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Dr. Riek’s Martyrs Day Press Statement

Dr. Riek's Martyrs Day Press Statement  (1)


The Text of the Press Statement by Gen Dau Aturjong Nyuol

Gen. Daau Aturjong Nyuol, former Gubernatorial candidate for Northern Bahr el Ghazal, who claimed to have been rigged out by Gen. Malong Awan

Gen. Daau Aturjong Nyuol, former Gubernatorial candidate (2010) for Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, who claimed to have been rigged out by Gen. Malong Awan

WHY SALVA KIIR MUST GO

Comrade Gen. Alfred Gore, Deputy Chairman of the SPLM and Deputy Commander In Chief of the SPLA,ladies and gentlemen of press allow me to welcome you to this briefing.

In 1983 I joined the liberation struggle as a young student of secondary school against injustice, marginalization and humiliation in Sudan and attended a military training at Bonga in Ethiopia and graduated a second lieutenant and from then started fighting the war vigorously against the successive regimes in Khartoum for more than twenty years until I reached a rank of general in the SPLA. I thought we liberated our people from northern domination only to realize the revolution was hijacked by a tyrant dictator upon the death of our leader late Dr. John Garang De Mabior. The hijackers started not only marginalizing our communities but seriously terrorizing them. They killed many innocent people in nine years of Salva Kiir authoritative dictatorship in Juba.

The independent that South Sudan attained through the referendum upon which the secession of South Sudan obtained 98.58% votes against unity of Sudan would have been a driving factor to unite our people and move ahead in realizing the vision of the SPLM and its late leader Dr. John Garang. However, Salva Kiir and his minority cliques in Juba undermined this reality and worked against unity of South Sudanese and started killing our people. In 2010 it was massacre against Dinka of Pagi County just because late George Athor took arms against the regime in Juba. In 2011 Chilluk and Murle tribes were targeted and innocent citizens died. The Fartit of Western Bahr el Ghazal were also targeted in December 2012. All these things happened in eyes of international community and nobody was questioning Salva Kiir. The killing of the Nuer civilians in Juba in December 2013 under pretext of alleged coup attempt led by Dr. Machar indicates the regime has nothing to offer except fabricating lies in order to eliminate its opponents who were critical on how the country is being run.

Now I decided to take arms again to liberate my people since the first liberation is hijacked by a tyrant tribal dictator. I am taking arms again to bring justice, freedom, equality and prosperity to my people. I am taking arms to transform the country democratically and establish federal system where powers and resources are driven by people. I am taking arms to restore rule of law and respect of human rights in my country. My coming out is a well connected strategy and many people are coming very soon. Therefore, my appeal to people of South Sudan, Dinka Community generally and people of Aweil in particular not to support Salva Kiir. Viewing current conflict as Dinka vs Nuer is a gross mistake which may slide our country to disintegration. I am also appealing to the SPLA to stop fighting for Salva Kiir. My appeals go to the democratic forces globally to support the SPLM/SPLA led by Dr. Riek Machar to remove Salva Kiir and establish a new democratic South Sudan. Those who joined the Movement with me in this gathering are;

1/ Hon. Ayii Ayii Akol former MP of National Parliament

2/ Hon. Awaya Awaya Makuei former MP of State Assembly- NBGS

3/ Capt. Garang Ayii Akol former officer of SAF.

4/ Peter Mabior Riny, Youth Leader and Secretary of Aweil Community in Kenya.

5/ Wol Kuac Wol youth leader of Aweil Community in Kenya

6/ Capt. Mawien Dut Chan former officer of SPLA

Thank you for listening

Long life South Sudan

Long life SPLM/SPLA under leadership of Dr. Riek Machar

The victory is ascertained.

Gen Dau Aturjong Nyuol

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Biography of Gen. Dau Aturjong Nyuol:

Birthplace: Gen. Dau Aturjong Nyuol was born in Gokmachar Village in Aweil North County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan.

Educational Background:

Gen. Dau attended Gokmachar Primary School from 1972-1977. After obtaining Primary School Certificate, he went to Aweil Junior Secondary School in Aweil town and graduated in 1980. He was later accepted at Nyamellel Senior Secondary School and studied there from 1980-1982. Gen. Dau was a brilliant and competitive student throughout his entire school years in primary, junior secondary, and senior secondary schools. He scored high marks in science and social science classes in both Arabic and English languages.

Gen. Dau was very much involved in student organizations and sporting activities. He played football (soccer) and volleyball during his times in schools. Some of his former schoolmates who are currently high ranking generals in the SPLA military view Gen. Dau as caring, courageous, determined, fair-minded, intelligent, honest, and loyal. These inspiring characteristics of quality leadership were evidenced during Gen. Dau’s service in the SPLA and in Mading Aweil when he was assigned to command SPLA military and conducted successful operations in Aweil and other areas in 1990s. Gen. Dau was the architect of the first peace agreement between Dinka-Malual and neighboring Messiria tribes. This peace agreement was signed in Wardong, NBGS in 1991, and consequently created a positive peace between Dinka and Messiria tribes. These characteristics are the fundamental core values of Gen. Dau’s leadership quality, and this is why Aweil citizens called on him to serve and bring back hope to the people he loves and cares for dearly.

Shortly after Gen. Dau began his studies at Nyemellel Senior Secondary, the second civil war erupted in Sudan between Anya-nya II and Khartoum regime after President Nimieri failed to implement the Addis Ababa Peace Accord. To end Khartoum exploitation and marginalization of the people of Southern Sudan and other areas, several students, political elites, military officers, and ordinary citizens from Southern Sudan and other marginalized areas joined the Anya-nya II Movement that later became known as the SPLA/SPLM. As a result, Dau joined the Anya-nya II Movement to add his voice in call for democracy, equality, freedom, and liberty in Sudan. This move cut Dau’s intention to pursue higher education short, and he began a new career in military service in which he spent his youth and manhood in the SPLA military uniforms. His unwavering commitment, courage, and dedication earned him a rank of the Major General in the SPLA military and also promote his popularity, making him a likeable and trusted leader in Aweil.

Language proficiencies:

Gen. Dau is fluent in his native ‘Thongmonyjang (Dinka)’, Arabic, English, and conversational in Nuer dialect.

Military Career Highlights and Accomplishment During the SPLA Struggles and Post CPA:

• Gen. Dau attended the SPLA Military College in 1984 in Bonga, Ethiopia. He was graduated as a 1st Lieutenant in Shiled One cadres. As an officer, 1st Lt. Dau was deployed to great Upper Nile region and fought numerous successful battles against enemy in Jekou and Malual Gaouthoi.

• In 1985, Dau was deployed to Eastern Bahr El Ghazal region of Abyie and Twic areas as a Deputy Commander of Nile Battalion.

• In 1987, Gen. Dau became Commander of the Nile Battalion.

• Gen. Dau participated in several battles in Equartoria in 1991.

• He was a commander of the Mobile Forces that fought in Morobo and other areas in Central and Western Equartoia from1994-95.

