By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — Who is Pagan Amum?  Mr. Pa’gan Amum Okiech is a South Sudanese politician. He is the co-founder of South Sudan the reborn Country. Pa’gan Amum was born in a small post known as WAT in the Lou Nuer area and his father was a commissioned police officer responsible for the WAT post. His family moved to Malakal after his grandfather, Okiech of the Ubuar people, died and Pa’gan’s father was asked to take over the role of his father. His father went from being a clan chief to later being paramount chief and president of the court.

In 1982 Pa’gan Amum left law school in Khartoum to organize and command a group of young revolutionaries committed to the establishment of a new Sudan project. This group jointed by Mr. Pa’gan with other insurgent groups to form the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement SPLA/M under the leadership of his mentor or adviser or counselor Dr. John Garang De Mabior 1983.

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MONDAY AUGUST 22 2016

By TABU BUTAGIRA

KAMPALA. A Ugandan diplomat has “accidentally” shared a confidential government brief about South Sudan with the UN Security Council, triggering a diplomatic incident and embarrassment.

In Kampala, Foreign Affairs ministry officials in an attempt to mute the backlash held an emergency meeting with and apologised to US Ambassador Deborah Malac whose country sponsored the August 12, 2016 UN resolution on Africa’s newest nation.

Our investigations show that in the tense run up to the vote on the resolution, Kampala on August 10 prepared a two-page document to provide talking points to guide its diplomats in presenting the country’s position to the world body.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) —- South Sudan leadership has been shaking since the disappearance of Dr John Garang de Mabior, the former Rebel Leader who was successfully anointed as the First Vice President in the Sudanese government of 2005. Garang was believed to be a good friend to the West and being a man of his own principles. He had established South Sudan’s bush military administration in the name of democracy but maintained it only to his principles of New Sudan and secularism opposed to the dictated Arabized and Islamized Khartoum administrations.

In the beginning Garang’s rebel movement of the Sudan People Liberation Movement and army (SPLM/A) seemed to be opposed to the Western Administrations and ideologies until when Dr John Garang switched from his socialistic ideology to Capitalism in order to get support from United States of America and the European Countries; a business that was made successful in order to weaken the Khartoum regimes or change it in totality.

When this popular man known as Dr Garang de Mabior signed a peace agreement in Nairobi that has given him the position of First Vice President in Khartoum and a President of Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) in Juba, he was made to shortly die in a plane crash before establishing an office for the autonomous government of then Southern Sudan.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

GBC USA

Meeting of the GBC-USA

August 21, 2016 (SSB) — Our people don’t seem to understand that we are seen as a positive example to many communities in South Sudan and that so many communities look up to us to be a good example. It is worthwhile for our fellow South Sudanese citizens in other states to imitate such good behavior. Searching for a leader is not as easy a task as people perceive it to be because the job is complex and requires maneuvering on a number of problematic issues.

At some point, it is more than likely the case that things will become complicated at the county level if they are not handled carefully. In such an environment, feelings are bound to get hurt in the process but that is what happens when you must lead the people who need protection from organized self-hate individuals.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer Panyang Jot has said over 100 SPLA/IO soldiers have been killed when over 3,000 SPLA/IO soldiers counter attack Pajut Military barracks under the operation of Mechanized division.

“The Sudan People Liberation army in opposition lost 101 white army soldiers along the trenches and many bodies still being collected in the bushes where the SPLA had flanged them after they (SPLA/IO soldiers) sneaked into the Pajut Military fence,” Aguer said.

“Meanwhile the SPLA lost 20 soldiers,” he continued. The fighting erupted at 5:00 am and the IO soldiers were repulsed and the counter attack at 6:30 am let to such huge lost.

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Accrediting generation, which fought for independent of south Sudan, and zero accreditation for current generation, which is killing south Sudan

By Ajang M. Ajang, Juba, South Sudan

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) —- Trillions of thanksgiving for our heroes and heroines who offered their respective time to bring us freedoms of today. Their bloodshed was not in vans.  I also flush my lovely two blood brothers who lost their lives during struggle then.

