Archive for: June 2015

Wani-Igga willing to step down for Machar, relegating Greater Equatoria to bottom position

By FRED OLUOCH, TheEastAfrican, posted Jun/13/2015, SSN;


*The current VP is reportedly willing to step down from his position on condition that the Greater Equatorial region — where he comes from — gets the position of National Assembly Speaker.
*The power-sharing and the structure of the transitional government was one of the outstanding issues that led to collapse of the talks in Addis Ababa on March 6.

The government of South Sudan is working on a deal that could lead to rebel leader Dr Riek Machar’s reinstatement to the position of vice-president.

The move, aimed at saving the South Sudan peace process, would see James Wani Igga, who holds the position, become the second vice-president, according to people who attended a consultative meeting between President Salva Kiir and former detainees on June 2.

Mr Igga is reportedly willing to step down from his position on condition that the Greater Equatorial region — where he comes from — gets the position of National Assembly Speaker. This would be the third most powerful position in a transitional government of national unity.

President Kiir is understood to support the compromises on condition that Dr Machar does not enjoy any more powers than those in the current Constitution. He is also not ready to entertain the idea of two armies under two different commands during the transition as proposed by Dr Machar.

Dr Machar had earlier demanded that the first vice-presidents position comes with shared executive powers.

Dr Cirino Hiteng, one of the former detainees who was part of the consultations in Juba in early June, confirmed to The EastAfrican that the issue of Mr Igga making way for Dr Machar came up in the discussions, but said a final decision would be taken by the President and the party Political Bureau.

“Mr Wani has been very magnanimous and is a lover of peace. That is why he gave up the position of the SPLM second deputy chairman to Dr Machar in 2002, when the former vice-president joined the movement. He still holds that people should not continue dying because of a position,” said Dr Hiteng.

The power-sharing and the structure of the transitional government was one of the outstanding issues that led to collapse of the talks in Addis Ababa on March 6.

But insiders say that recent concessions by President Kiir are a pointer that his inner circle has given in to the idea of Dr Machar taking the post of the first vice-president after vigorously opposing the idea, when it was proposed by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) in February.

A day after meeting the former detainees in Juba, President Kiir in his capacity as the chairman of SPLM, unconditionally revoked an executive order he had given in February 2014, removing Dr Machar from his position as first deputy chairman. The order also reinstated Unity State governor Taban Deng as well as former Environment minister, Alfred Lado Gore.

Earlier in March, President Kiir had to issue a decree to reinstate Dr Riek Machar, his deputy Alfred Ladu Gore and chief rebel negotiator Taban Deng Gai to the positions they held in SPLM before the war broke out in December 2013.

He also revoked the freeze of their accounts and assets, granted general amnesty to rebels and former detainees, and declared a unilateral ceasefire from the government side.

The decree was to fulfil the government’s responsibilities in accordance with the Arusha SPLM Party Reunification Agreement signed in January.

According to the SPLM Constitution, the first deputy chairman of the party automatically becomes the first vice-president of the country.

Sabotaging talks

Sources in Addis Ababa indicated that the next round of talks known as Igad-Plus is likely to be very tough on those who will be seen to be sabotaging the talks because it will be expanded to include countries from the five African regions, the African Union, China, United Nations Security Council and the Troika — US, UK and Norway.

During the three-day consultations in Addis Ababa that begun on June 8, Igad chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin cautioned the warring parties that the world would be watching and that the next round of talks — whose date will be decided at the ongoing AU summit in Johannesburg — must produce a final peace deal.

The remaining outstanding issues include power-sharing, security arrangements about the two armies, and federalism.

Igad mediators had proposed that the government get 60 per cent of the posts, the rebels 30 per cent, while the former political detainees other political parties get 10 per cent.

The rebels were demanding a ratio of 45:45:10. END

IGAD members’ interests block sanctions on Juba, says report

By KEVIN J KELLEY, The East African, JUN/13/2015, SSN;

*Igad has repeatedly threatened to levy sanctions against South Sudanese deemed responsible for impeding a peace settlement, but it has not made good on any of those threats.
*Igad member Sudan is itself a target of international sanctions and would be unlikely to enforce a set of similar punishments against South Sudan.
*Kenya’s banking interests in South Sudan have undermined domestic support for targeted sanctions against South Sudanese elites, the report observes.
*It may be as much in Uganda’s national interests to help bring about a settlement of the 18-month-long conflict as it is to ensure the survival of Kiir’s government, the report suggests.

The national interests of some member-states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) are preventing the East African bloc from imposing sanctions on leading belligerents in South Sudan, a Washington-based advocacy group said in a report last week.

Co-ordinated punitive measures by Igad’s seven members could help push the warring forces to end the conflict, the report suggests.

Igad has repeatedly threatened to levy sanctions against South Sudanese deemed responsible for impeding a peace settlement, but it has not made good on any of those threats.

The United Nations Security Council has likewise refrained from sanctioning any South Sudanese, despite having put in place a framework for barring international travel and freezing foreign-held assets of war-makers.

Uganda has also lobbied at the UN against such actions, according to the new report by the Enough Project, which campaigns to halt and prevent atrocities in Africa.

Uganda’s military intervention on the side of the South Sudan government has served as a key factor in Igad’s inability to impose sanctions, the report finds.

Kampala acknowledges that it has deployed about 3,000 troops in South Sudan. But “other sources suggest the number is likely much higher,” the Enough Project notes. The Ugandan forces’ mission, which includes defending foreign economic interests in the country, “appears to have garnered the support of the US and regional states,” the report says.

The US has imposed its own sanctions on four South Sudanese military figures — two on the government side, two on the rebel side — but may be reluctant to try to force the removal of Uganda’s apparent veto over co-ordinated Igad sanctions.

“Interviews with regional diplomats and analysts revealed a perception that the US has not exerted the necessary pressure on President [Yoweri] Museveni to limit his military and diplomatic intervention in the conflict,” the report states.

The Obama administration has also explicitly stated its opposition to the overthrow of the government headed by President Salva Kiir.

Rebel leader Riek Machar’s alleged support for the Lord’s Resistance Army helps explain Uganda’s military backing of the South Sudan government, the report says. Machar’s close ties to Sudan President Omar Al Bashir is also seen as a significant factor, given the regional jockeying for influence between Kampala and Khartoum.

Igad member Sudan is itself a target of international sanctions, and would be unlikely to enforce a set of similar punishments against South Sudan, especially if they are applied equally to the rebel forces.

“Sudan’s primary economic interest is in maintaining access to South Sudan’s oil and oil transit fees and protecting Chinese investments in the oil installations and pipelines that exit at Port Sudan,” the Enough report says.

“Some Sudanese experts also suggest Khartoum has leveraged its relationship with SPLA-IO [the Machar forces] to ‘break the backs’ of the Sudanese armed opposition in South Kordofan and Blue Nile by cutting off their access to critical supply routes.”

