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Who is this Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey?

Posted: December 1, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Kiir Agou, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Job Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Edmonton, Canada

December 1, 2016 (SSB) —- Hello folks, I would like to apologize to all patriots of Northern Barghazal, Gogrial and Twic Mayardit who deserve to be treated better due to their sacrifice during struggle. My message is going to uncle slave trader known as by name Aldo Ajou Deng Kuei, a man with shameful history who should not be allowed to talk about South Sudan affairs since he is an Arab in heart.

To begin with who is Deng Kuei, Ajou’s father?  He is a former slave trader who collaborated with the Mahdists and Sultan Ali Dinar of Darfur in joint human trade enterprise that devastated the Dinka Malual, Twi and Ngok of Abyei in early 17th Century. The same inhumane heart was inherited by his son Aldo Ajou Deng Akuei who perfected the vice to new level. Your sins commenced with collusion in murdering Uncle Deng Nhial when you cooperated with enemy for Deng Nhial to be murdered and you forgot Deng’s credit when he picked you up in grade 10 in Rumbek to contest Abiem Centre parliamentary seat.

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By Job Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Edmonton, Canada

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

Governor Philip Aguer of Jonglei state

March 6, 2016 (SSB) —- Sometimes I like to rap or “ropoka” a lot when I decide to go on the internet. However, this time I would like to just get out there a bugging observation in a very brief comment. When Aguer Panyang was appointed governor of Jonglei State, in the eyes of many, he came through as a breath of fresh air. He came around as a well-known figure especially during his arm struggle days. His reception when he set foot in Bor town was a perfect demonstration as to how popular he is or would be among the Jonglei electorates. He appeared to be the perfect man that would handle the ever lingering problems of that massive state.

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By Job Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Canada

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Tolerance, not unity, is what is needed within the splm party

January 31, 2016 (SSB)  —  It was with disappointment to learn that our liberation pioneers, veterans, and wounded heroes, such as Commander Deng Alor Kuol d’Arob are vilified by the grandkids of NCP-sponsored sectarian opportunists and unpatriotic lots who dined with the genocidaire regime when the true sons of land bled to death. Such one hero was and is Deng Alor who was severely wounded in battles in Pochalla and Northern Bahr el Ghazal in each case he was left for death before being rescued by his loyal and courageous troops.

Before the foundation of the SPLA/M, Deng Alor had served as a First Secretary in the Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he shortly left to found the Abyei Liberation Front (ALF) in 1981, along with Chol Deng Alak (the former SPLM Cadet Instructor).

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By Job Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Edmonton, Canada

riek going to juba.jpgDecember 23, 2015 (SSB) When I look at South Sudan, I must admit that I am growing pessimistic day after day. The leadership is dwarfed to its very knees. There seems to be no hope insight. The way the country is being ran by the greedy few has led to the sort of sentiment that can only arise in a depressed society. People are fed up. Their outcry is there for everyone to see.

I do not, however, want to believe that there are no genuine leaders who can steer South Sudan to a better direction. Of course they are there. They are just obscured by the sort of power struggle that, more often than not, has delivered the sort of threat that has scared or threatened many in the political discourse in our country.

Is there a glimpse of hope out there for us to delve into? The answer is yes.

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Job Kiir Garang, Canada

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

October 2, 2015 (SSB)  —  The political discourse in South Sudan bugs me a lot. For once, there is no political leader or maybe they are in the hidings somewhere, either in our minds or in reality. Albeit, being a young country, I presume that we should be doing better than we are right now. If anything, it is a country richer than any other within that region. We have the oil and so many other untapped resources yet to be explored or discovered. But instate of taking advantage of what we have and could potentially excel with it, we settle with tribal politics that, in my opinion, would be abhorred by any thoughtful being.

President Kiir Mayardit has and will always fail every Southerner. It is such a pity that a visionary leader vanishes in the form and shape of Dr. John Garang only to have the country inherited by a numb-nut like Kiir. I am fed up about cultural and tribal divisions and this is pretty much exemplified by our current leader; a president who thinks that everything that glitters belongs to great Bar-el-gazal or sometimes, dinka. This is a president who does not adhere to peace or any other agreements as depicted in the recent Addis Ababa peace talks. He could only sign the peace deal in Juba after he was pressurized by these phony external organizations in South Sudan; the likes of IGAD and the UN. Nothing has changed after all. The war is continuing.

Anyway, I am going to narrow down my argument here. My biggest concern is not just about leadership. It is deep-rooted in this mindset of identity that breeds nothing but division. Ethnic identity is of great significance. I am sure everyone would and should be proud to know his or her own background. However, when this identity is politicized and used as a leverage to benefit one’s own tribe in a way, then it is not acceptable at all. There is even a greater confusion among the dinka community to a point that they have no identity at all. Where does this great “tribe” come from?

