No Deal is better than a bad deal: The IGAD-Plus Peace Agreement

BY: Dr Lako Jada Kwajok, UK, JUL/31/2015, SSN;

I had the opportunity of reading through the Proposed Compromise Agreement On The Resolution Of The Conflict In The Republic Of South Sudan. This document as many of you know is the basis for negotiation to reach a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

It has been endorsed unanimously by IGAD-PLUS partners after the consultation that took place in Addis Ababa between 21 to 23 of July 2015. As we know, the peace talks are scheduled to kick off on 05/08/2015 with a deadline by the end of 17/08/2015.

A lot of hope and good wishes have been placed on the coming negotiations by millions of South Sudanese and many other peace loving people to finally bring peace and stability to the war torn young country.

President Obama on addressing the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, stressed that both Kiir and Machar must sign a peace agreement by 17/08/2015.

However, when you subject the above document to careful scrutiny, you quickly realise that something is wrong, indeed many things are wrong.

And gradually as you continue reading, you come to the conclusion that the document is full of flaws and missing some essential requirements that ensures the establishment of a just and permanent peace.

Firstly, I would like to address the issue of allocation of the presidency during the transition. As stipulated in the aforementioned document, Salva Kiir shall become the transitional president of the Republic of South Sudan for 30 months from the start of the transitional government of national unity ( TGoNU ).

This is a nonstarter and indeed a deal breaker from my perspective and I am quite convinced that many South Sudanese share the same view. The reasons are the following :

His deeds have blemished his reputation forever. To millions of South Sudanese, he is a genocidal ruler and a criminal. To others he is just a corrupt and a common thief. Still others consider him among the most tribalistic and divisive figures in South Sudan at the present time.

The presidency is not like any other job in the world. That is because it carries a lot in it. There is the national pride, the reputation of the country and it also provides an insight for the outside world about who we are.

What is seen in our president could be taken as a reflection of what we actually are as we are the people who allowed him to be on the helm.

The president needs to be a person of high integrity, good reputation and to be respectable. This relates to the fact that he serves as a role model for the school children, the youths and our future leaders. This is why children are often named after presidents.

Look at president Obama stance, he is a role model for the young and youths not only in his country but all over the world. His presidency has been uplifting to a whole generation of African Americans.

Who in his or her right mind would want their son to follow the footsteps of Salva Kiir Myardit?! Whatever good things he has done in the past, have been trumped or deleted in people’s memories by his heinous crimes.

It’s quite inconceivable that the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) would succeed in delivering the goods if Salva Kiir is allowed to preside over the transition.

Just consider the following – many Nuer families have lost their loved ones during the Juba massacre and some are still grieving from the recent atrocities in Unity State and haven’t reached conclusion to their ordeals.

How would they feel when every day they watch the face of the person responsible for their grief on SSTV?! Will this really be conducive to speeding up the healing process?!

Do not be misled by the Nuer Wews who are siding with Salva Kiir. They are fanatic food lovers who can kill and unleash carnage for food. They represent a negligible portion of the Nuer people displaying opportunism and political prostitution at its worst.

One of the things that would expedite healing is when the criminals are hold accountable for their heinous crimes. There will be a clear conflict of interest if Salva Kiir remains the top authority in the land.

He is the top culprit in the atrocities but is it realistic that he would do the unbelievable thing of indicting himself or allow others to indict him?!

It will never happen under his watch, in fact he will try to manipulate, coerce or even dispose of any individual who attempts to uncover the truth.

What is worrying is that there is a phrase in the agreement document that reads (mass violations of human rights have profound historical roots in our society which pre-date the current conflict).

It sounds like an attempt to water down the gravity of the atrocities or at least draw similarities with what happened in 1991.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a fundamental difference in terms of accountability between the Juba massacre and what happened in 1991. There was no government or rule of law in the rebel held areas in 1991.

What we have here is a government, recognised by many countries of the world and the UN. This brings on certain obligations and duties most notable are respecting human rights and protecting civilians against atrocities and genocide.

