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E. Equatoria governor, interior minister testify before SSLA on insecurity

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By Isaac Vuni

February 11, 2009 (JUBA) – The Governor of Eastern Equatoria, Alosio Emor Ojetuk, and the Minister of Interior, Paul Mayom Akech, testified before the South Sudan Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. Akech stressed that the ranks of police forces are filled with largely illiterate former SPLA soldiers.

Appearing before the Assembly as part of a series of summons on widespread insecurity, Minister Akech said that he has no option other than accepting SPLA soldiers into police services and cautioned that only in South Sudan are illiterate men deployed as police in the states. However, each state retains 3000 former SPLA combatant to fill national police roles.

He also noted that identification has remained a major problem with soldiers as their units are never serious in keeping updated records.

Lawmakers commended the summoned governor and minister for finally appearing before them.

Lying behind some of the recent furor was a deadly incident of celebratory gunfire in Juba on December 31, lasting for 40 minutes from a barracks near residential areas.

Akech noted that continued SPLA present in residential areas poses security treats and therefore they should be deployed far outside Juba city. Moreover, there are mobilized forces in possession of arms who yet mingle with civilians, while even soldiers on leave carry their guns.

Governor Ojetuk took note of cattle raiding, which has forced some state citizens to migrate to Ethiopia and Uganda in search of water and pasture, where they are causing insecurity. Ojetuk disclosed that he had been to Ethiopia to solve insecurity problems caused by southerners, and also to Uganda.

Moreover he cited farmland disputes at Ibasure verses Lohutok, Lohobochob versus Logonowati, and Mura versus Lopit, which resulted in serious incidents that his government is trying to resolve amicably.

According to the governor’s testimony, cattle pastoralists from Dinka arrived in Moliandru payam on December 12 last year and spread to Kerepi, Pageri and Agoro, destroying crops while protecting themselves with heavy weapons to silence opposition. The situation is reported to be very alarming among recent returnees from refugee life.

The governor cited incidents in Pageri and Ikwa Boma where Ugandan army forces (UPDF) killed a person and blamed it on LRA guerillas while identification found implicated UPDF. Again at Ikwa, another person was killed by the same UPDF who had beaten the people then looted their properties, he said.

Wondering why GOSS is keeping UPDF in South Sudan since they have become destructive to the hard-won CPA , the governor posed that SPLA could be capable to keep security and order for South Sudanese.

Regarding the presence of UPDF in South Sudan, Ojetuk said they came to Sudan before SPLM took over administration of the South from the Khartoum government, and therefore are responsible for LRA presence in South Sudan.

Responding to lawmakers’ request, the governor said insecurity in Magwi county in Eastern Equatoria has become a matter of concern to all including lawmakers.

ALLEGEDLY SLAIN SPLA FOUND ALIVE IN YEI

The governor discussed the bad relations between host communities and residents who had come to Equatoria after being displaced in other parts of Sudan. ‘Indigenous’ residents, many of whom had been themselves forced to flee to Uganda during the civil war, allege that the newcomers grabbed land especially in Nimule.

Ojetuk recounted that SPLA Major General Wilson sold a piece of Madi land in Nimule to a Somali business in order to erect a petrol station and when elders enquired, Wilson ordered soldiers to brutalize and silence them to the extent that one person was killed. Later, SPLA soldiers alleged that they had been only responding to the Madi, who first killed two of their soldiers. But the allegedly slain soldiers were found alive in Yei, the governor testified.

The story fit with a broader point raised by the governor, that insecurity is orchestrated by the government. He noted, for instance, that military police deployed at border towns have gone beyond their mandate of securing safe passage for President Kiir’s visits to Nimule and Kapoeta and have taken over work of local police, including practicing corruption.

In another instance, 1500 disabled and wounded war veterans had not been paid their salaries, hence they demonstrated and closed the Nimule border entry for three days as they moved with guns threatening to kill innocent people, the governor said.

Equally, taxes at border towns are illegally collected by one particular community of Dinka which have 11 tables. Allegedly they are sent by senior government officials in Juba and they always threatened to kill state officials entrusted to legally collect taxes, said Ojetuk.

The governor further noted that there is a parallel administration particularly in Nimule where the IDPs created their own courts and do not respect any system of the state.

Ojetuk recommended to the Assembly that security matters should not be left solely to people in uniform but are the collective responsibility of all citizens including the executive and legislature.

