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Hon. Salvatore Garang Mabiordit: The victim of exotic politics of egregious lies and distortions

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Salvatore Garang Mabiordit

Thursday, March 21, 2019 (PW) — Thought not blood, unmeasurable ink has been spilt over the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Hon. Salvatore Garang Mabior. But the truth remains: He is not corrupt as being misleadingly alleged. That’s the reason I don’t buy all these corruption allegations born of consummate hatred and insipid circumlocution which have been circulating on the online media for sometimes now. It’s merely a political attrition in play.

All these platitudinous sermons carry no shred of truth by any imagination. They are being purposely contrived and propagated by his political nemesis to settle political scores. However, his legacy is imprinted in a hard stone. Even if he is thrown into political oblivion by this exotic politics of subterfuge and egregious lies – and I am sure he will withstand all the odds and continue climbing the ladder of stardom and greatness, his legacy is written in the hard rock.

Upon his appointment, he has successfully managed to ameliorate the living conditions and that is why the country is now economically convalescing. Get your popcorn and let me peel your eyes. His achievements are ineffable and here are the headlines.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin and Ms. Yar Telar Deng, Nairobi, Kenya

Peter Biar Ajak is a South Sudanese PhD student of politics and world affairs at Cambridge University in the UK; he was detained by agents of the national security at Juba International Airport on his way to Aweil for the celebration of Red Army Day.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (PW) Abstract: This paper deals with the “Rights of arbitrarily arrested and detained persons in South Sudan”. It is based upon the juridical norms of criminal law which presumes that the “thousand of accused persons can be punished but one innocent shouldn’t be punished arbitrarily”.The paper explicitly articulate that one of the basic tenets of our legal system is the benefit of the presumption of innocence of the accused person till he/she is found guilty at the end of the trial conducted by a dully constituted open court of law based on the evidence gathered. The reason being that the rights of an accused person not to be arbitrarily arrested and detained are sacrosanct. The accused in South Sudan are accorded certain rights, the most basic of which are found in the South Sudanese Transitional Constitution, 2011.

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I. Introduction

There are several key pieces of legislation in South Sudan that relate to arrest and detention, most notably the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011 and the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, 2008.

The Transitional Constitution 2011 sets out a comprehensive Bill of Rights that promotes life and human dignity, personal liberty, equality before the law, the right to a fair trial and freedom from torture. The Code of Criminal Procedure Act, 2008 sets out the procedures for arrests and detentions and allocate powers to the relevant authorities.

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By Peter Wek Mabiordit, Juba, South Sudan

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (PW) —- Peace is an important thing in human life. It is demonstrated by our daily actions toward others. The noble choice of doing right things depends on individual’s attitude and behaviors. When we behave in the right manner, our behaviors immediately translate into peace. For the last 3 years there had been a search for a lasting peace in South Sudan. Many agreements had been signed but dishonored.

The Khartoum peace agreement signed in 2018 is another step towards lasting peace. Although critics argue that it will not hold because it does not address the root causes of conflict, I’m optimistic that there are chances of achieving peace because our leaders have expressed their full commitment to implement it.

But how do we achieve lasting peace in South Sudan? Well, in my opinion, real peace starts from within ourselves and extends to others. For us to achieve happiness in life, we must allow the strings of love and unity to bind us together. When we understand the meaning of life, we learn to appreciate the very reason of our existence. True freedom and the right to life are only exercised when we own the spirit of nation building and avoid illegal activities like corruption, gambling, robbery, rebellion and revenge killings.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Wau, South Sudan

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (PW) — Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it.

Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. If there is a mystical chord in democracy, it probably revolves around the notion that unexpected music can resonate from politics when people are pursuing questions larger than self I have seen that ennobling effect in people many, many times expressed by those who found themselves engaged in genuine acts of democratic expression, who claimed their right to define the larger destiny of their community, their nations.

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By Makneth Aciek, Khartoum, Sudan

Sunday, March 10, 2019 (PW) — Cpt. Mabior; one of the most lucid, powerful and nuanced thinkers of our time, a true revolutionary concerns with “consciousness tuned to the highest pitch of refinement”— explores the chronicle of events in his arrestingly titled and arrestingly argued “pubic service Announcements”.

Aiming to reveal the deepest strata of reality; he focused his precocious wisdom on informing South Sudanese of the contradictions surrounding the implementation of R-ARCISS and how the alleged reunification of the SPLM will never change the predicament of the nation. He articulated this with stunning succinctness that calls for imagining nobler alternatives to the dicta and mindsets of regime predatory nature.  For long time now, Cpt. Mabior’s writings attuned us to consider the tectonics of change on the scale of revolutionary truth! The biggest question is, are south Sudanese really reading him? 

Truth is the only way South Sudanese can wrest order from chaos; it is the only way we can construct a foothold so we may as a nation climb toward peace and harmony. This is one of Mabior’s most countercultural yet incisive points; it has little or nothing to do with politics! Rather than dealing with petty surface facts, as South Sudan politic is apt to, he dwells in largest truth; urging local masses to stop seeing themselves as naturally despondent people that would embrace any effort from the regime to legitimize their self-view as victims.

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Why should the issue of the name of the County ‘Alabek County’ be a dividing factor for the Lou-Mawien/Lou-Ariik Community of Tonj State?

By Abraham Mabior Rioc, Hong Kong, China

Monday, March 4, 2019 (PW) — Following the creation of 32 states in 2015 by the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, new problems seem to be gaining momentum in communities with regards to the naming of some of the administrative units such as state, county, Payam or Boma. On the foreground, the decision was received with mixed reactions and feelings by South Sudanese communities as an appealing message of taking towns closer to the people.

Basically, the president of the Republic was applauded by the majority for having made one of the boldest and wisest decision to create new states and counties. On the contrary, some critics and communities criticize the decision of the president due to their own understanding and perceptions of the decree. Nonetheless, it was meant to take towns and basic services closer to the people as their demands.

In this context, Lou-Mawien/Lou Ariik community was one of the geographical locations that received the news with open arms and immediately kneeled down to receive and seize the responsibility of their own county with both hands and one mind. As in the process of naming the county, the first name that was at first glance declared by the President was Lou Ariik County. (more…)


By Mayen Deng Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, March 4, 2019 (PW) — South Sudan is considered a single-party state by many people. This is because the existing parties are either friendly to and affiliated with the ruling SPLM or they are some briefcase political parties in the bush fighting the SPLM government. This has made every political decision in the country prone to monopoly by SPLM; the latest being the reunification of the party—an initiative now being advanced as a national agenda, when it is just a single political party’s program.

In the year 2014, as the forces allied to Dr. Riek were fighting the government the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), National Resistance Movement (NRM) and African National Congress (ANC) suggested that the best way to solve the conflict was to reunite the SPLM House. As a result, the Entebbe and Arusha negotiations were initiated by President Kikwete and Museveni, leading to the signing of Arusha Agreement on 21 January 2015.

As a sign of good faith, the former Secretary General of SPLM, Cde Pagan Amum came back to Juba in July 2015 to retain his spot and jump start the reunification process. However, the visit was short lived as Pagan returned to exile pointing fingers at the government for not being serious in the implementation process of Arusha Agreement. (more…)


There is no Res nullius land to be ceased in South Sudan

By Moses Nyara, Juba, South Sudan

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Sunday, March 3, 2019 (PW) — Rights over land in South Sudan are never lost or abandoned so as to become res nullius. The idea that  the land must belong to the government is not only a deliberate plan to extinguish seisin of the land in South Sudan but a threat to the existence of the South Sudan State.

South Sudan is not a settled territory. The South Sudan Nation State did not result from a conquest.  Land rights in South Sudan predates any nation State or government. There has never been acquisition of sovereignty over any land in South Sudan. Not by the French; the British or the Arabs. Our ancestors fought viciously against such a vice. There is no one to who we must swore fealty or make homage.

