Archive for: January 2015

Reasons why national elections shouldn’t be held this year

By: Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda, DEC/04/2015, SSN;

As citizen of a great nation like South Sudan, it is imperative to add my voice to the various dissenting voices over the credibility and viability of holding the forthcoming general elections in South Sudan in on June 30, 2015.

I was really outraged and totally put off when I saw the chairperson of South Sudanese Electoral Commission proudly announcing the date of elections. His action amounts to democratic mockery, which ultimately amounts to sham procedural democracy that perpetuates abuse of South Sudanese democratic rights.

It indicates the persistent and insistent nonchalant attitude of our leaders towards South Sudan sufferings and miseries. Our leaders have not put in picture the fact that South Sudanese children and youth need reforms in the system and development but not political power as the government in the person of the chairperson of electoral commission is trying to achieve.

Holding elections at this time is an attempt to evade the greater crisis that South Sudan is facing, which is a sign that South Sudanese authorities are living in self-denial of the fact that South Sudan in which we are living in today is different from what was expected during the liberation war.

During the liberation war, many people not only leaders harbored the belief that if South Sudan would become an independent nation, there were going to be no any problems. This belief was deducted from the fact that there was a unity among South Sudanese, which made leaders to imagine that South Sudan would be a peaceful country when it got independence, which is not the case now.

Contrary to that belief, there are more crises in South Sudan than in any time of history of Sudan. Therefore, the government is just pushing on with elections despite the atrocities that have been committed to impose the picture of South Sudan it imagined to be during the war.

Besides, by announcing the elections at this time yet what’s needed are security, peace and development, it appears that South Sudanese government has forgotten why South Sudanese people took arms against the Khartoum government in 1983.

If I can very well remember (as the preamble of the Transitional Constitution of 2011 and the Revised Edition of SPLM/A Manifesto of 2008 still carry them), the SPLM/SPLA took arms against the government of Sudan to achieve lasting peace, democracy, rule of law, justice and social justice in particular, respect for, protection, promotion and fulfillment of human rights for all South Sudanese, and in South Sudan as a country.

The constitutional principles as listed above were ones that pushed the SPLM/A to engage into long and deadliest war that lasted for more than twenty years. Scars of that war are still fresh as we often see disabled, orphans, widows and widowers around us, and in addition, its memory is still fresh and bitter in the minds of the living in South Sudan.

However, despite the above facts and to my surprise, SPLM government within less than a decade (since the independence of South Sudan) behaves as if it has forgotten completely why South Sudanese took up arms against Khartoum, and this makes one wonder, “how soon has SPLM forgotten the cause it took arms against Khartoum government in the first place!”

In fact, one of the SPLM’s slogans when it was fighting the liberation war was “freedom and democracy for all South Sudanese.”

Hence in this article, I will try to explain why I do not support the idea of holding general elections in 2015, because if the SPLM presses ahead with the elections as planned, democracy may lose its real meaning in South Sudan, and also, it may result into more chaos which may further aggravate an abuse of human rights of all South Sudanese.

One of the reasons I do not support the idea of holding general elections at this time is that South Sudan needs not to hurry to be at the same stage with the USA or UK in democratic practice but it must be, if it desires to achieve lasting peace, slow in cultivating the values of democracy.

This is because democracy is a culture whose values must be given a cultural medium to grow in slow pace undisturbed.

Otherwise, if we practice democracy like marriage we may end up causing injustice as insensitive majority dominates minority with their ideas and self-centred interests.

The real political system is not one that is only built on political values but it should also be built on human values.

Democracy that is answerable to human needs is the true democracy other than the one that is regularly conducted which is devoid of morals and full of political, economic and social injustices.

For democracy to be called democracy, it must be done in accordance with the international and national standards as recognized by all citizens. This means that democracy should not be carried out as a way of which one plans to retain or maintain himself in the power or cheating one’s way through the power.

Democracy must be in line with the interest of all citizens as a way of promoting peace, justice, rule of law and national stability or their welfare in general. These are factors which determine and guide democracy and peace in the country.

Democracy is the game rooted in the rule of law and security, and without the rule of law and security, democracy will never make any sense and it will or may lose its original meaning.

Originally, democracy was defined to mean the government of the people, for the people and by the people, which means that democracy was specifically intended to satisfy the people or citizens’ desire for good governance in the country in which it is practiced.

Good governance has its distinct features that are characterized by the respect of human rights, strong rule of law, true democracy and strong security system, which is explained by the existence of the rule of law.

Strong security system should not be understood to mean having a lot of security personnel but it should be understood to mean one where fewer crimes are committed and also many citizens have confidence in the system. In other words, the rule of law must exist and protect all citizens equally.

As understood in the definition of democracy in the foregoing paragraph, democracy was purposely developed as a means of which citizens of a country express their freedoms and personal liberties in secured arena to choose who to govern them and how they should be governed.

Secured arena in this context means the situation in which people or citizens live a life with no fear or threat of their lives and future.

It, therefore, implies that all citizens that exercise democracy must do so with absolute or minimal restricted liberties.

The reason is that excessive restriction or impairment of personal liberty in exercising democratic rights is “a social time bomb”.

The “social time bomb” means the existence of strong tensions between groups within the country, which is dangerous to the stability of a nation since citizens all times feel insecure, cheated, betrayed and abandoned.

There are several ways of restricting democratic rights. Democratic rights can be impaired directly or indirectly. Direct impairment of democratic rights may come about like what happened in 2010.

The manner in which the 2010 general elections were conducted was dubious and unprofessional. In reality, there was a direct interference with the exercise of democratic rights of South Sudanese by the SPLM GOSS as it was conducted under the slogan “Vote for the SPLM”.

However the credit should be given to the 2010 elections since it was understandable as it was conducted to the substantial question of the “national interest”.

This was because 2010 general elections were acceptable to the majority of South Sudanese which, by implication became another form of democracy though it was illegal in the eyes of the international standards governing elections.

Nonetheless, since 2010 elections were accepted by the majority, it was in line with the meaning of democracy which is in line with my understanding of democracy.

Democracy, in my understanding, means legal and factual conspiracy of the majority to dominate minority with their opinions and ideas through legalized methods and procedures. That was exactly what happened in 2010.

Hence, whatever outcomes of those general elections, they were and are still legitimate including the government which was elected through that methods and procedures (the current SPLM Government).

However, the time and the situation in which South Sudanese and South Sudan are now, are totally different from 2010, and if the SPLM hopes that the elections of 2015 is going to work in its favour, then, it is a mistaken belief that the SPLM Government is bound to regret in future.

The SPLM is going to regret in future because instead of 2015 elections are going to unite the country, they are going to divide the country even further and more uncertainty still awaits South Sudan ahead.

This is because many politicians who feel cheated will either join Riek or stage their own rebellion like what Late Athor or Yau Yau did if elections will not go in their favour, which will lead into more bloodshed and rampant deaths.

For that reason, the best way to maintain peace and unity in South Sudan is not to rush into premature and premeditated elections which will produce automatic results for the cliques in the ruling party who planned the elections, first things must be done first.

What South Sudanese need first are not elections but they need: the permanent end of war, development, justice, rule of law, education and improvement in health, which the money allocated for elections, can do.

In addition, the formation of interim government should be the first priority of the government. The role of interim government is to govern the country for the next three years in order to reform the whole governance system.

Besides, the interim government will help in writing and passing the permanent constitution that will guide the government on how to govern the country by providing term limits; preferably, two terms and how the national government should relate with the state governments.

The Permanent Constitution can also control the powers of the president, bearing in minds how the excessive powers granted to the president now have affected the country and its politics.

After the adoption of the permanent constitution, the security reforms should be the next on the interim government’s agenda. Security in this respect includes reformation of judiciary and all organized forces in South Sudan.

Why security reform is important in this regard is because it helps in restoring and maintaining the rule of law in the country.

Rule of law means that all persons whether government officials or ordinary citizens must respect law and work in accordance with the law, and moreover, all people should be treated equally before and under the law, that is, the law should be above all the people in the country.

Rule of law is the most important and fundamental element, which every country that is striving to achieve good governance must adopt, respects and maintain. For instance, some of the states are in crisis in South Sudan today because the governments therein have ignored the rule of law.

The major example is that of Lakes, which is in indefinite political, economic and social crises today. In actual sense, I do not accept the contention of the government of South Sudan that people of Lakes State are not law abiding citizens. In indeed, they are law abiding citizens but the State itself is in leadership crisis.

For instance, the current governor is the military ruler who has got used to grabbing money from the army and therefore he has just transferred such tendency of grabbing anything to Lakes State, hence, allowing the rule of law to slip away as he is busy struggling to acquire wealth from the poor citizens of Lakes.

Coming back to our discussion as to why I do not accept the idea of holding elections now, it is important to point out that there is a need for the development and maintenance of the rule of law in South Sudan before any meaningful democracy is conducted.

As explained above, there is a lot that need to be done before the elections are held and those who came up with the idea of holding elections in South Sudan at this time have done it in bad faith.

They are in actual sense on a wild goose chase as they attempt to sooth the present crisis in the country with the idea of tyrant and blind democracy that does not see the reality of South Sudan.

The reality of South Sudan at present is that there is immense human sufferings of South Sudanese citizens due to poverty and insecurity caused by the virtually absence of the rule of law in the country.

To elevate human sufferings in South Sudan now and in the future, first things should be done first and elections should be the last stage in solving South Sudanese crisis because it is not the real solution to out problems.

Based on the foregoing discussion, it is important to add that our government should be concerned with protecting the interest of the nation and the citizens.

It should not only look at the side of political advantage but should protect human values although it means violating the existing laws to achieve it.

The government often puts forward an argument that it would like to legitimize the existing government and this is one of the reasons why it is carrying out elections.

Such an argument does not hold water because South Sudan has a parliament which has an authority to change the law to accommodate any changes that may affect legitimacy of the government.

Moreover, the doctrine of state necessity can be used to make something that is otherwise would have been illegitimate legal in order to achieve or maintain the welfare of the citizens.

This means that where the welfare of the citizens is in danger due to the national crisis, the state can change the law to bring change and stability as it was witnessed in Uganda in 1966 in Ex Parte Matovu case.

Notwithstanding the argument in the foregoing paragraph, such an argument should not be taken as a general rules that will be used in future to violate the rule of law. Otherwise, the fact remains that the welfare of the people is the general principle as one of the proponents of the doctrine of state necessity advocated for.

In summary, for the government to escape future crisis and restore peace, justice and stability, it must adopt proposals as discussed above before holding any elections, otherwise if the government depends on the advice of individuals who have specialized on how to get, maintain and retain power, then, South Sudan will indefinitely dwell in crises.

The Author is Concern South Sudanese citizen living in Uganda and can be reached through:
juoldaniel@yahoo.com

Nimule: Scores injured in clan clashes between Dinka Tuich & Bor

From: ANDREW OLWENY, Nimule, South Sudan, DEC/29/2014, SSN;

Inter-clan clashes erupted among the IDP Dinka Tuich and Dinka Bor in the town of Nimule. Residents of Motoyo village and Nimule trading center were set in panic as gunfire erupted among the Dinka IDP residing in Nimule.

According to eye witness who called our local correspondent in Nimule, a gathering at a traditional wedding went awry leading to several people being wounded, some with serious threatening injuries requiring life saving treatments in the neighboring hospital in Uganda.

Official figures of causalities and those wounded remain undisclosed by the local and state authorities. It is believed that the Juba government very quickly intervened to abort the situation and restricted media access and keeping a lid on the incident thus media houses were not able to report on it including the state owned SSTV.

To the best of our knowledge SSLN is the first to report after confirmations from our regional corespondent.

Per the confirmed report, the clashes erupted when the two clans of tuich and other clan from Bor gathered to celebrate a traditional marriage, however a disagreement soon ensued resulting into gunfire exchanges between the two clans.

This incident highlights the fact that while the locals are being disarmed, the Dinka IDP (so-called Internally Displaced Persons) are fully armed and without disruptions by the Kiir government.

Are these truly IDP’s, or implanted colonies, is the questions that need answers from the Juba authorities.

This is the worst such incident to have taken place in Nimule which, never registered such gunfight between civilians in her entire history to date.

The gunfight lasted for more than 25 minutes this caused panic and many families spent sleepless night in hiding. The Dinka Tuick chief, in Nimule, as ironically as it may sounds, was said to be in police custody, countless ammunitions and guns were recovered from the scene.

According to the caller who spoke to South Sudan liberty on condition of anonymity, the gun owners were definitely not part of national security personnel.

It is safe to assume that these are unlicensed and illegal guns smuggled into Nimule by high ranking military and government officials to inflict heavy losses on the Madi, should they dare seek to reclaim their ancestral lands, from the imposed internally displaced persons who left their home villages in Jonglei more than 20 years ago, and had since refused to repatriate to their ancestral land after the CPA and independence of South Sudan in July 2011 but have laid claim on the Madiland against the wishes of the locals and this is the reason why.

The relationship between the IDPs and the host community has been strained and the Kiir government has repeatedly ignored the appeals of the locals to repatriate these cattle keepers rejected by the locals precisely due to their violent cultures and their dependence on cows which can not be mixed with those whose lives depend on the land for survival with the cows eating up their crops.

