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Editorial: The decapitation of Equatoria

By Elhag Paul

December 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- The attack on Equatoria is evidenced by the series of abductions, detentions and killings of Equatorians in South Sudan and neighbouring countries. The recent abduction and detention of Dr Leonzio Angole Onek demonstrates this calculated attack to eliminate Equatoria leadership in South Sudan, as a means to render Equatoria leaderless, so as to be subject to control and abuse by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE).

The objective of the JCE and The SPLM to destroy Equatoria is being recorded in contemporary history where a series of Equatorian leaders are presently unaccounted for, such as the elimination of Joseph Oduho, the elimination of Martin Kejivura, the elimination of Cecilia Oba Towongo, the elimination of John Nambu, the elimination of Equatorian police officers, the mysterious death of Dr Wani Tombe, the unexplained disappearance of Justice Peter Sule and General Elias Lino Jada and many others.  Presently this regime is actively terrorising Joseph Bakasoro, the former Governor of Western Equatoria state.  As I write he is being subjected to arbitrary detention afflicted with physical and emotional abuse.

If terror and death could extinguish the will for freedom and the ideas that go with it, South Sudan would not have been freed and born as a sovereign state; for the ideas and proclamations made by the pioneers of South Sudan liberation such as Emilio Tafeng, Paul Ali Gbatala, Joseph Oduho, Zbon Mundiri, Fr. Saturnino Ohure etc would have atrophied with them. However, their words and deeds became the fuel that ran the struggle against Khartoum for over half a century.  With the present oppression of Equatoria by the Jieng, the words of Peter Sule, Dr Wani Tombe etc will be the fuel that runs the emerging Equatoria resistance to the Jieng regime.  Just listen to some of these words in this YouTube video

The abduction of Dr Onek similar to the detention of Joseph Bakasoro further highlights the undeclared decapitation policy that the Jieng Council of Elders is promoting to destroy Equatoria.  This Jieng’s policy eventually will intensify the resolve of the people of Equatoria to double their energies and efforts to assert their right.  The weakness pulling Equatoria down is the division that the SPLM has planted in its midst via vulnerable Equatorians, who are intimidated and bought with government posts.  In addition to this the SPLM sets one tribe against the other. 

Dr John Garang was the first to device the fragmentation of Equatoria by instituting a policy that any person wishing to join the SPLM, must come as an individual.  This policy that appeared simple and harmless on face value ensured that Equatorian leaders were stripped of their leadership and subsequently their following. This was the initial process of decapitation of Equatoria.  Please see, ‘The marginalisation of Equatoria’

The other SPLM factions similarly use the same intrigues to keep the Equatorians out of positions of power and influence; of all these techniques, the real problem lies in the pitying of one tribe against the other.  Presently, albeit the Equatorians are agreed that the current system in the country is their worst nightmare they still operate as divided, with each tribe supporting their own in the ranks of the opposition.  For example, each tribe will collect material and monetary contributions to support the cause for their tribe. In this, the Equatorians have failed to see that without coming together under a clear objective and working as one there will be no head ways. 

Nimule, Wonduruba, Mundri, and Yambio will continue to burn and the other areas will follow too.  This is the reality.  Politics, as Niccolo Machiavelli, the Italian thinker and author of the influential book The Prince, argues is about power, and getting power involves nasty things like those taking place in the mentioned towns in Equatoria.  This is what is called realpolitik.  It is simply pragmatism and it has nothing to do with emotions and civility.  Bari on their own means nothing, Moru on their own means nothing, Kuku on their own means nothing, Pojulu on their own means nothing, and Zande on their own means nothing etc.  Because Equatoria is fragmented the way it is, its enemies confidently find it easy to pick on them one by one.  For example, when President Kiir and the JCE abused Peter Sule, they did so, knowing that he did not have group support behind him.  They are now abusing Dr Onek and Bakasoro knowing that there is a lack of regional group support.  The behaviour of President Kiir and the JCE is typical of predators preying on their quarry.

If Equatoria wants to regain its lost strength in order to be protective of its people, its people must discard short sighted approaches and work as one, or Equatoria’s future in the jungle that is called South Sudan is bleak.  Simply put, if Equatorians cannot protect and sacrifice for their leaders the future looks very bad.

