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The Rust of Words ( a Novel )

Posted: March 19, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in David Aoloch
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By David Aoloch Bion 

Chapter Seven

On the third year of peace, James Majok  visited  Border checkpoint. On this border post, there were hugest   revenues taxed by Custom and Commerce departments. Majok boarded a room in the hotel to spend a night  After that he went out to drink beer in the nearby bar. He sat on his table alone. The sun was setting. He ordered himself a  bottle of beer.

Three gentlemen came, they looked around. The other tables were full with men boozing  . The only table which was not full was the one of  Majok so . they joined him . The men speak the same language with him . They introduced themselves to Majok  , he also introduced himself.

“Do you drink beer?” Majok asked

“Yes, we do” replied  one of the men

“Please, can you come, waitress” Majok called .

“I am here sir” said the waitress .

“Bring nine bottle of beer”

“Why do you order many like that?” asked one of the men pathetically , “will you manage to pay the bill?”

“Don’t worry, just take it” said he

The waitress brought the beer. The men started to drink.

“Where do you work, Majok?” inquired one of the men

“I work for finance in Napata”

“Do the revenues, which are collected here, reach  Finance or the central bank ?”

“Yes , the money is remitted in finance ‘’ he affirmed .

‘’ Speak the truth ‘’ said one of the men .

‘’ Why do you doubt the money reaching us? ‘’ he queried

“The magnitude of corruption is greatest ” uttered  another man

“Really, which kind of corruption  ?”

“Well , when a new car arrives  and it is supposed to be taxed  and  cleared for  15,000 pounds by Taxation . The clearing agent requests  7,500 pound from   the owner of  car. He, Agent  goes direct to the custom officer, he gives him 2000 pound, the custom office will give 500 pound to police at the gate to release the car from the taxation compound.  on the way to city , he , the agent will go bribing other policemen  on the way  with remaining 5,500 pound till  the car  reach the city . They tell the  police, if you don’t  take this money, I will pay  15,000  pound to  government and you  will not get  single coin , after all  no one is  doing the right thing , no one has integrity , all are corrupted ” he  divulged it to Majok.

“Indeed, I ponder when I  see many new cars, vehicles in the city but a months past without receiving revenues for those cars ‘’ Majok said

Another form of corruption is changing the names of the goods in receipt to different good. For example, if you import cigarette, or beer, these two goods  are highly taxed. So the Custom and  Supply officials will conspire with clearing agent and businessman  to change the name to maize. If the truck full of cigarette is taxed by 20,000 pound, the owner can pay 10,000 pound.because it is taxed as maize not a cigarette  The officials  will  5,000 pound for themselves and  5,000 pound for the government’’ he narrated .

“Another form of corruption is with the receipt book. Last year, the custom officers have two receipt books, one is for the official book and other is the private book. In a day, they  write ten leaves from the  official  one and they  write 5 receipts from their own private book . They  report the money of five receipts.only . Recently, they went  to  Interior, they smuggled  out the official  original receipt book” another man revealed .

“When I go back to Napata, I will report it  to the Servant in Charge of Finance” James Majok stated . he opened his note book and he wrote the poem entitled :Sunny Colour in Stomach

Sunny colour in stomach

There are two red cows on earth

One is Evil, one is Good

Every man, the black man

Has a sunny colour  stomach

Like the different finger prints

Colour of corruption

Colour of correction

I have my colour that is why I  sprinkle the seed with  hot water

You have your colour that’s why

You help the poor

They have their colour that’s why

They steal public money

Men and women, don’t jump into

Things like housefly.

Have lion might to work harder for

Common good

Have fox wisdom to think harder

For common good.

James Majok  left for  Napata. He reported what he learned  at the border to Servant . The Servant called his interior counterpart. This fraud  was investigated, four men were arrested at the border and the director of logistic  at the interior was for smuggling  out the official receipt book . One month later, all the arrested men were releases without charges .

Through corruption, nepotism, tribalism, embezzling , ten percent  of the population enriched themselves.  They built few  concrete tall building  among the grass thatched huts in city.

