BY: Koch William Majok, NOV. 16/2012, SSN;
Dear readers, as a leader is supposed to be just or impartial, it is equally important also that he be truthful. Sadly enough, Mr. Commissioner is not honest even to himself. This was evidenced when he was contacted by some media houses to explain the cause of the fighting which erupted on 7th November 2012 in Rumbek Centre where 28 people lost their lives and 37 sustained serious injuries. The commissioner released a reckless and irresponsible statement that the fighting was caused by misunderstanding over a “mosquito net pole.”
Absurd and ridiculous! Why hide the real cause of fighting? The fighting was a direct result of failure of the commissioner to apprehend and bring to book those who killed people by cooperating with relatives of the culprits who happened to be from his section.
It has nothing to do with two people who had a misunderstanding over mosquito net pole on 4th November and the subsequent above-mentioned incident where Panyon section fought with Amothnhom. You are a poor leader, Mr. Commissioner, just quit peacefully and give room to the capable.
Dear readers, I am of the view that if people of South Sudan dream to be like any other powerful nation one day, change has to start at a lower level and should start right now. Citizens should speak out so that the right leaders should be there to lead people to avoid divisions among our peoples. Division is weakness and Unity is strength. Divisions are caused by injustice and injustice is a product of bad leadership, leadership that looks at people through the glasses of discrimination, faith, political colors and tribe, just to mention but a few.
The commissioner of Rumbek Centre is a prototype of bad leadership. I am not making up or writing for the sake of rhetoric here! I am rather convinced by some reasons that prove the incumbent commissioner a failure and unfit to lead people of Rumbek Centre. These reasons will be clear once you complete reading this article.
Noble readers, the future of the citizens of Rumbek Centre is at stake as a result of too many divisions among them which are caused or encourage by bad leadership of the incumbent commissioner. Bad leadership characterized by favoritism, bias, lack of proper vision and incapacity to handle problems at hand. A leadership that denied taking responsibility and instead generated a shameful propaganda to cover up its failures.
Reference to above mentioned fighting which claimed the lives of 28 people and wounding 37, I have learned and critically observed that the Rumbek Centre County commissioner, Mr. Meen Kuc, has and is being outweighed by the role of commissioner-ship. I thought the commissioner is an intellectual and that he has been exposed to enough leadership and management theories and concepts. Alas! He proves to be too unjust, lowly educated and less experienced. He is a young fellow whose heart is still not fertilized by education and needs more education; at best he is “City Gelweng.” Why?
Frankly speaking, the commissioner as a leader is not supposed to be bias and dormant, security-wise. This is the case of Rumbek Centre Commissioner. There have been rumors about the above fighting for quite a long time but the commissioner turned a deaf ear to the rumors, forgetting that the people he is leading do not joke of what they say.
Instead of putting in place preventive mechanisms like conducting meetings with chiefs and youth of both sides to avert the conflict, he was busy in his office enjoying air-condition at day time and conducting conspiracies meetings at night. Conspiracies meetings geared toward acceleration of the rumors toward reality by personally facilitating the release of culprits. For instance, he facilitated the release of Maluat Maniong who mercilessly butchered an innocent youth who was toiling in his farm. Not only this, but also he cooperated with his section by hiding a culprit who killed a youth from Joth section.
Such an outrageous act by the commissioner angered relatives of the victims and supporters of justice alike. The commissioner was supposed to ensure that justice is done. Whoever goes above the law has to be brought below it accordingly regardless of his section. But this is not to the case of Rumbek Centre Commissioner.
When the drama unfolded and the rumors turned to reality, his response was late yet partial in term of providing security to all parties to the fighting. The commissioner conducted meetings with chiefs from his section to make sure that they are protected at the expense of the other side, Panyon section, that are rivals to his section. A source has it that, an operation unit which is concerned with such task was avoided. Why? This needs to be investigated by the government.
Alternatively, the commissioner coordinated selection of Organized Forces composed of people from his section and dispatched them to the fighting scene to reinforce his people. The forces were directly and indirectly commanded by people like Akuma Makuer Gol, Macuit Makuer Gol and Jurhong, people who had one time participated in sectional fighting before joining the police. It followed that, once in the fighting scene, these Amothnhom youth in military clothing and on pretext of maintaining law and order, gunned down their rivals, Panyon youth.
From the foregoing narration, it is obvious that the commissioner has reduced himself to nothing and cannot differentiate from youth of his section. He is fighting a sectional war in a different front. For that matter, this is why repeatedly making a patriotic call for the commissioner to quit giving room for a person with national agenda or nationalist heart to lead people of Rumbek Centre.
The commissioner has forgotten that the authority he is exercising is vested in him by these people he is denying equal protection. This beloved nation, South Sudan, was obtained through self-sacrifice and commitment of people of South Sudan including those beloved sons who died under careless leadership of the commissioner, Meen Kuc.
The nation that every citizen has a dream, hope and prosperous future is turned into hell in Rumbek by the commissioner. People are growing poorer, becoming fewer as result of poor leadership. The nation striving to become a joy land and safe haven for those whose liberties are trodden on and led by president who is inspired by humanity, is on the contrary degraded by a vampiric and blood thirsty commissioner of Rumbek Centre.
By the way his appointment was ever widely objected by his own people. Majority predicted that his appointment was a precursor to more divisions and sectional fighting. If people look back to his appointment, you will definitely conclude that he got that position by the virtue of being the former chairperson of the Electoral College in 2010 election. He is believed to be the architect of Eng. Chol Tong’s success as the current governor of Lakes state as well as that of members of legislative assembly. This suggested that he was rewarded for the post of commissioner for doing the job well.
However, how best he can lead in protecting and safeguarding the lives of people. Now he drastically turned himself to be the architect of their ruin.
It was really a grave mistake for him to be appointed as chairperson of Electoral College which was meant to determine the popularity and credibility of the candidates. It is nowhere else but in Lakes state where doctors are in the courts and lawyers in hospitals; a primary school leaver, civilian and young man chosen to determine popularity, creditability and credentials of generals and intellectuals such as Lt. General Daniel Awet, Eng. Marco Maciec, Ustaz Nok Marial, etc.
This idea of an Electoral College did not fall from the sky; it was derived from American best values of pursuing principle of democracy, the best choice for America as the nation of many people without distinction. This process is done by people whose hearts and minds are not guided by monetary rewards or any aspect of it. It is also done by those who know best how America was founded with their extensive experience in their different professions.
Message to the governor of Lakes state:
I for one need to make it clear here that, if the commissioner doesn’t voluntarily resign, you, the governor, should remove him and replace with the right person who is more impartial, whether he is from Amothnhom or Panyon or any section is none of my business provided he will be impartial, patriotic and has a heart for this nation. A nation that needs to be one of the powerful nations in near time to come and achievable through unity of our people.
If the governor still maintains him, it will be clear indication that Lakes State government is determined to fail its citizens and for that matter, those who value human life, and I will not entertain that.
I therefore call upon all the youth of Lakes State to prepare for formation of an Open Parliament-II to campaign for the rights of our people. I also urged members of Open Parliament-I to warm up and revive their house so that we shall collectively work for a change.
The current government of incapable, partial and blood-thirsty individuals is to be replaced with a real government that will be composed of vigilant and active individuals, people who have heart for people not positions and money.
Finally, the Lakes Assembly should see their role, otherwise Open Parliaments II and I will be in place to assume their powers and non of you will smell parliament or government positions in any forthcoming elections. Take your responsibility seriously and never leave a vacuum.
To date, the commissioner hasn’t been summoned to explain his role in November 7th 2012 fighting.
The Author is a citizen of Lakes State and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org