Archive for November 1, 2017

By Hon Arop Madut Arop (MP), Nairobi, Kenya

RSS coat of ARMS

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — A as a tradition, I do routinely read news coverage daily; and more importantly, opinion articles from various media outlets; particularly the social media. However, before I discuss what I intend to share with readers I will, as a reminder, that any writer of any article has something he would like to convey to the general public and his intended readership.

Fundamentally, people who write opinion articles; fall into the following category of writers. The first category consists of writers who write sensational news reports and sell them to Media Houses that will enable them eke a living, regardless of the impact their writings would bring to bear on the society in which they live.

The second category of writers, do write in order to lobby for a cause they feel, must be corrected or rectified by the policymakers for the general good of the concerned society and the country. The third category of writers is composed of those who write opinion articles in order to destroy things; either out of sheer frustration and malice or personal phobia.

The fourth category is composed of writers, who write to correct things by giving advice as to how issues are handled constructively for the public interest. As a journalist, I tend to fall into the last category of writers. It will be in this context that I will comment briefly on two very important petitions I have come across recently, in Paanluel Wel bloggers. I will later offer suggestions about what I see as the way forward.


The two social love birds – Amer Mayen Dhieu and Makwei Mabioor Deng, finally tied the family robe on Saturday, 14 0ctober 2017, at Emmanuel Jieng Parish with a reception at Freedom Hall, in Juba, South Sudan.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — On the 14th October 2017 in Juba; South Sudan the two known and brilliants Stars fused their hands in the marriage ceremony. Early on the sunup of that fine-looking and well attended day, Makwei Mabioor Deng and Amer Mayen Dhieu thudded the marriage drum as their relatives, friends, colleagues, and neighbours turned up in full-size to witness the laying on of their marriage and family stone based on Architectural certainty that the scene of strong and striking house is the pride of every house owner.

Watching the two gigantic global birds as their hand clinched together was the greatest harvest that the attendants was blessed with that evening. The marriage union of two academic giants with expanded knowledge in the modern world history was one of the rare and successful stories of the modern era that happened on that Saturday evening 14th, October 2017.

Makwei Mabior Deng as a Scholar, Writer and Analyst has wholly been rewarded with a GREAT CATCH, his hunting skill has precisely led him to resourceful hunting ground; CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH, their coming together as wife and husband was highly applauded by everyone including their colleagues in Thinking and Acting. The wedding of Makwei Mabioor Deng and Amer Mayen Dhieu was so unique in the sense that the two respected Thinkers and Social Analysts have reef knot their idealistic nets into ONE & SUPER GRADED ONE.


By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

young girl with a gun

A young lady with a gun on guard during Governor Philip Aguer visit to Anyidi payam, Bor County, Jan 2016

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — This week, primary students in Kenya and Uganda are sitting their final exams. And I would like to take this opportunity to wish all South Sudanese students success. This is a very important step in their academic lives – and more significantly, for girls.

I’m singling out girls because we, the South Sudanese, have fewer girls completing primary education in our country than boys. However, our children in Kenya and Uganda have better opportunities – and it appears all children – irrespective of their gender, are completing primary education in Ugandan and Kenyan towns. (Most children in refugees’ camps have limited opportunities – and girls are so disadvantaged in the camps).

Statistics from UN Agencies have it that most South Sudanese girls are more likely to die from childbirth than completing primary education. This is a disturbing but not a surprising assessment because parents do not take girl child education as a basic requirement for children upbringing.


By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Juba, South Sudan

Tonj Youth Union, Kenyan-Chapter

Chairperson with Tonj Youth Members, kenya; Tonj Youth Union, Kenyan-Chapter

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — Tonj is one of the geographical that came into existence following the mapping and reorientation of the physical environments by God. It has been existing and hosting its populace and the neighbors since time immemorial in a peaceful and non-threatening environment. Notwithstanding, Tonj communities are known for peace, unity, patriotism, nationalism, just as like other South Sudanese communities.

With God in action, He blessed Tonj with tangible natural resources and unique people which made Tonj popular up to these days. Following the spread of western and Islamic education, few of the sons and daughters of Tonj went to schools and got the sound education along with their fellow south Sudanese from other regions and states. As such, the civilization was brought by two education systems that later came with the development of practical skills and competencies acquired through the formal and informal education. This education was (still is) to modernize and transform society politically, economically, and socially.


By Governor Mike Sonko, Nairobi, Kenya


From rags to riches: the amazing transition of the South Sudanese Minister

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — How did that fool overtake me? That’s the question that lingers in the minds of most people when they turn 55. They know very well that they studied hard, worked hard and lived a generally organized life. What they really can’t figure out is how that rugged looking, unschooled tout in the street managed to build an economy 100 times better than theirs.

How did that D- (Minus) material manage to own acres and acres of real estate? Or how did that mtumba seller manage to build a bungalow while I am still struggling to pay for a mortgaged two bedroom apartment? Well, that’s the sad reality of life. Sometimes those from whom not much is expected are the ones who pull a couple of surprise moves in life.

This article brings this into perspective. It’s a life-journey comparison of two people. One is a matatu tout the other one is a banker. One is in a blue-collar worker in a field that is otherwise reserved for those who seem unambitious in life. The other one is an educated, neatly dressed white-collar professional who spends most of his time in some corner office.


By Emmanuel Monychol Akop, Juba, South Sudan


President Bush with President Salva Kiir at the Oval Office, White House

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — Nikki Haley, on meeting President Kiir said that “We have lost trust in the government of South Sudan. We now need to regain that trust, and the only way to regain that trust is through the actions of taking care of all of the people.”

In response, one Nyenagwek Manayom, former minister of information in the defunct Warrap State, who is strongly allied to the former political detainees responded on Haley’s Facebook Timeline: “You are the voice of innocent people of South Sudan we are just proud of what you are doing to our country is not you alone who lost the trust but we as well the government is only carrying for itself the suffering people are not its concerned as long as they are in power looting the country resources. Change must come by all means we are just tired of them.”

To be honest, my sister Nyenagwek is not speaking the voice of ordinary people, but the voice of power struggle. She is seeking a political change and hopes that the US will help her and her cronies, who are enjoying the hospitality of the US government, achieve this goal. In this regard, South Sudanese people and their government are also beginning to question the genuineness of the US government in resolving once and for all the South Sudanese political struggle.