By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

May 12, 2017 (SSB) —- On May 9, 2017 South Sudanese national army (SPLA) Chief of General Staff Paul Malong Awan was fired by President, General Salva Kiir Mayardit and replaced him with General James Ajongo Mawut.  Consequently, tension began to grow between the President and the sacked general.

 In fact, the tension was more exacerbated due to the fact that soldiers were deployed on Juba streets and around the sacked General home while plainclothes national security agents drive in and around the capital telling people to go inside their houses (according to www.southsudannewsagency.com/index.php/…/south-sudan-army-chief-sacked-2/).

As the government went on preparing for war as seen above, Malong was preparing for peace. Therefore, he left Juba with intention of going to his hometown, Aweil the same night as a way of reducing tension. However, leaving Juba was another problem as the government began panicking.

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Kiir, Ajongo, Kuol, Wani, Awet

May 12, 2017 (SSB) —- Long ago, parts of the body did not all work together as well as they do today, each one had a will and a voice of its own.

One day the other parts of the body began to find fault with the stomach, “What does he do all day?” said the hands, “We work hard for our living, but he just lies there lazily while we give him things to eat.”

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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.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

Malong Awan Anei

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — Well, the firing of Paul Malong as the Chief of General Staff by President Kiir, came as shock news to many if not all people who heard it. No people even had that wishful thinking in mind. As known, Malong was seen as a right hand man to the President. He was the man tasked with the responsibility of transforming the army following the events of 15 Dec.2013. The boat needed someone like Malong at the time to steer it through the storms.

Indeed, he stepped up to the job and did amazingly well though and masterminded numerous victories against the rebels, who I guess, are the happiest people now celebrating his dismissal. He had the morale of the army raised high. King Paul, as he became known by his fans, was a no nonsense military guy who feared no evil, cared much about his country and who had  vowed to put an end to the lingering rebellion of Riek.

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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.

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The position paper that was handed over to 1st VP Taban Deng Ghai by the members of the Greater Bor Dinka community 

Position Paper of the Greater Bor Dinka community on the current conflict caused by Murle cattle raiders and child abductors in Jonglei state (PDF)

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Five people have been brutally murdered and three others injured in fresh cattle raid in Jalle Payam of Bor County. Over 3,000 herds of cattle were looted when 900 armed youth from Murle attacked Jalle Payam. 2,000 cattle have been recovered meanwhile 1,000 more have been lost to the raiders. The survivors who sustained critical injuries being healed at Bor state hospital include Mr. Akech Ajak with 4 gun shoots wounds, 93 year old woman-Awel Deng Anyuon, and Kok Ajith Manyiel.

Mayen Yong Jok, killed in Jalle

R.I.P Mayen Yong Jok, killed in Jalle in 2015 by the Murle cattle raiders


A Tale of Two Cities (1859), a classic novel by Charles Dickens, sets in London and Paris and centers on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobin Reign of Terror in France.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

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.


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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May 9, 2017 (SSB) — Once upon a time in the land of Ochoro, the birds and the animals held a big meeting to discuss the bad treatment they were receiving from human beings. They decided to send a delegation to the owner of the sky asking him to change their fate, and if possible to turn them into human beings.

Now the owner of the sky received them and listened to them patiently. “Human beings do not even respect our leaders, they said, they kill even the elephant and the leopard.” “They catch us and keep us in cages, “said the birds, “We have claws and teeth and yet they are not afraid of us,” said the animals again. Then the owner of Heaven said, “If I decide to help you, will you all agree to do whatever I tell you to do?”

Then all the animals began to talk at once, and they made wonderful promise that they would follow the Creator’s advice in every possible way, and do whatever he told them to do.

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By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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May 9, 2017 (SSB) — After the death of 29 Jonglei innocent lives and nine wounded along Juba – Bor road as reported by Miraya FM’s Monday morning breakfast show, it was early reported by “the national courier” news agent that more than 30 were confirmed dead and 17 more bodies lying by the roadside in Gemeiza.

