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Dinkocrats going bananas in Juba on hearing president Obama’s sweeping sanctions!!

By: Justin Ambago Ramba, UK, APR/05/2014, SSN;

Kiir’s minister of misinformation Michael Makuei was reported to have gone bananas on hearing president Obama’s authorization of the “ground sweeping sanctions” against all south Sudan’s warlords in government and in opposition, obviously including both President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Dr Riek Machar.

Makuiei who looks and behaves like someone fresh from the cattle camp is one of the many unpolished characters in Kiir’s current cabinet. A lawyer and judge by profession, there is hardly anything in his crude behaviours to suggest he had even seen a blackboard let alone going to school or holding a degree in Law from Sudan’s prestigious University of Khartoum.

His comments here sums it all:

“In the first place, I don’t know what are the criteria used by him (president Obama) to decide who (whether X or Y) has committed human rights violations or abuses,” he said

“The investigation has not yet started, and based on that investigation, this would have been the most appropriate time for him (Obama) to decide as to who violated and what action should be taken against them,” Makuei continued rambling.

You see, this is the same Michael Makuei who was involved in physical shovels and abusive words with the UNIMISS forces in Bor when his heavily armed guards were refused entry into the UN compound.

Do we really want to be told that this very minister is the first on Obama’s list of people who obstructed the UNMISS duty in South Sudan?

But see how he is reacting now and asking for an investigation to be carried out, as if he is just waking up from a deep sleep, and all that he did was a “sleep walking”.

On the other hand was it not his boss, the South Sudan’s Vice President, James Wani Igga, who addressed the SPLM mob as they demonstrated against the UNMISS in Juba, accusing the UN of being a colonialist organisation?

This is more than a gone case by the way. And we all know that the international community is fully behind Obama’s sanctions.

We also know that it only a matter of time before the remaining Oil production in Poluch, Upper Nile State is brought to a complete halt by the imminent rebel attack on the site.

With these glaring facts, Kiir and his dinkocrats are between a rock and a hard place.

They will have to both choose between using their cows’ dung for fuel, cows’ milk for food and export the cattle hides to fetch them the much needed hard currency.

Or with a local currency in a free fall and an economy that never ever existed, their other alternative will be to continue begging Museveni of Uganda for both food and endless military protection, crowning him as Master of the Dinka and Ruler of the Great Lakes region.

Which is the lesser of two evils, when the choice is in fact between the devil himself and the deep blue sea!

For those you who follow articles on South Sudan, there is a well written piece of Ed/Op under the heading “Kiir should plan his exit strategy: A Citizen’s Concern’s point of view, by: Abraham Deng Lueth, B.S., MPA, Kansas City, MO, USA, APR/03/2014, South Sudan Nation.

This beautifully thought through article, represents the author’s attempt to assist President Kiir with an exit strategy.

However the truth remains that Salva Kiir’s leadership has long been identified by many analysts as a system too deformed to be reformed.

And the only way for Salva Kiir to appreciate what the author has suggested to him is for something dramatic to happen.

As a less humiliating exist strategy after those who stood with the independence of South Sudan are turning their backs to him en masse, our friend’s advice is still not in any way an easy prescription that Kiir can adhere too, nor is it an easy pill for him to swallow.

But at this very advanced stage of his mental confusion, Kiir has obviously repeatedly made many wrong decisions than he had made right ones. It all boils down to his state of mind.

Thus anything new can only make sense to Kiir and his coterie if they underwent mind transplants first.

The truth is that these type of operations are not feasible even in the far future and South Sudan cannot be kept waiting forever when atrocities are being committed everywhere.

Instantly calling it quits after reaching this stage would have been the only logical thing to do.

Yet logic, like common sense, are things that have long left the country the moment these guys came the default rulers in the embattled South Sudan.

Hence, it is impossible for president Kiir to relinquish power voluntarily. Even if he were promised another chance to rule South Sudanese in the next world, he won’t do it.

Voluntarily stepping down is just too much for this dictator’s inner psychic which has long been mal-conditioned to recognise no any other possible successor.

Practically speaking, this dictator has very limited choices and I hope President Barack Obama sees it the way I see it.

To me Salva Kiir and his followers have only two exist strategies to choose from.

To cut a long story short, as things stand now President Kiir can either choose to exit power the Sadaam Hussein’s way or he chooses the Muamar Gadhafi’s way.

There is no any third option left for this dictator after he has caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians!

Dr. JAC Ramba. A voice for the voiceless.

Kiir should plan his exit strategy: A Citizen’s Concern

BY: Abraham Deng Lueth, B.S., MPA, Kansas City, MO, USA, APR/03/2014, SSN;

It has been my position since the very first days of the conflict that there was no coup and that the world has not recognized and will never come back and recognize it and it remains the fact up to now.

While I am so saddened by the conflict, its consequences and on the government of South Sudan for planning it against its people, I would not like to see President Kiir removed in power in an humiliating way.

President Kiir should plan his exit strategy because the conflict literally has forced him out. At this point, what is happening in Addis Ababa is not looking good on him. He needs to be seen as a peacemaker right now for him to leave with dignity, if there will be any, at all.

He needs to loosen up on the G7 participation and release immediately the G4 to join the G7, adopt a government of National Unity as his government position for bringing back peace in which he should be open to give a generous position to Dr. Riek in a power-sharing agreement.

His government needs to stop talking about the conflict and ‘coup’ but focus on peace and reconciliation.

He needs to soften up on holding onto power and resort to saying things like, if the conflict did not erupt, he would have stepped down but he does not want to set that precedence for South Sudan for a leader to be removed by force.

Therefore, as he recognizes that there were mistakes on his side and that Dr. Riek is denying the coup, he needs to open up to a honest peace and hence, a government of national unity to end the crisis.

President Kiir must know that the world community is united against him. That means, even those he thinks that they are his friends, today, can be used against him any time tomorrow.

For example, the newly signed cooperation with Egypt is nothing but a waste of our monies because Egyptian army is almost 50% influenced by the US and if the US and UN are not with him as his government seems to claim, then he is a man on an Island.

South Sudan government needs to stop fooling itself with all these relationships it is trying to forge with other countries in a desperate attempt to secure support from them.

President Kiir seriously needs to focus on South-South dialogues and reach out in a unique way to Riek’s camp.

Otherwise, at the end of the day, the world will unite and support Riek and remove Kiir, something we will all regret.

South Sudanese are also getting tired of the conflict and the continuous stubbornness on the side of the government to bring back peace as proven in the continued detention of the G4 and the unconducive engagements with the rebels and other South Sudanese stakeholders in the talks in Addis.

Many South Sudanese are supporting inclusive dialogues. The government should accept that without delay.

What all parties need to do in the talks is to categorize them into sessions.

We need peace and it must come from us, South Sudanese people. It is necessary for our own survival and well-being as a nation. END

How will the President sell the ‘Division of Jonglei Agreement’ to the people?

BY: Malith Alier, RSS, APR/02/2014, SSN;

How will the President Sell Division of Jonglei agreement (DoJ) with SSDA – Cobra Faction to the people of the three Counties of Bor, Twic East and Duk?

Jonglei State is the sick man of the Republic of South Sudan like the 19th century Turkey used to be in Europe. The damp squib status is directly attributable to the sons and daughters of that State.

The Endemic conflict characterised by cattle raids, child abductions and the present wider conflict that has cracked cleavages for disintegration is too late to halt.

The long awaited march towards emancipation has indeed begun in Pibor County, the home County of a two-time rebel leader, David Yau Yau.

The rest of the restive Counties of Akobo, Ayod, Nyirol and Uror can’t be part of problem/solution because they are involved in a different quest altogether. The ball is now in the court of the staunch supporters of the government in the three Counties of Bor, Twic East and Duk.

There are uncountable instances of the prodigal son in South Sudan since signing of CPA. The rebellions for good and those for no good reasons were staged but all of them ended up in re-integration.

Rewards for high ranks and cosy V8s. And a chance of a lifetime to be part of those who enjoy protocols in ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of South Sudan (BSS).

However, this was no longer the path for the second generation of rebels like David. He had to fight for a State for his people and the vulnerable neighbours.

The Division of Jonglei Agreement (DoJ) was inked in Addis Ababa on the last days of March 2014 and it is the right time now to sell it to the people of Bor, Twic East and Duk Counties who have never asked for anything at gun point yesterday or tomorrow.

Last Saturday, the people of the three Counties rushed to Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba to hear the good news of DoJ from the President himself. However, the President was not well prepared to deliver the news of the coming back of one of the prodigal sons in the country.

Here is what the President will tell the people of the three Counties. The gathering will also be attended by people from other States, diplomatic mission ambassadors, MPs from the concerned Counties and their well wishers. Here we go.

Excellencies,
Honourable MPs,
Ministers from State and national governments,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good afternoon
Your President has received on the 31st of March, 2014, a copy of a preliminary peace agreement with rebels led by one General called David Yau Yau. The agreement reached between government delegations led by the Church leaders is called Division of Jonglei peace agreement (DoJ).

You know in 2010 just one year before the vote for secession, an election was held in April of that year. Many people expressed disappointment claiming that the SPLM rigged it. David Yau was one of those kinds of people.

From theology to elections and to armed rebellion he is a tough man indeed. He was made a “General” in the SPLA when he returned shortly after first rebellion but this was not enough for him.

Some people incited him to leave for Nairobi and into the bush to demand a whole State from the largest State in South Sudan.

Ladies and gentlemen,
The above is the background of David’s rebellion and first steps your government took to make peace with your brothers who disagree with you and me on minor things. George Athor was also in the bush for the same reason as David. They joined forces and the late Athor gave a Faction led by David a name ‘Cobra – Faction.’ That was how he got the name. They were all under SSDA/M or South Sudan Democratic Army/Movement.

As you gather today particularly you the people of three Counties of greater Bor, I have for you and Yau a peace agreement on a silver plate. This peace agreement is for you. It’s for your welfare.

You have been devastated in the past years since commencement of the rebellion. The abduction of your children by the people of David, the cattle raids and the senseless death in the process of those raids will be a thing of the past.

People of the three Counties,
My Government in the past resisted formation of new states and counties on the ground that they will require new line of budget, borrowing from World Bank and IMF included.

