Archive for February 8, 2015


1. Interview with the former Ethiopian President, Mengistu Haile Mariam

Biän tueŋë jamda wuɔnë bɛ̈ny thɛɛrë pan Abɛ̈ɛ̈c Mengistu Haile Mariam

For a first time on SBS Dinka Radio Ajak Deng Chiengkou will go one on one with the former President in this part one. Mengistu still lives in exile and still wanted by Ethiopia on human rights abuses during his times. in South Sudan; he is considered a hero. President Mengistu Haile Mariam was an Ethiopian leader who took power from the Ethiopia Emperor Haile Selassie in 70s and went on went on to become the Head of State (Feburary 4, 1977-1987) and the first President of Ethiopia (September 11, 1987 to May 21, 1991). Mengistu fled Ethiopia in 1991 after the advancing rebels forces were closing in on Addis Ababa in May of 1991By Ajak Deng Chiengkou

2. Interview with the Chairman of South Sudan’s National Bureau of Statistics and Census, Hon. Isaiah Chol Aruai

South Sudanese Hostages freed: Isaiah Chol Aruai

When the UN helicopter took off from Panyagor airstrip; Isaiah Chol Aruei knew he was going to Juba according to the UN green light that is use to travel on United Nations planes operated by the UN Mission in South Sudan. The two Russian pilots who were pilot locked themselves to the cockpit but change the direction to the areas controlled by the South Sudanese Opposition forces. The three South Sudanese who happened to be all Dinka knew that things were not going to be the same again after they noticed the direction of the plane. When they landed at Jiec Payam which is a part of Ayod district; the security forces rushed into the plane where the first two were picked but Aleer was left only to follow later. During the incident; UN pilots did nothing to help according to one of the hostages. They were interrogated and detained. Out of them were two humanitarian workers and one civil servant.By Ajak Deng Chiengkou

3. Interview with the former South Sudanese Chief Justice and the Current Chairman of Jieng Council of Elders, Judge Ambrose Riiny Thiik

Interview with Jieng Council of Elders Chairman Ambrose Riny

Daniel: How was Jieng Council Elders founded, when and by who? Justice Riiny: Jiɛ̈ŋ Council of elders was formed in mid-2013. It was started after Riek Machar announced his candidacy for President and said It is turn for the Nuer either by Vote and if not he will take it by bullet. When he was relieved in July 2013; the campaign intensified and that send signals to all Jieng communities in Upper Nile, Unity, Bor and the greater Bhar el Gazal. This also reminded people on what happened in 1991 when some Dinka were massacre in Bor and areas of Bentiu even SPLA officer who were in the areas of Riek Machar. Daniel: Do you meet with Council of elders from other tribes like Equatoria to iron out existing problems? Justice Riiny: Yes; the proposal made by IGAD to reinstate Dr Riek Machar as the first Vice President was hated by all of us. We hated it on Jieng Council of Elders and we sent our position paper to Addis Ababa. We hate it and our people in Rumbek went out for strike and our people in Northern Bhar el Gazal. We hate it because it is not true. Why do you solve the problem of Riek Machar and create another problem with Wani Iga who is a liberator?By Ajak Deng Chiengkou

4. Interview with Mading Akueth, one of the detainees from Jiech, Ayod county, in Jonglei state

South Sudanese Hostages freed: Mading Akueth

Like the other two hostages; Mading Akueth who attended the enthronement of Bishop in Panyagor will return to Juba safe but that was not the case. When the UN helicopter took off from Panyagor airstrip; Mading Akueth knew he was going to Juba according to the UN green light that is used to travel on United Nations planes operated by the UN Mission in South Sudan. The two Russian pilots who were pilot locked themselves to the cockpit but change the direction to the areas controlled by the South Sudanese Opposition forces. The three South Sudanese who happened to be all Dinka knew that things were not going to be the same again after they noticed the direction of the plane. When they landed at Jiec Payam which is a part of Ayod district; the security forces rushed into the plane where the first two Mading and Chol were picked but Aleer was left only to follow later. During the incident; UN pilots did nothing to help according to one of the hostages. They were interrogated and detained. Out of them were two humanitarian workers and one civil servant.By Ajak Deng Chiengkou


By Deng Lueth Yuang, Canada

Who is fooling who?