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By Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Canada

June 28, 2015 (SSB)  —  There was once a man who dreamed about turning Sudan into a vein of riches and prosperity. He was a man of vision. His was a vision that had deep rooting in heritage and belonging. He tried his best to never let the things of the world deter him from achieving that goal. It is ironic that the things he wanted to stop from stumbling him turned out to be the things that took away his precious life. His name is Dr. John Garang; a man we all seem to adore (and for all the good reasons). Having grown up along the Nile River, he looked at our lives to be a lot better if, and only if, we pay much attention to the healthy conditioning of that particular river and more importantly, the country as a whole.

Just look at the Nile itself. Its beauty, length, importance (particularly) to the people that live a long it. You can only wonder. Lives have thrived along it for centuries. It spewed food and continues to do so to its last breathe. Fishing and water for irrigation, just to name a few, have been of great pleasure to the Nilotes. Garang, a political agriculturalist by profession, knew that we all depended on the Nile for our livelihood. Have you looked around lately? It is a pure piece of stupid joke! I don’t want to point fingers to everyone that has played a role in turning this magnificent geographical facility into a dumper but Kiir Mayardit.

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By Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Canada

February 9, 2015 (SSB) Two days ago, a defining moment happened in JUNUB. It is a moment that those who witnessed it will live to appreciate what it means to be a South Sudanese. For once, our young nation finally realized to accommodate its own subjects without being discriminated on any ground. The country was rocked by the news that Isaiah Chol Aruei, the chairman for South Sudan’s National Bureau of statistics, Mr. Mading Akueth and Mr. Jacob Aleer were somehow ‘mysteriously’ landed in a rebel-controlled zone in Jonglei town of Jiech.

From the streets of Juba to inside little hamlets around the country, suffocating fear hanged in the air. Hope was ebbing away. There were far cries from those in Diaspora as well calling for the release of those three gentlemen unscathed. Luckily for all of us, the SPLM/IO did the most humane thing and our cries were heard. The three men were released and everyone was elated to see Uncle Isaiah Chol-Amot returning home sound and safe. His reception at JIA speaks for itself.

I describe this moment as ‘defining moment’ in the history of our country because there were a lot at stake at the time. Since the three gentlemen were released without even a single bruise, I am not going to contemplate what might have happened had the opposite occurred.

However, it is my pleasure to thank those that worked really hard to ensure the release went through as quickly as possible and in a successful manner. My thank goes to the family and relatives of Uncle Chol-Amot as well as friends and supporters for the significant amount of patience they showed. We all panicked in silence rather than violently.

Much thank, however, goes to the SPLM/IO LEADERSHIP. I have said time and again that Riek and his comrades have the country’s best intention at heart. They have a commitment to bring about significant changes to South Sudan; changes that will benefit, not only one tribe, but all the citizens; a pluralistic society so to speak. That was exemplified two days ago when those men were released. That was a heroic act of leadership.

I was recently condemned by a few bloggers when I put out couple articles. In one, I described Dr. Riek as the “ultimate Messiah”. My wordings were condemned to the extreme levels especially by my dinka brothers who are stuck in the atrocities of the past; atrocities that I, also, condemn deeply. I am, however, very glad that Dr. Riek has undoubtedly answered some of my THOMASES out there. If we all act in the same spirit as did Dr. Riek and his close compatriots in SPLM/IO leadership, South Sudan will undoubtedly move towards a more accommodating society.

So, to the masses that think Riek is a devil with blood dripping from his oral gaps, wake up and look at things from a humane point of view. A view that says we can only move forward if we forgive one another and treat one another equally. Nobody is an absolute clean, at some point in life; someone will have their hands soiled. Thousands of innocent Nuers have died in the heart of Juba in the hands of the president and his tribesmen and our reaction has always been very cold and sullen.

Mading Akueth, one of those who were in custody, in an interview with SBS radio recognized what it means to live and love one another even when you have differences in opinion. One of the people he pointed out is a figure of great body of work especially to SPLA/M. Time and again, he has spoken with a voice of togetherness. He has worked all his life for that cause. The man is Dr. Majak Agot. He loves South Sudan to the core of his bones and that applies to the people in it. He has a vision for a youthful and vibrant South Sudan but silly bullies on the blogosphere have gone after him of late.

However, the following confession by Mading Akueth in that interview with SBS might give you a different view and here it is:

“During the crisis I was having my opinion on former SPLM officials of G10 especially Dr Majak Agot but during our custody I realised why you have to love your people despite having different opinions. Dr Majak was there for us; he calls almost after every hour just to ask how we are and whether we were being looked after. The Government, SPLM in O and individuals played a roles but Dr Majak was there. In terms of care; we were well fed and soldiers carried our water for the 12 hours journey that we took from Jiech. During the times of our departure to Juba; Governor Duop Lam made for us a great farewell. They slaughtered a goat for us and we ate good meal before our departure to Juba. He also came to the airport to see the plane taking off and we then wave at them. I will not go without saying thanks to the Ayod women because these women did an amazing job to protect us. Few women came to make sure that we were safe. They were Mary, Ayen, Nyanben and others who came around us during the night. They needed to protect us. One of them knew my humanitarian work back in Bor and she told us, “if you were born by women then none of you will die here but you will go back as free people.” Their heroism did change our perceptions and such appreciation will have to go to them. I am a different Mading now and I know our people love themselves and they need peace.”

