The Kiir-Machar Alliance of Destruction

BY: ELHAG Paul, South Sudanese, FEB/22/2019, SSN;

In the race to consolidate ethnic domination in South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar enters into a pact with President Salva Kiir and the JCE in order to destroy the patriotic people of South Sudan, under the National Salvation Front (NAS), South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA) and the People Democratic Movement (PDM) under Dr Dario Hakim.

 On the 16th January 2019 “in a news conference in Juba, SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley and SSPDF General Chief of Staff Gabriel Jok Riak criticized NAS leader Thomas Cirillo for refusing to sign the deal and urge him to accept peace or face military actions.” (http://southsudannewsagency.org/index.php/2019/01/16/south-sudan-main-peace-partners-declare-national-salvation-front-threat-to-peace-warn-of-military-action/)

Now that Riek Machar has secured his vice presidency, those who do not agree with the ersatz peace, are to be forced to accept it.  Hence, the declaration, “[We] urge him [Thomas Cirillo] to accept peace or face military actions.”

Where it is a known fact that there is no peace at present in South Sudan. Which Peace do SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley and SSPDF General Chief of Staff Gabriel Jok Riak want to protect?

The IGAD 12th September 2018 Peace Agreement is not legitimate.  It was conducted under duress by the very people who colonized South Sudan for nearly sixty years with the sole purpose to grant President Salva Kiir legitimacy and control of the parliament for him to rule supreme, while the presidents Bashir and Museveni perpetrate war in order to exploit the resources of South Sudan.

The people of South Sudan are being forced to accept oppression and exploitation; it is either that the people choose peace as is prescribed, or be subject to a state of war deliberately created by President Kiir and the JCE. This is sad and unfortunate. 

The National Salvation Front and few others have taken the right direction by refusing to surrender and submit to the pack of blood-spillers.

Their position should be understood in the context of Dr Martin Luther King’s sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville under the title: ‘When Peace Becomes Obnoxious” (https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/when-peace-becomes-obnoxious-sermon-delivered-18-march-1956-dexter-avenue). 

For this article to make sense the reader is recommended to access the given link for full understanding of why the word peace must not be taken at face value.    

In less than four weeks the alliance of President Kiir and Riek Machar supported by Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro is wreaking havoc in Central Equatoria. 

Where alliances are formed for the benefit of self, it is important that we the people of South Sudan examine the benefits that each group aims to achieve.

We the people of South Sudan ask: Why is Riek entering into an alliance with President Kiir? The answer is evident in the cave mentality of the SPLM/A.

Under Dr John Garang the SPLM/A was intolerant of any rivalry.  Any organisation that did not want to bow to the will of the SPLM/A became a target of military action.

Their rational is that power must only be exercised by the SPLM/A in South Sudan, and is why they resort to violence to eliminate any competitor for power. 

When General Thomas Cirillo abandoned the SPLM/A in the spring of 2017, Riek while in incarceration in South Africa, thought that General Cirillo would become one of his commanders.  When this did not happen, the believer of Ngundeng began to have hostile ideas. 

Even a J. Nguen, one of Riek’s ardent supporters based in Canada resorted to unnecessary intimidation to drive General Cirillo into SPLM-IO.  Please see, ‘A Warning to Gen. Cirilo from the Nuer S.C. Mistakes any armed opposition must not do.’ (http://www.southsudannation.com/a-warning-to-gen-cirillo-from-the-nuer-s-c-mistakes-any-armed-opposition-must-not-do/)

These matters did not end here.  Riek from his gulag in South Africa in anger following recommendations of his people on the ground ostensibly Frank Matata, Gabriel Lam Paul and others, ordered war against Cirillo’s forces in Central Equatoria. It is this war that has since continued.

Riek’s unfinished business is central to his plan; remaining the only formidable opposition to the system in Juba with the hope of one day replacing the ethnic system put into place by President Kiir, with his own.

In alliance with President Kiir, Riek hopes to cement Nuer position as the second dominant tribe in the politics of South Sudan inspite of the existing toxic relationship.

For example, the Nuer are second to the Jieng concerning all things in South Sudan – from political positions to the control of the security sector.  

