Concerned Madi Community condemns Bus attack & killing by Government forces on Juba-Nimule road

From: David Aju Kanyara , NOV/20/2015, SSN;

On behalf of Ma’di youth and people of Ma’di, we the concerned community members both in the diaspora and in the homeland extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the barbaric attacks inflicted on civilian transportation on Juba-Nimule road which left 5 innocent lives dead and unknown numbers injured on early Thursday morning’s attack.

We condemn in the strongest terms possible this cowardly attack on unarmed civilians on our peaceful motherland; we decry the shedding of Civilian blood on our Soil.

We strongly reiterate here that we do not want senseless killings of innocent lives in our Ma’diland and we are tired of this murderous scheme into which our land has been thrown.

The last few weeks Moli region has witnessed the government forces intimidating and demanding to be supported with food items, and where they cannot get it, they take it by force or by plain thievery.

Farmers were looted dry of their cassavas and other farm products.

Several Eyewitnesses and survivors report it was the very same government forces stationed in Moli who attacked this bus.

We are astonished and angered to see an unprecedented actions by government soldiers in Moli and surrounding villages, to which the government soldiers were immediately deployed as a cover up of their evil deeds of ambushing the civilian bus leaving dead five people, two Somali nationals, two Ugandan nationals and one south Sudanese, while those who survived the attacked were looted flat from all their valuables and money.

Mr. SPLA Spokesperson, Philip Aguer, there are no Bandits in Ma’diland. There are only SPLA Soldiers who have maimed and taken the lives of our innocent civilians from the birth of South Sudan.

Does it surprise anyone that before even an investigations can be conducted the Speaker concluded it was Bandits that attacked the bus? Is this a design to attack our land and kill more again?

Why would Juba deploy such massive number of soldiers to intimidate and harass civilian populations in Moli instead of sending investigation team to probe the incident, to find out exactly what happened and to bring to book the soldiers who have abused their constitutional obligations to protect the civilian?

The massive deployment of the very criminal soldiers, who in the past killed the locals and never had good relations with the locals was meant to cover up the barbaric and cold blooded murder of the innocent passengers on Friendship bus company, we have also established the reason why early Thursday attack on civilian bus was conducted by the army.

The primary reason to execute the unprecedented attack was to justify that there is insecurity or insurgency in the area, hence the Juba led government would use the purported insecurities in the area in pretext to justify its policy of illegal land grab to establish an army barracks in the area.

As well, we have also learnt the area where the attack took place, the very spot was surveyed by the defense ministry to relocate its army barracks as part of the implementation of IGAD compromise peace agreement for Juba to be demilitarized within 90 days.

We were told by the people in the area, the land owners are opposed to the relocation program of the military in populated and farmland of the people, that they would rather give the government some land 15km away from main road.

This will also avoid constant security road blocks set by the army along the highway to intimidate the civilians and loot them as they did on Thursday bus attack.

But according to the report, the government has refused the offer, thus Thursday’s attack is simply an act of government soldiers to use the insecurity as pretext to establish its barracks in the area also meant to resettle more Dinka in the area, if the locals like it or not.

Second reason why the government attacked the civilian bus is again to make it look like as if there are presences of the rebels in the area, this way the army will legally justify its deployment to protect the illegal cattle owners who’re from Dinka tribe.

It is a well known facts that since more than a year ago the cattle keepers from Dinka tribe have been roaming in Moli with their cows devastating farmlands.

This is after the president issued ultimatum for all cattle and their owners to return to their respective places.

But, intentionally, the decree lacked implementation and there was no task force in placed to enforce the decrees though the President relocated some of his own cows from Central Equatoria state to Warrap, his home state.

The legitimate question that begs to be asked is why does the government want to escalate the insecurity in Ma’di land by attacking civilian transport system after it has signed the peace agreement with the rebels?

It is clear to most southerners that unfortunately this government has not ceased its hostility against its own population, and the bloodthirsty SPLA/army is not ready to end the senseless war in the country.

Therefore, we urge all the peace loving people of our nation to join us in condemning this barbaric act by Kiir’s government which escalates more unrest.

We also urged all the people of south Sudan to condemn in the strongest terms possible the killing of innocent people specially citizens of friendly nations to South Sudan.

There are procedures that need to be followed if the government needs land to relocate its army from Juba as part of the implementation of the peace agreement.

They should approach the legitimate landowners without intimidation or causing of insecurity as pretext to grab land.

We urge the communities of East African bloc in which south Sudan is about to become a full member, we urged the members of EAC to delay admission of south Sudan for killing Ugandan nationals on civilian bus.

We would like further inform IGAD and its partners of the violations of the peace agreement by the government and abuses of human rights on Ma’di Soil.

After Thursday attack by none other than the government forces, they now have deployed heavily and many youth and school children aged as young as 12 were randomly rounded up and subjected to harsh interrogation process including sleep deprivation and long standing and finger twisting mechanisms, all applied by the interrogators to make the youth to give false confessions.

This is an act of torture and other degrading inhuman treatments, prohibited by the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1975.

The declaration’s article clearly stated that:

“For the purposes of this Convention, the term ‘torture’ means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. “

In conclusion, we urged the government of Mr. Kiir to respect human rights and abide by the international declaration of human rights, convention of prohibition of tortures and other degrading cruel inhuman punishments as declared on December 9-1975 Convention to prevent torture.

