Response to the Crisis in Madiland: Central government is responsible

BY: MICHAEL OKIA AMURU, South Sudan, SEPT/26/2013, SSN;

After a long follow-up, I think we have to be careful about what had happened in Nimule on August 8, 2013. The killing of Madi head chief is one thing and the arrest imposed on Madi elders is yet another. It takes human concern if you hear different versions coming up after the head chief was murdered.

The commissioner of Magwi County was blamed for his silence in the middle of a tragic incident in his County.

The governor of Eastern Equatoria State was blamed for forcing some Madi to sign a mandate for Town Council ignoring request from Madi elders to meet with their Community first before passing the mandate in the State Parliament after it was rejected by Madi Community.

Above all, he was blamed for telling decisive lie to Madi leaders that he withdrew the statement for the Town Council just to pass it in contrary to his statement.

The central government was blamed for targeting Nimule for the reason not unknown only to Madi people, but most people seem to be ignorant about SPLA/M agenda in Nimule. The government in turn blamed the Madi elders for rejecting the proposal for town council.

This chain of blame is not enough. What matters is WHO murdered the Head Chief of Nimule and WHY?

The idea of making a Town Council in Magwi came early this year and I attended the meeting in person chaired by the commissioner. In that meeting, it was clear the intended venue for the proposed Town Council is Nimule. We raised some concerns for which the commissioner himself can’t give us the right answers. He kept telling us it was a mandate from the Central government (in Juba).

In 2011, the Madi people were expelled from Magwi County Headquarters. Thus, there wasn’t any representative from Madi in the meeting. The two representatives from Nimule were from Dinka and they represented the position of Dinka IDPs.

Few months later I learned that the Madi Community rejected the proposed Town Council. Again their head Chief was murdered and their leaders arrested is a great disappointment as I tell you about the current position of Madi tribe in Magwi County.

The Madi Community members are not allowed to work in Magwi County headquarters after the 2011 crisis between Madi and Acholi. The Eastern Equatoria State government and the central government decided to create a separate administrative headquarters in Pageri to administer some activities in Madi land.

Since then Madi people were completely detached from Magwi County Headquarters. An administrator was appointed and he is stationed in Pageri. Again the government decided that the Madi should not be allowed to govern.

Based on that ideology, the administrator was picked from another tribe as the boss of Madi people.

I’d like to say that we the Acholi tribe and Madi tribe were divided by the government and as of today Nimule or Madi land is under Magwi County by name. Administratively we were separated by the government.

If the commissioner is silent, it’s based on that fact. His area of administration has limitation focusing on Acholi land only. Therefore, Magwi County is innocent about what is happening in Madi land.

The central government wants to play a game when it comes to issues of IDPs in Nimule. What most people don’t know is that some IDPs in Nimule are the top government officials and their relatives.

During the war we had about 35,000 Dinka IDPs in Lobone. After CPA, the chief of Lobone was killed by the IDPs and the people decided to let them go and the government took them. Today although some Dinka are still there, they are few and they can’t control the local population in the area.

Nimule: According to 2010 Magwi County statistics of Dinka in Nimule, there are approximately 45,000 Dinka IDPs leave alone some IDPs from other tribes. Dinka IPDs had divided Nimule into nine quarters. Each quarter is ruled by a chief. Hence, although Madi people have their chiefs, there are also nine Dinka chiefs in Nimule.

I have seen a lot of finger pointing and boiling going on. When it comes to WHO murdered the Madi head Chief and WHY, Magwi County is aware about Madi people rejecting the Town Council.

It was pressure from the Central government that the governor of Eastern Equatoria State had to pass the illegal agreement. The governor in turn did it, a surprise to Madi Community.

What I don’t agree with the government is the statement that “the Madi people killed their Head Chief.” This is a lie. It is a game from the government which killed the head chief. The Madi leaders were not arrested for murder, but for rejecting a mandate from the government to turn Nimule a Town Council. The people speaking against the Madi leaders in detention in Torit were made to speak like that. It is idea from the government to allow them to enforce on the Madi what they have in mind.

Today Magwi County authority distanced itself completely from the crisis not because of creating a separate administrative headquarters for Madi people, but because the IDPs had divided Nimule among themselves long time ago.

Seeking for a Town Council is another way of seeking consent to legalize ownership of Madi land of Nimule, a dirty game in politics. I think Madi themselves must know this long time.

The Madi people are very cautious about their leaders: allow me to mention this briefly, as a teacher I have done a systematic chronology of what had happened before and still happening now in a land shared by Acholi and Madi with a common border.

In 1980s, SPLA/M instigated killing of Madi elder, Joseph Kobulu. The same SPLA/M put the blame on us the Acholi tribe, an incident which led to unrest and mistrust between the two tribes (Acholi and Madi).

In 2011, Madi people were expelled from Maqwi County headquarters. The expulsion was planned from Nimule and some top government officials were involved. Considering all the incidences surrounding Madi Community today, I’m arguing that the central government is responsible for what had happened in Nimule. As such the Eastern Equatoria State government should not insist keeping those arrested Madi leaders in detention.

According to a report in Magwi, the assistant of Lomirigo, the Madi over all leaders was badly tortured by the SPLA soldiers, now admitted in Torit hospital suffering from internal bleeding.

The plan to arrest Madi leaders who were concerned about their land and the people started long time. In 2008, a warrant of arrest was issued by SPLA/M officials to arrest Angelo Vugaa Madi-Lomirigo, but there was not credible statement to support what they wanted. The commissioner of Magwi County couldn’t implement the idea. Targeting Madi leaders like him and others was to make the Madi Community voiceless and venerable.

What I know is that Dinka IDPs in Nimule reportedly don’t want to go back home and it is the government supporting them to stay in Nimule. The killing and torture of Madi people started for quite a long time. This particular one became serious because it touched the head chief.

Magwi County was blamed in the past for supporting the IDPs, but today I would like to assure you that we are not involved. Instead the IDPs had murdered our chief in Lobone, too.

What is unclear is that, whether the government will insist with the Town Council idea, after killing the head chief and arresting all the Madi elders who were against the plan.

What is clear, however, is that if Nimule becomes a Town Council, it’s for the IDPs. The Madi people will have Zero benefit. That is why some of us in Magwi County are very skeptical about the idea.

In a nutshell, Madi people were detached from Magwi County by the government. Therefore, the government of Eastern Equatoria State and the Central government are responsible for the suffering of Madi people, not Magwi County.

In fact, it was the intellectuals from Madi tribe that worked out the birth of Magwi County. The first and the second commissioners of Magwi County were from Madi tribe. As you can see here, what turned against the Madi people is systematic plan not from the County. It is the government. It’s all about lies.

The bottom line is either the government removed IDPs from Nimule or the suffering of Madi people will continue without limitation so long as SPLA/M is in power.

Madi people are not the ones that killed their head chief. Neither their elders arrested for murder, but rejecting and lecturing to the Madi community that the idea for Town Council in Nimule is wrong. Today if these Madi leaders die in prison, they will die for supporting their people and their land, not for killing.

There are some truth in our country and let us keep it alive. What the central government and Eastern Equatoria State are doing in Nimule is insane and it ought to stop.

Michael Okia Amuru,
A Teacher-Magwi County, South Sudan
micheal_okia@yahoo.com

46 Comments

  1. upiu says:

    For an educated person like you, assigning blame on a certain group(s) is unintellectual. You are flipping between IDPs in Nimule and Central government as orchestrators. Can you square it on one and provide factual evidence instead of launching some emotional grenade on the populace of Magwi county?