What the Nuer do not know is that they are being psychologically conditioned to accept being second class to the Jieng, and that it is this alliance that affirms their conditioning and manifests itself in this lopsided relationship.

Now I will examine the Nuer leaders. In all the agreements signed to date Riek eternally fights for the position of First Vice President, even though he held this position for nearly two decades. Why is this? Inferiority complex? 

Another Nuer, Taban Deng also fights to be First Vice President, even when such ambition is tearing families and leading to the loss of peoples lives in five figure numbers unnecessarily. 

Whether it is Riek, Taban Deng, Changson Chang etc…, they all seem to fight themselves, like ‘ferrets in a sack’ to appease President Kiir for second and/or ministerial positions. 

The Nuer community need to wake up and look in the mirror, so as to not allow itself to be the cannon fodder in the alliance of destruction. 

Certainly the Nuer have young, capable and thoughtful leaders who should now step in and put a halt to the unacceptable, unnecessary losses of lives.

It is amazing how history repeats itself. Though the context may be different, the thinking behind remains the same. 

Riek on 21st April 1997 struck Khartoum Peace Agreement with President Omer Al Bashir of the Sudan. He immediately signed up to the destruction of the SPLM/A under Dr John Garang. His alliance of the willing almost succeeded to destroy the SPLM/A.

Having been appointed as Vice President of the Sudan at the time, his forces worked ‘hand-in-glove’ with the National Islamic Front forces of Al Bashir.  They marched from eastern Sudan through to South Sudan, county to county, and town to town routing the SPLA at a speed never imaged by observers of the Sudan war. 

The SPLM/A found itself in Nimule.  Khartoum started to crow about the end of the war, and truly it was. Were it not for the resourcefulness and gallantry of the Equatorian boys, SPLM/A would have been history a long time ago.

 The Kiirs, Malongs, Manyangs and so on had all done a runner.  They were nowhere to be seen.  The heroes of the day were General Thomas Cirillo, the leader of NAS, General Augustino Jadallah, the current governor of Central Equatoria, General Emmanuel Mujung, General Oyai Deng Ajak, General Elias Lino (whereabouts unknown)…just to mention a few. 

These dedicated sons of the land re-organised the SPLA and led it into victory against all odds.  They fought their way out of Nimule retaking all the major towns in Equatoria. 

Once the allied forces of Bashir and Riek were thoroughly routed, the Kiirs reappeared to claim leadership.  The rest is history or a story for another day.

This leads us to the crucial question: Has Riek not learnt anything from his futile alliance with President Omer Al Bashir against the people of South Sudan? Why is he entering into another alliance with President Kiir against the people of South Sudan?

I leave you the reader to ponder on these questions. Now let us move to the benefits of the alliance for President Kiir and the JCE.

This alliance between Kiir and Riek solely serves the interest of the JCE and their grand plan to create ethnic homogeneity with the Jieng as the hegemons in the country.  This fits in well into the grand scheme of actualising an ethnic state in South Sudan. 

Remember President Kiir declared in Lobonok that this scheme will take 15 to 20 years to achieve.  Please see ‘President Kiir’s speech at the SPLM Retreat at Lobonok, South Sudan’. (https://paanluelwel.com/2018/12/06/president-kiirs-speech-at-the-splm-retreat-at-lobonok-south-sudan/).

It appears that R-ARCSS was signed with a plan to either bring all the opposition together for a slaughter, so that they would continue with the project unopposed, or to co-opt SPLM/A-IO onto the side of the regime of terror to first destroy any opposition, then to finally clear Riek and the Nuer after having been thoroughly weakened. 

On the face of it, we see divide and rule but the ultimate objective is to use Riek and the Nuer to do the JCE’s dirty work of clearing the other people of South Sudan, for a Jieng ethnic state to be realised, then eventually the Jieng will finish Riek after having been extensively weakened.

This alliance of criminals exposes Riek’s deficiency in strategic thinking.  Riek is so short-sighted due to his obsession with familial and tribal politics, that he cannot see beyond the interest of his family and tribe, exactly like President Kiir and JCE, which renders him ineffective. 

The crimes of President Kiir and the JCE need a collective societal response for the sake of building a healthy and viable South Sudan.