That defines a true act of heroism. Kudos to the rebels and especially the man of the people: Dr. Riek Machar Teny. Without an apology, I will still repeat it that he seems to exudes that firing desire to change and offer his effort to bringing the woes of South Sudan to a final end. He is the only glue that we need. I am sure at this point in time, some section of the dinka community have a partially forgiving heart to Dr. Riek for what the rebels have done.

Since I picked side and throw my support behind Dr. Riek, I have had my face punched a couple of times. Reason: I have picked the wrong guy. Where is freedom of choice or as western world calls it: democracy? Cowboyism is a dead system. It has been tested and has failed miserably. He (the president inu) divides rather than unite. He discriminately kills rather than indiscriminately forgive. His hunger for more has turned him and his tribesmen into gluttonous monsters who do not get satisfied.

Dr. Riek will one day be our president if given a chance. Long live the Doctor! Long live South Sudan.

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By Job Kiir Garang (Kiir-Agou), Canada

President Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar, in their happy days

President Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar, in their happy days

Beny Panluelwel, in response to your reply to my recent article entitled “cowboy: a political joke”, I must say kudos to you! I did have fun reading it and it indeed taught me a thing or two. First and foremost, it exemplifies how we can disagree and still maintain a high level of civil discourse that many in the bloglosphere lack these days. It was both humorous and analytical. Well done!

Having said that, I still have a few pointers to put across. Firstly, AND THIS I MUST SAY, it takes graceful hearts to throw one’s support behind people with baggage akin to that of Dr. Riek Machar. He is not perfect and I doubt if anyone out there is. Not even the late Dr. John Garang. I might have called him (Riek) “the ultimate messiah” to lead us out of the mess we are embroiled in at the moment but the bottom line is whoever is going to bring peace to South Sudan, be it Salva Kiir Mayaardit, Riek Machar or any other politician, is by my definition caricature the “ultimate Messiah”.

I know my labeling of Dr. Riek as such only leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many just because he took arms against the SPLA , then under the leadership of Dr. John Garang (may his soul rest in peace). If I had labeled Salva Kiir as the ultimate messiah, I am sure majority of my dinka colleagues would have been fine with it. Only a few with sound judgment would have taken the label with a pinch of salt. It makes me think that we are just anti-Nuer or more specifically anti-Riek not knowing that Nuer will always play an integral part in the South Sudan’s political arena.

That brings me to a quote in your response and it goes like this “First, one should establish whether or not Dr. Riek Machar had been an integral member of Salva Kiir’s government for the period that heralded the president as the very definition of what is wrong with South Sudan”. The answer is a “yes” because he was the vice president during that period. The insinuation, however, seems to be that Riek is somehow guilty by association. Riek is not entirely clean but I would be doing myself a great deal of disservice if I were to make that claim.

What is certain is that Both parties have been dragging their feet in the aftermath of the war that broke out in December last year. However, my score board heavily blames the president for all that has and still does go wrong in our country. First, Kiir’s administration has been obscenely totalitarian especially when it comes to dealing with those in his government. People have been sacked at will. Corruption is and continues to be grossly high and nothing is being done to curb it. The reaction has always been the same: sit back, do nothing and let nature runs its course.

With Kiir as the president, SPLA has been astonishingly dinkanized. However, looking at it again of late, the numbers are exponentially growing for the President’s subtribe. People who speak against the party are demonized and scorned. The scenario is a state of governance where power trickles down from the president to the very bottom of the leadership ladder.

With the president running the country with an iron fist, Riek Machar is not immune to the president’s bully tendencies. He is not shielded from the wrath of the cowboy. He and his counterparts paid the price for trying to make the political discourse more participatory. They were sacked like a bunch of low-level kitchen workers in Nyongora market, for example.

People are yapping too much about the 1991 atrocities engineered by Riek but they forget that in 2004 or thereabout, Kiir had defected but because of the power of communication (something the president seems to dislike bitterly), he was summoned in Rumbek by Dr. John Garang and the rest of the SPLA leadership and was convinced to stay. His inner demons got foiled. Had he gone ahead and fight the SPLA, I wonder what some of you would be talking about right now.

Deng Aloor was once quoted as saying that if they were corrupt (referring to himself and the rest of his cohorts that got booted out of the government), there would have been no CPA and of course South Sudan. They decided to stick with the SPLA leadership to the very birth of South Sudan. They worked tirelessly to ensure the achievement of that country and what does Kiir offer in return after assuming the leadership: a kick in their backside.

The cowboy style is undoubtedly a dictatorial. Just to add salt to injury, he fills his administration with politically bred opportunist from the Khartoum regime and the outcomes are there for everyone to see.

