BY: Ayuen Akuot Atem, JUBA, NOV. 12/2012, SSN;
Since the Republic of South Sudan attained her independence on the 9th of July 2011, there have been numerous reports and complaints of human rights abuses, robbing and killing from the various African citizens who are aliens in the newest nation of South Sudan. On top of list of complainers are the brothers and sisters from East African countries mostly the Kenyan citizens who are residing as foreign nationals based on their mixture of business deals and a variety of reasons best known to them. The Kenyans population is huge in South Sudan since the signing of peace accord compared to other African countries populations in South Sudan
Those Kenyans came for instance for personal business or as investors while a majority came without skills and survive through “Jukally life,” the illicit life of scandal, meanwhile numerous Kenyans work with nongovernmental organizations within South Sudan and indeed the government of South Sudan contracted most of Kenyans as computers [IT] and consultants in public service sector plus their preponderance in the field of hospitality business like hotels and bars which has been dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians.
Despite the accessibility of diverse businesses which attract different people to the newest republic of South Sudan, the local media in Kenya continuously alleges that at least fifteen  Kenyan nationals has been killed and 50 Kenyans are languishing in prisons of South Sudan for the last six years since the comprehensive peace agreement [CPA].
As these reports are not officially confirmed by either Kenya embassy in South Sudan or the governments of both countries, this is black propaganda without clear source.
The killing of Kenyans nationwide has been alleged and put as the daily leads or top stories in Kenya media both Newspapers, Radios, televisions and social media like facebook, which Kenyan journalists believed to be carried out by South Sudanese people. Kenya media always blames government of south Sudan and it people in general for the daily deaths of their people in the soil of South Sudan.
To me nobody can be blamed for the death of Kenyans citizens, but the death occurrence can be blamed on the fragility of security situation in South Sudan which contributes to the assumed murders.
The Kenyan media and its journalists are not acting out of professionalism and in addition they are practicing media irresponsibility which is out of ethics in journalism; why and how? First, whatever has been reported by media in Kenya reflects negativity of South Sudan and it ignores positivity and denies goodness of South Sudan civilization of inclusivity and pan-Africa vision.
Sometime back the coffin of a Kenyan citizen who was alleged as killed in South Sudan by unknowns ‘gunmen was shown or broadcast in Citizen Television of Kenya, CTV, the leading broadcasting independent company in Kenya with millions of clients across the borders. The story lead was “another Kenya citizen shot dead in South Sudan.”
Actually there were no details of the story either from the journalist or the news anchor nor the follow-up to the story as the running news to explain the full details about how the person got killed in South Sudan. Professionally that was out of moral code and it’s the incitement lead which is accountable of capriciousness message. Because if the story is without proper details such tales are not allowed for broadcast or to be run in any media, simply the question is what are you going to tell the clients?
Because media is the ear and eye of people. Such stories which are run by Kenya media reflects opposite side of the real story other than abhorrent speech, defamation, slander with the intention of spoiling a country’s and people’s reputations.
Today, the media slogan is “one world, one voice”. Does it mean Kenya media is not the part of world media which works exclusively for people’s interest than boundaries interest? Journalists also work in the context of three responsibilities such Social, Legal and professional responsibilities. Does it mean these three responsibilities are not known by Medias in Kenya?
Indeed death in South Sudan is the daily issue at countryside and anybody who knows the inside security situation in the fragile state of this country can judge me either wrong or right, unless they are Kenyans who are thugs and who are in the category of people who’re always committing deadly crimes and still protesting in the name of East Africans being mistreated so that they can be freed without trials.
The fact remains that every night in Juba and other major towns of South Sudan there are reports about dozens of peoples being killed by unknown gunmen, who are citizens and aliens and the victims of such acts are blaming the security organs, organized forces like police and government for the reason of not protecting people country wide.
This should not be narrowly taken by Kenyans as the means of implementing their hidden agenda of preaching hatred and badly inform the masses and the world through media that South Sudan is a failed state. South Sudan is not the failed country.
