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Are June 30th 2015 general elections being organized in accordance with South Sudan‘s 2011 Transitional Constitution?

By: Bol Khan

January 25, 2015 (SSNA) -- Once one has decided to stay away for a while or stop commenting on South Sudan political issues; the SPLM Oyee strange mentality would not accept but again and again come up yet with another unhelpful issue, an issue which can’t pass by um-challenged. In my capacity as a concerned active citizen, I have to have my say on this issue of general elections tabled. As Pericles Athens (c 429-495 B.C.E)’most esteemed statesman’ said “We alone regard a man who takes no interest in public affairs, not as a harmless but as a useless character”. First and foremost I must, therefore, applaud and appreciate the South Sudan media houses, Writers /Journalists, civil society organizations, political parties, all the people of South Sudan and the International Community for their unanimous rejection of the so-called general elections scheduled to be held in June 30th 2015.

This promotes me to put across a question of whether or not, June 30th 2015 elections are being organized in accordance with Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011. Of course, they repeatedly say they (Election Commission and Kiir’s Administration) are acting in accordance to Republic of South Sudan Transitional Constitution, that “we are following what the Constitution says”. However, the derogatory National Government of SPLM in, Juba, South Sudan has been continuously violating the very law of the land (the Transitional Constitution) and at the same time claims an illogical obligation of defending it against all available legal mistakes. These legal mistakes are visible by all in the world over, except the trivial clique in the kingdom of kleptomaniac. The legal political mistakes which expose the SPLM’s toxic political leadership core weakness are that:

1) The SPLM wrote; a supposed national transitional constitution by its own and latter violated it before anybody else could do so, by removing elected people, e.g. Gen. Paul Malong, the former Governor of NBS.

2) The SPLM trained and armed a private army in violation of TC’s Article 151 (3); which says “No person or persons shall raise any armed or paramilitary force in South Sudan except in accordance with this constitution and the law”.

3) The SPLM party on Dec 15 2013 decided to fight itself, and then started massacring innocent South Sudanese people without summoning enough courage to stop the destructions that followed. This is the worst of all political scandals!

4) The SPLM cannot be able to restore peace; back to the people of South Sudan through Addis Ababa. To mention but a few.

Generally, any product of SPLM party or anything design by the SPLM Oyee always kills and destroys. This is true; otherwise, the SPLM Oyee party could implement its Government’s primary responsibilities as quoted below and certainly avert the current chaos as well, in 2013.

In Article 53 (1) of South Sudan’s Transitional constitution; it is stipulated that “the primary responsibilities of the national government shall be, inter alia:

(a) Maintenance of peace and security;

(b) Reconstruction and development;

(c) Promotion of good governance and welfare of the people;

(d) Ensuring the protection of the rights and interests of the people.

The SPLM –led government over the last three years of independence did never touch one of these fundamental duties. Also in the same Article 53 (2) says “the national Government shall discharge its duties and exercise its powers as set forth in this constitution and the law. To me this article means: all related articles of the Transitional Constitution should be accordingly implemented by the National Government without exception.

Nevertheless, since 2011 to date, it is not the case with the Government of the day in Juba. Especially, when it comes to comprehensive implementation of the articles in question, the SPLM Oyee has been using a tactic of “implement and ignore” rest of the articles in the constitution. This tactic has gone beyond dictatorial tendencies, tribalism and even clannish. Let’s take for example, Khartoum successive and deadly regimes during the (21 years of) civil war between the South and the North. Khartoum in the time we all know; was causing insecurity all over the Sudan, killing randomly the country citizens in one way or another. And at those times, also conducted none free and fair elections against the people wills. While the main guerrilla Movement on the other hand, the SPLM by then, was firmly criticizing the regimes. Saying “the NCP or Khartoum’s regime wasn’t paying humane attention to majority ordinary Sudanese people’s voices”. However, nowadays, the very same SPLM now refers to Khartoum regimes’ defective systems, Somalia’s, Syria’s among others, as best systems to support. Or, as living examples why June 30th 2015 general elections should go on without delay. Here, the SPLM’s intention is to ignore the rest of other undone legal requirements. Had the SPLM of yesterday became the NCP of last week?

