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written By Malek Cook-Dwach
September 12, 2015 (SSB) — The controversial story of political development in South Sudan has emanated from lack of free democratic processes and indeed it has something to do with constitution term limits, the notion which becomes practices and norms in which some African countries fall in the same trap. With help of technology which brings the world nearer and close to each other I thought that such paradox could have been avoided.
This extrovert practices becomes adaptive norms of acquiring wealth and robbing the future resources of the country which endanger and put the nation at stake. There are false theories and wrong believe claimed by ruling politicians that if they leave power the country will disintegrate, which distorts the bases of transformation and reforms.
Following the international politics and how the people are governed I become to realize that it is not person who rules that matters, it is only the rule of laws that matters. Contemplating US President Barrack Obama two quotations to African leaders that “Nobody Should Be President for Life,’’ and “Africa doesn’t need strongmen but it needs strong institutions.” One wonders how the Africa leaders perceived such quotations in their own minds.
The powerful nations like US have term limits because law is the law, and no person is above the law, not even the president.” Barrack Obama stated, with the same notion African countries could follow that examples put forth by developed countries.
The presidential term limits, shows the maturity and fairness in implementing the political ideals in the principled, well structured government set-up purposely meant to serve people in which all parties are allowed to compete in the free democratic atmosphere exercise where citizens are the one determining who will be governing them.
Term limits provide an important balance on the concentration of power; they strengthen democracy and ensure long-term stability. Eliminating or unduly extending term limits engenders corruption, which is the main cause of public distrust and significant obstacle to economic development.
Where there is freedom and rule of laws term limits, transitions take place as a natural course of events in the democratic system. Ruling parties are able to cultivate new leadership which can carry on the successful policies of their former leaders, but also correct for the past missteps, term limits offer a periodic guarantee of personal change and thus enhance the possibility of change of party in government.
The term often used by African politicians is that the future is for young generations while behind doors they are working hard in amending the constitutions renewing/extending their terms when their tenures come to an end. Such behavior is unbecoming because it deprived the youth sharing in the national cake.
In my humble opinion I suggested that South Sudan must adopt the term limits in its permanent constitution to avoid falling in the same trap where some African countries have fallen into.
The Author is concerned South Sudanese citizen and Political commentator, reachable at malekcook75@
August 8, 2015 (SSB) — I would first like to take this moment and opportunity to say thank you for facilitating the South Sudanese peace negotiation with the leaders of IGAD. We the South Sudanese — living both inside and outside of your country — are grateful for your consistency in tackling our problems. You have become deeply influential in the peace process, and we have been longing for even more intervention on your part and from the Kenyan government as a whole. In fact, your participation in the South Sudanese peace process is a symbol of hope among the people of South Sudan.
To be exact, we the South Sudanese are watching your contributions closely with optimism. Recently, you were featured in pictures with South Sudanese students; this gesture alone denotes your sincere involvement in our community, and it symbolizes your positive relationship with us. Many of the South Sudanese believe that you are building a well-guided relationship with our country. As an advocate for better education for all children, irrespective of gender, I personally appreciate that you invited those students into your office. The South Sudanese students in your country and in other countries have been empowered by the position you have projected recently.
There is even further proof that you are serving Kenya and other East African countries well. In fact, you have been “voted Africa’s President of the year for…outstanding leadership.” Time and time again, you have proven how much you know about the direction of Kenya and her people, and we are astonished by the way you have channeled the country towards a brighter future. You have astonished us with the amazing team you have built since you took your oath of the office, and the exceptional way you have strived to fix Kenya’s problems. These significant improvements are the result of good decision-making and responsible governance.
In terms of the South Sudanese populations around the world, our people are looking for ways to turn our country around. We have fought hard, but our goals went unfulfilled as a result of greedy politicians — politicians who are symbols of destruction. Their selfish agendas endanger the welfare of the people. They have made a lot of diplomatic and economic mistakes amidst the crisis in the country. As South Sudanese, what we need more than anything is peace and the revitalization of the economy and a reconfiguring or restructuring of the country’s economic system.
You have seen the lack of responsibility first hand in your capacity as a leader. In exchange, I have indeed pledged total allegiance to you, and to our current president Kiir to find solution to our problems. As we speak, the enthusiasm of the younger generations — an enthusiasm fueled by the independence of our country — has begun to subside. In fact, the behavior of the South Sudanese youth has reached a certain level of indolence and disappointment.
Equally disappointing is the fact that our politicians have not maintained certain measures of respect for the citizens who they first introduced to a well-earned freedom. Regrettably, our country’s hard-fought independence has brought us nothing but death after death, and even the mass killing of innocent people. Many of the decisions made by some of our politicians are disconcerting and unguided, so we must appeal to you, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and to IGAD’s leaders in order to bring peace to our homeland and to protect innocent lives.
After the independence of South Sudan was secured, we have faced as many disadvantages as advantages. For instance, a select few, dirty-minded, individuals own our natural resources and our collective freedom. During the civil war, many individuals relied on those leaders, as foolhardy as it may seem now. Unfortunately, this decision still plagues us today. Like every South Sudanese person, I am concerned about when the peace will return to protect the innocent.
