By Abu Deng,
Woman Mayor of Yei late Honorable Cecilia Oba Tito, who was murdered in Juba with her office manger Mr. Lemi.(Photo: file)
November 28, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — By now, most in the South have heard of the sad murder of the first Woman Mayor of Yei Honorable Cecilia Oba Tito, and her office manger Mr. Lemi. Their beaten bodies found in a house belonging to her under construction, according to a Press Conference by the Central Equatoria State. I provide some graphic words, some, to only highlight the brutal nature of these killings. See, 1.
I am not alone in this either Mr. President, be aware the Vatican has taken note as well that one of its most dedicated church-going Junubin was heinously murdered. You may need to stop by Rome, to ask the Holy Father for forgiveness. For, from all accounts this Daughter of South Sudan was a leader par excellence in her community and county, an advocate for women’s rights, and most notably a strong promoter for girl child education – gone!
Brutally gone at that.
Ms. Oba Tito Biography: See, 2
If we listen to reports from Vatican sources, her demise was possibly a result of an attack on the Church (which is circulating in Rome) or a more common occurrence in Juba – a land dispute with a high taking General/Senior Politician….We hope not, again, a murder over land – recall the 2008 incident where a high-ranking SPLA officer was shoot and killed at the General Headquarters by another soldier over a land dispute.
Why is a policy expert interested in a murder of a former state official, simple: public security of our streets and nation, particularly our nation’s Capital which we are being told week is so safe…leave those camps and be welcomed in Juba and elsewhere with open arm, says leaders. Not! For without security there is no development, no progress or prosperous future for the nation.
And without people like Ms. Tito, who co-founded a women’s center, participated in the peace talks in Naivasha with Dr. Garang and attained a master’s degree in public administration – our nation is doomed to fail. We need such energy, drive and focused leaders, so her loss is devastating to her hometown, county, state and this nation,
It is therefore all a lie People, Juba and many parts of South Sudan are far from safe! Even ask the United States Ambassador to South Sudan about that – he knows first hand of the perils in Juba, and even tried to keep it hidden so as not to embarrass the host country but I think even my American People realized it is time for truth. See, 3
South Sudanese soldier fires shots at US ambassador’s motorcade in Juba
Juba is dangerous and well as other places in the country and the only people to blame are in the current administration of our father, member of the SPLA High Council, our Joshua, Lt. General Salva Kiir Mayardit.
How can Press Secretary, Mr Ateny Wek Ateny (owner of the new The Juba Telegraph Newspaper) or our skilled Foreign Minister, the medical doctor (MD) Dr. Marial Benjamin say the country is safe, welcome! – when the brutal murder of one of our best occurs right in the nation’s capital.
Mr. President, your leadership and that of your ministers has destroyed the nation almost totally. Many within should resign at the first opportunity and allow newer competent leaders to replace those who have failed our beautiful nation of infinite potential and future regional/global leadership.
First, let us resolve/end the war….but soon afterwards, many, many must be let go, for whether it is legislation, security, economic development, public infrastructure or national image/respect….this current government receives an F, for failure to keep the promise to the martyrs and soldiers who died, or loss limbs and family for the freedom of this great Republic.
The Death of Our Children
Need I remind the SPLM Leadership, every day you delay Peace, dozens of small Junubin children die, possibly 100 a day in camps within the country I hear from Norwegians…can you live or even sleep with such loss, generations of this Blessed nation are being affected.
I cannot sleep myself from knowing this one fact. For I have children and think of the mothers and fathers weeping as they bury their child near one of the numerous camps spread across the nation.
Consequences of firing on an Ambassador’s Motorcade
Note to SPLA Spokesperson: so your explanation of this event is the SPLA guard hit the armoured car with bulletproof glass with the butt of his gun so that is where the damage came from???
Really, so when the United States Ambassador to South Sudan says there were “two big holes” in the glass, he is lying and your assume the US security services and military do not know the difference between a bullet hole and a rifle butt impact, again???
