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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

February 17, 2018 (SSB) –- We are seeing the challenges to democracy in our daily basis, because days are going and difficult aspects of governance rise of changes against democracy but the cases and issues of South Sudanese leaders attempting to retain power above unconstitutional or uncontrolled have attack human rights abuses, blockage of civil liberties, and the freedom of press as well as many other principles and pillars of democracy.

Our democracy is totally backsliding, because the government where representative of constituencies of citizens supposed to respect the fundamental rights of their citizens, social rights, and equality, and because of war, the government failed to maintained checks and balance among executives, parliament, and judiciary while our civil population to strengthen democracy in South Sudan failed to see their roles and objectives. And the most difficult parts of democracy in South Sudan are how to tackle corruption and rule of law since the establishment of South Sudan government in 2005.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

February 14, 2018 (SSB) — Peace, political stability, security, and nation buildings in South Sudan are not only responsibility of government and politicians although the government is a key grantor for effective facilitation; still, citizens have a big role to play. But sometimes ignorance and Misconceptions of citizens about peace and stability in the country is regarded as the work of government and politicians, this ideology affects citizens’ rights and obligations on the peace process. If we think as south Sudanese that bringing back peace is only responsibility of government and politicians, so President Kiir, Dr. Riek, members of parliament, political parties, or IGAD, AU, EU, TROIKA, UN; we fix our eyes on them as the only way for peace without our contributions and commitment, then we are totally wrong. Peace belongs to us, it is our peace and the future of south Sudan presence in peace.

A South Sudanese national was mockery at me about why speaking of peace politics as Church leader that, “David! Are pastors’ politicians?” I asked him, what’s politics? “Dirty game”, he said. I say you viewed it wrong. Politics: management of government affairs and lives of citizens. I asked him again, where do you think politics and government driven from? He said I don’t know, then why do you criticise something you don’t know? I told him, look! Everything was created by God and human being who exercises politics was created in God’s image, so is God not a politician? Fellow countryman, institutions were adapted from God such as government, education, law, agriculture, engineering, and the whole universe, so do you think God is so limited to politics? Then he said to me, man, please continues with peace education, you are right.

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The Draggy Tribal Conflict over Panwel – Anuet

Posted: February 12, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël in David Matiop Gai, Junub Sudan

The Draggy Tribal Conflict over Panwel – Anuet:  Why do we ruin our proud history of Greater Bor Community for Meaningless Conflict?

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

February 12, 2018 (SSB) — Abii of Cueikeer, fighting over Panwel-Anuet until a big number of 33 people died! Who bewitched you wise people of Greater Bor community that I see Panwel-Anuet conflict took the lives of 20 people in December 2017 and definitely 13 people on 7th of February 2018 have gone a journey of no returning back, and more others were seriously injured? The source of livelihoods is gone wasting and damaging resources such as cows, goats, granaries are burned down, and homes are destroyed.

Why such behaviours came in slowly into our affairs? Where is the source of our wise decision on how to handle conflicts among ourselves before?  Before, we do proud of ourselves by then as great people who love life, protect life and care for life, because we were people born on the land and soil of law, justice, respect of human life and human dignity, human rights, unity, peace, and freedom. We are born lawyers without professional training.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Kuol Manyang Juuk and Salva Kiir Mayaardit

Kuol Manyang Juuk and President Salva Kiir Mayardit

 

February 8, 2018 (SSB) — Being nationalist does not harm coexistence. During six years conflict in our beloved country, Some South Sudanese Bishops were good ambassadors of peace among South Sudanese communities. Those nationalists Bishops are Archbishop of Catholic Dioceses of Juba, Archbishop of ECS, and Archbishop/General Oversee of Pentecostal Church, Bishop of Presbyterian Church, Bishop of Tambura, Bishop of Maridi, Bishop of Munduri, and Bishop of Yei and other Dioceses not mentioned here.

Their contributions to make peace, and educate people about peace as church leaders are wholeheartedly welcome. National dialogue open grounds to share views, ideas and grievances, but peace education will educate us on how to live together, and building our nation. People learn from mistakes, you bit your tongue not because you intended to bit it but the action determines to injury your tongue. Our direction right now must change and turn on two principles: Principle of national dialogue and principle of peace education. Several visitations to different communities and raise our voices on peace can remove fears and stumbling blocks among communities, and the government.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Kuol Manyang Juuk and Salva Kiir Mayaardit

February 2, 2018 (SSB) — My opinion please about peace agreement rebirth:  Peace, and so peace Junubians, we want peace. We want peace in a right manner that may not return us back to war. When two or more parties want to battle against war in peace and conflict resolution, there must be “lost and “win” approaches, you give in and take in hand what you want, that is the right way of resolving conflict.  Revitalization means, restore, resurrect, redeem, betterment, improvement, redefine etc.

