Equatorian Leaders in Diaspora condemn killings of all civilians in South Sudan

Press Release

We, the Equatorian Leaders in the Diaspora, express our grave concerns over the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan. We believe this insecurity is the direct result of the irresponsible military strategy being pursued by the government of South Sudan and its armed forces. The recent killing of civilians on the Juba-Yei road, and the Juba-Nimule road is a tragedy. We condemn these incidents along with all incidents that have taken place throughout the country where civilians have been targeted.

Civilians have been killed in Juba and elsewhere in Equatoria, at the hands of the so called “UNKNOWN GUNMEN”. These killings preceded the outbreak of the civil war in 2013 and continue to take place with alarming regularity.

We note with regret that President Kiir has shown insufficient concern over these killings. He has consistently failed to ensure that investigations into the killings are conducted and followed through to a satisfactory conclusion.

Only now that the victims are from his own Dinka community, does President Kiir display any alarm or regard for the outcome of the investigation. We believe this demonstrates that the President is partial. We are forced to conclude that he is unfit to govern the country, because he has failed in his obligation to treat all South Sudanese equally.

We are shocked and alarmed by the threatening statement made by Michael Makuei, the Minister of Information on national television. In this statement, he made it clear to communities in Equatoria that the government and its armed forces will not discriminate between combatants and non-combatants when engaged in upcoming counter-insurgency operations.

We have also been made aware of the beatings of innocent Equatorians in Aweil. This MUST stop immediately. These civilians are working for the benefit of their fellow South Sudanese in that area, and have neither incited nor committed any acts of violence. We have learned with regret the escalation of the situation in which “Angry Youth” from Dinka have decided to take matters into their own and have threatened to start killing Equatorians in Dinka land.

According to reliable sources, about a hundred Equatorians are reported to be taking shelter in NGO compound in Aweil, awaiting evacuation, but the Government has refused for them to be evacuated. We express our grave concern of the implications for the whole country if the situation is allowed to carry on in this path.

The ongoing and ethnically discriminatory targeting of innocent civilians in Juba, without due cause, by the National Security Service must also stop.

The solution to ending the misery facing our country is to ensure justice and fairness is accorded to all South Sudanese, and that all citizens are treated fairly and equally. A true and lasting peace will remain elusive while our country is held hostage to the twin injustices of kleptocracy and ethnocentrism, as masterminded by the Jieng Council of Elders, and faithfully implemented by the Government. Peace loving South Sudanese citizens will have no option but to continue to fight for their rights, for justice and for a fairer society in South Sudan.

We end by quoting a reflection by the prominent South Sudanese liberation leader, Mr. Joseph Lagu, on the lessons of pursuing justice without hatred. In this quote, which relates to the mutiny of the Southern Equatoria Corps in August 1955, we are reminded that it is wrong to target individuals on the basis of their ethnicity or appearance:

… Those Southern soldiers who mutinied killed Northerners indiscriminately. Starting with their Northern officers who failed to get away, they then broke out of the garrison into the rest of the town of Torit. From there, they went on the rampage throughout the province of Equatoria and beyond, in the South, killing men, women and children. This was the result of accumulated racial hatred that I shared at the time.

Later, I realised that the massacre of Northern civilians, simply because of their difference in colour of skin and appearance, was wrong. For that we in South Sudan were also guilty of racism. …That is a temptation that often affects us all. It is the evil from which we need to be delivered and protected, as we remember the concluding portion of our Lord’s prayer: ‘And deliver us from evil.’ (Joseph Lagu, 1994)

He further continued:
“Of course, I still maintain that any people deprived of their rights have a cause to struggle for justice. I stand for ‘The struggle for justice without hatred’ because hatred does not make one think soberly. It derails one from the real track, poisons one’s blood and harms oneself far more than the people hated.”

From: Equatorian Leaders in the Diaspora
17th October 2016

THE EQUATORIAN LEADERS IN THE DIASPORA:
1. Mr. Federico Vuni, Equatorian Community Leader in the UK
2. Mr. Kwaje Lasu, Equatorian Community Leader in the USA
3. Mr. Joseph Modi, Equatorian Community Leader in Canada
4. Mr William Orule Equatorian Community Leader in Australia
For correspondence: Mr. Federico Awi Vuni; livi.hope@yahoo.co.uk

10 Comments

  1. Up until this moment, we have seen deliberate killings of unarmed civilians continue in Equatoria. You cannot negotiate from a weaker stand, if your opponents don’t believe in your strength.

