Archive for June 11, 2012

From the People of South Sudan to the President of the Republic of South Sudan on Corruption
by Steve Paterno

Dear our President,

With amazement, we have noticed your government has taken significant measures in combating corruption so as to recover the stolen funds by the former and current government officials. For example, the Anti-Corruption Commission already sent out thousands of forms for government officials for declaration of their assets. Some of the official candidates who received these forms never bother to respond in declaring their assets as required by the commission. So, leave those officials alone. By choosing not to respond, they are telling us that they don’t care about the country. As for those officials who responded to the Anti-Corruption Commission’s request, please, Mr. President, make sure that their declarations remain confidential. Only you and perhaps another one official from your government should be the ones to know about these people and their crimes. You know it is incumbent on all of us to protect our public officials at all cost from shame and prosecutions related to corruption.

We have also heard you, time and again, denouncing corruption in your speeches. Every time we hear you denouncing corruption, we are very happy. So, keep talking about corruption, but please, do nothing about it as it is a sacred subject. The English people have a saying that words speak louder than action and that empty vessels make the loudest sound. Therefore, you must maintain your speeches to be the loudest of all the voices. Actually, you can decree yourself and all your speeches to be the loudest of all the voices in South Sudan for the purpose of having an impact.

We have realized that the evil regime in Khartoum has been stealing our resources for years, hence, they are our enemy, but worst yet, we have enemies from within who steal our money in tune of billions. To be exact, you identify those enemies from within and told us that they stole our money in tune of over four billion dollars. Just as Khartoum declares war on us, these enemies from within also declare war on our country by looting it with impunity. However, let’s behave nicely toward our all enemies, whether they are in Khartoum, Juba or across the international boundaries. As the president, you must decree immunity for all the enemies of South Sudan so as we don’t annoy them. We cannot afford to tick off our enemies, especially if they are responsible for stealing our resources, making us their own hostages.

Since you know these looters by names and addresses, we want you to write to them a personal letter. You must assure them full immunity and confidentiality for their crimes. Please, Mr. President, beg these thieves to return some of the stolen money if they can, because our country is going bankrupt now and need those monies back. However, if they choose not to return some of these stolen monies, it is well and good. Wish them luck and in return, they must wish our country luck as well.

We also want you to write a letter and inform friendly countries that your government has officials who loot our country off its resources. But don’t give away the names of these officials to the foreign governments. No one should know who these thieves are, for the fear of shame and prosecutions. You must make sure that they are not prosecuted or shamed for their crimes by other countries.

We trust you Mr. President for the great effort in not trying to piss off the enemies of South Sudanese people who loot the country’s resource with absolute impunity. Let’s hope that these looters will eventually be satisfied with their crime spree. May be you can even decree these thieves as official looters of South Sudanese resources so that they must enjoy their status with the full privilege of a presidential decree.

At any rate, good effort thus far from your most needed leadership, particularly at this time of crisis.

UK PM Forgets 8-year-old daughter in pub

Posted: June 11, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in World

Cameron was traveling in one car with his bodyguards and assumed that Nancy was in the other car with his wife Samantha and their two other children. Samantha, however, assumed young Nancy was with her father, and they only realized she was missing when they got home.

Israeli authorities round up South Sudanese for deportation

Posted: June 11, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Israeli authorities round up South Sudanese for deportation
Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM — Israeli immigration authorities on Monday arrested dozens of people in a crackdown on African migrants mainly targeting asylum seekers from South Sudan. An estimated 1500 refugees from South Sudan are among the large numbers of Africans

South Sudan migrants ‘ready to go home’
“All South Sudanese migrants want to go back home. Israel is not our country,” one migrant told Ynet Monday as dozens of Africans were detained nationwide ahead of their deportation. “When I came here my country was at war and it was dangerous,” said

The 1000 Mile Difference
By Austin Hoffman The Lost Boys from South Sudan have seen the worst in life and are still trying to find the best. After escaping the war-torn nation, many made their new home in Sioux Falls. And now, one Lost Boy is giving back to his home village

