Archive for May, 2018

This lady, call gossip, is not in love with success

Posted: May 31, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Thursday, May 31, 2018 (PW) — It’s said by the exploiters to the exploited that if you want to cheat Africans, write a very long document, full of jargon and put in the middle what you want to cheat from them. They’ll not bother themselves to read it all, instead, they’ll approve it. These highly readable and careful worded articles of mine are very educative usually in the middle and if you’re allergic to reading, then you might be unlucky human and there is no any other means to help you.

Sometimes I print out the texts or parts of it, and mark errata with a pen. If there’s a single erratum, then it might be because, I didn’t print the whole article or those who handle it at their end, have misprinted it or miscopy it.

In my far payam from Eastern Bahr El Ghazal, when a dog is finger pointed by hunters to go after a cunning fox, the cunning fox will run for a short distance and stand upright using its rear legs, forging itself as one of the hunters to outwit the dog by pointing one of its front legs to tell the dog that the prey is still ahead. After the dog bypassed, the cunning fox will get a chance to escape away from danger. (more…)

Committing mistakes is something human and sometimes inevitable. However, not learning from mistakes may suggest that something is fundamentally amiss because it subjects the individual, group, country or society to perpetually commit the same mistakes”~Dr. Peter A. Nyaba

By Bol Khan, Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (PW) — What is IGAD’s imperative priority on South Sudan’s tedious peace revitalization process? Is IGAD aiming to bring about a peace accord that saves the lives of suffering ordinary people of South Sudan or a shaky peace deal that serves only the politicians’ interests?

The HLRF’s Phase II that recently ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, without a signed deal was supposed to be the last round of South Sudan’s Peace talks. Ahead of time, the public leaked it that in case the delegates fail to reach a comprehensive deal by themselves until 21th of May 2018, then IGAD would be coming up with a neutral and moderate proposal to narrow the gaps between the parties.

This was what in the mind of every South Sudanese citizen. However, unexpectedly, when the IGAD’s “Bridging Proposal” was out, circulated everybody was dumfounded including the author.  I surprised and bewildered because the proposal squarely appeared as if South Sudanese’s politicians drafted it themselves, in their own interests.


By David Mayen Dengdit – Denver- USA

CEPO fact sheet on the power sharing arrangement

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (PW) — A couple of weeks ago I made up a hypothetical cabinet for a transitional government of South Sudan. Of course, as free citizens, we all have the right to exercise the privilege to choose those who should lead “our” country. We can do so at any time when we feel that objective conditions have robbed current leaders of legitimacy. And in our case, massive human flight, pervasive victimization of innocent non-combatant citizens of all ages- including children, documented ethnic-based war crimes, etc. constitute the grounds for automatic withdrawal of legitimacy from those who have abused the power of incumbency.

The power of incumbency includes: control over deployment of security agents as prescribed by the constitution of the land. Essentially, these entail military deployments for protection of national borders from external aggression, while other security operatives mainly police and prisons service to provide internal security.

The rest of other services controlled by incumbents are essentially economic in nature. These include regulating international, regional and national trade through setting up a taxation system to collect monies from the market and divert it to paying for other services such as healthcare, education, sports, improved agricultural production, and all other things that make living in a country a worthy experience for citizens. (more…)

By Luka Biong Deng, Washington DC, USA

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (PW) — The rapid degeneration of the situation in South Sudan on a trajectory towards the Hobbesian state made many circles to call for President Salva to step down for various reasons, but the final decision rests with him. It is apparent now that the various armed groups are militarily too weak to oust Salva. The possibility of popular uprising as a peaceful means for forcing leaders to step down is even unthinkable in a country of unknown gunmen.

His impeachment by parliament is inconceivable as he satisfies all conditions for eligibility for the office of the President until that time when elections are held. The option for AU to intervene and overthrow him militarily in the light of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and deteriorating humanitarian situation such as famine and massive forced displacement is unlikely given the politics of the member states of the AU and the UN.

The revitalization of the 2018 Peace Agreement will certainly not ask him to step down as shown in the last proposal by IGAD. While the regional and international pressures are, therefore, not so effective by themselves, they may create a conducive environment for encouraging Salva to step down of his own accord. The exit packages that have been proposed are conditional on his voluntarily consent.


