Archive for the ‘Letters’ Category

By Jesus Panther Deng, Bor, Jonglei State

Dear Mr President,

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (PW) — Greetings, Your Excellency! First, congratulations on your new relationship with opposition leader, H.E Dr Riek Machar Teny, which brought us a much, needed political stability in the entire nation. Your Excellency, as you are celebrating political stability in Juba, the blood of innocent people of Jonglei state is continuing dripping day and night due to increasing cattle rustling occasioned and fanned by the proliferation of illegal arms, lawlessness and poverty.

Your Excellency, the purpose of this letter is to let you and your government know the massacres going on in Jonglei state, to point out your government failures in address the situation and possible future solutions. Your Excellency, on 31st October 2018 as the nation celebrates your new profound political relationship with Dr Riek Machar Teny and other opposition leaders which yielded us peace, the people of Jonglei state your excellency, instead of celebrating with the fellow countrymen and women, they went on with their usual business of wailing, burying, nursing the wounded, mourning and organising of funerals which has gone on now for decades if not centuries, always instigates by arm criminals.

On Tuesday 30th October 2018 when the nation was at euphoria on the eve of peace celebration, your Excellency, the entire state of jonglei came under heavy attacked in different locations just hours to the day of celebration. In Duk Payuel County at the far north of the state, the bunch of bandits believed to be from neighbouring Buma state, Murle tribe’s criminals in particular carried a heavy attack on innocent people which left number of precious lives lost and many scores injuries. This happened on Tuesday just some hours to a scheduled peace celebration day on Wednesday. Similarly, the same place was attack back in November2017 in the same location where over 40 people lost their lives and more than 50 children abducted plus herds of cattle drove away by the same bandits from Murle community. (more…)

Open letter to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan
Kerbino Wol’s Continued Detention – Six Months On
27 October 2018
Your Excellency, 
Kerbino Wol

Kerbino Wol

Saturday, October 27, 2018 (PW) — It was six months ago today, on Friday the 27th of April 2018 when Kerbino Wol Agok was summoned to the premises of the National Security Service and arbitrarily detained upon arrival.

Now six months later, we as concerned citizens feel it is necessary to humbly address Your Excellency on this public platform after unsuccessful attempts to seek answers from the concerned authorities. Wol is a hardworking and dedicated citizen who, like many of his peers, was trying to support those that he can and contribute to national development through his business.  Although we have faith in the leadership of the detaining authorities, Wol’s family, friends and colleagues have unsettling concerns about the fact that they have not had access to Wol and that he continues to be detained without charge after six months.

Before his arrest, Wol was doing his national duty by employing thousands of South Sudanese citizens and supporting youth empowerment through entrepreneurship, education, and sports.  He was working to share his knowledge and business skills with the youth of South Sudan by organizing sporting events, youth activities, and professional courses in keeping with the laws of the Republic.


Dear Dr. Attipoe Olympio, there is a need for your administration to base the recruitment of 600 employees on merits and qualifications

New 500 SSP

Congrats to the Central Bank of South Sudan (BOSS) for the timely introduction of the brand new 500 note – say what you may, but it will surely reduce the risky business of carry huge sacks of 5ssp and 10ssp and 20ssp around Juba, which often attract the dangerous attention of the unknown gunmen and the dogged creditors. FREE AT LAST

Monday, June 25, 2018 (PW) — First and foremost, allow me to appreciate the steps and efforts which you have taken in reforming the non oil sector in South Sudan. The steps and initiatives that you are undertaking will lead to immediate reform of our non oil sector if implemented. We the youth have commended your efforts to develop the economic sector of the young developing nation.

Your appointment to the position of Commissioner General of South Sudan National Revenue Authority is a key step towards economic reform since you are an expert who has experiences in the similar field and therefore we wish you a successful and prosperous period in the office.

