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South Sudanese in Australia Met with Maverick Democratic Governance Advocate, Dr. Wani Tombe

By Tut Pal Ding

South Sudanese in Melbourne Australia had a euphoric political symposium with the maverick democratic governance advocate and the leader of Greater Equatria Council of Rights ((GRECOR) Dr Wani Tombe.

Melbourne, June 10, 2014 (SSNA) -- In a forum attended by over 600 South Sudanese community members and Australian friends of South Sudanese, Dr Tombe wowed the audience who were glued to their chairs for the whole two-hour duration of the forum by his frank articulation of the causes of the conflict. Those in attendance included some recognizable faces who are members of the main Australian political parties as well as representatives from law enforcement agencies. Dr Tombe gave a candid political oration on the current political, humanitarian military affairs in the country.

The meeting which took place on Sunday 1st June 2014 in Dandenong, South Eastern Melbourne’s suburbia known for it’s a large South Sudanese population was organized by the South Sudanese Crisis management and Advocacy Group (SSCM&AG) and the SPLM-In Opposition. SSCM&AG is a body that has been working with the community leaders and NGOs aiming to raise awareness about the plight of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan with international community to remedy the suffering of innocent civilians. SSCM&AG also work with political leaders in the area of dialogue to try to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the current conflict in South Sudan.

Dr Wani Tombe is touring South Sudanese communities in diaspora highlighting the root courses of the conflict as well as proposing mechanisms to end the war. Dr Tombe traced back the root causes of the conflict back to colonial era decisions where ethnic groups of the then Southern Sudan were lumped together without proper consideration about their ability to co-exist with one another.

Dr Tombe also squarely put the current crisis on leadership failures within the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) which he described as political grouping where the rulers believe in “zero-sum political philosophy” in which for example, group A believe in the elimination of group B for group A to exist. Dr. Tombe liked this kind of leadership mentality to that of Adolf Hitler which led to the Second World War. This comment was understood to mean the thinking of many people around the president Salva Kiir whose intentions and behaviors have been labeled as tribally motivated. This group of advisors and occasionally including the president himself is viewed as protecting Dinka interests. Many critics ceased on comments which were made on records by the president during a tour of the Greater Bahr el Ghazel Region in which he asked the audience whether they will allow anyone to take the leadership from them, in which the crowd interposed “it will not happen”.

Dr Tombe and GRECOR have accused the government of committing massacres against Nuer tribe simply because his arch rival, the former vice-president Dr Riek Machar, the leader of the current armed rebellion in the country. Tombe told the audience that what happened to Nuer can happen to any ethnic group if the current leadership sees them as threat to their stay in power.

Tombe, who hails from the Greater Equatoria Region, moved on to address possible solutions to the war where he called for a legitimate uprising to overthrow the government.

Speaking directly to the people of Greater Equatoria, Dr Tombe called for all the sons and daughters of Greater Equatoria to abandon Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and not fight for a government with tribal motivations on how to run the country. Tombe clarified his remarks are not a call to violence but a call for citizens to exercise their rights to determine how and who they would like to govern them.

Gatluak Deng Gai, the Chairperson of the SSCM&AG advised the audience who, as it could be observed, represents all sides of the South Sudan politics, to act as citizens of one nation and be active stakeholders in running their country. Mr Gai told the audience to take and use whatever they can from the presentation and use it to make South Sudan a better place.

Rebels Military Spokesperson Says Government Troops and Their Foreign Allies Abandoned Positions in Jonglei

Addis Ababa, June 8, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Spokesperson for South Sudanese rebels’ military wing said government troops with their foreign allies have deserted their positions in Jonglei State, warning that such a move could result in a ‘wind of change'.

Federal Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, the military Spokesperson for the Sudan people’s Liberation Army (in opposition) added that their forces have reoccupied the deserted outposts, saying the decision was made due to security reasons.

“Kiir’s troops and UPDF’s forces that had been occupying Gadiang forward base in Duk County, Jonglei had abandoned it along with Poktap, and Wernyol barracks. Other smaller military outposts were also abandoned. Salva’S forces and Allies are currently heading to Bor vie Panyagor, the Administrative HQs of Twic East County”, Beig. Gen. Koang wrote on his social media wall.

“SPLA’s Gallant Forces are occupying abandoned bases to avoid security vacuum and possible lawlessness”, he added.

General Koang also warned that the whole country could see “winds of change”, unless Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), the main protector of Kiir’s government maintains forward bases.

“With no UPDF forces in forward bases, Bor is left vulnerable to winds of change, Juba and eventually the whole country”, he warned.

Fighting erupted in Juba late last year, tens of thousands of people have been killed, and more than a million people have fled to the neighboring countries.

Peace talks between the two warring factions are continuing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

SPM Acting Secretary of Administration and Organization: Kiir Manages both the SPLM and the Government on Tribal Basis and Dictatorial Manner

Press Release

June 8, 20104 (SSNA) -- Ladies and gentlemen of press, allow me to welcome you and thank you for being with us here.

