From: David Aju Kanyara
To Japanese Ambassador to Juba, South Sudan, Mr. Kiya Masahiko, and
To UN Women Program Division Director (UNWPDD), Maria Noel Vaeze;
We, the concerned Ma’di community, the Native ethnic tribe of Nimule, in particular, and Ma’di mainland at large, are extremely disturbed and disappointed by your mission’s distribution of agricultural tools to the Internally Displaced Persons [IDPs] in Nimule.
We see no reason why your Missions in South Sudan with the office of UNWPDD office headed by Maria Noel Vaeze should distribute agricultural tools to the IDPs currently forcing more new settlements in our land.
The so-called IDPs are alien gangs arming themselves with rifles and other automatic weaponries acquired from the current governing regime in the country and their presence in our land has contributed enormously to insecurity, and the destruction of farming land by their cattle.
Therefore the so-called IDPs should not be encouraged to extend their illegal settlement in our land by providing them with such agricultural tools. This move by your Mission encouraging illegal Dinka land grabbers settling in Ma’di land will undermine the development policy of Japanese Government which since the end of Second World War has had a good track record in many foreign countries.
The same group of IDPs who tried to legitimize their illegal resettlement extension to Nimule and Mugali, want to legalize their unwelcome stay which was justified by the former Interior Minister, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, who during his visit to Nimule in October 2013, before the Dinka-Nuer conflict staged to cleanse the Nuer broke out.
Minister Aleu had brazenly demanded that these IDPs be recognized as natives of Nimule.
“There are no South Sudanese IDPs within the country. You cannot be an IDP in your own country,” he said. This move I believe was to position the Dinka in a secure and easy exit position in order to give way to the Juba massacre in2013.
We the concerned Ma’di owners of the land in the strongest possible terms condemn the action of the Japanese Mission in South Sudan, that has so far portrayed a negative image of the Japanese government.
We call up the Japanese Mission in South Sudan to instantly retract its agricultural tools from the IDPs in Nimule and rightly redirect such tools to the Ma’di natives who have the special knowledge, the land and the skills for the rightful use of those tools.
At the same time, we strongly urge the UN Women Program Director for South Sudan, Ms Maria Noel Vazae, to immediately repair the damage callously and irresponsibly done by UN agents who began the repatriation of the Dinka IDPs from Kakuma refugee camps, in Kenya in 2007 to Nimule.
This happened when the UN refugee agent very well knew that Nimule basically belongs in the first place to the Ma’di people. Shamefully, the UN agent chose to taking bribes to re-settle the Dinka in other people’s land. And to this date, the UN has never taken the responsibility of the blame for the chaos caused by IDPs in the Ma’di land.
The agricultural equipment we are talking about were handed by Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko, and by the UN Women Program Division Director, Maria Noel Vaeza, on Tuesday 23 February 2016, the coverage later shown on SSTV.
The agricultural equipment are earmarked to women’s groups in Nimule in Eastern Equatoria State, not those IDP Dinka women whose primary role in life is to milk the cows and look after the cattle.
The equipments in question include five community cereal grinding mills, four greenhouse kits and four units of one-acre drip irrigation kits as part of the UN Women Humanitarian Assistance program which is co-funded by the Government of Japan.
In conclusion, we want to caution the Japanese Mission in South Sudan and the UN women program Director to South Sudan not to temper with People’s land by facilitating farming for squatters which is a clear highway to the blatant robbery of our land.
These two foreign entities should strictly limit themselves by remaining doing their diplomatic Missions. Otherwise their action will amount to direct land grabbing by distributing such equipment to IDPs without consultation from the rightful land owners.
Unfortunately, this will inevitably generate circles of conflict over land. And should this happen we, the Ma’di natives, will hold the Japanese head of Mission Mr. Masahiko responsible and accountable.
Therefore, to prevent the probable spillage of our people’s blood, we are calling upon the Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan to immediately withhold sending such equipment to Nimule IDPs who have no agricultural land in Ma’di land.
We are further urging the Japanese to encourage the IDPs to go back to their own tribal states so as to utilize their energies to develop their own states since peace and calm has now returned in our country.
David Aju Kanyara
Chairman of concerned Ma’di community.
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