Brief History of South Sudan And Brief Profile of Salva Kiir Mayardit
By Comrade Larco Lomayat, Kampala, Uganda
October 19, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan’s struggle for independence started way back in 1820, with many people going to the bush and leaving behind their wives, children and families. The fearless warriors staked their lives for the sake of liberating Southern Sudanese from the pangs of suppression and oppression. This led to the signing of the Addis Ababa Agreement, also known as the Addis Ababa Accord in March 1972.
The agreement, signed by Sudanese president Jaafar Muhammad Numeiry and Joseph Lagu of the Anya Nya (a southern Sudanese rebellion movement), ended the First Sudanese Civil War. The agreement was a series of compromises aimed at appeasing the leaders of the insurgency in Southern Sudan, after the first Sudanese civil war proved costly to the government in the North. The agreement granted Southern Sudan autonomy, creating the Southern Sudan Autonomous Region.
However, Numeiry’s government in Khartoum dishonored all the peace agreements including the Addis Ababa Agreement, sparking the second Sudanese civil war.
This series of events is what eventually led to the formation of the SPLA/M in1983. The SPLM/A put up a spirited fight and refused to lay down their tools until the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed, ending the war in January 2005. This also saw Dr. John Garang appointed First Vice-President of The Sudan and President of Southern Sudan in January 2005.
However, Dr. Garang died in a helicopter crash on July 30, 2005, and Cde. Salva Kiir Mayardit was chosen to succeed as First Vice- President of Sudan and President of Southern Sudan.
South Sudanese geared up for the forthcoming independence referendum where they had to make a choice between being “second class citizens in their own country” or “free people in their independent state”.
In April 2010, Kiir was re-elected with 93% of the vote, marking a major step in the process of secession. Following his re-election, Omar al-Bashir reappointed Kiir as the First Vice-President of Sudan in accordance with the interim constitution.
Then came D-day, January 9, 2011, when Southern Sudanese voted over 99% for freedom. This session is the reason South Sudanese celebrated Historic Independence on July 9. 2011; that was birth of 54th country in Africa and 193rd in the world.
On July 9, 2011, the world gathered in Juba to witness the birth of the newest nation in the world. More than 3,500 dignitaries from around the world and over one hundred thousand South Sudanese and friends of South Sudan from all over the world attended the celebrations as South Sudan officially got her Independence. On the same day, the UN formally recognized South Sudan. In his welcome speech, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, committed to support the new nation. He said: “Together we welcome the Republic of South Sudan to the community of nations. Together we affirm our commitment to helping it meet its many responsibilities as a nation.”
Subsequently, on July 14, the South Sudan flag was raised in New York and South Sudan was officially recognized the United Nations as the 193rd member state.
Following that, on September 23, 2011, the President of South Sudan, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, for the first time delivered the speech of the nation in United Nations General Assembly New York. He added his voice to what the many dignitaries had said and committed their support to South Sudan
and other nations. He remarked: “We remain strongly committed to maintaining peaceful and mutual beneficial relations with all states and particularly with our neighbors.”
It is on the same day, September 23, 2011, that President Salva Kiir, for the first time also met United States of America President Barrack Obama and the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
To conclude the grand event, South Sudan raised its flag in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was officially welcomed to the African Union as the 54th nation. Long live South Sudan. Your sweat has finally paid off.
There is someone who was behind the freedom and the independence of South Sudan, that person tirelessly worked so hard to see his people free, he took his people and crossed the river to the Promised Land. That person is called Salva Kiir Mayardit who his brief profile is here below:
Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit
Current Position:
·       President of the Republic of South Sudan
·       Commander in-Chief of the Sudan people’s Liberation Army (SPLA)
·       Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)
Personal Details:
·       Born in 1952 in Akon, Gogrial County, Warrap State, South Sudan
·       Married with eight children
·       Christian (Catholic)
Qualification and Experience:
·       Attended Akon Primary School.
·       Attended Secondary School in Kuajok in Gogrial County.
