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

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President Salva Kiir’s remarks during the swearing in ceremony of First Vice President Taban Deng Ghai, July 26, 2016

“Nobody chased Dr Riek Machar away. He left his chair alone. He illustrated that if you embrace a child who keeps on biting you, what do you do? You definitely throw that child away. Dr Riek wanted to kill me but he did not get the chance to do so. I gave him my bullet proof car and he ran away with it the same way he went to Nasir with my Land cruiser and declared the coup. I signed the agreement because it was imposed on me. He told Taban and his group to go out and tell the Chairperson that what you did is right for him to go and tell his colleagues in the region and the world. Dr Riek has been calling for intervention force to create a buffer zone, what for? There is a misconception that Juba is at war. If they come, we will consider that as an invading force. Let me assure all of you we did not intend to target anybody even those two Chinese killed. Behaviors of individuals should not be counted on the government. This is common all over the world. Let implement the agreement so that we don’t disappoint those already disappointed. I wish you Taban Good Luck.I will cooperate with you. Thank You.”

Gallery  —  Posted: July 26, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in History, Junub Sudan, Press Release

By Dr. Remember Miamingi

July 26, 2016 (SSB) — The First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Commander –in- Chief of the SPLA – IO has not been seen in public since his resident was allegedly bombarded during the conflict that took place in Juba, the Capital city of South Sudan from 5 – 11 July 2016. His mysterious disappearance has created a political vacuum and threatens the stability and viability of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

The Agreement that established the TGoNU provides for a collegial Presidency wherein vital decisions are taken by consensus through consultation. As a result, his prolonged absence could paralyze the functions of the Government.

To fill the vacuum left by the disappearance of the 1st Vice President, a group of IO members in Juba met and purported to nominate Taban Deng Gai as the 1st Vice President and by implication the Chairman and C-in-C of the SPLA –IO. This nomination has received mixed reactions of commendation and condemnation.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Dear Editor,

July 26, 2016 (SSB) — The Editor in Chief of Juba Monitor, Mr. Alfred Taban is smiling in his cell after hearing the removal of one of the Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA) protagonists, Dr. Riek Machar from his position as First Vice President.

Alfred was thrown behind bars after publishing an Editorial demanding removal of Kiir and Riek from their positions because he was convinced the two men cannot work together anymore.

Now that Riek Machar is removed and replaced by his party from his position, it does not serve any purpose to continue detaining Alfred – his wish was partially fulfilled.

Remember this Kiswahili saying, “aliyejuu mgojia chini” translated; the one who was raised up coming down waits for him.

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Standing for sovereignty of your own country or you sacrifices it to foreigners? The Case of handing over South Sudan to UN Trusteeship

By Mangong Mawien Madut, Kampala, Uganda

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July 26, 2016 (SSB) — The political advocacy on handing over South Sudan to UN trusteeship is no longer confidential. Interested people are making officially in various media outlets. Few of our countryman like, Pagan Amum and rest who didn’t show up publicly advocated for taking over of South Sudan by UN.

This political approach taken and applied by Pagan Amum and rest of South Sudanese public figures lobbying secretly for UN Trusteeship to take over is more of abuse of sovereignty of Republic of South Sudan as a State, political authority and her people as well. Under the concept of sovereignty, no state has the authority to another state how to control its internal affairs. Sovereignty gives absolute rights unless there are considerable circumstances of failure.

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Video posted on Jul 25, 2016: The African Union has refused to backtrack on decisions made at the Kigali summit earlier this month. It is determined to send in a regional protection force to South Sudan. The AU says the deployment is in the best interests of the people of South Sudan.

By HON AROP MADUT AROP (MP), Juba, South Sudan

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July 26, 2016 (SSB) — In part one of my previous article, I discussed briefly, the need for south Sudanese to reorganise themselves politically and ideologically. The first article discussed, also urged South Sudanese politicians to find a rallying point, a factor that will bring all their amalgam of nationalities together, as we move our young country forward to progress and prosperity. In this second part of my article, as food for thought, I will discuss two other factors as food for thought for our politicians; the new and the old. The first section of the article is urging politicians to avoid schism and bickering in their political parties. This is because of the negative impact the political bickering and schism bring to bear on the people they intend to lead.

