Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


By Madol Madol Aguer, Juba, South Sudan

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

January 21, 2017 (SSB) — Youth is a time in life when one is young. During this time life is full of energy and fitness that can qualify you to prosper in all aspects of life. Raw materials are materials or substances used in the primary production or manufacturing of goods. Raw materials are often referred to as commodities which are bought and sold on commodities exchange around the world, Raw materials are those materials used in processing finished goods.

Examples of raw materials are; crude oil, cane, grains, minerals and so forth. Raw materials can play significant roles in meeting end needs of any company based on extraction and procession of the raw materials to a product that will provide reliable sources of income to the owners or shareholders in that particular company.

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By Dut Agostino Agei, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 20, 2017 (SSB) — This question should be refer to relations between Africa and United States. Relations between the US government and African elections, violence and democracies. Since President Barack Hussein Obama exits the White House today then come in President elected Donald John Trumps and the transition of power from democrat to republican done, the expectation are very many. People around the world especially in Africa expect President Trumps to intervene in African affairs especially in elections, violence and democracies. This is because Africans Presidents with their governments never respected the principles of democracy to conducted elections without international pressure.

It is also a suggestion that Africans Presidents should not be gambling politics using people to fights and keeps them in powers for many years and this is without giving ways to their fellow Africans in peaceful power transition from one President to another. African Presidents also seem not to be interested in the life of their people in civil wars as it’s already demonstrated in West, East, North and Central African Countries. In many elections that are done across the continent Presidents never accepted the outcomes of the elections results and the process put some Countries into political wars, some rebellions and eventually the terrorisms that caused much instabilities and migrations.

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By Acuil Malith Banggol, Juba, South Sudan

RSS coat of ARMS

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

January 20, 2017 (SSB) — Dear Compatriots, Look and examine these quotes:

“… The Judiciary of Southern Sudan and the legal fraternity in Southern Sudan, as a whole, have the monumental task of developing our legal system, based on common law and our traditional legal heritage, which has to be researched into, ascertained, harnessed and made available for the purposes of sourcing our legislative process, among other things. Our governance must be well grounded in our traditional laws and customs. It must be borne in mind by all that this has been one of underlying causes in quest for freedom and human dignity. Our culture identification and development in all its forms must be unchained and facilitated to reach the same heights, as is the case elsewhere in our continent or the rest of the globe for that matter…” President Kiir, June 3, 2006

Another Quote:

“… Need I to remind anyone that among some of the underlining causes of our resistance must have been the need to maintain our Culture, Legal and other areas of identity… Apart from the normal Judiciary work assigned to judiciary authority in our government structure, I wish to remind ourselves: our government, the legal fraternity of Southern Sudan and our Parliament, that we in Southern Sudan are duty-bound and have unique opportunity to work hard at developing our legal system based primarily on our traditional law and customs, our way of life and ethos…” Justice A. Riny Thiik, June 3, 2006.

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By Thon Atem Ayiei, Juba, South Sudan

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

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

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The most dangerous thing one has to do in a ready confused population is to confuse them more

By Reuben G. Panchol, Juba, South Sudan

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January 19, 2017 (SSB) — The most dangerous thing one has do in a already confused population is to confuse them more; that is what Mr. Acuil Malith Banggol is trying to achieved in this article: The SPLM Philosophy of “Taking Towns to People” is about “Good Governance”, not “Services Delivery”. Most of us are familiar with what former USA President Harry S. Truman said; that “if you can’t convince them, confuse them.” Having read into this pieces leave no any option, but ask a question; is SPLM as party trying to confuse the general public, because, it didn’t carter the services to where they were expected for the last dozen years?

Mr. Banggol, tried to fool us that, “My comrade view about taking towns to rural peoples is not services delivery: Here are the correct quotes:” really? Mr. Banggol, in case you forgotten; I think you should revisit your own Master’s thesis which clearly that “Take education, development, institutions and procedures and services to rural communities. Engage them on deciding on national priorities and wider ownership. This shall ensure the type of society mentioned above. I am committed to contribute to the peace building process in South Sudan with my engagements in the TWIC Olympics, where young people of all ethnics meet and enjoy sports together and in SUPRAID, a foundation for Education, Rehabilitation and Development of Conflict Affected Children.”

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By Dr. Costello Garang Ring, Berlin, Germany

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January 19, 2017 (SSB) — Dear Acuil Malith Banggol, as a friend I know for a long time and during the time of our  struggle I need really not mention to you my humble contribution to the liberation of our country.

Starting from being the second eldest representative of the SPLM/A after Benjamin Bol who was murdered in cold blood to the formation of NilePet together with Riek Machar and Kuol Manyang after being authorized to do so by Dr. John Garang to bringing Huawei to South Sudan and handing it over to Gerchuong to form Gemtel as ordered by Dr. John Garang.

