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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

April 11, 2017 (SSB) — A beautiful teenager was being married through a dowry competition. Three men declared their interest to marry her. She was just at puberty age and knew little about sexuality or what is entailed in marriage process. All she knows is that your husband will sleep with you and have sex.

If three people want to marry you, according to her understanding, they all want to have sex with you. This scared her. How can one girl go with three men at the same time? She thought about this situation and then thought about her vagina. Is it enough for three men? No. It is too small.

She kept this anxiety to herself and allowed the dowry negotiations to continue unimpeded. As is the norm in most Dinka cultures, the Bor bridegrooms declare their wealth (in cattle – and lately money, cars and buildings) as offers to win the parents’ hearts – and that “rich man” takes the bride.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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January 3, 2017 (SSB) — The Jonglei State governor’s cabinet reshuffle caught me by surprise. And I never got the news till I 8am on Wednesday. I did not expect it. But the ministers kicked out had tough times recently with the public.

That aside, the new deputy governor is not a newcomer to politics. Agot Alier Leek, has held several political posts in Jonglei – dating back to pre-2005. His latest positioning being commissioner of Bor County. I had left Bor when he became the commissioner but remained in touch with him in one way or the other.

During one of our encounters, we spoke about empowering the people. He said people must be self-reliance and cease / scale-down depending on UN handouts. This is a strong argument and attracted my attention.

Now that he is back to one of the most powerful position in the State, he must really work hard to restore that confidence among our people.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

November 18, 2016 (SSB) — Intro: (If my radio was there, this is a story that I will be running right now….enjoy)

Bor, the capital of Jonglei State is tense – albeit in a playfully and peaceful atmosphere, ahead of a wrestling game between decorated wrestlers Gongic Achiek Nai and Magot Khot Ajak. Both men hail from south and central Bor – a territories collective known as Greater Bor that include Duk. Journalist Mach Samuel Peter [MSP] is in Bor.

MSP: There is no statistic on how people live currently in Bor town but there is no doubt that the population has multiplied close to ten times over the last few days. Today (Friday), five commercial planes landed in Bor airstrip from Juba. This is the busier day as far as I know. In 2013 – before the war led to displacement of people in Bor, there were three hundred thousand people. Today, that figure could be doubled. Villagers have come. Women and men. And many people from Juba have come too. I think every Bor section, sub-section is represented today in Bor town.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

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September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Governor Philip Aguer Panyang appointed 14 commissioners to run 14 counties in Jonglei State. I did not think it was a good idea to have more than 10 counties. But I must now concede defeat and say congratulations to all the new commissioners.

Second is the question of the commissioners themselves! Out of 14, I recognized 3 faces; two career commissioners and one familiar face (call him ‘a commissioner in the waiting’). I don’t have any idea what the rest were doing before September 15 or if they were waiting to be appointed commissioners too. If your commissioner was folding his hands and waiting to be appointed to political position, without trying any another avenue of life, then you are in trouble. It seems many of them are in this category and so we are in trouble. We have many boring commissioners. I might be wrong, but time will tell.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

Alfred Manyang Agok

Gen. Alfred Manyang Agok, the Director General of Jonglei State Prison Services during the official opening ceremony of a 2-storey office of prison services, officiating by Governor Philip Aguer Panyang.

February 17, 2016 (SSB) – The new governors of Jonglei and Boma states should not miss an opportunity provided by the dry season and creation of different administrative units to launch a new beginning for their people. Let’s start a people-to-people peace initiatives and enable our children, women and the elderly to enjoy the dividends of peaceful co-existence.

The people of former Jonglei state – now divided in Western Biech, Eastern Biech and Boma states, suffered immensely due to cattle raiding and child abduction. When the December 2013 war started, it was Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, that was engulfed in the conflict immediately after Juba. Women were raped and killed in churches, patients shot dead on hospital beds – by non-other than the citizens of Jonglei state themselves.