In search for peace for South Sudanese, we are also very appreciative about the return of some members of the G10, which is a great sign of peace. Generally, little has come out of the peace process between President Kiir and Riek Machar, but those negotiations have been held repeatedly under your watch and under the other IGAD leaders. The combination of appeasement and collaboration has failed, and with every passing day, the inaction continues to make us incapable of real progress and vulnerable to our enemies at home and abroad.
So far, we have not seen a confident solution to the crisis in our entire country. But we do also acknowledge that everything involved in peace negotiations isn’t always straightforward, because the roads are blocked by the continuation of violence beyond the cessation of hostilities signed and revisited repeatedly. This reality allows me to ask you personal questions, Mr. President: Due to the lack of constraints among the warring parties, I ask you, what have you been talking to our leaders about? Why has the peace negotiation not materialized militarily on the ground?
I am not trying to say to get these two men by their ties, but many South Sudanese are growing frustrated, due to how less trustworthy they have become. We the people can no longer downplay our downfall as a country. I remembered when you stepped in the office; you have accomplished a lot, including trust the people have built for you and helped you through the years.
Instead of reflecting on some of the things you are doing for your country, our politicians are only interested in unattractive duties, such as killing of innocent people. Our politicians are remorseless, and this is one of many reasons why we remain vulnerable in this country: We dearly pay a huge price for. All things considered, it is inconsequential to even blame our politicians for the wrongdoing. Kenya is progressing tremendously and we the South Sudanese are indeed one of many reasons why Kenya is economically thriving. But if peace comes to South Sudan, Kenya’s economy will eventually boom as a result.
Our concern is the restoration of peace in the country. We need courage from our politicians and military generals to accept peace. Yes President Kiir have accepted peace over violence, but he must sign peace to validate his position. As you may know by now, we share much with Kenya and its people and their emotions and with this in mind one of Kenyan politicians name Weston Wanjohi has become frustrated and vocal toward Riek Machar. However, Wanjohi calls are meant to help us restore peace in the country. Like honorable Wanjohi, we are prompted to work against the tactics that would affect the average citizen. As we speak, many of our politicians are busy self-promoting themselves, but we are already tired of their strategies because everything they do ends up killing members of our families.
There are harsh realities of what is going on in the country — with the exception of certain politicians who see things from the average citizen. As you may have heard or seen graphic pictures of the mass killing in the country; it left us wondering what the message is to us. For too many of the citizens, mass killing has become a popularity contest to the ruthless generals and politicians. Our politicians would like to win us over using blood bath as the major way of doing so. Both President Kiir and Riek Machar made a dreadful move recently in regards to peace and they must be pressured to sign peace, now. Tendency of polarizing our people must be ended.
These two men have produced an environment that is unpredictable and hard to regulate country. That is why it is very importance for these two men to be subdue from using violence as a way to convey their messages. Mr. President, our people seriously need peace and we would like you to with IGAD’s leaders, President Kiir, rebels, and members of G10 to help us achieve peace once more.
This letter was written by Deng Kur Deng, AKA Raanmangar. You can reach him at pananyangajak@.
South Sudan Fundamentally Divisive and unnecessary Ideas
Many in South Sudanese society wanted to do a very good behavioural, however why must this be attributable to a flag or identity? It’s at best a very unclear concept that is too easily misused by those in power today. The best in us is brought out on an individual independent not for Southern Sudanese citizen, the human level is too low in term of value, trying to attribute people to rallying cry of look at the regime in Juba because no security for them, no one value them, aren’t we wonderful and smart and cultured and right is usually only done by those who wish to achieve their own power rather the power of nations, usually selfishness ends as at its core it take for granted that there is some sort of superiority.
I’m great to you’re not the only way those group identity is not good for us would be for larger community concepts such as humanity or living beings on South Sudan, today global world it has no place in the betterment of those corrupted people in our country.
Self control is great things?
Nationalism can help inspire a nation to accomplish great things we need on South Sudan. E.g. the Japanese went from feudal, sectionalist society in which corrupt warlords fought each other constantly and these wars had nothing to do with nationalism, it happen in South Sudan between Dinka and Nuer in Dec 2013, but had nothing to do with nationalism rather than killing on tribal line to defend Kiir’s power
Why Nationalism is good for South Sudan?
The Salva Kiir’s regime it does not in any way mean that you are being racist in the name of Dinka against others tribe in South Sudan, or putting our country or culture above others in Dinka culture. Oncoming 9th of July it is more about country celebrating where still killing around the corner you’re and who you are, and focusing more on the good than the bad governing ever in 21th century,
We brought an independent to our free nations to live in peace and harmony like any country around the globe, unfortunately the leadership doesn’t allow freedom in our courty,
It is good every citizen taking pride in ones culture and value, race, and nation is not wrong. When one man wants his ethnic group to be the best in south Sudan he will work harder not killer and destruction and terrified others to make his nation better paradise on earth. This attitude is unlike modern liberals who associate any attempt to be proud of them with neo Nazism or fascism in newly nation, people fade up with Dinka non vision leadership, it happen from Abel Alier unto Salva Kiir’s leadership today, that’s truth.
