By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Juba, South Sudan

Edmund Yakani

MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a Juba-based South Sudanese civil society organization.

January 19, 2018 (SSB) — Successive crisis have beset the Republic of South Sudan since its independence from Sudan marked by rising militias and warlords fighting for petty interests and demands. The most recent and more devastating one is the conflict which erupted on 15th of December 2013, due to the failure of the SPLM leadership to amicably settled the procedures and mechanisms of voting within the SPLM primaries if need be, causing untold suffering and unspeakable human and material destructions.

This was followed in July 2016 by another deadly dogfight which suddenly erupted in and around J1 which is the presidential palace. While the virulence of the violence which shook the country transcended into the unprecedented scale, in particular, its tribal dimension around which it crystallized the events constituted just one episode in a thorny political and security crisis resulting into the signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan in August 2015.

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By Makwei Achol Thiong, Hunan University, China

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Presidential dinner for X-mass

January 19, 2018 (SSB) — You wake up in the morning without any constructive plan for the day. You pretend around the house but it can’t tick 12:00 p.m. for any miracle in the kitchen so as to eat and get out to play dominoes/card/pool or watch weekend European football games. If nothing materializes there, you leave frustrated only to come back in the evening empty-handed and start unprovoked family violence.

The next day, next month, next Year and nothing changes in your life. Every single day that passes pushes you closer to becoming a robber (unknown Senke-man) or unknown gunman in the city or highway. Idleness in the villages matures into cattle rustling, child abduction and massive responsiveness to disgruntle politicians and Generals from the government.

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For immediate release: IGAD Special Envoy, Ambassador Ismail, Refutes Allegations by SPLM-IO (Riek Machar Group)

IGAD

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

January 19, 2018 (SSB) — The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais, refuted as misleading and irresponsible allegations that appeared in the press release by Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, Deputy Military Spokesperson of the SPLM-IO on 15/01/2018 that IGAD and TROIKA are responsible for violations of CoH in Bieh State.

The Special Envoy asked the party responsible for this press release to withdraw the statement and not to indulge in such act in the future as it is unfounded and diverts the attention of the public from the core issues of attainment of peace and security in South Sudan.

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By Deng Vanang, Juba, South Sudan

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January 18, 2018 (SSB) — The current crisis may still drag on for a long haul than to end anytime soon, at least for the pessimists no matter hardcore or moderate they may be in thinking. Series violations within days the cessation of hostilities was declared is the clearest evidence yet, with each side accusing the other of responsibility.

Also of common concern is the fact that warring parties still muster the combined will, zeal and resources to rumble on with the illicit trade despite the war-weary, suffering and dying civil population in urgent need of peace and valuable property already laid to waste.

With compromised peace mediators and monitors no longer being seen as the honest arbiters to bring about much desire amicable and sustainable solution to the five-year-old crisis in the eyes of South Sudanese pawns of war on all sides. Since some IGAD member states doubling as mediators still view opposition – armed and unarmed – as the threat to their largesse in the war-ravaged country than part of the much required solution.

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To: Government of South Sudan

South Sudanese general public

All Members of Agaar Community Worldwide & all Media outlet in South Sudan

Subject: Rup Community Response to an Open Letter made by Rumbek Community in WA 

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RUMBEK YOUTH UNION, swearing in ceremony

January 18, 2018 (SSB) — Pursuant to the position paper released by Rup Community Worldwide (RCW) in December 2017 regarding the fighting between Rup and Pakam and Kuei with subsequent declaration of the state of emergency in greater Lakes state, and in which we have expressed our unreserved  condemnation to the spiral of revenge violence; Rup community worldwide in that document further expressed its unequivocal support to the ongoing government’s efforts in dealing with sectional feuds in Western Lakes State.

Such public position constituted our community firm support to the national government of South Sudan under the leadership of H.E the President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the recent order of disarmament of the armed Youth in the Lakes States.

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SPLM-FD condemns violation of the CoH by the gov’t (PDF)


By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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The fruition of the CPA

January 17, 2018 (SSB) — It is now many years, the people of South Sudan have been characterized by wars throughout centuries in the then Sudan and now in South Sudan. Never, had we known that until today our country’s leadership would let its citizens’ crash into such a situation of bad coincidence in the history. Whether it was New Sudan or a breakaway South Sudan, it seemed very clear then in the words of the people who have assumed the positions at top of the nation that the country will be bright.

