By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

President Kiir & Dr.Reik Machar

President Kiir & Dr.Riek Machar shake hands after signing the agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa

Wednesday 24, 2018 (PW) – Nobody keeps tract of these events because it’s gone so quick. The long journey to peace or say lull before another possible break out proved overwhelming. The trots between Addis Ababa, Khartoum or Kampala made it impossible to keep proper diaries for the search for peace in the nascent republic.

Invitation letters are already exchanged that the just signed peace agreement celebrations will take place on the 30 October 2018 in Juba, South Sudan. Top on the list of invitees are those who worked tirelessly to make it possible that the elusive peace agreement was signed before the end of 2018.

Well, you know, Omar (Umar) Bashir, Yoweri Museveni (Mosivini) and then the exiled rebel head, Riek Machar among other dignitaries will converge on John Garang Mausoleum to usher in a new era peace and prosperity for the new nation.  We have been here before except that no celebrations were planned for the 2015 dishonoured agreement known as Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA). Read the rest of this entry »


“To replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence. We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than preach to choir and we must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece” Paul Chappell.

By James Thon Atem, Juba-South Sudan

President Kiir & Dr.Reik Machar

President Kiir & Dr.Reik Machar shake hands after signing the agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa

 

Your Excellency, the incessant efforts in rejuvenating peace and stability in our country is profoundly meritorious. The recently signed Revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the republic of South Sudan R-ARCSS, is a new opportunity to resuscitate the lost social fabric among the people and put the country economy back on track for infrastructure development.

With this revitalized agreement, there is a glimpse of hope that the agreement will be implemented in good faith to end the five-year civil war that had devastated the country important installations, peaceful coexistence, economic turmoil, insecurity and a complete social disintegration among the communities. Many attempts have been made to end the conflict but lack of trust among the parties has remained the biggest challenge to reach lasting peace. Read the rest of this entry »


By Dut Deng Kok, Juba, South Sudan

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Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan

Monday, October 22, 2018 (PW) — H.E. FVP Gen. Taban Deng is considerably as an icon of peace and justice in South Sudan. He delivered magnificently on some of his dreams and promises since the struggle of the SPLA/M till now and that was the reason Dr. John Garang praised him in his statements that if I have more Taban’s, this movement would have succeeded earlier, Dr. Garang perceived him as the foremost of the virtues and he also weighed him as a man with vision, courage, integrity, and humility.

Nevertheless, the entire nation is delighted with your benevolent leadership, but nowhere as ecstatic as your bothers around you who saw us the personification for their highest aspiration and the embodiment of the kind of the leadership the needs desperately, and you ‘re working tirelessly day and night for the unity of our country, try any means of success like George Washington who lost almost every battle he fought during the revolutionary war with his colonial ruler’s but he succeeds at last.

The biggest success in history has also been the biggest failures, try any possibilities to bring togetherness to our country and the upcoming generation will enjoy the rewards of stability of your exerted efforts. Together, we shall make our whole nation more vibrant and successful. But if you totally fail to bring about the much-needed unity in Greater Upper Nile Region, no one among us will do it, till other generations to reunited upper Nile. Without you this revitalized peace agreement, which was recently signed in Khartoum, would have not been possible.

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By Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, USA

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Sunday, October 21, 2018 (PW) — A little research has been done in the Republic of South Sudan, regarding its ethnic compositions, but the data I found in my research is very interesting. It gives me the ability to sketch the below two graphs statistically. With that in mind, my data leads me to conclude that there are statistically significant differences in terms of ethnic populations across the Republic of South Sudan.

For instance, the data I have collected informs me that Dinka is the largest tribe in the Republic of South Sudan, approximately about 4 million people, or 36% during the referendum years period, according to 2008 and 2009 in our national census. In the same line of reasoning, Nuer Ethnic Group falls on the second lines by 16% or roughly about 2 million people. These findings allow me to visually see and observe the two largest tribes in the Republic of South Sudan figuratively. It leads me to believe that the Dinka population is twice, as much as that of the Nuer ethnic group population. Read the rest of this entry »


Tonj Federation of Australia 1st Conference – Melbourne Australia

By Valentino Malueth Akec, Melbourne, Australia

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Introduction

Sunday, October 21, 2018 (PW) — Before I could venture into defining Tonj area, we first need to understand the kind of administration that was governing in the Bahr Elghazal Region at that time in history. Starting from the time when Mohammed Ali Pasha (Ottoman Empire) invaded Sudan in 1820, nothing was known about Tonj or the kind of governing systems in the Greater Bahr Elghazal region.

