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Government and people of South Sudan must not let loose Dr. Riek this time


By Sabrino Majok Majok

Two and half years ago when citizens of South Sudan attained their long awaited independence from former oppressors in Khartoum, it was hoped that the South would prosper and enjoy freedom it rightfully deserves. But hopes and expectations began to dwindle and threaten when Government in Khartoum under current President of Sudan embarked on delaying tactics to implement post-independence issues such as border demarcation, Abyei Referendum, and resolutions over claimed disputed areas which culminated into oil shutdown by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan because the oil was being stolen and looted in a broad daylight by Al-Bashir’s Government.

The oil shutdown continued for over a year before it resumed this early year. Then, there was a heighten hope that South Sudan economic condition would improve comes January 2014.

Unfortunately, SPLM lingering infighting and power struggle resulted into an unjustified coup attempt by Dr. Riek Machar and his faction on Sunday, December 15, 2013 (only ten days before Birth of Christ’s Celebration-the Holy Christmas). As I write this piece, Dr. Riek’s failed coup has caused incalculable destruction in South Sudan in terms of lives and properties lost mostly in Juba, Jonglei and Western Upper Nile State (formerly Unity State).

Below are Dr. Riek’s three most deceptive and contradictory moves in the aftermath of foiled coup:

(1) The fugitive Dr. Riek did not have guts and courage as a leader to lead his men in combat in Juba on Sunday, December 15, 2013, the night of coup attempt. Dr. Riek’s escape from Juba leaving behind his helpless men was a contradiction to his repeated assurance to his collaborators that he would be with them in Juba until "last drop" of his blood

(2) His allied forces are indiscriminately killing families and residents of his co-conspirators such as Dr. Majak Agot, Madam Rebecca, Gier Chuang, and Oyai Deng, just to name but a few. The continuous U-turn action on the part of Dr. Riek is troubling, to say the least. It describes more on his deceptive personality as a leader that should warrants no respect and trust whatsoever.

(3) The self-proclaimed "next president of the Republic of South Sudan," Dr. Riek is overseeing massacres of innocent civilians and country’s organized forces for whom he "staged the coup to protect and lead" and eventually makes South Sudan "an African Tiger," as he deceptively would like others to believe. It beats people’s logical and conscience how a person who aspires for nation’s leadership behaves the way he is conducting himself in the eyes of South Sudanese, not to mention the international community at large. Ironies will never stop happening: the likes of Madam Nyandeng and Majak de Agot who co-conspired with fugitive Dr. Riek are currently witnessing massacre of the worst kind of their own people by non-other than their presumed coup leader, Dr. Riek. Shall we ever forget Riek’s past and present?

Furthermore, Dr. Riek’s deceptions and contradictions explain why he should not be trusted now and in the future by citizens of the Republic of South Sudan and indeed the whole world. This is because Dr. Riek Machar has been tested many times during and after liberation struggle, chief of which are 1991 theoretical coup and December 15, 2013 failed coup, albeit with lots of blood-letting and properties lost or destroyed.

Ongoing Negotiation Initiatives between the Government and coup plotters

Since December 15 to date, South Sudanese, world leaders and well-wishers have been championing peace and reconciliation initiatives to bring together fugitive Riek and leaders of the Republic of South Sudan. Although it’s a good intention, the reconciliation should not be on expenses of the Republic of South Sudan, wounded, and martyrs. Instead, justice must be done. Specifically, Riek and his faction must be held accountable and answerable for disturbing peace, merciless massacre of innocent civilians, and overall destructions done against the Government and people of the Republic of South Sudan. Therefore, the ongoing peace initiatives must take into account all that ensued following Riek’s cowardice action in Juba and which engulfs other States in the country. This is to categorically state that Riek must not be let loose this time, lest the history of 1991 and 2013 coups repeat themselves.

South Sudanese Christmas celebration and future of South Sudan

Historically, people of South Sudan are famous of being resilience in the face of difficulties and temptations. So, in the wake of widespread mourns across South Sudan, I am hopeful that we will eventually overcome this trying time and challenges at hand. As we celebrate the birth of Christ in four days’ time, let’s fill our hearts and souls with words of God, the Master of peace, forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing. In Him and with Him we will surely and ultimately be able to rebuild our country as Rwandese did after 1994 genocide!

May God help Dr. Riek Machar and his group to realise the destruction they have done in South Sudan so that they unconditionally and independently repent and do the right thing—to seek forgiveness from people of South Sudan.

Sabrino Majok Majok is a South Sudanese and mourns lives lost in the Republic of South Sudan, irrespective of region, state, ethnicity, religion or creed.sabrino.m.majok@gmail.com

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  • 23 December 2013 09:19, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Poor Majok Majok, the war you are crying for is started by Hopeless Kiir and his Doot Bany coward drinks, don’t forgot that the seat of our government is not a Kingdom seat with one man and one community. Every citizen of South Sudanese has right to contest it if come to party and general election. You hopeless Kiir dictated anything related democracy mean. Why aren’t fight the war you started?

