Month: October 2015

Government Shelled SPLA -IO Position at Kuek in Northern Upper Nile

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The Government of Juba shelling the rebels forces
The Government of Juba shelling the rebels forces

30/Oct/2015 (The Bieh Telegraph)–-This morning around 8:15 AM, government troops have been shelling our base at Kuek South in Manyo County, using mortar shells, BMs and D30s since morning up to late evening.

The shelling came after government troops under General Yoanes Okij fought his comrades at their garrison yesterday at Daaba, Thorguang and Wedakona.

The cause of the fighting said to be unilateral decision taken by the president Salva Kiir Mayardit, created 28 states that gave the well-known land of “Chollo” to Dinka Padang.

The nature of this existing shelling seems to be provocative to our forces by the government troops and we are still calm at our trenches for the whole day without retaliation.

But as the matter of fact, this belligerent culture of government against our positions may soon bring other war despise the ongoing security arrangement which also their chief of general staffs declined to attend because they had secretly waged war on us than to bring peace in the youngest nation.

We are calling IGAD plus, AU and International community to stop these serious violations by the government that used to attack our bases in different locations in Unity state, Upper Nile and Western Equatoria state where hundreds of hundreds innocent lost lives in daily basis.

 

Col. William Gatjiath Deng

Spokesman for SPLA, Pagak-GHQs

Ideally the SPLA should be engaged in Agricultural Activities

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By Samuel Reech Mayen

Army Turns To Agriculture to Boost Food Production
Army Turns To Agriculture to Boost Food Production

30/10/2015 (Bieh)—-Instead of grooming individuals to fight for unworthy causes, it’s rational to nurture human resource to fight reasonable wars. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) since its inception has been doing a single role of waging war against the enemies. This was commendable when the SPLA fought against the oppression perpetuated by the series of Khartoum regimes. However, with the independence of South Sudan, the issues of poverty, tribalism, diseases and corruption would have been the next to resolve but no attempt has been made to address these imminent challenges.

In the last two years, though war did not extend much to Bhar El Ghazal region, famine struck this region because the youth who are at the forefront in production have been in the battle fields. All those who should have been tilling the land have been busy delivering military services leaving the fertile land virgin. Likewise to the youth of Greater Upper Nile and Equatorial Region, from agricultural perspective, less has been achieved as many youth are being actively engaged in the wars.

As of now, the Ministry of Defence is the sole institution with the huge numbers of capable and potentially productive individuals. As the Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA II) has just been signed, it is a plain truth that the SPLA numbers will increase sharply because of the integration of the SPLA in Government with the SPLA in Opposition. With thousands of fresh recruits of the former white army (Jec Mabör) and Mathiang Anyoor (Mathiaŋ Anyɔ̈ɔ̈r), it’s apparent that all the youth of the young nation are going to be combined into one mighty and massive SPLA.

This put prudent minds at wonder of what these colossal forces will be doing in the next couple of years. Since it has been a practice in the SPLA that soldiers sit idly in the barracks waiting to defend, the effect has been in the expenses of farming. The national productive individuals are quarantined from economic contribution in the name of military service.

Since peace and tranquility have been reclaimed, it is now time to define new developmental roles for the SPLA. This doesn’t mean that their prime role of defending the nation should be swapped but rather a proposal to utilize the capabilities of youth in the army. It is said that an “idle mind is a workshop of devil”. In most cases, the soldiers indulge in alcoholism simply because they are left to over relax and consequently frustrated by redundancy. Some of them even commit crimes as seen in the alleged deserters who recently killed innocent civilians and raided a cattle camp in Bor County in Jonglei State.

It is only through engaging the army in the economic activities that can make them live active and meaningful lives. This requires the coordination of different Ministries specifically the Ministry of Agriculture with the Ministry of Defence to work together in ensuring that agriculture is adopted as a mean of fighting poverty. If the SPLA fought all those liberation wars, why can’t it win the battle against poverty?

The fight against poverty through accepting agriculture plans can be achieved by establishing a Department for Agriculture and Production in the SPLA structures. Through such Directorate, the officers in charge can receive agricultural trainings. The department should be formed with a clear chain of command linking the Headquarters down to all Divisions with extension to the battalions. This Directorate for Agriculture at the Battalions levels can be equipped with agricultural tools for cultivations.

The government can fund such crucial scheme to ensure that every Battalion embraces the agriculture plans and identify the suitable location within their areas of deployment that can be their plantation. All the soldiers with in a specific battalion can be encouraged to take part in the cultivation knowing that what they are doing is for their own benefit.

