Equatoria: Rise and defend your rights and freedoms

BY: Col. (Rtd). Wani Tombe Lako Lokitari, MAR/27/2014, SSN;

This is a formal general call to all men, women and youth of Greater Equatoria. All of you in Diaspora and inside the Sovereign Republic of South Sudan (SRSS), all of you, rise and take the lead, in the defense of the motherland, which is the defence of your comprehensive rights and freedoms. No one shall do this for all of you, in the Sovereign SRSS.

This is a just cause. Do not listen to the accusations that you are war mongers. You are the only peace and love mongers in the SRSS.

You have endured excruciating hurts, agonies, humiliations, deprivations, exclusions, processes of pauperisation and diminutions; from 2005 to 2014, for the sake of an elusive and frustrated unity of the peoples of the SRSS.

The ongoing semblances of a civil in the SRSS have been triggered by the genocide committed in Juba during the month of December 2013, against the Nuer Nation and people, by the negligent and culpable government of the SRSS.

The government of the SRSS has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that, it is capable with impunity, to destroy in part, or in whole, any human groups or tribes in the SRSS.

Therefore; if the government of the SRSS, can use our own public war assets, bought by our own money, to kill, murder, and slaughter our Nuer brothers, sisters, sons; daughters; grandmothers; and grandfathers; in chilling cold blood; then, this same government, of the SRSS, can also do it to all of you.

Therefore, before the murderous and blood stained hands; in the current government of the SRSS, can find time to turn on you in Greater Equatoria, assisted by the hired mercenaries operating in the SRSS, it is your natural right and duty, to come together, in unison, with all our Nuer brothers and sisters, and many other brothers and sisters; in Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazal, to stop these blood stained hands in Juba, from destroying the SRSS.

You the peoples of Greater Equatoria, must not, and shall not commit another mistake of standing by, while history is being rewritten in the SRSS.

You must not, and shall not allow the history of our motherland to be rewritten in your absolute absence. If you allow this history; to be rewritten; in your absolute absence, you will be doing a grave disservice, to all posterities of the SRSS.

Therefore, we are not going to allow, and shall not allow, this rewriting of the history of the SRSS, without us being privy to the authorship and ownership of our collective history in the SRSS.

You the peoples of Greater Equatoria have already written the historical template of South Sudan with your precious blood since 1947 through 1955 to date.

Therefore, do not allow others to distort this history while you standby unconcerned. If you do that, you shall be written-off the history books in the SRSS. Do you want that to happen to you? The answer is a big No. Therefore, wake up and take action now.

All of you men, women and youth of Greater Equatoria, wherever you are, you must contribute to the processes of constituting an Interim Federal Government (IFG) in Juba.

All of you must make sure that, all blood stained hands; and their accomplices, whether by intent or negligence, must not participate in the next IFG in the SRSS.

Therefore, in order to be able to be part and parcel of the next IFG in the SRSS, you must all make your presence felt. It is the culture in the SRSS that, all the ruling groups are backed up by force of arms.

Do we need arms in Equatoria? The answer is a big Yes? Why do we need these arms in Equatoria? We need these arms in Equatoria, to protect the SRSS from those others; who have already privatised our public sovereign war assets, in order to murder and slaughter the rest of us.

Is this an incitement to violence at law? No; this is not an incitement to violence at law. This is called sovereign and national self defense.

The government in Juba is no longer the sovereign that we can continue to obey. We are withdrawing our hitherto surrendered sovereignties.

This was a privilege which the government in Juba has abused and misused, therefore, we are withdrawing these collective sovereignties.

The government in Juba is now murdering us, and therefore, we have the right to defend ourselves.

The government in Juba is using the force of fire arms to plunder our national economic and financial assets, and therefore, we have the legal right to protect our collective public assets from being looted by individuals, by all means including the use of force.

You the peoples of Equatoria cannot carry on existing in the SRSS as comprehensive underdogs. You have to consciously, from now onwards, begin the process of moulding a New South Sudan (NSS).

