Archive for June 17, 2012

Book Review: The Hidden Barack Obama

Posted: June 17, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Africa, Books, World

The Hidden Obama: A young man more introspective than ambitious, the future president took a long time to choose a direction in life.

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 BY ALAN BOSWELL, McClatchy Newspapers

The first anniversary of South Sudan’s independence from Sudan is fast approaching, but the hoped-for peace that was the promise of South Sudan’s creation last July 9 hasn’t materialized. Instead, war seems closer than at any other time since the 2005 peace agreement that U.S. diplomats brokered, and South Sudan’s reputation is in tatters. Many who’d long championed South Sudan are shaking their heads in dismay.

Sudanese battle price hikes as economic crisis bites

Posted: June 17, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Sudan

Sunday, 17 June 2012

By AFP 
KHARTOUM

In a report late last month, the International Monetary Fund described the economic challenges the South Sudan faces as “daunting.” (Reuters)

In a report late last month, the International Monetary Fund described the economic challenges the Sudan faces as “daunting.” (Reuters)

Iman is grateful at least that she is healthy. But the Sudanese mother of two says she struggles to feed her family and fears for the future, as an economic crisis bites and food prices soar.

“Last year we used to buy meat three or four times a month. Now we buy meat just once per month, and sometimes we go without,” said the 35-year-old, who is pregnant with her third child.

“Praise be to God, I’m okay now because my health is good. But everything is getting more expensive. I’m very worried about the future,” Iman told AFP, as she shopped in a market in Khartoum with her two-year-old son.

Sudan’s economy is reeling, hit by soaring inflation and a rapidly depreciating currency, following the loss of three-quarters of Khartoum’s vital oil revenues when South Sudan seceded last July.

Since then, costly armed conflict on its southern border, which resulted in extensive damage to infrastructure at Heglig, Sudan’s main oil field, in April, has accelerated this trend, with the government desperately searching for solutions.

In a report late last month, the International Monetary Fund described the economic challenges the country faces as “daunting.”

Inflation officially hit 30.4 percent in May, compared with 28.6 percent in April, the central statistics bureau said last week, although some economists say the real figure could be more than 40 percent.

Traders say the price of beef has more than doubled over the past 12 months, from around 15 Sudanese pounds ($2.7) last year to as much as 35 Sudanese pounds ($6.4) now.

One plate of “fool,” or stewed fava beans, a poor man’s fare in Sudan and across Arab countries, has gone up over the same period from two Sudanese pounds to four or five now.

But the high prices hitting families in Sudan are set to jump if, as widely expected, the government follows through on a decision it has been mulling for weeks, namely to lift fuel subsidies which it can no longer afford.

Shopping in another market in Khartoum, Sabir Jumaa, 50, says he has already cut back on what he buys for his family, including meat.

“But there are some things we cannot avoid paying for, like medicine for the children and school expenses. If the government removes fuel subsidies we will be in a critical position,” the private company employee added.

Economists and some within the ruling National Congress Party itself warn of the consequences of such a move, especially for Sudan’s burgeoning poor.

“Definitely the burden of this and the social cost of this will be borne by the low income groups and the poor… These are the people who will suffer,” Mohammed el-Jak, professor of economics at the University of Khartoum, told AFP.

Even the finance minister, Ali Mahmud al-Rasul, admitted during a speech in parliament last week that it was the policy of what he called a “bankrupt state.”

In another move to reduce its expenditure, the government is also expected to abolish a number of ministries, as well as possibly dissolving state legislative assemblies and even reducing the number of states.

Safwat Fanous, professor of politics at the University of Khartoum, argues that the financial problems facing the government stem from its dependency on oil revenues over the last 10 years and its failure to diversify the economy.

“It’s a very serious situation… There is no quick, easy substitute for that loss of oil revenue,” he said, adding that that unless the government cuts its expenditure and increases its revenues, it will run out of money.

But scrapping fuel subsidies, although economically “badly needed,” will also be politically “very dangerous,” as it drives up overall prices for people already experiencing serious hardship, Fanous argued.

“So there is concern among many members of the NCP that this move might cause people to come out onto the streets.”

