Archive for: January 2016

Troika’s application of opinionated and insular benchmark in resolving South Sudan Conflict is impractical

By: Peter Lokarlo Ngrimwa* Australia, JAN/30/2016, SSN;

Recalling the unanimous consensus reached at by two of the overbearing yet indifferent Troika outfit, namely the United Kingdom and the United States of America demanding that the SPLM in Opposition and the current authorities in Juba formed a transitional government of National Unity (TGNU) as soon as possible without first resolving the controversial and burning issues or even making reference to the unconstitutionality of the 28 states that the President of South Sudan has proclaimed on the recommendation of the outrageous tribal coterie known as the Jieeng Council of Elders (JCE).

The JCE is the tribally constituted group of egotistical and blinkered men from the dominant Dinka ruling cluster who have regrettably become the de facto government of South Sudan that presents a perturbing portrait in the country today.

The president of South Sudan is under the sway and constant surveillance of this group that did create the 28 states in the country.

Worryingly, the duo Troika members whose individual countries normally pride themselves on lengthy runs of constitutional practices and centuries of liberal democracy, have today fallen prey to the propaganda machine of the government of South Sudan in Juba, such that their application of opinionated and insular benchmark in resolving the South Sudan conflict does seem extremely perilous.

The White House and 10 Downing Street must understand that at the moment, they are handling an intricate and one of the most ticklish African political problems that emphatically lends excessive credence to tribal extolment accompanied by intrinsically embedded and unrestrained sense for brutality – an exploit far removed from the contemporary practices of civilised norms.

Troika should employ the existing template (Peace accord document) consistently and not haphazardly to rectify the woe. It must also be emphasised that the ceasefire, demilitarization and the creation of an interim constitution must be prioritized before the creation of a transitional government.

Troika members and their countries must equally be informed that the creation of the 28 states in South Sudan was designed by the JCE coterie with a subterranean intent and content, and that is to politically position this hegemonic tribal entity with limitless ambition for dominance at a vantage point in an attempt to capture power in a supposedly emerging democratic ambiance at the expiry of the transitional government in 30 months’ time.

If the 28 states decree is implemented, the sluice-gate would be thrown wide and a perpetual bloody conflict would ensue in the entire country, as one ethnic community, the Dinka would have arbitrarily curved out 12 states for themselves with all the oil resource at their disposal, while leaving 16 states for the rest of South Sudanese that make up the remaining 63 tribes living in the country.

The conspiracy was also designed to balkanize the legendary Greater Equatoria region into JCE’s “manageable” enclaves, and that is certainly a recipe for a further civil war which unacceptable and must thus be halted.

This concealed manoeuvre by the JCE that the Troika group of countries have yet to fully comprehend represents a real menace to the people of South Sudan.

Hence, the false argument being trumpeted by the JCE-managed repressive police state and its bureaucracy in South Sudan that the creation of the 28 states in the country was a popular demand by South Sudanese, is futile, deceptive and an idealistic postulation that does have a counterpart in the realm and confines of integrity.

Thus far, there has been no plebiscite or referendum conducted in the country to determine the size of South Sudanese for and against the 28 states.

This is simply a hoopla campaign mounted by the government and the JCE to impose their unidimensional and narcissistic view on South Sudanese.

The SPLM-IO would certainly not accept this apparent risk of rushing into forming the TGNU without clear safeguards that ensure the viability of the government once it is constituted for the next 30 months’ period.

Lamentably, the Ambassador of the of the UK in South Sudan has fallen short of understanding the format of the South Sudan peace implementation formula and the real nature of the government in Juba and has accordingly missed the point by succumbing to hyperbolic counsel from the regime in Juba, that the transitional government could be formed in the country without the need for strict implementation of the contents of the peace agreement concluded between the SPLM-IO and the government of President Salva Kiir, and that would still be fine.

In his unmindful comment as the official representative of the British government in South Sudan, Mr. Timothy Morris stated to the expectant media houses in Juba that the parties to the peace agreement should go ahead with the implementation of the peace agreement and discuss the shape of the country later, and that the issue of the 28 states should not delay the implementation of the peace agreement.

Mr. Tim does seem to suggest that the peace document is of less value as long as both parties are genuinely committed to forming a government of National unity and that Troika has the mandate to impose what it deems fitting to install peace in South Sudan.

The UK Ambassador should be prepared to educate South Sudanese and name the countries in the world that are governed without a constitution?

The Ambassador must understand that we are not dealing here with a sort of a “Versailles Treaty” in which the victors of the war against Germany in the WWI had the sole prerogative of dictating what the vanquished state had to do.

This is an African problem rooted in tribal intricacies and power rivalries that you have minimal or no clue about.

The debacle can only get resolved via the available roadmap at the disposal of the contending parties, that is, the document of the peace accord. The UK alongside other pertinent parties should only superintend the implementation of the peace agreement as given and no circumvention of its articles and clauses permitted.

After all the UK had been a party to the current shambles in South Sudan. It is worth recalling that in 1922 in the course of its colonial occupation of the former Sudan, the UK had imposed a rule known as the “Closed District Ordinance”, contained in the so-called “Southern Policy” which effectively restricted the movements of the people of north Sudan to the southern part of the country and vice versa, only to dismantle the bantustanization rule in 1947 which created a much bigger problem of integration of the two parts of Sudan.

Similarly on the 19 August 1955 a civil war had already broken out in country prior to Sudan securing its formal political independence in January 1956. Britain had decided to leave the mess behind and left Sudan embroiled in gruelling civil war that had to end half a century later, in 2005.

Today Tim Morris has the audacity to tell us how the South Sudan’s peace accord should be implemented when his country, the UK had desolately failed to demonstrate one sixty years ago.

Furthermore, both the British Ambassador and Mr. Duddridge, the UK Minister for Africa Affairs who share the same view on the South Sudan’s conflict should be seriously reminded that the peace agreement signed in August 2015 provides among other matters, the Ceasefire between the combating forces; the 25km radius Demilitarization of Juba and other cities and the evacuation of hostile foreign fighting forces in South Sudan, namely the Justice and Equality and other rebel groups arrayed against the government of President Omar Hassan Al Bashir in Khartoum.

Thanks to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda for being familiar with the nature and mechanics of the conflict in South Sudan as demonstrated by his order to withdraw the Ugandan military previously deployed in South Sudan to support the government of President Kiir from being militarily defeated by the SPLM-IO’s combat forces.

Finally, it defeats logic to emphasize on speeding up the formation of the transitional government as being dictated by Troika without first ensuring the execution of the aforementioned matters.

The IGAD body and the AU should consistently focus on the implementation of every article and clause of the agreement as enshrined in the peace accord document and above all ask President Kiir to rescind his decree of the 28 states for the benefit of ushering in peace and stability in South Sudan.

