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The Wholesale Politics of History Destruction of Lou Ariik County: Who wants to change history of 13th century only in 21st century?

By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

Local residents celebrating the creation of Lou Ariik County in Akok Village

Local residents celebrating the creation of Lou Ariik County in Akok Village

April 9, 2017 (SSB) — Last year Tonj State lobbied for the creation of more counties and the intellectuals indeed projected the long existent chieftaincies (traditional administrative units) to be promoted to administrations in order to qualify for more counties. Lou Ariik happened to be one of the localities that have emerged into county status with its correct name and its administration at Alabek Headquarters.

Tonj State considers itself the biggest among the newly created 32 states in South Sudan; it does this by reflecting on its historical localities that had existed before the arrival of British Colonialists to the Sudan, these localities includes Lou Ariik area. And Lou Ariik had existed before the creation of the former Tonj District in Bahr el Ghazal region.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

January 9, 2017 (SSB) — The crisis in South Sudan is not a question based on ideological conflict. Every faction whether being rebels of Dr Riek Machar or Dr Lam Akol wants the country to be ruled the way it is portrayed in the SPLM Manifestation. Kiir Mayardit in Juba and Pagan Amum in exile equally believe that there is nothing new to be added to the Garang’s proposed system of the SPLM government.

No single man among the rivals has come out with any different ideology to pull rope with against the standing one. And if there is no any different ideology that is conflicting in Juba administration, then what is the problem? We just need to sit down and set a constitution that will guide the principle and ideology of the 21 years of struggle.

To my simple understanding, the political agitation of South Sudan demands a constitutional solution. The ruling elements might be hesitating that if any permanent constitution with any national concrete principles is put in place then the constitution will definitely not forgive their wrongdoings and set them for political eviction but that is the only solution to our national conflicts and South Sudanese must demand it now and not later.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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January 2, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan as a nation has suffered a political and economic crash so severely in 2016 at the drive of its own freedom fighters incited and at the smart push by the so-called world leaders and international community.

The political sufferings of South Sudan lack any ideological definition but foreign interests drive to push it for ethnic-related-disputes to sandwich their aspiration to cook a mess in the country in order to rule it for their selfish gain and political crafting, a business that our national elites in various camps have never understood for so long; that the elites have been fooled to kill their citizens and destroy their properties and infrastructures for no good reasons.

The political laboratory test of TROIKA, the IGAD, United Nations (UN) and United States on South Sudan has failed to occur to the expectations of the political drama makers. These guys were and are pushing for genocide to occur but South Sudanese have shamed them in the eyes.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan

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December 17, 2016 (SSB) —- It is now three years since 15 December 2013, when the country slipped into a badly deteriorating conflict. Never did we know that the conflict which was totally of the SPLM’s big House dispute would turn into a nationwide civil war with thousands of people killed and millions others displaced within and without the country. I just don’t want to bore the readers with a lot of the crisis’ statistics of human and properties destruction, however, the truth remains that this nation has had a very bad experience at the age it was supposed to continue with the spirit of struggle that has kept South Sudanese together for the last two decades before the CPA and beyond.

The unity was first lost to the street at the SPLM House long in April 2013 when Dr Riek Machar spoke to international media outlets declaring himself that he would rival his Party Chairman, Mr. Kiir at the SPLM convention that would grant him a ticket to contest in 2015 Presidential elections. With a lot of tensions in the Presidential Palace of J1, President Kiir Mayardit issued a decree dismissing all members of his cabinet including his deputy on July 23 and suspending his party long serving Secretary General, Mr. Pagan Amum Okiech. The move brought about a bulky density of security and political tensions as fear of unknown continued to rise and surface in Juba and villages.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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SPLM WHAT?

November 17, 2016 (SSB) — The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling political party in South Sudan, has totally remained in the name but not in principles as expected. During the days of the Old Sudan, there used to be active political youth organizations or political activists that in reality would reflect the patriotic society for South Sudan and the nation.

Today members of the former African National Front (ANF) are left to perish and there are no political nationalists of patriotism across the nation due to the current divisions of tribal lines and clans. Entirely majority of South Sudanese have lost their patriotism to tribal or regional confederations. People have become members of their own ethnic communities more than being members of a certain political party. This is what has taken our country to the current backwardness that has brought the nationwide insecurity and social phobia.

