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Reject conspiracies against people of South Sudan


By Sabrino Majok Majok

February 16, 2014 - When Dr. Riek Machar staged a planned and coordinated coup on December 15, 2013, majority of South Sudanese were baffled and bewildered because the Republic of South Sudan was just two years’ old after attaining her independence. Understandably, the astonishment was a result of high hopes and expectations from citizenry who struggled and sacrificed dearly for decades to finally attain their freedom and liberty. The people of South Sudan were concerned that the failed coup would drag the country into unnecessary war and suffering. Rightly so, in the aftermath of failed coup, many towns and villages were erased to the ground, thousands of civilians were butchered in cold blood, and incalculable property looted or destroyed by rebels mostly in Greater Upper Nile State: a betrayal of worst kind in the history of South Sudan.

This is in addition to sharpened appetite to weaken the Republic of South Sudan by the so called supper powers and the off shoot, the UN, under the pretext of “maintaining,” peace to the country. To date, the international community is silence about carnage and destruction caused by rebels in Bentiu, Bor, Malakal, Bailiet, Akobo, Jalle, and Kolnyang, just to name but a few. This unusual indifference is shocking, to say the least, A question worth asking is, were those butchered in cold blood not fellow human-beings? Why is UN and International community maintaining silence over these unwarranted and disheartening atrocities?

It must be made absolutely clear here that South Sudanese blamed coup plotters and their foreign agents for attempting to shoot down the dream for peace and nation building and provision of economic and social services to the people.

Despite unfortunate crisis imposed on South Sudanese, hopes for peaceful and prosperous country must always be kept alive. Indeed, the government and people of the Republic of South Sudan should not allow the dear country to shatter before their own eyes but to urgently strategize ways and means of engendering strength and courage in order to harness confidence within the communities. And together, embark on peace and State building mechanisms without delay. To succeed, however, government and people of South Sudan must reject mounting rebels’ and interest group’s underhand pressures which are geared toward implementation of foreign agenda which is contrary to the interests for which two decades war was fought and won through CPA in 2005.

Safeguarding the Republic of South Sudan, therefore, calls for practical steps to ward off rebels and aliens’ conspiracies against the government and people of South Sudan:

First, government and people of South Sudan must ensure that Riek Machar and foreign agents’ manipulation and conspiracies to destroy the country are nipped in the bud so that people’s aspirations are realized sooner than later. To do this, government should institute coordinated and parallel strategies to address challenges caused by the rebels and their allies; namely, intensification of military offensive and formulation of a robust strategy on future negotiated political settlement. The former should be applied if the rebels continue to violate agreement on “Cessation of Hostilities,” signed on January 23rd, 2014 between the Government of South Sudan and rebels in Addis Ababa. The latter, however, should be a continuous process with support from South Sudanese true and creditable allies worldwide.

Second, the government should make it categorically clear to international community that the Republic of South Sudan is a sovereign nation and should be treated as such. This means that all laws of the land must be respected. And that any attempt to side step these laws must not be tolerated whatsoever.

A recent concerted campaign by foreign agents on the release of seven former political detainees was a flagrant infringement into South Sudanese legal system. It has to be mentioned here that the former detainees’ released to the custody of Kenyan Government was achieved through undue pressure from supposedly allies of South Sudan, particularly the US, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Admittedly, pro detainees won the case over the government and people of South Sudan who argue to the contrary. Furthermore, Kenyan Government, together with its allies, has out rightly violated the terms on which the former detainees were released by allowing them to travel to Ethiopia. The said term stipulates that the detainees would only be in the custody of Kenyan Government inside Kenya without exception until they are fully cleared of all charges. Therefore, former detainees’ departure from Kenya to Ethiopia is another sad victory of suspected coup plotters and their allies. “The devil must be given its due!”

Third, the next looming conspiracy is aliens’ relentless effort to secure the release of the remaining principal four coup plotters; namely, Pagan Amum Ukiech, Oyai Deng Ajak, Majak D’Agoot and Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth. If South Sudanese’ false allies succeed to release them, God forbids, then it will be a third bitter victory against government and people of South Sudan. Should these four coup plotters win their release any time soon, Riek Machar will definitely capitalize on his theory that what happened on December 15, 2013, was not a coup but was “only a political crisis within SPLM Party.” And majority of uninformed South Sudanese will believe his story since no one has been held accountable of coup attempt.

Riek Machar and foreign agents’ misinterpretation of facts surrounding the failed coup on December 15, 2013 is worrisome if not taken seriously by Government and people of South Sudan. Otherwise, government and people of South will always fall victims in the hands of rebels and foreign allies, a move likely to threaten national security and sovereignty in mid- and long-term.

So, an immediate rejection of rebels’ and foreigners’ conspiracies against constitutionally and democratically elected government is a right thing to do now.

Sabrino Majok Majok is member of SPLM Party. He is available at sabrino.m.majok@gmail.com.