On January 21, 2014 when I and other reporters landed in Bor, the scenes were horrible. Bodies lied on the streets, in the markets, bedrooms, offices, churches and hospital wards. Because Jonglei state never reconciled with herself, it killed her people.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Kampala, Uganda

decreed 28 states

December 26, 2015 (SSB) – The winners and losers are proponents and opponents of Presidential Establishment Order Number 36 that created 28 states in October 2015.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Politically speaking, Governors Rizik Hassan Zacharia (Lol state) and Luis Lobong Lojore (Namorunyang state) remain the only elected and long serving state leaders and the forefront winners of Republican Decree Number 40 for the appointment of 28 state governors. Prime losers include David Yau Yau – who had ruled Greater Piboer Administrative Area (GPAA) for former rebels, the Cobra Faction, since May 2014. The GPAA is now lifted to the Boma state and handed over to Baba Beda Konyi. Other losers are John Kong Nyuon (ex-Jonglei state leader) and Matur Chut (ex-Lakes governor).

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

journalist workshop in Nairobi

South Sudanese journalist workshop in Nairobi

December 04, 2015 (SSB) – Over the last ten years, South Sudanese have been endeavouring to establish independent media outlets but several of them, if not all, have failed to deliver on their objectives.

The defaulted newspapers, The Citizen, is considered to be mother of independent print press in South Sudan – having been operating in Juba since 2006. Several other newspapers mushroomed the market since 2005. Some of them have ceased publication voluntarily.

Others, like The Citizen newspaper, are forced to close down by the government security agencies. The unanswered question is whether these newspapers have delivered at all on their objectives?

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IGAD peace implementation at snail speed

Posted: December 3, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Philip Thon Aleu

By Philip Thon Aleu, Nairobi, Kenya

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What is causing the second influx of Greater Bor residents to Guolyar Refugee Camp?

December 03, 2015 (SSB) – November 26th marked the nineteenth day since President Salva Kiir signed the Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS). That was the end of three months of pre-transitional period.

The sponsors of the peace talks, the Troika countries of the United Nations, Norway and the United Kingdom released a press statement expressing “concern” about the delay to form the transitional government of national unity. That statement should have served as a reminder that time is running out.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

28 states

November 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  There are many women’s activist groups in Juba and hundreds nationwide championing women’s and girls’ rights. Their objectives include, but not limited to girl child education but there seems to be little impact if any at all.

In South Sudanese communities, girls and women play central roles. In most of our traditional settings, women take care of children from birth to adulthood. And I should say mothers continue to shape our characters till death part us. This is because many communities practice polygamy and men have little control over individual children. Every woman therefore grooms her children. The stress that comes with many wives overstretches man’s ability to influence his children. Even in monogamous communities, women also play central roles in uprising children as men search for food, defense the territory and take public services.

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MPs representing Bor, Twic East and Duk counties have come under fierce criticisms from their respective constituents

November 16, 2015 (SSB)  —  Members of Parliament (MPs) representing Bor, Twic East and Duk counties have come under fierce criticism for failing to ensure safety of villages in the Dinka Bor area following latest attacks in Maar that left more than twenty people dead.

Twic East county MP Hon. Deng Dau said 22 people, including three children and nine women, are killed by suspected SPLM In Opposition forces. The SPLM IO denied any connection to the attackers in Maar. Three attackers were also killed and identified to have come from Uror county, a territory controlled by the SPLM IO.

Maar Payaam, Twic East county of Jonglei state, neighbors Jalle Payam of Bor county where 27 people were killed in October by unknown gunmen. Authorities blamed raiders from Greater Pibor Administrative Area for the attack in Jalle – allegations strongly denied by GPAA.

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Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (C) acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to address a rally at John Garang's Mausoleum in the capital Juba March 18, 2015.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (C) acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to address a rally at John Garang’s Mausoleum in the capital Juba March 18, 2015.

