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South Sudanese community in UK says SPLM must step aside

Radio Tamazug, LONDON (27/Jul/2015), SSN;

The South Sudanese community in Britain said the ruling SPLM party must step aside and allow for new leadership in a transitional period.

The community made its decision at a peace, reconciliation and national unity conference in London on 18 July.

“The SPLM led government has violated the interim constitution, it plunged the country into serious political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis and therefore should accept out of ‘Love and compassion’ handing over the power during the transition back to the people,” read a statement from Benjamin Taban Avelino, Chairman of the South Sudanese Community in UK.

The UK community recommended that the African Union and the United Nations should help the people of South Sudan to enact an alternate interim administration.

“The patience of our people has run out and the majority have lost trust and confidence in the political system that has gone out of touch,” the conference decided.

“The government no longer serves the people equitably nor does it protect the interest of all its citizens, while the self-inflicted war destroys us. The SPLM/A led government and opposition should not scramble over power, but to know that it is the right and responsibility of the citizens to either withdraw or grant power to the government, power must not be grabbed by the barrel of the gun.”

They added that the regional bloc IGAD which is mediating a peace process in Addis Ababa cannot impose a transitional government onto the people of South Sudan as has been proposed. The group said peace must come from the people.

“The 30 month transitional period is for a long time, without the agreement of South Sudanese people,” the group said. “The IGAD imposed government would never be owned by the people. We must have the right to entrust a government that would be desired, supported and honoured by the people.”

“South Sudanese people should have the sovereignly superior power over the land, state and the government, they should be honoured to rectify and validate the peace agreement,” they added.

The conference said South Sudanese people and the diaspora must be included in the Addis Ababa talks to come up with “homegrown solutions that can truly deal with the problems created by the SPLM.”

The principle guests at the meeting were Bishop Paride Taban of South Sudan, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rt. Revd. Dr Rowan Williams, and former Ambassador of UK and EU representative to Sudan Dame Rosalind Marsden.

Radio Tamazuj photo: South Sudanese women protest for peace in Juba

https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/south-sudanese-community-uk-says-splm-must-step-aside

A Voice in the Wilderness of South Sudan: Women of South Sudan

From: Amal Ajang, JUL/24/2015, SSN;

We the women of South Sudan, shout with one voice in solidarity with our sisters, mothers, and daughters in Juba, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Rumbek and Abyei.

We shout with one voice that December 15, 2013 shall not be repeated in the history of South Sudan again.

We the women of South Sudan shout with one voice, when there is no vision, the people perish and the country suffers.

We the women of South Sudan, shout with one voice:
We are against war, and against those who have started and caused the war.

We the women of South Sudan, shout with one voice:
No to War. No to Genocide. No to Corruption. No to nepotism.

We the women of South Sudan, saw what the war has done to our nation.
When our mothers and aunties were raped, you raped all the mothers and aunties in South Sudan.

When our sisters and daughters were raped, you raped all sisters and daughters in South Sudan.
When you killed our children, you killed the future of South Sudan.

We the women of South Sudan, stand tall and strong, and shout with one voice:
We will never be defeated by rape, killings, destruction or uprooting.

We the Women of South Sudan, have seen how our nation came to existence.
We saw the long queues of thousands of our people standing patiently for many hours, for unique moment in our history, to cast their votes for the independence of South Sudan.

We shout with one voice, saying:
Our independence is our human right.

We cannot divide our Nile and take it to our tribal land.

We shout with one voice:
No to division of our mother land.
No to tribalism in our mother land.

We the women of South Sudan, shout with one voice:
Peace is indivisible, if one citizen is killed; you killed all citizens of South Sudan.

We the Women of South Sudan, shout loud with one voice:
Yes to Peace in our Mother Land
Yes to Healing and Reconciliation.
Yes to Justice

Written by Amal Ajang, inspired by the women in the UN camps in South Sudan.

Laws in White House are not applicable everywhere, Susan Rice MUST know this

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan, JUL/24/2015, SSN

Quote: “The US-led western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights within individual countries acts from a directly opposite position in the international arena, rejecting the democratic principles of sovereign equality of states, and trying to decide for everyone what is good and what is evil,” Says Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign affairs minister;

Barefacedly, alone among the governments in the world, the Americans believe that their nation, the US, is an ”exceptional” country and Americans are “indispensable” people and require sovereign government to follow its laws even when Washington’s laws contradict the laws of other sovereign countries.

It was 9th July when the US redefined media propaganda reached the highest peak. The usual mumbo jumbo propaganda of the US on twitters and TVs moved to YouTube when the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice downloaded what she called “message to people of South Sudan” on the solemn fourth anniversary of our independence.

Indeed the U.S. has succeeded in demonizing the government of President Salva Kiir by consistently portraying South Sudan in the eyes of the world as a failed state and Kiir as a murderer and despot who wants to be in power forever.

The White House has been making great use of mass media propaganda to get the job done since the beginning of the ongoing war.

First, they’ve controlled the narrative of what is happening in South Sudan and use it as a platform to misinform the people.

This is critical for the following reasons. One, because it permits the White House to sweep the December 15th foiled coup attempt in Juba into the dustbin of American memory and world at large and, never to be seen again.

Second, major western media like CNN, Fox news, BBC, ABC and Sky news plus Al Jazeera are now shamelessly spewing out Americanized propaganda and they are doing their job very well; submissively regurgitating managed news misinformation trash, malevolently burying hard truths on what happened and what is happening now in South Sudan.

These media pundits have spectacularly succeeded in renaming every good thing that the South Sudan government does.

With all this mass media propaganda, still the White House extends the propaganda to the beloved people of South Sudan via YouTube.

On 9th July, the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice posted what she called “message to the people on South Sudan” on YouTube as her gift on the 4th anniversary of South Sudan independence to South Sudanese.

In her 10 minutes video, she brazenly said, “Over the past 19 months, the government has abdicated its responsibilities, failed to protect its citizens, and squandered its legitimacy. Instead of negotiating a resolution to the conflict, it has subverted democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate.”

Look at how the White House is playing with South Sudan? One may wonder and ask Susan, is it a message that you really want to tell South Sudanese that the gov’t has squandered its legitimacy, subverted democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate?

Really, really Susan? How did the gov’t subvert democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate when the US was the first country to reject the election to be held in May 2015?

Charles Twining, the charge de affairs at the US embassy in Juba, once said on 4th December 2014, “the donors do not expect elections to take place in South Sudan next year, despite the insistence from government.”

On 18th January 2015, he called a press conference at the US embassy and said: “We as the government of the United States together with other donors look at multiple issues and we feel that time is too short. As we look at the possibility of elections, we truly do not see how an election can be prepared in such a short period of time. The constitution calls for a census before elections. There is so much that needs to be done. There is also the insecurity in the country. Can everyone have the access to the ballot box?”

What else do you expect the gov’t to do given what Twining said above? Do you want the gov’t to sit and fold its hands and wait for time to come when people will have access to the ballot box without extending the mandates?

Why do you (Americans) like giving one thing a different color, calling it black today and white tomorrow?

Even the rebels rejected the gov’t call for election. “We don’t believe the elections the government is talking about will be free and fair because there is insecurity in the country and many people are displaced. We will not take part in it,” rebel spokesman Brig. Gen. Lul Koang Ruai once said.

Also the official opposition party leader Dr. Lam Akol rejected the election: “It is very clear that during democratic elections it is the people who will vote but due to war situation, people are displaced. About two million are displaced and areas are not secured – then who will vote? So elections can’t be held under these circumstances.”

He went further in an interview on Jan. 14 2015, saying, “There must be peace so that elections are free, fair and credible. There is not a single requirement of a democratic process for holding elections before peace. We will not be part.”

With the above given statements, is there raison d’être that the elections MUST be conducted? Methinks not.

I thought you would have congratulated President Kiir for implementing the Arusha agreement by revoking the dismissal of the G-10 and reinstating them in the SPLM.

No wonder, I knew the US won’t congratulate the president on implementing the Arusha agreement because the so-called EU and troika diplomats didn’t congratulate president.

Is South Sudan the first country to extend the presidency and parliament mandates because of the insecurity?

Are you aware that the Lebanese parliament has extended its mandates from Nov 2014 to 2017 because of insecurity?

South Sudan has its own different laws and it is unbecoming for the US to dictate its law on South Sudan.

In conclusion, I want to make it very crystal clear to the United States and her allies that they should change their neo-colonistic policies and respect the sovereignty of South Sudan.

The time when you dictate your conditions to the world has passed and there is a need to exit from the axiom of assuming self-anointed role as “masters of the world,” deluded by the belief of exceptionalism.

It is better to respect nations’ law than to scare them with sanctions and so forth.

The time of imperialism has long gone. It is high time for the West to start building relations based on equal rights, mutual respect and mutual consideration of interests not only with South Sudan but with other countries.

Otherwise, the world will one day rise up against this imperialistic diplomacy of interfering with other nations’ internal affairs.

South Sudan has its own laws and it is imperialism if the US can apply its law on South Sudan indirectly by rejecting what South Sudan government and parliament did in the interest of people and peace.

Simon Yel Yel is a concerned citizen and he can be reached at maandeng2017@gmail.com or 0955246235.

South Sudan crisis overlaps SPLM re-unification Project

BY: BOL Ruach Rom, (in the bushes of South Sudan), JUL/14/2015, SSN;

Brief background:
The Sudan’s People Liberation Movement (SPLM), currently the ruling party in the Republic of South Sudan had formally been formed in 1983 as a political wing of Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA) to fight against yokes colonialism and agonies of Arabizationin and Islamization in the previous united Sudan.

When the black African race of the Sudan felt marginalized from Arab domination, few South Sudanese elites initiated rebellion that later drew wider participation of people from Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, Abyei and some elements in the North also joined the movement under ‘proxy objective of secular Sudan’.

