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By Junior William Deng, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


SPLM/A Commander Majak Agot Atem, during the War of Liberation

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — In 2005, after the acrimonious death of our magnanimous freedom fighter and leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior in Uganda’s military helicopter, the shocks of his passing shoke and trembled all Sudanese particularly all marginalised people of the Sudan. In the build up to the succession, the SPLM/A leadership sat at Dr. Garang town of New Site and gave Gen. Salva Kiir a vote of confidence to take the mantle of leadership to follow the footsteps of the liberation struggle.

Gen. Kiir being the national deputy of the SPLM/A and having been loyal to the movement made him the first choice and undisputable successor. However, in the back of everyone’s mind Gen. Kiir has had a heck up with Dr. John in 2004 which almost broke the very foundation of the revolution and peace process in Naivasha, Kenya. Dr. Garang took it upon himself and provided leadership and nominate Dr. Riek Machar and other members of SPLM/A leadership to organize talks, conciliation and transformation of differences to build confidence and momentum to stop war and bring peace to the people of the Sudan, Southern Sudan, Korodufan, Abyei and Blue Nile.


By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda


The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba

April 26, 2017 (SSB) —- In the society where people are confused and do not know what they are doing, they always point fingers at other people and keep on blaming others for their faults. In such a situation, it is hard to get a solution and because of that people can easily lose confidence or trust in the system based on hearsay.

Where people live on hearsay, it is hard to maintain trust or confidence. The most important thing is trust and where there is no trust, the system is broken or will be broken by lies.

For that reason, it is important to say something small about trust.  In a social context, trust has several connotations.  According to Wikipedia, trust typically refers to a situation characterized by the following aspects:

One party (trustor) is willing to rely on the actions of another party (trustee); the situation is directed to the future. In addition, the trustor (voluntarily or forcedly) abandons control over the actions performed by the trustee.


‘Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power’. – William Gaddis

By Ajang Alaak Atem, Bor, South Sudan

Riek vs Taban

The battle over the SPLM-IO leadership

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — “Corruption, the biggest reason for the downfall of most empires and civilization. Some group of people can tolerate corruption as long as their leader champions their religion, some will tolerate bribery as long as they champion their own race. I’ve lived long enough to see most of my friends that shouted anti-corruption slogan against the government have no problem bribing a police officer and vote for a leader of their choice as long as these leaders championed their own race” ~ Gecko & Fly

Based on past observations from Sudan government, and after South Sudan gained her independence from the decayed Khartoum regime, we assumed that the fresh leaders who took over the government of South Sudan could be benevolent not as predatory as they have become a threat to the development of their own state (South Sudan) in recent days after attaining their self-determination.


“When you change the way, you look at things, the things you look at change.” (Max Planck)

By Ocholamero Otir Bure OROTO, Queensland, Australia

Ocholamero Otir Bure OROTO, Queensland, Australia

Ocholamero Otir Bure OROTO, Queensland, Australia

Dear South Sudanese,

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — It is vital to try seeing things from various angles!  Peace lovers and concerned South Sudanese within and outside South Sudan plus their friends have been suggesting political dialogues as the surest means to resolves South Sudan’s issues long time ago, but, the call felled in deaf ears of those steering the country.

There are several reasons for concerned people to say no to war. How could people prefer war to peace when the atrocities are on our face! Let the leaders and the ordinary people see the consequences for supporting war in one way or another. For examples; a place like Western Equatoria State that used to be one of the finest bread basket is no longer producing due to war, it is rendered unproductive in terms of its known agricultural activities, similar thing can be said of other states or regions in South Sudan. The result of the leadership-made war is now self-evidenced. Famine is now real, none of the leaders can rhetorically sweep this reality under the carpet anymore.


By John Achiek De Mabior, Bor, Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

April 24, 2017 (SSB) — The Governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer Panyang has confirmed the resumption of the recent postponed peace deal between the two States of Jonglei and Boma soon.

Jonglei Governor stated that the Boma State Governor Ismail Konyi has accepted Peace Conference between the two neighboring States last week. Aguer made the statement during the morning service at St. Andrew Church on Sunday in Bor, Jonglei State.

According to Governor Aguer, the Boma State Governor did not accept Terekeka anymore and Torit as well but he preferred Kapoeta State as the conducive place for the peace to take place.

Philip call upon the Citizen of Jonglei to remain calm and promise that peace will be achieved between Jonglei and Boma State this year.