• Gen. Dau participated in the last and major battle war in Raja, Western Bahr el Ghazal.

• He was the only commander who managed to withdraw with all military equipment when SPLA decided to withdraw after months of recapturing and losing Raja City to the Sudanese Armed Forces.

In summary, Gen. Dau has been a combat officer for 22 years. Below are the some of military positions he had held in the SPLA from 1984 to 2010:

• Commander of the SPLA 7th Brigade.

• Commander of the SPLA 10th Brigade.

• Commander of the SPLA 11th Brigade.

• Commander of the SPLA 12th Brigade.

• Commander of JIUS Unite in Khartoum.

• Commander of the SPLA Heavy Artilleries.

Military Trainings and Administrative Courses:

• Graduated from the SPLA Military Academy as a 1st Lt. in Shield One, Bonga, Ethiopia (1984-1985).

•Completed general Military Administrative Training at Iowa State University in Iowa, USA (2004).

• Completed courses in International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, and Conventional Military Training in Khartoum, Sudan (2007-2008).

•Completed Conventional Military Training at John Garang Memorial Military Academy, Juba, South Sudan


By Mabioor Garang de Mabioor, Addis Ababa

Response To Statement by the Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations (UN), Dr. Francis Mading Deng, to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), May 2, 2014

The address to the UNSC by the Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Francis Mading Deng, presented the Government of the Republic of South Sudan’s (GRSS) response to the concerns raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navi Pillay and the UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Mr. Adama Dieng. Instead of addressing the root causes of the conflict and proposing a just solution; the Permanent Representative of the GRSS to the UN went ahead to defend the violent (genocidal) campaign of the government known as the Juba Massacre, while heaping blame on what he termed as rebels.

It is highly regrettable that such a renowned personality with such an illustrious career as a diplomat, a prominent elder, and scholar would defend a massacre that took place before the eyes of the whole world. It is ironic that almost exactly to the twentieth anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide the former UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide would be giving a speech in defense of a massacre on the floor of the UNSC. This amounts to a moral and professional betrayal of his previous duty as the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, and of the principles on which the UN was founded.

The UN Permanent Representative of the GRSS started with remarks in which he invoked democratic principles of legitimacy stating that; “It is indisputable that the Government must bear primary responsibility for protecting its citizens without discrimination on ethnic or any other ground, and be accountable in that regard.” The Permanent Representative is either naïve about the genesis of the conflict, or is complacent in trying to cover up the crimes against humanity that took place in Juba between the 16 – 18 of December 2014.The UN Permanent Representative for South Sudan seems to forget that the conflict arose because of the government failure to do exactly what he suggests is the responsibility of the government. He goes on to say: “However, that cannot justify placing a democratically elected government on the same moral, political, and legal grounds with a rebel group using violence to overthrow that Government.”

The objective of what the Permanent Representative has labeled as rebels is not to overthrow the government using violent means; it is instead, a war of resistance against a government that without provocation killed, according to an International Crisis Group (ICG) report 10,000 and other online sources 20,000 of its own citizens in three days based on their ethnicity.  It is worth noting that wether it was 10,000 or 20,000, it is the quality of the crime rather than the quantity of the crime that is appalling. The government committed these murders in the name of thwarting a coup that has now been shown to be unfounded. This however, has not stopped the Permanent Representative from continuing to push the coup narrative, in order to discredit genuine voices for change in the country.

The coup narrative has been rejected by the world, as reflected by the statement of the assistant secretary of state for African affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield in her report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on South Sudan crisis: “We’ve not seen any evidence that this was a coup attempt, but it certainly was the result of a huge political rift between Riek Machar and the president.” The people of South Sudan at the grassroots level have also rejected the coup narrative and the only reason their voices are silent is for fear of victimization from the authorities. This fact became even clearer after the Army Chief of Military Intelligence testified in court that he could not connect the four to the alleged coup, leading to his dismissal.

The coup was fabricated by President Salva Kiir and his inner circle in order to purge the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), a leadership he saw as a threat to his underhanded plan of holding on to power through illegal means. This plan started to become apparent when the president on the 15th of November, 2013 illegally dissolved the structures of the SPLM: “The SPLM has dissolved itself by itself, it is only the office of the Chairman that cannot be dissolved; nobody can dissolve it” he remarked. This is illegal.

The massacre in Juba occurred in the wake of this fabricated coup, I don’t see the connection between an alleged coup attempt and the need to massacre thousands of civilians (women and children) in cold blood. The Permanent Representative’s argument of the legitimacy of the government is a diversion to draw attention away from the fact that the massacre of between 10,000 and 20,000 innocent civilians brings this very legitimacy into question. This was what brought the legitimacy of Mohamad Morsi into question, and more recently it has brought the legitimacy of Viktor Yanukovych into question. The President of the Republic of South Sudan has murdered more of his own citizens than these two Presidents combined. This begs the question: how many citizens does President Salva Kiir have to murder before his legitimacy comes into question?

The UN special Representative for South Sudan is either misleading, or being misled when he asserts that; “The President also spoke to me about the constructive discussion he had with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to whom he expressed his willingness to meet with rebel leader Riek Machar in the interests of speedy end to the war.” Though this is very courageous on the part of President Salva, the record sadly shows that the president is not for peace as he continues to keep foreign mercenaries in the country in violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoH).

The recent appointment of the former Governor of Northern Bahrgazal, Gen. Paul Malong as the Chief of General Staff and Marial Nuor as Chief of Military Intelligence, both architects of the Juba Massacre and other atrocities prior to the 15th of December, is a further indication that there is no desire for a “speedy end to the war”. The recent Massacre of 190 trainees and their families in Mapel, Western Bahrgazal State, as reported by Sudan Tribune (on April 26, 2014) is a testament to their brutality and also another indication that the government is not for peace.

In regards to the Agreement on the Status of Detainees, although we salute the courage of the President when he released the four detainees, the fact that more pressure had to be put on the government to allow the four SPLM leaders to travel is an indication that the President is not sincere about his respect for national judicial process and a desire for a “speedy end to the war.” It is not the speed with which we achieve peace that will end the suffering of the people of South Sudan, but a just and honorable peace. The violation of the two agreements signed between the SPLM and the GRSS sets a treacherous precedence for any future agreements that may be reached between the two parties.

The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) 70% of which has deserted the government has no policy of recruiting child soldiers as alleged by the Special Representative who unambiguously said that: “on specific issues raised by the reports of the High Commissioner and the Special Advisor, the allegation that both sides are recruiting child soldiers is an example of the moral equivalency that clouds the facts and the need to place responsibility where it belongs.”

This is paradoxical, and in order to understand this paradox we have to again revisit the root cause of the conflict. As already mentioned, the murder of between 10,000 to 20,000 innocent civilians in Juba was the catalyst that led to the White Army Uprising. In an article for the New York Times (on April 03, 2014) Journalist Jackie Fortin interviewed one of the White Army local militia referred to only as Mr. Wiyual; “…we are fighting the government for killing people,” he went on to say; “we aren’t fighting for Dr. Riek.”

