Archive for: December 2012

Why the killer(s) of Isaiah Abraham will be very hard to find

BY: DENG DUOT DENG (DENG-Ajith), Queensland, AUSTRALIA, DEC/09/2012, SSN;

In any political environment there is and there will always be political assassins that tend to occur in every day lives. The tragic death of Isaiah Abraham is a political assassination and it is going to be very difficult or harder to find his assassins because it’s politically motivated. According to history, there had been great politicians with other popular persons being assassinated in the past around the world like Abraham Lincoln of United States of American, John F Kennedy of USA, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Patrice Emery Lumumba of Congo, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and civil rights activist and revolutionary leader Malcolm X. Likewise Isaiah Abraham was also assassinated in Juba Capital in the early of hours of Wednesday morning local time. These men are victim of political assassinations including Isaiah Abraham.

What is common from this list of those few people that I have mentioned is they are politicians. They were killed by their own people or assassinated. Lumumba of Congo was executed by the Congolese military which had the backup support from the Belgium government and the CIA of the United States of America. This is evidence because the Belgian government apologized to the Congolese people in February 2002, the Belgian government admitted to a moral responsibility and overwhelming portion of responsibility to the events that led to the death of Lumumba.

Such a typical killing like one of Isaiah Abraham case is a very organized crime that cannot be committed by a cheap person. For example, how do we call the tragic death of late Dr. John Garang De Mabior? Some people might believe it was an accident but I doubt, it was not an accident. His death was a political assassination that went beyond African capacity.

Look, the former chairman of Southern Sudan government plus others were selected to investigate his death. However, they never reported back to us as people who are waiting for their finding. These have let me to apply my hypothesis that the death of Isaiah Abraham is one of those political assassinations.

I think some of my readers will question me that Dr. Garang’s death is a bit different with Isaiah Abraham’s. But I can assure you that Late Garang’s death was organized in a foreign land. While Isaiah Abraham death is within the ground rules of South Sudan. I have a lot of things to justify or say in relation to this horrified death that has caused many concerns for South Sudanese around the entire earth as well as on social networks/forum, e.g. Facebook.

In this situation, many people including me myself made little statement about the future of this nation call South Sudan. From this perspective I strongly believe there are a lot of questions running in everyone’s mind which need to be asked. We deserve answers from the current authority.

As I was one of the people who heard the tragic news of Isaiah Abraham locally recognized by his parents, relatives and friends as Diing Chan Awuol., that there was an operation in Juba which had been carried out and conducted professionally to take away Isaiah Abraham life from us forever. This has caused some dynamic concern about the Generals turned politicians governing system.

Personally I am a person who sometime gives my opinions about the way our current government in all levels across South Sudan is doing things or governing the Country. I am really surprised of who is doing what? And what role is the government of Generals actually playing. This change game is not providing us with what we fought for all those years. Yet, we are not getting what we hope to find as results of going to the scrub land.

What is more, who are the current trouble makers in South Sudan? Is it the current police, the South Sudan Army common known as Sudan People Liberation Army referred to as SPLA? Or is it the National Security. Or finally is it insufficient individuals whose are to kill people house to house in South Sudan capital Juba every night?

It is really excruciatingly and unbreakable for people like me to believe that the war of liberation that started 1955 finished in 2005 when the CPA was signed would end up in this dreadful way. What was all those years of war all about? My answer(s) is short and sample, for basic human rights, freedom, like freedom of expression, not being torture without good judgment, and hope to have rule of law in place. That why the ministry of justice was established plus other court systems. There has to be a stage people who committed crime have to go through without killing.

If we looked at Western world today, fighting is the last resort. The same to South Sudan, killing should be the last alternative. Isaiah Abraham was the victim of no crime he had committed except tell our government that they are not doing enough job to satisfy their Citizens.

Therefore, I can say we are way behind and will remain way behind as South Sudanese in many angles. For examples, people like Isaiah Abraham who has the brains, the knowledge and critical thinking, we need them in this crucial time for the good of our beloved nation of South Sudan. He did his part like others who have contributed to this struggle movement since it was formed in 1983. Late Isaiah Abraham I can term him as a Nationalist who like his contemporaries, have capacity to speak out. He was hoping to change something from the current system.

Substantially, we the brothers, sisters and friends of the same nation are hoping to find his killer(s) and bring them to justice so we can really understood the motivation of his killing. I never knew that the current government would eliminate top officers like Isaiah Abraham and exceedingly educated people in such a way. The building of any nation is it resources. And who are the resources of the nation? The can be natural resources such Gold, Iron ore, oil and many more. Also there is human capital or resources. Isaiah Abraham was human capital or asset to South Sudan according to what he has done and what he was willing to do for the benefit of his Country.

Every culture in this world have it owns aspects, but what is common across cultures in the whole world is that parents usually told good and bad things to their children in order to be better mature up children. This is equally important in a political reality; criticism of the government is like parents telling their kids what is good or bad so they can be well propagated kids.

Now what type of Country are we if we eradicate our brave men like Isaiah Abraham. Many people assumed including me that we had learned through experienced when important person like late Judge Martin Majier, Thon Ayii Jok, Makur Aleiyou, were murdered in cold blood in political environment without even full justification of what they had done wrong. I think the same person in charged now was in charged at time when these gallantry men’s lives were taken away from us.

I am not interested to bring the past back but indicating what they have done previously was very wrong.

Does this current system care about the future of this nation or is it about the time being? Subsequently, the future of South Sudan is very hard to determine because if they assassinated their own party member, who stand behind them since the founding of the SPLA/M movement. He had never been accused of disagreeing with them. He worked for them and gave his opinions based on current issues facing the nation. In the end, the killed him in cold blood.

What about others who are in the opposition parties? No question, they will liquidate them without being questioned by any chance. The death of Isaiah Abraham has led to so many to believe the current administration is only caring for what is going into their compartments instead of the public interest.

In the last few days, many government officials such the Police Spokesman, Inspector General of the police Acuil Tito Madut and the current president of the Republic of South Sudan have promised the entire public that they will make thorough investigation into the death of political commentator Isaiah Abraham. This has been always the statement produced by high authority in any form like this. I have no hope of finding final conclusion with positive fallout. In saying so, an assassination is always complicated to find out the real killer/s so they can rationalize the actions into good conviction.

I don’t want our well-founded nation of South Sudan to go into international scene as a country that is well known for killing her innocent people. We are already identifiable as a failed state that does not meet the UN mandate. These behaviors are very unacceptable on international level by human rights groups.

In conclusion, the killer/s of Isaiah Abraham will never be convicted. The justice will never be done to please me as an individual. In my knowledge they will never provide us with full explanation. This is a high-tech organized crime by the authority of South Sudan especially the intelligence inner circle. Let’s make some moves in correcting the wrong things and go forward to transform the lives of our society in positive manner than causing this unforgettable incident.

Isaiah Abraham you will rest in peace. God shall be always with you.

Regard. By DENG DUOT DENG (Deng-Ajith)
Deng Duot Deng is a South Sudanese. He is residing in Australia, state of Queensland. He can be reached at email,

Remembrance of Isaiah Diing Chan Awuol & Petition to gov’t of South Sudan leadership:

Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of South Sudan
Riek Machar Teny, the Vice president of South Sudan
Achuil Tito, Inspecting general police
Minister of defense leadership
United Nations and South Sudanese as a whole

Petition to Government of South Sudan leadership:


We the relatives of Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan in the United States of America were bothered by unexpected death that had occurred in December 5, 2012 in the hands of the very government that we fought for years. We condemned those who murdered Diing and the SPLM system for being the threat to development and freedom of expression. Democratic system is all about freedom of political expression, freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the respect of life and dignity. We the relatives of Diing in the U.S. support the freedom of expression as a corner stone to democracy but not dictatorship system in the South Sudan. The same dictatorship system in the Sudan permitted the South to fight the North Sudan because of injustice and marginalization.

