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By Malith Jongkuch Kur, Ontario, Canada

salva kiir and taban deng

a jovial Preisdent Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

July 29, 2016 (SSB) —- The appointment of Mr. Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan will enhance a search for peace. His commitment to cooperate with President Kiir to implement the agreement has struck an accord with all South Sudanese except a handful of Machar’s supporters. Gai’s elevation to the position of first vice president is a dawn of a new era of a peaceful political discussion in South Sudan. He is an agent of peace.

But the opposition to the appointment of Mr Gai that Mr Machar and his supporters have expressed is insignificant because Machar has already shown that he is incapable of working for peace. Instead of working with President Kiir to rescue South Sudanese from the despicable suffering because of this unnecessary war, he was busy orchestrating his third attempt to seize power illegally. As a result, he does not stand for peace in South Sudan.


By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan


Know thy enemy: The problem of South Sudan

July 29, 2016 (SSB) — The Republic of South Sudan is a nation known for its civil wars. Others may say tribal differences, still more, power greed struggle, and far beyond, ignorance of law and order. Factors make it difficult for South Sudan to coexist are many. But given the current situation and the move attempted by the government of national unity or transitional government, one may find that the South Sudanese problems are minor in their own views because they are capable to handle them.

They become larger and dangerous in the views of friends who reasons in their ways. This choice is a step toward peaceful ends which friends and oppositions for this country may take with urgency of acceptance.

A brother with a brother involved in a situation which led to a circumstantial disagreement and they have now consoled and found it unnecessary to have disagreed in the first place, and decided to open window of brotherhood again, and even if the third party was called in to help put their misunderstandings under control, which was forced on them, different terms were used and time was set which created long procedures to arrive at healing bay.


Men of the media, ladies of the press, welcome to Laico Regency, Nairobi, Kenya

fighting in juba

fighting in juba, 2013, 2016

July 28, 2016 (SSB) — The South Sudanese Diaspora Association in Kenya (SSDAK) would with deep sorrow like to express her profound belated condolences to the bereaved families, relatives and friends of the recently butchered South Sudanese in Raja, Wau, Yambio, Torit and Juba.

It is the prayer of this Association that Almighty God rest the souls of the deceased in eternal peace. However, the series of coordinated attacks by the enemies of peace have created very despicable state of the affairs. It is regrettable that a nation as young as South Sudan gets plunged into a deep war of dismal consequences such as mass murder and the continuous displacement in just two years after her independence.


By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan


The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba

From the disinterested point of view, Gen Taban Deng Gai is better alternative to Dr Riek Machar  for the  everlasting peace in South Sudan on the following 10 reasons

  1. Gen Taban Deng has clean record in the history of liberation struggle from 1983-2005 unlike Riek Machar who have had bad records for rebelling in 1991, 2013 and 2016 respectively.
  2. Gen Taban has no problem with anyone unlike Riek Machar who seem to have problem with everyone
  3. Gen Taban has no bad relationship with President Kiir, unlike Riek whose degree of hatred between Kiir and him is major concern. Here, we are not surest of who hate who the most, between the two.


President Salva Kiir appoints former minister of roads and transport, Anthony Lino Makana, as the new speaker of the transitional national assembly

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In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Riek Machar says he is “around Juba” and he is still first VP of South Sudan.

A response to Mr. Princeton Lyman, who proposed that South Sudan be put on a life support and AU-IGAD-UN plan for an intervention force in South Sudan

By Mariak Chol Majok, Kampala, Uganda

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July 27, 2016 (SSB) — First and foremost, let me take this golden opportunity to salute the mighty SPLA for repulsing the enemies of peace that tried to take us back to the dark days of 2013 and for maintaining the law and order, around Juba and its suburbs and ensuring that life comes to normalcy. I also thank the South Sudanese from all walks of life-both at home and Diaspora and on the social media for coming out in large numbers to demonstrate against the proposed plan to deploy the regional force to act as a buffer zone-something ambiguous in nature and in its entirety, isn’t it?

On the other hand, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of those killed in the recent Juba fighting. May their souls rest in perfect and eternal peace. As you have seen that article has been trending on the social media for the past few days and it was being protested by majority of our compatriots, I hereby also add my voice as a concerned citizen of South Sudan.

First of all, Mr. Lyman should first weigh and analyze the repercussions that emanated from this so-called UN Trusteeship in the countries this rule was used.  This was impromptu in nature and it doesn’t add up to any drastic measure and serendipity meant to abate the ongoing crisis that has devastatingly crippled country’s hopes for a prosperous nation. Perhaps the article was meant to fulfill the western malicious interests in African countries and South Sudan in this particular case.


