South Sudan: Kiir watching as Jieng children starve

By Jok Madut Jok

Co-Founder of the South Sudan Juba-based Sudd Institute Jok Madut Jok [Photo credit is unknown]

Co-Founder of the South Sudan Juba-based Sudd Institute Jok Madut Jok [Photo credit is unknown]

OPINION – If I were the head of state [in South Sudan], or in some other position of influence in South Sudan, I would not last for so long in such a position while seeing Jieng Kids sleeping on empty stomachs every night on the streets in Wau, Aweil, Tonj, Rumbek, Malakal, even as massive state contracts are given suitcase businessmen from their areas; or women sitting with babies suckling at their empty breasts on the doorsteps of some ministers’ houses in Juba.

I would not sleep well while having seen much of Equatoria emptied into Northern Uganda, Eastern Upper Nile into Ethiopia, Dedinga children, Jie kids, being educated every single day to turn away from their country and choose to be citizens of their tribes, instead of citizens of South Sudan.

How can anyone say he or she is a leader overseeing a country [South Sudan] where one citizen harms another with impunity and the state has no say in that?

I would not sleep knowing that the country that was born of war, built upon bones of martyrs, watered every day by the blood of human sacrifice, is now a country that looks like a mirror reflection of the country it protested and broke away from.

It is now a country where some of its liberators, the men, and women in uniform, can’t even afford a bar of soap to wash that uniform with.

It is now a country [South Sudan] of the rule of man by law, where security agents can arrest and detain citizens without judicial oversight, a country of neat laws that no one is interested in enforcing or respecting, where oil production has become a curse to the people who live on top of the oil fields.

I would not rest a day knowing that all our [South Sudan] newborns are not registered so that the state acknowledges their existence and do everything possible for them to survive.

How could anyone rest knowing that every public official appointee does not know how to coordinate with the next appointee so that public institutions can operate in concert with one another? I would not carry on without asking my aides how come they all own houses that are bigger than the structures of the ministries that employ them?

This is not to say that I would know exactly what to do about all these challenges, nor to declare anyone incompetent. But I would not be found pretending there is no problem.

This is to say that it is one thing to have a problem, but it is entirely another to acknowledge or note that you have a problem, for accepting you have a problem is half of the solution to that problem.

The author is a professor of anthropology at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He is also a co-founder of the Juba-based Sudd Institute. Follow him via Twitter: @JokMadut.


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Rebuttal to Salva Mathok’s fake goldening of Tutkew Gatluak  

By Ayok Thon Akoon

South Sudan Presidential Advisor on Security Tutkew Gatluak speaking during a press conference in Juba in 2019 [Photo via SSBC]

South Sudan Presidential Advisor on Security Tutkew Gatluak speaking during a press conference in Juba in 2019 [Photo via SSBC]

OPINION –  “In words of J. Nozipo Maraire “Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.”  In light of J. Nozipo Maraire proverbial wisdom, the SPLM cadres don’t know this government belongs to them bloody and that reason they are being bribed using their own money, their own power, and the revolutionaries will end up sycophantically writing in support of hunters (NCPs) like small boys on Facebook and other social media outlets. Until they know this government belongs to them is when the story will not glorify the hunter (NCP) but the lion (revolutionaries) himself.

Michael Bassey Johnson once said and I quote “The best way to detect the destructive element in someone is to watch closely their behavioral pattern when given authority over poverty”. Given my keen follow-up of Hon. Salva Mathok Geng utterances against National Security Service (NSS) during swearing-in of South Sudan National Youth Union in Nyakuron Cultural Centre and his today’s lip-sticking with million lies about Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh, there is no doubt in my mind liberators are being used like condoms in their own government.

Hon. Tutkew Gatluak’s birthplace, age, education, work experience, and NCP life.

Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh was born in 1968 in Mayom village, Unity state. Given that birth date, his age currently could be approximately 52 years old. He never went to school leave alone secondary school education. He worked as a waiter in the restaurant of Nuer NCP guy called Bejay Wangkai. He as well worked in army barrack as cleaner, washing and ironing senior officers’ clothing.

When former President Omer Hamed Hassan El Bashir came for visit to Bentiu, he took Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimene with him to palace in Khartoum. During late Gen. Paulino Matip (R.I.P patriot) he was taken as a translator by late General. In same service he was rendering to Gen. Paulino Matip, SAF military intelligent recruited him as their agent/mole within late Gen. Paulino Matip rings of his activities.

He became a frequenter of Antonov plane that used to bomb SPLM/A areas in Upper Nile given his conversant with terrains and localities, job he perfectly did until 2005. On separate assignment, former spy chief Gen. Salah Gosh recruited him and in Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh’s term of reference (ToR) was data collections from senior politicians from Southern Sudan by then, job he was doing until our great Republic gained Independence and ended after ouster of spy chief in Sudan. Who knows same file is transferred to him by current Sudan Military council $?.  He was one time MP through National Congress Party’s ( NCP) ticket.

Who is Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh and his highly network of corruption

He is South Sudanese Nuer Bul of Mayom in Bentiu state. History indicates that Tutkew Gatluak, Nguen Monytuil and Dr. Riek Gai Kok voted for united Sudan in which they coined phrase “South Sudanese can’t govern themselves” better we remain in the hands of Arabs. Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene is working together with businessman Kur Ajiing Ater in Money laundering bloody billions of dollars are being siphoned out in names of fake contracts and our President is being blind-folded.

