Message to Actualizers of Doom: President Kiir and Dr. Machar

BY: Kuir ë Garang, CANADA, DEC/25/2013, SSN;

It’s an undeniable fact that South Sudanese former Vice President, Riek Machar, and South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, have done something most of us will not find easy to forgive. They’ve reminded us of the past nightmares and caused unspeakable bloodshed!

Intentionally or unintentionally, they caused Jieng and Nuer to turn against one another with vengeance …and they’ve now turned young people against one another on social media.

The conscientious and strong-minded youths have resisted mental tribalization; however, many youths have been divided along tribal and clannish lines. They are calling themselves names and writing statements they’ll regret tomorrow when sanity returns.

I blame the leaders for starting the mess and I also blame the young for being overly gullible and markedly credulous!

As most of you know, I’ve always criticized President Kiir’s leadership; however, I’d accepted the fact that he’s a humble person being misled by power-seeking people around him; and that he’d soon see the truth and change the country for better. I was being too optimistic!

And I’ve always believed that Dr. Riek Machar has seen a lot of needless bloodshed when SPLA/SPLM split in 1991…and that he would never, ever support armed rebellion in South Sudan again. I was wrong! Riek’s support of the rebellion is unforgivable. I am a living witness of 1991 atrocities as I lived through it to the end!

Besides, violent removal of the president should have no place in South Sudan no matter what!

Riek Machar
We all know that President Kiir had turned autocratic and a little lax when it came to meaningful transformation of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) into a well-functioning political party. In addition, we all know that you and your colleagues had given President Kiir enough chances to do the right thing.

There’s no doubt VP James Wani Igga and President Kiir have made fun of you in their public addresses instead of showing true leadership. Arguably, the events leading to the mutiny and the mutiny itself can’t be blamed on you and your colleagues per se!

However, you’ve lost sight of the truth you wanted to establish. It’s one thing to ‘democratize’ SPLM and South Sudan, and it’s another thing to support a rebellion. Supporting another rebellion is a mistake you’ll never recover from whether a peaceful settlement to his crisis is arrived at or not.

Jieng and Nuer tribes suffered immensely as a result of your rebellion, with Dr. Lam Akol in 1991, and these two communities are suffering as a result of a rebellion you now support. A lot of blood is in your hands: 8 years after 1983 and 8 years after 2005!

Your only redemption is to bring this conflict to a speedy end without any political benefit going to you personally.

You failed to have civilians protected in areas controlled by SPLA commanders who’ve pledged allegiance to you. Civilians were slaughtered in the towns of Akobo, Bentiu, Bor and violent deaths in other places like Pariang and Abiemnom.

Why didn’t you unequivocally instruct your commanders to protect civilians? Why didn’t you even send a message of condolences to families who’ve lost loved one…be they Jieng or Nuer?

The deaths of innocent civilians remove any nationalist and moral conscience in you! You reflected yourself as a power-hungry and callous man who’d do anything to get to power! Redeem yourself in unequivocal terms!

President Kiir
I know it’s painful and even wrong for senior members of your own party to criticize you in public. There’s no country in the world where people from the same political party criticize themselves viciously and irresponsibly in the media.

I agree with you that Riek Machar was wrong in publicly criticizing you. Riek, first as South Sudan VP, and as the chairman of SPLM, could have used internal avenues to solve internal party problems. I believe these are some of the ways you’ve been wrong.

However, Mr. President, you are the president of South Sudan and exemplary leadership should come from you. You’ve failed miserably in this regard. Remember, you are a president of international caliber and what you say is heard all over the world.

It’s therefore imperative that you do some research before any public addresses. Saying things you can’t prove only makes fun of your personality and the presidency of South Sudan. Kawajat need proofs for one to maintain credibility!

If people around you can’t research the facts you say in your speeches then FIRE them.

Admittedly, the members of SPLM Political Bureau, who disagreed with you gave you enough chances and time to do the right thing. Instead of you showing leadership, you resorted to abuse and foul language not fit for the presidency.

When the dissident group came out on December 6, 2013, your VP, James Wani Igga, instead of acting like a leader, resorted to abusive, childish language against the SPLM members…calling them ‘disgruntled.’

