Archive for: August 2015

On the Arrest of Mr. Bangasi Bakasoro by the Dinka-Haram Terrorists… Country: South Sudan

From: Lavina Lual, Sunday/17/Aug/2015.

The arrest of Colonel Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro yesterday by the Dinka-Haram Terrorists Group on the eyes of all Equatorians in Juba should send a right message to all Equatorians in Equatoria, Opposition, RSS and Diasporas to re-think of why Equatoria should detach herself from living with these predatory genes in one nation…

Yesterday, Sunday 16th August 2015 was the day President Kiir decided to reshuffle 5 Governors out of 10. Two Governors of CE and WE state were replaced by new Governors from same communities of the former Governors. Major General Wani Konga of CE was replaced by his tribe fellow-Mr Juma Ali who is a Mundari, and Col. Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro by his tribe man an azande; Col Partrich Raphael Zamoi the first WE Governor after the CPA was signed.

The people of the RSS, the State Governors who were changed and the ones still in power were psychologically ready including Bakasaro himself following the decision of the National Legislature three months ago that extended the period of the President and the National and State Legislatures for the coming three years, and in particular referring the appointments of the care taker Governors to the powers of the President as in accordance to article 101 (R&S) of the interim constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.

Having this in mind, the people of the RSS like in many countries are already familiar with this thing called a reshuffle and can easily take it as a normal terrain in any form of Government, nevertheless the one portrayed on the issue of Bakasoro removal by the dinka-haram mob of kiirler had turn out to be a daily jienge episode towards other non jienge in the RSS because why would you remove some one and put him in jailed on top of removal??.

Bakasoro being the most popular Governor in the RSS and a popular Equatoria leader who passed the election on an independent candidate ticket in the midst of his enemies-the jienge who were using a woman to challenge his popularity should not be left unchallenged of which kiirler is very unfordable all this time working with Bakasoro who defeated kiir’s concubine Minister Ms Nunu Kumba.

However, the writer of this article highly condemned President Kiir and his dinka-haram cohorts that have usurped state powers just to annihilate these popular Equatorian leaders in the same manner General Isaac Mamur was humiliated when he was jailed for years and for something he did not commit other than a mere jealousy of jienge.

Knowing very well that at the moment Bakasoro had become the most popular Equatorian not like the spineless Wani Igga and the likes of Loumuruo and other belly Equatorian politicians who are serving under the mercy of dinka-haram gangsters, this jienge President kiir is timing very much to ensure that he dies with all popular Equatorians so that no one challenge this destructive community in this country.

Throughout many Equatoria conferences held in Equatoria and attended by these 3 Equatoria Governors, it is remarkably to say that Bakasoro has appeared to be the most popular Equatoria as he is outspoken and can say out what the Equatorians want in this country as their right.

Bakasoro has once or twice told this weak-willed Wani Igga that he shouldn’t have given out his seat in 2002 if the heat was too much for Wani but could have given it to him-Bakasoro and see how he can lead these great, informed, civilized, peace loving and great community called Equatoria…a very clear message and Equatorians always laugh at them by clapping hands thinking they are joking but serious jokes though!.

There was already even rumour of many Equatorians who were thinking either Bakasoro or Mamur should contest for Presidency or at least replace the ailing Wani Igga in order to help out Equatoria reach its expected destiny from the mess the country is madly ran by these brainless and shameless people.

Listening to the voice of the wife of Bakasoro yesterday on the radio, all the Equatorians were shocked all over the country and are expecting a response to this unreasonable arrest.

Bakasoro have been implicated by kiir’s concubine Minister Nunu and her relatives over the differences of election to have link with the rebels as a cover up and that he is behind the mayhem created by the dinka haram in his WE State recently.

Today Bakasoro is in jail and they will as usual fabricate and brew up stories to why he was jailed just like yesterday was Mamur and all sorts of stories were said against him, the day before yesterday was Abdel Rahman Sule and Josephine Lagu, and the trail will continue going as much as these Equatorians keep on thinking it is a Bari, Zande, Lotuko, Madi or whatever tribe problem.

For this reason the writer is not just advocating for implementation of federalism but is after a confederation of three Federal States under one country called South Sudan Federation; the Federal States should be Equatoria, Upper Nile and Bahr El-Gazal Federations and we shall see who will be messing up, corrupting and subjugating his own people and who is going ahead with development.

If there are sections of communities who want to join either federation like the WBG people they are mostly welcome to join Equatoria or any federation they choose, and if there are sections like the Pibor in Jongolei and maybe some communities in Jongolei who would like to Join Equatoria or BG Federation they should be allowed to do so and we have these issue of destructive animals be kept aside from humans.

After all Upper Nile will soon be dealing with its own affairs as 3 Upper Nile States and why Equatoria would be left with these tyrannies-Bahar El-Gazal.

It is time that we have three confederations under one roof. Juba town alone is like the size of Rwanda meaning Equatoria is much bigger to be an independent clean and beautiful nation like Rwanda, Gabon and many other countries. This seems like a joke but it will happen one day one time because there is no way, people should be kept in one room just because the British demarcated them in one place…

Lavina Lual is reachable on lavinalualthi@gmail.com; Juba/Sunday/17/Aug/2015

The Paradox of President Kiir’s 15 Days Consultations

BY: John Adoor Deng, Australia, AUG/18/2015, SSN;

The attention of the world was few hours ago tuned to the Ethiopian Capital, waiting for a possible good news of a signed Peace Agreement, stoppage of baseless war and a return to national normalcy, reconciliation, reconstruction and rejuvenation among others.

Although a considerable level was reached especially with two groups (former detainees and SPLM-IO) inking the agreement, the world was taken by surprise when President Kiir, a legally known father of the nation, refused to sign the agreement, arguing that he will do further consultations for 15 Days.

This article will attempt to unpack the paradox of SPLM-Juba‘s position on Peace Agreement, especially the notion of 15 days consultations.

To bring this argument home, readers, in the online Cambridge dictionary, consultation is defined as “the process of discussing something with someone to get their advice or opinion about it.” Hence, one can infer in this definition that consultation has much to do with incorporating people’s ideas and opinions on an issue being discussed.

In other words, to consult, means in effect that nothing is complete yet, but something is to be done. On the contrary and given the contextual meaning of consultation, few of us are left wondering why did President Kiir call for a further consultation at this late hour.

Of course these questions pop into mind: what consultations is SPLM Juba going to do? Who will they consult within Juba? Consulting on what? And consulting to get what?

The rationale of these questions is guided by the belief that for the last 20 months, both parties to the conflict have consulted heavily with their constituencies in numerous occasions. In fact, most of the inputs in recent talks have reflected views of the general public.

For example, in the negotiations, the civil society, faith based groups and political parties have all been represented. Also, these entities have carried their distinctive consultations.

In addition, President Kiir, before he left Juba for Ethiopia, consulted twice with political parties, governors, security forces, members of Political Bureau, NLC and all political heavyweights in the country including the Mr. David Yauyau of Pibor Administration.

Thus, the question of what consultations is SPLM Juba going to do becomes an interesting area to explore. A thorough consultation has already been done, and views of the people are clear, they need peace now!

In Addis- SPLM-Juba has a vast team, who have done their best in negotiating peace for the country, why is their work neglected and overlooked?

Interestingly, many people don’t know including the author, where will SPLM-Juba incorporate news ideas and advice emerging from their post agreement consultations? What everyone knows is that the IGAD-Plus only wants Kiir to come back to ink the agreement perhaps alone, as both FD and SPLM-IO will have no use to attend.

The benefit of 15 days consultations thus become an intentional waste of time and a possible germinating of a wrong impression into a peace-needy public in South Sudan.

Having analysed this and found no basis for further consultations, I, in the spirit of national building would respectfully ask my brothers and sisters on the SPLM-Juba to rethink their position.

