Month: May 2015

John Kerry Broke His Leg in bike accident in France

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Tour de John Kerry: Nukes and bikes
Tour de John Kerry: Nukes and bikes

May 31, 2015, (The Bieh Telegraph)—Secretary of State John Kerry suffered a broken leg in a bike accident in France early Sunday, a U.S. embassy official told NBC News.

The cycling accident occurred near Scionzier, France, about 25 miles from Geneva, where Kerry had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

Kerry was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Geneva, where he is in a stable condition, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

“Secretary Kerry is stable … He did not lose consciousness,” Kirby said.

Kirby said paramedics and a physician were in Kerry’s motorcade at the time of the accident.

Kerry was transported to the Hospital University Geneva for X-rays and evaluation.

“His life is not in any danger,” the US Embassy official in Geneva told NBC News.

It was not clear how long the Secretary of State would be in the hospital.

Kerry had planned to travel later Sunday to Madrid for meetings with Spain’s king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international conference on combating the Islamic State, the Associated Press reported.

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The Plight of the Africans in Their Big Men’s Pistol.

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By: Stephen Par Kuol,

The former acting minister of health, Stephen Par Kuol, demonstrating to Polio trainees in Bor, Jonglei, November 4, 2012
The former acting minister of health, Stephen Par Kuol, demonstrating to Polio trainees in Bor, Jonglei, November 4, 2012

May 30, 2015 (The Bieh Telegraph) —- With its compact cartographic shape and susceptibility to violent armed conflicts, Africa, the second largest continent on the globe has been metaphorically described by some western pundits as a loaded pistol whose trigger is located somewhere in the Gulf of Guinea (Western Congo and Southern Cameroon),with its ammunition magazine somewhere in the extreme Horn of Africa (Somalia) and the barrel on the southern tip of the continent (Cape Province, SAR).

This literately means that the African people live inside a loaded automatic handgun ready to fire at any time. Some African gurus of history and political science have dismissed that as Euro-centric prejudice. Arguable or not, the home truth is that humanity has never experienced real peace in the continent since the era of slave trade, colonial conquest, and scramble for Africa and unfortunately up to the independence in 1960s.

Things have only gone from bad to worse with liberation and independence. While most of what we have to deal with today is the aftermath of colonialism, bashing the long gone colonialists for everything is really shirking leadership responsibility. Like Asians who have so far overcome the bruises of colonialism, we are masters of our own destiny to make this continent a hell or paradise for our people. We have all it takes to make life fun and liveable in this cradle of humanity. What is missing is the statesmanship in African politics. The African leaders in their club of dictators called African Union (AU) talk very big but do very little in their countries as their own people continue to wallow in misery.

Today, from Eritrea to Zimbabwe and from South Sudan to Uganda and Burundi, the African people have been trapped in what Professor Patrick Lumumba of Nairobi University Law School has called “Martyrs syndrome”. Martyrs Syndrome is a political psychosis of the liberation armies/movements turned –ruling parties in post war African countries. The most common symptom of this psychosis is the paternalistic conviction on the part of the so-called liberators that they deserve everything in the country they martyred liberating.

This pathological mentality prescribes that the liberated (the populace) are the ruled and the liberators are rulers with unquestionable authority over them. My own sojourn in Post War South Sudan politics has exposed me to the spectacle of this thing called liberated –liberators discourse.  In this discourse, the liberators see everything in their liberated country as dividend of their sacrifice and success. This includes public resources and the political power they earned through bullets (not ballots). Even the term corruption has by implication gained virtuous currency in the society where the so-called political leaders are entitled to loot the country straight faced.

One South Sudanese political scientist at Juba University has called those illegally amassed resources “SPLA I fought Wealth” That is called “graft” in the civilized world of sane and sober, but in the world of those goons, it is called “payback” for the time and opportunities lost during the liberation struggle. Even the demand for the freedom we all fought for is now branded as errant nuisance of the west. Meritocracy and institutionalism have been deliberately eschewed to advance this thing we have called lootocracy in our Juba English of drinking joints.  Subsequently, South Sudan has been long condemned to the reign of political ineptitude, mediocrity, ethnic bigotry and corruption of the ruling overlords. All this is called “payback”, of course, without term limit!

