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Dinkocrats going bananas in Juba on hearing president Obama's sweeping sanctions!!

By: Justin Ambago Ramba

April 4, 2014 (SSNA) -- Kiir’s minister of misinformation Michael Makuei was reported to have gone bananas on hearing president Obama’s authorization of the “ground sweeping sanctions” against all south Sudan's warlords in government and in opposition, obviously including both President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Dr Riek Machar.

Makuiei who looks and behaves like someone fresh from the cattle camp is one of the many unpolished characters in Kiir's current cabinet. A lawyer by profession, there is hardly anything in his crude behaviours to suggest he had even seen a blackboard let alone going to school or holding a degree in Law from Sudan's prestigious University of Khartoum.

His comments here sums it all:

“In the first place, I don't know what are the criteria used by him (president Obama) to decide who whether X or Y has committed human rights violations or abuses," he said

“The investigation has not yet started, and based on that investigation, this would have been the most appropriate time for him ( Obama) to decide as to who violated and what action should be taken against them," Makuei continued rambling.

You see, this is the same Michael Makuei who was involved in physical shovels and abusive words with the UNIMISS forces in Bor when his heavily armed guards were refused entry into the UN compound.

Do we really want to be told that this very minister is the first on Obama’s list of people who obstructed the UNIMISS duty in South Sudan? But see how he is reacting now and asking for an investigation to be carried out, as if he is just waking up from a deep sleep, and all that he did was a “sleep walking”.

On the other hand was it not his boss, the South Sudan’s Vice President, James Wani Igga, who addressed the SPLM mob as they demonstrated against the UNIMISS in Juba, accusing the UN of being a colonialist organisation?

This is more than a gone case by the way. And we all know that the international community is fully behind Obama’s sanctions. We also know that it only a matter of time before the remaining Oil production in Poluch, Upper Nile State is brought to a complete halt by the   imminent rebel attack on the site.

With these glaring facts, Kiir and his dinkocrats are between a rock and a hard place. They will have to both choose between using their cows’ dung for fuel, cows’ milk for food and export the cattle hides to fetch them the much needed hard currency.

Or with a local currency in a free fall and an economy that never ever existed, their other alternative  will be  to continue begging Museveni of Uganda for both food and endless military protection, crowning him as Master of the Dinka and Ruler of the Great Lakes region. 

Which is the lesser of two evils, when the choice is in fact between the devil himself and the deep blue sea!

For those you who follow articles on South Sudan, there is a well written piece of Ed/Op   under the heading “Kiir should plan his exit strategy: A Citizen’s Concern’s point of view, by: Abraham Deng Lueth, B.S., MPA, Kansas City, MO, USA, APR/03/2014, South Sudan Nation. 

This beautifully thought through article, represents the author’s attempt to assist President Kiir with an exit strategy.

However the truth remains that Salva Kiir’s leadership has long been identified by many analysts as a system too deformed to be reformed. And the only way for Salva Kiir to appreciate what the author has suggested to him is for something dramatic to happen.

As a less humiliating exist strategy after those who stood with the independence of South Sudan are turning their backs to him en masse, our friend’s advice is still not in any way an easy prescription that Kiir can  adhere too, nor is it an easy pill for him to swallow.

But at this very advanced stage of his mental confusion, Kiir has obviously repeatedly made many wrong decisions than he had made right ones. It all boils down to his state of mind.

Thus anything new can only make sense to Kiir and his coterie if they underwent mind transplants first. The truth is that these type of operations are not feasible even in the far future and South Sudan cannot be kept waiting forever when atrocities are being committed everywhere.

Instantly calling it quits after reaching this stage would have been the only logical thing to do. Yet logic, like common sense, are things that have long left the country the moment these guys came the default rulers in the embattled South Sudan.  

Hence, it is impossible for president Kiir to relinquish power voluntarily. Even if he were promised another chance to rule South Sudanese in the next world, he won’t do it.  Voluntarily stepping down is just too much for this dictator’s inner psychic which has long been mal-conditioned to recognise no any other possible successor.