HEATED DEBATE

Debate followed the governor’s testimony and presentation of recommendations to the Assembly.

Hon. Elija Lasu Peter said displacement of people during the 21 years of liberation struggle created insecurity particularly between pastoralists and crops growers as animals destroyed crops and the Dinka pastoralists threatened to kill landholders who raised questions. He also noted that SPLA soldier are only paid 350 Sudanese pounds, which is not sufficient upkeep for their families compared to the current high cost of living.

Hon. Eider Lino Wande referred to murder suspects in Yambio who have yet not been tried.

Hon Mabior Leek Deng said South Sudan’s police force has no capacity, causing SPLA to be used as a law enforcement agency, which he accused of looting 12,000 head of cattle from civilians.

Hon. Victoria Adhar Arop noted that when they were in the bush, security was very tight and some solders even were sent to the firing squad for grabbing two pieces of bananas from civilians. She wondered why GoSS does not punish corrupt powerful individuals now when the South enjoys peace.

Hon. David Raw Dok noted that local government was not involved in management of security at state levels.

Hon. Daniel Monydit complained that for nearly three years, various legislators raised urgent matters but got negative responses. Citing disappearance of funds, he warned that legislators are tired of seeing the same limping police in states without further recruitment and training of new ones.

The Assembly opened only with seventy eight legislators present, hence an allowance of 25 minutes was given by Hon. Speaker James Wani Igga for scoring the needed attendance for debate; later the quorum was exceeded, with 105 legislators present.

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  • 14 February 2009 06:02, by Dongway Doorich

    oh God
    save south Sudan .let there be security even with less involvement of unskilled police as they mention. our leaders will talk of something that they definitely know but always fail to provide solution in advance , what a hell are they doing ?
    also iam seeing that our current leaders are lacking self criticism instead they will start blaming others of not doing well.if that spirit continue, then we will get our selves one time in coma and that will be beginning of another danger which may not be encounter soon in unity as it was done in during the last 22 years with commitment.
    i wonder why the minister of police and security is not taking measures on this burning issues to at least reduce this danger of insecurity?
    another point is naked complaint given by our leaders pointing out the names of some tribes as the cause of insecurity in the southern Sudan main town,
    to me i think those complaints should be taken as the crime committed by that particular tribe in general but should be treated as the individual problem. these types of unclassified complaints will one increase insecurity instead because of the inbuilt anger or fatigue that may have emerge in some extremes of that tribe and raise it as an issue of depending the defaming name of their tribe .
    responsible people in government should learn how to speak logical constitutional languages instead of this bad and naked complaint against the tribes in which they are ruling.
    they should learn how to convey a message of the same meaning but in different ways.

    another thing is the incapability of the employees as mentioned by the H.E governor of eastern equatoria state .
    my message to H;e mr governor is that , there are some reality we should admitted instead of complaint ,
    technical personal does not require tribalism . it depend on qualification and on who is capable to do the job. e.g medical officer ,Engineers . economist ,army etc,
    all these do not need tribal representation because it is based on how and qualification they have to do the work.
    Mr governor ,i think you will agree with me that even in the army tribal representation is not recommended because you were a commander in the bush and those you commanding may be having two or five sons of the mother but were protection your safety. so i don’t see any reason of complaining against technical people who are doing the work in border provided that they were employ with qualifications.
    Mr governor i think you are a big man in south Sudan and you know how many tribes are there in south Sudan , can we manage really to represent all these tribe in each and very position in our institution even without qualified personnels?.i don’t think that it will be true unless we want to destroy the system.
    we should restrict our complaints in political posts otherwise u will people in government will face problem of qualified personnels to work for you. they will all run away and can work anywhere.also to me if i will not be mistaken ,person in the govern should not complaint nakedly without institutional language because he/she will be inviting enemy and hatred to his/her party and the opposition parties will make use of your weakness and throw you like any thing in election.

    H;E minister of police should start developing a spirit of self criticism before being blame otherwise if he is seeing that his fellow comm rads are not helping , then he should immediately resign instead of taking the responsibility of blood shading always in the entire south Sudan
    .
    may God bless all of you.

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    • 14 February 2009 11:47, by Gatwech

      Wow!

      Do Dinka elders and politicians have the guts to sense the ever polarizing hatred and dislike towards their community? This is very serious for a governor to point fingers of accusations directly towards a tribe. He must have been convinced by how organized is the criminal acts committed by the Dinka in his state. The reaction of parliamentarians also support the same finger pointing to a tribe universally accused of committing crimes that seem to be backed by their administrators, military officers and elders.

