Archive for: November 2014

Kiir: “I can’t bring peace alone & there are rebels inside UNMISS!”

FROM: Al Jazeera et al, NOV/02/2014, SSN;

In the latest interview with Al Jazeera’s reporter Nick Clark that was aired last Saturday, Pres. Kiir adamantly reiterated that ‘there will be no sharing of power’ with Dr. Riek Machar, his former vice and now leader of the opposition SPLM fighting Kiir’s government.

Very explicitly, Kiir made it abundantly clear that in an agreement with Riek Machar that is being negotiated, the post of prime minister will have ‘NO executive POWERS AS THERE IS NO SHARING OF POWER.’

Repeatedly, Pres. Kiir stated that the position of the proposed Prime Minister won’t have any EXECUTIVE POWER AT ALL.

For Machar to accept peace, Kiir firmly stated, ‘there will be no power sharing, and that after the agreement, WE GO FOR ELECTION.’

In his characteristic sarcasm, Pres. Kiir inferred that ‘Machar wants me to resign,’ adding, ‘he, Machar, is negotiating himself in and I am negotiating myself out!’

When Al Jazeera Nick Clark reminded Kiir that in the recent Arusha meeting Kiir shook hands with Machar and both accepted full responsibility and ceasefire, he asked Kiir what it will take to achieve if Kiir is clean, Kiir simply retorted, “you ask Riek.”

Nor surprising, as usual, Kiir repeated, ‘I don’t compromise alone.’

Weirdly, in response to question as to whether the current war was due to disputes and differences in the SPLM party, Kiir dismissively refuted that the war was a result of tribal rivalries or differences in the party.

Just over three years after the world’s newest country was founded, South Sudan is in deep trouble: At least 10,000 people were killed, 1.8 million displaced, and 100,000 are in UN protection camps across the country.

President Salva Kiir has struggled to contain a rebellion led by his former deputy Riek Machar which dates back to December 2013 when vice president Machar was sacked by Kiir.

Violence erupted amongst the presidential guard in the capital Juba and sparked a series of massacres on both sides.

Now sexual violence is said to be at the worst levels in the world, child soldiers are being forced to fight and aid agencies say millions could be on the brink of famine.

There has been a series of broken deals and ceasefires. Progress was made in Tanzania two weeks ago when all parties agreed to take collective responsibility for the conflict.

In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, we meet Salva Kiir in Juba as another round of negotiations is ongoing in Ethiopia in a bid to forge a long lasting peace. What will it take to end the bitter rivalries that have engulfed South Sudan?

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that the United Nations bases in South Sudan are hosting “people who fought physically” against his government, saying these people have ‘guns’ and are ‘agitating.’

This is at minimum the third time that Kiir or his spokesman have made public remarks associating the people under UN protection with ‘rebels.’ The majority of the approximately 100,000 people under protection of peacekeepers are ethnic Nuers.

Kiir made these remarks in an interview with Al Jazeera television recorded last Tuesday but not aired until Saturday. Asked about the situation of the civilians in the UN ‘Protection of Civilians’ sites he said that the suffering of these people is “something they have subjected themselves to.”

“There was no reason for people to run into the camps,” he said.

The president was then challenged by the Al Jazeera interviewer that the people were “fleeing from conflict.” Kiir replied pointing out that some ethnic Nuers in some areas “are safe – they did not die.”

Al Jazeera journalist Nick Clark challenged the president again, saying, “They ran for their own safety – there’s 27,000 still in the camps around Juba and they’re still too scared to come out.”

Kiir replied, “This is one group from the categories that ran to the UN camp. This is a group – the people who fought physically, who were involved in the conflict, when they saw that they were defeated, they ran to the UN for protection.”

He was apparently referring to defecting Nuer members of the Presidential Guard and other SPLA units who fought with Salva Kiir’s forces on the night and morning of 15-16 December in Juba.

The United Nations has reported that these ‘defeated’ Nuer troops were pursued by Kiir’s forces in the early morning of 16 December.

In a human rights report, the UN said Kiir’s troops “ chased them through civilian neighbourhoods, shooting at them on the way… Many soldiers began conducting house-to-house searches, killing, looting, and conducting arbitrary arrests.”

“Corroborated witness accounts indicate that Nuer civilians were targeted and gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed in the process,” the UN Human Rights Division reported.

Apparently some of the surviving Nuer soldiers laid down their guns and uniforms and sought protection of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), along with tens of thousands of Nuer civilians.

In the interview with Al Jazeera, Kiir went on to reiterate his demand for the guns of these former soldiers to be returned to his forces. “I have been asking for their guns, but the guns have not been given back to me, up to now.”

He added that the group of people under UN protection in Juba “will not accept to come out,” adding, “they are agitating the rest of the other categories, pumping into them fear that if they come out they will be slaughtered.”

‘Rebels inside UNMISS compounds’

Kiir made similar comments in January when he accused UN peacekeepers of plotting to take over the country and harboring his enemies on their bases.

“You will get guns with uniforms [on UN bases]… People come to them with guns. I asked them to give us back our guns… so there is a problem with the international community and it is something that people will have to thrash out with them.”

Similarly, Kiir’s information minister and the official government spokesman has designated unarmed Nuer civilians within UNMISS bases ‘rebels.’

Speaking on 18 April 2014, a day after the massacre of more than 50 ethnic Nuers inside a UNMISS camp, Minister of Information Michael Makuei said, “We cannot continue to accommodate rebels inside UNMISS compounds.”

Kiir’s government has made no arrests in connection with those killings, which took place at that UN base on the outskirts of Bor. The perpetrators are known to have gathered in the government-controlled town of Bor in preparation for the attack.

The attack on the UNMISS base came after the Mission released a human rights report saying that “members of the Presidential Guard, also known as the Tiger Battalion” were seen participating in “mass killings” in Juba in mid-December.

Watch the whole interview here: Al Jazeera video

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USA SPLM Nat. Secretariat congratulates SPLM for Bentiu capture & calls on Oil companies to leave Palouch/Upper Nile

US-SPLM National Secretariat;

SPLM–USA National Coordination office Congratulatory message to the SPLM Freedom fighters under the zonal Commander of Peter Gatdet Yak for capturing Bentiu and call on Oil companies in Paloch/Upper Nile to leave or risk your own life.

Press Statement:
November 1, 2014

The SPLM-USA National Secretariat coordination office congratulates the zonal commander Peter Gatdet Yak and his SPLA gallant troops for fighting bravely to defeat the enemy of peace in Bentiu.

Your SPLM-USA office strongly encourages General Peter Gatdet to totally implement liberation of all counties in Bentiu namely; Pariang, Mayom and Abiemnom.

The fabricator, illegal president General Salva who always sings a song every day that he will not be the first and will never take people of South Sudan to war, his statement turned out to be untrue.

What does 15th December 2013 Juba genocide means and bombing of ethnic Nuer civilians with cluster bombs in Jonglei by his Ugandan mercenaries? He also took South Sudanese to war with North Sudan in Heglig which killed 1, 000 SPLA soldiers in 2011.

Salva Kiir’s forces are always attacking and yet lying that they are attacked by the resistant SPLA freedom fighters.

In early May this year the notorious General Malong Awan ordered the aggression attack to capture Nasir, Malakal and Bentiu after a ceasefire was signed in January 2013 which authorizes Ugandan troops to withdraw.

General Salva Kiir and his army Chief of General Staff Malong Awan imposed this war on South Sudanese people by committing one of the the worse 21st century genocide. These culprits must be brought to justice whether by war or surrendering despite talking about sharing power with them.

Who would accept to share power with Adolph Hitler of Germany? The same scenario would be applied to Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan.