Had it not been because of the current Riek Machar’s rebellion, the government would have fully lifted the regime of austerity imposed on the country in 2012. Luckily enough, our oil still flows to the world market but not at 100% like before.

You are the first people in the whole of the country to accept this agreement. I sell it to you before the whole country. Now the new political dispensation gives you more opportunities and freedom you have your own state as well.

This means that Jonglei will be divided in to three states like this. Number one Pibor County makes a State of its own. Two, your three Counties form another State and lastly the greater Akobo which is now occupied illegally is another State. All of this is designed to bring peace to Jonglei and the whole nation.

In specifics, Pibor will have six Counties headed by Commissioners. The six Counties will be headed by someone appointed by the President and is only answerable to the appointing authority i.e. the President of the Republic. You can see now how my powers expand.

What is more important for Pibor is a creation of a special fund to develop the Eastern State. You all know that there is syphilis there which is a major cause of childlessness. Did you know that child abduction and trade thrive because of this?

Pibor County has suffered for centuries and it is now time to rectify that. Your prosperity and justice starts in Pibor.

Great people of the three Counties,
I personally acknowledged that you are the only ones in this State who staunchly support the SPLM Party and government wholeheartedly. This position you have taken has its drawbacks because you will always be the ones who welcome home the prodigal son as in the old Bible. Things like promotion in rank and elevation to Statehood will come last to you. This is the sad fact.

You see the power center is shifting away from you lately. From the beginning the first two State Governors came from you. This has changed in the face of this rebellion. The Governor comes from one of the Counties which are not under the government.

I thought he was going to appoint someone from your sons and daughters but I was wrong. He has appointed Medan from the newest State. Yours now is the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

There are some people who say that my government employs a policy of appeasement. This is not true. It is the poverty in the country that has caused some of these rebellions and chaos.

So what my government does is to give the disgruntled ones livelihoods and comfort… full stop. This is the most effective tool since 2005. The foreign countries approve of it. This is what keeps the country united except this new scenario of David Yau Yau. This is no appeasement.

Ladies and gentlemen,
I am about to conclude this speech with the following;
1. Receive the prodigal sons with level-headedness
2. Open up more space for future prodigals
3. Accept the movement of the centre of power away from you
4. Your State will follow the Pibor lead
5. What you see is one way of more decentralisation and eventual federation in the country
6. Continue your support to the government of the day
7. General elections are coming up in 2015, each of you South Sudanese like I who aspires to become president should get prepared for them.
Thank you all for coming here and God bless you,
President of RSS

Why Equatoria supports an Interim Federal Government & a Federal Constitution

BY: Col. (Rtd). Wani Tombe Lako Lokitari, RSS, MAR/29/29/2014, SSN;

Whether people like it or not, Equatoria is always the political game-changer in the politics of South Sudan (SS). Those who argue that Equatoria must become an innocent and unconcerned spectator while history and the political roadmap of SS are being redone, are gravely mistaken.

Others must not confuse the protection of their constitutional posts, with commensurate financial and other privileges, with the selfless struggle for the comprehensive interests of the downtrodden and poverty ridden peoples of SS.

There are some Equatorians holding constitutional posts and other menial constitutional jobs in the presidency, the states, and other ministries in Juba, who think that because they are happy as individuals and families, and therefore by implication, the rest of Equatoria are also happy.

These detached Equatorian constitutional and other post holders in the Sovereign Republic of South Sudan (SRSS) are but selfish others.

The gallant women, men and youth of Equatoria, in the Diaspora and in the SRSS, must understand that it is grossly misleading to jubilate for being placated by a mere appointment of some inward looking handful of Equatorians into the said constitutional and other posts, in the SRSS.

This placation is then peddled as genuine participation of the peoples of Equatoria in the administration of the SRSS.

When men and women take up constitutional posts and treat them as run-of-the-mill jobs, then society must begin to look for some better men and women who do not treat the said posts as run-of-the-mill regular jobs.

Constitutional posts are service delivery jobs to the masses of the peoples. Constitutional jobs are not for earning a living.

Those who want to treat constitutional jobs as income generating activities must look for other professional jobs, or go into business in the private sector.

The notion and practice of constitutional post holders; looting government assets, and then, conspicuously demonstrating these looted assets, to us, the public, in the form of fancy powerful vehicles, jewelries on their wives bodies, tall buildings that they built in Juba, or brothels, and pubs, or bars, that they built in Juba, or the various fake companies, that they set up, with Somalis, Ethiopians, Ugandans and Kenyans, as symbols of personal success, are some of the reasons why we must have a federal system of governance in the SRSS, so that each region can closely monitor their own political traders.

Federalism shall help us in Equatoria in carrying out political winnowing in order to separate the political chaff from political grain.

Federalism based on the three former regions of Equatoria, Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazal, shall give us the chance, in each respective region, to prune the mushrooming of accidental quasi-leaders, who have been rammed down our political throats by various political and social developments of the last three decades in SS.

Genuine federalism shall allow us to keep these quasi leaders in the social and physical spaces where they historically and contemporaneously belong, so that the rest of the peoples of Equatoria in particular and SRSS at large, can get on with the art and science of managing the SRSS for the delivery of the badly needed goods and services, to our gallant and down trodden peoples.

Genuine federalism shall allow us to protect the honour of our daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, aunts and grandmothers.

In Equatoria, these female members of our society have been grossly and routinely emotionally, psychologically, physically, economically, financially, and sexually violated.

The current system does not protect our women, and we are rendered helpless to protect our women against some others who use comprehensive State’s privileges to carry out their culpable intentions and conducts against our women.

We in Equatoria are at the mercy of the current policing services in the SRSS because the majority of the police forces are populated by others who do not emanate from our communities and thus, they behave like an occupying force.

It is commonplace knowledge in the SRSS that the police force doubles as criminals at the same time. This shall not happen when the daughters and sons of Equatoria shall police their towns.

They shall not double as criminals. They shall not kill their own people. This is a just reason for Equatorians to support federalism in the SRSS.

With federalism in place, there shall not be any reason why our daughters and sons, should not be the police commissioners, the prisons force commissioners, and all other security related commissioners.

We shall do away with the current domination of our own local jobs by others from other regions. At the same time, these others also control their own regions as regards the said positions.

What kind of a system is this? What kind of an existence is this? How can you, in Equatoria, say that, you are in fact, and at law, effectively and efficaciously, participating in the administration of the SRSS?

The current administration of justice in the SRSS is utterly defective, partial, and abusive.

We need federalism so that we can administer our own judicial institutions. All level of courts shall be run by our own daughters and sons throughout Equatoria.

These are our own daughters and sons who understand their own customary laws throughout Equatoria. These are our own daughters and sons who know and respect our cultural value systems throughout Equatoria.

These are our own daughters and sons who have no intentions and moral capacities in the administration of a discriminatory judicial system.

We shall save our women and men from being sent to the death row, simply because they are Equatorians in the SRSS.

With federalism, we shall have equitable representation in the army of the SRSS. We shall then, therefore, have our daughters and sons in the military and other intelligence outfits in the SRSS.

This shall put a stop to mysterious disappearances of our medical doctors, engineers and such like. This shall protect our lives and dignity from those others, who do not value humanity in the SRSS.

You Equatorians must fight to death for the establishment of a federal system in the SRSS for your own and other peoples’ dignified living in the SRSS.

Equatoria has the will, the capacity, the knowledge, the skills, the experiences, the attitude and the outlook to produce its own food and produce food for the other regions. In fact, Equatoria can produce food for export.

However, with the current system in place, all these productive characteristics of Equatoria, as land and peoples, are being frustrated and undermined to the detriment of everybody in the SRSS; not just to our own detriment in Equatoria.

Therefore, we need federalism to be able to save ourselves from definite comprehensive underdevelopment.

With the current system in place, Equatoria shall not have the time, the freedom, the right, and the space to use all its prime agricultural lands for the production of badly needed food for all mouths and stomachs in the SRSS.

We in Equatoria have been reduced to constantly protecting our agricultural lands from marauding nomads, armed to the teeth, by the government in Juba.

This is not a life that shall lead us all to prosperity in the SRSS. We need to federate, to even save these marauding nomads from definite future famines.

Our educational system is in tatters. Our higher education is being undermined by unscrupulous policies including the appointment of tribal vice chancellors to run our universities.

Federalism shall allow us to reform our universities in Equatoria for the benefit of all peoples of the SRSS. We need the intellectual space to concentrate on managing these technical institutions.

For God’s sake, presidents all over the world don’t appoint academic secretaries of universities. We need to quickly save the SRSS from these laggards in Juba.

We need federalism to save our young women and men; and youth in general, from being wasted in Equatoria. From 2005 to date, the young women and men, and youth of Equatoria have been systemically marginalised.

If we allow these processes of discrimination against our young women and men and youth to go on unchecked, then we must forget about positive life chances of our posterities.

If we allow these injustices to continue, our young women and men; and youth, shall turn into women and men, who shall be the janitors and street cleaners and workers in menial jobs and various handymen and women in the SRSS.

Is this what these three governors of Equatoria want? Is this the democracy that these three current governors of Equatoria are on about? Is this how they think all is OK in Equatoria?

We in Equatoria need to work together, with those others in the SRSS, to urgently form an interim government and then proceed to write the federal system into our permanent constitution during the period of this interim government.

Therefore, you the young women, men and youth of Equatoria, in Diaspora and in the SRSS, your futures are in your hands, not in the hands of these three governors of Equatoria, who seem to think more about their jobs via the continuity of President Kiir in office rather than about your futures in the SRSS.

Therefore, to bring all of the above changes in place, you need the political and security spaces in the SRSS. The current government in Juba does not care about all of the above issues raised.

The current government plus these three governors of Equatoria think that when we raise these issues as the ones raised above, we commit treason.

How can one be a traitor if one is literally telling the government in Juba to provide security and goods and services to the deserving peoples of the SRSS?

How can our concerns be rubbish according to the governor of Western Equatoria when we are saying all of the above because we love the peoples of Equatoria?

How can what we are saying be rubbish when we are saying that, our women should not be abused?

How can what we are saying be rubbish if we are telling the government that we do not want tribal police to kick in the doors of our peoples at night in Equatoria; because, they want to violently rape our sisters, daughters, wives, mothers, aunts, and even grandmothers?

