Open Letter to Information Minister, Michael Makuei

BY: Tearz Ayuen, JUBA, MAY/31/2014, SSN;

Dear Uncle Makuei Lueth,

While you execute your duties as the national minister of information and broadcasting, and the official spokesperson of the government of South Sudan, you’re making two grave mistakes.

One, you’re becoming a stigmata on the reputation of Bor community. And two, you’re doing yourself a great harm – digging your own grave.

I will not dwell much on the fact that you and some of your peers are, in so many ways, tainting the already ‘vandalized’ face of Bor. We will talk about that some other day.

Uncle Makuei, do you know your leadership net worth? Do you know how much you weigh on the political scale? In case you didn’t know, you mean a lot, Uncle. You’re a great man. You’re a freedom fighter, a liberator. You are a senior government official, a minister.

You’re one of the members of parliament representing Bor people in the national legislative assembly.

Your contributions in attaining and bettering South Sudan are inestimable.

Again, you’re one of the highly educated Bor elders. You’re an idol in the eyes of Bor people; they celebrate you. Musicians have composed songs about you. They sing your name.

All that puts you in a critical position whereby you have to watch what you say. You represent. That means anything that flies out of your mouth can either kill or save lives.

It can either heighten or lessen tensions, violence.

Why are you everywhere falsely accusing everyone of rebellion? What happened to political correctness? What happened to diplomacy?

A rebel is a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority, especially in the hope of improving conditions.

Uncle Makuei, these are modern times. The whole world is watching every move each and every South Sudan’s leader makes.

You don’t have to personally pick an EX-34 Chain gun and shoot down a whole village in order to be indicted.

This is 2014. This is digital age. Anything dangerous one wishes, thinks or does is recorded and used against him or her in future.

There is something called hate speech. A hate speech maker can be defined as any person who utters words intended to incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination against any person, group or community on the basis of ethnicity or race.

In your book, media houses are rebels. Church leaders are rebels. Innocent displaced bereaved hungry women are rebels. Even malnourished dying babies are rebels! What sense does that make? What happened to morality?

I think many could categorize most of your statements under hate speech. You cannot refer to a baby a rebel just because it hails from a particular community whose some members have staged an insurgency.

You and your comrades can say anything about anyone, about any community, anytime, with impunity. That’s okay inu you rule. But for me, I call it short-term impunity inu there comes a time when one has to account for everything he had said or done or not done during his heydays.

Don’t ever think that you’re untouchable, forever. None of your colleagues are, either; including your boss, Kiir Mayardit.

Hate speech might not have been constituted in the South Sudan interim constitution but it’s under international law. And the powers you think you have do not exist in the global village.

I hear members of the ruling clique cheer you on as you ‘defend’ the government. I hear them clap their hands every time you come on TV to speak against the West.

I read Facebook and Twitter posts by your ‘supporters’ in which they pat you on the shoulder, encouraging you to keep ‘defending’ the legitimate government. Cool.

However, Uncle, what you don’t know or seem to be inconsiderate or negligent about is that, when that day comes, Salva Kiir will not be there for you, Buor will not be able to protect you, your colleagues will giggle and some will, in fact, throw parties to celebrate your descend.

I’m not telling you to stop supporting your regime, Uncle. I am not telling you to join Dr Riek, to be a rebel. Nor am I asking you to resign. No.

What I am trying to say is that, carry on with your work but tread carefully. Your mouth. Your tongue. Your lips. I repeat: t-r-e-a-d c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y.

Summarily, in your quest for cleansing the skunk-stinky face of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, do not be like a man who takes off the only clothes he possesses to clothe another naked man.

Tearz Ayuen is a South Sudanese journalist currently working in Juba. He can be reached via anythiethdhol@yahoo.com


17 Comments

  1. monychol says:

    Ayuen, I’m glad with your statement of facts and couldn’t find words to describe my happiness.I was wondering what happened to the cleverness of Buor that they have allowed their community and representatives to be missused to that extend?
    Now that people like you are as concerns as we are, I will leave the reasons to follow from you.
    No more words.History has been done and accountability is coming.Kiir government is a dead man walking.

