 states as per the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 (Amendment Act, 2015). As the Transitional Constitution was successfully amended, it gave room and powers to the president to create more states, although it wasn’t so definite that the president has powers to create 28 states but he was given a leeway to create more states depending on any number of states which may be created.

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By Miss Adol Makeny Dhieu, Sydney, Australia

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December 7, 2016 (SSB) — Role of fathers in their children lives is not a Western idea only. It is as universal and natural as creation itself. Western cultures have however advanced in making it a focal point of research and study simply to reinforce its important in a developing child’s life. Developing societies too have their ways of reinforcing this idea, for example, in South Sudan villages and across rural Africa, men take on various roles deem manly with their sons en-toed.

They could go hunting together, storytelling, herding, cultivating, making tools (if bless with blacksmith or engineering skills) etc. In cities for example, a true Southern man would spare time and spend it with his children, ask about how their day went and what they did at school, tell them about his work and the impact it has on the society etc. Child-rearing, was never a woman job only, nor is it parents only, it indeed takes a village in Africa and elsewhere for that matter, to raise a child, especially boys.

South Sudanese parents in the west, especially in Australia and specifically fathers, have either lost touch with this idea at no fault of their own or have intentionally decides to neglect their primary roles as fathers. This article intend to outline issues that led to failure of not meeting this obligation, few alleviating suggestions and lastly, the importance of a fatherly role in a child’s life.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Juba, South Sudan



December 7, 2016 (SSB) — Very obvious, that this war is a needless war. This war is useless. This war is unjustifiable. This war is unreasonable. This war is uncalled for. Then, why for it? Why, because I needed to stay in power for long. Why, because I wanted to enriched my family and my next of kins. Why, because I and my clan wanted to control and use the resources of the nation for our benefits because am a hero. Why, because I needed to take his power by the use of force.

Why, because Am accustomed to grape power when Am no longer in the government. Why, because I wanted to do the same that the incumbent has done to his family, next of kins and his entire clan. Why, because Am too greedy of power and I cannot imagine being a layman in the street. Why, because he is just a mere and a humble guy, uneducated very highly, meanwhile am such a well educated and well trained mechanical engineer from the UK?

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By Mike Mabior Makuol, USA

corruption in Juba


December 7, 2016 (SSB) — The culture of theft and corruption to get richer quickly has driven South Sudan into economic failure and misery, as those who are charged with the responsibilities to turn this economic around, dip their hands in the honey pot of the country and keep licking them instead of addressing the issue.

Others, meanwhile, have deserted the country and run to the neighboring countries with huge sum of stolen money to hide or invest in foreign land leaving behind the country in masses, and pretended to be the clean people who have no hands in economic massed in the country.

Somehow, they forgot that the citizens knows those who have been involved and those who did not involve in corruption in this country whether in the government or in an opposition and whether in the country or abroad.

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Political History, Claims and Lessons Learned: A Response to Uncle Aldo Ajoudit Deng Akuey

By Junior William Deng, Juba, South Sudan


December 7, 2016 (SSB) — Forward! Irrespective of social media clamp down and specific responses made against Hon. Aldo Ajoudit, a lot more is desired not only to keep the debate in procession but also to educate him on a few missteps and misdeeds and raise assurance that history lives with people and forever.  Education in political history or political education is a spectacle the society uses to zoom individual or groups political and social background.

 However, I want to share my indebtedness for him, his family, Pajuou clan, the great Dinka chief Deng Akuei Ajou, his relatives, the greater Abiem people and the entire Dinka Malual: they are our relatives; in-laws and friends. Socially uncle made Jieng and entire country proud through is son, an NBA Star, Luol Deng, a gentleman I pride a lot. Besides, we are political and I take him on as an author and political person and his political party if any.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba South Sudan

museveni's quote on leadership

December 7, 2016 (SSB) — Success means something different to every person: like attractiveness, it exists in the eye of the beholder.  It is your responsibility to determine what success means for you, and how you go about breeding or propagating success in your life.

