Archive for January, 2016


By Mayen D.M.A. Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar

Politics is hindering public investment in South Sudan

January 31, 2016 (SSB)  —  The current impasse caused by the IO’s condition that links formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) with suspension of the 28 states is a typical case of the idiomatic ‘shooting the messenger’. Having championed the cause of federalism within the context of the ‘current’ civil war, the IO would surely have felt more triumphant if their envisioned 21 states had been accepted toady. Hence, “in principal” the SPLM-IO agree to formation of an overblown number of states in South Sudan, certainly more than twenty in number.

To the fair minded, the IO could not be outright intransigent in its argument that his proposal was rejected by every other institution and country involved in negations, including Juba, on the grounds that it (proposal) needed to be part of the constitutional making process. But whether through the door or window, the issue of federalism envisioned and promoted by many South Sudan, including the IO, have now become a reality – even if many may question the viability of their structures. The IO shouldn’t worry about who gets the credit as they will also be remembered for initiating the whole thing amidst this very juncture of resolving a civil war.

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COMMUNIQUE OF THE 55TH EXTRA-ORDINARY SESSION OF THE IGAD COUNCIL OF MINISTERS, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, JANUARY 30 – 31, 2016

Kiir sign the IGAD peace proposal

President Kiir signs the IGAD peace deal in Juba, South Sudan, on 26 August 2015

January 31, 2016 (SSB)  —  The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 55th Extra-Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa on 30-31 January 2016 under the Chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Council. The session was attended by H.E. Amb. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E Amb. Amina Mohamed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Dr. Abdusalam Omer Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia; H.E. Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour Minister of Foreign Affairs of the

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Michael Makwei Lueth

Hon. Michael Makwei Lueth, South Sudan Minister for Information and Broadcasting

January 31, 2016 (SSB)  —  Hon. Minister of Information and Broadcasting, I am one of those who keenly and sincerely like your positions because you are always consistent and rightly insistent on your views. We have chosen to write to help the government fight corruption in the country. As you aware, the journalists are the 4th front of the branches of the government. We have bowed solemnly to reinforce the President with our pens in his zero-tolerance policy to vigorously fight corruption.

We know that human beings are born fallible and imperfect. The journalists and opinion writers should not be considered as an exception and holy in this regard. They do stumble sometimes in their opinions. It has never crossed anybody’s mind whatsoever to criticize or aggress individuals and any system. As one of the opinion writers myself, we have no reason to be critical of the very government which we voted for; but we feel that we shall be remiss if we don’t tell the public that there are corrupt individuals hell- bent on tarnishing the image of the country in the person of the President and his cabinet.

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By Job Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Canada

tolerance

Tolerance, not unity, is what is needed within the splm party

January 31, 2016 (SSB)  —  It was with disappointment to learn that our liberation pioneers, veterans, and wounded heroes, such as Commander Deng Alor Kuol d’Arob are vilified by the grandkids of NCP-sponsored sectarian opportunists and unpatriotic lots who dined with the genocidaire regime when the true sons of land bled to death. Such one hero was and is Deng Alor who was severely wounded in battles in Pochalla and Northern Bahr el Ghazal in each case he was left for death before being rescued by his loyal and courageous troops.

Before the foundation of the SPLA/M, Deng Alor had served as a First Secretary in the Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he shortly left to found the Abyei Liberation Front (ALF) in 1981, along with Chol Deng Alak (the former SPLM Cadet Instructor).

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By Peter Okello, Nairobi – Kenya

GAMBELLA MASSACR

Displaced Anyuak elders

January 30, 2016 (SSB)  —  In a broad day light, a well-planned massacre took place in the Gambella (Western Ethiopia) where the Anyuak ethic group stays. The mass killings and brutal murder was organized by the current Governor of Gambella (Gatluak Tut) a Nuer who ordered his tribe to kill the only Anyuak remaining in the City so that they take over the town.

Yesterday on day one, they started killings students in TTI (teachers training institute). Where they throw bombs and shoot at random. Mr. Gatluak managed to deploy many soldiers to kill the Anyuak people in Gambella. Now the innocent Anyuak are crawling in death and if no rescue comes their way, then that will indeed be the end of their lives.

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The greatest challenges to having a women mayor of Juba city and other top government position in the, future, the situation in SSTV news part two (2-2)

By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

peace for RSS

January 30, 2016 (SSB)  —  Female news presenters in SSTV must first of all know that there is need to understand their code of dress in the eye of public, this does not only mean that they must know the language and its grammar and lexicon, possibly including rather technical words such as those of modern politics, management, science, or the professions to know something about the specific organization and functions of news reports in the press, including the functions of headlines, leads, background information, or quotations.