Most of the points you have mentioned are theoretically valid but are not found implemented anywhere. “Dear Dr. Costello Garang: What you demonizes as “Tribal Federalism” is our objective reality

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By Acuil Malith Banggol, Juba, South Sudan

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January 18, 2017 (SSB) — Greetings and thanks for correctly noticing and acknowledging the different types of federation and federalism in Germany and Switzerland amongst others. Your problem is that you seems to have tendency to cut-paste. Please look into our reality with objectivity. What you demonizes as Tribal Federalism, “Salva Kiir’s Destruction of South Sudan through Tribal Federalism“, is our reality but these are not tribe. They are nationalities. But let me give you SPLM view on federalism:

Historically, culturally, administratively and demographically, South Sudan federation is perceived within the values, norms, beliefs and mutual collaboration of Greater Regions, Greater States, Greater Counties, Greater Communities, Greater Extended families and homelands of 72 Peoples and elders; each with distinct culture and a living language noticeable in thousands of Traditional Communal Federal Systems (TCFS) known as chiefdoms of several ethnicities or communities or kingdoms of a People or a nationality. In Dinka we call it WUD.

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SPLM agenda is Taking Towns to Rural Peoples. This is about governance and inclusive just, good and federated decision making. It is not about services. Read SPLM Manifesto and SPLM Constitution.

By Acuil Malith Banggol, Juba, South Sudan

SPLM Extra-ordinary Convention

January 18, 2017 (SSB) — My learned comrades “Is the SPLM Vision of “Taking Towns to People” still Alive or Dead?” seems to relying on hear saying. He is saying I hear not I read. I wish he has time to read SPLM Manifesto and SPLM Constitution. The 2010 elections was not about services delivery.

It was about voting for star- SPLM Logo to ensure that SPLM led government could ensure referendum. I am happy it has happened. My comrade view about taking towns to rural peoples is not services delivery: Here are the correct quotes:

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Ateny flip-flopping, where is his loyalty to President Kiir?

By Chuor Deng Chuor, Juba, South Sudan

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January 17, 2017 (SSB) —- The world knows that Ateny Wek Ateny is supposed to be the Press Secretary and official spokesperson of President Salva Kiir. But the reality of the matter is that Ateny has become a lone press secretary operating in his own world with no official access to the President that he claims to represent.

Ateny’s frustrations of late have come to the public and I bear witness to how he tore into the President during one of the evening I spent with him and few other fellows that were accompanying him at Juba Grand hotel in Juba.

Because of frustration, Ateny has now adopted to criticizing the personality of the President openly arguing that President Kiir is a person with no vision for this country and that he will lead the country to a total destruction and complete failure.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

hunger

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

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

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

burden of nationality

The Burden of Nationality

January 16, 2017 (SSB) —- I’m beginning to have an impression about some of my compatriots. They are just “all talk”. I’m sorry to say that.

It’s very real that we’ve got some people amidst us just there to talk trash against the moves of our government.

I’m not a big government fan though. So don’t brand me biased in my opinion. To be brutally honest. I’m yet to be impressed just like many others wanting better performance from the government. I’m just talking my free mind.

I came to learn of recent that our President has topped up our already existing 28 states to 32. I began to formulate an idea behind his reasoning.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

Prisoner in Rumbek

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

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

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By Anyar Johnson Deng, Nairobi, Kenya

democracy

Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

January 16, 2017 (SSB) — Hello, you are kindly welcome to hear the voice of Lazarus in the slum, the innocent inheritor of the nightmare of  extreme poverty, disunity, massive killing of innocent people among other problems resting on our shoulders in the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS).Please, don’t shy away when you come across the rhetorical questions.

Why the politicians of the day are ceaselessly blackmail the youth of our nation to go slow on criticism and yet they are handling the matters of public interest in the manner that lowering the dignity of our nation? They are living in the house that is not put in order and expect us to shape our contributions according to what they want to hear. For sure, impossibility is a valid answer.

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By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

corruption

January 16, 2017 (SSB) — After my Arba tachar I moved to the other bank of the river wanting a better life, for sure a betterment. I thought about this, where is life? In the beginning or at the end. It’s never happy, it tosses about your hand making inactive sights while reminding one of that life, that poor life is again now our challenge. But there some more and more life lie to us, life as they said is often fully filed on itself.

I grunted and little bit gloated but full of nightmares, a mere dream caught us between the end and hard rock, in search of knowing and civility we are there biting our teeth for naught.  In search for betterment I made many flatteries and promises that this is how I will be faring with your place, calling myself talented, competent and honest but the only answer follows them back was who sent you?

