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Why Nuer Unite During Wartimes and Split During Peacetimes? An Obnoxious Chronicle which calls for a Generational Change

By: Thomas Tut Doap

September 18, 2015 (SSNA) -- First and foremost, allow me to advise the entire readerships to, analytically, read the piece before reacting to it. I am saying this because experiences have shown that many internet politicians do not allow themselves sometimes to read the materials present by the authors, digest the substance and respond accordingly. Instead they only read the title and the writer’s name then immediately form their own opinionated negative/positive response. With that being said ladies and gentlemen, and before embarking on the main topic of this article, one love ask whether  Aesop and his famous parables makes any sense to any of you in his quote which goes as, “United we stand divided we fall”?

While it gives the impression that “United we stand divided we fall” would be the war cry of some famous soldier, its actual first recorded use dates back to Aesop and his parables. This quote can be found as a direct statement in “The Four Oxen and the Lion.” It can also be found indirectly in “The Bundle of Sticks.” That I am going to relate hereunder:

Aesop’s The Four Oxen and the Lion

The first parable reads as follows:

A lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to wane another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling [sic] among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in the separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

The second parable is Aesop’s The Bundle of Sticks

This short fable tells of a man whose sons often quarrel among themselves. To show them the benefit of working together, he brings them a bundle of sticks. He asks them to break the bundle of sticks. As expected, the brothers cannot break the sticks when they are together. However, they can easily be broken individually. The dictum of this tale is written as follows:

My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this bundle, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks.

The two stories have the same moral value in that they embolden the unity of purpose among people whose vocation exclusively depends on it, whenever a need arises.

To this author, Nuer people’s behaviors fit well with the above two parables because of the following unfortunate circumstances that ensued for more than two generations:

1. Anya Nya I (South Sudan Liberation Movement) Era:

Like any other South Sudanese, the Nuer had heroically fought that war right from 1963 (the year well known to be the time when the Upper Nile Region joined the war of liberation, which started in August 1955, one year before the Sudan national independence) to 1972. When the Addis Ababa Peace Agreement between the government of the Sudan and the leadership of the Anya Nya One had concluded, some top Nuer field commanders came up with discontent attitude towards that agreement, among the well-known commanders at the time was Captain Kuanen of Fangak, who later got attacked and killed by Surgeon William Nyuon Bany by then, under the directives of Lt. Col. Mabil Riak, who assumed the Upper Nile zonal Command, after Oter’s mysterious demise at the battle of Khorfulus 1972. After the death of Captain Kuanen in the hands of his own brothers, William Nyuon was rewarded and given the rank of Captain Kuanen. This ordeal took place during peace time, when every Southern Sudanese inside and outside Sudan was preparing for the post-war projects of benefits, while Nuer were busy killing themselves due to the lack of better political orientation and education.

In early years of Addis Ababa Accord implementation, Samuel Gai Tut was grassed on and conspired against by his own fellow Nuer politicians and army officers, which culminated into his early retirement from the army. When Gai joined politics, he was assassinated, characteristically, by being sent to jail for good one year without charges and after pretested in the jail by going hunger strike, he was brought to court and absurdly charged with “possession of unlicensed weapon”. One would not waste a precious time and space to talk about who Gai Tut was and why he should not be qualified to own a handgun. This was done to bar him (Samuel Gai) from running the 1982 regional elections. (Judge Michael Makuei Lueth knows more about this). The conspirators were Samuel’s own colleagues, friends and even relatives that ganged up against him to destroy him militarily and politically. Gai was one of the renowned leaders and warriors during wartime, but during peace time, the very people he served and even saved turned against him and destroyed him permanently.

