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The Where have we (citizens) gone wrong and where is the government wrong? Our problem is viewing South Sudan in the lens of others and government problem is failure to learn from its mistakes and crowning the warlords but why? Read on

Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

The current state of RSS

April 19, 2017 (SSB) — It is not necessary all about having a country, there is a different between having a country and managing it. A man who is married many years ago and has kids is not afraid to marry again. A newly married man’s home-management is not the same as who has married years ago because he has learned through his managerial mistakes overtimes compared to who has just married.

Dinka would say that he that has already touched the water is never afraid of walking through it. He that was once jailed is never afraid of prison, once divorced has no fear and shame of divorcing again.

Just like if you are promoted to primary two after having passed in primary one, you cannot perform to the best if you skip primary two for primary three or four. You cannot plant RED PEPPER and expect sorghum’s grain; a man reaps what he sewed/planted. You cannot expect a Lamb after forcing your Billy goat on a she-sheep, never in a million years. You need to first diagnose a sickness before attempting the solution. This is about diagnosis not just prognosis.

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2017’s letter of hope to my heart

Posted: April 5, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in KON Joseph Leek, Poems.

Thorns in the flesh (The heartaches)
Have a heart my beloved
Don’t think I am a fool, I am just broke!
2017’s letter of hope to my heart
By Kon Joseph Leek
You look at my face and grin wide from ear to ear wondering how old-age has damaged my face by replacing its previous smoothness with wrinkles meandering here and there like contours and due to my ignorance, I couldn’t do anything to save it from being such craggy!
No darling, I am not a fool, neither am I ignorant, what you see on my face are not old-age signs, I am just broke to add more flesh where the skin has folded like that one of a lizard. The “fold” is only an opportunistic visitor that’ll not overstay but utilizing a chance exploiting the absence of the flesh to hold up the skin

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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February 23, 2017 (SSB) —- Just like somebody else, I personally became a member of my current tribe simply because someone in the past, one of my fraternal genealogical great grandfathers decided to. My current village whether it’s Kangapo, Nyaken, Abiriu, Lui or Baidit became my last-village because somebody many years ago came and settled here, that alone has granted me an unlimited automatic citizenship of the area.

For the grand reason that we became members of these tribes through migration and resettlement or that our forefathers migrated here then what is utterly wrong for not keeping that flexibility of our grandfathers which helped them to buoyantly blend with others? Can’t we also blend with other diversities just like our ancient dead guys? The word tribe is not complete to itself, it is not eternal, it is not born as a child neither is it born with or in us. Tribe is not what you come out with in the womb, neither is it that too specific and definite that once you are a Kachipo or Lokoyo you would always be that!

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This article is about how tribe is submerging the State, how we are more loyal to our nations that our State, how we use the tribal tickets to be crowned ministers or generals and later fence ourselves with our tribes to save the State

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

The current state of RSS

February 15, 2017 (SSB) — The word tribe is by itself unique, it shows us our identity and origin when pronounced, it shows us our roots. Group of people often of related families who live together sharing the same language, culture and history is its definition according to Cambridge Dictionary. The word TRIBE becomes too witch-hunting when it become tribalism (having very strong feeling of loyalty to your tribe) especially when used at the expense of the STATE

Still, there is no problem with tribalism on the context of existence as tribes alone and on the scenario where there is no STATE. When you put the interest of your tribe above the State at the expense of many other tribes that makes up the State is what is bad especially when taking advantage of the government position to exploit others

Note that there is no dividing line between the word Tribe and the Nation for they carry less tangible phenomenon than a State. A Nation just like Tribe of course includes tangible people but what create a Nation are less tangible elements. A State is an institution, it’s territorially defined political unit that exercise ultimate authority and that recognize no legitimate external authority over it (John T. Rourke, 1995).

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

February 1, 2017 (SSB) — Is the TGoNU being controversial or something? Early this month (January 2017), the minister of information, broadcasting and postal services who doubles as the government’s spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth made the dispatch on the media that the regional protection force (RPF) mandate has expired in Dec/2016.

He advised that since the RPF is not exactly the same thing as UNMISS and UNMISS mandate has been extended for a year which is due to end late this year, Hon. Makuei said that the UNSC can however renew the RPFs’ mandate if there is a need to do so since no any institution can work on an expired agreement.

Hon. Makuei, according to him was putting light on wrongly received message of the Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang who had earlier said as reported by the media that there was no need for the RPF in South Sudan as there was nothing they would come and do since the SPLA had put the situation under control – a statement which was criticized by the UNSC.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

dr-diing-chol-daau

On this 3rd anniversary of December 15th: Justice for Dr. Ding Chol Dau

December 20, 2016 (SSB) — It was two hours away from cock-crow. Just like everyone else, I had entered another day; I was only two hours old, it was already Saturday. Night breezes so cold, weather too cool, and calm also pleasurable. The moon standing at 6pm Sun’s position shining brightly with calmness and peace, it was there next to my window with its full view through the open, it was blissful seeing stars sparkling with their random dots like fire flies in the frogs and snakes’ swarmed swamps of Jonglei.