The SPLM/A has fought for so long making a lot of successful campaigns against the various politics of division with several Khartoum regimes.   The SPLM as a political party climbed up to political and administrative leadership in Sudan with the implementation of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and for the last 5 years, SPLM becomes the final administrator to the Republic of South Sudan and has thoroughly failed to control the politics of unity among the South Sudanese.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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November 16, 2016 (SSB) —- For the last few years there has been a continuous conflict between Apuk-Giir and Aguok-Mou communities of the defunct Warrap State. Several youths have been killed and properties destroyed between the conflicting communities. Many more got displaced and there has been no any humanitarian assistance brought in, it has been a continuous human suffering for quite a long time, now nearly a decade since 2006 & 2007.

As a journalist who has covered several incidences in that region (Gogrial West and Gogrial East), I very well know that the results of the conflict are severe and social fabrics have been negatively victimized. Citizens from either side of the fighting communities have mostly become the innocent victims when they happen to cross borders for one reason or another. Businesses between the two regions have halted as borders break apart and the whole state is affected in one way or another.

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President Kiir should work hard to repair battered relations with UN, US & EU’s new transitions to gain political momentum

By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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President Bush with President Salva Kiir at the Oval Office, White House

November 13, 2016 (SSB) —- We might have seen in the recent past the political shocks that South Sudan has faced while trying to convince the world about the domestic politics in the new born nation, a business that went misunderstood for the last two or three years of conflict. August ARCISS peace agreement was imposed by the world and regional governments against South Sudan therefore resulting to the current split of the SPLM-IO. Mostly some of the great politicians who dominated the SPLM politics during the CPA and post independence periods thought to go against President Salva Kiir as Kiir kept his heart strong not to surrender to them.

Dr Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and maybe Madam Nyandeng Garang and colleagues have played a major role in the neighbouring countries to tarnish the image of South Sudan. The whole world picks directly from Mr. Amum and Dr Machar who were then SPLM’s top officials holding the Secretary General and Deputy Chairman positions and continue to refuse any reaction from Juba. This is what has weakened the National politics. Now chances are lying ahead for the better change.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

November 9, 2016 (SSB) — It is now about ten days that our dear brother, Doctor Ariik Mawien Kuol Ariik had unfortunately departed from us directly to what we would assume as heaven in the house of God.

On 30 October 2016 was not the first time for a community of Lou Ariik to have lost a youth of Dr Ariik’s age; we had lost several before.  Nevertheless, it was the worst day of all for the community to have lost a youth of his kind who had specialized as a medical Doctor and had sacrificed his life for decades at least to achieve such a title.

Dr Ariik Mawien, a hardworking, a very courageous person and an academician that I first met in Wau back in 2004, had been my academic advisor at times of difficulties during my secondary education in Wau.  Some pieces of his advice had made me maybe a successful academician today and maybe in other corridors of life, I thought he would not die as quicker as now. And for what purpose would God allow him to die at his age?

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the first president of the republic of South Sudan

October 28, 2016 (SSB) —- Since the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the South Sudanese President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit has missed to tour the nation even at the time his physical appearance would be mostly needed. Many of his supporters have kept supporting him for so long until they become victims of why the supported Kiir. Kiir’s supporters too became hated and labeled as liars in the communities they live because the leader they claim to follow was neither heard nor visible in their villages.

 When the country got its independence the President was supposedly wanted to address the traditional population at their traditional villages.  It would be rather better and more important for the president to speak his own words directly to people that were happy for having achieved their freedom from the Arabs in the north, a business that President Kiir did not allow to occur.

Years went and the President could only visit regional and international presidents in their palaces more than often. His Ministers have stayed in hotels for years instead of delivering services to the Nation. The Ministers and other government top officials have travelled several times abroad instead of visiting their constituencies though they really have exhausted government account to facilitate most of their unofficial travels. Kiir has visited Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kampala or Washington more than he could visit Terekeka town just north of Juba town which is only few miles away from J1 Presidential Residence.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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

October 17, 2016 (SSB) — Most of the times at our coffee and tea places, the South Sudanese President, Mr. Kiir Mayardit has been severally discussed about. Kiir being the president of the country becomes the most central point to whom any amount of blames and wrongdoings that are occurring in South Sudan are put upon.

Some people have concluded that Kiir is a burden of the nation that should have been got rid of and thrown away, long before now. Most of the people continue and try to praise Late Dr John Garang De Mabior, thinking that if he (Garang) was alive then South Sudan would have not slid into such a crisis after the independence.