As for Kenya, its banking interests in South Sudan have undermined domestic support for targeted sanctions against South Sudanese elites, the report observes.

KCB has more than 20 branches in South Sudan, and that the country accounted for about 9 per cent of KCB Group’s total pre-tax profit in the first nine months of 2013. Kenya’s Equity Bank, on the other hand, has five branches in South Sudan.

Long standing ties between business and political elites in Kenya and South Sudan also contribute to Nairobi’s apparent unwillingness to support Igad-initiated sanctions, Enough suggests.

“Many South Sudanese officials maintain their homes, families and assets in Nairobi.”

Enough Project analyst Akshaya Kumar said, “entangled interests have obstructed forward momentum on peace.”

“Presidents [Uhuru] Kenyatta and Museveni serve as mediators of the conflict on one day, and then meet with President Kiir the next day to discuss joint regional infrastructure projects,” said Ms Kumar. “But if external donors make it clear that peace is a prerequisite for development, those same dynamics can be leveraged to end the conflict.”

It may be as much in Uganda’s national interests to help bring about a settlement of the 18-month-long conflict as it is to ensure the survival of Kiir’s government, the report suggests.

Uganda is losing substantial amounts of money not only in terms of the costs of its troop deployment in South Sudan, but also in the form of lost export earnings.

South Sudan is Uganda’s biggest export market, the report notes. And as a direct result of the civil war, Uganda’s annual exports to South Sudan have fallen by about 60 per cent, the report says, citing The EastAfrican as its source.

The US might be able to help persuade Kenya to shift its position on South Sudan sanctions, the Enough Project adds. The report urges the dispatch of a high-level US delegation to Nairobi to offer technical support on sanctions enforcement and to assure Kenyan authorities that “legitimate Kenyan interests will not be targeted by the sanctions regime.”

Kenya has other financial reasons to facilitate a peace settlement. An influx of more than 45,000 refugees from South Sudan has added to the burden Kenya shoulders in hosting half a million Somali refugees.

Remittances from an estimated 13,000 Kenyans working in South Sudan can also be seen as potentially encouraging Nairobi to take stronger action in support of peace, the report says.

“Other significant economic losses include Kenya’s diminished trade with and investment in South Sudan,” the report adds. END

Superiority versus Inferiority complexes: Kiir favors his Dinka tribe over the rest

BY: Peter Dragu , YAMBIO, JUN/12/2015, SSN;

Mr. President, you have a tough job and that is just an understatement, normally, all citizens should be sympathetic to you as you shoulder the big responsibility of leading the nation to realize its long awaited dream. For the same reason, people should love you too as you represent the hope of the nation.

All of the above are true for most presidents, but unfortunately as for you, the case is different. There are more questions everyday on the way you are leading or misleading the nation. This letter brings one of the questions to your attention.

Why is there a preferential treatment of the IDP Cattle keepers in matters concerning them and the indigenous local people who depend on crop cultivation in the region of Equatoria?

In the entire Equatoria, there are many locations where this preferential treatment is so open and aggressively pursued by members of the armed forces under your command.

Moreover according to the trend that has now appeared to be clear, the entire Equatoria is shadowed by the threat of the indigenous people losing their ancestral land to the IDPs of Dinka origin.

Mr. President, you may not like this fact to be brought to your attention and even fortify yourself by the argument that, if such was the case, the representatives of the People of Equatoria in the Assembly and in your government would have talked about it to you.

Or at least the governors would have notified you of this threat that is openly tearing the country apart. You are right to have those assumptions.

The truths though, have these representatives ever told you things you did not want to hear? In other words do you know that they are not telling you the truth coming directly from the people?

As for the governors, at least two: the governor of Western Equatoria recently addressed the people of Mundri and blamed them for not acting to drive away those who are destroying their crops when he spoke allegorically telling the people that they invited the snake in their house and now they are crying to him to kill it.

This was later dubbed as a hate speech by some members of your inner circle. In a similar manner the governor of Central Equatoria a few weeks ago, questioned why some cattle keepers were protected by the army in the wake of some skirmishes resulting from cattle rustling that took place.

Even these clips of the two governors referred to may not have been clear enough for you to conclude that something of a proportion that discredited your leadership and the government is taking place.

As I mentioned, there are too many cases that can be referred to but one or two may suffice to illustrate the point.

The case of Nimule and Ma’di Land is surely a long story and has never missed to show up in different media outlets. The fact is very simple.

In Ma’di Land, IDPs or soon to be called ‘occupiers’ are with cattle and well-armed. They are not only carrying simple weapons like AK 47, but more powerful ones like Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and different calibres of machine guns. These are men ready for battle not grazing.

One wonders why they left their homes in the first place and called themselves IDPs which suggests they are victims of violence and should be treated with sympathy.

They proudly graze their animals in people’s cultivated fields, destroying crops and nobody can stop them because they are ready to use their weapons to impose their will to graze in people’s farm lands.

What is really shocking and at the same time very telling, is the rigorous efforts by the army to disarm the local people who could otherwise, defend their own turf.

Nothing can illustrate this double standard better than what happened at the beginning of April to the chiefs of Moli Andru and the one of Kerepi. After searching the villages of these chiefs, the only AK 47 found with the chief of Moli was seized by the army while it was the weapon given to the chief by the government.

The issue of protecting their crops aside, where in South Sudan of today, Mr. President, can you find the entire village without any gun including the chief? It was in Ma’di area because the so-called IDPs’ cattle were in the area of both Moli Andru and Kerepi.

The next example is what is happening in Mundri that has captured people’s attention for different reasons. It is the same pattern. Well-armed cattle keepers driving their animals inTO people’s farms.

Additional to that SPLA soldiers assigned to protect them. One would wonder why these soldiers do not protect the crops. But that is not to be. The SPLA soldiers are paid by tax payers’ money to protect the cattle keepers who have turned into invaders.

It reminded people of the question of the governor of Central Equatoria as to why certain kraals were protected by the army. True, these valued cattle represent the livelihood of these IDPs. And equally the farms are the only means of livelihood for the other people.

Breaking down this means of livelihood has a far reaching effect as it affects the entire community socially, economically and culturally; for it creates the instability on which it becomes impossible to have an ordered society where the bond of interdependence creates stability.

In fact if there is famine in Ma’di Land and Moru Land which creates population migration resulting into insecurity, the invasion of these lands by cattle keepers is the main cause.

Not only crops are destroyed, but people are subjected to daily intimidation, humiliation and harassment.

Mr. President, be reminded Arabs have never done those things in these places. As such people’s confidence in the State as the defender of right and guarantor of peace has disappeared altogether.

Rightly, the people feel cheated, abused and left in the cold. So is this really their government?