This protection must start at home.  First it is important for Equatorians to shun or distance themselves from Equatorian informers and lackeys of the “born to rule”.  These informers should be shunned from the society in line with Equatorian cultures.  This is necessary for survival, as informers are used as tools by oppressors to aid in the subjugation and enslavement of a people(s).  Addressing the issue of informers, allows for a group to begin addressing the oppressor; this is because the oppressor lacks leverage without informers.

The literature on conquest, social control and domination posits that for powerful groups to exercise their power over a target group that is to be dominated, the target group must not have leaders.  Without this, it is next to impossible to succeed in colonising any people.  This is why the imperialists and colonialists in the past destroyed indigenous leaders and replaced them with handpicked leaders serving the masters.  In South Sudan, Equatoria’s handpicked lackeys include the Vice President, some of the national ministers, Equatorian apparatchiks of the SPLM, appointed governors, appointed members of parliament, and one or two appointed ambassadors who distinguish themselves by extreme subservience to the Jieng. 

But why do the Jieng strive to colonise Equatoria?  This is a big question that cannot be answered in one article.  The genesis of this problem is explained in my previous article, ‘SPLM a pathological organisation’

In the mind of the Jieng, if they are to achieve their objective of establishing themselves as the elites in South Sudan, Equatoria must be destroyed.  They believe that Equatorians hate the Jieng and as such it is the main obstacle to their project of ‘born to rule’. This belief though unfounded, is real to them.

In his book, ‘Sudan and South Sudan: from one to two’, Bona Malwal vividly conveys the feelings of the Jieng towards Equatorians.  He argues that “Unfortunately, Equatoria, this rather unusual indeed non-existing constitutional being in South Sudan, has now got onto the bandwagon of Riek Machar Teny, hoping to defeat and overthrow the Dinka (Jieng) that Equatoria has always hated.”  The tone and sentiment expressed here speaks for itself.  While the Jieng assume they are hated by Equatoria, what are the feelings of Equatorians?  In reality, the Equatorians do not hate the Jieng or any other social group in South Sudan for that matter.  What they abhor is the uncalled for senseless violence of the Jieng.  A good example is what is going on throughout Equatoria presently and the horrendous events of December 2013.

Equatoria, therefore, does not hate the Jieng people but certainly it hates their destructive and abusive behaviour.  If the Jieng could only discipline themselves and behave in a humane way, nobody in Equatoria would dislike their ways.  For example, the family of Gordon Ayom and the family of Khatir Jubara who hail from the Jieng, are integrated in Equatoria because they know how to interact with people with respect.

Now the United States has come to the same conclusion as the Equatorians about the behaviour of the Jieng and their government.   Can President Kiir and the JCE really look the Americans in the eye and ask them as to why the US has a low opinion about their government?   If the Americans can not put up with the Juba nonsense, why should South Sudanese and Equatorians do so for that matter?  Please listen to the Senate Hearing titled, ‘Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership’

The paradox in this bitter relationship between the Jieng and Equatoria is found in the Jieng Council of Elders whose actual leadership is not Jieng.  The most vocal and hawkish ones who intensely execrate Equatoria are of Equatorian and Jur blood.  These non Jieng leaders of the Jieng have their own issues rooted in their childhood which unfortunately they internalised and turned them into depraved persons.  They strongly hate their Equatorian and Jur traits.  By riding on the back of the entire Jieng they have found a convenient outlet to release their vent up hatred towards their own people in Equatoria and Bahr El Ghazal. 

This may come as a shock to many people as it sounds unbelievable.  But it is the truth.  Here we have a lost Equatorian and a lost Jur conniving to disguise their true identities in order to destroy the source of their very existence in this world.  These are not the only ones in the JCE, there are more.

The behaviour of concealment is associated with many things chiefly among them is the feeling of shame.  Shame often makes people feel inadequate and worthless.  In order to feel better, some people suffering from shame will resort to cover up traits considered negative in their lives.  The hawkish members of JCE appear to be doing exactly that.  Let us have a brief look at their background. 

