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I Miss You Malakal City

Posted: February 19, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Ariik Mawien Atekdit, Kuajok, South Sudan
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (PW) — I miss you Malakal. It had been a long while without seeing your view. As politics of S. Sudan so much affected your affairs. We got so much uprooted and our direction got lost as we dashed to UNMISS as we hid for surviving.
We badly left behind our beautiful places in town including Dingri-shufu, al-Bam, al-Thorat, Hai Matar, Malakia, Luakat & Hai Salaam.
We badly missed the unnumbered hospitalities & and the generosities of the communities and the joy of cultures of Upper Nile.

By John Youhanes Magok, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — Five month already gone wasted since the signing of the revitalized agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in September 12, 2018. The peace was echo with a wide jubilation in Khartoum, other capital cities in the region and finally it was hauled to Juba with the name “Peace Celebration” under the auspicious of president of the Republic H.E. Salva Kiir Mayradit in the presence of regional leaders among them the main guarantors Omer Al-Bashir of Sudan and his counterpart Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde was among the attendee and other IGAD mediation teams.

The celebration was a good gesture and a new commitment toward peace return in a nation that suffered for the last five years yarning for stability and lasting security. Unfortunately, the event was an analogy of putting chariot before the horse and the hidden load only floated after the celebration, where the main melody turned to be lack of financial “funds” or “Money” to operationalize the terms of the revitalized agreement stipulated in the pre-interim period that is projected to last for eight months to pave a way for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) accommodating the former foes, the fragmented SPLM/A.  (more…)

Tuck the Button Part 2: Stop Wife Beating

Posted: February 12, 2019 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Commentary, Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (PW) —It was the beginning of rainy season in South Sudan; Makuer a famous farmer was among timages (1)he villagers of Makurudit who were waiting for the first drop of the rain that could soften the fields for cultivation.

Makuer, his wife (Aluenge), brother Marial, Lonhajooh (the chief), Atiamjoot (the assistant chief) are the major characters featured in the script.

SCENE 1

Makuer: My lovely wife, mother of Majak; Aluenge from the highest clan of Paduur, clouds of today seem to be telling us something important-yes they are promising rain.

Aluenge: Yes, father of Majak you are right those heavy dark clouds are hiding clear water of life, hopefully with the help of our forefather, the hard ground will once again be softened.

Makuer: According to my knowledge of the sky and the clouds, this night will never pass without some few drops, don’t you see how those cottons of clouds appear and disappear?

Aluenge: Yes father of Majak, I saw them chasing one another into the giant arm of the creator.

Makuer: You are right woman of my father’s cow.

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Examine the roots and motives of why the National Ministry of Finance renamed as   ‘‘Kuac Business Center’’

By Abel Amet Amet – Juba, South Sudan

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Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Salvatore Garang Mabiordit

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — I would want to preface this commentary by reminding ourselves of the important citation remarks uttered by two of the Great Philosophers and authors, which I consider are of much relevance here. Aristotle had once been quoted to have remarked ‘‘Poverty is the Parent of the Revolution and Crime’’. Benjamin Franklin advised: “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

Over the past few days, South Sudanese have been struggling with what interpretation would suit the best explanation of why Zachariah Makuac Maror mounted an attack on the personalities of the Minister of Finance, Hon. Garang Mabiordit and Kuac Community alike. Many people mostly youngsters and middle ages have apparently reacted differently with majority condemning the act as bigotry. With my analysis, I may not be quite incomparable from what have been discussed and speculated; and therefore remain remorseful to the readers for the boredom on the same topic.

To jog the memory and draw the attention of the readership, it was on Wednesday, 30th January 2019 that a man named Zachariah Makuac Maror stormed the world with an article addressed openly to President Kiir requesting him to dethrone Minister Garang Mabior Wol over what he alleged: ‘‘Turning of South Sudan’s National Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning to be Kuac Business Center’’. (more…)


By Bol Khan, Kampala, Uganda

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — The People of South Sudan succumbed to civil war—self-destruction and immense sufferings ignited by few South Sudanese over the past five (5) solid years. This has become an absolute disgrace, now, to all South Sudanese in the world over. Who was to be blame? During the HLRF last year 2018, we suggested that IGAD should first prioritize the interest of ordinary South Sudanese people in an R-ARCSS.

The common interests we wanted was a better peace deal with proper; well-placed security arrangements, a lean government that would have pave way for profound peace dividends or services delivery to our people in the grassroots. We also hinted IGAD should not only start staying vigilant right from the outset of pre-transitional period but also to pick up and use ‘a stick and carrot’ policy throughout would-be 36 months of transitional period.

