How Dishonest Peace can be a Noble Peace

By Santino Aniek, Upstate New York,

Opinion.

Leaders of South Sudan's warring factions greet at the signing of a roadmap agreement in Ethiopia in May 2014(Photo: file)

Leaders of South Sudan’s warring factions greet at the signing of a roadmap agreement in Ethiopia in May 2014(Photo: file)

Nov 23, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — I have some additional reasons for paying this well-deserved tribute to the dishonest peace, which is under the construction of diplomatic solution in Addis Ababa. Sadly enough, there is a basic paradox at work here, and I do feel that the rhetoric in the head quarter is taking on a more aggressive manner with the choices to threaten war to continue. It is extraordinary how in South Sudanese people’s lives, the most unforgettable acts of violence are habitually refusing to be driven away despite the longest war we fought with the regime in Khartoum and at the end we have shown lack of understanding to take advantage of the experience. There are many times when violence seems to have been extended to our people almost with divine evil, and it would arrive when our people are seemingly discouraged or when they are completely hopeless. This is the reality on so many levels, and subsequently complicated yet simply in its truth that the South Sudanese people are suffering unnecessarily countrywide because their leaders are annihilating the innocent people and misusing natural resources for the almighty war and unchecked tyrannical power creating massive death tolls across South Sudan. Ultimately, the most devastating and more sophisticated is a dishonest peace that doesn’t seem to have legs and impending genuine challenges our citizens certainly never experienced before.

At the same time, the notion of two separate armies in one country is part of the root cause of this senseless war causing horrendous atrocities on both sides, and tens of thousands of lives have been lost across the country. Yet the new inclinations to redefine our citizen’s wellbeing in more than merely peace in terms of security and stability in South Sudan has drawn more attention to the fact that we need more than a peace, because our citizen cannot be in harmony without a tangible peace. Nevertheless, most of the South Sudanese people have been constantly passionate for a serious debate about promoting a long-term diplomatic solution, and they are keen to address this horrific suffering. However, the aims is overcoming individual and social experience of traumatization and creating conditions for subjective and collective reconciliation and healing wounds of this senseless war, never has been more importance than now. As a result, there has been urging daily and nightly across the country for peace and stability, and believe it or not, people are terrified that the situation is slowly developing into a civil war. Now its intensity depending on whether South Sudanese people will accept the dishonest peace or whether they will be ecstatic with the continuation of this senseless war, after which the killing on both sides will resume.

Yes, indeed, every communities is based on certain beliefs, however, allow me to say this again, this war is not only inspiring people, but I’m instantly sure that it is changing the lives of 8 million South Sudanese people including mine, and therefore, there is no way I can even begin to sort out my feelings, when I see these innocent children, including women are continually suffering in a daily bases. The emotions, the sadness, the anger, the heartache, the physical pain in my entire body, are all coming jumbling and tumbling, head to toes and I’m incompetent to pin them down and sort them out appropriately. However, the single common thread that I have found is the resilience and deceptive lack of bitterness and self-pity of our leaders. Furthermore, the South Sudanese people are subsequently and methodically disgusted with their leader for being so capable of doing such horrific things to their innocent people whereas they are not capable to have a solution to this crisis. Nonetheless, with this war continuously to consume our people’s lives, our generation’s appetite to speak with one voice to try to unite the South Sudanese citizens is below zero.

Moreover, I must admit that at this point in time, the South Sudanese citizens have felt that they could no longer bear such a heavy burden of this senseless war, and people have been tempted to retreat to a more quite peaceful life and longing for the returning of peace to the new nation. Just as we adapted ourselves in recent years to the winds of wars, negotiation among the South Sudanese people is becoming a national subject, and they have seen time and time again in their lives that peace is considered to be less and less important, because peace was never intended to be honored or as in fact not honored in South Sudan before. In addition, I have believed and understood the condition in South Sudan needs an urgent solution; because I’m absolutely positively convince that there is a need to create the condition for subjective and collective reconciliation, dialogue, forgiveness, tolerance, and peace in order to prevent massive death again. As I said before, war never has been the solution. It wasn’t the solution during the 21 years of struggle when we fought the ruthless regime in Khartoum, it isn’t the solution now, and it will never be the solution for South Sudanese people to departure from this catastrophe. More importantly, this senseless war is so remarkable and profound to few individuals, and I have been thrown to the side, when I watched this tremendous suffering of our innocent people on social media day and night.

Meanwhile, those who call themselves leaders of this country have to rise up, speak the truth about this dishonest peace to the South Sudanese people and explain to them how noble it is, to influence those who have ears can hear, and those who have eyes can see. Though, knowing that the citizens are about to witness the developing of the untrue peace chosen by the leaders of the new nation with their partner IGAD and those who think they are hearing the returning of peace, certainly, it is true and we must embrace it since the people of this nation do not have the finest alternative but the one we call dishonest peace. It is time for the citizens of this nation to prepare for what we are about to witness in some months to come, as the majority of our people are hoping that the smile will once again return. Nonetheless, it is generally perceived that the discriminatory killing of our innocent citizens has dominated the arena of debate among the South Sudanese people and it reaches to the point of a joint reconstruction, which will draw upon regionals perspective to deepen understanding to reduce mistrust and facilitate reconciliation and heal the wounds of this senseless war. Although living under these conditions, many citizens had lost faith in themselves, in their leaders and they have been searching for all sorts of explanations from their leaders. Unfortunately, Juba have taken a wrong turn; since then those who have not woken up have to be pushed to the side, out of the way as a result, our citizens seem to be feeling perhaps they are less humans and few individuals have concluded that their destiny will be determined in the battle field and not in the arena of compromise. However, hearing this news coming from Addis Ababa, we can understand how the victims of this senseless war are feeling, whose innocent children, mothers, relatives were taken away from them and eventually will not get virtual justification when the peace returns within reasonable time limits. Though, the families who lost their loved ones, including me, have to go through this ridiculous untidiness in order to prevent more death in South Sudan is nothing, but a soaring order to be grasped. Specifically, looking back to a long history full of atrocities, we have no other adequate avenue rather than accepting this horrendous arrangement.

More generally, many people around the country are worried about the arrangement that has been put in place in Addis Ababa. Numerous people reflect this will put innocent people at more risk in the future, but this is what the fellow citizens need to understand. There is no other guiltiest jeopardy than this, subsequently we undertake that our people would weigh the lost and benefit when deciding to continue with the war and when ending the war. Meanwhile, even if the two sides do agree at some point in the coming months to form a united government, there is another ominous battle looming in the country. The tribal conflict is uncontrollable and the government is running out of time. The reason this conflict has been going on for quite sometimes, party, national government and local communities cannot agree on principle and the local community’s view that the national government is out of control and lacks discipline. My fear is that, the government might not be able to handle the situations because Juba has been weakened by these wars and Juba may not be able to rattle their adversary without properly addressing some of the main fundamental issues that instigate this conflict to spark. What remains a matter of curiosity however, the senseless war has not really achieved its targeted goals, and I have no doubt that this arrangement will succeed if given a chance. In addition, I impartially hope that my position will later be approved when all of its provisions of this peace become fully implemented in terms of how it correctly or wrongly effects the already existing conflicting wounds of this senseless war. The chronic conflict between the communities have not only held the new nation from moving forward with the development and nation building, but has been devastating the South Sudanese people, causing an intolerable loss of human lives.

