Federal system of government strengthens national unity

By: Jacob K. Lupai, JUBA, JUN/22/2014, SSN;

A debate on any topic of interest should be seen as a way of increasing understanding for an informed decision. The debate may clear some ignorance about the topic. This should be viewed as something positively contributing to mutual understanding.

The current debate on federalism should be seen as something useful to increase understanding. Some people are expressing outright ignorance mixed with fear of what federalism is all about. Some are even losing their heads as the debate heats up which seems to have touched raw nerves.

Objectivity is fast disappearing, producing sycophants who are trying by all means to please their masters to sustain their high table positions. Intellectualism is being replaced with simplistic arguments where federalism is dismissed outright as non starter.

The sustainability of national unity does not depend on somebody’s subjectivity to prescribe what people should support. Rather it is an objective undertaking and collective responsibility born out of inclusiveness where people can instinctively identify with the nation.

Arguably, inclusiveness can be achieved through federalism when there is an active participation at the state level in addressing local issues that a centralized system is too remote to address.

As will be seen in the text there may be some hidden reasons why some people ardently reject federalism. However, as the debate carries on there will come a time when the majority will either reject or support federalism. Naturally as people gain knowledge of something it is expected that they will make an informed decision which may go either way, to reject or support federalism.

Something that is imposed on people may hardly be sustainable. People should therefore be contented that neither a federal system nor a centralized one will be imposed. Any system of government that will be adopted will hopefully be according to the will of the majority with the rights of minorities respected and dissenting views taken on board. Federalism will naturally be gaining ground.

Debate on federalism

The debate on federalism has produced proponents on one side and opponents on the other. The proponents of federalism are positive as they conceive federalism sustaining national unity.

In a federal system of government the federal constitution allocates power between the federal (national) government and the component units (states), determining which powers are the exclusive prerogative of each government and which powers are shared.

It is to be noted that when powers are shared, the federal constitution defines how conflicts among the governments with regard to these powers are to be resolved. In sustaining national unity the federal constitution regulates the relations among the states and between the federal government and the states.

Adopting a federal system of government should be seen as part of reforms to consolidate national unity in view of communal heterogeneity and complexity as for example in South Sudan. Federalism creates an environment that encourages full participation of people in running effectively their development affairs to improve living standards.

Who will object to services closer to home? Only the naïve may do so. This is in contrast to a centralised system where accountability may be wanting and most of the budget is retained at the centre with the peripheries nearly abandoned. This will hardly be the case in a federal system where peripheries are catered for.

Proponents of federalism are champions of equitable power sharing and distribution of resources for the benefit of all. On the other hand opponents are negative in their imagination and will do anything to reject federalism. They should understand that federalism is like a hedge in between that makes relations greener.

Conception of federalism

The opponents of federalism conceive federalism negatively. This has generated a lot of misconception of federalism. Arguably most of the misconception is based on ignorance, fear and deliberate misinterpretation. Ignorance may be associated with high levels of illiteracy.

Somebody somewhere in the debate on federalism has said, because of high illiteracy rate, 72 per cent, in South Sudan, the adoption of federalism must wait until the illiteracy rate is about 11 per cent. What a strange idea indeed.

On average the literacy rate in Equatoria is 32 per cent, in Bahr el Ghazal 22.25 and in Upper Nile it is 29 per cent respectively. It can be seen that the literacy rate in Equatoria is higher than in the other two former regions. However, the literacy rate in Upper Nile is higher than that of Bahr el Ghazal.

The higher literacy rate in Equatoria may explain the level of understanding of federalism here that the overwhelming demand is for a federal system of government in South Sudan. Partly due to its high literacy rate Upper Nile may also demand a federal system of government. This makes it unacceptable to hold Equatoria hostage because of the others’ low level of understanding of federalism.

In the debate fear is the only factor for the rejection of federalism. For example, somebody in a very simplistic way cited Munuki Residential Area as excluding non Equatorian residents from attending committee meetings. Is this a major issue that can lead to the rejection of federalism? Of course, this can simply be administratively tackled if a genuine complaint is raised.

The fear of federalism cited is that federalism will divide the people of South Sudan. How will people be divided is a mystery that only the fearful may have the answer. The fear that federalism will divide the people of South Sudan is an insult to the intelligence of the people as though they are simpletons who cannot think critically. The people of South Sudan will not be divided but only if they so desire.

Naturally the people of South Sudan are not one people as some would like to preach as if others are daft. However, one thing is certain. The people of South Sudan are of one destiny and this was their only strength that sustained them through the ages in the long and bitter armed struggle for dignity, freedom and equality. As in the old Sudan, in South Sudan we are still people of one destiny united in our quest for justice and fairness for all.

Federalism will never ever divide the people of South Sudan as claimed by the opponents of federalism who tend to be too simplistic in their perception. The people have a bigger goal to achieve, South Sudan that is a paradise for all. Centralisation has obviously brought many problems that solutions are hardly available.