Instead, IGAD took its pillow and slept on all these suggestions. It would just facilitate only this flimsy “R-ARCSS” help signed on 12 Sept. 2018 and then threw it into South Sudan, where it is now hovering in the air without a guarantor. I am sure, the Son of Kaguta Museveni (SKM) upcoming defacto RTGoNU of Entebbe’s proposal is going to finish, in the name of peace implementation, salaries and allowances, the peace fund inject by international donors.

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Review by Matai Muon, Kampala, Uganda

Arop Madut Arop's book

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — Sometimes, we go to a bookshop to discover the latest story available for consumption, or if you are like me, browse the web to find the latest reviews for the good books as recommended by FANATIC readers the like of Bill Gates, Barack Obama or some cool international online media; the Times and the Guardian. Other times, a friend tells you about a book they just read and think it is a nice try. Well, welcome to the world of Michelle Obama. A history of almost half a century packed into 400 plus page-turner, Becoming is the greatest memoir of all times, at least by my measure!

The book published in November 2018 by the Crown Publishing Group entices the reader right from the prologue where Michelle defines the title in a few but deeply inspiring words. “For me,” Michelle writes, “Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously towards a better self.” For Michelle, Becoming is an endless journey. These were words from one of the most famous First Ladies and women of substance today. She says it clearly, keep on until you reach your highest potential.

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By Peter Khor Bullen, Juba, South Sudan

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State, whose bride price consist of 500 cows, 3 V8s, and over $10,000

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (PW) — When you are with your biological mother, she is the only person who can offer unconditional care. When you are still young, she knows when you are sick; she monitors you when you are hungry. She also knows when you are thirsty. A mother changes no position of care. Though not all mothers have that in mind, only a few of them have zeal to care. Life is indeed a choice, but much of it is prefers to be spent without interference from mothers who are easily adoptive to the heart of the devil. With the later heart, life goes on and on again with all sorts of tragedies and fault line. But one has to choose whom to live with.

While in Bor, Not all things bothered me but one thing bogged down my intellect. The conditions of dogs and their puppies in the hand of pigs, Cows and survival aggressive goat that can be ready to fight human anytime. They are the street boys and girls of Marol Market. If animals could be asked and you post a question to them on whom they thought to have cause them problems of different forms. They will quickly answer “Gen Kuol Manyang Juuk”. Don’t be jerked; I will narrate why him in particular. I love him very much. He is a good general born among the most complicated creature on earth (i.e. Bor Community). Ask me why. It will be long.

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Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Cattle camp

Friday, February 8, 2019 (PW) — This is a crazy Friday talk. The idea sprang up at the moment of news time and the back of the mind validated it for an essay. Before, one goes to the keyboard, there are many ideas that come to mind as to what themes, subjects and most importantly aims for a particular piece. I have visited a number of museums on a number of occasions: motor, maritime, tractor, Immigration and so on. I therefore, thought that the world has gone around as far as making absolutely everything for everything as museums are concerned.

I thought about  cattle or livestock museum for my birth country, Sudan. However, before, I pen something about it and cattle, I first had to google something like it. The nearest museum was found in Texas, USA in form of Cattle Raisers Museum. I saw a few photos of cattle, boots, straps and saddles as well as pieces of writing to describe what used to happen in relation to the cattle and their raisers.

This did not discourage me to put forward an idea for cattle keepers or government in South Sudan. The pastoralists love their cattle to death in this part of the world. Cattle are not only for milk and meat but are also for prestige and pride. They also also for payment of bride price and fines in the event of murder. (more…)


By John Deng Diar Diing, Mombasa, Kenya

The Treasure of South Sudan

Monday, February 04, 2019 (PW) — Quoting the Deputy Information Minister, Lily Albino Akol Akol, on the decision of the Cabinet of the government of South Sudan to allocate 10,000 barrels of its crude oil per day to Chinese firms to build roads within the country. This decision delivered what I have, as a road engineer aspired for, for far too long. It is my opinion that this is going to be the first petrodollar to flow directly to addressing the needs of our vulnerable population since 2005.

Various development economists and experiences of economic upward mobility from transient economies and developed countries attest that transport infrastructures and energy have the highest and quick economic multiplying effects. It has been shown that countries that invested in energy and transport infrastructure realize a burst in the growth of processing industries, improvement in mobility of skills, people, goods and services and agricultural sector.

