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By Simon Yel Yel & PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

Kiir's speeches before independence, cover

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

July 24, 2017 (SSB) —They say if you don’t have nothing to say, say nothing. This altruism could have been realized by Kharubino Kiir to say nothing about our book in his vendetta article against J-1 and specifically against Ateny Wek and Mayiik Ayii Deng. He falsely added our book on his items of discontent to buy the brain of the readers.

That is why we have decided to pen this rebuttal of his article on the part that touched the book we edited: “Salva Kiir Mayardit: The Joshua of South Sudan

To make it crystal clear to all our beloved readers, the speeches, articles, and letters to the President that we compiled into two books (speeches before and speeches after independence) were not done with an intention to endear ourselves, and gain access, to the president of the Republic of South Sudan.

We did it using our own finite resources and limited time, solely as a tribute to the legacy of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, one of the few South Sudanese Patriots who has dedicated their entire lives to the cause of the South Sudanese people.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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January 20, 2017 (SSB) — To prologue this response, I would like to accentuate that my response shouldn’t be translated as a flattering response aiming to achieve something. My response to Chuor’s article is merely propelled by his incoherent presentation of accusations and lack of evidences and it is fairer enough to say his psychosis has dragged him to undertake this suicidal mission.

Everyone who has read his article, “In the Cold: Is Ateny Wek Ateny being sidelined at the Presidency?” might have possibly posted some questions to himself or herself, like, Is Chuor Deng Chuor a real or an imaginary person; where does he work; how did he get the information he claims in the article; is he an insider who wants to replace Ateny; is he a student from the department of political science at the university of Juba who was a friend of Ateny but broke up; and so forth.

However, the fact of the reality is, he is a camouflaged suicide bomber who has been given a bomb by Ateny’s enemies to detonate with Ateny.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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

January 10, 2017 (SSB) — It was on Tuesday, the 3rd of January, the first work day of 2017 when President Salva Kiir Mayardit inked the polemical appointment of Gen. Gregory Deng at J1. It was exactly the third day of the New Year and the New Year’s wishes were still fresh in everyone’s mind. With that appointment, President has controversially coloured the wishes of the New Year.

For some in Gogrial state (Pres. Kiir’s own state) who thought that 2016 was not fair to them economically and politically because of former governor Gum being in power, and they were wishing the New Year to come with many desirable items on its menu ranging from political to economical, I want to say congratulations!

President Kiir has served you with Gen. Gregory on gubernatorial plate as your best New Year wish on the 2017 political menu. Maburuk! to those who tie their political fortunes to the political success of Gen. Gregory that, please, enjoy but don’t forget that there are many challenges lying ahead there and if you don’t work hard to maintain this seat by delivering what is expected of you to the people of Gogrial state, then be mindful what brought Gregory may take him away any time.
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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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November 13, 2016 (SSB) — If anybody had told me then, or over any succeeding ten (10) years from the CPA interim period to 15th December crisis in which he was then a Governor of Unity State and later the SPLM-IO chief negotiator, that he was a future First Vice President, I would have summoned those men in white coats.  However, his unexpected rise to the country’s second top job is unprecedented political miracle which no one had ever thought of.

Gen. Taban Deng is now 100 days old in the office and it is worth looking into what he has achieved. The 100 days parameter is being used as yardstick by press and public in advanced democracies for gauging presidency take off effectiveness. This slippery terrain was first introduced into the global leadership framework in 1993 by the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Therefore, I think the South Sudanese should use this yardstick for gauging what Gen. Taban has achieved, if any, in his 100 days in the office.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

RSS coat of ARMS

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

August 26, 2016 (SSB) — It was bound to happen sooner rather later. For the government supporters who were holding their breath, waiting to hear what is on president’s mind about the recent adopted United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the renewal of UNMISS Mandate and approval of 4,000 strong protection or intervention force; they got what they were waiting for on Monday 15th August when President Salva Kiir officially inaugurated the Transitional National Assembly.

The business remains as usual; and the pessimists who were speculating the business to be as usual got away with right prediction as the winners of political prediction. To their dismay, the supporters of the government who were expecting their government to be “born again” and look forward to seeing their President firing verbal missiles and incendiary rhetoric Like Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth against the UN, IGAD and US regarding the recent adopted UNSC resolution on sending 4,000 protection or intervention force to South Sudan and the renewal of the mandate of UNMISS, didn’t see any change in business.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

“No Nation has the right to make decision for another nation; No people for another people” Julius Kambarage Nyerere, from his ‘A Peaceful New Year’ speech given in Tanzania on 1 January 1968.

