SOUTH SUDAN FROM BLACK MARKET TO BLANK MARKET: THEY CAN’T BEAT THEM, SO THEY JOIN THEM!

For our government to think they can fund both war and peace projects by the profits they will have made from what the central bank governor describes as “the difference between the official bank rate and the black market” makes it looks like a mason who jumps into a bucket and tries to pull himself up the roof without the help of a pulley.

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GUEST COLUMN: COMMEMORATING AND CONGRATULATING ‘THE UNSUNG HEROES’ OF THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE (Part II)

DEAR READERS: Kur Garang has done it again! This time on a vivid remembrance of the battle that led to the capture of Ikotos. No, my interest is not about Ikotos as a… Continue reading

NEW NEWS: Yet Another ‘Addisagreement’…!

Today, October 3, IGAD mediators abruptly called off the South Sudanese Peace Process in the capital of the Amhara Province of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. The announcement was made late this evening. So… Continue reading

GUEST COLUMN: COMMEMORATING ‘THE UNSUNG HEROES’ OF SOUTH SUDAN

If all our former freedom fighters could write their memoirs like Mr. Kur Garang Deng has done, then we would have something to be proud of for our country and posterity. Unfortunately, most of… Continue reading

OTHER REAL DRAMAS THAT TOOK PLACE BESIDES THE PEACE TALKS IN ADDIS

The South Sudanese peace talks have been dogged with controversies. Big stories have been going round among the delegates and IGAD here. One of them was the fabricated arrest of Mabior Garang de… Continue reading

HOW MABIOR GARANG ‘WAS ARRESTED’ AND GURTONG ‘HACKED’, THEN HECKLED…!

With my daily difficult experiences of trying to save my fellow media socialites from being bamboozled by politicians and tribal zealots, I had to apply my grandpa’s Dinka wisdom this time: “Never warn a fool on their way to but on their way from” (Raan kuc kang acie joony ke lo, aye joony ke bo). This means to let them first learn from their mistakes since experience is the best teacher. Yes, being at the same venue, I was the first to learn of the ‘For-Immediate-Release’ news but had to let the child feel the fire so that I warn them better next round.

Experiences have shown me that once I try to counter a not-so-proper propaganda such as the ‘Attempted Coup’ and this ‘Attempted Assassination’, all on the life and job of our ‘demokiiratically’ elected president, boot-lickers call me a rebel supporter. Of course, I don’t care if the truth I support tends to benefit a rebel, an IDP or an MP.

NEW NEWS: PRESIDENT KIIR HAS –DR. RIEK HAS NOT — SIGNED THE ‘ADDISAGREEMENT’…!

‘GREY SMOKE’ AT LEAST: FORCED TO SIGN AT LAST…! At last, at least, some peace has been signed for the people of South Sudan. The skeleton has been built but the flesh is… Continue reading

THE WEAKLEAKS WEEK’S LEAK: The IGAD’s Hot Paper That Turns into a Red Pepper…!

Nevertheless, with Kiir continuing in power, chances that Riek becomes the next president are limited. It makes it the post-July 23rd scenario–no marked difference nor any new change! Therefore, maintaining the status quo of Kiir’s system (I call it ‘DemoKiiracy’) is no permanent solution to the war. It maintains the mistrust already entrenched and may make Riek’s generals not bring their forces home and lay down their tools. In short, the paper must be subjected to intense negotiation as is now going on. But the bottomline for longer solution is either the two are in the government, and abstain from vying for the next political power, or they are out of the interim administration and wait for the next elections. Any other opinion that gives one an unfair advantage over the other is but a postponement of the past and present massacres for BIGGER ONES!

TO THOSE PURPORTING ME AS ‘NYIGAT’, I AM SUPPORTING ‘NyIGAD’ IN ADDIS ABABA!

John, are you a supporter of Nyagat?…is a very naïve question one of the peace negotiators in Addis Ababa asked me on my arrival from Nairobi with the civil society team over a… Continue reading

ANOTHER DENG IN HOSPITAL…!