South Sudan has a classified road network of 19,000km; that includes primary, secondary and intra-county roads. The Primary road network, that is, the trunk roads that connect all the former ten (10) States Headquarters and major international borders is about 6,400km. If this 10,000 bpd of the crude oil is projected to flow for 10 years, and assuming that crude prices oscillate around 61US$ as it stands, then we will expect about 61×10,000 x 365×10 =2,226,500,000 US$. (more…)


By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

Monday, February 04, 2019 (PW) — In the age of social media, it’s very difficult if not impossible to hide family squabble that could be solved locally round the dining table. We need to take a long, hard look at the way the two camps of our respected politicians have flooded themselves with coined stories interwoven together with historical events. If social media wasn’t discovered, two sides would have no means of reaching themselves, one would have to treks between camps till his neck bubbles with sweat.

As one of the rumination thinkers, I can see that both camps are populated by people who lack directions because there is no way somebody can slammed into a feud between two influential families without first observes their close connections. If it’s a matter of being deeply wronged somewhere that had made one to join the opposing camps in order to avenge, then one would rationalized that his chances must have collided with a disadvantageous time.

I thought political camps were erected to fights their way to power instead of criticism that go down to the family line. Whatever dust-ups and squabbles there may be along the way, one camp would be useful to each other in the long run and in case the elders of the two families reunite the head of eristic arguments, my friend, your fate is in doubt. My payam traditionalist call it “Yïn abï cök döŋ laŋ nhom” (more…)


By Malith Alier, WA, Australia

Dr Majak with President Kiir, December 2018

Dr Majak Agot with President Kiir, December 2018

 

Monday, 4 February, 2019 (PW) —- We saw it coming that the reneged reunification of the fractious SPLM may some day be concluded. The SPLM in government, and after combing Arusha, Pretoria, Cairo, Kampala and Addis Ababa for inter-party peace, was waiting for the other factions to make the first moves. This is 2019 and it’s about to happen amidst implementation of the 2018 Peace agreement.

From 2014 and immediately after the outbreak of war, the SPLM embarked on that elusive inter-party understanding – signed Arusha Declaration. It has since taken four years for it to happen perhaps in piecemeal. Many South Sudanese are however, questioning why Former Detainees also known as SPLM Leaders waited that long. Two agreements have been signed and full implementation is still a pipe dream. It is the question of timing rather than the motive.

The FDs actions may ruin the peace agreement altogether if allowed to fall through. By all intents and purposes, it seems, they are determined to achieve the reunification in the absence of their leader, Mr. Pagan Amum who belated rejected the Revitalised ARCSS. The hurried actions of the FDs reminded us of the “Lonesome George” on Galapagos Islands who needed to be evacuated from one isle to another in order to be safe. (more…)


By Ustaz John Garang Ayii Riak, Bor, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

  1. Introduction

Saturday, February 2, 2019 (PW) —- South Sudan known, as the Republic of South Sudan is a landlocked Country in East Africa region, which gained its independence on 9th July 2011 from the Sudan. Sudan and its people are marked by more continuous civil war since 1950s, and the lives of people in the South must therefore be understood in terms of the effect of civil war on them. It has been the longest lasting armed conflict in Africa, and has had particularly devastating effects on the population and education especially in south. During the war, the existing schools were turned into empty shells. Children at all levels were left out of school. The main reason was lack of enrolment opportunities, lack of school buildings, rising educational costs for poor families, high dropout rates due to insecurity and inadequate government expenditure especially in HE (UNICEF, 2008; 14).

1.1. Higher Education Institutions’ System (HEIs) 

The HE system is refers to the education offered after secondary school, or HE is any institution above the high school level, Colleges, universities and technical schools are called institutions of higher education where students can enroll in diploma, associate, degree or 4- or 5-year degree programs or Master Degree and PhDs. Institutions are splits into three sub-sectors: Universities, Other Degree Awarding Institutions (ODAI) and Other Tertiary Institutions (OTI) sub sectors. (more…)


By Deu Lueth Ader, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, February 1, 2019 (PW) — It was on the 19th December 2018 that the group of youths in the Sudanese city of Atbara took to the streets complaining about the deterioration in the cost of living. This piece of writing sheds light on the overall situation in respect to the currently underway uprising which has entered its full one month so far and its future prospects.

These demonstrations were spontaneously triggered by the economic distress that caused severe scarcity in basic commodities and medicines, it was characterized by peacefulness and serenity from the onset until now. However; the excessive use of force and harassment introduced by the regime apparently provoked the demonstrators and have them responded in some sort of violence especially in Atbara where the demonstrations began.

