July 2011 Articles
Corruption: will we learn from the mistakes of our fellow Africans? PDF Print

(Author Anonymized)

South Sudanese citizens are saying silent prayers that corruption, Africa’s biggest development problem, does not swallow their country.

A series of interviews conducted by the People’s Voice in Western Equatoria State revealed that the majority of South Sudanese are worried that their fledgling nation may follow in the footsteps of other African countries, where corruption has adversely affected economic growth and led to massive poverty among low income groups. Those questioned asserted that corruption remains the biggest monster and threat to development in most African countries.

It’s down to business as honeymoon ends PDF Print

dtbBy Owen Bosco

The honeymoon is over for South Sudan, Africa’s newest republic. After hosting a colourful and emotional independence party that officially separated it from the North on 9 July 2011, the hard work begins amid high expectations from its citizens. After dancing and singing patriotic songs for a whole week to welcome in the new country, Southern Sudanese people, including politicians and government officials, are pondering what the future holds for the nation.

Voices from the Villages PDF Print

VfVBy Alfred Taban

Barely one month after the birth of the new nation of South Sudan, The People’s Voice travelled to Minyori village, which is located some seven miles outside of Yei town, to talk to villagers about their concerns and problems with a view to bringing them to the attention of the government.

We found that, among the many issues raised by villagers, such as lack of farming equipment and a dirth of medical and educational facilities, that the sorry state of roads in Yei River County is a key factor affecting all aspects of life, from being able to access health facilities to being able to get produce to market.

Women & children caught in tribal crossfire PDF Print

By John Actually

Despite the much hyped tribal peace talks in Jonglei state, deadly tribal conflicts continue to claim a high toll in lives. The government’s efforts to restore peace amongst feuding communities, many of them cattle keepers, have hit a snag, as evidenced by the upward trend in the number of cattle raiding incidents.

Jonglei is the most populous administrative unit in South Sudan and has for a long time desperately sought to secure a lasting peace amongst its multi-ethnic population. The vast territory is occupied by the Nuer, Dinka and Murle communities, with Anuak, Jie and Khasipo tribesmen as minorities.

Jonglei’s tribal conflicts can be traced back to the 1950s when local communities; Murle, Dinka and Nuer resorted to cattle raiding from each other. Since then the communities have continued to sporadically attack each other using spears, bows and arrows and sticks. The situation worsened towards the end of the 1980s with the introduction of fire arms. The conflict took on a new dimension after both sides started abducting children.

Government plans to make South Sudan a major bread basket PDF Print

agricultureBy Paul Jimbo

The government of South Sudan plans to prioritize food production in order to ensure the new nation becomes Africa’s next bread basket. The Ministry of Agriculture in the new republic is currently working on a strategy for food production that will convert South Sudan into a strategic food reserve aimed at reducing reliance on food imports.

Having exposed concerns from citizens about high food prices, poor infrastructure and lack of support for farmers in previous issues, The People’s Voice sought the response of the concerned government officials and spoke to Mr Joseph Brok Maneya, Director of Agricultural Extension at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Domestic violence haunts Yei county PDF Print

domestic violenceby Agele Benson Amos

Yei River County has lately been in the limelight for the wrong reason - domestic violence. Police have reported an increase in domestic violence cases, which contribute heavily to family break ups in the county.

An in-depth look at police reports on gender related violence cases in Yei River County arouses serious doubts and fears as far as human rights issues are concerned. The damning reports point to high poverty levels amongst locals as a major factor in the rising number of domestic violence cases.