It’s clear that our government under Salva Kiir has violated the international law by committing heinous crimes against its own people. In a democratic society with no blind tribal allegiances, he would have been tried for treason because of plunging the country into civil war out of greed to maintain power.

The good news is that, Obama mentioned in his address that “the world awaits the African Union Commission (AUC) report because accountability for atrocities must be part of any lasting peace”.

This is music to my ears personally and certainly to the ears of the aggrieved families and millions of peace loving South Sudanese.

It is a matter of principles, Salva Kiir and his group of criminals should not be allowed to get away with murder. This is simply because what is the guarantee that it will not happen again in future perhaps to a much smaller tribe.

Nuer is a large tribe and losing 20,000 lives may not cause a catastrophic lasting effect. But we do have much smaller tribes some with a total number of less than 20,000 lives.

Just imagine what happened to the Nuers has befallen one of these smaller tribes, the entire tribe would have been annihilated. That is why we should not allow the people responsible for these ugly acts to go unpunished otherwise it will set a precedent.

Kiir has been in office for nearly 10 years with no tangible achievements in terms of developmental projects, provision of services and improving the lives of the South Sudanese people.

In fact the overwhelming majority of the people were much better off 10 years ago than they are now in regard to livelihood, access to health services and availability of schools for their children.

In addition to that they were even more secure during the war than they are now. If the above is Salva Kiir’s track record, how much can he possibly do for the South Sudanese people in 30 months that he failed to do in 10 years ?!

It will be a miracle if he comes up with something useful for the people of South Sudan. I will bet my bottom pound that it will be more of the same – corruption, tribalism, insecurity and absence of the rule of law.

The country needs a fresh start in the transition with a strong personality in the presidential palace. Salva Kiir has been proven weak time and again.

He is unfit to lead this country in the transition or any time in future. Who would want the infamous Jieng council of elders to pull the strings from behind the curtains or Museveni running the show by remote control?!

And it’s not only Salva Kiir alone as many of his top ministers and the SPLM officials are corrupt and may have blood in their hands in relation to the massacres hence unsuitable to be candidates for the presidency.

If people could agree, any one of the governors of the greater Equatoria states could do a better job in the transition than the current illegitimate president.

Even if people fail to agree on a politician why not try members of the clergy. Archbishop Paulino Lokudu Loro, Archbishop Daniel Deng or Bishop Parade Taban could be made president for the transitional period.

There are precedents for that, Archbishop Makarios III was president of Cyprus from 1964 to 1974.

In Africa, Bishop Abel Muzorewa was prime minister of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia from June to December 1979. At least he (the clergyman) will not be corrupt or lethal to our people and will be an asset in the process of healing.

There are those who will say that a clergyman will be weak for the presidency. That is not true plus you already had the weakest president in the history of the world, any one who comes along can only be better. Even the chief of my village could have done a better job.

Secondly, While the document acknowledges that the federal system of governance is a popular demand, yet it does not indicate establishment of the federal system during the transition.

It talks about the need for devolution of more power and resources to lower levels of government.

The aim is clearly to maintain the status quo and avoid real federalism. The only hope for South Sudan to remain united is federalism and it should commence with the beginning of the transitional government of national Unity (TGoNU+).

Thirdly, The power sharing allocations in the executive body is a very contentious issue. How did the peace mediators arrive to those percentages and on what basis?!

Why should the G10 which has become effectively G6 be given 7%?! Do they really represent any particular constituency?

These guys are made super citizens by the IGAD peace mediators as each one of them represents over 1% of the proposed TGoNU. The G6 will have a say in the TGoNU than entire tribes like Lopit, Lokoro, Murle, NDogo and the Broun of Maban.

The government has been allocated full control of greater Equatoria and Bahr Gazal states. Kiir and his government is very unpopular in Greater Equatoria states.

