Editorial

CONGRATULATION HON. ALFRED TABAN LO-GUNE

The Board of Directors, management and staff of Juba Monitor wish to thank their long serving and founder of Juba Monitor, now, Hon. Alfred Taban Lo-Gune to his steady stewardship which has brought us this far, although through a lot of trials. Alfred has handed this mantle to his long serving deputy, Anna Nimiriano, who is equally able. She has what it take to move this newspaper forward to greater height and new advantages. During the thanks giving party held at our premises and attended by all inclusive, among them your long time colleagues and friends. Your remarks that you will always be there for Juba Monitor at its staff is refreshing for us to know that, you have not left us like other quarters would want the public to believe. We have said it here before and saying it again that the family of this newspaper is and will always remain proud of you whenever you are and whatever you do. You have God’s and our blessing in your new calling. Only those who have not known you well or interacted with you may have doubts or their own opinions about you. We do not want to blow our own trumpets, but to assure you that we will strive collectively to make this newspaper be the household menu of every citizen of this country and far across the borders and beyond. Already through your foresight we have established a bureau in Kampala, Uganda where our paper is read and compete in the market with others like Daily Monitor and the Vision. Your plan to capture the regional and have our market share will be implemented with our soon to be another bureau in Nairobi, Kenya where we shall face the market demand with the renown daily newspapers like the Daily Nation and the Standard among others. This is a reality which we know will make you and the board of directors be proud of your business focus in the media industry. In short, we will accomplish your desire to have correspondents and newspaper agents in all States of the country. We pray for peace to prevail and pray for you Hon. Alfred Taban Lo-Gune to take your new assignment to the people of Kajo-Keji who need you now more than ever.

 

Topical Commentary

With Odongo Odoyo

 

THE FEW AND THE MORE PRIVILEGED OPPONENTS ARE OUT THERE

 

Since joining the Juba Monitor family, one thing we must thank God for is that pray all the time whether one is a believer or not. Today (yesterday) is my turn to read from the book of Psalms 23 in the Old Testament, King James’s Version. “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me lie to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea though l walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, thou anointeth my head with oil, and my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and l will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” My morning duty was over and we were all preparing for the long day ahead when as if by design. SaTP who is still on his annual leave called through his phone. I was reluctant at first to answer but as usual he kept on and knowing him, he was not going to stop anytime soon until he got what he wanted. When l answered he told me Yaba, l have information that at one time you were in Japan. He caught me off-guard why now. Yes, l have been to Japan, and other countries in the Far and Middle East. I have been to a number of countries in Europe and the USA in pursue of Journalistic career and on work related assignments and programmes. I was silently pondering over the question when one of us reminded me that my phone was still on and someone was hissing through the speaker. It was still SaTP. He repeated the question and l answered affirmative. SaTP started explaining why he asked me about Japan. There was this good and friendly mission which wanted to sponsor him for a one month trip, but he wanted to know in advance which areas and centers of attraction he should put up in his squeezed itinerary of events. During our time, l was privileged among others to visit almost all major cities of Japan, but one thing which remained in my mind to-date is what l saw or witnessed in the re-built city of Hiroshima. I was privileged to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Center commonly referred to as Dome, which also means in simple terms, Stadium, the only building l was told remained standing during the Atomic Bomb attack in 1945 and which is historical with few survival of the holocaust with permanent wounds and disabilities who are willing and able to narrate the actual happening on that fateful dark day. It is worth the trip from Tokyo to the center. In Tokyo itself l advised our friend to take time and visit Friends Fellowship Center in his pursuit of excellence of knowledge for memoirs back home. This center is housing a number of information outlets, including what a journalist would want to know in all sectors and development of Japan that one need not to scavenge into the unknown. SaTP had not expected this much from our side and his parting word, was it is true. Do not play a game you do not understand or with unprivileged opponents.

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