The office of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change SPLM_DC in Juba on Monday while celebrating Christmas and entrance to new office said the party would not accept the government policy of conducting elections amidst conflict.

We are not just going to fold our hands and wait until they carry out the elections. No! We think that it is unconstitutional. It is not legal because it is against the Election Act. Even the Commission itself is being dragged in to politics. It is suppose to be a neutral Commission but is dragged into political situation Lam Akol the leader of the SPLM-DC tells reporters in their new office in presence of few other political parties representative that attended the gathering.

‘’If the commission wanted to carry elections, why did it not carry elections for the four care taker governors whose term has expired according to the constitution,’’ he says ‘’ four of them has gone beyond sixty days. A care taker governor shouldn’t be more than sixty days in office. The fact that elections have not been done for the governors it means that it cannot be done. It means there is no security. This is a constitutional violation’’

The leader of SPLM_DC adds that before the election is conducted they will take legal measures required to persuade the government and tell that election is not the right thing to do in South Sudan at the time.

He says: ‘’We as political parties we are not for elections because peace is a priority you should work hard to bring peace about and peace means give and take. You must be able to make compromises so that peace can come. Peace will never come if you think that all you want must be achieved’’.

Lam Akol called on government to understand that the elections should not go ahead because there is no security to many people; hundreds are going hungry depending on food from the international community saying it would be morally wrong for election be conducted at a cost of around 1.5 billion pounds. He reveals that this elections when conducted will not be recognized by anybody or give the government legitimacy adding that it is the people who legitimacies government in truly free, transparent and peaceful elections. He called on the people of South Sudan to concentrate in looking for peace because peace is the only grantee for a stable country and to support political parties in their struggle in bringing lasting peace in South Sudan.

‘’You are always told that all the political parties are divided’’ he says but the ruling SPLM because they are divided they should not rule or should they be part of governing’’.

Now the SPLM is divided in to three why is it still ruling if division means nobody should rule. However it is a misleading statement. Political Parties by nature are different from each other and do not expect them to be one. When they come together it means it is another positive step of working together. In any country there are political parties with the government and those not with the government and they follow their programs. So you cannot have a delegation of Political parties being represented by political parties in the government. So who will represent the delegation of the government if the political parties in government have a different delegation? That delegation is meant to be for those political parties not in the government Lam Akol continues

We as political parties we have presented coherent positions paper long time ago on how to get out of the current crisis Lam adds accusing the government of refusing other parties opinion  by barring the political parties from attending the on and off peace talks in Addis Ababa.

He points out that without the political parties there will be no progress in the peace talks  blaming the officials in the negotiations of being position ambitious a factor he say delay the outcome of the talks. Akol hints that opposition political parties are concerned about long term programs of getting the country out from the crisis.

‘’The SPLM has failed to provide a program to run our country. They ruled the country now for nine years. A lot of money has come in to South Sudan. Just before independence the oil revenue were not less than 13 billion dollars. Other revenues were there, the budget of the South within the National Budget. He explains ‘’The bilateral support, the money that was raised in the Oslo conference all these adds up to not less than 20 billion dollars but there is nothing to be seen. Although the government has acknowledged that four billion was stolen in 2012 no measures taken up to now and this money would have done a lot of things’’




Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull


Le cronache di Papa Francesco

The “Pope Francis supports evolution” story is just the latest example of the press getting the Catholic Church completely wrong.

Elizabeth Dias

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How to Be a Ladyperson at the Holidays: 10 Important Tips


Straight from the ad pages of your favorite magazines, here’s your guide to being a girl in December. Take notes.

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1. Stay cozy. Wear a baby.

wear a baby If you play your cards right, your sensitive, goateed dad/boyfriend/professor will reward you with a pair of socks made out of his extra sweater sleeves.

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2. Flaunt your complexity.

Embrace all your many dimensions. Think: "I'm an heiress and an Italian professor at this upscale tropical funeral." Show off all your many dimensions at once. When planning outfits for your holiday soirées, think: “I’m an heiress and an Italian professor at this upscale tropical funeral.”

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3. Represent feminine softness in a hard masculine world.

coach All around you are skyscrapers made of bricks and iron and glass and ouchy things. They’re all pointy and hard. But not you. You’re a soft pink flower in a gentle haze of light. Everything around you is blooming, because you breathed springtime into winter. You’re a superfresh candypants sugarblossom.