  2. Omang Rollo says:

    Tearz, since when did you come back to Juba? your nuer friend Nguen wrote a article about you that you ran away to refugee camp due to pressure from security personnel. is that true? your advices to uncle Makuei are in place, although I support his tough stand, it is good in a nation that is about to be tear down by people with different interests. be careful brother, peace.

  3. Elijah Samuel says:

    Ayuen, Yours was a well articulated appeal to this man who talks down on people as if they are kids. He does not seems to realize that, the power he has is given to him by the people he talks down to. What he need to ask himself is does he talk to Kiir this way? If not he should talk even more respectful to we the people than he does to Kiir because we are the one who employed both of them. How could one talk down to someone who gave you your job?
    He has an attitude of animal kingdom where the dominant male threatened and chase away all other male! He is far from being educated and civilized. He may have a classroom experience but he is not learned! Just see the way he talks!

  4. Daniel.A..O. Ayong says:

    Tearz,

    It is good to give personal advice to your uncle, but your uncle had lost creditability in every direction whether in his professional career as lawyer or minister of information. This may go back to twenty years he spend in bush and let him to forgot professional ethic. This caused him to judge everybody as rebel even good friends who support him in time of devastated war. I hope government will weight your advice and remove your uncle, who is psychological imbalance and suffering from interpersonal conflict.Patient never knows his sickness unless he went to see doctor, so I think your uncle may need to see psychiatric for counseling and medication.
    Thanks Tearz keep that spirit up to correct our relatives for sake our nation, South Sudan.

  5. Deng says:

    Thank you Tearz Ayuen for your honest and brotherly advice to Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, anyone who admires him or patriotic South Sudanese for that matter shares your feeling. The ball is now in his court and it is up to him, the Minister whether he will listen to your advice or ignore it and continue to make more grave mistakes as he has been doing since he took over that Ministry.

  6. anok says:

    MR. AYUEN, THANKS YOU,
    MOULANA MAKUEI LUETH HAVE ALREADY CROSSED THE LINE. AS YOU SAID, WE ARE IN 21ST CENTURY, EVERYONE AROUND THE GLOBE HAS BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY MR. LUETH’S BLABBING IN THIS SENSITIVE TIME.THE MAN BECAME A DISGRACE TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY HE SUPPOSE TO REPRESENT. WHEN HE WAS HUMILIATED DURING HIS TIME AS MINISTER OF JUSTICE BY A GROUP OF ARMED MEN WITH CO-OPERATION OF SOME OFFICIALS BY BREAKING MR. ANTHORO AKUIEN OUT OF JAIL. OUR UNCLE MAKUEI ABSOLUTELY SAID NOTHING THOUGH HIS AUTHORITY WAS BOLDLY UNDERMINED.

    ONCE AGAIN, HIS LEGITIMACY AS A GOVERNMENT SPOKE MAN HAS BEEN PUT UNDER THE QUESTION BY THE SAME SYSTEM THAT HE HAS BEEN SHOUTING FOR AS IF HE IS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE. AFTER ALLEGEDLYFAKE COUP WAS ORCHESTRATED, PRESIDENT KIIR FELT THE NEED OF HIRING HIS OWN HOME TOWN BOY TO SPEAK FOR HIS GOVERNMENT, LEAVING OUR UNCLE MAKUEI WITH NO REAL POSITION. THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS MR. LUETH HAS TO ACHIEVE BY PERSONALIZING A NATIONWIDE CRISIS TO A COMMUNITY LEVEL? IS HE A MAD MAN? WHO IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD LIKE TO CREATE HATRED EVEN WITHIN HIS OWN SUB-CLAN OF KOOC AS HE DID WITH COMRADE GEN. WAAL ATHUIEI? SURELY, OUR UNCLE, ELDER, BROTHER AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF BAI BOR WILL HAVE A LOT OF EXPLANATION TO DO IN TIME TO COME AT LEAST HE APOLOGIZE SOON ENOUGH.