In Robert Magube’s tradition, revolutionaries can be retired only by the Mother Nature. In solemn term, African liberation leaders do not retire without political violence. No wonder, civil wars are raging in most of the African countries ruled by those hooligans who call themselves revolutionaries. I call those “wars of liberation from villainous liberators”. In most of the African countries with former guerrilla leaders at the helm, those “war made politicians “(in the word of Prof. Peter Adwok Nyaba ) have created a sterile world of  oppressors.  They usurp the rule of law and place themselves above the law and the whole justice system, to the point where a few conscientious judges and lawyers have absconded.

The rest have been knuckled down to live with the hollow that even the President can also be the lawmaker when it comes to his throne. The supreme law of the land (the constitution) is amended at the behest of His Excellency the President to extend his own rule of gun. This has been witnessed in Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe and so many other African countries. Yowery Musveni of Uganda, the guerrilla commander turned life President has been running his country with iron fist amending the constitution three times since 1985. He shunned multiparty democracy through physical elimination and intimidation.

Robert Mugabe, the infamous liberation leader who led his country to independence in 1980 ordered killing of thousands of people who refused to vote for him during the last elections he shamelessly rigged through intimidation and bribery. He has been the only president Zimbabweans have known since then. President Isiyias Afiworki of Eritrea has executed many of his former comrades in arms and introduced a red terror that has cowed everybody to political servitude in the country. The Red Sea despot has been leading an anti-intellectual movement that has exiled the national intelligentsia and the best cadres of the liberation struggle. He has been the only presidents Eritreans have known since independence in 1991. In truth, what happened in the SPLM of South Sudan, EPLF of Eritrea, ZANUPF of Zimbabwe and NRM of Uganda is a case of chicken devouring its own eggs.

In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza, the former guerrilla leader has been violently wrestling with the people to extend his despotic rule in blatant violation of Arusha Peace Agreement enshrined in the constitution with clearly defined term limit. Despite wise counsels of so many world leaders to yield to the demand of his people, President NKuruniziza insists that there is no Burundi without him in power. He is thus adamant to glide the country back to another civil war to ensure that he is made life president like Mugabe and Musevene. One wonders what President Nkurunziza wants to do with more years in office after squandering ten years without accomplishing a thing for Burundi! This is typical of the so-called African liberation leaders. The typical African dictator will use every tool at his disposal to cling to morally decayed power.

In South Sudan, the cowboy clown called Salva Kiir Mayardit has turned his newly independent country into a bestial human butchery to extend his reign of terror, genocide, widespread insecurity and economic depression. Kiir’s oppressive regime has reduced to nothing the meaning of “the rule of law.” It has created a state of affairs in which “terror” has become its definition of liberation. Anyone who does not toe its line is treated as enemy of the state. More than that, he/she may be actually executed by the President’s personal hoodlums. Salva  Kiir has built a violent kleptocracy fighting for its own survival at the expense of the nascent nation.

It is a cult of mediocrity without any program for nation building, if any, it is quite the opposite: “subversion”. One ugly scar Kiir’s regime has inflicted on the psyche of South Sudan is the polarization of the nation into sectarian cocoons of mutual hatred. In terms of the quality of life, the economy, morality, culture, justice system, health facilities, quality of education, have pitifully degenerated. Suffering, pain, poverty and oppression have become the core characters of South Sudan independence. Even the freedom of assembly or speech provided for in the national constitution is thwarted by Kiir’s Police State. So the question is: where is the freedom we toiled and martyred for as a people?  It is unbelievable but it is self-evident that “the self-rule “generations of South Sudanese people have been clamoring for is now synonymous with “self-ruin” under Salva Kiir. In a word, life is miserable!

I have dwelled more on my native country of South Sudan but what is happening there is not necessarily peculiar to South Sudan. It is a common African neo-colonial experience. Although few did well at governance, majority of the liberation leaders throughout the continent have been political disgrace. The leap to borrow as models could be from that of Melese Zinawe and Paul Kagama in term of institutional reform and the economic development, but the two are also guilty of dictatorship and prima donna. Only Mandela was the polar opposite.