·       Attended Sudan Military College in infantry training and graduated as Second Lt in Sudan Armed Forces as an outstanding and leading graduate in military and academic performance.
·       Attended Sudan Military College in Military Intelligence training
·       Ascended to the Rank of Captain in Sudan Military Intelligence
·       Served in various military garrisons in North and Southern Sudan
As Member of the First Rebellion In Southern Sudan:
·       Joined the first Southern Sudan Rebellion Army (Anya-nya) in 1960 at age of 17 years old.
·       Attend first guerrilla warfare training in the early 1960s
·       Participated in various guerrilla warfare in Southern Sudan till the signing of the Addis Ababa Agreement in 1972.
As A Founding Member of the SPLM/SPLA:
·       Participated in the early formation of the SPLM/A with his comrades Col. Dr. John Garang, Lt Col. Karbino Kuonyin Bol, Lt Col. William Nyuon Bany in the Sudan Armed Forces in the early 1980s.
·       Participated in the rebellion in 1983 under the leadership of the late Dr. John Garang, followed by Kerbino Kuonyin, William Nyuon, Salva Kiir and Arok Thon Arok.
·       Member of the First SPLM/A Military-Political High Command Council in 1983 and that included Col. Dr. John Garang, Lt Col. Karbino Kuonyin Bol, Lt Col. William Nyuon Bany, Hon. Joseph Oduho, Justice Majier Gai, Major, Salva Kiir, and Major Arok Thon Arok.
·       He was a commander of the first SPLA Battalion (Tiger) and commanded various SPLA forces that captured many towns in different parts of New Sudan, particularly in Blue Nile, Upper Nile, Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal regions.
·       Commanded the SPLA training during the liberation struggle and assumed many key and strategic positions during the liberation struggle including command of SPLA, military intelligence and administrative supervision of some regions of New Sudan.
·       After the split of the SPLM in 1991, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit remained with Dr. John Garang as Second in command of the SPLM/A to Late Dr. John Garang.
·       He was elected unanimously by the SPLM First National Convention in 1994 as the Deputy Chairman of the SPLM.
As Peace Maker:
·       He led the SPLM Delegation to the Sudan Peace Talks in Abuja, Nigeria in 1993.
·       He led the SPLM first delegation to the Sudan Peace Talks in Kenya in 2002 and that resulted in the signing of Machakos Protocol on July 20, 2002 and which granted the people of Southern Sudan the right of self-determination by 2011.
·       Supervision of Darfur Peace Talks in Abuja, Nigeria.
·       Supervision of Eastern Sudan Peace Talks in Asmara, Eritrea.
·       Initiated the unification of Darfur movements for the peace talks.
·       Initiated peace talks between Ugandan Government and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
·       Concluded Juba Declaration between SPLM and other Southern armed groups to be incorporated in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
As Chairman of the SPLM:
·       After the death of the Late Dr. John Garang in 2005, he was unanimously elected by the SPLM Leadership as the new Chairman of the SPLM.
·       He was unanimously elected by the SPLM Second National Convention as the Chairman of the SPLM in 2008.
·       He is the Chairman of the SPLM National Liberation Council.
President Salva Kiir’s House In Luri
Dear all,
Greetings from Kampala, Uganda
Recently, the so called Sentry has collected false information from the Internet and other social media and issued a report falsely accusing and claiming among others that President Salva Kiir Mayardit has built a Big or Huge House (Mansion) in Lurit, an area situated few kilometers South of Juba.
On September 19, 2016; Two Great Longtime American Friends Namely Mrs. Deborah Martin and Mrs. Faith McDonnell and I (Larco Lomayat) met with President Salva Kiir for three hours in his office at J1 in Juba. The meeting was fruitful whereby many issued were discussed including the claimed house in Lurit.
During the three hours meeting, I asked permission from the President if we could go and see the claimed mansion, without hesitation; President Salva Kiir granted us permission to go and have a look at the house.
On September 22, 2016; Lt. Gen. Marial Chinuong, Commander of South Sudanese government’s Presidential Guards organized few soldiers to escort us to the visit the site.  Mrs. Faith McDonnell and I went to Lurit and found out that what was reported by Sentry was 100% BIG LIE (FALSE CLAIM), the truth of the matter is, Salva Kiir does not own a house in Lurit, that house is a Government Presidential House; still under construction with Local Materials made right from site in Lurit.
Again, it is not a mansion as was falsely claimed by Sentry Report. Take a look for yourself pictures of the house which were taken on September 22, 2016. Up to now the house is still under construction.

