Archive for February 28, 2018

South Sudan: Buy back guns from armed and dangerous civilians

Posted: February 28, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Sultan Chuot Makur, Juba, South Sudan

February 28, 2018 (SSB) — The government should initiate a project of buying guns back from the civilians across South Sudan and come up with strict measures on its army should any soldier be found selling a gun to a civilian be penalize and punished.

This idea will mitigate the loses on the side of the civilians since they sell their cows and other important resources to buy these guns from soldiers. It will be good the government share the loses with our civilians by purchasing this ammunitions back to its coffers. Also it will persuade citizens across to give up their arms Instead of collecting fire arms freely without a guarantee that such guns will not be smuggled back in few months by their own troops.

I am not supporting civilians being allowed to carry guns to butcher themselves, but rather saying that there should be a proper regulation in place that will bared the civilians from accessing arms and law that will punish soldiers. The other simple logic is that our civilians do not posses license to purchase guns outside South Sudan which means the guns they used to killed themselves emanated from government troops.

The government should not just collect thousands of guns and leave the economic burden to the civilians. I have no doubt in my mind that the civilians after being disarmed shall find themselves carrying the very same guns in few months. Then the question begs, where does this guns come from? I leave it to you to reason.

In the event that our government employ its shenanigan that they do not have money, the argument can be that this project be achieved through using the local pounds and through donations from other willing donors to buy this arms back from the populace.

So in a nutshell, the government should prepare a budget to purchase ammunitions back from the civilians, put in place robust laws that will punish its soldiers found in contempt of reselling guns back to the civilians. This to my opinion shall curve the rampage flow of arms to civil population.

The author of this opinion is an LLB holder and can reached at chuotmakur@gmail.com

Passive and Silence of the Lost Boys in the United States

Posted: February 28, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

February 28, 2018 (SSB) — Looking back at the history of South Sudan, the Lost Boys—who are the generation deprived of their childhood at a tender age—are stains of blood left to remind our people of history that was made. Their hardship, and the result of an independent country are attached together with their suffering. We are a generation who have refused to be denied our rights; therefore, we joined South Sudan’s struggle. But that came with a price tag—unbearable consequences.

Today, when looking at the Lost Boys, we are full of pride and entitlement of something we rightfully deserve—South Sudan. You have heard about handing our country to UN under Trusteeship, which is something majority of us have rejected. This is not enough to maintain our sovereignty—more involvement is needed on your part as Lost Boys. With that said, the resettlement of many Lost Boys to the United States has accounted for many possibilities, which were legitimated as reasons that drive the secession of South Sudan from united Sudan. The arrival of the Lost Boys to the United States added to little-known Sudan social problems that were darkening the corners of South Sudan, but little was known among the American people.

We, the Lost Boys, have greatly contributed to what now stands on the blood of our people. Yes, I am a South Sudanese on all accounts, whether by choice or through the barrel of an AK-47 and many other mechanisms utilized to split from unified Sudan. We have earned it on the stains of our blood—with bodies in unknown graves. Sadly, I am personally and equally captivated by what kept the Lost Boys together for many years and their drive for a better South Sudan. Unfortunately, some of us are not sure what has reduced our enthusiasm for our country and her social issues when our collective conviction is to live in a peaceful South Sudan all along. We are no longer children—we have families of our own. Therefore, we shouldn’t be backtracking from elements that are meant for the improvement of South Sudan.

We have unimaginably gone silent from the equation of unresolved problems in our country, yet many know that it is our obligation to act on issues affecting the people. Instead of our involvement, we have equivocally allowed those who are ill informed or less knowledgeable to shatter themselves online or in social media while the majority of you remain reserved. Those who are obsessed with minor politics and demonizing others are the ones sticking to less substantive and unproductive attacks on each other’s position. As we know, such applications are no longer practical.

You can talk your head off, but it will remain less substantive to the current situation in the country. One may wonder if some of us are trying to weigh and assess the matter before we largely respond. Did we underestimate ourselves as a group willing to add our voices for the betterment of the people, or is this pure ignorance on our part? In other words, our silence is callous at its worst when we are being negatively engaged by those who are tarnishing the country. Or do we find it inappropriate or humiliating to mobilize Americans, especially politicians, to help South Sudan reconstitute the country economically and socially? What exactly is it that we fear? Did some of us out think something or are some of us too shortsighted to see the social problems in the country? This inconsistency on the part of the Lost Boys is incoherent to our standards, which is the support of peace and unity. We must be fairly mindful and appreciative of our contribution. It is a valid perspective if we continue to add our voices. There is disdain rising and these obnoxious politicians and generals shouldn’t overshadow the voices of the people. We cannot allow less immaculate individuals, who have created everything the country is experiencing, to continue to determine more unpredictable events in the future.

