SS24 News April 20- 2020
GAJAAK is the name of an enormous and immense Community which encompasses, Cie-reang, Cie-waw, Cie-nyajaani, Cie-chaany, Thiang-baar and Thiang Cie-taar. They for centuries occupied the Eastern part of Upper Nile (Malakal) with their two counties, Mai-wut and Longechuk in South Sudan.
The same Community with the same people went as far as Ethiopia while, some of them are Ethiopia citizens with Gambella their region, where they’re the majority and subsequently followed by the Anyuak. It’s believed that their being in Ethiopia encourages the bilateral ties between the Government of South Sudan and the Government of Ethiopia because it appears, the two countries shared common bone. As it were in Kenya-Tanzania Relationship where you can find the Masai of Kenya and the Masai of Tanzania respectively.
But this aside since this community has its own historians
With affirmation to the leadership of the SPLM-IO under Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon. Gajaak Community in Nairobi-Kenya under the Acting Chairman, Okuor Koat Gach and Riang Thot Nyuon, ( Community Finance Secretary) denounced in the strongest term possible the defection of Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok who hailed from this Community. Though his defection is motivated by personal and political decision.
On 18-4-2020, some individuals from Gajaak Community in Nairobi pledged their allegiance to Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok. And this has encouraged Gajaak community members and its leaders to clarify their stands, of which they’re still loyal to the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) under Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the First Vice President in the R-ARCISS, Chairman and Commander-In-Chief of the SPLM/A (IO).
Also the Community termed the defection of those individuals namely; (Lul Kier Deng, Peter Bachuch Muon, Simon Bachuch Lam and Mun Gony Guandong) as “Individual’s choice in the political turmoil.” But urging the remaining members to standall behind the cause of endeavors.
“We considered their defections from the SPLM-IO to President Salva Kiir as cynical (though it’s individual’s decision), we’re calling upon our sons and daughters of this very Community to be extra careful with this political manipulation in South Sudan, because it serves only to tarnish the dignity of the people.” Said the Community members.
Dak Duop Bichiok is the former Governor of Upper Nile State, Malakal and also he is the former Minister of Petroleum in 2016’s TGONU that collapsed after country’s J1 Dogfight .But on 16th of this Month 2020, Dak defected from the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to the SPLM/SPLA (IG) under President Salva Kiir where he described his former boss Dr. Riek Machar as someone who’s running the IO leadership as “Family Business.”
In lieu of having hailed from Gajaak Community, his people distance themselves from him because he joined Salva Kiir, who they described as the monster that killed more than 20,000 Nuer ethnic group in the year 2013.