The nastiest of all is that even the enemies of Garang have begun to praise Garang now after he had gone into the grave a business they failed to reveal when he was alive and solid.  How reasonable is it for a person to have opposed and cursed Garang when alive and praise him when dead? This is the same scenario they want to repeat about Kiir. If they had not supported Garang why would you think that the same elements can support Kiir who is Garang’s disciple? We need to think wiser than we must just assume.

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A Setback on What South Sudan refused to do at the time it could possibly have done!

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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He rose from death and appeared to his disciples in an open top land-cruiser: The case of President Kiir

October 15, 2016 (SSB) — On date 3 September 2011, I sat down in Malakal and wrote this piece of the below article as a nationalist to challenge and warn the leadership of my country about the challenges ahead of them. Time went and I thought that anybody could have looked at the newspapers to read and analyze the little piece I had posted.

The young and old writers of this country have for so long voluntarily tried to direct and advise our leaders and the community members to only try to do what is correct and good for the nation but it went into their deaf ears. More negative opinions driving the country into an ocean were entertained while the very ideas that could have helped the nation became the first victims thrown out into the sea ahead of the nation.

It only became too ugly when the first selected ministers and the elected MPs of the new nation sat reluctantly in their luxurious offices and hotels without diagnosing the internal problems in their motherland. The Leaders have to be blamed for working hard to make South Sudan a failed the country. Now welcome to 5 years old analysis speaking on the current situation of South Sudan!

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The Sentry Corruption Report on South Sudan is far away from the truth and Unscientific

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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George Clooney with President Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar and VP James Wani Igga

September 20, 2016 (SSB) — Last week the famous friends of South Sudan, Mr. George Clooney and John Prendergast of Enough Project published their two years’ corruption investigatory report that detailed how Dr Riek, President Kiir and colleagues have deepened their wrong hands into South Sudan’s money and resources and used them for luxury and their comfort with their family members typically in foreign lands.

A lot of luxurious mansions and villas have been posted by the report featuring how these valuable properties are associated to the claimed individuals in the story. As a South Sudanese who have been in this country since the conception of Juba administration. I cannot for instance stand up and challenge the report. I can’t deny that our leaders might have ruined our resources and our economic stability. They might have misused our resources.

I can’t give detail either of how the money is being misused. However, I am only not pretty sure if the photos used in the reports are really the ones that justify the corruption in South Sudan, they might be the ones or there might be still more photos and banks’ accounts to reveal.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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John Garang, Kerubino Kuanyin and Salva Kiir, with Aguer Manyok Aguer Deng (the young man) during the war of liberation

September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Most of the times when South Sudanese write against the intended invasion of their nation in the name of UN civilians’ protection force, they seem to be wrongly perceived as sightless supporters of the governing regime. And for that reason their ideas are ignored and never attended to by the so-called regional leaders and world superpowers while trying to quickly impose the coming of the 4000 UN troops into the country as if that would mark the end of the country’s problems.

The Africa Union (AU) as a continental political organization seems not to care about the pains and complaints felt and faced by some parts of its body. The African leaders mutely watch down the state of affairs in South Sudan as a lonely case and a prospect to create jobs and a forum to teach themselves participate in foreign and regional politics.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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August 30, 2016 (SSB) — It had been hard talk in Juba and elsewhere in South Sudan, in the foreign cities and indeed among foreign diplomats and politicians of interest in South Sudan’s politics when quickly war erupted once again in Juba.

The process of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) that had then designated Dr Riek Machar to be the FVP in South Sudan has been indeed bumpy. The road has never been smooth and flat from the time signatories put down their signatures on the paper of ARCISS agreement.

Both South Sudanese warring parties had blamed many times the IGAD mediators for their bad intentions to impose an agreement that reads their interest on the country against South Sudanese interests. Analysts and writers had tried to speak out the truths that should have been done but all that went into their deaf ears and we ended up saying that ‘bad peace is better than good war’.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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August 26, 2016 (SSB) — In 2011 when South Sudan was preparing to get its independence from the Muslim dominated and Arab minded Sudan. Countries like Ivory Coast and Libya were badly experiencing the United Nations and United States planned continental coups to undermine Africa.

Alassane Ouattara has been a prominent opposition leader in Ivory Coast intending to take over the country’s leadership from the then incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. After elections, Gbagbo was declared the president defeating his rival and UN backed politician Mr. Ouattara.

