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By Thon Atem Ayiei, Juba, South Sudan

January 20, 2017 (SSB) — Unity is the only social fabric that cemented the community values and supremacy all over the world. The ongoing misunderstanding, disunity and confusion among the Greater Bor Dinka community should not continue to be ignored by the community leaders, elders, intellectuals and religious leaders till it goes beyond our control. The community leaders should be consistently engaged with the local populations in a move to resolve contentious issues affecting community in one way or another.

In reflecting the community history, our honesty, loyalty, peacemaking, integrity and above all, our unity has constantly remained unquestionable. Over centuries, we had been together in solidarity over many issues of concern in our community, and altogether, we had managed to live with our volatile neighbors and it is only of recent, our people started introducing new technics of hatred which is perceived to be politically motived.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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January 20, 2017 (SSB) — To prologue this response, I would like to accentuate that my response shouldn’t be translated as a flattering response aiming to achieve something. My response to Chuor’s article is merely propelled by his incoherent presentation of accusations and lack of evidences and it is fairer enough to say his psychosis has dragged him to undertake this suicidal mission.

Everyone who has read his article, “In the Cold: Is Ateny Wek Ateny being sidelined at the Presidency?” might have possibly posted some questions to himself or herself, like, Is Chuor Deng Chuor a real or an imaginary person; where does he work; how did he get the information he claims in the article; is he an insider who wants to replace Ateny; is he a student from the department of political science at the university of Juba who was a friend of Ateny but broke up; and so forth.

However, the fact of the reality is, he is a camouflaged suicide bomber who has been given a bomb by Ateny’s enemies to detonate with Ateny.

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The welcoming respite in reported cases of insecurity in Juba: Is it sustainable?

By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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new joke doing rounds in Juba: when attacked by burglars, call the police at your own risk.

January 19, 2017 (SSB) — The process that will bring to an end of the unknown gunmen story in juba started when the SPLA, police and other organize forces conducted a search and disarming the illegal weapons in the hands of the wrong people. The question of when the unknown gunmen going turn known is now exposed by the disarmament in Juba. It turn out that these unknown gunmen turn out to be unauthorized weapons carrier in the city.

Since that evil practice has come to light, what next? Is that security level maintainable? What is the organize forces going to do to keep unknown gunmen turn known away from killing and looting innocent people of Juba. All these questions in people minds shows clearly that the extent of desperation among the city inhabitants. The matter of fact is that there is insecurity in the country but it should not be in the city.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Amiol (Twic Mayardit) Community conference of 2016: Appreciation and gratitude to all members for their generous contributions

January 19, 2017 (SSB) — The roles of Social work Services are those of the most services ever needed in South Sudan. What the service delivery system does in functional to help vulnerable groups in South Sudan? From the social work services concepts, and psychological perspectives of serving humanity, Social workers are practitioners as people who acquired knowledge and skills on the field of helping professional, trained, and learning many concepts, perceptions, methods, theories, principles, and types of social work to assist other enhance their well-being.

Therefore, social workers are also licenced professionals who graduated with bachelors, masters, and PhD in social work fields and department of Social work from different universities and their aim is to assist for well-being of individuals and communities to copy up with their situation and help them change their own environment and realise their importance in the communities.

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By Garang Atem Ayiik (Gatem), Nairobi, Kenya

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January 18, 2017 (SSB) — This week, H.E President Salva Kiir issued a decree relieving top officials in central bank of South Sudan and appointing a new governor and his deputy. As expected, the President is concerned about hyper-inflation that is causing misery to citizens.

Author of this article believe that strong institutions, manned by strong people, play complementary role in meeting an institutional goals.

Without significant changes to central bank’s operation; so long as a central bank remain as an ATM of executive, so long technical staffs’ capacities are not enhanced, recent changes in central bank can be analogized to “changing monkeys on trees, but leaving the forest intact.”

On central bank governance, economists agreed that a good central bank is built on three pillars – independence, accountability and transparency. Any form of governance adopted by a central bank, has an impact on achieving its main objective of macroeconomic stability.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 17, 2017 (SSB) —- We know appointing and sacking government official is normal routine and everyone has to appreciate the chance given to him/her by the head of state. Congratulation to the new team though I don’t know their capabilities all eyes are on you. We also appreciate the services the outgoing team delivered to the people of south Sudan. It is time for the central bank to concentrate on regulation and the government look into clearing the mess pay sheet in all ministries. Stop paying people who don’t exist, people who don’t go to work.

