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Kiir will regret his covenant with Uganda

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

September 14, 2014 (SSNA) -- The wise people always say; better a devil you know than an angel you have never met before. South Sudan conflict attracted many poor countries and more especially the warmongers leaders who always benefit from war devastating countries e.g. Uganda is the good example of these countries.

Uganda a country well known of prostitutions, acute hunger, poor development, and lack of democracy from the time of HE., C –IN-C, Dr., El-Haj Idi Amin Dada to the present time of President Yoweri Kang'uta Museveni who rule the entire Ugandans by iron piece and dictatorship.

President Museveni who has been the top African leader mostly known for his evils deeds and assassination of competent and ambitious leaders in Africa has directly involved in human cleansing, pogrom and carnage done in south Sudan against the Nuers.

But all blames will be put on President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Eng. Kuol Manyang Juuk, Dr. Marial Benjamin and Hon. Speaker Manasseh Magok Rundial for their direct invitation of foreign troops inside south Sudan.

I know one day they will regret this.

South Sudan's SPLM-Juba faction had chosen wrong friends including the Ugandans president Museveni as the worse of all. But it's clear that among the corrupts, no one bother himself to say the truth since looting of nation resources has become the way of life.

I am appealing to all Dinka sub- sections from greater Bhar-el-ghazal to Jonglei and upper Nile regions to come together to decide and tell President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his entourages that their collaboration with Ugandans and mercenaries will one day bring destruction, demolition, human cleansing and many more other disastrous thing to Dinka communities.

South Sudanese are one flesh, they can fight among themselves and they can stop it by themselves no any other country used to intervene since our forefathers live on this very land.

But our cadres were very sweep to call in foreign troops which causes us lots of destructions on both humans and properties.

My fellow's countries men and women the truths will come within our hearts nobody will come and stop the violence which has turned our young country back to those sorrowful days of 21 years of struggle.

Ugandans army's (UPDF) will never quell the rebellions neither the SPLA-N nor the government troops SPLA-Juba, it's us that can come together and point our fingers to those who causes atrocities and there shall be a lasting peace to be witnesses by all citizens.

But if we turned our national budgets to buys foreign troops and big arsenals, than we should also prepare to face the most deadly famine in the country too.

Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is the acting Chairman of SPLM Youth League in Egypt you can reach Him through his Email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A citizen letter to the fellow Countrymen and the World

By Wang Jinub

Dear Fellow South Sudanese,

September 11, 2014 (SSNA) -- If we are honest and truthful to find lasting and durable solutions to our problems, we must look at the genesis or root causes of our problems. Is tribalism the problem or bad governance in South Sudan? Can all problems be blamed on one individual or few among us? What are our roles in these crises? Can we afford to simply lineup behind our tribesmen and women or behind the truth? What is happening to us and our country is reversible if we look in to our souls, hearts, and hold to account those responsible in order for the world and friends to help us get out of this current mess or else, we are in it for very long time. As we look for solutions to current human atrocities and our collective future, we must examine and find the genesis of the problem to begin with; otherwise, we will be kidding ourselves with quick fixes while we ignore the reality, which has the potential to resurface eventually. I would like to point to the 1991 incident where innocent Bor civilians were unfortunately caught up in the political disagreement and lost their lives. The same can be said about the event in 1985 where innocent Gaajak Nuer were massacred in the name of being supporters of Anya Anya 2 Separatist Movement who were fighting for the independence of South Sudan. In addition, the same happened to the innocent Bul Nuer of Mayom County from 1986- 1991 for alleged support of Separatists in the said locality.

By looking at the above mentioned major human atrocities during the struggle, can we afford to relive those dark moments in our collective journey for  a bright future today or we should look on to the future in order to create and build a place called home for us and generations to come? If we are honest and sincere in our quest for peace and unity among ourselves and seek to build a prosperous nation for all, we must acknowledge our shortcomings and apologize where we may have hurt someone intentionally or unintentionally as Dr. Riek Machar did for the 1991 incident where civilians lost their lives.

