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The neglected sources of revenue in South Sudan that led to the government’s bankruptcy: Blaming drop in oil price and war are coincidental    

Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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August 21, 2017 (SSB) — The American politician and businessman Erskine Bowles once said “I think that if we don’t get these politicians to come together we face the most predictable economic crisis in history”. Inarguably that is the case today in South Sudan. The dispute in two camps hold the country hostage and the economic crisis is taking a toll on the citizens. It is up to us to bring these two camps or these politicians together and open a new chapter of economic recovery or we perish economically.

Though the war is not the only cause of the country’s worst economic crisis, it contribution is undeniable. The youngest nation’s government has been challenged by how to stabilize the country’s economy since the start of a disastrous civil war in 2013. The attempts to reinvigorate the economy went futile. The economic crisis that led the country into hyperinflation and the loss of public confidence in the government due to the rise of cost of living and in the way through which it handles the situation.

Many people traced the crisis back to 2013 but, the truth of the matter is, it was coincidental. Whether the war broke out or not this crisis was on its way and could have happened because the government has overlooked many factors that would have easily contributed toward the economic crisis in future.

When the country got independence, the aid extended by many countries made the government relaxive; It remains without a future plan on how it’s going to operate in the absence of this assistance from the donors. Some of the signs that the government didn’t put in place some of the mechanism on how to generate it revenue apart from hand out from the foreign donation.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

Gogrial state

July 17, 2017 (SSB) —- When the social fabric becomes weak cohesion suffers, that is the day when we accept misuse diversity becomes weakness. That is the day when your brother see you as an enemy, the day when all aspect of togetherness is broken. That is when we believe our sense of brotherhood is shattered. South Sudan the country where people hope had been distorted by the communal and tribal war brought about by the lack of the rule of law, lack of direction brought panic in highly illiterate population.

When it comes to tribal and communal violence people think someone in charge should be blame. In a belligerent society like that of South Sudan, it is hard to understand who to take a blame. Many think the head of state and the governor/governors should be blame of high insecurity level in the country. But how did the base their argument? Many people think since the president is the head of the state and the commander in chief of all organize forces should take responsibility because he control the men in charge of security.

He is also has all the powers to appoint and relieve that means whenever there is incompetency he should be in a position to relieve that person and appoint the capable person to rescue the situation.

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When the communalism and tribalism become a national disaster while watching: South Sudan the nation where communal and tribal violence reign.

By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

big fish vs small fish

big fish vs small fish

July 7, 2017 (SSB) — Called it tribalism or communalism they have the same negative impact. South Sudan is engulf in communal and tribal wars that threaten the national sovereignty if something is not done and in speed to stop it. We can’t afford to see the communalism and tribalism become a national disaster while we are just watching. It only nation where the communalism and tribalism reign.

What are we doing to stop it? Both the citizens and the government. The overpowered government in both state and national governments is unable to do anything while the innocent people pay heavy price while nothing is being done. Is it a time for traditional leaders to put their egos aside and rescue their communities. If that is not the case what will happen? Soon South Sudan is becoming ungovernable due to communal and tribal loyalty.

The citizens listen to their traditional leaders more than a government. The question would be, how could this communalism, sectionalism and tribalism be overcome? It is a questions that demands many answers based on personal understanding and perception. But before we go to discuss some of the reasons that caused this violence in south Sudan we need to first know little bit the differences between the terms communalism, sectionalism and tribalism mean.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

Nimule road carnage

Wreckage of Eco-Bus along Nimule-Juba Highway

July 4, 2017 (SSB) — To begin with, let me start by passing my condolences to the families and friends of innocent people victimize on south Sudan highways. Our hearts, support and prayers are with you at this critical movement where your small world is too dark to see. We hope one day you will be a free citizen not victimize because of your ethnicity or political affiliation.

