Juba University & Upper Nile University students hijack SSGSU

Juba University and Upper Nile university students have hijacked and manipulated South Sudan General Students’ Union , turning it into a -two- University Union.

By: Kuol Mathubier Kucdhal

Opinion —My fellow citizens, students of Public and Private universities, students from different colleges and institutes, graduates, students of High school, South Sudanese students abroad and the entire intellectual community, wherever you are, who will read this article, my special hello and greeting to you all.

Whether aware or not , South Sudan General Students’ Union, an umbrella which unites all students in the higher institutions of learning, in “ROSS,” in regardless of their levels, programs, universities, gender and background , is in its ” revival stage ” and has been sadly hijacked and manipulated by few individuals from the two public universities , UNU and UoJ , in the following ways:

1.Delegates who are to attend and participate in the 2nd Convention which is scheduled to take place on 15th- 18th .Feb.2021, all or 99.8% of whom, come from the two universities.

How did this dominance happen ? Well, in 2019, these students, the hijackers ,cleverly and secretly sat in Juba , unanimously agreed that ,the best way to sidestep other students was to conduct the delegation process in backdoors, without informing their counterparts who are studying outside the city namely; students from ; John Garang Memorial University( Bor), Rumbek University, Wau University, ,Catholic university , Wau and Rumbek branches respectively, other colleges and institutes were even in Juba, were not included !

  1. The students selected themselves based on whom they thought was friendly to be on the tick to avoid any future inconvenience. They decided that they divided themselves into States , each defunct state,32, plus Abyei , was to bring 5 nominees, bring the total number of delegates to 165, boom!! all from UoJ and UNU.

Was it by coincidence?

I don’t think so. It was plotted. And that brings the question ” what is the difference between South Sudan National Youth Union, SSNYU and SSGSU, if their mode of nomination is the same ??

The delegates should have been drawn from public and private universities.

But very unfortunately, our brothers studying in the city have developed what I can call ” patronizing or condescending attitude” ” a deceitful attitude of superiority. “We can just represent them”. No problem… This is very a primitive attitude, because it shows nothing but lack of understanding of how things work…it portrays individual lack of intellectuality.

We need this umbrella. We need each other under it. When did Upper Nile and Juba universities become ” General”. Or you think you are our generals in Juba , then, who ordained you?. When did you become the “Messi” of all private and public universities?

What a violation of this body’s constitution, for two or three universities to merge and monopolize an entity located in a nation where there are more than ten universities, let alone high schools , colleges and institutes?

It’s interestingly sad to see that, our fresh future Lawyers and engineers , are the ones leading the campaign of hijackers and manipulators, then, where is the future when we , in this early stage break the simple rule of ” inclusion”?

Where is democracy, when the minority excludes the majority, just by the virtue of them being in the city ? How will you know the challenges facing your fellows in other universities?

Are you Jesus to know our problems before coming to us ?

  1. The 5 delegates from each state ,after their ” self- nomination” were eventually stamped or approved by the then , sate ministers of education. The best example, is the defunct western lakes state, where I’m made to know, the delegates approached and persuaded the former minister , who was in Juba on an official visit, to endorse their names, which she did so innocently, without having second thoughts on her roles.

Here comes, another question, is this government-approved delegates eligible now ?. Is SSGSU , independent from government and political influence or is it a government small political play ground?. What a violation of our constitution again?

  1. Now, our brothers have succeeded in changing the body from social organization to political organization, by lobbying approval from a political appointees.I know , they will even ” hijack our Union to the sun! I’m sure they will the serve the interests of those who approved them, not our interest as they allude.

What are the possible ways forward or consequences?

The interim and Electoral committees of SSGSU should save the body from collapse and do these:

  1. Suspend the second convention , form a constitution amending committee, to amend the constitution first, see condition for eligibility, office tenure, make registration of qualified universities for the membership.

2.Give the delegation process to University students’ unions and states associations.

Consequences:

  1. Renaming of “SSGSU” to “something else that suggests , it belongs to two or three universities.
  1. Withdrawal of all universities which are not represented, we will disown its legitimacy and eligibility of its executive and council bodies.
    And most importantly, we will not ” recognize ” whoever that emerges as its leader , even if you promise us “heaven” or free education”, with no respect to our constitution.
    Inconclusively, I apologize for boring you with a lengthy article but I want to advise all of us, the youth of South Sudan today , to set a strong a example now on how we will handle our affairs in the future , that’s a beginning of change we all seek to make or we gonna be worst than you can ever imagine. Any sort of bamboozle will take us to square one.

Thanks for reading.


The writer is a Student of Rumbek University of Science and Technology- RUST and chairman of defunct Western Lakes State Students’ Association. Reachable via: kuolmathebier8@gmail.com


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Opinion |The message of hopeless Sudanese nations

Pastor Karlo Kolong and Dr. Riek Machar |Photo: courtesy of the author.


Opinion | By Pastor Karlo Kolong

Sept 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–Based on the book of Nehemiah chapter 1:1-10
Nehemiah the man of God got some bad news from his people who came from Israel while he was in Babylon which is Iraq and Iran today the Israelis told him that the country is devasted and the wall of Jerusalem was destroyed beyond human repair, Nehemiah felt the pain and took step in prayer and went home to Israel.

Today September 19/2020, I pastor Karlo Kolong and my sister Kuir Atem felt the same pain of our people back from two Sudanese nations. We decided to put this pain into media since all of us desire peace and food to exist within these Godly given lands, “blood is thicker than water” the condition of our pastoralist communities of Murle, Dinka Bor, Nuer in Jonglei and Toposa, Didinga, Buya, Tennet, Lopit, Latuko, Pari, Lango in Eastern Equatoria is devasting for the last 64 years of Sudanese nominal independent, British left the country 1956 up to this day Sudanese nations are still bleeding, the 64 years is equal to my age now.

These communities have been killing each other because of cattle and no modernize tools of agriculture even water. This is my second appeal to world leaders, in February 2002 while in Nairobi Kenya, I asked God to give me a vision which led to Sudanese peace of 2005 which is this book today called “we are not an island in the Sudan” you can get from me if you want to know the Sudanese problem mention in the book of Isaiah chapter 18 that says “God will punish Cush” or Sudan today, it is Ethiopia in Greek language, Dated back to 320 BC, the time of Alexander the Great who conquered North Middle East and Africa.

today we Sudanese and South Sudanese in diaspora appeal to Christians and international communities to offer their hands in prayer and deeds for us to mobilize these communities for peace Conference to be held in a place, to be fixed, to bring 7 members from each of these 11 communities together for peace talks. So each of these communities should send me 7 names of each X 11 equal 77 and 2 from agrarian communities of ,Madi. Acholi and Shiluk, 3 members of South Sudanese Association of pastoral and training Initiative for peace (SSAPTIP( based in Gulu Uganda registered in Juba under Jino Longa, one Ugandan from pan African peace forum, pastor Phillip Kakangulu and pastor Jacob Chyeriot from Kenya to help us compare the peace in their countries. Pastor Orozu Lokine of Murle should be ahead with these groups too.

