bashir_iccFebruary 6, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will soon release a decision in which they agree to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, Sudan Tribune has learnt.

The ruling that could be made public as early as next week will make Bashir the most senior figure to be indicted by The Hague based court.

The Pre-Trial Chamber I which is assigned the Darfur case has been reviewing an application submitted by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo last July requesting an arrest warrant for Bashir on three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder

There was no confirmation on which counts the warrant was issued for, but one source suggested that it will include the charges of genocide, which is considered the gravest crime in international law.

Last week the ICC prosecutor sent an urgent notification to the Judges after which they met with him on Tuesday in a closed session along with the court’s Registrar Silvana Arbia along with representatives from the Victims and Witnesses Unit (VWU).

The meeting likely discussed measures taken to discuss risks associated with unsealing the warrant.

The decision, which remains under seal, will be transmitted to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon shortly according to multiple sources. The ICC prosecutor is currently present in New York.

This week Ban who was present at the African Union summit warned that Bashir must adhere to any decision made by the ICC.

“He [Bashir] should fully cooperate with the decision of the ICC” Ban told a press conference on the sidelines of the summit.

Arab, Islamic and African countries have called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to defer the indictment to so as not to jeopardize the peace process.

The warrant may make it difficult and even embarassing for world officials to meet with Al-Bashir or to receive him on their territories.

European Union (EU) laws prohibit their officials from meeting with individuals charged by the ICC.

The UN and many other Western embassies in the Sudanese capital have created security plans aimed at protecting their staff from any possible backlash following the decision.

Sudanese officials have pledged to ensure safety of Western missions and UN staff but cautioned that they may not be able to control any outlaws.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) issued resolution 1593 under chapter VII in March 2005 referring the situation in Darfur to the ICC following recommendation a UN commission of inquiry into abuses committed in the war ravaged region.

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President Obama supports implementing the war crimes indictment by theInternational Criminal Court against Sudanese President Omar Bashir, a strong indication of the tough approach the new administration will take toward Sudan as well as its favorable view of an international body the Bush administration refused to join.

“We support the ICC and its pursuit of those who’ve perpetrated war crimes. We see no reason to support deferral [of the indictment] at this time,” said Ben Chang, a spokesman for Mr. Obama’s national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones.

Mr. Obama gave his support for an arrest warrant — which could be handed down within days — despite concerns that pursuing charges against Gen. Bashir could provoke Khartoum to retaliate against humanitarian groups and plunge the country into even more bloodshed and chaos.

Top Obama administration officials such as Susan Rice, the newU.S. ambassador to the United Nations, have long advocated a hard line toward the Bashir regime. Ms. Rice, who worked on peacekeeping issues in the Clinton White House and as assistant secretary of state for African affairs during President Clinton’s second term, is said to have been scarred by the U.S. and international failure to prevent the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which nearly 1 million people were killed.

Top regional specialists who have participated in negotiations with Khartoum caution that support for the Bashir arrest warrant would send the Obama administration down a path of confrontation that could further destabilize Sudan and say it isn’t clear how authorities would carry out the arrest.

“Hold off this loopy idea of prosecuting the head of state who has signed the absolutely pivotal peace agreement,” said Alex de Waal, an Africa specialist who advised Robert B. Zoellick, who was a U.S. envoy to Sudan during talks that led to a 2005 treaty between the Muslim north and the Christian and animist south.

“How do you negotiate with someone and then say, ‘We’re going to drag you off to jail?’ ” Mr. de Waal asked. “The guy’s a criminal, but that’s not the point.”

Humanitarian groups working with some of the 2.5 million people displaced by the fighting in Darfur are concerned that Gen. Bashir will retaliate against them.

“We are worried that an indictment might lead to violence and are taking every step possible to try to mitigate against that risk,” said Sam Worthington, president of InterAction, a coalition of 175 nongovernmental organizations that work in developing nations.

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MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — A Russian-led bloc of post-Soviet nations has agreed to establish a rapid-reaction military force to combat terrorists and respond to regional emergencies, Russian media reported Wednesday.