Wau as the capital of Bahr Elghazal was established under the Equatorial administration in 1864. Under the Crown of Ottoman Empire led by Khedive Ismail, Samuel Baker was appointed to rule Juba (Equatoria) including B. Elghazal Region in the year 1870, he was followed by Charles George Gordon 1874 and Amin Pasha in 1878.

After a visit made by Mr. Junker to Mushra in January of 1887, it was then inaugurated as a River port in 1887, hence Wau became a strategic Town because of Mushra and that was why it had to be separated from Juba administration in 1948. Read the rest of this entry »


By Rev. Malong Bak Malong, Aweil, South Sudan

 

South Sudan Civil War

The reality of war in South Sudan

Thursday, October 20, 2018 (PW) — You know what, when you do something, it will inevitably be followed with a consequences. For instance, when you lit a fire, a smoke appears and too much sneezing causes the blood to flow from the nose. To come back to answer the question laid above as who voted for war? For this question, I would like to take a live example on the holy priests of God, the Pharisees—who had been, for a long time teaching and admonishing on how the Israelites, the hire of the Kingdom of God must positively response for the prophetically coming of Messiah, the Prince of peace. Unfortunately what happened when the expected Prince of peace come?

The Community went out welcoming their Messiah with ululation and shouts of welcome, welcome son of David! Exactly as the Prophets predicted it—even they, (Priests) had been teaching about His coming couple of days back; they were teaching that the Messiah of God will be welcomed with such and such great joy. This same is true on SPLM/A leaders, when they were enthusiastically saying that “peace will bless us once again!” Dr. John Garang’s favored speech in Nyayo stadium in Kenya. Unfortunately, like the holy priests, they were not prepared to welcome the Messiah with the humble attitudes, which was how He (The Messiah) was supposed to be welcomed. Read the rest of this entry »


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 (PW) —Last week a magnificence warning was given out to the Public by Juba City council on the plan to crackdown commercial sex workers and those whose plots have been turned into brothels.

Thank God that notice was executed as seen in the Juba Monitor Newspaper Vol. 8, Issue No. 1481 according to the wondrous report 52 commercial sex workers were convicted by Kator Court for being involved in commercial sex.

 That initiative is of great concern and JCC must be applauded for that.

Immediately after the Peace of 2005 that brought together SPLM/A and the Government of Sudan under the umbrella of the Government of National Unity, a large number of people among them foreigners came to Juba for work and economic opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »


 

 

Paulino Akuei Athian

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (PW)-Action for Children Development Foundation founded in Wanyjok town Aweil East County, Northern Bhar El Ghazal in April 2004, the national indigenous organization became fully registered and operational in 2005 with a mission to lead and inspire the nation and other stakeholders to collaborate in developing and addressing children’s prevailing problems in the traditionally oriented communities in South Sudan. ACDF-SS Executive Director, Paulino Akuei Athian remained optimistic that in safeguarding and reclaiming the child rights as stipulated in South Sudan transitional Constitution-2011 and international Charters ratified on children’s rights and development, it is a collective responsibility for Donors, INGOs and NNGOs engaged in fixing children prolific future.

As an imperative means of trying to reach the intended goals or remain focused on the ACDF-SS vision of transforming the societies in the country into a peaceful, more developed environment, the expected realization is to promote and respect children’s and vulnerable people’s rights in conformity with local laws and international charters governing children and the human rights. Read the rest of this entry »


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Ateny Wek, Presidential press secretary

Monday, 15 October, 2018 (PW): As Africans in general and South Sudanese in particular we all know how musical instruments specially the drum beat can spare one in to dancing. Without a drum or an accompaniment a performance is impossible or boring at least. When the drum is silenced or stopped by the drummer, the performers stopped in unison.

In the defunct newspaper, The Citizen of Nhial Bol Aken, the now Spokesman for President, Ateny Wek Ateny used to run an influential column, “Beating the Drum of truth.” One day as this author was seeping tea on the road side in Malakiyya, Juba, he overheard one man saying that there was nothing interesting any more to be had in that newspaper except Ateny’s column. That he reads or subscribes to the paper only because of the truth column. Those were the days when Ateny was a mere citizen and had not tasted the power that might be.