Deliberate misinterpretation of federalism

The opponents of federalism have been relentlessly engaging in deliberate misinterpretation. A crucial discovery can be made at this juncture from this deliberate misinterpretation of federalism. The demand for federalism seems to have uncovered something dangerous to the unity of South Sudan, a neocolonialist agenda of the supposedly informed opponents of federalism. In their fury against federalism the opponents have displayed their true colors and frustrations have got the better of them.

The target is Equatoria which is the lead in the call for a federal system of government in South Sudan. So arguably, the rejection of federalism is not because it is a bad system of government but because it is an obstacle to the neocolonialist agenda.

This is a contradiction to the concept and spirit of a liberation struggle to establish a fairer system of governance that delivers and meets people’s aspirations for a decent life. The turmoil we have may be due to such contradiction. So the venom is now spat out. Neocolonialism will not only target Equatoria but it will go beyond when the project in Equatoria is over.

Conclusion

South Sudanese are people of one destiny. They share the same aspirations for dignity, freedom, equality, justice and fairness for all. How true the saying is that one rotten apple spoils a bag of apples. Some opponents of federalism may have genuine concerns.

However, it is clear that others may have neocolonialist agenda. These people may hardly have the unity of people of South Sudan in their hearts but only their interest.

In conclusion, poor understanding of federalism can be addressed through an open debate and discussion, and possibly through talk show in the media. However, people’s freedom to express their views should not be muzzled.

The Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 is clear and allows for freedom of expression and media as stipulated in Article 24(1). Opponents of federalism may need to demonstrate that they do not have neocolonialist agenda for their position is unconvincing.

50 Comments

  1. wekty says:

    I am not surprise, southerns are well about specific people who fabricated all source of lies, in order to misinform our people about federalism, people like you can make a different, so keep up educating our people and don’t worry about those people.

  2. Jacob Lupai,

    This is not only an excellent argumentative article, but also it is a good persuasive article. I agree with pro-federal system of government. Genuine democratic government never separate from federal system of government. If we do not sign federalism into law, then the democracy will never take place in South Sudan, it (democracy) would be just a wishful idea and Kiir will continue bully the citizens of South Sudan. Federalism is the only right of citizens of South Sudan because in federal system of government , citizens have right to vote for the candidate they think should do a good job for the people.

    If we have a federal system of government, then every state’s citizens would vote for the government officials who care about people safety and vote out the governors who do not care about people. What is happening now in our country, would not had happened. In federal government, there is term limit for the president and other elected government workers. I like federalism because the president will not only have team limit, but also the president will have no right to dismiss and appoint states’ governors. Introduction to federalism is the only law that will remove Kiir from power.

  3. Chol Ghai says:

    Jacob K. Lupai,
    Your distribution of literacy in percentages or fractions among three regions of South Sudan seems laughable; given the lack of credible or reliable source you obtained those measurements from. You Equatorians are still living in the old days when you believe there were no enough educated Jiengs; but the Dinka were undeniably dominant in Equatoria during Arabs era because Dinka were the ones getting most of top rated jobs; even though Equatorian claimed to be more educated than Dinka.

    That lead to the declaration of unsuccessful “Kokora” saparation in the early 80s I was a child at the time and that’s because you couldn’t compete in present of Dinka with all education you claimed to have then and today. Just because you’re the loudest one in the room doesn’t necessarily means you are the reasonable one. The same applies online here; just because you’re the loudest ones online everyday doesn’t mean you outnumbered or any smarter than silent Dinka! The intellect Equatorians claimed over Dinka I don’t see or get it because we have shared classrooms lecture halls in primary and secondary school and in universities in Kenya among Kenyan professors and make no mistake about it; Kenyan knew us by tribes and regions in South Sudan. If you bring up the issue of intellect against Dinka to them Mr. Lupai; they would be laughing at you.

    The issue today with federalism; even though any sensible person knows; the system we have is already a federal system and yet you insist you need federalism. Most Equatorians believe federalism would mean they would locally and nationally govern themselves with any present of Dinka either locally or nationally. Those two issues combined are just inferiority complexes because you can’t compete in present of Dinka but it’s too sad; you going to live with that mediocrity for the rest of your lives if that’s the case.

    • Elijah Samuel says:

      Ghai,
      There are 10 states, Equatorians have only 3 and the remaining 7 Dinkas are everywhere. The Equatorians have no need for Dinkas. Equatorians live and have lived without destroying each other as seen in Dinka land, Why not leave Euqatorians in peace and take your intelligence to develop your lands? Why push yourself on those who do not want you because of your life style of arrogance and aggressions! The Equatorian and Dinka cultures are in large incompatible.

      Talking of education, in your dreams, if you wash and dress a pig in elegant coats, is it not still a pig? You have numerically large number of those who saw classrooms but you are 1000 years from being civilized! Ghai, without the stolen money, you and many of yours will still be running naked in the muraa! Your education if in Kenya is at the expense of other tribes..surprise you will even mention it, i guess that comes from raiding cows and stealing it in day light without shame…singing a song of victory on top of it!!