Well-known notions in critical news analysis such as preferred meaning or preferred understanding may be explained in terms of such models. Indeed, we may henceforth simply speak of preferred models. Such preferred models form the core of processes of persuasion, disinformation, and the media control of the public, especially if they are inconsistent with the best interests of the readers, but consistent with the interests of the elites.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar

Politics is hindering public investment in South Sudan

January 29, 2016 (SSB)  — Over the past four months, the inflation caused by devaluation of Currency has been the subject of powerful debate at the street of Juba city till now. But today, instead of dwelling on the economic risks, I would like to turn instead to another important topic that is the relationship between economic stability and peace in the country. It is my abiding credence that they are intimately tangled. If you lose one, you are likely to lose the other item. Peace is a necessary requirement for trade, sustained economic growth, and prosperity.

In turn, economic stability, and a rising prosperity that is broadly shared both within and among outside image foster peace. Ultimately, peace and prosperity feed on each other. I believe history teaches us this lesson. We all remember how the Countless Unhappiness created fertile ground for a devastating war. More recently, in many parts of the country, economic instability provoked political upheaval, social unrest, and conflict.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Khartuom and Juba warring

January 29, 2016 (SSB)  —  South Sudan is at a critical moment of peace implementation. The signing of peace agreement dubbed Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA) by rebels on 17th and by government on 26th August called for specific timelines to be observed in its implementation. There have to be a pre-transitional and transitional periods according to that agreement. Virtually, nothing was accomplished over the ninety day pre-transitional period specifically from 26th august to 26th November 2016.

The lacklustre pace of implementation by peace partners is cause for alarm in certain quarters at home and abroad. The pre-transitional period should have ended by the third week of November with certain tasks one of which is constitutional amendment accomplished. This has not happened and the country is in for a long wait as the SPLM/A-IO does not entertain formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNu) without Constitution.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Black marketeers.jpg

Jan 29, 2016 (SSB) — When we look at the past, simply we can recalled events of massive killings, rape, all forms of abuses, torturing, lost of friends and dear ones, properties; and all these incidents remained in the mind of people as severe wounds which need healing process and proper treatment, but our big problem in South Sudan, we lack many health facilities to address most of social problems, even campaigns and awareness for sanitation is a problem.

When we went through health and wholeness lectures last year, we found ourselves in risk; but with mental stresses, and confusion of thoughts, there is no single South Sudanese who can claim his/her freedom from the bondage of mental problems. Others may deny what is existing with them but the situation or environment can explain it much better!!!!

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The greatest challenges to having a women mayor of Juba city and other top government position in the,   future, the situation in SSTV news part two (1-2)

By Lino Lual Lual

peace for RSS

January 29, 2016 (SSB)  —  Representation of equality and gender roles in the media and TV news has to be guided to build up a cult followership among South Sudanese female and the world audiences, feature  successful single career to gives room to a certain cultural anxiety about what these women represented socially and culturally. The freedom that these women enjoyed caused new anxieties and existential angst.

They have it all, they obsess with making wrong choices (bleaching their skins with cream) because they feel they might let the right man slip from under their nose (hence they must always be on the lookout), they believe that not catching a man at the right time might mean they have miss the chance of having a freedom world of today fearing loneliness and the stigma of remaining not loved.

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Peter Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

tolerance

tolerance, not unity, is what is needed within the splm party

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  The FDs have nominated Deng Alor, John Luk Jok and Cirino Hiteng as Ministers in the proposed TGONU as per the (ARCISS).

If one is nominated for any constitutional post in the Republic of South Sudan as per the constitution and for that matter ARCISS, there is a criteria that must be fulfilled in order to qualify for that position.

Below are some of the traits that are expected:

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

corruption and rebellion in RSS

Corruption and rebellion in South Sudan

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  First and foremost, I would like to greet all my fellow South Sudanese people who have face great challenges on their own soil as the result of poor leadership. I know that you have never experience the freedom that you fought for. But this what I can tell to my leaders who are holding big positions without delivering good services to people that  being a leader is not just about holding an important position, but in loud the trust, the leader will be held accountable to people. Of course all the leaders were chosen by voters to represent their interests, care for the welfare of the people and also drive the country to greater heights. In this background, leadership is an important area that needs detailed discussion and concentration.

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Jonglei State: Remove unproductive Duk MPs

By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Juba, South Sudan

Maker Deng Malou
Late Hon. Maker Deng Malou was Duk county MP

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  I have been scratching my head and scrambling over many ideas on how the failed stakeholders of Duk County who are making the people of Duk to be the downgraded minority of the newly-established and a tripod Dinka-speaking Jonglei state can be removed. This is because I know that the roles that most parliamentarians fulfill are often summarized as representative, legislator and scrutinizer of the government. The first refers to the fact that MPs have been elected to parliament as representatives of their electorates. The second reflects what most people see as the central responsibility of an MP, to pass legislation, whether original or changes to existing acts. The third covers the scrutiny or oversight that parliamentarians are expected to exercise over the workings of the executive including the implementation of laws passed by parliament.

