On February 13, 2015, the regime in Juba supported by Danish Church Aid (DCA) through RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL co-opted a few individuals (Emilio Igga and David Eriga) from the Ma’di Community to support a proposal in form of a “MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT” between the Ma’di Community and the Dinka IDPs in Ma’di area. This document if signed not only encourages mass tribal migration, land grabbing, and insecurity but legitimizes IDPs not to return to their ancestral land.
The Ma’di Community in Diaspora and at home rejects the document in its entirety and condemns DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL in the strongest terms possible for being part of fueling conflict, encouraging and legitimizing land grabbing in Ma’di Area in particular and South Sudan at large.
Issues of land in the Ma’di area are the responsibility of the Ma’di Community under the Leadership of Lopirigo Amb. Angelo Vuga Morgan and Lagu Jabakana Kodara, Deputy Lopirigo who is languishing in one of the secret detention centers created by the Kiir regime in Juba.
Government and NGO representatives have no mandate or responsibility to negotiate or sign any document on behalf of the Ma’di people.
The Ma’di People urges all its leaders (Youth, Women, Chiefs, etc) not to sign such a document; signing such a document amounts to not only the betrayal of the Ma’di people and mortgaging their ancestral land but initiates direct confrontation between the Ma’di People and their leadership and encourages the Ma’di People to resist and fight all levels (National, State and Local) of government in South Sudan.
The Ma’di Community calls upon DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL to immediately withdraw this document and cease from any further consultation on this matter.
DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL shall be held responsible by the Ma’di Community if they continue to support that leads to signing of the MOA.
The Ma’di Community calls on its members to remain vigilant and reject any interference from Government representatives and NGOs and to immediately expel DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL from Ma’di area. The interest of DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL is not peace building but rather to exploit the current crisis in the country to benefit them.
The Ma’di Community also calls upon DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL to immediately withdraw its personnel and programs from Ma’di area without any further delay.
The Ma’di Community further calls upon the peace loving people of South Sudan to reject DCA and RECONCILE INTERNATIONAL from carrying out activities in South Sudan. Their intention is not peace building but rather fueling conflict, encouraging and legitimizing land grabbing in South Sudan.