Archive for March 10, 2018

Does South Sudan have the right to shutdown Radio Miraya?

Posted: March 10, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Is it right for South Sudan to suspend the operations of UN-owned radio?

By Paul Baak, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 10, 2018 (SSB) —- Well, we are not talking about the possibility of it happening or not. The Media Authority has already done just that.  Radio Miraya 101 FM has been shutdown – though not taken off air just yet – allegedly for its “persistent non-compliance and refusal” to be regulated under media laws of South Sudan.

So we are left to ponder on the lawfulness of the decision taken by the national media regulator. While it is appropriate for any sovereign state to ensure compliance with domestic laws over media houses operating within its national borders, it is also important to note that certain media outlets operate outside the realm of national laws.

A UN-owned radio is one such entity. Its operations are regulated exclusively under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) – signed by UNMISS and South Sudan’s government – and the International Telecommunication Convention and Regulations.



By Hon Arop Madut Arop, Nairobi, Kenya


President Bush with President Salva Kiir at the Oval Office, White House

March 10, 2018 (SSB) —- On Thursday March 8, the United States of America once again asked, the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution aimed at effort to impose arms embargo, apparently on the government in Juba, and has circulated a draft resolution to that effect. As the US administration urge to impose arms embargo on the South Sudan’s warring parties appears controversial, it would be important to make brief comment as a person who has been all along at the epicentre of the events unfolding in the world youngest nation.

But as a tradition, one must look into the past in order to make sense of the matter that is being planned for the future. I beg all those who will read this piece to bear with me if I give a lengthy background to President Trump arms embargo saga because my intention is to draw attention to the public that taking uneducated and uninformed action, which though with good intentioned, may miss the object one intends to achieve. Follow me.

When the US President, His Excellency Donald Trump, issued an executive order, in which he imposed arms embargo on the warring parties in the South Sudan (last month), there were mix reactions both from the government in Juba and from the general public. The response of the government was that, the imposition of the arms embargo at the time the IGAD led Revitalisation Peace Forum was in session, was regrettably untimely, as it will impact negatively on the peace process itself. The government later accused President Trump’s untimely action as responsible for the failure of the second Revitalisation Forum when the HLRF second meeting ended without fruitful results.


Why Mr honorable minister of General education should resign

Posted: March 10, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Dut Kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

March 10, 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, fewer 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.


By Deng Akok Muordid, Juba, South Sudan

March 10, 2018 (SSB) — In response to Mr. David Deng Chapath’s article entitled “the lack of democracy in the SPLM” published by the Dawn newspaper on Date 7th March 2018, I as a true and faithful member of SPLM do strongly condemned the unwise and an impudent statement made by David Deng against our visionary acting secretary general Madam Nunu Kumba. Mr. Chapath’s article was intended to discourage the public from joining the historical party, the SPLM and for this reason I am appealing to whoever have read it not to believe in his misleading information. Chapath’s article should be treated as baseless information since it lacked credibility. He himself has no confident in what he wrote about SPLM party.


Kenya benefits from South Sudan are beyond Macharia Kamau’s claim

Posted: March 10, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


March 10, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudan is neigbouring Kenya to Southeast of her vast territorial landscape, for decades Kenya has been a good and caring neighbour to Southern Sudan from the time of British rule until the separation of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011 and beyond the Independence, our great relationship has been there since 1960s, from then Kenya and Southern Sudan have been living side by side as good neighbours.

But still within our smart frame of relation some Kenyans have been accusing South Sudanese on unverified claims for quite long and finally it has been firm up by the recent statement from Macharia Kamau, the nominee for Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary (equivalent to Undersecretary in South Sudan) by threatening unspecified measures against South Sudanese living in Kenya.


Condolence from Africa – South Sudan for late Dr. Billy Graham (1918-2018) and the writer’s view about his spiritual life

By Akol Kongoor, Juba, South Sudan

March 10, 2018 (SSB) —- Billy Graham’s death is a great loss to the Christian world, but he was promoted yesterday on 21 Feb. 2018 to join his Lord Christ in Heaven. In fact, I felt the shock for some time when I heard of the death of the most famous world evangelist who had evangelized millions of people in the twentieth century in different continents repeatedly.

With his team, he toured my African continent and preached the Gospel to the few independent countries in 1960. But unfortunately, General Ibrahim Aboud of Sudan rejected him as he (Aboud) was sowing seeds of Islamization through Arabicization for Arabization in Southern Sudan Schools – to uproot Christianity. To make it worse, Aboud expelled all foreign missionaries (little Billy Grahams) in Sudan in 1964, the very year he fell out through a public mob demonstration. Later on, “Little African Billy Grahams” resisted his Islamic policy with their deep-rooted Biblical (Old Testament) cultures.


Make child recruitment into the army a serious war crime in South Sudan

Posted: March 10, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Deng Vanang, Dares Salaam, Tanzania

March 10, 2018 (SSB) — With fire having its woods to light it, so is any civil conflict having its fodders to keep it alive and furious.

These fodders are naïve and ambitious children wishing to be part of the brighter future as promised by warlords, while marketed by many of their foot soldiers traversing every nook and cranny they can find unsuspecting victims.

Story recently appearing on Sudan tribune popular website in the past two days talked of the same thing.

Faces of children as young as 10 years old graced the front page headline of that online news site.  One faction in South Sudan on going brutal civil war is accusing the other of recruiting children in sprawling Ethiopian camps South Sudanese refugees are sheltered.


The Importance of Peace and Political Stability in South Sudan (Part 6)

Posted: March 10, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

March 10, 2018 (SSB) — Presence of peace in our country is a blessing to everyone in term of development. Although pain, suffering, and hurt guaranteed in this country, we have to support peace to overcome difficulties of war in South Sudan. We have somebody who can multiple peace in our hearts. Human may know God in the time of difficulties.

God is faithful, and he is always looking over us in the time of darkness. He is truly caring for us; he is our great protector, and he can help us in time of our need. Roman14:19, Reads, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification”. We need to make every effort to keep ourselves united, and bind ourselves together for peace. South Sudanese should bond in peace and make a source for peace education, and peace in life.


Keep Juba Clean and Green

Posted: March 10, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok

March 10, 2018 (SSB) — Keep Juba Clean and Green” was launched in 2010 and led by the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and environment, DFID and UNEP with an aims of planting 1 million trees in 2010 and 2011.

The new measures put in place by Mayor of Juba City Stephen Wani Michael by erecting up police tents at hot dumping sites and corners is highly welcome and appreciated by those who are adore to hygiene and sanitation, rubbish site that was at the far corner of the University of Juba and adjacent to Sedona Hotel was a disgrace to the University and the users of University-Buluk road.