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IDPs in Bentiu PoCs Rejects Salva Kiir's "Establishment Order No 36" For the Creation of 28 States

Bentiu, November 18, 2015 (SSNA) -- We the internally displaced persons living under sub-human conditions in Unity State's main United Nations Manned Protection of Civilians site (PoCs) reject and condemn the unilateral, unconstitutional, dictatorial and un-called-for presidential degree which is refered to by president Salva Kiir and his cohorts in Juba as "Establishment Order No. 36/2015.

We have learned that Salva Kiir's tribal "Establisment Order" which creates ethnic enclaves for each tribe, particularly the Nuer, thereby separating and Isolating them from the rest of South Sudanese ethnic groups do not only jeopardize the recently signed peace deal with the armed Sudan people's Liberation Movement (The SPLM/A-IO), but an act of further polarization of the society into x and y. In addition, the "Establishment Order" plans the seeds of ethnic hatred not only Between the Nuer and the Dinka because certain lands of different tribes are due to be given and taken away by force of Salva Kiir's arms. For example, there is no historical recognized border among the two counties of what President Salva Kiir called Ruweng State. Parieng county lies hundreds of miles North-East of Rubkona. Likewise, Abiemnom lies hundreds of miles not only from Rubkona, but from Mayom.  Rubkona and Mayom counties lie between Panrieng and Abiemnom counties, with the two latest counties with no common or internal borders between themselves. This is not an act of responding to demand of the people at all, but a discourse of snatching away lands that do not belong to certain communities thereby creating anti-ethnic sentiments between the South Sudanese people. This is not the time of creating more states; this is time of constructing confidence, enhancing the social fabric of our polarized society.

Political hypocrisy, if not anything else, compelled Mr. Kiir to rush to the creation of the recently announced 28 states. If President Salva Kiir was sympathizing Federalism, as a popular demand of the people of South Sudan, he would have done this in early Janauary last year when the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement tabled it in the negotiation table instead of doing it at this time where a peace deal with his rivals as just been finalized based on the current constitutional ten states.

The two warrying parties, notably the SPLM/A-IO and SPLM-juba, accepted and signed the IGAD-Plus Compromise Pecae Agreement. However, despites assurance from the government in Juba, Salva Kiir put in place reservations among which is the ratio of power sharing in the three Upper Nile States of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

Paul Malong Awan, Kiir's army Chief said, "You should know that those who are in Al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Shabab are human being like us, therefore we should follow their foot-steps than signing that fake peace” which means the destabilization of the country.

President Kiir said, ‘’ If this peace imposes on me, there will be more bloodshed in all South Sudan’’.

Salva Mathok, a die-heart member of the Jieng Council of Elders, urged all Dinka Youths to open recruitment centers and joint the army for more fighting.

As a result of all these, before he left for Addis Ababa in mid-August this year, president kiir dismissed the governor of Upper Nile State and appointed a Dinka ally to create confusion between the ordinary citizens of South Sudan.

As a surprise to the world, President Salva Kiir, while at the venue of the peacetalks in Addis Ababa, refused to sign the peace deal signed by his counterparts in the IO and FDs just to sign it in Juba on 26 August with unnamed reservations.

The IGAD-Plus, due to their sympathy towards the suffering of the South Sudanese people, were forced to follow President Salva Kiir in Juba and signs the Compromise peace deal with reservations nine (9) days later or 26 August 2015 after it was signed by Dr Riek Machar.

Finally, as a discourse of conspiracy to jeopardize the peace deal, President Kiir took unwise decision by creating 18 more States at the wrong time in the wrong place.

We do not know what happened to him whether someone is acting on behalf of him or what the problem is.

Therefore we, For the sack of our love for the peaceful co-existence of the people of South Sudan,will not be part of disintegrating South Sudan into pieces and totally reject the creation of more states at this critical time which will be a recipe for future violence. That decision must not be implemented at all cost even if President claims to be acting on behalf of the whole South Sudan. We calls upon the African Union, the IGAD, the Troika and the international community to hold respondsible the perpetrators of Juba massacre as identified in the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan as soon as possible so that the smooth implementation of the deal is guaranteed, and too to pressure those who are fearing losing their ministerial positions at the expend of the people of South Sudan.

We call upon president Salva Kiir to realizes the danger of the "Establisment order" and abolish it immediately and leave it for the people of South Sudan to decides the status of their country in a popular referendum vote.

Signed by the IDPs VOICE UNITY STATE-BENTIU, comprising of:

  • Advisory Council
  • Community High Committee
  • Women Group
  • Youth Association


Government of South Sudan
The Troika
The United Nations Security Council

A group of artists in Ethiopia congratulate South Sudan warring parties on their commitment to implement the peace deal

Press release

Addis Ababa, November 16, 2015 (SSNA) -- The office of South Sudan Artists’ Association in Ethiopia (SSAAE) is commending south Sudan’s warring parties on showing willingness and commitment to implement the newly signed “security arrangements” and the peace accord reached on the 17th and 26th of August 2015 to end the 20 months old conflict.

Khor Deng Jang (AKA-Khor Dj), the chairman of the association, congratulates the two warring parties on showing signs of commitment toward the full implementation of the peace deal.

