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Is Zechariah Manyok Biar sowing seeds of discord between two Jieng communities?


In response to Is "Dinka Bor against Dinka Bahr el Ghazal?" by Zechariah Manyok Biar.

By Mabior W. Makuek, Rumbek

On 9th January 2013, Sudan Tribune published an article authored by brother Zechariah Manyok Biar. Mr. Biar hails from Bor Jieng community. He has all rights to express or put across general feeling of late Isaiah Abraham’s family, relatives and Bor community members, but not in the format he used beginning with this article titled: Is Dinka Bor against Dinka Bahr el Ghazal? This is like telling all readers that Isaiah Abraham’s murder was an organized in form of mob justice to sentence Bahr El Ghazal Jieng as enemies against Bor Jieng!

In his communiqué, he had this to say; “When I visited Isaiah father’s house today, I saw the anger I have never seen from our people. This means that damage has been done to our loyalty to the system. Whoever did the killing has succeeded in causing suspicions among our people.” Looking at this phrase critically, one would suggest that Zechariah Manyok is out sowing seeds of discord between two Jieng communities of Bor and Bahr el Ghazal as he chose, rather than putting it plain against the system if there are signs as could be viewed given events earlier on with threats received by late Isaiah.

This system for that matter is in which Bor community has equal stake and with equal number of officials. Manyok seems to be thoroughly convinced that Jieng community of Bahr el Ghazal is aware and has had consented to Isaiah’s assassination when he put it in this particular sentence: whoever did the killing has succeeded in causing suspicions among our people.

To make my point clear and as to why it is not appropriate for Zechariah Manyok to have been repeatedly writing in such terms and manner about Isaiah’s murder from his article of December 5th 2012 and this other article of 8th January 2013.

I would like explain as this with an old adage that goes; one man error takes an enormous resources and energy to correct. This is true with Zechariah’s relentless articles stressing in the same form and manner about Isaiah’s murder of which he is trying to put it squarely on communities living a vast region with different ethnicities. Mr. Biar wrongly chose a region being inhabited by different groups and people, but not his fellow Dinka as he would have thought to highlight.

I am afraid to insinuate that Ateny Wek Ateny of Northern Bahr El Ghazal said on behalf of his fellow writers of what he might have read from faces, listened to from groups or gathering chats, in offices and from intellectual personalities like Zechariah Manyok Biar, who has written his first article suggesting suspicion that his fellow Bor Jieng community members is harboring against greater Bahr El Ghazal as region to conclude that; “The killing of Isaiah has driven wedges amongst communities; the government was made to shy and bite its tongue in disgrace, for the fact that it has failed to protect writers; the forces of darkness might have clearly celebrated that the Dinka Communities would be dividing along clans Bor vs Dinka Bahr El Ghazal. The detractors treat government to be synonymous with Bahr El Ghazal as a region. However, for us as opinion writers in South Sudan, this equation is wrong. Our communities command a very brilliant understanding of what is meant of a government.”

However, we shouldn’t be swayed by emotions, hence turn quickly to our communities
Brother Zechariah Manyok Biar another paragraph of concern is this: he says. If the above is what we believe, then it means that the loss of trust in the Government means the loss of trust in the community the President comes from. This is not a good way of looking at things but it is a reality we have in South Sudan. We will, however, work hard to change it so that individuals are held responsible for their crimes, not the community they come from. Even failing leaders must be held accountable as individuals, not as part of a community.

If brother Zechariah Manyok’s convictions are to work hard to change our society mindset of judging individuals’ actions as their sole responsibilities and indeed, and not of their communities? Then why did he do the opposite in his articles, holding unknown assassins as Bahr el Ghazal people?

This brings me to another important aspect of Mr. Biar’s writing: He wrote: People from Bor are often seen as unforgiving, but that is not true. We treat different situations differently. What we hate mostly are the politically-motivated killings and the terrorist-like killings. The killing of Isaiah fits both.

Does Mr. Biar believe that people from Bor Jieng are unforgiving, thus our Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and other perceived individuals of SPLM/A 1991 spilt as wrongdoers who can’t be forgiven, despite Dr. Riek acceptance of crimes he did not participate in as a person not as his community?

Mr. Biar ended his article as this: “I should conclude here that Dinka Bor will never see brothers and sisters from Dinka Bahr el Ghazal as enemies even though the level of trust now damaged will take a very long time to rebuild”.

I would like to say that the damage caused isn’t Bor Jieng alone affected by loss of late Abraham, it is South Sudanese people across the board to whom late Isaiah advocated tirelessly. And which was his interest, not of his own self. If late Isaiah were to return from his grave, may his soul rest in RIP, he would surely disagree with brother Zechariah. I remember reading from one of his articles in 2009, when he concluded, “that Mijirimeen men Bor wa Aramieen men Bahr el Ghazal!” He was referring to dura scandal, which is still holding today as one bad corruption case in South Sudan management history!