Russian navy soldiers stand guard during a military ceremony.     

Russian navy soldiers stand guard during a military ceremony.

The decision came a day after reports that Kyrgyzstan is planning to close a strategically important U.S. military base that Washington uses to transport troops and supplies into Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, the Collective Security Treaty Organization — made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan — decided on the rapid-reaction force at a Kremlin summit, the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

The group’s security council “spent a long time discussing the central issue of forming collective reaction forces and, generally, of rapid reaction to possible threats,” said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

“Everyone agreed that the formation of joint forces is necessary,” he said.

Officials told Russian media that all the members had signed the agreement, though Uzbekistan submitted a special provision.

Uzbekistan doesn’t mind contributing military units to the rapid-reaction force “but does not consider it necessary for the moment” to attach emergency responders, drug-control forces and other special services, organization spokesman Vitaly Strugovets told Interfax.

Russian media reported that the force will be used to fight military aggressors, conduct anti-terror operations, battle regional drug trafficking and respond to natural disasters. The force will be based in Russia under a single command, with member nations contributing military units.

On Tuesday, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced at a Moscow news conference that “all due procedures” were being initiated to close Manas Air Base, RIA-Novosti reported. The announcement was made after news reports of a multimillion-dollar aid package from Russia to Kyrgyzstan.

Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees U.S. operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, including Afghanistan, was in Kyrgyzstan last month, partly to lobby the government to allow the United States to keep using the base. He said he and Kyrgyz leaders did not discuss “at all” the possible closure of the base and said local officials told him there was “no foundation” for news reports about the issue.

The United States is planning to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to halt a resurgence of the Taliban. Petraeus described Manas as having “an important role in the deployment of these forces” and in refueling aircraft.

The relationship between the United States and Kyrgyzstan was damaged when a Kyrgyz citizen was killed by a U.S. airman in December 2006. The airman was transferred out of Kyrgyzstan, and the dead man’s family was offered compensation. Petraeus said in January that the investigation was being reopened.

As he announced the base closure Tuesday, Bakiyev said he was not satisfied with the inquiry into the accident and his government’s “inability to provide security to its citizens” was proving a serious concern.

Medvedev also weighed in on the issue Wednesday, saying the base closure shouldn’t hamper anti-terrorism operations, according to Interfax.

“It would be great if their numbers meant there were fewer terrorists, but such action depends on other things as well,” he said.

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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Ann Nixon Cooper craned her neck and leaned her head forward. On the television set across the room, Barack Obama moved forward and put his hand on the Bible.

"I'm most excited."

Ann Nixon Cooper, 107, watched the inauguration from her Atlanta home: “I’m most excited.”

At 107 years old, Cooper said she always believed she might live to see a black man sworn in as president of the United States.

“I had that in mind all the time — all the time — hoping for a great change that would happen in my day,” she said, a charm necklace with a gold “107” around her neck.

“I was hoping that it would happen in my time.”

This moment in history, she said, marks one of the greatest days of her event-filled life.

“I’m most excited about it … just nothing but the greatest,” she said, a wide smile spread across her face. “Our new president means nothing but more freedom as a human being. That’s all. That’s all it could mean to us. You feel more like a real person.” Video Watch Cooper’s reaction »

She knew the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. when he was just a boy in Atlanta. Today, she said, “he would be most happy.”

She added, “That’s all I looked forward to: better days, because we’ve never known any better days. But now, you see, we can live like real people.”

The African-American centenarian, three grandsons and her caretaker gathered in her quiet Atlanta home to watch the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president. When Obama began heading toward the ceremony, she asked not to be bothered. “I’ve got to be concentrating,” she said with a smile. Video Watch “Hope over fear” »

 

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December 10, 2008 (WASHINGTON) – The US President George Bush expressed frustration at the rate of deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur and concluded by stating that Sudan’s ruler will be held responsible for the conflict in the region.Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC prosecutor on ten counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The U.S. has threatened to block efforts in the UN Security Council to suspend the case against Bashir.