The economic collapsed does not come as a surprise it was brought by mismanagement of financial institutions and lack of financial policies. Not just policies but strong policies with implementation mechanisms. There is a need to establish strong and robust economic system that works regardless of who is there. Yes, there is a need for people with economic background to put in place economic policies, but with the existence of cartels in finance sector still we will continue to have a problem. Policies in paper without execution will never work.

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In honour, dedication and praise of SISTER CHARITY NYOMBE GABRIEL MODI (advocate), a South Sudanese lawyer practicing in Juba

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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Dr. William Kon Bior Duot, overseeing the swearing in ceremony of Dr. John Garang and Salva Kiir as chairman and deputy chairman in Chukudum, 1994

January 17, 2017 (SSB) — NB//: Before you read the article below you ought to know the following— The author of this article is South Sudanese lawyer residing in Uganda and he can be reached via: juoldaniel@yahoo.com . The article is about criminal and criminal law in South Sudan and it is written in honour and praise of SISTER CHARITY NYOMBE GABRIEL MODI (advocate), a South Sudanese lawyer practising in Juba.

I have been pleased with her for upholding her duty as a lawyer to fight against the crime and upholding the rule of law. Her bravery in taking some time off to teach criminals behind public offices and government vehicles in South Sudan has really touched.  I, therefore, direct those who may have interest in knowing what she did to go to her facebook and get the story which made me very pleased with her.

The story begins as, “I feel so happy this morning for I gave a very important lecture on my way to KCB buluk for free…”As a lawyer, I expected her to teach the criminals and at the same time reminding the police of South Sudan to enforce the law through punishing or warning criminals as she did. I am proud of her.
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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

Prisoner in Rumbek

January 17, 2017 (SSB) — When the people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly for an independent State the choose life over death, it was a choice made as to what kind of future we and the generation to come will enjoy, it was a choice made that we and our offspring will have a life of freedom, justice and equal rights for all. This is not the case in Yirol. This hope has been dashed away by the inhumane acts perpetrated on the innocent and vulnerable person who’s their freedoms and liberties have been unlawfully and arbitrarily restrained.

Mabur-Zeed detention center in Yirol is such an illegal detention center in which most devastating, cruel, degrading and inhumane acts are being meted on the prisoners on daily basis. As the title of this article suggests, not only did the authorities in Yirol authorized and ordered arbitrary and indefinite detention, incommunicado detention, intimidations and extortion which are a common practice, beatings and torture are quite taking toll as an order of the day, but above the heinous of all, the government ordered a shoot-to-kill on five (5) detainees without any proper due process of the law.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Gen. Gregory Vassilli Dmitry (brother of Madam Ayendit), the new governor of Gogrial state

January 16, 2017 (SSB) — There is an ongoing debate over the past weeks about appointment of state governors of Twic and Gogrial. It happened that one Gregory who is related to the President’s family became a governor of Gogrial.

This may not be coincidence but all appointments if done according to constitution you’ll find that no single article bars the appointing authority from doing so. All mature and qualified South Sudanese are eligible for election and appointment in various positions in their government.

We have to look at the 2011 constitution in the legal point of view before we criticise. First, the Constitution was controversial because it was thought to have given too much power to the President.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 16, 2017 (SSB) — Tax is a fee charged by a government on a product, income or other activities. When it is charge or levied directly on personal or corporation, then it becomes direct tax. When charge on the price of a good or services it is known as indirect tax. The main purpose of taxation is to finance the government expenditure. According to that definition tax is charge on products, income and activities. It has never mentioned an unemployed people. Apart from these three it is no longer a tax but looting.

But one think that is not clear in context of south Sudan or part of, the problem not tax but the way this tax is applied or the legality of some taxes. In September the former Governor of Gogrial state Abraham Gum Makuach announced the increment of the house hold tax to 500 SSP that is 40 million SSP per a month, but he didn’t explained what he is going to do with this money. Any way I am not authorized to question any individual but to let the public know.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

Prisoner in Rumbek

January 16, 2017 (SSB) —- The detention center at Mabur-Zeed in Yirol has become emblematic of gross human rights abuses and violations perpetrated by the government of the State in the name of keeping the security of the State. The detentions at Mabur-Zeed and the wider lack of rule of law policies and practices continue to inflict serious damage on the dignity of the human person and a clear manifestation of the brutality of the government of the day which is hostile to dissenting voices in Yirol.

While Mabur-Zeed has never been reported in the news headlines about human rights abuses being meted on the innocent people in that particular part of the world, the human rights concerns associated with it are far more serious and worse than that of Guantanamo bay Prison in Cuba. Detainees at Mabur-Zeed detention center are subjected to a myriad of unaccountable human rights abuses and violations ranging from arbitrary detention without proper legal procedures being followed, indefinite detention, torture and incommunicado or prolonged detention even when the court of law says that the detention is illegal.

