Archive for July, 2018

By Gabriel Kucdit Kachuol, Nairobi, Kenya

founders of the splm

Commemorating the 33rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Revolutionary Movement—the SPLM/SPLA

Founders of Anyanya one

Founders of Anyanya one – Father Saturnino Lohure (Patron), Joseph Oudho (President) and William Deng Nhial (Secretary General)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (PW) — Today is our martyrs’ day! I believe it’s a day to commemorate and also reflect on what, why, how,….questions entailing how far we have come as a nation to the stature we are in today – for better or for worse. It starts with “who am I” that South Sudan question bothers me?

I identify myself as concerned South Sudan citizen akin to one of the ten (10) anecdotal blind men sent to feel and describe the “elephant.” They all gave variant but, more or less, an accurate description of the gargantuan animal depending on the part each one of them touched. (more…)

1990 Torit Speech: The Prophesy of Dr. John Garang

Posted: July 30, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in History, Junub Sudan

Dr. John Garang de Mabioor’s speech in 1990, a year after the SPLA’s capture of Torit in 1989.

John Garang

John Garang’s prophecy

The Late SPLM/A Leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabioor Atem Aruai.

Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Co-Founder of SPLM/A

Nationalists, Patriots, Comrades, Fellow Countrymen:

“We are not anybody’s burden; we are masters in our own house. We are confident in ourselves and of the future. There are those who might entertain the false beliefs that we cannot govern ourselves, we should not and cannot let their thoughts patterns influence us. Let us collectively go down in the history as the generation of South Sudanese that turned Sudan around by putting an end to discrimination, racism, inequality, division, exploitation, and marginalization at best, and slavery and causal murder at worst. Let us unite against ethnic, religious, and racial divides to restore personal dignity for all. Let us move from total economic dormancy to total vibrancy; from relegation and resignation to a cycle of poverty, destitution and misery to activism, hope, and excitement.

Let us reject being mere spectators in life, to becoming masters of our own destiny. A Bishop friend of mine yesterday told me a joke that three people went to see God, and the Almighty asked them what what they wanted. One of them said he wanted wisdom, the second said he wanted riches, and the third, a Southern Sudanese, said he was just accompanying the two. You will guess who wanted wisdom and who wanted riches, but what i wanted to tell Southerners is to stop accompanying others and be masters of their own destiny; i say the same for all Sudanese and for all people of Africa. (more…)

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 (PW) —Wild rumors made us ran for an hour beating celebratory drums thinking that John Garang previous appearance after many death rumours was humanly approved.

An hour later our ill lived celebration turned into gross of stress caused by unverified information and quick pick up.

War had just came to end with the signing of CPA in 2005 under the SPLM/A Leadership of Dr. John Garang de Mabior and the government of Sudan NCP of President Omer Hassan Mohammed El Bashir.

Attention was in Sudan as everyone saw the long awaited reward of New Sudan coming to reality.

The later to be a former rebel SPLM/A Movement engaged the Sudan government from city to City in Kenya dialoguing and tabling an agreement, the trendy and altruistic Liberation movement gained heaps of praises and celebratory blessings both in Sudan and across the globe.

Houses and streets were filled with short and beautiful liberation slogans of SPLA/SPLM Oyee, New Sudan Oyee, it was a mission accomplished by Dr. John Garang de Mabior and his Comrades as they were greatly known. (more…)

Let President Kiir Release the Kilo 10-Maban Findings

Posted: July 29, 2018 by mayendengdit in Junub Sudan

Location of Upper Nile

By. David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (PW): Out of frustration and sense of marginalization, a few days ago angry youth from Maban took the law into their own hands and attacked offices of humanitarian aid organizations in Bunj, the capital of Maban. In response, the issue was discussed at the country’s National Security Council headed by H.E. President Salva Kiir during which a number of security reports were presented including one by the Governor of Northern Upper Nile State. The resolution thereof was to launch and send a high-level security committee to the ground for further fact findings.

While the events in Maban must be condemned in the strongest terms possible, we must ask ourselves as South Sudanese whether Maban has fully integrated into the country and whether the findings of this new high-level committee would be used to address the crisis in the region. Based on my own personal experience with a similar investigation on the issue of Kilo 10/Adar, I doubt that it will. (more…)

Responding to JOHN PEN Article: “Taking War to the People Through the 32-State Referendum and his claim that the Khartoum Agreement is too Weak Compared to 2015 ARCRSS” 

By Nathaniel Pierino; Head of IO Governance Team, IGAD HLRF

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (PW) — Thank you very much for your article John. I have this observations in your article;

