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Difficulty in any struggle

By: John Chuol Bol

February 20, 2015 (SSNA) -- My patriot citizens, I am calling all of you to stand firm and never be checked by Cde Brig Gen. Lul Ruai Koang’s defection during our struggle. Cde Lul has earned our respects since the massacre of Nuer in Juba in 2013. He has been the voice of our Nuer Martyrs across the world, and he has the public gratitude for that. Cde Lul has been one of the few young politicians, who have won the popular supports from all the freedom fighters and their supporters. Those in uniform and the rests around the globe invested their trusts on him because is fresh young politician with bright future. I can say Cde Lul had won huge supports and popularity, especially from young educators globally not just the Nuer people.

Cde Lul used to advocate for change on behalf the South Sudanese citizens in order to achieve a just and a fair nation with full democracy after Salva Kiir has instituted his dictatorial model. I believe Cde Koang knew it very well that to transform and to build (institute) a just and a democratic nation/state are always difficult to achieve in any system because ideologies direct individual’s ambitions. In his January 1963 States of the Union speech, Former US President John F. Kennedy once said, “Democracy is a difficult kind of government. It requires the highest qualities of self-discipline, restraint, a willingness to make commitment, and sacrifices for the general interest”. That is, to achieve it, one must sacrifice at all costs.

Now is a one case for him, and I don’t believe Cde Brig Gen. Lul Ruai Kong will preach the freedom and transformation he used to advocate for the last 12 months starting from the day he arrived at the capital genocide of Juba this February 2015. As a comrade, I wish him the best luck in his future’s political career under the terrorist regime of Salva Kiir.

To all the freedom fighters, movement of the people both in diaspora and in South Sudan under Cde Dr. Riek Machar Teny, I wanted to remind you with this; “Learning to handle problems is like lifting weights. The more we do, the stronger we become. None of us wish for problems, of course, but when they come along-and we all must face [the] problems in our lives[time]-we can take solace in knowing that we are gaining coping skills that will help us in the future”. If we don’t stand firm, the future of south Sudan as a nation is in jeopardy. There is no short cut to transform it my friends.

While we may face multiple issues with some of our politicians and leaders for their own political tendencies during our struggle, we should never betray our South Sudanese Nuer Martyrs whose blood cemented in Juba in 2013. There is no any reason to reward a criminal who ordered the massacre in Juba to just join his camp. Our freedom fighters and Gojam have risked their lives to defend our dignity and freedom to live like the rests in South Sudan.  To win this war, we as individuals share the victory as each participate directly and indirectly.  I recall what Howard Schultz once empathized; “Victory is much more meaningful when it comes not just from one person, but from the joint achievements of many. The euphoria is lasting when all participants lead with their hearts, winning not just for themselves but for one another”. My SPLM/A-IO freedom fighters, SPLM-IO Chapter leaders, members, community leaders and members, I want to remind all of us with this; if we fail, we are failing our own nation of South Sudan and Nuer people in particular all together. Leaders come and go. Let’s unite under Cde Dr. Machar and fight to win this war. If one leader stops, other takes the lead. There is no going back to Juba while the same killers still the leader, No! Last but not least, please Do Not Spoil the Nuer Community value this time.  Let our struggle continues!

The author is a former SPLA Soldier (a veteran), former chairperson of SPLM Chapter who led the defection from the genocidal SPLM Juba and formed the SPLM-In Opposition Chapter of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2014. He is now a senior SPLM-IO Member & a Political Analyst in Canada. He is reachable at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan continues to sideline war veterans, wounded heroes and heroines

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger popularly known as John Commando

February 20, 2015 (SSNA) -- In this article, I will clearly state that the contradictions within the armed struggle would likely play themselves out after the struggle, resulting in struggles after the struggle that would compromise the achievement of the ideals of the liberation struggle.

I intend to write this article about our war veterans, wounded heroes and heroines on different issues affecting them at the moment under President Salva Kiir leadership.

