Understanding Thanyang Jam statements and the so-called Jonglei State Students in Uganda press release
By KON Joseph LEEK
We are disposed in the world were the self-proclaimed-bright ones in their own wisdom tries to drag those ones whom they presumed to be fools in to the abyss of darkness forever.
Seemingly South Sudanese culture, recently adopted from nowhere by known people hiding in the darkness [few in the light fenced themselves] doing the unholy to the ‘innocence’ in order to succeed in their assignment of betrayal – to – rise, and ignoring the truth and live by deceits, dishonesty, corruption, exploitation, bribery, treachery mention them.
This is practiced by none other than the club of robbers and killers together with their angels of death and apostles of darkness who are always there to execute their bosses’ orders and given little – for – water thrown from nowhere in to their pit of darkness.
What is heart breaking most is seeing those ones who call themselves the future leaders of this country involved in such exercise; the case of Thanyang Jam and the 11 students of Cavendish who claimed in their press release to be the students of Jonglei state.
On 12th October, 2014 a press release by certain 11 students appeared on Paanluel wel [website] claiming to be concerned Jonglei students in rejection to Thanyang’s statements on Sudan tribune on 8th same month, with the headline; Jonglei Students Studying in Uganda Reject Generalized statement released by Thanyang Jam Dhuor.
Below is one of the statements from the press release;
‘We would like to reiterate, that there is nothing called the Greater Upper Nile students Union in Uganda and hence no statement will be attributed to any students of Jonglei State studying in Uganda as having switched allegiance to the Rebels.
Above statement and others are the ones my 11 friends have stated in their press release.
As far as I know and, as somebody who have stayed in Uganda since 1995 and in Kampala since 2006, has been participating in students leadership and associations since my entire living in Kampala, Jonglei state has never had a unitary union or association. What have been existing, are tribal associations like Bor Youth & Students Association, BOYSA (currently GBOYSA, Greater Bor Youth & Students Association), Gokrial, Rumbek, Aweil among others also exists, and there are other States’ associations like unity state students association though solely comprise of Nuer of Bentiu.
Jonglei state has never been together (never existed in an association in Kampala)
Other regions like greater Bahr-el Ghazal and Equatoria have been prevailing, though at minimal speed. Until 2010, three self-assured students [Gai Peter Manyuon of Unity State (St. Lawrence University), Haak Madol of Unity State (Kampala University), and Adier Simon Deng of Jonglei State (Kampala and Ndejje University later)] tested the waters of forming the Greater Upper Nile Students Union.
It became hard for them in mobilizing and sensitizing the Greater UPPER Nile students across the other universities and colleges.
The first meeting by the founders to sensitize was held at St. Lawrence University in my presence. The three members were given a go – ahead and were to exist as the founding leaders where Adier was chosen as their leader, Gai as the Vice and Haak as the secretary.
In 2012, when they [the three leaders] came to realize that most of the students were cognizant, another General meeting was called at St. Lawrence University, the leadership of the three was dissolved [Though no financial accountability after having stepped down], and I was appointed as the acting chairperson as well as the chairperson of the electoral committee despite the fact that I was finishing my course in the same year, the students could not accept my excuse of tests, course works and research dissertation, they requested me to add it (electoral chairpersonship) in to my problems, I was deputized by Deng Panchol, then Magok Chuol as the SG, Dak Tap Kulang, Suzan Pasquale, and others as members.
Two weeks later, elections were held, almost all the positions were contested for. John Thon Ajuong [may God save him wherever he lives] emerged the winner of ‘chairmanship’.
A week after the elections was inauguration at Hotel Equatoria, Gier Chuang [then, minister of roads] was the guest of honor; he came with other two – the current deputy minister of foreign affairs Hon. Peter Bashir Gbandi and the current deputy minister of roads Prof. Mijak Mijok Bilkuei.
