August 1, 2016, Although victories in wars are largely associated with winning battles and capturing places, this is not always the case according to Capt. Mach (real name concealed) who is attached to presidential guards of tiger unit and was involved in the clash at J1 which ended up with no apparent winner, but with heavy losses on the government sides. He believes the IO have the upper hand in the ongoing conflict although they haven’t started capturing places yet.
Our revolutionary columnists’ agent had an opportunity to conduct a brief interview with him from his residency in one of the suburbs around Juba regarding the encounter at J1 which became a mustard seeds of the ongoing conflict. Below are recaps of the interview.
Columnist: Mr. Mach, before we proceed with this interview could you tell me more about yourself?
Capt. Mach: Am a family man and captain in Tiger Unit. Other details are not necessary for security reasons.
Columnist: I understand you were involved in the battle at J1; briefly could you tell us more about the combat and circumstances which culminated to it!
Capt. Mach: In the army we work according to commands. You can be assigned operations at any time and you must execute the mission within the given time. Questioning is not part of our duties. So I can only tell you a bit about what happen, but why it happened is beyond me.
Columnist: Ok thank you. May I assume that the incident at J1 wasn’t accidental to you or your unit?
Capt. Mach: Certainly it wasn’t but how it happened was outside my expectation.
Columnist: What do you mean it was not accidental but yet outside your expectations?
Capt. Mach: It wasn’t accidental because we received some briefing. We were told to expect an order to execute secret mission at any time of the day. No details were provided at that stage.
Columnist: You must have been anxious then?
Capt. Mach: Absolutely. But that’s part of the job. I called my family as usual, just to wish them well with no indication of worries in my pitch. When the order to execute the mission was passed I knew my life was in balance. And again I had no option but to do as commanded.
Columnist: What was the order and who gave it?
Capt. Mach: My boss gave the order but I can’t explain beyond that for security reasons.
Columnist: I respect your limits. Briefly, how do you envisage of this fight: Is it winnable by any of the two factions?
Capt. Mach: Why not, the IOs have upper hand in this battle. Juba can fall even within an hour or two. We the Government soldiers don’t have the vigour to fight. There are few heads who are dragging us against our wills but everything their expiry dates.
Columnist: So you think, there’ll come a time when most Government soldiers will refuse to take orders from their superiors or turn the barrels against them (their superiors)? If so, will it only happen in Juba or it will happen in other places under Government control too?
Capt. Mach: Yes. It even happened during and after J1 battles in Juba, and it’s happening in other areas presently but very few notice it.
At the moment Juba is the main pillar. Once it falls in the hand of IO other places will see no reason to fight losing fights.
Columnist: Capt. Mach, you have clearly talked like IO fighter but what has prevented you from being one?
Capt. Mach: We have all being lied to. Nobody wants to work without pay but right now my family can hardly afford meal in a day. Tell me one reason why I must put my life on the line to protect such regime?
Tell me one reason why I must protect regime that turns its citizens into sex slaves:
Tell me one reason why I must protect regime that encourages tribal dominancy?
Tell me one reason why I must support a genocidal regime!
Columnist: Thank you so much for your time.
Capt. Mach: My pleasure.
Written by Gatwech Deng Wal | on behalf of the EJNCAA with unanimous consent from executives and elders.
August 1, 2016, In the strongest term possible, the EJNCAA is dismissing and condemning the appointment of Taban Deng Gai by the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit as the First Vice President of South Sudan (FVPSS). It is illegal and violation of the Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in August last year by the two warring parties’ leaders, Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.
The EJNCAA is informing Nuer Community (NC) and other South Sudanese in South Sudan and around the world that our support and loyalty still on the peoples’ movement, that is, Sudan People Liberation Army/Movement in Opposition (SPLA/M-IO) under the leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.
We termed Taban Deng Gai’s appointment as a defection and an illegal sneak into the leadership that will bring no peace but increase danger to civilian lives and make the conflict worse. It is a recipe of war and destruction of our nation, South Sudan and should not be accepted.
Jikany would claim fatherhood and motherhood of South Sudan. This is due to the reason that all South Sudanese movements from “Any Anya” one to current movement formed and established in Jikany land. However, Jikany will never therefore entertain any act of violence or support anyone who does not want peace but destruction of South Sudan such as Taban Deng Gai, Salva Kiir Mayardit and their supporters.
