PRESIDENT GEN SALVA KIIR KILLED THE ICONIC WUNLIIT PEACE INITIATORS IN PAYIJIAR COUNTY
BY DAK GABRIEL BUOTH
‘‘When a hero die or fall, people don’t weep or cry, instead they just pick his spear and run with it. an African Proverb. Let us just pick the legacy Nyuon Yaar and Keah Tut left for us; the legacy of peace and unity within our neighborhood.
I couldn’t find a better word to eulogize them, but for sure, nationally, Nyoun Yaar and Keah Tut, made an immense contribution to the south Sudanese people by initiating a successful Wunliit Peace Accord that was inked by President General Salva Kiir who was then Chief of Staff for the then Rebel SPLA and the Chief of staff for the then Rebel Sudan’s People Defense Forces. General Tito Biel Chuor, an accomplished astute hero whom President Kiir, inhumanly striped of his well deserved rank, back in the year 2006. They have worked immensely to make sure that the Government‘s Disarmament Program in Payijiar, became a successful. These are two prominent paramount chiefs who are both doyen prolific historians, and somehow political leaders of our time.
At the local level, (Nyoung and Bentiu) throughout their lives have upheld the heritage of the NYA’AAL people of Payijiar whom I proudly belong to. They have instilled physical and mental bravery in our hearts and have kicked out the cowardice gene among us. They have tirelessly and selflessly contributed in all the Liech people‘s activities, including the development, and the fostering of our traditions and customs; as our representatives. They were killed in cold blood on the quiet 8th day of February, 2014 in Payijiar county, by President Salva Kiir‘s, mercenaries that came via our neighboring Lake State.
NOTICE that their killers used a root passing through the Lake State, but not the residents of lake state per se. These mercenaries might be atrocious elements from Dinka, Nuer, Chollo, et cetera et cetera. Nevertheless, retaliating or taking a revenge by massacring people in the neighborhood, in the name of their lives will be a complete tantamount to the ideals that they had believed in. Now that they are no more, we the NYA’AAL people of Payijiar, Bentui, Nuer, and the entire south Sudanese fraternity, will continue celebrating their lives by fostering peace and nationalism.
In adherence to the aforementioned, we will never and never compromise bringing to books; those who untimely terminated their lives in whichever means possible, that they can take to the bank. Now, they are gone but they will forever live in our minds, as they linger in our memories like a printed book. The great Pan-Africanist, Nelson Mandela said, ‘‘A man ought to have his final rest when he has done what he considers his best dusty for his country.’’ May these heroes, R. I. P.
Personally, I drew my inspiration from them that is why when the current spilling south Sudan crisis unfolded, In my own capacity, unwavering support from comrades and honest mentorship from elders, who tried to call for peace and tranquility, within our entangled political leadership. And urged them to seek nonviolent solution to the crisis and to publicly denounce that that violence wasn’t an ethnic conflict, but rather a political and ideological tussle within the ruling‘s regime. It was prudent for us, civilian population to take caution if not, to embrace one another.
When I decided to do that, my convictions, and that of my comrades were first firmly informed by my acknowledgment that peace has remained the dominant theme of our present time. People all over the world have been raising their voices in favor of peace, development and cooperation against war, poverty, confrontation and illiteracy.
At the United Nations, it is acknowledged that peace, security, development and human rights are the pillars of the UN system, and the cornerstones of our collective well-being. Secondly, I also wanted to play a pivotal role as a fearless and proud south Sudanese, who aspire and envisions a united, secular and democratic equitable society by enlightening my fellow citizens who might have been clueless about what caused the violence. This is because I knew what caused the problem and the orchestrators together with their ulterior motives; hence I then felt that I owe them a duty of care to impart knowledge that might have been pruned from them by ignorance.
Prior to the eruption of the violence on 15th December, 2013, I knew that war was looming in our country, because it was crafted into law, and only an insane fellow could refute this argument. It was only the magnitude and time in which it would occur that I did not know. Like I mentioned in my recent meticulous article dated 21st February, 2014, titled, ‘There was NO Attempted Coup in Juba, but a Coronation of Autocracy’, an opinion I gave in response to the concern raised by the general public asking the root cause of the current problem in south Sudan.
