Archive for January, 2018


By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

South Sudanese students in Zimbabwe

South Sudanese students in Zimbabwe

January 31, 2018 (SSB) — On Tuesday 30th, a group South Sudanese Students at Midlands State University (MSU) in Central Zimbabwe, passionately took part in a tree-planting programme at their University as a campaign for globalisation and also to leave an indelible legacy as the first international students to advocate for such a global issue.

This reminds me of what Lord Orrery succinctly verbalized “trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.” This clearly portrays that planting of trees does not only improve the quality of our environments, but it also keeps a person’s name alive for as long as the world exists.

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By Thokgor Reech, Juba, South Sudan

Kiir first interview after nomination and confirmation as splm leader, new site, 2005

Kiir first interview after nomination and confirmation as splm leader, new site, 2005

January 31, 2018 (SSB) — “We are brothers and sisters from different mothers and fathers in this world regardless of our colours” Thokgor Reech. My natures:  I’m a thinker, powerful, but fair to other people, I often think safe, straight talk, critical thinking and think straight.  Also, I was born a leader, strong being, I love real things, determined to make things differently, strong-minded to win the fight, and think differently. I believe in redesigned things, spirituality in nature, smart and focused, loyal and hardworking, courage to follow my dreams, confidence in treated another with respect and human dignity.

Also, I clearly love my success in looked back and seen my innovative, trusted, ethical and making things civilizing. Furthermore, I developed self-assessment, assertiveness, ability to accept responsibilities, personal awareness, cultural awareness and sensitivity to handle my life direction all times.   However, I learned that leadership has no formula to problem-solving because they always differ from one another while they want different approaches as well.   My “common understanding is my best philosophy to understand living things behaviors” in many ways by developing a peace of mind, self-reconciliation, and self-management.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

abel-alier-and-governor-philip-aguer-demontarting-peace-and-reconciliation-picture-by-mach-samuel

Abel Alier and Philip Aguer picture by Mach Samuel

January 31, 2018 (SSB) — Why is it so important to have peace in South Sudan? Remember, it is not me alone who is willing for peace to come to South Sudan but all of us are for peace and I think we have many reasonable answers to this question because days and nights of sitting under trees, moving in valleys, climbing on hills and mountains, and pulling behind our development are over.

It is not easier to end violence than peace but it is easier to start peace. Now in our conflicting state, the concept of the ideal state of equality, freedom, justice, happiness, fairness, democratic, unity, safety, liberty, freedom of speeches and expressions, and prosperity as a nation, we always sang may not appear to us as a prepared form from the blue. Each and every nation work for their stability and prosperity

I have a bullet to kill the war, not because I have great ideas about peace rather than other South Sudanese but my contributions toward peace and stability is a great asset and we all need our efforts to bring peace. The peace process in South Sudan needs comprehensive programs. These comprehensive programs must involve peace education following national dialogue.

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SPLM-IO Official Position: Riek Machar demands 42% of the government of national unity at the High-Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

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SPLM-IO Official Position – Riek Machar demands 42% of the government of national unity at the High-Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa

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South Sudan Hinging Between War and Peace: Will The High-Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF) Meeting Salvage The War Situation In South Sudan? Part Two

By Hon. Arop Madut Arop, Juba, South Sudan

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

January 30, 2018 (SSB) — In accordance to the timeline set by the IGAD led High-Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF), during its December 2017 inaugural meeting to discuss peace in South Sudan the second talk is expected to reconvene possibly during the first week of February 2018. In the December meeting, two items were discussed and resolved. These were the cessation of hostilities among the warring parties and access to humanitarian delivery to those behind the rebel controlled areas. In the February 2018 encounter, the Forum is also expected to discuss other two main items on the agenda: the signing of the permanent ceasefire and a search for the type of governance that will suit the people of South Sudan; predictably once sustainable peace is achieved.

Seen by observers, the key to the success of the up-coming February meeting will largely depend on how HLRF will harmonise the two positions held by the government and the opposition in effort to forge a mid-way approach to the settlement of the elusive conflict.  But as we proceed with our discussion, it will be important to comprehend adequately the positions of the warring parties. On the first hand the Transitional Government of National Unity, would want to revise or rearrange the clauses of the August 2015, ARCSS document, whose implementation has been frustrated by a number of co-related issues. The opposition groups on the other hand, would want to renegotiate the said peace deal resuscitate it.

