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Our government should address the matter of blameless butchery of people on Juba, Nimule and Yei road as major priority to grasp the killers

By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

September 15, 2016 (SSB) —- First and foremost, I would like to convey condolence to the families who lost their beloved people to unknown gunmen especially those who were innocently killed on Nimule, Juba, kaya, Yei and Juba, Yei road without reason let their soul rest in peace. I also thank my fellow South Sudanese people for being honest and concession during this crisis and maintain their spirit of nationalism without protesting calling for help from international community.

Although they cover a lot of challenges such as hunger problem and insecurity matter, they citizen remain supportive to government especially those suffering in Yei county, Yei River state (Central Equatoria) who are actually lock inside the den of hunger without any help from any institution their suffering is unfold policy of rebellion in the region.

In this analysis you will understand, who is responsible for citizen’s well-being and properties protection in the country? This question will help you understand where there is problem in this nation. We know very well that citizens are basically protected by government from external and internal conflict. Also government makes provision of basic needs to all citizens across the country to make sure that their basic needs such as provision of enough food, health and education facilities are well constructed across the nation.

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By Peter Biar Ajak, London, UK

September 14, 2016 (SSB) —- Let’s all acknowledge that our country has a massive problem with corruption. Not only is corruption fueling violence, but it is a disease that is entrenching South Sudan in failure. As such, any efforts aimed are curbing it are in order and should be appreciated. As such, Sentry’s attempt should be welcome, although it should be taken with a barrel of salt. It should not appear as if I am denying the existence of corruption. In fact, corruption is a serious problem in our country. The collapse of Nile Commercial Bank, the dura saga, the Crisis Management Committee are evidence of the scale of the problem.

But with this said, it doesn’t mean that we should just take any shoddy work put out there at face value. Doing so would even undermine the genuine efforts aimed at fighting corruption. While there are serious issues with the methodology of the Sentry’s report, I have no interest to dwell on that part. My point is that the report failed to do what it set out to do. It was supposed to link corruption to the ongoing violence, with focus on periods 2013-2016.

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Under the new 28 states political dispensation, Jonglei state has been divided into 14 counties—8 for Bor, 3 for Twic East and 3 for Duk. The 14 County Commissioners will be announced on Thursday or Friday, this week.

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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September 14, 2016 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei State H.E. Philip Aguer Panyang Jot said 14 county commissioners will be appointed this week. The governor welcomes the fourteen counties earnestly saying the wishes of the Bor community shall be implemented if they are contented.

Governor Philip made the remarks on his arrival after visiting presidency and South Sudan council of states after proposal for the 11 counties by surprise become 14 in a document signed by the president of the Republic Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit plausibly suggested by the council of states.

Bor County had earlier asked for 5 counties which eventually become 8 counties meanwhile Duk and Twic East share three counties respectively.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

New Sudan Vision-John Garang

THE 6TH-12TH SEPTEMBER 1991 TORIT RESOLUTIONS: SOLUTION MODALITIES IN THE SUDAN CONFLICT AS ENVISAGED THROUGH DR. JOHN GARANG’S VISION OF THE NEW SUDAN

September 14, 2016 (SSB) —- In part one of these notes on the topic under consideration I argued that it was time for SPLM-North to start packing up its guns and prepare for the political phase of their revolution. From the responses I got, there was strong disagreement from those gentlemen who strongly believe in the illusions of conquering Khartoum as the only end to a successful “armed struggle” in Sudan.  Surely, disagreement is naturally expected in all such dialogues between those engaged in intellectual discourse involving the pursuit of social, economic and political justice, whether as leaders, followers, or mere subjects.

Those who strongly disagreed with the new policy statement carried to Khartoum by First VP Taban called it betrayal and surrender. They believed in the adage that when the goings get tough the tough gets going. In other words, South Sudan should continue to indulge in the affairs of Sudan because those affairs were part and parcel of the bigger revolutionary armed struggle which gave birth to our currently bleeding Republic.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

September 14, 2016 (SSB) — My simple advise to the President’s press secretary, Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny and those who feel legal action should be taken against Enough Project is to lower their tempers and approach the matter with moral clarity. First, if our leaders’ lawyers intend to sue the Sentry on its report, the first question should be what rights have been infringed?

