Archive for January, 2017

By Ajak Deng Ajak (Australia), Lual Maker Lual (Canada), and Alier Mach Deng (USA)

The Late Gen. Ruben Mach Buot

The Late Gen. Ruben Mach Buot

January 31, 2017 (SSB) — Perturbed by Facebook post attributable to Dr. Jok Madut, probably the propaganda and media wing of the rebels, the FDs and IOs, we vehemently reject his claim he fallaciously laid on Late General Mac Buot. The narcissistic Professor tried to posthumously associate Gen. Ruben Mac Buot with nepotism when he served his country as the Chief of Police in old Sudan. The don built his argument on innuendos and hearsays as indicated in his post you are yet to read in this paper. Because of his crumbling nature of his hypothesis, he could not pinpoint salient areas where the general skewed the recruitment of law enforcement officers in favour of Buor.

The exact post appears as Follows (Dec 1, 2016):

“I was only a young boy in 1980s but I was in Juba briefly in 1982, and I remember the talk of the town at that time was how the Jieng of Jonglei single handedly caused Kokora and brought about the re-division and weakening of South Sudan. Two things were particularly often discussed. 

  1. Ruben Mach, the chief of police, packed the police with his “Buor” so much that the Equatorians got so sick of Jieng police brutality and bias in the enforcement of law and order so much that they wanted all the Jieng gone from Juba. 
  2. Thongpiny, which is a Dinka word for “land is all the same,” a swampy area just south of the airport, was turned into a cattle camp by Bor Dinka claiming that since “land is land, we can settle here in this no-man’s land.” Well, this did not sit well with the Equatorians who saw this as invasion and land grab” By Jok Madut Jok.

As stated at the onset of this paper, the above quote is misleading and isn’t true. Gen. Ruben Mac Buot, popularly known as, Mac-lo-Biliny, literally translated as ‘the glowing inferno’, was the apotheosis of the police force. The novice General rose to fame as a result of his industry, valour and conscientiousness in undertaking his obligations and duties with integrity. Mac was a principled, decorated and rigorous police officer who strictly observed and followed policies, procedures and laws governing police recruitment.



By Kuol Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

kiir and garang

Commander John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir in Rumbek, during the war of liberation struggle

January 31, 2017 (SSB) —- For the sake of being misunderstood, allow me at the onset here to clarify few things. First, I don’t know in person the appointed Member of Parliament Hon. Oliver Majok, representing Abiem Centre Constituency. I have never heard anything bad about the representative. I don’t speak on behalf of any political god-father. Finally, I have no political ambition or having had any thoughts to occupy this seat. The driving force of this article is the quest for fairness and political accommodation

I would like to congratulate Kiir Mayardit, our president for listening to the call of people from Abiem centre in particular, for the appointment of a representative to the National Legislative Assembly Hon. Majok Aleu after the former representative was appointed as the Ambassador to the USA. We deeply and wholeheartedly thank Mayardit for the latter’s appointment.


By Madol Madol Agwer, Juba, South Sudan

RSS coat of ARMS

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

January 30, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudanese nationalism, as it developed after 1918, was a Southern Sudan phenomenon with its support base in the Southerner provinces. Nationalists opposed indirect rule and advocated a centralized national government in Khartoum responsible for both regions. Nationalists also perceived Britain’s southern policy as potential policy toward diving Sudan and preventing its unification under an Arabized and Islamic ruling class. Ironically, however, a non-Arab led Sudan’s first modern nationalist movement.

In 1921 Ali Abd al Latif, a Muslim Dinka and former army officer, founded the United Tribes Society that called for an independent Sudan in which power would be shared by tribal and religious leaders. Three years later, Ali Abd al Latif’s movement, reconstituted as the White Flag League, organized demonstrations in Khartoum that took advantage of the unrest that followed Stack’s assassination.

Ali Abd al Latif’s arrest and subsequent exile in Egypt sparked a mutiny by a Sudanese army battalion, the suppression of which succeeded in temporarily crippling the nationalist movement.


