Kindly repatriate your children home, honorable leaders

BY: Holy Crook, RSS, MAR/17/2013, SSN;

Unless every constitutional post holder repatriates his or family into South Sudan, efforts to build the new state will always go to waste.

To serve one’s country equals serving one’s immediate family. In essence, a leader is two fathers in one. He has two families that he looks after, cater for. One family is comprised of wife and children. The other comprises of you and me and his immediate family as well. A good leader serves his nation the very way he serves his immediate family. Such a leader is called man of the people.

But as the saying goes: no one can serve two masters, it is really hard, almost impossible, for a leader, particularly a South Sudanese, to serve his nation efficiently, especially when his wife and children are residing in a foreign land.

Immediate family, mainly children, play a major role in the governing of a nation. Children influence decisions a leader makes on national issues. That’s why it is rare to find a childless democratic leader today. If there are any, you will always learn that they have adopted children, honorary sons and daughters.

For South Sudan, it’s different. The fact that children of senior government officials are still residents of foreign cities has serious implications on the way the affairs of the country are being run. It’s simple:

As a cabinet minister whose children go to a private school in Nairobi or Kampala, you will always pay little or no attention at all, to challenges facing primary school children in Chukudum or Nasir.

When your son goes to one of the prestigious colleges in New York or London, whatever problem that faces Juba or Wau university students, whatever plight of a poor student you hear ‘gets into your head through one ear and flies out through the other,’ immediately.

When young children and the elderly die at Juba Teaching Hospital due to lack of medical supplies, when mothers die during delivery at Malakal civil Hospital because there is no one to attend to them for nurses have downed their tools over salary arrears, you cease to listen because none of your family members is affected in any way.

When majority of Juba residents, after eight years, ‘smell’ electricity, when the citizens are losing hearing to the deafening sound of Chinese generators, you find it too much work to devise solutions simply because neither you nor your child knows what it feels like to dwell in a town without power.

When good citizens perish in road carnage due to bad roads, when a rescue team takes three days to get to a village 10 kilometers far off, to fight off raiders because of non-existence of road networks, you knock back three tots of your favorite European whiskey and say “who cares?” because none of your children uses those roads.

When almost every home in Juba does not have access to running water, when women still walk distance to fetch water, none of those conditions inspires you to find possible solutions to the prolonged suffering because your family is enjoying sweat of other men who toiled, men who had to build landmarks to make sure their offspring have something to brag about.

Do you see how your children are impacting on the national issues, directly?

Yes every parent wants all the best things there are on earth for his or her children. Every father wants his children to acquire better education. But now that all these are impacting on the nation negatively, won’t you move your family back to the country?

It sounds wild but the moment you use economic lens to look at what you are doing, you will get to realize how destructive this is to the country. Try this: If school fees of your child is Ksh. 100,000 per term, don’t you figure what it means to the young economy of South Sudan?

If your fellow civil servant sends tens of thousands of dollars to Australia or America as monthly family upkeeps, don’t you see how bad it is to the economy?

If a constitutional post holder, someone charged with the responsibility of building the nation, could buy a 20-million-shilling mansions in Nairobi, how many other comrades of his have bought such houses? Exactly what plans do you have for this country and its citizens?

Alleviation of this baby country from chronic economic, political and social pains is easy. It does not and it will not require rocket science to better the Republic of South Sudan. All it demands is heart, patriotism.

Since school is one of the pieces of cloth you always use to cover ‘political nakedness’, since education for your children is the reason why they are still in refuge, improvement and transformation of the education sector must be prioritized in the country. Below are possible solutions. But first, let’s look at how bad the education sector is.

A UNESCO recent report highlights factors behind low enrollment and early drop out across the country. The two factors most widely reported by parents, explaining why their children are out of school are cost and distance.

While the government has a policy of free basic education, many schools appear to charge fees. Moreover, parents face indirect costs associated with the purchase of uniforms and books. Distance is especially problematic in states – such as Western Bar Ghazal, Western Equatoria and Jonglei – with low population densities.

In the case of South Sudan, infrastructure deficits and shortages of learning materials reinforce deficits in the quality of education, as illustrated by the following data:

Pupil-teacher ratios are very high, especially for trained teachers. The national average ratio for pupils-trained teachers is 1:117, rising to 1:141 in Unity and Upper Nile states and 1:201 in Jonglei.

