By Gatluak Duang Wie | Community Chairman,
March 24th, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— On behalf of the entire Nuer community, and specifically Jikany communities in South Sudan and in the diaspora, we have rejected the grave decision taken by Gen. Gatkuoth to join the regime that has massacred his own people.
We want to inform sons and daughters of Eastern Jikany community in South Sudan or outside the country that the community has terminated Gen. Gat-Hoth Gatkuoth’s membership and urge all citizens of this community to disassociate from ill activities that Gen. Gat-hoth Gatkuoth is doing with the regime.
The Eastern Jikany community living inside the UNMISS camp in Juba held a meeting on 15 March 2016.The meeting was attended by all the community leaders, who decided to terminate Gen. Gat-hoth Gatkuoth membership.
The elders understand that General Gathoth led Eastern Jikany brave fighters to Malakal and liberated it from the enemies three times but all the victories are accorded to the rightful owners, the Youth of Eastern Jikany White Army, not Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth.
If Gen. Gat-hoth’s self-interest forced him to switch side, he must go alone and we disowned his actions and keep our community united and focus. In simple terms, we cannot and will not support general Gathoth.
The defection of Gen. Gat-hoth to the regime has no significance in this community. If he refused to adhere to the advise from his own community, we allow him to go alone. He is visionless and shortsighted.
In 1998 general Gat-hoth, defected from SSIM to form his own movement. His uncalculated decision ended up in killing more than 545 youth. This time, we have decided not to let his leadership failure to kill us again. He is disowned. The community is ever united and well focus in what will take this peace loving community forward.
Eastern Jikany community is located in the Eastern part of the Upper Nile state bordering with Ethiopia. It composes of four counties; Nasir, Ulang, Maiwut and Longichuk County.
This community press release was authored by members of Eastern Jikany Community in UNMISS, Juba, South Sudan. For more information on this report, you can reach the community chairperson, Gatluak Duang Wie, at 211950900039.