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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This is the preface to the second edition of “South Sudan: The State we aspire to” by Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, sent to us for publication by Keji-Keji Mayomism from Melbourne, Australia

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July 24, 2016 (SSB) — “It was on 8 August 2005. We were leaving the burial ground – now renamed Dr. John Garang Memorial Grounds – immediately after the burial of Dr Garang’s remains. A senior member of the SPLM Leadership Council (name withheld), in a very exhausted voice, said to me “Garang was a very lucky man.” I tried to extract the meaning of these words but the man could not reply. This left me bewildered.

“How can one be lucky in death?” I thought to myself. Perhaps what my colleague meant was that Garang had not lived to watch the edifice (SPLM/A) he constructed come tumbling down like a house of cards. The sudden and tragic death of Dr Garang disorganised and disoriented the SPLM leaders. The SPLM leadership started to show cracks in its ranks even as they were still making the funeral arrangements.

Dr Garang died before achieving complete reconciliation with Gen. Salva Kiir following the fallout that was the Yei crisis. The conference fudged the matter. The two leaders acted tactically, marking time until the disaster struck. The drivers of the Yei crisis remained active, and with the death of Dr Garang, they took centre stage of the SPLM and the government of Southern Sudan. The realignment of forces inside the SPLM triggered internal contradictions.

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To wage a revolution is to annihilate what is bad, and build what is good…our revolutionary work is, therefore not yet completed, because these evils still undermine and sabotage the constructive process of the revolution’’ Ho Chi Minh, 1952

By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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July 23, 2016 (SSB) — You may have heard ideologies such as Nyayoism in Kenya, Fidelismo in Cuba, Garveyism in Jamaica and Moaism in China and so on and so forth. Ngundengism is an indigenous political thought. If you listen keenly and look at the prevailing circumstances and the ongoing events in South Sudan since we attained independence five years ago, one must come to an agreement that ‘Ngundengism ideology’ has evolved from simple African religious faith to a complex political ideology whose cardinal objectives include inter alia; to restore or to change the present regime by all means available at their disposals.

This radical notion conform with Frederick Watkins suggestion that ideologies comes entirely from the political extremes, that ideologies are always opposed to the status quo, and they tend to proposed an abrupt change in the existing order; therefore they’re ever militant, revolutionary, and violent to some extent.

In any event, political change is very complex subject, and we must all learn four things about change, First we must understand its direction whether it will take us forward or backward, in other word, is it progressive or retrogressive change. Progressive change simply means a change from status quo to something new in society whereas retrogressive change means return to old policy or institution of the past.

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“I met H.E. Salva Kiir at State House, Entebbe today. We discussed regional issues and the situation in South Sudan,” writes Museveni on twitter.

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A respond to Kenyan writer Mr. Walter Menya’s article on daily nation: “It is the gossip columnist’s business to write about what is none of his business”.

By Bol Madut Ayii, Juba, South Sudan

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July 23, 2016 (SSB) —- First and foremost I would like to thank General Paul Malong Awan, the chief of general staffs of Sudan people’s Liberation Army (SPLA) for his nationalistic stand during the recent fighting in national capital Juba. General Paul was able to command our national army in professional and disciplinary manner by ordering them to protect and respect the lives and properties of civilians which is the constitutional mandate of any national army.

Back to the topic, I was dazed to read an article authored by Kenyan writer Walter Menya which appeared on Daily Nation dated 15/ July/2016. The style of writing of this Kenyan who know nothing about South Sudan and General Paul Malong forced me to respond to his rubbishes.

Mr. Walter wrote and I quote, “General Malong is the real power behind the throne in Juba, he is the polygamist general who wields real power in South Sudan, he is from Dinka with president Kiir and was the one who formed Dinka Militia called mathiang-anyoor ” ended the quote.

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“James Gatdet Dak: FVP Dr. Riek Machar has dismissed Taban Deng Gai from the SPLM/SPLA (IO). He has also withdrawn and recalled him from Ministry of Mining.”

By PaanLuel Wel, Juba, South Sudan

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July 22, 2016 (SSB) — Dr. Riek Machar has dismissed Taban Deng Ghai from the SPLM-IO and also removed him from the ministry of Mining. This comes a day after the SPLM-IO politburo reportedly dismissed Riek from the position of the 1st Vice President and replaced him with Taban Deng Ghai.

It also comes within 12 hours since President Kiir issued a 48-hour ultimatum for Riek Machar to report back to Juba for work or risk replacement.

This scenario reminds one of what happened during the time of the Nasir group. By then, Kerubino Kuanyin and William Nyuon had a bitter fallout with Riek Machar.

They dismissed Riek from the Nasir group and declared themselves the new leaders, claiming previous seniority from Mother SPLM/A. Riek Machar in turn dismissed them from the party and from their respective positions.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Deng Athuai Mawiir Rehan, chairman of South Sudanese civil society alliance

July 22, 2016 (SSB) — This is the first time in years and months and after the depose of the former Chairman of the Alliance, Deng Athuai Mawiir that the Alliance organised such rally against proposed African Union intervention force for South sudan.

