Archive for June 8, 2018


By Comrade Mangar Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, June 8, 2018 (PW) — The Torit Mutiny of 1955 which herald the First Sudan civil war and saw the call for the autonomy of the Southern region played a critical role in the history of the Republic of South Sudan. The refusal by the Southern Equatoria Corps to board lorries that would have transported them to Khartoum was justified given the threats they had received from Northerner administrators. On August 18, 1955, the Southern Equatoria Corps revolted and rushed to the town of Torit where they broke into arms and ammunition stores, taking with them military equipments. Northern officers, settlers and traders ended up being killed by the mutineers.

The fight for the freedom and independence of the Southern region were hampered in various ways from the lack of organization by the mutineers to insufficient amount of military and foreign support. A British diplomat named Sir Alexander Knox Helm played a critical role in events that unfolded during the Torit Mutiny. When Sir Robert Howe resigned as the Governor General of Sudan, he was replaced by Sir Knox Helm in 1955. Sir Knox Helm was born in 1893.

He obtained his education from King’s College in Cambridge and by 1912, he was working in the Foreign Office of England. During World War I, Sir Knox Helm worked as a volunteer in the service where he joined a field artillery unit rising to the position of second lieutenant. When the conflict ended, Sir Knox Helm held various positions; he was the British Consul in Addis Ababa from 1937 to 1939 and served as counselor in Washington D.C. from 1939 to 1942. He also held the position of the British Ambassador to Turkey. (more…)


Why I resigned and joined South Sudan United Front (SSUF

By Hon. Ustaz Lewis Anei Madut

Who am I in brief?

Friday, June 8, 2018 (PW) — I am Ustaz Lewis Anei Madut-Kuendit, a South Sudanese Historian, a writer and a politician who is a holder of Division One Bachelor Degree in Education (Arts) from Faculty of Education, University of Juba, South Sudan. I taught at various secondary schools until I became Headmaster for a number of secondary schools. Thereafter, I served at the Ministry of Education as Deputy Director General for Administration before joining my people’s Liberation armed struggle at its second phase.

Apart from that work experience and academic background, I am a Liberation veteran, an Anya-nya one fighter at my very early age and later as an SPLA combat officer. I did belong to the strategic Mobile Unit in the then SPLA Division- 11.   Beside combat, I served as SPLM/A NLC Chairman for Members Affairs Committee during our liberation days. I also served in the Movement as first SPLM/A Commissioner of former Tonj North County (now 10 counties) and as first Governor of the then one Warrap state immediately after the CPA was signed.

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By Akoi Manyiel Guong, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, June 8, 2018 (PW) — Experiences and time since creation have proved it that violence is a rare interest of anyone in life but circumstances force others to become violent.

Natural science puts it “survival of the fittest”. The very predatory habit of human life, of egotistical and jealousy based setting, make the world not an easy place to live in comfortably.

A world full of desperations, pains, hopelessness to mention few, simply put, it is not fair.

Humans beings in the centre of God’s creation have wants and needs which pressure them to be fulfilled, thus exert profound effects on other small creatures which in the process suffer terribly.

This is where adaptation sets in, those disadvantaged small creatures either assimilated or force to surrender to the strong or join powerful group in the ecology to survive the ordeal of such unending earthly wants.

This is the world of strong eat and weak/small perish. The world of majority controls and minority suffers.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, June 8, 2018 (PW) — In South Sudan, there is no culture and religion which condones corruption. Even a devil itself does not encourage its followers to practice corruption. The indigenous South Sudanese described corruption as a most sinful criminal act worst than killing. This explains why a corrupt individual was neither respected nor allowed to marry in the ancient South Sudanese societies.

When talking about corruption, I am not only referring to the stealing of money as it is being mistaken by my fellow South Sudanese but I am generalizing all the illegal act such as cattle raiding, child abduction, skin bleaching, adultery, cheating, unfair judgment, cheating, embezzlement of public funds, nepotism, selling and buying of academic documents etc.

South Sudanese are totally prohibited from practicing corruption by their respective cultures and religions. For example Christianity, Islamic, African traditional religions and the 64 cultures of South Sudan do not allow the people to practice corruption.

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By John Agata, Nakuru, Kenya

tribalism in rss

Friday, June 8, 2018 (PW) — On Jan 11, 2018 I wrote a piece in form of a response to my brother Manyang David Mayar’s response: “New year is for proactive persons and not reactive individuals.” Manyang was responding to brother Zack Mayul’s statement: “Who really cares about the new year?”

In the process of discussion or rather the intellectual war of words, the “discussion” went soar whereby Manyang bursted bitterly, “wun lei cem e joo yin thin” , “I will treat these comments as Zack friends one-sided comments which are not honest.”

I was not impressed at all and even regretted why I involved myself at the first place but as the Bible goes, “Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” I dropped the matter. It wasn’t that easy but I just let it go since I am a firm follower of Jesus Christ.

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SON OF HARLOT

Posted: June 8, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

BY ADOL AKUEI, ELDORET, KENYA

They met at the streets of Nairobi city,

Down the slums of the city with vivacity,

They walked majestically with adversity,

They both wore white- old -torn- shabby raiment,

Not aware of their sentiment,

And with dots of life written on their faces,

They accolled each other vehemently in traces,

Wow!

With ebullience she was cajoled to corymb on him,

Glued to his patched trouser like a black jack on the brim,

She exposed her black spots breast to hallowed him,

So that her thirst for money can be quenched,

Heh! What an epoch-making!

To the hern they went with audacity,

In between the walls of the city,

Succumbing to the cold temperatures,

They did it on the bed of green pastures,

Without any shame,

From the on-lookers witnessing the scene,

Ouch!

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By Gai Mayen Luk, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Friday, June 8, 2018 (PW) — When ‘Tabanin’ tried to hijack the people’s movement, the blinkers of greed obstructed them from anticipating a political future where Dr. Riek Machar would be back in the loop such that they could brace themselves for that moment as a precautionary measure.

They had probably banked all their hopes on the complete annihilation of Dr. Riek Machar, mainly through his assassination or physical incapacitation, an outlandish plot that they have been pursuing from 8th July, 2016 but has unfortunately (for them) failed, dismally.

Now that they are sniffing his triumphant return, Taban and his lackeys have not only made imprudent decisions in panic of late, like the hasty merger of their shadow of IO with the regime, but they are the loudest in positing wacky opinions about the fictitious reasons why peace with the inclusion of Dr. Riek Machar is not tenable. (more…)


Focus on South Sudan Peace Process: No amount or formula of power sharing arrangement between President Kiir and Dr Riek Machar will bring peace to South Sudan

By Agel Ring Machar, Juba, South Sudan

CEPO fact sheet on the power sharing arrangement

Friday, June 8, 2018 (PW) — Will the IGAD Proposed Reinstatement of Dr Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Banggasi Bakasoro, Pagan Amum & so on… bring the needed peace and Stability? There is this widespread notion that these top opposition (armed & unarmed) leaders are out there fighting for positions and if given the FVP spot for Dr Riek Machar and ministerial positions for the rest, then peace and Stability will reign in the country and we will all live happily ever after. BIG MISDIAGNOSIS

Allow me to kindly reveal to you that the only position that these senior comrades are fighting for is that of the PRESIDENT of the Republic of South Sudan. No FVP, VP or Ministerial positions will do. Take this straight to the bank.

Dr Riek Machar was dimissed in July of 2013 because he came out openly and made his presidential ambitions clear, by one way or the other. He wasn’t dismissed because of a fight over the position of VP. In July of 2016, the J1 dogfight took place, stories of what transpired are awash. (more…)