Archive for July, 2017


By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Mandela and John Garang

Nelson Mandela and John Garang

July 31, 2017 (SSB) — Dr. John Garang (himself a foreseeing, a prophet and a gift of God to humanity in South Sudan), Most of the songs sung by Koryom battalions and many army battalions are his prediction about the lives of his comrades and his own, and this is what he said of life history matters in Dinka when he was addressing Koryom Battalions in Bongo Ethiopia earlier in 1984-1985 that, (Ee pane aa leer wɔ, acin raan dɔng ee pane aa nyic Nhialic man ye adhony da), which means he literally interpreted that, “this land will take us all, and God knows the land is ours”.

How many times Dr. John Garang survived from attempted assassinations? Over international and regional media you heard fake news about John Garang’s death and later on he was spoken, even the incident death in helicopter crashed in 2005, Many South Sudanese couldn’t believe until his dear wife Mama Rebecca spoke publicly. Dr. John Garang survived many landmines in jungles of Southern Sudan, and also escaped many plans against his life from the enemy. May be God knows what he was commissioned him for the sake of South Sudanese people.  I know each and every person has his/her own day to leave the world but John Garang was a prophetic South Sudanese leader if you follow whatever he says in secrets, private, and public speeches.

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Forces of July 30th:  The birth of the 30th of July movement in memory of the martyrdom of the revolutionary leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior

We, the Forces of July 30th, announce the birth of the 30th of July movement in memory of the martyrdom of the revolutionary leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior, as an occasion to draw upon the meaning of the continuous struggle against the authoritarian tyranny that wants to tamper with the achievements and unity of our learned people, which formed a consciousness of its own and its national identity, which stands in the way of the policies of ethnic and regional division that will not lead to our weakening.

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Dr. John Garang with Museveni at Rwakitura, hours before the plane crash

July 30, 2017 (SSB) — We, the undersigned, represent a broad sector of the people of South Sudan in its various social, political and civic spheres. In the interest of the future of our country which, stands on the brink of collapse and disintegration. This came as a result of the policies of the military junta which crouched on our people’s peace, prosperity, and stability.

Buttressing the history of our struggle, starting with the resistance of the previous Turkish, passing through the condominium rule, the struggles of our people in which they offered a number of martyrs, bearing in mind our people also led a bitter armed struggle against the successive regimes in Khartoum.

Culminating in this shining record of cohesion and struggle by a historic vote in favor of the establishment of a State of liberty, dignity, and equality, in which it shared the rest of the free peoples of the world.

On the basis of these lofty principles and values, we announce the birth of the 30th of July movement in memory of the martyrdom of the revolutionary leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior, as an occasion to draw upon the meaning of the continuous struggle against the authoritarian tyranny that wants to tamper with the achievements and unity of our learned people, which formed a consciousness of its own and its national identity, which stands in the way of the policies of ethnic and regional division that will not lead to our weakening.

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Press Statement from Maj. Gen. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, SPLM-IO (Riek) Governor for Imatong State

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Thomas Cirilo Swaka, former SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics

July 30, 2017 (SSB) — Warning! General Thomas Cirilo of National Salvation Front for South Sudan is making aggravated mistakes. SPLM IO held the enemy of South Sudan-the Jieng regime, by the horns until other oppositions sprung up. Apparently, there are no any oppositions that can fit in the shoes of IO to challenge the regime.

  1. If IO as an organization finds itself in uncompromising situations and reach a deal with Juba on minimum terms be it in Arusha Agreement or revitalization forum, will the other opposition exist on their own to challenge the regime?

  1. The Bari elders sat in Juba and set Thomas their son to come to join the opposition. By the counsel of Bari intellectuals, he formed NASS in which they constitute the political support based just because Cde Odwar from the Eastern Equatoria is the deputy of the movement replacing Ladu Gore and therefore they don’t like IO. Why must Equatorians from Eastern Equatoria support THOMAS if they can’t support son from eastern Equatoria for example?. If they are not willing to accept other people to lead what gives them legitimate rights to rule others.

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The 12th Anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s death: Return in Peace (R.I.P) Dr. John Garang de Mabioor

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

The Late SPLM/A Leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabioor Atem Aruai.

