Archive for June 6, 2018

By Hon. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, Kampala, Uganda

Torit mutiny

The 61st anniversary of the August 18, 1955, Torit Mutiny that launched the 50 years revolutionary struggle of South Sudanese against Khartoum, culminating in the independence of South Sudan in July 2011

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (PW) — International Relations is indeed full of anarchy and without rules; no permanent friend, no permanent enemy but permanent interests. The parties to the conflict competing interests and calculations is mainly centered on control of internal affairs of state; its governance nature, system and structures but little on international relations and it’s changing geopolitical interests.

While there are those actors who wish the people of South Sudan well others are engaged in predatory building of political and economic empires at the expense of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. All parties (government and oppositions) to the conflict may not have any foreign policy that upholds the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country since they are too weak to negotiate.

Everyone (regime and oppositions) wants to survive! Both government and oppositions faced with survival requirements are too weak to negotiate fair terms for their country’s bilateral or multilateral relations. This political reality may persist even far beyond revitalization or into the transitional period.

The SPLA/M fought against the Jonglei Canals project from 1983, for 21 years but today SPLM led government under Salva Kiir signed agreements with Egypt to implement the project which will start soon. (more…)

By Manyang David Mayar – Bor, Jonglei State


Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (PW) — At the beginning of this year, my brother Zack Mayul and I engaged in one of very important discussions about New Year celebration. According to my brother Zack, each new day, each new month and each new year comes with a lot of suffering, too much injustices and all sorts of troubles to the people living all over the world. And for that reason, he finds it useless to celebrate New Year.

When I replied to him in disagreement, he remained silent and only promised to reply later in the year. This week, Zack revisited the discussion and reinforced his argument about why he thinks there is no reason to celebrate on New Year Day.

In his response – “Assessing our New Year’s prediction: A response to Manyang David Mayar”,  he talked about the suffering that people are still witnessing now in 2018. He argued that all the troubles and hardship of 2017 are still being seen today in June 2018.

I am really very delighted with the way he kept his promise. He has done exactly what he said five months ago and that is, without doubt, very commendable. Yes, he is right. We are almost half way through the year – our very New Year some five months ago. As I reply to him, I would like to pardon me to talk to Mr. Zack Mayul directly. Thanks.


South Sudan’s Looming Handshake: What are the expectations?

Posted: June 6, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Matai Muon, Kampala, Uganda

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (PW) — For almost a decade, South Sudan’s chief conflict mediator, IGAD has struggled with the most basic issues in our nation’s brewing crisis. For example, it could not define quite well the main players, their intrinsic needs and collective interests. In the process, the conflict went on, taking different dimensions. A lot of communiqué, warnings and ‘friendly gestures’ have since been issued.

None came to pass. This month, it has taken a significant move that many across political divides welcome wholeheartedly; the decision to allow the Opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar to actively participate in the next round of peace talks. This in effect, means his unconstitutional release from the Pretoria house arrest. This has been slated for June 30 or early. A glamorous handshake between the two arch rivals thus, is on the horizon.


CEPO Press Release: President Kiir to Meet Riek Machar in Khartoum

Posted: June 6, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (PW) — Juba, South Sudan President Salva Kiir agreed to meet with his former First Vice-President Riek Machar in Khartoum, announced the Sudanese Foreign Minister upon his return from Juba on Tuesday.

The delegation conveyed to Kiir a message from President Omer al-Bashir proposing him to meet with Machar in Khartoum in support of the IGAD High-Level Revitalization Forum of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

“President Salva Kiir thanked President Omar al-Bashir for the initiative, which he said reflected the spirit of brotherhood and loyalty between the two countries and the two brotherly peoples,” said the Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson. (more…)