BY: David Kuol Arok, Australia, OCT/19/2013, SSN;
We, the Bor people, have always been known for fair-mindedness. But in recent political fall-out in Juba, president Kiir has finally found his allies among us. The one section of Bor tribe whom he looks upon has lost both logic and common sense.
It’s those who claim themselves victims of repressive rebel movement that has killed their people. And if you asked them how many people were assassinated? They could only mention one possible example, and that is the death of late Martin Majer Gai Ayuel.
However, let’s not be naïve, Kiir has never been fair to all of us, and his recent appointment of Jonglei State Governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, to the country’s defence ministry is basically because he finds him useful just as the political tool to be used eventually in removing the current SPLA army Chief of Staff, Lt.Gen. James Hoth Mai in a nearer future.
This appointment is not just a random process; it is both politically and desperately an attempt by a confused president who is determined to clinging to power at all cost whatsoever, with a long political calculus that we, the Bor Dinka, would remain enemies with the Nuer people forever.
Undoubtedly, General Hoth Mai has strongly opposed any involvement of the South Sudan army in a political process, and one vivid example is his refusal to integrate several hundreds presidential guards trained at Luri Bridge without his knowledge.
Here again, it has surfaced that Mr. Gabriel Jok Riak is the leader of this private army (the recently trained presidential so-called Republican Guards) that’s predominantly selected and recruited from president Kiir’s own home of Warrap State and related Northern Bhar el Ghazal State.
In view of the recent political developments, had it not been for former vice-president Dr. Riak Machar’s willingness for peaceful political transition, only God knows how we, as a nation, have evaded one catastrophe very similar to the Rwanda genocide.
In the aftermath of the removal of Dr. Machar from office, there was a speculation that John Luk Jok, a Nuer, was considered for appointment as vice-president, but he, John Luk, was wise enough to turn the consideration down and the vacancy went unfortunately to a weak comedian because he is from Equatoria region and therefore fits the political narrative.
Besides, do you think Kiir cares much about Bor South? No, of course, basically because there is no prominent political rival in that region that is the primary reason Kiir is willing to offer them an olive branch for political convenience.
But, unfortunately, Bor North and Nuer who have individuals ready to assume the presidency are left languishing under the bus.
Dear friends, I am not against any political appointees but let us refrain from politics that pit us against any faction in South Sudan.
Kiir is a spoiled or rotten apple, and now he is more determined to smear us with his political dung.
So, let all Bor people remain united, strong and vigilant. No more political enemies!
David Kuol Arok