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Awareness on elimination of Facebook commentators; that is so naive and stupid act and needs be stopped

Bol Marol Abouk, Juba, South Sudan

Akech Mawel

Akech Mawel aka MonyDit Waa

November 19, 2017 (SSB) — Not every post should be seen as a serious threat to the security of the government in Juba and worth has taken life of a vulnerable person who hasn’t rebelled and is not capable of raising a single man as his soldier. There are people who talk only and has no ability or intension to act violently and don’t represent any body serving as a real threat to the government. These are call daylight dreamers and they shouldn’t be subject to killing and immediate elimination. What is happening is a lack of awareness and knowledge of the scientific manner of the intelligent body. There is no clue at all that is why poor people are considered as a threat ANF eliminated without given time to gather all facts.

That shows how ignorance the men in charge of the security agencies and how weak they are to handle their job effectively. They are engaged in the elimination of wrong members of the society who can’t hurt anyone physically. Hence, these unskilled agents of security intelligent can get their hands on weak persons who are not the real threat to the presidency and they can take. Their lives away easily without a fight and no justices for them at all because they are ordinary citizens and who are not working for any organization of a serious group of people.

In that case, the unskilled agents are sending young men with the misunderstanding of his actual job after nobody who made a comment on Facebook to expresses his or her fantasy world of ideas. However, the real threat the security intelligent should have taken care of it is still out there doing his thing to destroy the government. They can smile because they have out this month you buy fooling you and now you’re engaged eliminating innocent vulnerable nobody individual a Facebook post.

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Aweilians are not supporting Malong blindly, but they were forced to do so by the humiliating language of generalization, a rebuttal to Micheal Koma’s article, Malong’s Sin

By Dut Kuot Akok, Juba, South Sudan

Malong Awan, and Malual Ayom, and Ajonga Mawut

November 19, 2017 (SSB) — According to the article which appeared in the Dawn newspaper of Saturday, page 3, vol 2, issue 507 entitled Malong’s Sin. In that article, Michael Koma had narrated how the politically concocted case of Malong should be treated as an individual case rather than to engulf the whole community who seem like to have opted to shelter behind their son according to the aforementioned writer.

He went further by narrating the previous insubordination did by General Malong dating back to liberation days where he said that he was arrested by late Chairman Dr. John Garang in Itang on charges of insubordination.

Also, he said that Malong was not appointed by the community but by the president who knows his ins and outs if he started to abused the comradeship by undermining the president, and as such, he should be treated as he wants and bring his rebelliousness to an end the way he expects.

To start first with the accusation of blindly support, I think the aforementioned writer knows the genesis of the problem we are living in today; he witnessed the crisis of December 2013. And since we all know, the crisis of 2013 was fuelled by the illiterate language of generalization. Our people do not know how to differentiate an individual from the community. It is he (Koma) who know how to view differences between the leaders in an intellectual and political perspective while the majority of our people who are affected by illiteracy and poverty do view things based on tribal perspectives.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

 

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Kiir-Malong peace and reconciliation ceremony in Juba, South Sudan

 

Nov 19, 2017, (SSB) – Sadly, democracy dies in darkness in African young nation. South Sudan national political systems discourage us to support the beauty of our diversity within the cost of nation-building. we were aiming to build our country which was cemented and founded by precious blood of our heroes and heroine toward peaceful referendum in 2011 that would have provided hope and blessings principles of strong economy, better opportunities for us, free primary, and quality education for all, justice and rule of law for all, healthcare, or health centres, good roads and secure public transportations, and social developments.

But crossroad politics engulfed dying democracy in South Sudan. The reality of crossroad politics in this nation had rendered the political and economic dilemma where South Sudan finds itself in a double-blind direction because there are no primary objectives and primary purposes of social welfare including public policy, advocacy, migration of citizens from villages to towns, no secure borders around our nation, insecurity everywhere in the country, lack of policy making, mental disorder in leadership, stressful foundation of nation-building on tribalism, and many others. All these political factors defined us as a nation by name, and not really what define nations in the world.

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By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Juba, South Sudan

November 17, 2017 (SSB) — We’re tired; we’re tired in this country, South Sudan. Every child is born and smells the irritating smoke of tribalism, every child is born and gets his father dead, and every child is born snatched away by cold hands of death from his parents.

Lack of health care centers increases the infant mortality rate every year. Young mothers cry every day as they mourn their dead newborns that die due to lack of health facilities; qualified health workers and insufficient drugs. Look at the beauty of Juba teaching hospital; numerous patients’ wards and ample spaces for outpatients.

But the worst part of it is that the busiest ward is its mortuary. Why? Who takes drugs donated by the humanitarian organizations? This needs an answer but because the Gods of South Sudan are still asleep let the looters fill their bellies with bloodstained benefits of our health facility.

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Energy Africa Conference 2017

Denver- Colorado, November 9, 2017

Remarks by David Mayen Dengdit, Press Secretary- Office of the Vice President

Republic of South Sudan

Title: Energy Security in South Sudan

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Introduction:

November 12, 2017 (SSB) — I am honored to be part of this important gathering, Energy Africa Conference 2017. It would have been even more special if I attended and participated physically, not least because it is held in the beautiful city of Denver where my family and I spent more than two memorable years of our lives. Indeed, it is special because it allows me to speak about my country South Sudan and the potential it holds in terms of energy resources and challenges therein.

Like most sub-Saharan countries, South Sudan is a country rich in energy resources such as oil, hydropower, and solar. Around these resources, the country’s range of energy security issues may not be so different from its continental neighbors’, yet peculiarities would control the shape of solutions and predicted costs involved.

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Makeer Kuol, Melbourne, Australia

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November 11, 2017 (SSB) — From December 2013, South Sudan had not witnessed peace. Political instability has become a ‘new normal’. Hatred is so stoked up. Consequently, unnecessary killings had intensified as tribes and sections of tribes find it plausible to mobilize against the other.

There has been an increase in criminal activities. Cattle rustlings, lootings, and robberies in cities and along high ways and killing of innocent passengers have become so impervious that they are often ignored by authorities. This was never the case before 2013 crisis descended onto the country.

Also, the war had crippled the nascent economy. All major economic activities that were functioning since the government was incepted in 2005 are halted. Shortage of hard currency, which resulted from the hostile business environment have curtailed normal business operations. Other worst aspects of the war include, but not limited to, displacement of civil population.

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By Athian Kur Malith, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

November 9, 2017 (SSB) — “To know the size of the chicken first removed the feathers.” To begin with, South Sudan is likely to fall in the same hole that has been failing us and left uncovered and the reasons remained ridicules whether we have the vision to see what matters in the modern world of political instability or the country is ruining itself respect.

Aweil commonly known as Northern Bahr el Ghazal state which later divided into three states with the curve from Former western Bahr el Ghazal state (Raja County) do believe in the peaceful environment without fallacy and making up. It is the community that does not believe in shortcoming neither conflict of interest among the communities.

Statistics confirmed to be one of the regions devastated over decades of years during the civil war and recently skirmishes that sparked out with the huge scale that lost thousands of lives and millions displaced within and outside the country.

Our dignity is high with self-respect and that is why we called ourselves Aweilians. Our unity and strength are paramount of everlasting peace and coexistence within ourselves and beyond our neighbors.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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

November 9, 2017 (SSB) — I write this article against the backdrop of what is a fluid security situation being reported in Juba brought about by an apparent attempt to disarm and reduce Paul Malong’s bodyguards – something he outrightly refused.

Well, to be honest, I don’t know what really provoked the government to think of disarming Malong – who is literally under captivity – that led to the subsequent standoff between the guards loyal to Malong and forces loyal to the government.