Brother Zechariah Manyok Biar articles are full of a lot to be desired, thus, I am contented to write against these few lines I have selected as my areas of this counter. To inform Mr. Biar, late is my pen friend, to whom we have shared in a lot for the benefit of South Sudanese people against betrayal by our so-called liberators turned oppressor. From hearing news of his death, I have written two articles under pen-name of Akolde N. Jinub. Today in this article, I declare to my readers that I will cease using Akolde N. Jinub name, and move on to my family given names as: Mabior Wende Makuek. Thanks!

As South Sudanese from Jieng community, I would like to encourage brother Zechariah Manyok Biar to turn his intellectual abilities and energy to disengage our communities across South Sudan from their blanket philosophy of judging personalities based on their backgrounds and communities they hail from while in leadership.

Another self purported Press Release authored by Mr. Peter Chuol Tut and Mr. Gordon Buay using the respected Nuer Community name in all contents calling for unknown change, and which to my understanding, these two gentlemen are out to instigate, goad and mobilize Nuer people worldwide as they claimed against a system to which they, said community of Naath holds the second most senior and powerful position. Is this change in such tone not inciting people against themselves? Be the judge!

Who doesn’t know Mr. Gordon Buay? For several years, he has been writing relentlessly against all events whether good or bad. In all his articles, there is no single piece he praised for a good indeed or suggest a way forward! I would call him a young cynical politician of South Sudan parroting oversees! I know nothing about Mr. Peter Chuol Tut, thus, wouldn’t say anything for nothing sake!

Mabior W. Makuek lives in Rumbek. He can be reached at mabiorwendemakuek@gmail.com

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  • 11 January 2013 18:42, by Manyok

    Brother Mabior, Is that all or should I wait for a better one. In this article, I do not understand whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with me. The parts that you have quoted go against your intended argument. Maybe you chose wrong parts of my article. I am waiting for a better one, the one that really shows I am doing what you said in the title of your article.

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    • 11 January 2013 20:09, by Peacocktail

      Dear Brothers……….
      Both wrote and express your views but note this is not for the interest of Jieng Bor or Jieng at large. Remember those who assassinate Late Diing Awuol are same fellow who kills late Dr. John Garang. Therefore concluding the article on behave of Jieng Bor is very insufficient argument. The Government had many heads, who fear being kicking out, what will happen,,,Let wait for FBI

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      • 12 January 2013 06:46, by Mapuor

        We should indeed wait for FBI findings,being judgmental leads to wrong conclusions.Of course South Sudan government i not the government of the people of greater Bhar El Gazal.One top position does not qualify the government to belong to MONYJANG.Primitiveness seems to prevail in Manyok article and comments.

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    • 12 January 2013 00:27, by Kenyang

      Pls read his article again, you should get it. He is right, you were wrong. Killing Isaiah Abraham is a tragedy that can’t be localized and wasn’t organized crime by Bhar Al Gazal (BG) communities against tiny Dinka Bor sect. Village boys like yourself should & must grow up quickily to know Dinka Bor is not even equivalent to Dinka BG- some elements in BG if u can’t say Gogrial or Nyirol.

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      • 12 January 2013 06:35, by George Bol

        Go and stop raiding yourselves before talking national issues.
        Also get the hell out here talking about our late brother.You seem have taken side yeah son of my mother.

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    • 12 January 2013 02:59, by James Maker Akok

      Manyok, may you stop this talk? You connect all general Bahr Al Ghazals but going to brought up the problems are been covered up by Bahr Al Ghazals of what Dr. John Garang did for killing Bahr Al Ghazals Leaders during SPLM Civil war with North Sudan.
      Let we talk peace to be united. Abraham dead is connect with Government, President Kiir need to be ask for that but not all Bahr Al Ghazals

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    • 12 January 2013 04:30, by Grader

      Manyok missed the point, Dinka Bor is made of 2-3 counties, it is not a state by itslef, it is not comparable to BG which is made up of 3 states!
      Manyok should calm his emotions and wait for the outcome of the truth. The whole South Sudan is saddened by this loss!

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    • 12 January 2013 18:38, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Mabior Makuek, prankly speaking i thought you were correcting mistakes from writers you mentioned above, but you ended up doing same mistakes here. your advice to gentlemen were selective and bias. you are opionated individual and mocker. you ended up critizing Bor and Nuer writers to fit your reversed phychological interest? never give vague advice when incompetence in this discipline mathdie.

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      • 14 January 2013 21:03, by panom lualbil

        Abraham was murdered by ’PRESIDENT KIIR’ bcoz the article by Mr Barnaba said: His last article criticizing against the govt, police and top officials was another reason. So what’s up with yo here? The suspects who were under custody regarding death of Abraham are within the govt but it was painful so Mr Barnaba doesnt specified it.

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  • 12 January 2013 04:28, by Manyok

    Here is the consensus some of you came up with: that I hold the whole region of Bahr el Ghazal responsible for the death of Isaiah. Those who know my writing know better that I am not a person you put words into my mouth. If I wanted to hold the region responsible, I would have done so clearly. Below is what you do not read maybe.