Or, they kick in these doors because they want to rob what valuables are there to be robbed?

How can all these concerns of mine be akin to the concerns of a traitor? Who is a traitor in fact, and at law?

Juba has been a killing field for years under the watch of the current governor. What did he do to stop this serial killing of Equatorians in Juba and other places and villages in Central Equatoria? He completely did nothing.

Whole Madi villages and towns have been forcibly settled by political settlers from Jonglei and Bahr Al Ghazal. What did the governor of Eastern Equatoria do? He completely did nothing.

Whole Acholi villages and towns have been forcibly occupied by the same groups. What did the governor of Eastern Equatoria do? He completely did nothing.

Same violations have happened in Yambio. What did the governor of Western Equatoria do? He did nothing.

Equatorian Chiefs are hunted and murdered like common criminals. The case of the Madi Chief is one of many sad examples.

What did all these three governors do to stop their citizens being hunted down and murdered? All these current three governors did nothing to protect our peoples from systemic displacements and murder.

Therefore, should we just sit there and wait for whatsoever these other peoples want to do with us and with our land simply because our current governors say that all, is OK and they are behind President Kiir come what may?

Does the mere keeping of President Kiir in power shall return our stolen land and provide legal remedies for hundreds and thousands of law suits which are pending because we have no lawyers of our own to protect our comprehensive interests judicially?

Is this what these three governors want us to do? Just to follow them just because they are they; and nothing more?

These three governors of Equatoria ought to understand that we are not their chattels. We are not their property so that they can have absolute control of use and exchanges values over us.

We are sovereign peoples of the SRSS, and we have sovereign rights to reject peacefully or by use of force; any rulers who cannot protect us; and have turned into tyrants and killing us in cold blood.

These three governors represent themselves not the entire interests of the peoples of Equatoria. They can say what they want to say. After all, they are cronies of President Salva Kiir.

The author is Chairman of Greater Equatoria Council of Rights (GRECOR)

Rep. of South Sudan: A Laughing stock in Africa

BY: Daniel Wuor Joak,RSS, MAR/28/2014, SSN;

It is so sad that a nascent country of nearly three years old could venture into unplanned and destructive war, unfortunately orchestrated by none other than the incumbent President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He hastily did it out of greed and jealousy to outstripped his competing colleagues over the SPLM leadership.

President Kiir believes in “authoritarian attitude” in case of any eventuality to quell down discontented members within the ranks and files as he sadly did on 15th December 2013, when he personally ordered his loyalists within the SPLA to abrade his potential opponents from SPLM political leadership and their tribal affiliated sympathizers.

The death of over ten thousands Nuers deliberately massacred in Juba as from 16 – 19 December 2013, and subsequent detentions of eleven SPLM political leaders after President failed to either arrest or kill their ringleader Dr. Riek Machar Teny was an overdue plan by him and his henchmen to get rid of Nuer and their leadership once and for all.

That was the reason why he kept all oil revenues in billions of US dollar in foreign banks and at the same time deceitful to South Sudanese masses that he had borrowed 4.5 billions US dollar following the shut down of oil in 2011, which pretentiously gave him a leeway to introduce “Austerity Measures” in the country for over one year or more to curb down the government expenditures.

Presently, all government-run institutions are badly affected and yet the President and his cronies revealed later that they had indeed borrowed huge amounts of money from China, which was a pure fallacy.

If there was money borrowed as recently alleged by him, this money might have been used to pay the mercenaries from UPDF, JEM, and SPLA–North, who are currently fighting alongside the government forces against the SPLM/A–In Opposition in Greater Upper Nile region.

Most of the government employees including the SPLA war veterans and various departments have not been paid their due salaries since December 2013, while the oil still flowing in Upper Nile State.

The government cannot be continuously hiring foreign mercenaries while neglecting its own citizens from enjoying their “God Heavenly” given resources for the sake of protecting “one-man” interest.

President Salva Kiir has been busy all this time dispatching his errand boys to different countries in the region and abroad to enlighten those leaders about his made-up coup d’etat, which becomes a huge headache for him to swallow on his daily life.

The war has become too costly in which his hired mercenaries are not enough and he still looking for more allies to fight his tribally motivated war by unconditionally calling IGAD countries, Egypt and now Zimbabwe to come and protect the oil fields in Unity and Upper Nile States and not his vulnerable citizens who are caught up in cross-fires.

The one million internally displaced persons currently displaced throughout the country should first and foremost be given all the necessary protections before the oil fields.

IGAD countries should be serious in their mediating efforts to be frank to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni who still sends more troops and military airplanes to South Sudan to fight the war of aggression against the grieved people of South Sudan against their tyrant leader Salva Kiir Mayardit.

They cannot negotiate peace while condoning Uganda troops to kill our innocent’s people by using helicopter gunships and jets with cluster bombs.

How do IGAD countries expect peace to be realized in South Sudan when UPDF and other mercenaries from Republic of Sudan constantly killing our citizens and destroying their properties without condemning them?

And why IGAD wants to send troops to protect only oil installations and government infrastructures instead of civilians caught in crossfires?

The double-dealings of IGAD in their quest for peace are unacceptable to large section of South Sudanese communities and doomed to fail this time.

They want to maintain President Kiir leadership while they are fully aware of his incompetencies.

He is a gross human rights violator and a tribalist of highest degree in comparison to Idi Amin Dada. He lacks wisdom and quality to lead the people of South Sudan to prosperity.

President Kiir has more importantly promoted corruption, tribalism, nepotism and favoritism among his subjects, which will take a number of years for the next leader to rid it.

It has become a culture to some extent where an appointed member from certain ethnicity is replaced only with the person from the same community.

Competency and dedication are not relevant in his reign except sycophancy and blindfolded loyalty.

Power sharing which is being proposed by IGAD mediators and Troika would make more sense if President Kiir is excluded from it because he is already anticipated in a pending case to answer with ICC.

He cannot be part of a reconciliatory government while he intentionally murdered thousands of civilians in cold blood.

His mercenary allies will soon vanish as long as the oil fields are soon to be shut down in Upper Nile State by SPLM/A Freedom Fighters who are actively engaging them militarily in the three states of Greater Upper Nile of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile respectively.

There will be no more hard currency to hire mercenaries to fight his senseless war.

With the latest moves from Equatorian intellectuals both at home and in diaspora and that of Chollo community where massive defections have been reported on different news media to SPLM/A – In Opposition is very encouraging news indeed.

Southerners should not allow themselves to be misled by somebody who has already failed his leadership on tribal ground.

South Sudan is a country that can be led by any capable person among its sons and daughters without any exception.

All its sixty-four nationalities are equal before God. No one is above another. All tribes need to be treated fairly and accorded the same opportunity without any discrimination.

There is nothing called “Nuer Movement” as it happened in the past where SPLM/A was headed by Dr. John de Garang or the current government by Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Nobody ever labelled them as Dinka leaders but rather South Sudanese leaders.

Dr. Riek Machar is not a Nuer leader, as some mischevious characters like to portray him as Nuer leader, which is not the case in his vision.

He is a South Sudanese leader like the rest before him and the SPLM/A – In Opposition is for all of us.

Southerners must liberate themselves from this unfortunate situation where their affairs become everybody’s concern being dictated on them by known criminals from East Africa nations.

President Salva Kiir must go and let the people of South Sudan choose their leader of choice without fear and intimidation.

The author is a South Sudanese human rights activist and can be reached through this email: dwjoak21@hotmail.com

The Rationale or Otherwise of Alleged Greater Equatoria Support to Rebel Machar

BY: JUMA MABOR, Lawyer, JUBA, MAR/27/2014, SSN;

A fortnight or so ago, an online newspaper “Equatoria Sun” unveiled a list of a shadow cabinet alleged to have been formed by Rebel Leader Dr. Riek Machar in anticipation of the speculated interim government, and among the top cabinet ministers were four or so Equatorian members led among the top portfolios by Kosti Manibe Ngai – Finance, Commerce and Economic Planning, Dr. Cirino Hiteng — Youth, Culture & Sports, Aloisio Emor Ojetuk – National Security Service Hon. Silvano Odwaro Gordon- Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Animal Resources and Fisheries and Dr. Olivia Lomoro – Health .

Out of those mentioned in Riek’s list of cabinet, only one Equatorian in the name of Dr. Olivia Lomoro – Health, came out to refute the allegations, the rest of the nominees like their colleagues from other regions of South Sudan remained adamant leaving the public to speculate on whether their silence meant acceptance of the allegations or ignorance of the same. Hon. Aguil De’Chut Deng denied and declined the nomination to the prestigious Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Subsequently, the public reaction was mixed with some indicating that the list could be a conspiracy to settle political scores by those who have one or another vendetta against the named individuals and likely presumed political heavy weights in Riek’s cabinet.

The contrary opinion was to the effect that most if not all of those mentioned in Riek’s shadow cabinet were supporting the rebellion silently and were determined to sabotage Kiir’s government within as far as they have the necessary capacity to do so.

Such schools of thoughts continued for quite some time but because of the overwhelming crisis the country is engulfed in, the problems became too numerous and each problem is overtaken by relatively bigger issue that comes up.

This is where of course the debate on whether there was a shadow cabinet or otherwise with the above names was relegated and the attention was then shifted to other new news.

These new news came three weeks later when again in the Sudan Tribune online newspaper, the headlines reads ‘Greater Equatoria group declares support for Riek Machar’. The headlines in this piece of news which made it catches everyone’s eyebrows was that and I quote ‘The leadership of the Greater Equatoria Council of Rights (GRECOR) has openly declared for the first time it plans to mobilise “all sons and daughters of the region” to rally them behind the leadership of rebel leader Riek Machar, ‘the document was said to have been signed by Wani Tombe and circulated to both local and international media outlets.

In a joinder and with the spirit of disclaimer, the Governor of Western Equatoria state, Colonel Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro presumably on behalf of other Equatorian government loyalists, said on Tuesday that a statement released earlier this week by the Greater Equatoria Council of Rights (GRECOR) declaring support for former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar did not represent the views of the region as a whole.

He also added that, “the views expressed in the release do not represent the people of Equatoria. Yes, those outside the region in the diaspora are our brothers and sisters but what they say does not necessarily represent our people inside the country,” said Bakosoro.