We’re not some of you trained in the US, UK security and military courses – should you not tell the SPLA Spokesman that is BS….and his making his country look ridiculous….actually stupid.
He should know there is even a special science for evaluating the firing of bullets called Ballistics. In case he missed that, here is a primer, see 4
Absolutely, ridiculous what some of the RSS officials in this current government are allowed to say, senseless glibberlish – And some of you around him, who are trained or educated sit silently as OUR Leaders makes a fool of the country – and more importantly the President of South Sudan, who has said he wants Peace, in his Al Jazeerza interview this month he said he didn’t know why people won’t come out the camps….well Mr. president if one of your Tiger Battalion Presidential SPLA soldiers/Guards will hop out of a car and fire live bullets at the American Ambassador’s motorcade and hop back in the car and drive off – what can happen to the rest of us without armoured cars, marine guard escorts and diplomatic security etc.?
We are dead, no doubt or taken to one of your secret prisons and tortured for getting in the way of a VIP’s motorcade. That includes Me, and I am an American of pioneer heritage. The possible outcome of such a run-in could be bad for you or me. Did anyone see the story on the recent release of ANOTHER Journalist, of Nuer descent, after three day of questioning and TORTURE. see 5,
According to the Sudan Tribune article:
An anonymous source who spoke to Sudan Tribune said the journalist’s arrest was a clear signal that the country’s security agency was targeting people based on ethnicity.
“It was very sad when wesee group of journalists are being targeted because they belong to certain tribe,” the source said.So I wonder who is Juba good for, not American Ambassadors or Journalists or Mayors/advocates of girl child education. Who then Mr. President, Hon. Foreign Minister, SPLA Spokesperon. Can I come to Juba, am I invited or considered persona non grata because I know the facts about how this country has been run and funds stolen, from the corrupt Ambassador (James Kur) formerly in Norway to the Chief Senior Justices (files available upon requests) with his close ties to the President.
Peace or War?
Current SPLM Leaders: Do you really want Peace or robots to obey commands and not have opinions. I would love Peace so a trade plan I devised nearly a decade ago can be implemented and fresh vegetables from Bor of Jongeli State could be served in London or Paris.
I actually wanted to come to present a paper on this approach of developing our economy where every state has a business/trade rep who helps develop their state economically, ultimately the country.
But, I am worried about my security, Remember the 25 year old Kenyan schoolteacher who was shot dead for not stopping from John Garang International School in May 2012, what a loss. How does the nation benefit from such barbarism, torture, murder and treacherous deadly VIP convoys.
The Juba government has to know that since this 19 October shooting at the U.S. Ambassador’s convoy, it is lucky to still be receiving US taxpayer’s money to prop up this obviously dysfunctional regime via aid, varied technical assistance and UN support which it could be cut off. Or worst – ?
Juba has to know South Sudan’s people are really loved, because in most other global contexts shooting at the American Ambassador’s convoy should garner a break in diplomatic relations, even tantamount to war or at least drone strikes…think about the insanity that is allowed in this country.
Don’t think I didn’t hear about the Chinese diplomat that was beaten up last year, diplomats know of this. Our security forces are ill-trained and security is at a low point and must be improved to encourage people to come out of camps in Juba, Malakal, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and now even from camps of our once arch enemy Sudan.
Given all the myriad of problems currently, it is best to seek Peace first with this lot of fools, incompetents and SOGs -‘Silent Observers in Government’ (my own creation for whose officials who know better, but keep their mouths shut while the country is destroyed from inside-out.
Many nations have spend a chunk of their GDP on South Sudan, in hope they were helping a friend on their feet. Yet, after 20 billion dollars spent in South Sudan between donors and oil revenue – what is here, nada. And now, War! Bullet holes in windows of an an American Ambassador’s motorcade.
What would you do if you saw that the Juba government has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars, on – not food, not roads, not schools, not health clinics – but weapons to continue fighting a war killing thousands, really!
