Archive for February 6, 2015

Letter of Appreciation to the SPLM-IO for Releasing the Three Detainees

Posted: February 6, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Letters

By Deng Daniel
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February 6, 2015 (SSB)  Cowardice is the first enemy of any citizen! Just speak out the truth and stop the hideout at once.
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Congratulation to the SPLA/M IO, you have won the race over good citizenship. This is what we expects out of the real South Sudanese people. I would not use the words ‘rebel”, it is totally odd and insulting when a citizen is exercising an outstanding compassion like what has just happened this week and among others, should it be extended, the release of the 2015 detainees who landed unauthorised at Ayod area in time is magnificent, this is of no doubt that they have officially undermines my cruelty over other good South Sudanese citizens.
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As a matter of facts, it is an excellent politics of human right accompanied by due diligence, they have pursue the” R2P Principal “ accordingly, it was a good attempt to restore our overall sovereignty as South Sudanese, a world’s newest nation and as an international corporate entity, they have shown us a good image to the global world.
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Indeed, solving our own issues has started to work, it is an extraordinary thinking if everyone in the country would continue to think this way I suppose. It was not all about an input of good deal made by anyone, but good has touched everyone heart especially at this time of the years after many misunderstandings, wrong doings and mistakeable live threats, likely, there must be a concurring good vision for nation lovers inside people from both private sphere and public sphere.
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Nevertheless, this article contents no any negative view over the warring parties, “there is a saying in Dinka that “luk acen ruaai” they got it right.
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I am a Dinka who have been all the way to Pyongyang and back, it is where secretes are not uncover but now improvements has been made to slowly allow tourists in. So my people please keep it up from both sides to adhere with good faith putting in mind that God help those who help themselves in humanity, and he is always inside people who put him first even in an unjust wars, you have to be good citizens firstly before you even become a democratic nation.
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Let’s look after our sovereignty carefully as one people before it divorces us! Remember, “The nation don’t belongs to us, we belongs to the nation”.
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May God Almighty ever save the SS nation and her contents!

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Mading Akueth on SBS Dinka Radio

Posted: February 6, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Featured Articles

“During the crisis I was having my opinion on former SPLM officials of G10 especially Dr Majak Agot but during our custody I realised why you have to love your people despite having different opinions. Dr Majak was there for us; he calls almost after every hour just to ask how we are and whether we were being looked after. The Government, SPLM in O and individuals played a roles but Dr Majak was there. In terms of care; we were well fed and soldiers carried our water for the 12 hours journey that we took from Jiech. During the times of our departure to Juba; Governor Duop Lam made for us a great farewell. They slaughtered a goat for us and we ate good meal before our departure to Juba. He also came to the airport to see the plane taking off and we then wave at them. I will not go without saying thanks to the Ayod women because these women did an amazing job to protect us. Few women came to make sure that we were safe. They were Mary, Ayen, Nyanben and others who came around us during the night. They needed to protect us. One of them knew my humanitarian work back in Bor and she told us, “if you were born by women then none of you will die here but you will go back as free people.” Their heroism did change our perceptions and such appreciation will have to go to them. I am a different Mading now and I know our people love themselves and they need peace.” —–Mading Akueth speaking to Ajak Deng Chiengkou of SBS Dinka Radio


THE KIDNAPPING OF HON. ISAIAH CHOL ARUAI AND WORKERS OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS BY THE REBELS WAS AN ACT OF TERRORISM

By Gordon Buay, Washington DC, USA

Isaiah Chol Aruai and his colleagues (Mading Akueth, and Aleer Longar) speaking to reporters on their arrival in Juba after two days in captivity

Isaiah Chol Aruai and his colleagues (Mading Akueth, and Aleer Longar) speaking to reporters on their arrival in Juba after two days in captivity

February 6, 2015 (SSB)  The kidnapping of Dr. Chol Aruai, the Chairperson of National Bureau of Statistics and two workers of the international organizations by the rebels, was an act of terrorism which should be seriously condemned by the international community. The two persons who were kidnapped by the rebels are: 1. Mr. Mading Akueth (worker of Lutheran World Federation) and 2. Mr. Jacob Alier (worker of WFP).

On Tuesday, the UNWFP helicopter left Kongor to drop food in Uror and other rebel controlled areas before proceeding to Juba as per the agreement signed in Addis in 2014. According to the Agreement of Access to Humanitarian Assistance signed in Addis in 2014 by the Government of South Sudan and the rebels of Riek Machar, article two states that “no party to the conflict can commandeer, hijack and search vehicles and planes of the UN organizations in the process of the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy”.

On Tuesday, Riek Machar’s terrorists at Jiech Payam in Ayod County briefly detained the UNWFP helicopter and searched it in violations of the Agreement of Access to Humanitarian Assistance signed in Addis in 2014. After detaining the helicopter, they forcefully removed Dr. Chol Aruai, Mr. Mading Akueth and Mr. Jacob Alier in violation of the international norms, including the STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT signed by the UN and the Republic of South Sudan in August, 2011.

