National Yuoth Union and Greater Equotoria Youth signed MOU to kick away Juba Regime

National Youth of South Sudan took a group photo after the forum 2012

National Youth of South Sudan took a group photo after the forum 2012

July 29th,2014 (Nyamilepedia) – On 27th of July 2014, the Greater Equotoria Youth Association (GEYA) and National Youth Union (NYU) signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work for the regime change in the Republic of South Sudan.

The MOU was signed in the Federal Republic of Ethiopia by the two heads, the President of (GEYA) Mr. Sebit John and Mr Puoch Riek Deng, the President of National Youth Union (NYU) and it came in to force the same day.

According to the President of National Youth Union Mr. Puoch Riek Deng, he said the main aims of the agreement that was signed between National Youth Union and Greater Equoria Region Youth association are based on;

  • Engage in collective efforts to ensure that there is total regime change, and establishment of democratic federal government in South Sudan
  • Maintain, support, and promote the leadership of SPLM/SPLA-Resistant Movement towards achievements of the aspiration of the suffering people of South Sudan for a long lasting development and sustainable peace in the future.
  • Establish wider youth mobilization, full participation of youth coalition in total political liberation, for fulfillment and achieving final goal of federal democratic system of governance in South Sudan where justice, equality, freedom, rule of law, equitable sharing of wealth and power, prosperity and peaceful united South Sudan.
  • Carry mobilization and sensitization on entire citizens and youth leadership on new federal constitution, and ensure full participation of the members to this MOU on processes of arriving at federal democratic system of governance
  • Accelerate youth empowerment plans on leadership maturity on post war era strategy for the success of future election post conflict era, creation of wider future support.

In the conclusion of their join statement, the National Youth Union and Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership calls upon South Sudan Youth, freedom fighters, federalists, leadership of the SPLM/SPLA-Resistant Movement and the entire masses of South Sudan to join the liberation struggle to change the government that, they described as the tyranny and Corrupts government they ever seen on earth.

They lamented in their statement that the people, who were massacre in Juba and Bor and those killed in cold blood in Wau, Rumbek, Aweil, Tority,Yambio and Malakal, were killed without bases and therefore, President Kiir and his regime MUST go as their statement concludes.

Civil Society groups selected for peace Talks

Updated at 11:40Am, July 29, 2014(PST).

Some Civil society demonstrating early this year in Juba Capital 2014

Some Civil society groups demonstrating early this year in Juba Capital 2014

29th, 08-2014 (Nyamilepedia) -The IGAD mediation team has started the rectification process of the Civil Society selection for peace talks in Addi s-ababa.

The Civil Society which was not selected on the June 8, 2014, has been selected after the meeting on Sunday 27 July 2014 in Khartoum and in Addis- ababa as well.

The Addis-ababa and Khartoum groups selected their representatives to the IGAD peace talks which consists of :-

  • Steven Riek Deng, National Youth Union, Addis -ababa group,
  • Dr Wani Tombi, GRECOR, Khartoum and;
  • Ms, Rita Tomath Ruai, women representative, Khartoum.

Meanwhile the Nairobi group will be meeting on 29th of July, 2014 to select their four (4) representatives. Two (2) will be women and two (2) will be Gentlemen to join the other three of Addis-Ababa and Khartoum to make Seven (7) civil society representatives respectively.

These seven will join the Seven (7) Civil Society representatives already selected on 8 June 2014 plus the four representatives from Citizen for Peace and Justice (CPJ) group which will make the total of eighteen (18) delegates for Civil Society group.

And in the statement , the Addis- Ababa, Khartoum and Nairobi group will represent families of the victims and the most affected communities in this senseless war. They have to participate in the resolution of this deadly conflict. They have to be heard, listen to and share their concerns and horrible stories they went through during this man-made crisis.

According to the statement seen by Nyamilepedia, the civil Society representatives will work together as one group whether from Resistant Controlled areas, IDP camps, and refugee camps in the neighboring or those coming from government side.

In the same document, the body of civil society will be representing and talking on behave of the voiceless South Sudanese.

