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By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 (PW) — Five years of war and counting, in terms of human suffering and lack of development is a period like half a century of drawback to stone. While in standard five in Kakuma Refugee Camp (KRC), one of my greatest teachers (now deceased) whispered to us that war and conflict take humanity by centuries back to the stone age.

True. My generation and I have first hand experience of what war actually brings on humanity. We have had heard about the World Wars I & II in the distant past. The Vietnam war in the seventies. The Iraq war and the Afghanistan Taliban war with the Americans during the George and Tony Blair era.

The war wary world was dragged into Iraq by the Bush’s coalition of the willing. The US Marines entry into Iraq through Kuwait and began raining bombs down from the air and ground is etched into our psyche till the forever. (more…)

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By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Friday, May 25, 2018 (PW) — What to say about the High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF) of the dead 2015 South Sudan peace agreement defies the tongue if you are the grass being trampled by the elephants. you can’t dare to remember the dates, when it started and ended. Lots of things have been going on since 8 July 2016.

Taban faction lingered behind and got absorbed in the cauldron. SPLM mini reunification took place in 2018. And finally came the second HLRF consultation. The so-called National Dialogue consultations may be out soon. National dialogue is considered to be one of the homegrown fronts. The attempt to give another “home grown” solution a chance failed before religious leaders prior to IGAD takeover of the HLRF.

The complexity of the negotiation trajectory is beyond comprehension both nationally and beyond the borders. on many ocassions, the South Sudanese elites insist on the untested home grown solutions to the country’s political and security predicaments. It happened that some traditional leaders in the past resolved inter communal feuds facilitated by UN and NGOs with partial involvement of the SPLA commanders long ago. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Riek Machar with Dak Kueth and Pende Ngong

Human Rights Activist, Jon Pende Ngong (on Black T-shirt) and Prophet Dak Kueth, (Dreadlocked) posed for group photo With Rebel Leaders Dr. Riek Machar and Lt. General Dau Aturjong (standing) in Pagak, South Sudan

Saturday, 19 May 2018 (PW) — The cloudy political climate in the independent South Sudan is certain to continue. The generation that has know nothing a part from wars and negotiations in and out since 1955 has no guts to alter course. Unjustified perpetual Wars and skirmishes had developed a tendency of being handed down to following generations on slates of ignorance.

The interludes between conflicts did not availed sufficient grounds to think deeply of what the nation should look and feel like in the real world. Between 1972-1983 and 2005-2013 are such interludes not to mention the periods before these when foreigners of European and Arabs molesters pried the dark continent. Self-rule after the colonial era have seen us hurtling to the abyss because of destructive beliefs, some of which are meant for survival of those close to power.

The respect for Elders is nothing new. It has been cited time and again just for the sake of reminding the youth to be mum while matters descend into the abyss. It may have been appropriate in the past however, in the new brave world, the youth should dare to bring its energy and prowess to the fore to help solve the current predicament the country faces. (more…)


“If you see behind the mountains then why did you allow John Garang to die there” Cattle keeper in Equatoria

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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The Genius of Dr. John Garang: Speeches on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) Paperback – November 26, 2015 by Dr. John Garang (Author), PaanLuel Wël (Editor)

Monday, May 7, 2018 (PW) — It is not uncommon to hear people praising rulers that they made wise decisions here or there. Wisdom, existed in the past but not anymore. This is more so in the area of politics.

King Solomon of Israel was considered a wise ruler during his time. This was evidenced by the judgment involving two women claiming ownership and custody of a certain child.

In the case, one of the contestants chose a zero-sum game when she requested the king to cut the child into two halves. This prompted the king to decide that she was a pretender and passed the verdict in the other woman’s favour. (more…)

SPLM Reunification Has been Sneezed at Three Times

Posted: March 30, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Malith Alier

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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SPLM Reunification: President Museveni meets President Kiir and G-10 leaders in Kampala

March 30, 2018 (SSB) — If anything, the so-called SPLM reunification is more distant than the peace talks prospects currently underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. More water has gone under the bridge and it is getting harder and harder for anyone to imagine that SPLM in its former self will be reincarnated. Some people still harbour the notion that the current upheaval began in the party and would be corrected by up the ante or going back to stage one.

In my Dinka understanding if you say something amid sneezes, obviously, I don’t say bless you, instead, I say you can’t be serious! The first thing people thought about immediately after the eruption of conflict was reunification of the SPLM as a party. One of the root causes to me was the question of the group formation that was halted at the second stage by actions of factions or individuals within the party.

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By Malith Alier, Perth, Western Australia

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March 26, 2018 (SSB) — The two writings by Gordon Buay and Simon Yel in defence of Hon. Mayen Wol Jong, the former Chief Administrator (CA) in the Office of the President (OP) which appeared on sudantribune and panluelwel on March 21 and 24 respectively should not go unchallenged.

