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Will 2016 be a year of peace?

By: Bol Khan

January 6, 2016 (SSNA) -- As all eyes, all over the world, are on South Sudan; the New Year, 2016 is expected to be a year of peace for South Sudanese people. If and only if: Implementations of the Peace Agreement signed last year but brokered by the regional bloc, IGAD can go smoothly. However, will the IGAD-PLUS Compromise peace agreement entirely, be implemented as very much being expected? This is one of the pressing questions one needs to ask in this piece! As we all know, that fragile peace document was regionally designed so that it must twist 2016 to be a year of peace for South Sudanese people. But the practical implementation of the peace agreement is now standing before a BIG question mark! To be or not to be; implemented!! I know, while it is precisely clear to many including the author, it is also equally unclear enough to many other whether or not the South Sudan’s current rulers not leaders will live up (all) to the agreement they signed in August last year.

Perhaps, it is really unclear, especially for those who aren’t yet familiar with the SPLM’s ruling styles. For they may not know that; SPLM’s rulers always every year utter one thing in words and put other different thing into action. To be specific, the rulers of course that I am referring to are those from the SPLM-Juba or SPLM-in-the Government. The SPLM-I-G is still up to now tossing dices or playing a waiting game as usual. Look; in an agreement the SPLM-I-G signed in August last year says: “There shall be only ten states in South Sudan during the transitional period of thirty (30) months”. But, contrary to this fact, the SPLM-I-G now has unilaterally decreed in, twenty-eight (28) unconstitutional states. This unilateral decree has already invited more tribal, national problems and shall let the war to continue for other additional two or even more years. So as we speak, there is a flimsy reason to hope for peace and reconciliation in 2016. Take it or leave as my sick/healthy analysis!

In fact, if issues at hand can go, implemented as expected, and in accordance with IGAD-PLUS Compromise Peace Agreement; one would hopefully say that this new year; 2016 will be a year of stability, Peace and Reconciliation. But, just from its look now or its smell, the year 2016 shall be as unhappy (more or less) as previous late 2013, 2014 and 2015 that had already passed. Unless there is a drastic, surprised change or miracle which may be on the way coming, otherwise my analysis is so healthy. I am bringing it up this way; because of the following statements and reasons, issued by the country’s rulers themselves. You can read for yourself and I think you will agree with me that there are some people within the nation who are not preparing for peace but for opposite in South Sudan.

“As we begin a New Year, Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) would like to remind the International Community, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and all parties to the IGAD-PLUS peace agreement to cautiously tread the path to implementation of “ACRISS” due to the fact that certain clauses in the agreement undermine the sovereignty of our beloved Republic”.

This very statement was from the tribal powerful Jieng Council of Elders, it is so strong and should not be considered as simple as such. If I can repeat: “to cautiously tread the path to implementation of “ACRISS” due to the fact that certain clauses in the agreement undermine the sovereignty of our beloved Republic”. 

This statement alone signifies that the Council has already planned something; indirectly using threat and on behalf of the government. I have one question here or two; what is a correlation between the two institutions, JCE and JMEC? Does it mean that the Jieng Council of Elders is a legislative body of South Sudan’s Government?  I think you can even remember, when the council noted down the reservations in regards to IGAD-PLUS Compromise Peace Agreement the same reservations were also brought up by the Government on the following day (s).

“The areas which brought names of women are conflict areas. But the women are weak and could not defend their states, in war zones, like men. So we don’t want our governor to be kidnapped and that is why we don’t bring women,” said president Kiir during the swearing in ceremony of 28 newly appointed governors on 29th Dec 2015.

If the nation, the President and the people are indeed preparing for peace the above statement would have not been stated by the President. At best, women are even better than men in translating and restoring peace to the levels men destroyed.  I am not betraying us; we the men, instead this is the truth itself I am stating! They women, without dispute, are the real peacemakers compared to almost ninety percent of men who may be war-liked ones. In short, if the President Salva Kiir is for peace he would have appointed women to the governorship positions of his unilateral twenty-eight (28) imposed states. In another words, Salva Kiir’s action which apparently appeared in the above statement means that he is not ready for peace. And those twenty-eight men he appointed governors will continue with the war as they go to their respective states’ capitals in this very New Year; 2016. So, the New Year; 2016 may not be a year of peace as expected or if the IGAD-PLUS Compromise Peace Agreement is not implemented accordingly.

The author is a concerned South Sudanese. He can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan’s government is at the verge of anarchism

December 28, 2015 (SSNA) -- The Government of South Sudan is falling to the verge of anarchy. The aftermath of Juba Nuer killing, creation and amendment of 28 (twenty-eight) states are the signs leading South Sudan to the verge of anarchy.

Conversely, the government of South Sudan becomes a tribal government which rejects all conventional forms of government on the basis that it imposes restraints on individuals without their express consent having given. One tribe’s army, that is, Dinka has been recruited, armed and appears to be the most effective violence army ever invented on earth.

More importantly, Salva Kiir Mayardit urged the abolition of constitution, law and order of the country, using veto without objection from parliament and ordinary South Sudanese. South Sudan has no central government at all, thus, in truth, it is at the verge of anarchy and will soon remain a country without rule, structure and tribes will revert to a local form of conflicts.