David Aju Kanyara.
Sign on behalf of the Ma’di community youth in Ma’di motherland.

11 Comments

  1. Gatdarwich says:

    There’s absolutely no doubt that the JCE engineered the killing and fabricated insecurity in Juba-Nimule highway for the sole evil intent of sending in their tribal militiamen, to commit massacres in Madiland period. These traitorous-Jenge, will not, and shall not stop shedding innocents’ bloods in South Sudan, as long as the 60 plus tribes are permitting them to do so.

  2. Kaluma MAdigo says:

    The Cowardly killings of these innocent civilians took place Thursday morning, by Thursday night the Presidential guards, the very illegal militias that massacre and committed genocide against our Nuer Brothers and Sister in Juba was dispatched to Pageri. The following morning they attacked SPLA-IO bases in the region. Since when does investigations of Crime is so fast in South Sudan? Since when is the killing of anyone resolve so fast? Since when, from the cold blooded murder of Isaiah Abraham to the 9 journalists killed, anyone has ever been arrested but yet this crime, Juba concluded in less than 12 hours that it was SPLA-IO when they haven’t arrested anyone at the crime scene??
    It is obvious to anyone who have brain and has taken time to study the mode of operations of Kiirs tribal government that this was a planted attack to justify going after SPLA-IO camps in EES.

    We have an evil government worse than the Arabs and we must and it is a national obligation to bring it down by all means possible.

    VIVA south Sudan, VIVA!!

    • alex says:

      Kaluma
      Did you see how when attempting to lie you will contradict your selves
      Aju claim there aren’t rebels in Madi land. Now you are aware of the presence of Splm in opp rebels. This is an indication that you are covering rebels
      which is not a secret to everyone. Killing innocent civilians is a crime. The hide out of those rebels has mow been found. One killed and guns recovered. You will now work to convince the governments of Uganda and Somalia that Konyi’s hands are clean.

      • Kaluma MAdigo says:

        Alex, You are a disgrace! What does Kiir gives you? Some of you are like dogs that will lick the feet of their master no matter how evil that master is! These dogs will come after even children to simply defend one that feeds them. Ask yourself this, how comes all tribes including some Dinka Clans hate this regime?

        Aju did not say there are no Bandits in Madiland but SPLA! If you small did not get this, what he meant is there is SPLA and SPLA-IO in Midland but no Bandit, and those that came close to Bandits are those who have killed more people in Midland than even the Jellabas could only dare. Remember it was the Son of Madi that led the first war of independence where your kiir was taught manhood by one of my own blood, But he went away from this great teaching!

        Since the signing of the peace deal which allows both sides to stop fighting and maintain their own military thus the SPLA-IO Eastern Equatoria Division are not rebels since the peace deal, they have rights to be in their bases and Kiir has no business attacking their base.

        You have no ideas how many SPLA juba died in this attacks. You are going after those Eastern Equatorian sons who taught south sudan how to fight guerrilla warfare!! BIG MISTAKE! Many coffins will return to Juba on daily basis! Watch my lips!

        Kiir will face a warfare that will remind him of the 1960’s. We do not need Gunships nor jet fighters! If this was necessary south Sudan could have never won its independence for we had none of these but we beat the Arabs! Fighting for one’s land and protection of their people and ancestral land is never equal to fighting for salary of evil plans of tribal dominance!

        • alex says:

          Kalumaa
          You just talk but Kirr a gorilla leader who defeated a country backed by whole of Arab world.
          You will regret you actions. You have no vision and you didn’t know what you are fighting for. You are bigots

  3. alex says:

    You people fool your selves. Killings in Kajokeji, Yei roads.
    The rebels are not for peace and they are not caring about civilians

  4. alex says:

    Aju your people move in Uganda freely no body there to touch them.
    Its the guilt consciousness that has made you to write all this nonsense. Continue to arm Martin Kenyi.
    Kenyi is not different from your leader. All are Khartoum’s allies. This is still your continuesion of the Khartoum project. Kenyi will follow the same way he killed those innocent civilians. He will not win God

  5. Alier-kon says:

    Dear Gatdarwich & madi Rebels,

    By attacking passengers on the Juba-Nimule road will not help you and it is our duty to send you to see God, by doing such negative and cowardice behaviors to wards innocent civilians lives.
    your rebels are negatives force in the region which was describe by the vice President James wani igga.
    Rebels will never, never successes in any battle to fight SPLA and Government at large.

    • Kaluma MAdigo says:

      Allier-Kon, be my guest! Anytime in Eastern Equatoria and in Magwi county! Have you started to count the bodies returning to Juba yet?

  6. Alier-kon
    you are really a miserable fool,just keep on supporting your tribemen the dinka general who luck an institutional capacity in governace, nearly you are about to meet the consiquences of killing our innocent,felow citizen as your tribe is known to be a curse to this beloved country south sudan.
    God bless ma’di community atlarge..! Am a true son of ma’di @Tabanremis

  7. alex says:

    Kaluma your leader Riack has been tricked to swallow a hook and he can not get it out
    of his stomach. What remain now is pulling the rope of the hook slowly until we catch the head. For his
    follow Martin Kenyi he will be pulled with his tail under the legs. Just give him ira alcohol to catch him. One bottle is enough and a piece of ebi fish and the mission is done

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