Alex De Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundations and a Research Professor at the Fletcher School, in his article, “When Kleptocracy becomes insolvent: brute causes of the civil war in South Sudan,” I quoted six crucial points, ‘the movement started with spontaneous rush to arms, and the SPLA’s rank swelled extraordinarily fast.1′

Dr. John Garang in one of his interviews once said, ‘We did not start as a Movement in the classical way of Latin American Liberation movements with a small group of men. We started as a mob. We have been in a series of reforms, reforming a mob.’

The South Sudanese leftist hardliners affiliated to former Ethiopian Communist dictator Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam centralized a military-political movement verged on nihilism, exemplified in their war songs, example of the SPLA Locust Division chanting slogans of ‘even your father, gives him a bullet.2

And usual military doctrines that ‘your father and mother are the barrel of your gun, you must live through barrel of your gun to accumulate wealth (food, wife, abducted children, cows, properties, title of respect, etc..)3.

Alex De Waal continued; ‘Inverting its original intent, the SPLM/A became a magnet for rent seekers. In reality, however, corruption had permeated the armed struggle from earliest days.

Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba cites a shocking case of how food rations for conscripts in Ethiopia – which may in fact have been aid initially destined for refugees – was sold, contributing to the deaths from disease and starvation of many hundreds of young recruits.4’

Over the years, SPLA officers became oriented towards an apparently unending supply of international humanitarian aid, which could be stolen with impunity.5

‘Looting food aid was elevated to military strategy in the 1990’s, when the contending factions of the SPLA staged hunger camps to attract humanitarian relief, which was then stolen,6.

Alex De Waal lamented: “Therefore, the attempt to smash off the marginalization of the North through communist built-Ideology of SPLM/A did not prosper instead cracked the movement nine years later into 1991 genesis.”

On August 28th, 1991, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the current chairman and commander in chief of SPLM/A-IO, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, the current chairman of SPLM-DC, Late Uncle Joseph Oduho, Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, John Luk Jock, Richard K. Mulla, Gordon Koang Chol and some other former senior rebel commanders split from SPLM/A Mainstream and formed SPLM/A Nasir Faction under three reform agendas: self determination for the people of South Sudan, democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Late Dr. John Garang led SPLM/A Torit Faction on brute agenda of secular Sudan along with those of late William Nyuon Bany Machar, Salva Kiir Mayardit, James Wani Igga, Kuol Manyang Juuk, Late Yousif Kwo Mekhi, Malik Agar, Yasir Arman and several others but had afterward corrected their past and adopted self determination for the people of South Sudan in their manifesto of 1994 Chukudum National Convention.

In early 2002, both factions ceased hostilities and reunified under SPLM/A with self determination as a common objective of the movement in Nairobi, Kenya. Nevertheless with concentration of powers under late Dr. John Garang De Mabior, chairman and commander in chief of SPLM/A, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the then president of the Republic of South Sudan rebelled in 2004 that smoked out ‘Yei crisis’, this move was drastically extinguished and diffused with the help of Dr. Riek Machar, the facilitator of Rumbek conference of November, 2004.

In Minutes of Rumbek Conference, Dr. John Garang De Mabior made this statement “to begin with I wrote two messages: 1. was on 14/11/004, No. 001/11/004 to address the following accusations/rumors that there was a meeting held in Nairobi under the chairmanship of myself where Cdr. Salva Kiir would be replaced by the Chairman with Cdr. Nhial Deng Nhial, that I went to Kampala and met with Cdr. Pieng and ordered him to arrest Cdr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, that Cdr. Malual Majok went to Ramciel to collect forces to go and arrest Cdr. Salva Kiir Mayardit in Yei; they are all lies and big propaganda initiative.

The second message was on 23/11/04 calling for this meeting which we are now convening today and where I want to make a general briefing about the signing of peace agreement next month in which each and every one should be informed accordingly.”

The ‘Yei crisis’ was a deliberate acts by Cdr. Salva Kiir Mayardit to vocal on corruptions and brute administration of Late Dr. John Garang but eight months latter Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit happened to be the father of corruption and with all his might, he employed state machineries to defend the status quo.

In November 2014, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit made a surprising decree dissolving all SPLM Structures except his office contrary to his below critics to late Dr. John Garang De Mabior.

Please read his statement reacting to corruption malpractices and the Chairman’s administrative loopholes in 2004, Cdr. Salva Kiir vocal criticism ‘if we are National Leaders, which I don’t believe we are because we have no cohesion within our leadership structures, let us be sincere with ourselves. After meetings are concluded, we run to foreign countries. There is no code of conduct to guide the Movement’s structures. When the Chairman leaves for abroad, no directives are left and no one is left to act on his behalf. I don’t know with whom the Movement is left with; or does he carry it in his own brief case? The Chairman killed the National Executive Council (NEC) by creating the Leadership Council. Does he want to revive the Political Military High Command? The leadership council creates a situation where all are directly reporting to the chairman. Those around the chairman don’t tell him the opinion of the public. The chairman is everything, from a finance officer to one at lowest level. Corruption, as a result of the lack of structures, has created a lack of accountability which has reached a proportion that will be difficult to eradicate.’

In January 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) negotiated settlement had offered a provision of plebiscites to the marginalized people of South Sudan to determine their fate of either form part of Sudan or create a country of their own.

Likewise, the CPA had guaranteed a special status for popular consultations to the people of Abyei, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile to either joint South Sudan or remains in united Sudan.

In January 2011, South Sudan declared its independent with vote counts of over 98 percent in favor of independent. It is important to mention that popular consultations for other mentioned locations expired with the terms of the comprehensive agreement.

Though the people of Abyei in 2013 unilaterally underwent a local referendum claimed to have resulted to join the Republic of South Sudan but it had not involved international observers and funny enough, the puppet government of Salva Kiir Mayardit turned deaf hears to their claim.

The causes of current civil war in South Sudan is summarized into seven by Dr. Riek Machar Teny, historical speech at Maiwut County’s conference in December 2014 as:
— (a) concentration of powers in the hands of president Salva Kiir Mayardit that produced ‘Yei Crisis’ twelve years ago,
— (b) Insecurity and ethnicized conflicts in Greater Upper Nile States, Warap, Lakes, Western Equatoria and Western Bhar el Ghazal States
— (c) Poor Economics Policy where the country depends ninety eight percent entirely on oil revenue. The rich agricultural sector, wildlife conservations and tourism and other non oil revenues are neglected,
— (d) Rife corruption in the government: the diversion of four billion US by 75 individuals in early 2012, Dura Saga scandal in 2013, according to Alex De Waal “the payroll of SPLA in 2011 hit 240,000 whereas other organize forces (policemen, prison warders, wildlife guards and paramilitary reserves was 90,000 making a total of 330,000. SPLA internal audit suggested minimum of 40,000 “ghost soldiers” salaries were pocketed by their respective commanders.
— (e) Tribalism and Nepotism: the government of president Salva Kiir employee only relatives and friends for decent jobs which increase theft in his own office of over 18 million USD. Civil servants are not contracted on merit but on whom you know basis.
— (f) SPLM dysfunction: the government directs and leads the party, i.e. the ruling government moves the SPLM and not vice versa. This proof to South Sudanese that the SPLM/A ruling cliques still believes and lives on its past egos of killing, unlawful detention and torture, arson and loot individuals and nation’s resources to accumulate wealth,
— (g) Regional and International Isolations: the government of South Sudan has fail IGAD, AU and unable to poke its nose into the membership of East African Community and other Regional and International bodies.

Therefore, the eruption of December 15th, Salva-made crisis was a well calculated move by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the submissive President Salva Kiir Mayardit to threaten national integrity of a young nation in order to loot its resources and wealth in the name of Insecurity.

While the wild cats in rubber stamp parliament and SPLA top commanders clap at the nasty Museveni–Kiir superficial might to raid the oil money forging insecurity; the law implementers’ institutions i.e. Judiciary and Anti corruption refrain from their mandate and remain spectacles of the game at distance fearing dismissal and intimidation.

Both Museveni – Kiir oil money raid thwarts premature rebellions in Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and Darfur to abandon their quest for secular Sudan and instead managed their forces to turn guns against opposition forces in South Sudan.

The oil money went as far as luring in rebels from Chad and Democratic Republic of Congo besides immense Russia, Egypt and Israel military support of the government to crush rebellion.

The Arusha Intraparty Dialogue:
The Arusha SPLM re-unification Initiative is a Museveni’s crook pilot project designated to reduce the scale and magnitude of ongoing crisis back into a small desk of SPLM Leadership to roughly address the root causes, correct their pasts, apologize to one another, reinstate exile leaders to their previous positions in the existing SPLM structure, organize a joint rally to make public apology to the citizens of South Sudan and later on pushes for piecemeal national reconciliation and healing.

After President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda realized that IGAD led peace talk progresses in its last thematic discussions to address root causes of the conflict and succumb to the agenda of reforms, he went straight to conspire with Tanzania CCM and ANC parties leadership in order to hijack this noble regional peace initiative by diminishing it into an intra-party dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni lives in dichotomy of pocking in South Sudan’s oil and fears of any constitutional changes may jeopardize his reign in Uganda.

One can predict the outcome of trio intraparty dialogue in Arusha to ends up discussing the SPLM basic documents: manifesto, internal rules and regulations, code of conduct and the constitution as causes of the current crisis forgetting the fact that these four documents elapsed and forfeit their credentials after December 15th, 2013.

Any forum that persists to detail on such documents is prolonging the suffering of South Sudanese citizens. This SPLM house has been set ablaze by its founders spearheaded by totalitarian dictator Salva Kiir Mayardit where each and every one of its member went away with its part.

Can you imagine how this party is broken up into eleven factional particles namely: SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO, SPLM-FD, SPLM-DC, SPLM-North, SPLM-Abyei, SPLM peace Forum, SPLM-United, Agwelek forces, SSDM Cobra and SSLM/A. As some of you might be aware that a fish starts rotting from its head downwards, Gen. Puljang of SSLA, Gen. David Yau Yau of SSDM/Cobra faction and Gen. Johnson Olony of Agwelek were all reintegrated into SPLA ranks in early 2013 qualifying the heads as SPLM/A and tails remain SSLA, Cobra and Agwelwek respectively.