This NSS must be free from tribalism, nepotism, and all various instances of discrimination. It is time you told those others; who think that, they are born to rule, that, their assumptions are unfounded; and fundamentally vacuous.

You the peoples of Greater Equatoria must recover your stolen lands and other property. There are others in the SRSS, who have stolen villages and other parcels of land.

These people argue that, if we in Greater Equatoria, want back our villages and these parcels of land, we must provide buckets of human blood. This is being told our people in Greater Equatoria day and night.

Our people are bluntly told that, these villages and parcels of land were liberated from the Jallabas. Therefore, these settlers and grabbers of the said villages and land; want buckets of human blood in exchange for our ancestral land.

Fair enough, buckets of human blood they will get, but, it will be their own human blood, that we shall fill these empty buckets with, and then, give them to their surviving relatives.

You the people of Greater Equatoria, you must put a stop to the kind of governance that has been started in South Sudan from 2005 to date. This is the time that you must all act together.

If you failed to heed to my cries and many other cries for action, you will be committing a historical fatal mistake from which you will never recover.

Our reasonableness has been grossly mistaken for cowardice. We are not cowards. History has recorded that we are not cowards. What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for some people to come from Upper Nile or from Bahr El Ghazal to hand you; your rights and freedoms in golden plates?

You have to claw back your stolen rights and freedoms now; and you have to arm yourselves to protect your future rights and freedoms. We shall all put down our arms when we have reformed the SRSS.

Until that happens, it is time you took up arms to defend the SRSS and yourselves from the murderous, looting and negligent government in Juba; meanwhile, you work towards the formation of the Interim Federal government in the SRSS.

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


  1. bolabokdit says:

    Wani Tombe
    You shoild feel ashame of yourself now because everyone knows you are self-interested person who sided with Khartuom government in 201 just self gain.
    Instead of writing on internet and call people to join war why don’t you join yourself. Does it means your right is safe and the right of others Equatorians need them to die?. This is a foolish idea and Equatoria are smart enough to discover what is in your mind. This war is not like war of freedom or liberation it is a war of tribalism and it will not stop in the bush or in Addis Ababa. Don’t ever implicate Equatorian into useless war. If the peace is sign in Addis Ababa today Nuer and Dinka will not have peace untill one of them migerate to Ethiopa or Kenya. Leave Equatoria peacefully they have chance to govern this country as Nuer and Dinka pursuing killing mentality.

  2. Alier Gai says:

    That is a naked lie. Who are you liberating yourself from again? South Sudan was once liberated and for all from the North; not two and three. Hate who you hate now, but know that what goes around comes around at the end of the sunset cycle. Your physical and spiritual healings would come to effect when you repent to the sins you have committed intentionally to South Sudan, or otherwise you will remain a pretender worst than those known murders. It would be better for you to court your own life other than prying into people’s life. I saw an artcle faked out by you with the whole plan that equatoria region is supporting macher’s rebellion. And what came into my mind is the rank that allows you, mr(ombe, to do so. And who are you again to call these people out to fight your internal created war? Chasing popularity eagerly in darkness without a single break is a no return journey a village graduate should have no ancedotes of event.

  3. Thank you Mr Lokitari. Very important slogan you’ve raised “Equatoria,” a powerful force that scares the enemy of South Sudan. Equatorians should not look unto themselves as tribes as dinka who is trying to inculcate the notion of tribalism in our country. We are different tribes in Equatoria, but we have resurrected from the bondage of tribal affiliation. So though we are many tribes in Equatoria but we are one body, one region with different governments.

    Thank you for uniting us again under the umbrella of Equatoria. Wani Igga is dividing Equatorians but we have to fight back for the unity of Equatorians.

