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By Constant’s Dc, Perth, Australia

South Sudan in 2040

South Sudan in 2040

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- Last year on 22 March 2040, as I was sitting under a mango tree I planted in the year 2030. I was enjoying cold breeze from the Nile and run my mind wild for a while.

My grandson was playing with his mates in the soccer field nearby. The environment was so peaceful. The sound of approaching ships, planes and trains 🚄 filled the sky.

The roads were tarmac, lights brightened the streets of konyokonyo and the whole was like heaven. Businesses were booming, and there was abundance food around which can be seen through the buttocks of fat kids around.

The TV 📺 news were full of development projects, inventions and innovations. There seem to be no news on cattle raids, SPLA rapes, famine and looting of public monies; One would wait almost a lifetime to hear them.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- The Hon MPs and Commissioners of the twin States of Akobo and Bieh States have today been sworn in; in a colourful event at the States Coordination Office in Juba. The ceremony was presided over by Hon Judge from the High Court and the two Governors, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew and Col Moses Majok Gatluak respectively.

There was a multitude of celebrants in attendance including the author. The newly states officials have reassured the people of their States to work together for peace and harmony among the communities of Lou Nuer and their neighbours. They commended the President of the Republic Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit for having initiated the National Dialogue which was preceded by the National Prayer.

As one of the celebrant, the MPs and Commissioners are people’s representatives. They have got to meet the expectations of the local communities by providing basic essential services. The two Governors have pledged to work hand in hand with them. My message to the two Governors is that; delegate powers and duties to your commissioners that is decentralization.

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By Kachuol Mabil Piok, Juba, South Sudan

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CDR John Garang, CDR William Nyuon and CDR Salva Kiir

March 23, 2017 (SSB) —- History is awash with occasions where South Sudanese have been able to forge unity amidst existential threats to their survival. Such occasions date back to the periods of slave trade, predatory Turco-Egyptian and Anglo-Egytian rules, and until the times of successive oppressive Khartoum based regimes.

Despite their primordial differences in forms of inter-communal raiding and expansionist wars, the black African tribes in South Sudan had collectively confronted and resisted external invasions carried out by Arab slave merchants and colonial regimes. That form of unity was remarkably demonstrated umpteen times in 1947 against the unilateral abolition of Southern Policy and subsequent unsolicited unification of the North and the South by the British colonial regime. Since then, the quest for an independent South Sudan and preservation of the dignity of its people had been the most inspiring and unifying narrative.

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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March 20, 2017 (SSB) —- It was on Friday, March 10, 2017 night when I was thinking of what would be the fate of the Dinka travellers on Juba – Nimule and Yei roads this time after the national prayers.

In the minds of South Sudanese people, the Friday national prayers were meant to change and prepare the hearts of the country’s politicians to be ready for the involvement in the long awaited national dialogue which was due to start this month.

Another hope for the prayers was to forgive one another.  Some of us were praying to the almighty God asking if He could change the minds of the Equatoria’s roads terrorists to abandon their evil nicknaming and killing of Dinka people.

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By Gum Thany Mon, Juba, South Sudan

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — For those whose Luanyjang is not familiar to, be informed that this community is one of the largest sections of Dinka of Bahr el Gazal in South Sudan. The community is situated in the then Tonj East in the defunct Warrap state. Luanyjang shared Tonj East with Rek Jalwau of a renowned sultan Gum Mading Akuecbeny until the idea of having many states and counties emerged.

Due to the creation of more states that led to the subsequent creation of unregulated more counties, Luanyjang was lucky to be divided into four counties of its own. Luanyjang is currently part of Tonj state. The community was known for its famous spiritual leader Aguer Adel Makol.

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By Reuben G. Panchol, Juba, South Sudan

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — Sincerity and Honesty are pre-requisite of attending God present through the veil of sanctuary and coming closure to the present of Heavenly father, but imitation and copycat can create a bearer between mankind and his Heavenly Father. On March 2, 2017, Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared March 10, 2017 as a National Day of Prayer which had raised and turned some people hair grey. For some doubting Thomas (me included) started to wondered of what the National Day of Prayers will presented to innocents civilian who have been hit hard by “man-man disaster” however, it turned out that the prayer was imitation of Yom Kippur and copycat of some Saint Prayer.

