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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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