Category: Press Releases

LATEST: Rebel shelling rocks South Sudan oil town, Bentiu

TUESDAY, FEB/10/2015, SSN;

REBEL fighters in South Sudan bombarded government positions Tuesday in the oil town of Bentiu, a day after the UN launched a $1.8 billion aid appeal to stave off famine in the war-wracked country.

Loud explosions were heard in the northern town, capital of Unity state and one of the hardest fought over regions in the 14-month long war, and where 53,000 civilians are sheltering inside a United Nations camp.

“The rebels are shelling our positions in Bentiu,” Defence Minister Kuol Manyang told AFP. “This is a violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, and we will act in self defence.”

Aid workers in the northern town of Bentiu confirmed the shelling, saying they briefly took shelter in bunkers. Fighting broke out in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, in December 2013 when President Kiir accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup. The fighting in the capital Juba set off a cycle of retaliatory massacres across the country.

Both government forces loyal to Kiir and rebels loyal to Machar continue to fight, despite numerous ceasefire deals. The UN estimates that 2.5 million people are in a state of emergency or crisis, steps just short of famine.

‘Man-made crisis’
The latest fighting comes a day after donors pledged $529 million (467 million euros) towards a $1.8 billion aid appeal by the UN, with over 2.5 million people on the brink of famine.

UN aid chief Valerie Amos on Monday warned the warring leaders they had to show a committment to peace. Top US official Anne C. Richard said that no conflict around the world today filled Washington with as “much frustration and despair” as South Sudan. Richard, US Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees, said some areas were “teetering on the brink of famine”, and that people “continue to suffer and die unnecessarily because their leaders are unwilling to do what it takes to restore peace.”

Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have been set a March 5 deadline to strike a final peace agreement, but previous deadlines have been repeatedly ignored despite the threat of sanctions.

The next round of faltering peace talks is due to resume on February 19. Washington, a key backer of South Sudan’s independence in 2011, warned the leaders on Tuesday they “bear full responsibility for this man-made crisis” and must make “the needed compromises to reach a final agreement.”

Almost two million have been forced from their homes and 500,000 of them have fled abroad to neighbouring countries. No overall death toll for the war has been kept by the government, rebels or the United Nations, but the International Crisis Group says it estimates that at least 50,000 people have been killed. END

AFP

Press Release: Mundari Community condemns Kwὃrijik-Luri/Dejeri incident

PRESS RELEASE, FEB/05/2015,

Following the unfortunate incident in Dejeri village of Northern Bari Payam on Sunday 18th 2015, between some Mundari cattle herders and some community members of Dejeri which culminated into loss of precious lives, injury of scores of people, burning of residences, displacement of residents from Kwὃrijik-Luri, and untold suffering of the people affected.

The Mundari Community Union (MCU) and the entire Mundari Community residents in Juba held an emergency community meeting on Friday 23rd January 2015, in which the sitting condemned in the strongest terms possible the incident of Dejeri (Kwὃrὃjik-Luri) and regretted the loss of dear lives and property.

The participants sent their heart-felt and sincere condolences to the grieved families and pray to the Almighty God to rest the souls of the deceased in eternal peace, and give their families strength and faith.

The meeting unanimously resolved the following:
1) The meeting appeals for peace to prevail and all persons involved should refrain from all acts of violence with immediate effect and the perpetrators of these heinous acts should be brought to book.

2) Immediate removal of the Mundari cattle from Kwὃrὃjik-Luri and the surrounding areas with the help of the Hon. Commissioners of Terekeka and Juba counties and other State Law enforcement agencies.

3) The Mundari cattle herders catering for sizable cattle which belong to some Bari community members must hand over those herds peacefully to their rightful owners before departure to avoid any future claims.

4) The meeting rejects and condemn in the strongest terms the unfounded rumors and provocative propaganda by the enemies of peace that the two communities are mobilizing to attack each other.

5) Leaders of both communities (elders, intellectuals, chiefs, women, youth, civil society and other opinion leaders) should stand firm and work together as a team so as to de-escalate the tension.

