By Majur Deng Nhial
Since the establishment of the organization named the Greater Bor Community in which it comprises of Bor County, Duk County, and Twi East County in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010; its formation was received with great happiness the way I saw it at the time. The former Governor of Jonglei State Kuol Manyang Juuk honored and welcomed Beny Deng Lueth through a phone call conversation after he won the election! How did he feel? He felt honored, right? Yes, I believe so. It is always my privilege to acknowledge the role played by Deng-Athoi Gatluak, Nhial Kon Chau, Chol Nyok Reech, Mawut Achiek Mach, and Kuol Awan, the man who was credited for successful formation of the GBC when members of Twi Community threatened to leave the election-hall. I did assume the leadership under Beny Deng Lueth would help cementing the broken relationships among our three counties, but in vain through his personal behavior in public fora.
To me, any social medium is more like public restrooms where by anybody can go and excrete bodily waste if deems necessary for a disposal. Beny Deng Lueth keeps ignoring this fact that he is the President for two subdivisions:
1) not-for profit organization since the organization is registered;
2) Presiding the three counties combined in diaspora – USA;
He does not buy the mentioned duties when commenting on Facebook. Mr. President cares less about the commissioned powers, but values his toxic opinions in public the most. We all know in the West, mishandling of information by public officials caused their jobs. This week, he initiated and dropped a controversial suggestion about changing Greater Bor to Jieng of Jonglei since the state now falls under the ownership of the presence three counties. To me, it is a beautiful idea if that what will keep our counties to strive and live harmonious relations, but he executed it in a wrong place because not everyone would appreciate it the way I think of it personally. Beny Deng Lueth has been advised by some of the discussants to pull down the controversial post, yet he refuses to do so at his own discretion. The debate under that subject matter turns the ugliest at his watch! Why does he want such hatred to be sectioned and heaped up as leader in charge?
What if he draws his plan confidentially with the staff members in the organization and later take it to our new appointed Governor Philip Aguer Panyang; the governor will then present it to the state legislative assembly in collaboration with traditional chiefs where it will be voted for the final draft whether it is going to be called Jieng of Jonglei or “Gajaak,” whatever the name that will suit the interest of populous. It should not have been the subject on Facebook; therefore, he is misusing his given powers and he must leave the organization’s leadership.
There have been additional mind-boggling exposures of the organization’s President Deng Lueth Mayom who simply opted to dive his nose into string of scandals, lack of transparency, cover-ups and ethical failures at the highest possible levels of the Greater Bor Community leadership and management.
When a war broke out in December 2013, Beny Deng Lueth had a privilege to hold a conversation with one of the innermost top generals after the rebel controlled Bor and its suburbs. His assertion was that the rebel leader, Gen. Gatdet had to be left alone in the areas he controlled. He was actually in contact with members of Lou Nuer who had access to Gen. Gatdet according to what he told sectional leaders at that time.
A few days later, Beny Deng Lueth wrote on his Facebook that Twi East was not part of Kiir’s Leadership during the crises of coup attempt in Juba, South Sudan. About an hour later that day, the post was pulled down from his Facebook. From that time, Beny Deng Lueth invested most of his time on detainees and what was not a coup! Thanks God that detainees were safe and alive. Beny Deng Lueth took a blind look at the massacre in Bor and he did not say any piteous comment as the leader in charge, but had highly powered sympathy to those massacred in Juba based on what I observed personally in his writings.
He also shared the “classified information” with the unruled group called Dinka Twi East in the United States after he held a conversation with one of the innermost top generals. Dinka Twi East in the United States credited Deng Lueth for the given information and launched a series of attacks against notable Gen. Kuol Manyang, Makuei Lueth, and Malaak Ayuen.
In response, Beny Deng Lueth tried to refute the shared information with the unruled group in his article that was published in the pro-rebel website called South Sudan News Agency; however, his response did not help to silent Dinka Twi East in the United States and everything he shared went viral.
The organization either in part or in whole did not release any public statement condemning the atrocities committed in Bor and Duk counties by the Nuer rebels. Well, this question is still pending at the expense of the Greater Bor in the United States. Mabior Achiek chau, the former leader of Bor County issued a press release condemning the atrocities committed in the area; his issuing a press release did not change the situation on ground, but it did show that the county leadership in diaspora had the same mourning mood as well as those who were vulnerable and disadvantaged at the time of criminal acts and that was why I expected the Great Bor leadership to do the same!
Unless his latest comment appearing on the Facebook is condemned by the organization, I attest and demand the immediate resignation of Mr. Deng Lueth Mayom who has been engaging in the subterfuges. If the organization fails to relieve him from presiding, I have an obligation to file a petition to press Bor County – USA leadership to withdraw its membership from the organization.
# Disclaimer, the content of this article focuses on particular characters and any attempt to generalize it for the benefit of farming hatred is not the responsibility of the author. The author’s contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.borglobe.com/