The author posts six questions to be answered by viewers as followed: Is it a historical party that should be reunited during this critical time when we have over 100,000 citizens in open spaces at UNMISS camps?

Nearly 700,000 crossed borders and took refugees in neighboring Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan and an estimate of 4.5 million displaced in urgent need of humanitarian assistance?

Will this SPLM mini forum discusses what killed over 20,000 Nuer innocent citizens in Juba and elsewhere in the country?

Will this trio intra-party dialogue consider compensations and reparations of an estimate loss of more than 100,000 south Sudanese and foreign mercenaries who have been perished in this nineteen months old conflict besides unaccountable loss and damages of their property?

Does reinstatement of former leaders to their various positions in SPLM structures as done to Pagan Amum Okiech and his cohort resolves current crisis? Is the proposition of public apology by former group of ten or eleven to south Sudanese resolves this cynical tribalise political conflict?

Ways forward:
For permanent settlement of the current Salva made crisis, the writer appeals to IGAD plus led peace process, Troika, African Union and members of UN security council to address root causes of the conflict, seal of the accountability, Justices and human rights abuses in competent court of law outside the Republic of South Sudan, adoption of Federalism during the transitional period and beyond, Introduce institutional reforms, mandate on two separate armies until the end of interim period, avails bill for compensations and reparations of war victims, wider power sharing ratio nation-wide not limited to Greater Upper Nile Region, Urge African union commission of enquiry to release the report of investigation for committed war crimes and crimes against humanity so that Justices in a hybrid court outside South Sudan takes its judgment, Dissolutions of illegitimate Kleptocracy governances: Executive, both Upper and lower parliaments, Judiciary and to install in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) that could fully implement the agreement until election epoch.

The opinion expressed in this piece is a sole responsibility of the author; it does not reflect the party affiliated to or the publishers.

Bol Ruach Rom is a concern South Sudanese citizen residing in bushes of South Sudan and could be reach through: guanchueni@yahoo.com ,
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References:
– Alex De Waal online article on When Kleptocracy becomes insolvent: brute causes of the civil war in South Sudan,
– Historical speech by Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Maiwut Conference in December 2014,
– Minutes of historical SPLM/A Rumbek Meeting in November 2004

US ally of Kiir denounces South Sudan president

By KEVIN J. KELLEY, JUL/09/2015, The East African, SSN;

United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice, long regarded as a key backer of the South Sudan government, denounced President Salva Kiir on Thursday and challenged the legitimacy of his rule.

The South Sudan head of state as well as rebel leader Riek Machar “and their cronies are personally responsible for this new war and self-inflicted disaster,” Ms Rice declared on the occasion of the ravaged country’s fourth anniversary of independence.

She was speaking via a video message released by the White House on the occasion of South Sudan’s independence anniversary.

“It breaks my heart to see what South Sudan has become today,” Ms Rice lamented.

She recalled attending the 2011 independence celebrations in Juba with her 13-year-old son.

“I remember the hope and unity of that day — the promise of a new beginning for you, who had suffered so much and persevered for so long,” Ms Rice continued in comments directed to the people of South Sudan. “Four years later, those happy memories are a horrifying reminder of all that has been lost.”

IN SUMMARY:
****United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice, long regarded as a key backer of the South Sudan government, denounced President Salva Kiir on Thursday and challenged the legitimacy of his rule.
****Four years later, those happy memories are a horrifying reminder of all that has been lost, says Rice.

The key White House advisor to President Barack Obama had earlier acted as an influential outside advocate in pressing the Bush administration to support an independent South Sudan.

The United States did invest considerable diplomatic and financial resources in helping engineer the 2005 agreement that resulted in the breakup of Sudan and creation of a new state with its capital in Juba.

Appalling crimes

As a leading member of the Obama administration, Ms Rice had reportedly favoured a soft approach toward the government headed by Mr Kiir.

She resisted appeals from US allies as well as from Secretary of State John Kerry and Washington’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power to support an arms embargo against South Sudan, according to a report last January in the online journal Foreign Policy.

That story added, “An arms embargo, Rice believes, would undermine a democratically elected government’s ability to defend itself against an insurgency led by Kiir’s former vice-president, Riek Machar.”

But in her comments on Thursday, Ms Rice is unsparing in her criticisms of both belligerents.

“The government and rebels are committing appalling crimes against innocent women, children, and the elderly,” she declares. “And only leaders on both sides can end this violence. Yet, President Kiir and Riek Machar would rather haggle over personal power and wealth than agree on solutions.”

Ms Rice also charged that “the government has abdicated its responsibilities, failed to protect its citizens and squandered its legitimacy.”

Rather than negotiating an end to the 19-month-long civil war, Mr Kiir’s administration “has subverted democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate,” she said.

The statement also contained a warning that the conflict “threatens to destabilise the wider region.”

Ms Rice pledged that “the United States will not abandon the people of South Sudan and their right to live freely and at peace in their own country. We will continue to stand with all those who dream of a better tomorrow.” END

Agwelek Forces: Position paper on Peace Talks with SPLM-IO

JULY/03/2015, SSN;

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
The birth of the Republic of South Sudan was a moment of great joy. It was the realization of centuries old dream of our people who were reeling under oppression, repression and marginalization from successive regimes in Khartoum. It goes without saying that the independence of South Sudan was not an end in itself but the beginning of the long road for the attainment of peace and prosperity for our people, who have been kept behind by the war. All these need a government that is forward-looking that rises to the enormous challenges posed by the birth of the new state.

INTRODUCTION:
The situation in South Sudan today is slipping into an abyss unless drastic steps are taken to stop the slide. The country is gripped by many serious problems, some of which are:

1. Civil War
Since 15 December 2013, our country has been gripped by a destructive war that quickly degenerated into a tribal conflict. Unarmed Nuers were massacred by the government in Juba, and Nuer Commanders in Bor and Malakal turned on the Dinka in revenge killings. Also in Malakal and the surrounding villages innocent Collo were killed in cold blood by the marauding Nuer White Army that invaded the area.

All observers agree that the war was caused by a power-struggle within the SPLM leadership but because of the accumulated grievances and the mismanagement of the affairs of the country since 2005, things went out of hand.

2. Insecurity
Apart from the war, the country suffers from many forms of insecurity due to inter and intra-tribal fighting. The Lakes State is now suffering under sectional intra-tribal armed conflict, a situation the authorities have miserably failed to control. The life of a human being has become so cheap in South Sudan! A government that cannot provide security for its citizens is not worth being in office.

3. Land grabbing
The tribally-oriented government in Juba has made it a point to grab Collo land and give it to the Dinka. This was done despite the known facts on the ground since the concept of administration was introduced in Southern Sudan.

President Salva Kiir threw his full weight behind this sinister project. He personally chaired a Dinka conference in 2009 in which Pigi (Obang), well known to be Collo’s land, was given to the Dinka south of the Sobat River.

Again, in 2010, he declared Akoka, comprised of three (3) Omodias (Chieftaincies) only, a full County and pronounced Collo’s Bilthiang (Pathao Nyiger), only established by Upper Nile government as relief point to supply Dongjold Dink with relief items, it was taken as its capital. All these actions were supported by no documents. It was simply misuse of power for tribal ends.

Today, Kiir tells his Dinka hegemons that the border between Collo and his neighbours passes in the middle of the two rivers (White Nile and Sobat)!

Land grabbing did not stop at Collo land only. Similar cases are recorded in Maban County, Upper Nile State, Central Equatoria State and other areas.

There is also the other dangerous phenomenon of Dinka pastoralists that are unleashed fully armed with automatic weapons upon the farms of sedentary Equatorians to graze on especially in Western Equatoria and the recent killings of innocent villagers in Maridi and Munduri Counties are still fresh in our memories.

4. Rampant Corruption
Corruption in South Sudan is a cancer that has evaded treatment. It involves all levels of government from top to bottom. Thus, nothing short of the change of government will ever eradicate corruption.

5. Tribalism and Nepotism
National unity is the safety valve for the progress of our country. Unfortunately, tribalism and nepotism have become the order of the day threatening the fabric of our unity.

6. The Spiralling Inflation
Lack of clear economic policies has led to uncontrollable rising prices in basic commodities, especially the staple foods making them beyond the reach of the common citizen. The dollar is undervalued deliberately to enhance corruption. The official rate is kept artificially at three (3) pounds, whereas the official rate has gone beyond ten (10) pounds. This comes at a time when the monthly minimum wage in South Sudan is only three hundred (300) pounds.

7. Bad Leadership
Our country has been led irresponsibly for the last ten (10) years. The ruling clique has arrogated to itself the right to define the country in their own image. They are the country and the country is them. Their exclusion politics led to the alienation of many sectors of our community and eventually armed resistance in many parts of the country.

The foreign friends of South Sudan who rendered unlimited support and were instrumental to help bring about our independence were shocked by the way we conducted ourselves. South Sudan which was welcomed by the whole world at birth is today a pariah State. The country is isolated internationally and regionally for its bad leadership and lack of clear direction.

OBJECTIVES:
For all these failures and more, the AGWELEK Movement was launched to spearhead the struggle to rid the people of South Sudan of this corrupt, inefficient and tribally-oriented government. The AGWELEK stands for the following:

1. Unity of the ranks of all the groups fighting in the bushes of South Sudan, in order to quicken the removal of the dictatorial and tribally oriented regime in Juba.

2. Full abidance by the fundamental rights and basic freedoms as stipulated in the international conventions and covenants.

3. Immediate implementation of a truly federal system of governance in which the former districts during the colonial rule shall become states.

4. Implementation of a socio-economic revival programme for South Sudan that will reverse the current decline of the economy and render basic services to the people.

5. Establish an independent Commission for reconciliation, transitional justice and healing so as to repair the social fabric of our people.

