Press Release

Concerned Madi Community Members Condemn The Bus Attack And Killing Of Innocent Lives On Juba-Nimule Road

By David Aju Kanyara,

A bus that involved in a major accident along Juba-Nimule road killing a dozzen of people in South Sudan(Photo: file)
A bus that involved in a major accident along Juba-Nimule road killing a dozzen of people in South Sudan(Photo: file)

Nov 20, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — On behalf of Ma’di youth and people of Ma’di, we the concerned community members both in the diaspora and in the homeland extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the barbaric attacks inflicted on civilian transportation on Juba-Nimule road which left 5 innocent lives dead and unknown numbers injured on early Thursday morning’s attack.

We condemn in the strongest term possible this cowardly attack on unarmed civilians on our peaceful motherland; we decry the shedding of Civilian blood on our Soil. We strongly reiterate here that we do not want senseless killings of innocent lives in our Ma’diland and we are tired of this murderous scheme into which our land has been thrown.
The last few weeks Moli region has witnessed the government forces intimidating and demanding to be supported with food items, where they cannot get it, they take it by force or by plain thieveries. Farmers were looted dry of their cassavas and other farm products.

Several Eyewitnesses and survivors report it was the very same government forces stationed in Moli who attacked this bus. We are astonished and angered to see an unprecedented actions by government soldiers in Moli and surrounding villages, to which the government soldiers were immediately deployed as a cover up of their evil deeds of ambushing the civilian bus leaving dead five people, two Somali nationals, two Ugandan nationals and one south Sudanese, while those who survived the attacked were looted flat from all their valuables and money.

Mr. SPLA Speaker, Philip Aguer, there are no Bandits in Ma’diland. There are only SPLA Soldiers who have maimed and taken the lives of our innocent civilians from the birth of South Sudan. Does it surprise anyone that before even an investigations can be conducted the Speaker concluded it was Bandits that attacked the bus? Is this a design to attack our land and kill more again?

Why would Juba deploy such massive number of soldiers to intimidate and harass civilian populations in Moli instead of sending investigation team to probe the incident, to find out exactly what happened and to bring to book the soldiers who have abused their constitutional obligations to protect the civilian?  The massive deployment of the very criminal soldiers, who in the past killed the locals and never had good relations with the locals was meant to cover up the barbaric and cold blooded murder of the innocent passengers on friendship bus company, we have also established the reason why early Thursday attack on civilian bus was conducted by the army.

The primary reason to execute the unprecedented attack was to justify that there is insecurities or insurgencies in the area, hence the Juba led government would use the purported insecurities in the area in pretext to justify its policy of illegal land grab to establish an army barracks in the area, as we have also learnt the area where the attack took place, the very spot was surveyed by the defense ministry to relocate its army barracks as part of the implementation of IGAD compromise peace agreement for Juba to be demilitarized within 90 days.

We were told by the people in the area, the land owners are opposed to the relocation program of the military in populated and farmland of the people, that they would rather give the government some land 15km away from main road, this will also avoid constant security road block set by the army along the highway to intimidate the civilians and loot them as they did on Thursday bus attack, but according to the report, the government has refused the offer, thus Thursday’s attack is simply an act of government soldiers to use the insecurity as pretext to establish its barracks in the area also meant to resettle more Dinka in the area, if the locals like it or not.

Second reason why the government attacked the civilian bus is again to make it looks like as if there are presences of the rebels in the area, this way the army will legally justify its deployment to protect the illegal cattle owners from Dinka tribe.

It is a well known facts that since more than a year ago the cattle keepers from Dinka tribe have been roaming in Moli with their cows devastating farmlands, this is after the president issued ultimatum for all cattle and their owners to return to their respective places, but the decree lacked implementation and there was no task force in placed to enforce the decrees though the President relocated some of his own cows from central Equatoria state to Warrap, his home state.

The legitimate question that begs to be asked is why does the government wants to escalate the insecurity in Ma’di land by attacking civilian transport system after it has signed the peace agreement with the rebels? It is clear to most southerners that unfortunately this government has not ceased its hostility against its own population, and the bloodthirsty army is not ready to end the senseless war in the country.

