Archive for the ‘Contributing Writers’ 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 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 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 Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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Arch Bishop Dr. Daniel Deng Bul and Arch Bishop of Jonglei Province Ruben Akurdid Ngong during enthronement picture by Mach Samuel

January 15, 2017 (SSB)  —- The Bishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, Bor Diocese Rt. Rev. Ruben Akudid Ngong Akurdid has been enthroned as Arch-Bishop of Jonglei Provinces that include, Akobo, Pibor and Fangak on Sunday. The enthronement was done by the Arch Bishop of Sudan and South Sudan His Grace, Canon, Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Deng Bul witnessed by Bishops from  Yirol, Awerial, Jonglei and office of the Archbishop and thousands of congregation at St. Andrew Cathedral in Bor.

In his address to the congregates, His Grace, Arch Bishop Ruben Akurdid Ngong emphasized on the security of the four states of Boma, Fangak, Bieh and Jonglei states which fall under his jurisdiction as Arch Bishop. He said it would be unfair if the Arch-Bishop is compelled to take refuge in other part of the country because of the insecurity which has emptied Jonglei and neighboring states.

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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 Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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January 10, 2017 (SSB) —- “R.I.P Garang John,” wrote one mourner sharing his sorrow with Garang John’s family. “I can’t believe Garang John has gone,” wrote the other. I was taken by surprise when I read a post wrote on his Face book page at 8.57am of January 8, 2017. The post appeared on social media while I was taking tea at Jubadit (Juba town).

Garang John, a TV journalist was found dead in a car with unidentified woman. He was shot four times on the head after the car was sprayed with bullets at exactly 09:00 PM few meters away from national television premises where he works,” reads the post in parts. What the hell is this post telling me, I asked in amazement those who were around me.

The hacker whom Garang called a gunman went as far as convincing public on Face book they used Garang John wall as their family members and for easy reach out of millions of his fans and relatives.

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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 (SSB) — Rebellion in some part of the world is seen as a terrible crime. People involve are either destroyed or taken to court of law to answer charges against them. In south Sudan the term rebellion took the different dimension, rebels see rebellion as project of attracting funds from sympathizer and support from the citizens. We have seen how the rebellions award the people with positions and ranks leaving the loyal citizens vulnerable to these powerful militias. It mean, in south Sudan when you rebel you expect something good or return instead of punishment when you come back.

Other people start to gain from their business, rebellion even before they go back to the country in term of the so call government buying the rebels leaders. These rewards come in term of bribes, ranks, positions and so forth. In that sense it motivate the people left behind during the rebellion to be a members of next rebellion because it is awarding nicely. If the government stop this long time ago by becoming harsh to the so call rebels I don’t think it could have flourish like what we are seeing today.

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My Heartfelt Condolences to the Jonglei’s Victims of Savage Murle Attack

By Arok Deng Mabior, Melbourne, Australia

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January 7, 2017 (SSB) —- Given the fact that South Sudan has been ranked as one of the world’s most fragile States, based on the Global Policy Forum (GPF), the effects of such ranking are ostensible in all four compass points of the country. From mass displacement of civil population that rocked the West and Northern parts of the country, to waylaying in the Southern province of Equatoria, to concurrent raids in the East, the statistics of GPF are indeed indisputable.

The prevailing political turmoil, economic meltdown and rampant insecurity__ as the underlying factors or root causes of the appalling security situation in the country__ all appear to be beyond the government’s control. The situation is rapidly deteriorates on a daily basis, while the despotic government in Juba either ignores or denies the prevalence of such simmering calamities that had befallen the country.

Instead of addressing the root causes of the crisis, those in the helm opted to silent dissent with brutal force at expense of a brutal ethnic conflict, which does not only threaten to unlace the social fabric but promises to plunged the country into its ultimate doom. Because of the government is too feeble to curb insecurity, bring the rogue elements in ascendancy to justice and be pragmatic enough on its attempt to mitigate violence, South Sudan hinges on a burning threat, if it hasn’t already collapsed.

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By Thon Atem Ayiei, Juba, South Sudan

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January 7, 2017 (SSB) — As we have just started the New Year with a special gift from the most powerful man, the man who is determined to serves his people with one heart, the man who had devoted his entire youthful age to liberate his people, the man who is committed in bringing the lasting peace to the country and put it back on viable economic track. We need to join our hands together as “one people one nation” in order for us to consolidate peace and move our country forward to achieve “True National Dialogue.