The Juba Massacre has militarized the youth of Nuer ethnicity in their cattle camps and villages and they are understandably angry. The troops that are under the Command of Comrade Dr. Riek Machar are regular SPLA Soldiers from various divisions that upon hearing of the Juba Massacre rebelled and captured Bor Town. The cycle of revenge started almost immediately with reprisals in Akobo and Bentiu where more innocent civilians lost their lives, in all these cases the loss of life is regrettable and unjustifiable; however, we must acknowledge that the catalyst for all this is the Juba Massacre that the government is trying to cover up.

The fact is, that had Comrade Dr. Riek Machar and Comrade Taban Deng fallen victim to the dastardly plot to murder them in the name of a failed coup, we would be in a more dismal humanitarian situation. There would have been no leadership on the ground to attempt to organize this anger felt by the Nuer youth in their cattle camps and villages. The White Army local militia could have gone on an unchecked orgy of killings that would have taken a long time to stop and would have led to an unending cycle of reprisals. The leadership of the SPLM – SPLA is trying against all odds to turn the current crisis into an opportunity by organizing the anger caused by the Juba Massacre and turn it into an opportunity to bring about fundamental change in the country.

The bold stand by Comrade Dr. Riek Machar to organize this anger demonstrates leadership, in a time where historical leaders are shying away from their responsibility to the people. The stand of Comrade Dr. Riek Machar, Comrade Taban and many more Comrades is what has created a glimmer of hope, an opportunity to turn this despicable tragedy into an opportunity to reconcile our communities at the grassroots level. The failure to do this since 2005 is a major contributing factor to the current crisis as old grievances from the days of the civil war are still haunting us.

The President of the Republic of South Sudan admission that he formed a private army outside of the SPLA is on record. It was reported in the Sudan Tribune (February 17, 2014) that; “…the president tried to justify the formation of the unauthorized army, saying the intention was to have…a reserve force…in the event that military action was needed…”  He went on to say; “…it was on this basis that somebody mobilized and recruited some youth…” This is the very private militia that was used by the presidency to commit the atrocities in Juba that plunged the fledgling nation into the abyss.

It is difficult to understand how the President could form any credible “high level committee, chaired by the former Chief Justice, to investigate gross violations of human rights and hold accountable those found responsible”; the same person that trained and equipped the militia that went out on a rampage killing between 10,000 to 20,000 people in three days. The president according to the UN Permanent Representative also said, “anyone targeting members of the Nuer community in his name was against him”. This is a clear indication that the president was aware of the crimes being committed, and his response was feeble in the face of such heinous crimes.

The UN Permanent Representative for South Sudan has accused what he terms as rebels, “of massive abuses and ethnically targeted massacres,” which he claims “have become a conspicuous part of their war strategy.” The leadership of the SPLM – SPLA in a historic conference in Nassir held from the 15 – 18 of April, made it clear to the world what the SPLM – SPLA is struggling for. The SPLM – SPLA is struggling to establish a federal system of government in fulfilment of the aspirations of the people of the Republic of South Sudan. The allegations made by the UN Permanent Representative are baseless, and are tantamount to propaganda.

Then after malevolently  accusing the SPLA forces of committing atrocities the Permanent Representative goes on to justify a massacre that recently took place at the UNMISS camp for IDP’s in Bor. The “war was provoked when the Youth of Bor town heard the IDP’s in the UN compound celebrating the capture of Bentiu by the rebels,” it is regrettable that the former United Nations Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide would justify a massacre committed along ethnic lines. This is double standards.

The Permanent Representative also claims that “the Government sees UNMISS as a critical partner in South Sudan”, this is in contradiction to the statements made by the President of the Republic of South Sudan as reported by the BBC News Africa (on 21 January, 2014) in which  the President claims he “…did not know when the UNMISS was brought to South Sudan, they were brought as a parallel government with the government in South Sudan;” he then went on to say “they fell short of naming  the chief of UNMISS as a co-president of the Republic of South Sudan.”

The reality is that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan has abdicated its responsibility to the people of South Sudan to the United Nations. The government antagonizes UNMISS and yet they expect them to “…protect civilians, deliver humanitarian assistance, and promote respect for human rights.” This is the work of the government, and it is the failure to deliver the peace dividends nearly a decade on from the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (in 2005), that has also contributed to the conflict as the youth feel they have nothing to lose.

There is no excuse for the current state of institutional collapse in the Republic of South seeing that there was tremendous social and political will, both internally and externally. The governments of the IGAD countries and those of Troika spared no expense in providing opportunities to the young state for capacity building. The Republic of South Sudan has not been short of “understanding, compassion, and support in building a nation that can ensure peace, security, and development for its people” as the UN Permanent Representative for South Sudan would like the world to believe.

The Permanent Representative would also like the world to believe that “the reasons why charges against the four accused were eventually dropped was to foster efforts towards peace and reconciliation. The truth however, is that the case against these detainees was weak and the judge was going to throw out the case. “The Government has noticed that the court is going to prove that we are not guilty” stated former political detainee and legitimate Secretary General of the SPLM, Comrade Pagan Amum upon his release.

The government after supposedly releasing the detainees in the name of “efforts towards peace” detained their passports and denied them travel for medical treatment in violation of their civil rights and liberties. “The reason they didn’t travel is because some of them are giving irresponsible statements, and we did not cancel the case, but we dropped the process. So if they do not change their attitude we will reopen the case again,” stated the Minister of Information. This kind of intimidation and aggressive posturing does not build confidence, and is in principle an obstacle to peace.

The way forward out of the current political deadlock, and military stalemate is to have an honest, all inclusive dialogue that will address the root causes of the conflict. The solutions of the past have not worked, solutions such as “…balancing accountability with mutual accommodation” as suggested by the Permanent Representative is what has not worked in the past and has led to current dissatisfaction with the system. This is the reason that the masses of South Sudanese are now demanding a federal system of governance, which is what they have bravely fought for since 1947.

In conclusion, the “forgiveness and reconciliation” that the Permanent Representative is referring to cannot be achieved unless we address the root causes of the conflict. The current crisis in the country started as a crisis within the SPLM, which after December 15, has become an alarming national crisis. It is awfully disappointing that Dr. Francis Mading Deng a distinguished personality with such an illustrious career as a diplomat, a prominent elder, scholar and the former UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide would defend a massacre that took place before the eyes of the whole world on the twentieth anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide.

Cpt. Mabior Garang de Mabior

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

May, 2014.