Who is fooling who?

February 8, 2015 (SSB) I think South Sudan’s peace is elusive because IGAD is “stupid”. Messrs.  Mahboub Maalim, PM Desalegn and Co tried their level best to bring peace to the South Sudanese people on time but failed to rise. Through appeasement, threats of sanctions, negotiated settlement and coercion, none of those has worked.

Ironically, when CCM (Chama cha Mapinduzi) intervened to mediate the intraparty dialogue, it was able to find some leeway at the expense of returning status quo to Juba.

However, this South Sudan’s conflict has produced some ripple effects across Eastern African states and international community. Some of these impacts are positive and negative.

I will solely dwell on the positive effects to the wider eastern African states – Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Tanzania. Congo DR, Djibouti, Eritrea, Rwanda and Burundi are out for they are deemed neutral in this conflict.

Hence, every member state wants a piece of our national cake – petro-dollars.

Uganda intervened at the whims of Kiir government to defend Juba against ‘forceful takeover’ (with no sugar-coating, it is called a COUP) by voracious White Army with renegade soldiers of the national army. Kiir administration is paying and owing them millions of dollars for their undoubted brave sacrifices to save the young nation from apocalypse.

It is a known fact that Sudan is happy and laughing at South Sudan killing themselves in the name of democracy. She is enjoying, siphoning off South’s oil in her terminals and getting a fat cheque of declining oil revenues. At the moment, no one is critiquing what she is doing and is in great spirit for we are occupied with the war.

In the wee hours of rebellions, Kenya championed a shuttle diplomacy to return the country back to normalcy so as to continue her economic monopoly over South Sudan. But to no avail, none came as a breakthrough. Now, Kenya is a hotbed for announcement of rebellions, and a ripe hosting ground for thousands of elites and ‘foot’ rebels.

Tanzania has entered the fray to spearhead her interest in South Sudan. Perhaps, she needs Juba and rebel elites to invest, spend or waste the few remaining and looted petro dollars on Tanzania’s socialistic economy. For the past few months it has been hosting the intraparty talks, Arusha and its environs are teeming with full resorts, hotels, bars and accommodations glimmering in a twilight scene from dusk to dawn.

To stress it further, according to recent denouncement by one of the international community officials, the Addis peace is just a joke because the negotiators are enjoying bar life 24/7 with their $2000 a day stipend.

Sooner than later, Arusha, and Dar es Salaam will displace Nairobi as a regional hub of refuge and spending of blooded dollars from Juba.

But conceding the fact to that, thanks to the Australian based SBS Dinka Radio for today’s candid interview with former president of Ethiopia, Gen. Mengistu Haile Mariam. Now we have clearly understood many of the whirlwinds surrounding the close association between the peoples of Ethiopia and southern Sudan. Theirs is a mutual neighborliness and friendliness based on understanding of human suffering, redemption and liberation.

But the current Ethiopian regime, not her people, is swimming in crocodile infested waters. It seems to be supporting the rebels in one hand and government on the other hand. That is systematically biased. It is jeopardizing peace.

Back to the invisible hand of this war, every war creates two groups of refugees, namely: the economic who are the ‘haves’ and humanitarian who are the ‘have-nots’. The former who have financial muscles is a foreign government’s happiness to welcome and incorporate them her economy. The latter is a threat to her national security for they come with heavy burden on the state to provide more humanitarian assistance rather than for the government to depend on them economically.