Your response Panluelwel can be summarized in two observation. First, Riek will never be a replacement for Salva Kiir Mayaardit. Second seems to be a reminder to me that if I continue to make a case against Salva Kiir, then I have to be aware that Dr. Riek Machar has been and I quote

“ ……Dr. Riek Machar has been the second most powerful person in the country for the last nine years, one with delegated presidential powers. It means that he is also synonymous with everything that is wrong with South Sudan. The promised dividends of independence have not materialized. There are no economic infrastructures in place, democracy is a sham and political instability is the norm. Corruption, nepotism, tribalism and maladministration are pervasive and systemic in the country”.

The argument against this premise is that every organization can only be ran smoothly if and only if everyone has a similar contributory goal. The CEO of any firm does not just come around and dissolves the organization and fire people if they are doing the right thing. He only does that when he or she feels that they are offering a derailing effect towards the company. But if the company continues to ail even in the absence of those that were considered dysfunctional then something might definitely be going wrong too with the leadership or the new workers.

Kiir definitely did not like what was being done by Riek and I assume too with the other 10 members of the famously coined “group of 11”. So he fired them and surprise, surprise, his country is heading ever faster down the drains. By inference, the president and his new workers are doing very little to improve what he thought was a worse South Sudan that needed fixing. If anything, he has made it a lot worse.

After his ill-fated entry into the country from South Africa, his erratic approach to things has ever since been mind-boggling. The country is now on the verge of a major disaster that all started with the coup claims that later slapped him hard in the face as nothing but utter fear mongering. This president is remaking the history of South Sudan. The outcomes do not seem to give any hopes. If anything, decades from now, people will be narrating an ugly history of South Sudan masterminded by Salva Kiir. His visit to South Africa, although it was meant for good reasons i.e burial of Nelson Mandela, was inappropriate.

A president like Kiir who seems to loath democracy and participatory politics should rather visit the likes Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea etc where leaders rule with an iron fist. South Africa exemplifies the very nature of what it means to have differences based on race or ethnicity and still have the will to sit down together, forgive one another and live side-by-side. Kiir was not willing to sit down with members in opposition and instead used his fear mongering tactics based on ill and baseless intelligence to drive the country into unnecessary war.

So in a conclusive remark, the president was and still is not doing well enough for the South Sudanese people. 9 years is a damned long time to see some progress in the provision of public amenities. What we are seeing, however, is gross underdevelopment. National resources are constantly mismanaged and only the few seem to benefit. Majority are living in abject poverty. The fat cats in Kiir’s administration are having millions worth of assets in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and many more dollars in banks overseas notably in the Americas, the UK and in the Swiss banks. Kiir should shoulder all the blames and stop trying to play the “guilt-by-association” card. He had and still does have 100% of the powers. Everyone else is voiceless.

Cowboy is and will always be a political joke. We need a new polity to get us forward and into the future; into a land where things get done. As a footnote if people are awarded for being a ruthless murderer and corrupt politician, Kiir should get quite a prize for it, thank to his blind politics, the country is now back in the dark ages. What a shame! Makuei Lueth, Ateny Wek and the rest of the Kiir gangs should just shut up if they want to spare themselves any bit of self decency.

If there is one decent place Kiir should be now, it is in the Netherlands in order to explain himself to the Jury at Hague. He deserves punishment. Tosha. My stand is unaltered. I would still prefer a south Sudan where dinka and Nuer look at one another as same people. We just have a fundamental disagreement as to who we feel will act on behalf of the people of South Sudan. Salva Kiir and his Ugandan cohorts are mainly targeting one tribe and that is Nuer. Their (nuer’s) retaliations have always been obvious and nasty and I would never want that to happen on our watch.

Kiir once said he would never raise arms against his own people but the contrary is now true. He has raised arms against the Nuer and that is just unacceptable. Malakal, Jonglei and Unity are his crime scenes. I will remain a Dinka son who speaks for what seems possible and of our grander good.

COWBOY: A POLITICAL JOKE!

Posted: September 28, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles, Kiir Agou

By Job Kiir Garang, Edmonton, Canada

Bany Kiir Mayaardit in his sginature cowboy hat

Bany Kiir Mayaardit in his sginature cowboy hat

Politics is, surely, a dirty game. However, it does justify its definition if the players are, by any stretch of imagination, smart. I wonder whether that definition holds the same when it comes to political discourses in South Sudan.

Some politicians in my country are just absolute jokes. Apart from being non-ideologues, they have no vision. They have no sense of direction as to where the country should be driven to. They are a metaphorical “Kayaker without a paddle” in the middle of a rough tided river.

The saddest part is, they seem to thrive among these rough conditions at the expense of the lives of the innocent majority. Corruption: is the word. Country’s resources are the waters through which they wallow. Their bellies are fully extended and they always need a little more.

