Response to Okuk’s Bombast

By  Stephen Par Kuol,
Former Minister for Education in South Sudan, Stephen Par Kuol speaking during an interview on December 23, 2013. (PHOTO: JENNIFER MUIRUR)

Former Minister for Education in South Sudan, Stephen Par Kuol speaking during an interview on December 23, 2013. (PHOTO: JENNIFER MUIRUR)

April 1, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — I have been reading your bombast rebuttal with profound disbelief. In fact, I  wanted to respond to the details of this bombast piece of work but most of what I wanted to say has been covered by a few of our readers who have responded handy. Hence, I will just focus on  what you have gotten yourself into by  pompously  writing for the sake of writing.

As some of our colleagues have articulated, your  glittering language of  uncalled  for belligerence has missed the ideal target. My article was meant to refute the ongoing flood of propaganda by Kiir’s regime against our position. All I asked for is international media and the diplomats covering the peace process to bash each warring party for what it is  doing wrong. Fortunately, I have received very kind comments on most of the points I raised in my article. Doing my job , you can not expect me to sing Kiir’s praise in response to their belligerent propaganda against my party.  Neither did I  try  to force our position into your throat as you asserted in your shallow and dry  response.  As one of the responders articulated on Nyamilepedia, those who have critically discerned the wording of this trash will only see you either as a hater or another aimless Internet warrior.

It is unfortunate that even the emotional pitches of your own wording have glided you into  the same ditch of  belligerent propaganda of Kiir’s fascist regime. That has also put you in the same trenches of the ongoing violent war of word we are fighting with Juba. Doing exactly what our Juba adversaries do best ,( denying genocide) and discrediting those who exposed that heinous crime against humanity, you have shamelessly gone as far as using ears says of Kiir’s bigots who  accused me of lying that I witnessed the genocide where I was held up in New Sudan Palace Hotel. The Freudian reasoning of my enemies who wished me dead unfortunately led you to the inept logic that you are a better witness of that violence because you dodged some bullets. That sensation would tell those who know better that you have attacked me on behalf of some one by accessory .

You have told your audience that I was comfortably driven to the airport. Well for sure, you did not see that and you do not even have a clue that I was evacuated by American government and went to the airport with the help of my close Shilluk and  Dinka friends within the security system  who did the needful knowing that all of us ( Naath intellectuals) were in eminent danger at that time. Your cohorts did not also tell you that my own personal bodyguard was murdered between the hotel and the house I was planning to report to because of his ethnicity.

Okuk, only a Nuer like me and our Dinka friends who saved our lives would know that hotels became even more dangerous than homes for Nuers from December 17, 2013. Even common sense dictates to tell us that dodging astray bullets could be safer than being lynched in cold blood at that time.

True many of our citizens died in cross-fire. Our Dinka people bearing Nuer tribal marks also died in the hands of those village boys from Northern Bar-Elghazal and Warap who evidently never had wider interaction with South Sudanese to know that ethnicity is not necessarily told by tribal marking in South Sudan. In any case, there is no justice in comparing  random victims of cross-fire and looting like you  with those who were targeted because of their ethnicity. Do you know that  the only secured Nuer at that time was a one that can be used to say what you have said in your bombast( denying the mass killing)? Do you need to be informed that our intellectuals like Lam Chol, Dr. Nhial Monykuai, Mr.Koang Toang Pathoat,Tut Banypiny  and many more were picked up in hotels and murdered because of their ethnicity? We have lost a lot of masters degree holders and medical doctors in this genocide and it is not a joke my friend!  Some one will one day pay the price for it.

Yes, I was the first to write an article calling what happened in Juba another  Rwanda in the making. Other credible South Sudanese intellectuals from other ethnic groups have also written to condemn what happened. Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, Edward Lino, Dr.Majak  Da Agoot and many more have condemned this in writing. I’m sure that provoked the AU inquiry which must have proven us right. So where did I loose the credibility. Did I have to dodge a bullet like you barraged about for my writing to be credible? I don’t think so!!  To the contrary, time is proving me and my colleagues who have joined me in exposing the mass killing right. In fact, the whole world has gone for investigation of what I called another Rwanda in the Making. It is a matter of time, those who want to defend Kiir and his accomplice will have do that in the court of law.