In an ideal world, Leaders take hard decisions to rescue descending nations. I am optimistic that you comrades in the SPLM-Juba are more than capable to swallow pride if some of the provisions in the agreement don’t sit well with you and give peace a humble chance to reign in our beloved country.

The world has turned its focus on South Sudan expecting you to show leadership and courage beyond bitterness. Give an opportunity for the survival of our Children, Women, and Elderly under trees in the bushes of South Sudan by signing the agreement.

Come to your senses and see the embarrassment that we South Sudanese around the global continue to face for mismanaging our affairs. We have become a failed and fragile state, topping the world ranks.

With peace signed today, South Sudan will jump ladders to become the top world’s wealthy country and a bread basket for Africa.

I am sure, it is this thinking that inundated Nyandeng Garang during the signing in Addis, to break into tears for seeing the intentional refusal to give innocent people peace and restoration of the lost image. Think Twice our leaders and bring peace home to our country.

The author is John Adoor Deng, Member of Civil Society Organisation in Australia. He can be reached by email: dengjohn780@gmail.com

EXPOSED: Why president Kiir declined to sign Addis peace deal

THE EAST AFRICAN, AUG/18/2015, SSN;

South Sudan President Salva Kiir refused to sign a peace deal with rival Riek Machar after finding the text of the accord had been altered from the one that had been agreed upon, the government camp now says.

South Sudan’s deputy ambassador to Kenya John Morgan told The EastAfrican that President Kiir was aware of the deal in store when he left Juba on Monday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the last-ditch talks were to be held to forestall economic and military sanctions being imposed on the warring factions.

Later that day, President Kiir refused to endorse a deal backed by IGAD and the troika – the US, the UK and Norway – saying he needed 15 days for consultations as Mr Machar put pen to paper, gaining some mileage as a pro-peace leader.

“The president left for Addis because he thought the deal he was meant to sign was reasonable. This was until he realised that some of the controversial clauses removed during the Entebbe meeting were reinstated in the Addis peace deal,” Mr Morgan said.

However, President Kiir had earlier appeared to suggest that he was going to Addis Ababa against his will; for fear of being branded anti-peace.

“Even if I am not happy, I must show my face. If I don’t go, negative forces will take me as the one against the peace that was going to be signed,” President Kiir told reporters before leaving Juba.

Machar told reporters he was surprised by Kiir’s decision.

“I didn’t know that he was not going to sign. I couldn’t find any explanation for this because he had it all. There is no reason why he requested for more time. We had a good agreement,” Mr Machar.

“Consequences”

The decision not to sign came as a surprise to regional leaders and the international community who had hopped the peace deal would mark a step closer in achieving a peace for the country.

The US, through its State department, said it “would consider ways to raise the cost for intransigence” while the EU has said failure to sign the agreement within the 15 days requested “would entail consequences.”

Contentious clauses

President Kiir refused to sign the peace deal because the reinstated clauses would see the capital Juba declared a demilitarised zone, have him share power with Mr Machar both at the national and state level, and exercise executive authority with his rival.

Perhaps most controversially, the peace deal would allow Mr Machar to be in control of his rebel forces while Mr Kiir would be in charge of the national army – presenting a dangerous situation where the country could potentially have two commanders-in-chief.

A recent meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, bringing together the so called “frontline” states, resolved to remove these provisions.

However, the president’s allies blame the US for putting pressure on regional leaders and mediators, who had been meeting in Addis since August 5th, to throw out the Entebbe peace proposal.

“IGAD members took it upon themselves in Entebbe to amend the July peace plan driven by the troika,” the deputy ambassador told The EastAfrican.

“That made our president want to go to Addis, but the troika was able to prevail on IGAD member states and the Entebbe proposal was removed from the deal.”

The deal gives 90 days for demilitarisation of Juba, which will come under the control of foreign troops from IGAD members and the UN which will take charge for 30 months until elections are held.

It is in Juba that President Kiir’s most loyal forces are stationed, but with Machar’s forces only 25 km away, it is no guarantee, according to some sources, that the former vice president may not attempt to take over the city again.

The Entebbe proposal also limited power sharing to the national level only, and stated that the status quo at the state level to be maintained before December 2013.

In the national executive, President Kiir will take 53 per cent, Mr Machar will take 33 per cent and 14 per cent will be split equally between former detainees and political parties. In the 325 seat legislature, former rebels will be reinstated to their positions before 15 December 2013.

But the new deal will see President Kiir’s side take 46 per cent of the governments in the most affected states in the war – Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states – while Mr Machar takes 40 per cent with the rest going to the former political detainees and other political parties.

Mr Machar will also get to nominate governors for the two oil-rich states of Unity and Upper Nile while President Kiir appoints the governor of Jonglei state.

South Sudan’s civil war broke out in December 2013, when President Kiir accused his former vice president Machar of planning a coup, setting off a wave of violence that has split the country along ethnic lines.

At least seven ceasefires have already been agreed to and then broke within days even with the threat of sanctions, arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes.

Earlier in August 2015 while on an African two-nation tour, President Barack Obama gave Mr Kiir and Mr Machar up to August 17th to reach a deal. END

Kiir refuses while Machar signs peace deal: What next for the United States?

Various sources, AUG/16/2015, SSN

ELIAS MESERET, ASSOCIATED PRESS ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP); South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir refused Monday to sign a peace agreement with rebel forces, saying he needs more time, mediators said Monday.

Kiir said he needs 15 days before he will sign the agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar, according to mediators in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Machar signed the accord before Kiir refused.

Some South Sudanese women who participated in the negotiations were seen crying after Kiir said he would not sign. Others banged tables to express their disappointment.

Machar told reporters he was surprised by Kiir’s decision.

“I didn’t know that he was not going to sign,” he said. “I couldn’t find any explanation for this because he had it all. There is no reason why he requested for more time. We had a good agreement, he had a lion’s share on many areas.”

NYTimes, SOMINI SENGUPTA, Reports: “Bucking the threat of international sanctions, the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, refused to sign a peace deal to halt the nation’s civil war on Monday, the deadline for a final accord mediated by African leaders.

“If it is signed today and then tomorrow we go back to war, then what have we achieved?” Mr. Kiir was quoted as saying in a tweet posted by the South Sudanese government’s account.

In Washington, John Kirby, the State Department spokesman, said the United States “deeply regrets that the government of South Sudan chose not to sign an agreement that was supported by all of the states in the IGAD.” He said the United States “would consider ways to raise the cost for intransigence” if Mr. Kiir does not accept the accord soon. End

The international community had hoped South Sudan’s rival factions would finally reach a political settlement after months of on-off negotiations under the mediation of a regional bloc known as IGAD.

The U.S. urged the warring factions to reach a peace agreement by Aug. 17 or face sanctions.

Donald Booth, U.S. special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, described Kiir’s decision as “unexpected,” saying he hopes the president will sign the agreement soon.

“But, as President Obama said, things will fundamentally change if there is no agreement,” he said.

Mediators had expressed hope that Kiir and Machar would sign a “compromise document,” including provisions on how to share power and the composition of a coalition government.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013 as government troops try to put down a rebellion. Multiple attempts to sign a comprehensive peace agreement have failed despite international pressure.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-south-sudans-leader-refuses-to-sign-peace-deal-2015-8#ixzz3j729gaZn

Where is Mr Peter Abdulrahman Sule?

AUG/16/2015, SSN;

Mr Peter Abdulrahman Sule, a renowned South Sudanese lawyer, politician and the leader of the

United Democratic Front party in South Sudan has gone missing as of the 24th July 2015. It is

reported that he had gone to Adjumani in northern Uganda to visit some South Sudanese friends

but was abducted by Ugandan plain clothes security personnel. Since then he has been

unreachable via emails and mobile phone. His personal phone appears to be in possession of

other persons. When it is rung, sometimes it rings out, sometimes it is switched off straight

after the call and sometimes it comes back as engaged.

