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Looting of South Sudan Resources in the Name of Democracy.
The current main topic in the most discussion fora is the ongoing wrangling in the presidency that blind-fold South Sudanese and pitting them along tribal lines in their scramble for true democracy. We all seem to have failed to look beyond the current situation and what is actually unfolding in South Sudan.
To start with, all will agree that the current SPLM regime in South Sudan is beyond doubt a totalitarian regime that has nothing to do with democracy. But why is the international community silent when people are suffering? For instance, in Pibor where innocent lives are daily butchered, they only talk of food aid; in Eastern Equatoria where people turmoil under the sun digging gold for survival; they only talk of food aid. The fact that most parts of the country are plaguing into chaos, they still remain silent. Does the food aid comes as a free lunch or is paid for dearly?
You might be aware that recently Mr. Nial Bol Aken, the editor in chief of one of South Sudan’s leading independent newspapers blasted the international community, accusing them of sympathizing with the SPLM regime in South Sudan. As of now, the brutal regime in South Sudan is hunting down Mr. Aken for expressing his views as they did to late Isaiah Abraham in the very eyes of the international community and yet they are silent.
To this point, the answers lie on the documentary in the link below. Please watch it up to the end and you will find that the current situation unfolding in South Sudan is not different from what happened in Sierra Leone.
From: Dut J Akech
Subject: Open Letter to my Fellow South Sudanese: We Have Lost Faith in SPLM Party
July 3, 2013
Fellow South Sudanese around the globe:
You may be aware of some polite terms in the English language, such as “senior”. In English, this word is a nice way of calling someone “old”. This past few weeks, the Sudan Tribune has been politely referring to the recent scandal in which the Southern Sudanese Ministers of Finance, Kosti Manibe, and Cabinet Affairs, Deng A. Kuol, were dismissed for transferring eight million dollars into a private investment bank overseas, as “corruption”. Like the word “senior”, this is a gross euphemism for the grand theft of money that was meant to develop the nation as a whole, to benefit ALL the people of South Sudan, not just two members of its government.
It also reminded me of the four billion dollars which went mysteriously missing in broad daylight about five years ago between the period 2005- 2012 when South Sudan got separated from the present day Sudan. I am very sure that many South Sudanese have read or heard about the ultimatum letter which their present President Salva Kiir Mayar had written and circulated to the members of his own government. Although Mayar had offered the thieves amnesty if they would deposit the money into a South Sudanese government account, no one has come forward.
This past Friday, June 28, 2013, President Mayar officially set up a so- called five man committee to investigate the ongoing scandal of the missing eight million dollars. The committee is being headed by the judge and former prosecutor, John Gatwic Lul; however, I believe that nothing good will come of this. Since Mayar has done nothing to prosecute the 75 members of his own administration that stole the four billion, I have no faith that he will act this time. How can any South Sudanese citizen trust its corrupt government officials when these scandals are constantly being perpetrated against them?
Either the current government has no vision to lead the country, or its officials have no reason to fear because the country’s constitution is still provisional and therefore, weak.
Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.
Will Dr. Lam Akol Contest for the Presidency Again in 2015?
I would like to know if Dr. Lam is ready to contest in the upcoming elections again. It is high time for new President. We have had enough of Kiir-Machar’s leadership that has produced nothing but disappointments to the southerners. It is time to give a chance to a new face to run the infant nation.
Between Dr. Riek and Dr. Lam, who can we elect to run the affair of this young nation? As we all know, the duo have one thing in common, they both engineered the 1991 split forming the Nasir faction. The later parted their separate ways. At the end of it all, they both rejoined the very party they once deserted. To me, they rejoined with good reason. They both want southerners to settle down and give way to self-determination that they claimed to be their core breakaway justification.
Having a nation of our own has been dream for so long. Had they refused to rejoin the SPLM under the leadership of the late, Dr. John Garang, the famous Comprehensive Peace Agreement better know us CPA would have not been signed. We would still be in limbo as of yet.
Because the splinters had made good decision to rejoined SPLM for CPA to come to fruition, I think one of them ought to be given a chance to run the nation they have fought to part from Khartoum. The vision they had is probably hanging in there. If you were wondering why I ask the question, this is the reason why.
Some of you will argue against Dr. Riek Machar since he has been with Kiir for that long and nothing tangible to show for his worth while he is holding the second most powerful position in the hierarchy. One thing you should know is that Dr. Riek Machar and Kiir do not get along rendering it impossible for Dr. Riek to implement anything. In reality, Dr. Riek is being used as a token under Kiir’s administration. He has no power that the second most powerful man should carry. Thus, how could he implement anything under such a condition?
In addition, for Dr. Machar to enter into the contesting pot, he must first secure the nomination from the SPLM party. If he does not secure this, whoever will secure the SPLM’s ticket will contest against Dr. Lam (If Dr. Lam chooses to run under the ticket of SPLM-DC) like last elections. Independent parties will join the race if someone declares their candidacy.
All in all, it is high time for southerners to voting new face to run the Juba government. Kiir Mayardit has tried his best, but it is time for him to relinquish the power to someone else. Our people need somebody who can change things around for the better. We have spun our wheels for these years, and that is enough.
We either try Dr. Riek Machar, Dr. Lam Akol or someone else of our choosing. I will be glad with a new face.
From: GatCharwearbol, USA
TO BRING ABOUT A MEANINGFUL CHANGE, SOUTH SUDAN MUST GO BACK TO BASICS:
If we are serious about lifting ourselves out of the mess we are in, we need mental re-engineering of our people including the leadership. The alternative is to be a more failed state in 10 years. Allow me to take you to South Korea as an example, this country south Korea is a country in the far east which is 70 percent mountainous and is not endowed with natural resources but feeds its 49 millions people.
And it is the 15th largest economy in the world, number one in ship building, third largest construction industry; is the fifth steel producer; fifth auto producer, and leading semi-conductor and home to Samsung, LG electronics and Hyundai motors.
In 1970 south Korean president started a program to inculcate diligence, self-reliance and cooperation in the thinking of citizens. This was to get the citizens to pay close attention to whatever they did including cleaning their residence, abandon the mentality that all help had to come from the government and to believe in their capacity to transform themselves and realize that if they formed cooperatives they would do better in whatever they undertook.
But in south Sudan, no positive steps had been undertaken, the government is going different direction instead of the path that will impact the citizens positively as expected. The government did not realize the first target, the villages as target where most people lived.
We need to start it with roads and water wells fully financed by government and little support from non-governmental organizations; villages willing to improve their lot got more state support, after we achieved this we moved to manufacturing whatever there is to produce goods acceptable in the export market.