What I do know – is that if there existed any problem that needed to be taken care of – it shouldn’t have been managed like the way it is being mishandled. It was just typical of the way we Junubin solve our problems whenever we disagree on anything.

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Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

SPLM Extra-ordinary Convention

November 9, 2017 (SSB) — The cardinal sin of the SPLM started since its inception where the Late Chairman has given too much leeway to his commanders. They were emboldened and empowered by the SPLM/A Penal Code and Disciplinary laws to execute soldiers, dismiss and sentence others to life imprisonment. There was no accountability and transparency.

They were abusing their powers maximally. Because there was the war being prosecuted, the Chairman did not pay much attention to how the fines imposed on the locals were spent; in kind or cash; He was hard on them only in few stances of insubordination and mutinies.

The friction between the Liberators and us, the people of South Sudan, did not start in 2005.We came with issues and thorns/ wounds in the hearts all the way from 1983.

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Michael Makwei Lueth

Hon. Michael Makwei Lueth, South Sudan Minister for Information and Broadcasting

November 9, 2017 (SSB) — He who has been following South Sudanese political coin ring can never be without the familiar name of Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth in his picking purse, Minister Michael Makuei Lueth who is a Lawyer by Profession, graduated in 1975 with Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Khartoum

After his graduation, Justice Michael Makuei worked as a Legal Counsel and a judge before he joined SPLM/A where he rose to the rank of senior military commander, during the civil war he served as the SPLM/A’s Secretary and Commissioner for Legal Affairs.

After the signing of CPA in 2005 Justice Michael Makuei Lueth became the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Republic of South Sudan, he was a leading member of South Sudan team of negotiators who attended talks on post-partition issues between Sudan and South Sudan where he is currently serving as the Chairperson of South Sudan Joint Border Commission.

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Forceful or peaceful disarmament of Paul Malong’s bodyguards: Please don’t fight for the third time in Juba

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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President Salva Kiir, Governor Paul Malong Awan (Blue suit) and Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Lomuro (black suit) during the public rally in Aweil, NBeG

November 9, 2017 (SSB) – All actions are evil. Inside South Sudan these few days, those who were loyalists and those who claimed to be smarter to the President want to put the country under Military threat, which is sometimes explained as a danger military action such as the home of former chief of general staff is surrounded by army tanks and vehicles which were sometime back under his administration.

As the military events and military fighting always happened in military barracks in South Sudan, it is much dangerous to besiege groups of soldiers whose their option is only to die. It is again military risk as the concept in the military intelligence report that identified as an imminent capability for use of military force in resolving country’s disputes that may result into tribal conflicts as it had happened on 15 Dec 2013. Such behaviors need proper control.

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By Deng Mayik Atem, Arizona, USA

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President Salva Kiir, Governor Paul Malong Awan (Blue suit) and Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Lomuro (black suit) during the public rally in Aweil, NBeG

November 9, 2017 (SSB) — What on earth is going on in Juba? The forces loyal to President Kiir are now surrounding the home of General Paul Malong. Not long ago, these two men were not only allies but good friends. Malong had taken over the army replacing Nuer general James Hoth Mai. General Hoth Mai was replaced because of the growing tensions and fighting between the central government— and especially the Dinka members of the government—with the supporters of former vice-president Riek Machar.

The depth of the friendship between Kiir and Malong is so strong that even while their dispute has been raging, Kiir’s wife, First Lady Mary Ayen Mayardit, went to the Malong compound to cook for the family after the tragic death of Malong’s daughter, Alakiir, in a tragic fire at the boarding school in Kenya which she was attending.

Despite this sense of closeness, the conflict between these two one-time allies rages. Why? First, there is the belief that Malong wants to take control of the government. This belief has been fueled by the reports of Director of National Security Akol Koor. Director Akol, a long-time ally of President Kiir, has had problems with Malong since Malong took charge of the army. Quite simply, there has been a turf war between them.

