Is there anti-Dinka school of thought in South Sudan as claimed by Joseph Garang of New Sudan Vision?

BY: ElHag Paul, RSS, JAN/03/2013, SSN;

Joseph Deng Garang, the New Sudan Vision president wrote a very interesting article about the state of affairs in the country under the title ‘South Sudan needs steady leadership to save it from collapse’ in on 17th December 2012.

The article opens with razzmatazz of a statement asserting Dr Garang forcefully as the founding father of South Sudan. Well, he (Dr Garang) is not. The evidence overwhelming says so. Few days ago I was in an express train in Europe and accidentally my eyes caught a lady sitting in front of me reading an article about refugees in South Sudan. This attracted my attention and immediately I reached for my laptop, plugged in the dongle and accessed the internet.

I googled the paper and there in front of me was a picture of a woman sitting on a brown chequered carpet wearing a whitish/creamish dress under what appears to be either a veranda or an open shack (Rakuba). In her posture, she crossed her hands over her straight crossed legs with a sad face. Behind her there was a pile of clothes on a line near the corner of the building, some clothes lie folded on a table behind her. In front of her there was a seemingly neglected teddy bear and blue sleepers. A forlorn sight takes over the mind. The author of this piece is Kate Eshelby, writing on Metro Newspaper of Wednesday 12th December 2012 under the title ‘It is hard here but this is my country: Thousands return to South Sudan after independence.’

I quickly read the article and I was struck by a conversation between the author and the son of Dr John Garang and here it is: “Mabior Garang De-Mabior, the eldest son of the late SPLA leader, John Garang, believes that despite the country’s potential, the returnees’ hopes have been dashed.

He said: ‘Garang wanted a unified country, with all ethnic groups equal and an end to marginalisation. But the SPLA has failed. It’s as if the movement has suffered amnesia.”

In this exchange, Mabior, seemingly in despair, clearly conveys to us an insight into his father’s unionist political conviction. This can not be disputed because as the son of Garang, brought up by Garang and being in Garang’s life he understands his father better than anybody else who is second guessing. Not only that, but Garang himself was very honest about his unionist beliefs. He documented it accordingly in his books edited by Mansour Khalid.

It should by now be clear to Joseph Deng Garang and those people who tirelessly try to elevate the late leader of SPLM/A into father of the nation that their consistent assertions are futile. Dr John Garang was the leader of SPLM/A who wanted to realize a united Sudan but he failed as his son put it. In Dr Garang’s quest to realize a united Sudan he lynched separatists left and right thus introducing the culture of killing in South Sudan politics. A culture whose consequence now has a direct link to the killing of intellectuals and the SPLM Oyee terror engulfing the country.

So Dr Garang is not and can not be father of the nation he did not want to be born.

It is important to highlight this point on behalf of the separatist victims of SPLM Oyee like Akout Atem, Samuel Gai Tut, Joseph Oduho and others so they rest in their graves peacefully lest the whole thing becomes an affront to them.

Joseph Deng Garang’s article apart from the opening delusion over all attempted to explain the current malaise in the country fairly. If my understanding of his article is correct, Garang judiciously has concluded that Dinkocracy has failed the country, yet he attempts to resuscitate the dying horse (SPLM Oyee) by trying to rally the young to take over from the current leaders in 2015.

Whether this will work remains to be seen. However, it gives us hope that at last the website (New Sudan Vision) that vehemently promotes Dinkocracy is beginning to see its own foolery and is turning into a positive critic of itself and the very system it helped develop into a monster. This is a highly welcome development.

I will come to this point later on in this article. The main purpose of my writing is to set the record straight on some misinformation that Garang’s article is spreading around about some of us. In his quest to enlighten South Sudanese about the sorry state of affairs in the country, Garang postulates three schools of thoughts as being part of the problem.

These are: the so called liberators, the anti-Dinka and lastly the elderly generation running the government in South Sudan. The author does not explain how he reached the conclusion on his three schools of thoughts. I will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he has some grounds for his arguments. Nevertheless I take issue with Garang’s insinuation that we are anti-Dinka. Certainly I am not.

