BY: Simon M. Deng, JUBA, SEPT/09/2013, SSN;
It is obvious now that if nothing changes preferably to alter the hearts and minds of “the Benydiit” and his surrogates, the dream of the South Sudanese to be a free democratic nation in the hub of Africa would be a dead dream. Whoever still thinks democracy would happen in South Sudan just because we say it would, he might be fooling himself.
South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir (the Benydiit) does not want to see South Sudan differ from North Sudan because it would not make sense to him. Who are the South Sudanese to think Benydiit can build a nation from “ground” that diverges from neither her mother nation nor her “adopted mentor, Uganda’s father!”
For your information, South Sudan led by “the Benydiit” would not be any different from her mother nation nor her adopted mentor-father if this Benydiit remains an executive executer of the nation.
There are several examples that could convey to you this fact if you doubt it. However, I have no time to enlist them all, but among them though was the appointment of the Vice President and the new Speaker of the South Sudan Legislative Assembly and his deputies.
Let’s take the new Speaker of the South Sudan Legislative Assembly, for example. Though I do not know him and I hope he is a decent man, the selecting process for him and his deputies was done in a violation of the same Constitutional provisions that enabled this president to affront by his rampant decrees.
“No voting was conducted during the endorsement. A member of the assembly said Kiir on Monday clearly told them to elect Mr. Rundial and two deputies of his choice, reiterating his earlier intimidation of parliament to support his actions and choices or risk being dissolved…” (sudantribune.com, September 2, 2013).
Think about it a minute. This is the South Sudan that sacrificed millions of human lives to establish a government that should reflect her diversities and respect human rights and democratic principles, which were denied by the former motherland and her system for many years!
Think about your colleague comrades, who died for sake of this nation but their children, mothers, and widowed wives still beg on the populated city streets of Juba and other towns in South Sudan. Think about it for a second!
Why not “risk being dissolved” if what you and your comrades fought for is being destroyed and reversed? It is a shame that you, the South Sudanese politicians, forget why most of you took arms in the first place. Shame on you, my friends!
You can’t belly your better selves at the expense of your comrades blood that are sealed in the same land you are drinking her bloody oil money.
A country is blessed or cursed because of her leaders. What can this South Sudan gain from her leaders? Leaders are role models. Take Former South African President, Mandela who transitioned power to another leader after he held it for only four years, and this set a precedence now for South African’s political leadership.
One person can make a huge difference. Mandela encouraged the people of South Africa to live and share resources together despite their political, racial, and tribal differences.
He had developed a political culture that transfers power according to democratic principles which is what we need in South Sudan. He managed to reform governmental organizations in South African and their country is peaceful now as a growing, developing nation today because of his investment in it. Therefore, one leader can unveil a foundation.
POLITICAL FRAMEWORK OF SOUTH SUDAN
I posted an article last week: “The August 28th, 1991 brought us independence!” BY: Simon M. Deng, JUBA, South Sudan, AUG/29/2013, SSN. I did not aim to rift apart the already fragmented communities in South Sudan. I wanted to ensure, despite our tribal politics, a lasting document that always needs to be told as even though it pains sometimes.
South Sudanese fought colonies to have their sovereign state, South Sudan.
It was a long journey with losses and significant sacrifices. South Sudanese fought wars with British regimes and other occupiers including the North Sudan for sovereignty of the South Sudanese.
Anya I and II had the same principles. The KPA and CPA sealed the ambitions for millions of South Sudanese before July 9, 2011. The expectations of South Sudanese to have a meaningful government is extraordinary high, hoping their nation would address their past grievances with former colonies.
People of the South Sudan want a country of their choice, a state that embraces all people regardless of their regions or tribal contexts. It is also true to mention that South Sudanese love their communities and country. This was shown during the wars in 80s and in 90s.
Communities shared what they had with rebels, included their precious “wives” and “daughters” who were victims of the wars. Soldiers depended on local communities for food and other supported items in order to fight the wars.
I had personally witnessed this service being provided by a local community when I left Itang to a frontline in late 80s as a young soldier. I would have lost my life if I did not receive the help I needed from the local South Sudanese community in Eastern Nuer area. Many former soldier colleagues can attest to this fact.
These past sacrifices meant our people “expect” their current leaders to return nothing less than an anticipated government, a fair government, “a government of people by people and for people.” Unfortunately, we don’t have this government now in South Sudan, and it is so sad!
FUTURE OF SOUTH SUDAN IN AFRICA AND IN GLOBAL COMMUNITY
People of the South Sudan wish to have a regime that represents their interest as a democratic nation in the hub of Africa. With every blessing, South Sudanese are eager to guarantee South Sudanese nation as state of peace and prosperity. South Sudan does not want to replicate some of those dreaded African trends.
Proper change is essential if people of the South Sudan could think deeper and understand where they are centered in the continent. Our bordering states lack resources that our nation has and they would prefer to stay friendly with us than otherwise because they can benefit economically with us.
We also have challenges including gaps in our technical capacity to deliver quick and effective services, as well as transportation seaport for our oil which could be overcome by effective partnerships of good neighboring states.
I also believe it is imperative for South Sudan to develop a political system that embraces our culture and cultural norms in order for us to remain as a meaningful state in middle of Africa and as a new nation in the global community.
We cannot live in fear as it is constantly here in Juba and assume other community states would come and invest with us or welcome us as a thoughtful partner to their communities.
South Sudan cannot be a vibrant economical state if every oil dollar we receive either falls into Benydiit pockets or hidden for a future anticipated internal civil war in 2015 or before.
South Sudan cannot develop with this war mentality. It is evil to live like this. We must have to change our minds and our political leaders must consent to relinquish their political powers democratically if we are going to be the country we have hoped to be.
It is correct Dr. Kiir does not wish to see a day in his life where someone else could take his a seat either as the chairperson of SPLM or as the ruler of South Sudan government. He has attempted to intimidate those that desire his seat, include Dr. Riek, Pagan, and Rebecca Mabior.
Dr. Kiir plans to move the meeting of SPLM’s Political Bureau to Yei these coming weeks, because he wants his untrained army to surface him in order to gross his impulses.
He tricks the blind and criminalizes the innocent, such as Deng Alor because he told him enough is enough, and since history always likes to repeat itself, I believe this is another Yei Meeting after the first one that failed 22 years ago. Watch out!
But this time, though, it will differ because South Sudanese people have already smelt what they needed in Africa and in the global community!
South Sudanese have waited for so long, wishing to see their leaders reverse their misrule and return services to their people. This diverse nation needs a leader with a diverse heart and thinking skills which the country does not possess at this moment.
Our country needs a leader who does not care much about his tribe but all tribes, someone with vision and respect for human rights and democratic principles for the country.
This country needs a leader who cares not only for his children, but children whose fathers and mothers died because of this land.
South Sudan needs a leader with quality of partnership building, economic and political development, a role model leader for good leadership and character of democratic governing including but not limited to, fighting against tribalism, corruption, nepotism, insecurity, and lawlessness.
South Sudan does not have such a leader at the bench now, and to prosper and have a meaningful peace and development, the country needs a leader with democratic leadership qualities.
As such, President Kirr should be advisedly requested to plan a good political transition for a new leadership in 2015, so he would retire peacefully and be honored for the achievements of his last 10 year on seat!
Simon M. Deng is a South Sudanese activist. He lives in Juba Sudan and can be reached: firstname.lastname@example.org