The 7 from each community should have 3 pastors one woman leader 2 political guys and one elder from the village the whole total will be 7X11= 77 plus 2X 3 plus 3 SSAPTIP leaders comes to 77+6+3 = 93, we will pray for God to give us funds then we can arrange conference on zooms or definite place like Gulu Uganda, Nairobi or USA, this depends on availability of funds.

Phase two will include greater Bar El Ghazel, Central equatorial and western Equatoria, With God all things are possible.

If you read this book about the prophetic vision of South Sudan parliament 2010, that says “if 400 MPs have 380 non-Christians in the parliament. The parliament will break down” it broke down in 2013, even now there is no parliament in South Sudan, it is dead, read page 111 of this book and page 137 is about suffering women no water taps in their houses, they trek ten miles carrying jerry cans of 20 liters on their heads to get wild water non chlorinated, this eroded their heads and hair. Nile River is not in South Sudan, all departments in South Sudan have toilets without water, officials use forest toilets where is Nile River? they build one tarmac road from Juba to Nimule that took 15 years.

What caused Israel to be divided into two 957 BC?

Israeli leaders David, Solomon and Rehoboam refused to obey God and worship idol gods like us Sudanese nations today, hence God become angry and divided the nation of Israel into two, Northern Israel capital city Samaria and Southern Israel as Judea with its capital Jeruslem , read 1 kings chapter 11:7-40 what caused the division of Sudan into two nations in 2011? It is the same thing Sudanese people have several gods within the country and God of the Bible became angry and cursed the national economies, health, no more social gathering, tribes fight among each other, civil wars, flood will continue and the economy will continue to be poor despite the greatest oil reserve in the country.

God told me to present these mistakes of the Sudanese nations so that God thinking leaders may lead the nations into national repentance in the name of Jesus the only true God and hope for peace. We must reject all the idol or false gods and come to Jesus only the author of life and international calendars 4000 BC and 2020 AD.

Our leaders should stop animal sacrifices, jumping over the blood of bulls, chicken or monkey is a primitive sacrifice, accept the blood of Jesus by faith then you will be accepted by God. Read John 14:6. this book “we are not an island in the Sudan” based in Isaiah chapter 18 “God will punish Sudan” 2500 years ago. This book is in amazon.com, it will tell you more buy.
buy this book to know more about the land of Cush in the Bible and read “visit former British nine provinces in the Sudan”

About the author: The writer is the author of a book known as “we are not an island in the Sudan” architect of sudanese peace of 2005, founder of Evangelical Free churches of Sudanese nations.


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Response to letter by Jikäny-Nuer leaders against Gen. Taban

Vic PPresident General Taban Deng Gai |Photo: Via Facebook

Opinion | By Dak Buoth

Sept 20, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Liech Community Association in Kenya is a forum of gallant and ‘growing south Sudanese’ who hail from Unity State. It is one of the oldest and largest South Sudanese Community Organizations in Kenya; it was established ahead of the Southern Sudan Referendum that brought our country’s independence to fruition on 9th July, 2011.

Its members composed of Nuer’s original clans namely Bul, Dok, Haak, Jagei, Jikany, Leek and Nyuong. It exists as a social welfare organization whose objectives include among others; fostering closed and peaceful interaction among its members, promoting cultural values and mother tongue, encouraging unity and Cohesion so as for us to be current and future agents and ambassadors of peace in our community and beyond.

Legally, the Liech community is a non-profit and non political organization. Its activities are restricted to the above mentioned objectives. Sometimes we engage in the politics of peace and unity of our community and south Sudan as a whole. In the last few years, the Liech community had involved in the struggle for the release of prisoners by issuing press releases and condemnation of certain actions that we think contravene the Peace Agreement, Human Rights and fundamental freedoms.

On 5th September 2020, we saw and read a 2-page letter addressed to President Salva Kiir by 12 senior Jikany-Nuer Leaders from diaspora. The title of the letter is ‘‘Gen. Taban Deng’s conspiracies against your leadership’’. It was widely circulated on various social media platforms, and it is still trending up to now. These Jikany-Nuer leaders who signed the letter are drawn from different parts of the USA, Canada and Australia.

They called on President Kiir to remove and replace Vice President, Taban Deng Gai with either former defunct Latjor State governor, Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth, former Upper Nile Governor, Dak Duop Bichok and Former Health Minister Dr. Riek Gai Kok on ground that Taban is a conspirator, perennial rebel, evil worshiper, power-thirsty and butcher. The name of those who signed are as follows; Gach Chock chock, USA, Koang Malual Khor, Canada, Mok Riek Badeng, EPIC, Simon Ngut Kuon, EPIC, David Koang Patuom, EPIC, Dak Wal Miyong, USA, Lew Lual Deng, Australia, Tar Bol Mach, Australia, Rebecca Nyakuich, Australia, Tesloach Bang Diew, Queensland, Peter Pal Koang, WA and Dang Gatwech, Canada.

Later, on 11th September, one of the first signatories, Samuel Gach Chock Choch, President, Nuer Community Development Services (NCDS-USA) whose name appeared on top spoke on live video, saying the letter is fake; that he saw the letter in Facebook; and that even his name was misspelled in the letter. In his lengthy and widely shared video, Gach Chock chock spoke for himself candidly.

For two good weeks now, we thought other leaders would come and dismiss the letter if it was written by a ghost writer. And because they didn’t do that, we believe their silence is tacit agreement with the views expressed in the letter. Many keen readers would agree that the letter is very malicious. It was written not just to hurt Taban as an individual but others close to him. It is not the first time for Taban to be accused and described as such. But it is unusual for many Nuer community leaders to accuse him jointly and falsely in such a number.

English writer, Evelyn Beatrice Hall once wrote ‘‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’’ The authors are entitled to their opinions and we respect their views. However, the main reason for this response is not to defend Taban Deng Gai Perse.

Remember Liech Community does not speak for Taban Gai considering that Liech community does not belong to Taban Deng Gai. But he is a member of the Liech and Nuer community at large. We are simply responding to hidden motives and inaccuracies that characterized their letter. Their letter is political. And in politics they say ‘‘lies spread faster than the truth.’’

Individually and as a Liech community, we have great respect for the larger Jikany community and its people. With exception of these ones, Jikany Nuer has a reputation for always speaking the truth. We had expected those Jikany leaders to be highly informed about the political history of south Sudan due to their exposure. We were surprised by their ignorance on things that even underage Nuer children know.

For their information, Taban was not among the three leaders of Nasir faction of 1991. So it is not true for them to say he was the 1991 coup plotter. The lead plotters of the Nasir faction were Dr. Riek Machar, Dr. Lam Akol and Gen. Gordon Koang Chuol. As a matter of fact, Taban was among the first peace negotiators on Nasir Faction’s side.