By John Adoor Deng, Australia

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July 27, 2016 (SSB) — Having read through the lines, in and out, about the current conflict in South Sudan, I have come to the conclusion that at least the best way out of this serious situation is for Dr. Riek Machar Teny to sacrificed his political ambition and temporarily quit politics altogether. This may sound odd to many hardliners on both sides of the political Arena especially the IO supporters and presumably the FDs whose lifeline depends on IO victory.

The following paragraphs shall illustrate why I came to this conclusion. Indeed after thorough debates in my mind and after having seen and read the trends on which the conflict continues to turns each day in South Sudan. The following elucidations helped inform my inherent conclusions:

Firstly, the war is unwinnable in all aspects especially on the side of SPLA/M-IO and to some extent on the SPLA/M- IG as well. It is a baseless war, aims to achieve nothing but to notoriously kills, maim civilians, destroy properties and robbed generations once again from gaining literacy and early childhood education. Previously, we have lost generations into extreme illiteracy in civil wars; the war kills education opportunities, destroy infrastructure and germinate obnoxious hatred and mistrusts among the elite themselves.


“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks” Arthur Miller

By Wilson Mading Koch, Juba, South Sudan

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July 27, 2016 (SSB) — First and foremost my heartfelt condolences to all the families of South Sudanese who lost their loved ones during the recent senseless clashes in Juba and around the country. May the Almighty God Rest their souls in eternal Peace!

SPLM/IO in the last few days is facing an uphill task as cracks emerged within its ranks and files, the captain is missing and stories of conspiracy and betrayal are streaming the media and out in the public domain. As they say, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, quakes like a duck, it is a duck.

Taban for all I know has done exactly what he knows best, jumping ship at the most available opportunity. If he is doing it in the interest of peace fair enough, but how many times has Taban switched sides, so that this time he could say he has had enough?


I would like to recommend this book to Dr. Majak D’agoot Atem to read: Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror (New Approaches to African History) Paperback – May 23, 2013)

By Kocrup Makuach Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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July 27, 2016 (SSB) — One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart- intelligence and goodness- shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature. Neither is this that one must be a philosopher ora possessor of extensive academic training before he can achieve the good life.

I know people like Dr. Majak Agoot, of limited formal training who have amazing intelligence and foresight. The call for intelligence is a call for open mindedness, sound judgment, and love for truth. It is a call for men to rise above the stagnation of closed -mindedness and the paralysis of gullibility. One does not need to be a profound scholar to be open minded, nor a keen academician to engage in an assiduous pursuit for truth in South Sudan.

A couple of days ago, I was dumbfounded to watch Dr. Majak Agoot’s interview live on American TV in US, proposing a Foreign Military intervention which is purely for a regime change.  Do you think will rule South Sudan when Kiir is gone?


By Dr. Remember Miamingi

July 26, 2016 (SSB) — The First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Commander –in- Chief of the SPLA – IO has not been seen in public since his resident was allegedly bombarded during the conflict that took place in Juba, the Capital city of South Sudan from 5 – 11 July 2016. His mysterious disappearance has created a political vacuum and threatens the stability and viability of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

The Agreement that established the TGoNU provides for a collegial Presidency wherein vital decisions are taken by consensus through consultation. As a result, his prolonged absence could paralyze the functions of the Government.

To fill the vacuum left by the disappearance of the 1st Vice President, a group of IO members in Juba met and purported to nominate Taban Deng Gai as the 1st Vice President and by implication the Chairman and C-in-C of the SPLA –IO. This nomination has received mixed reactions of commendation and condemnation.


By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Dear Editor,

July 26, 2016 (SSB) — The Editor in Chief of Juba Monitor, Mr. Alfred Taban is smiling in his cell after hearing the removal of one of the Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA) protagonists, Dr. Riek Machar from his position as First Vice President.

Alfred was thrown behind bars after publishing an Editorial demanding removal of Kiir and Riek from their positions because he was convinced the two men cannot work together anymore.

Now that Riek Machar is removed and replaced by his party from his position, it does not serve any purpose to continue detaining Alfred – his wish was partially fulfilled.

Remember this Kiswahili saying, “aliyejuu mgojia chini” translated; the one who was raised up coming down waits for him.


Standing for sovereignty of your own country or you sacrifices it to foreigners? The Case of handing over South Sudan to UN Trusteeship

By Mangong Mawien Madut, Kampala, Uganda

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July 26, 2016 (SSB) — The political advocacy on handing over South Sudan to UN trusteeship is no longer confidential. Interested people are making officially in various media outlets. Few of our countryman like, Pagan Amum and rest who didn’t show up publicly advocated for taking over of South Sudan by UN.

This political approach taken and applied by Pagan Amum and rest of South Sudanese public figures lobbying secretly for UN Trusteeship to take over is more of abuse of sovereignty of Republic of South Sudan as a State, political authority and her people as well. Under the concept of sovereignty, no state has the authority to another state how to control its internal affairs. Sovereignty gives absolute rights unless there are considerable circumstances of failure.