Peter Lokarlo Ngrimwa*
Former lecturer,
Graduate School of Business and Law (GSBL)
RMIT University
Emily McPherson Building 13,
379 – 405 Russell Street Melbourne
VIC 3000 Melbourne

Why Deng Alor must not be allowed to be appointed as a Minister in TGONU

From: Peter Makuach , South Sudan, JAN/29/2016, SSN;

The Former Detainees (FDs) have nominated Deng Alor, John Luk Jok and Cirino Hiteng as Ministers in the proposed TGONU as per the (ARCISS).

If one is nominated for any constitutional post in the Republic of South Sudan as per the constitution and for that matter ARCISS, there is a criteria that must be fulfilled in order to qualify for that position. Below are some of the traits that are expected:
1. One must be of Good Moral Character;
2. Have not been dismissed due to incompetence;
3. Have never been convicted of any offence involving Fraud and Dishonesty.

Deng Alor obviously fails the qualification test miserably if the above mentioned criterion is strictly enforced. Deng was dismissed from his position as the Minister of Cabinet Affairs due to fraud and dishonesty. He was complicit in the corrupt purchase of Fire Extinguishing equipment that cost the nation more than 9 million dollars.

If it wasn’t for the intervention of the Kenyan government who froze the account which only had part of the money; this monies would have been lost forever. The stolen money was eventually fully repaid back to the government by Deng and his cronies.

Deng awarded hefty contracts to his Ethiopian wife and her cronies without following any government procurement processes, and these companies didn’t have the capabilities to be awarded the contracts had they followed the right procurement procedures.

Deng built one of the most expensive apartment estates in South Sudan close to Jebel Kujur and he is rumored to have numerous houses in California, Ethiopia and Kenya; this begs the million dollar question: where did he get the money from???

Those of JMEC, IGADD, Troika et al are fully aware of these transgressions committed by Deng Alor yet they have decided to turn a blind eye, this clearly demonstrates their hypocrisy and further shows to the people of South Sudan that the international community has a hidden agenda for South Sudan that is definitely not for the interest of the masses.

I would like to call on the ministerial vetting committee in the National Legislative Assembly to do the needful and prevent this corrupt individual from getting any constitutional post in the TGONU.

To the FDs, please nominate someone else in his place.

Peter Makuac
Concerned South Sudanese living in Juba

Why too Many Judges & Justices are discontented with Chief Justice Chan Reec’s Leadership in the Judiciary?

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, KENYA, JAN/27/2016, SSN;

Although judges are servants of the public, they are not public servants. The duty of a judge is not to give effect to the policy of the government of the day, but to administer justice according to law, without fear or favor and without regards to the policies of the executive government.

There are four major aspects of judicial status or performance namely: independence, impartiality, fairness and competence.

The independence of the judiciary from the executive is indispensable if there is to be public confidence in the administration of justice. However, the malignant inertia, unruly and unscrupulous behaviour that has rocked the judiciary since the current CJ took over the administration could warrant unspeakable dysfunctionality of the judiciary and would intrinsically provoke mistrust of the institution trusted as the last hope in retrieving back rights infringed on and maliciously encroached upon aberrantly.

It has become a common saying that the judiciary in South Sudan is in abeyance where many judges whether senior or junior point fingers at the CJ for not doing enough in addressing most pressing issues of concern both for them and the institution to truly observe its boundaries of separation of powers, independence and impartiality which are the tenets of a true judiciary.

The gap between the CJ and his colleagues grows wider every day and causes many junior judges to think of quitting the institution simply because it is not truly elegant as it should be.

Many judges and advocates are discontented with the way the CJ is running the Judiciary and this is manifested by incessant and recurrent lack of papers in the court causing judges and advocates postponing hearing of cases because of the complete lack of papers which the CJ took no measure to correct and avert at all from occurring in the future which a breach of the right to a speedy hearing and trial.

If the CJ travels to a foreign country without any approval of minor things like toilet paper, it will wait until he comes back and nobody, not even the deputy CJ in his capacity as second man to the CJ, approve toilet papers for use in the courts.

This has caused a lot of discontentment in the administration of the institution and raised eyebrows of not only the judges and advocates but the general public as to whether the judiciary has been privatized and has become the property of the Chief Justice.

Many judges are discontented also over prolonged and complete lack of approval of money for medical treatment, a delay which has caused death of many of their colleagues, who even at far places in the remote areas could be asked to wait in the their respective places of work until their medical requests are granted.

As is usual, it takes months if not a year plus to either get approval or rejection based on whether the junior judge has someone senior in the judiciary or government as a whole.

What legacy would Chief Justice Chan Reec Madut leave behind? A legacy of a Chief Justice who has immersed the judiciary into mud?

Or a legacy of a Chief Justice who has recruited Judicial Assistants on who their fathers and uncles are and not on merits of what they can do to the people of south Sudan?

What legacy would he exactly leave behind? A Chief Justice who controls everything from toilet paper, court papers to entirely everything, what a great Chief Justice?

I just don’t have all the answers to these questions but I am sure you have all the answers, if you don’t then President Salva Kiir has all the answers of keeping him on such a prestigious position meant to deliver judicial and legal services to the people but not to worship him if he issued a decree creating 28 states.

Time for Justice Reec to vacate his seat has come because he unproductively and indignantly sat in the office only to either appease the leadership of the nation by praising and congratulating him on certain decisions or by recruiting on the basis of the people in the government who enjoy and have close relationships with the leadership.

Why too many judges and justices are discontented with Justice Reec’s administration is a combination of these issues and others which have not caught the ears of this author.

I respect Justice Reec as a person and as an elder, he is such a highly educated man, very gracious and active and admired by many at the time, but upon his ascension to the position of Chief Justice, the man suddenly detached and divorced himself from the people.

He closed his eyes and ears and disabled himself from even his immediate close friends and only be regularly associated and aligned to only the people who have easiest access to the leadership.

Be independent, impartial and non-partisan if you want to register a clean, gracious and admirable image and legacy to be remembered after your departure. Don’t take it personal, because you occupy a place and position which everyone has constitutional right of expression if things turn into an uncalled direction. Don’t take it personal.

Tong Kot Kuocnin is a Master of Laws (LLM) Candidate at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. He can be reached via:

UN panel names Kiir, Malong, Machar and Akol Kur for directing violence

JAN/26/2016, SSN;

A panel of investigators for South Sudan has asked the UN Security Council to blacklist “high-level decision makers responsible for the actions and policies that threaten the peace, security and stability of the country.”

In a confidential report (link provided at bottom) seen by Radio Tamazuj, the UN-appointed experts named President Salva Kiir, army chief-of-staff Paul Malong, National Security Service chief Akol Kur and rebel leader Riek Machar as meeting the criteria for UN sanctions.

