Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


By Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, Colorado, USA

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — While many South Sudanese in the social media always argue that Dr. Riek Machar is a comeback kid, this writer always argues that Dr. Riek Machar is a dying horse politically and militarily. The man lacks intuitive leadership coupled with, self-pride, and blind ego. Such a leader never intuitively sees dangers ahead of time due to aspects above. Meaning, he always puts the society at a greater risk of butchering themselves while he enjoys being served with the scarce resources people have at their disposals as a leader.

For example, the incidence of Juba in July 2016 could have been mitigated and averted had it not been Dr. Riek’s way of doing things. There were many signs showing that the danger was looming before the outbreak of the fighting in Juba. He knows his few soldiers would be in danger because the government forces would outnumber them. He knows his military logistics is not in good shape. He knows that there could be collateral damage when two armies fight in the capital city.

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Marko Mawien Mawien, Kampala, Uganda

media reporting

August 22, 2016 (SSB) — In a good faith, I kindly urge the government of South Sudan to serve the country from the wide spread of tribalism by simply shutting down both Facebook and Twitter. It is because some people misuse those pathways but when it comes to those who used social media outside South Sudan, I think it can’t have much effects within the country. You know how they misuse them.

Telling the public lies and if the social media is shutdown then they will learn how to use them properly if they are reopened. I know it is ill advised if anyone shuts down or blocks social media. Social media has totally brought divisions among our people. It has increased tribalism and hatred in our beloved nation. The government has to do something to safe our country from being torn apart by a well-known disease which is social media.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — More than 600 candidates in Bor County sit for Bor county mock examination in five centers Monday.

The number of candidates sitting for exams this year across five centers of Bor A, Bor Public, Baidit and Lualdit Primary schools amplified from 470 as of last year to 649 and out of this figure girls are 135 with boys tallying 514.  This year, 23 schools emerged with candidates compared to 13 schools of 2015.

The examination that will run for 3 days is meant to prepare, measure the performance and challenge students’ capacity of understanding including teachers’s teaching methodology according to Bor County deputy director Mr. Gabriel Panchol Anyang

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By Mok Dei Gual, Kampala, Uganda

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President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

August 22, 2016 (SSB) —- Before I get started to analyzing some events happening around the world, therefore I want to remind the people about what the current US president said when he was doing his campaigns in his first term in United States of America. As I have watched him traveling to other States to mobilize citizens to vote for him. All he used to tell his supporters is the change we believe in. Most people have seen him as the change maker within the country and around the world. Sooner than later, the man was democratically elected by the US citizens. It’s the first time in US history for the black person to enter to white house as the US president.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — Who is Pagan Amum?  Mr. Pa’gan Amum Okiech is a South Sudanese politician. He is the co-founder of South Sudan the reborn Country. Pa’gan Amum was born in a small post known as WAT in the Lou Nuer area and his father was a commissioned police officer responsible for the WAT post. His family moved to Malakal after his grandfather, Okiech of the Ubuar people, died and Pa’gan’s father was asked to take over the role of his father. His father went from being a clan chief to later being paramount chief and president of the court.

In 1982 Pa’gan Amum left law school in Khartoum to organize and command a group of young revolutionaries committed to the establishment of a new Sudan project. This group jointed by Mr. Pa’gan with other insurgent groups to form the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement SPLA/M under the leadership of his mentor or adviser or counselor Dr. John Garang De Mabior 1983.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) —- South Sudan leadership has been shaking since the disappearance of Dr John Garang de Mabior, the former Rebel Leader who was successfully anointed as the First Vice President in the Sudanese government of 2005. Garang was believed to be a good friend to the West and being a man of his own principles. He had established South Sudan’s bush military administration in the name of democracy but maintained it only to his principles of New Sudan and secularism opposed to the dictated Arabized and Islamized Khartoum administrations.

In the beginning Garang’s rebel movement of the Sudan People Liberation Movement and army (SPLM/A) seemed to be opposed to the Western Administrations and ideologies until when Dr John Garang switched from his socialistic ideology to Capitalism in order to get support from United States of America and the European Countries; a business that was made successful in order to weaken the Khartoum regimes or change it in totality.

When this popular man known as Dr Garang de Mabior signed a peace agreement in Nairobi that has given him the position of First Vice President in Khartoum and a President of Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) in Juba, he was made to shortly die in a plane crash before establishing an office for the autonomous government of then Southern Sudan.

