By: Deng Mangok Ayuel, AWEIL, South Sudan, DEC/04/2014,SSN;
The IGAD mediators to South Sudanese peace talks are ‘unfit’ to resolve the conflict. They need to top-up their mediating gears for peace to be realized in South Sudan. These mediators were not expected to give political scope of interests to the cluster of South Sudanese politicians who think that South Sudan is their gifted village to be taken into abyss amidst our silence.
If the warring parties have been violating cessation of hostilities agreement and the mediators couldn’t pressurize the leaders involved to the conflict, then what is it for IGAD mediators to continue mediating between the minds of politicians who are wailing for the failure of the new nation?
South Sudanese should think of divorcing the IGAD mediators and loud up their voices or invite the world to resolve the conflict before inflaming.
In sum, this conflict may not be resolved simply by allowing it to fade away or by eliminating the conflict situations with sanctions and/or by recompensing rebels with political positions in the upcoming interim government.
The current war is immoral and the impending bad peace being negotiated by IGAD in Ethiopia shall be a daunting one. A bad upcoming interim government in the hands of Dr Machar and chameleonic individuals in Equatoria region is bullying.
A lot need to be done for a lasting peace, lest things will not change for better.
South Sudan conflict is heavily mechanized politically. The political heights, hearts for wealth, power and the individualistic military backgrounds of some armed folks loyal to Kiir and Dr Machar may still continue to cause more adversities in the country.
Thus, Gen. Peter Gadet will not easily listen to Dr Riek and stop attacking SPLA forces’ position, and the SPLA will not militarily cease to defend its territorial integrity from aggression as a national army.
This is a scenario IGAD bloc needs to grease, think of healing military and political ambiances.
The mediators should also recognize that they are not mediating peace for leaders with political interests but for the nation. Peace belongs to the nation, not individuals within the government or rebels.
Our people have been displaced, others exiled and thousands were killed. As conflict is a dispute in a situation defined by the warring parties with different beliefs, mutual perception and the evidences related to the root causes, it’s a turn for IGAD bloc to say enough is enough to the warring parties and establish reasonable, concrete mechanisms for a real peace.
Is IGAD bloc not contributing to the failure of the new nation? Peace is not constructed like a bridge. It emerges from the balanced mental tones. These mediators are deemed to coax the leaders involved to the conflict to accept their roles as fire igniters, make them feel responsible for their doings.
Hence, peace with just – a just peace couldn’t materialize in the hands of these mediators. As mediating is a business, there is not need for IGAD bloc to waste time doing less than expected for a quite long time.
Anyone who desires to make money out of this conflict is a failure to him/herself. The mediators should focus on public demand and wishes for peace by restoring hope and nationalistic feelings through a just peace.
There is a need for political interests to be shortened, power not shared un-necessarily, antagonism lessened, and the resulting expectations made more realistic by clarifying the conflict situation or point fingers to resistance bodies involved to the conflict.
Deng Mangok Ayuel is a columnist, blogger and lives in Aweil, South Sudan. He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.