These jikany Nuer leaders are in violation of one key principle of the agreement, which is tolerance. As Gach Chock Chock reiterated in his video, those who wrote the letter are a bunch of warmongers with the motive to create a wedge between Eastern, Central and western Nuer for no good reason. In fact, they just fall short of saying western Nuer of Bentiu should not occupy positions of two vice Presidents for reasons they know. The three sisterly and brotherly Nuers of western, central and Eastern are the same people who have suffered together.

Politically, these leaders’ intention was to hit two birds with one stone. The two birds that I am referring to are First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar and vice President Taban Deng Gai.

They actually mean Dr. Riek Machar when they stated that, ‘’our community has suffered immensely since 1991 due to evil conspiratorial plots of Taban Deng Gai, a man who is a member of South Sudan criminal Hall of fame when it comes to politics of destruction and backstabbing.’’ The suffering of Nuer and south Sudanese was there before 1991, and it is still there up to now.

They equally accused Taban of having a persistent mission to seize power by force when we know he has no army of his own. They also accused Taban of planning to kill the President by all means, adding that he ferried to Juba a witchdoctor from Northern Sudan with intention to eliminate the President. This is untrue because since Taban became vice President in 2016, he has shown great loyalty to the President.

Moreover, they pointed fingers at Taban as having a hand in the disappearance and subsequent killing of our renowned Human Rights Lawyer, Samuel Dong Luak and Nationalist, Idris Agrrey. It is undisputable that Taban has been sanctioned by US government in connection to Dong and Aggrey murder, but he has not yet been charge in the competence court of law.

As a Liech community, we are still mourning the death of Dong Luak, and we believe his killers will one day face the full wrath of the law. As of now, Taban is an accused person with all rights that should be respected. It is unfair to call him Dong’s Killer without further explanation. When time comes, he will defend himself and when he is found guilty then people can call him any name they want.

We must say Gen. Taban is a revolutionary Nuer son born in Unity State; he got married to many Nuer women with whom they have many children; and he was elected as first governor in unity state. He is connected to us in many aspects. Hence, any vicious attack on him is an attack on his children, family and the Nuer community as a whole.

We are calling on these Jikany Nuer leaders to go slowly and avoid provoking the situation. The Jikany Nuer of Mighty Latjor community is known in history as people who always fight a just war. Thus these Jikany leaders should refrain from engaging in cheap politics to advance self-aggrandizement.

As much as they want to enjoy their rights to political opinion, they should as well respect the right of others to have a good name and reputation. Their letter gravely violates Taban’s rights as an accused person. Right now we need peace, and peace will be restored through tolerance. We call on them to tolerate Taban if they can’t accept him.

We know the capacities of Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth, Dr. Riek Gai and Dak Duop for they have served us in both civic and military leaderships before. But one thing is however clear that Taban is senior to the trio in all SPLM hierarchies. And that is not to say Taban is better than three of them. They could be better than Taban but they won’t replace him by using false and fake letters.


Written and Signed by;
Dak Buoth, Chairman, Liech community Association in Kenya
19th September, 2020
Email: eligodakb@yahoo.com

How the IO of Machar is ending up as “Western Nuer Vs. Eastern Nuer” Power Wrangling!

Chuar Juet Jock, a writer and author of a book entitled "In a Nutshell"

Opinion | By Eng. Chuar Juet Jock

Chuar Juet Jock, a writer and author of a book entitled "In a Nutshell"

Chuar Juet Jock, a writer and author of a book entitled “In a Nutshell”

September 18, 2020 (Thessherald)–Our people in the UN PoCs got lost and have forgotten who and what brought them into these camps in the first place and to be refugees and second class citizens in their own country. They should know that even the leaders whose power wrangling within their decayed SPLM and the ones who forced them to rot in the UN PoCs for the last 7 years have now reconciled, are in peace, giggling in joy and feasting in their luxurious and extravaganza mansions while you are submerged under water of the flooded UN PoCs and at the mercy of mosquitoes, venomous snakes and all the possible diseases.

Such a true hell needs no additional complications by your infighting, staged by the same power drunk and greedy so-called leaders. More fear, insecurity and extra trauma are the only horrible outcomes of such awful divisions and feuds.

I know incidents happen for a reason or another, but letting such gruels be manipulated by the same masters of your suffering is a complete mistake if not a fatal ignorance. We heard that the fight started with wrangling over a memory card but now we are hearing it is between Western Nuer and Eastern Nuer. Before the R-TGoNU peace agreement, it used to be either within the Western Nuer themselves, Bul and Dok or within Eastern Nuer various clans. It seems the nature of fight also has changed with the nature of politics and this can’t happen without some organized devilish claws behind the scene.

How a disagreement on a memory card which apparently was between two individuals developed that quickly to a clannish and sectional fight devastating the already embattled mother community, the Nuer at large? That is the question in itself.

While the recent defections have further divided the embattled Nuer community into divided clans supporting their defected Generals and politicians from here and there, it is also clear that the same agents of divisions are the one fanning the infighting of their various communities.

What would be the gains in putting people’s lives at clear risk such as that? How do our politicians feel comfortably on their seats and positions upon the dead bodies of their own people? On the other hand and on the side of IDPs, this reflects a sad example of how one’s horrible life case can be lost with time and circumstances, how the case of our people in UN PoCs got lost and developed with time and various circumstances until it transformed the very victims to be the agents of their own destruction. This fall within the category of many histories of the exploited poor around the world and it happened throughout the years of building frustration and hopelessness amidst hardships of all sorts.

We thought that, the priority of R-TGoNU was to workout an effective plan to bring the country back to normalcy at all social, economic and political ends. This should have started with IDPS and the refugees who are the real victims that have beard the burns of the war for the last 7 years. They have lost everything, dignity, good health, properties and their kids future is also in question. Thanks to the UN and the NGOs, it could have been worse.

But the Machar’s IO movement that arrived to power riding on the backs of these people has gone awry since their day one in Juba last February, 2020. The way their top leaders conducted themselves and have divided their share of positions in the R-TGoNU have destroyed their mission and image as a reformist and an agent for change that these people been, for the last 7 years, waiting for.

Since February, the battle within IO has been against itself through uninformed decisions, short-sighted policies and finally appointment of its own ministers through a very nepotistic lens which most people has finally labeled as a family enterprise business.

All these shortcomings reflect a clear shift in how the IO is no more the expected reformist rather than a complicit partner of Kiir who may have stroke a gentlemen agreement with Kiir behind the scene to just be a long term partner in the same corrupt system. This is evidenced that the IO couldn’t go ahead with all the latest flawed decisions and policies without guarantees from Kiir and other partners in the ruling establishment.