Since the incident occurred on 29 December 2014, non Dinka and the native Ma’di people who have been already traumatized with constant intimidation and inaction from the state authorities in Torit and the national government in Juba, repeated their calls for these violent IDPs to go back to their ancestral lands and to let the Madi enjoy their lives in peace.

This unprecedented incident has caused more than 200 civilians to cross into neighboring Uganda, mostly from the Dinka IDPs.

The Nimule Police department (NDP) confirmed to our correspondent that indeed the incident has taken place and they lament to admit the discovery of such staggering quantities of guns and ammunitions in the custody of non-security personnel.

They said they were puzzled by the magnitude of the guns found in the neighborhood. They also said the Tuich Dinka chief is in their custody and will give an explanation as to how such guns got to Nimule and how they were kept under his watch.

A Local Ma’di native who asked for his identity to be concealed, expressed his disbelief and anger with the security and police in Nimule, that he has no faith in the system and it is just a matter of time that the chief will be freed and those who caused the incident will not face the court of law and their guns will be returned, if not Juba will simply supply some more.

“It is the presence of these guns that make the Dinka lay claim in Nimule and Madilnd, while they very well know that their government does not allow the locals to own guns and confiscate even the few the locals have, this is not a government for all but for the Dinkas, the law does not apply to them.” he concluded.

It is worth mentioning that in Nimule the Dinka IPDs run a parallel judiciary, chiefdom and local police to the regular state police and local authorities.

No Dinka has ever been tried in the state set system to date, there is therefore no doubt that those illegal gun owners and those who took lives in this incident will not be charged in courts of law anywhere.

That to you is the South Sudan of today!

ANDREW OLWENY
SSLN,
NIMULE.

The Juba White Nile River & the Land’s Garbage Tragedy

By: Gabriel Makuei Tor, JUBA, JAN/03/2015, SSN;

The natural resources in South Sudan (S.S.) have been defiled, so stop singing the “virgin land” song, like “a baby nation” clause in the mouths of S.S. corrupted officials. In our times when we were kids, way before 2nd civil war kicked in between South and North Sudan, over 30 years ago, there were rare cases of sickness and natural death.

Though we were drinking right direct from the rivers and rain waters, we still remained healthy than a kid living on the same today, but those days were true in their own style than these days!

So what happened? What has changed? To answer these questions, you may have your own answers but let’s read through here below:

You heard of the climate change; the religion of the 21st century. That everything we use has an effect and limitation, even the sun and the waters of the Seas. The air, soil and water are being polluted by human activities globally and here is looking through S.S. windows.

The picture here below, shows trash being incinerated (burnt) in the stream that leads into the Nile River and not far away from the main river. The stream’s greeny far left has water that is use for irrigating crops planted by the River bank.

The land of South Sudan is not virgin and the loss is being continued. Some of the land destructions are natural, whereas most of the impacts are man-made. Burning fires and waste dumping are playing a part.

If the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans could be polluted by a coal power plant running in India, China, or elsewhere, then you know, River Nile is nothing to escape the change. No land is immune of hazardous emissions (the deposit of dangerous waste and exhaust gas).

Some recent past research by the scientists had shown that people in the US State of Alaska have been contaminated by eating fish caught in the Pacific Ocean with mercury contaminants in its body. Some heavy metal like mercury are found to might have migrated to the US from Indian’s coal power plant operated in India; through smoke that is containing mercury.

The smoke mixed in and formed a cloud and the cloud came down in the form of rains, falling into the Ocean, where fish live as home and feed in. The fish is contaminated and when eaten by a person, then the person gets the mercury toxic contaminants known for destroying human nervous system, causing major illness or permanent disability in humans.

When pregnant woman eats the fish with a level of toxicity in it, the fetus may be harmed, which could lead to death before and after birth or a child born with deformities (life disabilities).

The mercury for example, is found in plastic bags and water bottles. The picture here is of the River Nile tributary, not far from Juba airport and passers have used it as a dumping ground. See water bottles …

White Nile tributary (Right) by the Juba airport (left) is seen used as water bottles’ dumpster. These pictures were taken in summer (Feb. 2014) when the tributary was dry, when it rains, it washed all these trash into the Nile – where they remain as sediments. The black, blue, red and green colors you see on the left side are from planes’ tails at Juba Airport.

Juba Trash in Tragedy
You heard of people disappearing in cities like Juba. There are those being taken by crocodile, hippopotamus or other unnamed dangerous aquatic life. These are accidents, but there are people who disappeared without trace of being attacked by the wild lives in the Nile River or elsewhere.

Other disappearances are blamed on the killers, who kill people and throw them into the river. There is nothing good in human eating human. Those who drink and bathe from the White Nile River may be eating other humans in the form of water usage, because of those dead bodies being thrown into the Nile.

When the body degraded into waters of the White Nile; the water is contaminated, making it unclean for human purposes, including domestic animals, since they do not feed on human flesh.

That is pollution. And this is one of the reasons why people are getting sick more frequently than in the past.

Mid-Night Dumping (Illegal Dumping).
Passing in downtown Juba, you will see piles of trash as high as 5 to 6 feet high by and above some complex fences in Juba town. The trash is not getting dumped to where it is supposed to go. The stagnant garbage piled up close to some offices, homes and traffic routes, will carry its pollutants around in town and people will catch it and get sick later.

Some midnights dumped garbage is found on the Juba–Nimule Highway, on the road side, right before you cross the bridge and this is in Kony-Konya area of Juba. Besides, the trash could be seen dumped at less than 200 feet from Juba–Nimule Highway in the Nasitu area by the road side.

I had seen some solid waste sitting by the river bank, next to the crops planted by the Nile River bank in Juba. Some garbage, by the streams that run into the Nile River when the rains fall, during the wet season.

The trash on the road side which many travelers had seen on numerous occasions, would get flown onto the neighboring homes and public areas, when the wind blow, while the trash by Nile bank goes into the river, where fish could be contaminated with hazardous waste (e.g. medical waste) deposited into the River.

When the contaminated fish is consumed by humans, people get sick and start seeking medical care. You might have seen people doing the same that are done in Juba being carried out all over the country South Sudan.

People are washing cars into the Nile as well as washing their bodies and clothes during the bath with soaps. This activity must be considered illegal and dangerous to do so.

The use of soap and other related agents into the Nile River is unhealthy because of the nature of toxicity in them. So why wash dirt and chemicals into the pure water of the Nile to contaminate it?

There are ways for people to designate areas for washing and bathing. Cars have aerosols – some hazardous chemicals from car’s parts and fuel apparatus are considered contaminants. Garbage should be dumped at a faraway landfill from homes, low laying grounds and away from waterways.

Water Bottles and Cans
Water bottles, plastic bags and soda cans are being thrown anywhere, anyhow in Juba and other towns. Water bottles and soda cans look like cattle egrets behind fences and in open spaces in Juba town. This is not a good start for modernization or industrialization.