      Now the question is, where does this situation lead the Dinka to? The future is too dangerous! But given the Dinka culture of inferiority complex they think the accusations are just complaints against the master and therefore gives them high self-esteem. Oh, no, no, my cousins, you are damn wrong. This leads you to very, very low self-esteem. Suppose others turn against you, suppose you lose power, and suppose someone else takes over either by elections or by uprising, what would you do? To fight back would be a disaster which can turn into a massacre more than that of Rwanda. Then your history would be the ugliest remembered as people would be calling you thieves, tribalists, incompetent greedy people who lack good governance or democracy. You will be denying your identities in streets for fear of being rediculed or even treated harshly. Please, if you have some guts to think wisely, the situation is leading you to very, very dark days unless you don’t have the gift to assess the situation. You are being hated all over if both victims and governors can point direct fingers to you as criminal tribe in parliament.

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      • 14 February 2009 17:36, by Deng Baak Kuot

        I think that you should have to revise and scrutinize your writing style. It is not about Dinka if it happens that you have a problem with one Dinka then you shouldn’t used a very naive language against the Whole Dinka community. your opinion is not bad, but how long people like you. Will they stop using a hatred language. Remember we all need to each other for job to be done. what I am saying is that you need to look at the mirror when you begin to write because either Sudantribune nor any of us would like to see, such an evil language where you make other people victim of your own mentality issue.

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  • 14 February 2009 10:05, by postmortem

    How long are we going to plead to God over issues that we can prevent than to thank Him for the peace he brought to us? When I see people dying because of animals, preventable diseases and hunger, I see the people of Southern Sudan headed for a disaster.

    Does SSLA have an annual work plan indicating priorities and the means of achieving the results? If yes, what are they doing since peace dawn?
    SSLA should regulate movement of animals by first disarming cattle keeper. Enact legislation that deals with lawful carriage of any gun and what should be done to those who unlawfully carry them.
    If China has regulated human birth why not regulate also the population of animals that create for us more conflicts in the South and cry fold of the loss of 2 million people during the war yet we continue to allow more to die because of animals.
    Intensify workshops to the four classess of forces mentioned ante that they have distinct roles alsthough at some point there is an overlap when need arises. However, they should be told that no other is superior than the other. The army tend to think that they are superior than the other three that is why it is not surprising for a soldier to bring a civilian to a police station and directs that such a person should be kept indefinately in the police cell until he comes back. Neither does it cause me sleepless night when I see a soldier directing the flow of traffic in the city.
    All forces be they SPLA, Police, Wild life and Prisons, must first know their Terms of Reference (TOR).

    The second requirement is that provision of Codes of Conduct to regulate their behaviour. Make it simple and distribute to those who can read. For those who cannot read, teach them to cram like the Lord’s TEN COMMANDMENTS on the stone Tablet.

    Create Effective Disciplinary Tribunals with power to suspend indisciplined individuals from duty or other appropriate punishments such as demotions from ranks, dismissal for gross misconduct and others.

    Reward those who perform to create competition, confidence building and doing the right thing.

    For Officers, teach them admistrative Law to help them deal with administrative issues, their powers, jurisdiction and procedural matters. This course is relevant to any Officer in charge of whatever office.

    Create special task forces to respond to particular areas of concern. For example, within the Police, there should be Scene of crime officers who deal with situations where a crime is alledged to have been committed. Not all police officers know how to handle scenes of crime because many of them tamper with evidence at the site.

    Salaries of the forces must reflect the cost of living in the country. The issue of their budget being high because they are many doesnot suffice. Create reserve forces for those who are working in government Civil positions, NGO,s to prevent double salaries. Empower the courts so that they can be competent, and effectively delivering. It is unfortunate that Parliament keeps on summoning and hearing accounts from governors, commissioners etc. Next time call for the victims to testify so that Parliament can assess the magnitude of insecurity in the South.

    It must however, be noted that these are post-conflict problems and some needs brains to address unlike shooting at the direction of the enemy. If there is a will to fight these evils, South Sudan will mitigate these problems although it may not eradicate them. We need to be visionary and humane for us to fight all these evils in our society.

