Telar, the dark horse of SPLM

BY: ELHAG PAUL, South Sudan, SEPT/04/2013, SSN;

With the instalment of Manasa Magok Rundial as Speaker of the parliament yesterday, the government circuit is complete, exactly after 40 days when the SPLM started entertaining the nation to a spectacular circus of supposed democracy. Even the most sceptic of the critics including foreign observers got carried away with the impressive bravado.

Well done Oyee. You have shown your wits of duping the masses and the world.

This circus has erased from the peoples’ minds the simplest fact that all that have been happening in Juba is a struggle for power within the SPLM and with it the reality that this is an internal war within the SPLM, the very party that has miserably failed the country.

Whatever changes happening are only distractions from the real issues. All the actors in this show-down are not any different. Are these not the same people who sucked life out of South Sudan? What makes it different when one crook is replaced with another? This brings us to the question: what next?

To answer this question, let’s start with the big bang. On 23rd July 2013 without any warning, president Kiir fired his entire cabinet while retreating to his cattle camp in Luri outside Juba, an act revealing of a president stricken by fear.

Uncertain about the consequences of his action, he hid himself in the camp among the cows for over a week leaving the country without any government.

On 31st July 2013, sensing calm, he emerged from his hide out with a list of the replacement cabinet including Telar Deng as designated minister of Justice.

The parliamentary committee vested with vetting the nominees wasted no time in delivering instant response. Their verdict was that all the nominees were fit except Telar Deng. Telar’s documents were found to be inappropriate. One notable thing in both his first and second degrees was absence of graduation dates, something completely out of the norm with all authentic certificates. The grapevine had it that Telar himself said he could not remember his graduation days. How convenient?

The disqualification of Telar Deng from the post of minister for justice through the vetting committee does not mean that things are at last going to change in South Sudan as trumpeted by honourable Ngere Paciko, member of the said committee recently. As soon as this commotion settles down SPLM will be back to business as usual. They will revert to their normal self.

The history of SPLM is full of such examples where a slight change is portrayed as the beginning of a new era but then it quickly goes back to its cocoon. A good example is the 1994 convention held in Chukudum. This convention was convened at a time when the organisation was going through very difficult times both internally and externally. SPLM was leaking support all over.

Frightened with demise, the organisation held this convention and came up with beautiful resolutions. Supporters were jubilant and it was believed that the organisation had changed and democracy would prevail.

Deserters returned to the battle fields from the refugee camps in Uganda, Congo and Kenya, rolling back the gains of Sudan government. As soon as the SPLM regained its strength it went back to its normal behaviour. The first casualty was their inability to stick to their own resolutions.

According to the resolutions, SPLM was supposed to hold regular conventions every 5 years. When the time came for the second convention in 1999 a lot of unfounded excuses were given and nothing happened. Same in 2004 and it was only in 2008 that SPLM was forced to hold a convention because of their position in the new environment of peace under the CPA.

The failure to hold their conventions as stipulated in their documents is simply down to fear of changes in the leadership. Now you can see the façade being replayed in independent South Sudan with the should-have-been-convened convention in May of this year. As members wait, the question is: will it ever happen? God knows.

SPLM has a clear pattern in dealing with its difficulties. When it is in a difficult situation it will bend to accommodate and then re-adjust to its former self.

So the disqualification of Telar Deng by the vetting committee follows this pattern and it does not mean anything in terms of change in SPLM itself or in South Sudan.

Telar happened to have farmed a lot of enemies for himself among his “comrades” and the vetting decision is the outcome of that vile feeling against him.

Who among most of these Oyeeites can claim they do not have blood of innocent people on their hands?

The sad and unfortunate execution of Mayek Riak Ater is a collective decision which Dr Riek Machar and Dr John Garang posthumously must bear equal responsibility for.

As the appellate, both Machar and Garang should have exercised utmost care in reviewing the case documents of Mayek to ensure that no miscarriage of justice took place, especially as this was a case of life and death where there was no chance for remedy.

Both endorsed Telar’s condemnation of late Ater meaning they accepted Telar’s arguments in his judgement. Did Dr Machar carefully review the case? If he did not, why not? If he did, he needs to tell the South Sudanese now why he endorsed the death sentence on Mayek Riak Ater passed by legally unqualified Telar? Answers to these questions are important for fairness sake.