Hon. Tutkew Gatluak one time burned SPLM/SPLA flag into ashes protesting as to why our great movement proposed current flag. Hon. Tut Kew Manimene is tasked by Khartoum to make sure SPLM/SPLA is destroyed, lodging all her leaders out and embark on reuniting Sudans. For avoidance of doubts, let President try to remove him from his current position, Khartoum will tell president Salva Kiir no don’t try it man.

Mark Twain one time said and I quote “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes”. Dear Hon. Salva Mathok Gengdit, it is with deepest dismay and regrets that I read your doctored piece about Hon. Tutkew Gatluak Manimeh, the Security Advisor of our great Country.

If my great brain works perfectly as I know it does, you mentioned in your piece to have met Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene in 1979 as secondary education student in one of secondary schools in Bentiu.

If true, by then he was 11 years old. Kindly, reiterate to me in your other own words, was he in secondary school at 11 years old in Sudan not other part of the world? In the year 1979-1980 which you said was exactly the year those of Hon Nadia Arop Dudi, Hon Simon Mijok Mijak, Hon Amb. William Daud, Col Manytoc Kuel Ador, Maj. General Pauline Dador of police and Hon. Micheal Chiengjiek.

Tell me who were colleagues of Tut Kew in Bentiu Secondary school? So when you met Hon. Tut Gatluak Manimene in 1979 already in secondary school, it means he is older then those mentioned above? In 1979 you said you were commander of Sudan Army Forces, kindly educate we young people, what rank were you? Which division in Bentiu were you commanding and how did Comander came to know little Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene of 11 years old? What brought you together for you to even further know his education level?

Dear Hon. Salva Mathok Gengdit, for records and prayer in God’s names for peace to prevail, Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene and former Governor Hon. Nguen Monytuil are part and parcel of killings, burning of properties and cattle looting that has been going on between Nuer Bul and Twic either by sponsoring militias in Bul or failure of Governor Nguen Monytuil administration.

He is extremely busy these days purported to be reconciling communities he failed to reconcile during his entire era. As you said, fighting between Bul and Twic was there before Hon. Tut Kew Gatkuak Manimene and Governor Nguen, you brutally buried the fact that what used to be there was youth/gelwong cattle raiding but current one is well armed and highly organized militia attacking civilians in their villages.

Killing, maiming, burning their shelters and looting their cattles and properties. How many times did militias in Bul attack Twic under the watch of Governor Nguen Monytuil and Hon. Tut Kew Gatluak Manimene? Where you not in South Sudan yourself? As you may not know, we Bul community knows bloody hands behind continuous deadly attacks ongoing between Bul and Twic since Governor Nguen Monytuil days upto now. It will cut your respect and wisdom expect from you by 50% if you continue to feed this country with lies you can’t evidently substantiate.

Let me conclude by quoting from great Mao Tse-tung and I quote “when you point a finger at the moon to indicate the moon, instead of looking at the moon, the stupid ones look at your finger”. It is indeed unfortunate that liberators identified NCP as cancers eating up what they fought for yet some liberators see at fingers pointing at NCP instead of NCP. Pathetic!

South Sudan Oyeee!

Peace Oyeee!

The author is a concerned citizen of South Sudan. He can be reached via: ponisimon2019@gmail.com


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South Sudan economy hijacked

By Alikaya Aligo Samson

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (left) and Chinese Prime Minister Hu Jintao (right) meeting in China in 2016 [Photo via Reuters]

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit (left) and Chinese Prime Minister Hu Jintao (right) meeting in China in 2016 [Photo via Reuters]

OPINION – My economic and social reconnaissance around the city of Juba I discovered that the economy is hijacked by foreigners and there is a too high percentage of unemployment among the nationals. Foreign businesspersons established their economic enclaves and have their own engineers, lawyers, brokers, doctors, tricycles, restaurants, and even tea-sellers girls/women. Someone told me that they have their own foreign shoe polishers. The UN and its sisterly international organizations almost do the same. They award lucrative contracts to foreign nationals. Of cause, the Chinese, sincerely, I have no comment.

Also, the public sector in South Sudan has created employment enclaves through nepotism, favoritism, and an unclear employment recruitment policy. No pension scheme and unfortunately the old ones who have been working since the 1960s are carrying age certificates of under 50 years old in South Sudan. This has badly frustrated the public sector and made it not to perform and deliver the expectation of the citizens.

However, for South Sudan to regain control over its economy and generate employment there is a need to evolve policies to develop and promote indigenous entrepreneurs both in the rural and urban setup. Also, the respective professional syndicates must wake up to protect domestic employment markets for nationals. Our professionals have the bad practice of selling their licenses to foreigners and then continue loitering across night clubs or traveling abroad without doing any work. This is laziness, unethical and should be maximumly discouraged.

In Uganda, they have the ‘Ugandan Indigenous Entrepreneurs Association’ which is working day and night to protect their internal markets and give priority to Ugandan sons and daughters to strive in a well-facilitated ground. All progressive African nations are doing similar and they are witnessing economic and political stability at a faster rate. Tanzania is achieving the status of middle income in less than 20 years of constructive political will and economic programs. There is a need to borrow such effective policies and strategies to ensure that we own our economy and improve income per capita particularly in the productive rural areas.

