BY: Nul J. Mayendit, JUBA, NOV/19/2014, SSN;
The Republic of South Sudan is known for brilliant people, great historians, situated on a very rich geographical location with fertile soil. A country endowed with enormous natural resources such as oil that sell highly in the International markets, probable uranium, gold, diamond and etc.
This country has been categorized as among the failing states within its phases of inception a regional district to Sovereignty within which it obtained “Free at Last” the 9th July 2011 Independence.
World’s records in business journals, economic magazines have shown South Sudan as one of the most upcoming States with spontaneous development, Democratic and a potential business hub.
South Sudanese from different backgrounds on other hand writes, testify and advocate to the entire world that this country is a failed state, being characterized by dictatorial hegemony, poor economy and above all a corrupt country.
It is very clear that the negative impression that global citizens have about our country is our own bias, erroneous reports and slanderous communications to media houses.
We are a betrayal to our own selves, foreign citizens talk positive about this country but the South Sudanese finds it a “fashion” to abuse and belittle themselves in public places such as conferences, workshops, media and even churches.
Beginning from the top-most citizens, military Generals, state-sponsored tycoons and other gurus sharpened a python tongues against South Sudan. We have mentioned enough aspects of a failed state to foreign population staying within and abroad. We betray our country on the systemic cancer called “corruption”, Government officials and civil societies, religious leaders and opinion leaders sang songs about tribalism, nepotism and citizens’ laziness to work, this alone, partly explains why an influx of foreigners in South Sudan. Of course yes!
A case in point is the Presidential slogan of “Zero Tolerance to Corruption” instead some civil servants, Ministers, army generals and the general public took it for granted and used the same roadmap to blame the President to have failed in implementation. Come-ons! Policies and roadmaps are set by the Head of States and the rest remains a collective contribution by all.
I have registered a particular case with the civil society that is composed of majority from opposition parties, former civil servants and less educated self-proclaimed journalists. This organization lacks transparency and the ability to analyze personalities and the systemic disparities in the Government of South Sudan.
The organization has sold the image of the country to the brim that it does belong to the world of furnished and improved corruption, tribalism and war crimes. They have never and still cast doubts whether they will ever be partial about the current leadership’s achievements; I suspect they have taken upon them as “ Personal”. How much do you have to offer and when?
It is quite unfortunate and an embarrassing for some citizens who at one point serve in this system to criticize and displace the weaknesses they were part of onto others, after all they have been removed or professionally short-circuited with their positions.
I have a respect for one individual who did oppose Governments from the word “go” Dr. Adwok Nyaba, although he hates the consequences and I quote “I do not enjoy the tenancy of Prisons”. Who does anyway!
Constructive criticisms of this elite and one learned fellow personally impressed me, even if he represents it with absurdum.
In our collective search for meaningful political change, we need to understand that change is a process. It takes time to build democratic institutions and establish fair political practices. Violent opposition is not a political change but destruction [Malith Kur, London]
There is no country that has a proper definition of democracy in the world. Every nation has its principal application in the context to which it perceives democratic governance. Therefore, South Sudanese on a serious note require comprehensive understanding of their own nation, legal precedence, its populace, resources and the level of their physical presence in order to advocate for the so called democracy.
I know of one challenge to “democrats of South Sudan” the imported democracy from various countries makes fewer efforts to bring forth any role model country other than betraying our own country as a failed state.
What did we have then while we were classified asylum seekers, refugees and or political and army deserters?
Isn’t it better to have a bad Government than having none? South Sudanese are staining this country with the best paint that will cost the most expensive detergent to remove it in future.
There is no point of being hopeless, let’s consider future improvement.
In south Sudan, “there is no constitutional provision for dual citizenship” therefore, South Sudanese abroad that have another citizenship must give a chance to true South Sudanese in the country to resolve their own and adjust to the next level of best governance, or else your contribution has gone ransack and it has incited our country into tribal slums.
Your cyberspace has become tribal base forum and a college of deceits, naïve propagandistic and sufficient enough to cause another war within the families.
The best attitude of a good citizen is to be proud of his/her origin, country and defend it where necessary, the rest are an inside renovation which does not require publication and indoctrination of a foreign population to have negative image towards your country.
We as South Sudanese have never had a sovereign State before, some of us are aware of how much price was paid to obtain this country.
Are we in our right mind to even tongue-slide of mentioning the country as a failed state? Hate this with fashion!
Compatriotism, nationalism, Pan Africanism, Comradeship and citizenry that pay taxes are key elements to form a good citizen. Do South Sudanese have these doctrines in them? They’re reflected in our own actions, the display of our scientific analysis on the current tragedy in which the country is held up with.
The future of this country will never come from another country or citizens but from us. Leaders come and they go, however, The Republic of South Sudan will always remain forever and forever more!
The author can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Juba.