Transcending the Shadow of violence: No one else but only South Sudanese people can bring peace and reconciliation in South Sudan

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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August 30, 2016 (SSB) —- On Friday, August, 26, 2016, I attended the South Sudanese Dialogue entitled: Transcending the Shadow of violence: Alternatives for Fostering Inclusive State Building and Sustainable Peace in South Sudan. The Dialogue was entitled: THE SOUTH SUDANESE DIALOGUE.

In that Dialogue, those who attended were expected to give their views of the alternatives on how to bring peace in South Sudan. However, the whole process was not a dialogue as stated in the title.

The so-called South Sudanese Peace Dialogue was not conducted in the manner of which the real dialogues are conducted. It was disgusting as it was a kind of mob dialogue which was intended just to confirm certain conspiracy views agreed prior to the conference.

The dialogue was in fact intended to confirm the prior view agreed by the moderator and others that foreign troops should be sent to South Sudan.  I came to realize this fact during the process of lecture that was camouflaged in the so-called South Sudanese Dialogue.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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August 30, 2016 (SSB) — It had been hard talk in Juba and elsewhere in South Sudan, in the foreign cities and indeed among foreign diplomats and politicians of interest in South Sudan’s politics when quickly war erupted once again in Juba.

The process of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) that had then designated Dr Riek Machar to be the FVP in South Sudan has been indeed bumpy. The road has never been smooth and flat from the time signatories put down their signatures on the paper of ARCISS agreement.

Both South Sudanese warring parties had blamed many times the IGAD mediators for their bad intentions to impose an agreement that reads their interest on the country against South Sudanese interests. Analysts and writers had tried to speak out the truths that should have been done but all that went into their deaf ears and we ended up saying that ‘bad peace is better than good war’.

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Press statement from the Greater Yirol Youth Union

August 30, 2016 (SSB) — Greater Yirol community today took a golden chance to elects their new chairman Mr. Peter Mapour Makur from Yirol East County. Mapour who vigorously contested with his colleague Mr. Majok for the same post, narrowly won the election with 106 votes by taking the competing race impossible to his runner mate, Mr. Majok Makur who garner 95 votes. The race for the chairmanship “was just like a tag of war.”

Majok Makur after the elections, he without doubt came to public and appreciated and accepts his defeats and further says that he has respected the decisions of the voters as the democratic process. He further reiterated that “democracy is democracy” … the wish and opinions of public voters should be respected.

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What President Kiir ought to have done for negligence is not a defense in as far as law of tort or civil wrong is concerned

By Ayuel Madut Chan, Nairobi, Kenya

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August 30, 2016 (SSB) — To our viewers and readers of this website, I would like to squarely outline some failures on government side to employ internal diplomacy that now led to prolongation of protracted war created by the rogue Dr. Riek Machar Teny. Our government fails to play its internal cards very well and this prolongs the war that was supposed to end as early as April 2014 when Dr. Machar and pocket of his troops were completely dislodged and only scattered goons left with bush war of hit and run.

 I know some individuals will take this as critic against government but be advised that there is no better option in my mind than Kiir in as far as current pockets of his critics are concerned. I therefore feel to outline these negligent failures for our good as a whole including the opposition in the bush.

What is negligence? It is a failure to do/exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances, or it is having failed to do what is expected of the reasonable person to avoid a foreseeable harm to others. President Kiir and his government ought to have embarked on internal diplomacy in dealing with Dr. Nyigat Riek Machar Teny in order to have avoided the current status our country is in. This is what late Dr. Garang de Mabior applied when dealing with him in the past.

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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

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August 29, 2016 (SSB) — UN Missions have used force , sometime  beyond self-defense , the trend has been for the UN to opt out operations likely to involve combat  and has allowed groups of states to act as proxies   ‘’  said  former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan introducing a reform of the UN Mission .

Today, UN seeks to undertake the Peace Enforcement in South Sudan. Peace Enforcement is to bring back peace by violence or  force.

The UN Security Council  passed  US-sponsored  resolution that  authorized  the IGAD  Regional Protection Force  under  UNMISS   in South Sudan , to use “all means necessary” in execution of their mandates..

The ‘’use all necessary means’’ is the code  name for the war between South Sudan and the UN proxies;  the use of violence against South Sudanese  ,  the  use of the so-called legitimate  force  against South Sudanese ,  the legitimate  killing of South Sudanese by the UN proxy- the  IGAD.

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Top diplomat backs new South Sudan vice president

Published August 28, 2016 Associated Press

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JUBA, South Sudan –  The top monitor of South Sudan’s peace deal said he and diplomats support the disputed appointment of a new vice president in order to support the country’s shaky peace agreement.

Although the legitimacy of Taban Deng as First Vice President is questionable, diplomats will work with him because they “don’t have an option,” said the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, former Botswana President Festus Mogae, in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday.