He also lacks popularity in Western Bahr El Gazal State due to the oppressive policies and unlawful killing of civilians in peaceful demonstrations. Even in the other Bahr El Gazal states SPLA/A-IO is gaining momentum.

Then how comes the government was given 100% control over those states and on what basis?!

They can not claim that there is no war in those states. We are in a state of total civil war which is getting worse by the day.

Despite granting the government full control, the peace mediators seemed to have overlooked the security for the opposition. I find this very strange and dubious.

One of the most important goals of the TGoNU is to prepare the country and set the ground for a fair elections by the end of the transition. This will involve campaigning freely in all parts of the country.

Do you think Dr Riak Machar, Dr Lam Akol or Peter Sule would be safe campaigning in Wau, Mundri or Chukdom?

The majority of us know how Dr Riak Machar’s guards were slaughtered in Juba during the massacre. In addition to that how can we be sure that the elections will not be rigged if SPLM officials are left alone to conduct the elections in those states.

Therefore to make the ground level for a free elections, the government should not be allowed full control of those states. In fact the percentages are flawed.

A more reasonable allocation would be 40%, 40% and 20% for GRSS, SPLA-IO and other parties/civil societies respectively. There is no room for the G10 or G6 as some of them have already joined the government and the rest are on their way either to join the government or SPLM/A-IO.

Fourthly, De-militarisation and Arrangement for the National Capital: This is one of the good things within the document but it is only limited to Juba.

What about Malakal that has been significantly destroyed and Wau where citizens live in a state of permanent siege. The de-militarisation should be expanded to include all the major towns and most parts of the country.

Citizens in towns like Nimule, Yei, Maridi, Mundri would be much happier if de-militarisation is extended to their areas. Indeed in the case of Mundri citizens, they have actually demanded the SPLA unit in the area be relocated due to gross misconduct, unruly behaviour and brutality against citizens.

Clearly the SPLA will not be missed in Equatoria due to the fact that it is the problem and not the solution.

Fifthly, The Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS): The document states that the majority of the judges on the panels whether trial or appellate, shall be composed of judges from African states other than the Republic of South Sudan. That means some of the judges would be South Sudanese.

This matter is quite a sensitive one and the future of the country depends on fair trials. I don’t think the African judges let alone the South Sudanese will be up to the task, because they do not live in a democratic environment that would protect them if they go against the rulers.

We have seen the case of Pagan Amum when he sued Salva Kiir before the conflict. A gag order was issued against him and his civil liberties were curtailed. But what happened to his case, no judge or court was willing to accept the case and in the end the Supreme Court of South Sudan threw it out.

The best option would be for the criminals to stand trials at the ICC in Hague.

Finally, there are some time bombs embedded in the body of the agreement document that will cause problems in future.

Do you really think people like Peter Gatdet will go along with Paul Malong and be in the same army?!

Integration of the forces will not work and it will be a waste of time and resources on a poorly trained tribal armies. They are undisciplined and lack understanding of the rules of engagement.

The best option is to disband the SPLA and to start building a new professional army that is inclusive to all the ethnicities in South Sudan.

Given the many flaws in the document, my conclusion is that it is far from the work of shrewd politicians. The possibilities are that the document was produced deliberately in that way due to the mediation team conniving with GRSS or it was a matter of political amateurism or both.

Dr Lako Jada Kwajok,
ENGLAND

32 Comments

  1. Elhag Paul says:

    “A more reasonable allocation would be 40%, 40% and 20% for GRSS, SPLA-IO and other parties/civil societies respectively. There is no room for the G10 or G6 as some of them have already joined the government and the rest are on their way either to join the government or SPLM/A-IO.” This such a valid point that needs to be highly considered. As argued the G10 are already part of the government: why then should they be allocated 7% in power and wealth sharing? I personally do not agree with the entire IGAD process the point made is valid. Anyway this peace proposal is already dead before it is discussed as from 06/08/2015. A stillborn baby being carried by the mother (IGAD-Plus).

