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
There is this vehement attempt to drag me into matters of deep politics or something to implicate me. I refuse this attempt and diffuse this rumours in the name of God and the… Continue reading
By Jon Pen de Ngong Gai Mayen Luk takes over as South Sudanese students’ leader in the University of Nairobi! The inauguration for the South Sudan Students’ Association in the University of Nairobi… 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
This time last time…on December 14, 2013, I shout the word #ANATABAN for the first time. We thank God for hearing our sincere prayers against our sinister players in the South Sudan politics… Continue reading
Our young humanitarians and peace missionaries helplessly witness their unlucky colleagues kicking away their last death throes besides dead cows, dead mothers and fathers with shrinking echoes of shrieking children in the hands… 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
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
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
DEAR READY READER: Don’t mind me. These days I am always drunk of Kerekedde Tea, while facing those drunk with human blood for crude power grip. So watch my poetical posts and political… 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.
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
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!
“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
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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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
But why make it public now? It’s my brothers: my own brothers, my Bor bros, my friends, my fellow journalists, especially former classmates, college colleagues, the youth of South Sudan, the uncouth ones, who tempted me to do this…! They gave me sleepless nights for 10 years with all possible fabrications and prevarications on my own story of – not what but – why it happened to me. My brothers (10 names withheld here) have given me hell for since 2006. They have made a big hit out of it, though, it is now going to backfire on them. The reasons, they know it best. Maybe they think I am their competitor for a position of an area MP or those fake commissioners’ titles. I told some of them, personally, privately, that my career was not in direct politics, not in making riches out of CDF (Community Development Funds), that I am just a community development fan, that I have a talent to harness and harvest. Do they understand? Hell No!
(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
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
On Saturday, 9 July 2016, my civil society colleagues went from Koinange Street through Kenyatta Avenue down to Route 46 and then to the 5th Ngong Avenue in the direction of Ngong Road… 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!
“The supposedly said literate quarter of the population of South Sudan will never help the baby republic because of this reason brought about by the independence euphoria. This too much culture of leading… 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’?
Just imagine the mood of the congregants who were listening to the First Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, in the Emmanuel (Jieng) Parish (Church) of our Saviour and Prince… Continue reading
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
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.
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
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?
ANOTHER GIANT FALLEN: THE LAND OOZES, THE NATION LOSES..! Dear fellow citizens, Please, join me with Isaiah Kuot Kuol, Malith Reech’s Family, Paggol Clan, Aboudit Section, Jalle Payam, Bor Community, Jonglei State and the Republic of… 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.