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    • 14 February 2009 10:52, by gordon vucirine

      The governor of Eastern Equatoria spook well. His statement indicates the frustration he is undergoing in solving some of the crisis facing the state. He has the post but it seem he was not given enough authorities to handle matters in the state specially security matter.

      The issue of Military police controlling border tax collection shows great in efficiency in the government and by the way its corruption the authority who sent them there shld be summon by SSLA to explain and they should receive disciplinary action.

      Its obvious that the Dinka where mention in this act who else in Nimule is arogant? which tribe in Nimule has paralel court, police and taxation? its the Dinka, its not an individual act when it comes to Nimule its a collective act of the Dinka and this can bring a serious insecurity if one day the Madi says enough is enough.

      I recommend;

      1- the governor is given all the power to control state aparatus

      2- Immidiate repatration of the dinka community from Nimule to their state, for God shake let them go and develop their home and state after all election is coming they shld be in their constituencies.

      3-Government to take action on the dinka pastoralist distroying crop in Magwi County.Distruction of the livelihood of the Magwi County people shall not be tolerated by the host they will definatley take laws in their hands if government cannot.

      Peace lovers should all joint hand in solving this issue.

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      • 14 February 2009 11:58, by Gatwech

        Hello my Dinka cousins,

        You are a shame to South Sudan if you don’t change your greedy attitude. This is an organized Dinka crime supported by Salva and his ministers to loot South Sudan as was in the booklet written by late John Garang promising the Dinkas to loot when the war is over. Garang might not mean it but because he knew that the Dinkas would not participate in the war unless food was promised for them, he wrote that booklet which they now took to be serious. The Dinka commanders were fighting because they good hundreds of sacks of ration from the Operation Lifeline Sudan otherwise those who did not get abandoned the war and stayed in refugee camps.

        But, given the situation now, do Dinka elders and politicians have the guts to sense the ever polarizing hatred and dislike towards their community? This is very serious for a governor to point fingers of accusations directly towards a tribe. He must have been convinced by how organized is the criminal acts committed by the Dinka in his state. The reaction of parliamentarians also support the same finger pointing to a tribe universally accused of committing crimes that seem to be backed by their administrators, military officers and elders.

        Now the question is, where does this situation lead the Dinka to? The future is too dangerous! But given the Dinka culture of inferiority complex they think the accusations are just complaints against the master and therefore gives them high self-esteem. Oh, no, no, my cousins, you are damn wrong. This leads you to very, very low self-esteem. Suppose others turn against you, suppose you lose power, and suppose someone else takes over either by elections or by uprising, what would you do? To fight back would be a disaster which can turn into a massacre more than that of Rwanda. Then your history would be the ugliest remembered as people would be calling you thieves, tribalists, incompetent greedy people who lack good governance or democracy. You will be denying your identities in streets for fear of being rediculed or even treated harshly. Please, if you have some guts to think wisely, the situation is leading you to very, very dark days unless you don’t have the gift to assess the situation. You are being hated all over if both victims and governors can point direct fingers to you as criminal tribe in parliament.

        Salva Kiir’s administration has failed to administer the South and what was thought to be liberation war for better future in South has turned out to be nothing but stomach liberation. You could not see considerable transformation in development after four good years where more than five billion dollars were spent from the oil money of Bentiu and Upper Nile areas. The only transformation you could see is stomach transformation from those skinny flat stomachs in 2005 to big fatty stomachs in 2009. No physical infratructure, basic services or even democratic transformation, but body transformation from thin thugs to fat thugs. That is all!!! What a useless tribal leadership!!!

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        • 14 February 2009 13:10, by Dongway Doorich

          to Gatwech

          hey (belach gare)

          who told you all these nonsense you are advertising.
          plz don’t be too Nuer because inhabitant of south Sudan are not Nuer all.
          speak reasonable thing that will attract the reader towards your sentence. i know that you will not be responsible of your words onces it come to reality. your people are the most criminal people all over south Sudan if facts are told. governor of Uppernile should complaint like Eastern Equatoria governor cuz your people have grabbed both northern part of Jonglei areas of (Kaldak &canal ) in Atar dinka area and southern uppernile areas of Ngok Lual yak Dinka (Dolleib and ashaab elnile).
          your people have formed their own local authorities contrary to the GOSS .
          they are collecting taxes from the local people.those money are not in the chest of ministry of finance GOsS upto now .
          they reject census last year because of not being a part of those areas they are residing and they refused to go back to their places giving a useless excuses that Dinka will kill them forgetting that they are leaving in dinkas places .a dangerou Dinka known even by your uncle Riek Machar . ask him if iam liar plz.
          what responsibility you want to tell us .
          plz do not support something that will put the south in river otherwise you will be shown what you have not seen in your rushing live that you don’t value.
          i know you don’t value life but food .
          keep away from the pilot of that important plane which is carrying the land of south Sudan until 2011, then come and confuse it later like you did in 1991.
          you must be a real disciple of Riek Gai kok
          a well known feet-kisser of the Most wanted terrorist all over the country Amir Almojahadeen Omer Hassen Ahmed Albeshir.
          just receive your betrayal allowances and keep away from the liberators otherwise????????????????????????
          may God bless all people of south Sudan