Therefore, the amendment of 2015 peace agreement should allow a post of Prime Minister and I proposed a new polity government to accommodate peace and stability in our country. It is my opinion and it doesn’t affect any party, because I am not imposing it on any party by force, but I am selling it if it is necessary for us to use it anyway.

A polity government although it is a form of government design according to its constitution and it is not in our constitution, this politically organize unit government can resolve our political long tensions during the IGAD  High Led- Revitalization Forum, (HLRF) which will take place on 5th February 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Abel Alier and Philip Aguer picture by Mach Samuel

January 31, 2018 (SSB) — Why is it so important to have peace in South Sudan? Remember, it is not me alone who is willing for peace to come to South Sudan but all of us are for peace and I think we have many reasonable answers to this question because days and nights of sitting under trees, moving in valleys, climbing on hills and mountains, and pulling behind our development are over.

It is not easier to end violence than peace but it is easier to start peace. Now in our conflicting state, the concept of the ideal state of equality, freedom, justice, happiness, fairness, democratic, unity, safety, liberty, freedom of speeches and expressions, and prosperity as a nation, we always sang may not appear to us as a prepared form from the blue. Each and every nation work for their stability and prosperity

I have a bullet to kill the war, not because I have great ideas about peace rather than other South Sudanese but my contributions toward peace and stability is a great asset and we all need our efforts to bring peace. The peace process in South Sudan needs comprehensive programs. These comprehensive programs must involve peace education following national dialogue.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Baak Valentino Wol

Ambassador Baak Valentino Wol, undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

January 27, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudanese people are dying day and night under the external pressures and internal interests. With internal interest, South Sudanese politicians are divided and allow external interest exploiting the young country in the name of concerning about the lives of citizens. Really, when and how? I say no, and nobody who is concerning about the lives of South Sudanese citizens outside there.

Those of Nikki Haley who always saying this statement lying to themselves. If you are concerning about somebody’s life, and you feel the pain of your fellow human being and hardship is going through, you don’t add anger, you don’t insult, you help and find solutions. That is the right spirit of somebody who is concerning the pain of others.

Us is said to be a long friend to South Sudan, and US government is always hampering people of South Sudan indirectly or impede the progress of peace process by lack of funds. In the latest 1990-1991, US government was supporting rebellion within SPLA movement and withdrawn their support later after Nasir faction committed genocide in Bor.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Abel ALier and Philip Aguer picture by Mach Samuel

January 21, 2018 (SSB) — Many people around the globe focus on the importance of peace and harmony among the people. Absolutely majority believed that peace is important in order to avoid unnecessary conflict that hinders progress in people lives because peace a centre of life and it is a law of nature. We always need peace than war because issues of war cannot favour mankind.

In South Sudan, we pretend like we don’t want peace but it is a treasure desire by everyone on this planet but few know how to get it. Peace is a blessing to our families, communities and our country. The power of peace is to ensure that we are at peace with our fellow South Sudanese inclusively. Peace fixes the flood of issues among us. Pleasant words of peace are sweetest and healing medicines of broken bones. Don’t react negatively to hatred, and fear.

The importance of peace in our societies, I think it is very essential to learn what is going on in our country and what is happening in other countries where war took over screen platform. Peace is very important at all levels of human living. It is what we need since it’s stabilized our inner well-being. Peace brings happiness, unity, harmony, liberty, hope, and freedom among all people even country to country as it is relevancy. (more…)


By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Bishop Garang Anyieth Jakdit

Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth: The Spiritual Leader of our Time

December 25, 2017 (SSB) — The birth of Jesus Christ was narrated in (Mt 1:18-25; Lk 2: 1-20) and has become the well-known religious story of Christian history as Christmas story birth of Jesus Christ.  The story birth of Jesus Christ our Lord is a spiritual celebration; it is a spiritual living and a true meditation on Christian’s faith. There is the number of importance essences of Christmas celebrations.

  1. The Purpose of Christmas preparation and celebration.

Preparation for Christmas in few days ahead of us in South Sudan can be a lot of works, but as true Christmas, we get our hearts open to God. The first purpose of Christmas is pure celebrations compare to what we learnt from the angel’s opening statement to the shepherds of Bethlem or Bethlehem. God had wonderful news for us to rejoice, celebrate, and this is an opening statement of the angel to us that, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people”, (Lk 2:10). And the centre of Christmas is the entire reason for the love of God.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Anyanya one freedom fighters

Anyanya one freedom fighters

December 19, 2017 (SSB) — In a comprehensive understanding, trauma is a psychological and emotional response to an extremely events or experiences that deeply disturbing mind, soul and feeling of a person. The events which can cause post-traumatic stress disorder are the wide ranges of problematic disadvantages that stuff ordinary life such as HIV/AIDS, serious illness, divorce, accident, killing, extremely beating, torture, and other extreme experiences of war as such in South Sudan.

