Archive for August, 2019


The National Dialogue Initiative – Final Communique from the Equatoria Regional Conference in Juba, 26 August 2019

Governor Augustino Jadalla Wani of Jubek State.jpg
Governor Augustino Jadalla Wani of Jubek State.jpg

Declaration of Principles – South Sudan Opposition Movement – Pagan Amum, Paul Malong, Thomas Cirillo, Oyai Deng Ajak and Cirino Hiteng launch a new opposition group in the Netherlands

Pagan amum, Paul Malong Awan, Thomas Chirillo, Chirino Hiteng and Oyai Deng Ajak launch the South Sudan Opposition Movement in the Netherlands
Pagan amum, Paul Malong Awan, Thomas Chirillo, Chirino Hiteng and Oyai Deng Ajak launch the South Sudan Opposition Movement in the Netherlands

Malith Alier, Australia

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Salvatore Garang Mabiordit

Dear Hon. Minister,

Saturday, 31 August, 2019 (PW) —  I am sure we do not know one another. But this is not important as of now – other important matters can be handled in the meantime.

I saw you on your way to Stanbic Bank, Juba Branch around 2013 or 14. Someone who I knew alerted me that, that was Garang Mabiordit; the Undersecretary in the then  Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. You stoically exited the white Toyota V8 Land Cruiser a minute earlier. That’s the only time I saw you. On other occasions, particularly in 2015 and 16; I went to the Ministry but I failed to see you at your work station. This, I thought was unfortunate. Someone whose name rang loud should not be missed in action.

You have been at the helm of the Ministry of Finance and Planning for as old as South Sudan itself. You have been unmoved in the undersecretary position until last year when the president appointed you to head one of the most coveted portfolios in the country. No one should remind you that your job is a tough one because every state, every ministry and every business that deals with government looks you in the eye every hour.

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The Legends of Dinka: The Arrogant and Ignorant Young Men Who Killed Their Fathers

By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia

Aesop’s Fables in Dinka, translated by Atem Yaak Atem

Friday, 30 August 2019 (PW) — Restless. Wild. Ruthless. This description fits one of the generations of youth that once lived in the Nile valley. The Dinka elders, especially elders of the eastern bank Dinka, had narrated this story of those arrogant and ignorant young men a million times to draw a moral lesson as a warning to the young men of any time.

IT GOES … Once upon a time, emerged a restless, wild and ruthless generation of young men. They set out to shake up fundamentals—fundamentals of life. So, they initiated wars between their village and the neighbouring villages, and they won those conflicts.

They committed heinous crimes, crimes that ranged from vandalism and assaults to inhumane humiliations of girls and women. Their fathers and grandfathers had held countless group meetings. Sometimes, their fathers or grandfathers opted for one-on-one meetings, each father or grandfather trying to talk his son or grandson out of infamous violence and venomous insults. But nothing seemed to bridle those ill-mannered young men. They ran wild, and lived wild, listening to no one but their youth leader.

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The Surprising Return of Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin: When you always have the heart for the country, the country always has the heart for you.

By Deng’Kur Mading, Juba, South Sudan

Dr. Majak D’Agoot and Dr. Marial Benjamin, during the SPLM extra-ordinary Convention in Juba, January 2016

Friday, August 30, 2019 (PW) — In all-of-a-sudden, no one knows what hangs in the far end. But among all the pleasures of human heart, is the power of truth above all others. South Sudan as a country with long, painful experience of violent conflicts and subsequent civil wars has, to some undeniable extent, the most patriotic citizens in the world. This has come to be a material fact in respect to how her downtrodden citizens, regardless of the suffering they are undergoing, still wear smiling faces on the streets, even more friendly to each other and assert with great deal of hope that no matter how long the suffering may be, peace as the people’s greatest expectation, would surely come. It is with unpretentious duty that some politicians are a part of such a pitiful national story.

However, it would be dishonest to assign this, otherwise, less controversial compliment to some particular elements holding the center of recent socio-political developments – betrayed freedom on the one hand and short-term, hypocritical enjoyment of economic and political opportunities on the other. Instead, it’s the national character of the people of South Sudan that rests wholly in the heart of the matter. Though this, as of recent, has been influenced by other factors including entrenched tribal loyalty, loss of vision and chief propaganda – the import of the latter of which is to elbow out or completely oust those accomplished government bureaucrats which usually comes into play after appeasement strategy losses its intended purpose, the truth remains obvious; there are some leaders whose efforts will never fade into oblivion.

