Crisis within the SPLM-IO1Crisis within the SPLM-IO2

“”The Fertit rebels of Wau State and many rebels from Greater Equatoria are now abandoning Dr. Machar for newly created, tribally motivated rebel movements. Yes. following his recent defection and call for Equatorians to join him, Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo has been attracting rebels from Dr. Riek Machar rebellion. The following examples will suffice:

1. Gen. Khalid Butrus of the Murlei rebel group in Pibor announced that he is for unity of rebels in greater Equatoria under Gen. Cirilo;

2. Col. Bangasi Bakasoro, the former Governor of Yambio and founder of Arrow Boys rebels in Greater Western Equatoria welcomed Gen. Cirilo’s call for a new armed rebellion, and announced his intention to fully cooperate;

3. Gen. Faiz Ismail Fatur, member of SPLA-IO high military command and former sector commander in Wau State declared his loyalty to Cirilo, and accused Dr. Riek of dictatorial tendencies, announcing in his letter of resignation to Riek Machar, that; “I forewarned against unnecessary promotions which you often do without proper consultations. Now, the army is curtailed by officers without assignments, shamefully, at places, you find a brigadier leading a squad”.

4. Col. Nyarji J. Roman, member of National Liberation Council and Deputy Spokesperson of SPLA-io announced his defection to Gen. Cirilo’s new rebel movement, and accused Dr. Riek of deliberately neglecting Equatorian soldiers in SPLA-IO by failing to supply them with guns and ammunition over the past few years, resulting in the death of Gen. Ellias Lino Jada & Gen. Martin Kenyi, and other Equatorian sons and daughters.””

An open letter to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic: For the success of the Proposed National Dialogue: First reconcile with true SPLM Rank and file and put aside SPLM late comers in your government Mr. President.

By Ustaz. Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Your Excellency,

March 12, 2017 (SSB) — I am deliberately adopting an uncommon open letter approach to draw your attention to the ongoing carnage by International community and security organs, who are perpetrating what some are now calling genocide and crimes against humanity in South Sudan power struggle in the country for nearly four years since 2013 to date. A lot has been said about the Nuer/Dinka political conflict problem over political appointments and removal of constitutional political post holders, which you acknowledged in your traditional year-end address to the nation. But it appears you have a superficial understanding of the problem; in which case, I am compelled to school you on the problem, so you can end the nation’s drift and save South Sudan from the looming anarchy. Mr. President, we should stop chasing shadows. The power struggle problem is not about promoting individual political interests or multi-ethnic behavior.

I will spare you an academic definition, but for practical purposes, the power struggle problem is the systemic marginalization and institutionalized discrimination against particular ethnic communities and states for example, Apuk Juwiir community in Tonj state, which has been reduced to second-class citizens in a country they voted to join as equal partners. This community was the host of the SPLA Headquarters in Yinhkuel of present day newly created Thiet County has been marginalized for so long and had not been rewarded. It is the plunder and gross mismanagement of their resources, to finance Southern states, captured and held hostage by a vampire elite of tribal bigots and power hungry politicians; corrupt politicians and rent-seeking bureaucrats, operating a system of ethnic -inspired clientelism with mindless impunity.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala Uganda


March 12, 2017 (SSB) — Corruption has become meaningless since it has become a common topic in South Sudan. Because of that it no longer appeals to many people as it has become monotonous.  However what is clear is that corruption is increasing day and night in South Sudan as it is indicated by various reports. And each time the report on corruption is released corruption is shown to be eating the society to the core as it permeates every part of the system.

Thus, in this article, I intend to comment on the impact of corruption in general and with specific regard to the recent report on corruption scandals in the South Sudan Crisis Management Committee (CMC) of 2013. The CMC was formed in the aftermath of the outbreak of civil war in 2013. It was made up of several Government ministers and some technocrats.  The purpose of the CMC was to manage crises that were caused by the civil war in order to help citizens that were affected by the war.

