Archive for January 10, 2018

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan

January 10, 2018 (SSB) — One’s name is worth applaud if the owner has proved to the audience that he/she holds what each and every one can see, feel and judge, General Taban as he is famously known has some exclusive personalities that makes him a point of interest to any political farmer.

General Taban before the independence of South Sudan was the Governor of Unity State, Bentiu; during his era as the Governor of Unity State, I personally as a student of batch 2007/2008 was one of the beneficiaries of water tanker that he donated to the University of Juba.

When things were much tougher on us as students, South Sudan, in general, was on the highest plate of happiness with many international grants, donations, investors’ claws of attention and various shares from the Government of National Unity in Khartoum.


Open Letter from Rumbek Community in Diaspora to President of Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit and the International Community


January 10, 2018 (SSB) — Dear President Salva Kiir Mayardit and International Community, we, the sons and daughters of Rumbek Community in diaspora: Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and many other places of refuge all over the world, are very much concerned and disappointed about the death and suffering of our people in South Sudan in general and Rumbek area of Lakes State in particular. Communities in Lakes State have been experiencing the cycle of violence, encouraged and left to fight amongst themselves. When the peace agreement (CPA 2005) was signed and government of South Sudan was instituted under your leadership, you did nothing to stop this violence.

But the first responsibility of any government in the world is to provide security and peace for its citizens. Instead, your government failed completely to do this in Lakes State. Communal fighting in Rumbek became worst from 2013 when a tribal war broke out between your forces and forces of Dr. Riek Machar, the former Vice of Republic of South Sudan. We strongly believe that your government began to directly supply the rural youth with guns, and as a consequence law and order completely broke down. Some of your supporters in Lakes State government argued that rural youth should be armed to go and fight the SPLA-IO.