By Deng Vanang, Nairobi, Kenya

Monday, May 28, 2018 (PW) — Totally so indifferent to the cruel fate of our dying, maimed and displaced people by their millions, main man in the heart of wildly raging four-year-old furnace rules out any conflict-proof-mechanism or pact minus him at the top.

Casting a glance at the opposite extreme, bonded serfs dismiss out of hand any agreement without feudal lords seen as part of what ails.

As the rest tenaciously salivate at poisoned chalice, cum plumb jobs, unrepentant felon dangles before their lustful eyes to either lure them back to {or maintain them in} the same death spot.

You may not be any of those cited unscrupulous characters directly, but if your naivety and ignorance aid the very callous political calculus of such an irritating circus, you are as good as part of the perennial problem than its much sought after solution. (more…)

A Mother’s Appeal

Posted: May 28, 2018 by mayendengdit in Junub Sudan

A Peace Poem by Mama Acoldit Wour Abyei titled “A Mother’s Appeal.”

By. Mama Helen Achol Wour Abyei

My dear children, South Sudan.

You forgot how our life used to be when

I gave birth to all 64 of you my daughters and sons.

I was feared by all, the most powerful mother under the sun.


We were known for our kindness and our hospitality.

We cared for each other and beyond, because we had plenty.

I fed you; I nurtured you and treated you equally.

Ladu, Aluel, Gatkwoth, Nyachengjwok, Keji, Anango, Garang, Riya,

Ukel, Juye and more…. I love you all; I do love you all sincerely.

I taught you hard work, the love of God and to treat your neighbor respectfully.

I still remember

When we used to walk our vast forest with no convoy, no harm or fear.

When you would chase after our calves, chicks, kids and lambs with cheers.

When you chase each other, giggling through the morning dew.

No stranger passes by without tasting our food.

No orphan left to grieve or kept in a sad mood.

I still vividly do remember.

Seeing you all healthy, eating organic fruits and vegetables.

Drinking fresh milk and clean water, nothing was impossible.

We shared our funerals, and together read the Bible.

We celebrated our graduations and weddings as one people.

My children forgive us the elders.

It is purely our fault; we messed you up, forgive us.

We made you hate and kill each other, forgive us.

We made you humiliate your aunts and sisters, forgive us.

We taught you greed and selfishness, we are corrupt, forgive us.

We now want a better future for you; it is not too late, just forgive us.

My children South Sudan.

Take me back to those wonderful days of peace and prosperity.

Take me back to those wonderful days of love and harmony.

Take me back to when we wake up to the sound of the birds chirping.

I know and trust that you, my children can do it.

To find ways to end this suffering, you can do it.

To speak up for each other and uplift the weak, you can do it.

To reach out and sponsor a child orphan you can do it.

To unite and positively speak with one loud, clear voice, you can do it.

To forgive each other and reconcile, you can do it.

To bring me back my pride and my dignity, you can do it.

I can feel it; I can feel peace just around the corner

Because my beloved children said yes, mom, we can and will do it.


With the eyes of my heart, I can see you lighten our burden.

I can you stop the bloodshed and make every child look well fed.

With no unknown gunman and no innocent slaughter.

I can see my children coming home from where they fled.

I can see every house and every corner filled with laughter.

I can see you building the broken walls of our country’s infrastructure.

Then imagine, close your eyes and…just imagine.

Modern classrooms for all levels of education everywhere.

Modern hospitals, advance laboratories anywhere.

Highways exporting our first class oil and our produce to anywhere.

Our gold, our natural resources that are needed somewhere.

Imagine yourself a medical doctor, a diplomat, an engineer or a lecturer.

Or an entrepreneur, with your private jet, your expertise is needed over there.

This is the country I, your mother must leave for you.

I want to clean up the mess, help me make this dream come true.

 Remember we must go back to where nothing for us was impossible.

And let us start now, from right here.

© 2018.

The author, Mama Acholdit Wour Abyei went to the United States as a refugee in 2003. She was a banker in Wau and Khartoum for more than 25 years where she rose to the position of Manager of  one of the branches of the Bank of Khartoum  in Khartoum. In the United States, she challenged the odds and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Colorado State University at the age of 61. She has authored a number of short plays and poems. She can be reached at

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By Sally Nyalony Gatwang, Kampala, Uganda

Sunday, May 27, 2018 (PW) — We walk and work night and day in search for you, today countries like; South Sudan, Congo, Somalia are suffering as a result of money, power, and ignorance. There are so many death reports, displacement of people and distraction of property. This is not because we don’t want peace or our enmity is excess that we can’t forgive ourselves but its simply because of money and power plus ignorance. Today so many great people would be with us to celebrate this day but unfortunately they are not with us today not because they didn’t want to but they were caught pants down.

Michael Jackson one of the biggest musician and that is still remembered in the music industry died because of chemicals, trying to change his skin color. Why would a person wish to change the color if it wasn’t due to ignorance. Today so may people are bleaching their beautiful skins due to ignorance. People bleaching kills and that black color you are ashamed of one day it will be ashamed of you.

Nelson Mandela and Doctor John Grang today are no more, simply because of power. This great men fought for their countries freedom and respect of their rights. In south Africa, blacks were being mistreated which even led to apathey policy and the same in Sudan where Arabs were mistreating the blacks.

This men gave up their personal interest for the interest of their countries, to see their people in harmony was what they wanted though they were not advocating for separation but rather unity even though they knew the whites had really made their lives a leaving hell. Today we all celebrate their great work while remembering them. (more…)

By Amb John Kassara Koang Nhial, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Saturday, May 26, 2018 (PW) — Riek Machar have failed and placed the entire Nuer Community into an ugly shape. The nature of Riek Machar’s politics have destroyed both the political career, dignity, and the culture of Nuer Community.

For instance; Nuer Community before Riek Machar’s war of 1991, the Nuer tribe were known worldwide as ” WARRIORS ” , brave fighting men and women, people with good culture and dignity.

After Riek Machar’s war of 1991, Riek Machar’s reckless, unsuccessful and cowardice politics have made the Nuer Community to be a choatic tribe who just make choas out of blue. Riek Machar’s politics have made the Nuer Community coward who starts the war and end up surrendering themselves to what they termed as an ” ENEMY “.

Riek Machar’s politics made us a community of no respect where you fine an elders abusing and insulting the young ones as well as the young one abusing and insulting an elder. (more…)

No Agreement at the IGAD-led HLRF – Only Patriotic Sons and Daughters can Save South Sudan from Itself and her Neighbors

By Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, Nairobi, Kenya

Hon. Michael Makwei Lueth, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, and Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth at the second round, phase II, of the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the 2015 ARCSS, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 17-25, 2018

Hon. Michael Makwei Lueth, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, and Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth at the second round, phase II, of the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the 2015 ARCSS, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 17-25, 2018

 Introductory remarks

Saturday, May 26, 2018 (PW) — The IGAD mediation (2014 -2018) like the Round Table Conference on the problem of southern Sudan (1965) produced a dead rat in the name of Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS). Like the resolutions of the Round Table Conference, the parties did not implement ARCISS to its letter and spirit. President Salva Kiir exploiting the political cleavages within the SPLM/A (IO) engineered with the treacherous collaboration of Taban Deng Gai and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth the situation that returned the country to war after a short lull.

The Obama administration through Secretary of State John Kerry cobbled the IGAD region into acquiescence to recognize as de facto Kiir – Taban coup against the SPLM/A (IO). President Festus Mogae, the JMEC Chair, choreographed the false reporting to IGAD, AU and UN Security Council that TGoNU was implementing the ARCISS at a time the security and humanitarian situation deteriorated in the country.

“Had the JMEC Chair been courageous and declared ARCISS dead immediately after the fighting erupted in J1, the situation could have been different and HLRF would have been unnecessary.”

Finally, in June 2017, President Festus Mogae admitted that fighting in J1 wounded ARCISS seriously and that it needed surgical intervention in the form of high-level revitalization forum (HLRF) to shift the timelines. 17 May 2018 marked the expiry of ARCISS and hence the legitimacy of Salva Kiir as president as well as all the institutions formed in accordance with ARCISS provisions. Had the JMEC Chair been courageous and declared ARCISS dead immediately after the fighting erupted in J1, the situation could have been different and HLRF would have been unnecessary.


The internal road systems in Juba are deplorable

Posted: May 26, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Pal Chol Nyan

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


Saturday, May 26, 2018 (PW) — Juba town is the seat of the National Government. The host is Jubek state Government. With the decentralized system of governance adopted, we have a municipality administrative unit running the affairs of Juba. Simply put, if there is anything that does not go well in Juba town and its surroundings, it is the Municipality that bears the blame for what may be a dereliction of duty.