Bangasi went ahead and said that ‘while the people of Equatoria championed democracy and issues of national importance, they were not known for agitating or back-room politicking. “We do not gossip and do not agitate. We are straight when it comes to issues of democracy and governance.”

Now here comes the public debate and critical analysis of what exactly is the position of the citizens of greater Equatoria region, be they politicians, ordinary citizens, academicians, religious leaders or even soldiers.

For the purpose of clarity, it is unfortunate and regrettable to accept that, in circumstances of internal conflict, a country which has 64 tribes is tempted to investigate what the other tribe’s opinion is with regard to the on-going crisis.

It is a bitter truth that all of us as South Sudanese have to swallow and I think this is the suspense our colleagues from Equatoria region are caught in and struggling with quite deeply.

The blame can only be directed towards the initial speakers during the early stages of the conflict when most of them came out and confined the problem into ethnic corner by telling the world that it was a war between Dinkas and Nuers and this opened flood gates of wanting to know that the remaining 62 tribes have to make their positions known as to whether they are with Dinka which is synonymous with the government or with the Nuers with another name of rebel, to some extent, it could easily be said so for two crucial reasons.

One, by default, the antagonists are from the above mentioned tribes and secondly, the references that were rapidly made to the 1991 crisis made it apparently conclusive that any crisis that breaks out again could be instigated by the preponderant culprit Riek against Dinkas (Kiir) the Dynasty.

This could sound like a myth but I hope for some reasons that this is where those who said it was a war between Dinkas and Nuers got their analogy from.

That aside, but now the war between the Equatorian diaspora and Equatorian original (the ones at home), as the explanation that Bangasi gave on the question of Equatorian loyalty to either side of the conflict goes.

He agreed though that, their advocacy for democracy and good governance is the same as that of Riek and Equatorians in diaspora, however, on behalf of the Equatorians at home, Bangasi thinks that it should not be agitated, gossiped, back-roomed or aggressive, and here comes the common opinion of the Equatorians in Juba and in the other states of greater Equatoria region.

Before their opinions are divided and their loyalty scattered, there are obvious reasons that you must know as a non-Equatorian and these are some of the reasons that I must ask you to test the unity of Equatorian if you think that they are so divided.

The list is long, but it is worth to mention thus, with my experience and knowledge of our brothers and sisters from Equatoria; these are the three main things that they think they are better off than any other tribe and most particularly more organized than the so-called Dinkas and Nuers.

One of these things is that, Equatorians believe that they do not like violence and therefore they are people who engage in dialogue to resolve any differences of any magnitude, this is stated by Bangasi.

Secondly, Equatorians believed that the on-going war is between Dinkas and Nuers over power and because the belligerents have the same violent behavior and genetic attitude, it is none of Equatorian business to take sides.

If need be, the two tribes should finish themselves.

Thirdly and most important of all, Equatorians think that the war mongers are fighting in their land and they are not happy that these warring factions left their places and came to make Equatoria a battle field.

This third point may also tell you why most Equatorians want a federal system of government.

I had promised to give only three points around which the Equatorians find a uniting front against any other tribe in south Sudan but I must equally add on board issues of nepotism, land grabbing and corruption that most Equatorians unanimously agreed are associated with Dinkas and Nuers.

The question that begs for answers is what do Equatorians gain in supporting Riek and opposing Kiir?

It is not easy to give straight forward and authentic answers to this question especially when the one who tries to answer the question is a non-Equatorian but for the benefit of analysis and routine geo-political situation of the country, one would be tempted to assume that he can give the right answers somehow.

In my own opinion, Kiir government unlike Riek shadow cabinet has adequately taken care of the political needs of Equatorian starting with the position of the vice president, Minister of cabinet affairs, minister of finance, minister of national security, minister of Dams, water and electricity, and other ministries, deputy ministers like the strong deputy minister of interior, foreign affairs and international cooperation, several heads of commissions, heads of departments among others.

This arrangement has no doubt taken care of the political needs of all Equatorians but to some other regions it has earned president Kiir animosity because they thinks Kiir has given too much to Equatorians.

Economically, by virtue of being the gateway to south Sudan interior and with the capital territory of the republic of south Sudan stationed within its premises, both the Central and Western Equatoria states are more developed than any other parts of this nascent country.

The roads, healthcare facilities, schools and other social amenities are only enjoyed by the people of south Sudan when one is fortunate to reside in one of the states of the greater Equatoria.

Socially, most of the Equatorian sees the other south Sudanese as land grabbers and trouble makers who have come to disturb their peace and therefore, the subjective need to have the federal system of government, such that ‘according to Equatorian vocabulary,’ each person should stick to their states boundaries, something that narrowly defined the true meaning of federalism as a system of government.

It is precisely because of these analyses one would be forgiven to brand Equatorians as people who may not know what they are looking for at some point.

For instance, take Riek’s shadow cabinet, if it were to be a reality and compare it with current Kiir’s government, which one would best represent the Equatorians?

The one that give them four ministerial positions in the case of Riek’s cabinet or the one that gives them more than ten strong ministerial positions like in the current Kiir’s cabinet?

That is a food for thought. However, if I was asked to give an opinion about what most Equatorians think in relation to the current crisis, it would be good as not wanting to know about what they think or what they could possibly do in the on-going conflict.

Therefore, Wani Tombe and group stand a better chance than those who have said nothing because you never know and would never like what they are up to.

Ways Forward:

With the on-going conflict, south Sudanese have been taken back to yester-years when people could only identify themselves by the regions they belong to.

The spirit of national unity and embracing unity in diversity have been fully thrown out of the window and the chances of our society fragmenting further are relatively hitting the maximum.

It is therefore a recommendation of this author that, for south Sudan and south Sudanese to propel and achieve their vision of being a free and sovereign nation where tribes peacefully co-exist, the following areas need to be addressed very swiftly:

1. In situations of conflict, people should not be accustomed to investigating what side of the conflict the other peoples are with in regard to the on-going crisis. I think Equatorians were disturbed by some provocateurs who wanted to know where their loyalty lies and that is where they made a grave mistake of declaring themselves as supporting the rebel leader Riek Machar.

2. The diversity brought about by tribes should be taken as a unique aspect to learn from one another the positive differences and unite around those areas.

3. The government and the regional politicians should warn themselves and their citizens against releasing reckless statements that are likely to incite one tribe against the others.

4. The land issues, nepotism at the institutional level both public and private should be addressed and historical injustices addressed in order to cultivate the trust that is lost among the citizens of south Sudan.

5. The paranoid attitude that there are tribes which are more violent than the others or even worse considered to be more stupid than the rest does not help the situation, we must take ourselves with respect and utmost dignity.

6. The Wani Tombe and group are not less Equatorians and the explanation by Bangasi that they don’t represent Equatorians is inadequate. The only remedy that the Equatorians should tell these brothers and sisters of theirs is that, they should have other avenues of addressing their needs for democracy and good governance and not joining Riek’s bandwagon for they can easily be branded as joyriders.

7. Equatorian politicians must also be seen to be bold in stating their positions especially in situations like this where a country is engulfed with a lot of uncertainties. This has been long awaited but not forthcoming.

In Conclusion, the purpose for writing this article is to put to rest the unnecessary investigation as to whether this tribe supports the rebellion and that tribe support the government because what I know is that, this is not a tribal war.

Because if it was, so many tribes would have been defeated a long time ago, the war would not also be called a rebellion but a genocide because other tribes would be at their complete elimination stages as we talk.

So, let’s us take this as a rebellion where some Dinkas, Nuers, Equatorians, Shiluks, Anyuaks, Azande, Toposas, among others, have taken up arms with the intention to overthrow a democratically elected government for which all of us who are still within are duty bound to defend and protect.

I end by quoting the United States President Obama when he was speaking in the G7 seven summit yesterday, March 26, 2014, in reference to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine and this is what he said and I quote, “we must not narrowly defined our interests or we will be forced to look the other direction.”

Juma Mabor Marial is a Lawyer Based in Juba
Reachable at: hussenjuma@hotmail.com
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Can tranquility be brought back to South Sudan by IGAD without UN?

BY: Yien Lam, RSS, MAR/26/2014, SSN;

Well, as the question needs thorough answer, mine is a big No. IGAD cannot and will never bring a tangible peace in South Sudan because some of its member states are deeply involved in South Sudan crises.

As a concerned citizen of this great Nation, I sincerely believe that peace will not yield any fruits because member states of this organization, Uganda in particular, are the one who hold Kiir’s horns to fail the peace miserably.

Without Uganda backing president Kiir, peace could have been achieved long ago. For that matter, I truthfully believe an IGAD in which Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is the member, cannot bring peace.

Uganda is preoccupied by interest in the country and the hatred of what would be a democratic system. For that reason, the Uganda leader sees it as the threat to his leadership.

That was why the cessation of hostility signed on January 23th of this year was violated by him and Kiir’s government repeatedly.

This is a pure and clandestine plan for them that the others know not about it. It was done so by that leader to ruin South Sudan on pretext of protecting the infrastructures of the country.

To prove that though, when the two violated the cessation of hostility that was signed on 23th of February this year, the IGAD did not do anything that could have ripple effect on cease fire because Uganda is a member of it that in fact, dictates most of its work.

This was what triggered the rebels to respond accordingly. They have seen IGAD of doing nothing in terms of keeping its commitment.

This is one of the reasons why the fighting still dragging on for nearly three months now.

When you look at this, how in the world peace could be achieved with Kiir’s government while Yoweri Museveni is already playing his game?

In other words, how can you deal with a snake without taking its venom out? Should that be possible?

To me, I honestly doubt the ability of that organization to produce the tangible result in terms of peace in the absence of the UN.

Likewise, IGAD should not be trusted in this matter because Uganda already has its boots on the ground taking the lead instead of fighting alongside with South Sudan army under the Great Lakes political ploy.

This is the very main factor that impedes the peace process because M7 has taken side and aided kiir with whatever his regime wants.

Would you not definitely question the integrity of this Organization that played the interest of some of its members?

IGAD member states are in fact the ones complicating the peace process in South Sudan if not jeopardizing it. Kiir has no power to neither refuse peace nor violate the cessation of hostility than what has been invested in him by the Yoweri maseveveni.