South Sudan: Government Delegation Can’t Attend The Peace Talks During Muslims Holiday-Eid Ul Fitr!

Updated at 11:25Am, July 29, 2014(PST).

"In other words, anybody who celebrates successful operations being conducted by the rebels against the government... is a rebel, and we cannot continue to accommodate rebels inside UNMISS compounds and allow them to celebrate or do whatever they want," Makuei,(Photo: Waakhe Simon Wudu|Nyamilepedia)

The peace talks are postponed again becuase the government delegation is fasting during Ramadan holiday (Photo: Waakhe Simon Wudu|Nyamilepedia)

July 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — In a brief notice to other delegates and stakeholders, the most aspired political solution to resolve the conflict in South Sudan has once again been postponed because the government delegation can’t attend the peace talk.

According to the report seen by Nyamilepedia, IGAD has postponed the peace mediation, which was to resume tomorrow, because the South Sudan government can’t attend the IGAD mediated peace talks during the month of Eid-El Fitr holiday.

“This is to kindly inform you that as per the request of the government of the Republic of South Sudan because of the long Eid El Fitr holiday, they will not be able to attend the peace talks on July 30th” the report reads.

Seemingly disappointed, the IGAD “is forced” to postponed the next round of peace talk until further notice.

“The office of the Special Envoy for South Sudan is therefore forced to reschedule the resumption date of the IGAD peace talk for South Sudan” the report continued.

South Sudan government has declined to attend earlier rounds of peace talk because the IGAD Executive Secretary, Mahboub Maalim, inferred Salva Kiir in a “stupid” comment. The government responded by demanding punishments of the Executive Secretary for making such inference at the expense of prolonging conflict in the country.

Maalim was quoted to have said that it would be stupid if the South Sudanese leaders would want to solve the conflict through military wrangles. However, what started as a political crisis among the politicians has claimed ten thousands of lives, displaced over one million population while thousands of children would starve to death if the looming food crisis is not averted.

Suffering continues in Greater Upper Nile region as rain intensifies as fighting resumed in Awreil, Nasir, Ayod and other parts of the country.

Maalim, however, has made attempts to explain himself to the Juba government but was allegedly turned down to meet the president. The Executive Secretary has approached Dr. Machar in Djibouti when the leader of the opposition visited the country and said he was misquoted by the media.

Machar, a PhD holder in strategic planning and philosophy, believes that such a comment should not politicize the peace mediation process. Compared to Salva Kiir government, Machar demanded less knowing that “he has not been known for being stupid”.

After the stupid comment, the mediation resumed, however, it collapsed after the opposition protested “unfair” selection of the civil societies. IGAD reconsidered their decision on 26 July, four days before this round was to begin, but yet again cancelled until further notice.

The regional bloc is yet to reschedule the mediation, and therefore, advises the stakeholders and negotiators to postpone their travels until further notice.

“This communication, is therefore, to advise you to put on hold your travel to Addis until further notice” the report concludes.

Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) Relief Distribution Reports

The twins mother was receiving CWR Relief items while watching the camera in the hand of pastor Mathew in Burebiey(Photo: ECCSS)

The twins mother was receiving CWR Relief items while watching the camera in the hand of pastor Mathew in Burebiey(Photo: ECCSS)

July 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — On June , 28- July 9, 2014, the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan and other Church partners along with some Community Base Organizations took the relief items to 1002 individual IDPs who were targeted by ECCSS assessment team in 167 households from three reception camps located in Ethio-South Sudan borders, according to Reverend Mathew Jock Moses, the director of Projects and Social Development of ECCSS.

The Relief was sponsored by Covenant World Relief (CWR) in USA. The CWR is the relief and development wing of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) in USA. The Evangelical Covenant Church in USA is the mother church that conceived and gave birth to ECCSS in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. The relief items were distributed to 1002 and more in three IDPS camps closed to Ethiopian border namely Tiergol, Bure-biey and Pagak.

Reverend Mathew confirms that all the people who were assisted are mainly vulnerable people like Malnourished children, new born mothers, pregnancy mothers, elderly and sick people and those who live with disabilities.