Mr. President, that question is for you coming from all the people facing similar situation as I described above.

There is no gain in saying there is a war therefore people are displaced from one region to another and this brought about the problem.

For those who were keenly following the political developments in the country, this issue started back during the 1983 civil war. At one time it was said when peace comes the IDPs will return home and therefore, it was humanly important to bear with them, after all there was cultural contacts at a deeper level which brought out conflict.

So that time it was to be considered a nation building process in the crucible of history. Therefore things will be alright with peace.

When CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) was signed nothing changed. In fact the matter became more political and the IDPs suddenly donned as army officers claiming they will not move as they liberated these places.

Hence on two counts CPA lost its meaning: firstly, the peace is not meant for those whose land is taken by these IDPs who have through the process of political mutation, successfully changed their coats and were to be reckoned as occupiers.

Secondly, a new regime dawned where the so-called Jalaba oppressors were replaced by these Dinka IDps [who become new oppressors with different colors of the skin] the smoke screen device to deceive people was that people should wait for the independence of the country so that the IDPs could be repatriated.

That was the official line meant to appeal to patriots and members of the international community alike.

After the independence, the language changed: ‘Nobody can be called IDP in his/her country’, the statement by Mr. Aleu Ayieng Aleu in Nimule when addressing the people in October 2013, flanked by General Isaac Mamur.

And now another war and another IDPs and the whole story continues. We have gone full circle already. Anything to learn has been learnt.

Mr. President, many people are reaching the conclusion that the preferential treatment of these IDPs cattle keepers is a tip of the iceberg of a grand plan.

The grand narrative which is at the bottom of your leadership is the systematic occupation of Equatorian land and the subjugation of its people to become slaves in South Sudan.

If this is true, it dovetails very well with the narratives of the people like the Nuer, Shilluk, Murle, Fertit, etc, who also have seen the same thing.

With the added evidence of your government loaded with people from your family and clan, truly it feels there is something sinister. This is not to say, that the Dinkas have hatched a grand conspiracy against every other people in South Sudan.

Some among Dinka who talk loosely may make people believe such a plan was possible. But critical minded people absolve the Dinka as a nation in a conspiracy like that because it is irrational to accept such an idea.

Ethnicity is superficial and does not determine people’s being at ontological level so that actions flowing from a particular ethnic group should be identical.

History has proved this wrong in Hitler’s German. So we cannot paint people with the same brush.

However for those who have reached to this conclusion of the conspiracy, they know this kind of ideas come from the old political schools of imperialism which was at the early stage of evolution and therefore modeled on the evolutionary concept of the survival for the fittest.

It has no place in the 21st Century. If you keep this, you find yourself in perpetual contradiction among the decent community of nations.

Everywhere you go, it is only rogue nations where this kind of politics is practised like by the Islamic State in Iraq as they try to exterminate Christians and the Yasidis or some of those fundamentalist regimes.

In the case of South Sudan, first, it is really shameful to admit that this is happening in South Sudan of all places, a nation that has come into being as a result of both the struggle against this rotten politics as well as the support provided by the free and democratic nations.

For this reason South Sudan has fallen from grace very fast and deep into the dungeon. Many nations would like to emulate the struggle of South Sudanese like in the North Eastern part of India, the people of Western Sahara, the Kurds, etc.

And many powerful democratic nations would like to enter into partnership with South Sudan to reform the autocratic and totalitarian systems in the region. But now South Sudan is the bad example for everything.

The further impact of the preferential treatment is that many people are not identifying with your government. It is illogical to stand for a government that has broken the social contract it has entered with the people.

A system that does not respect the covenant of rights cannot be legitimate. This is the basic ethos of the republican government since the American Revolution.

The next quotation has become known in history namely that: “‘Certain truth are self-evident’: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of happiness—– That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed———– That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”.

Every American president remembers this statement and perhaps recites it every day of his time in the office. That may explain why it is the greatest nation.

Even if our people in South Sudan do not know the exact wordings of this declaration, they have felt it and acted like this since the 1950s.

So do you think the people should still tolerate your presidency and your government?

Well, it is not your fault that you are still there. It is the people who should make you leave according to the quotation above.

The truth is we are where we are because this fundamental principle has been overlooked and is being overlooked even now.

So, notwithstanding the convoluted political debate in Addis Ababa, there is more and more unification behind the common cause: at stake is the very existence of the people as a people!

Peter Dragu
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”, article 3 universal declarations of human rights.

Yambio, Western Equatoria State

The Awaited Devils in Details of IGAD’s Mediated Proposed Truce

By James Okuk, PhD, Lecturer, JUN/13/2015, SSN,

“Men will cease to commit atrocities only when they cease to believe in absurdities” – Voltaire;

Since the start of peace mediation by IGAD for the second time in the history of South Sudan, a lot of political absurdities have been floated as a solution to the SPLM’s triggered crisis in the country since the close of year 2013. The most absurd of these proposals is the power sharing formulae that rewards all the SPLM’s factions for having thrown South Sudan into the current unforgivable abyss of spree of insecurity, economic turmoil, ethnic head-knockings, hunger, diseases, displacements and death.

The latest of these funny floats for truce is that, comes July 2015 at the level of the executive positions in National Government, the current government in Juba shall get 53%, the SPLM-IO in Pagak 33%, and the leftover 14% is to be thrown to the remaining stakeholders (i.e., SPLM-FDs and Other Political Parties).

On top of that the current GRSS will run away with top VIP positions of the President and Vice President of the Republic. The SPLM-IO will get the lucky award of 1st Vice President with strong powers of consent, similar to that of the 2005 CPA’s model.

The Other Political Parties and SPLM-FDs will get nothing at tops. The presidency is not designed for their bad luck in the coming proposed 33 months of the transitional period of Addis Ababa II, because they failed to take up arms to fight for the positions.

At the level of National Legislature, the current SPLM’s overwhelmed parliament shall be expanded from 332 to 400 with 50 representatives nominated by SPLM-IO, 17 by Other Political Parties and 1 by SPLM-FDs. All the SPLM’s MPs who were dismissed shall be reinstated within the total 400 transitional period legislators. Indeed, a very crowded Big Ten parliament of rent-seeking accommodation for buying peace!

At the level of states, the current government status quo shall continue in the so-called ‘Greater Bahr El Ghazal’ and ‘Greater Equatoria’ except for the three ruined states – Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity – of the so-called ‘Greater Upper Nile.’ There the changes shall be made so that the government gets 33%, the SPLM-IO gets 53%, the SPLM-FDs get 7% and the left over 7% of the executive and legislative posts is thrown to Other Political Parties.

That means, the non-violence opposition SPLM-DC shall lose almost all the 17% of its MPs currently serving in Upper Nile State Legislative Assembly. The Independent MPs in the all the targeted states shall also be zero losers in this IGAD-Plus peace game.

