Fake News has become a relentless force to reckon with these days! Individuals create and operate pages or blogs or unreliable websites in order to confuse the public with Fake News!
These individuals fabricate stories or exercise rumor-mongering for whatever reasons. They don’t follow or respect journalistic ethics. They don’t care about their credibility. They are out of control and getting loose on Social Media.
Some may be doing this as they seek promotions in form of responses to their fabrications. Others want to deceive and confuse minds of some vulnerable people with ill motives.
I like the energy and determination engrained in these Fake News authors. I wish they use that energy on productive efforts to promote peace and unity among our people in South Sudan.
Please, don’t trust any Fake News coming from unreliable sources. I believe they are not registered by a government or by a known organization. They have no physical office buildings or official addresses.
I am prompted to write this after I received calls and messages on Friday and on Saturday, alerting me about some Fake News floating on Social Media.
I advise that we learn to deal with these proliferating Fake News sources cautiously.
Don’t believe any thing you read or hear from unreliable Fake News sources. Verify it first.
THE SPLM/A-IO 12/07/2020 I, Mabior Garang de Mabior, hereby resign from the SPLM/SPLA (IO) effective immediately. I have lost faith in the vision and principle of the party under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny. I joined the movement with the objectives of implementing reforms and transforming South Sudan into the nation my father, the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, wanted. I believed that Dr. Riek Machar possessed the leadership and vision to modernize South Sudan and transform it into a great society, but I was sadly mistaken.
Dr. Riek Machar was a critic of nepotism and favoritism but appointed his wife as the Minister of Defense. This decision was controversial, but Dr. Riek should have consulted the SPLM (IO) leadership. SPLM (IO) are reformers and believe that change must come from good governance and appointing people on merits not because of family relationships.
SPLM (IO) has failed to control the massive defections happening inside the party. We are a movement and must attract followers and supporters, but now we are losing followers and supporters.
Dr. Riek Machar champion reform and good governance but appointed incompetent Minister. Hon. Pout Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum, lacks any experience, skills, and knowledge to lead a Ministry, let alone a critical Ministry like Petroleum. Hon. Pout Kang should have been allowed to work in the Office of Dr. Riek so he may learn and grow within the party leadership and rally South Sudanese youth. I wrote an article in Paanluelwel on the science of the revolutionary struggle. I said the vision of the new Sudan – which delineates the principles, goals, and objectives of our historic liberation movement did not represent a geographical idea, but a philosophical concept. This vision was, in turn, inspired by the philosophy of African liberation after the great upheaval of the trans- Atlantic slave trade. This was explained by the great Samora Machel as the “new society,” the “new man and the new woman.” The principal objective of the Sudanese revolution – the vision of new Sudan – was the “modernization of our societies and the restoration of the greatness of our people.”
Hon. Elizabeth Acuei is incompetent and has failed to manage the health sector during the pandemic. Hon. Elizabeth has done nothing in SPLM (IO) politics. Dr. Riek Machar should have appointed a competent, intelligent, and knowledgeable Minister to deliver and promote the SPLM (IO) values of good governance and reforms to improve the lives of South Sudanese.
Dr. Riek Machar has failed to ensure the security protocols are implemented. The abusive National Security Service in South Sudan, a legacy of the Omar Bashir era are holding the illegitimate unity Government in Juba hostage, including the President and now the First Vice President. There is no peace in South Sudan, and the security situation has deteriorated, with all-out inter-communal wars across the country.
Dr. Riek Machar Teny has forgotten about the values and objectives of the movement and now focused on the power to benefit himself and his family. As a result, he has no longer been fighting for security arrangements and reform and instead is focused on maintaining the status quo. When I resigned from my position as Deputy Minister of Interior, I said that “I cannot lie to God and the people of South Sudan by taking the oath of office, that’s why I resigned from assuming office. This government is not serious about implementing the peace agreement.” I stand by that decision, and I declare today that I am resigning from the SPLM (IO). I do not believe Dr. Riek Machar and the leadership of the SPLM (IO) are serious about the implementation of the security arrangements. They have not played a critical role in extending the life of the rouge and brutal regime of Salva Kiir Mayardit. I will continue to support the people of South Sudan and ensure they taste justice, liberty, and prosperity. Signed Cpt. Mabior Garang de Mabior (Chairman) Former Deputy Minister of Interior SPLM/SPLA (IO) National Committee for Information and Public Relatio
Hon. Denay Chagor must resign now, today. There is no excuse for not to resign since he is going to State level which in the any party, no national party can be lead by a State Governor. A source who want not to be named.
