The Second Meeting of Deng Alor and Salva Kiir, Fixing a Broken Relationship!
Jan 26, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Earlier this month, elders of Abyei Community in Juba committed their times and resources to break the ties between president Salva Kiir and Abyei politicians, especially between Salva Kiir and Deng Alor who was proposed for the Ministry of South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs by his colleagues, the Former Political Detainees. Despite many sacrifices by the elders to see things work, Kiir maintained that he will never trust Deng Alor for foreign mission because Deng is an FD and “non-South Sudanese”, a general basket for the Abyei sons and daughters under Salva Kiir’s rule. That meeting ended in vain with no hopes that a second meeting would be convened, at least not in January 2016; however, it was never too late for some aggrieved members of Jieng Council of Elders who are working for “Jieng Unity” to despite the odds and called on Kiir to swallow his pride.
A second “closed-doors” meeting was held yesterday at J1 in attempt to resolve the issues between Salva Kiir and Deng Alor. Like in the first meeting, no media coverage was allowed. This time Alor was not only frustrated but seemed to have lost hopes in working for Salva Kiir again. Therefore, he spoke his mind as he pleased.
Alor opened his statement by expressing how he was very annoyed by the statement of Salva Kiir which denied people of Abyei being part of South Sudan, which Salva Kiir used as an excuse that Deng can’t hold the portfolio of the ministry of foreign affairs. Deng asked when did Kiir discovered that he hailed from Abyei?
“During the struggle both of you Late Dr. Garang and Kiir tasked me with foreign relations. Secondly you Kiir during Anya Anya 1 who were with you apart from our Abyei fighters, the same during Anya Anya 2.” Alor said pointing at Kiir.
Deng enumerated a lot of encounters with Salva Kiir during the implementation of CPA and how he (Deng) supported Kiir. Kiir felt very humiliated and embassarassed in front of Abyei elders. In response he said he has no problem working with Deng Alor and the people of Abyei. Instead Kiir said this situation is created by Bona Malual, who wanted to rule South Sudan since the signing of the Addis Ababa agreement 1972. Bona work very had to destroy Abel Alier, Clement Omboro and other South Sudanese leaders including late Dr. John Garang.
Bona has maintained his relationship with Bashir and as a result he convinced Kiir to issue a unilateral withdrawal of SPLA forces from the common border of 1956. Seeing no solution, Kiir requested Deng Alor to open a new page and work together but Kiir said what is needed of him(Alor) now is to overcome all the challenges he faced.
Before Deng Alor responded, the meeting was interrupted by Akol Koor of National security who was summoned by the President before the meeting for preventing members of the SPLM-IO at the airport to leave the country to join their chairman Dr. Riek in Kampala meeting with Museveni. Salva Kiir warned Akol Koor that shouldn’t happen again.
The conversation resumed and Deng Alor conditioned Salva Kiir to do the following: 1. Call back Pagan Amum, 2. Allow the implementation of the agreement. 3. Suspend the 28 states, later on the issue can be handled in the TGoNU. 4. Start reaching out individually to all including Lam Akol, Mama Rebecca, Majak Agot and others.
Finally Salva Kiir asked about Mac Paul to come back, because he’s working against the government. But Deng Alor told him that Mac Paul is doing business and has nothing against him(Kiir) or his government. Alor warned Kiir that the only way out for him and Riek is to implement the peace agreement than we(other politicians) can help you guys out. The meeting ended again without assurance that Kiir will approve Deng Alor’s endorsement by his colleagues to run the foreign mission for the country.