Archive for December, 2015


David Yau Yau’s New Year 2016 Gift to the Republic of South Sudan?

By PaanLuel Wel, Karatina, Kenya

yauyau

David Yau-Yau, the Murle militia leader who led a military rebellion against the gov’t of South Sudan leading to the creation of the Greater Pibor Administrative of which he (Yau-Yau) has been appointed the administrator by President Kiir.

December 31, 2015 (SSB) — The National Courier, citing a purported UN source, reported that David Yau Yau has killed the father of Baba Medan, the former deputy governor of Jonglei state and the newly appointed governor of Boma state (GPAA):

Sources in Pibor including a leaked UN Situation Report indicates a tense situation in Pibor after unconfirmed reports that forces loyal to David Yauyau killed the father of newly appointed Governor of Boma State. It is alleged that Yauyau loyalists are furious that Yauyau was not made a governor. On Tuesday according to a leaked UN report, “30 meter long trench have been dug by armed personnel from David Yau Yau’s Cobra Faction close to their HQ and former UNMISS water point in Pibor main town. 60mm mortar gun stands are position in the trenches facing Likuangole. (The mortar range is approximately 1.5kms). Ammunition boxes are also placed in the trenches.” — Copyright © 2015 The National Courier

(more…)


Welcome 2016 economy to South Sudan with your placards of 28 states, peace and devaluation of pound

By Garang Atem Ayiik, Juba, South Sudan

salary

salary

Introduction

December 31, 2015 (SSB) — War started in December 2013, it last for 2 years caused by power struggle within the ruling party SPLM between His Excellency, President Salva Kiir, the chairman of the party and his deputy in SPLM Dr. Riek. IGAD mediated peace was signed late in 2015 and expected to be implemented in 2016.

Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Central Bank of South Sudan devalued pound from 3.16 to about 16.5 SSP per a dollar, a huge loss of pound’s value.

In Christmas eve, the President appointed governors to rule 28 states that he has created from10 states with objection from his peace’s partners and other citizens who sees a bad link with the economy. The authors of this article falls in the latter group.

(more…)

Kalkuel State: A District of Rich History

Posted: December 31, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Ariik Atekdit, Columnists, Commentary, Contributing Writers

By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan

28 governors with president kiir

The swearing in ceremony of 28 governors in Juba, South Sudan, 29 Dec 2015

December 31, 2015 (SSB) — In the former British Colonial era in the Sudan; Kalkuel/Tonj had been one of the important and a strong economic strength for the British Empire in Africa. During the Second World War all the European colonies instructed their colonial areas to support them on War.

In the Sudan, Tonj District was reported to have helped so strongly in supporting the British Empire especially in the area of food logistic. Thousands of bulls and cows in the area were collected in Tonj District to be taken to warfront to support Britain on that war.

Another important district that supported on that war and ranking second after Tonj district in the Sudan is said to be: Yei River District in Equatoria Region. This proves that Tonj/Kalkuel is such a great and rich region even during the earlier days of our forefathers.

(more…)


“Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

By Luel Yic, Kenya

corruption in Juba

Corruption

December 31, 2015 (SSB) — Sometimes I wonder why some writers come up with some sandwich articles contain no mean, cheese or vegetable but garbage. They spend a lot of their time drafting, rewriting, revising etc. but in the end they give irrelevant information, which benefits nobody at all. One of these writers is Dr. Monykuch Maluk.

Allow me first to narrate what the name Monykuch means in Dinka dialect.

(more…)


By Dr. Monykuch Maluk Anyar (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Dear Editor, it is high time that we speak out about the circumstances that engulfed our country, and especially the oil industry in South Sudan. As you are aware that in Brazil this same situation happened there and most people were indicted. Unlike South Sudan, there is rampant corruption and no one speaks about that. I am now going to attach an article about it titled: The Triangle of Evil in the oil industry of the Republic of South Sudan. I hope that it is well constructed. Thanks, Dr. Monykuch Maluk Anyar (monykuchanyar@gmail.com)

corruption in Juba

Corruption in the oil industry

December 30, 2015 (SSB) — The trio that forms the triangle of evil in the oil industry in South Sudan comprises of Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau Ayik, Mr. Moses Machar Aciek Ader Nyang, and their planner, Mr. Paul Adong Bith Deng. These people have common interest but different goals, their shared interest is to dominate and enrich themselves by taking as much money as possible, whatever the cost.

