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‘Ambassador’ Gordon Buay Malek: An Agent of Discord, an Unscrupulous Opportunist & a Decomposition Bacterium to South Sudan’s Diplomacy

BY: Kuir ë Garang, Author & Critic, CANADA, SEPT/04/2015, SSN;

A Decomposition Bacterium to South Sudan’s Diplomacy:
Any human person who functions without structured code of professional and civil conduct is not only a mad man, but also, a dangerous man! And it’s no secret that a one Gordon Buay Malek, who— by the Republican Decree on November 18, 2014 became an ‘ambassador’ (without portfolio) — operates with no professional code of conduct whatsoever.

He says whatever he wants whenever he wants. He proudly told a Jieeng Radio program (SBS Dinka) based in Australia on August 31, 2014 that “I have been issuing press statements since last year and no one questions me!…Ateny was talking from a position of ignorance! …Now I’m the government!” (Buay’s SBS Interview).

It makes one wonder as to where in the world a pathological sides-switcher could get such powers and voice? How can a man belittle the president, who controls power in South Sudan in such a manner?

He belittles not only the Presidential press secretary, calling him ignorant, but also the Minister of Foreign affairs, who’s supposed to be his boss. And he [Buay] gets away with it!

What any fair-minded, caring and patriotic South Sudanese would ask is: how did this happen? How can a man, many times a rebel, now a mere ambassador, act as if he’s the president of South Sudan, the information minister, the security chief, the military spokesperson, and the presidential spokesperson… and gets away with it?

Has President Kiir been so much reduced to complete political incompetence that the likes of Buay mock him in such a manner?

Mr. Buay should, in a world of rules, code of conduct, and job description, only do and say what the foreign ministry tell him! Well, he’s mocking not only the foreign minister, Dr. Marial Benjamin, but also the president of the Republic of South Sudan!

In August 2014, he sent out a Press Release about an alleged arrest of Mabior Garang as wanting to assassinate President Kiir in Ethiopia. Under what capacity does Buay write on behalf of the government, the president, the national security of Ethiopia and South Sudan?

Buay has put the government and President Kiir in his pocket. Complete mockery! He’d previously done the same thing by claiming that Vice President Wani Igga (then the speaker) was attacked in November of 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, by citizens of Northern Bahr El Ghazal because of Mile 14. Nothing of the sort happened!

South Sudan is a sovereign nation that should have a clear, well-articulated foreign policy that should guide all diplomatic missions representing the national interest in the best way possible.

It appears Mr. Buay operates either out of disdain for that foreign policy, or there’s no foreign policy to follow and that each and every figure with ambassadorial position does whatever he or she wants. What a country!

Ambassadors are supposed to toe the line of what the national foreign ministry articulates. Mr. Buay operates his own foreign policy in total disregard to the integrity, professionalism and the national interest of South Sudan.

His quotidian mannerism, interest and articulations are a total disrespect to the integrity with which ambassadors are supposed to operate.

If figures like Mr. Buay represent South Sudan in the heart of World political theatre like Washington DC, is any one surprised that the government ‘Coup attempt narrative’ wasn’t respected by anyone in the world?

How can a nation be respected when ambassadors disrespect the president and are answerable to NO ONE; When they shamelessly lie every day and aren’t aware of their job descriptions. Are we this confused?

Unless the likes of Mr. Buay are shown their rightful mandates as diplomats, we will continue to be the JOKE of the world.

Ambassadors aren’t politicians and their job description should be clearly spelled to them. And neither are ambassadors army generals to meddle in military issues. Mr. Buay shouldn’t be allowed to say anything at all in relation to the government and the military. His role should be restricted to bilateral relations between South Sudan and the nation in which he’s posted as a diplomat.

Does Buay have a hidden agenda?

An Unscrupulous Opportunist
The worst thing about President Kiir Mayardit is the fact that he thinks anyone who publicly professes support is his true supporter. Regrettably, the history of South Sudan has shown that impulsive decision-making, without any proper study in order to make well-informed decisions, is very dangerous.

Buay Malek is an opportunist who can now wittingly hoodwink the president by professing anti- Nuer and anti-Riek sentiment. When and how many times has Buay become anti and pro-government supporter? How many people supported the government only to change within a very short time?

On October 22, 2010, Buay, after 2008 merger of SPLA and SSDF, in an article: “Kiir Will Not Listen to Supporters of Disunity,” praised President Kiir for pardoning those of George Athor, Gordon Koang, Gabriel Tang, David Yau Yau and Gatluak Gai.”