 


The leadership council of former SSLM/A congratulates President Salva Kiir

For Immediate Release
27/11/2013
The leadership council of former South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A) expresses its deepest appreciation and gratitude to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the C-in-C of the SPLA army, for issuing a Presidential decree on November, 25th , appointing the top leadership of SSLM/A to the positions of power as agreed during the negotiation on power-sharing and security arrangements.
The appointments of top military and political leaders of the SSLM/A fulfilled most of our demands negotiated by the SSLM/A with the Armed Groups Integration Committee under Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka. As per the demands of SSLM/A on power-sharing and security arrangements, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the SPLA Chief-of-General-staff accepted the followings:
1.     SSLA is given the army position of one Lt. General;
2.     The SSLA is given five Maj. Generals;
3.     The SSLA is given six Brig. Generals;
4.     The remaining ranks from Colonel up to NCOs shall be arranged based upon the strength of forces of SSLA;
5.     The political wing of SSLM is given one adviser to the office of the President and two ambassadors;
6.     In Upper Nile and Unity states, the SSLM’s political wing is awarded one adviser to the governor of Upper Nile and one minister and adviser to the Governor of Unity State.
The aforementioned positions, awarded to the SSLM/A, have been confirmed by the Presidential decree of Nov., 25th and the gubernatorial decrees already issued by the governors of Upper Nile and Unity states. What remained now in all the peace processes is an effort to bring on board the remaining rebel movements that are still at large and are yet to be persuaded to respond to Presidential amnesty that was granted by President Kiir in April, 2013.
We seriously encourage and call upon David Yau Yau to respond to peace offered by President Kiir to bring peace and unity among the people of South Sudan. Despite the bitter feelings which communities in Jonglei have due to internecine cattle rustling violence, we appeal to the elders of Murle, Nuer and Dinka in Jongle state to embrace peace and unity to address the protracted violence that affected their communities.
We therefore appeal to the international community to support and assist President Kiir in his endeavor to bring peace and tranquility to the Republic of South Sudan. Bringing peace in South Sudan by stopping political and communal violence is not a responsibility that should be left to President Kiir alone. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) must also play its role in assisting President Kiir to consolidate unity and peace in South Sudan.
 
For Contact:
Mr. Gordon Buay
Spokesman of the Leadership Council of SSLM/A

By E.E. Dantès

Firstly, if one cannot stand up by putting a face or their name to a statement they believe in, maybe they should not state or write it at all. That said, I would like to respond to some things raised by the unnamed author of “South Sudan: In Jonglei, David Yau Yau is not the Problem.”

(1)  The author wrote, “In post-independence South Sudan the majority of rebel leaders have been Nuer and there have been no, insignificant (sic), Dinka rebel leaders; the biggest tribal group in South Sudan, occupying both presidential posts to date. Why should they rebel?” 

This is a laughably sad condescending statement. For the record, (a) In post-independent South Sudan, there has been only one president, so the both” the author is referring to does not make sense. (b) Equating a presidential post to be a satisfactory factor of not having a grievance is as an absurd statement as saying that African-Americans have no grievances because Obama is the president. It is plain silly to say that Jieng (aka Dinka) have no reasons to rebel because the president is a Jieng. This statement infers that Jieng are the SOLE beneficiaries of the presidency, this is a falsehood something many NGOs working in Jieng homeland can corroborate. (c) Ido not know how one determines significance of rebel leaders but I think there was a certain George Athor not so long ago whose personal grievances were not amalgamated to mean a greater cause of Pigi his home county.

(2)  …“but at a much lower scale the motivation of the Murle is the same as Palestinians, who want their own state within South Sudan.The Murle and DYY are also not the only ones in todays South Sudan who are campaigning for greater self-determination – just take a look at the ongoing low-level shilluk rebellion against the Dinka in Upper Nile State.”

Wow! Really? (a) There is an ocean between Palestinian issues and Murle – they cannot be compared whatsoever even in a context of this supposed notion of self-determination by the Murle people. The two causes are incomparable – even the ideological definition of self-determination is different among the Palestinians and the Murle (on a personal note, I think it is an insult to the Palestinian cause). (b) In addition, the supposed rebellion against Jieng for self-determination in Upper Nile is just a palpable fib. This is perpetuating falsehood of big bad Jieng,hell bent on destroying and colonising the minority. Firstly, the Upper Nile State is a home to three peoples, Collo (aka Shilluk) Kingdom, Jieng and Naath (aka Nuer). The Collo Kingdom is the home to some of the most influential people in the history of Sudan namely: Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, Pagan Amum, Gen. Oyai Deng Ajak, Dr. Lam Akol (leader of SPLM-DC) and Baguot Amum (Pagan’s sister and wife of late Nyancigak, SPLA Commander from Murle). Secondly, historically the Collo lived on the west bank of the river Nile during the British colonial times while Jieng and Naath lived on the eastern bank. However, during the wars, people were continually displaced and subsequently Collo settled along the eastern bank resulting in frictions with Jieng around the areas of Lul and Anakdiaar. Thirdly, in relation to various rebellions in Upper Nile, namely that of Gabriel Tanginya and Johnson Oliny, these were not specifically against Jieng or Nuer but against the government in Juba. Tanginya was unhappy with the terms and rewards of incorporation into the SPLA. Oliny on the other hand was unhappy how his ancestral community was treated. Oliny’s community straddles the Sobat River, which marks the southern border of Upper Nile State and northern border of Jonglei State. During rainy season, the people migrate from one side of the river to the other, essentially crossing state borders. The community therefore fell through the bureaucracy as the two state governments passed them back and forth and not accepting them into one state. This was not the fault of Jieng or Nuer community but that of the government. Fourthly, no Jieng has ever been a governor in Upper Nile in post-independent South Sudan. Therefore using Upper Nile State as an example shows how the author has no understanding of the issues in South Sudan.

(3)  “I have no sympathy for DYY I don’t know how many crimes he has committed and few people do……….. Very few Murle people actually subscribe to DYY’s political agenda, if such a thing can be said to exist, but he has become a last resort for community protection among the Murle.”

This is a glaringly contradictory statement from the author who equated Murle’s grievances with Palestine’s cause and Yauyau’s stated political agenda as similar. The author stated that Murle wanted a state of their own in South Sudan something, which Yauyau actually said was an objective of his rebellion. Therefore, how can the author back away and say that Murle do not subscribe to Yauyau’s political agenda? The author also says, Yauyau has become a resort for community protection, against whom?

(4)  …“the forced disarmament campaign exacerbated the tensions targeting the minority group, the Murle.”

 This is an astonishingly dishonest statement from the author. I do not know whether the author is aware that Anyuak, Jieng, and Lou were the first to be disarmed in 2006 in Jonglei and Murle were not. Small Arms Survey reports are quite insightful. Just to give a bit of context, in 2005 Lou Nuer and Jieng of Duk clashed for the first since peace was agreed between Jieng and Nuer. The government for whatever reasons decided between January and March in 2006 to forcibly disarm people. It conducted a preferential disarmament campaign targeting in Jonglei, Nuer, Jieng and Anyuak. Jieng and Anyuak handed their weapons in peacefully although woman, girls and children suffered abuses in the rural areas and were promised compensation by then Governor Philip Thon Leek. That promise was not kept. Nuer on the other hand refused citing the fact that Murle and Jikany Nuer of Upper Nile still had arms. This led to a confrontation in May in which 400 SPLA and 1,200 Lou Nuer were killed. SPLA committed many atrocities as a result while the UN, many NGOs and commentators turned a blind eye. Nuer blamed Jieng and the government because the General, Kuol Dim, who was in charge of disarmament in Jonglei was a Jieng.

