Justice Peter Sule on a legal & grassroots solution for South Sudan

BY: MARGARET AKULIA, CANADA, MAY/02/2014, SSN;

“They are Obama girls” my friend jested in reference to two gun toting elegant looking American women of Nuer descent! “They are Americans” he continued as I stared at a photograph that was making the rounds on various South Sudan fora in utter disbelief. A caption accompanying the photograph declared something about being born Nuer and dying Nuer because they did not choose to be Nuer but God did.

The exquisite looking women were quoted to have said “If joining White Army could prevent elimination of my tribe Nuer I am ready to resist as a woman. My life is not more valuable than 17,613 Nuer who were brutally killed in Juba.”

There was no mistaking that the women were members of the notorious White Army, a militant organization comprised of Nuer people because they had smeared their skins with the signature white light coloured ash of the Nuer White Army.

They are Americans?! I exclaimed dumbfounded as I continued to stare at the photograph of the two gun brandishing immaculately toned Nuer American women. Their story could have made an incredible Hollywood Blockbuster if it wasn’t for the sullen association to the carnage that continues to unfurl in South Sudan. My friend sensed how staggered I was so he offered an explanation.

“The Nuers are like that. In a fight, they don’t ask questions until the fight is over. Everyone who ever lived in the other Sudan before South Sudan became independent knows that if a South Sudanese was involved in a fight with an Arab, the Nuer would “jump” the Arab and then ask what the fight was all about after it was over,” my friend explicated in reference to how fiercely protective Nuer people are of their kin and how they have no qualms whatsoever about “jumping” into the fracas and “ganging up” on individuals and groups who threaten their people.

“When the police show up, the Nuer would tell them to ask the person they rescued from an Arab’s pummeling what happened because they are the ones with the information.”

“Ask him. He knows what happened”, they would always egg the police on after a fierce battle between a Southern Sudanese, their Nuer protagonist and a Jallaba (Northern Arab)”.

As my friend continued shedding light on the Nuer mindset, I became even more flummoxed because a scenario similar to what he was describing was unfolding right before our eyes. Nuers from all over the world including but not limited to the two Nuer women featured in the photograph and others from the Gambela region of Ethiopia converged on South Sudan to defend their kin without the least bit of care for the restrictions imposed by transnational borders.

However, who gives a hoot about those idiotic boundaries anyway? They are contrived demarcations born out of the very containment that is partly to blame for the upheaval in South Sudan!

“The Nuers are an egalitarian society” my friend divulged, which was music to my ears because South Sudan will need that egalitarianism to jolt itself from the current melee and usher in a formidable and unprecedented democratic state.

However, the desperados responsible for the current lawlessness need to be kicked out first using the legal and grassroots solution being promulgated by Justice Peter Sule!

He is a brilliant lawyer and politician with the competence and commitment to translate the wishes of all South Sudanese into legalese and a final, fundamental and rock-solid constitution that protects all South Sudanese and guarantees the future of the country as asserted by Lieutenant General Ladu Gore in my article titled “Solution oriented conversations with Lieutenant General Ladu Gore”.

I had pursued Justice Peter Sule in Juba to continue picking his juristic brains about the legal and grassroots solution he is prescribing for preventing South Sudan’s melee from mutating into an all-out decimation of the country’s Nuer and Dinka tribes and he didn’t disappoint me!

An all-out tribal extermination has become even more imminent because of the total disregard for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan by parties to the conflict and the continuing uninhibited massacre of individuals from the Nuer and Dinka tribes.

Consequently, it is imperative to find a sustainable solution that will halt the bloodbath immediately so that South Sudanese can begin a course of healing that was doomed to fail because of Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s anarchic government. Justice Peter Sule has that sustainable solution!

“We believe that this conflict has transcended and gone beyond both our president and Mr. Machar and even the SPLM. It has now become an issue which must be solved by the people of South Sudan.”

Justice Peter Sule has written in a very eloquent position paper he sent to Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, the Ethiopian politician and diplomat chairing the IGAD Mediation Committee jobbed with the insurmountable task of brokering a peace deal between the SPLM/SPLA in Government and the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition.

