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How the Nuer civilians were killed in Juba: Analysis

By: John Bith Aliap, Australia, APR/15/2014, SSN;

What happened in Juba on the 15th of Dec. 2013 where hundreds of people were killed, wounded, displaced and a countless number of properties damaged or looted shouldn’t be celebrated. It should rather be condemned.

But if we’re to read the situation in context, the coup plotters, “Riek Machar and his loyalists”, should squarely be blamed for having tied bricks on Nuer’s civilians feet and thrown them into the sea for their own short-cut leadership hunt.

For those who blame the army, how dare you fault the army for killing the armed civilians?

The civilians who are claimed to have been killed based on their ethnic identity were indisputably armed and they had a plan to overthrow the government.

The army had no choice. It was clearly in an “us-or-them” situation. But don’t forget. If the soldiers didn’t kill them [the mutineers], they could have continued to do everything in their power to overthrow the government and perhaps kill the president.

I’m supposed to abhor all killings – but what do you do when someone is trying to kill you? The mutineers were trying to kill the soldiers and bring down the government. They did in fact kill a sizable number of soldiers.

Think about that as a nationalist and you’ll find the correct answer.

The events which caused the current crisis paint a grim picture in many people’s minds regarding the fate of the Rep. of South Sudan as a nation, but for some, it’s an opportunity to invent liars and ignite vicious tribal hostility in the country.

However, regardless of what occurred in Juba and in other parts of the country, the search for a clear-cut explanation as to what exactly took place on that catastrophic night of 15th Dec. 2013 seems to be mind-blowing task for everyone wanting to unearth the truth.

It’s in fact an elephant in the room. Interestingly, what makes our quest to find out the truth so difficult and frustrating is that – many writers in South Sudan have readily tapped into tribalism – and the key protagonists of the crisis also make use of a distinctly anti-tribalist rhetoric and warnings of ethnic conflict in order to justify their political agendas as well as the use of force.

If you’re an enthusiast of South Sudanese’ politics, reports of targeted killings and perpetrators selecting victims based on their association with specific ethnic group are currently norms of the day.

Recent writings, especially after things got out of hand in Juba have been widely informed by the framework of ethnic belonging.

For you to understand what I’m trying to say, take a keen look at the following articles:

“The Finger Prints on Genocide in South Sudan,” written by Stephen Par Kuol, published on South Sudan on the 1st of January 1st 2014, “A survivor: Visionless Kiir must be charged for the Crime against Humanity,” written by Peter Gai Manyuon, published on South Sudan Nation on the 26th Dec. 2013, “Indict Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit,” written by Daniel Abushery Daniel and Luk kuoth Dak, published on South Sudan News Agency on the 24th of January 2014, “Kiir Mayardit: The Persona of the Made Mad Man,” written by Stephen Par Kuol, published on the 19th of January 2014 on South Sudan News Agency…. and the list is long.

However, when you look at the above articles, you cannot miss to see that there’s undue emphasis on tribalism and ethnicity as part of the explanation on the ongoing conflict in the country.

In my view, the writers in question have miserably failed to acknowledge in their writings – the dynamics of violence in Jonglei state, where the “White Army” targeted Dinka Bor civilians based on their ethnic identity; and also incidents in Akobo, Malakal and Bentiu where the same crimes were committed.

However, when it comes to the alleged targeted killing of Nuer civilians in Juba, the true picture of what took place on the 15th Dec. 2013 remains murky and it’s a duty of every South Sudanese to unearth the truth.

Although the said journalists/opinion writers have done extensive writings since the mayhem started, they have not honestly and precisely explained what happened during that night when the Nuer dissidents’ soldiers and their affiliates took charge of the military headquarters in Juba on the 15th of Dec. 2013.

The truth of the matter, “Juba attempted coup”, is now being bombarded with a great deal of propaganda, tribally-oriented narratives and invented liars.

When you read the news about the current crisis in South Sudan, “Juba Nuer massacre” hangs on everybody’s lip, but the circumstances in which these civilians were killed have not well been explained.

Let me walk you through what happened in Juba on the … 15, 16, 17 & 18 Dec. 2013 and don’t be disappointed with my narrative.

As it was the case, while the rebelling soldiers were in charge of the military hardware in Giada – the main military barracks in Juba, the next thing they could do was to rally the innocent Nuer civilians residing in different corners of Juba to take part in a planned offensive against the government.

The news hit the Nuer community that Naath are in full control of everything in Giada – and the time to unseat Kiir and install Machar as the president of the Rep. of South Sudan has arrived.

However, with ethnic division on the rise – especially after the removal of Riek Machar from the post of Vice Presidency – the message was well digested in the Nuer community – resulting in many unarmed civilians pouring into the Giada military barracks where their mates were in charge.

But why did unarmed civilians pour into the seized military barrack at night? You may have a different answer, but to me, they were going to arm themselves and get rid of Kiir’s government.

With mutineers in charge of military hardware, Kiir and his mates had to do everything in their capacity to ensure that mutineers are pushed at bay.

In the next morning of 16th Dec. 2013, the SPLA reinforcement arrived and an intense battle took place – resulting to dislodgement of mutineers out of Giada, but the mutineers had in that night broken into the armoury looting arms, ammunition and uniforms.

Are you not yet convinced that the Nuer civilians alleged to have been intentionally targeted on the basis of their ethnicity were armed?

Let me tell you the reality, my dear, these individuals you alleged to be innocent civilians cannot be considered civilians, given that they were using weapons to destabilize security of the country.

If you’re a sensible person, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to tell what would happen if the trained army such as the SPLA fights with mob of armed civilians mixed with mutineers as it was the case in Giada.

The death toll could be very high on armed civilians’ side. The military showdown in Giada had caused much causality among the Nuer civilians.

Some were caught in cross fire in the nearby residential areas; while some perished in the battle. But things did not stop there.

After things became out of control in their hands, Machar loyalists fled Giada and took whatever they could carry [military equipment] and melted themselves into the Nuer dominated areas namely: Gudele 1, Gudele 2, Manga, Mangatain, New Site, Mia Saba etc.

In your own understanding, would you expect an army which has not been trained in urban warfare like the SPLA to conduct street – to – street battle in urban populated areas and yet avoid civilians’ casualties?

The answer is definitely no. It became increasingly difficult for the army after the mutineers mixed themselves with civilians in densely populated areas to distinguish between a civilian/mutineer – hence resulting to yet other high civilians’ deaths.

Through this explanation, I stand tall to strongly and courageously argue that there’s no enough evidence to suggest that the government soldiers were engaged in targeted killing of civilians in Juba based on their ethnicity.

If we’re to be honest in unearthing the truth, the Nuer civilians killed in Juba were aiding fugitive Riek Machar to overthrow the government.

They were an essential part of war machine and constitute a threat to the national army.

In conclusion, there can never be peace in South Sudan until we stop this “us-versus-them”. These satanic thoughts are what caused the entitlement, wars, poverty, greed, hate, hunger, selfishness, immorality, attacks, shootings, beheadings, eye-for-an-eye behavior, and completely clouds right and wrong.

No religion has all the answers — but it is plain to see that until we learn to love each other as South Sudanese (people of one nation), we all lose daily, year after year, generation after generation.

John Bith Aliap can be reached at

Shameless ridicule of Naath Society: Response to Tearz Ayuen & company

BY: J. NGUEN, RSS, APR/04/2014, SSN;

Tearz Ayuen’s plea for “Naath (Nuer) in UN Juba’s Bases” to “go home” not meant well but condescension and ridiculous insult to Naath Society. Tearz Ayuen himself is a Dinka and fled Juba shortly after Kiir’s government slaining of Isaiah Abraham, who was also a Dinka from Twi East, Jonglei State.

Mr. Ayuen himself does not reside in the defiled city, Juba, and for some reasons he wanted Naath to return to non-existing houses as if what forced them to run for their dear lives have been dealt with amicably.

Tearz Ayuen himself is Kiir’s ruthless regime prime target. He was alleged to be on the list of Isaiah Abraham’s assassins to be assassinated, if found.

See the contradiction and why Mr. Ayuen is up for something more malevolent than a simple plea from an honest man. As matter of fact, Mr. Ayuen has sea of grudges to mend with failed Kiir led Dinka regime.

At times, he had called a spade a spade more than once. And I have much respect for him in that regard.

However, Tearz Ayuen’s un-counselled appeal for Naath to return home is ill-informed. In his words, a home “one mile away” is a mockery and meant to pave way for Tearz to mend relations with Kiir.

Tearz Ayuen is also from Kolnyang, Bor County in Jonglei State. Kolnyang is a heartland of Dinka-Bor civilians who recently flooded Eastern Equatoria State because they perceived danger from then advancing rebels.

I got it. Does Mr. Tearz Ayuen see the same fate in Naath? Certainly, and Tearz is too smart a figure to know this gruesome truth but chose to play trickery.

The IDPs who left Kolnyang, Tearz’s home village, are now settled and being fed by the same UN Tearz castigated and blaming Naath for jobs creation.

Thereof, Dinka IDPs feed on one meal a day, not twice. Not better than Naath but not being hunted down and encircled by a host community which is the difference.

If feeding Dinka IDPs in Madi’s lands is no different than that of Naath in UN bases in Juba, what the heck is Tearz talking about then?