Telar has already made it clear that appointment to judicial positions in the Oyee machine was not based on legal qualification but rather on military rank (Jungle law). It is cases like these that should make the people of South Sudan to abolish the death sentence.

I personally do not believe in capital punishment because it does not offer solutions but damages the judges, executioners and dehumanises the society.

In Dr Machar’s testimony to the Parliamentary Select Committee reported by Sudan Tribune on 10/08/2013 under the title, ‘Machar Testifies at parliamentary inquiry into appointed justice minister;’ he writes: “I deployed captain Telar Ring Deng as a judge for southern sector covering the area of the current Koch, Leer, Mayiandit and Payinjar counties. He was seated in Leer…….. I was told that 1st Lt. Telar Ring was a law graduate.” Unpacking this testimony reveals disturbing negligence on Machar’s part.

It isn’t fair to not point out such glaring incompetence on the part of Machar’s leadership, especially given the fact that he is vying for the highest office in the land.

Machar argues in his testimony that “he deployed Telar under his command as a judge from 1986 to 1992 with the assumption that he was a qualified lawyer following a directive from late John Garang de Mabior who recommended Telar to Western Upper Nile zonal area.” Surely this testimony is not good enough.

“Assumption” can not be a reason for exoneration or running away from direct responsibility. One would have expected Machar to have at least personally done checks on Telar given the important nature of his position. Why did he fail to do this? Does this not show his negligence in management as well as in command?

If so, is Machar now not personally displaying to the world through his testimony his incompetence in basic management? How is this going to help him in his campaign for the highest office?

Telar is not the only person who may have embellished his qualification if at all he has any. There are lots of Telars out there in South Sudan holding very important positions based on ‘assumptions’ conveniently in promotion of tribalism across the board.

I personally know a couple or so who claim to be lawyers and are currently serving as judges in the country. Also, I know few others serving in the Foreign Service. People who can not even draft a simple letter masquerading as diplomats. What a joke!

What people must remember is that the real qualification for these jobs under the SPLM government is being a member of the SPLM. Do you remember how the SPLM Chapters abroad converted themselves first into Foreign Missions from 2005 and then from July 2011 into embassies? There were no advertisements, no interviews, no vetting, only SPLM membership card and singing Oyee sufficed as the qualification.

So long as you are an Oyeeite and a good singer of it, employment is guaranteed. Qualifications mean nothing.

In light of Telar’s outing, will the government now carry out checks on its employees to weed out the cheats? Will the government charge them with fraud? Or will it continue with business as usual?

Telar’s reported engineering of the dissolution of the government whether true or untrue has brought upon him the wrath of his “comrades” who luckily got support of the confused public. Telar has become a repository or dumping bin for all the ills of SPLM.

When organisations or groups are under stress, the dynamics always singles out one person or a department for blame and failures of the system.

Since assuming the reigns of legitimate power in 2005 the SPLM has consistently been performing badly in all areas of governance. Dr Machar on 5th March 2013 in the meeting of the Politburo pointed out some of these failures as, “rampant corruption, tribalism, economic problems, insecurity, poor international relations and the party’s loss of vision and direction” and declared his intention to replace president Kiir.

This triggered the power struggle in the SPLM being witnessed now. The first victims were Kosti Manibe, Ahmed Alor, Taban Gai Deng and the entire pre-23rd July 2013 cabinet. They became the repository of the rot with each representing the identified ills.

The dismissal of Kosti and Ahmed represent the ills of corruption. The dismissal of Taban represents the ills of poor management and so on with the rest. Then comes along Telar Deng with his allegedly forged degrees which provided the perfect dumping ground for everything that has been going wrong with the SPLM.

For in Telar’s case one sees fraud, forgery, corruption, mismanagement, failure to follow rules, tribalism, the macabre nature of executions, and you name it.

Now that Telar is the dark horse of SPLM containing its dirt, the organisation behaves as if it feels good that it’s cleansed itself and it’s beginning to work for the people. Is this really true?

