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By Bek Dhuorjang Chol, Juba, South Sudan

Deng Bol of the Red Army Foundation, Bol Dhieu of the National Youth League and Abraham Awolic of Sudd Institute

1. Introduction

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (PW) — Young people are a major force in the contemporary world and are often at the front of global, social, economic and political developments. Young people are part of the solution to the difficulties developing democracies face. The paper looked at the role of youth and the challenges of their participation in leadership, democracy, and good governance. The paper presents a general overview of the situation of youth in South Sudan, youth development policy, the existing gap in the policy and then offers some recommendations. According to 5th housing and population census conducted in 2008, more than 72% of the population in southern Sudan are under 30 years of age, and 51% under 18th years respectively. With Regards to education, the literacy rate was 27%.

2. The Evolution and Inception of South Sudan National Youth Union

On 15/8/ 2011 the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports issued establishment order for the formation of South Sudan National Youth Union. Stephen Puoc was appointed as the first interim youth leader. During the interim period, due to lack of independent guiding principles the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports had the overall powers over the South Sudan National Youth Union (SSNYU) but after the order the union leadership was tasked to develop the constitutional policies and principles for the national youth union that democratically guide the leadership system.

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By Akol Abiong, Juba, South Sudan

2 Dinkas, 3 Nuers, and one Equatorian - The Proposed Presidency of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU)
2 Dinkas, 3 Nuers, and one Equatorian – The Proposed Presidency of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (PW) — During 2010 Sudan national elections, South Sudanese citizens were having high expectations from their leaders in person of Salva Kiir Mayardit. After a while South Sudanese leaders willingly took unexpected path, which has left ordinary citizens in dilemma about the future of their country. In March 2018, the government led by Salva Kiir decided to shut down the Vivacel operator company, citing failure to comply with regulations and policies.

Information minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth told media outlets that the largest telecom company had failed to pay over $60 million in tax since its establishment, prompting the government to shut it down. However, multiple sources told the news that the government wanted shares owned by top opposition officials in the firm stopped immediately and then transferred to officials supporting the government in Juba, a demand reportedly rejected by the management of the mobile network operator.

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Hon. Governor Jadallah’s Order: A State’s Quest For Private, Public, Political And Legal Morality Or Banalisation Of The Real Issues?

By Wol Deng Akech, Juba, South Sudan

Augustino Jadalla Wani, Governor of Jubek State, South Sudan
Augustino Jadalla Wani, Governor of Jubek State, South Sudan

1. Introduction

Monday, May 20, 2019 (PW) —- For the last few days, the South Sudanese general public and the discussants in the social media platforms in particular has witnessed a sharp debate on matter of socio-legal concern. This debate has been ushered in by the recent Gubernatorial Order (hereinafter referred to as GO) issued by Hon. Augustino Jadallah, Governor of Jubek State. The GO is purported to prohibited nightclubs and imposed restrictions on the hotel entries on conditions that the couple, lovers or paramours of the opposite sexes who wish to afford hotel room have to produce marriage certificate. Perhaps, the intention is to restrict or control pre marital sex, intimacy or physical relationship or outside marriage affairs.

This author has made a great deal of attempt to access the copy of the said GO but to no avail. But the non availability of the GO in the public domain cannot be cited to justify the non issuance of the order. This is partly because the Hon. Governor made it public by words of his own mouths in his media statement upon and after having visited and briefed H. E. President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayerdit in the State House (J1) where he expressly stated that he has issued an order banning the nightclubs and rampant hotel visits and that he visited the President to brief him on the same.

For him, the banning of nightclubs and rampant hotel accommodation would minimize the crime rate in the national capital. The Hon. Governor perceives that nightclubs have introduced immoral activities in the society which are criminal in nature (trafficking in humans for sexual purposes) in which young women as youngest as 14 years are sexually exploited. This happens through what he called “take away” where these young women are drove into nearby hotels by the sexually depraved and financially powerful or influential individuals.

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Not Yet Uhuru for South Sudan

Posted: May 18, 2019 by aljokd in Junub Sudan

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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.