We the relatives of Diing Chan in the U.S know that we have lost an Icon that will not return, but we are still waiting patiently for the investigation and justice that was promised by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of South Sudan. For those who do not know Diing Chan Awuol, he came from a strong society that cannot afford his death if this incident was in the warfare, but because thieves ordered by unknown politician(s) that have no idea about democracy caused heartbreak to the entire Padol Section, Kongor community, Twic East County, Bor county, Duk county, and the South Sudan in general. We are not to remain silence because someone who murdered Diing has a feeling and breath like we do in the South Sudan.

Diing Chan’s death must be thoroughly investigated to restore the mind of our community otherwise we have lost hope in SPLM leadership.

Isaiah devoted his energy and time for the well-being of the entire South Sudan. He was the advocate and fought in many battles for the independence of the South Sudan. Those murderers must know that the struggle for the independence was a sacrifice by South Sudanese entirely not just them the leaders. Diing Chan never ever associated or praised tribalism, nepotism, injustice, or corruption in his writings, but he only talked about inhumanity that would affect the future of our Country in the long-run.

He never ever mentioned/talked against Nuer since Nuer faction of Riek Machar killed his brother Awuol Chan Awuol (a major general, too) in Nasir in the 1991 defection. He had even encouraged UN to provide and delivered rations to the people of Akobo for many years despite the fact that Nuer were the ones residing in that region.

Isaiah Diing Abraham was born in 1962 in Kongor area, Twic East County. He comes from Padol sub-clan in Kongor community. Diing was ordained as a pastor in Nairobi in 1998, and served as a deacon in the Narus area of Eastern Equatoria. Dearly, if the Taposa community heard the death of Isaiah, they would have seriously condemned the act like we do because he was the one who always mediated the chiefs from Taposa with the SPLM/A from 1992-1994 around Kapoeta and Narus at the time he was an intelligence and an SPLA official. Taposa community called him Piyo. We do not know the meaning.

Diing has brothers and relatives in the SPLA, police, and wildlife reserve forces in the South Sudan. And he has family of two wives and five children plus several kinships. Job/military career during the second Sudanese civil war, Isaiah Ding Chan Awuol served as military and political officer, he was trained in Bonga in the Tiger battalion of the SPLA achieving the rank of a Shield Seven Captain before he became a major-general in the SPLA.

School/education: Isaiah held a BA in business administration from Day Star University and a masters degree from Nairobi University, Kenya.

We are stopping here because we are still mourning. We know that if we turn sharp objectives on our face like that, then we are going nowhere and the world will laugh at us-South Sudan.

In conclusion, here are some recommendations that we want from our government in the case of the death of our brother in the hands of selfish and greedy politicians.

1. We wanted to encourage our government to bring justice and rule of law to those who committed this horrible heartbreaking to our society be brought to book and face justice.

2. We want interior minister and its deputy to resign immediately because they are not performing their jobs in the capital city. They are definitely not protecting the lives of innocent citizens in and around Juba city.

3. We are demanding the relocation of police and SPLA that conduct night patrol in Juba and we demand a new police force be brought to Juba to protect the lives of the innocent and their properties. It’s become clear that the police in Juba are criminal because they carried out the dirty game directed to them by empty-headed dictators /politicians, they are the ones looting civilians, they are the ones arresting journalists and beating/torture, and warning them as if the government is their property.

4. Finally, that Justice must be served, culprits to be brought to justice. If no suspect, the law enforcement leaderships and authorities must resign immediately to avoid the future deaths among ourselves.

1. Bol Deng Bol
2. Bol Diing Duot
3. Diing Arok Anyang
4. Chol Bol Dut
5. Deng Reech Akoy
6. Diar Deng Diar
7. Adeer Mapior Awuol
8. And all
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Pres. of South Sudan, Kiir, must resign for failure of international & domestic policies


The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir must Resign. The viability of any state rests on its domestic and foreign policies. However, the mounting internal and international pressures on the South Sudan’s leadership are disproportionally increasing. The trend and direction this country has been taking is simply disturbing. The United States and its allies have threatened South Sudan with series of economic sanctions. These sanctions that were almost leveled against South Sudan government were intentional, and Juba never understood that. So how did Juba lose to sustain its international and domestic supports that it had during the interim periods?

Bear with me. I will focus this country that became a rogue nation in less than two years from independence. It simply mind-boggling to see how the Sudan People Liberation Movement SPLM abandoned its founding principles. The Great generation that rose up against all odds and adversity to fight the oppressive and dictatorial regime of Khartoum prevailed. These were men and women of this great generation from 105, 104, Tiger and Timsah, Kazuk, and Jamus, Koryom and Muor Muor, etc, many of them didn’t make it back to their homes. They died and were fighting for the new Sudan vision, a mission and strategy popularly known as new Sudan democratic transformation. This simple idea changed Sudan forever, and indeed, it did for the better.

Concurrently, the civil war between the South and the North claimed an estimate of 2.5 million lives in the 21 years of war. So, did our president forget the great generation that laid their lives so that the rest of us can live in free and prosperous society, where human rights, freedom of press and freedom of expression can prevail?

As a young Red army, it had never occurred to me that these principles and ideals of Justice, Equality, and Freedom that our brothers and sisters died and fought for, have been relinquished. The President of Sudan Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit has lost his bearing and way. This is illustrated by the state of horror and lawlessness in South Sudan putting the whole country into socio-political stalemate which unleashed severe economic meltdown, meanwhile the President himself and ministers benefited the most, from south rich region of national resources.

Today, in Lakes, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, the South Sudanese residents mercilessly flushed out of their homes and killed. Tribes and sub tribes fight each other almost on daily basis in all the corners of South Sudan. These ordeals and political disorders are astounding. These defy and disgrace the endearing legacy of the SPLM as a formidable political party that gave South Sudan a true self.

Kiir has failed to restore law and order in the state he leads. The inter-tribal conflict is of a concern. The president failed to address the root causes of conflict, and to create conditions that could promote peace and community security in conflict-prone states. These conditions include supporting the establishment of community based conflict mitigation mechanisms, inclusive of local leaders, women and youth, who could build democratic processes and finally addressing conflicts without violence.

He failed to establish programs that would create a viable political framework that seeks to end tribal conflict, pave ways for agricultural development, push for good governance and fail to bring a lasting peace to South Sudan. Besides, the government of South Sudan failure to establish peace and security to promote good governance and accelerates agricultural development.

He has completely failed to promote democratic reforms, rules of law, and frame better ways of handling issues concerning national security. It is essential to develop inclusive consensus-building initiatives related to peace agreements, and national issues.

On the foreign policy fronts, Kiir has reached a political deadlock with Khartoum over the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The two countries could potentially square off in a full-scale war any time. However, the Juba negotiating team has no basic political science experiences. They lack will and political leverage to corner Khartoum on issues that are vital to South Sudan’s interests, and rally international community to assist in areas of national significance.

Kiir’s colossal are flaws illustrated in the following portion of protocols of the CPA:

1) He failed to push withdrawal of the Sudan government troops from Abyei and implementation of its protocol.
2) He failed to push for demilitarization of the disputed regions (towns).
3) Demarcations of Borders,
4) He allowed Implementation of the popular consultation in Nuba Mountain and Blue Nile to be held hostage by Khartoum.
5) He failed to engage Khartoum to cease the aerial bombardments in South Sudan
6) He permitted the violations of the South Sudan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and ceded 14 miles of South Sudan’s Land to Khartoum.

It is worth noting that the implementation of the popular consultation in Blue Nile and Southern Kordufan could serve South Sudan as a political tool in the process of border demarcation, oil agreement and Abyei, but the president does not see it that way, or he only comprehends blind ill policies. What a retard!

