Archive for January, 2019

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 (PW) — ‘‘When in Rome do as Romans do’’ this phrase had fallen on the blocked ears of some disgruntled groups and individuals who are still being spot around peeping through the narrow hole of disbelief on whether the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) shall holds.

Well, as the saying goes gives the devil its dues, those individuals on the praying mat of annihilation can clearly be linked to Biblical Thomas who questioned the resurrection of Jesus from his handy colleagues who as followers of Jesus witnessed many miracles before and even after the death of Jesus yet Thomas didn’t believe in what he was told.

When Jesus appeared to him, Thomas said to Jesus, My Lord and My God but Jesus thrown a cool towel of shame on his face, when he said because you have seen me, blessed are those who have not seen yet they believe. (more…)

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda


Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — The latest South Sudan peace deal signed between the government of President Salva Kiir, various armed and unarmed opposition groups and other parties, including the SPLM/A-IO led by the former First Vice President Dr Riek Machar is facing implementation challenges and at the centre of it, according to officials, is lack of funds.

The pact dubbed Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed in September last year through the Igad-led revitalisation process of the 2015 Peace Agreement (known as ARCSS) which remains largely unimplemented due to the resumption of armed conflict in July 2016, barely three months after a unity government was formed then.

Now the R-ARCSS provides for the establishment of a “Revitalised Government of National Unity (RTGoNU)” whose term of office shall be thirty-six (36) months, commencing eight (8) months after signing of the R-ARCSS (as of September 12) or on completion of redeployment of “necessary unified forces.”

According to the R-ARCSS, Kiir shall continue as President of the Republic of South Sudan, and Dr Machar shall assume the position of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan respectively. (more…)

Jieeng Padang Community of North America: Open letter to the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GOSS), SPLM-IG and SPLA-IO Under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny

•    Your Excellency, Cc: H. E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan.

•    Your Excellency, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Cc: SPLA-IO and leadership.

•    Your Excellency concerned citizens of the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS).


Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — For the sake of peace signed by the R-ARCISS late last year, and the desire for the peaceful coexistence of the citizens in South Sudan, the Padang community is disappointed with the ongoing activities by the SPLM-IO in two sister counties. We the Jieeng Padang Community of North America demand for an immediate withdrawal of Johnson Olony’s SPLA-IO armed forces from Atar & Khorflus counties (formerly known as Pigicounty) of the Central Upper Nile State.

We are also calling for an immediate release of the Padang people of Atar and Khorfluscounties from being held hostages in Padum. We the Padang community across the board reject the idea of SPLA-IO forces being stationed in Jieeng Padang land, such as Atar, Khorflus, Baliet, Akoka, Maluth, Renk, Panriang, and Biemnom.

The Padang community condemns the illegal occupation and invasion of Padang land. It is a clear threat and an attempt to incite war. The Padang community is united more than ever before and is vigilant to any maneuver being engineered either by the ROSS or SPLA-IO and Johnson Olony against our community. (more…)

Confutation to the Article Published by “The Eye of the Nation Committee” On 27th January 2019: “Ambassador Telar Ring Deng: The Political Judas Iscariot of South Sudan.

By Bec George Jongwiir Anyak; Joseph Ghai Mayen Beny; Yar Telar Ring Deng; Bol Joseph Agau Adhil; Acheng Andrew Anhiem Bahon; John Nhial Maker Gum; Moses Mayor Angong; Emmanuel Dhaal Marial Kot, and Zindia Madit Maker Gum


Telar Ring Deng, later South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s nominee to become the new justice minister, 21 June 2014

Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — We learned of the formation of the Eye of the Nation Committee under the January Declaration at Thongpiny, Maj. Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor’s Residential House. The Mission of this committee was formed to launch a Propaganda Machine to discredit Amb. Telar Ring Deng.

In August, 22nd 2018, when Amb. Telar Ring Deng returned to Juba after H.E. the President formed a Delegation headed by Hon. Tor Deng Mawien to meet him in Nairobi and ask him to return to Juba for more consultations as to why he resigned. On arrival to Juba, his political critics immediately started propagating against him on the social media and street politics. Their fear was that and it is still now, that Amb. Telar would diminish their chances of getting appointed to the limited government positions of the R-ARCISS. While Amb. Telar was away for one year, none of the people who are crying foul got appointed for reasons known best to them.

