BY: MARIAL JUSTIN, JUBA, OCT/09/2013, SSN;
I would presume or rather not that anybody will now agree with me that nothing matters to Mr. President nowadays more than supremacy. Lots have happened, lives lost, property destroyed, rights abused in fact the country is in a total mess but he sits back and either watches the scene or turns his back on it except when it’s something to do with taking away his topping the country that he only responds.
In my point of view he’s daring to take a page from the neighbour’s who does what it takes to linger in power, you know who I’m referring to. Here are seven grounds to prove my point beyond doubt as to why I have come to believe Mr. Kiir is up to, to protecting his crown.
Firstly, the case of Taban Deng Gai, in 2011 immediately after south Sudan gained independence from Sudan the government announced comprehensive disarmament all over the country. When Lakes state, Unity and Warrap were the first to be disarmed it went well in Warrap and presumably in lakes. Surprisingly the disarmed civilians of Warrap were attacked and killed in cold blood not forgetting the cattle taken by armed civilians from Unity state.
Subsequently a motion was raised in the national assembly for Taban to answer why his men were still attacking the disarmed people. Instead of saying he didn’t know, Taban proudly announced in the assembly that it was a revenge his men were seeking.
Can anyone believe this, admitting a crime in front of the lawmakers? Did he fear losing his job? Not at all! He was leaning against an elephant, (Mr. President), and so MPS just appeared like boys & girls to him and I was told that the then speaker James Wani was quaking. In reality Taban was there as a condom. I’m very sure he’s now realised
I thought the incident of attacking the people who have been disarmed in a plan to remove all the illegal weapons was a sabotage to national policy leave alone lives lost and Taban should have been made accountable for that though he may not have been involved in the plan to attack.
It’s true that the citizens from these states have been giving surprise attacks to each other since but then it has to come to an end when the government finally decides to give it a focus. President Kiir made no comment as if he didn’t care about life.
Presently, the disarmament is failing because the civilians possessing guns have seen that anybody can come after you surrendered your weapons to kill and the government who promises protection will just keep quiet.
The next thing they can do is to acquire two guns and when he is asked he gives one away and the other is hidden. I don’t want to exaggerate but I’m very sure those who repossess guns will never give them out willingly.
This year however, Taban lost his gubernatorial position for reasons only known to president except it can only be speculated. People think including Taban himself that his being taken away is linked to his alleged political companionship with Comrade Riek Machar.
Politics is a game where one swallows one’s pride and Taban did this on seeing that Riek pn someday may surprisingly climb his whole life search mindset, becoming the president of south Sudan.
Mr. President weighed up and saw that Taban is a prostitute in politics and so he’s no longer interested in maintaining him in power, he was forced to pack…. Can you imagine what happens when two politicians are brought together not on principles but by the hunger to be a man of men?
Secondly, the Jonglei inter-tribal conflict has allegedly taken more than 2000 lives nevertheless the then governor Kuol Manyang Juk didn’t lose his post. On the contrary, what happened to Chol Tong Mayay in Lakes state? He was removed in a fight that took less than 10.
Analysts say that he may have been sacked for two reasons; first, he was said to have disagreed with the former Deputy speaker of the National assembly, Daniel Awet Akot, the closest friend and comrade of Kiir on the appointment of state SPLM secretary.
In this issue Comrade Awet was allegedly refused to address his Lakes citizens on the state Radio by the government of Chol.
Secondly, Chol is said to be a close ally of Riek Machar. People say that Riek had often had a number of secret meetings with Mayay. Holding meetings which were not clear to the king of the jungle alone is just enough and so Chol’s removal from governorship due to insecurity was a mere pretext.
Thirdly, early last year the former minister of finance Arthur Akuin Chol and the suspended secretary general Pagan Amum were in hot soup where they went to the court for defamation case against each other. While at the court ground lawyers were seen being briefed by chief justice. Chief justice was said to have been acting on the directives of the president in favour of SG. Amum was clothed to be corruption-free.
Astonishingly enough, the president during his recent visit to Rumbek labelled Amum as corrupt. Here is what he said, “when I lifted the immunities of the two ministers who stole the money of the country Pagan came to my office the following morning so annoyed. He was talking to me as if he was the president questioning me as to why I took decision alone instead of consulting the party.