    • Eastern says:

      Upiu! You are not well informed about the events unfolding in Nimule. The people (mostly Dinka) who formally came to Nimule and settled in other people’s land as IDPs ARE STILL THE SAME PEOPLE now claiming to be not IDPs but government employees!
      When the rightful owners of land and properties returned to South Sudan, they found their land/properties occupied and both the state and central governments are not willing to help the rightful owners recover what rightly belongs to them.
      The squatters/former IDPs suddenly became the land owners and they want Nimule to assume a new status so that they maintain the status quo of their property/land acquisition in Nimule. Is this not forced displacement or ethnic cleansing LGG was alluding to?
      At the time of this writing, there are some former prominent Nimule traders stilled stranded in Uganda because their former business premises are occupied by former IDPs who now claimed to be government workers.
      For your information, the traditional cattle theft practised in Dinka culture is at play in Nimule but only being directed on government tax resources at the border! Every one of these former IDPs claim to be working at the border; doing what in particular. God knows!!

  2. Juma John says:

    Interestingly I believe Michael must be right. In fact following reports from government channel of communication is some how misleading. The government seems involved in worst to worst business in Nimule. What Michael put here is what actually is real on the ground. It’s true that an Acholi Chief was also murdered by Dinka IDPs. It will be good for the government to quench this fire or some people will be forced in the bush to defend their rights. What happened in Madi land is against human rights. Such tradition of killing will one day come to an end.
    Juba-South Sudan
    Juma John
    jjuma2000@yahoo.com

  3. Joseph Okello says:

    Okia is hundred percent right- take it or just leave it if you swallow
    Alot has happened in this country it is still continuing

  4. Blackstone says:

    it is clearly defined on the wall long time what is happening in this region and who are behind it. there is a saying in Equatorial region, “the Blood of innocent person will never flow in vain brother.”
    One day the killers will come out alone, unless our ancestors have abandoned us now. God bless South Sudan

  5. There’s a relative peace all over south sudan, why are we still keeping this odd word of IDPs? let the central government repatriate all these Dinka IDPs to their original land than to be causing these unnecessary havocs all over the Equatorial region? go back home and create peace and harmony in your land, and if you decide to remain behave yourself and never behave like a colonist, because I believe the landlords will resist any colonial mentality.
    For the central government, believe me, your solidarity with the Dinka IDPs will in all their undisciplined activities cause this country dearly. There is a general sentiment that, the Dinka have a very clear agenda towards greater Equatoria region and this can be attested to by very many substantial evidences. Hence you either accept the idea of federalism or work for the total disintegration of this beloved country. indeed we are tired of your odd behaviors.

  6. umoja says:

    There are no more IDPs, people should either go where they came from or stay where they want to stay but not under pretext of IDPs, unless people don’t understand meaning of IDPs.

    Umoja

  7. Kong Puok Tongluot -Finland says:

    Dear teacher, Michael Okia Amuru,
    Hi
    I absolutely sorry and condolence for the deceased chief’s family members. But my advice to you is;
    You have to solve your communal differences first, and then you ought to work in unity between Madi and Acholi together in order to challenge IDPs Dinkas occupation and mysterious Government support. How long will you allow Dinkas dwelling in your land? Dinkas are refusing their land because they don’t want to work hard, these people are usually lazy, are still seeking for AID of UNHCR despite our recent national Independence.
    I will never agree with dictatorship and land grabbing or corrupt, deprived behaviours, I really decried these. Keep it up and God bless you!

  8. Dear Michael Okia Amuru:

    I have thoroughly comprehended the message that you are attempting to convey to the people of South Sudan online. However I’m somehow lost between the idea of forming Nimule into the Town Council and keeping Magwi as an administrative headquarters for Acholi and madi. My question is, Will Acholi and Madi live happily and peacefully in Magwi County? If so, then give the Dinka IDPs the Equatorian Citizenship, resettle them in Nimule and let them form their Town Council in Nimule. This may resolve the confusion between Acholi, Madi and Dinka IDPs in the Area.

    The word Dinka IDPs should be replaced with Dinka settlers in Equatoria. Those Dinka IDPs have been living in Equatoria since 1980’s and I doubt they will leave Equatoria any time soon. They fought so furiously for the liberation of those areas from Jalaba and now they believe that they are part of that community or land.

    Therefore, I personally advise you to find a way to accommodate them and live with them side by side in peace and harmony otherwise the hatred and rejection of those people will turn your area into a little Palestine in South Sudan. In addition, South Sudan has become a Country, thus each and every Citizen of this Country is entitled to live and work anywhere they choose in South Sudan. Therefore those Dinka settlers (IDP’s) should be welcomed and considered as Citizens of the Greater Equatoria.

    In 2011, the same concern was raised by the Citizens of Western Equatoria State shortly after the Independence of South Sudan The local people summoned the Dinka settlers (IDPs) chiefs in order to tell them to go back home. However, unfortunately the Dinka IDP chiefs declined the request and boycotted the meeting. The local people became angry about the lack of response from the Dinka settlers (IDPs) in the area.

    They sent a letter to president Kiir Mayardit, asking him to tell his Dinka people that the peace has come to South Sudan and that they should go back to their villages. I laughed very uncontrollably when I heard the news and told myself that this people are kidding themselves. In fact, President Kiir himself is one of the Dinka settlers (IDPs) in Equatoria. He was the first Dinka to settle with his family in Yei shortly after the fall of Yei in 1990’s. Yei has become a second home to president Kiir in South Sudan. In the real sense, Who is he to tell the Dinka settlers (IDPs) to go back home since he is one of the settlers himself?

    Dear Equatorian Brothers/sisters, please forget about getting the Dinka out of Equatoria and find means or ways on how to coexist with the Dinkas in Equatoria. Those people have dug in and are ready to fight if they are forced out of Equatoria. If you guys don’t have sufficient land to accommodate you with the Dinka settlers (IDPs), then you have a choice to either move to Uganda or go and live in the Dinka villages/Towns or Cities where those Dinka used to live.

    Moving the Dinka out of Equatoria would be as difficult and perilous as moving out the Israelis from the Palestine land. Why kicking the Dinkas out from Equatoria now and not when they were fighting with Jalaba during the liberation war? The Dinka IDPs (settlers) who are currently living in Equatoria are SPLA former soldiers with their families or relatives and they came from Upper Nile and Bhar El Ghazal regions. Now they are known as Equatorian Dinkas in Upper Nile and Bhar El Ghazal.

    Please accommodate your Dinka Compatriots in the Greater Equatoria or give them the land, move back Uganda, Kenya or Congo. The Dinka settlers will never leave Equatoria whether by Arrows, Bullets or peace. Please get used to them as they become part of your community in Equatoria.
    “The truth must be told even if it hurts”
    Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang!