Gordon Buay unashamedly wrote that “President Kiir Mayardit is a smart politician who has understood that negative doubters are individuals who want his administration to fail and do not appreciate his efforts to galvanize the people of the South in order to realize peace and development. Fortunately, the people of South Sudan have a President who is determined to unite the South and nothing will prevent him from realizing that.”

Buay expected to be included in the government and get a post. When that deal didn’t go through, and those warlords remained in their bushes, Buay again turned against the same President Kiir he called ‘a smart politician.”

On January 24, 2011, he accused the President of violation of “Washington Declaration” and “South-South Dialogue: “Kiir’s Decree Violates South-South Dialogue Agreement.”

So in 2011, Gordon Buay was calling President Kiir a dictator (previously ‘a smart politician’). In a psychologically challenged manner, he bizarrely posted a video on Youtube (Buay Video) in which he alleged that President Kiir has been impeached by the national assembly and appointed him [Gordon Buay] as an interim President due vote of No confidence on the President.

Remember Buay hasn’t given up this dream! He’s inside the power system!

Until April of 2013, Gordon Buay was part of South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army-South Sudan Democratic Forum consortium of terror rebel groups.

In a Press Release on January 8, 2013, “Nuer Community Worldwide calls for change in South Sudan”, Buay Malek and Peter Chuol Tut wrote that “Lt. Gen. Kiir’s regime perverted the meaning of freedom in order to impose totalitarianism and ignorance in the country. Kiir and his henchmen say that “freedom consists not in doing what one wants to do, but in doing what is right.”

But in April of the same year Buay as a spokesperson of those of Matthew Puljang and Bapiny Monytuil, accepted an amnesty from President Kiir. What a difference three months make?

Integrated into SPLA as an untrained, out-of-blue ‘General’, Buay all of a sudden ceased to say that “Kiir’s regime perverted the meaning of freedom in order to impose totalitarianism and ignorance in the country.”

How can President Kiir and the system miraculously change in three months? Once given his title as a ‘general’, Buay started to hail the then ‘dictator’ Kiir Mayardit as an exemplary leader in just three months!

In the same Press Release, Buay and Chuol wrote that “Four days before his assassination, members of President Kiir’s security guards warned Maj. Diing Chan Awuol (Isaiah Abraham) to stop writing and any criticism against the regime. They explained that freedom of thought was only possible unless approved by President Salva Kiir and security organs.”

So: In 2005 – 2008 – Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2008 – 2010 – Kiir is good leader
In 2011 – April 2013 – Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2013 – present – Kiir is a good leader!

This is hard to follow! Now, it’s time for Buay, as part of the government, to tell us what he meant? If President Kiir approved the assassination of Isaiah Diing Chan, then Buay needs to give us the details. Was Buay telling the truth or was he lying to smear the name of the president.

If Buay was telling the truth then he needs to stand by the same principles he hailed then! And if he was lying then I see no reason why he’s allowed so close to the president; or why anyone should believe him! He accused the president of ordering the murder of Isaiah Abraham!

On March 18, 2012, in “The Color of Ethnic Domination in South Sudan’, Buay decried Dinka domination of the government: “It is crucial for members of the international community to be educated about the ideology of Dinka domination being pursued by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.”

He goes ahead and writes that “Public realm tribalism being practised by Salva Kiir’s regime is responsible for ministries to be filled by one tribe; it is also responsible for land grabbing in Juba, Numeli, Yei and etc. It is also responsible for the massacre of Shilluks in 2010 and the killing of ten Bari civilians in Juba this month.” I was a rebel then, he’d say!

Mr. Buay, the government is still dominated by Jieeng! Check the list of ambassadors! Check the list of police state commissioners, and the Inspector General! Check the list of ministers, SPLA spokesperson, SPLA information director, presidential spokesperson, the government spokesperson and the head of government’s delegation to IGAD-mediated Peace talks.

Journalists are still being killed and newspapers shut down! Opposition leaders can’t criticise or leave Juba! What exactly do you think has changed, Mr. Buay?

And by the way, you are the THIRD in South Sudanese embassy in Washington DC after two Dinka men? Funny how life works, Buay!

Are you just a sniffer of Jieeng’s elites’ dirty laundry, Mr. Buay? Is the creation of discord among Nuer worth your post and money?

Now, Buay wants to convince us that he truly supports President Kiir! Kiir killed Isaiah, right? Kiir is a dictator, right? Corruption thrived under Kiir, right? Dinka Domination thrived under Kiir, right? It’s bizarre that the good ‘ambassador’ believes Kiir is all of a sudden a good man because he allowed him into the government!

