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Is there a government in Southern Sudan?

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By Ding Yian Gai

October 21, 2009 — The untimely death of Dr. John Garang has cast a huge black cloud over the future of Southern Sudan. I am aware that my statement will not go down well with some of the opportunistic and sycophantic elements within President Kiir’s tribally-based political chauvinism. But if all could set aside opportunism for a minute and behave as nationalists, we will discover that Southern Sudan is sinking fast into political abyss.

Despite early warnings to this effect, our corrupted and predatory SPLM and GOSS leadership continues to ignore these despite the inevitable collapse of state machinery in South Sudan. Equally true is the uncaring and unresponsive behaviour of most of our State governors who have elected to concern themselves with the looting of public funds on fake projects while ignoring the egregious state in which public services have reached in most states. All in all, looking at what our leaders are doing in Juba and the ten States, one wonders whether there is really what we can consider as a ‘government’ in South Sudan in the strictest sense. The only consolation we find is the Gaajak Nuer definition of government which they say is “a small group of clever individuals who have organised themselves and protect themselves by force while they enjoy ‘eating’ public property”.

This is exactly what is considered as a “government” in Juba. Members of GOSS including President Kiir have barricaded themselves in fox-holes away from the public and guarded with the most modern and lethal of weapons. When they move around town, the city traffic has to stop for hours to give way. Any violations by commuters or pedestrians are violently punished by ruthless tribal bodyguards clothed in SPLA uniforms. This is how we are being ruled during the interim period. God knows how things will be after the South gets its much awaited independence!

There are good reasons for saying that GOSS has lost the characteristics of government leave alone good governance. Just spend a week in Juba and you will discover that GOSS has non of the internationally accepted norms of a government which include participation, consensus-oriented, accountability, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency, equity and inclusiveness and the rule of law.

In fact, I suspect that whenever the SPLM SG talks about a failed state, he actually refers to GOSS. Honestly, at present, there is no establishment nearer to the description of a government in Juba except for a bunch of well fed and well protected individuals who go about their daily private business of looting public coffers!

GOSS is not participatory either as many would think. A careful look at the ministers you would be shocked to know that all the so-called “sovereign” ministries are held by members of one tribe. The GOSS sovereign ministries are: President, SPLA, Police, Finance, Legal Affairs, information and Chief Justice.

Worst still all the chairpersons of GOSS and national Commissions are held by the same tribe. Is it not ironic that we Southerners should demand an equitable power sharing with the North and then maliciously arrogate to one tribe a lion’s share? Where are the SPLM principles of equity and inclusiveness that we brag about? Where is democracy if other political parties are not allowed to operate freely? SPLM leaders must also understand that the unity of the South is predicated on a fair share of opportunities and resources and ensuring that all southerners feel they have a stake in the south. The international community must also end their silence on SPLM’s excesses including abuse of human rights and muzzling of other parties activities.

There is absolutely no rule of law in GOSS-controlled South Sudan. The application of this important principle of governance requires an independent judiciary and impartial and incorruptible police force. All these conditions are absent for all these branches of the executive are controlled by one tribe who is only keen to see that the law is bent in their favour.

Transparency is another GOSS casualty. GOSS has not been transparent since its formation in 2005. This is indicated by lack of auditing of public institutions since then. Consequently millions of dollars are lost to corruption by very senior officials. We can list a few cases that have surfaced. $60 million given by President Al Basher, $300 million a fake Miram-Aweil road contract, Juba electricity project, Juba Airport international terminal, Al Cardinal Land cruisers scam, $200 million maize and sorghum scam by ministry of Finance and many, many more.

Other corrupt practices were also reported at airports and international borders of South Sudan. A few need mentioning: $3 million at Heathrow airport, $15 million at South Sudan-Uganda borders found hidden in a coffin and another $10 million hidden in a refrigerator at the same border crossing. You can mention a lot other cases but the most painful corrupt practice is the collapse of the Nile Commercial bank which GOSS helped to establish. The said bank collapsed as a result of over borrowing by senior GOSS and SPLM/A officials. An attempt to publish the names of defaulters was frustrated by GOSS president and no action has so far been taken to recover the defrauded money.

The only informed conclusion one can reach is two fold: either there is essentially no caring government in South Sudan otherwise some one or some people would be made accountable or the GOSS leadership is an accomplice in all corruption taking place.

As if the damage they have done to South Sudan is not enough these people who have defrauded our peoples’ development and services funds have of late gone to new heights to put our people’s lives into danger. This group who are led by the radical leftist wing of the SPLM want to return us to war. Of course they care less since they have looted enough money to buy mansions and to keep them and their families for the rest of their lives. They are currently engaged in instigating MPs to boycott National Assembly sessions, spreading false information that the currently concluded Census was rigged by Khartoum and asking people not to vote in the up-coming elections.

It is an open secret that Census was done solely by southerners under Isaiah Chol Aruai. But their shallow motives are very clear: they have become very unpopular and can not win elections considering their involvement in corruption and mismanagement of GOSS. Within the same group are those who have burnt their cards with their kin and kith and do not feel safe in the North in any event that the South separates. Already some of them are facing criminal charges for murder. But the actions of these opportunists can not divert us from our objective.

