9 Mar 2021
"We need to stop saying “Old generation or new generation will not listen to this” for the consequences will not spare anyone old or young, male or female. It is the future of our people at stake. If we refuse to fix the problem, the problem will fix us and should not be the other way round."
"He simply said the only solution to curb cattle-rustling was 'to bombard rural communities with education and development activities'".
"Let me not be misunderstood; I am not against the cake of your children...but I talk as a person in this field."
"For far too long, the people of South Sudan have endured the misery of a war inflicted by self-aggrandizing politicians. But if the United States takes concrete steps to counter the incentive structure, the world’s youngest country may finally have a chance at peace."<br />
"Cattle raiders were identified as one of the main drivers of the conflict between the two communities. So cattle camp youth from both sides have agreed to create a buffer zone between the two communities..."
"Women close to him, including his girlfriend, Sara, and his own sister, Bianca, who owned a bar, must all be “sleeping with the enemy” Riti said to himself;
"...it boggles minds why we are at the receiving end of Museveni’s anger. A breakdown in our relationship would harm both countries, it is a double-edged sword."
"Of what benefit is your summon if your findings can’t be commended on by a reconstituted presidency?"
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" and finally. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."
"...as Walter Rodney, in his classic, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, has noted, ethnic differences are not the problem. The problem is how we operationalize our ethnic differences."
"Life can be difficult for a person who did not go to school but it is a grievous thing for a person to spend many years attending thousands of school lessons only to later turn out as a failure in life."
"The meaning of the COVID 19 HLTF was to augment the work of the Ministry of Health. If you look at it, the taskforce is overtaken by the new company owned by those who know themselves."<br /><br />
"The country is going down fast and when it falls it will be difficult to pick the rubbles. Better it is rescued. The early it is saved the better." Ngor Arol Garang
"Public Financial Management Oversight Committee (PFMOC), which is currently being co-chaired by the Minister of Finance and representatives of Troika countries and above all memberships of all relevant stakeholders including civil society organizations to ensure proper utilization of the RCF fund."
"It is in the same vein I would counsel a person intent to brave the 125 miles between Abyei and Almuglad: If Abyei is a bridge, it better be left unused".
"Learn to distill issues and define problems with intellectual discretion and precision. A learned guy doesn't fight with a shadow of an elephant. She bravely confronts the real animal".<br />
"The February 2020 Rome Resolution provides for representation of SSOMA into the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism structures, and for joint monitoring of compliance of the parties with the cessation of hostilities agreement."
"...given the emerging environmental damages being witnessed at an unprecedented scale, oil production is beginning to be seen as a curse, not a blessing."
"There are big fishes behind this defection. They are those who confuse the President that we are your people during the day but at night they do subversive activities. They think we don't know them. They are known."
"The conflicts that usually dominate the news coverage in our daily newspapers are generally a direct consequence of lack of gainful economic activities that the people are - or can be - engaged in."
"They took the Chairman out, ordered the aircraft to leave and radioed out, announcing that the C-in-C was in the jungle thickets. They were quickly located by the forces".
"Those few individuals and their corrupt organizations and media have employed a method that frustrates making or implementation of good laws in South Sudan, so that the people feel aggrieved and start or continue with the circle of unending wars..."
"By understanding corruption, I hope it would simplify its eradication as the saying goes, " An enemy identified is an enemy half-defeated".
"...reduction of government expenditure is a key to improve the economy:"
"South Sudan’s foreign currency reserves all stolen but the government is making jokes about it".
"Contemporary young women are saying to their male counterparts, 'keep your V8, your cartons of dollars, or boring conversation about plots and property, please, please, give us romantic love or we will look for men outside the borders!'"<br /><br />
"Nations which cease to run on ideas decline considerably and eventually fade away. Nevertheless, we cannot regret becoming independent."
"And if history is any guide, South Sudanese society is headed towards social and political chaos. We are en route to Libya, Somalia, Yemen, or worst."
"International financial institutions and development partners become less willing to lend to country’s developmental projects. No one likes a broke guy. You are never given unless you prove you don’t need it".
"In South Sudan, it appears more of a “laissez faire,” with many people seemingly unbothered about putting on facemasks even when in thick crowds. Many are quick to say “mafi korona,” meaning, there’s no corona virus disease here."
"Rebellion has become a passcode used by politicians and their commanders to prolong their legitimacy and stay in power to the detriment of the hoi polloi."