BY: ISAIAH ABRAHAM, JUBA, NOV. 19/2012, SSN;
Sudan and South Sudan agreed on September 27, 2012 on many issues, one of which was oil. The two sides at the moment are closer to disagreement and a breakdown as Khartoum insists that the security for South Kordofan and Blue Nile must go hand in hand with the permission to let the oil from South Sudan to the market through their country.
The two ministers of the two countries met in Juba last week (10.11.2012) and have reached nowhere. Khartoum was/is wrong, and Juba was/right.
As things stand, there is not much desire to infuse and confuse things when the agreement was crystal clear on security and oil. Therefore Khartoum should re-examine its decision and let the oil companies start pumping oil to the outside world.
The delay isn’t wise and will not be in the interest of the two countries. The two leaders of Sudan and South Sudan were commended for their courage and determination to peace and harmony. President Omar Al Bashir would be received in Juba with pomp and dances if ever the well-publicized and politicized visit will take place. President Al Bashir is respected here and shall continue to enjoy being respected because of his Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) with our hero Dr. John Garang de Mabior. No Northern politician has that gut like that of Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir.
The current standoff over oil is a making of his hawks and radicals whose agenda then and now is to bring down the government in Juba. They are joined by Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin of the Democratic Change. Dr. Ajawin’s invisible hand can’t go unnoticed. He’s a sworn enemy of the people of this republic and one of his card is deny Juba the hard currency so to satiate his egoism.
He went to the Arabs and European countries preaching hate that there is no leadership in the country and that hence he should be considered as an alternative. If he could then throw parties when Southern Army (SPLA) lost a garrison to the Northern army, what would prevent him for doing the same today?
We must rally as people of South Sudan behind our president and stop traitors from undoing our gains. We will not bow down to Khartoum’s moves. It is better we die in dignity than return to the wilderness under Khartoum. We are better off without food on our tables.
Dr. Lam must not deceive himself that our people will surrender to the North again. It is only here that we have a weak leader who is led, we couldn’t have given away Panthou, Hofra Al Nahas, Kafi Kingi, Warawar/Mile 14 and Abyei.
In light of the situation before our country, our leadership must gather pace and do the following urgent measures. The threat against oil production from the Sudan is real and must not be ignored. Signs are on the wall that Khartoum will not accept or honor its bargaining side of the oil agreement and thus anytime they might either confiscate or block the oil from flowing.
Our government must go back to the drawing board and if it needs another Addis Ababa talk so be it. Things will not be fair unless there is robust mechanism to be put in place now.
Our government must not be seen as desperate and helpless, after all, Dr. Marial Awou (state minister of finance) and Central Bank Governor, Cornelio Koryom, have assured the world of no liquidity issue. The government can’t be seen as helpless under its rich land.
Mr. President as a matter of urgency should reduce his government and go for a lean and efficient government. Disband the Council of States, remove the Anti-Corruption and Human Rights Commissions. Aggressively levy taxes especially on hotels and housing, while deploying Mobile Refineries to reduce and subsidize consumption goods. Urgent times require drastic actions.
Nothing will flow to the mouth of an African from the West or China unless it costs sweat and blood. Free things aren’t indeed free. The aid and assistance to the continent are nothing but baits by the rich and powerful to advance their interests. South Sudan must not catch the whims of the so-called developed world. We must be ourselves, work hard and stand to fight for our own survival.
The North can’t intimidate our people; we have every right to say it emphatically that it is not anymore.
Isaiah Abraham lives in Juba; he’s on Isaiah_abraham@yahoo.co.uk
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