Our nationalism can lead to pride in South Sudan and its accomplishments mission.
Otherwise, the extreme nationalism is the thing that causes all the non violence and racism in many countries and the rest of the world like Europe, but to be nationalism is bonds a nation together not separate people and divided into tribes, it’s what protects a country and pushes soldiers to fight their citizens. So nationalism is partially a good thing.
Therefore, the nationalism has been used by influential leader throughout good history. Like Salva Kiir and Yoweri Kaguta Musseveni have used it to drive his armies and militants for evil in Unity state to use Mr blind man Pul Jang killing his own people in the name of defending constitutions of Kiir not South Sudan, but Ghandi and Mandela have used it for good leadership. It was used by numerous countries in the 1800, 1900’s for anti colonialism.
The negative and positive nationalism or whatever:
Nationalism could be interpreted by an individual SPLM/A members as meaning making their own decisions best for the people country of South Sudanese and in personal gain. Could also mean a direct democracy approach by making change by revolutionary are fighting for change and freedom, liberty and even attempts at political parties effectively working together for the betterment of the nation rather than killer SPLM/A of the nation and its people without that left vs. Right nonsense.
Therefore, the nationalism itself is not a negative force. Nationalism can be a positive incentive such as the appreciation of one’s history and a man like Doctor John Garang and ancestors. It can be desire to contribute to the betterment of one’s society and fellow neighbours Kenya, Ethiopia etc. Nationalism does not have to be an aggressive force killing, it does not have to be an incentive to actively exclude and include certain people like Dinkas based on their race, ethnic control all the government offices in all country without their recognition of others tribes origin or history. Only when it is taken to the extreme, and enters the realm of exclusivity, is it one’s country and the will to contribute to the betterment of its society.
It is the nationalism can definitely be a force for good in South Sudan yes or no?
Thereafter, the nationalism does not need to be a negative thing or turn on it wheel upside down. Nationalism can be extremely powerful for our country South Sudan today. If the citizens of our nation are proud to be first class citizens, it only makes sense that they would have a strong sense of nationalism and country loves. When the citizens of South Sudan truly believe in their country and love it and its ideals, the nations as a whole prospers last independent. When citizens lose faith on their leader in their nation and government, something about their very way of life is partially eroded and the nation as a whole I thinks lose its sense of identity.
Otherwise, nationalism will never be a force for good as it promotes the idea that can develop the nations a certain group is superior over another group. Being proud of a piece of our land with a beautiful flag and nice national anthem where your parents gave birth to you does not mean you get to assume your all of a sudden better than a particular group like Dinka to control the power and killing others tribe in the name of democracy and constitution of Luk Jock former minister. If you’re going to be proud of something be proud of humanity, a group we all belong to South Sudan, and how far we have come.
If there’s separation on our nations what I mean recognize some state to be independent like greater Upper Nile will stand by it own without Bhar El Ghazel and Equatoria there will always be a positive outcome. Even though it is uniting one time for 30th years, it still creates our division between tribal line and others, and we all know where isolation leads us. At on this point where you view yourself, friends, family or our country as more superior to another it is most likely to cause conflict by Salva Kiir. Viewing Kenya as one unit instead of divided by invisible lines in name of Dinkas would be the way to ultimately go imaging all the people, living as one nation.
What are the dangers of nationalism?
The nationalism isn’t necessarily a force for good in our society. It has been used by unscrupulous people in positions of power ti whip up hatred and hysteria among the masses against certain groups that those in power deem undesirable. Take for example Nazi Germany. Hitler did these very things against the Jews, it happen today in Southern Sudan we have other Nazi Salva Kiir killing Nuers brothers in called blood
We cannot have nationalism take over because it will cause too many problems. In our history from Anya Nya one than Anya Nya two, Splm/nationalism has been tried several times and it has led to war today. There is no was that everyone can conform to one persons ideas and states, people do need to have a say and do need to be able to express their own opinions.
The best things can lead us unto the processes of nationalism it encourages pride in ourselves and all the country, our sense of responsibility to it and the other people across the nation wide who live in it, a responsibility to educate our kids and they contribute into development programme and society, please clean up after yourself to become a good leader, a sense of community and helping others, interest in our history from zero and preserving important building.
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UNITED NATIONS | By Michelle Nichols
The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted six rival generals in South Sudan for “fuelling the ongoing conflict and contributing to the devastating humanitarian crisis” in the world’s newest state, the United States said.
The men, three from either side of South Sudan’s conflict, are the first to be listed by the Security Council’s South Sudan sanctions committee, which operates by consensus. They are now subjected to a global travel ban and asset freeze.
“As the members of the Security Council demonstrated today, those who commit atrocities and undermine peace will face consequences,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said in a statement.
The United States, supported by Britain and France, made the U.N. sanctions proposal. The United States and the European Union have already imposed sanctions on some rival commanders.
South Sudan plunged into civil war in December 2013 when a political crisis sparked fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy Riek Machar. The conflict has reopened ethnic fault lines that pit Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces.