I can honestly say I don’t give a damn about anything else because I am a committed citizen for the betterment of this country and so you. Let me be very clear, we, the Lost Boys, are VERY POWERFUL and more importantly, our country needs us to intervene constructively. You and I know our country was capricious as it has slipped into the war we equally hate with a passion. With that, we are not here to contribute disparagingly but to make decisions that are in the best interest of our people, which will make a significant difference in their lives. Of course, we are not delegated in any form to intervene, but it is our duty as citizens to look beyond our individual fears of being mistaken for the wrong reasons. Yes, our leaders are remotely sensitive to solely and practically protect their jobs, but this is not helping the country. We were for South Sudanese during the struggle and we remain an important asset, even today when South Sudan is recognized as an independent nation. In order to change the minds and attitudes of our politicians and generals through constructive criticism and by employing ideology to the problems that have entangled the country, we must invest in peace, stability, economic strength, education, security, and much more. We must speak up and reengage our Americans friends to look at the problem of South Sudan constructively.

This long and uncomfortable war is being waged has dismantled little we collectively pieced together. In a nutshell, when we arrived, we were not politicians but desperate young men and women concerned for the welfare of their own people. You and I worked hard in this very country being mocked and exploited by a few politicians and generals—some who have not tasted life in the bush. It is quite terrifying watching your country deteriorating and scrambling before our eyes, yet we are reluctant to rebuild the little energy we initiated when we first arrived. I am personally furious and concerned by our long silence amidst our country’s crisis. This leads me to my question, how long are we intended to remain silent and watch our people suffer from afar? We fought harder when our freedom was diminishing, but at the moment, the situation in South Sudan has unpredictability components that are excruciating to many who have endured so much. The silence has precarious elements and these very elements have dark emptiness depicted through our families at home. Maybe some of us are silent because we aren’t reflecting on the situation in our country. We must fully recognize the social problems currently facing the South Sudanese. Reflect on this for a minute: when North Sudanese exercised what appears to be a sense of entitlement—something we were derogatorily identified with—we confronted them as people.

Also, the Americans were not fully informed about the aggressiveness of the North Sudanese; therefore, the Lost Boys overreached strategies employed by the Sudanese government to Americans. Changes in politics, specifically, the contribution of the Lost Boys confirmed blanketed methods used by the government to mistreat the South Sudanese. Lost Boys have done a magnificent job mobilizing Americans to support our position, which is something the government in Khartoum begrudgingly protested and even denied. To America’s credit, and to Lost Boys, in particular, as well as our brothers and sisters on the ground, we have collectively achieved our rights—our existence in its rightful place—South Sudan with the help of Americans. Sadly, it is hard to believe that South Sudan is experiencing indescribable security, economy, downfall in education, roads, and so much more, yet the Lost Boys have gone silent. What does the silence of the Lost Boys mean, out of all things? The Lost Boys involvement is a demand our politicians are neglecting, and we are, by far, the strongest group of South Sudanese located in the United States, but we remains isolated and silent.

This article was written by Deng Kur Deng AKA Raanmangar. You can reach him at pananyangajak@gmail.com

South Sudan: We cannot blame others for our failures

Posted: February 28, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

We cannot blame others for our failure: The solution lies in our hands and at our own disposal

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Wunkuel, South Sudan

“It is only when a mosquito landed on your testicles you realize there is always a way to solve problem without violence –Lao Tzu, the Great Chinese thinker” So you can slap other parts but not the testicles!

February 28, 2018 (SSB) — The great thinkers who superhumanly predicted the on-going political blundering and its divined panacea, were initially branded as barking dogs by the scoopers from national coffers who lavishly lashed out and confessed that they have combated hunger with Kim Jong Un intercontinental ballistic missiles and will have no financial problems for generations. Now there is no even pistol bullets to shot the rockets resistant hunger.

The audience heard it with disbelieve and that was in 2014, however, some of those inner circles braggers have now become frustrated drunkards, frequent ritual performers and turned to political bickering of more self-esteemed than the general atmosphere. To them, the former US President Obama was better compared this “America first” President Donald J.Trump.

Nobody talks about China in the recent hyper-inflated economy because their Yuan is not operational in our hotel receptions, restaurants, bars, and rooms. Yuan size is unfit for our wallets and its colour notwithstanding. The e-conman is booming in Juba and anyone in disgruntled category does not need a rocket science interpretation to understand the jargon of dishonesty and delinquency. I need POUNDS-DOLLARS, so to you Mr. X and Y, not China RICE!

The 2018 is a year of peace, elections in our January clamorous claims but a catastrophic year worth praying for -both South Sudan and DRC declared by Pope Francis in February 23rd. And may be, it could be a year of Pope’s visit to South Sudan after his anticipated clergy visit got apparently adjourned in 2017 despite his arrival to Egypt and Uganda.

