The Dinka Problem in South Sudan: Part I

BY: Tongun Lo Loyuong, SOUTH SUDANESE, APR/14/2013, SSN;

As promised, in this sequence of pieces, I reflect on what I referred to in a previous discussion as the “Dinka problem in South Sudan.” I figured I had to rush my views out, before petro-dollars hit Juba streets from the world market following the resumption of oil production and export. This is mainly because the viability of the argument presented here hinges in part on the petrodollar drought and the now popularly dubbed “Kostirity measures” —a phrase used to describe the austerity measures taken by GoSS following the termination of oil production in January 2012.

At stake to be explicated in some detail is, therefore, mainly the seeming impotence exhibited by our political leadership in tackling head-on the ills of wanton corruption in the Republic. Part of this weakness emanates from what can be argued as a moral dilemma, a divided loyalty, or an apparent disconnect between the moral ideals and practice of the Dinka society, which I see as the Dinka problem in South Sudan.

However, to be frank from the onset, the issue of corruption is not unique to the Dinka society, nor is the Dinka society its sole benefactors. It is a national problem, and as such all South Sudanese tribes have also found themselves wanting in combating this issue. In that sense singling the Dinka tribe out in this piece may raise eyebrows, draw ire, or some of our brothers may even rush to call for my head, if they have not already done so.

But, the objective here is to show how the Dinka society being the big brother or sister of South Sudanese by virtue of being the largest tribe that also dominates the Kiir regime, is required to lead by an example for the smaller tribes to emulate.

To be sure, I am no tribal bigot. In fact I come from a family whose relationships cut-across several ethnicities in South Sudan, including Dinka and Nuer. One of my favorite cousins, who I harbor much respect for as an older brother, and who mentored me as a boy on survival mechanisms and how to be independent and navigate the famine-ridden and unforgiving environment of Juba, hails from a Dinka father. I also have younger cousins from Nuer mother, cousins married to Dinka individuals, and cousins hailing from Mundari tribe, and the list is long.

If anything, therefore, the intention is to mitigate and if possible neutralize public wrath and ire that is indiscriminately directed at the whole Dinka tribe for the failures of individuals within the current regime under the leadership of his Mr. President Salvatore Kiir Mayardit.

However, the corrupt individuals within the current regime would not have excelled in this vice without cover and impunity from above, as well as from below, namely the various South Sudanese ethnic groups, not least the communities from which these individuals hail from, and more so from our Dinka brothers and sisters, for the reasons outlined hereafter.

In the past, when questions were raised about unaccounted for missing funds, the concerned political authorities were quick to divert the blame and argued that the instructions to allocate the funds in that questionable manner came from above. Moreover, the culture of impunity from above can again be seen in how the Kiir regime has failed to grab the endemic corruption in the Republic by the throat, and all under the pretext of Pax-South Sudan.

Where is this peace that needs to be maintained, while the baby state is degenerating across ethnicities? There is no need to remind ourselves of Kiir’s weak political leadership as exemplified in the “open tent” appeasement policies, and his 75 feeble memoirs written to the corruption cartel in South Sudan to “bring the money back” to a secret location, but which went unheeded, precisely because of the seeming impunity from above.

By the same token there is impunity from below. Until recently for instance, when a simple criticism was expressed against the Kiir government, even without making mention of Dinka, our Dinka brothers are immediately irritated and found it extremely offensive, as if the Dinka tribe was under attack. There was no distinction made between the tribe and the government.

In recent months, however, there is a growing trend within the Dinka communities to distance themselves from the President. Most have started arguing that the whole tribe must not be blamed for the shortcomings and the rampant corruption in the Kiir’s regime, and rightly so.

Thus, the promising side is that at least there is now an acknowledgment of grave mistakes being committed in the governance of the country, and there is a deliberate attempt to distinguish between the government and the tribe. Others have even started emphasizing the plurality of the Dinka tribe, redirecting the blame to Warrap State where the President hails from, which I think is equally ill-informed.

In all this what is clear is that the President’s support base has dwindled in recent months. The President’s popularity has evidently dipped within the various Dinka clans, particularly within the Bor Dinka, for what they see as isolation and marginalization from rightful entitlement to holding key political leadership positions, and the alleged violation of the right to life by Kiir’s custodians, namely the “kitchen boys” or the “tigers.”

One only needs to look at the strong widespread public condemnation of the Kiir’s regime by the Dinka Bor specifically, following the unfortunate assassination of (Abraham) Diing Chan Awuol to see how Kiir’s popularity within the Dinka society is on the decline.