  2. Elhag Paul says:

    “A more reasonable allocation would be 40%, 40% and 20% for GRSS, SPLA-IO and other parties/civil societies respectively. There is no room for the G10 or G6 as some of them have already joined the government and the rest are on their way either to join the government or SPLM/A-IO.” This is such a valid point that needs to be highly considered. As argued the G10 are already part of the government: why then should they be allocated 7% in power and wealth sharing? I personally do not agree with the entire IGAD process but the point made is valid. Anyway this peace proposal is already dead before it is discussed – as from 06/08/2015. A stillborn baby being carried by the mother (IGAD-Plus).

    • info@southsudannation says:

      Elhag Paul,
      Indeed, this devious political calculus of those IGAD ‘meddlers-cum-negotiators’ has no legitimacy or accuracy. Pagan, Deng Alor, Manibe, Chol Tong and the rest of the gangsters have neither the political constituency or moral turpitude to be allocated such a big chunk of the political pie.
      Only a few months ago, Kiir and national puppet Igga had the last laugh when they revealed and questioned Pagan about the 50 million dollars Sudan’s Beshir handed to Pagan as directed by John Garang then. Publicly, the Kiir-Igga duo literally called Pagan a thief. Pagan is morally mutilated and legally blackmailed as a born-again Sec.General of the SPLM.
      How can such a highway robber (he’s not the only one, of course) be unconditionally (may be conditionally?) accorded such an undeserved status in the IGAD-Plus deal?
      One thing is clearly sure, this IGAD-Plus compromise is a dead deal.
      Editor

  3. Choromke Jas says:

    The argument offered by the author is valid. However, when one negotiates with an enemy, the enemy will have to get something; a zero sum outcome is not possible here. (Remember the Iran Nuclear Deal; sanction will be lifted for the ultimate goal of thwarting Iran from acquiring the weapon in the short and medium terms. But Israel wants Iran to get nothing and be bombed, a zero sum outcome). Kiir has a lot of coercive power and other resources. He should be persuaded at this stage that it is in his best interest to cooperate. A close reading of the agreement shows that Kiir and his cohort will not escape the reach of the law. To me the objective of the document is to ease Kiir out of power, reboot the whole system and then turn round to charge those who planned and executed the genocide in December 2013. I urge my friends here to read the document again and they will be surprised that all the things we have been agitating for in this forum have been covered. By signing this document both sides will have demonstrated their concern for the suffering of our people. There is no an ideal compromise better that this at the moment. Cheers.

  4. Alier-kon says:

    Dear, Lako Jada kwaji .
    let me answer you in a simple way that, what is the Government? and what are the people? to your article I may not go through it and answer your rubbish words that you stated above as to convince us in that way. in the IGAD proposal it seem there are a lot of errors and it will not be determines by mediation teams in Addis-Ababa with out our input on the grass roots level, then it is going to be impossible at all even if God come from heaven to the earth we shall not accepted it. and be informed that if people talks of greater upper Nile state, does not mean Nuer are inhabited in the area alone.
    to come back to the point of 1991 when Riek Machar killed people in Bor and took away the cattle which results to the death of thousand and serious starvation. the questions is, are they not human being to be counted? or what is the title of their death? if you die in rebel areas and Government areas still to be counted as South Sudanese and you have right to be granted the right of protections, as citizen of this nation. the one who initiated the massacre in Bor in 1991 will be held accountable for the crimes committed against humanity regardless of what. Another thing if Kiir found guilty of Nuer massacre in Juba then the law will take it course to punish the culprit. so you sound like rebel supporter and there is no room for you here.
    if you talk of election awaited we shall see who is going to win the upcoming election between Riek and Kiiir in south Sudan in General.

