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Editorial: You can never straighten an object’s shadow without first straightening the object itself’

By: Justin Ambago Ramba

February 27, 2015 (SSNA) -- Following the conspicuous absence of President Salva Kiir Mayardit from what is largely supposed to be final round of the IGAD mediated Peace Talks for South Sudan, many observers begun to doubt the sincerity of the Juba administration to realise an inclusive just peace in a country ravaged by a civil war of its own making?

Also of concern to all is the implication of what seems to be an ill-intentioned absenteeism given the fact that any backtracking from previous signed positions by any of the principals of the two warring factions will adversely destroy any chances of bringing peace back to this new African country.

However there is much that in president Salva Kiir‘s absence than that meets the eyes. In a personal interview President Kiir gave a statement to the Ugandan Daily Nation in its Thursday, February 26, 2015 edition under the heading: “Why Machar will not be my Number 2”.

You may forgive me for not being keen to go into the details of President Kiir’s interview with the Ugandan Daily Nation which can be accesses following this link:

However for the purpose of this article it suffices to know that contrary to previously signed agreements between himself and Dr Riek Machar, the president has abundantly made it clear that he is reneging on all those agreements and won’t be sharing any power with Dr Riek Machar Teny, a man who served as his deputy for nearly eight calendar years.

Yet it all seems to me that President Salva Kiir Mayardit was not only being blatantly obvious, but what he said should in fact have been the case from the very beginning given the great visionary disparity and apparent incomparability and incompatibility between the two men.

And to be very fair to all – it really takes a lot of sacrifice from any learned person to accept being second to an individual like Kiir who shouldn't be presiding over a sovereign country to start with, although it was only those several unplanned events that brought him to the top office.

The African Union, the IGAD and the international community have all said that President Salva Kiir should have kept his word when he signed a deal to attend the final rounds of the Peace Talks that kicked off  in Addis Ababa on 20/02/2015.

The United Nations Security Council and the US administration have both talked of possible sanctions plus or minus arms embargo on individuals or entities who directly or through their policies are seen to be blocking the progress of the peace talks.

Well to say the least, President Salva Kiir now squarely lies in that category of “spoiler” of peace and rightly deserves all sanctions from ban on global travel to freezing of assets, of course a heavy embargo on the flow of arms to his notorious army and allied militias.

It is equally important that the UNSC understand that the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) is part of the ongoing war in South Sudan and must also be included in the arms embargo and any other sanctions for that matter.

Any attempt to exclude President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda from facing similar sanctions as his partner in crime President Salvatore Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan will not bring about the anticipated outcome.

In fact the only way to have effective and water-tight sanctions is by including the Ugandan military and political leadership into the lot as a share of their role in sustaining the crazy war and directly engaging in the battles.

Museveni and his UPDF must taste their share of the bitter medicine soon to be declared by the UNSC, be it in the form of sanctions or ban on foreign travels or freezing of all assets and a total arms embargo.

It will not be too much for international justice to demand that both Museveni and his friend Salva Kiir Mayardit enjoy equal level of punishment.  Together the duo are   partners in the crime of setting South Sudan ablaze. This should remain so until such a time that they are both prepared to negotiate peace in good faith. I rest my case.

As for my fellow compatriots in the reform camp, urgently reconsidering our priorities where we stand now could mean the difference between succeeding and failing.  

To allow for a timely achievement of the tabled list of reforms, it is necessary to adequately reprioritise these programs, for otherwise there is a real risk of not being able to implement them any time soon.

Informed by the quickly changing dynamics of both the political and socio-economic parameters of our joint struggle for a peaceful coexistence and regardless of whether at this stage one believes in the IGAD mediated talks or not, certain things are much of foregone issues.

However there is one truth that all reformists in South Sudan need to know at this particular point in time and it is the one fact that Salva Kiir and reforms can never coexist in the same administration. In other words there is no daylight between the two. Each one will do everything to obstruct and eventually eliminate the other.

So if you are indeed a person or a group who is contemplating to see reforms dawn in South Sudan then you are practically only left with this one single priority and that is to partake in the removal and disposal of Kiir administration from power as a first step towards any anticipated national reforms.

Salva Kiir Mayardit and his administration are the very opposites of reform and they can never at any time become your partners in actualizing any dreams which are more likely than not to bring an end to their corruption riddled existence.  