According to the report, the relief items which comprised of  nine (9) varieties of food and non food items, are delineated as follows:

1) 182 Sweet floor for malnourished children in three camps

2) 182 tins of power milk for malnourished children in three camps

3) 167 sacks of maize ( 100 kg) for 167 households in three camps

4) 167 gallons of oil for 167 in 167 households in three camps

5) 340 treated mosquito nets for most vulnerable families in three camps

6) 167 jerrycans for fetching water for 167 households targeted in three camps

7) 167 water filter for 167 households targeted in three camps

8)   12 Tents ( 5×6) for Temporary shelter for new born mothers and sick

9) 1500 oral diet to purify water for drinking and other uses.

The ECCSS- CWR relief distribution team was led by Reverend Mathew Jock Moses, the director of Projects and Social Development of ECCSS.

Moses Jock described the condition of desperate refugees as dire and horrendous that require urgent and ample responds from humanitarian agencies and well wishers.

According to Reverend Mathew, the people who received the ECCSS-Covenant World Relief donated relief items are mainly from Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity State.

The report confirms that the relief items were distributed to diverse communities that comprised of all tribes of South Sudan, mainly from Nuer, Dinka, Shiluk, Mabaan and Murlee tribe. These ethnic groups constitute the huge population of the Greater Upper Nile region that has been severely affected by ongoing conflict.

Reverend Mathew confirms that the beneficiaries of the ECCSS-CWR Relief items are very excited and thanks Covenant World Relief in USA and the ECC congregation members who contributed their precious gifts for their meaningful and timely supports that relieved their sufferings and saved their lives.

Untargeted beneficiaries of CWR receiving maize and other food items after the main beneficiaries got the items allocated to them in Pagak IDP camps...

Untargeted beneficiaries of CWR receiving maize and other food items after the main beneficiaries got the items allocated to them in Pagak IDP camps…

Mathew believes that the suffering populations thanks ECCSS and the partners for coming to their rescue with the relief to save their lives at a time that children are malnourished to death in many parts of the country. They are thankful that the relief has  enabled them to reach their final destiny in Ethiopia where they are seeking asylum.

The ECCSS- Administration Office thanks the CWR commission and ECC Congregations for their unwaived supports that saved lives and relieved the sufferings of vulnerable, the poor, powerless and marginalized people who are victimized by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Reverend Mathew believes that the ECCSS Office is asking the CWR and other Humanitarian Organizations in and out side south Sudan to double their efforts and continue their supports to the most needy people of South Sudan who are severely suffering in wets, hots and flooding areas without food, medicines, proper shelters, clothing and other necessities that support lives.

The Evangelical Covenant Church of south Sudan along with other sister churches that included, the ECC, the mother church in USA are praying for peace, reconciliations and the unity of the people of South Sudan. The congregations are very optimistic that the Almighty God will  answer their countless prayers and will bring lasting peace and prosperity for the people of South Sudan.

May God Bless All of us and bless peace makers!

Submitted for public consuption by Rev. Mathew Jock Moses, ECCSS- Projects and Social Development director, who can be reached at mathewjock@gmail.com

Why South Sudan Needs Federalism – Federalists Chairperson!

Fedaration

July 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — According to the Chairperson for federal governance development unit, Timothy Tot Chol, South Sudan needs federalism to resolve the current conflict in the country.

The former acting Chairperson for Defense & Security Committee in the National Legislative Assembly, Timothy Tot, narrates that the current conflict was brewed by a “confused” decentralized system that concentrated powers in the hands of a few elites, who misused their advantage against the civil population.

“I know many people including Kiir and his cohorts will not be prepared to swallow this bitter pill because all the illegal wealth they have collected were done through this confused system of governance called “decentralization”” The Fedalism Committe chairperson said.

“Essentially the decentralization we practice in Juba is meant to centralize, corrupt and marginalize other ethnic groups.” said the former law maker.

The federalists chairperson believes that the convert centralization of powers in the hands of the president gave Salva Kiir and his friends extraordinary powers to enrich themselves and their relatives in the expense of poor populations that are currently fed on foreign aids.