What about the crimes that have come out, for example the authorisation of 600 million dollars? What about the case of late Mayek Riak Ater? Will it be re-opened for justice to be served? Will Telar be charged with fraud? What is SPLM going to do to address its crimes?

I leave that to you to ponder on, but the truth remains, SPLM is an organisation ‘rotten to the core.’

No doubt the National Legislative Assembly has done a good job on the case of Telar, but truth be said, they also failed to weed out incompetent and sworn enemies of the people from the whole group of the nominated ministers.

The rigorous process Telar has been subjected to should have been equally applied to the rest and certainly more dirt would have come to light.

One wonders how people like Abdalla Nhial Deng and Riek Gai Kok got appointed into ministerial positions in a country that they vehemently did not want to see born. These two die-hard Muslim brothers collaborated with Bashir and Turabi in the dehumanisation and oppression of South Sudanese in the then Sudan.

Not only that, they remained committed to the idea of Islamic United Sudan until the last day on 8th July 2011. They all voted for an Islamic United Sudan and so far they haven’t recanted. How on earth could they be made ministers in Republic of South Sudan?

Is president Kiir and his SPLM for real? Or is this the nostalgia/revival of their policy of ‘New Sudan?’

This failure of the SPLM vetting committee to treat people equally and fairly makes the whole process a witch hunt and that isn’t good. Telar may be a subject of hate but he has rights to be respected and treated fairly even if he abused other people’s rights.

The NLA has now exposed itself as a self-serving body. It only acts when powerful members of SPLM sneeze but not in the interest of the country.

Let them take note that they’ve annoyed president Kiir without taking action to protect themselves. Having rejected Telar, they’d have instantly tabled a motion to amend the constitution ostensibly to clip Kiir’s wings – removing from him the power to dissolve the parliament in the interim constitution.

Their failure to protect themselves is going to cost them dearly. Indeed president Kiir wasted no time in exercising his powers as witnessed in the episodes involving the appointment of vice president and the speaker of the parliament.

So Telar’s defeat in the parliament is a pyrrhic victory. It will benefit nobody. In fact it will benefit SPLM dictatorship as it’s turning out to be a huge propaganda win for them.

This reminds me of Slavoj Zizek, the renown Slovenian psychoanalyst and social theorist who posits that ideology and not facts create realities. Zizek’s theory appears to apply neatly on the charade going on in Juba.

SPLM’s ideology of New Sudan premised on the destruction of the system in Khartoum creates its own realities during times of crisis deflecting attention away from their spectacular failures.

When South Sudan seceded, SPLM took the credit and posed as a secessionist organisation when in reality its objective of New Sudan was in tatters.

Presently, it’s amazing how the crucifixion of Telar has been turned falsely into a success of SPLM in practising democracy.

The fact that what’s going on is an internal war between comrades is being portrayed differently as a national issue sucking in everybody: members and non-members of SPLM alike into an atmosphere of trance.

This internal war emanates from the fact that the organisation since coming to government in 2005 has had no programs of action. They just wallowed in corruption and human rights abuse which they specialise in.

Faced with the impeding elections of 2015 and staring defeat they engage in self denigration, throwing mud at each other while loudly identifying their failures and denying their collective responsibilities. Thi

s kind of behaviour is common with all political organisations that have failed to craft credible winning programs for government.

When a chairman, his deputy and the secretary general of a party are at each other’s throat you know that such a party is nearing atrophy.

These three positions in any political organisation are vital for the normal functioning of the organisation and when the holders are bickering accusing each other of incompetence and failure, it is an admission that they’ve failed but they wish to hang on to power at all costs.

SPLM has failed because it has never had any program of action since their program of New Sudan collapsed at the referendum poll in January 2011.

Neither president Kiir, nor Dr Riek Machar, nor Pagan Amum has had any idea of how the country would be governed. They just wallowed pretending to be governing the country when in reality they’ve been ruining it.

The only program they’ve had and continue to have is the enrichment of the SPLM Oyee members via massive corruption.

Governing is about provision of services, the protection of citizens and the country’s borders. In South Sudan that is not the case. Governing is about neglect of the country’s borders, neglect of security to citizens, abdication from provision of service and promotion of corruption and wickedness.