Deng was appointed last month by President Salva Kiir after he controversially dismissed opposition leader Riek Machar from the vice president position.

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After Juba, July 2016

Posted: August 28, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

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This is my first article about South Sudan since I was expelled by the GRSS in late April, at which point I was part of the JMEC secretariat. It is also the first time I have written publicly about South Sudan since I joined the IGAD mediation team in May 2014, and became part of the messy world of the peace process.  

After I left Juba, I felt that anything I might say about the implementation of the peace agreement could have been counterproductive, given the animosity some felt towards me. I did not want to create any complications for those who were continuing to work for peace.

But in light of the calamitous events in Juba over the last few days, the little I can do is to offer my knowledge of the process, in the hope that it can contribute to a way forward. I agree with Matt LeRiche

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By Malith Alier, Kampala, Uganda

Juba

August 28, 2016 (SSB) — What would writing achieve in this country called South Sudan? Some people in the past advised this writer that he and many others should pause because nobody listens! These sorts of people imagine that continuous writing changes nothing on the ground.

Writing is not about changing things instantly but it’s also about learning, entertainment and you name them. I bet that most of my fellow writers will continue to write no matter what. Whether something changes or not, writers will continue. Further, writing is as old as human civilisation itself. Therefore, it’s meaningless to advise authors to cease what they love most.

There are dangers associated with speaking one’s mind in the society as we witnessed over the past five years after the independence. Journalists, particularly those who expressed political opinions have been killed, imprisoned and tortured simply because of their views. This in itself will not stop or discourage writers. We see soldiers join the army and carry guns despite dangers associated with being in the army. This is the same with writers.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

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Fighting in South Sudan

August 28, 2016 (SSB) — Last week I was listening to Miraya FM when I heard a little girl speaking some words of wisdom that must have fallen on the deaf ears of the war mongers who have held the country hostage. She was contacted by one of Miraya presenters (Sunny Martin) as a follow-up on her earlier interview about the recent breakout of another senseless episode of bloodbath in Juba. In her earlier interview she narrated her ordeal before saying some heart-hitting words, assuming we all have hearts.

The ordeal: when the bullets started spraying she was separated from her mother and started running to the church for shelter with a group of scared and helpless civilians. She later contacted her mother as she memorized the phone number. On their way to the church some unknown gunmen in uniform stopped them at gun point. They ordered them to hand in their belongings and, of course, they obliged. They were lucky in some ways.

When contacted by Miraya she said that she thought her life was going to be cut short at that small age. She then passed the following message to the ‘leaders’ of South Sudan, which I will try to paraphrase, even though I wouldn’t match her eloquence and spirit. She said: “We the children of South Sudan are suffering because of the war. Let this war stop. Let our leaders know that we want to be proud of having them as our leaders. We don’t want to regret having them as our leaders.”

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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Riek Machar Teny, the armed rebel leader

August 28, 2016 (SSB) — 28th August 1991 goes down in the annals of history when the most renowned South Sudanese academicians in the persons of Dr Riek Machar and Dr Lam Akol, with Commander Gordon Kong Chol, the trio were members of the SPLM/A Political Military High command (PMHC), changed the political compass of the war against the North.

They adopted the idea of Self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan in Nasir versus Dr John Garang’s war for the liberation of the whole Sudan, something which was a quixotic battle. The Nasir Faction’s idea was misconstrued by many politicians and army commanders, most of them have lived through the ordeals of liberation and are now the leaders, as a betrayal of the Southern cause.

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Anataban launch in Juba

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Open letter to the president of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit: We demand the removal of, Abraham Gum Makuac, Governor of Gogrial State

Your Excellency,

28 governors swearing in ceremony in Juba

The swearing in ceremony of 28 governors in Juba, South Sudan, 29 Dec 2015

August 27, 2016 (SSB) — We thank you for the creation of (28) states and for putting to practice the vision of the (SPLM) of taking towns to the people.

In reference to the above subject matter and following:-

The Youth Association leadership of Gogrial County and their entirely members had strongly to makes their voices out due to developing administrative failure by thenewly appointed governor, Abraham Gum Makuac, the newly created state (Gogrial state). Our president, as you are aware of communal conflict in between Apuk Community of former Gogrial East County and Aguok Community of former Gogrial West County had always to lead the priority in selecting for us strong competent leader who work hard to bring political stability, Peace, law and order in the state. The governor of Gogrial State, Gum Makuac has fail us all including your image as the president of the Republic due to the followings.

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IGAD accepts Riek Machar’s ouster as South Sudan vice president

FRIDAY AUGUST 26 2016By KEVIN J. KELLEY, New York

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) said on Friday that it is up to the South Sudanese government to decide whether Dr Riek Machar should be reinstated as the country’s first vice president.