What compelled me to writing this note is about how vulgar and myopic some people are in approaching some problems or how stupid they are in their communication’s approach. Word choice and random talk in disorder assemblage that make words themselves appear as hostage situation makes one sometimes lazy in listening because of the lack of clarity in the content put forward by the speaker himself.

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By Kocrup Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

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Juba university demonstration, 8 May 2017

May 9, 2017 (SSB) —- I appeal to the people of South Sudan not to listen to the music of propaganda which is being played on social media. At close observation, a rationale mind can tell that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan under the leadership of President Kiir Mayardit is now working tirelessly, day and night to salvage people’s fangs of grievances.

It is true that our nation is undergoing a lot of difficulties and turmoil.  South Sudan is suffering from an economic basket- case due to civil strife, which culminated to man-made famine, insecurity, inter- communal pogroms and skyrocketed commodity prices. All these challenges are part and parcel of fragile state like South Sudan.

So the big questions remain, who do we blame for all these problems? It goes to our political leaders who pursue for raw power, the selfish, parochial and sectarian groups. There is an African saying that goes” when the two elephants fight, the grasses suffer”. In other words, the innocent people are suffering now.

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By Mading Abraham Majur, Juba, South Sudan  

  

May 9, 2017 (SSB) — Whereas the unfortunate murder and general suffering of innocent South Sudanese caused shock fear and has generated debate in the world, and whereas the right to life has overwhelming value in our community that overshadows all the arguments. South Sudanese believe that right life is inherent in the human person created in the image of God.

It is our considered opinion as South Sudanese citizens and government supporters that killing a human being can not be used to reach or address any political purpose or revenge with a view of giving a lesson to deal or to others or even repair a disrupted order. It is in itself evil and inhuman. Therefore, to use these intrinsically evil actions to reach a good end is to indulge in the Machiavellian, principles that the end justified the means.

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By Elbow Chuol, Kampala, Uganda

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May 8, 2017 (SSB) —- If we had indeed learned anything from the unlawful detention of Dr. Riek Machar in Pretoria, South Africa, is the fact that the war is not coming to an end in the absence of him. Whoever proposed to quarantine the leader of the largest South Sudan Armed Opposition is wrong and it is not an ideal that will bring peace to the people of South Sudan in the near future.

THE FORESEEN SIGHTS

Former Botswana president Festus Mogae’s failure and the Peace partners, the appointments of Gen. Taban Deng Gai as the First Vice President, Kiir’s Monologue are the foreseen sights of nothing like an end is near to the conflict resolution in South Sudan.

The attempt made to isolate the chairman of the South Sudan Armed Opposition (SSAO), from the peace process is not the possible solution to end the crisis in the world’s youngest nation. Let the man be releases from this illicit house detention and go to his headquarters to convince his forces why it is important to cease fire. Otherwise, I see this as some kind of hilarious joke intended for the purpose of entertaining the traumatized masses of the South Sudan people.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Hagana Festival

Hagana Festival

May 8, 2017 (SSB) — The Country called South Sudan today officially became the Republic of South Sudan in July 2011 following a referendum that passed with 98.83% of the vote. Its current capital is Juba, which is also its largest city. It was planned that the capital city would be changed to the more centrally located at Ramciel.

The independence of South Sudan came about as a result of the agreements of sixty four tribes. When we talk of a tribe, we mean a group of distinct people, dependent on their land for their livelihood, who are largely self-sufficient, and not integrated into the national society.

In that respect, tribe is perhaps the term most readily understood and used by the general public.  Stephen Corry defines tribal people as those who “…have followed ways of life for many generations that are largely self-sufficient, and are clearly different from the mainstream and dominant society”. This definition, however, would not apply to countries in the Middle East such as Iraq, where the entire population is a member of one tribe or another, and tribalism itself is dominant and mainstream.

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People live on earth with talk” Dinka Bor saying”.

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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May 8, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan found itself embroiled in a devastating civil war. It has cost lives and brought about untold suffering. Millions of people are displaced. There is famine declared in some parts of the country. This civil war has been escalating and ongoing for the last three and close to four years. They are South Sudanese fighting and killing themselves. It is foolish to celebrate as a victory if you have slain your brother from anywhere in the country. I will be the last man to do it (God forbids).

