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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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Sovereign dinner for famine-stricken Junubeen

April 8, 2017 (SSB) — The country, which could have been a land of milk and honey, is at war with itself. The economy has crumbled and attempts to revive it produce no efficacious results. The government says it is trying its best to help rectify the situation but we are yet to see something tangible. There is no hope for the future at all and if any, it is a remote possibility.

There are disheartening reports of widespread killings and insecurity in some parts of the country. It is too hard to bear.

Another disconcerting news is that the students in Zimbabwe are in limbo; they are marooned in the Embassy of South Sudan there. They have been kicked out of the classes and dormitories because their tuition fees have not been paid. They have nothing or little to eat. Their parents are asked by the Ministry of Higher Education to send them air tickets to return home.

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“The newly appointed Governor of Ruweng state Hon. Them Machar Kuol was sworn at the state House in Juba today before President Salva Kiir Mayardit.The swearing in ceremony was attended by the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai and was presided over of Justice John Gatwich, the Deputy Chief Justice. In his remarks after the swearing in of the governor, President Kiir appeal to the newly appointed governor to work and cooperate with the community members in the state. President Kiir called on the Governor to dialogue with the people in a peaceful meaner in order to find a solution in the state. President Kiir also stressed on the important of the implementation of the peace agreement in the Country. Meanwhile Taban Deng said the appointment of Them is aim at uniting people of Pan-Aru as well as the whole state of Ruweng with its neighbors. He disclosed that he nominated him because of his hard work and determination to deliver.” via Maal Maker Thiong.

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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

April 3, 2017 (SSB) — Ruweng State is an offshoot of the former unity state now divided into three states as per the EO/36.The Compromise peace agreement popularly known as ARCISS provided for the already existing 10 states and that Governors of Upper Nile and Unity states shall be the nominees of the SPLM IO.

To the surprise and chagrin of many including the Protestants, it turned out that the SPLMIO, with some concessions after the bloodiest incident at J1, was given only one state with some deputies in other States. That state is none other than the Ruweng state whose owners, leaders and intellectuals for that matter, now beat their chests and threaten to fight the government to the last man.

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Every cloud has a silver lining “goes an English adage”

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba

April 2, 2017 (SSB) — Our country, blessed with abundant natural resources, has been badly and intentionally plunged into a senseless, destructive and escalating conflict for over 3 and half years now. The crisis which started as a power struggle/wrangle in their own house has put the country into the state of uncertainty and later ethnicised.

Many precious lives and properties including the minimal infrastructures put in place are devastated. Some of our major towns of South Sudan have been completely destroyed and are now ghost towns. Several attempts to end this civil strife remain futile. The 2015 ARCISS which is/was believed to have been a way out and forward, in the words of the international community, is partially being implemented or that there is no progress in the implementation process.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

Akobo State Governor, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew in his Office

March 25, 2017 (SSB) —- The Hon MPs and Commissioners of the twin States of Akobo and Bieh States have today been sworn in; in a colourful event at the States Coordination Office in Juba. The ceremony was presided over by Hon Judge from the High Court and the two Governors, Lt Gen Johnson Gony Biliew and Col Moses Majok Gatluak respectively.

There was a multitude of celebrants in attendance including the author. The newly states officials have reassured the people of their States to work together for peace and harmony among the communities of Lou Nuer and their neighbours. They commended the President of the Republic Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit for having initiated the National Dialogue which was preceded by the National Prayer.

As one of the celebrant, the MPs and Commissioners are people’s representatives. They have got to meet the expectations of the local communities by providing basic essential services. The two Governors have pledged to work hand in hand with them. My message to the two Governors is that; delegate powers and duties to your commissioners that is decentralization.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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January 15, 2017 (SSB) — Hot on the heels of assuming office, the Governor or any political appointee is normally expected not to abuse the trust bestowed on him or her by the Head of State. It is conscientiously supposed to serve as an honor to diligently and satisfactorily discharge one’s duties in good faith. The Governors who are the appointees, but not people choices, are enjoying their powers as per the martial laws now in force.

It could be a political blunder or insult of one’s own intelligence to disagree with me that the SPLM Governors have failed to carry out their obligations as the laws of J1 require; to go down to the grassroots to preach peace and disseminate SPLM missions and visions which are more or less the Party commandments to the faithful.

Those who would have the audacity to disagree with me may be the daylight loyalists of the government, who at night, become fierce critics of the same government they claim to serve with unquestionable dedication.

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Better Late than never: Congratulations to the organized forces, Tiger Division and National Security for keeping Juba secure and peaceful during the Christmas and New Year season

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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January 10, 2017 (SSB) — This year, the Christmas Festival and the New Year eve were celebrated in peace. There was no chaos as it used to be. Not a single gunshot or fireworks heard. The unknown gunmen were nowhere to be seen. They must have gone into hiding. Whose work is this? Definitely, the credit goes to the security sector particularly the forces drawn from the Tiger division, the NS and organized forces. An informed source close to these commanders told me they had sleepless night to make sure the people celebrate in peace in three turbulent years.

By the way, there was no night prayers for fear of unknown gunmen. The Archbishop issued an apostolic order banning night prayers to preserve the lives of the people of God. As a matter of fact, there were no casualties reported; there was no anarchy which used to be engendered by excessive drinking and other vices. The people of South Sudan spent the last two years without celebrating Christmas because the SPLM was engaged in fighting itself under the pretext of the Nuer versus Dinka.

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President Kiir appoints his brother in law, Gregory Vasili, as Gogrial state governor

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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

January 6, 2017 (SSB) — On Tuesday the 3rd of January, President of the Republic Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit took a bold decision by appointing his brother in-law as the Governor of Gogrial State. The appointment was received and greeted with mixed reactions and disappointments from across the country. Most of the people I talked to said that it is a sheer nepotism and favoritism on the part of the President. However, I beg to differ and disagree with them.

I could have done the same because that is what African politics teach us. President Museveni (M7) of Uganda appointed his wife Janet as a Minister and his son as commander of the elite UPDF special forces; those who questioned his decisions are on the streets of Kampala. Why all this noise? Let the President work. The dice is cast. I have come to the conclusion that those whom this appointment does not augur well with should pack their bags. No way!

He promoted his elder son to the rank of a General in charge of his own protection. President Kiir is and will continue to be right before all courts of Africa where the judges are their appointees. Many of my friends, most of them are from the area, with which we had an informal discussion on the issue with our coffee on the table say; it was not a fair decision. I hit the table to draw their attention to the fact that is how it is in Africa unless you are in a different world.

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