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Public Service Announcement: The So-called Opposition and the Conspiracy to Preserve the Status quo

By Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Fellow South Sudanese!

Friday, March 1, 2019 (PW) — In these uncertain times in our people’s history, it is a matter of survival for us to be vigilant in the defense of our hard-won freedom. The current civil war has now entered its fifth year. With no end in sight for the war and peace being so elusive, it is easy to be confused about current events in our beloved country. The hardliners within the regime -the traditional elites- have made peace a zero-sum game and to them, “peace”, means the maintaining of a status quo that is untenable.

The position of the Movement and that of the regime are diametrically opposed; with the regime insisting on maintaining the status quo and the people’s movement advocating for radical reforms. This has made the parties to the conflict view peace as a hostile venture. In this struggle for political survival, the SPLM (IO) has been fighting a war of self-defense against an unpopular regime, while at the same time trying to unite other revolutionary forces in the country.

The people of South Sudan should understand that not all groups purporting to be “opposition”, are in fact opposed to the regime and not all the interest groups within the regime are for the status quo. Anyone who wants to maintain the status quo in our country is the enemy of the people of South Sudan. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) is a political force opposed to the regime and it is a coalition of revolutionary forces who have come together with the objective of bringing about fundamental change in our country.

The following are a few points to help understand the situation with the “opposition” in our country. (more…)


By Kuach Loch Garang Deng, Calgary, Canada

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Wednesday February 27, 2019 (PW) — If President Kiir Mayardit needs to be taken serious by South Sudanese that his intentions are good and that he means peace, then his ongoing tour of Greater Bahr El Ghazel should not have taken place now because it is not a priority. His first visit should have started in the most affected war-torn region of Greater Upper Nile followed by Equatoria. The tour of Greater Bahr El Ghazel should have come last.

This post-war tour should have happened when the designated First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar arrives in Juba. Once these leaders of the warring parties who are now peace partners are with Kiir’s government arrive to Juba, they would held their hands and walk side by side as a sign of a genuine return of peace to the country and they then jointly begin the dissemination of peace, and promotion of reconciliation and national healing. The young country underwent a very traumatizing experience as a result of catastrophic and senseless five years’ war which was ended by the R-ARCSS.

A tour that includes opposition leaders would have sent an assuring message to the people of Greater Upper Nile that peace had indeed returned to the country and that the President and his Vice President were no longer enemies as demonstrated by their joint peace tour. President Kiir Mayardit would have had an opportunity to outline his plans on how he intend to maintain peace which has return to the young nation and how to bring services to the war affected communities.

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Wednesday February 27, 2019 (PW) —- The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) Interim Chairperson, Amb. Lt. General Augostino Njoroge, on Tuesday reiterated that the full restoration of the rule of law is key to the future of South Sudan.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the two-day stakeholder’s meeting on security laws organized by the National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC) in Juba, Amb. Njoroge noted, “This forum is critical and has provided an excellent opportunity for the organized sectors of South Sudan society, including civil society, youth, women groups and government institutions to give feedback to NCAC on the proposed amendments”.

The meeting which was attended by various representatives from different institutions discussed The SPLA Act, 2009; The National Security Service Act, 2014; The Police Service Act, 2009; The Prisons Service Act, 2011 and The Wildlife Service Act, 2011. (more…)


By Baak Chan Yak, Wau, South Sudan

IGAD peace deal in limbo

IGAD peace deal in limbo

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (PW) — Since ancient times, many philosophers have tried to find the formula for peace. Although it seems simple, it is actually the most difficult thing to establish both a country and for its inhabitants.

To live in peace is not necessary to eliminate the differences, but it is important to learn to respect the points of view of all around us.

When you live in the absence of peace people lead really difficult lives. Today it seems that peace is being eliminated more and more worldwide.