Well, Tearz cited poor sanitation come rainy season and possible disease outbreak on the top of food security. Good point and I got it.

But, wait; is it not true that the Dinka IDPs who fled their homes in Jonglei live under trees or in the tents in Madi’s land, Kakuma, Kenya and Uganda and under the same UN’s protection and the same way as Naath?

Yes. Then what logic does Tearz’s argument is based? I have no clue and besides, it would be interesting to know if these Dinka IDPs are not “paupers in their own country” or/and if they have pre-made houses in Madi’s land or forced Madi people out of their homes by force instead or not be battered by looming rainy season.

It appeared Tearz Ayuen did not bother asking these questions or call on Dinka IDPs to return home even though their homes are still standing and being protected by Kiir-led Dinka regime; a regime solely for Dinka and by Dinka.

I saw where Mr. Tearz Ayuen is coming from and his ill-intentions to say the least. Tearz has three aims at heart to achieve with his mockery letter to Naath.

One, he has deep seated hate and unwinnable card to play with UN personnel presence in the nascent nation, South Sudan. This deep seated hatred is based on a recent Dinka negative campaign against UN presence in South Sudan and arrogantly asking its head to leave.

Mr. Tearz Ayuen’s second aim is in line with Kiir-led Dinka failed government. In fact, UN recent report on the Washington Post cited that Kiir’s regime has blocked food and water supplies destined for Naath in Bor UN’s base and possibly in Juba as well.

Therefore, Tearz is no exception but party to the regime in the name Dinkanization of South Sudan. Tearz Ayuen knows quite well what would happen to Naath should they leave UN bases in Juba and elsewhere on the country. More bloodbaths shall occur.

Bloodletting is Tearz Ayuen’s ulterior motive. This is a hidden intention everyone in Kiir’s regime ascribes to, which Tearz Ayuen just joined.

Had it not been the case, why should Tearz Ayuen call for Naath in UN bases in Juba to go home where they have no homes?

Had it not been the case, why he didn’t call on his Dinka Bor IDPs occupying Madi’s lands by force to return home when in fact their homes are still standing and protected by their Dinka led Kiir’s government?

Tearz Ayuen’s last aim is that he wanted to mend fences with Kiir’s ruthless regime whom Tearz himself brutally criticised on numerous occasions.

Calling for Naath to return to their homes where there is none is what Kiir led Dinka government wanted to hear especially from old adversaries like Tearz.

Perhaps, calling for Naath to return onto Juba’s dirty streets for undignified demise is a short way to win President Kiir’s loyalty.

Tearz cautioned Naath that they are not bankrupt and “have not killed anyone or rebelled against the government.” However, he failed to answer the question why were they targeted and killed in the first place?

Lastly, I must remind Tearz Ayuen that you have offended Naath Society. Your call for Naath in UN Juba’s bases in Juba to return homes where there are no homes anymore for them in Juba was a clear insult but ill-received and condemned in the strongest terms possible.

It’s sad that you have shed crocodile tears in disguise of ill-intended sympathy.

I hate to mention this, Tearz, but I have to. Naath were summarily executed by Dinka’s militias, ordered by some Dinka top elites and who still run the defiled Juba town.

It is depressing that you are desperately telling Naath to return to their killers to be killed.

You personally shied way to mention this point for reasons only known to you, Tearz Ayuen. But I should note Naath’s saying, which goes as: a monkey would yearly collect firewood to give birth to a baby human-monkey but every time, she gives birth to a baby monkey-monkey instead. This underscored the fact that you are a Dinka and will always be.
J. Nguen

Once finished with Juba Court, all eyes must move to The Hague!

By: Justin Ambago Ramba, UK, APR/02/2014, SSN;

To be drunk with power is one thing. And to be drunk with alcohol is another thing. But to be drunk by both is completely in a class of its own.

Think about the above opening statement to this article and think about President Salva Kiir and his leadership styles. Then think about the degree of misery this intoxicated leadership and its followers of dinkocrats have plunged the nascent country into.

For sure President Salva Kiir Mayardit should end up in the Hague since all his fake witnesses have one after the other failed to provide any evidence to support the president’s allegations of the so-called coup attempt to overthrow his “rotten to core” dinkocratic government.

How much proof is needed to label this government as a government of liars when its own Military Intelligence chief accepts in front of the court that he has nothing to link any of the accused persons to the claimed December 15, 2013 coup attempt?

Again is it not enough proof that the coup was purely president Kiir’s own imaginations after his staunch supporter and tribesman who doubles also as the dinkocratic government’s minister of Interior, turns down the request from the court to witness against the so-called coup plotters?

A lay man like myself does not need a law degree to see the flaws in the Kiir and Wani -imaginary coup that was about to take in the world’s newest country.

President Salva Kiir has for a long time been suffering nightmares in his sleep as a consequence of his heavy drinking habit and political worries both of which are triggered by his poor leadership performance and record.

It has since long became everyone’s knowledge that the embattled president once suffered a nightmare where he saw himself being strangled to death by his late boss, the SPLA/M founder, Dr John Garang de Mabior.

This iconic figure of Sudan and South Sudan politics who mysterious died a plane crash nearly a decade ago must obviously disapprove of his successor’s leadership if he were to come back from the world of the dead.

The case in point here is how president Museveni of Uganda quickly moved in and pocketed Salva Kiir’s pathetic presidency we all know that it was his chopper that carried the great man to the world of the dead as it crashed over the mountain ranges between Uganda and South sudan killing everyone on board.

Following this superstitious encounter with late Garang’s ghost as claimed by what is now a paranoid president , Salva Kiir went on to force his entire cabinet into not only believe that he indeed involved in a practical and struggle with late Dr. John Garang’s ghost.

He also made them embrace the weird view which suggests that the superstitiously interpreted nightmares are indeed the work of his rivals and other anti government groups who want to unseat him from the presidential driving seat, and that there intended outcomes can equally be superstitiously mitigated as well.

What followed this crazy nightmare was an equally crazy government judgment and reaction, to say the least.

Tax payers money ( preferably referred to as Oil money, as all paid tax monies end in the collectors pockets) probably in the ranges of a couple of millions of dollars were misused to contract traditional Dinka witchcraft’s priests and other agents of the Satanic world.

These fellows went on for weeks performing every witchcraft in the book with the aim of protecting a president who is obviously suffering from” Delirium tremens”.

To this point all sorts of unthinkable and often unnecessary superstitious masquerades have been allowed and performed at the late leader’s burial ground, commonly referred to as Dr. Garang’s mausoleum in Juba under the State House’s directives.

If that is how this paranoid president responds to a nightmare possibly triggered by alcoholic delirium, it shouldn’t then surprise anyone to see him over reacting to yet another one that threatens to dislodge him from power. We are talking here about how sweet power can become.

However a nightmare then followed by real targeted kills, in fact an ethnic cleansing is no more a mere nightmare. This has gone to abuse other p’s rights to life. Thousands of them he ordered killed in his capacity as the country’s commander in chief (C-in-C).

The central argument here is, although Salva Kiir’s claims of a failed coup attempt is purely based on what he imagined in his sleep, his actions that followed were real and true. In simple terms it can be summed up as follows: “The claimed coup cannot be proved, but the target killings of Nuer civilians in Juba can be proved”.

Based on the above deduction Pagan Amum Akeich and other three comrades must be immediately set free.

The next step while the released detainees including the Group of 4, work with their lawyers to file their case against the dinkocracy regime and request for compensation, the international community should immediately start the indictment procedures against everyone involved in the target mass killings that begun in Juba and spread to other parts of South Sudan.

Dr. Justin Ambago Ramba. A concerned citizen and a voice for the voiceless.

What’s the crucial role for Equatoria in realization of New South Sudan?

BY: Justin Ambago Ramba, UK, MAR/27/2014, SSN;

Is it really possible that the current war being fought in south Sudan’s Greater Upper region can be successfully cordoned out from returning to Juba, and hence the whole of the Greater Equatoria region after it was in fact started there?

At least that’s what some Equatorians are thinking and hoping it happens.

The point I want to make here is whether the war is successfully kept out of Equatoria or not, no Equatorian can escape the impact of this war.

As such should Equatorians think of this war in a more sober way, there are many options that they can chose in order to react at this particular time, but non-involvement is not one of them?

I know there are people out there who think that as long as the rebels keep to Jonglei or Malakal, or Bentiu or any other villages within the Greater Upper Nile region, a person in Juba, Torit, Maridi, Yambio, Wau or Raja is in fact safe and have nothing to worry about.

Sadly enough the reality says something completely different. For now where the war is being actively fought represents well over one third of the entire South Sudan’s territory. These places are also where the Oil fields are.

No wonder Oil being the government’s only source of revenue, all activities financed by the state are obviously going to be compromised sooner or later.

Many have already started feeling the pinch as productions fall down to around a quarter of what it used to be.

Could this possibly lead to the “real coup” that president Kiir, being conscious of his under performance, has continuously anticipated it all these years!

This brings us to the core purpose of this article and it is all about how much are the people of Equatoria involved in shaping the Salva Kiir’s government policies in relationship to the war and its root causes?