July 30, 2017 (SSB) — Dr. John Garang, the former SPLM/A leader, was killed on Saturday, 30 July 2005, near the town of New Cush in Eastern Equatoria state, in a helicopter crash on his way back from Rwakitura, Mbarara district in western Uganda, to New Site, Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan, after paying a two-day private visit to his longtime friend, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Among those killed onboard the M1-172 presidential chopper were Dr. John Garang and his aides: Lt. Col. Ali Mayen Majok, Lt. Col. Amat Malwal, 1st Lt. Deng Majok Kuany, 1st Lt. Mayen Deng Mabior and 1st Lt. Oboki Obur Amaybek on the Sudanese side; on the Ugandan side were: Chief Pilots Col. Peter Nyakairu and Captain Paul Kiyimba; Flight Engineer Major Patrick Kiggundu; a Protocol Officer at the Presidential Palace, Samuel Andrew Bakowa; the helicopter’s Jet Officer Lt. Johnson Bahebya Munanura; a signaller with the Presidential Escort, Corporal Hassan Kiiza; and a flight hostess on the helicopter, Lillian Kabaije

On this 12th anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s death, the following articles—and poems—might help us to make sense of his untimely demise and, more importantly, to commemorate his illustrious life as one of our revolutionary fighters in the cause of the liberation of South Sudan.

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By Wol Deng Akech, Lucknow, India

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

July 29, 2017 (SSB) —In part 1 of this piece of writing, I discussed the nature and background of the state of emergency decree declared by H. E. President Salva Kiir. The proceeding part also narrated the instances in which SoE can be declared, this was narrated with the help of consultation to the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan,2011(amended, 2015), African ACHPR, 1981 and ICCPR, 1966.

In today’s part (part 2), I will discuss the rights likely to be derogated under the state of emergency and impact, that such derogations may rise on National Dialogue. Which rights are derogable under SoE and what impacts will these derogations rise against national dialogue? The following rights as provided in part two (2) of the Constitution among others shall be discussed to illustrate the impacts that their derogation may cause on National Dialogue in case the SoE is approved by the National Legislature.

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Was Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka an SPLM-IO mole within the government in Juba?

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Thomas Cirilo, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA.jpg

“But also unknown to many, Gen. Cirilo ever since has taken risk to his life by providing us with logistics support, and tactical guidance when he was inside the country,” reveals Gen. John Kenyi Loburon, in his resignation letter from SPLM-IO of Riek Machar and declaration to joining the NAS of Thomas Cirilo, July 28, 2017. Which begets the one-million-dollar-question: Was Gen. Thomas Cirilo an IO mole within the gov’t in Juba or is that revelation a mere hyperbole and embellishment from one desperate Gen. John Kenyi Loburon meant to shore up the credentials of, or to seek favors from, Gen. Thomas Cirilo, in anticipation of his arrival, the warmest reception, within the NAS camp?

Was Thomas Cirilo an IO mole within the SPLA in Juba

Was Thomas Cirilo an IO mole within the SPLA in Juba?


By Dut Kuot Akok, Juba, South Sudan

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

July 29, 2017 (SSB) — In South Sudan, whenever they see such a question, the first thing that comes to theirs mind and makes conclusion of you without going deeply to read first what the question is all about is to either label you as Rebel, traitor or economically traumatized indigent who is out of his mind owing to current economic crisis the country is going through.

Such hysterical perceptions and egocentric attitudes are what brought us to this irretrievable man made debacle since we fear realities and bits of advice that could have correct our mistakes but we intentionally reject them because they hurt and point out our failures and ignorance.

Thus, they wrongly perceived as such, however, we should not bury our heads in the sand that we will be called Rebel (s) or traitor (s) but we should continue pointing out the truth and finger point the wrongdoers concurrently. Less importantly, they should be allowed to vomit their venom to the best of theirs appetite by calling whatever names they like but the truth remains clear as a bell.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

July 29, 2017 (SSB) — Retributive justice is a theory of justice which holds that the best response to a crime is a suitable punishment, inflicted for its own sake. The only goal in retributive justice is punishment. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, retributive justice is committed to the following three principles—

(1) “Those who commit certain kinds of wrongful acts, paradigmatically serious crimes, morally deserve to suffer a proportionate punishment; (2) it is “intrinsically morally good—good without reference to any other goods that might arise—if some legitimate punisher gives [those who commit certain kinds of wrongful acts] the punishment they deserve; and (3) “It is morally impermissible intentionally to punish the innocent or to inflict disproportionately large punishments on wrongdoers.”

As seen in the definition of retributive justice and its principles above, retribution justice is wider than death penalty which means that any punishment that involves an eye for an eye approach is retributive justice. For this reason, the death penalty is part of it.

Retributive is enforced through punishment provided in the criminal law. Thus, this justice holds that when an offender breaks the law, justice requires that the criminal suffers in return. This indicates that law and justice go supplement each other. Since law is a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior, justice sees that law is obeyed.

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By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Burial of Isaiah Ajak Mabior Aruei

July 29, 2017 (SSB) — One and half month ago, Heaven gained itself a beloved father, a great uncle and a veteran of the war of liberation in the spiritual form of ISAIAH Ajak Mabior Aruei. Ajak hailed from Dacueck community, Nyuak Payam in Twic East County of Jonglei State.

