Those Who Beat The Drums of War and Do No Go to War Themselves
By Duop Nyidar*.
Feb 21, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Politics can be dirty, alright, but it can also be instrumental in the leadership development of a politician. Politics is dirty because a politician can be unpredictable as the weather in the tropical forests. I chose this topic because we tend to forget what one said yesterday and will go at length today to destroy the very ideas he advocated yesterday. We are all agreed in the beginning of President Kiir’s tenure, despite our tribal/ethnic backgrounds, that he is not the right person to lead us. The mistakes, in fact crimes, that Kiir had committed, convinced us that we had erred to choose Kiir as our leader. The irony in this story is that the very people who first realized that Kiir was not the “chosen one” are at our throats now defending Salva as the legitimate leader. Without much ado, let us read what our politicians said about Kiir’s regime. These statements were taken verbatim on December 13th 2012 in the residence of Bior Ajang Duot (Bior Asuat) during the memorial service of the slain brave, passionate and young journalist Isaiah Abraham.
The majority of those who talked were from greater Bor politicians. They talked at the top of their voices and if you reflect back at what they are doing now in betrayal to their brother and son Isaiah, you conclude that politics is really dirty.
Please read some of the extracts from their speeches:
Hon. Deng Dau Malek, MP, Twic East:
“…………….what are we doing in the government if the government is killing our people?”
Oyay Deng Ajak, Minister for National Security:
“…….I do not want people from Bor to resign from government. If it is confirmed that it is the national security who killed Isaiah I will resign from government. If the government is killing our people we will fight the government. We shouldn’t resign. In revolutionary school we were not taught to resign, we were taught to fight for reform”.
Dr. Majak Agoot, Deputy Minister for Defence:
“……quoting a Twic East paramount chief Dr. Agoot said “if a cow does not nurture its young one, it is sold ………or killed.”
Hon. James Kok Ruea, MP, Fangak:
“………..This country is being robbed………..The culture of murdering people by night is not Nilotic…………This is the government of Tiger, can Tiger kill a Tiger? Who is this government that is killing people? We in Jonglei cannot tolerate this!”
Despite their boastful and outraged speeches, none of the above rendered their resignations in protest of the heinous crime committed against their relative. Instead, they served under President Kiir as if nothing happened and kept singing the songs of praise to him. The killers of their loved one are never apprehended till today! What do these politicians say to poor Isaiah Abraham who died in order to protect their human rights and to shape a South Sudan informed by the rule of law, justice and equality? A South Sudan where children go to school, have medication and have food to eat.
But the most painful thing with this episode is that when President Kiir went berserk on December 15th 2013 and went about like the Biblical Pariah in Egypt killing Nuer and their children, some of these politicians applauded Kiir’s criminal act. It is to be mentioned that some of these politicians were arrested and released through the pressure of the SPLM/A –IO. They latter betrayed us and said they cannot support violence implying that they cannot join us (SPLM/A –IO) in the fight to remove President Kiir!
This is the type of politics we should reject in South Sudan, the politics of opportunism. Kiir cannot be removed by throwing chocolate at him. He has to be confronted militarily. The death of the innocent Nuer people and the death of innocent Isaiah Abraham are interconnected. They are orchestrated by a dictator who wants to enslave and starve us to death while he rules over our graves forever. Unless we unite we will be like the three bulls story told to us in Bonga by the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior.