January 4, 2016 (SSNA) — The Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) protests the illegal imposition of establishment of 28 states in South Sudan without citizens’ consultation. ASSD believe that such a move is a direct violation and derailment of the signed peace agreement whereby only 10 states were the basis of shared governance between the two warring parties and we believe that this is done to reinforce the tribal solidarity agenda.
Given the latest development from Juba led government in appointing 28 state governors, it is obvious, President Kiir does not care about the lives of innocent South Sudanese and ASSD believes that the priority for South Sudan and its suffering citizens is peace and stability and followed by decentralization of powers in promotion of developmental initiatives at local levels. ASSD believes that having a big government is not the answer at this point given all credible data of human suffering across South Sudan with millions relying heavily on the mercy of humanitarian agencies and good will of faith-based organizations.
ASSD call on IGAD countries, United Nations, Troika countries (USA, UK and Norway), China, Australia, Canada and Russia to intervene in safeguarding humanity as President Kiir has failed to protect and serve the interest of all citizens. ASSD is concerned and would like to inform the world about the invisible hands behind President Kiir’s mismanagement of South Sudan with an agenda of silencing and control other minority tribes in South Sudan.
ASSD squarely blame the current mess in South Sudan on the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE-Dinka) and rogue, semi-retired commanders who helped recruit the tribal militias who were responsible for the onslaught of the innocent South Sudanese in Juba and beyond. We believe that JCE primary objective is to establish a tribal state whereby Jieng interest surpasses collective interest of all South Sudanese. JCE was formed in mid-2013 with 77 representatives from all the Dinka clans to further tribal interests and directly protect the presidency by misleading innocent Dinka civilians at the state levels by instill fearing on them that Jieng Interest is at crossroad and also use past tribal conflicts as recruitment tools and solidify tribal cohesion.
ASSD urge all caring and concerned citizens of South Sudan in the United States to call out President Kiir and JCE to protest and show their discontentment with Kiir-led government in Juba, South Sudan by calling on the world to urge President Kiir to implement the signed peace agreement and reverse the recent decree that was passed without citizens’ consultation and input.
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