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Former Justice Minister John Luk’s confession on Oct 12, 2014 reaffirms my Predictions (Prophecy)

By David Mabior Atem Kuir

October 29, 2014 (SSNA) -- It was three weeks after July 9, 2011 when I took some time to read the world newest supreme law of the Land, South Sudan Constitution, and found out that the language composed in that constitution was quite complicated and loaded. Language in it was very strange and confusing so I re-read it three times and at last I came out with personal perception and conclusion that the constitution was very biased and somewhat copy and paste because it did not represent people’s wishes and desires. I came to the conclusion that John Luk Jok would be the first person to come out openly in future and say that the constitution was wrong, regret and be the victim of what he produced. I shared my prediction with some people across the globe. When John Luk confessed openly I was overwhelmed with phone calls, text messages and e-mails that my predictions had come true. In the next paragraph, I will share with you what else I had said in 2011 when I shared my predictions. But, first and foremost, please allow me to acknowledge courageous move made by John Luk, which appealed to me, and I personally accepted his request for forgiveness for God’s sake; because nothing is beyond sorry. This acknowledgement mean ownership of his mistake, however he will psychological remain tortured, for not only giving excessive powers to the President, but also misusing of his academic credentials.

Another thing that I had predicted for John Luk was that I compared him with Zimbabwe’s former Justice Minister that wrote the country’s constitution in favor of the President and afterwards disagreed with the President and consequently dismissed from ministerial post. He then went around preaching that the constitution was wrong so people began wondering why the very person who wrote the constitution would turn around to condemn it. Subsequently, people seeking and hunting for positions went to the  President of Zimbabwe (South Sudanese in Juba must be familiar with this practice) to report the matter; as a way to protect the leadership by all means and in return get appointed as a reward!  Continuing with Zimbabwe’s example, upon establishment of relevant information, security agents were ordered to go and arrest the minister. Afterwards, an investigation was launched and then took him to court; where he was found guilty of treason. South Sudanese are familiar with word “treason”. The verdict was that Mr. Justice Minister should be hanged immediately and from there his life was terminated.

For John Luk, you are not going to be hanged since you got an opportunity of using meteorologists’ telescope to predict tomorrow’s weather and asked forgiveness. That was indeed a smart move.  However, you are not the only elite person in South Sudan that said the constitution was wrong, but you were the architecture of it and therefore you should be held responsible and carry your own cross! Sir, you misled yourself when you were in a position of authority, forgetting that South Sudanese are capable of giving you any position you wish as long you will manage it well in their favor.

For your information, I have predicted other things that have so far come true. For example, creation of the Prime Minister post in the upcoming government of national unity in South Sudan which is now in progress was one of those. Nonetheless, I was impressed with your ending of confession that “it does not matter whether it is the presidency, parliament, judiciary, media or the national security services under Minister Isaac Mamur. Mark my words my dear people, the Magok Rundial of today will soon be the John Luk of tomorrow. Likewise, the John Luk of yesterday is regrettably the Isaac Mamur Mete of today”. You said it all sir! If Magok Rundial will not learn from your mistake, let him go ahead and he will be the first to be arrested by the same security agent in humiliations.

David Mabior Atem Kuir lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  He can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Why SPLM Should Not be A Political Party?

By John Adoor Deng, Australia

October 27, 2014 (SSNA) -- Many people who have the focus in South Sudanese politics, these days have been bombarded with many coined Acronyms around SPLM. Truthfully, it has been a sense of confusion in digging to understand why do people defect from SPLM but later align themselves again with the SPLM in terms of retaining the Acronym; examples in his context are SPLM-DC, SPLM_OP, & SPLM-FD respectively. For clarity and for layman consumption, SPLM stand for Sudan people liberation movement, SPLM-DC stands for Sudan People Liberation Movement for Democratic Change, whereas SPLM- OP stands for Sudan People Liberation Movement in Opposition, and lastly SPLM-FD stands for Sudan People Liberation Movement Former Detainees.

This article shall explore historical origin of political parties, and unpack the significant reasons surrounding the importance of SPLM in the South Sudanese history of struggle and in the context of political genesis of freedom, and as well as the current political dispensation of South Sudan as a new republic. The article shall expose implications depicting why SPLM should not be a political party, but a national common identity that should be left with either national army or other national commonly shared ideology.

