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Image  —  Posted: May 19, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in HLRF, Junub Sudan


CEPO Press Release: The Intra-South Sudanese Dialogue at the IGAD’s High Level Revitalization Forum of the Peace Process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Yakani of CEPO

Saturday, May 19, 2018 (PW) — The intra-South Sudanese dialogue yesterday when on nicely. The intra-South Sudanese dialogue was administered in three committees approach. First committee on governance handling the outstanding five issues on governance; second committee on Security handling the security five outstanding issues and the third committee on Trusts and Confidence-building handling matters of mistrust and lack of confidence.

The three committees all made progress on their issues. Compromises were able to be realized on at 1 to 2 issues of out the outstanding issues per committee and change of attitudes among the parties is developing. The chance of the intra-South Sudanese dialogue breaking some of the deadlocks is high. Although still there was the hard position from the parties on some matters. At least demonstration of positive attitudes for peace was observed. Intra-South Sudanese dialogue is a good approach for complementing the HLRF.

CEPO Remarks:

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says that “at least senses of the parties are taking responsibility for delivering peace and changing attitudes was observed. This is not little progress but a good indicator that South Sudanese are now taking responsibility for delivering peace. We have been calling for an approach to trust and confidence building for the three years. At least now we have seen it being applied for managing the expectation of the parties and building positive attitudes for peacemaking. Today, the intra-South Sudanese dialogue will continue with the three committees.”

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) is a non-profit, civil society, South Sudanese organization, registered by the Ministry of Justice on 17th November 2010. The organization was initially formed in Khartoum in 1999 and consisted of mostly University students, but its scope broadened after it was established in Juba, Southern Sudan as a separate entity. Presently, CEPO is engaged in the areas of Peace and conflict mitigation, human rights, rule of law, livelihood, governance and democratic transformation. MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of CEPO.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — It is now thirty five years after the SPLM/A started the War against Khartoum in 1983. The war was not an easier one as it had led to the death of about two million people. Despite of those massive deaths which left many people dead, more orphans and widows and widowers, South Sudanese did not give up.

They were all united in peace and harmony against the Arabs. What made them to remain determine and fought to the end was the hope of the new place, the new country and the birth of the new people.

With that spirit of unity and determination based on the right to self-determination, the death of many did not deter many and the death of led to the history of South Sudan which is now sealed with the blood of many.

Indeed, the people fought as if they were hoping to go to heaven. If South Sudanese were all Christians, I would have concluded that they were fighting to go to heaven as they are ambassadors of Christ on earth. Read the rest of this entry »


By Apioth Mayom Apioth, WA, USA

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

Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — There are no better quotes that capture the current dire political arena in South Sudan than the following two excerpts: “Where you are roasting your sweet potato is also the place where the devil is also roasting its sweet potato of destruction” (African proverb), and “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap” (Napoleon Bonaparte). The late famed singer Nyankol Mathiang sang of how God brought us John Garang so he would strategically align us with the dream of having our land (Canaan=South Sudan) from the shackles of persecution in the not so united Sudan.

In the SPLA bush war, serendipity brought us John Garang and the devil also brought us Salva Kiir Mayarkor. We would go on and spent 21 challenging and trying years with the supposedly anointed and visionless Joshua(Kiir Mayar), not knowing that he would one day lead us into the war of destruction. His latest outburst was how he went ahead and freed the former SPLA detainees (the leaders) from imprisonment in Juba to an exiled political safety in Nairobi. To Kiir, he still regrets setting them free when he should have snatched the last breath out of them while he was at it.

This recent accusation led Ajak Deng Chiengkou of SBS Radio to have wondered as to why he would rather commit such a treasonous crime. This is one area where Dr. John Garang was way ahead of his peers when it came to matters concerning futuristic and shrewd strategic planning in sowing seeds that will bring the bountiful harvest in the not so distant future. The reason why John Garang always made sure that the Lost Boys of Sudan (who were also the core of the Red Army of New Sudan) were so often ferried to safety and properly trained and disciplined in soldiering and education was because in case the SPLA bush war dragged on and on for quite some time, then this newer crop of highly militarized generation of soldiers would take over from the former generation, and keep the flag hoisted high. Read the rest of this entry »


For Nuer, Dinka and Shilluk, there is No equal employment opportunities with National and International NGOs operating in South Sudan as most job opportunities are monopolized by the Equatorians

By Simon Buzada Gach, Juba, South Sudan

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Aid Agencies’ bosses: They come in as commons and get out as royals

Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — South Sudan gained its own independence from North Sudan on 9 July 2011 as the result of 2005 peace agreement inked in Kenya which ended the 21 years of running the civil war in the country. Most of the citizens had decided to vote for separation on referendum days and the younger country was recognized and declares, internationally as separated State listed to other Africa countries.