6) To avoid future incidences of the same nature; the participants recommended that the State government organizes the County Commissioners in Central Equatoria to arrange and facilitate the return of all Mundari cattle camps wherever they are in the State to the county.

7) The participants resolved to request the state government to facilitate and support convening of a truth, peace and reconciliation conference in the State for conflict resolution and mitigation and to draw participants from the various sectors of the communities in the state.

8) To avoid the existing scenario from replicating itself, we urge the government of the State and development partners to pay more and indeed special attention to service delivery for Terekeka County especially in construction of dams to provide potable water for both human and animal consumption.

9) The participants requested the State government to facilitate an urgent meeting between the two communities as soon as possible.

In conclusion, as mentioned above, the incident is not an intended/ organized conflict, and we reiterate that we are not in conflict with each other but what happened was an individual case of misunderstanding between some cattle keepers and some farmers in Dejeri village of Kwὃrὃjik-Luri.

It should be known that, the Mundari and the Bari Communities since time in memorial has coexisted in peace. Therefore there is no base for these wild rumors. Hence, the meeting calls for continuous calm and peace in order to promote unity and harmony amongst the Bari and Mundari in particular and the entire people of our beloved state.

Signed by
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Wani Buyu Dyὃri Taban Emmanuel Baya
Deputy Chairperson Acting Secretary General
Mundari Community Union Mundari Community Union

Date: 24th/January/2015.

Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA): It’s Objectives

Why REMNASA was formed.
South Sudan is not only a failed state but is at the verge of disintegration very fast. The
economy has virtually collapsed with the country reported to be in debts of 1.6 billion dollars.

All these borrowed funds are deviated to buy military hardware while government employees
are not getting their salaries. The South Sudan security forces have disintegrated on tribal lines.

Development of the country has halted with roads becoming impassable. Majority of the
citizens are facing starvation while the tribal regime is spending millions of dollars on foreign mercenaries to keep it in power in Juba.

In the last 14 months, the country has been engaged in self destructive war pitting mostly two
tribes. This war was ignited when estimated 20,000 South Sudanese civilians mostly Nuer were
massacred in Juba by President Salva Kiir tribal militia which he trained in Luri while
thousands of mostly Dinka killed in Bor, Malakal and Bentiu by the unfortunate act of revenge
by Nuers. The war has completely destroyed the unity and social fabric of the country.

The root causes of the current turmoil in South Sudan stemmed from the dictatorial, corrupt,
tribalistic and incompetent nature of the regime in Juba. This regime is a product of a South
Sudan imperial president who has worked successfully to subjugate the national institutions
such as parliament and Judiciary and turned them into rubber stamps.

While South Sudan states are supposed to be service delivery organs that should bring power and resources nearer or close to the people, the central government continues to retain 80% of the resources for their own lavish lives or embezzled by individuals creating a small clique of “haves” in Juba while majority of the people of South Sudan wallow in abject poverty.

On the other hand the constitution has created a dictatorial monster who is welding his
constitutional powers to disregard the bill of rights in the constitution thus using tribal militia to commit grave human right atrocities at will. The events of 15-16 December 2013 in Juba and subsequent outbreak of fighting in South Sudan is the case in point.

While many South Sudanese thought that the current rebellion in the country would be the
savior to emancipate the country from the current deep crisis, it appears the rebel movement
has also fallen short of addressing the root causes of the problems that South Sudanese have
been yarning for since independence under the corrupt leadership of Salva Kiir.

Indeed the current peace talks in Arusha and Addis Ababa have become circus for either SPLM unification and apportion of jobs while the real fundamental problem facing the people of South Sudan have be relegated to the periphery.

The recent SPLM agreement in Arusha was nothing but a slap in the face of South Sudanese, because they are the same leaders who promulgated the so call transitional constitution that made Salva Kiir a monstrous dictator. They deprived the poor of the much needed development and created a state of despondency.

On the other hand the IGAD led Addis Ababa talks have degenerated to sharing of power The much heaved reform agenda put forward by SPLM-IO has been swept under the carpet while emphasis is being laid on who should be a president, vice president, prime minister etc.