  2. mading says:

    Equatorian leaders. Why don’t you guys come out to talk about your Equatorians who are sheltering in UN compound in Awiel, instead of acting like you are condemning target killings of Jiengs in your land. you are not even calling it target killing of Dinkas as it was the case. Instead you are blaming angry Dinka youths and president kiir who came out and told Muonyjieng not to take laws in to their own hands, and I am sure that help the situation may be you won’t be talking about Equatorians beatings now. Don’t hide what you guys are saying, be real.

  3. Toria says:

    Dear Equatorian leaders in Diaspora;
    It is your duty to continue the diplomatic language, but it is our duty to defend our civilian population on the ground because here on the ground diplomacy is dead. Only the language of Ak47 will be listened to. What we need is an independent Equatorian Armed Party in Oppotition sitting on the next negotiating table the next time if there is anymore negotiations with Kirr’s. As you can hear how Kirr and Malong and their mouthpiece Michael Makuei has declared war on Equatorian on national TV then let the real war begin. We are ready to face any military or militias of the trio. You shouldn’t listen to the crocodile tears but rather as oequatorian leaders in diaspora get yourselves ready to sit across the table to negotiate on behalf of Equatorian and start organizing for the next phase, i.e mobilizing the international community on behalf of Independence of Equatoria. This is not time to stop or bickering “but actions speaks louder than word”.

  4. False Millionaire says:

    Dear Equatorian leaders,
    With help of friends with the role of close insiders to the invistigation of the events along Yei-Juba road and Nemule-Juba road,the credible conclusion is that,if there is any equatorian role in them,it’s neither idealogical nor practical execution than logistical and accommodation of the forces responsible of carrying them out.
    According to Alhag Paul,”truth hurts but it is also libertating”.
    Forces responsible for those events are SPLA-IO rebels pricesly of nuer origin under the leadership of Dr Riek Machar.It’s said that they are still marauding in equatoria accompanied by few collaborating equatorians like Toria.
    The objective is to set jieng and equatorian masses to go at each other with the ill hope to produce inter ethnic massacres of high scale that would tip the balance of power in favor of SPLA-IO.

    There could be no objection if such plan is your plan.But you are subject to criticism becouse things appear to be decided for u by none equatorian political forces rather than you devising a policy of what u want for equatoria and the equatorians and what political ideology and military means would u use to achieve them.

    If jieng and equatorians ever get at each other in an ethnic conflict,the results will not be short of the ground burning destruction of the greater Upper Nile and some parts of the Greater Bahar el Ghazal.
    The likes of Dr Riek wouldn’t give a damn if your communities and homelands fall at the recieving end.Their interest is to make of u firewoods to parachuette them into power in Juba.
    If this point is contrary to your wishes,then you have ever interst to rise up to the top of your game and be the maker of the policies for equatoria and the equatorian masses.
    Up to this point,God is showing mercy with forces of good will calling for calm.

  5. It’s too late for your information who are wasting your energy on condemning the reaction of Dinka youths and statement of president Kiir. You are not Equatorian but American maiden, you are not right leaders. We have ran out patient. We are Muonyjang which means “Man of all men” or else Husband of men and women.

  6. Toria says:

    False M.
    Playing double-standard will neither get you anyone’s approval nor ascent you to the throne. Just come out as a n… Jenge liar and avoid pretending that you can advise anyone. “Mind your own business”. and go catch crocs or hunt hippos or steal cows, land grabbing, loot and enrich yourselves with the blood money and be reminded that everything has an end and yours is coming to an end.

  7. False Millionaire says:

    Toria,
    Aren’t u satisfied in having become toto and tata of terror to the masses?
    There is only one thing missing for u to do.Stop fooling around with equatorian leaders whose actions ought to be guided by good conscience and conviction.Since u have invited nuer to taget jieng for being jieng on your behalf in your region,many equatorians have fled to Uganada and Congo and that’s even before idea of revenge has come across the mind of single savage individual jieng.
    To say the least,the lives of volnurable equatorians like elderly,sick and childern have been gravely compromised.
    Instead of beating around the bush,why don’t u tell the equatorian leaders that tha is the tragedy u have provoked?

  8. False Millionaire says:

    Please get informed and comprehend what has happened in Munderi-East where over 500 school childern have been abducted by SPLM-IO armed groups.Now u should know what hell Nikalongo and many others had warned about feels like.But that’s just the begining.May God have mercy!!!

  9. Toria says:

    False M
    You are un-informed like always, actually these civilians are running away from Jenge militias seeking shelters in safe zones of the Freedom Fighters. Your smear tactics of lies are not new. Look your idiot warlords resorted in lying everywhere, we don’t and will never kidnap for ransom anyone. Only stupid Ugandans will believe in your cheap trash . And where is that wewe Nikalongo? He too is behind all these lies just like you False Liar.

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