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By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

Gordon Buay and Gen Malong Awan

Gordon Buay and Gen Malong Awan

November 9, 2017 (SSB) — Gordon Buay a man with little shrewdness, a plain lies teller in the coat of an Ambassador and a chief propagandist of the government has again entered into his new contract of uncalled for propaganda as he runs his filthy mouth in the recent stalemate between the duo, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Gen. Paul Malong.

Agitated by my truth on what has befallen my beloved husband, the callous propaganda man opted to despise the whole thing by attacking my piece. He wholeheartedly opted to run the errand on Malong. This man has on many counts lied to the world. He did this since he was a rebel. Gifted in betrayal Buay bloviation can from time to time be noted as a way of life. A man once so cordial with Gen. Paul Malong in search for favors as projected by his hearty solicitation for everything including mere pictures is today saying but a lot of rubbish on a man he recently adored.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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

November 6, 2017 (SSB) — There is no country governed by rumors; misinformation and disinformation. It is governed by the Constitution; the supreme law of the country and land binding on all.

There is no reason why the situation in the Capital should be stirred up on unfounded and baseless rumors. The custodians of people’s security ought to find out. The rumor-mongers need to be tracked down. They are the causes of the ongoing havoc. The panic in the town is their making.

Yes, we are getting scared with the heavy deployment of the troops; but we are informed that it is normal despite that they are dressed and in full gear as people poised for any eventuality. I wonder how classified security information should always be spreading like a wildfire.

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National Identity: Preserve tribes but enhance nation bonds

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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November 6, 2017 (SSB) — National Identity, a South Sudanese tag that we are proud of, cannot be installed by destroying our cultural identities. However, tribalism and associated traits should be preserved and shielded away and guided against tearing our nation apart. Is there tribalism in South Sudan institutions? Tribalism is defined by English Dictionary as “The state of existing in tribes; also, tribal feeling; tribal prejudice or exclusiveness; tribal peculiarities or characteristics.”

So the answer is YES (Uppercase). Our institutions are tribal and most public servants practice tribalism openly. This goes down the line to law enforcing agencies. I was traveling from Nimule to Juba in 2014 and as a practice, aliens or people who look like aliens, are checked several times and often harshly handled by police. At the first checkpoint at the foot of Gordon Hill in Nimule, our car was halted by men in South Sudan National Police uniforms.

The police peeped into the car, trying to recognize a foreign face, I guess. His eyes settled on me. I was seated in the middle in the back seat of the Taxi. He asked for my National Identity card. I told him if he needs all ID cards, he should start from the front seat, not in the middle. This upset him and he fumed at me. I stood my ground and refused to be intimidated. He swore that I will not go to Juba that. So we were barking at each other at the top of voices and this pending confrontation attracted more policemen.

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Why president Kiir should take lion’s heart and makes hard decision for the sake of the nation and her inhabitants

By Dut Kuot Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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Deputy speaker of the national assembly Gen. Awet Akot, Vice President Wani Igga, President Kiir, Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang and Chief of Staff Gen. Ajongo Mawut

November 5, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan has been engulfed by what our politicians called as a senseless and objective-less war and still they don’t want to bring it to a complete end. This war has no objectives other than the fulfillment of individual interests and cementation of their positions. It started as a power wrangling within the ruling party which thereafter exploded and subjected the innocent citizens who have nothing to do with politics into pervasive and humiliating abject poverty they didn’t experience since the creation of Adam and Eve.

It is a war that is characterized by wild and crazy destruction of properties, brother killing another brother and inhuman raping of elderly people including men. This current war of interests and positions is not in the good interest of our people since it has subjected them to the unbearable life of miser-ability and beggar-hood in the middle of abundant resources such as, oil, minerals, fertile land that can germinate mental, forest and reservoir water to mention but just a few. This SPLM catastrophe cannot and will never be won by either side to the conflicts.