Thereafter, Lou repeatedly harassed Duk County until in May 2007 Jieng of Duk ë Padiet retaliated and looted 20,000 heads of cattle and killed unknown number of people. Here is a summary (Most of it from Small Arms survey, News Reports, IRIN Website, International Crisis Group and academic journal articles):

Jan – May 2006:

SPLA disarms Jieng and Anyuak peacefully, Lou resists, and 1,200 are killed. Lou Nuer rearms within 18 months (ICG).

May 2007:

Duk ë Padiet clash with Lou over grazing rights resulting in Jieng looting 20,000 heads of cattle.

July 2007:

Murle attack Akobo. Hundreds are killed (no concrete figure is given).

October 2007:

Murle abducts two children from Bor County.

Nov. 2007:

Murle kills 8 and steals, 7,000 heads of cattle in Padak in Bor County. The Murle raiders are pursued but they ambushed the pursuers and kill 21 Jieng while they lose only six.

Jan 2008:

Murle attack Anyuak in Pochalla County, kills 26, and takes 105 cattle.

Then due to census and other things 2008 threats by Jieng of Bor County to raid Murle things quiet down.

Jan. 2009:

Murle attacks Lou in Akobo kills 300.

March 2009:

Murle attacks Wuror and kills 600-750

March 2009:

Lou attack Murle in Lokuangole and kills 450

April 2009:

Murle attacks Lou in Akobo and kills 250

May 2009:

Lou attacks Jikany in Upper Nile and kills 71 (Nuer against Nuer).

August 2009:

(a)  Lou attacks Jieng in Wernyol in Twic East County twice killing 11 and 47 on each occasion.

(b)  Murle attacks Lou in Mareng killing 185.

Sept 2009:

Lou attacks Duk ë Padiet killing 167.

Then everything goes relatively quiet because of referendum and the elections and 2010 passes without major incidents in Jonglei.

Feb. 2011:

Murle attacks Wuror County and kills eight.

April 2011:

Lou Nuer attack Lokuangole, in Pibor County kills 200 Murle.

June 2011:

Lou Nuer attacks Gumuruk and Lokuangole, in Pibor County, 400 Murle and 398,000 heads of cattle looted. Nuer Youth also reports on the Internet that Jieng has joined them.

August 2011:

Murle attacks Wuror County and kill 750 Lou Nuer.

Dec 2011:

Murle attacks Jalle in Bor County and kills 42

Jan. 2012:

(a) Lou Nuer attacks Lokuangole and Pibor and kills between 1,000 – 3,000 Murle.

(b) Murle attacks Duk county and kill 47 people while they are under attack! One thought they would be busy defending themselves!

Feb: 2012:

Murle attacks Anyidi in Bor County and kills nine Jieng and in retaliation, Jieng in Bor Town kills seven.

March 2012:

Murle attacks Nyirol County and kills 30 Lou Nuer

March 2012:

Murle attacks and kills 225 in Ethiopia and within Jonglei.

If one does the math, it is quickly apparent that the Murle are not a targeted victim minority that the author makes them out to be. It is quiet clear that they are very aggressive and have been the primary source of instability in Jonglei at least since the signing of CPA in 2005.

Commentary

Jonglei State has many problems stemming from weak governance at both state and national level. Certainly, taking sides and misinforming the world will not help the local people whether they are Jieng, Naath or Murle. The fundamental problem in Jonglei lies in the fact that the state is vast with no strong civil administrative institutions. (1) All ofSouth Sudan is aggrieved, from a bad government. (2) Ethnicity is used as an excuse for impunity. When Abel Alier was the Head of HEC in 70s following Addis Ababa Peace Agreement, the Equatorians cried “Dinka! Dinka! We want Kokora (re-division of Southern Sudan).” When Joseph Lagu headed HEC everyone cried, “Madi! Madi! How many are there? (Madi being a minority group).”Since 70s, South Sudan is being slowly Balkanized. (3) Nobody knows why Murle is fighting unarmed Jieng civilians. When Athor went to the bush, he had personal grievances and the whole of Atar (his home constituent) did not follow him because their issues are not personified in Athor. However, Yauyau has been used to excuse Murle’s atrocities against other civilians. People say Yauyau has a grievance (what is it? And against whom?), and then they add that he is standing up for his community (really? What if those in Pigi, Duk, Twï, Bor, Wuror, Nyirol, Pochalla and Akobo – frequent victims of Murle start standing up for themselves, what happens?). (4). All guns must be laid down at all cost either voluntarily or forcefully and people have to talk or else everyone should be left to their own devices the latter being Somalianization of Jonglei.

(5) David Yauyau is a problem in Jonglei State if not the major problem in Jonglei State primarily because of his sponsors in Khartoum (see Eric Reeves’ blog from comprehensive analysis). He is exacerbating pre-existing tribal tensions into something much bigger by politicising it with illogical demands of separate statehood for the Murle. If the UN and NGOs want impunity to end in South Sudan and all rebellions to die out like the M23 inD.R. Congo, then they must do to Khartoum what UN did to Rwanda. The West must impose embargoes and sanctions to deny people like Yauyau supplies and sources to continuously fuel the rebellion. The UN and NGOs must stop the glaring biased approach with they have adopted in South Sudan and must stop undermining the South Sudanese government in the name of selective human rights protection.


For Immediate Release
October, 8, 2013
The leadership Council of former SSLM/A thanked President Salva Kiir Mayardit for pardoning Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tang, Maj. Gen. Gatwec Dual, Maj. Gen. Thomas Mabor Dhol, Brig. Gen. Gatwec Joak and Hon. Peter A. Sule. The decree issued by the President to pardon the aforementioned individuals demonstrated to the whole world that Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is personally committed to unite the people of South Sudan.
There is no doubt that Presiddent Kiir’s leadership style, and his quest to keep South Sudan united, saved the referendum during the transitional period and led to the independence of South Sudan on July, 9, 2011. When President Kiir signed Juba Declaration with late Maj. Gen. Paulino Matip in 2006, there were officers within the SPLA army who opposed the unity of the people of South Sudan. However, President Kiir imposed unity in the country and South Sudan Defense Forces of Paulino Matip were all integrated into the organized forces of South Sudan.
In April, 2013, President Kiir issued another decree pardoning all rebels fighting the government of South Sudan to pave the way for the unity of the country. The SSLM/A, under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Bapiny Monytuil Wecjang, responded to the Presidential amnesty and accepted peace in the South. On September, 28, 2013, the group of Lt. Gen. Ayuok Ogat and Lt. Gen. Gordon Koang Chol responded to the Presidential amnesty and accepted peace with the government of South Sudan.
The pardoning of Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tang and others ushered in New South Sudan Order of peace and tranquility in the country. This order of peace will soon be extended to Jonglei State where negotiations are underway between the government and the forces of Maj. Gen. David Yau Yau. There is no question that the peace which has now prevailed in Unity and Upper Nile states shall be extended to Jonglei state so that civilians will enjoy peace and development. The only way for the government of South Sudan to deliver services to the people is to secure a sustainable peace in the rural areas of South Sudan so that construction of roads shall not be interrupted by any form of violence.
We therefore appeal to the international community to support the government of South Sudan financially, morally and diplomatically to integrate all former rebels into the organized forces of South Sudan. Nation-building through cultivation of peace requires a lot of investment in humans as well as infrastructure. The international community must assist South Sudan to realize peace through investment.
For Contact: Gordon Buay
Spokesman of the Leadership Council of the former rebels that signed peace with the Government of South Sudan

Statement about the Memorandum between the SPLM-N, the UN, the AU and the Arab League on Humanitarian Assistance to the South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

This evening, August 4, 2012 in Addis Ababa, the SPLM-N delegation signed the memorandum with the African Union, the Arab League and the United Nations on humanitarian assistance to the war affected civilian populations in Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan.  Our main consideration is to respond to the catastrophe and the crisis that is one year old now as a result of Khartoum denying access to the needy displaced persons.  This is the second memorandum we have signed with the tripartite group.  The first was on February 18, 2012 and it did not work.  Our main reservation on this memorandum is that the whole operation is dependent on the consent of the Government of Sudan to give access to the SPLM-N controlled areas.  We have a long experience with the Sudan government and if we don’t betray our memory and our experience, the Sudan government is not going to delivery on this memorandum and they will put all obstacles on earth to fail it.  The only window of opportunity and hope is that the African Union and the UN Security Council and the activists all over the world will continue to put pressure on the Sudan government to seriously and timely implement this document, otherwise half a million from the civilian populations in the two areas will become hostage in the hands of Bashir and the National Congress, who will continue sentencing them to death.  General Bashir’s intention is to lift the pressure on him by signing this document and to put up all obstacles.  It is not to operationalize it until the end of the rainy season, and as usual, he will go on summer offensive by early November.  We signed the document hoping it is going to work and no one can blame the victims but rather the perpetrators.

Yasir Arman

Secretary General, SPLM-N

August 4, 2012


Fellow comrades in the liberation struggle of our people and nation, country mates and friends in global Revolutions; it is a profound gratitude on behalf of the revolutionaries to eloquent {our} position {as} of SSPLAM on the necessity of revolt, and our continue the commitment for regime change, in the republic of South Sudan.

We {SSPLAM} never reached, and never have any plan to reach a deal with the SPLM regime as it has been speculated by some few individuals within the ranks and structure of the revolutionary force. The so-called people who surrender themselves to the corrupt and the tribal Government of South Sudan did so, on their own individual capacity, but not as organization. Those are the rotten potatoes within the revolutionary organization, and they made up such a decision to safe guide their individual interests, which is against the will and interests of the organization.

SSPLAM is a revolution organization of the people and people’s choice and interest is final; therefore, those who surrendered to the Government force are afraid of their fate. This is because the revolutionary movement is on the restructuring and reorganization process, as well adapting of policies of deployment, whereas the right person is deployed in wright place, more so, investigating of some series of cases pertaining the abuse of power and office.

Those who sensed, they are guilty and are in great fear of the cause of justices, as well in fear of losing their ranks and position within the structure and the system of the Revolutionary organization. To cover up their entire shame, decided to surrender to the Government, and preached a wrong doctrine that, they have signed a peace deal with the government on behalf of the Revolutionaries.

SSPLAM is a democratic movement, and our principal objective is so clear, that is to strive for the achievement of political and economic self-determination for all South Sudanese in United Country. Therefore, we are ready for peace and progress in Sudan, Africa, and the World at large, but this very peace will not be achieved (by) under, the current regime in Juba.

To achieve lasting peace as well political and economic self-determination of the people of this great Nation, it is vital to change the SPLM’s regime, as this is the only option, and a way forward, for this country, and us.

We (SSPLAM) will therefore continue to forge unite of common purpose and work together with democrats, as well human rights conscience Revolutionary forces in the Country, to bring regime change in south Sudan.

Attached is our “officialdom Communiqué, on the necessity of the regime change in South Sudan

For Peace, Justices and Prosperity for All;

Cde. John Sunday Martin

ADC for foreign Affairs (Office of the Chairman and Commander In Chief)

The South Sudan people’s Liberation Movement Army (SSPLMA)

E-mail: sspla.foreignaffairs

Communique of sspla.pdf


Reasons behind the defection of Maj. Gen. James Duit Yiech
For Immediate Release
Joint Statement of SSDF, NDF, SSLA and SSDA
Date: 07/05/2012

The leadership of South Sudan revolutionary forces would like to clarify to the world the reasons behind the defection of Maj. Gen. James Duit Yiech with one hundred and thirty soldiers to the forces of corruption (SPLA) on May, 05, 2012. The media of corrupt government in Juba fabricated and concocted reasons behind his defection to deceive the people of South Sudan in away to make it appear that a large number of revolutionary forces surrendered to the forces of corruption. In fact, Maj. Gen. James Duit Yiech defected to the forces of corruption with only one hundred and thirty soldiers. What is reported by the forces of corruption that he defected with two hundred and fifteen soldiers is untrue.
Prior to his defection, the leadership of revolutionary forces held an emergency meeting in Maban to discuss the consolidation of military alliance of all rebel Movements and the need to establish a political organ that would serve as basis of National Transitional Council (NTC). The meeting discussed mobilization and strategy of the liberation struggle and concluded the followings points:

1. The success of any armed liberation movement depends on the effectiveness and efficiency of its mobilization strategies to reach out to the target groups for support in terms of human resources to voluntarily join its operations to faster its liberation purposes.
2. The dissolution of the current government of the Republic of South Sudan so as to be replaced by a national broad-base, multiparty system of government, agreed upon by all the political forces, revolutionary forces and civil society organizations.
3. To install and promote the culture of respect for human rights, and democracy, as well as good governance and rule of law for the benefits of all citizens of South Sudan.
4. In order for revolutionary forces to be effective in spearheading a national liberation struggle against the regime in Juba, it was agreed that they needed to extend their operations to Greater Equatoria. Since Greater Equatoria is the heart of SPLM regime and also the seat of National Government, fighting the regime within Greater Equatoria territories will hit the regime in Juba so hard that both the international community and South Sudanese community will feel the presence of revolutionary forces.
5. The restructuring of the military command of revolutionary forces is a prerequisite for the operational successes against the forces of corruption. It was agreed that old commanders must be replaced by young and educated officers in the field. It was also agreed that high school, college and university graduates must replace the less educated in commanding the battalions of revolutionary forces to fight effectively. The idea of replacing old commanders with young ones was precipitated by the notion that no organization—be it political or none-political—could ever be effective in society, and successfully executes its programs, as well as attain its vision, without proper organizational structures.
6. The revolutionary forces need to identify ethnic groups in South Sudan that are marginalized and are subjugated by the SPLM regime in order to be the backbone of the revolutionary forces.

