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Inter-clan clashes in PoCs, Juba must stop now! We are one people

By Gai James Kai

May 10, 2015 (SSNA) -- On behalf of the ever vibrant Mayiendit County’s intellectuals and on my own capacity, I deeply regret and condemn in the strongest term possible the unwarranted propagation clashes in the PoC3 in Juba. Our community Haak Bakol which represents a beacon of unity on the African Continent cannot be swimming in needless and uncalled-for conflict by traitors and ever known betrayers.

The impasse which occurred on Friday, 8th May 2015 between the Mayiendit community in PoC3, Juba and the Bul community has necessitated the need for Bul community to flee the camp for their lives in the midst of revenge attack and consequently, dragged them to carry out unnecessary killings in Juba town. This unhealthy rivalry culminated in the loss of lives, properties and injuries which are threat to meaningful peace, harmony and perhaps, our ever challenged friendship with the other communities.

Today, 10th May 2015, our brothers from Bul reached as far as killing; not only our beloved innocent men from Mayiendit county working in Juba town but also those from our neighboring counties; especially Leer, Koch and Payijiar and these uncivilized manners of our brothers from Bul in Juba have led to the death of four innocent people which undoubtedly is a signal of pandemonium in the near future if these minor conflicts are not resolved amicably.

I personally with all vehemence condemns these inter - clan wars in PoCs. I am also of the opinion that it’s about time we Nuer stopped making a travesty of ourselves and refrain from engaging in activities that will propagate the vicious cycle of our common enemy South Sudan.

I would also like to register my displeasure of the community Leadership of Haak and Bul in PoC3 for their failure to bring their blood demanding impasse to an end. It’s immeasurably astounding when thw Bull community leaders in PoC3 blatantly lie to all Nuer in the camp that they are not in conflict when actually four lives have been lost. Do they want hundreds of lives to be lost before they acknowledge they are in conflict?

We all are mindfully aware of the “sluggish” suffering of Nuer in the crowded camps and other deprived areas of the country. Popular amongst these challenges are Education, Health and better conditions of life which our majority are alienated from. Per how far we have come as a Nuer, this is the time to be united in purpose to pursue caused and not to kill one another. In the words of Martin Luther King Jnr. “we should live together as brothers or die together as fools”.

The consciousness of Nuer must be elevated that we can’t continue to swim against each other. We are not a collection of clannish groups but we are a collection of Nuer with one history, hope and purpose. I therefore call on: The leadership Nuer community in PoCs; Juba to sensitize all Traditional Heads on the need for peace, tranquility and development in the Nation.

Finally I call on all Nuer to be mindful of the fact that South Sudan is the only nation that we have and as we are in the unjust conflict that our common enemy subjected into or clans conscience for money which will run the Nation in mayhem and bedlam.

The author is a Law student at Nkumba University, Kampala. He can be reached though his email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or search for him on facebook; Gai James Kai…

Salva Kiir Mayardit: A dictator of 21st century

By: Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

April 22, 2015 (SSNA) -- The way President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is globe-trotting has left many South Sudanese asking questions whether the nonagenarian SPLM-Juba Faction leader is morphing into a dictator.

It is unbelievable that Salva Kiir has since mid-January pocketed over $2,6 million in allowances from foreign trips some of which were otherwise unproductive meetings. The other trips were for medical check-ups.

In total, Kiir Kuethpiny has blown $10 million on at least nine foreign trips. South Sudanese would obviously wonder where his wits are. According to senior government officials, on each of the trips Mayardit is receiving on average $800 000 in allowances, with each aide getting a minimum of 1200 ssp per day. On top of that, Salva Kiir Mayardit President of the deteriorating South Sudan always travels with several aides among them his cronies.

This is unfortunate given government is struggling to pay its workforce and provide basic services such as public health care. Could this be the reason why he’s always traveling at a time government is broke?

One wonders how President Kiir could blow this much money at a time government is struggling to grow the stunted economy. Sadly, some of the meetings could have been attended by low-key government officials or even his deputies who don’t need hordes of aides by their side.

We believe if Salva Kiir was serious about plucking South Sudan from its political and economic morass, he should be realistic and reduce his traveling entourage.

President Salva Kiir Kuethpiny, like many dictators, does not spend his money, but the State is paying for him and his family. It is unbelievable that Treasury has become a collection bag for Kiir and his regime to have fun. Isn’t it true that there is nothing called benevolent dictators in real life, and Mayardit should know that?

On the other hand, unrealistic expenditure not only by Salva Kiir himself but by his relatives and SPLM is now very common. The country continues to witness fake development projects and a waste of public finance at the taxpayers’ expense.