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August 14, 2016 (SSB) — When patriot South Sudanese look at the world, we see a swarm of threats and hatred. Threat that start from our region to the United States. Our neighboring countries including Uganda and Kenya are plausibly warming up for aggression against South Sudan any time at behest of the United States.

There is no doubt that the Washington and United Nations are extending their usual aggressions on the pretext of promoting democracy, humanitarian assistance, human rights and protection of civilians as means of ousting independently-minded governments to South Sudan. Washington did it before to the leaders of countries which had refused to show deference to the Washington such as Saddam of Iraq, Gaddafi of Libya and Assad of Syria.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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August 8, 2016 (SSB) — Before I get into what I want to write, I would first like to preface this article with few remarks. I will begin by thanking the First Vice President H.E Gen. Stephen Taban Deng Gai and the entire SPLM-IO political bureau membership for choosing hope over despair; peace and congeniality not a boomerang of war; rebuilding a prosperous country not destruction of the  country, to continue implementing the armistice contrary to what is on Riek Machar’s mind.

This is a great marque decision ever and it will go down the history of this great nation as one of the most momentous event. Though some political and tribal antagonists are firing brads and drats against this decision and branding the SPLM-IO members under Gen. Taban as Machiavellian schemers, I personally believe that it is a right decision taken at the best interest of peace and harmony and many South Sudanese have applauded it irrespective of their political affiliations and ethnicities.

It is very courageous and steadfast decision with one aim of living up to the peace agreement for South Sudanese to live in harmony and peaceful co-existence once again.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

Paul Malong Awan

King Paul Malong Awan

July 19, 2016 (SSB) — In Western diplomats’ imagination, General Paul Malong Awan is a life-battery for President Salva Kiir’s presidency; Presidential wheel driver; dictator and the fanner of the war. For Western sympathizers, he is the murderer of the Nuer, Dinka emperor who wants to build Dinka political hegemony, corrupt, antagonist and awaiting heir who will inherit the presidency once the president Salva Kiir retires or dies. However, General Malong have risen and stood tall above these caricatural descriptions during the recent five days fighting in Juba.

Gen. Paul Malong Awan was in the bush long before the emergency of the SPLM/A in 1983. Like other war veterans, Malong abandoned his own Anyanya two movement in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and successfully mobilized and lead thousands of youth to Ethiopia, Bilpham in 1984. Malong was so passionate about the love for his country and detest the suffering that the people of southern Sudan were subjected to by the then Sudanese government.

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We may enjoy laughing at the antics of the current crop of student politicians, but if history is any guide, we’ll end up paying them to govern us, writes Dominic Knight

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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The Ugandan election: do or die scenario

June 18, 2016 (SSB) —- Election is a decision making process where electorates choose their representatives from contesting parties to hold official offices and deliver services to them. The party with clean track records and good manifesto with detailed work plans always win the hearts of electorates. This is the usual mechanism by which modern democracy fills offices in the legislature, Executive, local government and also in Unions like student Unions and Associations like Bar associations.

There is a saying that goes “no an easy job” it same goes to the election, “no an easy election!” The recent JUSU’s election was not an easy election. It was a real election battle and the SPLM/SL squarely won it with over 50% of the total votes casted. SPLM student politicians did their campaign thoroughly on programs that they will implement and changes they will bring about unlike the other camps. Up to now they are still euphorically celebrating their “mini-election” win on the campus, in hostels and around Hai Thoura shouting at their top voices “SPLM OYEEE!, INTA WA ANA SPLM, SPLM AKUMA BITANA while the democratically defeated NSAF students are mourning. Indeed they labored for lost and they deserve!

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

The current state of RSS

April 5, 2016 (SSB)  —  At 34th UN General Assembly in 1979, former Cuban president Fidel Castro asked a question  when he delivered his speech to the UN General Assembly with regard to the guiltiness of the imperialist organization, asking “ Of what use is the United Nations”?, he went further and add “ The exploitation of poor countries by rich countries must cease”. Therefore, now with the comeback of another cold war between the West and East over supremacy on the third world; the USA’s dangerous quest to build a global emperor and more noticeably the horrendous takeover of the United Nations by only five member states which called themselves “United Nations Security Council (UNSC)” deciding and taking decisions for all members (193) of the United Nations and subsequently the UN establishment of the “ oilforfood program”; thus, the question is “Of what use is the UNSC?