The Equatorian Jieng is a product of colonial intervention in Jieng cultural life.  When the British came to Bahr El Ghazal they were shocked by the nudity of the Jieng.  They decided to acculturise them, and the plan they put in place was to import Equatorian tailors into Jieng land specifically to produce Chabong - a half robe or ‘Nus Jalabya’ in Arabic.  Initially the British thought the locals would embrace the robe but the Jieng resisted.

After a struggle the Jieng showed interest in Chabong.  The preference to Chabong may have something to do with the comforts of air fanning the lower parts of the body.  It must be remembered that these specific parts are conditioned to free flow of air since time immemorial and the robe in its usual form blocks the entire body from receiving normal aeration.  So the Chabong was the solution provided to introduce clothing to the Jieng.

Like most expats, the imported Equatorian tailors those days did not come with their women and as mother nature does not allow vacuum, interaction with the local women ensued and there we have our Equatorian Jieng leader in the JCE.  So, in essence a combination of British resourcefulness, Equatorian ingenuity and Jieng nudity produced an angry individual who hates Equatoria, part of his own identity.  This person has devoted most of his life to erase Equatoria out of existence.

As for the Jur, his story is tragic.  When he was a young child, he was vulnerable and uncared for, he roamed the streets and found his way to Babanousa and then Khartoum through the weekly train service between Khartoum and Wau.  Once in Khartoum he became a water boy in house of an influential political family in Omdurman.  He grew up there in the nooks of the Arab kitchen feeding on daily leftovers under the supervision of Haja (an old Arab house wife).  It is said that Haja used to refer to him in Arabic as – da walad kwes kalish, meaning this is a good boy.

The above is the brief background to the most hawkish of the JCE leadership.  Is it any wonder why the JCE is doing what it is doing?  These are people who are angry with the world.  People who have had a troubled and challenging childhood, and or those who have had an identity crisis, can experience internal conflict, low self esteem and feelings of worthlessness. While some children grow up to be responsible adults who work through these conflicts, trauma and challenges; others grow to become destructive to themselves, their community and their society.

In the case of South Sudan President Salva Kiir who is another one with dubious background refers to the JCE as dogs because he knows their background very well.  These are individuals who have no loyalty to anybody on this earth but themselves.  They have now hijacked the Jieng tribe and they are using it to the maximum to fill the void in their lives to make themselves feel good.  They do not care about the well being of the Jieng tribe.  Look at the emotional and mental destruction they are inflicting on the young Jieng boys they recruit into the killing machine of the Jieng militia (Dootku Beny, Mathiang Anyoor and Gelweng). 

Malek Cook-Dwach in his article published by The Sudan Tribune, ‘Tribal politics is what is destroying our social fabric’ correctly points out that the damages inflicted by the JCE’s war will have long term impact for the recovery of the Jieng youth to return to normality due to the economies lost, lack of education, physical and psychological trauma.  As for the overall consequences of the JCE’s evil plans, please see, ‘The Jieeng Council of Elders, the erosion of Jieeng values and the Jieengization of South Sudan’ 

Therefore, the hatred of the JCE towards Equatoria is irrational and very dangerous as this group has set itself, the task of destroying Equatoria.  The destruction is being born out in two ways.  First, through the SPLM/A, the JCE is systematically eliminating Equatoria leaders and disempowering the whole community.  Secondly, the name Equatoria is being erased from existence in South Sudan through use of presidential decrees like the Decree 36/2015 Establishment Order.  This decree fragments Equatoria into smaller states and wipes out the name Equatoria.  Equatoria has no option left but it must rise to the challenge.

Now the abduction of Dr Onek has its root in what has been expressed in this article.  As a professor and a very intelligent person, the tribal system perceives him to be a threat, because should he decide to lead his people one day it would be difficult for the JCE and President Salva Kiir to push him aside.  So in line with Jieng policy of keeping Equatoria leaderless, Dr Onek has been preyed upon.  His abduction like the ongoing detention of Bakasoro is not only humiliation to him personally but in reality it is the humiliation of the whole Equatoria region. 

Previously the system did this to the Kakwa chiefs, it did it to Justice Peter Sule whose story now remains an enigma, it did it to the chairman of the Equatoria caucus in the parliament, it did it to the paramount chief of Didinga, it did it to the chiefs of Madi and Acholi, it is doing it now to the former Governor of Western Equatoria, Joseph Bakasoro.