    • Dr Lako Jada Kwajok says:

      Dear Alier-kon,

      First let me correct you, my surname is Kwajok and not Kwaji. At the beginning of your comment you asked two questions with no clear relation to the subject of my article.There is no mention in my article that Upper Nile is inhabited only by the Nuer, in fact if you had read the article and understood its contents you wouldn’t have forgotten the fact that I had mentioned the Murle and the Broun of Maban and both are inhabitants of Upper Nile. Again if you had read the article with understanding, you would notice that I was talking about accountability in the absence of a government and law enforcement institutions. What happened in Bor in 1991 were horrific crimes that I had condemned in the past and I am 100% sure that any sound minded South Sudanese would do the same. But I can tell you there are similar crimes committed by the top SPLM/SPLA leaders that received little attention. The Mundari and the Didinga tribes were massacred under Dr John Garang’s watch. Also we do know that the Gajak Nuers and the Bul Nuers were slaughtered under the command of both Dr John Garang and Salva Kiir. I did not bring those atrocities up simply because there was no rule of law at the time and people were at war. In conclusion, you are selective in regard to all the crimes that happened during the war. Your two questions shaw how incoherent you are. What do you mean by saying there is no room for me here ? South Sudan is not your private property. It’s amazing that empty arrogance never leaves people of your kind.

      • Guet Athina Guet says:

        Okay Mr. Kwajok,

        With all due respect, your article is full of errors … I stopped about half way, because you were not making any sense. First, President Kiir was elected by the people of south Sudan in case you missed. Your reference to president Kiir as “genocidal and criminal” just lowered your IQ to zero. As for your compliment to president Obama as the good president of the world … check your fact moron … he’s fighting and killing civilian in Mideast, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Iraq you buffoon idiot don’t get it. Why don’t you blame your serial killer Machar who killed more south Sudanese since 1991 when tried his stupid coup against Dr. Garang, and went he failed he went on rampage of killing 30.000 Dinkas most women, children and old. Get your facts right…..

        • info@southsudannation says:

          Guet Athina Guet,
          There is absolutely no cause for the obscene language on Dr. Kwajok.
          If it’s now proven that Dr. Machar had really killed 30,000, what about Dr. John Garang, or Kuol Manyang or lately, Kiir Mayardit and his ‘gelweng’ under the command of illiterate chief of SPLA, Paul Malong? For sure, the totality of their crimes might be 300 times more than that number you attributed to Dr. Machar.
          If that day ever comes for real accountability, I wonder how many of your heroes will be arrested for gross human rights and genocidal crimes against the people of South Sudan?
          Editor

        • Elhag Paul says:

          Dear Geut
          You are a pathetic shameless liar like your kith and kin: Kiir, Malong, Barnaba etc. in 1991 massacre of the Jieng of the Bor the number killed was between two and three thousand, not thirty thousand as you inflated it. Also importantly Riek accepted his guilt, took responsibility, acknowledge the wrong of it and apologised. Which Jieng has done this honourable thing in relation to the numerous massacres you have committed on the other 62 tribes of South Sudan. The record is available and we will be happy to refer you to it if you wish. In 1991 we condemned Riek at the time for this unfortunate horrendous thing. But it is worth reminding you that Dr Garang committed serious crimes in Equatoria where the victims are more numerous and so far no Jieng has condemned him for these atrocious human rights crimes. Garang himself did not acknowledge his huge crimes. You keep praising him and calling him falsely as father of a nation he did not want to see born. What type of people are you? You and your terrorist government in Juba are the real problem of South Sudan.
          Geut, you are talking absolute rubbish. What Dr Kwajok has written is the truth and you will not be able to demolish it or bully him using lies.

        • Mr Guet Athina Guet,

          Your input exposed what sort of a person you are. People who read your comments may now start to question the kind of upbringing you had. Heaping insults on some one does not invalidate that person’s argument in fact if anything it makes you look like a fool. There are intelligent and well-read people on this forum whose comments are useful even if there are differences in opinion. I am afraid you have shown us that you are well below the standards of this forum.