Now, we want to respond to the allegations and malicious propaganda contained therein by the self-appointed prefects of the Eye of the Nation Committee which unfortunately included Michael Mabor Rin, whom Amb. Telar Ring Deng educated up to Secondary school and had lived with him for 15 years, Mabor Rin Tueny who also cannot deny Amb. Telar Ring Deng Academic Credentials, what a betrayal? The wise men once said, do not bite the hands that feed you.



By Jacob Adut, Paul Cabiet Ayang, Michael Mabor Rin, Gai Karanja and Makur Madit

Sunday, January 27, 2019 (PW) — As the Republic of South Sudan transitions into a new era of peace and tranquility, with the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS), it is paramount that we learn a lesson or two from the mistakes that brought about the senseless war in the first place. There are a cocktail of problems that have been haunting the SPLM/A, now turned into a political party from the outset up to date. One of such unfortunate problems, is the emergence of sadists, wrong elements and hardened betrayers or sellouts of the South Sudanese cause into the center of decision making. Since, its inception from 1983, the SPLM/A, continues to suffer from terrible internal sabotage, orchestrated and manufactured by moles and enemies of progress within the movement.

One of the most dangerous and power-hungry moles, who is still haunting the leadership of the people, is Telar Ring Deng. This notorious crook, played a very active role in the 1991 SPLM/A Nasir Declaration, that almost brought the movement to a total collapse. Telar defied the advice from every wise cadre that hail from Bahr el Ghazel region, and Lakes in particular not to join the Nasir Faction. What was his agenda? Nothing near the sense of nationalism at all, but driven mere self-interest and malice. He simply found himself at the periphery of the decision making since Dr. John Garang was well informed about his selfishness and hatred for those who were for the right cause for South Sudan. Within a short while, Telar fell out with Dr. Riek Machar, the then leader of the Nasir faction of SPLM/A, only to end up joining the NCP led Khartoum regime-the then top enemy of the people of Southern Sudan.

In 2002, when Dr. John and Dr. Riek signed an agreement to unite the ranks and files of the SPLM/A factions and through the subsequent South-South dialogue, Telar pleaded with elders of Yirol to use this opportunity to reconcile him with Dr. John Garang and Dr. Riek in order to rejoin the united SPLM/A. Our patriotic and forgiving elders around Dr. John Garang at the time, such as the late Dr. Deng Dongrin Akuany (RIP), Hon. David Deng Athorbei, among others, labored hard and successfully persuaded our late chairman to forgive this dangerous, callous and ungrateful prodigal son. (more…)

By Noble Leek Goi, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Murle dancing

Saturday, January 26, 2019 (PW) — The government of South Sudan should look at the Murle cattle raider as a national threat, not just as a threat to the communities of Dinka and Nuer in the Greater Jonglei or Upper Nile regions only.

Murle cattle raiders should be included among the deadliest world terrorist groups. They can best be ranked as South Sudan terrorist just like Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria, ISIS and ISIL in Arab world and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Murle cattle raiders have claimed lives of so many Dinka and Nuer of Greater Jonglei region since the 18th century. Oral history has it that they were the one who killed Dr. John Garang’s mother and the toddler Dr. John Garang might have narrowly survived child abduction in that process. They raid, abduct and kill. They are terrorists. Period. (more…)

By Sally Nyalony Gatwang, Kampala, Uganda

Peace for South Sudan


Saturday, January 26, 2019 (PW) — I am in for peace, I really don’t know about you. I am ready to undertake anything in exchange for peace in my home. I want to cattle graze again, farm food, collect fire wood, and play hide and seek once more.

I know I may not recover all the lost souls but I know for sure once home is back they will be with me in spirit. At the moment, my soul can’t find refuge because it’s still rumbling for peace.

