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Uganda Recaptures Bor, SPLA Claims Responsibility

By Micheal G.K. Gatwic

Bor, January 18, 2014 (SSNA) -- Juba has become a seat of revolutionary lies and propagandas. It was not long ago when Uganda's president declared war against South Sudan’s rebels because he needs free oil money from the South Sudanese President Kiir. Both the people of South Sudan and the International Community know that there is no need for the SPLA to keep lying!!

If you wonder about the title of my article, you are not alone! But, if you really think that the SPLA recaptured Bor, then you are either a liar or believer of Juba’s lies and propagandas.

SPLA announced that its forces took back the strategic town of Bor on Saturday.  One wonders how president Kiir’s once mighty tribal militia who killed innocent civilians in Juba on December 15 last year failed for three weeks to recapture the capital of Jonglei State, Bor.

Can you recall (few days ago) when it was announced through media outlets that the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile State, Malakala, was recaptured by the rebels? I am sure you know what I am talking about here. The SPLA only acknowledged its defeat in Malakal after the United Nations (UN) admitted that Malakal is under the control of the rebels.

Ugandan’s fighter jets and helicopters started to strengthen their air campaign against rebels’ positions in Jonglei on January 8 and the bombing campaign has been continuing since then. The truth is that Uganda air campaign forced the rebels to withdraw from Bor on Thursday morning and completed their withdrawal on Friday evening because they want to re-asses their next moves.

As I write this letter, I can confirm to the entire world that Juba-backed militia, SPLA, and their Ugandan counterparts are here in Bor town but they arrived here 12 hours after rebels withdrew from the city.

President Kiir’s tribal militias plus his regular SPLA soldiers tried many times to recapture Bor from the rebels but failed awfully with heavy causalities inflicted on them. And now they are claiming that they defeated the rebels.

But the masters of lies and propagandas in Juba who always prefer lies over the actual image maintain that their forces recaptured Bor on Saturday. It would have been better for them to declare to the entire world that Uganda’s troops recaptured Bor from South Sudan’s rebels and not the SPLA.

The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir who designed the fake coup against his genocidal regime turns out to be the most power-hungry man in the history of the Republic of South Sudan. What surprise most South Sudanese is that Kiir is the one who planned the fake coup so that he can eliminate his political opponents. What a leader!!

President Kiir, the man who rules our country through decrees is no longer a trusted leader because he commits serious crimes before including the recent Juba genocide.

Again, I would like the whole world to know that Uganda has recaptured Bor and the SPLA is claiming responsibility as if it (SPLA) defeated the rebel forces.

The author lives in Jonglei State, South Sudan.

The root causes of current conflict in South Sudan

By Khorhok Gal

January 17, 2014 (SSNA) -- In March this year, SPLM higher political office, the Political Bureau met to discuss issues pertaining party documents among them are Basic Rule, Code of Conduct, Manifesto and the Constitution.  In the meeting, disagreement emerges among top leadership.

The disagreement was based on argument that whether the voting in party election should be by show of hands, or secret ballot.

Prior to this disagreement, Dr. Machar the Deputy Chairman and SPLM Secretary General Mr. Pagan Amum declared their intention to contest for Chairmanship of the party.  This has infuriated Mr. Salva Kiir and his inner circle, and the result was a delay of Political Bureau meetings.

However, by July after the President realized that he does not have much support from top leadership of the party he and his group decided to reshuffle the entire cabinet leaving only five of them among twenty –seven national ministers not mentioned assistant ministers.  The grand-reshuffle, made some of the party heavy weight to wonder whether Salva Kiir has sideline them from decision-making within ruling SPLM party.

Nonetheless, before reshuffle, the President also suspended the Ministers of Finance and Cabinet Affairs due to their involvement in corruption scandal that involves more than $7.9 million USD.  The suspension of two ministers was criticizes by SPLM Secretary General as tribally motivated by the president and that can instigate tribalism in the country.  In response, the president suspended the Secretary General by putting him under house arrest in addition stopped him from talking to media.

These events were follows by December 6th 2013 Press Statement by discontents group led by Machar and Rebecca Nyadeng the widow of late Dr. John Garang the founding father of SPLM.

Instead, for president to find amicable solution to ongoing crisis within the ruling party, he proceeded ahead with meeting of National Liberation Council refusing to heed the call from members of Political Bureau of setting up an agenda before National Liberation Council meeting. Subsequently, during National Liberation Council, all basic documents were pass and the SPLM Secretary General was dismiss.

All above-mentioned issues are root cause of the current crisis.  The situation was follow with rumors, allegations and incendiary suggestions from both sides ahead of National Liberation Council meeting. During National Liberation Council meeting which was held on December 14, 2013, in his speech the president blasted Dr. Riek and group as traitors that cannot be trusted.  The meeting continues for 3 days. However, Dr. Machar and some of his supporters did not attend Sunday’s session.