        • Dr Lako Jada Kwajok says:

          Mr Guet Athina Guet,

          Your input exposed what sort of a person you are. Kiir’s term of office ended on 08/07/2015 and every one know that the South Sudanese people were not given the chance to elect a new president. So you need to correct yourself as currently he is not an elected president but an illegitimate one. Heaping insults on some one does not invalidate that person’s argument or views, in fact if anything, it makes you look like a fool. People who read your comments may start to question the kind of upbringing you had if at all you had one. There are intelligent and well-read people on this forum whose comments are useful even if there are differences in opinion. I am afraid you have shown that you are well below the standards of this forum.

  5. Easy Money says:

    I have seen nothing new in the agreement. Rewarding Kiir with the Presidency of the transitional government means he can kill more south Sudanese as he wishes, with no limitation. This is a bad agreement to begin with. The root causes of the conflict has never been discussed. Even the AU report doesn’t apprehend the people who committed atrocities now still ongoing unabated. We are on the wrong side of human lack of scrutiny of what exactly happened on Dec.15th.2013. To sum it up simply, south Sudan is yet to head for a major conflict, which will engulf the entire country and nobody will be safe. Kiir’s regime is still training and exporting his war even to the most peaceful Equatoria.

  6. I agree, with the recent events in Yambio, the claim that the government was given 100% control in Equatoria because there is no war there, seems to be crumbling.

  7. Hardtarget says:

    http://www.internationalpolicydigest.org/2015/07/31/south-sudan-nothing-but-violence/

    The only way out is for the foreign forces to come in, harm these savages out, install a transitional Government of technocrats to lead us into free and fair election just like they did in Liberia, Serai Leone

  8. Dear Hardtarget,

    Absolutely…you are spot-on.

  9. Joana Adams says:

    Dear Dr. Lako Kwajok,

    Yours is a voice of reason I have not heard for a long time. But then we are not dealing with reasonable people nor are we dealing with reasonable situation. In his press conference in Addis, President Obama was treading very carefully. He wants to believe in the wisdom of the regional leaders but the regional leaders are in turn banking on their knowledge and understanding of the South Sudanese so called political elite. When you see former President Arap Moi inviting and engaging with an unconstitutional tribal leaders namely the Jieng Council of elders and their Nuer conter part, then any rational person must conclude that even the regional leaders have a serious misunderstanding of the political leaders who have plunged the young nation into turmoil with no end at sight.
    What I am saying is that the entire premise on which the regional leaders are operating from is wrong. And so according to deductive logic, their conclusion is bound to be wrong as well. The regional leaders falsely believe that they are dealing with normal people, but they are wrong. These brand of South Sudanese are not normal or rational people. The earlier the world realises this, the better. Any Agreement that leaves Kiir as a head of state and government is a monumental joke of the century.
    South Sudan has been founded on wrong premises and must be rebooted. The only rational compromise would have been to let any of the 3 Equatorian governors lead the country. Failing that we could try any of the clergy as long as they have no attachments to tribal juntas. Otherwise, it is time to look for radical solutions to this stalemate. And here I find ,myself going back to my original position that South Sudan should be directly governed by the UN for ten years. There are former leaders such as Bill Clinton or Tony Blair who could lead the transitional government to drive in a little bit of civilisation, respect for human lives, rule of law and some measure of normalcy for the ordinary South Sudanese who have become hostages of warlords.
    At least this will be better than being ruled by the Jieng Council of Elders or through remote control by Museveni or any other unaccountable surrogate president. Even former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo champion of the African solution for African problems, has failed to use any of his moral authority to prevail on the AU. I personally believe the released version of the AUPSC Report has been compromised through bribery or moral blackmail by the illegitimate tribal government in Jubà. President Obasanjo too, will soon realise that these South Sudanese are not normal Africans.
    Clearly reunification of the two Sudans must be a no -go area. How about a referrundum at the end of 10 years of UN rule to determine status of the country? Options should include:
    1) re unifying northern prt of the country with the Sudan.
    2) attaching parts of Upper Nile to Ethiopia.
    3) attaching parts or whole of greater Equatoria to Kenya, Uganda and DRC or CAR.
    4) offering the 3 former regions of Bahar el Ghazal, Upper Nile, Equatoria, self rule.
    5) having one United South Sudan based on rotational presidency on 2 fixed terms totalling 10 years.