On the flipside, the document seems not to be answering all the questions surrounding this arrangement and I think that is the most compelling about the narrative of this peace. These two separate armies seems like a tremendously giant issue and a greater concern to all South Sudanese citizens, since it is a huge barrier between the government and the citizens who want to see the returning of peace and stability to the new nation. However, defining a goal is extremely difficult, but the document’s finding is ultimately what makes this peace so interesting. Furthermore, this document will finds its groove by delivering hope to South Sudanese communities, by giving voice to the local people and answering their skepticism when this arrangement is implemented. Interestingly enough, so much of what the South Sudanese people are hoping is the product of the lobbyists of this dishonest peace and as result, we finds that politics is ultimately identical and unpredictable. This is what I love about the South Sudanese leaders. They will celebrate the possible unnecessary worst achievement that reveals their pity wonderful relationships and their disconnections virtually with the reality and they will not shy away from addressing the enormity and messiness of their task when the peace and smile return. Oftentimes, the philosophy of the South Sudanese leaders have been discouraged by the voices across South Sudan, from city centers to rural communities and the disprovable is still growing as we speak.

More importantly, employment is the big issues all the South Sudanese citizens are facing across the country, combating poverty and achieving freedom and equality requires a major reorientation of economic and development planning however, the above mention are the epicenter of this senseless war. As common sense tells us, the wellbeing of human beings can be determined by some of the necessities explicitly food, clean water, shelter, etc., and without those, there will be more turbulence in some years to come in the new nation. It should therefore not come as a surprise that wellbeing parallels to some extent with material prerequisites while, at the same time, huge unfairness in the distribution of natural resources is another factor obstructing peace in the new nation. As always history remind us, poverty and destitution are the root causes for despair in Africa, especially in South Sudan and equally, poverty and unfairness prevents us from living in peace, as peace is theoretically more enjoyable in the absence of war. The South Sudanese people need to know that there is no short cut in this effort to fight cruelty, division and isolation but to create a condition for constructive that will promoted reconciliation, compromise, dialogue, tolerance, and forgiveness to bring trust and confidence to our citizens to return to normal golden days where all communities live side by side. But in my mind, there is still a considerable debate or controversy surrounding the life of our citizens needs to be addressed. In the ability to exercise legitimate rights for our citizens, however, the unity government’s current priorities under the social inclusive program will have to include the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs that will help jobless families with children whose parents have perished in this senseless war by helping them into sustainable employment and aiding them into a good start in life.  The examination of our citizen’s view indicates that although the predicaments of violence against our citizens have become widely recognized and the issue has been consistently placed on the agenda for reconciliation, dialogue, tolerance, forgiveness and compromise.

Nevertheless, recognizing the competition between government and rebel for better positions would require an agreement on the broad principle that the two sides share power equally without going back to war. The principle of creating a constructive understanding would be a comprehensive outlines to stop any violence in the future against our citizens. Leaving aside whether it is purely moral to have two armies in one country or whether there should be no peace at all, as public opinion conceding that indeed there is a fair argument to be made for peace to return. It is actually more costly to put this dishonest peace to death; given all the death and tremendous suffering the South Sudanese people have been put through. However, there is more than a reasonable argument to be made here why this arrangement should be given a chance and recognized a break to our innocent citizens. Even though many people seem to oppose this bargaining between the two parties, I wondered though how you would feel if you lost loved ones to this senseless war. Would your ethical convictions and spiritual beliefs be powerful enough to withstand your grief, rage, and yearning for retribution? Quite possibly you could not. That is exactly why the decision to put this senseless war to a deathbed would be made dispassionately without undue emotion over the particulars of any given situation. Otherwise, if the continuation of this war seems to be the best option to few South Sudanese people, this explains to us that we have given in our basic instincts to become murderers ourselves. In this case, allowing this senseless war to continue is barbaric, pathetic, and is not justifiable by any circumstances.

Nonetheless, throughout the history of mankind, societies have maintained the right to put war to an end and leave it to continue is far outside the pale of unobjectionable behavior. What make us wiser than our predecessors is that it is not instantly restricted to the most outrageous behavior of our leader, but few avaricious individuals who always seem to appreciate when innocent lives are being lost is the difference here. Our innocent citizens’ horrendous suffering is an inspiration to all of us to be able to embrace this dishonest peace until the people of this nation decide what is best for them. We could debate endlessly and vigorously over the root cause of this tragic disconnect between ourselves and the leaders of this nation but the truth of the matter is, we have arrived at this crisis from many varied directions and no solution has been found yet except this dishonest peace. We have to be honest to ourselves, thoughtful, and open minded about the current contacts in this conflict in what we call our country. It is not something materialized overnight, however, these issues have been filing up for some decade and they need a commonsense and middle ground approach and not rhetoric.

The continuation on attacking our character, integrity and conduct accusing ourselves of selling ourselves to higher bidder, or wanting our 30 minutes of fame or name recognition needs to stop and accept this dishonest peace by moving forward. It is a travesty that those in uniforms who served during the Anyanya I war and have continued to serve during the SPLM/SPLA war to preserve the freedoms of this country are continuing to risk their lives, continuing to perish, only because of the party’s disagreement. It is nothing but troubling and heartbreaking. A question could be asked, what can we expect from the government that has no moral compass? In this circumstance, each South Sudanese citizen has the highest responsibility; we have to take ownership of this travesty, and stop playing blaming game at the moment in time, more importantly, time is not on our side and we have killed more of our people in ten months than Khartoum killed in ten years, while our traditional enemy is watching us. Nevertheless, this is a deplorable behavior from the South Sudanese leaders who have been entrusted by their people to take care of the bravest citizens who have liberated the nation from a ruthless regime in Khartoum, but to use these finest citizens as a tools of fighting wars, is more disturbing.

Truly, I’m not as fearlessness as South Sudanese people are, I will never do anything as amazing as such our people have been struggle by holding on for more than 10 months, but I will never have anything to offer them in return of their loved ones they have lost during this senseless war other than my guiltiness and sorrowfully sympathy I myself can hardly afford at this difficult time. The realization of our citizens’ rights is a national struggle based on universal human rights and the rule of law and that right cannot be achieved through the barrel of the gun, but to be determined by a painful decision that the South Sudanese people have to take by putting this senseless war to an end, is the only common sense approach that will create the sense of trust and understanding among the communities. Before this senseless war, South Sudan was fast becoming a model for other countries in Africa to replicate its success of a longest war in Africa that has been seen throughout the decades of struggle. This achievement by the South Sudanese people has touched on many people’s hearts around the world and it did cover a rethinking how the South Sudanese people stood together as a one people and liberated themselves from the regime in Khartoum. Nonetheless, hearing that an agreement has been reached in Addis Ababa, encourages the majority of the South Sudanese people, and because the situation has been deteriorating and people have been hoping for anything that can decrease anguish. Nevertheless, this dishonest peace will positively pick up more support among the South Sudanese people and, in the end, it is worth a consideration in order to bring tranquility and alleviate this horrendous situation to silence.

Indeed, the dishonest peace is seeking to extended assurance to more than 8 million people by prohibiting the senseless war and decreasing the death level in the new nation. It will create a safe environment for time being for our innocent citizens who have been given a preexisting condition by the champion of this senseless war to perish and since then they have been denied to live their lives freely. The goal of this arrangement is to stop the hostility, and brings some sort of stability and calmness. In addition, there will be an optional gain in this arrangement and will occur through the integration of the two armies in the long run. The argument can be made though, after the peace has become a law, however, there is still a lot of work to be done to promoted reconciliation, dialogue, compromise, tolerance, forgiveness, and the healing of wounds of this senseless war to counteract future conflict. The arrangement will basically and hopefully address how to build trust and confidence among the South Sudanese communities, which has been a great concern and was lacking during the PCA. To address these concerns, the South Sudanese citizens will hope the so-called leaders will attempt to be sympathetic on how to develop ways to isolate those sensitive matters that divided the communities.

