BY: Peter Utenmando, WAU, Western Bahr el Ghazel, JUN/28/2013, SSN;
Let me start by saluting and the people of Wau city, for always acting peacefully to express their thoughts, and showing the courage against the aggression that they are facing since Salva Kiir`s term begun until now. People of Wau have shown in civilized way that they are capable of dealing with difficulties and challenges in their State with courage and dignity.
Unfortunately, as long as Kiir is in power, the people of Wau will never live in peace, they will remain under pressure from the government and suffer further more.
All may recall the massacre of peaceful demonstrators that took place on December 8th and 9th 2012 in Wau city, where unarmed protesters were killed by the SPLA, which is a clear violation of freedom of peaceful expression.
To cover this crime, Governor Zachariah Rizik, created tension among the WBGS tribes, launched out media campaign against the Fertit accusing them of being robbing banks, looting, and refused to admit that unarmed protesters were killed by the SPLA. The accusation was proven false, when Al Jazeera English news channel showed video of SPLA soldiers shooting peaceful protesters.
The whole story was quickly covered by another accusation from the Governor claiming that the Fertit tribes have killed forty nine (49) Dinka civilians in Farajala, although six (6) bodies has been found died, they are probably brought to this area from Warrap state, where there was fighting going on at the same time.
On 7th June 2013, the Governor continues to cover his crime by putting eleven (11) people to death penalty, after accusing them of participating in the Farajalla events. We believe that the court and the local authorities has been under pressure from the Government of South Sudan GOSS to suppress our people in Wau.
The whole process was politically motivated, and it targeted only specific ethnic group of Fertit, to pressure them to be silent. It is true that this discrimination against the Fertit people has been planning by Salva Kiir and his advisors. The government is targeting and prosecuting only those people from Fertit side.
The court exempted those who shot the peaceful protesters, burned Fertit houses, and killed people in the Wau city, exempted them from the prosecution, and went further to compensate only the Dinka, whom came in large number from Warrap state to kill people in Wau and to destabilize the city.
We fully blame the governor for creating tension between Fertit and Dinkas, and he will be held accountable for his behavior.
We are appealing to the human rights office, especially, in South Sudan to save those who are sentenced to death by the governor and the GOSS. We do not have any place to go to seek justice and help for our innocent people.
We have lost the confidence in Salva Kiir and his government, we do not trust that our people have found or will find the fair justice or protection from the GOSS.
All the action taken by the GOSS in South Sudan is based on tribalism, as the president is from Dinka Twig tribe, he is exempting his own people from the justice and protecting them.
Fifty (50) of the seventy three (73) whom Salva Kiir identified as the most corrupt officers, and the Deputy Interior Minister (Salva Matuk) who has been orchestrated and implemented the kidnapping and killing of the innocent people in South Sudan, are from Dinka Twig, where Salva Kiir is coming, they are protected by Salva Kiir.
South Sudan has been pulling into a dark future by Salva Kiir and his government policies, Salva Kiir’s policies are worst than what Arabs in North have been doing to the South Sudanese people.
The GOSS has no agenda for the country, all they care is only to corrupt and steal the country`s sources, they even do not have any future plan for country, but to beg the government of Sudan to allow oil to flow, so that they can corrupt and steal more money.
I am calling upon the South Sudanese nation to stand up and speak, not to be afraid of being tortured. We need another John Garang to liberate us from Salva Kiir`s corrupt administration, we need a good leaders to lead our beautiful country of South Sudan to prosperity.
I call upon our brothers and sisters to speak loudly with one voice and say no for the killing of our people, no for the shooting of innocent people, no for stealing our resources, no for the kidnapping of our young people to be tortured for only expressing their views.
I call, especially, the people of Fertit to unite with other tribes in South Sudan and unplug Salva Kiir from the power, because Gov. Rizik Zachariah would never kill and torture our people if Salva Kiir was not supporting him. What Zachariah Risik is doing to our people is directly from Salva Kiir.
If we want our country to be peaceful one, if we want to end corruption in South Sudan, if we want to live in peace in our Wau, let us support the right person to stand against Salva Kiir. If we remove Zachariah Risik only, Salva Kiir will bring someone else that’s worst than him to kill us again.
Actually, it is easier to unplug Salva Kiir than Zachariah Risik if we unite with other tribes in South Sudan.
Let us teach Salva Kiir a lesson that what he did and what he said against our people in his last visit to Wau, were mistakes he will regret for encouraging the governor to torture and kill our people.
Whether we pretend that we support him or not, he will never like us. Let us unite with all our brothers and sister in South Sudan to remove Salva Kiir from the power, so that our country will find peace and grow a strong economy.
As long as Salva Kiir is in the power, corruption will never end. Our great late leader John Garang once said, “A Fish starts to stink from its head.”
What do you expect from the GOSS and Salva Kiir is the head of the government, and he is the most corrupted one?
As long as he is in power the killing of our young people will continue, the suppression of our people to be silent will continue. Therefore, let us put all our efforts together and make sure that Salva Kiir is no longer in the power after 2015, and I believe people of South Sudan can do that.
I am optimistic that South Sudan will see the bright future soon, we just need to pick the right guy to lead our country into the right direction, and that right guy is absolutely not Salva Kiir, because he has more than eight years now and we have seen nothing but corruption and killing of our people.