1975 Akobo Mutiny

Instead of Benson Kuany Latjoor and his team to be educated about the intend of their transfer to North by their informed Nuer politicians and military officers, they were decoyed into inadvertent and uncoordinated rebellion, which ended up with lots of their colleagues, who hesitated to take up arms in that hasty manner to lose their lives. As it was revealed later, Col. Abel Akol was one of the Officers who were planning a military coup against Jaafer Mohamed Numeeri in Khartoum and Abel was mobilizing some forces from Southern region to help in case of eventuality. But one of the Southern officers in Khartoum happened to know about Col. Abel’s mission and connived against him by misrepresenting the transfer to mean “disarmament” of that particular battalion in Akobo. That was peace time. But did Akobo incident made any sense for many Nuer politicians and military officers? Of course not! That was why Bilpam was easily overrun by the SPLA using the same William Nyuon as the Commander of Bilpam destruction without asking himself of who were in Bilpam to be destroyed?

1997 Khartoum Peace Agreement Era

Although the Sudan all-out civil war was still raging on, at least there must have been a relative peace in Upper Nile Region, which was predominantly a SSIM stronghold. Unfortunately, Nuer communities had lost a good number of their own sons in their own hands. Most of those who lost their lives were accused of unfounded allegations that were regretted later on. It was supposed to be a peace time that many had unnecessarily lost their lives.

2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement Era

After the conclusion of the CPA and the eventual convening of the South-South Dialogue, there supposed to be peace and unity among all ethnic groups in Southern Sudan. Regrettably, Nuer elements within the former SSDF, under Paulino Matip had remained with the North under the alleged reason that there was something amiss with SPLM-led government in Southern Sudan and that something must be done for them otherwise. The author of this piece volunteered to leave behind all beneficial engagements that would have earned him not only personal reward, but national benefit as well, to take time with SSDF Officers who remain in Khartoum to sway them that it was good to be with their leader, Paulino Matip. But that mission ended up with much disenchantment and loses of everything expected of me, including my education and daily earnings. On the processes and in less significant occasions, some of those officers who repudiated to follow Paulino under Juba Declaration, began to leave Khartoum and joined the same government they described as “Dinka government”, despite Riek Machaar being the second man in the leadership and technically the one in charge of Southern affairs at the time Salva Kiir was the fulltime Vice president of the Republic of the Sudan. Dr. Riek himself made more than necessary trips to Khartoum in an attempt to convince those Nuer officers that it was of their best interest to join the Southern government. One of the most disappointing meetings was done with this author present at Sudan Armed Forces HQs in Khartoum. One of the key speakers was Brigadier General Bapiny Monytuiil Wichjang, who had criticized Dr. Riek and accused him of “selling Nuer pride and dignity to Dinka”. Do one needs to ask now, who is who between Riek and Bapiny? That time supposed to be a peace time, but still many experienced military officers lost their lives fighting a war without clear agenda. Among those who died was Col. Met Monytuiil Wichjang, Kol Chaara Nyaang and Chuol Wal Banang, to mention just a few.

2015 Compromise Peace Agreement

Before the actual signing of the said agreement for some few days, there appeared a group of generals, who had expressed their frustration with Riek Machaar’s leadership and as a result, the later had taken an administrative action against those senior officers by removing them from their military assignments purportedly “pending” another assignments. When it became apparent to the detached senior officers that their commander-in-chief had an ill-intention for their removal, they declared their split from the movement and formed their own movement, which is yet to be named. Another group of politicians that called themselves as “Nuer Council of Elders” had announced their disassociation from Riek’s movement, expressing the same thing (dissatisfactions) with Riek’s leadership style.

All along, since the December 2013 Juba terrible incident, those senior military officers and senior politicians have been with Riek and they shared lots of events such as conventions and political consultative conferences in Fagaak, Nasir and elsewhere. In all the events, that took place under the chairmanship of Dr. Riek, there had never been a word of dissatisfaction of Riek’s leadership and how the convention or the leadership should bother about correcting it. Only in the last minutes that it appeared there has been something wrong with Riek’s leadership.

Let’s presumed that there is undeniably an issue against Riek Machaar, which might need remedy, The questions that the author of this piece would like the Nuer intellectuals to answer professionally in their own views as individuals wherever they may be, are that:

1. Is this time the right time to divide Nuer population, when the whole world have turned their open eyes to the implementation of the current peace agreement because of Riek Machaar’s leadership style?

2. Are all Dinka communities satisfied with Salva Kiir’s leadership style? If not, are they (Dinka) united behind their son, despite all reservations on his leadership style?