My mother and father have really contributed and no fathers and mothers who lost their love one should be left behind.  Without them, there will not be south Sudan today.

Generation before us has shown usability of the youth.  Their images contribute to independent of south Sudan.

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Giant of the SPLM— Comrade Pagan Amum: ‘Take over Temporarily’

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) — It is rage and concern that has loomed over those whom should be in charge of our country. To give you an idea of how senseless this subject matter is getting. Recently, one of the unknown members of the SPLM—by name, Miss Susan Jambo—called you lazy, visionless, and all sorts of names, but I doubt the credibility of her words, as we all know that you, Comrade Pagan Amum, started the SPLM/SPLA, so you spent 21 years in the bush like many of us. You were very popular among South Sudanese, but your rating as we speak has gone down drastically because of your position against us.

With that in mind, though, how could you be lazy and visionless when you in fact created the vision through which the SPLM/A has succeeded? You are not lazy, nor visionless. You remain one of the icons of the South Sudan regardless of our current differences. Now, like many South Sudanese, I have this surge of anger toward you for betraying us at the time we the people needed your positive contribution. Yes, it is true that the state of anxiety in the country has created all kinds of problems, and you have become one of these problems.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei state

Jonglei state wild director Gen Zackeria Atem, promoted officials and governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer picture by Mach Samuel

Jonglei state wild director Gen Zackeria Atem, promoted officials and governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer picture by Mach Samuel.JPG

August 21, 2016 (SSB) — Jonglei State directorate of wildlife on Saturday celebrates the appointed and promoted officers in the service. The newly appointed wildlife officers in the year 2015/2016 are 2 Generals, 17 Major Generals, 60 Brigadier Generals, 54 Cols. 88 Lt Cols, 130 Majors, 412 Captains, 345 Lt. and 496 2nd Lt.

These officers whose increased roles and responsibilities are evidences to ensure the sustainable wildlife species and the respective ecosystem as to encourage and establish conducive tourists in counties in the state and South Sudan as whole, these varieties of species are the to be protected effectively by all of us.

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International actors are struggling to respond to the evolving situation in South Sudan. Meanwhile, regional actors are busy creating facts on the ground. Commentary by CASIE COPELAND for INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP.

First published by International Crisis Group

One year ago, the main warring parties in South Sudan – the government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) signed a peace agreement designed to end South Sudan’s nearly two-year civil war. The government only signed under concerted pressure from regional and international powers; yet despite Juba’s reservations, the agreement stopped the worst of the fighting.

By mid-2016, peace implementation halted and fighting erupted between the government and rebel forces brought into Juba under a contentious post-agreement security deal. Following the brief fighting, the First Vice President and SPLM/A-IO leader, Dr Riek Machar, left Juba and remained in the bush, waging a limited guerrilla conflict, for over a month. As the international community was focused on the security of Juba and their nationals, the South Sudanese government seized the opportunity and replaced Machar with the SPLM/A-IO’s General Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President.

Last week, the UN Security Council authorised a regional protection force, on the basis of regional endorsement for the force after the clashes in Juba. Despite agreeing in principle to a protection force, the South Sudanese government strenuously objects to the mandate, leaving little option but negotiations to secure consent for deployment. The regional force is to operate under the existing UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which includes more than 13,000 troops and police. The over-focus on a new peacekeeping mandate at the expense of political developments in the country reflects international disunity and a lack of political strategy. International actors are struggling to respond to the evolving situation while regional actors are busy creating facts on the ground. A stronger government, watered down peace agreement, a new regional force under the UN (which has little linkage to peace implementation) and growing regional divisions are some of the outcomes of the last month’s events.