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Bishop Deng Majak

Bishop Deng Majak

March 12, 2017 (SSB) — Tonj Youth group in Nairobi Kenya pay tribute to his eminence cardinal Rodolfo Deng Majak. Bishop Deng Majak was sick and he passed on last Monday while under medication in Berlin Germany.

Bishop Deng Majak a South Sudanese nationalist was said to shall have suffered blood pressure. He consulted many doctors in Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, and Kenya all the way up to Berlin Germany where he died on Monday under treatment.

On behalves of all South Sudanese especially Tonj people in particular, the actual pass on of his eminence saddened many people. This latent season is going to be mourning durations around the world its unfortunate indeed.  This is a below to all of us base on his legacy of being a bishop of peace and togetherness.

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How tribalism drives graft and impedes real progress

By Makau Mutua | Saturday, Mar 11th 2017


I have said it before, and will do so here again — no nation, or people, have ever become great without a great elite. Countries are only as great as their elites. Several states in Asia — South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Japan, and India — are Exhibit A.

Even North Korea — in spite of being ruled by a dynasty of a megalomaniacal family of dictators — has proven that a tiny state can exert power on the global stage. Not every lunatic can do what test-tube dictator Kim Jong Un is doing — unsettle and paralyse the great United States into a checkmate. That’s why I want to interrogate the cancer of corruption, and how it stunts states. My definition of corruption isn’t boilerplate.

Let’s take South Korea as a singular illustration of my thesis. In the early 1960s, South Korea was as underdeveloped — and backward — as Kenya, or Ghana. But in three decades, South Korea became a top-15 global economy where Kenya and Ghana remained mired at the bottom of the heap. South Koreans over 50 years of age have a faint memory of unheated huts, earthen floors, and muddy roads.

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A rebuttal to the Sudan Tribune report that published my name among South Sudan government alleged corrupt officials and beneficiaries of the misappropriated funds of the Crisis Management Committee

By Biel Boutros Biel, Currently in Exile

corruption in Juba


March 12, 2017 (SSB) — Dear family members, friends, colleagues and members of the public, I would like to inform you that I have come to learn that my name has been published among the alleged suspects and beneficiaries of the alleged misappropriated funds of the 2014 South Sudan’s Crisis Management Committee formed by the government of South Sudan under Salva Kiir. The committee was meant to preach lies to cover up fabrications of a false coup alleged to have happened on 15 December 2013 in Juba, South Sudan.


I want to categorically state that including my name as one of the alleged corruption beneficiaries, is a desperate attempt by a desperate regime, is a big lie, an organised blackmailing and a scheme intended by Juba regime to divert public attention from their plan to kidnap and deport me to Juba as planned over the last one month or so. No one, even a coached witness can face me in a court of law to produce any evidence against me on this allegation. SIMPLE COMMON SENSE: HOW COULD I BE BENEFICIARY OF LOOTS OF A REGIME THAT IS YEARNING TO HARM ME JUST BECAUSE OF MY HUMAN RIGHTS WORK THAT EXPOSES ITS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES? The agents are in a complete despair!
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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

Traffic police in Bor, Solomon Mabior Ruar

Jonglei state Director of traffic police Col Solomon Mabior Ruar on fouth independence day picture by Mach Samuel

March 12, 2017 (SSB) —- Some time back I wrote an article attacking those who were campaigning for the post of Inspector General of Police (IGP). In that Article I pointed that the Police office is not a political office but it is an office established based on training and skills. Because of that I concluded that politicizing the police as it was happening would be disastrous to the integrity hence negatively affects the effectiveness of the police force.

However, someone from Western Lakes attacked me directly thinking that I was criticizing the one from Western Lakes who was campaigning for the IGP office. Therefore, this article is in response to such an unjustified attack by telling that person that I was not protecting the IGP post but my aim was to protect the integrity of the police force.

Thus, the reason I wanted to protect police integrity and ethics is that they are fundamental to effective policing and help build trust within communities and are only achieved through training and practice in policing. Because of that sound conduct by police improves community interactions, enhances communication, and promotes shared responsibility for addressing crime and disorder.

