Archive for February 14, 2018


Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

Riek and Emma

Riek Machar and Emma McCunne

February 14, 2018 (SSB) — When a South Sudanese person reflects on the intensity of unrest in the country before and during the civil war that gave birth to South Sudan independence, we see many of our leaders took a path that inflicted a heavy hand on their own people with disastrous results. Among our liberators, were those who took leadership as a contrivance to carry out unimaginable crimes on their own people.

Even so, what keeps us united as South Sudanese are those who see our unity as a way of defeating our collective enemy—the Sudanese government in North Sudan. As a member of the SPLM/A, our hope was complex, but we were very determined about what we were dreaming of. However, what has always distorted the collective determination of the South Sudanese was a known few whose selfish agendas contradicted our just cause.

Complicit in this distortion of our struggle and achievements is Dr. Riek Machar and his dependence men, whose level of thinking have not granted us unity, security, rights, and equal values of citizenship. Many of the like-minded have benefited greatly from secession from Sudan; yet, the people on whom they inflicted unbearable wounds did not benefit from an autonomous South Sudan. Isn’t this unfair?

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PEACE REVITALIZATION UPDATES

Date 13th Feb. 2018, Addis Ababa-Ethiopia

ENGAGEMENT ON SOUTH SUDAN PARTIES TO HLRF

February 14, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudan Peace Agreement Revitalization process kick-off smoothly among the parties with a sense of bringing peace to the society. The opposition parties’ coalition ends their boycott which was declared yesterday. This morning the revitalization of ARCSS was motivating. The parties adopted mediation methodology that made the delegates divided into two working groups/Sub-committees as follow;

  1. Sub-committee on Transitional Governance: This sub-committee was tasked to revitalize chapter 1 articles 1 & 3-10 on transitional Government-nature, timeline, and composition.
  2. Sub-committee on Permanent Ceasefire and Security Arrangement: This sub-committee was tasked to revitalize chapter 2 articles 1-7.

The two Sub-committees are effectively engaging in revitalizing the articles of Chapter 1 and 2.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

February 14, 2018 (SSB) — Peace, political stability, security, and nation buildings in South Sudan are not only responsibility of government and politicians although the government is a key grantor for effective facilitation; still, citizens have a big role to play. But sometimes ignorance and Misconceptions of citizens about peace and stability in the country is regarded as the work of government and politicians, this ideology affects citizens’ rights and obligations on the peace process. If we think as south Sudanese that bringing back peace is only responsibility of government and politicians, so President Kiir, Dr. Riek, members of parliament, political parties, or IGAD, AU, EU, TROIKA, UN; we fix our eyes on them as the only way for peace without our contributions and commitment, then we are totally wrong. Peace belongs to us, it is our peace and the future of south Sudan presence in peace.

A South Sudanese national was mockery at me about why speaking of peace politics as Church leader that, “David! Are pastors’ politicians?” I asked him, what’s politics? “Dirty game”, he said. I say you viewed it wrong. Politics: management of government affairs and lives of citizens. I asked him again, where do you think politics and government driven from? He said I don’t know, then why do you criticise something you don’t know? I told him, look! Everything was created by God and human being who exercises politics was created in God’s image, so is God not a politician? Fellow countryman, institutions were adapted from God such as government, education, law, agriculture, engineering, and the whole universe, so do you think God is so limited to politics? Then he said to me, man, please continues with peace education, you are right.

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By Dut Kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

February 14, 2018 (SSB) — Illiteracy rate in South Sudan is alarming. According to UNICEF estimation in 2011, more than eighty percent of South Sudanese population cannot read or write with severe challenges to female students. According to the same organization, less than one percent of girls complete primary education. It was also estimated that more than one million of children who were eligible for primary school were not enrolled with secondary school enrollment being lower than ten percent among those eligible.

Thus education is one of the priorities of the government just in word minus action, however, the current inactive system in the ministry of General education under the often silent minister has paralyzed the activities of the ministry which is one of the cornerstone of human prosperity and the overall betterment of the nation in every country. His Ministry was supposed to play an active role and put extra efforts to improve the educational system and lay the strong foundation to the Incoming generation but discouragingly, the current system in the ministry is a complete lousy system that provides quantity education to the children rather than quality education.

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For Immediate Release: The death penalty against Cde. James Gatdet Dak is an absolute miscarriage of justice

February 14, 2018 (SSB) — The death sentence and 20 years life imprisonment against James Gatdet Dak is illegal and politically motivated. The Transitional Constitution of South Sudan (TCSS), 2011 is the supreme law of the land and the guiding principle of distinct laws that exist in South Sudan. The general principle of the common law is that “any law that is inconsistent with the constitution is habitually considered null and void.”

On that note, article 3 (1) (2) (3) of the transitional constitution of South Sudan, 2011 stipulated that the constitution derives its authority from the will of the people and shall be the supreme law of the land. It shall have a binding force on all persons, institutions, organs, and agencies of government throughout the country. (2) The authority of government at all levels shall derive from the constitution and the law. (3) The States’ constitutions and all laws shall conform to the constitution.

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