More South Sudanese detained in advance of deportation
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Dozens of South Sudanese migrants illegally in Israel were detained in advance of deportation as the approach of the deadline of an order requiring them to leave the country. The Oz Unit of the Population, Immigration,
Mobile phone video shows Sudan soldiers burning village near border with South
Washington Post
The video was shared with The Associated Press by Ryan Boyette, an American who lives in Southern Kordofan, a state in Sudan where rebel fighters often associated with South Sudanare battling troops from the Sudanese Armed Forces.
Israel starts rounding up South Sudanese for deportation
Radio Netherlands
Israeli authorities on Sunday began a roundup of South Sudanesemigrants ahead of their deportation, three days after a court ruled that their lives were no longer threatened in their homeland. “The deportation operation is getting under way.
Weak Institutions a Cause of Corruption in Country – Machar
Juba — South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar Teny has blamed the new nation’s weak institutions for corruption that has blighted the country and urged the international community to assist in building their capacity. South Sudan is internationally

JUBA, 11 June 2012 – The Republic of South Sudan has proposed an arbitration of the borders by the permanent court of Arbitration in The Hague should the current African Union mediated talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa fail to reach a comprehensive solution on the border with Sudan.
Addressing Members of Parliament during the opening of the National Legislature’s second session 2012 today in Juba, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan said the border dispute with the Republic of Sudan will have to be referred to the court of arbitration if it is not resolved by the ongoing negotiations based on legal and historical facts.
He said despite South Sudan’s repeated efforts to resolve all the outstanding issues including defining the borders with Sudan, very little willingness has been expressed by Sudan government. He said instead Sudan’s intentions were to occupy more of South Sudan’s territory and plunder its resources.
“Considering how little progress has been made on the border demarcation since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA and considering the urgency of the matter, should the negotiations in Addis Ababa fail, South Sudan proposes arbitration of borders by the permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague”, said President Kiir.
President Kiir said his government has written to the members of the African Union Peace and Security Council informing them of the position of the government of South Sudan. He said the position of government of South Sudan is that any discussions on the border issues should be subject to the 1st January 1956 border demarcation established upon Sudan’s independence as provided for by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
The first round of talks after the two countries’ bitter border clashes that erupted early April concluded last Thursday with no progress made.
Reported by Matata Safi

South Sudan Sends Condolences to the Republic of Kenya

Posted: June 11, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

RSS Condolences to Kenyan Government.pdf

BBC Africa Debate will be debating: South Sudan, one year on: Has independence lived up to your expectations?

The debate will take place on the 29th June at 1900GMT. I hope you can join the social media debate on the 29th June

Editorial background:

The Republic of South Sudan officially declared its independence from Sudan on 9 July, 2011. It had been a long time coming – nearly twenty years of civil war followed by six years under a Comprehensive Peace Agreement which included a promise of the southerners’ right to vote on their future. The results of the January 2011 referendum were decisive: 99 percent in favour of independence.

Expectations were huge and the celebrations momentous. Many hoped – and believed – that freedom from the north would bring an end to the country’s problems. There were high hopes too from the rest of the world as they looked in on the world’s newest nation. Neighbouring countries breathed a sigh of relief: Africa’s largest country, and one of its most volatile, had peacefully split into two – this could mean an end to instability and refugee crises in the region.

But it’s been a difficult first year for South Sudan. Many issues between North and South remain unresolved despite the separation. After a failure to agree on splitting oil revenue, the South closed down oil production and seized control of oil fields across the border. Simmering tension boiled over into border war – with concerns this could develop into full-scale conflict.

There’s been an increase too in internal ethnic conflict over the past 12 months, with thousands killed in clashes. Meanwhile the new administration has been accused of tribalism – dominated as it is by the Dinka group of President Salva Kiir.