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By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia

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The Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development – JIPDD

January 16, 2017 (SSB) — Elizabeth Aliet Kuot was a double orphan; both parents and siblings died of civil war related causes. At the age of eleven, her newly wedded paternal uncle adopted her so she became her uncle’s first child. The problem was her uncle’s wife, a jealous and mean woman; Akuol Manguak was a middle-height, with ostrich’s egg-shaped face, a wet-looking haired, nineteen-year old woman; her teeth were as white as cotton-boll.

As soon as she moved into her own house, Akuol Manguak [her uncle’s wife], took Elizabeth Aliet with her. In darkness of the house and privacy of a newly wedded life, she abused her verbally and physically. “lift your ass off the ground, you little lazy ‘thing’”, she would seize her butts pushing and sending her to glide horizontally mid-air.

Sometimes, on Elizabeth Aliet’s unlucky days, she would land on misplaced objects. Her arms, calves, and even her belly, sustained bruises; bruises she blamed on the Civil war. Without civil war that claimed her kind, hardworking and most beautiful mum, she wouldn’t have been in the hands of that heartless and barren woman.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

January 16, 2017 (SSB) — Opening the world of democracy and politics in South Sudan has distinct compare to politics and democracy of other part of the world where democracy is promoting citizens participation in politics, exercise free and fair election, engages, and enjoying rule of law, freedom of speech or expression in a responsible manner that will not provoke public peace, transparency, responsibility, and accountability in services delivery.

According to dictionary.com, political liberty is “the right to express one freely and effectually regards the conduct, makeup, and principles of the government under which one lives”. Source: http://www.dictionary.com, 2017 Dictionary.com, LLC: 19:20 pm. In other word, without law, political liberty itself may not be regarded the way its requires in democratic society, and  there will be no liberty if citizens are politically blocked not to participate in election like case of south Sudan when the Western nations vigorously supported rebellion in 2013 apart from democracy.

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President Kiir has increased the number of states from 28 to 31, with the introduction of these new states, most in the IO controlled areas of Nuerland: Bieh, Akobo, Latjor , Maiwut, Tambura, Gbudwe, Central Upper Nile and Northern Upper Nile. Yet, The unity of the country does not depend on a number of states a country has but on the good administration and exemplary leadership

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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January 15, 2017 (SSB) —- When the CPA was signed ten states were created but what did we have? Corruption and citizens killing each other were common yet there was no war. Many people complain today that creating more states is not good for development but what do they understand by the term development?

What is important, is it to have few states or is it to have more states to protect citizens so that they live free of fear and develop their own self-reliance mechanisms?  In my understanding what is important for the development of any country and people are not few states but protection of citizens externally and internally so that they are free from fear and be able to engage in economic activities.

There is a different between development of a country and a number of states that the country, may have. The country may have few states but will not develop but some countries may have many states but develop.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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January 15, 2017 (SSB) — Hot on the heels of assuming office, the Governor or any political appointee is normally expected not to abuse the trust bestowed on him or her by the Head of State. It is conscientiously supposed to serve as an honor to diligently and satisfactorily discharge one’s duties in good faith. The Governors who are the appointees, but not people choices, are enjoying their powers as per the martial laws now in force.

It could be a political blunder or insult of one’s own intelligence to disagree with me that the SPLM Governors have failed to carry out their obligations as the laws of J1 require; to go down to the grassroots to preach peace and disseminate SPLM missions and visions which are more or less the Party commandments to the faithful.

Those who would have the audacity to disagree with me may be the daylight loyalists of the government, who at night, become fierce critics of the same government they claim to serve with unquestionable dedication.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba South Sudan

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January 13, 2017 (SSB) — As I just put it there in part one that we are going to talk about the meaning of power of tongue and the Khuoth de Amagak rotation in Upper Nile, there is life and death in the tongue. Anyway Amagak in Dinka is a small animal living in the forest. These animals if the hunters want to kill it, or if the traditional hunters went for hunting with their dogs, and on finding it, and the dogs try to catch it (Amagak), this animal releases a very smelly worse product until the dogs leave it alone.

But using Khuoth Amagak turns in figurative language from literal meaning of Khuoth Amagak, and the concept here is the smelly air released by this animal as a depend mechanism, and  how it affected dogs and human being because its contaminate the air around and within. If this animal applied such air tactics, its mess up the environment and the area will be unwanted and unpleasant till fresh natural air changes the situation.