So, who is Salva Kiir, the man who became South Sudan president after the tragic death of Dr. John Garang in the helicopter crash? And what motivates him? Kiir was in charge of the Sudan People Libration Movement and Sudan People Liberation Army’s intelligence. He never led an army to front line successfully. However, to his credit, he captured Kurmuk for few hours, it was later taken by the enemy. Kiir was a disaster during the liberation struggle. The soldiers he led suffered and died at his watch.

If this story is not true, fellow soldiers in the liberation struggle will be my witnesses. The same management skills he had during the liberation struggle are the policies he practices as a President of South Sudan. He is a man with no vision, program and policy. Kiir is nothing but a bigot, a nepotist.

Since South Sudan independence, he has permeated South Sudan public with series of empty promises. Kiir lectures citizens like students in classrooms. The man is a nightmare. He does not know that the presidential speech comes with fiscal responsibility and budget appropriation.

It is a national tragedy to simply see the national leader constantly loading citizens with series of empty speeches and programs. Instead of doing the right thing for the nation, he granted ministers unusual access to public funds to misuse these funds for family’s transportation, buying mansions and houses overseas, and reckless buying of cars is rampant, when there are no well-developed infrastructures and roads.

Besides, he failed to introduce strict rules that would govern behaviors of military SPLA elites and ministers. Kiir intentionally surrounded himself with cabinet ministers who were in Khartoum during the war. These cabinet ministers he appointed were in Khartoum because of money and greed. They are cowards and morons who never had opportunity of experiencing bush life.

On the same note, South Sudan is the only nation where the legislative assembly serves to the loyalty of the president. The assembly has never scrutinized or questioned ministers or senior officials that engage in siphoning public funds. The South Sudan Legislative Assembly has failed in the following areas, because they fear they would be killed:

1) Annexing appropriate laws that would create balance among judiciary, legislature, and the cabinet,
2) Holding corrupt ministers accountable,
3) Making laws and statutes that would prevent or control sex trades from the neighboring countries because the ministers and senior public officials in the government import HIV-AIDS from Kenya and Uganda. It is sad to see South Sudan successful in sex trades.

As a responsible citizen who cares about the future of our children, what happened to the South Sudan budget of 2005/2006, 2007/8, and 2009/10 fiscal years that would have been used to build at least three hospitals, three schools in each state, and six highways that would have connected the ten states? Apparently nobody in the government knows.

The president Kiir admitted that close members in the cabinets and several ministers have laundered billions of dollars. But because he severely lacks qualities of leadership, he grants culprits and criminals amnesty.

What did Kiir achieve since 2005? The answer is nothing, zero.
1) He failed to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement;
2) He lost international support
3) He failed to hold corrupt public official accountable
4) He ceded South Sudan lands (14 miles) to Khartoum
5) He surrounded himself with greedy individuals from Khartoum who came solely for purpose of looting public money,
6) He divided the SPLA generals into Dr. John Garang’s boys and Kiir boys. NB: Garang loved his boys because they led during the liberation struggles, they captured towns and won battles against the enemy, what did your current boys do to the citizens of South Sudan? Your boys have basically destroyed the government, looted funds and completely failed in services delivery.
7) The ministers squandered public funds, the budget allocated to the ministries is used for their private purposes.

Mr. President you are coward and disaster to our nation.

Fellow South Sudanese, we are in the dark days. Our state’s leader is cruel, brutal and savage killer. He was appointed as a head of security and intelligent by the nation’s founding father, Dr. John Garang. Many people that we all know, disappeared on his watch. With many incidents that have occurred in the past six years and half, Kiir has proven himself to be incapable. He is waging war against education, freedom of speech and expression, and importantly he is waging war against the very principles the SPLM as a political Party was premised upon.

Below are the people that his security personnel assassinated:
1) Akuac Jok, a lawyer from Makerere University
2) Mayol Kuch Duoi, a veteran and guardian of orphans,
3) Isaiah Abraham (Diing Chan Awuol) A pastor, writer, columnist and political analyst, and most importantly father of two children and two wives.
The following persons were threatened and beaten:
4) Deng Athuai, human rights advocate and political activist
5) Mading Ngor Akech Kuai, co, founder of the New Sudan vision, former radio talk host, Bhakieta station in Juba
6) Emmanuel Jal, Musician, peace activist, composer and song writer
7) Dengdit Ayok, News paper editor.
8) Mabior Garang de Mabior (son of the founding father) and many more.

I condemn the assassination of Diing Chan Awuol in the strongest term possible. The hypocrisy and high illiteracy in part of the government Sudan has killed him. According to an article published by Sudan Tribune indicated that on November 21st, 2012 the president’s Security went to his house to investigate him. They showed him a printed article by the security agents a few days before his assassination, and the president says, “I know” it is not the ‘police and security.’

So the president now walks around with security officers like he is not aware, but the ongoing investigation indicates that 70% is assassinations, says the minister for information, Marial Benjamin. Dr. Riek Machar had also said in the funeral of the former ambassador to Kenya, Micheal Majok Ayom, that the investigators are being threatened with text messages, that whoever will reveal the assassins will face the same consequences. These evidences are whistle blowers to the president are covered up and styles of killing. Our president is a man with no confidence in himself and the public.

Just like any other community in South Sudan, Dinka community had contributed to the Liberation Struggle immensely in terms of blood and treasure. I am personally proud and honored for their remarkable history and the landmark accord we have reached with Khartoum. We have an endearing legacy, we have not allowed one man to distort our image. We have led during the liberation struggles, and during the interim period.

It is time to give other tribes in South Sudan an opportunity to lead South Sudan. The power of the presidency must be peacefully transferred to the SPLM/A member who had no tribal blood on his hand. Kiir must be impeached by the South Sudan Assembly. The members should cast a vote of no confidence.

Kiir must be removed, and the power must be given to Honorable, Chief of Staff, Lt.general James Hoth Mai, and I proudly nominated Governor of North Bhar El Ghazel, Pual Malong Awan as his vice President. President Kiir has not led; Hoth and Malong will lead this nation to a brighter future.

Kiir has plundered the nation into deep economic stagnation by misusing resources. The lack of economic opportunity, particularly among marginalized youth, is a potential driver of conflict in South Sudan but our president had never mentioned it. He miserably failed to sustain an inclusive agriculture sector and ceased to lead the growth that can enhance resilience and reinforce stability, by increasing agricultural productivity and linking communities to markets, providing access to credit for agribusinesses and small-scale farmers, and building strategic partnerships to better enable Southern Sudanese to capture market opportunities and enhance stability in areas where lack of economic opportunity is part of the conflict dynamic.

Kiir cannot and will not disarm himself out of the problem because cattle rustling is not a source of the problem in South Sudan. The problem is economic, social, and political, and these issues need to be addressed at the state levels.

The South Sudan government should allocate funds to all states not speeches or words. James Hoth and Malong Awan must be given a chance to practically deliver services to all citizens. The power must remain with the party that crafted the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and the party that gave the people of South Sudan freedom, justice and equality, the SPLM.

Hoth and Malong will support the withdrawal of the Sudanese government troops from Abyei and use the International arbitration that was done in as a political leverage to gain Abyei back. They will move away from mediocre policy of Kiir, and implement demilitarization of the disputed regions (towns) and demarcations of Borders. They will help in the implementation of the popular consultation in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile, and oppose the 14 miles that ceded the land of South Sudan land to Khartoum.

They will preserve sovereignty and territorial integrity of our nation. However, I amazed and disappointed by how our president simply dismisses the importance of Northern Bhar el Ghazel, Unity State and Upper Nile to our nation during the liberation struggles, and their significant positions they holds now.

Dr. John Garang knew it very well that without Northern Bahr el Ghazal, we would have not reached independence. Losing this state would mean that Mr. President, you have lost your credibility and your presidency. Besides, ceding 14 miles land of the South Sudan under the pretext of security arrangement. And indeed the security arrangement was a calculated political advantage used during the interim period to gain more land from the North but it is useless now. The chief negotiator and the team would have not considered this agreement because it weak and yield no difference. What is the meaning of security arrangement when the people of North Bhar el Ghazel and, upper Nile and Unity States are being bombed on a daily basis?

