Archive for May, 2013

South Sudan denies backing rebels as Sudan threatens pipeline cut
South Sudan said Tuesday it is committed to peace deals signed with its former foe Sudan, a day after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir threatened to cut oil pipelines after accusing Juba of backing rebels. Juba denies that it supports the rebels but 
South Sudan’s Parliamentary Committee Receives Sample Set of Primary
The sample sets will assist the members to formulate policy around primary and adult education inSouth Sudan. The reading materials which are currently being distributed to all primary schools inSouth Sudan, were handed over by Mr. Charles Bayley of 

Diversity Should Be Accepted in South Sudan – Machar
Juba — In their efforts to fight tribalism and strengthen national unity, senior South Sudanesepolitical leaders continue to remind communities about the need to accept the unavoidable tribal cultural diversity in the new country. “We are groups of 

Humanitarian Crises Overshadow Development Needs
Eight years later, emergency needs in the now-independent South Sudan remain overwhelming, with aid agencies calling for more than a billion dollars to tackle them in 2013. “One key question,” Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer wrote in the May 

Corruption – the Untold Facts of South Sudan’s Dura Scandal
The “Dura Saga” has been a problematic issue for the fast five good years after the council of ministers of the then government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) passed a resolution, revolving funds to buy a national reserve food to the states that were badly 

Sudan Affirms Sudan Seriousness for Cooperation with South Sudan in 
Sudan News Agency
Addis Ababa, May 27 (SUNA) Sudan has stressed that Africa unity will only be achieved by solution of the internal disputes between the ali karti countries of the continent through peaceful means, non-interference in others’ affairs and stopage of the foreign 
South Sudan Warns of Reprisal for Countries Backing Jonglei Rebels
Juba — South Sudan has warned that it will no longer tolerate being attacked by “mercenaries” allegedly fighting a proxy war for foreign countries, the country’s minister of defence said. Minister John Kong, said that Jonglei rebel leader David Yauyau 

South Sudanese media forced into self-regulation by security services
Sudan Tribune
May 27, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudanese media organisations are no longer covering stories critical of the government, specifically those relating to the security services and corruption, reporters and journalists say. JPEG – 33.2 kb; South Sudanese men 

After AU Summit Talks, Sudan Peace Still Elusive
Voice of America
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday threatened to close a pipeline that carries oil fromSouth Sudan to export terminals in Sudan, dealing a blow to talks held hours earlier with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir at the African Union (AU 

Dialogue With South Sudanese (part 1)
I am just a common figure, out of eight million (8,000,000) or more South Sudanese, that is, just a drop in the ocean in numerical terms. Therefore, my personal opinions versus the population ofSouth Sudan quoted above should not really generate such 
South Sudan criticizes Sudan president for threatening to shut down oil pipeline
Washington Post
JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan has criticized Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for threatening to shut down the pipeline that carries South Sudan’s oil to international markets. Bashir had issued what he said was a last warning to South Sudan to stop 

South Sudanese Media Forced Into Self-Regulation By Security Services
Juba — South Sudanese media organisations are no longer covering stories critical of the government, specifically those relating to the security services and corruption, reporters and journalists say. The security services “come to us and started 

Sudan’s Bashir threatens to cut South Sudan oil
South African Broadcasting Corporation
In March, Sudan and South Sudan, which split from Khartoum in July 2011, signed detailed timetables to resume the flow of South Sudan oil through a major pipeline in the north that runs to a port on the Red Sea and eight other pacts to normalise relations.

South African Broadcasting Corporation
Sudan threatens to close oil pipleline from South Sudan
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir said he will close a pipeline that carries oil from South Sudan if Juba continues to support rebels in its soil. There has been heavy fighting between Sudanese troops and rebels in the border area of Southern Kordofan ..



Sudan’s Bashir threatens to cut South Sudan oil

Posted: May 28, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Sudan’s Bashir threatens to cut South Sudan oil
KHARTOUM — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir warned on Monday he will order the flow of oil from South Sudan to be cut off if Juba provides assistance to rebels in South Kordofan and Darfur. Bashir said he would “completely close the pipeline” that 

BNDES to fund Ethiopian Railway Connection to South Sudan
The firm to build the link is Andrade Gutierrez Participacoes SA of Brazil that would connect the Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa with Jimma in South Sudan. The total length of the railway is 439 kilometers or 273 miles to the soutwest, according to 

South Sudan Marks AU/OAU’s Golden Jubilee
Oye! Times
According to Ambassador Nakaha Stanislas, Head of AU liaison office in South Sudan, the AU has an objective of uniting African countries and ensuring cooperation among them. “Since its inception, it (AU) has provided and contributed to the independence 
South Sudan: Financial Sector Governance 2012
The financial sector in South Sudan is extremely underdeveloped with low geographic coverage. It is characterised by a weak regulatory framework, poor infrastructure (including telecoms) and limited management capacity. There are eight commercial banks 
Sudan’s Bashir threatens to cut oil flow from S Sudan
BBC News
“I now give our brothers in South Sudan a last, last warning that we will shut down the oil pipeline forever if they give any support to the traitors in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile,” President Bashir said on state television, referring to 
Fierce fighting between Sudan government troops and rebels along border
Washington Post
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese government troops clashed with rebels in the conflict-wracked state of Southern Kordofan near the border with South Sudan, and each side claimed Monday it inflicted heavy losses on the other. The clashes eruptedSunday 
UN envoy says forces cannot protect civilians in South Sudan’s east
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan lacks the troops and aircraft needed to protect civilians in the nation’s violent eastern region, said UN mission chief Hilde Johnson on Monday. South Sudan, a country roughly the size of France 

Peacekeepers cannot protect civilians in South Sudan’s east: UN
JUBA (Reuters) – The United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan lacks sufficient troops and aircraft to protect civilians affected by fighting in an eastern region, the U.N. envoy said on Monday. Tens of thousands of people have been uprooted by 

South Sudan oil exports to resume as border row settled
Newcastle Herald
South Sudanese oil may arrive at Sudan’s Red Sea port by the end of this week after the two nations’ leaders met on Friday to resolve border issues that have been delaying the resumption of exports, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said.

South Sudan’s humanitarian crises overshadow development needs
It is a difficult balance to strike, said Jok Madut Jok, South Sudan’s undersecretary for culture and heritage. He joined Lanzer on a panel organized last week by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). “The need for humanitarian action has become 

South Sudan: Economic Cooperation, Regional Integration, & Trade 2012
Before secessionSouth Sudan’s major trade was with the north of the country. Following independence, and the subsequent mounting of tensions, cross-border trade between South and North came to a halt with adverse effects on the economy of the new 

Security concerns for South Sudan to stage regional tournament
Global Times
The Cecafa Senior Club Championship is open to respective league winners from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia. The host has the chance to enter two teams though.

Intense fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan
KHARTOUM — Fierce fighting has erupted between Sudanese government troops and rebels near Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan, with both sides giving contradictory casualty figures. Sunday’s clashes pitched government troops against fighters from 

Kerry accuses Bashir of repression in war-torn Sudan regions
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of repressing the people of the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions and trying to impose Islamic rule on them. In both regions “you have people who for a long time 