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By Makwei Achol Thiong, Hunan, China

Jacob Zuma and Salva Kiir, 21 Jan 2018, Juba

President Jacob Zuma and President Salva Kiir, 21 Jan 2018, South Africa

 

January 30, 2018 (SSB) — We’re not represented but we can make a presentation if we accept to dialogue. Not all of us are good but all of us are affected. We cannot agree on all but the need to access Facebook, WeChat, twitter, etc, in a village in South Sudan. This is internet Century! When you quarrel with your darling, type how to save a dying relationship and Google will be there for you. If you’re a girl-shy type, the internet is your most trusted brother to find you one. You struggle with your assignment/research, Google intervenes. In fact, Google is too sympathetic that it infringes on academic redlines sometime. This is why we are Netizens. So, what do we’ve for our Delegation to present?

Unity in the search for Peace! Our leaders should intensify and extend the hunt for peace to social media. Pres. Trump, Pres. Museveni, Pres. Kagame, Pres. Uhuru, (& Raila), all are our colleagues here. Coincidently their countries seem to be doing so well. Congrats to Suzzane Jambo and Dr. Majak D’Agoot, they’re here too. Not sure about Pres. Bashir statuses! In fact, social media is leaders’ forum. We miss it the very instant we view it wholly as a propaganda tool. Maybe we need to open up a little. Search for answers to our problems on Google ourselves through our research institutions. We’ll find something relevant to our case, build, value and own it.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

corruption

January 30, 2018 (SSB) — Thank you, Professor Muludiang for having come out clearly against fake degrees. This situation of admission for degrees without the prescribed preconditions are destroying not only Zimbabwe but also our country. The truth of the matter as you clearly and succinctly stated is that this woman has never set foot on the campus of any University.

It was Mugabe, her husband, who awarded her with a PhD without having had to go through the normal academic way of earning a Doctorate of Philosophy.  Close home, some of our people have also set to obtain degrees as if the knowledge was in having a Master’s or a PhD degree.

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Edmund Yakani

MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a Juba-based South Sudanese civil society organization.

January 30, 2018 (SSB) — On 29th January 2018. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez has warned countries of the regional bloc of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) against taking sides in the internal affairs of South Sudan. In a speech Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a consultative meeting on South Sudan, with representatives from the United Nations, IGAD and the African Union, Gutierrez said there were contradictions and conflicts of interest among IGAD countries.

“It is in my opinion absolutely essential … to make sure that any contradictions that might exist among the neighbors of South Sudan are not translated into an influence in the internal situation of South Sudan,” the secretary-general said. From his side, Adama Dieng is the U.N. secretary-general’s special adviser for the prevention of genocide. He told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus program Monday that Uganda and Kenya are contributing to the conflict.

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By Sunday de John, Yirol, South Sudan

 

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Governor Bor Wutchok with Gen. Paul Malong in Yirol, Eastern Lake state

 

January 29, 2018 (SSB) — Dear my immediate ex-governor, despite the fact that I have been stopped by my brothers not to actively participate in writing until later dates, I can’t withhold penning something as you exit Eastern Lakes state and so my apologies to them.

Dear Sir, when you were appointed, I was in Kampala, Uganda. While there, I wrote a short piece in this same space expressing my gratitude and a few words of advice to you. The key words in my then piece were, “murder no one, loot no one” and listen to all before you decide. Exactly you responded to my few words in a manner devoid of arrogance.

Indeed, you are a listener, am proud of you. I don’t regret having supported you for these bountiful virtues and hence I will always support you. You have no victim. You only have happy subjects. You have looted nobody, you were not establishing a monolithic kingdom. You served with revered respect for all. You are not an oppressor and you dictated nobody.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

tribalism in rss

January 29, 2018 (SSB) — The suffering of my fellow youth in the hand of an impudent commissioner Mr. Santino Amuol Majok has compelled me to write this article in order to enlighten the national government on his unconstitutional and inhumane activities in Turalei County, Twic State.

The unfolding clashes and misunderstanding between the commissioner and youth was instigated by the commissioner’s interference in the youth affairs. It would be better for me to arrange all the events that triggered the misunderstanding into their proper context in order for my readers to understand how the commissioner Hon. Santino Amuol Majok incited the violence.