November 13, 2015 (SSB)  —  All reporters and cabinet ministers (ministers seeking to depict in strongest terms their loyalty to President Kiir) were in J1 at 8am Juba time to listen, first hand, to the Nation Address. At 10am, Ateny Wek Ateny, the presidential spokesman, said the speech is rescheduled for 11am.

In sixty minutes, it was 11am and Ateny asked for 20 minutes. Twenty minutes passed quickly and Ateny asked everyone to swift off his/her phone as H.E was about to enter the hall.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, south Sudan

H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Co-Founder of SPLM/A

H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Co-Founder of SPLM/A

November 12, 2015 (SSB)  —  No outsider could precisely predict what the President will tell the nation on Thursday. The J1 advisors and ministers may be having some clues.

However, in recently national addresses, the president never surprised me at all and I am therefore lowering my expectations. (The only surprise for me was President Kiir’s order No# 36 that created 28 states on Oct 2nd).

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

did kiir sign peace

November 6, 2015 (SSB)  — Minister of information and broadcasting, Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, addressed the media in Juba on Thursday and had this say:

“It is high time for the media to change its language. I know among you are those who are pro and against the government. As of now let us change the language. If you are the supporter of the government don’t write any other unhealthy language. We don’t want any further hostile propaganda. We don’t want hate speech in the radios. Your programs that are having direct calls and anybody can talk his nonsense; we don’t want. Because it is these contacts which you make directly in the air with telephones in your radios that cause us problems. We don’t want such programs to continue unless you are sure of the person you are talking to. If you continue to allow those who use that language we will be on your neck. We have accepted peace, we are for peace and we don’t want anybody to say whatever against the other. But let us talk the language of peace language of unity, peaceful coexistence. Whatever happens is usually inflated by the media and if the media is friendly whatever happen is peace and we want peace in South Sudan and we must all work for it.”

This concluding statement, a stun warning directed at the reporters, concluded a press conference where Hon. Makuei appealed at length to members of the international community – the United States, Norway, United Kingdom, China, EU etc, to organize a donor conference to raise funds to help implement the peace agreement. This is how he specifically made his appeal.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

The Russian made Antonov B-12 cargo plane, registration number EY-406, crashed in Juba, killing 41 people

The Russian made Antonov B-12 cargo plane, registration number EY-406, crashed in Juba, killing 41 people

The Russian made Antonov B-12 cargo plane, registration number EY-406, was 44 years old when it crashed within a minute after take-off from Juba International Airport on Wednesday. This is a national tragedy. There are many lessons to learn from this disaster.

First of all, it was a cargo plane and only a maximum of twenty passengers were expected to be onboard. The five Armenians and one Russian crew members reportedly told air traffic control tower that there were 12 passengers – summing the number of people onboard to eighteen (18), according to Stephen Warikozi, the chief executive officer for the South Sudan’s civil aviation authority.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

R.I.P Mayen Yong Jok

R.I.P Mayen Yong Jok

October 25, 2015 (SSB)  —-  If you ask any citizen of Jonglei– who is residing in the state right now, what sort of protection the government provides, the answer would be a no. It is a ‘NO’ because the short history of Jonglei state is filled up with lack of personal security provided by any functioning government; being a local or national government.

Estimates collated by United Nations agencies in 2010 alone put the death toll to more than 2,000 due to cattle raids and child abductions. Those figures are precisely the numbers local authorities could remember. When David Yau Yau launched his notorious rebellion after being defeated by the current state minister of information, Judy Jonglei Boyoris, for a state assembly, several hundreds of people were killed.

A brief halt to armed conflict in 2011, when Yau Yau returned to Juba under the presidential amnesty, did not last because he returned to the bush in August 2012.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, Spokesperson for the South Sudan national army, the SPLA

Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, Spokesperson for the South Sudan national army, the SPLA

Acceptance Speech from Philip Aguer Panyang (PDF)

October 22, 2015 (SSB)  —- The eight-point manifestos for gubernatorial contest purportedly written by Col. Philp Aguer Panyang and published by Paanluel Wel blog skipped a vital tool: communication – a significant glue. This is not acceptable for a communication experts.