I think any hard working citizen in any other country would tell its government to cut aid and any support because that needy country is not appreciating the help.
So I guess many in the US Congress, internally, are rethinking their earlier views on a strategic and prosperous South Sudan as an ally in this shifting global political sphere, unfortunately. According to Museveni, even Khartoum was celebrating this war, our fight among Sons!
Who would not be upset inside/outside the country, given that everything was given to us on a silver patter and in the lap after 2005, no questions or requirements asked or set – yet we prefer to fight. See, 6.
I asked my wife: are Southerners too proud to give in, to apologize, to give a grand gesture? Cannot one leader be brave enough and say I will set my pride aside for the good of the nation AND end this war by any/all means, particularly if one is President. One can demand a force withdrawal back to bases and if anyone violates that order they face a court martial. Dr. Machar would then be forced to cease, one cannot fight if the other opponent refuses to fight. For the destruction of this war is incalculably.
Did you hear that the 10,000 dead figure of this war is inaccurate, most likely. A better estimate is 50,000, possibly double, 100,000 dead according to International Crisis Group. See 7.
Don’t believe it – well just wait for the photos around showing big dump trucks with bodies being hauled off from Juba. Or eye-witness reports of people watching out the window as the dump trucks go by.Everything I heard from reporters, aid workers on the scene and people who were there dodging death – tells me many, many thousands are probably dead AND only through projects like “Naming Those We Lost” will we get somewhat of a clue – we must do this hard work People understand, it is the just thing to do. We cannot ignore the death of so many without our national or individual conscious being affected or our dreams.
I dare say these two bullet holes in the diplomatic car window by an “Elite” SPLA Presidential Tiger Battalion Guard may signal the end of this old-fashioned, militaristic, misogynistic society and more importantly this currently mismanaged government.
Some rare advice for this government from AD to save a little pain, because it is coming have no doubt. A court martial for this Motorcade offender is demanded by international law. Thank goodness at least the offender was arrested according to SPLA Spokesman Philip Aguer, see 8.
But to ensure justice, he should be charged with reckless discharge of a firearm in the vicinity of a representative of a foreign government, 5 years in prison would probably be reasonable. And a dishonorable discharge from the SPLA….that might help your relations with the US, a little, though it is not looking good for thisSPLM-Juba government now.Why because such an act is a crime under international law and a violation of such is an act of terrorism essentially (intimidation of an internationally protected person) AND is a true signal of a truly out of control nation, SPLM-Juba…
If South Sudan was a party to it, that soldier should be up on charged under Article 2 of The Protection of Diplomats Convention (formally, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents) if it was serious! Really, Juba has not signed, acceded to this while over 176 nations are a party to this globally respected treaty.
As I close this section on the hyperviolence of Juba, the nation’s capital, I will share a final piece of fact I gained from my female relatives in Juba. I was told virtually every woman in the country probably has been slapped by some man, for nothing, for perceived ignoring or disagreeing with a man, be he a policeman, security guard, general, family member or public official – every person knows a woman at least who has been slapped for no real reason I found out.
When I was leaving Juba during Post 9 July 2011 celebrations, I witnessed such a incident but didn’t realize it because it happened so fast. The security person slapped this young women for sitting on the side of the chair, which she there talking with her friends while waiting on the plane. He did it as she was explaining to him (I think her intellectual and sophisticated demeanor bothered him, maybe).
As I recall, she turned out to be with a major news network and so trouble came for him, in the form of then Information Minister himself appearing at the airport, Dr. Marial Benjamin as I recall..the guard lost his job I believe…BUT the horrible thing is to know many of my cousins and Aunties suffer from this national tragedy, in silence – it has irked me for years since I discovered this slapping our women phenomenon in South Sudan. PLEASE STOP MEN!!
Wow, yes, ask some woman relative about this disease of slapping, you will be shocked – do something about it!
Abu Deng, the author is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy & International Affairs BA, MPA, MAST, Engineer (IEEE). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org