The SPLA is a traditionally self motivated and committed army. What they just need are clear strategies in dealing with issues. If these plans are sponsored by the government, many positive impacts will be realized. Hence, embracing the SPLA as a central finger in the agricultural development will enhance food production. The results elucidated below and many more will be appreciated.

First, the agriculture production will be boosted and the nation will not depend on food import as it has been the case for the last ten years or more. With the local production, the nation will be food secured, the miseries caused by poverty will be reduced and the nation will be once again proud of her active citizens.

Secondly, since the SPLA is composed of very energetic young men and women at the junior levels, their capabilities can be channeled toward realizing their abilities. It is not a good idea to keep the young blood idle waiting to take part only in anticipated violence. This sort of anticipation develops tender minds to think as mere tools for destruction rather than potential brains for innovation. The cultivation practice can also keep them busy and fit health wise.

Thirdly, the agriculture scheme can also help our soldiers to increase their incomes. Looking at the payment of the army, the constables (privates) are paid a monthly salary of about 600 SSP which is roughly equivalent to 30 USD in black markets. This is too low for the youth who have many plans ahead. It put their future plans at stake. It’s therefore important that the agriculture is introduced not only for the national benefits but as an extra way of ensuring that the soldiers’ abilities is used for their own benefits. It is two ways advantage. It results into plenty of food for the buyers (citizens) in the local market and a supplementary source of income for the sellers (soldiers).

Fourthly, a shared agricultural plantation for a certain battalion can help the soldiers to develop the spirit of communal work which promotes strong rapport amongst the soldiers. This can reduce baseless suspicion that always dominates the atmosphere in the armies’ surroundings. On this basis, it is another way of building lasting teamwork.

Fifthly, adopting this plan can enhance the circulation of money within the territory of South Sudan which is a way of fighting inflation that has crushed South Sudanese Pound (SSP). The leading import for the South Sudanese people is foodstuffs. Millions of South Sudanese Pound is being sucked out of the economy every month in exchange for foreign food. If the military ministry takes this role, the import of foodstuff from the neighboring countries can be halted and the money can be circulated by buying local products, hence maintaining South Sudanese money in South Sudan economy.

Basically, it is a role of the government to ensure that people are used positively to build their own country. While it’s expected that the CPA II which has just been signed shall end ethnic conspiracies that have affected the nation for so long, it is also anticipated that the Interim Government of National Unity (IGoNU) will develop pragmatic ways of fighting poverty.  In this case, the hub of development is the youth who are now in the army. Thus, the national government should embrace the SPLA as a key partner in the fight against poverty.

 

The author is a student who lives in Kampala and can be reached at mayenreech@gmail.com or +256 772 727 857.

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WHY DINKA BOR COMMUNITY FEARS MURLE COMMUNITY SO MUCH IN SOUTH SUDAN?

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Maluong Mayom, one of the victims also in Bor January 31, 2013
Maluong Mayom, one of the victims also in Bor January 31, 2013

October 24/ 2015 (The Bieh Telegraph)—In the year 2008, Murle cattle raiders attacked Jalle Payam and killed many people and wounded many others, but Dinka Bor youth refused to follow the attackers and went to Jonglei State, capital Bor killed innocent sickness patients with different diseases in Bor’s government hospital. Why coward youth rejected to look after their enemy and came to killed the innocent patients in hospital?

The case in 2008 between Murle and Dinka Bor resulted to remove the governor of Jonglei State Thon Lek Deng and replaced with Hon. Kuol Manyang Juk the current former governor of Jonglei State as to control the random killing in Jonglei State. The incident of 2008 between these two tribes I witness it for myself because I was there when the fighting occurred. It had happened again in 2011 when Bor youth tried to go to Murle land for the revenge, but Bor youth fighters learned the unforgettable lesson from Murle brave-heart fighters.

If Dinka Bor youth have no momentum to defend the land and property of this community then let them leave the area to Murle community for their safety. This is my advice to them as well as my best community; if not let them hire the fighters to defend the property of that particular community instead of constant sufferings. Dinka Bor community accused Murle community for the adductions of children since 2004 up to date and these accusations are baseless because Bor traders are the very people who used to go and sold children to Murle traders.

According to Nyamilepedia report obtained from the local residents, nearly 50 people were killed, many others wounded, 1800 herds of cattle were taken by attackers, and 8 children missing.

This is to satisfy all South Sudanese that, this community of Bor is vulnerable in term of fighting or to defend themselves from outsiders. Many of us could believe that this incident was happened because of withdrawal of Uganda People Defense Force from territory of Jonglei State. UPDF left the country for the implementations of Peace Deal  that signed by two warring parties on 17- Aug. & 26- 2015 therefore, we all appreciated the president of Republic of  Uganda, Kaguta Yoweri Manseveni and the people of Uganda for  the decision they had taken.

