By Gatwech Kuan and;
Noah K. James.
April 19, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan is a home to 64 ethnic groups with diverse cultures, traditional governance and practices but under Salva Kiir Mayardit the Dinka tribe has forgotten the importance of our diversity. From military to church and cattle camps some Dinka want to rule in everything. The greed for power and tribal dominant is setting out Salva Kiir as a hero among the Dinka tribe.
Since Kiir has lost national vision and popularity, he has embarked to exploit tribal rift, dividing and conquering the minority tribes and trying to unite the Dinka tribesmen who believe in tribalism to enjoy the natural resources of the country. Today a small portion of uneducated Dinka population calling itself the Dinka Council of Elders have taken over the country and they are very busy implementing jiengism and cattle camps bylaws as the national laws. Because they cannot really foresee the real danger that they are creating for the innocent dinka population, they believe that their project of conquering the 63 other tribes under a Dinka Kingdom may one day succeed.
This behavior has taken up the military as well where an illiterate military general from Dinka tribe of Norther Bhar el Ghazal has taken over the army and started training illiterates dinka youth, who know nothing about the diversity of south Sudan. These boys called Gelwengs or Mathiang Ayoor are recruited directly from the cattle camps to be deployed as the national army. Most of these boys have no basic education. They know only Dinka and their enemy, which is purported as Nuer or “Riak” Machar.
Majority of these boys do not even know how this “Riak” looks like but in their brains Riek exists as a dangerous Nuer man who has killed many Dinka in the past and always want to take power by force from the Dinka community. In reality, Riak and Riek are two different creatures where one is a complete opposite of the other. But Riak has to be created out of propaganda and hatred to protect a “born to rule” myth that runs among the Dinka tribe. This non-existing Riak did not have to be the current Riek Machar but any visionary non-dinka South Sudanese leader who has the heart of establishing the Democratic Republic of South Sudan where the diversity of all the 64 tribes is values, respected and treated equally.
Based on this type of reasoning, the country is wasted. Extremists Dinka leaders have divided up the most prominent positions in the country among themselves and all they are doing is to motivate their Gelwengs, and bribed (hired) mercenaries from other tribes and countries to fight on. These village boys are told that your enemy Nuer is taking power by force, that Nuer has killed your relatives in Bor, go fight, go go go fight them. But due to lack of experience these gelwengs are killed in large numbers but more Gelwengs are recruited. Therefore, this war will drag on and on.
With such set-up, Salva Kiir and the Dinka Elders are comfortable. All they need to do is to preach more hate speech against the Nuer on the national media, particularly to isolate the Nuer tribe while baring the minority groups who have similar grievances with the Nuer from joining the fight. In addition, some leaders of Nuer and these minority groups are bribed with a lot of dollars to create more confusion to divide their communities. As a result the country we have today under Salva Kiir does not reflect the country that everyone wished to have in the name of South Sudan.
The hypothetical South Sudan is a sovereign nation that has a government, mandated by the people of all tribes for the people of South Sudan to carry out duties and obligations, to provide basic services and to protect the right of all citizens equally.
Yet it’s not the case, today South Sudan has become a property of one tribe, led by illiterate man called “President” Salva Kiir Mayardit and advised by tribal elders known as Dinka Council of Elders. These people live in Jiengism and never do they know that South Sudanese people are sick and tired to hear the so President and his Dinka Council of Elders.
To reverse these mindsets and endless wars, the Dinka intellectuals around the globe must come out openly to stop Salva Kiir and his mad elders from using the Dinka Community based organization for National interest and interfering in government businesses that should represent all the 64 tribes. Otherwise what Salva Kiir and his elders are doing will completely destroy the Dinka image in South Sudan politics and will one day provoke dangerous revenges against the innocent Dinka people.
Salva Kiir must appreciate the South Sudanese people for allowing him to lead their country although he is the most incompetent leader of all politicians.Instead of embarking on this dangerous path to keep power he must immediately step down and relinquish power to competence leaders who have the capacity to reconcile our people and the nation.
Gatwech Kuan is a South Sudanese Citizen living in Northerner Territory of Australia. He can be reached by email at email@example.com. Brother Noah K. James is a freedom fighter in Upper Nile, South Sudan, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org