By Medjhak Deng Medjhak, Yirol, South Sudan

Juba

February 19, 2017 (SSB) — There is a claim that Ramchiel is “No man’s land. Does that mean that we give it to government without any pre-condition? Could that be the reason to why the president ignored & formed exclusive five-member committee without a single member from greater Yirol (Eastern Lakes)?

Brief Highlights:

A. “Ramchiel is a no man’s land”

I want to erase from public’s minds that “Ramchiel” is not a no man’s land as you may be thinking but historically and presently owned by Gok Community more specifically Awan Machiec from same Gok community (Malek County, Yirol)

  1. How can it be no man’s land when it is inhabited by greater Bhar El Ghazal region?
  2. How can it be no man’s land when it is inhabited by greater lakes community?
  3. How can it be no man’s land when it is inhabited by greater Yirol community?
  4. How can it be no man’s land when it is being filled by Ciec community?
  5. How can it be no man’s land when it is being occupied by Adoor community?
  6. How can it be no man’s land when it is being historically and presently owned and occupied by Aween in Gok community or rather Malek County?

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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The tragicomedy of the South Sudanese politics: SPLM-IG vs SPLM-IO

February 18, 2017 (SSB) — Dictionary.com defined resignation as formal statement, document stating that one gives up an office or position. While on the other hand, rebellion is a resistance to or defiance of any authority, control or tradition. Except for Nhial Deng Nhial’s resignation in 2006 from his post as minister for regional cooperation of the defunct Government of southern Sudan. Since then the others who followed had been on zigzagging. No one has ever followed the normal resignation procedures.

In normal procedures for resignation one needs to send his/her letter of resignation to employer and then wait for an approval that will not last than two to three weeks. In most cases for South Sudanese, they do not follow these steps. As a result, they quit before their boss sign or approve their letters. Some took an online resignation as the case of Thomas Cirilo, the former deputy chief of logistics.

Proper procedures were not applied in the Lam Akol’s resignation letter last year as minister for Agriculture and food security. He made sure he was in Khartoum before announcing his resignation. The same method was used by Thomas Cirilo, The author of this piece is wondering why does most South Sudanese resign while they are outside the country? They usually resign their positions while in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Lam Akol and Thomas Cirilo are now the living examples for those who resign while abroad. Akol did not take long in this position before resigning from last year formed Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU). He was by then in Khartoum.

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Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA (PDF)

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The Bruises of the Civil War: A life without a Leg: The striking case of Ajah Majhok Kweeric

By Kur Wel Kur, Adelaide, Australia

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February 18, 2017 (SSB) — “A wife for her son.” “A grandson.” An heir.” Nyankoot Bolek kept pacing around the cow-dung heap, talking aloud to herself. She had yearned to hear good news from her son’s family. Announcing the birth. At that point, she had given up her ego of desiring a male child. “Any child would be a huge blessing,” she would tell herself.  An idiom that goes, “no news is good news,” knocked her unconscious. It numbed her mind. She longed for any news even the hint of her son committing adultery to “sire” a child would console her aching soul.

However, none of the news swirled into her ears. So, Nyankoot rooted for an idea of making a seventeen year old daughter of one of the akɔr waal, a pasture-hunter, her son’s wife. Ajah Majhok Kweeric was beautiful, brown-skinned and tall young woman. Her father, Majhok Kweeric was a wealthy and respectful 40-year-old. Nyankoot sent three young men, her nephews to court her.

 “Listen to her, talk and don’t forget any of her words; I will gauge every word myself; I can’t afford a stupid woman for my son,” she said.

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By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

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The tragicomedy of the South Sudanese politics: SPLM-IG vs SPLM-IO

February 18, 2017 (SSB) — In 2013, the Iraqi Minister of Information, during Saddam Hussein’s era, Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf, once said about American army who were about to enter Baghdad:

‘I can say, and I am responsible for what I am saying, that they (Americans) have started to commit suicide under the walls of Baghdad. We will encourage them to commit more suicides quickly.’

In the case of American-Iraqi war, the quote didn’t apply to that situation at all.  The American invasion of Iraq was completed when American Army entered Baghdad without much resistance.

Ever since, the world had wondered whether there would ever be a moment, when a people, anywhere in the world, who would collectively commit suicide.  The world dismissed Sahaf’s words, thinking it was something unimaginable.  This stood true until year 2013.