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By Zack Mayul, Kampala, Uganda

PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB): The Best Articles, Writers, of the Year 2016

January 14, 2017 (SSB) — PaanLuel visitors, daily readers and the main bloggers, excuse my hand writing or poor thoughts if I touch you in any way. Thank you. Regarding to what had been happening throughout this week. I mean, the appointment of Gogrial governor, I was puzzled.

I have seeing so many people debating about it – some defending the idea of the president while others rejecting it. I have seen someone here condemning our critics. Condemning those who were not with the idea of the president appointing his brother in-law. How does that even sound in your ears?

Listen my friend, our government is like a coconut – black outside and white inside. These patrons will lie to you and me that it is a democratic country while in the actually sense, it is far from it. Anyway, no one declared South Sudan as a tyrannical country or kingdom where we are supposed to do what pleases the president or those in power.

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By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Bor, South Sudan

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January 12, 2017 (SSB) — Ignorant or illiterate politicians can also create a false reality and impose it on public if they have a strong enough personality and that is even more disturbing. Perhaps that is the true reason for desperate search for the division of Jonglei to exist in two facets.

What really disturbs me is the ability of the individual to construct a fake history for them, which is based in no factual future to the coming generations at all. What’s even more disturbing is the will of some leaders to impose their reality on others even though they know that the reality they are imposing is false but for the sake of greed for leadership.

It would appear to be a creation of new administrative self-governed units but a set of clannish, inward-looking and aggravated ideology that’s meant to irrigate lasting grief to the natives of Bor, Twic and Duk as they’ll suffer in the hands of merciless hostile and chaotic neighbors. It’ll not bring any positive change; otherwise it’s more false, more inaccurate, more untrue decision.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

land grabbing in South Sudan

land grabbing in South Sudan

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

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

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

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By Mawien Marko, Bugema University, Uganda

corruption

January 10, 2017 (SSB) — Since December last year, the influx of vehicles bearing south Sudan’s number plates has increased drastically and most of them are government vehicles which includes V8s, land cruiser, Prados etc. All these vehicles have old number plates of the former central equatorial state(CE) and some few bearing new South Sudan number plates (SSD), The rise of South Sudanese vehicles in Arua, Uganda has worried both locals and south Sudanese living in the district and in the nation at large. This could prove the presence of south Sudanese rebels in west Nile.

The government for that reason must try to investigate this unwanted influx of official vehicles into the border towns because it seems government vehicles have either been stolen or have been sneaked into Uganda by groups of gangs and therefore, I believe that south Sudan’s government have strong bilateral ties with Uganda’s government to cooperate as sisterly countries in order to deal with these criminals who smuggled government cars on daily basis.

I also recommend those immigration officers working at the borders to make sure each vehicle that crosses to Uganda is well checked and the reason of crossing must be a genuine. Why should government cars be allowed to cross into other countries without clear reasons? Of course, the vehicle must have clear purpose of traveling to and fro, the time of the stay has to be stipulated on the pass upon crossing into another country. I have nothing to do with passengers’ vehicles, they are known and they are found in the parks.

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By Thon Atem Ayiei, Juba, South Sudan

dating and marriage

January 9, 2017 (SSB) — Marriage is a life friendship between a man and a woman based on a mutual interests of each other during the season of courtship in agreeing to conform a family that would in the future serves as memory of the couples in spirit and appearance. Marriages vary from continent to continent and country to country reflecting traditional norms and culture of the existing ethnic groups depending on their economic activities and customary laws set aside to protect the community values.

With Dinka people in particular, marriage is executed when the parents of the groom in an organized talks to complete the total number of cows designated as the bride price. There exist a fixed number of cows for every qualified young man to pay but the law of fixed number of cows can only be override if the marriage negotiation turns out a competition of two aspiring bridegrooms over one girl.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 7, 2017 (SBB) — South Sudan national dialogue announced by the president of the Republic of South Sudan H.E general Salva Kiir Mayardit last December has been received with mixed reaction with others rejecting it and others welcoming it as the right steps toward the right direction. But the truth should be told the formation of national dialogue committee is one of the positive thing that ever happened.

Regardless of how you perceived this initiative, it is the only way toward reunifying our country. South Sudan need peace now more than any other time. What the people of south Sudan are waiting is how this committee will approach and handle this complex task. But there is no doubt that the people spearheading the committee are noble people the society respect; so why don’t we listen to them.

Many people think South Sudan cannot come back to peace again but nothing is impossible. But to tell you there is no one who don’t want peace but the only differences is how we want to achieve that. If that is the case therefore, the national dialogue represent the opportunity for the people to express their grievance and try to come to consensus. With all the hate and bitterness still there is a chance for the people of south Sudan to resolve their problems and come together again. There are no ideas that are irreconcilable if people work toward the realization of peaceful coexistence.

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