The SOFA is what governed the relationship between UNMISS and the Republic of South Sudan. Article 11 of SOFA does not allow any armed group in South Sudan to enter by force into UN compounds or seize UN vehicles and planes. What the rebels did by detaining the UN helicopter and forcefully removing three persons were not only the violations of humanitarian laws but also the SOFA signed in 2011.

If we consider the rebels of Riek Machar as terrorists who are not bound by SOFA signed in 2011, what about the humanitarian laws which prohibit kidnapping, hijacking and seizure of UN vehicles and planes? There is no question that the brief detention of UN helicopter was an act of terrorism. Besides, forcefully removing persons from UN helicopter is another act of terrorism that violates the international humanitarian laws.

The kidnapping of Mading Akueth and Jacob Alier who work for Lutheran World Federation and WFP respectively demonstrates that they were targeted because they are Dinka. These two men are not officials of the Government of South Sudan. They work for international organizations and there was no justifiable reason for the rebels to kidnap them, apart from the fact that they are Dinka. Since targeting UN workers based on ethnicity is a violation of international laws, the UN must condemn the rebels for targeting the two workers because they are Dinka.

The world can attest that the Government of South Sudan has been observing all humanitarian laws since July, 9, 2011. For instance, the Government of South Sudan has never entered into UN compounds in the country to arrest Riek Machar’s loyalists, who participated in the coup of December, 2013. This is because the Republic of South Sudan signed SOFA agreement with the UN in August, 2011.

What the UN should do, in order to punish the rebels for not observing humanitarian laws, is to indict the rebel commander, Gabriel Duop Lam, as a terrorist that must face international criminal law. Warlord Duop Lam is a well-known terrorist, who killed seven civil servants in cold-blood in Bor town in December, 2013. He began his rebellion by shooting two police officers because they happened to be Dinka.

The UN should not condone the kidnapping of international organizations’ workers by the rebels because of their ethnicity. The kidnapping of Mading Akueth and Jacob Alier should not go unpunished. Riek Machar’s terrorists commanded by warlord Duop Lam must be severely punished by the international community.

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.

OUR MISCHIEVIOUS LEADERS OF SOUTH SUDAN

Posted: February 6, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Featured Articles

By Anyuon-magedem D’Gomba

February 6, 2015 (SSB)  Every born leader of a given country is a gift and a blessing from God. The true meaning of the word leader in the so called republic of south Sudan is being the either side of the coin, given to interpret the doing of our leaders in comparison with what other countries’ leaders does. Again their acts are also contrary to what the most world’s recognized dictionaries gives. The definition of a leader in most sites being the “one who or that which leads, a guides and not less a conductor” is being another vocabulary we can introduce in the republic of south Sudan, being far from the one we had.

Even when the bible itself went further and gives more bears on what a leader is. Still our leaders are no good readers though majority of them goes to churches to say Amen. The word praise the Lord is farfetched that of the SPLM oyeee! Which many of them modified as” Athielei Wayeey”. That was the slogan of victory and braveness to the then anyany. I was told they read dictionaries to cram some jargons and not mere disciplines books but they failed to go deep down to the contextual meaning against what it should be. One psychologist once said that, that is contributing to why we sometime fail in exams.

But the bible is clear on who a leader is. In Titus 1:7-12, the bible says that for an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled. Upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy words as taught, so that he must be able to give instructions in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. That is roughly what its take to be a leader.

For our leaders as our mischievous or rather the enemies of the nation, I would like to derail all my readers back to what they did to us one or two years ago and even throughout their life time since the birth of south Sudan as a nation. The series of rebellions since the signing of CPA was a true evidence that what they did in 2013 was not going to be a surprise to the citizens.

I vividly can remember a year or two when the enemies of the nation (our Leaders) declared war against their citizens. They erode in Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu like locusts killing all children, women and men. They were never certified and even when the rescuers were telling them enough was enough and tried to take their remains to the camps in UNMIS zones and IDPS yards, they still penetrate and butchered them in cold bloods.

Worst of it was that they fear no God because they believe in no religion. They went inside the churches to butcher the olds and the vulnerable saying they won’t leave any stone unturned. We don’t blame their act for their laughters are fetched in more blood they see and not more smiles of a face and unity.

They even beg for more front lines and not some couple dialogues tables for they are also enemies of pens but friends of rifles. This is just but a nature bestowed upon their spirits by the brands of the 21 years of struggle.

The slogan “our leaders, our mischievous” is a campaign which is down to all the citizens to declare war against them in return to what they did and to restrain from being used as tool for their own gain. There has never been an inter-clan conflict in the history of that war but a political war which was caused by the politicians. Therefore, here comes a secret to those who want to make their hay before the sun shine or end up dispersed.

Anyuon-magedem D’Gomba; Email- degombaarok@gmail.com/degombaarok@yahoo.com

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Narration of how 3 persons landed in rebels’ area.