In our view, the organization of general elections before PEACE AGREEMENT is totally wrong. It is an idea that none of true South Sudanese in his/her right sense should buy. June 30th 2015 elections organizers are really operating outside the compound of truth. The SPLM-led government, instead, should try it best; by restoring peace, back to that bleeding-cursed-liked country called South Sudan. Yes, we can understand that there are people in the kingdom of kleptomaniac there who look at national institutions as theirs. This long-established idea is a source of all these entire problems which are destroying our country today! It appears in actions and in the words of few battling regime’s officials as well as in its diehard clannish fans’ activities. The South Sudanese popular needs to have elections postponed, until peace is restored, should not be made again like the similar popular demand for federalism, where the same trivial and disturbing clique convinced lately. And if the stained term expires; should this disquiet only one small group of South Sudanese? NO! Yet, it is a national question being answered nationally by all the people of the country. As agreed upon in Addis Ababa on 10th May 2014, that “general elections shall be organized by Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) during the transitional period of thirty (30) months.

Contrary to the stated deal, Juba Government’s spokesperson, Makuei Lueth came out angrily, on one of his official working days, earlier this month and said that they would be seeking avenues to organize elections, despite the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. And on the following day, South Sudan’s Election Commission’s Chairperson, Abendego Akok jumped up, to his feet and announced the commencement of the elections process. Are these two institutions really operating independently as being claimed? I doubt. At best, perhaps they had cooked something which could forge their extended kin interest after 9th July, 2015. Thumb up, for nineteen (19) Political parties who have opened a legal case against the Election Commission in Juba. I would love Abendego’s elections Commission to tell the South Sudanese people, through the court, about where he gets green light to go ahead with that so-called general elections process!

Moreover, there is also a call that the National Legislature should be the right branch to extend an expiring tainted term of South Sudan executive organ or Kiir’s administration. I can but to a certain extent agree to this call. However, a question is: Does the National Legislature still as all South Sudanese people’s representative? Definitely, the answer is a BIG NO! There are some people whose representatives are not in today Juba National Legislature. For instance; Dr. Richard K. Mula of Mundri, Hon. Akol Ayii of Awiel, Hon. Timothy Tot Chuol, Hon. Henry Dicah Odwar...name them. The list is long. These MPs have their people’s trusts—they were their constituencies’ voices in the Parliament. Then, who would sit on their seats entrusted to them by their constituencies? Again, even the representatives; who are still therein, mostly from Greater Upper Nile, are there just for their personal gains not for their constituencies needs. They have been all rejected, for good, by their respective constituencies. Would these rejected MPs, together with Benydit’s administration, impose personal interests on the grassroots people whom rejected them? In addition, National Legislature miserably betrayed to Kiir’s administration, the ordinary South Sudanese people ever since. On the other hand, who still has a vested interest amongst the South Sudanese people to reinstate that illegitimate administration term in office? Will they be all MPs, who would want to extend that already contaminated term in office? Extending the current South Sudan executive organ term in office is tantamount to decreeing security bill into law which may in turn, denote sentencing citizens to death. That is a food for thought! What should happen, within these two-three months, is that the SPLM factions must speedily sign peace. We hope and wish the governing factions will be serious about this. Otherwise, the South Sudan transitional constitution, 2011, Article 102 (2) shall act “If the office of the President of the Republic falls vacant, the post shall be assumed by the Vice President pending elections that shall be conducted by the National Elections Commission within sixty days from the date of occurrence of the vacancy. Who is that Vice President?