It is worth noting that Peter escaped from the regime of President Salva Kiir of South Sudan

which had threatened to harm him. He ran to Uganda and asked for asylum which was granted.

Therefore, he is a fully recognised refugee in Uganda under the Geneva Convention of 1951.

Given this we are asking United Nations to conduct a full enquiry into the whereabouts of Mr

Peter Abdulrahman Sule. The Ugandan authorities equally have a duty to tell his family and

his political followers where Mr Sule is.

Elhag Paul

On behalf of concerned South Sudanese in Diaspora

FROM EDITOR: WE ARE APPEALING TO ANYONE WITH MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE PASS IT TO THE EDITOR

World must directly address Yoweri Museveni of Uganda for Peace to come in South Sudan!

By Gatluak Ter Thach, PhD*, USA, AUG/15/2015, SSN;

South Sudan government and Uganda have quit IGAD PLUS peace proposal scheduled to be signed on August 17, 2015. The two countries have created their own peace plan contrary to the IGAD PLUS proposal.

Earlier this year, Uganda and South Sudan renewed their military collaboration that extended the presence of Ugandan army in the war-torn South Sudan, which resulted in Juba’s recently renewed hostilities, as well as ignoring threats of sanctions proposed by IGAD PLUS partners.

Under their renewed deal, thousands of Ugandan troops will remain in South Sudan for many months to assist Mr. Kirr and his cohorts fight Dr. Riek and his resistant forces.

Historically, since attaining her self-rule government before independence in 2011, South Sudan has emerged in recent years as the largest importer of Ugandan goods.

Over 200,000 Ugandan traders have been operating across the border of South Sudan, generating an estimated $1 billion in business for Uganda, according to Ugandan’s business fiscal report 2014-15.

After the crisis in South Sudan, the Ugandan traders have been reduced in size and income quite a bit, but their presence is still significant.

South Sudan relies heavily on its neighbors to provide goods such as construction materials and skilled services to counter its unskilled labor. Approximately 2,500 Ugandans work in Southern Sudan in the construction industry, while about 1,500 Ugandan professional are believed to be employed within non-governmental organizations, ministries and other industries.

Ugandan military has been providing military hardware to South Sudanese armies. In addition to their partnership with their South Sudanese counterparts, Ugandan military defense forces are also responsible for air defense and military logistics of South Sudanese army which is why Juba does not worry about IGAD PLUS sanctions since Kampala is on her side!

Ugandan is truly a part of the conflict in South Sudan. According to Dr. Riek, leader of opposition forces, “The Ugandans are partisan [s] in this conflict, their only agenda is to protect Salva Kiir’s government,” Dr. Machar told The Wall Street Journal. “We shall not accept Uganda’s imperialism.”

It is true tens of thousands of innocent South Sudanese civilians have been killed in this conflict which Museveni is believed to have sponsored in South Sudan. More than 50,000 South Sudanese have died since fighting erupted in Juba on December 15, 2013. A total of 2.2 million South Sudanese have been displaced since the beginning of the crisis, according to International NGOs’ report, with 800,000 of these fleeing to neighboring Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

In addition, as many as 4.5 million people in South Sudan (nearly one third of the population) face food insecurity. About 7.5 million people are at risk if situations remain unchanged.

“People are fading daily because of war and shortages of food”, while Museveni continues to counsel Mr. Kirr to avoid IGAD PLUS peace process.

Museveni of Ugandan remains a real threat to a meaningful peace in South Sudan and the region. He wants to stay on the peace table as a neutral mediator to two warring parties under auspices of IGAD, which has tried to bring lasting peace but miserably failed several times because of the interest of negotiators, includes his interest but did not mean what he is there for.

Uganda has now even attempted to marshal further military clout ahead of the talks to put in place a power-sharing government as he wishes.

Uganda’s new peace proposal is another setback to peace and would prolong the suffering of South Sudanese people. Mr. Museveni’s newfangled power sharing contradicts the IGAD PLUS power sharing which was supposed to bring lasting peace for people of South Sudan.

His proposal did not only fail to address issues that should have been tackled first for a good peace to come, but it lacks logic in basic mathematical methods, and it is uncertain why the world allows Museveni who does not have sympathies for suffering people of South Sudan to hinder peace to come in South Sudan!

Museveni has to be stopped. Here are what he proposed as power sharing at the national Level for South Sudan:

• 53% SPLM-Kiir in GRSS (national govt).
• 33% SPLM/SPLA(IO) in GRSS
• 7% FDS (former detainees)
• 7% PP (other political parties)
• *No power sharing in all the states
• *No demilitarization of Juba and other areas
• *Security arrangements be decided by the Chiefs of Staff of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda
• *Troops to be reintegrated in three months.

To make matters worse, Salva Kirr who invited Ugandan soldiers to fight along side his militia armies has always relied on Museveni for operational advice.

The World also knows Mr. Kirr and Mr. Museveni had used weapons of mass destruction that are banned on civilian targets, like the cluster bombs in several locations in Jonglei and Upper Nile States last year, but no one has yet called them to face charges for using banned weapons on civilian targets.

Museveni is wrongly advising Mr. kirr not to sign IGAD PLUS proposal, and he is doing away with it.

The source in Juba stated Museveni advised Mr. Kirr not to go to Addis Ababa cautioning him on the consequences if Mr. Kirr would refuse to sign the IGAD PLUS peace proposal on Monday, August 17, 2015.

It is astonishing and dismaying to continue receiving the destruction of human lives and properties in hands of people as Yuweri Museveni while the world powers haven’t yet collectively decided what to do with him.

Museveni and Kirr prefer war instead of peace. They care less about sanctions since Museveni believes Mr. Kirr can overcome the international sanctions as long as he is still ruling Uganda.

The world must urge them to come to their senses and sign the desperately needed peace to the young impoverished nation. It is assuredly and blatantly clear that there is no swift military solution to this conflict.

It is everyone’s belief that the solution to this conflict in South Sudan lies in the hands of the international community, and if this IGAD PLUS deadline falls into a similar category as previous ones, then it would be difficult if not impossible for a tangible peace to be achieved in South Sudan.

Recommendations

I would like to call on international bodies, especially US and the partners, as well as those of good wills, to position their weight to end this conflict without hesitation.

Had it not been because of the international community, especially the US and the partners that helped creat South Sudan, there should have not been sovereign and proud nation called South Sudan.

The same could be true as well now. The signs of human sufferings are vividly clear indications that this war has already inflicted human destructions of historical proportions than any genocidal war that previously engulfed the region including Rwanda, DRC or Somalia.

I’m personally appreciative of the role United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been playing in protecting innocent civilians who escaped the ethnic massacres in various parts of the country, which began in Juba on December 15, 2013.

UN agencies and international organizations are doing their parts to ensure that humanitarian support reaches those in need inside and outside South Sudan.

Yet, many more people are dying, and this must have to be stopped.

The followings points have to be addressed for a permanent peace to come:

1. Impose arms embargo immediately on the government of South Sudan in accordance with the Security Council Resolution 2206 for its role in orchestrating the targeted ethnic killings that began in December 15th, 2013 in Juba and its continued recalcitrance vis-à-vis the recommendations of the IGAD PLUS peace process.

2. Mr. Kiir’s speech few days ago in Juba indicated that he was hardening his position and reneging on some of the areas the SPLM in government and the SPLM in opposition had agreed on. May be it is time for sending in some deterring forces if Kirr prefers war.

3. Bring pressure to bear on the African Union to implement the findings of its Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.

4. Revised the role of Uganda in the IGAD-mediated peace process. Museveni is not there to bring peace… His new parallel proposal is counterproductive to the negotiating peace process in Addis Ababa. It is better for Kampala to join Juba side on peace table.

5. TROIKA members must actively engage and participate directly in guiding the peace process. Though I appreciated the role IGAD countries under the leadership of the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Ato Hailemariam Dessalegn, play, but I strongly believe engaging TROIKA in co-chairing the peace will append necessary impetus it needs to end the war.

I can conclude by reiterating what Secretary John Kerry said last time about South Sudanese leaders that, “Legitimacy is not a presumed right of any government. It is conferred by the people, and it is sustained only by demonstrating leadership to protect and serve all citizens – responsibilities the government has neglected.”

The leadership in Juba has lost its legitimacy to lead people of South Sudan, meaning peace will not come unless international forces and people of goodwill acknowledge enough is enough for Museveni and his war partner, Kiir, in order for people of South Sudan to achieve a sustainable peace instead of pursuing a military solution to the conflict.

Dr. Gatluak Ter Thach lives and works in Nashville, TN. Author can be reached at: gatluakt@yahoo.com

Troika & IGAD: The Unholy Alliance working to invade South Sudan on pretext of bringing peace

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan, AUG/15/2015, SSN

“No Nation has the right to make decision for another nation; No people for another people” Julius Kambarage Nyerere, from his ‘A Peaceful New Year’ speech given in Tanzania on 1 January 1968:

In politics, as in medicine, a cure based on a false assumption, diagnosis is almost always worthless, often worsening the condition that is supposed to be healed. Sometimes the new disease may arise because of the wrong medicine prescribed by the doctors and hence aggravating the condition of the patient more than ever before. Therefore, doctors are required to listen careful to their patients before attempting to diagnose the sickness and prescribe the medicine.

The recent proposed modus vivendi by the IGAD-Plus called “compromised agreement” as the “diagnosis” to cure the 19 months old conflict of South Sudan is a cure predicated on false assumption and wrong diagnosis.

Therefore, it will not bring peace in South Sudan and hence it is a waiting bomb that can explode in less than three weeks if this deal is signed. This proposed deal clearly shows that the IGAD and Troika want South Sudan to be in category of the failing states like Somalia and Palestine or a country in existential conflicts threatening to tear the nation apart similar to that of Syria or Iraq.

The intention of Troika is thus to disintegrate South Sudan like what the US did to Afghanistan because of the resources of South Sudan. The IGAD-Plus mediators should know that the citizens of South Sudan do not welcome this deal and that is why the protests were organized in almost every part of the country condemning the IGAD-PLUS of being bias by demanding to dictate the peace on South Sudan, which is purely favoring the rebels of Riek Machar.

This truce is so dictating—New World Disorder at best—it portends the disintegration South Sudan.

Many people have expunged the neutrality of the IGAD-plus and particular the US given the way the deal is framed to advantage the SPLM-IO.

“When we first received the IGAD proposal we were puzzled. This is not a proposal negotiated by the two parties. The role of the negotiators is to bridge the gap, not that the mediators come up with a peace plan,” argues Ateny Wek Ateny, President Kiir’s press secretary.

According to Jackline Naciwa, the legal advisor of the SUNDE, “This proposed deal is more dictate and thus it will not bring the everlasting peace to South Sudan,” further adding, “the IGAD-Plus shouldn’t force peace on the parties.”

While General Bona Bang Dhol, a head of legal affairs committee in Warrap state legislative assembly says, “The actions and the behaviors of some IGAD member countries in supporting the rebels of Riek Machar are not just adding tension to the region but the reasons for which peace talks have not been able to make progress.”

Methinks that the political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, coined the praise very well when she writes: “Moreover, if we inquire historically into the causes likely to transform engagés into enragés, it is not injustice that ranks first, but hypocrisy.”

Yes, hypocrisy is the chief principal cause of violence, transforming the “engaged” into the “enraged. I have no doubt on my mind that though the US claims to be the powerful nation in the world, still South Sudan is not scared to go into war with it if it still continues with this hypocrisy in its foreign policy on South Sudan.

Obama is hypocritical holier-than-thou in engaging the government and rebels to sign peace as he made it visibly clear when he came to Ethiopia. He refused to meet South Sudan government officials to discuss the issue of peace talks with them but he barefacedly selected some countries to discuss the issue of South Sudan with them.

In that meeting, Barack Obama acted purely like a colonial headman threatening and lecturing South Sudan government to Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan and told them: “If we (US) don’t see a breakthrough by the 17th, then we have to consider what other tools we have to apply greater pressure on the parties”.

What conclusion can one draw here? How much pressure will you apply on South Sudan yaa Mr. President? I guess you are going to apply pressure exceeding 50,000 PSI of AK-47 bullet on South Sudan. But mind you, still it won’t work.

Anyone that can vividly remember how the US reckless military interventions start with a shred of objectivity knows that the U.S. government is just a pretext away from invading South Sudan. American history, after all, is teeming with flimsy provocations that created an opening for military intervention.

Here’s an instructive example of it—on the 4th of August, Obama issued an opening military intervention provocation after he met with Ban-ki Moon in the White House.

Obama told the VOA news, “If they miss that target, then I think it’s our view that it’s going to be necessary for us to move forward with a different plan and recognize that those leaders are incapable of creating the peace that is required.”

No wonder that is how the US aggression starts. Obama takes the peace talk for football that can restrictedly ends in 90 minute no wonder he doesn’t know additional minutes or extra time in football.

How many deadlines set for P5+1+EU and Iran to reach agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)? The deadline settings commenced since 24 November 2013 until the final agreement was reached on 10 July 2015. Over 10 deadlines passed without agreement being reached. Was Kerry or U.S. incapable to sign the deal with Iran?

This is a single standard not a double standard! What is that gist that Obama considered as “necessary” to propel him to move forward with a different plan? It would be unnecessary, not necessary, Mr. President to interfere into our internal affairs!

If I can ask you Mr. President, did American government under Abraham Lincoln sign a deal with Jefferson Davis, the president of Confederate States of America, to end the deadly American civil war?

Jefferson was fighting for slavery and Riek is now fighting for tribalism and regionalism, they are two faces of the same. Riek Machar must be fought, defeated and captured like Jefferson. No two ways about it!

We are all aware that Obama wants to implement what he said on 24th March 2014 in Brussels when he addressed EU leaders: “And for the international order that we have worked for generations to build. Ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs. That order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.”

This is surely what Obama wants us to do: surrender our rights and hard-won sovereignty of South Sudan to the US to govern us. But it will be next to impossible and it shall only happen if we, the patriots of this nation, perish first in the battlefield fighting against the U.S aggression. We are not small-minded Mr. President to govern our own affairs as you think! Leave us alone!

Walai, I think in the course of any year, there must be relatively few countries on this planet on which the U.S. soldiers do not set foot on, whether with gun-blazing, humanitarian aid in hand, or to fight the so-called terrorists. Soldiers not only arrive, but also stay interminably, if not indefinitely.

And Obama wants to extent this imperialistic, military adventurism to South Sudan. Hence, it will not be a big surprise to see Obama ordering in the U.S. soldiers to fight South Sudan government and permanently establish the military base here in South Sudan.

But, I am certain this will be their waterloo. South Sudan is South Sudan, not Southern Iraq!

Everyone now knows that the IGAD-Plus is experimenting on South Sudan colonially, the proof of which is how they are working to make US conspiracy of the” New World Order” work as “ NEW SOUTH SUDAN DISORDER”.

This is clearly shown in chapter two, article 5, in the said compromised proposed agreement. Sub articles 5.2 and 5.3 respectively say, “Juba shall be demilitarized 25kms in radius from the centre of the city and the demarcation of the area shall be agreed upon (as per attached map) during the PCTSA workshop in terms of latitude/longitude,” and 5.3 says “All other military and paramilitary forces shall vacate Juba in accordance with the boundaries established during the PCTSA workshop with the exception of:

5.3.1. The Presidential Guard: A company consisting of four platoons of 65 soldiers, each (65×4=260 soldiers) in total.
5.3.2. First Vice President’s Guard: A company consisting of three platoons of 65 soldiers, each (65×3=195 soldiers) in total.
5.3.3. Forces required to protect military barracks.

