Archive for March, 2019

South Sudan: The Illusion of the “World’s Youngest Nation”!

Posted: March 31, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

The following poem is written as heartfelt nostalgia of greatness of our ancestral land of Cush and of the Kingdom Kush as mentioned by the prophets of God in the Holy Bible. It is the author’s attempt to stir the hearts and minds of the rulers of South Sudan to rename country by its biblical and historic name of Cush; so the beloved land Cush would be blessed to the overflow. 

By David Gurak, Arizona State University, USA

Sunday, March 31, 2019 (PW) — A nation whose land is rooted in the history of creation, in which the second river in the Garden of Eden runs through its entire land; can’t call itself the World’s youngest nation! (Genesis 2:13)

 A nation whose people are the descendants of Cush son of Ham, grandson of Noah and oldest brother of Egypt; can’t call itself the World’s youngest nation! (Genesis 10:6)

A nation whose daughter is the wife of the great Prophet Moses, who wrote five of the greatest books in the Bible; can’t call itself the World’s youngest nation! (Numbers 12:1)

 A nation that Prophet Isiah knew its people to be tall and smooth-skinned, and aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers; can’t call itself the World’s youngest nation! (Isaiah 18:1)

A nation whose people are foretold by King David the Prophet,that its people will submit themselves to God; can’t call itself the World’s youngest nation! (Psalm 68:31)

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The Legal Profession and the Crisis of Leadership, Politics and Ethics: The Case of South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA)

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Juba, South Sudan

Dr. William Kon Bioor Duot
The Late Dr. William Kon Bioor, former president of the South Sudanese Bar Association
I. Introduction

Sunday, March 31, 2019 (PW) — In all civilized nations of the world, Bar Association, which is mostly one of the independent institutions of the country enjoys a formidable respect for it integrity and which work alongside criminal justice sectors of the state.

It works side by side with only the criminal justice sectors in making sure that the legal and constitutional rights of the subjects are truly protected and implemented. It work is to ensure that justice is awarded to those who deserve it and not to those who take law into their own hands.

However, the legal profession in South Sudan embodied these noble pillars. it work, as per the provisions of article 136 (2) of the TCSS, 2011, is to observe professional ethics, and promote, protect and advance the human rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens.

Equally, article 136(3) of the said constitution provides further that Advocates shall serve to prevent injustice, defend the legal rights and interests of their clients, seek conciliation between adversaries and may render legal aid for the needy according to the law.

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“University of Juba Student Activities -history doesn’t forgive and as well it doesn’t forget”

By Bek Dhuorjang Chol, Juba, South Sudan

Bek Dhuorjang Chol
Bek Dhuorjang Chol

Sunday, 31 March 2019 (PW) — Ten (10) years ago, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Students League (SPLM SL) in the university had participated in the Juba University Students Union elections and won those elections. In 2009 elections, the SPLM SL in coalition with other students’ organizations won JUSU elections and formed a collegial student’s leadership. During the sitting of the council of forty (40) members, the members elected Majok Ayii Muorwel as speakers of the council and Ahmed Abasher Alkhatim Ashgar who hail from Nuba Mountains as president of JUSU. Abasher appointed Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu as the information secretary and Dr. John Sebit Madit Johnson as academic affairs secretary.

During this period, the SPLM SL and JUSU were vigorously doing great facing a lot of challenges related to the political situation of the country. By then Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin had broken away from the SPLM and founded SPLM DC. The challenges of 2010 elections were ahead while bearing in mind the southern Sudan and Abyei Area referendum, and the popular consultation to the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains according to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Abasher had demonstrated a very good leadership at the end of his term by having successfully handed over the JUSU back to its rightful members of the general assembly.

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Scientific Weights and Measures

Posted: March 30, 2019 by aljokd in Junub Sudan

Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Juba City, South Sudan

Saturday, 30 March, 2019 (PW) – In 2006, driving Mitsubishi Magna I ventured onto the Kwinana Freeway heading south from northern suburbs. This was at a time I just acquired the motor vehicle a few days earlier and was excited to have a rollercoaster ride on a hundred kilometre an hour travel. Erstwhile, I have never driven a car on my own until then. Well, I realised later that ignoring or not attending to the gauges can and will have significant consequences on any one any time.

In the car are governors or gauges that really demand your attention the moment you enter the motor vehicle. The odometer, the temperature gauge and the little gauge that tells you the revolutions your wheels make per minute. The fuel gauge tells you the level or the amount of fuel remaining in the fuel tank. Without enough fuel a motorised gadget can’t travel or move an inch.

