Date: 15th September 2013, Press Release;
We, the Ma’di community in the diaspora, under its leadership, the Ma’di Regional Council
(MRC), condemns in the strongest terms possible the assassination of the Head Chief in Nimule,
Chief Luvio Ajugo. We stand in complete solidarity with our community in the Ma’diland in
rejecting intimidations and targeted killings in our land. We as much stand with the grieving
family and our deepest condolences go to the bereaved family left behind.
Late Chief Ajugo was murdered after he withdrew his endorsement from the secret deals with
certain politicians serving in the Office of Eastern Equatoria State who are stakeholders to the
mentioned government-sponsored program, which was supported by a minority group who
wants Nimule Town demarcation to be executed in order for them to sell the demarcated land to
their favoured investors.
Late Chief Ajugo who was forced into signing the secret deal with some of the Ma’di politicians [MPs] supporting the Town Council establishment, took a public stand against the unpopular upgrade of Nimule to be a town council. His stand was in keeping with the wishes of the majority of Ma’di community both in the homeland as well as those in the diaspora.
You, our fellow countrymen and countrywomen of our new Republic of South Sudan and the international community should know that we, the majority of Ma’di community rejected this undemocratic and scandalous government sponsored upgrade project rammed in our throat, which could soon create homelessness to the innocent and unsuspecting citizens of Nimule from their ancestral lands.
The authors of this initiative had failed to gain popular support instead the Eastern Equatoria State government resorted to shameful strategies of secret dealing with late Chief Ajugo with the minority of opportunist [local Nimule businessmen] who secretly had begun buying and selling land to unknown persons to the communities in Nimule.
However, late Chief Ajugo bravely announced publicly of the secret deals and listed the names of the so-called scandalous stakeholders. Late Chief Ajugo stood with his community in rejecting the Nimule Town Council upgrade project, which resulted in his murder and now indiscriminate arrest of those opposed to the hideous secret plans.
We demand answers for the murder and immediate cessation of the on-going arrests and death threats to our community youth and leaders.
The minorities and those whose names have been brought to public light by our fallen hero should have been the first for the security apparatus to look at but not so, to our astonishments, they went after every single opponent to their Town Council agenda to include our very Supreme tribal leader, former Ambassador Angelo Voga.
Our fellow South Sudanese, as we speak they, our leadership, are languishing in military jail and we ask why, if indeed there is no hidden agenda against our people, should this not be a police rather than military investigations?
We are alarmed by the latest development in Nimule where after laying our fallen hero to rest, our very own Supreme Leader Ambassador Anjelo Vuga and his Deputy Lagu Jabakana, and essentially the entire Ma’di civil leadership are grabbed and put in military jail.
This is an absolute insult and added injury to the entire Ma’di nation as the security forces under whoever is in charge show utter contempt to the Ma’di people and its leadership!
We demand immediate release of these leaders and an independent body set to investigate the death of our Head Chief Livio Ajugo and this indiscriminate arrest and the human right abuse of our people in order to
get to the bottom of who gave such an order.
Our fellow countrymen, we believe Torit is at the very centre of the utter chaos that is in our
Ma’diland and they cannot perform impartial investigation as demonstrated by the arrest of
every single person opposed to their agendas!
We are appalled that the government of Eastern Equatoria who rammed the Nimule Town Council against the will of the people is now using this unfortunate death of one of our very own to silence and eliminate the entire leadership of our people to achieve their ultimate goal, to do with our land as they please.
We call on the central government, and the UN to intervene to ensure the rule of laws and human rights of our people protected and for immediate release of those who have no criminal evidence against them.
We trust our independent Judiciary system will reach to the bottom of this killings that should’ve never and must never happen in our beloved Republic and country of South Sudan, where a community and her leadership be protected not extinguished.
Urgent call on Central government
We call on the central government to set up an independent body, as we have lost complete faith in Torit, to speedily conduct an impartial, just and thorough investigation, without conflict of interest, to arrest and bring to justice, whether they are in Torit or Nimule, those who are behind and responsible for Chief Ajugo’s cold-blooded murder, to ensure justice and peace prevail and halting intimidations, humiliations and arrests of our leadership and putting an end to escalations of violence and loss of lives.
We know there are people of goodwill in our country as well as in the international community to which we shall carry our case as our people and its leadership are totally insulted and trampled on in our own ancestral land and country.
We, the Ma’di Regional Council and the Ma’di community in diaspora will not rest until you the authority in our country, bring calm to our community in distrust, refrain from arrests that are politically motivated, rather guided by rule of law, facts and judicious investigations, to ensure safety, security, protection and the respect of the universal human rights of those arrested and above all, it is the rule of laws that ultimately makes our new nation a modern state.
Given the profiles of those arrested to-date, mainly those who rejected the town council upgrade, it is no doubt in our minds that the finger pointers are the very people who caused the demise of our Head Chief for his standing with thecom munity, and they the murderers are in turn eliminating additional oppositions and get away with a hideous crime and eventually achieve their goals through these arrests of community leaders who spoke and held the same view as the murdered Chief.
Should Torit continue in this irrational path of aggressions, then Jesus will be killed for Barnabas!
Does our country want to be known for this kind of justice system?
If there is any regards in Torit left towards our people rather than its land, we call upon the Governor to personally suspend the unpopular upgrade of Nimule to a town council, this Mr. Governor will inculcate the culture of rulers and the ruled by consensus and democracy which will restore the environment of mutual trust, respect and healing of our community in particular, our state in general and our country at large.
Sincerely, the community in grief and disgust.
The Ma’di Regional Council: representing members of Ma’di community in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and Egypt.
Chairman, Ma’di Regional Council