It is incredible that the SPLM/A-IG and IO in this day and age believe that brute force is the solution to maintaining power. They need to understand that if in the last 36 years of their existence they have not learnt that brute force is not everything, they need to consult libraries. 

Brute force did not work during colonialism and certainly did not work in Iraq, Romania, and Vietnam etc. Brute force will not work in South Sudan!

This brings us to a discussion on NAS. Professor Johan Galtung strongly argues; if you need peace you need to understand your opponent’s position. President Kiir and Riek need to understand the position of General Cirillo and the others.  To wage war is not a solution.

Trying to subjugate an opponent produces counter force and determination.  I thought Riek should have learnt something from his foolery of allying with Al Bashir to defeat Dr Garang.  He sacrificed thousands of Nuer people for a futile project that did not yield any fruits for the Nuer community other than for his own family.

The bogus Khartoum Peace Agreement blessed by the biased and complicit IGAD known as R-ARCSS cannot be shoved down people’s throat. 

If Riek is happy in his surrender as it appears, he should not expect that the people of South Sudan will follow suit in his footsteps. 

Targeting the sons and daughters of South Sudan for destruction in an alliance with President Kiir will not work, because this alliance itself confirms the fact that there is no peace and people should not bother with it. 

Already, far-sighted members of SPLM-IO who see the foolery in this alliance are speaking out against it.

(Please see, ‘Disagreement emerges among SPLM-IO officials as government pushes for joint military offensive against NAS’ (https://southsudannewsagency.org/index.php/2019/01/21/disagreement-emerges-among-splm-io-officials-as-government-pushes-for-joint-military-offensive-against-nas/)

NAS so far is the only political and military organisation that truly represents the people of South Sudan.  Careful observation of its structures and the people holding positions in those structures to a large extent without doubt, demonstrates it to be a national and patriotic organisation representative of the people. 

For example, the leader is a Bari from Equatoria, the Chief of the Army is a Fertit from Bahr El Ghazal, the military Spokesman is a Nuer from Upper Nile, the political Spokesman is a Pojulu from Central Equatoria, the leader of the IGAD negotiator team is from Wau, Bahr El Ghazal, the four Chiefs of the Army making up the joint command come from different parts of South Sudan and so on.

Compare this to SPLM/A-IG and IO and see the variance for yourself.

 NAS truly is what is needed in South Sudan to bring peace because its policies of equality, meritocracy and conviction in the rule of law are what is missing in the South Sudan.

In a country of 64 tribes, President Kiir and the JCE have embarked on a project to create an ethnic state. 

Riek on the other hand is working hard by sacrificing Nuer, in order to build a familial empire. 

With this kind of mentality how can these failed leaders of the party of blood spillers think they can bring peace to the country of South Sudan?

The songs of peace being sung by President Kiir, Riek and the compromised SSOA are an utter waste of time of the people of South Sudan.

For those who have not yet realised, the worst violators of peace in South Sudan and East Africa are President Kiir and his best friend President Yoweri Kagutu Museveni of Uganda.

President Kiir violated peaceful understanding between South Sudan and the Sudan, when in the spring of 2012 he “invaded” the disputed area of Panthou which Riek for reasons best known to him gave it up to Khartoum. 

This led to the unnecessary loss of lives and the shutdown of the oil, damaging the economy of South Sudan. 

Then in July 2016 President Kiir again in broad day light violated ARCSS that was signed in August 2015 by attacking SPLM/A-IO, their partner in peace in Juba, and exposed the residents of Juba to unnecessary harm.

On the other hand, when President Museveni was a rebel leader fighting the government of Uganda under General Tito Okello, he entered into an agreement with the latter in Nairobi to end the war.  Before the ink could dry in the agreement, he immediately launched a vicious attack on the capital Kampala seizing power and declaring himself president. 

What type of people are these who do not honour their words?

Unsurprisingly, President Kiir and President Museveni are bosom buddies in the East African region.  “Birds of the same feather flock together.” 

With their kind of rogue record why do people believe that R-ARCSS will be honoured? 

One violator with a serial record of violations is a signatory to R-ARCSS, and the other with a serial record of violations and invasions of neighbouring countries is the guarantor.  All of them possess a criminal record of mass murders. 