Or on the other hand, how much is Equatoria able to influence the rebel’s agenda for the country? Or how is

Equatoria influencing the agenda of the SPLM G-7 (former detainees) or that of the countless South Sudanese civil societies or that of the International Community, and its tools the AU, the IGAD or even that of Yoweri Museveni?

Still there’s another question: “How much has the Greater Equatoria equipped itself to contribute in finding a negotiated settlement to the current crisis and addressing its root causes besides the monotonous talk about elections, or Equatorians being civilized people bla bla bla.

In this country of wild untameable human beings elections only represent the superficial face of the real monsters that they harbour inside their sick and shellfish brains.

Elections will come and go, but unless the basic foundations of good governance is set in place, those in the government today will find themselves rebels in the bush not too long from now and vice versa.

I understand the positions being taken by the three Equatoria Governors, but they need to do more if they are to remain relevant to the ever changing situations both at home and abroad.

Especially that all government official serving under Salva Kiir are now expected to talk ill about the US administration, the United Nations, the European Union, the trioka countries, one wonders whether any of them are questioning where the country is heading to.

Practically speaking, my fellow Equatorians, the situation where we are now in, isn’t any more about supporting the rebels or being on the government side. The two are in fact nothing but the different faces of that single coin called SPLM – and it’s not taking the country nearer to anything good.

As south Sudan prepares to embrace yet another decade of a full blown civil war given every writing on the wall, it’s time that each and every matured citizen sees these developments for real.

The bottom line in the quickly unfolding events, whether you bought into the Kiir’s stories of his perceived coup or not, South Sudan will never be the same again.

It’s this bit that we need to take very seriously. From there we should and begin to actively participate in shaping the kind of country (s) we want for ourselves in the not too far future!

Dr Justin Ambago Ramba. A concerned south Sudanese citizen and a voice for the voiceless.

UNMISS Shady deal in South Sudan: Else why supply UN forces with landmines, anti-tanks and anti-aircrafts?

BY: Morris K. Yoll, CANADA, MAR/22/2014, SSN;

It is said, “the there is no smoke without fire.” As of December 15th, 2013, South Sudan government has lost its trust in UNMISS Chief representative and has accused her of supporting Dr. Riek and his rebels’ activities in the country. Though a few South Sudanese feel sympathetic, and think that it is unfair to ask UNMISS representative, Hilde Johnson, to leave the country, there are many and serious accusations labelled against Mrs. Johnson to just let her stay as the UN mission representative without proper investigation of her actions.

However, recent UNMISS’S guns, including landmines, transportation from Juba to Bentiu, Unity State, via road, has caught many people’s attention and indeed has provoked many citizens’ anger against UNMISS and Hilde Johnson’s role in ongoing civil war in the country.

In essence, there are indeed too many accusations against UNMISS made by government of South Sudan that could prompt curiosity in wanting to know the truth than simply dismissing alleged allegations without thoroughly probing for benefit of doubt.

After December 15th, 2013 Juba’s incident, officials of government of South Sudan ceaselessly accused the Representative of UN in South Sudan of supporting Dr. Riek’s rebels.

First, following the coup attempt on December 15th, the government claimed that Dr. Riek was sheltered in Juba UNMISS compound and that he was later, respectively, transported to Jonglei, Akob, unity state and finally flown to Nasir by the UN helicopter.

On one hand, UNMISS never satisfactorily rebutted this accusation to settle it. After this allegation, series of accusations followed: it was alleged that there were 20 UNMISS cars including some armoured cars, in Bor, that were used by rebels to fight government troops.

However, UNMISS officials, in this effect, failed to disclose that their cars were apprehended by rebels until weeks later when the SPLA captured the UN cars used by rebels.

Subsequently, and as a result, the government of South Sudan accused UNMISS of supporting rebels, harbouring rebels in its compound and supplying rebels with weapons, UNMISS cars, and intelligent information.

Indeed, UNMISS later on admitted that rebels have in fact seized theirs cars including tanks by force. Such admission fueled public suspicion than watering it. It is viewed as illogical for rebels to apprehend more than twenty (20) UN cars without a fight with UN’S forces to prevent rebels from taking UN’S properties.

Whereas, the BIG why is: why then did the UNMISS authority remain silent without reporting this incident until their cars captured later by the government troops from rebels, which in turn forced the UNMISS to disclose that rebels took possession of the UN properties by force.

It followed, as well, according to the GRSS authority, that rebels elements were transported by UNMISS helicopters, and that uniforms were found in UNMISS compound, in Bor town, but UNMISS did not account for guns let alone where about soldiers that abandoned their uniforms.

On the contrary, UNMISS officials down played these accusations, and to this day, failed to offer a plausible explanations to clarify these accusations rather than dismiss or belittling the government accusations and concerns against UNMISS collaboration with rebels in the country.

Moreover, the government discovered defected soldiers possessing guns inside UNMISS compound which forced UNMISS to search for guns at its compound, in Juba. Not the least, defected government troops are still in various UNMISS compound.

Frequently, incidents in which defected soldiers or rebels coming out from the UN compounds to join rebels when towns changed hands and running back to the UN shelters when the town falls to government troops or incidents where defected soldiers coming out to cause some kinds of trouble, are reported both in Juba, Malakal and Jonglei but UNMISS appeared to brush off these accusations or concerns.

Unrelentingly, government of South Sudan branded series of accusations against UNMISS such like uniforms detected in UNMISS helicopter that where intended to be flown to unity state when it was under rebel; that UNMISS helicopter showing up unsuspected in an area off their limit while rebels and government troops were engaged in battle.

Also, that the security agents of the GRSS have recorded communication of UNMISS representative talking to Dr. Riek in which she said the IDP will join Riek forces to overtake Juba; that UNMISS representative, from its undisclosed sources-yet to be learned, declared that Juba was going to be overrun by rebels that led to many embassies leaving South Sudan, when in fact rebels were nowhere around or close to Juba; and that UMISS shared its satellites intelligence around Bor with rebels.

The above accusations were a few allegations made by government of South Sudan against UNMISS and its representative.

Unfortunately, many people dismissed these accusations made by government of South Sudan against UNMISS on ground that the government was looking for excuses to cover up December 15th incident or simply being unfair to UNMISS representative.

Such a presumptuous dismissal of accusations that are consistent and seemingly bearing elements of truth, is irresponsible and perhaps a blunder in failing to look critically as to why the government of South Sudan all of certain changed its positive attitudes toward UNMISS’S positive role in the country.

In other words, despite positive roles played by the UNMISS in the country, why did people of South Sudan, just recently, charged it with involvement in the country affairs?

Clearly, something unwarranted must have transpired to create distrust of UNMISS in the country.

Had authority of the UN responsible and the international community taken the government of South Sudan’s allegations seriously, the relationship between the UN representative in South Sudan, Mrs. Johnson, would not have badly degraded as it is currently.

The United Nations forces are composed of military units from various countries which contributed their troops to the UN Mission in South Sudan. It is possible that someone else, rather than Hilde Johnson, within the UNMISS, may be inclined to doing a shady deal with rebels in the country.

This says that instead of UNMISS representative ignoring concerns labelled against UNMISS by government of South Sudan, it would have made lot of difference if she were to investigate the allegations made to ascertain the truth for benefit of doubt and for cordial relationships of UNMISS with citizens and the government of South Sudan in order for UNMISS to achieve its objective in conducive environs.

Frankly, South Sudan government has valid concerns about UNMISS’S ambiguous roles in current rebellion in the country.

First, it was alleged that Hilde Johnson, the UN representative, who is a head of UNMISS in South Sudan, has friendly relationship with Dr. Riek Machar.

If it is true that she has friendly relations with Dr. Riek, then from series of events and accusations, Mrs. Johnson relationship with former vice president might have seemingly blindfolded her in realizing her boundary when it came to the affairs of South Sudan as a sovereign nation and much to say in failing to execute her mission in the country without taking side.

For some reasons, it took UNMISS longer time to document atrocities made in various areas held by rebels in Jonglei, Unity State and Upper Nile. Sadly, it took UNMISS longer time than normal too admit rebels mass murdering and target killing in Malakal, Jonglei, Akobo, Baliet, and Unity state.

Simply speaking, for someone in a higher position to make relationship to the point of compromising duties and mission is unprofessional to say the least.

If the UNMISS representative’s relationship with certain politicians in the country made her inclined to particular side in the conflict that has taken the country to the war, then concerns regarding her actions or inaction in addressing necessary issues that effect stability of the country should justifiably be made by the government of South Sudan so that the United Nations authority that appointed her looks into her alleged negative roles in the country affairs.

She was not send to befriend or to admire politicians in South Sudan, but to help in delivering service, needed by civil population.

South Sudan government and South Sudanese decried effects of Hilde Johnson’s relationship with Dr. Riek in the affairs of the country is not out of blue, but from evidences now confirmed by apprehended UNMISS guns transported via land, discovered, in Rumbek, by the Lakes State officials.

The United Nations authority, instead of backing UNMISS representative up, should take her to task in accounting for her duties and failures.

Clearly, people were slaughtered in various UN compounds in South Sudan but for some reasons it took longer than normal for the UNMISS to criticize those responsible and not the least failed to protect civilians which is one of its duties in the country.

Why? Instead, Mrs. Johnson resorted to silence in avoiding addressing issues of concern that had occurred at her organization watch. However, she found voice in denying her involvement in the affairs of South Sudan.

