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Twi Community Association—USA New Leadership Commencement, 21 September 2019: The Inaugural Address of the New Twi-USA Community Leader, David Lual Bul Manyok

David Lual Bul Manyok, the new president of Twi-USA
David Lual Bul Manyok, the new president of Twi-USA

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (PW) — Board Chairman, John Lueth Mabior Lueth, Vice Chairman, Lual Deng Awan Deng-wiir, Secretary General, Garang Ajak Deng Barach; Distinguished and Honorable Guests: Minister Awut Deng Acuil, Ambassador Philip Jada Natana, Ambassador Agnes Adlino Orifa, Dr. Majak D’Agot Atem, Mr. Ajang Chan Awuol, Mama Mary Juan Philimon, Mr. Matiop Lueth Atem, Ladies and gentlemen, South Sudanese community leaders, Distinguish members, our Twi members, and all the South Sudanese communities. Allow me to welcome you on behalf of Twi community in the United States of America.  We are honored you have joined us today and thank you for bringing greetings from your members to Twi Community.  We truly appreciate that. If you are here as one the South Sudanese community association’ leaders, please rise up for Twi people to see you. 

South Sudanese Diaspora communities, good afternoon and thank you so much for coming to our leadership commencement. There is no greater honor to see all of you here today. Moreover, there is no greater reward than community service. And today, as all of you are aware, there is no greater need in our communities and our country than to provide community services through responsible community stewardship. For these reasons, I would like to honor our heroes, our country’s founding father Dr. John Garang de Mabior and his comrades, including our president Salva Kiir Mayardit and all the leaders. May South Sudan overcomes its challenges achieve peace and prosperity.  

Lual Bul Manyok and Atem Deng Ang'oh, July 2019
Lual Bul Manyok and Atem Deng Ang’oh, July 2019

I would like to begin my speech by referencing the African teaching of Ubuntu—the concept of “I am because we are”. This belief central message is that we may be different individuals and/or communities, but our needs are intertwined and our destiny is bound. We exist because of all us. Twic community is part of the South Sudanese communities as all the different South Sudanese are also part of us the Twi people. We are South Sudanese, and South Sudan is us. So welcome to Twi East Community-USA office commencement,and please feel at home in this function.




President Salva Kiir addressing the nation in Juba, 15 May 2019: Speech of H.E President of the Republic on the occasion of the May 16th Celebration – 2019

Dear Compatriots,

Thursday, May 16, 2019 (PW) — Today marks 36 years since the founding of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement. On this historic occasion, I want to congratulate the people of South Sudan in general and the men and women of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and the SPLM in particular.

As we commemorate this important national day, it is important that we pay respect to our fallen heroes and the heroines.

More especially, we are eternally indebted to the memory of our late leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Cde Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, Cde William Nyuon Bany, Joseph Oduho and all the fallen founding members of our great movement.


In commemorating the founding of the SSPDF/M this year, I have a simple message:

I want to remind my comrades in the SPLM and those in various opposition groups that the vision for which we offered our lives is now realized; we have a country, we have set up a government, and we are fully in control of our destiny.



31st October 2018: President Kiir’s and Dr. Riek Machar’s Speeches during the Celebration of the R-ARCSS in Juba, South Sudan

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Speech of H.E. The President on the Occasion of the Celebration of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, 31st October 2018, Juba

-H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda
-H.E. Omer Al Bashir, President of the Republic of the Sudan
-H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
-H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
-H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Democratic of Somalia
-H.E. Mustafa Kemal Modbouly, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt
-H.E. Nasser Bourita, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco
-H.E. Deputy Chairperson of the African Union
-H.E. Leader of Delegation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
-H.E. Ambassador Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan
-H.E. Gen. Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
-H.E. Dr. James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
-H.E. Dr. Riek Machar, Chairman of the SPLM-IO
-Excellencies the Representatives of the Parties signatory to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS)
-Excellencies members of diplomatic Corps
-Invited Guests

My Comrades, Ladies & Gentlemen

Thursday, November 1, 2018 (PW) —- First and foremost, allow me to sincerely congratulate all of you on this joyous occasion in which we are celebrating the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) under the theme; Celebrating the Dawn of Peace, appreciating friends, cherishing reconciliation and unity.