3. Why do we move anti clockwise when other South Sudanese are taking different direction?

Some people may agree with the writer in that during the CPA era even after independence, there were many political commentators and analysts who always talked about a need for change in South Sudan. However, after 2013 incident, it became apparent that those writers and commentators disappeared in thin air and the whole South see the big problem as a Dink-Nuer people one. Are Nuer intellectuals reading between the lines of political development in horizon correctly?  

One must acknowledge, in a true meaning of the term, that I don’t know how to illustrate our demeanors towards leadership, collectively as one entity and individually as people. However, one thing I know for real is a fact that issues and times go hand in hand. Once you missed one of them, the whole thing fall apart. In more clear elucidations; if someone has an undisputable case, but missed the deadline, this is calls, in legal term, “Limitation of Statute”. That means, no matter how much a person tries, the end result always is “Sorry, there is nothing we can do!” some niches may argue that there is different between what is being presented here and the developed world’s political system, but South Sudan is already a member of the world body who does most of the things using established procedures, and failure to live up to this conception, would be more than a disaster.

One little thing I know about our behavior towards leadership is that we want everything to be done our way; and tend to be perfectionists all the times. Another observation is that we always approach uncertain future with negative attitudes, thinking only the bad result. This behavior has been the reason behind the failure of Nuer leadership from 1982-2002, because we are quick to quit and give up easily. And you remember, “A quitter never Wins and a Winner Never quits” (Preslutsky, 1986). We always think as losers; and that’s why we lost more than once.

The author of this article would not entertain any reasoning around “Riek Machaar’s weakness”, as one of the dependence mechanisms for our collective quilt. If any of you insists, and dwells on Riek’s leadership, one must inform the uninformed that Riek was not in Anya One, but John Pidak Lieeth and David Koak Guok were. Riek was not in Anya Two, but David Dak Gai, David Dogok Puoch, and John Jock Reath Luot were. Riek was not in Regional Government, but Peter Gatkuoth and countless of Nuer intellectuals were.

In conclusion, it is with this author’s confidence that unity of each ethnic group in South Sudan among itself will categorically lead into the total unity of the entire nation. And therefore, my personal appeal to my fellow Nuer intellectuals, being those politicians or military officers, is that the issue at hand currently has sidestepped personality’s politics; and it becomes an individual ability to use mental capacity to question and answer oneself fittingly. Moreover, our failure to distinguish between yesteryears, when we were just freedom fighters and the current situation, when we are talking about a country which we all called our own, will lead into undesirable ramifications. As such, if anyone believes that he or she has a big contribution to make but Riek Machaar has been his/her problem, with current peace agreement, you and Riek become equal in that each one of you will have his own role to play in the implementation of the agreement. Some of you may not even be able to see Riek until 2018 because of your different assignments during this period. LET OUR UNITY NOT TO BE AT THE WARTIMES AND NOT AT THE PEACETIMES because, “United We Stand Divided We Fall”!

Thomas Tut Doap is one of the concerned South Sudanese citizens and a graduate student at University of Bellevue, Nebraska U.S.A, college of Business Administration, majoring Human Resource Strategic Management, he can be reached via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

'Ambassador' Gordon Buay Malek: An Agent of Discord, an Unscrupulous Opportunist, and a Decomposition Bacterium to South Sudan's Diplomacy

By Kuir ë Garang

A Decomposition Bacterium to South Sudan's Diplomacy

September 3, 2015 (SSNA) -- Any human person who functions without structured code of professional and civil conduct is not only a mad man, but also, a dangerous man! And it’s no secret that a one Gordon Buay Malek, who— by the Republican Decree on November 18, 2014 became an ‘ambassador’ (without portfolio) — operates with no professional code of conduct whatsoever. He says whatever he wants whenever he wants. He proudly told a Jieeng Radio program (SBS Dinka) based in Australia on August 31, 2014 that “I have been issuing press statements since last year and no one questions me!...Ateny was talking from a position of ignorance! …Now I’m the government!” (Buay’s SBS Interview).

