Are Collo going to be another type of Palestine who at best is under occupation and at worse refugees in camps and settlements?
I use the above title for lack of a better title but mind is just giving you a honest reflection on what is happening on the ground and its short and long term impinge on Collo future if we continue to drag our feet and exhaust our energies on wrangling and fail to seriously address the two most pressing issues namely the non- Collo IDPs in Podhi Collo and the demarcation of the boarders between Collo and their neighbors. It is time for Collo to get off their necks and address these issues.
This reflection is based on my meditation on two accounts posted on Pachodo.org, one by wad Awang on behalf of Mr. Daniel Amum who reported that Pajor community was prevented by Cdr. George Athor from constructing a police station and were forced to return to Doleib Hill with the materials, and also that Adhidhyang community were told by the Nuer?s IDPs in their land that peace did not come for them (Nuer?s IDPs). The second account is taken from Carlo James article posted in response to uncle Ogilo where Carlo had this to say ?On the administrative part, the commissioner who had to go to Malakal due to some border disputes with the Dinkas of Akoko, delegated the Executive Director to receive the items on his behalf.?
The two gentlemen in the above-bolded quotations have directly or indirectly allotted to the boarders problems between Panyikang County and Kourpulus County (Ngong-Jieng) in Lwak region and between Fashoda County and Akoko County (Dingjwol) in Gaar region. What did not surface yet is the dispute over Malakal city, and all the Collo land on the eastern bank, which the Ngog-Jeing claims to be theirs, in addition to the anticipated dispute over the boards with Southern Kordofan and the White Nile.
In my article titled ? The western Equatoria Syndrome? published by Sudan Tribune online in April last year, I had argued that the similar Dinka Bor repatriation from WES should be replicated by GOSS all over South Sudan to avoid the same unnecessary bloodshed between the IDPs and the indigenous people coming back to their homes.
I argued the urgency of the relocation of the IDPs from the Shilluk Kingdom especially from Panyidway, but I sounded like a voice in the wilderness. Thanks to Brother Daniel Amum whom I appreciate for motivating me to heave my voice again and hopely this time I will inspire some concern Collo to move for action.
I ask for the repatriation of the IDPs from Panyidway area and ask the neighboring tribes to stop meddling in the Collo affairs, cease scorching into Podhi Collo and stop impeding the development in Podhi Collo.
The IDPs are a major threat to the security of the local citizens and a big stumbling block that impede the development and destabilize the region. Therefore, the commissioners of the four Collo counties must work hard to spread the sovereignty over their territories. While we all play our roles in the defense of our land, I believe that our commissioners, members of the parliament and all Collo in position of authority should take the lead and take the footsteps of the former Fashoda County commissioner and give priority to settling the land dispute with our neighbors and with no compromise. No peace without land.
It is known that Banglaay is our boarders with Padang (Ngog-Jieng) and Barbwoj (8 miles form the river) is our boarders with Nyarial or the Khourpulus?s Dinka so Cdr George Athur should not be allowed to terrorize the people and create unnecessary insecurity. Cdr George should first apologize and seek forgiveness for the Anagdyer?s massacre where he murdered innocent women and children in the Nineties. We should forgive and move on but not on the Collo expense. Sometimes back the Ngog-jieng of Upper Nile in a petition challenged Dr. Lam Akol, Mr. Pagan Amum and Cdr. Oyay Deng to dispute the Dinka ownership to Malakal City, I think it time now for these gentlemen to set the records straight and help the Collo in this serious issue.
Folks we are surrounded with challenges on the northern region (Gaar) we have Dingjwol, Bwony and Dhongo and on the southern region (Lwak) we have Ngog-Jieng and Nuers IDPs, this issue should not be taken light as the land is what we are. If Cdr. George is going to behave like SAF?s malicious commanders then Collo should sign a petition asking for the replacement of George from the Upper Nile SPLA?s command. I bid George is not acting alone and this is just testing the water to read the Collo?s pulse, see how high our pressure goes and what heavy guns we will pull out. Well, we need to let George know that he should not play with fire, so please share this with your family, friends and neighbors. It time for Collo to ask for their fair share in GOSS so that we will be represented in Juba and partake in decision-making. Next month when SAF withdraw from Upper Nile and redeploy North of 1956 South ? North boarders Adhidhyang community should be able to go back home and if any community feel that their peace has not yet come, then they need to be relocated to secure localities in their counties or state; otherwise their existence should be taken as occupation that must be dealt with properly. The IDPs allegation that their peace has not yet come is absolutely baloney. Starting from July we want Podia Cello to be militia free and Malakal the safest city in the South, therefore I remind President Kiir to keep his promise and bring Gabriel Tang to books. As Collo we must hold the Collo Janjaweed accounted for the entire setback in our land and should not accept such people to rule in Malakal.This article is a meager attempt to stimulate the knowledgeable Collo to pick up the boarders issue and enlighten the larger community on Podhi Collo boarders.
Kwathi Wad Akol
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