Despite this, there are definitely hindrances or handicap to success. These drawbacks or hurdles are ubiquitous, ever-present or omnipresent in their ability to deter or discourage your success. But don’t fret because if you seek success, and you fear your actions are blocking your desire for success, you have the power and control to overcome the following obstacles.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

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December 7, 2016 (SSB) — Restoring governance and strengthening and building trust in government in crisis and post-conflict societies is such an important aim of the international community in an attempt to avert future recurrence of the conflict and thus an important aspect of keeping an international order, peace and security.

This article critically assesses the challenges of restoring governance and building trust and confidence in the government of the day in a war ravaged South Sudan. The most difficult challenges of restoring governance arise from the absence of a constitutionally-established governing authority and from serious weaknesses of government capacity and resources.

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South Sudanese perspective of what derailed the journey to economic development

By Paul Logali, Logali House, Juba

The current state of RSS

December 6, 2016 (SSB) — After the government of South Sudan was established in 2006, initiation of rapid economic development programs followed led by the public sector in partnership with the private sector. Part of my assignment was to participate in developing industrial strategies and polices for the ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment.

To get this done we had to travel to all the previous 10 states to consider the views and perspectives of all the state and non state actors about economic development issues, the roles of the private sector and the challenges they thought should be captured in the formulation of these policies.

We equipped ourselves with working tool kits [questionnaires] that have been tested in other post conflict environments to help us collect the data required. Among these tools were a set of kits designed to examine and inform us about the mental models of our people.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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December 6, 2016 (SSB) — The government of Jonglei and Boma states signed an agreement to curb cattle raiding, child abduction and killing after days of peace conference between Murle and Dinka in Pibor. The resolution also recommend strongly establishment of join court and join police to patrol the borders of the two states.

Unfortunately last night two pregnant women were killed in Twic North County and two other children abducted by suspected Murle raiders. Besides that, three Murle raiders were killed yesterday and 8 others wounded at 11 Am in the same area. However, the fate of the Peace accord remains indistinct from dishonored accords.

For years now, the violence that ranges from child abduction, cattle raiding, road ambushes and other forms of inhumane act amongst communities of Greater Jonglei, need immediate action to rebuild the broken trust and restore order.

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By Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, Juba, South Sudan

John Garang

John Garang’s prophecy

November 6, 2016 (SSB) — The writer, Majak Kuany Alier, assaulted me with article he said, was a reply to my article on the “root cause” of the ongoing war. I dismissed the allegations raised by a young man from Bor in which he blamed the JCE to have caused the 2013 violence.

He added further by blaming Greater Bahr el Ghazal and lack of leadership now and in the future. He went as far as saying that I, Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, was not a member of SPLM and I must be dissociated. I was surprised and astonished on such gross accusations.

I decided to answer. An answer which I categorically confined to the root causes of recent 15 December 2013’s coup, violence and rebellion. To prove my determination of the causation of the 2013 violence, I had to cite “the SPLM leadership”. To trace the origin of violence, I found that violence and killings of children, women and elderly is foreign to our cultures and traditions.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan


The cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

December 6, 2016 (SSB) — Leadership is not easy. The reality is that every person leads at some level. The question is not whether or not you are a leader as much as how well are you leading. Growing up in the political environment, I saw one insecure leader after another, but I never realized they were insecure until I started to work at CSOs 10 years ago. I began serving Melut County, as motherland and currently serve it materially and morally as my kid’s future home.

As my campus town I and other age mate sons and daughters are by far the most secure leaders I have ever met. It was only through their confident yet humble, Christ-centered or Islamic-centered leadership that made me see those other leaders as insecure.

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By Ajak Yak, Juba, South Sudan

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November 5, 2016 (SSB) — It was exactly last night four years ago that the devils who becomes unknown gunmen today in South Sudan purposely, ruthlessly and mischievously broke into your house, woke you up and mercilessly took away your dear life in cold blood.

You were resting in your house in the middle of what could had been a peaceful night in the country you sacrificed everything to ensure safety is guaranteed but your assailants turned it into a fateful night that would stick in our memories for the rest of our life. That same government you voluntarily served couldn’t afford to provide security for you and its citizens at large.

