By Garang Abyei*
Jan 19, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Since the return of Deng Alor, things have not worked out behind the scene as they may seem on the SSTV. While Deng Alor on the weaker side has been playing a good boy strategy to appease Mayardit, Kiir never returned that favor. Instead Kiir’s relationship with Deng Alor and other Abyei’s sons and daughters seems to have reached a dead end. Here it goes!
The elder brother of Deng Alor call Awet Alor has been one of the best friends of Salva Kiir, the president, until lately. Awet resides at Luri where he is employed full time to look after the cows of the president but few days ago Salva unexpectedly confronted Awet with the reality that he (Kiir) will “never” appoint Deng Alor as the minister of Foreign Affairs as proposed by his colleagues. While Awet wonders, Kiir made it clear that he has two good reasons to back up his case:
- Deng Alor will damage the relationship between him (Kiir) and his counterpart, Bashir. In other words, Kiir said he can’t even send Deng Alor to Khartoum as his foreign minister. That would be a suicide!
2. Deng Alor is not a South Sudanese to occupy such a prominent portfolio, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Awet, the brother to Deng Alor, got very annoyed with such poorly phrased statements from a man he trusted as his president but again thought these are the realities. He(Awet) told Salva Kiir that “I can see now the reason behind the sacking of Pieng Deng as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), and expelling Dr. Luka Biong from his teaching career”.
Awet went further and accused Salva Kiir for standing against the people of Abyei and went as far has refusing to conduct or recognize Abyei referendum. Kiir realized that the conversation was out of control. He adviced him if there are “big people” from the community whom he can meet to discuss the matter further.
When the elders of Abyei were approached, they first divided among themselves on whether to go and see Kiir or not but finally some accepted to accompany Deng Alor who did not want to give up. Yesterday they met Salva Kiir. The meeting was intended to take place in the house but for some unknown reasons the venue was later changed to Salva Kiir’s office, maybe to intimidate the elders.
It was a lengthy discussion but the egocentric president compromised nothing against his vulnerable subject, Deng Alor. He repeated that he will never work with Deng Alor as the minister of Foreign Affairs, because Deng mobilized the international community against his leadership. Kiir accused Deng that “when he (Deng Alor) Failed, he went for the foreign forces and finally the Hybrid Court”.
Mr. Alor tried to defend himself, by saying that he worked for Arusha, than he convinced everybody including those of Taban Deng Gai to come back to Juba for implementation of the agreement, but all his efforts where in vein. It seemed it was just too late!
Deng asked Kiir to give him any ministry as he likes but Kiir said no, claiming that all the other ministries have just been taken. There was nothing left for Deng Alor. The meeting ended in disagreement. But Kiir promised the meeting may continue in his house the following day!