By Ustaz Izadin Suleman-
June 30, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — There are five most dangerous disease causing disunity, hatred and death among South Sudanese communities (1) Ignorance, (2) misunderstanding, (3) misinformation,(4) superiority complex and (5) lawlessness. These five diseases have their origin in the touch or mura.
1.Ignorance: In a country of multi-cultural diversity like South Sudan it is very uncouth for one ethnic community out of sixty-four to declare itself as born-to –rule. What about the other sixty-three ethnic groups; can they accept that they were born to be ruled by the Dinkas ? If that is the case there will be no true democracy in the Republic of South Sudan. Then the current war in South Sudan and the prolonged negotiation is the Dinka tactics to establish one-party system in South Sudan to guarantee Dinka domination over the rest of South Sudan ethnic communities.
2 – 3.Misunderstanding and Misinformation: the symptoms of the two diseases are similar in nature. When a particular ethnic group fails to understand the cultural values or the way the other community lives there is always misinformation or misinterpretation that this community hates that one. Take Equatoria and Western Bahr El ghazal as an example: The people of Western Equatoria are cheerful, God loving and they have embraced peaceful co-existence and mutual respect towards others. On the other hand they depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. The peaceful people of Western Bahr el Ghazal are totally living in terrible fear more especially at night and yet all the atrocities are being committed by one tribe the Dinka. Houses are looted and individuals are disappearing. People are not fearing now the rebels instead they are fearing their own Government forces.
In Yambio there had been hila Dinka since 1983 but with this idea that Dinkas were born to rule they (the Dinkas ) are turning against their host community and they are involved in serious crimes like burglary and murder . Yet the people of Western Equatoria believe in God and they always forgive and the only guideline for those who would like to reside in Western Equatoria is that they must adopt the culture of peace and the respect of the rule of law. Above all never allow your herds to roam the farm land or to destroy peoples’ crops in the fields.”
4. Superiority Complex : After conceiving the idea that “Dinkas are born to rule”, when a Dinka or group of Dinkas reaches to an area they have no respect for the natives nor the traditional leaders. They behave the way they were brought up from the muraa and they do everything by force. This type of arrogant behavior can be proved from the statement made by the late Dr. Justin Yatchi right after the signing of the CPA that : “The British and the Arabs ruled South Sudan for more than 50 years each, but the Dinkas will rule South Sudan for more than hundred years. Can these types of behaviors and arrogant statement enumerated make the none Dinka ethnic communities have confidence in the SPLM led government? I would like to hear an answer from either a South Sudanese or a member of the international community to this question.
THE TWO CONFLICTS THAT OCCURRED IN MUNDRI AND MARIDI COUNTIES IN WESTERN EQUATORIA
The people of Western Equatoria State have very good and accurate judgement about what is happening. They don’t blame any innocent Dinka who has been raring his cows in the muraa since time immemorial and has never caused problems of this nature with the people of Western Equatoria State. The Dinkas who used to bring cows for market purpose did in a prescribed manner, although there were some issues these were regulated before the court of justice. The current situation is the making of the SPLA generals. Because they are SPLM post holders, they can do anything they want to do, and so, they bought or looted cows from somewhere and armed their relatives with guns they have stolen from government stores and sent them to drive these cattle to Western Equatoria State. Indeed, it is the SPLA generals and their relatives who are the architects of the current conflicts in Western Equatoria State.
Instead for the Central Government to dig out what causes discomfort in Western Equatoria, the Green State, the Government ignorantly went on to label Western Equatoria as rebellious against the government of Salva Kiir. Worse on top, even some Dinkas in Diaspora we consider them as educated are also making false accusations against the people of Western Equatoria State that they are hating Dinkas on tribal ground.
If Dinkas were like other human beings who listen to advices, or who believe in God one would take time to give them a piece of advice, but a Dinka loves only a Dinka and trusts only a fellow Dinka because they believe themselves to be (mongiang) superior to all other ethnic communities in South Sudan.
5. Lawlessness: The killing of innocent civilians that started from Mundri has moved to Maridi and Juba is sending suicide squad to kill people in Maridi every night and there is a plan to continue killing people in Western Equatoria until Yambio the State headquarters as away to provoke the people into arm conflict for this is another way Kiir’s government thinks through war he can reduce and subdue the rest of the sixty three ethnic communities to become subordinate.
It is very unfortunate that the international community listens only to the despotic government of Kiir and ignores the suffering plight of the vulnerable groups, the children, mothers and elderly persons. God, come to the help of your people who are at the verge of ruin.
One senior officer in UPDF was asked: why are Uganda soldiers friendly to their people? He replied that it is because the acronym UPDF has no “A”. They are Uganda people Defense Force. When we use “A” which stands for Army, the army will use Arms to intimidate their own people. If the Government of Salva Kiir has the people at heart he should reform the army to a professional defense force.The present SPLA is still behaving worse than a rebel group.
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