As a result of the points agreed upon by the leadership of the revolutionary forces in the meeting, Lt. Gen. Gordon Koang Chol ordered the replacement of Maj. Gen. James Duit Yiech and Brig. Gen. James Duoth Lam. The former is a sixty eight year-old man and the latter is sixty seven and both are too old to effectively command. As it was agreed that young and educated officers must command the battalions of the revolutionary forces, Lt. Gordon Koang appointed university graduates from North America to replace Maj. Gen. James Duit Yiech and Brig. Gen. James Duoth Lam.

The new policy of replacing old commanders with young and educated officers didn’t sit well with James Duit Yiech and James Duoth Lam. Their defection to forces of corruption on May, 05, 2012 was caused by their rejection of accepting to serve as military advisors instead to command the battalions.

The defection of the two old men will not affect the revolutionary forces and it is a blessing in disguise because the transformation of military structures within revolutionary forces will be realized without them. People may wonder whether Salva Kiir will keep sixty eight and sixty seven year olds in the ranks and file of his forces without violating the law of retirement. It is a normal practice among civilized people all over the world that people approaching seventy can no longer serve in the army. If Salva Kiir would rely on using outdated soldiers like James Duit Yiech and James Duoth Lam, it follows logically that the young and educated officers of the revolutionary forces will defeat the forces of corruption without spending much energy.

The allegations made by the regime in Juba that the revolutionary forces are being supported by the government of Sudan are lies and James Duit Yiech was prepared and advised to make false accusations to suit the propaganda of Juba. We would state, in no uncertain terms, that the forces of SSDF, SSLA, NDF and SSDA do not receive any financial or military support from Sudan government. The main supplier of our forces is the regime of Salva Kiir whose forces defected to the rebel forces with cars and weapons. The cars shown on South Sudan Television are SPLA army cars and do not belong to forces of James Duit Yiech. Maj. Gen. James Duit Yiech and Brig. Gen. James Duoth Lam defected to the forces of corruption without cars. The corrupt regime of Juba gave them SPLA cars to take pictures in order to consolidate its false accusation that the Sudan government supports the revolutionary forces. The truth is that James Duit Yiech defected to the forces of corruption without cars.

In conclusion, we would like to inform the people of South Sudan that James Duith Yiech and James Duoth Lam defected to the forces of corruption because they rejected to be replaced by young and educated officers who would safeguard the democratic revolution. It is the belief of the revolutionary forces that young and educated South Sudanese should be the one commanding the forces because without educated military officers, it would be difficult to preserve democratic government in South Sudan after the total elimination and destruction of Salva Kiir’s regime. To prepare the South for democratic transformation, the leadership of revolutionary forces decided to replace all field commanders of the rebel forces with officers who graduated from universities and Colleges. After the defection of James Duit Yiech, the forces of SSDF in Maban, Longichuk and Maiwut counties are now commanded by university graduates from North America.

Signed,
1. Lt. Gen. Gordon Koang, head of SSDF
2. Maj. Gen. James Gai Yoach. Head of SSLA
3. Maj. Gen. Johnson Olony, head of SSDA
4. Maj. Gen. Thomas Thiel, head of NDF
Email: southsudanliberationarmy@hotmail.com
Email:ssdmssda@hotmail.com

Response from Gatluak Nyak Titit
Hello guys,
If the defection of Duit Yiech and Duoth Lam was caused by rejection of being replaced by Gordon Koang Chuol with young and graduate officers, how old is Gordon Koang Chuol and what was his educational background? I think that was simply a justifiable idea to relief the stresses facing the remained leaders on the North Sudan. As well, it is not true that the main supplier of their forces is the regime of Salva Kiir rather Bashir’s dictating government.
Although James Duoth and James Duit defected for that reason, they made a remarkable decision at the right time at the right place. However, there is no person from North American University graduate commanding the forces of SSDF in Maban, Longichuk and Maiwut counties after the defection of James Duit Yiech. That is false information since those counties are still under the President Kirr’s leadership.
Most of the people who are Longichuk and Maiwut descendants are having their own issues fearing them to join their people as a result of the wrong things done under the Pinylik (Something Jikany) moment.
If “it is the belief of the revolutionary forces that young and educated South Sudanese should be the one commanding the forces because without educated military officers, it would be difficult to preserve democratic government in South Sudan”, are those young educated having a good understanding of their mission and plan to lead the nation? That is not true also because during the SPLA/M period there were a lot of misunderstandings among the most educated leaders (DR. Garang, Dr. Lam and Dr. Riek) that led to defection (Nasir Declaration) of Dr Riek and Dr Lam from Dr Garang. Therefore, the clarification to the world about the reasons behind the defection of Maj. Gen. James Duit Yiech with one hundred and thirty soldiers to the forces of SPLA on May, 05, 2012 is not true either.
I believe that the people who need the stability of the Republic of South Sudan will deeply appreciate the great decision made by James Duoth Lam and James Duit Yiech. And both of them should receive a warm welcome, and therefore, to disempower the notion of food fighters bribed by President Omar (Muul) Al-Bashir to fight their own people.
Duit Yiech…OYEEE
Duoth Lam…. OYEEE
South Sudanes Unity………..OYEEE
Republic of South Sudan……………………OYEEEEEEEEE
Regards,
Gatluak Nyak Titit
Victoria, Australia
Dear Gatluak,
Did you tell John Garang before 2005 to stop fighting and join the government in Khartoum to “bring change from within”? We have decided that change in South Sudan will come through barrel of the gun. We spent 2.5 million to get independence. We can also spend 3 million to get rid of Salva Kiir.If you are with Salva Kiir, that is your own choice and when we come to fight your friend, prepare to defend yourself. I am not somebody who can be persuaded that war is bad. War is good as long as it will lead to demise of Salva Kiir like Muamar Gaddafi.

The line is drawn: EITHER YOU ARE WITH ME OR AGAINST ME. If you are on the side of Salva Kiir, prepare yourself for war. When I say that change in South Sudan will come from barrel of the gun, I am not joking. Nobody in this world will convince me that war is bad.