Even IGAD forced power sharing agreement signed by Kiir and Riak is likely collapsed because it is obvious that the current leadership in Juba with its cohorts would not bulge if they are not assured of the positions that they want; positions that will enable them continue with their merciless endeavors to return the country to the dark ages of impunity.

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

For this reason, REMNASA therefore having been deeply touched by the suffering of the people and the urgent need to salvage the country from complete disintegration, has developed firm determination to unite and reconcile all the 64 nationalities of South Sudan in order to maintain the existence of the country everybody fought to liberate for prosperity of the people and posterity of the future generations.

We are inspired by the spirit and need to create new political dispensation in the country that is based on principles of freedom, equality, democracy, unity and respect for human rights
anchored in federal structure as the basis for uniting and rebuilding the country.

The Motto of this Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation is, “I am a South Sudanese
and I am proud to be South Sudanese”. The mission is to establish and sustain a multiparty
democratic Federal Republic of South Sudan where freedom and equality are paramount while
the aim is to end the current war and work for permanent peace, reconciliation and unity of the
people of South Sudan.

The main objectives to REMNASA are to:
1. Establish a political/military peoples’ movement to dislodge the genocidal President
Salvatore Kiir in order to bring the much needed reforms and services to the people of
Sudan.

2. Mobilize, recruit and continuously train a national military force to engage in the
salvation of South Sudan from the current conflict

3. Advocate for the movement both internally and internationally

4. Create awareness among the people of South Sudan to enable them fully understand the
motto, mission, aim and objectives of the movement and own it as their own movement

5. Engage all other political parties and stakeholders in South Sudan on peace process,
reconciliation and harmonious co-existence

6. Draw up strategy for achieving peace and reconciliation in the country

7. Establish Federal system based on a multiparty democracy

8. Reform the governance system, security apparatus and civil services in South Sudan in
line with the proposed federal structure in South Sudan

9. Establish contacts with neighboring and friendly nations based on mutual respect and
respect for each other territorial integrity10. With the resources the country has, provide the badly needed social services our poor people including offering free quality education and free health care services.

The achievement of these objectives will be guided by the following principles:
1. Reform of the governance structure, security sector and civil services based on Federal
constitution and structures
2. Equality and equity at all levels of governance
3. Inclusivity of all nationalities in South Sudan
4. Nondiscrimination according to gender, religion, tribe, political affiliation, colour, creed
or disability
5. Transparency and accountability
6. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
7. Respect for rule of law. Therefore nobody shall be above the law regardless of his/her
position
8. Separation of powers between the three arms of governance (Executive, Legislative and
Judiciary) so as to create checks and balances
9. Equal share of power and resources in the country based constitutionalism.
10. Noninvolvement of security organs in political arena i.e. intelligence service shall be
purely to gather intelligence and inform leadership.
11. Commitment to adequate delivery of services to the people of South Sudan
12. Create corruption free country with strong transparent and accountable public
institutions.

In conclusion, South Sudan is a country which badly needs salvation; salvation from an
autocratic leadership that has hijacked it for its own interest and domination.

REMNASA strongly believes that the South Sudan crisis cannot be solved by unifying the dreadful SPLM or by creating yet another monolithic government by the defunct SPLM politicians. What both AGAD and Tanzania government should look at is how fast reconciliation and reform agenda
can be put forward.

Secondly it needs reforms in governance, security, socio-economic and rule of law. These reforms must be enshrined in a permanent constitution based on federal form of governance. Once this is done, it really does not matter who leads the country because institutions would have been created that regulate the conduct of the leaders and prevent impunity in the country.

This is indeed where REMNASA stands and is prepared to bring to the people of South Sudan.

REMNASA JAN/02/2015
Information Department
South Sudan

Panic in Juba as SPLA Generals at Bilpam order arrest of Senior South Sudan Army Officer on Account of ‘Lost Battle Tanks’

JUBA: South Sudan is in a panic mode tonight as high military officials composing of the Chief of General Staff and his deputies order the arrest of Pariang Commanding officer, Col. Achuil Mathiang Kiirnaar. Achuil’s arrest follows a fierce fighting in Unity State last week between the South Sudan army, SPLA, and the rebels of the SPLM/iO supported by the Sudanese army. The fighting which took place at the western part of Ruweng County at Toma South, Aliiny Payam, lasted for three days.

