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Why Mr. Kiir must go, now?

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By Luk Kuth Dak

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln, former US President.

May 21, 2014 - Most everybody in the republic of South Sudan agree that the disgraced President, Salva Kiir Mayardit’s compulsive appetite for murdering innocent civilians is what he was put on earth to do. And as far as the Nuer nation is concerned, he has done that and more, and in their heart of hearts, he will never again be a trusted figure and a champion for peace and harmony in the country.

Upon arrival at Juba International Airport from Ethiopia, Kirr told anybody and everybody who would listen that: he didn’t sign the agreement with his rival, Dr. Riek Machar on his own free will, but that he had been coerced to do so by an enormous pressure from the international community, on the one hand, and from the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailomariam Desalegn, on the other hand. “Either you sign the agreement or be arrested here, “he quoted the Premier as saying. To that I ask: do heads of states behave that way with one another? I have never heard it before.

Temperamentally, though, Kirr never left the bush mentality, where he was a top military assistant to the late, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, the former SPLM/A Chairman and Commander-in-Chief. He eared the nick-name ‘the bulldozer’ for crushing some of the commanders, who dared disagreeing with his opinions. Yet to this very moment, the people of South Sudan can’t seem to figure out, what is it that Dr. Garang saw in Kiir that they are unable to see, in crowing him as his first deputy!

For the past eight years, Kiir’s only achievement was deceiving the people of South Sudan, and making a fool of them. Eight long years ago, they are still saddled with the most divisive leader, who, in essence, became the most courageous advocate for injustice, corruption, despair, divisiveness and above all, the master-minding of the genocide of the innocent, harmless, helpless and unarmed Nuer civilians, all around the country, for no apparent reason other than their ethnicity. Now, given that bloody past, can Mr. Kiir still be an effective, legitimate and a trusted leader?

The answer to that requires an insight!

But, fairly or not, the tyrant is to blame for turning the country into a morgue; in his quest to quench his thirst for a fresh blood. And as I have mentioned before on this space, today, South Sudan is no longer a nation, but an ethnically divided society, which communities only see themselves as enemies… not as fellow countrymen. That madness must be stopped in a hurry. The stakes are now quite higher more than ever before to have a fresh start with a new leadership; a leadership that will put our unity at the top of its priorities. Hence, though, achieving that dream will only be possible with Mr. Kiir out of the picture… not in it, as some of the stooges want us to believe.

As I always do prior to writing an article, I recently polled some pundits, political scientists and elders from South Sudan, who have reached an alarming conclusion: “If free elections were held today, Kiir is doomed, they asserted. They also ruled out the possibility of him voluntarily leaving power, as he often said in recent months leading to the Addis’ agreement. “He must hold on to power to keep away from capture, and being handed over to the International Criminal Court, ICC, for the Nuer genocide, “they said.

Meanwhile, Kiir’s flunkies continue to extinguish the fire by adding more fuel. Just yesterday, Ustaz/ James Wani Iga, the tyrant Vice President told Sudan Tribune: “Any government of national unity without Kiir is impossible.” “He is a unifying figure, “he went on to say.

Really!

More to the point, in Addis Abba, Mr. Michael Makuei, the regime’s spokesman said: “Any suggestions that Kiir stays out are out of question, and any form of government MUST be under him,” he vomited.

Now you have it, people of South Sudan. This conflict is not between the Jieeng (Dinka) and the Naath (Nuer). It’s between right and wrong.

Luk Kuth Dak is a veteran journalist and a former anchorman at Juba Radio. He can be reached at lukedak@hotmail.com, or follow me on tweeter@kuthdak
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  • 22 May 13:40, by Mr Point

    Kiir became leader after Garang as the result of a compromise for peace. It was unthinkable then that the Number 2 at that time could become leader.
    It was unthinkable at that time that Kiir would develop dictatorial tendencies. But he has gone on to pervert the constitution and instigate tribalist massacres to prevent democratic opposition to his rule.

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    • 22 May 16:56, by machar

      Mr-point
      be informed that the presence of president kiir mayar dit would be kind of devil Dr-Rik machar who has become wild and angry of power position ship.
      count down Dr-riek atrocities from 1991 to 2013/2014.

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    • 22 May 18:45, by Ito

      My Dearest Brother Kuth Dak, a nationalist and a visionary like you is not recognized by this current tribal government, but know that God will take people like you up no matter what. Now it is good that those who don’t know much about Dinka should read your article careful and take action by joining armed resistance. Dinka should have their own nation and other tribes join together to have theirs

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  • 22 May 17:34, by Mapuor

    My dear, do you know that Dinkas are fed up with Nyagats?.Your states will be curved out from Dinka states in Upper Nile and power will only be shared in Juba proportionately. Your Nyagats use to intercept Dinka liberators on their way to Ethiopia and back to war front yet you were forgiven and allowed to hold ranks that no illiterates the world over ever held. Enough is enough, never dream

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    • 22 May 17:38, by Mapuor

      of Dinka support for ever. You were always asked to look for another Nuer not Riek but have all along been obstinate. Democracy is nothing but majority rule, so majority will always rule.Dinkas have suffered in the bush because of your betrayals,they suffered again during the CPA under your betrayals,they are now suffering because of your betrayal.Do you think,Dinkas will reward your dirty

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      • 22 May 17:43, by Mapuor

        history.You did not participate in the war of liberation yet you foolishly claim to have known self determination before the SPLA stalwarts.SPLA was started by Kerubino Kuanyin Bol and finally led to victory by Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit,where do you militia fit in the history of our struggle?You were Jalaba counter insurgency tribe.You are known in history as Jalaba militias.

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  • 22 May 18:04, by Kim Deng

    Neither condemnation nor blaming will change the course the rising-empire (the Dinka Kingdom) took. Which means, the rising-Kingdom must not be deterred by words; rather, it must be engaged with strategies follow by actions.

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