BY: Thomas Anzo Mulumbe, Diaspora, MAY/02/2014, SSN;
We the members of concerned Ma’di community in Diaspora are outraged and appalled to learn the inhuman massacre of our 22 young sons confirmed dead and an unknown number of unaccounted for members of our youth who were part of recent “Greater Equatorian governors” government mobilization, a supposed program to protect the Equatorian territories.
The 22 dead youth were part of recruits who were supposed to be undergoing combat training with their colleagues from other tribes within Equatoria, unknown to their parents and our community; they were deployed in frontline to fight this senseless tribal war ignited by the president and his allies.
We are appalled by this government deception! We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.
We swear by our land and declare to hold governor of EES Louis Lobong Lojore accountable for the death of our sons. We have had it with this good for nothing governor.
We demand the puppet governor to explain personally to the families of these dead young men and Ma’di community and the people of EES at large how the so called recruits meant to protect Equatorian territories ended up in the frontline in Bentiu?
Lobong, when will you have the backbone and stand up for your people and state?
We would like to urge our Equatorian brothers and sisters not to take the words of the three governors of Greater Equatoria seriously no more, they failed to live up to their promises, they are undercover agents, puppets, recruiting for President Kiir to wage his tribal war against the Nuer people.
We carry no grudges against the Nuer nor have reasons to die for Kiir given how his government has oppressed our communities….. the Ma’di in particular.
We have no single blood drop to waste for this tribal government.
We called up on all Equatorians to protest against the three puppets governors for sending our sons to be used, as human shield in Bentiu, Bor, Renk and other places to protect the Dinkas soldiers who stay behind the front lines and in or at the covers of tanks.
We are abhorred to learn the Dinka soldiers loyal to Kiir refused to deploy to fight the war that belongs to them, leaving their Juba government with no option but to deploy our new poorly and barely trained recruits to be slaughtered by the fierce Nuer fighters who are fighting for their lives in a war provoked by the Dinka themselves.
We have learned from reliable sources that the UPDF have been taught many lessons and they too like their Dinka counterparts have become frontline weary and want to remain in urban centers.
So, my fellow Equatorians, if you do not open your eyes, our young sons will be slaughtered and finished fighting for the Dinka Juba government, a war we did not start and a war that does not belong to us and that should have never been if it was not due to Kiir’s Tyranny.
The Dinka dominated government does not want to halt this war deliberately incited and executed by Kiir to benefit none other than the Dinka people and their interests in the new Republic of South Sudan.
We urge the people of Greater Equatoria to immediately reject this evil plan of their sons and daughters being used as human shield in the name of fighting to defend the constitutional rights the same that never protected us as a people of greater Equatoria.
After all, what constitutional rights are left to be defended by the people if the president is massacring the very people who are protected supposedly by the very said constitution?
We also called upon the three Equatorian governors to clearly redefine their relationships with the people of Greater Equatoria; we condemned in the strongest terms possible their games to sacrifice the lives of our resourceful youth to fight and die just to keep Kiir alive in power… for whose benefits?
We the concerned Ma’di community in Diaspora reject any single recruitment of our youth to be used as human shields in frontlines to keep Dinkas soldiers alive to the benefit of who?
We learnt that the newly appointed chief of general staff of South Sudan army before his appointment in his title as the governor of Bahr El Ghazal threatened should Kiir not sack the former chief of staff, James Hoth Mai.
He, Paul Molang Awan, threatened he will recall his Bahr El Ghazal soldiers from fighting in Bentiu, Bor, Malakal and other places.
The question is, if the governor of Bahr El Ghanzal could recall the soldiers from his home state, what about the three governors of Greater Equatoria?
Why can’t they do the same? What are they afraid off? Whose interests are they protecting at the expense of the lives of our sons?
From now on, should the three Governors of greater Equatoria need harmony and restore confidences and trust of their people, they should begin to act and represent the voices of their constituencies and renounce the abominable actions of tribal elements within SPLA that want to use the sons and daughters of Equatoria for fighting their war and as human shields.
We in Equatoria have no quarrels with our Nuer brothers; therefore using our people to kill or to be killed by our Nuer brothers who for years have expressed their peaceful ways of life is unacceptable.
The three governors of Equatoria did not only fail the families of the deceased but they also failed the people of Greater Equatoria.
They failed to implement their commitment to the people therefore they should be considered traitors, liars, betrayers, egotistic leaders who are protecting their bread with the blood of their people.
Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and the entire Ma’di community and the people of Greater Equatoria at large.
Our thoughts also go out to the families of the 192 recruits from Nuer, massacred in Mapal Bahr El Ghanzal by elements of Dinka security officers under Salva Kiir.
We also send our condolences to the families of innocent unarmed civilians massacred by Dinka youth Mob justice in UNMISS camp in Bor.
We condemn the government in the strongest terms for using our boys as human shield to spare the Dinka soldiers.
We likewise condemn the security apparatus for killing defenseless innocent unarmed civilians based on their ethnicity.
We know Kiir has the power to bring this war to an end not by the bullets but by peace making something he has done before, we are dejected by his refusal to do so and we call for no more shedding of the blood and death of our sons for him.
List of the massacred new recruits:
S/No Names Home areas in Ma’diland
01 Joseph Mucuke Nimule
02 Idro Pasqual Nimule
03 Buni Stephen Loa
04 Eriku David Loa
05 Joseph Leku Kerepi
06 Geoffrey ojja Opari
07 Bosco Talagu Opari
08 John Kapa Loa
09 Jimmy Taban Nimule
10 Musa Moli
11 Geoffrey Maya Nimule
12 Amaca Geoffrey Kerepi
13 Murujan kebulu Nimule
14 Taban Patrick Nimule
15 Patrick Dramundru Nimule
16 Jurugo Odosi Kerepi
17 Taban Irra Location unknown
18 Ocite second name unknown Pageri
19 Vuciri second name unknown Pageri
20 Mangwi Silvio Taban Mugali
21 Marino second name unknown Loa
22 Joseph Korani Nimule
Thomas Anzo Mulumbe
Executive Secretary for concern Ma’di community in Diaspora