Everyone who believes in reforms for that matter should have long known that allowing Salva Kiir to continue running the country under any pretext is in itself a defeat to the very realisation of any reforms how big or small they be.

It doesn't any more whether he extents his stay in power through a manipulated approval by his rubber stamped parliament or as a part of a hard won transitional government of national unity.

You are not expecting Salva Kiir to negotiate himself out of office and negotiate his bitter enemies (the reformists) into power, are you? I hope not, otherwise you are being naïve and rather simplistic.

For as top as Kiir  is now on the list as the most powerful person in Juba (obviously not all over South Sudan any more), his removal from power should equally top the list of any constructive reform agenda aimed at salvaging whatever is left of our beautiful country.

It is only after getting the priorities right then and only then can reformists celebrate the start of a new dawn characterized by a good and focused campaign.

And regardless of how tough the implementation of each and every stage might seem, yet down inside we also know that every step the struggle takes is being informed by a total conviction not to compromise its very basics - the Peoples’ quest for Justice, Good Governance, Equality, Economic Prosperity, Accountability, Stability and Peaceful Coexistence which is now in full gear.

After all no one in their right state of mind will even for a second consider being second to Kiir as an end in itself.

In another turn of event I found it quite refreshing to read the article by Bol Mathieng A, titled:  Lack of Accountability and Causes of Current Political Instability: A Case of South Sudan, which appeared in the, Feb/26/2015, and SSN;

Although it was ironically written entirely to project President Salva Kiir Mayardit as the only saint in the midst of SPLM political sinners, I still consider it another beautiful article in a long series of articles that not only condemn the rampant corruption that continues to engulf South Sudan, but also one that went on to suggest accountability as the way forward.

The article was absolutely on spot when it pointed out that the current sad state of affairs in the country could have been avoided if only we had a competent leadership and administration from the word go in 2005 to deter the widespread corruption and glaring impunity displayed by the incumbent Salva Kiir’s “rotten to core” administration .

However when we talk about the introduction of accountability as suggested by the author, Bol Mathieng A, as a one important aspect which has completely been absent since the beginning of the CPA era of the SPLM administration under Salva Kiir Mayardit, it will be an impartial demand to see to it that all are held responsible – from top to bottom or better still to put it in the authors’ own words,” regardless of the title of the culprit”.

Being in total agreement with Bol Mathiang in his suggestion for a national pursuit of an impunity free South Sudan as an entrance to a peaceful and stable South Sudan, although I wonder how much thought has he given to the fact that for such line of thought to succeed, it is paramount to hold each and every one who wronged the people of South Sudan accountable beginning with those who abused the public office the most!

In such a top down approach the weeding of corruption must start right at the top from the office of the president – then the naming and shaming can successful be allowed to proceed down that gradient.

The logic is that had the person at the top acted promptly on corruption from day one, given the fact that he wields more constitutional powers in the country than anyone else, then we would be today living in a corruption and impunity free South Sudan.

However no one should attempt to sell us the “too cheap” narrative that the president was indeed a saint in the middle of a cabinet of sinners who in fact were his own buddies.

Birds of the same feather flock together – and this explains why the president never took an action past his “in famous” letter writing, to either pin corruption right in the bud or to weed it afterwards.

For all practical purposes when cannot be so blinded to the obvious that the true salvation of South Sudan lies outside the incumbent administration, given the fact the administration all across its decade long history has repeatedly resorted to corrupt means of extracting loyalty from the few that it succeeded to blackmail using what literary amounts to an institutionalized trend of a nationwide corruption and impunity network.

You may agree with me that, ‘you can never straighten an object’s shadow without first straightening the object itself’.

Dr Justin Ambago Ramba, MD, is a physician, a columnist, a political blogger and a member of the Political Parties Delegation to the IGAD mediated Peace Talks for South Sudan.