We then roll out to the cities and towns with similar success, jobs and wealth are created that lead to better security and living standards.
How can a country be secured when it is in the epicenter of poverty at about 98 percent of the population is under poverty line? South Korea liberated itself from the shame of poverty through going back to the basics, the mindset of the illiterate population in villages in south Sudan is another war to fight and it needs our total attention.
From: Francis Chol; Kenya
Why not make a different and change the standard of living in RSS?
My message is very short and concise. As you could read the title of this message above: I am particularly concerned about the security of our people in South Sudan. The life situation of the people in South Sudan is getting worse everyday and millions of children go to bed hungry. Food insecurity & poverty, lack of clean water, healthcare problem, conflict between Dinka and Nuer, conflict between Lou Nuer and Murle, widespread of youth unemployment, less development, infrastructure problem (no road) in many parts of South Sudan etc.
These are real challenges which face the entire community in South Sudan. Since the independent of South Sudan in 9/July 2011, there are still no clear progress and improvement made in the life of citizens by the government in the RSS. Every time we heard negative news that people died of hungry, especially the youngster and the old ones are victims of starvation in South Sudan. The foreign aid or humanitarian which is supposed to be given to the poor in the RSS did not reach them instead it goes to those who already have something in hands. Why do you not give the help to those who are in need so that they will appreciate your leadership?
Another problem that affect the life of citizens in most areas in South Sudan and at the same time causes insecurity and instability is a feud between Nuer and Dinka communities. The relation be between Nuer and Dinka people is bitter in many aspects. That is why they attacked one another from time to time and killed people, raided the cattle and even looted the properties from both sides. For example was one and half year ago when some Dinka initially attacked the county of Mayandite and burned down many homes killed some people including the children.
Despite those tragedies that hit the people in Mayandite, however the government of South South did not take action as to solve the conflict between Nuer and Dinka. Those clashes need to be discussed and solved by the authority in the RSS. If they are not solved yet, how can we live with peace in society with one another? Why there are no changes made in South Sudan by the government?
Daniel Kaitudel, Sweden
Confessions of PTSD by President
Thanks for your piece on the above topic.
This fraudulent government has been taking the people of the South for a ride since 2005. After misruling the country; stoping the people from reaping their deserved peace and independence dividend; and unleashing a reign of terror on communities; and after antagonising the entire international community through its reckless military adventure in Heglig/Pantou; and most importantly after filling their tummies and pockets; they dare to tell the public that they have been misruling because they are traumatised!
This is utter nonsense and the public should not buy it. In simple terms, Kiir and Riek are saying that they should be forgiven for their wrong doings. When did they realised that they are mentally unstable? If they are mentally unstable what personal responsibilities have they taken to step down from public offices to save the nation from being destroyed by mentally insane people? Apart from using these psychiatric terminologies they have learned from NGO’s running the government what steps have Salva and Riek taken to seek medical opinion and or diagnosis and treatment?
Riek and Salva may be mad but they should not turn the whole nation into a theatre of mentally and emotionally delinquent people. What the South needs is good leadership that can steer the country away from being strangled by corruption, institutional tribalism and rampant insecurity. There are no shortages of such people in our country.
Riek needs people to come and talk to him not because he is traumatised but because they have alienated themselves from the electorates except their relatives. Now they are beginning to feel the pinch of their own creations. May they continue to be tormented and deluded as long as they live. For they are the lucky ones. Others have lost their lives or the lives of their loved ones.
Practical Steps the People of South Sudan May Take NOW Without Violence & Before the 2015 Ballot
1. Pressure the US, UK and EU to freeze the private accounts of RSS Officials and their families that exceed $1 million USD;
2. Pressure the US, UK and EU to impose travel bans on RSS Officials and their families until stolen money is repatriated;
3. Notify donor governments that since donated money and national revenue has been stolen by RSS Officials and their families for 8 years, the people of South Sudan do not want any more high-interest loans or “humanitarian aid” given in return for RSS oil and mining concessions;
4. Request that the World Bank make public its findings on the RSS dura scandal;
5. Request that the UN make public its findings on the RSS dura scandal, particularly with regards to the role the UN World Food Programme (WFP) played;
6. Request that USAID make public its information on the companies and activities involved in the dura scandal;
7. Request (relentlessly) that the Government of South Sudan officially respond to the list of companies involved in the dura scandal and make public the shareholders associated with these companies;
8. Request (relentlessly) that the Government of South Sudan publish the details of the bank account opened in Kenya to receive money stolen by RSS officials (including details about current balance, fees, arrangements for use);
9. Request that donors cease all funding to private businesses and NGOs run by RSS Constitutional Post-holders, as per the Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan;
10. Insist on an inclusive Constitutional Review before any ‘amnesty’ is granted to Kiir’s list of 75;
11. Add your solutions to combat the madness.
From: Madut Majok
Subject: Beseeching Memory
Your accompany is precious,
Do not elude us!
It was only yesterday that we unshackled the chains,
The chains from the apologies of the rent seeking state,
The chains from the murderers of fellow compatriots to date,
The chains from the assembly of racketeers,
The chains from the oppressors of the peripheral regions,
Memory, do not elude us for a reason,
Your fading shadow is returning us to chains.
Be with us, lest we return to chains,
Chains that taught us violence as an alternative to dialogue,
Chains that abet fratricide,
Chains that lend credence to divisive politics,
Memory, do not elude us for a reason
Your fading shadow is returning us to chains.
Be with us and take us back to the days,
The days when slogans have meanings,
The days when our instincts have bearings,
The days when collective aspirations tower,
Memory, do not elude us for a reason,
Your fading shadow is returning us to chains.
Make your mark in our midst,
Help us heal our self-inflicted wounds,
Make us eschew the past ills, and
Help us keep the promise of a country based on citizenship,
Memory, please come back to us for a reason,
For your coming may return us to the axiom of equality for all and privileges for none!
Insanity in the new confused Government.
Mr. president, by definition, a country is a landmass doted with many people. That means these people have different abilities to think about things and apprehension of things. However, you want to govern the whole country like your homestead where the head is always right to the members’ perceptions. No! No! to be a good president, you must welcome all citizens’ critiques. They always say, “two heads are better than one.” Therefore, yours is just a tiny stuff.