Some expensive world class cars were cruising  on the dusty road around the country. Whiffing and puffing  dust at eyes of poor peasants  .

There was no good road network connecting the ten provinces  but for the interest of few who  have money ,   there  is  airports in every province . This is so,  because if the Servant  want to travel to any province he charter a plane to  take him there ..

The Greater Bor Dinka Leadership Style

Posted: March 19, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Greater Bor Leadership style: Bor leaders often pursue national interests at the expense of their constituencies

 By Michael Mading Akueth, Panyagor, South Sudan

SPLM/A Founders

SPLM/A Founders

March 19, 2015 (SSB)  –  The community that had sacrificed everything during the liberation wars is forgotten by their leaders who are currently concentrating on national issues forgetting about their constituencies. It is patriotic to think about national interest but should it be on expense of your people? Who have mandated Bor leaders to be the watchdog of the nation? Should the nation not survive if they concentrated working on things that are affecting their communities such as insecurity, cattle raiding and child abduction?

It is not a surprised that in greater Bor meetings, you will find that everyone is talking about national security, rule of law, peace and tranquility, Abiei border issues and peace negotiation process but entirely forget their people issues.

They forget that few vulnerable persons who are residing in the isolated ancestral villages are being raided by Murle criminals almost every day in Dongchak-Duk, Baping-Twic East and Makol-cuei-Bor just to mentioned few areas.

The leaders are busy on peace negotiations and parliament committees meetings forgetting their constituencies’ problems. We elected in 2010 to represent us not national government.

South Sudan is a constituency for President Kiir Mayardit and he is the only legitimate leader to work on the solutions for the nation. He is totally accountable to the people who had elected him to the office. He will seek renewal of his mandated in the next election. Where do Bor leaders come in? They can only support the national leadership after they have satisfied their constituencies.

You must know that we did not elect you to national parliament for other communities or region interests; we elected you to parliament so that you can work for us and our interests as a community.

What are you going to show us in the next election since you have done nothing for greater Bor community? I don’t think the institutions and regions you are very busy working for their interests will give you a chance in the next parliament.

On March 18, 2015, there were rumors that Murle fighters are moving toward Twic East, Duk and Bor Counties but our leaders have chosen to be silent. The Murle have accused Bor communities’ leaders to be responsible for the stop of Pibor road construction which was done by the ministry of Interior.

The minister in this ministry who made the decision is not from Bor neither the director who made the recommendation for Pibor road constructions closure. Where do we come in? Why Murle community turned their anger on innocent Bor communities? The answer is simple; there is unfounded tendency in South Sudan that any decision made in the national level is influence by Bor politicians.

If they are truly not part of the decision; why are they silent? Can they not talk to David Yau and other Murle leaders? Can they not inform them that the decision has nothing to do with them or their constituencies which they are representing? What are they waiting- Burials and Funerals ceremonies?

We are tired with your silent; please stand up and make your voice heard. The danger is imminent if nothing is done the remnants of Bor will be displaced again or kill. Which constituencies will you represent in the next parliament?

I think it is a time for people of greater Bor to think about what is important to them which is now our survival. If we don’t cease from thinking about national agenda on the expense of our community interests; I’m afraid we will definitely cease to exist in this region in the next few years.

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 Philip Thon Aleu, Juba

MISINFORMATION

March 19, 2015 (SSB) –  Supporters of President Kiir turned out in huge numbers to listen to his speech and they never left empty handed. The president offered them something to take home — ‘the take away.’

President Kiir, however, drew a line between his supporters; the moderate and extremists. The first part of the speech convinced extremists that the president won’t sign a bad peace agreement to end the conflict. He made that clear by going through the history of liberation and how much energy he invested to realize an independent South Sudan.

The president took his rival, Riek Machar by horns, and exposed him as power angry man who will stop at nothing but power. He made that point clear and revealed his determination to narrow Machar’s chances – particularly those violence means Machar is using.

On the other hand, the moderate supporters of the president were not moved by calling names of tribe. Nobody can deny that our tribes are our identity. But when used politically, it is dangerous. The hopes of moderate supporters were dashed when the president mentioned Nuer and Dinka in reference to 1991 and 2013 and the power sharing.