What we need is potential and genuine investors not the creation of an uncontrolled market for foreign economic migrants in South Sudan. South Sudan, sofar, has over 1.5 million foreigners who dominated the macroeconomic sector depriving the nationals of employment opportunities. Also, they establish factories outside the countries with money scooped from South Sudan while securing the consumption market to be South Sudan. As a result, South Sudan will never realize tangible economic growth in the near future.

Hence, the South Sudan policy-making circles must hurry to work out viable policies and strategies to harness economic reliance and employment that eventually bring back dignity to the indigenous populace. Much focus should be on how to revamp rural development through the current urbanization process in South Sudan. We have the resources to achieve that, we can do it if there is a change in heart and will to make our citizens prosper. Otherwise, militias and ethnic conflicts shall remain lucrative businesses in the country.

During my reconnaissance, I work with a head bow down and broken heart, because, I can’t believe that this is happening in my country, South Sudan. I couldn’t believe that this will be the outcome of our hard and long sociopolitical struggle for a nation. Really, are others seeing what I saw? So, let us plan to unlock what we saw before unlocking the corona lockdown.

The author is a concerned citizen of South Sudan.


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South Sudan should revisit its ties with Egypt to seal mutual relationship with Ethiopia 

By Clement Maring Samuel

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, left, meeting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, right, in Cairo in 2018 [Photo via Middle East Monitor]

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, left, meeting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, right, in Cairo in 2018 [Photo via Middle East Monitor]

OPINION – The picture above (embedded below) reveals the 2nd African Great Lakes Region Petroleum and Mineral Resources Conference and Exhibition at Royale Imperial Hotel in Kampala in 2017. The African Great Lakes region comprises Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. At that great conference, an Egyptian discussed the Jonglei Canal project, but not South Sudanese.

The organizing chairman invited me into the conference in my competence as an independent writer but not serving as the South Sudan government. What puzzled me was Egypt’s presence at the conference to discuss the Jonglei Canal project, while South Sudan was not called to the symposium. Even South Sudan’s ambassador in Kampala did not show up.

Writer By Clement Maring Samuel at a symposium in Uganda's capital Kampala in 2018 [Photo courtesy of the author]

Writer By Clement Maring Samuel at a symposium in Uganda’s capital Kampala in 2018 [Photo courtesy of the author]

I became sceptical of this discount against South Sudan. Egypt and Uganda have a common geopolitical influence in South Sudan’s natural resources, oil and gas. The presentation embittered me to inquire why the Jonglei Canal was debated without a representative of South Sudan. When Jonglei Canal was dug, I was a child in Juba, but the digging of the canal affected all localities along the River Nile.

In Terekeka County the distributaries and tributaries drained, the areas became dry, besides the exact localities in Jonglei where the canal was drilled. I warned the Egyptians that if Egypt continues to renew the Jonglei Canal project, we (South Sudanese) will ignore our domestic wars to attack Egypt.

Why did I begin with this history material? I read roaming messages on social media blaming the Minister of defence Angelina Teny, of speaking, “The country’s foreign relations cannot be decided by a foreign country”. This appears after circulating notes on social media that South Sudan has granted a military-based preference to Egypt and not Ethiopia.

As a proceeding, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia allegedly warned president Kiir of providing a military base to Egypt in the eastern part of the region which Ethiopia sees as an open base for an assault against Grand Ethiopia’s Renaissance project.

If this is authentic, the world’s youngest country needs to revisit its bilateral arrangement with Egypt over the means to seal its relationship with Ethiopia. What South Sudan’s leaders should ask is, when did Ethiopia become an enemy? Ethiopia has supported South Sudan for many outstanding things since the era of Mengistu Haile Mariam to the present leadership, including her contribution in the fight for the Republic of South Sudan. It would be a grave mistake to dash Ethiopia in favour of Egypt, which has been fighting South Sudan, including the killing of South Sudanese students in Egypt.

South Sudan has no borders with Egypt, but it has borders with Ethiopia. Egypt is not a member of the IGAD, but both South Sudan and Ethiopia are. Ethiopia plays a central role in promoting regional integration in the IGAD region not only through its policies and strategies in the sustainable management of natural resources but also in infrastructure development and in achieving peace in the region.

South Sudan as a young country should distance from deals that bring the war to its peripheries and concentrate on plans to utilize its natural resources for infrastructural development and in achieving a comprehensive peace in the region. It would be fatal if South Sudan allowed Ethiopians to turn this role against her if it proves the deal with Egypt is true.

Egypt’s interest in Nile waters is to the detriment of South Sudan. There is nothing better coming from Egypt than to achieve its goal through South Sudan. A foreign country cannot decide a country’s foreign policy, but it is imprudent to allow a military base in the country that threatens regional integration and peace.

The author is a concerned citizen of South Sudan. He can be reached via: Warun1maring@gmail.com


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Climate change: A major global threat

By Karderinis Isidoros

Photo: Greek novelist, columnist and climate change activist Karderinis Isidoros [courtesy of the author]

Photo: Greek novelist, columnist and climate change activist Karderinis Isidoros [courtesy of the author]

OPINION – The climate change, that is, the change of the global climate and in particular the changes in meteorological conditions that extend on a large time scale, is a major global existential threat, much greater than the coronavirus.

