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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan

the-us-dollar

November 29 2016 (SSB) —- It is generally agreed that the wealthiest continent in the world is Africa but the same continent harbors the poorest people that have to beg for sustenance with their children on television. The irony lays with the wealth Africa gives away in exchange for finished products and services coming from outside. That is, trading gold for mirrors.

We need to compare what progress we made when we had foreign exchange control and what rotten goods we buy since it was lifted. It cannot all be the fault of our leaders alone since they are a manifestation of the greed and corruption in our communities. But all we do is passing blame to leaders as if they are not pandering to our praises, accommodations and indulgence. No matter what we say at beer parlors, they have not change. It is what we practice and hold them up to. We all look up to foreign currencies, but only a few can afford them.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

education in afrika

The essence of education in Africa

October 11, 2016 (SSB) —- Corruptions were also displayed to the external world. When salary was not paid, one resorted to stealing to feed family. Most societies elect leaders to make policies and laws governing their countries. But African countries have lost control of their politicians.

They are schemers whose only goal is to rob their community’s blind. They may have been elected as Presidents, senators and representatives, what we have in place are people that created special niche for themselves to legally drain the treasury with outrageous salaries that are out of step with their fellow citizens and the world.

 In disguise of discharging their responsibilities, they dole out and execute contracts to cronies. After all, their self-remuneration, there is hardly anything left for infrastructure or to develop the country. That is high way robbery not governance.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

The Late SPLM/A Leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabioor Atem Aruai.

September 3, 2016 SSB) — “Some people are so good that nothing a leader can do will make them better; others are so incorrigible that nothing be done to improve them. But the great bulk of the people go with the moral tide of the moment. The leader must help to create that tide”- Anonymous.

Pens can easily run dry of ink these days when ever one seats down to think of a true South Sudanese Hero after our late Hero Dr. John Garang Mabior. I have persuaded myself to write on this issue now else, we would all be adrift as individual, corporate or in our national life.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Jonglei State, South Sudan

corruption in rss

Corruption in South Sudan

June 24th 2016 (SSB) — Among other social issues in South Sudan, corruption has received serious and consistent attention from South Sudanese and non-South Sudanese. Many commentaries have been passed, several journals, newspaper and magazine volumes have been published on corruption related issues, sermons and teachings have been preached in various religious centers, some academic institutions have held public lectures, symposium and conferences on corruption, numerous non-governmental organizations have championed strong advocacy against corruption, surprisingly, the more attention it receives, the more resilient it becomes. Corruption has stayed so long in the South Sudan society to the extent that it has become intrinsic and seen as a way of life.

Queues at gas stations and public offices can be easily boycotted when you give bribe to the officer in charge, traffic rules can be disobeyed relaxingly with zero consequence when you give money to traffic wardens from time to time, you can be a youth corps and abscond from your primary assignment if you can share your monthly allowance with the zonal inspector, you can commit a crime and go free if you are influential enough, you can get admission into colleges, polytechnics and universities without merit if you can lobby through money or relationship with a top official, recruitment requirements can be overlooked for an influential person’s offspring, an airline can cancel others’ bookings if you bring a higher monetary bargain to table to mention a few.

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Open Letter to Hon. Dak Duop Bichok, Minister of Petroleum, on the Ongoing Fuel Crisis in Republic of South Sudan

By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

fuel in juba

shortage of fuel in juba

Dear Sir

May 20, 2016 (SSB) — With humility and sense of responsibility as a citizen of the Republic of South Sudan, I write to intimate you with my concern, disappointment and anger just like millions of South Sudanese over the present shameful nationwide fuel crisis and its attendant economic and social dislocation of businesses and movement of persons, goods and services.

Sir, it’s a known fact it imperative for individuals and corporate bodies to generally resort to the use of fuel to power their generators to supply electricity to homes, businesses and as well ensure movement of persons, goods and services.

However, in the last few days,  people been subjected to untold hardship, pain and agony as a result of lack of fuel which is an indictment on your office as the Minister of  petroleum because your responsibility is to ensure efficient and effective running of the oil industry for national development.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

kiiRiek, enough for the cameras

May 19, 2016(SSB) — This is a special piece that I have spiced up for all the leaders that are alive, I salute your leadership instinct and prowess, uneasy they said lies the head that wears the crown, but dears, I have a piece for you here.

Leadership is all about shipping in results, providing solutions, seeing the visions before the people does, believing in possibilities despite the obstacles, facing lions despite the fact that you are wearing the skin of a man, battling your fears.

There is a point where your followers must not notice your fears, show me a man of courage and I will show you a man of honour, Myles Munroe of blessed memory said and I quote, “an army of lion led by a sheep will be defeated by an army of sheep led by a lion”.

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“Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear’’

By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

May 18,2016 (SSB) — Here are roughly two categories of people involved in any electoral process. In the first category we have the very few that actively seek office and each one works to get as much vote as he or she can get; these are the candidates. By the way, the word candidate comes from candidātus (in Latin dressed in white) because in ancient Rome, those seeking office were dressed in white togas. The second category is made of the very many who have to vote for the very few in the first category, they are the voters and each voter has only one vote to manage.