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Retraction of my article, “Is Madam Nyandeng the Mother of the Nation, If yes Then how?”

Press statement from Ateny Wek Ateny, Juba, South Sudan

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October 19, 2016 (SSB) — I am writing to retract my article entitled as above because I have taken heed to the advices from my good friends across the world asking me to retract the item and chorus from South Sudanese Australians responding to those who are insulting me.

Some of my good friends are in Bor Community to whom I value their friendship the most. And choosing to defend my views HAS given me sleepless nights. For those who know me well, I do not give up easily on any matter I take to champion.

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My compliment to Ateny Wek Ateny for retracting his controversial article challenging Dr. John Garang and wife as not true father and mother of the Republic of South Sudan

By Peter Kuot, Juba, South Sudan

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Commander John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir in Rumbek, during the war of liberation struggle

October 19, 2016 (SSB) — Last week I saw Ateny Wek Ateny the Presidential Spokesman post a very controversial article on his Facebook page which was also published on the Dawn Newspaper in which he appeared to dispute the public faith in Dr. John Garang de Mabior and wife Rebecca Nyandeng as the father and mother of the Nation. His article which I think he only composed and published it to just serve a polemic purpose instead puts forward claims and justifications for President Salva Kiir and wife Mama Ayen Mayardit as the true father and mother of the nation respectively. I never jumped into the debate though I got a strong feeling to encounter this elusive article, a feeling that I managed to fight off because at the state of affairs of our country now, this is not what we have to debate.

I have read so many emotional and arrogant comments online in response to this article and how brother Ateny Wek Ateny tried all his best to respond to the comments. This article came in at a time when innocent civilians were killed on Yei-Juba road, Juba-Kajo-keji road, others on Juba-Nimule road and the killings continues, others we hear in the media while other go completely unreported. This is a trying time which we need to put our efforts and spirits together to find solutions to such desperate situation in the country.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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October 19, 2016 (SSB) — Our big family is at all cost in dividend. Why can’t we look after it for now? Probably failure comes by wrong dreams as six leaders think at once to be leaders for one post at the same time caused divisions, and opinions distinct in directions; maybe eventually lack of nationalism approved by proudness of south Sudanese leaders against their own people by valued chair most important than civil populations .

I don’t mean division of states or people, I mean divisions from hearts, desires, self-ambitions, opinions, concepts, ideologies, believes, selfishness, greediness, political thoughts and those political high figures that contributed to physical fighting in South Sudan and thoughts of nation destruction, loose of lives, loose properties, and all sources of crimes committed in the war, but still I have a dream for a peaceful South Sudan because the state of wars and destructions don’t lived forever. There after come a peaceful South Sudan.

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By Malith Alier, Juba, South Sudan

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

October 19, 2016 (SSB) — This is my reaction to the bill underway in Juba City Legislative Council concerning reduction of students’ fare in what is called public transport in the beleaguered city as appeared on Juba Monitor Newspaper on October 8 2016. There are good reasons to be sceptical on the by-laws passed by the city since creation around 2012.

There is a catalogue of laws lying fallow before the council which is contemplating new controversial laws as we speak. Even the transport arena has its own laws that are overlooked by those who should enforce them, the city traffic officers. One among many of these laws is the public transport Act which bars foreigners from operating public buses.

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Opening statement by H.E. Festus G. Mogae, chairman of jmec, during the plenary meeting of the Joint Monitoring & Evaluation Commission, 19 October 2016, Juba, South Sudan

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Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. I welcome you all to this JMEC Plenary here in Juba this morning. Our meeting today is both timely and critical.

  1. Since we last met, an unfortunate sequence of events has unfolded and a fragile peace has deteriorated into open hostilities. As we watch much of our hard work unravel, our resolve to implement this Agreement is being severely tested and we now face our most challenging period since we began our work.

  1. What has happened since July may have come as a surprise to many people outside this country, and perhaps even to many innocent South Sudanese within it, but it certainly was not a surprise to us here in this room, certainly not to me.