The greenhouse effect causes the increase of temperature of the planet primarily due to the tremendous increase in carbon dioxide, which has increased by 35% since the beginning of the industrial revolution. And of course the lion’s share in pollution of the atmosphere with 50% of all carbon dioxide have Europe and North America. All other countries together are responsible for the other half, while the poorest countries are the least responsible. However, the people who live in these countries it is they who will suffer more strongly of the consequences.

The causes of climate change are mainly identified in combustion of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gasoline, natural gas, etc.) which account for 50% of total emissions, in the production and use of synthetic chemicals, in disaster of forest areas which contributes to the production of additional gases in the atmosphere and of course to the greenhouse effect by 15% and in conventional agriculture and livestock farming, which account for 15% of emissions.

The expert scientists knock the danger bell and warn that if there is no urgent global coordinated action by political leaders, governments, industries and citizens around the world, the temperature of the planet is likely to rise above 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels by 2060 and the increase could even reach 5°C by the end of the twenty-first century, fact that will make the lives of future generations problematic.

Such an increase in the temperature of our planet will have a devastating impact on nature, bringing about irreversible changes in many ecosystems and consequent loss of biodiversity, that is, all living organisms and species that make up life on the planet, that is, animals, birds, fish and plants (fauna and flora). Many species are expected to disappear from areas that will be directly and severely affected by climate change.

Today, compared to 1850 -from when recording data began-a temperature increase of 1.1°C is observed. So, it is vital importance, the increase not to exceed 1.5°C, because as scientists estimate, beyond this crucial point there will be no way back.

The climate change, however, which is due to human activities, is a tangible ominous reality and is already adversely affecting our planet. The sectors responsible for the production of greenhouse gases are primarily the sector of energy produce (units of production of electrical power, refineries) but also industrial activities, the modern means of transport (cars, airplanes, etc.) and the activities of the primary production sector.

So, the extreme weather events, the uncontrolled fires in forests such as the Amazon that have been characterized as the “lung” of the planet, the heat waves, the heavy rainfall, the prolonged droughts that create serious eating problems in the affected areas of the planet, the very powerful hurricanes, are becoming constantly more often and more intensively, costing tens of thousands of lives every year and causing huge disasters.

The ice at the same time and snow on the poles are melting, with the Arctic being the biggest victim to date, and the world average sea level goes up, as a result to be caused floods and erosion on coasts and lowland coastal areas and to be created environmental refugees. If this unfavorable development continues, areas such as the Netherlands and Venice will be at risk of being permanently lost under the sea waters as new Atlantis.

The climate change also increases existing diseases worldwide but also creates new ones, and can also lead to premature death. Too many diseases are particularly sensitive to temperature change. To them included communicable diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, encephalitis and dengue fever, but also eating disorders, mental illnesses, cardiovascular diseases as well as respiratory diseases.

The climate change will also have negative impacts on the economies of the countries given the fact that the high temperatures undermine the productivity of most sectors of the economy, from the agricultural sector to processing. Valid scientists predict that by the end of the century, global GDP will have fallen by 7.22% from what it would have been without climate change.

The teenager Swedish activist against climate change, Greta Thunberg, has managed in the most vigorous and loud way to pass the debate over this huge problem, by the heads of state and government and public dialogue, in society and in the friendly discussions, mobilizing millions of people around the world, especially young people, who began to demonstrate demanding by governments the immediate taking of measures for the confrontation of climate change.

So, Swedish MPs rightly suggested her for the Nobel Peace Prize. And ofcourse Greta Thunberg has big right when she says that the measures are being taken to reduce greenhouse gases and, above all, carbon dioxide are not sufficient.

So, what are the appropriate measures to be taken without delay to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and keep the temperature at + 1.5°C?

The basic policies for resolutely mitigating of the problem consist in promoting and utilizing renewable energy sources (wind, solar, biomass, etc.), the enhancing energy efficiency, the drastic reduction of the exploitation of oil and gas deposits and the imposition of carbon taxes in order that to limit the use of fossil fuels and thereby to reduce significantly carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and eliminate them by 2050 at the latest, the rapid reduction of emissions of methane, carbon black and other short-lived pollutants that burden the climate, the restoration and protection of ecosystems and, above all, forests.

The Paris Agreement, the first universal, legally binding agreement for the climate, entered into force in 2016 with great optimism and manifest ambitions, despite the official US departure statement, which are one of the biggest polluters. Four years have passed since then and there are no substantial results, fact which raises serious questions as to whether there is really the political will to tackle this particularly threatening global problem.

In closing, I would like to emphasize that the effects of climate change will be so dramatic that human civilization will be in danger to collapse as a paper tower. So, in the face of this extremely dangerous climate crisis, the citizens around the world should increase their mobilization even further and the political leaders to finally stand up at the height of the circumstances and take immediately the necessary drastic measures, before it is too late, to reverse this unsustainable course and save the planet.

