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REAL TALK 101: The Jäng (Dinka) and Näädh (Nuer) are the biggest problem in South Sudan and we should acknowledge this to begin with.

 By Aleu-Mabil, Malaysia

Dinka and Nuer

Dinka and Nuer under one nation, one people

unity of nuer and dinka

June 19, 2017 (SSB) — Having recently seen the new money-making militia venture in Awiel, those NCP stooges and scumbags, a rational person would acknowledge that, We, the Jäng and Näädh, are the problem. Most of the members of these ethnics are the ones who create bigger problems to solve smaller problems. The two constitute the biggest chunk of South Sudan’s populace, over 60% (2008 Census).

The two constitute the biggest number of militias and warlords ever in South Sudan or even in East Afrika minus Somalia. The two are the quickest to resort to violence when aggrieved. The two are the contributors of the most corrupt. The two are most determined to teach the rest of the country that violence is the answer. The list of negativities can go on and on.

Let us not run away from facts my people. We have unashamedly or inadvertently assumed the role of “New Arabs” and “New Northerners” of South Sudan. We are creating new “Southern, Western and Eastern Problems” of our country. We have created “New Arab Elite Groups”, the “New Mahdis” of the South. Those are “Garang’s Boys”, “Salva Kiir’s Boys” and “Riek’s Boys”, Oyee Boys, Viva boys, “Trusteeship Boys”, etc. The BIG difference is that these elite groups ferociously fight among themselves in struggle to grab power. Power to do what? Just to be Bany or Kuor, that is all.

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By Simon Manut Chan, Juba, South Sudan

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June 19, 2017 (SSB) — On 20th April 2017, the legal fraternity led by the Justices and Judges Committee of the Judiciary of South Sudan held a dramatic press conference where they issued a press release outlining their grievances to the Government and the public at large.

  1. One of their chief demand topping the list was a called for the immediate resignation of the Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut which will be the subject of this piece of article.
  2. The Justices and Judges Committee joins several other individuals and institutions that have been calling for the Chief Justice to step down as part of the reforms of the judiciary over the years.
  3. Finally Justice Khalid Mohammed Abdalla, Chairperson of the Justices and Judges Committee says “the rationale behind our demands is in order to deliver good services to our people, address the backlog of cases and to strengthen the independence of the Judiciary of the Republic of South Sudan”.
  4. With the above conclusion, Justices and Judges Committee and all the staff of the Judiciary all want to work under a new judiciary that would be well regarded by society and that all South Sudanese should be accountable and equal before the law.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

Ruweng Governor

The newly appointed Governor of Ruweng state Hon. Them Machar Kuol

June 19, 2017 (SSB) — In most of my preceding articles on the state of the Judiciary of South Sudan, on how best this great institution can function effectively, efficiently and independently from the other arms of the government, I have had a number of cocktail ideas inadvertently swarming in my mind on how best I can contribute as a law abiding citizen of this country on the quest for an equal, just and prosperous society guided by the principles of natural justice, equality and liberty.

I have had in a number of times shared my thoughts and ideas on how the judiciary of South Sudan should indeed be made to meet its standard and its rightful place as an institution charged with sole responsibility to deliver and administer justice to the populace. I have had all the time sleepless nights and days as I felt like not contributing in the quest for justice and judicial reforms much needed by our great institution as well as the people of South Sudan.

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We have only one international law: a commentary on understanding of refugee law in South Sudan

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Kuel refugee camp

Gatwech interviewing a woman under her tent in Kule-2 Refugee Camp.JPG

In the recent article I wrote on refugee where I put a question across as: ARE REFUGEES NOT ENTITLED TO A PASSPORT OR TO HOLD A PASSPORT? THE CASE OF SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES IN UGANDA seeking for the interpretation of the refugee law in regard to documents which the refugees must show when it comes to identification document: that is whether by showing a passport can be a crime under the refugee law hence a person is prohibited to show any other documents apart from the refugee identity card.

