Letter To President Kiir From Abyei Community In Diaspora

"Your Excellency, the enemies of peace and tranquility in South Sudan are working tirelessly to ensure the continuation of its destruction of the hard-won independence of South Sudan."

 

Abyei Community in the Diaspora 03/01/2016 His Excellency Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit President of the Republic of South Sudan...

ABYEI NGOK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION IN THE U.S.·THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016

We, the Abyei Ngok Communities in the Diaspora in USA, Canada, Australia, Egypt, Finland and Europe are writing to Your Excellency this letter to express our feelings and concerns about the stalemate in the final status of Abyei area after the community referendum held in October 2013 and the increasing voices in the government of South Sudan describing people of Abyei as not South Sudanese. It was under your leadership that the People of South Sudan have seen the light after years of struggle by having the hard-won independence in July 2011.

We commend your bravery and leadership in bringing the people of South Sudan to their promised land in 2011 referendum. It is on the basis of the leadership that Your Excellency have provided in unifying the people of South Sudan during difficult times of their struggle and referendum that we the Abyei Communities in Diaspora have been keen to raise awareness among our citizens whether in Diaspora or in our homeland South Sudan about the challenges facing Your Leadership and to unite in supporting Your Leadership to bring peace and stability in our beloved South Sudan. For that to happen, we must come together as one people and one nation.

Your Excellency, the enemies of peace and tranquility in South Sudan are working tirelessly to ensure the continuation of its destruction of the hard-won independence of South Sudan. It is imperative that peace and unity of people of South Sudan are the only means with which we can defeat the enemies of South Sudan and to restore dignity of our people. In the light of these challenges, we the Abyei communities in Diaspora stand firmly behind your leadership as the only way to resolving all challenges facing our young nation including the final status of Abyei area.

Since the conduct of Abyei community referendum in October 2013 that Your Excellency generously supported by allowing the sons and daughters of Abyei area who are working with the Government of South Sudan to participate in the referendum, some individuals in the key positions in the government of South Sudan started making negative statements by the people of Abyei area and the outcome of the their referendum. Some stated that the outcome of the referendum will not be accepted not only by the Government of Sudan but also by the Government of South Sudan and some described people of Abyei as not South Sudanese. Some civil servants who were released to take part in Abyei referendum were not reinstated in their previous positions in some ministries and some have been deliberately dismissed from their key positions in public service.

Also it has wrongly been reported in the media that Your Excellency has indicated that you will not appoint Mr Deng Alor because he is not a South Sudanese as he hails from Abyei area.

Despite these concerns after the conduct of the community referendum, all ten states of South Sudan and the entire people of South Sudan applauded the bold and overwhelming and almost unanimous decision of the people Abyei area to confirm that they are part and parcel of South Sudan. We were even reassured that Your Excellency was keen to allow our national parliament to endorse the outcome of Abyei community referendum.

We were also delighted by Your Excellency Presidential Order for the Establishment of Abyei Area Administration with special status under the direct supervision of Your Excellency and in accordance with the provisions of Article 97 of the South Sudan Transitional Constitution, 2005. Equally, the Government of South Sudan has been allocating special budget for the running of the administration and provisions of social services to the people of Abyei area.

Even the Presidential Order for the creation of 28 states, Abyei Area has been recognized to enjoy special administrative status under the Office of Your Excellency and in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the decision of Abyei Arbitration Tribunal Award, July 2009.

We were more than reassured by your commitment to the cause of Abyei area, not only of your personal attachment to the area but also the comradely relations you developed and nurtured with freedom fighters from Abyei in the first and second civil war.

Importantly and unlike other leaders in South Sudan, Your Excellency decided to have your own farm in Abyei and that shows the highest symbol of your attachment to the land of Ngok Dinka of Abyei area. Above all, Your Excellency once said, “If, people of South Sudan give up on Abyei, we as the people of Bhar El-Gazal will remain in the battle along with the people of Abyei”. That Statement your Excellency is an exemplary of a great leadership and your unwavering commitment to the final resolution of the status of Abyei area.

These concerns as elaborated above and the impasse in finding the final solution to the issue of Abyei area that let us to write this letter to Your Excellency.

There is a growing concern and despair among the Abyei communities in Diaspora and in Abyei area that some individuals in key positions in the Government of South Sudan are pushing the agenda of compromising Abyei area and its people and even the other border areas to win the good relations with President Bashir of Sudan.