      • Dut Tong says:

        Elijah, to be independent cost blood and treasure; it doesn’t just fall out of sky as a good luck. If you want to lose over 2 million lives to be independent; then you’re highly welcome. You cannot just write it online and think your independent will happen; because Dinka would have never lost 2 million lives as a cost of independent South Sudan. We would have just write a stupid note online and gain South Sudan independent. Good luck with your quest to drive Dinka out of Equatoria online.

        • Elijah Samuel says:

          If Jieng believed we are all one people that is why they are in Equatorian lands, why then do you believe the blood of dead jiengs in the liberation war brought the right to eat only to you if that blood was for all South Sudanese even if we awere to buy your twisted logic. It cost blood but it is not your blood! If you say the blood of the mattre applies only to Jieng then you are fully tribalist and we do not want you in our place period! You are only Naive to think the dead are only Jieng. I lost my own father in the war fighting Jalabas not fighting Fellow Southerners as the Jiengs are now doing! You are greedy and evil and tribalistic that is what you are!
          If granting the right to fellow citizen is through the bullets well then dont cry for peace let him eat he who can! The two million you tal about are not all from Jiens and the Jieng victims where due to their aggressions with Nuer and other tribes as well as laziness and relying on hand outs thus died of starvations not from the bullets from the Jalaba! The Jalaba had not power to kill two millions of our people not even from the primitive Jiengs! We were too much for them untill you jiengs caused instabilities with your fellow southerners!!! YOU ARE A CURSED TO YOURSELVES AND TO SOUTH SUDAN. IF THERE WERE NO JIENG IN SOUTH SUDAN, OUR COUNTRY WOULD HAVE BEEN AT PEACE!

    • simba says:

      If you are smarter than equatorians, then it should be easy for you to manage your states in bahr el ghazal to prove it. Federalism gives you that opportunity, but you wont take it, and you know why. Dont tell us it is out of concern for unity.

      • Ngundeng says:

        why should Dinka if the paid lives to liberate Equatoria? Truth is, both Nyamnyam and nyageet didn’t fight the arabs.

        • Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa says:

          Meth Aguach:

          Ngundeng is Nuer name which to you is associated with Nyagatism. Why are you using it? Are you ashame of your Dinka identity? You should be! Please continue cooking for UPDF peacefully.

          • BILL KUCH says:

            Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa,
            How do you compare Nuer tribe in South Sudan to the nation of Israel when you guys failed to do what you promised to be doing in raining season? Getting rid of Dinka in South Sudan!

    • Lavina Lual says:

      To the best of my knowledge Kenyans and Ugandans did not want to hear or even associate themselves with something call ugly dinka or low thinking tall, slim, ugly teeth people call dinka the time I stay in Kenya and I have personally quarelled with some of them over this several times when they asking are all south sudanese dinkas or you have some other tribes (meaning the best decent and smart ones).

      The only thing I know up to now on going is poverty Kenyans and Ugandans specially girls who wants dinka money but not dinka as such are the ones running after dinka pockets shamelessly.

      As for Equatorians Ugandans take them as their brothers and sisters. M7 himself told Dr Garang several times of how the Ugandans do not like the tall people (marked faces) behaviours in Kampala if he wants to create joke to Dr Garang.

      Kenyans at times could be very much suprised to know there are non dinkas in the like of Equatorians who completely behave different from the arrogant, ugly, tall, dark, skinny and shameless faces they are use to. For these reasons Kenyan tenants were surprised if their houses are rented out to Equatorians and kept clean compared to the ones rented to dinkas.

      I used to hear words like “kumbe the decent South Sudanese are the non dinkas, the clean ones, some of them are ven lighter like us, etc”. You meant you have not come accross such nonesence or you are downplaying it thinking you can get away with it.

      During the war there were equal appropriate number of South Sudanese studying in Kenya as well Uganda but now only one tribe call dinka paraded all the Universities using money laundry-stolen money from public purse and they are known for bribing the lecturers to pass classes specially our dinka girls.

      Is it these fake documents you acquired for grabing good positions in Juba as smart thing without shame?. If these documents are genunine and that you deserved the grabed positions using fake documents why fear federal system since you have all it takes?

      Why do you think there is no water, no electricity, no schools, no hopsitals, no roads, etc since 2005 in Juba as you occupied these positions what stopped you from developing your city?, and why would you want to be in the city you failed to develope if their owners were able to develope it much better during the anyanya 1 without oil money?. What were you doing with your papers in these big positions you grabed. Above alll why do we dinka fear federal rule if we think we are qualify enough to run a country and have the bigest educated class compare to Equatoria States?

      LAVINA

  4. Eli says:

    Chol. Ghai
    What you dinkas are dealing with is called POST TRAUMATIC REJECTION SYNDROME, you are in pain because the rest of the population reject you. Yes Equatorians kicked you out in the 80s for your undisciplined brains, and we will kick you out again. As we speak we are now acquiring guns and mobilizing, we are also showing the world what barbaric people you are, the more evidence we got the better.
    chol, You can only brag about Salva Kirr for so long, but soon he will meet his fate in the hands of the enemy combatants rising up to remove SPLA out of sight forever.
    You better go and beg M7ni for more refugee camps, soon Ugandans will turn against you likewise, where else will you run?

    • Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa says:

      Bill Kuch:

      I like you. Reason is you do not pretend to be Nuer. You are proud of your identity and call yourself as such.
      Coming to your question: The raining season has indeed started. As you know, Nuer is fighting various fronts; 7 to be exact. If you are thinking it is a war between Nuer and Dinka, you are wrong. This is now a war between Nuer and Uganda, JEM, SPLM-N, Burundi, Rwanda, Dinka and the rest of the 52 tribes.

      If it was just Dinka, I am cocksure that we won’t be exchanging these words on the internet. It would have been over long time ago.

      From your comment, you seem to be reasonable and for that, I cannot see why this has eluded you. All the people of the World including Uganda know that without their intervention, Nuer would have wreaked havoc and take over ever single village in Bhar el ghazel.

      What prompt me to use the name Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa is because Nuer tribe is going through similar thing like what Israel when through when its fought 19 countries. If you were wondering, this is reason why.
      As sincere as you seem to be, you will be like one honest friend from Dinka community who said it to me rightly. He was very frankly that God is with us, the Dinka for giving us Museveni. He was sincere indeed. I hope your thinking is along this line.

      Thank you Mr. Bill Kush!

  5. Bro Elijah, you wrote most of the points i was intending to write but only to add to your points, this naked guy(ghai) seems to be comfortable with his nake mind. if education doesn’t have any influence in your metal setting, do you call yourself educated or if you treat others’ opinions disrespectfully and behave like tabula rasa, do you call yourself intelligent? . when people described the education in you like a paint in a car, what are you support to do? what is the difference between an illiterate and literate dinka, it’s only the foreign language that the literate read and write but for speaking there is a question mark about that. I don’t know which intelligence were their known of? they are known of their ruth and arrogance behaviours plus their usual aggressive behaviour in the entire east African countries, so don’t come and lie around here of something else, you guys made us to walk with our heads down, just because of your shameful behaviours which tarnishes our reputation in the entire east African region. So start restructuring your inner house than to be insisting in living with such nonsense in your mind, the time for us to part has come and each one of us have to go and develop his own people and land.federalism is the means for us to unite and safe our existence otherwise this land will witness the worse event in human history.

  6. Kong Puok Tongluot - In Finland says:

    Mr, Jacob Lpai

    The federation, and good governance donnot need on odds, themes, or excusition to single one like so called president, Salva Kiir, who hadn’t elected by South Sudanese for State after independence. The South Sudanese’s aspirates will never ever be deterred by one tribe or single man as well.Federalism system means that, every Boma, Payam, County, or State entity must initially compete, and develop hard itseves, without what’s called centeralized scapegrace system.

    Therefore, a matter misunderestand among those who claimed on power impunity, even they donn’t turn their naked eyes back for development, thy just thinking about to fill their pockets, and so on.What I think is 98% South Sudanese are with federalism system and work hard for development, accepted 2% are reliables of natural resources as well as oil revenues, those guys will not prevent any majority demand. Thank

  7. David Debu says:

    Nowadays, “South Sudanese” don’t make sense. Yesterday we were known for being honest people, today we are mafias and tomorrow, who knows?

    I’m so disappointed that a nation gotten from one voice, one vision has been turned to devil playground by creepy elites. Without any doubt, whatever system of governance we rush for will never meet our expectations. South Sudan problem is not the system of governance, but the people managing the government i.e Executive and legislature . Hence federalism isn’t an alternative to our problems but calling out for transparent, accountable and democratic government would be the best call every South Sudanese should make.

    Federalism won’t bring any blessing if the current ruling elites at all levels are not gotten rid of and also reconciling ourselves from within and without. It’s very simple to acknowledged tribal resentment among ourselves because tribes/regions are fantastically discussing other tribes/regions instead of discussing issues at hand. Like Jacob K. Lupai unknown source put it, “On average the literacy rate in Equatoria is 32 per cent, in Bahr el Ghazal 22.25 and in Upper Nile it is 29 per cent respectively. It can be seen that the literacy rate in Equatoria is higher than in the other two former regions. However, the literacy rate in Upper Nile is higher than that of Bahr el Ghazal.” It’s just pride and show of his summary solution to current crisis in our country.

    If I may ask simple questions, what is the population of South Sudan? Without knowing our population, it will be hard for anybody to believe whatever figures given in any argument. Literacy shouldn’t be used as a point to push undecided majority to a wrong path. The voices calling for federalism have not even reached 1/3 of literate of South Sudan. So, lets say the truth and it will set us free.