In early 2013, political disputes happened within political elites or leaders of the ruling party, which displace most of citizens in the country as the result of their disagreement. Most of the citizens had left the country for neighboring countries mainly Uganda and Kenya for seeking an international protection.

Interventions of INGOs and National NGOs to an areas affected by the civil war

Some of international NGOs response to helps vulnerable population with food items and none food items,  when the civil war erupted in the country, particularly  in Upper Nile and Equatoria, where the citizens were displaced from their villages by both armed forces on the ground. As the result of fighting which going on in the country since 2013. Donors donated monies through INGOs and indigenous NGOs by helping the suffering populations affected by civil war in the country. Read the rest of this entry »


The SPLM/A-IO Tone at HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Must Change Now that the TGONU has expired on May 17, 2018

By Hon. Gen. Nathaniel Pierino, Addiss Ababa, Ethiopia

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The author, Hon. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, is a senior and founding member of SPLM-IO and the current SPLM-IO governor of Imatong State

Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — The timeframe within the agreement elapsed yesterday on the 17th May, 2018; it was a pre transitional period  of 03 months (90 days; 17th August, 2015-17th November, 2015) proceeded by a transitional period of 30 months (2 years and 6 months; November 17th, 2015-May 17, 2018.

During this tenure of (33 months of the life) the agreement, peace program in the chapters of the agreements were to be implemented, particularly;

  1. Incorporates the agreement into the constitution or laws of South Sudan; by repealing, reviewing, enacting new laws particularly; Acts and statutes on SPLA, Police, National security, Wild life, Fire Brigade etc; remove state of emergency; release all political prisoners, prisoners of conscience; prisoners of war etc; all these didn’t take place; the agreement itself remained on pieces of papers;

  1. Established the TGNU and implementation institutions made up of parties who signed the agreement, in the beginning this did happened April, 2016; but in July 8th, 2016; Salva Kiir abrogated the agreement that was not yet incorporated into law of South Sudan by attacking SPLMAIO and other stakeholders; the National Alliance, The SPLM’s Leaders and exiled most of them and created what is called estranged groups. The agreement therefore collapsed at this point. Salva Kiir, notwithstanding this negative development continued to say the peace had not collapsed, he was implementing the peace agreement with parties and persons of his choosing; General Taban Deng Gai was picked to replace Dr. Riek as the First Vice President; Hon. Onyoti Adigo replaced Dr. Lam Akol as minister of Agriculture; etc and similar acts were done to replace persons deployed in the implementation institutions except HE. Festos Mogae head of Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission who happened to be a foreigner.

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CEPO Press Release: The Intra-South Sudanese Dialogue at the IGAD’s High Level Revitalization Forum of the Peace Process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Edmund Yakani

MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a Juba-based South Sudanese civil society organization.

Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — The parties and stakeholders selected representatives for framing the inter-south Sudanese consultations methodology, facilitators, and Agenda. The parties selected 2 delegates and the stakeholders selected one delegate. The team of the delegates has a consultation and agreed on the moderation of the intra-South Sudanese Consultations. The faith Based leaders were tasked to moderate and lead the Secretariat for the consultations. Further, the delegates agreed that the intra-South Sudanese consultations will focus on finding solutions on the outstanding between the parties on chapter 1 and 2, Strength building of trust and confidence among the parties.

After the official opening of the HLRF, then those faith-based leaders brief the audience of the HLRF hall. The faith-based leaders urged for more time to be given to them for engaging the parties for compromise and seeking solutions for the outstanding issues. After the briefing of the HLRF hall, then IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan Ambassador Ismail Wise then inform the hall that they have agreed as IGAD to give the faith-based leaders more time for engaging on intra-South Sudanese consultations on 18th May 2018 in the morning hours. Read the rest of this entry »


By Peter Mabior Ajak, Melbourne, Australia

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 (PW) — This analysis is for distraction within Team Jonglei at the recent inter-communal wrestling in Juba. ‘Tumor’ refers to issues that split Team Jonglei.