Thousands have been killed and millions displaced. Several ceasefires have been agreed but broken. Talks are set to resume in mid-July to try to end the conflict in South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.
The Security Council has long threatened to blacklist anyone undermining security or interfering with the peace process in South Sudan. Kiir said in March that the threat of international sanctions would not keep him from retaliating against his rival.
The United States supported Kiir until it lost confidence in 2013. Washington hoped he could oversee a stable, oil-producing, majority Christian state allied to the West in contrast to neighbouring Muslim-led Sudan, which is hostile to Washington
“South Sudan’s political leadership has squandered the international goodwill that accompanied its independence and pursued political and economic self-interest that has produced only violence, displacement and suffering for the South Sudanese people,” Power said.
The men sanctioned on the government side are:
On the rebel side, the blacklisted men are:
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Luka Riek)
By Deng Lueth Yuang, Calgary, Canada
July 1, 2015 (SSB) —- Gone are those days when Kuol Manyang, John Garang and Jong Reng used to force our traditional Chiefs to give them every able-bodied boy to serve in the SPLA!
Gone are those days when Kuol Manyang used to conscript young boys, cattlemen and any other middle aged men into the rebel army –the SPLA.
Well, it wasn’t a bad thing at all. We were after all fighting a common enemy for a common cause with a common vision.
But now we lack common enemy, cause and vision. Secondly the young men are being forced against their will to do something that they haven’t decided to do so.
But amid all these turbulences, one thing stand out clearly – it does not matter how this young recruits from Bor are being recruited into the army. What matters is an army controlled, occupied and ran by Bor sons.
Time and time again, history has it that these conscripts will listen to their elders, chiefs and senior govt officials to do what they are expected to do. Even if they refuse at first hand, they will change their heart at last. But inside my ‘medulla oblongata’, I sense something unethical!
This brings me into asking these qns: a) why Bor who are numerically disadvantaged among the Dinka clans? B) Why initiating a forceful recruitment in the 21st century while you know very well that these young guys are politically aware more than before? C) Will you not regret if they say yes, but then turn their guns against you – defect or form their own rebellions?
[I have no doubt; that is why rebellion is habitual. There are no right people at the right places at the moment].
However, if this forceful recruitment taking place in Bor town under the auspices of one Dinka Bor general is something to go by, then I encourage all our able-bodied men to all become part of the South Sudanese army, not to go and fight the Nuers rebels but be a custodian of a sovereignty of South Sudan nation.
In my own recognition- assume if I were in Bor, can the mighty general force me into the army? Does he know where I came from and where I am going? This qn also applies to those being recruited into the army against their wills? Does he know what their intentions are? We live in a 21-st century where no one lives in darkness.
Each and every one of us knows what transpires in Juba! So do you think my brother who is going into the army, leaving his family behind and being send to Malakal to go and kill Shilluk and Nuer can do the fight for you, really? Really in this age,
Well in as far as I am concerned; there is one good thing that Bor sons never do – going against a good cause. But this time around, I support Malual Ayom decree for all able-bodied men and women to voluntarily or mandatorily join the SPLA. Why? Because it is latitude for political and military recognition in south Sudan at this hour of need. It is a deterrent factor to would-be enemies of our people.
Ber Moor Ben was formed last year, but it has not lived up to its name. It is taken to Malakal, and I guess by now they are ‘finished’. So this time around, never mind. Join it, take your guns, go back home and never go to Nuerland. Come back with those guns and form your military chain of command to counter Agwalek, Cobra, Mathiang Anyor, White army, and the Arrow Boys. We so badly need you to defend our Borland!
***I’m here for you***
Deng Lueth Yuang, the writer is a former primary, high school and academics in Kakuma Refugee Camp. He now lives in Canada as a scholar and humanitarian worker around the globe. He holds both BA and MA in Economics from University of Calgary, Alberta, CANADA. Contact: email@example.com
June 30, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has admitted losing the Upper Nile state town of Malakal, which fell to the armed opposition forces over the weekend.
Defense minister, Kuol Manyang said government forces pulled out of the strategic town to avoid damage and loss of lives, but were within the outskirts of Malakal.
“The rebels of Riek Machar are in Malakal”, Defence minister Kuol Manyang told reporters on Tuesday. Our forces are around Malakal”, he said, without much detail.
The defense minister was reacting to a question asking about general security situation in the country and who actually controlled the strategic oil-rich state capital.
Local officials and residents separately told Sudan Tribune that the armed fighters under the overall command of former government militia commander, Johnson Olony and forces allied to the former vice president Riek Machar under the command of General Gabriel Tanginye remain in control of the town and that government forces were only occupying areas within Lul bridge and some territories east of Akoka county.
Minister Manyang, however, assured the population that pro-government forces were capable of defending the young nation, including their abilities to take full control of Malakal “soon”.
The Upper Nile capital has changed hands several times between the South Sudanese army and the armed opposition forces since violence broke out in the country in 2013.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed and about 2 million displaced since fighting broke out in South Sudan as aid agencies warned of severe famine in coming months.