  8. Lofu Lo Loku says:

    No where in the world people will reject their own place like Dinka. This bacteria parasite called Dinka is afraid to be self reliance becoz they finish soon. They failed to develop core value to unite them in one place. Even right cattle raiding still going in bahr el Ghazal region. If Dinka are educated people like what Ghai was saying, they should at least seen as a peaceful people. Kiir pro-mount chief of Dinka fail to help his own people. Let Ghai go out with his shit.

    • Dut Tong says:

      Lofu Lo Loku, the ones you called Dinka or Equatoria land are all ours because we fought for them, our blood and treasure spelled for them and secure them from Arabs. We have every right in this world to stay and do anything we want at all cost whether you like it or not. If you don’t like then the border is open; you can move to any bordering country you like. You talk of Dinka not developing their lands; well Dinka are actually developing their lands in Equatoria because we spelled blood chasing Arabs from it and therefore it’s our land as well. The development going on now in Equatoria is Dinka development with Dinka oil money or resources.

      • Joseph Lokilinyeng says:

        Dut Tong,
        Actually what you are saying is, you did not fight the Jalaba but rather you fought Equtorians through the Jalaba due to Kokora! You did not fight for New Sudan as preached by your savior but rather to acquire the Equatorian land.
        If this be case then it is plain and clear, we shall fight you now for our independence from you the Jieng!!!!!!!

      • Lavina Lual says:

        dut tong-

        Juba was not liberated from the ARABS SO GET OUT OF JUBA AND BEWARE YOU THINK YOU HAVE SHED YOUR BLOOD WITHOUT THE ENGAGEMNET OF EQUATORIA

  9. Equatorians tell us your history since this world began.

    • Malual Maker says:

      Brothers, let us use this web as a place to exchange constructive views on arise topic. At the end one is to wine either Federalism or decentralization. Let us Educate our people so they can take sounded decision at the end.
      The fear is people my take position without knowing it real implications. Like during re division of South Sudan region in to three, it affected much Equatorians when their fellow citizens working in other two Regions were repatriated.
      In two weeks time Governor James Tombera boarded a plan to Wau and Malakal to stop the repatriation of Equatorian, but his request was rejected.
      So when you give lecture on Federalism do not leave out the civil servants pate (deployment) including those with with non governmental organizations, otherwise you will say at the end that you could mean sending them to their respective regions like James said before.

    • Malual Maker says:

      Brothers, let us use this web as a place to exchange constructive views on arise topic. At the end one is to wine either Federalism or decentralization. Let us Educate our people so they can take sounded decision at the end.
      The fear is people my take position without knowing it real implications. Like during re division of South Sudan region in to three, it affected much Equatorians when their fellow citizens working in other two Regions were repatriated.
      In two weeks time Governor James Tombera boarded a plan to Wau and Malakal to stop the repatriation of Equatorians, but his request was rejected.
      So when you give lecture on Federalism do not leave out the civil servants pate (deployment) including those with non governmental organizations, otherwise you will say at the end that you could not mean sending them to their respective regions like James said before.

      • Lavina Lual says:

        Maluel-

        You are right but my uncles-the Equatorians are done with these bloody thirsty hooligan thugs and psychopants semi humans. Period!

    • Lavina Lual says:

      SUMMARY OF THE UNFORTUNATE HISTORY OF SOUTH SUDAN:-

      In 1955 the people of Equatoria shot guns in Torit in protest of Arab malpractices in administration of local affairs that led to the birth of Anyanya 1

      In 1972 the Equatoria people led by Lagu signed a peace deal with Sudan Govt who later imposed Abel Alier a dinka who was raised and bread by the Arabs to come and implement the Arabs and dinka dominations in South Sudan. This led to the declaration of kokora/decentralization in 1982/3

      In 1883 Late Dr John Garang got angry and ran to the bush after the declaration of kokora because to revenge on Equatoria who kicked them out of Juba. In his movement late Garang continue with the unity mentality with the Arab so that they can institute their rule with the Arabs that was sabotage by kokora.

      Dr Riek Machar having noticed this decided to advise late Dr Garang the truth of the matter that the Southerners are not interested in his agenda of united Sudan. In 1992 late Dr Garang planned to killed Dr Riek Machar and Dr Riek Machar ran to Khartoum to sabotage Late Garang’s illusive vision of united Sudan

      In 1998 the dinkas started killing the people of Equatoria in Didinga land because of the issue of lorot as late Deng Aguang was killing the civilians for no reasons and Lorot stopped that unnecessary killing of innocent civilians raid which was the main dinka agenda of kill others and reduce their number.

