Category: Opinions Written by News Desk
“Can we all get along?” a relevant quote or moral appeal to our situation, from a moral reasoning rather than just personal emotions, that later became famous on Monday May, 1st 1992, when Rodney King, a black man was beaten nearly to death by four Los Angeles police officers who were ironically acquitted (the act of setting the accused free without conviction). The videotaped discriminative act triggered a wide demonstration and massive riots that claimed fifty-three (53) lives and nearly seventy thousands buildings were torched. A very horrific act of violence against a white truck driver was shown on cameras and televisions, Rodney King was morally touched and appealed to the rioters in a forgiving tone that has later been reduced to a peace appealing quote as put above.
So can we get along as South Sudanese? This, in my humble opinion, is the beginning of our recovery and revival of our almost vanished nationhood and nationalism after what seemed to be the further beginning of the suffering of the South Sudanese after what I have been referring to as the ‘lawless decades’ of the ‘unforgettable though forgivable tainted history,’ we all indiscriminately went through as the then Southern Sudanese unless our history has been taken for academic purposes rather than transformative and reformative measures. Let’s revisit our previous struggle and see the way to the dreamed and ideal South Sudan our martyrs scarified their bloods for. This is a great task, not only and squarely on the TGoNU, but the subsequent governments if at all you will implement the peace agreement to its letter and spirit. And if by that time you will miraculously adhere to the periodic elections as democratically required.
The TGoNU just as I know, should never be expected to deliver so much or anything more than the prayed national unity and stability, these are the few things I personally expect from it subject to other people’s political lenses. However, all we need is to do all the necessary things that support the above-expected objectives and not more. If there is any other right thinking South Sudanese who magically think we shall have tarmacked roads within the said two and a half years, then I will give a great appreciation to those super achievers, due respect and but a little doubt, that concerned Ministry has been held by not less than six national ministers, do we have six good roads since 2005? I guess not and never should I expect this to happen before 2018 and if it happens, I will equally appreciate the achievers.
The political marriage entered into by our ‘national political drivers’ for efficient state running if at all it is so, rather than the tribal award, is in itself the most delicate and the difficult phase of the continuing peace negotiations in almost all jurisdictions that have ever had such experience. To note is the fact that the now current leaders of the state are the very old faces save the few who might have been closely watching and influenced by the now colleagues in the circuit. I feel I should not have gone by the presumption but individual’s traits, but the fact is the majority are the old players of the game. It may not surprise me if they acquiesce to such old school practice, usually embodied in the saying; ‘it is our turn to eat.’ Eat though you may not deliver, the time is little, and we the political spectators are ignorant of our rights in this public isolated society with the culture of institutional secrecy.
Much as we all crave for a stable and less divided society, we should be a government of law not of man, (no women in this patriarchal society) like ours. We should be equal before and under the law and never expect more equality than that the law stipulates. The impunity embodied in the protective practice of ‘comradeship’ and the slogan of ‘GENERAL’ by even the members of parliament should be crucified and humbly abandoned. Let’s call a spade a spade and only when necessary shall a person be called to serve in the other arm of government after the procedures have been complied with. All these and many more shall only be arrived at when the rule of law is the yardstick in our political culture and nothing else than the rule of law and constitutionalism.
If you can work on this, then it’s fine, but should it fail, I will still not blame you but remind you that we ‘the political spectators,’ do not want theories but policies put in practice, take for example the sung 25% for women. Is the Vice President a lady or the Chief Justice let alone the current 28 state governors and the yet to be appointed or elected Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly.
With or with out these few remarks, I personally expect nothing more than restoring Unity of all South Sudanese and stability before talking of democracy.