Governor Bakasoro: South Sudanese in Tears
Posted: October 13, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Letters, Press Release
Wreckage of Eco Bus: Attack on Friend Bus, Gateway Bus and Eco-Bus
today on the Juba-Nimule Highway, left score of people dead and others
feared kidnapped bu gunmen
October 13, 2016 (SSB) — Fellow South Sudanese, let us all condemned
the atrocities that is taking place in our country in the presence of
the Government of the day. On behave of the voiceless and the families
who lost their dear ones in the constant targeting of civilians by
Government and other armed groups, I strongly condemned the killings
of innocent civilians along Juba Nimule roads, Juba Yei roads and
other locations in the country. I am appealing to the Government and
the warring parties to spare and respect civilians.
No killing of civilian is justified under any type of and
International law. They are not combatants and such indiscriminate
killings should at any cost be stopped. In a civilized world no
civilian should be targeted by organized or unorganized forces. I
strongly believe that our struggle to liberation was not based on
hateful tribal sentiment. No single tribe or tribes should be targeted
by any armed forces. That is inhuman and should not be condoned by any
light minded persons or groups. God bless and rest their souls in
But why is that happening?
Brake down of law and order. The new terminology of UNKNOWN GUNMEN has
created this situation.
In 2013, thousands of innocent Nuers were killed in Juba and in other
towns and no single individual condemned it. In the same year
thousands of Shilluk were killed in Malakal, chased away from their
ancestors’ land and nobody condemned it. In Wau Thousands of Fertit
were killed by Government soldiers, thousands displaced and nobody
condemned it. Between August to October 2015, Government transferred
war to Western Equatoria and hundreds of civilians were killed in cool
blood, thousands displaced and nobody condemned it.
The same year in Wonduruba the home village of the so-called Cabinet
minister, hundreds of civilians were killed by government soldiers,
thousands were displaced and nobody condemned it. Mundri was burnt
into ashes and hundreds of civilians killed by government soldiers and
nobody condemned it. Rumbek has been experiencing mass killings by
armed groups and nobody condemned it. Yei is in total destruction and
thousands of civilians are killed by government soldiers, thousands
are displaced and nobody condemned it.
The whole Nimule corridor is now deserted and hundreds civilians are
killed by government soldiers, thousands are displaced to Uganda and
nobody condemned it. Chukudum, Torit and other areas had been burnt
into ashes, hundreds of civilians are killed, thousands are displaced
and nobody condemned it. The Murle civilians had been targeted and
killed by government soldiers, thousands are displaced and nobody
Within Juba, there is daily killings of innocent civilians by
government forces and nobody has been brought to justice. The only
message we hear is unknown gunmen.
In 2016 July, Government forces attacked FVP Machar and his forces,
hundreds were killed, thousands were forced to scape for their life,
thousands had been camped in UNMISS, and I never heard any
A single tribal force called Mathiang Anyor had been recruited and
mobilized by the government to target and kill innocent civilians in
Equatoria, displaced thousands and nobody has condemned that act.
The killings since 2012 in Wau and subsequently continued through 2013
up to date by one single tribal force under the order of the tribal
government is only targeting civilian population in Upper Nile,
Western Bahr El Ghazal and Equatoria, I have not heard any
What do these incidents indicate?
There is no law and order in the country. It means that there is no
effective leadership who hold perpetrators accountable. When there is
no law and order in a country, no accountability, and no justice, then
that is a failed state. From the above mentioned incidents, is there
anybody who had been brought to justice?
Therefore, it should be brought to light that there is no accountable,
effective leadership in the country hence South Sudan is a state
without leader. It is a fact that only blind or ignorant person can
deny. The Churches which were the only Institutions that could
intervene in such a situation is now voiceless because they have done
all what they are supposed to do but found resistance from their own
Most Church leaders are already warned by Government and some are
targeted. South Sudan Leaders have failed the country. Period!
Due to the above facts, certain individuals or armed groups have
decided to take law into their hands and began to terrorize and kill
innocent civilians. Because they know that they will not be brought to
justice by any one since there is no leadership. As I cannot again
appeal to a Government which does not exist, I am appealing to the
International community, IGAD, Troika, US to critically study South
Sudan Situation and help.
I am informing the International body that South Sudan situation may
or is already more than Kosovo, Somalia, and is leading to Rwanda 1994
genocide. Why? Because the silent killings are greater than the one
you hear and see. There are thousands being slathered in cool blood
every day that nobody is aware of. When the Government is condemning
killings of innocent Dinkas, the same government is killing innocent
non Dinkas but without condemnation.
It means that the government is not objective. Thousands civilians in
Bahr El Ghazal, Upper Nile, and Equatoria are undergoing the most
terrible sufferings in silence and yet the government goes on to
deceive the world and International communities that everything is
fine. Is that the government of the people, by the people and for the
Before 1994 genocide in Rwanda, there was an early warning about
Rwanda security threats but the International Community did not act
quickly, and as a result the world witnessed the worse killings in
I am giving an early warning that the security situation in South
Sudan under the current leadership of Salva Kiir and his cliques might
grow worse than the superficial current outlook, and should be handled
with care before the worse happen.
CURE EARLY CANCER BEFORE IT BECOMES CHRONIC. Let us all stand up to
save life than to destroy it.
Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, Former Governor, WES
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