To give you benefit of the doubt, these members postponed the rally to give reconciliation a chance but all you did in the National Liberation Council meeting was to act irresponsibly by using divisive language causing some of the said SPLM members to walk out of the meeting in protest.

To add pepper to a bad wound, on December 15, 2013, after the mutiny, you came out, not as president of South Sudan, but as a military General ready for war. That was irresponsible! Whoever told you that should be FIRED!

The saddest part of it all was that you came out and called the mutiny a ‘coup’ without providing verifiable proofs that what happened on December 15, 2013 was actually a ‘coup.’

Don’t say anything you can’t prove! Never believe anything you’re told without any proof. This is a world of proofs! Factual evidence should be your strength; assumption will bury your leadership and give grounds for your prosecution.

The world hasn’t condemned what you called ‘attempted coup’ because you’ve not provided them with any PROOF and what you continue to say is plain nonsense. Not condemning the ‘coup’ is a big embarrassment to you and South Sudan.

Without doubt, you mishandled the affairs of SPLM and you mishandled the events after the mutiny and now a lot of blood is in your hands. Unless you bring the perpetrators of Juba atrocities to book immediately!

The sooner you end this crisis the better life would be for you or else, ICC would come snooping for evidence to put you away with your naïve rival, Riek Machar.

Never, ever, ever say something you can’t prove. How could your body guards allow someone to shoot outside NLC venue and get away? Why didn’t your body guards either pursue that lone soldier or shoot him!

If someone actually shot in the air outside NLC meeting and your body guards let him run away, then you have to investigate your body guards and someone got to pay. Otherwise the world would just assume you made it up!

You haven’t actually told the world what exactly happened at the army headquarters. Why did the Tiger battalion, a unit of the presidential guards, shoot themselves leading to the mutiny and then armed rebellion?

Your intelligence officers need to give South Sudanese and the world proofs of where the coup was plotted, who was present, what was said etc. South Sudan’s intelligence leaders should present documents, audios, secret video recordings of the coup plot.

Without these proofs, Mr. President, you are setting yourself up for ICC investigation.

If all the things you say come from your advisors then FIRE them because they are setting you up for failure and public ridicule.

Kuir ë Garang is an author of seven books including “South Sudan Ideologically” and “Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful?” For contacts see Twitter: @kuirthiy or his blog, www.kuirthiy.info

23 Comments

  1. Elijah Samuel says:

    Garang,
    Your message is strong and I can see it is from the bottom of your heart. I would however like you to consider this, If you listened to Madam Rebecca, She clearly said they tried to wash their dirty clothes inside but Kirr would not give them audiences!!!!! So what options did they have other than coming out to address we the public to whom the power belongs?

    2nd. When Kiir’s criminal guards went to Machar’s house, they killed the women and children they found in the house and riddled the house with bullets. I guess what I am saying is, If Riek’s God was not to be with him, he could have been dead and possibly greater Nuer Revenge in these places you talk about.
    So in essence, RIek had no choice but to jump in the bush and accept any general ready to fight for him, will you have not done the same, if the only option your president gives you is death and death nothing else?
    Now imagine in the group accused of coup where Dinkas and Equatorians, How comes this criminal went after Nuer? So this should remove all doubts from your mind that, Riek could have been dead and his jumping back into the bush is by no choice of his! He just had to do it.
    The person to blame in all of this, Salva Kirr who must face ICC.

    • Elijah,

      Thank you for explaining that to the writer. The writer of this article is also a supporter of Salva Kiir no doubt. He pretended to be neutral in his writing but his not. You see he condemn the killings of Dinka in Bentiu, Akobo, Malakal, Bor, and fail to condemn the killing of thousand of Nuer in Juba. He is very happy that Nuer are being killed in Juba but upset about the killing of Dinka in the other states. You can even notice that all the government officials condemn the killings of Dinka very strongly but fail to condemn the killings of Nuer that is taking place in Juba at the moment. According to the SPLA ideology, the killing of others by Dinka in South Sudan is lawful but the killing of Dinka by other tribes is a crime.