Can you see what is awaiting the people of South Sudan?  If President Kiir were to be a man of peace, he would not have declared his plans openly in Lobonok, to achieve Jieng Hegemony in 15 to 20 years from now, while at the same time singing of peace.

So to understand President Kiir’s songs of peace one has to peer into the history of Nazi Germany to find answers. 

Hitler in his campaigns in the Second World War lulled and fooled opponents as well as his potential victims, by entering into alliances and peace agreements he had no intention to keep, but to facilitate his overall plan to conquer Europe. 

President Kiir is now doing a similar trick to buy time in order to bring the opposition near to him for a final knockout, to realise the project of a Jieng ethnic state.

In conclusion, the alliance of criminals is a desperate act for the pack to maintain power, using brute force in order for them to build an ethnic system in the country, that benefits them at the expense of the people of South Sudan. 

It remains to be seen whether they will succeed, given the experience of the alliance born out of the Khartoum Peace Agreement of 1997. END

25 Comments

  1. mading says:

    E. Paul,
    I said on this web before that the war being fought in our country is a war of positions, not of domination as some were preaching it and are still preaching it today. Riek got his job back now everything is good, the same thing with your Thomas Cirillo. if he get his too, he will turn on others who are still waiting to see what they will get before they will join the government. It is good now that you see the light.

  2. False Millionnaire says:

    Pray to God if that’s a bad news to u.Remember never to forget to remember in case u still don’t know,politics is a dirty game.It’s a principle of survival to come out from the bush and join them.That will buy u a time to run back to the bush again if they take to each others’ throats and pay less attention to u.

  3. Mach says:

    ELHAG Paul,
    Fighting for freedom isn’t as easy as writing on the internet isn’t it? Well; Jiengs’ bloods and suffering were at the receiving end of the complications you’ve so well described! So; when I hear or see people of South Sudan shouting on websites “We want our freedom or I want my freedom”! All I can say is; you guys can at least do more than that in persons and not on online somewhere overseas in your comport zones!

  4. Malouda says:

    Elhag, I confused where do you got your education, it is a lost because you do not differentiate things which is good, bad,true or wrong, since I started to read your articles. NAS is not a national neither a patriotic organization, it is not even for Bari or Equatorian sons, it is only for Thomas Cirilo with those who want to be generals for the period of a week or a month.
    your general Cirilo missed a golden chance which he will not get it again till he dies, because of his power hunger he supposes to be coming SSPDF general chief of staff after the death of Gen.hero.James Ajuongo.Omer el-Bashier do not defeat us when we where in Nimule, we where there in our area (South Sudan) and those who where in Nimule were not you, were South Sudanese sons from all parts of South making a resist to the enemy and liberated you up today you are calling yourself a south Sudanese citizen. you are not a nationalist, you are 100% tribalism,go away with your coward gen. Cirilo, it is SPLA that developed your general to be called general, if he was with SAF he would not to be called general of today. The only way to calm situation in our country is to sit down and agreed to stop violent and elect our leader peacefully, but with these accusations and continuation of violence we could not get to the solution.

    • Akim Salah says:

      Malouda U lied big time, maybe you were not there,
      It’s not even in Nimule alone but Bamure, somewhere by the borderlines in KajoKeji. The SPLA were thoroughly beaten from Juba to Kaya, when the sector Commander Mr. Nicknora Magar Acheg betrayed our boyz the largely made up of Equatorians(Ma’di, Lotuko, Bari speakers), Bhar El Gahzel boys of the Intisar Sakus etc. at the great battle of Mahamend Zabir. The NIF forces where defeated all their facilities under control. But request for Magar to send reinforcement and drivers to pull out the trucks was futile. he had already made contacts with Bashir. The enemy reinforced and gave us the beating that only death can make one forget. We lost most of our elite officers and men. That was the turning point. They leisurely smashed their way to Kaya forcing the cowardly UPDF to retreat to Koboko are their roam freely deep into Uganda Territory. Bomure came to exist through efforts of a handful of Equatoria boys one of whom is still serving in the Engineering Division. They refuse to surrender not run to Uganda for Exile and played hid and run with the Darfurian dominated NIF forces in KajoKeji. By the time the SPLA leadership realized their existence and the strategic location. The enemy had registered quite a number of deaths in abandoned Cassava field and mango trees field that had become a death trap for them
      Garang knew too well, I cannot entrusted A jeing to reorganized the forces it was then the Jadalas’ Thomas Cirilo and the veteran Politician Late James Elioba Surur roam the world and the camps mobilizing the boyz to return for war, hence the rigorous trainings with logistics support from the US coordinated by the Ethiopia and administered by Uganda for the great battle of Operation thunder Volt that swept the enemy from kaya to Kuburi Arobian(40Miles from Juba) commanded by Thomas Cirilo, with Jadala charge with taking on Yei, Abraham Wani flashing the enemy from Pakula to Kenyi and towards Lainya. We lost quite a number of our boyz esp. in Kenyi
      It should be remembered that, the TC and Jadala people to be feared and respected at same time. While in SAF TC gave the SPLA a beating to remember with his small force charge with protecting the airport. Jadala too smashed our forces from Juba to Yei.
      The SPLA of today is nothing but an auxiliary unit of UPDF, without Ugandan support you would be history by now
      Stop writing what you do not know, esp for those of us who were there

      • info@southsudannation says:

        Akim Salah,
        Your response to Malouda and others like him is really great and comes with the palpable and genuine feelings of a hero who was indeed on the spot. When the true history of our South Sudan nation is written one day, the preponderance of evidence like yours will reveal all the overwhelming and pertinent evidence such as yours as to who were the real liberators of our now-accursed nation.
        For sure, many of the current responders against the Equatorian heroes are simply parrots that are pushed by their tribal animosity against our heroes of liberation. Nobody has that power to suppress and hide the tangible and real facts of our wars against the jellaba Arabs. When that history is finally written, the facts will be proof of who were the REAL HEROES.
        Please, keep the information flowing, these tribal sycophants need serious doses of enlightment.
        Editor

        • Akim Salah says:

          Thanks, Editor,
          I was there, I am multi-national by blood and socialization. Some of these paid commentators like False Millionaire are boyz from the Cattle camp to refugee camps and perhaps re-settlement abroad with perhaps moments spent studying in Kampala or Nairobi. But some of us transverse borders, fought as Jesamera (Red Army)and lived in many cities and villages across this region.

          In fact, I am writing a book so that our children won’t be robbed of our history. Yes, the Dinka fought but if you use law of average, we gave more….. given our proportion and the forces we supplied.

          The Dinka died in numbers but that is coz of their greed, many go for a battle with motivation of looting, rape etc. When we attack the enemy convoy, before the guns could be silent, our Jieng comrades are already on top of the trucks helping themselves with the loot.

          A counter attack by the enemy leaves them vulnerable, they got gunned down like monkeys on top of tree. In addition to the sins they committed – they died in multitude…I can name generals who forcefully defiled and married our girls against their WILL.

      • Mabior Bol says:

        Akim Salah;
        You see how Info@southsudannation is shocked the way he did about the history you’re sharing? That’s because your own history that you’re sharing now in 2019 is a lie! Lack of contribution in the liberation doesn’t mean you have to lie to feel that you’ve been part of history. Why don’t you list the towns Thamas Cirilo and his fellow commanders you mention have captured so that others who were there should verified their victories! I don’t have to call you a liar but let your story be corroborated by those who were there. I want you to respond to list the towns which are they? Did they capture Kapoeta, Torit, Nimule, Yei, Juba, Yambio, Maridi? Just tell us which towns or else stop the nonsenses!

        • Akim Salah says:

          Mabior,

          Many Thanks for your query,
          I am not saying that many, in fact many generals and men and women who fought gallantly are Equatorians, I am trying to counter your claims that every victory must be attributed to Dinka which is wrong. Coz the Dinka land had never witness the horrors of war like we do in Eastern and Central Equatoria. For instance, you people could move in and out of Wau city and the satellite towns freely, but not in Juba and other Equatorian towns.

          Secondly, talking about great battles like the latest one in 2002. If u haven’t been there ask those who were there?? what happened when the Equatorian Forces made of more Zandes withdrew after realizing that Garang was bringing in Dinka Bor boys from Kakuma to occupy the garrison they have captured?