President Kiir must know that the black people of South Sudan are not blind. It is clear that the President is abusing power for his personal gain. What is happening is clear robbery of public wealth with impunity although the public are made to believe otherwise.

No doubt the President has deliberately emasculated the institutional set-up, yet SPLM-Juba Faction believes that the First Family is the only one capable of revitalizing sanity and develops South Sudan.

Is it not true that the basic definition of corruption is valid for all of Mayardit’s actions? We wonder how Salva Kiir can abuse State resources when people are reeling from innumerable economic hardships.

It is disastrous that south Sudan’s natural resources and most profitable industries and businesses are being exploited by a few individuals in the ruling SPLM. The economy and strategic institutions are being controlled by a family oligarchy or cronies.

Although Salva Kiir has always refuted reports that he has morphed into a dictator arguing that south Sudan has once held a colorful election, it is clear from his actions that he no longer has the masses’ interests at heart.

It is time Gen. Kiir is reminded of Greek philosopher Plato, who once said: “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”

Suffice to say that in a dictatorial set-up, all elections are won by the party of the dictator. Therefore continuous victories by SPLM-Juba faction are an indication of a questionable regime because people naturally prefer changes, so something unnatural is happening to prevent it.

So, Salva Kiir’s tool is his abuse of all State resources for his political agenda and propaganda. Is it not true that under Kiir Kuethpiny, all social and public institutions are generally being run by coteries of stooges or relations and manipulation of any steps in an election is just simple?

Is it also not true that all that the people hear from public media are President Kiir’s personal achievements, Makuei, Kuol, Malong, and his untested vision? All these images are meant to present Salva Kiir as the most pious, respected and courageous leader who was born to liberate south Sudan against all possible evil.

President Kiir should know that most dictators have fallen due to people’s sacrifices; not through electoral defeats. South Sudanese will not be fooled again.

I have spoken my words and may gods of the land hear my voice……………………

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is a writer and He is the Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt he can be simply reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan should eradicate filthy politics

By: Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

April 12, 2015 (SSNA) -- I don’t like south Sudanese politics, because it is not a methodical and logical occupation that has anything to do with skills or talent.

Rather it is a game of thrones that has too many unpredictable variables and at times actually punishes those with talent.

It discounts those that could make a big difference and promotes the best schemers and two-faced charlatans who can even excel to the top.

It has nothing to do with principles, reputation and ethics and everything to do with intrigue, ruthlessness and lies. Of course, it also has lots of pretenders masquerading as Commissioners, members of Parliament, governors, ministers and numerous parasites with no idea on the huge responsibility of stewardship on behalf of the people.

Well, here we are then. We are a country so rich in resources and talent and yet we are poor and unable to even produce our own food. We can’t pay salaries on time and would rather spend millions on travel, on big cars and big houses and yet we continue to blame others for our fate. I guess we will always get the government we deserve.

What amazes me, are the millions of citizens out there who actually think that things are alright. In their poverty and lack, they continue to support those in power with blind and hopeless loyalty.

Our politics has nothing to do with delivery or the protection of social justice, but is based on the funny notion that anyone who claims to have fought in the struggle is good for leadership. That is a myth that continues to arrest who we can truly become.

We can’t have this idea that politicians are little gods who demand to be part of every deal and issue policy directives from their offices. We can’t have leaders who think they are above the law and do not need to explain themselves to the people.

In addition, our leaders must never have business interests as it creates a conflict of interest and a hugely unfair advantage where State resources and opportunities, including State intelligence, can be abused for personal gain.

We can be mad at SPLM all we want, but they have to be part of the new solution because we simply can no longer afford political confrontation if we truly want our country to move ahead.

The fact of the matter is that SPLM’s choices are limited.

Our lesson has been that any social system that is founded on the exclusion of many and domination by a few is not sustainable and will collapse in the end.

Despite this, we never seem to learn, but some amongst us continue to aspire to dominate and control others and pursue self-interest. This will never work.

We must aspire to create a totally new social system characterized by the politics of inclusion and accountability. Only then can we hold our political leadership responsible.

Political power without principled leadership is dangerous as we have seen here in South Sudan. Until we change the style of our politics and leadership, our country can never reach its full potential.

The South Sudan we want is indeed possible, but it cannot be led by leaders who have a low self-esteem or a partisan agenda. It cannot be created by SPLM alone that is evident.

The South Sudan we want needs an inclusive economic, political and social agenda that seeks to put citizens first, not politics or politicians first. There is no other option.

I have spoken my words and may gods of the land hear my voice……………………

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is a writer and He is the Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt he can be simply reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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