He was forced to dispatch his thoroughly thought out legal and grassroots solution for resolving the mayhem currently unfolding in South Sudan through a go-between because the government of Salvatore Kiir Mayardit has banned him from travelling outside Juba in flagrant violation of Part Two of the Interim Constitution of the Sovereign Republic of South Sudan respecting the “Bill of Rights” and Freedom of Movement and Residence.

The absurdity is that the “Bill of Rights” is embedded in the very constitution Salvatore Kiir Mayardit is using to latch onto a defective presidency and churn out decree after decree for harming the people of South Sudan with impunity!

Apparently, the constitution is only applicable when it is the President and his cronies who interpret it.

27. (1) Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of movement and the liberty to choose his or her residence except for reasons of public health and safety as shall be regulated by law.
(2) Every citizen shall have the right to leave and or return to South Sudan.

“There is now an open ban on my travel anywhere outside the country. That makes it impossible for me to go to Addis for the peace negotiations,” Justice Peter Sule wrote in an email he sent me after a long phone conversation I had with him in Juba to continue picking his experienced brains about his legal and grassroots solution for South Sudan.

Justice Peter Sule couldn’t be more clear-cut in the methodically thought out legal and grassroots solution he has for the disarray currently unfolding in South Sudan.

However his way out of the South Sudan bloodbath which complements a submission by intellectuals from the Equatoria region of South Sudan has yet to see the light of day.

This is because the groups that have the most noticeable interest in South Sudan specifically IGAD, the African Union and the Troika countries are sponsoring the wrong solution, namely “cajoling” belligerent teams of the SPLM-cum-SPLA to conciliate their differences so that they can continue with their “business as usual!”

However, should it really be “business as usual” in South Sudan with an “impaired” SPLM-cum-SPLA in all its variations at the helm?

An honest, “no holds barred “democratic” debate” on this “audacious” question will undoubtedly anger “maniacal” supporters of the SPLM cum SPLA. However, I am challenging them to it anyway, in the spirit of the democracy the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition is flaunting!

Simply put, the ability of the people of South Sudan resident in South Sudan and the Diaspora (hereinafter referred to as “the People”) to voice their true sentiments in this debate without being bullied or “shot at” will determine if the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition is fighting for actual democracy or putting up a fraudulent front to get into power so that they can continue to gorge on “the People’s” resources.

Here are my initial submissions in the honest “no holds barred “democratic” debate” that must take place with the “maniacal” supporters of the SPLM cum SPLA for the “Freedom Movement” they are “broadcasting” to be an actual democratic movement!

It is preposterous for IGAD, the African Union and the Troika countries to depend on the very “SPLM cum SPLA collective” that fashioned the anarchy that has consumed South Sudan to also come up with the solution to their lawlessness!

Consequently, IGAD, the African Union and the Troika countries should put an end to involving only the SPLM/SPLA in Government and the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition in coming up with a solution to the unrest their “collective” created and turn to “the People” instead as advocated by Justice Peter Sule.

In other words, Members of the SPLM cum SPLA are jointly and severally liable for the current catastrophe in South Sudan and they are also jointly and severally culpable for the human rights abuses their movement cum army has meted on “the People”.

Consequently, it is an abomination for the organization’s members to dictate to “the People” how the country should be run. This means that they ought to stop “boasting” that they are the only South Sudanese who can lead and/or govern South Sudan!

Simply put, out of respect for families and friends who lost loved ones during the SPLM/SPLA instigated so-called war to “liberate” South Sudan, the SPLM cum SPLA in all its variations should not be the ones dictating the agenda for the country!

They should not be leading any dialogue respecting a solution or governing the country either.

If the organization and so-called “freedom fighters” are unable to “hunch” that leading any dialogue respecting a solution to the cruel and intentional murders their members inflicted on millions of South Sudanese is irreverence, they should submit to the long overdue “collective counselling” they need, to deal with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that has contributed to the extreme behaviours that have brought South Sudan to the brink of total collapse without delay.

It is detestable to mass murder South Sudanese and then purport to help them heal while placing guns to their heads!

