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ASSD welcomes Addis Ababa Peace Agreement between the Government of South Sudan and the Opposition and call for Sincerity and Seriousness in its Implementation in order to realize a durable Political stability in the world’s youngest nation

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May 12, 2014

Press Release

The Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) welcomes the Addis Ababa Peace Agreement between the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (In Opposition) and the rededication to the Cessation of Hostilities signed on Friday, May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ASSD call for inclusiveness, sincerity and seriousness in its implementation and negotiating long-term settlement to South Sudan’s conflict.

ASSD urges the signatories to the Addis Ababa Peace Agreement to adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities as articulated in the peace agreement. ASSD also call for inclusiveness of civil societies, faith-based groups, South Sudanese Diaspora and friends of South Sudan around the world to help negotiate comprehensive long-term political and durable solutions to issues faced by the people of South Sudan before and after independence.

ASSD also call upon the International Community and friends of South Sudan to support the ongoing peace process between the South Sudanese warring parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by making sure the underlying issues and fundamental problems are addressed for peace and trust to be restored among South Sudanese Communities.

We firmly believe that for long-term settlement of South Sudanese current crisis and prevention of future conflicts, those whose actions led to mass murders be held accountable and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

For information, contact us at +1(202) 709-7322 or via email at southsudaneseindiasporaallianc@gmail.com

About the ASSD: ASSD is an umbrella organization for South Sudanese organizations and individuals advocating for peace, freedom, democracy, human rights, good governance and development in South Sudan

Kiir and Machar with religious leaders

Machar and Kiir agreed on a government of national Unity, they pray for the leader

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: April 9, 2014: Former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and Salva Kiir Mayardit agreed to end hostilities within 24 hours. The signing took place at national Palace in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

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Maha

The agreement didn’t call for a permanent ceasefire but this is left to the negotiators of the IGAD peace let talks to find a permanent deal that works for the both sides.
But according to the Upper Nile Times’ reporter, Tekle Mariam, the deal agreed upon by the two warring leaders include:

  • Ending of attacks by both sides

  •  Formation of inclusive transitional government

  • Drafting of transitional constitution
  • And call for new and fresh elections.

The agreement however didn’t disclose who among the two will head the transitional government. But the lead negotiator of the peace talks, Gen. Seyum Mesfin said that that it shouldn’t be a problem since the two leaders agreed without preconditions to end the rebellion.

 

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Machar arrived in Addis, Nyadeng, Majak, Pagan, Oyay, Gatkuoth to gang up, kiir in trouble

Omaha, Nebraska: April 9, 2014-The former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar today, arrived in Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa a head of face-to-face talks with Salva Kiir Mayardit.

His former December SPLM team joined. From Nairobi, Kenya, Rebecca Nyadeng Garang, Pagan Amum, Dr. Majak de Agoot, Oyay Deng Ajak and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth unite with  Dr. Machar and the rest of SPLM/SPLA leaders in Ethiopia.

Dr. Riek Machar
Dr. Riek Machar

The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, urged the two leaders to meet face-to-face in order to immediately end the war and start a new chapter for the world’s youngest nation. It also became  a boon opportunity for the historic SPLM leaders to finally reunite  to end Salva Kiir and his cronies hope in SPLM.

This will be an historic meeting of the two leaders and will be  the first meeting for the  SPLM/SPLA group who publicly opposed Salva Kiir leadership during December 6, 2013 press conference in Juba.

Speaking on the phone in Addis, Ababa, Angelina Teny confirmed the Arrival of Dr. Riek Machar from South Sudan. Machar and the team will first meet the Prime Minister of Ethipia before attending the face-to-face talks with Kiir Friday evening.

Back in the field,  Salva Kiir again broke his own truth before the ink  dries. He has again ordered an attacked on SPLM freedom fighters in Bentiu, Unity state less than 48 hours after announcing the attack on rebel will be halted and dedicated the month of April as a month for peace.  However, all  promises evaporated into a thin air. This is not new. Kiir is known for not keeping promises anyways. His political rhetoric from the pass proved he is a leader who vacillates on issues  matter to people.

About one million people have been displaced, More than ten thousands have been killed since the eruption of South Sudan crisis in December last year.

Thousands of innocents Nuers are still at UNMISSS camps in Juba, their homes  are either sold or occupied by stanch supporters of  Dinka government in Juba.

Dr. Machar file photo

Last person Salva Kiir wanted to face is Dr. Machar. John Kerry, why me?

