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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 .

Something Serious is Brewing in Addis Ababa In Spite of the Teeth Grindings in Juba

By: Justin Ambago Ramba

April 4, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan now in the second year of its new civil war, the country has since been a hotbed for militant politics thus making it one of world’s spots to remind all humanity that,” Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You”, or else we are all doomed to fail.

This trend became accentuated more than ever before by the vivid diplomatic shuttles involving delegates from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the European Union, the Troika (USA, UK and Norway) begin converging on the Ethiopian Capital City, Addis Ababa in a last attempt to hammer a peace deal for the world’s newest country.

It is for this important reason that all ears are beginning turn towards Addis Ababa, with that direction with everyone hoping to get hold of a first-hand news on what is seen as the likeliest most ever inclusive participation by the members of the human race to bring sanity back to the war devastated citizens of South Sudan.

The imminent outcome of the new initiative on peace in South Sudan is hoped to produce all that is needed to rekindle the hope of a better future to the country and its ten million people.

Optimism among a people traumatised by wars, often doesn’t come easily especial when these wars only stop to start yet another. But gauging by the new dynamics involved in the new IGAD PLUS initiative that officially replaced its predecessor, the failed and much compromised old, Museveni-dominated IGAD-ONLY Initiative, these are all likely set to change. 

One can thus say that, for the first time in a long while a fresh hope of a new breeze of peace to the war torn South Sudan is becoming more and more of a reality than ever before, even though real mountains of differences between the various warring factions remain to be addressed.

The most important learning curve in this whole process probably lies with the fact that it was the IGAD that came out openly to accept and acknowledge the reasons behind the failures of its first solo attempt.

Hence, the new initiative by default must be different from the first one both in substance and spirit. My readers will agree with me that with this new initiative now fully operational, the old IGAD initiative should clearly be remembered for what is actually was – a representation of a much dreaded top to bottom approach.

Hopefully much has already been said about the cos and pros of the Old IGAD Solo initiative and why it had failed to yield any fruits of peace. So could the learning curve here be the organisations own admittance of inborn errors in the form of conspicuous conflict of interests the eventually compromised it.

It’s  one year’s attempt at mediating the peace process was on several occasions mired with inconsistencies as it knowingly or unknowingly became conspicuously pro the government of the day in Juba tried thus undermining much of the sensitive prerequisites for  arriving at an all binding peace deal.  But have things now changed for the better? This we will find out when the new IGAD PLUS Initiative officially convenes in a few days’ time.

Equally resented and unappreciated in the old IGAD solo initiative were the damages done to organisation’s image by the apparently conspicuous and manipulative   hands of the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.

Adamant to impose his will on south Sudan, Museveni spared no opportunity to turn IGAD into his personal toll to achieve just that. In fact his hands were all over the place and actually at times too strong to be contained nor ignored.

All the above could be history now, as the fresh news coming out of the Ethiopian Capital over the past few days has all the elements of a world community united for the first time to talk with one voice and act with the sole intention of salvaging South Sudan from the imminent demise that its failed leaders have chosen for it and its people.

Those who don’t know that a new dawn could t dawn on South Sudan any moment from now if all its friends act in good faith, are reminded to prepare for the good news to come soon. All are called upon to appreciate the new reality that indeed something serious and equally great is now brewing in Addis Ababa in a way to tackle the 14 month old civil war in the new country of South Sudan. Africa and the word want to act on South Sudan and they want to act now!

So please instead of putting hurdles in the way of a just and inclusive peace, why not help them in this noble mission? After all the independent sovereign state of South Sudan is still to install in place it’s “first ever elected president, government and parliament”.

South Sudanese must top killing one another over the existing rotten and rudimentary structures they inherited from Khartoum. It is time to start the new independent Republic of South Sudan, with new philosophy, new vision, new institutions and above all new spirit. 

I can’t emphasize what I am about to say here any better. To fellow south Sudanese, I say, the mission to stop bloodshed in our country is on the way. It’s meant to put an end to impunity by holding to account all abusers of human rights and spoilers of peaceful settlement and stop a whole generation of South Sudanese young people from being again reduced to mere fodders to feed a brutal war, when there is no winner in sight.

Please beware of the Pharisees, I mean those hypocrites and dinosaurs of the geriatric Jieng “Dinka” Council of Elders and their clown Michael Makuei Lueith’s.