Our own people are targeting themselves on high ways. This situation is untenable. It has temperamentally forced the President of Sudan to threaten that he would intervene. In the event that he fails, he would consider the international pressure to have the two countries re-united. This rhetorical statement has angered and caused a row among those who voted for secession.

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Avoid becoming Judas Iscariot of South Sudan: A response to Deng Mayen‘s article entitled Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng – functionally illiterate and most corrupt minister 

By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

Alier Ateny (right side) and his colleagues: Peter Mabior Riiny and Hon. Ayii Ayii Akol. Whereas Alier is being declared an enemy by his own people, the two guys and their members from Northern Bahr al Ghazal and Warrap, as well as from other states, are left to their own political determination.

May 7, 2017 (SSB) — I find it irresistible to begin this article in response to Deng Mayen with the words of Tom Cochrane that “Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That’s really where failure comes”. As Lucien Bouchard once put it, “I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit.” In his recent article as referred to above and published on May 02, 2017 on Nyamilepedia  in which Deng Mayen referred himself as a former SPLA Freedom Fighter and a friend to Mayiik Ayii Deng in Minnesota Community College made the following assertions against Hon. Minister Mayiik Deng:

That Mayiik is part of the Criminal Syndicate which is seriously targeting the huge contracts in the Oil Operating companies in the Country. That Mayiik Ayii and the senior member of the Criminal network Ezekiel Lol have intimidated the Management of Nilepet to award a contract of Oil Drilling in Bentiu to their Chinese businessman after getting a kickback of Eleven Millions USD.  That the Management of Nilepet has refused and awarded a contract to a national company called Nile Drilling Services Co. Ltd and because of that the Chinese businessman was disappointed after failing to secure the contract and is asking his money back.

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By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

Gogrial state

The sympathetic and susceptible is a community,

Now neutral on the raging conflict with impunity.

Like any other entity, Kuach Ayok youth is entirely integral,

As its traditional values and main objectives remain central.

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July 8, 2016, fighting at J-1, Juba, South Sudan, between the guards of President Kiir and those of Riek Machar of SPLM-IO during a cabinet meeting, attended by representatives of JMEC, UNMISS and Media


By Molana Arop Malook Lual, 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.

May 5, 2017 (SSB) — The Declaration adopted on 24 September 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly in which South Sudan is a member at the High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels reaffirmed that “human rights, the rule of law and democracy are interlinked and mutually reinforcing and that they belong to the universal and indivisible core values and principles of the United Nations”. Indeed, government responsiveness to the interests and needs of the greatest number of citizens is strictly associated with the capacity of democratic institutions and processes to bolster the dimensions of rights, equality and accountability.

If considered not solely an instrument of the government but as a rule to which the entire society, including the government, is bound, the rule of law is fundamental in advancing democracy. Strengthening the rule of law has to be approached not only by focusing on the application of norms and procedures. One must also emphasize its fundamental role in protecting rights and advancing inclusiveness, in this way framing the protection of rights within the broader discourse on human development.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

President Kiir's speeches after independence

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

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

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

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Hagana Festival

Hagana Festival

May 5, 2017 (SSB) —- Our crisis always begins as rumours. There are rumours, rumours and rumours everywhere though some of us are always the last ones to know about these rumours. In typical world, rumours are not worth of believing but ignoring them in South Sudan can be a disaster. As noted above, the current war began as rumours about coup sometime back before independence of South Sudan but they were proved not to be real rumours as the message of coup they carried was not true. However, those rumours planted seeds for future war.

Hence, after rumors about a planned coup surfaced in Juba in late 2012, President Salva Kiir began reorganizing the senior leadership of his government, party and military in an unprecedented scale.  For instance, in January 2013, Kiir replaced the inspector general of the national police service with a lieutenant from the army, and dismissed six deputy chiefs of staff and twenty nine (29) major generals in the army.  Then after that in February 2013, Kiir retired an additional one hundred and seventeen (117) army generals. Such a move created fears and suspicion in all circles of the army.

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