Allow me also to express my deepest appreciation to each of you for attending this very important function. In the spirit of promoting peace and stability in our beloved nation, I ask you all to join me in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Riek Machar Teny and all the opposition leaders who have shown their commitment to the peace deal by coming to celebrate it with us today. Their presence is a strong proof to all that war is ending and a new era of peace and prosperity is breaking. Please welcome them wholeheartedly and make them feel proud at home.

As you all know, our celebration of the revitalized Agreement would not be possible today without the support of the region and the broader international community. In recognition of this support, please join me in welcoming to the Republic of South Sudan dignitaries from Africa and the entire world. Their coming to grace this dignified celebration speaks volumes, and I personally would like to register my heartfelt appreciation to each one of them for being here.

I want to especially recognize the presence of my elder brothers, H.E. President Omar El Bashir of the Republic of Sudan and H.E. President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda, whose particular efforts helped in making this occasion a reality. (more…)

On the peace agreement: “They think that I’m the obstacle to peace and if I am removed after signing the agreement then there will be no problem. They want me to sign the agreement and then step down immediately. What is my incentive in bringing peace if it is the peace that I will bring and then I step aside? Nobody can do it. Bashir did not do it when we were fighting with him,” said President Kiir while paying his last respect to Gen Ajonga Mawut in Juba, South Sudan. “They ask me to sign a peace agreement with them (rebels) and step aside, but innu what would be my incentive of bringing the peace that I will not be part of?”

Regarding the G-10 or SPLM-FD: “I thought I was dealing with brothers that’s why I arrested them and kept them in a safe place but I was pressured and told to release them and hand them to another country for their safety, only to see them on national television SSTV (SSBC) being received in a red carpet. It was there I regretted why did I release them and not punish them according to laws of the country”

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This speech was delivered on February 4th, 2018                 

By Gen. Lemi Logwonga Lomurö PhD (Cand)

Kiir, Clooney, Prendagast, Oyai, Mayen Wol and Ezekiel Lol

President Kiir, George Clooney, John Prendergast, Oyai Deng Ajak, Mayen Wol and Ezekiel Lol

March 21, 2018 (SSB) — Dear All Delegates of the Opposition groups, allow me to address you, on this great day of our history, as you sit down in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to deliberate on the Revitalization of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), signed on 15th August 2015. Matthew chapter 22:14 says “many are called but few are chosen”. You are called to represent the suffering people South Sudan.

As you all are very aware about how Gen. Salva Kiir, flagged (16) reservations against the ARCSS from the outset and, wasted no time to dismantle the agreement right from the minute it was inked, beginning with the creation of 32 states, when he knew clearly well, that he was violating the peace agreement. President Salva Kiir took this decision in the full knowledge that he had no mandate whatsoever, to do so in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

Some of the reservations include the refusal to accept SPLM/IO claim that they had soldiers in Equatoria and Bahr El-Ghazal, and instead, the government launched an attack on the bases where opposition soldiers were gathered for cantonment; and the refusal to the demilitarization of the capital, Juba. These are only a few examples of the 16 reservations raised by Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.  I believe that many of you are fully aware of the rest of the reservations.


Keynote Speech of Hon. Deng D. Yai at the Ministerial Exchange C – How does Education contribute to peace and security? 

The Education World Forum 2018, London, United Kingdom, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,


Deng Deng Hoc, South Sudan minister for Education

January 24, 2018 (SSB) — I am very delighted to speak here at the Education World Forum 2018. I thank all those who sponsored the Forum. I also thank the Forum for the invitation and the opportunity.

How does education contribute to peace and security? This is an important question and this the Ministerial Exchange is a golden opportunity to provide answers. And we have good news and bad news!

The bad news is we have witnessed too many wars, conflict and acts of violence. We have lost too many human lives too often and in too many different parts of the world. We have destroyed our Planet and caused climate change and climate change is destroying too many lives and livelihoods. We have become, to borrow the words of HRH Prince Charles, “architects of our own destruction”. It is a great human tragedy. That’s really bad news!