Now, that it failed or came back to its true color, the IO new approach is either to set its supporters with the IDPs included, into a new world and path of confusion or set them apart or against each other through conspiracies theories as usual and PoCs infighting and other latest incidents could aid such assumption. However, the blames on this state of division and weakness doesn’t goes only to IO of Machar but his defected generals and politicians, SSOA and other Nuer politicians as well.

I remember that it was only Mabior Garang, the recently resigned deputy interior minister to be the first and the only leader from IO that has started his short tenure with the visit to trauma hit populace of PoCs. To these forgotten citizens, the effects and loses of 7 years long stay in those camps are enormous and disastrous. But who care? Three months have passed already and the states governors aren’t appointed and the political wrangling over irrelevant issues continues to be the norm. Citizens’ lives should be of high concern and without a clear agenda; the R-TGoNU is ending up in limbo where the accommodated leaders of the former oppositions have gone into silence and complicity since they have secured their seats and salaries.

They have gone in their separate ways with the very people and reforms they have used as the slogans and the ladders to climb to those seats. But remember, Kiir’s seats and positions are not permanent and some should have learned from the lessons of the past. At least if you can’t improve the lives of our suffering people in PoCs and help change the bitter frustration they are in, can you please stop manipulating these vulnerable people and your attempts to use them again to attain your power ambitions through their own destruction.

Until the rivalry and lobbying for governors seats is over, my poor people will continue to be the target of our greedy politicians, dividing them and using them for cheap political gains. Kiir and Machar, may also surprise you as usual, choosing the governors from their own nepotism nests and there you will be a loser twice, losing the seats and your dead people in such risky gambling.


Eng. Chuar Juet Jock, is a writer and author of In a Nutshell.

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The Presumption Of Innocence In Criminal Law And The Court Of Public

Opinion | By Juliet Yaiya Mang’ok Kuot

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September 9, 2020 (Thessherald)–In this digital era, news travel almost as fast as the speed of light. It is no surprise that any crime that takes place anywhere around the world can receive attention from all over the world. This then attracts the opinion of the general public as to the guilt or innocence of the accused person, popularly known as the court of public opinion before the person goes through the judicial process to determine his or her guilt.

The court of public opinion ‘means the beliefs and judgment of most people’ 

Presumption of innocence is the principle that an accused person is not presumed guilty until guilt has been proved in the legally established manner.

We have seen many cases of crimes whereby the public has already convicted the accused person of the crime but the verdict turns out later in favor of the accused to the dismay of the general public. This has even led some people to question the credibility of the justice system. I will give a few examples here.
Let’s look at the case of OJ Simpson . This was a criminal trial of a former American college and professional football star who was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and her boyfriend in 1995. The prosecution seemed to have a good case, many facts supporting the charge of murder against Mr. Simpson. They largely relied on domestic violence that had occurred before and after their divorce as motive of the murders, while the defense team largely relied on the grounds that evidence had been mishandled and that many of the los Angeles police department were racists, particularly the detective who allegedly found a bloody glove at Simpson’s home with the blood from both the deceased and the accused. Those gloves appeared to be too small when the accused tried them on in court.

Just across our borders in Kenya, we have the case of Tob Cohen, although still unresolved has the same storyline. A Dutch billionaire based in Kenya and who had married a Kenyan lady who happens to be the main suspect in the murder of her husband. The trial hasn’t even begun yet but the general public opinion has largely judged her as guilty.

Closer home, we had the case of late Lual marine an army general who allegedly used his power as an army general to grab people’s land and bully people. The last altercation turned bloody. It was a dispute arising from disagreement over land that has claimed not only his life but of many other innocent civilians who had no part in that dispute. The public was furious and the judgement from the court of public opinion was definitely against Lual marine as the killer of those innocent civilians. Whether he did it himself, by his direction or it was his bodyguards who did it without his directions, according to the court of public opinion the verdict is the same.

There is also the case of the three slain children brutally murdered at their home in Juba while their parents were away, this case was widely discussed on social media and it didn’t take long before the suspect was identified allegedly as their father’s ex-wife, the ex-wife though not identified received a lot of condemnation across social media only for the South Sudan police to identify a male university of Juba medical student as the prime suspect, a relative to the slain innocent children.

What then is the danger of court of public opinion? I mean the justice system is slow and the facts speak for themselves in such cases, right?.

The court of public opinion might do more harm than good.As much as we must exercise our freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in the constitution we have to be careful not to do more harm, than has already been done by the crime committed. The constitution of South Sudan provides for the right to a fair trial, an accused person is presumed to be innocent until his/her guilt is proved according to law.
Presumption of innocence must be protected. It is one of the principles that underpins the justice system. It is a norm under customary international law and protected under various international treaties and domesticated under many national constitutions and their relevant legislations. The provision of fair trial is an essential procedure in the justice system that any ounce of irregularity in procedure would grant the appellant a mistrial in appeal.
The famous quote by Lord chief Justice Hewart when he instructed that justice should be seen to be done
According to a report on presumption of innocence , there are key threats to the presumption of innocence and the possible solutions.
They include;
Prejudicial statements normally comments/statements made by public implying the guilt of the accused especially where there is major public interest in the case.

Press coverage the media is a very powerful tool with regard to relaying information to the public and even have influence on the presumption made by the public as to the guilt or innocence of the accused based on how they make the report.

Presentation of suspects in court and in public this includes parading of suspects in restraints before the public and the media and during their transfer to and from courts. Their suggestions on possible solutions included the

Clear regimes provided to prohibit public officials implying guilt of a suspect. Training for journalists on presumption of innocence to help them understand the complexity of the issue and the impact that their reporting can have.

Mandatory training for legal aid lawyers, so that only journalists who have undergone training on such issues should be allowed to cover criminal proceedings.
Robust legal regime should be put in place to regarding how suspects are presented in public limit the use of restraint and limit suspect’s exposure to the public and the press.

Public opinion can be used for good and ensures the following ;
Transparency
Cooperatively formed norms
Shines light on miscarriage of justice, The dangers of public opinion, Wedging and polarization, Death of complexity

People are forced to choose simplistic ‘sides’ complex issues are reduced to binary choices.

The substitution of opinion for fact

Facts are normally complex. But a yes or no answer is required immediately. The public goes with a fact or opinion or gut.

Bruce schneier opined that, ‘the court of public opinion is an alternative system of justice. It’s very different from traditional court system. This court is based on reputation, revenge, public shaming and the whims of the crowd. Having a good story is more important than having the law on your side. Being a sympathetic underdog is more important than being fair, facts matter but there are no standards of accuracy. The speed of the internet exacerbates this; a good story spreads faster than a bunch of facts.

In a nutshell, my point is that as much as public opinion has its merits with regards to guarding against injustices that could otherwise be occasioned to victims of crime, we must also ensure that the principles of innocence until proven guilty and that of fair trial are upheld, violation of which could also lead to another injustice should we publicly and sometimes legally convict an innocent person, this will also lead to erosion of the credibility of the justice system if they cannot render fair trial. The victims of these heinous crimes deserve justice but justice against the right perpetrator.