      Kiir himself sent a radio message for revenge killing of late Aguang and a lotuko highest officer in Chuhudum was killed as tit for tat for killing of late Aguang

      1883-2005 marked with a lot of killings carried by dinka to non dinkas such as Gajack massacre, Didinga killings, Muru and dinka fights/killings, azande fights, lotuko, etc

      From 2005-2014 the dinkas continue their killing raids towards non dinkas started from the killing of Shilluk in Malakal on the arrival of President Bashir for celebrations. The killing of Wau balanda and fertit over the issue of county head quarter transfer, the dinkas continue killing of innocent civilians, pandemic corruption in the country whereby dinkas are allowed to corupt and are not apprehended but non dinkas were prone to corruption charges like on the issue of mamur, Dr Olivia, Dr Josephine, Kosti Manibe when super thug stars of his county like Koriom and all dinkas are untouchable. No development was seen from 2005- to date except killings of non dinkas. The dinkas continue with killing of innocent civilians non dinkas until on Dec 14 when the dinka president kiir unleashed his private militias to finish the Nuer in Juba as a target to silent his opponent Dr Riek and reduce the number of the most fearful south Sudanese tribe-Nuer

      Summary
      The dinkas only kill south Sudanese who are non dinkas to reduce their numbers for the advantage of dinka domination project to continue

  10. David Debu says:

    Nowadays, “South Sudanese” don’t make sense. Yesterday we were known for being honest people, today we are mafias and tomorrow, who knows?

    I’m so disappointed that a nation gotten from one voice, one vision has been turned to devil playground by creepy elites. Without any doubt, whatever system of governance we rush for will never meet our expectations. South Sudan problem is not the system of governance, but the people managing the government i.e Executive and legislature . Hence federalism isn’t an alternative to our problems but exposing dirty elites to learned to be transparent, accountable and democratic in our government would be the best action every South Sudanese should take.

    Federalism won’t bring any blessing if the current ruling elites at all levels are not gotten rid of and also reconciling ourselves from within and without. It’s very simple to acknowledged tribal resentment among ourselves because tribes/regions are fantastically discussing other tribes/regions instead of discussing issues at hand. Like Jacob K. Lupai unknown source put it, “On average the literacy rate in Equatoria is 32 per cent, in Bahr el Ghazal 22.25 and in Upper Nile it is 29 per cent respectively. It can be seen that the literacy rate in Equatoria is higher than in the other two former regions. However, the literacy rate in Upper Nile is higher than that of Bahr el Ghazal.” It’s just a debatable pride and show of his summary solution to what suits him and some tribes in Equatoria e.g (Bari, Kuku, Acholi, Madi and Moru) in expense of people who are directly affected by current civil war.

    If I may ask simple questions, what is the population of South Sudan? Do we need to vote for federalism or push the government to adopt it unilaterally? Who needs enemies anyway? Without knowing our population, it will be hard for anybody to believe whatever figures given in any argument. Literacy shouldn’t be used as a point to push undecided majority to a wrong path. The voices calling for federalism have not even reached 1/3 of literate of South Sudan. So, lets say the truth and it will set us free.

  11. Makoi Mayen says:

    I am a Dinka and I am for federalism.
    We will sell our cows to develop our lands.
    We will till our fertile lands and keep our cattle for milk and meat.
    We will pump our oil in Dinka lands in Upper Nile, Jonglei, Unity states plus the sea of oil bhar ghazal and abyei and share it among ourselves.
    We will make use of minerals like uranium and gold.
    We will take the capital city to our Dinkaland, Ramciel and any non dinka will not be allowed to reside there except govt officials.
    And our dear primitive brothers, nuer better them, will till their land and keep their cattle.
    They will pump their oil and make use of their minerals.
    Both of us will make maximum use of our rivers and lakes. But guess what will happen to the equatorians. That i will to you. I can’t stop laughing the equatorians. They will be a laughing stock in the world and they will live to regret it. Haha!hahahahaha!

    • Elijah Samuel says:

      MAKOI, HURRY UP PLEASE!!!

      • majongdit says:

        EElijah Samuel,
        Typical noise makers, what does equatoria have? The same talkative people that we have had for centuries. This time round you need nobody to babysit you. Is equatoria developed? Oh no. Where? This Equatoria we know? Nothing! AND again what is this tribe called equatoria? Wuh! Pretenders?

        • Joseph Lokilinyeng says:

          Majongdit,
          Apparently Equatorians have a lot for which you have left your own place and flocked to Equatorians like flies! Equatorians also have peace which you do not have. It is because of this peace today thousands of your people are alive taking refuge in Equatorian land.

          I think you were thinking of the Stolen money, ye no we are not thieves, we have nothing of the stolen money so ya enjoy it! You may steal a car and drive fancily but it does not mean you know how to make a car and it does not mean it is yours! You need us, we do not need you. Take what you have stolen and go with it.

          Which is better, a noise maker of the killer of the brethren? What is better, one who speak the truth or one who kill women and children like the Jiengs have done to the Nuer in Juba? Shame on you for having dead conscious!

    • Elijah Samuel says:

      OH BY THE WAY, ALL THAT YOU SAY WILL COME TO BE ONLY AFTER THE JIENG LEARNS NOT TO STEAL….OTHERWSIE YOU WILL BE STEALLING EACH OTHER AND YOUR NEIGHBOURING TRIBES LIKE THE NUER UNTIILL DEATH DO YOU ALL APARTS AND YOU WILL ONLY TEST THE MINERALS YOU MENTION SIX FEET UNDER IN YOUR GRAVES RATHER ABOVE IT!!