    FROM EDITOR: LGG, YOU’VE TRULY AND FINALLY EXPOSED YOUR CHAUVINISM AND TRIBAL ETHNIC DOMINANCE MENTALITY. I NOW WONDER IF YOU WERE IN MY PLACE, HOW WOULD YOUR LEVEL OF TOLERANCE BE TOWARDS THE EQUATORIANS, SINCE YOU HAVE SUCH A DEMEANING ATTITUDE TOWARDS THEM?
    IN UGANDA, WHERE YOU WANT TO EXILE ALL EQUATORIANS, PRESIDENT OBOTE, WHO LIBERATED UGANDA FROM THE BRITISH AND BECAME THE FIRST PRESIDENT AND ALSO MARRIED A MUGANDA, NEVER ENCOURAGED OR MOVED ALL HIS LANGI AND ACHOLI COUSINS TO THE BUGANDA VILLAGES. THE LANGI AND ACHOLI FOUND PREDOMINANTLY IN KAMPALA CITY, THE CAPITAL, ARE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BUSINESS PEOPLE, SOLDIERS STATIONED THERE. NEVER DID OBOTE OR IDI AMIN WHO FOLLOWED HIM, EVER CREATED SETTLEMENTS OR OCCUPIED AREAS ANYWHERE IN BUGANDA, JUST BECAUSE THEY LIBERATED UGANDA OR THAT THEY THEN DOMINATED THE GOVERNMENT AND ARMY. EVEN TODAY, YOUR SUPPORTER, PRESIDENT MUSEVENI, HAS NOT EXPEDITED MASS OCCUPATION OF BUGANDA AREAS BY HIS BANYANKOLE PEOPLE. WE HAVEN’T STILL HEARD FROM MUSEVENI THAT HE WILL EXPEL THE BAGANDA TO TANZANIA OR CONGO.
    HOW COULD YOU, THE WISE MAN YOU CLAIM TO BE, EVEN FATHOM TELLING EQUATORIANS TO VOLUNTARILY MIGRATE TO UGANDA. DO YOU ALSO BELIEVE THAT EQUATORIANS ACTUALLY CAME FROM UGANDA OR ARE YOU REALLY SOON GOING TO USE THE BULLETS TO CLEANSE THEM FROM SOUTH SUDAN?
    LAST TIME YOU QUESTIONED MY WISDOM AND AGE, NOW I DOUBT THE WISDOM OF YOUR YOUTH, IF YOU ARE STILL IN THAT CATEGORY, IF NOT, THEN WHERE IS YOUR WISDOM MELLOWED BY YOUR AGE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF LIBERATION WAR????
    OH, GOD, IF YOU ARE STILL THERE, PLEASE SAVE SOUTH SUDAN.

    • Elhag Paul says:

      Dear LGG
      Thank you for being our New Mundukuru tormentor. It was inevitable that you would behave like that since the Arabs chased you away from Khartoum to your present locations and not only that, they are snatching Abyei while you are seeing. Abused people always become abusers which you are now. Good luck with your new found power in the white’s man stick.

      • Mr. Elhag Paul:

        Dear Compatriot:

        Please don’t wish the Dinka to lose Abyie to Jalaba. The loss of Abyie will automatically increase the population of the Dinka settlers in the Greater Equatoria Region. The Dinka have not yet given up on Abyie, however if worse come to worst, then Ahmed Deng Alor will be peeing and cultivated in your Backyards, and who knows he may even wire your home town for the investor in Kenya. Take it easy and let us wish and hope for the best in Abyie.

        “The truth must be told even if it hurts”
        Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang!

    • AW Joseph says:

      Mr EDITOR
      Pease, don’t waste your precious time arguing with LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG. The man is confused, has dysfunctional brain and above all you will not understand what he stands for. The atmosphere of peace and joy in Equatoria is destroyed by these heartless and faceless DINKA MEN.

    • John Khot says:

      Dear Editor
      Why do you publish divisive articles and start crying foul when angry readers respond in kind? Lukudu Gatkouth Garang statement that Equatorians move to Uganda, Congo or Kenya should be understood in the context in which the author of the article blamed the innocent Dinka community in Nimule for the chief’s death. Even though I don’t share his view that Equatorians be forced out of their land, I am of the opinion that Equatorians including you the editor show tolerance and respect for other South Sudanese in their lands. Why should innocent Dinka community in greater Equatoria be the target of tribalists every time there is a killing?

      What percentage of Equatorian lands is Nimule, Yei, Maridi Torit or Kapoeta? I bet they don’t account for 0.01% of the total land of greater Equatoria and these are the major towns where you will find Dinka people. What percentage of Madi land is Nimule? Are the “Dinka IDPs” all over Madi land? Are there South Sudanese, Equatorians included in Khartoum and other Sudanese cities?, London and other British cities?, New York and other US cities?, Kampala and other Ugandan cities?, Nairobi and other Kenyan cities? etc. How would you the editor feel if you were forced out of London even though none of your relatives sacrificed his life to defend or take it from the enemy? I think you will feel bad and bitter likewise to myself if I were forced to leave my current country of residence. This is due the fact I have established my life here and most of my life plans are based here. The same applies to you and the unfortunate Dinka community wrongly called by the derogatory term “Dinka IDPs” living in Equatoria.

      If you want to avoid angry responses like that of LGG, please be careful with what you publish here. South Sudan belongs to all and Equatorians are free to go and live in Kuacjok, Nasir, Bor, Bentiu, Malakal, Rumbek, Waat, Aweil, Pochalla, Buma, Wau or Yirol. South Sudan lands took lives of mostly young men irrespective of their tribes and will be ungrateful for any community to say that so and so is not permitted to leave here or there. That is selfish and divisive. Even if an Equatorian or non-Dinka took over the presidency, the Dinkas will still live in Equatoria as long as it is still part of Republic of South Sudan and that is a fact.

      FROM EDITOR: JOHN KHOT, THE ARTICLE OF MICHAEL IS A WITNESS STATEMENT FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE INSIDE DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED THAT LED TO THE DEATH OF THE MADI CHIEF.
      WHAT THEN WAS ‘DIVISIVE’ ABOUT THE ARTICLE? THE WEBSITE HAS PROUDLY PROVIDED NEARLY EVER TRIBE IN SOUTH SUDAN A FORUM TO AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES…..
      SECONDLY, YOU FAILED TO UNDERSTAND WHY THOSE COMMUNITIES ARE GRIEVING. THE MADI PEOPLE ARE GRIEVING ABOUT THE BLATANCY OF ETHNIC DOMINATION.
      JUST CONTEMPLATE ON THE REVERSE SCENARIO, IF MADI WERE THE PRESUMED IDPs SOMEWHERE……

    • DEAR EDITOR:

      PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THE DINKA TRIBE IS NOT A PUNCHING BAG WHICH ANYBODY CAN USE TO LEARN HOW TO PUNCH WELL AND HARDER IN ORDER TO BE A GOOD BOXER NOR IS IT A GARBAGE BIN IN WHICH ANYBODY CAN THROW THEIR TRASH OR UNWANTED ITEMS. IN FACT, DINKA IS A TRIBE AND IT HAS ITS’ OWN VALUES, PRINCIPLES, FEELINGS, DIGNITY,DESIRE, NEEDS AND WANTS JUST LIKE ANY EQUATORIAN TRIBES AND/ OR ANY OTHER TRIBES IN SOUTH SUDAN. ACCORDING TO MY EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE DINKA TRIBE, THEY HAVE NO ILL FEELINGS AGAINST ANYBODY OR ANY TRIBE IN SOUTH SUDAN, HOWEVER, HE PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND YOUR TRIBE CAN EXTERMINATE THE DINKA AND LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG ON THIS PLANET SHOULD YOU HAVE THE MEANS AND WILL TO DO SO. YOU HATED THE DINKA MORE THAN YOU HATE JALABA/ARABS OR KAWAJA WHO HAD ABUSED AND ENSLAVED YOU FOR MANY YEARS.