Your Excellency, we the Abyei communities in Diaspora are aware the political, economical and diplomatic pressures for South Sudan to normalize its relations with Sudan but such normalization of relations should not be at the expense of some fundamental issues such as the final status of Abyei area and disputed border areas.

While we applaud your bold decision of signing and implementing peace accord as the only path for unity and stability in South Sudan, we would like to share with Your Excellency the following:

Although it is a constitutional reality that people of Abyei area are citizens of South Sudan, we would appreciate if the Office of the President would come out with clear statement to reassure the members of Nine Ngok Chiefdoms of Abyei area that they have an inalienable right to enjoy South Sudanese citizenship and nationality and all rights and freedoms guaranteed by this constitution as provided for in Article 97 (4) (a) of Transitional Constitution, 2011. This is extremely important so as to alley fears and despair among the people of Abyei area that they have been disowned by their brothers and sisters in South Sudan.

While we would not want Your Excellency to take similar decision like that of President Putin of Russia in effecting into law the decision of the people Crimea to join Russia in a community referendum similar to that of Abyei community referendum, we would appreciate if Your Excellency could allow the parliament to endorse the outcome of Abyei community referendum. His Excellency could then use the decision of the Parliament to convince President Bashir to accept the choice of people of Abyei area to be part and parcel of South Sudan given the fact that Sudan has not only recognized the outcome of the referendum of people of Crimea but also the decision of Russia to annex Crimea to Russia.

His Excellency could use as well the decision of the parliament to pressurize the African Union to convince Sudan to accept the outcome of the referendum of the people of Abyei.

As some sons and daughters of Abyei area in public service have been illegally and unjustifiably removed from their positions after participating in the conduct of Abyei referendum, we would appreciate if Your Excellency could issue clear directives to reinstate the aggrieved individuals to their former positions.

Given the deteriorating health situation, the challenging educational conditions in Abyei area and the urgent need to support the return of the Ngok Dinka to their home areas in safety and dignity, we would appreciate if Your Excellency could engage President Bashir of Sudan to release the 2% oil revenue share of Abyei oil proceeds to the people of Abyei area through Abyei Area Administration or directly through their traditional authority.

As we appreciate the efforts being exerted by the Abyei Area Administration and the traditional authority to normalize relationship with Misseriyia, we would appreciate if Your Excellency could request the African Union to release the Investigation Report about the assassination of Paramount Chief Kuol Deng. His Excellency could use the outcome of this report as the basis of engaging President Bashir to encourage the two communities to normalize and cement their relations under direct oversight of the two Presidents.

We would appreciate if Your Excellency could put more pressure on the Ethiopian peace keeping forces in UNISFA to carry their duty diligently and to protect the civilians from the criminals and those who called themselves Sudanese Armed forces and.

Last but not least, we would appreciate if Your Excellency could pay a visit to Abyei area as such visit will have not only a far reaching impact on reassuring the people of Abyei area of your unwavering commitment to the issue of Abyei but also to restore their hope for a better future.

In conclusion, Your Excellency, the future of Abyei area rests in the hands of Your Excellency and we are confident that Your Excellency will do whatever is possible to consider the aforementioned suggestions to restore hope and to ensure the resolution of the final status of Abyei area under your leadership. We will continue to support Your Leadership as Your Excellency is keen on uniting our people, putting South Sudan on path of peace and stability as well as your determination to resolve the final status of the people of Abyei area as they unanimously decided in their referendum in October 2013.

Your Excellency, the main interest of the Ngok Dinka is to govern themselves, develop their area, grow their food, educate their children, rebuild their homes, develop their economy as well as contribute in nurturing and cementing the relationship and to become a constructive force for peaceful coexistence, and cooperation between Sudan and South Sudan.

God bless South Sudan under Your Leadership to be united, peaceful, and prosperous with good relations with all its neighbors, particularly Sudan and the international community.

Long live the struggle of the people of Abyei for their final status and long live the struggle of people of South Sudan for peace, unity, stability and prosperity.

Sincerely yours,

Abyei Ngok Community in the Diaspora

Simon M Aloor Kuol

Chairperson of the Abyei Ngok Community Association of the USA

716-381-1610

Address…

Kwal0001@gmail.com

 

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