For those who have no idea of You Kippur, let me walk you through it briefly. Yom Kippur is fulfillment of Leviticus 16:29-33  “29This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves[c] and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you— 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of Sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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July 9th celebration

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President Kiir and Riek Machar, challenges of the TGONU

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — I stood; with a pair of shoes in one hand and one on another, staring at the man in a well-fitting black suit neatly ironed. He seated in a car with a cigarette in his hand and smoke penetrating his nostrils and his mouth. A man whose name I later learned was Paul. His second name was untold.

He pressed a button that lowered the glass in order to speak to the people whom I was standing with. The imprudent look in the man’s eye gave me way to fear. I goggle-eyed elbow my way through the crowd of the people to the roadside little a bit far away from him because his eyes were starting to betray him as if he was having a different plan for us.

He was asked if there’s something for the day by the people I suspected to be his tribesmen because they were speaking the same dialect, but negatively, he said, “kɔc aɣöc”. I heard, but wasn’t floating my boat since I haven’t familiarized myself with the word.

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An open letter to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic: For the success of the Proposed National Dialogue: First reconcile with true SPLM Rank and file and put aside SPLM late comers in your government Mr. President.

By Ustaz. Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Your Excellency,

March 12, 2017 (SSB) — I am deliberately adopting an uncommon open letter approach to draw your attention to the ongoing carnage by International community and security organs, who are perpetrating what some are now calling genocide and crimes against humanity in South Sudan power struggle in the country for nearly four years since 2013 to date. A lot has been said about the Nuer/Dinka political conflict problem over political appointments and removal of constitutional political post holders, which you acknowledged in your traditional year-end address to the nation. But it appears you have a superficial understanding of the problem; in which case, I am compelled to school you on the problem, so you can end the nation’s drift and save South Sudan from the looming anarchy. Mr. President, we should stop chasing shadows. The power struggle problem is not about promoting individual political interests or multi-ethnic behavior.

I will spare you an academic definition, but for practical purposes, the power struggle problem is the systemic marginalization and institutionalized discrimination against particular ethnic communities and states for example, Apuk Juwiir community in Tonj state, which has been reduced to second-class citizens in a country they voted to join as equal partners. This community was the host of the SPLA Headquarters in Yinhkuel of present day newly created Thiet County has been marginalized for so long and had not been rewarded. It is the plunder and gross mismanagement of their resources, to finance Southern states, captured and held hostage by a vampire elite of tribal bigots and power hungry politicians; corrupt politicians and rent-seeking bureaucrats, operating a system of ethnic -inspired clientelism with mindless impunity.

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From: Thiik Community Date 7th March, 2017.

To: H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Republic of South Sudan.

CC: Governor Akech Tong Aleu, Tonj State

CC: Deputy Governor Manhiem Bol Malek,

CC: Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, Tonj East

CC: Hon. Wek Mamer Kuol, Tonj East

Your Excellency!

RE: Complaints from Thiik Community Association (TCA)

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March 9, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, we the representatives of Thiik community would like to take this opportunity to strongly protest against the continuous unjust and unfair treatment of our community by the Governor Akech Tong Aleu of Tonj State. Your Excellency, we wish to highlight to you our grievances with a concise background of Thiik Community in Ananatak area; information we believe to be at your disposal.

Thiik community is one of the seven sections of greater Ananatak of former Tonj East County. It is bordered by six neighboring communities with defined boundaries, they include: Luanchjang to the East, Lou Paher to the North, Jur Bol/Awan Parek to the West, Akok to South West, Kongor to the South and Ador to the South East.

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By Kerubino Kocrup Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord in 2015, Addis Ababa

March 2, 2017 (SSB) —- Mama Rebecca Nyandengdit will be remembered in the history of the Republic of South Sudan as a woman who has betrayed the hard- fought legacy of her husband, the late. Dr. John Garang de Mabior. The Republic of South Sudan has come a long way to overcome enormous challenges; the long prevailing civil war that saw many of its citizens lose lives, property just to mention but a few.

It is encouraging to note that such perils have not muted the resolve of the citizens to rebuild a nation that respects rule of law, accountability and transparency and whose goals remained the common good of all individuals. Such gains over time may never have been achieved without the selfless leadership of our humble leader H. E, President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

It is however sad to note that individuals like Mama Rebecca Nyadengdit, a woman we all honoured as a nation has lost such resolve to see a better South Sudan. Lately she has been spotted advocating in the US Congress for the Republic of South Sudan to be declared a failed state and to be therefore having the United Nations take over its leadership, force arms embargo and target economic sanctions, plus sending more than 70,000 regional protection forces to South Sudan so that our President can be forced to resign with immediate effects.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, South Sudan

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March 2, 2017 (SSB) — Whenever I hear that there is reshuffling, I feel a shiver down my spine because of my lads and lasses who’ve taken leaders as their assets. South Sudan Television and the newscasters are not friends of the people because they always spread heartrending news especially on weekends when they incumbent leaders become hangers-on. I thought they must be held accountable for the collapsed in a heap of the people decreed to go away with their relatives under their armpits.