It all happened that on the day I wrote that article I went with the sister-in-law who was having an appointment with the office of the UNHCR for her process of the documents for her family resettlement programme.  We came at about 8:00 AM to the Office of Prime Minister of Uganda and when the sister-in-law tried to enter the game, the police officer was sitting at the game to check the identity of those who were entering landed on this sister-in-law of mine and asked her whether she had an identity card.

Innocently, she put her hand into her handbag and pulled out her South Sudanese passport.  Upon looking at it the way police officer reacted caught me by a surprise. The police officer began to interrogate her beginning with the following questions: “you mean you say you are a refugee and you have a passport?” and then again he asked her “why do you have a passport?” As he was asking her these questions he was putting the passport in his pocket. At that point I intervened but the police officer was not even listening to me and we ended up quarreling.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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South Sudanese youngsters, proudly showing off their natural, God-given skin.

June 16, 2017 (SSB) — It was a campaign kicked off to inoculate people with a vaccine that would serve as deterrent to future transmission of the disease. But instead of saving lives as it was intended, it just did the opposite, ending the lives of the innocent people. I’m just talking about the fateful measles vaccination in Kapoeta that saw 15 people lose their lives in the process of receiving the vaccines last month or so.

The cause of the deaths as investigated largely had to do with the way of the administration of the vaccine which was said to be abused. It was said teenagers, as young as 12 years and who were untrained as well, were the ones behind the administration of the vaccine. Can you imagine that a single syringe was said to have been used to vaccinate more than 20 people?

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This is a speech I delivered during an event that took place on 10/6/2017, in Melbourne, Australia

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

May 16th: Celebrating the Founding of the SPLM/SPLA

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The saying of a Chinese philosopher goes like this: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The step of the liberation journey that eventually led to the independence of South Sudan was marked when Late Major Kerubino Kwanyin Bol who commanded Battalion 105 launched an assault on Government troops in Bor in 16th May 1983.

That Civil war ended on 9th January 2005.  The time span of 1983 up to 2005 was a long time.  That war caused the death of two million people.  That was a high price to pay in exchange for your freedom and my freedom.  That was a high price to pay for the freedom of our children and our children’s children.

Freedom does not come easily; freedom comes following the shedding of the blood.  Freedom, brothers and sisters, comes when a price is paid.  Our brother Malcolm X once said, “The price of freedom is death.”  Major Kerubino Kwanyin paid the ultimate price, so did the rebel movement leader, Dr John Garang De Mabior, so did Commander William Nyuon Bany, so did many more heroes and heroines. They paid the price so that we may all be free.

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By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

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Introduction:

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — Since the publication of the Sentry report in 2016 and 2017, South Sudanese opinions have remained divided over the issue of corruption made public in war torn nation. Majority believed that the report has tainted the image of nation; others questioned justification deployed to collect the information. Still more put less emphasis on the question of evidences, viability, credibility and strategies used on this defamatory case, and rather focused on the peaceful picture over the economic hardships.

However, this paper will explore four main elements: one, how the report perceived on political platform. Two, on legal perspective, how justifiable is the report. Three, how to deal with defamation and fabrication based on the report. Fourth, did the report deliver? Has it served the chosen purpose? What should the report have included to make it changeable/deliverable? And, where, at this time can we find peace? Did the report try to cement the bled nation, do less intent harm while perplexed irrelevant activities or it did the opposite?

To address some of these concerns, the role of the Sentry in South Sudan Affairs must have a firm glance.

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By Awut Mayom Agok, Rumbek, South Sudan

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RUMBEK YOUTH UNION, swearing in ceremony

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — It is so sad to see the change makers in such a mess. Who do we have to blame for this unusual death in Western Lakes State? Should we blame the central government, State Government, or the local community?  In my personal point of view, both the central government, state Government and the local community of Western Lakes State are equally responsible for the current state of our community.