Keyboard warfare, Facebook Lives’ shelling, coupled with songs and lack of maturity is a cancerous tumor responsible for wrestling shenanigan within Team Jonglei. If you’re not appalled by the way in which issues within Team Jonglei are handled, and the state it is dissented to, then we seriously reach problem-solving crises.

Leadership is a beautiful thing. It is in every leader to do what is right and beneficial to the people you lead, in return help the people you work with and outcomes you would like to achieve. It is not always on how it is supposed to be because dishonesty in the form of disrespect and dysfunctional in the leadership of the organizing committee is a tumor that is responsible for Team Jonglei defeat. Read the rest of this entry »


By Majok Arol Dhieu, Greater Lakes State, South Sudan

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Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — Let me make you burn the candle at both ends, I know you’re tired because you just came back from lectures, work, gossips, evening prayers and double-edged politics. Just add this burden. You are aided with glossary at the end for idioms used in this piece.

One cloudy and dark night, Mr. Jackson sat at the fireplace with his fiancée. The beautiful dish at dinner had been croquettes, made of swede greens with some fried fritters added, and placed beside them. Mr. Jackson, the young manservant of Peter—–the Secretary of Traders Union who is very friendly to the Managing Director of the Cronic Farm.

Jackson in his outgrown uniform and unpolished black sandals take the opportunity to remind his fiancée, kindly and thoughtfully that Mr. David—— the Managing Director of the Cronic Farm will reshuffle his Senior Management Team tonight and that he had applied for the position of Shepherd Boy in the Eastern part of the Farm. He confidently promised his fiancée that if his application is considered, there will be a material change in his circumstances, and that they will lay unbreakable foundation together.

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By Mayak Deng Aruei, California, USA

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May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” Martin Luther King proclaimed. Having just concluded the SPLM/SPLA’s historic Day-May 16, I would like to encourage South Sudanese to reconnect with their past, recall the many wars they fought against the colonial powers, and against the successive Sudanese governments. The quest for independent South Sudan dated back to 1947, but the liberation struggle that started in 1983 gave birth to the nation called South Sudan. Freedom as it was the basis for five decades struggle cannot be realized until peace is every citizen’s Motto.

For record, war destroys good conscience, bankrupt countries, and corrupts the intelligentsias. In South Sudan, culture of revenge, vicious cycles of violence and cattle-rustling have contributed to political intolerance across the country. The nation’s founding principles have been suppressed; freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, justice and equality. Fear of unknowns, aided by deliberate obstruction of democratic governance has undermined South Sudanese collective efforts. Take your time and read the article in its entirety.   Read the rest of this entry »


Wrestling, Politics, Contradictions and Solutions in Jonglei State

By Junior William Deng, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Friday, May 18, 2018 (PW) — Jieng nation is variably blessed with uncountable ways of expressing happiness or various social aspects of athleticism and artistry; ranging from wrestling, singing, high jump, bat game, dancing and more. Without wasting time beating about the bush, this article gives analyses on “traditional wrestling”. I called it traditional wrestling because it is largely crudely organized by communities and not enterprises like WWE, FIFA organizations or NBA in the Americas. South Sudanese communities are not organized to give wrestling economic value for the betterment of social, economic and political growth. This means that wrestling in Jieng sportsmanship is not economical, it is rather an empty vessel that generates sense of belonging to the community to whom a wrestler is born and source of group pride – in fact a consequential pride.

  1. Jieng Understanding of Wrestling

There are a variety of meanings of wrestling but according to Biordit Aguer, “wrestling is a residue of fighting.”  This gives us direct understanding of what wrestling is about. As we get it from the above definition, it tells us that the two individuals or more who are involved in wrestling do it bitterly tussling over who should win it. It is not full blown fighting but it perpetually generates unhealthy communal feelings leading to repulsive precipitation of social frictions. It also tells us that conducting wrestling requires customary law governing the conduct, exercise, behavior and attitudes of social parties involved. Since fighting is not a luxury among the Jieng people, wrestling should not be mobilized by elders and leaders, it should be understanding between wrestlers and camps that accompany the wrestlers but rested on rules and law. Read the rest of this entry »


By David Mayen Dengdit, Denver, USA

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — I would like to begin with thanking Hon (Uncle) Arop Madut Arop for his professional advice to all upcoming writers – in his May 15 article on Panluelwel, titled “The President’s Incentive Remark Debate Versus the Use of English Language in South Sudan.”

