By David Aju Kanyara,
April 4, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — In Eastern Equatoria, the Ma’di corridor has been where the rule by force and by blackmailing comes to full display than in any other part of the territories of the Jieng government. The Kiir government has given a safe passage for their cattlemen with their cows, by most estimates over 100,000 heads of cows now thoroughly grazing the Ma’di farmlands and destroying their crops.
It should be noted, these cattlemen are illiterate and primitives, they do not know the geography of South Sudan, and the only thing they know are anything and everything related to their cows, grass, water and AK47. The question to be asked is who told them where the Ma’di corridor is in South Sudan? Look no further than Kiir and his cronies, who own most of these cows. By some report most of these cows belongs to the Murle and the Nuer, stolen and now being hidden in the Ma’di territories.
To give them legitimacy, The Jieng cattle robbers now settled in the Ma’di ancestral lands approached the Chiefs Okumu of Moli Andru Boma, and John Amba of Kerepi payam, with a prepared document to be signed by these Chiefs to give them grazing land which is already occupied by these cattle thieves and their animals.
The Chiefs informed these Jieng that the land belong to the people, they are Chiefs appointed by the government for the people’s affairs not over their properties, therefore they do not have the mandate to give lands or takeaways people’s belongings. It is only the people who can give the lands. They therefore refused to put their signatures on the document believed to have been drafted by the Juba government then given to their primitive cattle keepers.
According to the people in the meeting held between the Jieng cattle owners and the ma’di chiefs, the chiefs said their mandates are to address Ma’di community well beings in their constituencies than giving land to undocumented illegal nomadic people who deliberately graze their cattle in farmland. To make the matter worse the language used in the document are not that of displaced persons seeking safety, but of force and carrying threats.
It was very clear from get go that a decision has already been made from the highest authority whether Ma’di people like it or not the land must be granted for the new influx, the drafted document was only ceremoniously presented to the chiefs to be signed, if they failed to sign they can be implicated, accused as supporters of general Martin kenyi, that is the justification to be use against the chiefs so that they can be imprison, in the absence of these chiefs, their Bomas and Payam will be left with leadership Vacuum, that will give the cattle owners easy access to penetrate some odd elements in the community who will fall for them and give a piece of land for few money essentially grab land for grazing and settlement without resistance from Ma’di youth as they are left without heads.This method has been used before by the dinka who settled at Melijo locally known as Sau located close to Mugali Payam.
After the collapsed of the talks to sign the drafted document between the two chiefs with the cattle owners, the next things the people noticed was the swamp of security forces which shocked and paralyzed the village in the early morning of 2 April. The entire village of Kerepi was surprised by the presence of huge security deployment at the doorposts of the two government employees, the chiefs who time again and again have been doing their works without failing the Juba led government.
It is a case of government against government, highlighting the truth in South Sudan, that not all government workers are born equal, as some are Jiengs while other none Jiengs, which is the Modus operandi of the Kiirs government.
In the early hours of 02 April 2015, the South Sudan Security forces arrived at the homes of these chiefs immediately arrested the chiefs without issuing of arrest warrant, only later were told that recently they have been aiding rebel group under the overall command of General Martin Kenyi, though the people and chiefs have denied giving any support to General Kenyi. No evidence has been produced to support these accusations.
The villagers were shocked but not surprised when the army arrested their chiefs one day after the chiefs refused to sign the illegal document drafted to give the illegal cattle owners legitimacy over Ma’di land.
The two chiefs are the very representative of the Kiir’s government and active members of SPLA in grassroots, because of their land they have been targeted and have been subjected to all sorts of government intimidation and harassment only to bend the Ma’di people to give in these harsh treatments to only relinquish the ownership of their land.
In yet another laughable and comical, if it did not carry death threats, as I write to alert you my fellow Countrymen of the plight of my people under the dictatorial Dinka militia leader Lt General Salva Kiir, another accusations has been brought against the chief of Pageri by the jieng occupiers, amounting to one of the most bizarre cases, that the Dinka cows are dying in hundreds in the Ma’di land, the Dinka asked: why is this? They want the chief to explain what did the Ma’di people do, did they curse the cows through their ancestors? Now even in the death of cows the Ma’di chiefs are in trouble and summoned to explain the mystery behind the dying of cows.
My fellow countrymen and Country ladies, you don’t need to have earned a Veterinary PhD to know when it is dry season, cows and other animals normally die due to poor feeding, unavailability of green fresh pastures, lack of available water sources for the animals, long distances covers in search of water and poor quality grass exposure unfriendly food, these and more will weaken the old and young cow to succumb to die suddenly.
Unfortunately in the land of the primitive were the life of a cow is value more than that of human beings, they want to find answers from Ma’di people through harassing, imprisonment and death threats against the people and their chiefs demanding answers to the mystery behind what is killing their cows.
Now, all eyes are on this case to see what they will do with it. Classical case of the Jieng finding any little excuses to torture and silence the people, objective here is not brotherhood but dominance and grabbing peoples land. This is at the heart of the Jiengs relations with fellow southerners. What they don’t realized is that it is these behaviors that have turned others to hate them more even than the Jalabas, who never did such things in South Sudan, they seemed to be the only people clueless about the suffering they are inflicting on others.
They believe they have every right to go beyond the well defined ancestral boundaries all over south Sudan in the name of a new nation but yet they go every where as Jieng while wanting others to give up their very existence and their lands to make ways for them, intimidating and harassing others to forcibly occupy their land and grab their properties at no cost and at will.
In addition, to totally break the backbone of the Ma’di people, 5 young men are accused of being rebels, they are being held in Nimule in very deplorable conditions. They are tortured by unheard of methods. These boys are thrown in Latrine pits, filled with feces/stools, with all the worms and suffocating gas and noxious smell, with the heat of South Sudan, these boys are drop in these feces neck deep with their skins burning, itching almost passing out! They must confessed and end up saying things they know their captors want to hear only if it will get them out of that deplorable conditions.
This is what the Jieng government has reduced fellow South Sudanese to, dumping them into feces. These Jings have never in the war of liberation tortured or treated Jalabas these ways. One of this 5 young men is a fellow comrade who suffer mental trauma from frontline brought back home to receive treatment and recover, now this fellow too have been accused of aiding the rebels while his superior in battle field relieved him to come for treatment, but now he is being dumped in feces, is this what president Kiir and his cronies repeat like parrots as defending the constitution of the country? Fellow Countrymen, I declare to you today, a constitution that requires tortures to defend is worth dying to dismantle!
Never in our long history, in our very ancestral land, defended through the blood of our fathers and preserved from generations to generations, had we suffered this ways in the hands of any outsiders not even Jalaba, yet we called the Jalabas enemies. The Question is what makes the Jiengs Brothers???
Give me only one answer.
David Aju Kanyara, “The voice of the Voiceless”, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org