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Accrediting generation, which fought for independent of south Sudan, and zero accreditation for current generation, which is killing south Sudan

By Ajang M. Ajang, Juba, South Sudan

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) —- Trillions of thanksgiving for our heroes and heroines who offered their respective time to bring us freedoms of today. Their bloodshed was not in vans.  I also flush my lovely two blood brothers who lost their lives during struggle then.

My mother and father have really contributed and no fathers and mothers who lost their love one should be left behind.  Without them, there will not be south Sudan today.

Generation before us has shown usability of the youth.  Their images contribute to independent of south Sudan.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

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August 19, 2016 (SSB) — Although the United Nations could not protect a number of unarmed foreign nationals from rape, torture and killing of a South Sudanese journalist in Juba last July, the organization has carried out a successful evacuation of a South Sudanese armed opposition leader Riek Machar on Wednesday.

The news of the evacuation was both a great joy to supporters of Riek and also a heartbreaking and shocking story to millions of South Sudanese who would want to see this nation stay in peace and stability. Personally, I was hit by two emotions when I heard the news.

At first I celebrated the fact that Dr. Riek Machar was alive and breathing just like the rest of us would love to stay alive for as long as the creator allows. But a short while later, a sense of fear for the future took control over me. I couldn’t comprehend what the future holds for my wife, our one and half year old daughter and me.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

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August 19, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan got her independence on the 9th of July 2011 and exactly 29 months later, it was shrouded in civil war within itself. That conflict erupted over long grievances that have been shelved for a number of years due to the fact that, all the Southerners in the then united Sudan, were united for the separation that would grant freedom to Southern Sudan.

Depending on whichever side one gets the explanation on what transpired on the 15th of December 2013, which brought about the conflict, one would get a different story. However, a neutral person, would simply conclude that, what happened was just but a normal power struggle.

The group that was not in the cabinet by then, led by Riek, Pagan, Nyandeng and others saw that, it was wrong and unimaginable for President Kiir and his allies to shut them out so soon just like that. So, they fabricated stories on so many things so as to cause that confusion that would make them be brought back to the government. Simply put, it was and still is, a struggle between those that want to maintain their grip of power and those that either need to take part or overthrow the other group.

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan

farm in Bor, Jonglei state

Abel Majur Leek’s farm in Mareng, Bor, Jonglei state

August 18, 2016 (SSB) — Road transport is one of the cheapest mean commonly used by poor, average and rich class of people globally. All mean of transport including roads are vital and compulsory to be established by government in any promising nation like South Sudan. In this newest nation, roads connectivity, maintenance and repairs and construction have been heavily sidelined and remain a great challenge since we were under Khartoum regime, until the country broke away via plebiscite in Feb. 2011.

Major roads highways connecting former ten states with national capital are completely spoiled and remained flooded during rainy season, hampering transportation of commodities to various states and counties headquarters respectively. An example is Juba-Rumbek-Wau road which is the main route supplying greater Bhar-El Ghazal states with goods had been badly damaged beyond description and repair.

This highway becomes flood with rain water during wet months of the year forcing trucks to camp alongside the roads, for quiet handful number of days or month. Some heavy trucks overturned on this muddy path, with goods causing lives lost and injuries while dozen stuck for a months. This culminated to delayment of food supply reaching the affected areas quickly and forced half a million of people to acute food shortage in the country.

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By Mariak Chol Majok, Kampala, Uganda

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August 18, 2016 (SSB) —- When the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was formed by the Government of South and the SPLM/A-IO, under the leadership of then, former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar, there were high hopes that it would be the end of the war that had afflicted serious of damages to our beloved nation.

However, all that came out was disappointment and betrayal to South Sudanese populace who accepted the peace considering the surreptitious content and intransigent and reneging tendencies on the side of the opposition.

The so-called partners and guarantors of the peace were also hard to fathom, given the way some of these monitors were acting, issuing threats of sanctions and arms embargo when the two parties were committed to implement peace. These moves were meant by the foreign powers that have their varied interests to keep us fighting ourselves so as they keep plundering with our country.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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August 18, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudanese were all united under Sudan people’s Liberation Army and movement SPLA/M umbrella before independent. The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and was a key participant of the 2nd Sudanese Civil war. He was succeeded by his chief of staff, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, a co-founder of the SPLA/M.

The SPLM was originally the political wing of the SPLA, an insurgency that waged for 22 years against Khartoum based government of Sudan, before joining the national government in 2005 peace deal that also made SPLM as the ruling party in Southern Sudan.

