BY: Margaret AKULIA, CANADA, FEB/13/2014, SSN;
God please hurry up and kick their evil arses the way you did King Belshazzar’s, I bellowed in Canadian slang. Don’t just sit there. Do something. Write on the wall, I “mouthed” with the audacity of a Christian rascal.
“There is a time for everything…” a voice egged me on as I continued to holler at God, indignant that He was allowing innocent South Sudanese to be massacred en masse during the conflict that erupted between the incumbent President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and the former Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and their cohorts on December 15, 2013.
Are you even watching this? Do something, I continued to yowl at God.
This wasn’t the first time I had howled at God like that and I doubt that it will be the last because I have a very special relationship with God and He knows what a pertinacious Christian I am.
I had stumbled onto the very close friend from my past while frantically searching for a bandwagon I could jump onto to contribute towards bringing about sustainable peace, actual democracy, good governance, hard and soft infrastructure, economic development and all the great things South Sudanese deserve.
After scouring the World Wide Web for a day or two I did find a resolute bandwagon. It is a bandwagon full of very bolshy people like me – people who possess the doggedness I inherited from my great maternal grandfather Rembi of the Yondu Kakwa clan in South Sudan.
Stories abound about my great maternal grandfather Rembi during a galactic insurrection in Eastern and Central Africa during the greedy land grabbing scheme by the colonizers of Sub-Sahara Africa that became known at the Partition of Africa.
Great grandfather Rembi is said to have given the covetous colonizers a run for their money. I chuckle every time that story is retold because I delight in challenging abusive people the way great grandfather Rembi did.
The colonizers’ greed and abuse included forcing people who detest each other to live together. That preposterousness has now come back to bite people in the arse as Canadians would say, in reference to the baffling situation currently unfolding in South Sudan.
The night before the Cessation of Hostilities agreement (CoH) was reached and signed between the incumbent President of the Republic of South Sudan, Kiir and the former Vice President, Machar and their cohorts on January 23, 2014, I had spent most of the night having another intrepid diatribe with God.
They are playing you, God, and you are just sitting there doing nothing about it. The time is now. Kick their evil arses the way you did King Belshazzar’s or people are going to think their god is more powerful than you, I challenged.
Then I heard the same voice telling me to keep doing what I was doing.
I had completed combing through the “Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011” with a “fine tooth comb” and I was now skimming through Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 9, 2014.
The Testimony was dubbed “The Situation in South Sudan” and I zeroed in on one sentence.
“First, neither the United States nor the international community will countenance the armed overthrow of the democratically elected government,” Ms. Thomas-Greenfield chided in her Testimony.
Democracy? What Democracy? I gibed at Ms. Thomas-Greenfield’s preposterous proposition that there is Democracy in South Sudan.
If a Canadian Prime Minister or American President had the audacity to flaunt his or her constitutional rights and the word Democracy after orchestrating the genocide and mass murder that was unfolding in South Sudan, I would instigate and lead an insurrection the way my maternal great grandfather Rembi did.
The injudicious so-called leaders would know in no uncertain terms that Democracy is a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
They would know that Democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in “the people” and owned by them not the other way around.
They would also know in no uncertain terms that in a Democracy, “the people” are the masters and the Prime Ministers and Presidents are the servants.
It is not the other way around as nascent African Presidents have it. They have Democracy backwards and their roguery must be stopped by “the people.”
In a Democracy, “the people” direct the agenda, not the other way around. In a Democracy, legislators are die-hard about defending “the people’s” rights. They fight for “the people” not themselves.
In a Democracy, legislators don’t accept bribes the way bogus African legislators do.
In a Democracy, legislators are not bullied or murdered when they challenge the Prime Minister or President because debate is encouraged and elevated not stamped down.
In a Democracy, there is freedom of speech because it is a citizen’s right. “The people” especially journalists are free to tell the truth and they won’t be murdered because the Prime Minister or President encourages “the people” to speak freely.
In a Democracy, the police, prosecutors, judges and the army belong to “the people”. They are “the people’s” friends. They protect and defend “the people” with their lives and they look out for “the people’s” best interests.
In a Democracy, the country’s judiciary is a highly esteemed independent entity. Not even the Prime Minister or President can interfere with it.
In a Democracy, the Prime Minister and the President is not above the law. If they commit a crime including contravening the supreme law of the land which is the constitution, “the people’s” police charge them with a criminal offence and then they are prosecuted like any citizen who commits a criminal offence against “the people.”
In a Democracy, a Prime Minister or President can never appoint themselves prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner because the judiciary is independent. That includes appointing themselves prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner of citizens they falsely accuse of treason.
“The people” can and will most definitely challenge such a contemptible connivance.
In a Democracy, any Prime Minister or President who obstructs justice commits a crime.