It is the duty of the community leaders and elders to advice the young ones the best way to live in peaceful coexistence but rather, they have turned their supposed teaching to be the mean of acquiring resources. It is a sole duty of a citizen to bring necessary to his or her own community but where are we?

And what are we doing? We are just there on social media shedding crocodile tears, posting all sorts of inhumane acts, writing fake condolences, exaggerating family, and communal issues on social media without providing any solution. Sons and Daughters of Agaar Community, learned or illiterate, today I challenge your level of intellectuality, we are pretending to have a changed life but it is not true even the most hardest live of illiterate generation of our grandfathers and our fathers was worth living than living a life today.

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By Malual Jangdit Garang, Juba, South Sudan

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June 12, 2017 (SSB) — Post-Conflict Trauma is a hurtful feeling occurred as the outcomes of traumatic experience that one encountered or witnessed during the protracted civil war or ethnic violence in the post-conflict settings. In essence, the majority of South Sudanese population developed post-traumatic stress disorder, fear, anxiety and memories of trauma persist for a long period of time and interfere with one’s thinking to function in life.

In South Sudan, it is indisputably that, the majority of the SPLA former soldiers known today as the SPLA Veterans are traumatized and this emotional and mental disorder is seen as a main reason that compels President Salva Kiir Mayardit to fire those who disagreed with him despite their commitment, steadfastness and loyalty to the SPLM/A party.

I argue that, the mental health problem is a main factor that leads to President Salva Kiir’s fiasco, fear, and mistrust in which he resorts to issue Presidential Decree of Relieving His Opponents and Appointing His Cronies. Hence, Presidential Decree is translated as an outcome of his past traumatic experience according his mistrust, and fear of being toppled by those who disagreed with him.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

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

June 12, 2017 (SSB) — The system of governance we are all witnessing in this country is the Presidential system of government. It is the system that has given President Kiir executive powers to be the head of state and government and because of this, he has been acting on decrees.

Since, 2005, he had been appointing and firing members of his cabinet, commission chairpersons, committee members and so forth. No single appointment is done through other channel apart from the Republican Decree.

People have become accustomed to rushing to SSBC news at 8 and 9 PM every Friday and Monday with hope to hear a new decree removing one’s purported enemy and appointment of a friend, a family member or at most someone one has no idea.

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By Adol Akuei, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Kiir and Garang, liberation day

Dr. John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir Mayaardit, during the liberation era

June 10, 2017 (SSB) — Can you define life in your own prospects?  How life can be determined? I mean its quality. And when do we say that someone has shaded dark prints in his or her life? I mean the end of life. Many people have different approaches to lifetime questions. Some define it according to how they live it. Some copied it from literal contexts. That’s they learn it from books with views from different authors. Scientists for instance have their own approach too toward life.

They believe that life begins immediately a zygote is formed in that ampulla part of the oviduct. Life again moves on to be determine by gene expressions and environmental conditions.Yea about inheritance and adaptations. The” survival for the fittest” slogan. Charles Darwin will explain you that. The likes of Sigmund Fleud and Erick Erickson came in too to explain the psychological aspect of life as you develop from apes, Charles Darwin said so. That’s their lot as scientists.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — There’s no day that passes out without reports of an ambush and killing of innocent passengers on major highways linking Juba, the seat of the central government, to the outside world.

Known for notoriety are the Juba – Nimule, Juba – Yei and Juba -Bor highways that have become more of butcheries than roads for transit of goods and people.

Scores of people from specific background have been targeted due to their affiliations to one tribe on these roads and sadly many are likely to continue to die there if nothing is done to stop these killing spree. People joke that if you have given up your life, try to travel through one of those roads.

One thing that pisses me off is the government’s incoherent response to every attack carried out on these roads. Instead of taking preemptive measures like – having an armed presence along the highways- to ward off such attacks, they only dispatch soldiers after an every attack when lives are lost already and carnage exerted. And I always be like, why do they have to deploy soldiers after an attack? To do what? To recover the corpses and protect them from decomposition or vultures?