National Dialogue is defined as a political processes negotiations, institutionalized over an extended period of time in order to resolve major’s political problem that threaten national unity. They are inclusive multi-stakeholder negotiations where large segments of society are represented, including government actors, political elites, political parties, state non-armed groups, organized civil society, women and youths, business community, eminent groups and faith based-organizations.

A true NATIONAL DIALOGUE allows discussions without pressure to reach vital agreement on sensible issues, it will facilitate discussions on controversial issues, it will develop concrete peace proposal and reconcile the divided groups in a society, it will allow negotiations with non-state armed groups that are officially excluded from formal negotiations, it will change attitudes and behaviors on each side and finally it will also conduct joint analysis. National Dialogue will have address critical issues from the grassroots as well as national level which are vital to the sustainable peace.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei state

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January 6, 2017 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei State H.E. Philip Aguer Panyang Jot and UNMISS head of field offices today received the permanent constitution of Jonglei state youth Union at Jonglei state council of ministers hall.

In September 2016, a ministerial order No. 01/2016 was issued for the formation of Jonglei State youth union steering committee predestined to fuse scattered body that was divided into four based on the division of 10 states into 28 states of South Sudan.

The mandate of the steering committee geared at Constitutional review; synchronization of peaceful co-existence of communities; Security revivalism; resources enlistment; health and education has come to an end.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan. Grab your copy at Amazon.com

January 5, 2017 (SSB) — The problems that faces south Sudan are either made within or millions mile away and affect the innocent citizens of south Sudan. Regardless of the foil attempted coup according to the government description or misunderstanding or massacre of Nuer in Juba. The songs of regime changes continues from the initiators and implementers. Now, that the people of south Sudan has come back to their senses and agreed to bring peace to their country although is still shaking, we don’t know whether the initiators of regime change will look for other avenues to overthrow the government of south Sudan.

Yes they are trying hard those avenues through economics and social uprising but the people of south Sudan have seen enough and I don’t think whether they are ready to continue perusing the regime change that goes through rough roads. The only way I know people of south Sudan can change a regime is through ballot papers apart from that is a destruction of the country. But are we ready to destroy what we have been fighting for generations, almost half a century need to be destroyed only for the interest of the few who need to retain their positions.

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By Chol Luka Awan, Juba, South Sudan

minister

Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

January 5, 2017 (SSB) — Our people have had a very wrong perception about the educated girls or those who have gone to school. It has been and it is still a burden to most girls and really an abuse for them. After staying in schools for years till their late twenties or possibly thirties, they are misjudged by the public most especially the illiterate ones who are considered in today’s modern and traditional marriages.

To call a spade a spade but not a big spoon, they are said to be prostitutes, spoilt and old. They have been also falsely believed that when they are hurt after marriage, they immediately run for a divorce with an excuse that they are fit to survive anywhere since they possess their academic documents.

Though the public’s perception about educated girls may have an atom of the truth at some circumstances, I absolutely disagree in the following ways. As we understand very well that the world is growing daily into a better modern one, there is a high demand and a struggle to marry educated girls so that it becomes much easier to catch up with the speedy world of modernity.

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By Garang Aleu Abraham, Beijing, China

CPA

The Genius of Dr. John Garang: Speeches on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) Paperback – November 26, 2015 by Dr. John Garang (Author), PaanLuel Wël (Editor)

January 5, 2017 (SSB) — In his 18 pages longest speech ranking after late Hugo Chavez 8 hours, late Fidel Castro 4 hours 29 minutes, Gordon Brown 1 hour 9 minutes and Queen Elizabeth’ 111772 words speeches to mention but few in different occasions. His speech in Nyayo stadium Nairobi Kenya, during signature of Comprehensives Peace Agreement (CPA) that resulted in to establishment of youngest nation (South Sudan) in the world. Dr Garang testimonial idiom remained a controversy in the intellectual communities’ concern: who was John Garang referring to?

Garang’s question of divinity monopoly over decision remain an answered in his lengthy speech, but before I continue, let’s  define divinity, a dictionary meaning of “divine” is the essential nature or condition of being a god, so who were those spiritual powers he was referring to? It’s been a question ever citizen is intending to know all along since time of his death, should there be spiritual struggles in his hierarchy of command that jeopardized his performance in the movement? Has he been ignored at some point because he luck spiritual superiority? How did he envisage his death thereafter signature of comprehensive peace agreement was also a concern of many citizen in the country.

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