In my opinion, if the SPLM cum SPLA “collective” is serious about honouring the memory of the millions of South Sudanese whose lives were snuffed by their members, they should exclude themselves from governing South Sudan in the interim on their own volition.

Healing should be one of the top priorities after the carnage and it cannot be ushered in by the “murderers” and “rapists” themselves.

Notwithstanding the foregoing and in the spirit of democracy, if “the People” will that selected individuals currently and historically affiliated with the SPLM cum SPLA “collective” should lead dialogues for coming up with a solution to the bedlam they created and even run for elected positions on an individual appropriateness basis, I have no issue with that.

However, the organization as a “collective” in any variation is too “unbalanced” to lead any form of “restorative dialogue” or government, which statement is a direct challenge to the “consultative conference ” organized by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/SPLA) “armed resistance” under their leader Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon from April 15, 2014 to April 18, 2014 in Nasir, Upper Nile State, South Sudan for purposes of “restructuring all public sectors in the state of South Sudan to conform to the federal system of governance”.

I am convinced that for South Sudan to emerge triumphant from under the superfluous rubble and this dark history, Justice Peter Sule’s legal and grassroots solution ought to be explored to the fullest extent.

If members of the SPLM/SPLA in Government and the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition really love South Sudan as they claim, their “collective” in all its variations will take a very long look in the mirror and do something about the demented images that “stare back” at them!

Their “collective” needs to reflect very deeply on those demented images for members to understand that although they are willing to govern South Sudan, they are unable to do so as a “collective.”

They can participate in “the People’s” dialogue as individuals but it will be reprehensible for them to lead the “restorative dialogue” and interim government which must be planned and implemented by “the People”, not them.

As if to mock Justice Peter Sule’s law profession and “Lawyer’s Oath” to uphold the law and justice as an officer of the court, he has been subjected to the most hideous forms of human rights violations by the government of Salvatore Kiir Mayardit, including but not limited to attempted murder.

For his “crime” which is speaking up to the President and challenging the President’s “constitutional roguery”, Justice Peter Sule has been banned from travelling outside Juba.

Consequently, he can’t travel to Ethiopia where he needs to be in order to share his legal and grassroots solution for stopping the South Sudan atrocities.

Justice Peter Sule served a two year prison sentence without even being charged, in a deliberate high level abuse of power and violation of another part of Part Two of the Interim Constitution of the Sovereign Republic of South Sudan respecting the “Bill of Rights” in relation to Freedom from Torture and Fair Trial!

18. No person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
19. (1) An accused person is presumed to be innocent until his or her guilt is proved according to the law.
(2) Any person who is arrested shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his or her arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him or her.
(3) In all civil and criminal proceedings, every person shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent court of law in accordance with procedures prescribed by law.

Is it any wonder that the four political detainees (Pagan Amum, Oyai Deng Ajak, Lol Gatkouth and Majak Agot) accused of plotting a so-called coup against Salvatore Kiir Mayardit were dragged through a kangaroo court that concluded with the oxymoronic pardoning of individuals who were innocent in the first place?

Justice Peter Sule languished in jail without being charged for two years but even after being released, he continues to be punished!

In addition to the open ban on his travel anywhere outside the country which will enable him to share his legal and grassroots solution to avert the current mass execution in South Sudan, Justice Peter Sule has even been banned from going to his own village!

He is suffering the same unlawful confinement the four so-called coup plotters are now suffering despite their so-called pardon and release from custody.

So much for the democracy being swanked by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his cohorts!

However, despite Justice Peter Sule’s brutalization, he hasn’t given up in South Sudan, hence his articulate position about the solution for the carnage that continues to unfold in South Sudan being at the hands of “the People”.

Justice Peter Sule believes that all South Sudanese need to come together to stop the bleeding and he has a rock-solid prescription as a lawyer, politician and grassroots activist!

I have no doubt in my mind that Justice Peter Sule’s prescription to involve “the People” in coming up with the solution to the current bloodshed themselves will terminate the bloodletting in the country because it is a solution “the People” will all own!