Dear Dr. Attipoe Olympio, I really appreciated you for announcing the intention to recruit over 600 employees to work in South Sudan National Revenue Authority. The announcement which you have made to the public has indicated that you are an anti-corruption official who is sincere and open in carrying out the national duties. (more…)

South Sudan Civil Society Forum (SSCSF) – An Open Letter to President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar: The Citizens’ Agenda for your Face-to-Face Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PDF)



An Open Letter to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, His Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit

By 1st LT Lual Akeen Akeen, Nairobi, Kenya


April 4, 2018 (SSB) —- Mr. President, we were engaged and working for the liberation of South Sudan, some of us for decades, as soldiers in the SPLA. Today, however, we are deeply worried about the current state of affairs in South Sudan. We are worried of the lack of credible progress for the future.

The cost of the war is now beyond the words but there seems to be no change as things keep on deteriorating every hour. This situation is not sustainable in the long run. In addition, human sufferings and loss of life is increasing all the times. Over fifty thousand citizens have died since the beginning of the war. Soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend your post are not considered once they are gone.

However, what appears to be clear despite the suffering of the people is the fact that some of those who are tasked with keeping the security of the people of South Sudan are using the power to achieve their own personal political goals. To be specific, I am talking of the National Security (ISB)and its Director General, Akol Koor.


By Amb. Telar Ring Deng, Nairobi, Kenya

Pagan, Malong and Telar

King Paul Malong Awan with Comrade Pagan Amuom and His Excellency Ambassador Telar Ring Deng

March 22, 2018 (SSB) — I write this open letter in response to the most unfortunate incendiary allegations widely circulated by Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and register my utmost disgust and dismay at the allegations posited against my person and circulated to all and sundry with the sole purpose of tarnishing my name.

For starters, it is a fact that is within public domain that my father in law, the late Gen. Andrew Makur Thou has been ailing and was hospitalized in Khartoum. My visit to Sudan was made public from the day I arrived. It is quite unfortunate that you chose to take advantage of this most unfortunate event when we are mourning the passing on of a gallant South Sudanese elder who is also my father in law to spin rhetoric from your very narrow political lenses.

Just to put matters into proper perspective, upon learning of the death of Gen. Makur, the 1st Vice President and Prime Minister of Sudan, H.E. Bakri Hassan Saleh while accompanied by the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General, Engineer, Emad Edeen Mustafa Adawi and his deputy paid us a courtesy call at Gen. Andrew Makur’s residence in Khartoum to condole with the family.


Ref: Condemnation Letter by Lou Nuer Youth Association of Repeated Murle Attack on Bieh State

Murle dancing

February 16, 2018 (SSB) — The Lou Nuer Youth Association in Juba would like to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, a series of provocative attacks launched in the territory of Bieh State by marauding armed Murle men. On the 28th January 2018, Paak, Nyiew and Nyiing payams of Muotdit County were attacked by the armed Murle Youth,3000 heads of cattle were stolen,2,500 of which were recovered after a fierce battle.

On the 6th of Feb 2018, heavily armed Murle Youth attacked Uleng Payam in Padiek County, killing two men and looted more than 500 heads of cattle.On the 4th Feb 2018, the same Murle Youth attacked Pow Bor Payam of Majok County, killing 28 people on the spot, 7 children abducted with a number of people still missing. The stolen cattle were recovered after a heavy engagement with the White Army.


Why Akol Paul Khordit was fired

Telar Ring Deng: An Open Letter to President Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan

Telar Ring Deng

Telar Ring Deng, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Sudan to the Russian Federation

                                                                                                            July 17th, 2017

H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit

The President

Republic of South Sudan

Your Excellency,

February 4, 2018 (SSB) — I would appreciate if you give me an audience with you. But from the outset, I would like to state that unlike any other time that I had been working with you since 2005, frankly speaking, I have never felt such uncertain about the strength of my relationship with you as my President and a friend.

Following Gen Paul Malong Awan’s return from Yirol, for whatever reasons, rumors went around about me being a party to alleged Malong’s ‘coup’. The Governor of Aweil State and others that were perceived to be supporters of the General Malong were dismissed from their positions. It was also reported that even Bor Wutchok Bor, the Governor of Aweil State and myself were about to be sacked on the day together with the Governor of Aweil State.

