Dinka Elders Form a Tribal Political Party – The REPUBLICAN PARTY
Feb 20, 2016(Nyamilepedia) ——- Inspired by the rising of “far right conservatives” around the world and controversial win of extremists like Donald Trump of the Republican Party in the United States, the Dinka tribal elites known as the Jieng Council of Elders, who are believe to be fuelling the conflict in South Sudan have now formed a new political party call the Republican Party of South Sudan(RPSS).
The “Jieng Councils of Elders”(JCE) has been highly criticized by the Dinka intellectuals for tarnishing their Community name in exchange for access to leadership and resources of the country.
The Jieng Council of elders is comprised of 221 well-known Dinka elderly politicians and military generals.
The group became popular as they are seen as a threat to diversity and most often accused of dividing other nationalities in the country to weaken their unity and to promote Dinka supremacy and “Dinka Born to Rule” ideology among the Dinka people and across their borders through imposition, trade, intermarriages and cultural practices.
The Council of Dinka elders is reported to include President Salva Kiir, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Gen. Kuol Manyang and other politicians, who are also members of the ruling party, SPLA-IG that is now struggling to maintain power.
It is unclear whether or not the Jieng Elders will resign from SPLM and focus on their new political party, the RPSS.
The Jieng Elders have been directly involved in major decisions such as creations of more states and decisions to host Dr. Riek Machar Teny and replace him with a more friendly politician.
It is yet to be seen if the Jieng Elders will pursue political ideologies and open up their new political party to all South Sudanese or elders from other non-Dinka communities.
Despite the rough path to leadership in the young country, observers believe that the Jieng Council of Elders could be preparing to oust president Salva Kiir through ballots or bullets as Kiir becomes more disconnected from the grassroots due to a deadly civil war and economic frustration in the country.