By Lam Koang Malual
Upper Nile Times – Salva Kiir Mayardit’s hate toward the Nuer people has been evident since his old days as a commander of Tiger Battalion of the SPLA forces during the liberation struggle. Some of you here will probably condemn me for labelling this failed president as such but I would warn you that I drew this conclusion based on my personal knowledge of this Doot ku Beny President when I was one of the soldiers under his command.
Salva Kiir combines battlefield weakness and severe hatred toward other ethnic groups, especially the mighty Nuer people. His hate toward the Nuer developed into chronic phobia or fear of the unknown.
This fear compelled him to train a militia so-called Doot Ku Beny (Presidential guards) whose purpose is to commit genocide against the Nuer people. Indeed, members of Doot ku Beny militia know no other languages but the Dinka language only.
This militia is responsible for slaughtering innocent Nuer civilians in big number in the night of December 15 and is still hunting down every Nuer man, woman, and child who may not have reached the U.N compound in Juba.
Now the international community seems to be taking the wrong side of the ongoing conflict. But history is on the side of the innocent lives that have been lost mercilessly in the hand of Doot ku Beny militia. In reality, there was no attempted coup in Juba. As the former vice president repeatedly said, there was no attempted coup whatsoever.
The disagreement that occurred among Salva Kiir’s own presidential guards units in Juba on December 15th is exactly what the president called as an attempted coup in order to mislead the International community.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is buying this stupid argument and sending airplanes to bomb rebel positions in places like Jonglei and Upper Nile States, but I would like to warn my friends in Ethiopia and Kenya to stay away from this wishful thinking.
Our dear friends in Ethiopia and Kenya should take a neutral position in this ongoing conflict as this is the only way to bring peace among the warring parties. Siding with the devil in this trying time will prove to be very detrimental when the forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar chase Salva Kiir away in the near future.
Salva Kiir is a weak president who does not care about the future of the republic of South Sudan. During the liberation struggle, he treated soldiers from the Nuer tribe very badly and many of those who survived his cruel treatment like me know very that he could commit genocide as he did on December 15th â€“ members of his militia are still pursuing innocent Nuer civilians until now. Therefore, President Salva Kiir is the one leading and planning the recent brutal killing of Nuer tribe in Juba.
Salva Kiir has been carelessly instigating the current conflict by talking about 1991 this and 1991 that all this time but the fact of the matter is that he has defected in 2004.
In that defection, he accused John Garang of carrying the movement with him in a briefcase whenever he travelled abroad. He used to complain about democracy when he rebelled against Dr. John Garang but when someone is now trying to advocate for democracy, he claims that this person is plotting a coup against his corrupt government.
In conclusion, I want to advice all the people of goodwill and members of the international community to take a proactive and neutral role in resolving this conflict. The only lasting solution for the current war in South Sudan must include the resignation of Salva Kiir â€“ anything short of that will not bring lasting peace in South Sudan.
Real and honest attempt to resolve the ongoing conflict must include resignation of Salva, the arrest of Marial Chinuon, Aleu Ayiey, and Malong Awan as well the disbanding of Doot ku Beny militia that Salva Kiir has created to target Nuer ethnic group.
Yours in sorrow.
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