Archive for June 2, 2016

The author, Timothy Tot Chol, is the former MP at the National Legislative Assembly in Juba and former state minister of Industry in the GONU in Khartoum from 2005 to 2007. He is also a Member of the National Liberation Council of the SPLM/A

By Timothy Tot Chol, Juba, South Sudan

Mabior Garang, with Lam Akol

Dr. Lam Akol with Hon. Mabior Garang at a workshop in Juba, South Sudan

June 2, 2016 (SSB) — “A society which neglects the instructive value of its past for its present and future, cannot be self-confident and self-reliant; and will therefore lack internally generated dynamism and stability (Nwolise, 2005)”

Let us now accept that an unfortunate conflict has happened in our country in which many of our citizens lost their lives. Let us also accept that we failed to contain this conflict until it divided us and threatened our unity. Our failure to resolve our own conflict invited regional and international bodies which we assumed wanted to help us out of the mess we created. However, their efforts to resolve the crisis impartially and to the best of our satisfaction failed. Now that the IGAD Compromise Agreement is faltering before our own eyes, I appeal to our leaders and elders to rise up and salvage our young nation from possible abyss by resolving the problems. As leaders and elders, we liberated our people in order to enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity and not to be the very perpetrators of their suffering. It is we to provide them with the needed peace and harmony to enable them to continue with their normal lives.


By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei state

David Yau Yau

GPAA Chief Yau Yau deliver 4 abducted children in Bor on May 19 2015

June 2, 2016 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei state Philip Aguer Panyang said he will petition the government of Boma state under Baba Medan Konyi to return all the abducted children in the last few years. Thousands of children have been abducted from Bor in the last Century.

Lou Nuer of Bieh state has petition the Boma state over the abduction of 30 children last month, Ethiopia earlier warned to invade South Sudan Pibor town if the 108 abducted children from Gambella Ethiopia were not re-united with their biological parents immediately.

“Let us talk peace because instability disrupts development, we shall write to Governor Baba Medan of Boma state about our abducted children. Lou Nuer is complaining of 30 abducted children. Ethiopian government is complaining,” Philip Aguer appealed while addressing chiefs at South Sudan Hotel on Saturday.


By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

ministers, TGONU

Ministers, transitional government of national unity

June 2, 2016 (SSB) — The long awaited formation of Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) has come to pass. It is a critical step among many required by the Compromise Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS) signed on the 17th and 26th August 2015 by Dr. Riek and President Kiir respectively.

The selection of ministerial portfolios was a compromise by itself. Had it been done according to lottery style set out in the agreement itself, it would have face insurmountable obstacles. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission tasked to monitor and oversee the implementation of the agreement later praised the parties for the achievement.


By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Juba, South Sudan

tribalism in south sudan

June 2, 2016 (SSB)  —  The hybrid model in addressing crimes is characterized by a mix of national and international components. It is said to ‘hold a good deal of promise and actually offer an approach that may address some of the concerns about purely international justice, on the one hand, and purely local justice, on the other.

Thus, in this Article I, would like to explain why establishment of hybrid court is the most important opportunity South Sudan should not miss at this crucial time in which South Sudanese are emerging from horrors of war.

In that regard, the need for writing this article comes as a result for the need to clear some doubts that have recently been expressed by many people, and in particular, the South Sudanese government officials about the viability of the hybrid court in relation to the implementation of peace in South Sudan.


Drivers of Ethnic Civil Wars in Africa

Posted: June 2, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Columnists, Featured Articles, Mayen Ayarbior

By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan


The true size of Africa

June 2, 2016 (SSB) — The extracts bellow are from “House of War: Civil War and State Failure in Africa 2013, page 43-46.” I have reviewed some literature on how different socioeconomic and political stresses contribute to civil war in the continent, including internal factors as a history of revenge and counter revenge cycle as well as external stresses.

The existence of a history of vengeance among ethnic groups, according to the CH model, also captures another element that explains the root causes of ethnic civil wars in Africa. The CH model concludes that “once a conflict has occurred, it creates a legacy of hatred, and this hatred fuels further conflict…[hence] some societies are doomed to a cycle of repeated conflict”(p.15). In other words, despite the fact that ethnic wars are mainly triggered by a predisposition to control resources by tribal groups, they tend to go beyond resource conflicts into the realm of revenge and counter revenge. When ethnic conflicts reach that stage, reversing them becomes more difficult. Similarly, when one ethnic group or a regional coalition of ethnic groups is in control of state resources, cycles of violence turn to be between the state and an opposing tribe or tribal coalition.