BY: Dr. Peter Kopling, South Sudan, MAR/14/2014, SSN;
President Kiir has launched a dirty campaign against United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the same UN that supports him through thick and thin. The UNMISS, because of their presence, prevented Rwanda style genocide and Now Kiir wants them out, one then is forced to ask what is Kiir after?
In what way is UNMISS mission to serve, saving and protecting lives not helping Kiirs course?
In Bahr El Ghazal, youth and students affiliated with SPLA ruling party have issued ultimatum of 72 hour for the worlds respected body to vacate the State or else will be evicted by force. Though it remains unclear how the youth will evict such powerful world authority.
It must be pointed out here that such threats must not be taken lightly given the UN has already regrettably lost lives on our soil!
How can we turn against our very lifeline? It must be pointed out that the kiir government is using the sole channel of communication in the country, the South Sudan TV, to propagate their vitriolic agenda against the UNIMISS.
This is the classic functioning of a dictator, the likes of Omar El Bashir, Sadam Hussein.. etc, mobilizing their poor to demonstrate in the streets against the West, how well has Kiir learned his dictatorship lesson just in eight years!
In Juba Vice president James Wani Igga led the SPLA youth league rally on Monday in late John Garang Mausoleum. Our youth were blindly mobilized by the President and vice president, to chant slogans like “go away Hilda Johnson”.
Though many people in South Sudan in the past viewed Hilda Johnson as a very close friend to Kiir, how this is now turned on its head.
Since the December 15 2013 Juba Massacre, the relationship between the UMMISS and the government of south Sudan is strained.
It is reported that the information minister Michael Makuei went as far as wiretapping the phone calls of Hilda Johnson and other UNMISS top officials in the country.
The most embarrassing thing for Kiirs government happened when the interior Minister Makuei was denied access into the UN compound in Benitue with his entourage of armed soldiers and video cameras; shamelessly he came back to Juba and reported maliciously, and twisted the report to Kiir that UN is running a paralleled administration on top of that of Kiir in Juba.
The issue here is not that Kiir doesn’t like UNMISS and is not that UNMISS is running a paralleled administration or government on top of a government as suggested by Kiir’s parrots, the likes of the Vice president, but rather, Kiir seems to be addicted to tendency of intimidating anyone who disagreed with him.
Kiir and his cabinet have accused the UNMISS for not condemning what the President called a failed coup attempt masterminded by his former vice president Dr Riek Machar, and his colleagues who oppose Kiir and want to see more reforms within the SPLA ruling party.
Since UNMISS did not buy these lies and seemed to have different view from Kiir, thus the only way for Kiir to deal with the world body is to tarnish them by labeling them as siding with the rebels.
Does this surprise anyone who truly understands the modus operandi of this government?
Is this not the very same tactic he used against Team Riek who had different views than him and he turned around and used the incident of his very own illegal militias infighting to blackmail, but also eliminate those opposed to him by either assassinations or imprisonments?
His reactions to dissent, opposing view seems to eliminate, kill and imprison, rather than listen, negotiate and compromise!
This being the case, is it any surprise then that he is putting more efforts in executing the war rather than the peace in Addis Ababa?
Is it any wonder then that he is now mobilizing simple and poor citizens of South Sudan Who benefited tremendously from the World body to kick out UNMISS?
It should surprise no keen observer that this is how Kiir operates against those who disagree with him.
It should worry every citizen of South Sudan that, If those who fought with him for 21 years, those who watched his back like Pagan Amun, or the very Matriarch of our land, Rebecca Nyandeng, could be smeared and accused of a coup, and now the latest victim is none other than the World’s very respected body, then who are you and who is me that will be spared by Kiir?
Is there therefor anyone safe in South Sudan with this Kiir government?
So the UNIMISS must stick to its gun and not leave our country at the mercies of this irrational government.
It is clear here that the UNMISS was playing its role responsibly though being a victim. It is reported that those UN deaths occurred in the hands of the Rebels and yet now the UN is being accused of supporting the Rebels?
And this is unfortunate because it puts the lives of the UNMISS personals at risk, given the nature of Kiir’s Militia and the massacre they carried in Juba.
Why is Kiir fomenting animosity against UNMISS that can cause lives?