To be exact though, kiir does not have any Army of his own that he can count on rather than Museveni’s.

Realistically, Peace cannot be negotiated with an organization that lacks neutrality in my view. This would be like fighting a handcuffed individual.

Time for the truth to be revealed will come. This will only be a matter of time. Truth may be skinny. But will never die. Kiir and Yoweri Museveni of IGAD may do whatever they can in order to dictate the truth. But it will emerge at the end.

Moreover, Kiir and his mentor will not stop short of creating mendacity and defamation of anybody including UN as it has been the case in the news lately.

This is the new tool that they have got and will play whatever game they possibly find because they defy all world powers. What else should they be afraid of?

UN has no enemy in the world rather than South Sudan regime. It is always taking care of all lives around world equally. That is its work.

If I am not mistaken, this regime has been rehearsed badly outside its border that is why they falsify anything in order to make the world’s only best organization to look bad which will not happen.

However, The United Nations needs to be careful though. It should not allow its staff to be abused as such with no actions taken. This will not be good for its integrity in the world.

It must know that, all dictators are being deterred by the action. Without action as it seems to be the case in South Sudan crises, will only influence the abusers to do more in the days, months and years to come.

In contrary, UN must be the only mediator that could bring a viable peace in South Sudan because it has no interest of any kind whatsoever.

Its interest always is to save lives of human being which is not the case now in South Sudan since the cessation of hostility was signed.

If that is the reason or the meaning of the United Nations as I know, it will be good for the organization to speed its effort of resolving the South Sudan crisis than delegating its power to untrusted organization.

The toothless organization known as IGAD has been conquered by some of its leaders’ interest whose aim is for self-seeking rather than bringing peace in South Sudan.

For this purpose, I urge the international community to act as quickly as possible because IGAD has shown its colors as not only bias but also inactive organization whose member states have already interfered in the country affair.

Due to that, it cannot be trusted to bring peace in the Country. This is a very urgent message to the world’s body to act as soon as possible.

Otherwise, South Sudan will be football field for anybody.

Therefore, I urge UN to intervene sooner than later if it wants to save lives in South Sudan as it always does around world, it must step in for peace to be achieved in the country. Otherwise, peace will never be seen as long as it’s being led outside its border.

THE AUTHOR IS CONCERNED SOUTH SUDANESE WHO CAN BE REACHED @ lam981@hotmail.com

President Kiir’s despair and decent to witchcraft

BY: ELHAG PAUL, RSS, MAY/22/2014, SSN;

The unforeseen consequences of the events of 15th December 2013 have left President Salva Kiir confused like a rabbit blinded by the headlights of an advancing car. Confronted with existential threat, he hopes the invisible forces of the underworld will protect him.

Adam Ashforth in his book, ‘Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa’ explains such confused state of mind by pointing to how a person creates a patent reality out of a state of fearfulness.

President Kiir has already lost touch with reality. He has slipped into a world of denial, uncertainty, suspicions, despair and fearfulness.

Practically, he is a paranoid man. Thus he presents serious problems to the state of South Sudan and its people.

Atieno Oduor makes this very point albeit in a different way. In her article titled, ‘Cut off Uganda Military Aid to South Sudan’s Kiir’, she states, “In short, South Sudan has entered a dangerous phase of uncertainty and instability that poses severe risk to its citizens and neighbours.”

The problem with Oduor’s assessment is that she erroneously pathologises the state of South Sudan and leaves the culprits untouched.

Instead of actually saying president Kiir poses danger to himself, the people of South Sudan and the neighbouring countries, she piles the blame on the state. http://nyamile.com/2014/03/11/uganda-cut-off-uganda-military-aid-to-south-sudans-kiir/

South Sudan, the state, is not the danger but those steering it are, and so Oduor needs to be clear and specific.

President Kiir and his tribal ideology is the real threat to the national security of South Sudan and the region.

The events of 15th December 2013 stem from the administration’s pursuit of Jieng tribal interest. The fallout has led to the destruction of the country.

The first casualty has been the authority and legitimacy of president Kiir itself. His powers and influence in the country has been much diminished.

The ethnic cleansing of the Nuer people that he sanctioned as expected degenerated into collapse of the army (SPLA) along tribal lines with some Nuer generals rebelling against the regime.

In the process, the rebels took control of a third of the country out of the president’s remit and writ. This lost territory has the potential to deny the regime oil revenue which is its main source of cash.

With the army (SPLA) in tatters without any ability to protect the country, president Kiir resorted to renting a foreign power, Uganda army (UPDF) to provide protection for him and the beneficiaries of the system.

Without this act of desperation it is doubtful whether the regime could have survived.

The downside to this rent-a-mercenary thing is that Kiir finds himself at the mercy of his cunning friend president Yowere Kaguta Museveni of Uganda who is well known for dirty intrigues.

Recently when Malakal fell to the rebels, Museveni flew to Juba for an overnight meeting with Kiir. It is understood that Kiir emerged from that meeting sick with migraine due to a one way lecture from Museveni.

The crimes against humanity which president Kiir’s militia committed against the Nuer people have tarnished his image beyond repair.

It is even more likely now that he may face the International Criminal Court. Careful analysis of the situation points to one conclusion: president Kiir’s political career is finished.

It is just a matter of time before this reality dawns on him and his followers.

Of all the above, the most serious concern is with the well being of the president himself.

He appears to be in a state of paranoia and this can clearly be seen from his latest over reliance on invisible forces of the spiritual world.

Given the president’s inability to grasp complex issues, the outcome of his political adventures has turned out to be difficult for him to grasp.

Typical of a person who believes in witchcraft he now attributes the catastrophe he unleashed in the country to some evil spirits.

In a sense he is in denial of the mess he created. In fact president Kiir has endured more than enough in ruling South Sudan without working state machinery but with support of Jieng magicians (Beny Bith or the spear men).

However, nobody else is to blame. This mess is his own making and his strong belief in tribalism.

The inability of the government to develop good policies, analyse domestic and international events to guide it, is down to the rampant tribal employment system that favours academic fraudsters like Ateny Wek Ateny, Telar Ring Deng and so on.

The invisible powers of Beny Bith to which president Kiir relied over the years appear to be limited and losing effect especially given the magnitude of the issues facing the country.

Stories in the streets of Juba spoken in whispers due to fear of government security agents allude to the president and his vice as ritualistic naked night dancers singing songs in strange language.

This practice is said to occur regularly in the president’s ranch in Luri, south west of Juba.

According to some scholars in the area of spirituality and mysticism, witchcraft and occult practices are associated with denial of reality and the apportioning of blame to others or other things.

For example, president Kiir deeply believes that power in South Sudan belongs to the Jieng and any attempt by any other non-Jieng to take power is unnatural.

Confronted by an ambitious Riek Machar who wants to compete for power, Kiir reacts crazily and sets the country ablaze.

Due to president Kiir’s inability to think clearly, he expects things to be normal in the country.

But now faced with the ugly outcome of his ethnic cleansing policies; Kiir is now in denial of his role in creating the mess and tries to attribute blame to evil spirits such as ghosts.

Interestingly he believes that the ghost of Dr John Garang, his predecessor is tormenting him. Reports say the ghost of late Dr Garang is terrorising Kiir to the extent that he can not sleep at night. http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ctl/ArticleView/mid/519/articleId/15035/Family-of-Late-John-Garang-Condemn-Conduct-of-Demonic-Rituals-On-Grave.aspx

In addition to this, both president Kiir and his deputy Wani Igga are terrified of the story of Ngundeng.

Defeated by the philosophical message of Ngundeng, the duo took flight to Nigeria to find a counter to hold Riek Machar at bay.

They have now allegedly recruited the preacher, Temitope Balogun Joshua of SCOAN, into their arsenals to hold onto power and keep South Sudanese enslaved. http://saakam.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/south-sudan-appoints-nigerian-tb-joshua-as-presidential-advisor-for-religious-affairs/

The official introduction of occultism into the affairs of South Sudan state raises a serious question.

President Kiir came to power in the Republic of South Sudan on 9th July 2011 by assuming power based on the outcome of the rigged election of April 2010 in the then Sudan under President Omer Bashir.

But now if the president and his deputy by default subject the presidency to the authority of some occultic spirits, to the extent that they become answerable to these spirits; or do things that these spirits demand – who then is governing South Sudan?

Who is responsible for the protection of citizens and the well being of the country?

Is it the clients (Kiir and Igga) of the occult, or is it the occultic spirits themselves?

If it is the latter, does it mean that South Sudan is no longer governed by its constitution?

Where do the people of South Sudan fit in this bizarre arrangement?

When leaders who falsely claim to be legitimately elected are answerable and led by occultic spirits in private mystic deals, where does democracy feature?

How can the people hold the occult to account to them since the occultic spirits are not the chosen representatives?

From these questions what seems obvious is the conflict between the beliefs in the occult versus the belief in democracy. This now appears to be the emerging problem in the state of South Sudan.

If the government represented by president Kiir and vice president Igga now itself is unsure of its existence and ability to protect its leaders to the degree that it resorts to seeking protection from witchcraft and the occult, where is the viability of the state?

Conventionally it is the state that has a duty to protect its citizens. When the leaders of government resort to occultic practices to protect their power, something is seriously wrong.

The fact that South Sudan is severely damaged by the SPLM ruling party under president Kiir speaks for itself.

The country is virtually ungovernable under total control of foreign power and rule of the occult.

President Kiir and James Wani Igga’s immersion into the world of occult effectively make them only symbolic leaders of the country.

This means that South Sudan in reality is a ship without a captain sailing in stormy seas because the president and his deputy are locked into a world of trance concerned about their individual battles with the ghosts of their previous leader and their victims.

Therefore, South Sudan needs to be rescued very quickly. The level of unreasonableness is just astounding.

This is echoed in the remarks made by the Norwegian foreign minister Mr Borge Brende when he said, “The unreasonable and groundless accusations that have been made against the UN mission in South Sudan the last few days are unacceptable.”

This highlights the extent to which the leaders of South Sudan are devoid of rationality.

Mr Brende was right in his remark because the overwhelming majority of South Sudanese also share his view.

The people of South Sudan see the behaviour of president Kiir and the SPLM government as totally warped.

