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By Ring Mayar, Sydney, Australia

Social media warriors

Social media warriors

August 16, 2017 (SSB) — I could not agree more with an article written by Simon Little, published under the title “South Sudan: Time for Humanitarians to get tough”. The author posed important questions, “as a humanitarian at what point does one start to think the unthinkable”? The author wondered to what extent the aid provided was positive, or if it was doing more harm than good.

Almost 70 years after the establishment of the UN, in part, to tackle world problems including development of the war torn countries in Africa, and other parts of the world, the fault lines of insecurity, food shortages, unstable economies, failing health care and education system, still appear glaring to many of the world’s billion people.

As many people lose their entitlement to property ownership, job security, rights, including the absence of economic empowerment as well as social and cultural severing – judging by the length of time refugees or IDPs spend in camps – guarded by peacekeeping soldiers, many prefer to stay in refugee camps and not venture out to establish themselves.

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By Deng Duot D’Bior-bar, Seattle, USA

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JUNE 2015 ELECTIONS

August 15, 2017 (SSB) — Politics is a game of numbers where the majority always takes a lead. This is according to Aristotle’s democracy theory.  During the 2017 Kenyan election, the tribes teamed up together to affix the lead in the election process and decided who should be the next president of Kenya. And, in deed the son, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was re-elected for his second term.

With that, South Sudanese leaders should learn much about what tribal affiliation has done in Kenya.  South Sudan should also learn, that it doesn’t matter what military ranks and training, Ph.D.,  or soldier that you have can give you the leeway to the highest office but your tribal affiliation, and connection with other tribes can give you the upper hand during elections’ time.

The  Kikuyu, Meru, Akamba and the Nandis men, came together denying the most experienced Kenyan Politician and opposition leader, who has championed and had the thread to promote multipartyism,  and democracy in Kenya. The Retired Former Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga was not defeated because he did not have experiences, did have good economic ideas or lack of leadership abilities but simply because of well calculated tribal hegemony and alignment.

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Shared Mutual Recognition and Respect for Social Harmony: The Foundation of National Dialogue in South Sudan

By Acuil Malith Banggol, Juba, South Sudan

Achuil Malith Banggol, SPLM Secretary for Syndicate and Popular Organization

Achuil Malith Banggol, SPLM Secretary for Syndicate and Popular Organization

Introductory Remarks and Recommendations

August 13, 2017 (SSB) — This is a brief appraisal of two draft documents namely: (1) SPLM Internal Guidelines on Supporting National Dialogue drafted by able colleagues, the SPLM Technical Advisors and (2) The Road Map to National Dialogue knowledgeably designed through consultative methods within the South Sudan National Dialogue Steering Committee.

Logically as a healthy party political work, SPLM General Secretariat is mandated to provide guidance and coordination to SPLM Caucus members in Public Administration and/or any other organs with SPLM members. As an SPLM Advisor on Popular and Syndicated Organizations, mandated to provide technical support to the various committees and working groups of the Party where and when necessary.

Both documents are interchangeably reviewed, critic and counsel are given. Rationalization and comparative analysis follow these recommendations:

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The blanket denial of right to peaceful demonstration and claim of threat to National Security and Public Safety: The case of 8th May 2017 Juba peaceful demonstration

By Garang Geng Akot, New Delhi, India

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Juba university demonstration, 8 May 2017

August 13, 2017 (SSB) — The right to peaceful demonstration is an intrinsic part of democratic society and civilized nations. According to The Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011, South Sudan is governed on the basis of a decentralized democratic system of governance, yet one wonders why it’s become an audacious act to stage a peaceful demonstration.

Before I take you (the readers) through legal instruments that grant the right to freedom of assembly in which the right to peaceful demonstration is manifested or coupled to, right to freedom of speech and Media, allow me to talk briefly about the 8th May Juba peaceful demonstration in which I was personally a victim of arbitrary arrest.

The 8th May Juba peaceful demonstration is the latest protest against government’s poor governance with the first protest being 1982 in Wau in which the prison officers indiscriminately fired live ammunitions at the protestors. Since then, the few protests that have taken place so far are government sponsored protests.

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By Junior William Deng, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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The tragicomedy of the South Sudanese politics: SPLM-IG vs SPLM-IO

August 13, 2017 (SSB) — Electoral democracy in Africa has caused various political damages; it is specifically designed to benefit incumbency and discriminate against oppositions and minorities. In Kenya, electoral frailties are not generated by political opposition as alluded by international and regional observers, it is about the political history of Kenya ethnically conceived by Jomo Kenyatta and implemented by President Moi political patronage system for thirty (30) years.