Murle community in South Sudan is a second brave to Nuer tribe in term of fighting because the war between South Sudan government and Yau Yau Movement in 2011 with respond from David Yau Yau for rigging his votes by SPLM/A in 2010 elections was fought seriously by Murle tribe up to the signing of Co-operation Peace Agreement in 2014 which resulted for Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA).

In the recent decree from president Kiir for creation of 28 states is the major cause of fighting between South Sudanese tribes. In Kiir’s home state of Warrap nearly 100 people were killed in intra-tribal dispute over the Republican’s decree in the last two weeks.

I call upon Murle community to tranquil the situation in Jonglei State for the sake of peace in the country.

The author is concern South Sudanese and can be reached at jalduop7@gmail.com

 

 

Bul intellectual forum in SPLM-IO reject creation of 28 states and condemn annexation of northern part of Mayom to Abiemnom.

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Tiang, Bokor reedbuck and white-eared kob near the main road, Jonglei state. Date created: 20 Jun 2007(Photo: UNEP)
Tiang, Bokor reedbuck and white-eared kob near the main road, Jonglei state. Date created: 20 Jun 2007(Photo: UNEP)

October 24,/ 2015(The Bieh Telegraph)–We Bul intellectual forum in SPLM-IO condemn in stronger term possible the unilateral decision of comrade president Salva Kir for illegally annexed part of Mayom land to Abiemnom with out proper consultation from the native.This will not only amounted to future conflict but it would  encourage tribal hatred to the two neighboring counties.We urge Mr, president to revers is decision of creating 28 states and heed to the call of SPLM-IO for establishing the 21 state which base on defined border line as per British colonial system.

Bul Intellectaul forum in SPLM-IO learn with dismay that,the new map release took large potion of land and surrendered  to Abiemnom as per presidential decree.We in contemporary Mayom the borderline are well defined according to British colonial map, in actual sense there is no border between Abiemnom and Parieng, any attempt to link the two counties, these will not work, because it will encroach deep inside the territory of Mayom.

We reject any divisive act, and request Mr president to relocated Dinka Abiemnom and settle them in any area of his choice, whether in Parieng or any Dinka inhabited territory and leave the land to their right full owner because if its’ would have not been our mercy, than we would have not allow them to settle in our land for all these years.The story will not be rewrite again, Abiemnom land is hundred percent belong to Mayom therefore, there is no need to look through magnifying glass to prove the reality behind the scene

The period of policy of rule and divide is gone, the idea of federal systems has been south Sudanese idea championed by the SPLM-IO. We therefore request Mr. President not to wasted is precious time by created tribal states,  rather to focus on peace agreement sign recently in addis- abba. We are much aware that the recent comment uttered by Salva kir in the eve of signing peace agreement and quoted ” Neither Bible nor Quran can be change, this clear indication of lack of political will of Mr President to implement the peace in spirit and letter. Bull intellectual forum in SPLM- IO is behind the leadership of  Comrade Chairman Dr Riek Machar Teny and call for quick implementation of peace agreement.

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The Day the Wolves in SPLM Dies is the ‘DAY’ our Country Will be Peaceful. (Respond)

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By: Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut,

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut.
Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut.

October 24, 2015 (The Bieh Telegraph)—-I was moved and inspired by an article published by Nyamilepedia on 22, October. The Author was one of the finest writer and also my childhood friend. Its title “The Day SPLM Dies is the ‘Day our Country will be Peaceful”.

Well, Millions of south Sudanese knows how bitterly the SPLM/A fought and struggle for our freedom, prosperity and identity. While many too knows how extravagances the SPLM became after achieving the credit for self-determination. They really worked had to destroyed and distorted the hard work they has suffered for.

Without beating through the bushes, the fundamental problem situation we face in South Sudan’s SPLM ruling party is the lack of the moral authority and political will of the President to profoundly change a system that has worked so well to achieve his singular objective of being a President for life, and to be able to bestow patronage on those whose support he must endear to stay in power. Everything about South Sudan; its institutions, its policies, its values, it management practices and its dialogue have been manipulated or engineered to achieve just that. Small wonder, that these habits are now deeply engrained.

In this context, the freedom that was gained as a result of escaping from under Slavery rule from brother Hassan al Bashir has again been lost to “South Sudan Beny dits”. This seems to have been achieved as unintended consequences rather than by design.

President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit was once a true freedom fighter and liberator! But look what we have now!