It is not only an evil that is the responsibility of governments, but it is also something that is up to each person. Each individual can choose to lead a life that is free of resentment and negative feelings. (more…)


Dear Mr. President, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, as you visit the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region, remember that Lou Ariik Community has a big, fresh wound in their hearts

By Ariik Atekdit, Wau, South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — With absolute respect of your capacity as a President of the country, I am writing to you this letter and I hope you will have a chance to read it or somebody to converse it to you. And as you plan to visit your home region Bahr el Ghazal, it is important to collect and solve all the pains that have been created by your various administrators who you have posted to govern the population.

The region is complaining here and there in your name and you are almost to be hated than being love as a son. Most of the complaints are about lack of development to the local population. There are no road connections in the larger parts of Bahr el Ghazal. But above all there are no life-serving services like health facilities and schools especially in the area of Lou Ariik County, my village.

And to make the things worst Mr. President, histories of certain areas are being tarnished, distorted and thrown away as rubbish by your field administrators who represent you to the community and business individuals who have wrongly got money in their hands while cheating your administration for a claim on the services delivery. (more…)


Dear Mr. President, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, as you visit the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region, remember that Mabior-Yar community in Tonj begs you to rescue them from political marginalization

By Madau Madut Madau, Kampala, Uganda

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — This is a patriot’s open letter to the president, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, of the Republic of South Sudan. Dear Mr. President, seeking appointment by our community or going through protocols will not deliver my urgent letter to you. I as a son of this nation on behalf of our community (Mabior-Yar community of Tonj State) with all honor beg you Mister President to go through my letter.

Your Excellency the president, please accept my sincere thanks for your great leadership derived from your great ideology and the durable purpose sandwiched with a patriotic vision and relentless courage. This good courage gave birth to the sustained resistance against acts of oppression, repression and forms of injustice in the then Southern Sudan during the liberation struggle.

Your Excellency the president, you launched a purposeful and protracted struggle to bring freedom to people of the South, which is South Sudan today. This set of wonderful qualities as God’s gifts in you included the patriotic spirit, the zeal and zest, and the perseverance measured by the innumerable sacrifices you encountered during the struggle. Thumb up my President! (more…)


By Peter Khor Bullen, Juba, South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — Love and lust are the dominant desires that rule the blood stream of man. They both connect you to the one you love and sometimes stained you and your relationship. But this is not the argument many lovers put forth. They always confess that, without love; there will be no life. Citing the creation of Adam by arguing that; it was because of love that Adam was created from dust and life was breathed unto his lung to acquire living and to see the beauty of the world.

Eve was also plug out from in between Adam’s ribs because almighty love Adam to own a wife though there are no women in Heaven. Don’t raise your eye brows yet, I have an argument for that claim. However; the lust goons argue their character and lase it with other sweet texture. They says, without lust; there will be no world. According to them; it was out of lust that God create the whole universe.

The disagreement from lovers is based on the fact that; if indeed God create the whole world out of lust, then; it is an evidence that lead to the gigantic flood of Noah and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. According to them, Love never turn to be destructives but lust does, as it result to the murder of Uriah by King David. Love and lust don’t turn destructives to mankind because there is a natural rule of law and justice system moderating their existence. (more…)


By Ariik Atekdit – Wau, South Sudan

Pan-Africanism

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — If my name is John and I speak English language so fluently and I put on English gentleman’s suit in the village and refuse to sit on my African traditional mat or skin then I am culturally invaded.

If I claim to have forgotten my mother tongue because of my 10 years in town, then I am culturally lost.

And again if I support all sport teams and clubs in foreign lands in the West, all against my African ones. If I can memorize dozens of western clubs and their players when I can’t know, how many clubs are in my country or could I remember one name of my national best players, then I am made to hate my values.

If I buy all sports clothes from the European teams and with faces of their players on. What is it that will show in me that I am an African? (more…)

Tribute to late Journalist Albino Deng Juach

Posted: February 26, 2019 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Columnists, Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 26, 2017 (PW) —Another powerful intellect has gone!