Most of the rest have reduced the very noble meaning of the term liberation to what Christopher Clapham of Cambridge University has called Curse of the Liberation”. In my book, political liberation means much more than taking the means of power from a foreign colonial power or from an ingenious dictator. With specific reference to South Sudan, the meaning of political liberation goes beyond hoisting that blue star flag, composing a national anthem; building mansions, palaces houses and having our own currency. This is, but a very limited meaning of liberation. Liberation must be intellectual .It must be found in the minds and the hearts of the liberated. In another word, it must be holistic for it to mean what we wanted it to mean in the first place. Ultimately, it must include getting rid of neo-colonial greed, which illegally exports national assets off shore.

Historically, there was a time during our liberation struggle when we thought all we wanted was to rule ourselves. The pioneers of African independence movements like Khwame Nkhuruma , Mzee Jomo Kenyata, Emperor Haile Selesia, Mawlimu Nyareer gave it all they had.  Paradoxically, the very heroes of the African independence who replaced colonial powers emulated their colonial oppressors and made themselves demigods in their newly independent countries.

Preoccupied with self-aggrandizing projects, they miserably failed to deliver on democracy and economic development. That is why so many decades into our political independence, Africa is sinking deeper and deeper into not only material poverty but also spiritually and morally in the midst of political sovereignty.  Instead of practicing the founding values of their liberation movements (freedom), the African freedom fighters became anti-freedom. For the worst part, the big men of African liberation movements have introduced vicious political tribalism (politicized ethnicity) which has not only consumed the sense of nationhood but also tends to promote miss rule and dictatorship.

In African political culture, national political leaders take refuge in their tribal constituencies whenever the center can’t hold for them and that has terribly undermined progress toward democratic transformation in so many African countries. We keep voting back to power the same few greedy, self-centered, corruption-oriented individuals because if we do not, the ruling party will murder us.  Even when we do not vote for them, they steal the vote with our permission, knowing that there are no reprisals against them.  This is humanly much harsher than residing inside a loaded pistol. Hence, it must not be left to posterity.  This continent must be liberated from the greed of its dictators, poverty, disease and ignorance. This must commence with ousting inept tyrants like Kiir, Museveni, Mugabe, Nkurunziza and all their likes. Only then can we realize the true meaning of liberation and turn this loaded pistol into the Garden of Eden God meant it to be from the Genesis.

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Rebels take hold of Bazia in Western Bahr al Ghazal State

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South Sudanese soldiers at a US base in Nzara load bullets into their AK-47s
South Sudanese soldiers at a US base in Nzara load bullets into their AK-47s

May 31, 2015 (The Bieh Telegraph)—The rebels of the former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon have captured Bazia town  in Western Bahr al Ghazal State this morning.

“Our forces in western Bahr el Gazal under over all command of Gen. Thomas Basilio Garjulu and under the direct operational command of Lt. Col. Kiyabi Amberto Ismail myself and Lt. Col. Vincent Taban have this morning captured Basia military garison.” said  Lt. Col. Kiyabi Amberto Ismail.


Lt. Col. Kiyabi said Salva Kiir combat company which was there is destroyed a number of arms captured in good working condition also a number of soldiers are taken prisoners of war.

Basia is a Payam administration HQS on road Juba – Tambura -Wau which the rebels forces claimed to have been in control.

“Our forces now are controlling this important road ftom Bo River to Wau.” He said.

The Commissioner of Wau County Cde. Elio Kamilo said Bazia said the town has been seized by the rebels.

“Bazia has been seized this morning by rebels of Dr. Riek Machar in the earlier hours of today” said the commissioner.

Kamilo said the area is 50 km on Tambura-Wau road suggesting the situation is out of control as the rebels might advance toward the city any time from this days.

Number of casualties has not been reported but Elio said the capture of Bazia is a serious threat to supply of commodities to Western Bahral Ghazal.