With her influence and capability of her connections, as the UN representation, valid accusations and concerns of South Sudanese citizens are ignored by the UN, but hers or UNMISS shady deal in the country buried successfully.

But it was not too long for her luck and the luck of those who are working day and night to destabilize South Sudan to run out. Finally an infamous guns transportation to the UNITY State via road uncovered the dark side of the UNMISS role in South Sudan’s demise.

On March 7th, 2014, South Sudanese authority in Rumbek caught UNMISS red handed. Various weapons including BANNED landmines [if the landmine accusation is true], anti tank and anti aircraft artilleries, were finally discovered in the UNMISS disguised food shipments to the UNITY State.

This discovery prompted the UNMISS to admitted having made a terrible blunder in transporting guns through the land instead of air as stipulated in UNMISS-South Sudan weapons shipment Agreement.

Putting delivery of anti tanks, anti aircraft and artilleries aside, why bring landmines into the country in first place? From last civil war, which lasted for 22 years, United Nations knows that much of South Sudan areas are infested with landmines and many people in the country suffered limbs amputations as a result of landmines.

It is ridiculous for the United Nations forces to bring in more landmines to be used in a country that is already suffering from landmines used during the last civil war instead of helping in identifying and removing landmines already existing in the country or helping in demarcating areas with landmines, in the country, for safety of the population and safe usage of the land for badly needed agriculture purposes.

In contradiction, landmines use was banned in 1997 by the UN, non-governmental organization, international organizations and governments.

It is horrendous that the same United Nations that forbids landmine usage to consider using landmines in South Sudan when their mission in the country is to ensure that food relieves reach the needy in the country and as well when the UN’s duty in the country is maintaining harmony.

Even though two peace keepers were killed by the rebels in Akobo during this civil war in South Sudan, it never occurred that the UN troops fought with either rebels or government troops to merit the United Nations forces using landmines around their base to fence off their enemies.

This begs questions: Why bring bloody banned landmines into the country if such a weapon is for the UN forces protection? The landmines incident proves implicitly that there is more to story given by UNMISS about guns shipments to Unity State.

Claiming that guns were intended for Ghanaians forces, but mistakenly transported via land, instead of transporting them through the air, is duplicity at its best! Why then were BANNED landmines in the shipment?

Besides, the real concern of many South Sudanese is not a question as to whether guns delivery was for the UNMISS forces, but insecurity in the area through which thirteen (13) trucks full of guns, ammunitions, and horrible landmines, were transported through, via road.

UNMISS knows lawlessness and banditry that is ruling much of South Sudan countryside, especially in the Lake State and the Unity State where these guns were transported through the land.

Any bandit could have been lucky to get his hands on those lethal weapons, which would have been an imagining threat to security of innocent people of South Sudan that are still suffering grievance and abuses of last civil war.

Hence, instead of down casting outpour of South Sudanese cries, anger and concerns, can the UN, international community and South Sudanese that take UNMISS’S mistakes trivially, accords concerned South Sudanese rights to fearing mutilations of landmines and of lawlessness that could have resulted from UNMISS’S blunder in the country?

Many south Sudanese have blindly joined a line of those who think South Sudan government has acted irrationally in accusing UNMISS representative, Hilde Johnson, of supporting rebellions in the country.

Some feel that Hilde Johnson is a citizen of Norway, a country that helped Southern Sudan and South Sudanese during struggle; therefore, in their narrow views, it is unfair to criticize Mrs. Johnson’s wrong doings in the country.

But how about her failure in following through delivery of weapons agreement signed with South Sudan government that has resulted in Rumbek weapons apprehension saga?

Not only did transporting weapons through road a violation of an agreement that stipulated that UNMISS weapons be delivered through air, but it is said that UNMISS did not, in fact, inform Ministry of Defence of South Sudan, as spelt out in the agreement, of bring weapons into the country nor did it submit, to any authority of South Sudan concerned, detailed list of weapons that were to be transported within the country to UNMISS base in Bentiu.

Is such a violation of an agreement that ensures safe shipment of weapons into the country and safe transportation of weapons inside the country really normal to be simply ignored?

All in all, it is true that Norway stood with Southern Sudan during struggle. But it should also be noted that those who set out to help Southern Sudanese during struggle had moral obligations to do so; they did not do it to ask for something in return.

Indeed, there are countries that did more in helping South Sudan during struggle but stay away from meddling in South Sudan’s affairs after peace agreement.

Canada is one of friends that helped Southern Sudan and never asked something in returned. Friends that help, but ask nothing in return are friends in needs and deeds not friends that attach strings to their assistance.

Some South Sudanese feel that Norway helped south Sudan got its independence, and because of this Hilde Johnson should have free ride in the country. These South Sudanese need to separate Hilde Johnson from Norway. She is not an Ambassador of Norway in South Sudan but a head of UNMISS in the country.

Her mistakes are her individual’s shortcomings not Norway’s. Her failures in South Sudan are the United Nations failures not Norway’s. This says that South Sudan or South Sudanese have no qualm with Norway but Hilde Johnson who failed to separate her mission in the country with her individual’s affection and attraction to certain politicians and their political quests.

South Sudan cannot be taken advantage of and then we feel it is okay. It would be absurd if not abnormal feeling fine, as citizens, knowing UNMISS has violated our sovereignty. A mistake that could possibly mess up the country more is not that simple. T

he UN admitted it as a serious blunder and we should make sure the mistake is investigated to ascertain the truth for benefit of doubt. It is not a question of supporting rebels, but how about if such weapons fall into rebels’ ambush and finally their possession?

Would the UN feel okay with it? And would someone on top of the UN mission in the country be left unaccountable for the mistake? South Sudan has right to ask Mrs. Johnson to leave or her actions investigated. And the United Nations authorities should investigate her mistakes because such mistakes discredited and disadvantaged the United Nations’ role.

It is even appalling for the United Nations to blame South Sudanese for protesting illegal transportation of arms into or inside the country. The United Nations authorities themselves have admitted as a terrible mistake committed by UNMISS. It should be understandable that South Sudanese have right to protest wrong doing by UNMISS.

Surprisingly, the UN is planning to scale down UNMISS duties in the country due to this incident. Withholding necessary training or depriving government of South Sudan of training necessary for nation building is a deployed punishment that will not help South Sudan recover quickly but would surely affect its functions instead.

Since UNMISS authority agreed to stay in the country, it is logical for it to continue its mission and duties in good faith to help South Sudanese build their nation.

In actual sense, South Sudanese are not against UNMISS, as an organization, but with individuals running the affairs of UNMISS in the country that have, apparently, inclined to doing shady deals that would potentially destabilize the country more.

Therefore, the United Nations should instead continue offering its invaluable services needed in the country, meanwhile investigate accusations and concerns raised by government of South Sudan for benefit of doubts and as well works in rebuilding good relationship with South Sudanese civil population in order for it to function in a conducive and productive atmosphere in the country.

The United Nations has peace keepers all over the global and mistakes, like one made in South Sudan, could potentially fuel any conflict anywhere not only in South Sudan.

Morris Kuol Yoll is a concerned South Sudanese Canadian. He could be reached at:

Massive Conflict & Misuse of Resources in South Sudan

BY: Manyok Mabiei, CHICAGO, USA, MAR/22/2014, SSN;

Massive-conflict and misuse of resources in South Sudan is beyond repairs. South Sudan is a well-known as a country that ranks in the oil production countries in the world as well as one of the more productive countries. It is a diverse country with differences in religious beliefs including Christians, Muslims and others. Even though the country’s main language is English – a remainder of British colonial rule including 64 tribes with different dialects.

In fact, 64-tribes were not a root cause of massive conflict in South Sudan. There are even hundreds of hundreds of tribes from the neighboring countries like Kenya, Uganda, North Sudan, and Ethiopia had multiple tribes more than South Sudan, but there is a less conflict in their backyards.

The problem was enrooted from President Kiir leadership style the way he handling the nation through the absence of law in South Sudan as the root causes of this mass-conflict in the nation. It is a good idea to tell the facts, rather than foretells or admits them, when we are not alive.

This refers to those who think upside-down that the root cause of mass-conflict was fueled through tribal theory rather than blame current leadership style.

As well as some of us know that South-Sudan is divided between three major regions includes Great Upper Nile, Great Bhar-el-Ghazel, and Great Equatoria regions hosting the indigenous people of Republic of South Sudan. This mean a nation is well diverse with difference lifestyle of cultural rice in all three regions where people live in.

But this mass-conflict forces thousands of thousands of the Great Upper Nile civilians to leave South Sudan to the neighboring countries.

More importantly, what causes the challenges most people talk as an issue is corruption and power struggle, which are caused an ever growing massive-conflict beyond unrepaired and unrecovered in the nation in three months.

Well, some of the citizens judge things through their tribal perspectives rather than think deeply what will be the future of South Sudan, while we know that there is no anyone will come from nowhere to turn the system of South Sudan. This means same citizens who destroy it will do it again.

Massive-conflict is disappointed some of the citizens without considered themselves as they were not part of the nation identity. As well some of the citizens considered themselves as tribe identity, which is another root cause of mass conflict. Well, the rights and freedoms of individuals and groups enshrined as their rights should be respected, which can promote dignity for all in the nation.