The precious soul, popularly known as “Thar-Yau”, represented not only Dacueck community in Australia but also served as a representative in Twic East Community Association in Australia, in addition to numerous other major personal achievements he had accumulated in his name.

Sadly, he unexpectedly passed away in a regrettable medical operation that has left everyone wondering what had really gone wrong.

Today, on the 29th of July 2017, in Capital Hill Canberra, the widowed community of Dachueeck, together with relatives and friends, will solemnly lay his body to rest, something any mother, father, wife or child never wish to live to witness.

The truth is that the irreplaceable soul is forever gone and the heartbreak will live forever at the heart of those he has touched.

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By Zack Mayul, Kampala, Uganda

Looking for black market fuel sellers

In search of black market sellers of fuel in South Sudan

July 28, 2017 (SSB) — This thing. A sense of losing moral values, loss of one’s own dignity, and the engineer of the world total distraction: a game where men seduce other men and fall in love with the size of their pockets and bank accounts. This, let’s just baptize it ‘ECONOMIC HOMOSEXUALITY.’

In other words, it is a process by which men chase men with money, or women chase their fellow women because they have what they want. It is no longer a diagonal affair like gold digging anymore as you might think.

In this process, at this critical time; it is where money produces the loudest noise, trust lose value, friendships all dead and gone, and respect got buried unceremoniously. These days, those who used to be close together have dispersed. No phone calls to check on one another, no frequent visiting, and no usual beer joints as a team.

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By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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Riek Machar and Emma McCunne

July 28, 2017 (SSB) — There are strange reasons that compel me to talk about Riek Machar even when I don’t want to do so because I’m not a member of any of the embattled SPLM factions. Anything to do with SPLM has nothing to do with me for we are incompatible in form and character. This excerpt is not meant to exonerate Riek from what is currently bedeviling south Sudan. I’m just making the general appeal to the international community to be fair and just in their engagement in our political affairs.

Over times, the international community has been supporting Riek and defending Kiir at the same time, and this subjective approach has had severe repercussion on our populace. Instead, they should provide level playing field to all actors in South Sudan. As I said therein I’m not supporting Riek per se. I simply want to point out where he was wronged and mistreated, and if that will be misconstrued to mean that I’m supporting him, so be it.

As civil society member, I’m cognizant of a dictum opined by one civil society guru that ‘‘civil society is political Actor; that civil society is distinct from the opposition and the state, and that it will be dereliction of duty of civil society actor if he don’t engage the state and the opposition to governance, democracy and the human rights’.

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David Mabior Atem Kuir’s Professional and Educational Profile (4-yr BA’07 & ACPPA’11)

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David Mabior Atem Kuir

 

July 28, 2017 (SSB) — Atem currently works as an Academic Advisor/Immigrant Access Advisor in the Academic Advising Office at The University of Winnipeg. Atem is an exemplary of what hard work, dedication and staying focused can achieve amidst all the human frailties and odds against success. Prior to this position, upon graduating in 2007, he briefly worked for Service Canada, a federal government.

In 2007, Atem was commissioned by the Former Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, and Former President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, to undertake an educational assessment among African communities in Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI). He carried out this task successfully, giving birth to scholarships for students of African descent joining UWinnipeg’s Collegiate and University.

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Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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July 28, 2017 (SSB) — Alfred Taban is not such a too local man of whom you would hear his name and goes to sleep. I knew this man way back in the early 2000s as a BBC Correspondence for Sudan. I didn’t know where he lived neither did I know him but it was okay anyway because great men are only heard, they are hardly seen. He was an eloquent speaker whose voice and wit would increase your penchant for listening. The man whose great work influenced and enticed me to journalism at the times I needed to be a Doctor, medical doctor!

No journalistic leaf that Alfred has left unturned and no journalistic mountain and river that he has not climbed and crossed. There is no doubt that Taban the journalist has finally leaped out of his cherished profession of journalism to a new hole of empty noise, hypocrisy, and bribery – politics!

I am happy that he is representing the great place I studied and grew up from, kajo-keji (Kangapo 1) and I have no doubt in the representation of Kajo-keji, it’s fully represented. That side of the country whether Kangapo 1&2, Kansuk, Kendiri and Bori hardly run short of hard working and genius people only that Juba has made itself the immediate spectacle for easy abstraction that deviates the regime to only pick from here …and not there.

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SPLM groups sign reconciliation agreement, By Vision Reporter

The groups call upon the SPLM-IO of Dr. Riek Machar to join the process of reconciliation and unity of the SPLM.

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PIC: President Museveni chaired the meeting with Various SPLM factions at State House Entebbe. (Credit: PPU)

SOUTH SUDAN CONFLICT | ENTEBBE AGREEMENT

ENTEBBE – Various factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have signed the Entebbe Declaration to operationalize the Arusha Agreement on the reunification of the SPLM.