Unlike civil cases which need only preponderance of evidence, criminal cases need higher stands of proof  in court but I can bet with you that  with the mountain of circumstantial  and physical evidences at hand, the verdict will definitely shame your pen and the tongues of those who have gone for blaming the victims of this crime(genocide) for whatever reason. Otherwise, Kiir is already tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. Let us also bet that I have gained credibility as the  leakages of  AU inquiry are already telling the world that Kiir started the war with hate speech. In our science of criminal investigation, you just need to prove what we call Mense Reus( Criminal mind)  to convict the suspect for murder and that comes very easily in all we have obtained through investigation. With the level of preparation we have all witnessed, Kiir and his partners in crime are potential convicts in any court of law.

Okuk, another reason for my disbelief is that I did not expect that nonsensical belligerence to come from a wretch of Juba  like you, a member of a political party ( SPLMDC) eternally subjected to political servitude. A party whose leadership is literally living in open big jail house called Juba. An official opposition party which is trying hard to practice democracy where democracy is a mere illusion!. You can not force all to live that life my friend!! If this is what you call civilized way to challenge political warlords like Salva Kiir and Malong Awan, then we are living in different planets.

We tried it and ended up being butchered en mass!! For heaven sake, it is not your right and it is not morally right to urge all our people to face the savagery we all witnessed in Juba with bare hands. for one thing, it is not human. That was why our people had to take arms more than once to resist Jallaba oppression. I do know it may feel different under your skins but under mine, the pinches of both episodes of oppressions feel the same.

Regarding the violence Kiir’s apologists and confused pundits like you blame us for, are you aware that majority of our generals who joined the resistant movement because they were attacked in their houses? Do you know that our Nuer brothers are still treated like fifth columnists within Malong’s army? Even Kiir himself went to the air to rebuke his tribesmen whom he accused of  driving all the Nuers to Riek Machar by attacking them. So who are you to blame us to put up an armed resistance for self-defense?  It is not your right and nobody is in control of that decision of life and death. Nobody moblize Nuer Community to fight Kiir. He mobilize all of us by killing us. Ultimately, Kiir’s apologists must know that we  are a  formidable national political and military force to reckon with as things stand now. We will not accept a bad peace and no body will cow us in to political servitude.

Honorable Stephen Par Kuol is a former Deputy Ambassador of the Sudan to the United Republic of Tanzania and former State Minister of Education of  Jonglei State, South Sudan. He is also a researcher and freelance writer on academic topics pertinent to Human Right and Post-conflict Criminal Justice Administration. He can be reached via stephenkuols@yahoo.com / kuolpar@yahoo.com

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18 comments

  • thanks you indeed Mr. kuol i know no ones can be threated us in this country southern sudan. Kirr or Dinkas has done killing nuer in Juba for their hatreds and now they are paying big price if they did not bring some people from other Countries, I do not think they should still live in south Sudan today. but they are smart to bring others to protect them that is why they live normally in their states. but not yet over, we all southerners ,we would never every forget and forgive. thanks for your answer to stupid person and nuer learns him now and all his articles he used to posts recently.

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  • This must really hurt for generations to come Mr Okuk.

    Paragraph #10

    “Our people had to take arms more than once to resist Jallaba oppression. I do know it may feel different under your skins but under mine, the pinches of both episodes of oppressions feel the same.”

    Deeply insulting and intellectually degrading that Okuk of SPLM-DC of theee Democratic Changes’ feelings are actually insignificantly different.

    Myopic & Microscopic Tet kuice ngoak.

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  • Wow,mind wheelchair.I am sorry to say that.

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  • Money and life are good with little mouth.

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  • Some our brothers from Naath go to school and they come back holding higher degrees with no brain supporting them. Why? I said so because learning something is to widen your brain, thinking capacity and you value human life. As the say says taken donkey to school it will still come back donkey. Nuer goes to school and they still come back Nuer holding papers and nothing in brain that has change. it time to change people, think like intellectual by valuing your people (Nuer) lives. It look like every 5-10 years you reduce your up coming generations by rebelling.

