Archive for April, 2017

A missed opportunity! Assessing the viability of the republican order no. 08/2017 for the reconstitution of the national dialogue steering committee, 2017, in bringing peace in South Sudan (part 1)

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda


April 30, 2017 (SSB) — The Republican order no. 08/2017 for the reconstitution of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, 2017 A.D. was issued on 25th April, 2017 to appoint numerous persons to lead the National Dialogue in South Sudan. The purpose for the National Dialogue is to bring lasting peace in bringing the war to an end in South Sudan. That war which was begun on December 15, 2013 proved to be a disaster for the country. It is said to have killed over three hundred thousand (300,000) people and internally displaced millions of people. Also, about million of citizens have sought refuge in the neighbouring countries, notably, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) and the Centre for Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) projected that the intensity of the conflict may cost South Sudan of about between US$22 billion and $28 billion if the war continues unabatedly. In addition, (CECORE) and (CPDS) pointed out that if the action is taken now to achieve peace, then the international community, particularly Western donors, may save about US$30 billion by reducing expenditure on peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. It concluded that this scenario would also mean that the neighbouring economies of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda could collectively save US$53 billion.


AU calls on South Sudanese warring parties to ceasefire Immediately (PDF)

A Comment on Hon. Aldo Ajou Deng’s article: “President Kiir should use Dr John Garang’s precedence to unite the Mother SPLM

By Truthhurt, Juba, South Sudan

Garang, Kiir, Riek and Wani

John Garang, Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and James Wani Igga

April 30, 2017 (SSB) —- Reading through Hon. Aldo Ajou Deng’s article posted on PaanLuel Wël’s, which dated April 28th, 2017 and titled “President Kiir should use Dr John Garang’s precedence to unite the Mother SPLM”, I couldn’t agree more with him on this because the Bible says (Ecclesiastes 8:3) “There is time for everything … a time for war and a time for peace”.

And without any doubt this time is a time for peace in South Sudan because we have already witnessed destruction of human lives, displacement of millions of citizens from their homes, insanity prevailed for so long, political class inability to resolve their differences amicably & peacefully and the list goes on.

Therefore, Hon. Ajou’s call for President Kiir to use Dr John Garang’s precedence not only to unite the Mother SPLM but to also bring lasting peace in South Sudan is right. However, the question is will President Kiir listen to the voices of peace this time around Or will he stick to his usual way of a none compromise strategy which he has been using for quite sometimes now, is yet to be seen?


The Tossing of the African Breadbasket: On the Senseless Fight over Resources in South Sudan

By Mayak Deng Aruei, USA


April 30, 2017 (SSB) — When nothing is forthcoming, people dream of change, and a quick fix to the ailing governance in the country can hardly be achieved by guns alone. Let’s be honest for a minute, the ongoing military wrangle in South Sudan is about power and the wealth that comes with being in power. Until South Sudan make a lasting political arrangement (Constitution), any power hungry person with the mobs to execute his cause can put the country into mess at any time.

A forced change of leaders through violence is not the change that South Sudanese want. The landlocked country has been on the locked down within a very short period of time (famine). In any nation, the very people who pay dearly are the children, elderly and women. There has been enormous suffering on both sides of the conflict, and in the fiercest political rivalry between the President Salva Kiir’s SPLM faction and Dr. Riek Machar’s SPLM-in-Opposition.


By Bul Deng Yol, Mount Kenya University, Kenya

founders of the splm

Commemorating the 33rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Revolutionary Movement—the SPLM/SPLA

April 29, 2017 (SSB) — In law of torts, foreseeability is a leading concept use to determine whether the person causing the injury should have foreseen the consequences that his conduct would resulted into. This concept enables human beings to carefully tread in their doings. Well, that aside since much of it will come out as I trickle down. Have you ever asked yourself when and how the current war in South Sudan will end? If yes, then allow me to educate you on a living testimony of a war piece. ‘The French invasion of Russia, also known in Russia as the Patriotic War of 1812’. Famously staged by none other than Napoleon, the Great, to stamp his feet at the helm of affairs politically, socially and economically in Western Europe.

In those days, Napoleon had imposed himself on Polish, Prussians and Austrians as their emperor and wanted to silence Alexander I of Russia from making claims on his loyalist (Polish). He plans to go to war with Russia and later use his victory to prevail in the negotiation over Poland. He promises to crush his enemy within a period of one month with his large number of troops (685,000). Little did he knows that nature can dictate the tide.