Let me share my shock with you. On two different occasions; one in the ministry of foreign affairs in Juba in the summer of 2012, an Oyeeite friend pulled me aside and lectured to me about wisdom of existence in South Sudan.

He asked me: “Why do you want to be a saint in a country of devils?” I could not believe what I heard. I asked him, please could you repeat.

He paraphrased it by saying, “You see, my brother, when you’re a priest or a God fearing being living among demons you won’t be able to make any change. Better join in and look after your children and family (‘Raba ialak wa ita malak?’).”

The second time I came across this same saying was in Nairobi at the beginning of this year from another Oyeeite while I was making my way to Juba.

Thinking about this can make sense in that it opens up a way of looking at why South Sudan lost its moral campus. The values that bind society in South Sudan as argued before in my other articles are gone since everyone now is a devil and the decent few are isolated and overpowered.

Hence, the existence of ‘Telars’ in abundance roaming the land unabated. Can South Sudan afford to remain a land of demons or in other words hell? No, something has to be done. Society must be rescued and restored.

The Oyee politics of purgatory should be shunned as it doesn’t deal with the essence of politics in itself which is the aspiration to do good to improve human life. Politics isn’t about self enrichment, it’s about improving the living standard of all citizens.

Therefore in order to restore South Sudan moral campus it’s imperative that a change happens for the right values to be adopted. This entails the removal of SPLM Oyee root and branch. Without this there is no way South Sudan can be rescued.

To understand this point, let’s borrow from Frank Furedi’s thinking. In his book, ‘The Politics of Fear,’ he sums this point succinctly by saying: “The restoration of genuine public life involves rethinking the meaning of what it means to be human. An authentic grammar of morality is always embedded in a clear conception of what it means to be human. Promoting a culture that vaporises people’s potential and agency represents the point of departure for any agenda that attempts to endow politics with a sense of purpose.”

Do politics in South Sudan under SPLM have ‘a sense of purpose’? Think about it and factor in your experience to make your own judgement.

Demons according to all the various holy books have only one purpose in life and that is to mislead and destroy.

Any wonder why the Telars are roaming the land with the people suffering massively? Any wonder why SPLM is trying to deceive the people by shifting all their ills on Telar to rejuvenate themselves to continue destroying the country?

Given this, it’s imperative that the people now seize the moment to stand up for their rights and tell the SPLM it’s enough.

No more Telars. No more dumping bins. Get out! It’s time for politics of purpose with care and good governance as its drivers which means South Sudan needs a complete revamp and a new face. Thus the next thing needed is not Kiir, not Riek, not Pagan and certainly not SPLM.

[Truth hurts but it is also liberating]

Elhag Paul
elhagpaul@aol.com

25 Comments

  1. Aloe says:

    and not Wani; not any of them perpetual babies!

  2. Thomas Omotiang says:

    Mr. Paul,

    The people of South Sudan have suffered for so long, having limited or no options of leaping a step ahead in their lives for a change. It is this disenfranchisement, both economically and politically, that continues to be exploited by the Splm party and its leaders. Now, is there any hope for a change? My answer would be that I do not know….especially when there are no stronger options or alternatives for folks to at least envision a sense of optimism.

    In other words, and I strongly believe, our people have not yet truly experienced what it really means to be liberated.

    FROM EDITOR: HI THOMAS, PERTINENT TO YOUR QUESTION OF WHETHER THERE IS ANY HOPE FOR A CHANGE, I JUST WANT REITERATE THAT ELHAG PAUL HAD ACTUALLY FORWARDED THE ANSWER AND I QUOTE THE FOLLOWING FROM THE ARTICLE WHICH I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED IN ELHAG’S ARTICLE: “Therefore in order to restore South Sudan moral campus it’s imperative that a change happens for the right values to be adopted. This entails the removal of SPLM Oyee root and branch. Without this there is no way South Sudan can be rescued.”
    OUR RESCUE, THOMAS, WILL COME WHEN WE GET RID OF THE OYEEISTS AND THE ‘TOO DEFORMED TO BE REFORMED’ SPLM/A. AT LEAST INTERNATIONALLY, THE SPLM HAS INEVITABLY EARNED THE WORST IMAGE.