      DO YOU AND THE LIKES BELIEVE THAT SOUTH SUDAN HAD INDEED BECOME AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY AND THAT YOU AND I OR ANYBODY ELSE CAN LIVE AND WORK ANYWHERE WE OR THEY CHOOSE IN SOUTH SUDAN WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, KILLED OR CALLED AN ALIEN? AS AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY, SOUTH SUDAN SHOULD NOT DWELL ON ITS’ OLD, TRIBAL POLICIES AND CUSTOMARY LAWS WHICH RESTRICTED EACH AND EVERY TRIBE TO WORK AND LIVE ONLY IN THEIR ANCESTRAL LANDS.

      IN 1980s. THE DINKAS WERE INNOCENTLY KILLED AND FORCEFULLY EVICTED OUT OF THE CAPITAL CITY OF SOUTH SUDAN, JUBA BECAUSE IT WAS NOT THEIR ANCESTRAL LAND. NOW THE SAME PEOPLE WHO MURDERED THE DINKAS IN COLD BLOOD DURING THE KOKORA ARE STILL TRYING TO IMPLEMENT THEIR OUTDATED AND DISASTROUS POLITICS OF DEMEANING AND MURDERING THE DINKAS IN EQUATORIA. I BELIEVE YOU HAVE HAD READ A COMMENT FROM THAT JALABA, WHO CLAIMED HIMSELF AS AN EQUATORIAN, AW JOSEPH, WHO PROUDLY GLORIFIES THEIR EVIL ACTS AGAINST THE DINKA PEOPLE IN JUBA DURING THE KOKORA ERA IN 1983. WHAT DID YOU SAY OR DO ABOUT THAT DEMEANING AND PREJUDICE COMMENT AGAINST THE DINKAS MR. WISEMAN? TO MY AMAZEMENT, YOU NEVER CENSURED AND DELETED THAT COMMENT FROM AW JOSEPH, HOWEVER, INSTEAD YOU PUBLISHED IT AND DELETED MY COUNTER RESPONSE TO AW JOSEPH’S COMMENT. WHAT IS IT? YOU FAILED TO CENSURE AND DELETE THAT EVIL COMMENT FROM AW JOSEPH BECAUSE HE HAD PRECISELY SAID WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR ENEMY DINKA. MY DEAR COMPATRIOT, THE POLITICAL AND TRIBAL HATRED AND GRUDGES AGAINST THE DINKA CAN NOT BE OVERCOME OR RESOLVED IN THE LUXURY PLACES IN DIASPORA NOR ON THE SSN FORUM. IT WILL ONLY BE RESOLVED IN THE NATIVE SOIL OF SOUTH SUDAN. YOU AND THE LIKES CAN THROW YOUR POLITICAL PUNCHES ONLINE IN EXILE, HOWEVER THE DINKA WOULD CONTINUE TO WALK THEIR WALK AS USUAL IN SOUTH SUDAN UNTIL YOU COME HOME AND SIT UNDER OUR MANGO TREE AND IRON OUT OUR POLITICAL AND TRIBAL ISSUES AND DISAGREEMENTS.

      THE DINKA TRIBE AND I, LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG, HAVE NEVER WANTED OR PLOTTED TO EXTERMINATE OR EXILE ANYBODY OR ANY TRIBE IN SOUTH SUDAN. THE DINKA AND I HAVE NO PLAN TO FORCEFULLY OCCUPY SOMEBODY’S LAND IN SOUTH SUDAN, HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THAT SOUTH SUDAN IS OURS AND EACH AND EVERYONE OF US IS ENTITLED TO LIVE AND WORK ANYWHERE OF THEIR CHOICE IN SOUTH SUDAN. HOWEVER IF ANYONE HAS PROBLEM DIGESTING AND ACCEPTING THIS SIMPLE BELIEF AND PRINCIPLE AND/OR HAS DIFFICULTY IN ACCEPTING AND SHARING THE LAND OF SOUTH SUDAN WITH THE DINKAS AND LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG, THEN THEY ARE FREE TO IMMIGRATE TO A COUNTRY WHERE THEY WILL NOT SEE THE DINKA AND LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG’S FACE. IN THE SAME TOKEN, I WILL NOT CONDONE IT IF THE DINKA TRIBE DOES NOT ACCEPT AND ACCOMMODATE OTHER SOUTH SUDANESE IN THEIR ANCESTRAL LAND.

      MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM AND/OR THE THEME OF MY FREEDOM IS TO FREELY CHOOSE WHERE TO LIVE AND WORK IN MY COUNTRY AND THIS IS THE REASON WHY I FOUGHT FOR 20 PLUS YEARS IN THE SOIL OF SOUTH SUDAN AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO IF NEED BE. I ASSUME THAT MOST OF THE SOUTH SUDANESE WHO ARE CURRENTLY LIVING IN EXILE AND PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE LIVING IN WESTERN COUNTRIES INCLUDING YOU MIGHT HAVE ACQUIRED THE CITIZENSHIP IN THOSE COUNTRIES AND YOU ARE LIVING THERE WITH FULL RIGHTS AND ENTITLEMENT TO OBTAIN LAND AS CITIZENS OF THAT COUNTRY. fOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE OBTAINED A FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP AND HAVE FULL RIGHTS AND FREEDOM TO WORK AND LIVE ANYWHERE IN THAT COUNTRY WHETHER IT IS THE UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND/OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN WESTERN COUNTRIES, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THAT COUNTRY IN ORDER TO DESERVE THAT KIND OF FREEDOM,TREATMENT AND ENTITLEMENT MORE THAN THE DINKAS AND LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES AND LIMBS IN EQUATORIA DURING THE LIBERATION WAR? GENERAL OBOTE MAMUR METE OF EASTERN EQUATORIA HAS BEEN GIVEN HONORARY CITIZENSHIP AND LAND IN THE DINKA AREA, PANAKUACH, UNITY STATE, DUE TO HIS BRAVERY IN DEFENDING AND COMMANDING THE SPLA SOLDIERS AGAINST THE SUDANESE ARMY DURING THE HEGLIG/PANTHOU WAR IN APRIL, 2012. IS THAT NOT AN ACT OF KINDNESS, BROTHERHOOD AND NATIONALISM FROM THE DINKA RESIDENTS OF PANAKUACH? WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO HONOUR DINKA’S GREAT SACRIFICES IN EQUATORIA? PLEASE LIVE AND DIE IN EXILE WHERE YOU ARE OR MOVE OUT OF SOUTH SUDAN IF YOU AND THE LIKES DON’T WANT TO SHARE AND LIVE IN SOUTH SUDAN WITH THE DINKA AND LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG.

      iT IS TRUE THAT YOU AND I AND EVERYBODY IN SOUTH SUDAN AND IN DIASPORA CAN MAKE SOUTH SUDAN TO BE WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE ONLY IF WE ACCEPT OURSELVES AS CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY AND LIVE IN PEACE AND HARMONY. IT WOULD ALSO BE NICE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT EACH AND EVERYONE OF US HAS THE RIGHT AND FREEDOM TO RULE THIS COUNTRY OR LIVE AND WORK ANYWHERE OF THEIR CHOICE IN SOUTH SUDAN. DURING THE LIBERATION WAR, THE SOUTH SUDANESE WHO FLED TO KHARTOUM WHERE CALLED IDP BY JALABA AND THOSE WHO FLED AND LIVE IN EXILE WERE CALLED REFUGEES/ASYLUM SEEKERS OR LANDED IMMIGRANTS. WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD IT MAKE IF YOU AND THE LIKES CONTINUE TO CALL THE DINKAS IDPs IN EQUATORIA? PLEASE MOVE YOUR EQUATORIA OUT OF SOUTH SUDAN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SHARE IT WITH THE DINKA AND LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG. GOOD LUCK AND STAY BLESSED!
      “THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD EVEN IF IT HURTS”
      LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG!