If it’s defamation which damage ones reputation in the judgment of reasonable members of the public, the potential plaintiffs will be required by the court to prove four elements; firstly, whether the accusations refer to the plaintiffs (the leaders accused); Secondly, whether the matter has been published; thirdly, whether the reputations of the leaders have been injured; and fourthly, whether the accusations made by enough project is false.

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By John Deng Ateny, Perth, Western Australia

September 14, 2016 (SSB) — Hydraulic fracturing, paired with directional drilling method, has revitalised the economic exploitation of oil and gas from previously inaccessible geological formations. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a process by which fluids and other chemicals are injected under high pressure into oil or gas-bearing rock formation in order to open fractures to create paths for oil and gas to flow. The process unlock the once inaccessible oil and gases into economically viable reserve.

Hydraulic fracturing is not conventional exploration technique. However, the rise in oil and gas consumption and technological advancement has led to new and controversial exploration methods including Hydraulic Fracturing. Conversely, hydraulic fracturing has liberated oil and gas previously locked away in shale and in hard impermeable rocks. It has increased the economic viability of unlock liquid and gas petroleum that are trapped in deep underground geological formations.

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THE SENTRY’S REPORT ON CORRUPTION IN SOUTH SUDAN
Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 14, 2016

The United States welcomes The Sentry’s report chronicling public corruption among South Sudan’s leaders, including President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.

The track record of corruption in South Sudan is extensive – including abuse of preferential access to foreign currency, theft of state assets, and corruption in contracting and procurement. While corruption is harmful in any part of the world, it is especially appalling in a country on the verge of famine and struggling to build a government after only five years of independence. We and other partners have consistently made clear to South Sudanese leaders that they must implement reforms to fight corruption and increase the transparency of public finances, as part of implementing the peace agreement.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

September 13, 2016 (SSB) –— This report is a dancing balloon at the roadside.  Our leaders are corrupt, yes, but it is outside mandate, and responsibility of the west people. Why western nations spearheading political game and dirty politics against our leaders?  Why always west to decide our fate, are we not human?

Unfortunately, the drivers of south Sudan since have seen two months has gone peacefully without problems, particularly in Juba and they want on creating havocs by insulting leaders especially head of state and South Sudan leadership or the nation is keeping quite. It is unbearable; you can’t sleep if you know important of a nation and its sovereignty.

This is totally an abuse to the people and the nation of South Sudan. What of course this agent report is absolutely an abuse. The Sentry thinks if Kiir have houses in Kenya, and Luri, then he has looted national resources. In Dinka community, there are people with thousands of heads of cattle which Kiir as president of South Sudan never have. This statement angers me. I am totally tired of our leaders who always allow the west to exploit on us and caused us public unrest throughout their willingness of our resources.

I am not happy with South Sudan leaders the way they are managing issues of the nation and interest of destroyers. Why they don’t take action? Why South Sudan leaders failed to quit from the West politics and seek other solutions? In South Sudanese they don’t have spirit of nationalism: our president to be insulted. Is it Khawaja to change my president in leadership or me/us to change him through ballots?

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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South Sudanese youngsters, proudly showing off their natural, God-given skin.

September 13, 2016 (SSB) — The Community Development Network Forum CDNF has trained cholera awareness campaign social moblizers in Bor. 15 community social mobilizers were trained on Preventive measures such as improved sanitation and access to clean water.

Cholera is caused by a number of types of Vibrio cholera, with some types producing more severe disease than others. It is spread mostly by water and food that has been contaminated with human feces containing the bacteria. Insufficiently cooked seafood is a common source. Risk factors for the disease include poor sanitation, not enough clean drinking water, and poverty.

Jacob Chol Tor is the Community Development Network Forum (CDNF) program director. He said transmission is usually through the fecal-oral route of contaminated food or water caused by poor sanitation.

