Do we still have any value for human being? We have talked about the killings in Jonglei and Boma states but it seems no action has been taken to address this horrible situation. Horrible because as we talk now there are 28 people, human beings who are dead with 23 others seriously injured in a fresh attack between the two neighbouring but warring communities. How long will this continue? Reports after reports have portrayed a glimpse picture of the situation. It is accusation and counter-accusation between the two state Governments with each trying to justify why their youth attacked, killed or maimed the other side. This is really a primitive way of handling state and National issues of grave or security concern. It is not accepted in a civilized society where the rule of law is cherished. Do we need to have or create two sets of laws in this country? One for Boma and Jonglei and the rest or “balance” for the rest of the country? Where on earth can this be allowed? It is time the National Government takes over and cracks a whip on these self-styled youth who are causing havoc between the two communities. It is not the tribe, clan or state. It is not ethnic back-ground. It is the image of the country at stake and the needed peaceful co-existence that is in wanting. We repeat two wrongs do not make a right. A wrong is a wrong and what is happening in Boma and Jonglei must be condemned in the strongest terms by all peace loving citizens. No country can allow part of its populate to be murdered in cold blood in the name of cattle rustling, child abduction or whatever name you give it. The law must be applied not only to those seen to respect it but to all sundries within and without. It is not negotiable but the law of the land is above all as enshrined in the constitution. The National Government should act now to save the many women who are remaining widows and whose children are being killed by a group of youth from whichever side, who do not want to listen to reasons.

Topical Commentary

With Odongo Odoyo


I was in the world of Robben Island where one of the African Icon, the late Nelson Mandela spent almost up to 27 years confined for fighting apartheid in South Africa. I revisited the place because of the world historical background it carried for Africa. Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s President and true to his words, served for only one term. Rare spices are threatened everywhere and Nelson Madiba Mandela lived this life almost to the end of his life. He did not give up. In tribute to celebrating his day marked yesterday the world- over. SaTP led our group in selecting the best fifteen (15) quotes of Nelson Mandela while living. He is gone but to the world and the continent, his legacy remained. The theme of this year’s celebration is “taking action against poverty’.


Mandela inspired countless individuals. Here is a collection of quotes that personify his spirit:

1) “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

2) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

3) “If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”

4) “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

5) “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

6) “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

7) “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

8) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

9) “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

10) “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

11) “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

12) “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

13) “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

14) “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”

15) “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”






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