A Quick Response to Pagak Nyier’s Distortive Article: About Rampant Ethnic Tension in Gambella Region

By GnΪΪ Pӓӓgn

Ethiopian national army arrest Anyuak tribesmen caught ambushing South Sudanese Refugees between Pugnido Refugees Camp and Gambella region as part of the recent fighting between the Nuer and Anuak tribe(Photo: supplied/Nyamilepedia)

Ethiopian national army arrest Anyuak tribesmen caught ambushing South Sudanese Refugees between Pugnido Refugees Camp and Gambella region as part of the recent fighting between the Nuer and Anuak tribe(Photo: supplied/Nyamilepedia)

March 06, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– This should not be treated as a retort article on behalf of the buoyant mercenary Obang Metho who makes lives in such schemes as Pagak Nyier vowed but solely to dismiss his mendacious assertion on the genesis of present internecine conflict. The acquisitive will speak for himself. I am not his supporter in any way. In addition, I was not in a position to response to this futile article until I found it funny a night before when I watched Nuer Youth Association in Ethiopian on ESAT swaying the flag of South Sudan in the air objecting the assignment of James Morgan as South Sudan ambassador to Ethiopia, who they accuse to have connection with Ethiopian Periotic Party led by Thwath Pal Chay.   What Pagak has to make up about this now when he already denied I quote, ‘’ The Nuer people of Ethiopia are not dumb enough….’’ to raise the flag of South Sudan in Ethiopian territory?

Pagak pilloried his counterpart Obang Metho for predilections on the agenda when he himself purports to be impartial to address his reader. In his delineation, he deliberately expunged the involvement SPLA-IO and its levied incendiary white Army who on its behalf does filthy both in Ethiopia and South Sudan.   He expeditiously bent on calling his opponent ‘’a jealous’’ of development activities from nowhere perhaps just to captivate his readers with good governance of the incumbent hail from Nuer like him, in attempt to divert attention.  Obviously, his opponent, the famous demagogue expressed some valid points on the issue though he blended with bigotries.

Once again this article is not riposte or to discredit development endeavors of the incumbent relayed by his predecessors. But Pagak should know that when citizens died in vain in town like that in the hands of foreigner invaders is a serious leadership failure. Therefore reigning has lost it all.

In fact such bogus and weak assertion can only evince mendacity and hypocrisy of the aspirant itself. Having said that, I am spurning all his viewpoints but only to highlight his few mistakes and to point out that we the true citizens of Gambella – Anyuak, Majang, Komo, Nuer, and Opuo – have a serious complex problem inflicted by those claim Ethiopian citizenship in disguise for which we need profound and pragmatic approach to resolve it. Specious arguments and spurious claims can solely exacerbate it.  Accommodating our mistakes, respecting our differences, and having good conscience are the things aid our trust building that contribute to our strength and are in the package of first phase.

Certainly, we have too much wounds to bandage so that we should be good First Aiders before the doctor come.   In a nut shell, I am caveating taunting, deterrent languages, substantially falsehood in attempt to remold our history to avoid another further redundant violent.

Dear reader, many scholars and researcher agree that the nub of current conflict lies in immemorial sporadic competitions over leas that very much hold interest of elites of Nuer who politicize.   Wherefore it has now become a hell-bent territorial expansion, grapple for ethnocentrism and lust for more pasturages to possess by pushing the Anyuak. Zeray Hailemariam wrote an explicit and more perspicuous research based article about on this, (Understanding the root causes of the crisis in Gambella: challenges and solutions).

Even if the assertion of my benevolent brother Pagak Nyier fall short to highlight the root cause of prevailing conflict, I agree with the part that he indicated: the killing of pregnant Anyuak woman by Nuer man and then assailant with one of his relatives by the woman’s husband.   But he deliberately omitted the incitement of White Army lest criticism.

Reliable sources indicates that, the man who killed a pregnant woman was a member White Army from the outset. Thence killing of two Nuers in revenge preceded two times destruction of five Anyuak villages by the squads of the very pitiless army in fierce reprisal attack.