On the onset, it is essential to first look at the origin of political parties in the world, their common ideologies so as to understand whether what we popularly call the South Sudan really fit in the context of the world politics. The origin of political parties goes back to the 1600s. The ancient Greeks, who were pioneers in developing democracy, had no organized political parties in the modern sense. The senate of the ancient Romans had two groups that represented people with different interests — the Patricians and the Plebeians. The Patricians represented noble families. The Plebeians represented the wealthy merchants and the middle class. Although these two groups often mingled, at times they voted as factions or parties, on particular issues that were important to the groups they represented. In Africa, the governing system used were chiefdoms, eldership and kingship along separate tribal groupings

For many centuries after the fall of Rome (AD 476), the people of Europe had little voice in politics. Thus, there were no true political parties — only factions that supported one noble family or another. Political parties developed as representative assemblies gained power. In England, this change began after what was called the Popish Plot of 1678. These narrowly based parties were later transformed to a greater or lesser extent, for in the 19th century in Europe and America there emerged parties depending on mass support. However, the 20th century saw the spread of political parties throughout the entire world. The political parties are guided by their ideologies; common in the western world politics are conservatism and liberalism. For example, in the United States of America, the Democratic Party represents liberal ideals, while the Republican Party commonly represents conservative ideals.

Apparently in Africa, arm struggle was used as a major tool in the quest of independent in many countries in the continent. Arm struggle was predominantly the strategy used to unseat the colonial regimes. Contextually, after Sudanese (both Arabs & indigenous African) fought and achieve independent of Sudan in 1956. The South Sudanese was forced conditionally to wage second war for the independent of South Sudan. The independent which was later achieved in 2011. Historically, the SPLM was born in the second phase of South Sudanese quest for independent; it was thus a tool used to achieve South Sudan independence. Hence, SPLM was not meant to be a political party in scientific terms but an ideology meant to rally all South Sudanese around a common agenda which was than the self-determination of South Sudan with hope to culminate into total independent of South Sudan. The key word was liberation and movement. Obviously, it becomes inactive after independent. The question is liberation from what after independent?

This brings me to parade significant reasons dictating why SPLM should not be a political party. The following in my view have sharpened my intellectual impetus on opposing the existence of SPLM as apolitical party in South Sudan.

Firstly, SPLM has an outdated or already achieved mission that was a total liberation of the people and land of South Sudan. The independent was brought by a liberation movement carried by all South Sudanese people. This memorable and sacrificial work of all people from all work of life, from all creeds, faith, and gender cannot be narrowed to a single membership based entity.

Secondly, SPLM has become a source of conflicts, political bullying, and divisions with some cadres saying they are the ‘real liberators' and questioning a patriotism of others who in really sense contributed to the struggle just like them. It is clear from daily utterances from SPLM speakers that boosting on who did what during the struggle is the only slogan being repeated each day.

Thirdly, SPLM is using the gone war rhetoric instead of policies that enhance social and economic development of a newly born country. It is not democratic in practical terms although democratic terms are used in pretense.

Fourthly, current SPLM is old school based, most of the powerful cadres in the current SPLM lack conventional knowledge of current political civilization. The world has moved from institutional power to people's power. Hence, SPLM still holds to institutional power in the expense of people's power.

Fifthly, SPLM is still using what Professor Anyang Nyiogo of Kenya call a political militarism. They act militants instead of using power of political persuasion. Honorable members of parliament like to be referred to as ‘Generals' instead of civilian politician preferably. 

Sixth, quitting SPLM is equated to deleting history of struggle. Quitting SPLM is seen as betrayal. It is this very reason that people leave SPLM but added in SPLM in their names (SPLM- DC, SPLM -OP, SPLM -FD) so that they are accepted or given credit of struggle. These are foundation set on falsehood rather than on ideologies.

Having stated these, SPLM as a historical name that connotes the struggle of the people of South Sudan should be only instituted on a ground where all South Sudanese people should feel belong to and embrace it proudly. Realistically, SPLM should only be aligned to a commonly shared identity. For example, the national army fit this very well or other institutions such veterans, etc. 

The rationale and benefit of taking off SPLM name in politics are to provide:

  • Equal platform of all parties to compete on policies and strategies for social and economic development of South Sudan.
  • Encouragements of parties that are now badly labeled as non-contributors to the war of liberation to active participate without intimidation.
  • An opportunity for South Sudanese to sees and practice politics.

As an SPLM file member, I believe that for the change to occur, SPLM must be repositioned, reconfigured, refocused to fit the current human political civilization or migrate it to commonly shared institutions.   I also believed that a political party must be ideologically driven and that the membership of the party is crowded by people who identified with the party‘s ideology.

Although ethnicity has shaped most of the African political parties, it is important for South Sudan, a country born lucky in the 21st century to embrace what I now call current human civilization. With this realization, SPLM should not be a political party.

The Author, John Adoor Deng, is a Director of Civil Society Organization in Australia, Former President of Sudanese community of Queensland INC, & Former President of the Federation of Sudanese Australian communities. He is reachable by emailing:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The problem is not Mathiang Anyoor, its Salva and his entourages who planted hatred and anger to their hearts

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

October 27, 2014 (SSNA) -- The level of hate, anger and malice is simply astounding. The vile and toxic language that is routinely used defies all forms of human decency. We are caught up in this conundrum of heightened intolerance, disrespect and vulgarity. Brother has turned against brother and sister has turned against sister.

