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By Sunday de John, Roor Chuolakol, South Sudan

President Kiir's Bahr el Ghazal tour, Feb 2019
President Kiir’s Bahr el Ghazal tour, Feb 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019 (PW) — In his recent non-selective, unskipped tour of Bahr El Ghazal, first of its kind since independence President Salva Kiir Mayardit moved from one town to another commencing from Terekeka up to Raja. The journey was named or codenamed: Educating Citizens of Bahr El Ghazal on Peace that was signed to put it in simple terms. The journey comprised of several military and political forces moving together with the president to ensure that everything was right.

The masses of people were at some points forcefully driven out from their homes by commissioners or their subjects on governor’s orders to ensure that President sees a huge crowd even when the crowd was unwilling and reluctant.”This resulted to later sacking of reluctant chiefs”. Story for another day. Pictures depicting huge crowds were from time to time posted on either the President’s Facebook page or that of his Press Unit. There was huge euphoria registered on the faces of Kiir’s right hand men and women despite being in deep pain internally.

However, the truth is not dissemination of peace messages, rather it is a quest for political consolidation. President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s leadership and the support he hugely had been enjoying have eventually waned in Bahr El Ghazal. So he has to visit the region with all the necessary ploys to ensure that he is getting himself back at the heart of the region as the only Messiah that would deliver but nothing.


By Sunday de John, Kigali, Rwanda

Thursday, June 28, 2018 (PW) — It is true that the tortured society of South Sudan can no longer sustain few more years of hopelessness. There is nothing left but thin line of resilience maintaining the balance between a complete falter and the salvage.

At stake are the lives of innocent orphans and widows. Hopes have withered. Perseverance has waned as misery index supersedes the limits imaginable in the human life. Country once referred to as bread basket for Africa has degenerated to a country of million beggars characterized by homelessness.

The army has been subjected to hard toil. Youths have not been employed. Few in the government sector are either getting no pay or the little they get add no value to their lives. There is total meltdown in every aspect of life.


Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit remains a symbol of poverty, hate and disunity! 

By Sunday de John, Nairobi, Kenya

April 21, 2018 (SSB) — Five days ago, I posted a heading of the piece I planned to write on my Facebook page. I had desired to share my take on President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his governance of the country.

Today, I decided to publish the piece in its context. The readers ought to detach emotions and read with commitment so as to get the true content of the piece. Don’t let your thoughts be obscured by the blind support.

This author has been the unshakeable supporter of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. He had authored 4,368 articles in favour of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, his government and policies over years.

He has fallen victim on several counts as Kiir adversaries took him for a stooge, a paid mouthpiece. All I did had no association with payment and for your information, my name had never been written in any paysheet of the government since I was born. (more…)

South Sudan United Front statement on Baseless allegations raised by Ateny Wek against Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Chairman and C-in-C of the SS-UF/A

Paul Malong Awan

Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Chairman and C-in-C of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SS-UF/A)

April 11, 2018 (SSB) — In a Juba press briefing on Tuesday April 10, 2018, Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny in a matter of bloviation leveled false allegations on General Paul Malong Awan. The document published by both Miraya Radio and Radio Tamazuj carried a number of false allegations ranging from corruption, mastery of impunity, international blacklisting and transactions in the central bank at night.

We disconfirm such false allegations and we urge the public to avoid listening to the falsehood by a leader that has deprived them of their basic necessities.  These allegations serve as manifestations of the fact that President Salva Kiir Mayardit through his spokesperson has been lying to South Sudanese incessantly. It is unfortunate that a man that has been ordering for the murder of his subjects through national security is shifting blames on the obvious.


By Sunday de John, Yirol, South Sudan



Governor Bor Wutchok with Gen. Paul Malong in Yirol, Eastern Lake state


January 29, 2018 (SSB) — Dear my immediate ex-governor, despite the fact that I have been stopped by my brothers not to actively participate in writing until later dates, I can’t withhold penning something as you exit Eastern Lakes state and so my apologies to them.

Dear Sir, when you were appointed, I was in Kampala, Uganda. While there, I wrote a short piece in this same space expressing my gratitude and a few words of advice to you. The key words in my then piece were, “murder no one, loot no one” and listen to all before you decide. Exactly you responded to my few words in a manner devoid of arrogance.

Indeed, you are a listener, am proud of you. I don’t regret having supported you for these bountiful virtues and hence I will always support you. You have no victim. You only have happy subjects. You have looted nobody, you were not establishing a monolithic kingdom. You served with revered respect for all. You are not an oppressor and you dictated nobody.


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

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — Excuse me, let me state my point. Time and again I have been rebuked by voices stating at length why I must abandon supporting the government of the South Sudan and President Salva Kiir Mayardit then particular.

The voices referred to it as a failed government. A government devoid of substance. One that is owned by a section of the community. One that has rendered South Sudanese homeless, massively displacing them from their residents.

All these sound great, but those pronouncing them are much filthier than they claim purity. South Sudan was in fact messed up by the runaway criminals. Those that might have either uneasy political breakthrough, embezzled public resources, murdered somebody, the sacked from the government, irritated drug addicts, mere cajoled youngsters and of course few sound individuals whose reasons for joining the rebellion are not trivial.


By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

Hope RSS


December 5, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudanese, of all walks of life, locally here and abroad are people of one identity. They are a society so homogenous in many physical aspects except for a few social disimilarities.

Despite this consonance and of recent, the society once described as stable and solidly one has seen a drastic drop from that point of anchorage in just four years.

The conflict is the bane of our harmony. We are no more a compact society. We have been disintegrated by hate into bitter sections, we have seen family against itself this is much a disheartening unforetold flop.


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.