South Sudan vows to continue austerity measures after oil flows
Sudan Tribune
May 24, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s finance ministry said on Friday that the administration will continue to impose austerity measures even if the country generates enough funds to support the budget from the resumption of oil production. JPEG – 47.7 
South Sudan Army: Fox Guarding the Hen House
Sudan Vision
South Sudanese army which is supposed to protect the nation has become a hazard to the civilian property and foreign humanitarian organizations operating in the affected areas. International voluntary humanitarian organizations told AFP that South 
In 1st official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, Kerry urges Nigeria to respect 
Washington Post
Speaking to reporters alongside Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kerry also blamed Sudan’s government for much of the tension along its volatile border with South Sudan. He says residents in the contested areas of Blue Nile and South 
No Justice for Protester Killings – Full and Impartial Investigations Needed
Juba — South Sudan state authorities have failed to carry out adequate investigations into the killing of eight peaceful protesters in December 2012 by government security forces, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. On December 9 
UN says Sudanese rebels obstructing aid deal
The United Nations has been trying to get aid into South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, where Sudan’s army has been fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) for almost two years. Both states are in Khartoum-ruled Sudan, from 
Human rights groups call for justice over Wau killings
Sudan Tribune
May 24, 2013 (LONDON) – Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch launched a joint statement on Friday calling on South Sudan to properly investigate the deaths of eight protesters in Wau, one of the country’s largest towns, in December last year.
Kerry to Appoint Envoy to Sudan After Oil Dispute With South
South Sudan seceded in 2011. Most of the formerly united country’s oil fields are in the south. Disagreements over revenue from the crude, which is carried through the north via pipelines, led to a 15-month shutdown of oil production before it resumed 
Kerry accuses Sudan leader of repression
ADDIS ABABA — US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of repressing the people of the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions and trying to impose Islamic rule on them. In both regions “you have people 
Upper Nile minister inspects textbooks in Juba
Sudan Tribune
May 24, 2013 (JUBA) – Approximately 720,000 textbooks and teacher guides destined for primary schools and learning centres located across Upper Nile state have arrived in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. JPEG – 108.5 kb; Daniel Wuor Joak, Upper Nile states 
Sudan to Host UN Global Compact Meeting in Khartoum Next November
Sudan Vision
Al Bashir met with his South Sudan Counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday evening on the sidelines of the summit to discuss bilateral affairs. Sudan initiated its participation in the summit effectively. Presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie and ..
UN: 47000 displaced in less than one month in Kordofan, Sudan
Radio Dabanga
Armed clashes between Sudanese troops and rebel forces that broke out on 27 April in North and South Kordofan have displaced 47,000 people so far, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says. The figure was provided to OCHA 
Kerry: US Working with AU to Reduce Sudan/South Sudan Violence
Voice of America
ADDIS ABABA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is working with the African Union to end violence along the border between Sudan and South Sudan. America’s top diplomat met separately with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti on the ..
South Sudan’s animal wealth institution to establish rangelands
Sudan Tribune
May 24, 2013 (JUBA) – The institution responsible for livestock sector in South Sudan has announced to identify and establish rangelands in an effort to develop the animal wealth potential in the country. The region has over 30 million heads of cattle 
South Sudan to contribute additional 500 soldiers to AU against LRA
Afrique en Ligue
Security – South Sudan has proposed to contribute an additional 500 soldiers to the African Union (AU) to strengthen the African force fighting the Ugandan rebel Ugandan movement, Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the AU Peace Commissioner, Ramtane ..
Sudanese Presidents Agree on Border Dispute to Speed Oil Exports
The blocking of crossing points by South Sudan at Jodha and Heglig affected the flow because engineers and equipment could not move freely, Karti said yesterday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, where Sudan’s President Umar al-Bashir and South 
Kerry accuses Sudan leader of repression in war-torn regions
The Daily Star
South Sudan separated from Sudan in 2011 after decades of bloody civil war, but still unsettled issues over border areas and oil have continued to flare into clashes. Kerry announced after talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn that 
John Kerry to Nigeria: no excuse for human rights abuses
The Guardian
Both areas border the new nation of South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011 under an agreement that ended decades of civil war. Many residents are sympathetic to the south, and both areas have experienced regular violence in recent years.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he’ll appoint a new special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, after a dispute over oil revenue between the newly separated states brought them to the brink of war last year. The dispute involves “very significant 

Develop economy and democracy, Uhuru tells Africa
Daily Nation
In this connection, President Kenyatta cited the initiation of joint projects such as the Lamu Port-South Sudan -Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) project that will link Kenya, South Sudanand Ethiopia. “Our main aim is to promote joint development 
OVL resumes oil production in Sudan
Hindu Business Line
“Production from Block 5A in South Sudan, which was producing 16,000 barrels per day before the shutdown of operations in January last year, resumed on April 6,” he said. Block 5A is producing less than 5,000 barrels per day currently and will reach ..
Kerry makes 1st official sub-Saharan Africa visit
Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, Kerry on Saturday demanded that Nigeria respect human rights as it cracks down on Islamist extremists and pledged to work hard in the coming months to ease tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.

Channel News Asia
US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of repressing the people of the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions and trying to impose Islamic rule on them. PHOTOS. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks..

Kerry to appoint envoy to Sudan: report
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday he plans to appoint an envoy to Sudan and South Sudan after a oil-revenue squabble between the states brought the countries to the brink of war, according to a report.
New fighting in central Sudanese state
Times of India
Any spread of the violence also threatens to renew difficulties between Sudan and South Sudan, who have struggled to put an end to tensions that have hampered their economies and oil production since the South seceded in 2011. The Sudanese 
South Sudan oil exports to resume as border row settled
Sydney Morning Herald
South Sudan’s blocking of crossing points at Jodha and Heglig affected the flow of oil because engineers and equipment could not move freely, Mr Karti said in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan’s 
29 killed in South Sudan cattle raid
Capital FM Kenya
JUBA, May 19 – At least 29 people were killed when cattle raiders from a South Sudanese minority group opened fire on members of another minority in a village in Upper Nile state, a local official said Sunday. The gunmen crept into Tolleri village in..

The Nation
But speaking ahead of talks in Addis Ababa with the Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmad Karti, Kerry also acknowledged that South Sudan’s alleged support for the SPLM-North rebels fighting in the two regions worried Sudan. South Sudan separated from 

Uhuru lauds AU role in helping to keep the peace
Daily Nation
The President noted that with the support of the African Union, Igad had delivered successful outcomes in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, and he thanked the AU for facilitating dialogue and deploying troops in pursuit of peace and stability. The 
US Envoy Backs Call for Press Freedom in South Sudan
Juba — The US envoy to South Sudan has strongly supported calls for press freedom in the country, saying the state has the constitutional mandate to protect journalists. “The US government is very concerned about the deteriorating levels of press ..
Sudanese Celebrate AU 50thAnniversary Their Own Way
Sudan Vision
He said Sudan is also thankful to the African Unity and its High level Implementation Panel, led by former south African President Thabo Mbeki, for helping bring peace to the country, ending 25 years of war and giving birth to the newest nations that 
Gunman kills aid worker in Lakes state
Sudan Tribune
May 25, 2013 (JUBA) – An aid worker was on Thursday killed and another injured by an unknown gunman in South Sudan’s Lakes state. JPEG – 12.4 kb. The deceased, state authorities told Sudan Tribune, worked with the United Nations World Food 
Sudan’s security suspends and confiscates pro-government daily newspapers
Sudan Tribune
Abd Al-Marouf is the military commander who played a major role in restoring Heglig area fromSouth Sudan’s army last year. Last week, The Sudanese National Council for Press and Publications circulated a directive notifying newspapers to refrain from 
I wanted my daughters to understand what life is like for girls around the world
When Gillian told the girls they would be visiting South Sudan their reactions were very different. “Dara kept saying ‘why are you taking us to a war zone? We are going to get shot’. After I explained to her it was no longer a war zone and that they 

Kenya, South Sudan move to fast-track LAPSSET project

Posted: May 25, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Kenya, South Sudan move to fast-track LAPSSET project
Capital FM Kenya
JUBA, South Sudan, May 24 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his South Sudancounterpart Salva Kiir have agreed to fast-track the implementation of the Lamu Port and Lamu Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) project. President Kenyatta 
South Sudan says International Criminal Court persecutes Africans
The Standard Digital News
ADDIS ABABA: South Sudan‘s President Salva Kiir said on Thursday his country would never become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it appeared to be preoccupied with prosecuting African leaders. “It seems that this thing has 
Sudan Regrets Juba Statements As Kiir Reaffirms His Top Priority to Kenyan
Khartoum/Juba — Sudan’s foreign ministry regretted statements issued by South Sudaneseofficials claiming that oil flow was deliberately blocked for political reasons, while in Juba president Salva Kiir reaffirmed that an alternative pipeline through 
FAO Expands Support for National Food Security Information Systems for
This initiative will assist the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) achieve its goal of ensuring food security for all. The Agriculture and Food Information System (AFIS), a three year project (2013-2015) implemented by FAO and funded by 

South Sudan warns that it may shut down oil exports through Sudan again
Washington Post
While speaking at a police graduation ceremony in Juba on Monday, South Sudan President Salva Kiir warned there could be oil shutdown like the one that ended nearly two months ago. He said Juba was still working with Sudan “in a diplomatic way.” 

South Sudanese bishop heading to St Neots
Cambridge News
St Neots Deanery is preparing to host Bishop Samuel Peni, bishop of the Diocese of Nzara in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, who will be speaking at an evening of prayer at Little Paxton Church on June 4. South Sudan became the world’s newest nation 
FEATURE-Sudan dreams of becoming global sugar player
Sudan hopes to offset loss of oil to South Sudan. * Sugar firm Kenana plans expansion, double output by 2015. * Analysts sceptical about production expansion plans. By Ulf Laessing. NEAR SOFIYA, Sudan, May 22 (Reuters) – In a hangar-shaped factory hall 
South Sudan Launches Nationwide Search For Rhinos
Oye! Times
“Whether male or female, South Sudan Wildlife would apply through the international body for protection of endangered animal species to provide a partner from another country so as to breed the animals in the country for purpose of restocking,” he said.