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/17/221160.html

120 South Sudanese leaving Israel under pressure

Posted: June 17, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in World

The Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel was forcing 120 South Sudanese to leave the country on Sunday, starting what was to be a mass deportation of thousands of 

The Problem of University of Juba Is Corruption and Needs Political 
AllAfrica.com
In most of our government’s institutions in South Sudan, it is easy to predict a tribe of a minister if you identify the gate keeper. This is the rampant practice that 

120 S.Sudanese forced to leave Israel

Independent Online – ‎
By Amy Tiebel AP South Sudanese migrant workers wave as they board a bus in the bus terminal in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, June 17, 2012 before leaving to Ben Gurion airport to leave for South Sudan. Israel is forcing 120 South Sudanese to leave the 
Times LIVE – ‎
Residents of south Tel Aviv hold placards as they protest against African migrants living in their neighborhood. Sudanese protesters hold signs during a demonstration in Tel Aviv against the deportation of migrants from South Sudan.
Straits Times – ‎‎
A South Sudanese migrant waves his national flag as he waits to board a bus to Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, where they will be deported to south Sudan on June 17, 2012. Some 120 people from Southern Sudan will take the first flight back home as 
Times of India – ‎
JERUSALEM: Israel was forcing 120 South Sudanese to leave the country on Sunday, starting what was to be a mass deportation of thousands of unauthorized African migrants who have poured into the Jewish state. Some 60000 impoverished Africans, 
Reuters – ‎‎
* Israel lacks options on bulk of African migrants * Grateful Juba vows to recognise Jerusalem claim By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, June 17 (Reuters) – Israel launched a high-profile deportation drive against African migrants on Sunday with an airlift of 
News24 – ‎
African migrants protected by Israeli border police, background, look on to an anti-African migrant protest, not seen, in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Ariel Schalit, AP) This up-to-date guide to Israel and the Palestinian territories includes a history chapter 
Al-Arabiya – ‎
In a report late last month, the International Monetary Fund described the economic challenges the South Sudan faces as “daunting.” (Reuters) By AFP Iman is grateful at least that she is healthy. But the Sudanese mother of two says she struggles to 
Jerusalem Post – ‎‎
By REUTERS The South Sudanese government supports Israel’s decision to send illegal migrants back to South Sudan. Formally independent from Sudan since last July, the African country received clandestine Israeli help for decades prior and counts on 
Jerusalem Post – ‎
By BEN HARTMAN First plane carrying 120 South Sudanese migrants set to leave Israel; deadline to voluntarily leave country extended. The Population, Immigration and Borders Authority (PIBA) began loading South Sudanese migrants onto buses in cities 
Haaretz – ‎
Speaking ahead of first flight of deported South Sudanese migrants, premier says Israel has to uphold a Jewish tradition of treating foreigners with dignity. By Barak Ravid | Jun.17, 2012 | 12:21 PM By Roy Arad | Jun.17,2012 | 12:21 PM By Yaniv 
Ynetnews – ‎
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Israel’s handling of the deportation of illegal aliens on Sunday stressing that the state will “act in a humane manner.” Infiltrators will no longer be transported to Tel Aviv and instead be immediately placed 
Jerusalem Post –
By HERB KEINON, REUTERS Netanyahu outlines plan on migrants hours before 1st group of S. Sudanese fly back to country of origin. S. Sudan supports “return.” With heart-rending scenes of police rounding up frightened African migrants on the nightly news 
Kansas City Star – ‎
By ALAN BOSWELL NAIROBI, Kenya — Along a road littered with bodies, South Sudan marched north in mid-April to capture a Sudanese oil field that both countries claim. By the time South Sudan withdrew from Heglig 10 days later, it had damaged more than 
Jerusalem Post – ‎
By JPOST.COM STAFF Ahead of the departure of 120 South Sudanese migrants, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning that the migrants will be returned to their country in a organized and dignified manner. Speaking at the beginning of the 

Just An Idea

Posted: June 17, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Featured Articles


Fellow comrades in the liberation struggle of our people and nation, country mates and friends in global Revolutions; it is a profound gratitude on behalf of the revolutionaries to eloquent {our} position {as} of SSPLAM on the necessity of revolt, and our continue the commitment for regime change, in the republic of South Sudan.

We {SSPLAM} never reached, and never have any plan to reach a deal with the SPLM regime as it has been speculated by some few individuals within the ranks and structure of the revolutionary force. The so-called people who surrender themselves to the corrupt and the tribal Government of South Sudan did so, on their own individual capacity, but not as organization. Those are the rotten potatoes within the revolutionary organization, and they made up such a decision to safe guide their individual interests, which is against the will and interests of the organization.

SSPLAM is a revolution organization of the people and people’s choice and interest is final; therefore, those who surrendered to the Government force are afraid of their fate. This is because the revolutionary movement is on the restructuring and reorganization process, as well adapting of policies of deployment, whereas the right person is deployed in wright place, more so, investigating of some series of cases pertaining the abuse of power and office.

Those who sensed, they are guilty and are in great fear of the cause of justices, as well in fear of losing their ranks and position within the structure and the system of the Revolutionary organization. To cover up their entire shame, decided to surrender to the Government, and preached a wrong doctrine that, they have signed a peace deal with the government on behalf of the Revolutionaries.

