By Deng Dekuek*
November 28, 2013 (SSNA) — His Excellency, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Washington D.C., USA should stop writing opinion articles in all mediums altogether and especially on the Internet. He is an embarrassment! On November 25, Ambassador Obongo penned an embarrassing article for a man of his stature, for the Sudan Tribune where he got all his facts wrong.
His Excellency wrote that:
(1) “Murle population is estimated at 85,000 according to the disputed census of 2010.”
This is shocking because it appears, not only that the Deputy Chief does not know when the census took place, he does not even know the demographics of his own people. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (ssnbs.org), the population of Murle was 148,475 at the time of the census, which was conducted in 2008 NOT 2010.
(2) “In 2010 after the Republic of South Sudan gain (sic) independence…”
This is mind numbing and a bad joke that is not funny if this was an attempted humour. This indicates a genuine lack of knowledge on behalf of His Excellency because the world knows that South Sudan gained independence on the 9th of July 2011 NOT 2010.
If the Deputy Chief of Mission does not know the year in which the country he represents, at a very high-level, gained independence maybe he should not be serving. Dhanojak Obongo should stop embarrassing South Sudan with such writings and focus on his work or he should be fired, period.
* The author is a columnist for the New Sudan Vision (www.newsudanvision.com)