Press Release: Western Bahr el Ghazel Community in Diaspora
For Immediate Release, JUN/17/2013, SSN;
We the people of Western Bahr Ghazal State want to tell the world today that as Mr. Paulino Wanawila, South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Justice desperately attempts to present South Sudan as the beacon of freedom, justice, human rights, and equality as he formally submits South Sudan’s application to join the United Nations Human Rights Council headquartered in Switzerland, President Salva Kirr Mayardit and his Dinka leadership along with Governor Rizik Zakaria of Western Bahr Ghazal State, are presiding over massive human rights violations in which the people of Western Bahr Ghazal are being systematically massacred, arrested, tortured, imprisoned and driven from Wau and Western Bahr Ghazal State.
As we speak, Governor Rizik and his kangaroo court and judges in Wau, South Sudan have sentenced to death the following eleven people:
1- Mariano Fostino Jore,
2- John Angelo Dimo,
3- Arkangelo Musa Ujang,
4- Erneo Lino Julu,
5- Sebit Marko Martin,
6- Lino Paul Utu,
7- Nicola Pasquale Paulino,
8- Agustino Dominic Ugbede (Ukede),
9- Arkangelo Mangu Ukun,
10- Daniel Paulino Ugali, and
11- Joseph Jokondo Ugele.
Governor Rizik and his cronies have also sentenced Chief Martin Tiyai Vito Farajala of Farajala Village to ten years in prison and Justin Karlo Moi to five years in reformatory prison. This is in addition to Anthony Sogone and many others who are still in jail.
We want to point to the world that the alleged murders for which Governor Rizik and his cronies have sentenced to death the eleven people mentioned above, were actually committed by Dinka themselves in their intra-tribal wars in Tonj and Chuwabet in Warrap and Lakes States, respectively, and their bodies tied up, placed in sacks and dumped by the SPLA in Farajala Village in order to incriminate and frame not just the people now being sentenced to death, but entire Balanda people as being against Dinka.
The Dinka who work in Balanda’s farms in Farajala have themselves said that if the Balanda were to retaliate for the massacres of their brothers and sisters in Wau on December 8 and December 9th 2012, they as the Dinka working in Farajala would have been the first to be killed.
No such killings of Dinka ever took place in Farajala Village. Their statement contradicted the lies President Kirr, Minister of Information Barnaba Marial, and Governor Rizik have been propagating in a relentless media attack that twenty six Dinkas were killed in Farajala. They are yet to produce bodies of the twenty six Dinkas supposedly killed in Farajala.
We, the Western Bahr el ghazel community in diaspora, want to point out to the world once again that there are two systems of Justice in the Republic of South Sudan: One for the Dinka and the other for the rest of us in South Sudan who are not Dinka.
The following few cases serve to illustrate what we mean:
(1) The Dinka officers who shot and killed six unarmed civilian population who were blocking roads to Bussere and Bagari on December 8, 2012 in Wau are yet to be arrested or prosecuted;
(2)the Dinka officers and SPLA soldiers who shot and killed eleven and wounded thirty six unarmed civilian protestors in Wau on December 9, 2012 are yet to be arrested and prosecuted;
(3) the Dinka civilians President Kirr, Governor Rizik Zakaria, Governor Paul Malong Anei of Northern Bahr Ghazal State, Governor Nyandeng of Warrap State, and former Lakes States Governor Chol Tong Mayay brought to Wau on buses from Aweil, Gogirial, Warrap, Tonj, and Rumbek and who on December 18 and 19th, 2012, went on a murderous rampage attacking the people of Wau (Balanda, Ndogo, Golo, Sere, Bongo, Yulu, Bai, Banda, etc), burning three people to death in their homes, spearing one person to death, burning over two hundred houses, and displacing and forcing over four thousand people to seek refuge in the United Nations Mission Compound in Wau are yet to be arrested or prosecuted;
(4) in 2010 Governor Rizik and the Dinka SPLA officers arrested Faud Sawa in Wau, South Sudan. They tortured and eventually shot him to death and then burned his body and buried him in unmarked grave along the road to Aweil in Northern Bahr Ghazal State. Governor Rizik and the Dinka SPLA officers who committed this egregious crime are yet to be arrested or prosecuted;
(5) the Dinka officers and SPLA soldiers who murdered eleven Bari men, women, and children over the issue of land in Juba over a year ago are yet to be arrested or prosecuted;
(6) the Dinka officers and the SPLA soldiers who murdered their supposed Kakwa mother and father-in-laws along with their eleven family members in Yei in 2010 are yet to be arrested or prosecuted;
(7) the Dinka officers and SPLA soldiers who murdered in brought daylight three senior Equatorian police officers in Yambio in 2007 are yet to be arrested or prosecuted;
(8) the Dinka officers and SPLA soldiers who murdered journalist Isaiah Abraham (himself a Dinka from Bor) in his house in December 2012 are yet to be arrested or prosecuted; and finally
(9)Salva Matok, the Deputy Minister of Interior in whose house a young Nuer boy was slaughtered to death like a sheep in a bath tub earlier this year is himself yet to be arrested or prosecuted.
In every single incident listed above, none of the Dinka perpetrators of these crimes have been arrested or prosecuted. They are all walking free among us. In South Sudan, the laws and justice is what President Kirr and the Dinka leadership says they are.
We know for instance that Governor Rizik hosted a lavish state dinner for the judges who sentenced the eleven people to death last week. The question is: Are the judges who sentenced the eleven people to death impartial?
Another case of human rights violation in Dinka-dominated South Sudan involves Tarticio Ucin, the head of the “Arrows Boys”, and his deputy. The “Arrows Boys” is a local community group formed to fight Joseph Kony and the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) presence in Western Equatoria State in order to keep civilians protected from LRA attacks.
They were allegedly arrested and put in undisclosed jail in Juba three weeks ago by President Kirr and SPLA Dinka officers for refusing orders to go into Central African Republic to attack the new Government of Central Africa Republic.
Among the eighty nine “Arrow Boys” who went along with President Kirr and SPLA’s provocation against the new Government of Central Africa Republic and attacked position of the Central Africa Republic Army in Obo, Central Africa Republic three weeks ago, five of them were shot dead and thirty seven others captured and arrested. The rest scattered and the whereabouts of the thirty seven “Arrows Boys” arrested is still unknown. They are believed to be held by the Ugandan Government, which itself presents an interesting question of sovereignty and geopolitics.
Finally, we want to point out to the world that the Dinka and the SPLA are not only the source of destabilization and lawlessness in South Sudan, they are also a source of destabilization and lawlessness in neighboring countries as evidenced by the attack on Central Africa Republic in Obo.
Moreover, Tarticio Ucin and his deputy, Anthony Sogone, Chief Martin Tiyai Vito Farajala, Justin Karlo Moi, and the eleven young men from Farajala Village who Governor Rizik and President Kirr and their cronies judges have sentenced to death for a murder crime they did not commit, are all innocent.
We call upon our brothers and sisters across South Sudan and the world to stand with the people of Western Bahr Ghazal and work to set every single person President Kirr and Governor Rizik have falsely arrested, jailed, tortured, and sentenced to death free.
Thank you very much for your support on this matter of life and death for the people of Western Bahr Ghazal State, South Sudan.
The Western Bahr Ghazal Community in Diaspora
June 16, 2013