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By Samuel Reech Mayen, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

President Kiir's speeches after independence

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

May 5, 2017 (SSB) — Since then, the fate of the boy is not known. Ayiikdit mourned the disappearance of his son bitterly.   He sacrificed cows, goats, sheep and even chickens to appease totems to bring back his son but all in vain. He spent sleepless nights hoping his son would return back calling from a distant for his father to open for him their warm hut. Unfortunately, nap would steal him and a horrible dream would corrupt all hope.

In a series of reoccurring dreams, he would see his son running away from ruthless Murle kidnappers but on reaching the middle of the bush, he got caught by hungry troop of lions. Some lions would thrust their claws in his belly and others dug their teeth in his throat. As the blood oozed through the cuts covering his smooth face, the boy would try to cry but only pushed out more blood through the open wounds.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Juba, South Sudan

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord

Mama Nyandeng Crying after the warring parties failed to sign the final peace accord

April 26, 2017 (SSB) — Sincerely speaking, there are good reasons why Honourable Nyandeng De Mabior can reject the presidential surprise decree appointing her into the National Dialogue Committee. One of the reasons is if she has not been consulted by H.E the President. However, there are heavier reasons as to why she should accept the unexpected appointment.

Firstly, it’s a noble indication of honouring, recognizing and trusting the positive influence she can play in reviving peace in the country. Already, the members of the National Dialogue committee are icons who have served this nation in one way or another. H.E Abel Alier, Joseph Laggu and the rests are people of high integrity who have only been resorted to rescue the dying trust amongst the citizens. Appointing Mama Nyandeng to join them in resuscitating hope is a good move in recognizing Garangs’ roles in the national building.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

September 14, 2016 (SSB) — My simple advise to the President’s press secretary, Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny and those who feel legal action should be taken against Enough Project is to lower their tempers and approach the matter with moral clarity. First, if our leaders’ lawyers intend to sue the Sentry on its report, the first question should be what rights have been infringed?

If it’s defamation which damage ones reputation in the judgment of reasonable members of the public, the potential plaintiffs will be required by the court to prove four elements; firstly, whether the accusations refer to the plaintiffs (the leaders accused); Secondly, whether the matter has been published; thirdly, whether the reputations of the leaders have been injured; and fourthly, whether the accusations made by enough project is false.

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The gov’t of President Kiir, FVP Taban Deng and VP James Wani has accepted the deployment of the 4,000 regional protection force, as part of the UN Mission in South Sudan. The announcement was made in a joint communique read out by the Cabinet affairs Minister, Martin Elia Lomuro, and US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, at the end of a meeting between President Salva Kiir and the UN Security council delegation.

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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power and Minister Martin Elia Lomoro at a Joint Press Availability Following a UN Security Council Meeting with the Cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity

Juba, South Sudan
September 3, 2016
AS DELIVERED

MINISTER LOMORO: Ladies and gentlemen of the press. Thank you for being with us this very important day. We have just concluded a meeting between the Cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity and a delegation from the United Nations Security Council, led by Her Excellency Samantha Power, who’s a friend of South Sudan. We had a very, very good discussion. Very wide-ranging discussions.

We briefed the United Nations Security Council on the current political situation in the Republic of South Sudan. We gave them an overview of progress in the implementation of the agreement. We also outlined the chronology of the events that took place between the 7th and the 11th, and raised some concerns with regards to issues of relevance to this particular visit.

We heard from the members of the Security Council from various countries – very useful comments about the implementation of the agreement and the need for us to move expeditiously so that they can see us moving. The need for us to create partnership with UNMISS and that the protection force that is being proposed is there to help us rather than to come and invade the Republic of South Sudan. And based on our own actions and how we plan it together with UNMISS, that force could be helpful to us in improving our security situation and giving more life to the people of the Republic of South Sudan.

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South Sudanese Student Union in Uganda (SSSUU) Provides Support to 143 Students from Various Universities and Colleges across Uganda

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

students' union in Uganda

Student Union’s Executives with Patron Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau, the of Minister of Petroleum and Mining

April 25, 2016 (SSB)  —-  This year, South Sudanese Students’ Union in Uganda (SSSUU), has rendered financial support to students in various Universities and colleges in Uganda. Under the leadership of the Union President, Mr. Albino Akol Akol, the Union’s cabinet and Council agreed with the heads of Associations of different Universities and colleges that the support would be directed to the finalists who cannot pay their fees.