Now that they are aware of how the new initiative is likely to blow the top off their campaign to replace the aspirations of the people of South Sudan for a democratic republican system with their day dreams of a tribal fiefdom, they are beginning to throw their venoms right, left and centre.

This is the reason why these spoilers of peace are finding it all too difficult to shut up their big mouths. You saw them shouting, yelling and wailing all over the place, didn’t you! I bet you did.

Well it has long been said that,” The best way to detect an eminent natural calamities of exponential magnitudes e.g. earthquakes, tsunamis, total eclipses of the sun or sometimes even the collapse of dynasty or a dreadful end to a tyrant, is to watch out for signs of fear, restlessness and intense panic among animals like birds, cats, dogs or even the wildlife”.

In as far as South Sudan stands now, all you need to do is watch the behaviours of those believed to have perpetuated the ethnic cleansing of December 2013 and you can tell that their fates is about to be sealed once and for all.

In other words watch out for the reactions from Michael Makuei Lueth, the mouth-piece of the genocidaire regime in Juba and read between his lips that the regime is on real fire.

You should also watch out for reactions from the tribal & spiritual leaders of the same genocidal regime - its “Supreme Council” of the Ayatollahs - the so-called the Jieng “Dinka” Council of Elders.

If you watch them carefully, these people are becoming jittery than ever before. They are rightly now the Jieng “Dinka” Council of Panicked Elders, for the fate set up for them in the AU Report, is something even a million centuries of history won’t wipe away!

What upsets them the most is now the confirmed position – confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) remains firm in its threats of sanctions to the parties which include asset freezes and a travel ban on individuals obstructing the peace process.

Again information coming from a reliable source in Addis Ababa suggests the next round of South Sudan peace negotiations to resume between 10 and 18 April in Addis Ababa. This too leaves them with very little time to carry out any meaningful diplomatic offensive.

Another  deadly blow to Michael Makuei Lueth war of words, is the very reliable confirmation  from Addis Ababa,  that the coming talks will  definitely  see the  IGAD along with African Union, UN, EU, Troika and China as full participants and brokers.

Worth stressing here is the most unwavering part of the Addis Ababa new IGAD PLUS brew that this new initiative is set to operate under a completely new expanded mediation mechanism and is intended to remain so for the rest of its life spun regardless of  whether any of the protagonists likes it or not!

Not only that, but reliable sources also confirm that the IGAD-PLUS mediating body  has prepared a draft proposal for a final peace agreement with  the AU Report and its recommendations forming an integral part of its approach to transitional justice.

They also confirm that forthcoming peace negotiations would be the last opportunity for IGAD PLUS and the South Sudan’s two warring factions to restore peace to the young country.

More interestingly is the revelation that both leaders’ president Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned armed opposition leader Riek Machar, are believed to fully accept the new draft proposal by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and strike a final peace agreement during the next round of peace talks in mid-April.

Both sides are expected to sign an agreement to stop the war, form a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) with clearly spelt commitments to an equal share of power and power within a federated system of government  and carry out reforms?

So what will happen in the event that the two leaders and indeed the two warring sides refuse again to sign a deal? 

It that event the stringent side will only has itself to blame. The immediate steps to be taken by the IGAD PLUS would be to push for an urgent and fast tracked Arms embargo, ban on foreign travels and freezing of assets for top officials and military generals and other noxious ethnically motivated groups e.g. the Jeing “Dinka” Council of Elders and the many other negative regional and tribal organisations operating across the political divides and beyond.

The neighbouring IGAD member and non-member states have also been promised sticks and carrots to cooperate in the implementation of these UNSC sanctions and embargos.

A well place African dignitary recently said that since the beginning of the year 2014, the African Union has recognised major areas of interventions to retain peace in Africa.

These are the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Boko Haram of Nigeria, Al Shababa in Somalia and Kenya and now the civil war in South Sudan.

On the other hand the international community is more than willing to see this continental organisation scores  its first ever success stories since it replaced its predecessor,  the much criticized Organisation of African Unity (AOU) – an organisation better remembered for siding with dictatorial leaders in the perpetuation of oppression in the continent !

So are we about to see a radical change in the regional, continental and international politics in favour of hands on the ground to stop the bloodletting in South Sudan, reboot (overhaul) the country and start a new page of stability, accountability and human rights respect and reinstate the dream of a better life this highly promising part of Africa!

Justin Ambago Ramba is a Concerned South Sudanese and a voice for the millions who ate voiceless in the country.

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