BY: John Nhomachot, SOUTH SUDAN, OCT/23/2013, SSN;
I am sometimes amazed by how naive, ignorant, clueless and direction-less the Juba government is. For the last 8 years, Kiir and his government have never shown any true leadership on many issues to the people of South Sudan. One thing that is obvious to the world in general and South Sudanese in particular is that, Kiir government is incapable of managing the country’s affairs.
If South Sudan is not a failed state yet, then it has some symptoms that might qualify it as a failed state in the near future.
I understand that the phrase “Failed State”, is one of the things that is hated by South Sudanese and which offends a lot of people when it is mentioned in relation to South Sudan. I absolutely agree with them.
Failed states has a negative connotation and nobody would want to be associated with it. But it is sometimes good to be realistic.
How many people are truly and honestly confident in Juba government? How many people believe that Kiir’s government has a vision for this country? How many people believe that South Sudan is in a right direction? How many people are still optimistic about Kiir’s leadership in general?
According to Wikipedia (not appropriate to reference but will reference it anyway), failed state has the following common indicators: a state whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; sharp economic decline etc.
You may dispute it but our country has most of those indicators. There is only and only one country in this world that is run from hotels and it is none other than South Sudan.
It was recently reported that the newly appointed (rubber stamped by the parliament) speaker, Magok Rundial, moved into a hotel with his 9 body guards, occupying 10 rooms.
Majority of, if not all ministers and some generals live in hotels. All these unnecessary expenses are paid for by the government of South Sudan while millions of ordinary citizens are living in abject poverty.
While the government is baby-sitting ministers and generals in Juba, our people in the villages are facing brutal and unforgiving enemies (Hunger, Flood and Insecurity).
Over 6 states are currently affected by the flood. The flood has killed people, wiped out crops and left a large size of the population vulnerable to starvation. Over 20 people have so far died of hunger in Unity State after their crops were mercilessly wiped out by the flood.
But still our president and his government have no plan to help those who are affected. They have not shown leadership whatsoever. I am yet to see the president of South Sudan on a national TV addressing these natural disasters.
Bany Kiir Mayardit, this is the time that the president should stand with his people, this is the time that you should show leadership to your people, this is the time that you should tell the nation that you are feeling their pain.
It is very unfortunate that the only thing you seem to care about is power rather than your role as the president. You have been busy lately appointing and dismissing government officials.
The only time you are seen on a national TV is to either appoint or dismiss somebody through your infamous decrees. Is that all you care about Mr. President?
Mr. President, the recent incidents in Twic East County-Jonglei State have just given me enough reasons to give you a vote of no confidence.
You have again shown no leadership. Innocent civilians, devastated by flood were attacked by rebels fighting the state. Over 70 people died, about 24 children abducted, over 140 houses burned, and several other people injured but the president has not release even a single statement about the incident.
That’s how insensitive our president is. He seemed not to understand his job description. He does not understand that he is the top representative of the people and his words matter a lot.
It is very unfortunate that the president can’t condemn such a heartless killing of innocent people. I am gutted, annoyed, angry and embarrassed by the level of ignorance of our president.
While all these things were happening in Jonglei State, the president and his government were busy preparing for the arrival of president Bashir.
Isn’t this the time to focus on internal issues that are threatening national security rather than receiving a foreign president? Why wasn’t it possible to delay Bashir’s visit and pay attention to the victims of rebel attack in Jonglei State?
While the UN, USA and other countries were condemning this massacre, the president completely ignored it and he even failed to mention it during their joint press conference with Bashir.
Instead he had this to say; “Bashir is here with a wide heart. He is a brother who cares for victims affected by flood in South Sudan.”
Seriously Mr. President! How do you feel when leaders of other nations condemned massacre of innocent civilians in a country that you lead and you cannot condemn or think about it?
What does that say about you as a person and as a president?
Mr. Bashir must be a happy man at the moment. He has outwitted, outmanoeuvred, bullied and defeated Kiir diplomatically on Abyiei issue.
He made it clear that he wasn’t happy with hardliners in South Sudan government. President Kiir responded in kind and appointed a cabinet that was widely celebrated in Khartoum.
President Bashir called the people of South Sudan insects/cockroaches and today he enjoys maximum respect from South Sudan.
When he visits, the capital-Juba is locked down, businesses and other important institutions are locked down, school children urged to line up the road to cheer Bashir.
Yes, I understand that South Sudan like any other country should provide maximum security to any visiting foreign presidents. But that does not mean locking down the whole town.
President Kiir visited Khartoum recently but was it locked down for his arrival? Did Bashir order school children to line up along the roads to receive him?
Mr. President you are the face of this nation and you should represent us with dignity and self-importance not with subordination/inferior status.
With this kind of leadership, I don’t know whether the people of South Sudan will employ you again as their president come 2015. This mediocrity and indecisiveness is too much to bear.
By John Nhomachot
Can be reached @ Johnnhomachot@gmail.com