BY: John Nhomachot, SOUTH SUDAN, OCT/30/2013, SSN;
South Sudanese should forget about the Juba government. Your security is in your own hands. There is no real government but an illusion led by an oblivious, insensitive, indecisive, self-serving, delusional and think-inside-the-box politicians.
Rise up to protect yourself, rise up to protect your own family, rise up to protect your neighbours, rise up to protect your own village, rise up to protect your own county, rise up to protect your own state.
Apparently, the government has made it clear that the security of its citizens is not their responsibility.
The president (Salva Kiir Mayardit) and the de facto president (Telar Ring Deng), do not care about the lives of the ordinary citizens. This can be seen from the way the government responded to recent rebels attack against unarmed civilians in Twic East County-Jonglei State.
While the rebels were butchering unarmed civilians for two days, the government was performing its businesses as usual. It was only after four days of the attack that the government shamelessly released a statement condemning the action of the rebels.
Where in the world will rebels attack civilians and the president stays numb for four days without saying anything?
Our vision-less president who is controlled by the de facto president (Telar Ring Deng) and Warrap gangs are a burden to this country. They have turned this country into their own private property and they will do what it takes to stay in power.
In fact, the president is becoming a dictator day by day. He fired two constitutionally elected governors, he brought back Telar Ring Deng who was rejected by the people’s representative (parliament), he threatened to send the whole parliament into the street if they couldn’t approve his nominated vice president,
He appointed the speaker of the national assembly, he has powers to dismiss any member of the parliament that questions his action, he has powers to dismiss party members.
he is virtually the chief Justice, he is the governor of the central bank, he is the head of anti-corruption commission, he is everything, he is the king and no one should question him.
To make matters worse, the president has now formed his own private MILITIA/ARMY to instil fear and terror among his opponents.
About a few days ago, the president graduated thousands of his own militia. This militia comprises of only members of his own states of Warrap and Northern Bar El Ghazal.
They were secretly hand-picked from Warrap cattle camps and Northern Bar El Ghazal State, trained without the knowledge of chief of general Staff (James Hoth Mai) and the president shamelessly graduated them in the absence of the chief of general staff and he called them “Republic Guards/Presidential Guards.”
Why do presidential Guards be purely from Warrap and Northern Bar El Ghazal? Why were the chief of general staff not made aware about the selection?
Why didn’t the government pick people from the existing South Sudan army?
The answers to the above questions are simple. The de facto president-Telar Ring Deng and Warrap gangs want to protect their leadership so that they can continue looting the country.
They want to maintain a president that they will control like a remote device. Dangerously, they will use this presidential tribal militia to target opponents of the president, terrorize anybody that questions the president and completely eliminate people they think are a threat to their leadership like they did with Isaiah Abraham.
Unfortunately, President Kiir, Telar Ring Deng and Warrap gangs are not very smart but fools who don’t understand the repercussions of their actions.
They have already destroyed this nation and we must rise and stand up to these bullies. Will South Sudanese allow one region (Greater Bar El Ghazal) to bully them?
What numbers are president Kiir, Telar Ring Deng and the Greater Bar El Ghazal in general proud of? According to 2008 census, Greater Upper Nile was the most populated region with 2.91 million people, followed by Greater Bar El Ghazal with 2.73 million and then Greater Equatoria with 2.63 million people.
Greater Bar El Ghazal is only 33% of the total population. So, why do they act like they can widp out anybody in South Sudan when the numbers are against them?
Seriously, this question goes to the people of Greater Upper Nile. You have seen that politics in this country has been regionalized. The people of Greater Equatoria have mobilized themselves and spoken in one voice.
Evidently, of course, the people of Greater Bar El Ghazal have mobilized themselves and rallied behind their son president Kiir.
Now, people of Greater Upper Nile, I understand that you rejected this sort of regional politics as it will encourage tribalism. But will you continue rejecting it at the expense of your own people?
Will you allow you own leaders be bullied and humiliated by other regions that have mobilized themselves?
Why can’t you stand up to bullies like Telar Ring Deng and his gangs? If they think that they can use numbers to bully other people, then use your numbers to beat them at their game.
Dr. Riek Machar, Dr. Majak D’Agot, Dr. Lam Akol, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, Dr. Adwok Nyaba, Dr. Marial Benjamin, Dr. Lual Deng, Dr. Akec Khoc, Dr. Marop Leek, Dr. Diing Akol, Dr. Monytuil Wijang, Dr. Agot Alier, Dr. Dau Aleer, Dr. Ayuen Majok, Dr. Kon Bior, Justic Makuei Lueth, Kuol Manyang Juuk, James Hoth Mai, John Kong Nyuon, Oyai Deng Ajak, Pagan Amum Okech, James Kok Ruei, Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, John Luk Jok, Simon Kun Puoch, Thon Leek Deng, Taban Deng Gai, Atem Garang de Kuek, Gatluak Deng Garang, Giir Chuang Aluong, Malual Ayom Dor, Abdala Deng Nhial, Jok Riak, Wilson Dengwek, Bior Ajang, Bol Kong, Biar Atem, Peter Pernyang, Mac Paul, Peter Gatdet, and many other sons and leaders of Greater Upernile. Where are you?
Why can’t you mobilize your region? You have 2.91 million individuals behind you, what are you afraid of?
Can’t someone tell the de facto president Telar Ring Deng that the oil money that he is using to terrorize other people does not come from his Greater Bar El Ghazal region?
Will you allow bullies to use resources taken out of your own soil to bully you? That’s my questions to the people of Greater Upper Nile.
You need to organize yourself, rally behind one leader(s) and stand up to the empty bullies. This region lost great and visionary leaders like Dr. John Garang De Mabior, William Nyuon Bany, Martin Majier Gai, Both Diu, Arok Thon Arok…. etc.
Without the visionary leadership of this region, this country called South Sudan would not have been realized. The country may need your leadership once more.
If other people think that regional politics is the way forward for South Sudan, so be it. You have everything. You have numbers, the resources are from your area and you have strong leaders. COME ON GREATER UPER NILE!
by John Nhomachot
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