The message in all this is clear.  If you are Equatorian with potential, then your own survival is at risk because the JCE has decided to destroy Equatoria through decapitation.   Their practice to achieve this objective includes arbitrary detentions, abductions, killings and terror.  The crucial question is: For how long is Equatoria going to be humiliated?  The cases of Dr Onek and that of Bakasoro are Equatorian cases and they must not be allowed to go on like what has happened to Peter Sule.  If the system has a case against Dr Onek and Bakasoro, they must be brought to open court and let them have their day in court.  It is just unacceptable that people are abused and oppressed to satisfy the ego of the JCE, because they are Equatorians.

This challenge demands the so called Equatorian Front in SPLM-IO to do something about it because of their unique position as partner of President Kiir in the peace agreement.  If General Alfred Ladu Gore is an Equatorian leader as is claimed, he needs to speak out and ensure that Professor Onek and Bakasoro are safe and released immediately.  This is very important for three reasons.  Firstly, this is because it is an act of solidarity.  Secondly, it is an act to protect Equatoria, and thirdly and crucially it is an act of self protection – ensuring he does not fall in the same trap. 

Equatoria community need to realise that their unity is a must if this predatory politics of the JCE is to be stopped once and for all.  So the Equatoria community in the country need to write to the trio (President Festos Mogae, President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar) demanding the release of Professor Onek and Bakasoro together with an enquiry on why Dr Onek was abducted and Bakasoro detained.  This very piece should serve the same purpose.

Finally in the larger context, the survival of Equatoria depends on the extent to which the people of the region (a third of the population of South Sudan) are prepared to resist in self defence.  President Kiir and JCE’s terror directed to Equatoria leaders and the people must be brought to a halt through a concerted multi prong action.  If Equatoria wants its sons and daughters to stand for it, it in turn has to protect them by whatever means available.  Otherwise the future of Equatoria is bleak in a system run by people who hold deep unfounded grudges against it for no rational reason.

[Truth hurts but it is also liberating]

The author lives in the Republic of South Sudan. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Editorial: SPLM is a pathological organization

By Elhag Paul

November 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- The behaviour of the SPLM/A since its inception has demonstrated symptoms of organisational illness, but this has continued to be ignored by the people either due to ignorance or opportunism.   Pathological organisations often reflect the collective ill mind of its members and this comes out clearly in the manner it conducts its business.  SPLM/A’s pathology manifested itself initially with the killing of Samuel Gai Tut and Akwot Atem.

In his book, SPLM SPLA Inside an African Revolution, on page 260 Dr Lam Akol referring to an armed confrontation in the early stages of the movement points out that, “Samuel Gai Tut himself was killed during the fighting.  This was on March 30, 1984.  His body was not discovered until two days later.  On receiving the news, Dr John Garang and Kerubino Kwanyin Bol flew by a helicopter to Adura where Kerubino lashed the decomposing body of Gai Tut fifty strokes while Garang looked on in appreciation.  The body by then was beyond recognition were it not for the characteristic finger of Gai Tut.”

This surely is not normal behaviour, lashing a dead body is certainly the actions of a deranged mind.   In this bizarre behaviour there are issues of pathological hatred and an abnormal thought process devoid of South Sudanese cultural beliefs and values.  With hindsight, the question can be asked: why was the body of Samuel Gai Tut (a Nuer) mutilated and that of his Jieng colleague not?  Can this specific act portend the deadly relationship between the Nuer and Jieng in the SPLM/A?  The answer to this question only helps in understanding what has transpired since then, but can not provide a clue to the pathology of the SPLM/A as an organisation.

To understand the likely source of this malaise we have to go back to 1970s.  On 3rd March 1972 when Anyanya forces under the leadership of General Joseph Lagu won regional autonomy for South Sudan, he allowed Mr Abel Alier to be the President of the High Executive Council, the highest body governing South Sudan.  Alier, unlike Lagu who devoted his time to develop a new generation of South Sudanese military leaders, engaged in promoting tribalism.  At the time an idea emerged from the Jieng politicians and intellectuals that they the (Jieng) are “born to rule”.  The Jieng intellectuals led by late Dr Justin Yac and others loudly verbalised this phrase and put it into action. 