We need a leader that will revitalize foreign policy advocacy and change government of South Sudan from diplomatic stagnation. There was no single diplomat in Washington DC and New York; they only came back at the height of oil shutdown and conflict in Pathou.

Inclusion, the people of Northern Bhar El Ghazel whose blood cemented the foundation of Republic must not and should not be neglected. Their land must not be ceded to the North. The border between the South Sudan must remain as it was drown on January 1st 1956. We need a leader that can secure our territories along the border of Unity States, Upper Nile, and Northern Bhar el Ghazel.

The politics of totalitarian-authoritarian regime in the government of South Sudan has unleashed detrimental impact on all Sudanese people and it is sadly crippling the viability of democracy and economy of Sudan. The policies of this authoritarian regime are dangerous to people and to the prospect of true democracy, we need a leader that will rescue the citizens of South Sudan from this monster.

Kiir must go. If he does not resign, he must be impeached by the South Sudan legislative assembly. However, the citizens must exert significant pressure on him in order to relinquish power. The United States, and its allies must be informed about the atrocities he is committing. We will be in contact with the US Senate of foreign relations committee to bring more pressure to bear. Kiir must go or he will be held accountable for the crimes he had committed.

By Gabrial Pager Ajang. He holds BA, MPA and PhD student, he works as Nebraska legislative assistance, he has written articles on the President and Vice President of South Sudan, he can be reached at:

Catalyzing Jacob Lupai’s radical approaches: By the people for the people

QUOTE: “Patriotism…..must be aided by a prospective interest or some reward. For a time, it may of itself push men into action, to bear much, to encounter difficulties. But it will not endure unassisted by interest.” George Washington, 1st U.S President

BY: Fanwell L. Edward, ACCRA, GHANA, DEC/08/2012, SSN;

This article was inspired by the one authored by Jacob K. Lupai and published on this esteemed website on 28 November 2012, titled “A Radical Approach Needed In the Interest of South Sudan.” That article is by far one of the better articles Brother Jacob Lupai has written in quite a while. It is refreshingly bold, incisive, void of fictitious propaganda, and above petty politics. He should be commended for the piece.

The author did a superb job of highlighting some of the problems that plague the young republic and its over eight million citizens. The author even suggested commendable radical approaches to myriad problems, including lack of delivery of basic services, rampant land-grabbing, ubiquitous corruption and empty rhetoric concerning national unity, among other issues. Unfortunately, these commendable radical approaches are not likely to see the light of the day because they are essentially steps that need to be un-taken by the government.

While indeed, social justice, delivery of basic services, and freedom from fear are some of the main peace dividends which people rightfully expect the new country to afford them after long years of deprivation, judging from the current state of governance in South Sudan, it is vividly evident that it will not be the approaches taken by either the government or the SPLM Party that will stop this new country from turning into just another failed African state where citizens remain destitute and ruthlessly dogged by abject poverty and rampant disease despite the country’s enormous financial and human resources.

The mindset of the people in power in South Sudan today is not dissimilar to that of the so-called ‘verandah boys’ –The die-hard supporters of the Ghanaian first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, — whose favorite mantra during the early days of the country independence was, “look, Osegyefo (the savior) has killed a great elephant, there will be plenty for all to eat, so pass the carving knife to the next person.” God helps us all whenever visionless individuals masquerading as leaders see a newly independent country as nothing but a fallen giant elephant on which the powerful and their tribesmen should feast with wanton abandonment.

The SPLM-led government is completely and firmly shackled by the formidable twin forces of irrational complacency and debilitating incompetency. While ignorance is the main cause of both the ubiquitous complacency and arrogance in the corridors of power in Juba and in the ten states, the insidious sense of entitlement and tribalism that permeates the thinking of those who never miss a chance to remind us that they ‘liberated us’ are now the main causes of the debilitating incompetency that ravages our workforce.

The ‘liberators’ are hell-bent on liberating community lands from the hands of their rightful owners (zanga, zanga, as Gadhafi would say) in the same manner they have entrenched their barely literate clansmen and relatives in high government and military positions. It is an open secret that land grabbing is either executed by high government and military officials or with their active complicity.

The ubiquitous ‘we are starting from the scratch’ phrase has done its share of engendering complacency in the minds of incompetent government officials who use the phrase to mask their ineptitude and to justify the exclusion of qualified individuals from holding office on the account of their ethnicity or political affiliation.

South Sudan did not start from the scratch, neither from financial perspective nor from the standpoint of manpower as the SPLM would like us to believe. On the contrary, the government of southern Sudan (GOSS) had billions of dollars, qualified workforce and time (six years) enough to have laid the ground for the independent country in terms of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings and river transport facilities. Instead, the money was squandered with mind-numbing recklessness.

Not only did we grossly mismanage the funds that poured in from the international community and our own oil revenues, we also managed to mismanage our chances of negotiating a financial settlement for our divorce with the Republic of the Sudan vis-a-vis our share of the assets of the Sudan. In spite of that, South Sudan was in a better position at its independence than many African countries were at their own independence in terms of financial and human resources.

No one old enough needs to be reminded of the squalid conditions under which the regional government operated gallantly at its inception after the signing of the 1972 Addis Ababa Accord. That was starting from the scratch. The only things most of the officials of the present government are starting from the scratch relate to riding in huge land-cruisers, running a government office, and learning how to think on their own. Otherwise these officials seem to be adept and dexterous in trotting the globe in business class at the expense of the public and at siphoning public funds to their families in Australia, America, the UK, Kenya and Uganda.

In addition to the challenges of poverty, disease, lack of development in all spheres, corruption and bad governance, our government faces the monumental task of uniting South Sudan’s various ethnic groups into a national mosaic that could truly be called a nation. Fostering national unity needs almost no additional financial resources beyond the resources needed to effect basic services delivery to our people. Yet the government is not keen to achieve national unity. Indeed, our government does not seem to be consumed with engendering national unity because it obviously believes in imposing the hegemony of certain ethnic groups on the country, a project doomed to fail before it takes root.

Mercilessly lacking in ingenuity and foresight, our government resembles a deer mortified and disoriented by the headlights of a slowly-moving hunter’s truck. Unable to think, move or summon help from other parties, it shuffles and shifts its right front leg feebly, moves momentarily toward the right only to lift the left front leg, turns left without moving its hind legs. It timidly wipes its nose with its front left leg perhaps in a futile attempt to try to smell the on-coming danger.

With its Macarena-like jerky steps, it sustains the fleeting curiosity of the approaching hunter (a foreigner or unscrupulous home-grown native) just long enough for the high-powered rifle to deliver the coup de grace. The deer falls with a thud, and before the echo of the sound of the gun dissipates into the dense forest, South Sudan will be no more because South Sudanese and carpetbaggers alike would have already descended on the meat of the fallen animal with the ferocity of hungry wild beasts.

It is, therefore, both an underestimation and overestimation of the SPLM-led government to suggest that ‘for the SPLM to sustain it popularity, it must come out and declare openly the catastrophic failure of basic services delivery as peace dividends to the people.’

In the first instance, SPLM’s callous obliviousness to the basic needs of the average South Sudanese must not be underestimated or wished away. After all, the families and the relatives of those who are supposed to dedicate themselves to uplifting their fellow country men and women from poverty reside comfortably abroad.

Secondly, to assume that the SPLM is interested in sustaining it popularity by providing basic services to the people is to overestimate the party’s supposedly symbiotic relations with the polity. This is a democratic idealism that is as much removed from reality as the heavens are from the corners of the earth. The reality seems to suggest that the sum of the selfish interests of individual members of the SPLM party is far greater than the whole party. The party has not only turned into an empty shell, but it has unwittingly become a Trojan Horse of sort to be used by the SPLM’s own ‘verandah boys,’ former members of the National Congress Party (NCP), political opportunists, and foreign entities to realize their own selfish ends.

