Archive for April 25, 2018


By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver, USA

Salva Kiir

President Kiir paying his last respect during the public viewing of the body of the late Gen. James Ajonga Mawut, chief of general staff of the SPLA

April 25, 2018 (SSB) — Last week, in reference to opposition demands that you step down, you responded that you would not do it because “nobody can do it.” You were quoted as saying: “what is my incentive in bringing peace if it is the peace that I will bring then I step aside? Bashir did not do it when we were fighting with him.”

The question that pops into our minds would be: can a lucrative exit package be an acceptable incentive? What of an internationally and continentally brokered guarantee of temporary exile (only during the interim period), head of state level covered expenses, and no prosecution agreement?

My motive behind writing this notes is not cynical by any means, I am my own master of my conscience.  My motive is to draw the attention of president Kiir Mayardit, who I would want to be proud of as a citizen of South Sudan, to the fact that: aside from the presidency there are many other incentives that have made other African presidents quit. (more…)


By Deng Gai Gatluak, Juba, South Sudan

Salva Kiir

President Kiir paying his last respect during the public viewing of the body of the late Gen. James Ajonga Mawut, chief of general staff of the SPLA

 

April 25, 2018 (SSB) — Pursuant to my personal research as far as the contemporary political phenomenon in our country is concerned, my intellect quotient convinced me that, in a society where tribal animosity (hatred) is deeply rooted akin South Sudan, truthfulness is persistently considered as a threat to those who are allergic to it. Nevertheless, I exceedingly conceded with the proclamation of Dr. Francis Mading Deng that, “what divides us are not the things we speak about, but the things we keep silent about.”

It is incontrovertible that SPLM is more divided along tribal and ideological lines and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive than at any point in recent history. These trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.

On that note, it’s worth mentioning that, the SPLM Political leaders are birds of the same feathers, notwithstanding their political affiliations and ethnic diversity. However, we cannot afford to neglect and turn a blind eye on the fact that, a substantial number of the current SPLM leaders fought wholeheartedly and selflessly the longest brutal civil war in Africa in order to secure our independence. (more…)