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How to tax people in Gok State without being affected by taxation but at the same time benefit from taxes they pay

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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February 18, 2017 (SSB) — In the recent debate on taxation law in Gok State, there are a lot of arguments for and against the rationale for taxing the citizens of Gok. For those who were and are against the imposition of taxation, their main argument was and still as summed up in this question: why should the people who don’t have sources of income or those with zero income be taxed?

The argument above for the opponents against taxation is very strong and the law in an ordinary circumstance may uphold it because taxation is based on the ability of a tax payer to pay. Where the tax payer is not able to pay or he or she is unemployed then there is nothing to tax and taxes should not be imposed.

To digress a bit before I access the argument of those who argue in favour of paying taxes, I need to briefly explain the meaning of ability-to-pay. Ability-to-pay is an economic concept which provides that those who have more resources (wealth), or earn higher incomes should pay more taxes. Hence, in economy, the ability to pay taxes such as income tax or tax on luxury goods is viewed as means of income redistribution.

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

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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.

February 17, 2017 (SSB) —- The rule of law is a cornerstone of contemporary constitutional democracy as underscored by its role in cementing good governance and respect for human rights. The rule of law requires that the state only subject the citizenry to publicly promulgated laws and that no one within the polity be above the law. The rule of law doctrine envisages that the power of the state and government be only exercised in consonance with applicable laws and set procedures.

The three essential characteristics of modern constitutionalism are limiting the powers of the government, adherence to the rule of law and the protection of fundamental rights. However, in the absence of the rule of law and respect for human rights, contemporary constitutional democracy would be impossible. Beyond that however, it is not clear what characteristics the rule of law must possess to help sustain its folds and respect for human rights, what specific role it must ensure with regards to individual rights and liberties, and how it might ultimately contribute to help respect human rights of the people and protect their lives in Eastern Lakes State.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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

February 16, 2017 (SSB) — There has been disturbing report in recent time of some respected and important generals in the South Sudanese Police Service turning the police into political arena. What they are doing is contrary to the nature and understanding of the police.

The police are not supposed to be politicians but they must be technocrats or those who are well trained and skilled in policing because the role of the police is to keep law and order and investigation of crimes as part of keeping law and order. This means that the one in charge of the police must not be politicians but well trained police officer that deals with issues objectively.

However, the report indicates that one of the generals in the Police of South Sudan is seriously openly campaigning to be appointed so that he replaces the current General Inspector of Police (IGP) of South Sudan, General Makur Marol.

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By Duom Peter, Changsha, China

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February 15, 2017 (SSB) — All International Days we used to celebrate were invented. The Yoga’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Father’s Day, Teachers’ Day, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day, Japan’s Annual Penis Festival Day, and many other International Days were all invented.

What is Kaman?

The word Kaman in Dinka means Visitor. Therefore, Kaman’s Day or Visitor’s Day is the day of recognizing the importance of Kaman or visitor(s) in our society. It’s a day of inviting visitor (s) whether a child, neighbour, in-law, boyfriend, girlfriend, and friend for special dinner or party. Kamaan or Visitors are part of our lives.

They give us joy when we’re sad, they help use when we’re in trouble, and they provide information we need. Our ancestors had precious love for Kamaan (visitors). Kaman (visitor) would get the best services such as accommodation, delicious food (a bull or goat can be slaughtered), clean water and had to be entertained before s/he goes to the bed.

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This article is about how tribe is submerging the State, how we are more loyal to our nations that our State, how we use the tribal tickets to be crowned ministers or generals and later fence ourselves with our tribes to save the State

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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February 15, 2017 (SSB) — The word tribe is by itself unique, it shows us our identity and origin when pronounced, it shows us our roots. Group of people often of related families who live together sharing the same language, culture and history is its definition according to Cambridge Dictionary. The word TRIBE becomes too witch-hunting when it become tribalism (having very strong feeling of loyalty to your tribe) especially when used at the expense of the STATE

Still, there is no problem with tribalism on the context of existence as tribes alone and on the scenario where there is no STATE. When you put the interest of your tribe above the State at the expense of many other tribes that makes up the State is what is bad especially when taking advantage of the government position to exploit others

Note that there is no dividing line between the word Tribe and the Nation for they carry less tangible phenomenon than a State. A Nation just like Tribe of course includes tangible people but what create a Nation are less tangible elements. A State is an institution, it’s territorially defined political unit that exercise ultimate authority and that recognize no legitimate external authority over it (John T. Rourke, 1995).

