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By Zack Mayul, Kampala, Uganda

Looking for black market fuel sellers

In search of black market sellers of fuel in South Sudan

July 28, 2017 (SSB) — This thing. A sense of losing moral values, loss of one’s own dignity, and the engineer of the world total distraction: a game where men seduce other men and fall in love with the size of their pockets and bank accounts. This, let’s just baptize it ‘ECONOMIC HOMOSEXUALITY.’

In other words, it is a process by which men chase men with money, or women chase their fellow women because they have what they want. It is no longer a diagonal affair like gold digging anymore as you might think.

In this process, at this critical time; it is where money produces the loudest noise, trust lose value, friendships all dead and gone, and respect got buried unceremoniously. These days, those who used to be close together have dispersed. No phone calls to check on one another, no frequent visiting, and no usual beer joints as a team.


By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

Riek and Emma

Riek Machar and Emma McCunne

July 28, 2017 (SSB) — There are strange reasons that compel me to talk about Riek Machar even when I don’t want to do so because I’m not a member of any of the embattled SPLM factions. Anything to do with SPLM has nothing to do with me for we are incompatible in form and character. This excerpt is not meant to exonerate Riek from what is currently bedeviling south Sudan. I’m just making the general appeal to the international community to be fair and just in their engagement in our political affairs.

Over times, the international community has been supporting Riek and defending Kiir at the same time, and this subjective approach has had severe repercussion on our populace. Instead, they should provide level playing field to all actors in South Sudan. As I said therein I’m not supporting Riek per se. I simply want to point out where he was wronged and mistreated, and if that will be misconstrued to mean that I’m supporting him, so be it.

As civil society member, I’m cognizant of a dictum opined by one civil society guru that ‘‘civil society is political Actor; that civil society is distinct from the opposition and the state, and that it will be dereliction of duty of civil society actor if he don’t engage the state and the opposition to governance, democracy and the human rights’.


Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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July 28, 2017 (SSB) — Alfred Taban is not such a too local man of whom you would hear his name and goes to sleep. I knew this man way back in the early 2000s as a BBC Correspondence for Sudan. I didn’t know where he lived neither did I know him but it was okay anyway because great men are only heard, they are hardly seen. He was an eloquent speaker whose voice and wit would increase your penchant for listening. The man whose great work influenced and enticed me to journalism at the times I needed to be a Doctor, medical doctor!

No journalistic leaf that Alfred has left unturned and no journalistic mountain and river that he has not climbed and crossed. There is no doubt that Taban the journalist has finally leaped out of his cherished profession of journalism to a new hole of empty noise, hypocrisy, and bribery – politics!

I am happy that he is representing the great place I studied and grew up from, kajo-keji (Kangapo 1) and I have no doubt in the representation of Kajo-keji, it’s fully represented. That side of the country whether Kangapo 1&2, Kansuk, Kendiri and Bori hardly run short of hard working and genius people only that Juba has made itself the immediate spectacle for easy abstraction that deviates the regime to only pick from here …and not there.


By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA


R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA


R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA

July 27, 2017 (SSB) — I was in the red army of the SPLA and knew Gen. Kawac Makuei perfectly well. He joined the SPLM/A in 1984. He was a member of the Jamus Battalion under the Late Kerubino Kuanyin Bol together with Victor Ayolnhom. They did not receive the training because they joined the bush as politicians.

Then, Kawac was commissioned as a Lt. Col and given two Coys from Jamus battalion which were going to Bahr El Ghazal for mobilization of Muor-Muor Battalion .He was with Captain Elijah Hon Top as a political commissar and 1st Lt Deng Alor Kuol to mention but a few.

There, they met the A2 politically headed by the Late Lual Diing Wol, Late Miakol for the military wing and deputized by Malong Awan. 24 of the senior officers of A2 were enrolled in shield one Cadet in Bonga Military Training School which included, among others, Miakol himself, Paul Malong, James Ajongo and Pieng Deng Kuol.