No one embellishes these, qualities than the leader of our country: Salva Kiir Mayar-dit. He is the very definition of what is wrong with South Sudan.

Up until the assignation of CPA, Kiir was wrapped up in the same garment as Dr. John Garang and as a result, he was always perceived as a man who fought for our values and freedom. He was exalted and appreciated and it does not surprise me that upon his appointment as the president of South Sudan, albeit by default, he was overwhelming accepted.

However, over the course of his tenureship and especially over the last year and a half, all has been revealed about the man. The demons of corruption, tribalism, nepotism, and sexual immorality have been exposed and are out there for the public to see.

In his last speech, delivered on the 8th of September in which he gave an ultimatum that Riek should accept the post of prime minister within 45 days, he foolishly or maybe intentionally quoted the great Karl Marx and this is how he went about it:

The Philosopher Karl Marx said in his theory of class struggle ‘’ the classes emerge when society starts to produce private property. When society starts realizing private property, social division of labour emerges with one social category or class attempting to control the private property at the expense of other classes. Class struggles are nothing but struggles aiming at controlling private property and means of production. in order to maintain their control over means of production , one class seek to control state power and its uses state power to enhance its class interest  vis –a – vis other classes , that is  political struggles are nothing but the extension of economic struggles for private property’’

Looking at this quote, two things come into mind:

  1. President is trying to give us the impression that he does read a few scripts here and there (something I definitely doubt).
  2. He absolutely does not know why he is quoting Karl Marx or if he does know, he was unknowingly putting himself in a trap of shame.

One thing is for certain, the president has been ignorant all along and it is evident in this quote. If he had taken a moment to pause, breath and think about it, he might have had a different thought whether or not he needs to put that quote across.

He needs not look farther to see that he is self contradictory. His government is 80% Dinka (his tribe). Private property that he alludes to is certainly in the hands of the aforementioned tribe (mainly from his inner circles: Bar-el-ghazal).

I am not saying that it is all Bar-el-ghazal because I am sure there are many out there that are suffering just like the rest of the country. I am talking of the fat cats within the ranks of Kiir who own property locally, in foreign countries such as Uganda and Kenya or both locally and regionally.

No wonder he has surrounded himself with his own tribesmen because only then can he control state power, means of production and to try and crush any other tribe that tries to rise against him. The current situation in the country is a simple evident.

Kiir has declared war against the Nuer with the intention of wiping them out not knowing that this will have very nasty backlash whether now or in the near future. He is using public fund to train mainly his own tribesmen to protect himself as well as pay foreign soldiers in the shape of AU peace keepers. Kiir by anyone’s estimation is not the president we need.

Apart from declaring war against a tribe in his own country (the Nuer that is), he has failed on all occasions to visit the three regions being devastated by war at the moment. His actions have convinced me and am sure many others out there that he is not a president for South Sudan and definitely not a president for peace.

Dr. Riek Machar and indeed many others that are aspiring to lead one day should not be intimidated or baited with positions such as those of prime minister.

This is an illegitimate way of making peace. All he needs (the president that is) is, first and foremost, stop bloodshed in the Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei regions and then come to a discussion table. He needs to come clean and face his so-called-foes instead of chickening out. What is he afraid of?

Once he provide a less intimidating environment for those in opposition, only then can they move forward to 2015 and hopefully see elections come and go conducted in good spirits.

I hope Dr. Riek Machar, the current leader in opposition, comes top for I believe that with him in office, South Sudan would be a better place. He has the glue that can unite that country.

I have been attacked for saying this before but I say it again, he has the better chance of providing the peace we need the most. May peace prevail at last cometh the hour!

By Job Kiir Garang: A DINKA FOR ALL


By Job Kiir Garang

Former master of sergeant, former SPLA/M Medical assistant (MA), Currently an Industrial Safety Inspector, Edmonton, Canada.

kiir and riek pic

It would take a lifetime to heal someone who is blind in the brain than someone that is optically dead. History has not been on the better side of ours, as far as South Sudan is concerned. It is what a layman would say “the past is the only way forward”. “Our Heroes did it and we just have to finish some pieces of the remaining puzzle”.

Sadly enough for me and for most of us, the world is growing smaller and smaller into an archetypal village and that kind of mindset does not apply anymore. It is time to be honest. Some paths might be considered uncharitable and I agree with the many few out there. But it is always sensible to look around and analyze whatever paths you have been through. Did you try them? Where they worthy of trying? If yes, what were the outcomes?

Many would agree with me that Dr. Garang’s times were probably the better years for most of us that were lucky to be alive till today. However, those sweet years gone by have led to a breed of South Sudanese with fixated mentality. The mentality that shamelessly echoes in silence that the leadership of that immature nation is “ours”. By ours, I mean the “dinka’s”. It is this same mentality that has dwarfed us eternally or so it seems. And if we do not wake up as a separate generation from the one that passed, we will be the stereotypical Somalis, the Rwandese, the Iraqis, the Bosonians, the Kosovans, the Serbs, the Afghans and the list goes on. The world is watching.

