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By Constant’s Dc, Perth, Australia

South Sudan in 2040

South Sudan in 2040

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- Last year on 22 March 2040, as I was sitting under a mango tree I planted in the year 2030. I was enjoying cold breeze from the Nile and run my mind wild for a while.

My grandson was playing with his mates in the soccer field nearby. The environment was so peaceful. The sound of approaching ships, planes and trains 🚄 filled the sky.

The roads were tarmac, lights brightened the streets of konyokonyo and the whole was like heaven. Businesses were booming, and there was abundance food around which can be seen through the buttocks of fat kids around.

The TV 📺 news were full of development projects, inventions and innovations. There seem to be no news on cattle raids, SPLA rapes, famine and looting of public monies; One would wait almost a lifetime to hear them.

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By Maliap Madit Mabior, KAMPALA, Uganda

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Your need food, seriously?

March 24, 2017 (SSB) — If words were humans or if I had any way, this article would write itself reason being that it bears all we know about ourselves. I’m wondering whether many of us have seen the signs and symptoms this disease or just me alone. However, my own research shows that we are all suffering differently but the same disease – rich or poor.

I called it ‘Victim Mentality’ not that I can’t find other words, but these two words makes a complete view of our status in South Sudan. For me or us who have been suffering since, before, during and now in an independent state – South Sudan, I’m or we aren’t bothered nor ashamed to talk about it otherwise, it is part of us and by the way by this time, we would have been veterans if suffering was an achievement.

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By Kachuol Mabil Piok, Juba, South Sudan

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CDR John Garang, CDR William Nyuon and CDR Salva Kiir

March 23, 2017 (SSB) —- History is awash with occasions where South Sudanese have been able to forge unity amidst existential threats to their survival. Such occasions date back to the periods of slave trade, predatory Turco-Egyptian and Anglo-Egytian rules, and until the times of successive oppressive Khartoum based regimes.

Despite their primordial differences in forms of inter-communal raiding and expansionist wars, the black African tribes in South Sudan had collectively confronted and resisted external invasions carried out by Arab slave merchants and colonial regimes. That form of unity was remarkably demonstrated umpteen times in 1947 against the unilateral abolition of Southern Policy and subsequent unsolicited unification of the North and the South by the British colonial regime. Since then, the quest for an independent South Sudan and preservation of the dignity of its people had been the most inspiring and unifying narrative.

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An open letter to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic: For the success of the Proposed National Dialogue: First reconcile with true SPLM Rank and file and put aside SPLM late comers in your government Mr. President.

By Ustaz. Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Your Excellency,

March 12, 2017 (SSB) — I am deliberately adopting an uncommon open letter approach to draw your attention to the ongoing carnage by International community and security organs, who are perpetrating what some are now calling genocide and crimes against humanity in South Sudan power struggle in the country for nearly four years since 2013 to date. A lot has been said about the Nuer/Dinka political conflict problem over political appointments and removal of constitutional political post holders, which you acknowledged in your traditional year-end address to the nation. But it appears you have a superficial understanding of the problem; in which case, I am compelled to school you on the problem, so you can end the nation’s drift and save South Sudan from the looming anarchy. Mr. President, we should stop chasing shadows. The power struggle problem is not about promoting individual political interests or multi-ethnic behavior.

I will spare you an academic definition, but for practical purposes, the power struggle problem is the systemic marginalization and institutionalized discrimination against particular ethnic communities and states for example, Apuk Juwiir community in Tonj state, which has been reduced to second-class citizens in a country they voted to join as equal partners. This community was the host of the SPLA Headquarters in Yinhkuel of present day newly created Thiet County has been marginalized for so long and had not been rewarded. It is the plunder and gross mismanagement of their resources, to finance Southern states, captured and held hostage by a vampire elite of tribal bigots and power hungry politicians; corrupt politicians and rent-seeking bureaucrats, operating a system of ethnic -inspired clientelism with mindless impunity.

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From: Thiik Community Date 7th March, 2017.

To: H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Republic of South Sudan.

CC: Governor Akech Tong Aleu, Tonj State

CC: Deputy Governor Manhiem Bol Malek,

CC: Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, Tonj East

CC: Hon. Wek Mamer Kuol, Tonj East

Your Excellency!

RE: Complaints from Thiik Community Association (TCA)

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March 9, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, we the representatives of Thiik community would like to take this opportunity to strongly protest against the continuous unjust and unfair treatment of our community by the Governor Akech Tong Aleu of Tonj State. Your Excellency, we wish to highlight to you our grievances with a concise background of Thiik Community in Ananatak area; information we believe to be at your disposal.

Thiik community is one of the seven sections of greater Ananatak of former Tonj East County. It is bordered by six neighboring communities with defined boundaries, they include: Luanchjang to the East, Lou Paher to the North, Jur Bol/Awan Parek to the West, Akok to South West, Kongor to the South and Ador to the South East.