By Okello Peter, Juba, South Sudan

May 16th: Celebrating the Founding of the SPLM/SPLA

July 27, 2017 (SSB) — Agitated by the information that young boys were being molested in Malakal by Arab teachers, Anthony Bol Madut joined the liberation struggle when he was just a young student – in the early sixties. He is a member, soldier, information gatherer for the Anyanya-1, gun-buyer and as early as 1983, one of the founders of the SPLA/M. After 1972 agreement, he was one of the fighters back then who did not believe that the Khartoum Government would honour the agreement; so in 1975, he shot his Arab colleagues and went back to the bush. Karbino Kuanyin, a Captain by then failed intentionally to capture Sergeant Anthony Bol, as he was being chased, a fugitive as he was. The Dawn considers Anthony Bol a patriot, like many others of his time, and therefore, among the nation founders and freedom fighters in this country. A well-known sharp shooter, a fearless commander, Anthony Bol fought for the rights, liberty, and freedom of South Sudanese citizens back then.

The Dawn’s senior reporter, Peter Okello caught up with him, shortly after his return from South Africa, where he had gone for periodic medical checkup.


By Nhial Bol Aken, Juba, South Sudan

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SPLM Reunification: President Museveni meets President Kiir and G-10 leaders in Kampala

Juba 27, 2017 (SSB) — Some disgruntled politicians, friends and some fellow citizens have been bothering me in the last few days asking me about some questions of what made Alfred Taban defected to SPLM- IO. Repeatedly I have been telling them that the decision is made and Taban is free to decide for himself what he thinks is right for him.

However, the aim of writing this article is to caution fellow citizens not to follow some of us to where we wanted to go because most of us who influenced the processes have reached a limitation of questioning God why He is leaving us alive at the times of allowing others to pass away. I assumed my former colleague has reached his limit to questioning some issues as a matter of his concern.

I also want to argue that Taban doesn’t want to be another Robert Mugabe of the media. He wants to show a good example of retirement from being a beautiful young girl to a pimp because the practices continue in a different form. I called him that his decision is his right and wished him the best of luck.


By Junior William Deng, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania



Dr. Majak Agoot Atem


July 27, 2017 (SSB) — Politics is playing second fiddle to technology today. This interplay between politics and technology has increased access to political information available for consumption on daily basis through media outlets such as cable news, Facebook, Google news, Snapchat, Viber, Twitter, etc.

Technology has improved politics particularly political communication where politicians talk to the masses online unlike traditional political communication where politicians conduct rallies to relay messages. Today, a politician tweets, Facebooks or goes live on messenger and thousands of followers would get informed.

Three days ago Dr. Majak D’agoot twitted about Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial handshake refusal in Entebbe. This tweet was heavily consumed online but the interesting thing was how a tweet of less than one hundred and forty (140) words generated national debate. This shows how vital the technology is to the people of all walks of life and how paramount is technology to the masses, communication, and the politicians.


By Wol Deng Akech, Juba, South Sudan

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SPLM Reunification: President Museveni meets President Kiir and G-10 leaders in Kampala

July 26, 2017 (SSB) —- As issues of public debate cannot be approach without aligning them to legal instruments or public policy frameworks, I decided to make an attempt in answering the question above by examining National, Regional and International frameworks and lastly personal opinion approach by discussing the chances of viability of National Dialogue alongside the State of emergency (SoE).

On July 17, 2017, President Salva Kiir issued another shocking evening presidential decree like the Justices and Judges Dismissal decree. This time, President of the Republic issued a decree in accordance with Article 189(1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011 (amended 2015) three (3)-months state of emergency in Gogrial, some part of Tonj, Wau and the Aweil East States.

This decree came at the background of intensifying inter-communal fights among the three communities of Gogrial State namely; Apuk Vs Aguok, Apuk Vs. Kuac Ayok and Apuk Vs. (Abiem Mayer in Tonj State). These communal fights left a number of dozens of people killed and no one detained for the agitation of such violence.


Most ladies nowadays would prefer to live a single life than being in love or married. The reason why they do that is not well understood but for the record, some of the ladies who lived single lives are either divorced or they want to be single by choice. Living single lives have its pros and cons. Anyway, let’s not judge a book by its cover. To set the ball rolling, let’s begin our journey …!!!

By Peter Okello, Juba, South Sudan

Peter Okello – Human Rights Activist and Political Journalist

Peter Okello – Human Rights Activist and Political Journalist

July 26, 2017 (SSB) — Most people say it is very hard to live a single life but some of the ladies say that actually, single life is the best compare to having a fiancé or living with a husband. According to research that I conducted here in Juba on ladies who are single, divorced or married claims that, it is rather far better to live single life than sharing a room with a “stranger”.