And you do not tell me “baby nation is still waiting to crawl. “A day is more than a month” according to South Sudanese saying and the country existed as Free State for more than 10 years!!

Can we control our waste to protect our environment? Konyo-konyo’s town ground is covered with water bottles and soda cans deposited over the past years. Could this be cleaned?

The danger of mismanaging bottles and cans is that they don’t biodegrade, per an organization known as “Water Project”. According this same report, water bottles and soda cans do not break down and if they do decay, it took 1000 years for bottles and cans to break down and mix with soil.

Long time indeed, no one would want to wait that long, but the right waste disposal and management would do.

What are the ministry of environmental services, health and other educated South Sudanese residing in Juba, Nimule, Wau, Malakal, Bor, and other localities, doing to protect their natural resources, their environment (the water, land and people) from being polluted from imported goods??

All kinds of batteries from Automobile and electronics equipments carry toxic chemicals like mercury and cadmium among other toxicity ingredients.

Forest Combustion during the Dry Season
Burning the forest or few bushes is welcome by many cultures as forest “renewal and change” – with fire considered as “nature’s housekeeper” but this practice could be disastrous.

The fire can clear the forest for passage; get rid of old parts and plants, but it takes away the most fertile part of the land – the top soil is burnt to ashes: Fires killed humus and other nutritional top soil ingredients.

When the top soil that is rich with dead plants and animals is gone; the land is not productive for agriculture, grass growth for cattle grazing and this could make the burned land or forest incapable of replenishing itself.

Fires destroy wild animal’s homes and lives – no country with responsible leaders and scholars would want to see their wildlife gone forever. This could lead to wildlife extirpation, or extinction.

No one would be willing to see the wild animals in his/her home areas getting all killed or displaced to neighboring countries, where they will never return when they find peace there.

Most of the South Sudanese burn their regions’ forests and grassland down, during the spring and summer seasons. The smoke from fires carries exhausted gases, hindering oxygen flow to all kinds of people and blocking sun light from hitting the earth.

In this case, people with asthma and children have their breathing airways made so hard for them to breathe well, due to forests fires’ smoke, and fine particles floating in the air.

The way to prevent this harmful practice is to make forest combustion illegal, unless it is absolutely necessary to burn the forest. South Sudan forest management must act now in regard nature integrity and protection.

The few details expressed here are not the only impacts to South Sudan environment, but a few of enormous environmental issues of concern. Healthy environment means healthy people. This picture shows how the Nile is utilized as well as abusing it.

Please, Keep Nile River Safe and Clean. If the Nile waters are polluted, the fish, land and the crops would too be polluted, among other natural resources, since it is the same Nile waters that serve the land and its production, either by the rain, irrigation, or flood.

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Author contact: makueitor@yahoo.com

An Open Letter to Pres. Kiir Mayardit: You’re the worst president ever

BY: Kuir ë Garang, CANADA, JAN/03/2015, SSN;

Leaders the world over think about two paramount things: the PRIMACY of the citizens’ needs and the LEGACY they leave behind long after they have gone. It seems, Mr. President, you think less about the two mentioned above and more about staying in power.

There is one thing you have to remember as you stay on: Time will come when you’ll be gone either by political necessity or by biological and physiological necessity.

Power ends, but your legacy will not end regardless of what it is. You might go down in history as the first and the worst president South Sudan will ever have; or you can change course and be the best leader South Sudanese will remember for generations to come. The onus is on you!

Here are some things to consider as we begin the New Year.

You are the President: The only person who has the ultimate say in what happens in South Sudan is you. Sometimes your speeches and interviews don’t reflect that.

When asked once by a journalist when peace would be realized in South Sudan, you asked the journalist to ‘go and ask Riek Machar.’ That was both ‘unpresidential’ and irresponsible.

You were mandated with confidence by South Sudanese in order to do things for them and in order to show optimistic way forward.

Riek Machar is a man who’s shown time and again that he wants to lead South Sudan. That we understand very well. However, he’s not the president of South Sudan.

You claim legitimacy but you fall short of portraying that. It’s time you remembered that you are the president of South Sudan so act like it.

Professing being the president is not what presidency is about; you have to act in the interest of the people.

Stop talking and acting as if there’s someone else; someone who’s actually the decision maker in South Sudan!

As the president, you need to account for the atrocities committed by people under your command. Riek Machar will account for his own atrocities.

As president of South Sudan, who still has Nuer leaders in your government, what would you tell millions of Nuer, who lost their loved ones in December of 2013?

You are the president so answer them like a president!

The Peace Talks
Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was made possible because there was a will to bring peace and the understanding that Sudanese had had enough of war. Taha and Garang, in the interest of Sudanese people, took charge of the talks, showed courageous leadership and made very painful concessions.

You are very much aware that Seyoum Mesfin and IGAD have failed miserably. Unless you take initiative or take charge of these talks, the very people who gave you the mandate will continue to die of diseases, hunger and war.

Dr. John Garang has left his legacy in a very beautiful manner. It’s high time you make peace your legacy because developing South Sudan will NEVER be part of your legacy.

Stop the PRIDE and POWER game you and Riek Machar are playing and humble yourself in order to bring PEACE to your people.

Listen to the Citizens
It’s very easy for leaders to be out of touch with people and their needs. And being an African leader, people around you usually lie to you to win favors and be seen as the most loyal.

Make an effort to be in touch with South Sudanese citizens without any mediators. This could be in form of well-organized town hall meetings or a monthly radio show in which citizens can call in from rural areas and express their concerns directly to you.

In this way, you’ll have a chance to gauge what your aides tell you and what the average citizen’s experiences are.

Media Freedom and Political Opposition
South Sudan is doing exactly what Sudan was/is doing. Your administration is doing the same thing you took up arms to fight. I don’t know whether you don’t see it or you just don’t care.

Newspapers are censored if they criticize your administration, political opponents are intimidated, arrested or killed and you rule through a decree like dictators do.

These are not part of democracy you seem to sing on regular basis. You’re doing exactly what the likes of Nimeiri, Abboud and Beshir did. It’s high time you make South Sudan different from Sudan.

Political opposition and the Media are a mirror through which you can evaluate your performance.

Allow people to criticize your administration and then answer them with facts about what you’ve done for South Sudanese. Intimidating journalists and opposition figures gives an impression you’ve failed to deliver.

Let different political parties debate openly on South Sudan Television. Get your best political brains to tell South Sudanese your side of the story in open televised debates. This will garner you more respect than the way opposition figures are intimidated now.

What you have to request through relevant ministries is journalistic integrity. Journalists who violate their codes of ethics shouldn’t be arrested by security personnel. They should have charges filed by government lawyers and it’s up to the judge to decide.

