SANTINO WAL MIYOM– In a move that could endanger the lives of many and cause unimaginable instability and carnage, Internal Service Bureau Director-General Akol Koor Kuc has become the trigger for instability in the Greater Jonglei and the Pibor Administrative Area. Sources in Pibor Administrative Area has confirmed the supply of heavy arms and ammunitions by South Sudan’s National Security Internal Bureau Director-General Akol Koor Kuc.
According to sources who requested anonymity, on Monday 11th May, an SSPDF chopper full of small arms and ammunition was loaded in Juba and flown to Pibor Town.
A national security staff on a mission in Pibor who chose to be named John for security reasons confirmed the allegation in an exclusive interview with the Northern Corridor Morning Post on Sunday.
“Yes, I can admit that a SSPDF chopper was loaded with heavy (ammunitions). I can say the arms and ammunitions, with directives from our National Security director-general for the internal bureau, arrived in Pibor. It left Juba at around noon on Monday, and reached us here in Pibor in late evening hours” said John
However, John said he knows nothing or little about the agenda behind the support from the national government to Pibor.
“I know little about such arrangements, but according to my understanding, the move is politically-driven to engage some communities to be busy fighting their fellows is what I say our regime is doing. There are thoughts that some brilliant communities could have an eye for national leadership.
“And thus Kiir’s regime, through the Internal Security Bureau and other apparatus, design ways on how such communities can be engaged, and the only way is to keep them busy by focusing on issues of insecurity, to avoid their focus on national issues” John stressed
Over the years, the National Security Services’ Internal Security Bureau (ISB) has usurped the police and the army’s powers, creating carnage and notoriety that has created governance irresponsibility and lawlessness in the country. The ISB runs the Blue House and other detention centers where those in disagreement with the President are detained without trial.
On 16th May, clashes between armed youth alleged to be from Greater Pibor Administrative area attacked areas of Greater Akobo. The clashes, according to former Bieh State Secretary-General, Daniel Both, left 242 people killed, of which 19 were women. The incident, according to Both, also left 307 people injured on the Lou-Nuer side.
Northern Corridor Morning Post could not confirm the numbers of those killed and injured on the Pibor side owing to poor network connectivity is the entire former Buma State.
Those clashes according to sources on the ground are said to be revenge attacks, following the February onslaught when alleged armed Lou-Nuer youth attacked areas of Greater Pibor, an incident which left nearly 30 people dead and hundreds displaced.
However, according to an activist who chose not to be named, clashes between communities in the Greater Jonglei region continue to surge because of the national government’s activities, either through fanning inter-communal strifes or ignoring the problem altogether.
“I would say if we were to calculate how many people have been killed in fights amongst communities in the Greater Jonglei region, the number could reach thousands by now.
“These local innocent people continue to die because our national government ignores the issue. There is no single day I have heard the leaders sit down to discuss how such issues can be addressed. This tells us that there is a big agenda behind this matter,” said the activist.
In the past, Nuer, Dinka, Anyuak, and Murle communities agreed to form a joint integrated police force that would provide security to herdsmen and passengers in the region.
But the national government overlooked those projects’ resolutions for funding. Yet, it was selling 175, 000 barrel of crude oil per day, apart from non-oil revenues. In its statement released last week, the head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan – David Shearer said the mission was investigating the deadly clashes.
“Our patrol team and civilians peacekeepers on the ground have gathered information from local communities regarding the violence. The information includes testimonies from relatives of some people who were injured, killed and those who fled their homes” said David Shearer
On Sunday last week, the commissioner of the UN Human Rights Commission condemned the attack and called on the national government to arrest and arraign before the court those behind the incident.
“There has been an increase in inter-communal violence in South Sudan, with 658 people killed, 452 wounded and 592 abducted in 2020 alone. About 65 people have been sexually assaulted. I urge the government to ensure measures are put in place, and those behind (these incidences) are prosecuted,” said Michelle Bachelet. A call an activist claimed cannot work in South Sudan, citing that those in power are the ones behind the alleged atrocities.