      Editor: Please, LGG, don’t make it personal. Just for your education, there is something shamefully disconcerting about us, South Sudanese, and it’s our inability and stubbornness, to accept reconciliation or show humility.
      Abel Alier and Joseph Lagu quarrelled and never compromised. Garang and Riek Machar and Lam Akol disagreed, many lives needlessly lost, yet no humility, even Kiir and Garang disagreed and divorced each other, until only God himself salvaged the situation by taking Garang away with him. Who knows where or what Kiir would be today had Garang persevered till now….?
      Let’s all peacefully and intellectually disagree and find a peaceful means to live together.
      I christened this website the ‘South Sudan nation’ long before Kiir or Garang dared to publicly vocalize about an independent South Sudan nation.
      Please, no need for intellectual or real terrorism, let’s agree to disagree, as simple as that. Peter

      • Elhag Paul says:

        Dear LGG
        Since you claim to be a truth believer, I sincerely want to say to you that you are a compulsive liar without shame. In the 1980s Jieng were not targeted or killed in Juba and Equatoria. Nothing like you claim happened. If you dispute this point please consult Abel Alier, Kuol Manyang Juuk and all the other Jieng politicians who participated and caused Equatorians to ask for Kokora.
        Kokora was a result of Jieng abuse of power just like you are doing now in Juba and throughout RSS. In the 1980s the Jieng controlled the police through Rueben Mach and the police were central in abusing Equatorians. In light of this, how can you claim that the Equatorians killed the Jieng? Please provide your evidence. I personally am not going to let you get off with this lie. Stop your nonsense or provide detailed evidence. On the other hand I have concrete evidence to prove beyond doubt that the Jieng have deliberately and intentionally targeted and murdered Equatorians.
        Your analogy of settlement of Equatorians throughout the world is hollow. The people who settled in the West have not imposed themselves on the indigenous people assuming total power of deciding what happens in their new homes. Whereas the Jieng come to Equatoria taking over every aspect of local control and imposing themselves as chiefs.
        I thought that Jieng could have learnt from Kokora but they have not and so Equatorians must now fight for truly federal system if RSS is to be saved. So LGG lies will not make you win and in addition you are a coward. Were you really brave as you claim, you won’t hide behind a fake name.

        • Dear Elhag Paul:

          Please speak for yourself. Tell me that you haven’t participated in the killing of Dinkas Juba during the Kokora division in 1983. If you were a Dinka or non-Equatoria, you would not have doubted this information about the killing of Dinkas in Juba. In fact, the killing of Dinkas occurred when the Kokora politics were implemented and it was under the leadership of James Thumbra. Abel Alier, Kuol Manyang Juuk and Rueben Mach were long gone from the high executive Council government by then.

          Please let us continue walking to the path of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing process and let us not deny or unearth the darkest part of our tribal and regional history.

          Mr. Elhag Paul, Do you think and believe that the Federation will evict and keep the Dinka out of Equatoria? Please do yourself a favour,stop loathing Dinkas and accept them as your Compatriots.
          Mr. Elhag Paul, Good luck and enjoy your luxury life and Citizenship in England. Be informed that the decision of keeping and/or kicking the Dinkas out of Equatoria will not be effectively decided and executed in exile. It has to be decided traditionally and culturally in the Luak or under the Mango tree in Equatoria, South Sudan. Stay blessed and freed of the Dinka hatred. You are harming yourself more than the Dinka you hate. (Truncated for clarity) LGG

          • Elhag Paul says:

            Dear LGG
            There will be no “walking to the path of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing process” with oppressors and human rights abusers. This is one thing that I will not compromise on. If you are an oppressor, as you are, you must be dis-empowered for peace to exist.
            The White South Africans were behaving like you the Jieng because they thought they were powerful with all their weapons, but they had to be brought to their knees by the oppressed. Let me assure you that your ill thought out imperialistic endeavours will not last and you will regret dearly in the near future if you do not change. Remember smaller tribes like the Didinga and Moru taught you and your SPLM/A a lesson without support of the other oppressed South Sudanese. When all the other tribes pick up their strength and decide to put you in your place you will come to understand your foolery. This is not going to be long. The clock for a real change is ticking and we will see who will live in regrets.
            No wonder you are hiding behind a fake name to avoid accountability. What a coward?

      • Dr. Peter, Editor in Chief:

        First of all, Please let me knowledge your great contributions in creating the website for us to openly and freely debate the issues which are affecting the unity and development in our Country. Debating the tribal, racial and political issues freely and openly on the social media or on the national TV/Radio or talk show is indeed the right step toward the unity, peace, reconciliation and healing process. As I had mentioned earlier, I have been reading articles and comments silently on this forum since its inception 11 years ago. However, In February of 2013, I decided to come out of the closet and add my critical and adoring voice on the debate of our political and tribal cancer (Tribalism).

        Debating openly and sincerely the issues which are affecting our daily lives and the development of our Country with good intention in our hearts and minds will pave the way for the lasting peace and unity in our Country.

        PLease let me assure you that I have no ill feelings and grudges against you and that our personal differences or disagreements could easily be resolved because you and I are not arguing or quarrelling over the leadership of South Sudan as it was the case with those leaders. They had never resolved their political differences because none of them was willing to compromise over the leadership and their differences had indeed caused chaos and death of innocent people in our Country.

        My personal disagreement with you and others is that South Sudan is ours (yours, mine and theirs) and each and everyone of us has the right to rule and be ruled by others. Each and everyone of us (You,I and them) has the right and freedom to live and work anywhere of their choice in our Country.
        The independence and liberty of the ROSS will never be completed until we (You, I and them) collectively get rid of the corruption, nepotism, tribalism and tribal segregations in South Sudan once and for all. Please be fair and stay blessed and focused on the long term solution rather than dwelling on the past nor harming and tearing each other apart on-line. I have no ill feelings or grudges against you despite our recent disagreements. Let us move forward and continue to debate the tribal and political issues in our Country with respect and love of our people and our Country in our hearts and minds. Take it easy and let us continue with the spirit of agreeing to disagree and with the hope that one day you and I will finally agree on something nice and beneficial to our Country. Once again, thank you and stay blessed!

        PS: I must confess to you that the tone and spirit which you have just displayed in your recent comment has truly revealed your maturity, intellectuality and professionalism. You have responded so cool, polite and mature and I felt as if you had poured some icy, cold water on my head. Is it that not cool? Keep it up! This is exactly what I meant when I advised you to act according to your age, education and professionalism in my previous comment. If you keep acting this way, Why should I not respect you and call you Uncle Peter due to the way the South Sudanese call their wise and respectful elders. “The truth must be told even if it hurts”
        Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang! (Truncated for clarity and space. ED.)

        FROM EDITOR: THANK YOU, LGG.