This ‘regional/tribal’ rhetoric foundation was laid by cabinet minister, the supposed representative of the opposition parties at the SPLM rally. Minister Martin Lomoro said Equatoria would do everything to ensure that Wani remains the second powerful man in the country.

This part of the speech, in my view, achieved little.

But the president won the support of many South Sudanese, I mean the nationalists, in my view, when he raided sanctions and UN trusteeship. We shall be left with nothing if our country is taken over by foreigners and I salute the president for making that point clear.

In the end, the president did not win new supporters because he never talked about his government plans to end the war. All that he mentioned is what he rejected from the rebels but never presented to South Sudanese his own plans. That left a lot to be desired.

And so I am of the opinion that the extremists were satisfied at the end of the day.

To the opponents of President Kiir, there is no justification to continue the war after the president’s speech. There are many interest groups exploiting this chaotic situation in our country and no South Sudanese is above the national interest.

What South Sudanese need now is peace. Peace gives formal education the chance. Formal education gives the western democracy the chance. It is western democracy creates this thing call nation. In the beginning we were tribes.

Now we are a nation with many cultures, languages and norms. It is only education that will compromise those differences. Not war. There is no winner in the war!

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Over 200, 000 Firearms Presence in the Hands of Civilians in Lakes State.

Posted: March 19, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Kenya

March 19, 2015 (SSB)  –  Lakes state has become the worth and trouble state in south Sudan. According to a survey carried out by local and the international organization working in the state, it has been revealed that lakes state has the highest number of illegal’s firearms in the hands of wrong people.

This is the main contributing factor that has made it difficult to have sustainable peace among the communities in the state.

In fact, lakes state is not the only state that is being occupied by pastoral communities; it is like other states of south Sudan. But the different is the way local people use their guns.

The sons and daughters of lakes state should request the government of South Sudan to embark on firearms registration exercise to ascertain the number of the arm illegally held in the state and to commence disarmaments exercises across the state.

The state cannot achieve peace with over 200,000 firearms in the hands of civilians.

Lakes state should prioritize statewide disarmament process before thinking of other interventions like the peace and reconciliation process recently initiated by the church leaders under the leadership of Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul.

The disarmament process should specifically target the entire pastoralist communities in the eight counties of lakes state that have continued to witness an upsurge of banditry and cattle rustling which has led to loss of lives and property.

The latest death toll was about 80 killed when inter-clan violence and revenge killing that has defined lakes state since the days of the CPA in 2005.

Most people living in the cattle rustling prone areas of greater Yirol counties, Cueibet, Maper, and Greater Rumbek have never known peace.

The government needs to do something substantial, undertake a game-changing mechanism that would break and end the cycle of violence in lake state where carrying firearms and inter-clan cattle rustling and revenge killing have become an integral part of the lifestyle of these communities.

According to the report, the upsurge in incidents of banditry and cattle rustling has been greatly facilitated by readily available small arms and light weapons among pastoral communities in lakes state.

The killing of more than 80 people in Malek cattle camp of Maper county of lakes state is hard to understand by the government and people of South Sudan at large.

Moreover, raiders, who are better acquainted with the harsh terrain locations and also have sophisticated equipment, often outnumber police deployed in areas prone to cattle rustling.

The sophisticated weaponry in the hands of these communities is frightening. All government efforts to disarm them have failed largely because of some current conflicts, which could not allowed to deal within insecurity in the regions.

And culturally, it is become norms when people used guns to get wealth. Most young boys prepared to have a gun more than education or school.

The national assembly should enacted a law to have the military intervene in civil crime to avert situations like the ones witness in some neighboring countries like Kenya and Ugandan were there is no need for the army to remain at the barracks or be deployed to help restore law and order in neighboring countries while at home runs out of control.

This, however, does not mean that South Sudanese have lost faith in the police and other security arms of the government but the army should intervene for sake of peace.