Posted: July 1, 2015
Press Release: WES Government Condemns Army brutality in Maridi
July 1, 2015, (SSB) — The WES Government would like to inform the citizens of Western Equatoria and the South Sudan public at large that it does not approve the on-going brutal army crackdown in Maridi which has been unpleased on the population by someone from Juba SPLA Headquarters.
Let the public judge from the recent WES Governor visit to the area and in that visit the Governor called on the pastoralists to adhere to the Presidential decree and move their cattle and people from the area to avoid the insecurity because it was clear the local residents cannot live in peace when there are animals and pastoralists encroaching on the same agriculture lands of the local population.
The events that ensured in Maridi was the result of the tension between the two groups which has been boiling for sometimes because cows go to the fields and eat up growing plantations. Indeed there was a grenade attack on a cattle camp at night. However it could have been also someone from the cattle raiders as they often fight one another to settle some previous scores. However regards of that the cattle raiders supported by some elements from the SPLA, on ethnic bases, took their revenge on the local population whereby town centre areas and settlement on Maridi-Rumbek road was vandalized and looted and up to 11 civilians killed.
Indeed some youth organised themselves to face off the marauding raiders who targeted even Government officials as well and tried to assassinate the commissioner of the town, Hon Wilson Thomas, whose house was ransacked by bullets with intention of killing him if he did not flee his house. Further the house of the Political advisor of WES was vandalised and looted when the SPLA was in the neighbourhood.
Our continued appeal for calm to the Army resulted in the case of one SPLA officer being identified by the Division Commander as behind the case of Army involvement in the case of pastoralists attacking local residents and the commander asked for the transfer of the SPLA officer to Lake State. However someone in Juba has sent more forces called SPLA commandos who have now gone to Maridi with the claim of quelling a non-existent rebellion while the case was between local resident sand pastoralists.
We understand this new force is now terrorising the citizen looking for every young men and arresting them and beating them asking them to show rebel camps and then targeting their families. More than 30 young men have been rounded up from villages and their families targeted and a lorry have come to Maridi to take these innocent young men to Juba for nothing.
WES Government condemns this brutal tactics of solving problems as one which will just alienate the population and increase insecurity and violence in WES at a time when we should have been preparing to celebrate our fourth anniversary and reduce the spread of violence to other peaceful areas of South Sudan. Would we like to destroy the whole country before we can achieve peace or would we really be trying to contain violence to where it already occurred so that at least the cost of building this country is minimal afterwards?
As such we appeal to Juba SPLA Headquarters to immediately withdraw the brutalising force from Maridi and Mundri and other areas so that violence is contained and do not spread further. All innocent detained youth should be freed and SPLA should only go after rebels and their camps if at all they are in WES, because rebels have bases and not picking innocent youths from their homes.
Hon Eng. Charles Barnaba Kisanga
WES Minister of Information and Spokesperson WES Government
Selflessness, Courage, Patience and Visionary: Rare Combinations of Unique Characters in a National Leader
By Kur Wel Kur, Australia
Kuol Manyang Juuk will Never Regret.
May 14, 2015 (SSB) —- Writing about people, places or about anything takes an interest. Some people become interested in their relatives and friends. Some admire places of their connections or places of their wishes and they write about them. While writing about exceptional people (regardless of any relationship) or about topics close to our hearts, tip-top the love of writing. I had picked up glittering nuggets in some people whose bloodlines never crossed mine and wrote about them on this site (Paanluel Wel). So I hope writing about Kuol won’t attract “accusations of being labelled as selfish”.
How I wish I were a microscopic brain-worm to wiggle myself in Kuol’s brain. To find his secrets of processing information, which makes him a daring decision maker. Mistakes and corrections characterise lives of leaders but what defines exceptional leaders is their fairness of letting the law/order takes its course regardless of other forces (friendship and blood relationship ). Toughness and softness describe humans; however, it depends where each falls: inside or outside. Those who exhibit toughness externally, are soft from inside. Their actions rely on gossips, friendships and relatives. But those whose toughness falls within them appear speechless in the faces of situations. Leaders with zipped mouths repel gossipers. They see problems in different angles and their solutions to problems bud the hopes for a better future.
Born to Manyang Juuk in Pathuiyith, Athoc’s section of Bor and Keth Kuor-reng (pronounced as Kureng) in Adol (Gak), Gok section of Bor, Kuol largely lived most of his childhood in his maternal home. His maternal uncle, Athiu Kuor-reng sent him to Akol-Ajak primary school. He got initiated at his paternal home (Pathuiyith-Mathiang). He spent his youthful years in school until the birth of SPLM/A, a liberation movement, he sacrificed all his souls (self, family and relatives). A movement that delivered The South Sudan.
Leadership requires courage and selflessness
Great leaders are courageous and selfless. To liberate a country is frustrating for everyone but directors of the liberation shoulder more loads than the rests. During the war of liberation, many of his friends and relatives got pruned in one way or another until he was left a lone stander like a desert tree, but his courageous and selfless character sustained him to this minute. How he handled the loneliness is what I am yet to know from him one day when he comes visiting the tombs of his maternal uncles in Gak.
