South Sudan Hypocrisy to Peace

BY: Marial Mach Aduot, Melbourne, Australia, APR/01/2014, SSN;

The horrendous war that started toward the end of last year is the most barbaric act of our recent times as South Sudanese. It’s jeopardized our likelihoods as the destruction of lives in Juba, Bor, Malakal and many other parts of the country mounted to the grandest crime.

The affections of war are so great on our people, but what struck me the most is the hypocrisy toward trying to solve this problem. Pessimistic approaches on both sides epitomised by assertions of unsubstantial demands as well as uncalculated political decisions are hammering the peace effort.

It is truly undeniable that the death of civilians is a grand crime and someone is going to answer whether you live in an exclusive expensive hotel in Juba guarded by hired apparatus or running in our bushes.

However the ways to bring these perpetrators to justice had been shocked by those political morons who selfishly dwelled in brainless politics, while our people are continuously subjected to relentless and unwarranted suffering.

Yes, I would like to see someone punished for the crimes committed, but it doesn’t make sense rationally and in spirit to bring charges of treason against some of the people delegated to work on amicable solution to conflict while awaiting trial.

It is sensibly a bad political decision in Juba not because I disagreed with crime committed and charges, but the move is contradicting the chosen proceeding of peace.

Riek Machar, Taban Deng and the rest of their bush rangers or whatever they are called, as well as those trying to defend their colleagues who in one way or another, engage in crimes will keep dragging their feet to peaceful effort not because they don’t want peace, but because of charges hanging over their heads and the related fears.

It is obvious all human beings like themselves so much and no one can knowingly walk to the gallows.

Legend has it that the carrot and stick policy is bad strategy for peace. You can never possibly negotiate peace through a total partial stage.

Government and rebels’ failure to know this simple trick is the result of our political handicaps in which flawed ideas of a chosen few, and irrational assumptions clouded their sanity.

I will not be surprise in essence if the defenders of the Juba’s rhetoric swiftly rejected my argument in favour of the notion of anything goes in defense, but that has a blow-back.

Peace at current stage is impossible simply because the affections of charges mean no one of Taban Deng or the rest of his turncoats as they are referred, will not like to see others dying on their behalf.

Instead of signing the peace that will deliver them straight into the rat-trap, those who are already charged of crimes and those awaiting to be charged will work behind the scene in sabotage, unless government softens its stance.

This situation however will present the government with unpleasant choices. Soften its stance and run a backlash from the supporters who will truly accuse it of rewarding the criminality by letting those who killed civilians go unpunished, or declare a full scale war that will without any piece of doubt exacerbate the situation to the point of calamity and subject our people to uncharacteristic circumstances.

Regardless of any political stance, no South Sudanese of reasonable mind would choose the war because of its extravagant cost.

These predicaments lead us to a most hated and debated question, whether the rebels and government should come together in the same government of whatever form?

Answering this question depends entirely on the price the parties at war and all South Sudanese are willing to pay for peace.

With more than hundreds of deaths in my own clan alone, it will make sense to me to refuse peace instead of war or to sabotage any effort toward reconciliation given the pain of the losses I endured and that is a shared sentiment across South Sudan.

People would easily opt for or in support of war given the level of an antagonism. Revenge and avenging; slapping the face of someone who slaps yours and so on.

But with all due respect to fallen relatives, I curiously do think that strategy works. As long I can slap and others will slap in return and that hinders not solves the problems.

Continuing to burn down towns and villages would cause more harm exceeding what we already experienced and it will keep growing.

What we need at this particular time is peace and that would need tough choices. Saying this perhaps may warrant an accusation that I am implying rewarding those who commit crimes, but that is not the case.

Focusing on the larger goals, even though there are lesser ones surpassing the current deaths, it’s the only solution and that will take compromises from both parties.

I am not attempting to compare the cases in any sense, but the strategy of focusing on larger goals worked successfully between President Kiir and former militia leader, Matip Nhial and down to the recent offers of amnesties and responses unless the government has one more secret strategy in the bag.

Marial Mach Aduot is a South Sudanese political graduate with degree in Politics, Masters in International Relations and currently under training for the Masters of Politics and Policy at Deakin University, Australia. He can be reach for comments at pandepiol@yahoo.com.

13 Comments

  1. Dan says:

    If David Yau Yau, whose murles’ militias have been abducting innocent Jonglei children and have killed many more could be welcomed and rewarded , then I don’t see why Riek Machar’s rebels should not be treated the same way. I bet if they drop their demand for the president’s resignation, they will be embarrassed .

  2. Chul Mi Bor says:

    Hi, Mr. Marial: what do you mean “South Sudanese political graduate with degree in politics”? Under training for masters in politics at Deankin University? What a shame!

    This piece of rubbish is worthless. You are just one of those hypocrites Dinka, who just do not want to accept the reality. Your coward dictator is destroying this country. He is the one who instigated this war in the first place, my friend. He brought in mercenaries (Ugandans, Darfurians) to fight on his behalf. What kind of leader he is? He massacred Nuer in Juba, Malakal, and Bentiu. Your tribesman’s days are limited. We should get rid of him no matter how long it will take. South Sudan will be a better country without Kiir-ngoth. Period.

