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A respond to Kenyan writer Mr. Walter Menya’s article on daily nation: “It is the gossip columnist’s business to write about what is none of his business”.

By Bol Madut Ayii, Juba, South Sudan

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July 23, 2016 (SSB) —- First and foremost I would like to thank General Paul Malong Awan, the chief of general staffs of Sudan people’s Liberation Army (SPLA) for his nationalistic stand during the recent fighting in national capital Juba. General Paul was able to command our national army in professional and disciplinary manner by ordering them to protect and respect the lives and properties of civilians which is the constitutional mandate of any national army.

Back to the topic, I was dazed to read an article authored by Kenyan writer Walter Menya which appeared on Daily Nation dated 15/ July/2016. The style of writing of this Kenyan who know nothing about South Sudan and General Paul Malong forced me to respond to his rubbishes.

Mr. Walter wrote and I quote, “General Malong is the real power behind the throne in Juba, he is the polygamist general who wields real power in South Sudan, he is from Dinka with president Kiir and was the one who formed Dinka Militia called mathiang-anyoor ” ended the quote.

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“James Gatdet Dak: FVP Dr. Riek Machar has dismissed Taban Deng Gai from the SPLM/SPLA (IO). He has also withdrawn and recalled him from Ministry of Mining.”

By PaanLuel Wel, Juba, South Sudan

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July 22, 2016 (SSB) — Dr. Riek Machar has dismissed Taban Deng Ghai from the SPLM-IO and also removed him from the ministry of Mining. This comes a day after the SPLM-IO politburo reportedly dismissed Riek from the position of the 1st Vice President and replaced him with Taban Deng Ghai.

It also comes within 12 hours since President Kiir issued a 48-hour ultimatum for Riek Machar to report back to Juba for work or risk replacement.

This scenario reminds one of what happened during the time of the Nasir group. By then, Kerubino Kuanyin and William Nyuon had a bitter fallout with Riek Machar.

They dismissed Riek from the Nasir group and declared themselves the new leaders, claiming previous seniority from Mother SPLM/A. Riek Machar in turn dismissed them from the party and from their respective positions.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Deng Athuai Mawiir Rehan, chairman of South Sudanese civil society alliance

July 22, 2016 (SSB) — This is the first time in years and months and after the depose of the former Chairman of the Alliance, Deng Athuai Mawiir that the Alliance organised such rally against proposed African Union intervention force for South sudan.

This author predicted in an article published in 2014 with the title, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance: When an Apology is no Apology; that the incoming Alliance leadership would not be up to the task after the departure of the first chair mentioned above.

Deng Athuai Mawiir was a latter day Dr. John Garang de Mabior when it comes to articulating rights of the civil society compared to the current leadership. The present Alliance had abandoned the norms and principles it supposed to stand for.

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“Riek Machar had a gun in our meeting, reveals President Kiir as he recounts gun battle ordeal.” CCTV Africa Reporter.

By Malith Jongkuch Kur, Ontario, Canada

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President Kiir and VPs Kiir, Machar and Igga addressing the Media via SSBC inside presidential palace now as gunfire continue in Juba

July 22, 2016 (SSB) — As time goes by, extremely troubling details are emerging from what happened in and around the State House in Juba over a week ago. The scene of devastation and unexploded ordnances lying around the presidential compound are indications that a vicious battle took place there. It is a scene that an ordinary person would expect to see on a battlefield, but not within the vicinity of a presidential palace.

According to CCTV reporter, “it is an extraordinary tale.” It is a tale that betrays the madness which has always accompanied Riek Machar’s search for power in South Sudan. But what is even more extraordinary in the eyewitness—President Kiir—account is that the First Vice President was carrying a pistol, a gun. The simple question to ask in this situation is, “why he carried a gun?” It is a legitimate question for South Sudanese and foreigners alike to ask. But before we try to answer this question, let us take a look at how senior government officials are protected in the world.

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By Makwei Achol Thiong, Bor, Jonglei state

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July 22, 2016 (SSB) — It is two weeks now after the fatal incident around the Presidential palace in Juba. Calm has returned to the city and everyone seems to be back to normal business including Juba University where students will have their Examinations starting today.

However, major debates have focused on the proposed “Military Intervention” by foreign troops in South Sudan. Citizens have sprung to life, after the dollar stampede, to demonstrate against this proposed intervention when there are over 12,000 soldiers and police serving for the UN in the country.

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By Ngor Jameson Panchol, Juba, South Sudan

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July 22, 2016 (SSB) — This essay will focus on pre-independent and post –independent period `, on how South Sudanese lost the sense of patriotism and nationalism through SPLM leadership due their autocratic mean of ruling than the promises they used to said and their denounce of the Arabs ruled as totalitarian regime that imposed Sharia law and Arab cultures on South Sudanese and this actually moved hearts of many people to follows the SPLM visions. The emerge of SPLM with charismatic leader like “Dr. John Garang” made the vision of Sudan people liberation movement sound louder and dominated whole Sudan because of democracy ideology which is total zero today .

