9 Jul 2020

 

Building A United South Sudan Nation

"Over all, it is the business of any government, national or local, to see that law and order, as well as fair play amongst and between ethnic communities are maintained. Sustained over time, a more united nation will emerge".

By Jacob J Akol*

Take note that, by law, any citizen has the right to seek employment and conduct lawful business in any part of the country s/he is a citizen of.

Other things being equal, ethnic gathering of nationalities and tribes will be heavier in cities and towns centres like Juba, Wau, Malaka and other states' capitals, where employment or business would be available.

As we have seen in the past and currently, individuals will attract to their areas of settlement those who speak their language and even preferably those who come from their tribal villages. This is natural.

In the past, this resulted in ethnic residents in the same city, such as was the case in Wau: 'Hila Jenge, Hila, Ndogo, Hila Kres, Hila Balanda” etcs’, predominantly occupied by people of the same language and there by customs and habits.

These different ethnicities will of course meet in the market or workplaces or places of entertainment. Their children maybe in the same school.

The elites, or shall we say those who have had the chance to mix in schools or colleges of higher education with fellow citizens at home or abroad – or even former colleagues in the liberation movement – would be expected to mix more freely and easily with their fellow citizens anywhere in the country and show a good example.

Over all, it is the business of any government, national or local, to see that law and order, as well as fair play amongst and between ethnic communities are maintained. Sustained over time, a more united nation will emerge.

These things may seem obvious, not worth mentioning; but they are not. A lot of work and time are needed to make South Sudan a peaceful and united nation. The sooner we catch on to that idea the better for the future of our country.

 *Jacob J Akol is editor of Gurtong Media.
 

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