Archive for May 17, 2018


By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver, USA

Arop Madut Arop's book

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — I would like to begin with thanking Hon (Uncle) Arop Madut Arop for his professional advice to all upcoming writers – in his May 15 article on Panluelwel, titled “The President’s Incentive Remark Debate Versus the Use of English Language in South Sudan.”

As a seasoned journalist and writer, uncle Aropdit is well known and respected. As man I consider a maternal Uncle, I have closely known him for as long as I can remember in my almost five decades of existence. As a cultured Dinka man myself, I have always respected him.

Laying the ground for his contentions, Uncle Arop Madut said that: because of their mother tongue’s influence in their English language comprehension capacity, “many people in South Sudan appear to have misinterpreted the president incentive remark to suit their own design.” (more…)


By James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

IGAD

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — The polis exists to assure the good life” – Aristotle.  “For however strong a ruler may be, he will always have need of the good will of the inhabitants if he wishes to remain in power” – Machiavelli. “It is not by the concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected” – Thomas Jefferson. “There is no time to waste. We must either unite now or perish” – Julius Nyerere.

I – WHAT SHOULD BE AT STAKE FOR SOUTH SUDAN IN THE HLRF?

All the above quoted political wisdom should serve as reminders for finalizing the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) without further delays. The conscience of stakeholders of the de facto Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU)—whose term of office ended in April 2018—and the loosed opposition groups should get awakened so as to reach an urgent conclusion of a peaceful settlement that must end the filthy civil war in South Sudan.

Also the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) should rethink its institutional bottleneck to become a trustworthy peace mediator with commendable achievement of the desired goal. The hierarchical decision-making organs of the IGAD (i.e., Assembly of Heads of State and Government that determines the policies and guidelines; Council of Ministers that approves the work programs and budget of the Secretariat; and Committee of Ambassadors that influence the Heads of State and Government, the Ministers and officials of the Secretariat, etc…) have often undermined the work of HLRF mediation experts, especially on issues of good governance and credibility of leadership of the awaited post-war South Sudan.

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