Jan 16, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — While addressing a conference, organized to mitigate hostilities in Western Equatoria State, the governor of Western Equatoria, Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, boldly narrates how the “Dinka leaders and their community failed the country”.
“Dinka leaders and their community have failed our country, South Sudan. What’s wrong with you people, wherever you go, problems and havoc follow?” The WES governor narrates.
Bakosoro believes that members of Dinka community, who are internally displaced to Western Equatoria, are the source of havoc in his State saying:
“you ran from danger in your areas and only to come and cause havoc in our state. You don’t like peaceful coexistence of people. Your leaders need to look themselves in the eye and find out why you are not welcomed by anyone anywhere in South Sudan” Bakosoro said!
Narrated in a local proverb, the state governor blames the Moru Youth for harboring a “snake” yet cries for distant help to kill the snake when it turns hostile. Bakosoro urges the youth to kill the snake without hesitation!
“I blame the Moru Youths for allowing a snake into their house and crying loud for me to come all the way from Yambio to kill the snake” the governor narrates.
“….You have to just kill it, why wait for me?” Governor Bakasoro tells the Moru youth.
The statement was condemned by members of Dinka community, who called on President Salva Kiir to remove governor Bakosoro from Western Equatoria leadership.
Last week, the Central Equatoria State governor, Clement Wani Konga, while addressing his newly appointed cabinet described the war in the country as a “Dinka-Nuer” war, and urged the people of Equatoria to unite to end the conflict.
“It is the only chance that for the people of Equatoria coming together so as to bring an end to this war between Dinka and Nuer.” Governor Wani emphasized.
“Who are you going to fight, are you going to fight with Dinka or Riek Machar?” the CES governor wonders!
Although the statement was condemned by Ateny Wek Ateny, the spokesman to Salva Kiir, the government of Central Equatoria State strongly backed the statement of Governor Konga.
“If indeed there there is [a] statement from governor [Konga] which is not pleasing, why don’t we use the established government structures to find out what went wrong?” Said the State’s Information Minister, Suba Samuel Manase, in Juba on Monday.
Since South Sudan returned to civil war in 2013, Salva Kiir leadership has very limited control over the leadership of the ten states, and the country, due to fear of triggering more rebellions.
While ex-governors Kuol Manyang Juuk of Jonglei state and Paul Malong Awan of Northen Bhar el Ghazal State still control their states’ leaderships, acting governors of Lake and Unity State, governor Matur Chut Dhuol, and Joseph Monytuel, respectively, are exploiting the conflict.
South Sudan conflict broke out in December 2013 following an abrupt SPLM’s National Liberation Council meeting to reconcile the ruling party and to renew SPLM mandates.
Ten of thousands have been killed and nearly 2 millions people have been displaced.