BY: Chier Akueny Anyithiec, South Sudan, SEP/21/2014, SSN;
Weaning a child is not always an easy task; it takes a child sometimes trying by all means to make sure that the source of the breast milk is maintained. What do you understand by this? I mean Kenyan economist, Mr. Mwangi S. Kimenyi, is totally wrong and needs to come up and
support his decision of abusing the whole nation, South Sudan.
The decision taken by the republic of South Sudan is not completely stupid and folly as he put it but it is completely ideal decision. It is a part of the measures of liberating the economic setback of this country.
Here, I would wish to humbly disagree with Mr. Mwangi S. Kimenyi for comparing the current decree issued by South Sudan’s government with that of Uganda in the time of Dictator Idi Amin.
To make it clear, Sudan as a whole got independent from British in 1956. This is a very long time indeed and for sure, Southern Sudan region was part of greater competitive nation, called Sudan.
However, the region of Southern Sudan was part of great Sudan with its educated machines, although Southern Sudan region has never been put in picture for all these times; then the problem was because the Southerners were under the oppression of the Arab Muslims of Northern region who do not accept anything else important apart from something connected to Sharia law and Islam itself. So, we are not Muslim to be put in picture by Northerners.
South Sudan has never lacked educated people since the inception. This region has its educated intellectual ever since Sudan got independent from greater Britain in 1956; let me repeat it for you to understand better.
We had doctors, professors, Masters’ degree holders and degree holders compared to Northern region and indeed skilled personnel are of great abundance but due to the lack of free social and economic integration in the system of old Sudan let us down.
If not, there would be no Mr. Mwangi S. Kimenyi today criticizing great South Sudan only on economic issues without a response from at least 20 doctors/professor etc of economic, if not hundredths of them from South Sudan alone.
Mr. Mwangi, at least a degree holder would simply respond to you now not because there are no doctors, professors, economic practitioners or whatever education level you may need in South Sudan.
War does not mean people who fought for their right for long period of time could be termed uneducated. We are educated to the extent we can properly manage our own affairs. Although we have consultants/specialists or practitioners from abroad, yet we are the very people
to supervise and correct them inside our country’s affairs.
Yes, South Sudan must have consultants from abroad, mostly Israelites. Why not? We know very well that foreign consultants are important in every growing economy that is why America still has foreigner consultants to the date. But this is not what it means here.
Mr. Mwangi, you need to understand the term in economy called Human Capital of any country: Sir, Mwangi, I would beg you to allow me explain to you briefly the need for South Sudan to declare such a burning issue to you today.
To liberate our economy, it needs us take ahead the all economic sections evenly. And indeed to promote all economic sectors forwards then, we would not leave the so called human capital behind.
This does not mean Kenyans, Ugandans, Rwandans, Congolese and the rest of the world will do it to us directly but indirectly and South Sudanese will impart directly. I would give you a book not because I have intended to do so to you but your aggressive act of terming South Sudanese ‘stupid’ makes me do so.
To explain it better, I have to talk little bit on human capital. This is nothing less than a stock of competencies, knowledge, customs, social and personality attributes, including creativity, perceptive abilities, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce
South Sudan wouldn’t produce proper economic value using only foreigners without owners’ involvement. It is a collective economic view of the human being acting within their own economies, which is an attempt to capture the social, genetic, cultural and psychological complexity as they interact in explicit and in economic dealings.
Many theories unambiguously connect investment in human capital development to education, and the role of human capital in economic development, productive growth, and innovation has frequently been showed as a justification for government to subside in the job skills
training and skill augmenting.
It does not mean that Mr. Kimenyi, would come from Kenya to do all these for us to develop skillfully better in South Sudan without South Sudanese fore runners.
Human capital is only an alternative to economic capital and symbolic capital. These critiques, and other debates, suggest that “human capital has no sufficient justification worldwide, and then majority of economists including Kenyan economists except you embrace it
I wish I meet old Modern Makerere University graduate, your former President, Mwai Kibaki to explain to you the importance of promoting human capital and ways of promoting to you.
