Monday December 11, 2017

MARGARET AKULIA: Don’t Just Stand There: Do Something About South Sudan! Part 1

CALGARY – “My life had become so unbearable that I was forced to take the perilous option of crossing our borders secretly” Peter Abdelrahman Sule the leader of South Sudan’s United Democratic Front Party had relayed in a communication he sent to very influential friends of South Sudan ahead of being granted expedited political asylum by the United Nations under Article 1(2) of the 1951 Geneva Convention on refugees yet again! Before fleeing for his life and applying for political asylum, Peter Abdelrahman Sule had endured the most abhorrent forms of human rights violations under the so-called democratically elected government of Salvatore Kiir Mayardit. A government that resulted from a cooperative Plebiscite and not a Presidential Election but disqualified itself immediately by violating the Interim Constitution of South Sudan in its entirety! REFER TO THE ARTICLE TITLED “PRESIDENT KIIR’S SPLM GOVERNMENT IS NOT DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED“ AND THE INTERIM CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH SUDAN.

Peter Abdelrahman Sule’s only crime was insisting on a just society and promoting actual democracy, not the felonious version being ballyhooed by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his lawless cronies. He became a marked man when he campaigned for law and order in South Sudan and pursued his Blueprint for South Sudan which is premised on negotiation and consensus! As an articulate lawyer with extraordinary communication, diplomacy and innumerable other indispensable skills and attributes, the Kitante Hill Senior Secondary School Alumnus who went on to pursue law at the University of Khartoum and years later post graduate law studies at the University of London, brings exceptional constructs and competences to the table. His Blueprint for South Sudan is the actual solution for the carnage in the country and it echoes the agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa on May 9, 2014 by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. REFER TO THE ARTICLE TITLED “JUSTICE PETER SULE ON A LEGAL AND GRASSROOTS SOLUTION FOR SOUTH SUDAN AND THE AGREEMENT TO RESOLVE THE CRISIS IN SOUTH SUDAN.

Since his days as a young and very bright Sudanese student at Kitante Hill Secondary School in Uganda, Peter Abdelrahman Sule has been an ardent believer in consensus building. That is the reason why his collaborative problem solving Blueprint for resolving the multiparty dispute currently unfolding in South Sudan echoes the agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa on May 9, 2014 by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. However, IGAD contravened that agreement by excluding him and the other stakeholders! As articulated by him, the South Sudan carnage has transcended and gone beyond both Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and their cohorts. Consequently, Peter Abdelrahman Sule’s Blueprint for South Sudan and the May 9, 2014 “agreement to resolve the crisis in South Sudan” need to be compelled at once.

Until his “prison break” from lawless South Sudan, Peter Abdelrahman Sule was not allowed by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his uncontrolled cronies to pursue the very Blueprint that will usher in peace, development, law and order in South Sudan. However, the people’s front is now able to implement Peter Abdelrahman Sule’s Blueprint with no qualms, unlawful restrictions and reservations. This is because he is now protected by the United Nations, away from Kiir’s trigger-happy government and the hullabaloo about being democratically elected while criminals who double as security agents continue to break the law with impunity. Peter Abdelrahman Sule’s Blueprint seeks to involve all the people of South Sudan from the ground up and not just the uncontrollable SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly that continues to wreak havoc on citizens and foreigners alike. As he elaborates on his Blueprint for South Sudan and the world rallies behind this actual solution for the country, it is anticipated that the people of South Sudan and their friends will recognize who South Sudan’s actual leaders are. Kiir and his cronies need to be obliged to stop latching onto a cooperative Plebiscite because a president who surrounds himself with criminals and allows some of them to double as Presidential Guards is unfit to lead a modern state like South Sudan. REFER TO THE ARTICLE TITLED “PRESIDENTIAL GUARDS ACCUSED OF INVOLVEMENT IN ARMED ROBBERIES IN JUBA.“