The feedbacks were alarming, sparkling and skyrocketing. Ladies claims that when you live alone, you are absolutely free from stress and you can do what you feel like doing without anyone telling you nonsense. You get what you want, whenever you wanted it and above all, you accept things you want and reject what you don’t … that is the best happiness you have ever wanted to have, they claimed!


By Wol Deng Akech, Lucknow, India

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

July 25, 2017 (SSB) — For the last two months, the question regarding the Judiciary independence became a matter of a public debate and interest due to the circumstance of Judiciary strikes demanding the improvement of conditions of work within the Judiciary and relieve of Chief Justice Hon. Justice Chan Reec Madut by the President or to tender his resignation to the President. The same matter reached its high climax when the 13 Justices and Judges were dismissed by President Salva Kiir through an evening Presidential decree (Decree No: 100/2017) which is out cried by the nation and the region as well.

As a member of this learned fraternity, one feels it as necessary to make some attempts in pursuit of a better judicial system in our country.  The purpose of this piece of writing is to test the independence of Judiciary in the Republic of South Sudan in regards to selection, recommendation, appointment dismissal of Justices and Judges.  It will also discuss the basis and legality of the dismissal order, the lack of which will mean powers of the executive without limits is tyrannical in practice or judiciary/Justice with the decision without force/power or independence is powerless.

Thus, we must have an executive which runs its daily activities within the ambit of Constitution and the law and Judiciary which has to administer, presides cases, makes its decisions with force for the establishment of functionary justice delivery institution.  The legal nature of the decree will be discussed at a later stage in this paper and eventually leads to a conclusion with some recommendations, but the first one would like to examine the conditions in which a judiciary is referred, to be independent.


Ladies always ask obvious questions whether Mr. Love exists. Some still ask themselves that, do men really love their women or it is only the game that they intend to play. What is in the heart of cheaters or womanizers? Do they date to marry their ladies they dated or to merely play with them? Let me spill the nut for you today. How then can the womanizers and cheaters end the game of playing with ladies? I will tell you what to be done for them to end their nasty games.

By Peter Okello, Juba, South Sudan

Peter Okello – Human Rights Activist and Political Journalist

Peter Okello – Human Rights Activist and Political Journalist

July 25, 2017 (SSB) — For obvious reasons and for all the good reasons on earth, you can never predict or tell what is in the mind of this handsome looking guy you are dating or dated yesterday. This guy is cute. Oh my God! He is sent from heaven just for you only. He is superbly awesome and made out of honey. He is sweet and creamy. Perhaps his sweetness is like that chocolate ice-creams you take every day.

Now all you want to do is to fall in love with him, perhaps kiss him there and after. You are afraid to lose him to another lady, do you? You see, there are these ladies are well trained in snatching husbands and boyfriends of other ladies. We nickname them as “husband snatchers”.  Be careful with them. These ladies cannot look for their own men. All they do is to wait and when they come into your life as friends, they immediately begin to mess things up with your boyfriend. Watch out ooh!

Sometimes it is very easy to identify these guys who pretend to be a loving and caring fiancé. This guy tells you sweet words and often promise to do this and do that, watch out for such guys in the street. These kinds of guys, my dear – they are clever cheats.


By Peter Gai Manyuon, Kampala, Uganda

IGAD Communique on South Sudan, Nairobi, March, 2017

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July 24, 2017 (SSB) — Admittedly, since civil war broke out in December 2013 up to early 2017, the number of displaced persons is increasing on monthly basis. Three years on from the outbreak of conflict, nearly Seven point five (7.5) million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection across the country as a result of armed conflict, inter-communal violence, economic crisis, disease  outbreaks and climatic shocks according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) and nothing is achieved yet to resolve the on going conflict in the Country.

On the other hand, United Nations estimated , over five hundred thousand (500,000) people have been killed so far, and more than one point six (1.6) million are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various protection Camps within the Country, especially Juba, Malakal, Bentiu, and Wau.  Evidently, one point five (1.5) million are currently refugees in neighboring countries according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in their recent 2017 report.


