THE INSECURITY IN EQUATORIA
By Dr Lako Jada Kwajok,
July 25, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Over the past few weeks and months, violence and insecurity engulfed central and western Equatoria states in an unprecedented manner. This time it wasn’t due to the activities of the infamous LRA or bandits as we were made to believe in the past. The covert operations of the US special forces, the UPDF and to some extent the arrows boys of western Equatoria, have largely diminished or abolished the security threats posed by the LRA. They have since fled to the Central African Republic and some of the commanders have already given up.
The rebels in Equatoria are well disciplined. They attack SPLA positions and convoys which are valid targets but never mistreated the civilian population. Attacking the civilians is against their principles and out of character of the Equatorians. The real culprit causing the insecurity is none other than the SPLA. You can see for yourself from the following account:
27/05/2015 : Western Equatoria minister of information, Charles Kisanga said – Death of county executive director, the late John Cleopa, can not be blamed on rebels as he was surrounded by the SPLA force.
06/06/2015 : Community leaders and politicians from WES have demanded SPLA unit in Mundri west county be relocated, owing to the gross misconduct of the soldiers. They strongly condemned their unruly behaviour and indiscipline which led to tragedy in Mundri.
03/07/2015 : WES governor Bakasoro, protested against the arrest of 36 youths from Maridi County by SPLA commandos. He called the act as unconventional given the fact that the state government was not informed. Two days earlier, the information minister accused the SPLA of using brutal tactics against citizens.
13/07/2015 : Central Equatoria State governor, Clement Wani Konga, condemned SPLA of brutality, unruly behaviour and an act of tribalism. The SPLA forces used tanks in shelling civilian areas.
Of late, governor Bakasoro stated that the SPLA has lost direction.
I am sure many of you still remember that incident in Maridi where a local citizen was shot dead just for voicing out his support for federalism.
All the above boil down to the following points to take notice of :
- There is no rule of law and no lawful due process. all over the world, commandos are used for special operations behind enemy lines mostly in jungles and in tough terrains. Only in South Sudan under the tribal regime of Salva Kiir, commandos arrest, torture and kill civilians inside towns.
The tribal regime is waging a dirty war against Equatorians. The use of tanks against unarmed civilians is a disgrace and an act of barbarism. The weakest armies in the world are those brutal to their own citizens and SPLA is no exception. The world has seen how the SPLA generals fled the battlefield near Bor with soldiers running in disarray for their dear lives. If not for the UPDF, the regime would have collapsed in few days. One thing I find unusual is that Museveni visited his troops in Bor town, but the SPLA commander – in – chief would not dare coming close to the front lines.
The SPLA is a tribal army.
Father Saturnino Ohure, Aggrey Jaden, Ali Quatala, Sumuni Jada and the rest of our great Equatorian heroes must be stirring in their graves of what has become of South Sudan in general and Equatoria in particular. This is not the outcome they fought the Mundukuru’s and some sacrificed their lives for. They were the pioneers of the struggle against oppression and injustice. The fact that the enemy was much stronger in terms of weaponry did not intimidate or bog them down. I was a small boy when an Anyanya fighting unit, came to my village. They never looted, raped or mistreated the villagers. In fact the people were proud and felt honoured by the presence of the unit in their village. Many of the youths joined the ranks. One observation which is quite vivid in my mind despite time was the fact that only half the unit did possess firearms. The rest were armed with bows and arrows and spears. These were the people determined to fight a force equipped with machine guns, artillery, tanks and air power !!!
Their spirit of patriotism, courage and selflessness is ingrained in us.
Let us revive that great Equatorian spirit.
Let us stand up and fight the illegitimate and tribal regime of Salva kiir.
The regime is on life support, inaction would prolong its life and exacerbate the misery of our people.
Therefore as a concerned citizen of Equatoria, I call upon my fellow Equatorians in SPLA to desert their units. There are options that you could take, all will be serving the interests of your families and your people. Depending on your location, I urge you to join REMNASA under Major General Lasuba Lodaru or the group of Major General Elias Lino Laku. However if you are in Upper Nile or Bahr El Gazal then your only option is to join SPLA-IO forces. The SPLA is a Dinka army and your presence in it is like a drop in the ocean. Worst of all you will be fighting against your own people in defence of an illegitimate government.
The SPLA aggression and brutality has gone too far. Look at the carnage they unleashed on the civilians in unity state particularly Leer town. This has triggered widespread international condemnation. We have already seen the beginning of such atrocities in Mundri and Maridi.
They claim to have liberated the Equatorians from the Mundukuru rule, What a joke !!!
The SPLA never captured Juba, let alone Malakal and Wau.
The SPLA was defeated in Torit in 2002 and following that the war entered a stalemate. They can not say we never contributed to the victories. The Nuba people and the Angasana have contributed heavily to the war effort, did the SPLA liberate them ? Is Abyei now back within South Sudan borders ? We all remember how Salva Kiir ordered the swift withdrawal, in fact retreat, of SPLA forces from Panthou under pressure of an imminent blistering offensive from the Mundukuru forces. Also the massacres and the killing of the Dinka Ngok chief that went without response. It is really laughable to say that you have liberated the Equatorians while your lands are under occupation and you are unable to liberate them.
Carl Von Clausewitz, the Prussian general and renowned military theorist defined military victory as when your enemy lose the will to fight following military defeat. This did not happen after decades of war.
South Sudan independence did not come through victory in the battlefield. It came through multiple factors which are listed below in order of importance:
- The South Sudanese people who overwhelmingly voted for secession in the referendum. South Sudan would have not come into existence if the people rejected secession at the time. Ironically now you find people who have been very vocal against secession holding top government positions and ministerial posts!
The SPLA war effort.
International Pressure particularly the US, UK, Norway, the European Union and the African countries.
The pressure from the UN, the NGO’s and the relief organisations.
Hence no single ethnicity can claim that it has liberated the others. We are all liberators and stakeholders in South Sudan independence.
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