BY DR. PETER KOPLING, 3/FEB/2016, JUBA;
The Obama Administration appointed Ambassador Donald E. Booth, August 28th 2013, as the U.S. Special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan. The major Criteria for his choosing seemed his experience in the Horn of Africa as the American Ambassador to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The main focus of his government at that point seemed preventing Sudan and South Sudan from returning to war and to further help South Sudan not to slide into being a failed state.
Secretary John Kerry called it a “decisive moment,” in that “South Sudan did not vote for independence to create a failed state nor to return to violence;” here the Obama administration was thinking of a possible South Sudan war with the Sudan.
However, what they had not anticipated, at least not such sooner, was South Sudan tripping on its own foot and scoring double on the American concerns of the time, go to war but with itself and becoming by all measures a failed state at this stage.
On the day of Ambassador Booth’s appointment, Secretary John Kerry, in his official press release, stated, “While the ultimate choices resides with these two nations, the United States will do everything we can to support those working for peace and we will speak with candor about those whose actions undermine those hope”.
Clearly Ambassador Booth was chosen for different times and for a different reason. The ambassador and his Administration were caught napping when Juba exploded internally and went to war with itself not Khartoum and the ambassador and his administration startled, staggered and have been stammering ever since, why so?
It was because they lacked vision to clearly see that their boy, Kiir, was turning into a monster daily, that the infant president was pooping in the diaper and the ambassador and his administration had no clue how to deal with the noxious odors.
They relied on for understanding on Kiir’s well-placed tribal gangs in the likes of Francis Deng, who was busy protecting his homeboy.
Kiir, right in their face, grew by the day intolerant to opposing views, he did not promote the rule of law, rather broke the little there in; he became the absolute rule and ruler in town with preferential treatment of his tribes mates.
Majority of south Sudanese the ambassador and his administration came in contact with were and are Dinka and male, yet it did not occur to them that this is a sign Kiir is entrenching nepotism and tribalism nor did they realize to this day South Sudan is a nation of 64 ethnic groups, what they erroneously came to believe “the useless majority,” thanks to Kiir’s paid western advocacy/opinion writers groups (Mercenaries).
This Ethnic dominance however may not be too terrible a concern from the American prospective since in the USA, a rainbow nation, is itself ruled by one color.
What they should have been told is that in Africa, that “color” that rules in absolute and in preferential manners, if allowed to morph, will kill off the others and that is exactly what has been happening and the Americans actually helped to make it come true.
Kiir became bold and corrupt with billions of dollars stacked away by him and his accomplishes. His inabilities to keep up with the homegrown political pressures (rightly so, Secretary Kerry said, the choice belongs to the people, and the people did not give a free pass for Kiir on his way to becoming the current Monster, these Valiant patriots included the only woman in the pack, the matriarch of the nation, but is that not what democracy is all about?
But Booth got lost in the false narratives handed to them by Francis Deng et al. “Power struggles between Kiir and his Vice,” such democratic and political wrangles for Africans are termed power struggles whereas for the USA, it is the primaries?
There was more than just Machar in keeping Kiir from morphing into the dragon today that spews death and leading him to recruit illegal private Militia, defiles his oath of the presidency and lies of a non-existent coup.
He slaughtered fellow citizens by the thousands in the nation’s capital on the basis of their ethnicity and the amazing thing is, he got away with it.
Ambassador Booth timidly calls him out and since then Kiir grew even bolder, several Journalists dead, opinion writers killed, newspapers closed down, Political Jailing and assassinations and restrictions of movements.
When he jailed the original members of the founders of the liberation war, the group now called the former detainees, Booth and his government appealed for release but Kiir never yielded until he dragged them through dirt into a Kangaroo court before they were acquitted, once more showing, Booth and his administrations have no leverage, leave alone power on Kiir.
Thus he, Kiir does and undo anything in South Sudan at will not surprising including states, it’s elected governors etc.
Is it then therefore not up to we, the people, as rightly so said by secretary John Kerry to put an end to this and America should support, we the people?
When IGAD-plus to which America is a partner put together the compromise peace deal, mind you and imposed it, in order to end the devastating civil war, most south Sudanese agreed except that it drove a knife into Kiir’s tribal agendas and so he stalled and threw tantrum refusing to sign it, like a toddler running to his room for comfort. America in the body of IGAD took the papers for him to sign in his room.
But Kiir dropped a bigger cow dung in proportion to his tantrum, he created the 28 Dinka-centric states, in violation of the transitional constitution of South Sudan and in direct violation of the very Compromise peace deal put together by America itself in the body of IGAD.
Kiir abrogated the constitutional 10 states, changed their names and boundaries as well the constitution itself.
Part One, section 4:2 of the south Sudan constitution, states: “Any person or group of persons who attempts to…. suspend or abrogate this constitution commits treason.”
No question he did commit treason, making Kiir an enemy of the state deserving to be put to death.
Section of the same 4:3 proceeded on to say “Every Citizen shall have the duty to resist any persons or group of persons seeking to suspend or abrogate this constitution.” It also calls on the same for those who attempt to overthrow the constitutional government, however all agreed including the American that no one made a coup attempt… except Kiir against Kiir.
Therefor Kiir has committed treason and has become an enemy of the state, and it is the call of the constitution upon we the people, every citizen, to ensure that he, Kiir, does not leave above the soil of South Sudan.
But instead, the Ambassador and his administration, imposed a criminal on us, we the people, and the criminal himself is such intoxicated with the people’s blood that he is unwilling to take the lifeline thrown at him nor play by their books.
Instead they are choosing the path of least resistance, that is calling the SPLM-IO to yield and compromise even on matters of criminality at the expense of their very own lives and are now locked in the Lion’s den, in Juba, without any exit strategies, while they have so far shown no abilities to control Kiir when he goes into tantrum and spree of killings, not even a bit.
The latest concerns now are that he has resorted to using chemical weapons on the opposition forces while a large number of its leadership is in his control, including restricting their movements.
In this regards, the constitution calls on South Sudanese to depose Kiir as he has violated and abrogated the states and the constitution itself, but yet Ambassador Booth and IGAD call the 28 states a political issue needing to “think outside the box,” leading them to collude with Kiir against the south Sudanese people and its constitution.
Fellow compatriots, our constitution calls on us to resist such persons including Ambassador Booth who have failed to speak on behaves of, we the people, as Secretary Kerry promised.
Ambassador Booth and IGAD, we the south Sudanese other 63 ethnic groups will like you to take note. The 28 Dinka centric states is not a political issue, nor is it an issue between Kiir and Machar, or SPLM-Juba Vs. SPLM-IO, but rather it is Kiir against we the people, some who are not even part of the SPLM-IO.
It is Kiir pitching his tribesmen, the Dinka, against we the other 63 ethnic groups, it is a criminal issue.
It is an ethnic cleansing issue, it abrogate the constitution and the constitutionality, as well as ancestral boundaries in the benefit of the Dinka tribe of Kiir.
It takes away entire ancestral regions and gives it to the Dinka and the remaining regions are also spread with the Dinka Cattle and their armed to tooth herdsmen causing insecurities in traditionally stable regions of South Sudan.
Again Ambassador Booth and his nation may not see anything wrong with this because, this is what white America did to the Native Americans, and they are perfectly Ok with it thus they maliciously say, the issue of 28 states should not prevent the formation of the Transitional government, but alas on what foundations? It is the effect of living in a glass house.
The ethnic cleansing criminality of Kiir’s 28 Dinka centric state is such fundamental that it is enough for us to allow south Sudan to cease to exist rather than loose our ancestral lands in which the bones and spirit of our fathers rests time immemorial, it is spiritual for in them are shrines and holy places only understood by its owners and to it our identities and very lives are tied. An issue of to be or die and America must not belittle such matters.
So even if the SPLM-IO agree to the 28 state, this will not solve the south Sudanese Crises, but worsen it, rather removing this obstacle placed here intentionally by Kiir for this very purpose, to derail the compromise peace he had refused to sign in the first place is clearly what needed to be done but it will take a tooth because Kiir is bewitched, intoxicated with the blood of we the people.
Like Saddam Hussein and Gadhafi who came before him, he has reached a point of no return, no amount of pleasing nor compromise will change him but instead it simply embolden him as seen to date and give more lives for him to destroy.
It should be self evident that the criminal nature of these 28 Dinka Centric states, will result into ethnic cleansing, because we did not fight the Arabs for independent south Sudan to turn around and hand over our lives and our ancestral lands to the Dinkas of Salva Kiir.
Simply put replacing brown masters to the black ones, you can be sure Ambassador Booth, on the path of the Dinka achieving their tribal goal, like in America, they will have to ethnically cleanse the native owners of the lands they will eventually own, this is guaranteed.
This by the way Ambassador Booth does not apply only to the Shilluk, but to the Madi, Bari, the Fajulu, Azande, Muro, Balanda, but in fact the entire Greater Equatoria regions as well as the Upper Nile.
Politically no one person nor a single ethnic group in as many can just wake up one morning and decide there are now 28 states and move boundaries without consultations with the rest and yet Ambassador Booth and his administrations expect compromise but from the point of least resistance the victims of such agenda?
In conclusion, Kiir has been throwing eggs on Ambassador Booth’s face from the very day he was appointed. Ambassador Booth for some strange reasons each time moves the redline as does his boss and the day of reckoning never came for Kiir.
He lied about the coup and triggered an avalanche of bloodshed, carried ethnic killings, dismantled the rule of law, freedom of expressions and the press and now dismantled the very peace put together by Ambassador Booth in the body of IGAD but yet, Ambassador booth got stuck and stammers in one phrase, thanks to Francis Deng’s advocacy of protecting the bad guys, “Both sides have pooped”, really? It is this duality that emboldened Kiir.
Thanks Ambassador Booth, you have miserably and utterly failed in your mission, you have nothing to show since 2013, you and your administrations are a disgrace and have failed the south Sudanese people. You have babied Kiir in all his criminal ventures and never held him to the books.
Kiir’s “Supper tribe, the born to rule ideology”, designed by the Dinka council of elders is essentially a “Hitler” type of agenda for South Sudan and you are enabling him to achieve it.
You should not rely on IGAD leaders because, Kenyatta’s father did the same thing in Kenya and Kiir is emulating such, but in grandiose scale, comparable to what white America did to the natives of the Americas.
Like you, the former President of Botswana, JMEC chair Festus Mogae has failed so far and will fail, as he too has bought into this duality and lacks tooth in dealing with the cowboy’s serous tantrums unless you all get off from this duality of “both sides have pooped.”
Until your administration shows us real paths to peace without selling our souls to the devil, then the constitution calls on us to stand and resist an enemy of the state.
Ambassador Booth, you have failed our downtrodden people of South Sudan and you should admit it and leave that seat for someone else.
Dr. Peter Kopling