The fighting was allegedly instigated by the rebels after they reportedly attacked and set ablaze oil facilities. Attempts by the SPLA, under the general command of Col. Achuil, to extinguish the explosive fire which threatened to destroy oil reserves worth billions of dollars was met with steep resistance mounted by the combination of the South Sudan’s rebels and the Sudan army, SAF, from Panthou.

As fighting raged on for three days and the SPLA, under the general command of Col. Achuil Mathiang were pushed back. As a result, two tanks, one with deflated wheels and another which had run out of fuel, were seized by the rebels and their SAF supporters.

As anyone might expect, the generals at Bilpam were shocked at the loss of the tanks. Achuil and his army of volunteers who have never been paid since February 2014 have become the objects of military wrath at Bilpam.

What is surprising, however, is why Achuil and his army who were supporting the cause of the government and people of South Sudan, by protecting the most important national resource there is at the moment, were to bear moral blemish.

Besides the loss of tanks, insiders also revealed that the generals have accused Achuil of taking orders from senior oil ministry officials, namely Paul Adong Bith and the Minister of Oil and Mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau.

This news has, however, not been received well both in Juba and at the frontline region of Ruweng County, the county which sits on more than 85% of proven oil reserves in Unity State.

The general concerns in Juba and around South Sudan is that, should the Panaruu people be angered, as this is likely to be the case, they might be forced to abandon their support to the government. The result is one that might tip the scale in favour of the rebels in this conflict.

Reports from Juba and Pariang.
BY: (Name withheld) Fresh News, JAN/28/2015, SSN;

Cessation of Hostility One Year On & Proliferation of Insecurity in South Sudan

Press Release:
Apart from being the top-ranked country in the world in terms of the Fragile State Index (Fund for Peace, 2014), and being classified as the most corrupt nation in the world (Transparency International, 2014), South Sudan is now a nation where no one wants to be, except for those who benefit from crises!

The FSI puts South Sudan second (score of 9.9 out of 10) to Afghanistan in terms of insecurity, and second (9.9 out of 10) to DR Congo in terms of human rights abuses and the rule of law. Together with Syria, Central African Republic and Somalia, it is a country with the highest number of refugees and IDPs!

Today marks exactly one year since the signing of the IGAD-brokered Cessation of Hostilities Agreement by the current warring factions in South Sudan. This commitment has proven a farce and a joke.

War has not only accelerated, but living conditions have continued to become unbearable even in government controlled areas, including Juba the capital city! Ethnically motivated killings and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians have gone on with impunity.

In the past five days alone, murder of civilians and pillaging of villages close to Juba and in Magwi County were committed unabated. The culprits who committed mass arrests and torture of citizens, including school going teenagers in Loa and Nimule towns, have not been brought to book until today!

Even when two business persons in Nimule were assassinated in their houses at night, the government in Juba is un-alarmed! It is also possible that the reported killings by Mundari cattle herders of civilians barely 72 hours ago, will go away unpunished!

Those killed at their doorsteps in Juba town or dragged outside their house compounds and murdered, are just cases too many to list! Life is quickly becoming hopeless for citizens in South Sudan!

When a nation is plagued with such calamities, there is only one conclusion: it is gripped with serious leadership flops. Either its leaders have lost direction, or they pay no attention to the ‘sinking ship’.

After all, this is a country adjudged by governance experts of the Fund for Peace to score 10 out of 10 in being run by ‘Factionalized Elites.’ These are people addicted to looting of the national coffers.

We don’t have the luxury of space to enumerate all the excesses of these elites. What we care to point out here is that the Government in Juba is being allowed carte blanche to go on with plunging the country!

This is a government that has even the audacity to declare elections within six months, despite many dissenting voices and despite the biting reality that the environment is not conducive for any national elections!

When will the UN, the AU and other concerned bodies say, ‘we have seen enough of South Sudan and this must be put to a stop’?!!

