By: DAVID AJU KANYARA, South Sudan, JAN/01/2015, SSN;
The Sudan’s People Liberation Army, a guerrilla movement and a brainchild of the charismatic leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior, a man many Southerners consider with pride as a first world grade, highly educated and visionary leader, who possessed a solid leadership style to unify our divergent nation but yet surprisingly, laid a sandy foundation of the SPLA, on atrocities and human rights abuses.
Under Dr Garang’s leadership, SPLA became a dominant powerhouse owned by the Dinka and for the Dinka. Many made no secret about this, that “we died for this land, we liberated you and now it is ours including your ancestral lands and if you do not like it go back to Zaire or Uganda.”
They made no efforts to be inclusive yet claiming and desiring a national government.
Not satisfied by this power possession in the armed forces but also extended the absolute dominance in the political wings, but worst yet, in the territorial integrity of the nation, as they seek to occupy every inch of South Sudan from Kapoeta to Wau and from Abeyi to Nimule, becoming the only tribe that infests every single soil of South Sudan at the expense of displacements and sufferings of the other 63 ethnic groups.
What is at stake here is South Sudan, as we know it! At the heart of the sanctity of these ancestral lands lays the survival of individual ethnic groups! Many of these ethnicities are soon to be history and this is what the Jiengs seek and want.
They meanwhile remain and function as a tribal unit yet they disrupt the lifestyles of other tribes in the name of a one nation, one people, and as a decoy of simply turning us into a Jieng nation! Amounting to ethnic cleansing!!
To highlight this point, the events in the Ma’di theater has clearly showcased Kiir’s political inabilities, compounded by his tribal allegiance rather than to the nation which not only caused Kiir to fail at national level but has at worse, made him grow restless, dangerously anxious and inpatient to the extent of not sparing anyone who would disapprove or disagree with his manner of leadership.
In November the entire people of South Sudan were confused by Kiir’s propaganda machines, first by the statement released through the Sudan Tribune, linking Gen. Martin Kenyi to the defection of Equatorian rebel group, then the ever drunk SPLA spokesperson, a man whose official duty is defined as a habitual liar like his boss, came out publicly to deny that Gen. Martin has jumped the Juba Ship but that he is still with the Government. Clearly once again a government that lies!
Philip Aguer maintains that Gen. Martin Kenyi has gone outside the country for treatment, this statement was contradicted by Governor Lobong, during his visit to Pageri on 14 December 2014, with the vice President Wani Igga.
Here yet we see a confused government that chronically and incurably lies to her people! This mission was nothing but purely to make Gen. Martin Kenyi look like a fugitive, as such they intended to conduct searches in every mountain in EES and every house in Ma’di land and it must be thorough to catch the fugitive but the actual casualties are Civilians, some whom they bribed or tortured to get information supposedly leading to the general.
As now being felt everywhere in the Ma’diland, this is not a civilian sparing search but this was a plan to cause and inflict terror on ordinary people of the Ma’diland. They terribly miscalculated this because when you torture an innocent person, you are also sharpening him to redefine his destiny and reevaluate his loyalty.
In my eyes, Kiir has not learned from the Juba Massacre, and opted yet again for the use of force on unarmed citizens, this will prompt more young people to join armed resistance out of desperation and resentment.
In fact if you can use force why not others? Granted, what gives you power over me is the gun, why can’t I also get one so that we see who looses his life first since we all have one to loose and we shall all die one day!
I must bring to your attentions, my fellow countrymen/women, since the government designated Gen Martin Kenyi as the most wanted Equatorian after Lado Gore, the number of SPLA deployment in the Madi territories has grown alarmingly like never seen before with catastrophic results on the innocent civilians to date.
This has made the Ma’di corridor the most militarized zone in Equatoria.
In the village of Opari located approximately 18 km from Pageri Payam Headquarters, on the fateful Christmas day, the SPLA soldiers deployed there to hunt down the most wanted man in Equatoria, rained havoc on the civilian populations.
Instead of being sober and alert as the rebel could strike anytime like lighting, the soldiers indulged themselves in consumption of local Waragi and at the end of the day, the already polarized soldiers were consumed with anger.