  3. GD says:

    Dear Elhag
    Good analysis. I will start with a quote attributed to Albert Einstein

    “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

    You have already answered the question of What is wrong with the current situation in South Sudan, what remains is the answer to the practical question of HOW are we going to change it.?

    Well let us see what practical responses are going to be tabled in this forum.

    Thanks

    GD

  4. Raan Naath says:

    Elhag Paul,

    You seem to contradict yourself in the article. You said the SPLM/A under the leadership of Dr. John Garang was using jungle laws and yet you blamed Dr. Riek Machar for accepting appointment of Telar Ring Deng as a judge. Dr. Garang recommended to his junior Dr. Riek to appoint Telar as the judge. He told Dr. Riek that Telar was a law graduate and he directed Dr. Riek to appoint him. And not only that, even those who did not have law degrees were also appointed judges according to their seniority in the army ranks. Dr. Garang gave the directive to Dr. Riek to implement that jungle law. What did you think Dr. Riek should do?
    Please don’t simply blame people without considering the dictatorial leadership of Dr. Garang at that time. And may be this is the reason why Dr. Riek lastly decided to rebel against that dictatorial system in 1991. As for the sentencing of Riak Ater to death, may be you need to tell us what crime did he do which did not warrant death sentence. His crime could be a serious one which deserved the death sentence at that time.
    You also failed to mention that Dr. Riek also reviewed the death sentence of Brig. Malaak Ayuen Ajok at that time when he was also sentenced to death by Telar Ring. May be his crime was not as serious as that of Riak Ater. Please you need to think it over and over again instead of rushing to conclusions and claiming that it was an incompetence on Dr. Riek. May be it is you who is missing some important components of decision-making at that time of jungle laws.

  5. Leader says:

    El Hag Paul,
    I appreciate your article because it elaborated clearly some facts about the government and for the first time your writing is devoid of tribal stereotypes. However, I think the statement about pres. Kiir hiding in his cattle camp in Luri is misplaced. He doesn’t own any cattle camp in Luri but he has his private residence there.

  6. Dear Elhag Paul.

    The timing for the article was perfect, and your arguments were compelling.
    Dr. Machar testimony to vetting committee about Telar was a disgrace because that shows how weak he is administratively. He should have established why Telar was a Judge and should not act on assumption because he was told by Late Dr. Garang. This reminds me of poor administration of Dr. Machar when He split to form Nasir Faction in 1991 which resulted in the murder of the senior high ranking officers under his administration in Nasir including his own loyalist like Commander Peter Panom thanpiny.
    Judging the way things are happening in our young nation, there is no doubt come 2015 there will be need for change of guards but not in person of POOR DR. RIEK MACHAR .

  7. Mankien town says:

    Yes, no Wani and Kuol Manyang Juuk as all must go out,
    Salva must not claim to need new faces only when he’s old among, he goes with other colleagues.

  8. Ador Chotngaal says:

    Dear Elhag Paul,

    Indeed politics is not about self enrichment but about improving the life and poor condition of our citizens. the few promoters of the idea to improve the lives of general public in South Sudan have been marginalized, overpowered and silenced to say or do anything. They are threatened with death, demotion, no promotion or total dismissal altogether. but what they do not know is that “those of us who keep pointing out bad practices and perpetual failure of delivery of services by the SPLM, are the true friends the party and the government”.

  9. Alierthiy says:

    “It’s time for politics of purpose” indeed that why this article, among the heaps that have been written, omitted your beloved word—Dinka.

  10. Henry says:

    Dear Elhag,

    wonderful and up to date article, so thoughtful articles. I like reading them, keeping posting more, although they Oyeeites can change, we will change them soon, come 2015, whether rain or not,
    God bless you and give you more wisdom of writing more articles which are sensible like this.