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An Open Letter to Hon. Elia Ullan Jongo, Member of TNLA in Juba, South Sudan

By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan in Turmoil, courtesy of the Gov’t, IO, G-10, other opposition groups and UNMISS

Thursday, August 29, 2019 (PW) — It is an unproven fact! One of your most professional work in life is the misleading desires and cuckolded power to influence weaken hearts with wrong evidences. Hon. Awow Daniel Chuang was absolutely truthful on his words about the newly explored wells as he stated it in August 20th 2019. It marks a big fibber when you circulate admixed reports by assumption and hypothesis.

Gasaba is a given name to Tuongthi and Tuongdit and Jemeza is a given term to Lojak, Kalja and Akuot villages by Petrodar Operating Company (PDOC). It is located between Adar, Gumry OBC (s) and Athieng. It also located at Adar OBC-West, Athieng-South and Gumry OBC Southeast. These truths are milestone that marked the truly directionality of the Area since British’s days.

Adar (Wunamom) is a located in Melut-East, which lies on the Nile and the West of Ethiopia. The River Yaal, which drains the Machar Marshes, flows through the region in Northwest direction to the Nile formerly to Melut. The Khor Machar’s swamps lay a triangle North Sobat-River and East-Nile.

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Eulogy and Tributes to the Late Lt. Gen. Anthony Bol Madut Bol

Posted: August 28, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

My personal Eulogy and Special Tributes to the late Lt. Gen. Anthony Bol Madut Bol

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Kuajok, Gogrial State

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 (PW) — Though it is an old adage to describe a departed fellow as “Heroes never die”, I personally do shy away from such a description when considering the fact that you will never see the physical presence of the departed person in life once and for all. In this sense, I would say that such an adage from the political point of view does not adequately describe the person. Nonetheless, late Lt. Gen. Anthony Bol Madut Bol indeed died a true and an undoubted hero of all times and spaces. He had left behind a legacy in relation to his political and military participations in the independence of this beautiful country, The republic of South Sudan.

As I eulogize a special tribute for a great man and a leader, I am devastatingly showered by tears of sorrow, unhappiness, and loneliness as hysterical tears roll down my cheeks to signal the departure of one of our Freedom Fighters who is none other than Lt. Gen. Anthony Bol Madut Bol.  Though sad and loss of exact words to describe this tragedy that is besetting the nation here and now, I personally hesitate to use the word mourning for the Late Anthony Bol Madut but prefer to give a special tribute in his then wonderful life and now in his spirit. Indeed, the late Lt. Gen Anthony Bol Madut Bol was a true Hero, iconic leader, liberator, moderator, freedom fighter, and above all, a family man.

Though I am in tears of the sorrowful event of the passing on of the greater leader, I am able to double my handkerchiefs in order to clean off the uncontainable tears in the course of  exploiting and writing something about the man who had willingly and intentionally sacrificed his life and whose his short but impactful legacy ,touched the heart  and soul of each one of us at this juncture when we really needed him most.

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Press release: Why the government shuts down Insight Security Company in South Sudan

Deputy Mayor of Juba, Thiik Thiik Mayardit: 'My war with Ateny Wek is that he made some wrong reports on behalf of the President'

Dear Country men and women, at my Capacity as deputy City Mayor of Juba city Council and as a leadership, we have shut down Insight security Company .

When news of closure was announced, many South Sudanese were suprisingly questioning themselves as to what prompted the unfortunate lock up of the Company which existed for a quite long(13 years).

Here are reasons why I closed Insight as a company.

1. Insight company was opened in 2006 at deal which would have earned government of South Sudan £50,000 USD annually but the company failed for 13 years now without paying not even a coin.

2. Exploitation of our citizens,

Insight company has topped the list of companies which have maximally exploited our citizens as shown by the followings details.

The company is suppose to pay its UN assigned staff £347 USD monthly according to what we saw in their contract, an equivalent of 104,100 SSP today in accordance to black market rate but to our dismay, we found out that these above staff are paid only 32,000 SSP each per a month meanwhile the company is deducting 72,100 SSP from all its UN assigned staffs.

