BY: Yien Lam, RSS, MAR/26/2014, SSN;
Well, as the question needs thorough answer, mine is a big No. IGAD cannot and will never bring a tangible peace in South Sudan because some of its member states are deeply involved in South Sudan crises.
As a concerned citizen of this great Nation, I sincerely believe that peace will not yield any fruits because member states of this organization, Uganda in particular, are the one who hold Kiir’s horns to fail the peace miserably.
Without Uganda backing president Kiir, peace could have been achieved long ago. For that matter, I truthfully believe an IGAD in which Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is the member, cannot bring peace.
Uganda is preoccupied by interest in the country and the hatred of what would be a democratic system. For that reason, the Uganda leader sees it as the threat to his leadership.
That was why the cessation of hostility signed on January 23th of this year was violated by him and Kiir’s government repeatedly.
This is a pure and clandestine plan for them that the others know not about it. It was done so by that leader to ruin South Sudan on pretext of protecting the infrastructures of the country.
To prove that though, when the two violated the cessation of hostility that was signed on 23th of February this year, the IGAD did not do anything that could have ripple effect on cease fire because Uganda is a member of it that in fact, dictates most of its work.
This was what triggered the rebels to respond accordingly. They have seen IGAD of doing nothing in terms of keeping its commitment.
This is one of the reasons why the fighting still dragging on for nearly three months now.
When you look at this, how in the world peace could be achieved with Kiir’s government while Yoweri Museveni is already playing his game?
In other words, how can you deal with a snake without taking its venom out? Should that be possible?
To me, I honestly doubt the ability of that organization to produce the tangible result in terms of peace in the absence of the UN.
Likewise, IGAD should not be trusted in this matter because Uganda already has its boots on the ground taking the lead instead of fighting alongside with South Sudan army under the Great Lakes political ploy.
This is the very main factor that impedes the peace process because M7 has taken side and aided kiir with whatever his regime wants.
Would you not definitely question the integrity of this Organization that played the interest of some of its members?
IGAD member states are in fact the ones complicating the peace process in South Sudan if not jeopardizing it. Kiir has no power to neither refuse peace nor violate the cessation of hostility than what has been invested in him by the Yoweri maseveveni.
To be exact though, kiir does not have any Army of his own that he can count on rather than Museveni’s.
Realistically, Peace cannot be negotiated with an organization that lacks neutrality in my view. This would be like fighting a handcuffed individual.
Time for the truth to be revealed will come. This will only be a matter of time. Truth may be skinny. But will never die. Kiir and Yoweri Museveni of IGAD may do whatever they can in order to dictate the truth. But it will emerge at the end.
Moreover, Kiir and his mentor will not stop short of creating mendacity and defamation of anybody including UN as it has been the case in the news lately.
This is the new tool that they have got and will play whatever game they possibly find because they defy all world powers. What else should they be afraid of?
UN has no enemy in the world rather than South Sudan regime. It is always taking care of all lives around world equally. That is its work.
If I am not mistaken, this regime has been rehearsed badly outside its border that is why they falsify anything in order to make the world’s only best organization to look bad which will not happen.
However, The United Nations needs to be careful though. It should not allow its staff to be abused as such with no actions taken. This will not be good for its integrity in the world.
It must know that, all dictators are being deterred by the action. Without action as it seems to be the case in South Sudan crises, will only influence the abusers to do more in the days, months and years to come.
In contrary, UN must be the only mediator that could bring a viable peace in South Sudan because it has no interest of any kind whatsoever.
Its interest always is to save lives of human being which is not the case now in South Sudan since the cessation of hostility was signed.
If that is the reason or the meaning of the United Nations as I know, it will be good for the organization to speed its effort of resolving the South Sudan crisis than delegating its power to untrusted organization.
The toothless organization known as IGAD has been conquered by some of its leaders’ interest whose aim is for self-seeking rather than bringing peace in South Sudan.
For this purpose, I urge the international community to act as quickly as possible because IGAD has shown its colors as not only bias but also inactive organization whose member states have already interfered in the country affair.
Due to that, it cannot be trusted to bring peace in the Country. This is a very urgent message to the world’s body to act as soon as possible.
Otherwise, South Sudan will be football field for anybody.
Therefore, I urge UN to intervene sooner than later if it wants to save lives in South Sudan as it always does around world, it must step in for peace to be achieved in the country. Otherwise, peace will never be seen as long as it’s being led outside its border.
THE AUTHOR IS CONCERNED SOUTH SUDANESE WHO CAN BE REACHED @ firstname.lastname@example.org