That is why it is crystally clear that the hidden hand of economy depicts that most of Eastern African nations are dizzy dallying with our peace. Our peace is for sale and is lying in the auction market with no immediate buyer. The highest bidders are not yet out, and the auctioneers are many. So the current bidders on the floor could not distinguish who is shouting out the correct price. We are hallucinating. We are hearing too many voices in our brains!

This conundrum however has created a buzzing remittance market for these nations hosting up to two million South Sudanese in major cities, and refugee camps. Among those are refugees with sustainable means of livelihoods such as the ‘haves’ or economic refugees, students, patients of war, visiting and relocating government officials, and relatives to the diaspora South Sudanese communities. In essence, about half a million ‘diasporians’ send in millions of dollars each month to help their loved ones displaced by fighting. All of that money ends up in the host nations!

However such pouring in of millions of dollars into eastern African economies from all over the world has created a booming money transfer business which is very lucrative for the local and international banks and Somali-run hawalas (Amal, Dahab Shill, Juba express, etc). The first two segments make billions of dollars annually on money transfer services such as sending charges, exchange rate differentials, taxes, and other levies which remain in the receiving countries financial systems.

Imagine, if South Sudanese government was nationalistic, it could have developed the whole nation within a decade for it was born in a 21st century. Ensuring a free democratic state with accountability could have given rise to neo-classical economic liberalization policies such as capital and labour mobility between states.

The remittances market could be producing millions or even billions of pounds to help boost national revenues. Internationally-based financial institutions such as Barclay, FC Stanbic, HSBC, Bank of America, Agricole Bank, etc could have established shops here in Juba.

Likewise, famous insurance companies such as Jubilee, AIG and AON among others could have made life easier for the poor innocent souls of the South. Unlike this kind of regional and local based banks which are adapted and prone to corruption e.g. partly owned by government officials and their relatives.

Consequentially, as long as the war in South Sudan is not ranked ‘worst’ on the humanitarian disaster scale, the sweetness of our blood will be tasted in faraway lands where people-of-means have run to for refuge. As the saying goes, “one man’s poison is another man’s meat” or vice versa. South Sudanese butchering themselves create fruitful opportunities for other nations.

The ‘diasporians’ are busy working overtime to ensure their displaced loved ones are able to live through the hard life of being a refugee or a temporary resident in another man’s country.

So my country men and women, be blessed and remain with this mantra of the invisible hand of economics – create more havocs in your home country, pay more money to your relatives and develop the economies of the host nations.

I think YOU South Sudanese are not yet fed up of “TKK” – TOA KITU KIDOGO Wee!

The commentator is an Economist. Facebook – Deng Lueth Yuang.

 –

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.


By Dut-Machine de Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Bor Mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial, addresses IDPs in Nimule - March 2, 2014.

Bor Mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial, addresses IDPs in Nimule – March 2, 2014.

February 8, 2015 (SSB) The biggest and the most populated state of South Sudan, Jonglei has never had a rest since the creation of man kind. Being inhabited by six different ethnic communities, it has been a damnation business to make them eat on the table of brotherhood.

Unfortunately, the major communities in this part of the third planet, earth keep cattle for their basic

livelihood. The Bor people value cattle second to life in the hierarchy of important ownership. This causes civil strife among the inhabitants of this state. The most notorious one is the Murle tribe that has to raid cattle and abduct children from others more so from the Dinka Bor.

This has happened in Bor County, Twic East County and Duk County across the land of Greater Bor. The people of Greater Bor have always lived in perpetual fear of loosing both their young children and cattle through abduction and raiding respectively. I can’t however underrate the high number of innocent people that have been killed in the struggle of resisting either of the mentioned inhumane acts.

The brutality of the Murle on Greater Bor intensified during the Yau Yau rebellion. 2011 marked the year in which the rebellion killed over sixty people in Jalle payam and touched down houses without forgetting that the gang made their way away with ten of thousands herds of cattle. Raiding was repeatedly done by the same group across the whole land till they repeated the same massacre on Ajuong Ku Pakeer payams on the 20th of October 2013. They fought the youth for over nine hours and the government could not even sent a single police to assist despite the long strife.