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Who is President Salva Kiir Mayaardit?

 By PaanLuel Wël & Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

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

  1. Birth, Childhood and Education

He was the commanding officer, a captain in charge of the national army, at the Bentiu military garrison, when Chevron discovered oil[1] in Unity state in 1978.

Because he could not be trusted by Khartoum, being a southerner and ex-Anyanya officer, he was immediately transferred to Malakal, and northern troops under northern command were brought in and placed in charge of the newly discovered southern oilfields.

In 1994, he survived[2] a plane crash in Kapenguria, Kenya, when a chartered plane he was travelling in from Wilson Airport, Nairobi, to Nimule fell from over 25,000 feet, killing all passengers including the pilot, except Salva Kiir and his body guard.[3]

He escaped unscathed, with only minor injuries to his arm. As president, he later survived a joint Egyptian-Sudanese assassination plot on his life, according to Wikileak Dossier.[4]

He is the only surviving founding member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). He has been described as the ‘Biblical Joshua’ who led his beleaguered people to the “Promised Land shortly after the rise and fall of Moses.”[5]

His name is President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the current president of the Republic of South Sudan.

Kiir Kuethpiny Thiik Atem—popularly known as Salva Kiir Mayaardit—was born on the 13th of September, 1951, into a pastoral Dinka family in Akon village of the Awan-Chan Dinka Community, Gogrial District in Warrap state in the Bahr el Ghazal Region of the historical Sudan. He was the eighth of the family’s nine children—six boys and three girls—born to Kuethpiny Thiik Atem of Awan-Chan (Payum clan) and Awiei Rou Wol Tong of Awan-Chan (Payii clan), both of Gogrial Dinka from the REK Dinka community.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Paloch, South Sudan

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Simon Yel Yel, a Juba-based South Sudanese political analyst

January 4, 2015 (SSB) — As I write this letter, I am deeply overwhelmed by the wisest and bold decision our president has ever taken in creation of twenty eight states that set the entire nation into cordial jubilation. Little did anyone know that the presidential order on 2nd October will materialize! Before I delve into real reasons of writing you this open letter, I would like to say congratulations in the first place for having won our president’s heart to appoint you as the first governor of the newly created Gogrial State. Congratulations!

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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October 7, 2015 (SSB)  —  Before I go into what I want to write, I would first love to preface this article with a few clarifications. I have taken a long sabbatical leave from commenting on Warrap politics, and it is real fun watching the drama of recycling, sacking, appointing and so forth of Warrap politics from panorama. Having had my own share in engineering field in private sector (I do not need a job from government); I want to accentuate that my praises or criticism shouldn’t be translated into Yel looking for a job. Some cronies and acolytes are conditioned to fire darts and brads at maverick writers and sometimes they tend to brand writers wrongly.

It is less than a week now since governor Akech has sworn in cabinet. Warrap state has been known for politics of different sorts. Following the appointment of Hon. Akech, many people had vowed that there shall be no more dirty politicking and meaningless opposition again; those who have rigged themselves into the cabinet will be forgiven and given time to deliver services to the people. In short, there was going to be a political honeymoon of stability in the state.

Unfortunately, President Salva Kiir gave the Warrap politicians something to talk of again by dividing Warrap into three states. Very tough and blessing-in-disguise homework! Now no one dares to talk about what should be the priorities of this formed cabinet. The talks of the day are about the new states and who are to be cabinet ministers and governors. However, I hold the contrary view, not least because as one old adage goes, one bird in hand is worth two in the bush! I feel that we still have business with this cabinet. We are still one Warrap for the next 30 days and we ought to know what the priorities of this cabinet are?

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

Warrap state's acting governor, Akech Tong Aleu, speaking at Wau teaching hospital during an official visit in April 2014

Warrap state’s acting governor, Akech Tong Aleu, speaking at Wau teaching hospital during an official visit in April 2014

August 24, 2015 (SSB) — I will begin by thanking the president of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, for the trust has conferred upon you by appointing you as a caretaker governor of Warrap state in this critical time where there is insecurity in the state and in the nation as whole. Congratulations!

