People of Ruweng: The victims of power & appeasement policy

By: Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda, MAR/29/2017, SSN;

Ruweng State deserved good governance, therefore he should be reaffirmed. However, I was terribly shocked and disappointed to find out that Theja had been sacked from the post of Governorship.

The action of the president removing the governor of Ruweng State has confused me and I have lost all hopes that I had previously for any little reforms in South Sudan. It appears that President Kiir is an anti: reformation and good governance.

In fact, any true peoples’ government and president would have not even imagined of sacking Governor like Theja Da Adwad Deng. This is because Theja was a governor of the people.

I have been wondering since I received the news trying to term with the fact of his removal. But what crime has he committed? Is it because he has shown to be a good administrator or what is the problem?

The sacking of Governor of Ruweng State leaves more questions than answers. Some of the questions are those I have asked in the above paragraph and also some are: what does the President want? Who is running the office of the President? Does the President think before issuing the decree or does he just issue all decrees like animated object?

What was the main purpose for liberating South Sudan? Were South Sudanese liberated so that the SPLM use them as project for getting resources?

The above questions and others that you may add are the ones lingering in everyone’s one mind in South Sudan when the President acts unreasonably like what he has done in the case of Ruweng State.

A normal president could not remove a person like Theji in Ruweng State unless there is a hidden agenda. It appears that the President does not care about the welfare of citizens of South Sudan.

In addition, the SPLM as a party is dead politically because the President who is the head of the party is not interested in the future of the SPLM. What is the future of the SPLM? Like all other parties, future of the SPLM is the people and good leaders.

However, I doubt whether the SPLM values citizens and good youth who will be good leaders in future. If SPLM cared about good leaders and people, the President would have not removed Theji from the Governorship of Ruweng and also disobeyed the will of the people of Ruweng.

This is because Theja Da Adwad Deng is one of the people a party like SPLM would have brought up with the aim of preparing him for bigger post even the Presidency because little time Theja Da Adwad Deng spent in Ruweng proved that he would have been John Magufuli of South Sudan in future.

However, the President does not care about the future of South Sudan and her people this is because he never takes time to study the character of the people and also think about the future of the country.

A person who thinks about tomorrow and also thinks about the welfare of others is the leader for tomorrow. Nonetheless, where a person lives for today only he or she will always think for what is good for him or her based on today. In the same way, the only concern of that person is power and how to retain it.

In fact, the president of South Sudan is the type of the person I have just described above. This is because he is using anything to ensure that he remains in power even if it means sacrificing the citizens of South Sudan, which he has already done. As many as over 50,000 have died in the three-year conflict of South Sudan just because of power.

As seen above, south Sudanese are sold as they are being killed on daily basis just because they are made to kill each other in defense of power of one person who does not even care about their welfare.

Hence, it is not surprising to see the President removing the Governor of Ruweng State. This is because he wants to appease the Taban Deng Gai at the expense of the people of Ruweng State who have become the victims of power and appeasement policy of the president.

The removal was done just to appease Taban not the fake reason given that the removal was done to ensure the power sharing deal stipulated in the peace 2015. The government and Taban should not continue to hold people hostage with lies that there is still peace agreement: no peace in South Sudan.

If there is peace, then why did the rebels still capture Kajo-Keji on March 27, 2017 as it was reported by Sudantribune? Again, if there is Peace, why did the Sudantribune report that the AU on March 27, 2017 said that “the President, Salva Kiir, has accepted to declare a unilateral ceasefire?” Why do we need cease-fire if there is no war and who are fighting who and who controls those rebels”?

The fact is that there is no peace in South Sudan and government should not continue relying on Taban Deng because he does not have control over rebels in the bush. If he insists that he is the leader of the SPLM/A-IO, then he must be ordered them to stop his rebels from fighting. I doubt whether he has any influence over rebels and power to stop them.

My overall assessment is that there is no capable government in South Sudan. The Government which is there is the government for power in Juba not for people in Rural areas of South Sudan.