To come to the topic of tonight, it was once repeated recently that the same gang hijacked the usual spot, Jalle payam, they killed people, raised down houses and made away with cattle. The youthful and able leadership of Nhial Majak, Bor Town mayor and Mamer Ruk, Bor County commissioner was able to mobilize the youth and guided them, gave the needed assistance to fight and brought back their source of livelihood twenty-two hours after they had been raided.

This incident means that, if Nhial Majak and Mamer Ruk had a position to assist in 2011, the death of 60+ in Jalle would have been rescued and the same to the 80+ who died in Ajuong ku Pakeer. The young leadership of the people of Greater Bor is a working example.

If we have to regain our lost identity, reestablish our cattle economy without fear of the ghetto Murle, then Nhial Majak should be made the governor of Jonglei. This position will increase his influence to pursue the raiders to their last destiny, give him the power too to prevent such and allow him to punish wrong doings through legal means.

This should tell the youths to rally behind a one of their own who is willing and ready to sacrifice for the state and the vulnerable. It’s useless keeping the aged veterans who did their work of fighting a good war. The war of development should then be handed over to the youths and Nhial has demonstrated his willingness to lose everything his life inclusive for the people.

As I conclude, for me the youth should rally and say Nhial Majak ‘TOSHA’ for the Jonglei gubernatorial come the next elections and send cleat signal to the possible contestants in that elections if your first qualification should be an age of 42 downwards.

The young leadership of Mamer and Nhial should, oh no, I mean must be a uniting factor among the youths of the state and the country at large. Congratulations Mr. Mayor and your colleague the commissioner.

The author is a student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Kenyatta University. Can be reached through dutdorbeek@gmail.com

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.

The Agony of Riek Machar’s Reforms Agenda

Posted: February 8, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Featured Articles

By Gai Deng Biar, Nairobi, Kenya

Riek Machar and his wife, Angelina Jany Teny, in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir

Riek Machar and his wife, Angelina Jany Teny, in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir

February 8, 2015 (SSB) Reform in simple definition mean to make changes in something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice in order to improve it.

Unfortunately, Riek Machar, might be blind PhD holder, a say from our late Dr. John Garang in mid 1990s shortly after the rebellion waged against the SPLA/M by Riek Machar citing lack of reforms within the guerrilla movement a move which made most of South Sudanese, the then Sudanese to develop a doubtful attitude toward the ability of Riek Machar to lead any reform agenda.

Riek machar did the converse of the reform drive in the country as his reform agenda is always led by his unconstitutional search for power, which he did in 1991 declaration in Nasir with a sole aim of toppling John Garang as the chairman of the SPLA/M a movement which won the interest of the people who gave their lives for the sake of liberation.

As reform is making changes and improvement in social, political and economic institutions, the case of Riek machar is not as we though, he destroyed our social institutions which led to rise in orphanages, widowing and uprooting of some great communities and in this case Nuer communities have also been uprooted due to mass recruitment of children and all age categories to fight for his interest.

The other communities who are non members of Nuer ethnicity experienced devastation caused by the rebels forces loyal to him, these social uprooting led to social variances of generation.

His reform agenda on South Sudan’s politics has dragged the country backward instead of improving it to get space in the 21st century politics, the 2013 December political turmoil was the continuity of 1991 split of SPLA/M which rested severely on the progress of the war of liberation as the movement failed to capture Juba, the Southern regional capital and the lost of many lives due to his act of splitting.

His reforms agenda destroyed our economy and it has widen the economic gap which was in stages of growth, for example, the rebellion he waged against democratically elected government led to destruction of properties, commercial entities among others, these entities were destroyed by the senseless war.

Lastly, his reform agenda is an agony because in his push for reforms had always been accompany by extreme physical and mental suffering of South Sudanese. South Sudanese are reformists including our president and it can be attested to the reshuffling of the then cabinet which gave birth to fight back to power war by the current rebels and their allies.