Bush said, “it’s very important for President Bashir of Sudan to know that he cannot escape accountability; that if he so choose, he could change people’s lives, the condition of people’s lives very quickly.”

The statement resembles previous positions taken by U.S. officials that coupled the ICC issue with demands that Sudanese authorities work to improve security and humanitarian aid in Darfur, the westernmost region of Sudan.

But it also represents a much more forceful position on the ICC case than previously articulated by the president. When asked about the indictment in July, Bush said, “Well, we’re not a member of the ICC, so we’ll see how that plays out.”

The comment follows a similar warning from the French president on Monday, who said “We need the help of the Sudanese government to finally find peace in Darfur. But President Bashir has very little time to decide, his fate is in his hands.”

If the court issues an indictment, there could be “serious consequences” for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), said senior Sudanese government officials in direct warnings to the UN secretary-general and his special representative. UNMIS is tasked with monitoring the north-south peace agreement, which was signed in 2005 after the war in Darfur had already begun.

The Bush administration has pushed for a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force in Darfur, about half of which is currently in place. Deployment of the joint UN-African Union force is slowed by insecurity, according to the UN secretary-general’s latest report on the mission, which pointed to a backlog aggravated by trucking contractors’ fear of attacks.

The United Nations has for months been seeking six attack and 18 transport helicopters to support the force. But US special envoy to Sudan Richard Williamson told UN chief last March that the UN should not be hung on the issue of helicopters needed by the Darfur force.

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  1. Any Dinka who pulled out from Dinkanazation of Equatoria is not a Dinka by Nature. Malakal is not Shiluk land, Shiluk are landless people like any other tribes in the south Sudan especially Equatorians.
    Land grabbed out of serious struggle As we are condemning SPLA/M, let us also think about other criminal organizations in and around the world. The situations in the country are a time bomb for other ethnic groups to know more about Dinka. It’s not necessary to satisfy each and every individual by Dinka, but knowing that Dinka are people who want to live among different people is the most important thing in our time. What is happening now is founded before Mr. Kirr become vice Chairperson of the movement; hence, we expect no interference in our private affairs. Mr. Kirr should mind about being the First Vice President and President of government of south Sudan. Dinka settling anywhere in the country is not his concern, it’s only a situation he found himself in, thus, he cannot prevent any thing we are doing to our sons and daughters as some people are complaining about assault on their sons and daughters. Attaching Mr. Kirr to these private affairs should be eliminated from the concepts of some people. Where we are is a struggle, bringing Mr. Kirr in or saying we should leave this and that would mean another struggle. There is no way that something got out of a serious struggle can be given up by any body. Lack of power to maintain peace in our land is not the reason for Dinka settling every where. We know how to maintain peace and we can protect ourselves, if we are capable of maintaining peace anywhere in the south among the society our people are settling. Stop pointing fingers that some Dinka are settling among other communities due to insecurity. John Matiopp Bior, South Sudan, Gogrial

    1. Mr.Bior<

      For you to state your comments that land fueds and fightings that are taking place among the Southern Sudanese is private issues is not truth. As the Commander In Chief of the SPLS/M, and the President of the South Sudan, live alone his position as the Vice President of the Sudan, even though Mr. Kiir inherited the existing issues from the one who has been identified as the cause of it all, Mr. Kiir is still the right man at the right time to diffuse and form committees if any, and he eyes to bring about an end to these things.
      Many people will agree with the saying which says “the good you do to others, the good you do to yourself. The bad you do to thers, the bad you do to your self.” God knows why he brought Mr. Kiir to the position he is holding at such a time as this but if he holds his peace, God is God and he has many ways for a solution which will be part of the history of South Sudan without Mr. Kiir’s involvement. The Bible is filled with stories of the kind where people whom God desired to use for good sharanked back either for fear of loosing their positions or for being timid and God used other ways to achieve what He wanted without their help. But at the end of the day, they did not continue as they thought they would, in those positions any way. One of such to site at is the Story of King Saul (1 Samuel Chaps. 13,14.) For him to hold his peace as if nothing of the sort is not taking place among the Sudanese people is not helping anthing in any way than for him to be involved to try to bring about a solution.
      White your statement is true that says, we as Southerns know how to co-exist with our neighbors in the vast Regions of the South before and lack of ability to maintain peace at this time is not an excuse for exodus of Dinkas to settle in ther people’s ancestral land as though they are peace makers. The fact is they are warmongers, who can not reason long enogh than resorting to a fight.
      Thank you.