  7. Jojo Junub says:

    Mr Ayuen,

    Brilliant and well written points, Mr Makuei is one of the dangerous person in this failed government, one can only imagine that Mr Makuei is fighting for his political gain, but by doing so as you vividly put in your article Mr Makuei is not exampted from facing ICC in the nearest future as Mr Ban KI Mon is lobbying to establish special tribune to try those who committed crimes in the world newest nation.
    Makuei and Ateny Wek Ateny are the two dangerous individual ruining the chances of Kiir to survive for long, these individuals have blood of south Sudanese people on their hand especially the blood of innocent Nuer people, Mr Makuei have teamed up with the failed defense minister and the current the so called chief of general staff Mr Molang Awan. Hope your uncle Makuei will take hits of what you prefectly have put, but it maybe too late for him and his future political career. Thank you Mr Ayuen for seeing what your Uncle Makuei couldn’t see.

  8. Aru III says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha”INU” The Arabic preposition commonly use by president kiir.

  9. Isaac Deng says:

    Tearz Ayuen, for good or bad, you are true son of Bor who cares about the welfare of the family of Uncle Makuei Lueth. I failed to understand why this Khartoum University educated lawyer Uncle Makuei want to destroy his credibility and that of his family. Licking Kiir’s boot in order to maintain his position is not worthy venture. Today nobody is taking interest in liars of Makuei’s inflammatory hates speeches. He continues to insult IDPs, Church people, Journalists, Americans, and anybody talking telling facts as rebels.
    Uncle Makuei should know that many bootlickers who praised and supported brutal dictators like Saddam, Gaddafi, Mubarak have disappeared with in hell while their own families being haunted like rats everywhere around the world.
    Did Uncle Makuei thinks that president Kiir will be in power for life to defend him and his family members? He should be prepared to carry his own cross on the judgment day. It is in his interest to soften his inflammatory hate speech and sot barking like hired thugs with no cause.
    President Kiir must also come to his sense that bootlickers are going to continue telling him more useless gossips because that is what he wants to listen to. It is not late for president Kiir to shut up Uncle Makuei and other angry mob who cannot tell him the truth that the country is going in a wrong direction.

  10. monychol says:

    After, calling the USA a rebel, will he go there anymore to see his children in Texas? I doubt if they give him a visa then they will arrest him at the entry airport.This man venomous tongue has created more enemies for him whether he is aware of that or not.He will not be a free man anywhere in the world.

  11. Agook Mayek says:

    South Sudan is bigger than just a single person. We are all passers-by, but South Sudan is here to stay! Thanks Tearz Ayuen for great piece. I have argued the same elsewhere!

  12. nyamnyam says:

    is he a man? Mr. Ayuen. Seem to be closely related to the lawyer.

  13. Kur malech kur says:

    Thank you ayuen what ever you have said are quit right. You know people must be informed such that they should know their mistake. look some people can be happy inorder to get you into problem but we don’t like makuei to face any critical condition in they future while the leadership of sudan south is still existing even if kiir step down, makuei will remain there with the rest of the ministers so we need him to be wise in term of running political affairs.

  14. Mou Stephen Mayuen says:

    Those are kinds of advice we all should give to our a straying leaders. Thanks Tearz for brilliant observation

  15. mr.x says:

    you guys with your stupid comments your are all rebels what you guys expected to happen is a impossible dream kiir government will not be over taken throught coup if u nuer are really men then try again you will still learn more bor oyeee

  16. Abdel baggi Ismail says:

    Thanks Ayuen for a well and concrete article. Besides government leaders are becoming mad. Anytime they walk, they got drunk. And they have a similar mentality of saying and mixing languages. They deviced a word called ‘Inu’, even their door keepers know that. This time is for change and no more informal elements, no more Inu. We need proffessionals to take over. Micheal Makuei speaks like a mad child and infact today at Citizen Tv of Kenya, he failed to answered some questions but just Bla Bla talking rubbish. What kind of person is this?

  17. B. Bismark says:

    Congrats! Ayuen 4 de brilliant and wise piece of advise. However, it is so unfortunate that Makuei can no longer reverse the hate speeches he had uttered and out of ignorance still uttering! For that matter, i declare Makuei a walking dead among the living and very soon or later, he’ll be lying in the grave that he had personally dug! Makuei, shame on you for neglecting your professional ethics, masterminding evil plans, lack of good public relations and poor communications ethics! Anyway…….R.I.P

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