Selflessness will save our country one day. Our country engages in a civil war because a few people are selfless and our economy is drowned by inflation because most of our leaders including those who are policing others in embezzlement are selfish. If we were to borrow some characters from Kuol, then his courageous and selfless characters of saying the truth and working for it (truth) would do us good. Legends observe their surrounding, but they listen more to their within-voices. I regard Kuol Manyang Juuk as a legend and some people if not many, share this realisation with me.
Exceptional leaders project their decisions beyond tomorrow
Proactive projection of decisions is visionary. Kuol in his area of jurisdiction guided the mission of liberation to the highest level of his abilities. In so doing, he acquired himself enemies, especially among his relatives and friends who felt neglected. This blame game exists to this very day. However, his nature of giving same treatments to all, is the foundation of his selfless character. With this character, he expects all around him to lift themselves off from the grounds of mediocrity to the majestic heights of excellence. As a great leader, he guides the results of the mission.
He and his likes (insert: Daniel Awet Akot) executed the idea of preparing our nation for the second phase of liberation: the war of illiteracy. Literacy cures the underdevelopment. With this fact in mind, he did his part in Upper Nile regions while Awet directed the mobilisation in Greater Barh El Gazal. They’re the fathers of young educated South Sudanese today. The thousands of graduates who strutted away with their degrees last week in The University of Juba are the testimonies of Kuol’s projections and executions. What’s left now, is bestowing responsibilities of the nation building and rewriting of the constitution to these graduates.
Staying true to his character of being exceptional and visionary, Kuol appointed a young educated man, Nicholas Nhial Majak Nhial as the first mayor of Bor town. His (Kuol) peers viewed his decision as naive and insulting to the elders but his projection aimed for the best of tomorrow. Many young peoples do appreciate his decision of employing young and energetic graduates because the fierce under development needs fresh and best minds. So incorporating the youth (graduates) into caring for the nation, not just in defence but also in policies making will surely galvanise our country in terms of development and defence.
An example of a dream come true was when trouble makers from Greater Pibor sneaked into the territory of Bor and disturbed the tranquility of the area. Nicholas Nhial as a mayor and the commissioner, Mameer Ruuk mobilised the youth and pursued the trespassers until they ran uncoordinated. They ran for their dear lives and with empty hands. To accomplish that mission, the mayor and commissioner lifted the morale of youth by being with them. And the fact that they (Mameer and Nhial) are young, determine the results.
Great leaders are patient
They can, sometimes, settle for less for the sake of the country. Kuol, in his military career, observes the principles of self-discipline and patience up to this moment. In the leadership curses in South Sudan, many appointees, weak-hearted self-proclaimed leaders and those who hung around great leaders as households have turned South Sudan a contesting club for leadership. However, Kuol waits for appointments from his senior, the president. He never preempted information or based his decisions on empty politics. You can recall the leaked news of his false appointment as the minister of defence in 2012. Many ill-wishers ran between the president and him, spreading lies, but he stood firm and rose above all odds of Juba’s rumors.
Negating the wisdom in this saying: ” Patience is the mother of cruelty”, I admire to write: Impatient is the mother of all rebellions. All rebels whether active, passive or undecided are impatient retards who keep dreaming of either bending or breaking the rules of harmonious societies. Some people may wonder about what causes impatience but greed feeds impatience. Selfishness grows and nurses greed.
In the rising and falling of our country, each of us is left to observe the greatest leaders, dead or alive. As he (Kuol) strikes among us, we cannot appreciate the breadths and depths of his exceptional leadership until hundreds years after this generation’s burial. This notion of seeing the importance of exceptional leaders after they left offices or left us because of their deaths, is a sickening weakness of human’s character. After the burial of Dr. John, before his corpse disintegrates, we cried rivers, asking God to raise him back to life so he could lead us but when he walked among us and preached the idea of “good governance”, we turned to him deaf ears and blind eyes.
To rest this article, public roar in excitement, voting in their most desired leaders into public’s offices; however, when those leaders fail, the public lose confidence in them; the public would boo them out of the public’s offices. Leaders cannot satisfy every voter, even the leadership saints such as Dr. John Garang retired to their graves with some people’s grievances. I assure you, no leader is perfect even Jesus, the healer, the redeemer, the manufacturer of miracles and the co-creator of the universe left us condemned.
In the same vein, Some people fume with anger at Honourable Kuol Manyang but when Kuol Manyang Juuk retires, he won’t regret because he offered all his strength and soul could afford for the betterment of South Sudan. As I write this note, I understand that no characters greater to be in a leader than selflessness, courage, patience and visionary. Kuol is a living testimony of these characters. I hope he can lecture in military academy (if the government initiates one) after his defence post.
Posted: May 11, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan 0 Rate This Regional bodies should support settlements that would allow Salva Kiir (left) and Riek Machar to save face, and international institutions like the World Bank should work to develop revenue management tools that could help a power-sharing government achieve staying power.
