Archive for April 10, 2018

By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

Paul Malong Awan

Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Chairman and C-in-C of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SS-UF/A)

April 10, 2018 (SSB) — Yesterday, the 9th April 2018, a press statement signed by my husband Gen. Paul Malong Awan, was released, officially announcing the creation of a liberation movement, the South Sudan United Front/Army. To that effect, I have no further comment in whichever capacity because he cleared articulated his position. After numerous behind-the-scenes struggles to bring the regime in Juba to sanity, he, like the rest of world, has been flatly disappointed to the point of disillusionment. He has now come to the realization that the Kiir regime is not whatsoever interested in finding a solution to the crisis in our country, and instead concentrated their entire effort towards consolidating their comfort zone, to the detriment of the suffering population.

My point of contention, however, that has prompted me to issue this statement is the quick maneuvers by regime apologists in Juba. Almost immediately my husband’s press statement was released, a fictitious list of names was released, supposedly spelling out the command and administrative structure of the South Sudan United Front/Army, my name inclusive. I must point that my husband has NOT AT ALL made any appointments to the command and administrative structure of the movement, and I was taken by surprise when a friend called me to inform me about my name being paraded among the leadership of the movement, along with various other names.


The Root Cause of the December 2013 Crisis in South Sudan: The ‘Sectarian Culturalism’ Factor – A Response to Hon. Arop Madut Arop’s Article “How Political Wrangling in the Ruling SPLM Party Wrecked South Sudan Apart In 2013

By Mabior Garang De Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

young mabior garang

Young Mabior Garang in Bowtie

April 10, 2018 (SSB) — It is a known fact that the December 2013 conflict in South Sudan arose out of tensions within and among the SPLM/SPLA leadership. However, there are many factors which contributed to and eventually lit the fuse leading to the outbreak of war. The prominent party leaders who challenged the status quo were from a diversity of South Sudanese communities but the Nuer community in Juba would be singled out and would bear the brunt of the punitive measures that followed. The targeting of Nuer civilians in Juba is well documented in the final report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (The Obasanjo Report). Targeting of Nuer civilians was a tactic by the regime to arouse tribal sentiments, marshal Dinka ranks and divert the attention from the political failures of the movement. The SPLM/SPLA called this “Sectarian Culturalism” during the liberation war and identified it as one of the leading problems in the old Sudan. It is unfortunate that it continues to remain a leading factor in the causes of war in the Republic of South Sudan.

The concept of ‘Sectarian Culturalism’ as defined by the SPLM/SPLA was the use of cultural differences to enhance selfish rise to political power by using one’s tribe/region, or the use of one tribe against another in furtherance of selfish political ambitions, patronage and hegemony.

The abandonment and departure from the SPLM/SPLA’s vision, objectives and program meant that the movement forgot the struggle against sectarian culturalism. The leadership failed to recognize the emergence of new contradictions in our society which needed the struggle against sectarian culturalism. The late Chairman in a lecture to officers of the SPLM/SPLA Shield Five (1988) explained, ” … if you take it from one point of view and say it will be Arab culture, or Dinka culture, or Nuer culture, or Shilluk, or Nuba, or Fur and you stick to that, this is ‘sectarian culturalism’. You cannot create a new nation out of imposition of one culture …” The ‘sectarian culturalism’ factor has been the impetus to the other factors leading to the conflict and the ‘Riek Machar’ Factor is really a euphemism for tribalism which in the context of politics the SPLM/SPLA has labelled ‘sectarian culturalism’.


South Sudan United Front/ Army: Public statement

Paul Malong Awan

Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Chairman and C-in-C of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SS-UF/A)

April 10, 2018 (SSB) — This is to inform the public that South Sudan United Front/Army is a movement with the objective of restoring the hopes of South Sudanese in a systematic manner. The movement has operation channels and will not be fed or allow a third party to feed the public with false allegations.

The movement does not entertain falsehood and propaganda and it is for reason that I am writing to inform you that the trending list of the appointee designate isn’t a making of our chairman or any movement’s organ. It is a plan by the Juba regime and particularly its rottening security apparatus through its propaganda wing to create confusion.


Hon. Jacob Akech Dengdit resigns as Duk Padiet Commissioner and Governor Philip Aguer Appoints Gen Martin Matien Gumwel Mabior Chiengkudak as the New Commissioner of Duk Padiet County

Jacob Akech Dengdit

Jacob Akech Dengdit, Jonglei state new minister for Information, Culture, youth and sport Mr. Jacob Akech Deng Kuany [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

To: H.E Col. Philip Aguer Panyang

Governor of Jonglei State


I wish to extend my deepest respect and appreciation to H.E Governor Philip Aguer, and the entire leadership of Jonglei State Government for their unwavering trust and believe they have in me for the recent appointment as Duk Padiet County commissioner.

My resignation as the commissioner of Duk Padiet County is with the reference to Hol Community meeting held for ten days in Bor town and was attended by the intellectuals, chiefs and elders in which the core resolution was maintaining peace and harmony within Hol community and Jonglei state as whole.