Statement by Amb. Seyoum Mesfin at the High-Level Revitalization Forum

Posted: December 19, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Speeches

This address was delivered by IGAD Special Envoy Gen. Lazaro Sumbeiywo, in the absence of Mesfin, who was not able to attend the opening session.

communique from IGAD

December 19, 2017 (SSB) —- Distinguished delegates of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan; Distinguished delegates of the SPLM/SPLA (In Opposition); Distinguished delegates of the SPLM Leaders (Former Detainees);

Distinguished Eminent Personalities,Distinguished representatives of Civil Society, the Faith-based institutions; and the women’s bloc; Distinguished representatives of the AU, UN, Troika, EU, China and diplomatic community; Excellencies, my Colleagues the IGAD Special Envoys, members of the secretariat, and members of the media; Ladies and gentlemen;

Welcome once more to Addis Ababa, and to what I hope will be a productive and intense session of negotiations. I make the following remarks on behalf of Amb. Seyoum Mesfin, who is not with us here today but will be returning to Addis Ababa in a few days’ time.


red carpet, Bashir and kiir in khartoum1

Red carpet, Bashir and Kiir in Khartoum, November 1, 2017

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — “…Your Excellency, my coming to Khartoum today in response to your [Omar al Bashir] invitation is to put a final decision on all the agreements that we have been signing starting from 2012, up-to this moment.

I believe that with this team that has come here, what have been discussed will all be implemented. And I take the responsibility to be the supervisor of my team to ensure whatever has been agreed upon must be done. This is in response to the goodwill that you have shown. We have no other better choices.

The fact that South Sudan broke away from Sudan was not really the most choice of everybody, but when the majority decide in a democratic situation, people have to go with it. Again, whatever problems that happened in 2013, were uncalled for, and we would want to put them to an end.

We have listened to your voice of advice that we should not allow any political groupings to be harbored by South Sudanese against the government of the Republic of Sudan. We will not do that. I believe that the same will not happen here, because this is where South Sudanese have run to; they have run to Sudan in great numbers and other country that is hosting a great number of South Sudanese is the Republic of Uganda. But all of these, we believe that we will bring them back to our country so that we solve our problems once and for all.

I thank you for your hospitality your Excellency, and that we will work together- as I said -I will be the supervisor of whatever agreements that we have reached here. I will supervise it, and all the ministers will have to be pushed ahead of me so that they do what is wanted of them.”

Speech of the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayaardit, on the 6th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan


“Fellow Citizens, Ladies and Gentlemen,

July 9, 2017 (SSB) —- I am privileged and pleased to address you today, the 9th of July 2017, to recognize the 6th Anniversary of the Independence of our Country; the Republic of South Sudan. Of course our independence day is the most important, historical, and costly event of our lifetime. Millions of our beloved people lost their precious lives in order for us to enjoy the freedom and independence we have today.

I, therefore, wish to salute and congratulate the people of South Sudan, for their sacrifices without which we would never have achieved our independence.

As your President, it is also my humble honour to pay tribute to our late leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, and all the brave men and women of this great land whose martyrdom bestowed upon us the independence of our country.


This is a speech I delivered during an event that took place on 10/6/2017, in Melbourne, Australia

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

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

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The saying of a Chinese philosopher goes like this: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The step of the liberation journey that eventually led to the independence of South Sudan was marked when Late Major Kerubino Kwanyin Bol who commanded Battalion 105 launched an assault on Government troops in Bor in 16th May 1983.

That Civil war ended on 9th January 2005.  The time span of 1983 up to 2005 was a long time.  That war caused the death of two million people.  That was a high price to pay in exchange for your freedom and my freedom.  That was a high price to pay for the freedom of our children and our children’s children.

Freedom does not come easily; freedom comes following the shedding of the blood.  Freedom, brothers and sisters, comes when a price is paid.  Our brother Malcolm X once said, “The price of freedom is death.”  Major Kerubino Kwanyin paid the ultimate price, so did the rebel movement leader, Dr John Garang De Mabior, so did Commander William Nyuon Bany, so did many more heroes and heroines. They paid the price so that we may all be free.