However, my concern on this challenging is to remark the problems faced by the citizens of the South-Sudan. For sure, there are things affecting this nation including corruption, violence, and misuse of resources in South-Sudan. All these factors cause hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese with pride of hopeless to recovering from mass conflict in the nation they were fought for in two decades.

Some of the problems facing the nation, like bad policies in the country, have resulted in mass conflict among the citizens and government officials without deliver the good systems.

The vast majority of the citizens from the South-Sudan are poor and neglected from current leadership, while they are suffering from internal security and external security. This inequality and mishandle the root cause why the citizens react violently against those in charge – which shows the weakness inherent in the leadership style in the government.

More to the points, the citizens are struggle to gear an uphill battle for themselves – violently and politically through government – with poor system. The citizens and leadership are facing beyond unrepair, while it will take many years to build the confidents in this mass-conflict.

Specifically, citizens of this nation are suffering from misguide leadership that misuse the resources and abuse of power, which is dynamic towards the ongoing violence in the nation. This massive conflict, which is ongoing in South Sudan, was over fueled for those who struggle for powers, who misconstrue the nation in toward the unsafe direction.

I believe it will took the Republic of South Sudan some months and years to rebuild the truth among citizens from such kind of massive violence to get normal life. Nothing like you have a nation even though you’re alive in foreign countries, then you still have a sense of the nation to be proud that means you have a land.

But, what we recognized in current leadership style leading the nation behind sense of hopeless like they think they will leave nation tomorrow and others will come to rebuild the nation.

Since referendum and independence of South Sudan nearly 10years from now there was ongoing corruption and mismanagement of resources in the South-Sudan has existed for a long period of time and it has never ended. The leaderships have more benefits privately, while the rest of the citizens are facing uncovering system that led the nation toward the massive violence at the moment.

These dark days of this current leadership as the root cause to promote violence and misuse of revenues in South Sudan. The main issue in the South-Sudan is ignorance through mismanagement of the resources through government system – which remains as apart of massive conflict, in need of great attention to community’s leaders and world leaders to take action.

This is a big challenge, which exemplifies the corruption rampant in the government that leading the nation beyond unrepair’s. For example, the nation has remained poor nearly decade, since oil money and have become increasingly, while the nation never built some of important government properties.

The suffering from South Sudanese due to mishandle the nation issues, which forced the nation to massive violence. There are lack of several things – education, roads, bridges, jobs, and other necessities.

President Kiir and his administration controls over all subsurface of the resources, as well as they seem they are masters of land nearly decade, without shows the direct to connect between the citizens and the economic well-being of the civilians in the nation. This means (or should) that all issues in South-Sudan will/should inevitably become national mass beyond unrepair.

More importantly, the mass-conflict in the South-Sudan stems from the top such as the problems with the current leadership style without end the conflict. The tensions that have developed in the nation were caused by leadership in South Sudan and the misappropriation of revenues in the country – which have no interests for the people of South Sudan.

Broadly, leadership regime government has failed to resolve this massive crisis in country. There is a deep distrust in the leadership without concerning the government system and they feel less among local populations. So, from Juba leaderships cares little toward the venerable civilians who were displaced in their living homes.

In this massive conflict related to leadership control powers in the South, and the economy in general, is the intense competition for political gain. For example, politicians use their communities as the tools of political gain and that cause the massive conflict in nation.

This implies that massive conflicts and aggressive violence’s in the South Sudan is exert any negative effect on the national economy and local compasses of all South Sudan, and means that the government is turning a blind eye to massive violence in some of the states, especially the Great Upper Nile simply because they can gain what they needed.

This massive conflict affected the Great Upper Nile than other regions in South Sudan, while the Upper Nile region is most supplies of resource to support the South Sudan to survive through the oil revenues, but without that region the nation couldn’t survive.

The exploitation of leadership in the South-Sudan as a power struggle shows how deprivation, injustice and massive conflict will still continue in months and years to come. If the government can’t accept the peaceful dialogues and rejects military solution as wining point. There will be long process toward peace if the government from Juba Government and Rebel Forces will not agree in one point on time.

I believe if the government implement the good system there will be a chance to resort to mass violence and vandalism on time. The citizens of the South Sudan are an oppressed and exploited people, but it is hard for them to win the battle of good leadership.

How, to resolve the South Sudan mass conflicts that require far greater commitment on the part of the citizens and leaders who led the country. This means that the leadership from Juba and Rebel must operate fairly and transparently in the South-Sudan, with visible benefits to the local population within the areas.

Without serious and sustainable reforms to the country, the massive violence in the South Sudan will not end in short period of time. It will only increase more than we expected from now onward, before we reach an election in 2015, there will be more violence in even in oilfield as the rebel interest target point to weaken the government.

If President Kiir has a good heart he should avoid not listen to those who advise him through the negative agendas of winning a mass conflict through military solution. And he can make a good decision to step down if he loves his nation to recover from mas- conflict. I believe that it almost time to run out of possibility options like some others concern citizens’ concerns in this mass conflict in the South Sudan.

The government of South-Sudan needs to implement a better system to run the nation and avoid a massive crisis that affect the normal civilians who have nothing do with government system.

There are some of ordinary citizen’s needs only a good security from government like civilians who were chased away in recently crisis from their living places in Jonglei, Upper Nile, and Unity State.
It is very rare from some of the citizens to trust governmental system that shows less care towards their rights – in other words, their leaders in the Juba system as self-profits. The citizens will trust the government when a genuine system is enabled that treats the whole nation with better system to all compasses of South Sudan.

Finally, this require the citizens and active leaders of Southern-Sudan to work together to solve this massive conflict on time and to prevent dynamic corruption and mass violent toward beyond unrepair’s and recover.

I don’t believe in a theory your right should be negotiates by countries, while the South Sudan citizens were casted their votes for separation against North through the oppressor and limit of their rights.

By Manyok Mabiei who is currently in Chicago, IL and he can be reach He is a concern citizen in term of humanity and against destructors. He is a one of the SPLA-Chapter Founders in Chicagoland as a leader and Former Red-Army of South Sudan in 1987.

Fresh divisions stalk, make or break Juba peace talks

BY: FRED OLUOCH, (from The East African), MAR/09/2014, SSN,

*The EastAfrican has learnt that mediators of Igad have convinced some of the Troika countries — the US, UK and Norway — that their initial preference of an interim government could breed more conflict, and are now fine-tuning a plan to work with President Kiir to initiate political reforms.
*The peace roadmap contains, among other things, proposed reform of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) structures and management style, a review of the constitution and modalities for the scheduled April 2015 elections, with clear times lines on when they are supposed to be realised;

The third session of the South Sudan peace talks set to begin on March 20 is facing fresh challenges following growing suspicions in Juba that the proposed peace roadmap could limit President Salva Kiir’s powers.

The EastAfrican has learnt that mediators of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) have convinced some of the Troika countries that their initial preference of an interim government could breed more conflict, and are now fine-tuning a plan to work with President Kiir to initiate political reforms.

The peace roadmap contains, among other things, proposed reform of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) structures and management style, a review of the constitution and modalities for the scheduled April 2015 elections, with clear times lines on when they are supposed to be realised.

Initially, the Troika — the US, UK and Norway — were in favour of an interim government excluding both President Kiir and his rival Dr Riek Machar.

But Igad mediators and regional countries have been against the idea on the grounds that it could worsen the situation because the South Sudan army is made up of many former militia groups who could take advantage of the vacuum to curve out regions for themselves.

As a result, there will be a meeting between Igad diplomats and those from Troika on March 18 in Addis Ababa to discuss these proposals and take a common position ahead of the third session of the talks.

On Thursday, the 25th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Igad Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa authorised the deployment of a Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF) by mid-April 2014 as part of its monitoring and verification mechanism in South Sudan.

READ: East African leaders gather for South Sudan crisis summit

The summit also agreed that all Igad member states be accorded observer status and be allowed to participate in ongoing negotiations and the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM).

The leaders urged parties to the South Sudan conflict to comply fully with the Cessation of Hostilities (COH) Agreement and its implementation modalities, as proof of their political will and commitment to end the war.

They are also pushing the Juba government to release the four remaining detainees, in accordance with the Status of Detainees Agreement signed on January 23.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who chaired the summit said: “We should say ‘no’ to spoilers who are not interested in peace. … We should all bear in mind that negotiations are about readiness to give and take.”

However, sources in Addis Ababa revealed that the US is still insisting that Ugandan troops leave South Sudan if any meaningful political solution is to be found.

Some of the proposals have not been received well in Juba, where there is growing suspicion that some Western powers are keen on seeing the exit of President Kiir by trying to impose conditions that would not be accepted to his government. The exit of Ugandan forces would leave President Kiir exposed.

These suspicions, combined with the discovery of United Nations trucks transporting arms to rebel held areas, saw Vice President James Wani Igga accuse Western governments of offering aid with strings attached and with hidden agenda to undermine recipient countries.

While analysts agree that President Kiir had been applying a military approach in the management of party affairs, his supporters argue that management of SPLM is an internal affair and that disputes within the party cannot be settled through the imposition of views by outsiders.

John Andruga Duku, a former South Sudan head mission in Kenya argued that outsiders can only give constructive ideas but cannot impose implementation because every country is peculiar and to try and impose solutions that worked in other countries may not work.