Mr. Governor, I know you have already received floodgate of congratulatory notes and verbal praising following your appointment but I felt that I should communicate to you by writing an open letter to you. I just want to alert you of the enormity of the task ahead of you ranging from insecurity to misunderstanding between the government organs, SPLM party and Warrap populations that you carry on your novel shoulders.

Arguably, the former governor has created a great gap of distrust between government; Warrap populations, state assembly and the SPLM party in the state. There is no link and trust between them at all. They see themselves as enemies and each works against the other.

Mr. Governor, it is now your task to reunite the government with the SPLM party, state assembly and Warrap populations and build trust and teamwork among them once more.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

“No Nation has the right to make decision for another nation; No people for another people” Julius Kambarage Nyerere, from his ‘A Peaceful New Year’ speech given in Tanzania on 1 January 1968.

President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

August 14, 2015 (SSB) — In politics, as in medicine, a cure based on a false assumption, diagnosis, is almost always worthless, often worsening the condition that is supposed to be healed. Sometimes the new disease may arise because of the wrong medicine prescribed by the doctors and hence aggravating the condition of the patient more than ever before. Therefore, doctors are required to listen careful to their patients before attempting to diagnose the sickness and prescribe the medicine.

The recent proposed modus vivendi by the IGAD-Plus as the “diagnose” to cure the 19 months old conflict of South Sudan is a cure predicated on false assumption and wrong diagnose. Therefore, it will not bring peace in South Sudan and hence it is a waiting bomb that can explode in less than three weeks if this deal is signed. This proposed deal clearly shows that the IGAD and Troika want South Sudan to be in category of the failing states like Somalia and Palestine or a country in existential conflicts threatening to tear the nation apart similar to that of Syria or Iraq.

The intention of Troika is thus to disintegrate South Sudan like what the US did to Afghanistan because of the resources of South Sudan. The IGAD-Plus mediators should know that the citizens of South Sudan do not welcome this deal and that is why the protests were organized in almost every part of the country condemning the IGAD-PLUS of being bias by demanding to dictate the peace on South Sudan, which is purely favoring the rebels of Riek Machar. This truce is so dictating—New World Disorder at best—it portends the disintegration South Sudan.

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Laws in White House are Not Applicable Everywhere, Susan Rice MUST Know This

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

“The US-led western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights within individual countries acts from a directly opposite position in the international arena, rejecting the democratic principles of sovereign equality of states, and trying to decide for everyone what is good and what is evil,” Says Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign affairs minister.

July 22, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Barefacedly, alone among the governments in the world, the Americans believe that their nation, the US, is an ”exceptional” country and Americans are “indispensable” people and require sovereign government to follow its laws even when Washington’s laws contradict the laws of other sovereign countries. It was 9th July when the US redefined media propaganda reached the highest peak. The usual mumbo-jumbo propaganda of the US on twitters and TVs moved to YouTube when the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice downloaded what she called “message to people of South Sudan” on the solemn fourth anniversary of our independence.

Indeed the U.S. has succeeded in demonizing the government of President Salva Kiir by consistently portraying South Sudan in the eyes of the world as a failed state and Kiir as a murderer and despot who wants to be in power forever. The White House has been making great use of mass media propaganda to get the job done since the beginning of the ongoing war. First, they’ve controlled the narrative of what is happening in South Sudan and use it as a platform to misinform the people. This is critical for the following reasons. One, because it permits the White House to sweep the December 15th foiled coup attempt in Juba  into the dustbin of American memory and world at large  and, never to be seen again.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

June 30, 2015 (SSB)  —  Every year Nyandeng Malek confirms that she is the only stranger in Jerusalem. What she always does in Warrap are strange things that governors of other states don’t do. The adjournment of elections to 2018 due to the crisis in the country and what to be done have taken different philosophical jurisprudence versions in Warrap. Nyandeng Malek and her cabinet have totally misinformed the citizens of Warrap by saying that they are extending the constitution of Warrap state so that the president doesn’t fire the Mps on 9 July 2015.

