Archive for February 4, 2019


By John Deng Diar Diing, Mombasa, Kenya

The Treasure of South Sudan

Monday, February 04, 2019 (PW) — Quoting the Deputy Information Minister, Lily Albino Akol Akol, on the decision of the Cabinet of the government of South Sudan to allocate 10,000 barrels of its crude oil per day to Chinese firms to build roads within the country. This decision delivered what I have, as a road engineer aspired for, for far too long. It is my opinion that this is going to be the first petrodollar to flow directly to addressing the needs of our vulnerable population since 2005.

Various development economists and experiences of economic upward mobility from transient economies and developed countries attest that transport infrastructures and energy have the highest and quick economic multiplying effects. It has been shown that countries that invested in energy and transport infrastructure realize a burst in the growth of processing industries, improvement in mobility of skills, people, goods and services and agricultural sector.

South Sudan has a classified road network of 19,000km; that includes primary, secondary and intra-county roads. The Primary road network, that is, the trunk roads that connect all the former ten (10) States Headquarters and major international borders is about 6,400km. If this 10,000 bpd of the crude oil is projected to flow for 10 years, and assuming that crude prices oscillate around 61US$ as it stands, then we will expect about 61×10,000 x 365×10 =2,226,500,000 US$. (more…)


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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

Monday, February 04, 2019 (PW) — In the age of social media, it’s very difficult if not impossible to hide family squabble that could be solved locally round the dining table. We need to take a long, hard look at the way the two camps of our respected politicians have flooded themselves with coined stories interwoven together with historical events. If social media wasn’t discovered, two sides would have no means of reaching themselves, one would have to treks between camps till his neck bubbles with sweat.

As one of the rumination thinkers, I can see that both camps are populated by people who lack directions because there is no way somebody can slammed into a feud between two influential families without first observes their close connections. If it’s a matter of being deeply wronged somewhere that had made one to join the opposing camps in order to avenge, then one would rationalized that his chances must have collided with a disadvantageous time.

I thought political camps were erected to fights their way to power instead of criticism that go down to the family line. Whatever dust-ups and squabbles there may be along the way, one camp would be useful to each other in the long run and in case the elders of the two families reunite the head of eristic arguments, my friend, your fate is in doubt. My payam traditionalist call it “Yïn abï cök döŋ laŋ nhom” (more…)


By Malith Alier, WA, Australia

Dr Majak with President Kiir, December 2018

Dr Majak Agot with President Kiir, December 2018

 

Monday, 4 February, 2019 (PW) —- We saw it coming that the reneged reunification of the fractious SPLM may some day be concluded. The SPLM in government, and after combing Arusha, Pretoria, Cairo, Kampala and Addis Ababa for inter-party peace, was waiting for the other factions to make the first moves. This is 2019 and it’s about to happen amidst implementation of the 2018 Peace agreement.

From 2014 and immediately after the outbreak of war, the SPLM embarked on that elusive inter-party understanding – signed Arusha Declaration. It has since taken four years for it to happen perhaps in piecemeal. Many South Sudanese are however, questioning why Former Detainees also known as SPLM Leaders waited that long. Two agreements have been signed and full implementation is still a pipe dream. It is the question of timing rather than the motive.

The FDs actions may ruin the peace agreement altogether if allowed to fall through. By all intents and purposes, it seems, they are determined to achieve the reunification in the absence of their leader, Mr. Pagan Amum who belated rejected the Revitalised ARCSS. The hurried actions of the FDs reminded us of the “Lonesome George” on Galapagos Islands who needed to be evacuated from one isle to another in order to be safe. (more…)