Malual Bol Kiir

Chelsea Clinton, the Vice President for Clinton’s foundation presenting the Voices of Courage Award to Malual Bol Kiir

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — The 2017 Voices of Courage award has been awarded to Malual Bol Kir, Malual who is the founder of the African Youth Action Network (AYAN), a NGO that helps the refugees and bring the youth together to reach their top potential and work together as agents of peace and positive change

Since 2015, AYAN has been working with UNHCR to reach out to other NGOs and help to bridge the gap between national youth and the youth from the refugee communities, and recruit other young people to work together as agents of peace and conflict prevention. So far AYAN has reached to over 2000 youth from the communities.

At the age of 23, Malual spent most of his youth amid war, witnessing an array conflict, massacre and of human rights abuses in south Sudan. What he believes inspires him to work for peace and refugees.


President Salva Kiir Mayardit today briefed the public on the Removal of General Paul Malong Awan from his Position as Chief of General Staff of the SPLA

Kiir, Ajongo, Kuol, Wani, Awet, Malual AyomKiir, Ajongo, Kuol, Wani, Awet

My Fellow citizens, ladies and gentleman

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — On Tuesday, May 9th, I issued Republican Decree No. 76/2017 for the relief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army Chief of General Staff, General Paul Malong Awan. I also Issued Republican Decree No. 77/2017 appointing General James Ajongo Mawut as His successor.

Since the inception of our liberation movement, we have had six army Chiefs of General Staff that have served the SPLA. It is a routine procedure for the commander in chief to make changes to the national army based on the current needs. I take this opportunity to wish the new chief of Staff, General James Ajonga success in his new assignment.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to commend General Paul Malong Awan for his valiant service to the people of South Sudan in a number of important roles. He dedicated his life to the liberation of South Sudan and remains, as one of our most senior generals and his vast experience in necessary as we continue to develop our country.


Remarks at a Security Council Briefing on South Sudan

Ambassador Nikki Haley

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

U.S. Mission to the United Nations

New York City

April 25, 2017

Prof Majok Kelei stands next to UNMISS chief at Council of ministers in Bor picture by Mach Samuel

Prof Majok Kelei of Dr. John Garang University stands next to UNMISS chief at Council of ministers in Bor, picture by Mach Samuel


April 26, 2017 (SSB) — I want to thank Mr. Shearer for his briefings. I’d like to thank the leadership of Ambassador Seck and the briefings of Ambassador Ciss that you gave us today.

The BBC recently ran a report with a headline that asked the question, “Why are there still famines?” It’s a good question. The United Nations has declared that we are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II due to famine in Africa and Yemen. Twenty million people are at risk for starvation. In South Sudan, five and a half million face life-threatening hunger if nothing changes soon. That’s fully half the population of this young and troubled country. How can so many people be facing starvation given the technological and humanitarian capabilities we have today?





February 26, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, Ato Haile Merriam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hon Ministers, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Please allow me to extend my warm deep appreciation and gratitude for the kind invitation for me and my delegation to visit Ethiopia and hold talks with the leadership of this country.

The 8 Agreements or/and Memoranda of Understanding which we signed this morning will go a long way in further strengthening our bilateral relations. These relations are already excellent but our ambition is to take them to a level where the ordinary citizens in our two sisterly countries will feel and practically benefit from the improvement of our two economies and thus lift the standard of livelihood of our people.


The Speech of President Kiir, during the opening of the national assembly, 21 February 2017 (PDF)

Special Envoy Donald Booth at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

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January 24, 2017 (SSB) — Thank you all for joining us today. Ambassador Lyman, thank you for agreeing to moderate. I will start by saying that, if there is one thing I am going to take away from my time as the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, it is the depth of interest and involvement in the Sudans on the part of so many people here in the United States. Sudan and South Sudan are distant, complex places – and yet all of you know and care so much about them and their people. You help inform and animate U.S. policy. We have not always agreed, but I can say confidently that our role in the Sudans would be much diminished without the rich debate resulting from your engagement. I thank you.

I am grateful for this opportunity to offer some reflections as I step down as Special Envoy. Since I took this job in August 2013, a tremendous amount has happened in Sudan and South Sudan – more than I will be able to review today. Let me begin with South Sudan.


President Donald Trump Inaugural Address

Posted: January 21, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Speeches

Obama’s Statement on US Recognition of the Republic of South Sudan, July 9, 2011.

January 20, 2017 (SSB) — Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.