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The National Constitutional Amendment Committee(NCAC) on 27 January 2016 has its work come to standstill

Malcolm X

It is all about the mindset

WHY?

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  This is because the government representatives have requested for indefinite adjournment. They claimed that until the outstanding contentious issues have been resolved, the amendment process could not continue. We have called this as ‘technical withdrawal’ from the process since we could have cleaned the whole amended text of the Constitution and to only fix the contentious areas once they are resolved.

The contentious issues are the following:

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New Joke in Juba: Call police at your own risk

Posted: January 28, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Police in Juba

new joke doing rounds in Juba: when attacked by burglars, call the police at your own risk. This week, report emerged that a man who called 777 mobile police after his home was attacked by robbers, was shot dead by the very police that he had called for help.


By Amol De Mabior, Liverpool, the UK

tolerance

Tolerance, not unity, is what is needed within the SPLM party

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  No doubt, that the level of hypocrite amongst president Kiir’s inner circle these days in Juba is unbelievable. In fact, the old days comrades are really making use of Lonnie Lee Best’s hypocrite formula, which states that the degree of hypocrisy one possesses is equal to the absolute value of the difference between their beliefs and actions.

Mathematically it reads: HYPOCRITES = BELIEFS- ACTIONS

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Twic East Community of South Sudan-USA Press Release: Invitation to the 3rd Anniversary of Dr. John Garang Memorial Day on the 4th of July, 2016

John Garang

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  The Eastern Twic Dinka community in United States of America is hereby announcing the Third Anniversary of Dr. John Garang Memorial Day. For people who might never heard about this fundamental Event before.

The First Anniversary was done in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 27th, 2014, and the second one was done last year in Syracuse, New York. And for this year, the Dr. John Garang Memorial Day is going to be observed in State of Nebraska.

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Dear Mama Ayendit,

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

Madam Ayen Mayaardit

The first lady, Madam Mary Ayen Mayaardit holding a sick baby on SSTV

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  I reach out to you today as a son of South Sudan—as a man who has seen violence firsthand, and knows what it has done to our country. Our people have been through enough pain, Mama Ayendit, but we all continue to pray for the future of our country with what little hope we have left. Our hope is in people like you, Mama Ayendit. You have done some remarkable things for the right cause; you have shown that you care about the people of South Sudan. In fact, you and our President General Salva Kiir have never deserted our struggles, which is very important when we speak about solving the more pressing issues in the country.

As a First Lady of South Sudan, you are an undisputed champion for the people. You stand beside the President throughout our country’s most trying times, and during our struggles even now. You continue to be very instrumental to what we stand for as a country. As a citizen of our beloved country of South Sudan, I have heard great things about you as a First Lady, which is why I am reaching out to you now with a request: I would like to see you to do more on your part to address the education of girls and the harmful practice of early marriage. The South Sudanese all watched with pride when you visited a little girl in the hospital after she become an orphan from an airplane crash. I was very proud of you and overjoyed to see you in action.

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By Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar

Politics is hindering public investment in South Sudan

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  In order to explain the important role people’s purchasing power will always have on economic growth, John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern macro-economics, once referred to gainful employment as being at the heart of his theories. He supported his arguments with an assertion that even if there was no jobs to give, the government could make people dig holes and give them money, then make them refill the holes and give them money. They will use that money to purchase goods and services, hence provide an incentive for producers to produce, and employ more workers for more production. It creates and economic cycle which includes more taxes for government from higher economic activities.

To the simple mind, Keynes’ contention would seem absurd, but it is what makes presidents win elections in the developed world. [Un]Employment has been at the heart of all presidential debates across the world because it determines whether a clique of leaders understand the fundamentals of running an economy or not.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

alliance high, Bor

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is obvious that we the people of Jonglei have uttered enough complaints for something that we would fight for at any cost. It seems that South Sudan has been liberated, but Jonglei has yet to be liberated from the enemy within. Therefore, it is now our obligation to use the right hammer on the right nails, and we are hoping that comrade Aguer is overwhelmingly seen as the right man for this job.

For far too long, we have shown faithfulness to our neighbors, but now, these more languorous approaches are not working. Therefore, we must adopt better language to get our messages across. Governor’s actions may be looked at or considered as a regional war if it takes such turn, but if the intent is to maintain security in the state, then such actions are the only way to contain these many problems in Jonglei.

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