The author is a novelist, poet and columnist. He has studied economics and has completed postgraduate studies in the tourism economy. His articles have been published in newspapers, magazines and sites worldwide. His poems have been translated into English, French and Spanish and published in poetry anthologies, in literary magazines and literary sections of newspapers. He has published seven poetry books and three novels. His books have been published in USA, Great Britain, Spain and Italy. He can be reached via:skarderinis@hotmail.gr


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The vital problems in the nation of South Sudan

By Akok Ngor Kuany

Photo: People celebrate the independence of the Republic of South Sudan at the venue of a ceremony to declare the country's official independence from Sudan in Juba on July 9, 2011. [Photo via Getty Images]

Photo: People celebrate the independence of the Republic of South Sudan at the venue of a ceremony to declare the country’s official independence from Sudan in Juba on July 9, 2011. [Photo via Getty Images]

OPINION – South Sudan government officials including those in opposition before the formation of R-TGONU were not paying heed to many of the issues faced by people in the country. Rights were not protected; the ones below the poverty line are going further down under, while the elite class is thriving socially and financially.

Out of many of the social evils in these societies, the one that has crept in the most and poisoned the very structure of it is corruption.

Justice is sold in south Sudan and nobody takes care of the poor and fragile strata of the society while the powerful enjoy committing corruptions of different forms and freeing from all dues. It is an irony that every sector in South Sudan has been destroyed by this menace. A threat to the society, corruption has, by and large, made every government organization fall from its grace and nobody feels wrong about it.

Even in ministries and departments of south Sudan, ‘lack of attention’ and ‘NO will to change’ is the cause of such a sad state of affairs. Health, finance, education, natural resources, all the sectors are being used for their own gains.

No proper infrastructure is made available to the doctors so that they can work on diseases and their treatments. People cannot even get proper treatment for minor illnesses in south Sudan. In the education sector, quality is deteriorating with each passing year. Nothing on reality has been done to look after the different setups like roads and all the transportation and constructions are in an unimpressive condition.

The fact is, no proven working methodology neither an efficient technology ecosystem is accessible in south Sudan by any of our governing bodies to ensure an economically thriving and technologically significant society.

With many countries nowadays working hard to make sure that their citizens are getting every facility in their homeland somewhat similar to the developed countries, ours completely neglect this truth that it’s Right Technology along with Right Methodology indeed has the potential to bring the changes and can help to achieve such heights.

To South Sudanese across the globe, the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I strongly believe that together, we are heirs to a struggle for freedom and a great future for our country.

We are a people of improbable hope which was initiated by our fallen heroes led by Dr. John Garang. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember our history, and answer our destiny, and remake the beloved nation of south Sudan once again.

And I want to suggest that let our leaders who fought tremendously to free this great nation of South Sudan take their positions for political purposes because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism.

For we comprehend their long and hard-fought-for the 21 years of war against Khartoum Arab based regime for the country they love and endured sacrifices for South Sudan that most of us can not begin to imagine.

Thanks to one reading this and preach peace in south Sudan wherever you might be. As Abraham Lincoln said to a nation far more divided like ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

The author is a student who lives in Kenya. He can be reached via: akokpeter123@gmail.com.


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Mayiik Ayii Deng: the best candidate for jail on apparent corruption!

By Emmanuel Sunday de John

Photo: South Sudan president Salva Kiir sacked on Tuesday the country's minister for presidential affairs Mayiik Ayii Deng was

Photo: South Sudan president Salva Kiir sacked on Tuesday the country’s minister for presidential affairs Mayiik Ayii Deng was

OPINION – President Salva Kiir Mayardit on June 4, 2020 in the Swearing-In Ceremony of Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial; the newly appointed Minister of the Presidential Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan expressed in a faint tone one of the reasons that led to his dismissal of Former Minister in the said portfolio, Mr. Mayiik Ayii Deng. The reason was apparent Corruption.

Mayiik short-changed the Nation. He did that by swapping the companies perhaps for purposes of kickbacks or so with resultant shoddy road construction that didn’t withstand a single rain.

In essence, Mr. Mayiik Ayii Deng and President Salva Kiir deprived the Minister of Roads and Bridges of the responsibility to handle matters related to roads and bridges construction among other responsibilities and instead, they curved that responsibility for themselves, making it a responsibility of the Presidency and when the contract was formally signed and to the dismay of the President, Mayiik opted to alter everything by swapping the companies, that is from Shandong Hi-Speed Group Co Ldt to one Shandong Nile Investment Ltd as expressed by President Salva Kiir in his short video clip.

The said action by Mayiik Ayii Deng is not short of felony and is of course a crime that would put him to jail for a period equals to that of Gurtel of Spain or that of Russian Laundromat among many other mind-boggling crimes of the world.

Mayiik opted to bring in a company so fake that the road its tarmacked was completely washed off by a single rain. Were South Sudanese gods at work? This is a question for another day.

Shielding

However, if President Salva Kiir wasn’t shielding Mayiik Ayii Deng, he would have asked the Criminal Investigation Department to apprehend him for further investigation leading to final trial with subsequent punishment in a competent court of law.

At his early days, President Salva Kiir promised to fight corruption with vigor and had once expressed that he had zero tolerance to corruption and that those who have involved themselves in any corrupt practices will be asked to vomit what the have swallowed. Why would President Salva allow Mayiik Ayii Deng to walk away majestically with public resources that he had swallowed? He must be pressed at the gag reflex to vomit this back right away.

Sacking him wasn’t enough as it only gives him the freedom to enjoy the loots from the public at liberty and luxuriously in the United States of America where he doubles as a citizen.

Having seen many government officials, former and current that have embezzled public funds freely enjoying their loots, I would say without remorse that it is a making of leadership and for this reason, I am borrowing Chinua Achebe’s expression on how weak leadership abetted corruption in Nigeria.

