BY: Kabarika Lokang Loliha, TEXAS, USA, JAN/23/2013;
History teaches us that the men of power are feared but not respected. To bestow your interest in the country as a leader, one must have an able hand to do the impossible. In the current world democracies, the decrees issued by leaders are not to collide with the country’s constitutional laws. Unless in a country like South Sudan where the President is both the head of the constitution and the head of state as well, where the use of degrees is regarded as legitimate in the eyes of those whose interests have been served.
The uses of Degrees as recently seen used by the President of the Republic of South Sudan is nothing but an ambitious mind control politico-ecology aimed at silencing those who would have risen to challenge his authority. The relieving of many Generals by the President portrayed how Kiir and his cronies have become fearful with the military leaders following last year’s attempted coup by the rogue military personnel.
Who would have thought that long-timer military fellows would abruptly be discharged without a clear warning from the Commander-in-Chief? Unless there are reasons hidden somewhere away from the public, the President should come forth to clarify the entangled incident to the citizens.
As the already decreed relieved Generals may be thinking of what they will be doing next, it’s now clear that the people of Lakes State are in public dismay thirsty for explanation on how their democratically elected Governor was sacked. The news flies across the globe in seconds, but the mistakes one person took to deprive the citizens their right to hear what is due to them will be a permanent stamp in the leaders resume on how he/she uses this leadership power.
If the people put a person in power, the same people have the right to be convinced on how their elected leader was fired from his active duty. The president may have the ultimate right to demote or relieve generals from their active duties, but his executive power is a breach of law to authoritatively remove democratically elected leader from his post.
What differences would it served if the president has all power to appoint, discharge, or to demote the person he doesn’t share goals with if we call ourselves Democratic Nation while practically using authoritarian power to dismiss people at will?
The selection of those constitutional articles was a big time process the nation of South Sudan ever faced. Drafting the constitution on the interest of high ranking members of the party was an idiotic thing our beloved Republic of South Sudan would live to regret.
We have just emerged from a period of more than two decades war but to find ourselves being intimidated by the very same politician we entrusted to safeguard the rule of law and implementation of our country’s constitution. These recently decried degrees did not happen by accident, but because the administration might have gotten into politically uncomfortable situation.
Their relief from their duties was a systematic political calculation the president has used to gain a fresh favor from those juniors promoted to hold those big posts.
The rule of an authoritarian government is simple, punish those you don’t get along with and reward those that are sympathetic to your course of action. The world did it and Mr. Mayardit is no exception to refrain himself from this politically sensitive scheme.
This current administration being embroiled with numerous tribal and regional conflicts with Sudan, the very first thing that Mr. President needed to do is to maintain security and encourage development in the country. The leaders will be judged by what they stood for and what they have achieved in their lifetime leadership.
To lead without a challenge is not good for democracy. With political challenge comes determination to do better on how the country ought to be governed. Mr. Kiir has to acknowledge that whether he is advocating for totalitarian or authoritarian government, it is impossible to please everyone even if you are effective or ineffective. But to maintain the minimum support of the majority is a paramount concern of becoming a People’s leader.
Machiavelli once asked: Whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? The real leader may wish to combine both though it is much seen as good to be feared than respected.
The sacking of democratically elected governor underscored the rule and the process on how democracies function. Should the cause of his dismissal be as a result of recent tribal clashes, or is it true that the Lakes State is the only current tribally challenged state in the Republic of South Sudan?
Do the numbers of deaths from Lakes state outnumber those Killed by the Cattle rustlers in Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria states?
There is more into this unexplained fiasco. So long as the public, and especially the citizens who elected the governor to the position don’t get satisfactory reasons, the number of protests might not come to an end. END