The world has become so mean to the extent of swallowing human alive?

26th February 2019 will remain one of the days where my heart was choked by thorns of disbelief and acceptance.

I came to know Albino Deng Juach through his commentary writings in the Citizen Newspaper/This Day Newspaper, The Star-Tribune Newspaper and the Dawn Newspaper where we both contributed as column writers.

When I got the news of his death through the Dawn Newspaper issue 880 I was devastated and could not belief it had happened and for sure it has happened. (more…)


Higher Education South Sudan: Action Research to investigate quality of teaching and challenges, in higher education reform in South Sudan – Upper Nile University Case Study

 Mr John Monyluak Thon Lal,  MA/Student Zhejiang Normal University, China

Higher Education in South Sudan

Table of content

Dedication——————————————————————————————————-4

Acknowledgement———————————————————————————————5

Abstract———————————————————————————————————-6

1-1 Introduction————————————————————————————————-7

1-2 Statement of the Problem——————————————————————————–9

1-3 Objective of the Study———————————————————————————-10

1-4 Research Questions————————————————————————————–11

Literature Review

2-1 Background of Higher Education———————————————————————–12

2-2 Higher Education—————————————————————————————–14

2-3 Budget in Use———————————————————————————————15

2-3-1 Research methodology——————————————————————————–16

2-4 Data Analysis———————————————————————————————17

2-5 Economic challenges———————————————————————————–19

2-6 Conclusions———————————————————————————————–20

2-7 Reflections————————————————————————————————22

2-7-1 Recommendations————————————————————————————-23

2-8 References————————————————————————————————-29 (more…)

Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth declares a Coup against VP Taban Deng Ghai

Posted: February 25, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan


Press Statement from JSC-USA – Notice of Collective Name: Communities in Jonglei State must be called Jieng Ë Jonglei

Monday, February 25, 2019 (PW) — It is with ultimate understanding to inform all South Sudanese, and Jieng’s communities that the Jieng’s subtribes in South Sudan’s Jonglei state must be referred to as Jieng Ë Jonglei. This is reality that South Sudanese in all corners of the world must digest. For quite sometimes, the Jieng’s subtribes on the East Bank of the White Nile River have been wrongly referred to as Jieng Ë Bor while the reality is that Dinka’s tribes in Jonglei are: Hol Dinka, Twic Dinka, Bor Dinka, and Nyarweng Dinka. These Jieng’s tribes are distinct ethnic groups.

There are very important timelines that people need to be mindful of: In 1928, the Bor Dinkas in what was Mangalla Province were transferred to the Upper Nile Province, and into Duk District inhabited by Hol Dinka, Twic Dinka, Nyarweng Dinka, Nuer Lou and Nuer Gawaar. The Jieng District( Hol Dinka, Bor Dinka, Twic Dinka, and Nyarweng Dinka) became known as the Bor-Duk District starting from 1928 till the 1950s when the hyphenated District’s name faded away. It was around the same period that Abong District was dissolved, and Lou Nuers in Duk District were transferred to newly created Akoba District. In the same move, Nuer Gawaar were transferred to Fangak District and co-joined with Luac Dinka, Rut Dinka, Paweny Dinka, Thoi Dinka, Nuer Lak and Thiang Nuer.

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Public Service Announcement: The Failure of the SPLM and the Illusion of SPLM Reunification

By Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Saturday, February 23, 2019 (PW) — Fellow South Sudanese, as the SPLM aristocracy continues to make political maneuvers to help them stay in power, it is important that our people remain vigilant in order to avoid a complete loss of their hard-won struggle for self-determination. It would be marvelous if the wounds inflicted on our people could be healed magically by the SPLM reunification. The problem with the reunification however, is that the SPLM reunification comes partly as a result of a misdiagnosis of the problem and partly as a tactic by the SPLM(IG) to isolate the SPLM/SPLA(IO).

