BY: Louis Oliha, TORIT, SEPT/29/2013, SSN;
The current fate of the arrested Madi leaders cannot be determined. They were first detained in Nimule barracks, later transferred to a Torit Cell, and now into Kobar, Torit main prison. There is already a hard feeling about the procedure the government of South Sudan is using in dealing with this Madi case.
What I too do not understand here is how the legal system works in our country. Taking people to prison without trial does not make any sense at all.
If the people were arrested for what is real, the proceeding of their case is supposed to be treated legally and if found guilty, they are to be convicted and sentenced to whatever the law may say.
Here I looked at justice and defiantly it has no place. What had happened to Nimule Head Chief can be defined differently by different groups of people and the same goes with the imprisoned Madi leaders.
Finding a unified answer may not be easy due to distorted reports from different government officials. The notion in Torit is that the top state officials claimed that they are not aware.
The deputy governor who is in the office of the governor also claimed that he is not aware, and yet the governor remained silent up to now and he is out of the country.
Obviously, the lack of consistency in this matter is raising some concerns and the government apparatus of South Sudan unfortunately is not being sincere to the people.
We are no longer in the bush and the war with the Arab North is over. Nevertheless, the report from Nimule that “the death of Madi head chief and the arrest of Madi leaders were premeditated” is right.
I was in Nimule a few days ago, my relatives lived there since 2005, but due to this incident, I have decided to relocate them to Torit. Most people are convinced that the proposed Town Council had brought this crisis.
Practically, things are now very quite different in Nimule. People are divided in groups; the first group are the Madi who are natives of the land.
The second group is composed of Dinka IDPs who actually don’t want the word IDPs to be used against them, but rather owners of the land.
The third group is comprised of other different tribes who are moderate and pose no threats to anyone.
According to the reports from the moderate last group, the situation in Nimule has no difference with pre-1994 South Africa except for the fact that the people are having one skin colour.
People from Dinka tribe have now created their own schools, playing grounds, Bars, and recreation areas, where no other tribes are not allowed.
Shockingly, I couldn’t believe these developments at first, but the current incident forced me to go to bring my relatives from Nimule and that’s how I found out the situations actually exist.
Eastern Equatoria State was blessed with three Town Councils and we were hoping for development when such ideas come in mind.
Unfortunately it brought death in the State due to inconsistent plan from the Central government in Juba.
If one may seriously ask, What exactly disqualified Magwi County Headquarters to become the proposed Town Council in the County?
Our governor made a very big mistake for which he should apologise. It was him who has not sifted properly what the Juba Central government ordered him to do.
In comparison, Torit and Kapoeta have no problems because the Town Council were put in the right places. Never has it been heard in South Sudan that a Town Council is made out of the County Headquarters.
Magwi County is supposed to be treated like any other Counties in the Country. It was this imbalance in the government scheme of planning which brought death to the Head Chief of Nimule.
The fate of the Madi leaders arrested is at stake, I believe the government is prepared to do anything it can to make their lives a living hell.
Why they were arrested has no significant evidence and the way they are being treated shows gross miscarriage of justice and government brutality on its people.
As head of Eastern Equatoria State, the governor is answerable to the suffering of Madi Community.
For the Juba Central government officials, what you called your government is created by the people. If SPLA/M is doing all these, you should remember that the government of South Sudan is the work and outcome of Ballot Papers from the people of South Sudan.
Piling grievances on the very people will one day translate into uncertainty, perhaps, seriously, a change will definitely make things better.