The new South Sudan has also gained a reputation for human rights abuses and crackdowns on freedoms of speech. A number of journalists perceived to be critical of the administration have been arrested and assaulted over the past year.

The economy of South Sudan is precarious to say the least. At independence, South Sudan was one of the least developed countries in Africa – with the highest maternal mortality and female illiteracy rates in the world. It is resource rich with land ripe for agricultural development, but less than 5 per cent of land is currently in cultivation. South Sudanese believed that if they had control of their own budget and resources development might increase – but there’s little to show for that after a year.

Corruption is so rife it’s come to the attention of the president himself, who recently accused leaders of forgetting what they fought for and betraying their common vision for the country to enrich themselves.

So: have people’s expectations been met one year on? has the reality of independence simply failed to live up to the hype? What are some the key challenges the world’s newest country is facing?  Is the new country being failed by its leadership?

What about its relationship with Sudan- Is renewed conflict with the North the price of independence? Can South Sudan overcome its troubled past? And what can and needs to be done to set South Sudan on the road to a brighter future?  Can it draw experiences from countries that recently become independent? These  are some of the questions BBC Africa Debate will be exploring in it’s June edition.

Audience/Panel: 100 invited guests including politicians (both government & opposition); religious and community leaders; civil society and NGOs; human rights organisations; economists & business journalists; northerners; foreigners resident in Juba i.e regional, Western, academics; business people; professionals, including doctors and teachers; students; AU High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan

UNHCR’s Press Briefing on Sudanese Refugees in South Sudan

Posted: June 11, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Press Release

Bunj, 11 June 2012  – Over the weekend, UNHCR and humanitarian
partners moved 8,000 refugees from Hofra to Kilo 18, amid reports that
up to 15,000 new arrivals could enter Upper Nile state in the coming
days.“The move was necessitated by the rapid deterioration of living
conditions in Hofra.” said UNHCR’s Fred Cussigh, in Maban county,
Upper Nile. “The risk factors for the population of over 30,000
refugees became amplified as the supply of potable water in Hofra
dwindled.”Last week MSF reported seven deaths in Hofra, which is located some
25km from the border with Sudan. Cussigh said, “The deaths are linked
to the poor state of refugees arriving from Blue Nile state. They are
generally exhausted, hungry and dehydrated from long journeys on foot
with little or nothing to eat or drink.”

Hofra (also known as Rum) was designated as a transit site two weeks
ago, following the recent surge in numbers of new arrivals, while
agencies continued efforts to address critical water gaps.

Cussigh confirms that agencies had been searching alternative sites as
the water supply in Hofra declined. “Kilo 18 has the biggest haffir
(man-made dam) between the Elfoj border entry point and Jammam refugee
settlement, with sufficient water to last up to two weeks.” He added
that the proximity of Kilo 18 to Hofra will allow all refugees to
relocate by Tuesday. They will then be transported to a more durable
site in Yusuf Batil.

The weekend emergency relocation operation began after food had been
distributed to all 32,000 refugees in Hofra. MSF moved its water
treatment facility and field medical centre from Hofra to Kilo 18 and is
maintaining a 24 hour presence. UNHCR airlifted high energy biscuits and
soap from Malakal and provided trucks as well as tractors with trailers
to transport the refugees. ACTED, the camp management NGO, constructed
emergency shelters for the most vulnerable. Sixty units were erected on
Saturday; and construction is continuing.

Meanwhile, Cussigh announced a breakthrough in the efforts to drill for
water in Yusuf Batil. “We expect to start moving from Kilo 18. Two
recently drilled boreholes in Yusuf Batil have produced a promising
yield of water,” he said.

According to Cussigh, the first borehole is producing 7.5 cubic metres
of water per hour. The second one is expected to produce the same
quantity. The combined volume of water could sustain a population of
20,000. However, mandatory testing is required, to ensure that the
volume of flow from these sources is sustainable.  Testing for the
second borehole will be completed in a few days. Drilling of additional
boreholes in Yusuf Batil is ongoing with the objective that all 32,000
refugees who were in Hofra will be accommodated in Yusuf Batil.

