Archive for May 27, 2019

Has the position of Bari Community regarding the relocation of the Capital City from Juba to Ramchiel changed?

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda

Monday, May 27, 2019 (PW) — In March 2011, Bari Community BC issued their position rejecting to offer land to the South (thern) Sudan government to build a national capital in or around Juba.

Gen. Alfred Lado Gore, who was the chair of BC at the time, officially submitted the document containing the Community’s stance on the government’s proposal to establish a Capital City in Juba, to Gen. Oyay Deng Ajak, the then GoSS Minister of Investment who led the committee to investigate the site for the new capital, in the presence of the then Minister of Housing and Infrastructure, Jema Nunu Kumba, the then Minister of Culture and Heritage, Gabriel Changson Chang, Juba Paramount chief and other government officials, at Kator B Court.

The territory for the Capital City in Juba proposed by the government was 19,000 km sq. It is important to note that the five largest cities in the World by land area, according to worldatlast, are New York (8,683 km sq.), Tokyo (6,993 km sq.), Chicago (5,498 km sq.), Atlanta (5,083 km sq.), and Philadelphia (4,661 km sq.).

In comparison with South Sudan’s neighbours, Addis Abba is just 527 km sq., Nairobi is 696 km sq., and Kampala is 189 km sq., according to Wikipedia. So, anyone can clearly see that the proposal by the South (thern) Sudan government to establish a 19,000 km sq. Capital City in Juba was completely unreasonable.



By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Monday, May 27, 2019 (PW) — One of the problems facing citizens in South Sudan is the extent of the duty of the government towards citizens. This problem has also made government to terribly fail in her duty to protect citizens as understood in the modern context.

According to Evan Centanni on Duties and Responsibilities of a Government, modern thinking is that a government’s right to rule comes from a “social contract” with the people, who trade some of their independence for protection and other services. The basic idea of the government duty including the duty to protect which the government owes to citizens has been around for a long time. Even the time for “Mandate of Heaven” that backed ancient Chinese Emperors could be revoked if those emperors did a bad job.

The Mandate of Heaven or Tian Ming literally means “the will of the sky” which was a Chinese political and religious doctrine used since ancient times to justify the rule of the King or Emperor of China. Mandate of Heaven was the theory that heaven embodies the natural order and will of the universe, which bestows the mandate on a just ruler of China, the “Son of Heaven” of the “Celestial Empire”. Hence, if a ruler was overthrown, it was interpreted that the ruler was unworthy, and had lost the mandate.


Power: The Most Misunderstood and Misused Word in South Sudan

Posted: May 27, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Power: a Misunderstood and misused five-letter word that needs to be properly Understood and used so as to forge a peaceful coexistence in South Sudan.

BY Peter Makuach Manyuat, Juba, South Sudan

Sunday, May 26, 2019 (PW) — The word power is something we hear a lot in everyday life. It has a wide range of meanings. In physics for instance, it has a very explicit meaning. It is a measure of the rate at which work is done. In social science, it is defined as the ability to influence others to believe, behave, or to value as those in power desire them to or to strengthen, validate, or confirm present beliefs, behaviors, or values. Power is the social force that allows select persons to mobilize and to organize others to act in concert. 

In this article, the author will attempt to give better view of social and political power, its different forms and where each form applies while maintaining that the best way for our leaders to win back the dwindling trust from the populace is to align the political power with servant leadership. A servant leader is someone whose intention of holding a public position of power is to serve the people and not the other way around. That way, any decision a servant leader takes is tailored towards meeting the idea of serving people’s interests and not the leader’s.