In the early 2000s, a group of Bar-el-Ghazal political hustlers led by Majut Yak coined the, today, famous phrase (at least among them): “Garang down”. Sadly for most of us and luckily enough for them, they won the lottery. Dr. John Garang died unceremoniously. The ululations were and still are ingrained on their lips. The results are there for most to see: fat bellies, private homes/land everywhere, wastage of national treasures or resources, tribal governance etc.

Enough for our taking! Another shadowy group came out from the abyss of what we all thought was the very enemy of ours: Khartoum. Led by Chan Reech Madut, they held a belief that Dr. Garang was the biggest tyrant to have led the people of South Sudan during the arms struggle. When they set foot in the region, their transition into Kiir’s government was bread and water. They naturally clicked with some of the most misleading presidential advisors in the shape of the likes of Telaar Deng and their concerted hustling efforts have led to the worse post-liberation bloodshed in the history of that country. Very sad!

Right now, these shady old guards, most of whom left Canada after Kiir became the president are now filthy rich: self made millionaires who got their wealth at the expense of lives of the innocent majority. Their wealth is now their shield. They shed no blood while every civilian who had nothing to do with this nonsensical power struggle dies by the numbers. You could sense some celebratory tone in their silent voices when the president first declared that the group of 11 accused of orchestrating the, later dismissed, coup were to be killed by firing squad.

Riek and his cohorts fortunately escaped unscathed and it was a breath of fresh air when the president had to swallow his own vomits and declare them innocent. The bottom line is Kiir is a failed leader. A lot of it can be blamed solely on his own utter failure. He surrounded himself with people that are not only selfish and greedy but very thoughtless. For the president, he decided to dump all the people that he had been through thick and thin during the war against the Khartoum regime and replaces them with nothing but greedy, thoughtless, uneducated bunch of groups that did nothing but threw the country under the bus for their own selfish gains.

If we consider people of the South as brethrens, why were the votes by the people of Abyei ignored when they overwhelmingly chose separation? Not a voice was raised in their recognition. As a matter of fact, the president precisely depicts himself as contradictory and to say the least; a dishonest hypocrite. When the Machakos agreement was signed in 2002, Kiir vehemently argued that If Abyei was to remain in the Northern side, he would rather have preferred to go back to war and when they chose to be autonomous by an overwhelming majority, he (the president) decided to remain silent. Either he did not have the balls to do so or he probably was stuck in the mindset that we have come to get accustomed to over the last 9 or so years i.e. maybe some dinkas are more important that other dinkas or tribes. Archaic mentality!

Anyway, without being too wordy, my view point is that we are caught up in a web of political cul de sac. A view that a certain section of the political demographic seems to think that the leadership of that country is somehow inheritable and that if anyone out of their tribal league flexes their muscles in their attempts to run for that higher seats, they are branded as traitors and rebels. You are only safe if you exude the SPLA/M PPROCLAMATIONS backed up by some tribal favours or affiliations.

That is what we have turned into: a sad reality of our time. Dinkaism. This is the true fingerprint of our utter failures and unless we change this sort of mentality, we can only see not beyond our toe fingers. I am sure most of my dinka brothers who are complaining right now would still be doing so if the person in opposition to authority or, to put it right, those that were thrown overboard by the current dictatorial self-made oligarchs were some of the fringe or smaller tribes.

Someone once said that people are inherently resistible to change. It is even worse to them if the person in question is one that does not have his hands utterly clean. This is true in the case of Riek Machar and sadly for most of us, the story is told over and over again with the emphasis that he should not rule without looking at the situation from a multilateral viewpoints in relation to the kind of political doses we have been offered over the few years we have been independent as a country. The complaints are now ringing the loudest because the person in the limelight happens to be Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

It is true that for the leadership we have in South Sudan, we can dig into the woodwork and unearth a better leader than the two we have right now. However, the sad reality is that that option does not exist. It is like looking for a dislike button on a facebook. It does not exist. Unless someone comes up with that option, that is what we have got.

In my last article, I happened to have described Dr. Riek Machar as the “ultimate Messiah”. It vexed a certain section of the blogosphere: mainly my brothers from my side of the tribal divide: DINKA who still hold, and god knows when they will drop them, the grudges of the 1991 political upheavals in which some thousands were killed by “Riek” forces. Was he entirely responsible for every person that died that year? Maybe! The forces were on his side and anyone would say he was and still is guilty by association.

However, all I am saying is it is about time we turn the pages. My view is not bashing Dinka because I happen to be one. It might sound like an oxymoron but the reality is getting even clearer. The way the current government is operating is for everyone out there to see. Many extinguished people within the Kiir administration were targeted and dismissed. However all my harsh critics and especially from Twi East failed to make a comment or a recognition that those that were sacked were Twi going by the numbers although we have people from other tribes.

