Informing and Influencing

a Fair, Equal and Empowered Citizenry in

South Sudan

By Emmily Koiti Face-to-face meetings between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, the kind held this week, although important—given the sour relationship between the duo—subtly reconfigure and limit the responsibility for implementing the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to the two principals. Dr. Machar arrived in Juba on Monday to meet President Salva and...
  By Leeri Marella The past two weeks witnessed a sudden escalation in hostilities at all fronts between the Juba regime and the National Salvation Front (NAS). The clashes started by the government forces launching an attack on NAS forces in Lo'bonok and Karpeto on the 23rd of July 2019. The press release issued by NAS stated that the attacking force...
It is tormenting that sights of corpses of massacred civilians in South Sudan have become ‘a normal thing’, if words of the country’s Minister of Information, Mr. Michael Makuei Lueth, recently expressed in a radio interview, are anything to go by.  Of course, his despicable slight has angered many with human hearts; let alone relatives of the more than...
This article takes a deeper look into the culture of violence and impunity in today’s South Sudan and the roles of some community elders in promoting it. The author deduces that the coming together of elders hailing from communities traditionally characterized with such culture, have made matters worse for the country. The Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) is by...
  By Emmily Koiti   Last week’s horrific report accusing mostly uniformed men of the rape of 125 women and girls in Bentiu, a government controlled area in South Sudan, reinforces the need for the cantonment of forces to commence immediately to prevent egregious crimes of this nature in the future. Ruth Okello, a midwife working for MSF said victims as young as...
  In late 2015, a Sudanese Professor and a Member of the Pan-African Parliament told me, during a consultative meeting of the Pan-African Parliament on DRC, Somalia and South Sudan, that “we made a terrible historical mistake to let South Sudan go. We want South Sudan back and we will stop at nothing to bring our brothers and sisters back.” I...
  Situation in South Sudan before the Uprising In order to understand the causes and events that led to the Uprising, a brief look at the situation obtaining in the Sudan, particularly Southern Sudan, both politically and administratively is necessary. Those were as follows: Firstly, Sir Alexander Knox Helm, the British Governor General was still the supreme power in the country Secondly, The...
South Sudanese fought a brutal war for over half a century for a homeland wherein they could live in freedom and in dignity. This generational dream became a reality on 9th July 2011 when South Sudan became a Republic. Since becoming an independent country, however, South Sudanese are yet to exercise the right to elect a government that will...
  A number of political parties, civil society organizations and think tanks have, since 2014, suggested that a technocratic transitional government is the most desirable and appropriate form of government to manage the transition from war to durable peace, to state and nation building, in South Sudan. The demand for a technocratic government have raised a number of questions in...
In the recently concluded IGAD brokered High Level Revitalization Forum peace talks, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance insisted that the transitional government that will be tasked with the implementation of the peace agreement that will result from the talks be lean as opposed to Juba’s highly bloated government.  Why? For a start, the current revitalization process is an attempt to...

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