Editorial 29th Sept 2017

Ms. Awut Deng Achuil, the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare told the violators of women and children’s rights that the law will not spare them if and when caught. They will be punished within the framework of the legal callings. While we must agree with steps already being undertaken by the Government for the cases of these vulnerable members of the society to protect them from such abuses, there are still cases unsolved outside there that needs prompt attention of the authority. It has been established that some of these abuses are carried out by none other than members of the uniformed forces who take advantage of any situation, like the recent conflict, to abuse their own sisters, daughters and mothers. This is against the norms of the African culture and our society. Even in the other parts of the world, taking advantage of such situations is not allowed. We need to live in a civilized and respected society. This is how we can earn that respect for ourselves. Just this week, and we repeat this week, President Salva Kiir told members of the uniform openly that they were the major contributors to most of the ills and crimes taking place in the country. The same members have been accused there before of being involved in abuses of women and children, especially the girl child, at a time they are supposed to be protecting them. Some of the culprits have and or are facing cases in law courts. These happenings should send a clear warning that the time for doing wrongs and hiding under the umbrella of the uniform is over. Sooner than later, the long arm of the Government will catch up with those committing crimes against women and children. The government is determined to have a free society, where all can interact without looking over one’s shoulder as to who is following or doing what, to who, and where. Minister Achuil the ball is in your court. It should not just be a warning but be accompanied with real action on the ground.


Topical Commentary

With Odongo Odoyo


It is becoming our habit and daily take that towards every weekend, we look for some refreshing and resounding words that kept us alive and make our days move without much ado. This time our common friend told us to look at the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament Chapter 54.verse 17. SaPT read “No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper” and he added in Jesus’ name and told us to cover ourselves with the blood of Jesus. Indeed our be-spectacle commoner was turning out to be a candidate for the pulpit. But before all these, he gave us some quotes. “Life is meaningless without truth. Deal with facts, not gossip”. His mind was wondering in a wonder world but the most striking of all was his narration of one of Socrates quotes. “Smart people learn from everything and everyone. Average people from their experiences and stupid people already have all the answers.” “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” “The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world is to be in reality, what we would appear to be, and if we observe, we shall find that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.” No man has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. “l know nothing except the fact of my ignorance” His parting shot was “ the secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” Although these were quotes for the 14th Century man, they are of relevance to our daily life. Mostly, we live and exist within the scope and the circles which are not really ours. SaPT’s world is full of artificial life borrowed from afar and being adopted to suit our situation. This kind of life is already spreading and catching up with the youth whom we should be role model for the future development of the society. The question is when? No time is there now, as we go out for all-inclusive peace process initiated by the leadership. The youth may borrow a leaf or two to chat and manage their present and future life through dialogue.

Socrates Quotes


“Silence is a profound melody, for those who can hear it above all the noise.” -Socrates

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

“There are two kinds of disease of the soul, vice and ignorance.”

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

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