Now, if you see the internal roads, they are deplorable and impassable. Water tankers charge us at will. Boda-boda front is another hurdle hampering movements because of overcharging due to what they call fuel crisis. Food commodities are unaffordable, the list is long. The communities, using their own initiative, set to repair their own roads. It is a good work from the locals. I am afraid those who always want to have the credit for work they have not done, failed or refused to do will go to the pockets. They don’t desist from lying to the President that they are working when tangibly there is nothing.

The goodness is that the President has ears. Let us not hoodwink ourselves into believing fallaciously that he is unaware.  He knows what we do and where we fail to deliver. It is there that when he surprises us with a decree/decrees, most of us collapse or walk out of the town in protests because our mouths are pulled out of the breasts without warning. The President is right that once we fail, we have to be fired and asked to account for the failure. (more…)

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia


Friday, May 25, 2018 (PW) — What to say about the High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF) of the dead 2015 South Sudan peace agreement defies the tongue if you are the grass being trampled by the elephants. you can’t dare to remember the dates, when it started and ended. Lots of things have been going on since 8 July 2016.

Taban faction lingered behind and got absorbed in the cauldron. SPLM mini reunification took place in 2018. And finally came the second HLRF consultation. The so-called National Dialogue consultations may be out soon. National dialogue is considered to be one of the homegrown fronts. The attempt to give another “home grown” solution a chance failed before religious leaders prior to IGAD takeover of the HLRF.

The complexity of the negotiation trajectory is beyond comprehension both nationally and beyond the borders. on many ocassions, the South Sudanese elites insist on the untested home grown solutions to the country’s political and security predicaments. It happened that some traditional leaders in the past resolved inter communal feuds facilitated by UN and NGOs with partial involvement of the SPLA commanders long ago. (more…)

By Dut kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

Dinka and Nuer

Dinka and Nuer under one nation, one people

Thursday, May 24, 2018 (PW) —- According to sociological perspective, the word ethnocentrisms refer to tendency to view one’s own culture, tribe, section or clan as superior. It can make any type of compromise or borrowing between individuals or tribes difficult or even impossible for the reason that, each and every person perceived that their tribe or section as omnipotent and superior particular in the distribution of state resources. Currently, south Sudan is comprises of valor tribes who are all good in physical confrontation , threats of human life, used of abusive languages toward others and inhuman killing with impunity since others are intentionally and selfishly said to be above the laws since the possess state power.

There is nothing called sorry in south Sudanese societies since we are all hostile toward each other we perceived to be our direct enemy, we have abandoned our Nationality and camped behind our respective tribes as our everlasting shield in which we engineer our political decisions and actions to satisfy the interests of few who seem like to have been weaned using public resources for their own. Always, for smooth prosperity of any society according to sociological school of thought, there should be diffusion between different tribes whether in materials or non materials objects. (more…)


Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO

Hon Henry Odwar, deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO


1. The title and the preamble of the proposal talk about “bridging” the gaps and identifying a “middle ground” between the different negotiating positions.

2. Having studied and analyzed the proposal, it is apparent that the proposed bridging and middle ground position has, instead, widened the gap among the positions of the parties.

3. Therefore, it does not bridge any gap, nor does it create a middle ground.


From our analysis of the document, the proposed guiding principles are not reflected on the articles proposed to bridge the gap. The following are our observations:

1.1.1. The purpose of the HLRF is not to renew and strengthen the TGoNU, but it is rather to revitalize the ARCSS and ensure its implementation. Therefore, it is our view that the principles proposed to renew and strengthen the TGoNU is conflicting with the objectives of the HLRF. Therefore, since the life of the de facto TGoNU has come to an end on May 17, 2018, the principle of establishment of the new TGoNU must guide the proposal of the new transition. (more…)

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng (Addis Ababa) and PaanLuel Wel (Juba)

HLRF Hall of Deliberation


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — South Sudan’s sworn enemies and bitter rivals have unanimously united in rejecting the compromised power sharing formula and security arrangements offered by IGAD’s Bridging Proposal towards the outstanding issues in the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The IGAD’s Abridging Proposal had proposed a revitalized transitional government headed by a president, supported by three vice presidents, and a power sharing ratios of 55% to the government, 25% to the SPLM-IO, 10% to the SSOA, 5% to the SPLM-FDs and the other 5% to the Other Opposition Parties (OPP).