That’s ruthless opportunism and Marial Benjamin should either tame Buay or fire him completely. It’d be a good idea to fire Buay in order to see if he’d continue to support the president or if he’d rebel. Let this professional opportunist be fired in order for South Sudanese to see if Buay truly supports President Kiir! He’s a dangerous man!

Buay needs to tell the people of South Sudan and the President how different his past opportunism is from his current purported loyalty to the president?

“Although it is true that violence in Jonglei State between Dinka and Nuer on the one hand and Murle tribe on the other is fuelled by cattle,” Buay writes. “Political violence which involved fighting between Salva Kiir’s regime and the rebel Movements in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity State was caused by Dinka domination of power in the South.”

The same way Buay was writing about President Kiir is the same way he’s now writing against Dr. Riek Machar. Does Buay Malek think the president and his officials are very naïve and stupid?

Does he think he will always get away with propaganda, lies and opportunism? Buay will say anything to get what he wants! Believe him for your own destruction! He’s going to destroy the government from within! How can he write against what the president has signed?

Is Buay working for internal destruction of President Kiir’s leadership? Is the way he undermines the leadership and protocols something to be watched?

An Agent of Discord
Any responsible South Sudanese should make the reduction of inter-tribal feuds a life-long goal. Without doubt, any national leader who makes creation of hatred based on propaganda, lies, blackmail and self-serving antics should be kept out of important national issues.

But for reasons no sane South Sudanese understands, Gordon Buay has a clearance level that is almost equal to that of President Kiir. And everything he writes, says and plans not only embarrasses the president in the eyes of the world; his hateful machination creates a level of hatred that’ll take time to do away with.

Buay’s known association with career war-lords like Matthew Puljang and Bapiny Monytuil, Karlo Kual and Kolchara Nyang (killed by Puljang) makes him a terrorist. These men terrorized civilians as they fought the government of South Sudan in 2011 and 2012 in Unity State’s Mayom County. Nuer-Nuer conflict and Nuer-Jieeng conflict!

In 2012, Buay wrote that “When the ministries were set up in 2005, there were practices of tribal exclusions that made a lot of people to question the underlying policies and vision of Dinka elite. For instance, the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development which was under the guidance of Michael Makuei Lueth employed mostly Dinka Bor. Majority of employees of the Ministry were from Dinka tribe. The same thing to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development which was also dominated by Dinka tribe.”

This was Buay beating the drum of Anti-Jieeng sentiment in South Sudan. But since Buay is now in the government and can’t talk against the very same system he previously accused of ‘dictatorship’ and ‘Dinka domination’, he has now started to create intra-tribal hatred (Nuer-Nuer), killing of women and children, and recruitment of Nuer Youth against other Nuer youth.

Small Arms Survey wrote in July 2015 that “Current Bul Nuer dominance of the state’s administration, however, makes a political solution to the conflict in Unity difficult to envisage. The enmity felt by the rest of the Nuer in Unity, and the degree of political and military control currently possessed by Matthew Puljang and Joseph Nguen Monytuel (the current governor, and also a Bul Nuer), makes it highly unlikely they would be willing to give up power within the state.”

And Buay, the spokesperson of this murderous group, is left to roam the streets of free, democratic states like United States and Canada.

It’s always reported in the news that the government killed women, children and elderly by burning some of them alive in Unity State. Well, the terror is executed by Matthew Puljang with Buay as their advisory voice. It’s sad that the government embraces murderous militia who are doing nothing but to reflect the government as murdering its own citizens.

The burning down of Leer and the destruction of livelihood carried out by Puljang under Buay’s guidance are human rights violations the government is shouldering. Terrorist in Washington!

The division and hatred being created among the Nuer by Buay and his group is going to cost South Sudan a great deal.

In Leer, over 100, 000 civilians were displaced with civilians being subjected to sexual violence, hunger and death and insecurity. This is terrorism of the highest order. And this is on May 19, 2015.

On January 3, 2015, Gordon Buay wrote on his Facebook account that the government should not accept the demands of Riek Machar, calling him a “terrorist” and “tribal bigot.”

First, Buay should be in no position to tell the government what to do. As an ambassador, he should only do WHAT the government tells him. Besides, Puljang who is his military and political ally, committed unspeakable atrocities in Unity states against fellow Nuer.

Washington should be informed of Buay’s terror links! And we’ll let Ottawa know these recorded facts!

