Archive for June 13, 2018


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) acknowledges receipt of the invitation letter sent by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, requesting the presence of the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO), Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhuorangun, for IGAD led face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir on the 20th of June, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Movement welcomes this invitation and salutes the courage of IGAD for reaching this prudent and timely decision, it will go a long way in building confidence in the peace process.

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) would also like to take this opportunity to assure our colleagues in the opposition and the people of South Sudan at large that the SPLM/SPLA (IO) views the face-to-face meeting between our Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir, as a means to move the all-inclusive peace process forward and not as an end in itself. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) is fully committed to the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) as the only way to bring about fundamental change in our country and we shall not betray the aspirations of our people, for the trappings of power. (more…)

The MPs of our national assembly have betrayed their colleague, Hon. Atem Garang de Kuek

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (PW) — My senior colleague Michael Koma wrote an impressive and a touching article titled “Rebel MPs” except Hon Atem Garang. He spoke his mind against the move by the SPLM lawyers to top up their salaries, a move rejected outright by Hon Atem Garang, the former Chair of the SPLM Caucus and the Chief Whip prompting him to quit his position.

When he felt let down by his own caucus, he tendered his resignation which was accepted with the announcement of his successor. Hon. Atem ‘s argument makes a lot of sense ,which to his self-seeking colleagues, a backstabbing, simply because he wants the salaries of the civil servants, army and other organized forces increased to cope with the prevailing economic hardships. He thought he was going to win the support of his colleagues but disappointed.

Hon Atem did not do anything wrong. He is a true patriot whose concern is the welfare of his people more than his belly. If that is his mistake, then he has our support as people who are subjected to an abject poverty by their own leaders. Ustaz Atem Garang has glittering leadership qualities and that made him won the election by acclamation in 2010. (more…)

All religions and its religious convictions are not true, not even the ones that are most ancient and most widespread, for they offer incompatible accounts of the ultimate realities

By Daniel Both Koang, Juba, South Sudan

freedom of choice

Freedom of Choice

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 (PW) — Until now, one has been deceiving himself/herself into thinking that, one has taken an interest in a religion. All religions doctrines and rituals are nothing but merely symbols and symbolic actions that are held to be the underlying common language, hence, all religions and their scriptures represent no more at bottom than the human imagination, is more or less successful attempt to come to clench with unfathomable cosmic mysteries.  Religion is thus, something that is produced out of man’s own mind, expressing his individual thoughts and desires.

This was created out of socio-political activism and pursuit of good time, encouragements and other good Manners in the society. The positive idea that people seek to install in the society is that, when a religion is created, there are some rationales that lead to outset of every religion like; personal division of time between serving others with what they need and helping oneself with what one want.  All these are designated values to earn social justice and pleasure than it being measured as a man kind’s true source of salvation and liberation. (more…)

The name of the county in Lou-Mawien Community should not deeply divide them along family and sectional lines

By Abraham Mabioor Rioch, Juba, South Sudan


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (PW) —- Following the creation of 32 states in 2015 by the president of the Republic H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, new problems seem to be gaining momentum in communities with regards to the naming of some of the administrative units such as state, county, Payam or Boma. Though the decision was received with mixed reactions by many South Sudanese communities, it is one of the bold and wisest decision the president has ever made. To many critics, the idea of the president to increase the number of states and other administrative units was not a bad idea. Nevertheless, it was meant to take basic services closer to the people. In this context, Lou-Mawien/Lou Ariik community was later given a status of County called Lou Ariik County and later changed to Alabek County due to the demand of the majority.

As far as the name of the county was/is concerned, a seemingly endless controversy emerged among the Lou-Mawien community members with others want it called Alabek County while others called Lou Ariik County. In lieu of sitting together and find a better solution to the controversial name, some of the community members take it upon themselves to campaign against others. In reality, all these campaigns seem to be taking precious lives of the innocent people of Lou-Mawien community. In fact, people from the same community are deeply divided along sectional or family lines as usual love and cooperation have been affected and are staggering. (more…)

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (PW) — A road is a route or way on land between two places that has been paved or otherwise improved to allow travelling by foot or some other forms of transportation.

Juba-Nimule Road is an important socioeconomic road connecting South Sudan to Uganda and the whole of East Africa via Nimule and Nadapal.

 This important road has length of 192 Km and work on it started in 2007 and was completed in 2012.

 Before the completion of Juba-Nimule road movement of people and goods from Nimule to Juba takes a number of weeks and consequently parts of the road were impassible during the rainy season.

In October 2011, USAID launched the final stage of building the 192 Kilometer Juba-Nimule road. (more…)

Nele: The Great Daughter of Nyaribang Atillo

Posted: June 13, 2018 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Junub Sudan, Poems.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


Nele daughter of the famous Nyaribang Atillo of the Abingic Kingdom

You emerged out of your mother’s womb active and healthy

Mischievously you dived in and out of Re-pon falls

Sprouting to the surface with your peculiar pala sound

Ooh! Great daughter of Nyaribang Atillo

There you are!

Niggling into the backyard of your babyish lover-Pac-wach

***** (more…)