Condemnation of Political Assassination of Gen. James Bwogo and His Companions
Chollo Community Press.
April 08, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — We, the undersigned Chollo members in SPLM-IO strongly condemn in a strong term possible the deliberate atrocity carried out by Dinka in SPLA against Chollo gallants on the Akoka-Makal road, in which hero Gen. James Bowong and his companions lost their lives. The Killing of Gen. James Bowog and others martyrs was not an incident, but a plot carried out by Dinka officials in government and Governor Simon Kun. Media mentioned that the secret meeting was held and attended by Governor Simon Kun, Finance Minister Ayong Aware and the Son of late Chief Thonwai, in which the plan to start elimination of Chollo forces General may has been adopted.
Padang Dinka Armed Forces Pull out from SPLA and Escape of Finance Minister Ayong Aware: Why should the Armed forces of Dinka Padang within SPLA pulled out from SPLA and left Makal with their heavy weapons and joined their militants in Baliet and Akoka? Was it a rebellion against government or Gen. Salva Kiir give a green light to Padang Dinka Armed forces in SPLA to fight proxy war? Why should also the Finance Minister of Upper Nile State, Ayong Aware and others escaped to Juba via UNIMISS where they met and issued statement of Padang Dinka in which they explained reason for killing of Gen. James Bowog if he is not the planner of plot? This is a clear evidence of government involvement through Dinka Padang for allowing Padang Dinka Armed Forces in SPLA to join in a fight in Akoka and by welcoming the finance minister Ayong Aware to Juba. This is a coordinated plot to assassinate Gen.
Johnson Olonj, which is an act of cowardice prompted by motive of Dinka hegemony under leadership of Gen. Salva Kiir. This insane idea of Dinka supremacy over others has enormous negative impact on daily life of Southerners and will deepen hatred, animosity and division among innocent Civilians of South Sudan.
Social Injustice: The people of South Sudan should consider the following two questions in order to remind ourselves of evil behavior of some Dinka political leaders and Elders and to hold them responsible for their crimes against humanity in South Sudan.
Dr. John Garang asked this question. Who is President Bashir to amend what God had made? In other word, who is President Bashir to force tribes of Sudan abandon their cultures, languages, traditions, religions and their lands? God created seas, sky and earth with ever living creatures. After creation of universes, God created human in His likeness and said to Adam that all creatures in sky, seas and earth are for human being. So who is Salva Kiir or Dinka Elders to deprive Southerners of God free endowments?
How long will Southern Sudan continue to allow the Gen. Salva Kiir and council of Dinka Elders to use them as tools or puppets to advance creation of Dinka hegemony? Northerners used the Southerners against each other in order to continue domination and oppression of South Sudanese. For these reasons, millions of South Sudanese denied their lives to eradicate the use of others as tools and puppets. However, Gen. Salva Kiir and Dinka Elders tend to be using the same tactic Northern Sudanese had exercised to subdue, Islamize and Arabize the Southerners.
Deceptive alliances: Gen. Salva Kiir had manipulatively shared governmental power with Nuer after the signature of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) till he betrayed Nuer nation in December 2013 while Chollo (Shilluk) and other Non-Dinka tribes were marginalized and oppressed. SPLM-IO almost defeated the regime of Gen. Salva Kiir, which prompted him to see for second ally. Some of Chollo (Shilluk) people were dragged into senseless war by Gen. Salva Kiir planned. The Chollo men and women in uniform were able to help the government of Gen.
Salva Kiir to recapture most of the Upper Nile State from freedom fighters. But the obsessive notion of Dinka-led government to dislocate Chollo people from their ancestral lands is a reason for the conspiracy to eliminate Johnson Olonj, his Generals and to dismantle Chollo forces. This act of deception to assume oneness of army is a well-known as Dinka culture, we had experienced in the past. Dinka-led government planned in the past to retire or fire and disarm Chollo forces to eliminate Chollo political leaders and elites. Continuation of Dinka backstabbing against Chollo kingdom is ill intention aimed to bring Chollo people to their knees. But Gen. Kiir should be aware of what he wishes for.
A dream for creation of Dinka Dynasty: Most of Southern Sudanese are aware of Dinka’s expansionistic policy to make entire South Sudan an empire of Dinka or Dinka dynasty. This was made clear by Bona Malwal during his recent visit to USA that South Sudan is for Dinka as he hoped for a defeat of SPLM-IO. Indeed, Dinka is in full domination of Bar El Gazel through Dinka Awiel, Jongli and Equatoria through Bor and Warrap Dinka and Upper Nile through Padang Dinka, all these plans were done through political, financial and military support from government of President Salva Kiir to Dinka-militias in parallel with political assassination of Non-Dinka elites and political leaders.
Policy of Land Grabbing: The policy of land grabbing is root cause to current conflict between Dinka Padang and Chollo nation. After independence of South Sudan in 2011, the Chollo community in diaspora had presented the letter urging Dinka-led government of Juba to undertake fair and peaceful measures to end policy of land grabbing. But government gave deaf ear to the letter and instead brought up distorted and bias historical facts to root causes of land conflict between Padang Dinka and Chollo kingdom. Dinka started expanding its territory into Chollo Kingdom from South of Makal (Dinka from Atar), from East (Dinka Baliet) from North (Dinka Akoka and Deingjuol).
In 2009, Dinka initiated the fight between Chollo and Dinka for domination of Makal, capital city of Upper Nile State and to dislocate Chollo inhabitants from the city. Makal has been habitat for for Chollo people. According to statistical assessment and population census, the ownership of Makal belongs to Chollo community since the inception of the Progressive Era, through the creation of the Pachodo Kingdom for more than five centuries ago. However, all Southern Sudanese have right to live wherever they wish without plan and fight for domination or dislocation of others as Dinka-led government intends to practice in major cities of South Sudan.
Restoration of stability and Peace among Chollo and Dinka Communities: To maintain peaceful coexistence between Chollo and Dinka communities, we, the members of Chollo in SPLM-IO urge President Salva Kiir to go publicly and issue Presidential Decree on the followings.
1- Invalidation of his past decision to give Chollo land to Dinka.
2- Order to evict Dinka invaders to leave occupied Chollo lands.
3- Sincere denunciation or cessation of his secretive proxy war against Chollo Kingdom through armed Dinka Padang Militants.
4- Immediate disarmament of Padang Dinka Militants.
5- Call for sincere dialogue between Chollo Kingdom and Dinka Padang.
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Mr. President, failure to undertake these tough measures will be interpreted as declaration of indiscriminative war against the entire Chollo (Shilluk) Kingdom, which will leave sons and daughters of kingdom no choice other than thinking of plan B to defend their ancestral land.