Hence, the people of Ruweng should know that there is no government in South Sudan because things have fallen apart and it is upon them to be prepared and protect themselves against Taban in case Taban uses the just appointed governor to their disadvantage.

Besides, the people of South Sudan should be prepared for two options either they will get finished defending the presidency of president Kiir not of South Sudan or they have to come out and tell Kiir that it is the time for him to go and a new leader who is capable comes in.

In summary, what I would like to tell the people of Ruweng State is that with the appointment of the new governor who will be controlled by Taban, they should be prepared for the worse because no one is sure about him. But there is a likelihood that he will not serve the people of Ruweng as if he will do that he will not be a fire to Taban unless he will dance to his tone.

NB// the author is South Sudanese human lawyer and can be reached through: juoldaniel@yahoo.com;+256783579256

6 Comments

  1. Malouda says:

    Nhomngek,not Ruweng State alone even other states the same happened at Western and Eastern Lakes States, people are surprised why the president removed them, let us pray God to bring us the leader who care about the welfare of his/her citizens as you mentioned.

  2. Believer de Bor says:

    I believe that Mr. Nhomngek has now began to see why some opponents of Kiir like Nyandeng should not be condemned to death. It is not until it knocks at your doorpost, that makes you stupid.

  3. Toria says:

    Daniel Juol Nhomngek
    I would like to quote from your very insightful statement as seen below here that summed up everything.

    “My overall assessment is that there is no capable government in South Sudan. The Government which is there is the government for power in Juba not for people in Rural areas of South Sudan.”

    The same state of anarchy is in Kirr and Malong’s own hometown. These folks in Juba are just fooling the gullible people and bread lovers. Nobody listens to IGAD anymore, the only way is that we replace the autocrats in Juba with revolutionary patriots.

  4. Lotim Koroma says:

    Kiir is doing all these unacceptable things because knows there are fools outside there who will always defend him.He abrogated the peace agreement last year because feared that Dr.Machar was going to win the elections if he was allowed to continue with peace implementation.He started by buying with Taban Deng Gai with some huge amount of dollars earlier before Machar came to Juba and deal was almost revealed to the IO leadership ,Taban with some of his advanced team members were recalled in Pagak.So it is up to South Sudanese to decide whether to remain under suffering or free ourselves from it.Kiir is not capable,you remember he already had a problem with our late leader Dr.John Garang De Mabior(RIP our hero) when he requested him to relinquish deputy chairmanship to Nhial Deng Nhial because Garang said he was too tired of moving up and down to mobilise resources,so he needed someone who is educated and well conversant with international policies,what happened? He pretended that he wanted to rebel against Garang just because most soldiers by then were from Bhar El Ghazal region.If Garang could be there,Kiir was going to remain in millitary because he is good there but in politics that education to play it.The issue of elections is another illusion,we are not sure if elections are going to be held in South Sudan.We pray to God.Their day will eventually comes!!

  5. Gatdarwich says:

    Juol,
    Ruweng state citizens are destined to perish during killer nyankiir’s genocidal regime. Killer nyankiir can not expect killer nyankiir to commit suicide by annexing Bul-Nuer land to Ruweng. That would and shall never happen. Just suck it up fellows. Bul-Nuer shall never be displaced from their ancestry lands just because the traitorous Jenges of Ruweng want a piece of Bul-Nuer land. It will, and shall never happen under killer nyankiir’s and Taban Nyakek’s leadership full stop

  6. Gatdarwich says:

    Juol,
    Ruweng state citizens are destined to perish during killer nyankiir’s genocidal regime. You, the Ruweng citizens, and the sympathizers can not expect killer nyankiir to commit suicide by annexing Bul-Nuer land to Ruweng. Killer nyankiir is Not suicidal enough to do That. And it would, and shall never happen. Just suck it up fellows. Bul-Nuer shall never be displaced from their ancestry lands just because the traitorous Jenges of Ruweng want a piece of Bul-Nuer land. It will, and shall never happen under killer nyankiir’s and Taban Nyakek’s leadership full stop

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