We want to assure our people that no one whatsoever will deceive us to return to war. You have seen how the families of our martyrs are neglected, how our wounded heroes struggle to survive despite millions being looted by a few who might have not participated in the liberation war. We shall wait for a caring and responsive government in the South in the up-coming elections next April and vote for independence in 2011 referendum. “Let those who beat the drums of war and can not go to war themselves” refrain from playing with the lives and destiny of our people.
We want to assure our people that your patriotic sons and daughters are there to protect you through to the promised destiny. Do not listen to those who have chosen to vote with their bellies only and betrayed your course and your aspirations. They shall surely be made accountable.

The author is an expert working in one of the GoSS ministries and could be reached at dingyian@hotmail.com



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  • 22 October 2009 06:06, by Salah

    Dear Ding Yian Gai,
    What a wonderful article. It is well informed, honest, courageous, and perfectly written. Let us hope for better governance in South Sudan. It will happen one day. Democracy will be learned only through practice. The good people of Southern Sudan are going to build their democracy from the ground up and that will start by correcting the mistakes of the present. God bless you. Stay safe my friend.

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    • 22 October 2009 10:20, by Axan

      Nonsense, where did this idiot called Ding Yian, find this
      ill-infromed information...? or his lies are just desperate moves of a dying horse whose political ambitions are limited?

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      • 22 October 2009 14:06, by Gatwech

        Brother Ding Yian,

        It has take me a very long time to hear from you, man. I am Tut Gatwech. I hope you are doing well in your work place there in Juba. I am proud of your excellent informative article about the corruption employed by our cousins. They need to be reminded time again as their days are unfortunately being numbered.

        I don’t know what type of history they will leave behind. Very negative one indeed! An ugly one that the South will curse not to repeat itself for generations to come. We have oil in the Nuerland that feeds the South with 98% of the budgets, yet they shamelessly loot the public money in broad daylight.

        Look at the South’s current poor situation five years after looting 8 billion dollars. Will they blame us someday for being hated by the whole South. You can advise your cousin, but if he doesn’t have a heart to take heed, then the resulting situation is squarely on his own shoulder. Our cousins will carry their own cross. Goaa elong wure, ci ruac mi goaa gor!

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        • 22 October 2009 17:15, by Panda-Oyee

          Gatwech!

          What is wrong with your ass barking dog?
          I thought you would condemn this article with that hidden agenda of Nyagatism but as due to background of Nuer shallow mindnes, you shamelessly praised the author, a move that refects the metal standard in your commnity.

          You dream is to see ’’Kiir go and Riek in’’.Sorry,that is night mare!
          To be honest with you, Salva Kiir is here to stay whether you like him or not, even elections will be held under barrel of Gun, quote this very clear, Salva Kiir is here to stay.
          If you want what happened in Rwanda to remain its self in Nuerland then keep on telling people that Dinkas’ days are numbered!

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        • 24 October 2009 06:18, by Jeremiah Mach

          Gatwech,

          Dinkas are not governing, Salva Kiir is the president, but it happen to be a Dinka ethnically. If you want to challenge his leadership style; fine that is the nature of politics. but branding the governement as a Dinka regime is absurd.

          Riek Machar is the vice president and therefore others tribes of South Sudan see the government as a Dinka and a Nuer dominated system, a failure is attributed to both communties. however, since Riek is a part of that failed government, ask him instead to put more effort to improve the system if you believe in his ability.

          The notion that Dinkas days in the SPLM are numbered is a laughing movie, there days might be numbered in the SPLM/UNITED but not in the SPLM main stream.

          Look here Gatwech, am a Dinka, but i don’t believed in Dinka hegemony in South Sudan if there is one; but i believed in progress and inovation. I know the leadership in Juba is flaws in many fronts, but there is no other alternative party that is better then the SPLM main stream, the history proves that.

          I think we should rally around the main stream flag in Juba to get the peace implemented and at the later date, we the oppositions led by Riek can criticize the SPLM led government in our own backyard, now is not the time. My political mentor was a Nuer who don’t mine whether the president of Southern Sudan came from Taposa or Kachipo, but a one who pursue peoples’ aspiration. Peter Gatkuoth Gual die of heart attack when he heard of SPLM split, and instead for Riek to carry on with his popular agenda as he claim, he went to Khartoum; he saw him and fainted to death.

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      • 23 October 2009 00:34, by Malakal

        Gatwech

        scrutinize the word corruption from different angles, there, you will realized that "corruption" which you frenquently used against the GoSS could synonymizes with acts of others you allude to as not part of the GoSS. The act of maintaining non SPLA malitia groups in South Sudan, has corruption aspects to it. When these malitias carry out harmful attacks against innocent civilians and some self-proclaim GoSS officials fail to condemn those attacts, that indicates conspiracy, and that is a corruptive state of mind. This strategy designed to weaken the GoSS by those who do not want SPLM to sucess translate in GoSS failure to delivers on some its objectives.

        The question is not; "Is there a government in South Sudan"? It is rather; Is there a government in South Sudan capable of identifying demons who are underming the sucess of the GoSS within the GoSS itself. The answer is upto the viewer to express. I think the government we have in the South is more than capable of handling the South problems soley, but fall short on it capabilities to deal with outside forces, especially when those outside forces are tangled up with them.