The writer is a concerned citizen and can be reached
Via: yaiyabol@gmail.com


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Simon Marot explains his first meeting with Kiir and what happened next

President Salva Kiir Mayardit meeting African Union Youth Envoy Ms Aya Chebbi and the AU youth advisory council and South Sudan youth leader Simon Marot TouloungInternet | Photo: Bwettephotohraphy

July 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–On the 25th of July 2019, when we met the President of the Republic of South Sudan, I had so many unanswered questions. Till this day, these questions make me crazy.

The first toughest encounter was at the office. After greeting him with one Hand (Something he never expected maybe from a Small Guy) which I believe was the right thing to do, Mr. President in his speech/intervention lamented that, South Sudanese youth have adopted bad cultural Practices from the Neighboring countries. Most of these young men and women grew up in East Africa and they come home with all these different cultures. They need to learn our cultures and adjust to it. I still do not know who messed up the “said culture” the young or the old. If he meant the Nilotic culture of respecting the elders, he would have not handed his hands to me. He would have placed it on my face/head as a sign of pouring blessing upon the young ones or perhaps shower my head with some saliva. Let me end this here, as I do not want to go one-on-one with the President of the Republic.

Hours later, when the Presidential Press Unit shared the story on their Facebook page, something striking suffice. The members, I do not know if it was the norms, cropped my damn picture out and share only the then Minster of Youth, Culture and Sports, the AU Youth Envoy’s Picture. When I saw this, I said to myself, the ride for a conducive and welcoming environment in South Sudan is surely rough and still long. I said that because I knew the people behind the page were young people or semi-young people at least (those below 40 years in South Sudan). What they did was not from a big man. They were not paid or instructed to crop that picture I believed. I think thy just had a feeling that I was not part of the people in the room.

With that in mind, I think we should cease from calling the sunset generation in South Sudan as the sole contributors to the mess in our country. They had their part but the biggest shareholders now are we the youth. If we hear of our men or women (Activists) arrested, they are not arrested by a 50 years old or a 70 years old Minister in the sitting government, the young men are behind this. Some are directed, while most generate all these reports to look good in front of their big men. When you want to see a minister, governor or the commissioner of your area, the people who say Bany OR Kuar is making a phone call or meeting someone are your age mates not these old men. How this can be solved will come from all of us I guess.

Interestingly, as the photos were circulating on Social media with different interpretation of the looks from the President, I was receiving phone calls from very many young men in Juba. Most of the callers were congratulating me for meeting the president. I do not know why this had to be treated a success, Why congratulate a fella? Did I just land the managerial role of Nilepet? No!

Just a handshake with the President. Our leaders have become so rare that when you meet one, the others will look at you like someone who made it in life. They have created all these barriers to make themselves look so expensive in the eyes of the public even when we call them Public Servants. How do you serve the Public in offices? My cousin who was the second caller made my day. He said “Mubruk, your problems are now all settled. All your issues are now sorted. When should I come for my share? You should make me your driver after two weeks.” Is this because most people who meet the head of State ask for some support? Is it because of the “yellow Envelope” that is dubbed HANDSHAKE?

In a country of about 11 million people, if we all meet the big man one at a time, and ask for a car, or some money, how much would the country gain in building some public institutions? Our masses should know that for every 10 Dollar that our leaders hand to us in cash, they bill the national account 100,000 US Dollar or more against your name. That mean 10-20 primary schools will be pocketed in the name of Handshake. IS this not a lost to the Nation and the generation to come?

Lastly, around 8pm, when the TV crew, the great men at SSBC aired the story. My head was off the TV screen. I think the team behind the camera were not sure of how to politely tell someone that they are not needed in a press briefing. If they had an idea, they were not going to chop off my head in the interviews. But since they had no idea, they went ahead to do the hustle. When I was asked, why my head was not appearing, I told my guys, maybe I was too tall. Probably taller than “Mr. Long Body” the Presidential guard whose face never missed in all of his interviews. One of the TV News anchor happened to be my former schoolmate. When he saw me coming out from the presidential office, I saw some changes in his face. He asked me, one question (Why are you here and why the visit?) more than 3 times in a space of 5 minutes, meaning he lost concentration and had something disturbing him. Our last group photo with the President is nowhere to be seen till this day. Maybe we will have it one day.

All in all, the take away from this interaction to me were these;

  1. The President was open and very honest in his response. He admitted a lot of things happening in the country and wanted solutions to the unrest. I do not know if it was the “AU tag” that the Envoy seem to have move with or something else.
  2. When leaders chose to meet people selectively and make themselves rare in the public eye, they lose touch with the masses/realities. It is them who miss a lot and not the people. Public servants should meet their people regularly. That is why, I am thinking of “After 5 O’clock Stories/Dialogues with the Commissioner” in Mayom County so that people do not have to struggle lining up in the Slim Commissioner’s office with aim of shaking hands. It will be after 5 pm daily so that we do not waste time for service delivery in talks.
  3. Much as we are saying the young people are the change, we should not stop there. Young people should as well change and adopt moral characters that are in line with the change they seek to see. It is not good to expect the gifts of Abel from our leaders/elders when we are offering Cain’s gifts. You are either Abel or Cain, you can’t be both. We should not be confirming Shakespeare’s observation, “I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, then be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.”
  4. The journey to a beautiful South Sudan start with a well-nourished brain. If our minds are not properly fed, we will not

imagine beauty well. We might arrive at the destination we are looking for and not recognize it. As we shall be busy with taking town to the People. Let us support each other and be our “brothers’ / sisters’ keepers” always.


Simon Marot Touloung, is an active Youth Leader and Co-founder of the South Sudan Science Club (SSSC) whose main focus is environmental protection and Climate Change. He was a co-founder and Program Manager for African Youth Action Network –AYAN in Kiryandongo refugee settlement, Uganda.


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Opinion| Corruption: The Pandemic of Economies

By Marial A. Yol

Introduction


June 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–Wars, famines and disasters such as earthquakes tsunamis and pandemics provide fertile ground for corruption to breed. Once a disaster strikes, a plethora of all types of malpractices will be unleashed. In South Sudan, known episodes of malpractices include Dura saga, Crisis Management Committee saga, Letters of Credit saga, and Funds Embezzlement saga. These sagas are a manifestation of a serious malady which has infested the country in the absence of robust anti-graft institutions to administer preventive measures.

In South Sudan, corruption is categorized into four sectors:

• The extractive sector: oil sector which is the nation’s largest revenue source which is used as a collateral for the foreign loans seriously lacks any transparency and accountability mechanisms.

• 2- The military: military organization maintains control over the nation’s economy directly by controlling the public budget and indirectly by close ties to businesses and contracts. South Sudan’s military spending is higher than that of any other country in the region. It is believed that there is little oversight of payroll expenses and rare reporting of payroll expenditures.