Dr. Riek Machar is a hero in my humble opinion given the fact that he was able to reconcile himself with the truth, which demonstrates maturity and leadership qualities. However, his acknowledgement of the need for reconciliation and healing was not well received by many including the majority in his own tribe, the Nuer given the brutalities committed under the Late Chairman Dr. John Garang and his Deputy Salva Kiir against the Bul and Gaajak Nuer people in the name of being supporters of Separatists fighting for the cause of South Sudanese freedom.

Given the destruction and human atrocities experienced during the struggle, what we need is for us to reconcile and forgive given the fact that we were all oppressed. However, what happened in Juba, South Sudan on December 15, 2013 and currently going on throughout the country was deliberately, intentionally planned, and executed to silence the voices of freedom longing for inclusiveness in terms of development and justice where no one is above the law. Since 2005 to present, President Kiir has been leading South Sudan and as such, regardless of his endless blame game, he bears the greatest responsibility for what happened to us and our new nation given the fact that the “BUCK” stops with him as the leader. He is responsible for the downfall of the South Sudanese society. President Kiir must take the fatherhood role if he is going to be remembered by all as one of the founding fathers of South Sudan in our history or else, he will be remembered as an opportunist who happened to be at the right place at the right time when the Late and Founding Father of SPLM/A Dr. John Garang met his untimely death in a plane crash in 2005. President Kiir can save himself some grace from South Sudanese if he steps down so that the truth can be found regarding the current mess or people will remember him as a leader who ruined the lives of his own people and is responsible for the destruction of livelihood and future of his country. I am aware that  some blame Dr. Riek Machar but I see him as the only person mitigating the chaos by taking charge and positively channeling the anger of those whose loved ones were intentionally massacred in Juba and beyond to find peaceful solution to our problems.

Dear World,

As you sit and ponder about helping to bring about peaceful solutions and accountability for the innocent South Sudanese, please consider the following in order for real peace to be achieved in South Sudan given the tribal dimension this senseless conflict has taken. Here are some reasons why President Salva Kiir should not remain as the President of South Sudan if IGAD and the World want to help bring peace to South Sudan and her innocent civilians. The crimes committed under his leadership are irreversible because the legitimacy claim of being democratically elected is outweighed by the magnitude and gravity of the current events witnessed thus far. Below are some major points that reasonable and peace makers can put in to consideration as we look for solution and help bring peace to the suffering South Sudanese both internally and externally. 

1. President Kiir has failed South Sudan and her citizens by presiding over rampant corruption from 2005 to present with no real accountability.

2. President Kiir designed self-serving transitional constitution where all powers are in the hand of one man, himself.

3. President Kiir failed to allow meaningful reforms within the party and the government in order for democratic principles to take root in South Sudan.

4. President Kiir recruited, trained, financed, and armed tribal militias who were responsible for ethnic cleansing or Genocide of the Nuer tribe and other South Sudanese with identical Nuer cultural marks where over 20,000 innocent women, children, elderly, and young men have been massacred in a house- to -house search from December 15, 2013 and beyond.

5. President Kiir falsely accused his political opponents of staging a coup, which has been proven baseless by his own, appointed court and Chief of Military intelligence.

6. President Kiir hired professional mercenaries to kill his own citizens utilizing banned weapons like Cluster Bombs in Jonglei State where innocent women and children were among the dead and the UN in South Sudan has proved this.

Now, by looking at all of these failures, can South Sudanese afford six (6) more months of President Kiir given the carnage? If the world cares about humanity and the people of South Sudan, as they claim, can such a leader be allowed to continue to rule under such circumstances?

As a native-born South Sudanese, President Kiir has lost the legitimacy to govern and the world need to help the voices of reason to call for peaceful transfer of power from President Kiir before more bloodshed in South Sudan. President Kiir needs to take responsibility for his actions, which have brought down a beautiful nation like South Sudan.

My fellow South Sudanese, this imposed conflict is not ending any time soon and you and I have a role to play to bring to an end this meaningless cruelty against the innocent with accountability for crimes committed thus far. Being silent can only mean one thing, you either agree or disagree but remember that our collective future depend on your participation and mine. I believe that we must work and support those who pursue real peace not those playing blame-games in the name of peace while they have different intentions as demonstrated by recent IGAD brokered signed protocol where status quo was preserved. We must not relent from seeking truth and justice for those who perished at no fault of their own and for the love of our nation and citizens; we must double our efforts.