The utterance in in Bahr al Ghazal region during the so-called dialogue meeting in Wau that the land must belong to the state is nothing but an attempt to introduce the English doctrine of tenure and must be resisted. (more…)


By Marial Mangar Akol, Juba, South Sudan

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Saturday, March 2 2019 (PW) —
Ever since the inception of our independence, the Republic of South Sudan, the education system had been looming before our watchful eyes. The pitiable newly born nation has at the early stage stranded, moribund and barefaced at the hand of most insignia and fealty leaders.

They may say it’s because of country political turmoil but the reality is that those running the ministry of Higher Education are galaxies of unlettered, undescribed subset not qualified to delineate or typify the most productive national ministry. I referred to Ministry as an institution run by undescribed personals for reasons that, there is no proper line of approach between the ministry and five public Universities.

They made an overestimated admission that at the end fall victim. In these universities, 50% of students supposedly are government sponsored while the same percentage enrolled themselves directly to boost university administration financially. They failed in so doing and lastly failed to question university why they ask this huge amount from students as they are responsibly in paying all their due costs.

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By Kur Ayuen Kou, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Majak Agot with President Kiir, December 2018

Dr Majak Agot with President Kiir, December 2018

Friday, March 01, 2019 (PW) — We are told the SPLM is enroute to another political remarriage…. Again!! Someone would ask if it was in relation to human family. But they said, in politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies. Physicist Isaac Newton’s third law of motion also clearly stated “what goes up must come down.”

The big hawks of the party met, deliberated and made a number of recommendations that became a public document few days ago…..thanks to the active online sniffers. The current document contains nothing new from early communiques. It recommended among others the need to reinstate previously sacked members of the Political Bureau as was constituted prior to the politically self-inflicted war of 2013.

The SPLM Political Bureau is the executive arm of the party that make decisions on behave of its other organs. It was consisting of 27 members prior to South Sudan’s Independence. After South Sudan succeeded to statehood, it was obvious that the Northern sector of the party will branch off to form the SPLM North. The mother party was left with 20 members as hereunder. (more…)


The role of active bystanders in the provision of quality education during emergency situations in South Sudan

By Abraham Mabior Rioc, Paris, France

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Friday, March 01, 2019 (PW) — Education has been considered a tool for socio-economic progress at family through national level. For this reason, it remains a desire for the general public to receive an elitism of the education system both during emergency and non-emergency situations. Basically, this enhances the acquisition of quality and relevant skills as well as meaningful knowledge that can answer societal problems in different forms. In most of the developing countries including South Sudan, education has largely been undermined and ignored by policy actors and their implementing political agents. Undeniably, it is clearly manifested in the performance of education system, poor or inadequate tangible educational facilities simply because most of the country’s citizens are passive bystanders within the wider South Sudanese education circle.

 In this setting, South Sudanese are passive bystanders when it comes to the provision of education at all levels. By definition, active bystander is someone who can speak and act immediately when sensing something unusual going on in his or her presence. In contrast, passive bystander is someone who does not take part in the situation or say something at all.  In fact, these types of people exist in every society including at family and bureaucratic levels.  From the perspective of education in emergencies, schools at community level have been affected differently as a result of dynamic cultural, political, and social factors which need immediate interventions from active bystanders. As a point in case, most of the political leaders, academics, and practitioners have always remained inactive when it comes to educational decision-making and immediate intervention in the face of crises. (more…)


An open letter to the state, local and county governments of Jonglei state: Should the poor unemployed citizen pays taxes?

By Abit kuir Abit, Kabarak University, Kenya

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Rebecca Nyandeng and Twic East County Commisioner, Dau Akoi, arriving at the celebration site at Panyagoor, 9 July 2012

Friday, March 01, 2019 (PW) — Dear, Hon Philip Aguer, Hon Dut Achueek lual Deng and Hon Dau Akoi Jurkuch, first and foremost, I would like to pay my gratitude and thanks for your kind heart leadership style you have shown us in our state (Jonglei). It will remain as a nice role model for us the current and some generations to come.