Justice Peter Sule’s love for “the People” and his confidence in them to come up with the solution to the South Sudan carnage themselves was distinctive as he gave me a blow by blow account of his life story and what needs to happen for South Sudan to emerge victorious from the bloody rubble.

“We should present this country with a hope; a hope for good government, for good administration which will lead us to unity, a new unity in the near future, hopefully”, Justice Peter Sule continued undeterred by the pain and suffering he has endured because of his pursuit of a better South Sudan – one that respects the rule of law where all South Sudanese are protected with a fundamental constitution, including the two tribes that are out to wipe each other out, namely Dinka and Nuer people.

When I conveyed apprehensions about the solution Justice Peter Sule was prescribing, he was very optimistic about deferring these apprehensions to “the People” so that they can discuss them as a knowledgeable group.

He asserted something about “negotiating amongst ourselves, to persuade ourselves and to make that future government a possibility, to agree on a system of administration that will be acceptable to all of us.

It is better that way, rather than having one or two political parties that will make something in Addis which will be brought back only to find that that thing is unacceptable.

It is better if more of us are there so that when we come back, we come back with something that is acceptable to all the people, to all the Southerners”.

Justice Peter Sule was reaffirming his position about including all the people of South Sudan in a dialogue that is certain to bring about resolution to the bloodbath.

In his eloquent statement to Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, Justice Peter Sule highlighted the “ugly secrets” of South Sudan which until the explosion on December 15, 2013 eluded the eyes of the world.

The lengthy list of “dirty secrets” includes but it is not limited to gross mismanagement of the country and its resources, marginalization of entire ethnic communities from decision making, inequality in the share of power and wealth, lawlessness, infringement of human rights and civil liberties, etcetera.

“The conflict between the two leaders; the president and his former vice-president which locked the two ethnic nationalities into a life and death struggle, was not the result of marginalization, oppression or mistreatment of either nationality, but a struggle for total
dominance and continued superiority by one over the other,” Justice Peter Sule dared to “unclothe.”

He was referring to the incomprehensible hostility between the Dinka and Nuer tribes of South Sudan which is threatening to obliterate the two tribes from South Sudan and take the country and the remaining 62 tribes of South Sudan down with them if a solution to the needless mass murder is not found soon!

“To restrict the present on-going negotiations in Addis Ababa to the two leaders of the
SPLM, would be to confine future control of the country in their two hands to the exclusion of all others, a situation which would hardly be acceptable to the excluded.

It would also be tantamount to reaffirming the tyranny and dictatorship which brought this crisis into being in the first place.”

“It must also be realized that the two groups are negotiating generally as “greater Upper Nile” led by Dr. Riek Machar, and “greater Bahr El Gazal”, led by our president.

In this case, it is “greater Equatoria” which is not represented. It is therefore only fair that Equatoria be represented in these negotiations so that nobody feels sidelined and cheated.

It is to be said that negotiating on regional basis is the only realistic and quickest method to bring about fair distribution of wealth and power all over South Sudan and with it fair chances for reconciliation, harmony and finally unity of the people of this country.

It is in this manner that democracy, good governance and social justice could be realized, bringing with it stability for a long time to come. It is also one way of cutting off the heavy expenditure being used on the huge army of ministers and members of parliament all over South Sudan”.

Justice Peter Sule’s unabashed assertions shed a lot of light into the bloody skirmish that is currently unfolding in South Sudan with an inference that there are three major components to the bloodbath that must be dealt with separately!

Firstly, a struggle for total dominance and continued superiority by one of Dinka and Nuer over the other which explains the systematic targeting and massacring of innocent South Sudanese from the Nuer tribe that set off the current carnage. A spin-off of that is Nuer People converging on South Sudan to defend their kin from extermination by Dinka lawbreakers.

Secondly, a genuine pursuit of democracy by South Sudanese who don’t belong to the “ruling class”, which explains why other South Sudanese have “teamed up” with the Nuer in a “wobbly” coalition that lacks clarity and

Thirdly, the ability of the SPLM cum SPLA to lead and/or govern South Sudan.