Rally for Peace and Democracy (South Sudan)
The RPD Interim Secretariat
REF: RPD/PR-21/15
PRESS RELEASE
22 January 2015

Madi Community USA condemns Nimule killings of community members

PRESS STATEMENT

We the Ma’di Community in the United States of America are deeply saddened, angered and aggrieved by the cold-blooded murder of our prominent business community members Mr. Daudi Kisire and Mr. Gwanya, in Nimule, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan on January 18th 2015.

We reject the killings and intimidation of our people in our own land. The Ma’di people are a peace loving people and, this is a well-established fact in South Sudan.

We would like to remind the nation, the world and the Human Rights groups that these killings have come at the heel of a massive security deployment in our ancestral homeland. On January 11, 2015, a midnight house to house arrests was conducted by the Juba government with over 200 civilians snatched in the dark of the night, out of their homes; some were children as young as 13 years old. Four priests were also arrested and detained.

We are yet again painfully reminded of the killing of our Paramount Chief, George Livio Ajugo that occurred in Sept 2013, leading to untold sufferings inflicted by the Juba government on our Youths and Community Leaders, in the name of investigating the crime, as is typical for tyrants, through tortures and unconstitutional detentions without charges and trials.

The Ma’di Community worldwide condemns in the strongest terms the killings of our people in cold blood in the name of maintaining security. We call upon the UNMISS and the International Community to take serious note of what is happening in Ma’di land and investigate the killings of this two prominent businessmen. We also call on the Government of Salva Kiir and his security apparatus to stop the killings and the arbitrary arrests of the Ma’di people in their own land.

Subject: MADI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION IN THE USA CONDEMNS IN THE STRONGEST TERMS THE KILLINGS IN NIMULE
From: KENYI MATIA OKUCU
Chairman,
Ma’di Community in the United States of America
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January 19, 2015
From: Andrew Oweny
Subject: PEACEFUL NIMULE BORDER TOWN IS SHOCK WITH KILLING OF MA’DI BUSINESS MEN DAUD KISIRE AND GWANYA THE OWNER OF MOTHERLAND LODGE
Country: South Sudan

Message Body:
Nimule 18 Jan 2015; By Andew Oweny: South Sudan Liberty News has sadly and regrettably learnt the tragedy shooting dead of Daud Kisire and Gwanya the owner of Motherland lodge in Nimule. The incident occurred at around 7:45 pm south Sudan local time.

Eye witnesses who have heard the gunshot couldn’t confirm the identity of the gunman, but immediate friends and relatives of both men have pointed fingers to government security officers, and neighbors who spoke in panic and asked for their identities to be concealed have confirmed seeing unidentified man running in the direction of Abila shortly after hearing the gunshots.

Some people in the close vicinity were terrified with the tragedy cold blooded murdered of the two well known Ma’di businessmen in what appeared to be a normal evening. They said there is nothing suspicious been reported and the two men have not received any death threat to their lives. Closed friend of two men said the killing could be related to business dispute with group of Dinka military men who have business partner with late Daud Kisire and Gwanya could have been an innocent victim.

Right now in small town of Nimule this suddenly killing of two Ma’di prominent businessmen have taken many in surprise and has brought back some fresh memory of the killing of late paramount chief of Nimule Boma, Livio Ajugo George, who was gunned down by unknown gunmen in September 2013, till to date his killer/s remained unidentified, but the local blamed his tragedy murdered on Dinka Internally Displaced persons/ IDP in Nimule, after the killing of late chief government has reacted forcibly by rounding up innocent youth and community elders.

Right now people are afraid that innocent people will found themselves in unknown environment, the relationship between the host community and their uninvited guests can be describe as unfriendly and tense given the host community are subjected into constant harassment by the IDPs roaming with guns been backed up by some elements of Dinka security personnel and government elites in Nimule and Juba.

Right now people are very shocked and the situation in Nimule is tense as security personnel are immediately been deployed at the scene, and Nimule is under curfew and what remain unknown to the local people is how the government will react to this latest killing of the two well known Ma’di businessmen, who were also believed to have bulk contracts of lucrative business venture with government elites both in Juba and Torit.