Dear Brother-in-Pen, Deng Ayok, This is to wish you quicker recovery and return to your front line… As I told you a month after your dangerous fallout with the First Family over your… Continue reading

Open Letter to Bor Youth all over the World

  A BRIEF GLIMPSE INTO THE YESTERYEAR OF OUR LOCAL POLITICS (July 24, 2013 – July 24, 2014) Dear Brethren and sistren in Crisis, This is a personal letter to every member who has… Continue reading

DEMOKIIRACY: LAST CHANCE FOR SALVA KIIR TO PICK UP ‘MO IBRAHIM PRIZE’ AND ‘MANDELA II OF AFRICA’ TITLE?

NB: This post was from my “Old Flame” published on December 6, 2013 in reaction to Mandela’s death… (https://www.facebook.com/penndengong) History is a good god of its own. It has the ability to bestow… Continue reading

ANOTHER ADDISAGREEMENT! Talks adjourn as Juba’s earthquake is felt in Addis Ababa

The Phase II, Session IV of the South Sudan Peace Process under IGAD in Addis Ababa collapsed this morning when the Opposition side boycotted the opening session over their previous demands of the… Continue reading

LITERARY LETTER TO G4: SOUTH SUDAN, THE NATION IN ‘DARKNESS AT NOON’, THE NOVEL…!

  LETTER TO THE ‘G4’ (FORMER SPLM POLITICAL DETAINEES) Dear Leaders, Hoping that you will be out soon, because you are innocent, allow me to send you this poem and a book review… Continue reading

BROKEN NEWS: KENYA LAWMAKERS ‘DONATE’ MORE TROOPS TO UNMISS BUT SANCTIONS TO THE ‘KIIRIEK’ WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND COMPANIES LTD.!

On April 24, 2014, Kenya lawmakers are debating South Sudan. Unlike the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA, aka: parliament) whose members are now combing the villages with the so-called Crisis Management Committee… Continue reading

NEW NEWS: WILL SALVA’S SALVATION ATTEMPTS BY SACKING TOP GENERALS, WHICH IS MORE TILTED ONTO BAHR AL GHAZAL, SALVAGE THE SITUATION?

Six Presidential Decrees (Decree 16 to 21) were read out on behalf of the Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, on the state-owned SSTV (South Sudan Television) in the evening of… Continue reading

THE COURT IN JUBA VERSUS THE COURT IN JUDA AND THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE ‘KANGAROO COURT’ AND THE ‘SANHEDRIN COURT’.

This is Easter, where no magi came from the east to ease the tension around the open public court in the district of Judaea. The jury appointed by Pontius Pilate turn out to… Continue reading

CAUGHT IN KANGAROO COURT FROM ISLAM-A-BAD TO SLUM-ABOUT: An ‘Attempted Murder’ in Islamabad and an ‘Attempted Coup’ in Juba!

This is a reblogged story from Pakistan. It talks about a 9-month old boy charged with an ‘attempted murder’ Pakistani capital of Islamabad. There is a sister story in South Sudan; about 11… Continue reading

CELEBRATING MY 10 YEARS OF RIOTING IN WRITING AND FIGHTING BY WRITING…

This magical date 04-04-04 (April 4, 2004) marks the day of my first published article and makes me enter a permanent date with public writing. That’s the day I sent off my maiden… Continue reading

NEW NEWS: OBAMA ANNOUNCES SANCTIONS, MAKUEI ACCUSES HIM OF ‘JOINING’ THE REBELS…!

After dropping charges against UN and demonstrations against Hilde Johnson for ‘supporting the rebels’, South Sudan government has shifted the blame to US and its ambassador Susan Page for ‘supporting the rebels’. In… Continue reading

WHEN AYENDIT DE MAYARDIT DIALED A COP FOR A DRUNKEN MAYAR-THI WHO CONDUCTED GBV ON HIS MUM AND SISTER, HELL BROKE LOOSE ON KENYA SOCIAL MEDIA!

In my junior secondary school Political Education lessons in the late 90s, a family was defined as the nucleus of the nation. Therefore, I see a nation as a constitutional amalgamation of all… Continue reading

SOUTH SUDAN PRIOTIES: PLACED, REPLACED, DISPLACED, MISPLACED…!