Integrally, the SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly is a criminal syndicate and therefore incapable of leading a South Sudan where law and order are paramount. To say that the wrangling and unruly so-called Liberation Movement is unable to guarantee civil and human rights and it is in a league of its own is an understatement. Not even the United Nations as an institution that is unassailable around the world is spared the outlandish consortium’s irreverent conduct. This habitual iniquity is occurring while the so-called Liberation Movement that IGAD is bent on rewarding is continuing to commit the most abhorrent forms of human rights violations. REFER TO ARTICLES TITLED “SOUTH SUDANESE TROOPS STEAL BACKPACKS MEANT FOR CHILDREN”, “ROADBLOCKS ARE PREVENTING AID CONVOYS TO REACH THEIR DESTINATIONS IN SOUTH SUDAN: UN“, S SUDAN WARRING PARTIES BLOCKING FOOD DELIVERIES WITH ILLEGAL CHECKPOINTS: UN“ AND “PRES. KIIR, RIEK & THE SPLM ARE THE PROBLEM OF REP. SOUTH SUDAN”. South Sudan under the genocidal SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly is so lawless that even the legal concept of Diplomatic Immunity is violated with no scruples. Foreign diplomats aren’t exempted from the combine’s disordered behaviours. So why is everyone just standing there and doing nothing? Why on earth would IGAD want to hand over the country to such a depraved cartel? REFER TO THE ARTICLE TITLED “SHOTS FIRED AT US DIPLOMATIC VEHICLE IN S. SUDAN CAPITAL.“

The utter contempt for the rule of law in a country where thugs are emboldened to commit armed robbery while all eyes are on them, takes audacity and brazenness to a new tier. The reckless abandon with which South Sudan security agents currently assault lawyers as defenders of nomocracy while miming “ democratically elected“, “democratically elected“, “democratically elected“ gives new meaning to shamelessness! The Interim Constitution of South Sudan is being contradicted with reckless abandon and yet everyone is just standing there and doing nothing. REFER TO ARTICLES TITLED “SOUTH SUDAN SECURITY RAID LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING, ARREST JOURNALIST”, “LAWYERS’ MEETING IN WAU HALTED BY SECURITY PERSONNEL“, “SPLM-JUBA SECURITY REMAINS HOLDING JOURNALIST” AND “NATIONAL SECURITY SERVICE HAS BEATEN A JOURNALIST UNCONSCIOUS.”

A president who feigns ignorance about his own security agents breaking laws has no business being president of a contemporary country like South Sudan. One who grants criminal security agents immunity as they relentlessly violate the main yardstick of democracy which is freedom of speech and assembly has no business invoking democracy to latch onto a cooperative Plebiscite. REFER TO THE ARTICLE TITLED “SOUTH SUDAN PRESIDENCY SAYS NOT FORMALLY NOTIFIED OF REASONS FOR CLOSURE OF NATION MIRROR.“ To add insult to the country’s wholesale shame and injury to its unassuming people, Salvatore Kiir Mayardit appointed a fractious bully to the powerful position of Army Chief of General Staff and yet everyone is just standing there and doing nothing. REFER TO THE ARTICLE TITLED “OPINION: THE ILLEGITIMATE ‘KING’ IN NORTHERN BAHR AL GHAZAL.“ These are the anarchists IGAD is proposing to hand South Sudan to while the country’s neglected people continue to be assaulted by the same cruel nihilists. The regional organization is considering its condemnable proposal as a so-called Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders is crying foul and inciting the continuation of South Sudan’s vicious war. REFER TO ARTICLES TITLED “JIENG (DINKA) COUNCIL OF ELDERS: WE’LL RESIST OUR DEMISE BY ALL MEANS” AND “THE NUER SUPREME COUNCIL’S RESPONSE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF “JIENG COUNCIL OF ELDERS INTERVIEW.” Revered elders in all African tribes scold and extricate themselves from thoughtless, lawless and cruel younger generations but not the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders. That is the reason why to say that Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his so-called Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders have made South Sudan a laughing-stock is lax.

