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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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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

Generals Pieng Deng Majok, Paul Malong Awan and Malual Ayom Dor at the Bor Airport during the second liberation of Bor, 2014

Generals Pieng Deng Majok, Paul Malong Awan and Malual Ayom Dor at the Bor Airport during the second liberation of Bor, 2014

July 5, 2017 (SSB) — In South Sudan, it is hard to know a right person. This is because the right person according to our standard is that person who obeys and worships the authorities irrespective of what they do at the back of the authorities.

It is not bad to praise and appreciate leaders but to praise and at the same time working for their downfall is worse than going to hell. When we have decided to support leaders we must support them irrespective of the situation they find themselves in.

Due to the naivety of our system, it does not differentiate between bad and good people. Because of this, the system is not capable of employing good public servants or workers. This has put the system at the brink of collapse as the people who are employed do not know what they are doing but only specializing in praising leaders and cheating them at the same time.

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Avoid witch-hunt: Hon. Minister Mayiik Ayii Deng, and Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny, in the office of the president of South Sudan are not responsible for the crisis in South Sudan

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — It appears that those who always blame the Press Secretary Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny and the Minister in the Office of the President of South Sudan, Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng, do not understand the role of the two individuals in the general management of South Sudan by the Government.

I shall explain their roles shortly, but first, it is important for those who keep on blaming these two individuals that they are there with distinct role set for them and they are not there to change anything in the State House or the country policies so blaming them can amount to chasing a wild goose while leaving the real cause of our problems.

Thus, when we talk of the Press Secretary in the office of the President, we mean a senior government official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the President of South Sudan and the State House. He or she is also responsible for communicating the president’s reactions to world events, as well as providing information about actions of the State and the president’s administration.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

Generals Pieng Deng Majok, Paul Malong Awan and Malual Ayom Dor at the Bor Airport during the second liberation of Bor, 2014

Generals Pieng Deng Majok, Paul Malong Awan and Malual Ayom Dor at the Bor Airport during the second liberation of Bor, 2014

June 4, 2017 (SSB) — Though there is still a substantial number of the SPLA proper in the SPLA, but when it comes to the other sector of the government, the members of the SPLA proper appear to have been technically pushed out. When I talk of the phrase “the SPLA Proper” I meant the true SPLA members who were in frontline since 1983 to 2005.

Among the SPLA proper that had played active role in the liberation of South Sudan was General Pieng Deng Kuol.  When the war between the Northern and Southern of Sudan was raging on I used to hear about him. Later when the SPLA captured many towns including Kaya, Marobo, Yei, Lianya, Rumbek and Tonji from Omar El Bashir, General Pieng and Oyai Deng were some of the army commanders I used to hear about.

So General Pieng has been active in the SPLA since its inception and which shows that he has been a long serving Army Officer in the SPLA, a role he played until January 21, 2013 (JUBA) when  South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir announced new reforms in the national army as SudanTribune reported it.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

What goes around comes around is the proverb which teaches us that the results of things that one has done will someday have an effect on the person who started the events. This was what happened between General Malong and President Kiir Mayardit.

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

May 30, 2017 (SSB) — On May 09, 2017 South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit sacked the army chief of general staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan by a Republican Decree read out on SSBC but the decree, which did not cite any reasons for his removal. Then, Malong was replaced by his deputy Lt.Gen. James Ajongo Mawut, SPLA deputy chief of general staff for finance and administration. It should be noted that both Malong and Ajongo are both hailed from Aweil.

The President removed Malong thinking that he would be removed like any other generals as he has been doing. However, as soon as he was removed, Malong left the same night heading towards his home town. The fact that Malong left for his hometown did not go well with the President who thought that Malong had started the rebellion against him.

In fact, the president did not sleep well those nights until Malong returned. What troubled the President most was the fact that it would not be as simple as other generals have been doing it. The rebellion by Malong would have marked the end of his if not the government South Sudan.

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Avoid becoming Judas Iscariot of South Sudan: A response to Deng Mayen‘s article entitled Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng – functionally illiterate and most corrupt minister 

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

Alier Ateny (right side) and his colleagues: Peter Mabior Riiny and Hon. Ayii Ayii Akol. Whereas Alier is being declared an enemy by his own people, the two guys and their members from Northern Bahr al Ghazal and Warrap, as well as from other states, are left to their own political determination.

