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By Molana Arop Malook Lual, Juba, South Sudan

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May 3, 2017 (SSB) — Witnessing the events that unfolded around the ongoing power struggle in South Sudan, a seasoned professional colleague called me for a chat. She asked me what I thought about the situation and what, if anything, the legal fraternity should do about it.

As I gave her my two cents worth on what we should do, she stopped me to ask why I was concentrating on the symptoms and not thinking about the “bigger picture”. My colleague opined that by getting caught in the miniature of the latest episode of, frankly, lawlessness, however shocking a display it might have been, we would be doing the general public a disservice because it is now clear that there is a systemic problem.

So what is the problem, I hear you ask? The problem is that much as we live in hope, or, some would say, denial, we still do not have the Rule of Law where all persons and authorities are bound by and are equal under the law.

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Read the full report hereHeritage Foundation: The U.S. should cut diplomatic ties with the government of South Sudan and to Hold the Combatants Accountable (PDF)

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President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

SUMMARY: Two years after South Sudan gained independence in 2011, the country plunged into a brutal civil war driven by long-standing economic, political, and ethnic grievances, with various leaders exploiting those grievances in their quest for power and access to state resources. The primary warring factions have committed extensive war crimes and repeatedly violated the cease-fires brokered by the international community with strong U.S. support. The U.S. has failed to substantively hold the combatants accountable for flouting the agreements they have signed or for their deliberate attacks on American citizens and diplomats. To protect its interests in South Sudan, the U.S. must change to a policy of holding the South Sudanese leadership accountable for its many crimes, which should include stopping all diplomatic engagement with the government of South Sudan and the opposition, building a painful sanctions regime targeting anyone facilitating violence, and bypassing the elites to engage directly with the South Sudanese public when possible.

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World Press Freedom Day: “Freedom of the press critical in building peace and the promotion of national cohesion”

Isaiah Abraham

May 3, 2017 (SSB) — As the world marks this year’s World Press Freedom Day today (May 3), the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Deputy Chair Amb Gen. Augostino Njoroge has called for an end of the crackdown on journalists and the protection of fundamental principles of press freedom in South Sudan.

Amb Gen. Njoroge said, in conflict situations as it is in South Sudan, free, objective and neutral media can help promote peace, enhance National Dialogue and counter hate speech that would otherwise tear the fragile country apart and plunge it into further conflict.

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Shepherdess in Hunger Series

Posted: May 3, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

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President Kiir and Riek Machar, challenges of the TGONU

They are going to look for grass,

Their sheep never graze yesterday.

I am going with them to safe my cow,

You know mother it’s only why we’re living.

That is my going mother, mother to feed my cow.

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By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

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Presidential dinner for X-mass

May 3, 2017 (SSB) —- Time and again, I see people who had contributed to the destruction of Pan Chieel pointing their fingers towards the Presidency. The possibility of self-denial holding water is minimal.

The responsibility of failing state rests with the leaders. Small or big. The factors that have contributed to Pan Chieel current state do not necessarily come from one direction. President Lubajo Lodiong softness and lack of a designed goal have created complacency amongst his subordinates.

It birthed rapid siphoning of public resources. It has bred corruption. It has created upper class versus itself tussle. It has created minimal self-reliance. It has created disloyalty to the system.

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By Molana Arop Malook Lual, Juba, South Sudan

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Chiefs posted on 8 April 2016 after intra Peace conference in Bor picture by Mach Samuel Peter

May 2, 2017 (SSB) — The judiciary of south Sudan is provided for under Article 122 of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of south Sudan 2011 as amended 2015 and is headed by the Chief Justice. The appointing authority of the chief justice is the president of the Republic prior approval of the two-thirds majority of all members of the Assembly (parliament) provided for under Section 22 (1) of the Judiciary Act, 2008.

The demand of the Judges and Justices requesting chief justice to resign or being remove is not the solution to the problems that are facing by the judiciary, it is a human panoply. The multiple of the suffering and lack of the judiciary independence is not a cause of chief justice but the weaknesses or loopholes of the country Rule of law.

The position of Chief Justice in this very country had not been protected and for that matter chief justice has to protect his or her position by being royal to the appointing authority no doubt for it in order to retain his/her position since he/she is the bread provider of his/her family.

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What the Regional Protection Force cannot do for South Sudan: Institutional Reforms, Security Sector Reforms and Structural overhaul

By Mayak Deng Aruei, Diego, California, USA

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Bentiu, UNMISS Camp

May 2, 2017 (SSB) — The assumed task of the Regional Protection Force has been overrated by South Sudanese who are fed up with security challenges, and who want to see real reforms and security guarantees for all citizens in the country. That being the general perception, there is nothing in the document that says the Force will help in institutional reforms, security sector reforms and structural overhaul of the governance in South Sudan.

What the Force will do is to help provide security to the most vulnerable population, Government’s Installations, foreign embassies and give extra protections to areas that might have been out of the reach of the South Sudan’s organized forces. All the other things that would make the country livable: agricultural production, safe return of the internally displaced persons to their homes, limiting powers of the Government through judicial independence and safe return of refugees need South Sudanese to do some works on their own.