  1. Our discussions in the June Plenary made very clear the need for compromise and a conciliatory progress. We expressed concern over the delayed establishment and disfunctionality of critical Transitional Security Arrangement mechanisms, the growing incidence of ceasefire violations, and the restrictions preventing CTSAMM from executing their mandate.

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Ateny Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny, the Presidential Press Secretary of the Republic of South Sudan speaks on behalf of the President who doubles as Chancellor for all South Sudanese public universities, during a graduation ceremony for Upper Nile Univeristy in Juba in June, 2016. The author who took the picture on the national television screen (SSTV) feels the president is being robbed of his powers.

I am sorry to OOPS (Office of President Salva) for all the negative publicity it has gathered by ineptitude since independence. The South Sudanese State House is infiltrated by ‘unknown gunmen’, ‘unknown conmen’, ‘unknown penmen’, ‘unknown tribesmen’, and all sorts of goons and crooks. And this, by the way, is the topmost office of the nation! So if a government runs or fails to reign in on the unknown penmen or unknown gunmen, then it could as well be seen as ‘Unknown Government’ rather than the…

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By Atem Wek Deng, Australia

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October 19, 2016 (SSB) —- The issue with respect to who is or should be the Founding Father of South Sudan between Dr. Garang and President SALVA KIIR Mayardit can be a very sensitive and, indeed, a divisive one for the people. The presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, has recently penned an opinion in which he declared President SALVA KIIR Mayardit quite boldly as the Founding Father of South Sudan.

This has caused an outrage to some quarters on social media, with some going to the extreme length of waging personal attack on the Presidential Spokesperson. That should perhaps not come as surprise to anyone, given the highly sensitive nature of the matter for some people. However sensitive the matter maybe, however, an argumentum ad hominiem is hardly meritorious and should be desist from.

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This article “Who’s the Founding Father of the Republic of South Sudan?” was published on December 8, 2011, but is being reprinted here in light of the recent article by Ateny Wek pertaining to the same topic. In fact, this is an old debate between Ateny Wek and the late Isaiah Abraham. Unfortunately we are unable to get a copy of Ateny Wek’s old article that Isaiah Abraham was responding to below.

By Isaiah Abraham, Juba, South Sudan

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Commander John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir in Rumbek, during the war of liberation struggle

December 8, 2011 (SSB) — I’m probing to seek genuine answers not to provoke anyone or anything against our heroes, dead or alive. History is a beautiful thing, if it is interfered with and poorly written it back fire against values that guided human dignity and honor. Every leader in our case is a founding father in his/her own right, and the public will have no choice but to accord them the necessary place in the annal of our history. We owe them utmost appreciation for what they have done for the freedom of our people!

Now that the liberation dusk has settled, and the mission is over, to whom should we tie this title called ‘father of the nation’ or ‘founding father of the Republic’? This is an important question whose time is right. The other day in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Juba, I found a beaming man distributing small books written by so-called Bahr El Ghazal Council headed by the former Chief Justice Judge Ambrose Riiny Thiik, in which they have labeled Kiir as the Founding Father of the Republic and Garang as the founder of the New Sudan Vision and Nation. May be there are other books in which Garang was equally given the same title (founding father of the nation). If that is the case, then there is a problem that needs deciphering.

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Daniella Valentino Wol: Hi PaanLuel Wel, what is your take on this “Father of the Nation” debate?

PaanLuel Wel: Sister Daniella Valentino Wol, here is what I think. According to Wikipedia, “Father of the Nation is an honorific title given to a man considered the driving force behind the establishment of his country, state, or nation.” For example, Simón Bolívar, South American revolutionary liberator who had never been a prime minister or a president or a king is considered the “Father of the Nation” in six countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Panama. Thus, if you ask me who is the “father of the nation” in the context of the man who had been a driving force in the establishment of our country, then I would think of many fathers (and mothers?) starting from the 1955 Torit Mutiny, Anyanya movement, High Executive Council (HEC) government and the seven founders of the SPLM/A as being the embodiment of men and women who had been the driving forces leading to the birth of the Republic of South Sudan. It is foolhardy to debate who, between John Garang and Salva Kiir, contributed the most to the liberation of South Sudan: they, and their comrades, were/are comrades-in-arms. My reading of Ateny Wek’s article is that he confused the meaning of “father of the nation” with the first president of a nation. Secondly, Ateny was responding to particular words said by Madam Nyandeeng Garang; unfortunately, his response, like those of President Kiir’s critics, is tainted by the prevailing war in our country. I hope that answer your question for now.