Another function was done in November [same year] and the governor of Upper Nile H.E Kun Puoch was the guest of honor, he was accompanied by one of our unsurpassed national singer Gordon Koang Duop.
And during the inauguration of Thanyang Jam, the guest of honor was the current minister of petroleum Hon. Dhieu Dau but was too busy that he was represented by our current minister of telecommunication and Postal services, Hon. Rebecca Joshua Okuachi
One funny thing is how the 11 members masked their face with ‘Jonglei State’ as their identity and generalized the rest under their opinion. In fact, the 11 are members of three Dinka – Bor Counties [Duk, Twic East & Bor], one member of Fiji County and one member of GPAA [Greater Pibor Administrative Area under Yauyau’s leadership] all coming from one – University, Cavendish.
Looking at the above details, who are the Cavendish 11 to claim that there, is nothing that exists as GUNSU – U (for that is the abbreviation of Greater Upper Nile Students Union in Uganda)? Where did they come from? When did they come to Kampala any way and join that fast – tract university where people finish within the shortest time possible? In fact, it is since 2013 when I stopped being partisan in any student politics in Uganda and i do not know almost all the writers of this press release, so they might have come around 2013 and 2014, more likely, they are the ones rocking South Sudanese in Uganda’s student politics!
Since when, has Jonglei or Dinka Bor students studying at Cavendish became Jonglei Students? Since when has Cavendish been representing students of Jonglei? Or is this another bit of I am – representing you and don’t – forget – me game?
My Cavendish 11 friends are another Thanyang Dhuor [in another image] who tend to talk loudly such that they are heard by their god – fathers, and as well as trying to demonstrate where they belong while ignoring the truth of something here!
Well, as a knowledgeable person, you do not need to belong to somewhere for the sake of gain or consideration, you need to belong somewhere because you find sagacity there, and this fast and haphazard press release by my friends left me aghast! [Releasing something without finding its details or ignoring them [details]
If not for some Universities of these years [business minded] that admits anyone that later makes them [students] to pass through the [universities] and not giving any chance for the universities to pass through them [the students]! We would not have many sycophants as compared to what we are detecting here already
The Cavendish 11 like Thanyang, are birds of the same colors flogging together, at divergent directions. The 11 are flying higher to the Dinka direction where as Mr. Thanyang is break – necking to the Nuer’s direction. All running at a very wild and immense speed that prompts them not to see anything that they might stumble on or collide with
Thanyang is supposed to keep quiet and munch happily in his dwelling the $ 10,000 that was given to the association by Hon Dhieu Dau, and now is publicizing himself from his hidey-hole.
My 11 Cavendishians wherever they are, are the angels dressed in political attires [with tribal designs] already prepared to dance at the arena flocking the dance floor in tribal undertones. I am afraid, you are not gonna get hired for the government is already seeing you wanting to drive it at the tribal direction [which it is trying with hooks –and – crooks to avoid]
I have no problem with someone praising the rebels or government [as long that you have your reason to do so, please yourself] but if you support with a mental – assumption that “everyone has to believe what I do” or putting others in your opinion without others’ contribution/awareness, then you need psychological care/attention!
No one is clean enough among the leaders either in opposition or in Juba’s leadership to bring South Sudan out of this mess; what can suit my heart is accountability and bringing the culprits to face justice and baring both parties from being partisan in any South Sudan leadership. They are all living embodiments of what they preach! So, there is no different whether to be with the government or rebels. Members in the government are rebels in disguise and so are rebels. It is all based on how best you throw your political coin. So whatever you are doing is a waste of time [I always say this because I want everyone to live by facts not just tribal – acquaintances and connections]
“I think, tribalism is a mental prison…and pride of identity couple with arrogance is one of the leading factors that limit one’s ability to abandon it”, Duop Chak Wuol.
The writer is an independent journalist and a Commentator on Contemporary South Sudan who live in Juba, And can be reached on 0955091449and firstname.lastname@example.org