It makes one wonder as to where in the world a pathological sides-switcher could get such powers and voice? How can a man belittle the president, who controls power in South Sudan in such a manner? He belittles not only the Presidential press secretary, calling him ignorant, but also the Minister of Foreign affairs, who’s supposed to be his boss. And he [Buay] gets away with it!

What any fair-minded, caring and patriotic South Sudanese would ask is: how did this happen? How can a man, many times a rebel, now a mere ambassador, act as if he’s the president of South Sudan, the information minister, the security chief, the military spokesperson, and the presidential spokesperson… and gets away with it? Has President Kiir been so much reduced to complete political incompetence that the likes of Buay mock him in such a manner?

Mr. Buay should, in a world of rules, code of conduct, and job description, only do and say what the foreign ministry tell him! Well, he’s mocking not only the foreign minister, Dr. Marial Benjamin, but also the president of the Republic of South Sudan!

In August 2014, he sent out a Press Release about an alleged arrest of Mabior Garang as wanting to assassinate President Kiir in Ethiopia. Under what capacity does Buay write on behalf of the government, the president, the national security of Ethiopia and South Sudan? Buay has put the government and President Kiir in his pocket. Complete mockery! He’d previously done the same thing by claiming that Vice President Wani Igga (then the speaker) was attacked in November of 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, by citizens of Northern Bahr El Ghazal because of Mile 14. Nothing of the sort happened!

South Sudan is a sovereign nation that should have a clear, well-articulated foreign policy that should guide all diplomatic missions representing the national interest in the best way possible. It appears Mr. Buay operates either out of disdain for that foreign policy, or there’s no foreign policy to follow and that each and every figure with ambassadorial position does whatever he or she wants. What a country!

Ambassadors are supposed to toe the line of what the national foreign ministry articulates. Mr. Buay operates his own foreign policy in total disregard to the integrity, professionalism and the national interest of South Sudan. His quotidian mannerism, interest and articulations are a total disrespect to the integrity with which ambassadors are supposed to operate.

If figures like Mr. Buay represent South Sudan in the heart of World political theatre like Washington DC, is any one surprised that the government ‘Coup attempt narrative’ wasn’t respected by anyone in the world? How can a nation be respected when ambassadors disrespect the president and are answerable to NO ONE; When they shamelessly lie every day and aren’t aware of their job descriptions. Are we this confused?

Unless the likes of Mr. Buay are shown their rightful mandates as diplomats, we will continue to be the JOKE of the world.

Ambassadors aren’t politicians and their job description should be clearly spelled to them. And neither are ambassadors army generals to meddle in military issues. Mr. Buay shouldn’t be allowed to say anything at all in relation to the government and the military. His role should be restricted to bilateral relations between South Sudan and the nation in which he’s posted as a diplomat.

Does Buay have a hidden agenda?

An Unscrupulous Opportunist

The worst thing about President Kiir Mayardit is the fact that he thinks anyone who publicly professes support is his true supporter. Regrettably, the history of South Sudan has shown that impulsive decision-making, without any proper study in order to make well-informed decisions, is very dangerous. Buay Malek is an opportunist who can now wittingly hoodwink the president by professing anti- Nuer and anti-Riek sentiment. When and how many times has Buay become anti and pro-government supporter? How many people supported the government only to change within a very short time?

On October 22, 2010, Buay—after 2008 merger of SPLA and SSDF—in an article: “Kiir Will Not Listen to Supporters of Disunity,” praised President Kiir for pardoning those of George Athor, Gordon Koang, Gabriel Tang, David Yau Yau and Gatluak Gai.” Gordon Buay unashamedly wrote that “President Kiir Mayardit is a smart politician who has understood that negative doubters are individuals who want his administration to fail and do not appreciate his efforts to galvanize the people of the South in order to realize peace and development. Fortunately, the people of South Sudan have a President who is determined to unite the South and nothing will prevent him from realizing that.”

Buay expected to be included in the government and get a post. When that deal didn’t go through, and those warlords remained in their bushes, Buay again turned against the same President Kiir he called ‘a smart politician.” On January 24, 2011, he accused the President of violation of “Washington Declaration” and “South-South Dialogue: “Kiir's Decree Violates South-South Dialogue Agreement.”