The Ambiguity over Mama Rebecca Nyandengdit National Dialogue Membership Consent

By Thon Atem Ayiei, Juba, South Sudan

mabior, bishop Garang Anyieth and madam Nyandeng

Hon. Mabioor Garang de Mabioor with Retired Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth and Madam Nyandeng at the home of Bishop Garang

April 29, 2017 (SSB) —- On the evening of 25th of April 2017, one of my close friends phoned me to break some silence over the news  of the long awaited reconstitution of the national Dialogue steering committeeby the president of the Republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on the state own television. I was so much enthusiastic to forget what I was doing by then.  I asked a friend to share with me the names of the appointees if at all he had comeacross the list.

In the erstwhile, I logged into my Facebook page and I found another Good Samaritan who shared the list.  I cast a quick perusal and found several names but I was so delighted to see my Mama Rebecca Nyandeng Garang Mabior, Molana Deng Gai Gatluak, Prof. Moses Machar Kachuol, Gen. James Hoth Mai, former vice president of Sudan, Justice Abel Alier Kwai, Bishop Isaiah Majok Dau, Mr. Garang Deng Aguer, and finally Gen. Lazarus Sumbweiyo as (external players), the driving force of South Sudan independent, to mention few.


By Yom Mayen Awan, Bor, South Sudan


Yom Mayen Awan, Bor, South Sudan

April 29, 2017 (SSB) — We, South Sudanese people, are surely at perilous time. Everyday news are conveying mass death and life hardship across the country. With an increasing life struggles in South Sudan, some communities, especially the Dinka, have taken dowry payment as a way of creating wealth, enjoyment and even survival of bride’s  community as life progress.

The inflation of the dowry price do often leaves our male counterparts in abject poverty, endless family discord and trauma over departed wealth. We may argue it out that it is a continuation of what our ancestors did, oblivious to the fact that the ways of life have changed.


By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia

Tribal war of south sudan

Tribal war of South Sudan?

April 29, 2017 (SSB) —- With almost absolute certainty, I believe we, the South Sudanese people ( government proposers and opposers)  don’t need philosophers of wars like a fifteen century war philosophers such as Niccolo Machiavelli , or Michael Walzer, a war philosopher who still breathes  air in the same atmosphere like us, to explain to us how exhaustive and expensive war is.

Because by ourselves, we have seen the consequences of war. Our citizens in thousands have died in wars and of wars-related causes; our citizens in millions are displaced; our agricultural lands are left for weeds. What sieves out of war is brutality.  If arthropods such as crabs can adopt coexistence and adapt to their environments without engaging in time-wasting wars, then why don’t we, the humans, the South Sudanese learn to stop the vicious cycle of war in our hard-earned country?


Press Statement from Kosti Manibe Ngai on the reconstitution of the National Dialogue Steering Committee (PDF)

Presidential Decree: The Reconstitution of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, 26 April 2017 (PDF)

Press Statement from Mama Rebecca Nyandeng

Press Statement from Mama Rebecca Nyandeng

The only option available to us is to make our own peace among ourselves. The precedence set by Dr. John Garang de Mabior—the 1994 Chukudum Convention, the 2002 return of Riek Machar and Lam Akol, and the 2004 Rumbek Peace and Reconciliation Conference—could guide us to peaceful resolution of this foolhardy conflict in South Sudan by uniting the Mother SPLM of Government, SPLM-IO and the G-10.

By Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, Juba, South Sudan

in the company of Dr. John Garang: once upon a time, we were united.

April 28, 2017 (SSB) — Violence destroys everything with devastating speed. Since December 2013, South Sudan has lost approximately close to 80,000 human lives; disabled hundreds of thousands young people; internally displaced over 1,000,000 citizens from their homes

Over three millions have emigrated to neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia and those who have already migrated to Europe, USA, Canada or Australia are not coming back; many children are in the streets of our towns and no support and above all, over 5,000,000 humans are starving and sick to death.

On the ground, the country has shut down all essential services: lack of drinking water and food, insecurity, education and health are not functioning at all levels, towns or periphery. The common question, among many questions is: What can we do to save our lives and the country?


By Benjamin Ring, Juba, South Sudan


John Garang, Kerubino Kuanyin and William Nyuon

April 28, 2017 (SSB) — The above titled is a dedication to a friend of mine who since his childhood dedicated his life to serving his Country South Sudan. Am inspired by his intelligence, courage, and commitment along with many other South Sudanese who fought for independent. Am writing this article to share with you, the readers about a young man I know someday might do great things. It takes a person with an idea to change the lives of the next generation, I have worked and lived with this guy.