Before I elaborate on their evil activities in the oil industry, I am appealing to my readers and the people of the Republic of South Sudan to take this seriously, because it is for the interest of our Country South Sudan and the ruling party, SPLM. People were killed due to the formation of tribal militia funded by oil money, public funds squandered through sham schemes and contracts awarded to their relatives.

(more…)


By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

Akech Tong Aleu

Warrap state’s acting governor, Akech Tong Aleu, speaking at Wau teaching hospital during an official visit in April 2014

December 30, 2015 (SSB) — There are different types of claims. There are claims supported by facts, claims that are supported by expert opinions and that supported by values or norms. Based on gathered information on the Internet, the Internet warriors aired out partially that the legitimacy used to make the Honourable Akech became their first prominent governor is questionable. They have gone further to suggest that it was not appropriate for such action to take place. Others have argued insecurely on what is seem to be hatred argument, which is unaffordable and easy to ignore.

But as you read on, this writing serves as a piece of work trying to question the relevancy on the claims and warrants these concerned citizens have established. Trying to identify how this distinguishable fair-minded folks chose the paths they have followed. And why such claims should be given a solid seriousness. You note as well that any argument is considered valid until proven invalid. And such invalidation helps balance narrowly on disagreeable terms or widely considers exercising justice on both.

(more…)


By Deng Ajak Jongkuch, Michigan, USA

col-philip-agwer-panyang

December 30, 2015 (SSB) — Here are my suggestions to Jonglei New Governor:

1. Roads: Upgrade a road from Bor town to Duk County. I am not taking about paving this road, but make it accessible by clearing the potholes, bushes, and raise it above the current level.

2. State Employees: Downsizing the current state employees by eliminating unnecessary positions, commissions, directorates, ministries, advisers, and parliament

(more…)


By PaanLuel Wël, Karatina, Kenya

28 governors swearing in ceremony in Juba

The swearing in ceremony of 28 governors in Juba, South Sudan, 29 Dec 2015

December 30, 2015 (SSB)  —  President Kiir has sworn into office 28 governors today in Juba, South Sudan. The governors were appointed on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2015, as part of the implementation of the ‘establishment order’, a decree issued in October by the president.

The rebels of Dr. Riek Machar, who have been opposing the ‘establishment order’, since October, swiftly condemned the appointment of the 28 governors, terming it a flagrant violation of the IGAD peace deal. Riek Machar called upon the president to rescind his decree and to table the issue of 28 states before the JMEC for discussion.

Interestingly, the appointment of the governors came against the backdrop of the arrival of the first batch of the rebels’ advance team in Juba. It therefore caught most people, especially Taban Deng Gai, the leader of the advance team, by surprise. The presence of the rebels’ advance team in Juba has somehow mellowed the response from the rebels in Addis Ababa for fear that their members might be targeted.

(more…)


By Daniel Atem Manyuon (Atem’sijin)

peace in RSS

Time for peace in South Sudan?

December 29, 2015 (SSB) — This question has been resounding in my mind since the starting of the conflict that was blamed on the attempted coup; I am not disputing neither am I admitting that there was a coup in Juba because it is none of my business and it also seems to be a closed chapter since we are talking on how to share the cake, however, my business is whether my being a dinka can put me on one side of the conflict!

I have seen a lot of nuisance going on about this conflict and one undeniable fact is that it is taken as a tribal war on both sides; if that is the case then we shall kill ourselves until the end of the world because we see things at a tribal angle than at a political angle.

I know there is absolute love for one’s tribe but there are places where we can practice that, and when it comes to love for a tribe I am not exceptional because I love my tribe beyond reasonable doubt. What does the leadership of a politician have to do with me?

