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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.

The following are a few points to help understand the situation with the “opposition” in our country. (more…)


By Kuach Loch Garang Deng, Calgary, Canada

Awerial, Lakes State, President Kiir tour of Bahr el Ghazal region13

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

Awerial, Lakes State, President Kiir tour of Bahr el Ghazal region10

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

Pan-Africanism

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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I Miss You Malakal City

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

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

By John Youhanes Magok, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

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

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


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

By Abel Amet Amet – Juba, South Sudan

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Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Salvatore Garang Mabiordit

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

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

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


By Bol Khan, Kampala, Uganda

Adija

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

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

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

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Review by Matai Muon, Kampala, Uganda

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

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

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By Peter Khor Bullen, Juba, South Sudan

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State

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

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

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

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By John Deng Diar Diing, Mombasa, Kenya

The Treasure of South Sudan

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

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

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


By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

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

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

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


By Malith Alier, WA, Australia

Dr Majak with President Kiir, December 2018

Dr Majak Agot with President Kiir, December 2018

 

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

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

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


By Ustaz John Garang Ayii Riak, Bor, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

  1. Introduction

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

1.1. Higher Education Institutions’ System (HEIs) 

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