This stance is clearly articulated in Joanna Adams’ incisive and piercing article ‘South Sudan should be expelled from the UN & AU.’ http://www.southsudannation.com/south-sudan-should-be-expelled-from-the-un-au/

This piece vindicates the comment of Mr Brende. Diplomatically, the words of the Norwegian foreign minister amount to a vote of no confidence from the international community in the president Kiir and SPLM government. http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/ud/press/news/2014/Accusations-against-UN-mission-in-South-Sudan-are-unacceptable.html?id=752917

Unbelievably, the regime seems to have not taken a note or even registered the seriousness of the damaging remark of Mr Brende.

The evidence to this is demonstrated by the non stop ranting of the schooled but not learnt minister of information Michael Makuei with his rented ruffians (in Bahr El Ghazal University and in the local business community).

The latest unreasonableness now comes from the minister of cabinet affairs Dr Martin Lomuro in relation to the IGAD talks in Addis Ababa. http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article50364

Mr Lomuro shamelessly says the group of seven senior members of the SPLM bailed to Kenya; and the civil societies do not have a stake in the talks and therefore the government will not accept them to partake in the talks.

What does the use of the word stakeholder mean in context of what is happening in the talks in Addis Ababa?

The unreasonable behaviour of the regime should be seen in line with the pandering of the current leaders to the occult. They have become detached from reality domestically and globally.

Therefore, a new and neutral government as argued by South Sudanese and tabled by IGAD in Addis Ababa should take over power in Juba soonest to bring peace; address the immediate outstanding issues re democracy and prepare the country for the coming elections.
[Truth hurts but it is also liberating]

Elhag Paul
elhagpaul@aol.com

Gov. Lobong & his Jonglei Counterpart ‘Animal mindset’ problem

BY: DAVID AJU KANYARA, East Equatoria State, MAR/16/2014, SSN;

Governor Luis Lobong of Eastern Equatoria State and the acting governor of Jonglei are now exerting their power to twist the position of Ma’di people in regard to the standoff between the Ma’di and the Dinka Bor IDPs currently in Nimule.

It is unfortunate that their theory of believing only those with the power on their hands and military backing have the ability to enslave the weak and the unarmed.

What they are doing, in simple terms, is an act of abuse to the citizens of Ma’di.

This Animal farm theory of invading other people’s privacy, disrespecting other’s culture, and forcefully occupying their land by the barrels of AK47s will further divide our country and place the unarmed civil communities in South Sudan in a disadvantageously unbearable situation.

The same theory of Animal farm supremacy applied recently in the capital of Juba by President Kiir that has bred nothing other than the insurgency in the country where 10,000 people lost their lives instantly in the hands of the very government that should have been their true redeemer.

Dinka by all means want to be masters of others. They do not believe in the theory of fairness and transparency, forgetting leaders are servants.

Due to their inability to deliver the country and incompetence to rule the country, we are now gradually witnessing the country sliding into a civil war that will see no end anywhere soon.

As for governor Lobong, he is a man without stance, a puppet and he will always remain a puppet to Kiir and a slave to the Dinka.

He is mischievously running around between Juba, Torit and Nimule carrying misinformation from Nimule to Juba.

Today he is saying the government of EES offered land to settle the current displaced persons from Bor in Torit and Kapoeta and the following day you will hear him saying the Ma’di people refused to give land to settle the IDPs on humanitarian ground— which humanitarian ground is that?

When the Ma’di people are still begging for their daily food from UNCHR in refugee camps in Adjumani, 9 years after CPA!

Does it mean the blood of Dinka is more precious than the blood of Ma’di people?

Why the government in Juba was able to send buses to transport the Ma’di people from Refugee camps in Uganda to vote for referendum and elections in 2010 if they are considered less important by the same government in Juba?

It is time we the Ma’di people stop putting up with this unreasonable intimidation by those obsessed with the mindset of animals.

Dinka will only listen to the language of war. See how they ran from the Murle.

Environmental Factors: You often hear the word environment, but do you stop to think what it really means, what it entails and how it affects you?

The actual definition of environment is the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded.

Hereditary and Environmental factors of both Governor Louis Lobong of Eastern Equatoria State and the acting governor of Jonglei state are common in that the two men share the same culture of the nomadics.

As pastoralists, their mindsets are tuned within the cattle kraal. As such their ways of understandings are very limited to the animal behavior.

However much civilization tries to affect their ways, their behavioral connections will not allow them to disconnect from their hereditary environment and rudimentary mindset.

According to psychological studies our human behavior is much affected by the environment in which we are adapted to.

The two governors grew up in very hostile environments where they were taught that in order to survive they have be domineering over their opponents.

The stronger you are physically over your opponents, and the more power you exert on them, then your opponent will fear and bow down before you in adoration at the verge of worshiping you, they then become less harmful.

That becomes a conducive situation to raid their animals and defeat them from their grazing grounds. This is what the Dinka are doing in Equatoria more especially in Nimule, they are applying slow theory of expansion through consistent divide and rule theory on the indigenous people of Nimule.

If the above mentioned theory of psychology study is a fact, then it is true that the two governors won’t be able to adjust to the way of civilization which is quite different from the theory of heredity.

In modern civilization it is not how strong you are but is all about democracy and how rules of laws are applied that is what drives our lives in 21 century.

And is all about how connected you are to your constituencies but unfortunately this is not what we see in Governor Louis Lobong, as I write today on 15 March 2014, he and his counterpart from Jonglei injunction of crisis Management community (CMC) which is has not being recognized by anyone in the country.

They have forced a meeting in Nimule to push the Ma’di people to accept the illegal land grabbers and economical IDPs to officially remain in Nimule, even though reportedly calls were made by the Ma’di people for these people to be transferred with their cows to Torit county and Kapoeta but the IDPs rejected this offer.

Governor Lobong has had several meetings with Ma’di community in relation to issue of previous Dinka Bor IPDs in Nimule. Though the position of Ma’di is very clear, because Lobong’s mindset is based on the theory of survival, like his Jonglei counterpart, they still wish to force their way through to occupy Ma’di land.

The benefits of this callous act that cost the Ma’di their dear lives and continues suffering through destruction of their basic rights to exist in a nation of their own.

In addition, there’s constant humiliation at the hands of these ruthless uncultured Dinka which is two-folds: First and foremost, the success of this act is promoting the forceful occupation by the Dinka, displacing the rightful owners of the land.

The end result is the birth of a community full of crimes and discontent.

The second gain is for Lobong who sold his dignity and integrity in order to remain in power. By succeeding in this project, he remains in position of power – and that he will do even if it meant recruiting and sending all his Toposa youth to fight this baseless current war Kiir created in a quest to fulfill his motive of ethnic cleansing.

It is not only the Ma’di that are suffering but every non-Dinka is the grass in this plot and unfortunately stooges in the form of Lobong are adding fuel to the burning fire.

The issue of land and IDPs in Nimule has been a hot cake since 2008. Meetings upon meetings were held but we have not made any headway because the Dinka have inability of understanding and they believe in the theory that the stronger you are the weaker your opponent will become.

Just to be honest with ourselves, are there no other tribes in Jonglei? If there are, are they not being affected by the war? Why are they not running to Nimule?

Why only Nimule since Nimule is not the first point of border contact with Jongeli?

Those cows in Nimule are not from Jonglei, some of them were brought from Luri from president’s own kraal, and others belong to Koul Manyany and other top military officers.

The motive of keeping Nimule status quo is to provide grazing land for Kiir and his cronies in the ruling tribe.

In 2008, a joint meeting was held between the governor of EES Alonsio Ojetuk and his Jonglei counterpart Koul Manyany Juuk. The governor of EES sent delegation in Bor to meet his colleague to make some arrangements.

Among the members sent to Jonglei were former Magwi county commissioner brigadier General Emilio Igga and the current deputy governor of EES Jerome Surur and the meeting produced some resolutions; and they were as follows:

1. The government of Eastern Equatoria will provide the IDPs and their cattle with security protection to safely exit the corridor of EES.

2. The government of Jonglei State will ensure that all its citizens leave Nimule and other places occupied by them, i.e. they will send their delegation to enforce the voluntary repatriation process with the assistance of IOM/UN.

3. The central government in Juba with support of IOM/UN and will provide logistical support to transport these people with their cattle to their respective places.

Today we are in 2014, six years down the line of agreement to exit the previous IDPs. The President on his side did nothing simply because the Dinka are his brothers and family.

Governor Koul Manyany simply acted in a way to dishonor the agreement and he fooled his counterpart Ojetuk of EES to believe the Ma’di people during the war of liberation have left the land as such, the Ma’di have no right to complain about the illegal occupation by Dinka Bor.

Last year the people of Ma’di made their stance clear before the vice President that being agriculturists looking to implement modernized agriculture and develop tourist resorts, they have not enough land to give to cattle keepers to waste.

IDPs with 80,000 cattle roaming Ma’di land, a land meant to produce not only subsistence crops for basic needs but also mechanized agricultural crops of the nation.

So the Ma’di people unanimously agreed that all IDPs should be repatriated, move witnessed by the Vice President James Wani Igga.

When the efforts by the unpopular governor Lobong failed he opt to offer two settlement places to temporally settle the current IDPs, that is in Torit county and Kapoeta county where the community in those areas are nomads themselves rather than settling pastoralists within the farming areas which will generate conflicts.

But the coward Bor IDPs refused to share space and boarder with people who also carry AK 47s to defend their cattle.

Instead, they ran to their Dinka government in Juba to manipulate and counter-manipulate the deal in favor for them staying in Nimule, refusing the two settlement places offered for the IDPs to settle until calm returned in their home land Jonglei.

Unfortunately the dynamics in the land, mainly the Dinkas fueling it negatively has caused a lot of insecurity due to continued killing of the Nuer nationwide.

Now if the so called rebels intensify their actions and there came a wind of change, how much will Lobong urinate on himself when he can no longer urinate on our heads?

