By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, 27/AUG/2015, SSN;
It has been in the best interest of all South Sudanese to live in peace and harmony and it has been a wish of every South Sudanese to see that justice, due process of the law and the true adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and dignity of human person will always prevail.
But quite unfortunate, there hasn’t been peace and stability in South Sudan. However, it is our hope that this time the signing of the IGAD-Plus proposed peace agreement by the adversaries will indeed prove to be an important shift and move toward a peaceful settlement of South Sudan’s conflict.
Hence, in the pursuit of peace and stability, the substantive issues which have and will always stir up misunderstanding and thus cause conflict and pose continuous instability of the country seem to have been roughly framed in haste to resolves the conflict.
Like his 1991 defection and rebellion with Dr. Lam and Kong against the then SPLA leader Dr. John Garang, Dr. Riek must this time put behind him his incessant lust for power at the expense of the people of South Sudan and work for a true and meaningful peace and stability.
It is clear that Dr. Riek has been an obstacle to peace and stability in South Sudan. This is clearly illustrated by Dr. Riek’s 2013 second rebellion under the pretext that Salva Kiir is a dictator who undermined democratic principles.
This has caused frustration in South Sudan at Dr. Riek’s intransigence. This frustration has been highlighted as a result of the shift in the opinion of the people of South Sudan not to join his call for overthrow of Kiir’s government or join him in the bush to topple the government by force including members of his tribesmen.
Justice and Peace are two different things but some people wrongly think that peace may lead to the attainment of justice which has been proved otherwise.
Reconciliation after peace and justice cement and consolidate lasting peace and stability.
However, no proper or strict application of laws as pillar paradigms of justice according to its letter may in certain circumstances produce untold suffering, hardships, detriments and even serious miscarriage of justice to those victims whose rights have intrinsically and blatantly been infringed.
As the application of laws is imperative on judges and/or courts, the proponents of justice became rude and indignant to see that justice is awarded to those who deserve it and not to those who incurred injustice.
Machar and subordinates and his sympathizers, you will find that no any single reason or motive which could warrant a person to wage war except to murder innocent people and loot the entire properties of our vulnerable people.
We must remember here that no peace will ever be realized in south Sudan without awarding justice to anyone who deserve it and no justice will ever prevail without proper and strict adherence to the doctrine of the rule of law and not rule of men when everybody is tied down under the yoke of injustice.
We must cease appeasing and awarding senior positions and ranks to those whose hands are numerously tainted with blood of others for the sake of fake peace which has now resulted into further suffering of our people.
To have lasting peace and stable society, we must sharpen the teeth of the law so that it could bite anyone who is in conflict with it.
Let the law bite at least one or two people this time just for the sake of our brothers and sisters who perished in the Nile running for safety to a safe place in Upper Nile.
Let the law bite one or two or even more this time for hundreds of people murdered mercilessly during this war of self satisfaction.
I sincerely and humbly urge our president and his cohorts, if his hands are clean, to leave no stone unturned in making sure that justice is done this time to our poor people who instantly became victims of the current useless and senseless war for power and control of resources which belong to all of us.
Let’s not betray our brothers and sisters. Bring peace but award them justice they deserved.
Tong Kot is a Master of Laws (LLM) Candidate at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. He also a Practising Legal Counsel at Deng & Co. Advocates – Juba. He can be reached at: Email: email@example.com.