New Details of mass graves of Dec/2013 Nuer massacre by member of Presidential Guards, Lt. Deng Bol Alwat

From: Simon kur Peter, SS Liberty News, DEC/19/2015, SSN;

The details of the belligerent war exhibited by none other than president of the state, Lt Gen. Salva Kiir has been revealed by one of his loyalist member of Presidential guard during an unusual meeting with South Sudan Liberty News correspondent Simon Kur.

A man who’s claiming the rank and name of Lt. Deng Bol Alwat. Lt Deng Bol Alwat revealed to SSLN in an exclusive one-on-one interview with our undercover investigating journalist Simon Kur Peter, that the war which turned our nation into civil war just less than three years of our independence was deliberately executed by President Salva Kiir.

Lt Deng said Kiir is liable for the lives lost, therefore he must he held accountable by the nation.

He said the creation of Presidential guard comprising 15,000 strong men was solidly to achieve high scale massacre of Nuer people in Juba. He said the aim of the war was to cause national trauma and fear to scare people from organizing protests like in the Arab Spring, which had brought shift of power in North Africa.

According to our informant, President Kiir was afraid that the people of South Sudan will revolt against him and unseat him from power after many senior members of his party had called for reform.

He went on saying Juba massacre of Nuer people was an exact fulfillment of the purpose for which the presidential guard was created.

Lt Deng Bol Alwat claimed he is a member of the President guards unit also known as president’s private militia, mainly recruited from Warrap state, to protect and give the president safe exit in the eventuality of war.

He said that at the beginning, just before the war, Salva Kiir had no hope and trust in South Sudan army, the SPLA, because it was at the time dominated and controlled by the Nuer tribe.

Lt Deng Wol Alwat made this shocking revelation, as he claims, he is constantly being disturbed by the mass killing of Nuer people some of whom were his closed friends or relations through marriage.

Alwat further said there were seven sites of mass graves located within the capital Juba. He claimed that the mass graves were situated behind Nyakuron cultural center, Jebel Kujur and one located in Gumbo, and the remaining four are close to the military bases at New Site. He said that the mass graves were dug by excavators as the numbers of those murdered were huge, exceeding all expectations.

According to Lt Alwat, some senior high profile Nuer persons, the likes of Mr. Rech, were very top on the list. Late Reth was a blood brother of former South Sudan chief of general staff of SPLA, Gen. James Mai Hoth.

Also that James Hoth Mai himself was a prime target. He luckily escaped murder by taking refuge in the Presidential Palace.

He gave details of the circumstances in which Reth was murdered, claiming the man was his best friend. Their friendship grew when Reth was working for customs and immigration department in Yei after he (Reth) returned from the Netherlands where his family has been resettled.

Alwat went into details that Dr Barnaba Marial, the now foreign affairs minister felt very bad during his UK tour in 2014, to lecture about the alleged coup when Dr Marial met the widow of the late Reth in London, UK.

In order to compensate and comfort the grieving widow, Dr Marial decided to employ the elder daughter of late Reth to work in South Sudan embassy in Brussels, Belgium, despite being young, inexperienced and immature in politics.

Lt Alwat said the initial plan to murder Reth was to provoke his brother Gen James Hoth Mai to either lead the SPLA to crash the rebellion or to prompt him to rebel against the government.

Either way, the presidential guards, who were blood thirsty over the Nuer would still have launched the war to cleanse the Nuer. However, had the Gen James Hoth Mai stooped low to crush the so-called coup, this would have given Kiir the mandate to convinces the international community about an abortive coup.

Though he survived the slaughter, James Hoth did not survive his position. He did not want to stage war on tribal lines as a professional man.

Though an army man, Lt Alwat said he was very disturbed by the aftermath. The following three days from the onset of the killing saw Juba locked up in isolation to prevent eye witnesses from seeing the movement of lorry trucks loaded fully with bodies, including the bodies of babies mutilated beyond recognition.

Alwat went on saying that when the government realized some of the bodies had begun to decay, they decided to damp some of the decayed bodies into River Nile.

He said the Juba based government is guilty and is trying to hide the evidences of war crimes against humanity particularly crimes committed against unarmed Nuer civilians.

He added that mis-identification has also caused some lives among the Dinka from Lakes State too. These were Dinka who have the same tribal facial marks. Lt Alwat said this was unfortunate because in the process of hunting the locusts, innocent grasshoppers ended up in fire and frying pan instead.

He also said the President with his defense Minister Koul Manyang, and Gen Paul Malong have recently become worried, and they have doubled the security personnel around themselves. They fear the surging insecurity in Equatoria poses great threats to their lives, and they are worried that with greater numbers of Equatorians joining the war, it is likely the war will return to Juba.

Paul Malong, himself, is concerned that the return of war to Juba is eminent and unavoidable.

Lt Deng said both president and Malong expressed a sense of being unsecured. As for Salva Kiir, he no longer has trust on Equatorians in uniform for fear of his personal security. That is why he no longer assigns the likes of Gen Obutu Mamur Mete, and Gen Thomas Cirilo Swaka.

Unfortunately, despite acquisition of new weaponry from China, Lt Deng says the morale of the army is low because of the army personnel casualties recently inflicted by the Arrow Boys and rebel forces under General Kenyi in EES.

Besides, the Army are never paid on time, if ever, and once they are killed in line of duty, their orphans and widows are left to suffer the loss of the breadwinner for the rest of their lives.

On the same note, Lt Deng Bol Aalwat said he is astonished with the lack of response from some Nuer Politicians and he called them “dim doom,” characterizing them as people who are slow in responding due to personal issues.

He said the silence of Nuer politicians, the likes of Dr Riak Gai Kok, the minister of health, Dr Marial Benjamin, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Rachel Nyadak Paul deputy minister of information, and many others about the killings of their people has baffled him.

He said the true solution of the South Sudan’s future depends on vast majority of Equatorian elites, who at the moment are the buffers of the situation.

The SSLN Editorial team was ever grateful for Awat’s time and contribution but went away asking, will there be a another bloodshed when Dr. Riak Machar and the team return?

Editorial Team
South Sudan Liberty News.

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