In this consensus, it was affirmed that each University would nominate three students and each college with two students who are not able to pay their tuition fees and also in their last semesters. Other students with special needs which cannot allow them to continue with their studies were also assisted. This assistance came as a result of the $100,000 that the president of the Republic of South Sudan gave to the Students’ Union.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

Governor Philip Agwer Panyang

Hon. Philip Agwer Panyang, the new governor of Jonglei State

March 6, 2016 (SSB)  —  The reasons some of us wanted Honorable Philip Aguer to be appointed as a governor is to lead in addressing challenges that are facing the citizens across the state. There are challenges of insecurity, poor performance in education, inadequate health facilities, lack of road networks and lack of economic policies in the state.

Besides, we expect him to build good relation not only with the neighboring states but also other states in the Republic of South Sudan so that our citizens are secured. This doesn’t mean that other leaders cannot perform these tasks, except that one position goes to one candidate at a time. Until now, no one has a tangible ground to judge whether the expectations will be met or not.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

alliance high, Bor

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

March 5, 2016 (SSB)  —  A leading theorist called Betaris developed a theory about behavioral change. His theory is about how our attitudes affect our behaviors which subsequently affect other people’s attitudes and their behaviors respectively. To him, the way we act toward others determines how they respond to us. The Betaris’ Box theory though tilts much toward the managers and their employees fit well in almost every relation.

I do make a picture of this theory this way; when kids are playing on a sandy field, there is this harassing child who picks up a chunk of sand to throw at the fellow kid’s face. The bullied child rushes, picks even more sand and throws it back to the provoker. Retaliation is triggered in such a scenario. But there are times, a good-mannered child may just run to look for water to wash his face and with a gentle voice, warns the attacker not to repeat, or else be reported to daddy. This works well as the kids continue to play for the rest of the day. This is the meaning of this theory.

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On Education: People’s Expectations for Jonglei State Governor, Philip Aguer Panyang

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

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January 11, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Brain is the most elastic part of the human body. It takes whatever shape depending on the kind or size of stuff fills into. If it’s filled with necessary stuffs, the output is incredible. It can also shrink when it is left empty. This opens a subjective debate on “how do we shape human brain to produce a desired shaped?”

With the expectations articulated in the sequence of my articles, education is placed as a third priority. Before primary enrolment, children need Nursery school to prepare and orient their minds for the adventures of learning. This level develops enthusiasm in the mind of a child so that he immediately pays attention of what is required of him. The next level is Primary school which lays a foundation for the pupil academic success. Secondary school presents choices of career to a student. This is where a learner decides the kind of career he will be pursuing in the next levels. The College and University shape thoughts, dreams and develop skills for a learner to take new responsibilities in a real world.

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On Economy: People’s Expectations for Jonglei State Governor, Philip Aguer Panyang

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

resources allocation

taking town to the village, people???

January 5, 2016 (SSB)  —  The new state of Jonglei is one of the poorest states in the Republic of South Sudan. The insecurity, unwillingness of the young generation to work coupled with lack of government policies for production saw the previous old Jonglei sliding down to its knees economically. This economic retardation has been inherited by the new state.

Having just discussed how the new Leadership of Hon. Philip Aguer is expected to curb insecurity, the second priority that needs to be addressed is the issue of severe poverty. All these priorities slightly overlapped. The economic activities begin when the security measures are properly setup. In general term, people cannot talk of economic growth when the citizens are not assured of their safety in their villages.

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On Security: People’s Expectations for Jonglei State Governor, Philip Aguer Panyang

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

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January 4, 2016 (SSB)  —  For several decades, the civil population has suffered from the crimes of cattle rustlings, kidnappings, massacring of innocent civilians plus politically motivated attacks which have displaced the populace. Many rebellious politicians miscalculate their political agenda and end up attacking these areas thinking that they are inflicting pain on the system they hate. This has become a practice that if a person is not happy with the SPLM, he takes up arms and invades these areas to communicate his dissatisfaction nationwide.

As a result of these frequent attacks, Jonglei State which is made up of the three Counties of Dinka Bor (Duk, Bor and Twic East counties) has thousands of refugees in Kenya, Uganda and IDPs with in South Sudan. There is no population in the State as the new governor takes the office. This means that the new governor will go and search the whereabouts of his citizens.  Tracing these citizens and convincing them is not an easy task but Aguer, being a promising leader has already attracted the attention of his subjects who are suffering in the UN ran camps inside and outside South Sudan. It needs a pragmatic assurance for these citizens to come back home.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

SPLM-IO in Juba

First 150 batch of the SPLM-IO in Juba, led by Taban Deng Ghai, Dr. Dhieu Mathok, CDR James Chuol etc, being welcomed by Finance Minister Deng Athorbei

December 21, 2015 (SSB) — Christmas is a season of joy and religious celebrations. Most people prefer to commemorate this annual event in the places of their choices. In the case of South Sudan, people like to return to their places of birth so as to celebrate with their communities back home in the villages.