By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan


January 29, 2017 (SSB) —- Anataban comes from Arabic word meaning “I am tired”! This writer is also tired and of course, when you say you are tired, there must be something you are tired of! What are we tired of? We are tired of economic hardship, we are tired of war and we are also tired of unknown gunmen and the only option is to strongly voice out our concern of being tired #Antaban#.

Before the declaration of national dialogue by H.E the President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Anataban peace initiative campaign has been going on for the last few months of 2016 and in early 2017 with the harsh tag (#Anataban#). The people who share the same sentiments, shared it on social media the #Anataban#and its global beats music videos uploaded by Anataban team of artists.


By Gabriel Kucdid Kachuol, Panaker, Yirol

N.B: Dr Garang’s challenge of his mission and vision for South Sudan can be viewed from an angle that it formed the rift between the first tiers and the contemporary SPLM/A tiers of “ABËK-WËU” hence the challenge to become a peaceful nation. It is from this perspective that my writing is derived.

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Salva Kiir in the shoe of Dr. John Garang

January 29, 2017 (SSB) — Before delving into the core principal message of this piece, I would like to briefly explain the word “abëk-wëu” as aforementioned. “Abëk-wëu” is a Dinka connotation meaning “masqueraders whose intent to join army is to get money.”  I have an impression that the word must have been coined towards the end of struggle to sarcastically describe those who massively flocked into the SPLA and, perhaps, also into the political wing, SPLM, after comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) 2005. The first time I heard of this word was 2006 when many young people of the time were turning up for military recruitments in the organised forces in places like Malon-Jiec, Mapel, and other Military training barracks across the young nation. At the same time, many were also registering to get the SPLM party membership Identity cards believed to boot in higher opportunities within the GOSS.


By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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January 25, 2017 (SSB) — It is unimaginably heartbreaking to see families losing their family members and worst of all losing the elderly, women, and children. It is very unfortunate that children are not spared and this has troubled many of us who are advocates for children. In fact, many are potentially terrified by such activities carried out in the name of tribal connection. Some of the things people are saying that these kinds of issues are inevitable consequences of retaliation with little remorse to families who are suffering as a result. These are the reasons why General Paul Malong is courageously encouraged to take the humanity aspect of the situation and just intervene for peace on those who are destabilizing the country by targeting certain groups based on ethnicity, particularly the most innocent lives out of all things.


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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January 25, 2017 (SSB) — If a man could be applauded for a job well done, then nothing muggy can prevent the scene colouring of Mr. Makiir Gai Thiep, a man who has devotedly laid his sleeping mat under the shade of humanity and nationhood, Makiir Gai is a man who has testified before the provider of fortune that having heavy basket of rewards does not deepen the hole of socialization and caring or prohibit one’s feet from the door of the less providential ones.

Makiir Gai with his national space of giving hand where hands are short has been demonstrated in a number of gracious occasions as in the case of Wau inmates, where he paid the fines of those who have been fined with money and also provided transportation cash assistants to the notoriously reformed hard felonies as a challenge to their rudeness, careless and unkindness.


Press Release from Col. William Gatjiath Deng, IO military Spokesperson

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January 25, 2017 (SSB) — On Monday January 23, 2017, the brutal and ruthless Juba regime under the leadership of Mr Salva Kiir Mayardit as President of South Sudan authorized the Embassy of South Sudan to the United States of America (USA) to design, issue and circulate a forgery falsely and misleadingly claiming that

  1. Lt. General James Koang Chuol Ranley, SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of General Staffs (DCOG) for Administration and Finance,
  2. Lt. General Wisely Welebe, SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of General Staffs (DCOG) for Training,
  3. Brig. General Malual Beliew, SPLA-IO Acting Director for Logistics,
  4. Lt. General Alfred Fatuyo, SPLA-IO Sector Six (6) Commander in Western Equatoria, and
  5. Brig. General Wang Chang Thian, SPLA-IO Director of Internal Security had defected from the SPLM/A-IO and joined the Juba government. The Office of the General Chief of Staffs of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) would like to inform all the SPLA-IO commanders, SPLA-IO units and indeed the people of South Sudan that the officers named and listed in the forgery are some of the most respected and trusted cadres in the SPLA-IO whose enormous sacrifice and commitment to the cause of the liberation struggle, vision and mission of the SPLM/A-IO under the able leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon as Chairman and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the SPLM/A-IO.