Practical speaking this dictator has very limited choices and I hope President Barack Obama sees it the way I see it. To me Salva Kiir and his followers have only two exist strategies to choose from.

To cut a long story short, as things stand now President Kiir can  either choses to exit power the Sadaam Hussein’s way or he chooses the Muamar Gadhafi’s way. There is no any third option left for this dictator after he has caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians!

Dr. Justin Ambago Ramba is a concerned citizen and a voice for the voiceless. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Reconciliation and Peaceful Co-existence of People in South Sudan

By Jacob K. Lupai

April 4, 2014 (SSNA) -- On the 15th December 2013 gun fire flared up in the headquarters of the presidential guards (Al Qiyada) and within hours it spread across the capital of Juba. Precisely in two days, fighting had engulfed the length and breadth of Greater Upper Nile Region.

The uninformed in the world must have been wondering what on earth was happening in South Sudan with people who have just restored peace to their country after destructive wars and much bloodshed. Concerned South Sudanese must have also been wondering to where all this was leading.

For South Sudanese to turn the guns viciously against each other as people of one destiny was totally unacceptable. History may judge the people of South Sudan harshly.

In view of the massive destruction of resources and lives in such a short time that seems to be already polarizing people along ethnic or regional lines, the appropriate approach is reconciliation for a peaceful co-existence of the people of South Sudan.

The world is watching and will judge whether the people of South Sudan are mature and fit to govern themselves in contrast to the people of Somalia in the Horn of Africa. However, South Sudanese should be confident that they can govern themselves. What is important, though, is to rise above ethnic and political differences in order to focus on nation building for prosperity for all.

Reconciliation and peaceful co-existence

There is unlikely to be short cut to peace in South Sudan without the process of reconciliation. For peace to take roots reconciliation should be based on the concept of equitable distribution of power and wealth, and observance of the rule of law. A prosperous nation cannot be built on the basis of discriminatory practices whether knowingly or unknowingly.

South Sudanese must accept each other from the bottom of their hearts as citizens of one country. The crude scramble for power and economic domination will not be helpful in fostering the spirit of togetherness and national unity. Here a federal system of government may offer a solution.

For a way forward South Sudanese may need to be sensitive about the world around them in contrast to ethno-centricism where one ethnic group dominates the affairs of the nation as though other ethnic groups do not exist. People should treat each other with humility as of one destiny.

Unless people rise above ethno-centricism as, for example, a Dinka protects a defenseless Nuer and a Nuer does vice versa, people are in for a very long bumpy ride to nationhood. Although the present conflict has unfortunately taken ethnic overtones as Dinka versus Nuer, reconciliation efforts should be conducted among South Sudanese of different ethnicities to address grudges and undersurface bitterness against each other.

Self-examination for a way forward

People may need to understand that mistakes have been made either knowingly or unknowingly. A way forward is for people to self-examine themselves and accept that mistakes have been made and to be acknowledged publicly.

For example, land grabbing has been perpetuated by the illiterate, semi-literate and the literate simply because of the seemingly misguided assumption that with their kinsmen in power the rule of law does not apply. This seems to be confirmed when land grabbers are neither condemned nor persecuted often, a license to grab more lands of others.

Another scenario is where people claim they are internally displaced persons (IDPs) and then occupy the land of others. Sometimes the IPDs are armed and terrorise the locals. In such a situation IDPs are nothing but mean occupiers and oppressors. Now how can such behaviors as land grabbing and forceful occupation of land of others promote national cohesion and unity? Only the naïve can think so.

Some shameless land grabbers will even go to court without legal papers of land ownership in an attempt to justify their grabbing of land from legitimate owners. It is not difficult to understand why land grabbing is persisting. This is simply because land grabbers erroneously assume that as their kinsmen are dominant in the system, they are protected against the unprotected land owners. With this type of crude behavior that is unfortunately being condoned, how can a prosperous, strong and united country be built?

