Contributor's Opinion

Appointment of Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai as Sector Commander in Central Equatoria.

By Emilio Tongun Mongu,


SPLA-IO Generals in Pagak(Photo: Nyamilepedia)
SPLA-IO Generals in Pagak(Photo: Nyamilepedia)

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 bia.parik@gmail.com

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Duoth Kong July 31, 2016 at 7:27 pm

You people are just writing without control what if there’s no high ranking personnel in that region? what will you do? Please you know nothing about war. Army don’t just put any officer in to post of commanding , it takes wisdom and courage to command troops.

Daniel Awet Makur July 31, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Not a matter of putting an equatorian or so as SPLAIO area operation CD-R or Nuer the facts is that we don’t want war.if we ask ourselves who Chase away out of town,he ran by himself,should the Government plans his death.Dr.machar could have died on the same time when the guards initiated fighting in J1,because his body guards were all done away and left alone the question is who was protecting him until he was escorted home by malong ,mamur and kuol manyang

Lualdit July 31, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Hey Emilo,
You got a point my friend. Smart leaders think differently. Gatmachar need to be smarter than that. To garnish the support of equatorian, a son of equatorian should command the military in central equatoria, so he can recruit more people to join to liberate the country from evil. Thank you for standing up. The reason that more equatorian are not in the military is because they are have no many general. This is the right time to bring them up into the fold.

Kutei August 1, 2016 at 12:54 am

Point of correction, it is true that an Equatorian son should have been appointed to command the sector (Central Equatoria) in a political perspective. However, in military, things are done in a complete different way, like now Johnson Olony is taken to command western upper Nile, is he a Nuer? No. I have heard Lt. Kenyi being taken to Central UpperNile (Lou Nuer areas) as a sector commander, is he a nuer? I hope you’ve had a clue of what is taking place and we need to get rid of that tribal mentality that the son of the area should be the one commanding within there, no.
Another is to correct the liar Daniel Awet Makur, no amount of lies will ever give you an upper hand over South Sudanese. You jaang are good lies machines but it is your nature and that is why South Sudanese have always ignored you, you began by Riek Machar’s body guards were finished, he made another failed coup, his residence was overran which you’re now contradicting by saying he left alone without waisting my time replying to you, you know what happened in J1.

Kiir nyäldieng, Wani and Malong lost over 150 bodyguards while Machar lost 35 of his bodyguards so who’s the loser here unless you dinkaz don’t regard you dead people maybe because of pride.

Bigshow August 1, 2016 at 12:58 am

Where are we going as south Sudanese ?

channel o August 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

Fool keep counting death but righ man call for peace and freedom of all including idiot nuers who fight for no reason.who take nuers land from u?KIIR Mayar call for cessesion of hostilities and amnesty. machar, amnesty is not yet expire come and collect you proparties go for exil said Taban man of peace.

concerned citizen August 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Be a wise man. What is needed is someone who can take action and not an idol. If comrade John Gui can save Equatorian lives then let him be there. Who is he to you, foreigner? This is a real tribalist mentality. The big problem you Equatorian have is lack of courage to confront the situation that is facing you and second is jealous toward other. Ladu Gore was with Reik and you refused to support him due your cowardness while eyeing Equatorian women and girls being rape in front of you by government forces we intend to fight now. Shame on you guys. You have many Generals from the government army years back that deserted it such as the guy who were with Defence minister kuol Mayong but he is just sleeping in the bush with no action. I think you love party with big stereo and girls to party with but not liberation. And that was proven by the brave son of South sudan and Equatoria son in particular, General Mr.Tomath Cariala when he said ” you Equatorian are asking me to rebel and if i do it you will not be able to depend yourself against the government retaliation. ” please, take one option. Either be with the government or fight the government. Full stop.

melody August 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Like concerned said…Emilio you have to choice a side,so that at the end you will celebrate,plz don’t tell me am the enemy of peace there’s no peace the whole world siting behind and watching us …what do you think about being ignorant ?

Henry Jembi August 2, 2016 at 6:56 am

What is your vision for the New South Sudan?
There was a vision when brothers and sisters were together as one family eating from the same plate, drinking from the same pot, sitting around the same firewood to warm themselves and tell stories of the past, protecting one another from the same common enemy who had every kind of guns and logistics to provide his soldiers with their needs at any time and at any place.
There was a vision, there was a will and there were sons and daughters of South Sudan leading and heading towards our ultimate political destination.
Unfortunately, something catastrophically occurred in the minds and hearts of those sons and daughters of South Sudan and altered that excellent vision which was agreed upon unanimously by the first comrades, that outstanding vision was meant to end our long era of suffering, our long era of slavery, our long era of oppression, our long era of undermining, our long era of degradation, our long era of second class citizenship status, our long era of marginalization and underdeveloped region. However, with the new vision now, another era of self-destruction, self-demolition, self-sabotage, self-devolution, self-demobilization, self-focus, self-selfish, self-development, self-thinking and self-feedback has started in South Sudan where individual social and communal social group are focusing solely on its interest and doesn’t mind and care about others. And here comes the problem and the disaster in South Sudan whereby the Nuer sons and daughters are being killed, the Dinka sons and daughters are being killed, the Shiluk sons and daughters are being killed, the Fertet sons and daughters are being killed, the Equatorians sons and daughters are being killed and the rest of southern sons and daughters are being killed. This is the soul and the spirit of the new vision of the leaders and politicians in South Sudan. Can we come to our common sense as South Sudanese once again to end this new project of destroying ourselves by ourselves or what do you think?


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