We know where our fingers are pointing with God in front leading us. We couldn’t afford to forgive those who masterminded your death until thunder hit the shit out of them to genuinely confess. We will not bring your life back but impunity shouldn’t be the course you went to the bush for.

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By Bol Madut Ayii, Juba, South Sudan

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November 5, 2016 (SSB) — The United Nations charter states that it was founded, in part, to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”. In 2000, after a series of egregious failures in 1990s, the UN ordered a comprehensive review of its own peacekeeping operations. The Brahimi report, named after the panel chairman Lakhdar Brahimi from Algeria concluded that, United Nations has repeatedly failed to meet the challenges.

The same today is true with what UNMISS did in South Sudan since it stepped in the country before independence. The UNMISS miserably failed to adhere to its mandate as enshrined. The UN body which was mandated to keep peace and protect civilians when deemed appropriate turned to be a third force fighting the constitutionally elected government. It is beyond reasonable doubt that UNMISS have played a big role in the crisis that South Sudan is currently undergoing. The subsequent military confrontations between government forces and opposition forces demonstrated clearly the evil plan of some UNMISS forces towards the government and the people of South Sudan.

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“Gogrial County/Aguok South County commissioner interference in the running of youth’s affairs is uncalled for”

By Akoon Madut Akech, Juba, South Sudan

December 4, 2016 (SSB) — Unfair interference of Aguok South County commissioner in the running of youths affairs on his alleged later of reversal asking the dissolution and reinstatement of the same body which he has written and signed by him on 18th of October after the general assembly gathered to approve unanimously to remove the leadership whose term came to an end after spending more than five years in operation.

The decision has brought outrage and wider condemnation from far and as such, created discords among the population of Gogrial county/ Aguok South as people call it, it wasn’t well understood to why the commissioner came up with unpopular and wrong decision without citing any sub article that says so in order to support his argument and the main reasons behind his decision of doing what he did recently.

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‘‘I want you to know that I will never compromise my political beliefs or betray the motherland, and that I will remain defiant throughout this tortuous journey’’ Professor Maina wa Kinyatti

By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya


Dak Buoth speaking during an Interview with Standard Newspaper in Nairobi, 2015

December 4, 2016 (SSB) — Today last month, the 4th November 2016, the revered spokesperson James Gatdet Dak, my namesake was unlawfully repatriated to South Sudan where he could face detention, torture and abuses by vermin at the hands of the regime in Juba. Kenya told Associate press news Agency through her spokesperson Mr. Eric Kiraithe, ‘‘that James Gatdet Dak became an inadmissible person, so we cancelled his visa and he was taken back to his country of origin’’


It is now a month long period since he was ejected from Nairobi. For the benefit of back-benchers who are not yet aware of what prompted James Gatdet Dak’s deportation, it was linked to a comment he wrote on his Facebook page concerning an emotive case between Kenya and United Nations (UN) where Mr. Ban Ki-moon relieved General Kimani Mogoa, the Kenyan force commander of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) of his duties citing leadership failure among others. The former’s decision to dismiss the latter was based on ‘‘independent investigative report’’ on the violence which occurred on July 8-25, 2016.

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Will Jonglei ranks top in SSCSE this year?

Posted: December 3, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Mach Samuel Peter

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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December 3, 2016 (SSB) — We are in doubt either Jonglei state students will lead this year in South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Examinations given the fact that our teachers of both primary and secondary schools have been on strike for the last

11 teachers have been terminated and 30 others remain in jailed accused of snatching the timetable from the examination centers, threatening the government and unlawful strike that went on for two months.

Despite being the most affected state during the past few years of South Sudan crisis it was ranked the best in 2015/2016 South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Examination (SSCSE) SSCSE.

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“We work with the people not out of pity, but out of respect for their potential for growth and development, both as individuals and as communities,” Jimmy Yen.

By Majak Kuany Alier, Juba, South Sudan


The cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

December 3, 2016 (SSB) — With due respect and integral rights of every citizen to access and impart information as enshrined in the Transitional National Constitution, 2011, I write to response to article published on facebook wall of Uncle Aldo Ajou. Before I get into details let me acknowledge that Uncle Aldo Ajou made efforts to shine within our society in many other situations, however, he missed the point in his recent post. Anthropology educates us that every community has people who by accident, experience, or training can provide the most complete or useful information about particular aspects of life. Unfortunately, Uncle Ajou missed that concept.