Decrees
The word decree appears only once in the South Sudanese Transitional Constitution. And it’s only something to do with failure by parliament to pass the budget bill within 45 days: 88 (7).

So where does ruling by decrees get constitutional legitimacy? Dictatorial leaders rule by decrees because they override their constitutions or don’t care about it.

Whoever advised you to rule by these unconstitutional decrees is contributing towards your unpalatable legacy. It would have been better if these decrees where constitutionally mandated.

Building a nonpartisan Civil Service
No country that hopes to prosper can walk even a mile without a functioning civil service.
There has to be nonpartisan civil service that should remain in place regardless of what party is in power.

Civil Servants shouldn’t be loyal to any political party. The main purpose is to make a given ministry streamlined and functional.

In South Sudan now, the minister is everything. And when the minister is removed, there’s hardly anything that remains to tell the next minister what to do. If you hope to do anything in South Sudan without a nonpartisan civil service then you are living in a delusional limitless dimension.

Ask seasoned experts in neighboring countries, or even in the ‘west’, on how to build and strengthen a civil service sector in South Sudan. Records in any ministry should remain for future records even when the minister is gone. How do you expect to develop a country when the minister goes with records of that given ministry?

President Museveni and Uganda People’s Defense Force
No right-minded South Sudanese would dismiss the role Uganda played during the liberation struggle. Museveni and UPDF have helped us a great deal.

However, Museveni is a political and diplomatic brother and everything he does for us is primarily in the best interest of Uganda and Museveni’s political ambition. Museveni’s help to South Sudanese wasn’t and isn’t offered pro bono.

And we also know that without UPDF, the ‘White Army’ would have probably gone to Juba and this could have caused a bloodbath. But as you are well aware, Museveni’s help to us during the liberation struggle was a function of Beshir’s backing of Lord Resistance Army (LRA).

And his current help is an attempt to keep Sudanese president Omar el Beshir away from South Sudan and to project himself as Eastern African ‘strong man.’

The gravest part of UPDF presence in South Sudan is that it portrays you as an impotent president whose army can’t protect the capital and the government.

Museveni tells the world that he’ll only withdraw from South Sudan if Juba is secure. This tells South Sudanese and the world one thing: you are incapable of protecting your capital city and that you are president only because UPDF is protecting you.

That doesn’t sound like a situation of a strong president. It doesn’t matter what you say about your military strength, UPDF presence and actions have portrayed you as weak, incompetent and someone whose presidency they have protected. That undermines South Sudan as a nation!

So wake up Mr. President and listen to your people, allow free media and free political opposition, build real civil service, bring peace to South Sudan and create respectable South Sudan’s army instead of the current medley of tribal militias that make up the SPLA.

Kuir ë Garang
www.kuirthiy.info

To Gov. Rizik: “A Wild Goose Can’t Evict A Domestic Chicken from their Home”

From: Nicola Bringi, CANADA, JAN/02/2015;

The people of Western Bhar El Ghazal have been studying the behavior of Governor Rezik Zacharia with great concern regarding the atrocities he is inflicting on the citizens of Western Bhar El Ghazal state.

I have come to the conclusion that, Rezik does not love the people and the land; this perhaps because he may believe he is not one of them. Yes, his mother is from the Kresh ethnic group, but his father is a Borogo from Darfur, Sudan.

Rezik’s main aim is to stay in power, whoever put him in power gives orders and he completes them and to be loyal he does even more damage. These orders are not for the betterment of the people, it is as if Rezik believes that Salva Kiir is his father in South Sudan and will continue to do so as long as he remains in power.

Some advice to Rezik, son of our sister from Western Bhar El Ghazal, if you would like to have a good political future you must first build healthy relations with the people you govern instead of allowing power to be equivalent to violence.

The grudges you hold against the people of Wau and Western Bhar El Ghazal are not understandable and continue to burn the people, yet you first should be the one burned.

We are on this earth to serve our country and do good to others, but what are you really on this earth for? It is not too late to make changes and do what you are paid to do. The only way to get rid of your bad past is to do the right things.

Disregard these violent agendas and protect and work with and for people. If your purpose is not to do good then you have chosen the wrong job and should leave it to one who cares for their brothers and sisters.

There comes a time where we realize what wrongs and rights we have done during our life time. It could be as simple as keeping grudges or speaking poor about a brother or sister; but to intentionally try to systematically enslave a people who you too call a fellow brother is unacceptable.

We have struggled in the war against the Arab invasion, we have been scared because of the British destruction, yet we have received our independence as South Sudan. Now we are being betrayed from the son of our sister.

Rezik, you have disgraced our nation by following the lead of Salva Kiir. Once Salva is tired with you he will also finish you. You need to tap into the reality of who you are without your title; another South Sudanese asking for the liberation of his people with peace.

We want peace in South Sudan and we ask you to widen your horizons in regards to progressive options in bringing social, political and economic change to our nation.

Regards,

Nicola Bringi

Rebels Leader confuses democracy for violence, the tragedy of pseudo comprehensions

By: Gabriel Pager Ajang, Political Science & History Instructor, Wright Career College, USA, JAN/01/2015, SSN;

Juba wrestles with question of violence. Rebels have not only embraced violence as their norm but have also accepted it as a means of achieving ends. Before December 2013 infamous war, rebels in the Greater Upper Nile confused violence for democracy. Several leaders have used violence as their guiding principle of ascending to power or securing leadership.

In the Greater Upper region, violence is rampant. It has been encouraged by the larger population as a platform of getting wealth. Since 2006, it has been documented that the youth in Jonglei state have engaged in vicious cycles of violence. Cattle are rustled for pride and treasures in those several disreputable several cycles of revenge.

Rebels confused democracy or freedom for violence. They tragically call themselves “freedom fighters.” This is the tragedy of pseudo-understanding of democracy. This episode is detrimental to statehood and disastrous to citizens.

Rebels’ leader, Dr. Riek Machar presented an implausible argument about democracy. Format or a proposal which is inconceivable and a kind of ill informed model of democracy that is not grounded in the principles of Western democracy. It is an ideal that suggests that take power at all cost.

Riek models of democracy isn’t convincing because it is premised on the confused or misguided bravery of South Sudanese youth and mythical prophecies of Ngundeng. His model butchers the meaning of democracy.

Rebels’ deliberate orchestration of violence against the State of South Sudan is criminal. They have reduced Bor Town, Malakal and Bentiu to the demolitions the Stone Age era. And these riveting facts defeat rebels’ arguments of developmental and democratic programs.

With current facts and state of affairs, the rebels are the worst enemies of South Sudan. The current violence continues to destroy South Sudan. Violence is a flawed argument for achieving democracy. It is implausible and irrational argument for development and combating corruption in South Sudan.

