It’s Time for A Nonviolent Revolution in South Sudan to remove all SPLM/A Leaders!

By: Kuir ë Garang, CANADA, MAY/03/2017, SSN;

South Sudan has arrived at a point where SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN But what that something shouldn’t be, is VIOLENT. Changing governments through violence has never bred any peaceful, inclusive and democratic governance. Violent removal of leaders leaves behind bottled-up bitterness, which usually results in another violent removal.

But we all agree that the government in Juba is not only a failure, but also a destructive, myopic force for any peaceful coexistence of South Sudanese.

While I believe South Sudanese leaders have committed unspeakable and horrendous atrocities, I don’t necessarily see them as bad people. They are just horrible quasi-politicians, who failed to transition from a militarized tradition to a purely, democratized political system.

Additionally, I don’t see them necessarily, contrary to how Alex de Waal’s perceives them, as people who maliciously went out of their way to consciously design a destructive system. Disorganized and jittery of Khartoum’s attitude toward the South, and lacking creative leadership capacities, South Sudanese leaders got lost in the complexities of state-building.

SPLM leaders had no ideological base and creative internal avenues to solve their problems. Lack of leadership, tribalized politics and the general desire to be powerful and wealthy, destroyed South Sudanese leaders.

Instead of focusing on solving their internal political problems, they resorted to building their tribo-military bases to defend themselves against their imagined and real politico-military enemies. This helped create a system in which what politicians and military leaders did was to compete in a survivalist system.

It was about survival. And in a survivalist system, what you need are people you can trust and people who support you no matter what. Sadly, in South Sudan, these people turn out to be one’s fellow tribesmen.

Since these leaders have tribalized the military and politics in a survivalist system, it’ll be almost impossible for them to be the ones to make South Sudan a peaceful environment. They have to be forced out as they’ll not leave on their own accord. Nonviolent defiance is the only way to force these leaders to change.

In 2008, it had to take the intervention of elder statesmen like Joseph Lagu and Abel Alier to avert the crisis. In march of 2013, these leaders failed to compromise their differences so they postponed the problem. In December of 2013, instead of resolving their differences, they resorted to public ridiculing of themselves.

There was no reason why these leaders couldn’t reconcile their differences. Problem-solving is what leadership is about. What John Garang did in Rumbek in 2004 could have been a superb example. Sometimes the leader has to eat a humble pie to avert a crisis.

December 15 crisis was a result of lack of internal mechanism within SPLM to solve problems. This is the problem that continues to break South Sudan apart, and will continue to do so.

But once given a golden opportunity through the Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) in 2015, they shamefully squandered the only chance for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in July of 2016. Greed, incompetence and lack of strategic vision continues to plague South Sudanese leadership.

In the light of this, it’s time for South Sudanese from all walks of life and from all tribes in all towns and villages in South Sudan to shout ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.’ The war has to end!

But the war will NEVER end as long as SPLM is in charge. The current leaders need to be forced out. However, they can’t be forced out violently. They need to be forced out peacefully.

Students, women, youth, wounded veterans, civil servants, shopkeepers, religious leaders, police, prison wardens, need to occupy government offices and Dr. John Garang’s mausoleum until Juba accept to bring peace. Villages and towns should refuse to fight for any rebel groups. SPLM forces should refuse to fight for leaders who don’t care about anyone; those who have brought the country to its knees.

It’s time for the war to stop; but it’ll not stop as long as we continue to support these leaders. We praise these leaders when they brought the very conditions that are now killing civilians.

In 12 years, all that SPLM and SPLA have brought South Sudanese is misery. SPLM is too deformed to be reformed, to use John Garang’s words.

It’s time for Juba to be led by fresh and younger eyes. SPLA and SPLM have done their jobs. It’s time for the names of the mighty two to be archived as someone once suggested. President Kiir and senior military leaders need to be replaced by younger, non-tribal military leaders. You can tell me “good luck with that!” but that’s the necessary reality: they have to go!

There’s nothing left for SPLM leaders to bring to South Sudanese accept destruction, misery and destitution. The people of South Sudan are more powerful than a few politicians. Take your country back! It’s time for a South Sudanese revolution!

Kuir ë Garang is a South Sudanese author living in Canada. For contact, visit www.kuirthiy.com

17 Comments

  1. Nikalongo says:

    You never disappoint your audience, do you? Until all unanimously say no to the Kiir’s led regime in Juba and their Riek’s counterpart in Pagak, there will be no peace. The Jieng, Naath and their supporters in between shouldn’t allow themselves be kept hostage to the needs and greed of thieves and murderers.
    Nikalongo

    • Eastern says:

      Dr. Machar has been shipped out of South Sudan (don’t ask me by who); he’s no longer in Pagak. Kiir is no longer in full charge of command and control of the forces, especially after the emergence of the Mathiang Anyoors in the politico-military cauldron.

