BY: Wunchiir Atong, South Sudan, NOV/25/2014, SSN;
As Bor Community bereaved and bid the final farewell to the true legend of our time, our uncle, father, community elder, Gen. Elijah Malok Aleeng Mayen, formerly called (Guet) in the years he grew up at Akeny Kuai’s house from Jalle Payam, a couple of things need be straightened up.
Our elder, a towering political figure in Bor, passed on because of shame. Those need be held accountable for his demise are Mama Rebecca Nyandeng, Dr Majak and Mabior Garang Mabior, Rebecca’s son. These people’s political prostitution sped up the demise of the old man.
Gen. Guet would have lived for another 20-30 years but realising Mama Rebecca posthumously detaching late Dr John Garang for Dr Riek in presence of Malok, the old man was uncontrollably immobilised by sickness.
Regrettably, he gave up the fight and was pronounced dead on the 28.10.2014. Atiam Thon (Malok other name) was a renown outspoken elder who fears none. He talks his mind to anybody he gets.
The 15th December, 2013 botched coup where Nyandeeng and Majak were associates worsened his sickness. He tried to convince Mama Rebecca and Dr Majak to stay away from Riek and instead they should keep a low profile if the two are not happy with Kiir’s ruling.
Unfortunately he was disrespected by these two not listening to. Hearsay has it that, he had been in constant communication with Rebecca and Majak beseeching and convincing them to abandon Riek’s rebellion but the duo plainly refused.
This unreasonable behaviour sparked a sense of shame and humiliation in the old man as he believed that he was a guidance and an elder whose words should be respected.
Gen. Guet was a survivor of Riek’s first rebellion in 1991 that saw untold human suffering in South Sudan and particularly in Bor’s land. As a close associate to the former SPLM/SPLA leader Dr John Garang, Gen. Guet was in the top 30 of those who would have been fire-squad had Riek defeated Garang’s Torit faction in 91.
The execution list was first leaked in 2007 which prompted Gen.Guet, Gen. Kuol and Gen. Awendit to confront and condemn Dr. Riek upon seeing their names amongst those who would have been killed had Torit’s faction been defeated by Riek’s Nasir faction.
Who Gen. Guet is….
General Guet was a brain behind all atrocities and injustices Dr John did to South Sudanese in the years of liberation. That Dr John died; he too was widowed like Nyandeeng and Salva Kiir, the then Maliyamungu of Garang’s era. (Maliyamungu was a ruthless commander of Uganda Army during Idi Amin’s rule. Ed.)
For the novice readers, the current president of the Republic of South Sudan, general Salva Kiir was the executor of the three. This is, Dr John, General Guet and Nyandeeng.
For instance, they would resolve not wanting to see Elhag Paul, (the tribal instigator of SSN) and Salva would pick an axe and hack the not-wanted specimen to death).
In most cases, Kiir would order General Marial Nuor Jok to finish up the casualty. Well that’s a bit overboard.
Let’s go back to Gen. Guet unceremoniously departure. He died a bitter man as he didn’t expect his people to follow the very Riek who premeditated to kill them in 90s.
In the political arena, Gen. Guet is commended for saying things like they are. He was nearly killed for going blunt at Kiir and his ruling loyalists from Bhar-el-gazal region. He was reported to have told the region, that you can’t have it both ways.
Simply put, poor ruling and unorganised eating never live in one room, you either take one and renounce the other. Everybody else was furious, and this resulted in the gun firing into Gen. Guet’s compound of several live ammunitions in an attempt to kill him. Though the culprits were never apprehended, some of us who were in that meeting saw that coming.
In summation, Bor community lost a fountain of wisdom. A giant whose seat will be empty for a while. Atiam Thon was a blessing to our community; he was an old block you would smile with pride if he is at the podium and against the opponent.
Gen. Guet was a scary guy who would never go and talk at home or behind a closed door. There are instances those of president Salva Kiir, Bona Malual and many other senior people from Kiir’s area would groan in dismay if Atiam Thon took the centre stage.
As his name suggests, he was truly ‘Atiam Thon’ which literally means an ‘invincible bull.’
The Cush nation, upper Nile region and Bor people in particular lost a great man, an incredible pioneer. REST in peace Elijadit.
Wunchir Atong is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org