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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

UN Flew Riek Machar to DRC Congo

UN Flew Riek Machar to DRC Congo

August 20, 2016 (SSB) — Hurting stalemate is the situation in which neither sides seem to win but both sides are suffering. In fact, in the current conflict neither Dinka nor Nuer will win the war over the other. It is both Dinka and Nuer who are suffering. It is high time for both Dinka and Nuer to realize how they have been turned into tragic play being enjoyed by US, UN and IGAD.

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) want South Sudan proper to be turned into the protection of civilians (PoC) camp by encouraging rebellion. UNMISS wants all South Sudanese to go the PoCs by aiding the rebellion.  How do UNMISS aid the rebellion?

UNMISS aides the rebellion by sponsoring small NGOs to collect anger, personal vendettas and frustration of individual in Juba and aggregate them as whole country public opinion to compel the world to take quick action against the government.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

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August 19, 2016 (SSB) — Although the United Nations could not protect a number of unarmed foreign nationals from rape, torture and killing of a South Sudanese journalist in Juba last July, the organization has carried out a successful evacuation of a South Sudanese armed opposition leader Riek Machar on Wednesday.

The news of the evacuation was both a great joy to supporters of Riek and also a heartbreaking and shocking story to millions of South Sudanese who would want to see this nation stay in peace and stability. Personally, I was hit by two emotions when I heard the news.

At first I celebrated the fact that Dr. Riek Machar was alive and breathing just like the rest of us would love to stay alive for as long as the creator allows. But a short while later, a sense of fear for the future took control over me. I couldn’t comprehend what the future holds for my wife, our one and half year old daughter and me.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

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August 19, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan got her independence on the 9th of July 2011 and exactly 29 months later, it was shrouded in civil war within itself. That conflict erupted over long grievances that have been shelved for a number of years due to the fact that, all the Southerners in the then united Sudan, were united for the separation that would grant freedom to Southern Sudan.

Depending on whichever side one gets the explanation on what transpired on the 15th of December 2013, which brought about the conflict, one would get a different story. However, a neutral person, would simply conclude that, what happened was just but a normal power struggle.

The group that was not in the cabinet by then, led by Riek, Pagan, Nyandeng and others saw that, it was wrong and unimaginable for President Kiir and his allies to shut them out so soon just like that. So, they fabricated stories on so many things so as to cause that confusion that would make them be brought back to the government. Simply put, it was and still is, a struggle between those that want to maintain their grip of power and those that either need to take part or overthrow the other group.

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PRESS STATEMENT: THE NATION MIRROR NEWSPAPER IS SUSPENDED BY THE GOV’T FOR REPORTING THE UN EVACUATION OF RIEK TO THE DRC CONGO

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham

The Dark Ages of Liberation


August 19, 2016 (SSB) —
The Nation Mirror Newspaper would like to bring to light circumstances leading to its suspension of publication for Friday August 19, 2016.

As you may well notice, the newspaper did not come out today as expected because of the following reasons;

When The Nation Mirror publication packaged news for printing at Ganesh Printers Co. Ltd in Juba, little did it know that the story about Riek Machar was a national security threat.

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UN Flew Riek Machar to DRC Congo

UN Flew Riek Machar to DRC Congo

Wall Street Journal: The United Nations flew Mr. Machar to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a Western diplomat said. He arrived in Kinshasa on Wednesday, said Lambert Mende, Congo’s information minister. Mr. Machar’s aides said he is expected to stay for some days before traveling to Ethiopia. 

The U.N.’s decision to help Mr. Machar could widen a rift between the government of South Sudan and the U.N. mission there ahead of the deployment of an additional 4,000 peacekeepers under the U.N. mission, which the government has called unnecessary and a violation of sovereignty.

The Western diplomat said the U.N. helped Mr. Machar because it believed it was very possible the South Sudanese army would eventually capture and kill him, a move it feared could restart the civil war, and not because of any desire to assist Mr. Machar personally.

VOA’s South Sudan in Focus: BREAKING NEWS: UN Spokesperson says the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, a UN Peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo helped safely move Riek Machar, his wife and 10 others from the DRC-South Sudan border into the care of DRC authorities.