  1. Article by Ateny Wek: John Garang or Salva Kiir: Who is the “Founding Father” of South Sudan?
  2. Article by Isaiah Abraham: Who’s the Founding Father of the Republic of South Sudan?
  4. Article by Wilson Mading Koc: Ateny Wek Ateny: Dr John Garang is the Founding Father of South Sudan just like Mahatma Gandhi of India
  5. Article by Simon Deng Kuol: Mr. Ateny Wek: Challenge Madam Nyandeng without involving John Garang and Salva Kiir
  6. Article by Kuir E Garang: Planting Seeds of Discord and Contradicting President Kiir: A Response to Ateny Wek

By Simon Deng Kuol Deng, New York, USA

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Commander John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir in Rumbek, during the war of liberation struggle

October 18, 2016 (SSB) —- MY fellow South Sudanese, with the greatest respect to you all, I hereby ask you this question: is not, this time, a time for the implementation of the peace agreement, reconciliation, and healing in which we should avoid a wedge issue that can split us apart? What had said by Rebeca Nyandeng de Mabior, the wife of late leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior that she is a mother of the nation in her interview should be let go without a response from any individual in government, even though any individual in government has right to express his or her opinions.

If someone think that it is an important issue to response, then, he or she should response to her claimed that she a mother of the nation by denying or accepting her claim without bringing late leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and the first lady Ayen Mayardit on the social media to debate who is a mother or father of the nation among aforementioned leaders at this current time in which our nation is in the processes for the implementation of peace agreement, reconciliation, and healing.

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‘‘It always seems impossible until it’s done” By Nelson Mandela

By Ador Thon-Maketh Ador, Nairobi, Kenya

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October 17, 2016 (SSB) — It was until I was issued a letter of completion bearing the date of our graduation ceremony, that I got relieved of the worries as to when I shall finish my University education.  But the day quickly came and I realized it was true when my name was loudly called to the podium among other colleagues.   I stood and walked majestically to the graduation square to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict studies.  Before I proceeded to the podium, I first turned to the mammoth crowd to have a look at my wives, children, relatives and friends who came early that morning to witness my academic success. I saw them standing in jubilant mood with their faces covered with smiles and excitement.

When I returned from the podium after I was crowned by our Vice Chancellor, I could not see clearly, the tears of joy blurred my eyesight. Before I took my seat, I began taking deep breath and starred unto the blue-sky to appreciate the Almighty God, who kept me fit like fiddle throughout the years in school.  I knew without the grace of God and the abundant love of my siblings, friends and honorable country men and women, I won’t have made it alone. In order to avoid an emotional meltdown, I clenched my fist in remembrance of the many efforts; both material and non-material resources which enabled me to earn this noble academic degree from St. Paul University in Limuru, Nairobi Kenya.

While silently seated and with all the emotions in my mind competing for attention, I saluted my deceased father, Thon Ador Ader, nicknamed Thon Maketh, in absentia.   I really felt proud that I had fulfilled my dream and the vision of my father who sent me to primary school at the age of six (6) in 1975. My Father was so thirsty for me to obtain a formal education. Even though I graduated 46 years later, the time doesn’t really matter, what is important was that I had put on the gown as a full university graduate. I would have completed my course long ago, but circumstances beyond my control made me delay.

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By Jon Pen, Nairobi, Kenya


October 17, 2016 (SSB) —- Five years ago, the late Isaiah Abraham and I clashed with Ateny Wek Ateny over the insult he penned against our Father of the Nation, which won him his current job. I call such ‘Endearment Articles’ the indirect ‘Application Letters’ in that they are responded with interviewless appointment decrees!

Five years later, he took his turn on the ‘Another of the Nation’ controversy. Maybe Mr. Ateny should be told in simple terms of the making of a nation. This thing is not just a country.

