(PHOTOGRAPHIC INTERPRETATION: PART III) Somewhere in the mini republic of Suddland, a decree of job creation comes from above. There is dire need for counties to be appointed (and I mean real… Continue reading
In matters ethical, as a parent and a disciple of discipline, I have learned that a child that has been pampered is not worth the child that has been tampered with. But Uncle Kiir by his leniency of negligence is donating his hard-earned legacy to this conflict-hardened ardent team of firebrand loyalists at the expense of his own history. One cannot imagine how much image of his the JCE (Jieng Council of Elders) had grabbed in the run up to the peace agreement. I say, Ateny and the clique should be tamed before he writes or utters another diplomatically damaging blunder. Or just wait and see!
Interestingly, as Paul Kagame chose to busy himself with his home affairs, including the World Economic Forum, which was also attended by Uhuru Kenyatta and others, before they came down to Kampala, our Salva Kiir avoided that Kigali forum as well as the World Ant-Corruption Summit in London and instead spent the eve of the power ritual ceremony in Kampala. Of course, his interest is in how to swear his counterpart into power, not how to swirl his country out of the economic quaqmire.
The Transition from war to peace has kicked off! The Transitional Government of National Unity ((TGONU) is constituted by all the parties to the peace agreement (ARCISS) by all parties to the war… Continue reading
NB: This ‘Ditism’ factor is seen in how they can just feel like nothing has happened after killing thousands of their citizens. I was downtrodden yesterday (26/04/2016) when President Kiir profusely apologized to the international community, mentioning them by name, one after another, in his peace partner’s welcoming speech, but just one quick sentence and in reference to their previous quack apologies to the victims of their war of power greed in South Sudan. I guess Riek also did so in his unwritten swearing speech, just as they did it in a blanket apology in Arusha. I just shrugged it off and put it bluntly to my fellow backstage protestors, “Yea, he apologizes for money: the KiiRiek duo wants to finance their government, so they apologize, but for having done nothing, to their masters. But who are you, citizens of South Sudan? Are you anybody’s master?”
Kibakiman: I am talking about Southern Sudanese. They just can’t stop themselves. They fight for independence, thousands die in the struggle, millions are displaced, tens of thousands starved, they win, they celebrate, the world world wishes them well. And then what? Do they settle down and enjoy their fruits of victory? They don’t! Do they look after their cattle, tend their fields, send their children to school, see them grow up and prosper, watch Arsenal play Manchester United on a television on a Sunday like the rest of us in Africa do? No, they do not. They fight, and die, and divide civilians from their homes, and rape, and maim, and return their country to the stone age, and there appears to be no force in the world to stop them.”
CAN YOU TEST +VE/-VE AGAINST THESE 10 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ‘TRIBERCULOSIS’ (TB#2)? Did you just say you are non-tribalistic? Well, check the hell of prove from your intellectual health status below: 1-… Continue reading
I am a shoe shiner. My dream target this year was to shine your presidential shoes this Valentine Day. Unfortunately, I could not even catch sight of your vehicles speeding on Ministry Road. The police and security whisk us away like flies from the roadside.
This is the reason why I want to take this service to your doorstep. There is no business. Those we used to shine shoes for complain of ‘gurus mafi’. That there is no money. They say the prices of oil have dropped. And then all the remaining oil money goes to Khartoum as fees for this and that. They say some people in the government have increased the exchange rate. Yet they are keeping the salaries and prices of commodities normally low.
Indeed, if I were a prophetic cynic on this second day of the year, I would caution those Kiiristian celebrants on political and ethnic creation of 28 states to do so (celebrate) within an ecstatically hectic 28 days strictly. By the end of January, methinks, when the JMEC (Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission) of the ARCISS (peace agreement) together with all the oppo groups against the SPLM-IG, namely: SPLM-IO, SPLM-FD, SPLM-DC, SPLM-ETC., including the civil society, the evil society (killer vigilantes on tribal boundaries) and the international community have descended on the Big Man of South Sudan, the tone will change, the dance will fade into demonstrations against the revocation or suspension or debating of the Bantustans by the possibly or forcibly upcoming Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU). Just wait and see.
Before, I proceed, this note should be taken by the reader. I am not against federalism. I am hot against political feudalism. This baited appointment of leaders: governors and parliamentarians so that if they do not serve their people ‘kiiritically’, they could indefinitely be replaced with more permanent caretakers. I am the same person insulted here last here by those ‘Kiiristians’ who follow and flow with his political mood swinging. We are just asking, so what is the job of the incoming Ministry of Federal Affairs that would be sworn in under TGoNU in January , according to the agreement?
His conviction of joining the SPLM-IO was not to fight the people of Bor but to help them get the truth about this war and protect them from further massacres. It is worth reminding that Alier on his arrival from Australia witnessed the Bor attacks live in Baidit during that ill-fated Christmas season, only to join the same attackers 6 months later. There must be a big reason behind this decision. He demonstrated this in Pagak in a Bor Community meeting on the IGAD consultation proposal in December 2014. Chaired by Jesus Deng Atem as Bor Community leader in the SPLM-IO, which I attended, the meeting came out with the following demands addressed in writing to Chairman Riek Machar.