After the death of Dr. John Garang De Mabior (Moses), Salva Kiir became the president of southern Sudan and first vice president of Sudan during transitional period of comprehensive peace agreement, and secretary general Pagan Amum usually used to say our Joshua referring to Salva Kiir as the one to lead New Sudan into the Promised Land. Vision for our forefather left without being accomplished due the sad helicopter crashed that led to his death and this left New Sudan in dilemma until now.

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This is an update from the National Courier

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Riek Machar Teny, the armed rebel leader

Vice News’ Aris Roussinos reports that he spoke to Riek’s militia spokesman William Gatjieth Deng who issued the following:

(1) The SPLA-IO CGS is unhappy with the regular bombardment by Kiir’s forces of towns in Western and Central Equatoria

(2) CGS gives orders to all civilians in South Sudan to seek protection within UN camps within 7 days.

(3) CGS has given orders to SPLA-IO forces in Unity State & nearby to move to assemble in Bor town. Civilians encountered en route must be respected.

(4) All SPLM-IO supporters must remain calm & cut off communications with previous negotiator Taban Deng Gai who has deserted the movement.

(5) No SPLA-IO forces will return to Juba until Kiir govt accepts deployment of international forces. Otherwise, SPLA-IO will return fighting.

Copyright © 2016 Aris Roussinos

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Uganda reduces border visa fee from $100 to $50, from July 22nd

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By Emmanuel Monychol Akop, Juba, South Sudan

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UN secretary general, Banki Moon, and JMEC chairperson, Festus Mogae

July 21, 2016 (SSB) — During the Kigali Summit; South Sudan was the topic agenda. The African leaders agreed that they will solve their own problems, without the intervention of other nations from outside Africa. But Ban Kimoon was at the back scene, with his mouth, probably stuffed with Dollars, engaging, possibly bribing regional leaders to urging them, to support a regional intervention into South Sudanese internal affairs.

Even  Whitemen who have benefited from South Sudan, like Princeton Lyman, a senior adviser to the president of the United States Institute of Peace and served as the US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan from 2011 to 2013 , is busy writing, urging his corners that a deadly force be deployed, that South Sudanese needs “life support” by placing the country under the UN Trusteeship in, say ten to fifteen – citing Kosovo and East Timor as good examples of success of the UN.

He is ironically right. Yes it is true that South Sudan needs life support after it is sucked dry of its resources by the so called international experts, who come as friends, PR their companies and take away our money. South Sudan is on its knees, because almost everybody, not just our leaders has participated in looting South Sudan.

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By Truthhurt Daddy, Juba, South Sudan

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July 21, 2016 (SSB) — Yesterday demonstrations on streets in Juba and elsewhere in the country were so misleading and deceptive at the same time simply because South Sudan already has thousands of foreign forces and none of those foreign forces had sought permission to enter South Sudan’s soil.

While the empty threats displayed here and of course in some towns in South Sudan was that South Sudan is capable of enforcing their so called red lines no matter what, which is a big white lie.

I felt sorry when I saw those poor young men & women yesterday on Streets of Juba and elsewhere in the country who were certainly mobilised by force, perhaps bribed to do such unjustified demonstrations against UN’s forces was pathetic to say the less.

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President Kiir decrees the appointment of 22 MPs in Jonglei state

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

Swearing in ceremony in Jonglei state

Chairpersons, Deputies and Members of Jonglei state commission being sworn in 25 April 2016 picture by Mach Samuel

July 21, 2016 (SSB) — The President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued Republican decree No. 278/2016 for the appointment of Members of Jonglei State legislative assembly 2016.

The 22 Members of Parliament are predominantly members of SPLM, the Sudan People Liberation Movement who are projected to run law business until the end of life span of transitional government of national unity in Jonglei state.

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To save South Sudan, put it on life support

By Princeton Lyman and Kate Almquist Knopf

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July 21, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan marked its fifth anniversary as a state this month not with celebrations but with rival armed factions shooting at each other in the streets of the capital. Several hundred people were killed in less than a week, tens of thousands displaced, and even sacrosanct UN camps protecting civilians were attacked. South Sudan ceased to perform even the minimal functions and responsibilities of a sovereign state long ago, and today the likelihood of a larger pogrom and escalating civil war is high.

A power-sharing agreement to end a conflict that started in December 2013 was centred around two people – President Salva Kiir and opposition leader First Vice President Riek Machar – who are irredeemably compromised among segments of the population, who view them as posing an existential threat to their communities. An African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry found Kiir and Machar’s forces both responsible for killings that constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sharing power between them has now failed disastrously on two separate occasions, and further attempts can only be expected to produce more of the same: immense human suffering and regional instability.