Somebody told me, David Matiop I heard that you are a counsellor, and you went through many series counselling training, please can you help me? I have a trauma, and a man accepted being traumatized! As a counsellor, I didn’t jump into his needs just like that, I searched into his background biologically, psychologically, socially, culturally, economically, and spiritually and applying the applied psychology to understand him inclusively.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

HIV-AIDS prevention: Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — In commemoration of HIV/AIDS World Day on the 5th of December 2017 in South Sudan, HIV/AIDS is a great challenge to life and had the highest threat to the entire population in South Sudan, Africa and in the world at large. Why is HIV/AIDS everybody business? Is it a question which needs integrative knowledge that will address the prevention of epidemic among the youths of South Sudan? Let‘s understand it here.

The HIV/AIDS is not yet much known to civil population especially at the grass root levels because if you know something, you may know it to the best of your knowledge and more details about the disease may be some people know little about it.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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December 2, 2017 (SSB) – The warrior’s blood-curdling of Murle raiders dismay and outcry of public in Jonglei state especially greater Bor-community has been brought sudden leap and made a discreet and blood-curdling with gestures of terrifying relations with me and others in the state. This will cause a feeling of extreme fear in conjunction with state authorities both at the national and state levels. I think there is no hope on national government willing to addressing this issue amicably and successfully. Is national dialogue functioning now in former greater Jonglei apart from peace deal between the two communities?

Recently in Duke Payuel and Panyang counties of Jonglei state, Murle raiders killed 42 people including children, women and elderly people, and abducted more than 60 others.  In July 2017, the same Murle attacked Duke Akuak in Jallee and killed many people including children, women and elderly. These encounter attackers took places when the government of South Sudan under First vice Gen.Taban Deng Gai, and UNMISS sponsored peace deal between the two communities.  These attacks happened and there were no serious majors taken against Murle for the violation of peace agreement and ceasefire.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

 

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Kiir-Malong peace and reconciliation ceremony in Juba, South Sudan

 

Nov 19, 2017, (SSB) – Sadly, democracy dies in darkness in African young nation. South Sudan national political systems discourage us to support the beauty of our diversity within the cost of nation-building. we were aiming to build our country which was cemented and founded by precious blood of our heroes and heroine toward peaceful referendum in 2011 that would have provided hope and blessings principles of strong economy, better opportunities for us, free primary, and quality education for all, justice and rule of law for all, healthcare, or health centres, good roads and secure public transportations, and social developments.

But crossroad politics engulfed dying democracy in South Sudan. The reality of crossroad politics in this nation had rendered the political and economic dilemma where South Sudan finds itself in a double-blind direction because there are no primary objectives and primary purposes of social welfare including public policy, advocacy, migration of citizens from villages to towns, no secure borders around our nation, insecurity everywhere in the country, lack of policy making, mental disorder in leadership, stressful foundation of nation-building on tribalism, and many others. All these political factors defined us as a nation by name, and not really what define nations in the world.

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Forceful or peaceful disarmament of Paul Malong’s bodyguards: Please don’t fight for the third time in Juba

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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President Salva Kiir, Governor Paul Malong Awan (Blue suit) and Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Lomuro (black suit) during the public rally in Aweil, NBeG

November 9, 2017 (SSB) – All actions are evil. Inside South Sudan these few days, those who were loyalists and those who claimed to be smarter to the President want to put the country under Military threat, which is sometimes explained as a danger military action such as the home of former chief of general staff is surrounded by army tanks and vehicles which were sometime back under his administration.

As the military events and military fighting always happened in military barracks in South Sudan, it is much dangerous to besiege groups of soldiers whose their option is only to die. It is again military risk as the concept in the military intelligence report that identified as an imminent capability for use of military force in resolving country’s disputes that may result into tribal conflicts as it had happened on 15 Dec 2013. Such behaviors need proper control.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

September 6 2017, (SSB) — Capacity building thus important institutional development evidences with the great demands of a great attention for total reforms in South Sudan. Capacity building efforts are currently neither putted in place as strategic plans for change nor focused on for national ability by those who were assigned but I observed one evaluation of high-quality training provided pivot notice that capacity building outcomes are what purposes assist the nation to reduce insecurity and political instability because if youths are highly trained, you cannot cheat educated people to the point of their death the way our youths in South Sudan are everyday deceived by their tribemates politicians.

Capacity building in fragile state risks becoming irrelevant when situation change rapidly. Top reasons for failures in human resources capacity building includes: leadership uninvolvement or uncommittment that always lead to security problems, political and economic imperatives. Lack of user involvement supposed to design decisions in the hands of rightful people. And lack of identifying areas for future funding such as education I am now talking about, branches human social development like agriculture, engineer, mechanic, artist, linguistic, plumber, etc inputs for the nation capacity building.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Looking for black market fuel sellers

August 24, 2017, SSB) — The diplomatic invasion of South Sudan because of her leadership struggling is out of International law.  Invasion was is a military offensive or a military occupation of weak country by powerful nations for it resources, and invasion can cause new war or largely a strategy to end war if there is good will but it can probably cause the whole war by itself. That military strategic plans cause wars because it encourages random military insurgencies, and militias.

