Archive for July 22, 2018


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…)

Gen. Riek Machar is a curse that has ruined our Nuer community

Posted: July 22, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Amb: John Kassara Koang Nhial, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sunday, July 22, 2018 (PW) — Gen Riek Machar is a curse to all South Sudanese including his own Nuer tribe. Gen Riek Machar’s past and recent catastrophic wars “with tribal dimensions” have done greater damage to South Sudan as a nation than good. The war which is now engulfing the Republic of South Sudan shows the world how the tribally-based politics could quickly brings the country down to its knees.

In South Sudan or elsewhere, the name Riek Machar in the minds of many people evokes nightmare and retrieves unwanted memories. Due to his vicious hunt for leadership, Riek deserves scrutiny from the public to determine if he qualifies for presidency.

Gen Riek Machar is a decent man and he has made a considerable contributions to the freedom of South Sudanese. For example, his U-turn to the SPLM/A in 2002 is a laudable one, but there is a long list of reasons why he may not be the most suitable candidate for presidency in the coming years if there will be election in the country. (more…)


By Boniface Mwangi, a Kenyan Human Rights Activist

Sunday, July 22, 2018 (PW) — A friend of mine was invited to speak at a gathering of pastors told. He told them that if all churches in Kenya closed, our economy wouldn’t collapse. They were terribly o ended, but what he said is true. Although mainstream churches are a pillar of the education and health sectors, the church in Kenya contributes almost nothing to the country’s GDP.

On paper, the church invests to send the faithful to heaven; the proverbial land of milk and honey. But in reality, the faithful mostly live hand to mouth, so that pastors can wallow in milk and honey right here on earth.

Nothing illustrates the moral bankruptcy within the church more than its shameless association with corruption. Instead of being a house of God, the church has become the institution that legitimises corrupt politicians by collecting sacks of stolen money from them amid ululations. The clergy have become so immoral that they leave pulpit for crooked, wife beating politicians who walk around with armed goons. (more…)

Good will Finally Triumph in South Sudan

Posted: July 22, 2018 by mayendengdit in Junub Sudan

By David Mayen Dengdit, Minnesota, USA

Saturday, July 21, 2018 (PW): There is a general consensus among South Sudanese across their ethnic, regional and political divides that the current IGAD-led peace efforts must bring an end to the suffering of our people. More partisanship, hostility, vindictiveness and entrenchments will lead to more suffering. Hence, the objective reality we have been forced to endure necessitates reconciliation among ourselves and between politicians, so that refugees and IDPs can go back to their fertile homes to rebuild their shattered lives.

The major fear in that aspiration, however, is that the same refugees and IDPs who are now under UN protection may end up being targeted and victimized when they get back to their homes.  In many instances, senior government officials accused those in UN Protection of Civilians (POC) sites – almost all of whom are women, children and elderly who fled for their lives- of being rebels. Consequently, those who ventured outside the POCs did so at their own peril, some of whom never returned back while many returned with unbearable wounds. (more…)


The “Nuer Factor” in the fundamental root causes of the December 2013 Crisis and the present civil war in the Republic of South Sudan (Part 2)

By PaanLuel Wël, Kongor, South Sudan

The Flag of the Republic of South Sudan

The Flag of the Republic of South Sudan

  1. Introduction

Saturday, July 21, 2018 (PW) — This article will examine the role of the “Nuer Factor” in the fundamental root causes of the December 2013 Crisis and the current civil war in South Sudan. The “Nuer Factor” can be expressed as follows: The fate of South Sudan is always bright and promising whenever the Nuer is contented, happy and supportive of the leadership of South Sudan; the fate of South Sudan is often dim and precarious whenever the Nuer is jilted, unhappy and against the leadership of the nation.

This is not so much a quest to repaying an ancient debt as it is about understanding and appreciating the role of the “Nuer question” in the fundamental root causes of the December 2013 crisis and the current raging civil war in the Republic of South Sudan – a befitting tribute, and contribution, to the civilized national debate inaugurated by Hon. Arop Madut Arop and Comrade Mabioor Garang de Mabioor.

The essence of the cultured national discourse initiated by Hon. Arop Madut Arop and Comrade Mabioor Garang de Mabioor is a clear demonstration of the fact that South Sudanese are capable of rising above the partisan bickering and tribal politicking by electing to partake in a civilized national debate devoid of vitriolic attacks, tribal pandering and slanderous name callings.

More importantly, it is crucial that the people of South Sudan should clearly understand and appreciate the fact that the proposed sharing of power and security arrangements under the revitalized ARCSS will not and cannot be a substitute to resolving the fundamental root causes of the December 2013 that ignited the present intractable conflict in South Sudan. (more…)

South Sudan: Love has no Tribe

Posted: July 22, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Peter Wek Mabioordit

By Peter Wek Mabiordit, Juba, South Sudan

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society.

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society

Saturday, July 21, 2018 (PW) —  Love is a feeling which resides deep in our souls. We express it through smiles, handshakes, behaviors or actions and inform of writing. The most important characteristic of love is that it has no tribe. True love has the power of bringing people together irrespective of their tribe, religion or political affiliation; only that it should be given a chance to lead us in the right direction. God created love and planted it in our hearts out of mercy and as human beings we have no right to deny it.

Since it was created without boundaries and tribe, love had done wonders and will continue to do them as long as we keep on track. Despite all the hardships that we’re currently facing in our country, we need to stand in love as South Sudanese irrespective of our ethnicities. If we have tolerance for each other, we’ll be in position to face all challenges with real endurance and patience. (more…)