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Salva Kiir has accepted the responsibility for the civil war: but will he too accept the responsibility for the slaughter of over 10,000 innocent Nuer civilians in Juba?

By Gai James Kai

October 23, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir Mayardit and SPLM – IO Chief, Dr. Riek Machar said Monday (October 20th) they have accepted mutual responsibility for a 10 – month civil war in which thousands of people have been killed, AFP reported. “The parties acknowledge a collective responsibility for the crisis in South Sudan that has taken a great toll on lives and property of our people,” said the deal signed by Kiir and Dr. Riek in Arusha, Tanzania. Now the question is, who is/will be accountable for the slaughter of over 10,000 innocent Nuer civilians in Juba and who fabricated the war at the first place?

But then have a look at what President Kiir and Dr. Riek had to say. “There is no reason for our people to suffer again after independence,” Kiir said. On the other hand, this is what Dr. Riek had to say, “we do not want this opportunity to go away like other opportunities before.” Technically and intellectually, one can judge over whose statement make much sense. President Kiir has said such things often before, including “I will never take this country into war again.” So now what happened under his (Kiir) leadership?

It is always difficult to predict the political future, but even if the East Africans’ regional bloc (IGAD) pursues a very different policy in South Sudan, I doubt it will acknowledge the amount of violence caused by the war during its nine months. Historically, the SPLM government has a poor record of acknowledging its responsibility for death or destruction of other peoples, beginning with the genocide against innocent Nuer in Juba (never officially acknowledged up to date), continuing through nine months and culminating in the ongoing refusal to acknowledge ten to fifteen thousand deaths of Nuer civilians in Juba; caused by Salva Kiir attempt to eliminate Dr. Riek Machar within the SPLM party.

Personally I think South Sudan mainstream media has a poor record of acknowledging the many for instance in which it has (collectively) failed to maintain its constitutionally mandated independence from government policy, and instead has ignored or written false report supporting government malfeasance. It was refreshing that the Sudan Tribune and Gurtong Trust acknowledged their failure to report the contrary evidence to the South Sudanese’ government claims about innocence in this conflict, but this is rare movement that has not led to more independent reporting on other Juba government’s actions in Upper Nile region.

I think that we can expect the South Sudan mainstream media to continue to compromise its journalistic integrity in reporting on this conflict, and will mean failing to report its own suppression and continue to misreport the Juba government’s role in South Sudan conflict. This expectation is, of course, speculation, but the best evidence for this speculation is the fact that the major media have been withdrawing their personnel from this conflict, instead of taking advantage of more favorable security conditions to send reporters to location that were previously inaccessible and therefore more thoroughly report the impact of the war on South Sudanese lives.

However, I have to be honest to you that I found the reporting in our very own Nyamilepedia, South Sudan News Agency, Upper Nile Times, Sudan Tribune and other international media more comprehensive in their coverage of this conflict. I would not say that they take the situation more ‘‘seriously,’’ – there has never been a problem with South Sudan media taking the war seriously. The differences are in the very specific parts of coverage: reporting on the Juba government’s involvement in the deaths and destruction, reporting on SPLM-IO resistance to Juba based government, reporting on the economic policies in South Sudan; reporting on who is fighting against the Salva Kiir’s government; reporting on the actual reality of life under Salva Kiir’s leadership and reporting on day-to-day antagonism of South Sudanese’ conditions.

I should add, however, that these failures are not so much failures of South Sudan’s mainstream reporters, but of the editors and publishers who assign reporters to particular stories and not to others. There are many reporters who feed information about all these issues into assignments that are aimed at other subject. One small example that will illustrate what I mean; is the recent battle in Upper Nile State that inflicted heavy losses on Juba based government but no man up-to-date knows what exactly happened on the ground over there apart from God! This information appeared toward the end of published report, but it was published nevertheless. In contrast, a SSTV report on the overarching destructiveness of the offensive and of the anger of residents at Juba based government’s military actions in Bentiu and Upper Nile was not broadcast.

Africans’ purpose in this comparison is supposed to be the same as my purpose in comparing the deaths of Nuer in South Sudan to those in Rwanda (1994): we are trying to give people a sense of the scale of the violence wrought in South Sudan by Kiir’s government. The mass murders in Juba under Salva Kiir Mayardit and the disappointment and genocide in Rwanda - as well as so many other recent and more distant instances of such a violence-all have different sources, intentions, and outcomes from the South Sudan violence and from each other. The point of making these comparisons is to point out the magnitude of the slaughter in Juba, not to make analytic comments about the dynamics of the war.

But do you believe that Salva Kiir – administration should face trial for their actions? In “the fog of war,” the current South Sudan minister of defense, Kuol Manyang said to the camera that if the Juba based government would be found guilty of 15 – 17 Dec – 2013 Juba massacres of innocent Nuer civilians, then he and other SPLM – Juba government officials would have stood trial as war criminals for massacring Nuer and coordinating UPDF to bombed Bor with cluster-bombs. Certainly, the action of SPLM – Juba political leaders and military commanders in ordering their troops and mercenaries to attack Nuer Civilian targets in Juba, Bentiu, Malakal and Bor failed under the same definition of war crime that Kuol Manyang was considering in the making this statement, and so it would be perfectly appropriate for Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang, Makuei Lueth, Paul Malong and the various commanding generals to stand trial for these actions.