So in 2011, Gordon Buay was calling President Kiir a dictator (previously ‘a smart politician’). In a psychologically challenged manner, he bizarrely posted a video on Youtube (Buay Video) in which he alleged that President Kiir has been impeached by the national assembly and appointed him [Gordon Buay] as an interim President due vote of No confidence on the President.  Remember Buay hasn’t given up this dream! He’s inside the power system!

Until April of 2013, Gordon Buay was part of South Sudan Liberation Movement/ Army-South Sudan Democratic Forum consortium of terror rebel groups.  In a Press Release on January 8, 2013, “Nuer Community Worldwide calls for change in South Sudan”, Buay Malek and Peter Chuol Tut wrote that “Lt. Gen. Kiir’s regime perverted the meaning of freedom in order to impose totalitarianism and ignorance in the country. Kiir and his henchmen say that “freedom consists not in doing what one wants to do, but in doing what is right.”

But in April of the same year Buay as a spokesperson of those of Matthew Puljang and Bapiny Monytuil, accepted an amnesty from President Kiir. What a difference three months make? Integrated into SPLA as an untrained, out-of-blue ‘General’, Buay all of a sudden ceased to say that “Kiir’s regime perverted the meaning of freedom in order to impose totalitarianism and ignorance in the country.”

How can President Kiir and the system miraculously change in three months? Once given his title as a ‘general’, Buay started to hail the then ‘dictator’ Kiir Mayardit as an exemplary leader in just three months!

In the same Press Release, Buay and Chuol wrote that “Four days before his assassination, members of President Kiir’s security guards warned Maj. Diing Chan Awuol to stop writing and any criticism against the regime. They explained that freedom of thought was only possible unless approved by President Salva Kiir and security organs.” So,

In 2005 - 2008 - Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2008 - 2010 – Kiir is good leader
In 2011 – April 2013 - Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2013 – present -  Kiir is a good leader!

This is hard to follow! Now, it’s time for Buay, as part of the government, to tell us what he meant? If President Kiir approved the assassination of Isaiah Diing Chan, then Buay needs to give us the details. Was Buay telling the truth or was he lying to smear the name of the president. If Buay was telling the truth then he needs to stand by the same principles he hailed then! And if he was lying then I see no reason why he’s allowed so close to the president; or why anyone should believe him! He accused the president of ordering the murder of Isaiah Abraham!

On March 18, 2012, in “The Color of Ethnic Domination in South Sudan’, Buay decried Dinka domination of the government: “It is crucial for members of the international community to be educated about the ideology of Dinka domination being pursued by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.” He goes ahead and writes that “Public realm tribalism being practised by Salva Kiir’s regime is responsible for ministries to be filled by one tribe; it is also responsible for land grabbing in Juba, Numeli, Yei and etc. It is also responsible for the massacre of Shilluks in 2010 and the killing of ten Bari civilians in Juba this month.” I was a rebel then, he’d say!

Mr. Buay, the government is still dominated by Jieeng! Check the list of ambassadors! Check the list of police state commissioners, and the Inspector General! Check the list of ministers, SPLA spokesperson, SPLA information director, presidential spokesperson, the government spokesperson and the head of government’s delegation to IGAD-mediated Peace talks. Journalists are still being killed and newspapers shut down! Opposition leaders can’t criticise or leave Juba! What exactly do you think has changed, Mr. Buay? And by the way, you are the THIRD in South Sudanese embassy in Washington DC after two Dinka men? Funny how life works, Buay! Are you just a sniffer of Jieeng’s elites’ dirty laundry, Mr. Buay? Is the creation of discord among Nuer worth your post and money?

Now, Buay wants to convince us that he truly supports President Kiir! Kiir killed Isaiah, right? Kiir is a dictator, right? Corruption thrived under Kiir, right? Dinka Domination thrived under Kiir, right? It’s bizarre that the good ‘ambassador’ believes Kiir is all of a sudden a good man because he allowed him into the government!

