BY: TABAN ROY, Uganda, OCT/16/2014, SSN;
Our country is in an intensive political care unit with devious quack doctors hovering over the patient, taking their own time to maximize the gains like vultures over a carcass. Time has exposed these IGAD masked doctors, they cannot be trusted to diagnose quick and effective remedy to the patient other than putting a drip to buy time for the bills to swell.
We have lost every essence of nationalism that once bound us together during the long struggle for freedom, justice and liberty, words we should be ashamed to pronounce if our actions are to be dictated upon by our conscious.
Alas! No, we have degenerated into murderous, war mongers, oppressors, lovers of money, more than the nation….. the list is endless yet we expected someone else to clean the mess we open mindedly triggered.
We can cast blames and counter blames but one thing stands out clear, peace cannot be forced nor fixed for convenience.
To put into perspective, those who marry to please their relatives or parents will soon discover rocky grounds and troubled waters down the road of this marriage of incontinence.
The disturbing question is, do we have to sign peace to please IGAD and the international community or we have come into realizations that the war is uncalled for?
To answer this question we must examine the probable cause of the bitter split among the once brothers/comrades and the resulting consequence that is threatening to tear the country apart attracting wolves and vultures to devour the poor new nation for their own survival.
In my own point of view, the lost of Dr. John Garang in that fateful day of the plane crash was the beginning of our trouble. Although Garang was and is still accused of autocratic tendencies, he was a nationalist who would go to any length to salvage a situation such as the one we are in.
It’s not in distant memory that we all know the bitter 1991 split that almost brought the movement onto its knees that most people including me would find it hard to believe that the then bitter foes in the persons of Dr. Garang and Dr. Riak could shake hands and dine on same table after losing innocent members of their respective clans as a result of their wrangles over power.
Oh yes! Garang was ready to forgive for the sake of the nation. One thing we must note is that the mediation was not conducted by foreigners but our own elders, clergy men and women so was the likely split between Garang and Kiir which was eventually and successfully reconciled in Rumbek, by our people not the international community.
Most of our political leadership in both camps, the ruling party and the opposition have their moral authorities compromised so much so that making it back to the top on a level ground is almost impossible having being alleged to have committed terrible crimes in one way or the other.
For such people political survival other than provision of services to the people is their preoccupation. They have to keep the status quo of their families abroad most of whom live lavish life styles at the expense of the poor.
The Minister for youth and sports, Mr. Akol, had a point in one of his speeches over Radio Miraya FM if my memory serves me well, the young minister from Lakes states hinted the fact that leaders should have their families (children and wives) here to enhance patriotism and service delivery the way he does.
One could add that our legislatures should have moved a motion prohibiting senior government officers from taking their families abroad to reduce the imperialistic like government, looting and feasting on the loots where their voters – the peasants, the orphans and widows – have no chance to pick the crumbs.
We do not only cheat the peasants and the fallen comrades but continuous manipulation of their children into another Armageddon using the tribal card.
Truth being said, being President Salva Kiir is not easy, some of these greedy senior officers tactfully play the tribal cards to protect their evil. It’s not uncommon in South Sudan that when a Minister is fired, his tribes-mates see it as an attack on their tribe or state or the region as whole regardless of reasons behind the sacking, for them, the culprits should be allowed to loot too.
How do we expect a change or revolution from this same clique? We ought to remember that the war was largely fought by the peasants, some of whom laid down their weapons just after the CPA.
Today it’s the same peasants in the trenches in defense of their kinsmen, their looters. They are dying of hunger, living undignified lives in Camps while their so called “our mans” and their families do not know how it feels like to live in a refugee come with limited meal/diet.
It’s only us, you and I who will bring genuine lasting peace to our nation not any foreign nation.
Firstly, we must find and aggregate means of solving our problems using our cultural methods, not ruling out support from impartial friends around the globe but not the double edged sword nations.
We must swallow the bitter truth that the majority of the butchers and the butchered are sons and daughters of the less privileged maliciously recruited to join in defense of their respective political cultists, lured in mobilizations dubbed resistance/freedom fighters or national defense, adding more fuel into the furnace.
Indeed mass ignorance is the wreck of our nation. Seriously, who is benefiting from this conflict?
Secondly, we must accept there are no saints these days, the accused and the accuser must take responsibility and find space in their hearts to apologize and forgive.
History has proven this beyond reasonable doubt that our actions are sometimes dictated by need, survival and unfortunately the tendency to dominate yet there is always prosperity after confession, forgiveness and acceptance of each other like what happened in South Africa.
It was Desmond Tutu who led the truth and reconciliation Commission, we have Tutus in South Sudan in the persons of Rt. Bishop Paride Taban with in-depth knowledge of the movement, the people, individuals in the SPLA leadership, I have faith he would act impartially.
But then, the people, the poor who suffer the brunt of their carnage must also be involved from grass roots, something Garang mastered too well. He involved the local chiefs every step of the way that was why he garnered immense support across the nation.
He knew too well that our cultural born leaders still command great adoration and respect thus engaging them could be a formidable tool to employ if we need to realized people’s owed peace
Grassroot engagement of the local leaders across the nation and societal structure would first and far most foster collective responsibility, enshrining nationalism at the grass roots level.
They should know the facts, the causes and result of the war. This I believe if diligently done would deny destructive politicians raw material to advance their selfish interests.
Thirdly, the fragmented civil society must be engaged with preconditions. Most of our civil society does not conform to the realities that the warring parties will treat them with suspicion if they continue to rely on international donor support from nations viewed hostile to the either side, the government or the rebels.
There must be a way to demonstrate impartiality other than relying and identifying with a particular donor(s). This group should nominate and vet their representatives with approval from the antagonizing parties with funding from agreed source.
IGAD dominated by Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya are only too happy to keep us where we are to continue consuming their goods and services for their respective nations’ Economic growth. Relying on them is a national disasters. END