Mr. president you might have succeeded in killing him, but it will remain in the country’s history corridors. Man! I can’t help crying. Man! You got to think twice, don’t be a mentally deranged president. Chol Duot Gak, Canada
Isaiah Abraham, you’ll hardly be forgotten
BY: John Bith Aliap, Adelaide Australia
The untimely death of our great friend Isaiah Abraham on Tuesday the 4th of December is a big blow to South Sudan as a nation, his friends and his family. I personally love Isaiah Abraham, but I hate the system that killed him. Isaiah Abraham, if tears of your friends and family members could build a stairway and memories a lane, they’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
The killers of Isaiah Abraham must be reminded that our love for him won’t go away; he’ll always walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near. Isaiah Abraham is still loved, still missed and very dear.
South Sudanese love for Isaiah Abraham, especially the media community will always remain, for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade away, because a loved one’s gone. More than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, Isaiah Abraham will live on in South Sudanese’ hearts.
To family and friends of Isaiah Abraham, although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. May almighty God grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
There is a saying that goes, ‘no matter how long the night is, the day will surely come.’ However, no matter how rotten the legal system in our country may be today, justice will still be done one day to those egocentric individuals who target and kill critical thinkers like Isaiah Abraham.
The author is a South Sudanese citizen and can be corresponded at email@example.com
This is very sad and surprising news to hear that Isaiah Abraham was assassinated
I never thought that an intellectual person like Isaiah could be killed by south Sudanese. Why always the government officials asking the educated people from diaspora to go home and help the new nation? Is their intention is to kill them? I Isaiah Abraham was the one of the educated people who his articles can change the nation. If there is justice, the killer must be brought to justice.
Isaiah as one the very Confident writers, has the courage to speak plainly; to let his thoughts shine rather than criticism toward government he was the open-minded, However, Isaiah his correction thought unique is its clarity and dignity, and its clear grasp of freedom and justice: simple, his clear words that are understood without the need for any help from dictionary by lower educated people.
Most of his artices published by south Sudan nation newspapers, were very well written I do not think that he should be killed because he used to criticize the corruption of present rulers of our nation.
His works will be alive until the truth appears simple, plain truth that the law and the constitution must be fair, and must be applied equally to everyone; that a leader should not be spared a just trial, nor left unpunished if he/she is found guilty of killing democracy or stealing money, or corruption, looting government properties or any other charge. Immorality from our government is infectious. Lam Jok, CANADA
From: Deng Ngor Akuei
Subject: Searching for my lost relative.
Country: South sudan. Currently in khartoum sudan under medical treatment.
Message Body: Dear website manager & chief editor, Dr. Peter wankomo. Greetings. Thanks you for your website you designed for people to share ideas about our young nation, South Sudan. Thank you for moderating our articles. God may bless you for that.
My lost uncle’s son is Deng Bol Akuei Luol. His mother is Abuk Nhial. Since 1986 he joined our struggle, SPLA, he hasn’t appeared upto now, and I haven’t heard more about his death or killing in any battle.
Amongst our brothers who were fleeing from Ethiopia to diaspora, if there is someone who knows or knew more about him, please reach me on 63754058 or later on, in South Sudan on 11206585. 56081709. Or contact the website.
Thanks for your commitememt to give me the final background of my love brother. Best regards. 1st LT. Deng Ngor Akuei Luol
Dinka tribe a disaster in Nimule, South Sudan
The land of Nimule in South Sudan is becoming increasingly a strategic place for some individuals from Dinka tribe for hatching disaster not only for the Madi people, but the whole South Sudan will experience the consequences regrettably. As I write, over a hundred Torit State police were deployed in Nimule town to watch land which was sold by Dinkas to Somalia businessman does not materialize into buildings.
In 2008-2009, Dinka tribe which moved to Nimule during the war was reportedly accused for selling land in Nimule to themselves and foreigners from Somalia, Uganda, and Kenya among others. But some apparatus within the government covered the matters as an allegation. Today, there are no doubts; Dinkas are bringing more people from their homeland to settle in Nimule. They claimed they owned the land of Nimule and with the help of weapons in their hands, they could threaten, kill, sell land, torture, and bring their tribes-mates any time to settle in Nimule without question.
These are things which had been going on for years, and to make the matters worse, they also claimed the authority of Magwi County gave them the rights to stay in Nimule so long as they want to, but this sounds a baseless claim. Neither Magwi County authority, nor the Madi people reached that conclusion.
To make the matter clear, majority of Native people of Nimule town are still in the exile in Northern Uganda. As of today, the Madi people and the rest of tribes living in Nimule are greatly exposed to implication of Dinka tribe over Nimule. If I am a Dinka, I might involve in the system because I know what it means to claim land of Nimule as Dinka land. And if I am a Madi, I will feel the same pain the current Madi people in Nimule are going through, but I am neither.
Do we have government in South Sudan? The answer is most definitely Yes. Is the system in Nimule working in accordance with the system of the government of South Sudan? The answer is most definitely No. The government of South Sudan will never ever promote a tribe replacing the tribes in their ancestral land. The issues in Nimule are becoming critical: Nimule police which first responded to the illegal land sale to Somali people were defeated by those Dinka group as of last week. A Major general was beaten by Dinkas, by God’s grace, he is receiving treatment in Nimule hospital.
Worst, some elements in the government are directly involved in bringing more Dinka and backing the illegal land sale in Nimule. However, it’s not only the land sale or occupation of land of Nimule. In general, the truth is what is happening in Nimule is completely strange compared to the rest of South Sudan. If you are Madi having relatives in Nimule, try to confirm their status. There are troubles, these include; land sale, threats, tortures, and more others planned incidences.
I am not a Madi myself; neither do I share border with them, but as an eye witness, Nimule is a great hell to the Native people and is heaven for Tribe of Dinka. These kind of miscalculation from the tribe of Dinka need solution, if not there is going to be blood, serious bloodshed in Nimule. In my opinion, Torit State authority should handle these matters in connection with the central authority in Juba. Moi Patrick Ohisha, Magwi County-South Sudan
The Government Republic of South Sudan should prioritize roads as its first main concern once oil production start flow
By Deng Kuer Tuil, Juba
Before the Government of the Republic of South Sudan shutdown oil production which used to flow through the territory of the Republic of Sudan, I did not know our government priorities for year 2012-2013. However, this compelled me to express my personal opinions on which priority I think should be the first priority for our government to consider. This is because there are many priorities that we need our government to do and because work need prioritization even though we had different institutions that are assigned to do different works. Still prioritization need to be given a chance, for instance, the work of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development is different from the work of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction, Ministry of Roads and Bridges, Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Security etc. But all these ministries have one thing in common; they are funded by the same government which is the Republic of South Sudan. Even though some Ministries are funded by UN, NGOs, or international community, still there is need for prioritization to be in place as I said earlier. The Ministries are interconnected in a way an ordinary man could not understand unless he is told.
