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By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

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

October 21, 2017 (SSB) —- President of the Republic of South Sudan shoulders huge responsibility of running a country engulfed by hostilities. From the time of the SPLM fallout and its subsequent disintegration, the country has been put in shreds.

Rebellions of different fronts have surfaced. They all have been fighting for undefined goals. Some of the rebellions have tribal motives and some have even individual motives but they have all disguised their ulterior and sinister motives in the shadow of transformation.

It is inevitable that South Sudan has been transformed into a country were poverty is ragging like a wildfire. We are victims of our own stupidity. Undeniably, a brother has murdered a brother. We have no bond. We have faltered. Peace is a distance thing. We have invited our own problem. We shoulder the downfall and all the mayhem it attracts.



By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

September 28, 2017 (SSB) — Many a time, a lot has been said about those that support the government of the day. Names have been called and curse levied against individuals. That is the nature of humanity.

It has been twirling around that offensive talks and christening people expressly as sycophants, lunatics, illiterate, stupid, foolish majority, beneficiaries of the regime, slaves etc are excessively being used as tools of opposition. It is true so but that is a smart way meant to serve as a machinery by those that do it to woo the supporters of the President to their camps.

It should be acknowledged that human nature has complexities and therefore sides in opposition can iron out issues mannerly so as to safeguard the national cohesion. We are part and parcel of each other.


By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

Governor Philip Aguer and UNMISS cheif David Shearer making joint statement picture by Mach Samuel - Copy (2)

Governor Philip Aguer and UNMISS cheif David Shearer making joint statement picture by Mach Samuel – Copy (2).JPG

Your Excellency,

September 6, 2017 (SSB) — It is my humble submission to write to you this open letter aimed at communicating my thoughts on the Regional Protection Force deployment. Likely, the deployment is in conformity with United Nations Security Council’s order but in breach of the South Sudanese laws.

Although this deployment is one of the provisions structured to end the expensive conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, it shouldn’t be made to look as though that your mission was taking over of the South Sudanese authority.

The significance of your mission is vested in civilians’ protection. As such, the civilians are not inhabitants of the Juba International Airport. Nobody is killing civilians in Juba city either and therefore there isn’t even a need for any deployment in the city. Few of the crime cases that you seem to exaggerate would be dealt with by local security forces and satisfactorily, they have been diminished.


By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

National Dialouge Steering Committee

National Dialogue Steering Committee

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — THE national dialogue committee is in place. Ways are being devised for a possible log-on. It seems there are a lot of stumbling blocks that would mar it at the genesis. The initial perception of the dialogue seems to be a mere perception devoid of substance.

THE excerpts from recent speakers at the gathering are telling on how political the dialogue has become. The circumstances surrounding it are flummoxing and the success would only be fortuitous.

THIS fact is clear, it has become a political forum. The lots are being casted. Politicians are shifting gears towards advancement of their agenda. Expectations that the dialogue would birth peace and reconciliation are de-escalating. The spirit is dying.

THE mechanisms used to draw the members of such a sensitive committee were either flaw or unresearched. The members drawn are too many and some of them are either not interested or unwilling. It is attracting resemblance to the 2013 crisis management committee. That was of course a nightmare committee.


By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

Gogrial state

June 4, 2017 (SSB) — It is with concern that I am writing this piece. I am worried. The conflict between Apuk Giir and Aguok Kuei communities of Gokrial state has recurred. Its recurrence has witnessed over 36 casualties and over 56 injuries. That is a bad omen as a consequence of the two confrontations.

That is extremely disheartening. These two sections have with an accentuated recalcitrance enhanced the conflict in their area for long now. But its consequences are ominous.

However, it is upon this that, despite tears rolling down my cheeks, I must write this piece to highlight some points with hope that the communities in question would accept to stop the conflict for the sake of their good. It is a call from a young man in your neighborhood. A South Sudanese like you.