Your Excellencies Honorable leaders of my state, I hope this letter finds you well. While submitting this appeal to you and your esteemed administrations, I am not in any way claiming superior abilities and wisdom than you (all) might have acquired. But want to state that the entire state depends on you for a right decision(s) against promoters of the graft.

Continual inaction is worsening already awful situation your fellow citizens face and may only end in more pains, regrets, and wishes, which cannot help remedy consequential evil that marring our history or losses likely to result. (more…)


Public Service Announcement: The So-called Opposition and the Conspiracy to Preserve the Status quo

By Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Fellow South Sudanese!

Friday, March 1, 2019 (PW) — In these uncertain times in our people’s history, it is a matter of survival for us to be vigilant in the defense of our hard-won freedom. The current civil war has now entered its fifth year. With no end in sight for the war and peace being so elusive, it is easy to be confused about current events in our beloved country. The hardliners within the regime -the traditional elites- have made peace a zero-sum game and to them, “peace”, means the maintaining of a status quo that is untenable.

The position of the Movement and that of the regime are diametrically opposed; with the regime insisting on maintaining the status quo and the people’s movement advocating for radical reforms. This has made the parties to the conflict view peace as a hostile venture. In this struggle for political survival, the SPLM (IO) has been fighting a war of self-defense against an unpopular regime, while at the same time trying to unite other revolutionary forces in the country.

The people of South Sudan should understand that not all groups purporting to be “opposition”, are in fact opposed to the regime and not all the interest groups within the regime are for the status quo. Anyone who wants to maintain the status quo in our country is the enemy of the people of South Sudan. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) is a political force opposed to the regime and it is a coalition of revolutionary forces who have come together with the objective of bringing about fundamental change in our country.

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By Kuach Loch Garang Deng, Calgary, Canada

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Wednesday February 27, 2019 (PW) — If President Kiir Mayardit needs to be taken serious by South Sudanese that his intentions are good and that he means peace, then his ongoing tour of Greater Bahr El Ghazel should not have taken place now because it is not a priority. His first visit should have started in the most affected war-torn region of Greater Upper Nile followed by Equatoria. The tour of Greater Bahr El Ghazel should have come last.

This post-war tour should have happened when the designated First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar arrives in Juba. Once these leaders of the warring parties who are now peace partners are with Kiir’s government arrive to Juba, they would held their hands and walk side by side as a sign of a genuine return of peace to the country and they then jointly begin the dissemination of peace, and promotion of reconciliation and national healing. The young country underwent a very traumatizing experience as a result of catastrophic and senseless five years’ war which was ended by the R-ARCSS.

A tour that includes opposition leaders would have sent an assuring message to the people of Greater Upper Nile that peace had indeed returned to the country and that the President and his Vice President were no longer enemies as demonstrated by their joint peace tour. President Kiir Mayardit would have had an opportunity to outline his plans on how he intend to maintain peace which has return to the young nation and how to bring services to the war affected communities.

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By Baak Chan Yak, Wau, South Sudan

IGAD peace deal in limbo

IGAD peace deal in limbo

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (PW) — Since ancient times, many philosophers have tried to find the formula for peace. Although it seems simple, it is actually the most difficult thing to establish both a country and for its inhabitants.

To live in peace is not necessary to eliminate the differences, but it is important to learn to respect the points of view of all around us.

When you live in the absence of peace people lead really difficult lives. Today it seems that peace is being eliminated more and more worldwide.

It is not only an evil that is the responsibility of governments, but it is also something that is up to each person. Each individual can choose to lead a life that is free of resentment and negative feelings. (more…)


Dear Mr. President, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, as you visit the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region, remember that Lou Ariik Community has a big, fresh wound in their hearts

By Ariik Atekdit, Wau, South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — With absolute respect of your capacity as a President of the country, I am writing to you this letter and I hope you will have a chance to read it or somebody to converse it to you. And as you plan to visit your home region Bahr el Ghazal, it is important to collect and solve all the pains that have been created by your various administrators who you have posted to govern the population.