On the same Sunday night, the Presidential Guards Commander decided to disarm all his forces by order from the President. All weapons were taken to storage facility.  Then around 10:00pm local time, the Presidential Guards commander decided again to rearms Dinka folks leaving their Nuer comrades unarmed.  After disagreement over who to be armed who should not within presidential guards, then fights breakout between Nuer and Dinka Guards.  These soldiers were station in two military barracks.

In the morning, president Kiir convinced a news conference dress in military uniform and declared the incident as a failed coup attempt by soldiers’ loyal to former vice president and his group. The president assured the general public that the army are in control and declared that curfew from 6:00pm to 6:00am be observed.

On that night which is December 16th, the Presidential Guards Tiger Battalion were in charge of security of the city. However, before sunset the president ordered arrest of most of formers ministers accusing them of plotting to overthrow his government. 

While everyone was expecting that, the president will deal with his political rivals without affecting ordinary people. His presidential Guards the Tiger Battalion went to house-to-house searches in residential areas that are populates by Nuer ethnic group, and then young men were roundup and killed in cold blood.  According to eyewitness more than one thousands (1000) ethnic Nuer were massacre by Presidential Guards for period of three (3) days.

After Nuer soldiers that are servicing in army learned that their families and relatives were slaughter by government in Juba, most of them decided to fights the government that killed their families and the fighting spread all over the country, from Jonglei State Capital Bor, to Unity State Capital Bentiu. One week later fighting is also reports from Akobo, Malakal s and other towns around the country.

What started as internal party power struggle took ethnic dimension; people were targeted base on their ethnicity by armed militants from both sides of the conflict. It is important for International Community to know that there are three components in this conflict, namely SPLA matters, SPLM party, and ethnic dimension. These matters need to be address separately.

Recommendations to IGAD Mediators:

There is doubt, regional leaders and international community is struggling to come up with formula on how to arrest the current political crisis in South Sudan. However, I believe the following suggestions can bring a lasting peace and stability to the Republic of South Sudan.

1. Immediate release of all political detainees from detention,
2. Immediate withdrawal of Ugandans Army from South Sudan,
3. International monitored ceasefire, both sides should withdraw their forces from civilians areas, cities and allow civilian administration to be in charge of cities for livelihood of people to return back to normal,
4. Immediate provisions of humanitarian reliefs for areas that are affected by violent,
5. Political dialogue should be convince immediately after ceasefire observed, and countries that are taking sides in this conflict should not be allowed to play a role in negotiation,
6. United Nations (UN) should establish an independence commission to investigate atrocities committed during this political crisis and bring those committed crimes into justice,
7. South Sudan security sectors need a reform.  The reforms should start with SPLA, by recruiting young people into all organized forces, comprehensive disarmament of all tribal militias including illegal possession of firearms by former SPLA soldiers that are no longer in active duty.  In addition, National Security personnel should be mixed and reflect country’s diverse communities.
8. Decentralization, most people in South Sudan wants more decentralized system of governance.
Majority wants South Sudan to be divided into twenty-four 24 States in order for government to be closer to people. Therefore it should be divided into following States:-
i) Jonglei state, should divided into four (4) States, namely, Pibor, Akobo, Fangak, and Bor States respectively.
ii) Upper Nile, should be divided into three (3) states, namely, Nasir, Pachoda and Renk States,
iii) Unity State, should divided into two (2) States, namely, Adok and Liech States.
iv) Central Equatoria, should be divided into two (2) States, namely, Mangala and Yei States,
v) Eastern Equatoria should be divided into two (2) States, namely, Torit, and Kapota states,
vi) Western Equatoria, should be divided into two (2) states, namely, Yambi and Tombora states,
vii) Lake State, should be divided into two (2) states, Rumbek and Yirol,
viii) Western Bahr El ghazal should be divided into two (2) states, namely Wau and Raga states,
ix) Warrap, should be divided into two (2) states, namely Tony and Gongrial states,
x) Northern Bahr Al Ghazel into two (2) namely, Aweil North and Aweil South,
xi) Abyei should be number 24 of South Sudan states.
9. Juba should remain a National Capital,
10. Constitutional Review Commission should be fully funded by the national government in order for them to speed up their work on time, follow by nationwide Referendum,
11. Oil Revenue should be Monitor by international community chaired by World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) plus representatives from following Countries, Norway, United Kingdoms and United States to avoid another mismanagement of oil money by authority,
12. Oil producing states should get at least ten per cent (10%) of oil revenue,
13. Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be establish,

The above-mentioned points are crucial for negotiating team to look at and add them to whatever suggestions they proposed for long-term stability of the country.