Simply put, there needs to be differentiation between Nuer People jumping into the fray to protect their kin and the pursuit of democracy by all South Sudanese including the Nuer and the Dinka.

It is my strong opinion that the lines are currently blurred. However to attain sustainable peace and then usher in unprecedented democracy and development, all three components must be clarified and dealt with separately.

“Inclusivity must, in our opinion, be the rule to be followed in the present situation,” Justice Peter Sule argues and I couldn’t agree more because all the people of South Sudan who did not instigate the mass murders that have brought the country to the brink of total collapse must now be involved in the way South Sudan is governed.

Otherwise, disparagers could argue that everyone should vamoose to their corners of “greater Upper Nile”, “greater Bahr El Gazal” and “greater Equatoria” in indescribable shame because the people of South Sudan will have failed despondently to keep a country with such potential in one piece!

For the sake of the country and “the People” he loves, Justice Peter Sule is daring to “unclothe” a lot of things South Sudanese “tip toe” around while they “seethe” in anger at the blatant injustice brought about by their deliberate victimization.

However, in the eloquent position paper he sent to Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, the Ethiopian politician, Justice Peter Sule suggested a number of solutions for resolving the current melee in South Sudan which solutions include but they are not limited to an all inclusive national dialogue, an interim period for a length of time to be agreed on (preferably three years), an all inclusive government of national unity during the interim period with a specific mandate to oversee the drafting of a permanent federal constitution for the proper governance of the country, restructuring and reorganizing the army in order to reflect regional balance and tribal representation (each region to recruit one third (1/3) of the entire National Army), organizing a national census, preparing for elections and other things.

As the international community continues to watch a horrifying ordeal unravel in South Sudan, the full realization of the threat of the total annihilation of both the Nuer and Dinka tribes is becoming very substantial unless the bloodletting is halted immediately!

Guilty by tribal association has been the norm in Africa for too long but the South Sudan situation takes that “guilt by tribal association” to a whole new level!

It is no secret that apart from the Nuer who have been forced to defend themselves against a slaughter instigated by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his cronies on December 15, 2014, other South Sudanese are also “seething” in anger against Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s Dinka tribe.

A mammoth worry that this “collective anger” could also mutate into “lynching” Dinka to “placate” it if a solution to the South Sudan slaughter is not found quickly is genuine.

That is why Justice Peter Sule’s proposition to Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin needs to be implemented very quickly because it can avert the current “rule of the jungle” brutal fight to the death between the SPLA in government which substantively represents the Dinka tribe and the SPLA in opposition which substantively represents the Nuer tribe.

However, the recommended solution is being asphyxiated by the government of Salvatore Kiir Mayardit because the adept lawyer is perceived as a threat by the current government of South Sudan.

His only crime for the blatant violation of his rights which are supposed to be guaranteed to all the people of South Sudan by the very Interim Constitution Salvatore Kiir Mayardit is using to afflict South Sudanese is opposing the President’s “unconstitutional inclinations” and attempting to flee South Sudan because of a death threat!

A million questions are going through my mind in a “mad scramble” for a more potent solution for the never ending carnage in South Sudan because IGAD seems to be completely vanquished by the opposing sides.

What if all South Sudanese, IGAD, the East African Community, the African Union, the United Nations Security Council, the Troika Countries, the European Union and all the people of the world “ganged up” on South Sudan’s spoilers the way the Nuer do to protect their kin?

What if a consensus based political system is instituted in South Sudan in the interim so that a deal is reached that is owned by all South Sudanese?

I know the Nuer will be open to that because it is consistent with their egalitarian culture and that is what is needed in South Sudan at once.

Salvatore Kiir Mayardit is a danger to himself, his family, his Dinka tribe, the Nuer tribe, South Sudan as a whole, Africa and the entire world.

We need to “gang up” on him and his cronies in order to wrest South Sudan from their “deranged clutches”.

We can do that by “wrestling” them to the ground in unison if necessary and having them all committed to an asylum so that they can receive specialized treatment for their “collective mental illness”.

Continuing to stand by as these criminally insane individuals orchestrate the mass murder of “the People” is like being accomplices to mass murder.