In conclusion, I would want Kiir’s administration and South Sudan Election Commission to alternatively listen to both national and international good Samaritans voices. The two institutions should be in touch with reality and majority’s rights. Evaluation in leadership is very important. Both institutions’ drivers need to accustom themselves with how to pre-empt problems rather than opting to resolve those inevitable blatant problems after they arise. Reading of the general situations of the people as well as the opinions they express on daily basis concerning any national subject matter is a best way to go in an effective leadership. I know one or all in group will answer it other way round that: there are enjoyable people who want to exercise their democratic rights. But, is there any need to reminded those folks; that there are also people who cannot be able to exercise their rights due to dreadful sufferings they are enduring? Like those displaced people in Mankigman IDPs camp in Lakes state, in other UNMISS bases across the country as well as in the bordering countries. Or aren’t all people of South Sudan should be equal, before those institutions legal courts in Juba? Once more, I am of the opinion that PEACE should be priority. To right away, suspend all these divisive and calamitous programs until peace is agreed in Addis Ababa. Yes, Benydit’s homestead wasn’t reached by the conflict, I know. However, should this be the reason why it is widely being considered that, a slight damage in one part of the body cannot affect the whole system in the same body? “There is no need to wait for invisible IGAD-led peace process; what we can do now, is to alternatively eye what is written in the constitution and implement it, accordingly”. The later, was an official statement (plan) by Kiir’s administration and openly announced by the regime’s Spokesman, Mr. Michael Kuei Lueth. A plan which in two days later, forwarded to Mr. Abendego Akok Kachuol, the South Sudan Election Commission’s Chairperson, for implementation. Is this what the Government and Elections Commission are inspiring to do? Okay, if Kiir;s administration and Election Commission are indeed working in accordance to South Sudan Transitional constitution, 2011, as they claim, let’s just take a quick look and see whether or not they are really doing it right.

Squarely to the point, in South Sudan Transitional Constitution, 2011, Article193 (2) it is stipulated that there shall be National Bureau of Statistics which shall be an independent statistics bureau authorized, inter alia, to:

(b) Conduct census throughout South Sudan states before general elections. This also reads together on the same page with Article 194 that says “The National Government shall during the Transitional period conduct a population census the outcome of which shall, inter alia, determine the number of electoral constituencies for the next general elections. Have these censuses been done—conducted in accordance with Article 193 (2) (b) and Article 194 quoted above respectively? Of course, they haven’t been conducted. Therefore, if the government and its Election Commission are indeed working in accordance with South Sudan Transitional Constitution, 2011, then they must first of all:

(1) See to it that, the Republic of South Sudan’s permanent constitution is in place;

(2) Conduct the population censuses, which shall determine the number of electoral constituencies for general elections as clearly stipulated in Article 193 (2) (b) & Article 194 respectively; and

(3) Then hold South Sudan’s General Elections.

All these legal (constitutional) requirements must be put in place. As you have seen, elections come last of all, in the above mentioned number (1), (2) & (3)!! Because in procedures, particularly in legal institutions, whatever comes first is always done the first one before the second, the third...etc. Thereafter, all would-be able South Sudanese people including the author shall freely vote in well organized, procedural, free and fair general elections. Now, if such procedures are not followed as constitutionally stipulated, then June 30th 2015 general elections are being organized not in accordance with South Sudan’s current Transitional Constitution. But in accordance with a constitution of Kiir’s administration alone and its Election Commission which they might have written somewhere, perhaps in Akon.

The author, Bol Khan, is a civil/human rights and peace activist. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Open Letter to President of the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit!

CC:

President Barrack Obama (USA)
UN Security Council
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Amnesty International (AI)
Union of Journalists in South Sudan (UJOSS)

Date: 23th, January 2015

Subject: Freedom of Expression under attack in South Sudan!

Dear Excellency,

Happy New Year 2015 in your leadership in South Sudan!

January 23, 2015 (SSNA) -- In first place, accept my warm salutation Mr. President and your entire government from National and States level respectively. I hope you are doing well and optimistic about the recent document signed by the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Members in Arusha- Tanzania. It’s indeed hopeful for the people of South Sudan to have peace at this particular period of time and go for elections in the entire nation without fear of insecurity in some parts of the Country. I do appreciate your commitment with other SPLM members so much!