Small Arms wrote that “On 19 June [2015] Bul Nuer youths, some of whom were involved in the offensive, and others who came from Mayom, marched south in high spirits; it was now their turn to augment their herds, and take the resources and livestock that remain in southern Unity. The government invited the youth of Koch county to join in this offensive. Such divide and rule tactics further entrenches deep divisions among the Nuer.”

And Buay is not only dividing Nuer, he’s trying his immorality among the Jieeng. Invited recently by citizens of Warrap state in the US, Buay tried to create seeds of discord between the Jieeng of Jonglei and Jieeng of Warrap.

Buay tried to downplay Dr. John Garang’s place in the history of South Sudan by praising late hero Kerubino Kuanyin Bol. Instead of speaking as a responsible citizen and praising the contribution of Warrap citizens to our liberation struggle, Buay couldn’t help but play his immoral game by trying to create problems between the two Jieeng groups.

What was even sickening was the fact that Gordon Buay believed he knows the history of Warrap State better than the citizens of Warrap state! What an ambassador!

When will Buay stop? When will the government see and shut up this agent of discord? Pitting one Jieeng group against another, and one Nuer group against another, shouldn’t be condoned by President Kiir! Buay Must Go or Shut Up!

Protocol and Clearance Level
Every government has structured and protocols system. Buay defies them and becomes the government spokesperson, president spokesperson, a security agent, the decider of who should say what and when as he told SBS Radio. That’s shocking!

This man undermines the government and embarrasses the president whether he’s a rebel or a presumed government supporter.

There are security issues that should be known only to the president and security heads. Buay seems to have a security clearance level of the president. Unlike everyone in the country, not even the president himself, Buay does what he wants when he wants. It’d be easy to ask our neighboring countries to see if there’s an ambassador who reports sensitive issues the government has not even reported.

Again,
In 2005 – 2008 – Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2008 – 2010 – Kiir is good leader
In 2011 – Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2013 – present – Kiir is a good leader!

Seriously! It’s time for South Sudanese in the US to write to their congressmen and women and alert them about this terrorist and agent of discord. If he’s changed as he says, then let him shut up and be diplomatic! Ottawa will soon know Buay’s support of terror on civilians unless he shuts up and be an agent of unity!

Kuir ë Garang is the author of ‘South Sudan Ideologically’ and “Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful?” For contact visit www.kuirthiy.info

IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement isn’t a Treaty to incorporate Reservations

By Mabor Maker Dhelbeny, SEPT/02/2015, SSN;

Perhaps, a common man on the street of Juba, does not know the word “reservation” to this international and regional agreement of IGAD-Plus Peace deal. The term ‘reservation’ means an inherent right a State party to international agreement enjoys as an indispensable element of its sovereignty according to international law.

It shouldn’t be understood as a separate place or an area for a particular people to live in, nor flight ticket for reservation, neither hotel booking reservation.

On Wednesday the 26th of August, 2015 in Juba, the Head of State, witnessed by the regional and United Nations leaders, issued statements before signing, accepting or approving the IGAD-Plus Compromise Peace Agreement.

Such statements, however, may be termed as reservations – meaning “interpretative statements” or “interpretative declarations”, this is in accordance with International Law as well as the Law of Treaty.

Subsequently, on the same day, while sipping my tea at home in the evening hours, I received a lot of phones’ calls from the individuals in different States across the country, reacting to the news that the President of the Republic has signed the “PEACE”.

But I managed to explain to them clearly that His Excellency the President signed the text with “serious reservations” to the IGAD-Plus Compromise Peace Agreement.

He did not sign it without your interests as well as the interests of the nation, nor did he sign it because of mounting pressure from Kawaja but he signed it to end the untold sufferings and the death of innocent people, Full stop!

This list of reservations includes thereto the things which you do not want to be accepted or be implemented by your Government, such as demilitarization of Juba, the ratio of power-sharing and the two oil rich states, Upper Nile as well as Unity.

What is Reservations?
Article 2 (d) of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, defines “reservation”, as a unilateral statement, however phrased or named, made by a State, when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to a treaty, whereby it purports to exclude or to modify the legal effect of certain provisions in their application to that State.”

The most important aspect in the above definition is the legal effects of acceptances of and objections to these serious reservations raised by the Government.

In essence, Troika and IGAD countries may either accept or object to serious reservations in two folds:

Firstly, if States of Troika and IGAD accept the reservations, the IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement will enter into force between the accepting and reserving states with effective modification and no further legal consequence between other parties to the agreement.