An added reason for this in my view is also related to the decision to shut down the oil production. The surge in political dissidence against Kiir within the Jieng society one would argue, therefore, is equally reinforced by the drought in petrodollars and the drying out of the Ministry of Finance, which means not enough money to go around to silence disgruntled Jieng’s voices.

But again it is important to note that this is not only a Jieng problem that voices of dissent can be muted through cash handouts. The Jieng society is not the only society in need in the country.

Moreover, it is not entirely our fault or the fault of those who have found themselves rooted in perpetual poverty as a result of the civil wars and destitution in the country before and after the Southern independence to trade prophetic voices for money. This considered, it is, therefore, not surprising that when there is need and cash is being splashed out, you are likely to take your cut and turn the other way.

Only few people in this world are able to resist accepting cash handout without prior explanation regarding the source of the money. I mean let’s be real, in South Sudan with the current difficult living conditions and the skyrocketing commodity prices, and without adequate cash flow in return, mounu yao bi aba gouroush (who will refuse free cash handouts)?

In fact the corrupt official will be hailed for coming to the rescue, regardless of the strings attached.

In a sense then, the oil shut down and the ensuing ‘Kostirity’ measures came as a blessing to rescue the South Sudanese society from morally decaying as a result of the ills of wanton corruption.

Understood this way, the current pressing concern for many South Sudanese watchers is that when the oil dollar starts raining in Juba again, the resource curse of corruption is likely to rekindle and gather momentum. Additionally, with oil production back up and running again, our fear is that the security situation in the country is likely to worsen rather than improve and criminal activities are equally likely to resume business as usual and escalate rather than ebb.

I hope I am wrong, and our government owners have learned their lesson, and more transparency and accountability measures will be taken, to ensure the resources are better managed and evenly distributed this time around, and security and effective social and economic services are efficiently overseen and delivered.

But until that happens, one is justified to argue that the oil shut down and the ensuing ‘Kostirity’ measures are lesser of an evil that may have mitigated the greater evil caused by the preceding rampant corruption practiced by some of our civil servants and government owners, who have lost their way.

Currently, word on the street in Juba is that everybody has a price tag, and a buy-out clause in the case of our political leadership, which makes it even all the more pertinent for South Sudanese to team up and in unison and say no to corruption.

Buying and selling of leadership positions is currently the hot topic in relation to the power struggle brewing over who is to claim the top spot in the SPLM party. Unfortunately, the resumption of the flow of petrodollar revenues from the oil production and export is likely to aid in the task of buying out contestants for the top seat in the SPLM organization, encourage corruption, and render democratic exercise within that party meaningless, which may foreshadow a similar fate in the 2015 national elections.

It seems President Kiir is adamant to carry on for a third term in the first office that will take his tenure at the helm of the Republic to the year 2020, if not beyond. I hope these are baseless rumors, and will have to write an apology letter to the President if it turns out he is not running for the first office again. But in South Sudan, there is no smoke without fire!

If this is true then South Sudan must brace itself for a long and arduous journey ahead, unless there a miraculous change of policies and heart in the President.

The signs will be on the wall when the SPLM party displays its dirty linen to the public in the upcoming party convention in May 2013. This convention will determine the fate of our people, whether to make a nation called South Sudan or break the nascent state, which, God forbid, may in worst case scenario culminate in Balkanization, or Rwandanization, and Somalization or a combination thereof of our endeared Republic.

But lest I be misunderstood, I am no warmonger or a prophet of doom, and I don’t have children overseas. I only ignorantly whine, bicker and reflect based on the reality on the ground that the Dinka problem in South Sudan is the moral dilemma or the divided loyalty currently exhibited by our brothers with regards to their clear position towards the President Kiir’s leadership and policies.

Do we support the tribe or the clan, and therefore, the President at all costs? Or do we conclude from the conclusive evidence of the past 9 years that a fresh leadership and impetus is needed to steer the country forward, in order to create a nation called South Sudan?

This is the lingering moral dilemma our Dinka brothers and sisters, and all South Sudanese will have to grapple with and wisely choose between in the days and months ahead.

That said it is not enough to disown a member of our ethnic group when all is not well, and to beat our breasts and claim him when he excels. What is needed is a collective unified position that reprimands this member of our society when grave mistakes that tarnish the image of the whole ethnic group are being committed based on the traditional beliefs and moral ideals of the ethnic group, but the individual must also be commended when he is doing the right thing.

Nonetheless, and this is the heart of the Dinka problem, due to a moral dilemma or divided loyalty, the Dinka tribe as a whole is yet to issue a public statement outlining their assessment of Kiir’s performance or at least in a manner similar to the Equatoria 2013 conference, underscoring their fears and grievances.

