Survivor Testimony: How Nuer Soldiers and Bodyguards Of Nuer-Government Officials Were Killed For Being Nuer In Juba
By 1st LT Peter Majok Lual, SPLA-IG
Juba, South Sudan.
August 11, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– I want to register my appreciation and highest recognition to thank Gen. Paul Malong Awan for coming to my rescue after being attack by Tiger platoon outside Crown Hotel along the Juba Airport Road and by having a bold leadership decision to help me recover some of my properties looted by a group of Military Intelligence apparatus. Led by Lt. Col. Atem Mading
The incident that involved into the death of three people, including my cousin Tong Deng Agustino who is 13yrs and two body guards of Brig. Gen Lual Ruai, the SPLA Spokesperson including his driver, occurred on the 11th July 2016 at around 6:30 pm when I was stopped by one of the Tiger Platoon deployed outside Crown Hotel, a hotel situated along the Juba Airport Road, after picking thirteen boys, including 3 body guards for Brig. Lul Ruai, the SPLA Spokeperson, 3 National Security personnel from Lt. Gen. Thomas Duoth Guet, from Hon. John Luk Jok House, the minister of Road and Transport in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU).
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13 children who stayed at the Hon. John Luk house were left alone in the house and feared of their lives. Hon. John Luk calls Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai to pick the boys. Brig. Gen. Lul decided to call me and instructed to pick the boys.
Because of those boys, I decided to take the risk to pick them at 6:30 pm. I put on my full combat attires in order to be identified by my comrades at each of the blocks created during the crisis. I pick the children from the Hon. John Luk house in Munuki to be able to drop them at the Crown Hotel were Hon. John Luk stays.
As I was approaching the Crown Hotel with the boys, we were stopped by the Tiger personnel outside the hotel. They asked me several questions pertaining to where I was coming from and going to. They ordered me and the boys to come out of the car which belong to the SPLA GHQs and lay down all our guns. We all complied with their instruction and gave them the guns.
They also pick all our phones as well. I told them that I am an SPLA officer; I went to pick these boys from the minister’s house, Hon. John Luk Jok, and am taking them to this hotel where their father stays. They asked me whether they are Nuer and where do I think I am taking the Nuer boys to. I told them, yes they are Nuer and I am also a Nuer, but am an SPLA officer. This talk between me and the Tiger took 30 minutes.
When I realized that things are not getting any better between me and them, I asked them if they can allow me to talk to their officer in charge. Then he said there is no any officer and the sergeant admitted that he was the one in charge. I tried to convince him to release me with the boys but he refused. He immediately ordered the platoon to shoot at us, I was shot in the finger, two body guards for Brig. Lul Ruai, including his driver, were shot dead and one 15 year old civilian, Tong Agustino Deng Aguek, Hon. John Luk grandson was also shot dead, all died instantly and four wounded.
The following day an investigation took place and Gen. Marial Chinuong ask me whether I could be able to identify those who attacked me with the boys. Yes, I told him because I had spent at least 30 minutes with them. A few minutes later Lt.Col Dut was sent by Gen. Paul Malong to see me in his house to know how such an incident happened. As I finished my talk, Gen. Paul Malong ordered his body guards to bring those who were responsible for the attack. The two sergeants who were in charge of the group were brought in and arrested at the military intelligence prison waiting for trial.
While at Gen. Paul Malong’s house, I received another call that my house was attacked and broken into by a group of soldiers who were driving in XII convoys. They looted my house, took all my everything including my Frame wall picture in my house headed by MR ATEM. They took my car and another car for a member of parliament who works for the national legislative assembly. They went further to dig the floor of my house thinking that I have earthed some cash in the house. Again the good general of all time, Gen. Paul Malong Awan ordered the arrest of all those who intruded into my house to bring all my cloths including my framed wall picture.
I want to say thanks to Gen. Paul Malong for having taken all these steps to make sure that those who were responsible for all the two incidents are brought to justice. This is an example to be followed. It is an example a leader should take during such critical times. In every country, there has never been a national army that identifies itself by tribe, only in South Sudan.
We all know that the army is the pillar of the nation. And in every country there are issues to do with misunderstanding within the political struggle or coup in the army always happened. But never ever been a single tribe.
We, Nuer, decided to be with the government felt that we are part of the government but our colleagues who are Dinka feel that we are just Nuer with the government. Riek Machar group is a combination of all South Sudanese not only Nuer. Why it is always Nuer in the government are being targeted every time there is an incident in the country by the army, the police and every other organized forces? The army should be the image of unity and should be part of the peace building pillar. I want to personally appreciate Gen. Paul Malong Awan for taking this bold decision to bring those who committed crime against their civilian and their fellow colleagues within the army to the justice. This will serve as an example for those who are hiding their faces.
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