Therefore we urge all the peace loving people of our nation to join us in condemning this barbaric act by Kiirs government who escalates more unrest. We also urged all the people of south Sudan to condemn in the strongest term possible the killing of innocent people specially citizens of friendly nations to south Sudan.

There are procedures that need to be followed if the government needs land to relocate its army from Juba as part of the implementation of the peace agreement, they should approach the legitimate landowners without intimidation and cause of insecurity in pretext to grab land.

We urge the communities of East African bloc in which south Sudan is about to become a full member, we urged the members of EAC to delay admission of south Sudan for killing Ugandan nationals on civilian bus, we would like further inform IGAD and its partners of the violations of the peace agreement by the government and abuses of human right on Ma’di Soil.

After Thursday attack by none other than the government forces, they now have deployed heavily and many youth and school children age as young as 12 were randomly rounded up and subjected to harsh interrogation process including sleeping deprivation and long standing and finger twisted mechanisms, all applied by the interrogators to make the youth to make false confessions.

This is an act of torture and other degrading inhuman treatments, prohibited by the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1975, the declaration’s article1 clearly stated that
” For the purposes of this Convention, the term “torture” means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. “

Inclusion we urged the government of Mr. Kiir to respect human rights and abide by the international declaration of human rights, convention of prohibition of tortures and other degrading cruel inhuman punishment as declared in December 9-1975 convention to prevent torture.

Sign on behalf of the Ma’di community youth in Ma’di motherland. The authors can be reached at davidajuk@gmail.com

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Beek November 21, 2015 at 1:55 am

Mentally illness are now out in force to blamed this on Dinka,while they are killing themselves.

Loderito November 21, 2015 at 7:49 pm


Your commend lack logic. What reason are these people killed themselves? Be reminded that Ma’di people have been known as peaceful people just like people in Western Equatoria. Let us not also generalize Dinka as a whole that they have committed the crime in Equatoria. The Dinka that brought misery in Equatoria are the cattle keepers and the regime in Juba. This does not mean that all Dinka are criminals. I have friends who are Dinka and they are peaceful people. They also said that the few cliques in Juba and cattle keepers are the Dinka that create problems in Equatoria.

Gatdar.wich November 22, 2015 at 2:52 pm

There’s absolutely no doubt that the JCE engineered the killing and fabricated insecurity in Juba-Nimule highway for the sole evil intent of sending in their tribal militiamen, to commit massacres in Madiland period. These traitorous-Jenge, will not, and shall not stop shedding innocents’ bloods in South Sudan, as long as the 60 plus tribes are permitting them to do so

Joi charles November 21, 2015 at 4:24 am

your comment lacks wisdom, for year the jieng have devastated all communities be it in Wau, WES, CES, Nimule, Bentue , Upper Nile the list goes on, do you dinka really have sense of humanity or you are insane. seeing your commend while innocents fellow southerners are dying everyday on the hands of Dinka is making me sick in my stomach. I pray that God wrath with be on you, and kiir will soon walk in the land of the dead.

Beek November 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

What Dinka got now? Hatred with out any reason will destroy you,I think you need help.

Beek November 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

It is not easy for you since you have delayed yourself for years waiting for highest position and now a nightmare. Small money make big money and it is the same with lower position,but it was your mistake and you have to sort it out yourself.

Loberito November 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm


All South Sudanese people whether small tribe or big tribe went to war against the government of Khartoum. During the war time, the small tribe fought a long with big tribes. After the civil war the greedy people in the government of south Sudan are discriminating others that they were not fighting. Each tribe in South Sudan has contributed in different ways.

One thing you seem to forget is that even the government of South Sudan discriminated their own tribe in this government. For example, within the Dinka tribe a lone, not all the Dinka are represented in this government.

Beek November 22, 2015 at 1:55 am

Thank you and i will not say anything on here about my own private life,i leave it in the name of forgiveness.

PW November 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm

They ran away from their homeland to Equatoria lands because of lack of security and food, and they keep brandng themselves as liberators and heroes. why attacking innocent civilians and stealing cassavas and other products from people farms?? who is to blame for you going hungry without food .. wake up Mr.Beek and start criticisinge savage mentality and intention of your people for the sake of innocent Dinka civilians who are living in the area. For sure you can not win..


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