IGAD needs to be disqualified from mediating the South Sudan bloodbath with immediate effect. The regional organization has failed to bring about a peace agreement or deal with the root causes of the savagery in South Sudan because it contravened the May 9, 2014 agreement signed by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. Because of its lack of discernment, the organization and its affiliates are setting the stage for more lawlessness, death the destruction in South Sudan instead of securing a lasting peace agreement. REFER TO ARTICLES TITLED “ARUSHA RESETS SPLM FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE” AND “SOUTH SUDANESE POLITICAL PARTIES CAUTION OVER PEACE DEAL”. IGAD has not succeeded in resolving the conflict between Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and their cohorts because it broke the rules of mediation by 1) Taking the side of Salvatore Kiir Mayardit. 2) Imposing judgment on the issues being discoursed instead of facilitating a mutually acceptable settlement by ALL the stakeholders (in mediation, the mediator will not and cannot impose a settlement). 3) Imposing itself as a mediator in a dispute in which its members have financial and personal interests in the result of the mediation. 4) Refusing to defer the mediation to an objective forum.

Prior to imposing itself as the mediator, IGAD did not disclose any circumstance likely to create a presumption of bias. Moreover, the regional organization has enabled the conflicting parties to negotiate in bad faith by excluding the other stakeholders. To salvage the object of the agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa on May 9, 2014 by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, the South Sudan mediation effort needs to be reconstituted to include ALL the stakeholders, along with advocates from the African and South Sudan Diaspora. Simply stated, all the people of South Sudan and not just a lawless SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly should participate in pulling South Sudan from under the rubble actuated by the very murderous cartel IGAD appears to be dead set on rewarding. IGAD countenancing the genocidal SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly to act as judge, jury and executioner in dictating how “The people of South Sudan vs the SPLM cum SPLA” is adjudicated is immoral at best. That is why the organization needs to be stopped from continuing to jumble the South Sudan Peace Talks. The world should not just stand there and do nothing about the criminal mindset that was responsible for the genocide that created the murderous domino effect that is now threatening to sink the entire East and Central African region as IGAD is doing. Just standing there and doing nothing is tantamount to aiding and abetting genocide. It is recreating Germany’s Auschwitz Concentration Camp genocide, the Rwandan genocide and the countless other genocides that occured because the international world just stood there and did nothing!

The people of South Sudan and their friends have good cause to replace IGAD in the South Sudan mediation immediately to avert bloodshed. Furthermore, IGAD does not have the authority to decide any issue for the people of South Sudan so it can be substituted because it has failed in facilitating the voluntary resolution of the dispute between the conflicting parties who now include REMNASA (The Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation). Simply stated, IGAD’s immoral scheme to reward genocide will not go unchallenged! REFER TO PRESS RELEASE TITLED “REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT FOR NATIONAL SALVATION (REMNASA): IT’S OBJECTIVES” AND ARTICLES TITLED “S. SUDAN ARMY EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER DEFECTIONS IN W. EQUATORIA” AND “LAUNCHING THE PEOPLE’S FRONT TO OPPOSE THE GENOCIDAL SPLM CUM SPLA OLIGOPOLY IN SOUTH SUDAN!“

South Sudan’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk is very accurate in many of his statements in the article titled “S. Sudan army expresses concern over defections in W. Equatoria” but he couldn’t be more wrong when he said, “It is unfortunate that one of the well-mannered and highly disciplined officers at the ministry of defense could not stand the test of pressure, which is regretful.” Losuba Lodoru Won’go’s defection has nothing to do with pressure but defending and protecting the suffering masses of South Sudan. Contrary to his erroneous superficial comments, Kuol Manyang Juuk knows what a formidable opponent Losuba Lodoru Won’go is. He is absolutely right in discerning that Losuba Lodoru Won’go’s “rebellion could undermine economic activities with neigbouring countries of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) if he takes advantage of his knowledge of the triangle region straddling Uganda to the south of Juba and the DRC to the south west.”