These demonstrations as reported were spearheaded by the angry and hungry youths who have borne the brunt of unemployment over the years, they have decided to go to the streets demanding the change of Bashir’s modus operandiwhich has plagued the country throughout the years of his rule. It was until in the middle of January when the voices of professional groups began to chant slogans analogous to that of youths supporting and openly joining them up for the same cause.  (more…)


By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda

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Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — The latest South Sudan peace deal signed between the government of President Salva Kiir, various armed and unarmed opposition groups and other parties, including the SPLM/A-IO led by the former First Vice President Dr Riek Machar is facing implementation challenges and at the centre of it, according to officials, is lack of funds.

The pact dubbed Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed in September last year through the Igad-led revitalisation process of the 2015 Peace Agreement (known as ARCSS) which remains largely unimplemented due to the resumption of armed conflict in July 2016, barely three months after a unity government was formed then.

Now the R-ARCSS provides for the establishment of a “Revitalised Government of National Unity (RTGoNU)” whose term of office shall be thirty-six (36) months, commencing eight (8) months after signing of the R-ARCSS (as of September 12) or on completion of redeployment of “necessary unified forces.”

According to the R-ARCSS, Kiir shall continue as President of the Republic of South Sudan, and Dr Machar shall assume the position of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan respectively. (more…)


Confutation to the Article Published by “The Eye of the Nation Committee” On 27th January 2019: “Ambassador Telar Ring Deng: The Political Judas Iscariot of South Sudan.

By Bec George Jongwiir Anyak; Joseph Ghai Mayen Beny; Yar Telar Ring Deng; Bol Joseph Agau Adhil; Acheng Andrew Anhiem Bahon; John Nhial Maker Gum; Moses Mayor Angong; Emmanuel Dhaal Marial Kot, and Zindia Madit Maker Gum

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Telar Ring Deng, later South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s nominee to become the new justice minister, 21 June 2014

Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — We learned of the formation of the Eye of the Nation Committee under the January Declaration at Thongpiny, Maj. Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor’s Residential House. The Mission of this committee was formed to launch a Propaganda Machine to discredit Amb. Telar Ring Deng.

In August, 22nd 2018, when Amb. Telar Ring Deng returned to Juba after H.E. the President formed a Delegation headed by Hon. Tor Deng Mawien to meet him in Nairobi and ask him to return to Juba for more consultations as to why he resigned. On arrival to Juba, his political critics immediately started propagating against him on the social media and street politics. Their fear was that and it is still now, that Amb. Telar would diminish their chances of getting appointed to the limited government positions of the R-ARCISS. While Amb. Telar was away for one year, none of the people who are crying foul got appointed for reasons known best to them.

Now, we want to respond to the allegations and malicious propaganda contained therein by the self-appointed prefects of the Eye of the Nation Committee which unfortunately included Michael Mabor Rin, whom Amb. Telar Ring Deng educated up to Secondary school and had lived with him for 15 years, Mabor Rin Tueny who also cannot deny Amb. Telar Ring Deng Academic Credentials, what a betrayal? The wise men once said, do not bite the hands that feed you.

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PUBLISHED BY THE EYE OF THE NATION COMMITTEE, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

By Jacob Adut, Paul Cabiet Ayang, Michael Mabor Rin, Gai Karanja and Makur Madit

Sunday, January 27, 2019 (PW) — As the Republic of South Sudan transitions into a new era of peace and tranquility, with the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS), it is paramount that we learn a lesson or two from the mistakes that brought about the senseless war in the first place. There are a cocktail of problems that have been haunting the SPLM/A, now turned into a political party from the outset up to date. One of such unfortunate problems, is the emergence of sadists, wrong elements and hardened betrayers or sellouts of the South Sudanese cause into the center of decision making. Since, its inception from 1983, the SPLM/A, continues to suffer from terrible internal sabotage, orchestrated and manufactured by moles and enemies of progress within the movement.

One of the most dangerous and power-hungry moles, who is still haunting the leadership of the people, is Telar Ring Deng. This notorious crook, played a very active role in the 1991 SPLM/A Nasir Declaration, that almost brought the movement to a total collapse. Telar defied the advice from every wise cadre that hail from Bahr el Ghazel region, and Lakes in particular not to join the Nasir Faction. What was his agenda? Nothing near the sense of nationalism at all, but driven mere self-interest and malice. He simply found himself at the periphery of the decision making since Dr. John Garang was well informed about his selfishness and hatred for those who were for the right cause for South Sudan. Within a short while, Telar fell out with Dr. Riek Machar, the then leader of the Nasir faction of SPLM/A, only to end up joining the NCP led Khartoum regime-the then top enemy of the people of Southern Sudan.

