BY: Abraham Garang, NAIROBI, Kenya, MAR/18/2015, SSN;
This is a question I’d like to ask if I have an opportunity to meet the President and the incumbent rebel leader Riek Machar. One may puzzle of why I ask this question when South Sudan is already bleeding. But honestly speaking, what constitutes me to ask this question is the behaviors that our two prominent leaders have adopted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Our leaders seem like they care less about the lives of innocent South Sudanese who are dying every day all across the country and their leaders turn their eyes the other away, not ready to return peace and normalcy to South Sudan.
This war that erupted between the presidential guards was not believed to engulf the whole nation and perhaps I did not think that war will linger that long because of the enduring suffering the people of South Sudan have gone through during the protracted struggle which resulted in the birth of the nation of South Sudan in which some millions lost their precious lives due to the cause of freedom.
Therefore, nobody could expect the South Sudanese to have another serious civil war after the war of Arab colonization amongst themselves. This has subjugated us as citizens who’re condemned to fight each other on behalf of Kiir vs. Riek.
This makes me loose buoyancy. The two leaders have shaped the country into where it is and therefore they should be the ones who will reshape this country again and bring our masses of people back together.
As a student of politics, I am well aware that in politics, you may use people against people in order to gain political objectives. This is what our leaders are doing and it is an inept juncture in South Sudan to use people against people just for one man’s gain.
South Sudan is a country that achieved independence from an oppressive regime of Khartoum and a country that was born without proper institutions. Therefore, it could not be compared with other countries.
There’s need to know that South Sudan did not obtain its Independence in 1983 but 2011. This must be clarified to those leaders in the opposition who claimed that South Sudan is not well governed.
These leaders must know the fact that South Sudan is still a young nation and it’s wrong to compare it with Kenya, South Africa and Ghana. It’s also wrong for our leaders to mobilize the future generation to fight for their own political egoism when they are defeated politically.
Supporting either rebels nor government is baseless, however supporting peace and formation of a transitional government with a creation of non-executive Prime Minister will end the bleeding of innocent lives.
This war wittingly created by the president and the former vice president to dichotomize South Sudan into tribalism, regionalism and sectarianism and I strongly deem that South Sudan with this political nature will be more likely worse than Somalia if South Sudan leaders don’t come out publicly and denounce the current war and make public apology and finally condone the transitional government that includes all political parties and share power equally.
I think this should help South Sudanese. But blaming the president, neither the former vice president at the same time when the country is at war with itself is a dangerous proposition.
I think this time isn’t a time for blame, it’s time for peace and after peace is achieved, then the Africa Union Commission and United Nations Security Council will publish the report and that would be the time….may be a mythical time… for justice to prevail.
And the commission will have virtue to bring to justice whoever is the culprit for this war.
If South Sudan is ready for peace, therefore their leaders should sign peace deal for the interest of South Sudanese but not the interest of the leaders.
Otherwise, military race will not bring the reforms and reconstitionalize the constitution of the republic of South Sudan.
Abraham Garang is a South Sudanese Independent thinker who lives in Nairobi- Kenya.