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The Inter-Governmental Authority for Development’s double standard against SPLM-in Opposition

By Gai James Kai

August 29, 2014 (SSNA) -- Regional politics at Inter Governmental Authority for Development - IGAD is a dirty rotten game played by the so-called “big powers” of the region that has been blatantly discriminatory to the Nuer caused over the last 8 months. These daily fabricated and bogus accusations of Salva Kiir`s reign of terror against Nuer and SPLM-IO at the kangaroo court known as IGAD are meant to deny the right of Nuer and South Sudan existence as sovereign state.

These oft-repeated myths and fabrications of Inter Governmental Authority for Development – IGAD and its sponsors has become a monthly ritual for Juba`s genocidal regime. Anything! Even if it has nothing to do with reality. IGAD just pass some kind of bias resolution that please Salva Kiir and punishes Dr. Riek Machar and his SPLM-IO.

The level of ignorance and double standard at Inter Governmental Authority for Development -IGAD when it comes to South Sudan politics is sickening. We have tried our very best telling the IGAD that Uganda is occupying sovereign South Sudan illegally in defiance of International Laws and per International Court of Justice`s decisions and instructions but all in vain and perhaps, fall in their deaf ears. How is that for justice really?

These self-proclaimed “big powers” at Inter Governmental Authority for Development-IGAD can see no right on the side of opposition and no wrong on the side of Salva Kiir. Nuer throughout their history has been subjected to a unique double standard of judgment and criticisms for their actions in defending their existence. If Nuer were judged by the same standard as every other African tribe, then it would be at or near the top of the list in every test of human rights, morality and justice. But this double standard applied to Nuer continues at IGAD.

The Inter Governmental Authority for Development – IGAD for instance has never condemned Salva Kiir and Museveni for massacred thousands of innocent Nuer in Juba and continues illegal occupation of sovereign South Sudanese territories respectively. If the IGAD was not a kangaroo court and SPLM-IO was allowed due process in defending themselves, these false accusations by Kiir would have been thrown out for lacking merit. If IGAD is truly interested in human rights and peace South Sudan, a good place to start is with the investigation of Salva Kiir`s genocidal actions against innocent Nuer in Juba.

The more the IGAD picks on SPLM-IO, the more South Sudanese people circle the wagons and jump to the defense of their caused. The IGAD is just making mockery of human rights in South Sudan. Seriously, the rotted regime in Juba deserves sanction and its leaders must and will be brought to the court of law for the crimes against humanity they have committed in the last 8 months against Nuer. As soon as possible, the International Society must do something before the people of South Sudan at large are destroyed by Kiir and his bribed IGAD and before the country is dispersed.

If the IGAD is for peace and human rights, it wouldn’t have prevent to investigates the root cause of the conflict instead of rushing into unnecessary and undesired power sharing that favours non rather than the blood-sucker AKA Salva Kiir Kuethpiny. Also they wouldn’t have kept quiet while thousands of Nuer civilians were becoming a target of all kinds of weapons from China and Uganda. They wouldn’t have kept silent while watching innocent unarmed Nuer being massacred, old men and women with their children for more than 8 months. They wouldn’t kept quiet when more than 500,000 South Sudanese children are starving at UN`s camps. What reason does SPLM-IO have to trust this so-called IGAD as a body for peace?

We wants to be treated fairly, first let the root cause of the conflict be defined, implement constitution, let the people moves freely…then power sharing at last, for we are not fighting for glory but the massacring of our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters uncles, aunties, grand-fathers and grand-mothers by Salva Kiir in Juba. Don’t forget that (IGAD) is just a frog not an elephant.

Most analysts would agreed with me that, historically, the foundation of the SPLM/A was not only to free South Sudanese from Khartoum`s occupation but also to liberate South Sudanese from international or regional oppressors like IGAD member countries such as Uganda and to ensure a sustainable development in the country through democratization. Thus, understandable, people had been inspired and promised by the revolutionary leaders that once got independence, South Sudan would be for all the citizens and each citizen would be treated with dignity and equality regardless their ethnicities. No one would be above the law and the ladder of the opportunity would be accessible by all to climb to the greater heights. That the country would have a set of rules, a Constitution that would govern all people impartially.