I won’t open any case. You see, in our country, if one speaks lies one will be promoted but if one speaks the truth one will be demoted. I was told I am free to move, but I would like to gain some energy first.
Also, I would like to meet the President face to face and express my joy.
PS: Readers may be interested in knowing the meaning of this expert rebel leader’s name: ‘Gatdet Yaka’, I am told means ‘Goatherd of Hyena’ or direct from Naath dialect as ‘Goat for Hyena (the he-one)’; and in my mother’s tongue as ‘Mathok de Angu (Angui)’ or even ‘Thok de Angui’! Wow, I will not elaborate more here as I am sure Gen. Gatdet will not stop swinging until the day he becomes ‘Gen. GotDead’ (God forbid)!
IT’S A MAL-MAKER BLUNDER TO KICK OFF HIS ‘OOPS JOB’ ON HIS VERY OWN SPECIES! Where is our usual spitit of a brother’s keeper? Somebody, please tell Maal Maker that I share photos… Continue reading
Therefore, stop desecrating our church with your filthy politics of tribalism. Don’t you know that Emmanuel Parish is not for Bor, not in Bor, not under the Diocese of Bor, but under the Diocese of Juba managed by the Bishop of Juba, who doubles as the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan? Hey, did I mention that the head of this parish is the same Chairman for National Peace, Reconciliation and Healing Commission, His Grace Dr. Daniel Deng Bul? And that Dr. Riek Machar, President Salva Kiir and all of us, lay men and women in Christ, fall under him in the church, as he falls under the president and first vice president in the government through the said peace committee appointed by the president? So who are you to call Emmanuel Parish a Bor church that should be fenced off from the access of ‘other unclean members’, ya Brother ‘Saul Mading’?
PART A (AN ADDITIONAL PART BY THE BLOGGER, JON PEN) Again, this is another captivating piece of sweet history from Kur Garang Deng! Because the writer has concluded (in his story that I have shared in… Continue reading
WHY I HEREBY WITHDRAW MY DEDICATED POEM TO DR. MARIAL BENJAMIN! Six years ago, at the height of the referenda propaganda craze, Hon. Barnabas Marial Benjamin did so well to the extent that he won a space in… Continue reading
Adieu legendary uncle, Lual Diing Wol. You are the last of the real SPLM luminaries that have gone! We will miss you like we do Dr. John everyday we make a blunder! Secondly,… Continue reading
To be a dinkum Dinka, or to be fair dinkum about this Dinka (JCE)’s trending topic, one has to be sacrificially a daredevil to condemn it. So I have to. From many wires,… Continue reading
By the way, my concern was not only in our ‘Jieng’ name being used in religion and politics but also in the phonetics or technical sounding of the name. It actually appears as if ‘Emmanuel Jieng’ was a certain South Sudanese saint or church legend like Daniel Deng Atong, Archibald Shaw or ‘Machuor’, the founder of Protestant Christianity in South Sudan. Thence, I would request that the name be reversed or reserved till later as ‘Nathaniel Garang Parish’, if we shy away from giving God what is God’s and Caesar what is Caesar’s. I mean, if we are too mean with the name, then let’s bestow it upon ‘Nathaniel Garang’ instead of ‘Emmanuel Jieng’, which has no role in the evangelization that brought about the civilization of this nation.
As the war of greedy is raging in our motherland, our young ladies have been attacked! To use an unconventional language, they are being raped everywhere: sexually abused, socially raped, politically raped and economically raped. How? Wait a minute.
Furthermore, an investigation carried out by a committee in which she was not supposed to be part of, ideally, reinforced and corroborated her innocence .The model was subpoenaed by the investigation committee to testify and as an abiding and responsible citizen, she appeared before the same. The investigation was led by the Head of Anti-Corruption and the Prosecutor General. Based on her sworn in testimony, it made a conclusive determination that she was not involved in any financial impropriety and the committee gave her okay to continue discharging her obligations under the conditions of the contract after having carefully scrutinized all receipts and relevant documentation.
From the below detailed summary of the session of November 19, 2015, no quorum was arrived at to pass the constitutional amendment motion. This is besides the fact that the numbers given to the speaker to announce, as linked in his voice cue here, were trumped up at the gate when entrants were signing in. Some sources said even body guards of the MPs and other staffers of the parliament were made to sign in so that the final list is submitted to the Speaker.