He was a great guy. Lovely, adorable, cute and handsomely awesome. The first time I saw him, my heart beats faster than normal. He squarely stole my heart on that very first sight. He is superbly mature, in mind and in the body. He is a guy who all ladies would want to be with. A guy you can never take your eyes off him when you look at him. This guy was solely my guy but as I talk to you now, everything has ended in jeopardy.  I hate him now, I hate him tomorrow and I hate him forever. This is a tale of a lady who divorces in three days after the honeymoon. Here is what she told me about her so called “lover”

Peter Okello – Human Rights Activist and Political Journalist

Peter Okello – Human Rights Activist and Political Journalist

July 24, 2017 (SSB) — It was a year ago when I met this guy in Juba grand hotel around three o’clock on Saturday. I was with my colleagues, just going out on a weekend vibes as usual. My friend Achang, left me shortly to receive her boyfriend who was at the hotel main gate. I was there seated waiting for her to come back.

Just in a blink of an eye, this guy who later called himself Johnny appeared from nowhere and ask me if I could allow him to seat beside me. I look at him, beginning from his legs to his forehead, he wasn’t bad at all. He is smart, cute and handsome.  Not to shame to the devil, I allowed him to the seat.

Guess what happened after he sat? This guy asks for my names, can you imagine! A total whole stranger asking for my names, wonders shall never end! Anyway, I had to tell him my names after he insisted for long. This after knowing my names, he started asking me if I could drink Blue moon and I diligently told him that I don’t drink but will try it in my honeymoon time. He said really, and I was like, yeah!


By Zack Mayul, Nairobi, Kenya

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SPLM Reunification: President Museveni meets President Kiir and G-10 leaders in Kampala

July 24, 2017 (SSB) — With this generation, some parents will either break down this brick built mind ideology of over pricing their daughters, or ‘sell’ them off at a throw away bride price or maybe, to take what is available in the hand if they are not willing for yearly installments.

As far as am concern about this generation, where my brothers run away from responsibilities, and where the entire community toil to sponsor one son to study. How is it even necessary to satisfy one’s need before that of the people he wants to help? Where does self-actualization goal come in here?

Through struggle from primary, high school, and at the university, this boy has been helped by his father and mother in the village, brother in the USA, and his sister if there is any. Aside from that, cousins, uncles, or aunties have been giving a hand into making him a scholar, too.

When he graduates and get a job, all these people will all look up to him to divide his salary into equal halves. Apart from salaries, they will expect him to marry a decent girl from a known family because this is what the community requires him to do. A girl whose her father had been a wrestler, chief, or a traditional lawyer, or maybe a neighbor if he is lucky.


Have you ever gone out with your boyfriend, just to chillax during the weekend at the riverside or in a classy hotel and then, when time for paying bills comes, your guy starts to pay for you or you boarded a taxi and this guy of yours claims to be paying everything and anything that your fingers had laid on, Ladies … “this gorgeous guy is controlling every second of your breath in his palms” Don’t allow your guy to pay for you, Here are the reasons why you shouldn’t allow your man to pay for your bills in a golden plate.

By Peter Okello, Juba, South Sudan


Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

July 22, 2017 (SSB) — Today, many people question the validity and viability of relationship and openly wonder if it should continue to be esteemed as the bedrock of modern social development. Ladies are habitually becoming the first hand victims than usual as men claims all the million responsibilities in this modern society.

What is the reason as to why your man wanted to be paying all the house bills, studying fees, transportation fares, lunch bills, cinema or games tickets, all the time, why? Why are you so reluctant to object his claims of being “Mr. responsible guy?

Listen ladies … men pretend to be very clever and they will tend to find many ways to persuade you so that you fall into their traps. There is no problem with your man paying bills but the mountain problem here is “he could be acting as being a nice and a responsible man now but in future trust me, this man of yours will starts excuses” just wait and you will see!

Well the world is a global village right now. So if your man is abroad or within Africa, you have nothing to worry about. You can call your man anytime and video chat with him. You have this sophisticated gadgets, don’t you? You own IPhone 7, Samsung 8, Techno 6 or Techno 6 plus, Black Berry, Sony Erickson, Infinix or Huawei phone.


By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

July 23, 2017 (SSB) — The Adar (Wuna’mom) County is the newly created County in Northern Upper Nile State. The Adar oilfield, also known as the Adar Yol, in the 1990s the name Yol was added by former commissioner of Northern Upper Nile County late honorable Ustaz: Chuai Deng Yol. Former Northern Upper Nile County was component or constituent of Melut, Maban and Renk as HQ. Adar (Wuna’mom) County currently is known as Adar 1&2 and it’s Block (3) of oil field production, is an oilfield situated in the Melut Basin or bowl in South Sudan estimated to contain about 276 million barrels (43,900,000 m3) of oil.