  1. You and a consortium of your colleagues indeed have been in Khartoum city but never at the venue in Sobba. I remember seeing you once or twice in the entire one month or more before you “quit”. But you are able to put up this splendid article laden with “value addition. Your colleagues in the venue as well couldn’t do much because of the less attention given to them by the mediators. The fact that there has never been plenary in the talks. They were not part of the discussions we had unlike in Addis Ababa where they attended plenary sessions. Therefore It may not be accurate to conclude thus.
  2. “Taking war to the people” is appropriate description I can’t agree with you more. You should have added that War is as old as human society. From the time man left his solitary confinement to establish a community of whatever description war was invented as an industry to mitigate injustice, oppression, deprivations etc. when it became costly people again invented diplomacy (dialogue) to handle disagreements and war. Note that when diplomacy fails there will be war. Every party to war will seek to ensure advantage of numbers and weaponry. If “war is taken to the people” in South Sudan, I wouldn’t want to over state which party to the conflict at hand scored in this respect. This takes me to your point that;


By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda

5 vps of south sudan

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (PW) — On Wednesday, South Sudan’s government, the SPLM-IO, Other Political Parties OPP and SSUM, except the South Sudan Opposition Alliance and FDs, initialed an Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, as part of the Igad-led High-Level Revitalization Forum HLRF of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan ARCSS.

The Agreement provides that Salva Kiir shall continue as South Sudan’s President and the Chairman of SPLM/A-IO Dr Riek Machar shall assume the position of the First Vice President. The Agreement further provides that during the Transitional Period there shall be four Vice Presidents of the Republic of South Sudan who shall be nominated by Incumbent TGoNU; SSOA; the Incumbent TGoNU; the FD respectively.

Among others, the Agreement provides that the Council of Ministers shall comprise of 35 ministers and shall be allocated: the Incumbent TGoNU: 20 Ministers. SPLM/A-IO: 09Ministers. SSOA: 03 Ministers. FDs: 02 Ministers. OPP: 0l Minister. According to the Agreement, the parties are “Cognizant that a federal system of government is a popular demand of the people of the Republic of South Sudan and of the need for the Revitalized TGoNU to reflect this demand by way of devolution of more powers and resources to lower levels of government.” (more…)

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (PW) — The Agreement initialled by the South Sudan’s government, the SPLM-IO, Other Political Parties OPP and rejected by the South Sudan Opposition Alliance SSOA and FDs, provides that a National Pre–Transitional Committee (NPTC) shall be formed by the President of the Republic of South Sudan within two weeks of signing the Revitalized ARCSS:

The pact dubbed “Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance” was signed on Wednesday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, as part of the Igad-led High-Level Revitalization Forum HLRF of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan ARCSS.

The Agreement provides that the NPTC shall be formed of ten members representing the Parties: five (5) for the Incumbent TGoNU, two (2) for SLPM/A-IO, one (1) for SSOA, one (1) for FDs, and one (1) for OPP. It says the NPTC shall be chaired by TGoNU representative with two Deputy Chairs to be nominated by SPLM/A-IO and SSOA respectively, and the body shall adopt its decisions by consensus. (more…)

SSOA Press Release – Peter Gatdet suspended for initialing the Khartoum deal (PDF)


By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

18 million dollar bonus for MP

Thursday, July 26, 2018 (PW) — The famous phrase “Let them eat cake” has been used in revolutionary rhetoric to depict a state of total disconnect between the rulers and the ruled which precedes revolutionary overthrow of governments. It was made by Marie Antoinette (wife of King Louis of France). When she was informed about a deadly famine in the kingdom and miserable state of the peasants which reached the extent that they had no bread to feed their starving children, she replied: Let them eat cake!

That disconnect with the suffering of the people triggered the greatest revolution in modern history: The French Revolution 1789, which led to the storming of the presidential palace, abolishing of the monarchy, ousting of King Louis XVI and establishment of “The Republic.”  Of all those events, the most important was the issuing of “The Declaration of the Rights of Man [meaning human at that time] and of the Citizen.”

In that connection, over three centuries later news have trickled from Juba that Members of Parliament were given $40,000 each for buying cars and houses. This move has incensed South Sudanese everywhere in the world, particularly ordinary citizens within the country, refugees, IDPs, civil servants, and members of security organs. (more…)

By Atem Yaak Atem, Sydney, Australia

$18 million bonus for MP

Thursday, 26 July 2018 (PW) — It was the Nazi German propaganda minister, Paul Joseph Goebbels, who once said “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth”.  Falsehoods about South Sudan abound. The perception by outsiders about the country’s political leaders, and by extension the entire people, is getting more negative especially after the outbreak of the armed conflict in 2013. The five-year long civil war is universally attributed, even by the protagonists themselves, to power struggle within the “then” ruling SPLM, the political component that spearheaded the armed struggle from 1983-2005.

We frequently read and hear unflattering description of ourselves as a deeply divided, insensitive, greedy for power, barbaric, incompetent and myopic, lot. This tainted image of who we are or assumed to be, comes from the regional and international news media, from our own politicians and from Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party, its leaders and their apologists. Although there is some truth in that judgement, the profile does not separate the wheat from the chaff.  The projection therefore suffers from gross generalisation. The vast majority of South Sudanese including a sizeable number within members of educated elite, are among the best people one would wish to have around as compatriots, neighbours or members of international community of nations. But that is a topic for another day and another forum. (more…)

Today in history: The July 26, 1995 Nzara demonstration that heralded the August 18, 1955 Torit Mutiny and altered the course of South Sudan history

By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Nzara Demonstration

Thursday, July 26, 2018 (PW) — On July 26, 1955, a demonstration took place in the small village of Nzara in the Zande District of Equatoria Province. The demonstration would alter the course of Southern Sudan history. A month earlier, the Equatoria Projects Board managed by the Sudan government had dismissed 300 Southern Sudanese from the Zande cotton scheme and hired Northern Sudanese to replace them.