Tot believes that the president has used the national resources to developed his home region in the expense of the wealthiest regions of Greater Upper Nile and Equatoria, most of which are currently devastated by the conflict.

Timothy Tot believes that Salva Kiir, who has concentrated powers in the hands of less qualified military officers, does not only kill the populations but impoverish them while diverting billions of dollars meant for reconstruction into private accounts and military.

“Apart from murdering them, Kiir is also impoverishing them. The people of South Sudan can not imagine their leader and cohorts stealing their money amounting to $4 billion [USD] meant for the reconstruction of their lives.” Tot said.

According to Tot, who has served as a Public Service and Administration under Salva Kiir, federalism is the most appropriate system of governance that will eradicate one-man rule, corruption, tribalism and marginalization of minor tribes in the country.

“federalism as the appropriate system of governance that will minimize authoritarianism, corruption, tribalism and marginalization of other ethnic groups. With federalism, minority interests will be protected at both state and federal levels.” he continued.

Kiir Own Palace Coup and the ICC

President Salva Kiir wipes his face with a pink handkerchief(Photo: supplied)

President Salva Kiir wipes his face with a pink handkerchief(Photo: supplied)

Tot Chol believes that there was no coup in the country instead the president staged a coup on his own palace. The former law maker reiterates how the coup was sequentially planned and implemented, starting from dictatorial tendencies such as “voting by the show of hands” to training of private tribal militia.

“President Kiir’s supporters supported the appointment of the senior SPLM officials by the Chairman of the party- who was Kiir. They also supported that the voting system within the party be by show of hands” Tot said.

“Second, it became clear to many observers in Juba that President Kiir was after something as far back as 10th December his tribal militias were trained armed with brand new rifles that the SPLA had not procured and a battalion was deployed inside and outside JI, the official resident of President Kiir.” Tot continues.

Tot also believes that the Ugandan army was deployed in the country before the conflict erupted among the presidential guards on December 15.

“Third, at the same, a mechanized battalion from the UPDF (Uganda Army) was transported to Juba and deployed at Juba airport, JI and President Kiir resort residence at Luri near Juba.” Tot said.

For these reasons the committee chairperson is surprised that his comrades in the government could preach to the world that a coup, mastered minded by the former vice president, was foiled in the country.

Tot further restated that Salva Kiir’s government has lost its legitimacy because it has killed the civil population that equally elected all the law makers into powers.

“In conclusion, the incident of December 15th and onwards in which thousands of people lost lives is a living proof that President Kiir has lost his legitimacy.”

Tot concludes that president Salva Kiir has to step aside as a precondition for peace to be restored in the country before he[Kiir] faces the ICC.

“As a face saving measure before the ICC could step in, President Kiir should stand down as a precondition for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.” Timothy Tot Chol concludes.

Read the original document here.

WHY MY COUNTRY SOUTH SUDAN IS FAILING.

By Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut,

 Burning businesses and homesteads, locally known as ''tukuls'', burn in the centre of Abyei, 2011(Photo: Reuters)

Burning businesses and homesteads, locally known as ”tukuls”, burn in the centre of Abyei, 2011(Photo: Reuters)

July 28, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — I have thought a thousand times on why my country, so endorsed with both human and natural resources, is failing. I have arrived at only one conclusion: President Salva Kiir Mayardit no longer has the capacity to think beyond a certain point nor has been able to extricate his brains from the past which hugely influenced who he has become today.

He is now a leader unable to think beyond a certain time frame because the times we live in are significantly different from the past in which he was quite successful as a military commander in the frontline.

We then add liberation diehards made up of security chiefs, retired generals, SPLM alumni and praise singers who have occupied this vacuum solely to their material advantage and not in the interest of south Sudan at all.

Their role is to maintain the status quo by isolating the president from reality that he is even shocked by the state of our roads. Their interest is to ensure that one of them occupies the throne on order to maintain their comforts and safety. All this fuelled by fear of any alternative. They will therefore protect that throne to the death.

