Archive for January 22, 2016

We “Duk County” Are Not Moulds in the Newly Created Jonglei State 

By Guong Manyiel Guong, Juba, South Sudan

Maker Deng Malou

Commander Maker Deng Malou

January 22, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Congratulations to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayaardit for scaling the tremendous heights and setting new standards by splitting South Sudan’s 10 states into 28 states which is people’s choice. I do admire you for your peace-loving nature in South Sudan which can be evidenced by a couple of pardons and amnesties you’ve humbly gave. I am overjoyed with your success towards peace thus peace is adage and titular in humans veins.  Shine on, Mr. President! I hope former SPLA spokesman, Philip Aguer Panyang, now the first governor of the newly created Jonglei State, will improve fragile unity, security and re-activate fair distribution of power and resources among the peace-loving people of Jonglei State. Transparency is key.

Governor Aguer was chosen as a king by the sons and daughters of Greater Bor (namely Bor, Twic East and Duk Counties). I still hope and believe that you’ll have the best at your portfolio Mr. Governor if you don’t pay much attention to anybody who comes to you as a good advisor. I hope you would not be like your predecessors. Greater Bor people experienced divisive governance during the times of Philip Thon and Kuol Manyang as governors of old Jonglei State. I applause the recently relieved Governor John Kong Nyuon for coming with some improvements in the aspects of peace and unity. I’m not in position to denigrate some leaders but the likes of Philip Thon Leek, Kuol Manyang, Makuei Lueth, Deng Dau and a few to mention, have failed to unite people of Greater Bor during their tenure. So, I don’t want you Philip Aguer to be like them. Let your government be a youthful government like the governments of other states. Both state and national MPs of Duk County have convincingly failed to represent people of Duk at their levels. Time for them to leave their parliamentary seats for young lads has come.


SPLM-IO Team Returns to Juba after Consultation with Riek Machar in Pagak

Posted: January 22, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary

SPLM-IO Returns to Juba, Rejects 28 states

Taban back in Juba

SPLM-IO team return to Juba, rejects 28 states

SPLM IO leaders return to Juba this evening and chief negotiator Gen. Taban Deng Gai has this to say: ​​

“We deliberated in Pagak for two days. The leadership of the IO recommended and decided that we should insist and stick to the implementation of the agreement in spirit and letter, which means ‘ten states’ is what the agreement was signed on the basis. In case of disagreement between us and the government, we shall ask JMEC to decide or report to the AU and the [-UN] Security Council. This is important because we don’t want to disagree later on, because the agreement was signed on the basis of the ten states. As to the formation of TGoNU, it is important also we form the TGoNU on the basis of a constitution. It is when we have full incorporation of the agreement into the constitution, and then we shall have a TGoNU.”

SPLM/SPLA (IO) Leadership Consultative Meeting.
January 21, 2016
Pagak, South Sudan.

A. Respond of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to 28 states created by President Kiir.
B. Creating Presidential Advisors.
C. Seat falling vacant in the parliament and how to fill the seat (s).
D. SPLM reunification.


1. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) will stick to peace agreement and abide by the agreement stating 10 states only.

2. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) will accept 5 Presdential Advisors and IO will have 2 Advisors and GRSS will have 3 Advisors.

3. Filling the vacant seats is to conduct by election. SPLM/SPLA (IO) supports by elections.

4. On the SPLM Reunification, President Kiir is not for the Reunification of SPLM. So the SPLM (IO) might opt for a party in the future.

Conclusion, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) 38 members of the team who came from Juba will go back to Juba today 22, 2016 to present our resolutions to JMEC.

Comment by SSB Editor: President Kiir accommodating the SPLM-IO in luxurious hotels in Juba; Dr. Riek Machar sending Taban and his team back to Juba today….These are positive, encouraging, commendable steps….go forward and form the damn government of national unity. Only you…Kiir and Riek plus your lieutenants…will save or destroy South Sudan. It was a big shame to wage the civil war, to have UPDF in South Sudan, to be dictated upon by IGAD, and to now have JMEC lording it over Junubeen. You brought this mess, it is up to you, again, to remove the stain on our national conscience. No more oil money to quarrel over…no more reason to disagree, right Bany Kiirdit and Diktoor Riek?

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan


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.

January 22, 2016 (SSB)  —  Jonglei, the erstwhile largest state in the country was also a petulant kid on the block. If south Sudan was a small child as always advanced by politicians, perhaps the crisis in Jonglei contributed to that reference.

Jonglei was always inhabited by complicated folks who had no understanding of issues that may preserve harmony among peoples.

Six languages are no simply matter as conceded by former governor of the state, Mr. Kuol Manyang Juuk. “I had language problems in communicating certain messages,” he said to the celebrants during the reception of the new Jonglei Governor in Bor on the 2nd of January 2016.