Kiir should plan his exit strategy: A Citizen’s Concern

BY: Abraham Deng Lueth, B.S., MPA, Kansas City, MO, USA, APR/03/2014, SSN;

It has been my position since the very first days of the conflict that there was no coup and that the world has not recognized and will never come back and recognize it and it remains the fact up to now.

While I am so saddened by the conflict, its consequences and on the government of South Sudan for planning it against its people, I would not like to see President Kiir removed in power in an humiliating way.

President Kiir should plan his exit strategy because the conflict literally has forced him out. At this point, what is happening in Addis Ababa is not looking good on him. He needs to be seen as a peacemaker right now for him to leave with dignity, if there will be any, at all.

He needs to loosen up on the G7 participation and release immediately the G4 to join the G7, adopt a government of National Unity as his government position for bringing back peace in which he should be open to give a generous position to Dr. Riek in a power-sharing agreement.

His government needs to stop talking about the conflict and ‘coup’ but focus on peace and reconciliation.

He needs to soften up on holding onto power and resort to saying things like, if the conflict did not erupt, he would have stepped down but he does not want to set that precedence for South Sudan for a leader to be removed by force.

Therefore, as he recognizes that there were mistakes on his side and that Dr. Riek is denying the coup, he needs to open up to a honest peace and hence, a government of national unity to end the crisis.

President Kiir must know that the world community is united against him. That means, even those he thinks that they are his friends, today, can be used against him any time tomorrow.

For example, the newly signed cooperation with Egypt is nothing but a waste of our monies because Egyptian army is almost 50% influenced by the US and if the US and UN are not with him as his government seems to claim, then he is a man on an Island.

South Sudan government needs to stop fooling itself with all these relationships it is trying to forge with other countries in a desperate attempt to secure support from them.

President Kiir seriously needs to focus on South-South dialogues and reach out in a unique way to Riek’s camp.

Otherwise, at the end of the day, the world will unite and support Riek and remove Kiir, something we will all regret.

South Sudanese are also getting tired of the conflict and the continuous stubbornness on the side of the government to bring back peace as proven in the continued detention of the G4 and the unconducive engagements with the rebels and other South Sudanese stakeholders in the talks in Addis.

Many South Sudanese are supporting inclusive dialogues. The government should accept that without delay.

What all parties need to do in the talks is to categorize them into sessions.

We need peace and it must come from us, South Sudanese people. It is necessary for our own survival and well-being as a nation. END

13 Comments

  1. I do agree with you brother, government need to reach out to those holding arms for dialogues and not with gun. I just cannot see the end to this conflict until we comes to the honesty and true reconciliations . I don’t know who is right in this conflict, but I think we are all losers in this conflict even if rebels win, it will be a justification for other tribes to pick up arms for take over. I am advocating for peace among south Sudanese and nothing else. dialogues or else all south Sudanese are doomed.

  2. monychol says:

    Deng,your heartfelt proposals will now be heed.Those t_hugs in power have no ears and eyes to see the conditions people are in.All the thugs such as Makuei Lueth,Kuol Manyang,Aleu Ayeny and and Wani Igga cares are their stomachs and what goes to their families in diaspora.,__

  3. Sokiri says:

    Not to take away from the author of the article(which I have not read), but the cover photo of the President for this article bear uncanny resemblance to Charlie Prince, a character in the movie 3.10 to Yuma. In the movie, Charlie Prince is a tragic cold-blooded killer gangster who would kill anyone for standing between him and his objectives or just for insulting him, real or perceive. Does art imitates life or life imitates art!

    PERHAPS, MR. SOKIRI, IF YOU WOULD READ THE ARTICLE IN ITS ENTIRETY, YOU WOULD HAVE QUICKLY REACHED THE SAME CONCLUSION…. CHEERS….EDITOR

  4. Dear brother Abraham Deng Lueth, there is nothing call power sharing for the leaders of one Political Party, yes it could have been a way forward akin to what was brokered in Zimbabwe and Kenya if the duo President Kiir and Dr. Riek were leaders of different Parties. And in order to arrive at such an agreement, you need to convince your leader Dr. Riek Machar and his group to form their own Political Party so that, a power sharing government can be negotiated. you also have to bear in mind that, giving power to whoever rebels to wage a senseless war causing death to innocent civilians and destroying their properties without accountability is not a good idea, everybody who fells to aspire for any political position may resort to violence such that he/she can be rewarded based on such a precedent. why not seek power through democratic means, elections and so rather than the barrel of the Gun? we must also know that, the term of President Kiir has never ended yet, then what are bases of your arguments now?

    • monychol says:

      Akech, now that we have a group of thugs in Juba who are misruling South Sudan and have became enemies of the UN,USA,Israel,EU and AU and they wants to pit this young republic against every entity ,do you and the rests think this is what we wants for our people and ourselves? These thugs who run their mouths antagonizing everyone in the world in the name of our country are unacceptable.