Some months later, while the Anyuaks yet poignant of what had befallen to their community, there came College Assistant Dean an infamous Nuer shoot unarmed Anyuak driver in the arm over land plot feud. The driver had records of land ownership while the assistant dean merely relay on use of force. This truculent dean assistant is a well-known tribalst who always incite conflict in campus in favor of his ethnic despite his work ethic. The victim who fully recovered was hospitalized.   The shooter was incarcerated.

Thereafter, the fiend Nuer students ludicrously pestered and unsuccessfully demanded his immediate release and seek resort by provoking angry Anyuak students. Consequently, fight broke out in campus.

Regrettably, two girls from Nuer were severely beaten, one of them died in the hospital later; student left the compound.   Then Nuer was on high alert seeking any excuse to instigate carnage in revenge.  Not the Anyuak students seek revenge at this point but evinced some disdain. When students were told to go back to campus, Nuer students already prepared themselves by setting bomb in the area or nearby where the Anyuak student usually socialize on the advice of inane commander of SPLA-IO who was in Gambella town that time. Thank God no life lost!

Thus,   the fatuous of Pagak Nyier’s that Anyuak student throw hand grenade is definitely absurd.   The next day a well-equipped squad of SPLA-IO perversely rampaged Gambella town notably Omininga area where they killed three Anyuaks, destroyed and looted homes and hurled a hand grenade again at one family. This really upset Anuak youth whose anger pervade throughout the region that ensued the assassination of high-ranking regional office in Abobo.

A day after this episode of feud, the same squad of SPLA-IO forced the release of the Dean and others when it storm Gambella town police station with machine guns and killed about eleven. Eight of them were all Anuaks. The rest of them were highlanders and Majang. No Nuer even injured but were all forcefully released.   Not too long after that, another incident of Abobo took place at police station and in Jor Woreda.

Reader, this is the genesis of existing conflict in which obdurate Nuers insisted on vengeance.   It is an awfully contentious issue that bumptious Pagak jest about and blatantly spreading erroneous statement

Furthermore, he shamelessly and deliriously denied that prisoner fought themselves, some Nuers also died as if none was watching them while on that open action. Who can accept this white lies?

Finally, the contemporaneous problem in Gambella region is neither inflected nor influenced by members of the weak and pariah Gibot 7. It is the tendency of territorial expansion and ethnocentrism promoted by ineptitude of regional leaders who presumptuously polarized citizens. But my dread is mutinies that will sometimes soon be levied by Patriotic Party of Thawath Pal Chay and Ginbot 7 itself if careful attention is taken.

In conclusion, Pagak can rodomontade as imperious war emissary and incriminate Anyuak who is in a quandary and pickle since he has SPLA-IO and White Army stand firm at his back.   Such a boastful talk is tantamount to the saying, ‘’a bullet missed you, now pay the bullet.’’ We the true citizens of Gambella lament for safety our people every day. I am sure things will get better one day just a matter of good leadership.   We all ponder the questions why the leadership of Gatluak took too long to that extend to quell it? And why Nuer student demanded the release of criminal?

The author, GnΪΪ Pӓӓgn, can be reached at gniipaan@gmail.com  for further comments.


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9 comments

  • Bol Gatjang

    Iam still sorry(Paagn,Anyuak) no matter how much educational background does Pagak had he got right on target.Anyuak is most gruesome killer in Gambella,Ethiopia. They love going on rampage in massacre people if you think Iam wrong, look had happened in Itang after these couple days.The unknown number of Anuak men have killed a certain number of Nuer in Itang at night. They had sneaks into the areas and started killing indiscriminately l,children,women and men vulnerable folks. It was also happened in Pinywudo refugees camp in Western Gambella three hours away.So therefore, I personally have find the distinctive language between yours and Pagak Nyier.

    • Bol Gatjang

      I mean you think Iam wrong look at what have happened in Itang after these couple days, Anuak sneaks into the areas and indiscriminately massacre Nuer. My peaceful life is sometimes shattered when I recollect about Anuak’s annihilation as I almost become victims in 2002 .In 2002 my colleagues and I were bombed with so called hand grenade and five of my colleagues were wounded and later recovered from Gambella hospital .Anuak are usually having hidden agendas behind the scenes with their vicious minds.

