Archive for February 6, 2017

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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February 6, 2017 (SSB) — One of the major problems facing South Sudan today is the lack of understanding of the concept of government. South Sudanese in general turn to personalize the government whenever they have had an opportunity to work in it. This is why many politicians turn to stick the government and if possible they can even use force to retain the posts in the government.

The clear examples are what we see every day around us in South Sudan. For instance, one of the causes of the current war in South Sudan is to a greater extent attributable to the removal of Riek Machar, Majak Agoot, Pagan Amum, Giir Chuang and others.

The removal of the above individuals was seen as wrong because of the way they understand the politics and the government. The ideal definition of the government is that the government is a group of people that governs a community or unit. The government sets and administers public policy and exercises executive, political and sovereign power through customs, institutions, and laws within a state.



By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Kampala, Uganda

Chan Reech Madut

Justice Chan Reech Madut, head of South Sudan Judiciary

February 6, 2017 (SSB) — Pursuant to the provisions of Article 122(1) of the Transitional Constitution 2011 (Amended 2015), the judicial power is derived from the people and shall be exercised by courts in accordance with the customs, values, norms and aspirations of the people and in conformity with this constitution and the law. The court of Appeal has powers under Article 122(4) of the said fundamental law to adjudicate on disputes and render judgments in accordance with this constitution and the law.

The structure of the judiciary of South Sudan is provided under Article 123(a)-(e) in which the Supreme Court is the highest court and a custodian of the Transitional Constitution and Constitutions of the states. It is a court of cassation which has final jurisdiction over both civil and criminal matters. It is a court in which the decisions of the Courts of Appeal are appealed against before it. The Court of Appeal is an appellate court where decisions of the high courts are appealed against.


By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

splm wars

Battle for the soul of the SPLM party

February 6, 2017 (SSB) — As you may know very well that what we call a country of our own didn’t pop out of the blue. It was as a result of the sacrificial blood of our fallen and wounded heroes. We didn’t just think of secession overnight and then got granted self-rule the following day. NO.

It was a kind of perilous journey in which many of our compatriots perished in the course of fighting for our common cause of gaining independence. It was a difficult undertaking to be taken by cowards but our brave men dared to challenge the Goliath and won in the end.

We did really loose the best and the nicest of us. I salute them. Without them, we couldn’t be calling South Sudan – a country of our own now. Their blood traded us independence. Indeed, they were the true patriots who bought for us the invaluable thing – freedom.


By Ring Mayar, PhD., Canberra – Australia

Chan Reech Madut

Justice Chan Reech Madut, head of South Sudan Judiciary

February 6, 2017 (SSB) —- Today I would like to outline the importance of People’s Constitution, by anchoring the foundation of the Constitution on the vital interests of the people. I define those vital interests as People’s Republic rights and values that could significantly impact on security, economic empowerment and the viability of South Sudan Statehood.

Before going on tangent about South Sudanese vital constitutional interests, allow me first to elaborate upon the lagging drift in formulating a permanent constitution for South Sudanese people, since its independence from Sudan on July 9th 2011. In similar token, let’s examine the current Sudan’s Interim Constitution.