On balance, I innocently understand the frustration surrounding this dishonest peace, and I voluntarily register my deep regret to these lives, which have been lost in this senseless war. I never seen anything like this before, but I’m not claiming to know impartially what we have seen in this conflict of our time. As always the case, for those of you who are saying we should despondently continue with this senseless war, first I applaud you. However, think about the steps maybe you will be taking to counteract these who will be still suffering and perish if this crisis is allowed to continue. Certainly, this dishonest peace seems to be too complicated. Still it is a unpretentious reality that our people have to suffer pointlessly in the hands of these callous leaders who have nothing but milking South Sudanese’s natural resources for their an benefit while this war was only manufactured for some heedless people to keep their day job. For the benefit of our people, we will have to accept this impossible arrangement, the unimaginable, and the vicious peace in order for these callous leaders to get their feet permanently off our innocent citizens’ necks once and for all. Similarly, we may be coming from different communities, but we share a similar ambition, being inclined to a methodical understanding instead of quick judgments, to dialogue, tolerance, compromise instead of quarrel, and reflect instead of project. The chances of these politicians changing overnight are very slim to none; unless we swallow our pride and help ourselves, we will never have a better summer in South Sudan. Frankly speaking, these men and women have put their lives on the line for us for too long however, they have made many sacrifices for this country; hence we need to accept this dishonest peace on the South Sudanese people’s behalf.

Nevertheless, people are alienated over the authorization of this dishonest peace; some argue that it will bring more division among the communities. Let me say this, there will be a struggle for the majority of South Sudanese people, initially in the process of accepting this arrangement, and it will become a point of major discussion in some months to come. The other side would argue that having two armies will steered the country into Somalia governance system and will eliminate the sense of a country hood and availability of unity among those who work hard to liberate this country. Despite the difference between our people, South Sudanese communities share more similarities than differences. Having said that, the arrangement will hopefully normalize the security instability countrywide, increase civilians’ protection, and emphasize the prevention of sectarian violence against innocent people. In order to maximize differences, it is necessary for negotiators to produce a conductive peace that will prevent this syndrome and cure the cancer of our time. All sides should look for the right procedures that will bring about the conductive atmosphere necessary for the comportment of the citizen’s protection that is reasonable and not the one that will take the country back to a civil war. Again, for fighting this violence radicalism requires a broad coalition of communities willing to stand up for the South Sudanese citizens’ interest, and unite against those who seek to divide our people among the fault lines of tribes, clans or communities. Defeating these extreme politicians means defeating their false aptitude, instead embracing the real aptitude we see in our citizens, investing in the entire communities and folks who are rejecting hate and division in favor of reconciliation, dialogue, tolerance, compromise, and peace are instantaneously indispensable. The idea of creating a healthy debate that will silence the hostility, and giving our innocents people a break from this madness is great especially in the age of war and death and will tremendously stop these toxic agents that has been feeding on the blood our innocent people.

For this arrangement, the benefits are far greater in terms of lives and death, but we should wait and see how much this document would add to the suffering. This dishonest peace will eradicate unnecessary killing and enormous suffering, but still there will be some concerns such as abusing of power and misusing of natural resources. However, in the absence of this favorable environment, the legality of the result of the dishonest peace in Addis Ababa would be questionable, and this would drag the country back into a bottomless civil war. Therefore, it is extremely necessary that all efforts would be rationalized to produce a favorable environment for peace once and for all. Both parties should be equally looking for the right procedures that will bring about a favorable atmosphere necessary for peace to return to the new nation. If there were good faith, the remaining time would be enough for preparing the ground for the implementation of this dishonest peace, and after winning the dishonest peace in Addis Ababa, hence enabling the South Sudanese people to freely express their opinion without coercion or intimidation in the future. The South Sudanese people never abandoned hope, because good things always come out of bad things and I’m hoping and convince that the beauty of life and the presence of Nhialic, our good friend in sky and gods of South Sudan will delivered peace to its people of this new nation. However, we all know how difficult it is in the position of the negotiators in such circumstance in South Sudan so divided to be able to forge this arrangement is incredible. The negotiators must have one aim to serve the best interest of the South Sudanese people that remain to be seen and must be trusted through the spirit of Nhialic, our good friend in sky and gods of South Sudan to bring peace to the new nation and must guide them days and months to come.

Santino Aniek is a concerned South Sudanese living in Upstate New York, U.S.A. He can be reached at santino.aniek5@gmail.com and find me on Facebook at santino aniek, on Skype or on twitter @saniek.

NUER YOUTH AUSTRALIA’S POSTION ON PEACE AND SECURITY iN SOUTH SUDAN

To: Dr. Riek Machar Teny

Chairperson and Commander

in Chief of the SPLM/A

Australia-001Nov 23, 2014(Nyamilepedia) – On behalf of the Nuer Youth Association in Australia and on my own behalf, we strongly oppose and reject the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) proposal that give president Salva Kiir another chance to be the leader of the upcoming transitional government of South Sudan. From our perspectives, Kiir lost his legitimacy mandate as a president after ordering his private army to conduct genocide, massacre and crime against humanity. As the result of his misconduct of the country affairs, suddenly turned his barrel on his country men that resulted in lost of (20,000) innocent Nuer civilians on 15 to 21 December 2013 in Juba. Therefore, the situation escalated across South Sudan and the situation deteriorated at greater magnitude that confirmed president Salva Kiir as a criminal who violated human rights and committed crime against humanity. We, the civil society advise that IGAD and international communities should not to reward president Salva Kiir who responsible for human rights violations, such as gang rapping, looting properties, insecurity and creating mass displacement of ordinary civilians across South Sudan.

As we are aware that some of IGAD countries such as Uganda forces and other mercenaries including Justice and Equality Movement (GEM) and SPLA north-Sudan fighting alongside president Salva Kiir forces since conflict started on 15th December 2013. Whilst, IGAD and international communities have failed to bring president Salva Kiir to justice or force him to respect the cessation of hostilities that he signed on the 9th January 2014. However, many peace agreements has been reached since 9th January 2014, but were not honored by president Salva Kiir and his forces, which are still attacking civilians while his security agents still conducting assassinations against innocents Nuer civilians particularly in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camps in Juba, Malakal, Bor and Bentiu towns.

Although, we are very sincere and clear about the peace and stability in South Sudan, thus we do not support IGAD proposal to keep us under president Salva Kiir leadership, which is responsible for lost of our loved ones. Therefore, we do not trust president Salva Kiir to lead South Sudan anymore.