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    • 22 October 2009 17:41, by Panda-Oyee

      Only fools and Nuer tribalists can praised this ill constructed article.
      I wonder why one critize the government he is serving if the author was not a Nuer,a community known of betrayal and selfishness in Southern Sudan.

      Ding,
      you are one of corrupt people in the GOSS, how come you critize the government that buys you underwear, or
      this must be treason!

      I call upon the proper authorities in Juba to investigate this article and bring to book the author because he is among the few individuals who destroy GOSS’s name overseas.
      He must as well be questioned about treason for his conspricy against GOSS and SPLM as a whole.

      Dear readers,
      the author is agitating for leadership change!
      All Nuer cousins must stop eyeing position of Salva Kiir for Riek Machar because it is deadly.
      Continue with this business only if you want what happened in Rwanda in 1994 to repeat its self in Nuer-land.

      This is the Earliest Warning!!!

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    • 22 October 2009 17:49, by Panda-Oyee

      Dear readers,

      The SPLA CID have arrested today the author of this ill constructed article on charges of treason!

      This should be wraning to other barking dogs!

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      • 24 October 2009 00:25, by Gatwech

        Pandang Oyee,

        You are a big time liar. The author is walking in the streets of Juba with his head high. He can instead arrest Salvage Kiir Miyerdit.

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        • 24 October 2009 08:01, by Kueer

          Gatwec,

          You see; this is where I fail to understand you. What kind of political debate do you want: the cheapest one or one that truly brings out the real issues that worth taking time? Why responding to this less debatable point instead of answering the views and argumentative points illustrated by Jeremiah Mach and Malakal! If your mind was not tribally infested, there was no need to respond to the above unfounded and untrue piece.

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  • 22 October 2009 06:10, by murlescrewed

    Gai,

    The problem with your article is that you quickly made a U-turn into tribal politics. There is no need claiming that one tribe is holding all these posts. Unless we southerner divorce our thinking from tribal perspective and look at things from a patriotic standpoint, we are going to always have problem and mistrust. Do you know why there is such tension in Juba? People don’t trust each other. Riek is busy trying to undermine his boss at every turn and using Matip has his vanguard. This is likely to result in another bloodshed in South unless he backs down and challenge Kiir through ballot box. If he wins election, he will be a legitimate leader.

    If Riek use Nuer-Dinka divisions to advance his political agenda, he will not live to see the daylight.

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    • 22 October 2009 07:08, by Deng Gatluak

      Dinka Boy,

      Kicked your own ass asshole Dinka man. Your President Kiir can not looting all the public funds and your ass dare to defend his big asshole Stupid Slaves of Food (Kiir).

      I am always telling you that your days in the power are limited. leave alone Dr. Riek Machar will not live to see daylights. Your tribal man Kiir will die with in the short period of time, anytime from now. Do not worry about how long Dr. Riek will live to see daylights. Just worry about your tribal man kiir will die very soon. Either Ngundeng Bong is going to do his job very soon or Nuer as people will take care of that Big asshole stupid Slave of Food (Kiir) who fucks Aron Thon Aron’s Duaghter. Ashamed on his Big asshole.

      A one that will onset his dead is a recently incedent in Jonglei State where Bor-Dinka of Duk Padiet attacked Lou-Nuer areas as plan to allure Lou-Nuer to fight with SPLA soliders. We all know that SPLA is Dinka miltary and not a miltary for South Sudan nation. We, Nuer know your cowardic plan. Now, every tribe will find it own miltary and see where your big assholes are getting to go.

      We will come after your big assholes anyway no matter what. Do not forget that fact, please.

      dennyayiel

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      • 22 October 2009 07:31, by murlescrewed

        Grow up and learn English while you are at it. If Riek does not back down and wait for elections to determine who should rule South, he will never be able to run to Khartoum again.

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    • 23 October 2009 07:18, by thieleling

      Dinka-screwed aka Murle-screwed,

      The tension in Juba is real!! Both Kiir & Dr. Riek or Matip have access to all our military divisions heads in south sudan. When the hell break loose, it is not Matip or Kiir who suffer!! Write that down.... even the most cowards would be affected. but you always like to put your foot in your mouth!! Keep digging with your empty, cowardice threats!! You only will blame your coward self.

      "If Riek use Nuer-Dinka divisions to advance his political agenda, he will not live to see the daylight".

      Really? But if Kiir uses Dinka-Nuer divisions to advance his political agenda, he will live to see the daylight? Oh boy!! hypocritical....only a drugist or drunkard like you could say this. It is such a hopeless statement.

      The truth is Kiir’s leadership hit the wall. Kiir will have couple of months here and there where he claims leadership, but big picture, long term, any intelligence person knows Kiir’s leadership ’s done. This is an opinion echoed by all competitive south sudanese parties & people, including even the new smart American administration except Kiir’s blinded loyalist Dinkas like yourself.

      Kiir now really commands little on the future of south sudanese. And beyond a name Salva Kiir, a Dinka, that sells to his few Dinka blinded loyalists, Kiir’s impact going forward as a leader is expected to be marginal at best.

      Therefore, Kiir is a leader on the verge of a fascinating final collapse that many tribalists like you want to avoid. But tribalist like you aren’t driven by Salva Kiir’s successes as leader, but through their kinship with him. That is very understandable. But that is not the correct way forward.