 In December last year, he tried to kill him. Now, he must face him. What will  the first word Salva Kiir  uttered to Dr. Machar sound like? Sorry? What am I doing here? 

Salva Kiir
Salva Kiir

SST staff writers: Nairobi, Kenya-The US secretary of States John Kerry traveled to Addis, Ababa Ethiopia last week specifically to force South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit to stop war and seek peace. Kerry did manage to force Kiir to accept an interim administration that includes Machar. But, is that what Dr. Machar and the country called for? No.

Machar and the people of South Sudan want Kiir to exit and do not  want an interim period without dissolving the constitutions first. “The Constitution must be changed, Kiir step-down, and then, interim period and eventually  election will take place.   Until that become an agreement,  meeting face-to -face will not yield any fruitful result. I do not simply trust Salva Kiir who has deceived the nation about a coup just to massacre Nuer in order to remain President.” Nyagile Thot Keat of Omaha, Nebraska said.  

Dr. Machar will first meet the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and discussed wide range of issues including what the two rivals will discussed during face-to-face meeting.

Who is really for peace among the two? For a long time, Machar has been the only leader that is known for echoing peace in South Sudan.  Since the time he was removed from the office in July 23, 2013, he stepped up his call for peace in the country. He called on the nation to avoid war, embraced peace and opt for a democratic election to choose the next government. While sticking on the transformation of the SPLM party, his archrival was busy finding loopholes to get rid of him. He did by imposing the current war on the country when he allegedly accused Machar and his SPLM historical leaders of staging  coup that had never taken place.

Now that the coup case has crumbled, the international pressure is mounting on him, he has no choice but to accept the interim period followed by a face-to –face talks with the man he feared the most, Dr. Machar.

But, the talks in Addis cannot progress while the government keeps attacking rebels positions. Even though a cessation of Hostilities (CoH) was signed in January  this year between the SPLM/SPLA (rebels), the government failed to adhere to the truth. In stead, Kiir ordered his loyalists to continue their assaults on rebels’ positions in Upper Nile region.

American have to act and act fast. In order to create conducive atmosphere for the talk to restart and make progress in Addis, John Kerry wanted to make sure, Kiir  meet his archrivals face to face this time. Reluctantly, he accepted. Knowing the capabilities of Dr. Machar, the man who wants to bring change and install democracy in the nascent nation. Kiir inner circle in Juba vehemently opposed the two archrivals face-to-face meeting. They do not trust the President intellectual judgment in critical issues such as finding ways to bring peace to the country. They feared he would give-in.

In comparison, they may not be wrong.  Machar by far will provide a workable solution to the crisis over his rival during the face-to –face meeting.  But, will that work for Salva   Kiir’s  inner circle? Kiir has been afraid of Machar for a very long time dated back during the years of struggles. Their relationship deteriorated much faster when Machar interest to run for the party leadership surfaced last year. The former vice President will astutely talked  his archival into  common ground base at the edge of the wider issues.

You can be a General and a Commander in Chief, but can you lead? Kiir is a professional soldier who has never captured  a major town during the struggle. He is not a politician and lacked keys ingredients in diplomatic arena. He relied on his tribesmen and relatives who often hill advised  him  on how to run the nation with a population of 12 million and 64 tribes.

In Addis, what will Machar bring on the table?  Dr. Machar is highly educated, a full state-man with international experience in governance. For the last 30 years during struggles, he mastered the art of negotiations. He has a PhD in philosophy and Strategic Planning from the British University of Bradford in 1984 in England. He joined the South Sudan struggle for freedom at the same year. Whereas, President Salva Kiir is a grade 12th dropout student. He joined the first southern rebellion moment called Anya nya one early on.

Apparently, when comparing the two intellectually, Machar will bring a wealth of experiences both militarily and politically. However, without his advisors coaching him on, Salva Kiir has nothing to present but a cowboy hat on his head.

South Sudan rebels said they have always been interested in bringing about a peaceful resolution to  their country’s conflict, which has killed thousands and displaced more than a million people. Machar-Kiir meeting may bring truth, but they believe President will not  give up power through negotiations. Kiir critics added.

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Garang deplores Ambassador Francis Mading for supporting massacre

Response To Statement by the Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations (UN), Dr. Francis Mading Deng, to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), May 2, 2014

The address to the UNSC by the Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Francis Mading Deng, presented the Government of the Republic of South Sudan’s (GRSS) response to the concerns raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navi Pillay and the UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Mr. Adama Dieng. Instead of addressing the root causes of the conflict and proposing a just solution; the Permanent Representative of the GRSS to the UN went ahead to defend the violent (genocidal) campaign of the government known as the Juba Massacre, while heaping blame on what he termed as rebels.