  9. Eusebio Ewot says:

    The author does not throw any blame on the populace of Maqwi County. Rather he blames the County Commissioner for his silence over the killing of the paramount Chief. He also believes that the killer of the head chief is not a Madi but someone who is for the establishment of Town Council in Nimule which the Madi people are against.
    Of course just an assumption because there is no direct evidence. If one may ask a question! Why are the so called IDPs doing in Nimule to the extent of having their own chiefs in someone’s land when peace has been attained?

  10. muraa says:

    Dear Lukudu Garang, am disappointed in you by saying that the Dinka would not leave Nimule/equatorial region. let me remind you my dear brother time is coming for the dictatorship to come to an end. Everybody had participated for this war. SPLA is national army but not for Dinka leadership. you write as if u have not gone to school.
    Educate yourself first before writing. The perpetrators would be punished for all what they have done. the murderer in Nimule will one day come out alone and confess on the street. God almighty is very precious and watching the havoc happening in madi land and the torture which was given to their leaders.

    Florence,

  11. AW Joseph says:

    LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG

    Really, no wonder why you are DINKA. I don’t think you are normal. Here Gordon Buoy had this to say……….

    “When late Dr. John Garang told the people of South Sudan in 1994 that “an oppressor has no color”, a lot of South Sudanese thought that he was referring to brown Sudanese who oppressed their own people but blamed the problem of Sudan on European colonialists. No Southerner ever thought that a Southern Sudanese could be regarded as an oppressor. Traditionally, the perception of the people of South Sudan is that an oppressor is a Northern Sudanese who is brown in color.

    But with the advent of independence, so many people have begun to analyse what John Garang was referring to and realized that anybody, whether a brother or a sister, could become an oppressor if s/he denies the citizens equality, democracy, rule of law and justice.
    Prior to independence, so many Southern Sudanese thought that an oppressor who denied people their rights was a Muslim man in Khartoum with a turban on his head. Little did the ordinary people know that a Dinka man with scarification or tribal cuts on his forehead would become the new oppressor who may practise the worst kind of ethnic domination in the newly independent state.”

    MR LGG, The ZANDE and MORU in W. Equatoria have shown you the Dinka that we are not women at all when they chased you away. Never forget your traditional enemies the MUNDARI who are men of men. The day Equatoria as whole stands up and say enough is enough as it happened in 1983 you will not believe it…………………. KOKORA is the GUN.

  12. Luduku Garang: (Excluded Garkouth, because it’s important name in Nuer Language)

    The word Dinka IDPs should be replaced with Dinka settlers in Equatoria. Those Dinka IDPs have been living in Equatoria since 1980′s and I doubt they will leave Equatoria any time soon. Really?

    To be honest, your statement above is very laughable. I must say you’re true enemy of unity of South Sudanese as all. And also an anti-truth or somehow you’ve been traumatized, about the event. Why? Firstly, you blindly and seriously indirectly denied the truth behind the event that’s happened in Nimule land which caused the head chief to be killed.
    Secondly, as you stated above, the dinka bor (IDPS) were there in Equatoria land since 1980’s, which was a pure a lie. you may support those so called dinka bor because they may be your family or if not, then you are supporter of unwanted salva kiir dictatorship government. Because if you know the history, there was nothing called dinka bor (idps) in Nimule Land, before splm split in 1991.
    So what is the connection of 1980’s has to do with dinka bor (idps) who came to Nimule land after 1991?

  13. Bhanyker says:

    Mr. Lukudu Gatkouth Grang.

    I did not ask some Equatorian friends to tell me, what does Lukudu means?. But i think it might be originated from Bari speakers people. I hope some one from Equatoria will help me in identifying Lukudu meaning. Gatkuoth. Is a nuer (Raan) name which means the Son of God. Garang. Is a Dinka Name, although some nuer family name ends up with Garang like former Upper Nile governor. Gatluak Deng Garang, Kuong Reak Garang, and many more. However, such people are known to nuer, their grandfathers came from dinka. For you to choose the name Lukudu Gatkouth Garang made me believe that you’re a unified figure. In fact i like your comment on Dinka settlers not IDPs as some used to describe them in this forum.
    Mr. Lukudu G. Grang. You have to remember that is not every ethnic group feel comfortable with new settlers. Ironically some ethnic groups are very happy with new settlers, like the Nuer for example. Dinka started coming to the nuer land about 500 years ago and they still coming as iam writing this comment. But unlike other ethnic groups who do not accommodate new settlers, the Nuer enjoy to have a big numbers as consequence, they welcome a big number of Dinka followed by Anuak especially in eastern Nuer. My message to brothers and sisters from Acholi and Madi, those Dinka in Numeli i think are in minorities. You can teach their children Acholi or Madi languages and eventually they will became either Acholi or Madi like what Nuer did long time ago. Actually all the Dinka who came to Nuer land gradually become Nuer(Naath).
    But there is something which i do not like from your comment, Mr. LGG, you always said The Equatorian should go back to Uganda or Kenya and the Nuer should go back to Ethiopia. Do believe South Sudan belongs to Dinka only? will you be able to move the Sun away above South Sudan?
    I just want to remind you removing Equatorians and Nuer from South Sudan is like you want to remove the sun away from the Earth. So do not waste your time, keep away from heart failure, you seems to be young and wants to live longer.

  14. Mack says:

    IDPs must go back to their ancestral land since the war is over. Whoever wants to live anywhere should do so under the citizenship rights in accordance with the law and consent of indigenous people and not under the pretext of being IDPs.

  15. Bhanyker,

    I agree with in you everything you said, but please let me correct you. Direct translation of words from one language to another language sometimes does not work. The word “Gatkuoth” does not literary means son of God. However, it means God blessed son. For a direct translation “Yes” “Gatkuouth” does sounds like it means son of God, but technically “Gatkuoth” means God blessed son.

    A son is named “Gatkuoth” when something bad was about to happen to the child or to the mother during pregnancy or shortly before a child was delivered. When the child was born safely and the mother survived the unusual painful delivery, Nuer would name the boy “Gatkuoth” means God blessed son or Nyekuoth if it is a girl.

  16. Joana Adams says:

    Some nameless persons are desperately seeking for attention and recognition but have not to date independently authored any article apart from hiding behind other people’s writings to throw grenades at others.

    Mr Michael Amaru has has graciously written to throw light on the crisis in Nimule following the murder of a chief and arrest of community leaders.
    The forceful rejection of an eye witness account and accounts of people on the ground is deeply disturbing.

    It is also deeply disturbing that a reader who is not even an opinion writer can take it upon himself to take this opportunity to throw punches at the Editor who has been serving the South Sudanese community on line since 2003.

    Mr Editor to ensure that the Forum remains respectable you have a right to censure responses or comments to articles. Lengthy unrelated or irrelevant comments should be posted as separate articles only published at your discretion and not through forceful demands or bullying or intimidation. Ethical principles and journalistic standards must be observed even on line.

    Most articles on this forum are about mismanagement of the country by those in power and not any particular tribe. If people attack or criticise Salva Kiir it is because he is the President and not necessarily because he is a Dinka. Any President must be criticised when he falls short of his duty. Even if he is criticised because he is a Dinka it doesn’t mean the criticism is directed against all Dinkas.

    A few days ago, Hon Wani Igga was lambasted in an article and no Bari or Equatorian jumped to conclusion that the Bari are being attacked, why?