      Would you use violence to keep an incompetent leader(Kiir) in power that south sudanese reject or would you get out of their way? It is upto the tribalists like you if that is really what Kiir’s leadership amounts to, war among south sudanese.

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  • 22 October 2009 08:10, by Sudan virus

    Definitely there is, the young and most rapidly developing government in the world!

    Ding Yian Gai and your SPLM_DC,

    Advise to you to fetch popularity in the Sudan and internationally.

    Account olds of the World most sick government of Khartoum which even children, insane people and intellectuals internally and abroad are aware of its failure in governing its people-killing, suppressing their rights,discriminating not only tribes but
    religion ,worst of all forceful Arabizing and Islamizing its nationals, misuse of the country,s economy for sponsoring terrorist,than only criticizing unborn baby-annexed country struggling to become independent.

    Every body in the world knows how difficult it is to establish a new home. There are a lot of challenges and financial difficulties worsen by economy been controlled by an enemy.

    Otherwise you will become a ridicule in the face of not only the Sudanese but the whole world.

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    • 22 October 2009 11:19, by Paul Chadrack

      Mr Ding, you’re 100% rights.

      for the so call GOSS/corrupt Kiir government in Juba to know that their thieving have reached the bottle neck, how can an established institution like GOSS could fell to honor and control her greediness for the extent that a public fund could be looted as what had happen to Nile Commercial Bank. this is a clear signal that south sudan is still and can not rule it’s self. a country is controlled by it’s economy and if those whom this task is entrusted to run these machineries turned to steal the money which where meant to develop the people and also include citizen save money in the so call south sudan Banks (NCB),then how do you feel people will still trust your Government?.I think if this will be the way foreward after the call independent south, then it will be better if sudan remain united after referendum. don’t mistaken me with those being bribe by arab, I am a real southerner who is looking for southern sudan independent but got annoyed with what is now happening in south GOSS.if south sudan government could not control her greedy thieving habit how could they talk of ruling it fairly after independent.

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      • 22 October 2009 14:14, by Gatwech

        Paul Chadarack,

        South Sudan independence cannot be held hostage because of fear of Salva Kiir’s corruption. Salva Kiir and his cronies are temporary while South Sudan is permanent. We can remove them any time. So, it is wrong to say we cannot vote for separation because of Kiir’s tribal group corruption. We will vote for independence and get rid of them. Period!

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        • 23 October 2009 12:17, by okucu pa lotinokwan

          Paul Chadarack.Put in your mind that,south sudanese whether there is corruption in the south sudan government or not, let me tell you all their aims are to vote for the referedum for the south ,southerners do understand things ,the NCP party are the most corrupted government right from the independent peroid ie 1956 yet the rule of the country is still in the hand of minority northerner dongolla only.But Salva Kiir came yesterday on power, you sharted crying aloudly ,southerners i a beg let us start learning how one can repect leaders, but not to talk toward your leaders like foolish people.May God give you more wisdom how to adress issues.

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  • 22 October 2009 11:37, by Santino Nuan

    I was very excited to read the well prepared article of Ding Yian Gai who discloses himself as the one within the system despite of his destructive criticism toward this system he always emerges his spoon deep into food of GOSS in a disgused personality. Pretty is Ding’s reserved personality in his argument which directly or indirectly fits him to the description of those top figures of SPLM-DC allegedly to be still hidding in GOSS institution. I am confused of Ding Yian’s spirit of mixing accusation sometinmes against GOSS which comprises even Southern oposition parties or sometimes against SPLM. On other hand, it is sometimes against certain tribal sections.

    First, let me assure Ding Yian that I am not an employee of any institution owned by GOSS nor do I have close relatives in this GOSS institution which i can associate me with in my defend of GOSS or SPLM. However, I appreciate you, for your criticism especially if it is a constructive criticism. Your writing skill should help GOSS of whcih you are part of it with good proposals rather than showing tribalistic argument. What is Gajaak Nuer’s problem with you and why did you singling them out of other Nuer sections who occupied very high positions even the second positions to President of GOSS? Are all Nuer leaders in high positions are all Gajaak? If you have personal problem with Gajaak Nuer particularly why don’t you slove it through legal channels instead of accusing peaceful tribal section that has nothing to do with anybody but they are serving their people including you?

    Your atterance that "there is no democracy in the South if political parties are not allowed to operate freely" has no meaning in my exegeitical ability except if you are refering to the conscious reservation made towards SPLM-DC to operate in the South.

    There is no political parties that finds its freedom being threatened by GOSS or SPLM/A or Southerners except NCP-sponsored political party such as SPLM with suffix DC. This is the party you are refering to be waiting its government inception to rule South Sudan after elections. My fellow Southerner, don’t predict or expect doom to fall on Southerners. South Sudan was in choas because of you prophets of dooms but nothing that benefited Southerners during those time.

    If you can use this valueble knowledge of yours to criticize NCP, I think Southern Sudan would have been totally liberated from 45 years colonialism. SPLM or GOSS has only four years and there is no attocities committed that can make our leaders fit to be labelled as war criminals wanted by ICC or any legal court on this planet.

