The internal road systems in Juba are deplorable

Posted: May 26, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Pal Chol Nyan

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


Saturday, May 26, 2018 (PW) — Juba town is the seat of the National Government. The host is Jubek state Government. With the decentralized system of governance adopted, we have a municipality administrative unit running the affairs of Juba. Simply put, if there is anything that does not go well in Juba town and its surroundings, it is the Municipality that bears the blame for what may be a dereliction of duty.

Now, if you see the internal roads, they are deplorable and impassable. Water tankers charge us at will. Boda-boda front is another hurdle hampering movements because of overcharging due to what they call fuel crisis. Food commodities are unaffordable, the list is long. The communities, using their own initiative, set to repair their own roads. It is a good work from the locals. I am afraid those who always want to have the credit for work they have not done, failed or refused to do will go to the pockets. They don’t desist from lying to the President that they are working when tangibly there is nothing.

The goodness is that the President has ears. Let us not hoodwink ourselves into believing fallaciously that he is unaware.  He knows what we do and where we fail to deliver. It is there that when he surprises us with a decree/decrees, most of us collapse or walk out of the town in protests because our mouths are pulled out of the breasts without warning. The President is right that once we fail, we have to be fired and asked to account for the failure. Read the rest of this entry »


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia


Friday, May 25, 2018 (PW) — What to say about the High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF) of the dead 2015 South Sudan peace agreement defies the tongue if you are the grass being trampled by the elephants. you can’t dare to remember the dates, when it started and ended. Lots of things have been going on since 8 July 2016.

Taban faction lingered behind and got absorbed in the cauldron. SPLM mini reunification took place in 2018. And finally came the second HLRF consultation. The so-called National Dialogue consultations may be out soon. National dialogue is considered to be one of the homegrown fronts. The attempt to give another “home grown” solution a chance failed before religious leaders prior to IGAD takeover of the HLRF.

The complexity of the negotiation trajectory is beyond comprehension both nationally and beyond the borders. on many ocassions, the South Sudanese elites insist on the untested home grown solutions to the country’s political and security predicaments. It happened that some traditional leaders in the past resolved inter communal feuds facilitated by UN and NGOs with partial involvement of the SPLA commanders long ago. Read the rest of this entry »

By Dut kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

Dinka and Nuer

Dinka and Nuer under one nation, one people

Thursday, May 24, 2018 (PW) —- According to sociological perspective, the word ethnocentrisms refer to tendency to view one’s own culture, tribe, section or clan as superior. It can make any type of compromise or borrowing between individuals or tribes difficult or even impossible for the reason that, each and every person perceived that their tribe or section as omnipotent and superior particular in the distribution of state resources. Currently, south Sudan is comprises of valor tribes who are all good in physical confrontation , threats of human life, used of abusive languages toward others and inhuman killing with impunity since others are intentionally and selfishly said to be above the laws since the possess state power.

There is nothing called sorry in south Sudanese societies since we are all hostile toward each other we perceived to be our direct enemy, we have abandoned our Nationality and camped behind our respective tribes as our everlasting shield in which we engineer our political decisions and actions to satisfy the interests of few who seem like to have been weaned using public resources for their own. Always, for smooth prosperity of any society according to sociological school of thought, there should be diffusion between different tribes whether in materials or non materials objects. Read the rest of this entry »


Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO

Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO


1. The title and the preamble of the proposal talk about “bridging” the gaps and identifying a “middle ground” between the different negotiating positions.

2. Having studied and analyzed the proposal, it is apparent that the proposed bridging and middle ground position has, instead, widened the gap among the positions of the parties.

3. Therefore, it does not bridge any gap, nor does it create a middle ground.


From our analysis of the document, the proposed guiding principles are not reflected on the articles proposed to bridge the gap. The following are our observations:

1.1.1. The purpose of the HLRF is not to renew and strengthen the TGoNU, but it is rather to revitalize the ARCSS and ensure its implementation. Therefore, it is our view that the principles proposed to renew and strengthen the TGoNU is conflicting with the objectives of the HLRF. Therefore, since the life of the de facto TGoNU has come to an end on May 17, 2018, the principle of establishment of the new TGoNU must guide the proposal of the new transition. Read the rest of this entry »

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng (Addis Ababa) and PaanLuel Wel (Juba)

HLRF Hall of Deliberation


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — South Sudan’s sworn enemies and bitter rivals have unanimously united in rejecting the compromised power sharing formula and security arrangements offered by IGAD’s Bridging Proposal towards the outstanding issues in the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The IGAD’s Abridging Proposal had proposed a revitalized transitional government headed by a president, supported by three vice presidents, and a power sharing ratios of 55% to the government, 25% to the SPLM-IO, 10% to the SSOA, 5% to the SPLM-FDs and the other 5% to the Other Opposition Parties (OPP).

