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By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

Riek and Emma

Riek Machar and Emma McCunne

July 28, 2017 (SSB) — There are strange reasons that compel me to talk about Riek Machar even when I don’t want to do so because I’m not a member of any of the embattled SPLM factions. Anything to do with SPLM has nothing to do with me for we are incompatible in form and character. This excerpt is not meant to exonerate Riek from what is currently bedeviling south Sudan. I’m just making the general appeal to the international community to be fair and just in their engagement in our political affairs.

Over times, the international community has been supporting Riek and defending Kiir at the same time, and this subjective approach has had severe repercussion on our populace. Instead, they should provide level playing field to all actors in South Sudan. As I said therein I’m not supporting Riek per se. I simply want to point out where he was wronged and mistreated, and if that will be misconstrued to mean that I’m supporting him, so be it.

As civil society member, I’m cognizant of a dictum opined by one civil society guru that ‘‘civil society is political Actor; that civil society is distinct from the opposition and the state, and that it will be dereliction of duty of civil society actor if he don’t engage the state and the opposition to governance, democracy and the human rights’.

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By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

PaanLuel Wel website, along with Sudan Tribune, Radio Tamazuj and Nyamilepedia, has been blocked in South Sudan by the national security

PaanLuel Wel website, along with Sudan Tribune, Radio Tamazuj and Nyamilepedia, has been blocked in South Sudan by the national security

July 21, 2017 (SSB) — We would like to vent our ire on the recent autocratic executive order to block the online news websites for the mother Sudan tribune.com, Nyamilepedia.com PaanluelWel.com and Radio Tamazuj.com

On 18th July, 2017, President Salva Kiir’s regime via her mouthpiece Mr. Michael Makuei issued a draconian decree barring the aforementioned revolutionary online websites saying without any slightest feeling of shame that they are becoming hostile to them, which in our view is untrue.

This is another major blow on public informants and an act of disservice to our people. We felt very unhappy, and we condemned the decision makers and their decision altogether with contempt it deserves. If they have functional ears for hearing they should reverse this intolerable decision.

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By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

Festus Mogae in Malakal

Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae visits Malakal.

April 21, 2017 (SSB) — It is an opportune time for President Festus Mogae, the Chair of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation commission (JMEC) to pack and go back where he came from. And if he so wish to remain in Juba, then he should be consider as an ex-JMEC Chairperson.

Festus’ persistent silence on the face of deteriorating situation breeds confusion, complications, and hence makes the world stand aloof. And as Will Rodgers says ‘‘Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction’’ Without much ado, he ought to be excommunicated for he did not communicate what keep transpiring on the ground for reasons best known to him and company.

As matter of fact, I’m not happy with the way he is dancing on victims’ graves together with those belligerents. To add insult to injury, I’m now seeing him dining and winning with the same peace violators whom he is supposed to offer wise counsel.

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By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

IGAD Communique on South Sudan, Nairobi, March, 2017

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March 27, 2017 (SSB) — Hello Mr. President. How are you? I saw you on Citizen TV merely staring at people during IGAD summit held in Nairobi yesterday. And you look very timid and fidgeting yet you still have the gut to say that you’re the President of the Republic of South Sudan. With all due respect, you were floating seemingly clueless throughout the session. I actually pitied you.

If I may ask, do you really care to know what it means to be the head of state? I doubt whether you know what you’re doing! Did anyone ever whisper to you that you’re a Head of ‘Refugee State’ with over 1.5 million people displaced or that is just number? I do not think so. If at all you were aware and concern of anguish we are going through, thing could be different, and perhaps you could not just be spectating when the Agenda revolve around refugee affairs.

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Child Soldiers Recruitment was justifiable in the Pre and Post Independent South Sudan

By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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Mabior Garang and Madam Nyandeng in Arusha, Tanzania

March 18, 2017 (SSB) —- ‘‘My aim here is to suggest how to organize for power: how to get it and use it. I will argue that the failure to use power for more equitable distribution of the means of life for all people signals the end of the revolution and the start of the counterrevolution’’ Paul Alinsky. This excerpt is meant to shed lights on what Rebecca Nyadeng uttered in Aljazeera TV on child soldiers’ recruitment during John Garang’s era in the 1980s. A few who have not had the glimpse of this talk show, she was hosted by one renowned Mehdi Hassan in program dubbed ‘‘Upfront’ in Washington DC on 24th February 2017.

