Archive for September 10, 2018


When mores decay, the spirit of no-tomorrow rules

By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

Monday, September 10, 2018 (PW) — As I lucidly recollect the work of a revered writer of all times and indeed a mentor to a few, who love putting their ideas in black and white, William Shakespeare was not so wrong when he plausibly asserted “be great in act, as you have been in thought.” It is what we say and do that determines our character and my conscience tells me that character is nothing but a mirror of our own doctrines.

I have always been fidgeting as if bitten by black garden ants whenever I hear and see the ongoing shambolic disintegration of a community, which has always been known as a paragon of logic, common sense and incomparable wisdom. A few who have been so vocal in reprobating such unwarranted behaviour, sometimes fall victims of the circumstances since those, who preach the message of disintegration would not want to see and hear any words that bring us together.

It is common cause that the arrival and reception of Governor Philip Aguer Panyang was punctuated with joy, laudation, relief and lots of positive statements made by not only the citizens of Jonglei but also from other parts of South Sudan as he (the governor) mentioned in his speech in the United States of America recently. His reception was a relief because the Bor Dinka got to know him very well when he was working for humanitarian agency in which he master-minded the construction of airstrips from Cuei Keer to Dukeen which later root off hunger as food security was well supplied under his auspices.

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By Willy Mayom Maker, Juba, South Sudan

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Monday, September 10, 2018 (PW) — Seriously, are there aviation laws and regulations in South Sudan? Planes are old. Pilots and engineers are new and inexperienced. What a deadly combination! My condolences to the families of those who’ve died in the plane crash in Yirol! I took a plane from Juba to Rumbek 2 years ago, and it was the most dangerous flight I had ever taken! I wrote about that horrible experience last year . You might have read it already…

“I went to a travel agency (name withheld) in Juba. There was a huge queue when I arrived. People were pushing and shoving in the line; the strongest wanted to get in first. Baffled, I queued up behind the last person in the line, not because I had no muscles, but because I felt it was shameful, unethical and animalistic to trample the weakest and force my way in.

Soon, a man arrived, flanked by two armed bodyguards. He was probably a high-ranking officer or minister. His bodyguards moved people out of the way for the man to enter into the office. Obviously, he was travelling somewhere and wanted to purchase a ticket, just like everybody else. But because he had the power and authority, he couldn’t wait in line. An agent emerged to welcome the arriving dignitary. ‘Come in honourable,’ he said. The man went inside with his bodyguards. (more…)