Saturday, 18 May, 2019 (PW) – This may come as a shock to the few South Sudanese who belief that the independence from Sudan in 2011 translated to freedom. The world does not see it that way. Believing that simply moving away from the old Sudan amounted to freedom is a subjective faith in deed.

Mzee Jaramogi Oginga Odinga discovered many years ago that the departure of the British and the subsequent independence of Kenya did not amount to freedom as claimed by some guys in the new government. He therefore, authored a book whose title I used for this piece.

The same scenario, I believe, happened to many other African nations including South Sudan the newest country in the world. For those who have not come into contact with Kiswahili, “uhuru” means freedom as the equivalent in English language.

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By John Deng Diar Diing, Mombasa, Kenya

Thursday, May 16, 2019 (PW) —– When my dad, who was then residing part-time in our Court Centre, Pawel (Kongor Centre) came that particular evening to tell my grandmother that a war had broken out in Mading (Bor) between South Sudanese soldiers and the Arabs and that there was a mass exodus of students, soldiers and civil servants from Bor. I thought it was an intermittent event that was going to come to a quick halt. These students and soldiers formed the first Battalions of Jamus, 105 and Tiger.

When he came back five days later to inform us that the leaders of the soldiers were around and that Arabs were chasing them, I thought it was just a government chasing criminals. But then he talked of this balded plump and stoic man who was the leader of the soldiers. He called and advised them to look after the population and went on to inform them that a war that needed human and materials support had just begun. They should therefore be ready to mobilize human and material resources for the cause.

It was when my dad came back a month later to tell us that all the teachers and students had followed soldiers and their leaders to the East, and that all the schools were closed when I realized that something serious was going on because uncle Daniel Ajith Garang Bior and nephew Bior-bedru were not going to continue with their schooling which I enjoyed seeing them doing.

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By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Augustino Jadalla Wani, Governor of Jubek State, South Sudan
Augustino Jadalla Wani, Governor of Jubek State, South Sudan

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (PW) –- Two or three weeks ago Peter Mayen Majongdit, the Liberal Party leader, was ambushed and hit by “snipers” on the stairs of the luxurious Dembesh Hotel in Juba. Some observers alleged that the act was political in nature. However, there is need to discern a bigger picture. The incident at the hotel had politics thrown in the mix to score targeted “assassination” of a promising rival.

South Sudan is not yet completely weaned from the old system in the Sudan where sharia law prohibits among others; sex outside marriage, alcoholic drinking and theft. Since the time of the first mayor of Juba, Mr. Al Haj Babala, Juba City Council (JCC) has been at the forefront of moral crusade to rid the city of nightclubs, bars and brothels. The subsequent mayors tried to maintain the momentum with little success.

In 2019, things have escalated as reported by Ugandan Daily Monitor as well as Sudan Tribune online. Approximately, on Friday, 10 May, 2019 the governor of Jubek State issued a decree banning nightclubs, bars, and brothels from operating in the city. The same decree went as far as banning donations; financial or otherwise from “immoral” nations to his perfect state.

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Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Monday, 13 May, 2019 (PW) – A protest may mean complaint or objection against something one feels is not right. A protest can be carried out through demonstrations on the streets such as we recently witnessed in Algeria and Sudan leading to ousting of long-term dictators; Bouteflika and Bashir.

Ordinary people in those countries felt that the two leaders no longer had what it takes to remain at the apex of those countries going forward. On the other hand, the two presidents wanted to perpetuate themselves contending that the problems at hand in those countries can’t be solved by anyone else but themselves. This was their thinking despite acute national or international failures under their watch.

The social media or Facebook has been hatching a possible protest in South Sudan come May 16 2019. May 16 of 1983 is the well-known rebellion date celebrated since 1984. Major Karbino instigated a deserving mutiny in the town of Bor on that very day leading to the formation of the SPLM/SPLA shortly thereafter. One of the objectives of the SPLM/SPLA was to fight for freedom for the whole country. This objective, proved elusive even after the country ending up divided along original north/south divide. Neither the north nor the south is free today.