Thank the organizers of this conference and thank God for having brought us together today

In first position, I would like to take this opportunity to salute the memory of all those innocent civilians, babies, children, youth, women and elderly people who were massacred and still being killed in Juba by Kiir’s regime since the 15th of December 2013 up to today.

Comrades, Ladies and Gentlemen of Press,

Allow me to remind you that, when SPLM took arms in 1983, it was to liberate the marginalized people of Sudan by then, in order to establish a new Sudan of socio-economic justice.

The war ended with the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in January 2005, that gave us our independence through the 2011 referendum, unfortunately six months and 21 days after the signing of the CPA our hero, late Dr. John Garang died in that dreadful incident.

SPLM/A leadership designed Salva Kiir by than to replace that organized, articulate and visionary leader, (late Dr. John), that was in fact the beginning of our nightmare.

Since then, Kiir manages both the party SPLM and the Government on tribal basis and dictatorial manner, decisions taken outside party structures, not sure of himself, Kiir has never been neither for reform of the party nor internal democracy within the party.

To maintain their positions, Leaders in the party as well as in the government must show loyalty to Kiir rather than to the party or the country otherwise one is immediately removed from his or her position

Tribalism, nepotism and corruption have been the core values of Kiir’s Regime, economic empowerment and appointment to most important and sensitive positions are made accordingly.

Kiir recruited more than 10 thousands soldiers from one ethnic group (his own ethnic group) and calls them presidential guards, it was curious, president of a Country that is composed of sixty four tribes recruits, trains and arms people from one tribe to guard him.

Nobody was aware that, Kiir and his group were in fact planning for the destruction of South Sudan that they are doing now.

On the 15th of Dec. 2013, the fighting erupted in Juba, the following day Kiir made a statement, indicating that, what happened was an attempted coup.

I was among those who thought it was a coup, simply because one couldn’t believe that a leader, president of a country like South Sudan can tell untruth to his people and to the whole world as Kiir did.

Three days after, all indicators and events show that it was not a coup but a well organized-scene or scenario to enable Kiir and his group Kill those innocent Nuer simply because they belong to the same ethnicity with Dr. Riek Machar, Kiir’s challenger.

Between 16th and 20th December 2013, Kiir decided to kill even his own supporters from Nuer, as a result office managers, members of families and bodyguards of some ministers, Governors and senior officials including members of the SPLM National Liberation Council loyal to Kiir were killed simply because they were Nuers

The situation forced the members of Nuer community in Juba to run to UNMISS for safety, Kiir accused them of being rebels, for that Kiir’s regime put pressure on NGOs and UN agencies not to serve those IDPs in Juba while others in other places like Lakes State were being served normally.

Kiir brought foreign troops to participate in internal conflict, pay them more than the SPLA, all this time, Salva Kiir never visited the SPLA troops on the ground while the president of Uganda can go up to Bor to visit his troops without being accompanied by Kiir, is South Sudan still sovereign?  

By doing so, Kiir has created detestation among South Sudanese people

Despite the quick response of IGAD and willingness of SPLM/A in Opposition to resolve the current conflict in our Country, Kiir is not committed to peace, as a result he has been violating the cessation of hostility agreements signed in January and in May 2014 by attacking areas under control of the SPLM/A in opposition.

Another evident; upon his arrival to Juba after the signing of the agreement on cessation of hostility Kiir stated that he was forced to signed that agreement and not according to his will.

Let us imagine president whose people are suffering because of war is not willing to accept peace unless under threat, now who in the government of South Sudan is going to implement this accord if the president signed it under threat.

Kiir want the War to Continue perhaps his mission is not yet accomplished, he has not yet killed enough South Sudanese.

For these reasons and other more, and because the SPLM is currently divided in to two, I have the conviction that the legitimate SPLM is the one that chaired by Dr. Riek Machar.

I have decided to joined my comrades in the SPLM/A in opposition to fight the tyranny and dictatorship, in order to establish a federal South Sudan, South Sudan without tribalism, without nepotism, without corruption, Country of socio economic justice with equal distribution and redistribution of wealth and chances, a sure just and a modern Nation. To have this South Sudan, Salva Kiir must be in Prison and not in palace.

Being an elected president Kiir doesn’t have the right to kill South Sudanese who elected him. if elected leaders are forced to resign because of a boat or train accident why not forcing Kiir to leave the power knowing that he cause the death of hundred of thousand of South Sudanese.

Now my question goes to those leaders, who are still in Kiir’s Government, what are you doing in a Government that kills your People?

Knowing that people of your constituencies are either fighting the Government or in refugee or UNMISS camps, what is the purpose of continuing to be in such Government?

Please stop convincing the IDPs to come out from UNMISS, knowing that the Government doesn’t assure their protection outside instead facilitate their killing.

In conclusion,

Allow me to congratulate the members of our negotiating team for the great role they played and still being played to bring peace to our country. Congratulate our youth, the South Sudanese youth all over the world for their courage, their determination and loyalty to their decision to fight until Kiir accept peace and Kiir’s regime is out and all those responsible for the killing of innocent civilians are judged.

Duer Tut Duer Makuac
SPM Acting Secretary of Administration and Organization
SPLM General Secretariat

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