    Tribal dominated government is not a big threat if that government is committed to accomplish national objectives and total liberation of Southerners. Even Equatorians in the dark period did domand descentalization which the SPLM is partially doing to Southerners and everyone now is full with enough power which no one was getting during Arab’s rule. Ding need to be told that South Sudan is your government and it is not Dinka government. If you assume it as Dinka’s government then it is your own view and no one can bother explaining to such writer liek you. Try to write a tangible prosposals if you part of this government to get rid of this tribalism instead of expecting doom to innocent Southeners. Salva Kiir, Riak Machar and whoever ruling in GOSS cannot be prematurely blamed on wrong thing taking place in the South. Do you think that Salva or Riak or whoever concern should shot dead any Minster found with corruption charges? Big no for that because we do not want any war survivors to shot again while war still awaiting us from our doorsteps.

    I think you heard last year media public report that Omer Al Bahsir, Awad Al Jas, Ali Mohammed Tah and other top figures in the NCP have built haven in one of the islands in Malaysia. This fact was publically disclosed by the wife of their Colleague Hassan Turabi who was part of the system. Is this not is a big corrupion compare to SPLM or GOSS corrupion? Can you collect those alleged corruption information and report ot entire Sudanese.

    SPLM compaign that its MPs should boycott parliment was done to make you survive in your freedom of criticisim. As you said that you are working in one of the ministries in GOSS though which Minstery specicifically. I am telling you if you were working with NCP government and you happened to be commenting like this, the means of your life could have been "kalas"

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    • 22 October 2009 14:32, by Gatwech

      Santino Nuan,

      I believe you did not read well the article of Mr. Ding Yian Gai. I know this guy personally and he is free from tribalism. Please you also misunderstood the example he had given about the definition of government by Gajaak Nuer. He meant a very well known interesting definition by Gajaak Nuer when they said a government is like a group of clever and strong individuals who collectively overpower others to loot their public property and intimidate their private life. They are talking of corrupt and dictatorial governments like the one in Juba. So, we thank them for this wise traditional definition of government. But there can be a different government; a democratic one that serves the interests of the people and provides them services, which is now lacking in the current Juba government.

      I was interested to read your assertion that any body that critizes the current corruption or shortfalls within the SPLM is always SPLM-DC or in opposition group. This shows lack of democratic understanding in you. If you cannot criticize what your government is doing wrong, who will? For example, I myself am a staunch supporter of the SPLM, but I still criticize it. This is what is called democracy. Calling yourselves "Benydit" all the time without criticizing your corrupt practices won’t help the situation at all. And may be this is the reason why we have not seen any change for five years.

      Nuan, you talk of waiting for war with the Arabs, are you prepared? The SPLM is looting the money which would have bought military gunships, fighter jets, modern tanks, a good number of military trucks to carry the soldiers, etc. Is it how you wait to fight the Arabs under this corrupt government? I am sorry my friend you people do not know what you are doing. I know you will run again to Uganda and Kenya where you have hidden the money and leave the poor soldiers to labor their fight through spears like klashinkovs...........

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  • 22 October 2009 11:49, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Good Question by Ding Yian Gai.

    Is there a Government in Southern Sudan?

    The answer is NO, there is NO Government in Southern Sudan only we have Tribal, faction and self-interest Government.

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  • 22 October 2009 13:06, by Otim

    Ding Yian Gai,
    I tip my hat to you for this well research article.You know the problem with our people especially in the net here are lack of formal eduction,they hate to read such detail accounts of issue facing our nation.They are very happy discussing hates,glorifying killings and less productive topics.

    I have been in most towns in S.Sudan and i always ask my self if we are ready to be a independent nation,infact the country is governed by war lords who have no basic norms of rule of law.

    One very disturbing situation which if not handled properly then many are going to cry with most of GOSS big bosse just having borrowed time.The manner in which prostitutes who came from Uganda,who are now girl friends of our leaders getting huge contract in S.Sudan,its very disturbing.Many of these girls are infected with HIV,what is the future of our leaders?No moral respects at all.All of of them have bought huge houses in Uganda like their second home as a cover incase of any instability in S.Sudan.I know quite a number of GOSS officials with mansions in Uganda,girl friends in Uganda.We need to wake up S.Sudanese.
    Otim

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    • 22 October 2009 13:33, by Lokorai

      Dear brother Ding,

      The future is bright without Kiir! Thank you very much for your concerns, as you have mentioned almost key issues at the moment.

      The problem though is that our people aren’t enlightened; they don’t know their rights, except few things here and there. I don’t know where you come from brother, but I believe that isn’t material here. We need to account individuals not tribes and that is critical for our progress as a new nation.

      Kiir and his close confidants have betrayed the people of Southern Sudan, a million time. God will see him out soon!

      Lokorai

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    • 23 October 2009 14:54, by Paul Chadrack

      Dear southerners

      I think those who are now injoying Kiir’s left overs are the one who misunderstood mr Ding. is looting of public funds in Banks a development or freedom which were claimed by SPLM/A during the liberation wars?,is the stealing of oil monies in coffin a freedom turn to be liberation?. what is a government is an orginized structure by the people (political group) of country to govern and bring services to it’s citizens not contrary like what GOSS is now doing,looting what it’s citizen had acquired through their hardships. it is axactly what was happening during the war before peace came, one of well known SPLA commander (the current jongeli governor)came to the then IDP camps of Nimule,Mugali and Lobone asking for the contribution to purchase the anti-aircraft (Antinov),imagine in those IDPs camps those days getting a soap was very difficulty, but those poor citizen IDPs managed to contributed about USH 10,000000 ugandan shillings.do you know what happen!!!!, he took the money for his own used,for paying his children school fees and renting in uganda. compared it with today GOSS actions, instead of them giving services to south sudanese people,they started stealing what is saved by those poor in the so call south Banks or thieving rooms.