In this context, I increasingly became a subject of discussion, especially by the senior and junior staff of your office. I was reportedly branded as a supporter of Malong or his alleged coup. Some officials in your office have attributed some of these utterances to Your Excellency on more than one occasion. It is alleged that you stated that you were considering me for a position as a minister for foreign affairs in your government, but you dropped the idea because you believe that I was a part of the alleged Gen Malong’s coup against you. This is an allegation I stand to dispute vehemently.


Press Statement from Gen. Paul Malong Awan: Condemning the Prevalent Killing of Innocents in South Sudan

three brothers killed in Juba - Deng Muor Kuac, Ayuel Muor Kuac and Kon Muor Kuac

Three brothers — Deng Muor Kuac, Ayuel Muor Kuac and Kon Muor Kuac — gunned down by the unknown gunmen in Juba on the night of January 24th, 2018

January 26, 2018 (SSB) — It is when one of them occupied a prestigious position in the decision-making kitchen within the Khartoum regime, the killing of unarmed citizens occurred.  While he was in the government, the massacre of Malual Dinka known as Al-Dain massacre took place and he did not protest the incident. The conviction to represent and served your people diligently was not in his dictionary.

Today the same scenario is repeated before these political elites in the governing bodies, and in the same manner, they could not even come out to condemn the killing of three young people mercilessly killed in Juba a few days ago. The victims did not pose any threat to the government in Juba.

They were simply targeted and killed in Juba because of who they were. This happened in a city where these MPs stood up three days ago to condemn a rebellion that has never been declared. The manner in which these young men were killed was inhumane. Yet the MPs’ reaction was absent and merciful feeling was not within their political literature.


Amb. Telar Ring Deng: My Letter of Resignation

Posted: January 25, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in History, Junub Sudan, Letters, Press Release

Rumormongers will one day stop what they are spreading about my rebellion. I am still an Ambassador accredited to Russian Federation and if I want to rebel, there are two things a politician of my standing would do.(1) I will first submit my resignation as an Ambassador as stated above to HE the President of the Republic through Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Republic of South Sudan.(2) I will make a public statement stating reasons for my rebellion. Those rumour mongers should wait until that day of my rebellion, they are praying for comes. What our country is craving for today is not rebellion, but how we as leaders bring peace through a negotiated settlement. Thanks.” Ambassador Telar Ring Deng via WhatsApp messenger on 17 January 2018


  1. Letter of Resignation

Resignation letter of Telar Deng

2. Letter of Recall

Recall of Ambassador Telar Deng

Dear All,

This is for your publication.

Telar Ring Deng, later South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s nominee to become the new justice minister, 21 June 2014

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To: Government of South Sudan

South Sudanese general public

All Members of Agaar Community Worldwide & all Media outlet in South Sudan

Subject: Rup Community Response to an Open Letter made by Rumbek Community in WA 

rumbek youth union

RUMBEK YOUTH UNION, swearing in ceremony

January 18, 2018 (SSB) — Pursuant to the position paper released by Rup Community Worldwide (RCW) in December 2017 regarding the fighting between Rup and Pakam and Kuei with subsequent declaration of the state of emergency in greater Lakes state, and in which we have expressed our unreserved  condemnation to the spiral of revenge violence; Rup community worldwide in that document further expressed its unequivocal support to the ongoing government’s efforts in dealing with sectional feuds in Western Lakes State.

Such public position constituted our community firm support to the national government of South Sudan under the leadership of H.E the President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the recent order of disarmament of the armed Youth in the Lakes States.


