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The Rust of Words ( a Novel )

Posted: March 13, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in David Aoloch

By David Aoloch Bion 

Chapter Four

The government was functioning, operational at all levels – the Servancy, the Law making, the services delivery and the courts of law. . This new, created administration had programs, priorities, tasks to do like construction of public premises, cars for mobility. The Council of Servants authorized the procuring of official cars.

The state approved seventy two million dollars for the purchase and supply of cars. The finance released the money to company to buy and procure the car abroad. In two months time, the Toyota land cruiser cars arrived. All public servants were excited with cars. In the noon, the skyline of Napata city was covered with smoke of dust. There was no tarmac road.

The company which procured the cars submitted receipts to Finance. It was forwarded to James Majok. He read it. He uncovered a fraud in the contract. He told the Servant that something went wrong. The Servant ignored it. He didn’t look into the report.

One year on, the lawmakers summoned the Servant to present the report of how he spent the seventy two million dollars on cars . He said “One Toyota land cruiser balloon cost ninety thousand dollars and one land cruiser pick up cost fifty thousand dollars”.

The report was doubted and questioned by most legislators. They sent a committee to Dubai to find out, how much each car cost. The committee went ,  found that balloon car is “forty five thousand dollars, the pickup car is twenty five thousand dollars”

The Director of the company that procured the cars was arrested. During the investigation , he told the interrogators that, the Servant in Charge of Finance  instructed him to falsify the receipts. In response to the scandal the Chief Servant lifted the immunity of the Servant . He was detained by the police. During questioning he denied that the wrongdoing, he said , he had not instructed the Director to falsify the receipts . The director produced the secret tape of their conversation, the excerpt as follow;

“How much is the Toyota land cruiser balloon car?” asked the Servant

“It is forty-five thousand dollars” answered the Director

“What about the pickup car?”

“It is twenty-five thousand dollars”

“You buy hundred balloon cars and seventy pick up cars”

“All right”

“After you have bought them, you double price of each car. For example, the balloon is forty-five, you write ninety thousand Dollars in the receipt. Then pick up is twenty five, you write fifty thousand Dollars in the receipts”.

“Will it not  bring a problem?” asked the Director of the company

“It won’t”

“My company is international, clean company, I fear to involve in such illegal dealings ”

“What are you talking? I will give you three million as your commission, you are in Sudd space , you are not in international space Aren’t you ?”

“Thank you”

“We are going to eat the nation while it is still innocent, unconscious, unenlightened”, the Servant  said inwardly. End of the tape.

The Servant was detained at in prison in the centre of the city. His tribe men, relatives, family members stormed the prison, demanding his release. At the prison , warden  refused, blocked  the mob from entering the compound  . They went back, came with clubs and pangas. In the placard , they wrote ‘’ Release OUR EYE IN OVERMENT  . We had fought for the freedom of this country  in the twenty one  year civil war and we  are still the one  protecting the government.’’

They prisoner Director called the Chief Servant through the telephone to inform him of what is  happening . The Chief Servant told him to give the phone to one of  the protesters.

“Who is this?” the Chief asked

“I am tribesman  of  Servant in Chief of Finance ”

“What are you saying ?”

“We want  our man  release now”

“Don’t say, we want our  man   release,  say, I ,  Mr.… I want him released” the Chief   said, “Give the phone to back to director”, he added

“Hello, Chief ” greeted the Director .

“Don’t release him, Let one person name himself to take the responsibility and you release him. If it is the whole tribe, don’t release”

Unfortunately, the director was so indecisive, weak, he released the Servant. . This was the beginning of impunity culture and highest manifestation of weak institutions in the country. It was epitome of government vulnerable to tribalism . This became the precedent leading to the webs of unpunished crimes  .

The Rust of Words is the story of reforms and transformation from bad governance to good governance in the Republic of Sudd. It is the story of poet James Majok  , who inspired 2nd Uncle   , the Chief Servant of the  Republic ,   to reform and transform  his corrupted, dysfunctional system of governance.

Billions of dollars from oil revenues were stolen by 75 servants from public funds in the period of six years.