    Joana Adams

    • Dear Joana Adams,

      The two options are quite valid given the current circumstances. This will relatively be a neutral ground for both sides of the conflict. The governors or the clergymen could give the country a breathing space and halt the cycle of violence. Interestingly your other option was a subject of discussion between me and some friends in the early weeks following the Juba massacre of the Nuer civilians. My friends thought I was wrong for bringing up the subject of international intervention as it will undermine our sovereignty. But now with the presence of the UPDF inside South Sudan, who can say that South Sudan still maintains full sovereign state status. This conflict is not something that took us off guard, many of us saw it coming. Members of the clergy , most notable Archbishop Paulino Lokudu Loro, tried their best to bring the leaders together and save the country from an imminent disaster, but no one would listen to them. The problem is that the authorities in Juba seem not to realise how embarrassed and furious are our friends and allies who contributed significantly to our independence and wanted to see us succeed. If the parties fail to reach an agreement within a reasonable time frame then international intervention will not just be an option, it will become a necessity.

  10. Rajab says:

    The only way out is for the two principal warring parties to be out of the transitional Government
    in order to have a permanent peace.

  11. Dear Rajab
    I am in total agreement with your viewpoint. The country needs a fresh start with new blood to clean up the mess at least in the transitional period. Then whoever wins in the election would be respected by all South Sudanese people.

  12. Bol says:

    Dear Readers,
    Today is the Family D DAY! The father of the bride is full of pride ……A tide of complement roar…..from the family to the Family? …..Occasionally, he raises his thunderous voice confirming his presence but much of the talks are taken care of by family warriors…… They are polishing the hyena nails, or dyeing its hair…..Another group dressing it up to the 9th…..It is beautiful… in the Family Eyes, but, the neighbours whisper, for fear of bullying, Gosh, this is hyena been just born again. Who, is he trying to fool this time?

  13. Chul Mi Bor says:

    Dr Lako:

    Well written article. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Sultan Kiir’s regime cannot claim genuine legitimacy in the eyes of its people – if those people are treated as prisoners in their own country by the regime. The entire governments in S Sudan (central govt, states govts, parliament), are unconstitutional since July 9, 2015. Thus, the march of freedom and democracy will leave Salva Kiir on the ash of history.

    • Dear Chul Mi Bor,
      You highlighted a valid point here. Indeed there is a sense of citizens being held prisoners in their on country or under continuous siege by the regime. This is an abnormal situation and will not continue long. The regime is bound to fall apart soon.

  14. alex says:

    What I see is people who think they know more than the others. Everyone have right to contribute or speech their mind but depending on rumors to justify one argument show how shallow our understanding is. If we want real peace this time we should avoid being one sided or depending on rumors. Secondly we should know if Kiir and Riack is barred from this time I assure you there will be no peace and any person who has a wisdom will be able to see this. South Sudanese will be able to eliminate either of this person through elections. South Sudanese will be the one to chose who to rule them.
    So alll your writings here shows your political affiliation but you are not concern about the suffering of our people. All your writings is about your personal interest and as usual that is how our politics are. I can not blame you since we have not yet reached what we called intellectual politics.