The controversy over who has been massacring villagers and looting villages in Pakeer and Jalle Payams is unravelling. The attached Press Release by the SPLM-IO’s Information and Public Relations Chairman, Capt. Mabior Garang… Continue reading
BLOGGER’S INTRO… Below is the ‘The Presidential Order’ simplified. Therefore, those who are addicted to arguing without satisfactory explanation and authentic reference should now check this intellectual illustration by Dr. Lam Akol. To… Continue reading
Introduction: There is a reason why I turned down an article praising Dr. Riek Gai Kok, Minister for Health (RSS), for his good work that was highlighted by his health project that was… Continue reading
GUEST WRITER “It is time we define governments in Africa as the responsibility, not the power” – Dlamini-Zuma By James Okuk, PhD, AUG/22/2015, SSN; On 17th August 2015 in Addis Ababa, the Intergovernmental… Continue reading
What pissed me off was not all that I have narrated. The problem I always face in the police, across the borders, in other public places is the question of the burden of nationality. I am asked questions supposed to be directed to Salva Kiir or Riek Machar, or the top echelon of the national mess, for that matter. Why have you broken up your new nation? We hear Kenyans have been arrested in Sudan (to mean South Sudan)! Why are you killing your own people? and so on.
All in all, if we have not played with our nation, our lives, robbers, thieves, con artists, police, street families, etc. would not make money on us.
On this Day, July 24, 2015, South Sudanese peace negotiators were served with another hot draft document for the umpteenth time in the last 18 months of talking about the talks. The document,… Continue reading
Dear Ready Reader, Apart from the death-facing South Sudanese being our fellow countrymen, I believe, you, man, being a human being, have some degree of humanity categorized by sympathy, empathy, apathy, and… Continue reading
I will tell you everything. And I will tell you why I am telling you everything I have been doing for the last three years of my life in exile. Unfortunately, I have not kept a regular diary on my trips from Juba to Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa and other peace hosting towns like Debre Zeit, Bahir Dar of Ethiopia, Arusha (Tanzania), Pagak (South Sudan) and Kampala (Kampala).
The Posthumous Epistle is a book of 33 letters written to the deceased leaders, friends and relatives of and about South Sudan…. NOTE: Apologies for the failure of the post to get uploaded… Continue reading
I cannot forget my own community brothers and friends who made me come back here, including those who might have withdrawn their support, leaving me in this maddening suspense, on flimsy excuses of my being antagonistic to the government of the day (according to rumours). I still love them because they would still help me in the future, when I have changed my heart (Inshallah), or when they have changed their hearts, or when the leaders of our country have changed their hearts and united our split-down-to-the-family nation as such. More of this will come in the Part Two of this series.
The glaring facts begin and end with this question, again: WHERE ARE THE THOUSANDS OF BOR AND NUER CHILDREN AMONG THE THEN ABDUCTED AND NOW ABDICATED CHILD SOLDIERS IN MURLE LAND? Can somebody share this with UNICEF?
The system was championed by Gen. Joseph Lagu against Mr. Abel Alier, both of whom ruled the southern region in turns according to the 1972 Addis Ababa Peace Agreement that gave Juba a very loose autonomy, which was tethered in Khartoum. Surprisingly, Gen. Joseph Lagu is currently a presidential adviser to Salva Kiir. The rest of this story of ‘divide-and-ruin’ politics is kept for history here and hereafter.
Here are the the items of the president’s state of the nation address on Wednesday, 18 March 2015, very distant apart like Kiir and Riek, themselves…! But my observation sums up the speech… Continue reading
INTRO lines by the blogger: I just got an email from Peter Kuot Ngong, forwarding to me and all of you this pastoral epistle from our ‘Magi from the East’ of Kapoeta. Having read the… Continue reading
From now to a few hours before dawn, the Arusha deal may signed some preliminary document, with the following points: 1- Revocation of all the presidential decrees dismissing SPLM members (G10 and SPLM-IO). 2- 3-by-3 Committee as… Continue reading
BLOGGER’S OBSERVATION: I, for one, have no hope in that report. As usual, it will be dumped from the first instance it was raised. With the presence of leaders like Museveni of Uganda being party to the war and its crimes, the Report is no deal to lay somebody’s hope on. It is binned in advance! Let’s just wait and see! And the people of South Sudan in particular, and Africa in general, will have been betrayed in exchange for power by their greedy leaders. Peace traded with justice was my hope, but now with the African brand of impunity by immunity, it is leadership exchanged with justice! But my hope is anchored on the lines by the Big Man of the Report. Should the African dictators sweep the report under their carpet, some Snowdens or Assanges will do service to our people. I mean, the Report should get leaked out of frustrations, Inshallah!
SPLM and SPLA are known to be identical twins throughout their 3-decade history. But today, they have become un-identical. The one-in-two pair is now a two-in-one duo. What does this mean? As the SPLM… Continue reading
It’s a fateful marriage of Mr. Bloom with Mrs. Gloom,
A faithful matrimony of the Daughter of Boom with the Son of Doom!
Yes, my house is haunted and daunted and taunted by birth in death!
The 5th night of 2014 caused Elizabeth birth but its dearth!