By Tito Awen Bol, Nairobi, Kenya

April 24, 2017 (SSB) —-Good Leaders are good readers.” As the English wise words have put it above, I was quite fascinated at such a spree when I visited Hon. Kuol Athian’s Home Library in Nairobi. Since I love reading economics and statistics books away from my dual professions; I felt that that library can make one of the best specialized economic library in South Sudan if it can be turned into an investment and a slight improvement made

It was quite much magnificent, well equipped with all the sorts of economic, statistical, financial, business management books and economic journals. It was marvelous to say the least, absolutely; it is deeply still beckoning my brain longing for development through knowledge!

As I always encourage the young people of my age to revive the reading culture (and the literature in general) which is at the verge of ‘death’ since our leaders hardly read. I was held on “twerp” and disapprovement when I learned that there exists a politician who is a serious reader beyond my imagination.


Jon Pende Ngong: “The most costly bride in Bor in 2007: 200,000 ssp ($100,000) = 200 cows. In April 2017: 200,000 ssp ($1,000) = 2 cows”

By Ajang Alaak Atem Bor, South Sudan



April 23, 2017 (SSB) — This contrast must not be undersold, for it is plausible to think that having a heart to cooperate as citizens of South Sudan makes our nation better off. Appropriately, we, ourselves as the citizens together with our leaders should take upper lead in finding the middle ground for the future of our beloved young nation, South Sudan.

For we have the capacity to do what we want to resuscitate the life of our vanishing-nation. It’s out role as the countrymen and the countrywomen of South Sudan; we are the key stakeholders to stop the inflaming variance situations in south Sudan. It all requires thorough understanding of great damage and carefully engage ourselves in bringing forth the lasting peace for the common advantage of all citizens.


Reposted from Breitbart news


Kiir and Garang, liberation day

Dr. John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir Mayaardit, during the liberation era

April 22, 2017 (SSB) — In late March, speaking with barely controlled anger, Dutch Minister for International Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen told Dutch TV, “The leaders of South Sudan are bastards who starve their own people!” Ploumen is justified to feel passionate about African babies dying from hunger. Australia’s SBS on March 31 declared the minister “isn’t one for holding back.”

But Ploumen chose to not hold back on the wrong target in South Sudan’s so-called “civil war” that has devastated the nation and its prospects for the past three years. The minister was primarily referring to the democratically-elected President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, omitting criticism of rebel forces causing displacement of populations and exacerbating a famine by preventing adequate access for humanitarian agencies.

U.S. and other politicians, journalists, and humanitarian organizations usually mutter diplomatically that “both sides are at fault” or “all players in the conflict commit atrocities,” while privately condemning President Kiir’s administration and the South Sudan Army. Ploumen, though, didn’t even try to pretend to see any moral equivalence. The Big Man in his cowboy hat from W (fairly certain Kiir has cast off the hat that former Secretary of State Kerry, that old Texas cowhand, gave him to displace deliberately the Bush hat) was in her sights.


Mistrust of community members, diversion of facts are always derivatives of electoral fraud: The case of Kuac Youth Union in Juba

By Abel Amet Amet, Juba, South Sudan

hate speech

April 22, 2017 (SSB) — It has come to my attention that some individuals within members of youth of Kuac Community, whether knowing or unknowingly have allegedly implicated me of the debacles attributed  to the electoral failure & consequential call off of the Kuac Youth Union electoral processes in Juba-freedom Hall dated 16th April 2017.

On the false ground, that the allegation of the polling process had been disrupted by me arguing that I failed to know the membership and eligibility of two community members of youth present in the congregation namely Mayom Mathuc and daughter of Dr. Kuacdit; but were successfully allowed to vote. So accusation was that, I disallowed them forcefully not to exercise their social and political rights – a fundamental rights provided for in many international charters, South Sudan Constitution and Constitution of Kuac Youth Union in Juba.

It was further alleged that I have emotionally torn up the ballot paper of daughter of Dr. Kuacdit, and forced her out of the meeting hall and later attacked violently my colleague comrade Atem Wol Tong who managed the campaign of candidate Aguer Manyuat Akeen all of which was a fabricated lie.


Ministry of Health in Collaboration with South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission Organized one Day Participatory Workshop in Bor- Jonglei State

By Achiek de Mabior, Bor, Jonglei state


April 21, 2017 (SSB) — Jonglei State Ministry of Health in Collaboration with HIV/AIDS Commission Conduct one Day Consultative Workshops in Bor town, the workshops is aiming at the State and County level for the NSP review/Development and Dialogue for GF application. Dr Achol, the D/Chairperson for the HIV/AIDS Commission in South Sudan call upon the Citizen of South Sudan and Jonglei state in Particular to give the Generation of this time a chance to enjoy their live but should be protected such that they remain alive for the next Generation.