Those who have an opportunity to make money have done all they can and we have seen an elite comprador class emerging; people whose sense of responsibility and ethics leaves much to be desired. These elites, in partnership with their political masters, have bled the country dry and continue to be “successful” through murky deals and pervasive secret corruption. This can be evidenced by the flashy cars (V8) and huge mansions that one sees in Juba town.

In these circles, it is not about the work ethic nor is it about conscience, but it is more about making as much as one can now by any means and at all cost.

The business sector which is reeling under SPLM in Juba‘s fear and unwillingness to see an apolitical national black bourgeoisie emerge, remains blocked up in a condition which they can hardly change.

Over three years now our business sector has been weakened as a change agent. We have seen those who want to survive the day choosing to be complicit and partnering with SPLM cronies; corruption is their creed, apathy and fear is their disease.
In civil society we have struggle fatigue. The last 8 years since 2005 just after the signing of comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) have been years of struggle and anguish for the majority of south Sudanese adults. Change looked like it was coming in 2009-2010, but it never arrived.

Unfortunately most adult south Sudanese who have live through terror and loss have run out of energy and motivation to fight. This has certainly entrenched SPLM in Juba while it has weaken other political

parties whose only remaining power is to praise president Salva Kiir to remained in his throne and keep singing the song of no “tribal war” which they don’t know it meaning themselves.

The international community seems to be collaborating with this so called president. Who order his own people to kill themselves; they should put their eyes on Salva Kiir activities. President should be force to step down by the International authority because he is finishing one ethnicity which is Nuer tribe. How can they allow one man to do whatever he wants?

We also have non-governmental organizations that must now fight for relevance and resources. The mandate to fight Salva Kiir is shifted to the other side and they must come up with new ideas and new mandates of how to operate in the emerging geopolitical landscape.

Increasing unemployment levels have added to the weakening of organized labor; a voice of the workers which continuously challenged the status quo in the past. We have seen a lukewarm approach to confronting this regime, a capitulation and lack of direction which can be blamed solely on the need of millions to merely survive on a day –to day basis.

Sadly our youths remains confused and misguided as this environment has not created any opportunity or hope for a better future. Those who can leave do so and those who can not are damned ad they search for meaning in a country with no values, no leadership and no hope.

The Diasporas continues to make the right noises through social networks, but is disadvantaged in causing change on the ground in south Sudan.

The rule of law has failed us because those who must implement the law have themselves become corrupted. Any social system that is not based on universal human rights and the respect of private property tends to regress, both morally and economically.
All this has resulted in money becoming a national god. Where talent and virtue offer no advancement and corruption has become the only means to survive. This culture has permeated all sectors of our society from the public sector, state enterprises, churches and private sector.

Our moral values have therefore deteriorated and life has become cheap, brutal, short and very boring. The numbers of the poor are increasing daily. The poor can hardly be agents of change because poverty disempowers and absolute poverty disempowers absolutely.

Our only hope is therefore for a few amongst us to reject this narrative and to realize that we are on our own.
There is no time difficult for any generation as our present time and yet we must remain hopeful and do what we can.
We must fight and not give up. We must never accept this dreadful narrative that has been created by SPLM in Juba.
The struggle continues!!

The author can easily be reach through his email address sirirgabrielyiei3@gmail.com

DR. RIEK MACHAR: THE ULTIMATE MESSIAH FOR SOUTH SUDAN

By Job Kiir Garang,

Chairman and commander in chief of SPLA forces, Dr Riek Machar Teny(photo: via Bougi)

Chairman and commander in chief of SPLA forces, Dr Riek Machar Teny(photo: via Bougi)

July 28, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Dear readers, I must say that the political situation in South Sudan has, over the past seven months or so, been very toxic. In fact, I have almost come to a conclusion that for most of us who participate in various social media, we are not helping at all in trying to solve our problems as South Sudanese. We are immersed in senseless and ultimately endless tribal dog-fight. No tribes bring that fight to the forefront than the two biggest tribes in the country i.e. the Dinka and the Nuer. I happen to be a Dinka myself and I am sure there are many from my side of the great tribal divide who might be shocked by my apparent full support for Dr. Riek as the only man who can pull us out of the abyss of dark ages into a more prosperous and brighter future for our beloved country.