      Kuir e Garang is calling for mass action but the masses have been weakened by hunger following a lavish party (2005-2013) making them prone to “defections” and returning to the status quo. Mass action, following the other week’s deployments in the streets of Juba will remain a pipe dream.

      Cry the beloved country!

  2. Concerned says:

    But both of you guys, Nikanlongo and the author (Kuir), seem to have forgotten a couple of things: that this a government that is known to ruthlessly kill its own civilians (voters) in door to door searches on almost daily basis, and also that this is same government that doesn’t understand they language you are calling for…

    Either you are being terribly dishonest or are out of your minds by calling out South Sudanese to go out on streets so that they are slaughtered in mass helplessly by a government which you know is totally mad and out of control! I can’t be kind about this, but the two of you are making me lose my respect for you here…

    • Nikalongo says:

      Concerned,
      I never called for people to go to streets. All I said is for the Jieng and Naath not to allow themselves be kept hostage to the greed of thieves and murderers in Juba and Pagak. The Jieng, for example, must know that while Northern Bahr el Ghazal Jieng’s heartland is being emptied because of famine and disease, Malong and Kiir is spending millions of dollars on arms and their families abroad. Dictators and despots ride on the back of their home base and supporters in between. Kiir and Riek are no different.
      Nikalongo

  3. Okuc says:

    Concerned,

    You have said it all, but Kuir is well aware that the government or regime in Juba is being dominated by his fellow Jieng and no way none- Jieng or Dinka can march on Juba street without being shot at by Dinka security apparatus which are dominated the institutions.
    None violent revolution can’t take place in country like South Sudan whose security apparatus are dominated by one ethnic who are employed to protect the president at any cost and not her citizens who hail from different ethnics. The only option for regime change or revolution in South Sudan is via coordinated armed struggle in Equatoria, Upper Nile and West Bahr gazal.
    once these states are under control of armed revolutionaries the regime in Juba is vulnerable and eventually will fall under minimum pressure from armed struggle and economic hardship experienced by people of South Sudan especially those who are living under failed regime in Juba.

    • info@southsudannation says:

      Okuc,
      Hardly ever has it occurred in Africa that members of the same ruling tribe have deposed their fellow tribal president. The author of the article is being generous and perhaps naively polite in calling for a non-violent revolution to overthrow a violent and murderous regime like Kiir’s and the other jieng murderers like Paul Malong, Kur, Arop, Kuol Manyang (remember what he did in Eastern Equatoria in the 90’s) and others.
      Mubarak of Egypt and Gaddafi, like Obote and Amin and Mobutu et al, all these genocidal dictators had to be violently deposed from power in their respective countries.
      So, why call for non-violent deposition of a brutal and violent dictator like Kiir….I’m flabbergasted!!
      It’s therefore inconceivable that the jieng will willing overthrow their brethren Kiir any time soon.
      The only option you have alluded to is the only feasible one and when it succeeds, naturally the jieng will take the backseat in the new government.
      Kiir and his fellow jieng security have committed horrendous crimes against South Sudanese and he and company must not be entirely exculpated from their criminality. They will be court-martialled and probably executed for these unforgivable war crimes and crimes against inhumanity.
      Editor

    • Eastern says:

      The security apparatus protecting Kiir can even pick-pocket the dead; the only living person they rever is Kiir! https://paanluelwel.com/2017/05/05/july-8-2016-fighting-at-j-1-juba-south-sudan/ (this video clip has now been removed as requested by the dinkocrats in Juba, I have a copy though)