With ultimate devotion, this young man has fought on many fronts during the liberation struggle and continue with the same enthusiasm to date. Having served in South Sudan guerrilla army during the post-CPA period, .He left when he realized he could serve his country somewhere rather than in uniform, and established a successful Security company, Kass Security that has so far employed over 2,000 South Sudanese men and women while providing alternative security details to high-value foreign delegations. He is not a typical South Sudan businessman but a local guy who has globalized his company with presence in Kenya, Mauritius and The DR Congo as well as powerful connection to some biggest industries in the world.


By Kocrup Makuach Aleu, Nairobi, Kenya


Gossip and Rumor-mongering among South Sudanese

April 28, 2017 (SSB) — On the 13th April 2017, the South Sudan panel of experts released a report addressed to the United Nations Security Council, one that falsely accused me of mongering hate speech on social media an accusation I categorically term as pure lies and mere propaganda.  From where I sit, the authors of this document who are well known to us as the former political detainees and their cohorts are keen to stem any voice that supports the democratically -elected government under President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

While I welcome some of the report’s observation  on peaceful cohabitation among  64 tribes in the country , the single picking of my Facebook posts  some of which have nothing to do with South Sudan nation is rather irksome. I find it rather unique and orchestrated in the report managed to steer clear of mentioning the infamous SPLA – IO bloggers who are well known for dividing communities on ethnic lines through fabricated ethnic pieces of writings.


By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya



April 28, 2017 (SSB) — The forces of demand and supply has been some of the tools used to analyze the market in the world when it comes to foreign exchange and many others but that is not seems to be the case in the youngest nation in the world; the Republic of South Sudan. The forces of demand and supply dictate the market through increase and decrease. In this case, when the demand for hard currency increase the price for the hard currency increases and when the supply for the hard currency increases the price for the hard currency decreases drastically and vice versa.

But in south Sudan every season the high demand is toping, meaning there has been shortage since 2014, there has never been any increase of supply since the conflict broke out. That sound weird and doesn’t make sense. There must have been hug supply of hard currencies to the market but the problem is that the supply is being control by individuals who wholesale the hard currencies especially dollars and take them to the black market in order to individually benefit and control the market.


Tonj South Community in Nairobi Kenya Mourned Mayik Deng Mayik

Posted: April 28, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Press Release

Press statement by Uru Agei Dut, Nairobi, Kenya

April 28, 2017 (SSB) — Tonj South community in Nairobi Kenya under the leadership of Mathew Dhal Gor Dhal, mourned Mayik Deng Mayik. He was sick and unfortunately he passed away this Thursday while under medications in Coptic hospital, Nairobi Kenya.

Mayik Deng Mayik departure came about after short illness that he was treating in Cairo, Egypt and recently to Nairobi, Kenya under referral that was said to be in simple condition according to cardiovascular of Nairobi hospital Dr. Adwork.

In every physician statements, Mayik Deng Mayik, doesn’t have any suffering. He just lack blood and in case of any remedy done, he may just walk fine, as he was to resumes his wellness and occupation he was assigned to as a secretary in the office of commissioner of Tonj South County.


By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan


April 27, 2017 (SSB) — Honestly, there is always a solution for any problem if given a holistic approach.

  1. President Salva Kiir. As the head of state, the President has every power to stop the war and restore our dignity in the world as people. First of all, he must be honest to himself and admit that fighting the numerous armed groups is a war that can’t be won. The SPLM/A did not capture Wau, Juba or Malakal during the 21 years of war but that did not end the war until Khartoum listened. The fact that rebels don’t control any major town is not a reason sufficient to underrate their strength. They are capable of blocking highways and disrupt movements of people and goods from one part of the country and another. Second, the President should allow communities to be ruled by leaders of their choice, not people loyal to the President but without a constituency. South Sudan is so diverse and complex to govern through one man’s preference. Third, the President should engage his SPLM faction and enter a leadership discussion. The SPLM has never been an institutionalized party for the last 34 years…in fact, it has never been a political party prepared to govern through institutions but through instructions and orders. The “all units messages” issued by Dr. John Garang had morphed into “Decrees” during President Salva Kiir’s reign. A diverse country like South Sudan needs a different approach; a compromising, tolerant and inclusive management is required. If the President break with the current styles of his leadership, he will definitely add more medals to his list for transitioning Southern Sudan from 2005 to 2011 and overseeing our independence. That is one way to end the war.