By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

Kiir, Ajongo, Kuol, Wani, Awet

Awet Akot, Wani Igga, President Kiir, Kuol Manyang and Ajonga Mawut, the exhausted veterans of the SPLM/A war of liberation

May 31, 2017 (SSB) — Have you ever been part of a war as exhausting as a guerrilla warfare? Our veterans have been the central cogs of such exhausting warfare. Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon Bany, Arok Thon Arok and of course, Salva Kiir Mayardit, James Wani Igga, Kuol Manyang Juuk and Daniel Awet Akot among others were the central cogs. Too, their other senior colleagues, rank and file, have been integral.

The war raged on for over two decades, veterans dragged on persistently with a lot of hurdles to overcome. They fought willingly despite pervasive perseverance they had to go through.

As witnesses of dismal atrocities committed against their loved ones, kin and kiths by the ruthless successive Khartoum regimes, the then bewildered youngsters now turned veterans accepted to fight for the liberty of the oppressed despite lack of pay. They were volunteers who sacrificed to fight for the freedom of their maimed fellow countrymen and countrywomen. In short they were fighting for liberty. Liberty of South Sudanese and other marginalised Sudanese.


By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

David Yau Yau

Yau Yau, Lul Koang Ruai and Akot Lual

May 28, 2017 (SSB) — There is nothing wrong with my country. The land is fertile, rains are frequent, vegetation is tremendous. There is nothing wrong with South Sudanese. They are a diverse happy society. The land is vast and has been accommodating them for time immemorial and with huge reserves of land not in use.

We have about four huge forests. Our fuanda and Flora are flourishing as sources of tourists attraction. Beneath our soil is our oil, of course in abundance. Our diverse minerals aren’t minor source of wealth. Our domestic and wild animals are fabulous.

The longest River in the continent winds within the huge landscape of our country. We are tall and handsome people born of successful beautiful mothers and of course, our sisters are the envy of the world. The black beauty.

That is the South Sudan in summary.


By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

ateny wek ateny

Ateny Wek, Presidential press secretary

May 27, 2017 (SSB) — Many Greetings to you and blessings. Dear brother, I hope this finds you in good health. The purpose of this open letter is to wake you up from your deep slumber, get energised and serve the nation by issuing incredible, static and well-founded information.

Dear brother, on many counts you have been to the public knowledge as a man that beats the drums of truth. I first came to know you when your article was forwarded to me by Akol Ayom Wek Ateny, I published the article on the day Dr Khalil Ibrahim forces stormed the Omdurmans. We were solely running the newspaper with ustaz Adam Cholong and one Designer since all the workers were kept indoors by the insecurity invoked by the then masquerading fighters. Although not relevant to the issues of that day it was worthy of publication.


Dear President, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, affable greetings to you and blessings.

By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

Kiir, Ajongo, Kuol, Wani, Awet

May 17, 2017 (SSB) — It has been long since the team and I met you personally in Nairobi on your way back from United States of America. The meeting that we had with you was on developmental pillars. As a group we didn’t meet you so as to solicit for any material gains. Our thirteen point document was meant for the good of South Sudan. It was not based on any culpable conspiracies.

We gave you our multi-million dollar points on the national agenda for free. Categorically, we stressed for the need to harness our oneness as South Sudanese, the need for static security, the need for reforms, the need for lasting peace, the need for development and particularly on the serviceability of roads network, electricity and water.

We too stressed on the need for a grand goal of quality health care and quality education. Each of the big desired goals was hinted on well. With you we felt at home, you had not shown any supercilious character. For your information, you are a cordial president.


By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India

Generals Pieng Deng Majok, Paul Malong Awan and Malual Ayom Dor at the Bor Airport during the second liberation of Bor, 2014

Generals Pieng Deng Majok, Paul Malong Awan and Malual Ayom Dor at the Bor Airport during the second liberation of Bor, 2014

May 13, 2017 (SSB) — The Republic of South Sudan first. Anything else later. That is what one can say at least to soothe himself especially when a danger is looming. In the recent wake, a lot has been happening. Of all that had happened nothing has shaken my country the much it was and is being shook by the departure of Gen. Paul Malong Awan Anei aka King Paul from Juba via Terekeka on counts of travelling to his cradle land of Aweil.

This happened immediately after he was relieved by the President of the Republic of South Sudan. According to reliable sources, Gen. Paul Malong Awan had a desire to travel to his backyard and do his personal businesses like most South Sudanese are doing especially in this rainy season when cultivation is of paramount importance to agro-pastoralists like Gen. Paul Malong.