Without wasting a lot of time Mr. President! It is my pleasure and honor to salute you at this particular period of time in your respected office. It has been long time without sending you an open letter due to the fact that, I thought things might change in your government in one way or the other but due to what I have observed and contextualized in your leadership, I concluded that I should write to you this precious letter so that, you might listen to it or leave it. Am very much aware, you don’t have time to read documents that are of great important to the Nation.

Your Excellency, it has come to our attention we the professional Journalists from the Republic of South Sudan that we are problem to your government and indeed , what we always do is to inform, educate the citizens of the Country as per principle of Journalism is concern worldwide.

Absolutely, the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 as well acknowledged the freedom of press and access to information. It’s very big surprise to hear about Journalists detentions, arrests always by your security in Juba. What have changed again from the document that came in to force through your signature in 2011? Did you sign the Constitution when you were sleeping or your attention was taken by something else?

Since South Sudan as the Country got recognition internationally, regionally as the Independence nation in 2011 9th July, most of the Journalists and activists are in exiles due to insecurity threats imposed to them by your security personnel’s in Juba. Very disgraceful!

Your Excellency, it’s not a shame for South Sudan as the Country to have Journalists or activists that always advocate for human rights, rule of law and democratization processes in the Country but according to what is in your leadership, you have gone contrary to your mandate as the President. I know Internationally, President is a symbol for peace, unity and head of the State that work always based on laws and principles. Hence I don’t know whether you follow the right way of taking South Sudanese to democratization processes?  Are you really a symbol for peace and unity in South Sudan? Are you a dictator or what is really happening within you?  Yes or no?

Your comradeship, since South Sudan got Independence on the 9th of July 2011, there has been a number of cases of Journalists, activists being tortured, harassed and other got killed like Isaiah Abraham who was killed intentionally by your security personnel’s in Juba in 2012 December at his residence.

However, killing and torturing is not the only solution to your current problems as the President rather, “the more you torture, kill and threaten Journalists in the Country, the more your problems will increase in your leadership” comrade. It’s just a simple advice to you and your respective cabinets that are part and parcel of corruption cases, tribalism, nepotism and massacre of civilians based on tribal basis

In fact, if I may question your respective office, what has Journalists done to you Mr. President? What is your problem really in South Sudan? How can you be in leadership without friends my President? Why don’t you talk to your security to treat Journalists, activists well in South Sudan?  Very disgraceful scenario that, you always instructed your security personnel’s to hunts for Journalists and activists who always said the reality about your government. When will you get transform upstairs Mr. President?

Coming to reality, in 2012 your security threatens South Sudanese Journalist Ngor Arol of publishing a history regarding your daughter who claimed to have been impregnated by the Ethiopian gentleman and indeed was not absolute due to facts and realities that were investigated by top Journalists in the Country. Therefore, it’s not right time for me to expose but if you wish I could release my details for world consumption but I should reserve it for other days unless otherwise, if there is need or if you want me to justify clearly.

On other hand, Mr. Dengdit Ayok, in his opinion, wrote this about your First Daughter wedding to an Ethiopian man:

This wedding is a demonstration that foreigners have not only monopolized our market, economy and robbed our integrity after penetrating it, but it is also a demonstration that they have taken over our national pride. What else is left if an alien could penetrate all the hedges and invade the house of our President, eloped and impregnated his daughter? Where were the security presidential personnel when that strange guy entered the house of the President?according to Mr. Dengdit Ayok.

In 2014 July, Mr. Dengdit Ayok who is the Columnist for Almasier Newspaper (Arabic newspaper) was almost to be killed by your security in EGPTY-Cairo, and you never set a team to investigate the issue that almost killed South Sudanese Journalist.

Mr. President, your security killed Isaiah Abraham in 2012 in Juba at Gudele. Do you want more Journalists to be kill as well by your useless security and hooligans, or what is your problem about Journalists?  What have Journalists done to you your Excellency? Are you the one who instructed your security to tortured, killed and harassed Journalists in Juba and other parts of the Country?

Furthermore, in October 2014, Daniel Majak Kuac, a reporter with the National Mirror newspaper in Juba, was getting ready to go out on assignment. Majak Kuac was working on a story about the demolition of makeshift structures in the South Sudanese capital. 