          They defected marching across all towns unchallenged. More so it was Clement Wani Konga and the SSDF of Kenyi who smashed us hard in the worst battle around Liria en route to Torit. That almost made Bashir to plan to retake Yei had it not been for the Americans.

          If u read me well, the summary of what I said is that our generals came in to reshape the tattered movement, they r good planners no one can deny that unlike some who rely on numbers. If u capture a town after Loosing a battalion is that being brave of poor planners?? In military science, it will tell u that what matters is the ratio of our lost to that of the enemy.

          Brother, I believe in South Sudan But we must be rational in our Objective, sentiments won’t rebuild our nation.

      • Taban Alimasi says:

        Brother Akim Salah,
        You know what you are talking about, these few individuals don’t understand because they are blindfold with tribalism. Thank you for lecturing to them, who have nothing but hatred of tribalism not knowing who is the true liberator, only history can tell who are the true visionary leader.

      • Eastern says:

        Akim Salah (possibly a son of a former NIF soldier),

        Who really needs all this crap you spewed here? The problem with the SPLA-led regime in Juba is not that South Sudanese do not understand or appreciate what the guys did when they were in the bush.

        Stop painting the revolutionary effort then on top of the DEADLY TRIBALISM that is trying to reward dinka for the ZILLION lives they lost during the cause of hurdling in Bamure, Mangalatore, Amee, Mugali, etc…

        Some of us who POUR SCORN on anything and everything SPLA/SPLM have seen more than the praises from some of the apparatchiks of SPLA/SPLM.

        After reformation of the regime in May 2019, trust me, South Sudan won’t be like the Southern Sudan of the mid 2000s.

        SPLA was formed with EQUATORIA as on one of the principals to DECIMATE. Where has the word EQUATORIA gone when Kiir decreed his 28 tribal enclaves..?!

        The regime in Juba is tribal and doesn’t warrant ANY cooperation; those who cooperate/associate, etc with, SHOULD be lump together for the needful…!

        The Eastern Rock

        • Akim Salah says:

          Eastern,
          Your comment is Ambiguous but I won’t blame you.
          In journalism we say KISS and Tell (keep it short and simple and tell)
          No own has the Monopoly of liberation struggle, I grew in it before joing in da jungles and never been in Juba during the struggle.
          Note: Reasoning and emotions are incompatible. So think before you write…

  5. Amb.Mohamed Ismail Farag. says:

    Amb.Mohamed Ismail Farag.

    I believe wisdom and intellect are paramount pillars of civility and non-violence. We need more wisdom and intellect to achieve high and real peace in South Sudan.

    My conscience tells me there are two wars raging momentarily inside our country South Sudan. Namely, physical war (armed groups warfare) and spiritual war (injustice/justice and exploitation).

    For high and real peace to prevail in South Sudan, these two wars (physical and spiritual) must be stopped and won respectively. Guns must be silenced and injustice-cum-inequality to be rigorously neutralized, failing which real peace will remain elusive.

    In a nutshell, our people in South Sudan and beyond need real peace not escapism peace which doesn’t confront head on the real issues of life arresting them since December 2013 to date. Equally l strongly believe that the candid political leadership in Juba-na-Bari can meticulously deliver the requisite real peace but not escapism peace to all South Sudanese on equal terms.

    Escapism peace, in my humble opinion, is when everybody gets what nobody wants.

    God bless you all my fellow countrymen.

    Ambassador Mohamed Ismail Farag.