The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan to replace Dr. Riek Machar Teny, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba, South Sudan

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President Salva Kiir’s remarks during the swearing in ceremony of First Vice President Taban Deng Ghai, July 26, 2016

“Nobody chased Dr Riek Machar away. He left his chair alone. He illustrated that if you embrace a child who keeps on biting you, what do you do? You definitely throw that child away. Dr Riek wanted to kill me but he did not get the chance to do so. I gave him my bullet proof car and he ran away with it the same way he went to Nasir with my Land cruiser and declared the coup. I signed the agreement because it was imposed on me. He told Taban and his group to go out and tell the Chairperson that what you did is right for him to go and tell his colleagues in the region and the world. Dr Riek has been calling for intervention force to create a buffer zone, what for? There is a misconception that Juba is at war. If they come, we will consider that as an invading force. Let me assure all of you we did not intend to target anybody even those two Chinese killed. Behaviors of individuals should not be counted on the government. This is common all over the world. Let implement the agreement so that we don’t disappoint those already disappointed. I wish you Taban Good Luck.I will cooperate with you. Thank You.”

Video posted on Jul 25, 2016: The African Union has refused to backtrack on decisions made at the Kigali summit earlier this month. It is determined to send in a regional protection force to South Sudan. The AU says the deployment is in the best interests of the people of South Sudan.

By HON AROP MADUT AROP (MP), Juba, South Sudan

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July 26, 2016 (SSB) — In part one of my previous article, I discussed briefly, the need for south Sudanese to reorganise themselves politically and ideologically. The first article discussed, also urged South Sudanese politicians to find a rallying point, a factor that will bring all their amalgam of nationalities together, as we move our young country forward to progress and prosperity. In this second part of my article, as food for thought, I will discuss two other factors as food for thought for our politicians; the new and the old. The first section of the article is urging politicians to avoid schism and bickering in their political parties. This is because of the negative impact the political bickering and schism bring to bear on the people they intend to lead.

The second section will also discuss two detrimental cultures in our society of: an injury to one is an injury to all and revenge killing. As promised in my previous article, I am making this piece again as food for thought to political party leaders in the hope that they will be incensed and desist from causing violence among members of their society through bickering and schism; as the sufferers caused by their political disenchantment and wrangling on both sides in the political spectrum are their innocent voters who would vote them into power in any future general elections. Below we discuss two sections, political Bickering and its implications and the culture of unwarranted collective fights as well as revenge killing which have been stemmed out in many civilised countries of the world.


By Mark Francis, Canada

Press Release: University of Northern Bahr El Ghazal "Opens for Business"

July 25, 2016 (SSB) — The mainline western media, generally left wing, has been preoccupied with a small portion of those Britons who voted Brexit, seeking to condemn all Brexit voters with charges of racism by using code words.

In actual fact, most of those who voted Brexit did so on solid philosophical grounds, and a key point was that under EU subjugation, Britain could not seek out trade deals with, for example, Canada, India or African nations.

The game was stacked against Britain, which was running a $100 billion trade deficit with the rest of Europe.  Worse, Britain’s future was instead bound tightly to a manically politically correct flotilla bent on heading for the rocks.


Riek vs Taban

The battle over the SPLM-IO leadership


President Kiir officially receives nomination of Taban Deng Ghai as the new 1st vice president of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU)

From Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Juba, South Sudan

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July 25, 2016 (SSB) — A Presidential Decree will be issued today July 25, 2016, by His Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, relieving His Excellency Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and then appointing His Excellency General Taban Deng Gai, as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. The Presidential Decree will be read on SSBC at 8:00 PM Juba Time.


South Sudan: Another US Foreign Policy Fiasco in Africa

By Stephen Par Kuol, Nairobi, Kenya

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July 25, 2016 (SSB) — Practiced diplomats and students of international relations would contend that there is no single country on earth whose foreign policy has more successes than failures, and that certainly includes the United States, which by nature of its role in the world takes on the most daunting diplomatic challenges. Success or failure in Foreign Service often depends on the resources capacity (human and material) of the nation in question. The stark irony in the case of the United States is that it has a huge leverage over others in term of material and human resource capacity but its diplomatic performance leaves a lot to be desired.

The diplomatic history of United States is littered with costly foreign policy failures with far reaching and dire consequences. The United States Foreign Policy after World War II often failed to accomplish its objective and produced counter-productive results. From Vietnam to Angola, Korea, and Afghanistan, the Americans either prescribed wrong solution or failed to study the grime nature of the problem at hand. During the cold war, the United States foreign policy was guided by cold war against communism. As that receded, the United States confronted global terrorism. This war does not recede; it grows and as it grows, the United States is getting it wrong every day.