On the said joyride, I only focused on the odometer (speedometer) in conformity with the road rules but failed to attend to the temperature gauge. That negligence resulted in the vehicle being over-heated and in the middle of the freeway traffic, I found the vehicle slowing down despite pressing harder on the accelerator. I exited the freeway after realising that I couldn’t use any force to farther propel the car forward as the pressure mounted behind.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, March 29, 2019 (PW) — A lawyer is a licensed professional who advises and represents others in legal matter, one as counselor, solicitor, attorney, barrister or advocate. Under a contract of service, a lawyer owes duty to his client, to the court and also to his firm.

In order for legal assistance to be effective, it must be carried out independently. To this end, international law establishes safeguards aimed at ensuring the independence of the individual lawyer, as well as the profession as a whole.

However, the continuing challenges facing the criminal justice system in South Sudan raises a sizeable number of questions about the adequacy of the country’s criminal justice system.

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By Santino Aniek, New York, U.S.A.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (PW) — Immediately after the 2015 Presidential Order establishing South Sudan’s 28 states before later being bumped up to 32 States, there was a grabbing news headline about a comment made by Dr. Lam Akol. Lam claimed that the former two counties of Parieng and Biemnhom should not have been put together as one state because, he alleged, they have no common border. This was not the first time that this controversial political figure had issued a false statement. There were many before, just as there have been many more controversial statements by him after.

 

Lam is a known political figure in the Greater Sudan, all for the wrong reasons. He has been successful in creating division not only within his own community but also among South Sudanese. Controversy is what Lam is about. This is who he is and will always be. He was a member of the Sudan’s communist Party, SPLM/A, SPLM-United and SPLM-DC. He is now a member of NDM and SSOA. He has no loyalty to any ideology.

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Prof. John Akech: One Last Chance to Save Juba University from Collapse

Posted: March 23, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

SOUTH SUDAN: One last chance to save a bastion of higher education

By John A Akech, Juba, South Sudan

The University of Juba has been a pole of stability, a bastion of higher education, and a symbol of resilience in South Sudan over the last five years. This is despite the enormous economic, security and political challenges the country has been facing since the outbreak of civil war in 2013.

Seemingly defying the downward pull of the gravity, the University of Juba has in recent years witnessed major transformation on several fronts that include, but are not limited to, improved physical environment, academic stability, rising professors and student numbers, and significant expansion in postgraduate programmes.

In fact, the number of students enrolling in undergraduate programmes alone at this premier university in March 2019 has risen to 15,000; the highest since South Sudan gained its independence in July 2011.

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Just as the fish moving inside water cannot be known when drinking water

Posted: March 23, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Saturday, 23 March 2019 (PW) — Corruption is not a thing of the past; it’s an old-age story leading into the present problem and has been in so many forms such as nepotism, extortion, bribery, ableism, cronyism, singlism and embezzlement since the starting of the civilization in Africa.

In not difficult words, corruption is any act that is intended to wrongfully increase the private gain of an individual who is able to do so because of the power granted to him/her by the public or an institution democratically elected by the public. In most of the cases, detecting corruption is very difficult, more so when the act of corruption or bribery has a reciprocating benefits.

For instance, imagine a scenario where a person or a firm makes hidden extra payments to an official from mass advertising company in exchange for a service, which this person may not be entitled to if the proper procedures were followed. In this case, neither the bribe payer nor the bribe taker has an incentive to report bribery and therefore it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to detect the bribery and prove it in the court of law.

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Be a much more slay queen that you would want to see in the world

Posted: March 23, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in KON Joseph Leek

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Saturday, March 21, 2019 (PW) —- If you are a slay queen, I stand with you. You are not alone, I stand by your side. You are fighting a war, you are fighting a noble battle you must struggle to win – it is a battle of self-redemption, self-emancipation, self-elevation and a battle of sailing away from some bogus traditional and cultural strings that are pinning you down.

It is a battle of untying your hands and fight back the men who have tied your hands behind and repeatedly mercilessly slap you directly in the faces without blinking their eyes. It is time you see ways of ending your helpless yielding, weeping and begging for mercy from them. Wipe away your tears, redeem yourself and move on.

