By Lual Magok,
Mark Diang, who works for World Food Programme, kidnapped by militants in Malakal(Photo: Mark’s)
Oct 19, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — I am taking this opportunity to bring to the UN Nation Representative of Secretary General, International Community and all concern bodies that , UNMISS Malakal State Coordinator and UNMISS Security Officer were fully involved in the plot which led into kidnapping of the WFP humanitarian aid worker, Mr. Mark Diang, on the 18/10/2014. The writer of this column has managed to access the secret leaked document, which led into the kidnapping of the aid worker in front of the UNMISS Protection forces at Malakal Airport on 16/10/2014.
The UNMISS State coordinator and Security officer in Malakal were part of group who accused Mr. Mark Diang of supporting the rebel movement led by Dr, Riek Machar, ago two months and according to the leaked document, UNMISS recommended termination of his contract with World Food Programme. Mark was recall while on official humanitarian mission to Akoba County, a rebel held territory, however, there was no evidence to prove the termination of his contract. The management of WFP failed to end his contract and instead asked him(Mark) to resume his job in line with United Nation policy.
There are reports that Mark was not in good terms with the State Coordinator after he discovered that the coordinator had fabricated false allegations against him and exposed him to the government security forces in Malakal and Juba . The accusations yielded no immediate results from the government agencies and the state government officials due to good working relationship with the exposed victim.
The State coordinator resorted to mobilizing the Shilluk – UNMISS workers to threaten Mr. Mark so that he could abandon his duty station. The coordinator allowed some UNMISS employees to enter the compound with two guns and some fangas to threaten or eliminate Mark. When the plot was discover, she advised Mark to move out of Malakal because his life will be at risk from Shilluk UNMISS aid workers. The state coordinator did not take any administrative measures against the staff who were found with harmful material in the UNMISS compound because she was behind the plot.
When Mark saw the threats he accepted the offer to relocate to Juba, temporarily, until the situation improves. When Mark returned to Malakal, the State coordinator and security officers started again to mobilize Shilluk staff against Mark. But due to resistance from Mark, the Shilluk UNMISS staffs who were used by the State Coordinator to threaten Mark conspired with the Shilluck militia under Gen. Johnson Olony. Olony militias established links and worked closely with the UNMISS staff to leak them information from within UNMISS about the movements of Mark. The conspiracy was to eliminate him through the Shilluk militias with Gen. Johnson Olony the State Coordinator and one of Security Officer in UNMISS in the loop.
When the State Coordinator and Security Officer completed the plot with UNMISS staff in collaboration with Johnson Olony militias to eliminate Mark or force him to abandon his job, the Militias recruited some focal persons within UNMISS staff with knowledge of State Coordinator and one International Security Officer to track the movement of Mark and inform the militia .
The first incident was when Mark was planning for field Mission to Manyo County and when Mark went to the Airport the informers within UNMISS called the Johnson Olony militias and informed them that Mark went to the Airport and the militias quickly came to the airport, looking for Mark,but because they don’t know Mark, it took them time until Mark return to UNMISS compound and later on was informed by some friends within Shilluk that the militia were looking for him at the airport. So they advised him to better stay in doors.
When the militia were informed again by the UNMISS staff, they rushed to the airport, looking for Mark. Because they were in doubt, they arrested three UN officials at the airport and took them to their barrack for interrogation. In the process, a Nuer man by the name Thakchar Teny was summarily executed and the two guys from Shilluk and Dinka were release the following day.
When the UNMISS state Coordinator and Security officer discovered that, Mark survive the plot. They wrote letter indicating that Mark is member of rebel movement of Dr, Riek Machar and later on stated that if he will not be lucky to survive next time in the hand of militias who are hunting for him .
The two senior management team also mad fabrication that the family of the UN IC killed by militia in search of Mark is planning to undertake revenge killing which were completely lies and just to coordinate the total elimination of Mark at all cost.
The State Coordinator and Security Officer stated that, staffs with in UNMISS are planning to kill mark in UNMISS compound and the management could not do anything to deter that threat in line with UNMISS mandate.
The State Coordinator and Security Officer clearly stated that , Mark was lucky because he was not identified by the militia in the airport but he will not survive the next time and they claimed that unless Mark is killed by militia the security of UNMISS staff will not be ok.
The State coordinator and Security officer on the 16/10/2014 coordinate the kidnapping of Mark with UNMISS National staff who are recruited by militia forces as focal person within UNMISS compound. When Mark was heading to airport , the UNMISS focal person alert the militia forces to be ready for Mark on his way to Juba and the militia men came immediately to the airport and took Mark before Rwandese army and UNMISS Force could not do anything to protect Mark in line with UNMISS mandate because it was organized crime which involve senior UNMISS Official.
The UNMISS was not ready to undertake quick rescue mission till Mark was taken to Lello at the west bank by the militia. The UNMISS staff from Nuer tribe in Malakal are today become vulnerable to elimination by the government forces because UNMISS is unable to provide minimal protection as required.
The Johnson Olony Militia forces on 18/10/2014 around 9 :00 pm surrounded the UNMISS protection facilities and distributed white weapons such Fangas , Axes , Spears and pistols to the Shilluk IDPS in order to attack the Nuer IDPs at night and the militia should reinforce them to make genocide like the Bor killing and the UNMISS State Coordinator and Security Officer did not take strong measures to deter that threat against civilian population in the UNMISS.
The National staff from Nuer who feel insecure due increase of security threat by their fellow UNMISS staff who are recruited by Militia forces as informer requested for temporary transfer to Juba because the militia become very hostile and UNMISS is unable to protect them but State Coordinator rejected the staff request and instead threaten them for contract terminations or risk elimination like Mark.
Based on the above mentioned facts on the current situation in Malakal UNMISS office, it become clearer that UNMISS State coordinator and Security Officer has took side with militia forces of Johnson Olony and not any longer neutral as expected by the UNMISS Staff, Other UN agencies staff, INGOS staff and even the Internal displaced persons in Upper Nile State.
The writer is appealing to UNMISS Head of mission to urgently form an investigation committee to look at the deteriorating security situation in UNMISS Upper Nile Office before situation get out of control.
I urged the Secretary General to relocated the UNMISS Malakal State Coordinator and Security Officer with immediate effect otherwise the life of both UNMISS staff and IDPs at UNMISS protection facilities will be great risk soon.
I urged the UNMISS head of mission in Juba to form investigation committee for UNMISS national staff who were planning to kill their fellow colleagues with in UNMISS compound as stated by the secret report by UNMISS security focal person in Malakal.
I urge The UNMISS Head of Mission to form an orientation committee to do orientation work at UNMISS compound in Malakal to rebuild the confident among the UNMISS national staff in line with UN policy.
I am urging UNMISS Headquarter in Juba to form high level delegation to Malakal to negotiate the immediate release of the kidnapped UN WFP staff that still remain under Militia custody.
The UNMISS should approach Dr . Lam Akol , the Chairman of the SPLM –DC and influential leader in the political and military leadership of Shilluk Kingdom to facilitate the release of UNWFP staff and improve relationship between UN and Shilluk militia forces under Johnson Olony.
For more detail the attached is the secret leaked letter from UNMISS security Officer and State Coordinator three days before the kidnapping of Mr. Mark Diang
Lual Magok , The writer is concern South Sudanese and can be reach via email@example.com