I nearly jumped out of my skin when I heard the news that they are off. Then what about the fate of the small fry installed in offices relative-leaders? Will they continue working with the incoming government or the incoming government will come with their relatives as usual? No answer currently, we leave it for tomorrow.

I supposed to encourage them to play their cards right, but obviously, I have no their phone numbers to call them one after another. This’s why I write this piece for them instead of waiting in offices for their fate to determine their future.

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By Jon Pen de Ngong, Nairobi, Kenya

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February 27, 2017 (SSB) — It is Monday, 20 February 2017. Uganda streets are jammed with students going back to school. John Atem Aguer Atem is not returning to school. He cannot afford the Advanced Level school fees to complete a 2-year secondary course paving his way to the university. As his fellow students are shopping for stationery and other scholastic requirements, he is buying simple electronics for his home science workshop in Kampala.

John Atem is a refugee living with his family in Uganda. He was born in Nimule, a South Sudan-Uganda border town, in 1999 at the heart of the Sudan civil war, barely 10 years to his country’s independence. Again, he was displaced by another war after independence.

Jacob Aguer Atem, his father, is an officer in the peace monitoring unit in the South Sudan Army (SPLA). He is assigned to assist the peace keeping force in Wau, Bahr al Ghazal region. Due to the ongoing civil war in the country, the economy has collapsed and Jacob Aguer’s salary is not enough to put food on the family table and put the children back to school at the same time.

Asked about his reaction to news of his son’s best performances, Jacob gave a mixed feelings: excited that his son has made a name; disappointed that he could not make his son continue to achieve his dream at the moment. Many South Sudanese families are facing the same situation.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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February 27, 2017 (SSB) —- It was widely reported by the mainstream media such as, the BBC and Al Jazeera, in the past days or so that some parts of our country have been hit by famine.

You may excuse me if I may be behind the news but I thought it right that I should write this piece, however late it is, which I should have done some days ago but instead got preoccupied with other things.

When I learned that famine had struck, it took me by no surprise though as I foresaw it coming. Others could have easily forecast it too as famine is usually associated with areas convulsing of internal instabilities and strife.

In fact the whole country is acutely affected by famine not “parts of it” as initially pronounced. And also too, famine long existed on the ground before it was declared in the media and eventually got its way to the attention of the world.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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

February 26, 2017 (SSB) — This article is in reaction and also in response to the recent article written by the acting leadership of Gok Community in Juba. The Community in Juba published an article entitled: Gok community withdraws confidence from state governor, on Radio Tamazuj on 19 February 2017.

As indicated by the article, the allegations of which they said they had withdrawn the confidence in the state Governor of Gok state, Madhang Majok Meen, were concerning the charges of undermining the rule of law and mismanagement in the state.

The article published on Radio Tamazuj website as cited above stated that the decision to ask the President to remove the Gok State Governor was reached at a meeting held at the residence of Daniel Awet Akot, the Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs and it was in that meeting it was resolved so that they community worked for the removal of Gok State Governor.

However, what is clear is that the letter bears the signatures of only two people, that is, the Acting Chairperson of the Gok Community Association in Juba, Deng Mador Koch and his Secretary General, Deng Mayom. The fact that it bears the signatures of these two people indicates that there is suspicion in the credibility of the letter.

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By Akuot Aquila Apiu Garang , Juba, South Sudan  

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February 26, 2017 (SSB) — NOTE: This piece is not a child of fiction or a gift from the land of imagination. It is a true life story that happened to a dear friend @ University of Juba Atlabara campus some years back. I derive so much interest in it that I sought his permission to write about it and tell it to friends. He granted that permission today with two conditions: that nobody should laugh about it and that his identity should not be revealed. Enjoy.

It was one of those lovely nights at the love lane in the University of Juba, Atlabara campus; the milieu was blessed by a mishmash of cool gentle wind and the creaking of insects. It was a romance with nature for the single gentlemen and ladies to sit quietly and savour the indescribable beauty of the ever-green lawn, jumbled with the sound of their favorite tracks that would leave one with an expression that the much talked about paradise could not be better than the moment.