His first step was to interview some officials. Next, he was going to interview people who were affected by the demolition. But before Majak Kuac could complete his work, he was arrested. The police confiscated his recorder and his camera and questioned him for three hours.

However, in 2013 17th December in Juba, South Sudanese Journalist Peter Gai Manyuon was tortured and his relatives got killed by your security without proper reason and he was as well arrested for a week by your Military Intelligent (MI) at Gida due to the fact that, he is practicing his Journalistic Profession. And nothing has been done by your government to question those who ransacked the house of the Journalist and killed his relatives in Juba innocently.

More so, Juba-based Radio Bakhita, which is run by the Juba archdiocese, was closed on 16 August 2014 by the National Security Service for broadcasting a report about clashes in Bentiu, in Unity State. It has since been allowed to resume broadcasting on condition that it refrains from talking about politics.And the reason that was mentioned by your security was that, the station broadcasted the news about Bentiu capturing by the insurgencies forces. I think you will not disagree or dispute about Media fraternity being under attack in South Sudan by your leadership.

And lastly not the least, one of the Journalists was beaten almost to death on 21st of January 2015 in South Sudan Capital Juba by your security that you have not trained well. And your governments haven’t investigated the issue behind the scene. What a disgrace to your leadership in South Sudan your Excellency? Have you not lost legitimacy?

What kind of government do you really have globally or on earth?  In facts most of us Journalists from South Sudan have lost hope and trust in you your Excellency due to the fact that, you have lost your direction in leadership and moreover some of Journalists voted for you in 2010 elections in various constituencies across the Country. Do you agree that, Journalists and activists can expose you to the world and you become useless President?

In fact, a journalist working for the Nation Mirror Newspaper by the Name John Anyang was beaten almost to death by the National Security elements on his way to cover a story of demonstrating nurses on 20th of January 2015. All his reporting equipments got confiscated by your security and you haven’t questioned the culprits who are involved in criminal acts in your system.

What country are we living in at this particular period of time? What is happening with freedom of expression and the right of access to information in South Sudan? Do you want to be in South Sudan alone without Journalists and activists? A question, you should answer as a person!

Mr. President, Internationally a Country that does not allow freedom of the press and speech, is always regarded as a failed and fragile state. I think you have agreed with the reports from International Community that concluded that “South Sudan as the Country is a failed State” and they entails the reasons as amount to lack of freedom of press, lack of good governance, no respect for rule of law, corruption cases and tribalism that have been identified as the vision and mission of the government you lead. Do you agree with that my President?

In conclusion, Mr. President, if you really want to stay peacefully in the Republic of South Sudan, respect Media law , ethnics by allowing freedom of expression and speech to prevails in the entire Republic of South Sudan. If you continue targeting Journalists, activists then know that world will remove you from your sweet leadership by all means because, you might be called a “primitive President” that doesn’t allow Journalists to do their work freely.  Do you want to be calls primitive President on Earth? Yes or no?

Because I like you due to the fact that, I voted for you in 2010 election do something to grantee the security of Journalists and activists in South Sudan.

Let 2015, be the year where South Sudanese will have peace in their minds and have freedom of expression wherever they are at this particular period of time!

South Sudan was ranked 124th in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index in 2013, falling by twelve places since 2012. Reporters without Borders cited the murder of Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, who was shot dead by an unidentified man on December 12, 2012 as the reason for the country's fall in ranking. Do you want your Country ranking to go up to zero level?

Best wishes!

Peter Gai Manyuon
Independent Journalist and Columnist
Blog:  www.independentjournalistpgm.wordpress.com
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In Loving Memory of one of South Sudanese finest writers, Mr. Deng Yiech Bachech, I Present to you, his Eulogy!

Date: January 9th. 2015

January 20, 2015 (SSNA) -- In celebrating the life of a comrade in armed, friend, well renounced intellectual, loving father, braved and towering political commentator and one of the finest South Sudanese writer and smartest emerging leader of my generation, I present to you his life and a celebrated eulogy.

