By Duop Nyidar*,
Member of Parliament, National Assembly,
Juba, South Sudan.
March 16, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Some of the astonishing revelations made by the AU Report on the Juba massacre are both breathtaking and can land many officers to fire squads or prison for life. But the most shameful and surprising revelation of all is that most senior officers of the SPLA including Kuol Manyang did not know their duties, obligations and the constitutional mandates of their institution.
It is sad that we have for so long taken for granted the likes of Kuol and Hoth Mai. The Juba massacre exposed them as people who hadn’t an inch of what they were in the army for. For how can Salva Kiir recruit, train and arm these thugs call “mathianganyoor” from his own tribe and even deploy them in Juba to commit murder without the Defence minister Kuol and his Chief of staff raising an issue with the President or the Defence Council (if there was one) or even with the Parliament.
These two gentlemen will have to account for their behavior in the days to come for sure. It was not enough for them to say the December massacres were not done by the SPLA but by mathianganyoor lunatics. Where were they and the SPLA when these thugs were mercilessly killing the people and citizens?
This brings me to the other issue which was raised by the top Defence officials in the interview and that was that the mathianganyoor were more and better equipped than the SPLA. That is absolutely a white lie. I was a member of the Parliament’s Security Committee. The SPLA budget was 80% of the budget of the South apart from other monies from friendly countries. But by the way who authorized the recruitment, training and procurement of the military supplies of mathianganyoor? If the ministry of Defence did not know all these then Kuol and his Chief of staff were only sitting ducks waiting to pocket their fat salaries every end of the month.
Those interviewed by AU Commission give varying estimates of the size of mathianganyoor forces between 12000 and 15000. How many armed security organs in Juba that you could mobilise in time of crisis like the December one as the Minister of Defence and your Chief of staff to stop the killing of innocent civilians? The mission of the Ministry of Defence among other tasks is: to defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of South Sudan and its citizens and in emergencies (man-made or natural) to assist the government in restoring peace and stability. In the December massacres, the SPLA whom many had earlier believed as the national army, stood aloof as revealed by the Defence Minister while some citizens of South Sudan were being killed by criminals allied to the president.
I am now convinced that the SPLA is not a national army after all and therefore must be disbanded and reformed. The only comforting thing is that everyone in the corrupt, murderous and immoral regime will carry his/her own cross in the days of judgment on earth. So let all who rejoiced during these heinous crimes prepare their defence notes from now. We the survivors of Juba massacres who are fighting Salva Kiir’s regime have pledged that there will be no impunity again. We promise to establish a democratic inclusive South Sudanese society where every citizen will be a stakeholder and partner in governance and government.