EDITORIAL ANALYSIS: JUN/19/2013, SSN;
In the latest corruption bombshell, the nation’s ever toothless President Kiir has suspended two high profile ministers, of finance and of cabinet affairs, for ‘allegedly’ masterminding another gargantuan financial scandal to the total sum of millions of US dollars.
The nation’s ineffectual leader belatedly issued the decree (as typical like always in previous cases of such massive corruption) withdrawing the immunities on Mr. Kosti Manibe, the finance minister and Deng Alor, the minister of cabinet affairs, so that the impotently ineffective and similarly toothless chairman of the useless money-gulping Anti-Corruption Commission, John Gatwech, may typically start his so-called ‘investigation.’
To most South Sudanese citizens, this latest scandal, yet again, is just a regular recurrence of the blatancy of stealing within the SPLM/A monstrosity, which as always, despite more wastage of more money in bogus ‘investigations’ ends with the total exculpation of those highly placed ‘kleptocrats’ in the nation’s ruling party.
Therefore, there’s really nothing surprising about the latest alleged theft commissioned by Manibe and Alor, as we have helplessly witnessed all three predecessors of Manibe, that’s all past Kiir’s finance ministers, commit more bigger and unfathomable ‘kiir-iminalities,’ while heading this same INFAMOUS MINISTRY OF THIEVES, as every South Sudanese now would surely label this portfolio in the new nation.
Anyway, like those ‘dishonorable’ predecessors who easily got away scot-free and very, very rich, the prevailing pre-conclusion already fixated in minds of millions of the economically suffering citizens is that, whatever the proclaimed seriousness seen in Kiir or the strength of the mitigating circumstances of their alleged ‘crime,’ Manibe and Alor are as sure to emerge unscathed, as the exonerated ‘gang of three’ ex-ministers of finance, Akuein, Athian and Athorbei.
Recapitulating the biogenesis of the alleged ‘crime,’ it was revealed in the president’s decree that the alleged sum was long paid to a certain company supposedly tendered to supply fire extinguishing equipments or materials, and allegedly, proper procedural steps not followed, and that the company reportedly failed to deliver the ‘goods.’
ANY TRIBAL/REGIONAL COLOUR TO THIS CRIME?
In hindsight, finance minister, Kosti Manibe’s downfall was sinisterly part of a predestined plot which the apparently naive Manibe only aggravated by his so-called ‘holy crusade’ to blindly institute the so-called ‘internal transfers’ within the ministry of finance of some very high-profile grand masters of the pervasive corruption machinery within the finance ministry.
Historically, since the inception of Kiir’s government in 2005, the line-up of the top bureaucracy in the finance ministry has always been a seclusive reserve of the Dinka of Kiir’s Greater Bahr el ghazel, as evidenced by the infamous tenures of all past three ministers of finance and practically all the top bureaucrats.
It was, therefore, this exclusiveness and particularism of the ‘blessed clan’ in this money ‘factory’ that has enabled as well shielded all previous and current ‘looting’ perpetuated by the Kiir Gang with absolute impunity and immunity since President Kiir ascended into the ‘Heavenly throne’ of the new nation.
Let’s be sincere, who has ever heard of a successful prosecution and jailing of any case of so-called ‘corruption’ brought to court of law since the ‘godly’ toothless bulldog created his kingdom?
Similarly, why has the president himself kept lip-tight about the so-called ’75’ thieves who are forgiven by the ‘Holy Father’ himself and just asked to freely ‘repatriate’ nothing or any thing into the heavenly account only accessible by ‘God the Father himself?’
Whatever happens, Kosti Manibe is circumstantially fortunate that nothing will ‘happen’ to him because, first, his co-accused and alleged accomplice, Deng Alor, a top and first-class SPLA man and Kiir’s tribesman, is an ‘untouchable,’ whose very implication in this alleged crime is just a charade.
Furthermore, in his desperation to outwit his professed rival in the coming presidential elections sometime in the future (perhaps), Kiir is advisedly judicious not to antagonize Western Equatorians or Equatorians as a whole, by jailing one of their sons, after all, it should be pointed out that when Kosti Manibe failed the last elections, Kiir himself anointed him a minister of finance…. Manibe will always be a political pawn.
Not long ago, another top character in the form of the Secretary-general of the SPLM itself was inadvertently dragged to court and what the nation shockingly witnessed was outright subversion of justice and due process of the law.
Moreover, to even imagine that Deng Alor would ever be touched by our laws, only fools will wait forever for that impossibility to materialize…..NEVER….NEVER…
FUTURE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS CHARADE:
Astonishingly, in a recent duplicitous investigation conducted by the same chair of the Anti-corruption commission, John Gatwech, into the theft at the nation’s Presidential Residence (J-One), Mr. Gatwech weirdly found out and concluded that those alleged ‘house-breakers’ who allegedly stole millions of the nation’s money are actually not thieves but “administrative self-helpers,” and he only recommended some administrative measures against these presidential kin and kith appointees.’
With such kind of utterly incompetent jurisprudence and conspiratorial adjudication from the likes of the Anti-corruption commission chair, Gatwech, or likewise, from the nation’s legal pillars of justice like the justices in the nation’s courts of law, the prosecutors and the police, the kiir-iminality in the South Sudan Nation will be inadvertently accentuated and exacerbated to the detriment of all.
Unfortunately, South Sudan, in the predestined and continuous leadership of the SPLM/A, will in the foreseeable future be a retarded and failed nation, just like its neighbours around, or the likes of Nigeria, which in spite of the oil windfall, its people remain impoverished, agitated and restless, while the ruling cliques shamelessly wallow in the obscenities of ill-begotten wealth.
In South Sudan today, where school children have no toilets or food to eat, where roads are utterly unusable, where the few functioning hospitals are completely unequipped to ‘normal’ standards, a heartless president Kiir has now selfishly embarked on building another Presidential Palace in Juba for himself, just within a walking distance of the current majestic J-One.
For those who can still recollect, the current J-One has been repeatedly undergoing expensive and exorbitant renovations, with wall-to-wall big TV screens and all the latest ostentatious paraphernalia that’s the envy of pop and movie stars or the Bill Gates, and apparently, many of these several scam renovations were done by Ethiopian/Eritrean wives or concubines of SPLM/A big shots or contractors from the ‘chosen’ people.
Finally, to all concerned citizens, unless you all unite to push to change things as they stand, where the president and the domineering ruling party arbitrarily and wilfully bypasses the parliament and ignores or even oversteps the constitution, the real danger is that South Sudan is precariously on the downhill path of becoming a one-party state.
Our nation will inevitably, also, become a society of patronage, which in essence it already is, where tribalism visibly supersedes in all aspects of the nation’s functionality and this has obviously made difficult the fight against corruption.
You be the judge….Is it any surprise that the Nigerians, like some Savannah vultures have now jumped into the mess by unashamedly ‘bribing’ the entire government of Kiir with a duplicitous gift of a million dollar worth of exercise books, just to get a good, good share in the nation’s yet under-developed oil industry?