By Tim O’Brien The world’s newest country, South Sudan, is not only in the midst of a brutal civil war, it is also facing what has been characterised as “the world’s worst food crisis.” While both sides in the conflict have attacked unarmed civilians in hospitals, churches and mosques and committed ethnically targeted acts of rape, a staggering two million people have been displaced from their homes. This equates to about one in five people in a country where nearly everyone relies on subsistence farming, fishing or herding for their livelihoods. Last month, just days before the collapse of regionally organised peace talks between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president, now rebel leader, Riek Machar, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution that installed a system for imposing individual sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on “leaders of any entity” in South Sudan who block peace. Kiir and Machar are clear targets of the sanctions. Since fighting broke out in December 2013 when the Sudan People’s Liberation Army split along mainly ethnic lines behind the two leaders, at least seven ceasefires have failed and three peace agreements have been signed and broken. The new resolution, which was drafted by the United States, does not impose an arms embargo but leaves the option open for one in the future. Human-rights organisations have led widespread calls for an impartial arms embargo and the idea has been supported by many within the Obama administration, including Secretary of State John Kerry and ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, as reported by Foreign Policy earlier this year. Thankfully, for now, the calls have gone unheeded. If the goal is to end the conflict and encourage a sustainable peace in South Sudan, the Security Council resolution is likely to help. An arms embargo, on the other hand — or even the possibility of one — threatens perverse outcomes and should be taken off the table as soon as possible. Given what scholars have learned about the causes of civil war, South Sudan is a tinderbox. The country has a rich base of natural resources, specifically oil in the states of Unity and Upper Nile where fighting has been concentrated. It has weak (in fact, brand new) state institutions, extremely limited infrastructure to reach remote areas, and a history of past conflict (primarily with Sudan). At the same time, national income is very low and there are ethnic divisions that can be exploited for political gain. Still, none of these factors, individually or combined, make conflict inevitable. That still takes a spark — which in this case was the split between Kiir and Machar. Contrary to popular perceptions, the current conflict is not driven by ethnic hatred between the Dinka and Nuer but rather by the leaders’ willingness to politicise their power struggle along these ethnic lines. Furthermore, Kiir and Machar authorise (either actively or passively) acts of horrific violence by their military factions. This dynamic instils fear among the civilians caught in the crossfire, which increases recruitment and drives the conflict forward. The new sanctions programme will help pressure Kiir and Machar to reach a negotiated settlement by imposing private costs on them and their advisors for the continued fighting. Until now, each has held out for the potential rewards of victory while the immense social costs of the war have been borne by ordinary South Sudanese civilians. The Security Council should ratchet up pressure as the conflict drags on. At the same time, regional bodies should support settlements that would allow Kiir and Machar to save face, and international institutions like the World Bank should work to develop revenue management tools that could help a power-sharing government achieve staying power. But what about the proposed arms embargo? Don’t fewer weapons imply less violence and a faster end to the conflict? Historically, the answer has been no and the reasons for this are quite clear. In a 2005 study of past multilateral arms embargoes enacted by the Security Council during civil wars, Dominic Tierney concluded that their impacts ranged from irrelevant to malevolent. He found that arms embargoes are rarely enforced, especially in Africa, and that even when enforced, they fail to force political changes in target countries and tend to have serious unintended consequences. They strengthen more criminal networks within armed groups and, in the case of impartial arms embargoes, the impacts are never neutral. When weapons are scarce to begin with, an impartial arms embargo may favour the sitting government, which has greater resources stockpiled. But in the case of South Sudan, which is flush with weapons from past conflicts, an impartial arms embargo would be likely to favour the rebels since the government’s supply lines stand to be more affected by the measure. In this way, by simply holding out the potential imposition of an arms embargo in the future, the Security Council may already be working to lengthen the civil war. Machar probably sees little reason to settle for a peace agreement if a future arms embargo would strengthen his side. Unfortunately, a prevailing assumption among many continues to be that African civil wars are the product of ethnic hatred and access to arms. In such a world, any initiative that decreases the availability of weapons is a promising step, and perhaps the only promising step, that can be taken by the international community. However, the world is much more complex. As South Sudan enters its rainy season and 3.5 million people are expected to face a food security crisis or emergency — one step away from famine — the international community can actually do a great deal to help end the civil war in South Sudan. But at the same time, if diplomats ignore what has been learned through the study of civil war or the context of South Sudan itself, some efforts could easily do more harm than good. Based on what is known about civil war in general and the conflict in South Sudan specifically, the current Security Council resolution is a step in the right direction. Meanwhile, the continued calls for an arms embargo threaten a big step back. Tim O’Brien is completing his masters in public administration in international development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Salva Kiir, Riek Machar lack ‘leadership’ to end South Sudan crisis – John Kerry By AGGREY MUTAMBO In Summary •South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation at four, fell into chaos in December 2013 after rebels loyal to former vice president Machar engineered a failed coup against President Salva Kiir. •On Monday, Mr Kerry was briefed on the progress of negotiations by his host, President Kenyatta. •President Kenyatta has privately tried to end the conflict by making parties sign a deal for power sharing. In January, both signed on a document, which was later rejected by their supporters. Related Stories •South Sudan: Igad running out of patience, resources •Juba