The government has rubbished this proposal and instead insisted on a transitional government headed by a president, with four vice presidents, two of which would be nominated by the government. More importantly, the government seems to be incensed by the apparent removal of Taban Deng Ghai’s position.

Moreover, the government has vetoed the power sharing formula and has instead proposed the following ratios: Government 65%, SPLM-IO 15%, SPLM-FDs 5%, National Alliance Parties 5%, Parties of National Agenda 5% and South Sudan Opposition Alliance 5%. Read the rest of this entry »



Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — Seven years after independence, violence in South Sudan goes unchecked. The 2015 power sharing peace deal between the President and Vice-President lies in tatters. The violent, hyper-masculine discourse of these leaders has left no room for an alternative vision for the country.

Despite women’s elevated roles in their societies, and the unique dangers they face – including the use of rape as a weapon of war – it is the voices of men, those who fought hardest and most viciously, who are rewarded with a place at the table. There is no spot for those who wage only peace.

This must change if the world’s youngest country is to build a peaceful and representative future. Women’s perspectives, experience and solutions must be heard if South Sudan has any choice to forge an alternative, united vision for a peaceful and stable nation.

With a coalition of women’s organizations, Crisis Action intends to bring together powerful women leaders from South Sudan, the African continent, and the wider world to a Virtual Summit that will transcend geography and the conflict itself to create a call so loud and so united that those with the power to drive real, lasting change will have no choice but to listen.  Read the rest of this entry »

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — We can all pretend to be leaders when our desire is to mislead and embrace leadership to destroy what is logical and instrumental among communities. This is the case of those who are less than remorseful about the issues which matter to people, but rather have pretentiously emerged as leaders in Jonglei for their awful acts. Men of ideas are known to be very thoughtful.

These so called ‘leaders’ have tried to vilify individuals attempting to stand in the context of the community who have found their commitment to community to definitely be a hazard. These men of lesser ideas are not politicians and they certainly shouldn’t be treated as such. Their petty politics have no basis at all. In all honesty, no one appreciates a community in which his or her identity is overshadow or insulted on a daily basis.

Sadly, these ‘pretend’ leaders do not understand the precariousness of the situations associated with their immature intentions to lower the standards of our people. It is unacceptable for our traditional shared values to be disassembled in such manner. As such, those of us who believe in these standards and values must maintain them for betterment of our communities. Read the rest of this entry »


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By Dut Kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

HLRF Hall of Deliberation

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — It has been wrongly defined by many scholars and political commentators that the current ongoing war in south Sudan since 2013 up to date as a tribal war between two hostile tribes (Dinka versus Nuer). In fact, majority of them are hostile of which their hostile attitudes is the reason they don’t have kingdoms in their respective history since the creation of Adam and Eve. The aforementioned perceptions of some scholars were narrowly concluded owing to the political rivalry between the former vice president and the incumbent president who both originated from the above mentioned tribes.

And in the actual sense, their rivalry has nothing to do with the interest of their tribes since both Nuer and Dinka are they mostly affected by the current sky rocking of everything in the market, they are loitering unemployed since all the gates to heaven are blocked in regard to the intentional denial of both tribes to work with NGOs since they are said to be hostile and warmongers. Their overall sole purpose by then which thereafter led to the outbreak of senseless and meaningless war realistically was how to maintain their vested interests over the wealth of the nation with their kin and close associates. Read the rest of this entry »

South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Position Paper on the IGAD Bridging Proposal on Transitional Governance and Security Arrangements at the HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)