Our Syrian-like wielding men and Mexican tycoons in juba have bitterly condemned the resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister- Hailemariam Desalegn as being coward but to Desalegn himself, holding on to a deplorable political uprising not his top choice. Some of his Juba Nationals hailed him as a true son who loves them and quitted the office to spare life.

When a kindhearted driver Juba lifted a collapsing mother with her only son for unclear cause, she and her son were later prescribed as hungry and not healthily sick in anyway by the doctor. As soon as they were injected with energy giving drifts, the doctor in the hospital discharged them with recovery advice to eat enough food. So hunger is the most painful instinct in human living.

As the story surfaced, thirsty-hungry soldier captured in the battle pleaded to his enemies that let them give him water and food first to drink and eat before killing him. And when the captive was given, he drank, ate and drank, thanked his food providers and signaled them to determine his fate. His enemies decided to spare his life.

So here u can contrast this agony with others and its stern natural severity for behavioral change! This author believes in portions forming a mass not a mass petitioning into particles! We are really good citizens as acknowledged by the whole world! Be consoled and join Pope Francis in prayers! Stay tuned to our latest rhetoric.  “Water is the softest substance yet the hardest to resistLao Tzu”.

South Sudan: Africa’s Bosnia of the 21st Century

Posted: February 28, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Welcome to S. Sudan, Africa’s Bosnia in 21st century

By Deng Vanang, Dares Salaam, Tanzania

February 28, 2018 (SSB) — In the news of the most heinous human rights abuses against depend less civilians, South Sudan tops the infamous list.

Which only comes second to Myanmar where ethnic minority Rohyingyas are at the receiving end of brutally de facto military junta.

Myanmar follows DR Congo where perennial failed state since independence lost control to marauding rival ethnic militias that exact revenges on each other in more unimaginable ways, despite the presence of largest UN peace keeping mission on earth.

That is according to recently released number of 41 South Sudanese military officials, names withheld, accused of such crimes of immense proportion.

Reminiscent of Bosnia in 1995, UN Human rights body recounted how South Sudanese service men of both sides in an ongoing devastating conflict brutalized their victims, suddenly sweeping away long standing societal traditions that once respected human values.

In which some had their eyes gouged out while still alive, with the rest castrated and left to tell their own chilling tales.

Boys were forced to have sex with grandmothers alongside young women being raped with crude objects in full view of husbands and children.

While others forcefully fed on fellow humans’ flesh.

At play as always, the motivations driving these beasts to carry out such horrific acts, is blind pursuit for power and wealth at the behest of an ethnic bigotry.

With perpetrators not oblivious of the fact: the world’s renowned idols are not the richest and neither the powerful, but the morally upright.

To prove this point of view, think of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Che Guevara, Bob Marley, Thomas Sankara, Billy Graham and just to name a few.

A chilly reminder for those going berserk in robbing everyone in sight and in reach with hope of becoming happier and respected.

Contrary to being emotionally high on power and wealth that makes one even more insecure, loathed, antagonized and unhappy.

Simply because over 90% of the world’s power and wealth is illegally acquired by a few rogues at the grim expense of the supposed true owners, the humble multitude.

Public institutions

Something resembling the same greed is to take a courageous peep into Kenya public schools, with ripples effects being excruciatingly fell in as far as UN funded refugee schools in the sprawling camps.

Under closer scrutiny are the newly introduced and government lavishly funded programs of free universal Primary and Secondary education.

Which is not all well as its proponents once envisaged in one of the most progressively promulgated African constitutions, that of Kenya.

On all accounts instead, it is a meticulously rolled up chalice in the poison.

Previously billed to be lesser expensive than their private counterparts, the opposite reality is currently taking its tolls on the children of cart pullers and Sukuma wiki sellers eking out a living on the dusty roadsides of the East African largest economy.

Who miserably fall out of favor with illegally blotted school fees, school expansion and extra-furniture bills.

Others are salaries for illegally recruited teachers to be paid outside the publicly known system, teachers’ motivation bonuses, installation of the most sophisticated communication systems etc. all at the poor parents’ costs.

Which run into multi-million shillings’ mega industry to service the insatiable greed of principals some of whom successfully resisted mass transfers and their entrenched networks of cartels in pursuit of quick riches.

All these telltales also bear a glaring testament of how public facilities usually collapse under the crashing weight of neglect and profiteering oligarchs.

It is the IMF and World Bank of early 1990s getting vindicated in pushing for privatization of the most basic services against public ownership in exchange for much needed low interest rate loans.

To which several 3rd world countries, including those in Africa, opposed the proposal for more, better goods and services.

