Archive for March 23, 2019

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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