Take a look at Isaac Newton and Pascal, few of the world’s greatest scientist. And to add on Nyalony, Alith plus Pal, one of the rare world’s unknown scientist. They made a choice of building their home with the little they knew and now here we are studying what they discovered. (more…)

By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan

President Kiir honors Gen Kuol Manyang Juuk, Gen Dr James Wani Igga, Gen Daniel Awet Akot and Gen John Koang Nyuon with the highest SPLA military honor for their longest service in the army, SPLA Headquarters at Bilpam, Juba, South Sudan, 24 January 2019


Thursday, January 24, 2019 (PW) — You must hunt hard for your good luck, in order to aspire your dreams. Sitting under that tea-maker’s Rakuba (shelter) with your thousand dreams in the mind won’t bear fruits. Claiming that you are a graduate won’t help you out, I swear. 2019 won’t make any change in your lives unless you choose to change some of the attitudes that you and I know they cannot allow any progress in our personal lives.

It is now many years down your graduation and you can’t get a job to afford your life or get married either at least to begin the progress of renaming your ancestors as African culture requires of you. Without lying, most of our youths are graduated directly to poverty and hopelessness because we so much depend on the nation and the government for employment.

Today I have chosen to talk directly to youths not to the government. I am attacking youths of which I am a member and I carry some blames too for having not done enough to establish my life.  If you have been viewing posts on the new year eve on social media, you should have seen a lot of littering congratulatory messages for having arrived to the new year.


By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan


Thursday, January 24, 2019 (PW) —- Northern Upper brothers and sisters spent decades fighting for freedom and Independence of State 1990s. In Northern Upper we joint hands to attain goal of independency. Fortunately, the State established with full sovereignty. This credential be to President and his cabinets. In sociology, social divisions are categories as class, race, gender and geographic location that indicate differences in lifestyle and experience.

Social divisions stem from the concept that society is divided between the powerful and powerless. There are potentially hundreds of social divisions, but the largest is class. Access to education, employment and healthcare is different for lower-class members of society. Income inequality affects a myriad of statistics from violent crime rate to stress-related illness.

There are many subcategories under umbrella of the class division. Sociologists study the impact of further social divisions due to race, gender, marital status, health, rural location to decipher the impact of these categories on daily life. Some divisions have a stronger impact on an individual place in society than others and the way society views and processes these divisions can change and evolve over time. (more…)

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia


Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (PW) — According to “Hot in Juba” news, we read that the governors of Western Lakes and Tonj States, Hon. Matur Chut and Anthony Bol Madut have been relieved, at least for now from their gubernatorial positions by Kiir for undisclosed reasons. The veteran governors are old time generals in the Sudan People’s liberation Army (SPLA) which is also the predecessor of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF).

Anthony Bol Madut was rumoured to be a commander in Anyanya II which joined the SPLA in 1983. During our days in Dima, Ethiopia, Anthony headed Buma (Boma) up to the time of signing peace in 2005 after which he became the first governor of former Warrap State. Matur Chut on the other hand, was in the army until they were retired after independence. He became the governor of Lakes State replacing Daniel Aweet Akot. This is his second stint after the division of former Lakes in to Gok State, Western and Eastern Lakes States.

There are only two enduring governors after the 2010 elections. They make up the 20% of the former 10 states replicated in December 2015. Louise Lobong Lojore of former Eastern Equartoria and Rizik Zakaria Hassan of former Western Bar el Ghazal are the two right hand men that Kiir’s perennial decrees never touched. Despite the redivivision of the ten states, they got appointments to the new states of Kapoeta and Raja. (more…)

By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan


Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — The rentable lip with twisted edge that works to destroy buys fame nowadays. But ideas involved can take us high or drag us low while the interest attached adjusts the wheels toward the intended direction. Such leasable lips have owners: the agents of fame. These widespread agents are known to degrade or water down the opponents to achieve the hidden odds.

Such agents are armed with information circulated about others. They are labeled as “professional conspirators”whose source of strength is interwoven with information meant to obliterate. They are known smart and crafted with trait of professionalism.

Politicians, civilian, and society fear them because everything is believed to be at their fingertips. Avoiding them is not advisable; teaming up with them is not so healthy either, though it’s sometimes commendable during circumstantial needs. (more…)

By Sally Nyalony Gatwang Riak, Kampala, Uganda


Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — Do what you can do best in silence and surprise the world. Who would think that someone all the way from a different nation would out complete the nationalist.

