MISQUOTED DR ANNA ITTO BRACES TO PRESS CHARGES FOR DEFAMATION AGAINST MONITOR REPORTER: A JUMP FROM FRYING PAN INTO FIRE!
BY: DAVID KANYARA AJU, JUBA, OCT/11/2013, SSN;
Dr Anna Itto, currently the SPLM acting Secretary-general, first made her début in the Juba Monitor on Nimule payam chief Ajugo murder case by naming the Ma’di supreme leader, Lopirigo Angelo Voga, as ‘prime suspect’ and also implicating Brigadier Martin Kenyi, the very uncle of the late chief in the case.
The murder of chief Ajugo came amidst the crisis of Nimule Town council (NTC) being forced on the Ma’di by the Eastern Equatoria State Government (EES Govt.), of which Dr Itto has allegedly vested interest.
Chief Ajugo’s declaration of withdrawal of his signature in support of the NTC without proper and wider consultation of the Ma’di did not only come as a shock but as embarrassingly disarming to the EES Govt. in seeing the implementation of the NTC through.
Subsequently, this resulted in silencing the chief for good, unlawful and forceful imprisonment of the Lopirigo, Ma’di leaders, elders and those who were vocally opposed to the NTC until proper and wider consultations with the Ma’di people was conducted.
Surprisingly, Itto’s emotive and callous utterances in her capacity as the SPLM party leader, was in order to pull her weight (abuse of SPLM powers) in the cover up of a crime known in the quarters of EES Govt. in order to protect their interests – undemocratic implementation of the Nimule Town Council (NTC). An act totally unseen or heard of in our new Democratic Republic of South Sudan.
“More arrests will follow…”
True to her prophesy, more arrests have taken place since the death of chief Ajugo just over a month ago.
Among the remarkable arrests made were that of late Ajugo’s own mother, wife and brother who found themselves at the Nimule police station following allegations by the authorities that the late Ajugo possessed firearms.
Now, this seriously begs a question, supposing indeed there was a gun in the possession of the late Ajugo, was that the murder-weapon the EES Govt. wished to plant for solving this murder case?
As if not enough emotional torment had already been meted out to the deceased’s family, the EES Govt. went ahead and ordered the arrest of Brigadier Martin Kenyi, the uncle of late Ajugo, for allegedly arming the Ma’di against the Acholi.
Dr Itto, do these baseless and careless utterances fulfil your prophesy or are they mere coincidences?
Was that why Brigadier Obotu Mamur, whom you as SPLM Secretary General in collusion with your partner in crime failed Ambassador Mr John Anduga aka Ogo got summoned to Nimule, where you filled him with a bunch of lies in order to carry out your dirty motives?
Clearly, What you have done here is a shameful disservice to the SPLM by tarnishing the party’s name for your petty gains.
What EES Govt. has done so far has diverted efforts seeking justice for late Ajugo, his immediate family and the entire Ma’di community at large. Ajugo deserves better than that.
The ghost list kept seeping through. More arrests took place in Nimule. Other community members were summoned to Tort for questioning as part of the procedures in the investigations but only to be locked up in Torit Kobar maximum-security prison.
Mind you, Lopirigo Angelo Vuga and his deputy, according to the acting EES Governor were detained for interrogation and once that was over they would either be charged or released.
Reportedly, they have since been subjected to severe torture, humiliation, basic human rights and medical care denial held in prison cells under dire conditions. However, no signs of charges have been brought against them or any release effected one month on.
For majority of the leaders and community elders, they have been illegally detained for over one month now, being denied their civil liberty.
The EES Govt. is employing an authoritarian rule in EES. Locking up these individuals against whom they have no evidence is a political game employed to shun the democratic voice of the Ma’di people on issues pertinent to their land, welfare, basic existence and heritage.
Where do you stand in this, Ms. Itto? In your cunning self, Itto, you have definitely abused the power vested upon you by the SPLM party to cynically establish yet another tier of government within EES.
Your own self-appointed person managed to command the police in the arrest of Ma’di community leaders and elders. You have managed to prejudge them as prime suspects and continue to prophesize more arrests – leaving no stones unturned yet no turned stones truly giving legitimate answers to the one-million dollar question of who actually killed late Ajugo?
And when your premeditated illegitimate arrests did not shy the Ma’di community as you expected when they followed your paths to the media, you ran to the very media where your smiles and grinning turned into foul cry; chasing a reporter who simply did what you wanted at your command!
Seeking to sue this Monitor reporter for defamation when they reported you breaking the news is just an act of putting up a front. Threats and throwing your weight about has been your style of bullying our community to yielding to your demand.
It may acquire you land from the helpless you bully into selling you land but it will not sustain your position in the credible SPLM office you represent.
This time round, we the Ma’di community whom you have dissociated from up till NTC imposition (of which you are a beneficiary) will hold you accountable should anything happen to this reporter who was simply doing his job.
Your further rise to fame promoted through the lenses should be credible to your name, not through lies. And when you cannot stand tall to refute your own cascades of lies, you re-coil back like a rain-stricken chicken.
“Before his downfall, a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honour.” Prov. 18:12
The one remedy left for you is to apologise to the elders and leaders you have wronged. The same authority you gave that saw them locked up, you can give to release them. Only that can set your dirty political path clear.
David Kanyara Aju, a member of concerned Ma’di, Ma’di community.
A voice for voiceless.