Chicago Tribune
Faced with the loss of most oil production after South Sudan seceded in 2011, Sudan has been scrambling to find new sources for state revenues and dollars to pay for imports. Developing its sugar industry is a priority as is searching for gold. “There 

The spring’s back in his step
The Hindu
The biggest upheaval in William Deng Kau’s life happened two weeks before schedule. As internal affairs minister in Sudan, and a South Sudanese himself, Mr. Kau was counting the days to the independence of South Sudan. And then, just two weeks before 

Fox News
JUBA, South Sudan – South Sudan is warning that it may stop exporting oil through Sudan’s pipelines again. An official in South Sudan’s oil ministry told The Associated Press that Sudan has blocked the export of South Sudanese oil. The official 

Khartoum Denies Blocking South Sudan Oil Flow
Khartoum — The Sudanese oil minister Awad Al-Jaz on Tuesday denied reports that his government hampered the exportation of South Sudan crude through the Heglig pipeline, stressing it functions normally. In statements to the official news agency, SUNA, 
Press must be able to work freely in South Sudan
CPJ Press Freedom Online
We are writing to express our deep concern about the deteriorating state of press freedom in your country. In the past six months, CPJ has documented several cases of attacks, intimidation, and detention of journalists by security agents in South Sudan 

Sudan minister gets new hip in Chennai
Times of India
“I wanted to hear the celebration and breathe in the air of hope of thousands of people who lost their kin in the conflict, but the television in my hospital room was the only window to my country,” said Kau, who is now the internal affairs minister of 
Sudanese leaders to hold talks in Addis Ababa
Africa Review
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his Sudan counterpart Omar al-Bashir, are scheduled to hold a summit in Addis Ababa on Friday on the Abyei impasse and accusations of rebel support, officials said on Tuesday. The announcement followed a visit of 
AfDB Supports Tripartite Committee Efforts
Sudan Vision
Khartoum- African Development Bank (AfDB) confirmed interest to support the efforts of the Tripartite Committee between Sudan, South Sudan, and the African Union, for the treatment of external debt in the framework of the zero option agreed upon in the 
Mbeki – Continent Can Solve Its Problems
Mbeki, who stated this shortly after receiving the Daily Trust African of the Year 2012 Award at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja last night, said the success which the panel he led to resolve the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan remains a 
Ex-South Sudan Rebels Claim Khartoum Arrested Its Members, Confiscated
Kampala — A South Sudanese rebel group, which recently signed a peace deal with the Juba government, claims the government of Sudan arrested some of its members and confiscated personal belongings, including cars and houses in the capital, 
UPDATE 2-South Sudan cuts oil output, sees new problems with Sudan
Reuters Africa
JUBA/KHARTOUM May 21 (Reuters) – South Sudan has almost halved its oil production as it faces new “problems” exporting crude to Sudan, it said on Tuesday, suspecting its long-time rival had closed a cross-border pipeline, a move that would be a sign of 
South Sudan initiative aims to keep young girls in primary school
It’s a familiar routine for girls in South Sudan, but Nagomoro was a trailblazer. She was the first girl from Ibba county – a community of 90,000 people – in landlocked Western Equatoria state to finish primary school. Being the only girl at her school 
UAE investors seek to invest in South Sudan
Sudan Tribune
The investors said they were responding to the visits to their country by the South Sudan’s vice-president, Riek Machar, in which he assured investors in the rich Arab nation of huge potentials as well as the attractive investments laws in the 22-month 
A C-Turn and SPLM Is Full Swing Into Regionalism
opinion. Regionalism has made it back into the South Sudanese politics, thanks to the leadership of the ruling SPLM that sees these as a way to grainer regional loyalties before the 2015 general elections. So far three regional conferences have already 
“Report Fairly On Africa”, Ssali Urges Foreign Journalists
South Sudan: “Report Fairly On Africa”, Ssali Urges Foreign Journalists. By Martin Jada (news Agency of South Sudan)., 21 May 2013. press release. Dr. Shaka Ssali, a famous host of Voice of America’s “Straight Talk Africa” has urged foreign journalists 
SA sold weapons during Sudanese conflict
Independent Online
The report of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) to Parliament records that the committee approved sales of R25.5 million to the UN operation in Sudan, sales of R25.5m to Sudan and sales of R6.9m to South Sudanbetween 
Lakes – More Arrests in Rumbek Over Beer Ban
Juba — South Sudanese police and national security personnel continued their crack down on places suspected to be selling alcohol on Tuesday in Lakes state capital, Rumbek. The decision to close bars selling wine, beer and locally brewed alcoholic 


Sudanese Activist Held Incommunicado At Risk of Torture
South Sudan: Sudanese Activist Held Incommunicado At Risk of Torture. 10 May 2013. press release. The detention of a female lawyer in Sudan, whose whereabouts are still unknown, is the latest in the authorities’ brutal campaign against human rights 
UN agency announces meningitis vaccination campai…
The Global Dispatch
Responding to a meningococcal meningitis outbreak in South Sudan’s Upper Nile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced they will carry out a vaccination campaign where the dangerous bacterial infection has killed at least three, according to 
Petronas Awards Scholarships To South Sudanese Students
Oye! Times
[Misuk Moses Mule]This is the second batch of scholarship Petronas is awarding since independence of South Sudan following a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the company and the Ministry of Petroleum in 2011. According to Mr. Utong 
Bishop Warns Parties Involved In Conflicts Not To Turn Them Into Tribal Wars
Oye! Times
South Sudan’s Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban. [Peter Lokale Nakimangole]“I am hereby calling all parties involved in conflicts in South Sudan not to turn these conflicts into tribal wars. Do not point fingers towards any tribe; otherwise the whole of 
Sudan says South Sudan helped rebels attacking major town
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan accused South Sudan of having supported rebels who launched a major assault two weeks ago, warning this could derail recent oil and security agreements between the African neighbors, state media said on Saturday.
Means to Enhance Relations with S. Sudan Discussed
Sudan Vision
Khartoum – Vice-President of the Republic, Dr. Al-Haj Adam last Wednesday met with the inter-border committee of Sudan and South Sudan State and underscored the importance of bolstering the relations between the two countries. The meeting also 
The devil in resolving decades of Abyei conflict
Sudan Tribune
May 10, 2013 – The past days have seen global community watching members of the Nine Ngok Dinka of Abyei, together with their cousins in the South Sudan shedding tears unabated. They are grieved by the unexpected, untimely and the sudden death of 
Sudan urges mosques’ imams to call for jihad against rebels
Sudan Tribune
May 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s High Committee for Mobilisation and Alert has held a meeting with mosque imams to discuss the implications of the recent attacks in South and North Kordofan states by the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and to 
South Sudan establishes commission for refugee affairs
Sudan Tribune
May 11, 2013 (JUBA) – The Republic of South Sudan has established a Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) as hundreds of thousands of refugees have entered the new republic from the neighbouring countries. Most of the refugees fled from the 
S. Sudan rejects forming joint administration in Abyei with Sudan
Sudan Tribune
May 11, 2013 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – South Sudan has rejected forming a joint administration with the Sudanese government in the contested border region of Abyei, accusing Khartoum of having “killed the spirit of dialogue with [the] assassination of the area 
Ex-legislator in Aweil makes controversial apology over expulsion
Sudan Tribune
May 11, 2013 (JUBA) – A former member of state parliament in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal has issued a signed apology, amid reports of bullying and allegations relating to a family dispute and legislators. Hikma Ali Malek was one of six 

IGAD Condemns Killing of Paramount Chief and UNISFA Peacekeepers in Abyei
Sudan Vision
He expressed that this heinous act, threatens the stability of the area and is against the progress recently achieved by the Sudan and South Sudan in addressing their common challenges. The Executive Secretary extended his deepest condolences to the 
Sudan’s April inflation falls to 41.4%
Zawya (registration)
Prices have jumped since South Sudan seceded in 2011, taking three-quarters of Sudan’s oil output – the main source of budget revenues and dollars needed to pay for imports. Annual inflation was 15 percent in June 2011, the last data before the secession.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit’

Republic of South Sudan

Cc: Lou Nuer elders and Politicians.

Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Lou Nuer Community Rejected some elders and politicians’ six (6) points Letter to the President as Betrayal and Shameful Act

APR/30/2013, SSN;

The Lou Nuer Community (LNC) worldwide is shocked and appalled by the divisive and unproductive move made by some of our elders and politicians, hence, the intention of this Press Release is to condemn them in the strongest terms possible. These elders and politicians are puppets and stooges of Gabriel Yoal Dok, Dr. Barnaba Marial Bejamin, and John Luk Joak, who have taken them to the President on Thursday, 25 April 2013, where they handed over the 14 April 2013 six (6) points letter which says “the Lou Nuer Community is hereby reaffirming that we are fully behind you and will stand firm with you in the 2015 General Election.”

The Lou Nuer Youth in general and Lou Nuer women and the Lou Nuer in Diaspora are outraged and disgusted by this betrayal of the Community by these elders and politicians who have chosen food above the LNC. We denounce it and we reject it completely. Calling for youth in general and women and LNC members in Diaspora to distance themselves from this political wrangling between the President and his Vice does not make sense since they have taken sides with the President, even though the Community has not taken sides yet; therefore, any advices from these elders and politicians is no longer worthy.