I would like to compliment and add weight on what she said with view to make it fit and comprehensible in the context of human Rights. In doing this, I will try as much as possible to be factual for I think the number ten ‘rule of the radicals’ still right that ‘‘never go outside the experiences of your people’’. Bear in minds that this agenda is diverse and real. As such, we should not be too quick to judge Mama Nyadeng wrong with only one word she said regarding the same. It is very unfortunate that some people had already thrown the first stone on her forgetting the log in their eyes.

I find it unnecessary to mention her name as Rebacca Nyadeng Garang De Mabior for people to know and accord her the attention and respect she deserves. Of course, she and late John Garang are one and the same by virtue that they are married, and only death separated them. However, in the context of their roles in the pre-and post-independent South Sudan’s struggles for democracy, I would say they’re comrades serving under SPLM/A but performed distinctive functions for the movement.

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By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

February 1, 2017 (SSB) —- I often heard people saying a matter in court is not subjected to discussion, I beg to talk a bid. Counsel, we have entrusted you as our lead Commander at the Milimani law courts, and we have put you in front with all our eyes on you. We have mandated you to see into it that your learned Friend Dong Luak and Aggrey Idri are produced alive and fit like fiddle.

As we await the court to resume its sitting tomorrow morning for the second time, I believe you have loaded your mind with evidences waiting to spray the court with the relevance facts and facts in issue. I have reason to be confidence that we shall emerge partially victory because the existing laws and statutes work in our favor. However, I’m aware that legal battle is not a walk in the park; In fact it is quasi-military battle characterized by life threats and intimidation et cetera.

I fondly recalled an emotive case of slain Kenyan Advocate Mr. Willy Kimani who loses his life in such a legal battle last year in Nairobi. It is my humble prayer that nothing will touch you. I hope you will not be cowed because your career is not just mere profession but rather a distinguish vocation or calling to serve humanity without distinction, and as such I urge you to soldier on. (more…)


By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 13, 2017 (SSB) — Early this week, some South Sudanese social media Users have vent their ire on Egyptian’s authority for what they called sheer disregard and blatant insubordination of South Sudan and its citizenry. They felt disgusted with the way South Sudan’s flag was displayed during the recent Salva Kiir’s visit to Cairo on 10th January 2017. On his arrival at the Airport, the national flag was seen hanging upside down, that mean the green color was facing up and the black was facing down.

The Makers of South Sudan’s flag have arranged it in such a way that, the black color would always appear on top whenever it is hoisted. The flag is composed of five colors namely black, white, green and the blue. The red color epitomizes the blood of the heroes, heroines and martyrs who struggled unwaveringly during the days of the liberation, black symbolizes South Sudanese citizenry, white color represent peace that we yearn for, green is fertile land, the blue represent the immortal waters of the Nile River, and the Star is our guider as we seek peace, justice and prosperity.

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By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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one of the two planes that crash landed in Bor airport on Tuesday

January 4, 2017 (SSB) — Flip-plopping or rather what people called cat-walking is not an attitude worth emulating. It is better you restraint from saying something in the first place. You should never take your words for granted or else you’re likely to be misunderstood by area residents across divides. Ideally, a conscious and accountable leader should not take a stance in the morning and reverse it at sunset. Once a formal decision is crafted and passed publicly, it must be uphold and respected to the letter and spirit.

That is not to say one cannot change his or her mind. It is normal but rare. Shifting goal posts should be avoided by people of your caliber. I’m aware that change is both natural and artificial; and that change is the phenomenon that breeds itself and facilitated by a few willing. Many things including formal agreements are subject to change, I understood nothing is rigid; and that everything is prone to adjustment and or revocation if deem appropriate. However, in event someone wants to retract, or change formal statement, there ought to be substantive and convincing reasons.

Over times, a person who makes decisions out of informed choices takes long time to change his or her mind. But people who make decisions out of emotions and undue influences require less than weeks or days to change their minds. I’m still grappling whether or not Panyijiar Aircraft and pilot case was an exercise under duress.

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By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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December 29, 2016 (SSB) — Once more I wish to address the Panyijiar County commissioner General Tapuot, and the entire Panyijiar Civil defense Forces (PCDF). Compatriots, I wish you zealous moment throughout the festive seasons. A couple of days ago, on 15th December 2016, I wrote to you an excerpt titled ‘Open letter to Nyuong Nuer; don’t wait and see’. In the blink of an eye, the emotive issues I articulated in the aforesaid letter has soon comes to the fore. I then warned and wanted you to stay vigilant; that SPLM/A were acting dangerously, I encouraged you at the time not to ignore even an iota of any security threat. Hence, what you have witnessed was long overdue. I felt please for you had done exactly as I prefer.