The distant trees’ hilouet were lurking closer to my house. It was great being awake at that time of the night. I thought of old Displaced Camps of Mangalatore, Bamurye, Lobone and Mangali if it were this month, the 12th moon of the year when it was bright and dry with clear barren sky, sectional youths would organize parties at their residences with hand-written posters to invite Others “……….Party, Party, Party tonight In Pande Mr. X. Organized By Pande-Changulooi Youths. From Evening To Morning. Come One, Come Two, Come Three, Come More. Come With Your Sister And Your Chair”.  That was how the content of most posters could look. It wasn’t times for CDs memory cards but cassettes.

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 By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Tribal war of south sudan

Tribal war of South Sudan?

November 23, 2016 (SSB)………and he was declared dead, his acolytes, colleagues, relatives and parents couldn’t help but to mourn, grieve silently in hiding, hiding from fear of being crucified, hiding such that the King’s Angels of ‘darkness and death’ do not get them. They bemoaned in distance – faraway places! In the bushes, valleys and on the mountains for seven days until the agony were gone –until they convinced themselves that he was gone forever and a day, never to return!

Openly crying was the wife, she could not control her voice, the pain in her heart was like a scorpion’s sting, and she couldn’t hold back her tears or at least sit upright but instead lying with her face down! Because of weeping, she was hangovered, her eyes reddened like a drunkard, and her body emaciated due to loss of appetite. Her husband’s death was a big tragedy that had befallen her, at young age she was widowed! Her best friend was gone, her beloved husband was gone. She hated herself for being a rare type, for being beautiful, for being a type men glance at and feels agitated to marry or tempted to touch! She hated herself for being loved, for being a woman. She wished being ‘ugly’ – something the ‘ugliest’ dreaded most!!

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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November 2, 2016 (SSB) — SPLM please you are sleeping and the whole world is awake, please wake up! With the whizzing of bullets by the roadsides and unknown gunmen, does it sound like nightingale’s sound that easily sends your soul to sleep? With hunger striking to the helpless populace of South Sudan, does that seems like dreams to you?

With prices of goods growing tall every day and no signs of being streamed any time soon, doesn’t that make you cut short your snoring? With coupe attempts everywhere every day and numerous rebellion somewhere and you seems to hold your arms akimbo in its admiration, doesn’t it bother you?

With SPLM top officials joining rebellion whenever their sucking or should I say their discriminate grazing is declared over, comes to Juba and appeased with better positions upon return, isn’t that encouragement of more rebellion?

Should South Sudanese blood be the swimming pool those suckers wallow in? Should the national civilians’ heads be the tables their killers’ contracts be signed? Should the corpses of the innocent children, oldies and women be the red carpet organized for the appeased generals and politicians to walk on upon their return?

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

September 6, 2016 (SSB) — Can you catch your breath a bit, pause a little, what is all these hullaballoo about? Is it an attempt of one trying to catch the shadow and loss the substance? Or are you one of those who sell the skin before they catch (kill) the leopard, or that type which shoot first and aim later…..  Should it be that every ass loves himself bray! Calm down all your speculations, it is not over yet! The game (movie) has just begun; you will have enough time to watch it. So relax and give yourself time

It was 2013 and again 2016, same people same Country, do we miss something? Maybe, maybe not. But before we get into that after whatever external solutions that seems to itch us or seems to appreciate and praise, lets first agree that the government has agreed the recent controversy of 4000 UN troops, opposition (I mean G10, IO-Bush and Dr. Lam Akol) wanted an intervention force and the government wanted only the protection force, protection force was however agreed, but still what comes thereafter is Bloodshed! Shame! Thank God we are not having Dr. Riek as the FVP.

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Couldn’t what transpired in J-1 have been saved before worse turned out of it?

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

J-1, South Sudan presidential palace

J-1: South Sudan presidential palace in the aftermath of Friday, July 8th, fighting

July 25, 2016 (SSB) — The report by the government stated that the same Lt. Col. David Rieu who started the incident of Thursday evening (7th, July) which led to the death of five people at Gudele was the one who started 8th of July’s incident. He arrived at the palace besides not being a member of the first vice president’s escort team and provoked the situation and immediately shot dead a presidential guard hence resulting to that fatal incident of Friday which led to the lost of over 300 soldiers all combined (according to the same report).