In recent weeks there has been a high tension of robbing at Wau marketing prompting the state government to deployed troops around the market.

The bieh State Telegraph is following the incident closely ……..

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Ambassador Samuel Lowate a Political Orphan!

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By: GatDakhar Kuoth,

South Sudan Ambassador to Uganda addressing the press in South Sudan Embassy early this year 2014
South Sudan Ambassador to Uganda addressing the press in South Sudan Embassy early this year 2014

May 31, 2015 (The Bieh Telegraph)—witnessed big turnout for South Sudanese living in Uganda to celebrate SPLM/SPLA 16th May, 32nd Anniversary which was organized by South Sudanese Students’ Union in Uganda at DI-ThIS World Hall in International University of East Africa Kampala.

The Students’ body in its capacity fights harder to maintain the broken society unity in adhering to an organization principles and objectives by being fair enough in avoiding divisive speeches from diehard supporters either government side or rebel sympathizers.

Regardless of the above, Lowate made a political blunder in trying to defends his government position in the peace talks with rebel by attributing all the obstacles to rebel group forgetting that he was lecturing Students, activists, political commentators who are well informed for all political development taking place in South Sudan sphere.

In his narrative to the genesis of political crisis and power struggle within SPLM which took the country into abyss, the Ambassador felt short to give more insight on the true version of the matter.

He believed that there was a forceful and short cut to leadership by those of Dr Riek Machar which is more likely a coup de tat but I am not really sure if the Ambassador is acting out of ignorance because when the SPLM leaders call for reform on 6th/December/2013, the guest of honor he was accompanied to the 16th/May/2015 function Honorable Deng Athorbei was among the SPLM leaders who felt the need for reform and organized the conference on 6th/ December 2013 which president his co capitalized on and term the group as coup plotters.

This cheap propaganda has got no customers because it was seen as political calculations meant to silent those with divergent views and nonconformists within the government and the alleged claim was dismissed and disregarded by Juba Kangaroo court.

On other hand, the Ambassador claims to be SPLM senior member since the inception of the movement in 1983 than his colleague Dr Riek Machar whom he claimed to joined the movement afterwards in 1985 but the question is; is Ambassador claims authenticated to be true giving the fact that, Dr Riek was the one in charge of SPLM office in Addis Ababa in 1994 and he was the one welcoming Mr Wani Igga during his arrival from Egypt as he joins the movement.

In the same related development as Ambassador Lowate explains to the audience who happened to attend the event that SPLM hierarchical code banned the new comers to compete for higher position. Here the Ambassador got it wrong again as he is not aware on how the movement suffered internal splits.

The ideological warfare which divided the SPLM into two factions in 1991, Nasir faction spearheaded by Dr Riek Machar and Dr Lam Akol was for total separation of South Sudan from North whereas Torit faction under leadership of Dr John Garang was for unity of whole Sudan with the new basis.

The two factions merged together in 2002 to ink a comprehensive agreement (CPA), in which the merging has been used and mispronounced by opportunists like Ambassador Samuel Lowate as surrendering of other party to SPLM, simply because they presumed as a displacement of some vulnerable personalities like Mr. Wani Igga as they used to cite as example in many occasions.

Those of Ambassador Samuel didn’t see the coming together of two parties as blessing rather, but they were worried of party hierarchical displacement brought by new arrangement which was done in gesture of goodwill. When the two powerful giants united (Dr John and Dr Riek) this put to an end the long civil war in Sudan.

This comes about when the status of referendum which Dr Riek Machar signed with Khartoum regime in 1997 was incorporated into comprehensive peace Agreements protocols arrangements which lead to the birth of Republic of South Sudan through referendum in 2011.

Base on analytical facts as to shed more light on why Ambassador Lowate is a political orphan, the phenomenon of telling lies is the only way of survival and securing jobs now days in Juba which destroyed and undermine the dignity the patriotism of so many national icons.

Therefore, the democratic transformation of leadership within SPLM was not attained due to incited speech and hurdles laid forwards by incumbent president Salva Kiir in attempt to resist the political bureau meeting which aims to set agendas for SPLM national liberation council in Nyakuron Cultural Center before the crisis engulfed the country.