It is criminal negligence of the highest order. The same one that involved “standing by” as millions of Jews were exterminated during Nazi Germany and in the Rwandan genocide which occurred in 1994!

LINKS:
Nuer American White Army Women
https://www.travellinglearningcircles.com/Nuer_American_White_Army.html
Sudan: South Sudan Academics’ Letter to U.S. Envoy – Resolution to Current Crisis
http://m.allafrica.com/stories/201401091369.html/?maneref=http%3A%2F%2Fallafrica.com%2Fsearch%2F%3Fsearch_string%3DProfessor%2BLaura%2BNyantung%2BBlacking%2Band%2BDr%2BM%26search-submit%3DSearch
Constitution of South Sudan
http://www.gurtong.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=SHBZGArJ8Ks%3d&tabid=106
Solution oriented conversations with Lieutenant General Ladu Gore
http://www.southsudannation.com/solution-oriented-conversations-with-lt-gen-ladu-gore/
Preventing genocide in South Sudan
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article50818
South Sudanese rebels call for federal state formation
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article50734

Margaret Akulia is co-author of the sequel Idi Amin: Hero or Villain? His son Jaffar Amin and other people speak. She brings to the South Sudan dialogue a multidisciplinary professional background including but not limited to “grassroots activism”.
Additional information at https://travellinglearningcircles.com/Save_South_Sudan.html

13 Comments

  1. Elijah Samuel says:

    Margaret,
    If South Sudan is to move forward, Equatorians have to play important role. We got where we are because the Dinkas decided to sideline Equatorians. Time to do business differently is we are serous about peace, otherwise we shall patch only to break down again.

    • Lavina Lual says:

      I like your quote saying “The Nuers are an egalitarian society” my friend divulged, which was music to my ears because South Sudan will need that egalitarianism to jolt itself from the current melee and usher in a formidable and unprecedented democratic state”….

      LL

      • Lavina Lual says:

        Dear Margaret-

        I am not a good writer like you but I keep on hearing from some of your people-Equatorians that their most respective leaders are:-
        Thomas Cirilo CES
        Lado Gore CES

        Isaac Mamur EES
        Dr Hakim Moi EES

        J. Bakasoro WES
        Dr R K Mula WES

        What am saying is kindly try to diversify your interview with all your Equatoria leaders who are most popular and love by Equatorians instead of capitalizing much on CES.

        FROM EDITOR: YOU SHOULD BY NOW BE CLEARLY AWARE THAT MAGGIE AKULLA IS CENTRAL EQUATORIAN AND THAT JUSTIFIES HER SPECIALTY, THE W.E.S AND E.E.S WILL TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, WHICH THEY HAVE DONE SO WELL ALWAYS.

  2. Margaret,

    If Peter Sule is an impartial judge who is not believe in bribery, let him find the root cause of conflict and then we go from there. However, Margaret, as you know our leaders in Juba are figurehead of Salva Kiir Mayardit, they will not mention the root cause of conflict because of the fear that they may lost their position.

  3. Eli says:

    Margaret,
    I agree with you about that photo of these mighty Nuer White army combatants, these are not just ordinary women as we the ignorant South Sudanese men always perceived our women. I pray and hope these girls survive this senseless war so that one day our nation shall honor them and all OUR WOMEN. This particular picture has gone viral on the web as well as into the history of women’s struggle in our shameless nation now under dictatorial tyrants. When Ethiopia and Eritrea were in their struggles women played vital roles in their struggles. So here is evidence that our ladies are no more just an object to be played with by men but they are the game changers as we see it in everyday world events. Unfortunately to this date some commentators on this very site refer to some tribes as women, especially those of dinka origin referring to the Equatorians as women. Ignorant and uncivilized mindsets and using the languages of hate towards our women should not be tolerated anymore. GO SOUTH SUDANESE GIRLS GO!!!!!!!!!!. YEEEEHAAHHH BEBE.
    Eli Wani
    RoSS