  2. Garangs’ Evil Booklet is Dangerous to the Destiny of all Sudanese.

    After examining what busted out in Juba about Garangs Booklet to Dinka, the exposition of The Evil Book let is fundamentally great to focus on the past, present and the future of our country. The booklet was predominately about betrayals; the fate of all ethnic groups in south Sudan had been betrayed not only to Sudanese but also to the entire world. I call it Evil Booklet because the British were here and they are witnesses to the existing diversity in south Sudan. Garangs’ did not only betray other ethnic groups, but he did betray his tribe mates too. This is the reality, if Dinka are looking at south Sudanese and the entire resources (land) as their own, then they automatically qualified to be enemy to the rest of South Sudanese without any single questions. The Goss should intervene to clear the existing doubts among the people because as land in the country is having disputes, a lot of resources are disappearing at daily intervals. If these are happening because the Evil Booklet had say so, then south Sudanese will not desperately wait to reinstate their land, properties and the lost glory.

    Darius Tongno
    Sudan-Juba
    dtongno@yahoo.co.uk

  3. Gabriel Gardluck Mech Mechgg4@yahoo.ca Nimule-Sudan Dinka reversed strategies of oppression in the Madiland of Nimule left one Madiman dead, and forcing others to flee the country. Since there is no law here, the government of south Sudan left Dinka to misbehave the way the want. The land around River Aswa was invaded by Dinka immediately after incident of the bridge. The bridge had been disorganized to prevent Dinka moving to their home as it was officially arranged by responsible people. Settlement around river Aswa had rise a great concerns from all the natives and the district officials, but the rate of silent killing is very high, people moving from Nimule to Loa depends on Gods mercy, otherwise, most people disappeared reported, but there is no any action from the government. The Madiman who was shot dead by a know Dinka will be buried in Loa, but relatives were advised not to show up because it was a planned incident which can be projected on any one at will. Its truth that there is no government here and the local people are on constants threads. For those who have the voice in the parliament, Dinka atrocities in Madiland cannot be measure by any scale, unless something is done, otherwise, the native people will be force to go to exile again, this is because the images shown by Dinka in Madiland is images of aggression, land and all the natural resources where targeted, and underage girls were subjected to violent rape without intervention of the law enforcing unit at Nimule police force. There is a lot to be done in Madiland than anywhere in the south Sudan. Dinka presence at Aswa will be harmful not only to the Madi people, but for Sudanese as a whole. Its difficult to undersant their general objectives, but if this is what peace meant for south Sudanese, then there is no hope. An SPLA Soldier, Nimule-Sudan