I replied that the pair had taken the money of the country not that of the party and then told him to wait for his cross. He asked what cross, then I told him that you have taken the SPLM money.”
Now my question is, why did he (president) wait during the time Pagan was in court with Akuin to lift his immunity altogether? Is it not because the SG has lately declared his intention to challenge him during the national convention?
Fourthly, the dumping out of the entire cabinet last July! The former cabinet has some of those amongst the 75 officials accused to have taken away $4 billion. It appears like the king had given them every necessary freedom to take whatever they wanted as long as they let him remain top during their service.
The most pretty extraordinary transactions of power and money. Most of them to my understanding later lost confidence in the way he was governing the country regardless. That was the end of the story, they found themselves unloaded and dumped.
The strangest thing is this, when one gets enough wealth the next thing left is to have power over the other. All of the former officials got enough dollars, got enough fame, got enough wives and children, so what else?
Fifthly, Telar Ring Deng! While it’s obvious that the man I have just mentioned is now the right hand one of the president, he holds the worse record in this country than I do and so he’s no more than just a relevant fellow in the SPLM party. At least he’s the only man next to the leader who will not point a finger at Dr. Riek about the incident of 1991.
I wonder whether you have ever asked as to what makes him so special to the big man. The reason is simple. Telar argues that the party leadership was held by a man from Upper Nile for long and so it’s a chance for Bhar El Ghazal now as well.
He’s been heard criticising those from that region who dare challenge the current government when they know that the head comes from their region.
Oops sorry! That’s the most fake ideal I will ever hold to. I don’t care as to who leads the nation as long as he’s a person who is so much bothered by the running of the country day to day and at the interest of the south Sudanese people.
However, Telar isn’t alone in that lane. The likes of Tor Deng Mawien are another controversial guy who is of no exception but clutches one of the worse records ever to be committed to memory. Whenever people talk of the past they are seen with guilty conscience across their faces.
Malec! Take it easy guys. I want you to take it from me that the SPLM national convention will never be witnessed being held because Telar doesn’t hold any positive opinion of it. And you know how nowadays he talks as if he owns this government
Not forgetting the episode of 2007 the two were involved, Telar and the current minister of interior Aleu Ayieny Aleu in a row they nearly rebelled against the president whom they now enjoy sitting next to same fellow they six years ago were branding as dictator.
Mr Ring, why is it that when you were not in seal with the president you termed him as dictator but now not? We have known already who you are!
Another fellow to add to my point is comrade Mark Nyipuoc, the current deputy speaker. Sometimes back he was linked to Dr. Lam Akol and so he was thrown almost to the dustbin. Realising that his decision would lead him no where he turned to be staunch supporter of Kiir and there he’s got what he’s in.
He didn’t differ on the purpose of principles in the way the country is being governed. He’d lost popularity yet he wanted to maintain the governorship and when the president kept up that’s where his diversion began.
Sixthly, Wau tragedy and Rizik Hassan Zakaria! Bloody tribal fights were witnessed in Wau just before Christmas and in my point of view Rizik has something to be blamed for in the incident and despite calls from many that the governor be removed at the time so that new person comes in and works on reconciliation, Mr. President paid no attention.
This is because Zakaria is a guy who is so contented in his position and if it means standing behind Mayardit whether in rain or sunshine is the very basis you are kept in, he’s willing to do whatsoever the case.
If you remember how he’s been attacking Dr. Riek of recent so as to be heard by the President, that’s the way you are supposed to react in favour of headman to be confirmed true supporter. Really? Are you aware of the words ALPA and OMEGA?
Expecting the last digit of the argument? I guess you are but let me reserve it for the coming edition. The period of contract of power for money and abuse of power is toddling and Mr. President seems to be getting bankrupt with the guys to use the opportunities.
So to those who are on business deal, time is slipping away and a new era where people will be brought together by ideals not by relation, tribe, region, power and money is surfacing. And I thought Mr. Headman has gotten to use another technique to cling to the mighty chair.
Marial Justin is a south Sudanese Journalist and lives in same country