By Stephen Khor Wal,
Dear Mr. Chairman
Jan 02, 2016 (Nyamilepedia) —- With utmost somber sentiments, we the Nuer community in Australia unreservedly condemn the autarchic decision taken by President Kiir and his tribally-constituted organization known as the Council of Jieng Elders (JCE) – the de facto body that runs the Republic of South Sudan.
The creation of the 28 states through a decree issued by the President Salva Kiir without recourse to constitutional authorization is manifestly illegitimate and unjustifiable. This unilateral balkanization of South Sudan into mini-states has been designed with the intention of Land Grabbing as well as creating inter-ethnic rivalries and conflicts or technically speaking, ethnic cleansing, in the entire South Sudan by the ruling Dinka monocracy in Juba. This pathetic move would inexorably enable the JCE to institutionalize its tribal monopoly and rule in the country to the detriment of all the remaining 63 tribes living in South Sudan.
Based on this palpable reality and on behalf of the Nuer sub – communities and the main the body of the Nuer community in Victoria, Australia, the leadership of the community would like to severely condemn the tribal government of South Sudan for the forceful amendment of the Interim Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan in order to implement the divide and rule State-entrenched tribal policy. The creation of the 28 states is damaging for the existence of our communities for many reasons inter alia:
- It is a clear violation of the CPAII which was signed based on the existing 10 states with power sharing ratios between the warring parties.
- If implemented it would affirm Kiir’s self-rule for eternity over the country. South Sudan has become officially one man rule, no constitution nor parliament.
- The Re-division of states and counties boundaries. Re-division of boundaries that was created since the British colonial era without the consultation of the concerned citizens would create internal conflicts amongst the communities. This has already resulted in clashes in many areas including Aweil and Raja, Mayom and Abiemnom, Fashoda and Akoka just to mention a few.
- Annexation of oil rich areas into Dinka territories. Parts of Northern Unity State Nuer land, has been annexed to no borders counties of Dinka Parieng and Abiemnom. Adar oil rich areas of Nuer on Upper Nile has been given to Dinka community of Malut.
The Nuer community leadership would henceforth with like to call upon the International communities and partners of the Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA2), namely the; IGAD, TROIKA, AU, CHINA and RUSSIA to condemn and block such a precarious move the genocidal government of Salva Kiir and his JCE.
As the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), you should earnestly advise President Kiir to exert more effort towards the implementation of the Peace Agreement, albeit the JCE runs the country in the name of the President. Hence, it is incumbent upon your wise stewardship as a recipient of a Prize for good Leadership in Africa to ensure that the whole Peace Accord is executed accordingly, which would in turn earn you a further place of honour on the African continent.
Appended is the new map of South Sudan containing the 28 states designed by the JCE and proclaimed by President Salva Kiir in a Presidential decree on 2nd October 2015.
Stephen Khor Wal is the current Chairman of Nuer Community in Victoria, Australia and can be reached through email@example.com
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