26 Aug 2019


We Need Political Parties To Come Out, says FVP

The First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai has encouraged political parties to come out to drive the country in to a democratic path.

We Need Political Parties To Come Out, says FVP
Taban Deng Gai addressing the audience during the event [Gurtong photo|Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 28 November 2018 [Gurtong]-
H.E Taban Deng Gai made the remarks last Saturday during a presentation of two research papers by a local think-tank-the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies and Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute titled “Identifying Binding Constraints on Growth in the Context of Fragility, The Case of South Sudan; and The State of The Political Instability and Its Impact on Trade in South Sudan: A Critical Assessment.”

The research found out that violence has forced the government of South Sudan to deplete its foreign reserves to accumulate oil-collateralized debt and to adopt deficit financing as a tool for sustaining war against armed oppositions.

The second case study, “The State of Political Instability and Its Impact on Trade assessed the impact of the ongoing conflict on the country’s economy and trade, also reported that the South Sudan civil war has taken a huge toll on the South Sudanese economy as domestic oil production has plummeted considerably which has led to deterioration of economic performance.

“As a result, the country’s GDP contracted by around 14 percent in 2006 and 6 percent in 2017. Foreign trade especially exports dominated by oil has significantly been hindered,” the report said.

The report also highlighted weak performance of government institutions during the five-year conflict.

Commenting on the results of the two papers, Taban Deng Gai said some of the country’s challenges could be addressed if institutions are developed, pointing out that political parties should develop.

“Political parties have to develop. The SPLM is not doing enough because there is no competitor. We need the political parties to come out. Organize yourself,” Taban encouraged.
“This time we will not joke with the peace agreement. No single person will tamper with this peace again. Three years to come, we are going to have election. It must be a free and fair election,” he added.

He further said the European Union the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will play roles in the election “so that we don’t quarrel again.”

The FVP said he was happy that South Sudanese are liberals and that they can elect anybody in an election on merit recalling how Joseph Lagu had become the president of Sudan despite coming from an ethnic minority.

“The SPLM needs to be organized so that we can compete. Don’t believe that you cannot be beaten out of power,” he said before adding that the KANU party of Kenya which led Kenya to independence is now weak, warning that,” this could also be true to SPLM if you don’t organize yourself.”

The First Vice President said the role of the Parliament, political parties, and civic institutions are important to nation building.

He also attributed some of the causes of fragility of South Sudan to its geographical location especially being a land locked country.

“A landlocked country without infrastructure, it also helps the other causes of fragility,” he said.
He said the government will make use of the research paper, hoping that here will be more researches of similar kinds.


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