The National Dialogue Is Misunderstood

Posted: January 24, 2017 by Deng Dekuek in Deng Dekuek, Junub Sudan

By Deng Dekuek, Nairobi, Kenya


January 24, 2017 (SSB) — Many people have expressed scepticism, opposition and outright rejection of the announced National Dialogue, in private and in public. The most offered explanation is that the National Dialogue is “not inclusive”. It has been denounced as “dead on arrival” and “a monologue.”

Most appear to miss that the “National Dialogue” has neither began – at least the talking bit – nor has all its mechanisms been put in place. Some may wonder then, what has happened? Two things – first, the president announced before the parliament that there shall be a dialogue between all South Sudanese – all South Sudanese means all South Sudanese even those outside the country such as Riek Machar, Lam Akol and many other groups. Second, the president has issued a decree appointing a number of people and think tanks as a “steering committee” to establish the mechanisms for the National Dialogue – call them ground rules if you will.


Special Envoy Donald Booth at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

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January 24, 2017 (SSB) — Thank you all for joining us today. Ambassador Lyman, thank you for agreeing to moderate. I will start by saying that, if there is one thing I am going to take away from my time as the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, it is the depth of interest and involvement in the Sudans on the part of so many people here in the United States. Sudan and South Sudan are distant, complex places – and yet all of you know and care so much about them and their people. You help inform and animate U.S. policy. We have not always agreed, but I can say confidently that our role in the Sudans would be much diminished without the rich debate resulting from your engagement. I thank you.

I am grateful for this opportunity to offer some reflections as I step down as Special Envoy. Since I took this job in August 2013, a tremendous amount has happened in Sudan and South Sudan – more than I will be able to review today. Let me begin with South Sudan.



Posted: January 24, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Poems.

By G. Naih Peter, Torit, South Sudan

They were very good

friends until they realised

that the lady was so beautiful

to ignore or sit on fence.

Blame them not,

but ‘am much pitiful

Of them for all was gone

So far between them.


COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, PRESS RELEASE, (For Immediate Publication), 24 January 2017, Juba, South Sudan

24 January 2017, Juba, South Sudan

Festus Mogae, JMEC chairman

January 24, 2017 (SSB) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation (JMEC) has called on the United Nations Security Council to hasten the deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) to the South Sudan capital, Juba. This, JMEC said, will “provide a safe, neutral and secure environment in support of the peace process”.

Addressing the UNSC in New York yesterday, JMEC chairman H.E Festus Mogae said the deployment is important in order to guarantee continued stability in Juba and secure environment for implementation of the peace agreement.



By Staff Writer

January 23, 2017 (SSB) —- Tension rose high in Lou Ariik County over the governor’s attempt to change name of the county to Alabek after some individual politicians lobbied him to erase the old traditional and territorial name that the area has been known for so long.

In Mid last year President Salva Kiir decreed the creation of 19 counties in Tonj State of which Lou Ariik is one of them. Later some politicians in the area complain to Governor Akec Tong Aleu to accept the change of name to Alabek, the town center in the area that serves as the administrative seat for the commissioner.

However, the attempt has caused dispute among the community members and executive chiefs in the area.  “Our community is going to witness a disaster because of change of name. We will not accept the change from Lou Ariik County to Alabek whatsoever the case. I have just come from the area but people are in high fear and tension because the community is divided into clans and the area is polarized,” said one of the elder who asked for anonymity.


By Gabriel Kucdit Kachuol, Panakar, Yirol

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January 23, 2017 (SSB) — Meaningful life is beyond the life of this world as the bible says. Besides, there is a common saying that ‘riches cannot buy happiness’. This means that happiness is the real life, which is found in one being contended with what he or she is. The amount of destructiveness found in the individual citizen of a country is proportionate to the amount which the expansiveness of life is curtailed. By this, I do not mean the desire of individual for good life may sometime causes frustration.