Before addressing whether this is the position of the LNC or not, it is worth mentioning that this meeting between the President and the individual elders and politicians comes as a result of the meeting which was held earlier on Sunday, 14 April 2013 in John’s house. In that meeting all MPs of the Greater Akobo were invited and the agenda was about theirs position regarding the current situation between the President and the Vice. At the end of the deliberation, all the MPs agreed to take no position until the General Election period in 2015.

Unfortunately, now we have learned that some of these elders and politicians have gone to the President where they made a declaration without shame and in disgrace that the LNC is fully behind him in 2015 General Election contrary to what was agreed in the meeting where they were all present.

These individuals’ elders and politicians were declaring this position without consulting with the members of the community in Greater Akobo Counties, Juba, or in Diaspora. How did they come up with this then? This is what we are going to address in the next paragraphs in details.

First of all, we would like to make it crystal clear that LNC is not a Political Party which can go simply the way these elders and politicians would want it to be as it is clear in their six (6) points letter. We are one Community and we are always united when there are things that threaten our existence as a people here in the Republic of South Sudan. We are united in saying no to this position.

We are also aware that we do not belong to one political party where we can go according to what the elders and politicians said. We do respect each other’s views when it comes to politics, and no one can make a choice for another in our community so what these elders and politicians are trying to do is for the first time since Mr. Peter Gatkuoth Gual and Mr. Chiech Lam were in politics.

Due to these reasons, we would like to make it abundantly clear that we did not hold a meeting as Community where we deliberated about 2015 General Election and agreed all to support President Salva Kiir. We feel that it would be premature to speculate on position since we have a long way to go. Why should we speculate on positions while we still have two more years to go?

The 14th April 2013 six (6) Points letter submitted to the President is only representing the position of those individual elders and politicians who wrote it and does not represent the whole community. Anyone who claims that it is for the whole Community should now know it is not. As a Community we will have a position when the time is right but not now.

The message to the President is that these three (3) guys will fail you if you will depend on them. You will fail the 2015 General Election; if you rely on them for everything, because they will never tell you what the Lou Nuer Community really want so that they can vote for you.

1. These elders and politicians are out of touch with the reality.
2. They are out of touch with the ordinary members of the Lou Nuer Community.
3. And they are out of touch with the mainstream of the Lou Nuer Community.

Let’s brief you a little bit about them so that you can know you will fail the 2015 General election, if these are your massengers to the Greater Akobo Counties in 2015.

· Starting with John Luk Joak,

John is a failed politician and has reduced himself to a Clan-Chief by listening only to his tribal mates from Cie-Kuayiea, let alone community Chief where community Chief is larger than a section and section is larger than a clan. Imagine if that is the status of the man in the eyes of the people of the Greater Akobo.

John is a failed politician who cannot convince anyone to vote for him, let alone voting for others and the good example of that was 2010 General Election where he lost in his home constituency to an Independence Candidate while the majority of the SPLM candidates won. John has no supporter in Greater Akobo Counties. Actually it was only in 2010 when he appears to be having people when he used to have a Youth Group Called Akobo SPLM Youth Group which was led by Mai Tang Ngor. That Youth Group was later disbanded by Mai Tang who got no choice but to cease its activities and disbanded it for good because the Chie-Kuayiea boys, including the current Commissioner of Akobo County, were on his neck that he has taken their uncle or father hostage just because he is getting along with John.

However, many people at the time see this as a jealousy from these boys. One of this boys is now the Office Manager of John in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) that is Gatluak Puk. A Nuer with 6 Nuer Marks on his head with no qualifications and experiences, but only experienced in beer drinking and was made an office manager because he drink whisky together with John. While this chaos in the Group was unfolding John chose to be quiet and did not say anything to these boys at home to know it off from destroying the Group. As a result the Group disappeared, the very Group which was formed for the intention of promoting him.

· Dr. BarnabaMarialBenjiman:

This guy is a Dinka-born-again Nuer at his current age who always speaks in English in the LNC meeting. This guy is not serious and no one takes him seriously because he does not know ThokLoka, let alone ThokNaath; so, how can he deliver Lou Nuer Community to the President if John Luk who is a Nuer by birth and speak ThokLoka as well as ThokNaath cannot deliver?

Dr. Barnaba is only in Uror to raise his family in the name of representing Uror County or DakKaDiak. He has no influence in the Lou Nuer Community whatsoever.

 · Gabriel Yol Dok or Dokweaa….

This is an old guard – an outdated politician still alive today in the Lou Nuer community. This old man is out of touch with most members of the Lou Nuer Community. In the last Election he cannot even convince his own area to vote for him, can he convince the entire Lou Nuer Community to vote for Salvakiir?

 · Chuol RambangLouth:

· This is a stomach politician and lonely eater, stingy and selfish. This guy has no value in LNC and does not know how to speak, even in the Church, let alone Parliament or Political rally, so how can he get the Lou Nuer members to vote for Kiir?

We are not interested to take sides at the moment but we would like to dispute some of the points made by John Luk in the 14th April 2013 Six (6) points Letter to the President, especially when it comes to the democratic system in the SPLM.

Cde. John,
What democratic system is there in the SPLM when at the moment in the process of the approval of the basic documents you are setting up a dictatorship system?
1. For instance, if we have democratic system and should be maintained in our Party, why are you allowing the proposed 18 members of the Political Bureau (PB) to be appointed all by the Chairman of the Party after the 3rd National Convention?
2. Why should the Secretary General (SG), the Chief Administrative Officer of the Party be subjected to the selection by the PB and not the National Convention (NC) as usual?
3. And why did the suggestion for the term limit (for how many times) the Chairman of the Party can run for the Presidency of the Republic of the South Sudan was dropped in the process of the approval of the basic documents by the PB which you are part of —just to mention a few…..

By the way you have nullified and dissolved the National Liberation Council (NLC) and the NC by approving the proposed SPLM Constitution which has placed all powers only in the hands of the Chairman.

Another interesting point from John’s Six (6) points Letter to the President is, where he had made it clear that the Lou Nuer area is the worst affected and neglected which has been torn apart by insecurity and all kinds of problems, including lack of development in the RSS, yet, he and some elders and politicians from LNC are approving the work of the President and promising him another vote of LNC in 2015 General Election.

What a contradictory statement? What a world we live in, and what a Community led by fools?

From this statement is where you begin to know clearly how these elders and politicians of the LNC think when we are at a crossroad or a critical future. These elders and politicians of ours always put theirs interest first above the community and a good example of that is this six 6 points letter of John to the President of the RSS.

When it comes to the point that one should not campaign tribal in the letter of John, because SPLM has a system and political structures of solving these things is where also you begin to realize what John is doing here.

On the point of tribalism here, John is pleasing his master, the President and accusing the Vice President of being tribal only to secure his position in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.

However, the good things for the accused is that gone are the days when one can lie much about you and people will believe it. These days one cannot lie anymore because nowadays the majority of the South Sudanese people are reading internet, newspapers, watch SSTV, and share what is happening on daily basis.

Having said that, none of the four candidates who have declared their bid for Presidency of the RSS are free from organizing people tribally. So, John should cease pleasing his Master by accusing people for the same thing which his master is performing.

In terms of the ones who are vying for Chairmanship of the SPLM and the President of the Country, we see it as their right as citizens of this Country and members of the SPLM contrary to the way John had alluded to in his appeasing Letter to the President.

Absolutely there are processes and steps to be followed in the SPLM in order to prevent division and split within the Party, but also it requires lobbying, mobilization, and campaign on the side of those who are vying for positions, unlike the way John would want us to believe.

In addition, these structures and Policy organs of the Party are not free from tribalism and dictatorship, instead they are turned into fields of domination by some over others because they’ve been rigged and not working according to the interest of all the members of the Party.

So why would John want us to believe in rigged organs and structures and not allow individuals to come up with their own ideas and say I wanted to be a Chairman or President as it is happening now?

Our message to these elders and politicians is to play a united role between the President and the Vice President by reconciling them, because taking sides will not solve anything but instead it will widen the differences between the two leaders. We need the two leaders to be working together for the development of the Country and for the success of the SPLM 3rd National Convention, as well as the General Election in 2015.

To the President:
Our Community has been torn apart by war and many things which some of them are caused by your government and you failed to provide solutions for it. Our community is lacking the following:
1. No roads from Bor to Greater Akobo Counties
2. No schools and health facilities in the Lou Nuer area which have been established.
3. Our community has been disarmed more than 4 times where we have been left unprotected and insecure.
4. We are the single largest Community in Jonglei, but up to now we have never been considered for Governorship Position.