A Number of indefensible and toadyism arguments have been made by lacqueys of Nyandeng that are full of intellectual knavery and naivety; “Let people know that we are not extending personality of the incumbent Governor. We are extending the constitution and the office of the governor” really, really Hon? It is a humbug or a jive and next to impossible to convince any person with sound mind rather to convince none another than M-pigs (Mps). Where on earth can Mps extend constitution? There is no raison d’être for it whatsoever the case may be. In my own jurisprudence literacy, we don’t time the office but we time the person who occupies the office. We don’t extend the constitution but the time given to the occupant or holder of the office if there are political circumstances that can’t allow people to elect the new one. In all over the whole, terms are extended not the constitutions.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

June 14, 2015 (SSB)  —  A number of reasonable arguments have been expounded by the government of South Sudan regarding the rationale for the expulsion of Toby Lanzer, the UN relief coordinator for humanitarian affairs in South Sudan. “The mandate of the United Nations in South Sudan,” argues Ateny Wek Ateny, the presidential spokesman, “is to supplement, is to support the government of South Sudan, it is not to cause a havoc. Toby had crossed the line” and had to go. According to Martin Elia Lomuro, South Sudan Minister for Cabinet affairs, Toby Lanzer had “entered an area which is more political than humanitarian.” Hon. Lomuro added that, “personally I used to engage him and to bring to his attention that what he is doing is not his mandate but it is political and it can cost differences and even escalation of the conflict more than he thinks.”

Yet, in spite of these crystal clear redlines that Toby Lanzer had unashamedly crossed without remorse, the international community, particularly the UN, US and the EU, are still calling upon Juba to reverse her decision on Toby Lanzer. Reverse, reverse, reverse, reverse and more reverse! I Am sickened and disturbed by our Western partners especially the US, UK and German in the way they intimidate South Sudan government. The reaction of the US to whatever South Sudan government does, as a sovereign country, is always negative and unbecoming. Since the genesis of the ongoing war in South Sudan, the US has never shown any respect to the sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan in all the decisions that South Sudan takes.

The reaction of the US is always above negative given the words it uses to brand the decisions taken by South Sudan government. For example, John Kerry used the word “Lack of leadership” on the 5th of March 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, when the government mediation team rejected the rebels’ proposal of awarding Riek Machar a position of executive prime minister or first vice president. On the 2nd of June 2015, the US issued a press statement on the expulsion of Toby Lanzer and branded the decision by the government of South Sudan as an “affront” to the international community. The way the US always stigmatizes decision taken by the government of South Sudan is imperialistic, disrespectful and al libitum.

Worrisomely, the sovereign state of South Sudan is fast becoming a subordinate of the US and EU, who never fail to giving their discourtesy reactions to every single decision taken by South Sudan government on the interest of South Sudanese people. One therefore wonders if this is how powerful gangs should be treating a young nation like South Sudan. What is the US jurisprudence of sovereignty over South Sudan? I don’t understand how our friends (US and the EU countries) understand the sovereignty of South Sudan.

South Sudan government became impatient on the 29th May this year to wait for Lanzer term to end given the brazen way he has been utterly talking against South Sudan government. Since the beginning of this ongoing war, Lanzer has totally forgotten that he is a humanitarian worker, but instead started behaving like the UK ambassador or diplomat and start giving his analysis on the war, economics and how he politically sees the government. In early May this year, he made the demeaning and baseless statement that “South Sudan is collapsing and it is now resorting to printing its money.” This is irresponsible statement that an aid worker shouldn’t say but because he perceives himself as a white man and a typical Briton, he fancy himself that he somehow has political or racial license to spew anything on the government that comes to his mind and nothing can be done to him.

Mr. Lanzer has been tweeting very negatively fuelling humanitarian crisis in South Sudan by fallaciously estimating the displaced people and number of the people that will be in need of food. On the 28th May this year, he tweeted: “4.6 millions in # South Sudan will be severely, yes severely, food insure by July. That is 800,000 thousands more than in July last year.” In the night of the same day of May 28th, he again tweeted, “As of today in #South Sudan, 2.1 million people have been forced to flee their homes. This up from 1.3 million in May last year.” For sure, it is extremely hard for anyone to verify the figures from these tweets. These are prejudice estimations that are totally far from the truth because one can’t convince people that the number of displaced people in 2015 is bigger than in 2014. One wonders what the criterion and the number of the instrument used by Lanzer to obtain those numbers? Simply put, Toby Lanzer wanted people to believe in his philosophy that South Sudan has no government; that South Sudan is in the category of the failing states like Somalia and Palestine or a country in serious conflict similar to that of Syria or Iraq.

In late May this year, the harum-scarum Toby made another statement again in an interview with CNN in Geneva, Switzerland. In his interview, Toby again said, “South Sudan leadership is a failure and it is unable to control or find solution for the current crisis which it created, South Sudan is collapsing.” This statement piqued the Council of Ministers and loses its patience to wait for Toby mission to end. The Council of Ministers unanimously agreed to expel him from South Sudan and consequently informed the head of UNIMISS the reason why Toby Lanzer is no longer wanted in South Sudan.