This is part of the regimes long term strategy, it is part of their futile attempts to continue usurping the people’s power. The catalyst to the current civil war, as we all know, was the failure of leadership in the SPLM. What has changed since December 6, 2013 that justifies this reunification that can convince the public their failures have been overcome? In order to have a more concrete understanding of this failure, it is paramount that we breakdown the genesis of this failure:

Beloved Countrymen/women!

1. The genesis of the SPLM leadership failure can be traced back to the unfortunate manner in which the first Chairperson of the SPLM, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, met his end.

2. To this day, the leadership which emerged and formed the government after the demise of our first Chairman, has never made public the results of the investigation into the crash which killed him. (more…)

South Sudan and the Inhumanity of the Death Penalty

Posted: February 22, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, law, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Kur Ayuen Kou, Melbourne, Australia

Friday, February 22, 2019 (PW) — I am deeply appalled by the continuous use of death penalty as the best form of punishment in our fractured society. In a span of one week, South Sudan has carried out six executions on inmates, some of who have not exhaust all their legal options, including the right to appeal for clemency to His Excellency the President of the Republic. REST IN PEACE!

This is a worrisome development in a country that is preaching forgiveness, tolerance and peace. It’s very painful that the government can embark on this undertaking when it has other weighty state responsibilities.

As concerned citizen of our nascent Republic, we are call to duty when the responsibility knocks on our doors. The duty to protect, preserve and defend the constitution does not only lie with the government, it’s a collective responsibility of every citizen. Our national heroes including our President gave their lives to liberate millions of us from the bondage of slavery. (more…)


By Majok Arol Dhieu, South Sudan

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019 (PW) — I wish, if I were close to president Kiir to tell him that another hole is created behind him to fall in. Did I hear it very well over the SSBC Radio news that one day’s pay will be cut from the salaries of all civil servants to support implementation of the peace deal? My God! Is this a decision to deduct one day from civil servants is real or the government has find a way to blanketed the six months unpaid with this decision?

In simplest calculations, one day pay for someone getting one thousand five hundred South Sudanese pounds is fifty pounds. Then, five millions South Sudanese pounds will be raised by one hundred thousand civil servants, equivalent to eighteen thousand eight hundred sixty-seven dollars at the rate of two hundred sixty-five South Sudanese pounds per dollar.

Who is the cleanest person in the Ministry of Finance or in the committee to keep this money? Does this decision involved army? Is this a scenario of robbing Peter in order to pay Paul? The statement is somewhat ambiguous to be understood.

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I Miss You Malakal City

Posted: February 19, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Ariik Mawien Atekdit, Kuajok, South Sudan
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (PW) — I miss you Malakal. It had been a long while without seeing your view. As politics of S. Sudan so much affected your affairs. We got so much uprooted and our direction got lost as we dashed to UNMISS as we hid for surviving.
We badly left behind our beautiful places in town including Dingri-shufu, al-Bam, al-Thorat, Hai Matar, Malakia, Luakat & Hai Salaam.
We badly missed the unnumbered hospitalities & and the generosities of the communities and the joy of cultures of Upper Nile.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, February 18, 2019 (PW) —A spoon that shines through out its longevity carries a shadowy pride of its manufacturer.

Culture represents the artistic choices, behavioral pattern, religious diversity, and other belief patterns of a particular people. The way in which a certain society develops has a key role in the development of its culture and language. Superstitions and moral upbringing of a society also have a lot to do with its culture. Even though art is an expression of individuals in the society, when it is loved by a lot of audience in the society, it becomes a part of the collective culture of the society in which the people live.

When a cultural practice persists to exist for long, it becomes a part of tradition.