We feel that we have two more years to go and we see this as a big opportunity for you to address some of these challenges before the Election, because our votes in 2015 General Election will not be influenced by number of ministers, Chairpersons, or Deputy Chairpersons you had given us or you will be giving us in the future, and also it will not be influenced by the 4 mentioned elders and politicians, but by the four mentioned points regarding development in the Lou Nuer areas, as well as the following four points below which we want you to make improvement on when it comes to South Sudan-wide.

Those points are here as follow:
1. Insecurity
2. Corruption
3. Tribalism in Ministries
4. And employment issue

There is a saying in America that when, “Ohio goes, so goes the presidency..” When we and our neighbors of Dinka Bor, Greater Fangak, Anuak, Kacippo and Murle decide in 2015 then it will be known that Jonglei State has decided and when Jonglei goes, so Goes the Presidency!

Singned: By Lou Nuer members worldwide.

1. Peter DakNhial– Chairman- Jonglei State; 2. Simon PurThok- Jonglei State; 3. BilGatluakChuol; 4. William BiliewJal; 5. Paul RuotGatluak; 6. Paul KuolGatluak; 7. James Pal Chuol; 8. GatdetReat Tut; 9. Simon BuomGatkuoth – U.S.A; 10. Tut GatluakChuol; 11. Tut ChuolGatluak; 12. Sarah NyachewChuol; 13. Mary Nyadow Tut; 14. CholGatluak Char; 15. Jima GatkuothDak; 16. Tut ReathDak; 17. John GatluakBidit; 18. Daniel Kun Chuol – Canada; 19. NhialKoangYiel; 20. WiyualChuol Tot – Australia; 21. Lam Deng Tut; 22. Peter NhialChuol; 23. NhialGatluakKoang.

Up to 40,000 flee rebel assault in central Sudan: UN

Posted: May 11, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Up to 40,000 people have fled since rebels launched a major assault in central Sudan, the United Nations said on Friday, amid signs of a new insurgent campaign to push closer to the capital.

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), an alliance of four rebel groups from the western Darfur region and zones in the south, attacked the central city of Um Rawaba, a usually placid commercial hub, and other areas two weeks ago.

Their brief occupation of the city in North Kordofan state was the closest insurgents bent on toppling President Omar Hassan al-Bashir have got to Khartoum since one rebel band launched an unprecedented raid on its suburb Omdurman in 2008.

Sudan has been plagued for decades by clashes between the government and rebels from its peripheries, fighting against what they say is exploitation by a Khartoum elite.

Simmering rebellions have frustrated efforts to bring stability to a country in one of Africa’s most unstable neighbourhoods.

Over the past two weeks, both rebels and government forces have also reported clashes in the northeastern tip of South Kordofan, which is close to Kosti, Sudan’s biggest Nile river port, and key sugar plants.

The latest battle was reported on Sunday.

Almost 40,000 people had fled clashes in different areas of the oil-producing state South Kordofan, and most of them had taken refuge in the town of El Rahad, the United Nations said in a report.

“HAC (the Sudan government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission) expects more people to arrive in El Rahad in the coming days,” the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Sudanese authorities said only a few families were displaced by the original attack on Um Rawaba, 500km (300 miles) south of Khartoum.

The army regained control of the city the same day but the coordinated attack prompted fears the insurgents could resume their push on the capital.

The SRF is made up of three rebel groups from Darfur, scene of a decade-long insurgency, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), fighting along the border with South Sudan.

SPLM-N is made up of fighters who sided with south Sudan during decades of civil war that ended in a 2005 peace deal.

When South Sudan seceded in 2011 the SPLM-N fighters were left on the Sudanese side of the border, and continued of continuing discrimination from the Khartoum government.

Analysts say the rebels are unlikely to try and take Khartoum but might force the army into a war of attrition on several fronts, draining state resources at a time when Sudan is struggling with an economic crisis.

South Sudan, Sudan Pledge Full Implementation Of Oil Deals
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South Sudan, Sudan Pledge Full Implementation Of Oil Deals
Oye! Times
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MRDA: Helping South Sudan
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It is worth noting that MRDA succeeded in the reconciliation process of dialogue between high-ranked government officials from the two conflicting tribes – the Jur of Mvolo, Western Equatoria State and the Dinkas of Lakes States of South Sudan. The 
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Africa Review
South Sudan relied 98 per cent on oil revenues before shutting down oil production over transit fee dispute with Sudan. Africa’s newest state adopted austerity measures that saw the government expenditure reduced by about 43 per cent and development
Madison County woman planning mission trip to war-torn South Sudan
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Mary Grace, recognized by many fellow Madison County residents for her longtime public role as a community activist, will be heading to the Republic of South Sudan on June 15 to teach English at a Catholic school for 10 weeks. The school is located in 
Up to 40000 flee rebel assault in central Sudan: UN
Chicago Tribune
The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), an alliance of four rebel groups from the western Darfur region and zones in the south, attacked the central city of Um Rawaba, a usually placid commercial hub, and other areas two weeks ago. Their brief 
African Union calls for Sudan, South Sudan summit on Abyei
Khartoum – The African Union (AU) called on Thursday for an urgent meeting of the leaders from Sudan and South Sudan to find a solution for the flashpoint Abyei region after the killing of a tribal leader and an Ethiopian peacekeeper. On Saturday 
UN agencies mobilize resources for newly displaced people in Sudan 
UNITED NATIONS, May 10 (Xinhua) — UN aid agencies are mobilizing resources to help meet the needs of newly displaced people in parts of South Kordofan in Sudan, a UN spokesman told reporters here Friday. “The Office for the Coordination of 
Kiir Accuses Sudan of Killing Abyei Chief to Sabotage Referendum
Juba — South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday openly accused the government of neigbouring Sudan of killing the paramount chief of the disputed border region of Abyei, Kuol Deng Kuol. Kuol, the chief of the nine Dinka Ngok chiefdoms
7 Killed as Clans Clash in South Sudan’s Jonglei
Voice of America
BOR, SOUTH SUDAN — Seven people have been killed and dozens injured in inter-clan fighting inSouth Sudan’s restive Jonglei state, officials said Friday. Officials in the state’s Akobo County said violent clashes pitted members of the Waat and Walgak ..


Speech of H. E. Louis Lobong Lojore at the Equatoria Consultative Conference

H. E. Louis Lobong Lojore
Governor of Eastern Equatoria State

MAY 9 – 10, 2013.
I extent my warmest greetings to you all the delegates from the three States of Equatoria to this Equatoria Consultative Conference 2013. May I salute our President H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit for his able and wise leadership, Vice President H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny and the Rt. Honourable Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, Hon. James Wani Igga. As we converge here today in the spirit of building a cohesive nation, the Republic of South Sudan, we should vividly remember that our people depend on us for guidance on a brighter future for the next generation to come. It is therefore important we together work tirelessly with one spirit of nationhood in addressing some of their expectations and challenges facing us as a nation.

Ladies and Gentlemen
We the three Governors of Equatoria States had met and realized that there is need for us to come together as Equatoria to share our common issues that concern us as the people of this new Republic of South Sudan. That is precisely why we are here today. Most of us have been hearing the political developments, how they are taking shape in our Country and how they can divert our Government efforts on attending to the priorities such as security, physical infrastructure, fighting against corruption, hunger and nation building.

What is going on in our country is not based on our democratic values rather it is power struggle that will victimize the people of South Sudan and in particular Equatorians as was the case during the history of the previous years of the movements. We cannot allow this happen again under our watch. It is based on these that we have call you to share these concerns so as to make a decision about it. We respect each and everyone’s aspirations for leadership at the different capacities of leadership of our Country. All those who had expressed their aspirations for the top leadership of our beloved Country are our leaders and we respect them. They had contributed differently to the independence and still on the march towards the millennium development goal of this Country. We need to encourage our leaders to work towards the spirits of legendry and legacy.

However, one question we should ask ourselves is; is this the right way or right time to talk about elections when the time for it is still very far and we still have urgent priorities? The history of our movements tells a lot. Sometimes the right time for us as individuals, is not the right time for us as a nation or as a party.
Also we seem not to understand and respect democracy. Sometimes we use tribal arithmetic or military might. As Equatorians, we cannot allow ourselves to be driven by politics which is base on individual interests or tribal lines. The Republic of South Sudan is greater than any individual or tribe. This is the time for us to move together and not as individuals to build a peaceful democratic nation where all of us have equal rights.

My fellow Equatorians
A head of us are more important national issues that we have to address as a Country. The constitution making process of our national constitution that will replace the South Sudan Transitional Constitution, 2011 is yet to be completed and its final product subjected into referendum for the people of South Sudan to bless or reject it. Let us work to ensure that we get a constitution that reflects the views of the people of South Sudan (inclusive) and the national interest regardless of our ethnicity. We also want census to be done to determine our national population of the Republic of South Sudan, demarcation for geographical constituencies, establish elections bodies at all levels and have electoral laws in place.

To my fellow Comrades in the SPLM party, the party documents have not been passed by the designated party organs. It is my conviction that, after putting all these legal documents in place, we shall then have the legal frame to express our different ambitions with sobriety within the legal framework of the law and not in chaotic manner.