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Presidential Decree: Mini-Reshuffled of the Cabinet

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

President Kiir partially reshuffled his cabinet and state governors

1. Foreign Affairs Minister Nhial Deng Nhial replaced with Madam Awut Deng Achuil.

2. Madam Awut Deng Achuil, the Minister of Gender and Social Welfare replaced with Madam Jemma Nunu Kumba, the acting General Secretary of the SPLM

3. Alfred Akuoch Omoli decreed as the new Minister of wildlife, replacing Madam Jemma Nunu Kumba.

4. Minister of Roads & Bridges, Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, is replaced with Hon. Simon Mijok Mijak.

5. Twic State Governor, Atem Madut Yak, replaced with Hon. Jacob Madhol Lang as the new governor.

6. Hon. Timothy Taban Juch replaces the Late Lt. Gen Johnson Gony Biliu as the new governor of Akobo State.


By IGAD, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti)

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

Tuesday, 20 August 19 (PW) — The attention of IGAD Secretariat and IGAD South Sudan Office has been drawn to a Report in the South Sudan News Agency website (https://southsudannewsagency.org) headed Leaked memo: Uganda is the real threat to peace in South Sudan. The contents of the Report are attributed to an alleged IGAD Secretariat Internal Memo leaked to the South Sudan News Agency. The location and date are indicated as Addis Ababa, August 16, 2019 (SSNA).

Responsible journalism, regardless of the medium-airwaves, electronic or print-requires bearing full responsibility for the accuracy, credibility and verification of the information sought to be conveyed before broadcasting the same to the target audience and public at large. IGAD Secretariat and IGAD South Sudan Office are not aware of any efforts whatsoever by the South Sudan News Agency to establish the authenticity of the purported leaked Internal Memo. Had this been done, it would have been very clear that IGAD Secretariat and IGAD South Sudan Office do not engage in the typology of activity and innuendos mentioned and suggested in Report. The motive of the publisher would have been called to question.

IGAD is an eight-member Regional Organisation comprised of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The Organisation’s Mission is to promote regional cooperation and integration to enhance efforts by the member States to achieve peace, security and prosperity throughout the region. In order to fulfil this Mission, IGAD’s Mandate includes promoting peace and stability in the region and creating mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of inter-State and intra-State conflicts within the region through dialogue. The eight member States of IGAD all signed up to IGAD’s Mission and Mandate.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin & Yar Telar Deng, Nairobi, Kenya

Monday, August 19, 2019 (PW) — The Third Transitional Period From 9th July 2015 to 9th July 2018. As discussed in the first and second preceding parts of this article, this is the third and final part which will concentrate on the third transitional period in South Sudanese politics from 9th July 2015 to 9th July 2018.

This part examines the last phase of the transitional period by shading more light on the political developments which ensued in 2016, after the signing of the compromised peace agreement. A dog fight erupted around the Presidential Palace – J1, shortly after the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

Equally, the government extended the term of office of the president and other officials in July 2017 ushering in the third transitional period ranging from 9th July 2018 to 12th July 2021. The bill which amended the transitional constitution was introduced by Hon. Dengtiel Ayuen, the chair of the legislative committee in the parliament.

The amendment of the constitution allows H.E President Salva Kiir to remain in power until 2021 and extends the mandate of the current South Sudan transitional government, parliament and governors of all the 32 states for another three years.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu—–The carted horse, South Sudan

Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

Friday, August 16, 2019 (PW) — intelligent with your money isn’t only about investing and budgeting, but it’s also about getting to know your attitudes, beliefs and values around your money. The man who is careful with money can be called as” well disciplined”. 

Money itself, or it morally pursuit is not evil; neither is wealth, it’s a ruthless in pursuit of money that can lead anyone down a destructive path.  The story below might interest an avid reader and be informed that the understanding of this story falls between two stools – it’s too difficult for layperson but not detailed enough for an advanced academician.

We go: David was a government employee in the capacity of a tax inspector at the ministry of finance. As we all know that tax inspectors are tasked with ensuring that all government and organization staff and commercial companies pay correct amounts of taxes due within the prescribed deadlines. A tax inspector scrutinizes tax returns, carries out investigations on any naughty business, follows the said naughty business up with a visit to the offending taxpayer’s premises, and takes it all the way to court where necessary.