6. Pursuance of a sound foreign policy that will break the current isolation of the country. It shall be based on our interest and promotes regional and international co-operation.

7. Building a truly national army and security organs of South Sudan, both in mission and composition which shall be under direction of the civil authority. All the States shall be proportionally represented in the national army similar to the integration of the Any-nya One movement in 1972.

8. Carry out a complete overhaul of the security and law enforcement agencies to be for the service of the people and their protection.

9. Reform of the judiciary, civil service and all government institutions.

10. Diversification of the economy and prudent management of national wealth and resources to serve the welfare of the people.

Upon the removal of the current government, there shall be established a transitional government of national unity the mission of which shall be to prepare the country for multi-party democracy including adopting a permanent constitution by a National Constitutional Conference in which all the political parties will take part.

The AGWELEK shall discuss and agree on what it needs to bring about our unity in diversity and the principles of the permanent constitution of the country, and set the time for holding the general elections.

Although the origin of our fight against the regime was the war it imposed on us to grab Collo’s land, we believe that this problem can only be solved within the solution of the problems afflicting the whole country.

If the president did not support the claim of his tribesmen on Collo land the current situation could not have developed. Therefore, the spark to this armed resistance was local but its objectives must be national so that together we all solve our national ills that lead to what looks like localized problems.

OUR VISION
We, belief in the peaceful settlement of the current conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, through IGAD mediation and the involvement of international partners, specially the TROIKA.

OUR MISSION
We affirm our commitment to the establishment of a decentralized multi-party democratic system of governance in which the transfer of power shall be through peaceful means, and uphold the values of equality, human dignity, justice and equal rights of citizens;

Further committed to the establishment of Democratic Federal Republic of South Sudan, as preferred option of governance;

We are conscious that the Republic of South Sudan is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious country;

Acknowledged that the seating Government in Juba had failed the people of South Sudan in delivering basic services and building a nation state based on principle of good governance and ethnic tolerance;

Conscious that the struggle of the people of South Sudan for justice, equality, human dignity and human rights, is a just cause that requires the unification of all patriotic forces in the country;

We, in the Agwelek put forth the following five clusters as our position in achieving the desired unity of our people:
1. LAND
2. UPPER NILE/FASHODA STATE
3. POWER SHARING ARRANGMENTS
4. SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS
5. TRUST FUND FOR THE UPPER NILE/FASHODA STATE

1. LAND:
The Collo tribe is a major Nilotic ethnic group of South Sudan, living along the western and eastern banks of Sobat and White Nile rivers and around the city of Malakal (Makal). Collo also live in a number of settlements on the northern banks of Sobat River and around the confluence of Sobat and White Nile rivers, with Doleib Hill as an important missionary station. Some Collo settlements are found as far as Anakdiar (Kunaam) on the east bank of Sobat River.

Collo are the third largest majority ethnic group in South Sudan after the Dinka and the Nuer. Collo, one of the Lou groups of tribes, are led by a Rudh (King) who is considered to be divine and traces lineage back to Nyikang, the cultural and spiritual hero and founding father. The current Collo Kingdom’s capital was established in the year 1545 (about 470 years ago) by Rudh (King) Tugo Wad Dhakodh in Pachodo.

The Kingdom’s neighbors are: Salem Arabs to the north, Nuba to the west (both tribes live in the Republic of Sudan), and Nuer to the South and Dinka to the east and south east of the Kingdom.

The boundary lines demarcations between the Collo Kingdom and its neighbors are well demarcated as before the 1/1/1956 and as established by the colonial administration. These borders were acknowledged and recognized by the government of the independent Republic of South Sudan on July 9th, 2011 and the International Community.

In addition, several historians have written about Collo Kingdom and its boundary lines with neighbors. Also it is known from some historical evidences that Collo land has been called Central District of Upper Nile Province with the following geographical boundaries drawn by non-Collo scribes without bias:

a- On the Northern Front, the border is marked on the east bank of the Nile by a line drawn from the junction of 10o 15o north parallel with the Nile to the apex of the junction of 9o 30o latitude and 32o 54o longitude;
b- On the southern front, the border is marked between Anakdyiar and Banglay, then to Wunakir on Khor Fullus along the Sobat River, then to the mouth of Zeraf River entering into Lake No; and
c- On the western front, the borders extend from Lake No and stretch along Kordofan/Upper Nile boundary northwards to 11o north parallel.

2. STATE:
In accordance with the popular aspiration of the people of South Sudan in establishing a Democratic Federal Republic of South Sudan, and on behalf of its constituency, The Agwelek demands State for the Collo nation with its borders as they stood on 1/January/1956, with its capital in Malakal town.

3. POWER-SHARING ARRANGMENT:
a. POWER IN THE CENTER
• In the recent proposal tabled by IGAD for the belligerence parties, the Government was allocated 53% and SPLM-IO 33% and other political parties 14% pertaining to the formation of transitional government. Agwelek shall be allocated 30% from the 33% allocated to the SPLM-IO.

b. POWER SHARING IN THE STATE
• Agwelek shall be allocated 50% of power sharing in Upper Nile/Fashoda state. Other South Sudanese Political Parties in government shall share the remaining 50%. Agwelek shall be given the right to appoint governor.

4. SECURITY/MILITARY ARRANGEMENTS:
a. SECURITY IN THE STATE
The overall control of security in the Upper Nile/Fashoda state shall be the sole responsibility of State’s government. Some of the Agwelek forces shall be integrated into the auxiliary forces in the state and shall provide security.

b. PRESENTATION IN THE NATIONAL ARMY
In accordance to the final peace agreement and formula reached in addressing the creation of South Sudan National Army, some of the Agwelek forces shall be dually and equitably represented.

5. TRUST FUND:
• UPPER NILE/FASHODO TRUST FUND shall be established for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the people of envisaged Upper Nile/ Fashoda state. For the three years interim period, the UPPER NILE/FASHODO TRUST FUND shall be allocated $500,000,000 [FIVE HUNDRED MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS]. The National Government shall contribute not less than $200,000,000. The International Donors shall fill the gap of $300,000,000. The National Government of South Sudan in cooperation and Coordination with two Upper/Fashoda state shall hold a donors conference to marshal the needed monies. END

Date: June 27, 2015
AGWELEK FORCES
UPPER NILE STATE, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
POSITION PAPER ON PEACE TALKS WITH
SUDAN’S PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT IN THE OPPOSITION, (SPLM-IO).

The immorality of cow tax in Lakes State: A letter to Daniel Awet Akot

BY: Agok Takpiny, JUN/28/2015, SSN;

On June 22 this year, Radio Miraya with Sebit Willaim on the Morning Breakfast Show, reported that the “Authorities in Lakes State are mulling over the possibility of introducing a tax on cattle. Under the proposals announced on Friday, cattle owners will be required to pay one South Sudanese pound per head of cattle they own.”

Daniel Awet Akot, the SPLM party chairman in Lakes State, says, “if introduced, the cattle tax will provide revenues needed to boost development in the state”.

This is troubling on many levels, the authorities in Lakes state, including Awet Akot are either inconsiderate or are utterly illiterate economically.

There are six main reasons why the government tax individuals or businesses. Let’s see where the cattle tax fits in.

Firstly, the government uses tax revenue to fund infrastructure, education, welfare and security. Under this view, citizens are obliged to pay taxes on their income from work if the taxpayer is an employee or from profits if the taxpayer is an investor.

In most cases an employee can be an investor at the same time and so he/she must amalgamate all his income from work and the profits from investment so that the yearly earning can be taxed as one.

In the case of South Sudan or Lakes state in particular, a question ought to be asked, where does the cow tax fit in here? Cows are mainly kept for consumption and not for commercial use and the cattle keepers are not working for an income generated employment neither, therefore the government purposing the cow tax is baseless.

Moreover, experience tells us that development has never been a priority for Lakes state authorities right from 2005 to present, therefore the claim made by the decorated General that taxing cattle keepers will boost development in the state is deceitful.

Secondly, a government can tax things that are believed to be negatively affecting the society’s behavior. For example, a year or so ago the state governor, Gen Matur Chut, issued a decree banning alcohol sale or consumption statewide with the exception of few semi-standard hotels.

The governor believed that alcohol was destroying young people and gelweng (cattle keepers) in particular.

In a sound economic policy aimed at social engineering or altering people’s behaviors, the state government should have just imposed high taxes on alcohol as a commodity which the government wants people to consume less of.

By imposing higher taxes, alcohol would become more expensive and out of reach for many people, hence higher prices will make people stop buying alcohol. Again, under this principle of taxation, the cow tax is unfair.

Thirdly, a government can use tax revenues to help the poor in the form of welfare. According to this view, wealthy people who have higher incomes have to pay more taxes as a way of reducing inequality of income.

Does the cow tax fit in here? Hardly, the cattle keepers are themselves among the poorest.

Furthermore, the widows of the heroes of our 21 years of struggle are now struggling without any help from neither the national nor state governments. South Sudan like many other African countries see welfare payment as a “waste” of money, hence the cow tax is unjustified.

Fourthly, the government can use taxation as a tool to control the inflation. One of the causes of inflation is ‘too much money chasing too few goods’. Government can take away the extra disposable incomes of the people through higher taxes and thus reduce the aggregate demand in the economy and resulting in a low inflation rate.

This principle of taxation has nothing to do with cattle keepers and their cows simply because cattle keepers don’t have money, some of them can go for many years without seeing 1 SSP.

The fifth principle which is about protecting local industry by taxing heavily the imported goods and charging low taxes on local produce is not applicable here.

And so do the six principles which are aimed at trade deficit or unbalanced payment where a government can tax imported goods more heavily to make them more expensive.

As explained above, the cow tax is immoral, it doesn’t serve a meaningful purpose. Although 1 SSP is not that big a sum, it is not easy for the cattle keeper to find. For example, if a man has 50 cows, he will then be required to pay 50 SSP a month; where will he get that money?