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By Kocrup Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

Lt. Gen. Akol Koor Kuc, Director of the South Sudan's National Internal Security Services (NISS)
Lt. Gen. Akol Koor Kuc, Director of the South Sudan’s National Internal Security Services (NISS)

Sunday, May 12, 2019 (PW) — The undue and fabricated allegations and malicious propaganda leveled against Gen. Akol Koor Kuch and the President Salva Kiir, are just but witch hunt by the devotees of well-known acquisitive and despicable rebel’s leaders. It beats sense for one to imagine that the National Security Services (NISS) director Gen. Akol Koor can be at the focus of fanning anarchy in the country; and to what end!

The fallacious report that South Sudan NISS boss is behind the current combat breakout against the civilian by use of unknown gunmen is all diversionary tactics employed by the known rebel groups out to achieve political gain in eccentric and undemocratic means.

We all can attest to the fact that before and in the aftermath of South Sudan’s Independence, the country has been awash with proliferation of firearms. As a result of protracted civil war in the old Sudan; the vast majority of our people have armed themselves to the teeth all in the aims of fighting against Khartoum’s oppressive regimes during the war of liberation struggle.

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Sunday, May 11, 2019 (PW) — Governor Augustino Jadalla of Jubek state has issued a gubernatorial decree banning Jubek state government from receiving any money, donations or material support, from all immoral countries that have night clubs, disco, bars and night music shows in their cities.

“We are no longer accepting monetary donations or materials support from the US, the UK, the EU, Chinese, Japanese, Uganda, Kenya and all other immoral countries,” the governor declared after meeting President Kiir to brief him on his seminal decision.

“Due to immoral acts being carried out at the night clubs, disco, night bars and night music shows of these evil nations, the state government has issued gubernatorial decree to cease from accepting money donations or materials support from all immoral nations,” he emphasized as if to demonstrate the determination of his state government.

“Imagine they do not ask for a marriage certificates for couples seeking accommodation at their hotels and lodges,” he sighed in utter bewilderment that betrayed his frustration at the amount of evils being condone around the world.

The Hyped May 16th Uprising in South Sudan is a Hoax, Forget It

Posted: May 10, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Grarang Michael Mamingdit, Nairobi, Kenya

Friday, May 10, 2019 (PW) —- I’m not here to condemn or disregard political views of the architectures of what clearly looks like another dishonest attempt to mock the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. To pitch a shot at the thin lines between possibilities and impossibilities, I do expect a degree of skepticism and disagreement from the uprising planners with me on this matter but nonetheless, I’m obliged as a fellow citizen to zoom in with my two cents on the realities. An uprising is a coup, either violent or none-violent. So, take it with a grind of salt if necessary. 

Folks, let’s agree to disagree. I agree, our nation is crying for peace. I agree problems are weighing heavier than solutions. Many are poorer, destitute and desperately surviving than living. Our sailors seemed tired and our boat is trembling, trying to weather the storms. I agree we need change either in form or shape. But any desperate, ill motivated approach borrowed from somewhere just because it worked there, and use it as a “quick fix” to such a complex and complicated political problems will only unprecedentedly plunge the country into further anarchy and chaos. 

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”You have freedom of speech but freedom after speech is not guaranteed”. ~ Idi Amin Dada

By Bol Chol Kucdit, Juba, South Sudan

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

Friday, May 10, 2019 (PW) — Former President of Uganda, Idi Amin Dada was called ruthless dictator but he had a lot to be admired. I would like to borrow his statement to relate it to South Sudanese madness on social media and other media outlets. It has been observed that African especially South Sudanese are always taking thinks excessively; they always overdo everything. They don’t analyse the disadvantage(s) of excess of everything.

You can easily testify to this fact through the way some people subscribe to tribalism; the way they subscribe to European football fanning and the way they subscribe to politico-gossiping business. They are also taking excessively the alcohol (Makoyo) even young men in the cattle camps; many fall in love dearly with (Shisha smoking) without age limit.

Therefore, in the light of the foregoing title, social media, print media and broadcasting media are highly abused in South Sudan. Some people created pseudo names and accounts on Facebook and other social media forums to attack other people and caused confusion for no reason. Our people need prayers to understand the limit of all the rights enshrined in the Transitional constitution, 2011 as amended and other laws in force.