The Panel of Experts was established by a Security Council resolution in 2015. This panel is mandated to recommend which individuals should be subject to an international travel ban and asset freeze, though a higher-level Security Council sanctions committee is actually responsible for adopting their recommendations or not.

The experts cited “clear and convincing evidence… that the majority of acts of violence committed in the course of the war by government-affiliated forces, including targeting of civilians and violations of international human rights law, has been directed by senior individuals at the highest levels of government or undertaken with their knowledge, including Kiir, Malong and the director general of the NSS Internal Security Bureau, Akol Kur.”

Findings by the UN experts echo those of the African Union Inquiry report by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obesanjo, which said that war crimes and crimes against humanity “were committed pursuant to or in furtherance of a State policy.”

The Panel report cites meetings and communications between Malong and army and militia commanders in Unity State before and during the dry season offensive of 2015, during which many atrocities were committed, as well as distributions of supplies and ammunition to troops and ethnic militias in this state and elsewhere.

“A group of senior security officials [Malong, Lt. Gen. James Ajongo, Lt. Gen. Malual Ayom, Lt. Gen. Malek Ruben, and NSS chief Akol Kur] planned the offensive starting in January 2015 and subsequently oversaw its execution that spring and throughout the summer, with ultimate command responsibility remaining with Malong.”

The UN experts say that they interviewed senior personnel in the SPLA to corroborate their claims about this offensive and who was responsible for it.

Another accusation is that security chief Akol Kur oversaw the supply of weapons to ethnic militias in Unity State, with state-run oil company Nilepet used as a vehicle for arms purchases. Kur is also a board member of Nilepet.

Militia operations in Unity State were overseen by SPLA Maj. Gen. Thayip Gatluak Tai Tai and Maj. Gen. Matthew Puljang, among others, with assistance from local county commissioners including John Bol Mayak of Mayom, Gordon Koang Biel of Koch, Kor Gatmai Garang of Mayendit, and Wai Yach Gatkuoth of Leer.

According to the report, Kur also was involved in arming an ethnic militia that was mobilized prior to the start of the war: “In 2013, Kur bypassed Oyay Deng Ajak, then the minister for National Security, and went straight to the presidency to facilitate the acquisition of the Israeli ACE rifles cited in the Panel’s interim report (S/2015/656). (These ACE rifles were handed out to members of the Mathiang Anyoor from the Presidential Palace as they targeted Nuer in Juba in December 2013).”

Though the Panel said the government committed the majority of violence since May 2015 in South Sudan, the Panel found that violence perpetrated by opposition forces was also directed “at the highest levels” or undertaken with their knowledge, including by Riek Machar, head of the SPLM-IO. Machar “continues to seek funding and weapons to prosecute the war and to further his personal political ambitions at the expense of peace,” reads the report.

The Voice of Padang Jieng Community Union (PJCU) Diaspora

The Voice of Padang Jieng Community Union (PJCU)
 Your Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan & Chairman of the SPLM.
 Your Excellency Kuol Manyang Juk, Minister of Defense of the Republic of South Sudan.
 Your Excellency Paul Malong Awan, Chief of Staff of the Republic of South Sudan.
 Your Excellencies Jieng Council of Elders.

At the outset, Padang Jieng Community in Diaspora and on the ground congratulates and expressed deep gratification for President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit on the creation of the 28 States. It is one of the finnier jobs well done and a historical milestone to the Padang Jieng Community as well as for the entire South Sudan. It is a move that will bring back the broken trust, peace and harmony between the Communities, only if it is not abused. It will create a ground such that each community will work hard to focus on their State development, security, and relation with neighbors, State affairs and the overall administration toward building a better future for the State as well as for the entire country.
Nonetheless, Mr. President, the Padang Jieng Community Union in Diaspora hailing from the two newly States of Eastern Nile State and the Ruweng State are deeply disturbed, infuriated by the tone and plot being hovered by the SPLM/IO and its devil head of advance team Taban Deng Gai against the Padang in which he point blank defined the border issues of Padang as a permanent problem on 01/7/2015; a signal of the same tone and footsteps for declaration of war as once advocated and demonstrated by Jonson Olony two years ago on the national SS-T.V. The Padang people have been patience, but vigilant about the scheme and tactics being used by the government of the ROSS to marginalized and humiliates Padang Jieng Community for being patience, kindhearted people, and peace loving community who do things with fairness.
In case many readers do not know where the oil fields are exactly located in South Sudan, a case which has cost two million people’s lives beside the land and freedom during the SPLA armed struggle is by 92% located in the land of Padang Jieng. However, the government of the ROSS decided to give away that Ministry of Petroleum to the SPLM/IO during these critical times because a son of Padang had that position; the same negligent of Padang’s voice or present during the negotiation until Mr. President and his government signed the peace with the Rebels in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Under the same token, Mr. Kiir and his government knows very well that the Riek Machar and Taban rebellion was because of the oil of the ROSS they claimed to the entire world to be located in their Nuer land which you the Jieng Council of Elders and the government of ROSS knows very well that it was a lie. But yet, you the government and the Jieng Council ignored the significant presence of the land owner’s representative to be among the negotiation team on the government side; in fact the oil might be for the GOSS, but the land is for the people that owned it. The more disturbing things is when Mr. President and his GOSS refused the call made by Padang Community to include at least a stake holder or reprehensive from the land owners, the Padang Jieng Community to be in the negotiation. The GOSS and the Jieng just wanted the rebels to be rewarded thinking that it will stop the war and also a technique to incite another violent between communities around the Padang areas; a technique deemed contrary to the vision we all fought for during the South Sudanese Armed Struggle which is shocking to see preferred by the government of ROSS we trusted from day one till today. It seems to prove the point that, this current administration respects those who rebels against its principles, so it become a doctrine especially to the President of ROSS and its government that you will not get your right unless you rebels, but have to kill to get your right. This has been a culture and true of David Yau Yau and true numerous times in the case of Riek Machar. Mr. President you have got it all wrong with your organs and selling Padang Jieng will be a peak as high as mount Everest when Padang Jieng raise its horn. Padang Jieng rejects any attempt please. We are faire people Mr. President as well as your organs who have lived in our area, nevertheless, Padang Jieng have denounce this trade deal. If you want what is happening in Ager Jieng land to be same as in Padang Jieng land, than keep it up.
We, the Padang Jieng Community Representatives, Youth, Women and Community leaders from all the Padang Nine Counties of the two States in Diaspora have overwhelmingly condemned and are angered by the remark made by Taban Deng Gai on the National SS. T.V about Padang boundaries with its neighbors which is an incitement of another atrocities in the Padang land by terming it as a permanent problem exactly the same way Johnson Olony has advocated for. According to the constitution, the new States boundaries issues across the ROSS are not only problems just in the Padang areas as Mr. Taban Deng has provoked, but a whole Issue of the ROSS.
The Presidential decree for creation of twenty-eight states in the country also made it clear that border committees will be established to address the issue of borders. AS a clear message to you the government of ROSS as well as the Jieng Council of Elders, it is to inform once and again that, Taban Deng Gai, the newly appointed minister of petroleum on the SPLM-IO side’s speech has once again “reminded Padang of Eastern Nile States and the Ruweng State about another plot the Rebels are planning on attacking and destroying Padang States” so they can be closed to the Arab of Khartoum for an access to destroy the vision and the will of the entire ROSS because their principles and ideas are not up to no good nor would they every be productive, it is just a way to another war like what Johnson Olony has planned on Padang Jieng and GOSS which he has announced publicly on the national T.V in 2012, which he later carried out in 2014.
Publicly and clearly, Johnson Olony nationally stated that, “he brought his weapons from the Arab of Khartoum to fight the Padang Dinka over the Land;” claiming that certain areas in the Upper Nile belong to Shilluk and were taken by the Padang from the Shilluk if you all recalled. Without a doubt, Olony has been carrying out his attacks on Padang Jieng since 2012-2015 and government has never condemned him, yet the GOSS is still giving a close ear on the activities of Shilluk on the Media and around the globe for another incitement against Padang Jieng. Padang Jieng message is simple Mr. president, any other trigger or an attempt on Padang children and land without your positive intervention will not be pretty this time so be mindful of that because it has become crystal clear that things are not being run the right way under your administration.

