BY: Kidepo Longiro, KAMPALA, UGANDA, NOV/04/2013, SSN;
In my opinion the issue of SPLM Presidential candidate should be left for the SPLM Convention to discuss and choose who the party thinks can take the SPLM Presidential ticket come 2015 election. President Kirr, Vice President Wani, Dr. Riek, ex-SPLM Secretary General Pagan, Madam Nyandeng or any other SPLM presidential aspirants are all sons and daughters of South Sudan and have equal democratic rights to contest for the Presidency if they want.
Like other democratic political parties in the world, SPLM also allows internal democracy through convention or primaries this time around. Therefore, it is up to the SPLM Party to decide who they want to lead the Party and the Country this time around NOT particular tribal sentiments in Newspapers to discourage any of the presidential aspirants.
The former Vice President-Dr Riek Machar had openly declared to the public that he is contesting for Presidency and the writer of this article applaud this courageous idea. The writer is expecting more SPLM candidates or South Sudanese from other political parties to declare their aspirations for Presidency openly without any fear including the current sitting President- Mr. Salva Kiir, if he is still interested to contest for the next Presidency.
For those who are interested and prefer to keep silent, the writer of this article welcomes their attributes too.
The SPLA/M liberation war was fought collectively not by an individual or segment of one community who has claimed the whole war episode by behaving like dinosaurs in the society not, remembering even that most feared animal- the dinosaur and its species was put to an end by the very mankind around who were victims of the giant dinosaurs.
I do not know why it is difficult for most African leaders including President Kiir to retire like Nelson Mandela of South Africa who served one term (4 years only) and retired with dignity after delivering Black South Africans free from White apartheid regime which was the most important achievement.
Most South Sudanese should have remembered and acknowledged all the positive aspects about the unique leadership style of Kiir in handling issues when he first came to power –before he was messed up by his wrong/tribal advisers who think President Kiir in the like of Telar Deng.
President Kiir was known for keenness, partiality, generosity, forgiving, kind hearted and religious person to some extent, etc… just to mention a few, but of course this does not justify tribal opportunists to advocate/lobby barring, threatening or neutralizing other South Sudanese energetic Presidential aspirants who may deliver better using the best style of leadership this country might have never experienced before.
The Republic of South Sudan is not a monarchy but a democracy that must be respected; tellingly people should be ready to accept transformation and changes in this country. I do not know where on earth or which political party in the world advocates baring resourceful people for aspirations to be leaders?
With all due respect to our current Government, people should be presently analyzing the achievements of the current Government from day of inception in delivering basic social services to our people for the past 9-11 years (from 2005-2013/15). These kinds of evaluations should be examined across our states and communities taking into consideration the challenges faced by the government along the road while delivering these basic social services.
People should choose a leader based on his/her capacity to deliver or what he/she has delivered for the past years or what s/he can deliver in future.
Equatoria people should identify which leader will listen and implement the call for Federal System of Government deliberated during the Equatoria Conference 2013. Dr Riek Machar had already made it clearly in the Equatoria Conference that he is a Federalist and believes in a Federal system of Governance.
This does not mean I support Dr Riek but every Equatorian who attended that conference can testify this. Dr. Riek Machar has throughout been attending and listening to Equatoria Conferences in which President Kiir has never attended, but instead sends Dr Riek or his Terrany/Telar/wrong adviser who thought the President with all theft styles and looting of public fund.
But when it comes to Bahr El-Gazal conferences our President Kiir can fly easily up to Wau, Kuajok, etc when he could not attend Equatoria Conferences which are held in Juba Capital much nearer than Wau or Kuajok!
The Equatoria conference was highly disputed, politicized and propagated by some reporters in newspapers-mostly from Dinka origin– as an attempt to water down issues affecting Equatoria States and people in Equatoria and Republic of South Sudan.
Some of the reporters had openly written that their community (one community) members are dominating all high salaried paid jobs in the Republic of South Sudan Government (even without qualifications) because they were army generals and had fought the war without the involvement of others all along just to justify institutionalization of corruption by one community in the RSS.
That is why when the so-called those who fought the war alone are corrupting the system specially money embezzlement no one can dare apprehend but only poor ones are cheaply detained even without proofs of documents.
South Sudanese and the international community have been reading and watching all the terrains around South Sudan publicly as portrayed by these uncivilized bunches of lunatics in this country.
Mind you, these kinds of songs have reached some of our deaf ears, only 2015 will prove it. Meaning, people should also expect one community- Dinka- alone to vote and bring up an SPLM presidential candidate from Dinka origin through democracy since one community has reduced national leaders to community levels instead of applauding them as National figures by doing right things to others.
Dwelling much on the split of 1991 is tribally-motivated headache that will not save you any more, because for some of us who had experienced the worst experience in New Sudan live style (liberated areas) before the CPA.
There were worst human rights crimes committed by some of high profile members of SPLM/Government from Dinka origin against Equatoria people that included pandemic rape cases on under-age Equatoria girls, women and forced marriages.
Incredibly, some of these senior public officials who’d committed these kinds of human rights abuses are currently holding National Ministerial, Governorships and other constitutional positions (such as the alleged rapes in Pageri by Kuol Manyang).
However, I do not know why some people would keep on hanging on 1991 split. How about the Nuer of Gajaak massacre, the raid on Naser and others?
Did any Nuer come up and start blaming our late Leader(s) in Newspapers, for instance, for having instigated the killing of innocent Gajaak people?
How about the deaths of Joseph Oduho, Kerbino Kuanyi, William Nyuon, others and several assassination attempts against Dr. Riek Machar and the subsequent killing of his late wife (knocked by a vehicle) in Nairobi-James Gichuru road/junction- did people unearth all these out?
What about the Chukudum genocide in 1998 that arose on the issue of Peter Lorot and late Deng Aguang when the innocent Didinga civilians were brutally killed in the search of Peter Lorot and revenge killing against Peter Lorot’s community because of the death of one person only, did any one recall such dark days?
How about the continuous intimidations by same community towards other South Sudanese and international community in South Sudan from time CPA enactment 2005- up to now? Will this ever end and what is the way forward?
Leave democracy to take its course alone and do not interfere with the process. This time you should lobby professionally than barking against Federalism system of rule in your tribal forums.
If you are those who ran to the bush claiming to liberate the people of South Sudan from oppression with a hidden agenda of anti-Equatoria since some of you feared kokora, your colours are already clear to some of us…….
Kidepo Longiro can be reach on firstname.lastname@example.org