Kiir & Riek’s Leadership Quarrels: A Fight over Continuous Bread in the Plate

Posted: December 7, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Juba, South Sudan



December 7, 2016 (SSB) — Very obvious, that this war is a needless war. This war is useless. This war is unjustifiable. This war is unreasonable. This war is uncalled for. Then, why for it? Why, because I needed to stay in power for long. Why, because I wanted to enriched my family and my next of kins. Why, because I and my clan wanted to control and use the resources of the nation for our benefits because am a hero. Why, because I needed to take his power by the use of force.

Why, because Am accustomed to grape power when Am no longer in the government. Why, because I wanted to do the same that the incumbent has done to his family, next of kins and his entire clan. Why, because Am too greedy of power and I cannot imagine being a layman in the street. Why, because he is just a mere and a humble guy, uneducated very highly, meanwhile am such a well educated and well trained mechanical engineer from the UK?

Why, because without me in the government either as vice president or president of this country, you guys will never ever be in peace and harmony, be stable and progress to a modern age unless I finished you or else allow me to become your president at all costs. These are what triggered the current ongoing crisis in our country. The ingrained lust for power by both heavy weight politicians with their cohorts is the one causing us this untold suffering and hardships in our country.

We thought we were blessed to have them at the forefront as people who have done such a great job by guiding us through all thorny journeys of our liberation from the yokes of oppression and of marginalization to a promise land of our ancestors where we will at least be in peace and stability, where we will get direly needed services from our own government of our own state, but unfortunately the prospects of peace and harmony and of development remains a dream unmet and hence faded away like leaves of the tree.

Why killing your own people? Why? Just for power to be president? Or just for power to be vice president. Who will you governed or rule if we all died? It is our presence, we these bad peoples that can make you become our president through ballot boxes and not through the barrel of the guns which we used together to chase away an enemy who is common to us from our ancestor’s land and become masters of it. Why? Why killing innocent children and elderly?

Why raping your own sisters, your own wives and your own mothers? Are they the ones obstructing your path to the presidency that you want by all means and at all costs? Why at our expense leaving those who took you out of the presidency untouched and enjoying all their privileges and emoluments both of you created to enjoy decently? This is unjust.

It is unjust because neither do we know what is wrong with you guys in the presidency nor do we have any hand that has block or obstructed your way to the presidency. This is unfair. It is unfair in the sense that you were with them for eight (8) bloody years saying nothing and doing nothing tangible and positive so that we know what right you were doing and wrong they were doing.

You kept quiet for eight (8) years and only when you were relieved off your duties, privileges and emoluments that we hear you talking like a mad man, challenging your own friend you stayed with for eight years, eating together, dividing our resources together at our watch and when you happened to be out of house which produces and distributes food, money and power, you began to talk like a drunkard man on the street.

Why killing us when we are not part and parcel of your government for eight years? Our precious lives and blood will surely ask one of you one date for what wrong have we done to you guys. We have tied our belts and allowed you to sit very indignantly in the presidency for eight bloody years without doing anything. During your eight years as government, you did No tarmac roads and modern bridges across the country, no hospitals and other health facilities, no proper functioning schools, no food for our masses, and still causing us havocs and wars, this is completely unacceptable guys.

This country doesn’t belongs to you and your immediate families and clans alone, it’s belongs to us all, it’s belongs to all its inhabitants who have inhabited it since the days of Adam and Eve. In fact, without our presence here, you cannot also be here, for it is our presence that’s solidifies you to exist also. Enjoy all your privileges and emoluments in the presidency and leave us alone to feed on the leaves of trees that we use to feed on since day one.

We all know that your presence both of you, outside the presidency is a serious threat to our wellbeing and welfare. So we decided to leave it for you guys, but again you set your own house on fire and begin to kill innocent women, children, elderly and youth so that you gained what you need, rape vulnerable women and girl children, ransack and loots our little properties we hardly made and gain with our own sweat, burn to ashes our small tukuls and huts we made of mud-blocks and roof-thatched with grasses.

What do you want us to do? We leaved south Sudan to you? No, that will not happen. Leave us alone to live our miserable live. We left you untouched for very, very many years to do what you want to do, eat how much you wanted to eat and you guys are still a headache at our heads. You must bear in mind that when the people of south Sudan run amok of your selfish moves and acts in issues which concerns us all, there comes a time that you would feel how bad it is and it will be very irreparable and uncontrollable.

However, this entails to us that the war which is currently being fought in south Sudan is needless, it is useless, it is unjustifiable, it is unreasonable and it is uncalled for because it’s no time now to wage such kinds of conflicts which have no bases. It is not a war of who should be the leader of the people of south Sudan.

But it’s a fight to continue bread in the plate at the expense of the people who are not sharing those same breads with you. Leave us alone. Please!

The writer is a Master of Laws (LLM) Candidate at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. He Specializes in Law, Governance and Democracy. He can be reached at:    

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  1. Deng John says:

    It’s true, these guys (Kiir and Riek) are waging senseless war because they are misled by the world with their term Presidency, ‘the top job in the country’. Perhaps, during UK referendum, they talked about the top job, USA election, they talked of Trium winning a top job and now in Africa, they are talking about seven candidates contesting for the top job in Ghana.

    As you can see, the position presidency has been perceived as a job hence people scramble for it. To my own thinking, the Dinka word ‘BENY’ (leading people) is good term compare to word ‘presidency’ because people come first then earning last.

    secondly, ‘rebel’ has been perceived as a booming business and world leaders don’t condemn hence unsound minded people go for it. Rebels around the world are being supported by the world powers. In Syria, Iraq, Libya and other parts of the world, Rebels are being supported directly hence people scramble. I think the British system of indirect rule is the best system ever used by a human being on Earth. I guess I like it.

    Kiir and Riek must come to their sense and start thinking of South Sudanese they struggle for. We need you and the young nation, stay bless.


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