Nothing has been said specific about governors of the ruined ‘Greater Upper Nile’ states.

What is new then? The same faces in the same parliaments and Council of Ministers of SPLM Oyee’s clappers! It seems the other political parties are unwanted for a meaningful existence within a multi-party political context in South Sudan. What an insensible IGAD-Plus proposed truce that is perched to eliminate the Non-SPLM MPs from the political scene! Is this the real start of the making of one-party state for the IGAD’s rescued Republic of South Sudan?

Surely, the IGAD has been over trapped into the fallacious thinking that South Sudan is the SPLM and the SPLM is South Sudan. Thus, comes the undermining of the inclusively value for the IGAD-Plus and resort to upholding the SPLM Reunification Agreement with all its inherent weaknesses of implementation. The Scientist Einstein must be turning with heat in his grave as the same experiments are repeated with insanity of expecting new results at the end of the futile attempts.

Given its proven history of down-lettings, the SPLM shall remain too deformed to be reformed for the necessary if not the sufficient needed reforms in the country vis-a-vis the”Key Provisions for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan”: -1) Transitional Governance Arrangements;
-2) Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement;
-3) Humanitarian Assistance;
-4) Reconstruction;
-5) Resource, Economic and Financial Management;
-6) Transitional Justice and Accountability;
-7) Reconciliation and Healing, and
-8) Parameters of the Permanent Constitution Making Process.

The reinvigorated IGAD-Plus and its funding partners seem determined to re-impose a SPLM’s dominated country where promotion of crises management style of leadership rather than good governance continue to prevail permanently to no avail.

But will the ever failing SPLM’s leadership be capable this time to implement the devils in details of the IGAD-Plus proposed truce?

At least the 1972 Addis Ababa Peace Agreement will be better (though dishonored) than the proposed IGAD’s Addis Ababa II Truce. The Anya-nya veterans didn’t negotiate themselves into shameless power formulae. They negotiated peace and development.

The move by IGAD-Plus to renegotiate all the SPLM factions back to power by way of Addis Ababa II is not only dangerous but also detrimental to any successful germination of democratic multiparty governance system in South Sudan.

But before the IGAD-Plus could finalize its strange and alienating truce, it needs to clarify honestly the following critical queries:

1) If the SPLM is still the SPLM, then why should its factions (SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO and SPLM-FDs) share different formulae of power rewards for igniting the current senseless war in the country?

2) Does the Government of the Republic of South Sudan comprise other non-opposition parties it is now sharing the portfolios with?

3) Does the SPLM/A (In Opposition) represents a political party or a guerrilla rebel movement comprising disgruntled and discontented different parties and entities united by nothing much apart from the common enemy in power?

The IGAD-Plus should not lose the track of the hard fact that all the SPLM’s factions admitted in Arusha their collective responsibility of failure to govern South Sudan. They went as far as promising a public apology to the people of South Sudan. Where then are the IGAD-Plus and its friends and partners getting the audacity to propose an overwhelming power reward to the SPLM’s factions? Is this a conspiracy to keep South Sudan a perpetually failing state or what is it exactly?

The SPLM, hitherto, doesn’t deserve any future credit of legitimacy and dignity. This outdated dinosaur party and its military wing must be laid to rest of historical archives. The good future of South Sudan should transcend beyond the evils of the SPLM/A. It is by then, and only from then, will the Republic of South Sudan see in reality the 800 years Magna Carta values called peace, harmony, liberty, justice, prosperity and happiness.

The Addis Ababa peace talks should not come back with the SPLM’s lost glory because South Sudan shall for a longer time be held hostage for no apparent noble reason apart from power greed and malice of unwanted continuity. Instead, the peace talks should bring home the dignity of the people of South Sudan where they will choose the leaders who have no blood of innocent people tainted in their hands.

“Know thyself”is the Socrates’ philosophic command that the people of South Sudan need to notice keenly from the current crisis and after it is over. The SPLM has already been known and tested for over ten years of misgoverning South Sudan since 2005.

After all, since the independence era from 2011, the SPLM has been a malignant entity that doesn’t deserve to continue in mismatch with the new reality of the Republic of South Sudan. If the IGAD-Plus is still so much in love with the SPLM, let it take this stranger dangerous dinosaur to the Sudan where it was born.

The best way forward for the reinvigorated IGAD-Plus mediation is to invite all the stakeholders, and not only the favorite few self-proclaimed shareholders of South Sudan, to negotiate the fate of the Republic and determine jointly a consensual outcome of the “Key Provisions for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan”.

Otherwise, any undermining exclusive IGAD-Plus imposed peace agreement that favors the SPLM’s factions only will never be owned by the people of South Sudan in their different beautiful diversities. We want a situation where we shall be proudly saying together “there is a country” rather than regret of “there was a country.

If it has been said ‘Economic, Stupid’, let it be acclaimed ‘Politics, Clever!’ The IGAD-Plus should beat a retreat immediately!

Dr. James Okuk is a concerned South Sudanese analyst and a lecturer in the area of politics. He is reachable at

The Booze and the president against the Nation

BY YIEN LAM, JUN/09/2015, SSN;

Since 2005, president Kiir has no logical ability to rule South Sudan. His inability has been the issue that’s feared the most by people in the Country. He has not been to the task in order to govern this great country. If he did, this war should have not been fought as we speak.
Things could have been done politically as an expectation of many people in the country.

Unfortunately, the booze came in with its own power in the mind of none other than nation’s president. This gradually became problematic in his decision making.

As the result of the booze whose companies have been the only development seen in the Country, our nation South Sudan has been engulfed by war that should not at all be fought ever on the history of the mankind.

There is no apparent reason for the nearly three years old country by then to be in the situation that it is now. People now became the opposition that tried their best to prevent this problem to occur.

Despise the effort of mentioned individuals who thumped their chests for this nation, booze mixed with tribalism did not let that last. Now the country is in the mess that its leader does not know how to fix it.

So now Kiir and booze are the contributing factors and continue to be the worst enemies of our country. Believe it or not, there is no other way to deal with them rather than unseat the man by we the people of South Sudan. This is the only solution for the South Sudanese to once again leave in peaceful environment.

Keeping him in power as IGAD suggested will never be the solution of our country’s crises. It will not be so because when agreements are being made in Addis Ababa or wherever they may be done, Kiir and his best adviser, the booze, will destroy these deals when the dead-man-walking, Kiir, goes back to Juba.

This is true and I think nobody ever will negate what I am saying because we witnessed many things that had been changed when the walking body went back to the city of Evil.

Not only that, since the cessation of hostility signed on 23 January 2014, things were agreed on the venue of the peace talks in the presence of Makuey lueth and Nhial Deng. When they reached Juba, they themselves also changed the supposed language of peace to the language of war in the airport.