  4. Mundari and Bari crisis was sparked by GoSS officials: For those who don’t know the root causes of the recent crisis, don’t be like Chameleons, tell the truth, and the truth will set you free. Most of the people that appeared in the Media and magazines to talk about the incidents were the very one behind the crisis. Land as socioeconomic set is the cause; the major problem is; Dinka had graphed most land in the surrounding in Juba. Mondari and Bari are closest neighbours that have a lot in common, but the regime of SPLA/M in Juba is the beginning of the economic meltdown, and a growing soar relationship between my people and the Mondari. The SPLA/M senior officials predominately from Dinka tribe had distributed land that belonged to these two communities to their own people, when the concerns people questioned what was going on; some Dinka produced some documents stating that they bought the land from the local community authorities. Since these guys were having documents signed by the seniors officials of SPLA/M, the local communities were prompted to act aggressively against each just because there was evidence that the land was sold. Again it is the some SPLA/M that indirectly engaged these two communities in confronting each other, meanwhile Dinka are settling in peace. Their major plan is to establish disunities between these two tribes so that they can continue mishandling the land and anything of economic value.
    Quoting what happened between Acholi and Madi, Dinka used the same principle, and they set confusion between the communities so that they can fight among themselves, as Dinka are continuing to obtain land as much as possible. Acholi and Madi people were good neighbours in term of land, travels, and business. I studied history of Sudan in length, but nothing had been recorded as Madi taking Acholi land, neither the Acholi taking Madi land. In truth these communities were friendly, but when Madi people filed a report on Dinka occupation of their land compounded with illegal land sales to the Somali people, Dinka brought the two communities in crisis by engaging the Acholi against the Madi people. The claims was biased, but it was just to keep Madi people in facing the Acholi as Dinka keeps settling on the Madi land of Nimule, Mugale, and recently the land behind Jebel Gordon and a cross river Aswa is reportedly been taken. Massive Dinka are now busy rushing to that location to get settlement in the name of New Sudan.
    On my own behave, I would like to apologize for what had happened between my people and the Mundari, what many people failed to understand is Dinka wanted to replaced people, below is their policies
    1- by signing and filing all the land across the country in their name
    2- keeping the rightful owners of the land either in exile or making a total displacement
    3- some GoSS officials are just employed to see Dinka settling all a cross the country
    4- making all new orders based on Dinka traditions
    All these among others are set system meant to drive south Sudanese to Dinka destiny of replacing people all across. I am requesting Sudanese to be kind in understanding these matters responsibly, things are happening, but the rate of illegal killing in juba is very high, and mostly it is those who are vigilant about their people are the on been targeted. we these is what people are forced into, then very soon Dinka will begin presenting themselves as owners of the land, we have already seen this in the Madiland, but to tell Sudanese; that is just tip of it. Mundari and Bari have to stop confronting each other, by fighting among ourselves; the real enemies are taking chances. Just ask yourselves, why the Madi and Acholi people were set in confusion, it was the same complains over land issues. Dinka are not here for anything, but if we are not careful, they are working hard with the help of south Sudan government to replace us in our ancestral soil.
    In terms of national scholarship, the recent admissions indicated out of 100% scholarship offered by GoSS, from all across the country, Dinka were settled, in Madiland, not a single Madi got the scholarship, but over 200 hundred Dinka were sent from Madiland to the neighboring countries not as people from upper Nile, but as natives of Nimule, the same thing happened here in Juba and all across the country. These are things done directly and no one is expected to say anything
    Tadeo Loro Nyrsuck
    tloronyrsuck@yahoo.com
    Sudan

  5. jloni2000@yahoo.com John Loguti Loyikoyi Chukudum-Sudan Government of south Sudan behind Bari Vs Mundari fight. To clear this doubt, the government of south Sudan must return those lands distributed illegally with fake documents to Dinka back to the two tribes. The government of SPLA/M is strictly focusing in settling Dinka in Juba in particular and in Equatorial at large. This is not a government; government cannot be like this, the corruption in the south today is worst than ever before. Southern Sudanese should to be vigilant and observant, unlike there is precaution, otherwise, very soon some people will have no where to lay their heads. Something strange is at our doors, but politicians are reluctant to nail the nails on the heads. Intertribal fight had never been witness in Equatorial than cattle raiding among the cattle keepers, but today Dinka brought with them policy of divide and rule so that we cannot come together to reclaim our land stolen by Dinka. The documents and computer systems of SPLA/M is based on resettling and enriching only Dinka, tomorrow when your sons and daughters have not where to live, than you will ask me. I am not a prophet, what I said are all in practice on the ground. When Acholi and Madi people begin quarrels among themselves, must people failed to investigate the root cause, today the peaceful Bari and Mundari, next, the bottom will be switch to another location continuously as a routine, but remember Dinka are settling on your land as you fight your neighbours.