“We are getting concerned that some countries are trying to apply the Kenyan and Zimbabwe (that faced election disputes) solutions in South Sudan. South Sudan did not have disputes over elections but is facing a full-blown rebellion that needs different solutions,” said Mr Duku.

He argued that one of the reasons why there is violation of Cessation of Hostilities agreement of January 23 is because Igad has been lacking the financial and technical capacity to deploy robust monitoring team, which has given opportunity for those against the agreement to try and seek more territories.

The Nuer Massacre: I am alive, not dead

BY: J. Nguen, CANADA, MAR/15/2014, SSN;

It is now official that 6,430 innocent Nuer civilians were killed in Juba between December 15th & 19th 2013 by Dinka militias. Among them were children, women, and elderly. They all perished in the hands of their own countrymen and not Arabs.

They were butchered for no other reason than being Nuer ethnic group. This is the fact and the world is aware of it. Anyone of Nuer background dead or alive falls perfectly into this category according to some Dinka killers.

It didn’t matter to them whether a Nuer has different political party or political philosophy or not, you are licensed to be killed because you are Nuer.

It doesn’t matter whether a Nuer is/was a Salva Kiir’s staunched supporter or not, she/he deserved to dies no matter what. Nothing has helped and the sole mission of the killers was simple, to do away with Nuer at all cost.

For example, innocent Nuer’s children, women, men and elderly were rounded up and sent (killed) to heaven or hell for no apparent crime committed.

As things stands, the massacre of the Nuer ethnic group in Juba by Kiir Mayardit’s Dinka militias remains one of the vicious, ruthless, merciless and cruel killings ever happened in South Sudan history since its creation.

Many writers called it Nuer massacre; while others labelled it as heartless genocide. Whatever one calls it, it remains one of the vicious and regrettable summarily execution of Nuer gentle souls.

There was no single Nuer Soul spared by the Dinka killers. They killed whoever they found. Therefore, those who still deny the massacre were in fact the killers and Hitler like associates. They deserves nothing in return.

In the midst of the massacre, over 38, 000 or more Nuer civilians ran for their dear lives and are now taking refuge at the UNMISS’ compounds in Juba. The same development happened in Bentiu, Malakal and Bor where Nuer and some Dinka civilians were killed in their thousands in the md of chaos.

Those Nuer who escaped death in Leer, Mayom, Koch, Guit, Mayendit, Rubkona and Panyjiar, Unity State are now residing in the bush without food and safe drinking water.

Evidence showed UNHCR has not been able to help or made efforts reaching out to these suffering souls. If UN did it is secret, yet to be known. If they did and failed, it might have been the fact it was blocked by Kiir’s government in name of insecurity.

Regardless, this is a regrettable failure on UNHCH’s part. The UNHCH’s mandate is to reach out to the dying civilians affected by the conflicts.

South Sudan is no exception and United Nations would have acted to fulfill its mandate to alleviate the suffering people regardless of Kiir’s government murderous position.

As I write, civilians are dying in their hundreds of thirst and hunger in their hideouts in Unity State. As far as death toll and displacement are concerned, UNMISS has placed the death toll at 10, 000 and whereas more than 930, 000 persons reported displaced.

The death toll is more than what was estimated and so is the displaced.

Despite this extraordinary tragedy, some people still claim that there is a nation of South Sudan where nationhood can be cherished and protected when in fact there is none.

There is no functioning nation in South Sudan. There is no State government but Dinka tribe institution on vicious rampant and manic state.

In a nutshell, the Nuer massacre has not stopped in Juba and other parts of the country. It is indescribable and still happening every day in disguise of safeguarding failed national interest, which isn’t there, after the fact.

Sad thing is however, killers often dance. They dance after they slaughtered Nuer men, children, women and elderly in cold blood.

For instance, the killers danced after they killed innocent Nuer civilians in Bentiu and Leer town and this is the link to prove my point.

Gravely, the triumphant in killers’ faces resembled the euphoria that ensued people after moon landing out of space during Apollo expedition. Sad! I never see people celebrating death of their own countrymen and women than Dinka killers.

The killers also danced when they deployed cluster bombs against Nuer civilians. What a shame on a dying nation!

Despite the untold suffering and senseless loss of innocent lives, I must remind Nuer remnants that the killers did not kill us all: I am alive, not dead.

To those who are celebrating innocent Nuer lives lost, you are evil beings. You deserve nothing but the same pains you enforced on Nuer. But rest assured, in hell or heaven, you will flatly fail in your senseless mission.

In term of written records, henceforward, I must assure my readers that I will not rest. I will continue to write about the Nuer massacre and that of others until I am no more. This is my honest pledge to all fallen heroes and heroines.

On March 5th, 2014, unarmed Nuer men and women were showered with live bullets and killed in cold-blood by Dinka militias once again.

The perpetrators cheaply placed the death toll at 5 yet more than hundred unarmed Nuer civilians were butchered.

Sadly, some were drag out of their hideouts akin to that of December 15th, 2013 massacre. Then, the victims were shots short range in the heads. The Killing was blamed on the soldiers’ payment issue which wasn’t true after all.

Thanks to eyewitnesses and abundant technology in our disposal. TRUTH has come out regardless.

Among the dead was General Gatwech Gai from Pangak Nuer. Sadly, Gen. Gai died in the hands of his own masters. Good to know that he was a die-hard failed Salva Kiir Supporter. Pathetic!

It is pathetic that Gen. Gai has died because he was Nuer even though he wholeheartedly fought alongside Salva Kiir’s government forces in Bor and helped them recaptured the town from the rebel.

Gen. Gai was hacked to death despite his selfless support to Kiir’s cause of Nuer extinction. I feel bad for this man poor’s soul though I detested his blurred thinking for not being realistic and forthcoming.

The fact is there is a lesson to be learned here. The lesson we learned is no matter how much one wanted to please the failed Dinka’s institutions and government, there are some satanic characters within who are bent to end your life no matter what.

On February 1st, 2014, after the dysfunctional cessation of hostility signed in Addis Abba, Ethiopia in January 23rd, 2014, Leer, Dr. Riek’s birth place was attacked and captured by pro- Kiir’s troops with the backing of the SPLM- N and Justice for Equality Movement (JEM).

Leer was ransacked and completely destroyed by pro- government soldiers. For instance, Leer’s hospital which existed for more 35 years and surrounding villages all were torched to the ground. Please see the report here:

Frankly speaking, Leer has no operational importance than being a Dr. Riek’s birthplace. Its people have nothing to do with political madness in Juba then and now.

Some chiefs who refused to run for their dear lives were thrown to make-ship jails and were subsequently executed on March 5th, 2014.

The chiefs were all from Dok Nuer. Their names are Chief, Nhial Chakuoth Malek, sub-chief, Machek Ninrew Lieh and Chief, Gajang Gai Machar. The chiefs did not commit any crime than being Nuer.

This murderous act is rampant and out of control. Crimes punishable by hanging where there is rule of law are being committed in broad daylight against Nuer, while the rest of South Sudanese 62 tribesmen and women remained onlookers.

They shamelessly turn blind eyes on their own fellow citizens and watch them being killed by insane beings without saying enough. What a nation!

Evidence showed that some of the 62 tribesmen and women who are currently not being targeted by Dinka militias were blindfolded and falsely made to believe that there are good citizens and South Sudan belongs to them.

Out of this hopeless deceit, three arms of Equatorians’ youth have been mobilized and placed into various military training camps in the name of the national army.

While unknowingly, these youth are being trained to protect nothing short of Dinkanization of South Sudan.