However, The US perceived the expulsion of Toby as blasphemy and branded it as “an affront” to the international community because it felt ashamed of saying “it is a blasphemy to the UK and US.” If the expulsion of Toby Lanzer is “an affront” to the international community, then which word suits well the statement of Lanzer that ”South Sudan is collapsing and it is now resorting to printing its money?” Is it “honor” or “pleasantry” to South Sudan? The Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Sheba Crocker, will choose one word for us to describe Toby statement with.

On the 2nd of June, The UN Secretary General’s spokesman released a press statement: “The Secretary-General calls on the Government of South Sudan to reverse its decision immediately”. This call is also being repeated by The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Missions of Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom and the Heads of Mission of Canada and of Switzerland made their joint press release and call for South Sudan government to reverse the decision and reinstate Toby to finish his term. Sadly, our Western partners have totally forgotten that Toby was a humanitarian coordinator not an ambassador so that the government can follow the Vienna convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The US ambassador to the UN, Mrs. Samantha Power tweeted that “South Sudan UN humanitarian coordinator, just the latest in a series of outrages by Kiir gov’t, I join the UN Sec-Gen’s call for reversal.” Samantha called all “decisions” taken by South Sudan government as “outrages” in her own jurisprudence literacy. Ms. Samantha, for your information, your tweet is outrageous for defending the irresponsible aid-worker-turned-politician who specialized in talking trash on our government if you don’t know what the outrage means. Did you call on Obama on the 22nd of March this year when Obama declared 50 Russian diplomats persona non grata?

In conclusion, I want to make it very crystal clear to our Western partners that the decision taken by the government of South Sudan is right, final and irreversible, shut up and leave the government alone, don’t disturb us! If you want to stop sending aids to South Sudan because of Toby, then don’t send it. Toby Lanzer deserved to be taken to jail and then taken to court to produce material evidences of all that he has been saying on social media and in press statements or interviews against the republic of South Sudan. He is not supposed to be expelled only without being taken to court. He is lucky to been expelled without being taken to the court of law to account for his political war on our country.

Simon Yel Yel can be reached at simonyel55@yahoo.com or 0955246235.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba

June 2, 2015 (SSB)  —  I will begin by thanking the president Salva Kiir Mayardit for the trust he has for you to manage the Nilepet at this critical time where the oil has dropped cheaply in the world market while skyrocketing in South Sudan .South Sudan sells a barrel of crude oil in International market at 40 USD while here in south Sudan we buy a litter of diesel at 6 USD. Congratulations for the post and I hope that you will manage this national oil company very well.

I just want to alert you of the enormity of the task ahead of you and the hopes of millions of south Sudanese that you carry on your lean shoulders. I and other South Sudanese have a hope that you will address this urgent issue of the oil or fuel in the country as your first priority in the office. I came to believe that you are fully prepared and determined to do your job without any lame excuses when I heard on SSTV announcing the meeting called by the newly appointed managing director of the Nilepet ( Joseph Cleto) with fuel suppliers; just two after your appointment. I was very happy and I felt that I should say “CONGRETULATION AND KEEP IT UP”. Keep it up sir!

I don’t know you personally and your strength but your brilliant start of your work gave me a hope that you really deserved to be in that position and I believe that you will execute your assigned duties to the fullest. I have no doubt that you will be a hardworking person like Dr. John Gai of the education, Dr. Riek Gai of the healthy and Awan Gol of the office of the president who are now been praised by every South Sudanese from every works of life. Every South Sudanese say that if they had been appointed since 2005 up to now, then there would have no been issues of syllabus for the education; people dying of Malaria and maternal death in the hospital. I would love you sir to ask them to tell you the secret of” hardworking” so that you become like them. But am convinced that your scintillating start indicates that you are ready to serve the people of South Sudan with all your heart and determined to be counted as one of best managers in the world. Keep that good start up!