During this period, Northern Sudanese were occupying administrative positions across the Southern region that was once held by the British and other European nationalities; this certainly gave the impression to Southerners they were losing jobs to Northerners.

On the morning of July 26, sixty of the Southern workers who had not been dismissed threatened to strike if they did not receive a pay increase for their labor. A crowd of 250 people which included Southern workers who were still employed at the cotton factory and those who had been dismissed staged a demonstration. (more…)

By Gabriel Kucdit Kachuol, Nairobi, Kenya

18 million dollar bonus for MP

Thursday, July 26, 2018 (PW) — By definition, the SPLM/A philosophy of liberationism is the abuse of historical devotion and trust of South Sudanese masses to the SPLM/A. In other words, it’s a betrayal of public massive trust, support and mandate; in fact, a cross upon which the nascent African nation, South Sudan, has been crucified. I entreat my readers to reflectively and critically examine the validity of this definition in my proceeding argument from which I derived the definition.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), whose liberation struggles gave birth to South Sudan as an independent African nation is the ruling party of South Sudan with two inseparable wings: SPLM (political wing) and SPLA (military wing). First, it’s pertinent to note that the two wings are indistinguishably fused as of wine and water. Second, it is also important to distinguish between the first SPLM/A tier (1983-2005) and the second tier which can be called post-independent SPLM/A of “abekweu.” (more…)


Posted: July 26, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in JMEC, Junub Sudan

Wednesday July 25, 2018, Juba, South Sudan 

jmec chairman festus mogae


The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) expresses its outrage and strongly condemns the attack on humanitarian workers and the destruction of facilities and equipment at the Maban camp, in Northern Upper Nile.

Attacks on aid workers who diligently offer their services to alleviate the suffering of people of South Sudan, are deeply regrettable and indeed a violation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access signed in December 2017.

Unfortunately, this is one of the many other attacks that targeted aid workers in the country in the recent past, including killings of personnel.

JMEC calls on the authorities to carry out an independent investigation into the attack and to hold those responsible to account.


National Legislatures/Parliamentarians Receive Bonus of $18 Million in Juba

$18 million bonus for MP

Thursday, July 26, 2018 (PW) — South Sudan’s MPs, who are among the poorest-paid in the region, have received a “bonus” worth as much as $18 million in Juba. The bonus was quietly awarded to the lawmakers in the capital Juba this week, and comes two weeks after they extended the government and the President term in office until 2021.

The lump sum worth $39,000 for each MP from the two houses of parliament could take an average South Sudanese worker several years to earn what each MP has been given.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization is concern about the lack of proper/accurate information to the public about the purpose of the amount of 18 million USD given to the national parliamentarians from National Parliament and Council of States called “Bonus for parliamentarians”. Bonus for parliamentarians for what action?

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the leadership of the parliament needs to inform the public about the purpose of the received 18 million USD as bonus for parliamentarians. (more…)

Referendum on the number and boundaries of States of the Republic of South Sudan (PDF)

5 VPs of South Sudan

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

FDs Position on Khartoum Proposal on Outstanding Issues on Governance

Posted: July 25, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in HLRF, Junub Sudan

Pagan Amum – FD position on the Proposal on Outstanding Issues on Governance from Khartoum

HLRF: A Peace Quest Like No Other

Posted: July 25, 2018 by aljokd in Junub Sudan, Malith Alier

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

CEPO Fact sheet on the final proposal on outstanding issues on governance

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (PW) — The tortuous revitalisation of the 2015 peace has seen the belligerents moved from one capital city to another in the span of the war. The three prong approach involving reunification of the SPLM, revitalisation of 2015 peace agreement and the so-called home grown initiative of national dialogue took the tortoise pace while people of South Sudan continue to perish in greater numbers.

Much of the talk under the mediation of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional organisation that attempted to bring the warmongers to the table at the initial stages came to the same fate, no peace. (more…)

Find attached the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission  
(JMEC) quarterly  report, covering between April 1 and June 30, 2018.
We hope that you find the content of the report useful



JMEC Quarterly Report for the period April 1st to June 30th, 2018 (PDF)

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Sunday, July 22, 2018 (PW) — According to Wikipedia, social security may refer to the action programs of an organization intended to promote the welfare of the population through assistance measures guaranteeing access to sufficient resources for food and shelter and to promote health and well-being for the population at large and potentially vulnerable segments such as children, the elderly, the sick and the unemployed.

Thus, services providing social security are often called social services. Social services in case of government are solidified into public services. The government where public services are absent or poor, the people are poor. This means that the government is not able to provide quality services to the citizens as expected. (more…)