• 3- State spending: this involves a procurement system that is susceptible to abuse and waste, with lucrative contracts regularly awarded to the suppliers connected to government officials. No-bid (single sourced) contracts, notably for road building and vehicle imports, are regularly awarded to companies at inflated prices with no oversight.


• Money laundering: money dealers exploit the country’s fragile financial industry to launder money and generate revenue. Senior government officials were heavily involved in the financial sector, especially in speculative activities in the parallel currency market. Illegal transfers were rampant with no disclosures. Private FOREX bureaus have been established just to facilitate money laundering.

One important example occurred in 2008 when a corruption of grand scale struck the country as the Government paid nearly SSP 6.0 billion to purchase sorghum for preventing an expected famine in 2009. This transaction became publicly known as the “Dura Saga“. In February 2013, Government solicited the assistance of the World Bank forensic investigators which revealed that 290 firms were paid without ever having signed a contract, and another 151 firms were overpaid significantly. The scam involved the disappearance of several million dollars that had been allocated for the building and repair of grain stores and the purchase of grain, none of which was delivered.

What is Corruption?

Corruption is defined as “the use of public office for unauthorized private gain”. Wikipedia defined corruption as “a form of dishonesty or criminal activity undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire illicit benefit”.

The word “corruption” came into the subject literature in early 14th century. In adjective form, “corrupted” meant debased in character”. Senior (2006) defined corruption as an action to (a) secretly provide (b) a good or a service to a third party (c) so that the party can influence certain actions which (d) benefit the corrupt, a third party, or both (e) in which the corrupt agent has authority.

Categories of Corruption

The three categories of corruption identified are:


• Petty corruption: which occurs at a smaller scale at the implementation end of public service projects when public officials meet the public.

• Grand corruption: occurs at the highest levels of government and involves significant subversion of the political, legal and economic systems. This type of corruption is common in authoritarian or dictatorial governments and those without adequate policing of corruption. That’s why government system is divided into three branches: legislative, executive and judiciary in order to provide independent services that are less subject to grand corruption as a result of their independence from one another.

• Systemic corruption: also known as endemic corruption, results from the weaknesses of institutions, an organization or process. It is encouraged by factors such as conflicting incentives, discretionary powers, monopolistic powers; lack of transparency; low pay; and a culture of impunity.

Political Corruption

Corruption and politics are intertwined in such a way that one hardly exists without the other. Political corruption is simply defined as “the abuse of public power, office, or resources by elected government officials for personal gain, by extortion, soliciting or offering bribes”. This type of corruption occurs as office holders maintain themselves in office by buying votes or enacting laws which use taxpayers’ money. Any official that uses the power of an elected political office for personal gain or for a personal agenda is abusing the trust of that office, and hence is committing political corruption.

Types of Political Corruption

If the officials overseeing these projects divert some of that money into their personal accounts, they have committed an act of embezzlement, also known as “graft.” It can occur anytime an official chooses to use funds owned by another person or group for their own personal benefit.

• Blackmail and Extortion: this type occurs when officials use the power and influence provided to them to threaten other persons into behaving in a certain way they want.

It also occurs when elected representatives threaten to reveal information that they think might incriminate someone in order to coerce that person into cooperating with them.


Preferential Treatment:

This type occurs when officials allow their appointments to be influenced by inappropriate or illegal factors. Nepotism is one type of preferential treatment. It is the practice of giving appointments to family members, rather than basing appointments on the actual qualifications of the appointees. Another type of preferential treatment, known as patronage, occurs when officials make appointments in exchange for votes, payoffs or other benefits.

• Influence peddling: is the illegal practice of using one’s influence in government or connections with persons in authority to obtain favors or preferential treatment for others, usually in return for payment.

Corruption Measures versus South Sudan

Corruption Perception Index or CPI places South Sudan at rank 179 out of 180 nations and a score of 12 out of 100 only above Somalia in 2017. The five countries with the highest scores (and hence the most ‘clean’) are New Zealand (89), Denmark (88), Finland, Norway, and the Switzerland, 85 each. At the other extreme, the countries with the lowest scores (and highest perceived corruption) are Sudan (16), Afghanistan (15), Syria (14), South Sudan (12) and Somalia (9).

Consequences of Corruption on the economy:

Economic Growth: Corruption creates the opportunity for increased inequality, reduces the return of productive activities, and, hence, makes rent-seeking and corruption activities more attractive. This inequality does not only generate psychological frustration to the under-privileged but also reduces productivity growth, investment, and job opportunities. Tani (1998) argued that highly corrupt governments spend less on education and health, thereby limiting human capital building and the potential for economic growth. Corruption may reduce the efficiency of domestic and international aid flow through diversion of funds from intended government projects (Mauro, (1997). He stressed that corruption reduces revenue generated through taxation when parties engage in tax evasion, creating budget deficits for the government. Furthermore, corruption elevates the hidden cost of doing international business (Kehoe, 1998). It is indicated that multinational corporations suffer tarnished reputations in the world marketplace when they engage in corrupt practices (Ghosal and Moran, 2005). It is further argued that corruption undermines development efforts by weakening the institutional foundation on which economic growth stands (Klitgaard, 1988).

Specifically, corruption can cause the following effects:

• Corruption decreases foreign investment: There are many cases in which foreign investors willing to come to developing countries return to their home countries due to heavy corruption in the government bodies.


• Corruption causes delay in growth: A work which can be done in few days may be done in many months. This leads to delay in investment, starting of industries and also growth. Even if started, company growth is hindered as every work linked to officials get delayed due to need to provide bribes or other benefits.
• Corruption retards development: New industries willing to invest in particular region can change their plans if corruption is reported to be rampant in that region. If there is no proper infrastructure, companies will not wish to start up there, and this hinders the economic progress of that region.


• Corruption widens differences in trade ratios: Some countries have inefficient standard control institutions that can approve low-quality products for sale in their country. Other countries do manufacture cheap products which they can dump in big markets. However, they cannot dump these cheap products in countries with strict standard control institutions. They can do so only in countries with chances of corrupt officials in standard control. This widens differences in trade ratios among nations.

Effects of Corruption on Society

i. Corruption leads to disregard for officials: In countries with high levels of corruption, there is high level of public disregard for government officials involved corruption. The public talks negatively about them and this can contribute to the building of distrust. Even lower grade officers will be disrespectful to higher grade officers and may not obey their orders.


ii. Corruption leads to high level of pollution: Corruption in government allows the industry opt to release untreated and harmful waste into rivers and air. If there is no corruption, there can be fair probes. The industry personnel will treat the waste such that it is less toxic and harmless to environment and people in it. So this implies that corruption is also a significant contributor to pollution.