By Sunday de John, New Delhi, India


Presidential dinner for X-mass

May 3, 2017 (SSB) —- Time and again, I see people who had contributed to the destruction of Pan Chieel pointing their fingers towards the Presidency. The possibility of self-denial holding water is minimal.

The responsibility of failing state rests with the leaders. Small or big. The factors that have contributed to Pan Chieel current state do not necessarily come from one direction. President Lubajo Lodiong softness and lack of a designed goal have created complacency amongst his subordinates.

It birthed rapid siphoning of public resources. It has bred corruption. It has created upper class versus itself tussle. It has created minimal self-reliance. It has created disloyalty to the system.


By Sunday de John, Chennai, India

Kiir and Garang, liberation day

Dr. John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir Mayaardit, during the liberation era

March 27, 2017 (SSB) — What is patriotism? Love for one’s own country and the readiness to defend it from any form of aggression, would make a rough answer. Can one be patriotic at the county level, or rather at the state level? Per this, are you patriotic? I mean the ready reader. Am I patriotic? I mean the ready writer. If not so, then are we patriotic? These are few questions that ring in my mind.

I know that you know the notion of self-enrichment as one such reason that has significantly contributed to our myriad of problems. Wealth, unhealthy wealth, has in many ways tempted the then expected patriots. It has drown the insensitive, heartless looters to crave for more and more even after a significant looting.

By the way, a loot means something appropriated illegally often by force or violence. It also means illicit gains by public officials. That means, anything can be a loot. Appropriately, money can be a loot. Public property such as machinery, land and vehicles can too be regarded as loots.


Telar and Rin aside: let’s treat the Prince accordingly! A respond to lamentation on the fall of Roman Empire! A question of loose lips!

By Sunday de John, Kampala, Uganda,


Artwork by Deng Forbes

March 5, 2017 (SSB) — “It is a responsibility of any son or daughter of Eastern Lakes State to speak the truth to the people about issues that concerns their livelihood”. “This is a revolutionary duty that must be honored and effected upon at all times”. Thank you Prince for permitting us to say the truth. Verbatim, that was the latest expression made by Prince Ater Rin Tueny when he was expressing his sentiments on the social media following the recent reshuffle of the government of Eastern Lakes State.

He was so much aggrieved by the President’s decision to remove Hon. Rin Tueny and as a result, he blasted at specific quarters, particularly his own uncle, Chief of General Staff and his deputy. Whether the government of Eastern Lakes State was a family property or not remains mind-boggling but with the outrage manifested in the Prince writing, inferencing that it was family’s wouldn’t be a lie.

The article as well explored with revelation on how a meeting was conducted for the whole day in Telar’s residence and the then attendees to the meeting were amongst others, Amb. Telar Deng, Hon. Dhieu Wël, Hon. Bor Wutchok, and Hon. Matur Chut. The latter two are beneficiaries of the decrees issued subsequent to the reshuffle. The chief conspirators according to him were his two uncles, Hon. Dhieu and Amb. Telar. That Dhieu Wël was in Juba for that purpose, remove his father from power.


By Sunday de John, Nairobi, Kenya


The true size of Africa

January 7, 2017 (SSB) —- Hmm! Excuse me, let me express my recent Dream.  It is all but about a new continent. The one between Deerdoong and Wardoong. The continent is a home to three categories of people: namely the Duluum, Ajeech and Looch-diak.

The events happening in that new continent can on our continent be expressed as the wonders of the world. The continent is as good as ours, blessed with abundant of resources but the inhabitants are characteristically similar to the imagined aliens.

They are powerful in an inimical comportment. Their powers are directed at themselves, in other words, they only fight amongst themselves, gossip about themselves and worse enough wish each other a fall in a pit.


By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

John Garang

John Garang’s prophecy

October 10, 2016 (SSB) —- With tears rolling down my cheeks, I am writing this piece in extension of my sincere belated condolences to the grieving Apadang community and other South Sudanese whose loved ones have fallen victims of waylayers.

Indeed, the death of innocent children, women and men is a disaster. However, the manner with which they were killed is humiliatingly inhumane.