Of course he will have to sell one of his cows to be able to pay the tax. And if the authorities keep asking for the taxes, the cattle numbers will slowly diminish as there are not many more cows coming in.

By reducing the cattle numbers in the hands of cattle keepers this way, the quality of their lives will also decrease because cows in South Sudan don’t produce much milk like many other cows in the developed world where one cow produces 30 litres of milk a day, hence fewer cows mean even lesser milk for the family to live on.

Is that what a government is supposed to be doing, reducing the livelihood of poor and uneducated citizens who have no other means of income to live on? Where is the moral conscience of the leaders here?

Is this how the SPLM is supposed to pay back the Lakes state cattle keepers?

Mr Daniel Awet, instead of taxing the modest livelihood of the poor, you (SPLM) should be thinking of paying a compensation to the cattle keepers for their outstanding contribution during our struggle for the independence.

Mr Awet, you are better positioned than most of your colleagues to know what the cattle keepers have done throughout the 21 years of struggle. You have collected sheep, goats, grains, cooked food, milk and bulls and many other food items trillion times from the same people.

Cattle keepers were simply the backbone of the struggle, they did not only provide food to the soldiers, but they were also a means of transporting munitions and weaponry.

However, from 2005, like all cattle keepers across the country, no leader even bothered to acknowledge them and what they contributed for South Sudan to gain her independence.

Agok Takpiny is a concern South Sudanese citizen in Melbourne Australia, he can be reach at his email: agoktakpiny@ymail.com

Letter to Uganda’s Museveni: Rethink your strategy in South Sudan conflict

An Open Letter to the President of Uganda
H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
State House
Entebbe
Uganda.

Date: 21 June 2015

Kampala should rethink its strategy in South Sudan’s conflict;

Mr. President,

As you may already be aware that the conflict in South Sudan, akin to other political morasses in many states in Africa, did initially have its origin essentially in the protracted power struggles that dates back to June 2013 when President Kiir dismissed the entire government from office so as to get rid of only his political opponents who were later excluded in the formation of the subsequent government.

The other concern was the apparent lack of transparency related to democratic thinking and practices and besides, reforms within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) ruling party that has long been structured along autocratic fad.

In this regard, some of those members of the SPLM political Bureau who had hitherto declared their individual intentions to contest for the leadership of the Party in a democratic manner, and later run for the president of the country in the scheduled 2015 election were denounced for being enemies of the state.

They were subsequently charged with high treason and detained after the fictional “failed coup” allegation was officially made by the government in Juba on the 15 December 2013, following the botched weekend meeting of the SPLM’s National Liberation Council (NLC).

This is the casus belli of the political feud in Juba or precisely the account of the genesis of the conflict in South Sudan.

It was primarily a scramble for leadership and certainly had nothing to do with a coup d’état as disingenuously proclaimed by the government of South Sudan and now being disseminated by the regime’s functionaries to the international community.

This was manifestly a colossal charade and an untenable tale being sold to the world community as genuine, but the story has become less vendible to date as it has dawned that there was actually no coup that occurred in South Sudan, but a calculated attempt by the government to expunge and silence opposition voices that did call for democratic pluralism in the country and to justify the mass killings of Nuer ethnic group in Juba that ensued from December 16, to 18, 2013.

Worryingly, the uninterrupted military buildup of your army in South Sudan with substantial weaponry transfer coupled with the fact that both Kampala and Juba are frantically engaging in increasingly reckless military escapades against the SPLM-IO rather than searching for actual peace is irresponsible and stunningly precarious development.

Hence, the widening of the scope of the destruction especially in Unity and Upper Nile states supported by the UPDF has boosted the chances of South Sudan’s destruction and consequently the modest hope of ever ridding the new country of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, mass unemployment, rampant insecurity and other ills, although an oil-rich country has effectively been diminished.

Uganda’s military interloping in South Sudan was initially made under the pretext of evacuating its nationals from the war-afflicted country and later preventing genocide in that country yet today Uganda is actively fighting alongside the government of South Sudan against the SPLM-IO.

Now that the conflict has blossomed into a full-fledged civil war with numerous deaths and countless civilians maimed, more than two million displaced, where is the exit alley from this twisted setting Mr. President?

With all honesty and candor, the accurate prognosis for the region is that neither the government and people of Uganda nor the South Sudanese would derive any noteworthy long term gains from the ongoing political quagmire in South Sudan, in view of the current unwarranted military involvement of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in the South Sudan’s civil war.

Arguably, the hard fact is that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) is now a formidable force replete with all the paraphernalia of a conventional warfare, including modern battle tanks and credible anti-aircraft system.

Such an organized army can hardly be extinguished as witnessed in many parts of the world. As a former guerrilla leader commanding the NRA in Uganda’s “Bush War” of the early to mid-1980s against the legitimate government of the late President of Uganda, Milton Obote, you are better located to realize that it is extremely a mammoth task to defeat a rebel army.

Thus, it would seem an unrealistic impulse and probably an absolute fantasy to contemplate the destruction of the South Sudan armed opposition forces, the SPLA/SPLM led by Dr. Riek Machar, notwithstanding you had earlier at the start of the conflict spicily warned that you and the IGAD countries would end the insurgency once and for all after serving its leader, with an ultimatum of four days back in December 2013 to surrender or ‘face defeat’ and comprehensive annihilation.

In this context, there is lesser incentive in backing up the unsteady government of South Sudan whose ills range from presiding over a ramshackle economy by sheer choice through to a country with scarcely any semblance of the rule of law; a totalitarian regime that continues to exhibit an inconceivable dossier of consistent human rights abuses that includes among other abnormalities a flagrant disregard of the elementary rules of international humanitarian law as seen across the country since 15 December 2013, to pursuing an illusive and unattainable victory on the SPLA/SPLM-IO.

The fact that the UPDF military deployed in South Sudan have access to monetary gains from the government in Juba, as substantiated by South Sudan’s Ministry of defence, these transient paybacks should never constitute a sensible basis for backing up the Police state in Juba.

Albeit you have on a number of occasions affirmed that Uganda’s intervention in South Sudan was necessary to maintain the government of President Salva Kiir and stability in the new nation, and that your forces would not withdraw until you were assured that Juba was “secure”, this avowal is certainly repellent, not sound and would likely rebound.

It is time to abandon this quest for faux triumph in order to save not only lives of South Sudanese, but also the lives of Ugandan soldiers fighting and dying in the battle fronts in South Sudan’s flash points.

Likewise, it would be sensible to minimize the damage done and the level of detestation generally directed against the people of Uganda living in South Sudan in connection with Uganda’s disparaging military sprees in the war-torn country.

Regrettably, any aerial sorties or strafing conducted by the Ugandan air force in South Sudan would likely generate enormous resentment and aura of vengeance against Ugandan citizens living in South Sudan.

It is commonly acknowledged that wars apart from engendering brutality and counter brutality generally drain the coffers and economies of the countries involved in pursuing them.

Not a long while ago, the American Administration through the Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama’s new top diplomat for Africa, Ms Linda Thomas-Greenfield, had stated that the Uganda army must leave South Sudan territory and allow citizens there to enjoy a future of peace and prosperity they voted for.

We too, the citizens of South Sudan would like to add our loud voice in unison in urging your government to withdraw Ugandan forces from South Sudan. Furthermore, the withdrawal strategy is the only feasible and prudent option to undertake, as the UPDF would be in a woeful shape should it be defeated and ejected from South Sudan by the armed SPLA-IO forces.

In fact the demand for the military disengagement if realized should not be read as synonymous with ignominy on the part of the government of Uganda as more often misguidedly interpreted, but a display of a high level of political erudition on the part of your country’s leadership.

Besides, it would categorically epitomize a more sensible and priceless accomplishment in terms of equanimity and steadfastness on the one hand and an exit face saving strategy for Kampala on the other.

The recent report presented in Parliament by the parliament’s committee on defense and internal affairs that urges the withdrawal of the UPDF from South Sudan is a barometer of public disenchantment with Uganda’s level of involvement in the conflict.

This perspective which is essentially based on the nous of pragmatism should be seriously cogitated and addressed by the political leadership in Kampala.

The contradictory statement made by Uganda’s defence minister, in Parliament that Ugandan troops would not withdraw from South Sudan is profoundly parochial in the sense that the minister is abundantly oblivious of the future political ramifications of such an indiscreet stance.

Fathomably, it is a common knowledge that cluster bombs are banned worldwide due to the danger they pose to human life long after a conflict has ended. The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) is an international treaty that prohibits the use, transfer and stockpile of cluster bombs of which Uganda is a signatory.

In a clear-cut accomplishment of grotesque crime against humanity, the Ugandan air force had unleashed cluster bombs on villages near Bor on the road to Juba in South Sudan in February 2014 (Monitor, May, 2014). This was confirmed and reported by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

The use of these munitions despite unsuccessful denials by your government is still a stinging reminder that Kampala has a case to answer to the people of South Sudan at the post-conflict era. However, it is worthwhile moving on to explore all avenues of peace at the moment.

Your government should start a rapprochement arrangement, halt the bloodshed in South Sudan by unconditionally withdrawing Ugandan troops from the country.

Based on this plain discernment, South Sudanese largely believe that despite all odds, the government of Uganda could nevertheless move on to lessen the damage already done by Kampala’s plain shortage of strategic political foresight, by embarking on a genuine innovative and radical trajectory.

This political trajectory should include a spirited attempt to potentially cultivate a candid and constructive approach that would see the government of Uganda and the SPLA/M IO forge and build a reciprocal trust, evolve a sense of esprit de corps and start working together alongside Juba as a team towards ending the unrewarding hostility.

We must all be cognizant that governments come and go at certain stages after their tenure of office have elapsed, whether violently or through a tranquil process of democracy, but countries and their people perpetually prosper.

It is crucial to state that the future prosperity of South Sudan as a country critical to Uganda’s economic lifeline does not reside in the current ethnically-entrenched, and less sophisticated administration in Juba, but in an entirely new configuration of a democratic South Sudan where there is absence of political witch hunts and all South Sudanese irrespective of tribal affiliations are ranked equal and real stakeholders in the new nation.

