Gok State Limbo: The Torturing of MPs under the detention of Security Forces is an alarming Bell for the Anarchy in Our Lovely State.

By Puorich Marial Daljang, Nairobi, Kenya

president salva kiir

October 1, 2017 (SSB) — When you look back at the history of Gok Community under the Paramountcy of Arol Kachuol drawing it down to the time of Hon. Mathen Riak, John Lat Makoi, Kongor Deng Kongor, Mayom Malek Dielich, Wel Machiek Majoor and Madhang Majok twice as Acting Commissioner and the Current Governor, you will simply notice why the time of the current Government armed with Security Forces, Monthly Salaries and all the logistics support is different with the traditional leadership under Sultan Arol Kachuol?

This is a question of thought but first, let me highlights the manner in which the MPs were arrested and how the security forces are instructed to handle them in the detention.

What triggered the detention of MPs?

One month ago or so, it is a normal routine for the Speaker to call and chair the meeting in the assembly and it is within this framework that allowed the Speaker to convene a meeting in the assembly and it happened that the following MPs boycotted the session:

  1. Ayen Meen Adoor.
  2. Malek Machuot.
  3. Manyiel Mading Manyiel.
  4. Gordon Ater Machar.
  5. Simon Mayor Marial.

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By Makwei Achol Thiong, Hunan University, China

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Juba, South Sudan

September 30, 2017 (SSB) — My argument in this article is not about how far we have developed, but rather how we want our cities to look in 10, 20 or 50 years to come!

Urbanization is not just the population in the city; it’s about enhancing civilization and bringing about more economic and social progress. Agriculture is not a dominant source of income for the urban dwellers. To meet the demands of these city dwellers, you need a PROPER CITY PLAN. Do we have a master plan for Juba city? How about Bor, Wau, Rumbek, Malakal, Torit, Yambio, Aweil, Yei, Bentiu, Abyei, among others? Is it being implemented? I guess some do but others don’t.

I haven’t visited most of these cities but I have been to Juba (the latest is 12 days ago), Yei (in 2007, I guess much has changed since then), Malakal (2012) and Bor where I live. I worked for Bor Municipal Council for three and half years (April 2013 – Sept 2016). We were very lucky to have inherited a planned town council done at the time of Eng. John Amuor Kuol, former Jonglei state Minister of Physical Infrastructure. There are well-surveyed roads, blocks and quarters. In each block, at least there are open spaces for a school, health unit and recreation.

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By Deu Lueth Ader, Changchun City, China

John Garang

John Garang’s prophecy

September 29, 2017 (SSB) —- I have been so unfriendly and astonishing about the views some people express on the difficulties our Country is going through. It is now an appropriate time to throw-up some of the reservations I have accumulated all along to my dear readers. In retrospective to the miserable life, the South Sudanese had lived, in the past and currently; some group among our civil population whom I branded above as desperate unpatriotic South Sudanese gave up and remorsefully begun to lament on why they had voted for the succession of South Sudan! Incongruity, all difficulties that are being faced by the Country are undeniable but shouldn’t be a disqualification of what was done for 21 years to obtain it.

Disqualification of sovereignty means capitulation to the former oppressor and which I doubt whether would be so acceptable to some rational thinking folks whatsoever. Many of you had suffered from the searing period of the struggle and which has culminated in the independence of South Sudan; it was through your sacrifices whether physically in the battlefields or through any other contribution you offered that made it possible to have your today’s country (South Sudan).

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JUST MATTER OF TIME

Posted: September 30, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Poems.

By G. Naih Peter, Torit, South Sudan

Is just a matter of time,

All nonsense will be denounced,

My friends and enemies will be fine,

Stronger we’ll all pronounce

That we’re one people but in crime.

Is just matter of time,

And my brother from another mother,

Will shout but not stop the growth,

The growth we shall all adore,

Not one painted with stealing and murder.

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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.

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By Paulino Deng Bullen, Yirol town, South Sudan

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South Sudan must be weaned off war

September 28, 2017 (SSB) — Of late years, it is true; that predatorily and cannibalization acts of kuanythi, Nam, in particular, has been well-known across the villages of Yirol Eastern parts. Recently in September 2017, as it was said that “what goes round comes round”, their executive Chief in the respected names of Kuer Dhuor Kuer was forced to leave the world behind.

The unexpected news of killing the ex-chief has startled the whole state and its neighbouring states and is condemned in strongest terms possible as an abominable and horrific act regardless of the murderer side claiming to avenge their beloved son who was killed in cold blood in 2013 by Kuanythii.

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Press statment on the recruitment of the head of revenue authority for south sudan

Image  —  Posted: September 28, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan


By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

corruption

September 26, 2017 (SSB) — With the escalating destructive war, many people have been forced to flee. Others live to seek protection in the congested UN camps resembling Nazi concentration camps under squalid conditions. The international community is working and exerting efforts to make sure war stops and life returns to normalcy.