  6. Taban Alimasi says:

    Brother ELHAG Paul,
    Thanks for the article, what you have narrated in the article some are facts, but others are not. I am not sure what conclusion you are trying to reach, yes, Riek and Kirr are practicing nepotism in government, where sensitive positions are given to their tribe members, which is known to all of us even the members of their tribes.
    Supposing people of South Sudan need a patriotic and visionary leader to rescue them from such situation, but your presentation in this article shows you are not different with the two-rival leaders Riek and Kirr, if given opportunity you will behave like them.
    These two leaders are individuals, when they committed a crime, they would be held accountable as individuals, not the whole tribe.
    If Riek enters into agreement with Kirr, it is not Nuer tribes but Riek as representative of SPLM/IO, until we start to address our politicians by name instead of tribe, South Sudan would never see peace.
    I am sure many Nuer never agreed with Riek in day one when the war started in 2013, the same many Dinka have not agreed with Kirr about the war and nepotism in South Sudan government, by generalizing, you are victimizing the whole tribe.
    Imagine, if your brother or son committed a crime and the police want to arrest you for that crime, how would you feel, I believe you would fight to death.
    I would like assure you that, agreement was between government of South Sudan and SPLM/A IO and both parties constitute of South Sudanese not a tribe. Those parties that didn’t sign the agreement, had clearly outlined why they didn’t and they have the right to do so and they are South Sudanese parties not a tribe.

  7. Lokosang says:

    Mading,
    you are either an innocent person or misinformed by your guardians. For your knowledge, general Thomas was not dismissed from his former position as deputy chief of staff for training nor he went to the bush because of position. His reasons and objectives are very clear and are available in the social media. You seek for it and read for yourself so that you can make a correct judgement.
    Hence your naked accusation that he left for bush because of position does not make sense unless ignorant people who lack consciousness to understand can say that. By now it should be apparent to all that those who went to the bush because of positions are the ones who signed the fake agreement and are now in Juba or in Khartoum waiting to join their colleagues in Juba.

  8. mading says:

    Lokosang,
    Your Cirillo is the opportunist, he thought that Juba was about to fall when internet warriors were talking like it is going to happen in hours. That is what he likes to do, he did that SPLA was threatening Juba in 90’s. He jumped off Sudan government forces sinking boat. He was lucky at that time, he came home a liberator later, but not this time.

    • Taban Alimasi says:

      Mading,
      Is unclear whether you are former SPLA or you are just a supporter of Kiir’s government or very tribal and hate Thomas. Otherwise I don’t see any reason for your argument, Thomas is a graduate of a recognised Sudanese military college, not many in SPLA rank are equivalent to him. This was recognised by the President that was why he was appointed to that position of duty chief of staff for training. When Thomas left Sudan army to joint SPLA, that was his free will like when Dr John went and Joint Kerubino Kuangin.
      Your commend are very evident to your lack of capacity to understanding political discourse. However, I do agree with you that some political leaders took arms because they lost their position in the government. Thomas left his position in South Sudan army went and started a movement with a clear objective and he refused to sign Khartoum agreement because it didn’t address his movement’s objectives. Those who took arms for position, when their position was given back, they all signed the agreement and are back to Juba. As a free citizen, each individual has right to organise a movement or a party to oppose the government and the government have responsibility to prove that oppositions are wrong by providing services to its citizens.
      Madding I just would like to remind you, in case you are young, the old Sudanese government which we all oppose for oppression and slavery was much better than this current government in Juba. Where on earth have you heard that civil servant and army working for free, while the country is rich with oil, no proper schools and hospitals, government official are sending their children to study in neighbouring countries. Please tell us what is the way forward, you may be the only South Sudanese who may have a better idea.

  9. Holo Kor says:

    Hi Lokosang, responding to Mading here, made him to believe that he’s a smart and funnyman to debate with.
    But in the real sense and the meanings of it, the man is poorly unschooled, and by so doing you only invigorate him and to say more stupid things and, which most of the time doesn’t work out with the logics.

    First of all, and by the way, see the structure of his writing, and what is there? Nothing, but only the difficulties of understanding-everything is always out of the wagging tongue.
    Anyway, he can call Thomas Cilliro every name as he wanted,but that is not going to change anything.
    The fact of the matter is ,they Dinka have screwed it up, and we cannot shy away in calling an ace an ace.

  10. Mor-Amook says:

    Dear Taban,

    I really agree with your comments especially the comments to El hag and Mading. Yes, Thomas is a south Sudanese and has right to form a party or movement.

    You are the only South Sudanese who thinks beyond tribal scope of hatred. You are able to differentiate between a leader and a tribe he/she hails from. Please keep up but don’t at times response to others in a way you would be likely seen as irritable when other leaders are criticized.