Classroom shortages are pervasive. One third of the children ‘in school’ are being taught in the open air and another quarter in semi-permanent or basic classrooms. The average pupil classroom ratio is 134:1

Provision of latrines and safe drinking water is limited, with just half of schools having access to both facilities. Most school children ease themselves in the nearby bushes.

Textbooks are in short supply, with an average pupil textbook ratio of 1:4 rising to the worst case scenario of 1:9 in Unity state.

The above problems echo the government’s perception of the education sector. They show that the government devalues the badly needed education.

Look, in spite of the pathetic conditions of the educational system in South Sudan, the children of the “Most High,” starting from children of H.E President Kiir and Vice President Riek, must be repatriated into the country because it is only their presence, their feeling and sharing in the pain of this deplorable situation that will compel their good dads to find solutions to the predicament.

A problem well defined is a problem half-solved. Need I get into the details of more possible solutions? No, Sir.

11 Comments

  1. BOM PET says:

    Hi, HOLY CROOK
    I personally appreciated your brilliant idea. It really comes from someone who follows or cares for what is going on in South Sudan. The points you raised are genuine and the only resolutions to the development of this nation if put in consideration. You know, 70% of senior officials in S.Sudan are either single returnees or have sent their families to neighboring countries. But all your efforts are in vain- because they’ll fall on deaf ears!
    You are truly a concerned citizen- though your name doesn’t sound like a S.Sudanese!! Bravo man!
    (FROM THE EDITOR: The name is an alias to protect the writer from the country’s security ….)

  2. anok maketh says:

    Holy,
    who told you they care? Kiir & his vice, Dr. Riek have been building the most worst callous system the world has ever seen, a legalized robbery, in 21st Century. very shamful indeed. In the developed countries, it is known as a cartel network. As people say, “a ruling regime is either part of solution or part of problem.” This say plays well in our situation in south sudan.
    Our ruling men are the big problem to us & will continue to be because they have no pity in their hearts for fellow citizens. These men are intentionally hurting citizens, knowing well that people are traumatized, weakened emotionally & will not speak for themselves when their rights are violated; indeed nowhere to turn to. And this is why our president has been bitter lately with those outside the country for pointing out the wickedness of the system. I am referring to his military address at Bilpam last year after signing of co-op agreement.

    Kiir has this dark ill-heart while Machar’s ego always blindfolds him (an opportunist), can’t wait to grab it if he sees one, both are perfect disaster-making ingredients, no doubt. I am not trying to be negative about our country, but as these two remain in power, south sudanese will continue to pay a heavy price in terms of not only lack of schools but more worse.

  3. candiga Moses says:

    I wish all South Sudanese have the same focus like you, we could not have any problem in developing this nation at all. However, when you talk about this, you will be cited as number one enemy of these officials yet the nation is developing backwards and they camouflage by giving the excuse that the country is still young. For how long shall we continue saying this? Thank you for the courage and critical observation. The obstacle is that this group of people do not have the time to read this article. Once they see the heading, immediately they will rush to the author’s name, telephone number in order to threaten the writer.

  4. anok maketh says:

    Moses,
    but how long will they ignore citizens’ concerns, keep giving excuses or in worst scenario, kill in cold blood?
    No one ever been asking for big houses or cars, but just something basic as security, law & order, that’s all, a first job on day one after any government is formed. How do you build a nation if you are unable to settle the population? It’s just matter of time before it bites them. Since we are not an isolated nation, the tumor taking place in the region might be awaiting us if no change soon.

    South Sudanese outside & inside the country have already acknowledged a reality that our current leadership has hit a dead end (cannot do any better than this) no matter how more chances given to them. Panthou was the proof, when the 10-day war broke out, citizens did their part, soldiers did theirs too but leadership terribly failed even to make sure the area is included in a current buffer zone. I do not understand why including kiir kou/14 miles when it was just claimed by Khortoum recently but not Panthou, it doesn’t make sense diplomatically.

  5. Paulino says:

    Holy Crook,
    I totally concur with you on those genuine concerns you have raised, this is the kind of a contribution the nation needs to address its development ignorance and negligence. Our leaders are keeping their families in foreign countries on the ground that:
    (1) they want their children to go to most prestigious schools such that when they acquired academic standards they can come back home and secure high paying jobs and be our future leaders such as their fathers did;
    (2) they knew education is in a poor shape in South Sudan;
    (3) they fear lack of health services in the country and,
    (4) they also know that security situation is bad. Perhaps, they might be right, but the question is how is development in South Sudan in terms of services delivery going to improve in South Sudan?
    Our leaders should realize the fact that no development will be achieved without their sacrifice.