We, Nuer youth of Australia reject president Salva Kiir to be the leader of the upcoming transitional government of South Sudan for following reasons:

  • President Salva Kiir has admitted that he recruited and trained about 30,000 militias from Dinka tribes in two States of Warrap and Northern Bahr El Ghazel under Paul Malong direction. Such act indicate that president Salva Kiir intentionally planned to kill, massacre and genocide against innocent Nuer civilians in Juba, while the root cause of the conflict was a politically motivated between Salva Kiir and his rivalry colleagues.
  • Salva Kiir is responsible for the killing of (45,000) innocent Nuer civilians in Juba, Malakal, Bentiu and Bor, which he is the masterminded of the current conflict in South Sudan.
  • Salva Kiir chosen to protect his suicidal regime by inviting foreign troops and other mercenaries such as Ugandan forces, Justice and Equality Movement (GEM) and SPLA north-Sudan.
  • Salva Kiir recently signed military cooperation between his government and the Ugandan government to prolong the war and continue killing innocent Nuer civilians.
  • Salva Kiir did not honour the promises he made during peace process by breaking cease-fire agreements.
  • Salva Kiir mobilised youth from different tribes (e.g. Maban, Shulluk, Dinka Bor, Equatorans, Bahr El Gazal and Murlei) and he armed them to kill innocent Nuer civilians.
  • Recently, the South Sudan’s parliament under Kiir leadership has passed a deadly Security Bill with intention to kill every Nuer and particularly IDPs as the closer target for his forces to carry out crimes against humanity and the prove was
  • Recent innocent occurred in Malakal when a Nuer Aid worker was kidnapped and many Nuer disappeared in Juba.
  • Since Juba massacre 15 December 2013, we call on president Salva Kiir to step down to give peace a chance and end the conflict in the South Sudan, but he rejected South Sudanese call and he decided to use oils money to buy weapons from Chinese companies to kill more innocent Nuer instead of helping vulnerable people (e.g. IDPs).
  • President Salva Kiir has destroyed entire Nuer nation at large including properties, livestocks and other assets in the greater Upper Nile region.

All the above-mentioned reasons are truthful and factual. Therefore, we cannot or will not accept Salva Kiir to be given another chance to commit more genocides or massacres against our people. We need new leadership in South Sudan, which will respect human rights and rule of law.

However, we support immediate peace in South Sudan as we have been calling for peace since 15th December 2013. We want a permanent peace and not a fake peace as IGAD want to impose on South Sudan. We support transitional government that has assurance and guarantee the safety of Nuer civilians in South Sudan. For example, we support;

  • Only two leadership positions, the President and Prime Minister;
  • We strong suggest that the President should be only a ceremonial position;
  • Prime Minister position should have all the executive powers to run the country affairs;
  • Reformation of all government institutions;
  • Both parties forces should be separate until interim period has finalized;
  • We MUST hold government Accountable for Juba massacre of the innocent Nuer civilians;
  • Restructuring South Sudan as a federal state;
  • For peace to prevail in South Sudan, all Ugandan forces and other mercenaries MUST leave South Sudan soil immediately;
  • The United Nations and Government of South Sudan MUST Compensate all the innocent Nuer people who have been massacred, displaced to neighboring countries and those who are forced to live in the (UNMISS) camps.

Finally, we thank you and appreciate your leadership and reaffirm our solidarity and unequivocal support to the SPLM/A under leadership of Dr. RIAK MACHAR TENY DHURGON.

Yours Sincerely

Chairperson

Thalage Wal Goch Deng

Nuer Youth Association of Australia Inc

Inside Emmanuel Jal’s Eye, South Sudan Glows

By Dak Buoth Riek Gaaq,

Opinion.

Emmanuel Jal a South Sudanese musician, former child soldier, and political activist, post with UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon(Photo: via Jal's socials)

Emmanuel Jal a South Sudanese musician, former child soldier, and political activist, post with UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon(Photo: via Jal’s socials)

23rd Nov, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — ‘‘Anyone who never listened to roots live in delusion believing that music is primarily meant for entertainment only’’

I began jotting this piece when he was performing live on Saturday night at Nation Television (NTV) on Lary Madow’s Show popularly known as ‘‘the trend’’ If it weren’t for that Show, perhaps I would have continued watching my favorite channel, the Citizen TV where am a regular viewer. I got inclined to Citizen TV through its Thursday program dubbed the ‘‘opinion court’’ hosted by Ann Kaguta and its senior analysis Prof. Kisiagani and also the ‘‘Cheche’’ where opinion counts’’ hosted by former BBC radio reporter Udwak Amimo, David Makali and Mutegi NJau.

The ‘‘trend’’ portrayed Jal that night as an acclaimed hip pop guru and astute orator. The interview was entirely appetizing as it has always been; of course no doubt about that, because when it comes to interviews or presentations in whichever forum, be it the ‘‘Hard Talk’’ with Steven Sucker or in then ‘‘Capital Talk with Jeff Koinage at the Bench or ‘‘the frost’’ in Aljazera, name them, nobody can wag a tail; for that is where you will lively experiment and feel Emmanuel Jal’s whole sagacity and agility in spite of how the interviewer twisted the questions. The show didn’t take long, but he did utilize the time to satisfied his fun who were anxiously waiting in desperation to quench their thirst from what he was going to showcase; mainly his avant- garde film ‘‘the Good Lie’’ and his new Album ‘‘ the Key’’ and ‘‘ my power’’

Folks, this Movie (Good Lie) is such a world class one; and I must confidently forecast here that it’s just a matter of time before they scoop International accolade for it. The other visionary project that he said was on course and is likely to feature soon, was the plan to have a collabo with some talented young artists like Juliani of Kenya, singers from Tanzania and other artists from as far as Zaire as Mobutu Sseko early named it in his Living Manifesto, ‘‘return to authenticity’’ once that project is done, am certain it will feature greatly continentally; for it is going to ‘‘assist in highlighting issues pertaining disease control mechanisms especially about the endemic Ebola that continue to rocked parts of our continent and beyond’’

Musically, since my days in high school, I have been and remained a doyen and ardent listener of roots reggae; and it as a result of many years of listening to roots that I told people in the start of this excerpt that, ‘‘anyone who never listened to roots reggae will die in delusion believing that music is primarily meant for entertainment only; roots music have contributed profoundly in the shaping and fostering of my philosophical clarity and ideological balance.

The cardinal aim of roots reggae is the realization of oneself, actual practice and teaching to become brother and sister’s keeper; respect for the elders but not fear the elders. Unfaltering resistance to dethrone status quo; cultural preservation, social justice, equality, national cohesion; respect, promote and protect one another’s dignity notwithstanding their creed, complexion and empowerment other than dis-empowerment, disenchantment and or disfranchisement; commitment to voluntarism in the advocacy for self-reliance in the third world countries et cetera.

That is the bedrock for which roots reggae is coined in the prophesies of Marcus Masiah Garvey and the Holy Emperor, Haile Selasie, hence, after paying keen attention to Emmanuel Jal’s works particularly the ‘‘the stronger’’ ‘‘Mama, we wants peace and the likes’’ i find a flavor similar to that of late Dube, Wallers, Joseph Hills and other reggae sound giants. as such, I noticed his music passionately striving for advancement of inter communities peace, justice, rule of law and respect for each other in African society and across the world.

