Opinion Western Bhar el Ghazal

Why The People Of WBGS Should Rubbish The Parallel Agreement

By Dominic Ukelo,

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Former 1st VP Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon
President Salva Kiir Mayardit and 1st VP Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon

September 04, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Western Bahr El Ghazal State (WBGS) was one of the most peaceful places in the South Sudan until President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s regime decided to transfer the capital of the stat from Wau to Baggari city, triggering the unrest in the state and consequently resulting to what we recall as the shooting of the innocent peaceful protesters by SPLA in December 2012. WBGS was peaceful and has been considered one of the most stable cities in South Sudan until Salva Kiir Mayardit and South Sudan army Chief of General Staff Paul Malong recruited and brought tribal militia army Mathiang Anyoor in the state; presidential militia that has been killing, rapping and looting innocent civilians in the state.

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All important decisions concerning the WBGS have been issued by the President of the Republic of South Sudan without consulting the people of the state, and these decisions have been forcefully implemented. Furthermore, not only the decisions that have been implemented are against the will of the people of the WBGS, in fact it is against their interest as well.  For instance, the decision made by the President Kiir Marardit to move the capital of WBGS from Wau to Baggari and illegal expansion 10 states to 28 states by Decree numbered 36/2015 AD, in which huge part of the state, specifically Raja city has been annexed to Aweil state. These measures were taken by President Kiir without consulting the people of WBGS; he always imposed his harmful ideas on people.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has taken the power away from the people of WBGS; people can make decisions, not Presidential Decrees. Interestingly, Kiir has weaken the people of this state, its people are the citizens who hold no executive power and other important portfolios in state government. Instead, the state executive powers have been occupied outsiders or Non-Feritit; the natives of the state. For instance, all positions of the head of security forces and security elements in the WBGS are chaired by non-citizens of the state. Also, all directors of security forces and higher ranking officials are directly appointed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and brings them from outside the state. Director of Security Services in the state is Koal Mor, Director of Police is Majak Arol, Director of Prisons is Bol Chol, Director of Criminal Investigation is Anok, He gives Charles Abi Jok the position of Director of Wau Supreme Court and has made John Yel Alew the Judge, while making Charles Wol the Director of Chamber of Commerce.  All the directors are from one tribe excluding Feritit, who are the decent citizens of WBGS.

President Salva Kiir and his regime will never honor any local agreement with the people of WBGS; he’s on record in dishonoring ARCISS in public eyes. As the matter of fact, he also trashed the agreement he made between the government of South Sudan and South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A) Cobra faction led by Gen. David Yau Yau, this agreement was signed on May 9, 2014. As the result of his dishonesty, most of the Cobra forces rebelled again and dismissed the agreement; giving a space for more divisions among Murle citizens. Again on December 3, 2015, South Sudanese President Kiir claimed to have struck a peace accord with Arrow Boys, a local defense force made up of youth in WES but the Arrows Boys rejoined SPLM in Opposition led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon because Kiir dishonored the deal they signed on February 8, 2016,.

Kiir didn’t stop there by dishonoring official agreements; he didn’t honor his word between the government of South Sudan and South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM), a local armed group. Kiir’s failure to stick to what he promised brought about more destructions and political instability. He’s always very dishonest, he never meant his words when he inked his any agreement with any armed group in South Sudan. He lost trust among South Sudanese societies. As all these agreements lack good will from the president, he could not bring genuine reforms in the country.

The aim of the parallel agreement with the people of WBGS by President Salva Kiir Mayardit is for disunity, creation of divisions among citizens that weaken them in the long term as long as Kiir runs the show. Therefore, let us rubbish the initiative and stand united and rally behind the implementation of ARCISS to2 the letter and spirit. The ARCISS will bring about a sustainable peace and stability, democracy, rule of law, accountability, economic development and prosperity in the Republic of South Sudan.

 Dominic Ukelo hails from WBGS, he can be reached through ukelodominic@gmail.com.

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