Updated at 7:50Am, May 21, 2015(PST)
May 21, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Leaders of the Equatorian community in the two warring parties converged in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday and Sunday last week.
The two delegations were led by Henry Odwar for the opposition, and Lawrence Kurubandi for the Equatorians in government.
According to Henry Odwar, this meeting was a follow up on last month meeting, which was also held in Nairobi on 14th of April.
Unlike the previous meeting, the 16th and 17th May meeting has created more friction between the two Equatorian fronts.
As Hon. Odwar, the former member of parliament at South Sudan National Legislative Assembly, explains the meetings were intended to create more division among the Equatorians.
“It became abundantly apparent that the underlying intention of the engagement was to create division within Equatorians in the SPLM/SPLA in order to form a movement allied to president Salva Kiir and to be funded by hostile groups” Henry Odwar explains.
According to Odwar, the Equatorian reformists categorically denounce the use of divide and rule to confuse the marginalized populations of Equatoria.
“We categorically rejects this old tactic of divide and rule and we shall never submit to Salva Kiir’s machinations and his genocidal government” Hon. Odwar condemns.
“We would therefore like to assure all our comrades, supporters, sympathizers, and well-wishers all over the world and in particular the Equatorians inside South Sudan that we remain committed to SPLM/SPLA vision and mission and the total removal of President Salva Kiir and his dictatorial regime by all means” the former MP stresses.
The SPLM/SPLA delegation, however, was sympathetic and call on the “Equatorians who can be purchased” to defect for a just cause.
Other Equatorians in the Opposition were also saddened by the the position of their counterparts in Salva Kiir government.
According to Dr. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, “the SPLM/SPLA is not surprised with the conducts of these individuals who pretend to be representing citizens from Equatoria region yet they are chasing bread and butter.”
Oyet, a political scientist, believes that the governors have abandoned the popular call of Equatorian people and instead harbor foreign interests that auction the country to East Africa.
“The governors are harbouring foreign interest and are out to mortgage the country. They behave like hawker trying to sell Salva Kiir government and yet for us we are non buyers.” Dr. Oyet said.
“They are highly infested with regional (Some East Africa countries) interest having fallen short of protection from their master Salva Kiir.” He adds.
Oyet warns the Equatorians in Salva Kiir’s regime that Equatorian leaders in Opposition will not pull out to form their own movement as they aspire, declaring such a move as a red line.
“SPLM/SPLA is not a tribal or regional political organisation. For the governors to claim that Equatorians in the Movement should pullout is outrageously parochial and a red line.” Oyet said.
The former head of Political Science department at Juba University reiterates that the latest meeting achieved very little except that it has negatively exposed the interests of Equatorian governors.
“The only positive outcome from this engagement is the fact that SPLM/SPLA and Equatorians now know that the so call governors are for status quo and they have abandon call for federalism and reforms which Equatorians have been calling since 2010 hence this affirm lost of their legitimacy.”Oyet said.
Like his counterpart, Oyet calls for a total overhaul of Salva Kiir government including the leadership of Equatorian states.
“We hereby affirm our oath to remove the entire regime of Kiir and its auxiliaries at the states by all means.” Oyet strongly emphases.
Before the conflict, Equatorian elites held several conferences to deliberate on the needs of their people, however, due to the current conflict in the country the region of Equatorian, like other regions, is getting polarized.
While the border line between the two fronts widens, mechanisms to solve inner disputes within the same faction improve.
Attempts to reach the governors and Equatorian elites in Salva Kiir’s government to comment on these outcomes are yet to be returned.
All Equatoria Governors combined are not threat since they have no teeth to bite…
Riek Ebola and Visionless and hopeless Commanders have their teeth broken down and most of his primitive thinkers of Nuer white Army were defeated and most dead In Bortown and Mangalla and Ayod and Bentiu and Gadiang and Poktap….wowow wow wow…
Nothing is new about Equatoria Disease…
THE SPLA MAINSTREAM JUBA ARMY HAVE SEEN SO MANY colors of Both Equatoria and Riek Ebola…Nothing is new about all these things…
The Lion King Nationalist have seen many rebellions many times in the past…
now worried about and They must to be ddefeated..
Thank you very much.
Your uncle doesn’t want cancer to kill him alone. that why he like to take the whole country with him, however it is too late kirr.
The 3 Equatorian governors in each one of their capacity are probably ten times better than your primitive chief kiir in taking South Sudan to a direction worthy of being called a country but as it stands right now its nothing but a big village. It does not even meet the necessary criteria of qualifying the status of a sovereign nation under Kiir.
Equatoria needs to wake up like Shiluk. After shiluk learn from Nuer jiontly they shutdown 3 gunship (one in Dethwok, second in Malakal and the third one in Melut) Two are grounded in Palioch area and one has already destroyed in Dethwok
Why Nuer DEFECTIONS is getting very low,i think there might be something wrong inside the so-called SPLM-IO.
many thank to all Equatorial in the opposision movement. south sudan is our country, not salva kiirr the dictator country. work hard please dictator government it is days are numbered.
South Sudan is not your country because u Nuer elders and whatsoever you called elites just came after Dinkas and Equatorians were achieving peace deals,so they all came in after fighting SPLA for years and these roetten eggs are the riek machar and co-herts who never cared about south sudan and its people….let him lead u Nuer community in opposition coz he’s visionless more than what u think of (Salva KIng…)he had never let his people down from start to the ending…C in C of the arm forces of South Sudan,President of the Republic of South Sudan,former first vice president of sudan after john Garang.yet riek,matip,gatdet were in khartoum and have never hold a legitimate office..uncivilised nuer …..go to hell….you will never attack Barh el Gazal coz u know the outcomes…why havent u reach there ever since yet u always claim advancements….its only in the land of weak and corrupt minds,ill fate community who follows blindly without thinking back…
[Oyet, a political scientist, believes that the governors have abandoned the popular call of Equatorian people and instead harbor foreign interests that auction the country to East Africa.]
— If the highest bidder to make the necessary changes cant be the citizens of South Sudan than then who the else would have sole-monopoly rights to discriminate these citizens.
[“The governors are harbouring foreign interest and are out to mortgage the country. They behave like hawker trying to sell Salva Kiir government and yet for us we are non buyers.” Dr. Oyet said.]
— Franchise cooperation who own this cooperation if not the people of South Sudan.
[“They are highly infested with regional (Some East Africa countries) interest having fallen short of protection from their master Salva Kiir.” He adds.]
— This is so true protection of South Sudan is not in the hand of the people in every shape forms but foreigner from territorial integrity to the so called legitimacy, economic, I mean everything.
Why did we even fight the north if we were just going to hand it to the next oppressive tyrant like Kiir and his councils of criminals.
gakuoth the majority of equatorians are not stupid like Nuers majority who were formed Anyagat moment like the splm io.
Adut, is it a matter of being stupid majority as you stated on Nuer, just because you sold out our pride ,identity of this beautiful country the south Sudan to your allies (east African countries like uganda) just keep you in power. Now what is the meaning of this after killing your own country men,women and children in the state capital over political dispute with in the party leadership, civillians who have no political affiliation can we called it dinka stupidity or not?.It is clear that dinka are most stupid mority in south Sudan history but am sorry to say that bcoz few dinkas can be part of solution but not all of them.