BY: Mulana Deng, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, MAR/17/2014, SSN;
Young people often considered honesty to be a very important tool but often unrewarding and this is why it is important for us to learn from our elder’s current mess so that we should not repeat the same mistake in the future.
The current war and corruption in south Sudan should teach something more about our current leaders because they are more corrupted, tribal, out of touch, reality and will not accept any wrongdoing even when there are substantial evidences of their wrong doing.
The current corruptions incidences should teach us that, we the young generation of South Sudan needs to do something about this. As we all know that young are often the victims of their elder’s (politicians) corruption.
What should our young generation learn from the current situation and corruption South Sudan?
The conclusion that I am trying to voice here was also voiced in Transparency International Hungary’s (TI) “Átláccó” Festival, which was held in occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day.
The conference pointed out that “Children are often the biggest victims of corruption: they are the ones who fail to benefit from services targeted at them due to the overarching corrupt practices worldwide.
What is even more worrying is that they have all the chances to learn wrong examples, internalize that this is how the world functions.”
There aren’t any differences with what is going on in our country South Sudan. Many our elders are taking advantage of the system because of their age and position.
Many tend to lower their age in order to look young but still enjoy the fruits their positions.
Their main goals are to enrich themselves, and most of them forget their duties of delivering the services to our people.
To make matters worse, they’re even forgetting the family of their men who die while protecting them during difficult day. There is no doubt that our young generations are the victims of self enrichment by our leaders especially the politicians.
During my college days one of my white colleague friends named Benjamin Brockmen told me that “older people are the most corrupted people in the world.”
Today, I don’t really think I would disagree with him after reading the letters that were sent to the seventy five individuals who were accused of the enchanting 4 billion dollars and the recent report of millions of dollars disappearing in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state.
With these few evidences, I have come to understand that Ben Brockmen was definitely correct on how older people are the most corrupted people.
Not only was Ben right about his comment, also, Szilvia Gyukó who is the advocacy director of Unicef pointed it out that “The first victims of corruption worldwide are the children? Not only are the ones who fail to access service, good due to a world enmeshed in corruption, but the also this is how the world functions. And so they have no chance to break out of the circle.”
This is very true that our young generation are being taken advantage of by our elders.
They are now the victims of war that occurred as misunderstanding and corruption tactics between our leaders in the Juba last year when Kiir suspended some of his cabinet of being corrupt.
This prevalence led them to call President Salva Kiir Mayardit out as being dictatorial.
Our young general have to do something about this because they are the majority and they should be fighting corruption in democratic way through institutional change.
They have a very important role in the fight against corruption, because they are the generation who grow-up in wartime, will bring the development and will have a power in shaping public opinion.
As we know today our country is at war with itself, public trust is at its lower level, and lack of inefficiency in public institutions.
Our young generation should learn to believe that their input is much needed in order to change this situation.
Moreover educating the young generation is indispensable and they should learn as early as possible the way to recognize corruption and the to act against it.
There is a humorless need to have South Sudanese Transparency and educational institutions to teach the youth and to guide the country into the rightful passage where there will be no corruption or tribalism.
Doing this would be an extraordinarily step because it will teach the young generation to fill the gap and to more acceptable anti-corruption educational issues and commitment.
Let’s not think that we have anti-corruption commission that was appointed by President Kiir administration, that anti-corruption commission is like an old dog without teeth.
Has any one being held accountable of any wrong doing amongst the seventy-five individuals accused apart from receiving letter to return the money?
In what land can a thief be the judge of his case?
Our leaders should learn from other countries like Kenya, Kenyan leaders after the death of Jomo Kenyatta, they forgot their task of taking care of their people.
This is the same thing that is happening in South Sudan. Our leaders has forgotten why we went to war with the North but they are more involved corruption like Kenyan former retire president Daniel Arap Moi and his cabinet who are known to be the most corrupted cabinet in Kenya.
Both had one similarity they are older generation and mainly corrupted whether in the bush or in Juba, our leaders are the same. The always blame western countries but failed to accept reality.
Corruption amongst our elders and failure to the accept the reality is in a serious stage, none of them is holy, as we learned last week about incident of money disappearing in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, at this stage no one knows who is clean and who is not.
But what one thing we do know is that the Northern Bahr El Ghazal incident of corruption was by those who are closed associates of the governor.
Even thought the governor has suspended his secretary general Hon: Garang kuot kuot and state ministry of finance’s director General Sabrino Majok Majok, none of these people will be held accountable of their wrongdoing because they are enjoying the elderly impunity.