Uncle Ajou, Abrasive and Destructive Politician

Posted: December 3, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers

“We work with the people not out of pity, but out of respect for their potential for growth and development, both as individuals and as communities,” Jimmy Yen.

By Majak Kuany Alier, Juba, South Sudan


The cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

December 3, 2016 (SSB) — With due respect and integral rights of every citizen to access and impart information as enshrined in the Transitional National Constitution, 2011, I write to response to article published on facebook wall of Uncle Aldo Ajou. Before I get into details let me acknowledge that Uncle Aldo Ajou made efforts to shine within our society in many other situations, however, he missed the point in his recent post. Anthropology educates us that every community has people who by accident, experience, or training can provide the most complete or useful information about particular aspects of life. Unfortunately, Uncle Ajou missed that concept.

His assertions serves to deepen divisive politics unsurprisingly characterizes JCE. I need not to say that the JCE posits do no good to the nation, thus it should not be given room to perpetuate to the detrimental of our society. One of the posterity’s expectations is that our energy should gear toward undoing knots tied by JCE to sustain mediocre leadership that has failed to sustain hopes of independence, or bolstering international efforts to reconcile the broken nation. It is sad, that the opposite is true propagated by his group (JCE).

It is equally clear that, since Aldo Ajou joined Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in 2007 just two years after the SPLM charismatic leader died in helicopter crash; he and the likes have dragged our country into fragility. Away from the hopes and aspirations of the heroes and heroines who fell fighting for a free, equality, prosperous nation. Indeed, and to their surprise Ajou and the company steered the nation off the course and divided us deeper more than ever happened since the creation began.

In Dinka tradition, elderly symbolizes patience, wisdom, and truthfulness, but Uncle Ajou’s writing allegedly provoked by a facebook poster doesn’t represent the above beliefs, thus robbed he of what symbolizes elder-hood. His reaction to the alleged social media abuser from Bor against his JCE and Bahrl el Ghazal region didn’t achieve the purpose instead he has further implicated the allegations.

Without prejudice, his piece is divisive and undermines national unity. I think Uncle Aldo Ajou and the elites in J1 may need to learn from William Tordoff’s, ‘Government and Politics In Africa’ in which he gives us knowledge that many African leaders who use power to divide the country on ethnic lines never succeed. Over the centuries, groups with power have attempted to justify their privileged and dominant social positions by declaring minorities to be innately inferior. But this attempt often ends in wars and suffering. So, what am I saying? It’s hard for Jieng Council of Elders (JEC) to escape blames for middling over the affairs of the country. Bearing in mind that JEC is a lobby entity with key objectives and motives with desires aims to achieve sooner or later.

Uncle Aldo, your opinion is not only friable but also undesirable. In a nutshell, let me narrow my argument over specific comments you communicated in article title “Education in our Political History” appeared on your Facebook wall and published on PaanLuel Website. The article indeed went viral on social media and sparked mixed debates pestering majority of your followers from Greater Upper Nile and in particular “Jonglei Dinka” as you said.

It is important to highlight that you and the company efforts have earned us a divided and fragile country. It is not wise for a person of your caliber to preach politic of hatred among the communities for you were not just an elder but also a politician who once represented the country at the national level as a minister in the then Sudan.

Inclusion, African proverb said, “Unity is strength, division is weakness”. So, I appeal to you, the elders of the nation to shunned championing a rousing politics of division and starts acting like role models of peace to shore up restoration of social fabric broken by ethnic division. In addition, I would rather say it was of ‘naivety’ of an elder to use plural term against entire community instead of directing his grievances to offending individual.  Attacking the whole community because of one person or two is spiteful, especially when such utterance are coming from a well-known figure like Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey. His writing has projected him as abrasive to the entire community in question and to the national cohesion. Again, may I ask you what you meant by Biblical problem unresolved?

The Author can be reach via kuanyalier@gmail.com

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  1. Majak, I like how you ended your response to Uncle Ajou-dit ‘s article. You right, on this personal opinion of Ajou Deng Akuei, he should have been sticking with the people he accused of the wrong doing, and leave the entire Bor community alone. Also, I have to appreciate you for avoiding harsh or hostile terminology words against Ajou-dit. As members of Bor Community, these inconvenience issues could be pointed out but not in serious criticism at this difficult time.


  2. Majak assaulted me with article he said, was a reply to my article on the “root cause” of the ongoing war. I dismissed the allegations raised by a young man from Bor in which he blamed the JCE to have caused the 2013 violence. He added further by blaming Greater Bahr Al Ghazal and lack of leadership now and in the future. He went as far as saying that I, Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, was not a member of SPLM and I must be dissociated. I was surprised and astonished on such gross accusations.

    I decided to answer. An answer which I categorically confined to the root causes of recent 15 December 2013’s coup, violence and rebellion. To prove my determination of the causation of the 2013 violence, I had to cite “the SPLM leadership”. To trace the origin of violence, I found that violence and killings of children, women and elderly is foreign to our cultures and traditions. I found that this culture of violence and Killings started 1983 following the war between Anya nya two and the SPLM. If one recalls, many of our youth members died on the way to Ethiopia, They were killed indiscriminately by South Sudanese in the Anya nya two.

    I cited further the events of 1991 coup, the reconciliation between Nyandeeng and Riek in 2012, on behalf of the 2000 citizens who were intentionally massacred in 1991/1992. And finally the division of the SPLM, in 2013, which amounted to the present violence and war.

    Am I abrasive, destructive, divisive and a tribalist, simply because I have related the root cause with SPLM? These people who think that South Sudan is their inheritance, must revise their attitudes towards others. They must know that history cannot be rewritten, but it is a self-recorded literature.

    NB: Please note that I joined Dr. John Garang de Mabior in 1992. I left from Bashir’s Assembly and went to London. I resigned my post as a Deputy Speaker of the Sudan National Assembly while in London and sought asylum. I Joined Dr. John when things were not good, after the defections of senior SPLA officers in 1991-1993. The time the Jieng you despise, were left alone At Nimule.



    • Part man Part Machine says:

      Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey,

      Please try to be honest, you are making us to doubt your wisdom and reading skills. I when through the entire article of Majak and there is no mentioning of our Great Bhargazal.

      Am advising you to be man of integrity as well the representative of JCE not behave like those young boys/girls in Nursery schools, kindly read from original scrip than making up stories, you are making us to doubt the wisdom and Intended good work of JCE.


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