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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

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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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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 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 David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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February 13, 2017 (SSB) — Before I comment on the title of this work, I would like to take this quote from Negotiating the Nonnegotiable by Daniel Shapiro that was published on April 19, 2016, by Viking. The quotation is—

“Our democracy already allows for a more integrative vision, and it guides us to a powerful example. As politicians once did in Georgetown, our politicians must be willing to come to the table and see their role as representing one umbrella nation within a democracy of parties.

They must have an eye toward making the compromises necessary to extend values outward rather than projecting them inward for the sake of blind loyalty. They must be willing to sustain something greater than their own egos, their own survival, their own faction, for their own people and their own interests. Otherwise, we will all continue to fall prey to what I have come to call the Tribes Effect.

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Success of government begins from an individual working in the government: The case of Honourable minister in the office of the president of South Sudan, Mayiik Ayii Deng

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

February 9, 2017 (SSVB) — In my recent visit to South Sudan I was surprised to observe some notable changes that had taken place in the office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit. There is in other words rule of law and good management in the office unlike in the past when the State house was turned into a den of mismanagement.

As observed in the above paragraph, the following changes had taken place: there is strict observance of the rule in the State House; no more shadow dealings or cheatings; there is order in the State House as rules are being applied equally to all the people who want to see the President. As a result, the conflicts that used to occur frequently in the State house are minimized to the lowest level. Resources in the State are being protected unlike in the past when millions of dollars were siphoned away from the State House.

In general, the State House is now the real state house and it is no longer the State House by name as it used to be.  In the past State House was controlled by the relatives of the President without his authorization and corrupt the system, which extremely affected the relationship of the President with the citizens of South Sudan.  However, today there is a success in the State House or J1 in Juba which shows that there will be success in the government.

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The use of force and governance:  Is the use of force necessary for good governance in South Sudan?

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

February 8, 2017 (SSB) — The readers of this article may find it odd for combining the force and governance as the co-existence of the two is not always seen clearly in the democratic society. According to the Constitution of South Sudan, South Sudan is a democratic country that must respect human rights and democratic principles.

When we talk of human rights as seen in the above paragraph, we are simply talking of the respect of personal liberties and freedoms, and that is the reason why the use of force is not frequently observed in democratic country.

However, where the country is in chaos as we see in the case of South Sudan, then there is a need for the use of force to reform the people in order to maintain law and order, which means that the use of force is necessary in South Sudan.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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February 6, 2017 (SSB) — One of the major problems facing South Sudan today is the lack of understanding of the concept of government. South Sudanese in general turn to personalize the government whenever they have had an opportunity to work in it. This is why many politicians turn to stick the government and if possible they can even use force to retain the posts in the government.

The clear examples are what we see every day around us in South Sudan. For instance, one of the causes of the current war in South Sudan is to a greater extent attributable to the removal of Riek Machar, Majak Agoot, Pagan Amum, Giir Chuang and others.

The removal of the above individuals was seen as wrong because of the way they understand the politics and the government. The ideal definition of the government is that the government is a group of people that governs a community or unit. The government sets and administers public policy and exercises executive, political and sovereign power through customs, institutions, and laws within a state.

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