By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2017 (SSB) —- It was on Friday, March 10, 2017 night when I was thinking of what would be the fate of the Dinka travellers on Juba – Nimule and Yei roads this time after the national prayers.
In the minds of South Sudanese people, the Friday national prayers were meant to change and prepare the hearts of the country’s politicians to be ready for the involvement in the long awaited national dialogue which was due to start this month.
Another hope for the prayers was to forgive one another. Some of us were praying to the almighty God asking if He could change the minds of the Equatoria’s roads terrorists to abandon their evil nicknaming and killing of Dinka people.
By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda
March 20, 2017 (SSB) — In John 8:32 Jesus told His disciples, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Consequently as it has been observed by some people “the truth will set you free” has become a common saying in academic circles as a way of promoting academic freedom and the power of learning. As a result, many universities have this statement emblazoned on a sign near the entrance of a building.
When Jesus said the above well-known statement, he had just finished a speech at the temple where He delineated differences between Himself and His listeners. He told His listeners that “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins” (John 8:23–24). The result of Jesus’ message was that “even as he spoke, many believed in him” (verse 30).
By Gum Thany Mon, Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2017 (SSB) — For those whose Luanyjang is not familiar to, be informed that this community is one of the largest sections of Dinka of Bahr el Gazal in South Sudan. The community is situated in the then Tonj East in the defunct Warrap state. Luanyjang shared Tonj East with Rek Jalwau of a renowned sultan Gum Mading Akuecbeny until the idea of having many states and counties emerged.
Due to the creation of more states that led to the subsequent creation of unregulated more counties, Luanyjang was lucky to be divided into four counties of its own. Luanyjang is currently part of Tonj state. The community was known for its famous spiritual leader Aguer Adel Makol.
By Gum Thany Mon, Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2017 (SSB) —- On 24/12/2015, there came the most celebrated presidential decree of appointing the first ever governors of 28 states that were established shortly before the appointment. Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor was among the lucky government officials whose names went down into the history of South Sudan. He became the first ever governor of Eastern Lakes state shortly after disintegration of then 10 states.
His appointment was one of the best celebrated. You could then ask yourself why? Gen. Rin was the man wanted by the community as simple as that, was the answer. Lots of applause ran the air with lots of ululations almost everywhere from the communities on a pretext that a right leader whom they had been longing was finally brought to lead them. Based on the community’s excitements, President Salva Kiir became the best leader ever since given the fact that his decision to bring them Gen. Rin was a response to the call of the community.
By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda
March 20, 2017 (SSB) — In the society where the law is not operating properly, then people suffer. Law is the cement and foundation of the strong society. Society is collection of different communities who work in relation to achieve common goal.
Common goal is the ultimate aim of the society in which all the activities of the society are geared to. At greater level the country is a society. Hence, a country is supposed to be run in accordance with the law as agreed by members of society called a country at a greater level.
In fact, the Bill of Rights of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan is a covenant among the people of South Sudan and between them and their government at every level and a commitment to respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. This means that the Bill of Rights is the cornerstone of social justice, equality and democracy.
By Reuben G. Panchol, Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2017 (SSB) — Sincerity and Honesty are pre-requisite of attending God present through the veil of sanctuary and coming closure to the present of Heavenly father, but imitation and copycat can create a bearer between mankind and his Heavenly Father. On March 2, 2017, Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared March 10, 2017 as a National Day of Prayer which had raised and turned some people hair grey. For some doubting Thomas (me included) started to wondered of what the National Day of Prayers will presented to innocents civilian who have been hit hard by “man-man disaster” however, it turned out that the prayer was imitation of Yom Kippur and copycat of some Saint Prayer.
For those who have no idea of You Kippur, let me walk you through it briefly. Yom Kippur is fulfillment of Leviticus 16:29-33 “29This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves[c] and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you— 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of Sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.”
By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2017 (SSB) — I stood; with a pair of shoes in one hand and one on another, staring at the man in a well-fitting black suit neatly ironed. He seated in a car with a cigarette in his hand and smoke penetrating his nostrils and his mouth. A man whose name I later learned was Paul. His second name was untold.
He pressed a button that lowered the glass in order to speak to the people whom I was standing with. The imprudent look in the man’s eye gave me way to fear. I goggle-eyed elbow my way through the crowd of the people to the roadside little a bit far away from him because his eyes were starting to betray him as if he was having a different plan for us.
He was asked if there’s something for the day by the people I suspected to be his tribesmen because they were speaking the same dialect, but negatively, he said, “kɔc aɣöc”. I heard, but wasn’t floating my boat since I haven’t familiarized myself with the word.
By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2017 (SSB) — On July 9th 2011 a nation was born out of protracted armed struggle and many years of pain, suffering and oppression. The ideals of the liberation war for freedom; freedom from oppression, freedom from racism, freedom from human indignity and violation, freedom from poverty, marginalization coupled with the urgent and pressing need for the development of South Sudan were the driving force behind the fight for liberation.
In every prayer for repentance and forgiveness, there are things to be asked and things to be disowned. What have South Sudanese asked and what have they disowned?
Personally I have solicited for national wisdom such that South Sudanese can be able to separate the bias from the realities and forward diplomatic connote of tackling them and totally forget the sightless beliefs on the immovable tribes, tribe can never be dismantled but bias can be discouraged, fought and dismantled. The tribal holler and hypothesis are giving an upper hand to individuals who have hidden their political aggressiveness behind the tribal curtains.
By Mayen D.M.A Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2017 (SSB) — After last week’s Council of Ministers meeting we learned that South Sudan will establish a Ministry of East African Affairs. It is not too late to look at the pros and cons of such a decision. Considering that the peace agreement stipulated a specific number of Ministries and Commission as-well-as the costs involved in establishing a whole new ministry at this time of economic meltdown, people must be thinking about the usefulness of the new Ministry.
On one side, some analyses against the move would suggest that establishing specialized departments (Department of East African Affairs) at relevant Ministries such as those of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Trade and Commerce should be sufficient for handling various EAC related tasks. Alternatively, something like a Commission might also be sufficient.