  6. Ayeny Jacquline Ajak ajacqulineajak@yahoo.ca Sudan-Bentiue Paul Nyrshack, you are responsible woman and that is what transparency means. But I think no one can replace anybody in his home as is happening in some games today. Your frustration is based on experience, but those people who are using such languages are not our teachers, you should know that their days are numbered because the politics of SPLA/M turned quickly after SPLA/M entry in Juba. We are aware that SPLA/M did not capture Juba, but they were welcomed in Juba after the CPA. This does not automatically means they fought for, by fight they practically failed to capture Juba right from the first attempt. No one is innocent. Technology of guns is for national protection not replacing people from their homes and villages. If today some Dinka are still insisting in Equtoria based on that politics, then they are wrong. I have not seen anywhere in the world once a leader comes from a group of people immediately his/her own people can say they are politicians. By doing so those Dinka are condemning themselves, living anywhere in the country does not means replacing people from their homes and villages, once your visitor wants too kick you out after giving warm welcomed, then his/she is automatically an enemy. You are not the only one over bearing the language of replacement. Practical is happening, but that is based on perceived images, in reality when the true home owners rise up, you will believe that technology is not keys to replacing people from their homes and villages, but the sense of technology will be reborn and the criminals will lost both sides. Once you are forgetting your own home for the homes you perceived, you are already registered losers. No one can replace anyone from his home or village this time, dreaming about what was happening thousands years ago in the past is a true weakness which today’s technology can not solve. If that is the existing language among people in Juba, there is a day when each will acknowledge belonging to certain area without single force. Census result, the same people that went for census hurriededly right after CPA are the same people complaining about the result. Right after CPA, counties where splinted many tribes were combined in the same counties, but Dinka alone were given about seven counties. Meanwhile the displaced Dinka in Equatoria were forced to do census in considering this, how can we know that we are parts and parcel of the existing politics in the south? There is problem and government of southern Sudan need to reform. People that are running away with public funds are not followed; instead the local and suffering people are not allowed to complain. People have no right to complain about anything which is affecting them negatively, but some officers are free to escape with public money, inflicting more suffering to the innocent. Sister Paulina, let us hope for a change in the system, otherwise, people are over bearing the corruptions by SPLA/M officials. President Isaiah was frustrated to see SPLA/M beginning in this way after 21 years of struggles in the bush. SPLA/M after CPA is opposite from post CPA SPLA/M, probably one was necessarily been used as a platform.