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          • 14 February 2009 15:54, by Gatwech

            Hei Dongway, hane bi guac hin, mounyliel!

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            • 15 February 2009 19:12, by Dongway Doorich

              to Gatwech and Tut actually slave(yang) instead of King Tut

              hey Gatwech (liel Toh gare)

              i knew your stupidity and i have come to know that you are still a primary students in Comboni evening school in Wad Medani
              sorry please , i thought that you are exposed to our entire southern community.that is why i told you yesterday that don’t be too Nuer. i thought you are at Sudan school level but since you are still in comboni evening school , then you are right to be arrogance like you are doing because you still a complete Nuer.i came to know you guys were born against Dinka that is why you are suppering with present of Dinka.My friend tell your translator that one of the writer is telling me that there is no where the nuer can rule in the south without the support from their brothers Dinkas otherwise you are waisting time in the net sorry to tell you this because it is above and beyond your mindset .
              you and the other two naked vultures Mr Tut and the other most naked vulture Mr Nuer .
              please continue talking , nobody will interrupt you because you are still very very far from the world of reasoning and analysis.
              iam sorry for valuing your talk by reply, it has added some credit to you but ?????????????????????.
              i also came to know that you are already above 43 years old and when i ask the source of where you got delayed, he told me that you were in (jiech e bohr) whit army of Wurnyang chol a well know Magician in your Lou Nuer places to the Extend that lou people killed him two years back.
              my message to you is that, since you are eager to know something which i think you will hardly get , you better concentrate and leave reasoning to those people who have gained something already.don’t waist your time talking something that you don’t understand.
              bye

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          • 14 February 2009 17:02, by King Tut

            Dorich or whatever you call yourself,I would advise you to slow your speed in the way you take up things.I mean,you are too abusive and too new to try to understand how things work here.

            Take this as an advise,and by the way,there is nothing wrong for the people you accused of being "too Nuer" to be what they are.Excuse me if I have touch on your indulgence!!!!

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      • 14 February 2009 23:03, by Danford

        Waw,

        All the blames are for our wicked governor Ojetuk........, he had been supporting the Dinkas so that he can keep on stayimg in power. For many instances, he was requested to flash the Dinkas back to their places, but this coward was keeping his tail down, very useless governor!

        You cannot imagine, the Dinkas are everything in Numule, tax collectors, intimidiators of foreiners, stealing peoples and government’s funds openly. Also, if you see the other states organs of EES, like police, prison, Wildlife, Contracts, and Projects , Walai Yajama, they are headed by Dinkas, but go to Rumbek, you can’t get an Equatoria heading any department. Now, what does this reflect?, Does it mean we cannot manage our own affairs?

        For Dinkas think they are everything, if they don’t change we are going to fight Dinkas whether they like it or Not, even if they are using government’s Machinaries.

        We are ready for war wtih them and wait...........

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  • 15 February 2009 04:01, by Justin Chicago opiny

    Governor Alosio Ojetuk, It is you to blame for the havoc that is taking place in EES.Use your muscle as a Governor
    to get things right.You are there in that office to make changes. You do not wait for instructions from Juba or Khartoum you already have that power use it to the maximum.

    As for Minister Paul Mayom the Police Force is the yolk of the
    Government Instituition.You can not recruit an illiterate person to become a police Officer in the 21st century,people we are moving with time. Put the right people in the right place at the right time. Here is the short form for the word POLICE:
    POLITE
    OBEDIENT
    LEARNED
    INTELIGENT
    CARING
    EDUCATED
    People with the above quality are the right people to be recruited in the Police Force. There are a lot of places where those who are not learned can be placed. This is the time and now.

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