Garang argues that: “The second school of thought is advanced by those with anti-Dinka attitudes. Those are the ones who are calling SPLM’s bluff. They have the advantage of calling the government a Dinka property… thanks to the weak leadership of Kiir. It is a bunch of weak oppositions masquerading as political parties. Their goal, God forbid, will be nothing short of settling old and imaginary scores by meting out some sort of payback. They are consumed with bitterness.

Their argument goes something like this: South Sudan is a small country of 8 million citizens who have been left outside looking in by those in Juba and if they are given a chance they can improve people’s lot. They have a point except that the nation knows their track record or lack thereof. They are right to point out how miserably the SPLM has failed to deliver given its stellar revolutionary credo and national resources. The heavy weights in this camp include Dr. Lam Akol, and a couple of opinion writers such as Dr. James Okuk, Dr. Justin Ambago, and El Hag Paul.”

The language, its tone and the words in Garang’s article say it all. The incitement against the listed takes it to another level. Garang is obsessed with extreme anger and hate. The paranoia tearing him comes out in his expressions. His writing exposes his tribalistic character. Thus his claims are nothing other than the projection of his inner world unto us. How he has reached the conclusion that the people he lists are anti-Dinka baffles me.

None of those listed actually is anti-Dinka. In fact they love the Jieng like all the other tribes in the country. It is this love that has forced me personally to point out the bad behavior of the Jieng to them in numerous articles so that they can reflect and reform accordingly. The others and I act as a mirror for the Jieng to see their blind spots which un-endears them to their brothers and sisters from all the other tribes in the country.

Our criticism of the Jieng, if you think about it, in fact makes us the best friends of the Jieng because we want to save them from their destructive selves. Those who do not give any feedback to Jieng about how they behave in power are their real enemies. The behavior of Jieng in power, especially with abuse of power for 30 years now since 1983 is creating for them serious problems throughout the country.

What settling of score or in his own words ‘payback’ is Garang referring to? So, is he admitting to the gruesome things they have done to others which is unknown to us? Are there other worse things than the killing of the Equatoria police officers in Yambio, the killing of the doctor in Yei, the land grabbing… etc.. that will motivate people to seek revenge?

I believe in forgiveness, law and order. Crucially, I believe in the preservation of life and I will not be a party to abuse of any human beings regardless of their tribe, race, religion, and gender.

The Jieng have done horrible things and there is no question about this but I strongly believe that they should be forgiven through something similar to Truth and Reconciliation Commission process in South Africa or like Gacacha courts in Rwanda. That is the best way to bring genuine change to dehumanized people.

Otherwise if we slip down the route of revenge then we will not develop a peaceful country where we can be happy in the company of each other because revenge is infinite. It will be tit for tat and so on and surely this will be the route to destruction. If this is allowed then what is the point of living in one country? Please be foresighted and think about the coming generations and what kind of country you want to leave for them.

Nelson Mandela on coming to power in South Africa in 1994 proved it beyond doubt to the world that when you forgive abusers (such as Apartheid promoters) this hurts and punishes them more than taking revenge and yet heals the country faster. So the punishment to our abusers should be to show them practically that we are not like them. We belong to a human class of beings with feelings and empathy. We understand what pain is and we will not go down their barbaric route.

If you choose to be barbaric we will shun you but not behave like you because we do not want to demean our humanity and legitimize your ugly behavior. Therefore, Garang should rest assured that the fear gripping him from thoughts of ‘payback’ has no grounds because I am human who feels, empathizes with pain no matter on who it is inflicted.

Having spoken about Garang’s Anti-Dinka baseless allegation, I now move to the problem with New Sudan Vision website. I now understand why this website behaves unethically. For it is led by paranoid tribalists. This website delights in promoting Dinkocracy while denying the people it denigrates a voice.

I had a nasty experience with it sometimes back. A Deng Dekuek, incensed with one of my articles about SPLM Oyee and the government in Juba, went amok in response. Dekeuk was so contemptuous in his response to the extent that I had to reply. Since Dekeuk published his abusive article on New Sudan Vision, it was natural for me to respond to him through it.