As you may have known, Makuey lueth is really a son of lueth “lying” in Dinka language which means son of mendacious person as the meaning of lueth is. If that is so, why would the government choose an individual who in fact has a father whose name is exactly as such, to be on the government delegation that’s supposed to make peace? Are we really in our senses here?

To me, the government does not mean any peace at all. If it does, a mendacious person as such cannot be information minister leave alone being delegated to the peace in the first place.

Back to the point in this case, president Kiir was influenced by booze and started it off by killings Nuer. Many thoughts that Nuer deserved not to be killed by the regime because leader always thinks for the lives of his people.

This was and still not the case in south Sudan as people may have thought. This president does not think and will never be so of others’ lives in south Sudan rather than his own booze.

“We” the people of this great nation must not only think about this crisis. But must act as soon as possible for our own and the future of our children not somebody’s leadership that is already failed us terribly. The man will never think of anyone rather than his own beverages.

Nuer were slaughtered in broad daylight in the nation’s capital due to inhumane thinking about goodness of the country than the booze. This should have not happened at all because the country’s leader put his people first and cannot kill his voters as we have witnessed in south Sudan.

This only happens in the country that is being ruled by a boozing president who only thinks of his own kin and kith than the nation. If you are stable person, what would be the reason for you to think of killings the entire tribe in your mind? Would you be able to do that without influence of some kind in your mindset?

Probably not in my view. There must be something wrong with such an individual as we all know Kiir has problem in his booze-saturated mind.

In addition, not only the booze is an existential threat to our lives in South Sudan, Dinka Council of Elders has also become an organization that added the fuel into the fire. This group of Dinka Elders should think like any elder in the world.

But here is not the case as many people may think of any old person to act devastatingly as such in the country that they call home. As we all know, any middle age persons cannot destroy his home as it has been the case in South Sudan.

Old people always advise the youngsters with what may in fact be necessary for their future lives. In this case, however, I don’t know what it means to be Elder in this group. I would never say all Dinka Elders are behaving as such because I have been with good number of them that cannot even compare to this group of thugs ever.

Most Dinka Elders behave like any elder around the world. But the Dinka Council of Elders as it is called, is the Main factor that is destroying our country now and will continue to be the case if we don’t evict this regime. Failing to do that, the agony of killings Y & Z will never be eased in our country, believe me for certain.

Nonetheless, Booze and the Dinka Council of Elders did not stop short with killing only Nuer. Now their next target became Shilluk as we all know. They started it by killing General Bwogo Olieu on Wednesday April/1/2015 if you can recall.

Believe it or not, this man and his two erroneous advisers, namely Booze and Dinka Council of Elders will not get us out of this mess that they help create. This is so because booze is taking a toll on the president while the supposed elders of the nation advice the president insincerely as we speak.

Many people thought if you’re giving a title of elder, is a precious gift that should be used to say what should be good for anything in life. If that was the thinking of many, myself included, let us drop that thinking from today.

This Council of Elders is a group of evil that is intended to not vilify certain people with in the country but the whole nation which is not the duty of care that they’re supposed to do.

South Sudan will never be owned by neither Dinka nor any tribe in it. It is called south Sudan for all 64 tribes that live there.

As matter of reality in this case, I sincercerely believe it is the perilous group that was selected purposely by the regime to destroy our Country. If that is so as I gave it a thought, we need to act swiftly and responsibly as rapidly as we can to rescue our country from it.

Moreover, believe me though, the regime will not stop there as long as most people start to know their rights. There will be individuals from naïve tribes that may think they are out of this mess that may call it Nuer and Shilluk problem. Let me advice you brothers/sisters. Don’t fool yourselves.

This is not a Nuer/Shilluk problem. It is indeed, South Sudan problem. When Nuer and Shilluk are not there, you will be there for the regime. Believe it or not, it is a reality in Kiir led government.

Therefore, I urge everyone to think clearly on this problem if you are still foolishly being used by the regime. It will otherwise be better for you to run faster before the beast gets hold of you. This man is ruthless and he dispatches so many agents to get hold of whoever tries to oppose him.

The power of the Booze and Dinka Council of Elders is paramount to all. Kiir has no plan to take the country forward. The only one that I know of is to kill more people by using his booze. That is it.

Lastly, as I read the news about Kuol Manyang being the one delegated by the regime as attendee to the great lakes summit, I was not surprised at all. He should be the one that represents the south Sudan. Don’t ask me why because the reason is obvious.

Your answer may well be Wani Igga. Is that right? If that will be so, should the lone guy as well as comedian be the ones in the Kiir’s South Sudan?

Since Dr. Riek left Juba to the bush, there is no single egalitarian person in the country to do what everyone may be thinking of as Wani to represent the country as the vice president other than the man’s kin. Wani is the kith in this circle.

But he is not trustworthy due to his flip flapping on the country’s issues. Even if kiir has stopped doing his usual job as the president, this group of kin will never ever give Igga the leadership of this country.

Kuol and Malong must be the front runners in such a game. Not Wani Igga unless the Dinka Council of Elders disappear by accident.

Finally, South Sudan will never be in peace with itself as long as its president is being advised by the booze and yhe Dinka Council of Elders. Booze and Dinka Council of Elders are encroaching too much in Kiir’s decision makings that is why our country is in turmoil.

Therefore, we need to take charge of our country and say no to the Boozed president and Dinka Council of Elders by ousting him with all his allies and taking our country back. Otherwise, kiir and his sycophants will not hesitate killing more other than Nuer and Shilluk in the days to come if not months, trust me.

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Mr Driuni Jakani , a Local NGO Director Arrested in Juba Over Mundri Incidence.

PR: JUN/07/2015:

Following the violence orchestrated by the Dinka elements of the pro-government SPLA-Juba, in Mundri West County, in the largely peaceful Western Equuatoria State, the government security agents in Juba are now out harassing citizens presumed to hail from those parts of the country.

One such case is the arbitrarily arrest of Mr Driuni Jakani , an Executive Director of a local NGO operating in Lacha locality, of Mundri West County. Mr Jakani is reported to have gone missing for over two days now.

According to a source that prefers anonymity , Mr Jakani arrived in Juba from Mundri on June, 4th, 2015, a day before he was arrested by security personnel. The source further confirmed that he received a phone call out on Mr Jakani,s mobile phone presumably from a security personal who informed him that Mr Jakani is with them and safe and that they shouldn’t worry about his whereabouts.

Mr Jakani is the Executive Director of a local non-governmental organization (NGO) which was established by him since 2008. With Head Office in a village called Lacha, south of Mundri Town, and somewhere between the Bari and the Garia payams, the NGO is involved in many humanitarian projects in the area and offers assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs).

In the wake of the looting, shooting and killing sprees carried in Mundri town on Friday 22, May 2015, by the predominantly Dinka SPLA soldiers loyal to Juba government , Mr Jakani had been instrumental in assisting the terrorised civilians by transporting the sick, the disabled, the elderly and the children out of Mundri to safety in Bari and Lacha localities. using his organization’s vehicles.