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Dear governor, re-structure your office to have a good outlook

By Aguer Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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May 2, 2017 (SSB) — Nobody is free from nepotism even if you are a man of God when it comes to giving out positions especially when that person is in a position of authority or is involved in the recruitment process. When a person recommends a relative or friend for the job regardless of their qualifications, then it becomes nepotism or cronyism. It’s therefore unethical and unlawful to employ or recruit your close relatives to work in the same office.

Mr. Governor, since your appointment on 14th January 2017, there were mixed reactions amongst Jieng of Malakal in general and Ngok Lual Yak in particular. Some people thought that you were appointed by the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai for being a member of I.O. others said that you were not qualified to be a Governor. And because there were no wide and inclusive consultations, nobody rejected the decree issued by the President of the Republic for your appointment simply because we all know modalities used for appointing the governors. Whether you are an I.O member or unqualified to hold the gubernatorial post is none of my concern. My concern however, as the native of Central Upper Nile State is only NEPOTISM in the appointment of your office staff.

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Miserable Daughter of Upper Nile

Posted: May 2, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Poems.

By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Bor, South Sudan

I am a daughter

Born of bullets

In the nightmares of tribalism

Bringing cannibalism

I am an emaciated girl

With my deaf mother

She is numbed by blood

As bullets sprayed on her

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SEASON IN PRISON

Posted: May 2, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Poems.

By G. Naih Peter, Torit, South Sudan

So pale like death,

I was so obsessed,

Everything was at excess.

Men were adamant

And were all dormant,

’twas not long,  just a moment.

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Deng De Tiordit De Deng’s Platform for Twic Canada Community Election: Design + Deliver = Development

For Immediate Release, May 1, 2017

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May 2, 2017 (SSB) — It is a great honor and privilege to submit my formal application for the Twic Canada Community presidency for an election scheduled to take place on May 20, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am applying for community leadership with unquestioned leadership skills and community experiences that I had acquired when I was the Chairman of current Jonglei State’s Counties; Duk, Bor & Twic in Calgary.

I would like to make a point that community is not a government or private company where programs are budgeted. I say this because I have seen other candidates proposing unrealistic programs, forgetting that we are a non-profit cultural community organization.

I would like to inform Twic community members that when elected 90% of my work will be in Canada and 10% back home. For the front back home, I will collaborate with Twic community leaderships in Diasporas when elected.

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The drug, meant to protect HIV-negative people from contracting the virus, is targeted at high-risk groups

By DOROTHY OTIENO, May 1, 2017

HIV-AIDS prevention: Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

Sexually active young women and girls aged 15 to 24 are among the high-risk groups targeted in the May 4 rollout of a new method meant to protect HIV-negative people from contracting the virus.

The approach, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), involves people at high risk of contracting HIV taking an antiretroviral pill, Truvada, daily to lower their chances of getting infected.

“By having these medications in the bloodstream, HIV may be unable to establish infection,” said Dr Elizabeth Irungu from the Partners Scale-up Project.

Truvada costs Sh3,700 per month and its generic equivalent is Sh413.

However, the cost of access is higher due to transport cost, consultation and laboratory fees.

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A missed opportunity! Assessing the viability of the republican order no. 08/2017 for the reconstitution of the national dialogue steering committee, 2017, in bringing peace in South Sudan (part 1)

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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April 30, 2017 (SSB) — The Republican order no. 08/2017 for the reconstitution of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, 2017 A.D. was issued on 25th April, 2017 to appoint numerous persons to lead the National Dialogue in South Sudan. The purpose for the National Dialogue is to bring lasting peace in bringing the war to an end in South Sudan. That war which was begun on December 15, 2013 proved to be a disaster for the country. It is said to have killed over three hundred thousand (300,000) people and internally displaced millions of people. Also, about million of citizens have sought refuge in the neighbouring countries, notably, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) and the Centre for Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) projected that the intensity of the conflict may cost South Sudan of about between US$22 billion and $28 billion if the war continues unabatedly. In addition, (CECORE) and (CPDS) pointed out that if the action is taken now to achieve peace, then the international community, particularly Western donors, may save about US$30 billion by reducing expenditure on peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. It concluded that this scenario would also mean that the neighbouring economies of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda could collectively save US$53 billion.

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AU calls on South Sudanese warring parties to ceasefire Immediately (PDF)


A Comment on Hon. Aldo Ajou Deng’s article: “President Kiir should use Dr John Garang’s precedence to unite the Mother SPLM

By Truthhurt, Juba, South Sudan

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John Garang, Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and James Wani Igga

April 30, 2017 (SSB) —- Reading through Hon. Aldo Ajou Deng’s article posted on PaanLuel Wël’s, which dated April 28th, 2017 and titled “President Kiir should use Dr John Garang’s precedence to unite the Mother SPLM”, I couldn’t agree more with him on this because the Bible says (Ecclesiastes 8:3) “There is time for everything … a time for war and a time for peace”.

