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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Does the future of South Sudan lie with the Arabs and the Arab League

Does the future of South Sudan lie with the Arabs and the Arab League

March 26, 2018 (SSB) — This wasn’t long before you where born, it is a live event, it’s a matter of living in Junub and see it all. This is the tale of our journey.

It was several days drive to the Promise Land on a long, dusty rough serpentine road with stuck and logs, uncleared thorns and cactus butts. It passed through the meandering rocky rivers and fords, gorged valleys, thick jungles, windy scorching deserts and to the blissful rhododendron bushes. The driver, our million-pounds-worth-driver successfully drove us through and that wasn’t the end of the journey.

While the Promise Land was some few hundred miles away arrived a murky gigantic swamp swarmed with a million of snakes that looks like thousands of ropes thrown on the mud, frogs whose noisy sounds is as of generators of Konyo-konyo and Jebel markets, fireflies with several sparkling lights flashing as club lights, crocodiles lies there as logs Hippos bulging as rocks and anthills plus other dangerous swamps’ inhabitants.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan in Turmoil

South Sudan in Turmoil, courtesy of the Gov’t, IO, G-10, other opposition groups and UNMISS

February 16, 2018 (SSB) — Prof. James Ngugi wa Thiongo’ in his book entitled as above didn’t exactly mean as the way you would translate it as literally dry and direct but is talking about the political setting and choice of political direction in Kenya. The direction that has gone parallel to the aspirations of the struggle and against the local peoples’ wellbeing and liberty. Go through that book for more details but to me, the context of the piece below is verbatim and goes by the title – not political meandering but social and cultural head-on. This is my encountering with the current phenomenon of the direction we are socially taking, my personal experience which you might have also gone through

Lurking in the darkness with her silhouette formed through the rays of the distant light of the near pub, she smelt rotten like a dead lizard, that bizarre smell of a crashed-on cat, the kind of smell that would punch your nose and made you fall, that pungent whiff of a mature Billy-goat that causes throat sore, the smell of a Turkana woman passing in front of wind – nuisance smells of unwashed armpits for two days!

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Makwei and Lam

Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth, being chatty with opposition leader, Lam Akol Ajawin, at the Addis Ababa Revitalization Forum

December 21, 2017 (SSB) — It is a war, another frontline – the struggle of “to be” (existence) and not “to be” (not to exist). The main thrive is “to be” but who knows the outcome is still being awaited. Man proposes and God deposes remember! Should this be the case?

Let me tell it all, it is just a story – kind of a fairytale, only a fiction of which no reference is made to any person either living or dead, or to any specific historical fact and so any similarity should, of course, have to be treated as purely accidental.

Let me tell it, isn’t bathing stripping off all clothes? Isn’t swimming wallowing in waters? Let me tell it. Everyone knows which side of their bread is buttered and this resulted in betrayal, an innocent dog was betrayed through whimsical decision making.

It caused a terrible mayhem, the victim was later to be regarded as a hero, an innocent victim of a misplaced suspicion and mistrust! Konybaai was shortly declared dead, totally gone never to return forever and a day until resurrection day. No post-mortem was needed, the spear of Dengwhimsical was angrily pieced through its heart intentionally. It was an unprecedented mistake of the entire village in years. Wait a minute, hold there a little, let me take you where and how it all began.

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Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

opinion matters

July 28, 2017 (SSB) — Alfred Taban is not such a too local man of whom you would hear his name and goes to sleep. I knew this man way back in the early 2000s as a BBC Correspondence for Sudan. I didn’t know where he lived neither did I know him but it was okay anyway because great men are only heard, they are hardly seen. He was an eloquent speaker whose voice and wit would increase your penchant for listening. The man whose great work influenced and enticed me to journalism at the times I needed to be a Doctor, medical doctor!

No journalistic leaf that Alfred has left unturned and no journalistic mountain and river that he has not climbed and crossed. There is no doubt that Taban the journalist has finally leaped out of his cherished profession of journalism to a new hole of empty noise, hypocrisy, and bribery – politics!

I am happy that he is representing the great place I studied and grew up from, kajo-keji (Kangapo 1) and I have no doubt in the representation of Kajo-keji, it’s fully represented. That side of the country whether Kangapo 1&2, Kansuk, Kendiri and Bori hardly run short of hard working and genius people only that Juba has made itself the immediate spectacle for easy abstraction that deviates the regime to only pick from here …and not there.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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May 9, 2017 (SSB) — After the death of 29 Jonglei innocent lives and nine wounded along Juba – Bor road as reported by Miraya FM’s Monday morning breakfast show, it was early reported by “the national courier” news agent that more than 30 were confirmed dead and 17 more bodies lying by the roadside in Gemeiza.

What compelled me to writing this note is about how vulgar and myopic some people are in approaching some problems or how stupid they are in their communication’s approach. Word choice and random talk in disorder assemblage that make words themselves appear as hostage situation makes one sometimes lazy in listening because of the lack of clarity in the content put forward by the speaker himself.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

kiiriek

KiiRiek

April 27, 2017 (SSB) — It seems like Juba has arrived at the dust as the animal it was chasing has darted away. It seems like Juba is comfortable with the arrival at dust as the main object they were running after is nowhere to be seen. It’s like the case of a man getting comfortable with the shadow while missing the image it intended to catch, the case of shooting first and aiming later simply to negatively make us happy!

The dollar has climbed to that high climax where it later came down while leaving the prices up. Is this a new phenomenon? When did the dollar start climbing while being followed by the prices in the market and saw the prices brought down thereafter by the authorities?

Will the State’s statement that it would look into the “issue of prices in the market” stand the test of time or is it just a ploy meant to blindfold the public to stay comfortable that magic would happen? What is basically wrong with today’s high price that makes it different from previous high prices that prompted the government to react/respond? And will the government really respond?

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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 Media Ltd. 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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How negative personalities are pushing SPLM into the pit

Posted: June 20, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Columnists, KON Joseph Leek

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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