Andrew Oweny

South Sudan Liberty News

Gov. Clement Konga urges Equatorians to stay out of ‘Dinka-Nuer war’

Clement Wani Konga, Governor of Central Equatoria State has cautioned his fellow Equatorians to remain neutral and not to involve themselves in the ongoing fighting between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar. He described the civil war as a fight “between Dinka and Nuer.”

Konga stressed that there is no value for Equatorian people to join the ongoing fighting saying, “You have known that the two big tribes there are fighting among themselves and hatred has developed and it is difficult to attain peace.”

“It is the only chance that for the people of Equatoria coming together so as to bring an end to this war between Dinka and Nuer.”

“Who you are going to fight, are you going to fight with Dinka or Riek Machar? Equatorians should remain neutral so as to be able to bring peace. Equatorians should stand for peace,” Konga said.

He also urged the people of his region not to follow the path of Alfred Lado Gore, an Equatorian politician who joined the rebel group led by Riek Machar, and he further urged his newly appointed cabinet to convince Lado to come back home.

“In Central Equatoria, we are facing instability caused by those who are supporting Alfred Lado Gore, even though they are illiterate still they are able to mobilize people to cause insecurity in the state. If Lado Gore wanted to be the vice president as he is now with Riek [he is deputy of SPLM-IO], why shouldn’t he wait for election or contest the election? If Riek comes then he will be the vice president without bloodshed,” Konga said.

Governor Konga also denied some media reports saying he is going to contest in the coming election for the presidency.

From: RADIO TAMAZUG, JUBA, JAN/08/2015, SSN;

To Gov. Rizik: “A Wild Goose Can’t Evict A Domestic Chicken from their Home”

From: Nicola Bringi, CANADA, JAN/02/2015;

The people of Western Bhar El Ghazal have been studying the behavior of Governor Rezik Zacharia with great concern regarding the atrocities he is inflicting on the citizens of Western Bhar El Ghazal state.

I have come to the conclusion that, Rezik does not love the people and the land; this perhaps because he may believe he is not one of them. Yes, his mother is from the Kresh ethnic group, but his father is a Borogo from Darfur, Sudan.

Rezik’s main aim is to stay in power, whoever put him in power gives orders and he completes them and to be loyal he does even more damage. These orders are not for the betterment of the people, it is as if Rezik believes that Salva Kiir is his father in South Sudan and will continue to do so as long as he remains in power.

Some advice to Rezik, son of our sister from Western Bhar El Ghazal, if you would like to have a good political future you must first build healthy relations with the people you govern instead of allowing power to be equivalent to violence.

The grudges you hold against the people of Wau and Western Bhar El Ghazal are not understandable and continue to burn the people, yet you first should be the one burned.

We are on this earth to serve our country and do good to others, but what are you really on this earth for? It is not too late to make changes and do what you are paid to do. The only way to get rid of your bad past is to do the right things.

Disregard these violent agendas and protect and work with and for people. If your purpose is not to do good then you have chosen the wrong job and should leave it to one who cares for their brothers and sisters.

There comes a time where we realize what wrongs and rights we have done during our life time. It could be as simple as keeping grudges or speaking poor about a brother or sister; but to intentionally try to systematically enslave a people who you too call a fellow brother is unacceptable.

We have struggled in the war against the Arab invasion, we have been scared because of the British destruction, yet we have received our independence as South Sudan. Now we are being betrayed from the son of our sister.

Rezik, you have disgraced our nation by following the lead of Salva Kiir. Once Salva is tired with you he will also finish you. You need to tap into the reality of who you are without your title; another South Sudanese asking for the liberation of his people with peace.

We want peace in South Sudan and we ask you to widen your horizons in regards to progressive options in bringing social, political and economic change to our nation.

Regards,

Nicola Bringi

Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders : We’ll resist our demise by all means

PRESS STATEMENT:
Tomorrow, 15 December 2014, marks the first anniversary of the coup attempt by renegade Riek Machar Teny and the power hungry cronies of the SPLM to overthrow the constitutionally constituted and elected system of our young republic.