It is a battle you must win for your own survival and because we are in the 21st century – you are not anymore like your hapless African mothers who were not exposed or didn’t have chances or opportunities to live in the global communities of civilization and advancement. You must be loud in this; women freedom must be pragmatic not a mere preaching.

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By Emmanuel Joseph Akile

 

State accuses Biar & Kerbino of terror, sabotage & crimes against the state

Peter Biar and Kerbino Wol Agok

Kerbino Wol and Peter Biar [in suits] appear before a high court judge in Juba on Thursday March 21, 2019.

Dr. Peter Biar Ajak and Kerbino Wol appeared before a high court judge in Juba today for the first time this morning. The two are among seven others who were arraigned before Judge Sumeya Saleh Abdallahi

Before today’s hearing, the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance broke the news that the two, and other detainees were expected to be charged on a range of offenses such as terrorism, banditry, insurgency, sabotage, violence and disorderly conduct in a public place.

Dr. Biar, an activist was arrested last year when he significantly became critical of the peace process and the government. Before his arrest, the President had warned the public against speaking ill of the Khartoum peace talks.

Kerbino, a businessman and also a Captain at the National Security was detained over unconfirmed reasons -months before he and other prisoners reportedly disarmed prison guards and temporarily took control of a section of the NSS headquarters. (more…)


Hon. Salvatore Garang Mabiordit: The victim of exotic politics of egregious lies and distortions

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Salvatore Garang Mabiordit

Thursday, March 21, 2019 (PW) — Thought not blood, unmeasurable ink has been spilt over the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Hon. Salvatore Garang Mabior. But the truth remains: He is not corrupt as being misleadingly alleged. That’s the reason I don’t buy all these corruption allegations born of consummate hatred and insipid circumlocution which have been circulating on the online media for sometimes now. It’s merely a political attrition in play.

All these platitudinous sermons carry no shred of truth by any imagination. They are being purposely contrived and propagated by his political nemesis to settle political scores. However, his legacy is imprinted in a hard stone. Even if he is thrown into political oblivion by this exotic politics of subterfuge and egregious lies – and I am sure he will withstand all the odds and continue climbing the ladder of stardom and greatness, his legacy is written in the hard rock.

Upon his appointment, he has successfully managed to ameliorate the living conditions and that is why the country is now economically convalescing. Get your popcorn and let me peel your eyes. His achievements are ineffable and here are the headlines.

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One year later: The suspension of Vivacell networks in South Sudan

Posted: March 20, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan


By Tong Kot Kuocnin and Ms. Yar Telar Deng, Nairobi, Kenya

Peter Biar Ajak is a South Sudanese PhD student of politics and world affairs at Cambridge University in the UK; he was detained by agents of the national security at Juba International Airport on his way to Aweil for the celebration of Red Army Day.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (PW) Abstract: This paper deals with the “Rights of arbitrarily arrested and detained persons in South Sudan”. It is based upon the juridical norms of criminal law which presumes that the “thousand of accused persons can be punished but one innocent shouldn’t be punished arbitrarily”.The paper explicitly articulate that one of the basic tenets of our legal system is the benefit of the presumption of innocence of the accused person till he/she is found guilty at the end of the trial conducted by a dully constituted open court of law based on the evidence gathered. The reason being that the rights of an accused person not to be arbitrarily arrested and detained are sacrosanct. The accused in South Sudan are accorded certain rights, the most basic of which are found in the South Sudanese Transitional Constitution, 2011.

Kerbino Wol Agok

I. Introduction

There are several key pieces of legislation in South Sudan that relate to arrest and detention, most notably the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011 and the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, 2008.

The Transitional Constitution 2011 sets out a comprehensive Bill of Rights that promotes life and human dignity, personal liberty, equality before the law, the right to a fair trial and freedom from torture. The Code of Criminal Procedure Act, 2008 sets out the procedures for arrests and detentions and allocate powers to the relevant authorities.

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Peter Biar Ajak and Kerbino Wol appearing in Juba Court tomorrow

Posted: March 20, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan


‘‘Negative perceptions and fabrications are keys to total failure’’ Author

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (PW) —When hope is lose, the will is lose and the way is lose; in every society there are cultural and socio economic impediments that can trouble members of the society, but all those defies can be deactivated by the level of fortitude and  willpower.

It is not always wise to lose hope and entreaty when in a perilous position because God’s answers are always available for those who seek, knock and solicit.

Affirmative dream is the house of progress whereas negative one host disenchant and obscurity of perplexity.

