Archive for June 19, 2018

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan


President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, Addis Ababa, 2015

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (PW) — President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar are reportedly conducting their long-awaited face-to-face meeting tomorrow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This crucial meeting – their first contact since the infamous dogfight at J-1 in July 2016 – comes against a backdrop of the dismal failure of the IGAD-led Intensive Interlinked Consultation (IIC) in Addis Ababa, which collapsed yesterday without any major breakthrough on the main outstanding issues pertaining to chapter 1 and 2 of the 2015 ARCSS.

The main point of contention among the warring parties appears to be the spirited attempt by opposition parties to change the status quo in Juba by demanding the total dissolution and reconstitution of all state apparatus, and the strong determination by the government to maintain and perpetuate the status quo as presently constituted, with few changes here and there to placate the opposition and international community.

Various attempts by IGAD to break the deadlocks, including the introduction of a revised abridging proposal of the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the 2015 ARCSS fell flat on its face. The revised bridging proposal of the HLRF is not a great improvement from its predecessor, however. (more…)

Another tedious search for peace: What the South Sudanese leaders should learnt from regional and international handshakes

By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

Raila and Riek

Former Kenyan PM, Raila Odinga, meeting South Sudanese opposition leader, Riek Machar, in South Africa, in the lead up to the face to face meeting in Khartoum between President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (PW) — As the negotiation teams expected to resume another phase of negotiation in Addis Ababa, IGAD led peace mediation after face meeting schedule in Khartoum between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar Teny, if that initiative succeed; till then, the suffering masses will have to continue to patiently wait for the peace they have been yearning for a little longer. It has been painful experience and set back since Junubeen world turned a part in 2013.  Since then, the struggle to restore peace and stability rage on, the despair seems to overcome hope. Many people see the strategies deployed by the mediation organization, country and the opposition to be defective; people felt led down, the suffering continues.

In the view of the people of South Sudan, peace is the only way forward, and for the peace to come the politicians at this time are expected to sacrifice. They are expected to at least do right things. People have suffered enough. The analyses have it that, the country failed to achieve lasting peace because our leaders put their personal interest above all interests. The real peace will never come till when the leaders stop demanding for positions, instead of diagnosing the real root causes of this tragic civil war that led million to displacement camps in East Africa. (more…)

A socioeconomic perspective: High Bride Price is the main driver of rampant conflicts in the Lakes region in particular and South Sudan in general

By Makur Garang Apadieer, Juba, South Sudan

The Wedding of Amer Mayen Dhieu and Makwei Mabioor Deng, 14 October 2017

The Wedding of Amer Mayen Dhieu and Makwei Mabioor Deng, 14 October 2017

  1. Synopsis

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (PW) — This article focuses mainly on the bride price, its history, benefits and consequences. The main theme of writing this article is to highlight both advantages and disadvantages and how the interrelation of both positive and negative aspects of the high bride price can be harnessed by creating and institutionalizing the guidelines that can regulate the conduct of marriage to meet the interests of the bride and family, the groom and family and the bride and groom respectively.

The article follows a specified sequence or outline which includes definition, introduction and history of bride wealth, merits of bride wealth, and evidence of practice and consequences of high bride price, existing control mechanisms, coping mechanisms and demerits of bride price and proposed policy option for addressing current and prospective negative consequences emanating from high bride price.

The work draws examples mainly from pastoral ethnic communities within South Sudan. Citations from earlier work on same topic have also made. The article is an attempt to advocate and bring to the platform the most pressing issue of our time for collective resolution by multiple stakeholders: government, community, CSOs, NGOs and UN agencies. (more…)

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (PW) —With many wondering whether peace will ever comes from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after many phases of peace talk bear little progresses.

It is possible for Peace to come from Ethiopia, the 1972 Peace agreement that enable Southerners taste and felt the fruits of development and citizenship within the Sudanese societies came from Addis Ababa.

The 10 years of peaceful Sudan from 1972 to 1982 had left big footprints of development that are still visible and will be available for generations to come.

What matter is not the location of the peace talks but the readiness and responses from the parties to the agreement.

Any suggestive change toward Peace Talk locality, participants and mediating partners cannot favour the current situation of South Sudan and the prolific progress that has been made by IGAD. (more…)


CEPO Fact Sheet - Revised Bridging Proposal from IGAD

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (PW) — IGAD intensive interlink consultations that started from 16 through to 18 June, 2018 in Ethiopia-Addis Ababa for South Sudan conflicting parties end up today without remarkable results or narrowing the gaps among the conflicting parties. The parties’ delegates refer the issues to the face to face meeting of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar. The parties are clearly so much reserve in making compromises for peace.

Still the parties are standing on their hard positions where the opposition wants TGONU not to maintain the current status quo while TGoNU wants to maintain the current status quo at all level of government. This is the principle of disagreement all along the deliberation on various organs of the government. Therefore the meeting of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar is the political penalties kick for making peace to prevail or violence continue. The Government offers new proposal on parliament and state government responsibility sharing. (more…)