The 2005 CPA established the SPLA as Sudanese army in Southern Sudan while Sudan Army Force (SAF) was considered the army of northern Sudan. The SPLM has ruled South Sudan since the CPA and won elections in 2010, securing its position as the dominant political force ahead of the country’s vote for independence in 2011.

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By Maliap Madit Mabior, Kampala, Uganda

Stephen Dhieu Dau

Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau, South Sudan minister for finance and economic planning

August 17, 2016 –  Despite the fact that the economic crises our country is undergoing through are hard for one to place hope on someone tasked with the responsibility of managing our National Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning – MoFEP,  one would still mention a word just because we live on hopes that things will work out.

Yes, the top objective of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning is managing public finances ensuring transparency and accountability – catering for government sectors financially and streamlining tax collection countrywide.  If one could ask, has the ministry (previous ministers) adhered to this objective? Certainly we may or not have the answers.

However, it’s worth mentioning that the ministry or country has registered a number of successes since its inception (2005, 2011 – 2016) under different ministers. In 2012 – 2013, South Sudan was voted as the fastest growing country ever because of the initial promising start but then reversed. Yes, these crises could be blamed on political instability in the country. But from economic view point, it is wise saying that these economic hardships aren’t only politically created but weak economic – financial polices also added on.  And with that, let me take you through the vision and mission statements of our Ministry of Finance and Economic – MoFEP.

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By Hon. Atem Garang D. Dekuek*

Atem Garang Dekuek

Atem Garang Dekuek

August 16, 2016 (SSB) — Today, the world is facing two grim and major global challenges namely, climate change and international terrorism. Although there are other serious and equally grim challenges such as poverty and disease especially in Africa, the most pressing challenge on the international nerves today is terrorism. Terrorism is known to be a methodology applied by its proprietors through two differing means, one crude and the other sophisticated.

The first type of terrorism is the well-known and widely publicised crude and barbaric terrorism associated with radical Islam propagate by the likes of the Al Qaeda globally, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Boko Haram in west Africa, Al-Shabab in Somalia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and many others. All these radical Islamic organisations have designed their methods of terror to be brutal and barbaric in order to achieve their objectives. Often using individuals as suicide bombers as primary weapons.

The second type of terrorism which is applied to achieve specific objectives similar to those of radical Islamic organisations, is a form of terrorism favoured and perfected by the Western nations, specifically the United States of America and the European Union and their smaller satellites. It is a form of terrorism clothed in civilised methods but the effects, results, and the victims at the end are as many and as helpless as those of the barbaric form of terrorism.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

Festus Mogae in Malakal

Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae visits Malakal.

August 16, 2016 (SSB) — The UNMISS and tribalism in South Sudan, tribalism is the state of being organized in, or advocating for a tribe or tribes. In terms of conformity, tribalism may also refer in popular cultural terms to a way of thinking or behaving in which people are more loyal to their tribe than to their friends, their country, or any other social group. Tribalism has been defined as a way of being based upon variable combinations of kinship based organization, reciprocal or give-and-take exchange, manual production, oral, communication, and enquiry.

  Tribalism implies the possession or ownership of a strong cultural or ethnic identity that separates one member of a group from the members of another group. Tribalism is an epidemic disease that plunge the Country into unfortunate war with dragon and its angels. But the dragon lost the battle and its angels were given tickets to tour little a bit in Jungle. I know people will astonished and asks themselves, who is dragon and its angels?  In short, dragon is Mr. Trouble and its angels are ghost spirits of prophecy.

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar at the Emmanuel Jieng Parish, 22 May 2016

Madam Angelina Teny with her handbag at the Emmanuel Jieng Parish, 22 May 2016

August 16, 2016 (SSB) — Dear women shoppers of Juba City’s markets, allow me to convey this message to you to express my personal disappointment with the rampage grabbing of your handbags by criminals out there in the streets or markets.

This happens whenever you go on shopping in Suk (market) Weiwei, Suk Militia, Suk Sita, Suk Konyokonyo, Suk Jebel, Suk Libya, Suk Custom and Suk Juba. Hence, this letter is in response to your daily basis unacceptable suffering from the hands of robbers. I am happy to have spared this little time to write to you on how you would cope with the phenomenon.