Before the Independent of South Sudan in 2011 shoddy South Sudanese have been working day in and day out to repudiate the independent of South Sudan.

It is commonly clear that some individuals and groups have been identified as agents of blind hatred, segregation, propaganda and sabotage as revealed by their open stand in directing mistakes make by either individual or certain group to the government docket.

Since Independent till the outbreak of war in 2013, off-putting proclamation has been phrased up by those who lack devotion for South Sudan.

Wordings such as “belede maabe ruoor gidaam”, “agiika mafii fii Junub” and self contradicting expression such as “walai Junubiin” are downbeat distrust and best guesses expressed by the enemies of South Sudan in order to distort national independence. (more…)


By Peter Wek Mabiordit, Juba, South Sudan

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (PW) —- Peace is an important thing in human life. It is demonstrated by our daily actions toward others. The noble choice of doing right things depends on individual’s attitude and behaviors. When we behave in the right manner, our behaviors immediately translate into peace. For the last 3 years there had been a search for a lasting peace in South Sudan. Many agreements had been signed but dishonored.

The Khartoum peace agreement signed in 2018 is another step towards lasting peace. Although critics argue that it will not hold because it does not address the root causes of conflict, I’m optimistic that there are chances of achieving peace because our leaders have expressed their full commitment to implement it.

But how do we achieve lasting peace in South Sudan? Well, in my opinion, real peace starts from within ourselves and extends to others. For us to achieve happiness in life, we must allow the strings of love and unity to bind us together. When we understand the meaning of life, we learn to appreciate the very reason of our existence. True freedom and the right to life are only exercised when we own the spirit of nation building and avoid illegal activities like corruption, gambling, robbery, rebellion and revenge killings.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Wau, South Sudan

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (PW) — Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it.

Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. If there is a mystical chord in democracy, it probably revolves around the notion that unexpected music can resonate from politics when people are pursuing questions larger than self I have seen that ennobling effect in people many, many times expressed by those who found themselves engaged in genuine acts of democratic expression, who claimed their right to define the larger destiny of their community, their nations.

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Open Economy and the Subsequent Exchange Rates for South Sudan

Posted: March 19, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy, Kuir Mayen Kuir

By Kuir Mayen Kuir, Nairobi, Kenya

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Monday, March 18, 2019 (PW) — Does the debilitating economic menace in South Sudan has a solution? Are there goods and services leaving the country as exports? What is the nature of the country’s balance of payments (BoP)? All the above are quite some reasonable questions that any person can easily seek to find better answers addressing them. However, in the spirit of reasoning together towards our economic evaluation, the question on whether our economy is an open or closed one does not omit!

It is a question that can never be ignored in any analysis. Everyone has his or her own view on the same but as for me, the theme is still unclear because I haven’t seen or heard any restrictions that our government has strengthened towards controlling the goods and services coming into the country, neither have I seen any goods and services constantly leaving the country as an export apart from the common oil and its components.

We shall see the substantial evidences in due course given the current situation of peace successfully taking its full implementation over the country (I am optimistic that peace is coming) but it is apparently evidence that by our country emulating the open economic system, it can practically do well compared to when it decides otherwise.

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The voice of hidden children of Catholic Bishops and Priests in South Sudan: An Appeal to Pope Francis

For Immediate Release

16/3/2019

Juba, South Sudan

Saturday, March 16, 2019 (PW) — As we follow the action  taken  by  the Vatican to discuss and hold to account those within the church leadership who were involved in the abuse of those in their care (young boys and girls), those of us in warzone country of South Sudan must also speak up so the Vatican should also investigate the practice in South Sudan by church leaders  and key Vatican representatives in the country. The smoke of war cannot be used to cover abuses.

Many of us children of these church leaders are tired of living in hiding.  Once can imagine living with lies and growing old with lies of non-existing parents as mothers are nuns and fathers are bishops or pastors. The senior leadership of the Catholic Church in South Sudan is more concerned about the image of the church than about lives ruined by the action of individual Bishops and Pastors in the church.  As sad as humanitarian situation in South Sudan may sound today, the alternative is worse, that is, young girls and boys in the Catholic church have endured endless abuses in South Sudan.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Wau, South Sudan

President Kiir and Dr. Majak during the presidential tour of Bahr el Ghazal region, March 2019

President Kiir and Dr. Majak D’Agoot Atem during the presidential tour of Bahr el Ghazal region, March 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (PW) — Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life love illuminates it. Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve a lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. (more…)