April 18, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The SPLM/SPLA would like to make the following statement in relations to the SPLM/SPLA engagement meeting with the three governors of greater Equatoria states; HE. Clement Wani Konga, HE. Louise Lobong Lojore and HE. Joseph Bangazi Bakassoro at Fair View Hotel, in Nairobi Kenya on the 14th April, 2015.
The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA welcomes this initiative and contacts with the governors as this will enhance understanding and closer cooperation between politicians on different political divides (SPLM government and SPLM-IO) from the region who for the last 15 months have not been reading from the same script.
The ongoing civil war which was imposed by the government of Salva Kiir and his cohorts was unfortunate and uncalled for but left the SPLM/SPLA with no choice but to fight in self-defense and for reforms and accountability in the country. We are aware that the leadership of Equatoria states faces tricky situation as it is irreconcilable to serve a regime in their different capacities while at the same time agitating for reforms and transformation of the system from within. The government of Salva Kiir which you serve has degenerated into dictatorship and tyranny with bleak future. You are caught between a hard rock and a stone.
To serve such a regime that obstruct reforms and to serve the oppressed citizens in Equatoria states who believe in reforms and total transformation as well as physical liberation of the country were incompatible and mutually exclusive.
SPLM/SPLA would like to caution the leadership and citizens of Greater Equatoria states on temptation of harboring any idea that the region would stand in isolation of the rest of South Sudanese to address the current political crisis which engulfed the entire nation. What transpired in South Sudan was unfortunate marginalization and exclusion of other ethnic and tribal nationalities from the participation in the governance of the country by a group of Juba-based politicians using tribal divide to reward and mobilize its power base in the country. This politics is untenable and self-destructive as seen in the failure of the current ill-fated regime of Salva Kiir to hold and sustain power through peaceful means hence attempting to cleanse others.
Citizens from Greater Equatoria states as part and parcel of South Sudanese nations in unison with those South Sudanese who feel equally oppressed and marginalized by the regime while sharing like minds and ideology for South Sudan transformation should liberate and dispossess the country from the illegal custody of self-style so called Dinka Council of Elders who have inadvertently dragged the whole country into unprecedented and unfortunate blood bath and anarchy.
There is great contradiction and misperception of politics of South Sudan by the leadership of the Greater Equatoria states. First of all there is no coherence in the claims that Equatoria should stand on its own while such proclamation is being done from the podium and platform of a government whose very existence is in question.
Reference should be drawn from the past in which unilateral attempts by the region to pass critical policies and legislations including the current Transitional Constitution of South Sudan in its revised form through South Sudan’s parliament has met a humiliating failure and defeat of such politics because of inability to secure the maximum votes and support in the floor. Equatoria region then resorted to holding numerous conferences whose resolutions failed to be implemented by the government of the Republic of South Sudan.
The leadership of SPLM/SPLA also learns with great surprise the inflexibility of the leadership of Greater Equatoria states that still believes in the coup narratives which was dismissed by the judiciary of South Sudan, Uganda government and the world at large.
There is overwhelming opportunity in the current political crisis that the leadership of the region can seize given the fact that the calls for reforms and transformation in all sectors of the state now reverberate across all the ten states of South Sudan while the regime is at its weakest point and besieged by forces of change and progression. The success of the region and South Sudan’s at large depends on without further delay dismantling of Salva Kiir’s chauvinistic theocratic regime that believe in animism of tribal purity and superiority while attempting to crowd out or win by favors other nationalities from the center of power and enjoyment of their comprehensive rights leaving others as genocide victims.
Cde. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino,
National Committee for Political Mobilization