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By Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Cairo – Egypt

VP James Wani Igga greeting Pagan Amum in New York

VP James Wani Igga greeting Pagan Amum in New York

A lesson from Egypt

November 13, 2015 (SSB)  —  It was mentioned in one of the previous articles under the above title, that there is no comparison between South Sudan and Egypt in terms of “qiyada rasheeda,” because Egypt has been on the map for thousands of years and that it has known “qiyada rasheeda” thousands of years ago. In contrast South Sudan and similar countries, have yet to know the animal called “al qiyada al rasheeda.”

In some societies, including South Sudan perhaps, discussion on lack of “qiyada rasheeda” may bring some trouble to a writer. He/she may be summoned and investigated sometimes in the presence of the minister concerned, and in the end he/she may be remanded and possibly warned strongly if not “invited to spend several nights in safe custody.

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Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Cairo – Egypt

Your need food, seriously?

Your need food, seriously?

November 11, 2015 (SSB)  —-  The writer still remembers the harsh statement of Mou’min, the large Egyptian peripatetic businessman, that South Sudan lacks “qiyada rasheeda.” This statement has far reaching resonance and invites an appropriate reaction from concerned people.

The question is, does South Sudan really lack “qiyada rasheeda” or was Mou’min over stating the facts or just being impudent. South Sudan is poor yes, backward yes, somehow politically unstable yes, there is some corruption yes, there is   inexperience yes, people are sometimes aggressive yes, tribalism yes. But

Are South Sudanese lazy? Some people may say yes, others may not like it. This is going to be part of this article.

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By Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Cairo – Egypt

Dr John Garang

November 9, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Mou’min, the large size peripatetic Egyptian businessman emphasized to this writer in a Cairo hotel foyer that, “you have no ‘qiyada rasheeda.’” Then he immediately grabbed his bag and left for the airport and off he went to another country.

This writer was left to think over the statement that South Sudan lacks “qiyada rasheeda.” Most probably that is why, since 2005, people are still waiting for the basic “fruits and vegetables of independence” to be delivered.

That is why, probably some “jobless foreign people” attempted to meddle in local semi tribal squabbles here. And probably that is why South Sudan is going through “instability.”

Qiyada rasheeda is an up to bottom and a bottom up exercise of wisdom and courage in taking decisions, and then following up implementation of the decisions taken. It is an exercise of protecting the society from internal and external danger.

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By Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Cairo – Egypt

The current state of RSS

The current state of RSS

September 1, 2015 (SSB) —- Joe, this young Egyptian physiotherapist, told this writer “there are a good number of young men from South Sudan squeezed in a room in Aduqqi, they want to migrate to Australia. You people, what is wrong in your country. Does it mean that if you are given another chance you would vote for unity?” Joe seemed unhappy, and Joe the writer of this article seemed embarrassed.

On the plane to Cairo there were more than a hundred young men and young women coming to Egypt. Some of them were students studying at various Egyptian universities and some others were seeking for a way to migrate as just revealed by Joe. Put in mind that there are four Egypt Air flights a week.

What has happened in “al dawla al waleeda, why are young men migrating? Joe, the Egyptian, revealed to this writer that South Sudanese youth are quietly deserting the country in large numbers. This writer is truly concerned about the turnabout of the situation in “al dawla al waleeda.”

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Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Cairo – Egypt

'US' against 'THEM'

‘US’ against ‘THEM’

October 30, 2015 (SSB)  —  Civil wars have been known since time immemorial to be devastating. Sometimes they leave indelible marks on the social and political fabrics of a nation. Sometimes these wounds take a very long time to heal.

In the meantime, scars of the wounds of the civil war remain to be seen as a reminder on the scale of the damage it left behind in form of large scale destruction of the infrastructure and in loss of human lives. In the case of South Sudan, large parts of former Greater Upper Nile States were brought down to rubble. Think of the time and the resources it will take to rebuild them.

The impact of a civil war is usually reflected in strained social relations, and in very formal interactions among the citizens of the same locality often marked with high sensitivity and latent aggression. This situation may go on for a relatively short to a very long time. This writer has experienced situations of constant latent aggression against him in Juba.

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By Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Cairo – Egypt

The current state of RSS

The current state of RSS

October 28, 2015 (SSB)  —  If a mutiny or a rebellion succeeds it is instantly declared a Revolution, and the mutineers and rebels of yesterday become “revolutionaries and heroes.” Thereafter books and poems and songs of praise would immediately be composed and sung in their praise. If the rebellion fails, those rebels are condemned in the strongest statement possible.