This, in 1966 when Jaramogi resigned from the government, he formed his party with which he decamped KANU with a great number of Kikuyu politicians. Unfortunately, during snap elections in 1980, the majority of Kikuyu politicians who had followed Jaramogi to formed KPP were beaten and ethnically forced to abandon Jaramogi.

In another snap elections, all these politicians sought political representation from their areas where they were unanimously elected. This, however, made Jaramogi consolidate his political organization from Nyanza, Western and a few from Ukambani. This political trend continued to mesmerize equal and democratic representation in the country.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

Malong and Dau Aturjong

Peace and reconciliation process between Paul Malong and Dau Aturjong, Aweil, Sept 2016

August 10, 2017 (SSB) — Today, I intend to challenge and oppose the most debatable topic- Peace- insofar as the above state is concerned. I say so because of the people’s understanding of peace and how they have been pointing at Mading Aweil has the role model to be emulated. It must be stated clearly here also that, the question of peace in this article is in relation to the people of Aweil insofar as their peaceful co-existence is concerned and not peace for the whole country.

Peace is a very difficult term to define and I want to state at the outset here that, I am not going to define it satisfactory but rather to give my own understanding which might not be the same as others’ viewpoint.

Peace is generally recognized by its absence. When there is war or civil unrest, people would immediately recognize that something is missing and that which is absent is peace. But to say what it is, is as hard as defining other theoretical terms like justice, freedom, happiness etc.

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By Thon Madol Mathok, Kampala, Uganda

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August 11, 2017 (SSB) — Politics has become chronic to the extent everything is regarded on the side of politics, for instance, you cannot give someone something for free for brotherhood sake but instead of giving thanks rather he analyzes it by questioning, why is he giving me this? Is he not after something? What does he want from me then? Is he vying for any position?

Others take it further you can see someone doing something that is not right or does not know what to do or need support to do something but refuses to voluntarily give a hand and take it as the political strategy to take advantage of his loopholes.

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By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

Paul Malong and Dau Aturjong

Peace and reconciliation process between Paul Malong and Dau Aturjong, Aweil, Sept 2016

 

August 10, 2017 (SSB) — A couple of days ago I authored an appeal in form of an open letter to President Salva Kiir, asking him to allow my husband to seek medical attention abroad. The appeal was published on change.org, paanluelwel.com, and other media outlets.

As I had stated in the appeal, that since May when my husband was relieved of his duty in the National Army, he left Juba to avoid escalation of tensions, but was blocked in Yirol while on his way to Aweil forcing him to return to Juba.

Since then, Gen. Malong has been held under confinement without any official public statement concerning his restricted freedom. The restriction on his movement comes against the backdrop of doctor’s advice for specialized treatment as a matter of urgency. Perhaps the service his condition requires is not available in Juba.

Mr. Ateny’s respond to my appeal accusing me of international attention seeking and having fun. Despite means response by presidential spokesperson, Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny, I wish to address some of those inconsistencies as follows:

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By Nhial Bol Aken, Juba, South Sudan

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August 9, 2017 (SSB) — When one of my friends asked me to tell him the root causes of the current war, I was prompted to respond that the war which engulfed our country is rooted in fears from one another.

I explained that the war we are witnessing is a war of fears and that the outsiders seem to ignore the claim invented by some of the former liberation fighters who liberated us from external colonialism of the Arabs.

What used to unite us was collective frustration against the Arabs of the Sudan now with independence, there is nothing in common and it seems that there is no political will to address the issues related to land disputes, bitterness, and grievances, all the local conflicts over lands, identities, and control of resources and power.

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Lengendary singer, Ajang Kuir Malong

The legendary singer, Panan Ajang Kuir Malang

August 9, 2017 (SSB) — Preeminent yearning for eternity and positive reception for what individuals have done while alive are the only accolades given to them by those they have mentored and fashioned after they are gone from the face of the physical world of flesh and blood, Ajang Kuir Malang was a great giant of literature, crafting both in slapstick and Music.

Ajang Kuir Malang arty style of capturing his fans attention through powerful poetic expressions of observable facts was absolute. He was an icon of literature as manifested in most of his songs.

Agongdhuor, as he was popularly known, was an artist with vocal and powerful voice, during his life time Ajang Kuir Malang was an MC, a musician and a teacher before he met his unfortunate death he was a staff at Upper Nile University.