My heading does not need an explanation as to what my stands are. Being a veteran myself, I must admit that the country we so heartily fought for against a faith-driven regime is ever falling behind. The hopes and aspirations we had are ebbing out. The future looks bleak and there seems to be nothing but absolute hopelessness at the end of the tunnel. Reason? A bunch of thugs and political hustlers have decided to run the country as a personal property and the sad part, and probably the reason behind the sudden eruption by our nation into civil conflict, is the fact that a small faction of the country (infact a sub-tribe of Gokrial) is running the show in every department within the government. Anyway, let me not get ahead of myself. Having stated where I stand politically, I have the burden to try and explain why I think Dr. Riek is the only hope we have right now and not the cowboy.

First and foremost, I will start with Salva Kiir Mayardit. They always say, give credit where it is due. Having fought in the SPLA liberation war alongside the like of them, I must say that he was one of the best in the business. No one would come second to Dr. John Garang if they were a bunch of numb nuts. He was, during the struggle, our proverbial Moses of the Bible. He was supposed to take us all the way to the promise land and he sure did try. Sadly for most of us, he never learned from the master. Instead of following the scripts left behind, he chose to do it his own way: the failed ways as we have come to know them. Firstly, he has no vision for the country. He is non-ideologue.  The worse of them all is the fear mongering tactics that his government has employed during his office tenure. Instead of acknowledging the fact that a healthy government can only grow out of nuances or differences debated with civility, he shamelessly fires and dissolved his cabinet.His constant belief that the problems in South Sudan are mainly being propagated from outside (UNMISS to be exact) is utter ignorance. Clean your own mess Mr. before you start pointing fingers. I am sure the many South Sudanese who lost their jobs, and notably, those in the government never got fired by an external body. It was all up to the president himself.

And when war broke out, he did very little to help bring the fighting to a sudden halt. If anything, members of his inner circles masterminded some of the worse killings in the capital, Juba where many Nuer civilians as well as soldiers got murdered in cold blood. Some innocent brothers of Dinka origin who happened to have the same facial marks as Nuer were also brutally killed. Many of the South Sudanese, with sound ideas to help move the country in a better direction are always suppressed and in worse case scenario, intimidated and offered death threats. A persistence of any kind would cost someone a job and even worse, their lives. Autocracy is a crazy form of government in my opinion or even the opinion of any sensible human beings. Salva Kiir has exercised it to the fullest and the results are out there for everyone to see. The country is a failed state even at its apparent infancy: the proverbial flower nipped in the bud. The civil society has been unjustly destroyed and denied every bit necessary for survival. Kiir’s brothers and sisters have become the vultures of the wild that feed off the land and the people for their selfish gains. The Dinka tribe has become a bad taste in the mouth these days. A mentioning of the word itself seems to make smaller tribes cringe detestation. Every Dinka is guilty by association.

Some States within the country have been fighting grounds for many years during the struggle and even today. Kiir has done very little to try and clean up those states in order to bring about peace. Jonglei and Upper Nile States are being systematically destroyed by turning the Nuer against their Dinka counterpart and other tribes in their surroundings and the government has always turned a non-sympathetic eye. It has often thrown the tribal crisis into the woodwork. The innocent majority continue to be voiceless. Sadly for them, there seems to be very little hope insight. The younger generation has no hope. The old guards are holding on to power that they cannot even handle with any sensible approach.No provision of public services to the people that need them the most, neither international intelligence, or domestic intelligence and most journalists are hiding in fear that they might be convicts of the regime if they express their ideas i.e. no freedom of the press.  Kids of the less fortunate are becoming the mattresses upon which the powerful and the self-made greedy millionaires sleep on. They are the used and reusable tools by the wealth-thirsty few in association with the president. Comes the hour, comes the man, this greed to remain in power will surely be tested.