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By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

National Dialouge Steering Committee

National Dialogue Steering Committee

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — THE national dialogue committee is in place. Ways are being devised for a possible log-on. It seems there are a lot of stumbling blocks that would mar it at the genesis. The initial perception of the dialogue seems to be a mere perception devoid of substance.

THE excerpts from recent speakers at the gathering are telling on how political the dialogue has become. The circumstances surrounding it are flummoxing and the success would only be fortuitous.

THIS fact is clear, it has become a political forum. The lots are being casted. Politicians are shifting gears towards advancement of their agenda. Expectations that the dialogue would birth peace and reconciliation are de-escalating. The spirit is dying.

THE mechanisms used to draw the members of such a sensitive committee were either flaw or unresearched. The members drawn are too many and some of them are either not interested or unwilling. It is attracting resemblance to the 2013 crisis management committee. That was of course a nightmare committee.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

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June 9, 2017 (SSB) — Killer diseases like Tuberculosis, Malaria among others in the 16th or 17th century did not stop killing people by themselves. It took great minds effort and time to use their creative thinking to overhaul these deadly maladies. They followed creative thinking principles which among other things require unorthodox view of issues.

Distance land like Southern Africa, America and China used to be travelled for months leading to years from Europe and because of man’s ingenuity, it became possible to get to these locations in a matter of hours or few days. What I am trying to put across here is that, things can be changed. Whatever that was started on a wrong foot, can still be corrected.

Dinka is not the name of my ethnic group or the people that inhabit Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile. It is an outsider’s given name. Why was changed? Is it possible to rename a proper noun? My own mother does not know this and it got to be changed by us not them who created it. How? In your writings, informal or formal speeches, you should make those other people understand and learn to accept who you are. Goteam Jieeng or Muonyjang.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — Sometime politics which is defined as the process of making decisions applying to all members of each group or achieving and exercising positions of governance, which is about the organized control over a human community, particularly a state can be very interesting to an outsider like me.  In fact, watching at the interaction between politics and power objectively at a distance can even make their relationship more interesting.

It is because of the way politics is played not only in South Sudan but all over the world, which forces me to negatively conclude that politics and power when join together to play a game, such a game can be selfish as each group struggles for the position of power just to outwit the other. This is the fact in regard to South Sudan where politics and power have played it bad, which subjects citizens to unbearable sufferings and rampant deaths.

Thus, this article is intended to discuss the intricacies of power and politics in South Sudan, which makes everything to become a servant of politics. We therefore speak of no any other language in South Sudan but only politics. Everybody is speaking in politics, politics is the food people eat, politics is the car people drive, politics is the trade people engage in, people spend whole days under trees talking of politics and accusing each other in language of politics.

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By Adol Akuei, Eldoret, Kenya

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

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — Have you ever asked yourself why you are you? I mean why you were created a woman? Is it a lucky score or not? What do you have that qualifies you as a better woman? Not a bitter one. Well nature has a lot of definitions to that. I too have a different mind. Call me critic if you want but it’s a little of curiosity. I have pondered over this topic or rather issue personally for so long. I witnessed the worst part of it. I know you are asking yourself what I mean. You will understand. You will either agree or disagree with my ‘jargons’ at the end. Many people keep wondering what this thing, “womanhood” truly means. Many keep moving their limbs up and down in the streets calling themselves with these nasty names eti ladies…’ Ladies’.

That is void. It has even lost its initial meaning. The intended meaning of the creator. They just boozed themselves off. Dressing in the most fabulous raiment. Criss crossing marks in their face in the name of make ups. Lips made red and fluidic. I suppose they read on fluid mosaic model. Read on the DNA damage methodologies. Or they should be called ‘make up fluid model’. All in the name to look belle. That is not the proof. To believe that you are a woman.  Cladded in names that umbrella them but with less ‘weight’. Should I call it glory? Glory sometimes means weight. Let it bother you not rather.