A number of countries, organisations and leaders worldwide claimed Ouattara had won the election. After months of attempted negotiation and sporadic violence, the crisis entered a decisive stage as Ouattara’s forces began a military offensive in which they quickly gained control of most of the country.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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August 23, 2016 (SSB) — Sometimes it is not any interesting to start a move that one doesn’t have a great confidence of success. The Khartoum and London learned Dr Riek Machar Teny of engineering science that later shifted to doing his doctorate in Philosophy and Strategic Planning had been dreaming high for Presidency even days before the independence of the country. But does he philosophically and strategically plan well of how to get to presidency?

The Rumbek Secondary School leaver was accepted in the University of Khartoum to specialize in engineering. However, with his ambition in leadership Machar applied for another social science specialization in Philosophy and Strategic Planning, a specialization that he thought would quickly excel him to a giant leadership position in politics.

It is not bad for any South Sudanese including Machar to pursue the interest of becoming a president. Any of the millions South Sudanese can be anybody they want to be in their nation; however, that of Dr Machar has become quite extraordinary. What benefit do we make out of wars and destructions of properties and intended killings of human lives just for quest of office?

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South Sudan’s Sovereignty at a possible slaughter

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Tonj, South Sudan

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South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

February 5, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is an enormous challenge and disgrace at the same time to create a country in 21st century and have its sovereignty and independence rights of the citizens being abused several times while the system in government keeps watching and hopes that political miracles will be sent from heaven to rescue this nation. Sovereignty is solely based in the land, the laws, and citizens and in personality of the president of the country and the government. An external breach on such subjects immediately can be referred to as an attack of the country’s sovereignty.

Sovereignty by itself means: the state of which a nation makes its own laws and controls its resources without the coercion of other nations. Sovereignty gives the ruler of any nation to have supreme power over all things in his own nation. It is the right of being internally independent from outside and having the right and freedom to protect your nation from any external abuse. This is what it means in the rest of the world accepts in South Sudan where sovereignty is under “no man’s care.”

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By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan

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The swearing in ceremony of 28 governors in Juba, South Sudan, 29 Dec 2015

December 31, 2015 (SSB) — In the former British Colonial era in the Sudan; Kalkuel/Tonj had been one of the important and a strong economic strength for the British Empire in Africa. During the Second World War all the European colonies instructed their colonial areas to support them on War.

In the Sudan, Tonj District was reported to have helped so strongly in supporting the British Empire especially in the area of food logistic. Thousands of bulls and cows in the area were collected in Tonj District to be taken to warfront to support Britain on that war.

Another important district that supported on that war and ranking second after Tonj district in the Sudan is said to be: Yei River District in Equatoria Region. This proves that Tonj/Kalkuel is such a great and rich region even during the earlier days of our forefathers.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

October 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  Yes, people relied on Dr John Garang and other elements during the liberation struggle. But then would this continue even after the creation of South Sudan into the nationhood? Is not time to rely on the system and its objectives?

I am one of the people who think clearly that SPLM is a party whose members are not its supporters but of individual elements’ alliance. If that is the case; for how long will the party depend on such false membership? A false membership in which one joins the party because of the relationship they have with some individual leaders not the relation with the SPLM.

Some big elements in the SPLM think that they are more important and stronger than the SPLM itself. This is the reason why our country has been pushed into the crisis that we were not prepared for. Some individuals in the party among G10, SPLM-IO and SPLM in government thought that they were more essential than the party. Some individual leaders thought that without SPLM, the country called South Sudan will not survive and that without them in the SPLM, the party will not prosper.

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What were the criteria used for the creation of new Federal States that marginalized Tonj Region?

By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir on 2 October 2015

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir on 2 October 2015

October 11, 2015 (SSB)  —  It has been people’s demand that there should be more states in South Sudan. However, the government in Juba has been for so long reluctant to respond to the historical people’s demand for all that long until October 2 when President Kiir issued an order NO.36/2015 establishing new 28 states in the country.

The questions from the mere and concerned citizens in and outside the country were: (1) Will the government have enough resources to operate the 28 state governments and Abyei Administrative area? (2) Will South Sudanese elites manage 28 states if they have severely failed in only ten states? (3) Another third question was about the recent signed IGAD plus peace deal and the confusion on how to implement the power-sharing percentages in the new states especially in Upper Nile Region. Good enough, Information Minister Molana Michael Makuei Lueth answered the question in the peace agreement.

Molana Makuei explained that Unity and Upper Nile States which were to be governed by Riek’s opposition movement have now produced 6 new federal states of which Riek Machar will appoint their governors.

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