But take note that Kuol said that trial would have taken place if Juba based government would be found guilty of 15th to 17th Dec – 2013 massacres of Nuer in Juba. This statement has actually tuned out to be a kind of haft truth. In the nine months of battles, SPLM – Juba and its mercenaries committed horrible atrocities against Nuer, inclusive UN staffs, but only a relative handful of those responsible for their war crimes will stand trial. Most of international political analysts say that Salva Kiir’ government committed these atrocities, but neither IGAD nor ICC takes these as war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during that long, nine-months conflict.

They are  not predicting the future, but I expect that, no matter how the South Sudan war ends – with either Salva Kiir’s “victory” or with the “defeat” that SPLM – IO has repeatedly warned the Juba based government about – there will be no war crimes trials of opposition political and military leadership.

The author is a Law student at Nkumba University – Kampala (Uganda) and an independent columnist who has written numerous articles on politics, democracy, human rights, Law and order. He can be reached through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or add him on facebook; by searching for the above mentioned names. You can also follow him on twitter @gaijames.kai.

The Fundamental Roadmaps for Future Leaders of the SPLM in Australia

By John ChuolMuon, South Australia

Ref: CRITICAL TASKS MANAGEMANENT ON SPLM NATIONAL CHAPTERS GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014.

October 22, 2014 (SSNA) -- 1. SPLM Queensland State's Chapter (QLD): Cde. Samuel Gai Yuot SPLM National Information, and Cde. John Deng Bol, Chairperson of QLD Chapter, Must work together to facilitate the state’s election process and shall report the outcomes of their work to National Coordination office

2. SPLM Western Australia State's Chapter (WA): Cde. James Kai Nien SPLM National Secretary General-AUST and Cde. Simon Chang kuoth, Interim Chairperson WA Chapter, Must work together and facilitate the election procedures in Western Australia. And shall report the outcomes of theirs works to the Coordination office.

3.  SPLM Victoria State's Chapter (VIC): Cde. Gatluak Puk, SPLM National Coordinator,   Cde. Chuol Bol Maker, National Advisor for Political Affairs, Cde. Kaway Mun Nok, National Advisor for Mobilization, Cde. Nicodumus Ruach Banak, National Advisor for Peace and Unity Cde. Dr.Lokuowe Gordon, National Advisor for Medea affairs and Public Outreach and Cde. Tito Tut Pal, Interim Chairperson Vic Chapter, Must work together to facilitate the state’s election procedures and shall report their works to the National Coordination office.

4.  SPLM New South Wales State’s Chapter (NSW): Cde. Robert Duku, SPLM Deputy National Coordinator, and Cde. James Must work together to facilitate the state’s election process and shall report their work to National coordination office.

5.  SPLM Tasmania State's Chapter (TAS):  Cde. John SPLM Interim Chairperson TAS Chapter, and Cde. Juma Must work together to facilitate the state’s election process and shall report to National coordination office.

6. SPLM South Australia State's Chapter (SA): Cde.Biar Garang SPLM National Advisor for Cohesion and Community Affairs and Cde. John Chuol Muon National Advisor for Public Relations theyMust work together to facilitate the state’s election process and shall report to the National Coordination office.

7. SPLM Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chapter: Cde. James Peter SPLM Chairperson ACT Chapter Must work with his team to facilitate the election procedures in ACT and shall report to the National Coordinator’s office.

SPLM National Interim Youth League Office-Australia

Cde. Peter Bidong Pal, SPLM Chairperson National Youth League, Cde. Gabriel Chol Garang Deputy Nation Youth League, Cde. Bol Koang Luak, Secretary General National Youth League Cde. David Jock Nhial, National Information Youth League, Cde.Keak Bnguot Kier, National for Political Affairs,Cde.Jashua Mayan Tot Way,National Advisory for Peace and Unity and Cde. Ruot Khat Marweng, National Advisor for Medea and Public Outreach, they Must work collaboratively and collectively as a team to facilitate the National Youth League elections across Australia nation-wide and shall report their works to the coordinator’s office.

SPLM National Interim Women League Office-Australia

Cde.Nyamakal Riek Dhol, SPLM National Chairperson, Cde. Mer Chuol Ging, Deputy Chairperson, Cde. Mary Nyawuor Guor, National Secretary General,Cde. Rebecca Nyakhor Them, National Information, Cde. Mary Nyalita Koka (Mary Nyaw), National Advisor for Political Mobilization, and Cde.Nyamal Ruach Guangdong National Advisor for Peace and Unity Must work collectively and cooperatively to facilitate the Women League National elections in seven states in Australia and shall report theirs works to the National coordinator’s office.