With love of thy nation and optimism

Wang Jinub is a concerned South Sudanese, reachable at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan and Chinese imperialism

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

September 10, 2014 (SSNA) -- I just wish I could educate South Sudanese that, as long as they continue to import cheap goods from China, they are effectively shifting jobs and employment to China.

If I were to become the President of South Sudan, one of my first decisions would be to rescind all deals done by SPLM-Juba with the Chinese.

I am disgusted and quite angry to learn that Petrol Dar, one of the biggest company operating oil in the both Bentiu and Palouch oil fields in greater upper Nile states in South Sudan, is 90 percent owned by the Chinese and 10 percent by the army and is clandestinely diverting huge oil revenues that effectively belong to South Sudanese.

How could we be so stupid to get into a relationship where the army merely owns 10% of a very valuable national asset? Interestingly enough, they are the very ones talking about how they will defend 100% indigenization of the corporate sector.

As far as I am concerned, the extraction of national assets and revenues from South Sudan by the Chinese is no different to Western imperialism that resulted in the underdevelopment of Africa. This time, we have Chinese imperialism happening with the consent and participation of our so-called liberators.

Our politicians continue to tell us how the imperialists want to destroy Africa and keep it underdeveloped, but right on our door step is de facto Chinese imperialism.

I think our liberation struggle political parties have been naïve to believe that looking east will create advantageous economic relations compared with the West. Personally, I have not heard of any African country which has developed rapidly because of the involvement of the Chinese.

Yes, they have built infrastructure in Africa, but the cost to our future generations is unimaginable. Their economic agenda is that of extracting as much wealth and value out of Africa as possible. It’s all about them.

I cannot believe it that, as South Sudanese, we have allowed the Chinese to ride roughshod over locals in almost every sector of the economy that they are involved in.

There are many disturbing instances reported, not only about the ridiculous quality of their products, but on how they badly treat workers in oil fields and how they boast that they are untouchable. In addition, their utter disregard of our environment is evident in Juba.

Remember that, despite China’s wealth, the Chinese are one of the most poor and rural populations in the world. Those who end up in Africa are not necessarily the best of breed there.

This was also the same pattern during colonialism, where Africa was the dumping ground of those who were escaping poverty abroad.

Chinese products that have flooded the South Sudanese market are certainly cheaper than local ones or those products imported from east African countries, but their quality and durability is atrocious. All one has to do is to walk around Juba shops and witness Chinese imperialism in action.

Our factories are closed and unemployment is high because we have allowed the Chinese unfettered entry into our markets and yet, worldwide, countries are protecting their economies and the livelihoods of their people from Chinese competition.

In my books, the Minister of commerce has the responsibility to protect South Sudan’s borders from unfair trade practices and cheap imports.

Unfortunately, South Sudanese consumers are also naïve participants in their own underdevelopment. Whatever happened to the Buy Local campaign? I wish I could educate south Sudanese that, as long as they import cheap goods from China, they are shifting jobs to China.

Of course right now, we have a fundamental problem in that, our factories are unable to meet local demand and prices are quite high due to the cost of capital. However, unless we protect our economy with a very aggressive local industrialization policy that builds local capacity; we cannot expect this economy to rebound.

Each day, I sit and think about the economic and social costs that have been caused by the ill-conceived policies of SPLM-Juba over the last couple of years.

From a land reform programmed that affected 2 million families and created serious food insecurity that South Sudanese could not feed themselves, to this conflict that affected more than 700 000 families to their disastrous monetary policy in 2011-2012 that effectively made every south Sudanese poor and now to the indigenization policy that will destroy viable entities and further discourage foreign investment which we desperately need, everything these black men have touched has been a disaster.

Now we have a case where, billions of US dollars that we need to develop our country are going to China on the pretext of fighting imperialism. That is unacceptable.

This makes me really angry because it is the poor south Sudanese that I see every day that are suffering while the chefs are getting fat.I shall definitely be writing a book soon on the underdevelopment of South Sudan by SPLM- Juba Faction in partnership with the Chinese, so that our future generations may know the truth and hopefully not repeat the same mistakes.

Wake up, South Sudan!

 Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut, is the Current acting chairman for (SPLMYL) SPLM Youth League in Egypt; you can get Him through his Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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