We have an inherent limited potential built within our national psyche that continues to arrest our development into a modern State. The logical and apparent solutions to our problems as a nation remain unspoken about, they remain sacrosanct, hidden and yet obvious. Whenever a specific dynamics becomes “undiscussable” this collusion of undiscussability enables that dynamic to quietly seep into the fabric of society. These undiscussables can also be described as “learning disabilities”. Out political parties naturally promote these “learning disabilities” as their leaders seek to hold on to power and purge dissenters.

Leadership development as moral renewal and transformation is the only way out, but I continue to wonder whether we understand what renewal is. It is the metamorphosis of our society both at personal and institutional level. It is not the cosmetic change of titles, names or positions that we will no doubt see in our public institutions and political parties, but the complete and irreversible transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly at a moral and ethical level.

Effective sustainable change requires looking with new eyes at complexity as well as developing and using new assumptions. Rapid disruptive change is now a permanent feature of the leadership landscape and is not an irregular event to be discussed and resolved at one day conferences. We now need leaders who embrace change and not fight.

In my opinion, there is absolutely no way we can even begin to talk about economic recovery as long as we have this culture of non-accountability, non-delivery, entitlement and toxic patronage. Borrowing more money to pour into a system that is not working is sheer madness. Unless we have a drastic change of direction soon, our country is likely to remain highly indebted and we shall be slaves for ages to some.

I am sure that when a competent, ambitious, strong and God fearing nationals from SPLM take over this government in 2018, we shall be shocked at the extent of the graft which has permeated every sector of our economy. The only way we can stop the rot is by creating a totally new system in South Sudan –a new paradigm of leadership and institutional accountability. I am afraid, however, that this is not going to happen in the short term as long as SPLM’s deadly Wolves are still alive and remains in charge of government.

I have heard horrendous stories of how directors in our State enterprises are milking the system where some have as much as five children whose fees are being paid for by the company while they change luxury cars (V8) like it’s nobody’s business. All this while they are not adding any value at all and are laying off workers. This  act from the beast of SPLM has to stop.

You see (Dhuor Reath) the problem is with our political system and leadership which has truly lost the plot. That is why there is so much resistance to any political change because this would not only expose the graft within this government, but would also wrest control of the gravy train from this regime. To move from a predatory state to a developmental and federal state in South Sudan is always going to be difficult.

The sad reality is that this graft does not only exist at State level, but even within the private sector where we have CEOs who have been doing the same job for 11 years and continue to have ridiculous perks even when their companies are not doing well.

We need to reinvent our country and also create a totally new culture of work ethic.

I want to suggest that we focus on the key success factors which I think will unleash our rebirth as a nation.
These include the obvious need for continuous leadership renewal and accountability both in the public and private sector; the rule of law and the protection of private property to allow us to get long-term equity investors into South Sudan; and institutional renewal to get rid of the rot and toxic patronage systems called SPLM. We must see focus on the work ethic and delivery.

Also critical is the promotion of economic freedom and inclusivity so that we can all live up to our full potential. Rapid agriculture revival and industrialization is essential in order to reposition our economy in Eastern Africa while we need to promote human capital preservation and development so that we may fully utilize and employ our human resource assets which remain our competitive advantage.

In addition to the above, the effective and efficient management of our natural resources in order to maximize and spread the benefits is crucial for us to achieve equity. Added to this must be rapid infrastructure rehabilitation and development to improve the quality of life of South Sudanese and attract investors. Above all, we need to see sincere citizen empowerment, food security and poverty alleviation.

If we do not do the above, we shall continue to operate under the bondage of a SPLM looting machine which knows no bounds and our country will never unchain itself from this predatory cabal. The deadly party called SPLM.

Decay, poverty and chaos along with their accoutrements — high criminality, rife prostitution and open racketeering — are there as the clear signs and symptoms of SPLM for all to see.

For sure the wolves in SPLM Party are the one destroying, devastating, tarnishing and smearing bad image on the face of SPLM AS A PARTY and not SPLM as party causing the country to bleed so severely.

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A MONTH ON AND THE PEOPLE ARE YET TO FEEL AT PEACE

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By: Gatgong Koang Thany,

Fresh fighting erupted in the crisis-stricken South Sudan on Saturday, a day after warring factions missed a deadline set by regional mediators to strike a ...
Fresh fighting erupted in the crisis-stricken South Sudan on Saturday, a day after warring factions missed a deadline set by regional mediators to strike a …

October 24/2015 (The Bieh Telegraph)—-To the common man and woman, to those who are hiding in the thickets of the bushes and the deepest of the deplorable swamps, the coming of peace is not represented merely by the appending of signatures by the Principals to the warring parties rather the silence of the Killing guns, stoppage of raping and abduction of innocents girls and women, but most important the abandoning of the Mosquitos, snakes-infested swamps and bushes and return into the now empty plots which once were a happy home but that were harshly set-ablaze!