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  • 12 January 2013 04:31, by Manyok

    If I hold the region responsible, then how do you understand this: "If the above is what we believe, then it means that the loss of trust in the Government means the loss of trust in the community the President comes from. This is not a good way of looking at things but it is a reality we have in South Sudan. We will, however, work hard to change it so that individuals are held responsible for the

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  • 12 January 2013 04:33, by Manyok

    for their crimes, not the community they come from. Even failing leaders must be held accountable as individuals, not as part of a community

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  • 12 January 2013 04:39, by Manyok

    These are types of paragraphs Mabior quoted and still thinks that I hold the region responsible. No wonder some of our leaders do not understand their own speeches. If readers cannot understand the main idea in the article, what if it were a book? We have a long way to go.

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    • 12 January 2013 12:29, by Kenyang

      You’re not different from other arrogance in South Sudan who can’t never admit to failure even if whole world is on one end against him- just don’t question others’ intelligent. Continue...

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    • 12 January 2013 12:50, by Kenyang

      "What we are saying is that the killing of Isaiah has caused the loss of trust between the two major Dinka regions."
      The quote above is central to your article and if so, demand among questions:
      - Do we now know Dinka BG kill Isaiah Abe, how did we arrive to that?
      - Aren’t you exploiting Aten Wek article for your own gain, Ateny was pointing to system, you’re pointing to (people) region of BG.

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  • 12 January 2013 05:56, by Manyok

    It is the so-called Born-to-Rule who is reckless, by the way. He would conclude that he is one of the killers. He keeps saying that our writing has consequences. He even said here that I would end up like other Buffoons. Have you gotten his points? Let me remind you, man. You cannot drown the killing of Isaiah by threatening me or Ateny.

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  • 12 January 2013 06:28, by Manyok

    Ladies and gentlemen, Let me repeat this before telling you bye: If you think the way you are ruling the country is good for you, then pursue it. History will be the judge. Bye.

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  • 12 January 2013 13:10, by Kenyang

    I think almost everyone inside and out South sudan can agree that South Sudan is going on wrong direction or being misgovern. How and where to direct our frustration/anger is alway a different subject. Obviously, we can’t hold entire Gogrial, Warrap or BG responsible for Juba regime failure.

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    • 12 January 2013 13:43, by Takpiny

      You got it right Mr Kenyang, nobody happy with government system in Juba,but Mr Biar is serving in Kiir’s regime as a senior staff in Ministry of Interior affair, he should resign first if he thought that the way Kiir is ruling the country is not good.before he asked a ridiculous question like this.

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  • 13 January 2013 01:20, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    National issues are put aside and the lust for political cake for all South Sudanese communities is driving a wedge among the jieng. What sort of people are we? Remember South Sudan is for all South Sudanese from Nimule to Renk and from jebel Boma to Ezo. Avoid ethnic politics. One day you may reap what sowed. Portuguese and Oman Arabs were good students for divisive politics in East Africa.

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  • 13 January 2013 02:25, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Manyok Biar from Dinka Twi need to stop these kinds of hypocrites. You and this stupid person so-called Ateny Wek Ateny or some else.

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  • 13 January 2013 02:37, by SouthSudaneseviews

    These people on these matter are causing more problems between Dinka Twi, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Hol vs. Dinka Bor. Any problems they are causing will upon them. Bor Dinka (Bor County) is one tribe will not be compared to Dinka Bhar el Ghazal even if these sub-tribes plus other sub-tribes of Dinka in Upper Nile Dinka.

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  • 13 January 2013 02:38, by SouthSudaneseviews

    These people on these matter are causing more problems between Dinka Twi, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Hol vs. Dinka Bor. Any problems they are causing will upon them. Bor Dinka (Bor County) is one tribe will not be compared to Dinka Bhar el Ghazal even if these sub-tribes plus other sub-tribes of Dinka in Upper Nile Dinka.

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    • 14 January 2013 08:43, by Mangoor

      Bros, do not vilify manyok for his analysis. Manyok was writing about his own observations which i believe some of his observations are true. I know it is not fair to accuse Bhar el gazal as a region. however, negating everything mentioned by manyok is dishonest. look, a very educated lawyer called Akuac from Bor was assassinated a few years ago. the suspects were from Bhar el Gazal.

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      • 14 January 2013 09:01, by Mangoor

        the suspects who assassinated Isaiah are in detention n Zacharia knows they r Dinka from bhar el gazal. Zacharia plus other opinion writers have been warned, threatened, and detained n the people who did these r Dinka from Bhar el gazal. These actions r inhumane n r likely to cause mistrust among our people. that is the point Zacaria is talking about.

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        • 14 January 2013 09:08, by Mangoor

          Maybe Zacaria did not find the right name to give these perpetrators. You can help him get the right name rather than Dinka from Bar el gazal. Otherwise, you should call a general meeting n condemn these perpetrators who r out to rid the government of outspoken people from Bor. just pretending that such people do not exist in your region will increase mistrust n suspicion among our people.

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