It was in November 2017, when the high executive body of Amuol Youth Association was requested by the state youth electoral committee to nominate 7 representatives who would go to participate in the state youth elections at Mayen Abun.In response to the request, the chairman of Amuol Youth Association in Turalei Hon. Madhieu Mathiang called for an urgent meeting so as to collect the views of the general assembly on whether they would appoint the 7 representatives to the state youth elections.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

John Garang wih the family of Jambo

John Garang with the family of Jambo

January 28, 2018 (SSB) — Have you witnessed the recent wave on social media projected by Susanne Jumbo? Hopefully, you have seen some of the uplifting messages she shares with many South Sudanese. Yet, there were negative counterattacks on her character and ideas that were purposely meant for the benefit of South Sudanese people. Those who had mixed reactions were motivated by a combination of both sexism and tribalism, but these harsh realities created a bitterness that almost sidetracked Suzanne. This is not an assumption, because of the intensity of language presented on social media and other websites.

Unfortunately, I differ with her on one thing—rushing to the conclusion to form her political party, which I feel has mysterious components that are negative to the expansion of the party. Oddly, many are saying that her party is a political wing for NAS, but that doesn’t translate into the popularity she just gained by acknowledging the South Sudanese desperation for peace.

What we don’t know is whether there is the connection between NAS and Suzanne’s party. Concluding that the two are connected would be premature, however, any clandestine link, without findings in place wouldn’t help us understand her intention; therefore, her party may need to be fully investigated because our people must know the truth if two are connected.

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Why South Sudan armed factions no longer at ease as hidden details of revitalization forum slowly emerge in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

By Deng Vanang, Juba, South Sudan

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

January 28, 2018 (SSB) — When plunging into the crisis since the last four solid years, South Sudan’s government was from the onset hoped would have an immediate upper hand against its armed opposition. All thanks to the resources, strategic regional backers and 63 tribes, but one rebellious Nuer it pulled behind its war chest.

The opposite became true instead and hence, the need to head the armed opposition to negotiating table on time before the government crumbled. The talks were never in good faith as they were meant to buy time for the beleaguered regime to subsist and eventually prevail against stiff opposition.

2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) provided such rare opportunity to head home grudging and still isolated armed opposition. But even still, with an underlying conspiracy to be outwitted midway into submission militarily by its rival side.

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AU Summit: Release of Prisoners as per the South Sudan Cessation of Hostilities Agreement – article #9

Edmund Yakani

MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a Juba-based South Sudanese civil society organization.

January 28, 2018 (SSB) — The African Union Heads of States and Governments Summit, is currently taking place in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.Community Empowerment for Progress Organization was grateful for the Statements issued yesterday by: the IGAD Council of Ministers; the United Nations Secretary-General; the Joint IGAD-AU-UN Consultative Meeting, regarding the current peace process of South Sudan.

CEPO is urging the AU Summit to urgently take action for the effective implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement’s(CoHA) – article #9, which calls for the release of all political detainees currently being held by the warring parties, and the signatories to the CoHA.

This action by the warring parties would be a genuine indicator of the South Sudanese warring parties’ goodwill to undertake in meaningful consultations and dialogue at the upcoming second session of the High-Level Revitalization Forum to be held in Ethiopia during February 2018.

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By Justin Deng Deng, Juba, South Sudan

corruption in Juba

Corruption

January 28, 2018 (SSB) — My fellow South Sudanese, Today l am forced again to take my pen and uncover the shaking truth in the national ministry of health. The discussion will solely focus on the corruption practised by Peter Aguek Kon Baak; the director general for Inspection & Surveillance, drugs & food control authority (DFCA).

A man ordained by the president to be the only supreme leader of pharmacists & pharmaceutical entities in South Sudan. Since he was appointed before the nation’s independence, none of the checks & balances authorities has ever put its nose to smell the horror inside that man’s office in DFCA.

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Joint Statement from the AU, IGAD and the UN Consultative meeting on the Republic of South Sudan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27 January 2018

 

IGAD

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

January 27, 2018 (SSB) — The African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the United Nations (UN) held a joint consultative meeting on the current situation in the Republic of South Sudan on January 27, 2018, in Addis Ababa, on the margins of the African Union 30th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government.

The AU, IGAD and UN welcomed the outcome of the first phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18 to 22 December, 2017 and appreciated the impetus it gives to bring peace in South Sudan.

The AU, IGAD and UN, however, strongly condemned the recent violations of the 21 December 2017 Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access (ACOH) in South Sudan which have caused further pain and suffering on the people of South Sudan.