Look walai, the New World Oder is in the Making!

What does it mean if the SPLA forces can move 25KM away from Juba city? Definitely the IGAD-Plus is telling the SPLA forces to go back to the bush again and be a guerrilla movement. There are no nearby towns here should the SPLA move 25KM away from Juba city. This is invasion dressed in suit and tie.

Where is the sovereignty of South Sudan if the foreign forces are to remain in the capital city alone and protect the national government? It is invasion dressed in suit and tie or sandwiched trusteeship.

Can anyone imagine how many soldiers are in one battalion? A battalion composes of 800 soldiers, so multiply it with 3 battalions, that is 800 x 3 = 2,400 soldiers. Contrast it with 455 presidential guards of the president and first vice president.

What shall come into one’s minds? One may smell a rat and senses that there is a conspiracy in cooking.

It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to know it. Don’t forget that the current UNMISS forces will still maintain their present in Juba city. There are now estimate of 12,500 troops, and a police component of up to 1,323.

Now 8,000 troops and 956 police are currently in Juba and they will maintain their presence. This makes total of over 11,000 plus foreign forces that will be inside Juba compared to 455 of presidential guards, how can one call this: disaster in the making?

Definitely it is a crystal clear military invasion. Where on earth did the Troika ever apply such imbecile deal to settle any conflict in the world? Why does the IGAD-Plus want to begin the US conspiracy theory of “New world order” with South Sudan?

Why didn’t the IGAD and Troika mention the number of presidential guards that would protect president Bashir and late Dr. John Garang in CPA? Why in South Sudan now?

Which country in the world did the Troika ever use such kind of proposal to bring peace? This is totally imperialism in the making and South Sudanese shall never allow the US to extend its imperialistic empire to South Sudan.

South Sudan shall never be a tributary state. We are independent nation and we shall never relinquish our independence to any nation even if it threatens us at gunpoint or even bomb us into oblivion.

Unashamedly, still the IGAD-plus felt that it didn’t do enough to make the American imperialism conspiracy work properly on South Sudan.

They cleverly avoided calling a spade a spade but called it a big spoon by perverting to mention that the forces that shall protect the TGNOU are called “foreign forces” but cheatingly coined a phrase and called them “Transitional Third Party Security Units (TTPS)” with an intention that South Sudanese will not recognize that their country is being invaded by the IGAD-plus.

The IGAD-Plus should be ashamed now because we recognized their plot.

The imperialism of the IGAD-Plus didn’t stop on bringing in just the troops but they went further to describe their job in article 6.2 giving the work of national police, SPLA and National security to the said foreign units:

“The Transitional Third Party Security Unit shall among others; secure and protect the leadership of TGoNU such as the President, the First Vice President, the Vice President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, parliamentarians, civilian population, personnel of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), and any other person/institution identified as deemed vulnerable either because of his/her position in government or the nature of his/her/its duties/functions. The Unit shall provide office and residential security, close protection and mobile security, quick reaction and emergency response and advance party responsibilities in order to ensure the implementation of the Agreement.”

The IGAD-Plus really brought to us a big JOKE-PLUS. Where on earth can foreign forces protect the president of the country? IGAD-PLUS, tell me which country did such kind of thing had happened in before?

Tell me the reference now yaa Seyoum Mesfin! What are the duties of the National security and national police if the said Units are to protect Ministers and their deputies, MPs and civilian populations?

Where can foreign forces provide security and protection to the government offices? The IGAD-plus is telling President Kiir to retire all the SPLA soldiers, National security, and National police personnel and give their jobs to the foreign forces.

Hell is really breaking loose. What a 21st Century imperialism in making!

I would like to ask the people of the U.S, the people who, since the foundation of their nation and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, have been proud to cherish democracy above all else; which country had the demilitarization happened in capital city before as a perquisite to bringing peace?

Which country had the international community fixed the number of the presidential guards and tells the president to move the national army 25 KM away from the capital?

Which country had the foreign troops protected the president and government before for even a period of just a month? If the answer is NO country, then tell your Obama that you are at the WRONG side of American imperialism history.

We fought against Arabs for over four decades because of colonialism, though we lost 2.5 million lives, still we have children that can take up arms and fight against whoever wants to colonize us again.

We shall never give a damn to whoever wants to colonize us, be a white or yellow man. Gone are days when White men tortured and killed our grandfathers without any resistance. We are now in 21st Century!

In conclusion, South Sudan is not an American colony, but a sovereign state, of the 21st century. If there is any doubt about that, then the futility of August 17th deadline will make it abundantly clear to all doubting Thomas’s whether in Addis Ababa or in Washington DC.

We can’t be dictated upon, mind your own businesses and leave us alone.

Go to Somali, go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Yemen, go to the Central Africa Republic or go to Iraq if you must be somewhere else. Otherwise, stay at home and solve your own home problems.

Western Missionaries carrying the Bible heralded colonialism; today, it is the so-called peacekeepers carrying guns. Fool me once, not twice.

Simon Yel Yel can be reached at simonyel55@yahoo.com or 0955246235.

South Sudan: Why regional and International Community should decisively act now!

QUOTE: “If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”. Desmond Tutu

BY: BOL KHAN, AUG/15/2015, SSN;

Introduction

The IGAD, the AU plus International Community should take very sharp action by now against the established South Sudanese chronic disease, the SPLM. In another word, the said regional and international community should decisively start seeking quick avenues on how to save the lives of remnant innocent South Sudanese civilians from this “destroying machine” called SPLM.

Especially, after a failed Monday 17th August 2015 deadline, given to SPLM’s two sides by IGAD plus in order to strike a final peace deal.

The machine has been grinding or slaughtering innocent civilians since 16th Dec 2013 to date. Those are unnecessary situations, created by the SPLM! Where innocent South Sudanese civilians have been dying across the corners, everyday, and everywhere just like chickens.

Does regional and international community just want to provide billions of Dollars in humanitarians’ assistance but cannot be able to stop the “destroying machine”?

In the eyes of the world-nations, thousands of innocent South Sudanese civilians were massacred, buried in mass graves even as we speak, civilians are still being killed just like chickens and buried.

Yet these powerful communities couldn’t take any substantial action to stop random killings. The communities have been standing on unwanted neutral ground while speaking a language of “we are urging the two warring parties to the conflicts to stop war or bring peace”. Can such language solve any problem between any two foes?

In nature, a mediator… any mediator cannot succeed in reconciling or solving any problem; if he/she cannot sometimes clearly tell Mr. X or Mr. Y that: You Mr. X you’re right here and wrong there and vice-versa.

For instance, the Republic of Uganda got involved, at the outset of South Sudan’s conflicts, militarily in the crisis but the IGAD’s other member states couldn’t frankly tell Museveni that you’re wrong.

Instead, IGAD initiated endless; now IGAD-plus mediated peace negotiations which have been off and on in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa since early 2014 but without fruitful results.

Has the regional and international community chosen South Sudanese innocent civilians’ side or its opposite? For in any deadly situations like this, two choices are always there: either you join the side of the culprits or the side of the victims.

There is no impartiality in a state where death and life are the order of the day! Irrespectively, the people of South Sudan are dying en mass today both in GRSS’s controlled areas, in the side of SPLM-IO’s controlled areas as well as in the refugee’s camps outside the country.

Needles to mention those are dying in a crossfire. In total, since Dec 2013; eighty thousand (80,000) innocent pure civilians are already reported dead. This was very big number, so it deserves bold action and not just verbal words as usual.

