Archive for March 25, 2017

Lack of Ideology, Moral Politics and the Rule of Law: The Cause of South Sudanese Problems

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda


Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

March 25, 2017 (SSB) — Six years ago South Sudanese overwhelmingly voted for separation from Sudan after over forty years of struggle for independence. Thus, independence made South Sudan become a sovereign state.

In that regard, when we talk of State sovereignty we mean the State responsibility and because of that responsibility the state has a primary duty to protect its citizens, which lies with the state itself (see “The Report of the International Commission on Responsibility of States to protect and Intervention and State Sovereignty,” December 2001)

Sadly six years down the road, South Sudan has lost the road as it has fallen into some of kind of a military dictatorship (though it is not a typical military government) that retains power through the use of political violence, kidnappings, and other oppressive tactics. These tactics are used solely to protect and maintain the interest of the cliques that have held the government and the president hostage in order to continue sacking the blood of South Sudanese amidst ruthless and aimless war.


By Hon. Arop Madut Arop, Nairobi, Kenya

 media reporting

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- The topic journalism; the most abused profession in the Republic of South Sudan, in particular and Africa at large, will be discussed, in several articles. The first part will revisit the origin of information gathering skill, the emergence of the modern press industry, as well as the first appearance and subsequent development of journalism as a profession. We will then turn and discuss the need to have a new vision for an African press, as opposed to capitalist and socialist press. This part will attempt to answer the question as to whether there is an absolute Freedom of the Press at all in the world. The second part will briefly look at the constraints encounter by journalists in their practice of their profession; hence the importance for the training of press men and women. The third part of the article will comment briefly about the introduction and development of the press, for the first time, in South Sudan, during the regional self-rule experiment (1972-1982) and the current pathetic situation of the press industry in the world youngest nation. The study will further discuss briefly, the importance and the need for the training of press men and press women in South Sudan, by the country ministry of information and broadcasting; assuming that the concerned authorities have learned useful lessons from the past experiences of the previous regional ministry of information authorities (1972-1982), when they managed and trained many journalists from scratch. Importantly the training of journalists is pivotal so that they can do their job of informing the general public accurately and satisfactorily about what concerned them directly or indirectly; in accordance to the norms and ethics of journalism profession. The third part will bring us to the conclusion about the central theme of our topic ‘’journalism the most abused profession in the Republic of South Sudan’’. In this concluding part, we will give classic comparative examples about the abused of journalism profession or lack of it in the world youngest nation. In this context we will compare the press coverage of the South Sudan current conflict by the Sudan Tribune and Radio Tamazuj Websites, on the one hand, with that of Gurtong Peace Trust and PaanLuel Wël Websites, on the other hand.  Let us now start discussing part one of the article.


By Constant’s Dc, Perth, Australia

South Sudan in 2040

South Sudan in 2040

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- Last year on 22 March 2040, as I was sitting under a mango tree I planted in the year 2030. I was enjoying cold breeze from the Nile and run my mind wild for a while.

My grandson was playing with his mates in the soccer field nearby. The environment was so peaceful. The sound of approaching ships, planes and trains 🚄 filled the sky.

The roads were tarmac, lights brightened the streets of konyokonyo and the whole was like heaven. Businesses were booming, and there was abundance food around which can be seen through the buttocks of fat kids around.

The TV 📺 news were full of development projects, inventions and innovations. There seem to be no news on cattle raids, SPLA rapes, famine and looting of public monies; One would wait almost a lifetime to hear them.


By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- The Hon MPs and Commissioners of the twin States of Akobo and Bieh States have today been sworn in; in a colourful event at the States Coordination Office in Juba. The ceremony was presided over by Hon Judge from the High Court and the two Governors, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew and Col Moses Majok Gatluak respectively.

There was a multitude of celebrants in attendance including the author. The newly states officials have reassured the people of their States to work together for peace and harmony among the communities of Lou Nuer and their neighbours. They commended the President of the Republic Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit for having initiated the National Dialogue which was preceded by the National Prayer.

As one of the celebrant, the MPs and Commissioners are people’s representatives. They have got to meet the expectations of the local communities by providing basic essential services. The two Governors have pledged to work hand in hand with them. My message to the two Governors is that; delegate powers and duties to your commissioners that is decentralization.