Yusuf Batil is the newest of three refugee settlements in Upper Nile
state. Currently Yusuf Batil has a population of 5,250 refugees who rely
on a combination of pumped and trucked water. The other settlement,
Doro, is filled to capacity while Jammam has been plagued by inadequate
water supply as refugee numbers multiplied. Yusuf-Batil was established
in May, initially to ease pressures on water in Jammam. However, with
the surge in new arrivals in late May, relocation from border areas
became the priority and the move from Jammam was temporarily suspended.

UNHCR has initiated contact with South Sudanese authorities and local
communities for additional refugee sites outside of Maban county. A site
in Melut County where water would be sourced from the Nile is being
undertaken for the Jammam relocation, which will resume immediately.

South Sudan is currently hosting over 150,000 refugees from Sudan. Over
105,000 of these are in Upper Nile state, while a further 47,000 are in
settlements further west in Unity state. Unconfirmed reports indicate
that up 15,000 new arrivals could enter Upper Nile state shortly.

– END –

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By Heskey Deng

The few people will see eye to eye with this Article and thousands of people will slab their concerns or they will totally hold opposing views due to their heart doubting ‘Thomas designs.

The way we are going is the way we are moving, our government needs to change the gears because the ruling gear is too much corrupt, tribalism, nepotism, in which the citizens do not know, where the country is  heading to, “heaven or hell”, {west, east, north and south}, none of the compass directions shows anywhere.

I’m really discontented with this government propaganda policies of corruption, the country is still young {baby}, if you asked any government officials, She/he will say, our country is a new born baby, not yet cripple that need some time to grow, while they are in marathon of diverted and stolen public money, while  they claim that, they are wise but they are fools, though the country is a young baby, would the parent torture,  leave his/her child dirty, NO…because when the parent fails to clean, bring up and teach his/her child well, then he/she will end up useless in the society, instead of the government  developing, and bringing up what they call young baby nation, they have turned to grabbing and murdering it, that means the coming  generation , will maintain the status quo  of present wild government officials, then we are done….

What is happening in this country, makes some people to say, it’s better to be reserved in my mother womb;  once you have been born, you inherit suffering:  in hospitals no good medicine to protect from diseases, in homes, no enough breastfeeding to build your body, as the mother’s breasts are dry up, they{mother} don’t have money to buy/eat balanced diet food to make them active, while the people claim, we have the country, which country?…the country…the few individuals enjoy the fruits of it whereas the majority  are in affliction, today sufferers are those whom their father, husband and children died during the two decades of civil war in this country, oh God, I call for your help, so God, if you talk with them through dreams, they will not hear you because they are too idiotic to listen, even they can simply bully or heckle you {God}, so send your hearty prophet Nathan to South Sudan, whom you sent to King David, when King  killed his Army officer Uriah, and took his wife.

We are done, only God’s mercy made us to reach today because of poor believers, look in which countries in the world is like South Sudan, where  government officials steal or put public money into their pockets without shame, “it’s like eating the food while it still in the cooking pan.” One calls himself Hon, General, they are even abusing the names, even soon, no person in this world will call himself Honorable, and General , because you can be sounding like the corrupt Honorable and General in South Sudan, any way I’m not interested in this topic of corruption, it makes me  think and cry a lot, on how greedy officials killed a dream meant for the youth as the multi-billion South Sudanese pounds for youth education building, are systematically looted by corrupt government officials through falsified reasons and personal interest.

However, I wondered, during commemoration of 16th May, everyone  pretended to remember the heroes and heroines, pay tribute, gift and even bow on Dr.Garang tomb, with deceitful words, government have plans to lift-up the families of the heroes and heroines, as the event end, they just entered into their classy cars, while everything which they say has remained on the ground till next year’s event, I don’t agree with those who proclaim, they {martyrs} did not die in vain, if the families of martyrs {disabled, orphans and widow} are still suffering, then their  death is fruitless.