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An appeal for a peaceful and fair democratic process in Kenya

By Agou Anyieth Kur, Edmonton, Canada

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June 2015 elections

August 7, 2017 (SSB) — As you go into the August general election, I want to draw your attention to something that might not be too obvious in all the current hustle and bustle towards the general election. This concept of mine as given away by the title of this article is that contrary to the zero-sum narrative coming from your political class and the media, I implore you to view the forthcoming general election as a win-win contest and a celebration of your democratic journey and self-governance: Madaraka, as it is popularly known in your country.

“Siasa Mbaya”

In the East African region and other parts of the world, you have seen the suffering, destruction, and death caused by Siasa Mbaya, to use the famous phrase by Mzee Daniel Arap Moi, the former president of Kenya. But what exactly is Siasa Mbaya? If it will help, let me disclose right away that, I, the author of this article, I am from South Sudan. That must have rung a bell in your head even if you haven’t been keenly following the political happenings across the region and around the globe in the past few years.

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By Khurthii Manyuat, Beijing, China

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August 7, 2017 (SSB) — Sometimes we hunt our own souls in the forest, we ambush vulnerable members of our community along the highways, and furthermore, we deployed food poisoning strategies in the cities. All are done because South Sudan got married to Mrs. War a half century ago and gave birth to first born named hatred. Mrs. War is in hurry and she wants us to leave earth as fast as possible.

The argument of leaving and not leaving caused our home to be concentratedly polluted with violence and we got drunk in that unfavorable atmosphere, blamed all including home furniture.

Last week there was an attack on the road and two cases of foods poisoning in both Wau and Juba. The quest is, have we fully review this deliberate decision of migrating to graves? I believe Even God might be there at his palace pondering for how yesterday pitiful human shortly turned to the most dangerous one.                                                                                                       (more…)


By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Deng Kur Deng, AKA, Raanmangar, lives in Pittsburgh, PA, United States

August 4, 2017 (SSB) — As you look into our problems in South Sudan—you must be prepared to understand the complexities that come with these problems. Paying attention to one problem at a time has its dreadful consequences as a number of individuals who are willing to change patterns of violence within the country for better remain unrecognizable in our political system. This means there is plenty of room for more suffering of the people when we allow good citizens and leaders of our time to mold with knowledge and strategies to solve our problems.

In fact, these are many of the reasons why South Sudan is overwhelmed and slow at addressing nascent problems as they rise because rooms are left unattended for more suffering due to those who were cast aside for the wrong reasons. There have been fallacious arguments assembled regarding renowned politicians of our time, but we are doubly aware of some of these arguments are factually inaccurate.

Now, to answer the question of whether President Salva Kiir finds Majak Agoot suitable and qualified for the presidency, of course, the President is aware of how well equipped Majak is to rescue the country based on both his backgrounds in the SPLM/A and his understanding of our current social issues.

The next question should be, why do President ignore Majak from succeeding him when he knows Majak is the best option so far within the perimeter of the SPLM/A? I will leave this question here for the President and you to reevaluate with the country’s current political situation in mind.

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

August 4, 2017 (SSB) — ‘‘Until we are able to identify our crops by their flowers we will be having problems of identifying our food crops.’’ It is a sightless pride and an open curse to identify ourselves in the far background of our bodily marks, environmental and genetically appearances.

It never cost anything regrettable to just give two words of ‘’thank you’’ as an appreciation for work of humanity, giving consent and suggestion where they fit is the unique character of mankind, human beings are simply human because of undisputed universal flesh, bones, and blood, only physical look that sometimes  bury the three and very important parts of human.

People of South Sudan have to accept themselves as just people of the Republic of South Sudan than to be loyalists of tribes, regions, government, FDs, IO-Juba, IO-Pagak or any other rebels groups in the bush and elsewhere.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

tribalism in rss

August 4, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudanese have wide-ranging experiences. Due to the long war, a lot of things happened to the South Sudanese and these mottled involvements have some bearings on the current problems. Among the South Sudanese are those who went to the refugee camps and some possibly managed to get resettled abroad for example, to the USA, Canada, and Australia.

There is another group that remained in the country but within the liberated areas. This group feels closely associated with the liberation movement and finally, the other group was within the country but in places that were under the control of the government. Here, we are talking of those who remained in Wau, Aweil, Juba, Malakal and northern, central and western towns of Sudan.

The majority of these factions managed to return and converge in the country after the declaration that the war was over in 2005. South Sudanese truly loved their country that is why some left very luxurious life abroad and decided to come back home to support the nation building exercise.