Peaceful co-existence for unity

Reconciliation and peace can be realized in South Sudan when people rise above ethnic divide. The first few days of the fighting that sparked off in Juba on 15 December 2013 took an ethnic dimension.

According to the South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC) Interim Report on South Sudan Internal Conflict December 15, 2013 – Marc h 15, 2014, there were accusations and counter-accusations that the Dinka massacred Nuer in Juba and more precisely in Munuki 107 residential area and that the Dinka were massacred in Bor, Akobo, Bentiu and Malakal. The conflict has produced two opposing parties, the SPLM in Government and the SPLM in Opposition.

The Report of 6 March 2014 of the Secretary General of the United Nations on South Sudan asserts that, “Both parties to the conflict have been responsible for ethnically targeted attacks on civilians and have failed to comply with international humanitarian and human rights law (p.7)”.

The UN Secretary General’s Report suggests that massive human rights violations might have been committed against innocent civilians because of their ethnicities. This clearly indicates the urgency of reconciliation to restore peace in South Sudan.

The talk of inclusive or interim government before any reconciliation with commitment to put things right may hardly produce the desired result. Reconciliation for peaceful co-existence must go concurrently with an agreement on governance.


Reconciliation is of paramount importance to create peace in South Sudan. Without reconciliation and a comprehensive peace agreement the alternative is likely to be a prolonged conflict that may lead to the disintegration of the country. What will stop any of the Greater Regions of South Sudan to declare independence and then strenuously defend and protect it at any cost?

Arguably South Sudanese are not one people but are people of one destiny as evidenced by the overwhelming vote for independence in January 2011. The solid unity displayed in the referendum was a collective expressed fear of being second class citizen under the known discriminatory system of Arab Islamic Sudan. As it were, the people of South Sudan vowed never to be marginalized again in their life time hence the vote for independence. Now how can one in their right minds turn a blind eye to marginalization of others in independent South Sudan?

In conclusion, the basis of reconciliation in South Sudan should be the strong desire for a system that does not marginalize others through ethnic or regional hegemony. This is in order for people to live in harmony. There are more than 60 ethnic groups and three Greater Regions in South Sudan. All should therefore be treated with sensitivity in promoting national unity.

The author can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Response to Tearz Ayuen & companies: shameless ridicule of Naath Society

By J. Nguen Nyol

April 4, 2014 (SSNA) -- Tearz Ayuen’s plea for “Naath in UN Juba’s Bases” to “go home” not meant well but condescension and ridiculous insulting to Naath Society. Tearz Ayuen himself a Dinka and fled Juba shortly after Kiir’s government slain Isaiah Abraham, who was also a Dinka from Twi East, Jonglei State.

Mr. Ayuen himself does not reside in the defiled city, Juba and for some reasons he wanted Naath to return to non-existing houses as if what forced them to run for their dear lives have been dealt with amicably. Tearz Ayuen himself is Kiir’s ruthless regime prime target. He was alleged to be on the list of Isaiah Abraham’s assassins to be assassinated, if found.

See the contradiction and why Mr. Ayuen is was up for something more malevolent than a simple plea from an honest man. As matter of fact, Mr. Ayuen has sea of grudges to mend with failed Kiir led Dinka regime. At times, he had called spade a spade more than one.  And I have much respect for him in that regard. However, Tearz Ayuen’s uncounselled appeal for Naath to return home is ill-informed. In his words, a home “one mile away” is a mockery and meant to pave ways for Tearz to mend relations with Kiir.

Tearz Ayuen is also from Kolnyang, Bor County in Jonglei State. Kolnyang is a heartland of Dinka-Bor civilians who recently flooded Eastern Equatoria State because they perceived danger from then advancing rebels. I got it. Does Mr. Tearz Ayuen see the same fate in Naath? Certainly, and Tearz is too smart figure to know this gruesome truth but chose to play trickery.