We are finished, our cabinet and parliament are dead, they are people by body, but they are lifeless in thinking capacity, if they are wise and normal, they can develop policies that can guide the country with foe Khartoum regime, in April, Khartoum government declared South Sudan, “enemies number one in African and even the world”, and even called us, “an insects”, while our government paid a deaf ear on this, instead for them to produce strict policies, because it was “tit for tat”,  they started looting public money, as some plan to go for exile, as they think, the two countries are going for all-out- war, and he/she will not  participate in this war, where are we going now?…the government must institute special draft on Khartoum government than mislead her people, and again, those who hurt  citizens by waylaying them in the country, why is the government  digging the grave of silence to investigate the case, some become, “bloodsuckers”, they enjoy his comrade death.

The two visions didn’t meet, the late Icon Dr. John Garang, taking the town to the people; are now controversial with current President’s Vision, instead of taking the town to the people, “people to the town”, that is why there is no good Education, Infrastructure, health and clean water, and the bad part of it, it has resulted into our girls to become commercial sex workers nowadays, due to the government officials’ influences, they go to the villages with big stomachs like pregnant women, which some are unable to put on his shoes alone, hard to bend, if he did, people behind him will smoke the poisonous airs, and pick the beauty underage girls, who can win Country or even world Miss Malaika, if she contested, by  promising her with white lies that, I will marry you, then the foolish girl will accept the green fact, then they come to Juba,  a week later, after he has dug her seriously and the guiltless girl becomes a house-fly, everywhere she goes, all in all, if he fulfilled his mission, he starts evil things to insult the girl to go away from his compound, , he dumps the innocent girl in the Juba street, instead of returning her to the village, and tells his bodyguard that, if she comes, don’t allow her, and you know the way this stupid bodyguard acts, therefore the life of the innocent girl will end up in men bed, oh my God…even they don’t fear God, if I was God, the earth could swallow them alive.

I am upset and worried, in the coming years; the world will re-name our country again, if such political arena act still exists, so to escape this corruption method, our government needs to develop a principle to guide this nation.

The Country President with his government officials must design the draft policy on Khartoum government and even East African than the government  just move like a flock of sheep, and form special committees to address the current country situation, in Economic crisis, Conflicts and many more others, then if we don’t have such a principle, then we are finished.

In fact, President Kiir, must be wise enough, if he wants to have future history, the roles he played in the era of CPA, though we attained our independence, are not effective, He needs to put more to re-multiply his works, so I want the president to give example to corrupt government officials who stole $4 billion by red carding  them from his government and even bringing them  into  the book of justice, for them to face the consequences of corruption, as President knows it, “action speak more thunderously than words of mouth”, must  apply: because our people have ears, and they don’t hear, they believe in what they see with their naked eyes….do something Mr. President, the citizens will accredit you better than before.

In conclusion, country is country for today and forever, if we allow someone behind our political ambition, then this will take South Sudan back, so I {we} don’t want other people’s projects to head South Sudan, this will be like throwing South Sudan to the dustbin once again.

Then what I have South Sudan is that, there is not enough in this for the greedy people, as some are fighting to own the earth.

The writer is south Sudanese Citizens.


By Heskey Deng Machol

Juba-The South Sudan Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) families both from Kenyan and South Sudanese nationals working in the KCB Branch in Juba party the retirement of two key largest- served Staff of KCB, Peter M. Muthoka, MBS, FKIB, FKIM, KCB Group Chairman and Ms. Susan Omanga, the chairperson of KCB foundation, at New Sudan Palace Hotel a week ago, while they {KCB} brushed aside to celebrated the profit, they got in South Sudan

In spite their retirement, they said, they are giving chance to brilliant young people, they didn’t give up work to go home, they will be watchdogs, then their commitment and help will continue on the ground of South Sudan because they said, this is our country too and we have the same vision.