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By King David, Juba, South Sudan

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

September 12, 2016 (SSB) — The killing on the Juba – Nimule road last week was unacceptable. It was an act of terrorism and those who participated must know that they are indeed fighting a wrong war on the wrong people. If you are armed with an AK47 or any other military weapon and you kill a person unarmed, you are fighting a wrong person. Your enemy is completely not the unarmed man or woman travelling on the road. On the contrary, your enemy is in the military barrack.

From my past experiences with the SPLA war of liberation, I have come to learn that real armed men travel for days and even months avoiding civilians’ homes in order to confront their real enemy who are also armed in order to face them directly. They don’t hid alongside highways to shoot at innocent persons.

Real men fighting a just war always have objectives of their assaults. They test their military ability by fighting other armed men like them. And when they win against other armed men, they always take pride in their victory. I am now wandering, what could be the celebration of those who killed vulnerable unarmed civilians who could not protect themselves on the Juba – Nimule road. It is just meaningless and act of terrorism, I repeat.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

jmec, troika cartoon

September 12, 2016 (SSB) — Who is a JMEC? The origin of JMEC signifying many names for its specific roles, mandates, duties and responsibilities, and other JMECs distinct from JMEC in South Sudan. In Japan, the JMEC obtained its source as “The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a business training program in Tokyo centered on a business plan writing competition that starts November 5th.  And in India, “JMEC is to build on a foundation on the skills of accomplished Indian Technocrats, Managers, Industrial Professionals, Trainers and Educators. The goal is for the youth of India to utilize modern methods of training and technology to excel in industrial and vocational areas that are desperately needed in the country”.

In South Sudan, JMEC is a Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, (JMEC), for the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. The JMEC is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the Agreement and the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU, including the adherence of the Parties to the agreed timelines and implementation schedule. In case of non-implementation of the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU, or other serious deficiencies, the JMEC shall recommend appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU.

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South Sudan has plunged into civil war, economic collapse, and creeping international isolation. The country’s elites have built a kleptocratic regime that controls all sectors of the economy, and have squandered a historic chance for the development of a functional state.

Editor: Of the 75 mafias, The Sentry Investigative Report only succeeded to unmask 6 individuals: Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, plus four top generals on gov’t side: Paul Malong, James Hoth, Malek Ruben, and Jok Riak. No one else from the SPLM-IO nor any from G-10. Nonetheless, there are some humorous occasions in the report, like when one finds sons of Salva Kiir listing their profession/occupation as “Son of the President” and another Madam listing her occupation as “wife of the governor”. Find out and enroll quickly if and when Juba University is offering those professional studies folks. And then this: “Road construction and vehicle imports are among the greatest sources of budget overruns. In the 2012-2013 budget period, the Ministry of Roads and Bridges overspent its budget by 1513%.” Breaking news: no tarmacked road in South Sudan for the overspent budget.

Deng BolTHE SENTRY REPORT SUMMARY

1) WHAT THE SENTRY PROMISED US: To disrupt and ultimately dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from South Sudan’s war since 2013.
2) WHAT WE EXPECTED FROM THE SENTRY REPORT: That Mr. X withdrew USD 5 Million from Y Bank operated by the Government of South Sudan to buy War Weapons from Country Z, Paid Mr. X USD 2, Million and that Mr. X stole and deposited the balance of USD 3 Million into Z Bank with account details….
3) WHAT WE READ FROM THE REPORT: That certain individuals own homes they can’t afford, because their salaries are very low, that they are engaged in businesses with foreigners, and that happen to be government and military officials and that their spouses, children and relatives have been living comfortably and bragging about it on Facebook and Instagram.

Click the link and read the PDF document: sentry-report-on-corrupt-in-south-sudan-the-top-corrupt-leaders-of-south-sudan

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By John Deng Ateny, Perth, Western Australia

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

September 10, 2016 (SSB) — Natural Resources are geological occurrence under earth crust with intrinsic economic interest. After extensive exploration, these occurrences may be converted to measured or indicated Ore or Petroleum Reserve that can be exploited for economic benefits.

