Message from the Chairman of SSNMC: To: All opposition groups including G10
Greetings to you all in the name of our savior Jesus Christ. I believe all of us are aware and continue to experience the untold suffering of the people of South Sudan. Man-made famine has engulfed our entire country with more severity reported in Upper Nile State. But of recent we have also heard reports that our people are dying from famine even in the home State of the President, Warrap State.
While people are dying of famine, South Sudan Government is purchasing antinovs and guns of mass destruction instead of buying food to feed the hungry. There is bombardment of villages, killing and rapping of innocent civilians.
The humanitarian and security crisis is beyond comprehension with millions of people seeking protection in neighboring countries and in the United Nations Protection of Civilians Centre inside the country. There are numerous human rights watchdogs’ reports warning of looming genocide.
There are extra-judicial killings by the secret agents. There is no freedom of speech and association. The
economy and social order have crumbled. Physical infrastructure has fallen apart, road networks deteriorated and transport or movement of goods/services and persons grounded to a halt.
The agenda for nation-building has been abandoned, leadership for common good has been forsaken, there is no social cohesion, and so South Sudanese are disintegrating into their ethnicities.
The Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) has been intentionally trashed or derailed, with no intention to renegotiate it to make it more inclusive and bias. The geopolitics of the region is affecting the speedy resolution to the conflict. The list goes on.
Amidst this untold suffering our people are resilient. They want us leaders to come together and get this matter sorted out so that they can all return to their normal lives. To make this happen, I solely believe we need to compose ourselves.
We need to coordinate, consult, collaborate and cooperate as a united opposition to the Government. We need a
concerted effort of all oppositions and circumvent by all means and costs any sort of friction. We must do everything possible to evade falling into the trap of “ethnic superiority” or the psychology of “superiority
The geopolitics in the region is very complicated that if we don’t play it prudently, we will jeopardize any effort we are aiming to achieve. We need to understand why our neighbors behave, so that we draw a clear
agenda to address the concerns of the people of South Sudan and also the reasons that drive such interventions.
By doing so, we will eschew emotional reactions and handle matters rationally, with care and diligence.
Let us also use media prudently because media is like a double-edged sword.
The best approach for all of us is to join hands and forge a new direction (road map) to change the governance system in Juba. Our supporters and friends would like to hear that a round table conference is held for all oppositions to agree to collaborate and work jointly while respecting each other establishment in case we decide not to merge.
I am calling for all of us (oppositions) to have a discussion about formation of coalition of South Sudan oppositions. Consultations between us is paramount, as we are all in the same boat, in which if one opposition group fails, it is a failure for all of us.
I am sure we are all aware of the politics of “divide and rule”. Let us avoid past mistakes by accepting and recognizing the strength of each other and move-on as a united opposition to deliver liberty, justice and prosperity to the all people of South Sudan who have longed for these for the last 60 years.
Let us avoid the dirty politics of master Vs slave. We should also avoid at least for now which position we hold or fighting for. It is the people of South Sudan who will decide who will be their leaders after liberation.
SSNMC will continue to advocate for peaceful resolution to the problem of South Sudan. May God bless our intention.
Date: 24 March 2017;
Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro