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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

 

SPLM-Juba: A system that needs a total overhaul

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

October 19, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan, a country who lost its way toward development from the hands of hungry politicians whose intention is to have luxurious life and expensive cars is now crying helplessly for somebody to help her fixes herself to its roots………..

Mega-salaries and perks of chief executives and top management in quasi-governmental institutions are nothing other than the symptoms of a corrupt

These salaries do not just expose the greed purportedly inherent in the exposed individuals as some top officials would want us to believe, they show us a system of governance that is rotten to the core.

The fact that shocking salaries being exposed are found within parastatals shows that it is the national system of governance that has gone to the dogs. Parastatals are governed through Acts of Parliament and they fall under the purview of government ministries.

We should not be fooled into believing that what we are seeing is the exposure of greedy individuals whose subsequent punishment would deal a major blow to corruption.

This is not about the border money and the Beer companies; this is about a whole system whose culture is hinged on corruption and patronage.

The borders and the taxes are small fry in a sea of corruption and they can be culled. But who is more culpable, the one who proposed the salaries or the one who approved them?

It is fact that in such a rotten system as the one obtaining in this country, crimes such as the misuse of public money are softened to look like technical offences that do not require severe punishment.

We only hear of equally soft actions such as suspensions and salary cuts, nothing about prosecutions. It is obvious that if action is taken to root out corruption, then the system would be utterly destroyed or rather, it would destroy itself.

The only satisfaction the suffering public and subordinates get out of such scenarios is the exposure of weak individuals in the chain who are used as buffer for the big fish.

The point we are making here is that the problem of corruption is fundamental and institutional.

The borders money and the delayed of salaries only take advantage of a permissive and supportive system to corruptly misuse public funds by awarding themselves unreasonably large perks.

It is a shuddering thought to imagine what the big fish, who give the green light for such corrupt activities, are doing behind the scenes. These people, we can safely imagine, are making a killing for they control access to the nation’s natural resources such as Oil, gold, land, etc.

It would be naïve to assume that while they facilitate corruption among their subordinates their moral compass points them to a clean life. It is a pity that we see instances where the politician is called in instead of the police to solve obvious criminal matters such as the misuse of public funds.

Politicians simply cover up by pretending to take “stern” action.

They can’t do anything else as they know fully well the boomerang effect of such actions as prosecuting the individuals who would have been exposed.

They cannot risk having the whole system exposed. It is our contention that as long as corruption is looked at in individual terms nothing will change. We need a complete overhaul of the system.

Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut, is the current acting Chairman of SPLM/L in Egypt; get Him through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Recent Juba-Kampala Military Co-operation Agreement, A New Conspiracy Against the People of South Sudan?

By Tor Madira Machier

October 17, 2014 (SSNA) -- Despite the commitment assured to the people of South Sudan by the government of South Sudan in Juba, that it is committed to a peaceful resolution of the current conflict, a leaked document indicated before it was published in the media that, South Sudan has ratified a plan to boost its military position with extreme backing from Uganda's UPDF. The treaty which stipulated that since the Ugandan government is not a subject to the arm embargo which many international Human Rights entities ( organisations) has urged the international community to impose on the South Sudanese government , it( Uganda government ) will buy advanced weapons on behalf of Salva Kiir's Juba based government so as to help Juba crash its main opposition movement the SPLM/A (IO) that it ( Juba government ) claims to be in the interest of restoring laws and orders which they have misdefined.

As we have saw it above , the South Sudanese government and its counterpart in Uganda believe it that a mobilization of army with huge modern weapon will boost the fight against the current reasonable rebellion in the country, but they are lying but good that they are lying to themselves. Did they saw what had happened during the struggle for independence when the Sudanese government signed a military cooperation agreement with Egypt against the former South Sudanese rebels the SPLM/A when there was a unified Sudan? Or does Museveni pretend to be more powerful or more influential than the former Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak? But I don't think so , the revolution which did emerge out of Juba massacre which did instigated the death of more than 20 thousands people mostly children and elderly persons is in the heart of the people of South Sudan and since it is there in their heart no compromise and will not give up the struggle. So with Kiir still in power with huge military backing from Museveni, it will be a long journey to reach peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict. It’s obvious and popular that the government of South Sudan believes in military solution to this conflict but which they have misunderstood as well.

The current Juba based government is not immune or capable to achieve peace whether to the current rebellion or to these daily communal insurgencies nor it is capable to to run this country as it was expected by the civil population. Now the call and the need of a better government of the people by the people and to the people is looming within and outside Juba and so it is too vague to predict whether Salva Kiir who came to know Uganda in 2013 is going to continue going ahead with his current leadership of South Sudan.

Kiir and Museveni Are Committing War Crimes and Violating International Law

In absolute sense, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is responsible for what is taking place today in South Sudan. Museveni do really believes that he is a brilliant and tough African president, citting his influence over the IGAD countries and their respective heads of state in particular. But this may apply to his people in Uganda. Since the people of Uganda were subjected to aggression since the death of Appolo Milton Obote and the subsequent emergency of Idi Amin in power has planted seed of fear inside the people of Uganda which make them fearful to Museveni and this cannot make one self to be stronger than all the African people.

Museveni, A Criminal Responsible For Regional Terrorism and the Death of Dr. John Garang As Well.

Yoweri Kagutta Museveni is one of the terrorist African presidents who is responsible for many African terrorism acts. His involvement in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and his involvement in the congolese internal war justifies this. The death of the father of South Sudab Dr. John Garang is deemed as his responsiblity because Dr. John Garang died in a presidential military Helicopter belonging to Ugandan presidency. At this point, the regional leaders must open their eyes and tell museveni that it is enough.

How Can The People Opt For Peace When The Country Is Under Foreign Aggression?

Any involvement of foreign country in the internal affairs of any country is absolutely considered an invasion of a sovereign state by external powers. Museveni's involvement in the internal affairs of South Sudan is unacceptable in this country and it is obvious that his only vision behind his interference into the internal affairs of South Sudan is that he get it as a great threat to him if a great, a visionary and a intellectual leader took on the power in South Sudan.

Tor Madira Machier is a South Sudanese student pursuing Law Degree at the University Of Ain Shams in Cairo, Egypt.He can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or reach him at his twitter account : @TorMadira.

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