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By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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January 29, 2017 (SSB) —- Anataban comes from Arabic word meaning “I am tired”! This writer is also tired and of course, when you say you are tired, there must be something you are tired of! What are we tired of? We are tired of economic hardship, we are tired of war and we are also tired of unknown gunmen and the only option is to strongly voice out our concern of being tired #Antaban#.

Before the declaration of national dialogue by H.E the President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Anataban peace initiative campaign has been going on for the last few months of 2016 and in early 2017 with the harsh tag (#Anataban#). The people who share the same sentiments, shared it on social media the #Anataban#and its global beats music videos uploaded by Anataban team of artists.

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President Kiir has appointed his brother-in-law on “merit”, “qualification” and “experience”; now the door is wide open for the ministers, governors, undersecretaries, office mangers, etc. to appoint their wives, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, uncles, in-laws, mistresses etc. on “merit”, “qualification” and “experience” too. Who will blame them when the Big Man has blessed it?

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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Gen. Gregory Vassilli Dmitry (brother of Madam Ayen Mayaardit), the new governor of Gogrial state

January 4, 2017 (SSB) — The appointment of Gregory Vasilli Dmitry as Governor of Gogrial State has been received with mix reactions from the state politically oriented youth and other corners of the Country. A South Sudan- Greek born Dmitry to Orthodox Christian migrant, Vasilli Dmitry and a Dinka Apuk mother popularly known as Nyanjok the mother-in-law of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, has raised questions and ignited social media debate few minutes after the announcement.

There is no doubt that his appointment is perceived as nepotism following the season of Governors being handpicked instead of people electing them. Major-General Gregory rise in military ranks has never been about battles won, it has never been real military service delivery but mere consideration given due to the position held by the husband of his sister.

Some job opportunists have overwhelmingly hailed his appointment as best governor of all but fall short to convince the critiques whether there is any previous track of records of why he deserves this position but failed avail anything substantial to support their arguments. Others resorted to siting an NGO, mine action organization known as OSIL based in Rumbek by then as the only achievement overseen by him. The verification of that is yet to be traced out and confirmed whether he had spearheaded the project writing of OSIL to be funded.

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By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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Dr. Lam Akol (Agriculture) with Hon. Mabior Garang (Water Resources) at a water workshop sponsored by JICA in Juba, South Sudan, mid 2016

January 3, 2017 (SSB) — Any place in the world that can possibly win public credibility as modern, must take into account qualities necessary to describe it “modernized” or else never attain the accolades of modernization without clean water, electricity and security to the inhabitants.

With absence of key installments especially clean water system and lack of access to electricity in the city, Juba residents both locals and internationals remain skeptical to give this city the recognition of being a modern center. So Juba, the biggest village in world by 2010-2011, is now the biggest slum in world by 2013 to 2016 and through to 2017. No clean water!

The mesmerizing initiative funded from Japan Tax-Payers Money through their overseas organization JICA (Japan International Corruption Agency) was planned to get completed by 2017 as was reported by local newspapers in juba with the water system engineers physically seen in action along main roads of Juba. However, nobody was sure of another political uncertainties to occur in the country by July 2016.

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By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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November 20, 2016 (SSB) — As I write this mourning message to inform your lovely relatives, brothers, friends and colleagues across the world about the untimely disappearance of your image in our vicinity, I was less energetic, paled and confused to believe that it has just happened, why have you untimely departed?, you left us in a desperate trauma.

On the fateful day of 17/11/2016, you suddenly departed from us without a word, without a copy of your living image and we cannot retract your compassion, your humility, your smiles, your rare character and more over your contribution to our affairs! What a painful loss, what a distinguished personality! Why have you done it that way God, why didn’t you spare us sometimes to show our sympathy in caring for our beloved Brother the Late Mathuc Mayuol Achuil!

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The US Presidential Election Final results in favor of President Kiir’s presumptive choice, Donald Trump! Does it mean anything to South Sudan?

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

 Obama’s Statement on US Recognition of the Republic of South Sudan, July 9, 2011.

November 9, 2016 (SSB) —- The western democracy has constantly remained a concern for the rest of the globe with US elections drawing attention from all the corners of the political world and their interests on Republican and Democratic Presidential Candidates in the race for the White House.

In considering the burdens of exposition, the conventional wisdom of those foreign head of states that openly engaged in taking sides, should have been just containing their support position neutral or confidential to themselves on any of the candidates until the absolute majority of the American people vetoed with the stack choice to determine their future of the race, the decision American people have just executed today.

Notwithstanding some leaders pledging of allegiance to Trump and Hillary, it has always been hard to correctly predict the presidential winner of the US elections. As luckily as the President interest on Trump became a reality, there seems a glimpse of hope in South Sudan-US relations. Now that Salva Kiir earlier phone call has just materialized, this should be followed by an influential congratulatory message to the President Elect, H.E Donald J. Trump acknowledging the esteemed efforts exerted by the great people of United States of America and their transparent democratic systems in choosing their leader.

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Yesterday, October 8th, a bus with over 200 passengers traveling to Juba from Yei came under attack near Lainya. Eyewitnesses say the gunmen, after capturing the vehicle, separated Dinkas from other passengers and killed 21 of them and 20 wounded, including 4 children among the dead. The incident comes after 14 Dinkas were killed in a similar ambush a week ago just few kilometers outside Juba.

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

October 9, 2016 (SSB) — What goes round come round, this is the simple wisdom the perpetrators of the wanton killings on Equatorian soils should take as they coordinate the killings of other ethnicities. Anyway, it is due to this current scramble for the country leadership and its politically affiliated tendency that has poised into the history of struggle being undermined to the extent of even those who did not actually participate in the two decades war with the northerners that culminated to the proclamation of South Sudan Republic.

The same SPLA who marched to Juba over decorated bed-sheets in 2006 is now being spitted at now a days because of the dangerous enemy among us and is preaching hatred day and night to the inside our hearts. I think those who are up to this hatred should stop and regret their actions before it goes deeper.

Why has the government, Equatorian Community leaders gone silence over the condemnation of cold blood killings along Juba-Nimule, Juba-Keji-keji, Juba-Yei and Yei-Kaya roads? Is the killing of innocent civilians on an ethnic-based about Kiir’s Presidency or a technical organized action to achieve something else? What is the panacea to this identity crisis?

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