In spite of the fact that this was an illusion, Alier systematically began to tribalise the government.  He Jienganised the police force through Major General Ruben Mach.  What was bad was that most of the police force now consisted of illiterate officers who hardly knew how to write their names let alone taking a statement from a suspect or statement about an incident.  Pumped up with the belief of superiority they began to misbehave and abuse the people which led to Kokora.  Kokora is a Bari word meaning division.  Basically the Equatorians called for Kokora (division of South Sudan into three self governing regions) to free themselves from Jieng abuse.  As can be seen the implementation of the ideology of “born to rule” was  concocted at the expense of the other tribes and of the unity of the South Sudanese people.

With the explosion of corruption in the Sudanese army in the Southern Command, Division 105 stationed in Bor led by Col. Kerubino Kwanyin rebelled sparking the war in 1983. The coincidence of the rebellion and the redivision of South Sudan into three regions motivated the Jieng who hated the new system to flock to the bush.  The very promoters of Jieng supremacy joined the new rebellion and assumed positions of responsibility, and they continued on with their project in the emerging movement.  Please see, Fudging the Issue: President Kiir and Corruption in RS

From 1983 to 2013, this group operated in the SPLM/A effectively but clandestinely.  Albeit Dr Garang himself was a believer of this idea of the born to rule, he had greater ambitions of realising the born to rule ideology in his own project, ‘the New Sudan’.  The evidence for this can be gleaned from the way he filled all the important positions in the movement with his tribes mate, while he worked hand in hand with the Jieng supremacists.  The desire for dominance by the Jieng leaders therefore is not a new thing, it has been there for a long time and what is happening in Juba today is the pursuance of this policy.

Following the ethnic cleansing of the Nuer in Juba in December 2013, they the Jieng leaders came out openly under the name of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE).  Unsurprisingly all the members of this group are the same personalities in Abel Alier’s government in the 1970s, who coined and spearheaded the ideology of the “born to rule”.  Why this group decided to come out at that particular time is unclear.  Perhaps this could be due to a new found confidence that they now have fully tribalised the army through the amalgamation of their various militia groups such as Dootku Beny, Mathiang Anyoor and Gelweng into the national army in addition to controlling the levers of the state.  In a sense their crimes of ethnic cleansing have given them confidence and assurance of possession of power. 

Now that this group has come out publicly it is important to examine the characters of the membership of this group in future, so as to understand why this organisation exhibits such belligerence.

So the insanity that started in the 1970s with the utterance of few short- sighted individuals became group insanity taking its own self perpetuating life, infecting the SPLM/A.  As the organisation is supposed to be a liberation movement, those at the head of the liberation struggle automatically become the rulers.  To oppose them, or to point to their mistake becomes an act of treason.  SPLM/A becomes Jieng and Jieng becomes SPLM/A.  In fact the minutes of the Jieng meeting of 2009 in Ark Hotel in Kampala, Uganda declares this point.  Equally SPLM/A becomes the state of South Sudan and the state of South Sudan becomes SPLM/A.  The three are moulded into one.  Thus by default the Jieng  are the party and the state.  This abnormality comes out clearly in the letters of the JCE to IGAD in opposition to the then proposed Compromise Peace Agreement.   Please see, ‘JCE Response to the Latest IGAD Proposal on Power Sharing’  file:///C:/Users/Rosemary/Downloads/JCE%20-%20Response%20to%20IGAD%20Proposal%20on%20Power%20Sharing%20(1).pdf and ‘Position of the JCE on the IGAD-Plus Proposal Compromise Agreement‘ file:///C:/Users/Rosemary/Downloads/JCE%20-%20Position%20on%20Proposed%20Compromise%20Agreement%20(1).pdf

SPLM/A as a result has become a tool of the JCE’s ideology of supremacy.  This ideology is doomed to fail with incalculable consequences to the followers for two reasons.  First, internally it is unlikely to survive due to issues of management, contradictions and lack of a coherent supportive narrative.  The ideology entirely depends on extreme violence for its survival.  Secondly, externally it constantly faces fierce resistance from the other tribes who believe in another ideology namely democracy.