The Padang Community do remind both the government and the rebels that we are finally aware of your power struggle and the politics behind it, but the sad part of it is that we are tired and ready to close the door for whoever wanted to gamble Padang land and the people to the enemies. Padang Jieng feel that our trust to the government and neighbors is being distorted purposely by the ROSS government and the SPLM-IO because Padang Jieng and the Nuer as well as Shilluk community have lived for centuries side by side just with minor brutalities than what Padang Jieng have witnessed during this administration, but the little trust we were left with after the civil war has been destroyed by the recent war which was created on purpose. This trust will not be restored through marketing the citizen of Padang States without pain this time around. The voice of Padang Jieng vow to take any measure to defend its territories and to not let any child died of trusting the enemy this round if the government and the Jieng Council does not involve in to this matter or review betting on Padang’s lives and land sooner than later. We, the Padang Jieng refused to watch the second mistake happen again on our land therefore, with no productive thought toward your plan on Padang Jieng will raise the stake higher such that your dream for peace may not prevail in Padang Jieng land if Padang Jieng is again being sold with its land for the freedom of the other Dinkas and the Republic of South Sudan.
We, the Padang Jieng Community have been a big building block of the solid center part of the movement from its creation, but we have witnessed that our honesty, patience plus the love for peace has been used against us. We have seen that, so enough is enough. Factually, the Padang Jieng is the Second largest group of Dinka Community after Malual De Giernyang. Mr. President, Defend minister, Chief of staff and the Jieng Council of Elders, be advised that Padang Jieng is mad as hell and we will not witness Taban incite another atrocities on Padang States nor shall Padang watch Paul Malong Awan and Kuol Manyang Juk and the government of ROSS in Juba sell Padang people and the land once again in our Youth’s watch for the reward of the few for peace as your government have already done in 2012 by arming Johnson Olony. Taban has awful history with Padang Jieng since he was in the government as a governor of Unity State that is why Ruweng had demanded their State. If the government and rebels allowed him to hold that position to repeat the same aggressive behavioral attitudes toward Padang Jieng again, then Padang refused his footstep on Padang Jieng soil. Taban does not suit any position in the government of ROSS since he had repented the separation of The South Sudan in Khartoum.
Padang Jieng inhabitances two years ago before the war erupted, have informed your offices about how arming Olony is a terrible move and dangerous game to play without arming the Padang Jieng since he has a pending agenda, but each of you knows how you have downplayed or chased the people away in your offices when they came in to complain. However, little did some of you and so was Johnson Olony too young to know that the Padang Jieng was a “sleeping mighty giant champs” when it comes to war.
Lastly, but no least; Padang Jieng Community on the ground and all across South Sudan should bear in mind that their land and lives is being auctioned out because your future as well as the future of your children does not matter to the other Jieng, GOSS or the rebels despite the good neighborhood we have shared with our neighbors in the pass; and that is why Riak Machar and his team did not even mention Padang in his 21 States proposal; an indication that the rebellion was form to make Padang land a battle field with GOSS so they can have an easy access to Arab North. So it is a call to all the Padang Jieng Community of the two States on the ground and across to be on high alert that we have got problem and it will be up to you to watch another killing of your innocents hand folded because you have heard once again on national T.V from the head of a devil Taban Deng. Should Padang Youth, Leaders, women and children except to be treated less than any Southerner and displaced as we have seen it already happened to the Paweny people of Atar in Pigi County, then it will be your choice to witness the coming massive displacement of the entire Padang Jieng States because it is a game, so wake up say something or fight for your right.

Headline Issues of Concern and Intolerances
• Padang Jieng community first and foremost condemns the choice made by the government of ROSS to give the Petroleum Ministry to the Rebels, it was miscalculated.
• Padang Jieng Community everywhere, denounce and reject the nomination of Taban Deng Gai as a Minister of Petroleum by the rebels because he is not a man of peace and he has already revealed that when he spoke in Juba, and since 92% of oil field is in Padang Jieng land, there is no any good reason Mr. Taban and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth shall ever set foot on Padang land before the wounds healed if the ROSS think that is ok by their schedule.
• If the SPLM-IO and the GOSS want peace and dialogue in the Padang Jieng land with its neighbors than the Ministry of Petroleum should be issued to the Equatorian who is on the SPLM-IO side.
• If a blind eyes is turned on to this matter, then the Padang shall not afford to witness the same National T.V style plot as Johnson Olony did hand folded because we dearly know that many elements in GOSS and the entire rebels group are corrupted in which no one endorse fairness or humanity, so why should Padang Jieng?
• Padang Jieng Community asked the government and the rebels to review their plan that might be enclosed and the nomination of Taban Deng Gai as a Minister of Petroleum, otherwise the Petroleum Minister should be from Equatoria because the Oil doesn’t belong to just the Dinka or Nuer, it belong to the entire South Sudan in case you have missed it.
• Padang Jieng vowed and rejects any move or an attempt proposal by the Rebels or government to impose nomination of our two Padang Jieng States governors of Eastern Nile State and Ruweng State to be nominated by the Rebels under Riek Machar’s command or SPLM-IO. Padang Jieng did not rebel, so rebels shall not determine the fate of Padang Jieng States, therefore, Padang Jieng refused any such tactics or ideology.
• Padang Jieng has seen it all and is vigilant after the government has shown interest in rewarding some angry elements and smooth talkers with lives of Padang Jieng people and the destruction of their properties in the 2014 by introducing a meaningless war in the country, a war that has destroyed the trust among communities across the ROSS, seeds left by the 21 civil war and the productivity of the entire country.
• Marginalization and marketing Padang Jieng has become a culture and trend in the GOSS rulings political arena, tracing back to during the 21 of the civil war till today.
• Padang Jieng Community without a doubt have been oppressed and neglected throughout by our own government we have been dearly loyal to.
• To Whom It May Concern, make no mistake that Padang Jieng will not accept anymore silence and humiliation from any entity.

