Archive for May 23, 2018

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…)

By Rajab Mohandis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (PW) — Fellow citizens, the Continuation of the second phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the South Sudanese peace talks in Addis Ababa ends today, May 23, 2018. Here is what happened since this phase of the Forum commenced on May 17, 2018:

1. Intra-South Sudanese dialogue led by South Sudanese religious leaders for 4 days. Parties agreed on some aspects of transitional arrangements including recommitting to the Agreement on Session of Hostilities signed in December last year.

2. Heads of delegations of the various parties and stakeholders signed this recommitment paper on Monday, May 22, 2018 and handed over the mediation process to IGAD.

3. IGAD presented to delegates at the Forum, two proposed draft agreements on transitional governance arrangements and transitional security arrangements in the afternoon of May 22, 2018. IGAD asked the delegates to retreat to their respective groups, consider the two proposed draft agreements with objectivity and love for South Sudan and present written submissions on their observations. (more…)

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

CEPO fact sheet on the power sharing arrangement

Monday, May 22, 2018 (PW) — The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), unveils a new peace proposal on power sharing and security arrangements as South Sudan’s warring parties and stakeholders at the High Level Revitalization Forum of the 2015 ARCSS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, signed a partial agreement on the cantonment of forces and reaffirmed their commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement.

IGAD was compelled to release the “Abridging Proposal” after the failure of the warring parties to resolve outstanding issues pertaining to power sharing and security arrangements of the revitalized transitional government of national unity. Under the new IGAD’s compromised peace proposal, the revitalized transitional government will be headed by a president nominated by the current government of national unity in Juba under the leadership of President Kiir, 1st VP Gen. Taban Deng and VP Dr. James Wani. (more…)