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How necessary are the state of nations flourishing in sport diplomacy the recent case of South Sudan refugee Olympics team in Tokyo Japan

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How necessary are the state of nations flourishing in sport diplomacy the recent case of South Sudan refugee Olympics team in Tokyo Japan

 

By Dut Augustino Agei

Tokyo Japan

 

In category of NBA Luol Deng, gold modelist Guor Marial to mentioned but few athlete, South Sudan in the imagination of many would have been the leading nation not only in 2020 Olympics but in sport diplomacy.

People who are South Sudanese are perceived to be tallest not alone in Tokyo but also in the world of sports. Being naturally thin, clever, aggressive, fastest and balanced created the general aura of high jump, conquered and win the game. In African cup of nations the example of basket ball, swimming, wrestling and running Olympics carry the imagination of South Sudan dominion based on being naturally gifted therefore capable to play internationally not only of pride of belonging to nowhere by ranking but also the prestige of flying the flag of South Sudan high..in Tokyo Japan.

 

According to Olympics 2020 committee, the athletes that are currently representing refugee Olympic team in one way or the other have South Sudan nationals who can form S. Sudan team and play independently.  In NBA basket ball and in fifa world cup besides several other federation in the example of champion league have people from S. Sudan in mind and in case they are trained by the virtue of international standard with sport exposure  the stand a chance of dominating different stadia around the world when they are S. Sudan team and not as associate players as in Olympics, in Chicago and in African cup of nations.

 

Outside the sport diplomacy ‘’ there were suggestions of Dr. John Garang of the current S. Sudan to join the world from where the world is’’ the case of 2020 Olympics. This was in response to the international calls of South Sudan limit to match the world in term of the example of sport over the reasons of lacking time to prepare team that can plays in some international arenas. In both ways playing the games according to some popular opinions are around the voluntarily coming together of people under diversified backgrounds and form a national team, something behind timeline of South Sudan anniversary of the tenth years of the Independence from the Sudan. By South Sudan qualify for any cup of nation the promising the future participation in Olympic and Paralympic international games.

 

The sport in both domestics and internationally means coming together of people who are South Sudanese in competition of football, volley ball, wrestling, and intergame under the ministry of youth and culture that carry the benevolent of overcoming national disintegration but enhancing cooperation using national teams that can showcase South Sudan at a different levels of sport partnership with international league that may support S. Sudan developmental cooperation in example of modern stadium, major football fields, and above all promotion of talents across the country in addition to elimination of brain drains of the national players that are currently playing other teams over the reason of lacking peace in the Country. South Sudan future time of predicting better sports in relations to the outside world ‘’ where the playing domestically and internationally are majorly source of income not only to individuals but also to the hosted nations albeit.

Personally I am one of the people who love talented people. In sport people who are with unique talents happened to be my greatest fans. In martial arts the example of gold modelist and marathoners in which the background of South Sudan support carry my special admiration. The summary of both long and short distant runners are said to be people of high creativity, morally upright and are nationalist by nature. South Sudan can flourish high given sport dispensation and enabling environment for people to relinquish some talent lost and to energized the best games to play given the time when they were not a country what if they are a team of their owns.

As South Sudanese we are in a moment of our nations never qualify for African cup of nations. In surprised of many S. Sudanese after independence we had best players under different countries of the world. We had South Sudanese athletes participating in worldly games and won trophies and gold models under different other nations that are not South Sudan, incase the have a country, chances are high of winning different games and by extensions popularizing the nationalism of South Sudanese using sports not only in world cups and Olympians but also in prevention of participating as a refugee of olympic teams. According to fifa laws under the olympic committee, some nations that are under the category of the longest civil wars are incapacitated therefore never had a chance of worldly matters something South Sudan must disputed with the highest forms of extreme.

Finally, representing South Sudan in worldly games or not carry the imagination of show casting republic of South Sudan cultures, tourism, national heritage, beautiful country side and above all the benevolent of correcting the image of being regarded in several headline around the world as war torn nation. People who are South Sudanese are desirable all over the world over the reasons of just being the newest nation in the world and in case the attempts to participates actively in worldly matters in the example of sports the country stand a chance of being incorporated in the nearest federation that will have a relational ties in term of development in solution to durable peace and cooperation internationally as well as nationalistically.

As in olympic 2020, may the system of generations playing for the other countries find the interesting statement that  goes east to west South Sudan is the best. By virtue of being tall, thin, clever, aggressive and people of highest tact of football, swimming, volleyball, wrestling, martial arts and best athletes may find time over and over gain to fly high the flag of South Sudan amongst the communities of nations not only in Tokyo but also the world beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dut Augustino Agei is a member of South Sudan diaspora civil society group, a Vatican scholar at pro peace institute at the University of Oslo, Norway, a member of the upcoming South Sudan online Blogger South Sudan Foreign Relations Politics and Diplomacy (SSFRP&D) and a teacher at Comboni College in Khartoum & also in Juba; he can be easily contacted via his email address: dutagostino@yahoo.com

 

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Ambassador Ajongo’s 6-point message to S.Sudanese ahead of Kenyan General Elections

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Nairobi August, 2022 )In the wee hours of Tuesday 9th August 2022, Kenyans goes to the poll to choose their leaders for a third time in a row since the promulgation of the constitution 2010 thirteen years ago. On 6th August 2022, political campaigns came to a close after months of successful and peaceful vote hunting by aspirants vying for various presidential and parliamentary seats.
Election is not an event but a process that has four essential stages namely registration and verification of voters, campaign, voting, counting and declaration of results. The two remaining stages of voting and counting are crucial to this democratic exercise.
The way the campaign ended peacefully is the same way the outcome will be at the end of the day. I’m pretty sure and confident that this historical plebiscite will be peaceful. The peaceful outcome of this election will largely depend on the seriousness of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that has vowed to conduct a free and credible election.
The just concluded peaceful campaigns will greatly attracts and motivates the registered voters to turn out in large numbers knowing that there would be no cases of skirmishes during and after the poll.
On 30th May 2022, I perused on citizen weekly a publication on the American report titled Worldwide Threat Assessment. It says and I quote ‘‘the agencies warn of the likelihood of poll violence given that none of the two leading presidential contenders-Azimio La Umoja one Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga, and United Democratic Alliance flag bearer and deputy president William Ruto is ready to accept the voters verdicts if defeated at the final presidential results.’’
I partly disagreed with these findings saying there would be violence because none of them will accept presidential results. The duo had worked together before and they are Nilotic brothers who shared some political ideals.
In any event, if one of them felt unhappy that the election was not carried out in the manner prescribed by law, the aggrieved party will approach the court of law.
As at now, Kenya has a functional judiciary that all Kenyans believe in. The manner in which contestants carried out their campaign devoid of any political violence demonstrate that Kenya’s democracy has come of age. Thus, i doubt if the report’s findings will come true.
I know Kenyans do not take this election exercise for granted. As someone who studied in this country, this democratic space that Kenyans are enjoying, was not given in a silver platter. There are gallant Kenyans leaders who toiled and moiled for Kenya’s second liberation that brought the Kenya’s new constitution to fruition.
I can mention a few of these second liberation stalwarts, and especially those who are in the race vying in this election. First, revolutionary Kogi Wamwere who is vying as an independent candidate for Nakuru County senatorial seat, second, James Orengo, candidate for Siaya gubernatorial position, third, Kiraitu Mirungi, gubernatorial candidate in Meru county, fourth, Peter Anyang Nyongo, gubernatorial candidate for Kisumu county, fifth Raila Amolo Odingo, Presidential aspirant vying under Azimio La Umoja coalition not forgetting Martha Wangari Karua who is a running mate to the Azimio la Umoja flag bearer.
Now as Kenyan decides, I wish them a good luck in this coming election. Those of us from South Sudan, who lack this democratic opportunity to elect our leaders cannot envy but enjoy and learn from this example. We should just try to be happy that our region has got a mentor whom we can emulate or imitate when it comes to matters democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law.
On 29 July, 2022, I was among the South Sudanese community leaders that were called to the Embassy by South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya Chol Mawut Ajongo. He briefed us on how south Sudanese in Kenya should conduct themselves during and after this election.
Ambassador Ajongo only told us to tell our people to exercise utmost precaution in spite of the fact that the election is likely going to be peaceful. In Nuer language we say ‘chi wan la dwal’ which means precaution is not cowardice. Therefore, he reminded us to do the following;
First, he urges the South Sudanese leaving in Kenya to do advance shopping so that on the election day they can remain indoors as voting takes place, second, he said do not send underage children for shopping, third he encourages us to avoid crowd and rowdy places, fourth, he strongly warn us to refrain from discussing and analyzing politics with strangers particularly on the streets, Fifth, Ambassador Ajongo encourages all South Sudanese nationals to leave unnecessary travels during and after this election. Sixth, he wants us to pray and wish our Kenyans brothers and sisters a peaceful election. On 30th July 2022, Ambassador Ajongo spoke at length about these points when he addressed the Liech Community gathering during the graduation thank-giving of Unity State minister of Land and public Utilities, Lam Tungwar Kueigwong in Nairobi. He emphasized very much on point number four saying that there south Sudanese, who by virtue of them being in Kenya for long time think they are Kenyans even when they do not have Kenyan identity cards.
Ambassador Ajongo, who is trained lawyer said by law we are foreigners, and that there are certain things such as this election that we should distance ourselves from. In addition to what Ambassador Ajongo pointed out, I would say that this is time to sit, watch news and read books or newspapers to acquaint ourselves of what will be transpiring during and after the poll.