His assertions serves to deepen divisive politics unsurprisingly characterizes JCE. I need not to say that the JCE posits do no good to the nation, thus it should not be given room to perpetuate to the detrimental of our society. One of the posterity’s expectations is that our energy should gear toward undoing knots tied by JCE to sustain mediocre leadership that has failed to sustain hopes of independence, or bolstering international efforts to reconcile the broken nation. It is sad, that the opposite is true propagated by his group (JCE).

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The suspension of Justice Reuben Madol Arol by the President is contrary to the law and it goes to the heart of judicial independence in South Sudan

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

RSS coat of ARMS

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

December 1, 2016 (SSB) — Since the suspension of Justice Reuben Madol Arol in 2015, I have been trying to term with the reality as I was still thinking that the President and his advisors would realize that the suspension was done contrary to the Constitution of South Sudan. However, it has now become crystal clear that the President is not taking step to correct the error of administrative decision that was made to suspend Justice Madol.

What is done to Justice Madol is painful and shows the devoid of proper understanding of law by the president and his advisors by the time he issued the order suspending him. As I have pointed out in the above paragraph, Justice Madol was suspended contrary to the law. Why it is contrary to the law as shall be explained later in the last part of this work is because he was exercising his independence as Justice of the Supreme Court.

The independence of judges or justice is protected under the Constitution of South Sudan in Article 125 of THE TRANSITIONAL CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN, 2011, which provides—
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South Sudan a Broken Nation: Witnessing painful disintegration in hands of unwise elders: A case of Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey  

By Ayuen Akuot Atem de Mayen  

rss in tatters 

December 1, 2016 (SSB) — As a proud Citizen in the identity of South Sudan sincerely I am deeply lament  and upset by the sorrow and helpless watching and witnessing the dejected disintegration of South Sudan into autonomous region, ethnicity  and tribal politic in the hands of irresponsible and imprudent regional elders engulfed in wolf skin of Jieng council of elders. A case of Aldo Ajou Deng-Akuey. The former diehard of NCP and the master minder of tribal and ethnic mole in South Sudanese politic.

Earlier This week a member of Jieng Council of elders Mr. Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, wrote an opinion article published by PaanLuel Wel titled “Education in our political history”.  In his opinion the self claimed regional elder blamed the ongoing political hot spring and disintegration of South Sudan into several  autonomous  and indeed his failed man-made project of 2015  December crisis  on innocent retried politician and exiled leaders,  individual personalities, political elites, youth which he described as a Dinka of Jonglei.

Allow me my dear cheerlessness countrymen and women who are totally grief by the anguish sorrow of a broken nation; to humbly responses to the numerous intended political accusation, allegations and regional propaganda of name calling, political scape-goating labeled against Dinka Jonglei in context of his opinion he was referring to the (ethnic Bor Dinka of eastern bank of river Nile) and their historical leaders and political icons by the so called elder who hailed from Bar el Gazal equitably Mr Aldo is the appointed parliamentarian representing  Northern Bar el Gazal in the lower house of council of state and also a member of Jieng council of elders.

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By Thon Atem Ayiei, Juba, South Sudan

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December 1, 2016 (SSB) — Around the globe there are many different ranks in the army. The ranks that a person obtained, depends on different aspects. For those who have recently enlisted in the army and didn’t receive any military training, the opportunity to command others becomes helter-skelter pretention.

In fact, the true and professional way of entering into the army, must take into accounts rules of engagement, usually you get trained as Privates and continue with systematic ranking based on your performances. The top rank in the army is a General however, only a few officers can manage to reach that level of the rank considering the global ranking systems and in some parts of the world, it is myriad.

The exact ranking that an enlisted person receives is usually based on the number of years they have served, on any promotions that they have obtained, as well as any college hours that they have completed. The more years served, the more promotions that a person has, and the more college hours that they have completed will of course contribute towards a higher ranking.

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