Archive for January 19, 2016


By Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

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Celebrating the 4th anniversary of South Sudan’s independence

January 19, 2016 (SSB)  —  Having taken the all-imperative first steps towards formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), notwithstanding the current stalemate about the 28 states, we all hope that South Sudan is on the right path to becoming a viable nation-state. To all intents and purposes, every other political task is going to be built from scratch because our first (and hopefully last) real civil war has exposed our fragile institutions which could not prevent the war from breaking out.

For that reason of having incapacitated state institutions, the country’s perilous steps with nationhood sucked-in the entire world. From the UN Security Council, AU and its Security Council, Torika, EU, IGAD, to individual neighboring and distant countries all extended their help to South Sudan. Such initiatives from Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, China, etc. created multiple platforms for the Government, SPLM-IO, SPLM-FDs, Civil Society and other political parties to discuss the civil war from a much deeper perspective beyond pointing accusing fingers toward individuals from opposite camps.

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South Sudan: What Lies Ahead in 2016

Posted: January 19, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Columnists, Commentary, Malith Alier, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Happy new year 2016

January 19, 2016 (SSB)  —  Late but never forever, this is first of the series of articles for year 2016. Like last year I promise that this year will be no exception good health and other commitments allow. I will continue to write for the usual topics of economy, governance, health, education and religion.

The year 2016 is going to be an interesting and colourful year in terms of politics as ushered in by the creation of twenty eight (28) states. Nobody knew that the issue of 28 states was going to cause such headache as we now witness. Nobody either knew that the government was going to succumb to creation of more states before the start of the transitional period of the CPA 2015 – some people erroneously call it CPA number 2 (CPA 2).

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By Pal Chol, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

January 19, 2016 (SSB)  —  As a concerned youth, many College and University graduates are unemployed. They are now roaming about in the Ministries complex seeking for jobs. They have filled the tea places discussing politics because they have nothing to do. They blame the government for not employing them.

The government tells them that they better go and work in the private sector. This is absolutely right. We did not go to schools or universities to do white collar jobs or be employed by the government. Many youths have joined rebellions out of frustration and for them to get protection. This is not a solution in any way. We should do menial jobs also to earn a living.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Future of Higher Education in South Sudan: Fewer or More Universities for South Sudan?

January 19, 2016 (SSB)  —  The trouble over higher education in South Sudan never gets uglier. Two or three days ago what was known to be Cavendish university learning centre in Juba became a centre of dispute right from the source in Uganda. The mother university in Kampala is thought to have been taken over by new proprietors who in turn wanted to repatriate the South Sudan extension.

Before, the dissolution of government in July 2013, the then Higher Education Minister Dr. Adwok Nyaba clamped down on the education interlocutors who happened to be mostly from Uganda. Dr. Nyaba was praised and condemned equally by those who wanted to promote quality education and by those who wanted to catch up respectively.

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By Mamer Deng Jur, Australia

riek going to juba

January 19, 2016 (SSB)  —  I know that a lot of people likes the term REBEL rather than referring these unhappily citizens as a team in OPPOSITION.

Many cry: Peace! Peace! Peace! When people talk about peace and referring to peace, you may always wonder; do they really mean what they are saying? Literally is it in their hearts or are they just flattering about it? Well, i have invited you; to give your thoughts because i don’t have answers to these questions.

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The Report on Political Scenarios for South Sudan in 2020

Posted: January 19, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Reports

SIPRI and PAX: Hope for peace in South Sudan, but fragmentation still a risk

South Sudan, political scenarios 2020 (DOWNLOAD THE PDF)

(Stockholm, Utrecht, 19 January 2016) On 22 January, just over 25 months after the start of the civil war in South Sudan, the scheduled formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity will be one of the first major milestones in the peace process. The swearing in of the transitional government would be enormous progress, but nothing in South Sudan is certain and the event may just as easily be postponed. According to the report “Scenarios for South Sudan in 2020” released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Dutch peace organisation PAX, there is hope for a peaceful future if the 2015 peace agreement is implemented and the peace process opened up beyond the current parties. Otherwise, the human cost will likely be tremendous and the country might even risk complete fragmentation.
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