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COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 67th EXTRA-ORDINARY SESSION OF IGAD COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ON THE SITUATION IN SOUTH SUDAN7TH MAY 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 (PW) — The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 67th Extra-Ordinary Session on 7th May 2019 in Juba, South Sudan, under the chairmanship of H.E. Gedu Andargachew, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to deliberate on the status of the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) and the way forward. 

The meeting was attended by H.E. Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda; Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan; H.E. Hirut Zemene, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; H.E. Abdulkadir Ahmedkheyr Abdi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia; Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Chief Administrative Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Mohamed Ali Hassan, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti; and H.E. Isam Idris Ibrahim, Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Sudan.

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By Marial Mabor Turic, Rumbek, Lakes State

Western Lakes State governor John Deng Mamer Yuol addressing a rally in Rumbek
Western Lakes State governor John Deng Mamer Yuol addressing a rally in Rumbek

Monday, May 6, 2019 (PW) —- Flinching a brief, political disparities in Lakes had never been a honeymoon, and the fact remains the politics has been a game of deprivation, denial and unequal participation of our varied communities. Following the list below of our prominent figures who led our current states as governors, much would be learned and realized from them depending on the political environment each of them had endured.

1. Hon. John Lat

2. Hon. Daniel Awet Akot

3. Hon. Telar Ring Deng

4. Hon. Chol Tong Mayay

5. Maj Gen Matur Chut Dhuol

6. Hon. Makoi Bol Kodi

7. Maj Gen Matur Chut Dhuol

8. Hon. John Deng Mamer

Hon. John Lat Makoi, who assumed gubernatorial leadership of our state after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in Naivasha Kenya 2005. Hon. John Lat, who hails from Cueibet currently Gok State was a former Chief of Military Intelligence was appointed by Dr. John Garang, as he was tasked to intervened in what was levelled to be the worst internal crisis ever in the country.

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Riek Machar
Riek Machar

IGAD – Friday May 03, 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The meeting of the leadership of the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2 to 3 May 2019.

At the meeting, the Parties took stock of the status of the implementation of the R-ARCSS, identified progress made, challenges encountered and deliberated on the way forward and agreed on a roadmap. The Parties observed that key Pre-Transitional tasks that are critical for the formation of the Revitalized Government of National Unity such as the cantonment, screening, training, unification and deployment of forces and the determination of the number and boundaries of state are pending.

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Twic East Elections in the United States of America: Why You Should Vote for Bany Lual Bul Manyok

By Ajang Bior Ajang, Eldoret, Kenya

Twic East Community in the USA

Friday, May 3, 2019 (PW) — I am very impressed with the current campaigns in the US, I must confess! The gears are on perilous mode as we march towards the finishing line. We’ve seen Twi citizens beyond the US borders, whose participation in these elections is not legally binding, taking serious roles of campaigning for the candidates of their choice. I will not be different from them though I will be scrutinizing the ideals of the two camps; this will assist us in making the right choices when we get to the ballot in July.

Choices have consequences! I believe this is the reason as to why responsible members of our community are racing against time to feed us with the right information as captured in the platforms of the two political divides in this political campaigns. Your agenda is your identity in an election and therefore they’re very right to sell their ideals.

However, Have you made up your mind? Whose platform squarely has the interest of the community at heart? Well, I will not vote, but were I to cast a vote my choice would be loud and crystal clear; I would cast it in favor of LUAL BUL MANYOK! Yes, I mean team ONE VISION! 

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The unheard peaceful protest of health workers across South Sudan

Posted: May 3, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Liberty Brown, Juba South Sudan

Friday, May 3, 2019 (PW) — Earlier this year, the National Ministry of Health introduced a harmonized scale named, “Health Workers harmonization Incentive Scale”. This scale is a degrading scale instead of upgrading all the health workers of different categories. It ranges from Medical Doctors to supportive staffs (cleaners & watchmen), the money were reduced to the level that you can even bite the decision maker of this scale with your teeth in case you meet him face to face.