Dr Achol further said that, the most Dangerous place in Juba with high Population with HIV/AIDS infection is Shirkhat, and the most people who are staying in Shirkat are the people from this State of Jonglei and they think that they are save from the Disease while most of the people have contracted it from the bordering areas of Nimule, Kaya, Nadapal, Uganda, Kenya and DR Congo, Dr Achol call upon the citizen of Jonglei State through their Participants to provide theirs Sons and Daughters with Condoms such that they can be able to protect themselves from the Dangerous Disease (HIV/AIDS)


Ajang Alaak Atem Bor, South Sudan

ding chan 2

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty

April 21, 2017 (SSB) — I am not saying a beautiful face carries ugly brain. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary ugly means an offensive to the sight’. I disagree with this definition. Let me take you through this article. Some believed that once a human is bodily ugly it becomes generally not beautiful. But no!  It is often problematic to advocate one theory for bearers of one kind, and another theory for bearers of a different kind.

However, I’m not becoming rigid about what is ugly – I’m just infuriating ideas about our assumptions of ugliness. On other side of the plate I’m not looking for agreement. When we talk about design, it is this effort to bring in beauty by the contemporary society. They told us that if things were functional they would be beautiful – but as soon as you investigate what is beauty – I would say the evidence is mixed.


By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan


April 21, 2017 (SSB) — An idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is general accepted as reality or rational arguments is typically regarded as a symptom of confusion and a risky burden to constructive debates as well as being unprofessional and unethical in writings.

I can’t afford to breach the confidence/trust of my fellow writers on the blog, immediate friends and brothers who have influenced me with powerful comments and advice into my email not to engage with him further more than this.


By Mading Abraham Majur, 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 21, 2017 (SSB) — Clearly allotment has eaten up profoundly into the system of the government and that some of us believe that, we talk about unity which is not practicable concept. We are not helping matters either as we are complaining about the government for our lives but yet the government itself fails to listen to the voices of the citizens.

The SPLM leadership is clearly the problem of this nation, the vision and mission of the party has been turn to private pockets by the current powerful leaders whom doesn’t care for the people lives.

 President Kiir, must step up to rescue South Sudanese from these masses, otherwise, we are done for good, where there is no hope for better future of this country were fear and hunger are threats of citizens lives. There is nowhere in this world where citizens are complaining and their government remain indoors accepted South Sudan.


By Achier Manyuat John, Juba, South Sudan


April 20, 2017 (SSb) — First and foremost, I will not negatively rebuttal my Charlatan brother Emmanuel Ariech Deng’s diatribe false, plain joints of riddles and his illogical argument against me blatantly are nothing but a bunch of grapes meant to mislead the public about me as “a gossiper, a shenanigan, and a bravado of South Sudan”. Let me put it out clear that I did not intend to rebut your mischievous, frivolous and vexatious article as posted on your website neither will I allow you to go without giving you a proper dose of facts, which you seem to demand.

Most of your gratuitous personal attacks towards my family and me are totally biased and absurdly misplaced far from realities. However, the more I kept reading what this clearly misplaced, unmatched and incompetent ‘critique’ wrote on his website, the more some of my friends and readers motivated me to respond to your wicked riddles of trying to maliciously harm me socially.

Your dizzy screed full of fabricated and concocted lies is nothing as you seem to be envious of me making you try to tarnish my name and paint me as an evil person in the eyes of others, which doesn’t give a true reflection of my stalwart good reputation as is. I have fully diagnosed the gist of your dense article against me, and I will respond logically as opposed to your empty malignant attacks and inept psychoanalytic words.


Juba Regime Carries Secularism to the Grave

By Dr. Costello Garang Ring Lual, Germany

John Garang wih the family of Jambo

Dr. John Garang with the family of Jambo

April 19, 2017 (SSB) — Secularism means the separation of State and Church or Mosque or Synagogue. The term is not synonymous with atheism or permissiveness, as is often feared by conservative religious societies or somehow misunderstood by those with permissive tendencies, as we now witness in Juba.

Dr. John Garang used to argue, when the complex issue of the implementation of the Islamic Sharia and the institution of an “Islamic state” in Sudan was being discussed, that the state doesn’t go to the mosque to pray and hence shouldn’t be described as “Islamic”.