Conflicts and suffering already either escalated to other states like WES, EES, and the region of Bhar el Gazhal. Civilians should not be left alone being killed just like chickens everywhere. Action needs to be taken!

Juba’s intransigent towards sustainable peace in South Sudan?

Of course, Juba will remain intransigent because of a military support provided to Kiir by President Museveni of Uganda. Deeds can translate the reality on the ground. This is one of the important facts the world should know!

For this reason, President Kiir and his inner-circle in Juba’s Presidential Palace won’t listen or do different things relevant to peace unless they are told to do so by Yoweri Meseveni of Uganda.

In any country worldwide, it is the President who can measure how far the situations of his/her ordinary citizens have worsened. President Kiir was supposed to measure those situations because he is the only one; presiding over the country.

However, given that catastrophic situations the civilians have been passing through since Dec 2013; he (Kiir) never thinks of restoring sustainable peace to South Sudan. We have been saying this in a number of occasions or briefly in an article I wrote in May last year titled “The regional and Global Actors should learn how Salva Kiir dictates”.

I am not saying: the rebels’ leader, Riek Machar should not play a significant role in bringing about peace in South Sudan. No, he should but not much.

Nevertheless, believe it or not, if President Bashier of Sudan didn’t decide to end African longest civil war when he accepted the rights to Self-determination for Southern Sudanese people, which was popular’s demand, CPA would have not been materialized in 2005.

And I think no South Sudanese in his/her right sense would wish giving up a fight for popular demand; like current badly needed reforms, federalism, equality, democracy, justice and rule of law in South Sudan.

The 1972 Addis Ababa Accord of Joseph Lagu and Nemeri is a best example. So, President Kiir would have ended these sufferings of his country if he ever wants to.

Presidency isn’t far better than thousands of innocent South Sudanese civilians lives lost in that period of twenty months of endless negotiations.

As a replacement, the Presidency has been resisting the fact that a large segment of its offerings were massacred with an order from within.

Participation of all stakeholders are also crippled by SPLM’s Juba. Opposition parties Alliance’s leader, Dr. Lam Akol cannot leave Juba for peace talks in Addis Ababa.

Salva Kiir favors Elias Lomuro, a well known government mouthpiece, to go and talk on opposition political parties’ behalf. Bravo to IGAD plus mediators who prevented him (Elias Lomuro) from participating in the peace talks.

The SPLM Juba has grossly violated the South Sudan’s transitional constitution which every now and then, the officials in Juba were regularly quoting saying: “We are acting in accordance with South Sudan Transitional Constitution, 2011”.

But that constitution says “the mandate of President Salva Kiir and entire government officially expires on 9 July 2015”. This implies, Salva Kiir is supposed to be out of that unblessed Presidency as of 12:00 AM 10th July 2015. That did not happen.

Does Salva Kiir work to remain in power for life?

Definitely yes! Salva Kiir was and is still working days and nights to remain in power for life. He clearly made or personally said it in May 10th, 2014 in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia that “I am the President of South Sudan, and I must always remain in that position as the President, the leader of that country forever” this statement translates the core objective of President Kiir in full.

That was why he afterward ordered his kitchen cabinet to shamefully on 13th Feb 2015 sit and extend his government lifespan for more three full years, up to 2018.

The following was a statement issued on Friday 13th Feb 2015; by Government’s Spokesperson, Mr.Michael Makuei Lueth to the press shortly after the meeting “The council of ministers chaired by General Salva Kiir, an elected and legitimate President, has today decided to extend the lifespan of the Government of South Sudan, the National Legislature for two more years, until 2018.”

The objective of an increase of the Government’s lifespan was a practical implementation of what he (Kiir) said in Addis Ababa on 10th May 2014.

Or basically was to reduce increasing pressures from regional-meditating block, the IGAD or purposely from the international community which might urge him and his Government to sign peace with rebels.

They have solo extended their terms in offices until 2018 and from there for sure they will extend it again for another four more years. Indeed as they planned, Juba is just normally working now as a legitimate Government (elected by the people on 9th July 2015 and will work for the people) without feeling much pressure from any external Satan or White dogs, they continued.

With this in mind, who can still think that President Kiir and his cronies in Juba shall relinquish power or stop maiming South Sudanese innocent civilians who are dying like chickens?

Logically speaking, which democratic government or leader (s) on earth has ever unilaterally and presumably decided alone to increase its lifespan in office?

Nonsensically, with a pretext that I was/we are presumably elected by the people or mandated us to increase our term (s) in office for years! Except the guerilla movement-like undemocratic countries rule by military dictators who chose to do away with civil population in exchange with seat (s) including South Sudan.

Without shame, a hand to mouth or so-called National Parliament on Match 25 2015 passed Salva Kiir council of ministers’ resolution. Also, this was done in violation of South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution 2011 which says “if the term of the President expires in office not later than 9th July 2015, the Vice President shall assume the President’s duties pending Presidential Election within six months time”.

Contrary to the stated legal fact, the parliament also presumed that it is in South Sudan’s people interest to extend the terms of Juba Government lifespan for three years, i.e. up to 2018.

Now such a move poses a lot of queries. First, who among the South Sudanese is really interested in increasing the Juba Government lifespan in office for three more years? Only few! Look, more than one hundred thousand (100,000) South Sudanese civilians are terribly suffering in PoCs in Juba and across the country. More than that number of civilians is also living abroad as refugees, in neighboring countries refuges’ camps.

Lakes state’s people are dying in dozens every day. In Western Equatoria, Warap state, WBGS-Wau, NBGS-Awiel, Eastern and even in Central Equatoria innocent civilians keep dying every moment.

So far more than eighty thousand (80,000) innocent South Sudanese pure civilians have already reported dead. This was according to the latest human rights reports in South Sudan’s conflicts.

Just in the beginning and during this twenty months old conflict in including 20, 000 one ethnic group massacred in Juba.

Yet innocent South Sudanese civilians are still dying in thousands up to this minute from diseases or of hunger and in cross-fires. Now which state’s people among the above mentioned states who can mandate Salva Kiir to extend his term in office for three more years?

Is it really convenient for a Member of Parliament like Mr. Magok Rundial whose constituent’s natives are all maimed in whole or in part, to say on my people behalf I extend Juba genocidal Government’s term in office?

For what reason, to kill another eighty thousand (80,000) or more South Sudanese innocent people for another three years?

Can Salva Kiir and Magok Rundial honestly convince the world that those eighty thousand (80,000) innocent civilians’ souls massacred are also interested to extend Kiir-Magok’s terms in office?

To me I think Salva Kiir can’t convince the world, he is only using this language and tactic so that he remains in power forever.

Certainly, in disregarding how catastrophic the South Sudanese citizens’ situations are. Therefore, Kiir or Juba Government won’t accept to listen to either regional, international community or anybody telling him to sign sustainable peace for South Sudanese people. Unless those communities have to assure him that he (Kiir) has to remain in power for life, with absolute executive sharp powers in place.

Will two warring parties ever sign IGAD plus mediated peace talks?

Leave alone the already failed peace talks which were scheduled for 17th August 2015, the two warring parties to the conflicts won’t sign IGAD plus mediated peace talks whatsoever. Even if they are given another deadline or time frame for them to negotiate further and agree, because:

The SPLM/A-IG (In Government) will keep saying: Status quo has to remain in place, rejecting demilitarization of Juba, and balanced sharing of powers with the SPLM /-IO.

SPLM/A-IG will also keep saying, General Peter Gatdet, Gathoth Gatkuoth plus other alleged generals have defected from the SPLM/A-IO. There are differences within SPLM/A-IO’s leadership, so we in an elected legitimate government cannot waste our precious time negotiating or sign peace with rebels of Riek Machar.

-SPLM’s Juba says: Juba based regime is a fresh elected and legitimate government mandated by the people of South Sudanese people on 9th July 2015. These are the statements the SPLM/A-IG or Juba based regime will continue saying in trying to vindicate why they are reluctantly acting towards peace agreement etc….

