BY: JUSTIN S KWAJE
Nov 23, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) — A highly placed individual within the presidential office informed SSLN that Kiir and the Jieng generals are furious upon learning of a Cattle raids that took place at Atapi River, near Nimule, Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State. They have now dispatched elite units within the presidential guards in 5 military, Russian made lorries, (Worols) trucks to Nimule.
By a confirmed report 11 heavily armed cattlemen guarding the cows were overpowered by their attackers and the keepers were left dead and the cows gone to unknown directions.
Some report believes the Ma’di corridor holds more than 100,000 heads of cows driven from the north most part of South Sudan to the South most part of the country. Who are the true owners of these cows is left for speculations, as one cannot approach them since the keepers are armed to the teeth.
A very plausible speculations is that, these cows belongs to some very highly ranked Military officers in the government, others say, these are stolen properties from the Murle and Nuer as the tribal SPLA-Kiir wages war against this two regions and they are brought for safe havens in the Ma’di corridor, because they anticipated the Ma’di were none violent and farmers and the cows faced no risks in the corridor.
However what they did not factor into considerations is that, until there is rule of laws and infrastructures of modernization of animal husbandry, where there are cows in large quantities, there also will be cow thieves, as long as they are situated with this lawless cowboy state, AKA, failed state.
A cattle raiding is a disease South Sudan has not eradicated, you cannot run away from a disease, it shall catch you wherever you may run, unless you have eliminated the disease or developed an effective method of prevention. In fact if you run to a new place, you end up being the very person that introduce this new disease to this new place you have run to because your behavior has not changed although the place is heaven.
Now Salva Kiir and his tribal Generals have learned the hard ways but have instead as usual responded militarily sending the very presidential guards, it’s very existence is tribal and composed of all tribal unit, the very same one that carried ethnic cleansing and genocide in the nation’s Capital. The Ma’di land is now awash with this particular unit with tribal instincts making this a tribal deployment and not a national one. Salva Kiir miscalculated with this same unit in Juba resulting into the ethnic cleansing of the Nuer from Juba or was it by design?
Enraged by the loss of their cows, now Kiir has dispatched 4 truckloads of these same presidential guards to the Ma’di corridor
It then a matter of time before the nation witness civilian massacre in the name of hunting down for their cows or forces of SPLA-IO with whom Kiir returned to full wars 4 days ago.
Kiir had blamed the SPLA-IO for the bus attack something the resistant forces categorically denied, distancing themselves from it and instead pointed finger back at him. Many South Sudanese we talked to agree with the Opposition on the point that the bus was attacked by Salva Kiir Forces.
Given the only responds Kiir and his generals seem to know their might and military, unfortunately the stage is set for the nation to witness yet another massacre, this time in the Ma’di corridor as we approach the anniversary of the Black December 2013. A lesson not learned is a lesson repeated.
The author is Justin Kwaje and can be reached at email@example.com
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