In most of my last discussions with Sheikh Hassan Turabi before he passed on, he kept repeating his well-known position on the issue of diverse “book religions”. He said that all book religions; Christianity and Judaism included, in “their pure not distorted or westernised forms”, are pure Islam.

These book religions demand total “submission to God”, which leads to the term Islam. Such understanding means that the term “Islamic” is not necessarily needed to have an “Islamic state”, which according to Turabi’s final position, could be home to Christians and Jews alike, since he saw them all as Muslims, “who submitted to God”.


Re: Condemnation of reckless behavior of the Governor Hon. GregoryVasilli Dimitry Yalouris (Deng Kuaac Aduol)

By Simon Machuar Mankeracnaak, President of Gogrial State Youth Union in Juba

Gogrial state

April 19, 2017 (SSB) — On behalf of Gogrial State Youth Union in Juba, we are strongly condemning the irresponsible handling of our state affairs by Hon. Governor Gregory Vasilli Dimitry who created disunity and renewed the conflict between the people of Gogrial state especially Aguok and Apuk communities. The governor is using some youth against each other, community against another community as a means of saving his own interest.

The Governor is a part and partial of the renewed conflict between Apuk and Aguok communities because he released all the firearms that were collected from civilians (Tit-weng) by the former governor and distributed them to some group of cattle keepers. He also ordered the army and police that were deployed in the borders to go back to Wau and Wunyik. He recently released 100 guns in which he has given to Kuac South county commissioner to distribute them to the youth for defending themselves. But the question is, from what, who and where? Governor also directed the commissioner of Apuk County to distribute 16 AK47 rifles disarmed during disarmament process and store in county Headquarters to Titweng.


By Lilian .C. Ifebueme, Abuja, Nigeria



April 17, 2017 (SSB) — The current situation in the country is so disheartening. It has been a great concern to me. It is so pathetic that a country that became an independent state, July 2001, has been crippled by ethnic conflict which began December, 2013. Since the inception of the conflict, thousands have been killed in brutal attacks which thousands have been displaced, fled from their homes to neighbouring countries, thereby turning them into refugees.

The people no longer have their freedom. There is very high tension of fear, anxiety among the people. The women and young girls are been sexually abused e.g. rape every day. Properties, houses buildings burnt down, schools shut down, due to continuous fighting, attacks nationwide. There seems to be no hope or future for the children and the young people.


Now, it turns out that governing in South Sudan under President Kiir Mayardit and the FVP Taban Deng Gai is more problematic than we expected 

By Santino Aniek, New York, U.S.A


The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba

April 15, 2017 (SSB) — I have lived for almost 40 years; I remember the war between South Sudanese and Khartoum regime, the humiliation and the shameless rebellion of 1991, the assassination of John Garang in 2005, and the senseless war of 2013. But, until now, I have never been ashamed to be a South Sudan citizen.

I always believed that, whether SPLM-IG or SPLM-IO, our leaders are basically good people who are reasonable and thoughtful, even if I did not agree with them. But President Kiir Mayardit seems be not reasonable, his decision against the will of Ruweng people is not thoughtful, and it is considered as a brutally betrayal.


David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda


The tragicomedy of the South Sudanese politics: SPLM-IG vs SPLM-IO

April 12, 2017 (SSB) — If there is anything that intrigues me most then it is the politics of South Sudan. What I do not understand complete is the line demarcating community and the government. Majority of the people have completely failed to understand that government is not based on communities but rather it is an independent entity that is independent even from the president. In other words, it appears that politics is never understood well.

By convention, politics is the process of making decisions applying to all members of each group. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance  organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (this is usually a hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities.


The ideal aims of education are to transform the country politically, economically, and socially for the common good of all.

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Juba, South Sudan


April 12, 2017 (SSB) — All over the world, the aims of education try to spell out what exactly the nation intends to achieve through its structured education system. In the light of this, education remains an important tool which has multifaceted purposes that can transform the society and its entire citizens.

This is so because education has multiple purposes which can contribute to the survival of man and its surrounding environment. Farrant (1964) points out that “educational aims can be perceived at different levels and considered in terms of personal development including intellectual and spiritual growth, vocational preparation in terms of necessary practical skills and character qualities, and social training in which young people are initiated into society at local and national levels.”

This is very true and can lead us to believe that the most compelling evidence of education is that its development begins from individual, society, and the nation levels with more emphasis on the spiritual, intellectual, and social-well-being.