Could it be that the government in Juba is now seeing him as an enemy because he saved the lives of those disabled and elderly citizens and children from what was a massacre in the waiting as the very SPLA soldiers who were expected to protect the civilian population against an outside attach , turned around and begun a looting, shooting, and killing spree?

This is a call to all Representatives of Local and International Organisations who cherish Human Rights and Justice and all Diplomatic Missions from the Free World operating in South Sudan to stand together for the immediate release of Mr Driuni Jakani. His arbitrary arrest in the hands of the security agents in Juba is a slap on the face to all organisation and individuals involved in Humanitarian Assistance, in South Sudan and elsewhere in the world.

Open Letter: Complaint to ‘South Sudan the new frontier for Australian foreign fighters’

Director SBS Media
Locked Bag 028
Crows Nest NSW 1585

Complaint- Re-South Sudan the new frontier for Australian foreign fighters

Dear Sir/Madam

The Federation of South Sudanese Associations in Victoria Inc., is deeply dismayed by the manner & one-sided reporting methodology adopted by Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) reporter, Sacha Payne in relation to South Sudan’s humanitarian catastrophe. The information she received from some South Sudanese elements were inaccurate and misrepresented the reality of the conflict in South Sudan. Therefore, it is important to give other communities a chance to represent their side of the story to have a fair go.

The world’s newest nation (South Sudan) slipped back into civil war when the current genocidal regime of Dictator Salva Kiir staged a fabricated coup d’état against his own government & brazenly blamed it on his political rival and former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar. It is imperative to emphasize that, as a result of this badly orchestrated ploy to intentionally intimidate & eliminate political opponents, the whole country splits wide open into two camps on tribal basis (Dinka & Nuer), and this tribal chasm makes the South Sudan’s crisis unique & completely different from Sacha’s off-color story line.

This man-made crisis has already claimed 20,000 innocent lives and forced millions of people to flee to the neighboring countries to seek refuge, & other tens of thousands remained internally displaced or trapped in camps under the protection of United Nations in their own country. This is a serious matter that desperately needs a serious consideration and impartial reporting.

Ironically, the individuals who were branded as “foreign fighters” by Sacha’s biased reporting, were in fact South Sudan’s government employees and military personnel who were extremely brutalized and pushed to the point of taking extreme measures to protect themselves from Kiir’s rogue regime. Most of these people were victims and survivors of the tribalism infested government in Juba, they had to resist Pol Pot of South Sudan from murdering & destroying the social fabric of already hardened and traumatized communities that just emerged victorious from the longest civil war in Africa. In reality no single South Sudanese youth had traveled or joined the rebellion camp from our community since the new nation was engulfed by war in 2013, except government employees who switched to the opposition side.

In December 2013, many people were massacre in a door-to-door witch hunt in Juba by their own government, & others are being maimed, raped & terrorized daily by this thuggish and terrorists regime of Dictator Salva Kiir. Credible organizations such as Human Rights Watch, MSF & UN amongst others, all have released alarming reports and produced evidence of crimes against humanity committed by South Sudan ragtag armed forces, the Taliban like government of South Sudan atrocities against their own people ((Nuer) are well documented and accessible.

Therefore, the dynamics of the conflict in South Sudan indicates a different case compared to what has been reported. First, it is a community conflict and may not escalate beyond the expected context alleged by Sacha. Unlike, a terrorist group, this conflict has no any ideological base such as the case with jihadist groups. It is merely about injustice, sabotaging freedom of expression and monopoly of political power by one Muslim Sheik against the will of the whole nation. Once the conflict is addressed, it is unlikely that it may occur again and affect other countries such as Australia. Therefore, this civil war has no significant security implications for the Australian government or people at large.

The Federation of South Sudanese Associations in Victoria is committed to peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, and supports the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Peace Initiative. We welcome and invite the peace-loving people of Australia to come forward and support the call for an end to the hostilities being perpetuated by the Taliban style government of South Sudan that, apparently violated the number one responsibility of governance, which is protection of citizens.

We will continue to highlight the humanitarian nature of this crisis & supports agencies that campaign to avert any further escalation & loss of more lives, it is about saving lives of innocent & helpless women, children & elderly who are the victims of their own government. We believe, there is a need for a balanced-story and not one-sided one as reported. The Federation of South Sudanese Associations in Victoria would welcome a chance to be given to other communities to represent their views that are contrary to what has been projected by the SBS.

Kind regards,
Kenyatta J Dei Wal
Federation of South Sudanese Associations in Victoria Inc.
Ph. 0478 189 638 / 0469 172 764

Power Struggle in Juba: Kuol Manyang, a Dinka, the likely next president, not Wani Igga

SSN FLASH COMMENT, JUBA (June 07, 2015); A new power struggle is brewing up in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, as news spreads that president Salva Kiir is preparing to hand over power to a successor within the ruling SPLM-Juba party due to bad health, this comes after talks that Kiir has been privately confirmed as being sick, weak and not fit to continue by doctors.

Talks going across the political and ministerial corridors in Juba say Kiir might be suffering from a kidney and liver disease and might decide to handover power.

Kiir is said to have temporarily delegated his powers to current defence minister, Kuol Manyang, instead of James Wani Igga bypassing his Vice President, this has sent shock waves within the ruling party leadership ranks in what is seen as a huge saga to hit the party since the violent break up of the party in December 2013 which triggered the current civil war.

It has been described by citizens and observers as particularly a huge embarrassment to vice president Wani Igga and a damage to his reputation.

As vice president of the republic, Wani Igga is supposed to take responsibilities of state authority in case of any absence, death or unavailability of the president, he is also mandated to represent South Sudan in any regional or international meeting which requires high level representation to the level of president or vice president.

Salva Kiir was allegedly pressured by leading SPLM members hailing mostly from Bahr el Ghazal to delegate powers to Kuol Manyang but not to Wani Igga whom one insider says has been described as having a weak personality, lacking character or clear political direction and is seen as a yes boy and would prove a president with no independent standing when it comes to important political decisions and actions.

This all started yesterday on Saturday June 6th when Kiir was meant to attend the Northern Corridor meeting in Kampala which brings together all the heads of state of the various East African countries to discuss infrastructure and security programs for the region.

President Kiir who is said to be sick, failed to appear at the conference with his colleagues from the region, but instead was represented by Kuol Manyang who is defence minister, to the surprise of many including the East African heads of state who expected at least the South Sudan’s Vice president to attend the important meeting if the president could not make it as the meeting was meant to be attended by heads of states and not on a ministerial level.

According to a senior equatorian official in the SPLM party familiar with the presidency and protocols says Wani Igga was not informed of the move by the president and was shocked to discover he had been bypassed in terms of state protocol and constitutional powers without any explanation.