Currently we have an elected government at the national and States levels which need to be supported to peacefully fulfill their term of office. We cannot be diverted by the power struggle within our Leadership of the SPLM party, the party that struggled for the liberation that brought about the independence of this Country. If you struggle on power within the same ruling party, how will you answer the question such as; what have you done when you were in the government? Are you holding all that you could have done now for only when you get to the top leadership?

My humble appeal to you is that; let us all pull together in the same direction in building our Country. I believe it is our collective responsibility to continue providing basic services such as better healthcare, quality education for our children, good infrastructure, ensure food security and above all peace and stability in our Country. Let us focus in addressing the need of the people until when the time comes for campaigns.

Fellow Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen
May I take you back to the Resolutions of Equatoria Conference, 2011. In that Conference, we Equatorians did vow that Equatoria Land will never be used for any bloodshed against the people of South Sudan by the enemies of peace.

The Resolutions were an attempt to contribute toward greater freedom, peace and security, democratic governance, social justice, economic growth and development, stability and friendship with the States and the Countries which are neighboring our Country the Republic of South Sudan. They were the milestones set for Equatoria to move on the path of peace for nation building in the post-independence period.

With these few remarks, I again urge you not to be diverted in addressing national priority issues and to continue supporting your legitimate President and his government both at the national and States levels which you voted into office in the 2010 democratic General Elections. Our democracy and freedom of expression cannot be driven by the past history of differences, subdivisions, emotions and anger. It is only through a peaceful national democratic process we can show to the world that we are mature, civilize, responsible and democratic nation. Above all let us reject in totality all those who are taking arms as a means to ascend to power and any attempt of dividing Equatoria so that we always become co-opted in decision making of our nation, a nation which we all fought for.
I kindly encourage you to freely share and deliberate on issues that can bring peace and prosperity for this nation.
May God bless the people of South Sudan;
May God bless the people of Equatoria;
May God bless the President of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Louis Lobong Lojore,
Eastern Equatoria State.


Response from Dr. Lam Akol, the chairperson of the SPLM-DC, South Sudan Official Opposition Party

One is grateful to some members of this forum who posted the speeches of the three governors of Equatoria states in their consultative conference convened yesterday at Nyakuron, Juba. Although their speeches are couched with concerns for Equatoria, there is no doubt that the purpose of the conference was for the three Governors to pledge their allegiance to the President in the forthcoming contest for the Chairmanship of the SPLM in its forthcoming convention due this year. The clearest statement on the issue came from the Governor of Central Equatoria when he said: “the Equatoria Consultative Conference is called upon to contribute ideas towards resolving the current political stalemate [power struggle] in the country exhaustively and recommend possible remedies”.  Needless to say, it is absolutely their right to do so whether out of conviction or fear of the sword of Damocles embedded in the Transitional Constitution (is it Article 101(r)?). However, is it realistic to expect Equatoria to have a unified position on the leadership contest in the SPLM? 

One had all along assumed that the Equatoria Conference was a conference for all Equatorians regardless of their political affiliations. Why is it that the Governors take it for granted that it was a conference of Equtorian members of the SPLM. Otherwise, why should it be convened to discuss matters of the SPLM, however grave they might be? The right forums to discuss SPLM issues are within SPLM organs whether at the national or the State levels. Therefore, the Equatoria Conference should not be concerned with this matter except in as much as it impinges on the state of affairs in Equatoria, something the Governors have failed to show.

It is strange that the argument being put forward by the Governors is that “this is not the time to declare intentions for the SPLM Chairmanship” yet in the same breath they state that the SPLM Convention will be held this year!!! There is no time limit for declaring intentions to hold party or public positions. In the USA, for instance, aspiring candidates for the Presidency declare their intentions years prior to the primary and presidential elections. In the case of the SPLM, according to its constitution passed in 2008, the next convention must be held this month, because the convention is to be held every five (5) years and the last  one was in April/May 2008. This is what the SPLM constitution says and only the convention may amend it.  Hence, is it too early for the aspirants to declare their intentions two months before the convention? 

It is interesting that the Governor of Central Equatoria poses a question as to why Equatorians were being courted to be running mates rather than being Presidential candidates. To run for President on the SPLM ticket, the prospective candidate needs to run and be elected SPLM Chairman first. This by itself implies that Equatorians have the right to put their names forward for the Chairmanship of the SPLM. What is the fuss, then, about?

In the first place, is it true that there is a “political stalemate in the country” because of the power struggle for SPLM leadership?

One’s answer to this question is in the negative. If the SPLM is a democratic party its leaders must respect and be abided by its constitution. The SPLM constitution states, among other matters, that the National Convention is the supreme organ of the party that adopts the constitution and other party basic documents, that the convention elects the party Chairman and organs, that the convention is held every five years (the next is due this month), that any member of the convention is entitled to contest for any elective office in the party including the Chairman. In this context, the suggested amendments to the constitution do not need an extraordinary convention to pass them but are part and parcel of the business of the ordinary convention, especially that it is due. Of course, these are affairs of the SPLM but the documents are public, hence every citizen is entitled to interpret them.

To be specific what has raised the temperature within the SPLM was the declaration of the Vice President of the Republic and Deputy Chairman of the SPLM some time back of his intention to vie for the position of SPLM Chairman. This author commented on this matter then. My position was and still remains that it was the democratic right of the Vice President as a member of SPLM convention to seek election to the position of the party Chairman. However, if that be his decision, it was politically and morally wrong for him to continue as Vice President to the person he wants to replace.  Hence he must resign his position as the Vice President so as to be able to mount his challenge with a clear conscience.  The reason for this position is simple. First, the only duty of the Vice President, apart from acting in the President’s absence, is to help the President in the discharge of his duties. Therefore, he must enjoy the confidence of the President to carry out this duty. This trust cannot be guaranteed when the Vice President is seeking the same position. Second, the Vice President, being part of the Presidency and government, must publicly defend the government’s policies. If the Vice President is vying for the office of President he is bound to criticize these policies, otherwise he will have no justification to run. Other reasons could be added but these two are enough for the purposes of this comment.

 As things turned out, the Vice President continued with his challenge without submitting his resignation. The reaction of the President should have been to relieve him of office, which is within his power in accordance with the provisions of Article 104(2) of the Transitional Constitution. Instead, he issued a decree “withdrawing delegated powers” whatever that means. This begs the question: if these powers were withdrawn because of lack of trust, the lack of trust dictates replacing him with somebody enjoying the confidence of the President! Another pertinent question people were asking was: was there a decree announced publicly when those powers were delegated? If not, why now? Whatever explanations that were advanced later to justify the issuance of the decree were unconvincing to say the least. This was the source of the confusion, and one believes the dust has now settled. Yet, the issue of the race for the chairmanship of the SPLM, which caused the stir, is still open. This will test the democratic credentials of the SPLM to the limit. Let us hope that all contenders would follow peaceful and democratic means. We care because we want democracy to flourish in South Sudan and the necessary condition for this  to happen is to have political parties that espouse internal democracy.

As to the current Equatoria Conference one hopes to hear about their evaluation of the implementation of their previous resolutions, especially those made last February. Anything else must be considered diversionary.

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JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s military spokesman says a rebel force has overrun part of a town in the country’s east near the border with Ethiopia. Col. Philip Aguer on Wednesday confirmed the fall of part of the town of Boma to rebels led by 

UPDATE 1-South Sudan rebels force army from eastern base and town
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Rebels, army clash in South Sudan’s east. * Unrest has hampered plans for oil exploration (Adds U.N. statement). By Hereward Holland. JUBA, May 8 (Reuters) – South Sudanese rebels have seized a military base and town after clashing with the army in the
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Mary Venerato LakiSouth Sudan returnee: “We want to go to our own homeland”
RENK-UPPER NILE STATE, 6 May 2013 (IRIN) – Years ago, Mary Venerato Laki fled conflict inSouth Sudan, moving north to Sudan, where she worked as a teacher for 42 years. But after a January 2011 referendum paved the way for South Sudan’s 

Boma Capture By Yau-Yau Rebel?