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  • 22 October 2009 14:03, by Gatwech

    Hello brother Ding Yian,

    It has take me a very long time to hear from you, man. I am Tut Gatwech. I hope you are doing well in your work place there in Juba. I am proud of your excellent informative article about the corruption employed by our cousins. They need to be reminded time again as their days are unfortunately being numbered.

    I don’t know what type of history they will leave behind. Very negative one indeed! An ugly one that the South will curse not to repeat itself for generations to come. We have oil in the Nuerland that feeds the South with 98% of the budgets, yet they shamelessly loot the public money in broad daylight.

    Look at the South’s current poor situation five years after looting 8 billion dollars. Will they blame us someday for being hated by the whole South. You can advise your cousin, but if he doesn’t have a heart to take heed, then the resulting situation is squarely on his own shoulder. Our cousins will carry their own cross. Goaa elong wure, ci ruac mi goaa gor!

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    • 22 October 2009 15:54, by Dauson Gieth

      Gatwec,

      I equally believe Diing is entitled to his opinion regardless. We need analysts like him, although the statistical data may not be correct, some ideas are substantial

      However, Mr. gatwec,

      It has taken very many people long to understand the real depth of your intellect.Your articles have always been mixed between being a nationalist and tribalist, coupled with old fashioned stereotyphical fabrications against one Tribe Dinka (Call them your cousins).This one has no substance!!

      One does not need to be an Isaac Newton to understand that there is corruption in GoSS. However, attributing this vice to Dinka makes no sense. You are well aware of the formation mode of GoSS. All tribes are there. Check, the Preisdent, VP, Chief of staff, Speaker, Splm secretary general etc. These are all clicks who are running GoSS and they all share the blame if any.

      Besides, there are also governors, commisioners etc. Some states like Unity state which is purely Nuer State are leading in the GoSS corruption indices. States like where you and I come from (Upper Nile) was very much corrupted by your uncle: Dak Duop Bishok. May be the current governor is better, you know best. Are those Dinkas? The list could be long.

      I believe we are all on it as Southerners and what we need is a change of generational ideology where we judge ourselves by our own deeds rather than ethnic background. Attributing personal achievements and weaknesses is a naiveity of the highest order.

      People don’t do well or bad because they are that tribe but just a matter of personality

      Alleging that your cousins (Jieng) will go down in history as bad people who shall not be remembered is a reverse of practical reality. I thought your cousins did and are still doing better.
      Just revisit history. Look at the ups and downs of this Country and you will come to appreciate them. If you think they are not a blessing to you, then you must be a curse to them and this nation.Yes your cousins believe you are a blessing to them despite your short comings (Being emotional)

      What your cousins did is contained in:

      In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.
      John F. Kennedy

      That was what they did. Never shrunk. Did it at its Maximum hour of Danger. Alongside Southerners!!

      I wonder if you read Sudan Geography and really understand the settlement patterns in this Country. If you did, you could not have lied that the Nuerland produces 98% or so of the oil that feeds GoSS, 50%. Which oil fields??

      Note:

      The 50% oil is composed of Higlig (Aliny)and Bamboo all of Pariang County which are the largest reserves in the South. these are followed by the So called Adar oil resereves which are being extracted in Paloich, in Maluth County, the last two and very small ones are in Mayom County of Unity State and Rupkona

      Where did you get your statistics??

      Its only Padang community who are feeding the whole GoSS with 90% obtained from the 50%. the 10% is from Nuerland (Unity). They are of course Southerners are happy to do so. You can never know this unless you move across South Sudan. You have been too static in Malakal

      Don’t try to change history just because it corners you piercely. Don’t also envy those at the right side of history, remember, A man can be forgive you but history woudn’t

      Thanks

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      • 23 October 2009 04:48, by Kueer

        I am wondering why it has taken Gatwec such a lengthy period of time to response to Mr. Dauson analysis! I think the truth has finally triumphed his ongoing history distortion accelerated by his tribalistic mind. This dude in the name of Gatwec has all along, since the inception of this website, been claiming to the world; and even behond that his Nuerland region is the only place in South Sudan that`s endowed with oil. Now that someone from the very same region he`s from has revealed the reality, I don`t know what can this S.O.B. say in response to all these historical facts.

        I think people like Mr. Dauson have to be accredited for straightening out statistical data that would otherwise have been distorted by this tribal clique in the name of Gatwec.

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        • 23 October 2009 06:36, by thieleling

          Kueer,

          Mr. Dauson’s comment lacks historical facts. It is a historical joke!! I am from uppernile and know full well Dauson is 100% wrong. There is no need to waste time responding nonsense. So, don’t get excited over lies. It is not worth it!!

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          • 24 October 2009 00:42, by Gatwech

            Thieleling,

            You are right. It is not worth it replying the so-called Dauson and Kueer. The places they named are all Nuers. If it is because they (Dinkas) are allowed to roam there and settle, it will not take long time before they are repatriated to their poor lands. They want to abuse our hospitality.