SSTV (Too Rudely African!)’ WEIRD NEWS CAPTIONING: March 13, 2014 PICTURE 1: Mayen Oka (Oka means ‘poison me’ or ‘am I being poisoned?’), a naive Pontius Pilate’s ‘Public Persecutor’ squarely placed on the… Continue reading

JUBA SHOPPING FOR IMAGE-CLEANSING COMPANY WHILE THREATENING UN AND MEDIA

JUBA’S DIE-LEMMA: Like a career adulterer who fixes an appointment with an adulteress tonight before going to church to pray for forgiveness, South Sudan government accuses US, UN, AU, EU, UK, IGAD, and… Continue reading

2013 in review

The year 2013, unlike 2012, has been a great year of distress — I mean — of great but negative events. The incidences include my plight from the country. In short, it is the year in… Continue reading

SALVA KIIR NOW LODGING IN ‘HOTEL HISTORY’

THIS WAR CRY IS A WAR CRIME, MR. PRESIDENT! DAY 3 OF ‘THE COUP’ (Dec. 17, 2013). Since independence, there is no month passed without mass killing here and there in the nascent… Continue reading

TO PRESIDENT KIIR: Your Excellency, I am Annoyed!

Your Excellency, The first item on this open letter, written in ‘the Morning of the Mourning’, is condolences to you for the unfortunate loss of the lives of your voters in Jonglei State… Continue reading

HOW ‘TWITTERATURE’ KILLS OUR LITERATURE AS CASH TALENT KILLS OUR TALENT CASH IN THE POSTWAR SOUTH SUDAN

Today, Sunday, October 13, 2013, is a great day for South Sudanese authors, book dealers and readers in Australia. Just because I could not make it this year to attend the maiden books/authors’… Continue reading

KENYA INFECTED WITH ‘SLAPPING SICKNESS’, ICCOPHOBIA AND TERRORIASIS’!

This morning, I was part of the multi-nationality queue in search for something. But I got a different thing, and another thing, altogether. It was a boulder of hot slap on my shoulder… Continue reading

THE YOUTH OF THE SOUTH: Used less, hence made useless

It should first be borne in mind of the unknowing youth that this day, July 20, is a World Youth Day. Of course, this has little use to the youth of South Sudan.… Continue reading

SALVA KIIR IS NO LONGER ROCKING THE BOAT ALONE: THIS IS THE LIST, VERY SPLM-less!

BREAKING NEWS: Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has just broken the long awaited news of the formation of his cabinet ministers…NO VICE PRESIDENT, yet. Watch this space for full analysis tomorrow…! But before the… Continue reading

KUDOS TO GEN. KIIR FOR CHUNKING UP THE SPLM INTO S\P\L\M BY HIS SALVA’TION AGAINST RIEK’ONCILIATION, LAM’INATION AND PRO’PAGAN’DA

The Presidential Decrees read out once and for all on South Sudan Television in the evening of July 23, 2013 will make South Sudan not the same again, to borrow from the late… Continue reading

Sample of ‘The Black Christs of Africa’: Garang, Mandela, Luther, Obama, Kiir…!

Before you read this illustrious piece and its illustrative poems, know that this season in the headlines brings us Garang’s birth, Mandela’s hospitalization, Obama’s visit to Africa, Salva Kiir’s home politics, and so… Continue reading

WHY I REJOIN THE 45 MILLION CITIZENS OF ‘NATION X’

Just by the end of the first month of this year (2013), I became a citizen of the ‘Republic of Nowhere’, from what I used to call ‘Nationext’ to now ‘Nation X’. Nationext… Continue reading

BRAVO MR. PRESIDENT, WE DON’T NEED ANTI-FIRE SAFES; WE WANT ANTI-THEFT SAFES TO SAVE OUR ECONOMY AND SERVE OUR AUTONOMY!

“The two ministers transferred the money to the private company without knowledge or authorization from the president or the cabinet for alleged purchase of anti-fire safes on behalf of the government.” There is… Continue reading

UNMASKING MY JUDAS ISCARIOT: REPORT ON THE BETRAYAL IN MY PERSECUTION AND DENIAL OF THE PROSECUTION FROM 2006 TO 2013 (II)

* HOW AND WHY I LEFT SOUTH SUDAN… In the first place, I was forced not to reveal my testimony too. Secondly I was forced to reveal my story though late as such.… Continue reading

THIS IS FATHERS’ DAY: FOR MY FEATHERS’ SAY — ALIVE OR DEAD…!