Their question were as follows; Was it Dr Riek Mashar who had attempted to overthrow a legitimate government as alleged or it Was President Kiir who had wanted to consolidate his iron hold on power through the assistance of the auxiliary president YOWERI Museveni?
I affirmed to them the latter. I agree with Voltaire, that the best judgment is found in the right questions rather than in an answer. The 15th December’s tragedy in Juba was just a coronation of one man’s rule, but not an attempted overthrow of national government, as alleged.
The word coup was just a concoction of lies to blackmail the ignoramus and short-sighted African inhabitants, whose naivety is beyond belief. If indeed there was an attempted overthrow of a government as they alleged, one month down the line, they would have presented to the general public at least one single evidence that could have justified their claims.
I believed that this war is President Kiir’s war against the people of South Sudan and not the War between Nuer and Dinka, as it has been reported, and reiterated in various sources that have had the privilege to report on the same. Yes of course, by virtue of the Nuer and Dinka’s ignorance, and their untrustworthy, they will definitely be the victim of this irresponsible, reckless, incompetent leadership as they have so far experienced. President Kiir, upon noticing a neck to neck political competition in the forthcoming poll, planned to ruthlessly dismantle any dissenting voices before and during the 2015 national plebiscite, REST IN PEACE ISAIAH ABRAHAM’’ hence the incident that occurred on 15th December last year was clearly a pre-meditated act.
It was justified by his 3,000 private militia men selected predominantly from his Akon village without the knowledge of those in the military realm including his sycophant in chief, General Gathoth Mai. Ultimately, when time for accountability for all the atrocities committed comes, the law will adhere to its ordinary criminal procedure by first extracting the intent and the causation of the fault before holding into account any orchestrator.
Gen. Kiir will have at his disposals all the burdens of proof at the trail. Nonetheless, we cannot also keep a blind eye on the negligent seen on the side of Dr Riek Mashar in his quest to explore his democratic rights. He had made some slight faults on his side that had instigated the violence, but they are too remote to hold any water should he happen to be summoned to answer any question in a judicial court pertaining this incident.
When I said Dr Riek had incurred some negligence, I said looking entirely at our political landscape, I was expecting him to sympathize with the president‘s understanding of democracy and our people’s mental states which is in total grip of illiteracy. Had he thought of that probably this crisis would not have commenced in this point in time, because he would have established his own political party with all his comrades whom he believed share similar ideologies with him.
At the moment, we should in totality support the ongoing dialogue in Addis Ababa; let’s keep pressuring President Salva Kiir to accept political responsibility by releasing all the political detainees such that the peace process in Addis Abba can be expedite to rescue our destitute people who are unwittingly languishing in various united nation centers.
And also to fasten the investigation for the atrocities committed so as to bring to an end the deep rooted impunity in our country. If this peace process doesn’t materialized as highly anticipate by our people, then of course we must renew our pledges to effect an immediate political upheaval prior to the current regime, which is deepening its oppressive machinations, because jeopardizing this current peace efforts is in itself a sign that the forthcoming 2015 general election, might not go as anticipated.
On 26th November 2013, twenty one days before this violence blew, I wrote an article dedicated to my fellow Nuers and Dinkas, and to other south Sudanese citizenry, titled ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’, a piece that would help if given an attention, hereunder were the points I presented;
There’s no community or tribe in the whole world that is so close to the Nuer Speaking people, rather than the Dinka. There has never been a community or tribe in Africa, let alone in South Sudan that is so proximal to the Dinka people, in terms of their culture, economics, polity and spiritual beliefs rather than the Naath people, hence, the posterity of each one of them rely/depend strongly on one another.
So, we the contemporary offspring who hailed from the two communities MUST only gear all our endeavors to bridge all the ARTIFICIAL grudges or grievances which were wittingly invented by wealth and power. That was orchestrated by greedy and gluttonous politicians who wanted to live in the expense of our sacrifices. We must only strive for the erasure of our ignorance, prejudice, and to bring to an END the chauvinistic and violent behavior AGAINST each other.
This is because our indivisible relationship which was granted to us in a Silver-plate since time immemorial by KUOTHNHIAL/NHAILIC is greater than our materialistic profits of today.
Dak .G. Buoth is a Staunch and Dialectic Pan Africanist as well as a Radical Infantry of the Post Independent Africa against Imperialism.