In 2002, when Dr. John and Dr. Riek signed an agreement to unite the ranks and files of the SPLM/A factions and through the subsequent South-South dialogue, Telar pleaded with elders of Yirol to use this opportunity to reconcile him with Dr. John Garang and Dr. Riek in order to rejoin the united SPLM/A. Our patriotic and forgiving elders around Dr. John Garang at the time, such as the late Dr. Deng Dongrin Akuany (RIP), Hon. David Deng Athorbei, among others, labored hard and successfully persuaded our late chairman to forgive this dangerous, callous and ungrateful prodigal son. (more…)


By Noble Leek Goi, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Murle dancing

Saturday, January 26, 2019 (PW) — The government of South Sudan should look at the Murle cattle raider as a national threat, not just as a threat to the communities of Dinka and Nuer in the Greater Jonglei or Upper Nile regions only.

Murle cattle raiders should be included among the deadliest world terrorist groups. They can best be ranked as South Sudan terrorist just like Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria, ISIS and ISIL in Arab world and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Murle cattle raiders have claimed lives of so many Dinka and Nuer of Greater Jonglei region since the 18th century. Oral history has it that they were the one who killed Dr. John Garang’s mother and the toddler Dr. John Garang might have narrowly survived child abduction in that process. They raid, abduct and kill. They are terrorists. Period. (more…)


By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan

President Kiir honors Gen Kuol Manyang Juuk, Gen Dr James Wani Igga, Gen Daniel Awet Akot and Gen John Koang Nyuon with the highest SPLA military honor for their longest service in the army, SPLA Headquarters at Bilpam, Juba, South Sudan, 24 January 2019

 

Thursday, January 24, 2019 (PW) — You must hunt hard for your good luck, in order to aspire your dreams. Sitting under that tea-maker’s Rakuba (shelter) with your thousand dreams in the mind won’t bear fruits. Claiming that you are a graduate won’t help you out, I swear. 2019 won’t make any change in your lives unless you choose to change some of the attitudes that you and I know they cannot allow any progress in our personal lives.

It is now many years down your graduation and you can’t get a job to afford your life or get married either at least to begin the progress of renaming your ancestors as African culture requires of you. Without lying, most of our youths are graduated directly to poverty and hopelessness because we so much depend on the nation and the government for employment.

Today I have chosen to talk directly to youths not to the government. I am attacking youths of which I am a member and I carry some blames too for having not done enough to establish my life.  If you have been viewing posts on the new year eve on social media, you should have seen a lot of littering congratulatory messages for having arrived to the new year.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 (PW) —- Northern Upper brothers and sisters spent decades fighting for freedom and Independence of State 1990s. In Northern Upper we joint hands to attain goal of independency. Fortunately, the State established with full sovereignty. This credential be to President and his cabinets. In sociology, social divisions are categories as class, race, gender and geographic location that indicate differences in lifestyle and experience.

Social divisions stem from the concept that society is divided between the powerful and powerless. There are potentially hundreds of social divisions, but the largest is class. Access to education, employment and healthcare is different for lower-class members of society. Income inequality affects a myriad of statistics from violent crime rate to stress-related illness.

There are many subcategories under umbrella of the class division. Sociologists study the impact of further social divisions due to race, gender, marital status, health, rural location to decipher the impact of these categories on daily life. Some divisions have a stronger impact on an individual place in society than others and the way society views and processes these divisions can change and evolve over time. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (PW) — According to “Hot in Juba” news, we read that the governors of Western Lakes and Tonj States, Hon. Matur Chut and Anthony Bol Madut have been relieved, at least for now from their gubernatorial positions by Kiir for undisclosed reasons. The veteran governors are old time generals in the Sudan People’s liberation Army (SPLA) which is also the predecessor of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF).

Anthony Bol Madut was rumoured to be a commander in Anyanya II which joined the SPLA in 1983. During our days in Dima, Ethiopia, Anthony headed Buma (Boma) up to the time of signing peace in 2005 after which he became the first governor of former Warrap State. Matur Chut on the other hand, was in the army until they were retired after independence. He became the governor of Lakes State replacing Daniel Aweet Akot. This is his second stint after the division of former Lakes in to Gok State, Western and Eastern Lakes States.

There are only two enduring governors after the 2010 elections. They make up the 20% of the former 10 states replicated in December 2015. Louise Lobong Lojore of former Eastern Equartoria and Rizik Zakaria Hassan of former Western Bar el Ghazal are the two right hand men that Kiir’s perennial decrees never touched. Despite the redivivision of the ten states, they got appointments to the new states of Kapoeta and Raja. (more…)


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