Archive for January 31, 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.



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


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.


By Job Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Canada


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).