As army spokesman, Col. Aguer knows the significance of reaching out to the masses to educate, inform and aware them. The other points in the manifesto – security, education, road construction, agriculture, peace and reconciliation, unity, health and establishment of a special desk to channel donations from sons and daughters from the diaspora; are excellent in my opinion. But how would you spread the message of peace, mobilize the masses to support your programs and encourage them to plough their land if you don’t built community radio stations? It will be challenging indeed.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

The Burden of Nationality

The Burden of Nationality

October 4, 2015 (SSB) — With the order establishing 28 states in our country, another huge task just started. Who will rule each state? Here, I am asking myself; who will rule Jonglei state? (FYI Jonglei state is now comprised of Bor, Twic East and Duk counties). The former ‘Jonglei’ is no more.

Over last few months, underground lobbying by interested candidates for Jonglei state has been ongoing. These various groups had wanted to replace John Kong Nyuon but their luck never knocked. It is now real that one son or daughter of Bor, Twic East and Duk counties will be the governor.

All the names I have heard as favorites for governorship are Honourable Members of Parliament. This is a misery! This is terribly bad because I am proud of the MPs fro Bor, Twic East and Duk in parliament. Taking one of them home will be disservice; first to the constituency that elected him/her and second to the nation.

I am always very proud to tell my fellow reporters during the National Legislature Assembly (NLA) session that Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth is my MP; that Hon. Dengtiel Ayuen Kur also comes from Bor county. Hon. Deng Dau is from Twic East county – neighboring Bor county. We are just one divided for administrative reason. Hon. Philip Thon Leek is my former governor and MP from Duk county.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan
Rest Peace Peter Julius Moi. The unknown gunmen have taken your young life

Rest Peace Peter Julius Moi. The unknown gunmen have taken your young life

August 21, 2015 (SSB) — About 48 hours ago, gunmen killed a political reporter in Juba. There is no official comment as to who killed Peter Julius Moi. My condolence to his family and media men and women.

When one of my reporters called police commissioner on Thursday for a comment, the chief officer said he cannot be interviewed on phone. A request for an interview at his office was not return. But from unknown sources, several media outlets blamed the death of Peter Julius Moi on the ‘unknown gunmen.’

And as usual in Juba here, murders are blamed on ‘unknown – gunmen.’ Maybe it is the easier group to cite. And so the media did not have to wait forever to hear from the police rather than blaming the killing on the ‘unknown gunmen.’

One resident of Juba joked that ‘there might be many unknown gunmen that could possibly outnumber the known gunmen in South Sudan.’ His estimate could be taken seriously. This is because when you count the killings in main cities; Juba, Bor, Wau, Yambio etc, carried by unknown gunmen contribute a significant fraction of human losses in this country.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Nimule, South Sudan
South Sudan must be weaned off war

South Sudan must be weaned off war

July 5, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Since 4am, there is no more shooting. The shooting started at about 1:30am on Sunday….not far my from house. I was awakened by the loud sound of AK47. Three to four shots went off — from one gun according to my little military experience.

After about 10 minutes, while I was now guessing what was happening, sounds of guns came from Malakaya suburb. I made phone calls there and I was told some gunmen attacked a check point. After another few minutes, several shots were fired from Malakaya again and a thick smoke arose. Three trucks are set ablaze.

Then back to my suburb, gunshots started again and Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) followed. Another RGP, another one and yet another (about four loud explosions). You can imagine what the women, kids and the entire suburbs were bracing for. Fleeing. Well, we made coordination and concluded that it was futile to flee because one may fall into another ambush. We held back.

We are now told that one policeman is injured (not live threatening). The gunmen are unknown. Investigation will reveal more.

Nimule is calm now.