His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit

President and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)

Republic of South Sudan

Dear Your Excellency,

Subject: An Open Letter to President Salva Kiir from John Wuoi Chuit, the Father of Agou John Wuoi: Appeal for Forgiveness and Presidential Pardon for My Son, Agou John Wuoi

Agou John Wuoi

Agou John Wuoi Chuit, the former Executive Security Attache to the office of the president, was arrested on the 29th of May 2016, accused of misappropriating public funds, forging the President’s signature, and money laundering

January 11, 2018 (SSB) — Your Excellency, I wish to take this earliest opportunity to congratulate you and sincerely thank Your Excellency for the wise and courageous decision you took to pardon some of the individuals who were jailed together with my son John Agou Wuoi because of alleged corruption case at the Presidency.

I want to personally thank you for the noble gesture of forgiveness, mercy, and kindness that you have shown to the families of these individuals who were jailed together with my son John Agou Wuoi.  However, as you may be aware Your Excellency, my son John Agou Wuoi was left out of the Presidential Pardon which was extended to the rest of the people who were together with him in prison.


Open Letter from Rumbek Community in Diaspora to President of Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit and the International Community


January 10, 2018 (SSB) — Dear President Salva Kiir Mayardit and International Community, we, the sons and daughters of Rumbek Community in diaspora: Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and many other places of refuge all over the world, are very much concerned and disappointed about the death and suffering of our people in South Sudan in general and Rumbek area of Lakes State in particular. Communities in Lakes State have been experiencing the cycle of violence, encouraged and left to fight amongst themselves. When the peace agreement (CPA 2005) was signed and government of South Sudan was instituted under your leadership, you did nothing to stop this violence.

But the first responsibility of any government in the world is to provide security and peace for its citizens. Instead, your government failed completely to do this in Lakes State. Communal fighting in Rumbek became worst from 2013 when a tribal war broke out between your forces and forces of Dr. Riek Machar, the former Vice of Republic of South Sudan. We strongly believe that your government began to directly supply the rural youth with guns, and as a consequence law and order completely broke down. Some of your supporters in Lakes State government argued that rural youth should be armed to go and fight the SPLA-IO.


Hakim Ajieth Bunny, mayor of Bor municipality

The outgoing Mayor of Bor Municipality, Prof. Hakim Ajieth Bunny, addressing Jonglei state council of ministers under oath taking, June 10, 2016, picture by Mach Samuel

January 4, 2018 (SSB) — I called Gai Makor Leek, the incoming Hon. Mayor of Bortown, today to congratulate him on the trust bestowed upon him by the governor of Jonglei state, H.E, Philip Aguer Panyang Jot.

I believe Hon. Gai will put his business experience and knowledge into use to make him succeed in this new role and to deliver the much-needed services to our people in Bortown.

Hon. Gai is a quiet person with impeccable good manners. It is my sincere hope and trust that these qualities will make him succeed in this new task.


December 20th, 2017

H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit President

Commander-in-Chief of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)

Republic of South Sudan Juba, South Sudan 

Re: Your Excellency – Letter of Petition to President Kiir for the Release of My Brother, Agou John Wuoi, from Juba Prison 

By Elizabeth Yom John Wuoi, Toronto, Canada

President Decree on the rimmittance of prison sentence1President Decree on the rimmittance of prison sentence2

December 25, 2017 (SSB) — Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan a better country, notwithstanding many challenges. I know you face many daunting difficulties, both at domestic and international levels. It is not easy to build a nation from scratch.

That is why, despite these challenges, those of us who know the difficulty of building a new nation do appreciate your efforts and determination, especially as regards the search for peace and national unity. These efforts will ultimately bring a sense of national political renewal, in tandem with the spirit of our liberation struggle to which you had dedicated the prime of your life. You are, indisputably, an eternal national hero.

The principal intent for writing this petition letter to you is, however, to bring to Your Excellency’s attention the situation facing my brother, Agou John Wuoi. Your recent decision to pardon 9 prisoners who were accused and convicted of an alleged offense of fraud and money laundering from your office, in June of 2016, is truly laudable. In my view, this pardon is part of your efforts towards national political renewal for which I personally, just like many others, applaud you.