Congratulations to Jieeng daa Australia for the great ingenuity of teaching young children their cultural way of living, wrestling and dancing have been part of Jieeng celebrated historical lifestyle. (more…)


By Wol Deng Akech, Juba, South Sudan

Late Justice Wuol Makec, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan1

Late Justice Wuol Makec, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Sudan1

 1. INTRODUCTION 

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — 15th January 2019 marked the second anniversary since his Lordship Justice John Wuol[i] Makec left us and being one among his enormous academic products/beneficiaries, I deem it necessary to pen down some of his indomitable deeds. It is in this course that I wish to speak of and dedicate this piece to Late Justice John Wuol Makec. Due to insufficient information concerning his long service and time factor at my disposal, I may not be able to describe this celebrated judge of our country in every detail. But to start with, perhaps, Justice A. K. Sikri of the Supreme Court of India’s dictum in the landmark case of Justice K. S. Puttaswamy & others v. Union of India & others also known as Aadhaar case[ii], is more pertinent in describing late Justice John Wuol Makec. A. K. Sikri J writing for the majority of the Court stated:

“It is better to be unique than the best. Because, being the best makes you number one, but being unique makes you the only one”

Indeed, Justice Wuol was a great distinguished unique judge. In this paper, my attempt is not to place late Justice Wuol as number one among his colleagues whether in politics, legal fraternity or academia but to show his only uniqueness among many, a uniqueness which remains hardly and rarely seen nowadays. This makes him a man to be remembered by all forever. Such figurative narration of being the best is not aimed at in any way in this work; but it should be noted that it is merely to avoid sparking unnecessary debate. This piece of writing may also be treated as a memory and an appeal to all public institutions and individuals/persons who in one way or the other have served with, under or benefited from the service delivered by this great legend of our country to think of thanksgiving for him. (more…)


As South Sudanese may be searching for peace let us also be mindful of our national sovereignties with neighbors, the case of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia in the South Sudan peace agreement.  

By Dut Agostino Agei, Pro peace institute, Oslo University, Norway

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President Kiir and Museveni in Kampala, October 2014

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — In several peace agreements, South Sudanese in one way or another have done whatever was necessary to bring peace in South Sudan. Thank you South Sudanese leaders for peace agreement. Peace is a fundamental human right principle that can in addition be found in Geneva law of convention.

The instability started by the time internal distrubants occurs in our nation across different duration collapsed national economy and causes masses displacements into African regions and eventually into the world. Such a fragile situation in the new African nation capture the attentions of international medias outlets made of the guardian, New York time, Aljazeera, wall street Journal and even BBC world that mounted pressure of peace to South Sudan ruling elitist. This was by international communities as well as the UNSC.

In response different helms of our national institutions of governance carry out whatever was necessary to bring peace and stability in South Sudan in an attempt of humanitarian call for peace in South Sudan. However, all these processes of peace finding involves scenarios where South Sudanese find themselves in reunions with African nations where governments at some points claim a certain place in South Sudan. I am going to be proves either right or not when I cite Sudan, Egypt & Ethiopia in that order. (more…)


By John Youhanes Magok, Juba, South Sudan

The Treasure of South Sudan

Friday, February 15, 2019 (PW) — Five month already gone wasted since the signing of the revitalized agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in September 12, 2018. The peace was echo with a wide jubilation in Khartoum, other capital cities in the region and finally it was hauled to Juba with the name “Peace Celebration” under the auspicious of president of the Republic H.E. Salva Kiir Mayradit in the presence of regional leaders among them the main guarantors Omer Al-Bashir of Sudan and his counterpart Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde was among the attendee and other IGAD mediation teams.

The celebration was a good gesture and a new commitment toward peace return in a nation that suffered for the last five years yarning for stability and lasting security. Unfortunately, the event was an analogy of putting chariot before the horse and the hidden load only floated after the celebration, where the main melody turned to be lack of financial “funds” or “Money” to operationalize the terms of the revitalized agreement stipulated in the pre-interim period that is projected to last for eight months to pave a way for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) accommodating the former foes, the fragmented SPLM/A.  (more…)