If Losuba Lodoru Won’go had the ability to successfully defuse a Congolese rebellion of ethnic Kakwa in 2012, it is not far-fetched to anticipate the opposite. If Nuers from all over the world including ones from the Gambela region of Ethiopia can converge on South Sudan to defend their kin without the least bit of care for the restrictions imposed by transnational borders, it is not illogical to expect that Kakwa people, their relatives and friends from all the countries of East and Central Africa will descend on South Sudan to fight inhumanity. Kakwa/Bari speaking tribes know that when a big man places his hand on his head, it signifies fear, hopelessness and defeat so it is anybody’s guess who is not standing the test of pressure in the innumerable defections from Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s anarchic government to the opposing sides including Losuba Lodoru Won’go’s REMNASA (The Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation). It is anybody’s guess which side is running scared when all that is needed to bring about sustainable peace in South Sudan by peaceful means is implementing Peter Abdelrahman Sule’s Blueprint for South Sudan and the agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa on May 9, 2014 by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. REFER TO ARTCILES TITLED “SPLA-IO SHELL BENTIU WITH MORTARS” AND “S. SUDAN’S “COBRA” FACTION ABANDONS KIIR’S GOVERNMENT, JOINS REBELLION.”

Every conceivable group could take up arms against Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s depraved government but why spill more blood when a reconstituted mediation effort that includes ALL the stakeholders, along with advocates from the African and South Sudan Diaspora can avert bloodshed. Why continue depending on a biased IGAD that is bogging down proper dialogue when a different forum can be speedily reconstituted? Why should more precious lives be lost when a reconstituted mediation effort will ensure that every fair and just South Sudanese gets what they need and all the 64 tribes of South Sudan are guaranteed protection from murderous bullies? Why continue fighting when a reconstituted mediation effort can be a successful avenue for building consensus about the way forward in relation to rebuilding the country, proper accountability and proper restitution?

“Yi laga Kakwa/Bari kilo yi moro ku Lemi. Kuje ‘bayi”, I had encouraged Losuba Lodoru Won’go in a missive I sent him in Kakwa. The phrase loosely translates to we Kakwa/Bari speaking tribes fight with just cause. We don’t pick fights unnecessarily. We fight for justice and we fight evil. That is the reason why the karmic forces are always aligned in our favour. There is no fear when you fight for justice. I had pursued Losuba Lodoru Won’go to convey that if he and his group REMNASA (The Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation) must fight Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his cronies in self defence and to protect the suffering masses of South Sudan, they should let the God of the Bible lead.

I had included a link to the Bible Stories of Exodus 17:8-13, Numbers 13:1 – 14:35, Joshua 1:1-9, 3:1-17, Joshua 6:1-27, Joshua 7:1-12, Joshua 7:14-8:29, Joshua 10:1-14, Joshua 23:1-24:28, Judges 4:1-9, Judges 4:10-17, 5:19-21, Judges 4:17-23, Judges 5:1-31, Judges 6:1-24, Judges 6:25-32, Judges 7:1-7, Judges 7:12-25, Judges 13:1 – 14:19, Judges 15:1-17, Judges 16:4-22, Judges 16:23-31, Luke 8:26-39, Luke 19:45-48, John 2:13-21, Matthew 27:33 – 28:20 and Ephesians 6:10-18 and encouraged Losuba Lodoru Won’go to learn from the stories and stay strong.

“Scroll to the bottom of the page to click on “Kakwa: Congo” or “Arabic, Sudanese Creole: Juba” and listen to the same stories recorded in audio format by clicking on the soldier with the sword and shield” I had instructed while praying that the South Sudan carnage will be resolved without firing a single shot and spilling more blood. This is because it is possible to resolve the conflict peacefully provided the complex mediation effort is reconstituted to include ALL the stakeholders, along with advocates from the African and South Sudan Diaspora. CLICK ON THE “GLOBAL RECORDINGS” LINK.

