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OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, H.E. SALVA KIIR MAYARDIT

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The youth of Bor Community – We, the undersigned concerned youth of Bor Community hereby bring to your attention our community grievances in the way the Shirkat Incident case is being handled.

Being loyal supporters of your Government from the beginning to date, we have felt betrayed by those who have taken advantage of the independent incidence now being used as ploy to settle political interests on the key leaders from our community.

Your Excellency, we want to express our serious concerns on the arrest and humiliation of our brother, Brig. Gen. Majier Abdalla Mabior, who has been a long-term loyal officer from the bush war times to this day. To be more specific, Brig. Majier has the major bond between your government and our diaspora communities and the host community in Uganda. His commitment overrides tribal and regional boundaries. In fact, his personality is the main reason why radical groups have never demonstrated against the government in Uganda, unlike in Kenya, Sudan and America. It is very disappointing to see him being paid back with that harassment by people who have personal motives.

Secondly, we have felt that the incident is being used for profiling our community personalities in the government. We are shocked to see a series of arrests being carried out on key figures even before Your Excellency opens the Report. It seems the officers carrying out the arrests on Brig. Majier Abdalla and Maj. Gen. Garang Akok Adut seems to be drawn from the late Lual Akook Wol’s family letter, and not the Report that is yet to be released by the Presidency. We have also learned of the pending arrests on other members of our community that were mentioned in that letter. If so, then it would be very unfortunate that the Awan Chan’s community is personalizing the case.

It is also noteworthy to remind you that such victimization of our community youth and leaders has been persisting for a long time. We have an endless list of our young intellectuals that have been killed in cold blood, and have never had their cases investigated nor were the perpetrators brought to books. A few examples in this case include Isaiah Abraham (Diing Chan Awuol), John Akuach Jook, Ayor Mach Thiong, Barach Mayen, Paul Ajok Garang, Diing Chol Dau, Manyang Chol Manyang, among others.

Most notably, it is clear from the preemptive arrests that the Committee handling the case is implementing the content of the Shirkat Incident Report from one side of the conflict. The innocent victims from our community that were shot dead in the disputed site also need justice, and we have not seen any arrests on those killer soldiers, who were brought in by Lual-marine. This is a serious challenge on our government that should handle the case fairly. This has led to our community in particular and the nation in general to lose trust in the Report.

Thirdly, we would wish to take this opportunity to warn those individual politicians and communities that are indulging in this case to stay out of it. We are watching the unfolding of the events and taking note of those who are personalizing the case to meet their personal desires. For the sake of our common interest, which is the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, we would not wish such issues to escalate.

In conclusion, we hereby reiterate to Your Excellency and other interest groups in that Gen. Majier Abdalla be given justice, and that the case is taken back to the President’s office. It would not be at our national interest to use the individual case of Lual Akook to victimize our community. This may not be normal if our community is forced into self-defense.

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