Archive for February 20, 2018


By Joseph Akol Wek Kuanyin, Juba, South Sudan

Construction of the Jonglei Canal in Sudan on February 24th,1983

Construction of the Jonglei Canal in Sudan on February 24th,1983

February 20, 2018 (SSB) — A more ambitious project not included in the interim programmes was the excavation of the Jonglei Canal. With reference to the statement made by an Egyptian political commentator Samir Faraj on Egyptian TV dated 28th January 2018 and was circulated on national courier social media and Facebook, during the interview in an Arabic, the former military commander and governor of Luxor said that “the digging of canal would give Egypt 30 billion cubic metrics of water per a year, he also said the water would greatly benefit Egypt and Sudan and ease their problems.”

Egypt is embroiled in a row with Ethiopia over the building of a dam across one of the tributaries of the Nile. Egypt is worried that, the dam affect the flow of Nile downstream, Egypt has tried for many years to woo South Sudan to restart the digging Jonglei canal. I would like to refer you back to the year of 1901 when Sir William Garstin undersecretary of the state of public works in Egypt, had proposed the excavation of the Canal, the Garisten cut, that would transmit fresh water from Equatorial Lakes to the White Nile that otherwise would be lost by evaporation and transpiration in the Sudd.

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South Sudan under Salva Kiir: An Examination of Three Transitional Periods in South Sudanese Politics

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

protest at the american embassy in Juba

protest at the American embassy in Juba

February 20, 2018 (SSB) — Following the untimely, sudden and shocking departure of the legendary, charismatic and founding leader of the peoples’ movement, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M), Dr. John Garang de Mabior in a helicopter crush in July 2005, just twenty-one (21) days in office after having been sworn-in as FVP of the Republic of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, his longtime deputy, comrade in the struggle, a brother and a best friend, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit was crowned to succeed the throne left by his longtime leader, a comrade in arm, a friend and a brother, Dr. John Garang de Mabior.

As the most senior in the hierarchy of the movement and the immediate next person after him, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit was set to take over the mantle insignia of leadership. However, as per the stipulations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and by virtue of being the leader of SPLM which is one of the signatories and partner to the Agreement, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit automatically became the FVP of the Republic of Sudan and the President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) and commander-in-chief of the SPLA and a supreme commander of other regular forces.

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IO-Riek Press Release on the 2nd Phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum

Posted: February 20, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in HLRF, Junub Sudan

SPLM/A Media Centre, Kenya Office

Press Release from SPLM-10: The Status Of The Ongoing IGAD Led – High-LevelRevitalization Forum (HLRF)

Riek Machar and Mabior Garang de Mabior

Riek Machar and Mabior Garang de Mabior

February 20, 2018 (SSB) —- The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to inform members of the movement and the South Sudanese public at large, of the adjournment of Phase II of the HLRF. This is not to say that the peace talks have collapsed, the stakeholders at the talks have initialed the areas agreed upon and we shall continue in phase III with the revitalization process. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) assures the people of South Sudan of our full commitment to ending the war through a negotiated settlement.

This is shown by our very presence at the HLRF despite the government’s lack of political will to reach such a settlement. The very fact that the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) needs revitalization, is itself a sign of this lack of political will, as they have failed to implement it.

The Movement would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight and inform our people that despite our full commitment to the peace process, “one hand can’t clap”, as it were. The allegations being made in the media by our partners in peace, that “the opposition is making impossible demands”, is simply false. What the regime is calling “impossible demands”, is the very revitalization of ARCISS. The simple truth is that the SPLM/SPLA (IO) is for radical reforms in the country, while the regime wants to maintain the status quo; which is untenable.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

Kerubino, Arok and Nyuon

February 20, 2018 (SSB) — A bloc in this sense is understood to mean a group of countries with similar political aims and interests, and as such, act together as a bloc over some political or economic issues. It can also be termed as a group of people, combined with a common interest or purpose within the country, region, Continent or Community.

Politic, as defined by many political sciences, is believed to be an art of making decisions that are either geared to safeguards particular member’s interests or a group of people (bloc). It can also refer to an exercise of achieving a political objective and positions in the Government, with aims to secure a particular political, economic or, social interests.

Those with political conscious do it with the objective to control over a certain aspect of the community’s wealth and influence.  In other words, politics is the study of Governments’ systems and how such Government provides service to the Community or Citizens at large. It is through this act of politics that Country’s wealth is shared based on the availability of Constituency in the country.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

February 20, 2018 (SSB) — Ustaz Angelo Ngot Mayar, the competent candidate for the chairmanship of Twic Mayardit Community in Juba is a true patriot who cares for his people. He is a man who believes in the unity of all the people of Twic Mayardit community irrespective of their ancestral background. Ustaz Angelo Ngot is a graduate of Khartoum University and he has so far accomplished many achievements as an ordinary member of Twic Mayardit Community.

For example, he has settled several disputes among the youth of Twic, he has also played a critical role in improving the student’s welfare through monetary and material contribution and he has a vision of uniting all the youth of Twic Mayardit community through sport and cultural activities. Angelo Ngot achieved the above achievements in his capacity as an ordinary God-fearing member of Twic Mayardit Community.

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Michael Makwei Lueth: We Didn’t Fight for Independence to Handover Government to Foreigners

protest at the american embassy in Juba

protest at the american embassy in Juba

BY AGENCIES ON FEBRUARY 20, 2018HOME NEWS

February 20, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudan’s Information Minister Michael Makuei said they went to Addis Ababa “with open heart and commitment to ending the suffering of the people but the opposition groups united themselves with one position block”

A proposal to dissolve South Sudanese security and allow United Nations peacekeepers to takeover for a transitional period is unacceptable, the country’s Information Minister Michael Makuei says.

The armed opposition in the just ended second phase of peace talks in Addis Ababa had requested for the U.N. takeover until the country is able to canton its ragtag militias and create an inclusive professional army.

Makuei says the move would create “statelessness” during the establishment process. “The opposition groups united themselves with one position block and demanded the dissolution of all institutions of governance in South Sudan including the security organs and that is impossible,” he said.

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