Archive for May 9, 2016


By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

our founding fathers, splm-a

Salva Kiir, John Garang, William Nyuon, Arok Thon and Kerubino Kuanyin

May 9, 2016 (SSB) —- Under this column (“Notes of Statecraft”) in the esteemed newspaper The Nation Mirror as-well-as on the esteemed online blog Paanluelwel.com, I intend to sometimes post a few extracts from my 2013 book titled “House of War: Civil War and State Failure in Africa.”  This is motivated by the fact that not so many people have come across the book and my belief that knowledge sharing is the engine of social progress. The extracts bellow are from Chapter Three (Literature Review) where I engaged various perspectives of other writers on causes of state failure in Africa (Page 38-41). We can thus look at some sociostructural causes of state failure as viewed by a couple of African writers:

Said Adjumobi (2001), an African historian, attributes state failure in Africa to the structure of modern African states in which the main binding sociopolitical force between citizens is the institutionalization of ethnic entitlements rather than citizenship. He observes that the term nation-state suggests a collectivity of nationalities all bound together in a state through the tie of citizenship. Hence, he defines the institution of citizenship as, “that political artifact through which a state constitutes and perpetually reproduces itself as a form of social organization” (p.152).

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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

 kiiRiek, enough for the cameras

May 9, 2016 (SSB) —- A question often raised is: are leaders a reflection of their time, or are they individuals who rise to answer the call of the hour? History has shown that many have risen to the occasion out of strong moral conviction. The events and the circumstances at the time were such that acting or failing to act had colossal implications of such magnitude that changed the course of history.

We certainly are living in a period of unprecedented global trials. Violent extremism is spreading, poverty and despair are pervasive, fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness reign, and existential threats such as nuclear proliferation and ominous environmental disasters are looming.

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Press Statement from Padang Dinka Youth Union

Posted: May 9, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Press Release

Padang Youth Union

Head Office, Juba

Date: 9th May, 2016

Press Statement: Condemnation of Press Statement by JMEC, UN SRSG Ms. Hellen Loej of not recognizing the 28 states

May 9, 2016 (SSB) —- In the first place, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the first Vice President and Gen. James Wani Igga, the vice President of the Republic and the people of South Sudan on the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU).

We, the youth of Eastern Nile formerly Upper Nile State comprising of Renk, Akoka, Baliet, Khorfulus and Atar and Diaspora have condemned with strongest term possible the press statement released by Ms. Hellen Loej SRSG that appeared o the Stance daily newspaper dated Thursday May 5th, 2016, issue No. 149 in front page titled JMES, UN do not recognized the 28 states and call for her dismissal. Ms. Hellen Loej, the special representative of the UN Secretary General to South Sudan had confirmed her support to IGAD and head of JMEC Festus Mogae, on issue of 28 states in the Country that the formation of 28 states created ethnic tensions around Upper Nile and especially in Malakal City. The tensions according to Loej is associated to newly drawn boundaries by the President Kiir which annexed some parts of Chollo land to Padang Dinka a move rejected by opposition politicians and defected Commanders Johnson Olony.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor-Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

May 9, 2016 (SSB) —-  The governor of Jonglei state H.E. Philip Aguer Panyang Jot has welcomed objective criticism from the various media outlets operating in South Sudan and around the world. Aguer made the remarks while hosting the special program organized by Pathuyith community and Jonglei Arts and Music Association (JAMA) to celebrate the re-appointment of Kuol Manyang Juuk as South Sudan defense ministers at South Sudan Hotel in Bor on Saturday.

“I love the media to criticize our government to bring services, improve roads, schools, hospitals and agricultural sector but critism does not carry weight if you do it from 6 am to 6pm,” Col. Philip Aguer told the gathering.

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Philip Aguer: “System of quotas will fail South Sudan”

Posted: May 9, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor-Jonglei state

Governor Philip Agwer Panyang

Governor of Jonglei state H.E Col. Philip Aguer Panyang [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

May 9, 2016 (SSB) —-  Jonglei state governor criticized the system of Quarters that has been introduced in South Sudan by the Peace grantors to divide the powers among the parties to the agreement. After the signing of IGAD compromised peace agreement on the resolution of South Sudan conflict ending the 20 months of senseless war that have killed thousands of people and displaced million others from their homes, the government of the republic of South Sudan, SPLM/IO and SPLM former detainees have shared powers in the executive of the TGoNU as 53%, 33%, 7% and 7% for the GRSS, South Sudan armed opposition, former detainees and other political parties respectively.

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