21 Sep 2021


Flashback To The J1 Dogfight 2016: Background Current R-TGoNU

"Flashback to the J1 dogfight and mop up on the serially aborted Independence Anniversaries...our call is generated by the lonely voices of the dying, the starving and the fleeing masses of South Sudan".

By Jon Pen de Ngong

The bloodshed in the Presidency was detected and announced, but it fell on dead ears!
Let us now revisit it as summarised in the following activities that my civil society colleagues and I carried out with our meagre efforts in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 7, 8, 9 and thereafter in 2016.

1- The 10-Man-For-10-Million March (See the two videos of the Protest and the Panel Discussion by Daniel Yoor Deng, Dak Gabriel Buoth and myself) on NTV on July 9, 2016.

By the way, the points raised in the talk show as in the peaceful demonstration and the Preemptive Petition on the failures of the then TGONU Government on the ARCiSS implementation can be copied and pasted into the current situation of the very shoddy handling of R-ARCiSS (Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan).

2- The Petition To International, Regional and National Stakeholders
On July 7, 2016, drawing from the rampant deadly shootouts in the outlier states and the build up to the J1 flare up, we tried to pre-empt the situation, but unfortunately, it did happen. The petition (linked below) was presented to Hilde F. Johnson during her book launch( SOUTH SUDAN: The Untold Story From Independence To The Civil War) at Nairobi Museum on July 8.

Here is how accurately predictive our petition's concluding paragraph looks like:
"In conclusion, our call is generated by the lonely voices of the dying, the starving and the fleeing masses of South Sudan. Without prompt intervention right now, our country will surely lose half of its population to humanitarian world by the 6th anniversary of our independence. We would not wish to see the perpetrators taking this fresh fighting to its first anniversary (2017)." Continue with the link at the footnote of this summary.

As if that is not enough, see how our presentation to Hilde (to forward to Ban Ki-moon and the rest), which we also emailed out the same evening and updated for the Demo on Saturday (Independence Day), was interrupted by the news of the shooting in the Presidency's ill-fated meeting at J1.

Therefore, we moved and tried to mobilize South Sudanese population in Nairobi overnight but ended up with none but ourselves (9+1 organizers) on the streets of Nairobi on the second Saturday of July, the day the TGONU's two main SPLM branches were warming up for the second round of the post-independence civil war, instead of celebrating the 5th anniversary of our independence!

Our fellow citizens in Kenya broke our hearts prior to the demo but later blamed us when they saw us live on Nation TV, "You didn't inform us enough." Oh, really? Even today, South Sudanese are still waiting to be informed enough of the dilly-dallying dealings on the Revitalized Agreement by the limping R-TGONU. Keep on spectating what J1 is dictating...

However, the more disappointment ensued when our distress calls on TV, Demo and Petition did not stop the mother of the J1 fights from resuming on the 5th independence boxing day (10th of July) that saw Dr. Riek and his foot soldiers took off, leaving the majority of his cabinet being delivered wholesale to President Salva Kiir Mayardit by Taban Deng Gai.

3- There Was An Independence
While I leave you to enjoy the two videos, and the Petition link attached herewith, I have also summed up the day with a poem, titled: 'There Was An Independence!'
In the Year of the Lord, Anno Domini
We united to separate on a queue of domino
There was an Independence!
The year was Two Thousand and Eleven
And the month was its Number Seven
There was an Independence!
My Baby Nation was born from the North on the Ninth
My baby poem was borne on its anniversary that's ninth
There was an Independence!
But look at what's happening now!
The World and ancestors that brought us here are like "wow"!
There was an Independence!
Today, no 9th celebration: there is Covid-19 virulence!
But deep underneath runs a political violence
There was an Independence!
On the 8th and 7th anniversaries, no celebration: No Money!
On the 6th anniversary, the commemoration went phoney
There was an Independence!
On her 5th birthday, No. 666 was devilishly validated
And more than 600 young bodies were cascaded!
There was an Independence!
At the moment, the cheated public is in this dilemma
Must we really unite to ignite a Second Republic drama?
There was an Independence!
Book: AssAssiNat!on! (2nd Edition)
Poet: Jon Pen de Ngong
1- DEMONSTRATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI4m23YyNrg&app=desktop
2- NTV TALK SHOW: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QQt5tPwYgWE
3- PETITION: https://weakleak.wordpress.com/…/a-10-man-for-10-million-m…/
NB: The two videos are also downloaded as viewable here...
Jon Pen de Ngong (on behalf of Daniel Your Deng, Dak Both and other activists).

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