There is, however, another way: put South Sudan on “life support” by establishing an executive mandate for the UN and the AU to administer the country until institutions exist to manage politics nonviolently and break up the patronage networks underlying the conflict. This will realistically take 10-15 years. Planning for it at the outset, however, is more sensible than the accumulation of one-year mandates over decades, as is the case with other peacekeeping missions.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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July 21, 2016 (SSB) — I have been making it clear that no matter how much I may criticize the government, I will never agree with those who advocate for the intervention of foreign forces.

Anything that aims at destroying South Sudan is the red line to me. Hence, foreign intervention will be the red line to me.

If I hear that foreign forces are sent to Juba with intention of controlling the country that will be the time I leave Uganda to go back home to take up the arms against them.

Intervention of foreign forces is not a matter that is up for discussion. It hits at the heart of South Sudan as a country created by God and any nationalist who is not selling South Sudan for cheap political gain will never entertain the idea.

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By Martin Malangki, Juba, South Sudan

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Demonstration in Bor against UNMISS and IGAD

July 21, 2016 (SSB) — For the situation we are in now does not require demonstration, preparing  the war with AFRICAN UNDEPENDABLE instead African Union troops or  goes back to that senseless war cannot solve our problem at all.

I am requesting and appealing  to  all-south Sudanese especially the Youth, Army officers, organized forces officers NCOs, traditional leaders and chiefs, religious leaders, civil society organizations, women groups, the governments officials, political parties, etc. of all sixty plus tribes of south Sudan and greater Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile regions in particular to take this opportunity to talk to the rivals leaders Gen. Salva kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riak Machar to leave their differences and bring the peace back to South Sudan.

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By Daniel Bol Majok, Cape Town, South Africa

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July 20, 2016 (SSB) — The timing and the purpose of today’s demonstration is wrong….we have families who are still mourning their loved ones killed in the recent clashes. They have not even identified and give them an Honourable burial, many of them must have been hurried in a mass grave by Red Cross.

What do you mean “UN MUST GO?” Does it means the UN and its humanitarian agencies such WFP, UNICEF must pack and go at this critical moment when the government lacks the will and capacity to assist, leave alone delivering the required services to, the needy/displaced people in the country. Where are these people going to get food, medicines, shelter in this crisis and beyond? Ignore my ignorance and tell me the services the government has delivered to our people since independence? Issuing us with ID Cards and Passports?

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

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July 20, 2016 (SSB) — The African Union Summit in Kigali has added its unanimous voice to IGAD and UN Security Council that an intervention force be sent to Juba to protect strategic infrastructure and ‘restore peace and security’ in South Sudan. According to the UN Secretary General who was in attendance, the task might be undertaken by mainly African forces under the auspices of a reinvigorated UNMISS mandate.

It is not clear whether replacement of forces (e.g. Bangladeshi replaced by Ugandans and Kenyans) could be negotiated so as to maintain the same figure of 12, 000 UNMISS forces whose increment the President categorically rejected even before the summit began. They have now sent that strong resolution to the UN Security Council for consideration and logistical support.

In my previous article, my general argument against buffer zones and foreign (western) intervention was that they have often made things worse rather than better. Nevertheless, as an international security academic and analyst I must also spare time to objectively project to our citizens and decision makers the other side of the same coin.

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The Republic of South Sudan, Jonglei State Civil Societies

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July 19, 2016

TO: Secretary General of the United Nations,

President of United Nations General Assembly,

IGAD,

TOIKA countries,

Chairperson JMEC,

AU representative

SUBJECT: PROTEST AGAINST THE HUMILIATION OF THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH SUDAN AND HER PEOPLE

Mr. Secretary General,

When the United Nations was established 71 years ago after the Second World War in 1945, the formation was meant to aim at improving the economic and social conditions of its member states and to solve political problems in the world in a peaceful and harmonious way. Unfortunately those noble objectives and dreams which president Franklin Roosevelt prophesized for the wellbeing of humanity are being turned by others into despotic and lethal weapons of oppression and suppression of the weak and the vulnerable.

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By Adit Abit, Vancouver, Canada

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July 20, 2016 (SSB) — We all know the struggle and the bitterness it took to achieve the independence of South Sudan four years ago. It took us more than two decades to achieve our independence from Sudan. I think South Sudanese people might have forgotten the enormous sacrifice communities and leaders made while liberating South Sudan.

Today, we all need to ask ourselves what is the solution to the current national crisis in South Sudan? Do you agree that the IGAD/UN should impose peace through a UN Peacekeeping Force or do you think the best solution lies within the South Sudanese people themselves?

Personally, I disagree with the IGAD/UN imposed peace; it never worked in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. To my South Sudanese brothers and sisters, we are the cause and the solution to all these problems. We are the ones to bring peace not the international community. Whether you believe me or not, I am sure that imposed peace will never work.

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