Keeping Evildoer Tribal President Salva Kirr Mayardit in Power, Peace Will Not Materialize in the Republic of South Sudan

By: Thabor Ding                                                                          

No Justice, No Peace and Know Justice, Know Peace

February 24, 2015 (SSNA) -- Who will trust who in the Transitional Government of National Unity with Salva Kirr still in power? IGAD, which is no longer a credible body to negotiate peace with anymore, perpetuating to enforce many fake peace agreements to sign, but none of them will materialize if the genocide issue is not faithfully addressed. I would say if there is anybody out there who really believes that the IGAD brokered peace formula of power sharing model, will bring a lasting peace is misleading the South Sudanese people. And indeed if this crippled power sharing model will work, the Juba genocide victims including late Dr. John Garang de Mabour will rise up from their mass graves in the Central Equatoria to get rid of their killer Kiir Mayardit.

The tribal man who spearheaded the assassination of the founding father of the SPLM (Dr. John Garang) in addition to the Nuer genocide, this war will be an everlasting until the last man and last bullet. He (Salva Kiir) is the one who started it and must be dealt with accordingly. Hiring UPDF, Sudanese rebels, Rwandese, and Congolese to fight this war for them, will only protract this war until they (Mercenaries) get tired and only we/us, the South Sudanese are left alone to fight. Paying foreign fighters with oil money to fight his own planned war shows that Salva is a craven as his history of war with Sudan shows.

Despite the absolute rejection of Dr. Riek Machar to reoccupy the a newly created position of first vice presidency as IGAD proposal, I would like to inform the adherents of Salva Kiir Mayardit that the SPLA army Freedom Resistant Movement, is not fighting for Dr. Riek Machar Teny to be reinstated to the vice presidency position, but for complete removal and total dismantling of a genocidal regime of Salva Kiir and his cousin Maloung Awan. The proposal by IGAD, to give a greenlight to an evil man to continue leading South Sudan as president and Riek Machar as first vice president, is not only an affront to the South Sudanese people who are still alive, but also a coordinated plan to kill a newly nascent independent South Sudan.

Consequently, I call this enforced peace negotiation in Ethiopia a counterfeit because I know my prediction will one day come true. There is no way under any circumstances that you would force people to accept somebody who massacred a complete population of county to still be a leader of the remaining population. Salva Kirr Mayardit annihilated a population equal to one county in Juba. The other deadly extermination of the South Sudanese civilians in Jonglei State, by the government of Salva Kirr, was the dropping of cluster bombs. The genocidal regime is implementing its scorched earth policy on ethnic Nuer tribe by bribing mercenaries such as Uganda UPDF, SPLM-N and Justice and Equality Movement.

My future prediction if the IGAD peace will accidentally happen, the most deadly war will breakout in Juba and everywhere in South Sudan which will be the last war and the magnitude of it will be immeasurable. Probably will be more than Rwanda or holocaust.  Salva Kiir will keep his allies forces to help him out in the event of deadly incident. And I am alerting my fellow comrades, the brave SPLA Army Generals on the frontline battle field, that the lethal event is truly imminent and the only preventative action of Salva Kiir’s future lethal event is to completely repudiate IGAD’s power sharing model, and persistently continue with Movement’s objective to militarily remove Salva Kiir and Maloung Awang from power. We cannot allow Salva Kiir and Maloung Awan to get away with the genocide. We must bring them to face justice like any war criminal in the world.

African Union Commission of Inquiry Repudiation to Release Crime Report on South Sudan War

What was the point of forming a commission of inquiry if the commission cannot overtly promulgate the finding?

As I quoted above this article, that when there is no justice automatically there is no peace and I think it’s a general rule of thumb. I have listened to the credible news media such as VOA and BBC, the solely reason for blocking the release of a crime report is that it may destroy the current unconceivable peace process in Ethiopia. Furthermore, I think this will also illustrates the complicity of the AU in the war crimes if it is preventing the culprits (Salva Kiir Mayardit) to be held accountable and for justice to prevail.

The African injustice institutions like AU and IGAD backed by American Susan Rice, have miserably failed to fairly negotiate the peace as corroborated by numerous peace proposals. Every time they have a Summit in Addis Ababa, they always bring new draft proposal to be signed even though they don’t work or make any sense. They are trying their best going around the bush in defense of Salva Kiir Mayardit neglecting the core problem which is Juba 2013 ethnic Nuer genocide. The malfunction of African Union (AU) is crystal clear for example the documented histories of unresolved African problems demonstrate.

The AU has never solved any African problems without involvement of America and the European Union.

