A Huge Cloud Of Shame on Kiir Mayardiit’s Government!

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

Opinion

Former Ayod detainees celebrate with friends, family and relatives in Juba, South Sudan(Photo: Deng Makizz/Nyamilepedia)

Former Ayod detainees celebrate with friends, family and relatives in Juba, South Sudan(Photo: Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 9, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) 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.

8 comments

  • Thanks mr. Job Kiir for high lighting the main core of our Fate.

  • Gatkuoth Lok

    Many thanks indeed bro, for your well written article.I personally know that it is very difficult for many dinka bros n srs, to see South Sudan as it is, but they rather prefer to see this beloved country as they want it to look. That is the crux of our problem, so to speak. If we recognize the fact that South Sudan is composed of 64 n more ethnic groups, who have equal inalienable rights, to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, three of which Kiir abused and other more rights being bestowed on every south Sudanese of different walks of life, our country would remain good for life.

  • u,r good analyist bro u know those guys have been sold to death by makuei ,kuol & stupid BGLian inorder to attact twic east that nuer cannot spare z live of ur pple.go &fight revenge ur beloved sons of urs. we nuer we don,t have with dinka who doesn, t support salva kiir but those who support him even ugandan who do so.

  • generally i can say u,r not malaak ayuen no body can thank rebel in government control cities, i learn even makuei lueth borrow z word thank when he glorify Dr riek in first time himself makuei he become a rebel.

  • A good step in the right direction. Human life is very precious. So many innocent civilians are being killed for nothing,other than belonging to an ethnic tribe or clan. The gentlemen who got released, should immediately shoulder the role of mediation among ethnic communities for peace enhancements throughout the country. The best article ever seen, since Dec.15th.2013.

  • Pal Lual

    This article is a well writer by this analysis of the situation in South Sudan. I hope you’re a Dinka because this would mean a lot to South Sudan in the long run. This man (Riek) is mostly got misunderstood by majority of South Sudanese even the Nuer themselves. According to my observation, he has never have any intention to use Nuer as his opportunity as south Nuer leaders have. I very much disagreed with him in the release of those guys but he acts as a leader because at the end of the day it is a leader who knows what is best for his/her people in general and that’s what he did as sounded leader. So what else do we (South Sudanese) want from a leader? I think this is good enough as part of better leadership than seen from Juba administration as whole including the newly three released. For us to be better off from dictatorship, we have to credit those who do good to us as nation and discredit the mess makers. In this case we will build better leadership than killing as African leaders put in practice since day one of independent of each country.
    Thank you very much for your better analysis for who would be better leader for now to bring our destroyed country together without any more revenge in the future.

    • Yei

      I am really appreciating your article and thank you for doing that but for what I know you will be absolutely targeting from your clan instead of your community watch out. We all of us need to live in peace but I don’t see peace will be achieving with those poor neighbors whose created this problem with Kirr to get benefit from it. I Know many regions in dinka communities are not happy for what is going on right now in Southern Sudan with Uganda be a major threat for S. Sudan Citizens.

  • Kiir Garang,

    You are the man of wisdom, the man of patriotism, the man for unity, the man for peace, and the man for the stability of South Sudan. I agree with you that South Sudanese completely misunderstood what Dr. Riek Machar is standing for.

    Dr. Machar is more humble and more forgiver than majority of us all South Sudanese. I believe if Dr. Riek is given a chance, our country will more developed than Uganda and Ethiopia in few years and our people will be peace loving people for life. Dictators have never bring peace to the people they lead.