Violence has destroyed the little development that we have seen in Bor Town, Bentiu, and Malakal and counties surrounding these cities. Violence is not a means of achieving democracy; it is actually a means of rejecting democratic platforms.

Rebels’ leaders fraudulently understood the actual meaning of democracy. The principles of democracy are grounded in the preservation of individual liberty, preservation of property, freedom and protection of all citizens and political participation. Rebels’ pseudo-democracy has harmed several thousand families of South Sudan.

Hence, it is time for rebels to stop confusing bravery with suicidal mission and democracy with prophecies of Ngundeng. It is even questionable whether the prophet’s Ngundeng understood democratic ideals. T

herefore rebels must rethink and take new recourse. They must cease relying on Ngundeng prophecies that have made Greater Upper Nile epicenter for unleashing violence against the state.

Juba survived those dark days. The administration narrowly thrives through thick and thin of 2013-2014. South Sudan survived because people of Equatoria and Bhar El Ghazel regions have had engaged in limited form of violence.

Citizens in these regions have exercised restrained and citizenship. I gave people of these regions credits for choosing peace over violence. And as New Year begins, let us all seek for peace. Peace comes through constructive dialogues.

The problem is our leaders in the SPLM have lost the meaning of democracy and constructive views in translation. People that presented constructive arguments but opposing views of government are branded as rebels.

We have seen in December of 2013, the SPLM leadership (SPLM-Government, and Rebels both) clearly confused democratic ideals with violence and freedoms of expression were seen as threats.

The Leaders of the SPLM (rebels included) abandoned meaningful dialogues and opted for libels, uncanny salacious statements… an episode which eventually threatens the State. Such statements and confusions muddled state of affairs, and the whole situation got out of hand and spiraled into violence.

The state of disorder was caused by the absence of trust among leaders and their complete failure to recognize a legitimate government. The public disorder ensued as the country plunged into her tragic state of affairs.

The inability of the SPLM leaders to follow one leader, the failure of the SPLM leaders to accept Kiir as their president created an anarchic situation.

On the other hand, the administration subsequent rejections of honest counsel in areas of reforms and institutions of government led to nihilism or insurrectionist disorder surged and the whole condition transpired into turmoil which dangerously ripened on the December 2013.

The fact that violence is used as means of ascending to power and to some extent accepted by Juba is itself a threat to our statehood.

Nevertheless, the honest, thoughtful and well researched informed proposals that have helped several nascent countries develop in the past are currently seen as threats by Juba. All these make me wonder, what sort of country do we want to leave for next generation?

What would the poor citizens whose properties have been destroyed, parents were killed and the livelihood shattered say? Could these people be seen as threats or be branded as rebels if they raise complaints to the government?

Nation building is not realized from vacuum, it comes through serious conversations. It is realized through encouraged competitive healthy and well developed ideas. These are then accelerated by constructive and meaningful dialogues among leaders and citizens.

For instance, we have existing South Sudanese customary laws, the Arab/Khartoum cultural laws, and the Eastern Africa/Western informed population. In such diverse environment, the government has a responsibility to gradually integrate these diverse views now or these could prove catastrophic in the future.

Constructive views and meaningful dialogues are enhanced by freedom of expression. The diversity of the laws and cultures of Arab, Africans and the West can enrich South Sudan society, institutions of government, if feasible political engagement is permitted.

However, just like Juba confuses freedom of expression with threats, rebels confuse democracy with violence. Freedom of speech isn’t a threat to government. It is a format of raising concern issues that affect citizens in remote villages to state and central governments.

Rebels on one hand have butchered the meaning of democracy. They unilaterally proposed 21 states and change of South Sudan name to Federal Republic of South Sudan.

Honestly, a High School student is smarter than Riek Machar. These proposals can never be done by rebels alone. Democratic leader would seek consent from the governed (citizenry).

Good leader would propose referendum to be held to find out whether name of the country can be changed. Another referendum can be held for citizens to vote whether states can be splits into 21 or not.

Again, only citizens could make these calls, it is neither Juba nor rebels factions. I hope writers continue to dissect all these confusions. It is time we schooled Dr. Riek Machar and Adwok Nyaba on this subject of democracy and their illiterate saga in this conflict.

The previous and current rebellions and accumulative vices besides international and regional interests are the actual threats to South Sudan. These threats can never be confused with freedom of expression.

Freedom of expression could perfect union of the diverse tribes, especially if freedoms of expression are fostered to enhance transformational ideas and with clear case of rejecting violence.

Juba must understand that any rejection of freedom of expression or seizure of newspapers can be used by the international entities of making their case against the government. Hence, Juba needs to respect citizens’ opinions as along as they are not harmful to citizens and not a threat to statehood.

In this New Year, I hope we focus on peace, and reconciliation.

I do acknowledge that the freedoms of expression in the country and pushing for reform have been hijacked by the rebellion. Now, there is a fine line between raising legitimate issues that need quick resolution and platform of rebels.

The more we brand people as rebels or pro-government the more we could kill constructive debate, a debate that is desperately needed for development and viability.

Our country isn’t black and white. We do not hold monolithic view or one view. Diverse views or constructive dialogues must never be confused with rebellion.

Rebels are fighting for democracy and their ideals of democracy are deeply rooted in evil or Jok rach (Ngundeng) mythical superstitions. Ngundeng’s concepts of leadership are alien to democracy.

Apparently, all democratic ideals reject usage of violence as a means of securing power. Times again and again Riek has not only used violence but embraced Ngundeng prophecies to catapult to power. He wants to become president through violence. He wants to kill his way into leadership.

I am sure Ngundeng could accept bloody president but God will not accept such unlawful means of securing power.

The SPLM internal divisions and tribal conflicts have brought this nation to its knees. In this year, I would recommend to the SPLM leaders to reconcile their disputes; unite their ranks in order to propose programs that would address regional and international interests and tribal conflicts in South Sudan.

Tribal conflicts warrant specific proposal from the SPLM leadership. Our country wants lasting peace if the leaders do not like it. However, the international and regional interests could derail South Sudan economy and sovereignty if the people and leaders of South Sudan are not united to preserve their interests and sovereignty.

It is about time they concur that they are destroying very essence of the independence that they fought for more than two decades. As the New Year comes, people of South Sudan must choose peace. This new year, South Sudanese can choose peace over violence.

Country belongs to all of us, and as we begin this New Year, I urged all the leaders, both SPLM leaders in many camps (in Government, Rebels, G11) to welcome diverse perspectives, and more constructive dialogue that reject violence.

In the course of the last year and one month, we have engaged in sectarian politics and violence and that did not help us. The surfaced deep seated issues of the liberation struggles and post-independence that are occasionally exacerbated by grudges and unresolved problems of the past.