In conclusion, in any country where there is no justice, there is always no peace and if people don’t know justice, then unquestionably they don’t embrace peace at all. If it happens that Salva Kiir was one of the presidents from a developed country, he should have been on death row in prison period. If it also happens to any American presidents, then it would only take him, five months to live temporarily on earth. Hence, I am urging my field commanders to stand firm on our Movement’s principle that we have to fight this just war of liberation for emancipation until the last day, hour and last minute of Salva Kirr and Maloung Awan. The IGAD peace process is a waste of time. This delaying tactic enhances the illegal president of South Sudan Yoweri Museveni and his vice president Salvtore Mayardit to commit genocidal act. We cannot go back under the dictator to kneel down and worship a criminal who massacred more than 20,000 innocent civilian lives.

What would be the guarantee or preventative action that he will not commit another horrendous genocide?

This is a question for everybody to answer. The ill formula of IGAD power sharing model under the pretext of Transitional Government is a recipe for another war. We must reject any attempt to share power with criminals; Salva Kiir and Yoweri Museveni. We must firmly fight for total dismantling of their tribal regime in Juba because it is a war between Yoweri Museveni, Salva Kirr and the families of the Juba genocide victims, not Dr. Riek Machar. Likewise, I believe it’s up to Riek Machar to be with the family of the SPLA Resistant Movement or with Salva Kiir who virtually assassinated him. I salute General Gatwech Dual, Peter Gatet Yaka, Gathoth Kuoth Hoth Nyang, Tang Ginya and James Koang Chuol Ranley, Gach Yoach, General Dou Atorjoung, Martin Kenyi and all field commanders for the bold decision they have taken to fight back and protect civilians from Salva Kiir’s policy of ethnic cleansing. Let us do more recruitment from the Youths because it is long war that will take years depending on the defeat of this regime and its ally forces. This war will end when he (Salva Kiir) is completely defeated or brought to justice.

Long Live SPLA Freedom Resistant Movement!
Long Live Dr. Riek Machar Teny

Victory is certain!

Thabor Ding is an Agronomist, Current National Advisor in the office of SPLM-USA National Secretariat and form Secretary General is the same office. This article is my own personal thoughts; it does not represent my position in the SPLM Resistant Movement. He can be reached at 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

Salva Kiir has no difference with Joseph Kony

By Pel K. Chol

February 23, 2015 (SSNA) -- Some of the worst atrocities which prompted the world leaders to go after the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have no different to the atrocities Salva Kiir’s regime is committing today in South Sudan.

Joseph Kony, the leader of LRA has been a wanted man for the last eight years by the Uganda government as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC) for abducting children in Northern Uganda to join his LRA movement. Other crimes against humanity to which he was charged with include raping and killing of civilians by his forces

However, while being fair to the LRA, anyone who is aware of the extent to Sava Kiir’s criminality would acknowledge that Kiir is incomparable to no one when it comes to perpetrating of crimes against humanity.

At the beginning of the war, many Nuer civilians were targeted based on ethnicity and were brutally executed some of whom were burnt alive for punishment as well as the concealment of crimes. This is nothing to what Kony had done in Uganda. Kiir has armed every community in South Sudan to kill Nuer. The situation in Lake State tells it all as Dinka civilians far away from Nuer areas have turned against each other using Kiir’s rifles he initially aimed against the Nuer.

While Kiir is collage of crime continue to breed, the UN has learnt a new indictable offence, the abduction of 89 children near the UNMISS compound in Malakal by Kiir’s right hand man, Joseph Oliney, who abducted the kids to fight against Machar’s forces.

No one would know if Kiir is aware about the severity of this crime as he is a big fool leading a big nation which his intellect is not suit for. However, the truth of the matter is that conscripting children into national armed forces is a serious offence under the Geneva Convention’s article 136.

It was due to this offence that prompted the Obama administration to send US marine into the jungles of Uganda and DRC to hunt for Kony.

The intriguing part of this is when one compares these hideous crimes. Kony was labelled as the worst human being for abducting kids from their homes while the world continue to shake hands with Kiir who has done worse than what Kony did some of which include this abduction of kids at the UN compound. Yet the world is not even condemning the severity of this man’s crimes leaving the UN only to issue rhetoric. What a world!

The Author pf this article is awaiting graduation for a Master Degree in the Center for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. He could be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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