Our position is that, we need peace and stability in South Sudan. Thus we support the availability of the CPA in the hope that healing and reconciliation may come under it. However, if it is used recklessly and becomes killing or betrayal tool, the EJNCAA would not recognise and/or have any reservations or addendums to it. Therefore, it does not matter whatever it takes, we will never betray peoples’ movement and in particular NC here in Australia, in South Sudan and elsewhere around the world with it. We are urging peoples’ movement, that is, SPLA/M-IO, NC and other South Sudanese in South Sudan and around the world to stand together and condemn Taban Deng Gai’s appointment.
Furthermore, we are urging and calling for Intergovernmental Authority Development (IGAD), African Union (AU) and international communities to act quickly to deploy buffer zone forces and show tough reaction to President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit to reverse Taban Deng Gai’s appointment.
Written by Gatwech Deng Wal | on behalf of the Eastern Jikany Nuer Community Association of Australia Inc. (EJNCAA) with unanimous consent from executives and elders.
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Signed by the chairperson of the EJNCAA
Tut Koryom Nyuon.
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By Luka Geng Geng
University Campus, Wau.
August 1, 2016, If you look at history, you will ultimately find by the skin of your teeth few countries in the world to compare with a country we live in today, South Sudan, a country I would correctly call “born out of wars to live in wars” is so much in dire need of revival again to embrace peace, stability and progress. Few years ended, our progress was overwhelmingly remarkable, even within a period as short as two years after gaining her independence, Juba, the capital city of South Sudan was able to be marked internationally as the World’s fastest developing city before we succumb to repetitive double folded crisis of conflicts and economic hardships; both of which are of man-made by roots or genesis.
The power hunting atitudes of man behind the scene Dr. Riak Machar in particular and SPLM-IO in general could not bring this country back to live in peaceful even after the ARCISS peace agreement was signed followed by the formation of TGoNU which firstly inspired a millions of hope for peaceful coexistence after a long run. But before our millions hopes are succeeded by despairs, I must have this opportunity to say today there is a new hope for peace, stability and progress on horizons, and for saying I will disclose in detailed form below why the appointment of the duo; Taban and Stephen Dhieu provides a glimpses of new hopes for peace, stability, unity and progress which will save our country image again. In short, lets’ look at the importance of the appointment of each to the possible revival of our country by taking them one by one
Why politics of appointing Taban Deng can revive South Sudan Again?
Unlike Dr. Riak Machar, Cde. Taban has unique visionary and patriotic sympathy for his country and his fellow country men and women, which is why the tears he shaded while delivering his speech after swearing in couldn’t be confused with crocodile tears. Looking at how the current political climate in this country is taking shape to the utter dismay, what the country need is an unassailable, patriotic and fearless Taban who can possibly team up with President Salva Kiir and James Wani Igga to withstand divisive wars and economic-ridden forces acting to send South Sudan nation to imminent disaster. To my mind Taban is the only senior SPLM-IO who has the mettle to put this country into the right pathway again.
Going by past experiences, unless someone is blind, either congenitally or due to blind political servility he/she would have realized that neither Dr. Riak Machar or Lado Gore can be compared with Taban taking into the account the numerous achievements and contribution he has made during the liberation period coupled with his recent contribution while serving as governor of Unity state. His outstanding charisma, colossal personality and public appeal cannot be matched by any other leader in SPLM-IO. His love for the country, dedication and commitment to service to people and the wealth of experience he has in store from many years in politics would definitely make him perfect to revive South Sudan. Without him on the side of SPLM-IO, the ARCISS peace agreement wouldn’t have been reached, the role cde. Taban played while he was SPLM-IO chief negotiator yielded peace which gave birth to TGoNU, I think, he is the only leader within the SPLM-IO leadership who has not yet lost the love for his country just for the sake of getting into power by hooked or crooked which correctly constitutes his former boss’s attitudes. As the list might be too long to enlist and entails all the reasons why politics of appointing Taban can save South Sudan again, I would not bother to exhaust you reading an endless piece but foremost among those to mention must counts from his spirit of peace loving as proved by his courageous stands during the aftermath of Juba J-1 clashes where he stood candidly alongside Hon. Micheal Makuei Lueth to call for calm amid the crisis and honestly denounced the exaggeration on clashes which was made by some biased media channels and social medias . Applause able was also the remarkable speech of hope he gave sooner after he was sworn in to be the first Vice president of the republic of south Sudan. Shortly after he swear in, the speech Cde. Taban had delivered automatically defines his internal feeling of love, patriotism and sympathy for this country which are qualities of good leaders, he assured Mr. president that this country shall not have two army and police, something Dr. Riak Machar can hardly put up with. Besides, he is also the only leader who can effectively mobilize the whole nation with his common touch and down to earth approach in modern politics.