Relatively, you must as well know that I am not just a mere news consumer, for I occasionally make news. My last Television bit was on 24th September 2014 at the State owned Television, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) on its regular morning show‘‘Good Morning Kenya’’ I featured with Manyuon Mach and Gabriel Gai Deng.You can login and have a glimpse of that debate titled, ‘‘south Sudan focus’’ Before then, if you fondly remember, I and comrade Kocrup Makuach were on the front pages of the Daily Nation and Standard Newspapers when the duo lengthily covered our historical Press Conference held on the 26th December 2013 under the umbrella ‘‘Congress of south Sudanese Patriots’’

The Left-wing Youth who spoke vividly that day have had their voice recorded in this ongoing south Sudan post Arab struggle for democracy. Daily Nation quoted Atem Ayuel that day as saying, ‘‘ south Sudan should adopt liberal constitution if the ongoing violence is to be quell and never to recur, that mean if the ongoing peace will just be a truce; obviously there will be another political turmoil in the near future unless we have a laws that are centered in the people; ‘‘that we should draft a constitution for posterity and probably adapt from Kenya or the United State of America constitutions which entrench the democracy we fought for; ‘‘that the ongoing war must be promptly halted because we are losers at the end of the day, whether you kill many of the government side or kill many of the opposition side, it is south Sudan that is losing, that are killing each other; and it is that we are at lose all of us’’ partly, he dismissed those who were parroting preaching unsubstantial coup claims as undemocratic, that they will eventually be in for rude shock.

Kocrup said ‘‘it is very shameful that only two years into independence we have thrown our country to the dogs’’ Odola Owar strongly urged the entangled political leadership in the country to realized that the nation is bigger than individuals. They had also produced my inner words which I read in the press statement ‘‘we want to categorically state that the ongoing conflict is not a war between Nuer and Dinka as reported in various sources that have had a privileged to report on the same, we want to tell you out of our own convictions that it is a political and ideological tussle within the ruling political party and has nothing to do with innocent members of these communities’’www.dailynation.southsudanstudentsinkenya

Several other nationalists, the likes of Kim Bany Joak, Benjamin Uburu, Chol Gabriel, Kuajien Kujiek and other Patriots were also at the forefront. In solidarity, Emmanuel Jal shared those memorable words via twitter and social media title ‘‘A shout to Dak Buoth Gabriel’’ I applauded him for his moral support.Those statements remain unchallengeable to date; in fact they are in the preamble of all the peace matrices that have been adopted by the IGAD that brokered the peace deal. Surprisingly, one early morning at about 5:30am, Kocrup rang me saying that certain disgraceful gentlemen told him that I and him like appearing in newspapers and television as if they are our mothers. I told him that is also his opinion for Voltaire still right in his words, ‘‘I may disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it’ In nutshell, I would say the conglomeration of Jal’s current and previous musical works is a simple expression of things he passionately holds right. The notable attitude that I admire of him most is, his ingrained simplicity, consistency, hard-work, creativity, growing desire for music, literacy and activism; on other hand, the manner in which he articulate those ideals is worth emulating and imitating.

More often, it is improper in the African culture to eulogize aman when he is still alive, but to write about Jal behove me to paint his picture as a progressive and responsible citizen who is so courageous to live a life true to himself and not the life expected of him by others. In the course of life, you often meet people who distinguish themselves in a way that makes you admire them, it may be their character or the achievements that they have done.

His unwavering clamour for peace, justice and refusal to be complacent made him garnered praises and critics in equal measure across the divides; but unsurprisingly, those are the dynamics of truth telling; as the old adage invoke ‘‘say the truth and the truth will sets you free” but before it set you free it first makes you miserable. If you verily recall at the independent celebration on the 9th July 2011, he was the only celebrity whom the current ineptitude authority never invited, yet the rest of celebrities who never even identity themselves as proud nationals of that country leave alone their contribution were officially accorded official invitation to attend the celebration.

I alleviated him as a true student of Mandel’s school of thought, he is somebody who not only say the rights but do the right things,and that distinguish him from those who are there visualizing thing passively forgetting that their silent greatly abet the perpetuation of injustice and misrule. ‘‘There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial and tribal reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality; there are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissents from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sideline, comfortable in complacency or cronyism when our voices must be heard’’

Finally, we must now realize that south Sudan is on a deathbed, and as its rightly puts ‘‘when people are confronted with death, they get clarity of vision and see thing as never before’’we must unconditionally terminate this ongoing ethnics chauvinism and look at things broadly and objectively putting in consideration that the world is embracing globalization. Inside Emmanuel Jal’s Eye,South Sudan Glows.

The writer is a Student; he can be reach for comments via eligodakb@yahoo.com

Press Statement by Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping

Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping
Former Ambassador to the United Nations (New York), Former Chairman of the G77+China
Member of National Liberation Council for Lakes State.

Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, Hon. Henry Dilay among other politicians meet with Dr. Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia(Photo: Via Dr. Machar profiles)

Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping (to the right of Dr. Machar) Hon. Henry Dilay among other politicians meet with Dr. Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia(Photo: Via Dr. Machar profiles)

Nov 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Compatriots and comrades, I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of our ethnic heritage as South Sudanese people. In our multitudes we confirm the greatness of our people. We stand here proud that the modern history of South Sudan has been a long marsh for freedom, a determined, unrelenting struggle for emancipation, equality, democracy, and prosperity with the singular aim of building a democratic secular state of our own, a united African nation-state that is ours. A country that is ours all of us, from the Azande, the Anyuak, the Bari, the Collo, the Dinka, the Fertit, the Latuka, the Luo, the Madi, the Mundari, the whole of us as a society, all the multitudes of our people. A country where every one of us, man and woman, elder and child is regarded as free and autonomous, simply by being a person and a descendant of this great historic African nation that constitutes our existential core. It is this indefatigable will to freedom and vision, this African-ness of our being that has empowered our martyrs to sacrifice their lives for over two centuries. It is their dream of freedom, of equality as human beings, their total and absolute rejection of enslavement in its different guises and shapes that prepared over two millions of our people to die in giving birth to country. This newly born country, this newly born republic, we now call South Sudan is their child. It has been delivered to us to nurture, to build into a proud member of the family of nations on earth.

Comrades and compatriots, at this historical junction in the life our country let us remember that it is the struggle of our people for equality as human beings, their proclamation of the Rights of Man and principle of National Sovereignty that willed our people to fight and secure the right of self-determination in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. It is their fundamental belief in our right as a people, united in purpose and destiny that delivered our independence by way of free voting in an internationally supervised referendum, the first in the world to successfully do so, to the surprise and acclamation of the whole world. It is our people, en masse, in their millions who have achieved and delivered ‘our country’. Nobody else can claim she/he brought us independence. It was not a gift.

And what does our government offer our people, this great nation in return? Not Peace, not democracy, not development, and not prosperity. Only death and suffering.

Our failing government, having lost legitimacy, offers organized political intimidation and violence to silence and eliminate their conscience. Our government, typified and dominated by malfunctioning institutions, offers abject poverty and misery for our ordinary citizens of South Sudan. Our government administers financial collapse and irresponsible borrowing, massive indebtedness and flourishing corruption that is robbing the country of billions of dollars. This vast fertile, water and soil rich land cannot feed herself because its government does not care for the hunger and plight of its citizens. Instead of launching agrarian revolution it wasted hundreds of millions dollars in dodgy corrupt schemes.

Compatriots, our government and state provides no health service, nor education to its citizens. Over 90% of our children are condemned to illiteracy. We have no physical infrastructure, no roads, no clean drinking water and sanitation and no electricity. And no salaries to our people.

Comrades, the list is long. What a shame. With such a track record, only a shameless leadership can forcibly cling to power and political office. If the millions of our people who perished during the liberation struggle rise today from their grave they will cry rivers in anger.