When Peter Gatdet defected to SPLA last year, a lot of naive people thought that the rebellion would come to an end. SSLA existed without Gatdet and became stronger without him. The same thing to the defection of James Duit Yiech and James Duoth Lam who do not want to accept generational change. Gordon Koang made it clear that young people should be empowered to lead the rebellion against Salva Kiir’s regime. Thomas Duoth Makuach, who was murdered together with George Athor, was an American citizen.Dr Simon Thor Kuon, who has a PhD from Canada, is now in Maban together with Gordon Koang because he left his family in Canada in order to liberate his people from tribal government in Juba. There are other five Nuer from USA and Canada in the field with them but they are not known to supporters of corruption in Juba. Very soon, those who are celebrating the capitulation of James Duit Yiech will be mourning when they hear the news that will come from Upper Nile State. The revolutionary forces in Upper Nile are composed of highly educated guys who are now planning military attacks against the forces of corruption and government of Simon Kun Puoch. It is a matter of time that Malakal town itself will be burning.The South Sudan revolutionaries are fighting to get rid of satan in Juba. Even if they get help from Osama Bin Laden, there is nothing wrong with that as long as it will lead to demise of Salva Kiir. John Garang got assistance from Sadiq Al-Mahdi who onced fought him. There is nothing wrong for a smart person to kill Salva Kiir with Bashir’s stick.Gordon Buay
DEAR Buay Malek Chuol,
The real South South Sudanese are thinking about the peace and the development of the Republic of South Sudan. Anyone against that idea like you should not pretend himself to be a South Sudanese. The SPLA/M opponents are those who are challenging the current system systematically but not through war.
If you think you will get rid of President Kiir from South Sudan leadership, do not just talk in Canada, go and join President Omar Al-Bashir’s bribed forces and come to South Sudan and fight for your food.
I would encourage you to go back to your right tracks of developing the peaceful way to challenge the SPLM’s current system. That language of war will not bring prosperity to our country even though you will be the  next president as you predicted last year in the black house. Everyone has been waiting for you to have been announced as a successor of President Kiir but nothing  has been heard since then. I think you failed to do so.
Anyway, your ideas are very supportive in term of challenging the system but it seems as you are assassinating your  political career if you are.
Regarding your question whether the First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, and the former Sudan People Libration Army/Moment Dr. John Garang Deng Mabior was encouraged to stop war and change the system within, No ONE could have done that because we were fighting for freedom of the Southern Sudanese at that time. It is not anyway the same as what is happening in the South Sudanes rebels of today who are just fighting for individual interest not for the public interest.
The reality today in the South Sudan is that there is a dissatisfactions in some cases that make other citizens unhappy…… However, the corruption you have mentioned frequently should not be addressed through war although we know it exists, but through peaceful and systematic challenge in the South Sudan Medias, and through campaigns where the contested candidates can throughout all things that reveal the misrepresentation and mismanagement of the country budget. If there is a corruption in the South Sudan, it will never be eradicated of the country through a bribery war from North Sudan.
Regarding your question whether the First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, and the former Sudan People Libration Army/Moment Dr. John Garang Deng Mabior was encouraged to stop war and change the system within, No ONE could have done that because we were fighting for freedom of the Southern Sudanese at that time. It is not anyway the same as what is happening in the South Sudanes rebels of today who are just fighting for individual interest not for the public interest.
The reality today in the South Sudan is that there is a dissatisfactions in some cases where some of the citizens are not happy…… However, the corruption you have mentioned frequently (in South Sudan) should not be addressed through war although we know it exists, but through peaceful and systematic challenge in the South Sudan Medias, and through campaigns where the contested candidates can throughout all things that reveal the misrepresentation and mismanagement of the country budget. If there is a corruption in the South Sudan, it will never be eradicated of the country through a bribery war from North Sudan. You need to create your own party because your needs will not be accommodated by the other person’s leadership.
You did not answere whether Gordon Koang Chuol is both young and educated among the other young educated, and  ellegible to re-arrange his officers’ positions. Still the explanation you have given again doen not help. The reality is that James Duoth and James Duit had decided to reject the bribery mission of Omar Al-Bashir to fight South Sudanes. Dennying this fact will never help you in your daily steps.
The rejection of Pastor Thor Kon Yuot of his honourable career will never help him successful in that bribery politic. South Sudan is government nowaday, and therefore need to bear in mind that jumping onto wrong side will result on the individual including yourself. Although it is having a corrupt minded individuals, defection of its own native will never overthrow its leadership.
To be successful, you need to join South Sudanese politics practically and endorse your ideas. Dr. Lam Akol is better than everyone of those who are bribed by Omar to fight your own people because he stay in South Sudan challenging government’s daily activities. That is how politic go. I was and still so sorry about the death of our brother you mentioned alongwith George Athor. He was so beloved man but died on the wrong side. I was so sad during the news of his death since I knew him physically and practically. So, as a future leaders, we need to educate ourselves to challenge individuals within the system while together.
Gordon, you are well aware of the Werstern politics that opposition stay in the same parliament with the ruling party throwing the relavant ideas that will convince the votes during the election. That is what we the Young South Sudanese should do instead of encouraging and support our people who defecting from our government to join the enemy. Their death in their attack on the land of the South Sudan will be like death of oxen killed for (Lualdit or Kuth Jiakni) Satan.
Your ideas are so strong brother Buay that might lead us to the good governance but you need to change your direction. I personally support most of your Ideas but now, I regrete to support this idea.
 
Regards,
 
Gatluak Nyak



For immediate Release

SSLA AND SSDA APPOINTED MAJ. GEN. DAVID YAUYAU AS JONGLEI COMMANDER

SSDA and SSLA military leadership, Jonglei, South Sudan

April, 15, 2012

The leadership of SSDA and SSLA appointed Maj. Gen. David Yauyau as the overall commander of revolutionary forces in Jonglei state today on April, 15, 2012. Maj. Gen. David Yauyau returned to revolutionary forces after discovering that the government in Juba is a tribal entity which does not believe in democracy and ethnic equality. After signing an agreement with the government in Juba in July, 2011, he realized that Salva Kiir is not a man of peace but a tribal bigot and a corrupt person who doesn’t care about the future of South Sudan.
The leadership of SSLA and SSDA congratulated his timely return to the revolutionary forces and is now commissioned to lead the forces of SSDA and SSLA in Jonglei state. He is also charged to bring Nuer and Murle youth together and direct their energies towards regime change in Juba. Maj. Gen. David Yauyau is a very popular figure in Murle community and he is highly respected by the Nuer in Jonglei state. There is no question that he will manage to liberate the entire Jonglei state from Kuol Manayang Juuk who is currently terrorizing the Nuer and Murle communities.
The leadership of SSLA and SSDA is therefore urging civilians to evacuate Bor town in ten days. The revolutionary forces will attack Gov. Kuol Manayang Juuk in the town to liberate the people of Jonglei from tribal bigotry and corruption. All civilians in Bor should leave the town for their own safety before the revolutionary forces attack.
The SSDA and SSLA also warn all civilians not to travel by car between Bor and Juba towns. Starting from April, 20, 2012, no vehicle would be allowed either to go to Bor town or Juba. We give civilians five days to make necessary arrangements to evacuate their belongings before the road is closed. Civilians can use cars before April, 20, 2012 which is the deadline to close the road between Bor and Juba. Any vehicle which would attempt to leave Bor town after April, 20, 2012 will be responsible for any misfortune that will inflict it. Our forces will not be responsible for the welfare of civilians who refuse to heed our warning that no car should travel between Bor and Juba after April, 20, 2012.

For contact:
Information Department
SSLA and SSDA headquarters
Jonglei, South Sudan
Email: southsudanliberationarmy@hotmail.com

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