How I consider this to be a practice that exhibits a deviation or disconnect from Dinka moral ideals and the nature of these ideals is the burden of part two of this exercise. Stay tuned.

I am just a concerned South Sudanese citizen, and happy to entertain questions and concerns at: tloloyuong@gmail.com

42 Comments

  1. Thomas Chan says:

    DEAR MR- TONGUN LOYUONG
    I would like to thank you very much for your article about DINKA and NUER are the two tribes that hold most of the government positions or the DINKA problem started from the top to the bottom which became the problem in the terms of corruption and murder.
    in fact the corruption and killing are two different words with different meaning.

    Well brother LOYUONG, let me started with your information that you had accumulated from somewhere else about DINKA BOR being the target by the KIIR boys which is not something new to me as I heard rumors all over the South Sudan that MR-X has killed some one yesterday and today I don’t think your argument had made any sense at all. You started well in the beginning but in the middle of the statement you got lost. To make myself clear why I decided to reply your statement was that you have put together two tribes at the same category or under one political view in the Republic of South Sudan who had different views of where the country is heading either in the right direction or wrong direction.

    To assure you exactly where our country is heading, to put it simple look around your environment and you would notice something went wrong in your neighbor I think this is where your confusion come from. To begin with DINKA BOR they have a right like any others South Sudanese community to petition the government at any given period of time and I do understand your feeling About Isaac Abraham as I do. But if you seriously check the environment, you could feel scared or nervous like something bigger than what I am thinking could happen. One thing you could asked yourself is how many NUERS or ZANDES or SHILUKES and MURLE are there in KIIR government and then when you came up with that number, talk about DINKA BOR OR OTHERS SUB_ DINKA tribes. And to make it clear to you I am not a politician or human rights watcher. I am simply just a normal person who have a feeling about our country future and the suffering of our people who are concerning about their lives.

    We can change the situation because MR KIIR was elected by the people of South Sudan if he had failed to govern his people in the wrong way or direction than they South Sudanese will decided about his leadership before we begin to defy his rule or how he and others government officials had run our country in the past eight years. Being DINKA or NUERS or MANDARI is not the solution to our chronic tribalism in our inner system. It is the curse we want to change between you and I or some one else in our society.

    Notes. MR TONGUON LOYUONG, I think you are good citizen of South Sudan but wondering why my tribes colleague treated me like I don’t belong here so my courage go to you that go and preach the word of peace among the different tribes or your neighbors, you would see a changes in your community and stop been bullied by those who are practicing hatred toward others.

    and good luck
    You can reach me at thomaschan46@yahoo.com or tgc1406@hawrkmail.hacc.edue

  2. KW Ngor says:

    I wonder if the problem in South Sudan is SPLM or Dinka? We have to find out the source of problem, I remember in old Sudan it was Arabs, until the country is divided and we got rid of Arabs. Now, it is automatically Dinka because Salva Kiir is the president and he is a Dinka, when he is out from the presidency, Dinka will be out of the context I hope, and next president-tribe will be a problem, is my understanding close to a correct answer?

    I thought the SPLM party will be be the problem, is that fair? Unfortunately, SPLM is a mix of all tribes and it is very hard to blame it. Ahhha! I don’t know where the problem is some one help me! It is too late for me since I am over forty I would have changed my tribe to the best tribe in South Sudan, but which one? God help me! I change my tribe to be African-American, citizenship to be a US citizen and my country to be USA, but the world is too small you reach by the Internet. Where can I go in this world? I told Jesus to save me and he did, but your demons of tribalism still haunted me. I did whatever I can but no one is giving a break.

    I went home recently to Gogrial East county and the suffering is uncomparable to any other areas in South Sudan. I urge you leave Juba and visit other areas especially Dinka areas and you will see for yourself. Those people who stood with the SPLA in Gogrial, Aweil, Rumbek for twenty one years; giving their grains, cows to feed the soldiers and carry ammunition for, are suffering beyond your imagination. Just go there and you will see it for yourself and discover who are to blame.

  3. Andrew Jienge says:

    Tongun, I salute you, brother. Your article is spot on. You have to say the truth, nothing else but the truth. I know Dinka are saying Alhag Paul, James Okuk, yourself & others hate Dinka, what I fail to understand is that of all the articles written by you compatriots have mentioned nothing that say bad thing need to be done to Dinka as a tribe but rather you are just pointing out their mess. Advice to my brothers Dinka, adjust your behaviour and we will be fine. We need each other, we all know that not every Dinka is involved in the mess but like you said, majority support it.