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South Sudan: Change or no Change of the SPLM-IO Leadership

Posted: August 17, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Gatkuoth Majiok Chol, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar Teny, the armed rebel leader

Friday, August 16, 2019 (PW) — South Sudan is one of the most beautiful and blessed nations on earth, not only with harmonious and peacefully co-existing tribes, but with massive resources and rich cultural heritage. Her beautiful social life character was a driving force that forms powerful links between tribes and makes them live in absolute peace with each other. But, since the war erupted in mid-December 2013, the new state became a place where the vultures gathered and country’ beauty was vandalized. The intensity of the fighting has severely weakened tribal links, relationship and destroyed both properties and infrastructures. The indiscriminate killing of innocent’ civilian continues to rise where the majority of the losses respectively occurred in the areas controlled by government forces.

The conflict had brought mind-boggling and dejection to the many citizens who see themselves sufferings and dying in the hand of their own government. They see President Kiir as impotent to improve the security or incompetent to end the six years old conflict. Our people have suffered enough, if the blood of the victims could be visible on the ground; I’m sure some part in South Sudan should have a red mark on the surface. If God could hear the cries of orphans and widows instantly, those individual people who committed atrocities and defiles our nation should be sweep away and wouldn’t be alive today. And if the starvation kills people like a disease, half of the South Sudanese population, should be dead by now.

To be frank, the recent raucous muddle discussions on social media about replacing or changing the leader of the Sudan People Liberation Movement In-Opposition (SPLM-IO) for not executed an efficient exertion to win the war is an inharmonious to the peace agreement. These insubstantial views and opinions have flared an ethical debate toward SPLM-IO leadership strategy on how to fight the war. Without hesitation, I decided to add my thoughts even though the bawling of the leadership change has an inefficient weight to wave the hearts of the majority of SPLM-IO supporters, but still, the circumspection is needed to void a possible peril within the Movement.

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By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, August 16, 2019 (PW) — Living on leftovers is more than hunger alleviation but then it’s way to escape immediate death due to lack of food. Still the dilemma is, is life on the streets attractive and by choice? What are the factors lead to it?It’s believed thatevery life has variety of immeasurable contributing factors, either in degrees or by nature. The street kids, for instance, might have had dissimilar backgrounds but with common truth. They are part of citizenry who are said to have never had a chance to enjoy dividends others have in life. The lone hunger epidemics affected them at premature age, and the delicate hope is understood to be what keeps them up to the next days, though evidence suggests that their lives is full of chronic and continuous problems required undivided attention. Also, their future is covered with gloomy choices believed to have darkened their lifetime page. Conversely, viewers with correctable minds felt an urgent action is required to address problems of abandoned street kids wandering in Juba City and around the country.

This contribution attempts to share mixed voices produced through interviews held with street kids and interpretation reached is based on information obtained and considered to have exposed reality.

Street Kids as Less Humans

Factors affecting street kids relates to neglectful reality in the hands of authority concerned. The state’s failure to provide proper plan to help put an overhaul on outraging growing of street children is disturbing truth. As situation coerced, the vulnerable children aligned their feelings to being less humans. Abject life with no clear necessitated needs where streets are their comfort homes, picking thrown away leftovers as survival tips are strong indicators to the claim. The inescapable obscure life begs on two terms—albino and alien… which their ambitious minds claim to be associated with. 

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Thought for today: Family and the revolution in South Sudan

Posted: August 15, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Thought for today: family is the smallest political unit in a society and the stability of a society is directly related to the stability of the families which constitute that society. The social ills which plague our society today are an indication that we have a serious crisis at the family level. It is important for us to take a critical look at how we have defined family as a people and whether this definition is still relevant to our contemporary realities. There is no one definition of “family, even Sociologists don’t agree on a single definition. The “family” being a social imstitution, will have as many definitions as there are societies. The family is the primary institution through which the individual is socialized by the culture and “family” will be defined according to the cultural values of the particular society. The people who live within the territorial boundaries of what is today the Republic of South Sudan are a historical peoples, we share with other peoples of the Nile Valley the rich history and cultural heritage of the first civilization known to humanity according to historical and archaeological records. The fact that these ancient cultures were founded by black Africans – which is an oxymoron – is incontrovertible and the records are available for those who are willing to do the research. One only need consult the works of Herodotus, who was a contemporary of the ancient peoples of the Nile Valley, Gerald Massey, a 19th century poet and wtiter , Cheik Anta Diop and many others.