Here it goes: “Corruption is endemic because we have had a complete failure of leadership in Nigeria that has made corruption easy and profitable. It will be controlled when Nigerians put in place checks and balances that will make corruption “inconvenient” – with appropriate jail sentences and penalties to punish those that steal from the state”.

This said, Kiir’s leadership won’t punish Mayiik despite him being the best candidate for jail on apparent Corruption but should the construction of the road to Bhar El Gazal fail subsequent due to the scandal perpetrated by Mayiik.

I would advise the South Sudanese to pray to gods of South Sudan( from all corners of South Sudan and particularly from Juba, Terekeka, Yirol, Rumbek, Cueibet, Tonj, Wau, Gogrial, Twic, Ngok, Aweil and elsewhere) so that they can follow Mayiik Ayii Deng wherever he would go for stalling the construction of the highway that could have change the trajectory of things in the country and particularly on economic development, growth and social benefits all in the interest of successful fight against poverty.

Dishonor

Mayiik Ayii Deng has dishonored South Sudanese with his dishonesty and he will ever remain as a disgrace to Bahr El Gazal in particular and South Sudan at large with permanently strained Reputation! Till then, yours truly, Mr. Teetotaler!

The author is the spokesman for South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A). He can be reached via info@southsudanunitedfront.org.


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Juba Rumbek highway is a good legacy for President Salva Kiir Mayardit

By Wani Lasu, Chuol Gatkouth, Maker Chol Deng, Elixabth Achol, Samuel John, Danielle Felix and Chol Mijak.

Photo: South Sudan's Juba Rumbek Highway being constructed based on President Salva Kiir Mayardit contract with Chinese firm

Photo: South Sudan’s Juba Rumbek Highway being constructed based on President Salva Kiir Mayardit contract with Chinese firm

OPINION – Following the heavy rainfalls for several consecutive days last week, it was on 23rd May 2020, when the Juba Rumbek highway infrastructure encountered some damages in some sections of the road between Juba and Terekeka of Juba-Rumbek road.

According to the statement issued by the Shandong Hi-Speed, “the damage happened on two locations including one overflowing section located at kilometer one (K1) from Bilpam junction with the length of eighty (80) meters and another section located at kilometer four (K4) with length of three hundred (300) meters”. This has invited some criticisms from critics, despite such technical explanation from Shangdong Hi-Speed. The explanation is an indication that it’s a repairable damage and people should not panic.

“With this minor incident, it appears as an opportunity for some business community and in particular Kur Ajing Ater, Diing Madol, and their business associates to hire some people to write negative propaganda against the Chinese Government and its implementing agent Shangdong Hi-Speed, and the Government of South Sudan, with the objectives to tarnish image, creditability and competence of the Shandong Hi-Speed and some senior officials of the Government of South Sudan in the allocation of the contract to the Chinese Government and her implementing agent Shandong Hi-Speed.”

These propagandas are not only intended against the relevant institutions in the implementation of road infrastructure, but equally intended to tarnish the good legacy of His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, and portrays him as indecisive in the eyes of the public, if he cancel the contract with Chinese Government and their implementing agent.

These attempts are calculated to influence the President to terminate the contract and be given to these business associates so that they ended up siphoning millions of United States dollars and the people of South Sudan ended up without phase one road infrastructure from Juba to Rumbek.

However, one important information is critical to understanding genesis and evolution of the road infrastructure between the two Governments. In 2012, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit paid an official state visit to his Chinese counterpart, His Excellency Hi Jinping. During this mini-summit, President Salva proposed two projects to his counterpart and these are road infrastructure and power plant.

Such proposals emanate from President Salva Kiir for many reasons including but not limited to the fact that his country was young, and endowed with a lot of resources, yet it remains the poorest in terms of infrastructural development in the region. Second, the Country was embroiled in corrupt practice as evidenced by lack of single tangible developmental projects and services delivery. Yet the oil money from 2005 to 2011 alone amount to nearly 21 billion United States dollars which was misused with impunity and no accountability until date. The only project is Juba-Nimule road which was constructed with money from United States of America.

According to the Government of South Sudan expenditure priorities covering 2008-2011, the Government identified fifty-four (54) priority activities, of which six (6) priority expenditure areas were to have first budget. Roads Infrastructure was priority number two after security under President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Unfortunately, the relevant institutions could not achieve the expected deliverable.

This provoked the President Salva Kiir and decided to have Juba Rumbek road infrastructure implemented by Chinese Government and their implementing agent with payment of crude oil during his visit to Beijing in 2012.

To ensure speedy and transparent implementation of different projects in South Sudan, the Office of the President established China Desk which is to streamline developmental activities between the Republic of South Sudan and People’s Republic of China. Juba-Rumbek road infrastructure was a contract concluded directly between the two countries with payment of crude oil at a rate of 10,000 barrels per day and this crude oil be uplifted outright from the production as part of production cost.

The benefits of this contract between South Sudan and China are two: First, China is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and has a veto. It’s diplomacy in action by this contract that South Sudan had already secured strong ally in the community of Nations. Second, The Chinese Government and their implementing agent Shandong Hi-Speed have the required technical expertise in roads infrastructure.

In as much as we want to support national companies, however, these two exceptional conditions automatically disqualified any South Sudanese company for now, because neither of them have veto nor possess expertise in roads infrastructure.