The Drum of Truth, in a fashion never seen before expose contemporary issues that mattered to ordinary people in the country. This author, also an avid reader of the Citizen at the time had a great admiration for the column which prided itself on exposing malpractice in the government. Things which were erstwhile under the carpet were brought to the scrutiny of the readers and the general population. Who had knowledge that the now defunct telecommunication company, Vivacell was granted a tax-free status for ten years (2007 – 2017). The New Sudan insurance was also paying no tax and was accorded preferential treatment because both companies were investment arms for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Read the rest of this entry »


By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia 

Aesop’s Fables in Dinka, translated by Atem Yaak Atem

Aesop’s Fables in Dinka, translated by Atem Yaak Atem

Sunday, October 14, 2018 (PW) — We’re almost in all four corners of the world, and fighting to remain the Dinka people. I am afraid that the load of melanin isn’t one of the tools to fight this war of identity because masses of other Africans are our mirror images with the same shades of black.

But the LANGUAGE—the Dinka language along with moral values and cultures of Dinka are the main tools to protect our identity. One’s mother tongue is an invaluable definition of who one truly is.

However, having become wanderers because of wars, our language is falling behind other languages—English, Arabic, Kiswahili and even Spanish (some people who went to Cuba as kids speak less Dinka than Spanish)—we have picked up in nations of our refuge.

Our children in other nations speak other languages with fluidity; their fluency in these languages is extremely towering that one of their Dinka (language).

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Why a kite is not rich: Corruption and its consequences in South Sudan

By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018 (PW) — A kite is a bird that kills other parasites for food and its prey are fish, chicks, ducklings etc. it has strong sight and it swoops down with its legs lowered to snatch small prey like chicks, rodents and fish. It is the most corrupted bird in the world known for threatening the lives of its fellow birds as well as human beings.

However a kite remains one of the poorest birds in the world despite of the fact that it continues to snatch the ready human food and the younger ones of its fellow birds and this poverty is considered a consequence of the above habit.

The above story of a kite reflect the ongoing corruption in South Sudan and it clearly indicates that whatever is grabbed or taken without legal [procedures is always accompanied by consequences. The more you corrupt other people’s resources, the more problems you face.

My fellows South Sudanese have overwhelmingly adopted corruption as the only way of accumulating wealth, acquiring academic documents, and securing public positions or scholarships has adapted corruption. Everyone has a dream of becoming a minister, director general, senior manager or public official in order to get a chance of corrupting public resources simply to be in the same level with those serving in the above mentioned positions. Read the rest of this entry »


By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 (PW) — As John Maxwell has it, it has always been my credo that leadership is nothing more than knowing the way, showing the way and leading the way. Harare Institute of Technology was thrown into a woven net of leadership showdown as four students locked their horns in a great duel contesting for SRC President, which is equivalent to guild president.

The morning Sun greeted Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) with blissful rays of glee and gaiety that the University vicinity got tranquilized. Everyone including inanimate beings seemed zealous and voracious in alacrity to cast their votes for the candidates of their choices as their volitions dictated. Among the contenders were three male students and one brave female namely; William Deng Akuei Nyuon, Makoni, Aaron and Remhunga.

From the onset of elections, Mr. Nyuon was exceedingly marathonic, in fact he ran at a breakneck speed which created a terrible gap between him and his contesters. He was more than 200 votes ahead of the second competitor. Voting ended after 5pm and William garnered 342 votes, Remhunga got 116, Aaron with 74 votes and Makoni 19 votes. Deng then became victorious. Read the rest of this entry »


By Kuir Mayen Kuir, Nairobi, Kenya

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

Saturday, October 13, 2018 (PW) — I raise a standing ovation to the governor of Jonglei state H.E Philip Aguer Panyang for his daily commitments to make jonglei state a haven of peace, unity and prosperity. Mr. Governor, your efforts and commitments to make our state better is recognizable. Meanwhile, the question of who is a good leader has been a bone of contention in the literate world. This is because of the diverse opinions of the civil population towards their various leaders.

As for me, a leader who is positive minded and stands for the solidarity of his people is the best. A leader who wears the shoes of his people at all times regardless of the situation always touches my conscience. A leader who has a vision to serve his people in the right manner always calls for my attention. These are my personal opinions about my governor and I am proud of him. I realized that the best motivation and support, which I can offer to Mr. Governor, is just to appreciate him more sincerely for he always stay on the forefront to unify our people. I felt I should say thank you governor now so that you do better tomorrow.