The JCE’s insanity now is manifested in their claim of being the legitimate conveyors of South Sudan’s wishes as exemplified by the recent letters referred to above.  Corralling the masses like cattle under duress in order to deceive the world that the ideas of the JCE are a legitimate representation of the people of South Sudan will not work, especially as it is only in order to serve the interests of the JCE.   This unsustainable act of political fraudulency will not let the government off the hook, nor will it stop the haemorrhaging of support for the Juba regime.

This process is already in action.  The supporters of this pathological ideology of the ‘born to rule’ are simply burning their bridges with all the other people of South Sudan for a short lived glory.  In its popular broadcast, South Sudan in Focus, Voice of America on the 22nd September 2015 shed some light on what is going on in the country in an interview with Mr Pagan Amum:

“John Tanza (VOA): which tribe is trying to hijack the SPLM?

Pagan Amum: of course you know, what is happening now in Juba, you have a Dinka or Jieng Elders Council which is almost becoming the leadership of the party that is in power.  It is the one that is determining every policy and it is the one that is making campaigns against other tribes in South Sudan (like the ethnic cleansing of the Nuer; the dispossession of Equatorian tribes, Chollo and Fertit people of their lands etc).  It is very very unfortunate.” 

For Amum to reach this correct conclusion about his beloved pathological organisation is very encouraging.   He specifically played a very important role in nurturing this microbe that has critically infected South Sudanese society.  He doggedly defended the dysfunction and abuses of the SPLM/A blindly thinking they were liberating a country for all.

SPLM/A has a lot of unstable personalities in its leadership.  This is no exaggeration or idle insult, but the fact and reality of the situation.  One of the main traits of the SPLM/A that distinguishes it from all other political organisations that existed in South Sudan is its extreme nonsensical brutality without any accountability.  This says a lot about the mind set of this organisation and the minds of the people who run it, and the minds of its members.  The SPLM in its totality, including all its  factions are beyond any comprehension the evidence is plentiful. For example a clear examination of Dr Peter Nyaba’s book, Dr Lam Akol’s book, Minutes of the Rumbek meeting of 2004, the report of African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, Human Rights Watch reports and others, will testify of such incomprehensible behaviour.

If an organisation wilfully remains chaotic and kills its own people, kills its young people, kills its women, kills its own members, this clearly shows that fundamentally something is wrong with it. They castrate boys and leave them to die.  They rape women and after that abomination they shoot them dead.  They throw babies and toddlers into fire etc.  The question is: how can a society have a future without women, children and the educated? Killing these groups is killing the very basis of the society itself and the country.  The article, Fight of the Beast in the Luak, was precisely written to make people think about the dire situation in the country but the message fell on deaf ears, and unfortunately the cost has been monumental in terms of lost lives, and the continuous destruction to our country South Sudan.

SPLM/A’s actions prove beyond reasonable doubt that it is not a humane organisation and it needs to be restrained for its members and South Sudan’s own good.  It is a danger to South Sudanese society as well as itself, and if left unchecked it will certainly destroy South Sudan.  Take for example the lunacy of the ‘Establishment Order’.  Without any feasibility study on the issue of states and boundary changes; without any respect for the interim constitution; and without honouring of the Compromise Peace Agreement the SPLM goes ahead and imposes the creation of 28 states with the potential to further destabilise the country.  Do you see the irrationality?

This pathological insanity that has firmly gripped SPLM/A can easily be seen by normal rational people as concerning.  However, if one wears the shoe of the supremacists that believe in the ‘born to rule’ ideology this very insanity makes sense from their perspective. Let us look again at the behaviour of Dr John Garang and Kerubino Kwanyin with the body of Samuel Gai Tut. Garang’s look of appreciation at the mutilation of Samuel Gai Tut’s body was an act of establishing the ultimate power for the Jieng in the new movement, and indeed from that time onwards Garang supported by Dr Justin Yac, Salva Kiir, Koul Manyang Juuk and others continued to inflict brutalities on the people of South Sudan to assert the idea of Jieng supremacy.  For example the massacres of the Nuer in the mid 1980s, the massacres of the Uduk people at the same time, the massacres of the Taposa people in the 1990s and so on. At the root of the pathological behaviour of the SPLM is the objective of establishing the Jieng as the ultimate rulers of South Sudan.  To the JCE, there is nothing wrong with SPLM.  Simply put it is their tool of achieving the prioritisation of their interest in South Sudan.