Resources exploitation comes with huge responsibilities; they must be extracted to equitably satisfy the need of the present generation as well as that of the future generations. In addition, natural resources must be exploited responsibly, their extraction must not be detrimental to the environment. Since the middle of twentieth century, the environmental campaign, scientific research and the resource related literature prompted strong legislation in industrialised world.

Unless the local communities are engaged and supportive of oil/mineral production in the area, opposition and confrontation may ensue. Oil Corporation needs ‘social licence to operate’. Close engagement of the local community is vital to the successful mining or petroleum extraction. The main stakeholders in sustainable resource extraction are local community, national, state and local governments and the oil/mining firms. The three stakeholders must be consulted and included in all level of decision making. The downside of the resource endowment must be responsibly managed and well legislated in order to enjoy the benefits it brings.

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By Ring Mayar, Canberra, Australia

dating and marriage

September 10, 2016 (SSB) — It is the greatest of all clichés to argue that South Sudan social demographic is shifting. It is a bit hard to talk about contemporary South Sudan without mentioning the changes, but it is possible to resist the widespread temptation to assume that change inevitably means social segregation.

South Susan social demographic shifts point to radical change, and some of them ( like the high and rising rate of civil war deaths, the record level of young people with mental health disabilities in major town, particularly in Juba, and massive unemployment in the country) are a bit hard to interpret the situation other than a negative way.

Every social upheaval tells a story and some of South Sudan most dramatic social shift tell quiet complex stories. South Sudan major tribes are experiencing lowest-ever birth-rate and lowest marriage rate for two decades. Combine with high dowry rate ( my bias instinct tell me that 60% of contemporary young people of Dinka and Nuer are destined to marry outside their clan or tribes) that means the Dinka and Nuer institutions of marriage and the family will undergo significant change.

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A Transitional International Administration for South Sudan

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By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia

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September 10, 2016 (SSB) — On 25th July 2016, my 5- year-old daughter started school in a Catholic school in our suburb. So, sometimes her mum drive her to and pick her up from school. I also do the same when I am free. On the 5th of September, I drove to her school at 2-50 p.m. to pick her up because the school closes at 3p.m. I parked my car in the parents/guardians’ carpark and I strolled into the school compound. I geared towards my daughter’s classroom.

I was looking forward to watch 10 minutes crawl into the last minute and into last seconds  before the bell goes off. I burst into children playground. It was a casual day so all children were not wearing uniforms. Children were running and playing around. Some were skipping, some were gathering in their classrooms’ corners, playing computer games on laptops and others were playing soccer.

So, I just didn’t pay attention to their different games I continued toward the waiting area. On my way, two little girls of about 8-9 years old ran towards me. The little girl, the offensive one was a biracial of Asian and Caucasian grounds; she was running ahead of the other little girl. The offensive one was wearing a white, almost light creamy dress, the sort of a dress worn by flower-girls in weddings.

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By Brig. Gen. John Sunday Martin

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Preface

September 10, 2016 (SSB) —- Every civil strives are caused by lack of peace, and we cannot think of bringing an end to civil strife without bringing meaningful peace for those starving for Peace, like in a situation of South Sudan. Peace is fundamental rights which lay strong ground for the 2013 conflicts and it remains the main reasons for us today as members of the revolutionary movement under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar. It is most unfortunately that, many, including International Community who are the custodian of the Agreement on the Resolution of the conflicts in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), that was signed between SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO in August 16 and 26, 2015failed to understand that SPLM-IO is peaceful movement that focuses on addressing sociopolitical challenges south Sudanese are facing under the SPLM-IG.

Therefore, if we were, and still in state of civil strives as South Sudan against the regime of our own; it is because we hold on just believe of our rights to defend both our collective and individual rights – which SPLM-IG is unable to uphold for the last three decades. These are rights to the freedom from marginalization and domination, injustice and persecution, dictatorship and corruption as well rights for decent life and self-determinations, etc.