  4. Dmajak says:

    Here is another son of Paul Alhag that has been inspired by his godfather how to attack a mighty Dinka without any connection with his article. I have read your article, which is well written, but I have a problem with its title. If I were you, I could name it petrodollar problem in south Sudan because the main idea is how oil money has influenced or bought people to support their political parties. You should also know that Dinka is not a political party, it’s a tribe that supports Splm, but its support can change any time if Splm don’t solve their grievances.
    As you mentioned there are divisions among Dinka sections, which is true. What caused this division among Dinka? Splm party has betrayed Dinka people by giving our land to Arabs, for example, Gok machar, kiir Adem and many more areas in the border regions. This section of Dinka will not vote for Splm party in 2015 because they accused kiir government of selling their land in exchange for oil money. Insecurity in Jonglei, will also cause the votes for this party unless situation improved before election.

    • upiu says:

      DMajak,
      Sorry, but Tongun and A. Paul have no comparison. They both might have a great command of the language but they are miles apart in terms of responsible writing. You can respectfully disagree with him without attacking him with name calling. You should consider apologizing if you need to be taken seriously for he has not attacked the Dinka as a tribe.

  5. Choromke Jas says:

    Your assessment of increased frenzy in the act of corruption is backed up with evidence: barely a month before oil money begins to come in lots of money is reported stolen from President’s office itself. How brazen have these thieves become! We foresee dollars falling off from V8 Toyota as thieves rush through the streets of Juba to go to Kampala and Nairobi to hide the loot. Or gleaming sky-crappers coming up as the thieves hurry to finish their unfinished buildings.

    The security situation will get worse: the children of thieves will have loads of money for drinking and debauchery and all. People will be abducted, killed and thrown in open sewers. Why should South Sudanese be so impotent and watch these gangs continue in their bad ways, I do not know. Where is the fire reputed to be burning in the belly of the South Sudanese? Is it because of the moral dilemma you eloquently describe that has put off this fire in the bellies of the Nilotics who are reputed to be short-tempered and reveling in violence? There must be a stop to this shenanigan.

  6. Danide says:

    Hello Tongun!
    Your article is well written, though the heading depicts the Dinka as the source of problem in our new Republic! As a member of Dinka community, it is natural that i must feel bad whenever anybody writes bad about Dinka! This feeling is what brings contention every now and then in this forum and our Equatorian brothers just take it for granted! What i want to emphasize here is for my fellow countrymen who always want to see tangible reforms in our country to refrain from using demonizing terms against a particular group. Otherwise, every one whose community has been attacked will always be in a defensive position. Let’s target individuals who are messing up our affairs and we leave aside communities, if we don’t want our politics to be polarized!

  7. Max10 says:

    there is no Dinka problems in South, all i know is Kiir’s government problems and his government is composed of ministers from all the tribes. so excuse my language if i call your argument baseless which lack evidence. how can a tribe be a problem? it is only the government that can be.

  8. Chief Abiko! says:

    Dear Tongun Lo Loloyoung:

    Your article is fine! Your ideas in the articles, they are very good! But you have rambled too much in some of your ideas in the paragraphs.You should have given examples.

    Well, in corruption problem in the government in the South Sudan Republic, in the country, under the leadership of President Kirr administration, I wish him to be severe with no remorse in actions! He should not ignore corruption at all in the country. Those who are licking sugar in their mouths alone from people sweats, in the government in the country, they have committed a crime of stealing money, is a very serious matter! No people can be left in the country to suffer alone while others are eating openly without shame! It has to be stopped!

    No. I disagree with you on Dinka problem in the South issue! Why Dinka problem alone in the South Sudan in the government???!!?? Corruption in the government is not for Dinka tribe alone in the government! Let us just only condemn those who have corrupted alone without generalizing entire tribe or Dinka for those ones who have done corruption individually. Thank you. Take care! Let us live in peace in ourselves in the country without tribalism!

  9. Ishaho says:

    Dear Editor,

    Your website is bias against Dinka community. if you are a true South Sudanese who champions unity then you correct this. otherwise it may that this website was established as anti-Dinka forum. Please correct this before it explodes..

    FROM EDITOR: Mr. Chol, that’s your own opinion but our reputation soars higher than your own conceited opinion.

    • Bgracia says:

      Its just the mere truth we dont want to accept, change the aggressive, greedy and selfish ways and see if South Sudan won’t be a bettter place.

  10. James Lual Garang says:

    Thank you so much for piece of advice. In fact this is the weakest leader a Dinka society has ever produced or have!