It’s now over a month since the Principal to the warring Parties put their signatures on to the IGAD-Plus’s Proposal dubbed Compromise peace agreement to end the conflict in South Sudan amidst celebrations among the war-tired Population of the Nation from all work of live across the globe and bitter complaints among Politicians who see their political opportunities threaten by the proposed new set-of-reality ,the very politicians who engineered and executed this unforgivable mayhems, are shamelessly resisting processes that would bring it to an end, rather they heartedly wish for the war to continue as they continue to squander the meager resources of the Country at the expense of the suffering Citizens of the Country.

Evaluations since the commitment by the main warring parties to end the conflict had sadly indicated that other than verbal rhetoric, the war has not stopped despite declaration of cease-fire and repeated promises to stop the fight by the Leaders of SPLMs Factions, so far since the signing of the Addis-Ababa Document in Addis and Juba respectively fighting raged on nonstop in many locations and all the warring parties did best is blame and contra-blame, therefore the people’s hopes and expectations are put to serious yet reasonable doubt.

As with any peace agreement, the CPASS is not exceptional , South Sudanese who are severely tortured by the almost two years of bloody civil war are harboring such a huge bundles of expectations from it, top of such expectations are but not limited to; An immediate end to the war upon the signing; the ordinary Citizens who bore the most painful brunt of the conflict strongly believe that upon the appending of signatures, insecurity shall come to an immediate end throughout the land, they thought that gun shall fall silent and death as results of war shall come to an instant end, however it’s over a month now yet the guns are still barking and many lives are continuously being lost unnecessarily throughout the country,
Quick return home; with gun silenced, the affected population thought they could bit fare-well to their hiding swamps, bushes and the filthy overcrowded camps and return to what they once call home and from scratch attempt to rebuild their destroyed lives, and having lost their entire source of livelihood, the Citizens expects immediate assistants especially from the humanitarians aids, unfortunately it’s over a month since the agreement was reached by the warring SPLMs faction to end the war and the suffering of the People once and for all, yet the people are still hiding in the swamps since they are still hunted and killed like wild animals, their daughters targeted for rape or abduction while elderly slaughtered.

The conducive environment required for humanitarians agencies to deliver critical humanitarian assistance including medicines to vulnerable Children and women is intentionally denied as the government Forces and their allied Militias continues with aggression, carrying out unnecessary offensives against mostly civilians targets for instant, in Leer and Mayiendit Counties in Unity State, in Wau-Shilluk in Uppernile State, Wundruba payam in Central Equotoria and in Maridi County of Western Equotoria State respectively, these evils acts do not only contravene the spirit of the later and deem the people’s hopes for return to normalcy but also a serious manifestation of the government’s unwillingness to end the war.

Accountability, responsibility and explanation; once the guns is silent and survivors of this man-made catastrophe settled back in their destroyed homes, they will expect to know whether the disease responsible for the mass destruction and extermination of their innocent loved ones is discovered, once that is explained, then, to seal the huge Pot of impunity in South Sudan and Africa as large and allow for voluntary reconciliation to take root in the Land , those responsible for this crisis must be held to account for their heinous crimes against humanity.

Finally; reservation asides, the warring parties, especially the government need to own up to its responsibility as partner to peace in South by showing goodwill to peace implementation process hence acts accordingly; the common citizens particularly those in the war affected areas urgently need a break from the war as well, therefore the government should do the following as sign of good will to peace; Instructs its allied Militias to cease any further offensives, including stopping raids, rape and abduction of innocent civilians immediately, withdraw its forces and allied militias from villages so that people could come out from the bushes and swamps and go back to their homes , allow free movement of people so that they could reach to assistance but most important allow free and unhindered humanitarians access to enable humanitarians actors reach the most vulnerable population that are gravely in need of assistant. It’s already one month and there is no sign of peace especially in the war affected villages.

South Sudan National Security Arrests 76 Suspected Al-Shabaab Members in Awil and Juba

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al-shabbaab militia

October 24/2015(The Bieh Telegraph)—-The government of South Sudan yesterday announced the arrest of some 76 suspected members of Somalia terror group, Al-Shabaab.

The Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia told the gathered media after the weekly cabinet meeting that 40 undocumented suspects were arrested in Aweil, NBGS trying to cross into Sudan. The other 36 were arrested in Juba of which only three didn’t have valid documents. All the suspects are Kenyan-Somalis or Somalis.

The arrests come in the wake of ISIS execution of a South Sudanese national in Libya.

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