Juba, South Sudan, June 07, 2021 – Monyomiji, a group of youths renowned for aggressive advocacy for workers’ rights in Torit Town of Eastern Equatoria State has slammed civil society activist Michael Wani in a strong statement released Monday.
The youths called out Wani for ‘defending’ organizations it says were involved in recruitment malpractices throughout South Sudan.
“The Kuku-owned Okey Africa Foundation is claiming that addressing anomalies and malpractices in the NGOs sector is tantamount to “chasing all NGOs from [our] communities”, and that leaving the infringements in the NGO sector unaddressed “will provide services to our community”,” the statement says.
“While this may be the case in Wani Michael’s backyard of Kajo-Keji (KK), it can no longer be the case in at least Torit, Ikwoto, and LOPA/Lafon Counties where Wani Michael’s Kinsmen and their cousins across Hari Togol (River Nile) are now desperately trying to protect and defend themselves from being identified as, and held responsible for being some of the chief architects of the NGO sector recruitment malpractices throughout South Sudan, EES notwithstanding,” the youths added.
The spat emanated after the South Sudan Red Cross in Torit shut their offices when Monyomiji youths allegedly stormed its compound to unleash violence after the company failed to heed its demand on fair recruitment process and equal employees’ remuneration.
Monyomiji youths dismissed the statement and demanded an apology from the Red Cross for categorizing them as a ‘violent group’.
A few days later, Wani Michael hit out at the youths saying it was unnecessary for them to attack NGOs as it was rather the government’s mandate to employ the youths.
“Am really ashamed as a youth to hear that we’ve turned against each other because of NGOs jobs instead of asking our government the hardest questions; where are the jobs? Where’s the youth fund to empower us to economically sustain ourselves?” he tweeted earlier.
It did not take long until his remarks backfired as evidently seen from the reactions of the youths.
In response, Wani said he will not be silenced for “speaking the truth”.
“The Monyomiji has attacked me for condemning any form of violence on humanitarian workers. For telling them the TRUTH that it is not the responsibility of NGOs to provide the youth with jobs, it is indeed their Govt responsibility. I can’t be intimidated or threatened!” he thundered.