Archive for February 15, 2019

By Wol Deng Akech, Juba, South Sudan

Late Justice Wuol Makec, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan1

Late Justice Wuol Makec, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan1


Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — 15th January 2019 marked the second anniversary since his Lordship Justice John Wuol[i] Makec left us and being one among his enormous academic products/beneficiaries, I deem it necessary to pen down some of his indomitable deeds. It is in this course that I wish to speak of and dedicate this piece to Late Justice John Wuol Makec. Due to insufficient information concerning his long service and time factor at my disposal, I may not be able to describe this celebrated judge of our country in every detail. But to start with, perhaps, Justice A. K. Sikri of the Supreme Court of India’s dictum in the landmark case of Justice K. S. Puttaswamy & others v. Union of India & others also known as Aadhaar case[ii], is more pertinent in describing late Justice John Wuol Makec. A. K. Sikri J writing for the majority of the Court stated:

“It is better to be unique than the best. Because, being the best makes you number one, but being unique makes you the only one”

Indeed, Justice Wuol was a great distinguished unique judge. In this paper, my attempt is not to place late Justice Wuol as number one among his colleagues whether in politics, legal fraternity or academia but to show his only uniqueness among many, a uniqueness which remains hardly and rarely seen nowadays. This makes him a man to be remembered by all forever. Such figurative narration of being the best is not aimed at in any way in this work; but it should be noted that it is merely to avoid sparking unnecessary debate. This piece of writing may also be treated as a memory and an appeal to all public institutions and individuals/persons who in one way or the other have served with, under or benefited from the service delivered by this great legend of our country to think of thanksgiving for him. (more…)

As South Sudanese may be searching for peace let us also be mindful of our national sovereignties with neighbors, the case of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia in the South Sudan peace agreement.  

By Dut Agostino Agei, Pro peace institute, Oslo University, Norway

kiir museveni

President Kiir and Museveni in Kampala, October 2014

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — In several peace agreements, South Sudanese in one way or another have done whatever was necessary to bring peace in South Sudan. Thank you South Sudanese leaders for peace agreement. Peace is a fundamental human right principle that can in addition be found in Geneva law of convention.

The instability started by the time internal distrubants occurs in our nation across different duration collapsed national economy and causes masses displacements into African regions and eventually into the world. Such a fragile situation in the new African nation capture the attentions of international medias outlets made of the guardian, New York time, Aljazeera, wall street Journal and even BBC world that mounted pressure of peace to South Sudan ruling elitist. This was by international communities as well as the UNSC.

In response different helms of our national institutions of governance carry out whatever was necessary to bring peace and stability in South Sudan in an attempt of humanitarian call for peace in South Sudan. However, all these processes of peace finding involves scenarios where South Sudanese find themselves in reunions with African nations where governments at some points claim a certain place in South Sudan. I am going to be proves either right or not when I cite Sudan, Egypt & Ethiopia in that order. (more…)

By John Youhanes Magok, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — Five month already gone wasted since the signing of the revitalized agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in September 12, 2018. The peace was echo with a wide jubilation in Khartoum, other capital cities in the region and finally it was hauled to Juba with the name “Peace Celebration” under the auspicious of president of the Republic H.E. Salva Kiir Mayradit in the presence of regional leaders among them the main guarantors Omer Al-Bashir of Sudan and his counterpart Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde was among the attendee and other IGAD mediation teams.

The celebration was a good gesture and a new commitment toward peace return in a nation that suffered for the last five years yarning for stability and lasting security. Unfortunately, the event was an analogy of putting chariot before the horse and the hidden load only floated after the celebration, where the main melody turned to be lack of financial “funds” or “Money” to operationalize the terms of the revitalized agreement stipulated in the pre-interim period that is projected to last for eight months to pave a way for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) accommodating the former foes, the fragmented SPLM/A.  (more…)