The second section will also discuss two detrimental cultures in our society of: an injury to one is an injury to all and revenge killing. As promised in my previous article, I am making this piece again as food for thought to political party leaders in the hope that they will be incensed and desist from causing violence among members of their society through bickering and schism; as the sufferers caused by their political disenchantment and wrangling on both sides in the political spectrum are their innocent voters who would vote them into power in any future general elections. Below we discuss two sections, political Bickering and its implications and the culture of unwarranted collective fights as well as revenge killing which have been stemmed out in many civilised countries of the world.

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By Mark Francis, Canada

Press Release: University of Northern Bahr El Ghazal "Opens for Business"

July 25, 2016 (SSB) — The mainline western media, generally left wing, has been preoccupied with a small portion of those Britons who voted Brexit, seeking to condemn all Brexit voters with charges of racism by using code words.

In actual fact, most of those who voted Brexit did so on solid philosophical grounds, and a key point was that under EU subjugation, Britain could not seek out trade deals with, for example, Canada, India or African nations.

The game was stacked against Britain, which was running a $100 billion trade deficit with the rest of Europe.  Worse, Britain’s future was instead bound tightly to a manically politically correct flotilla bent on heading for the rocks.

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Riek vs Taban

The battle over the SPLM-IO leadership

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President Kiir officially receives nomination of Taban Deng Ghai as the new 1st vice president of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU)

From Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Juba, South Sudan

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July 25, 2016 (SSB) — A Presidential Decree will be issued today July 25, 2016, by His Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, relieving His Excellency Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and then appointing His Excellency General Taban Deng Gai, as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. The Presidential Decree will be read on SSBC at 8:00 PM Juba Time.


South Sudan: Another US Foreign Policy Fiasco in Africa

By Stephen Par Kuol, Nairobi, Kenya

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July 25, 2016 (SSB) — Practiced diplomats and students of international relations would contend that there is no single country on earth whose foreign policy has more successes than failures, and that certainly includes the United States, which by nature of its role in the world takes on the most daunting diplomatic challenges. Success or failure in Foreign Service often depends on the resources capacity (human and material) of the nation in question. The stark irony in the case of the United States is that it has a huge leverage over others in term of material and human resource capacity but its diplomatic performance leaves a lot to be desired.

The diplomatic history of United States is littered with costly foreign policy failures with far reaching and dire consequences. The United States Foreign Policy after World War II often failed to accomplish its objective and produced counter-productive results. From Vietnam to Angola, Korea, and Afghanistan, the Americans either prescribed wrong solution or failed to study the grime nature of the problem at hand. During the cold war, the United States foreign policy was guided by cold war against communism. As that receded, the United States confronted global terrorism. This war does not recede; it grows and as it grows, the United States is getting it wrong every day.

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Submitted by Delony Majak, Kampala, Uganda

Fighting in South Sudan

Fighting in South Sudan

July 25, 2016 (SSB) — The community management committee, council of elders and civil society representatives, condemns the target killing and raping of IDPS women in strongest terms possible, and call for the perpetrators to be brought to book of justice by AU- commission of enquiries on Human Rights.

Calls; we call upon the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and International community to remember their roles stipulated on UN charter on civilians’ protection. We deeply value your effort in particular United Nations peacekeeping Forces in South Sudan at both POCs-Juba although there are enormous acts against IDPs, we demand for full protection of civilians.

Following the recent violence between the two forces loyal to president Kiir and first vice president Dr. Riek Machar. The fight which erupted on Friday 8th July, 2016 in J1 presidential palace has raised fear among IDPS in POC one. This has made the leadership of the Camp and Civil Society led by Youth for Change to appeal to UN Security Council, UNMISS and all International community to review their full mandate on civilians’ protection in UNMISS (s).