In light of these explanation, we the concern citizens representing youth, women, people with disabilities, civil society in various part of the world hereby assent to this public notice and humbly remind President Salva Kiir Mayardit, to fulfill his good legacy and not to listen to unfounded claims and conflict of interest by national companies and business associates who have no capacity to implement the project.

The authors are concerned citizens of the Republic of South Sudan.


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Gola Boyoi and Tarir Makoi’s membership in SPLM are questionable

By Wani Gore Kosa

Photo: Chairman of South Sudan National Youth Union (SSNYU) Gola Boyoi Gola

Photo: Chairman of South Sudan National Youth Union (SSNYU) Gola Boyoi Gola

OPINION – Before I narrate how the above two crooks snatched into South Sudan National Youth Union, let me highlight the facts that both of them are non SPLM members. Both Tarir Makoi and Gola neither have SPLM registration identity cards nor participated in any SPLM activity. Tarir Makoi have never passed near any SPLM office in his life as well as his boss Gola Boyoi. His name (Tarir) can’t qualify him to earn membership in SPLM.

Tarir Makoi was born in the hand of NCP and nurtured by Arabs ( NCP) in Khartoum. Since his mother is an Arab, he was named after his maternal grandfather known as Tarir. His grandfather’s name is Tarir Mohammed Abdelaziz. Tarir Makoi is a Muslim by religion and he has no knowledge about his tribe’s cultures and norms.

Tarir Makoi Ater was brought to Juba after the signing of CPA in 2005. While in Juba, he founded a notorious gang group known as ” Toronto boys” in 2010 and at the same time, he claimed to be an artist ( musician). His photo is attached below.

Tarir Makoi served as a leader and founder of Toronto boys from 2010 until 2018 when he was advised by his relatives to abandon criminal activities. There after, he was employed by Nilepet Company Ltd. With Toronto Boy’s mentality in his mind, he stole thousands of dollars from Nilpet. So the managing director of Nilepet Dr. Chol Deng formed a committee and the committee dismissed him ( Tarir)

After his dismissal from Nile pet, he tied to join street politics at tea place called Hope Tree opposite Juba University in 2018. Tarir didn’t join SPLM one day. From tea place to South Sudan National Youth Union in 2019. Having found himself in the National Youth Union, he though that he is in heaven. He and his boss Gola Boyoi, the former Cobra faction’s commander are not SPLM members nor participated in any SPLM activities.

On 20th May 2020, Tarir Makoi (Spokesman of SSNYU) and his boss Gola Boyoi stormed the SPLM National Youth League office with heavily armed security forces. Tarir Makoi and his boss Gola Boyoi intimidated the SPLM cadres and arrested many of them. On top of  those arrested was Cde Meen Gabriel Chol Kuac, the SPLM diehard supporter. The arrest and intimidation of SPLM cadres by Tarir and Gola put question mark on their loyalty  to SPLM.

Background of Gola Boyoi Gola

Gola Boyoi Gola hails from Murle Community in Greater Pobor Administrative Area. He was born in 1975 in Pibor. He later pouched an age assessment certificate by claiming that he was born in 1989 during the second convention of South Sudan National Youth Union. Gola Boyoi was educated by his Sister’s husband Gen. Ismail Konyi in Khartoum. he completed the Sudan Secondary education and later, he pouched an University degree after he was discontinued in Nilen University in Khartoum.

In 2010, he joined National Security training and graduated as a corporal. In 2012, he defected to Murle dominated Cobra Faction under the leadership of Gen. Yau Yau Jurkuch. In 2014, after the government signed peace with David Yau Yau, Gola Boyoi was integrated into National security as a first lieutenant.. In 2019, he was installed as military chairman of South Sudan National Youth Union by the Nation Security. This is how he found himself in the national youth union. He has never being a politician nor participated in any youth activities.

The author is a concerned citizen of South Sudan and can be reached via: wanigore2020@gmail.com


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South Sudan: Impacts of power vacuum at the states level

By Gattiek Gatkuoth Wichar

File: South Sudan President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny

File: South Sudan President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny

OPINION – South Sudan has marked two months and 14 days since the formation of the national R-TGONU. The government should have been formed by February 22nd based on the agreed timeline. However, due to political stalemates, the parties couldn’t form the government until March 12th 2020.

Since then many citizens were hopeful for the first step expecting that things would be easy especially when it comes to States distribution between South Sudan parties because people are traumatised and badly  exhausted by endless instability that the Nation had gone through for six consecutive years until the signing of an ineffective ceasefire in 2018. Unfortunately that little hope is now murdered by deadlock and reluctance of the political parties to reach final resolution over the States allocation, this issue has exposed the Country to state of anarchy and chaos and  its repercussions are still being mourned till this minute.

The power vacuum in States is a pre-planned strategy made by the incumbent government and specially by some political opportunists in order to terrorise the people of South Sudan.

The Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif said and I cite ” the classic definition of  terrorism  is a means of exposing the civil population to hardship in order to achieve political objective”.

And this is not far from what is taking place in South Sudan. The leadership vacuum in States is a political motivated policy and there are many evidences manifesting that within government there are some heartless politicians who are using this state of anarchy as tool to terrorise populace  by using two methods, direct and indirect method and in this point i would like to to highlight tactic they used in a direct method.