When we decided to break away from Sudan we were made to be pretty clear that the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) would stand strong in the words of their mouths that needed to be translated into deeds that the citizens want to see happening. In the beginning, the war in the bush was made to fight for a United New Sudan with the intention of liberating the whole Sudanese including some of the very Arabs and Muslims who seemed to have been cheated together like the South by the successive regimes in Khartoum.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan must be weaned off war

January 17, 2018 (SSB) — Analysts and journalists/writers wrote and spoken loud and clear about the deteriorating economic situation. Why torturing and starving people to death when the solution needs just a stroke of the pen? They said and complained on behalf of the people that it is bad. The designers and the beneficiaries of this chaotic situation picked it up and allude all these talks to an incitement.

It cost even senior technocrats their jobs. They are now on the run. Who doesn’t know that our own pound is dead? The only lifeline is American dollars, which is for the hoi polloi, like mining a gold. Families have broken up. Children left their homes. They dropped out of schools as their parents cannot meet school requirements nor afford medical bills.

These kids are roaming about in Juba and involved in committing crimes. The government employees have run to private sectors to seek for well-paid jobs, of course in hard currency. Despite what we all see and feel, there is no any plan in sight by the wielders of power especially the economy clusters which include the Central Bank on how to revive it.

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(For Immediate Publication): Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) – PRESS RELEASE

17th January 2018, Juba, South Sudan – CTSAMM launches an investigation in Jonglei

January 17, 2018 (SSB) — On the 3rd of January 2018, the CTSAMM were informed by the SPLA of the movement of administrative convoys intending to travel through areas of northern Jonglei State. Subsequently, on the 13th of January 2018, CTSAMM received allegations regarding ongoing hostilities in the area where the administrative convoy was said to be.

As a result of this, CTSAMM has launched an investigation in this area to ascertain whether a violation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) has taken place. CTSAMM is currently visiting the areas of Yuai and Akobo, and intends to also visit other areas in the vicinity of northern Jonglei. CTSAMM will thereafter report its findings as stipulated in Article 14(1) of the ACOH.

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Notes to Editors (Not for Publication)

The CTSAMM is an impartial, neutral body committed to pursuing its mandate and conducts monitoring and verification activities to determine compliance or non-compliance of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) on the basis of credible information submitted by the Parties and others.  CTSAMM works for the betterment of the people of South Sudan, in support of the peace process and in accordance with the Agreements, national and international laws.

For further information, please contact CTSAMM Communications Office on +211926999901/+211956732999 or comms@igadrss.org or www.ctsamm.org

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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January 17, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudan three buses journey made up of the civil population, leaders and armed forces to the twin city of peace and prosperity had been a doughy mission due to unnecessary dismount and alighting by the political actors, throaty commanding voices, and directives from the multiple remote hubs.

It had been a great drama of unconsciousness as the leaders vigorously gave orders to the buses’ drivers to gear off in order to put on board their behind the schedule friends and relatives who were caught unsuspecting when the convoy left.

This egotistical conduct set off the unrestrained commotion and disagreement on the leadership bus hence sending panic of possible delay or postponement of the entire journey; the second civil bus and the third armed forces bus keep on stopping as fierce commanding voices and immense bangs were heard from the leadership bus, that furious quarreling demanded a comprehensive resolution before the next journey recommencement.

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South Sudan’s Jubek State, Atta Group sign cooperation protocol to establish largest industrial zone

Jubek State of South Sudan signed in Cairo a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and a cooperation protocol with the Arab Organisation for Industrialisation (AOI) and the Atta Investment Group on Tuesday on trade, investment, and agricultural exchanges and the establishment of the largest industrial investment zone to meet the needs of central Sudan and Africa. …

Jubek State of South Sudan signed in Cairo a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and a cooperation protocol with the Arab Organisation for Industrialisation (AOI) and the Atta Investment Group on Tuesday on trade, investment, and agricultural exchanges and the establishment of the largest industrial investment zone to meet the needs of central Sudan and Africa.