  3. Chul Mi Bor says:

    One more thing though, Mr. Marial: no one is interested in your credentials (degree u r holding, what uni. u r going to,ect..).

    • Alier Gai says:

      Mi Bor,
      Follow your village graduate and leave this town graduate called mariar mac alone. You will never understand his credentials even if he would explain that to you in a thunder tone. You might be having difficulty in reading to understand his educational background when you simply failed to get him at his conversant expression of what needs to be done by the government to avoid trails of the prisoners unless the warring parties have finalized their differences. However, not everybody is dr. Village graduate’s follower. You take that with you for peace’s sake.

      • Chul Mi Bor says:

        Alier Gai-ngoth:

        What do you mean by “village graduate and town graduate?” Your comment does not bother me at all. I just consider it as all bark and no bite because it came from a pinhead individual like you.

        Please explain this to me in simple English: “Marial Mach Aduot is a South Sudanese political graduate with degree in Politics.” If you cannot, I have a suggestion for you and your tribesman Marial: go ask you ESL teacher if there is something called “Political Graduate with Degree in Politics?” I believe your ESL teacher will be really mad at you for abusing English language.

        Finally, I’m a villager! So what! I’m writing this from my village in S. Sudan! How about you pinhead!

  4. Michael Coma says:

    Very splendid article, uncle.Thumb up for you.We all need to speakes our minds out for safety and correction of our wrong doing.

  5. Jow says:

    The question is ….do we ve more trust,confidence and allegiance that the same system can be up to the point of bringing S S people to the table and forgive, after all what had happen and no even recognition of the bad deed?. Is it worthy for a nation to hired for cleansing part of the citizen comprising one of ur 64 tribes and yet, u can be proud off?

  6. Morbe says:

    Dear bros. it is like you are missing the point hear, the issue is no longer between Salva And Machar; the issue is about the future of South Sudan as a whole. As long as the president is not open to the idea of arraigning the killers of innocent souls in Juba from his tiger force to justice process, he will always remain a suspect and acomplice to the crime of killing innocent civilians he was supposed to have protected. The issue now bros.is about the legitimacy of the administration in Juba; that is to say the regime doesn’t have legal, moral and any iota of rightness to rule people in South Sudan. In fact how can it happen when the other day the world was informed that all the so called 100 perpetrators of crime among the soldiers arrested escaped from Jail and they were no where to be seen!!! What a shame

  7. Hurry Robert says:

    Marial,

    Your article donot make sense in anyway.Donot bother us of the legitimacy of Kiir regime for the regime has failed in service delivery for nine good years and in an effort to forcely retain power and impose itself on the people of South Sudan,Kiir has become a despot of the 21st centuary and he and some of you the tribal diehard supporters have caused the current crisis.I am not a nuer but an equatorian but to be honest, kirr has lost legitimacy,support and moral obiligation to lead this country and wheather you like it or your are bitter the fact is that he must go and we need interim arrangement even if without Kiir and Dr.Macher to chart the wayforward for the future of this country.We need a new people based constitution,Institutional support,civil services reforms,secuirty reform etc that will pave way for a meaningful,free and fair election.
    Do not support blindly,donot support tribe,donot value the dollar that your fellow tribesmen are shipooning and looting from here and perhaps sending to you but let us think about the future of this country.Your article is one sided and I doubt if the names of degree you have listed and claimed to have have really do exist anyway it is Australia!!

    • Chul Mi Bor says:

      Well said brother Hurry Robert. I don’t know what is wrong with this guy called Marial. He lives in Melbourne, Victoria-Australia (by the way, I had visited it several times), he has no clue about what is going on here in S. Sudan. Two months now (February & March) no salaries across S. Sudan for public employees, including Kiir-ngoth’s SPLA soldiers, just to mention a few. The question is: Where is the money? One thing is certain though: Ugandan and Darfurian mercenaries are being paid in dollar. Ordinary folks are suffering because of Kiir-ngoth mismanagement of our beloved country’s affairs. Next time Mr. Marial you write a piece of shit like this, avoid to tell us your credentials, blaa, blaa.

    • Dan Garang says:

      Well said and free from being one side article. What i have seen and witnessed here is massivly tribalistic tendancy and we forget two things, Nationalism and patriotism. My colleagues this article doesn’t favour one particular group but rather challenging us to forgive each other.

  8. Marial Mach says:

    Robert i don’t remember in the article where i talk about Kiir’s legitimacy. I would advise you read it again. Chul I understand your frustration, but that hasn’t nothing to do with whether my degrees are foreign or not. I am aspiring for PEACE so let focus on bigger thing. Cheers

    • Chul Mi Bor says:

      Hi, Mr. Marial Mach: you didn’t get me right, my friend. I did not say your degrees are foreign. What I said is that please don’t mention degrees you have and what university you are attending. Not because I am jealous of your achievements in any way. The thing is: your audience doesn’t care about your credentials. Just express your point of view as a South Sudanese. Period.

      One more thing, not only me who is frustrated – lots of S. Sudanese are frustrated as well. We all want peace in our country. But the question is: how to bring about peace in a tribalized and polarized nation called S. Sudan? In reality, we all know that “the elephant is in the room.’ Lastly, nothing personal – just wanna express my opinion on your article.

      Take it easy my friend!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>