“I am just a simple person but moved by the suffering of our people” Losuba Lodoru Won’go offered in a reply missive where he explained why he picked up arms in defence and protection of the suffering masses of South Sudan who are “being killed daily in cold blood, harassed, looted and raped with impunity.”

“I am shocked with the way our so called leaders behave” Losuba Lodoru Won’go expressed before continuing.

“I asked myself. Why did we fight and separate from the Sudan?  Was it to get a country per se? My answer was big NO.  We fought because we felt we were not free, we were not treated equally and we had no opportunity to develop our natural talents as well as no democratic space to be equally represented in the governance affairs of the country we call our own.”

“Option one was to fix the problem if not then go to option two which is to separate. The same but even worse is happening in South Sudan now under Kiir. Our options are to topple him or fix the problem under a new interim leadership” Losuba Lodoru Won’go declared with conviction.

“I have decided with my team that we will continue till freedom, equality and democracy is attained in South Sudan so that we have a conducive environment where for the first time in history we shall have decent and quality education and health services with safe water for all South Sudanese children, women and men” Losuba Lodoru Won’go stated emphatically.

The solution to South Sudan’s current “free-for-all“ and total breakdown in law and order is ingrained in Peter Abdelrahman Sule’s Blueprint for South Sudan and Losuba Lodoru Won’go’s vision for South Sudan, both of which are complemented by proposals from professionals in the South Sudan Diaspora. The common thread is the stakeholder involvement implanted in the May 9, 2014 agreement signed by Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and guaranteed by Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairman of the IGAD Assembly. All of Peter Abdelrahman Sule, Losuba Lodoru Won’go and professionals in the South Sudan Diaspora accredit the importance of dialogue and participation by ALL stakeholders and not just a lawless so-called Liberation Movement that is bent on continuing to murder and short change the people they have abused and battered for decades. That is why the world needs to listen to the clarion call to replace IGAD in the complex South Sudan mediation which requires particular skills, extraordinary sensitivity, prudence and inside information.

Losuba Lodoru Won’go is standing up to the lawless bullies of South Sudan by taking up arms against them to defend and protect the suffering masses of South Sudan and I have every reason to believe that he has no intention of backing down! In fact I see a Nuer-Equatoria alliance that can and will obtain proper accountability and restitution for the callousness that has reduced South Sudan to killing fields instead of the ludicrous focus on a crooked power sharing deal.

Why should Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s lawless government be rewarded with 53% of power and Riek Machar’s splinter SPLM cum SPLA be rewarded with 33% while everyone else gets nothing in an agreement that is not even worth the piece of paper it is written on? Who gives a hoot about Wani Igga’s job of Vice President when the people of South Sudan are being murdered and violated with impunity? The SPLM cum SPLA oligopoly has violated the Interim Constitution of South Sudan in its entirety so it should not be rewarded with a power sharing deal that swindles the rest of the citizens. REFER TO ARTICLES TITLED “REBEL COMMANDERS RECEIVE ARUSHA DEAL WITH A FIST”, “NUER FIGHTERS REJECT ANY ARUSHA DEAL THAT KEEPS SALVA KIIR IN POWER, THREATEN TO FIGHT ON WITHOUT RIEK MACHAR IN THE MOVEMENT”, “EQUATORIANS IN EXILE REJECT THE STATEMENT BY EQUATORIAN BENEFICIARIES, GOVERNORS AND VICE PRESIDENT!”, “SOUTH SUDAN EQUATORIANS FIGHT VICE PRESIDENT IGGA” AND “SOUTH SUDAN DRAWS “REDLINE” ON FIRST VP PROPOSAL”.

Please Don’t just stand there: Do something about South Sudan!

NOTE: The Opinions expressed herein are entirely for the author of the article. The Upper Nile Times did NOT endorse these views.


Margaret Akulia

Is a Contributor for The Upper Nile Times. She is co-author of the sequel Idi Amin: Hero or Villain? His son Jaffar Amin and other people speak. She brings to the South Sudan dialogue a multidisciplinary professional background including but not limited to “grassroots activism”. Margaret can reach @ or @


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