Ajak Unapologetic in Latest Rebuke of Kiir Government
Exiled South Sudanese activist Peter Biar Ajak remains unapologetic in his criticism of the government of President Salva Kiir, dismissing the government’s latest rebuttal of his comments as “nonsense.”
In a YouTube video posted on Sunday, Ajak doubled down on his commentary about an unpublished manuscript titled “A Bloody Nile” that contains scandalous claims about Kiir’s leadership. Ajak has been citing the manuscript in recent online videos and social media posts to attack Kiir’s character and record as president.
On Saturday, Kiir’s press secretary issued a statement accusing Ajak of using the unpublished book to “launch a barrage of insults” against the president. The statement disputed the book’s claims and argued it was propaganda by enemies of the state. It also referenced an apology letter Ajak wrote to Kiir in May admitting “error.”
In his video response, Ajak rejected the government’s assertions and said his previous apology was insincere and never accepted by Kiir anyway.
“You know what that apology was never accepted so you know now we are backing out to the trenches,” Ajak declared. “This time there is never going to be any apology.”
Ajak proceeded to repeat and expand upon the most scandalous claims in the mystery manuscript, including accusations that Kiir is an alcoholic, serial thief, sex maniac and witchcraft practitioner. He argued the country has been “orphaned” of leadership under Kiir.
“We have to be very serious, this is no longer a time when we are going to be talking to please some individuals or to please their egos. That time is gone,” Ajak said. “What we are here is to engage in the truth because the only thing that will set this country free is the truth.”
The back-and-forth stems from longtime tensions between Ajak, an outspoken government critic, and Kiir, who had Ajak jailed in 2018. Ajak is now based in the United States where he continues to speak out against South Sudan’s leadership via social media and YouTube.
With Kiir planning to run for re-election in 2024, Ajak appears even more emboldened to challenge the president’s legitimacy. The latest episode reveals the deep distrust between the two men and suggests conditions for reconciliation remain elusive.