  11. upiu says:

    Tongun,
    I am a big fan of your writing(s) but this piece hasn’t lived up to the billing of its title. I was hoping to learn of something that hasn’t been said before about Dinka or of a problem is that is uniquely Jieng. What you’ve stated is true about all tribes in Africa and their tribal politics. Of note is your assertion that you are compelled to write about this before the petro-dollars are rolled out to quell the dissidence amongst Dinka against Kiir regime.

    Records in Juba will disagree with that. Many journalists, opinion writers and civil right activists of Dinka ethnicity have been outspoken about the ills of Juba government long before the oil shutdown and as a result did suffer their share of consequences including harrassments, detentions, torture and eventual loss of life.

    On the position of Jieng to ostracize Kiir in the community ala Equatoria conference. First if my geography serves me right, all dinka do not belong to any one of those obsolete three regions and they occupy more than a few of the current ten states. Secondly, If all Dinka in S. Sudan decides to convene a conference, there will be higher magnitude of suspicion that will be raised among the rest of communities in the country, even worst than the aftermath of Equatoria 2013. This may lead to complete mistrust amongst us all as citizens of S. Sudan. I have seen writings from the Jieng of Warrap state criticizing Kiir government, if that is anything to go by.
    Your intellect can better serve us all if you can unravel what is uniquely Jieng – that is the problem in S. Sudan, beside their sheer population.

  12. Manyok Chuol says:

    Brother Tongun,
    Overall, this piece is written with utmost responsibility and reflects great maturity but with a sensational title. Like your previous articles, this piece again is a fascinating one to read and I look forward to reading your thoughts in the upcoming series as this commentary is evidently Part I of a sequence. Admittedly, I’m a Dinka and so I find myself in an awkward position of trying to express disagreements with some assertions without risking appearing as unreasonably defending the Dinka tribe by virtue being Jieng myself.

    In spite of feeling being hamstrung by my ethnicity, and it’s extremely frustrating, I wish to agree with your diagnosis of the problem afflicting our country as springing from “…seeming impotence exhibited by our political leadership in tackling head-on the ills of wanton corruption in the Republic.”

    In an article written to lay bare the dangers “the Dinka problem in South Sudan” pose, I feel obliged to applaud the following author’s moment of candor/honesty: “…the issue of corruption is not unique to the Dinka society, nor is the Dinka society its sole benefactors. It is a national problem, and as such all South Sudanese tribes have also found themselves wanting in combating this issue. In that sense singling the Dinka tribe out in this piece may raise eyebrows…”

    Brother Tongun is similarly correct in observing that these corrupt government officials of Dinka ethnicity show “…an apparent disconnect between the moral ideals and practice of the Dinka society…” Such rightly implies the Dinka tribe has moral ideals and practices to which it subscribes to.

    But despite Brother Tongun’s great insight which I have made reference to above, I find it surprising, if paradoxical all together, to call “apparent disconnect between the moral ideals and practice of the Dinka society” as “the Dinka problem in South Sudan” in respect of rampant corruption by some South Sudanese government officials of Dinka origins. There would be ‘the Dinka problem in South Sudan’ if the Dinka was a tribe without ‘moral ideals and practice[s]’. But such is not the case as you rightly pointed out.

    But could “the Dinka problem in South Sudan” — so defined as ‘apparent disconnect between the moral ideals and practices of the Dinka society’— be a pervasive national problem since “the issue of corruption is not unique to the Dinka society”, as Mr. Lo Loyuong has explained? Is it not conceivable, therefore, the Dinka tribe is just as a victim of these corrupt government officials as the nation of South Sudan is for the violation of its ‘moral ideals and practices’ by those same corrupt officials?

    Concerning my expressed disagreement, I might have spoken too soon as you promised to explain in Part II the concept of “the Dinka problem in South Sudan”, defined as “apparent disconnect between the moral ideals and practice of the Dinka society”

    As you can see, I disagree with your association of corruption with the tribe but I see a great meaning in “Do we [Dinka] support the tribe or the clan, and therefore, the President at all costs? Or do we [Dinka] conclude from the conclusive evidence of the past 9 years that a fresh leadership and impetus is needed to steer the country forward, in order to create a nation called South Sudan? As a Dinka, I would be ashamed if the Jieng support President Kiir on the basis of tribe and not look to the president’s record of the last several years and also the choice of opposition available. That is when I might be in position to agree with what you call “the Dinka problem in South Sudan”

    In closing, this piece is brilliant and very insightful as it articulates our fears as South Sudanese. Can this government manage our nation’s resources wisely and use the petrodollars to fuel dramatic development of South Sudan such as building roads, hospitals, schools, and provide security and spur agricultural sector, etc? Or will the corruption lords swindle public money with impunity again and will the ruling SPLM use public money to buy positions in the upcoming party convention?