While many in the party regard the SPLM as a large spaceship that will uplift them from poverty and carry them to Eldorado and the land of milk and honey via the milky way, only a tiny minority labors dutifully to uplift the party from the quagmire of apathy and empty rhetoric in which it has been deeply marooned for far too long.

How then will the party survive the peoples’ wrath at the ballot box in a couple of years’ time? One may ask, “Who told you that there will be ballot boxes in the near future?” The man pacing restlessly at the Juba University roundabout with big muscles protruding from the short sleeves of his meticulously ironed military-police uniform would roar and bark at you menacingly like a pit-bull. He may even bite you for thinking ‘in the box’ about the ballot box.

Although you haven’t sought his opinion in the first place, the I-know-it-all military man will authoritatively and obnoxiously remind you that there will, indeed, be elections in 2015 or 2025 or whenever, but there will not be ballot boxes or foreign observers, and that the SPLM, the party that ‘liberated you, good-for-nothing’ will win by a landslide over all the ‘enemies of the people.’

“Yes, all enemies of the people who don’t like SPLM will be defeated the way we defeated the Arabs,” our gallant fighter-turned-politician will shout repeatedly at the top of his lungs until he shouts himself hoarse.

It is, therefore, charitable at best and wishful thinking at least to think that the SPLM will declare the ‘catastrophic failure’ associated with the delivery of basic services to the people. The party is too complacent and too intoxicated with power and arrogance to countenance such a course of action which it deems to be beneath its inflated dignity.

The ‘we-liberated-you brigade’ will continue to breath fire at the mere mention of people’s right to hold government to account for the lack of basic services and other essential services. The brigade will threaten to bring the house down on our heads as long as it believes that we mortals will not risk our lives for the sake of our ideals and liberty in a country which the ‘brigade’ wrongly assumes it has just bequeathed unto us magnanimously.

For all the reasons outlined above, and perhaps due to my belief that there already exists a critical mass of opinion in and outside this country that suggests that the country is craning dangerously toward the abyss, a radical approach to safeguarding the national interest and welfare of South Sudan and its citizenry must not be left in the hands of a non-benevolent government that seems to be stuck in overdrive gear, and like a drunken driver, the only time it drives straight ahead is only when the road curves at the dangerous point overlooking the great abyss.

This being the stark reality, the government will have to be made to bend to strong winds in order for it to implement the radical approaches suggested by Brother Lupai. As nothing shakes the leaves of a stubborn giant oak tree like strong winds do, nothing shakes the complacency and arrogance of a recalcitrant government the way people’s power does.

The people of South Sudan have been too polite so far to use their collective power to prod the government and peoples’ representatives in both the central Parliament and regional parliaments to deliver peace dividends to the people.

Looking on from the sidelines in bewilderment, the people seemed genuinely disarmed or confused by the contradictory positions of the government which, on one hand, employs scare tactics by calling on the public to refrain from engaging in independent acts of self-expression that are not sanctioned by the government under the pretext that the ‘enemy’ could use such activities to sabotage our national security, while, on the other hand, it lures the people into falsely believing that their government having ‘liberated’ them from the yoke of 2nd and 3rd class citizenship was working day and night to provide basic services to them.

Some unscrupulous opinion writers from South Sudan and some European expatriates with ulterior motives swallowed and have continue to perpetuate the myth that suggests that the newborn South Sudanese state is too fragile for the people to exercise their constitutional rights. Staging pro-government demonstrations, according to this myth, is highly encouraged any time.

The people are waking up slowly now and discovering that the myth of the fragility of the state and the fear of foreign threats conceal the sinister motive of entrenching a state of permanent autocratic rule that would effectively exterminate any notion of participatory democracy in the new state in the foreseeable future.

Adolf Hitler used these very tactics to disastrous effect, establishing and entrenching the most rapacious dictatorship in the recent history of mankind. The rest is, literally speaking, history that must not allowed to repeat itself.

The SPLM-led government has unwittingly pushed people against a rough wall full of spikes that the people have no choices but to invoke their constitutional right to judiciously and peacefully use the universally recognized nonviolent approaches of nonviolent protests and persuasion; noncooperation in matters that violate citizen’s welfare; and nonviolent intervention to impede the progress of policies and actions that impact negatively on the state and on its citizens.

These nonviolent approaches could be used invariably and incrementally to effectively catalyze government’s lackadaisical approaches to the implementation of the crucial tasks of basic delivery of services, fighting land grabbing and corruption, and fostering national unity, among other issues.

Nonviolent protests and persuasion, the mildest form of nonviolent method, involves symbolic gestures and vigils to highlight unjust occurrences such as land grabbing, for instance. People could also hold vigil at the National Parliament for its failure to actively fight corruption, nepotism, land grabbing and other vices.

The process of fostering national unity among young people, for instance, could benefit a great deal if citizens and civil society organizations conduct peaceful marches and vigils at the Ministry of Education to demand the return of student dormitories to schools. It goes without saying that boarding schools were once upon a time the incubators that provided students as young as eight years of age with the basic nutrients and vital ingredients of South Sudanese national unity and solidarity as these young people study, live, play and learn with their fellow South Sudanese from various parts of this culturally and ethnically diverse region.

Non-cooperation approach involve the right of the citizens to refuse to cooperate vis-a-vis social, economical or political activities that the people deem detrimental to their own welfare or that of their region or that of the state as a whole. The right to down tools is a form of noncooperation approach to protest low wages or unsuitable work environment.

Nonviolent intervention is the most advanced form of nonviolent approach. Its purpose is to frustrate ongoing activity, policy, or process. It includes sit-ins in businesses or offices or blockage of bridges and roads. This approach also includes ‘psychological intervention’ such as self-imposed fasting by individuals or churches and other places of worship.

Our communities, especially the ones that are greatly affected by land grabbing could effectively use sit-in tactics by staging sit-ins on grabbed lands as soon as the owners of land inform the community of the incident.

The Parliament and the Council of Ministers are legitimate targets for nonviolent intervention activities aimed at stopping the first from simply rubber-stamping legislation passed by the executive branch of our government and stopping the latter from wasting time and money on pedestrian deliberations such as bestowing accolades on Miss South Sudan.

Juba Airport, the busy revolving door through which our president, government ministers, SPLM officials, governors, chairmen of commissions and other Very Important Personnel (VIP) who troop in and out of the country to foreign lands at these tough times of biting austerity measures, should also be a prime target of nonviolent intervention aimed at drawing attention to the wasteful travel by our government officials and their commuting families.

Of course, the use of nonviolent demonstrations is not exclusively limited to protest against actions or policies. In fact, the people could also use their nonviolent self-expression to show pleasure with positive actions taken by the government and other entities.

Indeed, the use of nonviolent approaches by the people to aid the processes of uplifting them from the jaws of poverty, on one hand, and to prod a recalcitrant government to discharge its responsibilities, on the other hand, is a long and arduous road that must be traveled without fail for it leads inevitably to liberty. The brutal forces of the ‘we-liberated-you’ brigade will definitely attempt to use violent means to make the cost of people’s participation in nonviolent activities exorbitant.

But like democracy, nation building by the people and for the people is a work in progress that should have started yesterday, and to postpone any of its vital components under any pretense is to increase the cost of the fight for democracy in the future for by then dictatorship would have spread like a cancer in the body of the nation and in all of its vital organs.

The people are prudent enough to use nonviolent methods of change judiciously and in combination with the radical advocacy approaches which Brother Lupai suggested in his excellent article.

In conclusion, it is only fitting to reiterate the wise counsel offered by John Adams, 2nd U.S. President, to the people who yearn for liberty and whom he urged not to, “….suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy or decency. These as they are used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.”

