BY: Bol Garang Bol, AUSTRALIA, JUL/30/2013, SSN;
Today’s evening, the 30th July is dedicated to our martyrs, veterans and soldiers who remain steadfastly and resolutely committed in the defence of our sacred motherland, the recent INDEPENDENT SOUTH SUDAN. Regardless of the cost, our spirits are high and our determination unwavering. The infamous designs of our enemy, may it be internal or external, will never succeed and we shall eventually prevail.
I can say this with complete confidence because I know that the blessings of Almighty GOD and prayers of the entire Nation are with us. This realization is indeed the source of our real strength, which affords us a distinct superiority and dominance over the enemy.
We are deeply indebted to the families of our martyrs including our late leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior Atem who made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of our freedom. We cannot repay their debt; however, we profoundly acknowledge their courage and pray to the Almighty to honour their great sacrifice and to bless our motherland.
Our country, South Sudan is a great blessing for all of us. It is because of our beloved martyrs who have defended our motherland that we live in freedom as an independent Nation. We have made enormous sacrifices for this freedom since 1947 and we are prepared to continue doing so, to preserve it.
However, despite tremendous sacrifices and the messes of the SPLM Party, the dream of our founding fathers under the leadership of Dr John Garang de Mabior who perished in the Helicopter crash on this DAY is yet to be realized despite the current situation in South Sudan.
Perhaps, we have either not discovered the correct path or have not remained steadfast in our journey. Yet the spirit of sacrifice and resilience of our Nation remains undiminished. I have no doubts, whatsoever, that we retain the ability to touch the heights of glory.
Hence, it is imperative that we do not let despair or disillusionment afflict our determination.
We must not cherish any suspicions or misgivings about this DAY. This indeed is a golden opportunity stated by Dr. John Garang, which can guide in an era of true democratic values in the country.
In my opinion, it is not merely retribution, but awareness and participation of the masses that can truly end this game of hide and seek between democracy and dictatorship.
If we succeed in rising above all ethnic, linguistic and sectarian biases on the basis of honesty, sincerity, merit and competence, there would be no reason to fear dictatorship or to grudge the inadequacies of our present democratic system in South Sudan.
Our salvation resides in transforming the government into a true platform of public representation. This would come to pass once the construct of public representation in South Sudan is oriented towards affording primacy and precedence to larger public interest over personal interests.
Otherwise, may it be democracy or dictatorship; governance would continue to remain a means of self-overstatement and that of predatory national wealth and resources.
I assure you, as YOUTH FOR SOUTH SUDAN, that we stand committed to wholeheartedly assist and support in the conduct of free, fair and peaceful transformation of SPLM PARTY; to the best of our capabilities and remaining within the confines of the Constitution.
I also assure you that this support shall solely be aimed at strengthening democracy and rule of law in the country.
Now, once the destination is in sight we must not err in accomplishing our responsibilities towards the election process. We must never forget that success of any system resides in coming up to the aspirations of the youth. The success of democracy is intimately linked with the well being and prosperity of the Nation. The real virtue of democracy ultimately lies in the safety and welfare of the young people.
We sincerely desire that all those who have strayed and have picked up arms against the Nation, return to the national fold. However, this is only possible once they unconditionally submit to the State, its Constitution and the Rule of Law. There is no room for doubts when it comes to dealing with rebellion against the state.
Towards this end, while truly acknowledging the national aspirations and value of our martyr’s blood, we as a Nation need to forge consensus towards evolving a clear policy through mutual consultations.
Considering this war of leadership and power struggle within the SPLM Party as the war of political gimmick forces alone can lead to chaos and disarray that we cannot afford. We must distance ourselves on tribal affiliation.
In line with the spirit of this Martyrs Day, alongside SPLA Army, I would like to express my profound appreciation to the Southerners who have sacrificed tremendously in the struggle against extremism and sectarian government, the Khartoum regime and have kept the flag of South Sudan fluttering high.
However, the biggest sacrifice has been rendered by the people of South Sudan, whose steadfastness and support is a source of immense strength for the Armed Forces of South Sudan.
I salute the spirit of patriotism of the entire Nation. Martyrdom is a great honour and fortunate are those who are blessed with it. We would never let their sacrifice go to waste.
Bol Garang Bol, Australia, Canberra Nicetobeme05@yahoo.com