In a Democracy, anyone who makes a false statement in a legal proceeding commits a crime. That includes lying that a coup occurred when it didn’t.
In a Democracy, “the people” expect a Prime Minister or President to be an exemplary citizen not a crook.
In a Democracy, if a Prime Minister or President becomes lawless while in office, the only constitutional right they have is the right to due legal process, a fair trial and legal representation through an independent judiciary.
In a Democracy conniving to use the constitution to abuse “the people” is a crime.
In a Democracy, hatching up plans to use the constitution for mass murdering “the people” and committing atrocities against them is a crime.
In a Democracy when “the people” “insult” a Prime Minister or President, they understand that “the people’s” “insults” are actually instructions to their honorable servants.
In a Democracy, “the people’s” servants admit mistakes and learn from their mistakes. They don’t become demoniac and instruct “the people’s” police and army to kill “the people” who point out their mistakes.
In a Democracy, “the people’s” police, prosecutors, judges and the army are not above the law either. If they themselves commit atrocities and participate in morally reprehensible crimes including murdering “the people”, they are charged with criminal offences by “the people’s” police.
Then “the people’s” prosecutors go after them in full force the same way they go after a rogue Prime Minister or President.
In a Democracy if a Prime Minister or President orchestrates genocide and mass murder, they automatically forfeit their right to the highest position in the land. There is no debate or due legal process about that.
In a Democracy, “the people” have a constitutional right to strip a Prime Minister or President who does such a Satanic thing of the powers of Prime Minister or President since it was “the people” who gave them the powers they are abusing in the first place.
In a Democracy the nation’s resources belong to “the people”. Plundering them with depraved foreign and domestic acquaintances through clandestine agreements and operations is a crime against “the people.”
A criminal is a thug and if that thug is the Prime Minister or President, they cannot use the constitution to continue to hold onto the powerful position of Prime Minister or President.
The only rights they have in that situation are the rights that are guaranteed to all citizens – the right to due legal process, a fair trial and legal representation through an independent judiciary.
Consequently, if the disgraced outlaw cannot afford a lawyer because “the people” will have repossessed the wealth the criminal and their domestic and foreign partners in crime stole from “the people”, a lawyer is made available for them at no cost.
In a Democracy unleashing an iniquitous foreign army on “the people” is treason.
In a Democracy, fabricating treason is a crime.
In a Democracy a servant who becomes a brute is unfit to continue to be “the people’s” servant. They are automatically stripped of their status as a servant of “the people” and then prosecuted by “the people’s” prosecutors through an independent judiciary.
Suffice it to say that Democracy in the “Banana Republics” of Africa that are ruled by self-styled plutocracies doesn’t resemble actual Democracy in the least bit.
The closest those politico-economic oligarchs come to Democracy are dysfunctional or rigged elections followed by attempts to force onto “the people” the “quasi-kingdoms” that were disrupted by the predatory colonizers that my great maternal grandfather Rembi withstood during the land grabbing scheme that became known at the Partition of Africa.
To say that it is untenable to force a “quasi-kingdom” on a group of diverse citizens as some African despots are trying to do is an understatement.
However carving out a co-existence premised on respect and celebration of diversity is possible for “the people.”
In the case of South Sudan, the icing on “the people’s” cake is that there is enough oil to go around. However, “the people” must first boot out the piranhas who are trying to swindle them out of a prolific existence.
These piranhas must know in no uncertain terms that pillaging “the people’s” oil and leaving “the people” to languish in poverty will never be tolerated in South Sudan.
They can vamoose and go some place else but God will catch up with them there and kick their evil arses the way He did King Belshazzar’s because the time is ripe for that.
At the second round of peace negotiations between the incumbent President of the Republic of South Sudan, Kiir Mayardit and the former Vice President, Riek Machar, and their cohorts, it is “the people” who should direct the agenda not the conflicting parties.
This is because it is “the people” who have the correct solution for averting a catastrophe and a failed state.
Simply put, if the unresolved issues that precipitated the current carnage in South Sudan are not resolved correctly by allowing “the people” to direct the agenda and the underlying dark forces are left to run amok without being exposed by “the people”, South Sudan’s current “baby steps” and long journey ahead will be perilous at best.
Can South Sudan be saved? The answer is a resounding yes because the evil that pervades many African “Banana Republics” is not yet as entrenched in South Sudan.
Furthermore, “the people” of South Sudan know the solutions to the current carnage and they are quite capable of preventing South Sudan from tumbling down into the abyss provided the conflicting parties listen to them.
It will be foolish for the conflicting parties to push South Sudan into the deep chasm when the solution is as simple as listening to “the people.”
Margaret Akulia is co-author of the sequel Idi Amin: Hero or Villain? His son Jaffar Amin and other people speak.
She brings to the South Sudan dialogue a multidisciplinary professional background including but not limited to “grassroots activism”.
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