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By Makneth Aciek, Kigali, Rwanda

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President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar praying with Bishop Daniel Deng Bul in Addis Ababa, May 9 2014

March 8, 2017 (SSB) — As the nation is grappling with poverty, war, tribalism, corruption and her new comer “famine”. Many agree that one of the answers to South Sudan problem lie in prayers. The author equally agree; but only if we try to examine the meaning of prayer a little more deeply.

If the prayer day is organized for a nation to kneel down and ask God for intervention to end famine or war in the country, then the author is not with you. The problems South Sudan faces are of our own making, right here on earth in South Sudan and must be solve by human beings.

If the prayer day is organized for loyal religious groups to gather and ask God for their favorite politicians to be save from their tribulations, then it is as bad as looming genocide.

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By Kerubino Kocrup Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord in 2015, Addis Ababa

March 2, 2017 (SSB) —- Mama Rebecca Nyandengdit will be remembered in the history of the Republic of South Sudan as a woman who has betrayed the hard- fought legacy of her husband, the late. Dr. John Garang de Mabior. The Republic of South Sudan has come a long way to overcome enormous challenges; the long prevailing civil war that saw many of its citizens lose lives, property just to mention but a few.

It is encouraging to note that such perils have not muted the resolve of the citizens to rebuild a nation that respects rule of law, accountability and transparency and whose goals remained the common good of all individuals. Such gains over time may never have been achieved without the selfless leadership of our humble leader H. E, President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

It is however sad to note that individuals like Mama Rebecca Nyadengdit, a woman we all honoured as a nation has lost such resolve to see a better South Sudan. Lately she has been spotted advocating in the US Congress for the Republic of South Sudan to be declared a failed state and to be therefore having the United Nations take over its leadership, force arms embargo and target economic sanctions, plus sending more than 70,000 regional protection forces to South Sudan so that our President can be forced to resign with immediate effects.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, South Sudan

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March 2, 2017 (SSB) — Whenever I hear that there is reshuffling, I feel a shiver down my spine because of my lads and lasses who’ve taken leaders as their assets. South Sudan Television and the newscasters are not friends of the people because they always spread heartrending news especially on weekends when they incumbent leaders become hangers-on. I thought they must be held accountable for the collapsed in a heap of the people decreed to go away with their relatives under their armpits.

I nearly jumped out of my skin when I heard the news that they are off. Then what about the fate of the small fry installed in offices relative-leaders? Will they continue working with the incoming government or the incoming government will come with their relatives as usual? No answer currently, we leave it for tomorrow.

I supposed to encourage them to play their cards right, but obviously, I have no their phone numbers to call them one after another. This’s why I write this piece for them instead of waiting in offices for their fate to determine their future.

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By Jon Pen de Ngong, Nairobi, Kenya

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February 27, 2017 (SSB) — It is Monday, 20 February 2017. Uganda streets are jammed with students going back to school. John Atem Aguer Atem is not returning to school. He cannot afford the Advanced Level school fees to complete a 2-year secondary course paving his way to the university. As his fellow students are shopping for stationery and other scholastic requirements, he is buying simple electronics for his home science workshop in Kampala.

John Atem is a refugee living with his family in Uganda. He was born in Nimule, a South Sudan-Uganda border town, in 1999 at the heart of the Sudan civil war, barely 10 years to his country’s independence. Again, he was displaced by another war after independence.

Jacob Aguer Atem, his father, is an officer in the peace monitoring unit in the South Sudan Army (SPLA). He is assigned to assist the peace keeping force in Wau, Bahr al Ghazal region. Due to the ongoing civil war in the country, the economy has collapsed and Jacob Aguer’s salary is not enough to put food on the family table and put the children back to school at the same time.

Asked about his reaction to news of his son’s best performances, Jacob gave a mixed feelings: excited that his son has made a name; disappointed that he could not make his son continue to achieve his dream at the moment. Many South Sudanese families are facing the same situation.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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February 27, 2017 (SSB) —- It was widely reported by the mainstream media such as, the BBC and Al Jazeera, in the past days or so that some parts of our country have been hit by famine.

You may excuse me if I may be behind the news but I thought it right that I should write this piece, however late it is, which I should have done some days ago but instead got preoccupied with other things.

When I learned that famine had struck, it took me by no surprise though as I foresaw it coming. Others could have easily forecast it too as famine is usually associated with areas convulsing of internal instabilities and strife.

In fact the whole country is acutely affected by famine not “parts of it” as initially pronounced. And also too, famine long existed on the ground before it was declared in the media and eventually got its way to the attention of the world.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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

February 26, 2017 (SSB) — This article is in reaction and also in response to the recent article written by the acting leadership of Gok Community in Juba. The Community in Juba published an article entitled: Gok community withdraws confidence from state governor, on Radio Tamazuj on 19 February 2017.

