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Criminalisation in politics Column Name: National Concern Rights”

If you are a keen reader of the national concern writings, you might remember that in my previous article, I delved a lot more on defining what politics is all about. Politics is very much associated with authority or power over people or resources. Authority is the underlying feature of politics and ensures its enforceability. Power underpins its very existence; it is a prerequisite for politics to exist. Without authority, politics simply is not feasible. The most visible and widely accepted example of politics is the working of the governmental institutions. However, although at first glance one may not be aware of it, politics in its various forms is present wherever and whenever humans form a community. Referring back to the views of Aristotle, politics is an intrinsic feature of mankind.
Politics is an essential part of every one’s life directly or indirectly. Politics must always have an effect on everyone. In dictatorship, there must always be a dictator who rule over the country by his own wish and will. But in democracy, the role of politics is very important. South Sudan today is one of the nascent democracy of the world in which the public elect their representatives in the form of what is commonly known as parliamentary and executive elections; the state legislative Assembly, and the national parliament of South Sudan are elected to represent their constituencies and rule the country on behalf of the public of the Republic of South Sudan. When any person elects any leader, it is expected from him or her that he or she must serve his or her people and by extension the general public and by putting the problems facing the public before the government and then solves those problems. But this is not done and the expectations of the public are totally crushed by their representatives.
In today’s South Sudan, politics became a shelter place for the criminals. Now a large number of criminals like murderers, rapists, diplomatic sex workers, black marketers, and kidnappers are coming in the politics. They can take the tickets from political parties by their power and money and then elect by the people, when these types of persons elect, then they became the authorised and empowered criminals. They can’t be afraid of police and government. Their only thought is to threaten the people and earn as much money as possible. Those criminals who are supposed to have been hanged till death or imprisoned for the whole life, they become members of parliaments, commissioners, under-secretaries, ministers, governors and even in more responsible positions. Here one thing is important that when these types of persons are sitting on powerful positions then who save the public from the torches of criminals?
Those criminals became the high ranking persons in the government and end up spending a lot of money. Their chief aim is to earn as much money as possible and for this purpose their followers and juniors crush the people and earn money and the public have to pay the price of their election. Our interim period constitution makers selected democracy because of the feeling that in this system, the public of South Sudan can elect their representatives without any fear. They have full authority to elect the representative of their own will.
No one pressurise any people to vote for him. In South Sudan, the secret voting system is applied that is why no one can see that which person give its vote to whom. It is high time that in the forthcoming elections, the National Election Commission of South Sudan (NECSS) should start using the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in which the voting is very easy and counting also very easy and accurate. But all these efforts couldn’t separate the criminals from politics. Now all political parties think only about the winning possibility of candidate they are not interested in that this candidate can do anything for public or not.
They only concentrate about and on how to increase their winning candidates only. Most of those peoples are criminals. They threaten the public to vote for them or their supporting candidates and the public vote them and they won. In towns where the people are educated and well aware about their rights and know the power of their votes is where the criminals can’t win election easily. But in the rural areas where the people are uneducated and don’t know really about their rights and the powers of their votes is where the criminals threaten the people and make contacts with the greedy leaders of the villages and then these greedy leaders put pressure on the villagers and threaten them by different-different types and sometimes give them money, buying them bulls to slaughter, wine or beers and ready to vote their candidates.
Such types of candidates when winning then they do the big scams; they became the root of corruption and then spread it to top of the bottom and enter many people into the chair camp of corruption. These criminals sometimes become the toy in the hands of the enemies of our country and then create danger for the National Security. Now we must all wake up and decide that we don’t elect any criminal in any election and boycott those criminals politically, socially and we should cooperate with the police to arrest, keep in custody and fix them up in the Court of law.

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