It is upon this that I am sending my condolences to the community at large and to the families and close relatives of the deceased. The cowardly act of targeting people on ethnic lineage is disheartening, divisive and unacceptably unnationalistic. Just like you, I hate it.

The act had interfered with national cohesion and is letting us loose. It is evil, hate inducing and unwarranted. It is for this reason that I am strongly condemning it. It is an act of terror which has no room in our society and does not reflect Sudanic version of life.


By Sunday de John, Nairobi, Kenya

Paul Malong Awan

King Paul Malong Awan

July 13, 2016 (SSB) — Get out of your hole, be safe. Move at will. Juba is safe, declared Paul Malong Awan. Do not kill the civilians, do not loot them. If you are caught doing that you will be arrested and if you resist the arrest you will be shot. Again, Paul roared.

Return to your barracks. Waste no time, do it now. Awan ordered the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. All these were during the skirmishes of the last five days when Juba caught cold from the damaging action of the SPLA in opposition.

From the early stages of their massive disingenuousness, the IO troops created skirmishes almost widely across the country. They killed innocent people in Raja, Wau, Torit, Yambio and anywhere else before they could then bring the mother war to Juba.


By Sunday de John, Nairobi, Kenya

south sudan in tatters

In tatters, South Sudan on the fifth anniversary of the Independent Day

July 10, 2016 (SSB) — Excuse me. It has been a while since I last wrote a piece. The then piece of writing was analytically focused on South Sudan’s economy and why the duo (Hon. David Deng Athorbei and Kornelio Koryom) weren’t supposed to be scapegoats as far as the downright economic downturn was concerned.

The then piece attracted a lot of criticisms and loathe, coming in, in form of emails or Facebook inbox messages and even verbally.

In fact, I got tainted just the same way I was tainted by Makiir Gai’s haters. The bad words directed at me as a result of my recent article were generated by personalities who are either enemies of the two or their naysayers. In essence and with sensibility, I have no much to say on that. However, today’s piece has much to do with South Sudan’s current events.


By Sunday de John–Nairobi, Kenya


Governor Kornelio Koryom with Strauss-kahn, former head of the IMF, in Juba.

June 22, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan economics’ downright downfall is multifactorial. The downfall isn’t one or two years old. Rather, it started even before independence and progressively to few months following independence. Had it been a baby, it’s death would have been categorised as infantile death.

The factors involved are multiple and each has incommensurable pestilence. The downright downfall started with acceptance of incomprehensive remittances from Khartoum during the periods of the government of Southern Sudan when Gen. Salva Kiir was preoccupied with the duties of the First vice Presidency and when Dr. Riek was too occupied by the plans of his future leadership.


Psychopathic cynicism of Lino Lual should cease!

By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

Makiir Gai giving out 100k SSP to South Sudan national team

South Sudan Business tycoon, Hon. Makiir Gai, giving out 100K to South Sudan national team

June 3, 2016 (SSB) — Despite his incapability, the very Lino Lual, a self-professed hater of Santino Akot Abiem, Makiir Gai and Sunday de John has again managed to write his incoherent, vague, libeling but lengthy article in the interest of his uninformed clique.

His current article, titled, “Servant as a leader: Hon. Makiir Gai is not the leader of Aguok Kuei community” published by PaanLuel Wël blog has been lengthy with little content. I think, I could be dealing with a psychopath, one that I can correctly refer to as insane bloviator.


By Sunday de John, Nairobi, Kenya

riek machar attends Emmanuel Jieng Parish

Riek Machar attends Emmanuel Jieng Parish, May 22 2016

May 29, 2016 (SSB)  — Despite heterogeneity of the Church and the Politics, it is inevitable that in South Sudan the separability of the two is too complex, a probability that generates sweat. The funerals, marriages, birthday parties, and the church sermon gatherings have convertibly on many occasions became centers for homogeneous political sanctification.

Whenever a small gathering has been constituted, even if it means a gathering for reconciliation between a dissent wife and a husband, politicians would have guts to flock there, fight for a chance and enhance their political cause shamelessly.

This is not a case for only South Sudan, rather it is nowadays a common practice in African societies.