All these need to be resolved. As we begin this year, we must understand that the greatest threats to South Sudan viability are ethnic related conflicts, the SPLM internal disputes and international and regional interests.

Therefore, let’s all reconfigure our behaviors and look for ways in which we can remedy these glitches and find peaceful ways of solving problems. I hope New Year comes with renewal of the hearts and minds of our leaders so that peace is realized in the Republic of South Sudan.

I affirm that we will recover, we will over setback, we will overcome obstacles, will resolve this conflict and emerge stronger than ever because we are people of South Sudan.

We live by common pride in nationalism and patriotism and these ideals have secured our independence and will continue to lead this nation to prosperity and brighter future.

May peace be upon the people of South Sudan!

Gabrial Pager Ajang, Political Science and History Instructor at Wright Career College
He can be reached at ajangassociates@gmail.com

Kiir & SPLA second massacre looming in Ma’di land

By: DAVID AJU KANYARA, South Sudan, JAN/01/2015, SSN;

The Sudan’s People Liberation Army, a guerrilla movement and a brainchild of the charismatic leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior, a man many Southerners consider with pride as a first world grade, highly educated and visionary leader, who possessed a solid leadership style to unify our divergent nation but yet surprisingly, laid a sandy foundation of the SPLA, on atrocities and human rights abuses. 


Under Dr Garang’s leadership, SPLA became a dominant powerhouse owned by the Dinka and for the Dinka. Many made no secret about this, that “we died for this land, we liberated you and now it is ours including your ancestral lands and if you do not like it go back to Zaire or Uganda.”

They made no efforts to be inclusive yet claiming and desiring a national government.

Not satisfied by this power possession in the armed forces but also extended the absolute dominance in the political wings, but worst yet, in the territorial integrity of the nation, as they seek to occupy every inch of South Sudan from Kapoeta to Wau and from Abeyi to Nimule, becoming the only tribe that infests every single soil of South Sudan at the expense of displacements and sufferings of the other 63 ethnic groups.

What is at stake here is South Sudan, as we know it! At the heart of the sanctity of these ancestral lands lays the survival of individual ethnic groups! Many of these ethnicities are soon to be history and this is what the Jiengs seek and want.

They meanwhile remain and function as a tribal unit yet they disrupt the lifestyles of other tribes in the name of a one nation, one people, and as a decoy of simply turning us into a Jieng nation! Amounting to ethnic cleansing!!

To highlight this point, the events in the Ma’di theater has clearly showcased Kiir’s political inabilities, compounded by his tribal allegiance rather than to the nation which not only caused Kiir to fail at national level but has at worse, made him grow restless, dangerously anxious and inpatient to the extent of not sparing anyone who would disapprove or disagree with his manner of leadership.

In November the entire people of South Sudan were confused by Kiir’s propaganda machines, first by the statement released through the Sudan Tribune, linking Gen. Martin Kenyi to the defection of Equatorian rebel group, then the ever drunk SPLA spokesperson, a man whose official duty is defined as a habitual liar like his boss, came out publicly to deny that Gen. Martin has jumped the Juba Ship but that he is still with the Government. Clearly once again a government that lies!

Philip Aguer maintains that Gen. Martin Kenyi has gone outside the country for treatment, this statement was contradicted by Governor Lobong, during his visit to Pageri on 14 December 2014, with the vice President Wani Igga.

Here yet we see a confused government that chronically and incurably lies to her people! This mission was nothing but purely to make Gen. Martin Kenyi look like a fugitive, as such they intended to conduct searches in every mountain in EES and every house in Ma’di land and it must be thorough to catch the fugitive but the actual casualties are Civilians, some whom they bribed or tortured to get information supposedly leading to the general.

As now being felt everywhere in the Ma’diland, this is not a civilian sparing search but this was a plan to cause and inflict terror on ordinary people of the Ma’diland. They terribly miscalculated this because when you torture an innocent person, you are also sharpening him to redefine his destiny and reevaluate his loyalty.

In my eyes, Kiir has not learned from the Juba Massacre, and opted yet again for the use of force on unarmed citizens, this will prompt more young people to join armed resistance out of desperation and resentment.

In fact if you can use force why not others? Granted, what gives you power over me is the gun, why can’t I also get one so that we see who looses his life first since we all have one to loose and we shall all die one day!

I must bring to your attentions, my fellow countrymen/women, since the government designated Gen Martin Kenyi as the most wanted Equatorian after Lado Gore, the number of SPLA deployment in the Madi territories has grown alarmingly like never seen before with catastrophic results on the innocent civilians to date.

This has made the Ma’di corridor the most militarized zone in Equatoria.

In the village of Opari located approximately 18 km from Pageri Payam Headquarters, on the fateful Christmas day, the SPLA soldiers deployed there to hunt down the most wanted man in Equatoria, rained havoc on the civilian populations.

Instead of being sober and alert as the rebel could strike anytime like lighting, the soldiers indulged themselves in consumption of local Waragi and at the end of the day, the already polarized soldiers were consumed with anger.

So, the section of the soldiers from Didinga and Lokoya tribes couldn’t anymore take the insult and abuse brought on them by their fellow comrades from the Dinka tribe, and a soldier from Didinga under the influence of alcohol then opened fire indiscriminately and fatally wounding his Dinka colleague.

Noticing his colleague was dead and filled with fear that he was going to be apprehended and tortured in horrific manner, knowing very well the kind of torture the SPLA is capable of, he decided to run into the Opari bushes.

The following day on 26 December 2014, a group of soldiers mainly from the Dinka, with elements of few Equatorians were dispatched to look for the fugitive soldier. After a few Km, the group ran into a female peasant, a 31-year-old farmer, tending after her family crops. These unnumbered SPLA soldiers attacked this woman, raped this mother of six children!

Fearing that this woman and a mother of young children could later identify them, they, the SPLA soldiers decided to end her life by placing the nozzle of their gun in her throat and shooting her to death!

This unimaginable atrocity and a crime against humanity is simply the continuation of atrocities the SPLA committed indiscriminately from its inception, against non-Dinka regardless of their ages or sexes.

Should we forget the declaration of the governor of Central Equatoria, Clement Konga, that in the Mundariland pregnant women were killed and their babies cut out of their wombs?

Meanwhile, in Nimule, the Terror in Madiland escalates daily. A man by name Alido Lado Yongo, Ma’di native from Opari, an army veteran who is also military trainer/instructor in military training academy in Owiny Kibul was arrested and his whereabouts remain unknown after he was taken by the SPLA from Nimule checkpoint accused of training Equatorians to fight against Kiir’s government.

