Archive for December 28, 2017


By Cde. Deng Gai Gatluak, Juba, South Sudan

Deng Gai Gatluak

Molana Deng Gai Gatluak

December 28, 2017 (SSB) — It’s incontrovertible that, a substantial number of South Sudanese have been persistently interpreting the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) in a manner that suits their political, communal and individual interests. Consequently, for the sake of public consumption, I saw it wise to drop a few lines with regards to the legal interpretations of the ARCISS.

According to article 1.3 of the ARCSS, it is clearly stipulated that “the seat of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) shall be in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan.”

On that note, it is indisputable that, the genesis of Dr. Riek Machar Teny (RMT)’s exit from Juba, was the fact that, he staged a coup in the presidential palace (J1) on 8th July 2016 and subsequently left Juba when he was defeated, dislodged and humiliated by SPLA forces all the way to Congo and afterwards ended up on a political detention in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Deng Mabior Deng, Bor-South County commissioner

December 28, 2017 (SSB) — Greetings to all members. We, the Bor – Gok’s leadership team, would like to share our heartfelt appreciations to all Gok’s members who took times to attend to Gok community meeting on 24/12/2017. With such spirits, our Gok community and entire Bor community will surmount the highest mountain of success.

We thank you for heeding the call. To all other members who did not manage to attend the meeting, we are pleased to inform you that Bor – Gok Community is officially formed and launched. We, therefore, congratulate all members who have contributed to the actualization of this fruitful idea.

The Genesis of the idea.

For the benefit of those who had not heard about Gok community association, the leadership would like to inform concerned readers, particularly the esteemed members of Bor – Gok community that we (members of Gok community) arrived at this idea at our first meeting which was held in Melbourne, Australia on 25, February 2017. In this meeting, it was unanimously agreed that Gok’s association should be formed.

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By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

African heritage

December 28, 2017 (SSB) — We will be well off if we could first find out who we were in history.  We will then be able to move on with the vision Construct Our New Identity (CONI) or with any other vision.  Most among us who have learned something about our history either have learned it from the point of view of an Arab or a European, or both.  We should know that they wrote history that way in order to serve their own interests and in so doing they did not write down everything that was supposed to have been written down.

They left out things that they deemed as not serving their interests but which could have had uplifted us and made us advance.  In the light of what they have done to our people, the enslavement and the colonization of our people, we have reasons to believe that they might have inserted a Lie in what we thought is true history.  Because we did not know better we have absorbed the Lie and we even have passed it on to our own people.  The result? Confusion.  That is what a Lie always does.  It is dangerous.

This is what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – the Nigerian Novelist – had in mind when she entitled her talk at TED Talk, “The danger of a single story.”  We, the South Sudanese, have only heard a single story presented to us by other people who treated and are still treating our African people in the system of racism as if they are sub-humans.  We still hang on every word of ‘history’ that comes down from the mouth or the pen of an Arab or a European historian.

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By Peter Wal Athiu Madol Anyar, Kampala, Uganda

Customary book, final cover July 2017

December 28, 2017 (SSB) — Today, the 28th of December 2017, marks the 50th year of the death of our father, Chief Athiu Madol Anyar (1910-1966) and his cousin, Chief Malual Khang Makuei, both were from Koch subsection of Jourkoch people of Bor country.

In that doomed day of December 1966, government truck full of soldiers arrived at Makuach court centre purposely to arrest the chiefs who were accused by the government agents of being supporters of the Anyanya One Movement

According to an eyewitness who was present at the time in Makuach court centre, the government soldiers called out for the chiefs and started questioning them about the rebels, accusing the chiefs of collaborating with the rebels.

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