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    • 23 December 2013 09:24, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Can you please accept the defeated from Mighty Nuer Warriors? You call for help from Ugandan troop while always claim that you can face Nuer tribe. It came to world attention that you only know how to steal and talk, what a big shame to Dinka community as whole? We are celebrating the victory and Kiir must go with his Ugandan troop sooner rether than later

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      • 23 December 2013 09:42, by Mach Achiek

        Gat Gan Kiir,
        There is no war between the Dinka and Nuer tribe, the show up is between the RSS and Dr. Riek’s militias

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        • 23 December 2013 09:56, by Paul Chadrack

          This fighting came as an outcome of bhar el gazel greedness that the whole of this country properties belong to them, to all dinkas let kiir’s and his clan fight alone as when they were looting our nation

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        • 23 December 2013 10:13, by Mr Point

          Gat Gan Kiir,
          There is no war between the Dinka and Nuer tribe.
          The conflict is between the true SPLM and Kiir’s militias.
          Kiiir’s miliita carried out massacre of Nuer civilians.
          Kiir is opposed by senior SPLM leaders representative of all parts of the country.

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      • 23 December 2013 10:05, by Mr Point

        This article is complete nonsense. There was no attempted coup. Riek, Rebecca and the other senior SPLM. Leaders only planned democratic challenge.
        It is Kiir who defected from the true SPLM way.
        It is Kiir who launched the militias and criminal gangs in Juba.
        Riek was lucky to escape with his life. Many Nuer were murdered only a few days ago. The country has no future if Kiir stays in powe

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      • 24 December 2013 08:52, by mathem jech amer

        Gat Gan Kiir
        So Riek is not fighting for leadership, is just fighting Dinkas, is it? Can he declare this openly so that Dinkas can now know Riek is just fighting Dinkas not government or leadership promised by Ngundeeng?

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  • 23 December 2013 09:55, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Nuer are being slaughter by Kiir militias known as Doot Bany, are they not Dinka who happen to kill Nuer base on their tribe? Stop lying in a day light. You called for help from Ugandan brothers who will never do anything to Mighty Nuer, shame on you coward Dinka who know how to steal but cry when war came to their doorstep, shut up and never cry again

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  • 23 December 2013 10:12, by Ajongtar

    Mr. Sabirino, I would like to reffer you to analyize Dr. Riaeks educational background. to me Riek is a confused bull, he didnt know what he is doing. Digree in Engineering, Masters in B.A and PHD in Stratigic planning, all this does not crosspond with his idiology of becoming a national leader.

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    • 23 December 2013 10:40, by Peter Mading

      Riek History:
      A former member of SPLA
      A former member of SPLA-United;
      A former member of SSIMA;
      A former member SPDF;
      A former reunited member of SPLA
      A former member of Corrupts SPLM officials;
      A then leader of Coup and Chairman of New Rebellion in RSS. What has he brought to RSS only death: ICC should seek for him

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      • 23 December 2013 13:11, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Ghat Kan Kiir, Mr. Point, Paul Chadrack, etc,
        Don not bark like dogs since you don’t want to make logical comment on the poor track record of your President of Rebellion H.E. Dr. Defector Riek. Why don’t you wait and see then inform readers accordingly about why he lost in 1991 and since then kept losing power-grab by using violence or ballot. Why is the fugitive is on the run?

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        • 23 December 2013 13:19, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Tribal politics is never the order of the day, only popular opinion on the important issue of the day and the track record of H.E. President of Rebellion since 1991. Everybody knows he’s born to dream of being President of country liberated by unity in diversity of mighty SPLM/A not by tribal politics of divided SSIM/A. If power-grab by violence failed in 1991, why would it succeed today?

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          • 23 December 2013 13:27, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Ghat Khan Kiir,
            Will you run again to Khartoum when the heat is turned on today? Will Khartoum open its door to fugitives again as it used to do? Even Khartoum knows that the President of the Rebellion H.E. Dr. Defector Riek has been and continues showing the whole world that he is the mastermind of massacre in the 20th century-Bor alone and again in the 21st century-Bor-Akobo-and-Bentiu.

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  • 23 December 2013 14:59, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Khartoum,Al basheer, opressors, Arabs, jalabba.....bla words which are no longer appealing to anyone particulary in the west!Other voices who were suppresd in the past, will start talking now.You have 10 years being alone, what didi you do for yourself..killings, rapes, loooooting; what else?http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/09/the_failed_state_lobby#sthash.1OnUtmfl.dpbs

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  • 24 December 2013 12:17, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    A person of a high political calibre like you should focus on the root causes of conflicts and prescribe solutions and not sweep problems under the carpet. Have we faced tribalism, nepotism, corruption and true constitution creation by the people before we blame those who are disconted with the system. Be realistic and honest in building a true multi-tribal, multi-racial and multi-cultural SS.

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    • 24 December 2013 13:53, by Darkangel


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