The same tactic is underway among various minority tribes across South Sudan. Some people are being mobilizes falsely in the name of nationhood, yet, such a nationhood doesn’t exists.
Few facts to note contradicting nationhood naivety!
Do you know that 7 out of 9 appointed South Sudan Supreme Court judges are Dinka? In a nutshell, there was one Equatorian which after appointment was vilified, shamed and removed through uncounseled presidential decree for being smartest than her claimed bosses.
One Nuer, Judge Gatwech who also headed the dysfunctional anticorruption commission. Mr. Gatwech is now rotting in one of the UNMISS’ compounds in Juba because he was almost killed by Dinka’s militias during Juba Nuer massacre.
Now, tell me who is running this dysfunctional South Sudan’s Supreme Court? Dinka men who are led by none other than a junior judge Mr. Chan from Warrap, state where President Salva Kiir Mayardit hailed. Tell me, if this is your South Sudan government that you are about to die for?
Take South Sudan internal security agent and all its affiliates. The South Sudan Intelligent and Security Services runs by a Dinka man, Akol Kor as its director. All five personalities running this murderous organization are Dinka, four of which are from Bhar el Ghazal (head and deputy from Warrap and third man in line is from Lake) and other from Jonglei. Tell me, where are the rest of South Sudanese tribesmen and women if this is our country? How does this make you feel? Don’t you feel robbed, betrayed and marginalized or not?
Take again South Sudan’s foreign affair and diplomatic core. Among the eighty diplomats appointed and 67 out of 80 are Dinka. Nineteen out of the 21 diplomats deployed are Dinka. Guess what! There are also deployed in the most well to do countries and institutions which include USA, Norway, China, Russia, France, UK, German, Japan, Malaysia, India, UN, World Bank, IMF, EU, and Sudan… etc.
Again, where are the rest of 63 South Sudan tribes if South Sudan government is yours? Beside, where is the nationhood here, where you can be proud of and ready to protect? Do you now really see yourself in a nation where you blindly called yours?
Consider the financial district of Juba (banks, customs, chambers of commerce, and business community) and natural resources. There is no single other tribe man or woman in these institution. Dinka controlled these institutions from cleaners (tail) to heads. Look, where are you? Where do you see yourself in the nation building?
Finally, take immigration, police departments and military. Three men who take decisions on matters related to immigration are all Dinka. These men decide whether one should leave and be granted an entry to South Sudan or not. They decide would smuggle money out without being check.
This madness doesn’t stop there! All seven men who runs police department are all Dinka. They decide on matters regarding killing together with security apparatus. These people decide who should be beat up, left to die or thrown behind bars without due process. Is this really your South Sudan you are made to believe or you envisioned?
Last not least is the military. You know it and I need not to tell you anything about its operations and do on the daily basis. One thing to note though, you have seen Mr. Malaak Ayuen and Mr. Philip Aguer talking to you in Dinka dialect on supposed South Sudan national Television as if all South Sudanese are Dinka. What do you make of this?
I hope I jerked your memories and if you are a sane being, I am certain that you will revisit your elusive perceptions about South Sudan state of affairs. I left that you to decide.
Way forward
Despite all these inconveniences, sadly, some Dinka are not satisfied. They still think they can kill and grab other peoples’ lands as they pleased. Besides, good to note that some Dinka are also victims too. Those who spoke the truth and against self-driven hatred were either killed or exiled for good. Some Dinka communities have been marginalized too and told to shut up or else.
It’s sad to mention that fools have managed to drive South Sudan into abyss and divided it along tribal lines. However, the painful truth is, their system is set up to fail. My message to all of you is time has come for meaningful change. Your staying on the sidelines is not helping or shaping your long term survival or our survival as a nation. We must collectively grasp this opportunistic time to ensure better change.
Let the Nuer’s spilled blood bring down forces of tyranny because you will be next if you do not act now. Let’s demand a collective change and we shall collectively establish a platform where no single tribe in South Sudan has an upper hand over than others. Embrace a platform where no one deserves maltreatment or subjected to mistreatment. An environment where no single tribe is a bully, subjecting smaller tribes to unnecessary marginalization. A nation where smaller tribes shall have the same says as big ones.
A nation where killers are called by their rightful names and made to accept that the Nuer massacre in Juba rather than boring us with irrelevant rhetoric that some Dinka were also killed too in Bor, Akobo, Bentiu and Malakal, yet we are all aware that these and if any, were resultant of the Nuer Juba massacre.

J. Nguen is a South Sudanese living in Canada. He can be reached at nyolgaar@yahoo.con

Kiir’s vitriolic campaign against UNMISS

BY: Dr. Peter Kopling, South Sudan, MAR/14/2014, SSN;

President Kiir has launched a dirty campaign against United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the same UN that supports him through thick and thin. The UNMISS, because of their presence, prevented Rwanda style genocide and Now Kiir wants them out, one then is forced to ask what is Kiir after?

In what way is UNMISS mission to serve, saving and protecting lives not helping Kiirs course?

In Bahr El Ghazal, youth and students affiliated with SPLA ruling party have issued ultimatum of 72 hour for the worlds respected body to vacate the State or else will be evicted by force. Though it remains unclear how the youth will evict such powerful world authority.

It must be pointed out here that such threats must not be taken lightly given the UN has already regrettably lost lives on our soil!

How can we turn against our very lifeline? It must be pointed out that the kiir government is using the sole channel of communication in the country, the South Sudan TV, to propagate their vitriolic agenda against the UNIMISS.

This is the classic functioning of a dictator, the likes of Omar El Bashir, Sadam Hussein.. etc, mobilizing their poor to demonstrate in the streets against the West, how well has Kiir learned his dictatorship lesson just in eight years!

In Juba Vice president James Wani Igga led the SPLA youth league rally on Monday in late John Garang Mausoleum. Our youth were blindly mobilized by the President and vice president, to chant slogans like “go away Hilda Johnson”.

Though many people in South Sudan in the past viewed Hilda Johnson as a very close friend to Kiir, how this is now turned on its head.

Since the December 15 2013 Juba Massacre, the relationship between the UMMISS and the government of south Sudan is strained.

It is reported that the information minister Michael Makuei went as far as wiretapping the phone calls of Hilda Johnson and other UNMISS top officials in the country.

The most embarrassing thing for Kiirs government happened when the interior Minister Makuei was denied access into the UN compound in Benitue with his entourage of armed soldiers and video cameras; shamelessly he came back to Juba and reported maliciously, and twisted the report to Kiir that UN is running a paralleled administration on top of that of Kiir in Juba.

The issue here is not that Kiir doesn’t like UNMISS and is not that UNMISS is running a paralleled administration or government on top of a government as suggested by Kiir’s parrots, the likes of the Vice president, but rather, Kiir seems to be addicted to tendency of intimidating anyone who disagreed with him.

Kiir and his cabinet have accused the UNMISS for not condemning what the President called a failed coup attempt masterminded by his former vice president Dr Riek Machar, and his colleagues who oppose Kiir and want to see more reforms within the SPLA ruling party.

Since UNMISS did not buy these lies and seemed to have different view from Kiir, thus the only way for Kiir to deal with the world body is to tarnish them by labeling them as siding with the rebels.

Does this surprise anyone who truly understands the modus operandi of this government?

Is this not the very same tactic he used against Team Riek who had different views than him and he turned around and used the incident of his very own illegal militias infighting to blackmail, but also eliminate those opposed to him by either assassinations or imprisonments?

His reactions to dissent, opposing view seems to eliminate, kill and imprison, rather than listen, negotiate and compromise!

This being the case, is it any surprise then that he is putting more efforts in executing the war rather than the peace in Addis Ababa?

Is it any wonder then that he is now mobilizing simple and poor citizens of South Sudan Who benefited tremendously from the World body to kick out UNMISS?

It should surprise no keen observer that this is how Kiir operates against those who disagree with him.

It should worry every citizen of South Sudan that, If those who fought with him for 21 years, those who watched his back like Pagan Amun, or the very Matriarch of our land, Rebecca Nyandeng, could be smeared and accused of a coup, and now the latest victim is none other than the World’s very respected body, then who are you and who is me that will be spared by Kiir?

Is there therefor anyone safe in South Sudan with this Kiir government?

So the UNIMISS must stick to its gun and not leave our country at the mercies of this irrational government.

It is clear here that the UNMISS was playing its role responsibly though being a victim. It is reported that those UN deaths occurred in the hands of the Rebels and yet now the UN is being accused of supporting the Rebels?

And this is unfortunate because it puts the lives of the UNMISS personals at risk, given the nature of Kiir’s Militia and the massacre they carried in Juba.

Why is Kiir fomenting animosity against UNMISS that can cause lives?

The constant negative campaign brought by Kiir against UNMISS has got nothing to do with what UN is doing in South Sudan. Kiir and his top cabinets members feel since UN is hosting in the UNMISS Camps some highly wanted Nuer whom Kiir’s government accused of being pro rebels.

By forcing UN out of the country, those wanted Nuer military men who have sought refuge in the UNMISS will be left without any protection and surely will be executed and definitely more massacre of the Nuer Women and Children.

This is at the center of the government mischievous maneuvers to bring all sorts of accusation against UNMISS.

This was the plan behind kiir’s security forces destroying the toilet/latrine pits and bathing places located outside the UN compound in Juba, which housed more than 25,000 Neur Civilians since 15 December 2013.

If UNMISS had all these years not seen this dark side of Kiir, blackmailing his opponents to rid them, I say to the UNMISS, welcome to Kiir’s South Sudan, You are now all true South Sudan, Free range for Kiir and his Cronies.

Just as many analysts pointed out, indeed on 12 March it came to light that the alleged convoy marked for carrying UN humanitarian relief materials and later on found to be carrying guns was government plan to bring more accusation on UN.

The guns and other military materials were said to have been inserted in the trucks by South Sudan security personals to fabricate and implicate the world body in the Civil war so as to Kick them out of South Sudan.

This is so as to have a free range for massacre. If Kiir can demand UNMISS, who have not been involved in Direct fire power with him, to leave the country, why then will he expect less from Riek and teams, when they demand Uganda who is actively on the frontline but also in the air dropping cluster bombs and killing fellow countrymen in our sovereign territories to leave?

What Hypocrisy in Kiir’s part!

It seems additionally the main issue here also is, the UNMISS likely is getting too close to finding out that Kiir indeed committed genocide in Juba, Kiir therefor wishes UNMISS out of South Sudan, to eventually be replaced by his IGAD buddies who will bury his sins to avoid ICC.

This is one of the core reasons of him turning against the UNMISS, who likely are finally telling him things as they are.

If the UNMISS is forced out of the country will the government be able to fill the vacuum left by the UN in South Sudan?

This is a crippled government desperate, searching for solution to hang to power; my mere advice is that Kiir should instead turn to UN for the most needed basic support.

South Sudan cannot even run its own budget until UN chief Ban Mon, appointed a special economist to do the budgeting for the country beside that all the running schools and hospitals in the country are directly funded by UN agencies and other humanitarian organization.