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  • 23 October 2009 06:23, by thieleling

    Dear Mr. Ding Yian Gai,

    I love fearless brothers like you!! You have said it all brother. I couldn’t agree with you more!!

    Thanks for telling these truth & substantiated facts through your well researched article. It is really how educated & brave men express themselves with no fear!! The evidence of the convoluted corruptions in GOSS/south sudan are very clear on your article. The SPLM/GOSS may be already out there to arrest and charge you with a crime of your freedom of speech given "undemocratic" behaviors. But know that the whole world is behind you because your freedom of speech is never a crime.

    Tell your colleagues in GOSS that they have right to speak out against wrong-doings by the gov’t they are serving. It is the government of the people, not group interests. GOSS employee have to let go of anxiety and fear of not being able to provide for their families literally dominated by GOSS incomes. I am so glad few decide to call a spade a spade whatever that may affect their employment. The gov’t cannot simply blackmail its citizens through their incomes.

    This Dinka’s leadership has been paralyzed by fear under Salva Kiir’s hopeless leadership. However, real or percieved, this fear of unkown makes Kiir anxious, angry or depressed and prevented him to lead people of south sudan with wisdom. Others believe this fear is Kiir’s personal powerful negative emotions that twisted his attention toward his own leadership failure.

    But most of our Dinkas cousins are fanatics and have blinded loyalty to kiir’s rampant corruptions just because he is one of them. They don’t understand Kiir’s incompetent and corruptions are destroying the future of all south sudanese, including themsleves.

    In fairness, these Dinka cousins need to see the bigger picture. Kiir’s political calculations will lead to war soon in south sudan. Kiir is practically radioactive and lightning rod for crisis that south sudanese do not need now in south sudan. Now his own cronies are trying to help create even more problems for south sudan. But that’s Kiir’s cross to bear.

    However, the lost of blood & treasure would be shared by innocent south sudan civilians, and this hurts every civilized south sudanese who care about people of south sudan. But on other political front, there are unioinists among south sudanese who are war-mongering now.

    Most of our Dinka cousins are ideologically enslaved by John Garang’s "new sudan vision". Most of the Dinka cousins are not willing to do anything different from whatever John garang lay down for them. That’s why most of them are not happy about Dr. Riek’s successful negotiation of Referendum Laws. No new, creative ideas on how to run south sudan. But simply hoping "new sudan" will come to them is not wise.

    John Garang personality cult and his pursuit to dictate are well implanted deep in Kiir’s soul & mind for the last 22 bush years being Garang "yes" man follower. This is the heart of the problem today. Kiir has no new creative ideas, but only follows what Garang already set-up for south sudan.

    Therefore, Kiir’s GOSS is a product of power consolidation of SPLA/M’s 1980s, which was ethically corrupted to the core. Thus, the Gaajak Nuer definition of a corrupted gov’t you quoted makes a lot of sense: "The only consolation we find is the Gaajak Nuer definition of government which they say is “a small group of clever individuals who have organised themselves and protect themselves by force while they enjoy ‘eating’ public property”. LOOOOL!! Very Funny!!

    May be that’s why the Gaajak Nuers reponded against the SPLM/A 1980s corrupted liberated areas "small gov’t" looting civilians by forces. Today, the corrupted goons in Juba would be soon deposed by the angry masses of south sudan by elections or forces if the south sudanese learned something from Gajaak Nuers quote above!! Let Kiir & his cronies vomit what they steal & eat!!

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  • 23 October 2009 07:24, by thieleling

    Dinka-screwed aka Murle-screwed,

    The tension in Juba is real!! Both Kiir & Dr. Riek or Matip have access to all our military divisions heads in south sudan. When the hell break loose, it is not Matip or Kiir who suffer!! Write that down.... even the most cowards would be affected. but you always like to put your foot in your mouth!! Keep digging with your empty, cowardice threats!! You only will blame your coward self.

    "If Riek use Nuer-Dinka divisions to advance his political agenda, he will not live to see the daylight".

    Really? But if Kiir uses Dinka-Nuer divisions to advance his political agenda, he will live to see the daylight? Oh boy!! hypocritical....only a drugist or drunkard like you could say this. It is such a hopeless statement.

    The truth is Kiir’s leadership hit the wall. Kiir will have couple of months here and there where he claims leadership, but big picture, long term, any intelligence person knows Kiir’s leadership ’s done. This is an opinion echoed by all competitive south sudanese parties & people, including even the new smart American administration except Kiir’s blinded loyalist Dinkas like yourself.

    Kiir now really commands little on the future of south sudanese. And beyond a name Salva Kiir, a Dinka, that sells to his few Dinka blinded loyalists, Kiir’s impact going forward as a leader is expected to be marginal at best.

    Therefore, Kiir is a leader on the verge of a fascinating final collapse that many tribalists like you want to avoid. But tribalist like you aren’t driven by Salva Kiir’s successes as leader, but through their kinship with him. That is very understandable. But that is not the correct way forward.

    Would you use violence to keep an incompetent leader(Kiir) in power that south sudanese reject or would you get out of their way? It is upto the tribalists like you if that is really what Kiir’s leadership amounts to, war among south sudanese.