The confidential source and senior Equatorian official in the SPLM party says Wani Igga has not taken Kiir’s decision lightly, saying Wani Igga expects a frank explanation from pres. Kiir as to why he has been bypassed as per protocol and why a junior to him has been delegated to represent the president while his vice president was available and was not engaged with any other duties while the president was also present inside and not outside the country.

The senior official who is close to the vice president said such actions could allow for “mistrust” between the two senior SPLM leaders.

Kiir, whose health is said to be in bad shape according to sources within the J-One (as the President residence is called), has been under heavy pressure from IGAD peace mediators and the international community to sign a peace deal which would end the current civil war and give the opposition forces led by Dr Riek Machar a lion’s share in a new interim government of national unity which would then undergo extensive reform programs including in key areas of security, judiciary and financial/resource sectors.

The embattled South Sudanese president had initially rejected to sign any peace agreement that would give the opposition more power describing it as “rewarding rebellion,” is now said to be looking to sign a peace agreement which a senior Juba official from Bhar el Ghazal working within the presidency said is a ‘flexible’ arrangement which would allow Dr Riek to be appointed as the first vice president while leaving Wani Igga to hang on to the third senior position as second vice president for the sake of peace.

The senior official who worked within the presidency and didn’t want to be named as he’s not authorised to speak on the peace process, says for that “flexible arrangement” to happen the Arusha agreement would now be linked to the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa.

This requirs both to be implemented together if agreed by the parties, the Arusha agreement calls for the reversal of all previous decisions by president Kiir to dismiss party members including those currently in the armed opposition the SPLM-IO, meaning Dr Riek Machar would then be reinstated as the first deputy chairmen of the SPLM re-unified party.

This arrangement would automatically put Dr Riek above Wani Igga within the ruling party.

Wani Igga would then go back to being the second deputy chairman and so as per the party rules the first deputy chairman will automatically be considered as second most senior and will hold the position of the first vice president.

This leaves Wani Igga to hang on as the third man in the ruling party instead of his current position as the second leader within the SPLM party in Juba.

As rumours of Kiir’s ill health and power handover spreads throughout the country like wild fire so is the race between senior political leaders to take his position.

The president is said to be personally favouring Nhial Deng Nhial, the current government lead negotiator in the talks with the rebels, to be his successor, but this has been fiercely resisted by veteran SPLM members from the National Liberation Council who are in favour of Koul Manyang and see Nhial Deng having weak personality and has been involved in corruption.

Meanwhile Equatorians within the government are said to be backing James Wani Igga as the next successor to president Salva Kiir, however this has been rejected by the SPLM National Liberation Council from Bahr El Ghazal who are said to have described Wani Igga has being a weak character who cannot be trusted and has no independent vision or political program.

Another source said the current Chief of Army Gen. Paul Malong is also seen as another potential candidate with huge backing from Bahr El Ghazal SPLM members in Juba.

However, Equatorians and Nuer members of the SPLM in Juba are said to have dismissed Gen. Paul Malong as having no qualification (he is completely illiterate) or political experience to lead a political party.

Meanwhile SPLM members from Nuer and Greater Upper Nile are said to be opposing any attempt to try and install Kuol Manyang as successor to Kiir, describing the SPLM veteran as a tribal oriented politician who will not help SPLM unity.

According to officials in Juba, James Wani Igga has resisted any attempts to have him drop his position as vice president. It’s not yet clear how the current vice president would receive any news of handing over his position, but it’s believed it has already started on Saturday when president Kiir delegated powers to his defence minister, Kuol Manyang, instead of his vice president Wani Igga.

“Buy the truth but do not sell it” Proverbs 23:23

Make Nilepet to be Like PETRONAS: An Open Letter to Mr. Joseph Cleto Kuel

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, JUN/03/2015, SSN;

I will begin by thanking the president Salva Kiir Mayardit for the trust he has for you to manage the Nilepet at this critical time where the oil has dropped cheaply in the world market while petrol prices are skyrocketing in South Sudan. South Sudan sells a barrel of crude oil in International market at 40 USD while here in south Sudan we buy a litter of diesel at 6 USD.

Congratulations for the post and I hope that you will manage this national oil company very well.

I just want to alert you of the enormity of the task ahead of you and the hopes of millions of south Sudanese that you carry on your lean shoulders. I and other South Sudanese have a hope that you will address this urgent issue of the oil or fuel in the country as your first priority in the office.

I came to believe that you are fully prepared and determined to do your job without any lame excuses when I heard on SSTV announcing the meeting called by the newly appointed managing director of the Nilepet (Joseph Cleto) with fuel suppliers; just two days after your appointment.

I was very happy and I felt that I should say “CONGRATULATIONS AND KEEP IT UP”. Keep it up sir!
I don’t know you personally and your strength but your brilliant start of your work gave me a hope that you really deserved to be in that position and I believe that you will execute your assigned duties to the fullest.

I have no doubt that you will be a hardworking person like Dr. John Gai of the education, Dr. Riek Gai of the healthy and Awan Gol of the office of the president who are now been praised by every South Sudanese from every works of life.

Every South Sudanese say that if they had been appointed since 2005 up to now, then there would have no been issues of syllabus for the education; people dying of Malaria and maternal death in the hospital.

I would love you sir to ask them to tell you the secret of” hardworking” so that you become like them. But am convinced that your scintillating start indicates that you are ready to serve the people of South Sudan with all your heart and determined to be counted as one of best managers in the world. Keep that good start up!

Dear Sir, you have had a remarkable career but the job you acquired recently could be your Waterloo if you are not prepared to take the bull by its horns. The outgoing manager did little then nothing but you should determine to match up his footprint toe by toe and do better than he did.

Every South Sudanese with exception of few who enter a high office does so with a bang but often exits with a whimper giving excuses that he or she was not given enough time but in reality he or she had nothing in plan to offer.

I know it is unfair to judge you by others’ incompetence but beware of the ghosts of integrity axis who are now ready to derail you from your plans for the betterment of the Nilepet and South Sudan oil industry in general.

I and many South Sudanese were surprised by high velocity and great acceleration you started your work with in just two days prior to your appointment. Don’t de-accelerate or reduce the velocity sir!.

You are the first South Sudanese appointed official by the presidential decree to start work straightaway before you even celebrated your appointment with family, friends and relatives. The appointed ones by presidential decrees do almost spend two to three weeks in some luxurious hotels enjoying themselves without even inquiring the whereabouts of their offices.

Mind you, your eloquence is legendary, but the task at vanguard demands you shut up, and let your actions do the talking as you incandescently started it.

I am encouraged by your recent meeting with the fuel suppliers about the skyrocketing of the fuel prices and I appreciated your stand on the price of diesel to drop to be like in 2007 to 2011 where a litter of diesel was five (5) Sudanese pounds.

