Archive for June 14, 2018

By Hon Arop Madut Arop, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir and Ambassador Nikki Halley

Thursday, June 14, 2018 (PW) — Dear David Mayen, I write in reply to your kind letter dated May 21st 2018, the day on which I arrived in Juba. I would have responded immediately, unfortunately I could not do so due to lack of Internet access in our Capital. It was only a week ago that I managed to have access to internet service in one of the Hotels. It was then that I came across your last kind comments on the incentive debate. But before we conclude our public debate as you have suggested it, I would like, if you could allow me, to make few comments.

Frankly, I quite agree with you that throughout your childhood to adolescent life, you were a very humble and indeed the most respectful child in the family. For instance, whenever your late father had mutual chats with visitors, I can recall seeing you beside him listening attentively and would only smile with no comment. This led me to ask your dad what he made of such a humble and soft spoken child who would only smile on the topic being discussed by elders. Your late dad told me that ‘’this boy, David, will one day be full of surprises.

The first surprise was that after more than twenty years of absence, when one morning, I saw you sitting next to The Right Hon Speaker James Wani Igga, during the assembly debate, in the place of the Assembly official legal counsel. When we later met in the Lobby of the Assembly you told me that you had completed your legal studies and was being considered for employment at the legal department in the assembly.


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia


Thursday, June 14, 2018 (PW) — Five years of war and counting, in terms of human suffering and lack of development is a period like half a century of drawback to stone. While in standard five in Kakuma Refugee Camp (KRC), one of my greatest teachers (now deceased) whispered to us that war and conflict take humanity by centuries back to the stone age.

True. My generation and I have first hand experience of what war actually brings on humanity. We have had heard about the World Wars I & II in the distant past. The Vietnam war in the seventies. The Iraq war and the Afghanistan Taliban war with the Americans during the George and Tony Blair era.

The war wary world was dragged into Iraq by the Bush’s coalition of the willing. The US Marines entry into Iraq through Kuwait and began raining bombs down from the air and ground is etched into our psyche till the forever. (more…)

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


Thursday, June 14, 2018 (PW) — Globally, sitting President is the only distinguish caretaker of the National Constitution during his term of office unless if he is impeached by the Parliament.

He officially supervises government businesses and activities until his office time elapse. President legitimacy can only be challenged if defeated during the elections and refuses to hand over the office to his Successor according to the constitution.

Through ballot boxes Salva Kiir Mayradit was elected the President of the Government of Southern Sudan in 2010 which made him the President of the Republic of South Sudan after the Independent in July 2011 hence, making him the Constitution Caretaker during his official term.

By the power given to him by the people and Constitution of South Sudan as the President of South Sudan, he formed his government comprising of three proven branches of government; the Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive. (more…)

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

Thursday, June 14, 2018 (PW) —- A debate has been ignited by resignation of SPLM Chief Whip, Hon. Atem Garang de Kuek, reportedly over Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) demand for 100% pay rise. This represents an opportunity to scrutinize public staff wages. I will discuss the relationship between low pay and corruption, the value of current wages relative to market prices of good and services, and I will suggest ways forward.

Wages Vs Market price

The members of TNLA, to their credit, have openly disclosed their monthly wages as 9,000 SSP (about $30 at the current exchange rate of $1=300 SSP). According to publicly available data from previous financial years budget documents, wages for constitutional post-holders range from 5,000 SSP (for states MPs) to about 20,000 SSP (national Ministers & state governors), translating to about $16.7 (minimum) to $66.7 (maximum) at the current black market exchange rate. Before devaluation of SSP in December 2015, the above wages were reasonable.

At average official exchange rate of $1=3SSP before December 2015, our politicians were among the best paid individuals on the African continent. 5,000 SSP was $1,667, 9,000 SSP ($3,000) and 20,000 SSP ($6,667) for states MPs, National MPs and Governor’s and National Ministers respectively. (If the information publicly available is authentic. kindly note that there is no official public knowledge of how much South Sudan politicians are paid in this country but TNLA MPs disclosure is an opportunity to investigate public wages). (more…)