By Dak Buoth,
Feb 01, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- On behave of the South Sudanese downtrodden at home and in Exile, we write to inform all the proponents and defenders of Human and Peoples’ Rights that we’re robbed in broad day light of our basic fundamental freedoms and we let you aware that our future is under siege.
The present regime in our country has backtracked and it is now perpetuating what we undoubtedly call an ‘invisible terrorism’; and hence the world cannot deal with this criminal Act selectively but rather collectively.
We call on all democratic stalwarts to come to our aide and help us stop this continuing onslaught against our freedoms. Our political sovereignty is facing assaults from all fronts and we need concerted efforts to have these cabals dethrone.
We urge you to lend us your physical and moral support in our campaign against these indigenous oppressors who are trying to emasculate and smother our inherent civil liberties.
His Emperor Haile Selasie was correct when he told the League of Nations in 1936 while pleading for justice in Africa, he said ‘it is us today, it will be you tomorrow’’
We come out today condemning in strongest terms possible the unlawful and arbitrary arrest of an elected and the only South Sudan legitimate Governor H.E Joseph Bakosoro of western Equatoria state.
He was arrested and detained without trial since last year August 17th 2015 by Salva’s autocratic forces. Neither the nation nor his family knows his where about.
We hereby demand for his immediate release because we believed he is innocent; and if there are claimants, who accused him of any wrongdoing, let him be brought before an impartial and competent judicial institution to answers such accusations.
We call on Salva Kiir and his Government to do everything within their powers to produce Governor Bakosoro (Habeas corpus) whether dead or alive within 48 hours. We believe the President will heed these voices of reason before our patient got faded.
In the first place, we would have directed this call to the South Sudan head of Judiciary which have unlimited original jurisdictions to determine the question whether a right or fundamental freedom in the Bill of rights has been denied, violated and or threatened.
The High Court in South Sudan can take it upon itself to make orders or give directive it consider appropriate to ensure fair administration of justice in this case of Governor Joseph Bakosoro; but we deliberately by passed them because we know the Judiciary is toothless body that operate in the mercy of Executive arm of Government.
Joseph Bakosoro’s continued detention without trial is a grave attack on our hard fought democracy and the rule of law. And we the custodians of that nascent democracy will not stand-by and watch while our senior citizens like him are being humiliated in view to intimidate and convert ordinary citizens into robots and to live in their mercy. We would not allow these run away merchants of impunity to go Scot-free. We must ensure the long arms of the law will get hold of them.
It is crystal clear that Governor Bakosoro is being targeted because of his developmental tract records and because of the respect and confident bestowed on him by the people. He was overwhelmingly elected in 2010 poll where he vied as an independent contestant thrashing then ruling party candidate in Western Equatoria State. Governor Bakosoro is peoples’ watchman and therefore any attack on him is attack on the people.
The Transitional Constitution of South Sudan is very eloquent particularly on how the legal Rights and Freedoms of an individual including an accused person should be respected and safeguard.
Article (19) subsection 4 decreed as follows: A person arrested by the police as part of an investigation, may be held in detention, for period not exceeding 24 hours and if not release on bond to be produced in court. It is only the court that has authority to either remand the accused in prison or to release him or her on bail.
Unless one is living in planet Mars he know, that the SPLM government is trying to replicate all sort of Hitler’s Nazi tactics to further their dictatorial objectives by taking temporal advantage of our people’s illiteracy.
At first, they went for Whistle blowers, opinion leaders, writers and Journalists like Isaiah Abraham and recently they shot dead Eye radio’s reporter Mr. Moi. Still people said these guys were victims of their recklessness and disrespectful to government.
On 15th December 2013, they came for Nuer ethnic group and killed 20,000 plus en mass and forcefully displaced 2.5 million of them and converted their homes into militias Barracks. Right now there is no single Nuer child going to school in the all of South Sudan. Some novice fellows whose naivety is beyond believe still argue saying; the Nuer are just very rogue; and we wonder how could the all society be that naughty at the same time?
Now they are systematically weeding out innocent Equatorians citizenry who are peacefully expressing their despondency. A few are still saying these Equatorians have inclined the Nuer habit of insurgency and or that they are being lured into armed rebellion which is eating the breadth and length of our country like wild fire.
They dismissed any elected leader such as Joseph Bakosoro whom they view as having the backing of the people and replaced them with bootlickers and sycophants.
Notwithstanding; we have a revolutionary history of fighting all kind of dictatorships; our forefathers battled unwaveringly against all Arabs monolithic rules until we achieved our independent on 9th July 2011 and thus this latest SPLM regime is not the one we can be worried much about. It is just a matter of time before we oust them and usher in the new dawn in our country.
The author, Dak Buoth, is the Chairman of Congress of South Sudanese Patriots in Kenya. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org