Press Release: MAR/11/2013, SSN;
Squatters occupying Customs and Immigration compound in Nimule Border Post
Date: March 09, 2013
The Ma’di Community in Diaspora and back home have been following closely the emotional
reaction in the media regarding an eviction order issued by South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of
Interior, Mr. Salva Mathok Gengdit.
As stated in the ‘Sudan Tribune’ published on the 4th of March 2013, the Deputy Minister of
Interior “gave a 21-day ultimatum for individuals with makeshift shops, restaurants,” to vacate
an area of land in Nimule border town.
We would like to make it crystal clear that the individuals seeking compensation and
relocation are unlawful-tenants (squatters). As non-indigenous of Nimule or the Ma’di area,
they do not own any land in Nimule nor have they ever acquired any land in Nimule through
It is absurd for them to ask to be relocated anywhere in Nimule or Ma’di area.
What they should rightfully ask for is repatriation to their place of origin.
The Ma’di Community would like to inform the lawyer representing the affected individuals
that the land in question belongs to the Ma’di people and has been given to the Ministry of
Interior for Custom and Immigration Services, RSS. The government will use the land for the
said purpose and has all the rights to evict any squatter and illegal occupants on that piece of
We must stress that the Ma’di people will not allow these individuals to grab land again
or settle anywhere in the area.
Further, we would like to bring to the attention of the government that we are utterly
dismayed and disturbed by a letter authored by Abraham Makur Duot; the so-called leader of
the squatters dated 16th February 2013 in which he issued threats advocating for violence.
The threat unequivocally reads, “We shall […] do what is possible to defend our premises
in the border or deal with the community who took the lead of targeting Non-Ma’di
community in the border.”
These blatant and irresponsible utterances seek to advocate for chaos, lawlessness and disorder.
The Ma’di Community will not tolerate any uncivilized behavior and such barbaric act will be
severely challenged, furthermore we ask the law enforcing body to bring charges against these
individuals for publicly inciting violence within South Sudanese communities.
The Ma’di are peace-loving people and do not wish to be drawn in any form of disruptive
behaviour and violence that would undermine the normal functioning of the government
systems, and impedes our efforts to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous South Sudan.
Ma’di Regional Council