I was surprised to find out that the management was so unprofessional. They rejected to publish my article and when I contacted them as to why I was told that they had no obligation in spite of the fact that Dekeuk was using them to lobe mud at me. So this website does not publish views opposed to SPLM Oyee or counter views opposed to articles written by their tribalist contributors.

When Jieng commit crimes against other people from other tribes it goes completely silent. For instance, when the Equatorian police officers and a doctor were killed in Yambio and Yei respectively this website pretended as if nothing dreadful happened. It either mentioned such crimes in passing or ignored it totally. The ugly face of this website can be seen in its reporting about the plight of the Murle people in Jonglei. It demonizes the Murle and singles them out as the culprits in that state when in fact what is happening to them is near genocide.

Had New Sudan Vision been fair and a respectable media outlet, it would have been in fore front of reporting fairly in order to bring a suitable solution to the problem while protecting all the people in that state regardless of their tribes.

Similarly when Peter Sule got framed by the SPLM Oyee it went berserk perpetuating the Oyee lies and justifying the mendacity of the government in Juba. It embarked on condemning Sule without making any effort to investigate the lies of SPLM Oyee. The noble contribution of Sule to the liberation of South Sudan was distorted to present him as a betrayer.

The recent carnage in Wau applauded by the blood thirsty president Kiir revolted the world and international media reported it widely. Unbelievably, New Sudan Vision neither acknowledged the carnage nor reported it as it should.

Now compare all the above to the intensity and the degree of its coverage of the current events in the country involving the lynching of intellectuals. Why did they not do the same in the mentioned cases? What is different this time? I leave that to anyone’s guess.

So this website being a mouth piece of the Oyee regime of terror in Juba is not useful in our struggle to build a peaceful and fair country. Its tribalistic nature does not bode well for shaping positive opinion in the country. Although I very well know that they will not publish this article which has been sparked by the supposed Anti-Dinka allegation of New Sudan Vision’s president, it is comforting to know that the other professionally-run websites will publish it.

Jamming the brake, the article of the president of New Sudan Vision had some good things in it but the author could not resist the trap of glorifying the late leader of SPLM Oyee as the father of the nation. This may be because he shares the same ethnicity with the late or this could be in line with the Dinkocratic policies of his organisation. Whichever of the two, truth will triumph.

Garang’s piece might have gained respect of the readership had it not been colored by unsubstantiated allegation of his so-called Anti-Dinka school. An idea concocted out of the blue. A myth!

Elhag Paul,


  1. Elhag Paul, SPLM Oyee is a party with its good objectives and roles it plays to the people of south Sudan. Keep despising it you yourself as an individual, but south Sudanese who were with SPLM will honor and respect it. It seems that you are running mad, and why don’t you reveal it to SPLM leadership such that you will be taken for a better medication! Just bark, and SPLM for thousands of years will remain firm in south Sudan. It is long lasting SPLM, it is SPLM for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for everyday.

    • Mayok Mut says:

      Dear Deng,
      Please Deng, don’t waste your time. SPLM is dead and John Garang went along with NEW Sudan Vision.

  2. Mayok, SPLM is alive, healthy and not even feeling sick one time. Those who claim it dead are the former loyalists to Khartoum regime, who were sworn SPLM wouldn’t achieve their goal. After SPLM succeeded and managed their goal of liberation, they remain enemies to the party and wish so hard for the people to disrespect the SPLM party.
    Shame on you people, even though you spent days and nights writing articles against SPLM, the party will still govern south Sudan for several years.

  3. umoja says:

    Dengor Akuei, One day one time when you come to your senses you will begin to agree (like Nicodemus of Bible) with what Elhag Paul is saying. Elhag is saying the truth and as the saying goes TRUTH IS BITTER.

  4. Andrew Jienge says:

    Elhag you have said it all. I think Dinka should take your articles as an advice and try to adjust their behaviours and the way they do things in the RSS and the world at large. I believe 98 per cent of of this tribe is for what’s happening in the RSS, this is detrimental to them and Non-Dinka as well except for the top guns, their relatives and their stooges from other tribes.
    Where on earth do you find a government department occupied by one single tribe? Where do you find a government which secretly pay other employees their monthly dues and leaving others out to dry? The answer is the RSS. It is about time we call spade a spade!
    South Sudan is a very cold bottle of coca cola that has been shaken awaiting to be opened before it lets out carbonate that has been troubling her from within!