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The Impact of the Culture of an Injury to One, Is an Injury to All

By Hon Arop Madut Arop, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 15, 2018 (SSB) — As representatives of South Sudanese stakeholders, both in the government and in the opposition are expected to converge in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa; probably in the first week of February, members of international community, on the top the IGAD countries are pestering and lashing on South Sudan leaders to accept the hard fact that the on-going war, which has brought untold hardships and ruins to their country; must be brought to a speedy dead end.

Hopefully, if peace descends in our country, there will be an urgent need for all the peace-loving compatriots in our young republic to rethink and look critically at some of our cultures that might have directly or indirectly been the cause of continuous instability among our people for centuries. This is necessary if we are to stop future wanton killing among our people. But in order to bring about sustainable peace, we must try by all means, it would be important to inform ourselves what the word culture is all about. We will then discuss them as to how we can promote good ones, modernize some and discard those that appear to stand on our way to sustainable peace, the unity of purpose and progress of our people.

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‘BLEEDING Eye Fever’ that’s deadlier than the plague has killed four and infected dozens in East Africa, as health chiefs warn the spread could be “catastrophic”.

Bleeding Eye Fever kills three people in South Sudan

The horrific new disease could be about to bring fresh misery to the continent – so soon after the deadly Ebola outbreak of 2014-16.

Fears are growing that the deadly disease could spread across Africa

The virus – which leaves people bleeding from their eyes, mouth, and anus – is thought to be spreading in South Sudan.

Three people have already died – a pregnant woman, a teenage boy and a teenage girl – in Eastern Lakes State.

Up to 60 people are now feared to be infected, and are each undergoing tests by a team from the Sudanese healthy ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

And medics are now concerned they are on the verge of a health emergency —  worse that the Black Death outbreak last year — after the sudden death of a child in the Nakaseke district of neighbouring Uganda.

A child’s death has sparked fears of deadly new plague with dreadful symptoms

The nine-year-old girl died after displaying the nightmarish symptoms of the extremely infectious virus that kills up to 40 per cent of those affected.

And tests have now confirmed she died from the disease – officially named Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – according to Xinhua news agency.

The disease is transmitted to humans through tick bites, or through contact with the blood of infected animals especially during slaughter.


“Africans have no right whatsoever to be angry with Trump. He is right. African countries are “shithole”. The record speaks for itself. For all that I care, we do need more Trump in the world. Perhaps, with enough insult and shaming, Africans would rise up from their slumber. There is a reason why China observes ‘National Humiliation Day’” – writes PaanLuel Wël on Facebook

By John Agata, Nakuru, Kenya

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January 14, 2018 (SSB) — Why does it raise an eyebrow when Trump calls Africa “shit-hole” and the likes? Yet when Western media refers Africa as war-torn, drought-stricken, conflict-prone, diseased-filled zone just to name a few, we pretend as if nothing has been said?

Are we being fair enough here to embrace Western Media at the expense of Trump? I know West has corrupted our mind to turn a blind eye but that does not stop us from soliciting truth from figures such as Trump and many other slaves of authenticity.

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“As a result, given the absence of a clear political ideology, the SPLM/A remained a military movement during the conflict while its political organisation was never properly institutionalised. The SPLM, as a movement was really only used as an institutional cover for diplomatic initiatives, for mobilisation throughout Sudan and abroad, and for humanitarian assistance in the liberated areas but not as an ideological vehicle.” —From Malual Ayom Dor’s PhD Thesis, page 54.

By J. D. Garang, USA

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January 13, 2018 (SSB) — This note is to correct one false notion being leveled at the original SPLM vis-a-vis the history of South Sudan, especially the casual charge that the Liberation Movement never had any developed political ideology whatsoever. But first, I have said this before and I will say it again: those historians who will be entrusted with producing South Sudanese history have their work cut out for them, for I’m afraid they might end up having a really hard time agreeing on the basic primary sources or even the best approach to writing history as it is, much less teaching our common history to schoolchildren.

Judging by the way things are now if the history of South Sudan is going to be written in the same manner in which the people ran the country aground, I’m equally afraid we are going to have a huge mess, one that could be punctuated by years of political hiccups. Because if the recent proliferation of political writings are any guide, it is safe to conclude that most historical analyses we have seen either miss the mark or are shockingly ignorant, with some that are devoid of historical contexts and/or serious, evidence-based scholarly analysis.