We wish, first, therefore, to offer our deep prayers for the souls of all those South Sudanese and others, who lost their lives in this most unfortunately sad episode in the history of our young country.

Secondly, we regret that the investigation that the president of the republic and the commander-in-chief of our national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA] had set up to investigate that very sad incident in the history of our young country has not yet published its report, for our people and the world to know the full facts of that situation.

We hope that when the report of this investigation is published, it will clear the contemptible innuendos that the enemies of our people have spread around, which deny that there was no coup attempt.

As the Council of Jieng, we want the Jieng people to know that the anti-Jieng [Dinka] conspiracy to demise the entire Jieng community marches on and to alert our people that we must all stand up to defend and protect ourselves from the world that seems so pleased to celebrate with our haters, our demise.

We alone are not South Sudan, nor are we the majority in South Sudan, to behave without regard to others. But we cannot accept that the others can ignore and cast us aside, by whatever means, including the force of arms, which Riek Machar Teny and those who support him have tried time and again.

As a community, we have sacrificed much for the freedom of this republic. Our fallen heroes in the liberation of this country cannot be disowned or ignored by anyone in this world, including those who now believe that they can cast the Jieng aside.

While our young men were falling on the front line of the war of liberation, our women and children were being captured into slavery, because we were on the front line of the war of liberation.

Now, others are saying that we must surrender to them alone, the fruits of our common endeavour. This is not going to be possible, while one single Jieng remains alive.

The hate for Jieng within the South Sudanese community is now very obvious, even to you, the few Jieng, who had been driven by anger and disagreement with the ruling system of South Sudan to join this movement of Riek Machar Teny, so clearly bent on the destruction of Jieng.

We cannot believe that you do not see the danger that is now engulfing the Jieng. We appeal to you to recognise this very clear threat to the survival of the Jieng and we appeal to you to return to the defence of the survival of Jieng and the young nation.

To Equatoria and its leaders, we merely want to say that we have taken nothing from you. If it is power sharing, it has always been us, the Jieng, who have recognised that we belonged together and it has always been the Jieng and no one else, who have always sponsored an Equatorian leader, even in the bushes of South Sudan, even while the two wars of liberation raged on.

It was the Jieng Anya-Nya commanders, who broke away from their own civilian political leadership to sponsor and support the military leadership of Joseph Lagu against their own Jieng leader, Gordon Muortat Mayen, because the Jieng wanted to get on with the war of liberation, rather than be part of an internal power struggle or political quarrels.

It was the Jieng who sponsored Joseph Lagu again, against Abel Alier, a Jieng leader, in the 1978 power struggle in Juba and who brought Lagu to power. Then look at what Lagu did; he turned around to dismiss and arrest the very Jieng leadership that sponsored him to power.

Lagu then united with the leadership of the North, the enemy that he fought, to sponsor Kokora for Equatoria against Jieng. Then came Joseph James Tombura, another Equatorian leader, sponsored by some Jieng leaders to appease Equatoria over Kokora.

Tombura ignored his sponsors and collaborated with Nimeiri and divided the South into three weak regions, giving Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiri, a vicious northern Sudan dictator, the opportunity to abrogate the autonomy of the South and forcing the second war of liberation, the outcome of which we do not regret.

Now, some Equatorians have joined hands again, with perpetual traitors, led by Riek Machar Teny and now think that it can again target the Jieng. We urge them to reconsider their support for the purpose of maintaining a coherent nation.

The IGAD mediators of the current conflict, which Riek Machar Teny has imposed on the people of South Sudan, are now trying to say that they too, can become the king makers over the people of South Sudan. Incredibly, the IGAD mediators now believe that they can constitute themselves as the power over South Sudan, instead of just meditating peace to end the conflict.

The well-known process of peace mediation is that if the struggle for power is the cause of the conflict, which is clearly the case with renegade Riek Machar Teny and his cronies, then the legitimate and the legal leader of the government of the day, which is Salva Kiir Mayardit in the case of South Sudan, is fully supported and asked to be magnanimous in power, to accommodate back to power, those who had challenged his authority and failed.