As a seasoned journalist and writer, uncle Aropdit is well known and respected. As man I consider a maternal Uncle, I have closely known him for as long as I can remember in my almost five decades of existence. As a cultured Dinka man myself, I have always respected him.

Laying the ground for his contentions, Uncle Arop Madut said that: because of their mother tongue’s influence in their English language comprehension capacity, “many people in South Sudan appear to have misinterpreted the president incentive remark to suit their own design.” Read the rest of this entry »


By James Okuk (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. Its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — The polis exists to assure the good life” – Aristotle.  “For however strong a ruler may be, he will always have need of the good will of the inhabitants if he wishes to remain in power” – Machiavelli. “It is not by the concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected” – Thomas Jefferson. “There is no time to waste. We must either unite now or perish” – Julius Nyerere.

I – WHAT SHOULD BE AT STAKE FOR SOUTH SUDAN IN THE HLRF?

All the above quoted political wisdom should serve as reminders for finalizing the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) without further delays. The conscience of stakeholders of the de facto Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU)—whose term of office ended in April 2018—and the loosed opposition groups should get awakened so as to reach an urgent conclusion of a peaceful settlement that must end the filthy civil war in South Sudan.

Also the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) should rethink its institutional bottleneck to become a trustworthy peace mediator with commendable achievement of the desired goal. The hierarchical decision-making organs of the IGAD (i.e., Assembly of Heads of State and Government that determines the policies and guidelines; Council of Ministers that approves the work programs and budget of the Secretariat; and Committee of Ambassadors that influence the Heads of State and Government, the Ministers and officials of the Secretariat, etc…) have often undermined the work of HLRF mediation experts, especially on issues of good governance and credibility of leadership of the awaited post-war South Sudan.

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This is an excerpt from the introduction to the speeches, before and after independence, of President Salva Kiir, “Salva Kiir Mayardit: The Joshua of South Sudan,” edited and published by Simon Yel Yel and PaanLuel Wel in February 2016

By PaanLuel Wel (Juba) and Simon Yel Yel (Kampala)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — May 26, 1983, marked the day President Kiir revolted against Khartoum’s repressive regime and joined his comrades in the bush. By then, Captain Salva Kiir was a mid-level military intelligence officer in the Sudanese army stationed in Malakal, Southern Sudan. His rebellion came in the wake of the May 16th Bor and May 20th Ayod Uprisings led by Major Kerubino Kuanyin Bol and Major William Nyuon Bany respectively.

Why did it take that long—from May 16th up to May 26th —before Salva Kiir rebelled against Khartoum? This was mainly because he was the one coordinating the security and intelligence of the Underground group. For example, when Khartoum decided to launch a dawn attack on Bor, it was Salva Kiir who passed that message to John Garang in Bor informing them that Khartoum had finally decided to attack Bor. Using that insider information which only an officer in the Sudanese military intelligence could have access to, John Garang and Kerubino Kuanyin were able to strategize and repulse the dawn attack with minimal casualties on their sides.

Secondly, when Khartoum dispatched a battalion from Malakal to take reinforcement to Bor, Salva Kiir passed that crucial message to John Garang and William Nyuon. After the troops arrived in Ayod on their way to Bor, Nyuon lured their officers into a bogus meeting during which they were arrested and killed. Their soldiers were then attacked and scattered, never to reach Bor. Read the rest of this entry »


There is a global suggestion that for peace to be in the Horn of Africa, Somalia should be disintegrated into other African Countries in the regions, A South Sudan case Study

By Dut Agostino Agei, Oslo, Norway

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — South Sudan that we all vote to be independence Country from the Sudan carry the above mentioned case study. In academic discussions borrowing information or ideas from a different source that is relevant to your Country current affairs is called case study. This came about after several seminars that I attained and most of the information that many professors used to moderate classes are non-other than the two Countries in the Horn of Africa.