Dear Sir, you have had a remarkable career but the job you acquired recently could be your Waterloo if you are not prepared to take the bull by its horns. The outgoing manager did little then nothing but you should determine to match up his footprint toe by toe and do better than he did. Every South Sudanese with exception of few who enter a high office does so with a bang but often exits with a whimper giving excuses that he or she was not given enough time but in reality he or she had nothing in plan to offer. I know it is unfair to judge you by others’ incompetence but beware of the ghosts of integrity axis who are now ready to derail you from your plans for the betterment of the Nilepet and South Sudan oil industry in general. I and many South Sudanese were surprised by high velocity and great acceleration you started your work with in just two days prior to your appointment. Don’t de-accelerate or reduce the velocity sir!. You are the first South Sudanese appointed official by the presidential decree to start work straightaway before you even celebrated your appointment with family, friends and relatives. The appointed ones by presidential decrees do almost spend two to three weeks in some luxurious hotels enjoying themselves without even inquiring the whereabouts of their offices.

Mind you, your eloquence is legendary, but the task at vanguard demands you shut up, and let your actions do the talking as you incandescently started it. I am encouraged by your recent meeting with the fuel suppliers about the skyrocketing of the fuel prices and I appreciated your stand on the price of diesel to drop to be like in 2007 to 2011 where a litter of diesel was five (5) Sudanese pounds. Dear Sir, though the prices of the fuel fall now and we don’t have crude oil refinery here in South Sudan for local consumption, it is still that you didn’t treat the disease well. To treat it well , then you have to make oil refinery for local consumption like the proposed oil refinery in Akon.

The PETRONAS of Malaysia was started like the Nilepet and now PETRONAS ranks as the 12th most profitable company in the world and the most profitable in Asia. It is a national company of Malaysia fully owned by the government like the Nilepet. Now in Malaysia, the PETRONAS has its own university and institute called (INSTEP) for training oil Technicians and Production operators and distribute them every countries where it operates like South Sudan. I would be happy to see the Nilepet opening its institute to train the oil technicians here locally to avoid the expensive hiring of foreigners in the oil fields. Make Nilepet to be like PETRONAS sir!

In collusion, one thing you should remember to observe at all time is, ambition should be made of sterner stuff. You cannot achieve the goals of your vow if you will take instructions and advises from opportunists or those who have never succeeded, or wherever, in the course of your duty. To leave a mark, no mountain should be too high to scale or stone too heavy to turn. If you can commit yourself to pay any price, to bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe or observe and pay whatever the cost it wishes you for the betterment of the Nilepet and South Sudan oil industry, be it better or worse, your place in history is assured.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

Mutahi of Kenya

Mutahi of Kenya

May 20, 2015 (SSB)  —-   On 14th May 2015, the Kenyan political provocateur, Mutahi Ngunyi, tweeted a very asinine and frivolous comment full of intellectual bias and dishonesty.

The content of the tweet is that ”Nkrunziza staged a coup against HIMSELF. The idea was to avoid Elections. Use the Coup to RE-ELECT himself. This is what Salva Kiir did!!”

This apophthegm tweet full of intellectual knavery caught the attention of many media houses and left people in wonder about how Mutahi sees things.

I will remind Mutahi of the quote he had borrowed from Talmud, an ancient Jewish religious scripture, “We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are”. He used it as a gist in his hypothesis of Tyranny of Numbers and also in his article posted on 10th Sept. 2008 “Mutahi Ngunyi: Who is the revolutionary: Moi, Kibaki or Raila”?

On many Kenyan blogs, he accepted that this is what we always do with our leaders and there is a need to change such perception. He went ahead to paraphrased it “We do not judge them (leaders) as they are; we judge them as we are!”. He argued that we should judge our leaders as they are not how we are. Now the questions is, what happened to this sir? Why did you refuse to see things as they are instead of seeing them as you are?

I will also remind you of the story you narrated in the same article about Italian guy who worked for a clinic in Yugoslavia in the early 80s. Every morning, he would cross the border to Yugoslavia by bicycle and be subjected to a thorough search. The authorities at the border believed that he was smuggling stuff into the country.

They would, therefore, undress him and disassemble his bicycle hoping to find something. For years, the routine continued without success. After the liberation of Slovenia from Yugoslavia, one of the border guards saw the man in a cafe and introduced himself.

He said to him: “… I used to check you every morning at the border. We were convinced that you were smuggling something, yet we found nothing when we searched you. So, what exactly were you smuggling?”

The man replied: “The bicycles I rode, of course!” Because they were conditioned to think in a certain way, the border guards missed the point.

And this is exactly what we have done with our leaders. We do not judge them as they are; we judge them as we are!