The Voice of Padang Jieng Community Demands and Recommendations for the Way Forward
 The Padang Jieng Community demand without any excuses that: 1. The Finance Minister must be from Padang Jieng Community. 2. The Padang Jieng would have demanded the Deputy Minister of Petroleum to be from Padang Jieng Community, but since as per the agreement, that a minister and his deputy shall come from the party that has been allocated the ministry, Padang deserve a deputy of Chief of Staff if your GOSS still want the oil on Padang Jieng land. 3. Padang Jieng ask the GOSS for Padang sons to be active duty generals in the military right now because you have retired all our high-ranking generals while internal wars are in session.
 Padang Jieng Community shall no more take any oppressive acts or an attempt by the GOSS to impose any dangerous unethical proposal on Padang Jieng Community just to favor the interest of certain South Sudanese people, group, or community when Padang Jieng have suffered more than any community in the hands of Nuer leaders rebellion and Arab during the 21st long civil wars.
 Padang Jieng Community thought that the GOSS as well as the Jieng Council of Elders should be alert than that and pay a close attention to that signing owl. Padang Jieng Community refused to remain the victims after the survival for live struggle we have passed through; Padang Jieng are vigilant and we will not rest until something is done before is too late. Padang Jieng love this country more than any other citizen in the ROSS that is why they are loyal just to promote peace, but it just been noticed that neither the SPLM-IO nor the GOSS care about peace so that is why rebels won.

 Finally to Thondit Jieng Padang, this is your moment to wake up and say something or fight for your right before you are turned to a no man land, stop being ignorant now!!!

Long Live Padang Community
Long lives the Republic of South Sudan

Best regard,

The Chairman of the Padang Jieng Community Diaspora
Wilson Thonkur Lual,
Deputy Padang Jieng Community Diaspora
Mayiik Deng Kiir,
Acting Secretary of the Padang Jieng Community Diaspora
Ngor Kur Mayol,

Date: 01/12/2016


JAN 25, 2016;
AL JAZEERA INTERNATIONAL reported today from Dr. Riak Machar, the opposition leader of the SPLM-IO, ‘that the peace agreement with the Kiir government to form a unity government in Juba has collapsed. Machar said the issue of the 28 states promulgated by Kiir has made any peace deal untenable.’

Machar accused Kiir of tripling the number of states and appointing his own governors in all the 28 states which is a clear violation of the peace agreement.

According to Al Jazeera, president Kiir only belatedly signed the peace agreement after succumbing to extreme international pressure even though he made it plainly clear that he wasn’t interested in the peace agreement.

Mr. Mogae, the ex-Botswana president overseeing the peace implementation, stated that ‘the creation of the 28 states by Kiir’s government has been destructive,’ and this has placed a hold on the peace.

It’s now wholly dependent on the international partners to find a way out on peace implementation.

Irresponsibility: How Norway is under-developing South Sudan!

Editorial Analysis: JAN/23/2016, SSN;

Watching the Norwegian Ambassador in Juba, Ms. Tone Tinnes, participating in an undeserving demonstration of her country’s inappropriate so-called ‘development aid’ during the opening of a new building her country constructed for the Juba electricity and water department, one feels utterly disgusted by this misdirected generosity.

Although the building only cost 3 million dollars, this apparent benevolence to the Juba government was an unwise and ill-advised usage of money by Norway to an unworthy recipient, the corrupt Kiir government.

It also seriously begs the obvious question: How come the Kiir Juba government of South Sudan can’t afford to construct for itself such a simplistic and supposedly “modern” building during the last ten years of its failed reign in South Sudan?

By any technical standard, the building itself was a simplistic and normal construction of concrete and glass, and at the price of a mere 3 million dollars, the government of Kiir would have easily paid the entire bill if proper financial prudence was effected in the usage of the billions of oil money received by Kiir over the ten years.

Furthermore, if the oil monies remitted to Kiir’s government by Norway immediately after the peace agreement (CPA) in 2005 was used properly, schools, hospitals, roads and bridges would have been constructed across the country without ever soliciting much of Norwegian generosity and pampering.

Ambassador Tone Tinnes must surely be fully cognizant of the prevailing realities in Juba; 3 million dollars is just small personal change for both president Kiir and his vice, Wani-Igga, the latter, who whilst officiating the ceremony must be laughing at the sheer Norwegian stupidity to so easily succumb to the government’s scam.

It must be clearly recalled that Norway was the country chosen to take custody of all the money accruing from the sale of South Sudanese oil during the war years and it was Norway itself that repatriated all those billions (over 50 billion dollars) to president Kiir Juba regime.

Most certainly, Ambassador Tinnes must have some delegated responsibility of keeping an eye on how and where the billions have gotten out or misused, or who has siphoned this money to foreign bank accounts since Norway, like the good matron, must morally assume some responsibility on how that money was being utilized or misappropriated.

Unfortunately, almost all the money was avariciously looted and most of it eventually ended up in the pockets of Kiir, Wani and the rest of the SPLM/A gangsters. A shinning example, Arthur Akuein once the finance minister initially responsible, was accused of stealing the money and briefly incarcerated but was expeditiously released by fellow tribesmen.

Norway obviously stands morally culpable of criminal negligence in the eventual massive corruption seen within the Kiir SPLM/A monstrosity that expeditiously ensued and consumed the entire oil revenues.

Basically, Norway and the others like the USA, who expedited the CPA deal between North and South Sudan and subsequently took up the responsibility of midwifying the new nation, should have continued with the responsibility of dishing out the money according to some approved financial modality.

Giving president Kiir all the money at once and at the same time generously providing massive so-called ‘donor support’ only served to increase the Juba ruling mobsters’ appetites and propensities to loot.

Furthermore, it must be recalled that when the British ambassador in Juba reportedly exposed that infamous list of those 75 corrupt individuals in Kiir’s government who allegedly looted over 5 billion dollars, the Norwegian Ambassador in Juba must have certainly been one of the few privileged diplomats who accessed the list of the 75 alleged thieves.