(1. ) Direct terrorism is to set-up South Sudan Communities, the government is trying to condition our diversity through this  method where each tribe or community would believe that they are natural enemies to other tribe or community and the government is achieving this tactic by instigating frequent  inter-communal clashes, killings, and cattle rustling among communities and sub-clans in the Country.

This conspiracy is evidenced by the recent attack organised by government  through armed Murle youth against innocent population in Lou-Nuer land,  again, the  government has victimised civilians in Moyom county in Unity State and for the same policy the youth from Mayom county of Unity State as respond to attack done against them organised counter attack against innocent population in two payams of twice, Aweng, Ajak Kuac and Mayen Jur of Gogrial east,the same thing the attackers also through the help of government launched an offensive against civilians in Mayom county, all these were  motivated in Juba and they were implemented through our innocent youth who are unable to identify the hidden intention of politicians but all these mess were caused by gap in States authority.

Yesterday some innocent youth from Lake State had launched an atrocious attack against civil population in Panyijiar county of Unity State ,however that offensive could have been prevented if the  two sisterly States have State authorities, four days ago wit the related reason some youth within Unity State specially cattle keepers from Leek and Jagei  fought over cattle issue, the same scenario repeated itself in Unity State over the last two weeks where some youth from Panyijiar county went and attacked innocent civil population in Mayiandit County all these were caused by power  vacuum in States.

In Lake State youth also engaged in sub-clans and inter-communal  killings against themselves all these shouldn’t be blamed on youth or certain community but to some predatory politicians within Juba, our weakness as South Sudanese and particularly as youth including those who calls themselves intellectuals is because we don’t pay little time to make good analysis whenever something bad happens.

We’re always being driven by our  emotions  instead of logic and this is where our problem is, and it’s in this narrow analysis and state of emotion that our politicians milks  mostly because politicians always felt happy whenever their intentions are  not known, the lack of consciousness of not knowing where problem originated is what let our sister Marryreen Think insulted Nuer and described them as “Animals.”

Over the past few days, she has right to think that the problem is Nuer as community because that was result released by her analytical system on which she is conditioned to, but she has missed the target, her description would have been sheerful and fitful to government if she just said, we’re being led by “Animals ” because gov’t is neither Nuer nor Dinka but it’s combination of different politicians from all 64 tribes with exception of few who have gone through marginalization since day one because it’s government policy that caused many innocent lives in our States.

So because of all these coordinated attacks in our States as result of negative policies incited by politicians in government for instance a common citizen from Nuer would think Dinka are his enemies and in the other hand Dinka  would think Nuer are his enemies, Shiluk would think Anuak are their enemies and as well as an Equatorian would think Murle are are their enemies and vice-versa but actually  it’s in this set-up and conditioning of tribes to see their diversity as threat to their social co-existence that prolong our suffering.

Politicians are not always happy when they see us laughing together as South Sudanese regardless of where we came from because our togetherness put them in a weak point that’s why they created everything back home to make citizens and even relatives to see themselves as an enemies but if you’re conscious enough you would judge the root cause not result because if we continues being set-up and conditioned badly in our watch as an enemies to each other by default we will end up without Country because South Sudan cannot exist without tribes and its tribes cannot exist without sub-clans, so let us be mindful  enough and aware at both social and political life so that we will be able to identify our fundamental problems that are facing us.

(2.)The indirect terrorism comes as politicization of coronavirus (covid-19) in South Sudan and exposure of vulnerable citizens to novel virus without taking good care of  them on time , the government is also enjoying this indirect tactic of terrorizing citizens by not showing political will to resolution of States deadlock, the lack of authority in  States is  very risky  to  citizens during this covid-19 pandemic.

The government is advertently starving citizens in South Sudan by imposing  lockdown  on people  whose income depend on their daily struggle( manual works) you cannot impose curfew on people that you don’t provide with basic needs, hence, as i write this piece there is no food, water and all essential stuffs on table for our citizens  while elites are busy disposing the States budget that could be allocated to citizens to their personal accounts.

In ten States no authority to direct and orient citizens on how to adhere to protective measures, citizens believe on traditional speculations that it’s only God that would help them but at some points God requires you to help him in helping you but no one  instruct citizens specially in States  observe those measures.

Despite the lack of protective gears in South Sudan capital Juba and the States as well the government with its indirect tactic of terrorism has badly politicised corona virus  (covid-19 ) to the extent of assigning only politicians to the task force on covid-19.

Politicians have dominated the  high level task force on covid-19 at the expense of health experts that could rescue our people from deadly virus, and to make matter worse this initiative didn’t reach States as result of vacuum in the States, the task force is politically driven instead of being responsibility of  Doctors to whom the profession belongs, that’s an indirect terrorism,how can politicians handle heath problems which they are not professionals at. That’s indirect mean of terrorising people.

Lastly, i would like to conclude it by urging the South Sudan government in Juba to announce the States governors in the Country in order to bridge the gap in States so that citizens will stop killings themselves let us not relax all process on peace implementation under disguise that the Country is facing covid-19 pandemic when in fact the lack of States leadership is reason to more bloodshed and suffering of citizens in the Country .My advice to South Sudanese and youth in particular is to stop being used against themselves by political connmen.

Thanks

Gattiek Gatkuoth Wichar is a concerned citizen of South Sudan and can be reached via:  gattiekwichar@gmail.com


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