    It’s your comments that encourage me to read other nonsense in this website. Otherwise thanks a lot. You are a uniting figure and educative in this website

  11. mading says:

    Holo Kor. I feel bad for you, you are so angry because you did not win the war on the ground. But the good news is that you winning your war on this web. Feel any better ?

    • Holo Kor says:

      Please hello and poor Mading, what you’re writing or wrote are a-pooh-pooh! In every sense and common sense, and above all, it’s lacking the moral-and out of the wax. And who told you that I’m an argry person. And why do you have to assume, and also feel bad for me? Honestly, I have never heard of any empathy being displayed by your kind or you’re only mocking me perhaps, but I don’t buy it. And you add and you said…, “win the war”. Which war? The war of yours, the crazy type; waging the war on women, babies and blind. You’re just crazy and the people and sure. You are! By the way, there’s saying that says: the higher the monkey climb the tree the more he show his tail. And Mading and your government in Juba, the more, and harder you try to govern, the more we show your stupidity and foolishness in that country, which we call ours and under you, Mading, a Jeing.

      Finally, when are you ready to do a better job and better than this, but don’t show to us/ me your hollow pride, because I’m not interesting with it any more.

      Also, I am happy with what have and thank you.

  12. Samuel Atabi says:

    Dear Elhag, as always you don’t disappoint. Thank you. As all human beings Riek and Kiir are subject to downward trend as the aging takes its hold. Riek has had numerous opportunities to raise his Nuer people. He instead used them for his intangible political gains.
    Your articles enumerate some the opportunities. Riek is now probably in the last of his attempts to get power. But this last gamble seems to be doomed. Unlike the Jieng, Riek has no determined Council of Elders to chart his course.
    To me Riek is now desperate to get back to the Vice presidency in order to pay back his debts to cowboy investors who supported his struggle with the hope of reaping big while Riek is back in government.
    Otherwise I fail to see why Riek should throw all caution in the air, enter a diabolical alliance with Kiir and attack the Equatorians who have been loyal to him throughout his troubled journey. It is last chance saloon for Riek and the Equatorians will always remember his perfidy.

  13. Hoiloom says:

    Samuel Atabi,

    I understand the frustration among opposition members across the board concerning Khartoum peace agreement. I know that IO has not attacked NAS but the contrary can’t be further from the truth. Cirrilo hopes to rally Equatorians by instigating a fight against IO forces since NAS inception in 2017 way before he attacked Kiir’s forces.
    As a matter of fact, the first time I believe NAS encountered regime forces occurred in 2019. I mentioned in one of my previous comments that IO cannot survive in Equatoria without support from sons and daughters of the region.
    Riek has made a lot of mistakes as this war should have been won since 2015. Yes, he is responsible for not ending the war militarily in hope that the international community would come to the rescue of our people which is a naive thinking. Who knows what J2 episode holds for us, sometimes to win a war you need to come closer to your enemy. I still consider all of you as allies in this struggle against JCE tribal gangsters.
    Elhag Paul, just a point of correction; Nuer would never gang up with Dinka against Equatoria. Perhaps you are not aware that the deputy chief of staff for IO forces, Koang Chuol was denied entry to Luri some weeks back. The statement he made in Juba made so many IO members angry but I guess it was out of context. The current clashes in Yei do not involve IO forces in anyway as there is no such things as joint operation against NAS.

    Hoiloom

  14. GatCharwearbol says:

    Hoiloom,

    Thanks for clarification. I was devastated when I heard the rumor that IO is teaming up with Dinka to rid of NAS. I took it upon myself to find out the truth and contacted those in the field. What I found out is indeed contrary to the allegation. Such allegation never happened and it will never happen. NAS is our ally. Everybody in the field understood it very well.

    Continue standing with truth. As for my Equatorian brothers and sisters, please don’t let propaganda place a wedge between us. We stand together with you in this struggle and it needs to continue as such.

  15. Hoiloom says:

    GatCharwearbol,

    You are highly welcome brother. It is important to find out facts by making direct contact with our people in Equatoria. The media has so much propaganda that keep confusing people. CDR is aware that the struggle is not over, just wonder why he would make such a disastrous statement in media. Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue.

    Stay blessed!

    Hoiloom

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