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  • 17 February 2014 18:14, by Tutbol

    Yes, The West was at them (conspiracies) against S Sudan govt & its people since Panthou/Heglig saga, they, the so-called intl communities have created a phrase *both sides* are to blame even if S Sudan is the victim. When Yau Yau was wrecking havoc in Jonglei state against civilians in Lou Nuer & Bor Dinka Areas, the UN kept quiet & when the Lou Nuer took the fight Yau Yau areas, the UN then....

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    • 17 February 2014 18:22, by Tutbol

      barked like a mad dog & claimed that the Murles were targeted. And the govt tried to hunt down Yau Yau, the same claimed that the govt is targeting the Murles. The international community as far as i know, even if the devil its self is against the govt of S Sudan; the international community would put blames on both govt of S Sudan & the devil---you see!

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      • 17 February 2014 18:31, by Tutbol

        countries like the US, the UK or France know many S Sudan leaders are bunch of fools, cowards & above all, they know a lot dirts about S Sudan leaders, they are all thieves & can be easily blackailed by these countries to accept what they want, even if majority of ordinary S Sudanese want country respected, our current leaders are un respectable outside S Sudan for those obvious reasons...

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        • 17 February 2014 18:41, by Tutbol

          The govt of S Sudan doesn’t stand up for bullies, it does not know that bullies don’t back down unless you stand up & look at them right in their bullying eyes & tell that their bullyings would be responded in Kind. Know that even know bodies in our own region are starting to the game, because they know the fools in Juba can be easily bullied & they will just cower & keep quiet as always....

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          • 17 February 2014 18:51, by Tutbol

            The govt of S Sudan has allowed the mediators to be dictating the mediation as the mediators know what S Sudan’s citizenry want---something that is an obvious bullying, but as always, the govt of S Sudan is just keeping quiet. What different will it make? The Riek Machar armed rebellion block, the so-called ’third block’ included into the negotiation by the mediators against the will of....

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            • 17 February 2014 19:00, by Tutbol

              the S Sudanese & the govt of S Sudan its self? Riek Machar camp, Deng Alor camp & the govt of S Sudan camp, were both in same govt & were the clowns who failed the people of S Sudan & when the govt tried to bring in reforms by firing thieves no-do gooders in Deng Alor camp & Riek Machar camp, then they turn around as reformers---these three groups are all the same hyenas that the S Sudanese want..

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              • 17 February 2014 19:09, by Tutbol

                them retire from active politics, they are just after own egos and all, but about S Sudan & S Sudanese people. The mediators are just wasting their times. The mediation should have been between the govt of S Sudan & Riek Machar armed rebellion camp & once the govt of S Sudan & Riek Machar armed rebellion camps stop fighting each other, then Deng Alor group of 7 can then be invited to join....

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                • 17 February 2014 19:17, by Tutbol

                  the two group inside S Sudan for all S Sudanese political dialogues but in Adis Ababa. But our so-called mediators have mediators have just a serious blunder that will explode very badly in their own stupid faces for including Deng Alor group of thieves against the will of S Sudanese people. The mediators won’t force those thieves into S Sudanese as their leaders & they will not rule S Sudan....

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                  • 17 February 2014 19:28, by Tutbol

                    from Adis Ababa. When Deng Alor group and Riek Machar group was were sacked by president in july last year, over 80% of S Sudanese applauded president Kiir decision & even urged him to do more, but know the so-called mediators & the international community want to recycle the same thieves in Adis Ababa oblivion to the demands of S Sudanese! l wish the so-called mediators & the international...

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                    • 17 February 2014 19:37, by Tutbol

                      community a good luck though, but to be sincere, the so-called mediators & the international community are just wasting their times. Hyenas don’t change the spots. The so-called mediators & the international community will sourily regret later for including Deng Alor group of 7 into the Adis Ababa talks, that group doesn’t belong there. Bullying president Kiir govt is one thing, but forcing....

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                      • 17 February 2014 19:48, by Tutbol

                        recycle thieves & no-do-gooders into S Sudanese throats would be another all together. Should the so-called mediators & the international community succeed in recyling the likes of Deng Alor group as would be new S Sudanese recycled leaders, then the so-called mediators & the international community must first of all gleaned out those S Sudanese from the Whole S Sudan who want to be ruled by the..

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                        • 17 February 2014 19:56, by Tutbol

                          thieves & egomaniacs in Deng Alor group. The so-called mediators & the international community must also set a special site in S Sudan where they will place those S Sudanese who would want to be ruled the likes of Deng Alor. Otherwise, they are wasting their times.

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      • 19 February 2014 21:54, by Mr Point

        Actually , this article is complete nonsense. There never was an attempted coup. It all started with an assassination attempt against the constitutionally appointed Vice President and the mass murder of Nuer civilians in juba.

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  • 17 February 2014 18:51, by Marco Bul

    So hostages are being kept so that these lies about cooked coup will not be exposed?? Lol!! You are not crushing the rebels though.How long will pple be dying to make the claim true??

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