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    • 23 October 2009 10:55, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Yes, my friend there is agovernment in the south sudan don,t be very worry of what you are now talking about on the corruption status.My friend because of the government in the south it make your voice to be heard following the democracy brought by the government of south which you are still in doudting of,my friend are you aware of the NCP party activities in sudan take only the northern parts alone the corruption done by the present regime in power,try to criticised them on what they did in the country, i do believe that your life would have been 6 feets down in the ground. But praise God the SPLM-GOSS they fought and safe your life that make you again to know what you are thinking of.Be ware that there is government in the south. Come and see it by yourself leave about the corrupt information you creating now.

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      • 23 October 2009 14:27, by Paul Chadrack

        Okucu pa Lotinokwan,

        I think you’re one of those who are injoying Kiir left overs, is looting of public funds in Banks a development or freedom which were claimed by SPLM/A during the liberation wars?,is the stealing of oil monies in coffin a freedom or liberation?. what is a government is an orginized structure by the people (political group) of country to govern and bring services to it’s citizens not contrary like what GOSS is now doing,looting what it’s citizen had aquired through their hardships. it is axactly what was happening during the war before peace came, one of well known SPLA commander (the current jongeli governor)came to the then IDP camps of Nimule,Mugali and Lobone asking for the contribution to purchase the anti-aircraft (Antinov),imagine in those IDPs camps those days getting a soap was very difficulty, but those poor citizen IDPs managed to contributed about USH 10,000000 ugandan shillings.do you know what happen!!!!, he took the money for his own used,for paying his children school fees and renting in uganda. compared it with today GOSS actions, instead of them giving services to south sudanese people,they started stealing what is saved by those poor in the so call south Banks or thieving rooms.

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        • 23 October 2009 18:38, by Dauson Gieth

          Kueer,

          Since the signing of the CPA, there are a few individuals who are out to distort or reframe the history on their favour. Those deserve to be re educated by Southerners who are loaded with realistic facts

          There are also others who write articles of criticisms both constructive and destructive. They are entitled to their rights. The system can only be sharpened by their opinions

          Just forget about people like Thieleling. They are being emotional. History has already shown that those barkings and emotional swearing and threats never last. May God give them patience and love for other Southerners!!!

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          • 24 October 2009 00:49, by Gatwech

            Dauson Gieth,

            It looks like you have been overwhelmed by the power of reasoning produced by Thieleling. Just resort to name-calling and primitive insults because that is the only thing you people can produce on this world-wide web.

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            • 24 October 2009 05:27, by Kueer

              Gatwec and Thieling,

              You guys are unknowingly spoiling the reputation of the Greater Naath people! You two can praise and groom each other all you want but at the end of the day, it won`t change anything. Why do you guys always want to draw EVERYONE to all this ugly tribal thing all the time?

              Please grow up and learn how to play smart politics in the wider spectrum of public domain. The leadership you two often criticize is not a diatribe monopoly (that is, not a two tribe Nuer and Dinka) but indeed an aspiration South Sudanese people have sacrified their precious lives for decades.

              Can`t you see that your utterances can go a long way including hurting your own political future aspirations? What do you two expect the South Sudanese people will think of you if one of you happen to get a ministrial post today in GOSS? I think it`s always a good idea to calculate the magnitude of your actions before you two orally defecate to avoid future disappointments which were caused by none other but yourselves.

              How often times do Dinka, and of course other tribes, rebuke and criticize themselves when things are not being done right? Uncountable. But look how you guys lashed at people such as Mr. Luk Duk Luth when he try to warn Riak Gai about his stupid glorification and praise of criminal Beshir. I don`t know what politcal affiliation do guys have or what political books do you guys read but what I do know is real and successful political critics NEVER condone political wrongdoings be they from their relatives or otherwise. South Sudan politics, being diverse as it is, must be given a different view other than tribally motivated perspective or else I am afraid, actions and utterances such as yours will never resonate well with our soon-to-be indedependent nation!

              All in all, no matter how many times other people have been (now I am) telling you this, I know you will not give this perfect hearty advice a thought. I know you will be busy with your tribally infested mind but never regret someday if the "need pricks your own buttocks" for you yourselves set it upright.

              To my other dear South Sudanese, it will be good to have a political debate with brothers and sisters with sound judgement free from bias based on tribal affiliations. It`s often times a gross mistake to see most of us wasting profitable time debating on nonsensical writings that come from grudges who are suffering from tribal cancer.

              I suggest we all refrain from engaging in all this unfruitfull arguments otherwise, let`s have a constructive and sound criticism that can turn current situation around for the betterment of our civil and innocent population.

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  • 25 October 2009 07:39, by James Mangula

    What ever your name is and whoever, you represent, you must be informed that your depiction of Southern Sudan’s leadership amount to a total myopic argument, which by and large lacks substance and relevancy to the issue you pretend to address. If I can refer you to your key terminologies, like chauvinism- meaning prejudice perpetrate by male, sycophantic-meaning person who flatters somebody powerful for personal gain, unless you really don’t know what you are trying to talk about, you are like a passenger in a car without a reverse gear. Without going further I wish to conclude by saying that you are just a mere layman with myopic perspective on Southern Sudan issues. I therefore, strongly advise you to consider seeking help whenever you wish to talk on something, instead, of exposing your own ignorance and total lack of intellectual-informed argument.

    Thon Chamkelei

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