(more…)

HOW AGUER PANYAANG HAS BEEN ‘NGAANG’: HALLOWED WITH A HOLLOW DEAL!

Posted: December 29, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

THE EASED AFRICA I WANT

“There is something call community based approach. We shall sit with the community and decide the priority for our people. Is it road, health centre or school?” Col. Philip Aguer, the newly appointed governor of the newly decreed Jonglei State, has spoken out his very sound bookish plans.

And that is why I have resisted the temptation of not speaking out my mind on this 28 states’ saga as late as on the 28th day of December.

fighting However, I got exactly the same plans when I interviewed Governor Philip Thon Leek for ‘The Southern Eye Newspaper’ 14 years ago, then Governor Kuol Manyang for my magazine 5 years later. What happened? No political will to fund those projects from Juba by the time 1 dollar was trading at 2 SSD? So the talk of taking towns to the villages today is but a political gimmick to divert the attention from…

View original post 1,119 more words


By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan

28 governors swearing in ceremony in Juba

The swearing in ceremony of 28 governors in Juba, South Sudan, 29 Dec 2015

December 29, 2015 (SSB) — In October when President Kiir issued an order NO 36/2015 establishing new 28 states in the country; I took my admirable time to comment on the creation of the new Tonj State. At first I am a supporter of more states in South Sudan. And so in that article, I complained that Tonj region was disappointed by the creators of the new 28 states by making it one big state instead of splitting it into two.

Of course; my complaint was a people call not my own, and I however, did it personally to make their voice heard. It was a genuine complaint that needs to be pursued till the two rightful states in the area are authentically achieved but not until recently we were surprised with the appointment of only 28 governors.

(more…)

Letter of Congratulations to Governors Philip Aguer Panyang Jot

Posted: December 29, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Letters, Press Release

Letter of Congratulations to HE. Col Philip Aguer Panyaang

December 28, 2015

Agwer panyang Jot

Governor Philip Agwer Panyang Jot of Jonglei

His Excellency Col. Philip Aguer Panyaang

Governor-Elect, Jonglei State

Federal Republic of South Sudan

Your Excellency,

December 29, 2015 (SSB) — On behalf of the Bor-based Twich East Youth Welfare Association (TEYWA), and the entire membership of the Twich East community in Jonglei State, we wish to congratulate you for a well-deserved appointment as the Governor of new Jonglei State.

(more…)

G-10 Press Release on the 28 Governors

Posted: December 29, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Press Release

SPLM FPD Press Release on the 28 governors (PDF)


By Rev. Jacob Deng Garang, Melbourne, Australia

peace in RSS

Time for peace in South Sudan?

Dear fellow compatriots,

December 29, 2015 (SSB) — My aim in writing this is to encourage people to know the importance of living in an ethical way, in accordance with Christian values, and to pray for our land and the people who are governing the country, or the leaders of the time.

Now is the time for peace and rebuilding. God has planned a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). I want to let people know that there is a time for everything. A time for birth, a time for death, a time for war, and a time for peace. This is a time for peace.

(more…)


By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Kampala, Uganda

December 29, 2015 (SSB) — On the 10/Oct/2015, a driver belonging to the caretaker governor of Warrap state was murdered by armed youths during the outbreak of the recent Tonj east inter communal conflict. The driver felt under attack when he was heading to Romic headquarters in a convoy of three vehicles without military escort on that day of sectional clashes.

The incidence happened in a place called Langchok which was the scene of fierce fighting, where the driver was first stop by angrily youths, just to alert him of the hostile situation ahead, but he undermined the command and continued driving. The situation on that spot was fragile and intense as gunshots were still heard on the main road leading to county headquarters.