Especially given what happened in the bush and after independence where we saw the ruthless elimination by any means of any potential rivals to President Cde. Salva Kiir Mayardit. These men have not moved an inch in their minds from the past.

It is my contention here that a lot of issues that arose during the struggle were never adequately dealt with after the struggle and, as a result, SPLM never really transformed itself into a democratic political entity.

This, of course, includes the plight of genuine war veterans who never really received legitimate recognition and honour for the sacrifices which they made, but were sidelined after the struggle by the so-called nationalists who usurped power and, therefore, its benefits post-independence.

Only those war veterans who will dare not challenge President Kiir’s hegemony and sing his praises have prevailed.

In my opinion, SPLM has remained, throughout the years, a liberation struggle political party that happens to possess a State and has proceeded to abuse that State and its resources to meet its narrow political objectives without adequately attending to the contradictions that it carried over from the struggle.

The line between State and party never existed in their minds and to this day, there is this inherent and pervasive entitlement to power and State resources.

SPLM has also failed dismally to address the economic and social agendas after the struggle and has, instead, relied on a patronage system that has fed a predator cabal.

This patronage system is underpinned by fear, intimidation, violence and false loyalty as a means to an end.

The misleading prediction of “Seek ye first the political kingdom and all else shall be added onto you” by Kwame Nkrumah has been a big lie.

Instead, “Seek ye the political kingdom first and plunder all” is a better reflection of the truth whose consequences we have borne for the last 10 years.

Our situation has been worsened by Salva Kiir’s leadership style and the tendency within the party to suppress dissent, purge dissenters, kill ambition, and rule by stealth, while pretending that the party is a broad church of revolutionaries glued together by a common history and objectives and is by right well-endowed with skills and competence to run a democratic and inclusive developmental State. Nothing can be further from the truth!

In my opinion, SPLM is a broad church of cowards brought together through fear, intimidation and greed without any intention whatsoever of creating the South Sudan we want.

It is a cesspit of personal ambition for power and status without responsibility. Unfortunately, the masses, like sheep, continue to be duped that the revolution is still alive.

The unresolved struggles within the struggle and the struggles after the struggle that we are now seeing as succession battles are in essence the consequences of the assassination of Dr. John Garang De Mabior which started SPLM’s race to the bottom.

It is quite funny, if not ridiculous, for SPLM to, therefore, claiming that they brought democracy to south Sudan and yet there really has never been democracy within SPLM.

Instead, we know that only Salva Kiir has been its leader. This, he has managed, not through exposing himself to fair democratic selection, but rather through political intrigue, manipulation, threats, violence and the purging of potential rivals. History is repeating itself.

Rule by fear and elimination, not through persuasion and building consensus, has been the practice; this is exactly what many feared most.

Make no mistake; I am not shedding any tears for those underlings who are being purged from SPLM nor am I at all sympathetic to the plight of those leaders who now face corruption accusations.

They have all been active participants and beneficiaries of a tyranny and must now reap what they have sown.

Throughout the years, SPLM cronies from all walks of life have taken advantage of the brand to steal, cheat and intimidate in order to gain economic advantage.

Some of its leaders have clearly abused their positions to steal land, abused State resources and plunder. Our country, South Sudan, has been a victim of their interminable and unbridled greed. The chickens are coming home to roost.

The danger we face is that we are not fully behind the SPLM-IO as unified alternative to SPLM - Juba. I remain hopeful that South Sudanese will realize that we need to put our support to the new alternative political system [SPLM-IO] that is inclusive and is based on a new narrative and new values that respect our dignity, rights and ambitions as free citizens.

We all want to create a new narrative, but we can never move on until we address the pain and loss of the past. More important, the truth about our history must be exposed so that we may not repeat the same mistakes. Only then shall everything else surely be added unto us.

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is Chairman of SPLM-YL chapter in Egypt, Writer, commentator, staff at Nyamilepedia; He can be reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

South Sudan: A moment for youths to wake up and call for Kiir's exit to quit the throne

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

February 18, 2015 (SSNA) --No fundamental political, economic or social transformation can be expected unless we the people act.

