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Kapoeta North Prison Massacre: A sign that demonstrate SPLM's poor governance

By: Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

March 28, 2015 (SSNA) -- Thursday, 26/03/ 2015 was a tragic day at the sprawling Kapoita North Prison Massacre in the Eastern Equatoria. More than hundreds underfed and hungry prison inmates staged a demonstration against the deteriorating food situation at the prison.

On the rage for their peaceful protest which aim to call for their administration's attention to see their problem which was obviously the starvation and lack of small basic needs that any Prisoner in this world would ask from their Authorities, The unlucky Prisoners of the 21 century were murdered in cold blood by the today date regime who is well known of letting the innocent bloods pour helplessly leaving 10 of them dead and more others injured.

I personally condemn this unjust killing of Kapoeta North Prisoners.

This chronic style of Killing unarms souls in South Sudan must stop. The government must learn to instruct their security personals on how to keep Laws and orders properly.

It is a fact that prisoners at Kapoeta North, indeed, at all of the country’s limited correctional facilities, are on the verge of starvation largely due to insufficient food supplies. Coupled with the lack of adequate food provisions is the other problem of crumbling infrastructure at the country’s prisons, most of which are no longer fit for human habitation.

Torit Prison one of the oldest prison in South Sudan, built in 1946 has since been condemned as unfit to house human beings. However, prisoners are still being kept at old, dilapidated and crumbling prison complexes such as those at Kapoeta North and Rumbek.

In terms of a statutory instrument that any country do have, all prisoners are entitled to a minimum diet that will ensure that they will not succumb to malnutrition and other diseases associated with poor nutrition such as pellagra.

The unfortunate incident that took place at Kapoeta North two days ago is clearly symptomatic of a failed State. Any government that is unable to feed its prisoners is not fit to govern. Prisoners might have committed criminal offences, some of which are quite heinous, but they still have a constitutional right not to be treated in a cruel and degrading manner.

Denial of adequate food provisions to our prisoners is tantamount to cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Confirmed reports point to a situation whereby at least 10 inmates were shot dead in cold blood at Kapoeta North, Eastern Equatoria State last Thursday as they demonstrated against the perennial poor diet.

This indicate that the SPLM-Juba Regime has totally lost the plot. The regime continues to bury its head in the sand and pretend that everything in the country is fine and working.

To the contrary, the whole State apparatus has virtually collapsed as the antagonistic faction in the beleaguered ruling party, SPLM-Juba, continue to fight for power and control. The citizens and the Weevil faction are at each other’s throat. Things have fallen apart and the center can no longer hold.

The country is at a crossroads. We cannot fold our arms and pretend that everything is in order. Under this man’s [Salva Kiir] watch, the conditions at all the country’s correctional facilities have steadily declined over the years.

Prisoners are terribly under-threat, mismanaged and rampant abuse continues to afflict the entire administration of the South Sudan National Prison Service (SSNPS).

The SPLM-IO shall continue to clamor for the respect of the constitutional rights of all the people of South Sudan, including the rights of all incarcerated people.

All human beings should be treated with dignity whether they are in or out of prison.

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

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is a writer and He is the Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt he can be simply reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan: Went it’s the dead that represent the Nation — do South Sudanese need Kiir to rule them at this time…?

By: Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

March 27, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan has been turned to a looting Juncture where everyone will decide to do anything and end up achieving it. The recent amendment to the constitution and the uplifting of President Salva Kiir's office term shows nothing but dead/Zombie are the one leading the country.

Many among us would argue that the Transitional Constitution of 2011 played a major part in the problems we face today even though some of us lay that blame on human behavior. Today, we face a different barrage of questions from our fellow Neighbors [Africans]. What is happening to South Sudan? Is the country crippled of its future? Have the people there become agenda-less. What happened to national pride?

For once, I have desisted from responding to such questions for one simple reason — I am very disappointed in my country. For all the lives we hear were lost during the struggle for independence, for all its efforts to send its people to school in Cuba and other places to achieve a better life and military Knowledge, for all the ideological supremacy we have paraded on the world body, this is what we have come to be — a nation that cannot agree to move on for the sake of the future of its children.