May 7, 2017 (SSB) — I find it irresistible to begin this article in response to Deng Mayen with the words of Tom Cochrane that “Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That’s really where failure comes”. As Lucien Bouchard once put it, “I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit.” In his recent article as referred to above and published on May 02, 2017 on Nyamilepedia  in which Deng Mayen referred himself as a former SPLA Freedom Fighter and a friend to Mayiik Ayii Deng in Minnesota Community College made the following assertions against Hon. Minister Mayiik Deng:

That Mayiik is part of the Criminal Syndicate which is seriously targeting the huge contracts in the Oil Operating companies in the Country. That Mayiik Ayii and the senior member of the Criminal network Ezekiel Lol have intimidated the Management of Nilepet to award a contract of Oil Drilling in Bentiu to their Chinese businessman after getting a kickback of Eleven Millions USD.  That the Management of Nilepet has refused and awarded a contract to a national company called Nile Drilling Services Co. Ltd and because of that the Chinese businessman was disappointed after failing to secure the contract and is asking his money back.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba

April 26, 2017 (SSB) —- In the society where people are confused and do not know what they are doing, they always point fingers at other people and keep on blaming others for their faults. In such a situation, it is hard to get a solution and because of that people can easily lose confidence or trust in the system based on hearsay.

Where people live on hearsay, it is hard to maintain trust or confidence. The most important thing is trust and where there is no trust, the system is broken or will be broken by lies.

For that reason, it is important to say something small about trust.  In a social context, trust has several connotations.  According to Wikipedia, trust typically refers to a situation characterized by the following aspects:

One party (trustor) is willing to rely on the actions of another party (trustee); the situation is directed to the future. In addition, the trustor (voluntarily or forcedly) abandons control over the actions performed by the trustee.

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YDK Group of Companies of Managing Director Luka Kuot Deng: A Future South Sudanese Oxfam in the Making

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Juba, South Sudan

April 19, 2017 (SSB) — One of the things makes us lurk behind or remaining in Third world position or even below is the fact that we do not appreciate the effort of other people. Instead, we view each other as potential enemies and begin working for the downfall of each other.

This kind of imagined existential threat translated into hatred and undermining is the cause of all our predicaments in the least developed countries (LDC) including South Sudan. Viewing each other with hatred and contempt is even worse in South Sudan given the fact that we have already existing line of weaknesses running through our every existence which is tribalism.

In South Sudan, tribalism exists at various levels i.e. ranging from national to family level. Thus, when we see the government of South Sudan being attacked, then we must know that it is not because it has failed but South Sudanese are the ones who have failed to mentally and psychologically appreciate the Government of South Sudan simply because it is headed by Dinka.

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David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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

April 12, 2017 (SSB) — If there is anything that intrigues me most then it is the politics of South Sudan. What I do not understand complete is the line demarcating community and the government. Majority of the people have completely failed to understand that government is not based on communities but rather it is an independent entity that is independent even from the president. In other words, it appears that politics is never understood well.

By convention, politics is the process of making decisions applying to all members of each group. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance  organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (this is usually a hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities.

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There is no Luck in Becoming President: A Theory of Luck in President Kiir’s Ascendancy to Power is Baseless

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala Uganda

President Kiir's speeches after independence

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

April 4, 2017 (SSB) — I have kept quiet for very long time concerning the theory which many propagandists have been developing to explain how President Kiir came to power. But it is time now to break the silence on this theory by telling those people that luck and hard work go together. This is because a person cannot be lucky to the extent of becoming president without having worked for it.

As defined, luck is a success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. This definition clearly shows that luck means getting something one has not completely worked for. For example, someone who finds dropped money on the way but no one reclaims from him or her can be said to be lucky because he or she has not worked for that money.

Luck as also defined above can be failure. This means that it is something unstable and uncertain which is not determinable. Thus, luck is not certain source of success to the extent that someone depends on it.

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A Woman is Like a Tea Bag – You Can’t Tell How Strong She is Until You Put Her in Hot Water: The Case of Yar Majak Arol Kachuol

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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

March 31, 2017 (SSB) —- In this article I would like to congratulate Yar Majak Arol Kachuol who made me proud for waiting until she completed her degree and getting married as she and her parents want.

I would therefore like to say congratulation to her for killing two births with one stone.  She has gone through modern education and at the same time getting married in accordance with traditional way which makes her parents proud.

Accepting to be married in traditional way in which parents ‘ decisions is the centre to the choice of husband for a bride and bridegroom, Yar has proved that education for girls is not bad as many people think.

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Experience is Simply the Name We Give to our Mistakes:  A Response to Michael Joseph’s Article on Mayiik Ayii Deng

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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He rose from death and appeared to his disciples in an open top car: The case of President Kiir

March 28, 2017 (SSB) — In the recent article written by Michael Joseph entitled: Mayiik Ayii Deng – a Poison in the Office of the President. In order to show through his explanation how Mayiik is a poison in the Office of the President, he made the following allegations or accusations against him—

The first accusation is that Mayiik is semi-illiterate and because if that he was not supposed to be appointed as Minister in the Office of the President. That the appointment of Mayiik is a political shame to the entire nation and further added that it is sufficiently alarming that Mayiik Ayii is creating a culture of corruption and embezzlement in the office of President.