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Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

Anataban launch in Juba

August 4, 2017 (SSB) — Still I could sense that, this is depletion, hunger had caused many people to beg in the wake of sunlight, (fear and stability are brothers). I could see the rabble, a crowd of our men holding guns and attacking their mothers and their fathers Emmy and what is left of me than to numb, Robert concentrated.

As the rising sun stood out of the Neem trees in the sun city our faces glowed and penetrate through the dark walls to the inside of the snowy streets, we moved, jumped and seeing little children clapping and dancing to the sounds of gunshots and still, our ears did not abandon the weeping drums and the flutes.

The siren and night coming with the wind flaked us down and we also became snow, snow white or snow black was not our major goal to know but to move blindly in the wood touching hands and slapping the beaks and the feathers of birds and crying owls, going up the mountain to sing to the dancing igloos and clap to the jumping ibex, far there the sun comes and Imatong stood between the two proud lighters of the earth, the sun, and the moon. Should we go?

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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fighting in juba, 2013, 2016

August 4, 2017 (SSB) —- The Tiger Division is the branch of the SPLA forces responsible for the protection and security of the President of South Sudan. This division is found in Juba where the president is. Since the creation of the Tiger Division, it has been in crisis due to corruption caused by mismanagement.

The mismanagement was not caused by the previous generals in charge of this division but due to internal infrastructural problems facilitated by mismanagement.

 The said mismanagement continued until May 2017 when General Lual Maroldit was appointed to head the Tiger Division. As I discussed in my previous article on the same topic, when he was appointed and given authority to lead Tiger Division, the first discovery he made was that there were many ghost names in the payroll.

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Open letter to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Salva Kiir: Appeal by Gen. Paul Malong’s Wife for her Husband Release for Medical Attention 

By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

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President Salva Kiir, Governor Paul Malong Awan (Blue suit) and Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Lomuro (black suit) during the public rally in Aweil, NBeG

August 4, 2017 (SSB) — Mr. President, with humility and respect, receive my kind greetings. My name is Lucy Ayak, wife of your long time friend, comrade and commander; Gen. Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of General staff of the SPLA. I find myself having no option rather than to use this forum to address you as my last resort since all other attempts to communicate with you have been circumstantially rendered futile.

As you well know Mr. President, a young country like ours, born out of a protracted struggle, many people (sometimes entire families and clans) have had to sacrifice their brothers and sisters for the cause of liberation. Many of your comrades who started the struggle with you are no more, but the Country will forever be grateful for their sacrifices.

As a wife of Gen. Paul Malong, along with his entire family, the situation we find ourselves in currently is purely precarious. I well understand that the struggle for liberation required the manpower to operate it, and to that end, I am a proud wife of one of our Country’s most decorated serviceman under your command and administration.

And to that far, I consider myself lucky since many in my shoes have been widowed and their children orphaned by the brutal war that has claimed the lives of their husbands/fathers (your fallen comrades).

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By Nhial Bol Aken, Juba, South Sudan

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Nhial Bol Aken is the former Chief Editor of the Juba-based Citizen Newspaper

August 3, 2017 (SSB) — When I cautioned fellow citizens not to waste their time on tribal politics it is because all our 64 tribes that formed this nation are victims of the current situation. I wrote this article, the story of “domesticated monkey” in good faith and not in support of any group.

The argument is simple, we are victims but for some reasons of misinterpretation in the usual way of ethnicizing my argument, the choice of getting our country out of the current crisis is in our hands. IGAD or western countries will not provide any solution to the crisis we are in.

The fact of the matter is that we are divided and atrocities of 2013 and 2016 justified these divisions among our communities but the question is how do we get out from these divisions? Will the solution come from the mediators or we can craft our homemade initiated solution?

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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August 3, 2017 (SSB) — Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has to be called South Sudan People’s Defence Force (SSPDF) according to the Command Council. This is the first time the South Sudanese army will be reflecting the name of the world youngest nation. There is the mixed reaction from devoted supporters and members of the SPLA – a name synonymous with the liberation of South Sudan.

To proponents of the SSPDF as a name for the national army, this was long overdue. Some members of the society think otherwise, claiming the decision is wrong and will erase the historical name of the liberation army.

But given that Sudan, the northern neighboring country to South Sudan, is fighting insurgents called SPLM/SPLA-North, maintaining SPLA as the official name of our army was diplomatically insensitive in my view. We are a country and ought to put South Sudan First! Since 2005, a lot of militia have been integrated into the SPLA – proper and many things have happened.

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