  4. False Millionnaire says:

    Editor,
    If u ever fail to begin from the begining,the harshness of the blow that u would get from that mistake May be too dévastating to ever recover to restart again on a correct footing.
    Some time back,the former french président Nicolas Sarkozy said that africans have not yet entered into the course of history.It’s another way of saying that we are naive,foolish and irresponsable and he provoked an out cry from african masses without any thaught as why.
    I find your comments to be irresponsable. Even the living positive african examples as ymbolize by museveni and Kegame appear to have escapede u.
    Why generalise jieng when the power that’s the cause of your discontent is being misused by self serving few elites in Juba?
    U forget to remember that u were among those who hurriedly expressed appreciation to général TC’s defection and formation of NSF. But his first conduct has already proven to be à fellow whose mindset isn’t different from your likes.He kilt all his days in a five stars hôtel in Addis-Abeba.I was one of those who had hoped to see him communicating,conducting broad consultaions and perhaps issuing à manifesto of the objectives to be achieved.That would have made of him a trustworthy fellow and a special one far apart from the rest of the war lords.
    But God no.He is now announced to be moving to RSS to engage Kiir’s forces.
    The blood thirsty gènes constituting thick undergrowth among the roots of our brains will never stop to oblige us to hasten into violene without a clue of maKing a grave mistake.
    If u couldn’t differentiate between Kiir and power in Juba on one hand and ordinary jieng without power on the other hand,u will have chosen to fight the two as one single Block.As such scénario would be difficult and unjust for ordinary jieng,that wouldn’t mean that it will make things easy for u either.But u ren’t obliged to agree with me sir.Being all products of expériences,even lessons learned the hardest way aren’t really too bad lessons in real life.

  5. Roberto Kasongo says:

    The writer of this article knows very well that security services in South Sudan are controlled by Kiir’s ethnic group. These security agents will shoot at demonstrators without any hesitation. So asking none – Dinka to march to their own death not only it is stupid but it is utterly idiotic. The only way to get rid of this genocidal regime is through armed struggle. The opposition forces must intensify their attacks on the sectarian forces and take control of none – Dinka areas. The regime in Juba on life support. It is nearing its end.

    Roberto Kasongo ( Bana Equatoria )

  6. BILL KUCH says:

    Kuir,
    How is it going to be done? Can South Sudanese do anything without confrontation? How could that happen when we don’t come together as people of one nation? It is an awesome idea, but who would implement it in order to work? Dinkas, Equatorians, and Nuer(s) can not even get along in their own region respectively. Kiir himself could not bring us together without putting himself first before the nation. The nation is totally at mess and its leadership is a failure!!!

  7. Toria says:

    South Sudan has reached the stage of trusteeship. The protesting students in Juba said it better than anybody; “The nation has collapsed under your leadership,” http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article62399. UN must take over the land for ten years until order is restored.

    • info@southsudannation says:

      Toria,
      Whilst it’s timely that the UN should take over the administration of South Sudan, we just can’t and shouldn’t allow Kiir and his crooks to get away free.
      I have always and repeatedly suggested that Kiir and gang must be tried for crimes against humanity and war crimes, and then he and gang must be sent to the island nations of Seychelles or the Comoros for life-time incarceration in absolute isolation.
      Kiir and gang should never and must never ever be allowed to access their stolen money or enjoy a life of comfort again. That would be the most appropriate punishment.
      Editor

  8. Simba says:

    The author knows the regime is going down and violently. His main concern is not that the regime goes, because this is a foregone conclusion. His main concern is that the aftermath of the fallen regime may result in vengeful repercussions that would bring the core proponents of the regime to street justice which they deserve for what they have done to helpless innocents.

  9. Roberto Kasongo says:

    Some of us have said peaceful demonstration against the tyrant regime of Kiir is not a good idea. Well, on Monday, several students of university of Juba were protesting the misrule, economics hardship, …, and failed leadership of Kiir. The so called national security services personnel shot at the students injuring dozens and some students arrested. Once again, only armed struggle against this dictatorship regime will yield the desire result.

    Roberto Kasongo ( Bana Equatoria )

  10. Eli Wani says:

    info@southsudannation
    I concur with you, but for the hybrid court to be successfully set up there must be an alternate equally powerful ready for combat force. In this case I suggest that the UN will have to come up with a combined forces like the blue helmets plus newly trained South Sudanese National Defense Forces comprising of every ethnic group, and they shall not be called SPLA anymore but SSNDF. This newly trained forces need to be disciplined to respect civilians but to dismantle all the SPLAs and end the status quo. Then the court shall give orders to arrest and try all the war criminals starting with the head of Kirrminal himself to the lowest ranks.

  11. tit4tat says:

    Roberto Kasongo
    Unfortunately the armed strugglers from outside are now in disarray, there is no leadership structure in the bush to wage a decisive war against Juba. Riek is exiled in SA, Lam Akol has gone silent, TC and rest of Equatorian armed forces have not been energizing their bases. Perhaps now the students can reignite the flame from within. The good news is that Bilpham and J1 are getting closer to annihilating each other. A leverage for the revolutionary forces from within is needed and it’s on the rise.

  12. Naath says:

    Non-violent revolution is an interesting position. I believe there was a reason why the non-violent revolution didn’t work for Arab. What makes us think it is going to work in South Sudan when it didn’t work in the old Sudan? Perhaps, Kuir should clear this ambiguity.

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