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    • People don’t go to school to change their identity but to improve self and be more enlighten on broader issues. Your schooling clearly taught you garbage to have comment like this. You are projecting on Nuers how you ended up after going to school and ending up worst than you entered those schools. That sound much like a personal problem after reading your comment and assessing you rationale. You are demented jealous idiot. This article alone is from an educated mind and pleasant to read by those who are capable of understanding a higher standard of intellectual and social interactions that you have no knowledge of.

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    • Mr. David or whoever you pretend to be. What happened on December 15,2013 has nothing to do with who are better in education. As you know that, the civilized and scholars where trying to reformed the system democratically, but the narrow minded and back warded were pulling us back to a dinosaur system of dictatorship because they don’t know why the world is favored by choosing democratic system! To voided fighting over power right? I think they know the answer. Anyway, The tribe that you mention is very civilized and well moderated with a western capacity of leadership, but those thugs are scare to death because they know that they wouldn’t;’t make it when it come into to who would have better governance. Democratic system will prevail in South Sudan sooner than latter.

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  • Thank you Hon. Par Kuol for a well response to Okuk’s damaging article. Most of the regime’s supporters keep denying the obvious. They do not seem to understand that most of us have witnessed and lost love ones in the event of Juba massacre of 2013. No one wants to live in bushes of South Sudan or to be an IDP in his own nation, however the dictator has forced us to fight back. It is indeed a natural defense mechanism even in the animal kingdom. Nuer cannot be butchered in the streets of the national capital and expect them to sit with arms fold that would not be our character to say the least.

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  • No more debts we re already different, who do u trust ? NO one, those who shopping Kiir ‘s company money. let them eat and defend but the end of it they will kill themselves without us. those are remain will jion us with good decision.

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  • General Thoon -Anyar Auien

    Mr. Stephen Par Kuol your article still pounding the same notion of one-sided and biased story, I don’t know if Nuer are the only human-being whose death matter most to you throughout this ongoing conflict, what about the other tribe intellectuals, Master degree holders, doctors, lawyer, and Engineers killed by Nuer- Riek supporters in Bentiu, Malakal, Bor etc.

    The same Naath hypocritical lousily moaning of their losses & pain in Juba, while forgetting other innocent civilians they lynched in Greater Upper Nile states & 1991.

    QUOTED “Nuer a formidable national political and military force to reckon with as things stand now”.

    What about the other tribes in this Country, which your Prophet of DOOM labors day & night to convince them joining the ongoing killings and later ruined reward-less

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    • Anyar Auien your lack of reading to understand the juicy stuffs of the article has probably deprived you of understanding Mr. Stephen Par Kuol’s whole article because you where maybe somewhat judgmental before reading the material. This mentality is wrong. Here Mr Par Kuol touched on what we all know as facts and I quote

          "True many of our citizens died in cross-fire. Our Dinka people bearing Nuer tribal marks also died in the hands of those village boys from Northern Bar-Elghazal and Warap who evidently never had wider interaction with South Sudanese to know that ethnicity is not necessarily told by tribal marking in South Sudan. In any case, there is no justice in comparing  random victims of cross-fire and looting like you  with those who were targeted because of their ethnicity." End of Quote
      

      From my understanding Mr Par Kuol is clearly saying Nuer died in greater numbers due to them being targeted for their ethnicity and the rest died as collateral damages. That is a fact.

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  • Government should be very careful about diseases like Diabetes and bloody pressure. Northerners have change a lot because they have die in numbers in the past of obesity.

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  • Mr.Stephen Poor Kuol is not Dark like Night or Black,he is Blue like a Sea.

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    • If a Nuer say the sky is blue a Jang would say it is black and there goes the whole day with endless argument and 21 years later South Sudan is an independent nation. A few years from now you will wake up in a FDRSS and yet the sky will still be blue.

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  • GatNor,
    That was hilarious, we are all confident in a few years from now FDRSS will be accepted by all including our Jaang cousins..

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