    • Mayom says:

      Dengor, you have said that those opposing your Kingdom are Khartuom loyalists and forgetting your own kinship starting from chief Dinkar the slavery trader, Mr Abel Aliar Kwac with Numeri regime and George Kongor Arop and Moses Machar who served Omer El Beshir regimes and last blessed by John Garang as first vice followed by Kiir .

    • spear Gatmai says:

      Please, Mr. Andrew, let’s not lie. Which tribe constitutes Juba now with great majority? I have just come from Juba some six months back and the the major crimes are being exercised by these unpatriotic and tribalistic Equatorians.
      Please dear, we should not blame a tribe who actually scarified their blood and off-springs to ensure that South Sudan is independent from Khartoum regime unlike other tribes who didn’t.

  5. Mony jang says:

    Well Elhag, I think u don’t know RSS, I expected u to talk about poor administration but not Dinka. I know government employees are from south Sudan but not from Dinka, only that Dinka and Nuer are the largest tribes in south Sudan, that’s why they are dominant in government; most of these tribes were the war strugglers or were the people who made south Sudan to be South Sudan.
    I expect u to lay respect to Nuer, Shuluk and Dinka for your freedom as South Sudanese.
    What I know is that Dr Garang gave the positions according to the struggle like Wani Igga, Mamur and many other people from different tribes.
    Pliz respect John Garang for what he has made like now you’re calling yourself South Sudanese because of John Garang. If you denied that Garang is not Father of Nation than u can even deny your own mother.
    What I can tell u is that, if u talk against Dinka then u will not achieve anything.
    Bro, if supporting a different party apart from SPLM then talk about change but not Dinka.
    Those who support Elhag words, take care of yourself, you’re moving with a mad guy who doesn’t know to talk & I know he is Equatorian but NO WAY WHERE U CAN DEAL WITH DINKA, talk about change but not Dinka.
    If u want people to believe u then tell the truth; it sets u free.

  6. Dear readers, my comment is going to you all. South Sudan has more than 63 tribes. And these 63 had their sons who fought for freedom in south Sudan. If you need to abuse anyone, start with one particular person like Manut Michael Lual, and finish with him. Because respect is better than everything. And make sure every tribe is the shield of fighting. Let us be together and fight for injustices.
    Thanks all of u.

  7. Choromke Jas says:

    Paul, You are a gem. I want also to acknowledge the positive comments of the other members of Jieng. Recognizing the folly of one’s position is the first step to solving problems. Recently, a Dinka female Professor also complained against yet another Dinka-centric Think-Tank. What shames us all is the shamelessness that some of these Jieng dominate everything in this country.
    Some of the example of the rush to head organisations are laughable. For example, Jieng head organisations such as Boda Boda Association in Juba, Farmers Union, Chambers of Commerce, Bicycle repairers association etc. The police, and other key institutions of government, prisons, fire brigade etc, are all headed by Jieng. If Deng thinks some people hate Dinka, perhaps he should ask himself why?
    Lastly, Paul, take care, because, it is blind supporters of the Dinkocracy, who appear above, who egg their equally power-drunk leaders to kill the intellectuals, like Isaiah Abraham.
    I hope you take care of yourself. We need you and the Jieng nation also needs you. Long live South Sudan

  8. Michaelson says:

    Please talk but remember that you have defenders called Dinka. Dinka should be respected. Why are you wondering when you heard that Dinka is the head in some position? You need Dinka to be where? You need sons of jieng to be jobless?. Be patients dear.

    • Goarson Goar says:

      Some of the boys here are very fluent in talking impolite, irrespectable derogatory language of Street women and behaviour of bad boys. Is this what the universities and the higher institutions had taught them, wherever they are? Where do you get that concept that dinka are only defenders of Republic ?