The government has rubbished this proposal and instead insisted on a transitional government headed by a president, with four vice presidents, two of which would be nominated by the government. More importantly, the government seems to be incensed by the apparent removal of Taban Deng Ghai’s position.

Moreover, the government has vetoed the power sharing formula and has instead proposed the following ratios: Government 65%, SPLM-IO 15%, SPLM-FDs 5%, National Alliance Parties 5%, Parties of National Agenda 5% and South Sudan Opposition Alliance 5%. (more…)



Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — Seven years after independence, violence in South Sudan goes unchecked. The 2015 power sharing peace deal between the President and Vice-President lies in tatters. The violent, hyper-masculine discourse of these leaders has left no room for an alternative vision for the country.

Despite women’s elevated roles in their societies, and the unique dangers they face – including the use of rape as a weapon of war – it is the voices of men, those who fought hardest and most viciously, who are rewarded with a place at the table. There is no spot for those who wage only peace.

This must change if the world’s youngest country is to build a peaceful and representative future. Women’s perspectives, experience and solutions must be heard if South Sudan has any choice to forge an alternative, united vision for a peaceful and stable nation.

With a coalition of women’s organizations, Crisis Action intends to bring together powerful women leaders from South Sudan, the African continent, and the wider world to a Virtual Summit that will transcend geography and the conflict itself to create a call so loud and so united that those with the power to drive real, lasting change will have no choice but to listen.  (more…)

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — We can all pretend to be leaders when our desire is to mislead and embrace leadership to destroy what is logical and instrumental among communities. This is the case of those who are less than remorseful about the issues which matter to people, but rather have pretentiously emerged as leaders in Jonglei for their awful acts. Men of ideas are known to be very thoughtful.

These so called ‘leaders’ have tried to vilify individuals attempting to stand in the context of the community who have found their commitment to community to definitely be a hazard. These men of lesser ideas are not politicians and they certainly shouldn’t be treated as such. Their petty politics have no basis at all. In all honesty, no one appreciates a community in which his or her identity is overshadow or insulted on a daily basis.

Sadly, these ‘pretend’ leaders do not understand the precariousness of the situations associated with their immature intentions to lower the standards of our people. It is unacceptable for our traditional shared values to be disassembled in such manner. As such, those of us who believe in these standards and values must maintain them for betterment of our communities. (more…)



By Dut Kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

HLRF Hall of Deliberation

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — It has been wrongly defined by many scholars and political commentators that the current ongoing war in south Sudan since 2013 up to date as a tribal war between two hostile tribes (Dinka versus Nuer). In fact, majority of them are hostile of which their hostile attitudes is the reason they don’t have kingdoms in their respective history since the creation of Adam and Eve. The aforementioned perceptions of some scholars were narrowly concluded owing to the political rivalry between the former vice president and the incumbent president who both originated from the above mentioned tribes.

And in the actual sense, their rivalry has nothing to do with the interest of their tribes since both Nuer and Dinka are they mostly affected by the current sky rocking of everything in the market, they are loitering unemployed since all the gates to heaven are blocked in regard to the intentional denial of both tribes to work with NGOs since they are said to be hostile and warmongers. Their overall sole purpose by then which thereafter led to the outbreak of senseless and meaningless war realistically was how to maintain their vested interests over the wealth of the nation with their kin and close associates. (more…)

South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Position Paper on the IGAD Bridging Proposal on Transitional Governance and Security Arrangements at the HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)

SSOA Members at the HLRF

Gabriel Changson Chang and Dr.Lam Akol Ajawin atHLRF in Addis Ababa 22/05/2018

Government response to the IGAD Abridging Proposal: Gov’t proposes 65% share to the government, 15% share to the SPLM-1O, 5% share to the SPLM-FDs, 5% share to the SSOA, 5% share to other opposition parties inside the country, and 5% share to other opposition parties within the country. Additionally, the government has proposed four vice presidents instead of three from IGAD

The Transitional Government of Nationality Unity Response on IGAD Abridging Proposal at the HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)


The Transitional Government of Nationality Unity (TGONU) response on the proposed IGAD bridging proposal toward the outstanding issues in the (HLRF) of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. (more…)