I was shocked, hopeless and wire to my toes, went I heard the news of the President Salva Kiir Mayardit once again mandated to rule for three [3] more years while his days in office where to be counted to the finish line, that give me a pause and think the other way around. As I keep asking my very- self of who is bewitching my leaders? Or what have the south Sudanese do to God that deserved this severe punishment? Bad to be the victim.

One will be tempted to ask questions…. Like is it wise for the Law Makers to amend the Transitional constitution of 2011 and extend Salva Kiir's Term in Office? Will the south Sudanese whose right have been hijacked by the desperate MPs continued to keep quiet and pretend like nothing had happened? Is it true that the Law Makers in South Sudan Parliament are not walking dead? All this and more other question congested my brain. Gordon Brown was right to call our leaders terrorist for they deserved this.

But my answers to all these questions was" My country is being rule by the dead" and I am right. South Sudan since the crisis has been jumping from frying fan to fire making mistake over mistakes and from bad to worse

A group of politicians who would rather compromise the future for the sake of being right even when they know there is something wrong with that rightness.

We have become a nation so portent in manufacturing and churning crisis after crisis, apportioning the blame on the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, African Union and IGAD. We are never wrong and yet we create the problems ourselves.

"The extension of Kiir's office term by the Parliament was the worse decision and worth killing not only to the Nation's image but to the Marginalized communities and the hopeless victims that are in their eagerness to grab changes and reforms".

Today, once again, our nation is emotionally bleeding as it is ripped apart by legalism and teleology. A Constitution that still at a teen age, already beckons on a precipice, dashing the hopes of hope.

Political egos have virulently infected our political minds. To vote or not to vote, the process is already fetid before it begins making it indelible to sanitize.

Credentials and reputation are at stake and yet no one seems to care as long as the legalists emphasize and exercise strict obedience to the law system. Respect for the rule of law has found a new political choir even when it does not address the higher questions like the purpose and the future of the country.

Like in the ancient days of Han Feizi, the Chinese philosopher, we are made to believe that the system of law, not the ruler, must run the State, as a gesture or statement of rule of law. During Han Feizi’s time, special tactics and secrets were deployed by the ruler to ensure that others don’t take over control of the State using the excuse of protecting the rule of law.

Subtle in this exercise of the law is that it is the position of the ruler, not the ruler himself or herself, that holds the power. Therefore, the blame and accountabilities must be demanded from the ruler not the person.

Legally, all this may be correct, but not appropriate to the context raising questions on whether law is meant for the people or vice versa.

Human life comes first before the law which takes me to the flip side of the divide which has been sermonized and premised on the basis of teleology.

All processes must be purpose driven even if it means breaking the laws and neglecting the Constitutional Court ruling for the sake of making a better South Sudan.

The processes include, as they have always been preached, media reforms, security sector realignment and alignment of laws to the Constitution and Electoral reform including others.

Even without guarantee of compliance and adherence to such, the general assumption is that with these in place the country can call for elections and pave a future for a better south Sudan.

My little knowledge of the law fails me, but I am aware of the difference between an argument and a ruling; one is a process and the other is an end. I am also aware of the limited powers of Troika to intervene where such an act leads to a breach of the law, which leaves us with one option — let’s talk among ourselves and find a solution.

South Sudan does not belong to political parties, but to South Sudanese.

In all this heckling, the national interest agenda is lost in the crevice of power and hacks of egos. Just where South Sudan is going at this rate of sophisticated political confusion?

There is a strong cause for worrying. We cannot think of future development strategies in the midst of political confusion.

We cannot even fathom that the current Constitution will lay the foundation for a better future unless political egos are pruned to allow national interests to prevail. South Sudanese are tired of this and they surely deserve better.

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is a writer and He is the Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt he can be simply reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dr James Okuk Should See a Neurologist!

By Peter Gai Manyuon, MIRD, PGD-PR, and BAMC

March 26, 2015 (SSNA) -- Dr James Okuk got his PhD from University of Nairobi in December 2009, where his thesis was” Justice and Poverty Reduction in South Sudan” a research that was criticized by most of the South Sudanese intellectual globally due to the fact that, his work  lacks substance for people consumption globally and South Sudan respectively. Dr James Okuk has been a bodyguard of Dr Lam Akol since then until the time he became a PhD holder.