Now having said this finally, my personal message to comrade Taban Deng of SPLM-IO in particular and to the Government of Transitional unity at large under the leadership of president Salva Kiir, is to rise above party politics, forget emotional commitment and blind allegiance to your traditional parties, burry to deep the SPLM-IO, SPLM-IG hatchets and rally around this core issue of rescuing beloved motherland and the nation from the dangers of imminent extinction caused by the blunders of architect of the current crisis which brought our country to where it is today.
I would want you also as leaders of this country to put security, peace, stability and the interest of the entire nation before everything else and therefore be dedicated to the future of our country. Hell with the divisive and devastating politics introduced by Dr. Riak Machar to destroy our country and our national unity which has done much to put our country into pieces in the last two years. In this instances, I would also like to remind you of the famous saying that; “you need to have your country first to practice your political ideology”. Where will you have the country of your own should you destroy this country?
Why appointing new Minister of Finance and Economic planning can revive S.Sudan economy again?
Given the fact that the problem facing our country is twofold, which are both the conflicts and economic crisis in amalgamation, their amicable solutions must be devised interpedently despite the fact that the current economic situation is a direct result of the war in the country. With that in mind, it is therefore hard to deny that a twofold solution must be provided to make sure our country is back to its normal progress. This brings us to the point of why appointing two encounters to the current situation is important. Just like appointing peace partner on the side of SPL-IO to implement peace according to ARCISS peace agreement, it is also imperative to appoint a new finance minister who can encounter economic crisis with new economic strategies and policies that would meet the demand of our country. Hence, the removal of the former minister of Finance and economic planning and replacing him with the new minister is the good approach in trying to deal with the current economic crisis in the country because having depreciation of local currency up to 70% is an indicative of poor performance at financial management field. I believe, the former minister had no one to blame for he was allowed an opportunity to try the best he can at his capacity with his economic professionalism, but the economy couldn’t improve so he has to surrender. Our economy needs more attention with different fiscal approach from the current minister, however, the question is: can Stephen Dhieu be the right man in that position in the meantime? Every south Sudanese politician who has ever managed to hold a big office has always done it with big bang and exit with whimper but it is unfair to judge him by other’s incompetency. Moreover, managing financial institution has always been the toughest assignment every politician has ever been faced and so answering this question is not easy, but if we look at Mr. Minister his previous performance in the ministry of petroleum and mining means you will agree with president for appointing Stephen Dhieu at this time. My dear esteemed readers…up to here, I rest my point!
The author of this piece is a medical student in the University of Bahr el Ghazal; Wau. For contact, he can be reached at email@example.com/0956661661
June 16, 2016, We know that wars and conflict precipitates state failure,south sudan was expected to be ripe ground for development of democracy,civil liberty,secure property right and human right; right away after independence of the country.
But dinka corrupted government or juba regime doesn’t give room to the icons above so that they could be demonstrated a round the country and
That is why this current war had descended for
Once more concerning agreement of august 26/2015 which was signed between SPLM/A IO and SPLM/A in government is a flame of candle not a solution if it was being imposed by international community and other african bodies of course it can typically do little in this respect and certainly not with the way that it is currently organized.
And it does not imply that peace except the humanitarian kind, should not be held? Putting an end to war is practical and would likely lead to human stability.
The fact is that, the peace must come therupon will of south sudanese and it must contains conventional healing from nuer tribe those who were massacres by dinka tribe in juba this need no scribe the whole world is witness.
which mean if the peace imposed to them without subject above their desire for war shall continue and surely it will lead additional human suffering
The peace that grants salva kiir presidency is totally rejected by nuer as our general
Peter Gatdet and his group was voicing for.
But the beneficiaries of the large profit created by DEC 15/2013 revolution of salvationwhich seen to be a movement of trading and terrorist without objective those who want to enrich and generate money for themselves on account of poors so that they can shore up their failure movement and a buy support from wicked.
Writer tuttayiar Tim