BY: Lueth Bol Dengkeer, Sydney, Australia, MAY/14/2013, SSN;
In South Sudan, barrages of earlier and current offences by senior SPLM officials are still in the cave and in the outset are men who are repressing and exploiting our own people including our dear army (SPLA). The question is who has the guts to open the cave and expose these junks of oldies’ corrupt tendencies? Despite an assertion that no one is above the law, it is obvious today that as long as you are flying with the right group, your legal safety is guaranteed.
The first minister of finance, ‘honorable’ Akuyen Chol was mysteriously implicated in a corruption I may define here as fraud, some kind of money laundering and perhaps racketeering. When Jacob Zuma was charged with 700 counts of corruption including financial mismanagement, he went to look for an underdog –Shabir Sheikh, his financial adviser and a long term friend who later became the victim of legal miscarriage and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for leading Zuma’s own mismanaged life.
Instead of being answerable to the law himself, the person who finally carried the yoke of his legal woes and political orchestration is his direct financial adviser.
Unlike Zuma, Mr.Chol might have also been a victim of a similar injunction plot masterminded by some SPLM bigwigs to terribly destroy his credibility and his dear life or as a shield to cover the guilt.
To my understanding and according to the reports, I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that there is still a thin line of legal miscarriage of sort in the prima facie and this begs a million dollar question as to whether the probe was carried out thoroughly, the legality of the court’s finding and whether there were attempts to defeat the end of justice as in replacing lawyers or bribing lawyers or acts of intimidation.
If such illegal activity happens with repercussions only served on the weak, while political giants get away with it, then the law is made but thrown away. We must be mindful that every street has a round-about, some roads have U-turns. A reasonable driver ensures that he makes a safe turn or exits the round-about with safety of others in mind.
Subsequently,some rascals drive recklessly and sometimes gets away with it and at times are caught red handed and suffer the wrath of the law. What am saying is that, these corrupt officials may get away with it now but with caution less they will not get away with it forever.
President Kiir, like many other SPLM leaders, comes from a humble origin. Many of us have doubted his qualities as a leader. One would suggest he should possess all the qualities but that happens unless you are God. We all have limitations and strengths in which in respect we cannot contradict the extent of others’ capabilities. But that is not the issue.
What we need to be familiar with is that he is a president by privilege not by law. Regardless of what you think about him, one or two may conclude that he is not the problem- may be he is part of the problem setting the country back.
Indeed many of the difficulties that this country has had to confront and has failed to confront in the last few years since the interim period are related to the stagnation that set in after the war when little thought was given to the development of the nation.
Indeed we were preoccupied with self-service. In fact one of things that we learn from other countries and we should post a question to ourselves is that: what will be the requirement of the modern technology based country in next 5-10 and 20 years’ time?
South Sudan is very much left behind and there is much pain associated with catching up. Many anchors of the governance are set up including justice system but there is little evidence that the legal system has ever been interested in keeping up with anything, adapting to change.
of the reasons for the extraordinary overheads associated with legal practice is the existence of out-dated work practices and unwillingness to take advantage of new technologies. South Sudan legal practices should concede that it’s barely done anything to reform the system with its vicious presidential legal adviser living in the pockets of the president while misleading the president in the issues pertaining justice.
There will be a high level of brain drain because many who are qualified such as those from eastern African universities as well as overseas’ will seek jobs elsewhere because they are denied jobs. I refer to the recent south Sudanese girl employed by Kenyan government. In the name of what? In the name of failure of own country to employ her.
If this policy continues, there will be a significant degree of incompetence in the country and in the legal system and the country will merely become a kingdom of pirates where everyone strive for own head with the head pirates in silence.
He is too from the humble origin. His academic background is unquestionable. But his habit of marring highly ambitious white girls has left him with a deep wound that has caused him dearly. He broke away from the SPLM in 1991 allegedly by the direction of his beloved wife who continued to support him.
Although he made several political maneuvering apology to the masses, the wounds of widows who lost their husbands in his notorious break-away and kids who watched mothers burn and buried alive will never be healed. To them, it is up to God to forgive him. To them, justice should take its course.
Now, it is the task of legal administrators to throw him away in favour of justice or throw justice away in favour of him. But machar is a leader though, accepted for his transgressions.
In my capacity and belief, I will forgive him and support him if he comes up with good policies. He has completely shown remorse in his actions and deserves to be forgiven on earth. But am just astonished whether once a revolutionary, a rebel leader and now the country’s vice president will ever wield a political ark that will accommodate his disciples he once prosecuted in the wake of an increasing criticism before he is put in a dust bin.
He is a “confused” leader difficult to follow, a shrewd politician who always smiled while going for your head.
The government must not restrict powers of judiciary or of an independent commission or intends to do so to score political points or even accept some little unwarranted advice to execute inappropriate decisions, to reshuffle every weekend and purge senior cadres in good standing and depriving the country of its progress.
Instead, it must do something in its means to eradicate the out-dated system of legal practice to enhance professional legal practice by employing qualified lawyers and other civil servants to fuel the momentum of the development.
Dodge national key points of development and run a risk of going down in history as a failure. Would you love this, Mr. president?
Unequivocally, everyone must come clean before they throw their huts into the ring come the SPLM convention to contest the embattled president and other seats.
Lueth Bol Dengker is a south Sudanese living in Australia.
He writes in his capacity as a concerned citizen.
He can be reached at email@example.com