BY: David Kanyara Aju, Eastern Equatoria State, NOV/18/2013, SSN;
Gen. Aleu Ayieng Aleu, South Sudan minister for Interior fell short of delivering in his speech during his trip accompanying with Vice President James Wani Igga to Nimule on 13 November 2013 when he talked about the Internally Displaces Persons (IDPs).
I presume Gen. Aleu Ayieng did not understand the English word– IDPs– which stands for Internal Displaced Persons. It was either he failed to understand the term IDPs or he simply declined to refer to his fellow Dinkas as IDPs.
His fellow Dinka IDPs have come to Nimule since 1994 during the intense liberation war. When the Comprehensive peace agreement, CPA, was signed in 2005, instead of returning to their land, they have decided to come in colonies to forcefully occupy and live in Nimule in the name of IDP
The minister of Interior instead of addressing the IPD issue which we the Ma’di have been addressing through dialogues and petitions to the Eastern Equatoria Government (EES) and the Central government, he has gone ahead to pat the IDPs in the back by saying as I quote here that, “There are no South Sudanese IDPs within the country. You cannot be an IDP in your own country,” he said.
Now I must educate this Interior minister, Mr. Ayieng, that the word IDP is not a Ma’di word, but rather an English word used to describe people who have been displaced from their places of origin due to war, natural hazzards, religious persecution…. etc.
The Nimule IDPs have enjoyed the hospitality of the Ma’di people but have gone to repay this by forcing their presence on land belonging to the Ma’di who are in turn forced to remain in refugee camps in Uganda against their will.
As if such oppression is not enough, these IDPs function backwards by carrying their dead from Bor to come bury them in Nimule, saying “Anina bi silu mait de fi belet,” by claiming ‘they are taking their dead to bury at home.’
Since when has Nimule become a Jienge (Dinka) belet (village) instead of Bor?
Frankly, these so-called IDPs have overstayed their welcome and whatever lame reasons they give for staying in Nimule is cheap politics. They parade the streets and alley ways of Nimule in the name of having liberated Ma’di land but I want to tell them that the nonsense they have held on to for so long must stop.
When Nimule came under fire then, we, including myself as a child soldier, fought to liberate the land whose geography none of them knew. And without our men taking the lead, Nimule and many other places would not have fallen into the hands of the SPLA.
So out you go with the old rotten philosophy that has been falsely drilled in your brains.
The fact that the Interior Minister can stand shamelessly to utter such outrageous statements has only gone to confirm the ‘we-liberated-the-land’ mentality the Nimule IDP are having.
Mr. Minster, you and these IDPs have got to ask yourselves, why is it only the Dinka seeking or playing the victims of IDPs in all the three Equatoria States when South Sudan has been a sovereign nation since 2011?
Mr. Ayeng, be bold, be a man, don’t abuse your ministerial power to enrich your fellow Dinka, play fair politics so that when you retire, you may have a good legacy and history will also remember you.
This is an outrageous statement coming from such responsible minster whose message should have been clearly that South Sudan is now a sovereign nation and all the illegal IDPs in Nimule, Equatoria and else where should begin to think of going home to their ancestral land where development awaits them.
My only advise to you, Minister, is don’t be ashamed, the world is watching what you say and do, you should spare for yourself respect by telling your fellow jieng that what they are doing is wholly unacceptable and unlawful.
It is equally absurd to see the illegal IDPs roaming the streets of Nimule with AK 47s in town yet they are not part of the regular army of south Sudan.
Because they display power visibly by these weapons, they now take the law into their hands. This goes as far as a group of them pursuing a civilian who happened to have accidentally knocked down their child across the boarder wanting to get this guy from the hands of Ugandan authority.
These Dinka in Nimule have created their own government comprising of the police and the judiciary within a government, and yet they are left to flourish while a genuine grant of a county has been denied for a people who rightly deserve it.
In whose county or payam can you ever find two tiers of administration except in Nimule where the failed Governor, who can only wait to address his people in the presence of the Interior Minister, who is totally uneducated about matters of his ministry?
I would like to assure the interior minister that there is going to a time for justice to be done, whether Jienge like it or not, time will come for them to remove their dead bodies who were buried in Nimule illegally.
This will happen, we Ma’di are not cowards but we do not want to take the country back to the 1980’s dark period of time, and if diplomacy failed we will be left with no option but to defend our land because your government is not inclusive.
Though we don’t have arms but the God of our land will be at our side, when we call for the gods of the mountains, something magnificent will happen.
Just remember when the people called upon the names of their gods what happened to the IDPs in Mugali? They know it better.
Soon we will consult with landlords and give our ritual offertories to the gods of our land, then we will see whether peoples’ power or gun will prevail.
I have one question to both Vice president Igga and minister Aleu Ayieng to answer, why is the non-army roaming with the AK 47s in the town?
Time again and again people have been complaining about the floating of unregistered guns in Nimule and the gun owners are carrying their guns openly, why is the government quiet about it?
Would it be the same when the Ma’di begin to obtain guns and roam with them in the market of Juba or else where?
This is outrageous, this Kiir-led government is non-inclusive. That is why chief Angu of Nimule Centre scored highly against you when he spoke categorically telling you they do not want the NTC, they want the Pageri County which you as a delegation said has been sat on by the President and last but not least they want the IDPs out of their land.
Once you have granted these three requests, come back and talk to us. The chief and his people do not want NTC, in whose land are you going to impose it?
The never serious James Wani Igga, the comedian he is, only came to Nimule to listen to the rubbish his minster of interior was uttering and his parroting the words of President Kiir!
Nimule issue, Mr. VP, is not a comedy, it is real issue, real people that need seriously real solutions. Nimule Town council has been rejected twice and several letters were written opposing it, so there is not reason for you to sing the song of going the referendum way.
Instead of listening to the people, you, too, Mr. Wani Iga, wanted to impose your authoritative regime banner you carry on us, the Ma’di. I will tell you once again the NTC is not wanted in Nimule, not in the current terms which Governor Lobong is trying to impose on us!
This is the exact agenda of Dinka to forcefully colonize Equatoria in the next 100 years and seize their land in a cheap policy which will only bring about the Kenyan land crisis to South Sudan, if the likes of Aleu cannot have enough common sense to address the nationwide IDP issues right away.
Now, unless he is directly involved in supplying the illegal arms to the IDPs in Nimule, he must address the issue properly to avoid insecurity in Nimule and other parts of the country with similar problems.
To the rest of you, peace, justice and human rights loving citizens of South Sudan, the situation facing us in the country is being created by the Jenge community wanting to seize what is not theirs and as you can clearly see, the so called IDPs are being encouraged by the likes of Minister Aleu in perpetuating their illegal acts.
Insecurity, lawlessness and unlawful killings are the consequences of this predicament we find ourselves in.
The Dinka IDPs have often referred to us the Ma’di as cowards or Ugandans or they have looked upon us as toothless because we are not armed. We do not want to take the country back to the memories of the 1980s. For those of you, Jenge, who survived the war can recall what I mean.
I also want to remind you that the gods of the Ma’di land are more powerful than the guns they are holding. In Mugali, the snakes that chased the Dinka form their havens never carried guns. If pushed, we shall invoke our gods and we shall see who has authority over the land of Nimule.
Finally, let Minister Aleu address the IDP issues seriously or if he does not know his job, let Kiir’s authoritative regime appoint a capable and credible person to assume the post but not just a fellow tribesman whose job is to cement nepotism nationally and oppression of the non-Dinka.
Author: David Kanyara Aju
EES, Republic of South Sudan.