SSOA Members at the HLRF

Gabriel Changson Chang and Dr.Lam Akol Ajawin atHLRF in Addis Ababa 22/05/2018

Government response to the IGAD Abridging Proposal: Gov’t proposes 65% share to the government, 15% share to the SPLM-1O, 5% share to the SPLM-FDs, 5% share to the SSOA, 5% share to other opposition parties inside the country, and 5% share to other opposition parties within the country. Additionally, the government has proposed four vice presidents instead of three from IGAD

The Transitional Government of Nationality Unity Response on IGAD Abridging Proposal at the HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)


The Transitional Government of Nationality Unity (TGONU) response on the proposed IGAD bridging proposal toward the outstanding issues in the (HLRF) of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. Read the rest of this entry »

By Rajab Mohandis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — Fellow citizens, the Continuation of the second phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the South Sudanese peace talks in Addis Ababa ends today, May 23, 2018. Here is what happened since this phase of the Forum commenced on May 17, 2018:

1. Intra-South Sudanese dialogue led by South Sudanese religious leaders for 4 days. Parties agreed on some aspects of transitional arrangements including recommitting to the Agreement on Session of Hostilities signed in December last year.

2. Heads of delegations of the various parties and stakeholders signed this recommitment paper on Monday, May 22, 2018 and handed over the mediation process to IGAD.

3. IGAD presented to delegates at the Forum, two proposed draft agreements on transitional governance arrangements and transitional security arrangements in the afternoon of May 22, 2018. IGAD asked the delegates to retreat to their respective groups, consider the two proposed draft agreements with objectivity and love for South Sudan and present written submissions on their observations. Read the rest of this entry »

By PaanLuel Wel (Juba) and Emmanuel Ariech Deng (Addis Ababa)

CEPO fact sheet on the power sharing arrangement

Monday, May 22, 2018 (PW) — The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), unveils a new peace proposal on power sharing and security arrangements as South Sudan’s warring parties and stakeholders at the High Level Revitalization Forum of the 2015 ARCSS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, signed a partial agreement on the cantonment of forces and reaffirmed their commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement.

IGAD was compelled to release the “Abridging Proposal” after the failure of the warring parties to resolve outstanding issues pertaining to power sharing and security arrangements of the revitalized transitional government of national unity. Under the new IGAD’s compromised peace proposal, the revitalized transitional government will be headed by a president nominated by the current government of national unity in Juba under the leadership of President Kiir, 1st VP Gen. Taban Deng and VP Dr. James Wani. Read the rest of this entry »

CEPO fact sheet on the power sharing arrangement

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (PW) — CEPO is urging South Sudan parties to take the opportunity seriously and get engage in making compromises for peace. The citizens of South Sudan want peace urgently without any delay or dragging of feet. The table proposal of IGAD should offer a chance of making the parties drawing resolutions on sorting out the outstanding issues on Governance. Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO, says negotiating peace is not always based on the win-loss approach but it is based on win-win approach. Therefore, South Sudan parties should take responsibility for losing and winning for peace. Peace has a price that always any party in peace mediation can face.

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) is a non-profit, civil society, South Sudanese organization, registered by the Ministry of Justice on 17th November 2010. The organization was initially formed in Khartoum in 1999 and consisted of mostly University students, but its scope broadened after it was established in Juba, Southern Sudan as a separate entity. Presently, CEPO is engaged in the areas of Peace and conflict mitigation, human rights, rule of law, livelihood, governance and democratic transformation. MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of CEPO.

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For immediate release: Statement of the Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers on the Convening of an Extraordinary Session of the Council


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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (PW) — The Council of Ministers of IGAD recalls the Communique of its 61st Extraordinary Session held in Addis Ababa on 26 March 2018, whereby it decided to take the necessary measures against violators of the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians, and Humanitarian Access Agreement (COHA) signed on 21 December 2017, to halt the conflict in South Sudan.

In this regard, CTSAMM and JMEC have submitted reports concerning the repeated and serious violations of COHA, which calls for urgent and appropriate action against the perpetrators.

Therefore, the Chairperson of the Council has decided to convene an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers to consider the punitive measures that should be taken against violators of the COHA. Furthermore, the Council will consider two more items namely:- the Report of the Chairperson on the shuttle diplomacy undertaken to the Parties in South Sudan in accordance with its Communique of 26 March 2018, as well as the Report of the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan.

