26 Feb 2020

 

Feeling Sad For My Country South Sudan For Unnecessary Show Force

"If I did not feel so sad for the country, it would be comical! But this is not a laughing matter; it is about a country whose sovereignty was watered with immense quantities of liberators' blood, now being turned into a banana republic of sorts".

Dr Jok Madut Jok

(on social media)

Walahi I hate these things and I often feel embarrassed for people who engage in them!

Yesterday at Wau Airport, as we waited for our flight, which never materialized, the governor of Wau State, a man the local people derisively refer to as "the second Tut Kew," just because of his obesity, (not a title I condone, but knowing we can sometimes be cruel to one another as a result of pent-up frustration that has no outlet, I simply shrugged it off) was also scheduled to fly with us on the same flight that never happened.

We were all shocked when he arrived at the airport, accompanied by the Commander of the Military Division in the area, the Chief of Police in the state, senior officers of the Prisons Service and the Head of State Fire Brigade, all of them riding ahead of and behind at least two or three pickup trucks, mounted with machine guns, and going straight to plane side, no security checks, no nothing!!

Such an unnecessary show of force as to be utterly traumatizing to anyone who may have experienced a hurtful situation where so many armed men were present in the past. I almost ran for the hills, for God knows I have witnessed such situations that ended very badly. Not to say anything about the ear-splitting sirens!

What was that really for? To protect the governor, against whom/what exactly?

Ministers, Director Generals, senior officers in all the organized forces left their duty stations and the only problem in the entire state that they thought they must solve that morning was to escort the governor to the airport! Just tell me, is it me, or is there something really amiss about the way we are governed?

We had all the governor protection force members pointing their guns at the governor, instead of discreetly looking away and into the crowd to ensure no one had any ill intentions for the governor?

If there was anyone in that crowd who wanted to hurt the governor, how are you going to spot them if your eyes and guns are pinned on the very object of the security protection?

The South Sudan we deserve? Really?

If I did not feel so sad for the country, it would be comical! But this is not a laughing matter; it is about a country whose sovereignty was watered with immense quantities of liberators' blood, now being turned into a banana republic of sorts.

 

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