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My Advice to Zechariah Manyok Biar and Ateny Wek Ateny

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

By Beny Gideon Mabor

January 11, 2013 - The complementary opinions expressed on different occasions by different opinion writers, who seemingly identify themselves along ethnic lines were not helpfully analytical per se but rather likely inciting the great Dinka community to hate themselves over the killing of our national figure and a hero of press freedom, late Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol. This utterance of opinions should not go unchallenged. The Dinka community has never hated each other before and will continue united for common good regardless of the political leadership direction.

Therefore, the premeditated assassination of Isaiah Abraham by forces of darkness must not be trivialized into a particular tribal issue against another tribe. Late Diing Chan Awuol is a South Sudan national and a freedom fighter who did his part for a just cause to see his country a free state where opinions for nation building are given space for betterment of the government. Press freedom is a free advice given by unpaid advisers. It is upon the government to act upon which is good advice and put into dustbin what is rubbish.

A freedom of speech is a civil and legal right guaranteed by the constitution and the law. To the contrary, it proves that South Sudan seems to be a country where opinion kills. Yet, the author is very optimistic and continuously calling for calm not to conclude that Isaiah Diing Abraham, was killed by the government though circumstances sounding his death incriminate the government evidenced by the prior threats on his life by people known to him and whom he could not disclose their identity to other people.

However, I warn my dear colleagues to stop this advocacy of exchanging their personal views surroundings the death of Isaiah Abraham on the predictable accusation against particular tribe as a whole to be responsible for his death and the subsequent equation of the government with communities must too be discarded. The community does not kill but individuals can kill and held accountable individually and not otherwise.

Sadly, such killing was a cowardice act of evil thought by such individuals and will be dealt with accordingly whether by law or by unshaken power of God to account for those responsible for his early demise. The assassins missed the target rather for Isaiah Abraham will not physically be with us again but his legacy shall shine forever and shall serve as the guiding principle to press freedom and the opinion writers hope for the best that the blood of their colleague washed away shame and agony imposed on them by unknown enemies.

The demise of our colleague in hand of unknown assassins yet to be proven at the end of the day must not cause mistrust and confidence as argued in the opinions of the two writers. Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny in his speech delivered on 4 January 2013 at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in a memorial service for late Isaiah Abraham, where he said “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 Bhar El Ghazal”. This is irresponsible statement and Mr. Ateny Wek should withdraw it fortwith.I presume all of us do not know the most wanted assassins of late Isaiah Abraham to enable you pre-empt the mind of Dinka Bor community that they may accused Dinka Bhar eh Ghazal.

It is too very unfortunate to be supplemented by Mr. Zechariah Manyok Biar, in his article entitled: Is Dinka Bor against Dinka Bhar el Ghazal? The article was Published by Sudan tribune dated 8 January 2013, in the first paragraph where he said “the killing of Isaiah Abraham and the anger it generated in Dinka Bor Community has made some people wonder whether Dinka Bor now see Dinka Bahr el Ghazal as their enemies”. I once again call upon Mr. Zechariah Manyok to withdraw his statement too and dismiss that there is no existence of such wondering allegation between the two Dinka communities.

Although his maintains his silence that his statement in agreement with Ateny Wek’s opinion on the same did not mean planting conflict between Dinka themselves, yet he wrongly concluded by saying “the killing of Isaiah has caused the loss of trust between the two major Dinka regions”. Why causing mistrust when this is an act of impunity whose makers shall be held accountable at the end of the day? Why can we dwelt on calling upon the government which is responsible for the life of its citizens to apprehend the killers and brought them to justice instead of accusing communities? I pray my colleagues both Zechariah Manyok Biar and Ateny Wek Ateny to accept my observations and advice without precondition. I know two of you are calibers of indisputable status but distance yourself from tribal inclination.

These two quotations or irresponsible statements you released made me to read between the lines as your colleague in the world of thought and advise that our thought are also tighten with justifiable reasoning. Any attempt to advance your analysis including other writers and citizens alike on the same trend may degenerate into tribal hatred and no one is looking for it.

Beny Gideon Mabor lives in Juba and can be reached benygmabor@gmail.com



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  • 12 January 2013 04:48, by Manyok

    Beny, This is what you said in your introductory paragraph: "The Dinka community has never hated each other before and will continue united for common good regardless of the political leadership direction" His it different from my conclusion below?

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  • 12 January 2013 04:50, by Manyok

    “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”.

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  • 12 January 2013 04:55, by Manyok

    How did I arrive at the word mistrust? Here it is: "What looks like an enmity between Dinka Bor and Dinka Bahr el Ghazal is not enmity but the loss of generalized trust. I have observed that the loss of generalized trust leads to the loss of particularized trust." If most of you do not understand the word "enmity" then it is "ater" in Dinka.

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  • 12 January 2013 05:03, by Manyok

    Is the lack of trust enmity or ater? I do not think so. By the way, people who work in National Security do not trust their own family members to confide in them. Do they regard them as their enemies? This seems to be what most of you are saying. But the reality is that they do not know who the friends to their family members are. That is my point. Ateny and I are correcting the prevailing feeling

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  • 12 January 2013 05:52, by Tribe

    Don’t blame the doctor for diaginosing the ailment in patience. Manyok loves this nation so much and the future relationship of these two great Dinka clans. I think for him to come out and say it in a wide public the minstrust that is being grapevine in the houses is a great service to both clans if not nation. He’s helping them to help themselves backtracking what has went wrong.