The implication is that sometime some people resort to the guide of their instinctive desire of one thing or the other but which may prove to be the thwarting of life itself. That is to say, it is blockage of spontaneity of not only individual citizen’s growth and expression of his or her sensuous, emotional and intellectual capacities but also the prosperity and political stability of his or her nation.


By Duom Peter, Changsha, China


January 23, 2017 (SSB) — The State Government and in particular the Ministry of Health in Jonglei State should build a Statue of naked man fitted with a Condom, and next to the Statue should be ABC LETTERS (Abstain, Be Faithful, Use Condom). This Statue should be placed inside the entrance of Jonglei Main Hospital. I know it’s a crazy idea and many of you will start calling me mad dog, stupid, idiot, womaniser, bastard etc. It doesn’t matter whatever you call me, but allow me to explain this crazy idea.

We should create something to remind ourselves or talk about all the time since human brain thinks in pictures and not in words. Imagine there is a Statue of naked man fitted with a condom at Jonglei Bor Hospital and you happened to visit the Hospital. What message will you take home after visited the hospital? Of course a Statue of naked man fitted with a condom which is one of the ways of preventing HIV/AIDS. It will be very easy for you to explain other Letters “ABC” beside the Statue. ABC letters should be built as well and placed next to the Statue.

A ~ Abstain

B ~ Be faithful

C ~ Use a Condom


By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

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January 22, 2017 (SSB) — On Saturday, the 14th of January, 2017, President Kiir issued a presidential decree that increased the number of federal states from 28 to 32. Here is the revised list of the 32 states of the Republic of South Sudan.

S/No State Counties Capital Past Governor Current Governor


1 Jonglei Bor, Twic East and Duk Bor Philip Agwer Panyang Philip Agwer Panyang
2 Fangak state Ayod, and Fangak Ayod James Kok Ruea James Kok Ruea
3 Bieh State Uror and Nyirol Waat Peter Bol Koang Moses Majiok Gatluak
4 Akobo State Akobo County Akobo Peter Bol Koang Johnson Gony Bilieu
5 Maiwut State Longchuk, Koma, and Maiwut Maiwut Peter Lam Buoth Bol Ruach Rom
6 Latjor State Ulang and Nasir Nasir Peter Lam Buoth Peter Gatkuoth Khor
7 Boma State Pochalla, and Pibor Pibor Baba Medan Konyi Sultan Ismail Konyi
8 Central Upper Nile State Akoka, Pigi, Baliet and Panyikang Malakal Chol Thon Balok James Tor Monybuny
9 Northern Upper Nile State Renk, Maban and Melut Renk Chol Thon Balok Deng Akoi Gak
10 Fashoda State Kodok and Manyo Kodok William Othon Awer Currently Vacant
11 Ruweng State Panriang and Abiemnhom Panriang Mayol Kur Akuei Thiaji de-Dut Deng
12 Southern Liech State Mayendit, Leer and Panyijiar Leer Teker Riek Dong Teker Riek Dong
13 Northern Liech State Mayom, Koch, Rubkona and Guit Bentiu Joseph Nguen Monytuil Joseph Nguen Monytuil


14 Gogrial State Gogrial West and Gogrial East Kuacjok Abraham Gum Makuach Gregory Deng Kuach Aduol
15 Twic State Twic County Mayen-Abun Bona Pariek Biar Kon Manyiel Kuol
16 Tonj State Tonj North, Tonj East and Tonj South Tonj Akech Tong Aleu Akech Tong Aleu
17 Gok State Cueibet County Cueibet Madang Majok Meen Madang Majok Meen
18 Western Lake State Rumbek North, Rumbek East, Rumbek Center and Wulu Rumbek Abraham Makoi Bol Abraham Makoi Bol
19 Eastern Lake State Yirol East, Yirol West and Awerial Yirol Ring Tueny Mabor Ring Tueny Mabor
20 Aweil East State Aweil East county Wanjok Deng Deng Akuei Deng Deng Akuei
21 Lol State Raja, Aweil North and Aweil West Raja Rizik Zachariah Hassan Rizik Zachariah Hassan
22 Aweil State Aweil South and Aweil Center Aweil Ronald Ruai Deng Ronald Ruai Deng
23 Wau State Jur River and Bagari Wau Elias Waya Nyipouch  Andrea Mayar Achor