One regrets that Gordon Buay, a secretary made Charge de’Affaires for South Sudan embassy in Washington would put too much energy in Juba affairs in expense of his duties in the USA. The Trump administration has recently ramped up sanctions on the regime in the presence of the learnt ambassador.

The circumstances under which Mayen and the Kenyans were released have not been made clear as cited by both authors of the said articles. John Agou continues to languish in jail for unknown cause after the emancipation of the co-accused. This seemed to have escaped the conscience of the supporters of Mayen.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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April 2, 2017 (SSB) — Before, we proceed we should define what actually is meant by the term “budget” in a nation – Individuals or families also have their budgets and so are organisations.

A budget is a financial forecast of expected revenues and where these revenues will be spent. An individual, organisation and or a state raises and spends its income over a period of twelve month technically known as financial year.

South Sudan since the interim period 2005 – 2011 had been preparing a budget of some kind. This budget happened to be irregular in nature of preparation and implementation. Initially, the financial year used to run from January to December until change occurred shortly after independence. A new financial year runs from July 1st – June 30th.

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It Never Rains it Pours

Posted: March 16, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Malith Alier, Poems.

By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

National Prayers Day

Here you are,

Looking backward over the span

Calmness moderation

Clouds in the wood accelerate!

My baby, my son ooi

Pictures of horror reborn

Peace an elusion

It never rains it pours

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Gen. Gregory Vassilli Dmitry (brother of Madam Ayendit), the new governor of Gogrial state

January 16, 2017 (SSB) — There is an ongoing debate over the past weeks about appointment of state governors of Twic and Gogrial. It happened that one Gregory who is related to the President’s family became a governor of Gogrial.

This may not be coincidence but all appointments if done according to constitution you’ll find that no single article bars the appointing authority from doing so. All mature and qualified South Sudanese are eligible for election and appointment in various positions in their government.

We have to look at the 2011 constitution in the legal point of view before we criticise. First, the Constitution was controversial because it was thought to have given too much power to the President.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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January 15, 2017 (SSB) — Time flies faster than you might think. The bliss of 2011 independence dissipated faster before us in an incredulous way. Many of us or ninety eight percent were convinced that the suffering was completely behind us on or after the historical referendum of January of the same year prior to declaration of self-rule.

2016 was thought to be the year of another peace and the beginning of perceived development in the country after the signing of the peace agreement. This was not to be, never. Peace, prosperity and justice which were long overdue proved elusive

 However, nobody anticipated the two actors will let down the struggle for independence namely; the country from which we seceded and the “Liberators” who had no clue on how to manage state affairs after liberation.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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President Kiir at the 18th graduation ceremony of the university of Juba, April 2015

October 19, 2016 (SSB) — This is my reaction to the bill underway in Juba City Legislative Council concerning reduction of students’ fare in what is called public transport in the beleaguered city as appeared on Juba Monitor Newspaper on October 8 2016. There are good reasons to be sceptical on the by-laws passed by the city since creation around 2012.

There is a catalogue of laws lying fallow before the council which is contemplating new controversial laws as we speak. Even the transport arena has its own laws that are overlooked by those who should enforce them, the city traffic officers. One among many of these laws is the public transport Act which bars foreigners from operating public buses.

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A rebutal to an article published by Juba Monitor on 20 Sept 2016 by Ambassador Peter Modison Yugu

By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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September 22, 2016 (SSB) — I take this chance to respond to an article published by Juba Monitor on Tuesday 20, 2016 by one ambassador, H.E. Peter Modison Yugu under the above title.

Ambassadors should be people of character and integrity. That is why they’re referred to as “excellencies” in the first place. They’re next to the president since they are personal representatives of the person of the president and the country at large to foreign nations around the globe. This is generally to say that they should be the least to mislead the public.

I’m not here to argue about whether the president is lowly or highly paid and I’m not also arguing about various reports either by African Union like the one by Obasanjo, the UN and or the Sentry reports just out on the 12 this month of September. What I’m going to rebut is the comparisons which seemed to be out of proportions.

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By Malith Alier, Kampala, Uganda

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August 28, 2016 (SSB) — What would writing achieve in this country called South Sudan? Some people in the past advised this writer that he and many others should pause because nobody listens! These sorts of people imagine that continuous writing changes nothing on the ground.

Writing is not about changing things instantly but it’s also about learning, entertainment and you name them. I bet that most of my fellow writers will continue to write no matter what. Whether something changes or not, writers will continue. Further, writing is as old as human civilisation itself. Therefore, it’s meaningless to advise authors to cease what they love most.