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4. If you’re truly hot, you…

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So You Want to Be a Storyteller?


Sam S. Mullins: a blog about anything

Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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South Sudan: Eastern Equatoria Governor encourages citizens to join hands in peace building


The Governor of Eastern Equatoria State in a Christmas message encouraged citizens to work together with the state government in bringing peace.

Louis Lobong Lojore urged all citizens to participate in the realization of peaceful environment in the State.

He appealed to all Eastern Equatoria citizens to celebrate Christmas and New Year in sober minds.

Torit Catholic Diocese Apostolic Administrator Monsignor Thomas Oliha called on youth to refrain from cattle raiding and join hands in peace building.

He encouraged young people to use honest and universally acceptable means of attaining animals for marriage.

Monsignor Oliha strongly condemned possession of guns by youth and unauthorized people in the state.






As we celeb big days with some drinks by our side, put some oil on different parts of our body, take medicine when sick and many other activities, most of the products we use come from fruits. Here in South Sudan let everybody next year grow one tree that bears fruits. If you are ten in family that means ten trees and after ten years you will be the world lead fruit seller. On the streets of Juba many people sell them but who grows these fruits. Those who are selling try to know how the fruits you are selling becomes to be what you sell. If you sell Orange, Lemon, Avocado, Banana, Apple, etc put down some seeds for you to sell your own work product. You have already known the benefit of these trees’ products. People are talking of building industries leaving behind the step to industrial development- agriculture importantly the fruits sector. I am dismayed by some posts along the roads leading outside Juba with marks of EU showing demonstration farms with no plant at all except the bush. If it happens to have plants, it is equivalent of what a child can excavate in our villages. How can the big bodies fund postings without the real farm. If you could plant some fruits using that money along where you put your sign board could have helped the people of South Sudan. For the people of South Sudan who stay in towns, growing fruits is the best way to get your food since they do not need you stay there to do weeding. You can just go to your village dig few holes get you seedlings ready and drop there and you get back to the town only to visit your tree and say hello to it after some months where its green look will give you smile and desire to cultivate more. As you have heard of the government announcing early this month that Kaya Juba road will be made smooth soon, Road to Rumbek among others will also be an easy to drive roads by the near future, then start now to put what to transport to Ramciel in the coming future using these roads. As you move to Yei from Juba you find Lainya County. This County gives the people moving down the road chance to taste many fresh home grown foods which is a credit to those doing it. In many occasions I move in the markets in Juba to find that there are no home generated fruits but imported. I agree to import Apple but not others and still tell those selling to look out on how to grow them. Papaw in Juba comes sometimes from the locals in Juba (BARI) but how about the quality and quantity that they supply. These Papaw growers in Juba should look for breeds that are better to receive the floating money in the fruits market. Invest in fruits to save South Sudan. We ate fruits whether wild or domestic during the war and we need to plant more for the unseen future.



All St Mobil

All St Mobil

Reverend Fraser Yugu of the ECS Diocese of Juba in his sermon at All Saints Cathedral Mobil told the faithful who gathered for Christmas service  on Thursday that the world is sinking into state of confusion and suffering caused by human greed.

During English Mass that attracted thousands including South Sudan elder Abel Alier, South Sudan ministers from both National and Central Equatoria state governments, Rev: Yugu calls on the South Sudanese and the whole Christian community globally to pray for the end of this suffering.

Our human race is sinking into state of confusion. If you see the world we are sinking really. You can see the wars all over the world. In Kenya which is peaceful country some people organized themselves to disturb the peace in Kenya, in Somalia the same thing, in South Sudan we have now disturbance, in Congo, Central Africa and if you go to Nigeria the Boko Haram are there, He sermonizes

The world is engaged in conflicts not only in some African Countries like South Sudan, Libya, Somalia, DRC and Nigeria but also in other European and the Middle East Countries such as Ukraine Russia conflict and the ISIS Problem with yet no solution from the international community despite the existence of the United Nations that was formed to promote international cooperation to replace the League of Nations which was blamed for the outbreak of the Second World War.