As indicated by the article, the allegations of which they said they had withdrawn the confidence in the state Governor of Gok state, Madhang Majok Meen, were concerning the charges of undermining the rule of law and mismanagement in the state.

The article published on Radio Tamazuj website as cited above stated that the decision to ask the President to remove the Gok State Governor was reached at a meeting held at the residence of Daniel Awet Akot, the Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs and it was in that meeting it was resolved so that they community worked for the removal of Gok State Governor.

However, what is clear is that the letter bears the signatures of only two people, that is, the Acting Chairperson of the Gok Community Association in Juba, Deng Mador Koch and his Secretary General, Deng Mayom. The fact that it bears the signatures of these two people indicates that there is suspicion in the credibility of the letter.

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By Akuot Aquila Apiu Garang , Juba, South Sudan  

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February 26, 2017 (SSB) — NOTE: This piece is not a child of fiction or a gift from the land of imagination. It is a true life story that happened to a dear friend @ University of Juba Atlabara campus some years back. I derive so much interest in it that I sought his permission to write about it and tell it to friends. He granted that permission today with two conditions: that nobody should laugh about it and that his identity should not be revealed. Enjoy.

It was one of those lovely nights at the love lane in the University of Juba, Atlabara campus; the milieu was blessed by a mishmash of cool gentle wind and the creaking of insects. It was a romance with nature for the single gentlemen and ladies to sit quietly and savour the indescribable beauty of the ever-green lawn, jumbled with the sound of their favorite tracks that would leave one with an expression that the much talked about paradise could not be better than the moment.

As for those at the lane with their potential partners, night was obviously better than day as no amount of eye dilation could tell who was holding who so tight. Also, the third category comprised of the searchers. The actor in this story went for a search on that lovely night; I went with him all in the spirit of comradeship.

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By Bëc George Anyak, Glasgow, UK

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Juba, South Sudan

February 25, 2017 (SSB) — I always scratch my head when I hear some high profile figures from the Government of South Sudan quoting the promised city of Ramciel as a “No Man’s Land”. Whatever the meaning of this coined term, I must confidently say that there is no such thing as No Man’s land in the Republic of South Sudan and Ramciel land is not exceptional for that matter. It has its rightful owners and you will get to know the owners of Ramciel at the concluding part of my piece, but first, I prefer to take you through a brief background about Ramciel City Project and the chronology of events about this Project.

 Before the formation of the autonomous Government of Southern Sudan in 2005, the SPLM under chairmanship of late Dr.John Garang de Mabior formed an assessment committee in 2003 led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny, SPLM Vice Chair for Administration. The committee visited Yirol County which was then under the County Secretary (Commissioner) and the present Governor of Eastern Lakes State Gov.Rin Tueny Mabor and later met Hon. Kon Anok County Secretary of Awerial County. The delegation left Yirol through Madbar, Bunagok to Ramciel and from Ramciel through Thian, Malek then back to Yirol.

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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Thomas Cirilo Swaka, former SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics

February 23, 2017 (SSB) — The government of South Sudan as well as army general headquarters has been experiencing sequence and unofficial resignations and defections of senior government officials for no genuine reasons. I called it unofficial resignations because most of these officials who abandon allegiance did not formally submit their letters of resignation personally to authority concern but sent they sent them to media.

Last week, General Thomas Cirillo, Deputy chief of staff, and head of military justice quitted their positions and joined Riek’s faction accusing the government of ethnic bias and dominant of SPLA by particular tribe, citing favoritism, land grabbing and corruption as their major reasons of leaving jobs. Another Brig. Gen who had been in charge of Logistic support in SPLA General HQRS and a former Sudan Army force loyalist defected this week, and blames country administration falsely of mismanagement and bias policies.

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What the people from Equatoria need to understand the current war is that the war is not about tribes but between the government and those who are planning to remove the government by force.

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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

February 22, 2017 (SSB) —- The present civil war broke in 2013 in Juba. The war began within the SPLM party and later spread like a wild fire to the Upper Nile Region. After several attempts to end the war the peace was signed in 2015 which led to the coming back of Riek Machar in April 2015.

When Riek came there was a lot of hope that at last peace was at all the corners of South Sudan. However, due to the reckless and chaotic character of Riek Machar the conflict was resumed from where it was left and continued up to date.

As pointed out in the above paragraph, after the war broke out in Juba in July 2016, it spread over all South Sudan and ended killing more people. The war at this point has become complicated as it has taken tribal dimension.