  7. Land sales in Madiland of Nimule and Mugali had been confirmed with the recent repatriation. After the 2005 CPA signing in Navasha Kenya, the government of southern Sudan called upon the refugees in exile to return homes. Although people called it self repatriation, its general and thousands of Sudanese had been repatriated so far with the help of UNHCR. The miscalculations in Madiland came about where the war displaced people should go? The UNHCR were misdirected to repatriate the native people of Nimule just to place them again in the camps. The policy of internally displaced persons is changing over time and majority is not showing interest of living the Madiland. The UNCHR officials are confused and practically, the recent returnees are regretting about why there were repatriated in these filthy situations. The following activities are happening in the watch of the local people as they are subjected to pain without fault and without choice.
    1-Threats at water point. Everybody will agree that water is life. But IDPs are treats to native peoples, new returnees in particular. Different measures are used to scare them and one was beaten and hospitalized.
    2-Schools, fighting in the schools are serious and IDPs are reportedly going to schools with guns but authorities are seeing not treats with that.
    3-It’s not easy to distinguish soldiers and civilians among the IDPs. But if IDPs are all armies, then GoSS mistakenly is keeping such a number of army in one location. Besides, in town, not in barrack. I can identify only few true SPLA soldiers here in the barrack, but the rest are people for different business in the cover of SPLA/M.
    4-Returees are not allowed to say anything about their ancestral belonging. Reportedly there are two police cases about language of replacement. Some IDPs have not ideas about making peace in the country. They are directly showing signs of war and anybody living in Nimule is filling this signs as well.
    5-CPA in Nimule means different things to the IDPs than CPA in the rest of Sudan. The UNHCR have no choice than to bring them homes, but a sign that there is no homes to the natives anymore means a lot to any Sudanese living in Nimule today.
    6-With evidences, some IDPs were a located land with documents and they are running businesses freely. The UNCHR cannot explain and answer some questions, but the native people of Nimule are cheated when they were in exile during the war.
    7-The county and district officials are doing their parts, but they too have no voice over misappropriation of land in Nimule and Mugali.
    There is also a sign that some people might return to Uganda. The recent gun fire in Nimule was meant to scare the returnees and to subdue them in quest for their ancestral belonging. Although some communities are willing and others are already gone after living for two decades in Nimule and Mugali, Dinka are instead increasing in numbers and making life uncomfortable in the entire areas.
    The land shading River Aswa had been illegally allocated to some Dinkas and right now they are busy forging settlement right there. Where will native of these place go is still a question to ask.
    As a senior staff of UNHCR, I have seen the real problem is land nothing else. The event of abusive language e.g -We fought for these land –We were promised these land –We were taught during the war –Living anywhere, and other filthy abuses is a sign that the IDPs are completely indiscipline, they don’t know the liberation struggles, they don’t care about peace in the country, and above all, they are resisting to stay in Madiland just to fuel another struggle in the country. Its care that the government of southern Sudan is not looking at all these, IDPs are left to misbehave the way they want, but if anything, who will be blame?
    After I toured the whole of Jongolie province, I see not reason why GoSS is not repatriating the IDPs. It’s shameful to such number of IDPs just in one location in the name of living everywhere. Land melding in Nimule is serious that would call for international attention soon than later. The new settlement in Aswa is very risky to all the business men and women. If this is a plan of IDPs, its out, you cannot replace anyone from his/her homes. But if it is the GoSS, than GoSS had threw a York on own neck, the documents in IDPs pocessions is very dangerous. So long as they keep irritating the local people with such fake papers, the situation is likely to be different with time. As SPLA soldier, I am complaining that true soldiers have little voice in Nimule. The primary objective of army is national protection, but this is not the case here in Nimule.
    Gabriel Gardluck Mech
    Nimule-Barrack,Sudan
    Mechgg4@yahoo.ca

  8. Mathew Odoki Okot reporting from Nimule. Situation in Nimule is real, Mugali too have big problem from Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). I crossed from river aswar were I saw number of heads of cattle. Although its summer, the land covering River Sawar says:

    Mathew Odoki Okot reporting from Nimule. Situation in Nimule is real, Mugali too have big problem from Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). I crossed from river aswar were I saw number of heads of cattle. Although its summer, the land covering River Sawar, Jeleyi and north end of Jebel Gordon had been grazed flat. The new settlement in river aswar is having more than five thousand Dinka population and they are forging business over there. The abstract of the event is “the native people are innocent on what is taking place”. Tragically, Madi people are not allowed to come together for discussion about their land which is totally in occupation of IDPs. Among the IDPs, there is no discipline; they are presenting manifestoes of SPLA/M in the way they know and the law is not working to put right what had gone wrong. Businesses in Nimule primarily look good, but in secondary perspectives, Dinka in Nimule had gone far by selling land of the native people to the foreigners. These include Somalis, Kenyans, and Uganda predominately. They major doubt about SPLA/M in Nimule is “why Dinka are selling land which is not their own to such foreigners? Practically, the IDPs are involved in illicit businesses which may end in serious trouble. Its true that the recent returnees are wondering about and they have no where to settle. Ironically, situations in Nimule are not good than any place in the south. Government of southern Sudan must be serious about Dinka in Nimule; the language of occupation is serious anywhere in the world. Abusive language from IDPs from Dinka tribe in Nimule is indicating Dinka are not working for the interest of any group of people in the country. Unification of southern Sudan cannot happen in the way it is happening here in Nimule. I will not advice these situations to continue, if GoSS and UNHCR are not working to repatriate the IDPs in Nimule, there is uncertainly in the whole of south. I have not seen anything like these before in Sudan. Some Dinka must stop forcing people to take arms against SPLA/M by serving their own interest. Replacing anyone from his/her home is consequential. We must stop creating Israelites and Palestinians issues among us. Change of attitudes among IDPs from Dinka tribe in Nimule will be a blessing for GoSS, to continue is a curse.Cetting North-South aggression to reflect situation in Nimule is irrelevant. These Dinka are for Different businesses. By the time they begin going to upper Nile, they will live Madi land in the hands of the foreigners which again will lead to another disaster. modngokot@yahoo.ca
    Mathew Odoki Okot