The author is a South Sudanese working and living in Accra, Ghana, West Africa, and can be reached at

Isaiah Abraham’s brutal elimination by extremists is another step to backwardness

QUOTE: “If you accept yourself for what you are, you can accept others for what they are too.” Buddha


Isaiah Abraham, aka Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol, passing is tragic news. Like most of his readers, I could not come to termS with the brutal killing for an intellectual, outspoken, fair-minded commentator. I am so saddened and shocked beyond conscience. His death, without doubts, is another painful, incessant blow to freedom of speech in our country.

Given his numerous informative, insightful and sometimes inspiring articles on relevant issues affecting South Sudanese, I am convinced that the deceased was killed by the wolves in sheep clothing purporting to be serving our government.

Isaiah was an intellectual who truly understood ways to critique a system. None of his article among the heap amounted to sedition. He had never once tried to vilify South Sudan government. His unsparing critique for our corrupted system of governance was positive. In fact, he usually debated pessimists who had never harboured hope for SPLM-led government. He was SPLM/A’s staunch supporter. While he could debate for the SPLM/A, Isaiah never turned blind eyes where the SPLM/A system had failed. Perhaps this was where he garnered enemies who later killed him outrightly.

Guess what… those whom the deceased found himself debating against will go like this: ‘Wish you could come back to life, Isaiah, you would agree to what we told you.’ He was a victim of the Party he supported. Can we blame Isaiah and others who speak up for and against the government? NO. Big NO, all times.

Our views and opinions on government are, supposedly only, the mirror with which the government will see and reflect and decide on how to run a country efficiently and effectively.

Political pundits often hinted that even if one is not interested in politics, politics will always has interest in you!

Political leaders compete just to win you onto their sides. So, if politicians compete for our votes, then we must have opinions on who to support. We must state our visions for our lives. And a politician or a party that meets one’s expectations wins one’s support. Isaiah was, therefore, articulating his views and opinions about the system of governance in our country.

If you (the killer/s) thought that Isaiah had gone too far hence causing his death, then please have courage and come forward and let us know where and how the deceased betrayed South Sudan.

True democratic countries understand the importance of citizens’ participation in political process. Because of this, freedom of expression is enshrined in the Constitution. Such a Constitution allows citizens not only to comment on political issues affecting their lives, but also, their speeches and comments are expressed without fear for they are protected by the Constitution. What did South Sudan Constitution says… what sort of the country we want to see???

Isaiah’s mindset, particularly his writings, had never been tribal. His writings only spared patriots who put National interest before individual interest. He was frank and honest on issues, that’s why his writings are widely read. He was a commentator who called a spade a spade. He could condemn all tribal extremists with all terms.

For all years of his political writing, Isaiah’s tribe had been a mystery to his readers who didn’t knew him in person. I have never thought of him as Dinka from Bor-Twic East, Kongor. His unsparing critique to all tribal allegiance coupling with his unadulterated praise to all patriots regardless of tribes and regions revealed his true uniqueness.

His support for the SPLM/A under Kiir’s leadership, since 2005, was unwavering. Check his writings and you will believe me.

Isaiah was a person of outstanding courage. Such a virtue lured him to risk his youthful life for the National cause/call in 1983 to violently fight for freedom against Arabs oppression. He is a hero who survived violent war of 21 years only to be killed in a process of peaceful struggle for development of his people in South Sudan.

Just as South Sudanese broke off from a frying pan of unjust historical oppression in the North, South Sudanese found themselves plunked into the fire of moral, economics and political corruption in the South. It is such vivid corruption which the deceased sought to criticize.

Despite frequent warnings arguing him to stop writing, Isaiah was braved enough to be who he is, (a true teller, a man of instinctive moral conviction) to face pressure from corrupt peers.

It is so ironic and tragic that the known, high ranking, corrupt officers are left enjoying freedom while innocent citizens are being spied on, stifled, tortured and butchered day in day out. Such a wanton, callous, vicious behaviour reinforce the deep-seated malpractice in the system. As if such behaviour is not shocking enough, our government blub when murder incidence occur that the culprits and perpetrators be brought to Justice. So far, however, no nocturnal killer had been apprehended.

This allowed me and others to hypothesize that the killers are but just uncouth agents serving the most corrupt government’s officers.

Isaiah’s recent call for SPLM/A leadership change (Kiir to be replaced by Riek Machar) come 2015, had nothing so terrifying in it. He was expressing his honest view about the country and the party he loves. Could this be the cause and cost of his head? Only God knows.

As mentioned somewhere by another commentator, we will not bury our heads under the carpets despite such cowardice, cruel, despotic, despicable killing. We will continue to harangue and air our grievances till our government realized that government with virtues is far more superior to government with brutal force.

True “government of the people and for the people” must ensure accessibility for basic government’s services to all people all the times. Government prime function is to improve peoples’ living standard. If this is true, then it is also true that: Till food crisis ceased in our country, we will remain angry citizens. Till health and medical facilities reach all people all over the country; till transportation infrastructures and public institutions are established; till security for all citizens all over the country is ensured; till our people access clean drinking water and modern housing and freedom and opportunity and hope; we will not keep quiet.

Rest in External Peace, Isaiah. Your contributions to freedom for us all deserves our heartfelt appreciation.

Abraham Maker Kuol lives in Perth, Western Australia. He is reachable on

WHY kill Isaiah Abraham in cold blood? He’ll be remembered as icon for change & freedom of expression.

BY: Akolde N. Jinub, Rumbek, SOUTH SUDAN, DEC/07/2012, SSN;

It is with no words to express my deep disillusionment of what truly could transpire to such barbaric action on taking off the earth-face life our innocent brother, friend and comrade in arms against injustices, bad governance system, corrupt, tribalistic and bleak leadership being perpetrated by our so-called liberators and hijackers of SPLA/M.

It is incredible that Isaiah is no longer with us, and everybody should know that his death marks a new dawn for the struggle against all forms of a failed system set up in Juba. We, the public, shouldn’t be peddled for granted, and anyone in the system should know that one day, sooner than later, we will end this way of doing things, and free ourselves from such a brutal system.

Evolution can turn revolution. Oppressor has no race or color. It has no borders or specification. It has no category or class. It is in a system led by those who do not care for their subjects as those of South Sudan.

We, writers, won’t relent in the fight.

If South Sudan leadership was serious to seek the public views, it would be surprised to learn that trust and confidence have faded away 70%, and only 30% remaining and is soon fading off. Here is one example of this state and feeling of our public.

“We were told to vote them in, with instructions that vote for star, star, star, meaning SPLM, which will liberate you all and take us to our final destination of South Sudan, the promised land as they have been doing since 1983. But we are surprised that this STAR has turned a terrible hot sun, which is burning us all.”

Is this the liberation struggle that we all fought for to end up with such death as Diing Chan’s, a death in vein in the hands of our own? And that over 4 million lives of our dear brothers and sisters have been lost to?

Mr. President, we writers need your full follow-up and serious investigation to finding facts of who killed Isaiah? Or else we will conclude that you are fully aware of what took Isaiah’s life away from us. For he had had received a hard copy of one of his writings about bad governance, misuse of rule of law, corruption, tribalism, impotent foreign Affairs ministry in handling our affairs, etc, other several text messages sent threatening to take his life if he doesn’t discontinue from writing.

I would have thought that Isaiah’s writings were to be taken by the government for correction and adjustment as would have been deemed necessary.

Or Isaiah should have been brought into top leadership position where he would have tried his aspirations which were deep-rooted for a better change that he dreamt to make out of our liberation struggle.

He was a known soldier from Tiger of Shield Seven battalion, one of the first divisions with full insight of our affairs. He has been a political commissar, who knew every background of our war with Khartoum. He was instrumental to seeing into that South Sudan achieved its desired independence.

Indeed, he wrote of tears-shading article on the eve of independent declaration to celebrate an achievement that he had longed and toiled into being. There is no nation in the world without thinkers, critics, commentators, opinion-writers or even street gossipers. If such a scenario happens, then there exists no human beings in such a community.