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Communique of the 60th Extra-ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers on the Situation in South Sudan

IGAD

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

January 27, 2018 (SSB) — The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 60TH Extra-Ordinary Session on January 27, 2018 in Addis Ababa under the chairmanship of H.E. Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers. The session was attended by H.E. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E. Amina Mohamed Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic Kenya; H.E Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia; H.E Dr. Matin Elia Lomuro, Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan; H.E. Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan; H.E. Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda; and; H.E Hirut Zemene, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

H.E. Festus Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC); H.E. Mahboub Maalim, IGAD Executive Secretary and H.E. Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan were also in attendance.

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The Exigency of an indigenous, detribalized, middle-class cates for nation- and state-building in South Sudan

By Hon. Peter Wal Athiu Madol, Kampala, Uganda

Gen. Wal AThieu posted with Defence minister and other generals during the launching of second phase construction of Bor-Juba road 29th January 2015 Picture by Mach Samuel

Gen. Wal Athieu posted with Defence minister and other generals during the launching of second phase construction of Bor-Juba road 29th January 2015 Picture by Mach Samuel

January 27, 2018 (SSB) — The people of South Sudan have been embroiled in a deadly civil war since December 2013, barely two and half years after the independence in July 2011. Thus, war has crippled the young nation in all aspect of lives, being politically, economically and socially. And we, the former liberators and the current ruling elites, are caught in a moral dilemma for what we have to say to our beloved people of South Sudan. We have failed ourselves and we have failed our own people – for the aspirations of the liberation struggle and the promises of our independence have come to nought.

Today, South Sudan is in the deepest sense of the words, in hope and despair. “Everything seems equally meaningless, equally hopeless.” The horror of war is eroding the noble traits of its people. The excessive mental suffering, just as excessive physical suffering. Alas, the people are only there on sufferance, because it is the land of their forefathers. It is shameful to be indifferent towards another simply because of racial or tribal distinctions. Each wants to wipe out other, from the face of the earth, and each is at another throat. We need full development of our sentimental attitudes, instead of persistent antagonisms.

Yet, it is no secret that the conditions necessary for the inevitable state failure in South Sudan were evidently present on the eve of independence in 2011. The spirit of the new era was negated like a closed book, not read up to date in order to know or understand what mission the SPLM has to fulfil after the independence.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Baak Valentino Wol

Ambassador Baak Valentino Wol, undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

January 27, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudanese people are dying day and night under the external pressures and internal interests. With internal interest, South Sudanese politicians are divided and allow external interest exploiting the young country in the name of concerning about the lives of citizens. Really, when and how? I say no, and nobody who is concerning about the lives of South Sudanese citizens outside there.

Those of Nikki Haley who always saying this statement lying to themselves. If you are concerning about somebody’s life, and you feel the pain of your fellow human being and hardship is going through, you don’t add anger, you don’t insult, you help and find solutions. That is the right spirit of somebody who is concerning the pain of others.

Us is said to be a long friend to South Sudan, and US government is always hampering people of South Sudan indirectly or impede the progress of peace process by lack of funds. In the latest 1990-1991, US government was supporting rebellion within SPLA movement and withdrawn their support later after Nasir faction committed genocide in Bor.

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By John Agata, Nakuru, Kenya

Taban Deng in YUAI

Taban Deng Ghai with top army officers of the SPLM-IO in Yuai, Greater Akobo area, January 2018

January 27, 2018 (SSB) — “Does anyone really think that getting rid of guns solves any problems?” The Encyclopedia of Psychology defines violence as “an extreme form of aggression, such as assault, rape or murder.”

“Often, violence is the medium used by an individual to openly express their feelings such as anger, frustration, or sadness” Aided by lethal household self-defence tools such as Fire extinguisher, Knife, Hot water, Jembe, stone, stick, fists, etc, used against the nuisances.

The regular usage and widespread of guns have given some people, who have lost the sense of reason, an audacity to conclude that getting rid of getting solves any problems.

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Protest letter to the American embassy in Juba, South Sudan over the “undue inflammatory and defamatory remarks by Amb. Nikki Haley in New York

Baak Valentino Wol

Ambassador Baak Valentino Wol, undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

January 26, 2018 (SSB) — The Government of the Republic of South Sudan today in 26 Jan. 2018 handed over a protest note to the American Embassy in Juba on the undue inflammatory and defamatory remarks made by the US permanent representative to the UN Amb. Nikki Haley, when addressing the UN Security Council on 24 Jan. 2018.

Nikki said: “The Government of South Sudan is increasingly proving itself to be an unfit partner for this council and any country seeking peace and security for the people of South Sudan”

The protest Note was delivered to the US charge DE Affairs in Juba by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Amb. Baak Valentino.

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