Toward the Christmas day of every year, people drive, hire taxis or fly out of the towns to the villages. From the towns, people spend money they earn over a year to adorn their arrivals in the countryside. Youth and politicians from the urban centers have that secret competition of showing their generosity to capture the attention of the villagers by hosting celebrations. Wealthy villagers also slaughter cattle as banquet for the gathering of the clans.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

Mayen Yong Jok, killed in Jalle

R.I.P Mayen Yong Jok

November 21, 2015 (SSB)  —-  In the first quarter of the year 2007, H.E. President Salva Kiir visited the counties of Greater Bor. Prior to his address to the public in Panyagor, Chief Dau Reech Deng was asked by the other chiefs to express the grievances of the community to the President. In his presentation, Sultan Dau elaborated how the community was being affected by Murle cattle raiders who are also kidnappers.  He asked the President to make a decision that could end the atrocities that are committed by cattle raiders who are supported by their malicious politicians.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

Kuol Manyang Juuk, current South Sudan Minister for Defense and former governor of Jonglei state

Kuol Manyang Juuk, current South Sudan Minister for Defense and former governor of Jonglei state

November 11, 2015 (SSB)  —  Less than a month after the attack, killings and raiding of cattle camp in Jalle Payam, the Murle raiders again attacked and killed people in Baidit Payam. In the past, Murle raiders were known as mere thieves who shuffled into the villages and grazing lands to snatch and rush away with kids or cattle. There were no direct attacks of Murle raiders on the communities. Secondly, the Murle in those days hardly raid in the same area twice in less than two months from the day of the first raid.

From the series of the recent transactions, it is clear that the almost empty villages are infested with Murle raiders and they are living in those abandoned houses and byres. Despite, the fact that the people of Bor are in the army in huge numbers and in key positions, I am not calling for their intervention in this case, for it may result into another round of horrible ethnic violence which does not serve any justice.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

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

October 29, 2015 (SSB)  —  Instead of grooming individuals to fight for unworthy causes, it’s rational to nurture human resource to fight reasonable wars. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) since its inception has been doing a single role of waging war against the enemies. This was commendable when the SPLA fought against the oppression perpetuated by the series of Khartoum regimes. However, with the independence of South Sudan, the issues of poverty, tribalism, diseases and corruption would have been the next to resolve but no attempt has been made to address these imminent challenges.

In the last two years, though war did not extend much to Bhar El Ghazal region, famine struck this region because the youth who are at the forefront in production have been in the battle fields. All those who should have been tilling the land have been busy delivering military services leaving the fertile land virgin. Likewise to the youth of Greater Upper Nile and Equatorial Region, from agricultural perspective, less has been achieved as many youth are being actively engaged in the wars.

As of now, the Ministry of Defence is the sole institution with the huge numbers of capable and potentially productive individuals. As the Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA II) has just been signed, it is a plain truth that the SPLA numbers will increase sharply because of the integration of the SPLA in Government with the SPLA in Opposition. With thousands of fresh recruits of the former white army (Jec Mabör) and Mathiang Anyoor (Mathiaŋ Anyɔ̈ɔ̈r), it’s apparent that all the youth of the young nation are going to be combined into one mighty and massive SPLA.

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Who can revive South Sudanese eroded values?

Posted: October 16, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles, Reech Mayen

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

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October 16, 2015 (SSB)  —  The people of South Sudan used to be guided by their own values. For centuries, these ideals kept the societies together. These standard principles impliedly acted as unwritten constitution. Moreover, everyone in these societies was willing to abide by these values, and those who deviate were seen as lesser humans in these societies.

In this article, we shall explore and stress on some of these principles that had guided the societies for hundreds of years. These standard principles are many but for the purpose of precision of this article, the emphasis is centered on the following values:

First, Respect for Human life was a superseding ideal; in the past, people of South Sudan had great reverence for human life. It didn’t matter what circumstances, human life remain paramount. Hence cases of murder were lesser compared with the contemporary days. But should it happen that someone murder another one intentionally, full blood compensation to the relatives of the deceased would only be the remedy though the murderer would not stand as morally upright person in the community.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

October 14, 2015 (SSB)  —  Following the presidential decree that split the 10 states into 28 states, the new state of Jonglei which is made up of three counties of Duk, Bor and Twic East has got a new gubernatorial vacancy. Although the viability of the new states is disputed on the basis of recently signed Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA II), this author is not looking at that issue. This article clarifies the reasons why Brig. Chol Biar-Adol should be the governor for the new state.