    • AJ says:

      Dear Elijah,
      I was going to respond to this articles but you have stolen my points. You are very right that Riek was targeted and there was no coup. Kiir is really coward maN, why did he kill innocent women and children? Why does he target Nuer and execute them? Kiir is no Leader at all and those who praise him are very rotten inside their brains. Dinkas and Kiir cried of 1991 to blackmail Riek is a shame to Kiir. Why did he picked him to be VP after CPA?

      The now only way to sort this bloody Kiir is to toast him out and a neutral person has to be president. There is no way peace will prevail in SS if the hat boy still the president.

      AJ

  2. Mohd Adam says:

    Garang, spreading lies will not bring Riek to power at least for now anyway. When Riek coup attempt failed he fled Juba that very night, Sunday Dec. 15th. The search in his house happened on Tuesday, when every body, Riek included had already left. His son Teny ran to the house of Gen. James Hoth Mai, not far from or next to The presidential palace or J1. Who is the woman, that you are alleging to have been killed in Riek house. Be honesty, all of us are not condoning what took place in Juba and still spreading as we speak. Riek’ lust for power will always come with price, especially on his cult followers. Talking about democracy, when he does not subscribe to its norms. He talks of human rights, when he is rated second to none abuser of those rights. He calls others dictators, where for real Riek is the most dictatorial human being, who oftentimes uses ignorance of the cult he leads to usher him to power. Riek is a leader, who doesn’t take stoke taking of his losses. As long as his cult followers are still streaming in, in their thousands, the carnage will continue regardless.

  3. nyeri says:

    Both sides are to blame, Salva Kirr and his comrade Dr. Reick Machar, for civilian death. You cannot rule without people. This is the very reason Salva kirr was told to take the city to Ramcil so that they can kill each other there without effects on the innocent civilians.
    hope they are summoned to ICC soon.

  4. Elijah, you are simply callous in your comments here. No amount of provocation is enough to justify the plunging of the South Sudan nation back to the path of war and blood letting. Whether President Kiir is intolerant to dissent or not is not reason enough for Riek Machar to pick up guns again to fight for politjcal survival. Machar has previously shown himself to be treacherous, callous and irresponsible to the plight of his country men and women. The man is simply too power hungry that he can do anything including dancing over graves and swimming in pools of innocent blood to access the corridors of power. South Sudanese will never forgive such a traitor. The earlier he realizes his mistakes and denounce rebellion the better for the South Sudanese children.

    • Elijah Samuel says:

      Alou,
      What is keeping from understanding that Riek was not just provoked, but rather condemned to die to the point his own household in Juba was killed, women and children, more than that, the hatret to him was such huge that it extended to his tribesmen, women and Children! So what you are saying for the sake of keeping the milk flowing for the Jieng, Riek should have just given himself up to br slaughtered like a sheep but because he refused to sacrifice himself and confront the fight thrown onto chest so now in your Jieng mind he is wrong? Nonsense I say! He fight not because he wants to, he fights because he has not choice but to fight for his life and for all those whose lives are condemned simply because they are none Jieng and simply because the kirs tribal Jieng gangs wants to keep the rest of South Sudan under subjugations
      http://www.southsudanliberty.com/index.php/other-topics/117-madam-rebecca-nyandeng-de-mabior-a-coup-plotter

      • Jemmy says:

        Elhag Samuel
        You say Riak for those who are non-jieng what about the people he misled to support him and they are from different tribes like Pagan, Majak, Giir and so many others?. Now Riak is mobilizing Nuer civillian to come and attack Bor. I think Nyandeng will not have problem because she will have nothing lose, but what about vulnerable Bor people who don’t have idea about government and its policies.

    • Diktor Agarab says:

      Celestine,
      You simply lack common sense. Dr. Machar had no plans to rebel. It was the presidential guards that went to his homestead to murder him. When they didn’t find him, the started killing Nuers in Juba randomly. This killing of the Nuers is the one that ignited the rebellion….

  5. LILY says:

    the person to be blame according to me is also kiir becoz of ordering his body guards to start disarming the nuer and killing the nuer people that very sunday .And kiir must ICC.

  6. Jacob Adut Mabor says:

    Bro. Kuir…….these are hard facts that no body can deny! The problem of South Sudan is ” SQUARELY A FAILURE” of leadership!