All the way from South Sudan to shine light. Juma modi alpha, a student from mildcare parents school seeds to brighten and light the nation. He gets four aggregates from a very long struggle.
Juma Micheal Taker, is a young star aged 13 plays and basketball.He with ten aggregates. The list is endless.

Life of persistent fear and overwhelming anxiety as a refugee in Uganda during the times of terror in the hands of Joseph Kony and Ali Bamuze and UPDF’s failure to save the refugees

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — It was one fateful mornings of 1996; a year Yoweri Museveni had his second elections after the 1980’s which he lost to Obote – and it was the first elections under the constitutional provision of 1995 since he seized power in 1986. Museveni was facing serious challenge from Paul Ssemogerere and Kibirige Mayanja who later lost to him.

This time, Museveni was already 10 years in Power after five-years rebellion and subsequent coupe executed by Obote’s CDFs Gen. Tito Okello against his boss, Dr. Milton Obote. Museveni continued his rebellion and seized power from Okello a year later.

We woke up on Monday as normal to school from Block Six, we followed the usual small serpentine dusty route that meanders in the refugees’ back-yard gardens to the slopes of the small streams and woods towards Block Seven – a neighboring Block.

Mum had woken me that morning as I could hesitate to go to school, forced me and escorted me a little, stood with her hands on the waist,watched me grew shorter and shorter as I disappeared into the shrubs. (more…)

January 17, 2019

By Vania Gulston, New York City, USA

A Long Day of Protests in Sudan: Three Deaths, and the Exploration of Other Tactics by Activists

Sunday, January 20, 2019 (PW) — This day of protests in Sudan was a long one. A young 16-year-old boy named Mohamed Alebaid  was shot dead by security forces. Twenty-five year old medical doctor—Babiker Abdalhameed–died after being shot in his chest.

He stepped outside a house where he had been caring for an injured protester in order to tell the security forces to stop throwing tear gas inside of homes, and, according to a friend who asked to remain anonymous, the security forces responded by shooting him dead.

Hundreds of protesters began to gather outside of Royal Care Hospital in Khartoum. According to reports, they chanted, sang songs, and talked about the next stage of what has become one of the biggest and longest protests in Sudanese modern history.

A little after 2:30am in the morning, a member of a social media group chat, solicits tents.

“Tents, tents, tents That’s what we need for tomorrow. Please if you can bring some tents, just bring them up to Royal Care.” (more…)

Foreign nationals took advantage of South Sudan ethnics’ conflict in labour market

By Noble Leek Goi, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (PW) —- UN agencies and International NGOs are indirectly looting South Sudan in term of employment opportunities. Foreigners from neighboring countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo and other countries have flooded UN agencies and International NGOs operating in South Sudan.

The positions taken up by those foreigners from the mentioned countries can well be handled by South Sudanese. Majority of South Sudanese studied in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, America, British etc. That means they have acquired the same knowledge like the nationals from those countries. And one would really wonder what makes South Sudanese graduates to linger on the streets of South Sudan while the foreigners are enjoying the Air Conditioned (A/C) rooms in South Sudan!!

This make the statement of late president of Uganda Idi Amin Dada true when he expelled the Asians from Uganda that, “They are milking the cow they don’t feed.” Indeed he was right, because Uganda was flooded by foreigners (Asians) who took wealth from Uganda and used it to develop their own countries, leaving Uganda and her nationals poor. Hence they were milking the cow they didn’t feed. (more…)

Former Deputy Governor of Terekeka, Clement Maring, Resigns from SSUF/A

Posted: January 18, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we are lacking good English because your uncles looted our national resources to sponsor you abroad.  We are not good in speaking English as you claimed but practically applying our acquired knowledge into good use while our money looted by your uncles ended up in bars and in the hands of computer wizard giving you fake certification abroad

By Marial Mangar Akol, Juba, South Sudan

Corruption genesis

Thursday, 17 January 2019 (PW) — Dear readers, I am completely vexed here, because any education is better than none from my perspective. However I do believe that there is a certain standard for university that people should at least hold as a guideline and goal: Unique experience that provides comradery, gives opportunity to create long-lasting relationship with people, provides access to wealth of knowledge and opportunities to learn from.