  6. Roto Nice says:

    Dear Holly,
    you are truly South Sudanese, this is what I can say. Presidency, all cabinets, Governors plus their ministers are all working to loot the resources of this country. The above categories have no children here in S Sudan, we are being ruled by foreigners who take our resources belonging to poor people and transfer them to Americas, Australia, Europe and east Africa for their children to enjoy. Can we blame ourselves for having brought them to power through ballot boxes? shall we repeat it again when 2015 elections comes?, I think this would be put as one of conditions for those who will contest the election. we don’t want any more children out of south Sudan.
    Nothing will improve in SS because these thieves receive their treatment abroad when they fall sick, their childern studying abroad. Let’s make change by all means and cost.

  7. karbino says:

    Dear Holly and the fellow nationalists, south sudan is categorized into three:-
    1- THE ROYAL FAMILY: this type of family consist of mostly the National legislature families, the Executive post holders families and lastly the Judiciary post holders families. Despite the fact that we are all S. Sudanese, those who fall under this category benefit a lot and are the mere thieves of our four billion dollars of which if well used may in turn produce something seen as impossible here in South sudan. From here the government is seen to have done little if not nothing. We must claim that money in unpredictable time.

    2-MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY: this group emerged from some few senior army and police officials, this group got two-third of the money stolen.

    3- MERE PATRIOTIC CITIZEN: this group has a great idea of developing this land but were not given a chance, so we pray to almighty through his mighty power and deed to surprise this great nation in 2015 election to bring an independent candidate to take over the leadership and transform south sudan into a modern state.
    Have mercy on us lord!

  8. Wani Richard says:

    Dear Bro Holy,
    What you wrote here shows exactly the meaning of your name to me. You have really analyzed our situation and that is what is happening in our Country. How can a leader fight against corruption when he has to feed 30 people per day in Juba, abroad and in his own State? How much is his /her salary and allowance? How can he talk about improving roads in South Sudan when he uses air to go the Counties of South Sudan? Our current leader valued cars (V8) more than everything in since cars is new thing in their life ( some of them were running after cattle and others were rearing chicken and Goat).
    In my own payam, we have already laid below strategies for the next coming election
    1. MP should have permanent building in his own Boma were he comes from
    2. Should have his own family (including his wife/children)
    3. What kind contribution did this person do the community and entire South Sudan?
    4. Criminality record (corruption)
    5. Education level
    6. Declaration of his wealth to the Community
    All in all, our current leaders come from poor family back ground that is why they don’t want a system.

  9. Dear Roto Nice. (Donkey for Change)
    It is so nice indeed. The South Sudanese have spoken loudly and long enough. General Kiir Mayardit, Vice president Dr. Riek Machar, James Wani Igga and all those Dinkas, Nuers and Equatorians corrupted ministers/officials should not be re-elected in 2015. Dr. Lam Akol who is currently negotiating the return or sale of our Country to the Arabs in Khartoum should be advised to forget about the sale of our precious Country and reclaim his Citizenship from his president Omar El Bashir. The so called SPLM-DC (Donkey for changes) should be disbanded or barred from participating in 2015 election because it was formed by the President Omar Hassan El Bashir with the intention to derail the referendum process for our independence.
    All the Equatorian tribal or kokora political parties should not be allowed to participate in the South Sudanese National Election in 2015. We need a non tribal party with great political agenda and ideologies. We need good leaders with the real change of the mentality of our politicians in Juba or Ramciel. Long live to ROSS! Long live to the great Citizens of ROSS!

    NB: Mr. Lukudu G Garang,
    The editor needs your real email, and thanks.

  10. Modi says:

    Dear Readers,

    The fact about our senior Government Officials are, they look like not this country Officials. What they are supposed to have to bring their families back home to South Sudan since there is no more war. And if they don’t, this means that they have two legs or either he/she is a South Sudanese or not if that never happens. I said this because South Sudan resources are wasted by these Senior Government Officials families abroad because day after day like being their families are and taking a lot of money and behind people suffering due to no money.

    Thanks,
    Modi,
    modi_lolaja@yahoo.com

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