  7. Paul Dau says:

    Dear Kuir Garang,
    I commend you for the well balanced and articulated piece of work. No matter how stressful the internal transformation of the SPLM was, Dr Riek and his colleagues should have persevered with it. We all know that transformations is not easy. It can’t be achieved in a short term. Even if those Riek’s group were frustrated by Kiir’s lack of interest in transformation, they should have continue speaking out while they remain within the party. Now that they have opted into violence their chances of contributing anything constructive within the SPLM is gone. By the time they come back from this chaos a lot of things would have changed.

    Couple of personal thoughts in response to the events in our home country. First, no amount of blame will solve the current conflict. Additionally, ethnic affiliations is not going to help us under any circumstance. Thus, all we need is a halt to fighting at all levels.
    Second, we need all the political prisoners to be released.
    Thirdly, we need a comprehensive dialogue within the SPLM/SPLA and within the South Sudanese communities on the way forward from this crisis. Fourthly, we need the government to back off from all the oppressive attitudes and behaviours not only toward their political opponents but also in the way it governs the nation.
    Lastly, we need to seriously ask divine intervention in South Sudan.

    Paul Aleu is South Sudanese Australian. He can be reached through email: paulaleudau@rocketmail.com

  8. Awomdit says:

    Kuir,
    I am impressed with your kind of analysis of individual mistakes our leaders did. Since 09th July, 2011, it became clear that South Sudan does not have leaders. In Juba and the States, you find internal wrangles within SPLM and all is about power and greed. The guys we have do not know their people, and sadly the people they do not know are foolishly pumping bullets into each other needlessly. It leaves me with nothing to say but only ask God in my prayers everyday to come and lead his people. No one saves South Sudan now but GOD

  9. Am sorry Kuir to negate your perception regarding the president kiir as a humble man, this guy is no humble as you claimed him to be, he is a worse tribalist and bloodthirsty war lord equal to Riak, whom you guys prefer to condemn as the only bad person in south Sudan. Kiir gives too much attention to his tribal man and above all elder from his own village or state of warrap more than his advisers. so such leader is not suitable to lead or govern a multi-ethnic and multi cultural nation base on his mental perception and preference of judgement.hence in my own judgment i think neither Kiir nor Riak are suitable leaders for this time. we need a transitional government headed by a neutral person to prepare us for the 2015 elections in which the two are not accepted to stand for the election.

  10. Lokilachong says:

    Mr. Garang,

    I think you are a coward politician who wants to be in the middle all the time: saying that President Salva Kiir is good and Riak Machar is also good. In another development, you also want to tell us that Salva Kiir is bad and Riak Machar is also bad. What absurdity of writing, and if the youth are divided, such writings are the ones that divide young minds because there are no facts in what you write. You need to emulate good writers in south Sudan that their writings are formative and factual. Mr. Garnag, tell us who caused the current crisis in Juba or in south Sudan?

  11. Simon Peter says:

    This proving that this war will not be stopped because you Dinka community no one ever condemn Kiir and his Koch- Bany militias who are the root cause of this war. you all know that the places and times where these innocent Nuer were mass murdered. and you still blaming Dr. Machar, on this? Kiir did it without mercy, for revenge of 1991.

    why they didn’t kill parents of those politicians who were detained. why and why Not? If you people love our country, why react with such primitive acts?

    these are the same policies from Abel, Garang and Kiir. and Kiir will go to ICC, times of 1991 is different to this now. Kiir should step down because he is not national leader, he is Dinka leader, that is why he target Nuer tribe. and thanks

    • Elijah Samuel says:

      Simon,
      Kier and his tribal gangs are wrong and not all Dinkas agree with them! Notable The madam Rebecca and a Young garang! So let us not blame all Jieng but Kirr and his gangs they can not hide behind Dinkas which will not save them from ICC!