The interconnection I signify here is somehow simple to understand for the reason that if the Ministry of General Education and Instruction is funded by the Government and the ministry priority is to build schools in Lakes state and the ministry of Roads and Bridges have not repaired the Bridges and the road network is not in good condition. Therefore, it would have been good for the Ministry of Roads and Bridges to have prioritized those bridges to enable the Ministry of General Education and Instruction build the schools in Lakes state and this is the same with others ministries to carry out their normal duties without complication. This is the best example for our public to know the importance of having good roads.
In addition, how can we blame the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, when the road network is poor as it is now, how do we expect tractors and lorries carrying agricultural inputs to reach at some Payams and Bumas which are allocated at the countryside.
The aim of writing this piece is to appeal to our government of the Republic of South Sudan to only prioritize roads and the security, agriculture, Education, Healthcare and electricity would be very uncomplicated to manage. Therefore, the others priorities would be easy for the government to deal with and our people will also sense the development without difficulties.
Corruption in Africa:
Corruption refers to any acts of dishonesty and improper use of one’s office, position or authority in Africa, it mainly relates to the use of one’s office or position to enrich him/herself at the expenses of the nation.
Poverty in Africa
Job insecurity or fear of being retrenched or reshuffled
Rigid bureaucratic of handling public affairs
Too much greed for wealthy/the desire to become rich quickly due to low life expectancy.
Absent of role models in African states
Peer influence i.e. everybody else is embezzling states funds, why not me.
Lack of sense of patriotism and nationalism.
Lack of public accountability.
Poor and weak administrative control, there are no checks and balances due rubber stamp parliament in Africa.
Absent of strong laws and punishments to handle corrupt officials.
Dictatorships and overstay in power.
Decline in religious and cultural values and hence lack of sense of shame.
Meager payments which do not match with the cost of living.
Sectarianism and nepotism whereby a certain tribe, religious grouping or political party gangs up to plunder the nation.
It leads to creation of unequal social classes.
It contributes to political instability as one group struggles to share the national cake.
It leads to underdevelopment.
It leads to provision of substandard social services.
It contributes to privatization of public enterprises.
Leads to entrenchment of some workers.
Leads to bankruptcy of the government treasury.
It renders the government incompetent and inefficient.
It leads to loss of respect for authority.
It leads to the setting up of commissions of inquiry.
Take south Sudan as an example among the 54th countries in Africa. South Sudan with in less than a year’s is among the list of countries that practices corruption in Africa with all the above mentioned. Is the leadership of south Sudan ready to stop all these problems? If not, do you think that such problems will not happen? And if yes, what is the strategic way of preventing such things not happen? Do we have patriotism and nationalism to stop all these things? Some month back about 75 government officials were suspected of stealing 4 billion US dollars as discovered in their foreign banks accounts and 60 million south Sudan pounds lost in the air with no suspects being accounted for that. Was there public accountability? Why those corrupt officials were not punished? Lack of strong laws and punishment in our new Republic. What is the cause of all these things? Sectarianism and nepotism whereby a certain tribe, religious group, or political party gangs up to plunder the nation.
Therefore, for south Sudan to be free nation is to avoid being part of practicing corruption in Africa and to adopt good system of government that can lead its citizens not to be the victims of others, and to enjoy the everlasting freedom of this new nation, rather than too much greed of wealth and desire of becoming rich quickly due to low life expectancy but is to care for the better life of the coming generation to live free.
By Both Nguot Toal. Juba-South Sudan
Betrayal In 1972, Betrayal in 2011: Joseph Lagu and Pagan Amum in History
Message Body: Just as we had predicted, nothing but betrayal came out of this Addis Talks: So here is what we have got:
1. The North remains entirely in control of Abiei, or rather, Abiei’s status is still in limbo
2. the North remains in charge of the occupied areas
3. the North has gone away with 3 billion dollars of southern oil
4. Northern businessmen and women will be allowed to own property in the South. South Sudanese in the North, on the other hand, are restricted from owning property in the north in the name of Islamic laws
5. The Northern nomads will be allowed to cross over a million cows to the South every year.
6. The Agreement clearly states that the Republic of South Sudan agrees not to ask for the lost oil revenues LOST under the northern scheme of cheats and loots. So tell me, what did you get? Opening of pipelines which could have been avoided by refusing the temptation of the shutdown in the first place? But we were in Addis before the shutdown. Pagan has thrown his people under the bus. Santino Ayuel Dau Deng Agieu, CANADA
Rumbek University supposed to be shutdown by the Government.
University of Rumbek was opened by the Government of Sudan under the leadership of president Bashir as chancellor. Nevertheless, when we filled for the intake of 2009-2010, Rumbek University was not among the list of the universities to be filled.
Fortunately, by the time admissions were released, we found our names being admitted to Rumbek University which was no regret to us to be admitted there because it is a historic institution regardless of the fact that there are ever many challenges engulfing the new institution.
And I quote, “man creates and destroys”, it is easy for Rumbek University to be good institution of higher studies and to be shut down if the management becomes difficult.
More potentially, the majority of the students admitted to Rumbek University were significantly having high opinion about it. This is simply because most of our leaders in South Sudan were Rumbek Senior secondary school products. It is importantly considered that Rumbek is a blessing for studies and a historic school which was known all over the world.
However, the students who are admitted to Rumbek University are qualified like other students who are being admitted to other Public Universities. Since the opening of the Rumbek University, there are many things missing and no news of students’ problems escalating.
We furthermore, thank almighty God for guidance and protections he has granted to us in two academic years. It is something wonderful and commendable that there is neither any students dismissed due to indiscipline case nor any problem heard outside about Rumbek University and we are proud that we tolerated and persevered with many challenges under different circumstances.
Hence, we don’t deny the fact that there was problem of lecturers initially as it is happening in Juba and other Universities, neither any problem of feeding of students nor inadequate and unclean water as well insufficient accommodation for students. However, the absence of first year students they of 2011 is of concern as are going to lose two academic years if they won’t be called again.
Though we put up with and endured difficult situations, this is because of what we know about our nation. The problems of new-born country are acknowledged and we have no much blame to anybody about it. The state of affairs of our country is very clear and still we should not keep quiet to talk out the challenges.
To make matter worse, the government even gave money to students who are learning in Uganda and Kenya leaving domestic universities behind. we therefore don’t know whether the government is telling all of us to go to East Africa or what do they mean?