The IDPs who left Kolnyang, Tearz’s home village are now settled and being fed by the same UN Tearz castigated and blaming Naath for jobs creation. Thereof, Dinka IDPs feed on one meal a day, not twice. Not better than Naath but not being hunt down and encircled by host community which is the different. If feeding Dinka IDPs in Madi’s lands is no different than that of Naath in UN bases in Juba, what the heck is Tearz talking about then?

Well, Tearz cited poor sanitation comes rainy season and possible disease outbreak on the top of food security. Good point and I got it. But, wait; is it not true that the Dinka IDPs who fled their homes in Jonglei lives under trees or in the tents in Madi’s land, Kakuma, Kenya and Uganda and under the same UN’s protections and the same way as Naath? Yes. Then what logic does Tearz’s argument based?  I have no clue and beside, it would be interesting to know if these Dinka IDPs are not “paupers in their own country” or and if they have pre-made houses in Madi’s land or forced Madi people out their homes by force instead or not be batters by looming rainy season.

It appeared Tearz Ayuen did not bother asking these questions or call on Dinka IDPs to return home even though their homes are still standing and being protected by Kiir led Dinka regime; a regime solely for Dinka and by Dinka.

I saw where Mr. Tearz Ayuen is coming from and his ill- intentions to say the least. Tearz has three aims at heart to achieve with his mockery letter to Naath. One, he has deep seated hate and unwinnable card to play with UN personnel presence in the nascent nation, South Sudan. This deep seated hatred is based on a recent Dinka negative campaign against UN presence in South Sudan and arrogantly asking its head to leave.

Mr. Tearz Ayuen’s second aim is in line with Kiir led Dinka failed government. In fact, UN recent report on the Washington Post cited that Kiir’s regime has blocked food and water supplies distanced for Naath in Bor UN’s base and possibly in Juba as well. Therefore, Tearz is no exception but party to the regime in the name Dinkanization of South Sudan. Tearz Ayuen knows quite well what would happen to Naath should they leave UN bases in Juba and elsewhere on the country. More bloodbaths shall occur.

Bloodletting is Tearz Ayuen’s ulterior motive. This is hidden intention everyone in Kiir’s regime ascribed to, which Tearz Ayuen just joined. Had it not been the case, why should Tearz Ayuen call for Naath in UN bases in Juba to go home where they have no homes? Had it not been the case, why he didn’t call on his Dinka Bor IDPs occupying Madi’s lands by force to return home when in fact their homes are still standing and protected by their Dinka led Kiir’s government?

Tearz Ayuen’s last aim is that he wanted to mend fences with Kiir ruthless regime whom Tearz himself brutally criticised in numerous occasions. Calling for Naath to return to their homes where there is none is what Kiir led Dinka government wanted to hear especially from old adversaries like Tearz.

Perhaps, calling for Naath to return onto Juba’s dirty streets for in-dignifying demise is a short way to win President Kiir’s loyalty. Tearz cautioned Naath that there are not bankrupts and “have not killed anyone or rebel against the government.” However, he failed to answer the question why were they targeted and killed in the first place?

Lastly, I must remind Tearz Ayuen that who have offended Naath Society. Your call for Naath in UN Juba’s bases in Juba to return homes where there are no homes for them in juba was a clear insult but ill- received and condemned in strongest terms possible.

It’s sad that you have shed crocodile tears in disguise of ill-intended sympathy. I hate to mention this Tearz, but I have to. Naath were summarily executed by Dinka’s militias, ordered by some Dinka top elites and who stills runs defiled Juba town. It is depressing that you are desperately telling Naath to return to their killers to be kill.

You personally shied way to mention this point for reasons only known to you Tearz Ayuen. But I should note Naath’s saying, which goes as a monkey would yearly collect fire woods to give birth to a baby human-monkey but every time, she gives birth to a baby monkey-monkey instead. This underscored the fact that you are a Dinka and will always be.

J. Nguen is a South Sudanese living in Canada. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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