Secondly, if States of Troika and IGAD object to the reservations, just like what the US did after the agreement was signed, then the two possible results will be realized:
(a) Objecting and accepting states will still be a party, but the provisions to which the reservation relates to do not apply between the two states;
(b) Objecting state refuses to be a party and if the objecting state does not only object but also express intention than the entire agreement will be of no legal effect between it and the reserving state.

Thus, the “imposed IGAD-Plus Peace deal”, seems to be a treaty because it was negotiated, drafted and mediated by the US, UK, Norway (Troika), UN, EU and AU in the name of IGAD-Plus, minus the warring parties.

It is a treaty or international and regional agreement in the sense that it is full of contractual character between the Republic of South Sudan and the UN, EU, Troika and IGAD’s countries, creating legal rights and obligations.

It is also a treaty in the sense that its acts as means of settling disputes between the warring parties in South Sudan and finally act as charters of international organizations, e.g. UN, EU, IMF, and etc. Precisely, treaty means an agreement concluded between states in a written form and governed by international law (Art. 2 of the VCLT, 1969).

It therefore, compels this writer to invoke article 19 of the 1969 VCLT, which stipulates that; “a State may, when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to a treaty make a reservation, unless:

1. The reservation is prohibited by the treaty;
2. The treaty provides that only specified reservations, which do not include the reservation in question, may be made; or
3. In cases not falling under the above categories, the reservation is incompatible with the object and purpose of the treaty”.

Of course, this IGAD-Plus Peace deal does not necessarily mean a treaty but it reflects some principles that empowered foreigners to intervene in the internal affairs of our country – South Sudan.

These principles, for instance include the Board of Special Reconstruction Funds (BSRF) chaired by a foreigner, CTSAMM or Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, chaired by a foreigner, Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), chaired by a foreigner to mention but a few. Hitherto, this country will be like South Africa, where you may find white and black people working in the same office.

But the question that poses itself is: Does the IGAD-Plus ‘Imposed’ Peace text provide reservations or is it silent on reservations?

The answer of the above-mentioned question could be ‘NO’, simply because the IGAD-Plus Peace does not provide reservations. Hence, that’s why the US immediately opposed it after H.E. the President signed the deal.

Nevertheless one may argue that if an IGAD-Plus Peace text is silent on reservations and thus a list of reservations is formulated and subsequently circulated to the IGAD and Troika’s Countries including the US then they (foreign countries) would have to take some months in order to object to the reservations beginning from the date on which the Republic of South Sudan expressed its consent to be bound by the IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement.

Indeed, Troika, particularly the US happens to oppose the reservations without proper analyses or rationale whether these reservations could be incompatible with the IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement.

But one thing the US should understand as an international actor is that the implementation of the agreement by the Government would be somewhat difficult if Troika did not reconsider or recognize the list of reservations.

In the legal point of view, Government has upper hand and moral obligations to implement the agreement to the letter in return to the consideration of reservations.

This has been strongly emphasized by the President Gen. Salva Kiir in his speech when he said: “Such reservations if ignored would not be in the interests of just and lasting peace. …the text was not a Bible, not the Koran, why should it not be revisited.”

Critically, if you could analyse these words, they were not just the mere utterances from the Speaker, but they should be treated with caution and care, given the fact that the Government shall be the sole implementer of this imposed agreement.

Conclusion
Had it been the treaty, it would have taken the US 12 months to object to the reservations beginning on the date the depository notification on which the Republic of South Sudan expressed its consent to be bound by the treaty.

Unfortunately this IGAD-Plus Peace deal turned out to be a “sellout agreement” as called for by the Team of Government’s Negotiators. It can also be called “agreement for invasion” since it allows outside powers to interfere in the domestic affairs of our nation.

But again when I read thoroughly this more than 70 pages of IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the 20 months Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, I found that the text was a powerful document which captures the profound aspirations of all South Sudanese people to live in harmony, peace, prosperity, dignity and equality, and with provisions of maximum standards, full of legally-binding framework which if it is going to be implemented then, it will turn the already established weak institutions into strong institutionalization to fight the graft through initiation of reform.

The Writer is an Advocate and Legal Consultant at Deng Awur Wenyin & Co. Advocates in Juba. He can be reached through his Email: mabor.lawyer@gmail.com

Peace and Reconciliation: Do Not Blackmail the President

BY: Mayak Deng Aruei, 01/SEPT/2015, SSN;

The very moment President Salva Kiir signed the Peace Deal, those who appeared bitter should have taken chill-pills, relaxed and be thoughtful. There are outstanding issues that need citizens’ cooperation, efforts and well structured inputs to make the signed Document fruitful.

All must know that signing the peace is one thing, but implementing what the warring factions have agreed upon and undersigned is another.