So, the section of the soldiers from Didinga and Lokoya tribes couldn’t anymore take the insult and abuse brought on them by their fellow comrades from the Dinka tribe, and a soldier from Didinga under the influence of alcohol then opened fire indiscriminately and fatally wounding his Dinka colleague.
Noticing his colleague was dead and filled with fear that he was going to be apprehended and tortured in horrific manner, knowing very well the kind of torture the SPLA is capable of, he decided to run into the Opari bushes.
The following day on 26 December 2014, a group of soldiers mainly from the Dinka, with elements of few Equatorians were dispatched to look for the fugitive soldier. After a few Km, the group ran into a female peasant, a 31-year-old farmer, tending after her family crops. These unnumbered SPLA soldiers attacked this woman, raped this mother of six children!
Fearing that this woman and a mother of young children could later identify them, they, the SPLA soldiers decided to end her life by placing the nozzle of their gun in her throat and shooting her to death!
This unimaginable atrocity and a crime against humanity is simply the continuation of atrocities the SPLA committed indiscriminately from its inception, against non-Dinka regardless of their ages or sexes.
Should we forget the declaration of the governor of Central Equatoria, Clement Konga, that in the Mundariland pregnant women were killed and their babies cut out of their wombs?
Meanwhile, in Nimule, the Terror in Madiland escalates daily. A man by name Alido Lado Yongo, Ma’di native from Opari, an army veteran who is also military trainer/instructor in military training academy in Owiny Kibul was arrested and his whereabouts remain unknown after he was taken by the SPLA from Nimule checkpoint accused of training Equatorians to fight against Kiir’s government.
According to the friends of the veteran army officer, he was in the past shot and wounded in the jaw and injured in Bentiu by the Jalabas during the war of liberation consequently he lost all his teeth and his jaw disfigured and has had health issues because of those injuries for the past 15 years.
His friends and colleagues decry the allegation against the disabled veteran officer that he has gone to join the rebels as unfounded and this is a conspiracy to torture him and intimidate others, the Madi but Equatorians in general.
The friends of Yongo maintain that he was in Kampala for medical checks up with permission from his superiors in Bilpham army headquarters in Juba.
The nightmare for this disable veteran continues, to add salt to his injuries, the Kiir’s army seized the son of this wounded veteran, named Alido Irra Joseph, although Alido junior has never been in the military nor has he been anywhere since the beginning of this war on 15 December 2013.
Irra’s colleagues are upset and maintain that he is always present at his workstation in Nimule; they have records of Irra’s work at Nimule customs. Three other young men were also kidnapped since then and their whereabouts unknown, but are believed being held in the army barracks in Nimule.
As a nation we must hold the Kiir government responsible for every single torture and life taken!
According to the army, Irra is involved with the Equatorian rebels, in purchasing food and other needed items by the rebels, but the people who know and work with Irra Joseph have disputed this allegation and they accused the SPLA of targeting Ma’di youth based on their ethnicity since the allegation of the Gen Kenyi’s defection surfaced in the media.
The youth across Ma’di are subjected to arbitrary arrest and tortures by the SPLA. The Movement of the ordinary citizens in Nimule is restricted based on ethnic identities, Dinka at Nimule can go wherever they choose, while Ma’di women and boys ages of 14 years and over are stopped and questioned by the security personnel.
They cannot go beyond Ame River Bridge, a bridge that divides South Sudan with Uganda. They cannot go beyond the foot of Mount Gordon. They cannot buy more than 5 kilos of any food materials else you are accused of feeding the Rebels and will be arrested and tortured! While Dinka can buy whatever amount of food they want without being questioned!
In Mugali, Loa, Pageri, Kerepi, Moli and Opari, people were prevented from going to work in their gardens, the soldiers are suspicious thinking people who are going to work in their farms are smuggling food for the rebels under Kenyi, they choose to terrorize the unarmed civilians instead of going after Kenyi.
Now the soldiers have resorted to intimidation, arresting, raping and killings of the unarmed civilians they are supposed to protect according to the very constitution that they claimed to be defending!
You don’t need to be reminded about the atrocities and abuse of human rights including forceful rapes and marriages of our girls and women by the primitive Jieng SPLA soldiers during the war of liberation that has been chronic even before there was anything called constitution in South Sudan.