As for those at the lane with their potential partners, night was obviously better than day as no amount of eye dilation could tell who was holding who so tight. Also, the third category comprised of the searchers. The actor in this story went for a search on that lovely night; I went with him all in the spirit of comradeship.

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By Bëc George Anyak, Glasgow, UK

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Juba, South Sudan

February 25, 2017 (SSB) — I always scratch my head when I hear some high profile figures from the Government of South Sudan quoting the promised city of Ramciel as a “No Man’s Land”. Whatever the meaning of this coined term, I must confidently say that there is no such thing as No Man’s land in the Republic of South Sudan and Ramciel land is not exceptional for that matter. It has its rightful owners and you will get to know the owners of Ramciel at the concluding part of my piece, but first, I prefer to take you through a brief background about Ramciel City Project and the chronology of events about this Project.

 Before the formation of the autonomous Government of Southern Sudan in 2005, the SPLM under chairmanship of late Dr.John Garang de Mabior formed an assessment committee in 2003 led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny, SPLM Vice Chair for Administration. The committee visited Yirol County which was then under the County Secretary (Commissioner) and the present Governor of Eastern Lakes State Gov.Rin Tueny Mabor and later met Hon. Kon Anok County Secretary of Awerial County. The delegation left Yirol through Madbar, Bunagok to Ramciel and from Ramciel through Thian, Malek then back to Yirol.

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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February 24, 2017 (SSB) — The Nile Petroleum Corporation is a national Oil and Gas Corporation, which engages in oil exploration, production and marketing. Famous for its abbreviation Nilepet, has been a dream place of work for every South Sudanese that lives in Juba. Though the country’s economy is nearly collapsing, the locals still see pastures greener in there.

As a result, some of the institutions are losing their employees to Nilepet each day. Those job seekers think that getting employment at Nilepet will make them flourish like its current employees. Each one of them has a different dream from another and has to fulfil it once they are appointed in there.

For ladies that have got to Nilepet are by now driving the latest KIA models. Yeah, they have done with Arab as the saying goes for South Sudanese. Also on their wish list, include wedding in Freedom Hall, invite the President of the republic to wedding-Day, hire Juba-On-Time Studio photographer for coverage and spend the honeymoon in Dubai.

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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Thomas Cirilo Swaka, former SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics

February 23, 2017 (SSB) — The government of South Sudan as well as army general headquarters has been experiencing sequence and unofficial resignations and defections of senior government officials for no genuine reasons. I called it unofficial resignations because most of these officials who abandon allegiance did not formally submit their letters of resignation personally to authority concern but sent they sent them to media.

Last week, General Thomas Cirillo, Deputy chief of staff, and head of military justice quitted their positions and joined Riek’s faction accusing the government of ethnic bias and dominant of SPLA by particular tribe, citing favoritism, land grabbing and corruption as their major reasons of leaving jobs. Another Brig. Gen who had been in charge of Logistic support in SPLA General HQRS and a former Sudan Army force loyalist defected this week, and blames country administration falsely of mismanagement and bias policies.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala (Uganda)

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February 22, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan never ceases to make headline. In January 2011 South Sudanese were given an opportunity to vote on unity or separation, nearly 99 per cent of southern Sudanese voted to go their own way as they voted for separation.

 Decision by South Sudanese to vote for separation made great news all over the World and in Sudan in particular as legalized divorce between Sudan and South Sudan became a reality and took place at day light.

On 9 July 2011 after the vote for Separation as pointed out in the above, the Republic of South Sudan was declared as independence nation becoming Africa’s newest country, the 193rd Member State to join the United Nations and UNESCO’s 194th Member State. This made very great news headline all over the world. 9 July becomes a day for independence of South Sudan and all South Sudanese celebrated and continue to celebrate it.

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What the people from Equatoria need to understand the current war is that the war is not about tribes but between the government and those who are planning to remove the government by force.

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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

February 22, 2017 (SSB) —- The present civil war broke in 2013 in Juba. The war began within the SPLM party and later spread like a wild fire to the Upper Nile Region. After several attempts to end the war the peace was signed in 2015 which led to the coming back of Riek Machar in April 2015.

When Riek came there was a lot of hope that at last peace was at all the corners of South Sudan. However, due to the reckless and chaotic character of Riek Machar the conflict was resumed from where it was left and continued up to date.

As pointed out in the above paragraph, after the war broke out in Juba in July 2016, it spread over all South Sudan and ended killing more people. The war at this point has become complicated as it has taken tribal dimension.

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