Unfortunately and inexplicably, up to date, Norway, like Britain and the rest, is conspiratorially silent about exposing these very thieves who blatantly looted the nation’s resources.

The badly depraved people of South Sudan deserve to know who the thieves are so that they are prosecuted in the courts of law and the money stolen is rightly repatriated back to the national coffers.

Norway, in most South Sudanese eyes, has been justly regarded as a truly committed friend of the people and thus its support was most expected in the exposition to the public of that list of thieves.

Sadly, Norway has unwisely chosen not to divulge the kleptocrats and this act of irresponsibility has severely disappointed many in South Sudan.

Instead, in spite of the Kiir’s regime becoming increasingly repressive and having committed a terrible genocide against its people in 2013, Norway and its embassy in Juba under Ambassador Tone Tinnes are blatantly in full collaboration with and abetting the terror regime of president Kiir.

One is forcefully reminded of Walter Rodney’s famous book, “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” and it’s becoming more apparent that Norway today is obviously contributing to the ongoing ‘underdevelopment’ of South Sudan by its collaboration and collusion with the corrupt ‘tribal colonial’ regime in Juba.

Walter Rodney aptly contended that, “Colonialism created conditions which led not just to periodic famine but to chronic undernourishment, malnutrition, and deterioration in the physique of the people.” Isn’t that what is now happening to the South Sudanese people?

Predictably, Ambassador Tone Tinnes of Norway in Juba is unfortunately an unwitting accomplice in the perpetuation of the corruption in Juba, she’d be made fully aware that monies probably allocated earlier by Kiir’s government for the building of this very same structure for Water and Electricity might have long been callously pocketed by the same ruling regime of Juba.

One is compelled to assert that Norway is currently behaving like an insidiously active imperial power in South Sudan by its over-domineering presence in practically all facets and events taking place within and across the country, from war to peace and again to war and back to peace.

Since first coming to the country in a big way in 1972 after the Addis Ababa peace agreement and the establishment of the first self-rule government in South South, Norway has been favorably accorded a special status and an unfair domineering role in the country.

Norway was allowed then to literally ‘colonize’ the then Eastern Equatoria province but, arguably, in spite of its preponderance in those so-called ‘development’ projects, there was little that can truly be classified as tangible development of the people in those areas allocated to Norway.

However, despite the altruism and benevolence renown of the Norwegians, in reality the Norwegian NGO’s practically provided little in terms of tangible ‘development.” Most of the men in the area became bonded employees of the NCA and their women ended up doing basket weaving and other futile projects just for petty cash.

The Eastern Equatoria area, unfortunately, after a decade of Norwegian dominance, never achieved any self-reliance or self-sufficiency, instead, the NCA callously impoverished the area and its people.

Quoting Rodney again, “wealth has to be produced out of nature, from tilling the land or mining metals or felling trees or turning raw materials into finished products for human consumption. These things are done by the vast majority of the people who are peasants and workers.”

South Sudan is providentially blessed with a lot of natural resources which could go into making a better life for its people. A country like Norway itself which is also blessed with plentiful of natural resources like us, should direct more of their aid to helping the common people in exploiting these possibilities and not in only fattening or comforting the leaders in Juba.

This is where Ambassador Tone Tinnes should now direct her country’s efforts and money to, instead of paying for the construction of a luxurious building for a government agency better known to the entire residents of Juba for gross corruption, inefficiency and thievery of fuel and other materials by its employees while Juba residents perpetually wallow in darkness and thirst.

When the second liberation war erupted in 1983, once again, Norway and its NGO’s intruded massively on the side of the SPLM/A and this perhaps explains its contagious and misguided infatuation with the corrupt regime of Kiir.

Arguably, just like turning a blind eye to the egregious human rights abuses that were being blatantly perpetuated by the Garang’s SPLM/A, Norway today is shamefully and financially abetting the genocidal and kleptocratic Kiir’s Juba regime whilst the citizens are being deliberately oppressed and impoverished.

In her benign infatuation to perpetuate the well-acclaimed generosity of the Norwegian people since 1972 to the people of South Sudan, Ambassador Tone Tinnes, is being blinded by her impulsive compulsion to pamper and appease the ruling gangsters in Juba.

Finally, whether in terms of rendering development aid or participating as a Troika member in the current peace talks between the Kiir junta and the SPLM-IO, Norway must assert fairness and a clear stance on the side of the common people of South Sudan.

South Sudan Compromise Peace Agreement is in Jeopardy!

By: Malek Cook-Dwach, JAN/20/2016, SSN;

The compromise peace agreement of South Sudan which was signed under international pressures reluctantly with a lot of reservations between the warring parties SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO and other South Sudanese stakeholders’ civil society organizations and faith based groups on 17-26 August 2015 is on the brink of collapse.

The entire South Sudanese citizens were longer for peace and their hopes and expectations rely on the implementation of the signed pact because they are the one paying the higher prices for these 25 months of civil war.

With the coming of SPLM-IO advance to Juba on 21 December 2015, the moods of people change from brunt of war time to restoration of peace.

The committees of transitional constitution review were moving on well for the implementation of the compromise peace agreement in accordance to what previously agreed and signed by two principal of warring parties till they met a deadlock on 28 states, a unilateral decision taken by government by splitting the existing 10 states into 28 states in the pretext of what they called popular demand of South Sudanese citizens.

If it was popular demand as they put it, why they don’t refer it to South Sudan transitional national assembly to be debated by legislators (Laws makers) who are representing the voice of people and seek the consent of people through referendum.

The masterminds behind the creation of 28 states is blamed on tribal organization called Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) who are seen to be the rulers of South Sudan using an iron fist and working hard for dinkanization project to dominate and assimilate the other tribes by geographical expansion and mechanical majority in the national parliament by expanding states representation.

The idea of Dinkanization is a copy and paste of Arabization and Islamization policies of Sudan to convert pro-African South Sudanese into Arabo-Islamic culture, these policies was resisted and fought against by indigenous South Sudanese nationals in both Anya-Anya wars to SPLM/SPLA which led to the birth of the Republic of South Sudan.

Such a similar unachievable project couldn’t be repeated by those who tested its bitterness.

In the same token, the dinkanization will be resisted and fought by the rest of 63 tribes of South Sudan as the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) ill intention to create and set the country ablaze has resulted in the current civil unrest to create social vacuum in denying other ethnicities to share in the national cake.

That divide and rule politics couldn’t be tolerated and condoned where only one ethnic group dominates the South Sudan political sphere, economic, social and cultural aspects.