On 27th December, we learned and confirmed via Sudantribune.com yesterday evening that an Aircraft belonging to SPLA’s Mercenaries had landed at our Airstrip in Ganyliel town; and that the Panyijiar authority had detained the dreaded Aircraft and its quack pilot who is said to be foreigner. Whether they landed wittingly or unwittingly is immaterial. These absurd pilots and company must first be interrogated and undergo psychological reorientation for them to do the right things first; they should not act contrary to their professional ethics. It is always said, the competency of any professional is nothing without integrity and humanistic ideals. However, you should not discipline them in manner that is not repugnant to the International laws.

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By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

Dak Buoth shaking Hands with South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya H.E Mariano Deng after signing students’ concord at the Embassy Premises in June 2015

Eligo Dak Buoth shaking Hands with South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya H.E Mariano Deng after signing students’ concord at the Embassy Premises in June 2015

December 21, 2016 (SSB) — On 19th December, President Salva Kiir made a clarion call for dialogue in Juba, and I welcome it. In fact they should begin the process now, if not now right now. Let them continue and move with speed to do what is desirable because time is not on our sides.

Largely, I was also gladdened that he has named many of his well-known Handlers and sympathizers in his intra-dialogue. Over 30 persons are party to this dialogue; the likes of Joseph Lagu, Abel Alier, Dr. Francis Mading Deng, Rachel Nyadak Paul and other political dinosaurs. Vast majority of these appointees may lack ambitions but they all have the abilities to advise their comrade Salva Kiir to act rationally with a view to reverse our country on the path to abyss, and rescue the nation on deathbed or comma.

I must say, it is an encouraging gesture. You would fondly recall at the onset, the rain started beating us when we stopped dialoguing; and each time we dialogue, we engaged unfaithfully and with ulterior motives. We have perfected the art of violating any agreement, instead we thrive in disagreements, violence and defiant to dialogue and democracy. If we grab and utilized this opportunity, you never know it could be the turning point; we could get on right track to the road of peace, unity and development.

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‘‘I want you to know that I will never compromise my political beliefs or betray the motherland, and that I will remain defiant throughout this tortuous journey’’ Professor Maina wa Kinyatti

By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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Dak Buoth speaking during an Interview with Standard Newspaper in Nairobi, 2015

December 4, 2016 (SSB) — Today last month, the 4th November 2016, the revered spokesperson James Gatdet Dak, my namesake was unlawfully repatriated to South Sudan where he could face detention, torture and abuses by vermin at the hands of the regime in Juba. Kenya told Associate press news Agency through her spokesperson Mr. Eric Kiraithe, ‘‘that James Gatdet Dak became an inadmissible person, so we cancelled his visa and he was taken back to his country of origin’’

JAMES GATDET DAK: A VICTIM VICTIMIZED

It is now a month long period since he was ejected from Nairobi. For the benefit of back-benchers who are not yet aware of what prompted James Gatdet Dak’s deportation, it was linked to a comment he wrote on his Facebook page concerning an emotive case between Kenya and United Nations (UN) where Mr. Ban Ki-moon relieved General Kimani Mogoa, the Kenyan force commander of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) of his duties citing leadership failure among others. The former’s decision to dismiss the latter was based on ‘‘independent investigative report’’ on the violence which occurred on July 8-25, 2016.

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By Eligo Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

General Tito Biel Chuor

November 23, 2016 (SSB) — On or about Wednesday 23rd November 2015 today in history, late General Tito Biel Chuor Puot Nhial was brutally murdered in cold blood alongside hundreds of his unarmed foot-soldiers in an unexpected attack orchestrated by SPLA and UPDF gunships at Mundri County, Eastern Equatoria State, Republic of South Sudan

This November 2015 will forever remain etched in the mind of millions South Sudanese youth, women and all compatriots from all walks of life, and for the gruesome reasons. The deceased’s extended family, his struggling Naath community, and the nation at large have not yet come to term with this painful reality up to today. The country of south Sudan was robbed in broad day light of an energetic and combative defender of people’s rights. General Tito Biel was not nonagenarian by the time he was killed for he was in his 60s; this is the perfect age for person to impart his rich experiences, wisdom unto the youth, and act with sobriety and decorum. At the age of 60s one normally envisioned the destiny with an immaculate clarity and certainty.

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