However, Salva Kiir Kuethpiny through the “help” of President Museveni of Uganda has failed South Sudanese people`s desires at the watch of the so-calls Inter Governmental Authority for Development – IGAD. Kiir charged to a despot and has put at risk the very nation which he shamelessly claimed to “never brings back into war,” quoted in his campaign for 2010 elections. Hence, the rules of the jungle prevailed, dissent is not acceptable, following is no longer a choice, the national bread is serves behind the closed doors, ladder for opportunity is only accessible to the privileged, the ratified constitution is remained hidden and some of our neighboring countries like Uganda intervened into our internal affairs without due consideration of our sovereignty.

Yet despite the horrendous consequences of Salva Kiir`s ruling in South Sudan, the double standard, regional bloc known as IGAD still engaged in the treacherous habit of denial. Above all, they are in denial when they continue the mindset and practice of unjust past. South Sudanese have experienced their national catharsis. It has cost us very dearly: massive loss of life and destruction of properties, displacement of a significant portion of people; and countless other ills, but worse still, the barking dog that can’t bite (IGAD) persist on their ignorance about Salva Kiir and Museveni`s evils politics.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “it is true that you may fool all the people some of the times; you can even fool some of the people all the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” We the people of South Sudan have attempted to prove Abraham Lincoln wrong. We have deluded ourselves for over 8 months now, trusting this failed regional bloc called IGAD. At what point will we wake up from the slumber of self-deception to the dawn of realistic national awareness? God have mercy on South Sudanese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The author is an independent writer who has written numerous articles on politics, democracy, law and order. He can be reached through, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or add him on Facebook; searching for the above names.

When will South Sudan Government respect the role of Media?

By Peter Gai Manyuon

August 25, 2014 (SSNA) -- It is not something new that national security personnel’s in Juba always target the Media houses and the Journalists who speak for the voiceless in the Republic of South Sudan.

National Security agents of Kiir Mayardit have been hunting for Journalists who criticizes their government due to their failure to govern the people of South Sudan in a democratic way.

Nevertheless, World is becoming as the global village , when I talk of global village am meaning the globalization which is as of the result of the interrelated , interdependent and interconnected in term of information sharing.

However, in the world of today, media has become as necessary as food and clothing. It has played significant role in strengthening the society. Media is considered as "mirror" of the modern society and in fact, it is the media which shapes our lives. Interesting!

Hence, internationally, the purpose of the media is to inform people about current, new affairs and to tell about the latest gossip and fashion. It tells about the people who are geographically divided.

The role of media has become one way of trading and marketing of products and prejudices.

The media claimed to be governed by righteousness and equity.

Media is in charge of the information sharing in the globe.
 Information is one of the fundamental of the media; it is through information sharing that help the citizen to know about the development issues and so on. Without information nothing can progress well in the society.

Education media as well, is educating general masses of what is going on in the society, those who are in different part of the world get information through Mass Media in way or the other.

Society is influenced by media in so many ways. It is the media for the masses that helps them to get information about a lot of things and also to form opinions and make judgments regarding various issues! It is the media which keeps the people updated and informed about what is happening around them and the world. Everyone can draw something from it.

Media has had a bad effect on a generation, mainly because   , youth is strongly influenced by media. Teenagers and children wish to follow the people, who get recognized and do what they do to get noticed. Sometimes, they focus on bad part of the media and strive to be a part of it. However, many are not succumbed to a life of crime!

The media affects people's perspective. Too much intervention of media in everything is a matter of concern. Media can be considered as "watch dog" of political democracy. Through the ages, the emphasis of media on news has camouflaged. Media these days, tries to eye the news, which could help them to sell the information that is gathered worldwide, so that they could pave a way of success and fame of their respective channels. Fm radios, newspapers, information found on net and television are the mass Medias that serve to reduce the communication gap between the audience, viewers and the media world.

For the sake of publicity and selling, important figures, their lifestyles are usually targeted. Unimportant and irrelevant news, that usually have no importance are given priority and due to a reason or the other, they get onto the minds of the viewers and in this ways many a times, important political, economical and sociological news get neglected and gradually, lose their importance!

No doubt, media has played significant role in making world a global village and to reduce the communication gaps amongst the people living in the far areas but unfortunately, media these days has become a commercialized sector, eying the news which is hot and good at selling.