  12. Kuire Garang,

    You are really a true Dinka for Dinka with Dinka ideology that would never bring South Sudanese together. You do not have a South Sudanese spirit. How come you condemn the killings of Dinka in Bentiu, Akobo, Malakal, and fail to condemn the killings of 1000 plus Nuer in Juba. Who start killings? Your Dinka president ordered the killing of Nuer in Juba. Nuer killed Dinka in the other cities because their family members have been slaughtered by your idiot Dinka president. Your Dinka King Kiir is responsible for the killings that happened else where in the South Sudan. Dr. Machar is innocent, he can be accountable for the killings only if the judges and mediators are Dinka.

  13. Pan says:

    Brothers fighting brothers!!! Falling right into the hands of the real powers that be. Keep it up, guys, you’re doing a great job selling your souls so far down the river you’ll never be able to buy them back. This is for all the socalled Liberators — whether in the Palace or in the newly formed socalled Prisons erected in December 2013 to received the new corrupted, disgruntled Soldiers of Democracy. Sh**, give me a room in Kiir’s Palace or a room in Riak/Mabior/Chol/Amum/Nyandeng/Alor/Gai’s Prison anyday.

    Both the Palace and the new Prison are 100% better and more luxurious than what 99% of South Sudanese citizens have been enduring daily.

    Dear God, please raise a leader from the soil, and do not divert our attention to any of these Palace or New Prison fools; these twins from the same womb…..

  14. AW joseph says:

    Mr Kuir
    Although, you tried to sugar-coat your article to make it look like being impartial, I don’t agree with you in some of your analysis.
    How many times has SG Pagam Amum & acting SG Anna Itto made requests to the party Chairman Salva Kiir to convene the PB and NLC meetings and what was his response NOTHING.
    How could you describe Salva Kiir a Humble man instead of calling him wicked.

    If there was a coup as alleged by Salva Kiir, the twelve people involved are all not Nuer. They are all from the cross section of the tribes in South Sudan.

    Why are Nuer people including women, children and the elderly only being singled out and killed by Salva Kiir’s Private militia from Waraap in which you have never made or said a word of condemnation.

    Please, we are sick and tired of lies. Kokora was used to avoid this scenarios. Therefore do not be surprised when the dust settles Equatoria would be asking for it so that the DInka cold blooded killers can be kept out of our region

  15. Aru Makuek says:

    All Nuer comments are based on tribal lines by mentioning DINKA, pliz talk like a south sudanese who has a spirit of Nationalism like any other Dinka who’s Judgemental by blaming both warring parties for the crimes they committed against humanity. Taking sides will not solve this situation in South Sudan, unless we voice up as one people to live without supporting those who are struggling for power.

  16. Dear Kuir,
    Your writing is baseless, full of phone conversation research between you and your sole Mama Rebecca Nyandeng. The Dinka say derogatorily, ‘aci dhuk muur’. When Nyandeng ran out of memory, saw power at reach in a chaotic group that dwarfed South Sudan for all these years of self governance and independence, she politically got re-married to Dr. Riek Machar. Mabior became a trustworthy step son. I don’t want to deny the fact that His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace (Dr. John Garang) was the biological father of Mabior. Both have been speaking the language of tribal anarchy, when it reached its peak, their communities become the first victims, the Dinka phrase ‘aci dhuk muur’ was fulfilled. Now being asked to represent her group in the talks, Rebecca, couldn’t make it again as rumored. You MUST REAP what you SOW ya Kuir Garang. I love the boomerang part of this politics. Even if you put yourself in the middle of condemning both Dr. Riek and the Wise Man who loves South Sudanese not to kill themselves as ignorance still reigns, I am an individual who think, that all what is happening is a plan of Nyandeng with you as the writing centerpiece not to be ignored. Don’t rush President Kiir to ICC, it will be you and Nyandeng, those who made fire out of nothing. Who told you what President Kiir says is not researched and proved? It is you listening to phone calls from your interest group and then you add your Canadian history of events into your writings. TOO MUCH ASSUMPTION in your writing makes you a total PUPPET and a loser at the end of your writing. What will you gain by being in the middle, who will make a mistake to make another warmonger like you a president if you think two gentlemen have failed. Nyandeng was a wife of Dr. John Garang, let us not make a mistake of saying, should be a president after Garang’s tragic death.

  17. kisumu says:

    so sad for power thirsty bastard boys to slaughter innocent people for the sake of accessing power.

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