By Akube Ndoromo and Biel Rambang

Riek and Emma

Riek Machar and Emma McCunne

October 22, 2017 (SSB) — In spite of repeated speculations, all charged that we have a personal problem with Dr. Riek. Well, we have a problem with Dr. Riek, as you have put it. But do you know; what is the problem between him and following (80 Gens)? Who knows him because they have worked for him?


Open Letter to President Salva Kiir Mayardit Requesting an Immediate Dismissal of Mr. Deng Alor Kuol

G-10 in juba

SPLM G-5 arrives in Juba: Deng Alor Kuol, Ex-minister of cabinet affairs; Kosti Manibi Ngai, Ex-minister of finance & eco-planning; Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, Ex-minister in office of Kiir; John Luk Jok, Ex-minister of Justice; and Madut Biar Yel, Ex-minister of telcom & postal services.

To: H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit                                                                    

President of the Republic of South Sudan

C-in-C of the SPLA Army

Presidential Palace, J1

Juba, South, Sudan

Dear President Salva Kiir Mayardit,

October 20, 2017 (SSB) — We, the undersigned patriots from all ethnic groups of South Sudan, are profoundly disturbed by the sinister actions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Deng Alor Kuol, who took upon himself the task to undermine the smooth implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS) signed in August 2015. Prior to enumerating the steps taken by him to undermine the ARCISS, we would like to highlight the history of his betrayal of the peace and tranquility of our country.

This letter is divided into three parts. Part one highlights the machinations and deceptions Mr. Deng Alor employed to deceive the then Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in 2013 to demand the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the SPLM Party in contravention of the basic rules and regulations of the SPLM Party. His deceptions led to the outbreak of war in 2013. Part two focuses on the current plots to destroy the implementation of the peace. Part three is the fundamental objective of Mr. Deng Alor, which is, garnering international support to topple President Salva Kiir Mayardit.


Open letter to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Salva Kiir: Appeal by Gen. Paul Malong’s Wife for her Husband Release for Medical Attention 

By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

paul malong

President Salva Kiir, Governor Paul Malong Awan (Blue suit) and Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Lomuro (black suit) during the public rally in Aweil, NBeG

August 4, 2017 (SSB) — Mr. President, with humility and respect, receive my kind greetings. My name is Lucy Ayak, wife of your long time friend, comrade and commander; Gen. Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of General staff of the SPLA. I find myself having no option rather than to use this forum to address you as my last resort since all other attempts to communicate with you have been circumstantially rendered futile.

As you well know Mr. President, a young country like ours, born out of a protracted struggle, many people (sometimes entire families and clans) have had to sacrifice their brothers and sisters for the cause of liberation. Many of your comrades who started the struggle with you are no more, but the Country will forever be grateful for their sacrifices.

As a wife of Gen. Paul Malong, along with his entire family, the situation we find ourselves in currently is purely precarious. I well understand that the struggle for liberation required the manpower to operate it, and to that end, I am a proud wife of one of our Country’s most decorated serviceman under your command and administration.

And to that far, I consider myself lucky since many in my shoes have been widowed and their children orphaned by the brutal war that has claimed the lives of their husbands/fathers (your fallen comrades).


Letter to the Editor: I was never beaten up by Presidential Guards in Juba

Journalism in South Sudan

Dear Colleagues

July 1, 2017 (SSB) — I was shocked to read from Radio Tamazuj alleging that I was beaten by the presidential Guards while I have been away from Juba since May. I am vindicated that I have been writing about the abused of Journalism Profession in South Sudan.

I was never surprised to see Radio Tamazuj publishing news item without giving the sources of their information. I have been on record that Radio Tamazuj and Sudan Tribune, being foreign based institutions and apparently being edited by northern Sudanese, one can have credible reason to state that the two websites are campaigning aimed at causing friction among the people of South Sudan.

If Radio Tamazuj is edited by professional journalists, its management, on receiving news about my being beaten, should have sent reporters to seek exclusive interview with me before publishing anything about the incident.