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The Freedom Fighter: Remembering General Chagai Atem Biar

Posted: August 13, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Remembering General Chagai Atem Biar

By Atem Yaak Atem, Australia

Comrade Salva Kiir, Comrade Kerubino Kuanyin and Comrade Chagai Atem Biar at the founding of the SPLM/SPLA in 1983 - photo by Comrade Atem Yaak Atem

1. Chagai the freedom fighter

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (PW) — For most young people the phrase “freedom fighter” may be a general expression but in the 1960s it stood for an armed Anya Nya soldier or someone who stood in solidarity with the cause the Anya Nya guerrilla movement was fighting for. The cause, of course, was justice and freedom for the people of what is today the Republic of South Sudan.

Anya Nya had a network of its members within cities and towns across Southern Sudan. Those members and supporters carried out secret activities such as information gathering and dissemination; establishment of secret cells; recruitment; mobilisation of resources particularly funds, medicines, clothes and when possible, ammunition. Anya Nya agents operating in towns, and who were known as scouts, were the main links with Anya Nya bases in the bushes and rural areas of Southern Sudan.

Those underground operations carried high risks for those involved in them. In most cases those caught in the act were summarily killed by government security agents; very few suspects accused of collaboration with the rebels, officially known to the Government of Sudan as outlaws, were ever arrested and taken to courts of law.

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By Lucy Ayak Malek, Juba, South Sudan

Sunday, August 11, 2019 (PW) — When my name was first publicly announced to the world, it was out of the unfortunate situation I was facing, with my husband incarcerated under unclear circumstances. Out of desperation, I sought a listening ear from all corners of society, as a wife who was scared for her husband’s life and wellbeing. Amidst all kinds of contention, the President finally agreed and set my husband free and allowed him to seek the medical help he needed. It was kind of him.

It’s my understanding that upon his release, he was asked to make a pledge that he would not engage in subversive activities against the government in Juba. However, as you all know, a few weeks after his release, the formation of the South Sudan United Front was announced and led by my husband.

Since I was not privy to the mutual understanding between my husband and the government in Juba, I cannot authoritatively comment on the issue about the reassurances he gave to His Excellency, the President and his change of heart that followed.

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We are “Karo People” not “Bari Speakers”!

KARO LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE: DECLARATION OF THE KARO PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN

We, the natives of six communities of Central Equatoria State in the Republic of South Sudan, namely; Bari, Kakwa, Kuku, Mundari, Nyangwara and Pojulu;

Mindful of our common origin, heritage, custom, language, affinity and coexistence from creation;

United in our belief that despite the different anthropological naming, which we found ourselves inheriting as a result of different factors and influences, such as getting to be known as tribes;

Aware that we belong to the same ancestry, geographical origin and history, and bonded together by common identity and social ties;

Cognizant that unity and bonding of a people is their strength and a means of survival;

Appreciating that a common name creates a common identity and awakens a realization of a sense of oneness and affinity;

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Taban Deng Ghai and President Kiir, Juba, Dec 22 2015

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 (PW) — The R-ARCISS was inked last year in Khartoum under the auspices of the ousted Sudanese President. The agreement provided that there shall be five VPs including the FVP to constitute a collegial Presidency for the transitional period which commences once a unified security forces are put in place. The Mechanisms are now working on these modalities though behind schedule but on course.

It is clearly stipulated in sub-article 1.5.1.2 that The Chairman of the SPLMIO Dr Riek Machar Teny shall assume the position of the FVP.  One to be nominated by the FDs and must be a woman. One to be nominated by SSOA.  In the incumbent TGONU, one of the two VPs is from Upper Nile and the other is from Equatoria respectively as per the August 2015 ARCISS now being revitalized. 

For those who have read the R-ARCISS, they will agree with me that it spoke about the reconstitution and expansion of the National Parliament, Councils of States, Cabinet ministers and reforms within the security sector plus all the institutions within the Republic of South Sudan. 

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By Malith Alier, Sydney, Australia

Sunday, August 4, 2019 (PW) — It’s really exciting to be carried shoulders high in traditional style! That was the treatment the newly appointed governor of Jonglei State, Hon. Maker Thiong Maal received from Aliap wrestlers in Bor Town two weeks ago. Hon. Maker was seen waving a traditional stick, Yuaai, in the air full of self belief.

Until 2015, Jonglei was the largest state in South Sudan. The republican order 36/2015 altered that status forever. Jonglei was subdivided into four states; Jonglei, Boma, Fangak, and Akobo. Order 36/2015 is still being contested by opposing sides as we speak.

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