The civil society organizations also work around the clock to make sure the war stops. If my memory serves me well, the President said he is not happy seeing his people dying always and running for their lives. Nobody knows whether the concern is real or imaginary.

Leaders who are concerned by the lives of the people usually devise ways and means of stopping what is making people suffer even if it costs them their jobs.

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By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

September 25, 2017 (SSB) — Ladies and gentlemen, there are terms we need to use appropriately, these include, liberation and stability. What have we not lost? The power busting within refused to tell truth and had never and will never be truthful to our liberation.

We’re left implicated and sometimes deprived of our right to freedom; we go squandering our resources believing this will be the best way to keep lights on.

Therefore, when our economy slips to doom we remain also downtrodden and would never have that stability. What is our pride here, ladies and gentlemen?

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By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

Social media warriors

Social media warriors

September 24, 2017 (SSB) — Since the outbreak of violence between the soldiers loyal to the government and the soldiers loyal to the opposition in Juba and as well as in other parts of South Sudan in 2013 and which have continued up to this very day, the consequences are now well known.  It is very important that we should reflect and learn from something that has touched every South Sudanese negatively.  In this piece of work, I have examined what violent and non-violent revolutions look like.

This part is that last part and it deals with Non-Violent Revolution.  You may agree with me in saying that non-violent revolution is the lesser evil than violent revolution.  The best and the safest way of changing a regime is through a democratic means – an election.  Anyway, aware that you may want to participate in the discussion, I have assigned a number to each grid for referencing purposes.

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By Tito Awen Bol, Nairobi, Kenya

SPLM Extra-ordinary Convention

September 24, 2017 (SSB) —- From the words of my teacher; late Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr, “our lives stop the very moment we cease to speak about things that matter to us.”  SPLM matter to us thus we must talk about its maladministration and misdeed. Anything concerning the misdeed of Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) should not just begin as such but we must begin by setting the reasonable parameters between the SPLM as a political movement and SPLM as a political party as stages passed by SPLM then come to where it failed.

This will give us a tangible and functional view to appreciate SPLM at the early stages when it was still a movement and give it its deserved empty Cheque that it attains after it became a party. This empty Cheque is culminated from SPLM setting the Country onto several wars and accusing its members of coups year after year and yet not ready to put her house in order but just keep the Country on “war-mood!”

Literally, a political Movement is a social group that operates together to obtain a political goal while a political party is an alliance of like-minded people who work together to win election and control of the government.  Registration may be a necessity for a political party under the laws of a particular Country which may not be the case with the political movement.

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Information on the two IO ministers:

  1. Thon Simon Thok
  2. Dut Abraham Bol

Governor Philip Aguer Appoints IO ministers in Jonglei state

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

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Red army procession in Aweil, Sept 2016

September 21, 2017 (SSB) — Since May this year a lot has been happening for the people of Aweil. First, there was the removal of the Chief of Staff, Paul Malong and a subsequent replacement with none other than, another son from Aweil, Ajonga Mawut.

A few weeks later in July, General Kawac Makuei Mayar died. This was the man who took so many young people to Ethiopia and they became the nucleus of Red Army. Then Salva Kiir gave (“promoted”) him (corpse) a rank he could not give him while alive. Why?

Few weeks after the removal of Mr. Awan, there was a general Aweil people’s meeting organized in Juba Freedom hall with the photo of Salva Kiir above the theme of the meeting. One only needs to think hard enough to understand the connection of Salva Kiir with Aweil people’s unity. Don’t we have our great and distinguished leaders to put in the posters? Then, the big question-Who funded the meeting?

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Kut Alier Apollo

The late Lawyer, Kut Alier Apollo, with his uncle, Abel Alier Kuai Kut

September 21, 2017 (SSB) —- The Republic of South Sudan is a new country that marked its independence from Sudan in July 2011 following a protracted series of civil wars starting in 1955 and ended in 2005.  The first war began in 1955 and ended in 1972. But, after only eleven years of peace in 1983, the second civil war that lasted after twenty years began.

The fighting that began in 1983 ended with both sides signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.  After that Southern Sudan was granted autonomy within the greater Sudan whose lifespan ended with a referendum that took place in 2011. The referendum was held in January 2011and as a result, almost all South Sudanese voted for separation from Sudan. The voting saw South Sudanese moved the region toward secession and ultimately independence by 9th July of the same year.

With all political complications between South Sudan and Sudan that have been going on, one thing has never changed or has been clear. South Sudan is not a desert wasteland because it is occupied by the Nile’s famous waters that flow through its large clay basin which also serves a catchment area for water coming from highland regions of the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

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By Reech Malual, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan National Day of Prayers

September 20, 2017 (SSB) — It has often been thought negative over harsh situations since the time of forefathers and thus makes it difficult to believe in a better South Sudan and sometimes people wonder why should there be any hope in due tough times.

Having been part of the Sudan, South Sudan experienced a maximum level of violence before the Anglo-Egyptian condominium government could grant independence in 1956.