Preventive Measures


•To combat corruption, there is need to establish strong and robust legal framework, strict law enforcement and independent and effective court system. Civil society support can be sought to buttress the process with initiatives such as Transparency International’s Unmask the Corruption campaign. The following deterrent and preventive measures are recommended:

• Reform of Public Administration and Financial Management: Reforms should focus on improving financial management and strengthening the role of auditing agencies. One such reform is the disclosure of budget information, which prevents waste and misappropriation of resources. For example, Transparency International encourages transparent and participatory budgeting by training local communities to comment on the proposed budgets of their local government.

• Promotion of Transparency and Access to Information: there is need for government openness, freedom of the press, transparency and access to information. Access to information increases the responsiveness of government bodies, while simultaneously positively affecting the levels of public participation in a country.

• Empower Citizens: Strengthening citizens’ demand for anti-corruption and empowering them to hold government accountable can help to build mutual trust between citizens and government.

Close International Loopholes: Without access to the international financial system, corrupt public officials would not be able to launder and hide the proceeds of looted state assets.
Governments need to put in place mechanisms for stopping banks and cooperating offshore financial centers from absorbing illicit flows of money. The European Union 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, which requires EU member-states to create registers of the owners of companies established within their borders is one good example.

• Development of robust oversight and accountability mechanisms. Country’s public sector oversight institutions should be the primary entities involved in countering corruption and promoting greater transparency and accountability. Institution-building should prioritize building the capacity and safeguarding the integrity of judicial and governance oversight. Priority institutions such as courts, National Auditing Chamber, Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Public Accounts Committee in the Legislative Assembly should be empowered. Countering political influence and supporting the country’s courts with technical expertise that can support local actors in the effort to investigate and prosecute economic crimes and pursue asset tracking and recovery is critical. Any individual found to have intentionally subverted these institutions should be considered to be “undermining democratic institutions” and should be placed under sanctions.

vi. Creation of a searchable public registry of all corporate entities formed in the country. This measure can prevent the top government officials and their immediate family members from holding stakes in numerous commercial ventures which are not actually accessible to the public.
There is need to establish a searchable corporate registry that makes available certain corporate filings from each company that contain basic information about the firm’s true owners, including their name, date of birth, business address, and identification number. These records should be accessible at a very low cost.

Introduction of a Financial Management System:

This will prevent senior government officials from hijacking state institutions and looting public resources. Additionally, there is need for an oversight mechanism for revenue collection, budgets, revenue allocation, and government spending with technical and advisory support from the regional and international community. To help safeguard the integrity and bolster the capacity of crucial oversight institutions that are designed to review and check public spending, donors and international institutions in the country should work with country’s civil society to establish a financial management mechanism.

• Conduct of retrospective review of the allocation of government contracts and natural resource concessions. Most of the funds targeted by corruption appear to come from the oil, mining, foreign exchange, and banking sectors as well as defense supply contracts from the government. These sectors should be subject to a retrospective review and extensive auditing. Companies and individuals found to have abused their power to secure unfair advantage should lose government contracts and natural resource concessions and face steep penalties.

South Sudan’s National Audit Chamber should be given an authority that extends beyond the chamber’s mandate in order to benefit from partnership with impartial external actors to help further ensure that the review process itself cannot be manipulated for political ends.

Defining the roles of youth in society when it comes to nation-building

Opinion | By: Cde Simon Char

June 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–Youthfulness is the inner strength not to stagnate or resistant to change but to stay open to new possibilities, it’s the power of the spirit that refuses to succumb to complacency and strives ever forward.

We are over 50% in South Sudan population with aspirations and experiences in our own rights to take what is within our grasp to build a better South Sudan, this is the power hold as young and future leaders.

Reimagine the world with tenacity innovation and courage to disrupt every cycle that yields negative results for youth because the future needs passionate, happy and confident young leaders who are willing to challenge what’s obstacle to their ambitions in taking country to what it people expect and deserve by standing up for conviction.

We are the period in which a man can be hopeless because every end of episode is the end of the world but the power of hoping through everything is the knowledge that the soul survives its adventure, that great inspiration comes to middle ages ( Youth ) therefore we are the hope of country’s future for lasting peace, stability and sustainable development due to fact that everything is possible and everything can be possible through our ability and confident as the future of this great country is in our hearts and minds.

My fellow youth we will have our own trials and temptations through which we must pass because there are great moments of eternity which lie a head, but our love, peace and confident to build this great country South Sudan is our main task and make it beautiful and peaceful to it’s Citizens.

Let’s pray that we will be prepared for the reins of leadership and arise and shine forth to be the light unto South Sudan by keeping the spirit of love and togetherness among us.

Let’s work together in putting the suffering of our people to an end because we are elders of tomorrow of this great and promises land by mitigating both Communal and political differences aside and promote peace, love and togetherness as the only solution for our wellbeing because the wisdoms of the wise and experiences of the ages is on us, let’s strongly united and truthful humble to face challenges and be the change with out losing hope in creating opportunities, be mature enough to deal with the things against our wellbeing.

We are the only change and future of next coming generations, so let’s make our whole country proud of us as we are always temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite and the adventure over the live of peace and unity in South Sudan. Lastly we are the only hope for peaceful South Sudan

The author is a concerned citizen, and he’s reachable via his email at tharjiaths@gmail.com


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Pulling the Rope on Machar and Possible Long Term Implications and Impacts on South Sudan


By Eng. Chuar Juet Jock

South Sudan’s First Vic-president Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and President Salva Kiir Mayardit sitting in the capital Juba/Photo:File

April 29, 2020 (Thessherald)– While I disagree with Dr. Machar in some administrative and leadership issues, we still share a country and a community fate and destiny and only fools should think that the Nuer community, not the one bribed by Kiir and other political criminals In disguise will not defend Machar to the last drop.

The campaign of pulling the carpet beneath Riek Machar, bribing all his men with promises and positions and in effort to isolate him and then implement the last stage of the conspiracy on his life will fail miserably. Rational minded South Sudanese and the true Nuer sons will defend and avenge any conspiracy aimed at his life.

Not because Riek is right or politically correct at this stage of his long leadership but he is a fundamental historical political figure not only for the Nuer community but at South Sudan, Sudan and Africa at large. Second, what will be the gains of those if the peace have failed like that of 2016?

Or by abruptly and violently ending Machar political career or isolating him as a peace partner? Well, if such a scenario unfolded, they will only find a new inventions of excuses and enemies placed on Machar’s replacement. Endless game. The truth is, Kiir and company needs no one true to the objectives of reforms and change but a stooge that would just say yes for everything, a “Yes Man” not a one that challenges their one-sided narrative or dictatorial rule.

While it is within their rights, those who have defected from IO to Kiir have also proven that they have no objectives whatsoever except to be used as tools for the conspiracy implementation.

If they were of any objectives, then their defection won’t be to the same man they have been fighting against for the last 7 years. They could simply take over the fight that Mr. Machar haven’t led to the expected victory and lead an IO or a different movement that’s completely different from the one Machar, according to them, has crippled. At the same token, if Kiir is a responsible partner in the peace agreement, he won’t accept such spoiling of the very peace he signed to happen in his very watch.