Khorhok Gal Gar, can be reach at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Museveni: The de facto president of South Sudan

By: Weirial Gatyiel Puok Baluang

January 17, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan has over 65 different tribes who speak different languages. These people are known for their diversity, hard work, courage, hospitality, and many other unique cultural norms. The idea that a plan created by a Ugandan dictator can succeed in South Sudan is absurd. Yoweri Museveni must first study the people of South Sudan, and only then can he be sure of what to do. The South Sudanese are brave people and are afraid of no man but God. Therefore, dictator Museveni, who established himself as the teacher of a Kiir in Africa’s newest nation, must bear in mind that he lost the direction; Dr. Machar the forced rebel cannot be like the rests of east African leaders who fear him. The south Sudanese (Nuer) whom he is trying to massacre again apart from Kiir’s December 16, 17, 18, and 19 massacres are afraid of no man on earth but almighty father. They were massacred because it was planned for almost eight years and they were not in power. That was the reason that they lost more than 4000 innocents Nuer civilians in vain, not because their cowardice.

The involvement of Ugandan dictator Museveni is not a surprise to me since I had known him as the only leader in the whole world who has been ruling our country after the death of our late hero Dr. John Garang Demabiour indirectly.

The fact that President Museveni sent Uganda’s soldiers officially into South Sudan to fight alongside Kiir against the forced rebel Dr. Riek Machar Teny (the only threat to Kiir&Museveni) is ironical. The international community and South Sudanese must know that the Ugandan president is the one who gave all these ill-guidance to Kiir and he is now assisting him with covert military assistance intended to deal away with Dr. Machar’s Prodemocracy SPLA who are the south Sudanese at the same time.

Museveni and his Kiir are the one responsible for the massacre of more than 4000 innocents Nuer civilians who had nothing to do with the SPLM issues and most of them had never known about SPLM let alone its activities. Now dictator Museveni is again touching the same wound that they have caused some times back by sending his troops to fight alongside Kiir’Gelweng against the prodemocracy fighters and the Nuers as a result of tribal cleansing. The Nuer whom some of them have been murdered by the two Godly friend ( Museveni&Kii) are not’’ WEWES’’(Ugandans).

Appalling crimes have been committed against the Nuer civilians for no reason than their ethnicity by the two friends (Museveni&Kiir).

To the best of my knowledge the involvement of this dictator will not be the solution but fueling it to the maximum.

It is a shame for the two presidents (Museveni&Kiir) to fights against south Sudanese with Jets and Helicopter in the civil war!

Where were this Uganda president and his jets Helicopters during the south Sudanese agains Sudanese army war in heglig?

Dictator Museveni doesn’t want to lose the free oil money that he takes from his friend Kiir’s administration since 2005 unknowingly. Kiir thinks that Museveni is freeing him by fighting alongside him but Kiir may be a slave to Museveni in case the two united forces UPDF& pro Dictatorship SPLA of Museveni and Kiir respectively wins the military war against Dr. Machar’s prodemocracy SPLA. This is a true analysis because in economics, when you are owed or you are given money for borrow by somebody than failure to pay them back in the due time you will automatically become the slave to the creditor. It is ironical for any foreign country to exercise his/her military against our people (South Sudanese).

Kiir shows the signs and the symptoms of the weakest leader in the globe due to the fact that he is helped by the outsiders against his own people. South Sudan is nothing to the eyes of the world because of our weak and coward president Kiir mayardit who turned to be one of the sons of dictator museveni.

The world, and the South Sudan in particular, must know that the Ugandan president is not an expert in any good governance; he is only an expert in dictatorship. I want the good people of South Sudan to understand that Museveni is an experienced killer in Uganda, and we must tell him to stay out of our home dealings or else our nation will be another Somalia in our beloved Africa. The people of Uganda are our African brothers and sisters; but Museveni is separating the two friendly countries by fueling the current crises in our country that he has created.

Dictator museveni is putting the south Sudan and Uganda future relation at doom due to the fact that his days on the earth are numbered because of the blood of the people he has killed in cool blood. The bloods of our great leaders Dr. John Garang, George Athor and the rests will drive him to the grave as soon as possible.

South Sudan have got a well-qualified leaders unlike Uganda that has only one man (the so-called Museveni)

I came across the world history but I have never seen a foreign intervention in other country’s affairs directly like what have been done by dictator Museveni of Uganda.

Museveni doesn’t like president kiir as seen in the entire step he has taken, museveni a foreign president declare the capture of jameiza by his forces not the SPLA, what a shame to our president!!!

If all presidents were like my president kiir than there would have been no need of creating the country boundary. Museveni must not compare the south Sudanese with Ugandans, we the strong people of south Sudan we fought 22 Arab countries during the liberation days but we had never surrendered yet we gains our independence.

In conclusion,

I as a patriotic son of this expensive nation, I appeal for my brothers and sisters in south Sudan and in diaspora to strongly condemn the direct involvement of president Museveni of Uganda which has a bad contribution on our future generations. Remember our population during the 2008 census was less than Ten million but it will decrease in and increasing rate if this dictator Museveni involved militarily.

Furthermore, Ugandans must put in mind that their friendship with the south Sudanese got spoiled completely.

The author is concerned citizen of south Sudan: he can be reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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