Dear Sir, though the prices of the fuel fall now and we don’t have crude oil refinery here in South Sudan for local consumption, it is still that you didn’t treat the disease well. To treat it well, then you have to make oil refinery for local consumption like the proposed oil refinery in Akon.

The PETRONAS of Malaysia was started like the Nilepet and now PETRONAS ranks as the 12th most profitable company in the world and the most profitable in Asia. It is a national company of Malaysia fully owned by the government like the Nilepet.

Now in Malaysia, the PETRONAS has its own university and institute called (INSTEP) for training oil Technicians and Production operators and distribute them every countries where it operates like South Sudan.

I would be happy to see the Nilepet opening its institute to train the oil technicians here locally to avoid the expensive hiring of foreigners in the oil fields. Make Nilepet to be like PETRONAS sir!

In collusion, one thing you should remember to observe at all time is, ambition should be made of sterner stuff. You cannot achieve the goals of your vow if you will take instructions and advises from opportunists or those who have never succeeded, or wherever, in the course of your duty. To leave a mark, no mountain should be too high to scale or stone too heavy to turn.

If you can commit yourself to pay any price, to bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe or observe and pay whatever the cost it wishes you for the betterment of the Nilepet and South Sudan oil industry, be it better or worse, your place in history is assured.

The writer is a South Sudanese citizen and can be reached at or 0955246235

SPLM/A Canada Representative condolence to late Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe

SPLM/A’s office of Representative to Canada’s Condolence to Late Dr. Wani Tombe’s family

June 4th, 2015
For immediate Release

On behalf of the SPLM/A Resistance Movement and the people of South Sudan around the globe, the office of SPLM/A Representative to Canada would like take this opportunity to pass our sincere heartfelt and deepest condolence to late Dr. Wani Tombe’s immediate family and people of South Sudan for this tragic loss of comrade, Dr. Wani Tombe.
The people of South Sudan and the SPLA/A Resistance Movement were both shocked and saddened to learn the untimely death of Dr. Tombe on June 3rd, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr.Tombe was a South Sudanese’ giant politically, socially and academically and we must acknowledge that South Sudan as a country has loses a towering figure of our time.
Dr. Wani Tombe was not only an academic genius, he was also a well revered social and political activist who always stand up for disadvantage others. His passing is a great tragedy to the people South Sudan.
Our heartfelt and prayers goes out to the immediate family in this difficult times.
Signed by:
SPLM/A’s office of public Relations
In the office of SPLM/A Representative
To Canada

Condolences Message to the Family of Late Dr. Wani Tombe
Dear Family of Late Dr. Wani Tombe and South Sudanese Communities,
It’s very sad and shock to hear the tragic death of Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe Lako who passed away last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
I personally never met him, but I have been following his statements and watched some videos online that express his real image. Death is death…there is no surprise for it’s where we all shall go. I’m proud of Late Dr. Wani for dedicated his intellectual ability and knowledge to entire South Sudan, Africa and the World.
Late Dr. Tombe was a beacon of darkness. I personally would like to request his family to calm down and take his death as South Sudan’s problem. This is not your problem alone!
To be honest, this tragic death of Professor Tombe is not only hurting his family alone, but the entire Nation of South Sudan. I’m proud that he taught a lot of people directly or indirectly. I would like to assure his family that the World is praying for full comfort on them and on South Sudan as well. South Sudanese may have political differences, but death has no friends.
Once again, I ask your kindness to accept my message of condolence and build comfort in yourselves as family so that our Lord keeps the rest of the family safe and clean.
Finally, I ask all South Sudanese and their friends all over the World to pray for the Deceased’s family and the Almighty to be the judge to thoroughly investigate the cause of our Hero’s death.

Hero Never died!!
God bless his dear family
Rest in Peace!

Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Condolence Message: JUN/03/2015, SSN;
Dear Family of Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe, and South Sudanese,

For and on the behalf of the Bari Community of Canada (BCC), we feel deeply grieved by the sad news about the unexpected deceased of the Greater Equatoria Council of Rights (GRECOR) founder, true champion and advocate of peace, the sincerely esteemed Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe Lako.
As we are still at the state of shock by the announcement of the tragic passing of Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe Lako, our language fails to express how deeply and profoundly we feel pain in our heart, we express our heartfelt condolence to the family particularly to elder brother Mr. Lawrence Modi Tombe, Mr. Steven Tombe Lako, the brother of Dr. Wani Tombe Lako, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the former chairman of the Bari Community of Canada, the family in Juba, and to the entire nation of South Sudan in diaspora, and in South Sudan. The immense suffering and hardship that Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe Lako endured for the sake of establishing a peaceful South Sudan will surely be recognized by the people of South Sudan down through the ages. For this we owe him a debt of gratitude, his magnificent work and vision are the things we must now all seek to realize, we are sure that his ideas and his teaching will long live in the hearts of the people all over the world, and his name will remain a symbol of kindness and tolerance. Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe Lako left behind him many followers all over the world who will do their best to justify his lofty hopes.
Prof. Dr. Wani Tombe Lako had accomplished great work in incredibly various fields such as in politic, academic, and peace, and maybe much more, please be consoled by the realization that his life has touched so many in many positive and uplifting ways, he was an incredible man who left a deep and lasting legacy behind.
May the love and mercy of our Lord be bestowed upon the family during this unfortunate time.

Patrice Wani
On the behalf of the Bari Community of Canada
For condolences Mr. Steven Tombe can be reached at
220- 7038 16th Ave South East
Calgary, AB T2A 7Z6
Telephone: (403)510-8068 (Cellphone)
(403)280-8162 (Home)

The office of the chairman of SPLM/SPLA-IO is hereby sadly and horrifically announcing the sudden and untimely death of Prof. Wani Tombe Lako who passed away last week in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The reason of his tragic death remains unclassified as the body of the deceased was surprisingly found laying in the apartment by Ethiopian federal police. His body will be taken to UK, London, for postmortem investigations to identify the cause of this fatal incident.

The tragic death of Prof. Wani Tombe is great lost to entire people of Republic of South Sudan at large and the Revolutionary movement, SPLM/SPLA-IO in particular.

Dr.Wani Tombi is one of the renowned academicians in the whole Sudan and more specifically South Sudan.

The office of the chairman expresses its deepest and heartfelt condolences and deeply shares the deep grief with the family, relatives, friends and comrades in the movement at this horrible moment.

Dr. Wani Tombi was very patriotic comrade, he loves his country and he was so an instrumental figure in our movement and his unexpected departure will leave a big gap in the movement.

May the Almighty heavenly Father rest his soul in eternal peace.. R.I.P

Nyarji Jermlili Roman
Office of the chairman of SPLM/SPLA-IO, Dr.Rek Machar Teny.