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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

February 18, 2017 (SSB) — Dictionary.com defined resignation as formal statement, document stating that one gives up an office or position. While on the other hand, rebellion is a resistance to or defiance of any authority, control or tradition. Except for Nhial Deng Nhial’s resignation in 2006 from his post as minister for regional cooperation of the defunct Government of southern Sudan. Since then the others who followed had been on zigzagging. No one has ever followed the normal resignation procedures.

In normal procedures for resignation one needs to send his/her letter of resignation to employer and then wait for an approval that will not last than two to three weeks. In most cases for South Sudanese, they do not follow these steps. As a result, they quit before their boss sign or approve their letters. Some took an online resignation as the case of Thomas Cirilo, the former deputy chief of logistics.

Proper procedures were not applied in the Lam Akol’s resignation letter last year as minister for Agriculture and food security. He made sure he was in Khartoum before announcing his resignation. The same method was used by Thomas Cirilo, The author of this piece is wondering why does most South Sudanese resign while they are outside the country? They usually resign their positions while in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Lam Akol and Thomas Cirilo are now the living examples for those who resign while abroad. Akol did not take long in this position before resigning from last year formed Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU). He was by then in Khartoum.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Jonglei state Director of traffic police Col Solomon Mabior Ruar on the fourth independence day picture by Mach Samuel

February 16, 2017 (SSB) — There has been disturbing report in recent time of some respected and important generals in the South Sudanese Police Service turning the police into political arena. What they are doing is contrary to the nature and understanding of the police.

The police are not supposed to be politicians but they must be technocrats or those who are well trained and skilled in policing because the role of the police is to keep law and order and investigation of crimes as part of keeping law and order. This means that the one in charge of the police must not be politicians but well trained police officer that deals with issues objectively.

However, the report indicates that one of the generals in the Police of South Sudan is seriously openly campaigning to be appointed so that he replaces the current General Inspector of Police (IGP) of South Sudan, General Makur Marol.

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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February 14, 2017 (SSB) —- During our independent from Khartoum oppressive regime in 2011, the people of South Sudan were overwhelmingly happier about the birth of their own sovereign nation which they thought would be free from all forms of miseries. Citizens countrywide celebrated and welcomed the historic victory with joy and great expectations, that service would be closer to them at affordable cost. But that hope seemed to have yielded fruits for the first few years of our independent, because our South Sudanese pound was more valuable and prove stronger in the region.

 Life was so much simple those days especially for people who lack job to earn living. Survival was easily tackled without serious struggle or hardship. Markets were full of items and the prices remain manageable compare to today where prices of goods keep on skyrocketing hour after an hour and day by day. Today, Scarcity of commodities in the market and higher cost of trading have negatively affected the livelihood of ordinary people of South Sudan who heavily rely on low government pay or micro businesses.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA.jpg

February 13, 2017 (SSB) —- On 11/02/2017 Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, resigned from his post as the SPLA Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics.  In a six-page letter of resignation that was punished on the Website of PaanluelWel.com, on the same date of resignation as mentioned above, Gen. Cirillo cited the reasons for his resignation of which he claimed to be the following—

That the country has been dominated by Dinka tribe of President Kiir and the army has been turned to tribal militia that targets non-Dinka ethnicities.  He further accused the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, the Chief of Staff General Paul Malong of “deliberately orchestrated planned violations” of the August 2015 peace agreement” which led to fighting in Juba in July last year.

He, in addition said, “The President and these SPLA officers have systematically frustrated the implementations of the peace agreement and pursued the agenda of Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) of ethnic cleansing, forceful displacement of people from the their ancestral lands and ethnic domination,”.

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By Mading Gum, Nairobi, Kenya

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Wreckage of Eco Bus: Attack on Friend Bus, Gateway Bus and Eco-Bus today on the Juba-Nimule Highway, left score of people dead and others feared kidnapped bu gunmen

February 13, 2017 (SSB) — Of all the leadership qualities that made Garang one of the greatest freedom fighters in Africa one stands out, Garang was a great thinker. Garang offered a new nationalism of Sudanism, opposed to divisiveness and separatism. He imagined a political community in New Sudan in which democracy, equality, economic and social justice and respect for human rights is the core. In his mind, the enemy was clear: all the institutions of oppression that have been evolved in Khartoum to oppress the masses of the Sudanese people. ‘The masses of the Sudanese people’. Remember that.

But why did Garang define the enemy as the institutions of oppressions rather than Arabs? Was Diein Massacre of 1987 not carried out by armed Arab Baggara militias who killed and burnt to death hundreds of Dinkas? Were Arabs militias of Rufa in Jabalyin not responsible for the massacre of over 200 Shilluk civilians in 1989? What about over 90 Shilluk victims who fled for safety but were killed in cold blood at the nearby police station manned by Arabs?

The tragedy in the South Sudan brutal conflict is lack of political imagination beyond tribes, hatred, revenge and self-enrichment. Garang offered New Sudan that transcends tribes in the past. None does today.

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