These barbaric behaviors are acts of crimes committed against the peaceful communities based on their ethnicities, making the entire south Sudan unstable like the Dinkaland. The only women safe from rapes are the Dinka women and girls, all women from other tribes are free for all specially for the Jiengs…. why is this? The only safe families in Nimule are the Dinka Family ….why is this?
Definitely, this colossal and malignant Garang’s pro-Jieng policy in detriment to other ethnic groups, continues under the leadership of Mr Salva Kiir at yet a worse scale aggravated by a man who has no respectable education, charisma nor political agility.
Kiir was not born to be a national politician, but rather a cattleman and a cattle Camp Dinka warrior to protect his clan against the interests of outsiders; inherently Dinka but not a national figure, thus it,isn’t surprising Kiir has failed miserably to lead our diversified nation with multi-ethnic cluster groups into a united South Sudan.
He has no understanding of what the non-Dinka of South Sudan feel or want from this joint venture called the Republic of South Sudan.
Remember how the discussion on federalism went and about when Kiir asked the Equatorian leaders to quit talking of Federalism? He has no ability to see beyond his Dinka eyes, thus the rest of South Sudan has been excluded from the short honeymoon of this nation.
Like his predecessor, Kiir rules by decrees while silencing those with opposing views. As it is common trait of dictators, Kiir’s lack of political experience left him with no resources than the use of force versus the brain ….aka politics, thus easily invoking the only thing he got, his military experience to butcher his political opponents.
We have found ourselves in an unplanned war, a war that would have been avoided if Kiir has a genuine reasoning ability to put the interest of our nation first rather than that of his kin or his own, not to mention a leader with sound abilities will always compromise and listen to the voices of his/her constituents and if they refuse to listen to him, he will step down so as to save his nation from descending into abyss.
He like Saddam Hussein, will carry this country with him to hell. After all it is all about him, not about the people he serves!
The Jieng have turned South Sudan into a nation in war, a nation where there is no respect for human rights, a nation whose President is power hungry, and like the Arabs who did not care about the people of south Sudan but only about drilling our oil.
Kiir has hidden agenda to marginalized other communities and he wants Dinka to flourish while the remaining 63 tribes accounting for more than 3/4 remain slaves and servants of the primitive Dinka.
The situation in Ma’di has gotten out of hands, the world is kept uninformed as phone lines have been tampered with and monitored day and night, people fear to contact their families from within South Sudan or from neighboring countries, and the list of disappearances are on the rise each day.
Kiir has poured money into Nimule to bribe the impoverished locals, to turn them into informants! If he does not torture into submissions, he bribes into submissions!
People of South Sudan, you deserve to know about the crimes Kiir is committing in the Ma’diland, for the Scripture says, “You shall know the truth and it shall set you free!”
Free from bribes and lies of Kiir and his gangs. As for him, his hands are full of blood of our people.
You should be forewarned that, in Madiland, Kiir has set up the stage for a full blown massacre, but Kiir and the Warrap generals are miscalculating and underestimating the powers and bravery and the decisive boldness of South Sudanese people when provoked, they think such is only possessed by the Jieng, but they are in for rude awakenings.
My people, yesterday it was the Nuer, we sat and watched and today it is we the Madi. You sit and watch, when it is your time, we the survivors, too shall sit and watch as we are left fewer and apart.
At the end, history will remember us as a generations that sat and watched while Kiir and his council of Jiengs elders robbed us of our identities, our ancestral lands, our cultures, and our very nation itself now called the Republic of South Sudan, a brain child of Equatorians, born in Torit in 1955 and turned now into the bloody Republic of Jieng while we sat and watched.
For they are convinced as sure as death itself that “this power belongs to them and they are born to rule and we Equatorians, to be ruled.”
Under this fallacy they have massacred the Nuer and now soon the Madis and it will next continue to other ethnic groups, isolating us one by one, using the national treasures to bribe the gullible and the hungry, until the last believer in South Sudan falls dead at their genocidal guns as a result of our indifference and the brilliance of their shrewdness.
They’re turning us yet again into second class citizens of the Republic of Jieng.
Alas! Unless nationhood triumphs over Jiengism, ONLY when the birthplace of South Sudan once again rises up and says “enough is enough!”
David Aju Kanyara