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Prof Majok Kelei stands next to UNMISS chief at Council of ministers in Bor picture by Mach SamuelBor youth withdraw from Boma state to give room for negotiation

Image  —  Posted: March 12, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Press Release

By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan National Day of Prayers

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — I wish to advise all politicians in our Country to attend the national prayer day which is schedule to place tomorrow 10th March across the country in person without fail.  We need to tend up in big number to show that we are ready to end the conflict that affecting our country. We need to confess our problem within us, let repent and finally ask Almighty God to forgive us in whatsoever we did wrong to either ourselves or to the creator. Forgiveness is the first priority in the kingdom of God; God will possibly forgive us if we forgive ourselves.

The national day of prayer on 10th March declared by His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit should not just be perceived as a question of logical debate but goes to expose the absence of religious principle in his personal life and that of the party he leads. Let come-up with the spirit of nationalism to handover our problems to our creator who is in-charge of everything to bless us with everlasting peace in our nation.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

Governor Philip Aguer addressing national prayers day March 10 2017 picture by Mach Samuel - Copy (1)

Governor Philip Aguer addressing national prayers day March 10 2017 picture by Mach Samuel – Copy (1).JPG

South Sudan National Day of Prayers

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei State H.E. Philip Aguer Panyang has addressed the national prayers day dedicated to peace, reconciliation and forgiveness in Jonglei State.

The day was decreed by the president of the republic of South Sudan general Salva Kiir Mayardit that all the people of south Sudan have to pray for peace unity reconciliation and forgiveness across the country.

Addressing hundreds of people at Bor Freedom Square, Governor Philip says South Sudanese must kneel down and pray before God for forgiveness and courage to unite and build a stronger nation.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala Uganda

kiir at juba uni

President Kiir at the 18th graduation ceremony of the university of Juba, April 2015

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — Nasser Road University is found in Kampala city. It is one of the roads within the City. Because Nasser Road is well-known in Kampala, Uganda, I will only direct anybody who is interested in finding it to go to Kampala city where Cham Towers and Uganda House are located. Nasser Road is behind those two tall buildings. In short, it is not hard to get to Nasser Road once one is within Kampala city square because it is a road well-known to the people in the city unless by bad luck one comes across a person who is not familiar with the city.

The above is the brief guidance that I can give to anyone who wants to go Nasser Road University. However, to go straight to the subject matter of this article and as it can be understood from its title, I must state that Nasser Road is not a normal university as some of us may know. This is because Nasser Road University is a peculiar university with peculiar programme driven by money.

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan
National Prayers Day
March 10, 2017 (SSB) — Famine by is an extreme and a general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area. On February 20, 2017, both the government and the United Nations declared the present of famine in two counties of Mayendit and Leer in the former Unity State, blaming conflict and collapsing economy in the country.
Building Ramciel on the other hand, serves the vision of the late leader and founder of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), Dr. John Garang de Mabior who proposed it to be a new capital of South Sudan when he visited the place now located in a newly created Eastern Lakes State in 2003. His promise was later left unfulfilled when the leader died in a Ugandan presidential Mi-172 helicopter crashed in 2005. To revive the building of a new capital, the Council of ministers sat on September 2, 2011 and resolved to relocate the city from Juba to Ramciel. Thirteen months later, a young nation slid into civil war, which shut down everything that was in progress.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda


Weekly Friday cabinet meeting in Juba, 22 July 2016

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — On March 6, 2017, African Press online published an Article entitled: The Dinka led government is scrambling, removing Paul Malong bring the Dinka dynasty to an end. African Press reported in that Article that South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has reached the final stage to get rid of a few powerful politicians, mostly from his Dinka tribe, who have been very supportive in his struggles in the last three years.

African Press cited the insiders in the Office of the President or in the Government who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal, reveal that President Salva Kiir has advanced plans to reshuffle the army and his cabinet to distance “some powerful” Dinka politicians and military generals.

