Appointment of Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai as Sector Commander in Central Equatoria.
By Emilio Tongun Mongu,
July 31, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– It is with great dismay to learn that the leadership of SPLM/SPLA-IO, under Dr. Riek Macher is also playing dirty games in Equatoria Region. Something that if proved to be true, then the on going war in South Sudan is a war between Dinka and Nuer and the rest of 62 tribes are nothing but puppets helping them to the throne. There is no denial about this fact. The appointment of Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai to command operation in Central Equatoria is the clear evidence that Equatorians are third class citizens in the Republic of South Sudan. According to James Gatdet Dak (Nyamilepedia, Jan, 30, 2016) Dr. Macher’s press Secretary, the Chairman of SPLM-IO and commander-In-Chief of SPLA-IO, Dr. Riek Machar has appointed Gen. Gai as Sector Commander for Central Equatoria.
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As Mr. Gatdet put it, “The Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO), Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, has appointed Lt. General John Jok Gai as Sector Commander for Central Equatoria.” The appointment of John Jok Gai will prove to the world that President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, was correct when he claimed that there are no SPLA-IO forces in the Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal territories.
This will also indicate that Dr. Macher is also using Nuer Ethnic community to return him to his position as vice president of the Republic of South Sudan without regard to the cause of December 15, 2013 Nuer massacre in Juba. If Dr. Riek Machar is really fighting for the sake of the entire nation, he should appoint someone from Central Equatoria to be the area commander in Central Equatoria instead of his own Nuer commander to be over his Central Equatoria counterpart.
This should be what Dr. Macher do to prove that he is not a tribelist. Dr. Riek knows who is the area commander of the area where his forces are now stationed. He should appoint him to this position as he has been leading that territory since 2015 after the disappearance of Lt. Gen Elias Lino Jada or else that sector cannot operate in Central Equatoria. We don’t need to be put in confusion spending time recognizing between Nuer and Dinka; they are the people of same page and of the same token.
The action of July 30, 2016 by Dr. Macher appointing his own tribesman to command Central Equatoria is the clear evidence that Dr. Riek Macher was not comfortable with the presence of Dr. Wani Tombe, who turned up and inspired Equatorians to rise and depend themselves and their land. Dr. Wani Tombe died mysteriously in May 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where Dr. Riek Macher resided at the time. Two months later, Mr. Peter Abdel Rahman Sule, the Chairman of South Sudan Democratic Front Party and the 1st Lt. Gen. Elias Lino Jada, Deputy Chief of Staff for SPLM/SPLA-IO for Administration and Finance and the Overall Command for the Equatoria Front’s forces, disappeared also mysteriously with Dr. Riek Machar expired no a single time to look after them and in the cause of their disappearance.
Appointing Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai as a sector commander in Central Equatoria is also the prove that Dr. Machar knows no one will protest his behavior because no one rather than the three eliminated gentlemen from Central Equatoria will have a say. The history of eliminating Equatorians in the front lines is not something new but has been going on since the advent of 21-year war with Sudan to simply deny their existence during in south Sudan struggle for independent. Dr. Riek himself shed blood of Central Equatorians in Kworijik Luri, claiming a land belong to the family of late Paul Jaja. The same Dr. Riek Macher in the early years of CPA administration ordered a radii of 40 miles-Squared from Juba to be demarcated and annexed to capital city of South Sudan, Juba. Not only these incidents but there are complains going on within Juba indicating that Nuer has seized significant individual lands around Juba.
Now it can be concluded that the appointment of Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai to command the forces in Central Equatoria instead of an Equatorian is no different from what is happening in Juba with Lt Gen. Taban Deng Gai, the same Nuer man, claiming the leadership of SPLM/SPLA-IO and sidelining Lt. Gen. Alfred Lado Gore, the second man in command of SPLM/SPLA-IO, because he is an Equatorian or simply put, from Central Equatoria. There are a lot to be revealed but for now let us see how the favored Nuer General will operate in Equatoria land if this decision is not reversed.
Emilio Tongun Mongu is a concern citizen and can be reach at email@example.com