In the recent past we have got few individuals who decided to drop their manners and crave to disintegrate our prodigious society for the short terms gains. In my opinion these gentlemen and women who sought education in foreign countries and felt the urge to use it to break our ties, solidarity and communalism did not get it right. It was a purgatory move and it should be condemn with all the strongest terms possible. The soar of dirty songs and speeches towards the wrong age bracket was disgusting too .Our culture has got very strong protection for the aged. It was therefore indiscipline for a young man or a lady to come out clearly in derogatory language towards those whom we are supposed to get blessings from. Read the rest of this entry »


By Rev. Malong Bak Malong, Aweil, South Sudan

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 (PW) — People (Nations) are likely to fall into imbroglio phenomenon when they fail to realize the true set of rights and obligations (that include loyalty) and the conditions those realize the true memorandum of understanding between the chosen (government) and the chooser (people) — and what qualifications anchoring the role of nominee in a form that must be satisfactory (responsibility). People must in the foremost, realize what they want, and how they wish it and when they want it.

And in this context, they (people) must get to harmonize their Opinions, and strongly stand for their common right and have a critical language (boldness and sound mind). But that can never happen except with an informed society—people with open mind, those can clearly see things with reasoning mind. Such people don’t beat the elephant’s shadow, rather they hit at the perpetrators’ heads!

Therefore, the only people who could quickly survive such imbroglio phages more easily are those who question the liability with thorough follow-ups on their set rules those governing them in absolute courage with clauses why? when? How? Which? And who? One of the wise man once said, “The best ways to hide a lie is between two truths”. To continue with that lesson of who is the government, I have tried all my best level to present you my points on who really is the true source of the government with legality censure and to compel.  Read the rest of this entry »


”It is not a sin if you point out the true, but the real and unforgivable sin is when you know the true and hide it inside you due to the fear of unknown gunman”.

By Dut Kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

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Do Not Confuse a Camouflaged Call for Confederation for Call Federalism

Thursday, October 11, 2018 (PW) — The outset of the current endless war realistically by then was a competition over the control of the higher office (J1). All the ruling party cadres were eyeing the higher office comes 2015, the storm which started in the liberation council of the ruling party in December of 2013 was over who could be the party flag bearer if elections were to had taken place as scheduled in the interim constitution of the nascent state.

Their bodies’ languages and moods starting from the top hierarchy to former deputy, former secretary of the ruling party including the widow of the late hero were so fearsome with possible indicators of skirmish. Their inflammatory spirit of no reverse and compromise were unfortunate thus the symptoms of awaiting endless abyss were crystal to all of them.

Their competition over the control thereafter led to unforgettable and heartbreaking explosion of nascent state and subjected her unaware masses to untold suffering, destitution and destruction of theirs lives and properties since 2013 up to date. And without exaggeration, the problem of south Sudanese were centered around the throne dating back to 1960s when they were still guerilla with no political constituencies to fight over. Read the rest of this entry »


By Rev. Malong Bak Malong, Aweil, South Sudan

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 (PW) — You know what, if we have become a Nation, we must critically learn to be mindful of every tit for tat agreements. Let’s always understand that once the time to amend is gone, then gone are its chances of change. By singing every day or repeating names of the same perpetrators Kiir-Riak, Kiir-Riak, Kiir-Riak or SPLM and SPLMIO will benefit us nothing at all! See the continuous rates of rapes, killings, displacements, and above all, the tendency in the hearts of these privileged politicians—they are still demanding us to remain loyal to their leadership. What does this call for?

Or how can we name it? Does it call for us to side with SPLM or SPLM-IO i.e. Kiir or Reik reps? Or should we comply with the FDs or South Sudan Oppositions Alliance? How does this tragedy depict itself from your own perceptive? In my own Opinions, I can see that this not tribe-to-tribe conflicts but it is a man-to-man positions struggle. Therefore, in this context, I can see that there is nothing wrong about us being from different tribes. No problem in being a Nuer, Dinka, Acholi, Bari, Baka, Zande or any of our South Sudanese tribes.

Now, I want to ask that how can we as people of one identity, supposed to react or behave on this dilemmas, (politically affiliated conflicts) seeing that we totally have given into lawlessness and have forgotten on how to answer to our long life struggle for freedom of autonomous right—the effort which was rewarded eventually by the achieved Country, the Republic of South Sudan. In my Opinions, it is change that is what you South Sudanese Citizens need. With Peace and its implementations, you are robbed of your assets by those big, big and huge budgetary demands for those positions hungry elites—who are coming to feast on your public assets again.

