Archive for November 3, 2018

By Ngoi Thuech, Dodoma, Tanzania

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (PW) — South Sudanese do not know how lucky and blessed they are. We have never had a shortage of patriotic leaders even before we became known as South Sudanese but separate entities living in tribal kingdoms. Our people whether we came from Azande nationality, Dinka dynasty or Shilluk kingdom, we all fought various wars to stop the invasion of Arabs who were hell-bent on enslaving our people, misappropriating our land and writing us off the history books.

After Sudan gained her independence from the Anglo-Egyptian rule, a plethora of Southern Sudan national leaders rose up and shouldered our cause for freedom from Jellaban economic exclusion. A number of popularly known leaders from that era range from William Deng Nhial to Joseph Lagu. Eleven years after the breakdown of trust between the southern Sudanese and the North Sudanese ruling elite for dishonoring the 1972 peace agreement, a new group of leaders emerge in the fold of John Garang, William Nyuon Bany, Salva Kiir, and Riek Machar.


Hon. Peter Gatkuoth: The Notable South Sudanese Politician and Economist

Posted: November 3, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Saturday, November 2, 2018 (PW) — Peter Gatkuoth was a notable figure in South Sudan who gained prominence as a politician and economist. Born in 1938 in Akobo, Upper Nile in South Sudan, Gatkuoth graduated from Rumbek Secondary School and obtained a degree in Economics from the University of Khartoum in 1964. After completing his studies, he worked at the Bank of Sudan in Khartoum while participating in politics by joining the political party, Southern Front. By 1969, he was the advisor on economic planning for the Ministry of Southern Affairs in the government of President Gafaar Nimeiri. When the Southern politician, Abel Alier was appointed as Vice-President of Sudan, Gatkuoth became the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Southern Affairs in Khartoum.

When the Ugandan President, Milton Obote was in power, he was supporting the Sudan government in their fight against the Anya-Nya guerilla movement in Southern Sudan. When Pres. Obote was overthrown by Idi Amin in 1971, Pres. Amin’s stance towards Southerners was more sympathetic which did not sit well with the Sudan government. In June 1971, at the Organization of African Unity (OAU, present day African Union) ministerial meeting, the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Faruq Abu ‘Isa accused Pres. Amin of engaging in verbal attacks against the Sudan government by comparing the situation in Southern Sudan with events unfolding in South Africa. Minister Faruq added that Pres. Amin was blatantly interfering in the internal affairs of Sudan.