As the result of such embezzlement of fund, there were no roads, schools, hospitals across the country. Worse of all  the country imported food from neighbouring countries.

An inspiration of reform comes to Chief Servant, when Majok reads the poem on the 7th anniversary of independence. The poem indicted the Chief and his Administration 

In his response to the poem, the Chief begins the needed reforms. In the series of reforms, the corrupt Servants in the government were arrested, tried and executed for corruption.

The Chief justified his action by saying he was following what is written in the book, a book which was not seen by anyone since it publication but he harangues that every citizen must read it.

In order to purified the rusted thought of the people.  He formed a committee of 600 intellectuals, led by the state Philosopher Peter Gatluak, to modify the language in order to perfect the thought; they invent new words to purify the language in order to purify the thought of the people. Many rusted words in the language were destroyed.

70 years later, after the radical reforms, the society becomes just, prosperous. There was no man or woman committing a crime,

In celebrating hundred anniversary of the Reformation, the Republic abolished department of police and the faculties of Law at all Universities across the country because law and police become irrelevant in the just society.

Subject: Serious security issues and unethical and Slanderous and Defamatory Reporting on Individuals by the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS)

Riiny Thiik

“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, is the immediate jewel of their souls. Who steals my purse steals trash. ‘Tis something, nothing: ‘Twas mine, ‘tis his, has been slave to thousands. But he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.” Shakespeare

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Chairperson African Union

Dear Dr. Zuma,

Allow me on behalf of the aggrieved family of Justice Ambrose Riny Thiik to bring to your attention this serious concern. While we are certainly for reconciliation, healing and accountability and peace for all the citizen in South Sudan, some aspects of the leaked draft reporting has shown glaring breaches and violations of the human dignity and human rights and hence render the exercise futile and the modality used in the reporting questionable.

The leaked draft Report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan in its section 43, has quoted a certain Major General of Military Intelligence by the name Mac Paul who believes and defamed that Justice Thiik has chaired and organized the mobilization for the killing in Juba between the 16-18 of December 2014, and that this mobilization started in November. This section ends with the quote:

“This recruitment, organized by a group known as “Rescue the President,” was chaired by the former chief Justice, Ambrose Riing Thiik. They received funding from the president’s office. “

This, Madam Chair, is pure character assassination of a Shakespearean pedigree and a fake testimony of an illicit nature by Mac Paul who knows exactly how the gates of hell were opened loose against the innocent people of South Sudan in general and the Nuer brothers and sisters in particular. Madam Chair, though we do not know the person of Mac Paul, however we do recall his name mentioned twice in connection with alleged two failed coup attempts in the nascent state of South Sudan. In contrast to Justice Ambrose Riny Thiik, Mac Paul has no clear track of contribution to the well being of this nation and its future.

Justice Ambrose Thiik is well above seventy years of age and graduated from faculty of law from Khartoum University and obtained a Masters degree from the London School of Oriental and African Studies. In the mid seventies Justice Thiik served in the Judiciary in the Court of Appeal in the old Sudan and became a Member of Parliament in the late seventies a Minister of Culture and information during the semi Autonomous Government of Southern Sudan.

Because of his political activism and commitment to human rights, Justice Thiik was imprisoned by the Dictator Nimeri in the infamous prison of Kober in the early days of 1980s to be released from imprisonment in September 1983 owing to the pressure and with the help of Amnesty International. Justice Thiik and his family had to leave the country then and take refuge in England in the following year.

With the outbreak of the civil war in the South and the immeasurable misery of our people continued unabated in South Sudan, Justice Thiik established South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association (SSRRA) in the UK in 1985, so that emergency items were sent to the needy in the liberated areas. Upon insistent request from the leadership in the movement to help establish and organize the Judiciary and to improve the rule of law, Justice Thiik took up the challenge after he was given assurances by the Chairman of the movement himself that armed commanders shall not interfere with the Judiciary service and the implementation of the rule of law.