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CSO appeals to the government to release all political detainees and allow for a new peace negotiations with all rebel groups to affect national dialogue.

National Day of PrayersNational Prayers Day

March 10, 2017 (SSB) —- The Screen of Rights is calling on the Transitional Government of National Unity to consider releasing all political detainees and prisoners to mark factual reflection on national prayer day.

The government will only have a credit if it brokers for dialogue through pardoning of all political prisoners or detainees who might have been legally sentenced or illegally detained without being given access to justice and due process.

The national organization legally registered and operational in the territory of South Sudan is appealing to President, Salva Kiir Mayardit to spearhead the national prayer and dialogue by issuing a general amnesty to people who have taken up arms against the state.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — Here is a transcript of the press conference between Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state and David Shearer of UNMISS, in Bor, Jonglei state, on March 9, 2017

Governor Philip Aguer: Today we welcome the special representative of the united Nation secretary general to South Sudan Mr. David Shearer. He has come to visit us as he did in some parts of South Sudan

We share the security threats in Jonglei, one is political and the second is social economic problem known as child abduction and cattle raiding and he expressed the readiness and willingness of the United Nation Mission in South Sudan to help in any way in peace building in Jonglei state and he interacted with community leaders who are also ready to make peace with the neighbors.

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Posted: March 10, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems., Wenne Madyt Dengs

By Wënnë Madyt Dengs, Bor, Jonglei state

Nightmares in Jerusalem


The wintry evening logged-out
when the roasting sol
had given up to darkness

I was watching the veneer of moon
in this cold gloom
I locked myself up in deep slumber
the whispering of night-walkers
melodized my night-ordeal

With my head tilted in the bed
Sleepiness stole my drive
and wandered in the mystery world
a word holding plate of horror

To shake the stillness of the night
in this tribulation,
my bed shook
it was hooked by grave wobbliness
an ancestry fancy; I was watching
stroke my in underworld
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From: Thiik Community Date 7th March, 2017.

To: H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Republic of South Sudan.

CC: Governor Akech Tong Aleu, Tonj State

CC: Deputy Governor Manhiem Bol Malek,

CC: Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, Tonj East

CC: Hon. Wek Mamer Kuol, Tonj East

Your Excellency!

RE: Complaints from Thiik Community Association (TCA)


March 9, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, we the representatives of Thiik community would like to take this opportunity to strongly protest against the continuous unjust and unfair treatment of our community by the Governor Akech Tong Aleu of Tonj State. Your Excellency, we wish to highlight to you our grievances with a concise background of Thiik Community in Ananatak area; information we believe to be at your disposal.

Thiik community is one of the seven sections of greater Ananatak of former Tonj East County. It is bordered by six neighboring communities with defined boundaries, they include: Luanchjang to the East, Lou Paher to the North, Jur Bol/Awan Parek to the West, Akok to South West, Kongor to the South and Ador to the South East.

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#BringBackOurMoney or clear your name. Our people are dying of hunger because of famine yet you are making yourselves richer #BloodShedFree2017 #Anataban” Jacob Bul Bior


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“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai



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


By Makneth Aciek, Kigali, Rwanda

kiiriek with bishop deng

President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar praying with Bishop Daniel Deng Bul in Addis Ababa, May 9 2014

March 8, 2017 (SSB) — As the nation is grappling with poverty, war, tribalism, corruption and her new comer “famine”. Many agree that one of the answers to South Sudan problem lie in prayers. The author equally agree; but only if we try to examine the meaning of prayer a little more deeply.

If the prayer day is organized for a nation to kneel down and ask God for intervention to end famine or war in the country, then the author is not with you. The problems South Sudan faces are of our own making, right here on earth in South Sudan and must be solve by human beings.

If the prayer day is organized for loyal religious groups to gather and ask God for their favorite politicians to be save from their tribulations, then it is as bad as looming genocide.

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