It is a supposition in economic concepts, reflecting the context of the heavy industrial sector of the economy which could be producing much more than the tertiary sector was able to produce at the time in most countries. But to do this, you cannot chase out the citizens from
holding the main stem of it.
Dear Mwangi, we are here talking about the service sector consists of the “soft” parts of the economy activities where people offer their knowledge and time to improve productivity, performance, potential, and sustainability and possibly what we called affective labor. The
basic characteristic of this sector is the production of services instead of supplying me.
When we talk of services; they are known to be intangible goods include attention, advice, access, experience, and discussion. The production of information is generally also regarded as a service, but some economists now attribute to a fourth sector. We shall call not only you but also above mentioned old economist of Kenya, if you think we don’t have all these perceptions.
The tertiary sector of industry involves the provision of services to other businesses as well as final consumers. Services may involve the transport, distribution and sale of goods from producer to a consumer, as may happen in wholesaling and retailing, or may involve the
provision of a service, such as in pest control or entertainment.
South Sudan welcomes investors but not workers as you put it.
Secondly, you cannot exclude us from acting within our economy. South Sudan authority promotes all necessary backgrounds and atmosphere to attract investors to the country and contribute in the development.
Can you develop South Sudan without me? I don’t think you are really an economist that takes principles and theories of economic apparatus. Kenyan economic went and grew fast because the citizens themselves are the playing characters.
Would you simply explain to South Sudanese where Kenya got their skilled human resources initially in the history of your independent?
In modern characteristic of even economic promotion, we term balanced growth as the goal to equal growth of both aggregate human capabilities and physical assets that produce goods and services.
This simply means, when we continue employing foreigners leaving our talented graduates, then we stand on a ground that we are only promoting income of those foreign countries. Mr. Hon. Minister Ngor Kolong (the minister of labour) and I see the possibility of our country remaining incapable for rest of the century.
How do you need South Sudan to help you and how far do you need South Sudan to include you in developmental affairs of South Sudan? I think you cannot be my manager in Home and Away industry, when you and I are holding the same degrees and have the same skills.
If not so, then you mean we do not know what we mean to do!
I don’t think you could be in a position to criticize the decision taken by the South Sudanese concerning authority to improve the welfare and well-being of the citizens.
Mr. Mwangi, does it mean Kenyan professionals can drive, paid better, work in our industries,
hotels, sweeping and even working as office managers while our graduates and professionals should remain roaming without jobs?
If you may not know the difference, l would bother little bit explain to you the different between Ngor Kolong and Dictator Idi Amin’s expulsion of foreigners. President Idi Amin expulsed the traders and investors from the country, while Minister, Ngor Kolong only want for workers who hold citizens positions to leave and give the chance to the nationals wandering all over looking for jobs.
It does not mean when Mr. Mwangi comes as an investor for instance he has to bring all the workers along with him from the country of origin. Is this what you mean sir economist?
I studied in Uganda; I once went and entered a certain hotel called Panda Junub. The hotel
industry was surely for a South Sudanese; initially, I was not thinking that hotel belonged to South Sudanese investor because all the workers including finance, cashier, waiter/tress including cooks etc apart from managing director were all Ugandans. Why did that hotel
employ Ugandans instead of South Sudan?
I would simply invite Mr. Kimenyi if the concerned authority may not think of inviting him to visit Juba and the rest of our cities/towns to research and compare them with the rest of the countries including Kenya; if it is indeed the ways you need South Sudan to promote the
social economic stability of South Sudanese.
You cannot promote economic security without first promoting the common well-being of the citizens. I would not feel happy if I enter a hotel and a foreign lady or young man serves me when our young ladies/men are roaming aimlessly along the street.
We need to remove the ideology that South Sudanese don’t want to work! If we do not want to work and war is a heavier work that any other human being may feel tired; how did we fight for our freedom for 22 years leave alone 40 years if we include the genesis of the struggle
of Southern Sudanese region?
South Sudan needs to wean the child but still we should know very well that the child weaned remains crying until he/she adapted to the dry situations.
Writer: Chier Akueny Anyithiec,
South Sudan and can be reached by email@example.com