By Tong Kot Kuocnin, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Chan Reech Madut

Justice Chan Reech Madut, head of South Sudan Judiciary

April 27, 2017 (SSB) — In the previous article I authored titled ‘The Nation Needs a New Face in the Judiciary NOT Justice Chan Reec Anymore – Published 0n 5th December 2015 by Juba Monitor Newspaper Vol. 5 Issue No. 574 Page 5, and another piece titled ‘Why Too Many Judges and Justices are discontented with Chief Justice Chan Reec’s Leadership in the Judiciary? Published by Stance Media newspaper on Thursday 17th of Dec. 2015, Issue No. 71, Page 10, I explore hitherto issues that, if the judiciary of South Sudan could indeed position itself in its rightful place.

These articles plus many others were greeted with hostility by many stooges and kitchen supporters of the Chief Justice leadership. They turn blind eye to the important issues tackled in the articles for a simple fact that they are beneficiaries of that messed leadership but care less of the important place the judiciary occupy as an institution in our country. In this article “Crisis of the Judiciary of South Sudan: A Leadership problem”, I ironically intends to bring to forefront the crisis which has invasively infested the judiciary of south Sudan which lies not in the judiciary as a juridical institution but in the leadership of the incumbent Chief Justice.


Open letter to H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit President, Republic of South Sudan Juba



Gen. Gregory Vassilli Dmitry (brother of Madam Ayendit), the new governor of Gogrial state

April 27, 2017 (SSB) —- Your Excellency, first and furthermost; we would like to congratulate you for a subtle decision you had taken to create 32 states and Abyei (33) in the country. Jurmanangeer Youth Association in Juba takes this golden opportunity to extend her sincere and ceaseless trillions gratitude and heartfelt appreciations to you. For the recognition you have rendered to the whole nation. And particularly to the SPLM ruling party’s Chairman and his entire party leadership. For fulfilling the visions and objectives of our party. Indeed! We are optimized that; SPLM is the party of people, for the people and by the people. As our visionary hero Late Dr. John Garang De Mabior said, ‘’ that SPLM party shall take the town to the people instead of them coming to the towns’’. We are so delighted by its fulfillment and implementation of peace agreement among other national initiatives as well.


“A hunter is rewarded according to his bravery”

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan



April 27, 2017 (SSB) — Irrefutably, an empty stomach is the house of abnormality, the current economic war-hit has infused thorny vessels into the heart of many South Sudanese to the scope of toning down their best known moral fiber; sharing is almost becoming nonconforming affair among the South Sudanese, families responsibilities are deficient distorted and surprisingly a lot of strange behaviors have sprang up, things like open robberies, direct cheating and massive aggressiveness are currently the present day hobbies.

Though swallowed up in a smoke of hardship people of South Sudan are eyeballing positive promises from the Finance Minister Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau, since his appointment into the country money docket he had authorized series of optimistic orders and directives, though his colossal efforts have been consumed up by the huge economic gap that has been blasted open by the country’s conflict and public malpractices. Hon. Dhieu is still the only hope for our economic recovery.


By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan



April 27, 2017 (SSB) — It seems like Juba has arrived at the dust as the animal it was chasing has darted away. It seems like Juba is comfortable with the arrival at dust as the main object they were running after is nowhere to be seen. It’s like the case of a man getting comfortable with the shadow while missing the image it intended to catch, the case of shooting first and aiming later simply to negatively make us happy!

The dollar has climbed to that high climax where it later came down while leaving the prices up. Is this a new phenomenon? When did the dollar start climbing while being followed by the prices in the market and saw the prices brought down thereafter by the authorities?

Will the State’s statement that it would look into the “issue of prices in the market” stand the test of time or is it just a ploy meant to blindfold the public to stay comfortable that magic would happen? What is basically wrong with today’s high price that makes it different from previous high prices that prompted the government to react/respond? And will the government really respond?


I beseech father I am hungry

Posted: April 27, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Poems., Riak Marial Riak

By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

I stood watching my groaning sheep on lea,

On the “grave of men” where I be calm and me,

Switching my eyes to see hare in a mirth

That day my ankles shook like a mortar.

I beseech my father I am faintly hungry.

There are guards preventing me entering there;

There’s a sign telling me no way through

But father hear a voice quivering at your door,

My voice is troubled and troubled to cry,

O I beseech my father I am fistly hungry.