It would hardly amount to exaggeration to state that Uganda’s interests are in excessive jeopardy today than at any time since the civil war in South Sudan began in December 2013.

In this regard, your government as the official guarantor and provider of the Juba government with the wherewithal to pursue the war should be able to identify and promptly diminish all circumstances that could increase the likelihood of unintended consequences such as a regional conflagration involving not only the countries that possess “interests” in South Sudan including Uganda but also other countries far a field with similar tendency.

Hence the people of South Sudan still maintain that your government has the potential to accomplish a noble realization by peacefully and orderly withdrawing all UPDF units deployed in South Sudan within a shortest possible time frame and leave alone the Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD; the African Union (AU); Troika countries that include the USA, UK and Norway; all other interested parties in the international community in addition to all South Sudan’s political forces in addition to the South Sudan Civil Society Organization, to serenely sort out the new country’s imbroglio.

Such a proposition should logically exclude your government’s participating role, as it demonstrably lacks neutrality as well as being an integral part of the problem.

You certainly can’t be a player and synchronously assuming the role of a referee in this regard.

Another more invaluable option is for Uganda to rein weightily on the government of South Sudan, urging it to embark on genuine peace rapprochement with the SPLM-IO. Juba together with the opposition should construct an all-embracing chart that entails the formation of a broad-based interim government shared on a Pari passu representation and should be far divorced from the current IGAD’s incongruous blueprint that unquestionably ensures the perpetuity of the civil war in South Sudan.

Uganda’s sore and unpalatable experience in the second Congo civil war that ended in 2003 coupled with the subsequent verdict of the International Court of Justice imposed on Kampala for its unscrupulous and inexcusable role in that country’s conflict, should sagely caution and inspire your government to rethink its strategy in South Sudan’s conflict and accordingly refrain from liberally involving further into adventurous and perilous fixation and futile military pursuits.

This abstemious counsel should not again be construed to represent a reprimand of any sort to your government, but it establishes an equable and sagacious observation and guidance destined to lessen the pain emanating from the metastasizing civil war in South Sudan that the leadership in Uganda currently inflames with impunity, and also to ensure future peaceful bond between the people of the two neighbouring countries.

Lamentably, according to the latest Uganda’s trade statistics with the Republic of South Sudan, as published by the Daily Monitor (dated 20 May 2015), the volume of exports to the latter had sharply declined by 80 per cent from Shs271billion to only Shs54.2 billion within the last two months alone and that “South Sudan had become Uganda’s most active trading partner in the entire region”.

With this plain reality, it would be imprudent for your government to retain a noxious relationship between the people of the two countries and put a halt to such flourishing trading environment.

Furthermore, building a strong bond with the majority of the toiling masses of South Sudan is a shrewder reckoning than maintaining the unpopular regime in Juba that runs death squads at whim and broadly characterized by insularity and a fascistic temperament.

Generally, a state must orient its policies to the conventional framework of international standard systems of governance, in which the rule of law and justice prevail, but this is not the case in South Sudan at the moment where murders on an industrial scale, rape of children as young as eight years old including the imposition of crude gonadectomy on young boys have regrettably occurred as testified by United Nations officials.

This is precisely the archetypal grimmer scenario and insanity in South Sudan that Kampala committedly supports and doesn’t seem to worry about it Mr. President.

Thus, in simple and honest terms, there is a desperate need for fresh thinking, the people of South Sudan would appreciate that you candidly reassess Uganda’s entire policy towards the conflict in their country.

This would necessitate a radical approach rather than the fancied military option currently being pursued by both your government and the Juba regime for a military solution.

The fundamental focus now should be geared towards immobilizing the caustic war and speedily halt the unimaginable and senseless bloodbath by withdrawing the UPDF units garrisoned in South Sudan.

Such a prudent move if adopted could decisively provide the South Sudanese government with a persuasive incentive to discontinue the war.

It is indubitably an accurate view to state that if left to its own devices, the government in Juba would begin a vigorous search for a genuine peace, of course being aware that there would no longer be any forthcoming foreign country to back it militarily against domestic opposition as Kampala does at the moment.

Hence, Juba would consequently embark on a genuine peace deal with all the opposition forces in the country and this could usher in a new and all-inclusive functional interim government in Juba, a real long lasting peace and a triumphant ambiance not only between the two countries, but the entire East African and Lakes region at large.

Thank you
Peter Lokarlo Ngrimwa
Former Lecturer,
Graduate School of Business and Law (GSBL),
RMIT University
The Emily MacPherson Building
Building 13, 379-405 Russell Street,
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Australia
E-mail: ptr_lok@yahoo.com.au
Copies to:
1. H.E. President Salva Kiir of the Republic of South Sudan, Juba
2. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/A in opposition
3. H. E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, State House, Nairobi
4. H. E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairman of the IGAD, Addis Ababa
5. H. E. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of South Africa, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Pretoria
6. H. E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the united Republic of Tanzania
7. Ugandan Parliament’s Committee on defense and internal affairs, Kampala
8. Other Representatives of member countries of the IGAD
9. Alpha Oumar Konaré, the AU high representative for South Sudan
10. South Sudan Civil Society Organisation, Juba

Installing a government of the people, by the people, for the people in South Sudan (Part 1)

BY MARGARET AKULIA, CANADA, JUN/17/2015, SSN;

“They said that while Dr. Riek will heed to their hook through their treacheries, Losuba will not,” a confidential source tipped. The source was relaying a chilling message about an assassination attempt on the life of Major Losuba Ludoru Won’go, a decorated former Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Officer who together with other SPLA Officers formed the Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA).

The former SPLA Officers who are crossing over to REMNASA in droves are disgruntled with the way their obsolete army continues to conduct itself and concerned with the way South Sudan is being driven to the ground by the archaic so-called Liberation Army.

According to the mole, Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his inner circle, determined that the Leader of REMNASA is the real threat to their tyrannical government in Juba not Riek Machar because Machar is unprincipled and easy to dupe!

National Security under the directives of Salva Kiir Mayardit in collaboration with a well known, equally unethical Equatoria State governor, allegedly decided to draw a plan to assassinate Major Won’go because he has become a spoiler to a hurried peace agreement that does not address the root causes of the South Sudan carnage!

South Sudan is a country of 64 ethnic groups which became independent through a combined struggle of all these nationalities regardless of their individual populations.

Therefore, while 62 nationalities remain peaceful and continue to work hard despite the crisis in the country for a progressive and prosperous South Sudan, the two traditionally antagonistic nationalities continue to destroy the country.

As such the 62 nationalities referred to as the “majority peaceful South Sudanese” can no longer continue to stand by and watch as the country is being destroyed but must act to find a solution to salvage the country from total collapse,” reads a section of a document that outlines why REMNASA was formed.

The document is one of many released by REMNASA and it serves as a clarion call for all the 64 tribes of South Sudan to join REMNASA in wresting the steering wheel from the dealers and wheelers of a lousy peace deal!

Read “The Awaited Devils in Details of IGAD’s Mediated Proposed Truce”.
http://www.southsudannation.com/the-awaited-devils-in-details-of-igads-mediated-proposed-truce/
Read “IGAD proposes new South Sudan power sharing deal”.

https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/igad-proposes-new-south-sudan-power-sharing-deal

Major Won’go and the former SPLA soldiers who are determined to bring about a government that respects and treats all the 64 tribes of South Sudan equally are principled people.

They cannot be bribed or bought and they will never accept a peace deal that only gratifies so-called leaders who leave ordinary people high and dry. That is why Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his cronies are running scared!

“They gave Likambo my photos and urged the chief with his police to hand me to them should they get me,” Major Losuba Ludoru Won’go offered as he explained Kiir’s bribery of three unprincipled Kakwa men to track him down to Kakwaland in the Democratic Republic of Congo and assassinate him for a ridiculous amount of US $2000.00 each.

The three governors of Equatoria are reported to be very unhappy with Major Won’go’s audacity to launch REMNASA in Equatoria because they had promised Kiir that he could trust them to keep Greater Equatoria peaceful but much to their collective chagrin, REMNASA now has “boots on the ground” and it is gaining strength and momentum as individuals and groups from all the 64 tribes especially ones formerly attached to the SPLA come to the bleak realization that their doddering so-called Liberation Army and its phony friends are out to harm South Sudan through muddled arrangements.

The battle hardened officers are joining REMNASA in droves because they now realize that the only way to bring about sustainable peace in South Sudan and the model country South Sudanese and their genuine friends fought and died for is to tackle their former SPLA colleagues to the ground and place them in a choke-hold as Police Officers would criminals that must be restrained to protect society!

That South Sudanese need fortified protection from a criminal ragtag so-called National Army is now crystal clear as is the fact that the citizens of South Sudan and their genuine friends must secure South Sudan themselves instead of relying on a Dysfunctional self-appointed peace process now dubbed IGAD so-called Plus.

That is why Major Losuba Ludoru Won’go and the former SPLA Officers who defected from the lawless so-called National Army and founded REMNASA deserve praise for daring to defect the outmoded SPLA and forming a patriotic organization that protects civilians.

Read and watch “South Sudan: Women raped under the noses of UN forces”.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27765898
Read “The Bloodiest Conflict No One Is Talking About”.
https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-bloodiest-conflict-no-one-is-talking-about-39e0d4d48912

“REMNASA forces will defend the people till their last breath”, a member of the organization shared during an open forum that is organized via teleconference.

The forum allows historians, storytellers, journalists, members, supporters, admirers and sympathizers of REMNASA to converge on line to learn about REMNASA’s work on the ground, obtain updates, ask questions and provide constructive criticism!

Unlike the lawless SPLA that forbids people from providing feedback, open dialogue, transparency and critical analysis are encouraged in REMNASA and no one is stopped from talking, asking questions and even criticizing REMNASA!