According to the friends of the veteran army officer, he was in the past shot and wounded in the jaw and injured in Bentiu by the Jalabas during the war of liberation consequently he lost all his teeth and his jaw disfigured and has had health issues because of those injuries for the past 15 years.

His friends and colleagues decry the allegation against the disabled veteran officer that he has gone to join the rebels as unfounded and this is a conspiracy to torture him and intimidate others, the Madi but Equatorians in general.

The friends of Yongo maintain that he was in Kampala for medical checks up with permission from his superiors in Bilpham army headquarters in Juba.

The nightmare for this disable veteran continues, to add salt to his injuries, the Kiir’s army seized the son of this wounded veteran, named Alido Irra Joseph, although Alido junior has never been in the military nor has he been anywhere since the beginning of this war on 15 December 2013.

Irra’s colleagues are upset and maintain that he is always present at his workstation in Nimule; they have records of Irra’s work at Nimule customs. Three other young men were also kidnapped since then and their whereabouts unknown, but are believed being held in the army barracks in Nimule.

As a nation we must hold the Kiir government responsible for every single torture and life taken!

According to the army, Irra is involved with the Equatorian rebels, in purchasing food and other needed items by the rebels, but the people who know and work with Irra Joseph have disputed this allegation and they accused the SPLA of targeting Ma’di youth based on their ethnicity since the allegation of the Gen Kenyi’s defection surfaced in the media.

The youth across Ma’di are subjected to arbitrary arrest and tortures by the SPLA. The Movement of the ordinary citizens in Nimule is restricted based on ethnic identities, Dinka at Nimule can go wherever they choose, while Ma’di women and boys ages of 14 years and over are stopped and questioned by the security personnel.

They cannot go beyond Ame River Bridge, a bridge that divides South Sudan with Uganda. They cannot go beyond the foot of Mount Gordon. They cannot buy more than 5 kilos of any food materials else you are accused of feeding the Rebels and will be arrested and tortured! While Dinka can buy whatever amount of food they want without being questioned!

In Mugali, Loa, Pageri, Kerepi, Moli and Opari, people were prevented from going to work in their gardens, the soldiers are suspicious thinking people who are going to work in their farms are smuggling food for the rebels under Kenyi, they choose to terrorize the unarmed civilians instead of going after Kenyi.

Now the soldiers have resorted to intimidation, arresting, raping and killings of the unarmed civilians they are supposed to protect according to the very constitution that they claimed to be defending!

You don’t need to be reminded about the atrocities and abuse of human rights including forceful rapes and marriages of our girls and women by the primitive Jieng SPLA soldiers during the war of liberation that has been chronic even before there was anything called constitution in South Sudan.

These barbaric behaviors are acts of crimes committed against the peaceful communities based on their ethnicities, making the entire south Sudan unstable like the Dinkaland. The only women safe from rapes are the Dinka women and girls, all women from other tribes are free for all specially for the Jiengs…. why is this? The only safe families in Nimule are the Dinka Family ….why is this?

Definitely, this colossal and malignant Garang’s pro-Jieng policy in detriment to other ethnic groups, continues under the leadership of Mr Salva Kiir at yet a worse scale aggravated by a man who has no respectable education, charisma nor political agility.

Kiir was not born to be a national politician, but rather a cattleman and a cattle Camp Dinka warrior to protect his clan against the interests of outsiders; inherently Dinka but not a national figure, thus it,isn’t surprising Kiir has failed miserably to lead our diversified nation with multi-ethnic cluster groups into a united South Sudan.

He has no understanding of what the non-Dinka of South Sudan feel or want from this joint venture called the Republic of South Sudan.

Remember how the discussion on federalism went and about when Kiir asked the Equatorian leaders to quit talking of Federalism? He has no ability to see beyond his Dinka eyes, thus the rest of South Sudan has been excluded from the short honeymoon of this nation.

Like his predecessor, Kiir rules by decrees while silencing those with opposing views. As it is common trait of dictators, Kiir’s lack of political experience left him with no resources than the use of force versus the brain ….aka politics, thus easily invoking the only thing he got, his military experience to butcher his political opponents.

We have found ourselves in an unplanned war, a war that would have been avoided if Kiir has a genuine reasoning ability to put the interest of our nation first rather than that of his kin or his own, not to mention a leader with sound abilities will always compromise and listen to the voices of his/her constituents and if they refuse to listen to him, he will step down so as to save his nation from descending into abyss.

He like Saddam Hussein, will carry this country with him to hell. After all it is all about him, not about the people he serves!

The Jieng have turned South Sudan into a nation in war, a nation where there is no respect for human rights, a nation whose President is power hungry, and like the Arabs who did not care about the people of south Sudan but only about drilling our oil.

Kiir has hidden agenda to marginalized other communities and he wants Dinka to flourish while the remaining 63 tribes accounting for more than 3/4 remain slaves and servants of the primitive Dinka.

The situation in Ma’di has gotten out of hands, the world is kept uninformed as phone lines have been tampered with and monitored day and night, people fear to contact their families from within South Sudan or from neighboring countries, and the list of disappearances are on the rise each day.

Kiir has poured money into Nimule to bribe the impoverished locals, to turn them into informants! If he does not torture into submissions, he bribes into submissions!

People of South Sudan, you deserve to know about the crimes Kiir is committing in the Ma’diland, for the Scripture says, “You shall know the truth and it shall set you free!”

Free from bribes and lies of Kiir and his gangs. As for him, his hands are full of blood of our people.

You should be forewarned that, in Madiland, Kiir has set up the stage for a full blown massacre, but Kiir and the Warrap generals are miscalculating and underestimating the powers and bravery and the decisive boldness of South Sudanese people when provoked, they think such is only possessed by the Jieng, but they are in for rude awakenings.

My people, yesterday it was the Nuer, we sat and watched and today it is we the Madi. You sit and watch, when it is your time, we the survivors, too shall sit and watch as we are left fewer and apart.

At the end, history will remember us as a generations that sat and watched while Kiir and his council of Jiengs elders robbed us of our identities, our ancestral lands, our cultures, and our very nation itself now called the Republic of South Sudan, a brain child of Equatorians, born in Torit in 1955 and turned now into the bloody Republic of Jieng while we sat and watched.

For they are convinced as sure as death itself that “this power belongs to them and they are born to rule and we Equatorians, to be ruled.”

Under this fallacy they have massacred the Nuer and now soon the Madis and it will next continue to other ethnic groups, isolating us one by one, using the national treasures to bribe the gullible and the hungry, until the last believer in South Sudan falls dead at their genocidal guns as a result of our indifference and the brilliance of their shrewdness.

They’re turning us yet again into second class citizens of the Republic of Jieng.

Alas! Unless nationhood triumphs over Jiengism, ONLY when the birthplace of South Sudan once again rises up and says “enough is enough!”

David Aju Kanyara