History never conforms to principles that can be calibrated exactly by theoretical or scientific political analysis.

If we intend to be successful in creating the circumstances that we want, we must always attempt to identify and understand the fundamental forces that are driving change in our life time, but we must always be prepared to be surprised by events.

The surprises have come and gone indeed, but we must expect more as we move towards 2015-2016.

SPLM cannot create the south Sudan we want and the purges we have seen make it no better.

We must expect more contestation in the political arena in the coming years, but whether this contestation will result in fundamental political changes in south Sudan is doubtful.

All in all, 2014 has been a rather disappointing year in that, nothing fundamental has changed except the surprise recalibration of internal SPLM politics and the merging of the SPLM-DC and other political parties' outfits.

Unfortunately these events will not necessarily result in wholesale political, economic and social change that we seek. Politics is failing to transform our society. We are going round in circles and it is up to us to now break that circle.

As we have gone into the New Year, it is necessary that we reflect and ask how we ourselves can become the change agents and break the cycle of mediocrity and resistance to change.

How do we, for once, take the responsibility of leading the social change that we want to see?

This is because if we do not do that, we shall once more stand disappointed and hopeless at the end of the coming year.

Our economy will not recover as long as the fundamentals are not addressed. These include wholesale institutional renewal, constitutionality including the respect of private property rights, attracting foreign investments, the revival of agriculture, infrastructure rehabilitation and, more important, leadership renewal.

Clearly SPLM has no incentive for a wholesale recalibration of institutions which continue to present it with an unfair political and economic advantage.

It has no urgent appetite to encourage fair political competition, freedom to associate, a free media sector simply because it knows that it will be rendered irrelevant. The changes we want in South Sudan will certainly not emanate from a predator liberation struggle political organization, let’s be clear on that.

In the last year, our opposition political parties on top of them is the SPLM-DC have been consumed by restructuring and renewing themselves and we may expect them to be more active in the coming year.

I anticipate nothing new except the usual politicking and continuous press conference condemning SPLM's failures. No fundamental political, economic or social transformation can be expected from those quarters in the coming year.

This of course leaves us the citizens of south Sudan as the only people who can really make a difference. This gives us who want to see fundamental transformation the responsibility to lead the change we want to see without expecting others to do it for us.

My contention here is that, any sustainable social change in south Sudan will need a new narrative from those that make the majority of our population; youth and women.

This narrative need not necessarily be only on the political front, but must be a narrative that seeks social justice as contemplated by the liberation struggle. It must include the total emancipation and empowerment of the masses specifically the youth and women.

To date we have mistakenly assumed that political parties will empower us and this has been proven wrong. We have in the past been told the lie that we were emancipated by SPLM through the armed struggle and that has turned out to be even a bigger lie.

We must emancipate and empower ourselves first. It will pay us to wait to wait for the youths to wake up; we must create the change we want to see.

As I say this, I know there are millions of young South Sudanese out there who have tended to divorce themselves from politics because, throughout the years, they have been abused and then forgotten by politicians. Most have just given up with no hope that they will see the change they want in this lifetime and yet it is not impossible.

As we look forward to better years ahead we must know that they will not come without sacrifice.

They will not come from inaction and expectation but from a concerted effort for us to change the game. This will require that all young progressive south Sudanese must first admit to themselves that change can surely come.

It is with this in mind that I invite the young south Sudanese who desire a better life to unite and create a force for change that ignores our politicians as change agents or shapers of the future. It is time for organization and action by youth for youth.

Young south Sudanese must now aspire to empower themselves and begin to be actors in creating the life that they deserve.

So as we reflect on the past we must do so with the knowledge that history now requires us to shape it. Our history can never really be shaped without our consent.

I sincerely hope 2015 will see young ordinary south Sudanese citizens come out of their slumber and begin to act to create the south Sudan we want. The adults will continue with their old stories and with their fights to hold on to power and privilege without offering us a better and it's you and I that can bring change to the young Nation future.

And it's you and I that can bring change to the young Nation.

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut who is Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt, can be reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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