One is wondering, why the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission didn’t involve in resolving the issue of 28 states instead of referring it to two warring parties to discuss and negotiate on it while continuing with implementation of the rest of protocols agreed in compromise peace agreement.

It must be recalled that their roles are clearly defined in compromise peace agreement chapter V11 (3) that the JMEC shall be responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the Agreement and the mandate and task of the TGoNU including the adherence of the parties to the agreed timeline and implementation schedule.

In case of non-implementation of the mandate and the task of the TGoNU, or other serious deficiencies, the JMEC shall recommend appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU.

There is need of immediate solution to revert the looming collapse of compromise peace Agreement to leave the self-ego and the Arab proverb that goes “To hell with me and my enemy,” in order to get back into the peace track.

All the indicators of peace to prevail in light of 28 states are very minimal, unless the government thinks twice and revokes its unilateral decision.

Otherwise the country will transit to the state of anarchy where the armed ones loot/rob the vulnerable ones as started by unknown gunmen in Juba who are terrorizing the innocent civilians.

Losing the sovereignty of South Sudan to the foreigners will not be good idea because their intentions might be different as seen in other countries. Exploitation of our country resources will top up the list.

Therefore, we must put our house in order before inviting somebody to fix it for us.

The Author is concern South Sudanese Citizen and media commentator, reachable at

The Contentious Issue of 28 States Shouldn’t Impede the Work of NCAC

By Mabor Maker Dhelbeny, Lawyer, JUBA, JAN/19/2016, SSN;

As the parties embark on to the implementation of the “Compromise Peace Agreement,” known as Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan –(ARCISS), by constituting the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) which has started earlier last year in order to incorporate this August Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan into the Transitional Constitution 2011 (Amended 2015).

Hence, the Constitutional Committee was deliberating over the constitutional draft amendment for some weeks before its came to stalemate, despite the fact that the time-frame given by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms (JMEC) is very limited.

What was that stalemate and the contentious issue? It was the 28 States decreed by His Excellency the President on the 2nd of October, through the presidential ORDER #36/2015 which occurred after the IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement was concluded between the Government and the rebels on the 26th August, 2015.

Significantly, the creation of 28 States followed by the subsequent appointment of their Governors caused both ordinary citizens and the laymen to celebrate from the whole month of last year until today.

Meanwhile, the South Sudanese Lawyers and other International Experts were thinking of legal consequences that may follow the said order.

This is because the August Agreement was signed by both parties on the basis of 10 States and in conformity with Article 162 (1) of TCSS, 2011 before it was amended by the NLA.

It therefore becomes a point where members of SPLM–IO in the NCAC raised their eyebrows by accusing the GRSS of violating the Agreement – it’s a stalemate and contentious issue which needs to be resolved.

In its third meeting, JMEC resolved that the parties to the ARCISS should solve the problem of 28 States through – “Outside the box”. Some journalists got stunned, thinking that the agreement is reopened for renegotiation by the parties.

It seems in my view, some of these journalists or reporters do not know the above phrase. What does this phrase mean? This phrase – “Outside the box”, means thinking differently from a new perspective about the contentious issue.

However, thinking outside the box or thinking beyond the box – needs creative reasoning or thinking that acknowledges the 28 States or rejects the undertaken paradigm to emerge with new idea of revoking the Order #36/2015.

This scenario can therefore be achieved by the parties by building consensus and reaching ‘compromise’ through dialogue.

Furthermore, the process of thinking outside the box could be construed in a pejorative sense but crucial for parsing and executing the decisions reached by the parties.

Apparently, thinking outside the box – means the new thought. “When we use this cliché – we can situate ourselves back in the box but in a somewhat better position,” according to Ira Steven Behr.

For this reason, the parties to ARCISS can situate themselves back in the box but in a better position. This demonstrates that the SPLM–IO, FDs and the GRSS are required to look further by trying to think the things in the agreement and beyond so that the ordinary citizens can enjoy the fruits of “Compromise Peace Agreement.’

The word – “compromise,” however, needs to be understood by our leaders who are signatories to the agreement. It’s a mechanism used by the mediators – IGAD, TROIKA, UN and AU to bring our conflict to an end.

It’s a method of give and take in a good spirit during the negotiation which makes both parties neither the losers nor the winners.

According to Sumbye Kapena (2013:56) “…the leader takes the time to listen to the arguments of both parties. The leader then points out both the faults and the good points that each side has. He or she then concludes that since each side has its equal share of the blame, the best thing to do is to tolerate each other’s faults.

The leader emphasizes that exhibiting some faults is a characteristic of human nature, and therefore, tolerance is the best stance. In other words, the leader maintains that it is the spirit of give and take (compromise) that ensures continuity of relationships.”

Since members of the two Houses of National Legislature have invoked Article 199 of TCRSS, 2011 (amended 2015), as it was initiated by the President in accordance with provision under Article 101 (f) of the said Constitution, the issue of 28 States will not be treated as a legal issue but rather it has become a “political one”. Then what should be the way forward.

The way forward should be that – the input of experts is mostly needed to guide in technical areas, such as devolution of powers or power-sharing, finance and executive.

So JMEC’s Chairman must be cautious about the process of draft constitutional amendment by the NCAC to avoid possible boycotting. Because the study discloses that any constitution making all over the world is wrought with confusion, mistrust, conflict, interests of certain class and selfishness among others.

In a political gimmick, the SPLM-IO leadership remained guilty conscientious after the creation of 21 States which immediately vanished due to lack of constitutional mandate.

Meanwhile, in response to the above, the Head of State with constitutional powers created 28 States that have garnered extensive support from the civil population all over the country. And as such both 21 and the former 10 States were thrown in the dustbin.

But any attempt to backtrack the government’s decision would be detrimental to the agreement. If these contentious issues continue to develop, then the parties to ARCISS may lack strong political will – perhaps due to the fact that the ruling elites would want to maintain the status quo in power by controlling the constitutional making process.

Thus any contentious issue or stalemate, regardless of 28 states in the draft constitutional making process must be resolved based on consensus. The impetus of this consensus however, requires the spirit of constitutionalism – i.e. it must emanate from the will of the people of South Sudan. Therefore, the contentious issue of 28 states should not be used as a leveraged by the oppositions in order to impede the work of National Constitutional Amendment Committee.

The Writer is an Advocate & Legal Consultant at Juba. Email him at

Future of Nuer in South Sudan politics remains uncertain!

By Peter Gai Manyuon, JAN/19/2016, SSN;

Politically, Nuer are organized into what might be called “tribes” which consist of further sub-divisions by lineage. The lineages are a major structural factor for political order. The territorial grouping and lineage groupings are more closely aligned for some purposes than others.

There is no overall political authority in the tribal structure. Political activity involves various grouping or separation of the many territorial and clan sections.