As in search for solution to this man made catastrophe, the master and his servants are trying to brainwash the general public by throwing the failures of peace talks to the opposition as a cover up to their self-initiated and sponsored coup which I believed everyone at her/his level of understanding is aware that the sympathy tears that are being shed publicly by president and his likes are indeed crocodile tears and reflect mockery to the victims of December 2013, while deeply inside they are not ready for peace.

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Peace Ambassador welcomes the Hunger Strike for South Sudan by Simon Deng behind the White House in Washington, DC

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Simon Deng outside the White House during day thirteen of his hunger strike. May 27, 2015. Photo/TRNS William McDonald
Simon Deng outside the White House during day thirteen of his hunger strike. May 27, 2015. Photo/TRNS William McDonald

May 31, 2015 (The Bieh Telegraph)—-It has been so awful and strains to see the Former Child Slave Simon Deng who had been behind the White House for the last two weeks. Simon Deng might think that his effort to bring peace in a Country he loves through risking his dear life has not been heard by President Obama. That’s not right!! To me, if American citizens who are lead by Barrack Obama visited him…this means that the President has indirectly visited him or even heard him as well. It’s just a matter of time and action to be applied. America is working day and night to stop war and bring peace in South Sudan.

South Sudan had been brought to its existence by America. There is no way an elder brother can leave his little brother being beaten by another or committing a direct suicide in an open space. America and the World are responsible to bring this manmade crisis to an end now.

I fully recognized the contribution made by American Citizens who have been regularly visiting my brother (Simon Deng) in hot snow behind the White House. This visit alone shows the concern by Americans and I’m hopeful that Mr. Obama will soon borrow a piece of his times to make a statement on South Sudan’s crisis. His statement would not only save Simon Deng from passing away or losing his dear life, but will globally lift-up the awaited South Sudanese citizens who are on the death row to the grave. Help South Sudan please!!

America is known for her record on good governance and democracy. If America believes that our leaders (President Kiir and Dr. Machar) are responsible to bring peace in South Sudan, please let my community die but save Simon Deng from death behind the White House. It’s very rare to have such Charismatic leader like him. Simon Deng shouldn’t risk himself for nothing, he did it because he feels that his life is useless when his Countrymen and women are dying at every seconds in the war torn.

I urge all Activists and other concern entire Human family around the globe to borrow piece of your time to tweet for some seconds and tell the story of catastrophe which is happening in North East Africa (South Sudan).

I appeal to America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama for she is a woman with kids while women and kids are the very people who die daily in this crisis in my Country. I want her (Michelle Obama) to quit her breakfast as part of Hunger Strike for South Sudan so that women and children are saved.
If the World could pay more attention to only 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, why the World keeps silence when it comes to the death of 70,000 children and women in South Sudan? I don’t want to paraphrase that it’s not fair, but to me it’s not logic.

I also appeal to any individual World citizens to talk about South Sudan’s crisis in your Community, School, Church, Mosque, football club, and athlete, NBA in America … etc.
Your voices around your neighborhood to bring peace in South Sudan will send a very strong signal to the World and chase those who resist peace to come.

Finally, I urge IGAD, TRIOKA, African Union, European Union and International Community to pressurize the warring factions’ leaders to drop their demands and work to settle things on table for the sake of South Sudan’s citizens.

In peace we believe!

May God bless Simon Deng…
May God bless South Sudan …

Yours truly,

Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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How Parasitic Politicians in Juba Look at Salva Kiir as Their little god!

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By Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut,

South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on August 31, 2011 where the ruling party used its huge majority to approve a new cabinet over opposition objections that the number of ministers was beyond the means of the world's newest nation. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on August 31, 2011 where the ruling party used its huge majority to approve a new cabinet over opposition objections that the number of ministers was beyond the means of the world’s newest nation. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

May 30, 2015(The Bieh State Telegraph)—ALL political lives, unless they are cut off mid-stream at happy juncture, always end in failure because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.