  • Ismail

    Well done Gnii Paany! This website is messing up everything. It is making wrong propaganda against The Most peacefull people in the world (Anyuaks). Even the photo which is put here doesn’t show Anyuaks but Surma people. refer to http://www.ethiopmedia.com

    • Bol Gatjang

      Ismail if Anyuak “are peaceful people in the world” there would mysterious ghosts which looks like Anyuak annihilated both Nuer and highlanders in Gambella.

  • GatNor

    I personally find this article disturbing mainly because the writer(Gnii Paany) has distort facts.

    According to G Paany:
    — The recent hand gernade incident at school in Gsmbella was carried out by a Nuer with advisory derrective fromsome spla-in opposition commander who was in Gambella at the time..no mention of the officer’s name given this serious accusation.

    — Gnii Pany in general has accused Nuer and their leaders(elites) of territorial expansion tendency without considering the clear boundaries between ethiopia & south sudan that lies therein.. Therefore, in the same accusation, he ignores the issues of nationality that bounds unless otherwise.

    — G Paany, here also ventured into dangerous incitement of instigating queries by his attempt to bring “White Army”(Nuer Youths) without making it clear if he is referring to white army of South Sudan nationality or of Ethiopian nationality. SPlM-In Opposition is of South Sudan National Resistant Movement and therefore, accusing this high profile organization of tempering in maters of Federal Republic of Ethiopia probably irrallevent to its quest in search for peace for South Sudan as well as their temporal stay there in the territories of Ethiopia should be regard as sensitive and must backed up with facts and not just fluids of allegations.

    I wonder of the land dispute between the one Anyuak and the Nuer individual, if the records will actually shows that the Anyuak man as claimed have infact has the legal rights of entitlements to that plot of land. I believe the writer G Paany also would not produce verrifiable evidences of his claims in rewarding the land to the Anyuak individual.

    — The claim made by the writer that there are a number of people seeking citizenship should not be liken to expansion tendencies rather a question of migration for various reasons and this is an issue that both nation and Ethiopia have guiding legislations and laws on. Meaning its not solely a Gambella problem. Sincerely, I think the number of nationalities migrating to Gambella are not only coming from South Sudan nor are they all Nurrs but from all over East African countries for various reasons known only to those migrants.

    — In G Paany is claims that he is not distorting nor attempting to discredit the current governing body snd the leadership in Gambella, to hold him
    G. Paany to an account of his claims;
    some would decern Gnii Paany’s position as non neutral with dangerous divisive intensions favoring Anyuaks with colabrated efforts calling into action more of hidrous activities of that tribal government in South Sudan against Nuers further deep into ethiopia.

    — After careful analysis of his article in order to discern and isolate his intentions ,I personally think Gnii Pasny did the opposite of what he stated in the first few lines of the first paragraph of this article, but in a subtle deceptive and rethorical tone that clearly distorted facts and by his lousy assertions of non rellevant and contradictory accusations against Nuers. Gnii Paany, I think is the devil’s advocate given his divisive tendencies revealed here in between the fine lines of his article. As usually is the case with some of these individuals, the likes of Pasny have at their disposal deceptive use of language and a vass vocabulary advantage over their readers. Fore the devil is usually emeded within the language and in the details.

    • Bol Gatjang

      You are absolutely right Gatnor, the author Gnii had been used so much counterfeit statement.He got a lot of misinformation message regarding the incident confrontation between Nuer and Anyuak in Gambella, Ethiopia.

  • Bol Gatjang

    Sometimes taking something for granted is deceptive and deadly. Anyuak had been considered themselves as indigenous peoples and citizens tribes in Gambella,Ethiopia. I personally was almost became a victims after my friends and I were bombed with so called hand grenade in the same health Science college in 2002. We had five injuries students but recovered later from hospital.

  • Bol Gatjang

    I mean there would be mysterious ghosts which looks like you, Anyuak annihilated both Nuer and Highlanders.