Please we need students to be informed that Rumbek university is closed if the management becomes intricate so that those who able will go to East Africa in order to look for their studies and those unable should go to farm as their fathers because most of students living in the public Universities are children of the poor families background and have no affordability while those studying outside are the children of government officials.
It is very obvious that the children of poor family backgrounds are to be eliminated in the system and that is why Juba University is turned to a day school in which I believe some Students who were depending on full services they get in the school will resign definitely.
It is not an envy for to talk that way but is logical. What does government think our future should be if Students stay without media even to communicate to them the progress?
In conclusion, I quote, ‘if you lose money, you lose nothing, but if you lose time, you lose something, and if lose hope, then you lose everything.”
And that is the end of someone’s world. So, time lost can never be regained.
I urge the government and the administration of Rumbek University to inform students if the they find it hard to open the university in order that one should get him/her self the alternative way either to join the private universities or else they look for equivalent jobs to support their lives.
Otherwise, we can never be buried alive like this.
Precisely, we expect the government and administration to be frank to us because we are their children and also good to them. In fact, if the situation defeated them, they better close down the university and take us to other Universities with relevant courses, so that we finish and come out to work for our survival. Jok Manyiel, RSS
Congratulations! Dear editor, I’d like to congratulate SSN for the new website. May you continue for many years to give South Sudanese a platform that’s inclusive and truly professional in outlook. South Sudanese poet and novelist, Kuir ë Garang, Calgary, CANADA. www.kuirthiy.info
I like the new website! Dear Website Manager and Chief Editor Dr. Peter Wankomo: Thank you for changing this website from old one to a new one! It looks almost good indeed! Take care! Thank God be with you! Your work has liberated South Sudanese minds from rigidness to liberalism! Chief Abiko, USA
How Could We Eliminate Police Brutality in RSS: There is a way to eliminate anything, the real question is, are we willing to do just that? Police do these because they have support from the above. They know they could get away with it with impunity. They are not that stupid and thus, they should take that advantage and exploit it to the fullest. This is indeed what they are doing. I do not blame them at all. Until someone upstairs pick up the slack, these police personnel will never stop harassing our innocent people and they will keep enriching themselves at the expense of the helpless majority who have no protection. How could a thief be your protector? It is like a wolf guarding a hen house.
People like Emmanuel Jal and Jok who have been shamelessly beaten for no good reason whatsoever will not be the last ones. Similar more cases will indeed follow sooner or later if nothing is done to abate the police brutality. Our government ought to step up to the plate and provide protection to ordinary citizens. GatCharwearbol, USA
Facts and transparency wanted on corruption: Quote: “Anyone who has stolen and eaten something which is not theirs should be made to vomit it up”-President Kiir Mayardit, 2006. Now the questions that remains to be answered is. When will the 75 government officials “turned thieves” going to vomit the $4 billion?.
Vice- President Riak Machar says $4 billion is too much to be eaten by 75 Officials. What could be the right amount eaten if the Arithmetic went wrong somewhere, somehow. Too much alone is not convincing. Come up with a number to dispute your argument. People wants facts and transparency. That will save RSS from corruption of any form. Justin Chicago Opiny, Ontario, CANADA
Capsized SPLA in Bianythang (Lul East): A boat carrying about 280 SPLA soldiers, families and Ethiopians capsized near Bianythaing (Lul East) due to unclear reasons. Some eyewitnesses said it was because of strong wind storm and others said it was shot by SPLA on shore. But how can SPLA shoot their own comrades? All the check points should have known in advance that their comrades were moving from point A to point B. The SPLA spokesman and the governor of Malakal said only 10 people died. Wonderful statements. This means SPLA do not care about the lives of their comrades.
Actually more than 200 people died, SPLA soldiers, their families including children and four Ethiopian ladies. The boat in question is the type known as banana boat and double-deck. This means those in the lower deck did not have the chance to survive. There are SPLA soldiers in Malakal hospital who survived the ordeal but did not escape snake bites. The next question: where were these soldiers heading to and could stop not at check point all along the river route? These soldiers are said to be from division six and the majority are Mabanis from Maban County. They were heading to Malakal town at the orders of the governor to re-enforce his position against the Shilluk in case he is removed from power by President Salva Kiir. These are facts that need to be revealed to the public. Yorwin Otor, Rome, Italy.
No drunkard idea from Mabior Wow! I could not believe what the son of our former freedom fighter, Dr John Garang De Mabior, publicly narrated to the people. I humbly wish to enlighten the son our late vice president of Sudan not to primitively oppose the government of his Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit without sufficiently having well structured system of good governance put in place to lead us (citizens of Republic of South Sudan). Being of sound mind and patriotic citizen of S.Sudan, whatever you were intending to say was extremely disastrous, devastating and non-beneficial to the South Sudanese people. In addition, we cannot waste our time listening to those who’re never satisfied with what other people do and make reckless statements not only to spoil those people’s names but also not beneficial to themselves. Finally, I wish to let so called Ateny Wek who muppetly supported such idea and divisively mentioned Bahr el Gazel region where Kiir emerged or came from.The people of South Sudan will not absolutely second such a drunkard idea proposed by Mabior. Biar Dhieu, Kenya
Home Sweet Home! Achievement is not success. We have achieved independence of South Sudan but we have not succeeded in bringing towns to the people. I believe our government should provide security and service equally. I believe the provision of security and service should bring creation of jobs to the local communities nationwide. A man without a job is always unsecured. I believe our government should provide services such as Grinding mills, tractors, generators to all payams, and counties throughout the nation for industrial purposes to generate revenues and make citizens productive. A productive citizen is a secure citizen. There will no stability in South Sudan without permanent settlement for all citizens. Permanent settlement must be a priority that should stop lawlessness or outlaws. My fellow citizens, you have a right to be served by your government with jobs in order for you to be responsible citizens. We all must share the wealth of our nation equally, otherwise, curse of our wealth will not end. We could succeed by creating jobs and permanent settlements. Chot Puk, USA
No change comes without the Dinka Dear El Haq (Truth -Teller) Paul, As much as I like your positive criticism, you are a potential tribal figure in the making, if tested with power, will abuse it more than the current ‘SPLA’ turned Ministers and VIPs. As much as Dinka dominates in the time for eating the meagre resources that cannot reach all of us and justifying this for being in the war for long and the common saying of our VIPs in Juba and states saying, we suffered so much, we deserve this and that. I would appreciate your being liberal too and think of a gang of the bush more than one tribe called Dinka, an inalienable tribe in as much as drastic political changes are sought. This is a fact to any fool you may know. That change that you need to come, NEVER EVER SHALL it come without the Dinka, their number will not reduce, you see them like all of them are in that government but some of them are here with you complaining and seeing things go wrong, they are intimidated for saying truth by the same member tribes. You miss the point where our problem is, it is not in the DINKANESS of the people but in the greediness of both the Dinka and other tribes and lack of political will from all those in the war after DR. JOHN GARANG DIED ‘ACCIDENTLY’. This fact does not make me Dinka Bor too, I remain within the brackets of truth telling with you. Kuir Garang, exposed your identity to the view others think you are. I support you, but I see you as an upcoming tribal figure because of coining a word that hurts even those who love to see the positive change to happen, those who love to see the tribalism as a vice, but are by birth Dinka groups of tribes. How will you convince me that you are going to be supported by me when you classify with the group that you think is the rotten egg/rotten fish (Dinka groups of tribes) of the best fish (other tribes). Please, don’t run away here, because all your writings are full of coining words to facilitate your tribal canoe. Please give the groups of tribes an excuse for the sake of your truth telling to hold forever. Your interests are seen more clearly than the interests for the people and the nation you write for. Thank you, Your loving Dinka Brother, not in GOSS, but in the languishing poverty brought by our own fathers unto us. Joseph Agau, RSS
Why leaders don’t see suffering in diaspora?
