Archive for April 12, 2018


By Telar Ring Deng, Nairobi, Kenya

Pagan, Malong and Telar

Pagan Amum, Gen Paul Malong, and Telar Ring Deng, and behind them Dr Majak Agot and Gen Mach Paul Awar, at the house of Telar in Nairobi, Kenya, during the funeral of Gen Andrew Makur Thou

April 12, 2018 (SSB) — Dear all, I have been advisor from the year August 2010 to October 2014, and during my tenure as the President’s legal advisor, I have been blamed for very many decisions the president took.

Well, the assumption is that since the President has advisors, they are the ones who make decisions on his behalf. Let me break it down for you; in the Oxford Dictionary, the word advice means to offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone.

Therefore as a legal advisor, I was merely offering suggestions on anything legal to President Salva Kiir and he had the option to take my advice or not to take it. The final decision is always and will always be by the President and the Commander in chief of the SPLA and the Supreme Commander of all other armed forces.

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In the World of Hope

Posted: April 12, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Junub Sudan, Poems.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

With its beautifulness and greatness

My mother bore the hardship of Pregnancy and tirelessness;

This world, the village of darkness, evil hoppers and choppers,

You made it mum and now I am here in this world;

World of people who live on weariness and hope

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In the world of hope; my parents

Brain minded me to the use of pens,

White writing became my immediate assets and belong,

Young and humble man parenting writing materials;

Clearing chalk dust from my empty looking face (more…)


In the Footsteps of Dr. John Garang: Why We Must Embrace Homegrown Solutions to End Conflict in South Sudan

By Kerubino Kocrup Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

Garang, Kiir, Riek and Wani

John Garang, Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and James Wani Igga

April 12, 2018 (SSB) — In December 2013, war broke out as a result of political disagreements within South Sudan`s ruling party – Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). The nucleus of the disagreement was a power squabble between the Party Chairman, President Kiir Mayardit and the Deputy Chair, Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.

The two leaders disagreed over voting modalities in electing the Party’s Chairman. The chair of the party was a greatly contested position. Owing to the popularity of the SPLM party on the ground, it was assumed that the man clinching the seat would automatically carry the day in the soon to be held presidential general election.

The SPLM’s National Liberation Council meeting held in early December at NYANKUORN Hall ended with some party members feeling disgruntled. A motion fronted by Dr. Riek Machar and the former Political Detainees (FDs) group who had been shot down by a show of hands. A modality the Riek side of the divide in SPLM could not agree with.

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Historical Places and Popular Individuals in Bor, Jonglei State

Posted: April 12, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Majak Garang

By Majak Garang, Bor, Jonglei State

Abel Alier and Atem Yaak Atem

Hon. Abel Alier Kwai and Hon. Atem Yaak Atem in Nairobi, Kenya, 2005, at the signing of the CPA

April 12, 2018 (SSB) — Below are some of the historical places and popular individuals in Bor, Jonglei State. The list is necessarily not complete and exhaustive as some of the well-known places, and popular individuals might be missing in this list.

Version 1: Historical Places and individuals popularly known in Bor

Names Location Reasons for being famous/popular
 

Thoon long (Resting Tree)

 

 

It is located at Duk-agal, few meters away from Aduwar

“Resting tree” popularly used by many people on long journey when they wanted to rest. The tree became famous or popular in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s down to 1990s, when means of transport was only by footing. It was frequently used by those who were traveling to Mac-deng, Gook or Bor town for social activities such as wedding, marriage settlement, schooling and pastoring. The travelers could take break under this tree and rested for a while before they continued with their journeys. Reason was due to its strategic location; being in the middle of the journey. The tree is still there up to now but not in use as before due to frequent use of vehicles which has shortened distances.

 

Langbar (long nem tree

 

Located in Bor town on Bor-Cemetery Road

It was the longest neem tree in Bor town in 1970th and 1980th. Because of its popularity, the area has been named after this tree. Also it was, and still a meeting and reference points for people who were coming to Bor or leaving Bor town for rural villages.
 