    • simba says:

      Makoi,
      If you havr all these opportunities, it makes me wonder why most dinkas are against federalism. Remember also it is not just about natural resources but it is about human resources. Equatorians have the Lion’s share when it comes to human resources.

    • Yanga says:

      Makoi Mayen, I can’t remember a more ignorant person that you. You seem to think that natural resources are everything – wrong! If you have travelled in Europe or at least enlightened yourself about the world, you will not fail to note that there are many countries which have nothing by way of natural resources yet they are the richest. You want some examples? This is your homework. On the other hand, we have seen many countries rich in natural resources yet they are the poorest – example is South Sudan.

      So let me educate you a little: what makes a difference is not natural resources but human resources; the will and determination to develop one’s land, the love, pride and readiness to live in one’s God-given area. These things are lacking in you – you are totally deficient. Therefore, to laugh at Equatorians because they don’t have natural resources is lunacy. It also shows your ignorance because you know nothing about the resources that are in Equatoria. So how can such a man be called educated and allowed to debate matters of national importance?

    • Eli says:

      Makoi
      So what are you waiting for? Get the hell out of Equatoria quickly.

    • Lavina Lual says:

      Makoi-

      I am halfly from Bahr Gazal and most people of Bhar El Gazal dinka are algergic to federal rule . The reason being the bahr el gazal has got 0% resources they would use for development of their states because Abyei fate is unknown which is the bigesst hope the bahr el gazalians are dreaming about.

      Yes upper nile contribute by 87% to the nationla purse and Equatoria by 17% while Bar El Gazal by ) 0.0%. Federal rule means you contribute by 20% to the national purse while using the 80% for state development.

      Equatoria people are through syaing to us to hell with oil money because they know what they are up to and what they are doing. How is kenya, Uganada, Tanzania, Rwanda, etc surviving and developing. Menaing the dinka presence is hindereing Equatoria because their skills are under utilized as the gangetrs jieng got the fake papaers to redundant the educated class.

  12. Dut Tong says:

    Makoi Mayen, those who are truly Dinka; they don’t start by announcing themselves as Dinka; why? Because everybody would easily know they are Dinka. You look and sound ridiculous with your reverse phycology! Do you believe by saying you’re a Dinka at the beginning of your comment; would convince any idiot out there to believe everything you said!?

  13. dmajak says:

    Good job makoi , we need federal system where by each tribe rule themselves so we Dinka can handle our affairs. The most of Dinka are tired of this game of blaming .let have system like Ethiopia and I don’t want anybody to call Dinka name any more . We can have 64 states or provinces such Dinka , Nuer , Shilluk, Bari , murdari and many more .

  14. Richard says:

    I tried hard to be very civil when it comes to Dinka mentality, but sometimes I just can’t seemed to pull out my respect. Although I have coexisted with so many of them, and to a certain degree some of them are good people.

    To DINKA. Please, this attitude of yours which is visible world-wide will never spare your kind to live for the next few centuries. What is wrong with you people? Why are you so much into Equatoria land? If you have cows to milk, “Oyol” or (Oil) to extract, then what are you doing in Equatoria? Why can’t you just leave us alone and go kill yourselves on that side of the country? Simply leave us (Equatorian) alone. Take your god-damned city to RAMCIEL and there will be nothing we need from you. Remember we border Kenya, Uganda and Congo? These are our international borders which can yield so much to us economically. Our land is absolutely green and fertile. We can produce anything. We have all kinds of natural resources and truly need nothing from you. We don’t need praised “Oyol” or Oil which you have no idea how you are going to extract it even. All the engineers are from Equatoria. Shame on you people. As we speak, some of you have settled in Equatoria land and renamed the places which this time around, you will regret big time. If Federalism which you opposed very much is your enemy simply because you want to plant your long feet everywhere in south sudan is an issue, then go hang yourselves. Equatoria was given to us by God and so is your upper nile and all the states on that side of the country was given to you.

    DINKA, please, leave Equatoria and Equatorian people alone.

  15. Taban Mawa says:

    Fellow country folks,

    Some of the reactions on this article are tribal. Regardless of which region you as an individual is from, South Sudan is one country. The federalism people are debating is not about creating division based on tribe or level of literacy. This I suppose is about division of power and effective and efficient service delivery to our people.

    Debate with anger is not a debate but rather attacking each other. Debate without evidence is often the cause of angry debate and that’s what we are witnessing here.

    Those for and against federalism should spell their oppinions without attacking the other and tribe calling. If you want to engage in political debate, you needs to have your views supported by ideological concept rather than anger. We all love this country and that’s why we want it to prosper and benefit each and every child of the this land.

    The fear of resources distribution is sole reason for many to refusing the idea of federalism, but we should not fear the fear itself. Instead to generate views that are logical and operation to satisfy the desire of many if not all. Till then, the Dinka’s, Nuer and Equatorians will continue to insult each other with no concret answers for future direction of this country which is a shame to those we lost in the struggle and those yet to be born.

