Archive for the ‘Letters’ Category


By Dut Deng Kok, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir with his look-alike, Hon Mayen Wol
President Kiir with his look-alike, Hon Mayen Wol

Friday, 07 June 2019 (PW) — Dear Mr President, I am writing to offer you best wishes, following your recent mandate for a new term, as a result of your commitment to peace and open a national dialogue to the people of South Sudan. I congratulate you on the unbelievable and critical role you have played during signing of Realized peace agreement in this wonderful nation (South Sudan) and I firmly believe that you will continue to do so.

I congratulating you on leading your Party’s success at this critical time of war, I should note that we support your government in public commitment to address any and all corruption within your Government. I want South Sudan to be a beacon’ for not only the continent of Africa, but globally.

The legacy of the founding leadership the new South Sudan provided an important example; we wish you well in ensuring that your generation can build on that foundation in the new challenges of these times. In the same line, I would like to thank you for what you have done for South Sudanese people previously during struggle till independent time, but it is time to move into greener pastures.

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An Open Letter to the President, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit: Personal Appeal to Recall Back Hon. Brig. Gen. Deng Mamer Yuol, Governor of Western Lakes State (WLS), Rumbek

By Marial Mangar Akol, Rumbek, South Sudan

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

Sunday, May 5, 2019 (PW) — Your Excellency, my name is Marial Mangar Akol; I am a budding citizen and a youth concern that is not so skeptical on the state of affairs in my country. As a concern citizen, an active youth member in the country, and more particularly in the State of Western Lakes, I would like to take this utmost prospect and golden opportunity to congratulate you on your strong desire to implement the recently extended R-RCSS in Ethiopian capital, “Addis Ababa”.

This note too carries my sincere fortuitous to stucco my extreme appreciation on the contract you have signed with Chinese Engineering company, to construct tarmac road from Juba all the ways to Aweil. Congratulations Mr. President! Forgive me your Excellency for picking on this platform, with your long way to meet you of course I can’t reach you Just know, I may get there by two to three months or not even to meet you in those nice sparkling settings given the procedures.

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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…)


An open Letter to Elected MPs of former Tonj South County in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly – Juba

Dear Honorable MPs Representative,

By Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Thursday, January 17, 2019 (PW) —- I am very fortunate to have been able to have a secure roof over my head. Having that comfort is unfortunately a luxury that many in our community are not able to have due to these difficult economic circumstances. Recently, I have become very concerned about the increase in criminalization efforts against the most vulnerable in Thiet County of Tonj State, the homeless. As a proud member of our community yourself, I am sure that you share many of these concerns.

Research has shown that people experiencing such mistreatment have endured an increasingly hostile environment of imposed forceful recruitment which has resulted to looting of vulnerable citizens’ properties, torturing and human right abuses on daily basis. The data collected has shown that looting of Apuk Juwiir community has taken consecutive three years since from the era of former Governor Akec Tong up to the present time. What is particular about this community in Tonj?

Did we commit a sin that cannot be forgiven? Many of the day to day activities, that many of us take for granted, are restricted to people without shelter such as local ordinances that deem sitting on sidewalks or loitering to be infractions. Citizens of this community should be able to work toward getting out of their demeaning situation without the fear of being harassed and cited for being impoverished.

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H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit,

President of the Republic of South Sudan,

J1, Juba, South Sudan

By Wol Deng Atak, Nairobi, Kenya

Subject: Open Letter to President Salva Kiir – Let Senior Government Officials Account for the Disappearance of USD 50 Million

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a jovial President Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) —- Your Excellency, I hope this letter finds you well. While submitting this appeal to you, Mr. President, I am not in any way claiming superior abilities and wisdom than you might have acquired. But want to state that the entire country depends on you for a right decision against promoters of the graft. Continual inaction is worsening already awful situation your fellow citizens face and may only end in more pains, regrets, and wishes, which cannot help remedy consequential evil that marring our history or losses likely to result.

Mr. President, the Government of South Sudan secured over USD 130 million loan from a company (name withheld).  According to a report on your Desk,  USD 50 million has been stolen and shared by senior government officials.  Up to now, you are yet to act on the report and this is worrying. I am alarmed, I guess you are, to learn of the disappearance of USD 50 million in the hands of officials in your administration – whom I least expected to help themselves with public funds without any lawful authorisations.

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An Open Letter to Amb. Chol Ajongo, South Sudanese Ambassador to Kenya

Posted: November 20, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Letters

By Bol Deng Bol, Nairobi, Kenya

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Ambassador Gordon Buay in the foreground

Dear Ambassador Chol Ajongo,

Monday, November 19, 2018 (PW) — I have so much to bring to your courtesy which I am going to have to try constricting in this letter. But before that, please accept my greetings and sincere accolade to you and the entire embassy. Despite of the seemly unending trials inflicted to South Sudanese in general and students in particular, the Embassy has commendably stood their ground in service provision and representing us in Kenya. We very much appreciate.

It is admittedly boring that South Sudanese Students Association in Kenya (SSSAK) gets theatrically chaotic during every election period. It is embarrassing to the association as much as it is also disappointing to you, His Excellency and the entire principled Embassy. I am therefore, obliged by the relating plight and consequential uncertain forthcomings of the association to quickly seek your attention. Please allow me to briefly highlight the genesis of the triggers that have managed to plunge the association into the plight am talking about.

The outgoing Interim Leadership of SSSAK headed by President Ayuel Taupiny Malek in August, formed an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and approved by the Council constitutionally stipulated. On the 16th September, the IEC commenced their mandate, but on the same date, a motion questioning the financial integrity of the outgoing President Ayuel Taupiny and his executive members emerged. (more…)


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.

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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  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.
Thanks,
Telar
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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 

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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.

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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.

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

RUMBEK YOUTH UNION IN NAIROBI KENYA (RUMYU)

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.

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