 

Pan Deng Kut

 

In Biong Western part or area of Makol-cuei.

The place which is about 20 km from Bor town, became well known after Deng Kut built his huts/houses in the strategic location. It became popular because anybody coming to Bor town or leaving Bor town for rural villages in the northern part (athooc, Twic & Duk) was passing through this place. It was also a referent and/or convergent points for those who want to meet and proceed with or on one journey.

Pan Maketh Reng

 

It’s also found in Biong area of Makol-cuei

It’s was a cattle camp which was later established by Maketh Reng as his home residence. He became famous for the reason that he has been the only one who was residing with his family in the place. The place was locally known as grazing corridors for the cattle camps which were seasonally moving to grazing zones or ranges in the location.
 

Akony Jalle (Jalle Tree)

 

 

Was located in the center of Jalle but got destroyed during the 21 Sudan Civil War

Known for its oaths taking. People in Greater Bor were sent to Jalle to take an oath under this tree. The decision to send the parties to the place “Jalle” was always reached when one of the parties appealed the ruling passed by the traditional courts. In this mystical way, it was believed or assumed that the person/party who was not right would experience bad lucks in his/her personal life & family. Bad lucks were expecting in the form of death of family members, loss of properties/livelihood and deformation/defamation.

 

Waath or Hon Nyok Agaany (also known as pan Nyok Agaany)

 

 

One of the ports in Bor town next to the ministry of Finance and economic planning

Nyok Agaany was one of the government employees at the government guest house located next to the port of River Nile in Bor town. The port next to the guesthouse was used by public for swimming, washing clothes & utensils. When security situation changed in the country (emerging of Anyanya 1 & 2, and the SPLA), the security apparatus of the then government took over the control of the facility, where it widely believed to have been used for executing those who were accused of collaborating with rebels. If one was spied to be against the Khartoum government, s/he was taken to the house (Nyok Agaany’s house) for summary execution. No one has ever claimed to have come back alive from the house.

 

Makuach Ajak

 

Hailed from Biong in Makol-cuei Payam, and was known for his generosity.

Makuach Ajak was known for his generosity. He was giving out all had to visitors who were transiting through his house/home. Because of his generosity, he was bankruptcy and unable to cater for his families. So now in Greater Bor, a lesson was/is learned from him, and those who do not want to be broke materially, are quoting this lesson “I’m not Makuach Ajak”. Meaning s/he cannot give all s/he has and remain with nothing like Makuach Ajak

Agook de Pakwau “monkey of Pakwau”    

 

Was found in the maize garden of Pakwau in Anyidi land.

There was a group of monkeys residing around Pakwau Maize Garden managed by Netherland. These monkeys were eating the maize from the garden, despite an attempt by the owners of the garden in deploying guards to scare the animals which was unsuccessful. Later, one of the monkeys was sedated substances that put it on asleep, and then painted the monkey with white paint. The animal regained its consciousness and wanted to join the rest of the colleagues in the bushes but was not welcome by the group as it was seen to be a stranger. Because of this all the monkeys are driven away leaving the garden without any monkey to eat or destroy the maize.

Pan Wel Abirial

Located in Chuei-keer on Bor – Juba Road. It’s about few Km away from Pariak on the way to Juba

MR Wel moved to the place in 1960s or 1970s and established the location as family farm and residential. The area lost it original name (Anueet) and the newly acquired name (Pan Wel) became popular because of his interactions with nomadic people who seasonally migrated or moved to swampy areas across/along the River Nile with their cattle for grazing & water.

 

 

 

Pan Machuor

Currently known as Hai Machuor in Bor-town and it is located on Airport Road. Machuor hailed from Duk, and was a famous pharmacist who owned a pharmacy shop in Bor.

Mr Machuor who hailed from Duk owned a pharmacy shop at the junction of Malualchaat (currently a roundabout of Hai Machuor). He became famous because people who were sick in Bor town or nearest rural villages were able to get medicines of their choice. This had made him more popular, hence resulted in the naming of the area “Hai Machuor” for his recognition.

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