QUOTE: “Perhaps some of us joined the liberation struggle with the main objective of wealth accumulation at all cost. I’d attribute such an attitude and behaviour by some of us as an alarming sign of moral deficit and decay within us.” Dr. Lual Deng, in ‘The Power of creative reasoning: The ideas and vision of John Garang, pp52.’
EDITORIAL ANALYSIS, AUG/15/2013, SSN;
Even though it’s the first time ever that a parliamentary sanctioned and constituted Select Committee has acted to reject a presidential nominee for a ministerial position, most South Sudanese are evidently not fully satisfied or convinced that true justice has been accomplished… not yet anyway!
Obviously, the now-infamous Telar-gate scandal, which denied the fake lawyer, Mr. Telar Riing Deng, the important portfolio of the justice ministry, has unravelled and exposed the underlying pertinent problems about President Salva Kiir’s poor and corruption-ridden style of governance.
What’s really astounding for the entire nation is how a whole government with its entire array of institutions such as this same National Assembly and the ruling dominant political party, the SPLM, acceded to tolerate for a long time, the fake lawyer as presidential adviser on legal affairs?
Forebodingly, the Telar-gate scandal has serious ramifications for the soul of the nation, most significantly it has clearly unearthed the deeply rooted and ongoing national deception by the president and his ruling party and tribal clique.
Without any doubt, Telar-gate scandal is one big “alarming sign of moral deficit and decay” within, of course, the SPLM/A leadership and the government leaders.
Whereas it seems that the mandate of the Select Committee in the Telar-gate was only limited to querying his academic qualifications, it was shockingly revealed and later accepted by the president himself, that he Kiir and Telar were also involved in the latest mega-dollar scandal.
Once again, South Sudanese are deeply discombobulated to learn that Kiir had sanctioned the approval of an astronomical amount of 500 million US dollars for, allegedly, “the purchase of land for the National Security organization.”
Rightly, Mr. Telar Deng, as legal adviser then, shouldn’t have had anything to do with such approval of financial matters dealing with government institutions, but what is more serious is what kind of land can be purchased at this price?
If one can rightly make a good guess, the supposed land, as usual and without prejudice, would be the Bari tribal land around Juba district where most probably the National Security was going to build it newest premises.
Even by the most crooked estimate, no Bari people could even contemplate selling an entire sectional village, clan or community land or even the entire Juba county at that price, as Juba na Bari will never ever be comparable to New York or Tokyo cities property rates.
In fact, the truth already on the ground is that the president to date is allegedly the biggest land owner of Bari land, he has more land than any Bari individual (thanks to the paramount chief and governor), land acquired duplicitously since October 2005, when he migrated and settled in Juba for the first time in his life.
Furthermore, this potential mega-corruption, if the money has not already changed hands, just adds one more shameful mark on the appalling crime-ridden record of the president.
This is the president who has had all his four previous finance ministers implicated and accused of massive corruption, but luckily for them, they remain free and ‘cleansed’ of any criminality despite irrefutable evidence and a hopeless and inefficient Anti-Corruption Commission.
Moreover, what the suffering people of South Sudan seriously anticipate and hope for from the Select Committee isn’t pretentious shadow boxing or stabbing the shadow of the elephant, it’s time to take the bull by the horns.
Our nation will neither be at peace nor will it ever contemplate moving ahead if its leadership, more specifically its president is the one person sanctioning, abetting and protecting the nation’s economic looters in the perpetuation of the state-sanctioned corruption such as the new land deal.
The nation today is at a critical juncture since the splintering of the ruling dominant SPLM party especially following the long simmering antagonism between the president and his deputy who had to be ditched as a consequence.
Whatever is happening, the political landscape isn’t going to be the same any more, leave alone whether the country is going to remain united or maintain peaceful co-existence.
President Kiir, undoubtedly, is already a lame-duck leader of the country and of his disintegrating SPLM party, and more worriedly for us, is the potential disintegration of the SPLA, the national army, which inevitably and historically, always violently and mortally replicates the spasms and splits of the SPLM.
Typically, as a leader deeply afraid of challenges to his political power and paranoid of losing the same, President Kiir, in desperation to consolidate his power, might sacrifice the economic growth of the country so as just to thwart those challenges against him.
Furthermore, while impoverishing much of South Sudan, Kiir more likely than not, will set up a violent dictatorship, kill or persistently harass and drive underground or into exile or the bushes, his political opponents, leading into the creation of an absolutist totalitarianism.
Already and shockingly, the new minister of information, Makuei, has specifically lambasted the FM radio network channels in Juba and the print press for allegedly ‘freely discussing in public and with any persons security issues,’ and as a warning, he’s now taking serious steps to curtail the activities of these media houses.
Obviously, the suppression of the little freedom of the press in the country is being severely implemented, a clear sign of a jittery leadership under pressure and moving towards totalitarianism and dictatorship.
Isn’t it unsurprising that in desperation to ensure the longevity of his failed rule and continue with the corrupt tribal empire, President Kiir is immorally aligning with and incorporating into his government the unforgiven and unrepentant murderers of the North Sudan Islamic regime before any reconciliation is accomplished.
The supposed rule of law where there is equality for all in front of the law, will be replaced by the rule by law in the impending Kiir’s dictatorship, which connotes unfairness as others will be deemed above the law and murderers and thieves protected by the government.
Regardless of whatever might evolve in the coming period, what the people expect now from the parliament are the right steps to restore and rescue the nation from its current down slide.
As the nation’s law makers who willingly swore to uphold the constitution of the country, the parliamentary Select Committee must imperatively institute an immediate process of impeachment of the president, if only for the beginning as a major resultant ramification of the Telar-gate.
U.S. President Nixon lied to the American people and he was impeached and kicked out from the White House.
Once again, quoting from one top SPLM leader, Dr. Lual Deng, who poignantly wrote, “If you attend one of the Sunday church services in Juba, you’d definitely find some of us telling LIES to our innocent congregation at the holy place in which we are supposed to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness from the Good Lord.”
In finality, if President Kiir comes out unscathed by the latest mega-millions land purchase scandal, as he has stubbornly done in all previous mega scams perpetuated under his watch, the question will be is the parliament entrapped in democratic hypocrisy?