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By Kur John Aleu, Beijing, China

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Thomas Cirilo, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA.jpg

February 15, 2017 (SSB) —- The use of political tribe as a platform to build a political ideology is a misplaced strategy and in real political context, its amount to political illiteracy or ignorance, for the case of South Sudan, it is a wrong political path to choose because it will not enhance any political change

Surprisingly, the opponents of President Kiir have opted for this approach, going around within and outside the world associating Dinka as a tribe to President Kiir’s regime. Their sole intention is to gain Political Sympathy outside and to mobilize other tribes against Jieng so as to enhance their unconstitutional quest of power.

Blackmailing Dinka as a tribe is a manifestation of a shear ignorance about South Sudan political facts, history has it that no any political movement has ever achieved its intended goals without the backing of Mighty Jieng as a tribe but not a political Jieng as a person. Anyanya I &II, SPLA-Nasir Faction and SSIM who signed the 1997 Khartoum Agreement which ended up in total humiliation can attest to that fact.

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By SSB Staff Writer

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Thomas Cirilo, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA.jpg

February 14, 2017 (SSB) — According to unverified report from The Upper Nile Times website, President Kiir is said to have compared Thomas Cirillo to Riek Machar, saying he will return just like Riek Machar defected and then returned in 2002 and 2016.

“They all went and came back during the war. Gen Thomas Cirilo will still come back” President Kiir reportedly said.

The president is further alleged to have accused leaders of other communities “of not participating in the war to liberate South Sudan and instead involve in ‘running from Jalaba and to SPLA and back”’.

“There are communities who didn’t fight the war. Some were hiding in Ethiopia others were hiding in Congo and Uganda when the rest of us were fighting Jalaba. And when they know that we are winning, they came.”

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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February 14, 2017 (SSB) —- During our independent from Khartoum oppressive regime in 2011, the people of South Sudan were overwhelmingly happier about the birth of their own sovereign nation which they thought would be free from all forms of miseries. Citizens countrywide celebrated and welcomed the historic victory with joy and great expectations, that service would be closer to them at affordable cost. But that hope seemed to have yielded fruits for the first few years of our independent, because our South Sudanese pound was more valuable and prove stronger in the region.

 Life was so much simple those days especially for people who lack job to earn living. Survival was easily tackled without serious struggle or hardship. Markets were full of items and the prices remain manageable compare to today where prices of goods keep on skyrocketing hour after an hour and day by day. Today, Scarcity of commodities in the market and higher cost of trading have negatively affected the livelihood of ordinary people of South Sudan who heavily rely on low government pay or micro businesses.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA.jpg

February 13, 2017 (SSB) —- On 11/02/2017 Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, resigned from his post as the SPLA Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics.  In a six-page letter of resignation that was punished on the Website of PaanluelWel.com, on the same date of resignation as mentioned above, Gen. Cirillo cited the reasons for his resignation of which he claimed to be the following—

That the country has been dominated by Dinka tribe of President Kiir and the army has been turned to tribal militia that targets non-Dinka ethnicities.  He further accused the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, the Chief of Staff General Paul Malong of “deliberately orchestrated planned violations” of the August 2015 peace agreement” which led to fighting in Juba in July last year.

He, in addition said, “The President and these SPLA officers have systematically frustrated the implementations of the peace agreement and pursued the agenda of Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) of ethnic cleansing, forceful displacement of people from the their ancestral lands and ethnic domination,”.

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By Mading Gum, Nairobi, Kenya

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Wreckage of Eco Bus: Attack on Friend Bus, Gateway Bus and Eco-Bus today on the Juba-Nimule Highway, left score of people dead and others feared kidnapped bu gunmen

February 13, 2017 (SSB) — Of all the leadership qualities that made Garang one of the greatest freedom fighters in Africa one stands out, Garang was a great thinker. Garang offered a new nationalism of Sudanism, opposed to divisiveness and separatism. He imagined a political community in New Sudan in which democracy, equality, economic and social justice and respect for human rights is the core. In his mind, the enemy was clear: all the institutions of oppression that have been evolved in Khartoum to oppress the masses of the Sudanese people. ‘The masses of the Sudanese people’. Remember that.