We need peace and because of our starvations for peace, we have to get into state of destabilizations first, in order to get stability. In this regard, we are not fighting because we need war, but because we need peace, and if we have any means to reach peace without war, then that means cannot be avoided at any cost – but this means still seem unveiled even by the so called Compromised Peace Agreement that IGAD-Plus has tried to impose on people of South Sudan, that resulted into difficulties in the implementation of the agreement, and another crisis in June 2016.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

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Commander Pagan Amum Okiech, with Chairman Dr. John Garang and Commander Yasir Said Arman, Rumbek Senior, 2003

September 9, 2016 (SSB) — In his last trip to Khartoum the First Vice President, H.E. Taban Deng Gai, made it clear that South Sudan had decided to cease support to all armed elements that were currently fighting against Khartoum. He stated that he expected similar reciprocation from Khartoum. His (1st VP’s) policy statement must have pleasingly shocked Khartoum which had no option but to welcome it and hope that it represented the true intentions of the string-pullers back Juba. They went ahead with their own goodwill gestures such as taking concrete steps towards operationalizing the four freedoms agreement between the two countries as-well-as agreeing on a joint border patrol agreement.

At the backdrop of FVP’s policy statement laid a vicious civil war in his country and a protracted conflict in the New Southern Sudan (Angasana and Kurdufan) and western region of Darfur. The consequences of the civil war in both countries are evident in terms of massive deaths and human flight, both within and across their joint and international borders. Refugees are fleeing to South Sudan from Sudan continued to be in their hundreds of thousands. The reverse is also true. Hundreds of thousands are also fleeing from the southern border into Sudan.

To all intents and purposes, the two countries have established themselves to be sources of refugees who are fleeing oppression perpetrated against them by various forces, whether directly by armed elements and allied militias or indirectly through impunity.  As a result, the two countries seem to be competing in international circles for the description of ‘rogue state’ where known and unknown gunmen as-well-as banditry and rebellions against both capitals have become the norms. Whether it is rape cases in Darfur or anywhere across the border in South Sudan, innocent civilians have continued to be on the receiving ends of untold atrocities.

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“Do not think of what you’d do to your tribe but think of what you’d do to your Country”

By Duluma SK’Maker, Juba, South Sudan

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September 9, 2016 (SSB) — The phenomenon of state collapse in extreme cases have increasingly been fueled by the emergence of the politics of ethnic loyalty and regional identity. The rise of ethnic politics may have wide-ranging consequences as well as putting nation building stake. In many cases, this is subsequently exacerbated by the attempt of major ethnic groups to consolidate their dominance under the guise of nation building. Such tensions for instance, resulted in the Biafra war in Nigeria, the resort to terrorism by Christian Tamils in Sri Lanka, Tutsi and Hutus war that resulted in 1994 Rwanda genocide, and the recent case of South Sudan etc.

Although ethnics’ rivalries resulted in a legacy of bitterness and resentment, it remains as a vehicle for political liberation in most countries. For instance, the then Southern Sudan liberation wars against the successive Islamic Khartoum-based regimes started on ethnic basis. In the then Sudan, the African-Christians in the Southern region were united along racial and religious identities and the hatred towards the common enemy which provided a means of confronting a dominant Arab-Muslims culture and minority led government in the Northern region.

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Press statement the Kuocgoor Diaspora Community Global Leadership Union (KDCGLU)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 9, 2016 (SSB) — The Kuocgoor Diaspora Community Global Leadership Union (KDCGLU) is taking this ultimate opportunity to express the communal views of the Kuocgoor over the issue pertaining to the controversial Kuel-Mol-Piny Distribution of the two counties, which has sparked the sporadic dissatisfaction and outrageous disappointment among the vast majority of Kuocgoor globally.

The Kuocgoor Diaspora General Assembly and her leadership in both diaspora and Homeland declared the resolutions passed by the former Commissioner of the Kuelmolpiny and the Ruweng State Assembly as unconstitutional and unlawful due to the fact that the consecutive meetings convened in Panrieng, Ruweng State did not represented the voices of the Kuocgoor in Homeland and Diaspora. 
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