BY: Kwai Rekaboam Akech Kwai, South Sudan, FEB/24/2014, SSN;
Many commentators and critics alike are only calling for the release of prisoners. While a call for the release of all political prisoners is a genuine one, why we shouldn’t we call equally on Dr. Riek Machar to respect the lives of the faultless and innocent people of South Sudan irrespective of their tribes affiliation?
His forces have subjected people to frequent vicious cycles of violence; many of whom suffered unbearable death before the eyes of the very people who claim to be liberators and freedom fighters.
This is clear hypocrisy at its best! The lives of those Nuers killed in Juba are of course very important, and so do the lives of people murdered in Akoba, Pariang, and Bentiu and Bor town.
South Sudanese educated ones must write with balance in condemning all atrocities regardless of their tribes. I have heard many commentators and politicians condemn only massacre of Nuers in Juba. But what about the cycle of toxic violence done in Bor, Akoba, Bentiu and Malakal?
Those people were viciously and inhumanely murdered in those towns, and their deaths are identical to ones murdered in Juba. Their extermination should be equally condemnable.
We must condemn all inhumane acts equally if we want genuine peace and reconciliation to prevail over all biases; otherwise, we may have a long-drawn-out cycle of vengeance, God forbid!
The genuine questions I must ask as a citizen of Bor County are where did we go wrong with the Nuer community?
Why are Nuers killing our innocent people? Is there anything we are doing as a community that is thwarting the Nuer quest for top leadership of South Sudan?
Why did the White army massacre the poor residents of Bor County indiscriminately?
Did someone tell them the presidential guards allegedly accused of massacring Nuers in Juba were from Bor? What is the rationality behind the annihilation of Bor County, or other Jiengs?
Does Riek Machar really want to rule South Sudan without the Bor Community?
One wonders why he allowed such deplorable atrocities to be committed among the very people he claims he is fighting to free?
One can claim to be democratic and condone the atrocities committed in Bor Civil Hospital and Bor Cathedral Church only amount to dishonesty.
Allowing such atrocities to take place in Bor Civil Hospital, Bor Town Cathedral Church, and villages around Bor Town while one is silent does not translate into moral, democratic, and ethical ideals.
Dr. Riek Machar must recognize a good and respectful leader must endeavor for greater good for all people, regardless of their tribes’ affiliation.
Nelson Mandela gained international respect because of his good intentions when he was fighting for freedom for all South Africans.
After spending decades of years behind bars while his people were butchered by the white South Africans, He wasn’t vengeful.
His good leadership accorded him a world class commemoration last year!
I wonder why some writers compare Riek with Mandela? I am curious about this because Dr. Riek Machar has been called the Nelson Mandela of South Sudan.
What a disgraceful comparison to such iconic leader.
In my opinion, he is closer to Adolf Hitler. Just as Hitler aimed to eliminate all Jews, Riek is aiming to eliminate all Bor people.
If this is not true, why is he silent about these atrocities? His silence on the killing of innocents, and the action of his militias in Bor Town has clearly demonstrated unkind intentions toward the people of Bor County!
Otherwise, why is he not restraining his people to not kill civilians in Bor County and other parts of South Sudan?
The crimes committed at Church, Bor civil Hospital, and homes are very inhumane for a well-educated Briton engineer like Riek to condone.
Lastly, the mentality of those who are fighting for him does not lend him good respect across Bor, let alone South Sudan.
Dr. Riek must come clean on why the very people he commands commit such unspeakable and callous crimes in Bor County, but remains silent this long.
His silence during the events incriminates him equally with those committing crimes.
I am equally not happy with the government in Juba. Should Riek Machar abandon his desire for the top leadership today?
It would be obvious to see them rushing to the podium delighted to give presidential pardon and amnesty immediately without thinking of what harm Riek has inflicted on ordinary citizens.
We have seen this with the Yau Yau case and many others if antiquity is anything to go by? It would be alright for them as long as their throne is untouchable.
A call for peace and reconciliation must be done by all citizens.
All South Sudanese must rise above their tribal lines and advocates for a just and peaceful South Sudan; otherwise we will all die like a bunch of fools altogether! South Sudan is much bigger than any tribe.
We must condemn both leaders equally regardless of our tribal affiliation.
Anyone who has followed the sequence of events in South Sudan closely would not only blame Dr. Riek, but the government as well.
The authorities acted negligently and arrogantly without professional skepticism from the beginning of this current political crisis and they should be culpable for what has happened under their eyes.
Facts about chain of events:
Dr. Riek was removed as chairman of truth and reconciliation committee.
Delegated powers stripped
He was sacked as vice president
Attempts to push him out the party were made.
Do you see anything wrong here? These processes were seen by his supporters as an attempts to suppress him politically.
It is in this context that I refuse to accept to call what happened in December 15th a coup!
Kwai Rekaboam Akech Kwai
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