The 23, July, 2013 reshuffling was as the result of public demand to reduce the huge weight bill which was unbearable to the public, thus our president responded to his people call and its shows he is fully for reforms.

Author is an incoming financially analyst and can be reached at gabrielbiar39@gmail.com and at facebook Gai Deng

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.


By Mabile James

February 8, 2015 (SSB) I’m quiet glad to hear the lattest presidential remarks in his capacity to outline the transparency of the national constitution, to inform the people of South Sudan, the IGAD and the so-called international body,that he as the chairman of the ruling SPLM party, doesn’t have rights to violate the principles laid down by the Constitution….

Thus,the recent peace deal inked by the political rivals of the SPLM,which provides the reinstatement of Riek Machar into his former position as Vice President,is an absolute violation of the national laws that are clearly spelled out in the constitution.

So,i would wish to inform the general public that the government is very vast,and that it can accomodate the rebel leader Mr.Machar wherever it wishes him to be,but not to the expense of him,replacing the incumbent VP James Wani Igga. This would definitely be an unconstitutional move,should the proposal endeavors to materialise.

However,if he Machar,has got some senses,a functioning brain and exactly wishes peace to prevail in the country,then he should drop all his nonsensical ideas and preconditions he has been asking for. If the rebellion has become svmthing habitual to him.

He doesn’t have to be rewarded at all costs. For how long will he continue to enjoy the privileges of his insurgency?  Let alone the people choose who they want, period!

Moreover,I don’t think the President of the Republic, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit,should consider the pessimistic shouts,pressures,threats and disheartening calls for sanctions,from the IGAD, the Troika states and the UN which are entirely meant to put our youngest nation into complete failure and devastation…

We’re very independent,sovereign and some kind of a perfect nation that doesn’t wish to accept an imposition of crooked ideaologies based on economic interests of the Western countries.

My dear West, if you are deceived by Riek Machar that he would allow you to accomodate your interests and economic wishes in South Sudan if supposedly he manages to oust President Kiir from the SPLM chairmanship,then i’m sorry to mention that none of your deals would one day come to materialise.

You have wasted your weapons in support of Mr. Machar for no cause. I’m fed up with the West, and if i could manage within my capacity, i would get rid of the Troika embassies in South Sudan.

However,all the deals brokered by IGAD during this civil war have got alot of influence from the Troika states, given the events in which Machar’s preconditions have usually been positive in their eyes,probably all have been prioritised.

What a hell! Nevertheless,the gov’t of president Kiir has to maintain its steadfastness in readying itself for any step taken by the SPLM-IO,peaceful or hostile,matter not.

It’s upto Machar to make a decision if he wishes……to either remain in the bush or be subjected to any offer given by the gov’t,as far as the idea of achieving a permanent peaceful solution to end the 13months old conflict is concerned…..

Machar should avoid thinking about Vice Presidency,he’s got no reputation,no legitimacy and no more room for
him.

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.


By Gatdiet Peter 
February 8, 2015 (SSB) Mr. Mading Akueth, have right to write an appreciation letter and thank the leadership of SPLM/SPLA under wise leadership of Dr Riek Machar and whoever got involve in the case . Gabriel Gai Biar your men were intentionally diverted to rebels controlled area for them to get killed by angery youth whose relatives were miserable massacred in bor and Juba in the policy conspired by your like greedy , demon and liar Michael Makuei Lueth and paralysed Deng Dau for one reason or another.
You are really devil , illusionist , and scavenger i ever come through on social media. After all the good deeds by Dr.Machar who fought and brought self determination that have yielded precious independent south sudan which you are now corrupting on , embezzling public funds and deforming the country for greediness and lust spirit. i can’t imagine your jealousy at all mouny Gabriel Gai Deng Biar.
The author is reachable at p.gatdiet@yahoo.com or on Twitter @gatdietpeter

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.