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National Identity: Decreeing Dinka Cattle out of Equatoria Region not a solution

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

Cattle keeper in Jonglei [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

Cattle keeper in Jonglei [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — In 2012 when the Cooperation Agreements between South Sudan and Sudan were signed, one young man promised to challenge the SPLM party in forthcoming elections – the elections that never arrived yet! Asked what would be his main points, he said the SPLM government does not take care of its people. He said the government accepted to allow Arabs nomads, Messeirya, to graze their cows in Abyei but refused to extend the similar olive agreement to other cattle keeping communities from grazing in Equatoria, for example.

The Dinka cattle are roaming in Equatoria Region and this has become a political issue over the last ten years. As a reminder, Dinka tribe are pastoralists and most tribes in Central and Western Equatoria are crop farmers. So in the last twelve months, President Salva Kiir weighed and issued two Republican Decrees asking cattle keepers to leave the Equatoria region and returned to Jonglei – and wherever they came from! One such decree was issued about a week ago.

The first decree issued in 2016 was ignored by the pastoralists. In the twisted coincidence, the President recommitted himself to the Cooperation Agreement with Sudan this week – a few days after ordering fellow South Sudanese out of what is constitutionality part of their country. The agreement between Juba and Khartoum allowed unimpeded “transhumance.”

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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November 3, 2017 (SSB) — The bravest antelope never lay down its throats for the stern claws of the predator to nick, without rebuttal South Sudanese have shown the bravest face of pliability since the outbreak of political detonation four years ago.

Man as an image of God has all the keys to unlock locked gates of dooms and ignorant, since the outbreak of 2013 conflict South Sudanese particularly the women and children have shown the great face of maturity and understanding.

That braveness should never go unnoticed; Congratulation to our women for compactly holding ant eaten pillars for survival.

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National Identity: Decreeing Dinka Cattle out of Equatoria Region not a solution

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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repatriated Dinka Cattle camp in Bor

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — In 2001 while in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) and an early adulthood – a stage of development young people attempt to engage in community issues, I chatted with a longtime childhood friend over the choice of the local chief. Two individuals were contesting. Most South Sudanese tribes choose their leaders based on linkage; from blood relation and geographical area. It is not about the ‘what’ (issues at stake) but the ‘who’ (individuals representing or attempting to address the challenges).

In the lead up to the local election, our conversation centered on ‘the who and the what’? Who is the best choice without the predicament of blood connection? What are the issues at hand? My friend said one guy was very good at winning issues for his community – the people closely related to him. Every time he makes the decision, he considers his blood. The other candidate was a rare breed. His decisions are mostly based on facts – not any connection – whatsoever. As students of CRE (Christian Religious Education) by then, the later should be the leader. Leadership is about issues.

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By Ustaz John Garang Ayii Riak, Bor, South Sudan

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November 3, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan as an independent Country is trying to develop her education system since the time of signing CPA in 2005 up to now in order to have its own recognized education system likes any other country in the world, but there are many factors that affecting the education development as below;

The big problem in the education system is the investment of little money in the education sector; since investing in education involves policy choices with financial disciplines; our government has been allocating insufficient money to the education sector. There is a serious need to invest a lot of funds in the education department in order to speed up the development of our national education system, today the money given to the education sector is too inadequate to match the education demands, such as teachers’ salary, plus other allowances e.g. house, chalk, dressing, medical, feed, accommodation, and transportation allowances that is why you have heard the on-going Jonglei State Teachers striking demanding housing allowances, salary increment, and promotion before resuming their duties. 

They are supposed to be given allowances because the work they are doing is too much, but they are receiving less compare to their task, while others who are doing less are receiving more money. Eventually, a teacher cannot go to a classroom when a stomach is empty or wearing old clothes and torn shoes, Teacher can teach well when his or her personal needs are made. I must reveal this bad news to the public that government schools will collapse sooner or later, if we don’t put more attention in an allocation of funds into education sector more teachers from the few we have, will desert their teaching professions to join either private schools or NGOs based on the above-mentioned factors.

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