Re: South Sudanese in Australia face Xenophobia, I mourn with you! I am so sorry to hear about the unfortunate death of Erjok Manyiel Nai Achol Dengatho. You have rightly pointed out that Australian cruelty to the indigenous people of Australia is evidence enough of the vicious inhumanity that many not only South Sudanese face in Australia.
Our plea as South Sudanese from all over the Diaspora should be, why won’t our leaders see our suffering and help us help them build South Sudan into a nation we can all live in with stability and good government. If we could make South Sudan like these countries that we are now so tragically dying in, then surely there would be no need for the taunting, ridicule and brutality we are currently facing in the Diaspora. My condolences to all who are mourning. Amanda Leitwa, UK
Isaiah helps the robbers of South Sudan Mr. Abraham, running a country is not a one-way traffic. Just think of diets. An healthy body cannot be fed on one diet. It takes more than that for normal functioning of that body. Government is a multi-task institution by its own nature. Which is why many sectors are established in one government so that they execute their duties differently and concurrently. Ministry of finance and economy is to make sure it outsources food and cooks it for all to eat. While other equally important duties apply to the rest such as education, health, trade and commerce, roads and transport, etc. while ministry of defence safeguards against external invasion that may interfere with the development the said institutions are delivering for the citizens. If somebody like you thinks making of a nation is all about defending it, he’s dead wrong.
It is unexpected of you as an intellectual to bless and aid the work of those who are robbing and destroying the future of the poor and innocent whom we’re supposed to help with our knowledge so that they become better and dignified human beings like us. Defending the common person against exploitation and oppression is our common task in different walks of life and any reverse cannot hold true. Julius Nyerere, former Tanzanian president, once said: the folly of so many educated people is that they equate knowledge they acquired from school with being employed rather than sensitize their fellow under privileged human beings with knowledge they have so that they become better citizens mentally, socially, morally and materially.
Mr. Abraham, defending looters, idiots and tribal chauvinists hell-bent to divide the country along regional and ethnic lines for their own stomachs makes you look one of them by either deeds or association. Your intellectually loaded pompous articles may just be a mask that must be peeled back so that your true self is embarrassingly laid bare for all to see. It is beyond imagination for most South Sudanese and foreign sympathizers that south Sudan which was known to be one of the potentially rich countries on the planet is rather becoming another burden in the world: that is joining an already long list of the poor of the poorest countries and one among the few failed states. Simply because a handful 75 with their relatives you are defending have siphoned off the wealth of the country into their foreign accounts. Deng Vannag, Juba
The ministry of SPLA generals should stop issuing ID cards. The queue waited by the citizens of South Sudan is tiring. If south Sudan was that small to take to my room, I would have taken some workers from the ministry of interior to issue ID’s and passports in three different locations within Juba. If you want congestion and this confinement to lengthen the contract, my apologies. What is blood group test for? Begin taking symmetrical photographs for the good of the nation. Not at all to do it when saying, I miss kissing you. There are do’s and don’ts at work. Employ serious workers who don’t belittle or appear rude while serving the citizens. Professionalism is needed and supervise your workers. They sometimes have long lunch breaks from 12:00-2:30pm especially at nationality verification site. Sabbath deYacouba, KENYA
Isaiah Abraham is utterly confused. First of all, he tried to praise Dr Riek Machar and swiftly turned to praising late Dr Garang and blaming Dr Salva Kiir for SPLM mistakes. Again he praised the SPLM for achieving peace and freedom under Kiir’s leadership and then criticized the SPLM-DC. Mr Abraham, each of the leaders you praised or criticised has his own problems, it’s true that SPLM-DC is the worst simply because it’s aginst Dinkas and Nuers and nothing more than that. But what you tried to convey has not come up clearly in your article. Try to tell us what you really mean. You have mentioned the auditor general’s report but failed to say something on Athai’s kidnapping and torture. Tribalism is indeed a disease which must be fought by all the people, but unfortunately, people who talked a lot about tribalism are tribalists by themselves. Example, Jonglei from the time of Gai Tuot, Akuot Atem, Abdalla Chuol, Arok Thon, Deng Kelei, Paul Ganor, Tanginya, George Athor to Yau Yau. Pacor Adekameth, RSS
Fishy deal on Abyei?? Dear Reader, What if it happens that the RSS negotiating team falls under heavy influence to reach a compromise or concession as a way to resolve Abyei issue, that Panthou/Heglig goes to Sudan to soften the hard stand by the Sudan delegation on the illegibility of who to vote in Abyei referendum? Something is fishy about that. Watch out. Aluong Makuei, RSS
Deduction of Employees House allowance The ministry of finance and the Ministry of Labour sent a circular to all Ministries, Commissions and Government Agencies to implement the deduction of 50% of house allowance to government employees on August 9, 2012. I’m wondering since the oil is resuming, the allowance should not be deducted due to current inflation of the country. The Government of Republic of South Sudan should have restricted the fake contracts which make some individuals rich. Imagine how much will we receive from the oil since we are going to get it all without cheating from North! Many our people should not suffer while the rest enjoy. This deduction can lead to criticism and hatred of the government by majority of people which shall lead to failure of the new nation.