“On behalf of SSAAE and on my own behalf, I would like to congratulate the two warring parties on reaching out a deal that aim to end the senseless war we had experienced for the past 22 months. I wish them all the best in the full implementation of the deal as stipulated in the compromised peace agreement and the security arrangement that was signed by the warring parties”.

Lul Tuach Dojiok (AkA-LTD), the deputy chairman of the association, urges south Sudan government to warmly receive SPLA-IO advance team in Juba and co-operate with them while implementing the peace deal’s provisions.

“I appeal to SPLA-government to warmly receive their fellow comrades (SPLA-IO advance team) in Juba and to co-operate with them in their quest for peace and harmony in the young nation. I urge them to materialize the provisions of the agreement in good faith and in the spirit of brotherhood to restore peace into our beloved nation once again.”

Gatwech Hoth, member of SSAAE and the team leader of the organizing committee revealed that SSAAE will hold peace’s concert on 20th November 2015. He also stressed that the peace’s concert will take place in Gerji Hall on Friday at 1:00 PM.

“South Sudan Artists Association in Ethiopia (SSAAE) will be holding a peace’s concert in Gerji at 1:00 PM. All peace loving south Sudanese and media houses are invited to attend and cover the show.”

South Sudanese artists in Ethiopia will entertain south Sudanese people in the Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa and will deliver messages of peace on Friday show. Miss it not!!!

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Thiang Nuer Community’s condolence message over the death of John Matien Kuol Joc

November 12, 2015 (SSNA) -- With deep sorrow the Thiang Nuer Community learns and would like to announce to all relatives, friends and colleagues the surprise and tragic death of Fangak County’s former Commissioner, H:E. John Matien Kuol Joc, which occurred on November 11th, 2015 in a Sudanese capital, Khartoum.  Hon. John Matien first felt sick in Fangak and then he was taken to Sudan, where he had been attending further medication all this time until his ultimate death yesterday, Wednesday 11th 2015.

Late Hon. John Matien was born in Fangak, in1937; he attended Schools in different places and was subsequently awarded with good educational papers. Before 1977 he started serving the people in public and government institutions as Administrator. He served in the Movement and governments more or less for forty (40) full years. He held several ministerial and constitutional positions both in local and state level. Remarkably, his file in a struggle against successive and oppressive Khartoum’s regimes was clear and impressive. 

The last position he could hold was Fangak County’s Commissionership—from March 2013 through July 2015. He also diligently and physically participated in a fight alongside National Resistance Movement leads by Dr. Riek Machar Teny against Juba’s genocidal regime, a regime which has been mass murdering its own citizens since 2013 to date. Hon. John Matien, is a hero who fought both civil wars against domestic oppressive elites, so it is his physical body that will be missed but his contributions and legacy will remain alive forever. He married to four (4) wives, blessed with number of children, grandsons & daughters. Late Hon. John Matien’s elders Sons include:

1. Major. Kai John Matien Kuol, working with SPLM/A-I-O
2. Lawyer. Tut John Matien Kuol
3. Eng. Kuol John Matien Kuol..etc.

All these and many others whose names undisclosed here are the gifts given to John Matien by God. John Matien schooled all his children up to University and Masters Degrees Levels. In fact, given the number of children, good quality of education the late John Matien had overseen, we can just say that late Hon. John Matien has really done his part and raised the nation.

In addition to this sad news, Thiang Nuer Community had also early this month lost a very young, talented man who was exactly at his late twenties. This is truly a very trying time for Thinag Nuer Community! A young and talented man, the Thiang Nuer Community lost was Mr. James Ruei Jal Riek, who suddenly passed away in Juba after a very quick and surprise sickness. That mean, two people passed away almost on the same day. Indeed, their sequence deaths will open a very huge gap within our weak Community because James Ruei was a young man who has not yet produced much and John Matien was one of Thiang Nuer Community’s prominent constitutional post holders.  Thus, their deaths are great lost not only to Thinag Community but also to Greater Fangak and Nuer Community in general. God! Can you comfort Thiang Nuer Community in this trying time?

Lastly, the Thiang Nuer Community cannot forget to give thanks to all relatives, friends and colleagues who in one way or another supported Thiang Community and above all our especial appreciations must go to South Sudan’s Armed Opposition, the SPLM/A-I-O’s leadership. The Armed Opposition’s under the current South Sudan’s First Vice President designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny had been providing all logistical cost. For instance, the late John Matien was picked from Fangak to Sudan for further treatment with help from SPLM/A-I-O’s leadership as well as the other things used in the process covering the daily basic needs. Therefore, the Thinag Nuer Community knows that it won’t be able to refund back all aforementioned supported it’s received from SPLM/A-I-O but Almighty God shall reimburse to leadership through invisible forms.  Hon. John Matien shall be as a final point laid to rest at his home town on Friday13th 2015.

Finally, to all Thinag Nuer Community’s members worldwide: Let’s just comfort ourselves as we put our faith in God; because it has now become real that we have entirely missed Mr. James Ruei Jal and Hon. John Matien  Kuol for good and forever.

May their souls rest in peace!
Almighty God gives and takes!
Thiang Nuer Community
Old Fangak

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