By the end of any election, candidates will become either winners or losers. Whatever they become by virtue of their election results, all candidates have one thing in common: they are and remain rational because they are always clear about and conscious of their roles and position, they never forget what they want and they work actively to get it.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

 kiiRiek, enough for the cameras

May 9, 2016 (SSB) —- A question often raised is: are leaders a reflection of their time, or are they individuals who rise to answer the call of the hour? History has shown that many have risen to the occasion out of strong moral conviction. The events and the circumstances at the time were such that acting or failing to act had colossal implications of such magnitude that changed the course of history.

We certainly are living in a period of unprecedented global trials. Violent extremism is spreading, poverty and despair are pervasive, fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness reign, and existential threats such as nuclear proliferation and ominous environmental disasters are looming.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

fuel in juba

shortage of fuel in juba

April 23rd 2016 (SSB) —-  The issue of fuel crisis is one out of the many societal problems bedeviling the South Sudanese states and which requires utmost concern of patriots, because of its debilitating effect on the economy and the health of the people.

Apart from the economic dislocation caused by the perennial fuel scarcity nationwide, South Sudanese are also subjected to the psychological trauma of having to spend endless hours on fuel queues, traffic jams, needless injuries, damage to limbs, loss of properties and deaths as a result of the fuel crisis which seems to defy solution.

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American President John F. Kennedy once said,” ask not what your country can do for you, as what you can do for your country”

By Abel Majur Leek, Bor Jonglei state

Amb. Mariano Deng

H.E Mariano Deng Ngor addressing South Sudanese University Students at Nairobi Safari club Hotel in July 2015

April 17, 2016 (SSB) (SSB)  —-  Those were the immortal words uttered by the late President John F Kennedy in 1961. In South Sudan we seem to have read this saying the other way round – ask what your country can do for you and not what you can do for your country!

We believe South Sudan owes us everything and when it doesn’t give it to us we steal it! Corruption, top of the list, has been our way of life right from the word go. We all know men and women in uniform have always received bribes. We all know you have to give a little ‘kola’ to get anything done. We know all officials in office always took at least 10%.

Ever since we gained independence from Sudan in 2011 nearly everybody who has assumed public office believe it’s a license to steal public funds!

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The Danger behind Neglect of the Youth

Posted: April 2, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Abel Majur Leek, Columnists

By Abel Majur Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

April 2, 2016 (SSB)  —  Today in the global community, there are series of violent acts being orchestrated by majority of the youths not because anyone chose to but due to the frustration, depression, economic hardship, bad Leadership, and poverty.

These negative conditions have triggered the involvement of so many youths in these nefarious activities. Other vices include terrorism, kidnapping, prostitution, cyber-crime, armed robbery, militanctancy which has caused the society so much setbacks.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Juba, South Sudan

March 31, 2016 (SSB) —– It is no longer news that the South Sudanese Pounds has depreciated in value since the outbreak of war two years ago. This is the widest gap between the free market value and the Central bank of South Sudan rate in the history of the nation. Who exactly is to blame for the abysmal performance of the South Sudanese Pounds?

Many factors influence exchange rates. Differentials in inflation and interest rates, Public debt, and terms of trading and Political stability are some of the exerting factors. High inflation and interest rates, large-scale deficit financing and decreasing terms of trade are all bound to make the pounds depreciate in value.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Juba, South Sudan

March 31, 2016 (SSB) — Driving is a very demanding activity that requires a serious responsibility, attitudes with physical and mental abilities for safety. The most important steps to be taken in order to stay out of trouble on the road are to; continuously observe the roads around you, anticipate what may happen that could be a risk to you and other road users, and respond by taking appropriate quick step or action before the risk increases. Driver’s attitudes on the road determines his safety and others around. Alcohol and drugs are among the most causes of fatal road accident on our roads.

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Your Excellency, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, for South Sudan to survive the economic crunch, you must fight economic saboteurs within South Sudan Banks

By Abel Majur Leek, Juba, South Sudan

corruption

From rags to riches: the amazing transition of the South Sudanese Minister

March 22, 2016 (SSB)  —-  So far, South Sudanese are genuinely convinced that you and your team are resolved to build a stable and prosperous nation; a country that is inclusive of all her diverse people and a country that is at ease with itself.

Every patriotic South Sudanese are also mindful of why relentless war against the cancer of corruption is necessary, and so far your administration is standing firm on this in the interest of all, especially the downtrodden in the society, this is indeed the beauty of modern and decent democracy. So long as corruption holds center stage in the affairs of South Sudan, the country will continue to suffer incalculable harm, but with your intervention sir, South Sudan is turning the tide for good.

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By Abel Majur Leek, Juba, South Sudan

one nation, one people

One nation, one people, one tribe

March 22, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Politics divides the world is into friend and enemy. (Francis,1962) Those politics made friends, it may soon make them enemies. Those it made enemies, it may soon make them friends. This is why it is often said that, no permanent friends or enemy in Politics. It’s all about permanent interest. Hey, don’t be carried away with the theory, let’s talk in practicals.

When politics turn people enemies, what do they do to each other? They try to injure or neutralize each other in all manners. Since one of the two is often saddled with governance, who suffers from their enmity and attempt of injury? The people.

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