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By Kuir Mayen Kuir, Nairobi, Kenya

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (PW) — At a time, it is very healthy to emulate some positive transformation. In the contrast this aspect of transformation does not just come when it has never been sought for. It takes people’s competence and integrity to land on this vital aspect of life. I think this is the time that the central bank of South Sudan should seek systemic transformation in order to find our way out of this economic mess.

It may not be easy but it begs for attention by the concern stakeholders in the economic departments in south Sudan. Why do I say this? We all know that our economy is nearing to hit its final breath and soon it shall be nowhere in the economic pathways of the world. To whom shall the blame settled on? Someone at the ministerial seat of the central bank of South Sudan, however it can as well be thwarted from further escalation. It is just a matter of resolving to better policies that can enhance economic growth instead of just watching it happen without intervention.

Anyway, from the biblical allusion, we all understand that there is no situation that is permanent; I believe we are just competence and seriousness away from the right point. In faith and trust, our situation will soon be an example of situations that changed for better but it will not just end without the correct intervention. Something worthwhile has to be done because bad times come and pass. Whatever that is happening in south Sudan now, had worst levels in Weimar German between 1918 and 1924, when the country was hit by a skyrocketed inflation (hyperinflation) as a result of instantaneous orders by the Versailles treaty demanding war reparations within a short period of time. Read the rest of this entry »


Subject: Apuk Community in Uganda Updates and Clarifies on the Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda’s Press Release, “Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda condemns an assault inflicted on chairlady Becky Akuindiik”.

Anyuon Madut Deng, Kampala, Uganda

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The Ugandan election: do or die scenario

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (PW) — Following the press statement entitled “Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda condemns an assault inflicted on chairlady Becky Akuindiik” dated 17th September, 2018 and published on PaanLuel Wel website on 22nd September 2018 and 25th, September 2018 on Juba Monitor and other media outlets, we, Apuk Community in Uganda, would like to take this opportunity, although belatedly, to enlighten the aforementioned media readership on the successful resolution of the resulted misunderstanding and state clearly what we believe to be a firsthand account of what happened.

We acknowledge with regret all the fuss the incident had stirred up and the unnecessary strain it threatened to put on the relations between our sisterly communities in Uganda and although a particular member of our community may have been responsible, we maintain, with utmost respect, that the matter has nothing to do with Apuk Community in general as the statement alleged.

On 15th September, 2018, we gathered for an annual community meeting, a forum that discusses matters related to social welfare, peaceful co-existence, cooperation, cultural adherence and education here in Kampala, Uganda. As a longstanding practice, we do extend invitations to heads of various communities’ associations to join us on such extra ordinary occasions. In this regard we were honored to have Becky Akuindiik, the Chairlady of Aguok Kuei Community in Uganda, in our amidst representing her community in the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »


By Wol Deng Akech, Lucknow, India

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President Kiir paying his last respect during the public viewing of the body of the late Gen. James Ajonga Mawut, chief of general staff of the SPLA

Thursday, 04 October 2018 (PW) — On Tuesday, 2nd 2018, H.E President Salva Kiir issued a presidential decree which changed the name of the nation’s national army from Sudan people’s Liberation Army to South Sudan People Defence Forces. It is not known what triggered for this prompt change. The change of the name seems to have come into the power of President as Commander-in-Chief of the SPLA. Many critics have been commenting on the name SPLA and appealed for the change of the name of the army to meet what they think may be the conformity of the army to its national duty. As it appears from the decree itself, the decree came as a result of the SPLA 6th Command Council Conference held on 3rd August 2017.

With such circumstantial developments, one has to look at it and find out as to where does such power fall under or originated from within the Constitutional scheme(i.e powers of the president and Commander-in-Chief under Articles 10, 151-154 and the Schedules provided in the constitution) and the statutory framework provisions under the SPLA Act(Amended), 2009.   In both frameworks, nowhere it is mentioned specifically whether the naming of the armed forces shall be exclusive power of the national executive/the president.

It is therefore pertinent to be said that such powers are incidental in the exercise of the constitutional powers expressly and impliedly provided under the constitution. Thus, the question is whose power is it? The answer to this question is the purpose of this article. Another question which poses itself as a result of the name effected is whether the name changing guarantees a “reform or transformation” of the army or promising? Read the rest of this entry »