The monopolisation of institutions by the Jieng is not a new thing.  It has been there since Garang’s time and what President Kiir is doing now in Juba is the continuation of that agenda.  The execution of this supremacist programme has not been done without the support of others.  From Garang’s time allies have been co-opted from other tribes to help this supremacist agenda.

In a nutshell the pathology of the SPLM/A is embedded in the delusional idea of the ‘born to rule’, which started in the 1970s during the self rule of South Sudan, and was later  transferred to SPLM/A by the same pioneers of the idea who now call themselves officially the Jieng Council of Elders.

In conclusion, SPLM/A is unsalvageable.  It is terminally infected, and in order for South Sudan to be rescued SPLM/A has to be disbanded or people should just walk away from it so it dies of its own accord.  Whether it is SPLM-IO or SPLM-G10 or SPLM-DC or SPLM-IG, they are all equally infected either pursuing tribal interest or individual personal opportunism.  The outcome of their programmes has brought disaster for the people of South Sudan.  The people now need to organise and mobilise under a new multi-tribal body that is truly representative of the people of South Sudan, to face down this insane monster SPLM/A once and for all.  Such a new body must be seen to do the right thing for the country as a whole.

In ‘Legitimacy of Violence as a Political Act’, Noam Chomsky argues that, “A new society rises out of the actions, that are taken to form it and the institutions and the ideology it develops are not independent of those actions; in fact, they are shaped by them in many ways.  And one can expect that actions that are cynical and vicious, whatever their intent, will inevitably condition and deface the quality of the ends that are achieved.” Is it any wonder that the behaviour of SPLM/A is all over the place?

[Truth hurts but it is also liberating]

The author lives in the Republic of South Sudan. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Editorial: Kiir has returned to full scale war in Greater Equatoria

By Justin S. Kwaje

November 21, 2015 (SSNA) -- In the onset of the current Civil war, the JCE stated their goals clearly and publicly, first to take care of the Nuer then they will come and finished the easy job in greater Equatoria.

As the War slows down in Greater upper Nile regions, Kiir Intensified and escalated his carnage in Wondurba, where Woman and children are living in the bushes, young men are rounded up and many disappearing without traces.

In Western Equatoria, the Arrow boys and Civilians in and around Yambio and Ezo have never faced such constant onslaught than of recent days since the peace deal was signed into effect. In fact it is a mockery when Kiir declared cessations of Hostilities but yet intensified killings in Central and Western Equatoria.

Now to top it off, the last 48 hours, Kiir’s planted another coup, this time against the Civilians transport system with intentional targets of Ugandans and Ethiopian, So he can go after the SPLA-IO Eastern Equatoria Divisions led by Gen. Martin Kenyi.

The Killings of the Ugandan and Ethiopian in the bus ambush was meant to cause the Uganda and Ethiopia authorities to turn a blind eye to Kiir’s Violations of the peace deal as he purports to go after those who kill their nationals. We must take our hats off to the JCE for having learned well and exceeding from their former masters the Jalabs. The sophistications of their evil planning against conational are torrential and dizzying, leaving us in disbelieve!

From the recruitments of the national guards, None Existent Coup, trick in the hat of the 28 states to this killings of foreigners in a bus ambush, many South Sudanese are caught off guards and do not realized a group worse than the Jalabas has taken hold of our existence.

Juba has returned to a full-scale war in Western Equatoria states and the last 24 hours, Kiir has opened a three front attack in Eastern Equatoria State, Magwi County. Battles raged from Ame Junctions to Ako Mountain and Pageri, Supported by Helicopters gunships and jamming of cell phone towers. Per reports from the battlefields, Kiir penetrated the base of SPLA-IO, to their surprise finding a well-prepared group with a whole day gun battles ensuing into the nights.

The exhausted Army sustained heavy loses and had to rely heavily on their helicopter gunships to give them covers as Nimule Barracks refuse to give reinforcements. Number of losses from both sides could not be confirmed.

We call on IGAD to rein on Kiir and to respect lives and doing so means upholding the compromise peace deal.

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Our Mission Statement

To bring the latest, most relevant news and opinions on issues relating to the South Sudan and surrounding regions.

To provide key information to those interested in the South Sudan and its people.