Archive for January 28, 2018

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.


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.


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.


By Justin Deng Deng, Juba, South Sudan

corruption in Juba


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.