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By Reagan Gatluak Gatwech, Kampala, Uganda

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August 15, 2016 (SSB) — Following the fighting that broke out outside the presidential palace in Juba on the eve of independence celebrations, IGAD called for an intervention brigade. Such a brigade was first proposed in 2014 during the mediation but weakened as the UN and IGAD could not agree on its relationship to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), or on the mechanisms of financial and logistical control.

When a State interferes in the political affairs of another State by invitation, or on request, it cannot be considered as an unlawful act. Interference of a State can never be unlawful if it is for the sake of humanity. It is necessary that the two States agree on the matter of intervention through a treaty. A request for assistance is not an unlawful act.

Similarly, the 27th African Union assembly in Kigali, Rwanda also resolved that Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya shouldcontribute a regional force to South Sudan whichfollowing the renewed fighting in Juba. However, there is need to clarify on what intervention really means, circumstances that warrant it, legal grounds for intervention in civil wars and also draw a distinction between military intervention and a protection force.

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By South Sudanese writer

Riek vs Taban

The battle over the SPLM-IO leadership

August 15, 2016 (SSB) — SPLM In Opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar left Juba between July 8 and July 11 [when fighting started & ended in the capital] and have officially remained “around Juba.”

Supporters of his opponents and die-hearts critics have gone ahead and declared Riek dead.  His supporters on the other hands, said he is “around Juba” waiting for the international community to live to its pronouncement of sending a protection force for their man before returning to Juba or taking over Juba militarily.

Right so, the fighting in Presidential Palace J1 on July 8 and the aftermath warrant godly certified security details, if any, before Riek return to Juba.  The regional & international community is the godfather in this complicated.

So where is Dr. Riek?

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By Mariak Chol Majok, Kampala, Uganda

Banki Moon

UN secretary general, Banki Moon, and JMEC chairperson, Festus Mogae

August 15, 2016 (SSB) — Perhaps Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, the President of the United States of America and Mr. Banki-Moon, the current and Outgoing Secretary-General of United Nations are still behind the news that South Sudan seceded from the oppressive regime and slavery from the Sudan five years ago; when we were declared an independent nation on 9th, July 2011and subsequent ascension as United Nations’ Number 193rd member country. It is called the Republic of South Sudan, for Christ’s sake, infallible in all its own affairs; it has her own sovereignty and the president, who also doubles as the Commander-in-Chief of National army (The SPLA) and the Supreme Commander of Other Regular Forces.

It lies in the eastern part of Africa and a member of East Africa Community (EAC) and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD; perhaps the acronym ‘D’ has to be changed and be called Inter-Governmental Authority on Destruction because this bloc is the one destroying the region), endowed with all natural resources, cultural heritage, secular in its state and has its rules and regulations as enshrined in the transitional constitution (2011 and amended in 2015).

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By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

UN vs South Sudan

August 15, 2016 (SSB) —- Once upon time, there was a well-respected, admired, loved, and fairly seen with a provision of revelation wisdom as a wise man. Grew up in place called the Robbed Nation, located in the center of east and north along the equator line in Africa. The place has a snake-like river, divided the Robbed Nation into two, almost in halves. Such river was internally believed to have originated from West side of the nation leading toward east, closely bound to the north. The nation was reported as a landlocked baby, sources from the mentioned river are resources it considerably depended on. The other resources comes from vast minerals, vast arable lands, diamonds, gold and oil. The river also provides the nation with water, fish, river transportation, navy security protection, and dock for ships, electricity dams, irritation schemes and more to that direction. The same river offers other attributes to neighboring places it touched or crossed through.

One day, this wise man had a visitor. The guest was welcomed, accommodated, had shower, took hot tea and was escorted to the shade to take a nap because the humidity at the time stood at flammable level. During lunch time, however, his lunch was brought to him. While enjoying the lunch, a by-passer dog suddenly emerged, and had great fortune, the guest tossed portions of food on the floor for the dog. Under the same shade and around the compound, there were chickens at random, seriously aiming at their stomach’ concerns for the day. The restless chicken jumped to collect unsecured pieces of food some inches away from the dog. The hungry dog impatiently leaped to reach for the chicken. The chicken hurriedly gathered its mightier muscles and flown off, to avoid the wild dog before turning it into “free lunch.” Conversely, the chicken had uncalculated landing, it stridden out on tethered nearby calf. The calf’s situation got hijacked and bounded high letting halt rope loosen. The fearful calf ran toward the compound ended up stepping on laid child under the verandah. And for the heavenly sadness, the child innocently passed!

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