Both president Kiir and FVP. Riek all claimed to have no knowledge of it. It was separately reported that before Lt. Col. David came, the guards (president Kiir and Dr. Riek’s guards) were discussing and even exchanging cigarettes before the Lt. Col. Suddenly arrived and disturbed the peace. Minutes later, Dr. Riek’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak rushed to hi s facebook page and wrote this and I paraphrased it:

“Fighting erupted inside J1, president Kiir’s palace in the National capital Juba. The president and his commanders attempted to arrest the FVP. Dr. Riek Machar Teny. This came after the president called for a meeting of the presidency in his office with Dr. Machar and VP. James Wani Igga. This turned out to be a setup to arrest and possibly harm Dr. Machar. Fortunately, Dr. Machar’s bodyguards have managed to fight vigorously and rescued Machar. He is now safe! Meanwhile the fighting has continued”. End of quote (facebook post).
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Rocco Taban is a temptation and a huge disgrace of whom Catholic Church should take administrative actions

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Rocco Taban Moussa

“South Sudan is ruled by monkeys, devils and criminals,” sermonizes Father Rocco Taban of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Juba, South Sudan, on June 27, 2016

July 4, 2016 (SSB) — It was sometimes in May [2016] when a number of aggravated youth carried postcards in to Emmanuel Cathedral [Episcopal Church] demonstrating the allowance of Dr. Riek to pray there a week before.

Again last week [26th June], a presiding pastor named Rocco Taban Moussa; an apostolic Administrator for Malakal [having powers equivalent to that of a bishop] turned in to less of what he really is by whimsically crossing beyond his territory by imaginatively rolling out of the pastor’s attires, he might have been out of his sense that time that perhaps made him forgot where he was –he filled his heart with hatred and vomited out a quantity of poisons in the holly place!

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

adwok

South Sudan’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Peter Adwok Nyaba (center), celebrates the first anniversary of the country’s independence in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, on July 9, 2012.

June 27, 2016 (SSB) — Adwok Nyaba is the current minister of higher education. It is one month now since all the five public universities’ lecturers started their sit-down strike in demand of their [three month’s salaries] and some additional incentives or allowances [travel and medical allowances]

 A week after the strike began, Adwok caught the bull by its horn by writing a letter to the chair of strikers to resume their work and wondered why they [strikers] would not understand the economic state of this country, he then directed the vice chancellor of the university of Juba to take immediate actions if they don’t end their unnecessary strike. It was a stern warning to the strikers whom he termed to be unpatriotic for their failure to understand the situation the government is.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

politicians in action

June 20, 2016 (SSB) — Many organizations and institutions have been set up and still are, for time immemorial with rules, visions, and missions. Many thinks they are the rules that are fulfilled, visions followed and aims satisfied but the main driving force behind the accomplishment of the above are the general characteristics of the human decision-making to satisfy the said institution

When a person hears of the institution’s strength, they hardly think of individual’s characteristics behind the strength of the particular institution. Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi [CCM] was and still is strong because of its founder [Julius Nyerere] and those ones who came after him. South Africa’s National Congress [ANC] is still strong because of the same thing. German’s Nazism that led the world to 2nd world war was as well strong and died with its founder Adolf Hitler and so is Mussolini’s fascism. Where does that leave the Sudan People’s liberation Movement [SPLM]?

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

arusha agreement

key actors and institutions of the TGONU

June 13, 2016 (SSB) —- There is nothing basically wrong with South Sudan, whether its soil, climate, air or its people. The trouble merely reclines in the hands of its citizens’ deliberate ignorance to knowing their rights. Late Isaiah Abrahams once said in one of his articles that the government is much lucky to deal with the citizens who do not know their rights.

Another dreadful problem is the unwillingness or the inability of its leaders to rise to their responsibilities. Government’s self appeasement approach of blocking the citizens’ interests for their interests is also another problem.

Our problem is the sailing away of the State from being a possession of the people [citizens] to simply being a possession of its leaders. Citizens are not being given a right to choose which policies they should be governed. The leaders, for too long now are sluicing policies to what only benefits them.

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“This article was published on the 7th of June in Juba, but was not posted here…….” by author

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

riek machar attends Emmanuel Jieng Parish

Riek Machar attends Emmanuel Jieng Parish, May 22 2016

June 13, 2016 (SSB) —- The use of Emmanuel Jieng Cathedral, renamed Emmanuel Cathedral as a forum by the disgruntled politicians who turns demagogue in their search for sympathy making the church turned in to a political ground is just ridiculous; it is spoiling the church values and the stand of the church to the congregation.

I wrote against the chances that are given to the politicians on Sundays in August 2014 under the title; church and politics; what puts one in to the other? Because when the politician talks, the church only divides itself into antagonistic forces; where others claps for whatever the politician says while the rest ridicules it!

