Like Dr. Jok Madut, we must tell the truth to our Leaders for the sake of our Community

Posted: October 28, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By William Abur, Melbourne, Australia

October 28, 2016 (SSB) — In academic, critical questions are raised for practitioners to debate them in a respectful way and this is a normal practice in many parts of the world. I have read a constructive criticism posted by Dr Jok Madut Jok to the president of the Country, honourable Salva Kiir Mayardit. On the two essays published at Gurtong, the first article is entitled “President Kiir Mayardit, Here Is What Failure Looks Like” posted on 22nd of October, 2016 and the second entitled “I Was Not Being A Bluster When I Addressed President Kiir” posted 26th October, 2016.

The questions raised in the two essays can be confronting to those who are in power and have a narrow academic thinking or have no understanding how researchers work with governments. My understanding is that Dr Jok is an anthropologist and researcher who has critical skills and understanding in formulating both public and social policies.

My main motivation of writing this essay is to say, I strongly agree with Dr Jok on many of the points raised in the two essays. I’m sure many people would agree with me too. We must tell the truth to our leaders and community for the sake of our nation.

I’m sure President Kiir will invite Dr Jok to his office to congratulate him on his courageous advice and thinking on challenges facing the nation. The advisers in the president’s office should consider working with Dr Jok to learn from him instead of identifying him as an enemy who told the president to think of prioritizing critical issues which have been bedeviling our nation.

The failure of our nation is also in the hands of our youth and some leaders who failed to assist the president to both formulate public and social policies. Lack of law and order has put the nation in this crisis. My understanding is that law and order can only be effected and maintained by top leader like our president. Get me right, President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a humble as individual in history, but he is accountable for many challenges and failures of the nation.

However, people who are holding most positions in the government have failed their duties for the community. They have no projects or plans, they have no consultants or expertise that who can assist them workout some of the important projects needed the nation or community.

If I were the president, I would have invited researchers and expertise from South Sudanese backgrounds who are currently residing in the Diaspora to come home and non-South Sudanese  to come and assist the government in designing projects that can assists nation.

Well, I’m not a president, but I can only make suggestions for leaders to see where they can get human resources with expertise to assist them in designing their projects.

William Abur is a PhD candidate at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, finishing his PhD research in areas of social work and sociology. He is also a social worker working in high school in student well-being area.  You can reach via his email: William Abur <>

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  1. Panda Yentueng says:

    Is this how PHD candidates writes in Melbourne, Australia? I was actually wondering as I read the repetitions and grammatical errors. I qoute!
    1.If I was the president, I would invite have researchers ( If I were the President, I would have invited the researchers)
    2. Dr Jok is an anthropolgy and researcher who a critical skills ( Dr Jok is an anthropoligist and a researcher who had critical skills)
    3. My main of writing this essay is to say.
    William shouldn’t have rushed with the article for posting without a review to prove to us his PHD candidacy. Otherwise, the website does not deserve such articles to be given flatform.


    • mawien Magol says:

      Mr. Panda Yentueny.
      I am aware our attitude and I wouldn’t blamed you about your ignorant but I think you might be one of supporter of our dictatorship man. Well, Dr. William Abur was absolutely right to reminds the citizens of South Sudan and the Dinka societies as a whole specific, the truth should not hid whether it is our Son or none. I wish we should learn from other world, the ways which they did their Affairs and development instead, of taking side to depending the wrongdoing at the wrong time and in the wrong place. I think we must avoid the culture of depending person just because he is our Son or uncle rather than we should be telling the truth so that, there will be no benefit of doubt-ability in the future to come. Also the Idea of trying to discredit the person that is trying to express his view would lead us to zero development and trustworthy otherwise, there is nothing wrong from Dr. William Abur.

      I am a Dinka Rek within Bhar El Ghazal community, I have been supporting the general Salve Kiir Atem for years but not now, no more and no how to support the leader which has failed us in many ways. I am tried seeing no improvement but the continuation of same killing, unknown gunmen killing innocents civilians and most importantly, the citizens have been cuts off from having a rightful freedom of movement on one hand, the innocents Dinkas civilians are dying on the roads blocking and nothing done. The general Salve Kiir Mayardit had been known for failure since he was in the bushed and continues to failed over and over again. Without any doubt in my mind, the president Mayardit will never function good even though all our efforts have been attribute yet, the result will still come out same disasters because our Son was bear unluckily man in Awan Chan community and he will never success belief me.