  15. Dear Alex,

    I see a lot of contradictions in your comments. On one hand you are right to say everyone has the right to contribute and speak up their mind but on the other hand you labeled all the writings as being based on rumours, political affiliations and personal interests. You are quite judgmental here as you can not assume that you know every one who writes on this forum. In the days following the tragic death of Dr John Garang, there was a lot of negative writings in the Arabic media of the north. It was mostly directed against Salva Kiir as someone who lacks leadership qualities. In those days I used to write in the arabic media and I have written articles on sudanile and sudaneseonline in his defence and his other colleagues. That time I thought it was a malicious scheme by the Mundukuru’s to undermine the SPLM leadership and create doubts about our ability to govern ourselves. As things unfolded, it turned out that the Mundukuru’s were right and I was damn wrong in putting my trust on Salva Kiir. I find it outrageous when you ended your comments by saying ” we have not yet reached what we called intellectual politics”. So you think people like Salva Kiir, Paul Malong and the commander of the presidential guards ( the latter two were confirmed to be illiterate people ) are superior in intellectual politics than members of this forum?! It’s clear you are not devoid of what you blamed others for.

  16. Francis Mangok Angeir says:

    Dear all,

    Many of us love to have peace in our country, but one of the most important things we also have to consider to avoid is blaming the government not to provide citizens with enough product needs. In many years back, Dr. John Garang used to say citizens need to support their government to get strong. Every organization need people to support. Citizens should have to support the government because government get productions from citizens instead citizens would hope to get everything from government. Even Christian’s organization need the support from community. After this senseless war South Sudanese citizens should have work hard to support their government. Dr. John said where did the government get production? Citizens themselves make their government strong and this is a reality to understand if many of us think that government would provide the citizens no that is not going to make our government strong and successful. Please learn from your strong political leaders as I listen to my strong Christian preachers.

    We have been preaching on corruption and lack of support from government, but we forget that we are government productive. Citizens work together with government instead returning themselves to corrupt their government. What is the government? Citizens are government, but if we do not support our leaders and encourage them to work with us it would be very difficult for our government to strong and develop our country.

    Majority of South Sudanese today are receiving UN foods instead of moving back home to work and support the development, government only would not develop the country without citizens. Let us also encourage outside citizens to come home to join the development after peace otherwise South Sudan would not get develop by only government.

  17. Beny Mabeny says:

    Dear Lako,
    Your document supported by Elhag is nonesense as I stopped in the middle of it. We S. Sudanese could say bad governance headed by Kiir and SPLM it was going to make sense but when talk about tribal lines Kir will rule for life. Believe it or not many Dinkas in Lakes, and Aweil do not support Kiir because of the policies that is running the country but they depend him when it comes to him being subjected as memebr of the Dinka tribe, remember we are in the third world this kawaja (USA, IGAD, UN) you pple are thinking would help you is very far and time taking before many of your heads are being lost. So watch out and lets talk as S.S instead of tribes.

  18. Kajokeji Lokuron says:

    The proposed agreement talked about power sharing percentages 53% SPLM-government, 33% SPLM-IO, and SPLM-FD as well as other political parties with 7% each! Essentially this is handing over power to the same SPLM leaders who have destroyed SOUTH SUDAN in the last 10 years of their misrule. The question is, what do the silent majority of 99.9% South Sudanese get according to IGAD-PLUS? Of course the silent majority get zero percent of the power sharing proposal. So, is this the fair solution or formula to solve the problem of South Sudan if I may ask IGAD-PLUS experts?

  19. Dear Kajokeji Lokuron,

    What is put on the table is far from being a fair or a durable solution. The SPLM/SPLA has never been popular in Equatoria, not in the past, not now and certainly not in the foreseeable future. Hence it’s quite unfair to give the government 100% control in Equatoria.

  20. Bol says:

    Dr.Lako
    Thanks for admitting the unpopularity of SPLA in the past, the present and future in Equatoria region …….Why are they crying for being left out of the system they did want from start?

  21. Nuer-Another Israel in East Africa says:

    Ya Jamaan, where is Nikalongo? My Equatorian people are being butchered and displaced by UPDF and their Dinka allies when these UPDF came to South Sudan to protect Equatorian according to this hypocrite name, Nikalongo. Is he somewhere in Uganda selling Equatorian’s land for couple plates of Matoke or whatever you call it? I wait to here from him. He is mute lately and I have a hunch that something fishy is in the making between him and his UPDF friends.

Leave a Reply to Chul Mi Bor Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.