Crimes has become more violent because of the availability of small arms, with business people have move away from the state capital of Rumbek to neighboring states like western Equatoria, Warrap and Central Equatoria state because businesses are closed at any time due to insecurity situations.

No agricultural activities because most of the people are not able to engage in farming and children are not going to school for fear of being attacked by different communities in the state who are carrying out revenges attacks.

The report further observes that so long as South Sudan remains unstable, it will be hard to control the proliferation of arms into the hands of people.

This is where the military should have been involved by retrieving all the arms that have found their way into the communities in the state.

With the firearms, traditional cattle raids have become a fully-fledged war that has left behind scars of bitterness and hatred among the warring communities. Traditionally, elders were responsible to work and identify the youth with guns.

That can help the communities to live in peace and embrace culture of togetherness without killing each other.

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.


Mekonen Tefere, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

South sudanese actress, Nyakong Toang Duoth

South sudanese actress, Nyakong Toang Duoth

March 19, 2015 (SSB)  –  Nyakong Toang Duoth, a wife to well-known Musician Deng Gony (aka~Dee Gee) and sister to popular Hip Hop Artist – Lam Toang Duoth (aka~LT Dot) died on March 17, 2015 at Kikuyu Nursing Home Hospital in Kenya.

Nyakong who cast as a ’secret keeper’ with stage name as ‘Nyakakah’ appeared on the Brown Stone Movie in 2009…. she survived with four kids.

Her husband Deng Gony wrote on his facebook wall that he made everything possible to prevent the death but God decided to takes her life.

“Nyathiang, you know our friends, families and I did all we could to safe your life but unfortunately, none has power over death but only God. Bless our gifts and keep watching after them, as I know that dead are living. I love you so much and I will miss you in my entire life. Rest in Peace my Humble Beautiful Wife.”

Nyakong died from Hodgkin’s disease, a malignant but often curable disease of lymphatic tissues typically causing painless enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen.

The Director of Brown Stone Movie, Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon expressed his heartfelt and urged the actresses and actors to pay the last respect to the deceased.

“I’m very sorry and very disappointed to learn that one of our brilliant and great colleague passed away in Nairobi Kenya. On behalf of Brown Stone Movie members, I publicly declare our position to pay the last respect to our charismatic and great thinker who dedicated her life and times to change her beloved community through Movie. I also extended my heartfelt and deep condolences on behalf of the Brown Stone Movie to immediate family of the Late. Madam Nyakong in this tragedy moment. We are with you and will always remember Nyakong’s name as Heroine. Everything must be handover to our Lord Almighty.” The statement partly read.

Peace Ambassador appealed to Brown Stone Movie members around the World to mark the March 17, 2015 and uses it as ‘black-day’ in life.

BROWN STONE is an abbreviation that stands for: Blacks’ Rights Organization for the Will of the Nations – System Technology Objectives for New Education.

Lul Tuach Dojiok aka~LTD recalled the last moment with Nyakong. “It’s unexpected to hear such a very shocked news. Nyakong was not only a movie star, but a great mother to all of us.” Lul, one of the Brown Stone’s members who was cast as the ‘jungle man’ said on the phone from Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon added that members would soon convene to suggest whether a new song or a new short-movie would be scripted for dedication so that her name remains on the Earth. “ This is our task to make her name remain with us in consultation with Mr. Deng. We need to do something for commemoration.” Gatwech wrote.

Some permanent names [artists] who appeared in the Brown Stone Movie includes: Tek Stephen Ogut known as Mr. T-Show who own ‘Waat Paac Movie’, Lul Tuach Dojiok aka~LTD, Madow Malual aka~YD, Joseph Aken aka~DJ Ching Ching and LT Dote.

Among all, Elizabeth Nyadak John, Tibatha Nyadhiel Biel, Angelina Nyakuoth, Nyabikah Ruei, Nock Koak Duany, Chol Sijin and many more important ladies contributed to the formation of the Brown Stone Movie.

Brown Stone Movie is the first Nuer Movie produced and screened on 19 December 2009 in Nairobi Cinema before the South Sudan gained her independent. It’s acted in Nuer Language with seventy-two (72) actresses and actors casted in the action.

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.