Author
David Aju Kanyara
Has previously wrote excessively about the issue of Ma’di and IDPs in different media outlets like southsudannation.com, southsudanliberty.com and David is a son of Ma’di and he believes in essence modern democratic system.
“The evil you do will remain with you, the good you do will follow you”

South Sudan should be expelled from the UN & AU

BY: Joana Adams, RSS, MAR/15/2014, SSN;

I totally support the Norwegian government statement on Wednesday 12th March rejecting Juba’s claims over UN arms seizure calling it “unreasonable and groundless accusations.” The behaviour of the leaders and government of South Sudan towards the UN (UNMISS) and its staff in South Sudan is barbaric, embarrassing and totally unacceptable to most civilised but silent South Sudanese.

Hilde Johnson might not be an angel but subjecting her to constant harassment is a reflection of gender bias typical of male chauvinists dominating the failed regime of Salva Kiir.

If the fledging state cannot cope with demands and rules of modern civilisation necessary for the efficient operations of world agencies like the UN, South Sudan’s membership to the world body should be terminated; and put on probation subject to fulfilment of satisfactory requirements before readmission.

South Sudan has only been in existence as an independent state for less than 36 months and already the UN has faced more problems in South Sudan than ever recorded in other similar situations.

For over a week now, Juba has taken UNMISS and its head of operations in Juba, Hilde Johnson, to task accusing them over an alleged incident of seizure of UN truck in Lakes state loaded with weapons en-route to embattled Bentui.

Explanations by UNMISS that the weapons and ammunition belong to the newly arrived Ghanaian peacekeeping contingent and that its transportation by road rather than by air as per agreement was a regrettable error, failed to abet Juba’s furore over the incident.

Juba insists that the UN body operating in Juba is not neutral but is supporting the rebel group or SPLM/A-In-Opposition of Dr. Riek Machar.

I am not a fan of Hilde Johnson and indeed for some of us Hilde has had a rather cosy relations with regime in Juba which might compromise her role as an independent operator.

Nonetheless, she is not in Juba on her own accord, she is representing a world body of which South Sudan is a member and therefore, she deserves to be respected on that basis.

To disrespect Hilde Johnson is tantamount to disrespecting an agency we have voluntary chosen to be a part of.

We cannot have it both ways and therefore must decide whether we want to remain a part of the UN or opt to withdraw our membership. That’s what responsible people do.

The attack on Hilde Johnson and the UN at large, comes against the backdrop of a stinging attack by President Salva Kiir in January 2014, when he accused the world body of wanting to operate as a parallel government in Juba thus undermining his so called elected government.

Wasn’t it the government that rushed to ask for the UN forces in the country to be increased from about 8000 to 12,000 plus?

Isn’t it the UN that is protecting our civilians whom our government is unable to protect?

Isn’t it the UN that stood with the people of South Sudan and provided humanitarian assistance during the long bitter liberation struggle 1983-2004?

Isn’t it again the UN which is feeding our 80,000 or so internally displaced people inside the UN compounds as well as those outside the country in refugee camps in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan?

And now UN is forced to send in a probe team to conduct an investigation over the incident. What a waste of world’s resources and utter waste of time and energies to try and contain the unreasonable SPLM led government of Salva Kiir Mayardit.

To add salt to injury, James Wani Igga, the clown Vice President of Salva Kiir, who at long last, found his lost voice, has joined the bandwagon. He has declared to fight Western government accusing them of colonialism.

Wani, who is university educated unlike his primary school drop-out comrade Salva Kiir, is bewildered as to why the western countries have not bought their lies of a foiled coup.

The vice president should know that leaders in the western countries are accountable to their educated and enlightened electorates who demand evidence to support decisions of their governments, and therefore cannot just be told packs of lies and are expected to believe it without evidence, as thoroughly explained by El hag Paul’s in his award winning article posted on this website about Barnaba Marial’s failed UK mission.

If the said mission was so successful as the foreign minister wanted the government to believe and the government in-turn wanted the public to believe why nearly after one month is the vice president frustrated at the western governments and said as reported on ST, “no one knows why they{western governments} failed to accept that the government foiled attempt to remove the democratically elected leadership, he stressed.”

Even if the leaders wanted to support the lies of Kiir the western electorates will not let them. Also unlike in Juba, those countries have independent legislature and judiciary and can impeach reckless presidents or prime ministers.

So Wani Igga, before you join the bandwagon of unreasonableness, you now need to acknowledge that you and your belligerent comrade Salva Kiir are living in different time-zones from the West.

Leave the western countries alone. Don’t divert attention to those who one time assisted you and gave you the freedom and power you are now abusing.

Just because Khartoum that was perceived to be responsible for everything that went wrong in South Sudan is now your friend by force of circumstance, doesn’t mean that you have to find another scapegoat to blame for everything that is going wrong in South Sudan today.

You cannot be a leader and yet escape the responsibility that goes with it.

Throughout the liberation struggle and the interim period, SPLM/A has fed the nation on the diet of nothing but lies, but their lies are catching up with them.

They have perfected the art of manipulating the public by using the blame games. The worst culprit seems to be the governor of Western Bahar-el Ghazal Zakaria Rigzig who is ever ready to mobilise his citizens to chant anti-UN slogans.

This is reminiscent of Khartoum type of politics which reflects their emotional culture which we do not need in South Sudan.

The UN is in south Sudan because the government that cannot protect its own people nor feed them or provide them services.

What’s more, the government begged the UN to come as they are not begging the IGAD to deploy a force to protect oil fields.

If we had a functioning government the UN wouldn’t be here. Why is the UN not in other well run neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Kenya or Ethiopia?

South Sudanese leaders should stop creating public hatred towards the UN and other western countries or their leaders. We need leaders in the new republic who can take up responsibilities and defend their decisions or apologise to the nation when they get it wrong.

Wani Igga, people thought you could be a moderating influence on these extremist dinkocrats but you are a total disgrace and disappointment to the peaceful and progress minded people of Equatoria.

Why can’t you stand up to the president and tell him not to undermine your authority by allowing dinkocrats like Daniel Awet or Ateny Wek exercising more powers than you do?

Ministers in the national government usurp your power daily and are speaking on national issues with more authority as though there is no vice president.

Even a mere presidential spokesman is being sent to foreign countries to lobby on behalf of the government as if there is no vice president.

Do you lack self-confidence or is your docility a tactic of self-preservation? Whatever the case, you are no better than a Jieng slaves.

It is interesting that when it is about attacking scapegoats you quickly find your voice. Why do you want to fight some imaginary enemies “colonialists”, when you can start with the ones grabbing our ancestral lands right here in Juba?

If you can start by fighting this colonial dinkocrats like brother Alfred Lado Gore or walk out of a meeting as Obuto Mamur has reportedly done, then perhaps we can rekindle the hope for the beloved country.

It’s not in our culture to defecate in a plate we have eaten in or to bite the fingers that has fed us.

It looks totally out of character for you to stand there and declare war against the western countries- USA, UK, the EU. Leave such kind of empty propaganda to the hooligans.

It must mean something to be an Equatorian in this land of the blind. Please do not allow yourself to be used to tarnish the image of the great people of Equatoria.

With this sort of mentality who will ever come to your aid again?

Just because you have oil doesn’t mean that you can abuse the world with impunity. One day, someone or some country is going to stand up to you and say; you can go to hell with your oil.

Didn’t the North(Sudan) say so? Didn’t you have to lower yourself and beg them after your mock fight with them in January 2012?

South Sudanese leaders are nothing but selfish brutes. They want to antagonise the UN and certain western countries because any retaliation will not affect them and their families.

Most of our leaders have their families living in neighbouring countries such as Kenya and Uganda.

The foreign minister who was mocking the British during his visit in London in February paradoxically has his family living in London. This is true of many in Kiir’s government including his minister for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Martin Lomuro.

It would be interesting for the British Embassy here in Juba to establish whether these ministers are supporting their families in Britain or their families are defrauding the British welfare system in-spite of the millions they have stolen from the public purse in Juba.

If the Western countries whom Wani Igga has declared war against want to respond they should do so by freezing the accounts of these corrupt leaders who don’t care about the common men and women but themselves and their families.

If the families of these ministers including the president were in Bor, Malakal or Bentui, or Rumbek, they would not be beating the drums of war.

But they are happy to continue with the status quo because their families are hundreds or thousands of miles away, where they live in peace, and have access to education and health services among other privileges.

Their children will return one day to come and rule our illiterate children who will only be good enough to be recruited in the army to continue dying in the front lines.

It is important for the general public whose sons are sent to the front line or whose children are dying needlessly from government or rebel armed forces to wake up to these facts and say no to war and no to violence on our streets.

The Addis Ababa Peace Process
When the conflict erupted on 15th December and Kiir lost 3 state capitals, he quickly accepted for peace talks to be held in Ethiopia as demanded by the rebels under the leadership o f Dr. Riek Machar.

Kiir was scared not only that his government might collapse but there was a real possibility of the rebels coming to capture him alive in Juba.

But once Museveni agreed to send him troops to secure him and to secure Juba, he got a new lease of life.

When the UPDF started to help him recapture the towns of Bor, Malakal and Bentui the hitherto frightened commander in chief became emboldened and started to talk tough.

He not only brought charges against the political detainees but now is in the process of trying them for treason.

This is in spite of the regional and international outcry for the release of all the detainees and allowing them to participate in the ongoing peace process in Ethiopia.

Since the January 23rd Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, both the government and the rebel side traded accusation about violation of the Agreement.

But what is more worrying now for the nation of South Sudan is the president’s intransigence for continuation of the war demonstrated by his uncompromising attitude against peace and reconciliation.

If the president was for peace and reconciliation, as a principle partner to the peace process, he would show some measure of leniency and release the detainees and give chance to the peace process.

Unfortunately the president flanked by his mafia gangs he calls ministers or presidential advisors, seem to believe in the possibility of either isolating Riek Machar or having an outright military victory against him.

In other words, Salva Kiir wants to push for a win-win situation which is a very rare commodity in today’s world.

Apart from trial and error tactics it would be an exaggeration to claim that the government has a clear strategy to end the war.

This is reflected in the confusion and utter frustration at the pinnacle of the government.

On the one hand it’s trying to undermine IGAD mediated peace process by denouncing individual member countries or their leaders such as Ethiopia, on the other it is begging the regional body to send it troops to protect the oil fields and protect other national facilities.

After frustrating the peace talks in Addis Ababa, Juba confidently formed a so called high level SPLM committee to work on peace and reconciliation within the embattled SPLM party.