And without any doubt this time is a time for peace in South Sudan because we have already witnessed destruction of human lives, displacement of millions of citizens from their homes, insanity prevailed for so long, political class inability to resolve their differences amicably & peacefully and the list goes on.

Therefore, Hon. Ajou’s call for President Kiir to use Dr John Garang’s precedence not only to unite the Mother SPLM but to also bring lasting peace in South Sudan is right. However, the question is will President Kiir listen to the voices of peace this time around Or will he stick to his usual way of a none compromise strategy which he has been using for quite sometimes now, is yet to be seen?

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The Tossing of the African Breadbasket: On the Senseless Fight over Resources in South Sudan

By Mayak Deng Aruei, USA

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April 30, 2017 (SSB) — When nothing is forthcoming, people dream of change, and a quick fix to the ailing governance in the country can hardly be achieved by guns alone. Let’s be honest for a minute, the ongoing military wrangle in South Sudan is about power and the wealth that comes with being in power. Until South Sudan make a lasting political arrangement (Constitution), any power hungry person with the mobs to execute his cause can put the country into mess at any time.

A forced change of leaders through violence is not the change that South Sudanese want. The landlocked country has been on the locked down within a very short period of time (famine). In any nation, the very people who pay dearly are the children, elderly and women. There has been enormous suffering on both sides of the conflict, and in the fiercest political rivalry between the President Salva Kiir’s SPLM faction and Dr. Riek Machar’s SPLM-in-Opposition.

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By Bul Deng Yol, Mount Kenya University, Kenya

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Commemorating the 33rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Revolutionary Movement—the SPLM/SPLA

April 29, 2017 (SSB) — In law of torts, foreseeability is a leading concept use to determine whether the person causing the injury should have foreseen the consequences that his conduct would resulted into. This concept enables human beings to carefully tread in their doings. Well, that aside since much of it will come out as I trickle down. Have you ever asked yourself when and how the current war in South Sudan will end? If yes, then allow me to educate you on a living testimony of a war piece. ‘The French invasion of Russia, also known in Russia as the Patriotic War of 1812’. Famously staged by none other than Napoleon, the Great, to stamp his feet at the helm of affairs politically, socially and economically in Western Europe.

In those days, Napoleon had imposed himself on Polish, Prussians and Austrians as their emperor and wanted to silence Alexander I of Russia from making claims on his loyalist (Polish). He plans to go to war with Russia and later use his victory to prevail in the negotiation over Poland. He promises to crush his enemy within a period of one month with his large number of troops (685,000). Little did he knows that nature can dictate the tide.

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The Ambiguity over Mama Rebecca Nyandengdit National Dialogue Membership Consent

By Thon Atem Ayiei, Juba, South Sudan

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Hon. Mabioor Garang de Mabioor with Retired Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth and Madam Nyandeng at the home of Bishop Garang

April 29, 2017 (SSB) —- On the evening of 25th of April 2017, one of my close friends phoned me to break some silence over the news  of the long awaited reconstitution of the national Dialogue steering committeeby the president of the Republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on the state own television. I was so much enthusiastic to forget what I was doing by then.  I asked a friend to share with me the names of the appointees if at all he had comeacross the list.

In the erstwhile, I logged into my Facebook page and I found another Good Samaritan who shared the list.  I cast a quick perusal and found several names but I was so delighted to see my Mama Rebecca Nyandeng Garang Mabior, Molana Deng Gai Gatluak, Prof. Moses Machar Kachuol, Gen. James Hoth Mai, former vice president of Sudan, Justice Abel Alier Kwai, Bishop Isaiah Majok Dau, Mr. Garang Deng Aguer, and finally Gen. Lazarus Sumbweiyo as (external players), the driving force of South Sudan independent, to mention few.

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By Yom Mayen Awan, Bor, South Sudan

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Yom Mayen Awan, Bor, South Sudan

April 29, 2017 (SSB) — We, South Sudanese people, are surely at perilous time. Everyday news are conveying mass death and life hardship across the country. With an increasing life struggles in South Sudan, some communities, especially the Dinka, have taken dowry payment as a way of creating wealth, enjoyment and even survival of bride’s  community as life progress.

The inflation of the dowry price do often leaves our male counterparts in abject poverty, endless family discord and trauma over departed wealth. We may argue it out that it is a continuation of what our ancestors did, oblivious to the fact that the ways of life have changed.

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By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia

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Tribal war of South Sudan?

April 29, 2017 (SSB) —- With almost absolute certainty, I believe we, the South Sudanese people ( government proposers and opposers)  don’t need philosophers of wars like a fifteen century war philosophers such as Niccolo Machiavelli , or Michael Walzer, a war philosopher who still breathes  air in the same atmosphere like us, to explain to us how exhaustive and expensive war is.

Because by ourselves, we have seen the consequences of war. Our citizens in thousands have died in wars and of wars-related causes; our citizens in millions are displaced; our agricultural lands are left for weeds. What sieves out of war is brutality.  If arthropods such as crabs can adopt coexistence and adapt to their environments without engaging in time-wasting wars, then why don’t we, the humans, the South Sudanese learn to stop the vicious cycle of war in our hard-earned country?

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