Which, as suggested, could eventually lead to an economic growth that comes with an increased employment and quality lifestyle for the majority poor.

But the crediting Briton woods institutions’ invaluable advice came with the costs of cutting the aged old patronage-clientele bonds that water the roots of savagely growing 3rd world politics.

Particularly, through shedding off the non-productive labor force by mostly Western business companies that took over the lackluster local public corporations and unceremonious retrenchment of morally decayed politicians.

Who normally shored up the already foregone re-elections bids by encouraging decadent economic dependency of the poor on the rich.

Mostly via delivery of free goods to the impoverished electorate during the ritualistic elections, further driving an already distressed economy into the doldrums.

The few which succumbed grudgingly, such as Zambia among others, miserably failed the flagship test.

Which therefore in turn unforgivably blamed the two Briton woods institutions for monumental socio-economic woes that ravaged the locals, but benefited them and their capitalist Western investors.

The author of several books, Deng Vanang, is a graduate of the Catholic University of East Africa in Kenya with a bachelor degree in Philosophy and political sciences. He got awarded with undergraduate diploma in public relations and management at Kenya school of exports and imports in Kenya. And in later years secured a post-graduate diploma in print media journalism from the University of Nairobi as well as a post-graduate diploma in peace and development studies at the University of Juba, among several short courses certificates in both information and governance from East African region and Republic of South Africa. He once served in SPLM/A during the war of liberation as political commissar and other political groupings in the post-war period. He became a Director in GoSS’ Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Juba until 2010 while serving as the columnist with various newspapers before and after the December 2013 conflict erupted. He can be reached via his email: dvanang@gmail.com

 

 

 

My Appeal to President Kiir to Remove Ateny Wek Ateny

Posted: February 28, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

MY APPEAL TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN, GENERAL SALVA KIIR MAYARDIT, TO REMOVE ATENY WEK ATENY

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

February 28, 2018 (SSB) — Perhaps, it may be of help to begin with statement of Thomas Sowell who once quoted to have said, “The least productive people is usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings”.  The gist of this statement is that those who are incompetent or nonperformers know how to talk more than doing the work.

It is in that respect, I have taken this opportunity to appeal the President of the Republic of South Sudan to look into the issue of Ateny Wek Ateny. Ateny Wek is incompetent to be appointed in such sensitive post.

As I have been following Ateny’s actions and what he says I have finally come to the conclusion that Ateny does not deserve the honour to be appointed in that sensitive post like the press secretary of the President for the following reasons—

First of all, Ateny does not know how to keep and deal with the sensitive state issues or information. He talks with big mouth wherever he is and by implication let the cat out of the basket every time he talks. Ateny talks like as if he is the President. This is owed to the fact that he does not know his job limit of job or description of his job.

If I can ask this simple question: how times Ateny has revealed some sensitive State information which sometimes have been putting him in hot water with the state authorities.

The clear example was when he came to Uganda to talk with people but clearly he exposed the secrets of the State against General Malong which was good on General Malong’s side but ethically, it was inappropriate for him to talk of such issues in the public.

Second to it, Ateny does not know the boundary and description of his job. He always creates confusion concerning the issue as to who should communicate on behalf of South Sudan externally. Ateny has been grabbing job of Minister of information which has created a lot of confusion in relationship between South Sudan and other countries. For example, when he was invited to address some of the Ugandan government officials he started attacking them which is diplomatically wrong and inappropriate.

Thirdly, Ateny does not help the president to know the concerns of the citizens. For instance, when people complain against him or state the simple action he undertakes is to block them which is never a solution. The example of the people he blocked from his facebook page are Volentino Daniela Wol and me and may be there are many others he blocked thinking that it is the solution.

Nonetheless, the solution is not to block the people but rather to write down their complaints and then forward them to the president in order for the president to make a decision on how to address those complaints, which is the appropriate means how the state address the issues or concerns of the citizens.

However, Ateny Wek does not know this as what he knows is always to tell the president nice things though things are not as good as he explains them to the President. Partly, the president is being hated by many due to the fact that the country is sinking into deeper crisis today because of Ateny who keeps the President in darkness.

In other words, Ateny is a specialist in the politics of Ostrich that puts its head in the sand thinking that the danger is gone yet that danger will kill it later.

In summary, there are many areas which Ateny Wek Ateny has shown lack of competency and because of that he does not deserve to be in the office of the president or to be the spokesperson of the President.

I therefore I appeal the President, his Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit, to remove Ateny and if appropriate to appoint either Emmanuel Monychol Akop or Manyang Mayom who are great journalist. These two personalities can help him in protect South Sudan image. It is in the best interest of the president to do that quickly in order to save his image as Ateny is a deadwood in his office.

Note// the author can be reached through dengchapath2018@gmail.com