Unfortunately for Kiir, his advisers advised him to include Taban Gai, the chief negotiator on the rebel side whom he has not only dismissed from the party but who along with 6 others have been accused of treason!

When Dr. Justin Ambago exposed on this website(March 7th), the absurdity of including people who are not under his jurisdiction into the said committee; the President did what he does best: denied ever forming such a Committee.

It is very clear that by its deeds and words, the government in Juba is not seeking a genuine peace.

The world needs to realise that the unreasonable government of Salva Kiir Mayardit is not negotiating peace in good faith.

Let us not forget that it took the world 10 years to negotiate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which brought the north –south conflict to an end in 2005.

If that is the sort of record of a people we can go by, then IGAD and UN and the international community at large has to braze its self for long haul.

The CPA talks got underway in earnest only when the then US peace envoy in John Danford released a report in 2001 which sought to hold both Khartoum and SPLM/A accountable should they not negotiate the peace in good faith. And it worked.

The US is today understandably lukewarm about directly engaging with leaders of the new republic, because of their unreasonableness. Not everyone wants to or has time to waste on people who seem to be living in another planet.

It is thus difficult to see who can weld such a “stick” to bring seriousness into the negotiating table.

The US had at onset of the mutiny threatened sanctions against personalities on both sides of the conflict, what is stopping them form carrying out the sanctions since the peace process is deliberately being impeded primarily by contradictory and unreasonable behaviours of the president and his ministers.

During the CPA negotiations, the leading personalities and their so called resource persons earned good daily allowances, enough to maintain their families in relative comfort while the rest of the suffering populations languished in hunger and poverty in the refugee camps or in the bushes of south Sudan.

Juba will be sending in a team of people for the negotiations to earn daily allowances to prop their meagre and irregular salaries in Juba to ease financial strains on ministers which will in turn relieve pressure on government.

In typical South Sudanese style, ministers and other constitutional post holders or even opposition political parties will be scrambling to be included in the peace negotiations not just to enjoy the relative peace and comfort of Addis Ababa but also the financial incentives to boost their take-home pay.

Thus the world needs to know that the peace negotiation is another weapon in the hands of Salva Kiir to use for bribing support within his beleaguered government.

Those who get chosen to go to Addis will feel loved by the president and those left out will work hard to be included to show they too are in the president’s inner circle. And the war will go on and on while the ordinary people suffer the consequences in silence.

The Trial of the 4 detainees
On Tuesday 11th March the SPLM led government has started the trial of the 4 detainees: Pagan Amum Okech, Oyai Deng Ajak, Majak Agoot , and Ezekiel Gatkuoth. This trial is an unfair trial for two reasons if nothing else.

First and foremost South Sudan operates a selective justice system. The principle of universality of justice demands that all must be subject to the same system of justice.

In this particular case, a principle personality who was present with all the accused in the December 6th Press Conference namely Rebecca Garang is exempted from prosecution.

There is no legal justification for this exclusion except a political consideration, which means that there is no equality of persons in the country.

If Salva Kiir can pardon Rebecca Garang for political reasons, for the same political reasons he should pardon these individuals.

Pagan Amum and Oyai Deng have unquestionable contribution for the liberation of our people from the yoke of Arab colonialism which unfortunately has now been substituted by dinkocratic colonialism. Furthermore they have been principle actors in the CPA implementation during the interim period 2005-2011.

These are not only comrades of Salva Kiir Mayardit but Kiir has wined and dined with them many times over.

By putting these gallant sons of South Sudan on trial, Salva Kiir has put himself on trial for humanity Whatever these people have done; cannot be worst that the personal responsibility Salva Kiir must take for bringing ruins on the country.

Oyai Deng has won battles against jallaba more than Salva Kiir ever did if any. These gallant sons of south Sudan are being personally persecuted by Salva Kiir because in my view they form the core of the so-called Garang boys.

Because of their personal competence and confidence in what they do, they are a threat to the self worth of Salva Kiir and therefore, Kiir must publicly humiliate them in a pathetic special kangaroo court to make his small ego feel big.

There is nothing we can do to rescue you guys but do not despair, take courage, the Lord Almighty will be with you in your darkest moments as you are tormented day in day out by satanic Salva Kiir Mayardit.

We also know that you have already been convicted by the State and the so called special court is just set up to pass its sentence.

No one can expect a fair trial and fair sentencing when the government calls on the judiciary to pass the maximum sentence.

What fairness is there when there is a premeditated outcome? And we can also see where the sentence is heading. Comrade Pagan has already been subjected to derogatory treatment and his human rights curtailed for over a year.

All of you have been tried by the public, the media, the SPLM special branch and now the so-called court.

In normal justice system, an accused remains innocent until proven guilty but in South Sudan’s dinkocratic justice system, an accused is guilty until proven innocent.

How can the accused prove himself innocent when there is no access to fair trial or representation? This is the reality of the world we live in and this is what every south Sudanese who want to live in peace and love with his neighbour must work to change.

The only way these people can receive fair trial is if they are accorded the opportunity to be tried outside the country in a neutral and non coercive environment.

And one actually wonders why the trial cannot be moved to Addis under the auspices of the AU.

No one ever comes back when they die. And therefore if anyone is to lose their lives, they must exhaust all options and fairness that could be accorded to them.

Denying these people justice will lead to a another scenario where the president will be subjected to torment by the ghosts of these comrades.

As for the group of 7 who have now been recalled back to Juba, you have your fates in your hands. You may be tempted to return simply because you believe you will get lighter sentences but by now you should know the unpredictability of Mayardit.

Your conditional release also puts the Kenyan president on the spot light. He has a tough decision to make to allow you to take asylum in any country of your choice definitely not Kenya, or to bring you back for the slaughter.

People of your calibre should know how to handle Mayardit. The choice is yours. As for President Uhuru Kenyatta one would expect him to do the decent thing.

In as much as Kenya needs to do business with Juba for the obvious economic benefits it has enjoyed since 2005, money is not everything hence I hope the Kenyan people will not like their government to release clearly vulnerable detainees into the hands of its unreasonable president.

Kiir had said that the reason he released these detainees into your custody was because he couldn’t guarantee their security in Juba. Only last night a ‘top’ military officer was gunned down in the centre of Juba , can Kiir promise safety of these people before they are returned to Juba?

If you cannot secure such guarantee, as a head of state of a sovereign country you and the other IGAD leaders should bring pressure to bear on Kiir including suspending his membership of IGAD and most importantly of the AU.

The neighbouring countries cannot continue to do business as usual with a regime that is slaughtering its own people. Membership of these bodies as well as that of the UN must be premised on fulfilment of internationally accepted norms or conduct.

Kiir’s government should be put on probation until it fulfils the basic requirement of belonging to a community of nations. It is high time the IGAD leaders differentiated between the needs of the people of South Sudan from the interest of a sinking president.

President Kiir has not accepted your demonstration of solidarity and goodwill in good faith. As long as he is concern, the neighbouring countries needs him because he is the rich guy on the block.

I hate to think that he might be using our oil money to throw his weight about in the IGAD block by bribing other leaders to be on his side.

To be sure that IGAD is not fuelling the conflict by empowering Kiir, they should not react emotionally or selfishly but take time to study this creature and his dinkocratic system, to ensure you do not create a monster amongst yourselves whose existence you will one day regret.

Juba behaves like a spoilt brat or the new kid on the block who demands underserved respect and importance or else. Because we have a president who is incompetent and feels deeply inferior he has a burning desire to be seen, and acknowledged.

It is said that Kiir is wondering why he cannot be respected and revered in his view as John Garang was. This is why he surround himself with cowards whom he calls his loyalists because these yes men and women worship him unconditionally and can do anything demanded of them.

Attention seeking has thus become the number one political strategy of the government. Like a new kid on the block they will cause as much havoc as necessary to be recognised including colluding with other bad guys on the block to push their views across.

This means attention seeking is their lifeline or blood line. It is what is making them go to sleep and wake up in the morning. Every morning they wake up to push on the old buttons or devise new ones to keep them on the headlines.

Today, its attacking the UN or ordering trial of the 4 detainees, tomorrow it will be issuing this or that decree. Everything is aimed at instilling fear among the citizens.

Any of these realities send chilling waves through spines of reasonable people. These people are so blood thirsty that they can do the ultimate: rob off these comrades off their young lives.

Whereas the rebels are insisting that their demands for releasing the detainees be met on the other hand this demand has now put the government on a stronger footing because it is using it to intimidate and blackmail the world.

To be able to stand up against Juba’s unreasonable intransigence we need to liberate ourselves from the bondage of fear of the unknown; bondage that the group of 4 may be summarily executed by Kiir.

We need also to free the UN and the international Community from this unreasonable behaviour of blackmailing the UN or the international community.

The UN or international community must be free to discharge its duty without being drug into impotence by a belligerent government that has never shown the ability to stand on its own two feet.

Salva Kiir released the detainees because he needed a breathing space and also deceive the world that he was genuine for peace.

Now that they have been guaranteed the UN force to protect the oil fields, their worst nightmare is over and they are back to where they were in January at the heat of the moment.

Salva Kiir and his mafia gangs in Juba ought to understand that South Sudan voluntarily opted to join the world body in July 2011 after its declaration of independence.

By opting to join the UN they have opted to play by the rules of the United Nations as a family of nations. The United Nations does and fulfils a number of functions in keeping peace in today’s world.

If the government of South Sudan doesn’t want to be a part of the world body, it should withdraw its membership and leave the world body to those who are matured enough to partake in world matters.

If I were to have a view, I would suggest South Sudan be suspended from the world body until such a time when it can demonstrate respect for a body they want to be a part of.

If Salva Kiir’s regime is isolated by the UN, AU, IGAD and the international community at large, it might be forced to think again and start talking peace in good faith.

It’s only then that the government of Salva Kiir will be able to seriously address the issues facing his country in earnest.

At the moment, he has too many people or agencies to use as scapegoats to cover up his incompetence and failures, thus avoiding and evading real issues which matter most to the people of South Sudan.

When Salva Kiir is left alone, or isolated from the world community, the South Sudanese will be able to feel the brute force of their dictator president and perhaps they can be moved to do something about him.

There is an armed rebellion, what is now left is an internal uprising for this hated government to collapse. END