Archive for June 15, 2016


SOUTH SUDAN: A NEW COUNTRY FACING A NEW REVOLUTION

A pamphlet by John Sunday Martin (May 30, 2016)

“The Revolution is all about introducing positive change. Positive change cannot be introduced in a nation by compromised individuals. Therefore, the New Revolution will start with ideological changes aimed at shifting us away from selfishness towards a clearer sense of nationalism”

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Kerubino Kuanyin Bol Deng

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………………….3
PART 1 – THE SPIRIT OF TRIBALISM ………………………………………….5
PART 2 – THE SPIRIT OF PATRIOTISM ……………………………………….14
PART 3 – THE NEW REVOLUTION ……………………………………………..17
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ……………………………………………………………19

INTRODUCTION

June 15, 2016 (SSB) — We are in the era of revolution. This era begins with changes in our individual attitudes toward our nation. Strong positive feelings towards our nation influence our actions. They compel us to do good things for our nation, both as individuals and as a collective.

The era of liberation is over. We cannot continue to talk of liberation struggles, because liberation carries with it certain ideologies which are unhelpful for national unity and peaceful coexistence. Liberation ideology promotes negative doctrines of sectarianism along ethnic, religious and political divides. Even when liberation is achieved, unity and reconciliation often remain unrealized because of the negative legacy of the word Liberation.

Many people have been complaining for a long time in our society. But we have not been willing to listen to their grievances.  There was no intention to find solutions to their problems. So what once was just their problem, has become a national disaster. When things are not going well, people will be unhappy. When people are unhappy, they will become rebellious. They will strive to reclaim their lost happiness, and that is the foundation of revolution in society.  And so it has been in our nation to date. It is unwise to blame the rebels in our society. It is far wiser to find solutions to the problems that gave rise to their rebellion. Because no person ever rebels without an unbearable situation that pushes them towards rebellion.

However, we cannot continue to call any rebellion a Liberation Struggle.  The struggle for liberation is over. We are now in the era of revolution.  It is the struggle of the people for meaningful change to improve their lives. To date, most south Sudanese are unhappy with governance in South Sudan under SPLM.  Their mismanagement has sparked an outcry from every community.  We are all looking forward to our salvation from the SPLM regime.

The discontent amongst the people of South Sudan is because of a lack of development and the neglect of democratic principles. These were the main reasons behind every struggle between the North and the South over the decades. Now, that we finally have our independence, they remain the main reason for struggle between us, the South Sudanese people, against the SPLM regime. A regime which has caused the death and suffering of many innocent souls.

The lack of democratic principles, the lack of development, the neglect of service delivery and the general hardship we are facing can be described as problems of our very own making. The real problem of South Sudan is our self-serving individualism. This individualism has manifested itself in political corruption. Power is misused by individuals and cadres of the ruling SPLM. The SPLM has become a political organization for the illegitimate private gain of party members. Consequently, the SPLM as an organization has consistently undermined democratic principles and failed to deliver services and social justice to the public.

Our self-serving and immoral ideologies are at the root of our national problems. They promote tribalism and a lack of patriotism. National unity, democratic reform and sustainable socio-economic development are required to rescue South Sudan from factionalism and an ethnocentric system of governance on a regional basis. There is a need for revolution. A social revolution that will target the immoral ideologies have become the problem of our nation.

Read the entire 20-page pamphlet here: 

South Sudan: A country in need of revolution, but not rebellion (PDF)

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By Jacob Ngong Ngong, Nairobi, Kenya

Hunger in south sudan

Hungry citizens are angry citizens

June 15, 2016 (SSB) — Hunger leaves depressed, discourage and defeated people at the mercy of any dictator who some along with the promises (solid or hallow) that hold their hope together. Hunger is one piece of a complex interrelated social ills. It is linked intricately to global economics, political and social power structures, mode of development and consumption population dynamic and social bias. It’s also linked not only with poor national, economics performance but also with unequal distribution of resources and political structure that render poor people powerless weather in democracy or in dictatorship.

Mustering the political will to make policies that fight hunger should have been our top priority if our government wanted to fight hunger in the country. Setting of strong public constituencies that monitor CDF enacting public policies that foster economic growth accompanied by decreasing income inequality, poor and hungry people lacking political clout become more marginalized especially in war affected areas. Despite the fact that we have not been economically stable since the beginning of creation the war that has started in 2013 is the source of service human suffering that is beyond description in south Sudan. Most of the victims of this conflict are innocent civilians not combatants.

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The Political Hoes

Posted: June 15, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Poems.

By Ayuen Kelei, Juba, South Sudan

We the so much Willing

The fountain of freedom

Up and down the hills

And valleys of struggle

We have done so much with little

But they are still ungrateful

Yet tirelessly cultivated for them

With their oligarchy

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Apuk and Aguok Peace & Reconciliation Conference at Abuokdit did not reflect the will of two fighting communities in both Resolutions and in conference

By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

tribalism in south sudan

June 15, 2016 (SSB) —- Former greater Warrap state and in particular newly created Gogrial state community has been seen as a beacon of peace and stability in the region. However, the newly created Gogrial state has suffered low intensity internal conflicts mainly associated with competition for resources such as pasture, land and border disputes, water and livestock in the pastoralists’ areas. The community communal conflict witnessed in the 2005 was seen by many as a trigger of what has always been a simmering conflict, destruction of property and loss of lives, displacement of persons and the general negative impacts to the social, political and economic affairs of Gogrial state community.

The situation sparked regional and national interventions culminating in the mediation efforts by former neighboring communities group call to form (Akac Akac) in Dinka language, meaning enough or stop. The success of the mediation of Akac Akac and government in Tonj first conference had eventual bring signing of the peace in 2008 until it has started again and again. Since the leaders of Greater Gogrial have not been part of Apuk and Agouk peace and reconciliation conference which casts doubts on the credibility of the concluded conference.

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