  5. Dr. JAC Ramba says:

    Well written my friend. However Salva Kiir’s leadership has long been identified by many analyst to be a system too deformed to be reformed. For Salva Kiir to appreciate what you have written above, he will have to undergo a brain transplant first. The chances are such an operation may not be feasible in the near future and south Sudan cannot be kept waiting forever when atrocities are being committed everywhere.
    It is impossible for president Kiir to relinquish power voluntarily even if he is given another whole decade to rule. Voluntarily stepping down is just too much for his inner psychic which has been mal-conditioned over the long 9 years’ period to see no possible successor.
    He has only two exist strategies to choose from. He either choses to leave the Sadaam Hussein’s way or he chooses the Muamar Gadhafi’s way. There is no any third option left for this dictator after he has caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians!
    Dr. JAC Ramba.

  6. Defender says:

    Lueth,

    Your articles is sensible and to the point. The Kiir’s government is running on borrowed time and the fact the he and cohort are living in denial will surely put them at the perils of those who will take over. As you clearly stated, Kiir still has time to reconcile his image, not his legacy, by showing interest in retracting his stance and spearhead the peace making effort currently stalled in Addis. Taking the mantle of change that starts with him, and might save him from the dockets of the ICC or worst, lynched by his own, whom are now cornered, by the targeted sanction that was issued by President Obama. Most of these hooligans who are staking their claims to power by fomenting the current divide have their families and assets in the West. Thus any targeted sanction will affect them dearly. Their stolen millions will be withheld and returned back to South Sudanese, for the purpose it was intended to achieve, which is for the delivery of services to the poor, All, if they continue to obstruct the work of protecting civilians and peace effort, must be held in contempt of the rights of our people and a chance to have peace.

    Living in denial as the case seems to be will not absolved him, personally, from the burden he has created. Let us see what their response will be as the targeted sanction take effect, given his exposed position towards everything that has taken place since December 15th 2013. Our people will be free from the tyranny of Kiir and his cohort.

  7. Tygson Black says:

    My friend you must be drunk or something,why dont you just drink your whisky in US there and leave our south sudan alone? why dont you just continue your gay work there rather than fueling our problems in south sudan here.please and please you guys are just wasting your time to narrate nonsense but Riak machar will never and ever walk to the state house as the president of Republic of South sudan,you can not kill innocent civilians and expect to rule who? trees or monkeys..? who z your uncle Riek going to rule in south sudan..? stop your stupid articles before it is too late

  8. malith Alier says:

    Dear MPA in Kansas,
    Some people are playing desperadoes in this conflict thinking that there is a quick fix to it. The release of the group of four does not guarantee peace agreement just like the release of group of seven has never even guaranteed the secession of hostilities accord. No amount of sacrifice be it material or spiritual will appease the killers of 1991 and 2013. Every concession from the government is regarded by rebels as victory and encourages them to try to score more victories as they go along. The learned guys in the US should note that.

  9. Aganyjok says:

    Oh my! Instead of Kiir minding of his image on his way out, Deng Lueth is the one that needs chosmetic surgery of his image or else his future in South Sudan’s public affairs is greatly damaged! I thought ”MPA” stands for something much better. Anyone who apportions himself with Riek or advocates for his egotic, beastly, selfish, fatal, idiotic adventures is doomed?

  10. colonel2014 says:

    Dear Deng Lueth,

    You are a disgrace to the community you represent. You were so blinded by the jailing of your allies to the point of ignoring all the things that your friend in this war, Riek Machar, did to innocent people in Bor. It was you who called in December that Riek Machar’s rebel should not be attacked in Bortown while they (rebels) were going to hospitals and churches to kill and rape old women. Not only that, a week ago you asked the leaders of South Sudan communities in the USA to condemn President Salva Kiir for all that is taking place in South Sudan. However, you have never condemned your ally Riek Machar for the atrocities his rebels committed against the civilians in Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, and many other rebels controlled territories.
    You duped the community you lead into electing you as its leader but that community is experiencing a buyer’s remorse.
    Once jailed SPLM political leaders are now out jail. Many people including me would be glad to see whether they would side with tribal movement (SPLM-in-Opposition) or the South Sudan government. You have made your c

  11. colonel2014 says:

    Dear Deng Lueth,

    You are a disgrace to the community you represent. You were so blinded by the jailing of your allies to the point of ignoring all the things which your friend in this war, Riek Machar, did to innocent people in Bor. It was you who called in December that Riek Machar’s rebel should not be attacked in Bortown while they (rebels) were going to hospitals and churches to kill and rape old women. Not only that, a week ago you asked the leaders of South Sudan communities in the USA to condemn President Salva Kiir for all that is taking place in South Sudan. However, you have never condemned your ally Riek Machar for the atrocities his rebels committed against the civilians in Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, and many other rebels controlled territories.
    You duped the community you lead into electing you as its leader but that community is experiencing a buyer’s remorse.
    Once jailed SPLM political leaders you were obsessed with are now out of jail. Many people including myself would be glad to see whether or not they (Pagan Amum, Oyai Deng, Ezekiel Gatkuoth, and Majak Agoot) would side with the tribal movement (SPLM-in-Opposition) or with 63 other tribes and the South Sudan government. You have made your choice, siding with Riek Machar and the rebels, and it is up to them to make their own choice.

  12. we need come to terms with each other for peace to come to us.

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