SSPLAM is a democratic movement, and our principal objective is so clear, that is to strive for the achievement of political and economic self-determination for all South Sudanese in United Country. Therefore, we are ready for peace and progress in Sudan, Africa, and the World at large, but this very peace will not be achieved (by) under, the current regime in Juba.

To achieve lasting peace as well political and economic self-determination of the people of this great Nation, it is vital to change the SPLM’s regime, as this is the only option, and a way forward, for this country, and us.

We (SSPLAM) will therefore continue to forge unite of common purpose and work together with democrats, as well human rights conscience Revolutionary forces in the Country, to bring regime change in south Sudan.

Attached is our “officialdom Communiqué, on the necessity of the regime change in South Sudan

For Peace, Justices and Prosperity for All;

Cde. John Sunday Martin

ADC for foreign Affairs (Office of the Chairman and Commander In Chief)

The South Sudan people’s Liberation Movement Army (SSPLMA)

E-mail: sspla.foreignaffairs

Communique of sspla.pdf


By: Concerned Citizens of South Sudan

Lieutenant General (Retired) Salva Kiir Mayardit

President of the Republic of South Sudan

Juba

South Sudan

 

Dear Mr President:

 

Subject: Letter from the President of South Sudan to Corrupt South Sudanese Government Officials

It is about seven and a half years since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in January 2005. The CPA was expected to be the end of one of the longest ever military conflicts in Africa and the beginning of a new era for developing a viable democratic framework for governance, the equitable distribution of revenue from the sale of oil and prepare the people of South Sudan for a referendum for self-determination. The referendum was peacefully held in January 2011 and South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011. Mr. President, the historic achievements of the CPA, peaceful referendum for self-determination and smooth transition to political independence were no mean feat. However, the achievements of the past seven years have been seriously eclipsed by the scourge of rampant corruption in South Sudan.

Since the CPA South Sudan has experienced hitherto unprecedented levels of corruption, perpetrated by some unscrupulous government ministers, party leaders, members of parliament and senior civil servants, who have shamefully abused their positions and public trust and stolen large amounts of public funds in foreign currency and, thus, enriching themselves and producing overnight millionaires in the midst of a disease-laden, hungry and impoverished population.  The rampant misappropriation of public funds has unfortunately led to the total decimation of all public services. On the other hand, there has been minimal government investment in education, health, agricultural productivity or communications. A vast majority of the population remains hostage to the malaise of disease, hunger, ignorance, poverty and violence. The population has been largely dependence on food rations from international agencies.

Some government officials have reportedly used stolen public funds to pay for the education of their children at exclusive private schools and universities in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), the United States of America (USA) and the neighboring countries. Others have used stolen public funds to acquire luxury private property (apartments, houses, mansions or villas) in foreign countries as far afield as Australia, Canada, the Sudan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). Stolen public funds have also been used to pursue private business interests in South Sudan and abroad. Investment in business and property abroad has created a false image of South Sudan, especially in the neighboring countries, where it is perceived as the land where the streets are paved in gold and every Tom, Harry or Dick is a multi-millionaire.

Mr President, we know that corruption is perpetrated by a minority of officials in the Government of the Republic of South Sudan. We are also aware of your policy of ‘zero tolerance’ to corruption. You have set up the Anti-Corruption Commission and ordered senior members of your government to declare their wealth. In spite of all your noble efforts, the scourge of corruption continues unabated. We would also like to reassure you that the ordinary people of South Sudan are united behind your determination to eradicate corruption – this is a very rare feat in Africa and, indeed, elsewhere.

Mr President, whilst we applaud your brave, wise and patriotic decision to lead the fight against corruption, it is widely felt that your action has fallen far short of the expectations of the people of South Sudan. Of particular concern are the potential implications of the letter you have written to the 75 current and former government officials, who have ruthlessly stolen public funds, and simply requested to return the money anonymously to a bank account in Kenya.

We would like to draw your attention to the following implications in connection to the inappropriateness of the letter:

·         The content of the letter is open to criticism and misinterpretation because it neither includes the names of the recipients nor is it targeted at the actual officials who stole the funds. On the other hand, your letter casts a dark shadow of suspicion on all the innocent officials in the Government of South Sudan and, thus, putting their integrity into disrepute. It is tantamount to stating that any South Sudanese government official is as corrupt as the other. Literally, this impression kills the morale of the upright official, and makes him/her wonder whether it is worth being a dedicated, honest and upright servant of the people.

·         The letter appears to protect the identities of the government officials who have stolen public funds and gives the impression that you are deliberately protecting their identity. Concealing the identities of the thieves of public funds will lead to more speculation about your personal role in the misappropriation of the public funds. There is no need to protect the thieves, who have indiscriminately stolen public funds, enriched themselves and denied the people of South Sudan their basic human rights to education, health and decent living standards.