Unlike previous peace Agreements/Amnesties that the Government of South Sudan had entered into with various rebels, the one at hand is very challenging, and will define whether South Sudanese are able to put their differences aside, have the will to live as one people, tribes side by side and live in harmony as God has put them in the LAND of SOUTH SUDAN.

As the last weekend of August-2015 scaled down, South Sudanese made crucial contacts: some convened gatherings in East African nations and celebrities attended rally in the United States.

Those are good gestures toward settling the senseless war. The peace as its meaning tells us is beneficial to all, and there should be nobody against the peace for the heck of protecting one’s job or position in the Government.

First and foremost, South Sudanese must reach out to our most venerable leaders who have made themselves vulnerable to gossips and tribal based hatreds (Councils of Elders on both sides of the political divide).

It is of a great concern that South Sudan’s intellectuals around the world, and those in South Sudan put the interest of the nation above everything.

Looking back to the last 10-years of the semi-autonomous Government, not much was done in terms of creating a conducive social and political environment in the country. Instead, South Sudanese prepared themselves to destroy lives and properties.

In these tough times, let’s find peace in our hearts and denounce violence in its entirety. We know that South Sudan as a nation is suffering from systemic failure, and the only medication for such paralysis is us, and us alone.

It is too late for us to blame the dark-hearted who ransacked our country, exposed us to horrors, all through their political miscalculations.

At the present time, the whole situation is still very smoky and murky, but things will settle and citizens will realize the importance of coexistence.

There are clear signs that both the President & the Rebels’ leader are willing to make peace a priority. The comprehensive cessation of hostilities documents that the two leaders have drafted, signed and sent out for circulations signaled their genuine intention to abide by the terms and conditions of the CPA II.

Taking the Document on face value, all speculations, rumors about the two armies attacking their positions ought to be ignored, and citizens should call upon commanders on both sides of the conflict to stop the war immediately.

It was so heartbreaking to have witnessed South Sudan tearing itself apart over top governments’ positions, intellectuals instantly took sides, and followed their tribesmen on a journey to nowhere.

Those who begged leaders to sign the peace, and those who prayed for South Sudanese to find peace in their hearts, it is your turn to encourage citizens to contribute to their nation-building.

It was the work of Devils or should be considered as work of evil spirits that led South Sudanese to fight themselves for close to two years.

Despite those awful experiences, there is room for reconciliation, and all must join the march to our common destiny, the nation that South Sudanese always want to have.

The war as we know is over, our prayers have been heard by our God and the whole world will stand with us if the signed peace Deal gets through as intended. The tears of the aging mothers have been wiped off, and voices of the elderly fathers have been answered.

Sanctions or no sanctions, we need peace in South Sudan. We just need the damn peace in South Sudan; outside pressures and threats have no place in our hearts. Dump all the differences, let’s create more channels for real dialogues and peace corridors for business as usual.

In time of need, we turn to God, and beg him to give us another chance or at least give us what we need in that particular time. The many years of hardships that noticeably went by were part of who we were, and what we wanted the most.

Just a reminder to those who still remember the jubilations and ululations that the world witnessed when South Sudan was declared an independent State. The hard earned nation still has great opportunities to fix the ruins, and make citizens who they aspired to be.

It is never too late, and it will never be too late for South Sudanese to put their bitter past behind, and begin a new chapter afresh.

Blood for blood, an eye for an eye is too archaic, and we should know better than that low grade custom of revenge after revenge. All of us have lost relatives, lost properties, and more sadly, caused a major setback onto our beloved nation of South Sudan.

Since our leaders (Kiir & Riek) have signed the Peace Agreement, let’s give them our full support, and a chance for them to implement most of the provisions if not all.

It would be a great shame for outliers, gunrunners & suppliers to wrestle their way in, and to reignite the fire for personal gains. The speculations being spread by fatty mouths who want the war to rage are baseless, and should be ignored altogether.

This War is over, should be over, and we all need to work together to restore peace in South Sudan.

A while back when President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar were strategizing on ways to win the war militarily, we the common citizens hunted ourselves online & in person. Step on that brake, and let’s mourn our lost loved ones silently.

Any war is costly, devastative and it divide people very badly. Have we learned the lesson? Who want to live in a cage? The super charged got some toxins to dump, and they got some fractured relationships to repair. Don’t ever-ever-ever create political nonsense, start fire and cause bloodshed. We have seen more than enough, and that should be it.

In concluding this piece, let’s give real peace a second chance, and let’s reconcile with our brothers and sisters across South Sudan.