This is done, so that the challenger gives up his illegal arms to again become part of the constitutional system of the country. This is not what the IGAD mediators want to do. They want to abrogate the constitutional order of South Sudan and to replace it with their suggested most unconstitutional system. This is being attempted at the time when the constitutional order of the Republic of South Sudan is due for an election in only a few months.

We had appealed to the IGAD mediators on 5th September 2014, to maintain the constitutional system of South Sudan and assist the young republic to run elections due in 2015. This is the best way to replace the head of state of South Sudan and its parliament. If President Salva Kiir Mayardit is truly as unpopular as some in Equatoria and renegade Riek Machar Teny think he is, then the constitutional way out is the elections.

The trick now being played is obvious. If Salva Kiir Mayardit accepts to be side-lined by the IGAD mediators and not by the people of South Sudan through an election, we see clearly what the objective is. It is that when the mandate for Salva Kiir Mayardit runs out in July 2015, he will no longer have legitimacy. Any legitimacy that he may have at that point, will only be at the mercy of the IGAD mediators. Everything, including regional or even international trusteeship will all come to play at that point.

As Jieng elders, representative of the views of our wider Jieng community across South Sudan, we will not accept this and no one can fool us into silence on this matter. If the world is serious about peace in South Sudan, let them organise and supervise the 2015 general elections in South Sudan.

If whoever candidate we support is defeated in a fair and free election, including President Salva Kiir Mayardit himself, we will accept and recognize that result. If not, a change of regime in Juba, especially a change that will replace the elected system of South Sudan without an election, is totally unacceptable. We will resist it and oppose it, using all legitimate means available to the Jieng community across the entire republic of South Sudan.

May Almighty God guide us towards the fulfillment of our legitimate and just cause.

Long Live The Republic of South Sudan!

THE JIENG (DINKA) COUNCIL OF ELDERS
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
DEC/14/2014, SSN
Juba, 14 December 2014

South Sudan Nuer students & entire communities in Addis Ababa agree to commemorate the December 15 Juba massacre on time

From: Mekonen Tefere, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Speaking to the press on Sunday, December 14, 2014, the Nuer Christian Mission Network (NCMN) deputy chairperson Evangelist Yien Chagor elaborated that the commemoration day will take place on time per plan and as it happened in Juba.

South Sudan witnessed heavy loss of human lives, properties and physical infrastructures since December 2013. Meanwhile 1.5 million had been displaced and thousands of citizens reportedly had been killed. The International Crisis Group (ICG) said on its report published on April 2014 that Human rights abuses and other atrocities had been committed by both warring parties.

Evangelist Yien added that the event would start by 08:00am to late afternoon on Monday, 15 December 2014 at St. Mathew Anglican Church, Arat Killo. “We invite everybody, media houses and International Community to come and witness the commemoration.” Evangelist Chagor supplemented after the Church services at St. Mathew Anglican Church in Addis Ababa. He mentioned that community would use the day for fasting, prayer, lighting candles, and songs from Nuer hymnal as part of mourning.

In another development, the representative of Nuer Students Union in Mekane Yesus Seminary – Mr. Stephen Bol Pal disclosed that they [students] would first organize mourning at Seminary level before the public mourning kick-off at St. Mathew Anglican Church. The Seminary President Dr. Belay Guta welcome the move instead urged the Seminary’s communities to share the commemoration with South Sudanese students. “I appeal to the entire Seminary community to come and mourn with our South Sudanese brothers”. Dr. Belay said in the public gathering.

William Deng Ker Chagor, the Deputy Chairperson of the Students Union confirms that they [students] had printed Black Polo T. shirts with some wordings and a picture of a dead mother dragged by her son. “This black T. shirt indicates the blood of innocents Nuer who were targeted and killed in Juba.” Tot Jock Jith, the secretary for Students added.

Finally, Evangelist James Ret Lew, the Chairperson for Nuer Christian Mission Network calls for justice on those who committed the atrocities.

The authored can be reached on mekonentefere@gmail.com