(more…)

South Students League in Uganda: Response to Makuei Aguer’s Claims

Posted: December 29, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Press Release

RESPONSE TO FORMER UNION PRESIDENT MR. MAKUEI AGUER’S CLAIMS: “THE NEW TWIST IN THE SOUTH SUDANESE STUDENTS’ AFFAIRS IN UGANDA’’

By South Sudanese Students League in Uganda (SSSLU) Kampala-Uganda

December 29, 2015 (SSB)  —  Gallant South Sudanese, fellow countrymen and women, I greet you in the names of the Almighty God and the Republic of South Sudan. It is my hope that this message finds you safe and sound. In everything said, there is always a hidden truth, and because lies are stronger than the truth, the truth tends to be hidden in the heap of lies.

(more…)


My Speech during the Event Marking the Sixth Anniversary of ‘Mamer Awulian’ in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Amer Mayen

Amer Mayen Dhieu

December 28, 2015 (SSB) — It is of great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be one of the key speakers at this very important occasion, which is a great milestone in keeping our tradition alive. This is the first time that unmarried woman or a girl like myself is being allowed to speak at this type of community event. Our people have a very bad perception that only an elderly married woman and a married man can say a word that will move the community forward. I think that is totally unfair to people like me.

To begin with, I would like to extend my appreciation to the newly initiated generation of Awulian Community—the Mamer. I would also like to pay my respect and tribute to the previous generations of Awulian community such as Makol Awulian whose values and commitment cemented the modern Awulian community and South Sudan as well.

(more…)


By Umba Peter Bosco, Istanbul, Turkey

IGAD peace deal in limbo

IGAD peace deal in limbo

December 27, 2015 (SSB) — Conflicts are never easy to start. Neither is the achievement of peace. When conflicts escalate and become violent involving the use of weapons, death, destruction, suffering and displacement characterize the conflict environment. One of the most profound convergence points of peace and conflict scholars is that, war is not a solution to peace but the reverse. Wars that end with zero-sum outcomes creating winners and losers are likely to recur especially when the loser re-organizes for revenge to overcome the humiliation and losses encountered. In this case, a peaceful end to a conflict is preferable.

So, why are some elements within the SPLM and SPLM – IO as well as in splinter groups such as those led by General Peter Gadet and certain individuals unhappy with the August peace agreement? The simple answer I give to this question is that, these elements are benefiting from the conflict and have waxed their ears in order not to hear anything about the August 2015 peace agreement. They are aware that peace can never be achieved through war as can be confirmed by their public statements especially by President Salva Kiir and his counterpart Dr. Machar condemning the war.

(more…)


By Makeer Kuol Koriom, Melbourne, Australia

kiir and riek pic

Born-to-Rule Mentality: President Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar, in their reigning days

December 27, 2015 (SSB)  —  Despite Dr Riek’s IO, 2013-2014 war on South Sudan, President Kiir Mayardit government has, over the past two years, embarked on significant infrastructural developments.

Undoubtedly, Dr Riek’s war has strained government’s coffers. But President Kiir’s government has unexpectedly given the country some developments. This is something which surprised many South Sudanese.

Such developments have given us a hope that developmental wonders will swarm the Nation should stability, which is promised by the peace agreement, reigns. However, for South Sudan to achieve political stability, SPLA-IO together with former Political detainees should honestly work with the President for the interests of South Sudan.

(more…)


Thiang Nuer Community: An Open Advice to Gen. Gabriel Gatwech Chan Deng, aka Gabriel Tanginye

gatwec dual

Left to Right: Gen. Gabriel Tanginye, Gen. Dau Aturjuong Nyuol and Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual

Dear Gat-Chan,

December 26, 2015 (SSB) —- With all due respect we’re addressing to you this first open advice, as our father and one of the high-valued leaders among Fangak’s Thiang Nuer Community. Since July this year, we have been monitoring closely your clandestine steps first from Pagak to Khartoum and then from Khartoum to Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where you’re now.  In fact, it is incumbent upon us, we, the Thiang Nuer Community and Youth in particular to break our long silence on your alleged defection from SPLM/SPLA-IO under the Leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny to the so-called South Sudan Federal Democratic Party of Changson Lew Chang and Peter Gatdet Yaka.

(more…)