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A respond to Mr. Princeton Lyman and Kate Almquist’s article on Nation mirror dated 22/July/2016.

By Bol Madut Ayii, Juba, South Sudan

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July 25, 2016 (SSB) — “I did not start a media war with evil writers who wrote against my country and I don’t want a war with them, but if someone launches an attack, though, I will respond I don’t want media war”. In order to give a precise and clear respond to Mr. Lyman and his co-writer, I would like to take my readers briefly on how South Sudan came to existence, this does not mean that the people of South Sudan do not know where they came from, but the intention is to educate those of Lyman and his friend Kate that South Sudan was not a gift from UN to be withdrawn as they wishes.

It took more than hundred years for sons and daughters of South Sudan to see the light and dream of their forefathers. The journey to freedom was not easy, but due to commitment and heroic sacrifices exerted by the freedom fighters the successive Islamic regimes in Khartoum accepted to sit on the table of negotiation after long years of struggle being Anya- Nya one or the SPLM/A.  The first agreement of Anya-Nya one popularly known as Addis Ababa Agreement of 1972 which was later teared like toilet paper by the then Sudanese President Jafaar Mohammed Nimeri saying it was not holy Quran or Holy Bible.

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Couldn’t what transpired in J-1 have been saved before worse turned out of it?

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

J-1, South Sudan presidential palace

J-1: South Sudan presidential palace in the aftermath of Friday, July 8th, fighting

July 25, 2016 (SSB) — The report by the government stated that the same Lt. Col. David Rieu who started the incident of Thursday evening (7th, July) which led to the death of five people at Gudele was the one who started 8th of July’s incident. He arrived at the palace besides not being a member of the first vice president’s escort team and provoked the situation and immediately shot dead a presidential guard hence resulting to that fatal incident of Friday which led to the lost of over 300 soldiers all combined (according to the same report).

Both president Kiir and FVP. Riek all claimed to have no knowledge of it. It was separately reported that before Lt. Col. David came, the guards (president Kiir and Dr. Riek’s guards) were discussing and even exchanging cigarettes before the Lt. Col. Suddenly arrived and disturbed the peace. Minutes later, Dr. Riek’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak rushed to hi s facebook page and wrote this and I paraphrased it:

“Fighting erupted inside J1, president Kiir’s palace in the National capital Juba. The president and his commanders attempted to arrest the FVP. Dr. Riek Machar Teny. This came after the president called for a meeting of the presidency in his office with Dr. Machar and VP. James Wani Igga. This turned out to be a setup to arrest and possibly harm Dr. Machar. Fortunately, Dr. Machar’s bodyguards have managed to fight vigorously and rescued Machar. He is now safe! Meanwhile the fighting has continued”. End of quote (facebook post).
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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

July 25, 2016 (SSB) — Princeton  Lyman , former US envoy has proposed that South Sudan be administered by UN-AU for 10-15  years , because , he claimed that many people are killed , many are displaced .

But are these claims false or true? .  These claims are false because they are based on the reports  of two media houses, UN Miriya FM station in Juba , which always exaggerated situations on ground so that UN contracts should not be terminated .and news website calls Sudan Tribune which always concocted the  news  . Lyman, himself  ,  has not been to South Sudan from 2013 to 2016.

Lyman theorizes his vision of South Sudan in his house in US like Nazist leader Adolf Hitler theorized his vision of how he would conquer the world in his house in Germany  , fortunately , by then , the world was innocent and  it defeated Hitler with  his Nazism .

Therefore,  South Sudan is one of the weakest country in the world , but because  of its innocence  , it will defeat any act of aggression like the one Nazist Lyman is talking about . South Sudanese are ready to sacrificed millions  to die in self-defense .

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JMEC Clarifies its position on SPLM-IO leadership debate

Riek vs Taban

The battle over the SPLM-IO leadership

July 24, 2016 (SSB) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission clarified its stance on the SPLM/IO leadership debate today.