The region is complaining here and there in your name and you are almost to be hated than being love as a son. Most of the complaints are about lack of development to the local population. There are no road connections in the larger parts of Bahr el Ghazal. But above all there are no life-serving services like health facilities and schools especially in the area of Lou Ariik County, my village.

And to make the things worst Mr. President, histories of certain areas are being tarnished, distorted and thrown away as rubbish by your field administrators who represent you to the community and business individuals who have wrongly got money in their hands while cheating your administration for a claim on the services delivery. (more…)


Dear Mr. President, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, as you visit the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region, remember that Mabior-Yar community in Tonj begs you to rescue them from political marginalization

By Madau Madut Madau, Kampala, Uganda

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — This is a patriot’s open letter to the president, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, of the Republic of South Sudan. Dear Mr. President, seeking appointment by our community or going through protocols will not deliver my urgent letter to you. I as a son of this nation on behalf of our community (Mabior-Yar community of Tonj State) with all honor beg you Mister President to go through my letter.

Your Excellency the president, please accept my sincere thanks for your great leadership derived from your great ideology and the durable purpose sandwiched with a patriotic vision and relentless courage. This good courage gave birth to the sustained resistance against acts of oppression, repression and forms of injustice in the then Southern Sudan during the liberation struggle.

Your Excellency the president, you launched a purposeful and protracted struggle to bring freedom to people of the South, which is South Sudan today. This set of wonderful qualities as God’s gifts in you included the patriotic spirit, the zeal and zest, and the perseverance measured by the innumerable sacrifices you encountered during the struggle. Thumb up my President! (more…)


By Peter Khor Bullen, Juba, South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — Love and lust are the dominant desires that rule the blood stream of man. They both connect you to the one you love and sometimes stained you and your relationship. But this is not the argument many lovers put forth. They always confess that, without love; there will be no life. Citing the creation of Adam by arguing that; it was because of love that Adam was created from dust and life was breathed unto his lung to acquire living and to see the beauty of the world.

Eve was also plug out from in between Adam’s ribs because almighty love Adam to own a wife though there are no women in Heaven. Don’t raise your eye brows yet, I have an argument for that claim. However; the lust goons argue their character and lase it with other sweet texture. They says, without lust; there will be no world. According to them; it was out of lust that God create the whole universe.

The disagreement from lovers is based on the fact that; if indeed God create the whole world out of lust, then; it is an evidence that lead to the gigantic flood of Noah and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. According to them, Love never turn to be destructives but lust does, as it result to the murder of Uriah by King David. Love and lust don’t turn destructives to mankind because there is a natural rule of law and justice system moderating their existence. (more…)


By Ariik Atekdit – Wau, South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — If my name is John and I speak English language so fluently and I put on English gentleman’s suit in the village and refuse to sit on my African traditional mat or skin then I am culturally invaded.

If I claim to have forgotten my mother tongue because of my 10 years in town, then I am culturally lost.

And again if I support all sport teams and clubs in foreign lands in the West, all against my African ones. If I can memorize dozens of western clubs and their players when I can’t know, how many clubs are in my country or could I remember one name of my national best players, then I am made to hate my values.

If I buy all sports clothes from the European teams and with faces of their players on. What is it that will show in me that I am an African? (more…)


By Majok Arol Dhieu, South Sudan

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019 (PW) — I wish, if I were close to president Kiir to tell him that another hole is created behind him to fall in. Did I hear it very well over the SSBC Radio news that one day’s pay will be cut from the salaries of all civil servants to support implementation of the peace deal? My God! Is this a decision to deduct one day from civil servants is real or the government has find a way to blanketed the six months unpaid with this decision?

In simplest calculations, one day pay for someone getting one thousand five hundred South Sudanese pounds is fifty pounds. Then, five millions South Sudanese pounds will be raised by one hundred thousand civil servants, equivalent to eighteen thousand eight hundred sixty-seven dollars at the rate of two hundred sixty-five South Sudanese pounds per dollar.

Who is the cleanest person in the Ministry of Finance or in the committee to keep this money? Does this decision involved army? Is this a scenario of robbing Peter in order to pay Paul? The statement is somewhat ambiguous to be understood.

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