Mr. President, if anyone of us could be criticized by his wife, to whom they share same blood, bring up children with, feed, cloth, treat and take care of by him, then what could be wrong with another gentleman who would have a different way of doing or viewing national issues such as Diing?

Isaiah was critical of what was/is worth criticizing by all of us, even a five year-old child. I am one of the persons (writers) so un-pleased with the way our affairs are being run. It is just that my work load has thwarted all my time that I seldom write opinions.

But remember, I and many will be back in full gear to criticize your very government for all its blunders that you are part of.

We very well know that you are innocent and in trouble in dealing such uncouth men in the system, most of who have remained with guerrilla mentality, as that common adage goes, “that a good guerrilla soldier is a poor administrator.”

And this has been proven beyond reasonable doubt with the current state of our affairs.

I too have been threatened for writing, but this will not deter me/us from writing what I/we think is wrong, and should be changed for better or take turn to right direction.

Brother Isaiah, in physical walk, you are gone among us; in the fight for change and freedom of expression we are/will be with you in soul and spirit.

Your death is a new dawn marking a tremendous fight against all odds of our present South Sudan leadership.

May your SOUL R.I.P
Akolde N. Jinub lives in Rumbek, SOUTH SUDAN. He can be reached at
Tel #: +211 977919696 / 0912808080

South Sudan needs to introduce anti-nepotism policy

“When the line comes into sharp focus is when the beneficiary of nepotism isn’t pulling her or his weight, when incompetence is overlooked or ignored, when wrongdoing is rationalized away. (“That’s just John being John”).

BY: Lok Franco Kok, South Sudan, DEC/07/2012, SSN;

During these tough economic times, nepotism (favoritism directed exclusively or mainly toward friends or relatives regardless of merit) becomes the most chronic ineradicable disease, which no one cares even to apprehend. Nepotism is an illegal act. This act is destroying many societies today.

Giving a position or something to a relative or friend with the use of discretion is seen as unlawful and illegal. Granting a new job, promotion or higher career opportunity regardless of merit is illegal. Nepotism can have a high negative impact on peoples’ lives.

It is mainly caused by selfishness since the persons on top wishes to channel the resources to their families and else, scarcity of jobs also have a role to play in bringing about nepotism. South Sudan’s public opinion is wary of the extent nepotism is reaching. Many people do believe that nepotism and is closely initiated by the wide spread tribalism related practiced, wide spread corruption that conquers nearly all government institutions in the Country.

Instances of nepotism can be found in almost every level of government institutions with no exception. Nepotism creeps up in all manners in everyday life and in the workplace as well. It is becoming one of the most perplexing phenomenon practiced nation wide. It has also been a general disease of politics and other private and public services.

Nepotism can be seen as dysfunctional, which is very destructive in political, economic and social order.

Higher education scholarships have been granted recently by many different countries for South Sudan students to study abroad, but to get the chance was not easy at all for those with no people in the central corrupted government. Though nepotism has been a way of life in all government institutions, there are signs that change may be coming if civil society stands firm to strongly denounce the continuation of nepotism.

Nepotism is “to put incapable people in important positions” When left unchecked, many people would get friends and family on the payroll or so, instead of putting the best and the brightest applicants.

What is really happening? Are the public offices going to be used for the benefits of the majority or personal gains. Nepotism is a tool of corruption.

The best example of these corrupt institution was the Jonglei state coordination office in Juba. The above mentioned institution has been corrupted due to the misuse of scholarship forms [i.e scholarship provided by Petronas company to all south Sudanese that met the requirement, three degree programs where provided by Chinese oil company which comprised of chemical engineering, geo-petroleum sciences and petroleum engineering].

The ministry of petroleum and mining had distributed these forms to all ten states of south Sudan to be easily accessed by the applicants. But instead, Jonglei state coordination office has used the dirty politics i.e nepotism and bribery, when you paid then you get a form, if you don’t pay, no chance for you.

They continued lying that they have limitation of forms which they put up a delaying tactic being used by this authority as the deadline for the application is due on 15/12/2012.

I don’t know whether our people understand the importance of the future of this nation. Imagine you forge certificate for your son or your brother-in-law to go for scholarship, what do you think he will do? instead he will come back empty-minded, because the conditions and terms are beyond his capacity as follows.

It is very unfortunate that people are wasting the precious chances on incompetent applicants. Therefore people must be careful about this issue and take it seriously. The truth only meant something when the person who is listening understands it.

In reality, the practice of favoring and promoting relatives or paramours, more commonly known as nepotism, is widely practiced in big and small institutions, in state and federal levels across the country.

Persons in authority making the decisions must be aware of temptation toward nepotism and make sure that decisions are for the good of all involved and are based on objective factors. They also must be aware of their own tendency to rationalize favoritism as being for the good of all when it is really based on what is good for their own relatives.

However, everyone must realize that it is best to avoid even the appearance of evil. What people perceive becomes the ‘reality’ to which they react. If the situation leads to low morale, low productivity, or a seeming lack of integrity, it should be evaluated for its effects.

The ‘sin’ of nepotism is choosing someone based on their family other than qualifications on that relevant position. Here is a prime example I’ve seen in our local politics. A man was elected to a governmental position where he had the power to influence the creation of government jobs and who was hired and fired. Less than a year after he took office, a completely new government job was created and his nephew was appointed to fill it.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with wanting to help out a family member by providing a job if they are competent. Whereas, choosing key jobs for people you know well and can trust completely or wanting to build an enterprise, that’s a family project. But such things easily become part of an us-first lifestyle.

When it comes to nepotism, the pendulum is swinging. The rules are now becoming more stringent. Relatives were always given consideration. The deleterious effects of nepotism on higher education government scholarship cannot be overstated. It is more persistent that favoritism is the first considered condition in selection of the admitted candidates. It is not just a bad habit, but an addiction that bloats budgets, hurts morale, and undermines the public’s trust.

Friendship is good, and so is loyalty, and there is a lot to be said for the belief that good people surround themselves with other good people. But the logical flip side is that people of questionable morals surround themselves with the same. At minimum, bad behaviors can become normative when co-workers include friends and family.

Nepotism also is a byproduct of networking, and the line between the two can often be quite blurry. Like most people, I, personally, have had a few professional situations in my career in which I wasn’t quite sure if opportunities presented to me were offered because of my qualifications or because the offer came from a friend or mentor.

In either case, I always viewed the possibility of nepotism to be a serious risk, and always tried to make sure my work was above average in terms of both effort and outcome. That is, I never lost sight of the blurry line.

There is ample evidence to suggest that nepotism brings many problems with it. It is often perceived as a practice using a non-objective measure of employment based on kin relations rather than an objective measure such as skills or professionalism. It is often contrasted with meritocracy while others have contrasted it with professionalism.

The dangers of nepotism in the workplace shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s not only wise to promote anti-nepotism policies but also to regularly monitor your staff to ensure that such relationships haven’t developed. Allowing nepotism at any level creates excess damage to the organizational culture.

Especially, nepotism at the higher management or leadership levels will greatly spoil the system image and growth. Leadership roles are very important for the organizational culture and growth.

To protect citizens’ rights and freedoms, defend the public interest, guarantee national security and ensure the proper functioning of the legislature, executive and judiciary and administrative authorities and discharge of duties by public servants and assimilated persons in line with the Constitution and other legislation by preventing, detecting and eradicating offences related to corruption, eliminating the consequences and punishing guilty parties, as well as by preventing, detecting and eradicating nepotism.

The author of this article is South Sudanese reached for comments at

The Assassination of Isaiah Abraham was politically-motivated


It is a sad day all over the country and the world at large as a great writer and thinker, Isaiah Abraham, was murdered in cold blood by his assassins in his residence at Gudele residential area, Juba, yesterday due his numerous political commentaries/opinions he made against South Sudan Government. However, this is interpreted negatively by the inner circle in the Government as outright enemy of president Kiir’s Administration, thus, the National Security eliminated him for good.