Certainly, we need to work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder for the interest of our people and the interest of our nation working together we will achieve our communal goals. Ultimately, the coordination office MUST work together collaboratively inclusively with Cde.Aguer Rual (Country Representative) in the process of the work related matter on National Chapters elections. With this in mind, the work must be implemented magnificently. On the other hand, the elections should be transparency system and Free and fair elections comprehensively. In this regards, any difficulties that could be facing any state’s elections the Coordinator and The Country Representative shall be there to lend their hands on that matter.

Consistently, the overall works shall be report to the Cde.Aguer Rual, SPLM Country Representative to Australia by the coordinator for implementation. Furthermore, we have 30 days left to get our job done effectively from today I write this program. Apparently, your significant and immediate consideration and mutual cooperation is highly needed. Peace, Unity, harmony, and prosperity to the people of South Sudan.

“Power to the people of the Republic of South Sudan. Together we are united".

John Chuol Muon is the National Advisor for the SPLM Public Relations in Australia. He could be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

When will ICC investigate War crimes against humanity in South Sudan

By Peter Gai Manyuon

October 20, 2014 (SSNA) -- The fighting, which erupted in the capital Juba, on 15 December last year, saw a massacre of Nuer men women and children in the city within less than 24 hours. The killings drove many Nuer to take up arms in support of Dr. Machar and tens of thousands of others to seek shelter in UN bases across the country, where many remain in United Mission in South Sudan (UNIMISS) compounds up to date.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the International Crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. So far twenty eight (28) individuals have been indicted in the ICC, including Joseph Konyi of Uganda, Omar Al-Bashir, President of Sudan, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya President, late Muammar Gaddafi former President of Libya, Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast and subsequently, the current notorious President of South Sudan President Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan who will soon be taken whether he like it or not.

In a report on the atrocities carried out in the world’s youngest country since President Salva Kiir accused his former vice-president, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup last December, the group catalogues crimes ranging from the ethnically motivated murder of civilians to gang rapes and the mass destruction and looting of civilian property.

Such acts, have defined the conflict, which is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people, driven one point five (1.5) million South Sudanese from their homes and left almost five (5) million in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

We are all aware that, the combination of cabinets of Mayardit is comprises of killers and primitives who do not need to be comparable with others. The massacre, rape and torturing that have been going on since last year 2013 is justification for indictment of the criminal.

According to my own view “Since signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, the combination of South Sudanese Leaders in the government is consists of extractive leaders, political sycophants’ whose their aims is to destroy the dignity of South Sudanese and invest in foreign Countries for exit” the resources from oil revenues and donations from International Community is diverted to private accounts by vultures who are the enemies of the civil population of South Sudan.

The killings that took away thousands of lives in Juba in December 2013 need proper documentation and analytical action to be taken against the group of individuals who ordered for the massacre of the Nuer Civilians in Juba.

Some families have no people as we talks, good number of families were slaughtered including, children, women, young men and ladies who have got nothing to do with politics.

However, we all know that human beings are God creatures; anyone who wishes to eliminate certain group of people is looking for a death that will be worse than Gadafi Death of Libya and President Kiir is in for it whether he like it or not. It will not be surprise to see someone from Republic of South Sudan being indict for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The well-coordinated killings that took place in Juba where each part of the city is having mass graves will take good number of senior members of South Sudan government to the International Criminal Court, whether people like it or not, fact must be says here my dear Country men and ladies unless (ICC) is headed by one of the dictators in Africa continent.

And if the head of International Criminal Court is someone who has mandate and principle then, very soon you will not see Makuei Lueth, the current Minister of Information and Broadcasting of South Sudan, Marial Benjamin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malong Awan, the one who brought (galweng ) from Awiel to come purposely to eliminate the Nuer in Juba last December 2013, the Commander of the Republican Guards, Telar Ring Deng, the Former Legal Advisor of the President, and President Kiir as well, all will be persecute for committing crimes against humanity and killings of one community due to what is not clear to the people of South Sudan up to now.

Nuer Community cannot be killed in Juba because of Dr Riek Machar political ambition to contest for the Presidency. Riek has the right to contest for any position of his wishes in the South Sudan as per the Constitution of the Country entails. Most of the people who were killed are not supporters of Dr Machar in one way or other.

No one in the Republic of South Sudan will advocate for President Kiir Mayardit to still be in the leadership accepts political sycophants that do not think of the prosperity of the Country.

Who will deny the fact that, President Kiir is the first person to be trail for the war crimes again humanity? What is the different between what happened in Rwanda in 1994, Darfur and South Sudan? There is no different, one tribe have been killed in thousands during Rwanda genocide as well in the Republic of South Sudan where Nuer were buried in mass graves.

Realistically, what kind of government in the whole world is looting people wealth’s like the government of South Sudan which is paralyze by corruption, nepotism, killing of civilians’ population based on ethnicity?

God of Heaven MUST listen to people prayers!

The Author is Independent Journalist and Columnist who has written extensively on issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan, he can be reach on www.independentjournalist.pgm.wordpress.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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