This week in Bentiu, the criminal forces of General Salva Kiir left Rubkoni and went up to 25 miles away to attack freedom fighters forces which caused heavy fighting as a result. These enemy forces were chased back to Rubkoni and ultimately flushed out completely from their barrack.

Furthermore, we are now calling on other SPLA resistant field commanders in Upper Nile State to remain alert to defend our position in the event of further attacks.

We must close down or capture Paloch oil field to preclude Salva Kiir from financing Ugandan troops, SPLM-North and Justice and Equality movement.

We cannot allow enemy of peace to use our oil to finance mercenaries to destroy South Sudan. The strategy of this evil government in Juba is to keep the war in Greater Upper Nile in order to prolong the suffering of people of Greater upper Nile.

The US-SPLM office hereby condemns IGAD and US Obama administration for failure to condemn Government of South Sudan for committing a horrible genocide of massacring over 20, 000 ethnic Nuer civilians in Juba.

The criminals who spearheaded the systematic ethnic cleansing are: General Salva Kiir Mayardit, General Paul Malong Awan, Gerenal Marial Chinong, General Salva Mathok Gendit, General Garang Mabil, General Bol Akot and General Aleu Ayieny. The IGAD, AU, UN, EU and the US government should hold these seven notorious Generals accountable for committing an ethnic cleansing in Juba and imposition of war on South Sudanese people.

Lastly, the US SPLM National Coordination office is calling on all the South Sudanese people to unite against the tyranny regime of Salva Kiir Mayardit for total liberation of freedom and democracy.

Since Salva Kiir will not be removed through peace negotiation in Ethiopia, he must be forced out militarily because South Sudanese people cannot endure totalitarian government of absolute power invested in Salva Kiir Mayardit.

It’s our duty to put into action to do a troops surge and train new recruits and bring our country back from corrupt tribal leader. Those who condemn freedom fighters such as IGAD and US must be denounced for supporting a genocidal president Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Therefore, we are seriously advising our gallant forces to disregard biased comments from groups or countries which are supporting the culprits of Juba genocidal government. They failed to condemn Salva Kiir and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda who is also a co-president of South Sudan because of their interests in East Africa; with this abstract South Sudanese are paying the highest price.

SPLM Chapters Interim National Coordination Office-USA
1. Cde.. Banak Mading Kueth-Interim SPLM National Coordinator
2. Cde. Jane Abucha -Interim Deputy National Coordinator.
3. Cde. Gatluak Puoch Kornyot-Interim National Secretary General
4. Cde. Mariano Mayuen – Interim Nation Information Office
5. Cde. Lam Mayang Hoth – Interim Advisor for Strategic Planning
6. Cde. Othow Kur Awang – Interim Advisor for Peace and unity
7. Cde. Thabor Deng Ding- Interim Advisor for Public Relations.
8. Cde. Bol Dey Loal-Chairperson, Arizona State Chapter.
9. Cde. Gideon Abram-Chairperson, Colorado State Chapter.
10. Cd. Makuel Wie-Acting Chairperson, Nebraska State Chapter.
11. Cde. John Paulino – Chairperson, Texas State Chapter.
12. Cde. Peter Dokuoth Gak- Chairperson, California State Chapter.
13. Cde. Simon Puok Dak-Chairperson, Iowa State Chapter.
14. Cde. Simon Tonyik Nguoth Del-Chairperson, Tennessee State Chapter.
15. Cde. Kak Banguot -Chairperson, Alaska State Chapter.
16. Cde. Thok Timothy Tutlam-Chairperson, Minnesota State Chapter.
17. Cde. Gatluak Nyang Bidiit –Chairperson of Utah state chapter.
18. Cd. Julius Rombe Dima- Chairperson Missouri Chapter (Kansas City) state chapter
19. Cde. Achor Achor Dhel- Chairperson, South Dakota
20. Chuol Bur- Chairperson, North Dakota
21. James Deng Kuol-Chairperson, Portland Maine
22. Gai William Wie- Chairperson, Washington State
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