Therefore, Khuoth Amagak contaminated the environment, and Dinka people used it from it literal meaning to figurative statements, which means Anya-nya II veteran Akuot Atem de Mayen used it while applying the meaning and concept together in term of curses against Nuer who brutally killed him when he accepted to joined SPLA after Nuer lost their Son Samuel Gai Tut around 1984, 1985, and 1986.

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Why Economic and Political Uprising are civil means to end the Life of the Repugnant and Unproductive Government: The Case of the Government of South Sudan

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 12, 2017 (SSB) —- The history of many African Liberation Movements have succinctly and coherently revealed that fighting for freedoms, in order to free your people from all yokes of oppression and marginalization of the repressive and most terrible despotic regimes in Africa is one thing and maintaining the legacy after the war to live longer is another. Too many African liberation movements suffered this fate and SPLM as one of the Africa’s strongest liberation movements of its time is thoroughly defaced by this disease and is on the next row.

The SPLM fought a fierce protracted civil war with the Islamist led government centered in Khartoum for more than two bloody decades which eventually culminated to the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement which form legal basis for south Sudan statehood. That was such an admired and well received legacy the SPLM as a liberation movement registered in the history of our nation. But is this legacy worth living on as it should have been? It’s certainly not. The SPLM after becoming a ruling party in both the former Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan seems to have felt short of its visions and missions and certainly lost its right direction.

The legacy which it had earned is being eaten away by some ants in its own thatched house where its cleaners became bosses. The legacy is no longer worth living in hearts and minds of the peoples of south Sudan, maybe only the SPLM diehards like myself may say yes, it would live worth living but loosely because it is the same SPLM that is eating its own tail. This is manifested by unethical and unprocedural reckless quirky mismanagement of almost all the resources of the state misguided by this assumption of being leaders of SPLM. This malfeasance conducts by these leaders led to the standstill and hence dysfunctionality of all the other organs of the party hence relegating some of them becomes weak and useless.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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land grabbing in South Sudan

January 11, 2017 (SSB) —- In economics, land comprises all naturally occurring resources whose supply is inherently fixed (Written By: The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannic Last Updated: 3-30-2009 S). The land is the source of human survival and any person that takes the land of other people must be ordered to return that land to the owner.

As a source of survival land is rich in all kinds of minerals. For example all geographical locations contains different mineral deposits, forests, fish stocks, atmospheric quality, geostationary orbits, and portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

In that respect, natural resources are fundamental to the production of all goods, including capital goods (Editors of Britannica cited above). Location values must not be confused with values imparted by fixed capital improvements.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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Gen. Gregory Vassilli Dmitry (brother of Madam Ayendit), the new governor of Gogrial state

January 10, 2017 (SSB) — It was on Tuesday, the 3rd of January, the first work day of 2017 when President Salva Kiir Mayardit inked the polemical appointment of Gen. Gregory Deng at J1. It was exactly the third day of the New Year and the New Year’s wishes were still fresh in everyone’s mind. With that appointment, President has controversially coloured the wishes of the New Year.

For some in Gogrial state (Pres. Kiir’s own state) who thought that 2016 was not fair to them economically and politically because of former governor Gum being in power, and they were wishing the New Year to come with many desirable items on its menu ranging from political to economical, I want to say congratulations!

President Kiir has served you with Gen. Gregory on gubernatorial plate as your best New Year wish on the 2017 political menu. Maburuk! to those who tie their political fortunes to the political success of Gen. Gregory that, please, enjoy but don’t forget that there are many challenges lying ahead there and if you don’t work hard to maintain this seat by delivering what is expected of you to the people of Gogrial state, then be mindful what brought Gregory may take him away any time.
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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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Bany Kiirdit: The shameful suffering of the children of our martyrs and heroes is disgraceful; photo by Emmanuel Kenyi

January 10, 2017 (SSB) — They call them fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters and we call them fallen heroes/heroines. The war of struggle for the independence of South Sudan brought about mixed effects; positive and negative. Positive in sense that we got independence and negative because the hopes have never been fulfilled. That independence cost us lives. The life of those we call heroes or heroines. That damage caused by losing these relatives is unrepairable.

The pain of losing the father, mother or relative. After these children’s parents gave up their life to free us; their children become a victim of their heroic act. They roam on the streets of ever states in south Sudan and we call them street children without knowing that their parents’ lives gave us homes we live in. We don’t bother to question what pushed them to the streets but we kick them out in our houses when they want place to sleep, when the want food to eat.

If their parents resurrect from death, they will call us all kind of names and will never accept to offer their precious life again for our freedom. They will know that what they did has benefited few not the way they expected. They will know that they were praiseworthy when they were alive but not after they passed way. They will know that country only knows them when they are a live but not after they are gone.

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