Chief of G-77, Ambassador Lumumba addressing climate change in Copenhagen(Photo: Democracy Now)

At G-77, Ambassador Lumumba addressing climate change in Copenhagen(Photo: Democracy Now)

As if that is not enough, compatriots. We have a government that has chosen to give away our national sovereignty and territory, as we have seen in Mile-14 and the presence of foreign troops and foreign military advisors to maintain-in-power a regime as politically and morally bankrupt as never witnessed in the region. South Sudan is being reduced into an animal farm where free and open participation of our citizens in the public of their repubic is absolutely denied, where minds are being closed, where wisdom and morals are thrown into the bins. Nobody ever thought that one day, South Sudan, as an independent state, will be reduced into a failing state where 100+ women were raped in one city, in one month as it happened in Wau. Who among our leaders, from Anyanya I, Anyanya 2, the SPLM-founders and martyrs, from the Southern Front, the SANU, SAK and the Liberal party who died before 2005, would believe South Sudan would become a country were, women from good families would offer themselves outside foreign exchange bureaus, in order to feed their children. Men, youth and children will be begging in the streets.

Compatriots: We have a state and a government that has, for its entire ruling-life, refused to deliver human security, let alone, law and order as witnessed in Lakes State where innocent citizens and youth have been encouraged and armed to create a state of anarchy for the political use and benefit of our ruling elite. As we speak now, the average daily death count is 15 people in a quiet day. The count rises to 150 heads, some days. And notwithstanding this carnage and bloodshed, the President remains indifferent and disinterested. The President does not feel the pain of the people of Lake State whether Agar, Gok or Yirol People. The people of Lakes do understand that they are being decidedly and systematically marginalized and ‘destituted’. They know that they are being treated as if they are ‘others’, citizens of another country.

Compatriots, what is happening in the Lakes State is another ‘massacre’ overseen and masterminded in a slow-motion. Lakes State is being reduced into a ditch of atrocities, violence and gross violations of human rights. This got to stop. We have got to end a regime that delights in the suffering of our people. We have got to stop this system that thinks Lakes role in South Sudan is servitude and supply of unpaid soldiers to advance their undemocratic and corrupt rule.

The root causes of this shocking state-failure, this near state-collapse and this catastrophic situation that our country faces today are many and deeply embedded in the history of our final-leg of our liberation struggle and in the SPLM/A system of governance. To start with, the fact that our liberation struggle had taken a form of a civil war fought principally in South Sudan and not as a direct anti-colonial struggle has generated deep and cumulative divisions that fractured our national social fabric and cohesion. Within the war of liberation, there were many other violent confrontations. Some were open wars and some were clandestine. There were violent and silent enmities among the Dinka as a group. You would remember the enmities and insults publicly traded between Bahr el Ghazal community and Bor community, the Dinka of Rumbek and Greater Gogrial. Then there were violent strives between the Nuer and the Dinka. There were battles between Mundari and other Equatorians against the Dinka and Nuer, to name a few. Our leaders were the ones who promoted disharmony amongst us.

All these strives, rifts and divisions were all about power struggle, personal and ideological. And they go far back to the time when some of our leaders decided to use violence to coerce and force to submission Anyanya 2 forces. It started with assassinations of Samuel Gai Tut, Benjamin Bol Akok, Martin Majier, Nyachigaak Nyaciluk, Martin Makur Alleu and Joseph Malath Lueth. So there is nothing new about the Government refusing dialogue and persuasion to convince the citizen of South Sudan to its vision. Of course they have none. They have to revert to repression as the only means of prevailing politically. The government has to lie and fabricate stories of ‘numerous coups’ to justify its oppressive methods. So there is nothing new about the Juba massacre. Nothing new about the daily butchery in Rumbek.

Comrades what concerns us here is not who killed who. What concerns us is that we have become a socially fragile society. And the demands of our community is equal recognition, equal participation, equal representation and equal rights as South Sudanese. We have to find a permanent and sustainable peace, reconciliation and harmony amongst. There must be justice amongst us.

It is deeply disturbing that even after independence, there continue to live, in the leadership of the ruling-party, a strong under-current that rejects dialogue and reason and a strong sub-culture that opposes all reforms aimed at enabling our people to choose their system of governance and the model of state they dream of. The government is under-control of a looting-unthinking group bent on denying democracy, enlightenment and progress. Their response to every call for good governance is, ‘We are only two years old.’ They are the advocates of ‘development in reverse.’ This is now the culture, the ideology and praxis that dominates the politics of South Sudan; deliberate impunity.

Compatriots, this way of governing will ruin our country beyond repair. This impunity and way of governing is doomed. Throughout history of humanity the way to truth, progress and democracy have always won against tyranny and tyrants who thought they were invincible. The truth shall shine and the meek shall prevail. So said the prophets.

What we advocate is total and systemic reform and transformation of our country. As I have opined, as one of the authors of the SPLM Manifesto 2013, ‘Our goal is to establish a strong democratic developmental state committed to principles of good governance, transparency and accountability and fight against corruption … to make the quality of life for every citizen our only priority.’ It is critical that we build ‘a state with the legitimate mandate, full authority and unmatched capabilities to drive the process of progressive national economic transformation and to intervene in all levels of our society in ways that shall secure our national patrimony and promote greater justice, equality, social welfare and fairness.’

Compatriots, Federalism is the most efficient and the surest system of governance that will deliver the trinity of democracy, development and unity. A federal democratic developmental state is our only way to salvation and recovery. Federalism will undeniably pave the way for an ever perfecting unification of our people as African people united in purpose and destiny. We are first and foremost South Sudanese and forever Africans.

Compatriots, notwithstanding, the current ethnic horrors and communal rifts and jingoism, we share only one destiny. The purpose and fundamental justification for the existence of our Republic, Country and State, is to strengthen the capability of every woman, man and child to participate democratically and fully in, contribute amply to, and benefit in just proportion from the economic, political and moral life of our nation. That is the essence of the Federal dispensation we are calling for. Federalism is not a new hegemony of any ethnic group. It is an equalizer of all of us. It is equity, development and democratization. Federalism is a decentralized system of subsidiarity. It is system of co-responsibility between institutions of governance at the central, regional and local levels. Federalism is not an ethnic heaven. Three is nothing to stop the people of Yirol and Mundari to establish a federal state if they choose to do so. Federalism is a system of empowering citizens of our country to participate fully in running the affairs of South Sudan.

Comrades, the demands for peace, democracy and development and for federalism will not come to light before we bring about a genuine power sharing transitional government. At the heart of this power sharing arrangement is the giving of genuine executive powers to both the President and the Prime Minister. Power sharing is the only way of securing a sustainable peace in our country. Why? Because, first, it is a system designed to restore national unity, to establish order and rule of law in our country, and to give our executive branch of our government the authority necessary for them to fulfill their mandate under the watchful eye an empowered parliament. Secondly, it is a system that will rid us of any authoritarianism and or type of democracies that enable the ‘corrupt fact cats of our country from dominating absolutely the politics of South Sudan and thus creating massive inequalities and injustices that will lead ultimately to systemic failure of our country. Thirdly, genuine power sharing between the President and the Prime Minister will eliminate the possibility of any jingoist using ethnic ideology from rising to power. Furthermore, it is a system that will stop the building up of ethnic hostilities, leading to volcanic eruptions that cause near collapse of our state.

Mr. President without embracing a just peace, without accepting fundamental reforms in our system of governance, and without purging the culture of impunity and corruption, the country will collapse in your hands. It is already teetering. Your legacy will come to naught. History will remember and record you in its annals as the first liberation struggle leader who charted the way to independence and delivered destruction to his people and country. Don’t be misled by sycophants. Do the right thing for Christ sake: embrace change, reform and embrace the hopes of our people or quit. You live in a circle-snake pit. Don’t let them hold guns to your head. If you do not bring a just peace, before history judge you, they will depose you.