    Henry

  11. Simon says:

    Elhag, your analyses are plausible but the reality is SPLM will continue to govern: No organized and formidable foe, at least for now; and no cohesive and united army to act like that of Egypt. Unfortunately, what we are experiencing is a conventional trajectory/life cycle of what we call revolutions…

  12. GatCharwearbol says:

    Dear Elhag,

    I could not agree more with you regarding everything you mentioned in your article. You exactly know what needs to be done. The problem is, we, those who want something good done to the common man on streets are outnumbered. But with God nothing is impossible. It is going to take time for change to come, but at least we have identified what the problem is. That is one step forward to underpinning the real change. As soon as the Oyee party is dislodged, the change for the better will then start.

    God bless you, pal, and may almighty God sustain your soul so you can live long enough to witness the change we are longing for. Keep writing more and know that we are behind you.

  13. Mankien town says:

    The time of bush there were no proper law because we were in rebel life, and Dr. Riek can not deny his boss directive since there were no typing document information to be passed through the radio, no proper documentation of that kind.
    For instance, Dr. Machar say that Telar was using traditional Nuer law as his reference, they’re working closely with local customs and because he, Telar, since he was not a qualified Justice he ended up killing many people based on his guessing mind, until Dr. Machar realized when he was to kill the current SPLA spokesman Malak Ayuen. Dr. Riek as academician had have to cancel the sentence of Malak Ayuen to die, as he did to the teacher in Lakes state.

    Now it time for Telar and Kirr to bring back the $600 millions USD for procuring of national security land the most expensive land on earth.

    • Mankien Town:

      Please be advised that Dr.Riek Machar is a national figure and not a Nuer leader or property. Being a national figure, Riek is always subjected to both criticism and compliment. How long would you and the likes continue to defend and fight for Riek Machar’s political survival in South Sudan?

      It has become a norm that every time somebody criticizes Dr.Riek Machar, all Nuers/Naath People would defend, counter attack and cry as if though the Prophet Ngundeng is risen from death. Cousins, you need to smart up and be mature politically otherwise you would be viewed as primitive and tribalists.

      Mr. Elhag Paul. Despite the criticism and cry of my politically immature, Cousins, I greatly praise you for this great article. This is the second time I took off my Cowboy hat for you and I would continue to do so as long as you keep the tribal attacks out of our national and political debates. I’m glad that you have come to the realization that no national figure is higher and more powerful than a tribe or Country. I’m so impressed with this article and the previous comments to Jalabi and his Cousin AW Joseph. Please keep it up!

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

  14. Jungle laws are still being practiced in south Sudan, the current laws which are being used in our country have no different with previous laws. appointing wrong people in right places where they will end up messing things.
    System in SS will take time to be fixed, because too much competition over material and riches have got priority in the current situation, your analysis on current political stand off is valuable, but should also put into consideration certain issues that hamper the progress, SPLM power wrangling, corruption, lack of work plan and directions have contributed much in the failing of the current govt. but with time things will get improved if strong political will consolidate and prioritize action plans and service delivery.

  15. Aloe says:

    The problem is with the SPLM party. Yes, it’s foundation is rotten and its members lost and roaming the land and world like werewolves. However there is another structural problem. The Head of State and the Chairman of the winning Party cannot be fused if the Republic is to survive/function.

    I’m so disappointed in ”our fathers.” They lied to us.

  16. Gatchuonyang says:

    Dear Elhag, good article but you should have blamed Dr. Garang instead of Dr. Riek because in military principles they use order and command, you can not oppose unless you want to rebel against your chairman. I am very sure these were the bad things that made the big man (Machar) to rebel against Garang. Telar was brought through conspiracy by Garang to eliminate those with different opinions on how the movement should have been run.

  17. kikisik says:

    Owesome Elhag! You have said it all- keep it up.

  18. Bhanyker says:

    The good things of Mr. Elhag’s articles, are always detailed and full of accurate examples. Two points which came to my attention are :
    1- The appointment of two Muslims fundamentalists and die-hard Muslims brotherhood. Abdalla Nhial Deng and Riek Gai Kok. Actually these two individuals’ role in NCP, was well documented and known to south Sudanese. Including president Kiir himself. They were working hard to dismantle the separation of south sudan .
    2- Unqualified diplomats. This is real, I even know one of them, now he’s working in high position in one of South sudan embassy in Europe, that individual once he sees Kiir, he shouts uncontrollably. SPLA Oyee, SPLA Oyee, SPLA Oyee.
    So the notion that Shouting Oyee is absolute qualification is correct. However, the whole South Sudan had become President Kiir’s company. As a consequence, he had given the ministers 3 months’ contract, any one who disobeys his order or failed to say Papa Kiir, will be immediately sacked without warning has he did previously.