Now the question is, what is the difference between you and the border guard who asked the Italian man about what he was smuggling, in relation to coups in south Sudan and in Burundi? Because you are conditioned to think in a certain way that is why you missed the point to understand that what happened in South Sunday and in Burundi were coups. Please try to see things are they.

Your tweet revealed how gullible you are. How a charlatan political scientist, who could predict the elections outcome correctly could display his intellectual prejudice and amentia to the entire world by saying that President Sava Kiir of South Sudan and Nkrunziza of Burundi have staged coups against themselves and the idea is to avoid elections. Please sir, better stick to elections predictions and leave coups alone, your first trial to analyse coups shows that you are incapable and it is better to call it a quit.

To assume ceteris paribus happened in South Sudan with Burundi is a mental acedia analysis. I can say your skewed analysis and hypothetical way of looking at realities is dead and should be buried and leave its soul to rest in peace. Anyway you have spoken sir! Your tweet portrays the privy view of your friend Uhuru Kenyatta on coup in south Sudan and that is why he didn’t condemn the coup in south Sudan and went ahead to give a tribal rebel leader Riek Machar a red carpet reception in the state house in Nairobi.

What are you smoking Sir if I may ask? Do you want to produce another hypothesis on coups in South Sudan and Burundi? You need first to mind your political business in Kenya, finish with Raila before venturing into South Sudan.

Did Uhuru Kenyatta indict himself in Hague to win the 2013 presidential election in Kenya? Did Daniel Arop Moi staged a coup against himself in 1982 when the soldiers loyal to Odinga and his son Riala captured the main radio station “voice of Kenya” and announced that they had overthrown the government?

Did President Daniel Arap Moi re-elect himself? You are dancing the tune of the rebels and their masters (West) which lacks justifications. Go and ask Kibaki to tell you what the coup is in Kikuyu because if you failed to understand it in English.

Mutahi wants to redefine the coups narratives in Africa and the main ideas behind coups to convince us that all the failed coups were staged by the incumbents against themselves and the rationale is to re-elect themselves. It is a perverted theory and next to impossible to buy the brain of sane people that the incumbent can stage coup against himself to avoid elections.

How do you call the successful coups like in Mali in 2012 and in Madagascar in 2009? Did President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali de-elect, elect or re-elect himself for Captain Amadou Sanogo to take over the presidency?

Or did President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar in 2009 de-elect, elect or re-elect himself for Andry Rajoelina to take over the presidency? Is it de-election, re-election or election?

If it were a test to define and explain what happened in south Sudan and Burundi, I swear, you would have scored a D. No wonder you once accepted in your tweet that you were always a D student, number 38 out of 39 and now it is confirmed right by tweet; failing to know that what happened in south Sudan and in Burundi was a coup.

The coup leader in Burundi Major General Godefroid Niyombarerundi would have got it “A” because he knows what a coup is and that is why he accepted that what he did was a coup. Your friend Riek Machar would also be the one following you, number 39 out of 39 with F; and he can still get F though he sits for the open book supplementary exams or retake. He is a dull engineer like you, the quack political scientist suffering from non compos mentis.

You chose a wrong career sir, this field needs a clever person not a dull one like you. You pretend to be a political scientist but sir, your examination of these two specimens (coups in south Sudan and in Burundi) in your political laboratory is erroneous and it indisposes you as political scientist.

If it is parallax error sir, then try to remove your glasses and see carefully what the readings are, whether they read, coups, elections, de-elections, and re-elections; or if you were in a deep dream slumber when tweeting this, then wake up and wash your face so that you see the reality of the world, and if it is analysing disorder of coups, then your career as a political scientist should be buried and leave its soul rest in peace because you can’t be a political scientist who can only predicts elections outcome and fails to know the differences between the coups and re-elections. Better remain as a political analyst not a political scientist!

Inclusion, if there are no more elections now in Kenya, be it by-elections, associations’ elections and traditional chiefs’ elections, to predicts who will the election, then better see what job else can you do rather than poking your nose into south Sudan’s affairs.

Let your mendacious and dubious tweets have borders, your column was withdrawn from the leading newspapers in Kenya because your writings don’t meet the set minimum threshold for any cerebral thought.

Your tweeter account should be withdrawn because what you claimed to be political aphorisms also don’t meet the set standard of epigrams of any political scientist all over the world.

The writer is a south Sudanese concerned citizen and can be reached at simonyel55@yahoo.com

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