“The confrontation happened after our revolutionary forces stationed in a nearby area had been informed of the situation in Maridi and were heading to rescue the civilians from the SPLA; while the two Platoons of the SPLA were also heading from their bases to Maridi to reinforce their fellow thugs” a section of a Press Release by Colonel John Sunday Martin the REMNASA spokesperson read.

He was explaining REMNASA’s determination to protect the people of South Sudan using force when necessary.

On the occasion explicated by Colonel Martin in this particular Press Release, REMNASA forces felt compelled to confront SPLA forces affiliated with South Sudan’s lawless government who were reportedly heading to Maridi, a town in Western Equatoria State to reinforce a lawless group that was murdering civilians, burning houses and looting property the same way they were doing in Upper Nile State and other parts of South Sudan.

The death and destruction described by REMNASA’s spokesperson in Press Releases often results from firefights between REMNASA forces and marauding SPLA soldiers out to harm unarmed civilians.

It is the exact same thing upright Police Officers charged with the duty to protect citizens do if menacing criminals refuse to put down their guns after being asked to do so.

Respectable Police Officers always prefer dialogue but they are authorized to shoot coldblooded criminals to protect society.

Everyone who resides in a country that doesn’t have felons running amok like South Sudan knows that fact.

“The worst scenario was a woman and her children, together with her husband was burnt to death in their house by the SPLA. It is most unfortunate that, the National Army (SPLA) has become not only tribal but a criminal institution, and it has totally failed to serve and save our Nation without discriminations on tribal lines. What happened in Maridi is indeed a crime against humanity that will never have to go unquestioned and unaccounted for, by the SPLA
leadership,” another section of a REMNASA Press Release read.

It underscores the need to rescue South Sudanese from the lawless SPLA and REMNASA’s determination to protect the citizens of South Sudan and defend the country from being vended to unscrupulous non citizens.

The people of South Sudan must reject the irrational IGAD so-called Plus peace process bent on rewarding a lawless army with a blatantly abusive power sharing arrangement forthwith! Yes they can because IGAD so-called Plus is not the boss of South Sudanese.

It has no authority over South Sudan whatsoever and it needs to stop its impervious meddling with South Sudanese lives!

It has been repeatedly pointed out that for sustainable peace to be attained in South Sudan, all the stakeholders must be involved in the solution but this simple fact continues to fall on deaf ears while institutions entrusted with global security such as the United Nations continue to walk on putrid egg shells with respect to South Sudan!

That is the reason why the people of South Sudan must now wrest the steering wheel from the unauthorized IGAD so-called Plus and carve out the South Sudan they want themselves!

The Dysfunctional agreement proposed by IGAD so-called Plus will most definitely impel South Sudan into the abyss. It is a barefaced truth known by all the people of South Sudan who want the best for all the 64 tribes of South Sudan and their actual friends.

Not the phony ones responsible for some of the nightmarish scenarios and carnage that was instigated with the mass murder of Nuer people by Kiir’s side of the lawless cartel in December 2013!

The unconcealed intentions of South Sudan’s haughty so-called friends to gorge on South Sudan’s rich resources at the expense of its ordinary people drive the unproductive self-styled interventions that have now brought South Sudan to a tipping point.

It has necessitated the people of South Sudan themselves to step in so that they can install a government of the people, by the people, for the people in South Sudan.

“As of 13 minutes ago, Kiir’s so-called democratically elected government expired,” a friend observed in the early hours of May 22, 2015 as we chatted about the lawlessness that has engulfed South Sudan and the sightlessness accompanying it.

It is a fact that has been ignored by the IGAD so-called Plus because of the same overconfidence that almost got Sudan’s Omar Bashir arrested when he traveled to South Africa thinking he was above international law.

Legally, South Sudan is already a failed state and Salvatore Kiir Mayardit is no longer the quasi so-called democratically elected president of South Sudan anyway even though IGAD so-called Plus has knowingly ignored that fact the same way the South African government ignored a court order to confine Sudan’s Omar Bashir so that he can be handed over to the International Criminal Court.

Read “Court demands to know how Bashir escaped South Africa”.
https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/court-demands-know-how-bashir-escaped-south-africa

The documents released by REMNASA speak for themselves but one message reverberates through all of them and it is that of inclusivity, eliminating lawlessness from South Sudan and ushering in a properly functioning government that respects all the people of South Sudan from all the 64 tribes – a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The SPLA is incapable of protecting the people of South Sudan and defending the country against the encroachment masquerading as a Dysfunctional Peace Process which is the reason why REMNASA should be supported in building a professional and disciplined South Sudan National Army that upholds and personifies the army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. An army that will defend the sovereignty of South Sudan and its citizens like the commandos who flew thousands of miles to rescue citizens held hostage at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda!
Watch “The Greatest Hostage Rescue in History Documentary on The Entebbe Raid”.

Major Losuba Ludoru Won’go the lead founder of REMNASA and the other founders deserve praise for ditching a genocidal and lawless SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly, forming REMNASA and doubling as a Police Force for South Sudan in the face of anarchy that is in a class of its own. Armed robbery, plunder of public resources, mass murder of citizens they are supposed to protect with impunity, rape of women, men and children in the most horrific ways are but a few of the evil disorders that continue to be the modus operandi of a so-called Historical Army that should be brought to book instead of being rewarded with the power sharing deal being proposed by a tainted IGAD so-called Plus. Simply put, the lawless and genocidal SPLA cum SPLM oligopoly cannot and should not be trusted with the future of South Sudan!
Major Won’go and his colleagues at REMNASA are issuing a clarion call for all able bodied South Sudanese and their friends to cross over to their side so that they can challenge the defunct SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly. Plainly speaking, the modus operandi of the lawless SPLA is no longer acceptable and REMNASA appears to be willing to collaborate with like minded individuals and groups to use force to eject the lawless traitors if necessary. The SPLA which wants to continue forcing itself on the people of South Sudan is no longer tolerable after decades of committing the most abhorrent forms of human rights violations against citizens it is supposed to protect and defend with its members’ lives if it was indeed an actual army and not the anarchic and splintered tribal militia it is.
REMNASA’s unassuming raison d’être (reason or justification for existence) as articulated in all its documents is what will save South Sudan and prevent the country from plummeting into the chasm. This is because soldiers who cross to REMNASA and civilians who join the organization are willing and able to tackle an armed and dangerous SPLA and the lawless government of South Sudan under Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his cronies. A failed government that is fully aware of REMNASA’s power. The fact that REMNASA is a National Movement for all the 64 tribes of South Sudan including the two Dinka and Nuer tribes is a threat to Kiir’s side of the lawless and genocidal SPLA cum SPLM oligopoly. In addition, there are verified reports about individuals from the Dinka and Nuer tribes flocking to join REMNASA because they look at the organization as the one that will pull South Sudan from the melee that is threatening to annihilate the country. They are determined to save South Sudan with more of their “boots on the ground” to the mortification of a government that is hanging by the skin of its teeth. As REMNASA continues its clarion call for SPLA soldiers and civilians alike from all the 64 tribes of South Sudan to cross to its side while isolating and restraining lawless tribal elements, it is determined to protect civilians and install a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
“He is one of us” an American soldier gushed when a representative of REMNASA in the United States of America gave an account of Why REMNASA was formed and shared information about Major Losuba Ludoru Won’go who has numerous credentials. They include credentials in National Security which he obtained from the United States of America and others obtained from the United Kingdom and many additional places. As an American soldier, the gusher was fully aware of the high standards expected from soldiers, unlike the SPLA that ran amok right from its inception and continues to terrorize South Sudanese and anyone who is working to clean up their mess, in the most horrid forms! Major Won’go and the other defecting SPLA soldiers who launched REMNASA personify the army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage and they want to build a South Sudan Army that upholds those values. Conventional and law abiding soldiers learn those values during Basic Combat Training and live them every single day on and off the job in countries around the world whose civilians trust their soldiers with their lives.
Watch “The Greatest Hostage Rescue in History Documentary on The Entebbe Raid”.