“Today is the day to take off our hats in saluting and honouring our martyrs, heroes and heroines. It is the day to ponder how much Dr. John Garang De Mabior, founder of our nation, and all our martyrs whose blood has cemented our nation, and all our martyrs whose blood has cemented our national foundation, have done for us,” President Salva Kiir’s maiden speech on July 9th, 2011

By Wilson Mading Koc, Juba, South Sudan


October 17, 2016 (SSB) —- By definition, the “Father of the Nation” is a revered Title accorded to a person that has a tremendous contribution in ensuring the creation of his or her country. Dr John Garang led a liberation struggle of 21 difficult years, plus tedious 18 months of intense negotiations with the Government of the Sudan in Naivasha that brought to a close Africa’s longest civil war.  He met his fate on 30th July 2005, when he had sealed the Independence of the People of South Sudan in the CPA.

Dr Garang knew that people of South Sudan would conduct referendum on the 9th January 2011 and they would proclaim their Independence later on the 9th of July 2011. There was not a coma or dot added or subtracted from what he had left. There was nothing whatsoever that Kiir did in the CPA that Garang did not approve prior to his death.

Ateny Wek, being a Founding Father does not mean witnessing the hoisting of the National Flag or facilitating the admission of the Republic of South Sudan into both African Union and the United Nations as you claimed in your previous writings, but rather what fundamental role someone played in the creation of a new state. President Kiir was a witness; he made sure the expectant mother delivered safely, but he is not the father of the child, but a guardian like some patriots have correctly put in response to your malicious views.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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a jovial Preisdent Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

October 17, 2016 (SSB) — Most of the times at our coffee and tea places, the South Sudanese President, Mr. Kiir Mayardit has been severally discussed about. Kiir being the president of the country becomes the most central point to whom any amount of blames and wrongdoings that are occurring in South Sudan are put upon.

Some people have concluded that Kiir is a burden of the nation that should have been got rid of and thrown away, long before now. Most of the people continue and try to praise Late Dr John Garang De Mabior, thinking that if he (Garang) was alive then South Sudan would have not slid into such a crisis after the independence.

The nastiest of all is that even the enemies of Garang have begun to praise Garang now after he had gone into the grave a business they failed to reveal when he was alive and solid.  How reasonable is it for a person to have opposed and cursed Garang when alive and praise him when dead? This is the same scenario they want to repeat about Kiir. If they had not supported Garang why would you think that the same elements can support Kiir who is Garang’s disciple? We need to think wiser than we must just assume.

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These are 5 Characteristics of Weak Leadership of Riek Machar, and he must quit from politic.

By Akim Gatkek, Nairobi, Kenya

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1. Hesitating to Take Definitive Action

October 17, 2016 (SSB) — Riek Machar was constantly preparing. According to him, the Army was never quite ready. The troops just needed a little more training. In his procrastination, he refused to engage the enemy, even when he clearly had the advantage. He could just not bring himself to launch an attack. When Salva Kiir finally relieved him of his duties, he famously said, “If Generals in South Sudan army does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a time.”

I meet people all the time who seem to be forever preparing. They’d like to launch a new product, find another job, write their first book—but they just can’t seem to pull the trigger.

One of the most important leadership qualities you can develop is practicing the art of the start. Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination. You’re never going to find the perfect time or the perfect circumstances or be totally prepared. At some point you have to kick into action.

What is it you need to do that you’ve been procrastinating: a difficult conversation, a project to approve, a person to fire, a call to make? Whatever the next step, just do it.

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“Today is the day to take off our hats in saluting and honouring our martyrs, heroes and heroines. It is the day to ponder how much Dr. John Garang De Mabior, founder of our nation, and all our martyrs whose blood has cemented our nation, and all our martyrs whose blood has cemented our national foundation, have done for us,” President Salva Kiir’s maiden speech on July 9th, 2011

By Ateny Wek Ateny, Juba, South Sudan

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Commander John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir in Rumbek, during the war of liberation struggle

October 17, 2016 (SSB) —- I am tempted to ask the above question in what I hoped, if discussed intellectually would settle the dust once and for all. The question whether Dr. John Garang de Mabior was or not the Father of the Nation has always been a subject of serious debate amongst South Sudanese as whole. To some, the answer is “Yes” in a manner that even undermined the roles played by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Lady Mary Ayen Mayardit in the establishment of the Nation of South Sudan– hence Madam Nyandeng claims of the title.