talks could collapse as donors opt for sanctions Visiting US Secretary of State on Monday criticised warring South Sudanese leaders, accusing them of lacking “leadership” to end the violence. At a news conference in Nairobi, Mr Kerry, who held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, said both President Salva Kiir and his nemesis Riek Machar are to blame for refusing to make compromises. “We all know of that country’s great promise. We saw at first hand the dedication and resilience of its people, but let me be clear: That promise is now at a great risk of being squandered,” he said. “The country’s leaders failed to act on behalf of their people and their nation. “This is not happening except for the absence of the leadership necessary to bring it to a close,” he added, describing the violence which has so far killed more than 50,000 people and displaced another two million. South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation at four, fell into chaos in December 2013 after rebels loyal to former vice president Machar engineered a failed coup against President Salva Kiir. Soon, the war spread around the country. Since then, talks led by regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on development (Igad) and supported by the US, UK, Norway and the European Union have failed to reach an agreement. Funding On Monday evening, Mr Kerry announced an additional $5 million funding for “justice and reconciliation” programmes in South Sudan, which he argued would be used to improve the justice system and reprimand war merchants in Juba. But an emotional Kerry, who has previously warned South Sudanese leaders of sanctions, said they had both abandoned their responsibilities. “For more than a year, regional leaders, the US and others have been urging South Sudan leaders to live up to their commitment that can set their country up on the path of peace and prosperity. “Unfortunately, South Sudan’s leaders, both those officially in government and those contesting those who are in office, have not yet chosen to make compromises needed for peace. “And it’s that absence of compromise and absence of leadership that is leading to the challenge to the region.”
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South Sudan Vice-President James Wani Igga. PHOTO | FILE
The South Sudan government says it is ready to negotiate a recent decision to extend the tenure of the current administration by three years if an agreement for an interim government is reached.
Vice-President James Wani Igga in an exclusive interview with The EastAfrican said that the government is discussing the renewed tenure of the president and parliament but this can only happen if all stakeholders agree on the lifespan of the proposed transitional government of national unity.
“Our Constitution provides for amendments to extend the tenure of the government. Parliament has already extended the tenure beginning July 9 for a period of three years. But should the agreement be signed, then we will definitely have a new arrangement and it may not necessarily be three years,” said Mr Igga.
It has also emerged that President Salva Kiir has offered 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; as well as to unfreeze their accounts and assets, grant general amnesty to rebels and former detainees, and declare a unilateral ceasefire from the government side.
These measures are contained in a presidential decree to fulfil the government’s responsibilities in accordance with the Arusha SPLM Party Reunification Agreement signed in January 2015.
However, the rebels have remained sceptical and are yet to take up the offer until after the final agreement is reached under the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) in Addis Ababa.
Parliament, in March, voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s term in office by three years, in the absence of a peace agreement and because elections that were to be held in April did not take place.
Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) spokesperson in Kenya Adel Sandrai said that even though the conflict was a result of differences within SPLM, it has taken on a national dimension. He argued that the only remedy is a peace agreement that is acceptable to all South Sudanese who have been affected by the war.
After their recent Leadership Conference in Pagak, the SPLM-IO resolved that the mandate of the national Legislative Assembly expired on March 8, while the president’s term in office will expire on May 21 in accordance with the 2010 General Election.
The rebels have since made Pagak — a town in Upper Nile State, which borders Ethiopia — their headquarters in the self-created Adar State, where Dr Machar is currently operating from.
The amnesty was to take 45 days according to the Arusha Accord signed in January. However, the rebels have largely ignored the concession, with Mr Igga saying only a few low key figures have responded, explaining that “most of our brothers are still hesitant until after the signing of the Addis Ababa peace process.”
The rebels had said they can only return if they are assured of protection by regional troops of their choice, mainly from Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
The government had earlier argued that these countries already have contingents in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), but the challenge is that these countries have no leverage over their soldiers once they are part of a UN peacekeeping mission.
The government has finally agreed to allow 60 soldiers from countries of their choice to accompany them on their return.
The focus of the international community is now on the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan as Igad puts together an expanded Igad-Plus mechanism to try to secure a final peace agreement.
READ: Igad asks more countries to join South Sudan peace talks While visiting Nairobi last week, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Troika countries — the US, UK and Norway — and Igad have been putting pressure on the warring parties to end the war or face sanctions.
The sanctions will target individuals responsible for the atrocities committed and the mismanagement of the country’s wealth.
However, Mr Igga urged the international community to also appreciate the progress made so far even though the war is not yet over. “The best language in the current circumstances is persuasion and not sanctions, which are likely to harm the peace process,” said Mr Igga.
Mr Kerry also said that the US would give $5 million to set up a hybrid tribunal to try the perpetrators of the conflict and war crimes in South Sudan.
Hybrid courts — seen as an alternative to the International Criminal Court — include both local and independent international judges, with the best examples in Africa being the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
The hybrid tribunal works under predetermined rules of procedure and its decisions are binding. Outside the continent, there have been tribunals for Yugoslavia, East Timor and Kosovo.