I have never heard a complaint from anyone although am sure some might have done so silently. Dr. Lual Achuek Deng, Rabecca Nyandeng, Malok Aleng, Atem Yaak Atem, Atem Garang Kuek, a close friend of his (the president): Dr. Majak Agoot and even including our MP who pretended that the ”government is our government”.

Some of the hardworking people like Philip Thon Leek and the likes of Makuei Deng Majuch were also at the end of the whooping by this current administration. Makuei by the way is a hard worker than Achuil Tito who claimed he would hold the chief of police post better although he has absolutely no credibility. Once he was given the post, he became richer and powerful for absolutely no reason.

I am a proud dinka but at the same time I am a concerned one. The few aforementioned people represented especially by Mr. Kiir Mayardit have brought shame to the WORD DINKA. And the disappointing part is that there are people within my own circles who think that I am just against them. That is not true and I surely will never be against anyone except when what you are doing is contrary to the visions laid forth by our forefathers: Garang being the exemplary one.

Riek is the best alternative for me and in my opinion; many kids in South Sudan will be left behind in all aspects of life if Kiir remains our president for as long as he wants. Wake up and let’s change that country into a better one!


By Job Kiir Garang, Edmonton, Canada

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Dear readers, I must say that the political situation in South Sudan has, over the past seven months or so, been very toxic. In fact, I have almost come to a conclusion that for most of us who participate in various social media, we are not helping at all in trying to solve our problems as South Sudanese. We are immersed in senseless and ultimately endless tribal dog-fight. No tribes bring that fight to the forefront than the two biggest tribes in the country i.e. the Dinka and the Nuer. I happen to be a Dinka myself and I am sure there are many from my side of the great tribal divide who might be shocked by my apparent full support for Dr. Riek as the only man who can pull us out of the abyss of dark ages into a more prosperous and brighter future for our beloved country.

My heading does not need an explanation as to what my stands are. Being a veteran myself, I must admit that the country we so heartily fought for against a faith-driven regime is ever falling behind. The hopes and aspirations we had are ebbing out. The future looks bleak and there seems to be nothing but absolute hopelessness at the end of the tunnel. Reason? A bunch of thugs and political hustlers have decided to run the country as a personal property and the sad part, and probably the reason behind the sudden eruption by our nation into civil conflict, is the fact that a small faction of the country (infact a sub-tribe of Gokrial) is running the show in every department within the government. Anyway, let me not get ahead of myself. Having stated where I stand politically, I have the burden to try and explain why I think Dr. Riek is the only hope we have right now and not the cowboy.

First and foremost, I will start with Salva Kiir Mayardit. They always say, give credit where it is due. Having fought in the SPLA liberation war alongside the like of them, I must say that he was one of the best in the business. No one would come second to Dr. John Garang if they were a bunch of numb nuts. He was, during the struggle, our proverbial Moses of the Bible. He was supposed to take us all the way to the promise land and he sure did try. Sadly for most of us, he never learned from the master. Instead of following the scripts left behind, he chose to do it his own way: the failed ways as we have come to know them. Firstly, he has no vision for the country. He is non-ideologue.  The worse of them all is the fear mongering tactics that his government has employed during his office tenure. Instead of acknowledging the fact that a healthy government can only grow out of nuances or differences debated with civility, he shamelessly fires and dissolved his cabinet.His constant belief that the problems in South Sudan are mainly being propagated from outside (UNMISS to be exact) is utter ignorance. Clean your own mess Mr. before you start pointing fingers. I am sure the many South Sudanese who lost their jobs, and notably, those in the government never got fired by an external body. It was all up to the president himself.

And when war broke out, he did very little to help bring the fighting to a sudden halt. If anything, members of his inner circles masterminded some of the worse killings in the capital, Juba where many Nuer civilians as well as soldiers got murdered in cold blood. Some innocent brothers of Dinka origin who happened to have the same facial marks as Nuer were also brutally killed. Many of the South Sudanese, with sound ideas to help move the country in a better direction are always suppressed and in worse case scenario, intimidated and offered death threats. A persistence of any kind would cost someone a job and even worse, their lives. Autocracy is a crazy form of government in my opinion or even the opinion of any sensible human beings. Salva Kiir has exercised it to the fullest and the results are out there for everyone to see. The country is a failed state even at its apparent infancy: the proverbial flower nipped in the bud. The civil society has been unjustly destroyed and denied every bit necessary for survival. Kiir’s brothers and sisters have become the vultures of the wild that feed off the land and the people for their selfish gains. The Dinka tribe has become a bad taste in the mouth these days. A mentioning of the word itself seems to make smaller tribes cringe detestation. Every Dinka is guilty by association.