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Aug 19: The Congolese government once again on Friday denied any knowledge of South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar being in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A UN official had said on Thursday that Machar had escaped from South Sudan to the DRC with the help of the UN mission following a request from Congolese authorities. “Riek Machar is not in the hands of the DRC authorities,” Lambert Mende, spokesperson for the DRC government, told RFI. “If he is in our country, he entered the country without our permission.” Mende’s comments, however, contradict the position of the UN which played a key role in helping transfer Machar and his family from a location near the border with South Sudan to elsewhere in the DRC. “Riek Machar has been handed over to the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we’re not in a position to confirm his location,” said Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for the UN in New York.

Aug 18: “I’m not aware of such information, until now nobody has told us,” said DRC government spokesperson Lambert Mende. “I don’t know, really I’m not able to tell you anything about it.”

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

August 18, 2016 (SSB) — W has recently got an appointment as head of an Independent Commission while at the same time an advisor to the President.

X has become a state Governor while being an MP in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA)?

Y is a serving army officer but has also got an appointment to a political position, Mangar-rial County Commissioner, to which Y will return to the military upon losing that political posting.

Z is a serving party official but was recently appointed to hold ambassadorial position in diplomatic corps.

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan

farm in Bor, Jonglei state

Abel Majur Leek’s farm in Mareng, Bor, Jonglei state

August 18, 2016 (SSB) — Road transport is one of the cheapest mean commonly used by poor, average and rich class of people globally. All mean of transport including roads are vital and compulsory to be established by government in any promising nation like South Sudan. In this newest nation, roads connectivity, maintenance and repairs and construction have been heavily sidelined and remain a great challenge since we were under Khartoum regime, until the country broke away via plebiscite in Feb. 2011.

Major roads highways connecting former ten states with national capital are completely spoiled and remained flooded during rainy season, hampering transportation of commodities to various states and counties headquarters respectively. An example is Juba-Rumbek-Wau road which is the main route supplying greater Bhar-El Ghazal states with goods had been badly damaged beyond description and repair.

This highway becomes flood with rain water during wet months of the year forcing trucks to camp alongside the roads, for quiet handful number of days or month. Some heavy trucks overturned on this muddy path, with goods causing lives lost and injuries while dozen stuck for a months. This culminated to delayment of food supply reaching the affected areas quickly and forced half a million of people to acute food shortage in the country.

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President Kiir Speech to the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in Juba, 15 August 2016


By Mariak Chol Majok, Kampala, Uganda

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August 18, 2016 (SSB) —- When the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was formed by the Government of South and the SPLM/A-IO, under the leadership of then, former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar, there were high hopes that it would be the end of the war that had afflicted serious of damages to our beloved nation.

However, all that came out was disappointment and betrayal to South Sudanese populace who accepted the peace considering the surreptitious content and intransigent and reneging tendencies on the side of the opposition.

The so-called partners and guarantors of the peace were also hard to fathom, given the way some of these monitors were acting, issuing threats of sanctions and arms embargo when the two parties were committed to implement peace. These moves were meant by the foreign powers that have their varied interests to keep us fighting ourselves so as they keep plundering with our country.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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August 18, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudanese were all united under Sudan people’s Liberation Army and movement SPLA/M umbrella before independent. The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and was a key participant of the 2nd Sudanese Civil war. He was succeeded by his chief of staff, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, a co-founder of the SPLA/M.

The SPLM was originally the political wing of the SPLA, an insurgency that waged for 22 years against Khartoum based government of Sudan, before joining the national government in 2005 peace deal that also made SPLM as the ruling party in Southern Sudan.

The 2005 CPA established the SPLA as Sudanese army in Southern Sudan while Sudan Army Force (SAF) was considered the army of northern Sudan. The SPLM has ruled South Sudan since the CPA and won elections in 2010, securing its position as the dominant political force ahead of the country’s vote for independence in 2011.

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