Kenyans, Ugandan, Tanzanians ,Sudanese, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Congolese, Arabs, West Africans and the rest of the world who are in the country must acknowledge the reality of security situation in South Sudan. I believe those Kenyan journalists have never been to South Sudan, they know nothing.
What is special about the killing of innocent Kenyans who are struggling to make a better life for themselves in newest state of African? Why to target or discriminating kill Kenyan peoples, what for? It’s exceptional practice to the real South Sudanese who feel as the indigenous African in Africa land to murder his or her fellow black African intentionally without reason.
Actually South Sudan has created a new economic image in Africa as the new Dubai in the region where various criminals including the most wanted criminals of various countries have routed to South Sudan. Majority of aliens are the ones committing crimes these days in South Sudan because they have no sense of patriotism.
After all it’s not their country and this being a new nation without proper system of immigration and aliens control.
Majority of criminals from Kenya are here in South Sudan, therefore they are the most dangerous than other Africa nationals in criminality, as Kenyans are known for looting, stealing, robbery and human trafficking and including hijacking and kidnapping of tourists and non-Kenyans, mostly the then Sudanese peoples who were dispatched by the war and took refugee in Kenya.
As the matter of fact Kenya today has greatly changed and it’s the new paradise without news of crimes because thugs and deadly criminals have migrated to South Sudan, so Kenya became free of criminals. Today 99% of crimes in South Sudan are committed by Kenyans, West Africans, Darfur and peoples of Arua district in northern Uganda plus unlicensed boda boda riders who snatch women’s hand bags, most of whom are from Buganda community of Uganda.
As the matter of facts and reality East Africa criminals hunts and kills their fellow citizens who are rich in South Sudan, knowing that it will be alleged that South Sudanese murdered them, a new tactic which they are using at the moment.
Kenyans are also practicing “tit for tat” whenever a Kenyan person dies in South Sudan, they also kill a South Sudanese in Kenya as a revenge. Like when the Kenyan teacher was shot dead in Juba, a south Sudanese university student in Nairobi university from the college of engineering was slaughtered by alleged gangsters in broad daylight.
All in all, the current security situation stimulated by Kenyan media might escalate into hatred which may result in numerous deaths of innocent South Sudanese living in Kenya or Kenyans domiciling in South Sudan because Kenya media is well known for its bad record of fueling ethnic conflicts like the Kenya 2008 post election violence in which one journalist was indicted by International Criminal Court of Justice [ICC].
These allegations circulating in Kenya media need diplomatic attention from the two countries of South Sudan and Kenya before it reaches level four or diplomatic tension.
This year Kenya leading television carry out the opinion poll survey about the security situation in South Sudan where 99% of Kenyans voted South Sudan as a “No-go nation,” meaning that it’s not a safer place for Kenyans. I think those who cast their votes in the electronic polls knew nothing about South Sudan. Then why are they still living in large numbers in an unsafe place?
The regional analysts considered the survey as the business tactic by Kenyans to deter investors who are interested to came and invest in South Sudan by amplifying insecurity situation and accelerating the fragility and hostility of peoples of South Sudan to the outsiders.
However people of South Sudan are not stupid to turn against their neighbors in whom they depend on them for imported food and basic needs. Kenya is well known for its positive offer to South Sudanese during their years of revolution.
South Sudanese cannot make stupid U-turns because South Sudan is not yet strong like some of African states to depend and stand on its own without neighboring countries help. This is a total intentional blemish, abomination and disregard of South Sudan. It’s premeditated Kenya media campaign.
Admittedly, South Sudan is unsecured because several people still keep illegal arms plus ongoing militias activities and numerous thugs who ambush people at gun point along the travelling routes. To be sincere, the death toll among the South Sudanese citizens is beyond the death claims by Kenyans and the rest of African citizens.
In this context, whom can south Sudanese people blame for their daily death tolls? They can blame their government and the acts of insecurity cause by militias in the country. Likewise, Kenyans should not take the rampant deaths and daily killings by unknown gun men as the intended acts either by the government or the people of South Sudan.
Last but least, the Kenyan Media and its people should put in mind that the time of mistreating South Sudanese is gone. And South Sudanese people who were refugees yesterday in Kenya are now free citizens of their own nation.
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