In essence, everyone knows that South Sudan is falling to the verge of anarchy government system. This is due to the reason that judicial system is destroyed and legal structure is no longer a country’s legal structure, however, owned by one tribe, that is, Dinka. Country’s policies are designed and implemented by Dinka without objection. Any objection of wrong policy may lead to killing and torture. Dinka tribe controlled law and order of the country and that comes to a creation of 28 states.

Creation of 28 states is not a call from all South Sudanese, however, a call from Jieng Council of Elders (JCE). They are creating and amending 28 states under the guise of country’s development in which that is not true. Instead, they are creating, amending them to establish Dinka’s nation, and with an intention to have control over other tribes under their empire. An empire which is shockingly has the high rate of homicides of children, women and men every day without trace or an investigation of some sorts. To me, Dinka’s empire is destructive and should not be followed as it has no sense of unity and harmony with other tribes in the country. Also, it is an empire which works with the aim of causing harm to other tribes and support terrible decisions which will never bring the change South Sudanese wanted to see.

Surprisingly, although some people are criticising the government and Dinka’s empire as criminal syndicates which cannot or will never lead to any progress of the country, other think that they are the best institutions have had ever invented. Among those supporting Dinka’s empire to grow are Nuer generals, politicians and elders. Nuer generals, politician and elders are now die-hearted supporters of Dinka’s empire. They forgot that their loved ones were killed and subjected to a wide ranges or forms of torture, including the gouging of eyes, rapes, severe beating plus many more.

Instead of making a strong unity in order to face the enemy, they are busy employing conflicts between themselves. They become too weak and dysfunctional to perform basic tasks, like securing the property of their community. Now it happens that Dinka’s empire controlled the constitution, law and order of the country. It is growing, getting bigger and the one making decisions and pass them off as some sort of reforms. In those decisions, they make, including killing or intentional torts to anyone who is not from Dinka’s tribe. Where Nuer generals, politicians and elders will fit in a system like this, a system that does not need anybody else from Nuer or other tribes?

It is not too little too late for Nuer come together. In doing that, dividend syndrome has to come to an end and have to remember that there will always be problems if they are not walking, talking and thinking together for the better of Nuer community. Challenges are everywhere and even Dinka have challenges but are sticking together in unity. Why not us? My fellow Nuer, let us remember this, it is not  the lack of challenges that will make us successful; what will make us successful is continuing to take the steps that get us a few inches higher, despite how challenging it is.

The author lives in Australia; he can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Commemorating of the Massacre of 20,000 Nuer Civilians killed in cold-blood in December of 2013 by President Salva Kiir Mayardit

By J. Nguen

December 14, 2015 (SSNA) -- Tomorrow marks the 2nd anniversary of Dec. 15th, when 20,000 innocent Nuer civilians including women, elderly and children were summarily executed by their President, in cold blood. My own mother died too in this conflict. She was innocently and had to die because she was denied access to medical attention. My uncles and nephews summarily executed simply because they were Nuer.

They were considered enemy of the State because of their ethnicity. The African Union’s Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan’s Conflict Report rightly put it that the massacre of 20,000 Nuer civilians was a “state policy” sanctioned to erase one ethnic group the map of South Sudan.

Because of this poorly thought out policy, my people, people of South Sudan were ruthlessly murdered in their houses on a door –to –door search killing sphere in Juba and across South Sudan. They died bravely and with humility because they were not armed and did no provocation or had no political agenda but had to be executed because they were Nuer.

Their killers foolishly thought destroying their souls was an affliction on the Nuer Nation. Yes, immediately it was and as a result I will never see my uncles, nephews and mother again. However, because of this twisted foresight thinking and exhortation of righteousness, South Sudan went in flame. Across this young nation, almost everyone is in anguish of sort.  

As a result, the foundation of our nation is now challenged, wobbly to the core risking free fall at any time. On a personal note, at the onset of this conflict, I promised my nation and my people that “I’ m alive not dead.” I promised I will use my talents to reverse the course of these horrific crimes.

I promised my dead mother that I will write about your innocent demise to ensure that your blood and spirits will not go in vain. My goal was to expose and hold those who committed these crimes to account and do away with impunity.  Others and I took this noble task with humility. We have written articles to inform the world that you were innocently murdered, with no apparent cause.

To some extent, we have made a head way given the African Union’s Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan’s Conflict Report, but I must state that there is must more to be done, which still required our collective actions.

President Salva Kiir and his thugs, militia allies from Bul Nuer, Darfur and SPLA -North rebels have committed horrific atrocities across Nuer Nation against innocent civilians. Crimes punishable by death when one is found alive or dead!

Therefore, I need not to remind you that Nuer women, young girls and elderly women were raped and burned alive after rape. I need not to mention that young Nuer boys were castrated and young Nuer girls had their breasts cut off and left for dead. And I need not to say to you that elderly men in Unity State and Juba were forced to eat and drink the blood of their dead relatives and killed afterward. Finally, with gruesome brutalities, Nuer women were subjected to jump on fire for show and gang raped with sharp objects and allowed to blood to death. These are heinous crimes committed by South Sudanese against their own fellow citizens.

It’s true that the scene of everlasting tragedy is set. To ease this tragic precedent, I call on all South Sudanese both at home and in Diaspora to commemorate December 15th of the Nuer massacre together as one people and condemn the wrong and those who took part committing these heinous crimes against our nation and our fellow countrymen and men.

J. Nguen is a South Sudanese concerned citizen living in Canada. He can be reached This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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