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Pagan Amum arrives in Juba, being welcome by top government officials, including defense minister, Hon. Kuol Manyang Juuk

Pagan Amum arrives in Juba, being welcome by top government officials, including defense minister, Hon. Kuol Manyang Juuk

G10: From Nairobi to Juba

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

June 22, 2015 (SSB)  — It is now official the group of ten former detainees, dubbed the G10, will have their new headquarters shifted from the Kenyan’s capital, Nairobi, back home (Juba).

Congratulations. Maburuk because this our home and all of us have a hut to put our heads under during the rain or when it is extremely hot (sunshine). Maburuk alekum indeed because politics is not an international business.

You must first and foremost win the support of your electorates before seeking regional and international support. It was a political miscalculations to start shouting after being relieved from government positions and indeed after leaving the country.

Now that you are coming and you wanted to be taken seriously, and remain relevant to your supporter, don’t just secure cabinet posts and forget the reform you were talking about. Of course every citizens, including less ambitious ones like me and millions are entitled to public services but now it is your time.

If you don’t forget the necessity to end the era of looting public resources without little respect, restricted civil liberties of the citizens who are just going about their own business to meet end-needs and more importantly ending the war you described “senseless.”

I took my own time and invested a lot energy to understand the reformed you wanted in the government but found nothing rathering just being fired and replaced with non-SPLM die-hearts. That point is well taken because this country was liberated by the SPLM. But that doesn’t stop there.

The SPLM have the duty to fulfill the promises of taking town to the people not buying houses abroad. You have to build roads, not looting funds meant to build them. You have to build hospitals, schools but not seeking education, health services in Nairobi or India.

Because your opposition to President Salva Kiir and failure join Riek Machar has not convinced me of what alternative you have, I am left to wait and see.

But welcome back home. (I know after striking certain deals on power sharing with your comrades in the government, your headquarters will be home – Juba).

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PAGAN AMUM ARRIVED IN JUBA AND DECLARED COMPLETE ALLEGIANCE TO PRESIDENT KIIR

By Gordon Buay Malek, Juba, South Sudan

Happy reunion of the former political detainees in Nairobi Kenya

Happy reunion of the former political detainees in Nairobi Kenya

June 22, 2015 (SSB)  — The Former Secretary General of the SPLM, Pagan Amum, is now in Juba to follow up the full implementation of the Arusha Agreement to reunite the party.

He is leading a delegation of former detainees including former Finance Minister Kosti Manibe, former Minister of Cabinet Affairs Deng Alor Kuol and former Justice Minister John Luk Jok.

They were accompanied by the Kenyan Minister of Defense, Rasho Amamu.

The spokesman of the government delegation to Arusha, Akol Paul Khordit, spoke to the media after the arrival of the team.

“The arrival of comrade Pagan this morning is the continuation of the agreement that we have signed on the 21st of January this year known as Arusha reunification agreement,” Mr Kordit said.

“The problem we have in this country is a South Sudanese problem and needs a South Sudanese solution; we have to own up the process of finding a lasting peace in our country.”

The delegation will hold a series of meetings with the SPLM political bureau and the National Liberation Council.

A civil society organization, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, has welcomed the visit of Mr Amum to Juba.

“I think it is a good gesture for peace, but our main concern that we have is that such move should involve updating the public, updating the citizens on what is going on because we have seen his colleagues came here secretly and went back secretly,” said Edmond Yakani, Executive Director.

Mr. Yakani urged the government, the former detainees and the SPLM in Opposition not to dishonor the Arusha agreement.

The Former Secretary General of the SPLM, Pagan Amum, is now in Juba to follow up the full implementation of the Arusha Agreement to reunite the party.

He is leading a delegation of former detainees including former Finance Minister Kosti Manibe, former Minister of Cabinet Affairs Deng Alor Kuol and former Justice Minister John Luk Jok.

They were accompanied by the Kenyan Minister of Defense, Rasho Amamu.