A leader of the Party must remained at the National Level made worse by using his position as a national party leader to a local State level.
Gen. Johnson Olony, the SPLM-IO nominee President Salva Kiir has refused to appoint governor of Upper Nile State | Credit | Courtesy
The SPLM-IO says it did submit a nominee for governor of Upper Nile state but the President declined to appoint him.
According to the Press Secretary of the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar nominated all the names of the governors for the three states allocated to the SPLM-IO.
But on Monday, President Salva Kiir announced the list of eight governors – six from his party and two from the SPLM-IO nominees.
He did not appoint the nominee for Upper Nile, the state allocated to the SPLM-IO, but contested by a section of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance.
Speaking to Eye Radio, Machar’s Press Secretary James Gatdet said they do not understand what happened.
“We submitted three names for the three states allocated to the SPLM/A-IO since the 24 June to the office of his Excellency the President. We do not know why only two were appointed,” Gatdet told Eye Radio.
When contacted by Eye Radio, the Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Ateny Wek Ateny, said the nominee SPLM-IO submitted is an active soldier.
He said the President rejected the appointment of Johnson Olony as governor of Upper Nile State.
“He is a person who is still carrying arms, someone who still has not yet even come to Juba as one of those implementing the revitalized peace agreement,” Ateny claimed.
“So Johnson Olony is not in Juba; he is not within the territories that are controlled by IO or by the government.
“So to nominate someone who still live outside, who has refused to come to Juba, it is what is not acceptable. Either he is replaced or he shows the fact that he is implementing the peace agreement by coming to Juba, like Dr. Riek, who is here in Juba.”
But James Gatdet insists that the SPLM-IO has the right to nominate any candidate it believes is qualified enough to manage the state allocated to the party.
Gatdet argues that Gen Olony is still carrying arms “because he is a general in the SPLA-IO, which is a recognized army”.
“It is not new in South Sudan that we have officers who have opted to go for political positions; they have been appointed,” he stressed.
On the question of being outside Juba, Gatdet stated that several other government officials were appointed while they were not in the country.
Some of them include the former deputy minister of interior, Mabior Garang, and the newly appointed governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Sarah Cleto, who is currently in the United States.
“I don’t think that can be another genuine reason for him [Olony] not to be appointed. The SPLM-IO has the right to nominate their people according to the peace agreement and once that is submitted for appointment, then it should be respected,” Gatdet added.
According to the revitalized peace agreement, appointment of constitutional and judicial office holders including state governors is one of powers exercised by the President but in consultation with the First Vice President, and the four Vice Presidents.
The new peace deal also stipulates that decision making in the Presidency shall be in a spirit of collegial collaboration.
Salva Kiir Mayardit demands for an administrative area for Apadang Community!
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has demanded an administrative area for Apadang community of Upper Nile state, a senior opposition official who attended yesterday’s meeting between Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar said. The latest demand by the South Sudanese leader comes after he refused to appoint SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony, as governor of the oil-rich Upper Nile state saying the former rebel general is not popular in the state and may result in disunity.
The Argument by Changson Lew Chang against the Lou Nuer of Jonglei State doesn’t make sense. SSOA is an entity of South Sudan and Lou Nuer sons and daughters happened to be part of it. If Changson failed to secure Upper Nile, why turning around against the Lou Nuer?
Remember about the argument between Conservatives Vs Liberal? It goes like this, We all want the same things in life. We want freedom; we want the chance for prosperity; we want as few people suffering as possible; we want healthy children; we want to have crime-free streets. The argument is how to achieve them…
At least 32 people were killed in inter-communal violence in Tonj North County of South Sudan’s Warrap State, authorities said on Monday.
Violence flared up on June 26 between the Apuk Padoc and Atok Buk communities, which are both from Tonj North, the secretary-general of the now-defunct Tort State told Radio Tamazuj.
“32 people were killed from both sides, 7 others wounded and two villages were burned down,” Gabriel Awan said. “The violence started on Friday and continued until Sunday.”
The administrator said the fresh clashes seem to have been triggered by a retaliation after a man from Apuk Padoc was allegedly beaten to death by members of the Atok Buk community in the town of Awul on May 27.
He disclosed that the fighting concentrated in and around the villages of Agany and Anyibuth, but has now died down. He said state authorities have dispatched security forces to hotspots in the area to restore calm.
According to reports, the routine of inter-communal clashes in many parts of the country prevails due to the lack of an efficient justice system.
Last week, the United Nations mission in South Sudan said escalating inter-communal conflicts could undermine the implementation of the peace agreement.