Don Chides Machar Over Reliance On Tribesmen Only

Dr. Riek Machar in the bush after declaring himself a rebel shortly after the alleged coup attempt on 15 December 2013. [Reuters photo]

Ustaz Abuolgak Them while addressing the Lou Ariik Youth’s meeting at Nile Beach Hotel in Juba on Tuesday said the ongoing crisis in the country came due to Machar’s belief in his tribesmen for power.

 “Machar thinks only of coming to power by mobilizing his tribesmen because he believes they are strong and brave, that Nuer can fight against and defeat the government,” he said.

“It is there ever since; Dr. Machar always makes use of his community members to struggle for him to get top positions.”

Meanwhile, another don Ustaz Martin Mou Mou, a former undersecretary in the Ministry of Higher Education lashed out at the international community and some western governments for allegedly working for the fall of Juba to the hands of Dr. Machar.

Mou believes the power struggle between Machar and President Salva Kiir was a push from western countries for a change in the Juba for them to achieve their interest at the expense of South Sudanese.

“There are people behind it (South Sudan crisis),” Mou bemoaned. “The conflict should have not spread very quickly across the country like the way it happened. This is a long term plan that was wrongly calculated by its experts.”

According to Mou, the fact that Machar has no accepted defeat means South Sudan still has a long war to fight. The two dons warned South Sudanese especially Dinkas not to take the issue as a tribal conflict, saying they do not want to see a Rwanda-like genocide in the new nation.

Dr. Machar and his followers however accuse president Kiir of dictatorship, saying they want a democratic South Sudan government for which they are fighting.

The youth had called the meeting to raise assistance for the displaced persons following the Friday attack by suspected Machar loyalists in Tonj North county of Warrap state.

Thousands of herds of cattle were looted and at least 46 people were reportedly killed as over 100 others were wounded during the bloody attack. The dead according to state officials are mainly children, women and elderly. 

The Mid-December internal power struggle within the ruling SPLM party degenerated into internal armed conflict pitting armed loyalists of President Kiir and his former deputy Machar against each other..

President Kiir called it a “coup attempt” but Machar denied it, saying it is a ploy to eliminate the president’s critics.

The conflict quickly spread to Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and the latest in Tonj North county of Warrap state.

It has worsened the humanitarian challenges in the country as almost 900,000 people have been displaced and are in dire need of assistance.

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