This author predicted in an article published in 2014 with the title, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance: When an Apology is no Apology; that the incoming Alliance leadership would not be up to the task after the departure of the first chair mentioned above.

Deng Athuai Mawiir was a latter day Dr. John Garang de Mabior when it comes to articulating rights of the civil society compared to the current leadership. The present Alliance had abandoned the norms and principles it supposed to stand for.

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“Riek Machar had a gun in our meeting, reveals President Kiir as he recounts gun battle ordeal.” CCTV Africa Reporter.

By Malith Jongkuch Kur, Ontario, Canada

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President Kiir and VPs Kiir, Machar and Igga addressing the Media via SSBC inside presidential palace now as gunfire continue in Juba

July 22, 2016 (SSB) — As time goes by, extremely troubling details are emerging from what happened in and around the State House in Juba over a week ago. The scene of devastation and unexploded ordnances lying around the presidential compound are indications that a vicious battle took place there. It is a scene that an ordinary person would expect to see on a battlefield, but not within the vicinity of a presidential palace.

According to CCTV reporter, “it is an extraordinary tale.” It is a tale that betrays the madness which has always accompanied Riek Machar’s search for power in South Sudan. But what is even more extraordinary in the eyewitness—President Kiir—account is that the First Vice President was carrying a pistol, a gun. The simple question to ask in this situation is, “why he carried a gun?” It is a legitimate question for South Sudanese and foreigners alike to ask. But before we try to answer this question, let us take a look at how senior government officials are protected in the world.

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By Makwei Achol Thiong, Bor, Jonglei state

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July 22, 2016 (SSB) — It is two weeks now after the fatal incident around the Presidential palace in Juba. Calm has returned to the city and everyone seems to be back to normal business including Juba University where students will have their Examinations starting today.

However, major debates have focused on the proposed “Military Intervention” by foreign troops in South Sudan. Citizens have sprung to life, after the dollar stampede, to demonstrate against this proposed intervention when there are over 12,000 soldiers and police serving for the UN in the country.

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By Ngor Jameson Panchol, Juba, South Sudan

kiiRiek, enough for the cameras

July 22, 2016 (SSB) — This essay will focus on pre-independent and post –independent period `, on how South Sudanese lost the sense of patriotism and nationalism through SPLM leadership due their autocratic mean of ruling than the promises they used to said and their denounce of the Arabs ruled as totalitarian regime that imposed Sharia law and Arab cultures on South Sudanese and this actually moved hearts of many people to follows the SPLM visions. The emerge of SPLM with charismatic leader like “Dr. John Garang” made the vision of Sudan people liberation movement sound louder and dominated whole Sudan because of democracy ideology which is total zero today .

After the death of Dr. John Garang De Mabior (Moses), Salva Kiir became the president of southern Sudan and first vice president of Sudan during transitional period of comprehensive peace agreement, and secretary general Pagan Amum usually used to say our Joshua referring to Salva Kiir as the one to lead New Sudan into the Promised Land. Vision for our forefather left without being accomplished due the sad helicopter crashed that led to his death and this left New Sudan in dilemma until now.

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This is an update from the National Courier


Riek Machar Teny, the armed rebel leader

Vice News’ Aris Roussinos reports that he spoke to Riek’s militia spokesman William Gatjieth Deng who issued the following:

(1) The SPLA-IO CGS is unhappy with the regular bombardment by Kiir’s forces of towns in Western and Central Equatoria

(2) CGS gives orders to all civilians in South Sudan to seek protection within UN camps within 7 days.

(3) CGS has given orders to SPLA-IO forces in Unity State & nearby to move to assemble in Bor town. Civilians encountered en route must be respected.

(4) All SPLM-IO supporters must remain calm & cut off communications with previous negotiator Taban Deng Gai who has deserted the movement.

(5) No SPLA-IO forces will return to Juba until Kiir govt accepts deployment of international forces. Otherwise, SPLA-IO will return fighting.

Copyright © 2016 Aris Roussinos

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Uganda reduces border visa fee from $100 to $50, from July 22nd

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Image  —  Posted: July 21, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

By Emmanuel Monychol Akop, Juba, South Sudan

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UN secretary general, Banki Moon, and JMEC chairperson, Festus Mogae

July 21, 2016 (SSB) — During the Kigali Summit; South Sudan was the topic agenda. The African leaders agreed that they will solve their own problems, without the intervention of other nations from outside Africa. But Ban Kimoon was at the back scene, with his mouth, probably stuffed with Dollars, engaging, possibly bribing regional leaders to urging them, to support a regional intervention into South Sudanese internal affairs.

Even  Whitemen who have benefited from South Sudan, like Princeton Lyman, a senior adviser to the president of the United States Institute of Peace and served as the US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan from 2011 to 2013 , is busy writing, urging his corners that a deadly force be deployed, that South Sudanese needs “life support” by placing the country under the UN Trusteeship in, say ten to fifteen – citing Kosovo and East Timor as good examples of success of the UN.

He is ironically right. Yes it is true that South Sudan needs life support after it is sucked dry of its resources by the so called international experts, who come as friends, PR their companies and take away our money. South Sudan is on its knees, because almost everybody, not just our leaders has participated in looting South Sudan.

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