“Our forces do not loiter without a task commander” Major Won’go enlightened to dispel unfair insinuations that REMNASA forces are just as lawless as the so-called Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) that will go down in history as the biggest criminal cartel that existed in the face of this world because they are not! Instead of emulating selfless and revered armies around the world whose sole purpose is to protect, secure and assist their own citizens, a self centered SPLA prides itself in lawlessness and swindling the ordinary people of South Sudan.
“We have strict standard rules of operation. Discipline is our first priority for all our fighters who have come to join us and since we started our operational maneuvers, our forces have
shown a high level of discipline unlike the SPLA soldiers”, offered Major Won’go. He was responding to blatantly false reports about ambushes in which soldiers from his Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA) allegedly stopped a number of SPLA military vehicles, ordered out South Sudanese from the Dinka tribe and shot them dead before vanishing into the bushes of Western Equatoria State where REMNASA was launched.
Western Equatoria State is also home to South Sudan’s “Arrow Boys”, a group of local residents compelled to defend communities against Uganda’s lawless cult the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) themselves because the equally lawless so-called Sudan People’s Liberation Army and its equally anarchic so-called government was incapable of protecting the people of South Sudan as an upright army and government is supposed to. They were forced to take their own defense into their own hands because the regional government of Southern Sudan at the time under the very SPLA that is now doing the pillaging, murdering and raping the Arrow Boys battled from the LRA was unable to protect them. The “Arrow Boys” are being forced to regroup because of a fresh threat from their own so-called National Army. They must now defend the people themselves against lawless tribal elements within the SPLA and REMNASA has their backs covered!
It is the same SPLA that is being forced down the throats of South Sudanese under the facade of reawakening principles advanced by Africa’s most honorable fathers Nelson Mandela and Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. Africa’s revered sons would cringe at the equation of the murderous SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly to their honorable parties the African National Congress and Chama Cha Mapinduzi. They would be dismayed at the immoral patchwork of the Arusha so-called Agreement and saddened that younger party members are already dropping the batons relayed to them by soiling their reputations and the reputations of the parties they founded with the audacity to place a lawless SPLA at the same echelon.
Read “Document: SPLM Arusha agreement”
https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/document-splm-arusha-agreement
Read and listen to “Sudan’s ‘Arrow Boys’ Challenge Militants”.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128803831
“REMNASA denounces tribalism as a means to an end” Major Won’go emphasized while challenging anyone who made the allegation that his forces stopped a number of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) military vehicles, ordered out South Sudanese from the Dinka tribe and shot them dead to provide concrete evidence.
“It is important in the future to state exactly where such an incident occurred and the timing. Otherwise there are people out there who would want to bring into play the tribal
propaganda aspect to try to damage the imagine of REMNASA” Major Won’go expanded, to underscore REMNASA’s raison d’être (reason or justification for existence) and disapproval of the tribalism that has pitted the Dinka against the Nuer and is threatening to spill over to neighboring countries because of blood relations that connect neighboring countries.
Equatorians are fully aware of this phenomenon which is why the ones who lack integrity were easily bribed with army promotions and a shameful amount of US $2000.00 to cross over to the Democratic Republic of Congo to look for Major Won’go among the Kakwa of Congo. The dodgy and bribable Equatorians are playing with fire because it is very easy to set the region ablaze with their immoral shenanigans. Tribes across countries can and will become involved in the South Sudan melee if the proper solution is not implemented in South Sudan which solution is installing a government that respects and treats all the 64 tribes of South Sudan equally; A government of the people, by the people, for the people.
The importance of understanding that REMNASA is a National Movement for all the 64 tribes of South Sudan including the two Dinka and Nuer tribes that are the lead players in the South Sudan melee that begun with the mass murder of Nuer people by Kiir’s side of the lawless and genocidal SPLA cum SPLM oligopoly on December 15, 2013 is crystal clear in all of REMNASA’s documents. The documents are part of a full Manifesto that underscores the need to install a government that esteems the vision of South Sudan that South Sudanese fought and died for, for over half a century, beginning with Anyanya 1. The founders of REMNASA deserted a lawless and now defunct so-called Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) so that they could constitute a disciplined army for all of South Sudan. An army that protects civilians and holds actual Democracy in the highest esteem, not the whacky version currently being touted in South Sudan; a government that respects and treats all the 64 tribes of South Sudan equally; a government of the people of South Sudan, by the people of South Sudan, for the people of South Sudan.
Learn about REMNASA at www.remnasa.com.
Read “Cat fight among the S. Sudan experts and the failure of peace-making”
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article55298

Margaret Akulia is co-author of the sequel Idi Amin: Hero or Villain? His son Jaffar Amin and other people speak. She brings to the South Sudan dialogue a multidisciplinary professional background including but not limited to “grassroots activism”.

The Booze and the president against the Nation

BY YIEN LAM, JUN/09/2015, SSN;

Since 2005, president Kiir has no logical ability to rule South Sudan. His inability has been the issue that’s feared the most by people in the Country. He has not been to the task in order to govern this great country. If he did, this war should have not been fought as we speak.
Things could have been done politically as an expectation of many people in the country.

Unfortunately, the booze came in with its own power in the mind of none other than nation’s president. This gradually became problematic in his decision making.

As the result of the booze whose companies have been the only development seen in the Country, our nation South Sudan has been engulfed by war that should not at all be fought ever on the history of the mankind.

There is no apparent reason for the nearly three years old country by then to be in the situation that it is now. People now became the opposition that tried their best to prevent this problem to occur.

Despise the effort of mentioned individuals who thumped their chests for this nation, booze mixed with tribalism did not let that last. Now the country is in the mess that its leader does not know how to fix it.

So now Kiir and booze are the contributing factors and continue to be the worst enemies of our country. Believe it or not, there is no other way to deal with them rather than unseat the man by we the people of South Sudan. This is the only solution for the South Sudanese to once again leave in peaceful environment.

Keeping him in power as IGAD suggested will never be the solution of our country’s crises. It will not be so because when agreements are being made in Addis Ababa or wherever they may be done, Kiir and his best adviser, the booze, will destroy these deals when the dead-man-walking, Kiir, goes back to Juba.

This is true and I think nobody ever will negate what I am saying because we witnessed many things that had been changed when the walking body went back to the city of Evil.

Not only that, since the cessation of hostility signed on 23 January 2014, things were agreed on the venue of the peace talks in the presence of Makuey lueth and Nhial Deng. When they reached Juba, they themselves also changed the supposed language of peace to the language of war in the airport.

As you may have known, Makuey lueth is really a son of lueth “lying” in Dinka language which means son of mendacious person as the meaning of lueth is. If that is so, why would the government choose an individual who in fact has a father whose name is exactly as such, to be on the government delegation that’s supposed to make peace? Are we really in our senses here?

To me, the government does not mean any peace at all. If it does, a mendacious person as such cannot be information minister leave alone being delegated to the peace in the first place.

Back to the point in this case, president Kiir was influenced by booze and started it off by killings Nuer. Many thoughts that Nuer deserved not to be killed by the regime because leader always thinks for the lives of his people.

This was and still not the case in south Sudan as people may have thought. This president does not think and will never be so of others’ lives in south Sudan rather than his own booze.

“We” the people of this great nation must not only think about this crisis. But must act as soon as possible for our own and the future of our children not somebody’s leadership that is already failed us terribly. The man will never think of anyone rather than his own beverages.

Nuer were slaughtered in broad daylight in the nation’s capital due to inhumane thinking about goodness of the country than the booze. This should have not happened at all because the country’s leader put his people first and cannot kill his voters as we have witnessed in south Sudan.

This only happens in the country that is being ruled by a boozing president who only thinks of his own kin and kith than the nation. If you are stable person, what would be the reason for you to think of killings the entire tribe in your mind? Would you be able to do that without influence of some kind in your mindset?

Probably not in my view. There must be something wrong with such an individual as we all know Kiir has problem in his booze-saturated mind.

In addition, not only the booze is an existential threat to our lives in South Sudan, Dinka Council of Elders has also become an organization that added the fuel into the fire. This group of Dinka Elders should think like any elder in the world.

But here is not the case as many people may think of any old person to act devastatingly as such in the country that they call home. As we all know, any middle age persons cannot destroy his home as it has been the case in South Sudan.

Old people always advise the youngsters with what may in fact be necessary for their future lives. In this case, however, I don’t know what it means to be Elder in this group. I would never say all Dinka Elders are behaving as such because I have been with good number of them that cannot even compare to this group of thugs ever.

Most Dinka Elders behave like any elder around the world. But the Dinka Council of Elders as it is called, is the Main factor that is destroying our country now and will continue to be the case if we don’t evict this regime. Failing to do that, the agony of killings Y & Z will never be eased in our country, believe me for certain.

Nonetheless, Booze and the Dinka Council of Elders did not stop short with killing only Nuer. Now their next target became Shilluk as we all know. They started it by killing General Bwogo Olieu on Wednesday April/1/2015 if you can recall.

Believe it or not, this man and his two erroneous advisers, namely Booze and Dinka Council of Elders will not get us out of this mess that they help create. This is so because booze is taking a toll on the president while the supposed elders of the nation advice the president insincerely as we speak.

Many people thought if you’re giving a title of elder, is a precious gift that should be used to say what should be good for anything in life. If that was the thinking of many, myself included, let us drop that thinking from today.

This Council of Elders is a group of evil that is intended to not vilify certain people with in the country but the whole nation which is not the duty of care that they’re supposed to do.

South Sudan will never be owned by neither Dinka nor any tribe in it. It is called south Sudan for all 64 tribes that live there.

As matter of reality in this case, I sincercerely believe it is the perilous group that was selected purposely by the regime to destroy our Country. If that is so as I gave it a thought, we need to act swiftly and responsibly as rapidly as we can to rescue our country from it.

Moreover, believe me though, the regime will not stop there as long as most people start to know their rights. There will be individuals from naïve tribes that may think they are out of this mess that may call it Nuer and Shilluk problem. Let me advice you brothers/sisters. Don’t fool yourselves.

This is not a Nuer/Shilluk problem. It is indeed, South Sudan problem. When Nuer and Shilluk are not there, you will be there for the regime. Believe it or not, it is a reality in Kiir led government.

Therefore, I urge everyone to think clearly on this problem if you are still foolishly being used by the regime. It will otherwise be better for you to run faster before the beast gets hold of you. This man is ruthless and he dispatches so many agents to get hold of whoever tries to oppose him.

The power of the Booze and Dinka Council of Elders is paramount to all. Kiir has no plan to take the country forward. The only one that I know of is to kill more people by using his booze. That is it.

Lastly, as I read the news about Kuol Manyang being the one delegated by the regime as attendee to the great lakes summit, I was not surprised at all. He should be the one that represents the south Sudan. Don’t ask me why because the reason is obvious.

Your answer may well be Wani Igga. Is that right? If that will be so, should the lone guy as well as comedian be the ones in the Kiir’s South Sudan?

Since Dr. Riek left Juba to the bush, there is no single egalitarian person in the country to do what everyone may be thinking of as Wani to represent the country as the vice president other than the man’s kin. Wani is the kith in this circle.

But he is not trustworthy due to his flip flapping on the country’s issues. Even if kiir has stopped doing his usual job as the president, this group of kin will never ever give Igga the leadership of this country.

Kuol and Malong must be the front runners in such a game. Not Wani Igga unless the Dinka Council of Elders disappear by accident.

Finally, South Sudan will never be in peace with itself as long as its president is being advised by the booze and yhe Dinka Council of Elders. Booze and Dinka Council of Elders are encroaching too much in Kiir’s decision makings that is why our country is in turmoil.

Therefore, we need to take charge of our country and say no to the Boozed president and Dinka Council of Elders by ousting him with all his allies and taking our country back. Otherwise, kiir and his sycophants will not hesitate killing more other than Nuer and Shilluk in the days to come if not months, trust me.

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The author is concerned South Sudanese that can be reached @lam981@hotmail.com