The history of invasion was occurrence since prehistory. Many nations were invaded by powerful and superpower countries militarily, geographically, socially, culturally, politically, economically and even mentally. The methods they used were: by land, by air, by sea, by neighbouring countries and flows of money.

But issues of invasion ended three times when World War II in 1939-1945 in Europe responded by the West when Western powers took military and political decisions to allow Soviet Union’s failing with lots of damages on lives and properties, but the world took the new routes by then through UN to handle world problems amicably and peacefully.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Mandela and John Garang

Nelson Mandela and John Garang

July 31, 2017 (SSB) — Dr. John Garang (himself a foreseeing, a prophet and a gift of God to humanity in South Sudan), Most of the songs sung by Koryom battalions and many army battalions are his prediction about the lives of his comrades and his own, and this is what he said of life history matters in Dinka when he was addressing Koryom Battalions in Bongo Ethiopia earlier in 1984-1985 that, (Ee pane aa leer wɔ, acin raan dɔng ee pane aa nyic Nhialic man ye adhony da), which means he literally interpreted that, “this land will take us all, and God knows the land is ours”.

How many times Dr. John Garang survived from attempted assassinations? Over international and regional media you heard fake news about John Garang’s death and later on he was spoken, even the incident death in helicopter crashed in 2005, Many South Sudanese couldn’t believe until his dear wife Mama Rebecca spoke publicly. Dr. John Garang survived many landmines in jungles of Southern Sudan, and also escaped many plans against his life from the enemy. May be God knows what he was commissioned him for the sake of South Sudanese people.  I know each and every person has his/her own day to leave the world but John Garang was a prophetic South Sudanese leader if you follow whatever he says in secrets, private, and public speeches.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

National Dialouge Steering Committee

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May 28, 2017 (SSB) — National dialogue which is now rejected by oppositions is the only solution in South Sudan conflict. I have putted clear in many articles that even if rebels win war and come in power, the national dialogue is still a way to iron out burning issues, but as rebels couldn’t manage to win war against government, and government against rebels while lives are losing everyday on both sides, it is better to see this narrow gate of national dialogue as a way to bring back the country to normalcy.

Rebel groups are calling national dialogue as Kiir’s dialogue, and ceasefire as Kiir’s unilateral ceasefire and they are rejecting national dialogue to participate especially those who called themselves group of former vice president Dr. Riek Machar, political detainees, Dr. Lam Akol group, Gen. Cirilo group, former governor of Western Equatoria: Bengasi Gakasoro group, Johnson Olony group, and many other opposition groups in the country.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan must be weaned off war

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — Is South Sudan conflict now a problem of the dead people or for the livings? Dinka says particularly Dinka Bor community that, “Kou gut wun Amok gɔɔl”, the thorn injure, hurt or inject the owner anus, which literally mean, whatever you do to others in secret turns against you in public. The poem became popular in Bor community, and they used to advise those who do wrong things that, “kou gut wun amok”, don’t plan things against others and also teach all members of the community to be more loving people.

As I want to discuss today proxy war in South Sudan part two, I want to explain what caused popular poem of kou gut wun amok as it becomes a storytelling in Dinka Bor community. Long time ago, few people used to build” Luak”, a local building used for keeping animals in Dinka, and Nuer communities. You keep your animals in Luak and it is a nice and cool place people stay in during hot season.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Riek and Emma

Riek Machar and Emma McCunne

April 20, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan is struggling with democratic transition of African cultures erosion for the adaptations of majority of Western cultures, and paradigm shift era of civilization. Nations are respected and regarded as sovereign states according to their territorial integrity or defined territory, permanent population, government, sovereignty, organized economy, and international recognition or capacity to enter into bilateral relations with other states, but South Sudan has been made as a home for free entry and free exit by outsiders world and everybody has made South Sudan as a learning field for gaining experiences. People have made South Sudan as a field of trying your ability; it is not respected as a country, and sovereign state.

I think this mistake happened because all systems in South Sudan are totally weak, so weak to defence the country from foreign aggression as it happened every day. Everything is weak. We have weak executive, weak legislature, and weak judiciary to stand on their own feet and defence our country. I don’t mean we should go to war with other nations, but we shouldn’t allow our country to be manipulated a way it is now. We should come out with one statement and go a long it. If we say yes or no, we should mean it, because Jesus said Matthew 5:37 37, “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” because there is no sin beyond that. I made this brave statement because every nation is respected for what they say and what they do or what they stand for.

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