    • Chaka, Jill says:

      Chuol, If more of our Dinka brothers were to publicly talk like you and if the Kirr government does not kill off Dinka brothers who advocate for South Sudan like the true national hero like Isaiah Abraham, then the rest of South Sudan will not blame the Jieng and will only blame Kiir and Kiir alone! Just as We could have never obtain independence without a cost, we are not going to get rid of corruption and achieve equality without the “Loud speakers” like Tongun, Elhag Paul ….etc and fair voting, comes every elections until all the thieves and fake patriots are voted out each single time!

    • Bgracia says:

      I can shine abit of light on the association of corruption with the tribe, it is based on the rule of majority, as you stated , ‘… Victim of corrupt government officials …. ‘ there lies the answer, who forms the government or rather spear heads substantial decisions in our state? The answer is pretty obvious, that aside, even the smallest of your offsprings enormously benefit from this corruption at a very tender age, what then will become of them when they mature?
      I speak from experience and practical evidence. A third of my dinka classmates in highschool had heavy bank accounts ,with large sums of money coming in monthly as they were in one way or the other included in the government payroll, even 2year olds were paid just for breathing and being dinka, how can this be justified?

  13. Siliky says:

    Dear brothers, I tend to think that most of you wasted their time pursuing careers. Common sense alone can tell who are who? When you look at the composition of GoSS scrupulously the issue of Dinkas being corrupt will never surface. Dinkas are indeed under represented in the current GoSS. Why is this phenomenon? Kiir is buying peace by over employing belligerent tribes who supported Arabs during the war. I just want each of us to concentrate on the areas of expertise. Lets ask ourselves the following questions:
    1.What exactly have I contributed to this country in my area of expertise?.
    2.Am a parasite in this country?
    3.Have I wasted time specializing in this field?.
    4.Am I only running after money?
    Questions such as those will at least humble us and readjust us to our areas of expertise
    The issue of using wrong data for judgement is useless and should be avoided at all cost.

  14. Issac Deng says:

    There is no Dinka problem in South Sudan but the administration failures to set out a clear vision for the new country. A visionary leader will always care for the vulnerable and the weak in the society. Yes, we have many in our community who worship dirtily acquired wealth. I don’t think they are genuine liberators we used to know in the bush. Dinka or Equatoria all must change their attitudes of playing tribal card and put hands together for the good of this country. Poor leadership that only looks to line the pockets of allies at the expense of national development brings harm to all.

  15. Angui Deng says:

    Yes Mr Tongun, you are no tribal bigot as you said ,but your rhetoric views aganist a particular tribe in the country has exposed that these ugly ideas would just come only from a psychopath with a giant ego who believe in nothing. your friends of course, anti-Dinka blokes can feel relief now, because the verdict aganist Dinka has been handed down in a kangaroo Court and the Judge of course would be you. Unfortunately the dance or dancing will not last long.

    This kind of conspiracy aganist Dinka will never bring unity amongst southerners, you better look at your backyard and make sure the right things have been done there . Dinka will remain as a contributor in South Sudan like other tribes in the national issues, politically and socially and do not think that your negative comments will change any thing in the coommunity, but you will be definitely responsible for further comments, should you contiune with that abusive language towards Dinka.
    Angui

    • Xross says:

      Giving allowance for his brilliance and unbiased article, i think Tongun’s observation brought forward some honest Dinka people who do carry the burden of generalization to let other Non-Dinkas know they too do not condone what their tribes’ men do.

  16. Alphonse Kenyi says:

    To Angui: Please, bear in mind that Tongun’s personal views do not give you the right to threaten him, unless you are showing us the ugly side of some your tribe’s bigots. intellectual discourse warrant you to challenge his rhetoric, not threatening him.

  17. James De'Guin says:

    South Sudanese should grow tired of fallacious generalizations concocted by novices who think they will gain popularity by attacking a perceived dominant community. Is Mr. Tongun implying the so-called “Southern Problem” coined by our former oppressors (the Khartoum power maniacs) has now become the “Dinka problem”?

    For your information, there is no ethnic problem in South Sudan if you research the title of your article. What the South lacks is leadership with a national project or agenda. Majority of our current leaders are either selfish or corrupt- they have directly looted our national coffers or condone looting by keeping quiet about it to keep themselves afloat in office (an indirect benefit).

    Those with insider knowledge of GoSS will attest that the corrupt official has no tribe, is rebellious to his or her party code of ethics and is genderless. He/she is someone shocked by the new wild life of new-found riches. To such a person South Sudan is a treasure island for which all dignity and care must be lost in order to gain this island. The corrupt officials are former Dinka, former Nuer, former Bari, former Shilluk …and former Azande boys and girls who have suddenly become rootless in the new wild life.

    So to call them Dinka, Nuer or Anyuak is an insult to an ethnic name. And there is nothing known as tribal behaviour.

    Also, there is no ethnic forum by which the Dinka may advise their son or daughter on governance, as if South Sudan was a Dinka Country.

    National ills should be pointed out by nation-loving citizens regardless of tribe. You see, Isaiah Abraham criticized GoSS till his death because he believed our nation was being founded on quicksand. If GoSS were a Dinka government all the Dinka including Isaiah would be quiet about corruption and perhaps share the windfalls with their corrupt brothers and sisters. But, South Sudan is South Sudanese’s and should be regarded as such and those ruining it be criticized by names Not by where they hailed.

    I hope in your next article, Mr. Tongun, you will criticizes this government without necessarily referring to a tribe less you inadvertently unite them by association if your intention is not to tarnish their image.
    Stay well.
    James De’Guin

  18. MR.MAL says:

    Hi every body!! I really felt sorry about what Tongun had articulated the problems that arise among the Dinka Tribe which has made me worried about their actions upon the innocent existing south Sudanese tribes as a whole, being deprived from their long term struggle and not remembered in the petrodollar company for the Dinka tribe. Therefore, if the govt could not address or look seriously into this problem, i don’t expect this is the south Sudan we struggled for equality, justice and freedom of every south Sudanese.

    Note: “Results will be seen by 2015 for rectification among the mentioned group of Dinka, Nuer and Shilluk, who are the looters of the petrodollar. They must open their eyes to see other people if not we don’t want to see them as the organized group of the rest of south Sudanese tribes in the nearest future”.

  19. Juma says:

    Do not generalise, is the entire dinka tribe in government? Avoid such headings if u want people to learn from your writings, otherwise headings like these increase tribal tensions. Again avoid such headings next time. Think of your audience before writing

  20. Marko mawien says:

    Well, I appreciated those who have already commented, we want to tell the truth to the people or nation the failure of our country. I want assure my brother, Tongun, that the government is not a Dinka in republic of southern Sudan, get that clear. how many tribes were fighting in southern Sudan? you know some tribes are worst than Dinka by the way, let me tell you.

  21. Ngorson says:

    Brother Tongun, i wish you to indicate for me some key problems that Dinka tribe has in South sudan before i comment in your article? Or shall i agree with what brother Juma said, that you are increasing tension within the community?

  22. dee says:

    Good article my friend, but hey my friends out there the road to recovery is always acknowledging your problems. sure Dinka problems in south sudan sound right in english language. corruption, violence, greed and tribalism seem to be in their blood, i don’t think we are going to see the south sudan everyone had fought and hoped for any time soon. it all start making sense now when khartoum said you are committing suicide wanting to separate!!!!.
    look at the killing around south sudan, look at the so called the capital city, once used to be safer during the war, now citizens live in fear and can’t even sleep at night, i mean the gun shots, the robbery and so on. let us stand up and face it and examine ourselves in and out before being offensive or defensive, it’s the only way to recovery.

  23. Achuil says:

    I think Dinka tribe get blamed in the South for 1 main reason – being the one in leadership. If something goes wrong, then the leadership ought to be held accountable – this is what democracy does. I would say that many things cited by this author are true, but it is one thing to say Kiir’s administration is corrupt and failing us and quite another to say that that Dinka are corrupt and failing the country.
    The line between the two is so thin, but isn’t that the intellectual’s job to figure out the difference and frame the solution? Once a person say that Kiir’s governance is bad, many Dinka people who are tired with Kiir’s way will stand with you, but the moment you one say that the problem is “Dinka,” then the outcome will be different.
    All those tribes are equally corrupt and morally dead – At least I know that much. Show me a tribe which is not a problem, and I will show you the fault line. Each tribe in South Sudan is literally practising what Dinka are doing – stealing, rebellion, and refusing to accommodate people in their land, hatred, deceit, betrayal and all sorts of human vices.
    This one says that the other started it and vice versa. To criticize a bad leader could be justified in democracy but to label his family as the problem is outrageous and completely shuts up the ears of they that were rallying behind you. It’s unfortunate such an eloquence would wound up missing the real discussion- all because of a title that makes your readers nervous about what your deep motives really are, I think you, brother, could use a little advise about the title.