24 Jubek State Juba County (Bari, Lokoya, Nyangwara communities) Juba Augustino Jadalla Wani Augustino Jadalla Wani
25 Terekeka State Terekeka, Jemeiza, Gwor, Tali and Tigor Terekeka Juma Ali Malou Juma Ali Malou
26 Yei River State Yei, Lainya, Morobo and Kajo Keji Yei David Lokonga Moses David Lokonga Moses
27 Tambura State Tambura and Nagero Tambura Patrick Raphael Zamoi Patrick Raphael Zamoi
28 Gbudwe State Yambio, Ezo, and Anzara Yambio Patrick Raphael Zamoi Badagu Daniel Remposa
29 Amadi State Mvolo, Mundri West and Mundri East Mundri Joseph Pachiko Joseph Pachiko
30 Maridi State Maridi and Ibba Maridi Africano Monday Africano Monday
31 Imatong State Lopa, Torit, Ikotos and Magwi Torit Natisio Loluke Manir Natisio Loluke Manir
32 Kapoeta State Kapoeta North, Kapoeta East, Kapoeta South and Budi Kapoeta Louise Lobong Lojore Louise Lobong Lojore


By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda


The true size of Africa

January 22, 2017 (SSB) —- In recent time the King of Morocco has been giving away a lot of money as seen in the following instances— on October 20, 2016, WIKILEAKS leaks that the Moroccan King Promises $12 Million Dollars to meet with Hillary Clinton.

The above WIKILEAKS followed the report on Oct 18, 2016 of the visit by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to African countries, which was said to be the first of its kind since coronation in 1999.

The visit followed a lengthy letter to African Union (AU) summit in Rwanda in which King Mohammed VI of Morocco declared his country’s intention to become a member of the union after the long time break with the body.

After that letter, the Moroccan monarch planned and started touring some countries in Africa. These countries include: Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and then now he is expected to visit South Sudan.


By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

images-of-hiv-aidsHIV Aids victim

January 22nd 2016 SSB) —- Did you know that over 1, 000 people are currently living with HIV/Aids in Bor town of Jonglei state? The number of the infected population in the villages and cattle camps is yet to be assessed.

180 people lived with HIV Aids in 2010, the number rose to 785 in 2015, and 1,067 by the end of last year 2016. The infection rate is said to be 3% of the current population. Given the nomadic background, use of condom is an abuse; however the velocity of the infection in our youngsters must be extremely high.

Out of the 1,067 infected people, only 599 are registered in the state hospital for monthly drug supply. The rest vanished with the stigma into the community.

There is limited understanding because little effort has been made to sensitize the citizens on the preliminary measures of prevention of HIV Aids, Key stakeholders similar to Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development have a critical role to inform, educate and empower South Sudanese citizens.


By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia


Bentiu, UNMISS Camp

January 22, 2017 (SSB) — Three days ago I felt that I should write a New Year’s note to my Facebook friends.  I sent out the following note about the vision I have been talking about for the last three years.  It reads:

My Dear Fellow South Sudanese,

Here is my short message for you:


Let’s ‘Construct Our New Identity’ be the vision for this year, 2017, and the years to come.  Dialogue is the cornerstone of this vision.  I am not going to say, ‘I wish you a Happy New Year!’  Rather, let us meet one another with open heart and open mind and then let us talk.  Let us have a serious talk, an honest talk.  As we talk, we will be able to find a way to move forward together.  The work of building this New Identity has to come from you.  It has to come from your own heart and from your own mind.  In the end of the year, we will judge whether we have had a Happy New Year or not.  Let us make this New Year a Happy One with this vision in mind.  It has to come from you and me; otherwise, what is the use of saying, ‘I wish you a Happy New Year!’ when I know for sure that we are not going to have one with this closed heart and this closed mind!

Kind regards,