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  • 12 January 2013 05:53, 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 under Mabior’s article that I would end up like other Bafoons. 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 06:16, by Mapuor

      Manyok
      Your article is baseless and has serious implications.May be your knowledge of English is superficial and what is implied by your article tells us alot.Bhar El Gazal is a region with four states each of which is as big as Jonglei in which Bor community has only three counties out of eleven.Haa more over Isaiah assassins are not yet known and if it appears later that he was assassinated

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      • 12 January 2013 06:24, by Mapuor

        that he was killed by one from greater Bhar El Gazal for any reason it wont be fair to consider 6 million people as Issiah’s assassins.Your Garang killed more than 100 university graduates and military academy graduates and your Twic East was not blamed for that.Stop administering heroine or cocaine when writing on important matters such as Issiah’s death that almost the whole country dislike

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        • 13 January 2013 11:05, by Mangor de Keroor

          Mapour,
          you said " your Garang killed more than one 100 university graduates, military academic graduates". then the question would be has the government of Bar El Gazal admitted that it killed him? was Isaiah killed to revenge the 100 university graduates killed by Garang? please you need to grow up my friend you may be risking.

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      • 13 January 2013 10:47, by Mangor de Keroor

        Mapour,
        it is well known that Isaiah Abraham was killed by unknown gunmen but many people believe that those killers could be linked to the government but i want to remind you that your threats and mention of Garang’s jungle historical injustices against people in the bush when people are talking of Isaiah Abraham ’s death will not make you an hero in defending the community that feed you.

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        • 15 January 2013 06:27, by Mapuor

          Mangor De Keroor
          Your reply to my comment missed the point I have all along been making on the article of Mr Biar.What I explicitly say is that when Garang killed highly educated officers from Dinka Bhar El Gazal,it was not blamed on his community.secondly,this does not imply that Issiah was killed by Monyjang(Dinka Bhar El Gazal).Its Biar who wrote that Isaish death would erode confidence

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        • 15 January 2013 06:28, by Mapuor

          Mangor De Keroor
          Your reply to my comment missed the point I have all along been making on the article of Mr Biar.What I explicitly say is that when Garang killed highly educated officers from Dinka Bhar El Gazal,it was not blamed on his community.secondly,this does not imply that Issiah was killed by Monyjang(Dinka Bhar El Gazal).Its Biar who wrote that Isaiah death would erode confidence

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          • 15 January 2013 06:35, by Mapuor

            Between his community and that of greater Bhar El Gazal.If you read all my comments you will understand that my point is lets not jump to conclusions,lets not generalize,lets not behave like primitive,lets behave like civilize people,lets not falsify the history,lets be objective,lets thank those who sacrificed themselves for the freedom of motherland,blah,blah,blah.

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  • 12 January 2013 05:58, by Manyok

    I mean Buffoons, not Bafoons.

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  • 12 January 2013 06:25, by Manyok

    Mapuor, I do not want to reply to you because you are my colleague in the Ministry. If you do not know this fact, then you are free to say anything you want. When you want to know more, just walk into the office of the Undersecretary and inquire what happened on December 14 and 15. You will understand that I am more generous here than I should be.

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  • 12 January 2013 06:27, by Manyok

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

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  • 12 January 2013 06:32, by George Bol

    Get the hell out here guys. Let wait for FBI whether you will not get shame.

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  • 12 January 2013 08:08, by DDooggaa

    You people you am not a dinka nor a Nuer, But I want tell you reader that, you at least read the whole article several times for you understand before posting your comment. Isaiah death should not divide us. The way you talk shows how you affiliate your selves to community politics. It’s a national loss, his death. We know very well and many times security agents are been arresting journalists, ha

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  • 12 January 2013 08:09, by DDooggaa

    harassing and so on. Government feels irritated when they challenged publically that’s why they resort in fighting the media. For Isaiah’s death if proven then those killers stand the responsibility not communities they come from as mentioned by Mayonk in his article. You stop pointing at each other, I know it pains but let’s wait how the government handles the issue. But not point at Bahr el Ghaz

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  • 12 January 2013 08:10, by DDooggaa

    or Bor.
    And for those who do not read and understand the content of the articles, please stop fuelling conflicts. Isaiah’s infuriated all of us not alone the Bor or Bahr el Ghazal community. Stop taking national matter as communal or personal.

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    • 12 January 2013 12:26, by Robot

      Beny,
      i appreciate your article, you are a patriotic peace loving South Sudanese. your name (BENY) portrays who you are. thank you.

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  • 12 January 2013 13:47, by Kenyang

    Thanks Beny,
    Your observation is brilliant, unifying. When I first read the headline about brutal death of Isaiah, it immediately struck as if i were inside well lighted room (which i was) and suddenly someone switch off the light. Our people need quick education- theoretical and practical about themselves and other South Sudanese. Isaiah was simply a good man who deserved no such.

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  • 13 January 2013 02:36, 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 02:37, 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 09:03, by 4Justice

    The modus operandi of Salva and his ’rotten to the core cult’ (who have hijacked our beloved movement SPLA/M) is identical to satanic sectret societies.
    All Satanic secret society cults have the following characteristics in common:
    1. Murder
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    3. Coruption
    4. Extortion
    5. Greed
    6. Cronyism, Nepotism, tribalism
    7. Selfishness
    8. Lies
    9. Blackmail
    10. Fornication, especially with underage girls
    11. Arrogance, Demonic pride
    12. malfeasance

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  • 14 January 2013 01:37, by Mach Achiek

    Dear Readers,
    Who are the Dinka Bhar el Ghazal? Do we also have Dinka Upper Nile?
    From my understanding, it seems that Dinka people inhabited what was the provinces of Upper Nile and Bhar Ghazal. Therefore, if there are those who called themselves Dinka Bhar el Ghazal, then Dinka Upper Nile must be there too because Bhar el Ghazal province is home many tribes not Dinka alone.

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