The Writer is the Chairman of Liech community Association in Kenya, the views expressed here are his own, and he can be reached for comments via eligodakb@yahoo.com

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Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, and Parties to Mandate Extension Committed a Coup

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The leader United People’s Democratic Party, Hon. Wol Deng Atak has accused the leaders of the SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO, SPLM-FDs and other parties who signed the extension of their mandate to govern South Sudan of a coup against the nation. Hon. Atak reasoned that the mandate to govern a country could only be given to a group by the citizens. No group of people have such power as to unilaterally grant themselves right to govern a country. Hon. Atak says that “if a group of people unilaterally awarded themselves a mandate to govern the country, it simply means they are staging a coup against the people’s will.” He called on the organised forces to prevent the coup from getting further. “In this case, the organised forces and the people of South Sudan have the constitutional duty to stop the coup makers in South Sudan. The SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO, SPLM-FDs, and their accomplices who purported to have the power to extend the mandate to govern the country must be stopped.”

The United People’s Democratic Party said, “such pretence to unilaterally renew or extend the mandate to govern South Sudan simply does not exist. A group of people cannot claim to have the mandate to govern a country without the people’s consent.”

He argues that the peace agreement reached in 2015 gave the SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO and other political parties the mandate to govern South Sudan to dispute what he terms a hostage situation; and with a view of resetting the political system to default. Hon Atak also argues that the agreement gave legitimacy since it was meant to reset and followed by general elections. But, “unfortunately, the incumbents (parties to the agreement) chose not to implement the provisions of the agreement and instead engaged in sabotaging its implementation, engaging in rampant corruption and proliferation of small arms into the hands of the civil population. As a result, violence spread across four corners of the country, with children, women and vulnerable people bearing the brunt of violence and human suffering. President Slava Kiir Mayardit and 1st Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, and their associates have resorted to accessing the mandate to govern South Sudan through the back door again”, he said.

The leader of the United People’s Democratic Party said, “I call on all South Sudanese, Regional friends and International Community to unequivocally take action to tell the coup makers they must leave power. And that any sham elections will not be accepted. President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar must leave the power immediately”.

On the 22nd of August 2022, signatories to the Revitalised Peace Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan announced in a press conference that they have resolved to extend their mandate to implement the peace agreement for two more years. However, Hon. Atak criticised them for taking such a decision. “The mandate (to govern) cannot be attained through a resolution of closed-door meetings”. Adding that, South Sudanese have a duty to defend the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan when it is under attack”.

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Breaking_News!!TWO ARRESTED IN KONYOKONYO PROTEST OVER THE COST OF LIVING.

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Security personnel in Juba have allegedly arrested two youth, who briefly staged a peaceful protest against high cost of living in the country.

The handful of protesters took to the street on Sunday afternoon, holding posters such as “We cannot manage water and sugar now! We cannot afford bread now! and Save our lives from hyperinflation.”
Others protested high transport fare and fuel price.

The young people were also demanding the unity government to address youth unemployment and insecurity.

According to some of the protesters, they were chased away by the security personal while protesting at Konyokonyo market.

“We organized the protest and when we were trying to move in Konyokonyo market, the policemen as well as the national security arrive and they caught two of our people,” said one of the protestors whose name Eye Radio withheld on safety ground.

He said the officers shot in the air to disperse them, adding that the whereabouts of the two young men is not known.

“One of the security organ who came and shot in the air and later on he caught my brother. So, we are urging the security organ whether national security or the Ministry of Interior who have apprehended them to release them.”

Efforts to get a comment from the South Sudan National Police Service were not immediately successful.

Source: Eye Radio 📻

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