What started as the power struggle between the two elites within the ruling party Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached it incorrigible level and exploded to deadly civil war the citizens become victims. A war that claims a lot of lives, caused uncountable atrocities across the nation, a war that displaced the millions south Sudanese whether internally or externally in neighboring countries, a war that put the lives of millions at risk of starvation and put the country into an immutable economic crisis through hyperinflation was a manmade and unforgettable disaster of 21st century.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

salary

salary

April 28, 2017 (SSB) — The forces of demand and supply has been some of the tools used to analyze the market in the world when it comes to foreign exchange and many others but that is not seems to be the case in the youngest nation in the world; the Republic of South Sudan. The forces of demand and supply dictate the market through increase and decrease. In this case, when the demand for hard currency increase the price for the hard currency increases and when the supply for the hard currency increases the price for the hard currency decreases drastically and vice versa.

But in south Sudan every season the high demand is toping, meaning there has been shortage since 2014, there has never been any increase of supply since the conflict broke out. That sound weird and doesn’t make sense. There must have been hug supply of hard currencies to the market but the problem is that the supply is being control by individuals who wholesale the hard currencies especially dollars and take them to the black market in order to individually benefit and control the market.

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The institution in my pocket. The misconception of owning a company in South Sudan

By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

corruption

February 7, 2017 (SSB) — The word company in any part of the world might carry the same meaning, but when it comes to south Sudan the meaning of company popularly known locally as chirka might be different for some of the reasons not known by the public but to the company owners and the country. In south Sudan people think having accompany is being rich which is completely a misconception. Company is not a money laundering machine but to legally allow you to operate.

Therefore, what exactly is the real meaning of the company from other part of the world? Well, company is a word from companion, or group of two or more people with the same idea or ideas coming together to register business name, own and run it. People sometimes call a company as enterprise or firm. But all these names have one goals and objectives, which is the delivering of goods and services to the consumers or people. Therefore, let look at the definition of the company and how people perceive the word company in south Sudan.

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The welcoming respite in reported cases of insecurity in Juba: Is it sustainable?

By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

unknown gunman

new joke doing rounds in Juba: when attacked by burglars, call the police at your own risk.

January 19, 2017 (SSB) — The process that will bring to an end of the unknown gunmen story in juba started when the SPLA, police and other organize forces conducted a search and disarming the illegal weapons in the hands of the wrong people. The question of when the unknown gunmen going turn known is now exposed by the disarmament in Juba. It turn out that these unknown gunmen turn out to be unauthorized weapons carrier in the city.

Since that evil practice has come to light, what next? Is that security level maintainable? What is the organize forces going to do to keep unknown gunmen turn known away from killing and looting innocent people of Juba. All these questions in people minds shows clearly that the extent of desperation among the city inhabitants. The matter of fact is that there is insecurity in the country but it should not be in the city.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 17, 2017 (SSB) —- We know appointing and sacking government official is normal routine and everyone has to appreciate the chance given to him/her by the head of state. Congratulation to the new team though I don’t know their capabilities all eyes are on you. We also appreciate the services the outgoing team delivered to the people of south Sudan. It is time for the central bank to concentrate on regulation and the government look into clearing the mess pay sheet in all ministries. Stop paying people who don’t exist, people who don’t go to work.

The economic collapsed does not come as a surprise it was brought by mismanagement of financial institutions and lack of financial policies. Not just policies but strong policies with implementation mechanisms. There is a need to establish strong and robust economic system that works regardless of who is there. Yes, there is a need for people with economic background to put in place economic policies, but with the existence of cartels in finance sector still we will continue to have a problem. Policies in paper without execution will never work.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

hunger

January 16, 2017 (SSB) — Tax is a fee charged by a government on a product, income or other activities. When it is charge or levied directly on personal or corporation, then it becomes direct tax. When charge on the price of a good or services it is known as indirect tax. The main purpose of taxation is to finance the government expenditure. According to that definition tax is charge on products, income and activities. It has never mentioned an unemployed people. Apart from these three it is no longer a tax but looting.