Posted: May 8, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in History, Junub Sudan

Public Statement
SSDM/A Headquarters, Jebel Boma
May, 6, 2013
David Yau-Yau, the notorious Murle Rebel leader in Jonglei State, South Sudan, who has been fighting the government of South Sudan since 2010

David Yau-Yau, the notorious Murle Rebel leader in Jonglei State, South Sudan, who has been fighting the government of South Sudan since 2010

The gallant forces of the SSDA yesterday stormed and captured the strategic town of Boma. SPLA forces ran away leaving behind more than 50 dead bodies. More than 250 soldiers of the Wildlife and the Police gave themselves up and are now safe in the hands of our heroic Cobra units. This is a practical reminder to those who did not take our warning of imminent attack on Pibor and Kapoeta seriously. We are determined to rid the eastern bank of Bahr el Jabal of the corrupt and rotten regime in Juba before the end of the year.
It is to be recalled that Boma was the first location to be captured by the SPLA in 1985 and after which the administrative unit on the level of the village is now called. Since Boma is now under our control, they have no moral authority to claim being the legitimate government of South Sudan.
In another development, we have confirmed information that the SPLA has killed in cold blood yesterday Brigadier General Kolor Peeno of the Wildlife forces for the only reason that he comes from the Murle tribe. It is clear that the regime in Juba is behaving in the same way the Arabs used to behave. Even those loyal to the system are killed because they belong to the wrong tribe!!
We call upon all the patriots of South Sudan to join hands in defeating this regime run by a mafia bent on enriching themselves and dividing our country.
Col. Peter Konyi Kubrin
Spokesman of SSDM/SSDA.
Jebel Boma, South Sudan
SPLA denies Jonglei rebels’ claim on capture of Boma

May 7, 2013 (BOR) – Rebels in South Sudan’s Jonglei state claimed on Monday that they had captured the strategic town of Boma in Pibor County from South Sudan’s military – the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA).

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South Sudan rebel leader David Yau Yau (UN photo)

The South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) led by David Yauyau, issued a statement saying it easily overran Boma without meeting any armed resistance adding that wildlife conservation and tourist guard forces surrendered instantly.

“The gallant forces of the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) yesterday stormed and captured the strategic town of Boma. SPLA forces ran away leaving behind more than 50 dead bodies” the press release said.

“More than 250 soldiers of the Wildlife and the Police gave themselves up and are now safe in the hands of our heroic Cobra units. Since Boma is now under our control, they have no moral authority to claim being the legitimate government of South Sudan” the statement, attributed to Colonel Peter Konyi Kubrin, said.

“This is a practical reminder to those who did not take our warning of imminent attack on Pibor and Kapoeta seriously. We are determined to rid the eastern bank of Bahr el Jebel of the corrupt and rotten regime in Juba before the end of the year”, the rebels said on Monday.

The spokesman of the SPLA, Philip Aguer, has denied that the rebels have captured any part of the town.

A series of interviews on Tuesday with people in Jonglei’s state capital Bor, who had established satellite phone contacts with their relatives in Boma, confirmed that Boma has fallen to SSDA.

Boma payam [district] is split between upper Boma (known as Boma Up) on the top of the area’s hills and lower Boma (known as Boma Down) at the foot of the hills. The two areas are within an hour walking distance from each other,

A local government officer in Bor, who comes from Boma, said that he had been in contact with people who had fled the area.

“The rebels are now in Boma Down, while the SPLA ran to Boma Up. They took the town on Sunday. They also tried to attack Boma Up this morning but failed”, one of the official’s relatives had told him.

Jonglei’s governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said that he has heard “rumors” from people in the area but “nothing official”.

Juuk said he has been trying to reach the commander of the SPLA’s “Eagle” division in the area, General Peter Gadet, but failed to get through to him.

“Even if the rumor was true,” he said, “there was no need to worry as the army would soon take the upper hand in retaking the Boma Down”, describing Yauyau’s rebels as “civilians” who “don’t have ammunition”.

Boma was one of the first areas that the SPLA captured from Khartoum’s Sudan Armed Forces in 1985, two years into the two-decade civil war that led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011. It is a key area due to its proximity to the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders.

The area is also known for Nyat National Park, which hosts a variety of wild animals including elephants. Sudan Tribune has not been able to independently verify the rebel’s claims due to Boma’s remoteness and the poor telephone network outside Bor town.


Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, on Monday decried the deteriorating security situation in the area, saying the conflict had affected the activities of the relief workers.

In a statement Lanzer said:

“I am deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Jonglei State, where thousands of civilians are in need of assistance and protection, and where humanitarian workers have treated more than 450 casualties, including children, since February. We have seen houses burned down and civilian properties destroyed. Facilities such as schools and health centres have been robbed, looted and occupied by armed actors. In the past week, hostilities in Maruwa hills, Pibor County, forced scores of civilians to flee their homes and aid agencies to relocate their staff.”

The top humanitarian official urged all the parties involved in the conflict to abide by their obligations under national and international law to ensure that civilians caught in the conflict should not be harmed and be accorded due respect and medical care.

The SSDA say they are neither in conflict with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) nor are they working in any way to hinder activities of the relief organizations in the area.


Despite South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011 and a peace deal with Khartoum in 2005, Jonglei has been blighted by insecurity in recent years, not only from Yauyau’s rebellion, which he first launched in 2010, but also from cattle raiding related violence.

In early 2012, over 100,000 people were displaced by cattle raiding and revenge attacks. A state-wide disarmament campaign and peace process was launched by President Salva Kiir but brought only short term improvements.

“Humanitarian agencies have re-positioned aid across the state and are ready to help people affected by the hostilities, reaching more than 23,000 people in Akobo County,” Lanzer said.

“In Pibor and Pochalla counties, where needs are likely increase, constraints on the humanitarian response are growing. Our capacity to provide emergency surgery as well as regular medical care has diminished because of insecurity. Shots have been fired at convoys carrying life saving supplies, and I am deeply concerned about the safety and security of aid workers”, Lanzer said.

The top humanitarian worker said aid workers have a unique and protected role in assisting the most vulnerable, calling on all parties in Jonglei to ensure that agencies carry out their work unhindered and in safety.


SPLA soldiers desert positions in Pibor
May 5, 2013 (BOR) – South Sudan’s army has warned soldiers who deserted their posts in the Gumuruk area of Jonglei state’s Pibor county on Sunday that they will punished once they are caught.

Pibor county is the center of a rebellion against the South Sudanese government led by David Yauyau, who has so far not followed other rebel groups and accepted an offer of a presidential amnesty to end the conflict.
Yauyau’s forces responded the the re-issuance of the amnesty by advising civilians and NGOs to leave Pibor town, as well as Kapoeta in neighboring Easter Equatoria state, amid concerns for their safety.
The South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A) rebels have reportedly claimed responsibility for an attack in Pibor which killed a South Sudanese soldier earlier this week.
The spokesman for South Sudan’s military, Philip Aguer told Sudan Tribune from Juba on Sunday that “some undisciplined soldiers […] have been deserting” adding that anybody “found to have an agitated and deserted unlawfully will be brought to the book.”
He said “we have rules and regulations in the military, whoever joins the military knows that the main purpose and mandate is to protect the nation, is to protect the civilians and provide security and you cannot provide security without any risk”.
“Anybody that is avoiding his duties, should be prepared to get out of the military, ” said Aguer without indicating the numbers of soldiers believed to have deserted.
Last week hundreds of axillary police forces retreated to Bor, the state capital, from Gumuruk, where locals have complained of random shooting at night over the last four days.
Although the number is not yet established, Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, said Sunday that the soldiers came back to Bor to find food as supplies had not reached them on time due to heavy rains that started last week.
Infrastructure is notoriously bad in Jonglei, South Sudan’s largest state, with the governor regularly appealing for more funds for road construction in order to connect the state with itself and allow the armed services to respond faster to rebel attacks and cattle raids between ethnic groups.
During the rainy reason many areas of Pibor are only accessible by air.
Governor Manyang said that the soldiers who deserted Gumruk, entered the area of Anyidi and started shooting in the air randomly until they reached Bor town.
He described their actions as “indisciplined” as “a soldier should not waste his bullets for nothing; a bullet is given to the soldiers for protecting people and the nation.”
The Governor said he had not slept due to all the concerned phone calls he has received about the nighttime shooting, which he says could have been triggered by the soldiers drinking alcohol.
However, Governor Manyang said that he did not know whether the soldiers had deserted or were instructed to return to Bor but admitted that “they came in a very disorganised manner which is not good.”
Staying in the bush without food was difficult, he said, warning that if they were not given food they may go and loot from the local population.
South Sudan’s army – the SPLA – is still in the process of evolving from a rebel group that fought over two decades of civil war with various Khartoum governments. After the 2005 paved the way for South Sudan’s secession from Sudan in 2011, the United Nations and others of put considerable resources into helping train and professionalise the SPLA.
In April, a convoy of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan was ambushed in Gumruk killing five Indian soldiers and seven civilian UN members of staff.
NGOs and Civilians Should Leave Kapoeta and Pibor Towns For Their Safety
Public Statement
South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A)
Jebel Boma, South Sudan
May, 02, 2013
The gallant forces of South Sudan Democratic Army are seriously advising civilians and NGOs to leave Kapoeta and Pibor towns within a week. Our struggle against the regime in Juba is not over until all the conditions of the SSDA are met. The SSDM/A led by David Yau Yau is not part of the rebel force that gave itself up at Mayom in Unity State on April, 26.
In order to bring to an end to the suffering of our people, arrest the collapse of our nascent nation, and to rid it of the dictatorship gripping it now, a popular revolution must take place so as to achieve the following:
1. The dissolution of the current Government of South Sudan to be replaced by Transitional Revolutionary Government.
2. The Transitional Revolutionary Government shall, within two years, hold general elections for the election of a constituent Assembly whose main function is to enact the permanent constitution of Republic of South Sudan.
3. The army of South Sudan shall be taken care of and transformation into a truly professional national army that includes within its ranks all qualified citizens regardless of tribe, region or religion.
4. Give special priority to the delivery of services to our people, including the provision of infrastructure.
5. Restructuring the civil service so that it is based only on qualification and experience.
6- Radical economic reform in policies and institutions  and paying special attention to agriculture in order to provide food security and to serve as the launching pad to industrialization.
7- Make rapid legal and security reform to ensure good governance in the country.
8- The new government shall take swift action to resolve the tribal disputes by peaceful means.
9- Take legal means to prosecute all those involved in corruption and request the repatriation of the money embezzled from the countries where the accounts are kept.
10- Establish good relations with all the countries neighboring South Sudan for the interest of our people.
11- Establish good relations with countries of the world for mutual benefit and to maintain global peace and security.
12. Negotiate in good faith with the Government of Sudan on the outstanding issues between the two countries in the context of the sovereignty over its territories.
We rejected the “amnesty” of the dictator Gen. Salva Kiir mayardit for the following reasons:
1. We have genuine grievances that we presented to the Government of Southern Sudan by then. Lack of will from the government’s side to address these matters left us with no option but to take up arms , exactly for the same reason the SPLA did so when the successive governments in Khartoum turned a deaf ear to the just demands of the South Sudanese. These grievances are still outstanding.
2. We are not war mongers but are seeking a serious peaceful resolution to the armed conflict through dialogue and negotiations.
3. The “amnesty” declared by the President of the Republic on the 24th instant was made through mass media. There has been no communication with us before or after the public announcement on the government’s intention to pursue a peaceful resolution to the conflict. We are familiar with such amnesties made on the air waves. In 2011, Commander David Yau Yau responded to such an amnesty and ended up marooned in a Juba hotel. Generals Gabriel Tang Ginya and Thomas Mabor Dhol who believed in the “amnesty” are now languishing in SPLA detention cells. Hence, our experience informs us to take such “amnesty” with a grain of salt. Amnesty itself does not solve outstanding problems; it rather is an expression of good will to do so.
4.  If the Government of the Republic of South Sudan is serious about a negotiated peaceful settlement to the current conflict in the country, then as the government of the day, they should address us directly on the matter rather than resorting to mass media. They know how to get us.
5. We are serious about the attainment of peace in our country. However, history tells us that peace without justice, equality and dignity is bound to be short-lived.
Col. Peter Konyi Kubrin
Spokesman of SSDM/SSDA.
Jebel Boma, South Sudan
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Posted: May 7, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