  9. James Lual Garang says:

    El Hag Paul, you’VE every right to criticize the government and scrutiny of its system of governance. As a public figure you can always expect criticism. My brother, I advise you to hold a minute because this government is intolerant of critics, that why you see Mr. president’S nerves when challengeD. They have failed miserably without knowing that they have faded off public eyes, looting all public monies.

  10. Malek Cook says:

    We must differ on how we see things, that is the natural but we must put in mind that we’re all southerners. Tribal Ideology must be put aside. We must accept constructive criticism and respect one’s opinions.

    Malek Cook

    Unity State.

  11. Dinka land says:

    If Dinka give this government to you, Equartorians, will Bashir not come to Juba and ask for females and young girls to play sex with them?

  12. Kuot W Ngor says:

    Dear all South Sudanese, I think there is a gray area between tribes that needed to be adress in Parliament or in public debate. You find Dinka are blaming Equatorians and the other way round. And within Dinka, those of Bor are blaming those of Bhar Elgazal and other way around. In Bhar El Gazal, those of Awiel are blaming those of Gogrial and so on. In Equatoria, those of Bari are blaming Mondari and those of Zande are blaming those of Morou and on and on. What a country!
    That is why I said there is a gray area here. We need to get to the truth and truth will set us free! A lot of people don’t know the Dinka people are the ones suffering the most in South Sudan, but because of being majority made them victims for nothing! The government that is blamed for mismanagement, corruption, tribalism, nepotism and land grabbing, for God sake, is not only Dinka!
    There are people who are working in the government and they want it to fail so that they will come out clean and run for election to win and rule. What a lunatic idea!
    I encourage all of us from all tribes to look closely to see who are the ones sabotaging the government and leave finger pointing to each tribe. That way the problem will be identified and discussed properly. God bless you all.

  13. Joseph says:

    Many thanks, brother Kuot, your analysis is very correct and please keep that spirit!! People is South Sudan will continue hating one another even if we leave this Country to one single tribe, the hatred will continue to sub-tribe, to clan, to families, to brothers and sisters…. etc.

  14. Madhol James says:

    My advice to Mr violent perpetrator (paul ElHag) is that you are trying to play with fire, the problem in south Sudan is not Dinka nor is it Nuer nor any other tribe. The problems can be blamed on government not Dinka or any other tribe, I advice you to point your criticisms on government and named individuals but not on tribe. your vision to turn tribes against one another will never benefit you in any way, rather you preach for peaceful coexistence in the country.
    President Kiir is a Dinka but not all Dinkas are President, so better criticize him as a President but not as a Dinka. you are a pure tribalist because you reason and talk along tribal line, what we need now is a positive change for this nation.
    What you write makes every tribe member stand in defence of their position and who will help you in bringing change. many people including Dinkas want positive changes and how will they support you since you claims they are the problem.
    Dear readers, we should pray and work towards achieving peace in this country instead of inciting violence among innocent citizens. You have hundred percent to criticize government and individuals but not any tribe.(I stand to be opposed).

  15. Ring Ariik says:

    Yes mr. paul elhag, Nobody can get rid of Dinka except God. Don’t be selfish of Dinka, though God didn’t create u a dinka, we can make u Dinka. God gave us wisdom, courage and determination to bring to u freedom. God blessed us with all these abilities and nobody else can take them from us except Nhialic Madhol.

    Don’t be ethnocentric. No tribe is 100% safe and clean. And a wrong committed by an individual can not be taken for granted to have been committed by everyone in his/her tribe. If u don’t want Dinka, go to any other world, not even hell or heaven bcos Dinka are almost omnipresent.

    The Dinka yesterday, today and tomorrow (everywhere u go) we r like MTN, whether u like it or not.

  16. Chaka, Jill says:

    El Haj,
    While the last phase of the Journey to nationhood needed Bullets, the next phase needed intellectuals and pens, You and those who write like you are the Garangs of our time less the blood shed that accompanied him. May God give you health and continual wisdom. the brainless primitives can not stand intellectual challenges. As it stands, we are being ruled by primitives and they have primitive foot soldiers!! Keep the pen on, You speak for the voiceless, and millions of oppressed, raped south Sudanese, the Jiang empowered thieves in Juba and south Sudan at large!

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