Archive for August 18, 2016
It is fashionable for South Sudanese government officials to hold multiple positions in the same governmentPosted: August 18, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Columnists, Malith Alier, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers
By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan
August 18, 2016 (SSB) — W has recently got an appointment as head of an Independent Commission while at the same time an advisor to the President.
X has become a state Governor while being an MP in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA)?
Y is a serving army officer but has also got an appointment to a political position, Mangar-rial County Commissioner, to which Y will return to the military upon losing that political posting.
Z is a serving party official but was recently appointed to hold ambassadorial position in diplomatic corps.
By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan
August 18, 2016 (SSB) — Road transport is one of the cheapest mean commonly used by poor, average and rich class of people globally. All mean of transport including roads are vital and compulsory to be established by government in any promising nation like South Sudan. In this newest nation, roads connectivity, maintenance and repairs and construction have been heavily sidelined and remain a great challenge since we were under Khartoum regime, until the country broke away via plebiscite in Feb. 2011.
Major roads highways connecting former ten states with national capital are completely spoiled and remained flooded during rainy season, hampering transportation of commodities to various states and counties headquarters respectively. An example is Juba-Rumbek-Wau road which is the main route supplying greater Bhar-El Ghazal states with goods had been badly damaged beyond description and repair.
This highway becomes flood with rain water during wet months of the year forcing trucks to camp alongside the roads, for quiet handful number of days or month. Some heavy trucks overturned on this muddy path, with goods causing lives lost and injuries while dozen stuck for a months. This culminated to delayment of food supply reaching the affected areas quickly and forced half a million of people to acute food shortage in the country.
What President Kiir and VP Taban should do to ensure that ARCISS is not hijacked in the name of regional intervention forcePosted: August 18, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers
By Mariak Chol Majok, Kampala, Uganda
August 18, 2016 (SSB) —- When the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was formed by the Government of South and the SPLM/A-IO, under the leadership of then, former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar, there were high hopes that it would be the end of the war that had afflicted serious of damages to our beloved nation.
However, all that came out was disappointment and betrayal to South Sudanese populace who accepted the peace considering the surreptitious content and intransigent and reneging tendencies on the side of the opposition.
The so-called partners and guarantors of the peace were also hard to fathom, given the way some of these monitors were acting, issuing threats of sanctions and arms embargo when the two parties were committed to implement peace. These moves were meant by the foreign powers that have their varied interests to keep us fighting ourselves so as they keep plundering with our country.
By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan
August 18, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudanese were all united under Sudan people’s Liberation Army and movement SPLA/M umbrella before independent. The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and was a key participant of the 2nd Sudanese Civil war. He was succeeded by his chief of staff, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, a co-founder of the SPLA/M.
The SPLM was originally the political wing of the SPLA, an insurgency that waged for 22 years against Khartoum based government of Sudan, before joining the national government in 2005 peace deal that also made SPLM as the ruling party in Southern Sudan.
The 2005 CPA established the SPLA as Sudanese army in Southern Sudan while Sudan Army Force (SAF) was considered the army of northern Sudan. The SPLM has ruled South Sudan since the CPA and won elections in 2010, securing its position as the dominant political force ahead of the country’s vote for independence in 2011.