  9. John Loguti Loyikoyi
    Kapoeta-Sudan
    jloni2000@yahoo.com
    Is southern Sudan a Dinka counrty or there are other tribes?
    The government of Southern Sudan must be very serious of tribalism. SPLA/M is a failing political entity not only due Dinkaism ideology. But Dinka are practically forcing and threatening people to stick to SPLA/M, but SPLA/M it self had already prompted SPLA-DC in country. SPLA/M is not prepare for the rest of southern Sudanese as a people, taking Dinka as umbrella educated and uneducated a like is the major obstacle for peace in the south in particular and the country as a whole. SPLA/M failing to balance the equation amounted to formation of SPLA-DC; party by which over five hundred intellectuals are send to prison by SPLA/M. Majority of these prisoners are equatorians from Kapoeta, Cukudum, Torit, Tombora-Yambio, Yei, Kojakeji, Nimule, Juba, Malakal, Wau and Bentiue. In Kapoeta, two SPLA officers were arrested based on conspiracy, this arrest is approved of SPLA/M is a Dinka organization or projects is not expecting completion from any where in the country. SPLA/M officer in Kapoeta used a very wrong and controversial language by declaring that “any body who is not member of SPLA/M is not a southern Sudanese”. “SPLA/M struggled not to give power to any political party, anyone who is found encouraging any political party in the southern will test a test of the liberation struggle”. “Killing will not be a problem if it means forging a non Dinka to be a ruler”, this was the last word I picked. Any body who attended his speech should tell me where I am wrong.
    The arrest of officers in Kapoeta is a very big question to eastern Equtorian population. As an individual, I am pointing direct at Dinka as a tribe, if you need war; no one is coward at his own home. If you people need peace, the rest of the tribes in southern Sudan are more than ready for a durable and sustainable peace. Some evils like:
    1-Eroling all Dinka in the pay roles of SPLA/M
    2-Sending Dinka to school from different parts of southern Sudan to claim equality, meanwhile those Dinka are not natives of some parts of southern Sudan. E.g. among the students in Uganda, 250 students sent from Nimule to Kenya and Uganda are Dinka. 700 students sent from Yei, Tobora-Yambio, and Kojakeji are Dinka. All Dinka students abroad are getting bursary from GoSS meanwhile some of them went abroad on their own.
    3-In any policy stations in Equatoria regions, being from Dinka tribe is an identity card
    4-Teaching your kids that you are born to rule
    5-Forging false statement against knowledgeable and intellectuals who are not from Dinka tribe just to get rid of them from their positions so that corruptions can continue
    6-Raping under age and women of other people for the seek of neutralizing other tribes
    7- Assembling Dinka to represent other tribes in their constituency, meanwhile taking offices and businesses all over southern Sudan to be right of Dinka
    With more other practical incidences, Dinka must reform or we will all struggle for another change. The greatest advantage of all these is because all Dinka who are practically involved in all the above inhuman incidences are very open in their dealings and they are very clear that guns are their rule of laws and what was written down as laws are for the rest of southern Sudanese. Mr. President must release those Toposas if he is not realistic, but if he rally behind his tribe mate and neglecting others as sub humans then SPLA/M war against the Arab northern was a flat form, but the reality is here fellow southern Sudanese.

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