      I ‘m totally agree with Dr. Jok Madut Jok that, the failure wouldn’t walked on the four legs in order to know that is the failure of mind. The leader has to acknowledge what he is doing if this is a right direction or bad one. Mr. president don’t like people who disagree with him even in his own Party SPLM. In that way, I guess there is no way to know exactly how the nation is heading. I think the young nation need smart leaders and skillful people who knows how the foreign policies are runs. There is a lack of political will within the new country and it will be difficult to lead the nation when a leader is shying to talks to his citizens. I think the leadership of president is going to deny the right people who might be seeking for presidency in years to come. The people of newly created Gogrial must advice both president Salve Kiir Atem and his niece Tor Deng Mawien and more others to get out and let the smarts people tried to clean up the big messed.


    • Dr. Philip A says:

      Mr. Yentueng,
      Mr. Yentueng,

      I think your observation was good, however, you also made a few mistakes of your own in the process of attempting to correct Mr. Abur’s article. I would advise you to take a critical look at the following statements and make necessary corrections where applicable.
      1.Is this how PHD candidates writes in Melbourne, Australia? Possible suggestion (Is this how PHD candidates write in Melbourne, Australia?) Alternatively, Is this how a PHD candidate writes in Melbourne, Australia?
      2.Dr Jok is an anthropoligist and a researcher who had critical skills) Possible suggestion (Dr. Jok is an anthropologist, and a researcher who has critical skills.)


  2. I have not disputed his acknowledgement of Dr. Jok’s analysis! My concern was the level of writings and PHD candidacy to me are compatible! I pointed the writing mistakes out and urged the writer to review his work before posting. So I have not supported Kiir in any way if u can re-read my comments in regard to the presumptive article of a PHD student! As simple as that. All u are writing an article of its own and does reflect my advice to Dr. William Abur!


  3. @ Mawien Magol! I have not disputed his acknowledgement of Dr. Jok’s analysis! My concern was the level of writings and PHD candidacy; to me they are incompatible! I pointed the writing mistakes out and urged the writer to review his work before posting. So I have not supported Kiir in any way if u can re-read my comments in regard to the presumptive article of a PHD student! As simple as that. All u are writing is an article of its own and does not reflect my advice to Dr. William Abur


  4. Panda Yentueng says:

    At least! I am now comfortable if the correction is established in the article. I think William can give me a credit as a reader who spoted mistakes and alert the owner through commentary.


  5. First of all, we the patriotic South Sudanese should says thank you to Dr.Jok Madut Jok.
    This is our country and as it is our country, only we can identify what went wrong and recommends how it should be corrected.
    This is the type of intellectual discourse we have been waiting for. Hence:anyone with similar constructive criticisms should and must make it their sacred duty to come forward and contribute in the same manner.
    I can not agree with those who are critiquing the languages, I would rather critiques the contents.
    The contents is in its place and must be taken as such.


    • Dr. Philip A says:

      Thanks Mr. Garang for redirecting our attention to focus on real issues facing our country. It is indeed an overdue wish and hope of every South Sudanese wherever they are to see peace and stability return to our country. In this case, Dr. Jok’s perspective on the political events in our country is well placed and welcome. If we are genuinely seeking to change course as a country, constructive and inclusive discussions should begin immediately both in the diaspora and at home. I am appealing to the readers of this site and the South Sudanese community at large to restraint from fostering hatreds or engaging in divisive rhetoric that has a potential to divide us even further. Instead, our leaders should initiate and encourage true national dialogue aims at addressing political problems in the country. Last, I want to argue those persons who are working on regime change policy through violence to reach out to the government and come up with real solutions to overcome the challenges we are going through as a country rather than resorting to war as a tool to bring about change.


  6. Dakbai says:

    thank for that light of patriotism but the small correction that am making here is on the “STAR”. our star is not a meandering star. it is a flying star. it has to stand with two shape ends, while strengthening the two ends with one shape point facing up. it has to look like it’s flying. I love the post though…Mabok Majok Deng.


  7. william Abur says:

    Dear friends and readers,
    First, allow me to acknowledge your contributions and corrections you all made during a course of this discourse. I thought Mr Panda Yentueng was unethical and unprofessional in his comments, because of this I choose not to engage with him althought he was clever to spot some of my mistakes.
    I saw some of mistakes which Dr Pillip A pointed clearly. I love your correction to Dr Pillip A, I hope Mr Panda should give you a credit he claimed.

    Now, the responese is thanks those who take their times to read and make contributions in supporting my article. Thanks to Mawien Magol, Dr Pillip, Simon Ajak Garang and Dakbai.

    Panda, you already give yourself a credit brother. I will not take it away from you, but suggest that you share it with Dr Pillip A brother.


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