Before, during and after the years of struggle, the population in South Sudan was and is organized through elders whose sole function is to organize the people so as to initiate developmental projects such as in the fields of education, health and agriculture or/and to promote peaceful coexistence among the many tribes of South Sudan and it has never been the case that elders who carry these honorary function were part of the fighting among tribes. An elder heading a community carries an honorary position and is not paid for it. The misinforming military intelligent officer, Mac Paul knows exactly that elders of negative reputation are never elected/ accepted to such an office by other communities.

Justice Thiik has been an elder since the nineties of the last century and everyone knows what service he has been doing to the welfare of the communities. Justice Thiik is also the chair for the Greater Bahr el Ghazal elders (Western Bahr el Ghazal, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap and Lakes) and for the whole Jieng Communities in South Sudan. Elders from Greater Bahr el Ghazal meet with elders from communities in Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria. Reason dictates here that, one must be a man of peace to have such a reputation and hence such an office and this is exactly what Justice Thiik is: a man of peace.

The role of the Elders has taken a vital position in particular in the wake of the recent political developments and tragic happenings in South Sudan. Elders from all communities have to seriously engage the parties at war to stop the insanity created by the military (SPLA) and the politburo (SPLM). It is in these two institutions one should look for the culprits. Justice Thiik is neither a member of Politburo nor member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. While Justice Thiik was being sworn in as President of Supreme Court of the Judiciary of Southern Sudan, Dr. Riek was reported to have said that Justice Thiik was the only authority in the SPLM who never underwent a military training and entertained no body guards, yet people listened to him!

Justice Thiik abhorred excessive militarization of our communities and the violation of the rule of law. Since 2007 Justice Thiik had no official office in the government and had chosen a life of a farmer in our humble village to help in attaining food security for a greater benefit of our communities.

In many books, references to Justice Thiik have been made but never in a clandestine manner: The Government they Deserve by Mansur Khalid, Too Many Agreements Dishonoured, by Abel Alier, Insight An African Revolution, by Lam Akol etc…, As such Thiik’s name belongs to every South Sudanese household, as a responsible citizen and not as warmonger as the military intelligence officer Mac Paul portrays him in his bogus testimony.

The assumption, and which is a fallacy, that interviewing everyone especially potential culprits such as officer Mac Paul who abuses the given space to tarnish and give false accusation against innocent persons to divert the blame is a slap in the face of justice. We the family of Justice Thiik would like the Commission of Inquiry to verify such fake and malicious statements before they are made public and which have already caused so much indignation and are indeed exposing innocent people to threat of life.

As members of the family of Justice Thiik, we appeal to the Commission to consider the following:

1- to redress, test and verify these fake and malicious statements quoted in the draft report. Failure to do so, the Commission and the African Union and the person of Mac Paul will leave us no option but to seek legal advice to battle this scandalous defamation

2- for the Commission of Inquiry to investigate Officer Mac Paul as to what role he has played in these events including rumor mongering, which led to a build-up of hatred. It is obvious that he was a go-between the warring parties and definitely an actor and not just a bystander.

As a family, and surely many other families and individuals (victims, culprits or innocent) mentioned in this report will question the motive; we are very worried as to what possible intentions such a draft report may hold, because it has certainly missed the point. Consequently neither reconciliation nor peace can be reached with such obvious contradictions and concocted statements just to cite this one example.

Reading the draft further, we are continuously surprised by how the commission concentrated its bulk of the interviews on the potential culprits ignoring totally other stakeholders, when the commission’s conclusion and findings has already identified the culprits to be found among the political elites in the government and in the army.

Madam Chair, the Commission of Inquiry has overstepped its mandate and undermined ethical reporting, therefore should take full responsibility as to what will transpire out of this leaked draft report. Many questions beg for answers concerning mentioning names of innocent citizens with regards to victims and possible revenge and counter revenge.

Who will protect them and what mechanism is in place? Why were such false statements not tested or verified instead of taking them at face value?! The imbalance of this draft report makes it look so unprofessional and slanderous, that one will not further wonder why Africa is at the tail of humanity.

In the hope that the quest for peace in South Sudan is not given up, we pray to God that through your able leadership we shall overcome.

On Behalf the Family of Justice Ambrose Riny Thiik
Mou Ambrose Riny Thiik
Juba, 13 March 2015