That’s ruthless opportunism and Marial Benjamin should either tame Buay or fire him completely. It’d be a good idea to fire Buay in order to see if he’d continue to support the president or if he’d rebel. Let this professional opportunist be fired in order for South Sudanese to see if Buay truly supports President Kiir! He’s a dangerous man!

Buay needs to tell the people of South Sudan and the President how different his past opportunism is from his current purported loyalty to the president? “Although it is true that violence in Jonglei State between Dinka and Nuer on the one hand and Murle tribe on the other is fuelled by cattle,” Buay writes. “Political violence which involved fighting between Salva Kiir’s regime and the rebel Movements in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity State was caused by Dinka domination of power in the South.”

The same way Buay was writing about President Kiir is the same way he’s now writing against Dr. Riek Machar. Does Buay Malek think the president and his officials are very naïve and stupid? Does he think he will always get away with propaganda, lies and opportunism? Buay will say anything to get what he wants! Believe him for your own destruction! He’s going to destroy the government from within! How can he write against what the president has signed?

Is Buay working for internal destruction of President Kiir’s leadership? Is the way he undermines the leadership and protocols something to be watched?

An Agent of Discord

Any responsible South Sudanese should make the reduction of inter-tribal feuds a life-long goal. Without doubt, any national leader who makes creation of hatred based on propaganda, lies, blackmail and self-serving antics should be kept out of important national issues. But for reasons no sane South Sudanese understands, Gordon Buay has a clearance level that is almost equal to that of President Kiir. And everything he writes, says and plans not only embarrasses the president in the eyes of the world; his hateful machination creates a level of hatred that’ll take time to do away with.

Buay’s known association with career war-lords like Matthew Puljang and Bapiny Monytuil, Karlo Kual and Kolchara Nyang (killed by Puljang) makes him a terrorist. These men terrorized civilians as they fought the government of South Sudan in 2011 and 2012 in Unity State’s Mayom County. Nuer-Nuer conflict and Nuer-Jieeng conflict!

In 2012, Buay wrote that “When the ministries were set up in 2005, there were practices of tribal exclusions that made a lot of people to question the underlying policies and vision of Dinka elite. For instance, the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development which was under the guidance of Michael Makuei Lueth employed mostly Dinka Bor. Majority of employees of the Ministry were from Dinka tribe. The same thing to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development which was also dominated by Dinka tribe.”

This was Buay beating the drum of Anti-Jieeng sentiment in South Sudan. But since Buay is now in the government and can’t talk against the very same system he previously accused of ‘dictatorship’ and ‘Dinka domination’, he has now started to create intra-tribal hatred (Nuer-Nuer), killing of women and children, and recruitment of Nuer Youth against other Nuer youth.

Small Arms Survey wrote in July 2015 that “Current Bul Nuer dominance of the state’s administration, however, makes a political solution to the conflict in Unity difficult to envisage. The enmity felt by the rest of the Nuer in Unity, and the degree of political and military control currently possessed by Matthew Puljang and Joseph Nguen Monytuel (the current governor, and also a Bul Nuer), makes it highly unlikely they would be willing to give up power within the state.”

And Buay, the spokesperson of this murderous group, is left to roam the streets of free, democratic states like United States and Canada.

It’s always reported in the news that the government killed women, children and elderly by burning some of them alive in Unity State. Well, the terror is executed by Matthew Puljang with Buay as their advisory voice. It’s sad that the government embraces murderous militia who are doing nothing but to reflect the government as murdering its own citizens. The burning down of Leer and the destruction of livelihood carried out by Puljang under Buay’s guidance are human rights violations the government is shouldering. Terrorist in Washington!

The division and hatred being created among the Nuer by Buay and his group is going to cost South Sudan a great deal. In Leer, over 100, 000 civilians were displaced with civilians being subjected to sexual violence, hunger and death and insecurity. This is terrorism of the highest order. And this is on May 19, 2015. On January 3, 2015, Gordon Buay wrote on his Facebook account that the government should not accept the demands of Riek Machar, calling him a “terrorist” and “tribal bigot.” First, Buay should be in no position to tell the government what to do. As an ambassador, he should only do WHAT the government tells him. Besides, Puljang who is his military and political ally, committed unspeakable atrocities in Unity states against fellow Nuer. Washington should be informed of Buay’s terror links! And we’ll let Ottawa know these recorded facts!