The Chevron Corporation discovered Adar (Wuna’mom) field in 1981, shortly before the start of the 2nd Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005). Soon after Chevron had suspended operations in 1984, Sudanese government troops began attacking civilian settlements in the area, burning the houses and driving the people away, and in the late 1990s, Nuer militias from Nasir helped the army in clearing away the people to make way for the roads and infrastructure of the oilfield.


By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala Uganda

big fish vs small fish

big fish vs small fish

July 22, 2017 (SSB) — When the governor was appointed he was a good man as he was doing what the citizens of Gok State wanted.  The government the citizens of Gok State need is the one that is neutral and able to protect their rights equally without being bias or seen to be bias. This was what the governor and his government was initially doing which made me to write colourfully in praise of him.

However, with time the government of Gok State began to be bias and also become more concern with how to raise money than protecting the interests of the citizens. Consequently, all the accused or all suspected of crimes that were arrested were released upon the payment of money.

Hence, the state of Gok was trading money with justice which is injustice. Money should never be substitute for justice. Therefore, increasing fines as a way of setting culprits or accused free is unfortunate. This is because injustices that have been committed among the citizens remained unaddressed as money has become more important than lives and the need for justice by the Gok State citizens.


By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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Fighting in Juba, 2013, 2016

July 22, 2017 (SSB) — I was a bit late to arrive at London Cafeteria in Atlabara, Tumbura road where a friend of mine invited me for lunch last Thursday, Jul 20, 2017.

On my way to the cafeteria, I received almost five telephone calls from him asking for my current location while coming. I told him I was at Mobil roundabout.

As though I had invited the problem, one bus passenger that was sitting next to me nodded his head, feeling sorry for the name I used to call the roundabout.

“What? Come again! Why don’t people ask for the name of the place if they are not familiar with before locating themselves to others,” said the passenger in a loud voice. Then he looked around trying to see his sympathizers.


“The real prison is the wall of silence erected around you by your colleagues, which prevents you from seeing or hearing the truth, until I have arrived to this place (Paris), I didn’t know I have been overthrown in Khartoum,” says Sudanese President late Jafaar Mohammed Nimeri in 1985.

By Kharubino Kiir Garang, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan. Grab your copy at

July 21, 2017 (SSB) — One of the revulsions of history is that it often repeats itself. After dethronement of Mayen Wol Jong and Yel Luol Koor from J-1 on financial scandals, there was hope that J-1 is liberated from all sorts of corrupt cartels. Unfortunately, here arose other bastards in J-1 in persons of Ateny Wek Ateny and Mayiik Deng Ayii.

These dudes are not only administratively corrupt but intellectually bankrupt to serve in the highest office of the land. They erected the wall of lies to block the truth from reaching the president.

They control President’s ears, they determine what to give to the President to hear and what to ignore. They deprive him from hearing the truths from grassroots. Not only that, but they are also depriving him of meeting good people carrying gospel messages. They are destroying him!

Honestly, his office is filled with people attributively incompetent. His office is packed of people that are either unschooled or functionally illiterate. Others are gifted bloviates, introversive, and loquacious people. They are a disgrace to the Presidency in disguise. They are unproductive and unappreciative.


By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

PaanLuel Wel website, along with Sudan Tribune, Radio Tamazuj and Nyamilepedia, has been blocked in South Sudan by the national security

PaanLuel Wel website, along with Sudan Tribune, Radio Tamazuj and Nyamilepedia, has been blocked in South Sudan by the national security

July 21, 2017 (SSB) — We would like to vent our ire on the recent autocratic executive order to block the online news websites for the mother Sudan, and Radio

On 18th July, 2017, President Salva Kiir’s regime via her mouthpiece Mr. Michael Makuei issued a draconian decree barring the aforementioned revolutionary online websites saying without any slightest feeling of shame that they are becoming hostile to them, which in our view is untrue.

This is another major blow on public informants and an act of disservice to our people. We felt very unhappy, and we condemned the decision makers and their decision altogether with contempt it deserves. If they have functional ears for hearing they should reverse this intolerable decision.