Of course, for the people of a country that just came to being some five years ago, the question of who should be considered to be having the title of Father or Mother of the Nation could be inadvertently confusing. It is even worse, when the majority of people of South Sudan have either having no stamina or has been made throughout the years of marginalization in the Sudan not to appreciate the different between the SPLM and the Nation.

Therefore, the two are used either synonymously, or ignorance of what it mean by the nation is on its advance stage, nevertheless. To some extent, Mr. Kiir’s adversaries often intentionally referred to Dr. John and Madam Nyandeng as Father and Mother of the Nation, in an attempt to belittle him and his wife Madam First Lady. Sometimes, it is understandable. No adversary that can praise the one to whom he/she opposes to. Even on orthodox truth the adversaries are always on the opposite.

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Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 13, 2016

At least 15 countries have recognized South Sudan so far, including major world powers such as the United States, Britain, Russia and China.

October 16, 2016 (SSB) —- Let’s turn to the situation around South Sudan. We are concerned with the continuing dire domestic political situation in this country. We are confident that there is no alternative to a political peace settlement there. We are urging belligerents in South Sudan to immediately stop hostilities and to once again honour the provisions of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

We are closely following the implementation of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2304 on deploying the Regional Protection Force as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS),  and creating favourable conditions for the operations of “Blue Helmets.”

Official Juba has expressed its willingness to honour the provisions of this resolution. South Sudan and UN representatives are now discussing specific issues in the resolution, including within the framework of a specially established technical working group.

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Garang’s Boys: John Garang’s Orphans Beyond his Natural Household

This is an excerpt from Ambassador Steven Wondu’s book: “From Bush to Bush: Journey to Liberty in South Sudan.”[1]

John Garang

John Garang’s prophecy

October 15, 2016 (SSB) —- On 29th July 2005, information came that a helicopter Dr. John Garang was travelling in had disappeared. It left Entebbe late afternoon but had not landed at its destination in New Site in Eastern Equatoria. Its whereabouts and fate were unknown. The next day on 30th July, we were told that the helicopter had crashed somewhere in the Imatong Mountains. All passengers and crew, including our leader, had perished. The news of John Garang’s death was devastating.

I was angry, confused and broken. I blamed him for not having been more careful. Did he not know that he had many powerful enemies out there? “We told you…oh foolish man…why did you not travel with Bior Ajang, Deng Alor or any senior officer who could stop you from travelling at night in bad weather? You gave all your life and energy to the struggle and now you allow yourself to be killed at this moment! What happens to the peace agreement now?

Why did you not form the government of Southern Sudan at least? What future does Southern Sudan have without you? Oh…! Oh…! Chairman! You knew that airplanes are not good; we almost crushed in Dakar, you escaped death in a plane that plunged into the ocean in Abidjan a few years ago! Why did you not drive, walk…anything? They got you! They got you! They got you! We are finished! O God! How can you be so cruel to us?”

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A Setback on What South Sudan refused to do at the time it could possibly have done!

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan


He rose from death and appeared to his disciples in an open top land-cruiser: The case of President Kiir

October 15, 2016 (SSB) — On date 3 September 2011, I sat down in Malakal and wrote this piece of the below article as a nationalist to challenge and warn the leadership of my country about the challenges ahead of them. Time went and I thought that anybody could have looked at the newspapers to read and analyze the little piece I had posted.

The young and old writers of this country have for so long voluntarily tried to direct and advise our leaders and the community members to only try to do what is correct and good for the nation but it went into their deaf ears. More negative opinions driving the country into an ocean were entertained while the very ideas that could have helped the nation became the first victims thrown out into the sea ahead of the nation.

It only became too ugly when the first selected ministers and the elected MPs of the new nation sat reluctantly in their luxurious offices and hotels without diagnosing the internal problems in their motherland. The Leaders have to be blamed for working hard to make South Sudan a failed the country. Now welcome to 5 years old analysis speaking on the current situation of South Sudan!

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