All of us have paid dearly for South Sudan, all are victims of the ongoing political wrangling in the country, and all of us are the beneficiaries of the LAND of ABUNDANCES.

The best way for us to heal those deep wounds is to call upon all concerned South Sudanese, and our neighbors who have been touched by this war, and for all to find common ground to let the past be past.

Spitting fire around the clock, and fighting fire with gasoline is not the way to build a stable country. Think bigger, think wise and be considerate all the times. South Sudan is blessed with resources, and it is too big to accommodate all of us, the inhabitants of the LAND of Honey and Milk.

The author is Mayak Deng Aruei, a Doctoral student in Organizational Leadership: Organizational Development. He can be reached at kongor.da.ajak@gmail.com

Kiir needs to beg for forgiveness, face justice and get out!

BY: Eli Wani, 01/SEPT/2015, SSN,

Response to Andrew K Michael’s article: “Signing a pact is a step forward: Now fight corruption mercilessly;”

Your article is good but unfortunately you missed to include the process of truth and reconciliation. As you suggested, we must just move on….. Really? For Heaven’s sake, in the last 20 months we have heard everything from the past since 1955 to 2015 and old wounds were scratched again to new bleeding wounds, and we have seen some gruesome images.

Do you remember this very President whose mandate has already expired, he was the very one who announced it on National TV that, “the prophet of doom has returned,” referring to Dr. Machar about 1991 SPLA split as the prophet of doom?

We were all following the events just before Dec 15, 2013 when Kirr refused to accept reforms and instead he dissolved the cabinet without the approval or consultations of his SPLA colleagues and disagreement ensued followed by presidential bodyguards firing live ammunitions at one another, a few disgruntled soldiers who refused to be disarmed by Kirr’s bodyguards.

First of all what was the aim of trying to disarm other groups like the non-Dinka soldiers while Salva Kirr’s own homeboys recruited just before the event were still well armed?

To me there was something shady, there was a plan already in progress to arrest Dr Machar and and then he’s tried very quickly and hanged or assassinated including some other members who stood up to the dictator due to his arrogance of firing elected people by issuing decrees every week.

Just ask the G10 (so-called former detainees) and some of those in the circles they did sense something was coming. Kirr only declared the coup news after his plan was foiled, if you want a witness ask President Museveni of Uganda who confessed in Addis that “there was no coup”.

You seem to credit Salva Kirr just for inking this IGAD Plus deal at which Kirr was dragged kickin’ n’ screamin’ by the threats of sanctions. What a full load of crab?

Kirr has never been the right leader from the onset, yes, the people were so stunningly overjoyed to the point of ecstasy and hypnotized by the word “Independence from the North”, that got us completely blinded and consumed and hallucinated such that everyone never thought twice of whom this guy really was, hence he was given a free ride before proper scrutiny.

From 2005 to 2011 Kirr assumed the CPA terms that was already completed by both Dr John Garang and Dr Riek Machar who were the chief architects of this very independence.

Specially Dr Riek who is the one supposed to earn this spotlight but because he was not a Dinka as such he was bad mouthed against and again about 1991.

But how about all those SPLA commanders who killed Southerners like flies, where are their records?

Like John Garang himself who massacred people in Eastern Equatoria from village to village, Salva Kirr killed Nuers by the thousands, Kuol Manyang mercilessly killed everybody in thousands……on and on the list goes.

Tell me which SPLA general is innocent of intentional and callous murder?

Let us not just rush into forgetting the many innocent and helpless lives lost, the very killers are still roaming the streets in South Sudan looking for more blood to ritualize their satanic sacrifices.

This is their habitual behavior to “kill and steal”, does that sound like a verse in the Scriptures?

John 10:10 reads, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy”… ? That is SPLA, they are nothing but butchers, they take directives from their father in Hell, Lucifer is their father.

My People: No, no, no, we should never forget and say let bygones be bygones, we need justice to prevail, including on both the two leaders, Kirr and Machar, they should all come before their “employer” WE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN and publicly they need to beg for forgiveness.

Seriously, they need to confess ALL wrong doings and ask the general public to either forgive or condemn them. They are humans just like you and I and so why should we allow them to override the laws of the land?

Go and watch youtube video of Pres. Obama’s recent speech at AU headquarters, in which he admitted that even being the president of US still he cannot break the laws of the land. Talk about education, this is a Harvard graduate and a Professor of Law, lecturing African leaders.