  19. Mankien town says:

    Dear Lukulu Gatkouth Garang
    I am supporting neither Dr. Riek nor Garang, they are all national figures.
    my argument was just to say that the disagreement between Garang and Machar was on how the movement should be managed/runned
    Garang needed a united new Sudan while Dr. Machar wanted the independent south Sudan through self determination and that was the cause of 1991 split of the movement. I’m the real national who does not have an size

    Mankien Town unity state.

  20. Lare Justice says:

    Elhag Paul,
    Great article indeed sir! But at this very moment, we all as a nation or country should be concerned about our beloved cowboy Salva Kirr Kuethpiny Lual and whereabouts of the stolen $4 billion U.S. dollars plus the $600 million. Folks, believe me you, This man Salva Kirr himself is our young nation is Cancer. I mean this man has no respect to our lawmakers and indeed to the law of the land. The same fool who dismissed the elected governors of Lakes; State Chol Tong and Unity State Taban Deng Gai. I hope the international community is watching this dictator in the making. So, Salva Kiir must go and go Now before the upcoming 2015 election.

  21. Elhag Paul,

    Your article is just a series of noises made by barking spring dogs. You think you are smart but you are fully naïve in critical thinking. And the content of your article indicated that you’ve never been in the SPLA and you do not know anything about the SPLA.
    In the Western World that you are living in today, they do not ask someone to bring their degrees for interview when they are hiring job seekers. What the government officials and companies’ managers are looking for in candidate is the resume. In this article, you really ask foolish questions. Dr. Machar can answer your goofy and senseless questions so easily and he can be set free in the face of real justice.

  22. Albinodit says:

    Well, you ask what you can do to your nation, but not what your nation can do to you.

  23. Very beneficial information indeed! But bias, on Dr Machar’s side.

  24. Maker Mayek says:

    Raan Naath,
    Elhag’s article is about justice – not whether some people should have been sentenced to death or not. And by justice – it is to ensure that a crime is proven beyond reasonable doubt. Whether that was possible or not in the dark days of the liberation war, is a different story altogether. But judging by the standards applied at the time even in the worst case scenario, employing a non-trained lawyer to execute decisions involving termination of lives was a serious miscarriage of justice in all facets.

    Just take a simple comparison of the judicial decisions in Western Upper Nile by Dengtiel Ayuen (a qualified lawyer and judge) against the ones made by Telar (whose status is known to every South Sudanese now), you will see the glaring disparities in the application of standards applied to end people’s lives.

    Now, Mayek Riak was my father and it hurts for some people like you to argue that there was justification for the termination of his life. I am not restricting discourse on subject matters of national importance but I am bringing it to your attention that some things are sensitive and should be approached with utmost care when being discussed.

    All that said, you will find out in the future what actually happened and for now, just presume your answers because that’s what you tend to be doing.

    Maker Mayek

    FROM EDITOR: MR. MAKER, WITH SINCERE SYMPATHY, I AM WONDERING IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE ON BEHALF OF YOUR FAMILY TO LODGE A CIVIL SUIT ON THE WRONGFUL DEATH OF YOUR FATHER AGAINST THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE, FIRST, TELAR DENG, RIAK MACHAR AND LATE JOHN GARANG, AND SECONDLY AGAINST THE SPLM/A, AS THE SUPREME AUTHORITY THEN THAT SANCTIONED THE KILLING OF YOUR FATHER?
    I STRONGLY BELIEVE SUCH A CIVIL SUIT WOULD SET A GOOD LEGAL PRECEDENCE THAT MIGHT HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF PUTTING AN END TO ALL THE ILLEGAL ACTS AND ABUSE OF AUTHORITY THAT ARE BEING CURRENTLY AND BLATANTLY PERPETUATED BY THE SYSTEM AND INDIVIDUALS. THANKS.

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