Some States within the country have been fighting grounds for many years during the struggle and even today. Kiir has done very little to try and clean up those states in order to bring about peace. Jonglei and Upper Nile States are being systematically destroyed by turning the Nuer against their Dinka counterpart and other tribes in their surroundings and the government has always turned a non-sympathetic eye. It has often thrown the tribal crisis into the woodwork. The innocent majority continue to be voiceless. Sadly for them, there seems to be very little hope insight. The younger generation has no hope. The old guards are holding on to power that they cannot even handle with any sensible approach.No provision of public services to the people that need them the most, neither international intelligence, or domestic intelligence and most journalists are hiding in fear that they might be convicts of the regime if they express their ideas i.e. no freedom of the press.  Kids of the less fortunate are becoming the mattresses upon which the powerful and the self-made greedy millionaires sleep on. They are the used and reusable tools by the wealth-thirsty few in association with the president. Comes the hour, comes the man, this greed to remain in power will surely be tested.

Turning my argument in support of the man: Dr. Riek Machar, I must say in advance that we are living in an age where the last thing we need is division. I have a deep conviction that if the Dinka and the Nuer could live in harmony without political fear mongering and distractions, South Sudan would be a peaceful country. Riek might have come from a tribe in South Sudan where members easily pick up arms whenever one of their guy (Riek in particular) has had difference in opinion with the Dinka leaders but am sure given the chance to lead, he might settle the dust that is ever blowing in the air of that beautiful country. Below are some of the reasons why I feel Riek can make a good if not better leader: Firstly, just have a quick glance at his opposition cabinet. Despite his movement being predominantly Nuer in manpower, it surely does look very inclusive. It is what few or indeed many would describe as the microcosm of South Sudanese future. His cabinet is representative of many if not everyone in South Sudan. You have the Equatorians, the Dinka, the Nuer, the Shilluk and many more are expected to be part and parcel of his vision for South Sudan and I am sure the youth will have a say in his government. That would be a country worth building and caring for.

Secondly, Riek has always fallen short of recognition on a number of occasions.  He has been a victim of political rigidity by his Dinka counterparts either during the political struggle or in the aftermath. His desire to drive the country in a more unified direction has always been perceived by those above him as a secret agenda to overthrow them. He has always been portrayed as someone greedy for power. He is always victimized as a tribalist when in truth, we do have proven tribalists in the shape of Kiir and his cohorts. False claims of coup have been blamed against him while the truth remains the same old fear mongering tactics by the president who owns every single power in the country.  When there was a dire need to sign the Addis Ababa cease fire, the president dragged his feet while those that he accused of having planned a coup against him (Riek included) were desperate to get it done and bring an end to the appalling bloodshed of the innocent civilians. The brief message to all South Sudanese is this; if you believe in democracy and peaceful co-existence, the wise thing to do right now is join forces in turning the pages of an old-fashioned, non-progressive, greed-driven, divisive politics and replace it with (although never tested) alternative form of the government that seems on paper the opposite of what we have been accustomed to over the last 9 years.  I’m sure, given the opportunity, Riek and his political crew might be able to tackle some of the issues of our time for I do believe that with the help of nationalists like Hon. Pagan Amum, Dr. MajakD’Agoot, Cde MabiorGarang de Mabior and the rest of the regiments, he might be in the right position to help solve the main problems such as Education for all, poverty, political corruption, war, famine and so on.

As a message of intent for a better South Sudan, I call upon those that dare to dream and change our country for the best. This must start with a public outcry (not that we have not been doing so) but this time we have to be loud and clear. To all my brothers and sisters who feel left out, this is the time. We have to gather efforts and make our voices are heard. We have been silenced for long and I am sure everyone is beginning to feel the pinch. I know there are lots of people that feel the president still has some gas in his tank and would be disappointed by our message, but I can just urge you to look at this issue from a different angle: an angle that looks at ourselves as nothing but good neighbours with our counterparts on the other side and the only way forward is to try and prevent Political leaders setting us apart. If these six major States of Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity, Central, Western and Eastern Equatoria do unite, I can assure you that there will be stability and an eventual birth of a long lasting peace. Fighting does not solve any problem. The president has supported Murle especially YauYau’s group. Most of the people in Jonglei state got disarmed except the Murle who carry out attack on civilians in Twic East, Duk, and Nuer. The government (under the leadership of Kiir) never intervened. He ignored the assault on the people aforementioned as though nothing happened. We are hereby throwing our full support for Riek Machar. He might not have totally clean hands but give him the office of the president and the rest will be judged afterwards. The events of December last year leading into 2014 have convinced many that Kiir is a failed leader and the last thing we need is to stick with him and hope that things will change in the future. No country should be governed within the confines of a bar (better known in Juba as Home and away).

I, or as better known as Kiir-Agou and a veteran of the struggle, live in a country where voices are heard regardless of your status. I would love to see a South Sudan that images or exhibits the same kind of life that I experience here. I am sure deep down every South Sudanese feel the same way. I was a loyal servant to that country for 14 years and it is sad to see it goes into the drains. I am not writing to please anyone but I have a group of people that have decided to petition my decision. They are about sixty right now to be exact and the main call is we have to all man up and take a stand to make our country a better one.

RIEK Tosha!