BY: R. MODI, JUBA, JUL/14/2015, SSN;
Back in 1855, Russia used the infamous ‘Unholy alliance’ words to describe the destabilizing alliance between Western Europe and the Turkish Empire against the interest of Russia, Greece, and the Balkan States. Later it referred to Ribbentrop-Molotov pact against Poland, which sparked off the Second World War.
At the moment, as far as South Sudan is concerned, there is this unholy alliance between Salva Kiir and Museveni. I am not sure Ugandans see it as such. The area of concern is how the brothers and sisters in Northern Uganda view this alliance.
It goes without saying that the people in Equatoria and those in Northern Uganda share a common history, but also are tied by blood.
And in fact if there is any relationship between Uganda and South Sudan, the people in Northern Uganda and Equatoria are the bridge that made it possible for a substantial relationship to exist.
It is substantial in the sense that there is sharing of common culture and ethnic lineages as opposed to finding ourselves merely living side by side. This is not meant to delink the people of Northern Uganda from their compatriots in the South, West and East of the country. In fact quite to the contrary.
Those who know history a bit will agree that the Banyoro Kingdom provided the link between north, south and West of the country. So it is a natural relationship that eases out in a seamless fashion.
The people in Equatoria are the same people as in Northern Uganda and the people in Northern Uganda have a natural tie with Banyoro and they in turn have a natural link with the rest of the continent-wide Bantu Communities.
In this way, we are all connected and beautifully African all the way to South Africa, however each ethnic individuality needs to and must be conserved not destroyed through imperialism.
Our nationhood is not at the expenses of annihilation of other ethic groups for the benefit of solidifying the foothold of a single tribe. The point of linkage is always natural and substantial, interdependent and mutual, a symbiotic relations.
So you, our friends in Uganda, should begin to know this unholy alliance has a purpose. It could be the fate of Northern Ugandans and Equatoria people.
This set is substantial enough to claim recognition in the politics of the Great Lakes area. Some people who work on zero sum theory will see this as a threat because the people in the area have a strong identity. Characteristically they are strong, patient and technologically able.
The iron technology was used here for centuries and how to extract red iron oxide was also used here for a long time. That created a link with the Bantu because people here sell the red ‘oka’. They possessed the knowhow of how to extract it. But God has given all of us wisdom so that we can live together and create a web of interdependence.
The problem we are now facing is the drive to dominate others, the predatory insatiable desire to rob others worse of their nationhood to include even ancestral lands, which are the very soul of African persons.
These colonial and malicious drives are wrong, have caused the current destruction and will lead to total failed state if those who invented it insisted on this ideology.
History has shown us again and again that attempts to build on the ideology of imperialism are totally wrong and counterproductive and have yet to succeed anywhere.
The Nazi tried and it failed miserably. The Fascist tried it and it equally failed. The Brits did it in a mild way, but soon realized it is not going to work.
Why not examine our very own history with the Jalabas who have tried, killed and starved our people to death, numbering in millions, but ultimately miserably failed.
The graveyards of history are full of imperialists and their victims but importantly their ideologies also!
Mahatma Gandhi, the man Churchill called the half-naked Fakhi proved undoubtedly that no amount of weapons can change the resolve of a people. Examples of such are endless.
But appeals to our sisters and brothers in Northern Uganda are that this unholy alliance is against us all including you.
Especially for my friends in the army, do not act on the basis of orders. You are a moral being. Don’t do what goes against your conscience. You cannot hurt your own people.
This is now a clear principle based on Nuremberg and Rwanda. A lot has been written about it that it is not enough to say I acted on orders.
Your moral compass is respected and to not hurt your own people because of two leaders whose moral probity is highly questionable.
This same appeal applies to our men in the uniform from both sides of the warring parties, do not kill Civilians just because the leaders above you say so, these are your people no matter from which of the 64 tribes they are from.
Without them there is no South Sudan for you to be an army of.
At one point Uganda was applauded when it stopped genocide in Rwanda. That was good. But now, Uganda is supporting a government who carried out genocide, a fact only denied by Kiir and those who actually participated in the genocide directly of indirectly.
It is like 180-degree turn by the very same Ugandan government. Why such a seeming metamorphosis?
If Uganda followed her track record in Rwanda, it could have reacted on the right side and would have held its moral authority; perhaps it could have brought the two brothers together instead of driving them too far apart, as is the case now.
It is either you are one time on the right side of history or later on the wrong side. But it cannot be both.
For a politically astute person like Museveni, the only reason this turn-around happened is the intent for Northern Uganda to be captured and kept under the foot. Whatever form it will be captured in, we do not know.
But in South Sudan we shall hold our own and stand up.
You our brothers and sisters, know what is happening in Yei, Morobu, Kaya, Nimule and Juba. Some of you are badly treated while visiting our country in cities and towns like Juba, Yei, and Bor etc.
This has to stop. When it will not stop, it is going to affect the whole region of Equatoria. Your own future is at risk just like ours. We are all connected.
Do you remember the story of Banyanya? Those are people north of Karuma, Uganda. We are open for discussions and working together for peace. You are also treated in the same way because people fear you. They should not because we have proved again and again we are not hostile or expansionist or imperialists.
In fact as Nilots we prefer purity of blood. If anybody comes from another community we don’t hide their identity neither do we forcefully assimilate nor deny them the privilege to become one of us but it is all at the free will of the individual, this is what is lost in the current paradigm in Equatoria.
Let us work with you to see the Great Lakes change. Should we sit down and allow this to continue? Must we forget that a government comes and goes but the people stay and are here forever to endure?
If the people endure, it’s not the question, if the ruler dies, it’s a matter of time, but critically it’s how badly damaged and torn apart the people are left by such villainous and unscrupulous leaders. This is the question; and the answer is in the hands of “we the people.”