The constant negative campaign brought by Kiir against UNMISS has got nothing to do with what UN is doing in South Sudan. Kiir and his top cabinets members feel since UN is hosting in the UNMISS Camps some highly wanted Nuer whom Kiir’s government accused of being pro rebels.
By forcing UN out of the country, those wanted Nuer military men who have sought refuge in the UNMISS will be left without any protection and surely will be executed and definitely more massacre of the Nuer Women and Children.
This is at the center of the government mischievous maneuvers to bring all sorts of accusation against UNMISS.
This was the plan behind kiir’s security forces destroying the toilet/latrine pits and bathing places located outside the UN compound in Juba, which housed more than 25,000 Neur Civilians since 15 December 2013.
If UNMISS had all these years not seen this dark side of Kiir, blackmailing his opponents to rid them, I say to the UNMISS, welcome to Kiir’s South Sudan, You are now all true South Sudan, Free range for Kiir and his Cronies.
Just as many analysts pointed out, indeed on 12 March it came to light that the alleged convoy marked for carrying UN humanitarian relief materials and later on found to be carrying guns was government plan to bring more accusation on UN.
The guns and other military materials were said to have been inserted in the trucks by South Sudan security personals to fabricate and implicate the world body in the Civil war so as to Kick them out of South Sudan.
This is so as to have a free range for massacre. If Kiir can demand UNMISS, who have not been involved in Direct fire power with him, to leave the country, why then will he expect less from Riek and teams, when they demand Uganda who is actively on the frontline but also in the air dropping cluster bombs and killing fellow countrymen in our sovereign territories to leave?
What Hypocrisy in Kiir’s part!
It seems additionally the main issue here also is, the UNMISS likely is getting too close to finding out that Kiir indeed committed genocide in Juba, Kiir therefor wishes UNMISS out of South Sudan, to eventually be replaced by his IGAD buddies who will bury his sins to avoid ICC.
This is one of the core reasons of him turning against the UNMISS, who likely are finally telling him things as they are.
If the UNMISS is forced out of the country will the government be able to fill the vacuum left by the UN in South Sudan?
This is a crippled government desperate, searching for solution to hang to power; my mere advice is that Kiir should instead turn to UN for the most needed basic support.
South Sudan cannot even run its own budget until UN chief Ban Mon, appointed a special economist to do the budgeting for the country beside that all the running schools and hospitals in the country are directly funded by UN agencies and other humanitarian organization.
Therefore South Sudan launching this useless campaign war against the UN is like a small child of 10 years telling his parents, I want you to give me my freedom and independence to move away from home.
This is a suicidal mission for this child and if the UN indeed were to pull out of the country this will pave way for Kiir to massacre more Nuer people and anyone who will oppose him.
All responsible People of South Sudan instead should urge the world bodies to exert more pressure on Kiir to leave the World body alone to carry on with their mandate to serve and save lives in South Sudan as they are now doing.
Kiir is naïve and lacks wisdom to rule a country and behave responsibly in the world communities, and he doesn’t have any peaceful ways to resolve indifference between him and the people whose views are different from his.
All this is a sign that Kiir is very badly handicapped and disadvantaged by feelings of insecurity due to his limited educational achievements.
We have seen leaders like him before throughout Africa and other countries in Asia. For such a leader to survive, they resort to repression, oppression, imprisonment of opponents and antagonizing the World bodies.
Unfortunately those surrounding him do not tell him the truth for the fear of loosing their livelihood and lives making this disease incurable, they pump up his ego rather than telling him the truth. So Kiir is doomed.
In conclusion, the blame and unrelenting campaign launched by Kiir against the UN is baseless, and it just reckless and utter nonsense.
This will not help the country from moving forward, instead it will place us in awkward position in the world stage and risk more lives.
Kiir yet again is acting irrational, irresponsible and we need someone to tell him the truth. He now is the exact carbon copy of the system in the former Sudan he spent his entire adult life fighting.
The UNMISS needs to know, we the Ordinary people of South Sudan, who are the majority, need you to stay and do not leave us in the Mouth of the Lion, no matter how loud he roars!
Why leave South Sudan, only to see us again in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, CAR and Sudan?
Dr Peter Kopling.
He who maintains Silence in the face of evil, condones it.