He is the small boy of Dr Lam Akol since the time Lam brooked away from the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) and formed his party SPLM-DC. When Dr Lam Akol went for exile (he) Okuk became so critical to the government of South Sudan and he was called to answer questions relating to why he criticizes President Kiir on the Media He was among the target analysts that talk always for voiceless. The question is; what happened to Dr James Okuk now days?

Hence, after President Kiir allows Dr Lam to come back to South Sudan in 2013, Okuk became a good friend to the government of South Sudan up to date. What category of people can we classify Okuk in South Sudan?  Is James Okuk an Independent scholar or a follower of Dr Lam Akol? 

Well; after reading article of Dr James Okuk on Sudan Tribune website I was very concern when contextualizing the content of the piece of his article. I as well took my time reading his narrations up to the end and I never get an intellectual analysis but rather I got only lies, hilarious or rollicking words that lack intellectual dynamism but he is pleasing Juba regime through using amusing statements . What a disgrace?

Why responding to James Okuk this way?

Hon. Stephen Par Kuol wrote an educative article on 23th of March 2015 titled “The fallacies of bashing both sides in South Sudan Conflict” and in the summary content of the article diplomat Kuol mentioned about Nuer massacre in 2013 December and etcetera.

However, there was immediate response from James Okuk who claimed to have been a political analyst and a lecturer at the University of Juba- South Sudan. On 24th of March 2015 (he)  Okuk wrote article titled “Justifying the Fallacy of bashing both sides in South Sudan Conflicts” in the content of the article (he) Okuk acknowledged that indeed target killings took place but he denied the catastrophe from being refer as genocide and as well denied that those who got killed were from different tribes of South Sudan not Nuer civilians only. What a great lie?

Does Okuk know the definition of the word “Genocide” or he is a PhD holder by default?  To remain James Okuk once again, genocide refers to the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group or it can be defined as the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

In fact, if we don’t refer what happened in Juba as genocide, which word will be use to define the recent killings of thousands of Nuer civil population in houses due to their ethnicity. I think Dr James Okuk might be under pressure when writing the article or he was forced to write in order for him to be look as Juba Intellectual by President Kiir political sycophants, political orphans and thieves. 

Nonsensical statements should be avoided this time by people like James Okuk!

Truly speaking my dear countrymen and ladies, Dr James Okuk should go for check up or see Neurologist to find out whether his brain is in well position or he is having infectious mental disorder that is disturbing the gentleman. Where on earth will you find a PhD graduate talking like a mad person or a child of three years? Accept in South Sudan where some people claims to have read books while their psychological blackboards are empty upstairs.

Absolutely, after reading the article I decided to doubt the intellectuality and thinking capacity of Dr James Okuk in Juba or wherever he might be at the movement and I don’t think I will ever agree with whatever he will write in the media again since he is not objective enough.

Obviously, I came to know James Okuk recently in the Republic of South Sudan. James Okuk has been writing objectively before the crisis of South Sudan emerged on the 15th of December 2013 whereby Nuer were massacre in thousands in Juba. Surely most of the people globally are aware of the number of civilians got killed due to the fact that, they were from certain ethnicity in South Sudan.  Who is Okuk to deny? If world admitted and government of South Sudan accepted, then who is Dr Okuk to talk nonsense?

More so, all South Sudanese people have admitted that people were killed in Juba by some group of “village boys” that were instructed by the top leadership of the government of South Sudan.

Who is James Okuk to deny the massacre of the Nuer Civilians? Is Dr James Okuk mind safe from disorder or something is disturbing Okuk?

In conclusion, primitiveness is about eighty percent (80%) in the Republic of South Sudan, people sometimes think negatively about other or went someone lack something to eat, once begin to think for new avenues for survival. Very disappointing and disgraceful scenario!

God of heaven should help South Sudanese this time!

The Author is an independent Journalist and Columnist who has written extensively on issues of Democratization Processes and Human Rights in South Sudan. He is currently doing his Research on the "Influence of Propaganda in South Sudan Conflict" for Award of his Second Master Degree in Public Relations and Media Management.

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