Well, we can look at this from so many angles but that will still not suffice your preordained grudge notion. Nevertheless, to ask what the qualities of a good school are is also to say how do I know this particular school is a good one? Here’s the thing, don’t trust every broken English you have heard spoken by claimed people about the Juba University from your tea places or somewhere.

Rather here’s the perfect approach you can use to know:

  1. Get someone currently enrolled at the university to tell you how true the stories you have on your lobbying mind by asking what average percentage he/she got during high school. Of course, it’s a good university, one of its qualities is that it admit those who scored highly compare to another universities.
  2. For every system to be efficient, we look at the outcome, its products and what it can generate. Surely, one quality you can look at is the history of quality students they have been producing, what these alumni are doing currently and how they are impacting the country over the years. By making your own research, all advocates, clinics that being handled well are at the hands of university of Juba’s graduates.


By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

corruption in south sudan

Thursday, January 17, 2019 (PW) —- In that touch of life something moves up to you with all possibilities. Entry for a common man is a task ahead. In that life you become eager to know who lifts you up from the dust, yes, life is a distant our bodies are not willing to walk in, yet there is a new obstacle that pushes us to live up to the goal, a new wave of dismissal sent yesterday’s signal that we may be better.

Survival too want us to take another route until we become multi– in a volatile–community chasing all sorts of life’s pedigree. The tendency here is to keep that same balance which depended on individual decisions, to be active or remain passive as you have desired. Life gives us a sense of belonging, it takes us far from our togetherness based on individual choosing.

We are not ready whatsoever this case must be, where we enter because we know at later stage the distant is brought to an end we can verily sit back watching our peace folded and masquerade readiness in all aspects of living, yes, we are not poor because our ancestors had it as a cycle of life, we are fighters seeking time and independent battle as a manner of struggle, as a matter of grabbing delicacy. (more…)

An open Letter to Elected MPs of former Tonj South County in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly – Juba

Dear Honorable MPs Representative,

By Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Thursday, January 17, 2019 (PW) —- I am very fortunate to have been able to have a secure roof over my head. Having that comfort is unfortunately a luxury that many in our community are not able to have due to these difficult economic circumstances. Recently, I have become very concerned about the increase in criminalization efforts against the most vulnerable in Thiet County of Tonj State, the homeless. As a proud member of our community yourself, I am sure that you share many of these concerns.

Research has shown that people experiencing such mistreatment have endured an increasingly hostile environment of imposed forceful recruitment which has resulted to looting of vulnerable citizens’ properties, torturing and human right abuses on daily basis. The data collected has shown that looting of Apuk Juwiir community has taken consecutive three years since from the era of former Governor Akec Tong up to the present time. What is particular about this community in Tonj?

Did we commit a sin that cannot be forgiven? Many of the day to day activities, that many of us take for granted, are restricted to people without shelter such as local ordinances that deem sitting on sidewalks or loitering to be infractions. Citizens of this community should be able to work toward getting out of their demeaning situation without the fear of being harassed and cited for being impoverished.


By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

tribalism in south sudan

Thursday, 17 January 2019 (PW) — This topic is especially relevant to our modern climate not only the South Sudan nation but the overall world. We have become intoxicated by toxic tribalism and the group mob mentality. We have unconsciously been seduced or persuaded by the idea that one group is “wrong” and “evil” while our own group is “correct” and “good’’. This mentality leads to a whole list of disastrous consequences which I will explain it later on in this publication.

But, the first things we must understand is what exactly is toxic tribalism and where does it come from. What is toxic tribalism and where does it stem from? First, let me provide a definition of what toxic tribalism is. Toxic tribalism: A loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group to the point that dogma and dysfunction become the standard. Afterward, let me provide 2 key characteristics in which an individual has become drunk with toxic tribalism.

Demonization, this is the first and the foremost quality of someone who is toxically tribal. If there is any labeling of the other group as being stupid, evil, racist, demons, scum, and then you can almost be sure that they are in the mindset of toxic tribalism. Unconscious Behavior and attitudes, one of the hallmarks of someone who is engrossed in toxic tribalism is a lack of conscious behavior. Unconscious behavior comes in many forms such as screaming, not entertaining contradictory idea, being closed minded, violence and the list goes on. (more…)