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Ng’ok Dinka Paramount Chief Killed in Abyei

Posted: May 5, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

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Posted: May 4, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

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South Sudan military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said Friday that “gangsters” ambushed three trucks at a trading center near the border town of Renk on Wednesday morning. He says the bodies were later discovered by another group of traveling traders.
US Media Advocates Warn Against Repression in South Sudan
Voice of America
A person reads The Juba Monitor on the day the paper ran the story about the U.N. Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists.South Sudan has agreed to test drive the plan, which calls for defamation to be decriminalized.
Eleven Sudanese traders shot dead by gunmen in South Sudan
Business Standard
South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011 following decades of civil war. After a tumultuous first 18 months of nationhood that almost brought it back to war with its northern neighbour and led to the closure of a largely undemarcated border, a recent 
South Sudan’s Kiir to visit Sudan for oil flow in May
Globe and Mail
JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir will visit Sudan this month to witness with his counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir the first shipment of oil from the south after a 15-month shutdown, an official said on Friday. In March, the African 
Diehard South Sudan Rebels Warn of More Attacks – VOA
Voice of America
BOR, SOUTH SUDAN — Rebels led by David Yau Yau have claimed responsibility for an attack in Pibor earlier this week, in which a South Sudanese soldier was killed, and warned civilians and NGOs to leave the areas around Pibor and Kapoeta, 
South Sudan media decry declining press freedom
Africa Review
South Sudan journalists have marked the World Press Freedom Day by protesting against increasing intimidation and harassment within the last one year. Between 2012 and 2013, 12 cases of arrests of journalists have been recorded. In separate incidents 
South Sudan says death penalty remains until constitution amended
Sudan Tribune
“May” 3, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan will keep the capital punishment in place unless amendments are introduced in the country’s constitution, the chief justice said today. JPEG – 34.2 kbSouth Sudan’s chief justice, Chan Reec Madut (AP). “The 
Sudanese Traders Killed in South Sudan Ambush – VOA
Voice of America
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — Eleven Sudanese traders were killed by unknown gunmen as they crossed into South Sudan, just weeks after the two countries agreed to open 10 crossing points along their 1,200-mile (2,000-kilometer) border to boost the 

Eleven Sudanese traders shot dead by gunmen in South Sudan
JUBA — Eleven Sudanese traders were shot dead in an ambush by armed gangsters as they crossed into neighbouring South Sudan, a South Sudan military official said Thursday. “There were three lorries and they fell into an ambush. Two were driven to the 

 By Heskey Deng

Just before devil activities rain heavily in the Jonglei State, Jonglei state was diplomatic place for living, although Murle were present with their illicit bustle, it was average,  civilians’ lives was normal as brothers and sisters. Having no demonstrated eyes and mouths of hatred and killing among the tribe to tribe {S}. People love themselves like their selves; there were no tribalism and nepotism between Nuer and Dinka.

There were no conflicts, cattle rustling between Nuer and Dinka nor Murle; civilians were in good life of sharing pasture lands and swallow wells, as I heard from elder {S} that, during dry seasons, Nuer cattle keepers used to derived their herds of cattle to swamp areas {toch} in Duk County {dinka bor}, located at north of Bor Town, they camped together still the rain season began, likewise if there was/were floods that flooding the Dinka territory, then Dinka cattle keepers moved with their cattle to Nuer territories, they shared the same cattle camped, grazing lands or pasture and they don’t having problems. No habit of stealing someone cattle and killing, while their few gun {s} weren’t uses for killing, they use them for show up and protect cattle and children from wild animals and Murle’s criminal. Life was so enjoyable for them by then than today.

By upset, things fall aside, when a man extreme dislike other peoples’ stability and peaceful, stretch his disastrous lip to wipe out good life of people of Jonglei State. While left his State in peaceful atmosphere and came to inflict his cleansing politics on civilians of Jonglei state. Fiddle the youth, elders and chiefs with unsuccessful coup that results to rupture of mutual-relationship and stability with Dinka Bor and tribe {s} of Jonglei in whole.

So far, the virus which motionless affected civilians of world known state and largest province in the Country up to now, doesn’t existed from nowhere, not even God made, it is man- made, so the current vice President Riak Machar, is man who brought suffering, disaster, killing, tribalism, nepotism and cattle rustling, turned the state to be violence and bloodshed for all past decades up to day because Machar taught the civilians with new cultures, which wasn’t existed since the creation.

Even so, no smoke without fire, the mindless killing, cattle rustling and waylay and also the rebellion on the ground, were caused by Vice President, as he opened way to his junior comrades to rebelled against the national government if they aren’t satisfactory {leadership and money}, so Riak shouldn’t pretended or distanced himself from Jonglei issues because he was causative of problems.

Of course, I can’t blame those who participated in 1991 massacre because they are perfectly innocent, they were extremely fools or deceived by the doctor of bloodbath and greedy leader, but bad of it, we dropped thousands of brilliant and important citizens in the communities {Lou Nuer and Dinka Bor}, they died soon due to misleading coup, while the Man, who deceived them, is now enjoys the fruits of the country, which he betrayed and bump off his compatriotic comrades, and also fuelled the conflicts among the tribes, leave them in puzzlement.

More so, it is painful as Riak Machar enjoys his second position while people of Jonglei state are at rest suffering under his course or mission. No one day, Riak’s pay trip to Lou Nuer counties to saying regret, I deceived you with fail mission and to compensated the harm, he just laugh and smile if he heard that peoples are died in the areas, Riak should feel same the cup because he is the one, who dispensed the arms which tear down the state now.

However, it is lesson that can’t be forget because what Riak did in Jonglei state is/was beyond destroyed of Sodom and Gomorrah, by misinformed and illusory the youth with futile mission, cracked the admirable life, and then left them in bewilderment living.

In conclusion, any person {s}, who heard about civilians of Jonglei state recently, as infringe people, don’t wind up that, they are violent because you have been misinformed about them. They are nice, peacefully peoples, but it was the greedy politician and power struggle that mystified and changes the atmosphere of living, which made them wild.