This is the day to think about and thank your father, if alive; o think about and forgive the death if he is dead. I tried to do so for my dead dad… Continue reading

THIS IS MOTHERS’ DAY: SO HAVE YOUR MOTHER’S SAY — ALIVE OR DEAD…!

Today (May 12, 2013) is the second Sunday of the month. It is a mothers’ day. It is their May Day; a D-Day, indeed! So what words and/or gifts do you have for… Continue reading

UNMASKING MY JUDAS ISCARIOT: REPORT ON THE BETRAYAL IN MY PERSECUTION AND DENIAL OF THE PROSECUTION FROM 2006 TO 2013 (I)

In this late season, there is a reason why I am breaking my silence, though not by violence, which has been meted out to me. so, I am annoyed! The first reason is… Continue reading

To President Kiir: We’re Peacemakers for National Reconciliation, not Peace-machars for Personal Riek-Conciliation

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION AND HEALING OR PERSONAL RIEK CONCILIATION AND ‘HAILING’? A cartoonist’s impression of the power struggle that ensued between the top two principals of our new nation. This prediction has now come… Continue reading

ADIEU CHINUA ACHIEVER: We are still no longer at ease as our things are still falling apart!

“When the madness of an entire nation disturbs a solitary mind, it is not enough to say the man is mad…” Chinua Achebe through Francis Imbuga (Betrayal in the City). “What is good… Continue reading

DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH: ‘MUDSLINGING’ BETWEEN THE MEDIA AND SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT

Government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the investigation into Awuol’s assassination was ongoing and rejected Biar and Ngong’s harassment claims. “It is mud-slinging on the government. It is not true. If it is true, bring it to… Continue reading

Hope after Pope: Can an AfriCan Occupy the Vacant Vatican?

I have an important edict from my media source of holy news. Today, February 28, 2013, marks the official benediction of Pope Benedict XVI, who officially steps down. Another pope I am yet to predict from the Conclave 117’s… Continue reading

An Open Letter to Electronic Mujahideen

Originally posted on The Sudanese Optimist:
Dear Electronic Mujahid, Hello there. Welcome to my blog. Let me preface this letter by saying that in the event that you drop dead while browsing this…

CONGRATULATIONS TO ZAIN: KOLMAREK IS NOW ‘CALLMAREK’ BOMA; THE REAL MEANING OF TAKING TOWNS – NOT TALKING TOWNS – TO OUR PEOPLE!

My boma is called Kolmarek. From now on, at last, at least, I call it CALLmarek, because I can now call up some Col. Marek Makur* (a pseudonym) of the ORP (Operation Restore… Continue reading

In Writers’ Die-lemma: ‘STOP WRITING!’ say leaders; “START WRITING!” say readers.

Since the assassination of Isaiah Abraham on Decembe 5, 2012, I have been locked up in a Confucius sort of confusion by my leaders and my readders. The former want me to ‘Stop Writing’, the… Continue reading

2012 in Review: 2013 in Preview!

Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 21,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals… Continue reading

Five Reasons I had to boycott ‘my birthday’ and spell Christmas ‘Christmess!’

‘The day you die is better than the day you are born,” says King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 7:7; and “It is better to go to the home where there is a funeral than to… Continue reading

Allah’luia: End of the World Postponed, and my Birth Day and Jesus’ Pre-paired!

“It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” This sarcastic quote from Woody Allen is the same answer I give to one of my… Continue reading

INVITATION FOR THE USTASS ANNUAL ‘SUPER SUPPER’ (DINER) IN TRIBUTES TO THE FALLEN COLLEAGUE, ISAIAH ABRAHAM, AT KUSH RESORT, JUBA, ON WEDNESDAY, 12-12-12

December 8, 2012 Dear Comrades of the Media, Re: INVITATION FOR THE USTASS ANNUAL ‘SUPER SUPPER’ (DINER) IN TRIBUTES TO THE FALLEN COLLEAGUE, ISAIAH ABRAHAM, AT KUSH RESORT, JUBA, ON WEDNESDAY, 12-12-12 On… Continue reading