  4. Eli says:

    Dear Chairman;
    Right from your first call, it was clear that the majority of the Equatorians are in favor and agreement with you. Although to me there are still some question needing answers, and these are as follows:
    1. Is Riek Machar in favor of mass mobilisation of the country or he just wants to concentrate is movement in Upper Nile?
    2. Does Riek Machar seek the support of Equatorians to win and only turn around and do what the dinkas are doing now?
    3. Are there some training camps in Equatoria or people who want to join this movement must travel to Upper Nile?
    4. What is your set up in diaspora, do you have offices let’s say in neighboring countries or overseas?
    5. Do you have the military hardware or logistics and ammunitions to supply new recruits?
    6. If this call is for a guerilla warfare set up what are your immediate targets to bring the Juba government down quicker?
    If I may just suggest one or two things here, we all know Juba’s lifeline at this point is Nimule to Juba road and Yei to Juba road if these two

  5. Eli says:

    roads are cut off then we for sure will get people’s attention. And since the rainy season is coming this will restrict government military movements and offences could be lounge, smaller garrisons could easily be overran.

  6. nyeri says:

    Its indeed time for mobilization and another anyanya movement. RSS needs better minds not better shooters

  7. Eusebio Ewot says:

    I have not finished reading this shit because this is the same Dr. Wani Tombe who has been colliding with Omer Bashir to destroy the independence of South Sudan. The unfortunate crises that is now taking place in South Sudan will be solved and Nuer and Dinka will one day coexist peacefully. We Equatorians can no longer be fooled by traitors like Wani Tombe. Remain in Khartoum and ask Omer Bashir to grant you dual citizenship because that was your wish.

  8. what a rubbish article from a semi-illiterate job seeker. continue barking for no right thinking citizen will buy your one sided war propaganda. we the readers know that you are a nuer soliciting support from peace region of Equartia to help you fight your primitive war against the elected government and the people of South Sudan. go to hell you masquerader.

  9. Apalkou says:

    The long silent dogs wanted to barks now. This is good. Mobilized your comrades and set up your self defence as you put it. This is what all of us in South Sudan wanted. If hot fire from Sudan goes, then it is good that you have a voice at this very good time of democracy and human rights. What if I advice you that to remain calm as usual so that you increase your coward population?

  10. Jason Pitia says:

    Mr Wani Tombe,

    don’t sell cheap uncooked cake, I am not a supporter of this kiir government, I aspire for changes, i aspire for viable democratic south Sudan built on love base on national constitutional right that will respect the right of every tribe, minority and majority alike, I believe Kiir has misled us, but I don’t believe in u cheap theory of politics, where do you expect the equatorians to assemble? where are the guns we need to use to defend the cause of our land? who is the leader and the ambition of the leadership? it is very important that we all recognized the big failure of Kiir and his generals who failed us miserably, but we cannot just begin things like you want, first of all we don’t even heard this so called Prof. col ret. Wani Tombe Loka, do you really exist? or you are a ghost? where do you based? please don’t be naive, if you tell me where u are and who u really is, i will be the first person to join and I will be the first officer of mobilization force to recruit fellow equatorians, until then we will not listen to this cheaper politics nor we are going to join Kiir because I know he is a failed president by nature.

  11. Mr New Nation says:

    Tombe is the most coward Equatorian. Have you been a rebel? Try it! This is not anya nya one!!!!

  12. Eli says:

    Wani Tombe and we Equatorians are not cowards and will not tolerate this anymore. You have chosen to declare tribal war on Nuer and you have been in war with Equaroria since the inception of SPLA, we stayed quiet waiting to end the Jallaba rule, now Jallaba is no more our targets. We will not harm your children and your women but all you men supporting the Kirr and his jieges regime are our targets from now on. I would like to remind you that your husband M7 is no match for us in Equatoria, because if we Equatorians want to invade Uganda we can do so with the support of our brothers in Northern Uganda just as we did it in 1960s during Col. Field Marshal; his Excellency; Idi Amin Dada, the king of the British Empire, we shall first of all chase you to Uganda and then from there no more ways left. So, you Deng and your fellow jenges prepare to run once and for all.

  13. Riek says:

    Tombe you are 100% right,Dinka time has been expired its time for real human(others tribes) in Southsudan to rule.

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