The budget going to salary it is very small amount comparing it to what Ministers or political post holders get, Ministers are getting lots of money (their salaries and operation costs) this amount could be equivalent to 15 staff or will be equivalent to one of the institutions in South Sudan. Therefore I suggest the money for Ministers, Chairpersons, Deputies, Members of Commission and Members of parliament should be reduced; otherwise downsize the government by combining or dissolving other institutions and remove Deputies Ministers. Otherwise let government borrow money until oil resumes. Joseph Duol, RSS
Campaign for Machar by Isaiah Wow! you sound like you already started campaign for that guy. I don’t think he is the right man for the job in all this mess. I have no idea what you are talking about here. Tut Thol, RSS
Mr. Reat Gatkuoth’s wrong Ideology on SPLM. I do agree on some points in Mr. Reat’s article posted on this website, whereas, some are just inserted as fabrications to smear out the truth. Becoming a nationalist meant to be truthful on any problem or any threat which can put the lives of entire people in danger. It is true that all political forces unite ranks during an outside threat. How come Mr. Reat’s only consideration is on SPLM-DC while there are multiple different political parties in South Sudan? An ideology believing and considering only two SPLMs ( SPLM and SPLM-DC) is a part of political marginalization where other political parties are not valued. The two SPLMs are only disagreeing on the matter of leadership. No one of them could be described as more better than the other. Their visions are almost the same. SPLM fought long and hard to free the marginalized, but the vision of the SPLM Founder was not simply to liberate South Sudan, but to liberate the entire marginalized people of the Sudan. South Sudan is for regardless of who fought in the war of liberation. The problem here is not the SPLM leadership, but their corrupted minds. Lok Francis Lok, RSS
For or against the SPLM Mr. Isaiah Abraham is really making a trip via two various ways which is impossible; that’s, praising SPLM & blaming it, at the same time as well as by attacking others e.g. El Hag Paul & Dr James Okuk. Here I’m surprised by a senior South Sudan writer (Isaiah Abraham) blaming the ruling party on mistakes like economic meltdown & widespread corruption in reign of the current ruling party. What surprises one is his inviting others to join SPLM since he knows it is the mistaken party. Isaiah Abraham, are you really meant to write in order to present accurate information to the public? Are you a party writer? Even so, you should base your writings on facts on the ground . South Sudan is in need of independent writers writing logic and the facts on the ground. Thanks by Wol Deng , RSS
Love and cross marriage for unity I’d like to give thanks to those who challenge the Republic of South Sudan while they are still outside of country. Some are holders [PHD]. but my question is how can you expose your home land or your country even if your born outside? People always talk about corruption bur for me I know what will unite RSS is something called love only and cross-marriage of our different tribes. Deng Kumdan, RSS
Divided house of Nyuak ”Nyuak payam, Jonglei State, must be glued to its cultural unity than adopting a naked political lie. I think there is need to revive the long losQt Unity in our county that has been marred by jealousy and inter-clan hatred for years. As a matter of fact, there has been an appeased livelihood between the three brothers named ” Nyuak” since time memorial but with the intervention of political gossip in village affairs, things vividly have proven inhumanly worse.
Suffice to say, Nyuak Payam is a pride historically in our Nation Autonomy and mustn’t again let such a legacy created by their blood son (Dr. Garang) depreciate. Nyuak should rather be exemplary than being traitor of its own self. ‘A DIVIDE HOUSE IS NOT A HOUSE.” Aketch Phillip Dut, RSS
War against leaders Dear citizens of South Sudan, just be claim and watch what is going on with your leaders. They have liberated our people out of our leaders’ hands of corruption. Then, no one liberated corruption out in the minds of our leaders. Sorry, we lost the one instrument of all Sudanese. This trumpet has done all. If there is wrong done, now God will plan better for South Sudanese. War against leaders (WAL) is the only option. And how to do it to eliminate those bad leaders during election in 2015. We people are a problems to ourselves, we voted for them and complain. We had chosen them to lead us. You have the right not choose them again. C.A. Ajak, USA
Daylight intruders in Nyuak affairs Dear Arok, you are right to have mentioned that Nyuak’s problem was officiated by individuals who thought their disunity would grant them an opportunity. Then my question is why did Nyuak as united community allow such daylight intruders sneak into their houses while watching? I don’t think whether passing excuses among our themselves would quickly heal our wounds other than closing any windows behind us to avoid farther back up from those elements surrounding us. Kuot Mabeet, RSS
Sympathy to Aliab for their land Thanks to RSS leadership for moving Capital City from Juba to Ramchiel, the territory of Aliab Dinka and their cousins of Yirol Counties-Atuot/Apak and Ciec Dinkas. I wanted also to pay homage to Central Equatoria State leaders and entire residents of Juba or CES as a whole for challenging GoSS and other Land Grabbers in Juba. We had give GoSS and former regional government enough lands for governments functions, but the people from Upper Nile, Bhar el Ghazel and some from Equatorial states keep influxing Juba to an extent that all local ethnic communities around Juba are being encroached over by the above mentioned people. The ball is now in the hands of Aliab Dinka politicians and entire Community of Greater Yirol for inviting chaos on destiny. My sympathy to Aliab Dinka and especially those innocent souls in their owns villages, knew nothing about inevitable extinction of their destiny, cultures and beautiful and pure lands now in hands of land grabbers. Luka Todo Akiri, JUBA
How we can forge a nation Dear Awumtiadit, I read with heavy heart your comments/threats directed against Elhag Paul for his postings. Strange that you should react in this way. So it is true that Dinka don’t want all their bad behaviour and character to be pointed out and to be corrected!! This was the cause of Kokora indeed and if the Dinka think that the other tribes are cowards who will shy away and let Dinka do whatever they want, this is a big mistake. I strongly urge you to look carefully at the bad/negative things that are being pointed out and as a Dinka, try having critically ponder over them and ask yourself if we can forge a nation. Remember that it is not only Elhag Paul who thinks of Dinka in this way!! Levi Wani, RSS
Constitution clear on land ownership Dear Dr. Andy Murusal, I for one will not agree with your assertion that no Equatorian will move to Ramciel come the time for relocation. I doubt whether you said this in your capacity as Mr. Murusal or as one representing Equatorians? You went as far as mentioning the Greater Equatoria citizens not to set foot in Ramciel, this is uncalled for and you have no right whatsoever to talk on behalf of those communities when you are not commissioned to do so otherwise you will risk being sanctioned. Our Constitution is very clear about who owns land in South Sudan and no one but govt to set policies without jeopardizing any provision thereof.
