Archive for January 4, 2016

For South Sudan to prevent Forex flight, it should nationalize vital national industries such as telecommunication, energy, agriculture, and banking

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

RSS coat of ARMS

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

January 4, 2015 (SSB) — In order for South Sudan to be in a strong position to compete in the East African marketplace, the country has to first have a functioning marketplace of its own. Since the EAC is essentially an economic community, its constituent units and country members are treated as markets rather than as sovereign political states, even though the latter is the controller of the former. Hence, it is only natural that the main preoccupation engaging our thinking throughout the coming transitional stage ought to be related to building a competitive economy.

Having already started with nominal devaluation as a means of managing its money markets, South Sudan’s purposeful economic alignment towards the EAC has now started in earnest. Nonetheless, monetary policy alignment could only be one of many more economic actions which had better be taken concurrently as they are symbiotic. For instance, increasing the purchasing power(s) of a segment of buyers (government employees) is one such concurrent step towards improving the country’s domestic economy. But, of course, we all know that it is not enough either.



JMEC | South Sudan Conflict Resolution





For Immediate Release

January 4, 2015 (SSB)  — The Secretariat of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) confirms the following schedule of implementation activities from 6 – 15 January 2016, pursuant to the Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS):

Wednesday, 6 January 2016:

  • 2nd meeting of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM)
  • Meeting to select ministerial portfolios for the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU)

Monday, 11 January 2016:

  • 2nd meeting of the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC)

Tuesday, 12 January 2016:

  • January 2016 meeting of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC)

Friday, 15 January 2016:

  • 1st meeting of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR)

In addition to these meetings, the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) continues to meet and will continue to do so until the Committee’s initial tasks are complete.

The Chairperson of JMEC, Mr. Festus G. Mogae, Former President of the Republic of Botswana, will return to South Sudan on Wednesday, 6 January 2016.

By Garang Atem Ayiik, Juba, South Sudan

Governor Agwer Panyang

The newly appointed governor of Jonglei state, Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, with Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk and Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth in Bor, Jonglei state


January 4, 2015 (SSB) — On the eve of Christmas day 25, December 2015, the President of the Republic of South Sudan issued an order that appointed new Governors of 28 states. The creation of 28 states has divided citizens of South Sudan.

With many looking at it as ethnic federalism bulldozed without due diligence on its economic and unity of the people; while others thought this creation should have been subjected to consultative processes and while majority believed it is a fulfillment of Dr. John Garang’s idea of taking towns to the people.

Criteria to create states would have been defined first; states with defined borders proposed and subjected to citizens’ discussions; and finally to legislative approvals.


By Simon Yel Yel, Paloch, South Sudan


Simon Yel Yel, a Juba-based South Sudanese political analyst

January 4, 2015 (SSB) — As I write this letter, I am deeply overwhelmed by the wisest and bold decision our president has ever taken in creation of twenty eight states that set the entire nation into cordial jubilation. Little did anyone know that the presidential order on 2nd October will materialize! Before I delve into real reasons of writing you this open letter, I would like to say congratulations in the first place for having won our president’s heart to appoint you as the first governor of the newly created Gogrial State. Congratulations!


On Security: People’s Expectations for Jonglei State Governor, Philip Aguer Panyang

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda


January 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  For several decades, the civil population has suffered from the crimes of cattle rustlings, kidnappings, massacring of innocent civilians plus politically motivated attacks which have displaced the populace. Many rebellious politicians miscalculate their political agenda and end up attacking these areas thinking that they are inflicting pain on the system they hate. This has become a practice that if a person is not happy with the SPLM, he takes up arms and invades these areas to communicate his dissatisfaction nationwide.

As a result of these frequent attacks, Jonglei State which is made up of the three Counties of Dinka Bor (Duk, Bor and Twic East counties) has thousands of refugees in Kenya, Uganda and IDPs with in South Sudan. There is no population in the State as the new governor takes the office. This means that the new governor will go and search the whereabouts of his citizens.  Tracing these citizens and convincing them is not an easy task but Aguer, being a promising leader has already attracted the attention of his subjects who are suffering in the UN ran camps inside and outside South Sudan. It needs a pragmatic assurance for these citizens to come back home.


Education as a Priority in South Sudan

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

mama ayendit

First lady, Mama Ayen Mayaardit

January 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is with carelessness that our country left many children out of the school system in South Sudan, especially young girls, most of whom aren’t educated beyond the 6th grade level in which Minister of Education should be blame and hold accountable for this. These young girls are more likely to be married at a tender age, at a time when they should still be in school. We have heard so much about war in the past months and years, but we have yet to hear more than a whisper about the small number of girls who have completed the 8th grade.