·         The public funds misappropriated by the corrupt government officials belong to all the people of South Sudan and the President of the Republic of South Sudan does not have the authority, power or jurisdiction to conceal the identity of the thieves, pardon them or engage in the perversion of the course of justice. Perversion of the course of justice is a very serious criminal offense.

·         Your decision to conceal the identity of the culprits will motivate honest and law abiding government officials to indulge in similar criminal offenses i.e. Stealing public funds on the assumption that your government does not view the despicable act of embezzlement as a crime. It is in your personal interest and the credibility of your government that there is transparency in the fight against corruption. Criminals should face the full force of the law and appropriately punished to serve as a deterrent to others. Fighting corruption with kid-gloves will never, ever yield tangible results.

·         The current levels of corruption have compromised the integrity of your leadership and the credibility of your government in South Sudan and the international community. Some foreign countries are questioning the wisdom of supporting our struggle for political independence in view of the fact that public funds, in billions of United States Dollars (USDs), has been indiscriminately stolen and systematically transferred to the private bank accounts of senior government officials abroad. In a recently televised debate on Al Jazeera TV, which featured the South Sudan minister of information, a globally respected professor of economics repeatedly stated that ‘the Government of South Sudan is corrupt through and through’. The professor’s assessment reflects the views of the international community. It is unlikely that any of the financial institutions will engage with a country where corruption is the cultural practice at the highest levels of government.

·         The method you have adopted to retrieve the stolen money will yield a very small fraction of that money. Some of the stolen money has been used to acquire luxury property in neighboring countries and aboard. The partial recovery of stolen money will appear like rewarding the thieves for the ignominious practice of stealing public funds. As we all know, rewarding thieves would certainly breed more thieves.

Mr President, in view of the implications for your personal integrity, the credibility of your government and the pride of our nation, you are strongly urged to seriously re-consider your recent actions and adopt the following recommendations:

·         The names of all the officials, known to have misappropriated public funds since 2005, should be published immediately

·         All officials known to have misappropriated public funds should have their passports withdrawn and banned from foreign travel. Thieves fleeing to other countries should be repatriated to South Sudan as a matter of urgency

·         All officials known to have misappropriated public funds should be arrested, detained without bail, prosecuted and banned from holding public office for life. The thieves of public funds must be arrested and detained to protect them from the anger and frustration of the general population.

·         All officials known to have misappropriated public funds should be prosecuted in an independent or an impartial court of law, stolen funds retrieved and property confiscated. They should also be prosecuted for ‘crimes against humanity’ because their actions have caused death, hunger and destitution to millions of children, men and women

·         The declaration of wealth by senior officials should be made public knowledge, as it happens in other countries

·         Government financial institutions and procedures should be strengthened to ensure accountability and transparency by plugging any loopholes that might facilitate the continuity of the culture of theft of public funds by government officials in the future

Implementing the preceding recommendations would serve the following objectives:

·         Demonstrate your firm committed to the eradication of corruption in South Sudan

·         Show that you are not, knowingly, perverting the course of justice to protect your colleagues, friends, partners in government or relatives

·         Reiterate your overt dedication to justice, freedom and equality for all the people of South Sudan

·         Show the people of South Sudan that you are able, determined and willing to protect them from exploitation by a minority clique of unpatriotic thieves

Mr. President, we would like to remind you that the integrity of your leadership, the credibility of your government and the pride of our nation are all at stake. You will be judged very harshly by history if the scourge of rampant corruption is allowed to continue unchecked. If you fail to act now, your legacy as “the man who successfully steered the ship through storms and tempests to its final destination” will be tarnished and forgotten forever. You should be remembered as the President who liberated South Sudan from the claws of corruption and not the President who protected the men and women who stole public funds, transferred it abroad and condemned the people of South Sudan to live with endemic disease, hunger, ignorance and poverty.

We hope you will change your mind and act decisively to salvage the integrity of your leadership, the credibility of your government and the pride of the people of South Sudan.

Signed
1)     Benaiah Nyaing Duku Baltimore, Maryland – USA
2)     Dr. Charles Bakheit
3)     Hakeem Legge, Leeds, England (UK)
4)     Hearty Ritti Jada
5)     Henry Y. Lejukole, Des Moines, IA
6)     J. Omunu
7)     Justin Donato Yanga, Lincoln, Nebraska – USA
8)     Justin Laku, Ottawa, Canada
9)     Kwaje M. Lasu
10)  Martin Abucha
11)  Mary Lodira, Birmingham, England, UK
12)  Oliver J. Lomeri
13)  Sam L. Laki
14)  Samuel W. Bringa
15)  Sebit Joseph Livio
16)  Silvestro Akara Bakheit
17)  White J. Walla, Washington DC, USA