Archive for August 10, 2016

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

fuel in juba

shortage of fuel in juba

August 10, 2016 (SSB) — Hmm! Dear readers, I have finally come out of the self-destructive events of late June and early July. It is inevitable to be in trauma without psychological counseling pertaining to the befallen catastrophe of late June and early July. However, the point of argument here is, the country administrators should honestly admit and stop the intransigency to support the vulnerable society.

It doesn’t make sense for the country to export oil and buy the oil expensively as evidently proven by roadside petrol vendors composed of women and children who do not even know the scientific hazard of the flammable liquid, but whose concern remains a way of earning a living with the danger petroleum being hidden in teapot places along the road for safety in the day time and in kitchen for safety in the night. What a kind of a Country!

The Maridi-Membe road petrol tanker explosion tragedy that claimed over hundred lives has not yet taught the petrol vendors’ lesson since it is a struggle between earning daily livings or else die by hunger. So the children and women selling petrol in plastic-water bottles along Juba roads have opted for death by tragedy than by hunger. The attempts made to stop roadside black market of diesel and petrol did not yield any fruit due to the involvement of high profiles into the fuel business dealings.


By Junior William Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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August 10, 2016 (SSB) — There are many analyses on political emergence of the then Governor of defunct Unity State and the “Battle of Guards,” end result FVP Gen. Taban Deng Gäi. His recent took over of First Vice President of South Sudan and SPLM -IO leadership from his former boss Dr. Riek Machar Teny has completely divided the country into: those who are celebrating the overthrowing of Dr. Riek by Taban; and those who have heavily criticised Taban and cohorts for conspiring against ARCISS born FVP Dr. Riek Machar. But as independent thinker, I have these trends:

  1. Gen. Taban Deng Gäi has been on the side of President Kiir since 2010 general elections. This bonding made SPLM break & defile its laws and political processes to install Gen. Taban as the Governor of Unity State over Madame Angelina Teny. Taban Deng indeed lost elections but he was officially rigged into power by the Party -SPLM Politburo.

This informal process divided Bentiu on clan basis leading to many military insurgencies until forces loyal to Angelina were defeated. His disappointment from the governorship during 2013 demand of political pluralism in the country exacerbated lost of trust between him and the president – his friend turned foe. He made skirmishes that fueled 2013 ethnic war. This happened because he expected to be given Ministry of Petroleum since he was released from governorship; Beny Salva didn’t do it as he expected. This escalated his already worse relationship with the President and probably mobilised for war; he pushed and convinced his tribesmen including Dr. Riek Machar to fight Kiir militarily.


By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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August 10, 2016 (SSB) – There is nobody who may be against peace if peace is really coming, and if your neighbour come to your house with language of peace, you can welcome him/her in loving gestures, and hear whatever he/she may be saying to reconcile you with your friends, family members, tribe to tribe, nation to nation, region to region or internationally, that is the art of peace worldwide which I know. But if your neighbour take side against you, I think that peacemaker will no longer be call peacemaker, it is call a troublemaker.  Please study South Sudan peace process, or peace agreement, and the hints of conflict resolution in the Republic of South Sudan.

If the region and UN are genuinely concern for the life of innocent South Sudanese, they would have listen first the standpoint of government and the people when they argued proposal of two armies which resulted in J1 incident. New regional troop’s interventions are on the way to worsen the situation, but they nicknamed as protection forces, and it is still not an absolute solution to South Sudan. UNMISS was mandated to supervised CPA, protect civilians, and humanitarians workers. If it is no longer trusted by both the government, region, and UN, then terminate their contract and let them leave the country and bring in new regional protection forces which you are proposing.


G-10 Press Statement on the deployment of Regional Forces in South Sudan

By Gabriel Pager Ajang, USA

SPLM House


August 10, 2016 (SSB) — President Washington knew it better than many of his predecessors, peace and stability are more important than presidency. James Madison, vice president and Thomas Jefferson, his secretary of state disagreed while serving in Washington administration. They disagreed over policies and directions the United States could take at that time.

Nevertheless, Washington did not like political parties. He did not like the fact that Jefferson and Madison had formed their own parties. And he articulated his points at his Farwell Address Speech to the nation. He declared that he would not seek second time for presidency because that would not serve national interest—it can only played into simmering divisions and conflicts.  He alluded in his speech that he never wanted to be part of political parties.

He suggested that he was better off to remain above national politics and a true nationalist. He thought that his accomplishments were enough to solidify his legacy, at least in his opinions: he led the revolutionary war, won and gained independent. Washington allowed Jefferson and Madison to engage citizens in political discourse that would be vital to America political history for centuries to come.


By Junior William Deng, Juba, South Sudan

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

August 10, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan is a young country with larger percentage of young people. Age group within the bracket of 18-35 years makes fifty one percent (51%) of the national population while age group between 35-45 years constitutes twenty percent (20%) of the remaining national population. This means that about Seventy one percent (71%) of South Sudanese population is extremely young.

The remaining twenty nine (29%) is represented by relatively old and old people (45-above). This twenty nine percent (29%) generates the ruling elite and rich haves in the country. The economy and political setting including war are jealously administered by this group. They have busied themselves protecting their seats and financial sources through corruption and guns.


By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

 media reporting

August 10, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudanese journalists living in Kenya has joined some East African regional journalists for a week on a theme of “Refugees and East African media.” This media dialogue is generally base on wills and in which will enhance their skills in different field of their specializations. The training was organized by Deutsche Welle akademie (DW-Akademie) and sponsored by the Germany government.

The media dialogue is among other pilot projects that focused on the African countries in relation to Refugees plights. the training involves some experts from UNCHR, Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Moi University, Professor Duolo who is also head of center for peace and Security studies as well as other experienced journalists from Kenya, Somalia’s and Ugandans.