    • Bgracia says:

      Every tribe has vices true, but the extent to which they are comfortable practicing these vices as if it isnt wrong is what points the blame to this direction, it is not merely because of a single leader.

  24. SANTINO AKOOK AYAT TONG says:

    During the War period the people who were in target points were Dinka by Arabs. Today after we gained our freedom also Dinka became another problem in the Republic of South Sudan, due to the bad management of the president Kiir. what the best is that it’s not only the Dinka which the problem in the South sudan, but, all those tribes in south Sudan are the main problem makers.
    whoever keep saying Dinka, Dinka, are the problem makers, please, brother can you try your best to find out different means to deliver your message to all?
    If the president is going to be Elected from the Bari Tribe,and during his term failed to perform in the way that you were looking for, what will you say to Bari ?

    • Bgracia says:

      This is not just about a single leader causing the blame, look at the atrocities this community has brought upon us, the answer to all problems isn’t violence, force or aggression, thats what draws the line between you and the Bari or other minority tribes, we have lost many to war as well but who recognises them? Even until today our youth are fished daily in a bid to diminish our population, but we must remain silent , why??

  25. Right, Tongun, as you said that Dinka are a problem in south sudan, what will be solution?

    • Nuer hate to the Dinka is naturally since upon atime of our grandfather Dengdit not today. And you were supposed to know that we are brothers really. Tongun ,you are close to get mad because of Dinka, while the Dinka are your own brothers, no way out to change tbem by another tribe that its behaviors shall be marching with your Nuer behaviors. It is agreat chock for me to realise lastly that Nuer brothers are all brainless people even though he’s an Educator or illeterate. Shame on you Tongun. And thanks for your stupidness. Instead to teach your illeterate nuer the meaning our brotherhood you messup and become full nuer minded person like this. Tongun our unity is our power as two majority tribe with ancenstorial background. Stop wrong mobilisation. As you know us in term of war we are still hard, so don’t preach your tribe against us. We are not aproblem to any one of s.sudanese tribes.

  26. Tongun , you are near to get mad because of your brothers the Dinka while they aren’t hate you, you Nuer but you hesitated to hate Dinka naturaly not because of the bad thing they have done. Your hatre to the Dinka is naturally not politically, but the power hungries from Nuerare now trying to politise it as you are now trying it. And it is ashame for agreat intellectual like you to write such meaningless articles. You are not now the Nuerian intellectual but you are s.sudanese symbole and s candle like other s.sudanese. You were suppose to teach your Nuerians spirit of nationalism instead to still teaching them the meaningless things. By making Dinka problem to whole s.sudanese in general and especially to Nuer‏ ‏‎ people.

  27. AMUKPIU BOL says:

    Dear brothers,sisters,politicians,militants ladies and gentlemen, i assure you that i,m not a politician but what i know is since long we were all suffering my fallows and we are all south suds in the land of south sud, how com today for who isolate themselves today and use to embrace the government today please, this gov,t is not for president of the Republic of south sud salve, it is for the nation of south sud. president is not corrupt by himself but his old cabinet wasnotcooperate,loyal and there is also disobedient of human rights under him because any groups might organize themselves and let the war be focus on the nation do you thing development shall be in progress? you also know that one hand cannot clap but you should have to know it is not Dinka with Nuer but politician put themselves to destroy the nation and if there outsiders who involve themselves the land of south and God shall see them and make sure am not K iir brother to defense him but am telling you the truth and am not also a big person am just a normal person in the land of south but most people do think that president is not DR

  28. boldit says:

    Mr.Tonggun, the problem is not for Dinka the problem is the government and their insurgency.if we continued like the way you act then there will be know peace in our region as all. if we subject ourselves into the world of tribal line do you think it is good.my advice to the citizens of south Sudan to talk about peace so that the innocents people will not suffer.

  29. Labongo says:

    Let us learn hw to write articles which can bring peace to this young nation stop tribal article stop exposing ur ignorance to the whole nation all those working with kiir are corrupt people not dinkas alot make use of English properly

  30. Hello and I apologize for addressing a subject that is different. Can anyone recommend me a professional Dinka translator who is fully proficient in both English and Dinka? I have an English document of 5000 words that need translation into Dinka ASAP. Please advise.

    Thank you,

    Lesly

  31. raan kach amok says:

    yeah tungon whatever your name is. you 100% racist

  32. Bgracia says:

    He is 100% realistic.

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