There are dangers associated with speaking one’s mind in the society as we witnessed over the past five years after the independence. Journalists, particularly those who expressed political opinions have been killed, imprisoned and tortured simply because of their views. This in itself will not stop or discourage writers. We see soldiers join the army and carry guns despite dangers associated with being in the army. This is the same with writers.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

August 18, 2016 (SSB) — W has recently got an appointment as head of an Independent Commission while at the same time an advisor to the President.

X has become a state Governor while being an MP in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA)?

Y is a serving army officer but has also got an appointment to a political position, Mangar-rial County Commissioner, to which Y will return to the military upon losing that political posting.

Z is a serving party official but was recently appointed to hold ambassadorial position in diplomatic corps.

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What has become of South Sudan Civil Society Alliance?

Posted: July 22, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Columnists, Malith Alier

By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Deng Athuai Mawiir Rehan, chairman of South Sudanese civil society alliance

July 22, 2016 (SSB) — This is the first time in years and months and after the depose of the former Chairman of the Alliance, Deng Athuai Mawiir that the Alliance organised such rally against proposed African Union intervention force for South sudan.

This author predicted in an article published in 2014 with the title, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance: When an Apology is no Apology; that the incoming Alliance leadership would not be up to the task after the departure of the first chair mentioned above.

Deng Athuai Mawiir was a latter day Dr. John Garang de Mabior when it comes to articulating rights of the civil society compared to the current leadership. The present Alliance had abandoned the norms and principles it supposed to stand for.

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South Sudan Sporadic Industrial Unrest

Posted: June 20, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Columnists, Malith Alier

“We have no teargas in police stations” anonymous

By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

lecturers on strike in South Sudan

lecturers on strike in South Sudan

June 20, 2016 (SSB) — The lecturers have downed their tools and the health workers stopped work on many occasions since 2005. Of course these are low key strikes which serve as tip of iceberg about nature of labour in the whole country.

The wider workforce, particularly the public sector workers helplessly lay dormant not because they had no industrial grievances against the employer, the government of South (GSS) but because they have not shaken off the intrinsic fear about the ruling junta in SPLM/SPLA.

The industrial unrest saw uniformed men; the ones we are afraid of involved in strike to settle claims on the streets by shooting in the air.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Ministers, transitional government of national unity

June 2, 2016 (SSB) — The long awaited formation of Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) has come to pass. It is a critical step among many required by the Compromise Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS) signed on the 17th and 26th August 2015 by Dr. Riek and President Kiir respectively.

The selection of ministerial portfolios was a compromise by itself. Had it been done according to lottery style set out in the agreement itself, it would have face insurmountable obstacles. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission tasked to monitor and oversee the implementation of the agreement later praised the parties for the achievement.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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April 16, 2016 (SSB)  —-  On the 12 April 2016, the SPLM/A IO Deputy Chairman, Alfred Ladu Gore arrived in Juba as part of the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement. Prior to this, a group of mobilisers of the rebel faction faced arrest in Juba suburb. The number was about twenty or so as reported by the faction. The early days are a critical period for the peace implementation. Good start makes good ending. The two factions or called them partners should adhere to the peace document in letter and spirit. They’re aware that there are two agreements; the Arusha and the CPA.

The Arusha set out the SPLM reunification based on correction of the previous points of disagreement which led to the war in 2013. The Arusha as advocated by various regional parties like African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa is a blue print to address SPLM internal democracy and how to govern this country in the best interest of citizens. However, the implementation of Arusha accord seems to be in trouble beginning with non-reunification of the party itself. Many other important clauses including formal apology to the people of South Sudan, separation of army from party politics and democratic transformation are pending. At the rate we’re going, these values may be lost in another vicious cycle.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

Festus Mogae in Malakal

Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae visits Malakal.

March 11, 2016 (SSB)  —  A lot of things are happening faster than we thought. Last week specifically on the 2nd of March South Sudan got long awaited admission in to East African Community (EAC). On the 7th the rebel forces attacked Nasir, a major violation of the ceasefire and Compromise Peace Agreement as a whole. 2 days after the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Chair, Festus Mogae told South Sudanese not to expect too much economic assistance from outside the country.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

March 8, 2016 (SSB)  —  Before, the October 2nd 2015 presidential order partitioning South Sudan into 28 states, Jonglei state was ran by one John Koang as governor and Baba Medan as his deputy.

John reigned from late 2013 to late 2015 – a period of three good years at the helm despite lack of support from the grassroots. He was virtually an unpopular figure supported by central government and few ministers on the ground in Bor. Two things made John Koang unpopular and isolated; the war along ethnic lines and lack of working relationship with the war affected people of the three Counties of Duk, Twic East and Bor.

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