BY JUSTIN S KWAJE | JUBA, South Sudan.
Nov 13, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan Liberty News has received highly classified informations in regards to the events that precipitate the firing of former governors Clement Wani Konga and Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, removed from their elected posts by Kiir.
One may recall the relationship between the Equatorian “Three Musketeers” governors, which grew more into maturity after the first Equatorian convention held in Nyakuron cultural center in 2011. After the the black December 2013 crisis, the three governors had several emergency conferences and meetings with an aim to keep their constituents, The Equatorians, from joining the conflict though the three governors respectively responded to the call to mobilize reserve forces in the beginning of 2014 when the Government Chief Whip, Tulio Odongi, said an estimated, 60 to 70 percent of SPLA soldiers had defected and joined the rebellion.
During the troops mobilization period, Kiir dispatched James Wani Igga, to tour all the ten states and during this process, Lobong played his card of loyalty by mobilizing 15000.00 Eastern Equatorian young lives, who most were poorly trained, hurriedly tossed to the frontline and since perished at the lines of fire, however his recruitment far surpassed his two counterparts in the numbers of mobilization requested by the president. This earned him a favorite spots in Kiirs heart at the expenses of the blood of Eastern Equatorian Youth.
The three Equatoria governors had made several joint trips to Ethiopia to represent the Equatorian position to IGAD mediation team. They also made several trips to Kenya including meeting with the former Kenyan President Daniel Arop Moi. The three further established Equatorian network aimed to boost frequent consultative meetings with senior Equatoria representatives in the SPLA-IO. This was to convince the Equatorian generals and politicians fighting for the forces of Riek Machar to abandon the rebellion and to rejoin the Juba led government. They had hopped to find non violent means to advocate for the cause of the Equatorian interest without bloodshed.In short the three musketeers were acting as agents of Kiir, and succeeded to prevent mass defections from Equatoria but yet this didn’t spare the two and most outspoken governors who ended up loosing their jobs and why is the question.
According to the leaked report, governor Lobong, who was the assigned spokesperson of the Equatorian governor forum, as the two former governors Wani and Bakosoro were advocating in good faith, unknown to them, governor Lobong had a direct communications, in their backs, reporting all the details of their meetings and conversations to President Kiir.
Lobong being the spokesperson, he has every documents and minutes of every meeting held both inside south Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya and Uganda, he therefore according the leaked information has twisted some of the statement in those minutes and handed them over to President Kiir which infuriate the president and ended using it against the two popular Equatorian governors labeling them as enemies of the state and a threat, as such, they cannot continue to serve and eat in the same bowl with the good statesmen.
It was not clear immediately what prompted Lobong to turn against and works from the back of his colleagues,it is not clear per the report what sort of reward he got from the President, however what is clear is governor Lobong is looking for praises so that in return he will maintain his job. And he not only did, but now he is rewarded by a state of his own should South Sudanese allows Kiir to get away with his tribally motivated 28 states scheme. Becoming the only two remaining of the 10 elected governors who are still holding to their posts, while 80% lost their people mandated jobs to Kiir. It also explains why Eastern Equatoria is the only states moving forward with the implementations of the 28 states while it is being challenged left and right including in the nations highest court.It shows how he is Kiirs puppet and favorite and why he survived kiirs firing fingers so far.
In the views of the Equatorians, Govenor Lobong ranks the worst, he fails to address basic tribal conflicts in EES between eg Ma’di and Acholi, his Toposa tribe and Dindinga and Buwe tribes and cattle wrestling in EES ranked second after Jonglei state.
The leaked information further revealed to this news site that governor Lobong falsely reported former governors Konga and Bakosoro of illegally mobilizing of funds to support and maintain the Equatorian officials in SPLA-IO. According to the leaked information, Lobong revealed to the president that the funds were taken directly from the states ministries of finance and some businessmen from Equatoria are recruited to help pay the traveling allowance and other bills such as medication and accommodation for the Equatorian officials in SPLA-IO residing in Nairobi and Addis Ababa. The leaked report further revealed that governor Lobong has accused the two former colleagues and his former allies in Equatorian governors’ forum of arming the youths from their regions and that his two colleagues are instigating violence by their choices of languages against the IDPs and that it is his believe the IDPs have nowhere to go than sharing the little resources with their brothers in Equatoria and that he hailing from a cattle keeping tribe understand Kirr and his kin’s need best.
He Lobong was quoted saying and advising president Kiir to immediately take action against the two governors before they could divert more resources to support the Equatorian in armed opposition group and he also advised Kiir to take action against Wani and Bakosoro for using inflammatory languages to instigate the Equatorian youth to rise against the government and if left unchecked according to Lobong, it will lead to the boiling situation in Equatoria explode as there is wide dissatisfactions among its youths and should this happen then kiir’s government will likely not withstand it. Kiir thus became Paranoid that the two governors would work to overthrow him or hurt his Jieng People. This concern of the president became urgent when Bakosoro and Konga made the following statements.
“You ran from danger in your areas and only to come and cause havoc in our state. You don’t like peaceful coexistence with other people. Your leaders need to look themselves in the eye and find out why you are not welcomed by anyone anywhere in South Sudan” Bakosoro.
“Those big tribes, the Dinka and the Nuer, the Dinka say after finishing with Nuer, they will turn to the Equatoria. The Nuer says you have left us alone, when you finish serving the Dinka they will turn against Equatoria. We have heard this and we are waiting for it. We are not afraid,” he said. “Nobody can sit on my head. Nobody can sit on the head of Equatoria. We are all equal. What goodness will you get by killing your brother in cold blood? Konga.
The above statements by the two former governors have been used against them by Lobong as instigating war and inflammatory and the rest is history with the only man left standing and rewarded by state of his own is Lobong the accuser and the puppet.