Definitely, it is not a right practice to give political posts in democratic societies like Greater Bor unanimously decided. On the other hand, this author reveres the decision of the two counties of Duk and Bor. It might be a traditional democracy and therefore, the leadership of Greater Bor is commended.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

Dinka elder?

Jieng council of elder?

October 7, 2015 (SSB)  —  Looking at how the students’ politics have been ran in the last three years, it would be unfair to state that the previous systems did not work well. Hence, I leave that judgment to those who had closely monitored those systems. However, this article looks at the students’ expectations for the next leadership. Since South Sudanese students in Uganda are at the eve of their elections season, it is prudent to give some hints on how the new leadership should perform.

First, there are traits that need to be considered when electing new leaders for Students’ Union in Uganda. With over ten thousand South Sudanese students at the Universities, colleges and High schools in Uganda, it is vital that a leadership that really meets the expectations of these massive numbers is elected.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen

SPLM WHAT?

SPLM WHAT?

September 22, 2015 (SSB) — After stumbling, it is wise to look back at the stumbling spot and look at a road ahead to avoid such unusual occurrence. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has just stumbled badly and therefore needs to revisit this cause as its proceeds to serve the Nation. As it immediate task, the Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA II) provides the Movement with the opportunity to correct what it did not do well and continue to do what it did well.

First, the immediate task for the SPLM (SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO and the SPLM-G 10) is to reconcile at the top level as a priority. As people who are rowing one boat, it is not a good idea for each of the SPLM splinter group to row as it wishes. The boat can easily re-capsize if it continues to be rowed in three different directions. The three groups of the SPLM need to develop consensual ground and merge as one united body to avoid more misunderstandings.

Secondly, following the political crisis, the civil populace has been terribly divided and this division can continue to drain the nation off her stance if it is not corrected soon. The SPLM which is the ruling party needs to work genuinely for healing and reconciliation of the people countrywide. The existing National Healing Commission and other agencies should be fully supported by the SPLM led government to achieve a real permanent peace amongst the citizens.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

in the company of Dr. John Garang: once upon a time, we were united.

September 18, 2015 (SSB) — The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) which is the leading political party in South Sudan is a party of the people. Since its formation in the first half of 80s, the majority of the citizens submit their loyalty to the party. The party therefore enjoyed the support of the entire population ranging from supporters who voluntarily joint the military wing of the Moment, to the traditional authorities who provided constant foodstuffs to the SPLA. The Movement agenda was mainly liberation of the marginalized people.

With this massive support, the SPLM/A recorded many successes particularly in the battle fields that lasted two decades. On seeing the strong determination of the SPLM/A which adapted consultations to keep its supporters on board in achieving the vision of the people of South Sudan, the Khartoum regime gave in to the international pressure for peace negotiations that brought the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). This CPA was signed by the SPLM and National Congress Party (NCP) of the Sudan. This SPLM- led peace accord brought the secession of South Sudan from Sudan, a huge achievement that can never be erased in the history of the nation.

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A Journey of Few Miles and Dire Needs

Posted: August 21, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems., Reech Mayen

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

Each Lost Boys has a similar story, they parents were killed during an attack of their village, leading them to begin their extraordinary exodus. At the end of their epic journey, some boys had walked for 2000 km, an equivalent of hiking from Paris to Roma. Itang, Ethiopia. UNHCR / W. Stone / 1991

Each Lost Boys has a similar story, they parents were killed during an attack of their village, leading them to begin their extraordinary exodus. At the end of their epic journey, some boys had walked for 2000 km, an equivalent of hiking from Paris to Roma. Itang, Ethiopia.
UNHCR / W. Stone / 1991

There is a need to travel a journey of few miles ahead

Not a journey of changing people but a journey of developing ideas

Not a journey of changing tribes but a journey of changing tribalism

Not a journey of targeting individuals but a journey of protecting all

Not a journey of bullets but a journey of ballots

Not a journey of enriching one’s self but a journey of equal distribution of resources

Not a journey of silencing rights activists but a journey of incorporating their views

Not a journey of compromising national sovereignty but a journey of protecting independence

Not a journey of accusing innocent foreign nations but a journey of boosting partnership

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