The SPLA/M took up arms against various Khartoum-based regimes in 1983 owing to the following marginalization, bad governance, corruption, dictatorship, lack of democracy, imposition of Islamism and Arabism, among others.

We waged the protracted war so as to be free citizens in our own country.

However, Mr. President, there are those who wanted to reverse all these gains by allowing the security forces to kill or terrorize innocent citizens just because they criticize your maladministration in the new nation, for your information sir.

We sacrificed a lot for this land to be liberated from oppressors, hence, we will not entertain your misrule of this nation any further. As a public figure you are subjected to all kinds of criticisms, it could either be negative or positive from ordinary citizens/oppositions.

But, no matter what, at no time would you allow the security forces to take away the lives of innocent Citizens, something even the ICC-indicted President Bashir has never done that.

Our brother, Isaiah Abraham, has been critical of your government and that does not make him as your an enemy or of the state. If there is anyone that has a greater affection for this nascent nation than my great friend, Isaiah Abraham, then I don’t know.

Those who killed him have done a great damage to this country as the unity of people of South Sudan is now in question.

Most of us during the liberation struggle knew you as a wise, charismatic, humble, caring and loving leader. However, the intruders has made you to be out of reach of the common people of this great nation, Mr. President.

My humble appeal to you is to find the assassins of our great late brother, Isaiah Abraham, to be brought to book if you want the unity of people of South Sudan to continue, otherwise the people of Twic East will never trust your government again.

Madit Barach Dau.

Who Killed Isaiah Abraham?

BY: WAN DIT, Former security member, DEC/07/2012, SSN;

South Sudanese political commentator and analyst, Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, who was from Bor, Jonglei State was terminated on 4 December with one bullet to the head at point blank. Famous Isaiah Abraham, the late was fierce and very brave writer who questioned the government. I don’t know if it is wise or brave but his death has made me leave security and tell this.

As a member of security service, there is no organization of information in the security organ. No secrets, we all know and those people with connections know secret information too. Isaiah’s death come as a shock to many people all over the world but those in security, it was made with deafening silence.

However, for those with knowledge and know it was clear he either shut up or be eliminated. What is responsible for his death is his article in which he wrote saying the president must step down. That was the last straw and it was decided to eliminate him.

Once the decision was approved by the big people, those of us with an idea tried to convince otherwise but was difficult without risking my life. I am a small man.

So how was Isaiah killed? Those who know have gone overseas now but we in the security job usually take a person number from the phone companies, Vivacell or zain or MTN, and then we see who you talk with or to often or every time and then we get that person.

That person is then used by the security to get its victims by telephone call or we go their homes.

In the particular case of Isaiah Abraham, he was killed by members of a special protection of president guard unit, called ‘Tiger.’ It is open secret known to all that they have jails in their compound next to the president’s official residence, J1. They have killed many people and buried them there, even including a guy who used the First Lady’s name for business.

So, on that fatal night, Isaiah Diing was called out from his home and was made to sit down and then shot in the head. Only one bullet. He was killed by another Dinka, his tribe people. The murdering people made sure that national security was not patrolling at night in that particular area of Gudele.

So, my brothers, watch out. Security people say the following people are next because of too much talking against the government and ministers.

So, please, brothers watch out. Mabior Garang, Kuir e Garang, Deng Dekeuk, Mading Ngor, Zachariah Manyok Biar, Elhag Paul, Justin Ambago Ramba and James Okuk.

Former Security Member

Poverty of Wisdom and the death of Isaiah Abraham in South Sudan

BY: Kuir e Garang, ALBERTA, CANADA, DEC/06/2012, SSN;

Mr Isaiah Abraham, whose real name is DIING CHAN AWUOL, a Dinka Bor from Pongor, was shot dead on Tuesday, 4/2012, at his home in JUBA, in what can be construed like a political assassination. He was a prolific and often controversial writer very popular on the internet. (ED)

The death of Isaiah Abraham is disheartening. What exactly did we fight for? What would a person like me hope for in South Sudan? More often than not our leaders lean on the ‘age’ of South Sudan: we are still young! Oh, give me a break!

No country is too young to put down governing modalities. A government is only cited as young in terms of developmental expectations. However, putting down governing strategies, developmental modalities and investment catchment areas and ambiances doesn’t need the country to be ‘old,’ whatever that means.

A colleague of mine, Nhial Tiitmamer, once put it wisely that “the country might be young but we are not!” If such wisdom comes from a young person, what in the name of hell are old men doing by not setting up peace-abling modalities and sentiments?

The young journalist, Mading Ngor Akech, hosted a popular radio show in Juba to help South Sudanese air their opinions as one way of enjoying the fruits of independence. He was constantly reminded of how intolerant our ‘freedom fighters’ have become. He was constantly reminded not to criticize the government! What?

Dr. James Okuk, Dr. Jok Madut, etc.. etc.. have faced intimidation or humiliation in the hands of South Sudanese security agents. Opinions don’t bite. They should serve to bolster ones determination in doing good. Just prove someone wrong by doing something good.

Opinion writers have become targets. What has to be noted is that an opinion is an opinion and what one has to do is to disprove the opinion in the same method it was delivered in, or one has to disprove it through deeds, good deeds that is.

I disagreed with almost everything late Isaiah Abraham wrote, but I wrote opinion articles criticizing him. But what business does one have killing a young person who was using his brain-pen power?

The president went extra-judicial by calling for the arrest of young journalists, who wrote opinion articles against his daughter’s marriage to an Ethiopian immigrant in South Sudan. If the president does that then why wouldn’t anyone go after journalists and political analysts?

One has to bring charges before the judge decides whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant jail time. The police only have a short window to make their case whether to charge someone or not. They have no authority to send someone to jail.

However, in South Sudan, one is arrested and jailed by the police and then the judge is asked to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant one’s release from jail.

If we have lost leaders to corruption and greed in South Sudan, then where the hell are elders? Where is the wisdom of elders in South Sudan? Have we also lost our elders to corruption, too? Or have we lost our elders to fear of the ‘freedom fighters?’

If we have poverty of leadership in South Sudan, then we need the wisdom of South Sudanese elders to start doing its function. We need someone to tell the former freedom fighters, who have now become freedom stiflers, that their heads are stuck deep inside corruption pot.

Some leaders talk of “I’m clean…I’m not corrupt,” but if you look at their entourages, you come to realize that they have people from their own tribes or relatives with them. Sometimes state visits feel like family visits. Even someone who is one of the least corrupt in South Sudan, Wani Igga, isn’t immune from the fact that his state visits looked like a family visit.

Note, I’m not saying that Isaiah Abraham was killed by the government of South Sudan because I have no evidence to support that; however, I know one thing for sure. The government is not putting down strategies that’d make sure such extra-judicial murders don’t happen.

When government officials go abroad, they talk of how great they are doing, how young the country is and that they should be given time… and how enormous the task of national building is. However, they don’t tell us clearly how the problems should be tackled.

Even if I don’t know, by now, who killed Isaiah Abraham, I still point my fingers at the leadership that is doing nothing to fight extra-judicial killings. Extra-judicial murders and political intimidations are the order of the day in Juba.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we’ll get you: the corrupt officials, political assassins…. We’ll get you even when you’re 90 years old and frail.

I’m calling on people like State minister of defense, Majak D’Agoot; SPLA Chief of Staff, James Hoth Mai; Security minister, Oyay Deng Ajak; SPLM secretary-general, Pagam Amum Okech; minister, Deng Alor and Speaker, James Wani, to know that as much as you think you’re doing your best, your silence will push this country off the cliff.

We are not asking you to build Washington D.C in Juba in ten years; that’d be a stupid and impractical expectation, however, we are asking you to put down visible and workable modalities that can guide the nation into peace and development.

R.I.P Isaiah Abraham! We’ll keep writing.
Kuir e Garang is a South Sudanese poet and author living in Canada. For more info visit or follow him on twitter: @kuirthiy