Therefore South Sudan launching this useless campaign war against the UN is like a small child of 10 years telling his parents, I want you to give me my freedom and independence to move away from home.

This is a suicidal mission for this child and if the UN indeed were to pull out of the country this will pave way for Kiir to massacre more Nuer people and anyone who will oppose him.

All responsible People of South Sudan instead should urge the world bodies to exert more pressure on Kiir to leave the World body alone to carry on with their mandate to serve and save lives in South Sudan as they are now doing.

Kiir is naïve and lacks wisdom to rule a country and behave responsibly in the world communities, and he doesn’t have any peaceful ways to resolve indifference between him and the people whose views are different from his.

All this is a sign that Kiir is very badly handicapped and disadvantaged by feelings of insecurity due to his limited educational achievements.

We have seen leaders like him before throughout Africa and other countries in Asia. For such a leader to survive, they resort to repression, oppression, imprisonment of opponents and antagonizing the World bodies.

Unfortunately those surrounding him do not tell him the truth for the fear of loosing their livelihood and lives making this disease incurable, they pump up his ego rather than telling him the truth. So Kiir is doomed.

In conclusion, the blame and unrelenting campaign launched by Kiir against the UN is baseless, and it just reckless and utter nonsense.

This will not help the country from moving forward, instead it will place us in awkward position in the world stage and risk more lives.

Kiir yet again is acting irrational, irresponsible and we need someone to tell him the truth. He now is the exact carbon copy of the system in the former Sudan he spent his entire adult life fighting.

The UNMISS needs to know, we the Ordinary people of South Sudan, who are the majority, need you to stay and do not leave us in the Mouth of the Lion, no matter how loud he roars!

Why leave South Sudan, only to see us again in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, CAR and Sudan?

Dr Peter Kopling.

He who maintains Silence in the face of evil, condones it.

South Sudan: Kiir’s Dictatorial Leadership mixed with Tribalism

BY: Yien Lam, RSS, MAR/10/2014, SSN;

Since the helicopter crash that took the life of Dr. John Garang in 2005, South Sudan leadership slipped into autocratic way of governing, in which nobody knew about it but only party insiders.

This rivalry became intensified and burst into almost a full crisis in 2008 when the president was about to remove the general secretary and his vice-president at the same time as he just did in past July of 2013.

So, everything became tense within the party. When he saw how bad it was, he reinstated them into their positions in which resulted into running mate model in 2008.

At that point in time, things were loosely done in last eight years due to the president heeding not the advice given to him by his vice due to fiction within the party till the Vice president announced his intention to run for the SPLM leadership in May 2013.

As a matter of fact, this became the trigger of catastrophe that our country is facing today. It lighted all wires that the incompetent president and his likes may have reserved to get rid of Dr. Riek Machar and his group.

As the man began his dictatorial job, he started it off by heeding clandestine plan from his sycophants with the intention to eliminate top Nuers generals who were connected to the vice president.

He did so and then promoted his lower loyal officers in pretext of corruption in the military ranks.

In this matter, the President sidelined the supposed-to-be-promoted senior officers who were also deployed as well as retiring majority of them as planned.

As mentioned above, President promoted the lower officers to the heads of their Nuer comrades.

Intriguingly, as a result, the Kiir’s kin or loyal men who’re supposed to retire as expected by the public according to the president were instead promoted and given official jobs.

The sole examples of these are the current Inspection-General, Pieng Deng, as well as current governor of Lakes state, Matur Chut.

None of the Nuer senior officers within the same group were promoted. What does that mean to you as Southerners? Should the head of the family treat his kids like that?

If so, should the family as such continue to survive if its head acts as such? In my view, a family as such would earn the benefit of doubt if not total failure.

In my opinion, a head of family should treat everyone the same. Favoring one and deserting another would only create disunity within such family.

As a matter of fact, when the president saw there was no reaction as his sycophants have thought it should, he then stripped all the power that he initially gave him as his vice.

From that point on, the president had given the stripped portfolio known as National Reconciliations and Healings to Rev. Bishop Deng Bol.

If you carefully look at this assignment, it was not fair for the president to hand pick Rev. Deng Bol again because he in fact did not succeed in Jonglei state that he headed the same title between its communities.

In my view, however, this job should have been given to Chuol Rambang that he the president himself chose as Peace and Reconciliation Commission in South Sudan. Should that not be a reasonable person for it?

To me, it should. Because he needs his own way to control his opponent, he chose not to do so for the sake of peace.

Nonetheless, president did not stop there. He persistently postponed the SPLM Convention that was supposed to take place in May of 2013.

The dogged postponements were intended to know Pro- Machar supporters within the party in order to isolate them.

In a nutshell, in the party partial convention, the unheeded disagreement emerged when the president proposed and demanded show of hands voting as opposed to the secret ballot in convention.

He stressed that the voting process in the 3rd National Convention must be by show of hands which was undemocratic in nature as well as in principle.

But the president has demanded it anyway in order to know exactly who was on his side and who wasn’t. One cannot find this method of voting in any country in world.

The secret voting method is the only way around the world since its introduction in various countries in the globe.

But this seems not to be the case in kiir’s South Sudan. He wanted to change the meaning of secret ballot into his advantage. This was the breaking point for the man to be known openly by other within the party.

This step has changed him from the normal way of running democratic system to a terrible U turn. A person claiming to be democratically elected cannot demand such a thing when we are telling the truth.

Not only that, Kiir had also demanded the SPLM party to handpick at least 5% of delegations out of 100 from each ten states of South Sudan.

This was intended by kiir’s circle to give him a leeway to wield his absolute power on those who oppose him in the party.

However, kiir did not halt there as expected. He continues what his sycophants planned for him as to get right of Dr.Riek Machar in which they now secretly regretted even though I did not speak to them directly.

I know it. They did so by dissolving the whole government to prevaricate on the public while they purposely did it in order to get rid of Dr.Riek Machar.

In this sense though, Dr. Riek did not react as negatively as he could. He mistakenly thought democratic principles would work on his behalf, in which I truly doubt in Kiir’s South Sudan.

Finally, the kiir’s’ dictatorial last u-turn was the political bureau meeting in which did not go well. As the result of it, Kiir has planned to arrest those who were against him by all means.

Within that, kiir ordered his loyalists to disarm the Nuers soldiers within the integrating units of the SPLA within Republican guards as they call it and that was where the fight started and partially controlled.

The next day, Kiir did strategic mistake by declaring the curfew that led to the death of innocent Nuers on the 15th of December.

The death of all those innocents people happened because kiir and his likes were defeated politically by Dr. Riek Marchar’s team that was why he created the mess in wanting Machar to say something related to coup as he finally had it, and Machar was closely missed of being killed by the regime.

In this scenario, however, if 15th of December was a coup as his regime has portrayed on the media or not, what would be the reason for the government to kill only one ethnic group while there were Bari, shilluk, Dinkas and Nuers within Dr.Riek Machar’s Camp?

The answer is yours. Mine will sincerely be different with yours because if it was a coup or not, innocent Nuers would have not been killed either way.

To be candid though, they were killed simply because of their affiliation with Dr.Riek machar ethnically. That was it.

If that was not the case, Shilluk, Dinka and Bari civilians should have been killed if the definition of the coup has been changed from the military to the civilian as it’s done to the Nuers.

But because it was the smear tactic by the regime to isolate only one ethic group, that did not happen.

Moreover, to make things worse, kiir fused his dictatorial power with tribalism to solidify his tribal base in terms of an economic ascendancy.

Economic monopoly of President’s kin became a reality in South Sudan.

One could have asked him/herself why only kiir’s aggregate of his kin mainly in greater Bhar el Ghazal had whatever it takes to be prosperous than the other groups in the country?

Should that be their smartness than other groups in the country? This may muddle the minds of many. But it would not apply to most, me included because those of Bahr el Ghazal cannot outwit the rest of the country men.

It was because of their accessibility to the country resources due to the power invested in one person.

Not only economic prosperity, public media has been a weapon of choice by the president’s tribal men.

For instance, Malak Ayuen in public relations, Philip Aguer Panyang in military and Ateny Wek Ateny as the secretary of press. What does this tell you as the ordinary South Sudanese?

Do you think there are no others qualified individuals from other 63 tribes in South Sudan who could do such a job?

Finally, South Sudan today is idolizing or revering the people who did not contribute an effort to the cause as heroes because of the regime that heavily investing on the tribal base.

This is happening every day in front of our eyes. These included people like William Deng, Abel Alier, Santino Deng,Bullen Alier and countless other of the regime’s kin.

What did these names do than other South Sudanese? Be the judge and when you analytically look at those names, you will satisfy by yourself and be able to judge the truth.

These mentioned names are always being revered as heroes while sidelining the real heroes that most people know of, such as Joseph Oduho, Joseph Lagu, Both Dieu Samuel Gai Tut and countless others.

These Heroes are supposed to be honored in South Sudan plus theirs if they were fair. But it seems not to be the case in kiir’s nation that is intended to promote his kin rather than the Country’s heroes.

This has only been done by the regime whose power and tribalism had been mixed as the tool to twist the history of South Sudan which will not continue to happen in years to come.

The author is concerned South Sudanese and can be reached at