As previously stated, a change to the leadership depends on the Opposition itself and we are not here to speculate on such changes. We do not see any value in speculating when the people and friends of South Sudan are working hard to ensure a return to the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

By Kuol Mayiir and Andrew Gai, Victoria, Australia

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July 24, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudanese have suffered enough. The recent outbreak of gun violence between forces loyal to the President Salva Kiir and that of the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in Juba on 8th July 2016 adds to the numerous problems the young country is facing. Whatever the exact cause may be, this recent fighting exemplified that both sides are walking on eggshells with a high level of suspicion for each other.

The world’s youngest country has been squeezed and juggled to its core by problems created or allowed by its leaders who are clearly struggling to find the way forward to help stabilize the situation and focus on improving the lives of their impoverished people. The current unstoppable inflation is largely due to the inherent economic incompetence in the country’s financial system, and the consequences of ongoing internal conflicts which scared away potential investors. The metastasized insecurity across the country which prevents farmers from cultivating have led to the lack of vital food commodities in the country’s market.

The increasing interstate attacks on civilians and commercial vehicles, targeting people from particular tribal backgrounds, points to a deep-seated ethnic hatred which must be addressed by properly responding to the exact causes. The government had accused SPLM-IO in the past for supporting armed militias perpetuating such attacks as some militias pledged allegiance to SPLM-IO.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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July 24, 2016 (SSB) —- I have been repeatedly mentioned it in most of my articles that south Sudanese have no problems although they used to killed themselves in big number. The real problems in south Sudan are politicians, and the outsiders. There is no problem in Juba if gangs of politicians keep quiet with range of their proposals outside South Sudan. Instead these politicians should seek leadership within or from their people, they seek leadership from the West, AU, IGAD, name them. Will they really success? I doubt.

Our political problems are mixed and fueled by outsiders because we have fresh resources that cause South Sudanese politicians promise outsiders minus us and they defend on foreign political influence and it is not a bad idea when these politicians try to proposed unwillfulness and unfavourable requests of foreign troops made by few disgruntles leaders of self, and selfish blind interest to hand over the affairs of young nation to UN, or Regional authorities regardless of all painful objectives engulf our lives through conflicts and miseries in the country by increasing what is existing to the top of what I call a vision of grabbing oil, and other resources in South Sudan, to create more conflicts so that South Sudanese will be busy killing themselves, and resources are looted behind unseen.

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IO press statement

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Immediate Press Release

July 24, 2016 (SSB) — The International Youth for Africa (IYA) calls on Government of South Sudan to released thirty (30) men who have been detained by the National Security Service (NSS) Headquarters in Jebel [Juba] since September 2014, Mr. Loreom Joseph Longie passed away on 17 July 2016, due to bad conditions, access to family members, no food, water, no medication. Two other detainees Benjamin Taban and Joseph Ngec have been released. 30 other men remain arbitrarily still remained with National Security Service (NSS) in Juba, South Sudan.

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By Adut Naar, Melbourne, Australia

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July 24, 2016 (SSB) — My name is Adut Naar. I am a statecraft geopolitical strategist, political scientist, diplomacy, international politics, and international trade and regional/international policy and international law practitioner. In the latter part of my profession, I specialize in the Soviet/ Russian, and the Chinese geopolitical strategies; Political Violence; Civil Radicalism, and the Decolonization Theory-more especially their 20th century relationships with the U.S. I have also written more especially on the “south-south” or the developing world relations with the U.S.; the third world sub-regions and Blaming the Victims.

Why am I Writing this? I am writing this because I am outraged by the U. S’s stance on the South Sudan’s domestic issues. My point is that both the U.S and the UN are participants in the conflict and should be expelled. But I start my discussion with the following question; that we, the South Sudanese people: Are we friends with the U.S. Or are we its Patroness?  I will also offer suggestions on the way forward.

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