But one think that is not clear in context of south Sudan or part of, the problem not tax but the way this tax is applied or the legality of some taxes. In September the former Governor of Gogrial state Abraham Gum Makuach announced the increment of the house hold tax to 500 SSP that is 40 million SSP per a month, but he didn’t explained what he is going to do with this money. Any way I am not authorized to question any individual but to let the public know.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

Nyawan and her children in Akobo

Bany Kiirdit: The shameful suffering of the children of our martyrs and heroes is disgraceful; photo by Emmanuel Kenyi

January 10, 2017 (SSB) — They call them fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters and we call them fallen heroes/heroines. The war of struggle for the independence of South Sudan brought about mixed effects; positive and negative. Positive in sense that we got independence and negative because the hopes have never been fulfilled. That independence cost us lives. The life of those we call heroes or heroines. That damage caused by losing these relatives is unrepairable.

The pain of losing the father, mother or relative. After these children’s parents gave up their life to free us; their children become a victim of their heroic act. They roam on the streets of ever states in south Sudan and we call them street children without knowing that their parents’ lives gave us homes we live in. We don’t bother to question what pushed them to the streets but we kick them out in our houses when they want place to sleep, when the want food to eat.

If their parents resurrect from death, they will call us all kind of names and will never accept to offer their precious life again for our freedom. They will know that what they did has benefited few not the way they expected. They will know that they were praiseworthy when they were alive but not after they passed way. They will know that country only knows them when they are a live but not after they are gone.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

corruption

January 10, 2017 (SSB) — When the comprehensive peace agreement was signed in Nairobi Kenya in the year 2005; the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior according to the agreement was to become a president of then autonomy South Sudan and the first vice president of the republic of Sudan. Due to that self-governing guaranteed to the people of south by CPA, he was mandated or has right to form the government of southern Sudan

Based on that; the first thing he did was to make sure that there was no power vacuum in the states. He has to appoint the caretakers governors. But what was so fascinating was not the appointment of those governors but the way those governors were appointed. Having in mind the vice called tribalism he decided to appoint the governor by appointing citizens from other states to governor of other states. What he knew was to try to reduce or eliminate the so call tribalism.

For instance, The former or defunct states of Western Bahr el Ghazal, Northen Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap were headed by Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, Eng. Kuol Manyang Juk and Mr. John Koang Nyuon as governors respectively not only that, but almost all the states were headed by the citizens from other states. These are just example.  But after he passed on, may his soul rest in peace. All the arrangement were dismantle. His vision passed on with him.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

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January 7, 2017 (SBB) — South Sudan national dialogue announced by the president of the Republic of South Sudan H.E general Salva Kiir Mayardit last December has been received with mixed reaction with others rejecting it and others welcoming it as the right steps toward the right direction. But the truth should be told the formation of national dialogue committee is one of the positive thing that ever happened.

Regardless of how you perceived this initiative, it is the only way toward reunifying our country. South Sudan need peace now more than any other time. What the people of south Sudan are waiting is how this committee will approach and handle this complex task. But there is no doubt that the people spearheading the committee are noble people the society respect; so why don’t we listen to them.

Many people think South Sudan cannot come back to peace again but nothing is impossible. But to tell you there is no one who don’t want peace but the only differences is how we want to achieve that. If that is the case therefore, the national dialogue represent the opportunity for the people to express their grievance and try to come to consensus. With all the hate and bitterness still there is a chance for the people of south Sudan to resolve their problems and come together again. There are no ideas that are irreconcilable if people work toward the realization of peaceful coexistence.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan. Grab your copy at Amazon.com

January 5, 2017 (SSB) — The problems that faces south Sudan are either made within or millions mile away and affect the innocent citizens of south Sudan. Regardless of the foil attempted coup according to the government description or misunderstanding or massacre of Nuer in Juba. The songs of regime changes continues from the initiators and implementers. Now, that the people of south Sudan has come back to their senses and agreed to bring peace to their country although is still shaking, we don’t know whether the initiators of regime change will look for other avenues to overthrow the government of south Sudan.

Yes they are trying hard those avenues through economics and social uprising but the people of south Sudan have seen enough and I don’t think whether they are ready to continue perusing the regime change that goes through rough roads. The only way I know people of south Sudan can change a regime is through ballot papers apart from that is a destruction of the country. But are we ready to destroy what we have been fighting for generations, almost half a century need to be destroyed only for the interest of the few who need to retain their positions.

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