In recent years and currently, there has been extensive military conflict in both South Sudan and Sudan, and the Nuer have become more politically active compared to other ethnicities in South Sudan but the reality is that disunity or dissatisfaction among themselves is always part of their obligation and ideology.

Hence, instead for them to use positive political organization, they are always opposite to each other based on lack of good leadership structure that lead to current politics of Sudan People Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM/IO) that ended up with formation of different bodies that are going contrary to each other.

Instead for them to fight for a common agenda of addressing the route causes of Nuer massacre that took place on the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th December 2013, they are very busy promoting hatred among themselves and fighting over positions on who to be appointed an MP, undersecretary, Deputy Minister or Minister, has been the only top agenda since last year 2015 to date forgetting what took them to the bushes in South Sudan.

What a disgrace? The lives of the innocent civilians that got killed because they were Nuer are put aside and politicians are very busy looking for political accommodation with the same government who carried out genocide on civil population that consists of elderly women, men, youth and children.

Moreover, serious raping and cannibalism were carried out by the same government on their relatives and they are forgetting the causes of the conflict with positions. What a shame to these sycophants politicians!

More interestingly, before the crisis of South Sudan in December 2013, Chief of Staff of Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) was a Nuer and other top government officials were Nuer who were working in the same primitive Leadership of Cowboy Salva Kiir Mayardit and eventually they did nothing to protect their people because of individual interests among themselves.

Furthermore, seventy five (75%) of the Army of the (SPLA) were all Nuer across the Republic of South Sudan, and you find that Nuer were everywhere.

However, because of lack of good leadership organization and hatred among themselves, they allowed their civilians to be killed in thousands in Juba and they still want to return to the same government.

Something must be wrong with the Nuer psychologically or Ngundeng prophecies needed to be evaluated again in order for the Nuer to be in the right direction otherwise the political atmosphere of South Sudan is almost isolating the Naath community.

Moreover, Nuer in the history of Sudan have been known of always giving away leadership to the people that they claim to have humiliated them.

Hon. Peter Gatkuoth Gual gave leadership to Abel Alier because they were close friends as well Samuel Gai Tut, William Nyuon with Dr. John Garang and eventually President Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar in 2002, 2005 and 2010 respectively.

Who is the problem now? Is it the people who took the leadership that are wrong or the people who gave up the leadership to others who are wrong?

Due to globalization (inter-connectedness) policies, ideas, plans or tactics and leadership are always achieved through different means either through military force, mediation, negotiation and election, not through prophecies as many people believed on centuries-old ideologies which lack practical aspects and good judgmental approaches.

Interpretations are always full of assumptions, well there have been prophecies but due to too many interpretations and lies added on top of realities, Nuer are misdirected or misguided by those who claim to have known the prophecies. But in reality, they lacked accurate information and good research.

Well, those who always believe on cultural stories or prophecies should do so but not all the community members should depend on beliefs because at the movement, technology is advancing with new ideas and methodologies are always applying on basis.

I also want my community Nuer to be innovative in terms of ideas and plans for future generations.

In modern politics people believes on practical aspects not traditional ideologies that have got no way through in this new world where realists and liberalism are applying their theories through different ways and approaches.

Nuer are the problem to themselves? No one should be blamed for their failure in the leadership, the vision to achieve good things ahead of us as Nuer nation is not there at all.

Where are we heading to? Why don’t we remember the lives of the thousands that we lost during this man-made calculation?

Even though we disagree with the realities, Nuer don’t have unity among themselves that is why we have the Nuer with Kiir Mayardit government who massacred civilians, we have the Nuer with Generals who defected last year from SPLM in opposition Leadership, the Nuer who are with former detainees, Nuer who are with SPLM in opposition and those who are in the middle.

How can we bring these groups to be one body? This should be the main focus at the movement than going for positions and getting money from the same government that has killed thousands in numbers, it shouldn’t be the priority.

And if that is the case that people are returning back to the same government, there must be guiding principle to unite all Nuer from various groups for the common interest of the society.

With the emergence of so many groups within the Nuer Community, it’s time we look for ways to unite ourselves as one community that is looking for something ahead of us in 2018.

Instead we are busy fighting among ourselves based on individual interests that resulted in abandoning of the movement of Dr. Riek Machar in 1991 and similarly in this current political dilemma where the peace is between collapsing and implementation.

Why don’t Nuer have unity of purpose instead of abusing ourselves on the media? Nuer culture and beliefs are not follow by most of the elite class!

Practically, on what basis can we claims to winning the coming elections in 2018 when at the movement we are having serious differences ?

Hence, the Nuer leadership structures is not well defined at the movement, people are moving like goats to do what is good for themselves, not for the community. What a disgrace?

It’s not too late for the Nuer community to unite both in the opposition, government, Federal Democratic Party and former detainees at this particular period of time. Unity of Nuer can change the political leadership of the Republic of South Sudan as a whole.

Calling our fellow brothers as Nuer ‘weew’ will not help but rather it will demote our potential as the Community for the top leadership of the Country. Democracy is all about the numbers!

In summary:

* Nuer must have a strategic work plan for the coming centuries in order to accomplish their unity, leadership aspirations and wishes in the current political set up of the Country.

* There is need to have a comprehensive leadership council that could comprise of sixteen members that are selected based on the counties that Nuer originated from and these very groups could form a body that can oversee the activities and political ideology of the Nuer in the years to come.

* Nuer must have the unity among themselves first before they could go to other South Sudanese communities to look for votes in 2018.

* The leadership will help the community to identify who is capable to work for the Nuer interests rather than individuals interests.

* Lack of patience and strategic work plan is what is weakening the Nuer in politics and they don’t always agree among themselves, instead they always focused on short term individualism not community interest.

Finally, going back to Juba without a political strategy or second plan in hand is termed as political suicide mission or a desperate journey for positions while putting aside what led to displacement of the Nuer in South Sudan in the first place.

Even though no one is listening to the suffering of our civilians in UNMISS camps across South Sudan, still there will be time to change the current system that is led by hooligans and primitive Leaders who don’t value for human lives.

It is matter of time Kiir Mayardit leadership might be scattered like Libyan government of Muammar Gadaffi who disappeared.

Based on the current political philosophy and realism, Nuer are in total disarray and their ideas are contradicting their vision, mission and aspirations of where they belong or what they want to achieve in years to come.

The future of the Nuer politically in South Sudan remains utterly uncertain unless we open our eyes to sensibly visualize and predict what is good for the growth of our next generations.

The Author is an Independent Journalist and Columnist who has written extensively on human rights and democratization processes. Currently admitted in Moi University Nairobi –Kenya to pursue a PhD in Communications Studies. He could be reach on
Peter Gai Manyuon