    • Moorgueec says:

      Because Yau Yau achieved
      what he did not rebel for,
      everyone is on shifting objectives
      strategy . I think the current call
      for federalism by Riek’s rebels is a mobilization
      strategy directed especiallly for
      equatorians who had earlier call
      for this system. The idea of
      federalism had another meaning
      in equatoria, the equatrians need
      federalism to give them time to
      build strong secessionist
      instututions and then opt for
      independent state. Equatorians in
      real sense do not feel comfortable
      sharing the country with both nuer
      and Dinka. The situation of that
      nature would become complicated
      in uppernile region as nuer and
      Dinka dont accept themselves.
      Federalism may work well if every
      tribe or group of tribes which
      understand themselves are/is
      given its own state.

  16. Bro Makoi don’t be too excited and ambitious about the federal benefits to jieng region, because your lifestyle doesn’t give chance to such a very nice strategy work plan or economical policy.quess what is now happening in lake state? your youth the future leaders are tiring the state apart and rebelling against their own state, just because they don’t want disarmament in the state. where on earth can you find a naked human being moving with a gun except in jieng community. and secondly what you have written above will only exist in your mind, because you guys are known of been lazy and parasites,can you tell me why the humanitarian organizations and more specifically the WFP are concentrating their work in northern bahr el ghazal? you got used to or be enslaved by the relief quotes.hence try to uplift yourselves from the stage of tribe to region like the Equatorians then come and talk about those nonsense you have written above, because those plans can’t be actualise in insecured environment or with people who have vandalistic and aggressive behaviours otherwise this will just be one of your daily nightmares. Finally try to reconcile with the nuer, because these guys are your only saviours, they are hard working people whom you will connect your parasitic pipe for your own survival otherwise we shall hear over the news about starvation and death of jieng and their animals.

  17. Moorgueec says:

    south sudan is not a
    laboratory where things should be
    tried and become successful. What
    happen to David Yauyau when he
    tried armed rebellion? It ends up
    death of innocent civilians, Riek
    has now tried it, the results are
    also negative. When you are going
    to fish in an ocean ,you need not
    to go with spear because it is the
    cheapest tool, see first whether it
    is going to make you hit a fish in
    such a diverse water. South sudan
    has reached a level where quick
    fixes are no longer an option, we
    need a solution that put an end to
    problems now and in future.
    Federalism is a narrow labrinth, and will never in a larger dimension solve our deepened ethnic hatreds among ourselves.
    we need a clear path that would
    lead to a strong, and cohesive
    south sudan now and in future.

  18. Moorgueec says:

    Because Yau Yau achieved
    what he did not rebel for,
    everyone is on shifting objectives
    strategy . I think the current call
    for federalism by rebels of Riek is a mobilization
    strategy directed especiallly for
    equatorians who had earlier call
    for this system. The idea of
    federalism had another meaning
    in equatoria, the equatorians need
    federalism to give them time to
    build strong secessionist
    instututions and then opt for
    independent state. Equatorians in
    real sense do not feel comfortable
    sharing the country with both nuer
    and Dinka. The situation of that
    nature would become complicated
    in uppernile region as nuer and
    Dinka dont accept themselves.
    Federalism may work well if every
    tribe or group of tribes which
    understand themselves are/is
    given its own state.

  19. Makoi Mayen says:

    What is the need of calling me names? I am for federalism because I think it is the only way we can develop our nation. I was only highlighting the resources we have in Bhar Ghazal and Upper Nile and what you equatorians do and don’t have as a tribe. The reason why most of you are for federalism is that you think it will disable the Dinka politically and economically.How have I offended you here? They (dinka)are against federalism not because it will not benefit them but want to share the resources they have with other tribes. We Dinkas always come back and eat from one pot despite our problems and we want to extend this virtue to other tribes. I deserve praise for supporting federalism because I am the only one in a billion. We are in equatoria because it is the seat of the govt but not anything else. Take the capital city to Ramciel today and we will follow tomorrow. That Dinka are lazy people, I will not say anything about it, but God only knows. We have more than enough engineers and agriculturalists and geologists. We were, are and will be better off without you and primitive nuers. We don’t want you!…..but remember that nothing good can happen without “DINKA”

  20. simba says:

    Makoi,

    True, nothing in South Sudan can happen without DINKA, including the current mayhem and destruction.

  21. alex says:

    Childishness in politics. You make the world to laugh at us.
    We should learn to be independent thinkers not followers of those so called leaders. If we are not careful they will push us to kill ourselves and yet they kept their families abroad. so the stupid will kill themselves without finding the pro and cons of federalism. It is shame we people who claim to be intellectuals begin to follow what their leader say without knowing its goodness. The only solution for south sudan is a military regime for 30 year until the war syndrome is no more in our heads then democracy can be introduced. So the only way out is to develop strong army to depend the unity of the people and the territorial integrity of the country at all cost.

    Alex

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