There has not been a generation of peace apart from the violent ages in time memorial therein, and thus peace became impossible to attain even after the stoppage of civil wars in 1972, 2005, and August 2015 (Addis Ababa Agreement 1972, Comprehensive Peace Agreement 2005, and Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan 2015).

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Rumbek, South Sudan

Dinka and Nuer

Dinka and Nuer under one nation, one people

September 19, 2017 (SSB) — I’m quibbling that these hard intelligible odds and ends I’ve been producing are not intended for those lads and lasses who are academically handicapped, neither do the dominos & tea admirers fit in the game. Please do not lodge a doleful expression or bewailed your misfortune as happening events do not come out of blue.

Let’s go if you may catch up.

It’s said that two brothers, Jang and Gadeng were in Secondary School.  Gadeng was the elder and a very handsome gentleman with itsy-bitsy eyes. The school situation was deteriorating as there was no ration for students and whenever Jang asks Gadeng if they’d go for casual works, he’d reply that he’s not a type who’d do those minors jobs. He always says that his ancestors would provide him with food in which his brother Jang retorted that this’s just an old wife’s tale that’s got no room in the modern world.

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“When Truth is Denied, Peace Will Not Come”

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Gogrial state

September 18, 2017 (SSB) — The conflict between Apuk and Aguok has become a major concern not only to the people of Gogrial State but to the whole of South Sudan. The need to get permanent solution has recently prompted authorities to come up with the disarmament policy, which is currently going on.

The question is, therefore, is disarmament alone without more a solution to the conflict between Apuk and Aguok? The answer to this question depends on how individuals look at it and also how he understands the conflict between the two communities.

 However, the fact is that disarmament per se is not a permanent solution though it is an interim solution that can be used as an entry point in finding a formidable solution.  To get the permanent solution to the conflict between the two communities, there is a need first to understand the dynamics of the said conflict.

The conflict currently prevailing between the two communities is rooted in history. This is why it is hard to deal with it. Where the conflict is deeply rooted in deeply divided communities, which is rooted in deeply rooted ethnic tension, the only solution is to engage the parties in deep discussion accompanied by deep reflections among themselves that will eventually result in forgiveness and the agreement that will govern their future relations.

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By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

fighting in juba

fighting in Juba, 2013, 2016

September 16, 2017 (SSB) —- Since the outbreak of violence between the soldiers loyal to the government and the soldiers loyal to the opposition in Juba and as well as in other parts of South Sudan in 2013 and which have continued up to this very day, the consequences are now well known.  It is very important that we should reflect and learn from something that has touched every South Sudanese negatively.

In this piece of work, I have examined what violent and non-violent revolutions look like.  This part deals with violent revolution.  Next week I will have the second part published.  Aware that you may want to participate in the discussion, I have numbered each grid with a number for referencing purposes.

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Condemnation statement on the annexation of Lual, Diing and Geer sections of Gok Community

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

September 15, 2017 (SSB) — With due respect, the Youth of Gok Community of Malek County are with certainty vested in courage and all terms possible condemning the recent statement titled: “Declaration of Administrative Road map” authored by amongst others the prime individuals of our society namely, Hon. Gordon Matot Tut, Dr. Brigadier Achol Marial Deng, Hon. Col. Santo Mading Domic.

In their declaration, the trio have tempered with the bond of Gok Community, cutting it at the core disrespectfully and intentionally as a means of fulfilling their agenda of anarchy promotion. The former two of the listed three aren’t from Gok Community whatsoever although they are part of our major society, the Ador. What prompted them to be the lead authors of the said document begs questions.

Had they not been respected leaders, we would have referred to them as agents of discord, which at some point can be of significant relevance. Before furtherance of our condemnation of their declaration, it is our interest that the history is revisited. Gok community is a combination of Dot and Ding sections of the former Amer-Achier and Lang-Matot administrative areas.

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By Dut Kuot Akok, Juba, South Sudan 

Looking for black market fuel sellers

September 14, 2017 (SSB) — Nationalism according to Merriam Webster refer to devolution to one’s nation’s interests, ethnic, cultural and physical boundaries, inspires imperialism and colonialism. It encompasses loyalty and devolution to nation especially a sense of national consciousness, exalting one’s nation above others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture, development, and interest as opposed to what is going on as of now in the republic of South Sudan.

The above definition is totally opposite in regard to the current turmoil in south Sudan which is characterized by political madness among the ruling elites who seems to have buried the spirit of nationalism among the people of south Sudan due to the fact that our leaders who struggle whole heartily to emancipate us from the genocidal Islamic regime have in return seems to have forgotten the reasons they struggle for more than 21 or 40 years since 1955.

Their absolutism behaviors and actions had left every citizen in south Sudan with tasteless questions as to why did they waste their time and energy if they know that we will not be free at last as they used to preach it during the liberation days. They (citizens) are forced to regret their decision every day, and with all these man-made regrets unfolding. However, the spirit of nationalism needs to be instilled into the young generation.

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