While on the other hand, the SPLM/A-IO shall also keep saying: It needs reforms, federal system of government and demilitarization of national capital, Juba for civilians’ safety, balanced sharing of executive powers to avoid another 15 Dec 2013 where all powers were in one man’s hand. The roots causes of the current civil war have to be clearly drawn out for once and for all. Categorical and systematic answering of questions pertaining to Justice in regard to crimes committed in Juba or elsewhere in South Sudan etc….

Now in such stalemate, what will regional and international community do to help save the lives of innocent South Sudanese civilians now?

After the failure of 17th August 2015 given deadline! IGAD plus with support from other international community should impose compromised peace document, for those SPLM’s leaders have totally failed in solving their differences.

Because the more there is stalemate between the two parties or delayed action in peace process, the more civilians suffer most and die increasingly.

Will all these sufferings and rampant deaths wait? No!

Therefore, the mediators and international helping hands should move on with BIG different plan B of either confining the SPLM’s two factions’ top leaders on the negotiating table until they sign peace.

Or find other South Sudanese leaders to form a transitional Government without the SPLM as a ruling party.

A technocrat Government to be led by an Independent South Sudanese leader or a chosen UN’s representative. That TGoNU’s term must be six months to organize general elections within the given period for all candidates to compete in would-be organized free and fair general elections.

While the cases of crimes against humanity committed during the war, permanent peace and national reconciliations would be also address during that given time of Transitional period.

Why regional and international community should now act against intransigence from any side!

The communities know more than anybody on the planet what the South Sudanese ordinary people need. The result was obvious, that there would be no peace signed between the SPLM/A-IG and the SPLM/A-IO on 17th August 2015 as planned by IGAD plus mediating team.

So I said in this piece, earlier on, that those aforesaid regional and international communities should make their points clear by now. Whether they would want only to provide Dollars but cannot able to stop what kill innocent civilians in South Sudan.

This is a time to say enough is enough! As an adage in my mother-tongue goes “None relates to Death”. The deep meaning of this adage is: even if your neighbor is as bad as what, you cannot wish him or her dead, for there may be a need of him/her one day as time goes.

South Sudanese innocent civilians are part and parcel of the region as well as of the world. Perhaps, this region and the world shall be in need of them one time in the future. So they deserve immediate and quick rescue now!

Therefore, the regional and international community should not stand just akimbo looking at innocent South Sudanese civilians being maimed by a greedy clique which needs to remain in power for life.

In short, IGAD plus needs to start drawing plan B-board with multiple mottos “Save Innocent South Sudanese civilians now” or End Suffering in South Sudan now”. The regional and international communities have prerogative rights to stop uncontrollable deaths in South Sudan. They are the only Saviors for South Sudanese innocent civilians!

Jesus Christ chased away the sellers and buyers who turned His Father’s house into marketplace. God stands with anyone who does the right things or protects His creatures, the downtrodden, from all kinds of inhuman acts done on earth by tyrant rulers.

In another word, the regional and world superpowers are God’s gift into the right hands on earth and should be used to safeguard innocent lives of God’s creatures in this part of the world situated in Africa.

Against any side, in South Sudan, that is seen as irrationally and intransigently refusing to strike a deal with others for South Sudanese people! The 17th August 2015 has failed, what have you started doing since then?

In conclusion

On behalf of South Sudanese innocent civilians, the regional and international communities are invited to unite with majority South Sudanese, bring peace by all means and without fear, decisively act against that intransigent side.

Or re-enter with workable different plan B not just to impose travel ban, personal assets freeze on top leaders but also to impose global arms embargo and even military intervention.

This is a best way to save the lives of innocent civilians! As Desmond Tutu directly put it in an above quote: “If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

Likewise, the regional and international community needs to take bold action now against an elephant (the SPLM Oyee—destructive party) which is indiscriminately destroying African’s youngest nation over the last twenty (20) months or so.

Otherwise, should this community choose to remain neutral as usual; the dead South Sudanese’s civilians including the dying ones will not appreciate the international community’s neutrality.

The author is a concerned South Sudanese civil society member and peace activist. He can easily be reached, for comment, at bolkhan39@yahoo.com

Elders with no wisdom, that’s the Jieng Council of Elders!

BY: Dr. Lako Jada Kwajok, AUG/13/2015, SSN;

To begin with, having a council of elders is not a bad thing if members of a particular tribe wished to have one. Indeed it could be a positive undertaking provided the intentions and goals are towards furthering the unity of the country. The council could lend the government a helping hand in resolving local conflicts and fostering social cohesion.

In fact there are already multiple councils of elders all over the country though carrying different names. Any chieftaincy in the country is in essence a council of elders. This was not the case in the past as the chieftaincies used to enjoy much power and authority over their communities.

The Mundukuru’s in order to gain full control over the south, abrogated much of the powers from these chieftaincies reducing them essentially to ceremonial councils of elders.

At the present time the chieftaincies we have are the true councils of elders. They are mainly tasked with resolving tribal feuds, land issues and cattle rustling. In all the communities, change of power follow the rule of succession and a limited degree of democratic process. Usurpation of power is unusual in these chieftaincies.

Under normal circumstances, the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) by definition, would be none of my business. However it would have gained the respect and support of all the South Sudanese people, me included, if its deeds were conducive to harmonising our communities.

Clearly this is not the case here and the council is involved in activities quite far from what you would expect from such kinds of social bodies. When you hear the word “elder,” what comes into your mind is the notion of experience, integrity and wisdom.

These qualities are unfortunately at their nadir in the Jieng Council of Elders. It is a multifunctional body with unclear objectives or a secretive ones. At the present time it functions as a shadow government, a mini parliament, a political party and a lobby group all at the same time.

The stimulus for this article was the recent document presented to the IGAD-PLUS peace mediators as the position of the JCE on the “Proposed Compromise Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.”

From the very beginning there are fundamental questions insistently begging for answers. The letter is full of erroneous assumptions and is deceptive and misleading to say the least. To write about all the contentious points will need several pages of explanation.

I am going to confine myself discussing few crucial points. By doing so I am not suggesting any kind of support for the proposed compromise agreement. But I want to expose the fallacy of the JCE line of argument.

At the beginning of the letter, they brought up the statistics saying that the Nuer constitute 49.5% of the total population of the Upper Nile region and 15% nationally. The mere fact that they did not provide the Jieng percentages can only mean two things :

(a) that the Jieng are representatives of all the non-Nuers.

(b) They are speaking on behalf of the government.

The fact of the matter is that the 2008 population census is widely considered inaccurate by many South Sudanese, thus presenting the above percentages to an international audience could result in erroneous deductions.

If the Nuers are 49.5% of the population of the Upper Nile region, it will mean to a foreigner that the Jieng constitute 50.5% or close to that of the same population, giving the Jieng the majority. The same applies to the percentages nationally as the same foreigner would think the Jieng are 85% of the total population of South Sudan or close to that.

Therefore it would be deduced by the international audience that the JCE is reflecting the position of the rest of the population of the Republic of South Sudan. This misrepresentation is intentional as they could have provided the Jieng percentages of the population.

The JCE has got no right to speak on behalf of the other tribes and as far as every one knows, they have not been given a mandate to do so.

In regard to oil production, they were quick to provide the percentage of the oil produced in the Jieng territories, so now talking about the Jieng rather than the non-Nuers as shown earlier. The percentages given are 96% for the Jieng territories and 4% for the Nuers ones.

Many would bitterly dispute these percentages but there is a veiled message that you can read between the lines implying that the Jieng are the breadwinners of South Sudan.

The point (b) is reinforced by the recent letter sent by Salva Kiir to the Ethiopian premier that is almost a carbon copy of the Jeing position presented to IGAD-PLUS peace mediators. It shows that Salva Kiir is so weak that he is being pushed around by the JCE on one hand and president Museveni on the other hand.