In addition, he accused Mayiik that he had failed miserably to complete his senior Secondary School in Khartoum. Michael backed his point based on rumors which are circulating in the streets of Juba that Mayiik is incompetent, uneducated and extremely corrupt Minister to ever run the Office of the President ever

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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March 24, 2017 (SSB) — Let me begin this article with what William Shenstone once said about lie and a liar. He said, “a liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood”. Hence, this article is in response to the recent news circulating on Facebook that General Paul Malang Awan, the Army Chief was dead in order to inform the public that such news was malicious, fabricated and baseless.

I have to tell the public that one of the people whose post misled the public in relation to Malong Awan is Sheriff Balang Nyakim who posted the post that falsely killed Malong. His post reads as follows as I have quoted below—

“General Paul Malong Awan Anei (http://www.malongfoundation.org) was a South Sudanese politician and military figure. He served as governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal since 27 March 2008 before promoted to Army Chief. In April 2014 he was appointed Chief of General Staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army by the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — In the society where the law is not operating properly, then people suffer.  Law is the cement and foundation of the strong society. Society is collection of different communities who work in relation to achieve common goal.

Common goal is the ultimate aim of the society in which all the activities of the society are geared to. At greater level the country is a society. Hence, a country is supposed to be run in accordance with the law as agreed by members of society called a country at a greater level.

In fact, the Bill of Rights of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan is a covenant among the people of South Sudan and between them and their government at every level and a commitment to respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. This means that the Bill of Rights is the cornerstone of social justice, equality and democracy.

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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 fouth independence day picture by Mach Samuel

March 12, 2017 (SSB) —- Some time back I wrote an article attacking those who were campaigning for the post of Inspector General of Police (IGP). In that Article I pointed that the Police office is not a political office but it is an office established based on training and skills. Because of that I concluded that politicizing the police as it was happening would be disastrous to the integrity hence negatively affects the effectiveness of the police force.

However, someone from Western Lakes attacked me directly thinking that I was criticizing the one from Western Lakes who was campaigning for the IGP office. Therefore, this article is in response to such an unjustified attack by telling that person that I was not protecting the IGP post but my aim was to protect the integrity of the police force.

Thus, the reason I wanted to protect police integrity and ethics is that they are fundamental to effective policing and help build trust within communities and are only achieved through training and practice in policing. Because of that sound conduct by police improves community interactions, enhances communication, and promotes shared responsibility for addressing crime and disorder.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Weekly Friday cabinet meeting in Juba, 22 July 2016

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — On March 6, 2017, African Press online published an Article entitled: The Dinka led government is scrambling, removing Paul Malong bring the Dinka dynasty to an end. African Press reported in that Article that South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has reached the final stage to get rid of a few powerful politicians, mostly from his Dinka tribe, who have been very supportive in his struggles in the last three years.

African Press cited the insiders in the Office of the President or in the Government who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal, reveal that President Salva Kiir has advanced plans to reshuffle the army and his cabinet to distance “some powerful” Dinka politicians and military generals.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

March 2, 2017 (SSB) — Before I explain the reasons I support the Army Chief and the Government, I would like to open this article with the quotation from Eugene McCarthy who once said that “being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.” This quotation means that in politics one must choose a side to support if he or she is to survive.

It is the same reason the people who constantly attack me for supporting the Government and the Army Chief because they have not chosen to be neutral but they have taken side. If they have not taken side they would have not seen me as threat or an enemy to them.  The reason they see me as a threat or enemy is because I am friend to their enemies, so they see me as an enemy as it underscored by the common saying that “a friend of one’s enemy is also an enemy”.

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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 David Deng Chapath, Kampala (Uganda)

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February 22, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan never ceases to make headline. In January 2011 South Sudanese were given an opportunity to vote on unity or separation, nearly 99 per cent of southern Sudanese voted to go their own way as they voted for separation.

 Decision by South Sudanese to vote for separation made great news all over the World and in Sudan in particular as legalized divorce between Sudan and South Sudan became a reality and took place at day light.

On 9 July 2011 after the vote for Separation as pointed out in the above, the Republic of South Sudan was declared as independence nation becoming Africa’s newest country, the 193rd Member State to join the United Nations and UNESCO’s 194th Member State. This made very great news headline all over the world. 9 July becomes a day for independence of South Sudan and all South Sudanese celebrated and continue to celebrate it.

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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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