‘’ The whole world is in problem because of human beings. Because of the Greed of Human being we the South Sudanese are in confusion. Three years old new country lost tens of thousands of its people in this senseless fighting of power struggle. We lost many people in this fighting.’’ Yugu preaches  ‘’You see when the war broke out in Heglig (Panthou ) between the South and the North we were more ready  to go and fight and the South Sudan Army were strong to push the Arabs and the people were happy the world called for the stop of the war immediately . That is good he says what about this senseless war where our generals and soldiers who liberated this country, we kill them with our own hands. We kill them with our own hands not caring whether in the opposition or in the government but they are still South Sudanese. This is Senseless war that is why it cannot be supported because people who liberated us die in our hands. That is not good’’.

The church leader called on the Christians to receive the good news of the new child born because the creation was originally good not violent the way it is this days that it cannot be ruled and kept properly.

Although the world was in peace it is now becoming very violent even in South Sudan you cannot go to some parts. If you go you will die. In Lakes state where we from outside know that it is only one tribe living there though there are small division internally still people die. Those who are killing are Christians killing fellow Christians for no cause. Revenge!  Why are these people dying yet there are no rebels there he preaches

The ECS Reverend calls on the people of South Sudan to stop the revenge killings saying that the people of the new nation should come to the church with no evil mind but transformational mind to get the country out of the bad things happening in the world’s new nation.

‘’Those who make the Nation to suffer at the end will be cast in to the furnace of fire where there will be … (Mat 13: 42). Those people who are causing people to suffer, those people who are killing people even in Juba here at night  although there are not seen by human eye but God can see them. He Sermonizes  ‘’Those who are now killing people anywhere in the parts of South Sudan God is still working over them at the end they will be thrown in to furnace of fire where they will cry day and night. God is still going after them. Do not say that you are not seen. The former mayor of Yei was killed here innocently. A woman not a man! We do not know the cause why you reach killing the women, children even the mad people in this war who do not know why people are fighting.’’

He denounced the ongoing robbery in South Sudan noting that those who have not received the good news rob even the clergy referring to the recent incident in Yei where ECS bishop was raided at gun point and his car including his property were taken though the car is said to have been recovered.

The reverend calls on the people to work hard so that everybody has his or her own property to reduce these incidents adding that the people are suppose to live in peace and unity among themselves but not to rob, kill and disturb each other.

No trust, no trust now in South Sudan where Pastors are killed, Bishops robbed. If I see someone with gun coming to me I would be running, it is better for the bullet to get me ahead there than waiting he preaches

He tells the faithful to be careful if they are doing these because the actors will be accountable to God voicing the need for accountability in the new nation.

It is not too late he says if the people  receive the good news of the child born, He Emmanuel   will restore South Sudanese to God by breaking the walls of sin that separate the people from God and one another like tribalism, Nepotism, Corruption among others.

Rev: Yugu calls on South Sudanese including the government and private sector to come out from the DARKNESS OF WAR, ETHNIC CLEANSING, VIOLENCE AND REVENGE, LYING, CATTLE RAIDING, LAND GRABBING, PROSTITUTION, NEPOTISM, CORRUPTION AND WITCH CRAFT because  are evil before God denouncing the slogan of One People One Nation. He says if the people are one there would be no such practices. The preacher acknowledges   that there is one nation but not one people in the face of all these practices.

He encourages the worshipers at the end of his sermon to be hopeful amidst the war cautioning the government for allowing witch craft announced in the Media.

In Juba posters advertising traditional doctors or what is termed witch craft can be found even posted on church walls and fence.

Brothers and sisters the meaning of Christmas is this: You listen. Let us be hopeful instead of hopeless, Let us not lose our hope, let us have hope even within this war, One day this fight will come to an end through the Prince of Peace Emmanuel. So it is good to have hope. He continues

Yugu urges the Christians to be peace loving and peacemaking instead of conflict generating.

United Nations News Centre – UN chief appoints Malian national as deputy envoy for South Sudan


United Nations News Centre – UN chief appoints Malian national as deputy envoy for South Sudan.

24 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Moustapha Soumaré of Mali as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).

Mr. Soumaré, according to a statement issued by the Office of Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, will succeed Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe, who will be taking up the post of Deputy Special Representative of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson extended the UN chief’s gratitude for Mr. Zenenga’s dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the work of the UN in the Republic of South Sudan.

Mr. Soumaré possesses extensive peace, development and leadership experience. He is currently the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), where he also serves as the UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a position he has held since October 2012.

Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Recovery and Governance in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Soumaré has served as Deputy Assistant Administrator of the UNDP and Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York from 2007 to 2009.