Speaking on the Farewell, the Guest of Honor, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, also known as Country Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said, his government is too, committed to supporting the operation of KCB and encouraged them to operate without fear in the Country.

“South Sudan has a free economy without discrimination, racism and harassment,’ so come and operate, Marial said, and further added, “The future economy of this country is the interest of East Africa’s people.”

Marial cited that, the KCB Sudan is now re- Baptized:  KCB South Sudan because it was established before without Khartoum Government license.

Barnaba urged KCB families to improve the tourism life of his country; he quipped, “We have the largest areas occupied by wild animals that need to develop like the Masaai Mara tourist areas in Kenya.”

Marial underscored that, although the two Sudan reached agreement on resuming the flow of oil in Port Sudan, it will not affect the construction of south Sudan- Lamu pipeline.

The ADRA, Country Director, Ms. Awadia Ogillo, urged the KCB Families not to stop establishing branches in Juba and in other States, but to continue establishing more branches at the County level.

On the event, Peter M. Muthoka cited that, the KCB has championed the infrastructure development in South Sudan and commanded empowerment of South Sudanese.

“It’s our commitment to involve the citizens of this country in operation and rising bank in varies capacity building”, Muthoka said.

Muthoka pointed out the KCB’s fundamental roles played by a fund initiative, especially in supporting communities in the areas such as education, health, humanitarian need response, and environment as well project development in the country.

Muthoka said that his bank began full operations in South Sudan in May 2006, when the former Rebel SPLM/A signed CPA with her foe Khartoum Government in 2005 in Kenya, The first two branches were established in Juba and Rumbek.

“We take the risks, but persistent risks”, Peter said.

At present, KCB has got 85,000 customers in 19 branches spread all over the 10 states of the world’s newest nation, employing over nearly 330 staff, and 267 staffers of which are South Sudanese nationals.

Muthoka pledged the banks will continue its commitment towards supporting South Sudanese, adding that the country will make an immense contribution to the East African Community (EAC) once it becomes a member.

“KCB is here to stay with the people of South Sudan,” noted Muthoka, adding KCB is committed to helping South Sudan, where it reportedly controls 42% of the banking industry, achieve its economic independence.

In the education sector, for instance, KCB has supported South Sudanese students through scholarships, constructed schools and provided school facilities, including reading materials.

“As a bank, we strongly believe that an educated society is an empowered society,” He added.

On the environment, KCB has reportedly planted 31,000 trees throughout South Sudan, while the donated 200,000 SSP to the military hospital, as meant to support the Military hospital capacity with its efforts to improve service delivery in the country.

Despite the Infrastructure fields, KCB gave out loans of 160 millions South Sudanese pound to business communities operating in the Country.

In future, we want to leave the KCB is capital market in south Sudan, Peter lamented.

The Deputy Governor of Bank of South Sudan, John Dor, said the KCB is accredited good image in the BOSS and to the people of this country, as it grow and developed the economics of the country.

“Without KCB, jobs opportunity for young graduates will be headache to the government”, but now the KCB removed it, Dor added.

“Your {KCB} efforts and monies will not be fruitless”, John said, and further added, we can’t eradicate the problem without investment, then went on calling all East Africa investor {Banks} to come to south Sudan to establish business.

The KCB Chief Business Office, James Agin, said KCB is everywhere you go, come with your ATM card and do your transaction normal without difficulties procedure, but He failed to elaborate well, whether the South Sudanese Pounds currency are legal accepted in Kenya and Uganda because majority of people, who banking pounds in KCB and Equity Bank in South Sudan branches were denied with their ATM card to make transaction in Kenya and Uganda branches before, unless you deposited hard currency in your account.

Kenya Commercial Bank South Sudan (KCBSS) is one of the first banks that set feet in South Sudan soon after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in 2005.

The farewell party ending with colorful and delight, as it was blessed Wednesday with good cloud and latest with drop of rains to keep the environments cold and moisture.

The writer is south Sudanese Citizens.