On Sunday, December 28th, 2014, hundreds of South Sudanese – Canadians gathered at the First Church of Nazarene in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and commemorated the life of Mr. Deng Yiech Bachech. Mr. Bachech (aka Nyabuony) passed away on November 7th, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Late Deng’s memorial service was marked by well-defined and profound emotional speeches showcasing that death is an “unnecessary evil.”  If death could be averted by any slightest chance possible or people had the power to bring back to life a departed loved soul, Mr. Deng Yiech Bachech would have been brought back to life on December 28th, 2014.

His memorial service was paramount considering the admiration calls made, which echoed the church’s corridors from the emotional mourners wishing Deng, a towering figure to rest in peace.

Immediate Family

Deng Yiech Bachech was born on September 3rd, 1974 in Dhalap village, Nasir County, Upper Nile State, South Sudan and died at the age of 40. He was a son of Yiech Bachech Deng and Nyabunyni Goldet. Yiech Bachech Deng (father) himself was a war veteran and fought fiercely in the South Sudan’s war of liberation, which led to our nation’s independence on July 9th, 2011.

Mr. Deng Yiech Bachech was married to Mrs. Nyachangkuoth Pal Chang in 1999 in Ethiopia and he is survived by three beautiful children:

1. Goy Deng Yiech

2. Bachech Deng Yiech

3. Nyadieng Deng Yiech

“Nyabouny” (Deng), as many of his friends and colleagues called him died at a very young age considering his political ambitions and projected promising future ahead of him. To say the least, Deng was so articulate and ambitious dealing with life’ shortcomings in this troubled world and momentous technological age.

His well spent short life was marked by successes and admirations even from foes who might have had wished him dead at times. Throughout his life experiences, Deng Yiech Bachech made his marks and he is now resting in his grave delighted and as a blessed man because he will always be remembered as one of our finest South Sudanese writer and a gentle soul.

Educational and work experience

Deng Yiech Bachech first attended a primary school education in Nasir, County and subsequently moved to Ethiopia where he completed it. Upon completion, Deng attended a secondary school and completed it in 1990s with astounding scores. Deng scored 3.20 point grade in the Ethiopia’s secondary school leaving examination. A grade envied by many but only secured by few and well distinguished top notch students like Deng.

As a result, Deng Yiech Bachech secured the rarest United Nations’ University scholarship awarded to only few and gifted ones at the time. Deng attended the Addis Ababa University in 1999 after his successful marriage with his beautiful wife Nyachangkuoth Pal Chang. At the University, Deng pursued a political science degree as a career stream for two years, but then, in the middle, he migrated to Canada for a better life and pursues well-grounded level of education.

Upon arrival, Mr. Deng was admitted at the Nazarene University College in Calgary. A university which was later changed to be Ambrose University. Immediately after a semester or two, Deng transferred to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in the province of Saskatchewan, where he finished his studies strong and with “Honors.” Deng Yiech was awarded with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Immediately after his graduation, Deng returned to Calgary to his young family and worked briefly. After a short while, Deng decided to return to school to pursue further education.

In 2009, Deng Yiech was accepted in the Master Degree Program at the University of Calgary in Sustainable Energy Development. However, before completion, Mr. Deng joined politics and subsequently became the first ever Sudan People Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC)’s official representative to Canada.

Thus marked Deng’s entry into a political life, and subsequently served as the SPLM-DC’s Director for External Affairs stationed in Khartoum, Sudan. In 2010 during Sudan’s elections, Mr. Deng Yiech accompanied by others abandoned the SPLM-DC and joined the “mother SPLM.” Immediately after the elections, Deng was appointed as a senior office manager by the Upper Nile State’s Governor, Simon Kun Puoch Mar. 

Deng served in this capacity until he was removed and shortly was reappointed as a Deputy Director in one of the South Sudan’s second largest oil company in the country. Deng served as a Deputy Director until South Sudan entered into the shameless civil war instigated by none other then President Salva Kiir Mayardit on the 15th of December 2013.