The JCE still maintains with ridiculous stubbornness the fallacy that a coup attempt has occurred despite the fact that the whole world refused to believe it. Even president Museveni, Kiir’s mentor, denied that a coup d’etat actually happened.

As we all know, Pagan Amum was reinstated to his previous position before the conflict, is it not an admission of fault when you do that to someone who was accused of treason and could have received a capital punishment?!

On the issue of the Hybrid Court of South Sudan (HCSS), the JCE is unhappy for it being given the primacy over the national courts of South Sudan. They want issues of war crimes and genocide to be dealt with within our customary systems as well as the statutory mechanisms.

Is it really feasible to get justice for such crimes in our current judiciary system?!

If people who committed murder are set free from jail by their relatives in the SPLA, is there any hope under this regime that the situation will be any better?!

The JCE is making a big fuss about encroachment on the sovereignty of the state by the international community. It even went further to accuse the international community of an intention to take over the country.

There is no such thing as sovereignty when you are kept in power by a foreign force. It is rare for the international community to unanimously agree on a single issue due to different ideologies, interests and agendas.

Thus why would they conspire against a country they helped to create on the world map in the first place?!

This brings me to the issue of funding. How is the JCE being funded? If it is from government coffers as it’s certainly the case, then it is unacceptible and clearly demonstrates favouritism.

Suppose the other 63 tribes form their own councils of elders and demanded funding, how much will be the cost for the government coffers and will it be really cost effective?

If the other tribes decide to follow suit and send letters to the IGAD-PLUS peace mediators, so they get exactly 64 letters. What would the peace mediators think?!

Would they not think they are dealing with lunatics?! And mind you, they previously called Salva Kiir stupid which angered his supporters and triggered a move in the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

The JCE comes out as a body with unrealistic beliefs, divisive activities and bent on promoting and spreading the seeds of tribalism in our communities.

The JCE could have done a lot towards bringing our communities together and cementing the unity of our country. It is through addressing the following three issues:

1. It is not a secret that the Jieng are universally disliked by the other communities, previously in the whole Sudan and now in South Sudan. In fact wherever they go people loathed them.

Governor Bakasoro was reported saying, “What is wrong with you people, wherever you go you cause havoc.”

It even spilled over across the borders. During Anynya 1 movement many South Sudanese went to Congo/Zaire. The Congolese had no problems with any tribe except one, the Jieng.

Despite being much less in numbers than the other South Sudanese tribes, they were the only ones singled out and disliked by the Congolese. Some of you may know that the Congolese came to Equatoria as refugees during the Congo war. They were in Juba and other towns in Equatoria.

People lived in harmony with no problems. Had they stayed longer they would have been totally integrated into the society. This displays a situation where you are more comfortable with a foreigner than with someone supposed to be your brother!

Again the Jieng went to Uganda and people did not like them. The situation is not any better in Kenya and now there is a definition in East Africa for a South Sudanese which is not very good. This bad reputation is gradually spreading over the globe and it’s not something to be proud of.

I learned that our reputation is at the bottom in Australia, thanks to the Jieng. If nothing is done, it will not take too long before the whole world treats the South Sudanese as an outcast people.

The question the JCE needs to ask themselves is, “Why do people hate us?”

Until they find an answer to that question and make amends, they will never be embraced wholeheartedly in any society they go to.

2. It is so often now you hear the Jieng talking about the oil being produced in their territories and bragging about it. If you ask a local citizen in Mongala, Nimule, Yei, Mundri, Maridi and Yambio, his opinion about the oil is, I can tell you what you will hear: “To hell with the oil! We never benefited from it! We don’t need the oil! We are self-sufficient!”

Self-sufficiency is a rare commodity in the Jieng land. What is the point of boasting about the oil and million heads of cattle if your people are still dying from hunger?!

Famine is a familiar and frequent visitor to Jieng land. It’s fair to say the Jieng have never been self-sufficient in modern history. This year like every year, there is hunger in Kuacjok, Aweil, Lakes state and the Bor area.

In reality, wherever the Jieng live, you find hunger. And not only that, they bring hunger along with them when they go to other places by land grabbing, crops destruction and causing insecurity that prevents the food producers from doing their job.

Is it laziness as V.P Wani Igga recently pointed it out or it is the culture that detest hard work?

The JCE could render the country an excellent service and boost our economy by addressing this crucial issue.

3. The Jieng community is the most violent community in the country. There is a state of continuous war between different tribal clans in Lakes State. In Warrap state the Aguok and the Apuk clans have been killing themselves recently. It is an on-going feud that never ends and happens every year.

The same trait is abundant among the Jieng in Northern Bahr El Gazal and Jonglei states. The conventional wisdom is that when your house is on fire, you try to put it out rather than running away to extinguish a bigger fire somewhere else.

Rather than indulging in national politics which is none of its business, the JCE should have been working tirelessly to resolve the on-going feuds in its community. There are even problems with some of the known members that disqualify them from being entrusted to deal with national issues.

Former Chief Justice Ambrose Riny Thiik, not long ago was accused by members of a clan in his constituency of supplying arms to a rival clan. Regardless of the validity of the allegation, the fact that his name was brought down that low, indicates he lacks respect among a significant portion of his constituency.

As for Aldo Ajou Deng his greed has got no limits. He is someone who can go against his people for personal gains. When the government of national unity was formed with Sadiq Al Mahadi as prime minister in April 1986, Aldo Ajo was nominated by the southerners to take up a ministerial post. But due to disagreement with the northerners, our politicians decided to pull out to maintain some bargaining power and leverage.

They asked Aldo Ajo to relinquish his ministerial post, he refused and sided with the Mundukuru’s. At that time one of his colleagues remarked that Aldo Ajo’s greed goes back to his school days where he eats everyone else’s food if he enters the dining room first.

At any rate, what is happening in Jieng land could be the norms in the medieval ages but certainly not the way a human being is expected to live in the 21st century.

Dr Lako Jada Kwajok

Jikany – Nuer Community in UN-House Condemned General Gatoth Gatkuoth and Changson Lew Chang Defections

Date: August 12, 2015

We, the Jikany – Nuer community at UN – Protection site in Juba condemned the action taken by General Gatoth Gatkuoth and Changson Lew Chang who declared their defection on Tuesday in Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The two have cited several reasons for abandoning the movement under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar.

We, the Jikany community know that Gatoth Gatkuoth and Changson Lew have defected from Machar’s Movement because they were removed from their positions.

It is not a surprise to us because General Gatoth is not the first time for him to defect from Machar’s Movement; he did this in 1997, when he defected from South Sudan Independent Movement (SSIM) to Thuara-Jikany Movement that led to the loss of 500 lives of Jikany – Nuer youth because of General Gatoth self-interest together with General Chuol Gake.

We, the Jikany –Nuer will not follow such people like General Gatoth who is after his personal interest. We call upon the entire Jikany – Nuer community wherever they are not to follow such leaders. Enough is enough, Jikany – Nuer suffered the brunt of several factional divisions since from the inception of SPLA/SPLM in 1983 to the present time after South Sudan gained its Independent as a country in 2011.

Jikany – Nuer community are among good communities in South Sudan who have managed to accommodate several liberation movements without any problem.

We are against the sons/daughters from Jikany – Nuer who want to divide the entire Nuer Community for their own self – interest.

In strongest term, we rejected the action taken by General Gatoth Gatkuoth, General Chuol Gake and Changson Lew Chang against the SPLA/SPLM – IO Movement under leadership of Dr. Riek Machar.

Signed by:
Bini Kuajien Tut, Chairman of Jikany – Nuer Community in UN-House
Juba, South Sudan.
For more information contact Bini Kuajien Tut on this number; +211955141042