By Gatwech Kuan
September 1, 2015(Nyamiilepedia) — After the signing of IGAD plus peace proposal on 17th August 2015 in Addis Ababa by the armed opposition led by former Vice President Dr Riek Machar and 26 August 2015 in Juba by the government of South Sudan led by president Kiir, South Sudanese people around the globes hoped and thought that peace has come to their backyard.
Two days after president kiir signed the peace deals and announced permanent ceasefire, his field commanders started offensive against the SPLM-IO forces in different locations in the greater Upper Nile regions, which means there was lack of seriousness to respect peace deal from the government of South Sudan.
Thanks to IGAD PLUS and other international communities for their tireless commitment and effort for helping south Sudanese warring parties to bring peace in their own country, and without their involvement, peace should not be signed between the two warring parties.
South Sudanese people in general are very tired and sick enough for one tribe who claimed the ownership of the country which claimed the lives of 2 millions people during liberation struggle against the Arab North. Every tribe among 64 tribes lost one of their family members; it is very shameful today for one tribe only claiming superiority over others 63 tribes. This kind of useless campaign from our Dinka brothers has now created too much division in our societies.
The country is already collapsed as there are no services being provided by the government and if the Dinka led government would continue the policy of one tribe to be beneficiary only, then the war will continue because other 63 tribes will not accept marginalization by tribe. Clearly, one tribe cannot own the nation which comprise 64 tribes, it useless policy and no single tribe would accept it for good.
Everyone is aware that, peace will not sustained or last long, since the president decision come from Dinka council of Elders. Being the president of the country, it means any decision which will bring nation together must be respected by your inner circles, yet it’s not the case in South Sudan today, we have the president who is just the symbol, not the decision maker for the country affairs.
The president signed the peace deal, declared the permanent ceasefire and at the same time his field commanders continue of the offensives against the SPLM-IO positions. What does that mean for the president? Has he lost the control over his forces? Or somebody else is in charge over his forces? He also needs to tell us if he is no longer as the commander-in-Chief of SPLA forces? In doing it means that the president and his government have no commitment to implement peace agreement.
Dr Riek Machar declared permanent ceasefire and ordered his forces to stop fighting; now his forces observe the ceasefire restrictedly, according to order.
Now it is right time for UN Security Council to impose sanction on South Sudan government and those individuals who obstruct the peace deal to be implemented.
We South Sudanese people asked the international community not to abandon us in order to allow Juba criminal regime to continue killing civilians in discriminatory like what they did in Juba on 15 December 2013 and again in April and May in Unity State.
As the government, you cannot claim legitimacy while the people whom you lead keep denying you, it means you are no longer as the legitimate government. And you need to look at why people don’t recognize your administration anymore, rather than claiming nonsense against the will of the people.
In conclusion, I congratulate Dr.Riek Machar, the leader of SPLM-IO for the signing of the IGAD PLUS peace compromise agreement on 17th August 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
South Sudanese people understood that, you have long-term vision for South Sudan more than anyone else, as you fought for self-determination against the Arab dominant North and again today against the Dinka council of Elders who are very corrupted and greedy to stay in power without delivering the basic services that our people needs.
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when you talk of 2 million people in south Sudan who have lost their lives during the struggle, you don’t have to forget of your contribution you did in 1991 when your tribes men spite and join the Arab north, your Tribe men had kill a good number of innocence south Sudanese who were fighting the common enemy to liberate south Sudan in the hands of the Arab. but we have to continue with liberation, if we don’t it who can?