Ayom Makuei, a bright young lawyer who was shot in the head by ‘Unknown Gunmen’ of Juba, passed on on the eve of the much trumped up ‘Peace Celebration Day’.

Of course, the only officially gazetted news items were the speeches and dances on the desecrated tomb of Dr. John Garang. Those who attempted to share news of violation of peace on such a young man or on the gunmen attacks on Duk, Jalle, Mangalatore, Tore, Wau, Gok, etc. were condemned as ‘peace spoilers’ and recommended to be attended to by those who usually become ‘unknown gunmen’ after the act is executed.

Therefore, I had to abstain from commenting on a ‘Peace Day’ about Moulana Ayom’s assassination because my detailed message would be derailed by the counter-activists hell-bent on propagandizing the public on the verbal decreeing of the total peace by Their Excellencies. However, as good citizens, we must always question any careless death of a fellow citizen, even if killed by some malaria because there is somebody being paid from our public coffers to protect the citizens from diseases.

Collective blame by the public is allowed by the constitution on the authorities. For instance, the Americans are blaming their president, Donald Trump, for inciting racial hatred as most Blacks and other minor races fall victim to police and other known gunmen.

Similarly, if the death of such a young man occurred at night upon returning from the club, and there was an umbrella accusation of club revellers as criminals or ‘niggers’, to use the statement the police boss made in Juba that very week, then any free-speaking citizen is justified to question the government policies and their capacity to provide security to the country as their primary role.

The week before the peace week had seen two blunders by the government that could have a huge boomerang on the local population: the arrest, stigmatization and imprisonment of sex workers and the closing down of nightclubs and killing of a ‘gang of niggers’ (police again). My argument is that any blanket condemnation by those wielding state powers is always detrimental to the innocent people.

Personally, I was devastated by the news of his demise in the hands of the ‘unknown’ fellow citizens. The shooting of Ayom and his colleagues in a car on their way home by a gunman, who was dressed in an official uniform, is very unfortunate. In countries run on rule of law and genuine peace, the work of the police is to provide protection to such people and establishments, not to have them shot dead or have their livelihoods shut down.

To be more specific, my utter disappointment is especially on the memory of our conversation at South Sudanese Restaurant that the late and I had the day before he left Nairobi for Juba two years ago. Joking about his safety in Juba, he said his main worry was finding a well-deserving job, not the so-called ‘unknown gunmen’. My caution on him was actually those so-called unknown gunmen, given the fact that he was by that moment living in the house of Gen. Mac Paul as he used to occasionally drive him around in Nairobi.

This young man was an orphan whose father, the late Makuei Khor, donated his life to the Liberation Movement (under SPLM/A) as the children were raised under very hard conditions by their mother, Yar Ayom Dor. The late Ayom Makuei was dilligently educated into a modern lawyer from the University of Nairobi by his uncles, the late Amb. Majok Ayom Dor and Gen. Malual Ayom Dor, among others.

Against that brief background, I still maintain that the loser is not only the family but the Republic of South Sudan. So, somebody is really betraying this nation by killing either directly or by negligence its future generation.

Back to the D-Day messaging, I actually read up to 5 posts from my fellow youth, who were ‘celebrating’ in Juba, and who obviously (even ‘enviously’) lashed out at the “Paytriots paid by Khawaja (TROIKA) to spoil our peace.” From these ‘good boys’, bitterness is almost, as always, in the tone of “death to them who betray our nation!” This article is likely to be definitely classified under that category of ‘those tarnishing the image of the nation’. The officially enhanced narrative is that the ones protesting these kiilings, corruption and immorality are the ‘enemies of the people’, not the real perpetrators being condemned.

However, one puzzling observation about this ‘pro-leaders defence league’, the real ‘paytriots’, is that up to 5 of the hate posts were put up (as usual) by our Diaspora returnees, the so-called ‘Lost Boys’, majority of whom are the architects of the state-sponsored terror that is now keeping our refugee returnees aloof, a real threat to a lay people’s peace in South Sudan.

On seeing this vitriol from the sycophants’ resistance against the real peace picture that the leaders need to know from the ground, my heart bleeds! And I am left wondering what the West, which they have now turned into our imaginary enemies, have taught this lot! I would rather those Western universities that churn them out recall them for ‘reality check training’.

It is utterly embarrassing to see our very own ‘liberators’ and their ‘liberated’ turning around to use the very language that displaced them to the West those days: ‘Khawaja collaborators’!

I mean, it is beyond hypocritical for a young man in Juba, and whose village members were burying the dead on the same day, to attempt to force the world into believing that the 6-hour paper-based peace celebration and self-worshipping ceremony (say ‘cere-money’) of the region’s dictators, some of whom ICC candidates and pre-candidates, or of the Hybrid Court, means total peace!

In conclusion, I am (we are) not against peace; rather we are for the Revitalized ARCISS, hence for its critical implementstion, and against that hypocritical show of it. You know the benchmark of any true peace is peace itself, including peace of mind from posting or reading this opinion. Again, true peace is one where there is no killing of our young Ayoms on the altar of peace as feast lambs!

Rest in peace Comrade Ayom Makuei and my cousins who were killed in Jalle, Duk and elsewhere on the peace day.

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