This is now a mumbo-jumbo spectacle of tongue-lashing and hate-filled malicious slandering and lewd propaganda.

South Sudan is on a knife edge. All caution has now been thrown to the wind as the struggle for political supremacy and economic dominance has entered the home stretch.

It is now dog-eat-dog. It’s now gloves off as the moment of reckoning is fast approaching. Where to South Sudan? Which way are we heading towards as an otherwise civilized nation? Is it all doom and gloom? Is there any logic in this madness?

We want to build a Federal Nation which will be South Sudan and as such we have to dismantle the spirit of hate, anger and intolerance that is permeating the nation; across the political divide. South Sudan is our beloved country and we, all of us, are obliged to be patriotic, respectful and indeed tolerant of different and sometimes, opposing political and religious views and convictions.

It is simply not feasible to build a great and progressive nation on a foundation of anger, intolerance, hate and malice. There should be unity in diversity.

We cannot afford the idiotic luxury of lambasting and publicly humiliating those amongst us whom we think are our enemies and political adversaries. There can be no homogeneity of ideas and political views in any nation.

It is simply impossible to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach when you are dealing with human beings. Human beings are very unique organisms; each one of us with a perfectly distinct set of fingerprints even if we are otherwise identical twins.

Thus, any attempt to package all South Sudanese into one political envelope will be as unwise as it is bizarre and impracticable.

South Sudan is at a historic turning point; make no mistake about that. We have now reached a defining moment in our national political discourse.

Going forward, South Sudan will never be the same again. The generation of yesteryear nationalists is now reaching the tail-end of their political careers.

Much as this generation might want to hold on to political power and appear to be defying the whims and fantasies of Mother Nature; but the long and short of it is that South Sudan has now entered a completely new phase in our national political tapestry.

We shall be witnessing a lot of political reconfiguration and regrouping in the not-too-distant future. Trust me. By the time we hold Election in a year I will not mention, the political landscape will be so very different and complex from what it is at the present moment in time. This is typical of dialectal materialism.

Nothing remains in an unchanged state forever. That’s the way it is and indeed that’s the way it is always going to be.

Whilst the national economy continues to be on life support in the intensive care unit, the ruling SPLM-Juba Faction party seems to be apparently lost in a maze of endless political factional bickering and mudslinging.

Of late, we have witnessed a complete abdication of governmental responsibility. In SPLM-Juba, things have completely fallen apart; the center can no longer hold. To all intents and purposes, SPLM has effectively split into at least two extremely antagonistic and opposing factions.

These two factions hate each other with a passion. There is certainly no love lost between these two opposing factions of the “revolutionary” party. Instead of attending to serious matters of State, of late, we have witnessed bootlicking Nuer (loyalist) Members of Parliament (MPs)making a beeline to show a fake deal to deceive President Kiir to work out mobilization in devastating areas control by mighty white army, will that bear fruits? Or it's a contract to steal President Kiir’s money this time……………..?

Otherwise respectable men and women were reduced to puppets childishly cheering on their puppeteer as the latter huffed and puffed; blurting out toxic hate language and malicious propaganda against perceived political adversaries. Some of us had seen this coming a long time ago. SPLM effectively split several Months ago. This is now just the moment of reckoning. The chickens are simply coming home to roost.

South Sudanese should flatly and resolutely refuse to be trashed, used and abused. We should say a resounding NO to the creation of a family dynasty to run this country.

For how long shall we continue to be this docile as our country is taken to the dogs? This is the time for all well-meaning patriots to stand up and protest! Enough is enough!

Surely, we cannot see our beloved country jumping from the frying pan into the fire and we still pretend that it’s business as usual! What is wrong with us South Sudanese? Why are we so fearful?

Why are we so cowardly?

Across the political divide, we should stand up and fearlessly confront the ghost of hate, division, anger, malice and retrogression. We should be principled and abide by what we believe in.

No one has got a monopoly of wisdom. Indeed, no one was born with the sole and exclusive mandate of being kingmakers in their respective political formations.

This is our national call to action. We are not talking about Drinking beer, Roasted 'Marial Nyang' and or swallowing "Assida" here. We are discussing very serious matters of State.

We should flatly refuse to be entrapped into factional enclaves that are a passport to nowhere. We should learn to speak truth to power.

South Sudan have suffered enough at the hands of unscrupulous, corrupt and populist demagogues. We run the real risk of sliding into a permanent mode of a failed nation State if we remain docile, fearful and unprincipled. Let us learn to call a spade a spade.

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