But why did Garang define the enemy as the institutions of oppressions rather than Arabs? Was Diein Massacre of 1987 not carried out by armed Arab Baggara militias who killed and burnt to death hundreds of Dinkas? Were Arabs militias of Rufa in Jabalyin not responsible for the massacre of over 200 Shilluk civilians in 1989? What about over 90 Shilluk victims who fled for safety but were killed in cold blood at the nearby police station manned by Arabs?

The tragedy in the South Sudan brutal conflict is lack of political imagination beyond tribes, hatred, revenge and self-enrichment. Garang offered New Sudan that transcends tribes in the past. None does today.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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February 13, 2017 (SSB) — Before I comment on the title of this work, I would like to take this quote from Negotiating the Nonnegotiable by Daniel Shapiro that was published on April 19, 2016, by Viking. The quotation is—

“Our democracy already allows for a more integrative vision, and it guides us to a powerful example. As politicians once did in Georgetown, our politicians must be willing to come to the table and see their role as representing one umbrella nation within a democracy of parties.

They must have an eye toward making the compromises necessary to extend values outward rather than projecting them inward for the sake of blind loyalty. They must be willing to sustain something greater than their own egos, their own survival, their own faction, for their own people and their own interests. Otherwise, we will all continue to fall prey to what I have come to call the Tribes Effect.

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan    

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A farm in Bor, Jonglei state, courtesy of Abel Majur Leek of Mareng, Anyidi payam 

February 13, 2017 (SSB) — There is nothing so pleasingly than to feast on one’s plate of hard work, my chief shout of admiration goes to the hard working people of Terekeka state , citizens of Terekeka should be commended and egged on, it is only after the  child is given a spoon that he begins to understand the practical way of eating, having witnessed the hard work of Mundari women of the Terekeka State during my petite vocational stay at Yieki Boma of the former Mongalla Payam from 2011-2013, hopefully there are agricultural viability in that part of the country, this is associated to the variety of soil type that are favourable for growing all types of crops and also prop up by people farming sanguinary.

With glimpse of farming in Terekeka State; youths look after cattle, sheep, goats and other stuffs such as fishing and hunting whereas the women, the aged and children attends the farms, as early as the day show its presence the households members wake up as early as 5 in the morning for the farm’s duties and afterward return in the evening at 7 in the evening after a long and arduous day works, while at a time others sleep at their farms. That moral fiber is production booster and therefore, should be shore up through agricultural components such as agricultural extension, Inputs supply in form of seeds, hoes, pangas, ploughs and wheelbarrows.

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The formation of SPLA in 1983: SPLA is not a Dinka army as defected South Sudanese claims overdue times in South Sudan

By David Matiop Gai, Juba South Sudan

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Red army procession in Aweil, Sept 2016

February 13, 2017, (SSB) –— When untruth leads its own ways first, the truth will disappear from the surface reality, but truth itself or telling the truth will set us free. The false appearances today in South Sudan have fault lines or divisive great lines in South Sudan politics.  I want to deconstruct what distinct between inside and outside SPLA in South Sudan as a South Sudanese. It is better to go through the corridors of SPLA formation in 1983 than creating liars here and there.  These are liars created and circulate across the globe tarnishing the image of Dinka but the truth will save Dinka people from the burning hatred of their fellow South Sudanese people.

I am here writing this article to repute a claim documented by Gen. Thomas Cirillo in his resignation letter addressing it to the President of the Republic Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. In his letter addressing to the president, or to resign from his position, is not a problem because it is his right to do so if he feels he could not work in the army or in the government of South Sudan anymore.  Resignation mean acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable. Resignation is not a crime and it had not starting with Gen. Thomas Cirillo, but many people did that in favour of their integrity like Nhial Deng Nhial resigned one time in Kiir government, and he did not touched any tribe in South Sudan, which mean Cirillo resignation is something else, or non-other than rebellion.

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WHEN I’LL SING

Posted: February 13, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By G. Naih Peter, Torit, South Sudan

When I decide to sing,
I’ll have so much
To say and match
Than in this poem.

When that time
Come, I hope all will be fine
To sing deep from heart
And home to the tune.

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