Transcribed by Philip Thon Aleu, Juba

Isaiah Chol Aruai and his colleagues speaking to reporters on their arrival in Juba after two days in captivity

Isaiah Chol Aruai, Mading Akueth and Jacob Aleer Longar, speaking to reporters on their arrival in Juba after two days in captivity, Jiech, Ayod County, Jonglei state

February 6, 2015 (SSB)  [This is the transcript of press briefing by Isaiah Chol Aruai, the chairman for South Sudan’s National Bureau of statistics to reporters in Juba on Thursday.]

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank God first of all for having saved our lives. We also want to take this opportunity to thank our communities, the people of South Sudan for the warm reception that they have accorded us. We are also happy to have our Archbishop [Daniel Deng Bul] with us here and having prayed for peace in general for South Sudan. As for us – we are three.

Two of my colleagues [Jacob Aleer Longar and Mading Akueth] are employees of the Lutherans World Federation [LWF] and myself; I work for the government as the chairman of the National Bureau of Statistics.

It happened that we were all in Panyagoor [Twoc East county, Jonglei state] and we were booked to come to Juba. Instead of coming to Juba, the helicopter decided to take the SPLA/SPLM in Opposition area and we landed in a place called Jiech. That place is purely controlled by the forces of Riek Machar. And we were received and we were asked to identify ourselves. We did identify ourselves.

But after they realized that we were from the Dinka ethnic group, we were told that there is an outstanding order, there is an outstanding order in the area by the military governor that Ugandans and Dinkas are not supposed to access their areas for whatever reasons – for various reasons. But in short, we were arrested and we were investigated but we were humanely treated. We were not mistreated. There was no question of torturing, we were not tortured but we were humanely treated. After we were investigated, of course there were some local people.

The SPLA [in oppositions] soldiers who were there, were very good. They handed us professionally. But then there were some youths around. You know this area is inhabited by people whose sons might have been killed during the struggle. So they feeling is still very high; particularly for me when they know that I am a government employee it created some serious concern.

The rest of my colleagues simply because they work with the UN but their crime was been from Dinka ethnic group. But in any case the officer who was in command, a Lieutenant colonel called Gatjang, decided to control the situation to the extent that he took us to his own house for protection. At about 8pm, they communicated with the military governor Gabriel Duop Lam who was in another station. So he gave orders that we should not be mishandled and he went to the extent of calling me from his radio and I talked with him. He assured us that nothing will happen to us. And advised that we should, because that place according to him was not secured, so he gave orders that we have to walk. In fact we walked the whole night.

We started at eight in the evening. And that was the difficult the difficult part of it. Some of us have not walked for quite a while after the peace [in 2005]. So we walked. We started at 8pm and we arrived the station where he is at 8am, the following day. So we were exhausted. He went and met us. He talked to us and he assured us that we were secured and that he would communicate chairperson who is Dr. Riek Machar. Riek personally called us and I talked to him and he assured us that we will be safe. So there were a lot of pressures, people talking. Our people also, Dr. Majak [D’Agot] talked, Taban Deng and many others talked. So in fact, we are safe.

We are happy to back. It was a very serious situation where we were but I think God works in a very mysterious way. The place where we were supposed to be landed, we were not going to be us. If there were not radio, we were going to finish from there. But we went to another place called Jiech where there was radio so it was easy to communicate with overall commander. The acting commissioner of Ayod was also very good in reporting to the military governor in a very short time. I think that is all that we want to say that we were treated well. Even today, when we left they have to slaughter a goat for us as a farewell. When we came to the airport, the military governor also came to the airport. He waited for us until we took off. That is the time he left the airport.

So we appreciate, we thank him for his humane way he was treating us. We are also thanking the leadership of the SPLM in Opposition in the person of Dr. Riek for having quickly acted on our request. We also thank our people and the government for having given pressure to the UN system because we were actually brought by the UN security team that went to bring us. So we are thankful to everybody including the press. We thank you very much the coverage that you are doing. Thank you very much.

Question from a news reporter: Do you think there is something South Sudanese can learn from the experience you went through?

“I think there is a lot to be learnt. One is the issue of using the UN flight. One must be sure of where you are going. You have to make sure that you know the direction and the destination you are going so that you don’t fall in the same problem we felt in.

Two, we have realized that many of our people are distinguishing civilians especially SPLM leadership. They have made a distinction between the civilians and the armed soldiers. And that is why we were spared. Otherwise if they were to act indiscriminately, we would have been killed. So they gave us the chance to explain ourselves because they realized that we were civilians. But the general suspicion was there because how come we would go to the area of the SPLM in Opposition without any permission from any source. So it has given us the idea that South Sudanese are South Sudanese.

At the end of the day, there is an idea of peace will come. The question is when? And everybody is yearning for peace. You go to the soldiers I think they are looking for peace. You go to the civilians they are looking for peace. So they are trying to see one day South Sudanese will come together regardless of their ethnic background. So I think that is the lesson we have learnt from that. Thank you.”

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The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.