Immediately after the onset of the crisis, Deng decided to side with the victims and joined the revolutionary armed group against Salva Kiir ruthless regime in Juba. Afterward, Deng moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a short while and where he later died from stroke.

As a political commentator, Deng Yiech Bachech decided to write and become a giant political commentator in 2006. He has written many articles and read widely. Until his death Deng remained one of the finest political commentator in South Sudan of my generation. Deng’s last article before his passing was on March 18th, 2014, titled “The December 15 Revolution: A Just Cause,” and was published by the South Sudan News Agency. Considering this short biography, it’s therefore imperative to conclude that we have lost a legend of unique characters.

Personal reflections

I knew Deng Yiech in person. But, it was in his writing where I really got to know him well and far better. It was here, in this front, in the field of writing where I got to know him far better and discovered his real ambitions and intellectual capacity as a man. I have realized, and it’s respectable to mention that his supreme writings were meant to change peoples’ perceptions and provoke honest political debates.

For anyone out there, for credibility sake of this writing, I must say, I have no bloodline or blood relation with Deng Yiech Bachech. And so therefore the authenticity of this piece is sound and genuine.

Deng was an honorable man and I admired him for who he was and what he becomes in the pen’s world. As a brother in this new trajectory and as peoples’ person as he was, I must say that he was a shrewd figure. His critical writings were intended to achieving peace, justice and democratic ideals in South Sudan through honest political debates and thus connubial to mine.

It was here, in this front where I discerned his bravery and unmatched political ambitions. It was here, in the field of writing and having read his writings and between the lines where I uncovered his fullest potentials for my generation.

Deng’s well-articulated pieces often provoked debates, annoyance and could even take one’s life prematurely like that of Isaiah Abraham. A brother in a pen’s world too. A man whose life was taken away from us prematurely by thugs and enemies of peace and development in South Sudan under Salva Kiir’s scalawag government.

Deng Yiech Bachech has alluded to this savagery reality in his last piece. He wrote, “We are afraid of telling the truth. It’s sometimes understandable to fear because of strange circumstances.” The question is, why, he, Deng Yiech Bachech was not afraid of his own life in such strange circumstances? I don’t know and have no speculated answers to fill the buoyant.

But based on Deng’s eloquent writing, one can equate his love for his country and his peoples’ freedom from any autocratic regimes that would come and go.  Based on Deng’s showcased bravery and humanistic ideals, I have requested Deng Yiech Bachech’s immediate members to allow me to write this brief biography. In loving memory of Deng Yiech Bachech one of the finest South Sudanese writer, I presented to you his eulogy. I thought this would be my immortal gift to his young beautiful children Goy, Bachech and Nyadieng Deng Yiech.

In my brief comment during Mr. Deng’s memorial service, I remarked that Deng died at a wrong time. A tragic time. A time where South Sudan as a country needed his talents; and I must assert that we wanted his unquestionable intellectual and thinking capacity than any other times.

In closing, brother Deng, I should say and with broken heart, rest in peace but you will be missed dearly. Your friends in the pen’s world will miss you. The world at large will miss you. South Sudan as a country is saddened that you are gone and departed forever. Your family, your beautiful young children Goy, Bachech and Nyadieng Deng Yiech missed you greatly.

This can be affirmed through their stated below respective remarks. For example, Deng’s elder son, Goy had this to say: “you might be dead, dad, but you will still be in our hearts.” Bachech on the other say this: “my dad was a very smart and educated man, but he died… and didn’t achieve all he wanted to accomplish. I loved him. We loved him so much.” Finally Nyadieng, the youngest child say “we love you dad and we missed you very much. I wish I have power to bring you back to life.” These statements are indeed profound and not sugarcoated but testament to unconditional love.

In loving memory of Deng Yiech Bachech, this piece was written by J. Nguen Nyol with a full consent of immediate family members. Should you have any question regarding the content of this writing, please don’t hesitate to reach the author at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For any other questions pertaining family matters or helping hands to the bereaving family, please contact Nyachangkuoth Pal Chang at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or1-587 – 894 -3595.

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