As president he also have the powers to prevent such a childish game that is threatening the nation and country national security and could take us back to the bloody square one. His silence on what the Peace spoilers are planning indicates that either he is the mastermind of what is happening and that he is not keen enough to see his country at peace.

As for what is between Machar and his Nuer political opponents in Juba , while there still confusion on who of who is winning the heart of Kiir, we understand that the Nuer politicians in Juba are behaving like women competing to win a heart of a wealthy man and everyone of them is ready to give the precious dignity off just to win a position and wealth. That’s a no way to attain power and at the end of it, each one of you will be the next victim.

I am not a tribalist, but politics is all about power houses and the realities that are shaping the destiny of the nation. Peace is all about keeping balance of such political forces or social entities. The conflict within the Nuer community is a threat to national security of South Sudan and instead of exploiting it, President Kiir and other national figures should mediate and help in resolving it. This is how smart constructive politicians works and those who have good intents for their people and country. While this peace is imperfect and Machar might be deadly wrong at some issues, I do believe this isn’t the end of South Sudan or the world.

As South Sudanese we should all work to pass the transitional period successfully. Kiir and Machar won’t stay there forever. The most important objectives to us all is a stable country where the next generations will have better life and future. Let us learn patience and resolve, there is no way we all can be ministers and VPs.

This country belong to us all and the Nuer have paid so dearly in the struggle for its independence and it is sad that our political prostitutes are selling these sacrifices cheap just to be rewarded with empty bones. A keen reader to the political developments will see that peace is being gradually abrogated. The conspiracy is moving in many fronts, while cornering Mr. Machar, the murderer Yau Yau is set to engage Lou Nuer front, the nearest stronghold to defend Machar who also are being persuaded to give up on Mr. Machar given the same negligence policies of Mr.

Machar to his popular bases. Yau Yau duty and part of the deal here is to keep the Lou Nuer engaged and busy while the conspiracy is unfolding and it is likely that other warlords will also be doing the same in other regions considered still have Machar support.

Mr. Kiir should clearly know that Dr. Machar won’t be left alone even though he might have done the miserable politically which Mr. Kiir himself isn’t better. Attaining Peace in South Sudan should be above individuals’ wrongdoing, interests and ambitions.

Why would the whole country be a victim, held hostage and suffer for just few wrongs of few individuals? There is a time when Mr. Machar will retire peacefully and we should not plunge the country into another endless bloodshed just because of positions. I do believe Mr. Kiir have the powers to put South Sudan in order instead of chaos.

The author is a South Sudanese scholar and writer, he can be reached via his email at chuar.juet@gmail.com

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Opinion: Open letter to the High-Level Task Force Committee on Coronavirus

By Wani Michael: Dear Dr. Riek Machar and the High Level Taskforce on Coronavirus.

April 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–I would like to appreciate your team for always considering the public opinions and ideas of different concerned citizens and sometime acted on those issues raised by them and at the same spirit, I would like to encourage your team to continue with the vigorous public engagements on the fight on Covid-19.

However, I have some SERIOUS CONCERNS on some critical FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES that need your attention for quick ACTIONS;

  • URGENTLY CONSIDER ADDRESSING THE ISSUES OF FARMERS.

The High Level Taskforce Committee on Coronavirus should urgently consider including AGRICULTURAL INPUTS and SUPPLIES to the list of ESSENTIAL GOODS that MUST remain accessible during the Covid-19 period. The rainy season is here and we need to depend on our farmers for the next period for door supply. Without keeping the shops selling agricultural tools open, these farmers can not produce food and we will be facing hunger in the coming period.

Government should work with partners to supply these farmers with seeds and other support including tractors.

Most importantly, the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Josephine Lagu should urgently develop an ACTION PLAN on Government SUPPORT to REVIVE the agricultural sector.

  • SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS and OTHERS continue to DISRESPECT AND DISOBEYING THE PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS ON COVID-19.

Every single day your Ministers and other government officials are busy disrespecting and disobeying the Presidential orders on Covid-19 with impunity and showing bad example to the public. Painfully, these Ministers and government officials are risking hundreds of innocent lives of your citizens. We saw a huge crowd at the official opening of the repaired Juba bridge under the watch of Minster of Roads and Bridges. Some SPLM-IO defectors and other leaders seen holding press conference without practicing social distancing and other Covid-19 preventive measures. Public gatherings including funerals led by senior government officials.

It is time, the TASKFORCE hold these leaders ACCOUNTABLE and FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS. As you guys continue to deploy police officers and other security forces to brutalized us. The Ministers and other government officials are busy disobeying these orders, THERE IS NOBODY ABOVE THE LAW.

  • ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF TRUCK DRIVERS CROSSING BORDERS.

Recently, Uganda government recorded 11 new cases of Covid-19 in one single day and all of them were Truck drivers at different border points most likely heading to Juba via Nimule. We even read from your official communication that one of the truck diver who tested positive for Covid-19 in Uganda came to Juba via Nimule and returned back to Uganda. Given the fact that our traffic police continue to stop and interact with these truck drivers without any preventive measures put in place. As you guys know, we lack the proper tracking system of these drivers once they get tested for Covid-19 at the border point.

I also understand that EAC is designing a clear mechanism on how to address this issue of truck drivers crossing borders to ensure that local communities and the citizens are safe. However, it is important the TASKFORCE consider designing clear mechanism that fit our context and the situation on the ground.

As a matter of URGENCY, The TASKFORCE should consider addressing the issue of TRUCK DRIVERS crossing borders and the TRAFFIC POLICE.

  • MONITOR and PUNISH BAR OWNERS AND GOERS WHO CONTINUE TO OPERATE AND RISK THE LIVES OF PEOPLE.

It has come to our notice that some bar owners and operators are still illegally operating and risking the lives of innocent citizens. The committee should urgently consider a clear mechanism of implementing these orders by providing clear reporting channels to the respective security apparatus by the public. The Police and other security forces should speed-up their intelligence and surveillance on these bars. Arrest those found drinking and PUNISH the bar owner.

Some of these bars look like closed place but inside you’ll find young people busy drinking and risking innocent lives.

  • ISSUE OF TRAFFIC POLICE WITHOUT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENTS.

The Traffic Police continue to interact with different drivers or goers on the road on daily basis. They used their bare hands without any protective measures put in place to touch vehicles license, driving permit and other documents. These Traffic Police will go back to their families and risk their own families and those they interact with on daily basis. It is important that the TASKFORCE consider addressing this issue urgently and give clear instructions to the Traffic Police.

It is my hope that these concerns will reach to your office and the HIGH LEVEL TASKFORCE ON CORONAVIRUS.

The Author, Mr. Wani Michael, is the Executive Director of Okay Africa Foundation and he can be reached via his email at ariechemmanuel2015@gmail.com

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