Archive for December 27, 2015

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.


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.