We hope that Nobody creates War again in South Sudan

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, 28/AUG/2015, SSN;

With a lot of jubilation and celebration while witnessing the signing of the IGAD-Plus long mediated peace agreement by the President of the Republic, many breathe with relief and hope that peace has come back home once again after a very destructive and costly useless and senseless war that was indeed unexpected and uncalled for.

It is and has been a belief of many of us who were born in the war, brought up in the war and even took up arms and participated in what then many world media houses termed as the longest civil war in Africa and indeed the world over, that we had enough of all the consequences of the war and it is high time that we enjoy the dividends of our hard won freedom.

But little did we know that someone somewhere was still unsatisfied of all the hardships, suffering, starvation, death and all sort of war related consequences that the people of South Sudan had endured for so long, ignited and set ablaze the little gains we had for the last nine years of our self rule as a region.

With all high hopes and determinations, the people of South Sudan put behind them all the odds the war had inflicted on them and chat their way forward in order to forge a new beginning for a prosperous South Sudan cemented by the precious blood of our fallen heroes and heroines.

These expectations didn’t last long as we again on the 15th of December 2013, slipped back into chaos and despair, turning nine years of the internationally concluded famous comprehensive peace agreement between the SPLM/A and Government of the Republic of Sudan, in Nairobi Kenya in 2005, robbing the state building efforts to dust.

On Wednesday the 26th of August, 2015, South Sudan’s President signed a regionally and internationally negotiated peace settlement since returning to military confrontations in December 2013 following disagreement over the manner and procedure of how party’s elections rules and regulations should be enacted.

It is our hope that the signing of the peace agreement will reduce daily violence and ongoing instability due to the ongoing undercurrents of conflict.

It is pertinently acknowledged fact that the provision of security is the number one priority of the government in peace-building and increasingly that the building and rebuilding of public institutions is a key to sustainability which constitute the successful political and governance transition which must form the core of any post-conflict peace-building missions and strategies in the war ravaged society.

In reflecting on the consequences of the current conflict, the disunity it has caused, hatred, segregation, nepotism and tribalised mindset it has shown is quite detrimental and hurtful. No unity and peace between the communities without dialogue in a society where each one sees another as an enemy instead of brothers and sisters.

Our main focus must be on how to forge and preserve both unity and peace among our communities in south Sudan in the context of which response to the demands for peace and unity should be thoroughly considered because the persistence of poverty within the opulence of a minority in a country marked by great neglect of humanity is a typical scandal, one of the serious situations that hinder the realization of one’s humanity, hence curtailing the quest for peace and unity of the people.

The current conflict reveals more tangibly the grudges that exist so far among the communities in our country. It is however one thing to understand the problems that motivated self consciousness among communities and it is quite another to have the will to merge together those conflicting and diverging views of those communities if those demands restraint and hence no commitment to uphold them.

This conflict is a litmus test to the capability and competency of the leadership of south Sudan and its people. The leadership must rise up and devise mechanisms to salvage the unity of the people and preserve peace, cohesion and love among all south Sudanese.

Our country is slivering at the verge of collapse due to grudges that have filled everyone’s heart in south Sudan. This is a challenge to our leadership where exist a prevalent tendency of using violence in appealing for community consideration which is a cynical pole that needed to be avoided at all costs.

Our peaceful co-existence is our common good and our future too because any political difference between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar shouldn’t be misconstrued as the problem between the Dinka(s) and the Nuer(s).

This must be treated as a difference between the two individuals and not the communities where they hails from, because each one of them is not the community. We hope that nobody creates war again in South Sudan for it is not in anybody’s benefit or interest.

Tong Kot Kuocnin is a Master of Laws (LLM) Candidate at the School of Law of the University of Nairobi who specializes in Law, Governance & Democracy. He is a practising Legal Counsel at Deng & Co. Advocates – Juba. He can be reached at: tongbullen@gmail.com.


  1. Holo Kor says:

    Mr Tong, a busy Lawyer this days, at least in his make-believe style in a manner like. However, and for us to understand him, let’s all think of a satire, indeed what he wrote or writes is nothing but a slapstick at the play. JCE, the fathers to Tong and they are the family in connection [ fathers like the sons or sons like the fathers], sort of.

    Tong, South Sudan, is not the country of the 63 tribes, at least for now, but what it is? It is the country of the Dinkas, as we know. And you can say things, or think like a lawyer, and an accountant, the politician, a scientist, but it is too late to say that the damages have been done and it’s severe. Anyway,how do I know, whether you feel it like when you feel it in your own shoes-my/our pain. When I am talking about the shoes, my word of the shoe (s) represents the 63; who lack the rights in South Sudan, but, the rights that limited only to Dinka.

    I have to go.

  2. Guet Athina Guet says:

    Mr. Kuocnin,

    I appreciated your article very much, however, no one seems to state the facts about the source of the problem. No one want to take the risk of telling the truth, I will tell it like it’s … Machar the serial killer of south Sudan is the problem. You people can preach all you want, but as long as the butcher is still around there will be no peace in south Sudan. Machar must be remove by any means necessary. Let me remind you, Machar has killed 30000 Dinkas in 1991 in his first coup attempt against Dr. Garang and went he failed he went on a rampage killing women, children and the old.

  3. Ayok says:

    Genesis Agenda is a one way journey that started as a Drea.This dream sprouted into a project and later grew to became reality.In 2005. we reached more than 10,000people,bringing them valuable information about our community In South Sudan and helping thousands of people take that first step to success in in this wonderful country.

    we are strong community that is starting to play an important role in the social,economic ,and cultural development in this country.Every day we can see new endeavours being developed by new immigrants that are being welcomed by the south sudan community. Together we can go as far as we want to it is in working together that we are going to build a better future for our kids and future to generation to come.thank you guys but we have some people in south sudan is not happy?

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