The person is none other then the long serving undersecretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Makur Matur Koriom and the other high position holders in the Ministry including H.E the Minister. The three pages letter was subjected to all the NGOs & NNGOs supporting health services across the state and more especially the non-independent ones getting their funds from Health pool Funds/healthful Funds.

The salaries were reduced into incentives of which these health workers are not Government health workers to entail incentives. Their names are not in the Government payroll/pay sheets and this scale is affecting South Sudanese nationals only excluding the favoured foreigners who are of the same qualifications as the nationals.

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By Dr. James Okuk Padiet (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Dr. James Okuk, professor of political science at the University of Juba, South Sudan

Thursday, May 02, 2019 (PW) — This article is written with informed intention to provide constructive way forward for the Parties, the Stakeholders and Guarantors who signed the 2018 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to overcome the stalemate on the polemics of establishment of the Revitalized Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) on 12 May 2019 as expectedly agreed in the peace deal. The author contextualizes this problem technically with a cogent proposal for pragmatic exit and soft landing in peace that would avoid rush for disastrous crash. The objective is to persuade the Parties and Guarantors to reach a consensus on deferring the formation of RTGoNU not later than 12 September 2019.

The suggested limited extension of pre-transitional period by 4 months has to be justified by reasonable evidence rather than malicious whims so as not to risk the R-ARCSS for a second relapse. It is hoped that the extraordinary meeting of the leadership of the Parties and mediation Guarantors of the R-ARCSS in Addis Ababa on 2 – 3 May 2019 would quickly break the deadlock and ensure that the peace process is kept moving on the right track of the critically agreed priorities and timely benchmarks. This must be reinforced urgently by IGAD Council of Ministers Meeting followed by Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government, which should untangle any emerging complication or confusion that may scare the undesirable hell out of purgatory of unpredictable contradictory South Sudan.

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By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Alfred Taban Logune
Alfred Taban Logune, South Sudanese veteran journalist and politician

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (PW) — On Saturday, April 27, 2019, South Sudan lost one of its pioneer journalist; Alfred Taban, the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the Juba Monitor Newspaper. Taban was born in Kajo-Keji in 1957. In 1976, he joined the University of Khartoum as a medical student majoring in medical laboratory sciences. He studied for the duration of three years, but then his education was interrupted by political problems.

Due to his love for writing, Taban had begun writing articles for the Nile Mirror Newspaper and the South Sudan Magazine. He extended his writing to advocacy work by becoming the chairman of the Kajo-Keji Student Union. Due to his advocacy work on behalf of the people of Southern Sudan, this created conflict between him and the Sudan government.

Alfred Taban Logune, South Sudanese veteran journalist and politician

According to Taban, “They didn’t like my politics and I didn’t like their politics, so conflict was inevitable.” While problems persisted in his life, Taban continued to focus on his studies and received high marks. When he sat for his final third year exams, the School of Medicine at the University of Khartoum informed Taban that he had failed the exams and would be required to repeat his third year.

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Final Report on Our Trips conducting Educational Development Researches Across China, 2017-2019

Prepared by Mr-John Monyluak Thon Lal, Master’s Degree Student/ Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua City, China

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao

Introduction

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (PW) — The report will focus on all trips; most of focus will be Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Wuhan and Beijing. But before disseminating the report in details, let explain my bona-fide start for coming to China, first was a initial and a wonderful admission, after when Zhejiang Normal University decided to enroll me as a Master Degree student in The Program of Comparative Education; I officially made my decision to came and study here, because never forgot that a chance came at once and go.

My desire for study in abroad I was specifically interested to study in probably two Countries, the China and Japan, the reason behind this, I though that I am naturally socialistic when viewing the way I want people to live, people should respect each other, always smile, do right things and refrain from bad ones. The humanism should be guided base on natural norms sharing of equal opportunities and cooperation.

These two Countries should have these principles most importantly China. Because I learned a lot about China History especially Mao Zedong and Confucius their history is well known worldwide, These are the reasons allowed me to came, this report will much talk of trips that we had last year in Hangzhou, Wuhan as well as the development in Hangzhou and this University, it will also in collaborate the trip that we had in Beijing.

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