    Similarly if the land crisis in Nimule is connected to the Bor Dinka IDP’s as I understand it and as alluded to by eye witnesses and the indigenous people, what makes people like LGG to conclude that this is reference to all Dinka’s in Upper Nile or Bahar el Ghazal?

    What seems to be very clear is that LGG is outraged because the truth about the land crisis is Nimule is finally spilling out and he is on the offensive trying to cover up the atrocities.

    On the other hand, Mr. LGG seems to be crying out for acceptance by Equatorians, what’s wrong with him? Is he not happy with the way God has created him? Do not let your happiness and membership of the human species be ruined by what you cannot change but focus on what you can change.

    If you seriously believe Equatorians should go to Uganda or Congo or Kenya then you seriously need some lessons in objective history not your distorted version of history packed with lies and resentment towards Equatorians. Equatorians are happy where God has created them and will not move to develop other people’s land.

    FROM EDITOR: WELL SAID, JOANA. SOMETIMES, WE’RE EXCEEDINGLY TOLERANT AND A BIT NAIVE BUT WITH PLENTY OF COMPASSION EVEN TO THOSE DOING ALL THESE BAD THINGS AGAINST US.
    YOUR SUGGESTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED AND THANK YOU.

  17. Lare Justice says:

    Dear Michael Amuru,
    thank you for the job well done sir! however, my question is this, how come these coward slaves Dinka can’t live in peace in their own coward tiny ugly of Bahr El Ghazal or with Equatoria? Please leave alone Equatoria, one of the peace loving community in South Sudan if not the whole Africa. Why can you Dinka live in your own backyard so could do your coward killing there? What a bunch of shameful Dinka tribe.

  18. Dengdit says:

    I just want to complete ‘South Nuerland’s exorcism and ask the ‘Garang’ not to desecrate the name ‘Lukudu’ (in addition to Gatkuoth) as it is a very important name in Central Equatoria – unbefitting of a character like you!

  19. GatCharwearbol says:

    Dear Contributors:

    It is ridiculous that many of you jumped on Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang’s throat for stating the obvious. I have no objection to Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang reasoning. The whole fiasco taking place in Equatoria is a no-brainer. The only people to blame are the Equatorian themselves.

    Those Dinkas who settled in Equatoria can either be assimilated or stay there and move back to their respective villages on their own account. They should not be forced to move out of Equatoria unless if they break the laws of Equatorian Land. As much as I know, if I move to Dinkas land I would compile with their rules and they shouldn’t be any different from others. They should do as Romans do. These Dinka settlers should be abode by rules and regulations of Equatoria.

    All this begs the question: What if they refused to comply with local tradition and rules? This is where the big problem comes in. Do you know why we fought Arabs or Jallaba for so long? It is because of sometime in this line. First, they want to oppress us and take our land which we do not want. Second, they want to convert us to their faith and culture which we do not want. These are few things that led us to seek our own nation. I would think my Cousins from this great region of Equatoria have learned from this.

    There is only one way out thereafter. Fight for your Motherland. Get your arrows and defend your territory. But if these settlers from Dinka comply with your rules and regulations, then there is no need to fight. Accommodate them and eventually you will assimilate them. This is the solution. Remember, assimilation is a slow process.

    They (Settlers) should pay taxes to their respective towns they settled in just like everyone else. They should be asked to chip in for anything being done in the name of the community they live in.

    As for his wishful thinking of having Equatoria move to Kenya, Uganda and Congo, he is hallucinating and daydreaming. If he wants this to really take place, let him move back to his home town in Khartoum and be Jallaba first. Equatorians are South Sudanese and whoever tries to move them must first move.

    Why would Equatorians move to Uganda, Kenya and Congo while the Dinkas who recently migrated to Equatoria in 1980s could not move back to their villages. That is a misplaced statement from Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang. Is he aware of how long Equatorians have occupied this region? Even the Arabs who moved to Khartoum from Middle East could not be told to move back to Middle East. Instead, we ended up dividing the land that wholly belongs to us. What’s up with this picture?

    My Cousin, Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang, please apologize to Equatorian for this uncalled for statement.

  20. Fiifi says:

    am a Ghanaian who wants to come and invest in your country and help the country grow but I can’t seem to find any help around.can I be directed to any of the(your) embassies in the west Africa sub region. And is the country safe for me to come into

  21. Leader says:

    Dear Editor,
    Why are you always happy publishing articles blaming one tribe for whatever happened. The murder of the chief in Nimule was carried out by the M’adi themselves but are now trying to put blame on the usual scapegoat ‘the Dinka’. The murdered chief has his close relatives and am sure they will testify against the arrested M’adi leaders who planned the murder of the chief because he was actually pro promotion.
    The supporters of those arrested leaders are now crying foul because they want to interfere with the case. They want to make it as a problem of Dinka with Equatorian so that they get sympathies from other Equatorians. The Dinka have no interest in the politics of Eastern Equatoria. Whether Nimule is made the Town council or remains like a village for centuries.

    As for the advise to you by Joana Adam, she seems not happy with Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang who defends the Dinka. Some people are happy seeing Dinka blamed even if it is not necessary. If you take it ‘publishing what is against Dinka and censoring what is pro Dinka’ we shall churn your website with the belief that its purpose is to depict the Dinka negatively.

    FROM EDITOR: LEADER, YOU’RE WRONG. NOT ALL DINKA OPINIONS ARE UNANIMOUS. MANY ARE SERIOUSLY AGAINST THE PERCEIVED ‘OCCUPATION’ AND MISRULE BY THE SPLA/M SYSTEM.

  22. AW Joseph says:

    LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG, no wonder why you hailed from the same DINKA tribe with Salva Kiir, Telar Ring, Salva Mathok………….. etc. that’s why you speak, write and act with this kind of mentality. Trust is not a right of birth or inherited but is what you earn through fair, just and compassionate treatment of your fellow citizens and equitable distribution of goods and services. South Sudanese gave you DINKA that trust to lead the nation. But you abused that trust and take advantage of our hospitality in greater Equatoria. You emptied the public coffers and not end there, you helped yourselves with our land, acted like it’s not inhabited or owned by anyone. You Dinka feel that you have automatic right to everything in our part of the country including our wives that is why you call us women.

    In the case of DINKA BOR, we in Greater Equatoria thought that Garang’s unfortunate demise had had an effect on you Dinka BOR who are now the new colonialists in Nimule.

    One thing LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG you should have taken notice of if you were a logical man was that James Wani Igga is one of our own but has never being spared as he has been called all shorts of names. No Bari or Equatorian has ever come to his defence and described other tribes in the way you do…….. we can take care of you the day the election come crushing down on your SALVA KIIR & the SPLM OYEE like the tons of bricks in 2015.