These are the words of Enoch Powell, the late British politician. I cannot agree with him more for if we look at South Sudan, we see how the reputation of Gen. Salva Kiir who have held onto power continues to diminish the longer they hold on.

None of us should therefore seek a long political life, but a brief history of making a difference and being a part of creating a Federal Republic of South Sudan that is based on the attainment of the common good.
Unnecessarily prolonged political lives always end up in failure and self-pity as we shall see with President Salva Kiir, that no amount of political power, reverence or material wealth can ever fulfill our deepest desires.

God has put us on this earth not for our own aggrandizement or to cause the suffering of others, but to be of benefit and service to others so that they too can live up to their full potential. If only we would acknowledge this, then we would breed good leaders for the future of our country.

The politics of contestation and intrigue add value to no man’s life. Although it may seem attractive and even great, in the end politics never really brings out the best in us, but at most times actually brings out the worst in us.

I am truly disappointed that Kiir Kuethpiny has fallen into this trap – the trap of craving political power and holding on even at the likelihood that at the end of it all, his legacy shall only be remembered for its failures and the suffering and pain that it has brought. It is sad.

It is indeed time for change in leadership in South Sudan and there should be no argument against that. In fact, I suspect it has already happened. Our country cannot change to what we want it to be as long as the current leadership stays in power.

I therefore fully support the proposed idea of a grand coalition of democratic change so that we may once and for all usher in a new leadership.

However, the sole objective of such a coalition must be the creation and establishment democratic processes and institutions beyond our lifetime.

This coalition must not seek the promotion of one man’s ideas or power lest we breed a dictator once more. It must not rush to elections until we have built the institutions and capacity to conduct credible free and fair elections that will truly reflect our will.

Beyond the Mayardit era we have a unique opportunity to change course and create inclusive political and economic institutions that can help us become a developmental State. We must all work towards that.

We need to shun party politics and the idea that our political parties are the only platforms which we can use for social change. My respect for politics continues to diminish each day as I realize it is really power and position and nothing else.

Instead we must all now work to shape our own compelling vision of the South Sudan we want. A vision that is inclusive and significantly different from the South Sudan we know.

South Sudan belongs to all of us regardless of tribes or struggle history and that is where we need to start. If that is the case, it therefore means that it is our responsibility as citizens to create the social conditions we desire.

Our biggest mistake has been to leave the responsibility of transforming South Sudan’s economy to SPLM-Juba Faction. We have abrogated our responsibilities and left our fate in the hands of political men and women who have no idea or capacity to create the South Sudan we want.

As I watch the political intrigue from all fronts, the lack of vision, downright greed and the pursuit of personal ambition above all, I have realized that if we continue hoping and complaining from the sidelines, we will achieve nothing.

If we continue to be disengaged, those in power will merely do what they know best — lie, cheat and dominate us for a long time to come.

It is with this in mind that I am promoting the concept of South Sudan First. We must create a new paradigm of social and economic development where we put country first. This must be a non-political effort that seeks to change our value systems as a society and our priorities too.

We must now start an economic struggle. That struggle is all ours, but we must rid ourselves of the thieves and the corrupt amongst us. This does not only apply to the public sector, but even in the private sector where the pursuit of money has ruined our society. We cannot build a sustainable society based on inequality and exploitation.

We must now create the age of social entrepreneurs in South Sudan where our pursuit is not merely profit, but profits with development and empowerment of our citizens.

Politics is not the appropriate tool for our development because there is just too much unnecessary contestation and too much hunger for position and power without appreciating the responsibility that comes with it.

Our politicians and our institutions are not equipped for developmental economics and we can change governments all we want, but ultimately if this generation is disengaged or disinterested, we will keep getting disappointed.

If we all decide to put South Sudan first and do whatever we can to now take the responsibility for creating a better society and more equitable economy, we shall be surprised at what we can achieve.

The problems that have been created for us by SPLM over the last 10 years can never be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Dirty politics, tribalism, divisions, greed and selfishness will never create the South Sudan we want.

I have spoken my words and may gods of the land hear my voice…….

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