  4. Eli says:

    Margaret,
    I like your writings and hope to see you write more on this site and other sites. I think you have a talent and should use it to enlighten our society which desperately need all kinds of help. Quoting from your statement the following paragraph:
    “The Nuers are like that. In a fight, they don’t ask questions until the fight is over. Everyone who ever lived in the other Sudan before South Sudan became independent knows that if a South Sudanese was involved in a fight with an Arab, the Nuer would “jump” the Arab and then ask what the fight was all about after it was over,” my friend explicated in reference to how fiercely protective Nuer people are of their kin and how they have no qualms whatsoever about “jumping” into the fracas and “ganging up” on individuals and groups who threaten their people.”
    In fact as you truly put the Nuers are well known of their stance against

  5. Eli says:

    bullies, I have many friends from all over South Sudan and I tell the truth that unlike their cousins the Dinkas the Nuers do not go around inciting or causing grief to others. The Nuers are on defensive side in almost every incident you hear a Nuer is involved, I was in Khartoum and I can testify to that. I really hope that they keep that character of calm traits and not imitate those of the Dinka who are nothing but bunch of nuisance and headaches to us in South Sudan and wherever they go. They the Dinkas have no courtesy and they don’t like to yield to others even when they come to a stop sign or red lights.
    But when it comes to facing fierceness they are quick to disappear and I can attest to this because I was a soldier in the SPLA, in the front they will yell to each other in their language to withdraw and desert from fire line as we called it leaving the other non-dinka fighters in danger even though you take cover to keep bullets away from them at first.

    Another example; I used to be friends with these dinka fellows when we were still fighting the jalaba, but as soon as peace agreement was signed they started to act very strange towards me and some of them wanted to convince me that dinka language is the best language and should be the national language or official language of the new nation soon to be. All my dinka friends got promoted to high ranking officers and they wont even speak to me anymore, it was so disgraceful and pathetic for me to continue being in the army and so I resigned. These guys have issues and until they put their affairs straight I can not see any viability in our new nation that we all fought hard for and admire to b. The solution I see here is counter offensiveness just as the Nuers are doing WE ALL MUST UNITE NOT ONLY AGAINST DINKA AS A TRIBE BUT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF BULLYING AND IGNORANCE AND EVILS.

  6. Eli says:

    bullies, I have many friends from all over South Sudan and I tell the truth that unlike their cousins the Dinkas the Nuers do not go around inciting or causing grief to others. The Nuers are on defensive side in almost every incident you hear a Nuer is involved, I was in Khartoum and I can testify to that. I really hope that they keep that character of calm traits and not imitate those of the Dinka who are nothing but bunch of nuisance and headaches to us in South Sudan and wherever they go. They the Dinkas have no courtesy and they don’t like to yield to others even when they come to a stop sign or red lights.
    But when it comes to facing fierceness they are quick to disappear and I can attest to this because I was a soldier in the SPLA, in the front they will yell to each other in their language to withdraw and desert from fire line as we called it leaving the other non-dinka fighters in danger even though you take cover to keep bullets away from them at first.

    Another example; I used to be friends with these dinka fellows when we were still fighting the jalaba, but as soon as peace agreement was signed they started to act very strange towards me and some of them wanted to convince me that dinka language is the best language and should be the national language or official language of the new nation soon to be. All my dinka friends got promoted to high ranking officers and they wont even speak to me anymore, it was so disgraceful and pathetic for me to continue being in the army and so I resigned. These guys have issues and until they put their affairs straight I can not see any viability in our new nation that we all fought hard for and admire to be in peace. The solution I see here is counter offensiveness just as the Nuers are doing WE ALL MUST UNITE NOT ONLY AGAINST DINKA AS A TRIBE BUT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF BULLYING AND IGNORANCE AND EVILS.
    Eli Wani
    RoSS

  7. Bismark says:

    What an article! Akulia has once again brought the unkown to be known. It is good that there are forces from other South Sudanese like Mowlana Sule are working to remedy the disease our country is suffering from, that is caused by our leaders. In fact for our country to survive peacefully, I believe most of the institutions of government must be restructured to reflect the unique, diverse components of the present nation-state. The army, police, security services should show the face of all the people of South Sudan. Those who join these forces must be patriotic, educated, and anti-tribalistic. The constitution of the country must be made by the people of the country and not a president anointed few. Appointments in government departments must be based on merit and good conduct of applicants.