The spokesman of the government delegation to Arusha, Akol Paul Khordit, spoke to the media after the arrival of the team.

“The arrival of comrade Pagan this morning is the continuation of the agreement that we have signed on the 21st of January this year known as Arusha reunification agreement,” Mr Kordit said.

“The problem we have in this country is a South Sudanese problem and needs a South Sudanese solution; we have to own up the process of finding a lasting peace in our country.”

The delegation will hold a series of meetings with the SPLM political bureau and the National Liberation Council.

A civil society organization, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, has welcomed the visit of Mr Amum to Juba.

“I think it is a good gesture for peace, but our main concern that we have is that such move should involve updating the public, updating the citizens on what is going on because we have seen his colleagues came here secretly and went back secretly,” said Edmond Yakani, Executive Director.

Mr. Yakani urged the government, the former detainees and the SPLM in Opposition not to dishonor the Arusha agreement.

The Newkush TimesTHE RETURN OF THE G10/ FD’s TO JUBA

June 23, 2015 —  After shamefully squandering the resources of their own people and country; after they were duly stripped of power from positions which they were using to steal service money of their own people and nation; they shamelessly begged foreign leaders of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to guarantee their safe sanctuary out of their own country and protection from their own government and kinsmen; running away to escape justice before the courts of law in their own country.

After propagating shamelessly against their country and people; spreading lies and defamatory statements about their country, government and people, they are brought back by their newly found guarantors – foreign Ministers of South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda.

The implementation of the Arusha SPLM Reunification Agreement with SPLM’s Former Detainees was finalized in Juba today 23rd June 2015. The South Africa’s ANC and Tanzania’s CCM ruling parties mediated the reunification of an utterly divided South Sudan’s SPLM ruling party of four (4) factions; namely: SPLM led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, SPLM-IO led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny and SPLM-FD/ G10+ of Pagan Amum Okiech. The only faction excluded from Arusha Reunification agenda is SPLM-DC of Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin.

The impact of the return of FD’s on the peace process is very insignificant. In the first place, they don’t have any armed groups or forces on the ground. The war is being executed by naturally rebellious Nuer forces under the lose command of Dr. Riek Machar Teny. Neither the FD’s/ G10+ nor South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda who brought them as peace dividends are effectively having influence over Riek and the Nuer rebel forces. Even when Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is bluffed by the African heads of States of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda to reinstate them into their previous positions both in the government, purging them of crimes of corruption; crimes against humanity as they planned, plotted and incited the execution of 15th December 2013 war (see speech delivered at the rally on 6th December 2013) and their refusal to attend SPLM Conference on the 15th December 2013.

How will their coming back into the Party result into Peace or influence the cessation of hostilities or even stop the fighting forces of Riek Machar when they are not one group? How will their joining GRSS Change IGAD, Troika, EU, UN agenda of regime change in Juba? Or what influence does South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda have on UN sanction scheme on the warring parties and on leaders who have committed crimes against humanitarian law; criminals who have committed violence against civil population; rape against women; child abuse; destruction of properties or forced innocent populations into exile or refuge which have caused human sufferings and destabilization in the region as well as to the world community?

How will the return of the FD’s/G10+ transform the party image in bad governance for which they were the architects and managers from 2005 till 2013?

How will the return of the criminals as they were charged of corruption and dismissed from their government ministerial positions endear them to the people they cheated?

The people of South Sudan are more concerned and distressed by what these scrupulous corrupt and insensitive leaders of SPLM will do to effect armed rebellion they did not do well in December 2013. They are coming back to cover up the rampant corruption.

The public is apprehensive of their maneuvers against an elected leader and mismanagement of resources. All fingers are pointing at them because of the multitude of innocent people slain in a barbaric manner in the cause of usurping power through armed power struggle. They do not believe in the principle of democracy because of knowing who they are in the society.

May God help South Sudan!
Long live the Republic of South Sudan!
Amen!

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB does reserve the right to edit the material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.