By: GatDakhar Kuoth, MAY/31/2015, SSN;
May 30th, 2015 witnessed a big turnout for South Sudanese living in Uganda to celebrate SPLM/SPLA 16th May, 32nd Anniversary which was organized by South Sudanese Students’ Union in Uganda at DI-ThIS World Hall in International University of East Africa Kampala.
The Students’ body in its capacity fights harder to maintain the broken society unity in adhering to an organization principles and objectives by being fair enough in avoiding divisive speeches from die-hard supporters from either government side or rebel sympathizers.
However, regardless of the above, Ambassador Lowate made a political blunder in trying to defend his government’s position in the peace talks with rebels by attributing all the obstacles to the rebel group forgetting that he was lecturing Students, activists, political commentators who are well informed on all political developments taking place in South Sudan.
In his narrative on the genesis of political crisis and power struggle within SPLM which took the country into abyss, the Ambassador felt short to give more insight on the true version of the matter.
He believed that there was a forceful short-cut to leadership by those of Dr Riek Machar which is more likely a coup d’etat but I am not really sure if the Ambassador is acting out of ignorance because when the SPLM leaders called for reforms on 6th/December/2013, the guest of honor he was accompanying to the 16th/May/2015 function, Mr. Deng Athorbei, was among the SPLM leaders who felt the need for reforms and organized the conference on 6th/ December 2013 which president his co capitalized on and term the group as coup plotters.
This cheap propaganda has got no customers because it was seen as political calculations meant to silence those with divergent views and nonconformist within the government and the alleged claim was dismissed and disregarded by Juba Kangaroo court.
On the other hand, the Ambassador claims to be more an SPLM senior member since the inception of the movement in 1983 than his colleague, Dr Riek Machar, whom he claimed to join the movement afterwards in 1985.
But the question is, is Ambassador Lowate’s claim authenticated to be true given the fact that Dr Riek was the one in charge of SPLM office in Addis Ababa in 1994 and he was the one welcoming Mr. Wani Igga during his arrival from Egypt as he joined the movement.
In the same related development as Ambassador Lowate explained to the audience who happened to attend the event that the SPLM hierarchical code banned the new comers to compete for higher position. Here the Ambassador got it wrong again as he is not aware on how the movement suffered internal splits.
The ideological warfare which divided the SPLM into two factions in 1991, Nasir faction spearheaded by Dr Riek Machar and Dr Lam Akol was for total separation of South Sudan from North whereas Torit faction under leadership of Dr John Garang was for unity of whole Sudan with the new basis.
The two factions merged together in 2002 to ink a comprehensive agreement (CPA), in which the merging has been used and mispronounced by opportunists like Ambassador Samuel Lowate as surrendering of the other party to SPLM, simply because they presumed it as a displacement of some vulnerable personalities like Mr. Wani Igga, something they used to cite as example on many occasions.
Those of Ambassador Samuel didn’t see the coming together of two parties as a blessing, rather they were worried of party hierarchical displacement brought by new arrangement which was done on the gesture of goodwill.
When the two powerful giants united (Dr John and Dr Riek) this put to an end the long civil war in Sudan. This came about when the status of referendum which Dr Riek Machar signed with Khartoum regime in 1997 was incorporated into the comprehensive peace Agreements protocols arrangements which led to the birth of Republic of South Sudan through a referendum in 2011.
Based on analytical facts as to shed more light on why Ambassador Lowate is a political orphan, the phenomenon of telling lies is the only way of survival and securing jobs nowadays in Juba which destroyed and undermined the dignity of the patriotism of so many national icons.
Therefore, the democratic transformation of leadership within SPLM was not attained due to incited speech and hurdles laid forwards by incumbent president Salva Kiir in attempt to resist the political bureau meeting which aimed to set agenda for SPLM national liberation council in Nyakuron Cultural Center before the crisis engulfed the country.
As in search for solution to this man-made catastrophe, the master and his servants are trying to brainwash the general public by throwing the failures of peace talks to the opposition as a cover up to their self-initiated and sponsored coup which I believed everyone at her/his level of understanding is aware that the sympathy tears that are being shed publicly by president and his likes are indeed crocodile tears and reflect mockery to the victims of December 2013, while deeply inside they are not ready for peace.
The Author is political Activist, he can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org