The declaration was signed Thursday at State House Entebbe under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni. 

In furtherance of the objectives of the SPLM reconciliation and unity, the faction groups have resolved to establish a working group to revitalize and operationalize the implementation of the Arusha SPLM Reunification Agreement.

Shortly after the meeting with various factions of SPLM, President Museveni signed the declaration as Rebecca Garang looked on

 

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA

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R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA

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R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA

July 27, 2017 (SSB) — I was in the red army of the SPLA and knew Gen. Kawac Makuei perfectly well. He joined the SPLM/A in 1984. He was a member of the Jamus Battalion under the Late Kerubino Kuanyin Bol together with Victor Ayolnhom. They did not receive the training because they joined the bush as politicians.

Then, Kawac was commissioned as a Lt. Col and given two Coys from Jamus battalion which were going to Bahr El Ghazal for mobilization of Muor-Muor Battalion .He was with Captain Elijah Hon Top as a political commissar and 1st Lt Deng Alor Kuol to mention but a few.

There, they met the A2 politically headed by the Late Lual Diing Wol, Late Miakol for the military wing and deputized by Malong Awan. 24 of the senior officers of A2 were enrolled in shield one Cadet in Bonga Military Training School which included, among others, Miakol himself, Paul Malong, James Ajongo and Pieng Deng Kuol.

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The #50Power# Initiative by Amer Mayen Dhieu

Posted: July 27, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Amer Mayen, Education, Junub Sudan, Press Release

Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

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July 2017 (SSB) —- My name is Amer Mayen Dhieu, A South Sudanese-Australian residing in Australia. Growing up in three different countries has been a marvelous experience that has helped me to acquire a new purpose in life.

My daily inspirations are my mother and myself and my personal life’s goal is to grow wiser and help share the knowledge with those in need.

I have deep passion for girls’ education and I have involved myself advocating for it. My biggest achievement so far is finding my voice and confident to stand strong in the face of all odds.

I am keen to share this with most, if not all, young women out there to help shape the future for upcoming generations of women.

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By Okello Peter, Juba, South Sudan

May 16th: Celebrating the Founding of the SPLM/SPLA

July 27, 2017 (SSB) — Agitated by the information that young boys were being molested in Malakal by Arab teachers, Anthony Bol Madut joined the liberation struggle when he was just a young student – in the early sixties. He is a member, soldier, information gatherer for the Anyanya-1, gun-buyer and as early as 1983, one of the founders of the SPLA/M. After 1972 agreement, he was one of the fighters back then who did not believe that the Khartoum Government would honour the agreement; so in 1975, he shot his Arab colleagues and went back to the bush. Karbino Kuanyin, a Captain by then failed intentionally to capture Sergeant Anthony Bol, as he was being chased, a fugitive as he was. The Dawn considers Anthony Bol a patriot, like many others of his time, and therefore, among the nation founders and freedom fighters in this country. A well-known sharp shooter, a fearless commander, Anthony Bol fought for the rights, liberty, and freedom of South Sudanese citizens back then.

The Dawn’s senior reporter, Peter Okello caught up with him, shortly after his return from South Africa, where he had gone for periodic medical checkup.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala Uganda

July 27, 2017 (SSB) — The stage things have reached now in Gok State makes things difficult to sort out unless we, Gok State citizens think critically and act with fairness. First, we need to unite as Gok people and condemn all the killings that have been taking peace recently and anybody who contributed to their occurrences.

Second, we should avoid using killings as a political tool against the governor and the government of Gok State but rather we should honestly condemn the failure of the governor and his government for not coming up with an earlier warning system to detection tension building up among communities and react swiftly before it is out of hand.

In addition, we should also blame the governor for failing to execute his constitutional mandate to protect citizens of Gok State. Then, the next thing to do is that the current successive conflicts in Gok State should be treated differently though they are interconnected.

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By Nhial Bol Aken, Juba, South Sudan

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SPLM Reunification: President Museveni meets President Kiir and G-10 leaders in Kampala

Juba 27, 2017 (SSB) — Some disgruntled politicians, friends and some fellow citizens have been bothering me in the last few days asking me about some questions of what made Alfred Taban defected to SPLM- IO. Repeatedly I have been telling them that the decision is made and Taban is free to decide for himself what he thinks is right for him.

However, the aim of writing this article is to caution fellow citizens not to follow some of us to where we wanted to go because most of us who influenced the processes have reached a limitation of questioning God why He is leaving us alive at the times of allowing others to pass away. I assumed my former colleague has reached his limit to questioning some issues as a matter of his concern.

I also want to argue that Taban doesn’t want to be another Robert Mugabe of the media. He wants to show a good example of retirement from being a beautiful young girl to a pimp because the practices continue in a different form. I called him that his decision is his right and wished him the best of luck.

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