JCE: JIENG, CANCEL OFF ELDERS’ FORUM FROM THE ‘RIP PUBLIC OFF SOUTH SUDAN’…


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To be a dinkum Dinka, or  to be fair dinkum about this Dinka (JCE)’s trending topic, one has to be sacrificially a daredevil to condemn it. So I have to.

From many wires, I landed on the following quotes about JCE, for JCE and from JCE. Thence, they provoked me into joining the shout on the role of this supposedly tribal outfit that is possibly and forcibly establishing itself as a tribo-politico stakeholder, say ‘shareholder’, in the management of the nation, alongside the president, who has left his State House’s door ajar to these 77 Juba-bound elders-cum-leaders septuagenarians serving their personal state’s houses.

The self-crowned Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) claims the patent right to the premature scramble and partition of South Sudan’s 10 States into the controversial 28 states. Allow me to christen these squalid communes ‘The 28 Nilostans’, just an alternative to the infamous Bantustans of the Apartheid’s era of error.

In short, I would rather the Jieng (Dinka) communities cancelled off these elders because they sprang up during and for the ‘December War’ as seen in their chairman’s revelation in an interview with SBS Radio last year, here:

Justice Riiny (sic): “Jiɛ̈ŋ Council of Elders was formed in mid-2013. It was started after Riek Machar announced his candidacy for President and said “It is turn for the Nuer either by vote and if not he will take it by bullet.” When he was relieved in July 2013; the campaign intensified and that sent signals to all Jieng communities in Upper Nile, Unity, Bor and the Greater Bhar el Gazal. This also reminded people on what happened in 1991 when some Dinka were massacred in Bor and areas of Bentiu even SPLA officers who were in the areas of Riek Machar.” Ambrose Riiny Thiik, JCE Chairman to Ajak Deng Chienkou of SBS-Dinka radio in Australia.

“If not mistaken, this twenty-eight states’ decision is also a solution to fault charge of Jieng domination by other tribes at the centre. It will allow comparative and competitive development of resources in each state after which it will be easy to develop the central governments’ institutions from resources contributed by the states. Hence, unity of purpose will be highly valued without grudges or prejudice. As we begin a New Year, JCE would like to remind the International Community, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and all parties to the IGAD-PLUS peace agreement to cautiously tread the path to the implementation of “ACRISS” due to the fact that certain clauses in the agreement undermine the sovereignty of our beloved Republic.” JCE’s New Year Letter of 2016.

Just to point the deception out, the fact is that the Dinka’s micro secession of states is being only applied in Greater Upper Nile, where the Dinka have been decreed their separate states (Dinkastans) from other tribes, this politically coated trick does not apply in Bahr al Ghazal region.

As seen in ‘Imatong State’ where 7 or so tribes are crammed into one state, the Luos in Greater Bahr al Ghazal and some tribes in Raga are mingled with the Dinka, no separate ‘Luostan’ unlike the ‘Nuestans’ of the ‘GUN (Greater Upper Nile) Region.

This hypocrisy (I call it ‘hypokiirisy’) is not seen by me alone. Many Dinkas and other citizens have these observations, some in defensive – others in offensive – positions.

“JCE statements are blatant and they don’t hide their agenda very well compare to NCE and ECE. JCE need to focus more on Jieng issues if they are for the Jieng people and have less focus on national issues and leave South Sudanese alone.”
Jacob Atem.

“The condemnation of the JCE is nothing but a testimony of those who want the Jieng to be enslaved by their backward thinking.The JCE is not but a true image of what our country should be.Tell me what is wrong with JCE except they are Jieng. Even the defunct house of nationalities was based on tribal setting, how ingenious is it?!” Mou Ambrose Riiny, JCE leader’s son.

“They don’t care risking fitting the Jieng people against the other nationalities as we have witnessed in Western and Eastern Equatoria. The Council is so isolated from reality in Central Equatoria, where innocent Jieng people are subjected to brutalization and dehumanization. It is incumbent on all and particularly the progressive and patriotic Jieng elite to struggle against this horrible deviation. It is time to isolate and boycott all those boot-lickers and those who have put their stomachs before the country.” Prof. Adwok Nyaba.

“I have observed some of the leaders are talking too much about a certain tribe. They are talking about certain individuals from certain tribe to have engineered the creation of more states. This is a dangerous trend and it must be discouraged and authorities must move in immediately. I don’t think the authorities are doing enough because I really would like to see them come out a lot more strongly against violence, hate speeches and against tribal speeches which are being made by some irresponsible leaders who need to be disciplined.” Gen. Bona Bang Dhol, JCE member, against the anti-JCE group.

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“My (and I believe others) bone of contention with JCE isn’t that it shouldn’t exist but rather that it should confine itself to Jieng affairs like any other tribal groups. Nothing good will come from an unelected body like JCE to wield influence within the corridors of power in South Sudan because its agenda is parochial and tribal. Pointing out the pitfalls of this body and opposing its policies (like the notorious 28 states it championed) shouldn’t be misconstrue as preaching hatred against one group unless if it has the tacit approval of the silent majority…..
JCE has managed to insinuate itself in South Sudan as the official representative of Jieng people thereby marginalizing Jieng intellectuals and promising politicians. Therefore, instead of promoting nationhood or nationalism, it’s going to promote tribalism in South Sudan because by necessity other communities will have no choice but to oppose it.” Steve Wondu.

Having shown various outlooks by various citizens on the JCE’s role both for the tribe and the nation, it is my sincere appeal with the belief that if not called off earlier, or reconstituted altogether, the Jieng Council of Elders will ostracize the Jieng and ethnicize the whole nation as the rest of the 63 tribes form their own political ‘CEs’, though with limited free entries to J1 or the state house.

Therefore, as the war is now being phased out with peace projects in 2016, so should the JCE go together with the war that triggered it into such existence in 2013.

Don’t later say we/I didn’t say it!

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