States normally decide to change their seats of government for various reasons in order to better balance political power and economic development along regional lines. Perhaps you might have forgotten the most important functions of the national capital since they are associated with the government. Capital cities play a vital role in a nation’s life and psyche. At first glance, the capital serves as a central repository of political and economic power in its role as the seat of government. I don’t need to reply to the rest of your argument for they are baseless and uncalled for since they singled out one community. Pawan Lodyong, RSS.
Now rule of law in South Sudan Lokiden, you could get me wrong if and only if you are addicted to that behaviour of narrating regional and whatever importance. So, I cannot accept your invitation or drag me into such a degrading discussion. Additionally, the administrative office that I meant to generate the land regulations is not the state or county Government alone. Yes, the national Government has to take the initiative by calling upon the state and county authorities so that they can sit down to divide, survey and agree on the land which belongs to the state people (Central Equatorians) and so, that should be allotted to other nine states’ people (or national Government). Whereby any SS citizen who comes either from EES or Jonglei state for instance, can just pay for a flat accordingly surveyed already by the Government not randomly as we can see today. You said land regulations are in place and implementation is a problem. This was the same factor which convinced me. Do you think a rule of law not implemented is a rule of law? Is it not true that a justice delayed is a justice denied? Are these regulations available at county, state or national concerned administrative office? Ok, if you can find this only at county and state level, should we say there is land and its rules? Hence, I do think that disputes over or land grabbing in a new national capital like ours can be curbed by a national top policy of it own. Because if even Stephen Wani Micheal, County Commissioner, wants to end what, who supports him, how? Therefore, dear Lokiden I want you to read my comment once more and agree with me that there is no land rule of law in South Sudan. Bol Khan, RSS
Kiir ‘s apology to Obama is a shame! I don’t understand why president Kiir do not take time to evaluate his words before jumping into conclusion. Mr. President makes mistake after mistake, and he dares not to learn from these. The hosting of South Kordofan and Blue Nile rebels could not be denied as they were partners with SPLA during the twenty one years of South war with the north. Whereas, Khartoum is until now hosting Militias and using them to destabilize and threaten South Sudan’s security. Why does president Kiir fear to speak the truth? President Kiir ‘s apology looks silly to me, and will have no importance and special consideration. If he meant to restore trust, it is too late and his description as a liar is not going to change. Lok Franco Kok, ROSS.
What kind of leader is Salva Kiir? Why’s he rumoured to have apologized to Obama? Obama is the President of America and Kiir is the head of the Republic of south Sudan nation. They are equal to each other and no leader of a nation can apologize to another leader. Those greedy advisors in the president’s office should give Kiir the right counsels. Muorwel Atoch, Ramciel, Lakes State
Kinds of Equatorians to move to Ramciel Dear Editor, let me try to answer the question whether Equatoria will move to Ramciel or not. My brother who came with that question may think that the reason for moving the Capital from Juba to Ramciel is lack of land. The answer is a big “NO.” Simply put, the reason for moving the capital to Ramciel is the fact that our politicians are not satisfied with the land they got in Central Equatoria State. They continuously do say the CES is refusing land for RSS which is not true. CES is against grabbing of land by RSS and those in charge with their relatives. As such they say Ramciel is a “no-man’s land,” so they will have to move there to Ramciel and allocate for themselves and their children acres of land, for them they have got limited space in Juba which is not true. They would want to acquire vast areas for themselves and their children and their investors friends in the diaspora so that they continue to rule and have the factors of production which are land, labor and the capital which they have already looted, which is coming back in a small way through the investors friends who do not pay taxes as they are well connected.
I hope with the above in your mind you will understand that most if not all Equatorians may not move to Ramciel, those who will move are only the highly connected ones who are also involved in the above business, and their motive will be to go and continue to do the same with their comrades. The second group who will move are those whose jobs will force them to do so, (soldiers). And, finally, the last group will be those Equatorians who are 100% involved in the looting of RSS and they are among those 75 who have looted RSS and will want to move to Ramciel for the same purpose because there in Ramciel will be the center and the engine for the same looting that took place in Juba. They are going to start from scratch in Ramciel and as such accountability will be limited and transparency will be completely lacking. So my friend rest assured that some Equatorians will be there in Ramciel and some will not set foot in Ramciel due to what happened in the three Equatorian States. My prayer is that you and me should have some more years to see us move to Ramciel and see how many Equatorians are there apart from the soldiers in the SPLA, come the move to Ramciel, I would ask you to monitor who from Equatoria will have to move to Ramciel with their goats, chicken, cattle and the entire relatives to go and grab land in Ramciel? Andy Murusal, RSS
You are a liar, Mr. ElHag Paul! Allow to thank you for avoiding your usual tribal stroke of calling the entire system Dinka whatever. That was bad! Paul, Rumbek minutes have nothing to do with Garang’s weakness, but internal politics you have no idea all about. Stop lying! Please forgive yourself, you just an apologist, the traitor that never stops stabbing the people of this republic every year any time.
Second, and more importantly, Dr. John Garang wasn’t corrupt or a dictator as alleged by a Shilluk king (Paul El Hag). Garang was a hero, and still one, whether that hurts you or not. Keeping insulting Garang, Kiir and you will reap it dearly. Isaiah Abraham-Juba EDITOR: Isaiah, threats have no room here!
People not well sensitized about land Dear Bol Khan, you have a very well-put argument brother. In a democratic country like South Sudan, rule of law is what the populace needs. However, the rule in our RSS is but based on tribal connections. Example on this is the current land issue in Juba where the indigenous are accused of not welcoming members of other communities to reside in and around Juba, hence causing mistrust among such communities and therefore comes in the issue of land grabbing. I agree with you, brother, for the fact that our communities are not properly sensitized about government policies regarding land issue among others (Transitional Constitution, 2011). Pawan Lodyong, RSS.
One nation, people and land I believe that South Sudan is one nation, one people, and one land. During the war, we all suffered. I cannot imagine that we have ignorant mentality that tries to divide us by states and tribal lines. Hey, it is not easy folks. We have to accept changes as one people of one nation on one land of the Republic of South Sudan. We must never allow anything that can drag us back into turmoil. I do not see anything wrong if all South Sudanese choose Equatoria as their residential area. Equatoria is my land, Upper Nile is my land, Bhar El Ghazal is my land, and must importantly South Sudan is my land. We can now worry about corrupt government we have but I can assure you that it is a matter of time. Change is coming. New will replace the old which means dead ideas of tribalism shall perish and new ideas of nationalism shall rise. Chot Puk, USA