Turning my argument in support of the man: Dr. Riek Machar, I must say in advance that we are living in an age where the last thing we need is division. I have a deep conviction that if the Dinka and the Nuer could live in harmony without political fear mongering and distractions, South Sudan would be a peaceful country. Riek might have come from a tribe in South Sudan where members easily pick up arms whenever one of their guy (Riek in particular) has had difference in opinion with the Dinka leaders but am sure given the chance to lead, he might settle the dust that is ever blowing in the air of that beautiful country. Below are some of the reasons why I feel Riek can make a good if not better leader: Firstly, just have a quick glance at his opposition cabinet. Despite his movement being predominantly Nuer in manpower, it surely does look very inclusive. It is what few or indeed many would describe as the microcosm of South Sudanese future. His cabinet is representative of many if not everyone in South Sudan. You have the Equatorians, the Dinka, the Nuer, the Shilluk and many more are expected to be part and parcel of his vision for South Sudan and I am sure the youth will have a say in his government. That would be a country worth building and caring for.

Secondly, Riek has always fallen short of recognition on a number of occasions.  He has been a victim of political rigidity by his Dinka counterparts either during the political struggle or in the aftermath. His desire to drive the country in a more unified direction has always been perceived by those above him as a secret agenda to overthrow them. He has always been portrayed as someone greedy for power. He is always victimized as a tribalist when in truth, we do have proven tribalists in the shape of Kiir and his cohorts. False claims of coup have been blamed against him while the truth remains the same old fear mongering tactics by the president who owns every single power in the country.  When there was a dire need to sign the Addis Ababa cease fire, the president dragged his feet while those that he accused of having planned a coup against him (Riek included) were desperate to get it done and bring an end to the appalling bloodshed of the innocent civilians. The brief message to all South Sudanese is this; if you believe in democracy and peaceful co-existence, the wise thing to do right now is join forces in turning the pages of an old-fashioned, non-progressive, greed-driven, divisive politics and replace it with (although never tested) alternative form of the government that seems on paper the opposite of what we have been accustomed to over the last 9 years.  I’m sure, given the opportunity, Riek and his political crew might be able to tackle some of the issues of our time for I do believe that with the help of nationalists like Hon. Pagan Amum, Dr. MajakD’Agoot, Cde MabiorGarang de Mabior and the rest of the regiments, he might be in the right position to help solve the main problems such as Education for all, poverty, political corruption, war, famine and so on.

As a message of intent for a better South Sudan, I call upon those that dare to dream and change our country for the best. This must start with a public outcry (not that we have not been doing so) but this time we have to be loud and clear. To all my brothers and sisters who feel left out, this is the time. We have to gather efforts and make our voices are heard. We have been silenced for long and I am sure everyone is beginning to feel the pinch. I know there are lots of people that feel the president still has some gas in his tank and would be disappointed by our message, but I can just urge you to look at this issue from a different angle: an angle that looks at ourselves as nothing but good neighbours with our counterparts on the other side and the only way forward is to try and prevent Political leaders setting us apart. If these six major States of Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity, Central, Western and Eastern Equatoria do unite, I can assure you that there will be stability and an eventual birth of a long lasting peace. Fighting does not solve any problem. The president has supported Murle especially YauYau’s group. Most of the people in Jonglei state got disarmed except the Murle who carry out attack on civilians in Twic East, Duk, and Nuer. The government (under the leadership of Kiir) never intervened. He ignored the assault on the people aforementioned as though nothing happened. We are hereby throwing our full support for Riek Machar. He might not have totally clean hands but give him the office of the president and the rest will be judged afterwards. The events of December last year leading into 2014 have convinced many that Kiir is a failed leader and the last thing we need is to stick with him and hope that things will change in the future. No country should be governed within the confines of a bar (better known in Juba as Home and away).

I, or as better known as Kiir-Agou and a veteran of the struggle, live in a country where voices are heard regardless of your status. I would love to see a South Sudan that images or exhibits the same kind of life that I experience here. I am sure deep down every South Sudanese feel the same way. I was a loyal servant to that country for 14 years and it is sad to see it goes into the drains. I am not writing to please anyone but I have a group of people that have decided to petition my decision. They are about sixty right now to be exact and the main call is we have to all man up and take a stand to make our country a better one.

RIEK Tosha!