Unsung Heroes Seek to Steal the Show from the SPLM
By MAJOK NIKODEMO AROU *
Posted to the web on 28 April 2006
AS age began to tell on the King of Forest, the lion
was getting so frail that he could no longer lay claws
easily on preys. Yet his fierce looks and wits remain.
The predator decided to invite his long time friend
Mr. Fox, who got vexed about what would be intentions
of the king Lion.
The fox was a little bit perturbed about such an
invitation, because he has not recently met his
redoubtable friend. Moreover, he was so anxious about
the past monkey business affairs which the aging King
had assigned him to perform.
Most of the feats were accomplished, others were
pending. Anyway, he decided to go to the lion’s den.
The fox greeted the lion, who was not paying attention
when he entered. The majesty might have been
daydreaming, or reminiscent about the past. However,
the fox had realised that the king was in a way or
another in trouble.
So he tipped him that all his subjects were still
loyal and under his directives. Nevertheless, those
reassuring words meant nothing to the old lion, who
had not caught any prey for the last two days.
The fox wondered as he could not see the servants and
slaves. Apparently, the slaves and servants fled when
the ailing and elderly king was loosing grip on power
and could not even provide them food. Even more, the
loyal ones disappeared.
The sympathetic fox suggested that he saw a donkey in
vicinity of the den. So he promised the lion that he
could lure and drag him into the den.
Then, he left the lion and went to coax the donkey to
come down to the den of the old king. The fox alleged
the lion has decided to step down. Of course, the fox
used hoax and crux to convince the donkey that he was
the sole legitimate heir to the throne.
As the euphoric donkey arrived to the den, he was
immediately attacked by the hungry lion. But the
vigorous donkey managed to flee with ear bleeding.
Confounded, he asked the fox why the lion attacked him
and cut his ear. The fox replied that he was being
groomed so that the royal crown would be fixed on his
head. The long ears could hinder that, he wittily
The naïve donkey accepted the explanation. When he had
another ear cut, the fox was ready with same
The simple minded determined donkey, who was so eager
to be a king, entered into the den for the third time.
He had his tail cut by the lion, who could not at this
stage overpower his vigorous would be prey.
At long last the waning donkey became suspicious about
the actual intentions of the lion. Nonetheless, the
sweet-tongued fox hurriedly explained that he could
not sit on the royal chair with the long tail. So it
should be trimmed and groomed so that he sat on the
The ambitious donkey accepted the explanation and
returned to the den where he was given a final deadly
Now, the handful of unsung heroes, whom are being
groomed to steal the show from the SPLA/M, flay the
New Sudan slogan and talk about the referendum by 2011
without even joining hands with the SPLM to clear
obstacles being posed to scupper it when time comes.
Instead, they should assist the SPLM and look into
serious border issues which were inflicted by Khartoum
Governments, notably the current Government of
National Unity (GONU), which still continues to trim
the South Sudan borders. These daylight robberies are
being exercised behind its partner in the Government
of National Unity the SPLM.
Pan Thaw (allegedly renamed as Heglig) was the last
area annexed to the North. The reason behind that ill
decision was, of course, oil. It could be seen in the
light of depriving the South from lucrative oil
revenues whether the country is united or not.
For the benefit of readers, Pan Thaw is located in the
North West of the oil rich region of Bentiu.
Even Wad Kona, an area in northern part of Upper Nile
had its borders altered in 1990s, because of gum!!
The area North of Kafia Kanji in Raja, namely Hufrat
Al Nihas, rich with copper and other minerals, was
annexed to the North Sudan during military leader
General Aboud in 1960s.
This exercise of border demarcation game has been
continuing for quite a long time. In 1980, President
Numeiri issued a decision to annex areas of Raja,
Bentiu and Renk to the North- the government and
people of South Sudan stood firm to resist the
decision. Students across the south took to the
streets. So Numeiri was forced to revoke his decision.
In a related development, an MP in the regional
government in Juba in 1980, made a barbed remark,
wondering why Numeiri did not annex Kapoeta, a gold
rich area near Kenyan border to North Sudan!
Indeed, Numeiri stooped to conquer as he later devised
a malicious scenario to abrogate the Addis Accord in
order to ignite a civil war, which raged for 22 years,
claiming two million lives.
The unsung heroes, who claim the North is ready for
separation, should ask themselves these questions: why
does it trim South Sudan borders? Why should it enlist
the Southern Sudanese militias in the ranks of its
army? Why does it to date withhold funds from the
Government of South Sudan (it only released a fracture
of the agreed amounts).
Unfortunately, at behest of some elements in the GONU,
the self asserted unsung heroes vehemently flay the
legacy of late leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior, when
they maintain that the New Sudan means another war.
They shamelessly went so far to say, “If Garang had
not died, war would have erupted in the South.”
Would border issues in Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazal,
including the standing issue of Abei and others not
lead to another fresh war if not tackled properly
despite absence of Garang?!
Beyond shadow of doubt, the legacy of Garang is
inextricable from that of the SPLM. It would be
cynical to assume otherwise.
It seems that the lacklustre unsung heroes are
unknowingly or rather intentionally set to stifle the
progress of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)
with overt backup from some influential elements in
the National Congress Party (NCP).
When would they question who is a joker player behind
hampering of the de-mining efforts south of Juba city,
and who is trying to block Juba-Yei road to impede
trade flow with the neighbouring countries.
Another baffling major question remains: whether the
NCP will honour 1956 South Sudan border is yet to be
seen by 2011.
If the affluent unsung heroes do not ask such
questions to help identify a culprit, they would be
like bald men arguing over a comb.
This exercise of south-ward border extension game has been continuing for quite a long time. The area North of Kafia Kanji in Raja, namely Hufrat Al Nihas, rich with copper and other minerals, was annexed to the North Sudan during the military rule of General Abboud in the 1960s. Pan Thaw (renamed as Heglig) was annexed to the North in late 1970s. The reason was oil. Pan Thaw is located in the North West of the oil rich region of Bentiu. In 1980, President Numeiri issued a decision to annex areas of Raja, Bentiu and Renk to the North- the government and people of South Sudan stood firm to resist the decision. Wad Kona, an area in northern part of Upper Nile had its borders altered in the 1990s, because of the gum.