One of them are the republic of Somalia and similarly the republic of South Sudan. I always fall victim whenever current affairs are discussed in my present. This comes with real life situation that whenever professor would want to teach politics he/she may use relevant case to moderate session and that automatically carry nobody else but nationals from Somalia and South Sudan that have never been in peace across several years.

This can be attested to the fact that in every ongoing situation elsewhere in the world and Africa in particular South Sudan should use every scenario to correct whatever affect the Country from the neighboring state especially on issues to do with instabilities in the continent. In several African Union peace agreements there are some opinions that the stability of the Somalia has a waterloo from everybody. Read the rest of this entry »


By Peter Gai Manyuon, Kampala, Uganda

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — In fact, the crisis of South Sudan was caused by suspicion of the unknown among the so-called SPLM leaders in 2013.  The ongoing peace talks or side meetings in Ethiopians Capital Addis-Ababa might not bring a genuine peace and stability in South Sudan unless otherwise, President Trump of United States go to Addis Ababa by himself to witness what is currently going on among the SPLM factions or serious measures are taken by the world. So far, the SPLM factions are only looking for what accommodates them not what benefits common citizens in the Country.

On the same note, the issue of setting up the hybrid court is not in the interest of the SPLM factions mainly, SPLM in government and SPLM in opposition since all the groups or factions committed crimes against humanity in one way or the other. What likely the two rivals are looking for is forming a government where they could continue looting the country resources together like what they did since 2005-2018 respectively. According to their supporter’s comments on various social media platforms, any agreement that doesn’t recognize Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar is not an agreement. The two factions of the SPLMs (SPLM in government and SPLM in Opposition) are confusing their supporters day by day or their supporters are confusing. Read the rest of this entry »

Pagan Amum: Happy 35th anniversary of the founding of the SPLM/SPLA

Posted: May 16, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan


By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (PW) — May the 16th is historic. It will go down in the annals of history that it was the year when Southerners said enough was enough. It is the day Southerners took up arms against the minority clique  regime in Khartoum.

It was in 1983 when Southerners expressed their anger publicly against economic, political and social oppression and suppression by the Northerners. Our resources were exploited by the Arab North to develop it.

Our resources were looted in a broad day light with the connivance of some sell-outs. On this occasion and at this juncture, I would like to pay  special tributes to Col.Dr John Garang de Mabior, Major William Nyuon Bany, Major Kerubino Kuanyin, Capt Salva Kiir Mayardit, now General Salva Kiir, the President of the Republic and Capt David Riek Machuoc Mum for, without their bravery, valour and resilience,it wouldn’t have been possible for us to reach where we are today.

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By Hon Arop Madut Arop, Oxford, UK

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Hon Arop Madut Arop is the current MP for Abyei in Juba and the author of three classic books, namely: Sudan Painful Road to Peace, a full story of the founding and development of SPLM/SPLA (2006); The Genesis of political consciousness in South Sudan (2012), and The Ngok Dinka of Abyei in Historical Perspective (2018).

 

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018 (PW) — When the IGAD decided to revitalise the 2015 agreement on the conflict in South Sudan in 2017, it dawned into my mind that the term used may be misinterpreted by many of our compatriots since many of us have learned English Language as a second language. Those of us who had first learned the vernacular or the mother tongue will rather think first in native language before writing it down in English Language. In this respect, it is very possible to misinterpret what would otherwise be a straight forward term, like the revitalisation of the 2015 ARCSS peace deal.

When the word revitalisation of the ARCSS was first introduced by the IGAD Mediators, I thought of making it easier for the stakeholders by listing alternative acronyms to the word revitalisation. I first started with the word, ‘vita’ which in Latin Language means life. Thus the word vital has become used in English Language as an adjective to mean important and to revitalise means to energise. But in the IGAD Mediators context, it means to review the 2015 ARCSS peace deal with the aim of improving its contents for feasible implementation. Other acronyms that would help people understand the IGAD terminology to revitalise better, include among others: to resuscitate, review, to revise, to rearrange, to improve, to adjust or simply to correct the terms of the said agreement. Read the rest of this entry »