JUBA – Politicians from Mayom county of South Sudan’s Unity state have reconciled through efforts of opposition politician and leader of South Sudan Liberation Movement Bapiny Manytuil Wijang, according to a statement extended to Sudans Post.
Since 2018, differences have been ongoing between certain politicians and military leaders in the state following the arrest and unlawful detention of General Buay Rolnyang, who was arrested in Mayom following accusations that he was planning to defect to the opposition.
In a statement extended to Sudans Post this morning, Chan Mut Turoah, a spokesman for opposition leader General Bapiny said the Bul politicians have reconciled in an effort exerted by Manytuil himself.
“It is with great pleasure to inform the public that the individuals within Bul Community who were holding grudges against each other have finally reconciled under successful Mediation of Lt. Gen. Bapiny Manytuil Wejang, The Chairman and commander in chief of South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A) and the head of military and security coordinator for South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA),” he said in the statement.
“This initiative didn’t come to success overnight but it was rather a gradual process and long journey since he had decided to take a lead in moving his community toward peaceful co-existence. LT. Gen. Bapiny Manytuil Wejang started this process by reconciling himself in 2018 upon his return from Sudan with those who thought were holding grudges against him,” the statement added,
“He later came to resolve the disputes between Stephen Buoy Rolnyang and Maj. Gen. Mathew Puljang Top which was seen as impossible and unachievable by the people of greater Mayom but through his conflicts mitigation strategies and experiences in resolving disputes, he managed to bring the two brothers together again. He also took a lead in bringing his brother Shiek Abdun Gatjiek who left his camp during the initialing of the revitalize peace agreement in Sudan.
“This experiences have given the entire Bul Community enough confident and trust in Lt. Gen Bapiny Manytuil Wejang as someone who can take a lead in bringing his community together for peace, stability and harmony.
“This idea of peace Building and reconciliation among Bul came from Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime, The presidential Advisor for national security affairs and Chairman of National Transitional Committee (NTC) and Chairperson of Sudan Peace Mediation committee and Lt. Gen. Bapiny Manytuil Wejang himself.
“LT. Gen Bapiny Manytuil Wejang was given the full mandate by Hon. Tut Gatluak to lead the process of peace and reconciliation among the Bul Community as well as the neighboring communities of Bentiu and Bahr El Gazal region. Hon. Tut Gatluak will take a lead in mobilizing the funds to facilitate the ongoing peace initiative.
“To let a community into reconciliation and forgiveness, you must first have a heart that is full of courage and confident. You must first forgive yourself first in order to go forward with a clean and open heart and mind that’s solution oriented and more receptive to new ideas on conflicts resolutions.
“This peace initiative shall pave a way for development and stability in greater Mayom as well as to our neighbouring communities in Bentiu and the entire Bahr El Gazal region.
“The 2013 war have created a huge vacuum of division and conflicts of interest among Bul youth, politicians, military generals and other eminent personalities, Therefore, there’s a need for them to reunite and come together to reconcile and forgive the mistakes of the past. if South Sudan is at peace now why not Mayom and Bentiu? “