BY: Stephen Pajok (Lualdit), RSS, DEC/23/2012, SSN;
What mystified me is why some people have fascinating experiences and learned nothing from those experiences, buried their heads in the sand and faked that nothing is happening? I believed our national security minister, Oyai Deng Ajak, think we all have a dull mind to remember what the minister did two and half decades ago.
The minister tried to paint a negative image on his superior, by saying that all security organs and other associated institutions have received “clear instructions” from the President to conduct “full and thorough” investigations to establish the facts. But will they resign if the investigations find them responsible?
My question is who is going to investigate the death of Isaiah and many more massacres in Juba City?
Jal-duong. or Mr., South-Sudanese knew very well that you, our beloved leaders, are criminals at night, and at the same time tried to investigate the crimes you committed by the day.
The death of our brother, Isaiah, and the brutalizing of many people as antithesis to draw the people’s attention away from corruption practice is not the solution at all. The only thing you will get in returns is that the whole country will turned against you.
Mr. Minister, do you really mean what you said or Sudan Tribune quoted you wrongly, when you reportedly uttered the following sentence, “I will not accept to work for an institution which kills people. I actually refused to attend training for security and combat intelligence in Bonga in 1983 when I was among the first groups to go for training. It was actually our current president, Salva Mayardit, who was selecting us. The reason for which I refused was that I did not want to take part in the killing of our people in the same way Nimeri was doing it. But Commander Salva Kiir at the time said ‘no.’ He explained that the security and combat intelligence training you are going to attend is not to kill our people but to allow you acquire knowledge on how to get the information about the activities of the enemy in the front line. This was why I accepted.” http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article44889
The above quote is what I called “Minister’s partial confession.”
Believed it or not I can assure everybody that in the year 1989, I was sitting on the first line when the minister, then SPLA Commander Oyai Deng Ajak, (allegedly) ordered the killing (firesquad) of four SPLA soldiers in FUGNIDO REFUGEES CAMP. I say it again, Fugnido Refugees camp.
They were just South Sudanese children who volunteered to die to pay the price for the liberation and freedom of our Homeland. They were not Arabs or soldiers captives from the enemy Sudanese army. One of them, the eldest, was from Bahr-El Ghazal. I will not reiterate more than this in respect of their families. They died innocently but not forgotten.
And today the minister is trying to brush it away by telling us that his boss told him that the “combat intelligence training you are going to attend is not to kill our people but to allow you acquire knowledge on how to get the information about the activities of the enemy in the front line!”
Mr. Minister, the story of our revolution cannot be falsely amended just so easily. It’s better for you to come clean like the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, who has personally admitted that what he did in 1991 so-called Bor Massacre was wrong. Those who hold grudge against him are rightly entitled to their own opinion, but the good Lord of the land will forgive him because he did the right thing.
Mr. Minister, South Sudan is in our blood. Whether you fired a gun, gave your cow to starving Soldiers, or cast your vote for separation, all of these are equal contributions. Nobody owns the nation, or can change what they did during struggle without disclosing his deeds by saying “we are sorry.”
As South Sudanese, we need to understand that what happened to Mr. Abraham can happen to anybody at any given moment. But I myself reject the idea that we should stand for or excuse it. The good news is that the majority of South Sudanese condemned the murder of Isaiah Abraham.
I for one, in a nutshell, believed that the lawlessness and social disturbance which we saw are the direct failure of our government. One can ask why most of our leaders were previously killed by SPLM when they questioned the direction in which the SPLM was leading the movement.
The same happened again under the leadership of the same individuals. Our brothers are slain at night when they expressed their opinions about the direction where our country is going. Many are murdered the same way Isaiah Abraham is murdered.
We as a society kept quiet. Not because we do not care about their lives, it’s because we fear for being bullied or even lose our lives. Those who use state power to kill or silence people who expressed their opinions will not rule forever. Thankfully, it’s always in the twist of fate, as what the Bible said, “those who lived by the sword will be killed by the sword.”
I’m appealing to South Sudan’s youth, please, let’s learn to deal with disagreements. Instead of issuing death threats to those who disagree with us, let’s use compromise instead. What was done by our leaders is an opportunity for us to unite under the banner of South Sudan. Abraham’s death can bring us together to live in harmony.
Everybody’s opinion from Aweil in Northern Bahr-El Ghazal, Maiwut in Eastern Upper Nile, and Old Fangak in Northern Junglei to Tambura in Western Equatoria, is a view that really matters. We need a way of arguing that will push us to clarify our views, which will strengthen our national bonds.
Our first test is to condemn Abraham’s death. No matter what State, tribe or political party you are from, our future is bright! Sweet Home South-Sudan. Thank you and please disagree with me in public. @ email@example.com
Stephen Pajok (Lualdit)