I believe, if the media identifies its responsibility and work sincerely and honestly, and then it can serve as a great force in building the nation like for instance the South Sudan need monitoring and accurate reporting.

The Author is an Independent Veteran Journalist and Columnist who has written extensively on the issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan. He is the former Senior Reporter of Citizen Television (CTV) in South Sudan.  He can be contact on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I can do better than president Salva kiir

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

August 25, 2014 (SSNA) -- Our focus must now be on how do we become the leaders and ensure that our skills are applied to develop our country.

I think it’s time we south Sudanese began to create other leadership alternatives and not wait for political parties to be our sole source of the future leadership of south Sudan.

We have, unfortunately, limited the pool from which we can draw those who can create a better future for our country by looking only to politicians to provide the leadership.

Well, it must be clear to all that they have failed and will continue to do so because of personal interests.

I continue to attend many discussions on solutions for south Sudan and all the time, I end up convinced that as long as we sit and complain or discuss solutions, we will never really create the circumstances we want.

We have to now decide that we do not want to be led by average men who happen to be in politics and so we must step up and increase the competition.

We all agree what is wrong with south Sudan, but more important, we all know what it takes to revive this economy. We have everything we need to make that happen. Our focus must now be how do we become the leaders and ensure that our skills are applied to develop our country.

In my opinion, SPLM Juba Faction is everything we do not need simply because they have demonstrated to us that they are unable to take south Sudan forward firstly because of their culture of management and secondly because of the political baggage which they carry.

We cannot expect these individuals to create a modern, vibrant democracy in south Sudan.

I have also recently relooked at the Medium-Term Economic Plan tabled during the Government of National Unity in 2010 and I must say, it is a comprehensive and well-thought out document that far surpasses south Sudan Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation or any other blueprints.

So, as far as I am concerned, we already have a solution that is ready to be applied in reviving the economy. There is no shortage of ideas there.

What we need now to do as responsible citizens is to change the politics of the country by getting involved and to be the change that we want to see. Gone are the times where we can be content.

The recent rant by President Salva Kiir Mayardit on the land issue must be a clear indication to all that he must go. We can no longer afford to be taken back as a country at the whim of an individual who has clearly failed to lead south Sudan.

Even his team of ministers has cost this country so much and we must not allow them to continue to plunder and under develop our country. We must now all say enough is enough.

In my opinion, south Sudan needs a very simple five-point plan: restore the rule of law through credible institutions, maximize revenue collection and minimize costs, allocate resources better and ensure accountability, encourage free enterprise without government interference in business and attract new investment aggressively.

If a sitting President can only focus on these issues our economy would be back on the recovery path. South Sudan can no longer afford village mentality at State House.

The challenge we face is to have politicians who are not loyal to their political parties, but to south Sudanese first and I am afraid that the current political parties we have will not serve our interests first.

We need independent thinkers who are not in positions because of their past or party loyalty, we need people with exposure outside south Sudan and we need younger leaders to now come to the fore.

In my view, this can simply be achieved through us coming together as independent democrats who do not have any political party baggage and are well educated and understand how the economy works.

Our politics can no longer be about the struggle, but must now be about effective resource mobilization, allocation and project management. These are the leaders we need to take south Sudan forward.

These kinds of people are definitely not in government or in politics yet but are waiting for change which, unfortunately, can only come through them. It is time to step up and be counted.

My challenge is therefore for all progressive south Sudanese who care about the country to step up so we can establish a new group of individuals, who do not see politics as a platform for personal enrichment but rather to make a difference, serve the people and develop our country.

This means we need a new President of south Sudan who is not drawn from the current political stock.

We also need new informed and skilled members of parliament. We need professionals and not party stalwarts to run south Sudan.

We must begin to think outside the current paradigm if we are to do things differently. We must be courageous just as those who went to the bush for the country and not for personal gain.

I, for one, am certainly sure that I can do a better job than president Salva Kiir has done and invite all democrats who love south Sudan not to be constrained by this political party mentality that is not serving our needs. We must take responsibility now.

The choice is clear; we can sit and point fingers at SPLM Juba Faction until we get old or we can choose to be the solution to south Sudan’s future and actively work together to replace them at all levels of leadership. The future is in our hands.

The author is a student of political science & economic living in Arab republic of Egypt; you can get Him through His contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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