The Supremacy of Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) in South Sudan
By Gabriel Gadet,
14th January, 2016 (Nyamelipedia) —- After South Sudan has been recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International community, the country gained its independent in 9th July, 2011, thus people were busy struggling hardly to fix every piece together in order to form a model nation. Despite the country has never witnessed total stability yet breathe of ownership have been enjoyed by the citizens. This long awaited self-government was a reward of pride to each and every individual; South Sudanese in particular and other peace loving nations in general. The world on the other side was pleasant and felt a joy of victory as it has finally brought an end to the longest civil war Africa had ever witnessed.
To define Jieng Council of Elders (JCE-45 members from all Jieng sections); is a body which was deliberately form with target objectives, the main objective was the killing of the Nuer civilians and the inconsequential objective was to loot the public resources. As soon as the war has engulfed the country after a coordinated and organized massacre on the Nuer civilians in Juba the capital city of South Sudan 15th December, 2013. The Jieng Council of Elders had acquired a further mandate snooping into the country’s governance affairs and become legitimate body than the National Legislative Assembly, and above the Judiciary system and all others institutions in the country. They reject or propone any decision taken by the president and is on power to rubber stamped parliament and its yes members.
To make it worst they were in position and participation to series of peace negotiations held in Capital city of Ethiopia “Addis Ababa” since inception of dialogue in early 2014. Their voice was heard, respected and influential by both government delegations to peace as well president himself, the fact that was acknowledged by several adjournments to final decision that could be taken by the duo.
The body (JCE) has set impediments during peace negotiations and likewise internally at government level, i.e. they were and still to be ones setting policies, plans and objectives of the current civil war, despite the fact that peace has been signed 17th August, 2015 they were behind acceleration of war to other parts of the country; for instance the assaults carried out in Greater Equatoria were miserably incited, driven and provoked by JCE in way or other and rather encourages the systematical incursion of GES’s lands by their native pastoralist in Maadi land, Miridi and Mundri. This precedent has never happened even during the north colonization (Jalaba). Trespassers had occupied every piece of grazing pastures, water resources and forests, leave alone human gross abuses inflicted on indigenous citizens. They killed, raped, looted and burnt down any village or town they would enter.
On the other hand in Greater Upper Nile they supported the armed militias of; Apadang, Bull Nuer and their tribe men from Greater Bahr Alghazal. The group have committed unbelievable war crimes against humane such as burning of children, elders and castration of male genital organs of young boys (in Unity State).
The JCE initiated and have upper hand in creation of newly 28 states, a unilateral decision taken by the president; nevertheless peace deal was signed on basis of former existing 10 states. However the main objectives behind creation of this states was basically on tribal basis, to sack all the country’s resources and have majority of members in the National Legislative Assembly that would maintain their domination and prove “Born to rule’’ concept of foolish majority; quoted from their kinfolk. The decision if not revoked will definitely place this country to square one and a likelihood of imminent war to take place.
To conclude JCE is to be blamed on these mockery moves which indicate their supremacy policy. Above all going ahead with 28 states will jeopardize peace implementation as persistence in such direction would complicate formation of states transitional governments, ascend tension between various tribes that are neighbors and claimed of land grab on favor of others. However, South Sudan will never see peace if JCE haven’t elevates their thinking above personal and tribal mindset. God have mercy of us.
The writer is a South Sudanese citizen living in Uganda and can be reached through his email: email@example.com