Thiang Youth Association Calls on Aid Agencies To Intervene In Humanitarian Crisis In Pangak County!

A  Press-for Immediate-Release,

Thiang Nuer,

The clinic in Old Fangak has treated 1800 cases this year. In newly independent South Sudan, deadly Kala Azar disease is still raging in some of the most remote areas lacking basic health services.

Multiple cases of Kala Azar outbreak being treated at a clinic in Old Fangak in 2012. Upto 1800 cases were reportedly treated that year. Many other health factors affect the people of Pangak county today(Photo: Nyamilepedia version)

Nov 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The influx of the displaced persons (IDPs) from eastern sisterly Pigi County to Old Fangak Payam of Fangak County has been ongoing for the last couple of weeks. This incessant influx was triggered by the recent past clashes in Khorfulus and Canal between the SPLM/A—rebels and GRSS forces, an influx which is now causing looming humanitarian situations there on the ground. About more than thirty thousand (30,000) people have now come from Pigi and settled in the Southern part of Fangak County in addition to another over 18,000 displaced people from Unity state who came in since January, 2014 at the beginning of the crisis.

As may be widely known to everybody, the large part of Fangak County is situated in an Island; almost it is a swampy area intersects by multiple number of small rivers—streams. Thus, Floodwater from Phow River and these small streams does easily reach residential areas, so it has now over flooded several villages in and around Toch, Old Fangak and Mareang Payams among others which of cause displaced residents from their homes villages. These floods as well can pose not only the displaced persons IDPs to be susceptible to water accompany diseases—water borne diseases but also to those living in high pieces of lands near it. Right away, the floods forced some of the Thiang community members to move to Lak’s areas northward, this month, in search of high lands in order to wait there until the months of December comes and then return. Even the cattle on which many people depend are also dying from diseases because they cannot get any medications either.

To round it up, the total number of IDPs from Pigi and floods displaced ones in Fangak county’s Old Fangak Payam and other parts is now estimated to have reached more or less than forty-five thousands (45) internal displaced persons (IDPs). However, these people are in an extreme dire need of humanitarian assistances. Therefore, we are calling upon the UN including World Food Program (WFP) and all International Humanitarian Agencies (NGOs) to step in, provide and deliver both food & none food items for the displaced persons (IDPs) there in the county. The none food items should include mosquito nets, plastic sheets, blankets, fisher nets, hooks, saucepans, plates, buckets, cooking & all basic needs containers. Additionally, the provisions of environments Sanitations too and Medical relief donation to help treat the fatal but preventable diseases affecting the people as well as livestock mostly in Toch and Mareang Payams are urgently needed.

Lastly and not the least, we are also calling upon the International Community to mount punitive measures on South Sudan’s peace blockers who cling on personal gains at the expense of South Sudanese innocent populations, should they fail to bring peace (balanced sharing of powers) through IGAD-mediated peace process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the next last round of talks. So that the sufferings of South Sudan population across the country, the displaced internally (IDPs) and in neighboring countries-Refuges; from the present catastrophic situations come to an end.

Signed by:

Manyun Guek, Chairperson

Thiang Nuer Youth Association (T.N.Y.A)

For contact: thianggekayouthfangak67@gmail.com

How The Deputy NCP Chairman Dr Riek Gai Worships Masters!

By James Gai Tot Deng
Opinion.

Dr Riek Gai Kok AND Dr. Marial Benjamin welcoming president Salva Kiir in Juba(Photo: supplied)

Dr Riek Gai Kok AND Dr. Marial Benjamin welcoming president Salva Kiir in Juba(Photo: supplied)

Nov 21, 2014(Nyamilepedia) – This is a piece of an opinion authored to bring to light how dangerous in the political arena is Dr Riek Gai Kok. For those of you who do not know him,,Riek Gai is the current Minister of Health in the cabinet of Salva Kiir( aka Kuethpiny Atem) and had served in many political posts when he was a diehard NCP cadre. The guy began as a Captain in the SPLA in-charge of medical supplies in Kapoeta soon after finishing his military training from the SPLA school of Political Ideologies and war strategies at Bonga in Ethiopia.

When the movement split into Nasir and Torit factions respectively, he joined the Nasir faction and rose rapidly to the rank of commander and was appointed to the NLC membership, the second highest decision making body after INEC in the Akobo Convention in 1994 .Those accelerated promotions were predicated on educational qualifications and most importantly against Justice John Luk who had a shaky working relationships with Dr Riek Machar. Riek Gai was reported to have had a hand in the arrest of John Luk in 1993-94.

He was among those who persuaded Dr Riek Machar, not with the best of intentions, to sign the political charter in 1997 with Khartoum Government which culminated in the conclusion of Khartoum peace agreement. Subsequent to that, he was appointed as a governor of Jonglei State and served two terms. When the Khartoum peace agreement was ratified by a Republican decree no 14, Dr Riek Machar formed UDSF, which became the political wing of SSDF as the South Sudan Defense Forces later became known. Behind the scene, Riek Gai, who is none the wiser, and given his natural lust for power, defected to the NCP and was appointed Deputy Secretary General.

Through wits and witches, he rose to become Deputy NCP Chairman and in-charge of Southern Sector. Riek Gai who is known for being a self-seeking politician with a sense of ego-centrism, fell out with many NCP leaders in the persons of Dr Nafie Ali Nafie and Ustaz Ali Osman as well as all the Southern politicians in the North. He was hated to death and he was spared only by Omer Al Bashir who, out of humane sympathy, made him to stay in the political hierarchy of NCP. He vehemently contributed in the falling out of Turabi and Omer Al Bashir. It is worth mentioning that he was siding with Turabi in the first place, but because of his betrayals and cowardice, he changed side to Omer Al Bashir and was the first to congratulate Omer Al Bashir when Turabi and his aides were thrown into Kober prison. He was crowned as one of the golden boys in the NCP epicenter to the extent that he was married off an Arab lady who later separated from him because of his being polygamous and inconsistency.

Riek Gai on several occasions used to utter political rhetorics that he would never coalesce with the Dinka under any circumstances and the author is today baffled to see the guy licking the boots of Salva and at one time seen addressing the Dinka in Rumbek in a broken Dinka language during the inauguration of Mayardit Women’s hospital, a signal of allegiance to Salva and the Dinka.

With the signing of the CPA leading up to the Independence, he was brought to Juba by Dr Majak Agot, then the Deputy Director General of NISS in Khartoum to reconcile him with the SPLM leadership and most importantly Salva Kiir. Later on he stabbed in the back the same Majak who accommodated him in a very expensive Juba Regency Hotel behind John Garang International School where he is still residing up to now.

Being very good at manipulating people and a consummate liar by nature,he managed to infiltrate the Presidential camp using small boys around the President. The author has been informed that he was one of those who advised Salva Kiir to sack Riek Machar on false testimony that he has no popularity in the Nuer territory. It later turned out that the President was tempted by these power hungry and self-fish Nuer politicians and now regretting. Riek Gai and company are responsible for the lives and properties lost because they misled the President through blackmailing and dishonest manipulations. I pray that the souls of the innocent Nuer massacred by the Dinka Gelweng on orders of Salva, do not forgive them to enjoy the flavours of life.