Small arms wrote that “On 19 June [2015] Bul Nuer youths, some of whom were involved in the offensive, and others who came from Mayom, marched south in high spirits; it was now their turn to augment their herds, and take the resources and livestock that remain in southern Unity. The government invited the youth of Koch county to join in this offensive. Such divide and rule tactics further entrenches deep divisions among the Nuer.”

And Buay is not only dividing Nuer, he’s trying his immorality among the Jieeng. Invited recently by citizens of Warrap state in the US, Buay tried to create seeds of discord between the Jieeng of Jonglei and Jieeng of Warrap. Buay tried to downplay Dr. John Garang’s place in the history of South Sudan by praising late hero Kerubino Kuanyin Bol. Instead of speaking as a responsible citizen and praise the contribution of Warrap citizens to our liberation struggle, Buay couldn’t help but play his immoral game by trying to create problems between the two Jieeng groups. What was even sickening was the fact that Gordon Buay believed he knows the history of Warrap State better than the citizens of Warrap state! What an ambassador!

When will Buay stop? When will the government see and shut up this agent of discord? Pitting one Jieeng group against another, and one Nuer group against another, shouldn’t be condoned by President Kiir! Buay Must Go or Shut Up!

Protocol and Clearance Level

Every government has structured and protocols system. Buay defies them and becomes the government spokesperson, president spokesperson, a security agent, the decider of who should say what and when as he told SBS Radio. That’s shocking! This man undermines the government and embarrasses the president whether he’s a rebel or a presumed government supporter.

There are security issues that should be known only to the president and security heads. Buay seems to have a security clearance level of the president. Unlike everyone in the country, not even the president himself, Buay does what he wants when he wants. It’d be easy to ask our neighboring countries to see if there’s an ambassador who reports sensitive issues the government has not even reported.


In 2005 - 2008 - Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2008 - 2010 – Kiir is good leader
In 2011 – Kiir is a bad dictator
In 2013 – present - Kiir is a good leader!

Seriously! It’s time for South Sudanese in the US to write to their congressmen and women and alert them about this terrorist and agent of discord. If he’s changed as he says, then let him shut up and be diplomatic! Ottawa will soon know Buay’s support of terror on civilians unless he shuts up and be an agent of unity!

Kuir ë Garang is the author of ‘South Sudan Ideologically’ and “Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful?” For contact visit

To the future President and the Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/A-IO Dr. Riek Machar Teny and all the SPLM/A-IO members at home and abroad

By James Tot Mathiang, Calgary AB, Canada

August 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- On behave of Fangak Community in Diaspora and on my behave, I would like to Congratulate you Mr. Chairman and Commander in chief of the SPLM-IO, Dr. R,iek Machar Teny and all your negotiation team members lead by the gifted politicians General Taban Deng Gai and Stephen Par Kuol Wang for your diligence that led to this compromise peace agreement that was finally signed by the totalitarian regime in Juba. Using all this accepted-wisdom while continuing negotiating in a good faith, was exceptionally ambitious and took a lot of effort and dedication on your part. However, Fangak community is very sure it was worth it all, knowing that this peace will save a lot of lives in South Sudan.

The Fangak community in Canada, United States, Australia and Khartoum Sudan is in serious talk with General Gabriel Gatwech Chan (Tanginye)

The Fangak Community in Canada, United States of America, Australia and Sudan are so dismayed and apprehension when heard the rumors that Gabriel Gatwech Chan known as “Tanginye” and two others politicians from the Fangak Community have left the SPLM-IO. The report infers that Gabriel Tang is not longer loyal to the Movement, though the general disputed or denied his defection. Nonetheless, the Fangak community is trying every possible mean to bring General Gabriel Tang back to the Movement if the defected rumors are true.

