Hopes that Kiir-Machar Agreement will boost Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Processes

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, 27/AUG/2015, SSN;

It has been in the best interest of all South Sudanese to live in peace and harmony and it has been a wish of every South Sudanese to see that justice, due process of the law and the true adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and dignity of human person will always prevail.

But quite unfortunate, there hasn’t been peace and stability in South Sudan. However, it is our hope that this time the signing of the IGAD-Plus proposed peace agreement by the adversaries will indeed prove to be an important shift and move toward a peaceful settlement of South Sudan’s conflict.

Hence, in the pursuit of peace and stability, the substantive issues which have and will always stir up misunderstanding and thus cause conflict and pose continuous instability of the country seem to have been roughly framed in haste to resolves the conflict.

Like his 1991 defection and rebellion with Dr. Lam and Kong against the then SPLA leader Dr. John Garang, Dr. Riek must this time put behind him his incessant lust for power at the expense of the people of South Sudan and work for a true and meaningful peace and stability.

It is clear that Dr. Riek has been an obstacle to peace and stability in South Sudan. This is clearly illustrated by Dr. Riek’s 2013 second rebellion under the pretext that Salva Kiir is a dictator who undermined democratic principles.

This has caused frustration in South Sudan at Dr. Riek’s intransigence. This frustration has been highlighted as a result of the shift in the opinion of the people of South Sudan not to join his call for overthrow of Kiir’s government or join him in the bush to topple the government by force including members of his tribesmen.

Justice and Peace are two different things but some people wrongly think that peace may lead to the attainment of justice which has been proved otherwise.

Reconciliation after peace and justice cement and consolidate lasting peace and stability.

However, no proper or strict application of laws as pillar paradigms of justice according to its letter may in certain circumstances produce untold suffering, hardships, detriments and even serious miscarriage of justice to those victims whose rights have intrinsically and blatantly been infringed.

As the application of laws is imperative on judges and/or courts, the proponents of justice became rude and indignant to see that justice is awarded to those who deserve it and not to those who incurred injustice.

Machar and subordinates and his sympathizers, you will find that no any single reason or motive which could warrant a person to wage war except to murder innocent people and loot the entire properties of our vulnerable people.

We must remember here that no peace will ever be realized in south Sudan without awarding justice to anyone who deserve it and no justice will ever prevail without proper and strict adherence to the doctrine of the rule of law and not rule of men when everybody is tied down under the yoke of injustice.

We must cease appeasing and awarding senior positions and ranks to those whose hands are numerously tainted with blood of others for the sake of fake peace which has now resulted into further suffering of our people.

To have lasting peace and stable society, we must sharpen the teeth of the law so that it could bite anyone who is in conflict with it.

Let the law bite at least one or two people this time just for the sake of our brothers and sisters who perished in the Nile running for safety to a safe place in Upper Nile.

Let the law bite one or two or even more this time for hundreds of people murdered mercilessly during this war of self satisfaction.

I sincerely and humbly urge our president and his cohorts, if his hands are clean, to leave no stone unturned in making sure that justice is done this time to our poor people who instantly became victims of the current useless and senseless war for power and control of resources which belong to all of us.

Let’s not betray our brothers and sisters. Bring peace but award them justice they deserved.

Tong Kot is a Master of Laws (LLM) Candidate at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. He also a Practising Legal Counsel at Deng & Co. Advocates – Juba. He can be reached at: Email: tongbullen@gmail.com.

6 Comments

  1. Tyson says:

    Tong,
    Don’t fool yourself. Riek might be better leader than the collective Jenge illiterate and bogus government. All Jenge are a first class “world-laughing stock”. Jenge have shown their stupidity beyond any repair.
    Justice and peace starts first by Jenge apologizing to the people of South Sudan for their perpetual crimes. All the people that Jenge murdered in cold blood, the women raped, the land grabbed, the money looted, etc is the trademark of your unbecoming behavior. Stop pretending and wait for the axe coming for your neck!!!

  2. Eli says:

    Tong Kot K or TKK

    I quote; “Like his 1991 defection and rebellion with Dr. Lam and Kong against the then SPLA leader Dr. John Garang, Dr. Riek must this time put behind him his incessant lust for power at the expense of the people of South Sudan and work for a true and meaningful peace and stability.
    It is clear that Dr. Riek has been an obstacle to peace and stability in South Sudan. This is clearly illustrated by Dr. Riek’s 2013 second rebellion under the pretext that Salva Kiir is a dictator who undermined democratic principles.
    This has caused frustration in South Sudan at Dr. Riek’s intransigence. This frustration has been highlighted as a result of the shift in the opinion of the people of South Sudan not to join his call for overthrow of Kiir’s government or join him in the bush to topple the government by force including members of his tribesmen.”

    REALLY…….?

    Your honor, beyond reasonable doubts you are bias. Sir; please tell the truth or stop injecting more hatreds in the new dawn. Very obvious you sound just like one of the JCE. Shame for your “Masters of Laws or LLM Candidate at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. He also a Practising Legal Counsel at Deng & Co. Advocates”.

    From today on exclude my name from coming to your tribalised law office for legal advise.
    It is really shameful that education has no value for some of us. As it was written; “You can take a man out of Egypt but you can not take Egypt out of him unless he decides to come out”.

  3. Holo Kor says:

    Hi Tong Kot,

    Here is a little view to your written garbage, I am saying to you in a comparison to JCE, is that they are fathers like the sons. So JCE, they’re a bunch of crooks lawyers; and so do you-as a lawyer, you’re a villain of this country as well.

    And here today, you’ve blamed others for your Peter out of the country, South Sudan, which Dinka as a people entirely and in a group, or individually causes it to fail. Because you’re stupid and that you’ll not admit to wrong doing, but you will always jump to blame others. It has become a common thing and an usual for a Dinka to admit being the wrong person (s), but it’s always others, because of their overblown egos, which has become the real problem; to us and to every person. Ah egotism, just to say, is the obesity in the heads of Dinkas. Com’ people! Give us, the 63 tribes lives and accept your sins-for a change. Just for the sake’s of God.

    And there you’ve it.

  4. Alier-kon says:

    Dear Tyson
    why don’t you make your self to be a first class if that is the case as it is a man made things.
    tell us which land did we grabbed from your ancestors, who are those Dinka that murdered people in cold blood ?and looted money from where apart from Dinka also if this country does not belong to all of us? what have you contributed from your land to Dinka as the resources that they took away from your home?
    for your information there is no one day that Dinka community can apologized to you insects or seek the legal procedure like what Riek did when he saw that there is no way for him to come back he went to Ethiopia and Kenya to cry for help so that these people can push for kiir to signed the force deal.

    • Tyson says:

      Alier-Akon,
      I don’t waste my precious time to unearth the rubbish permented by Dicokracy. It is the nature and culture of Jenge to kill, loot, rape, grab, abuse, etc. You have eyes but you don’t see! God gave you the brains but you behave like animals.
      I am coming for some of you legally. You will run but you will not hide until the law catches up with you.
      You are ashmed to say Machar cried for Kiir to sign the peace agreement. Instead it was your cattle keepr, killer Kiir who cried for help. He was being baby classed by dictator Museveni. As soon as Museveni received marching order because of embrassment, Kiir has no single words to utter but to rush to JCE who were already comatose.
      Why should all Jenge collapse and allowed Kiir ro sign the peace agreement if you think arrogance will save you! What a shame!

  5. Tong Kot Kuocnin,

    Please read the law properly. Your writing indicates that you do not understand the laws at all. You are just wasting time at the university. Please choose another major. I don’t think you are reading books that are talking about laws.

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