 It is highly regrettable that such a renowned personality with such an illustrious career as a diplomat, a prominent elder, and scholar would defend a massacre that took place before the eyes of the whole world. It is ironic that almost exactly to the twentieth anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide the former UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide would be giving a speech in defense of a massacre on the floor of the UNSC. This amounts to a moral and professional betrayal of his previous duty as the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, and of the principles on which the UN was founded.

The UN Permanent Representative of the GRSS started with remarks in which he invoked democratic principles of legitimacy stating that; “It is indisputable that the Government must bear primary responsibility for protecting its citizens without discrimination on ethnic or any other ground, and be accountable in that regard.” The Permanent Representative is either naïve about the genesis of the conflict, or is complacent in trying to cover up the crimes against humanity that took place in Juba between the 16 – 18 of December 2014.The UN Permanent Representative for South Sudan seems to forget that the conflict arose because of the government failure to do exactly what he suggests is the responsibility of the government. He goes on to say: “However, that cannot justify placing a democratically elected government on the same moral, political, and legal grounds with a rebel group using violence to overthrow that Government.”

The objective of what the Permanent Representative has labeled as rebels is not to overthrow the government using violent means; it is instead, a war of resistance against a government that without provocation killed, according to an International Crisis Group (ICG) report 10,000 and other online sources 20,000 of its own citizens in three days based on their ethnicity.  It is worth noting that wether it was 10,000 or 20,000, it is the quality of the crime rather than the quantity of the crime that is appaling. The government committed these murders in the name of thwarting a coup that has now been shown to be unfounded. This however, has not stopped the Permanent Representative from continuing to push the coup narrative, in order to discredit genuine voices for change in the country.

The coup narrative has been rejected by the world, as reflected by the statement of the assistant secretary of state for African affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield in her report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on South Sudan crisis: “We’ve not seen any evidence that this was a coup attempt, but it certainly was the result of a huge political rift between Riek Machar and the president.” The people of South Sudan at the grassroots level have also rejected the coup narrative and the only reason their voices are silent is for fear of victimization from the authorities. This fact became even clearer after the Army Chief of Military Intelligence testified in court that he could not connect the four to the alleged coup, leading to his dismissal.

The coup was fabricated by President Salva Kiir and his inner circle in order to purge the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), a leadership he saw as a threat to his underhanded plan of holding on to power through illegal means. This plan started to become apparent when the president on the 15th of November, 2013 illegally dissolved the structures of the SPLM: “The SPLM has dissolved itself by itself, it is only the office of the Chairman that cannot be dissolved; nobody can dissolve it” he remarked. This is illegal.

The massacre in Juba occurred in the wake of this fabricated coup, I don’t see the connection between an alleged coup attempt and the need to massacre thousands of civilians (women and children) in cold blood. The Permanent Representative’s argument of the legitimacy of the government is a diversion to draw attention away from the fact that the massacre of between 10,000 and 20,000 innocent civilians brings this very legitimacy into question. This was what brought the legitimacy of Mohamad Morsi into question, and more recently it has brought the legitimacy of Viktor Yanukovych into question. The President of the Republic of South Sudan has murdered more of his own citizens than these two Presidents combined. This begs the question: how many citizens does President Salva Kiir have to murder before his legitimacy comes into question?

The UN special Representative for South Sudan is either misleading, or being misled when he asserts that; “The President also spoke to me about the constructive discussion he had with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to whom he expressed his willingness to meet with rebel leader Riek Machar in the interests of speedy end to the war.” Though this is very courageous on the part of President Salva, the record sadly shows that the president is not for peace as he continues to keep foreign mercenaries in the country in violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoH).

The recent appointment of the former Governor of Northern Bahrgazal, Gen. Paul Malong as the Chief of General Staff and Marial Nuor as Chief of Military Intelligence, both architects of the Juba Massacre and other atrocities prior to the 15th of December, is a further indication that there is no desire for a “speedy end to the war”. The recent Massacre of 190 trainees and their families in Mapel, Western Bahrgazal State, as reported by Sudan Tribune (on April 26, 2014) is a testament to their brutality and also another indication that the government is not for peace.

In regards to the Agreement on the Status of Detainees, although we salute the courage of the President when he released the four detainees, the fact that more pressure had to be put on the government to allow the four SPLM leaders to travel is an indication that the President is not sincere about his respect for national judicial process and a desire for a “speedy end to the war.” It is not the speed with which we achieve peace that will end the suffering of the people of South Sudan, but a just and honorable peace. The violation of the two agreements signed between the SPLM and the GRSS sets a treacherous precedence for any future agreements that may be reached between the two parties.

The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) 70% of which has deserted the government has no policy of recruiting child soldiers as alleged by the Special Representative who unambiguously said that: “on specific issues raised by the reports of the High Commissioner and the Special Advisor, the allegation that both sides are recruiting child soldiers is an example of the moral equivalency that clouds the facts and the need to place responsibility where it belongs.”

This is paradoxical, and in order to understand this paradox we have to again revisit the root cause of the conflict. As already mentioned, the murder of between 10,000 to 20,000 innocent civilians in Juba was the catalyst that led to the White Army Uprising. In an article for the New York Times (on April 03, 2014) Journalist Jackie Fortin interviewed one of the White Army local militia referred to only as Mr. Wiyual; “…we are fighting the government for killing people,” he went on to say; “we aren’t fighting for Dr. Riek.”

The Juba Massacre has militarized the youth of Nuer ethnicity in their cattle camps and villages and they are understandably angry. The troops that are under the Command of Comrade Dr. Riek Machar are regular SPLA Soldiers from various divisions that upon hearing of the Juba Massacre rebelled and captured Bor Town. The cycle of revenge started almost immediately with reprisals in Akobo and Bentiu where more innocent civilians lost their lives, in all these cases the loss of life is regrettable and unjustifiable; however, we must acknowledge that the catalyst for all this is the Juba Massacre that the government is trying to cover up.

The fact is, that had Comrade Dr. Riek Machar and Comrade Taban Deng fallen victim to the dastardly plot to murder them in the name of a failed coup, we would be in a more dismal humanitarian situation. There would have been no leadership on the ground to attempt to organize this anger felt by the Nuer youth in their cattle camps and villages. The White Army local militia could have gone on an unchecked orgy of killings that would have taken a long time to stop and would have led to an unending cycle of reprisals. The leadership of the SPLM – SPLA is trying against all odds to turn the current crisis into an opportunity by organizing the anger caused by the Juba Massacre and turn it into an opportunity to bring about fundamental change in the country.

The bold stand by Comrade Dr. Riek Machar to organize this anger demonstrates leadership, in a time where historical leaders are shying away from their responsibility to the people. The stand of Comrade Dr. Riek Machar, Comrade Taban and many more Comrades is what has created a glimmer of hope, an opportunity to turn this despicable tragedy into an opportunity to reconcile our communities at the grassroots level. The failure to do this since 2005 is a major contributing factor to the current crisis as old grievances from the days of the civil war are still haunting us.

The President of the Republic of South Sudan admission that he formed a private army outside of the SPLA is on record. It was reported in the Sudan Tribune (February 17, 2014) that; “…the president tried to justify the formation of the unauthorized army, saying the intention was to have…a reserve force…in the event that military action was needed…”  He went on to say; “…it was on this basis that somebody mobilized and recruited some youth…” This is the very private militia that was used by the presidency to commit the atrocities in Juba that plunged the fledgling nation into the abyss.

It is difficult to understand how the President could form any credble “high level committee, chaired by the former Chief Justice, to investigate gross violations of human rights and hold accountable those found responsible”; the same person that trained and equipped the militia that went out on a rampage killing between 10,000 to 20,000 people in three days. The president according to the UN Permanent Representative also said, “anyone targeting members of the Nuer community in his name was against him”. This is a clear indication that the president was aware of the crimes being committed, and his response was feeble in the face of such heinous crimes.

The UN Permanent Representative for South Sudan has accused what he terms as rebels, “of massive abuses and ethnically targeted massacres,” which he claims “have become a conspicuous part of their war strategy.” The leadership of the SPLM – SPLA in a historic conference in Nassir held from the 15 – 18 of April, made it clear to the world what the SPLM – SPLA is struggling for. The SPLM – SPLA is strugling to establish a federal system of government in fulfilment of the aspirations of the people of the Republic of South Sudan. The allegations made by the UN Permanent Representative are baseless, and are tantamount to propaganda.

Then after malevolently  accusing the SPLA forces of committing atrocities the Permanent Representative goes on to justify a massacre that recently took place at the UNMISS camp for IDP’s in Bor. The “war was provoked when the Youth of Bor town heard the IDP’s in the UN compound celebrating the capture of Bentiu by the rebels,” it is regrettable that the former United Nations Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide would justify a massacre committed along ethnic lines. This is double standards.

The Permanent Representative also claims that “the Government sees UNMISS as a critical partner in South Sudan”, this is in contradiction to the statements made by the President of the Republic of South Sudan as reported by the BBC News Africa (on 21 January, 2014) in which  the President claims he “…did not know when the UNMISS was brought to South Sudan, they were brought as a parallel government with the government in South Sudan;” he then went on to say “they fell short of naming  the chief of UNMISS as a co-president of the Republic of South Sudan.”

The reality is that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan has abdicated its responsibility to the people of South Sudan to the United Nations. The government antagonizes UNMISS and yet they expect them to “…protect civilians, deliver humanitarian assistance, and promote respect for human rights.” This is the work of the government, and it is the failure to deliver the peace dividends nearly a decade on from the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (in 2005), that has also contributed to the conflict as the youth feel they have nothing to lose.

There is no excuse for the current state of institutional collapse in the Republic of South seeing that there was tremendous social and political will, both internally and externally. The governments of the IGAD countries and those of Troika spared no expense in providing opportunities to the young state for capacity building. The Republic of South Sudan has not been short of “understanding, compassion, and support in building a nation that can ensure peace, security, and development for its people” as the UN Permanent Representative for South Sudan would like the world to believe.

The Permanent Representative would also like the world to believe that “the reasons why charges against the four accused were eventually dropped was to foster efforts towards peace and reconciliation. The truth however, is that the case against these detainees was weak and the judge was going to throw out the case. “The Government has noticed that the court is going to prove that we are not guilty” stated former political detainee and legitimate Secretary General of the SPLM, Comrade Pagan Amum upon his release.

The government after supposedly releasing the detainees in the name of “efforts towards peace” detained their passports and denied them travel for medical treatment in violation of their civil rights and liberties. “The reason they didn’t travel is because some of them are giving irresponsible statements, and we did not cancel the case but we dropped the process. So if they do not change their attitude we will reopen the case again,” stated the Minister of Information. This kind of intimidation and aggressive posturing does not build confidence, and is in principle an obstacle to peace.

The way forward out of the current political deadlock, and military stalemate is to have an honest, all inclusive dialogue that will address the root causes of the conflict. The solutions of the past have not worked, solutions such as “…balancing accountability with mutual accommodation” as suggested by the Permanent Representative is what has not worked in the past and has led to current dissatisfaction with the system. This is the reason that the masses of South Sudanese are now demanding a federal system of governance, which is what they have bravely fought for since 1947.

 

In conclusion the “forgiveness and reconciliation” that the Permanent Representative is referring to cannot be achieved unless we address the root causes of the conflict. The current crisis in the country started as a crisis within the SPLM, which after December 15, has become an alarming national crisis. It is awfully disappointing that Dr. Francis Mading Deng a distinguished personality with such an illustrious career as a diplomat, a prominent elder, scholar and the former UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide would defend a massacre that took place before the eyes of the whole world on the twentieth anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide.

Cpt. Mabior Garang de Mabior

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

May, 2014.

John Kerry
US Secretary of States

U.S. Condemns New Military Offensives in South Sudan

Three years ago, I was in Juba to witness the birth of the world’s newest nation, and last week as I returned to South Sudan I saw how fragile the future can be when old grudges degenerate into violence. The United States condemns in the strongest terms recent offensives by South Sudanese government forces against opposition-held positions in Nassir, Bentiu, and elsewhere in Unity and Jonglei states.

These attacks blatantly violate the January 23 Cessation of Hostilities agreement and contradict commitments President Kiir has made in recent days. We call on all parties to re-dedicate themselves to the agreement, not just in words, but in actions, and to halt all military offensives. The government and opposition forces also must cooperate fully with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, and we look forward to the Mechanism’s report on these incidents.

The government and opposition must resolve their differences at the negotiating table, rather than through military action. The United States reiterates our continued support for the IGAD-led talks, and our disappointment with the government delegation’s unwillingness to engage constructively in recent rounds of talks. We call on President Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to follow through on their commitments to meet directly in the coming days to end the conflict and initiate discussions on an inclusive political transition.

We again call on both sides of the conflict to ensure humanitarian access for UN agencies and others who are trying to provide life-saving assistance to all in need, and to respect and support the UN Mission in South Sudan as it carries out its mandate to protect civilians.

Gatluak Puok Puoch

SPLM (A) Victoria Chapter condemns Kiir leadership, embraces Machar’s democracy

Gatluak Puok Puoch
Gatluak Puok Puoch

Victoria, Australia- May 1, 2014 The Victoria SPLM Chapter disowned the SPLM party chairman Salva Kiir, while embracing the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar and his deputy Alfred Lado Gore.  In a lengthy strongly worded statement received by the SST, the leadership denounced Kiir’s failed leadership and called for all SPLM members world wide to take change as the moral duty for all.

“Fellow comrades, we are hereby declaring to you all at your respective locations around the globe that we the Victoria SPLM Chapter members led by the Care Taker Chairperson-Comrade Gatluak Puok Puoch, Youth League Acting Chairperson-Comrade Peter Bidong Pal, Member of Youth League Executive Council-Comrade Tito Tut Pal, Finance and Administration Officer-Comrade Solomon Jal Nhial and Women and Gender Officer-Comrade Nyaboth Stephen and several other honourable active members of the Victoria SPLM Chapter whose names have not been mentioned, are no longer servicing under an incompetent government and shameless leadership of Salva Kiir, who failed to uphold its values and responsible and largely known for driven by family members and loyal hand-picked tribal groups; clan militants and militias.”

Their declaration is highly influenced by the recent turn of events where the government widely targeted certain members of tribe, causing displacement and killing innocents lives inside the UNMIS camp in Bor, Jonglei. “Our immediate strategic decision came into effect as result of numerous despondences, massive loss of lives and destruction caused to our innocent South Sudanese by the government in the name of few desperate and power hunger individuals who have systematically organized the killings of our innocent South Sudanese through fabricated ‘Coup’. D’état.”

Victoria has join handful SPLM cadres who have declared their allegiances to Dr. Riek Machar, citing Machar’s democratic views as the base of their bold decision. South Sudanese should realize that there is only one trusted leadership capable to reversing the above critical issues and brings about inclusive, people driven government, transparency, accountability and equality.

 

 

Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Chapter in Victoria, Australia 

30 April 2014

Revolutionary Salutations.

Whether you are in position of leadership or not you have a moral duty to be the change you seek to be.

Fellow comrades, we are hereby declaring to you all at your respective locations around the globe that we the Victoria SPLM Chapter members led by the Care Taker Chairperson-Comrade Gatluak Puok Puoch, Youth League Acting Chairperson-Comrade Peter Bidong Pal, Member of Youth League Executive Council-Comrade Tito Tut Pal, Finance and Administration Officer-Comrade Solomon Jal Nhial and Women and Gender Officer-Comrade Nyaboth Stephen and several other honourable active members of the Victoria SPLM Chapter whose names have not been mentioned, are no longer servicing under an incompetent government and shameless leadership of Salva Kiir, who failed to uphold its values and responsible and largly knokn for driven by family members and loyal hand-picked tribal groups; clan militants and militias.

Like any sons and daughters of this great nation-yearning for tranquillity, prosperous and just democratic South Sudan, we have denounced the current leadership and all its fiats in strongest term possible and embraced the just peace, democratic, united and inclusive SPLM/SPLA in Opposition led by Comrade Dr Riek Machar Teny and Comrade Alfred Lado Gore. We are urging you all to register your collective support whole heartedly with this democratic, just, transparent and people-driven political system-Federalism emerging.

Our immediate strategic decision came into effect as result of numerous despondences, massive loss of lives and destruction caused to our innocent South Sudanese by the government in the name of few desperate and power hunger individuals who have systematically organised the killings of our innocent South Sudanese through fabricated ‘Coup’. D’état. Hailed high on the basis of clan and region, Kiir placed his trust on few hand-picked patronages and spin-doctors that are mainly from his tribe and clan- leaving wondering and vulnerable the mainstream South Sudanese who had overwhelmingly voted him into the highest trusted post of the nation.

Kiir was thought to be a charismatic and an admired leader for his fierce and radical views in support of secession of the South and pursued for freedom for all South Sudanese; however, after he secured the position, Kiir unexpectedly chose the opposite. He joined the club of dictators led by murderer of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, who enshrined and blessed him after he joined the nation of faceless men and became a prospect member fully integrated in this clan of gangs. This is indeed an undisputed evident that Kiir entered the office to service the interest of only few hand-picked advisors and foreign forces such as Ugandans and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) militants of Darfur. Circled by such incompetent groups willing to commit atrocity in return of financial support, Kiir has completely chose not to listen to the majority of his own fellow citizens and further ignored the contributions of the very important actors and arc of the nation such as the political parties, faith based groups, civil society organizations, youth and women groups, traditional leaders, church leaders and eminent personalities which the world considers as the valuable and major actors for the future development in any nation.

Worst of all, the government was quick to condemn the killings of territorial invaders and venal groups-the JEM militants in the recent combat operations in Unity State; however, maintained silent during the mass killings of the most vulnerable innocents civilians on 15 December 2013 in Juba and continued to do so during the lynching of other more powerless Nuer members in Jonglei State in April 2014.

Comrades, we would like to advise that the government in Juba is too deformed to be reformed. This claim has been proven by number of the following evidences:

First, the government has been intentionally refusing to commit to the handwork of addressing political underrepresentation, political grievances, historical grievances between our communities, human rights abuses, economic disparity and trauma which have been facing our community for the last eight years. Domination of the most secretive and vital government positions by Kiir’s clan and tribal men is indeed another worrying sign of the nation’s resources and the leadership being dominated by one tribe. In 2013, South Sudanese around the globe embraced the notion of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ as one of the vital mechanisms to seeking peace amongst themselves and forgiving each other; however, Mr Kiir and his spin-doctors delivery refused the go-ahead of this process-knowing that they have unfinished business-being the recent killing of innocent South Sudanese.

Second, the government has been rather oppressive to its critics and publically chose to rule with iron fist. Many prominent political commentators and journalists have been banded from broadcasting information that appears to be questioning the performances and directions that the government has been leading the nation to. Others have been killed-Isaiah Ambraham is an example. Several ordinary citizens have been incarcerated, unlawfully detained or dispositioned from places they called homes simply because they are being considered as enemies of the regime.

Innocent protestors were indiscriminately sprayed with AK-47 machine guns during peaceful processing in Wau in 2013 and countless Equatorian lands were occupied and continues to be seized from their custodians by Kiir’s militants whilst the government remain silent.

Third, invested immensely on tyrannical system, Kiir and his government applied zero tolerant, out of touch and dramatically failed to deliver the promised services to the needy South Sudanese. Kiir and his government claims they have no financial support when it comes to services supposed to be delivered to innocent South Sudanese; however, have funds available for militants, militias and foreigners like JEM of Darfur and Ugandans Army Combats Forces to carry out massacre on specific tribes that he and his spin-doctors hated most.

Fourth, the social fabrics of our great nation have been crippled by unspeakable corruption. The God-given abandon revenues that we all shared and inherited by birth became the properties of Kiir and his militants. In Juba, public offices have packaged up with family members, relatives and loyalists thus critically resulting in total lost of the visions, aims and objectives of the SPLM/A. Widows whose husbands and orphans whose father have given up nothing else by only their lives for the freedom of all South Sudanese to be achieved are continuing to suffer as the government turns blind eyes on them. Heroes and heroines who lost limbs in sacrifice for their people and nation are rarely treated as contributors to South being a nation today, or valued as living legends. Kiir has indeed becomes a king of the nation as symbolised by his cowboy hat and trademark stick pictures posted in business hotels, airport and everywhere in the nation. Loyalists serving Kiir’s interest have been enjoying a government of no accountability, purchasing expensive mansions outside the country using public money and filling their accounts with countless incentives that are supposed to be enjoyed by all South Sudanese.

Fifth, Kiir is a supreme man above the law instead of the law being above him. With the main security apparatus and agents of the nation appointed and runs solely instead of the nation, the legal institutions have also been systematically paralysed and made intentionally effective specifically so that the government continues to operate undercover and unquestioned. Strongly believed in his own militias and militants, Kiir has abandoned the nation’s army. Instead, he recruited his own clan-men whom he used to execute the genocide of the Nuer Tribe on 15 December 2013 and publically failed to implement measures aiming to curve the current ongoing lost of lives, destruction and despair in the new nation.

In conclusion, the South Sudanese should realise that there is only one trusted leadership capable to reversing the above critical issues and brings about inclusive, people driven government, transparency, accountability and equal share of resources for all-that is the current SPLM/A in Opposition led by Dr Machar.

Long live South Sudan and her people.

Long live SPLM/A in Opposition

Undersigned by:

Comrade Gatluak Puok Puoch- Victoria SPLM Care Taker-Chairperson

Comrade Peter Bidong Pal-Victoria Youth Leaque Acting Chairperson

Comrade Tito Tut Pal-Member of Youth League Executive Council

Comrade Somolon Jal Nhial-Finance and Administration Representative

Comrade Nyaboth Stephen-Women and Gender Representative

 

 

 

 

Human Right Press

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South Sudan International  Advocacy For Human Right

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South Sudan International Advocacy is condemning in strongest term possible the massacred of 192 unarmed Nuer trainee Soldiers on April 24, 2014 by the Government force SPLA in Mapel County, Western Bhar Elghazal State. www.sudantribune.com

We condemning in strongest term the killing of helpless Nuer Civilians that including children, seniors’ people, men and women at the UN base compound in Bor capital of Jonglei state on April 17, 2014. This is any questionable that it was organized crime which has totally disregarded UN Humanitarians laws. We also are condemning in the strongest term the killing of harmless civilians targeting in Bentiu on April 15, 2014. SSIAHR condemn the Government SPLA army that prevented civilians from Running for Safety at UN Compound and outside of town and keeping civilians as Human shield for them.

All the above mention cases constitute crime against Humanity and punishable by law and those who care it must face justices.

SSIAHR would call American Government ,European union, and African union to implements the sanctions as soon as possible and to act sooner not to ignore the tragedy that continue killing thousands and destroying human life in South Sudan. We call upon UN Security council to pass the resolution that will allow ICC to investigate the crimes in south Sudan

Peter Gatkuoth Wadar kuel

SSIAHR Chief executive

www.southsudanadvocates.org

ssniahr@hotmail.com

peterkuel@yahoo.com.

Gen. Hoth Mai Right and Reath Thoan

No military coup, but there was a civilian coup in South Sudan, Hoth Mai

Gen. Hoth Mai Right and Reath Thoan
Gen. Hoth Mai Right and Reath Thoan

April 28, 2014 (USA) –There was no military coup, but indeed, there was a civilian coup. Former Chief of General Staff Gen. James Hoth said.  Speaking on an exclusive interview with SBS, an online Dinka-language radio, based in Australia, Hoth believed politician brought about this war.

“Yes the problem has happened. Yes someone tried to take the power by force that night.” But, when he was asked again, was there a coup?  “No he said.  I think there are many type of coups. What I know so far, from the military intelligent, from the national security, they have not found any officer found to have connection with the coup plotters.  That is why there was no arrest.”

Asked whether he has ambition to join politic or not, General James  said, he never dream of being a Chief of General Staff. But he is ready to serve the country under any capacity. Mai believe leadership  is a gift from God  “ His removal is linked to him being from the same tribe as the rebels.

Listen to the interview… Gen. Hoth Mai’s interviews

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka

 

Rebels matching to Bor

Eminent attack in Bor, General Dual warns kiir to make up his mind and call on civilian to evacuate

 

Rebels matching to Bor
Rebels matching to Bor

April 28, 2014 (USA) – A Senior rebel army General in charge of Jonglei state has warned civilian in Bor town to evacuate or seek refuge at UNMISS camp “We are coming with no return.” General Gatwech Dual warned. Bor is the site where hundred of civilian all from Nuer ethnic group were gunned down in front of the UN. Calling it Operation Rescue, the rebels are advancing into Bor town in a lightening speed. They are threatening to crash anyone stands in their pass. South Sudanese have fought war of invasions for hundred of years until the country became officially independence in 2011. “Now, Uganda has invaded our motherland.” He said.  We have an obligation to reclaim our country from the hand of invaders.

General Dual’s officers in charge of Operation Rescue to assault Bor town involved a young passionate fighter- a lady captain called Nyapuoch. Captain Nyapuoch led a successful military campaign against Uganda and Kiir loyalists when they tried to advance to Ayod several days before.

According to unconfirmed reports, Uganda was seen to evacuate some of their valuable military hardware from Bor to Juba. The threat of attack will be catastrophic. Dr. Machar, and his rebels are gaining grounds everyday as Kiir loyalist in the government trade accusations while the coup case crumbled in Juba. They tried their luck by firing the Army General, who believed to be the only string that connects Nuer to government. Gen. Mai was the only voice that influences the prevention of mast defections of Nuer from Kiir discontented Army.  Now he is sitting in his house without a Job.

Nuer generals began to defect in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states in response to alleged ethnic-based killings in the capital. In Mapel, Nuer unarmed officers were killed within 48 hours after new Chief Gen. Paul Malong Awan’s sworn in. In Wau town, a full brigade predominantly Nuer defected.