22 May 2018, Addis Ababa


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (PW) — Having read and digested the current proposals by IGAD which it called a “New Proposal” on Power Sharing and Security Arrangements, the free citizens of South Sudan all over the world made a collective choking sigh of disillusionment and despair.

IGAD (and Eastern and Central Africa in general) has been governed by some of the most useless and wickedest dictators in post-independence Africa. The region was governed by Idi Amin Dada (Uganda), Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire), Jean Bedel Bukasa (Central Africa), and now Umar Al-Bashir (Sudan), to mention but the worst of the worst.

It has also experienced some of the most atrocious human rights violations in the sub-continent. Events like the Rwanda genocide, the confirmed cannibalism and extrajudicial killings by erratic and idiosyncratic presidents like Idi Amin Dada and self-proclaimed “Emperor” Bukasa, and the Darfur genocide, all remain freshly imprinted in the memories of contemporary leaders of Eastern and Central Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

By Ustaz Anei Madut.Kuendit, Juba, South Sudan

HLRF Hall of Deliberation

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (PW) — The year 2018 must be marked as a great year for our continent, Mama Africa. Although South Sudan is unprecedentedly burning from mismanagement, from civil war and from grinding economic crisis all from lack of leadership, a good part of our African population received the cool breeze of the New Year 2018. In the early months of the year, a wave of soft current gently touched some of our continent’s people.

This may hopefully reach her interior as the cool wave of change may extend to South Sudan, especially if the international community in the form of Troika, IGAD and South Sudanese sitting at the Revitalization High Level Forum Talks were to stand with the people of South Sudan instead of standing with the leader who failed his country. The cool wave slowly swept from the Southern frontiers, moving from Zimbabwe to South Africa and eastwards to Ethiopia in the horn of Africa. The wave is described to be soft because it didn’t carry with it the blood-letting ideology of the Arab spring that hit the northern frontiers. That bloody ideology came through popular uprisings against North African despotic rulers of the modern era. Read the rest of this entry »

Power sharing arrangements (national)

Government of President Kiir, James Wani plus Taban = 55%

SPLM-IO of Riek Machar = 25%

Other opposition parties plus G10 = 20% (G10=5%; Opposition alliance=10%; opposition parties in Juba=5%

Structure of government (national)

President to come from government side (government of Kiir)

1st VP to come from SPLM-IO side (IO of Riek)

2nd VP to come from the government side (government of Kiir)

3rd VP to come from other opposition parties (G10 plus other opposition groups)

Security arrangement

Security forces to be reintegrated within 12 months after the signing of the final peace agreement.

  1. IGAD New Peace Proposal on Power Sharing At the High Level Revitalization Forum of the 2015 ARCSS (PDF)
  2.  IGAD New Peace Proposal on Security Arrangements At the High Level Revitalization Forum of the 2015 ARCSS (PDF)

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.

IGAD: Press statement on the signing ceremony on cantonment of forces

Posted: May 22, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Chances for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan falters at the HLRF in Addis Ababa as warring parties struggle to save faces amid crushing Deadlock and tight deadline

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Emmanuel Ariech Deng

Emmanuel Ariech Deng is the PaanLuel Wel Media (PW) correspondent covering the HLRF of the 2015 peace process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Monday, May 21, 2018 (PW) — Chances for a timely conclusion and peacefully resolution of the raging conflict in South Sudan are faltering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as the final day of the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) is marked by a crushing deadlock, characterized by partisan blame gaming and political haggling among the warring parties.

As of this evening, IGAD, the East African regional bloc that has been mediating the peace process since December 2013, has pushed HLRF until tomorrow, giving more time for the secretariat to complete its work on the report of South Sudan Council of Churches in conclusion of its consultation process that has been going on for five days in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa building in the heart of Addis Ababa city.

The negotiation file is still with the Church Group until tomorrow to bring the parties to the plenary consensus. There are reports that the IGAD council of ministers will take over the decision to adjourn or extend the talks by tomorrow. The media was lately informed today in the evening to convene tomorrow at nine for a detailed report.

Speaking during the press briefing this evening, Hon. Michael Makwei Lueth, the government spokesperson, had this to say: “Yes, this morning the intra-South Sudanese dialogue continued with its task and yesterday, the two sub-committees of governance and security had presented their reports to the leadership committee.” Read the rest of this entry »