Look at mighty Muamar Gadaffi of Libya…… who thought his end would be like that, Saddam Hussein, Laurent Gbagbo, Mobutu Sese Seko, Charles Taylor….etc, all have come down to shame and nothing, why because people all rose up against them and said no to bullying.

Enough is enough, Kirr and Machar must step out of the way and give chance to the new generations and fresh blood, and that includes SPLA/M must be history right after the transitional period ends.

Nevertheless, there must be true confession and truth and reconciliations and those found guilty must face the stench of justice behind bars just as the AU and the UN and TROIKA have separately already started the process, let it be done.

WE WANT JUSTICE DONE FOR ALL THE INNOCENT BLOOD SPILT, STOLEN MONIES AND LOOTED PROPERTIES, RAPES COMMITTED, LAND GRABBING, HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND INJUSTICES COMMITTED OR COMMISSIONED, ALL THE CULPRITS MUST FACE THE HYBRID ICC COURT OF JUSTICE WHETHER IN SOUTH SUDAN OR ABROAD.

This will surely give lessons to future generations, that in South Sudan any wrong doings shall be punished, that the World is watching, “every action must have a reaction”.

We want absolute accountability and even if you commit crimes in the shadow of darkness there will come a dawn and justice will prevail.

Eli Wani is a concern South Sudanese citizen fighting to bring about true peace and tranquility, justice and fairness to everyone, in pursuit of liberty and freedom, seeking for happiness to ALL people of all walks.

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Saving South Sudan From Kleptocracy: Help needed from the International Community

From the “DAILY BEAST,” CORRUPTION ERUPTION, AUG/28/2015, SSN;

The peace deal in South Sudan won’t bring real peace or stability until the larcenous (SPLM/A) leadership can be compelled to change its ways.

South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over.

If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to deadly conflict.

However, if the implementation of the agreement is seen as a chance to restart the construction of a viable state in the world’s newest country, dismantling the violent kleptocracy that it’s become since independence in 2011, then South Sudan has a chance for peace.

There are monumental obstacles at multiple levels to peace in South Sudan. But the biggest challenge is the nature of the state itself.

In its short life as a nation, governing institutions have been hijacked for personal enrichment and advancement by rival factions of military and civilian officials.

When one clique threw the other out of government, it laid the groundwork for war. Those in power don’t want to compromise because they lose the spoils of absolute authority and the immunity from prosecution for their many human rights and economic crimes.

The political system has become a winner-take-all battleground, a showdown between rival kleptocrats who use ethnicity as a mobilizer, thus deepening divisions within society.

At the regional level, the biggest obstacle to peace has been the proxy war between Sudan and Uganda that is playing itself out on South Sudanese soil.

Uganda has thousands of its own troops deployed to South Sudan in support of the Juba government.

For its part, Sudan continues to provide safe haven and support to South Sudanese rebels, including a breakaway faction of the armed opposition now based in Khartoum that hasn’t signed the peace deal.

These regional divisions will continue to haunt South Sudan unless they are countered firmly by other states with influence over Kampala and Khartoum.

To support the implementation of the peace agreement, a huge investment must be made by the international community in supporting the creation of real transparency in the way the government conducts its business.

Billions of dollars have gone missing in the last decade in a looting free-for-all spree. Meaningful anti-corruption measures such as oversight for oil revenues and accountability for economic crimes must be established.

And assistance to civil society and independent media should increase in order to support their ongoing efforts at whistle-blowing and investigating sources of grand corruption and human-rights abuses.

Space for civil society participation during the transition and protections for journalists should be made preconditions for the resumption of normal donor activities.

A major issue will be restraining the spoilers within government and rebel camps who are benefiting politically and financially from instability. The gravy train that resulted from the absence of the rule of law and transparent institutions must be dismantled.

Nothing less than a hard-target transnational search for the assets that have been stolen over the last decade is required, aiming to seize, freeze, and return the proceeds of corruption to the South Sudanese people.

The U.S. Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Initiative should be deployed chasing the ill-gotten gains that have fueled the destruction of South Sudan by its own elites.

Finally, the hybrid court established by the peace deal must have the technical, legal, and investigative resources necessary to prosecute economic crimes as well, including pillage and grand corruption.

Serious targeted sanctions should be directed at spoilers who undermine the implementation of the agreement.

During President Obama’s late July trip to the region, he spelled out the need for the international community to “raise the costs of intransigence” should the warring parties fail to reach an agreement.

This certainly helped catalyze the momentum towards a deal. The U.S. can help in implementing the deal it helped foster by doubling down on pressure for implementation and making a major investment to counter the corrosive corruption that helped lead to war in the first place. END