Archive for July 26, 2018


 

By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver-Colorado, USA

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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

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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

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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…)

JMEC CONDEMNS ATTACK ON AID WORKERS IN MABAN CAMP

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

Wednesday July 25, 2018, Juba, South Sudan 

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JMEC CHAIRMAN: “THE ONLY OFFENSIVE SOUTH SUDAN NEEDS RIGHT NOW IS A PEACE OFFENSIVE.”

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.

ENDS


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…)