  8. Chief Abiko! says:

    To My Dear Contributor Compatriot Chauvenist Mrs.Magarat Akulia:

    I hear you well from your long article you wrote.You have rambled too much on the article.Anyway is not bad. But I want ask you my simple question. Do you really too optimistic that Mr.Abdrahman Peter Sule the man whom you have impressive,will bring a best solution for the South Sudan home internal internecine that one has gone right now in the South Sudan in the country since on December 15,2013??! I am given to you a benefit of doubt! He is not a solution to South Sudan problem! Tell him to write now a country constitution first so that I need to read first!

    Interim government in the country,is not part of everlasting solution! Bear in your mind! Thank you.Do have a nice day! I talk to you later! Back to you in the forum to audience

    • Marik Lueth says:

      I do laugh whenever i see how my colleagues nuers restlessly try to be friend ” equatorains” on basis of Dinak being the problem in the country. And how foolishly they take pride in what ms. Margret traced back about them that ”Nuers ever jump into’ fracas and always ”gang up on rebellion issues”. So where is the pride?
      Dear equatorians you are a separate entity if either nuer or Dinka fails to run our country well and you believe to have capacity then you have right to try the risk. Don’t always attach yourselves with others! You are men and women of your own and not be persuaded by dead nuers wrongly.
      Sorry though!

  9. Chief Abiko! says:

    Dear Marik Lueth:

    I am an Equatorian a truly full member! I am not a separatist! I am a true uniter! I believe for a unity of one people in one country under one government in the South or in old Sudan either one in one way another!

    How did you generalize all Equatorians are in separatists entity??The conflict in the country is political! It has nothing to do with two tribes Dinka and Nuer bear in mind! There is no coercion on this conflict being attached.People are free to go for ways that they would like to decide on rebels side in opposition in the bush with Riak Machar Tenk and on government side with President Salva Kirr Mayardit! It does not bother me at all if a Dinka is ruling me in the tribe in the country in the South! It does not bother me at all if a Nuer is ruling me in the tribe in the country in the South! Stop on complaining for Equatorians.There are people in thousands in the opposition forces in the bush!

    In the year 1983,the civil war,was incepted in Bor in Dinka land in the homeleand by Keribino Kwanyin Bol and a Hero Commander Willian Nyuon Bany.They were not from Equatorians people.The Equatorians have joined them in struggle in the name of freedom for a self independence in the homeland in the South in which most of them have perished!

    The ongoing self destruction in the country,is totally MEANNINGLESS! People are dying out blue simply because for nothing! Why Kirr and Riak not open their hearts and minds for peace in the country for people???

    If I have my own blood relatives,I will dissuade them not partake in this SENSELESS WAR IN THE SOUTH which was began in December 15,2013! I want my relatives to die in a just meaningful cause!

  10. Thank you Thomas for having educated us in Diaspora of the 22 sons of Equatoria who were taken by Governor Lojore, and offered to Kirr as scarifies. Three weeks or so there other son who were about to be shipped to Bentiu but were rescued at the Airport by Governor Element. My question is are these not the people who had been mocked that were cowards? Are they now brave enough to fight for them? We have heard constant words like ,”Ne hina hararakum”- we liberated you, another word, ” we are going to rule you for 100 years”. In fact these are people proven now are not even good fighters after all..
    Yes they are responding to your article with anger say we do not respect our leaders. These are people who do not know who we are; we are rams following our leaders in Equatoria blindly, we speak our mind not like they are. They Video shot by the BBC in Bentui speaks louder, they were running like rats into the UNIMMIS Camp for their live. Thanks Kirr appointed the General Chief of Staff with not education, can not read and write, i even wonder how does he read and drow a battle plan. It was disaster when he sent his troops into Nasir and Bentiu to their deaths, they do not have analytical military skills. He advised Kirr to withdraw from Addis., thinking he has won the war by entering into Bentiu and Nasir, what the fuck!

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