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Avoid witch-hunt: Hon. Minister Mayiik Ayii Deng, and Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny, in the office of the president of South Sudan are not responsible for the crisis in South Sudan

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — It appears that those who always blame the Press Secretary Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny and the Minister in the Office of the President of South Sudan, Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng, do not understand the role of the two individuals in the general management of South Sudan by the Government.

I shall explain their roles shortly, but first, it is important for those who keep on blaming these two individuals that they are there with distinct role set for them and they are not there to change anything in the State House or the country policies so blaming them can amount to chasing a wild goose while leaving the real cause of our problems.

Thus, when we talk of the Press Secretary in the office of the President, we mean a senior government official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the President of South Sudan and the State House. He or she is also responsible for communicating the president’s reactions to world events, as well as providing information about actions of the State and the president’s administration.

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By Elbow Chuol, Kampala, Uganda

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

June 8, 2017 (SSB) — Six men were seen hurriedly moving through Juba-parliamentary road. Three B6s stopped by and a cloud of gathering people chant through the gate of J1 in hurry. Ateny Wek Ateny the mouthpiece of J1 in his unfamiliar baggy suit looking whimsical quickly removed his sunglass to identify the unwanted quests among the honorable invited Konkoc consultation delegate.

The conference’s main delegate were widely selected from the most important institutions of Greater Bar el Gazel region. The leaders of Dutku Beny (Warrap), representative of Gelweng (Lakes State), and the uppermost Mathiananyoor elites from Aweil top the consultation committee. Other Dinka sub-clans were chosen bizarrely based on merit and loyalty. Interest groups like Jieng Council of Elders were not all invited; the conference was aggressively very exclusive.

The two days Konkoc conference in J1 which took place from (16th to 17th of May) collapsed because the whole theatre failed to adopt or rather embrace the spirit of inclusiveness.  Akol Koor turned into Koor (bear) as some of the powerful sons of Dinka sub clan of Rek (where Malong comes from) begins to mysteriously fade like mist or may be “swallow up by J1 Koor (bear)”.

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By Parek Maduot Bol, Juba, South Sudan

Youth

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June 7, 2017 (SSB) — The modern world is becoming smaller, highly integrated and technologically more advanced. It is also becoming highly fragmented, less peaceful and unsafe for both present and future generations.

The world is today passing through an environment full of tension, violence, declining values, injustices, reduced tolerance and respect for human rights. The gun culture has already taken a dominant position in most of the developing countries, threatening the future of the youths who deserve a peaceful and better quality of life.

The youths constitute the richest wealth of a country. They develop quality of catholicity of personal integrity, personal discipline and open mindedness. The youthful period is a period of passions, emotions, activities and vigour. Because of their frontline positions in any country, their input to any development programme will go a long way in achieving desired objectives.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

Governor Rin Tueny Mabor

Governor Rin Tueny Mabor of Eastern Lakes state

June 7, 2017 (SSB) — First and foremost, as a legitimate citizen and a son of Eastern Lakes State, allow me to register and adds my voice to the unfolding political wrangling which has been dominating the social media for the past couple of days of the allegations that the Hon. Governor of Eastern Lakes State has been quoted on Radio Tamazuj to have said that he has the power to dissolve the Transitional Legislative Assembly of Eastern Lakes State, a statement which prompted the two or three honorable MPs to go viral on both the social media and radio interviews.

The said allegation has been voiced out in the social media and Miraya FM radio interviews by the said honourable MPs of Eastern Lakes State Transitional legislative Assembly with regards to the status of the cabinet of Eastern Lakes State. This is a serious matter which must not be ignored. However, before I indulgent you into the burning issues for discussion in this article, I wish to briefly explain the legal and English terms thrown around and alleged to have been uttered by the honorable MPs as they appeared in the heading of this article.

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