Between November 2015 to May 2016 [less than a year], three dramas happened in that church. The first one was the attack against Mama Nyandeng Choldit [Dr. Garang’s widow] by certain woman who thought that Nyandeng was the one who destroyed Bor and has killed many people and therefore couldn’t have been given a chance to speak, she called her a rebel, an IO, a killer and many other words of discourtesy. This attracted public debates between “she [attacker] was wrong” and “she was right” groups but the dust subsidized thereafter.

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Ranting about the infinite disgusting state of this Country will make one develop unnecessary ulcers for nothing, trust me – I have chosen fairytale today to save myself from that

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

corruption and rebellion in RSS

Corruption and rebellion in South Sudan

June 6, 2016 (SSB) — Once upon a time, there lived three friendly animals, Hyena, Leopard and Lion [all carnivorous]. They lived in a vast rhododendron somewhere by the Riverside [River Nile].Their drinking place was a shallow stream, kind of a ford said to be connected to the Nile.

One morning, they woke up hungry and therefore thought of going for hunting which they all agreed. So, they went for hunting across that small stream. They ran, prowled, rushed and stopped, roared and snarled over anything for the whole day and the result was futile, not did they get just a mouse!

Returning back to their dwelling hungry and thirsty, they walked back not talking to themselves, just a deadly silence, they could only hungrily yawn. Their silence was barely interrupted by the beautiful lullaby of the nightingales that were singing in the wilderness– and this helped them pushed their way forward.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

youth for peace in south sudan

May 17, 2016 (SSB) — To me, there is little hope under that neem tree in the centre of Juba City. They call it political tree where all political parties in this land under students’ representation come together in different days to attend the debates conducted by individual party.

I do not know why they call it a debate but I think they know why. It is more of a political rally than a debate because there are no antagonists involved, only the protagonists. The others [those that could have been the antagonists] just stand watching them talk

That neem tree is in the main University of South Sudan, University of Juba. Listening from those youngsters of whom I heard that many of them are setback by those political activities and therefore have spent many years without finishing their studies, I still enjoy their hopeful views and analysis of this State’s situation.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

pray for peace in south sudan

May 17, 2016 (SSB) — War is hell! Burn in a misdirected American napalm attack on the pagoda in which she had sought refuge, 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc flees in terror near the town of Trang Bang, South Vietnam. Over half of the body was charred by third-degree burns from the jellied-gasoline inferno; her two little brothers were instantly incinerated and a third brother also suffered excruciating burns

Nick Ut, the photographer who took Pulitzer price-winning picture of Kim, rushed the girl to a hospital and many have saved her life. But it has not been an easy life. Kim spent over a year in the hospital recovering from her immediate wounds, and she still has massive scars over most of her upper body. Most of her oil and sweat glands were also burned away, she continued to be assailed by migraine headaches, diabetes, breathing difficulty, and chronic pain associated with her trauma.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

kiiRiek, enough for the cameras

May 3, 2016 (SSB)  —-  ‘They shouldn’t have been sworn-in with bibles!’ a young man jokingly said while watching the swearing-in of the cabinet on SS TV last Friday, ‘how do you expect God not to run away from those who consult witch Doctors to help them remain in the cabinet?’ he asked. He believed that for corruption to subsidize from those old faces is to make them traditionally sworn-in for instance, by making them jump over an axe or something because for traditional things are always conditional and for this, they would fear. There is no way you can mix up too powers [Devil for lobbying for a position on one side] and [God for swearing-in on the other side] and expect performance!

But to me, I have no problem at all, whether to be sworn-in with the Bibles or axe doesn’t make any different to me. All we wanted in the first place is this; their unity was all we yearned for. Getting reunited and get back to their feet with their cunning and corn us once again because this is what fate has subjected us to, a new form of punishment; your own mother whipping you with barbed wire, scorpion and fire! It is not news to me and to some of us, for I expected it, seeing the same faces in the system getting back to their usual business of looting the Country with their pistols in their right hands and looting with their left hands!

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Governor Philip Agwer Panyang

Governor of Jonglei state H.E Col. Philip Aguer Panyang [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

April 25, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Is fair distribution tiptoeing to Jonglei or something? I am not going to bore anybody on the unfair distribution that Jonglei had witnessed for the last three months, even if it were given to the Satan himself to do the distribution, he would have been more fair than that! That is already left to the high authority, not to Kuol, Makuei or Aguer or defunct State parliament of Jonglei. Up to date, for three months now, Jonglei’s parliament is non-operational and it will be like that until the MPs’ issue is finally resolved

Here, I am going to write on (1) What prompted the sudden U-turn from Col. Aguer (the governor) to become what he has never been before in the distribution of the nine counties that were given to new Jonglei?; (2) I am also going to talk about whether his last minute sense will make sense to the end; (3) How Aguer is being controversial; (4) How Aguer has stepped on Duk’s tail for the second time; (5) And what Aguer should have done to protect his already fading dignity?

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