MP Urges GOSS Intervention to Prevent Conflicts

Other reasons he cited are properties, houses
including land seized during war and that these
should be returned to their rightful owners. He said
the issue of cattle in Equatoria was easy to resolve
if the owners who are well-placed in the Government
of South Sudan and warlords commanders agreed to
relocate. He decried the tribal tendencies which
influence political representation at the national,
South Sudan States and other levels where some
people claim absolute right. "Though it is not easy
to represent everybody, certain states should not be
totally marginalized in the allocation of
ministerial portfolios," he reiterated.

Date: 5th February 2007

By Edward Ladu Terso*

Member of the Interim Legislative Assembly of the Government of South Sudan and SPLM Member, Hon. Oliver Mori Benjamin, told Khartoum Monitor yesterday that the Government of South Sudan should move to contain some of the problems causing conflict in the region. He cited the re-naming of villages during the liberation war era which he said must be abolished in favor of the original names. He said such renaming made IDPs reluctant to return to their original homes.

On the issue of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), he said the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) has taken the right step to mediate because at the time when the LRA were ready for talks, some Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) elements were instigating them and their militias to wage war against South Sudan. He said in the June Juba-Mongalla road incident, the three militias who were killed happened to be members of SAF and not the LRA. He also questioned why SAF or NCP militias are operating against southerners to prove that they are still worth supporting and why some NCP southern militias were still occupying government houses in South Sudan up to now.

On corruption in South Sudan, he said, "it can not be taken as a failure of Southerners to govern themselves since corruption is a world plague to be minimized through responsible government institutions and apparatus."

He said the consequences of corruption are grave and that in democratic societies, corruption leads to change of governments through elections and in totalitarian and dictatorial oppressive regimes, "corruption and domination plus enslavement of others lead to revolts, coups, uprisings and KOKORA or secession like in Tobago and Trinidad, East Timor, Ethiopia and Eritrea and now in the Sudan, the right for South Sudanese to self-determination as embodied in the CPA for Southerners."

"We need to remind ourselves as Southerners of why we decided to divide the 6,000 Anyanya combatants after 1972 equally, where Bahr El Ghazal, Upper Nile and Equatoria, had a share of 2,000 soldiers each regardless of who bore the brunt of the war," he said and added that it was due to a prevalent spirit of unity reigning high among southerners.

But later on, he said, when the Provisional High Executive Council (HEC) and the High Executive Council (HEC) from 1972 and 1974 to 1978 respectively were constituted, they paralyzed all government institutions in southern Sudan because when the level of corruption reached its highest peak and could no longer be swallowed by the oppressed, the result was clear to all in 1983.

"In the Addis Ababa Agreement, the common enemy (the North) at the time knew who was the best instrument to be used to water down the agreement. The Anyanya leadership, in good faith, accepted Nimeri's best man, who had never gone to the bush, to lead the Southerners to the ultimate goal of Northerners," said Hon. Benjamin.

He said it is different with the SPLM/A's CPA because the SPLM/A<

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