BY ANDREW OLWENY, Nimule, NOV/03/2015, SSN;
Like Hyenas and vultures rushing, pushing and scuffling for a Caracas, intense growling and gnawing grips the faithful of Kiir in all walks of life and all tribes of South Sudan including the Acholi and Madi of Magwi county. The Lion King has made the Kill and it has brought out the best of the best scavengers. Nowhere else in the nation perhaps these scavengers are hard at work than in Magwi county.
Those who had and are benefiting from the tribal and genocidal government of Kiir, a section of the Acholis and Madi people are scrapping and rustling to get their piece of the meat, with intense consultations among themselves headed by Madi political brokers and other community members to include Acholi, Latuho, Pari, etc this time, involving some less known political power houses, that have been sitting on the fence but very calculative characters the likes of Julius Moilinga, Arkangelo Ittore, Marko Aluma, etc.
Torit has been at the eye of the storm of this political power-broker’s market and it is here that the future of Eastern Equatoria is being gamble with as these opportunists dance at the tribal initiative of Salva Kiir, nodding “Yes sir” to every one of his words irregardless of its unconstitutionalities.
The key brokers are a segment of the Madi community members, known followers of Kiir, led by the shrewd deputy Governor Jerome Surur, Margret Itto and the MPs. Emilio Igga who had been called to Torit to be part of the game, and has just returned to Pageri.
According to a very credible reports coming from Torit, the political brokers are expected to call a massive meeting in Pageri on Saturday, November 6, 2015, to get the masses rubber stamp their initiatives. Some of their agents have already started mobilizing the Citizens to attend the meeting.
Key topics to be discussed in the rally in Pageri are:
*The nomination for the position of the Governor for “Owinykibul State”. The Madi and Acholi political brokers in Juba failed to reach an agreement on the name of the state. Some Madi lobbyists want it named Owninykibul. Morever involved Acholis wants it called Magwi state.
The previous nomination is returned for “wider consultation” by the authority. Juba wants “a rubber stamp” from Madi people about 28 the states. If Juba were to get this, then this will be in keeping with their lullaby that the people want it and have asked for it and have supported it.
This will be their argument as the pressure mounts from the international bodies to scrap the plan for the 28 states. These segments of Acholis and Madis seem bent to give Kiir justifications for his undemocratic act.
It has been leaked from Torit that the two names dispatched by Lobong to Kiir, Dr Margaret Itto and Mr. Jerome Surur which came to Juba from Torit has been returned back, for “endorsement” from the people.
By some report, this was Kiir’s attempt of buying times as Kiir is under significant pressures from his loyalists from both tribes, the Acholi side, JJ Okot who urged for an Acholi Governorship.
From the Madi side, the Brother-in-laws of Lobong, Jerome Surur and his followers never blinked their support for Kiir, therefore would like Surur to be the one rewarded for his loyalties, while his Madi people cursed the Kiir government and revolted against what they perceived as Kiirs oppressive and colonial agendas for the Madiland, to the benefits of the Jieng.
*In the anticipated rally, they also hope to get from the masses nomination or suggested names for MPs for the new state which ever that may be.
*Nomination or suggested names for Ministerial posts e.g. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
* Nimule Town Council- Who to replace David Eriga. The lobbyists in Torit said they need a Madi Citizen in Eriga’s place doing otherwise will cause more unrest in the Madiland and will make the work of the Loyalists difficult with the already strained relationships between the general Madi populations, Torit and Juba.
*They want the Masses to endorse the 28 newly created States and get the official position of Ma’di about it. This is to be done in short notice so as to say, the people have approved Kiir’s decree of the 28 states.
*It is also hoped that the rally goers will petition Kiir and request for new State to be called Owinykibul with its H/Qs in Owinykibul, which will mean a total of 29 states in the Nation.
*The orginizers from Torit are hoping the same day they will achieve filling of Forms by the nominated candidates at the same time collections of signatures of those who are supporting the nomination and Kiir’s 28 states. In short, the masses are the means to the end, Politics at its highest order.