Riek Gai 2

The Nuer politicians begging assurance from Salva Kiir to protect them if peace come to the country

He is on record on several occasions that the Dinka are killed by the Nuer forgetting the fact that the killing of the Dinka where it happened was a reaction by the Nuer who had to avenge for the death of their beloved ones. Informed sources said that he was behind the sacking of Gen James Hoth and Maj.Gen Mac Paul respectively and that he is now advising the President to unify the two security bureaus and appoint only one Director-general who would definitely be the current DG of Internal Security Bureau.This is also a ploy by the same Riek Gai to sideline Maj.Gen Duoth Guet. The other intention of Riek Gai is to make sure that the Lou Nuer land is invaded by the Dinka militias. He was heard one time saying that there would be no peace in this country if the government does not occupy the Lou territory. He mistakenly thought he would win the trust and confidence of Salva when the Lou Nuer land is occupied by the Kiir’s militias. When Salva reached an agreement with Riek Machar on the power sharing matrix, he said it was a betrayal by Kiir for accepting to agree with Riek Machar.His calculation was that if Riek Machar comes back to Juba,he would not find a place in the government.There are rumours that the frequent stalling of the peace talks are his making.

How can Riek Gai, who has failed to manage even his own house, boasts that he is a responsible person who can rule others? He is nowadays confusing the public by whitewashing buildings in the JTH that he is vigorously working. The Public health Lab was built in 1974 and I wondered how the President could accept to be misled by officially opening it with a wide media coverage amid ululations by poor Equatorian nurses and hospital workers. Who would buy such lies from Riek Gai and the like minded?

It is now a public knowledge that Riek Gai is not on speaking terms with the caretaker Governor just because he wants to manipulate Dr Joseph Monytuil on how to run the State, something which has never been heard of. Their area of differences was because Monytuil refused to appoint some disgruntled and naive Unity State boys who are close to Riek Gai feeding him with lies and gossiping. The man is famous for favoring people with little educational backgrounds and who specialized in manufacturing lies and who are indeed sycophants and nincompoops. He has built a personality cult around himself consisting of a coterie of uneducated and semi-literate chaps and idiotic security informers. Riek Gai has no permanent friend because he is unprincipled especially when it is something to do with politics. The President must be careful of this tricky politician otherwise he will find himself in hell. Who would fail to believe that Riek Gai did not win the 2010 general election? He made it to the National Assembly through tricks and maneuvers by the Gadiang group which was headed by Kuol Manyang with the membership of Atem Garang, Malual Mabur, Philip Thon, Professor Lual Achuek Deng, Majak Agot and himself.He is not getting along with any of those mentioned who were in fact his saviors now because it a common knowledge that when the guy is having power, he becomes unfriendly.

His godfather Tellar Ring Takpiny Deng who was a conduit between him and the President has now been posted to Russia on an Ambassadorial job.The author wonders what is his plan B regarding how frequent he would be seeing the President?

When he was appointed to the Ministry of Health, there was a great hope things would go right but to the contrary what he is now doing does not live up to the expectations of the people. A case in point that is the appointment of the medical council which is consisting of dinka and submissive equatorians and denial of the rights (arrears) of the Hospital staff which led to the strike. It was nothing but an attempt to prove himself more capable than other ministers and for him to shine in the public eye especially to those who do not know him well because the guy is very good at worshiping masters. The writer is a political commentator .

He can be reached totchotweh@ymail.com

South Sudan: More Government Officials Defect to SPLM/SPLA-IO!

Updated at 11:50am, Nov 21, 2014(PST)

Hon. Henery Dicah Odwar the former member of parliament and Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus the former south sudan ambassador to Geneva met Dr. Riek Machar on Nov 19, 2014 after their declaration of joining SPLM-IO(Photo: via Dr. Machar's socials)

Hon. Henery Dicah Odwar the former member of parliament and Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus the former south sudan ambassador to Geneva met Dr. Riek Machar on Nov 19, 2014 after their declaration of joining SPLM-IO(Photo: via Dr. Machar’s socials)

Nov 21, 2014 (Nyamilepedia) — The former South Sudan ambassador to Geneva, Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus and Hon. Henry Dilah Odwar, the former MP representing constituency No.9 of Eastern Equatoria have switched allegiance to SPLM-SPLA faction under the former vice president, Dr. Riek Machar.

The two officials confirmed their declaration yesterday in a meeting with Dr. Riek Machar, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/SPLA-IO.

“Today I had a nice meeting with Hon. Henry Dilah Odwar the former member of parliament and Ambassador Lumumba stanislaus the former south sudan ambassador to Geneva after their declaration of joining SPLM.IO” Dr. Riek Machar states.

Hon. Henry Dicay, in a press briefing extended to Nyamilepedia, calls for “an end to the misrule of president Salva Kiir”

“I have joined the Opposition to demand for President Salva Kiir to step down. As you are all aware President Kiir has been in power since  after the dismiss of Dr. John Garang de Mabior.”

According to the former lawmaker, president Salva Kiir’s inept rules have been characterized by but not limited to:

  • Lack of vision and no clear direction of taking the country forward. His recklessness has ended South Sudan in the abyss.
  • Low moral aptitude- inappropriate sexual relations, high consumption of alcohol,
  • Reducing a once mighty SPLA to militia army.
  • Nepotism – the practice elevated to the level of clan and family.
  • Ethnic cleansing: – massacres of ethnic Nuer leading to retaliatory atrocities.
  • Manipulation of the  Constitution and the SPLM party so that he [Kiir] becomes President for life.
  • Corruption – epitomized by A1 Cardinal scandal, Dura Saga, Crisis Management Committee, amassing personal wealth by siphoning public funds through businesses such as ABMC, concocted made-belief insider theft at his office etc,
  • Mismanagement of economy- abhor Appropriation Act and hence are never used;
  • Lack of transparency and accountability – South Sudan has borrowed heavily against oil from different countries and from predatory commodity trading companies.
  • Mismanagement of public funds – Sale of hard currency in the streets for economic empowerment of kith and kin; and
  • Lack of Seriousness in the current IGAD led Peace Talks — vows to adopt Khartoum’s style of power sharing during CPA where Ministers from the Opposition and other Parties shall have no real authority.

Hon. Odwar reiterates that the SPLM-SPLA is a national movement for which the officials have made a conscious decision to join.

“The SPLM/SPLA in Opposition is a National movement that enjoys the support of all South Sudanese. It is for that reason my compatriots and I have taken the stand to join the opposition.”

The former MP calls upon the president to step down for the sake of peace and his own legacy, otherwise the president risks the worst records in the history.

“History is replete with the type of Salva Kiir in the name of Hitler, Bokassa, Idi Amin, Mobutu, Gadafi and Sadam Husein just to mention a few. President Kiir shall not avoid a legacy of being in the historical characterization. I therefore call upon President Salva Kiir to step down not only for the sake of the unity of South Sudan but also for his legacy.”

“I call upon all South Sudanese to raise their voices and ask for the exit of President Salva Kiir and his incompetent government.  and not least, I appeal for the SPLM in government to not die for Salva Kiir”

The MP calls on the foreign troops to go back to their respective countries to protect their people instead of South Sudanese.

“I also take this opportunity to call upon all foreign troops to go back to their respective Countries and protect their own citizens there, not in South Sudan.”

Hon. Odwar calls upon the International Community to support the people of South Sudan but not the government of Salva Kiir, saying:

“Any assistance to Salva Kiir and his government will only prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan as such assistance will only benefit Salva Kiir and his cohorts”