A month ago we all heard that some SPLM-IO generals and politicians had defected from the SPLM-IO, and there were some speculations that General Gabriel Gatwech Chan or Tanginye is among the generals who have defected, though Gabriel Tang have never gone to the media to declare his defection from the Movement like his colleagues. Nevertheless, the Fangak community in abroad and Sudan is not here to deny or confirm Gabriel Tang’s defection, because there is negotiation that is still going between Gabriel Tang and the Fangak community in Canada, United States, Australia and Khartoum Sudan.  

Anyone can be mediator, but professional mediators always lay out the ground rules for the mediation process, because rushing to resolve a complicated conflict is destructive sometimes. And identifying the source of the conflict rationally is another technique in any conflict resolution. The more information you have about the conflict, the more easily you can help to resolve it. Normally, it is not the situation, but the perspective on the situation that causes dispute to aggravate and ultimately leads to total disagreement.

As a part and parcel of the Nuer community which has been fighting the Totalitarian regime in Juba after the genocide against Nuer civilians, the Fangak community is working very hard to peacefully bring back whoever is alleged to be defecting from the People Movement or the SPLM-IO. Therefore the Fangak community here in abroad and at home has formed committees to meet with Gabriel Tang, to confirm from him whether he is still loyal to the SPLM-IO or not. And if he does defect, Fangak community will discuss the merits of various ideas, not from Tang’s perspectives, but in terms of benefits to the Movement.

Nevertheless, the Fangak community at large is in serious talk with Gabriel Tang and his associates. On the other hand, the committee which was chosen to oversee the issue is absolutely aware that resolving conflicts in any environment takes negotiation skills, patience and a healthy amount of “emotional intelligence”. The first meeting and the second meeting between the Fangak people in Diaspora and Gabriel Gatwech had involved every member of the community, young, old, men and women in uniform. The community believes that General Tang’s defection is a threat to the Fangak Community, as well as SPLM-IO and that it needs each and every one’s effort.

After meeting with the general for the second time, the community in Diaspora came up with the idea that the community should select 10 individuals from Ayod County and Fangak County respectively to meet with Tang because the phone conference is more costly and unmanageable. Then the Fangak community has chosen 10 people, 5 women and 5 men plus 4 Coordinators to convey the community message to Gabriel Tang in regard to his alleged defection. In both meetings, Gabriel Tang was narrating his personal grievances in the Movement and the concerns he shares with Peter Gadet and Gathoth. After getting the general’s viewpoint on the disagreement, the next step for the community is to ask Gabriel Tang how the dispute should be resolved.  

The selected committee from the Fangak community in Canada and United States contacted the Community Chairman in Khartoum, Mr. Hassan Adam Gatpan, to brief the Fangak community in abroad about the outcomes of their meeting with General Tang, but Mr. Gatpan maintained that the Fangak community in Khartoum Sudan has yet to meet with the general. However, Mr. Gatpan revealed to the committee that the community attended a briefing by the Representative to the Republic of Brazil Mr. James Mawich, who was sent to Sudan by Dr. Machar to meet with Gabriel Tang. In his respond to the questions asked by the committee, Mr. Gatpan related that the representative was just briefing the Fangak community in Khartoum about the results of his meeting with Gabriel Gatwech Chan or Tanginye, but the Fangak elders and the community in Khartoum will still meet with Tang because the community wants to hear from General Tang himself before making any commend about the general.  

In the last meeting that last for 4hrs, Gabriel Gatwech Chan has mentioned two important issues which were partially validated by the community in Diaspora, but the community as a whole will discuss and come up with the position paper after August 30, 2015 meeting. Before the phone was cut off in the last meeting, Tang suggested that the community should contact Dr. Riek Machar about his return to Pagak because the accusations are simple especially in the military.

In conclusion, though there are a lot of negative forces playing, the Fangak community in Khartoum Sudan and Diaspora are yet to declare Gabriel Tang as a defector, until the end of meeting on Sunday August 30, 2015. Positive or negative the community will come up with position paper, that confirm or dismiss the allegation.

Written by James Tot Mathiang on behave of coordinating committee of Fangak Community in Diaspora. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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