By Riek Michael
August 04, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— As a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop, Desmond Mpilo Tutu, once said, if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. In Tutu’s words of wisdom, if an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Dear Compatriots, I’m obligated at this trying moment to set the records straights and openly denounce the recent betrayal of the Nuer nation, their fundamental rights and freedoms of South Sudanese by none other than the elders – including my own father, whom we have entrusted the leadership of this very community in his hands for decades – and the rest of our sons and daughters, who at the time of victory stabbed our vulnerable community and betrayed the blood that has been spilt all over the country to cement the core values that our forefathers have died for. In this regard, I can’t be neutral and neither would I condone the atrocities and crimes against humanity that are still being committed in Juba and many other parts of the country.
As the chairperson of Fangak Community in Canada, and as a strong believer of rule of law, justice, accountability, social and gender parity, who has benefited from a stable liberal system in Canada, I strongly condemn the conspiracy that was recently masterminded by Taban Deng Gai, Lol Gatkuoth, Paul Malong and Salva Kiir in the ranks and files of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition in order to destroy the hard-earned peace agreement.
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We, as Fangak Community leaders in Diaspora and in South Sudan, strongly condemn these malicious activities and betrayal to divide and sell our precious blood and that of our children and grandchildren to an enemy that has massacred, raped, castrated boys and burned elderly people alive. Hundreds of thousands of our Nuer nationality and other minority tribes have been brutality killed and dehumanized in the face of the international community. Their blood cannot be betrayed for mere positions and material gains.
My Message to Fangak Community
Dear colleagues and compatriots, and friends from outside Fangak community, I strongly appreciate your calls, supports and message of peace that you have warmly extended to me and my family within the last few days following the appointment of Hon. Michael Mario Dhuor and his colleagues.
Hon. Mario is my father and he will remain my father. Nevertheless, he has served this community and the people of South Sudan; however, for the sake of records, I’m obligated to clarify that I do not support his appointment and I have not supported his political decisions within the last two years. His recent appointment as a Presidential Advisor to advise a president that has premeditated and executed a genocide is not the position of my family and that of our community, and therefore it must be strongly condemned and denounced by our community at large.
Salva Kiir does not need advisors. He has enough advisors, the Jieng Council of Elders and top senior military generals from the Dinka Community who are not patriotic enough to the country but to individuals. For this reason, any political accommodation to sustain a failed peace agreement must be thorough scrutinized and denounced.
Lastly, for the sake of our innocent nationalities, who have been helplessly massacred in cold blood at the backyard of president Salva Kiir’s palace in Juba and elsewhere in the country, we must remain strong and vigilance to preserve the dignity of those who have fallen and those who are yet to be born.
May the Lord and the rule of law continue to guide you in the quest for genuine peace, justice and accountability.
To the SPLM/SPLA-IO and the People of South Sudan
As a citizen, who has thoroughly analysed the unfortunate turn of events in our young nation, I must declare that the peace agreement is dead and buried, and if we continue to procrastinate the Republic of South Sudan would soon be a past history. If by any chance we can save this country, this is the rush hour to do so!
It is a mere delusion to believe that the retired generals like Taban Deng Gai and a few elderly politicians with less than 1% support from their communities could bring the most needed peace to the country. Taban Deng has failed to unite the people of Unity state, he has failed to unite the SPLM/SPLA-IO and he has failed to unite all the past organisations that he has been part of. So how will Taban as a ceremonial “First Vice President” bring peace to South Sudan?
For the sake of a genuine peace and prosperity of South Sudan, it is paramount that we must rally our efforts behind a genuine call for a free political environment where peace and stability can be restored. We must accept an intervention of a third party force to break our fight. This is the only option to reclaim the country and establish its foundation on our core principles of justice, liberty and prosperity.
The author, Riek Michael, is the Chairperson of Fangak Community in Canada. He can be reached for comments and further information at firstname.lastname@example.org