However, in the wake of their failure, the “rebels” would be seen and treated as traitors and are cursed for having unnecessarily caused the death of “innocent people,” and for having caused “destruction of property.” This is how history judges and records events for both the victor and the vanquished.

Therefore, a would be “rebel or revolutionary,” is advised to take time and envision the consequences of any move to change the existing order in any society, or stage a sectarian or tribal mutiny in order to achieve a political gain.

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By Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Juba, South Sudan

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir on 2 October 2015

Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir on 2 October 2015

October 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  In 1997, a colleague told this writer that when the federal system is announced each person will go to his/her respective state, and Khartoum will be left empty. He said that the federal system soon to be announced, will create so many job opportunities that some states may go out to look for qualifications to fill vacant posts.

A few weeks later president Omer Hassan Ahmed El Bashir issued a presidential decree establishing 26 states in lieu of the long standing 9 Regions and declared Sudan a federal government and the decree was immediately implemented. Under that Presidential Order, South Sudan was devolved into ten states and there was no protest of any kind at all.

Friday October 2, 2015, President Salvatore Kiir de Mayardit issued Establishment Order Nu: 36/2015 announcing establishment of 28 states. Just a reminder Nigeria, which is almost the size of South Sudan, has 32 (Thirty Two) federal states.

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By Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Juba, South Sudan

“If you mismanage your affairs, you invite foreigners into your country …” President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – Juba, August 26, 2015.

war

September 10, 2015 (SSB)  —  At the ceremony of the signature of the Compromise Peace Agreement in Juba, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Moseveni took the podium and addressed the seemingly listless audience. Mindful of the sensitivity of the occasion, the Ugandan President spoke extensively about the importance of signing the Compromise Peace Agreement. To sugar coat the pill Museveni had to go around using idioms and proverbs which induced some attending hardliners within the audience to clap at an occasion which was emotionally charged.

According to this writer, those proverbs and idioms were craftily used to lure the patient to swallow the pill because “it will do you good” as a conscious doctor would normally do to persuade a recalcitrant patient.

The Ugandan President then delved into some delicate issues touching the UN and the problems it usually causes to the host countries and said, “I have never invited the UN into my country,” and there was an appreciative applause. With this statement this writer would not be proud to be a UN official.

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Compromise Peace Agreement is signed – what next.

Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir and Riek Machar peace deal: is it a viable peace?

President Kiir and Riek Machar peace deal: is it a viable peace?

August 31, 2015 (SSB)  —  On August 21, 2015 “paanluelwel.com” website published an article by this writer under the title “To be or not to be – South Sudan on the balance” and concluded by stressing that “the future of this country is on the balance, either to be or not to be. This requires consensus, wisdom and courage.”

During the period of over twenty months or so, the people of South Sudan, the government of the Republic of South Sudan and President Salvatore Kiir Mayaardit in particular were all subjected to an unprecedented pressure from the United States of America in particular. As a result the president conjured wisdom, gathered courage and sought consensus and signed the document in front of regional witnesses.

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Joseph Lino Wuor Abyei, Juba – South Sudan

The sovereign state of South Sudan

The sovereign state of South Sudan

“The Ugandan government knows how strenuous it is to achieve peace between belligerents, especially when the belligerents have big egos and when those belligerents put their personal egos above national interests,” Ugandan spokesman Shaban Bantariza said in Kampala – Reuters: by Elias Biryabarema August 19, 2015.

August 21, 2015 (SSB) — Mr. Shaban Bantariza has stricken two cords, “personal ego” and “national interest.” Ego and ethos are the reasons the people of South Sudan rose and struggled like no any other people have done to free themselves from the Arab Islamic bondage. To achieve independence and free themselves from Arab Islamic slavery millions died.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni emphasized this fact in a speech in Juba marking the fourth anniversary of the independence of the people of South Sudan, that he congratulated the people of South Sudan for having freed themselves from slavery. That was a very strong note of egoism that explains why there is a country called South Sudan today. This explains why some people who felt over egoistic gambled to cross oceans and deserts to occupy other peoples with lesser ego. That is how people with less or no ego find themselves in slavery. That is why the people of South Sudan, like other free peoples, rose against the Arab slavers as mentioned by His Excellency Museveni.

Along the road personal interests come in and that is why South Sudan, like many other countries, is experiencing this “crisis,” and that is why near and far away concerned countries have come in to find a solution. Some of these countries may have come in driven by self interests and some may be involved out of good intentions.

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