That decision would be “naturally accommodated by Igad,” Sharon Kuku, a spokeswoman for the eight-nation grouping of East African states, said in an email message.

Ms Kuku noted that Taban Deng Gai, appointed by President Salva Kiir as Dr Machar’s replacement, had pledged at Igad’s August 5 summit to abide by the South Sudan government’s decision on the first vice presidency.

“Igad did not stop Gen Deng from attending the summit nor speaking for the South Sudan government,” Ms Kuku pointed out.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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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.

August 26, 2016 (SSB) — It was bound to happen sooner rather later. For the government supporters who were holding their breath, waiting to hear what is on president’s mind about the recent adopted United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the renewal of UNMISS Mandate and approval of 4,000 strong protection or intervention force; they got what they were waiting for on Monday 15th August when President Salva Kiir officially inaugurated the Transitional National Assembly.

The business remains as usual; and the pessimists who were speculating the business to be as usual got away with right prediction as the winners of political prediction. To their dismay, the supporters of the government who were expecting their government to be “born again” and look forward to seeing their President firing verbal missiles and incendiary rhetoric Like Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth against the UN, IGAD and US regarding the recent adopted UNSC resolution on sending 4,000 protection or intervention force to South Sudan and the renewal of the mandate of UNMISS, didn’t see any change in business.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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August 26, 2016 (SSB) — In 2011 when South Sudan was preparing to get its independence from the Muslim dominated and Arab minded Sudan. Countries like Ivory Coast and Libya were badly experiencing the United Nations and United States planned continental coups to undermine Africa.

Alassane Ouattara has been a prominent opposition leader in Ivory Coast intending to take over the country’s leadership from the then incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. After elections, Gbagbo was declared the president defeating his rival and UN backed politician Mr. Ouattara.

A number of countries, organisations and leaders worldwide claimed Ouattara had won the election. After months of attempted negotiation and sporadic violence, the crisis entered a decisive stage as Ouattara’s forces began a military offensive in which they quickly gained control of most of the country.

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By Mok Dei Gual, London, UK

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August 26, 2016 (SSB) — Before I started to examine some events happened after the signing of the August peace agreement between SPLM in Opposition and the government of South Sudan, therefore I want all readers to recall the speeches of the two leaders when signing the agreement proposal in Addis Ababa. The president Kiir started his speech by saying that, Iam the president of South Sudan and I must always remain in that position as the president, the leader of that country.

He worried about his position as the president instead of thinking about the sufferings of the citizens affected by the civil war in the country. Dr Machar also went on saying that by signing of this agreement, Iam sending the signal that, this conflict must be ended peacefully, I hope the other side will be serious for the implementation of this peace agreement. He believed in the implementation of the peace agreement and restoration of the permanent peace in the country as whole.

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South Sudan’s future uncertain as Machar plans pull back from peace deal

FRED OLUOCH Thursday, August 25   2016

Former first vice president of South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar has thrown prospects of stability in the country into further uncertainty after his allies said they were rethinking their role under the August 2015 peace agreement.

The allies said Dr Machar planned a review of the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) involvement in the transition government once he recovered from injuries sustained last month.

Sources close to Dr Machar —who arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday afternoon from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for treatment — told The EastAfrican that the rebel leader was consulting Igad before making his decision known.

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Gruesome Pictures of Riek Machar in the DRC Congo

Posted: August 25, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in History, Junub Sudan

 

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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peace and reconciliation in South Sudan

August 25, 2016 (SSB) — It’s almost three years now since the war broke out in Juba on December 15, 2013 between the soldiers loyal to Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the republic of South Sudan and his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

The war started in Juba and moved to States. And to the saddest, it moved to social media that are operated in and outside the country. Most of these social media fighters are having their bases abroad. How the war is being successfully fought on social media? They fight in this useless way;

Nuer in Diaspora: ” You Dinka in Juba, we have finished your Mathiang Anyoor, now we are on our way for Juba so we could crush you with your president.”

Dinka in diaspora: ” Why did you run away in 2013 and on July, 2016 with your rebels leader, Dr. Riek Machar? You come and you will get us here in Juba, you will face us.”

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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

August 25, 2016 (SSB) —- The work of any good government is to enlarge the middle class in the pyramid of the society by downgrading the upper class and upgrading the lower class.  The government ensures that no citizen is left behind. This is in order to achieve a just society where there is no one go to bed hungry , where there is no beggar on the street except the mad , where there  are no barefoot citizens .

The society is constructed as a pyramid whereby the top is occupied by top class, the middle by the middle class and the bottom by the lower class. Who are the top, middle and lower classes in the pyramid of society?

Class is the person’s economic position or hierarchy in the society. There are three classes in the society, the top/upper/first class, second/middle class and lower/third class. The first class is the well-born, rich, powerful or combination of. The second middle class are the working class. The lower classes are employed in low-paying wage job.

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