19 Jun 2018

 

South Sudanese, Let’s Be Real For A Change!

"The kind of compromise that will help would be for the government to lead, in concrete terms, the dismantling of the portrait of mismanagement they have built around management of national politics and resources since 2005".

Pleads Jacob J Akol*
 
All rhetoric, innuendos and uncensored public utterances by spokespeople of government of South Sudan and rogue civil servants and diplomats, who fancy themselves qualified enough to speak out publicly on behalf of the government and peoples of South Sudan, should be well advised to cease forthwith before jumping the nation out of frying pan into fire.
 
This is not a game or personal ego trip. It is about our peoples, the country we fought for and her future. It is not for individuals or group of citizens in power or in opposition, who have enriched themselves and cronies at public expense, to just continue messing it up while the majority of citizens stand helplessly by.
 
It is well for First Vice President Taban Deng Gai to plead for time with the US, UNSC and Troika and pledge compromise in the next peace conference; but it all depends on the kind of compromise the government is prepared to accede to now and in the next peace talks.
 
The kind of compromise that will help would be for the government to lead, in concrete terms, the dismantling of the portrait of mismanagement they have built around management of national politics and resources since 2005. Any further deceptive “compromise” that will leave that setup intact will simply be an invitation for further intervention by internal and external forces to lead that dismantling, perhaps with worse consequences for our country.
 
With thousands of armed rebels at loose, at least a million of our women and children in UNMISS protection centres as well as in refugee camps over the borders, while millions others are dependent on WFP, the UN is unlikely to just get up and walk away, ordering UNMISS, along with its 17,000 heavily-armed blue helmets, out of South Sudan because a government at war with itself has ordered them to do so.
 
Let’s be real for a second. Any government’s attempts to arouse public opinion to demonstrate publicly against US, UNSC, UNMISS and Troika can be taken advantage of by emotionally armed youths or groups to throw the nation into further mess with untold consequences.
 
*Jacob J Akol is Director/Editor of Gurtong Peace Media.

    

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