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The Bitter Fruits of the Juba Regime

Posted: January 13, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël in John Agata, Junub Sudan, Poems.

By John Agata, Nakuru, Kenya

The current state of RSS

January 13, 2018 (SSB) — His dreams were mutilated with grade D minus. The dreams of becoming a teacher and work for the government he had love to hate. Unfortunately, his dreams were injured and his world was slowly coming to an end.

He was by himself throughout his childhood despite present of both his parents. Whilst his sisters were bestowed much care and love he was neglected.

The diseases seriously and thoroughly brutalized him and no one gave a heck.

At an early age, Kwashiorkor bungled his legs and no one gave a damn. Yet he survived.

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The History of Internal Conflicts within SANU

By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Aggrey Jaden

January 13, 2018 (SSB) — Following the formation of Sudan African National Union (SANU) in 1962, with Joseph Oduho as the President, William Deng Nhial as Secretary of External Affairs and Fr. Saturnino Lohure as Patron, the political organization had established relative unity, but this was short lived.

First, accusations swirled around over the mismanagement of funds by the SANU leaders. SANU had not opened a central bank account where all the money received by leaders could be deposited and the use of funds accounted for. Each leader operated independently when it came to financial matters. Secondly, the three leaders were pursuing different strategies that did not work for the unity of SANU.

For instance, Oduho was more concerned with establishing the political wing of the organization, William Deng continued to travel extensively throughout Europe and Fr. Saturnino focused on the military strategies of the conflict by recruiting soldiers and acquiring weapons. Starting from 1963, Fr. Saturnino and Joseph Lagu spearheaded the military attacks of the Anya-Nya Movement while working alongside SANU against Sudan government.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Agou John Wuoi Chuit, the former Executive Security Attache to the office of the president, was arrested on the 29th of May 2016, accused of misappropriating public funds, forging the President’s signature, and money laundering

January 13, 2018 (SSB) — It is obvious that the constitution is a supreme document of South Sudan. It is in place for strengthening the country. The constitution is aligned with the behaviors of good citizens and corrects those who are bound to commit bad deeds.

Unfortunately, the interpretation of law can be easily translated into a language that is not found anywhere in the constitution. Anyone can choose to translate; however, these translations often nose-dive and reach beyond the intent of the constitution. This should be a concern of every citizen. Few of our legal experts know the intent of the constitution when it comes to protection of the people—in our case, a minister of justice who has failed us miserably.

How could Minister of Justice Hon. Paulino Wanawilla depend on forged documents and based his decisions on such materials? This act coincided with framing and these are the minister of justice must be very careful when making decisions. His understanding of justice and injustice is questionable. He has treated our constitution as a covert document and acts as if one can step outside its directives to make decisions that are indistinctly connected with the constitution.

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All the States Governments and Abyei Administrative Area should ban teenagers from clubbing and drinking

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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January 13, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudan has a big plate to mend in a near future if nothing is done now, the style in which our teenagers of today carry out their daily activities is worrying, parents are not happy on how their children faultily picked up the social horns of modernization.

Indeed the hope and pride of every parent lie in children, they are the face of future continuity and as of today, teenagers’ activities and behaviors have raised the question of what citizenry South Sudan should have in the near future.

Tradition of our ancestors perceives children as the continuity of the lineage and as such putting them on the best social docket was everyone duty meant to ensure fine and respectful lineages and that was how social seeds were preserved in our Africa tradition, children were barred from eating and drinking certain kinds of food and drinks, think like smoking and alcohol were redlines for children.

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By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

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Student Union’s Executives with Patron Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau, the of Minister of Petroleum and Mining

January 12, 2018 (SSB) — Every South Sudanese student was thrown in a tightly woven wave of disquietude when it was first aired out that all South Sudanese students studying in Zimbabwe would be taken back to South Sudan.

This came out after some students from National University of Science and Technology shut down the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Harare. These students have been suffering in silence as there has never been anything given to them for their upkeep.

As time drifted by, there was uneasiness as some worrisome apprehensions of what was being discussed by the Council of Ministers, filled the air. Hearing such as going back after wasting a good number of three years without getting anything was so tantalizing. Everyone strained his/her ears to hear any good tidings from the meeting in Juba.

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