  23. Black Domino says:

    Dear Editor
    It’s very tragic that the reasoning of some brothers from Jieng Community is very barbaric, we are living in a very civilised world but some of them have reluctantly refused to catchup with Civilisation.
    The truth is the Chief of Nimule was Murdered by those backing IDPs in Nimule, they think they will torment and occupy Nimule forever.
    They must be dreaming. Even the Boers and White settlers in Rhodesia heard they barbaric methods of oppression dealt with, Equatorians are peace loving people, you can go to any part of this world, you will be suprised that we never get in unnecessary scandals, but our brothers behave as if they own this world, We went to School and it’s our pleasure to be counted amongst the civilised people of this world.
    The only solution is fire with fire, you don’t engage diplomacy with jieng, you kill us and we kill u because that is the only method of expression that you understand………whether it takes a hundred, what happened in Rwanda in 1994 will happen in South Sudan and of course the target is now, stay informed be forewarned

  24. Lokilachong says:

    Dear all,

    As many have already noted, the presence of the IDPs in Nimule and Dinka in particular in Magwi country is a sour wound on the state. It is almost nine years (2005-2013) since SPLA war ended. Refugees have retuned to their homes and building of the nation is on. It is a shame that the IDPs are still in Nimule, their intentions are evil, and their presence among our people is distasteful. The Dinka IDPs should go back to their “manyatta” because their presence in Equatoria causes everybody to vomit. Seeing what the Dinka are doing on some smaller tribes such as the Acholi, Madi, Bari and all Equatoria is worst than what the Arabs had been doing on the southerners.

    The Dinka IDPs have empty land in Bor, Rumbek, Gogrial, etc… why do they insist to live in Nimule, and why Equatoria? They have caused havoc in the land, taking young girls under gun point, raping elderly, and killing whoever they want to kill. The Arabs have not done that to us, and we can now see why Madi voted 90% for unity because they were afraid of the Jenge. Independence South Sudan is destructive not only for Madi people but to Equatoria as a whole because of the behaviour of the Dinka in the land. Unless the IPDs leaves Nimule, Magwi county and the whole of Equatotrian there will be no peace, massive suffering and colossal damage on the local people by jenge will continue.

    We should avoid future crisis like this. In the 1963 when Muzee Jomo Kenyatta became president of Kenya, he instructed notorious Kikuyu to stay anywhere in Kenya and to do anything they wanted to do. He argued that “Kikuyu” are the one who fought for the liberation of Kenya. And the Kikuyu took the opportunity to harass other tribes, steal, beat and build houses anywhere in Kenya. It was only the death of Kenyatta in 1978 that saved other tribes, but the wound of the destruction of Kikuyu is not yet healed.
    I see that the Dinka, Kikuyu and the Arabs are similar but the Dinka exhibit extremism which is dangerous for our fledging nation, a recipe for future disasters. Let Salva Kiir and Kuol Myanyang Juuk drive their IDPS home, leave the Madi alone and leave Equatoria in peace.

    • Ohi'de says:

      Dear Lokilachong
      It absurd to say: “we can now see why Madi voted 90% for unity because they were afraid of the Jenge.” Where did you get that information from.Ma’di were among the first southerners to fight for South sudan and it is impossible for them to vote for unity. Please quote your source of the information.
      Thank you

  25. Eastern says:

    Well said, Lokilachong, but YOU ARE WRONG THAT MA’DI PEOPLE VOTED OVER 90% FOR UNITY!!!! This clearly shows who you are and what your intentions are. Shame on you!!!

  26. Leader says:

    Dear Editor,
    Many of the Dinka people who participate in the debate the social media are against the misrule by the govt of Salva Kiir. We don’t react in defense of the govt but we only react, we, Dinka, as a tribe is falsely accused in an incident which has nothing to do with them.

  27. Leader says:

    Elhag Paul,
    We understand your aim is the destruction of Dinka. No doubt, your No. 1 enemy has been the Dinka and is still the Dinka. I wish you goodluck in your endeavours.
    How about your ICC petition?

    • Elhag Paul says:

      Dear Leader,
      You can say whatever you want to say, but the truth remains the Jieng are committing aggression against the other people of South Sudan. Thus it is important for all peace loving people to put this atrocious behaviour of the Jieng on the public domain so that they can be helped and ultimately saved from themselves. You Leader and your short sighted tribesmates are leading your people to the wrong path. Stand back a little bit and think deeply about your behaviour and honestly look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself whether your interactions with other South Sudanese is right.
      Just reverse the current situation and ask yourself: were another tribe to be ruling in the country and if that tribe is doing what you the Jieng are doing to others to you, would you honestly accept it? Remember abusing others is hurtful and if it is not nice to you, it is certainly not nice to others. The Bible says do unto others as it would be done to you. So, I am not an enemy of the Jieng. But I want to help save the Jieng from themselves because now you are blindly on the road to self destruction. Amen

  28. akolf says:

    Dear Lokilachong,

    You are most Tribalist person, is better for you to implement what you say and why don’t you go and fight them in Nimule instead of crying and you want to push the others in problem, as a citizen you have right to stay anywhere.

  29. samuel arop says:

    never talk about this again try to do development things. both equatorians, dinkas, nuer, we are doing one thing outside here for sake of your safety and of your lives in all borders of our republic. thanks

  30. Benj says:

    Yeah lokilachong,
    You can stay anywhere as individual but not as community with parallel administration.

  31. keri says:

    Once a brain is infected with negative thinking it will never reverse easily, LUKUDU GATKUOTH GARANG, your mind in badly damaged as you have demonstrated through your writings. why do you analyse things negatively? Madi community is peace loving community in the republic of south Sudan and this same community which is termed as greatest enemies of ruling party voted overwhelmingly in favor of SPLM. nobody can doubts that, and only to realize they are subjected to massive oppression as if this community never participated in the struggle. The 1983 civil war was continuation of what Anyanya one left as unfinished business.

    when some elders were killed in cold blood in Moli Tokuro, magwi to mention a few. was there any alarm made or whistle blown to bring the killers to book? The fake commissioner so-called Oteka of magwi county participated full in ensuring the hidden agenda of monsters within GOSS fulfil their motives by forcefully expelling madi from their original land. God is there watching and listening to innocent voices.

    Ann Itto, as a Madi daughter, if at all is true, you’re now sitting on your own people. you do not deserve to be called SPLM secretary and Dr. How can you do such things to your own people? what comes first, dear Itto? Is it political interest first or interest of your people first?
    if you are not aware, those wolves in sheeps’ skins put you in front to finish your own people and then they can easily finish you last.

    I rather refer you to come home so that the story of Mr. Hare, the clever animal, is narrated to you.

    the monsters in the system using powers they are entrusted with by all citizens for their selfish interests will never escape punishment. if they escape on this world, then they will not escape in the last day of judgement.

  32. keri says:

    John Khot, i would wish to take you back to your article relating situation in madiland and you went further asking about the land percentage occupied by Dinka who wrongly believed they are born to rule. if i may ask, who is not born to rule? can you revisit the corridor of our history in order to gain momentum to put your article for public consumption. should you continue, it is a disgrace to you and those who think they fought for grading land of fellow south Sudanese. we all participated equally during physical fighting and lastly use of ballot papers where this minority community (Madi) voted behind doubts for total separation, hence south Sudan today. Can you now guess now the messes in the country now. what could be the root causes if you said, you are more informed than any other person.

    for us to enjoy peaceful co-existence, we need to leave unruled behaviors especially Dinka community is directing towards peace-loving community such as madi community. if we keep on oppressing minority communities in this country, unrest will never stop, this is clearly shown during our struggle, things failed and last resort was dialogues that brought our former oppressors and now new oppressors in this great young nation.

    i do belief, guys you all aware of you deeds that is why your people want to be near neighboring border such as Nimule near to Ugandan in case of some crisis now we are in, you can jump to a safe place. its not you want to remain and occupy madiland because of its beauty, it is due to problem our leaders create mainly from Dinka community who feel they are first classs citizens of this country.

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