Testing, Testing: 1, 2, 3…! Guys, are you able to see this post of mine? About 6 hours ago, my Social Media began to fail and the reason is that Museveni’s ‘anti-gossiping tax’… Continue reading
In conclusion, I have to leave you with a poem that I used to give my mentees (those whom I helped grow in their careers or talents), of whom Sunday de John Along is one. The poem, now part of my collection in a book that is entitled ‘Talent is Latent’ goes as follows:
By Jon Pen “Hello? Hello? Why are you not answering me?” exclaimed an international caller. “Because we no longer say ‘Hello’ or ‘Biba’, the new word for answering calls is ‘Oyee’, ‘Oyee’, who… Continue reading
January 9, 2018 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT THE AFTABOSS ‘BLOGGER OF THE YEAR’ AND LAUNCH OF ‘PIECE-4-PEACE CHALLENGE—2018’ On behalf of AFTABOSS Internet’ional Team Leaders and all our esteemed South Sudanese readers, we wish you… Continue reading
By Jon Pen de Ngong It is a Biblical fact so well known that Jesus Christ (with parents) was the first refugee to Africa on our current (AD) calendar. In the first month… Continue reading
TIME FOR HONEST SELF-EVALUATION By Jon Pen The picture here shows an analytically critical, self-evaluation App’s result. Wow, the damn thing is ‘sending me to hell’ raw! Yes, as I criticize, so must… Continue reading
What is the most frequent word you have used in 2017? On the Word Cloud (crowd) meter online here, you will discover what kind of a South Sudanese citizen. It reveals what your… Continue reading
By Jon Pen de Ngong The question my fellow Kigali SSYLF Summit (Nov. 11- 15, 2017) attendees in general and myself in particular were welcomed home with is captured in the heading. This… Continue reading
NB: To my dear ‘Kiiristians’, ‘Riektionaries’ and now ‘Tabanigans’, or any other shenanigans, including ‘Paganigans’, who usually jump on my neck (nerves) before understanding in full what and why I am writing like that, as usual, I don’t give a damn if you give me a dam (barrier to my freedom of expression). On matters affecting my country and people, I just pick and speak my mind while hot, why not?
By Jon Pen de Ngong For South Sudan, what has already come around will always come around in order to go around, war without end, world without end! I mean, the same lobbying… Continue reading
Look at what he is relentlessly writing about at Paanluel Wel blog. I enjoy his longreads, not because of his daredevil truthfulness but because he has given me a break from this solo fighting by writing for our suffering people. I mean, he is hero!
Most merciful God, through my shortcomings, I have sinned against you in thoughts, in words, and deeds by what I have done and what I have failed to do.
About other projects like the peace campaigns by Junub Games, he requested to join and develop games for peace through his peers like Lual Mayen, and schoolmate, Eric Kamuzu Kiano. He does not feel comfortable with the fact that he cannot go to Yei with his friend, Eric, without being killed for hailing from another tribe of South Sudan. He was born in Equatoria region (Madi land) by both Dinka parents. So he emphasizes that it does not make much difference that he comes from the Bor subtribe of Dinka, especially Kongor section of Twi Community. After all, most of his friends are not from Dinka, and he wants to help South Sudan attain the world’s level of science and technology as soon as he is out of school. He joked that the best customers, like best friends, need not necessarily being one’s blood relatives.
What we always deem constitutional and national has become personal. It has gone viral. Freedom of speech and association are criminalized and punished on the spot, outside the court of law. It is… Continue reading
THE DECREE: “I, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Patron of the National Dialogue, do hereby issue this Republican Order for the FORMATION OF THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE… Continue reading
You are in for a huge shock here! The ‘Dekiiree’ is not only fake for not having been read on SS(BC)TV, but our ladies are doubly disappointed over it. Despite the hardest attempt by… Continue reading
“Nairobi is hosting toxic big mouth activists as well as political brokers. It isn’t be a surprise to sweat the shit out of you at deportation era like ” James Gatdat” whose ass… Continue reading
Dear ‘James’, I am writing to you and your men this open letter as a reminder of the advice I gave you at Arua Park in Kampala in July 2o14. By the time… 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!
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
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.
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)!
Sorry, it’s about OOPS again (Office of President Salva)! I will not use many words from my own but am going to borrow mainly from them and others. This is one of those… Continue reading
“Michelle is not a South Sudanese,” I explained. “But she is more than any other South Sudanese. She is one Canadian who chose to fly to South Sudan by the time many South Sudanese chose to fly to Canada.” The children wondered what Michelle was up to. “To help us do something for our new nation,” I added.
However, the president’s call for FORGIVENESS, to me, is acceptable. I am for peace, so any means that will bring permanent peace, on condition it is sincerely inclusive, is welcomed!
Nevertheless, the president, for reasons that look like Ateny Wek’s or Aldo Ajou’s, browsed through our rich history of liberation without mention the name ‘Garang’! From the Chukudum Convention, to the Wunlit People-to-People Peace Initiative, through the CPA, South-South Dialogue, Juba Declaration, All Parties Convention (2010), Independence, to date, President Kiir has kept referring to the actors as ‘We, Us’. He mentioned some ‘I’s, but I still wonder why he runs a history-based speech of 2,562 words in 30 minutes without mentioning the name of his senior, the founding father of South Sudan!
There is this belle, a bright bride, the best love for none but all: To Suitor X, you are the Moscow of my heart. To Suitor Y, you are the New York of… Continue reading
THE DISCOVERY ‘ELIXKIIR SYRUP’, THE MEDICINE THAT REACTIVATES KIIR INTO ACTION… Yes, I am here to follow, to flow with the current of the current news ‘From Inside…(J1)’! Yes, Juba is brought to… Continue reading
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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’?
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?”
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
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.