Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and Rebecca Garang are just but first victims, more will follow if we don’t say No to dictatorship.
By Dak Gabriel Buoth
Dated 19th March , 2014
‘‘It is never the ACTIVITY OF THE RASCAL that destroys society, but always the INACTIVITY of the GOOD PEOPLE.’‘ Shiv Khera. In the history of all the industrialized and civilized nations across the world, those who have had a privilege to visit their archives found an immortal struggle of few selfless, visionary citizens who had at one point in time stood to interrogate how their present then would reflect generation‘s future. In the minds and souls of all those gallant personalities was a greater quest to have an equitable and just society where citizenry are treated nearly equally; and not like happened in America in their yesteryears where a black man could not board a Bus with whites or in Khartuom where a Nubian and Nuer and the likes could not be appointed as a magistrate unlike their fellow Arabs on ground of their complexion or creed.
Regrettably, in our new republic, only two years after independent, we adopted a policy where citizens are employed on the basis of who – you- know and not what you know. We have established a judicial system where justice is licensed to a few. Our courts turn to be like a spider webs that only catches the small insects.
Voltaire said that ‘‘it is always dangerous to be right on a matter which the establish authority is wrong’’ as a result of this rebellion, the champions of this second south Sudanese liberation may eventually end up not achieving their political careers, but the common man will learn from this discourse; it will serve as an eye opener to those whose ears are meant for understanding and eyes for seeing and not looking. For close to a decade now, since we were granted autonomy in 2005, after the ratification of the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA). Lives for South Sudanese peasants have continued to deteriorate sharply on many front namely, economic, political, diplomatic and internal governance.
If we are to look at them precisely, you will find that in economic sector- south Sudanese do not own anything with exception of the unexploited land that they sheltering on. What is an independent without food, clean water, security, education and health assurance?
The government hasn’t made a single efforts to come up with some live skills initiatives that would reinvigorates and reform the youth to become self reliance. In the political; the governing SPLM party is in itself unregistered political party without a manifesto and constitution. In the Diplomatic arena, we all saw and heard what happened to the Vice President Mr Wani Igga and his foreign Affairs minister Dr Marial Biel in New York where they were almost denied an entry into the united nation assembly building on ground that their government does not reflect the will and the aspiration of its citizens.
All these when combined together, constitute a situation that demand some form of radical and rapid response using any meant necessary. On the same note, we are not saying the aforementioned happened solely at Kiir‘s desk, No. Anybody attesting to that would be possessing an ignorance of highest degree. that doesn’t also that we are exemption from the scene where those messes where committed; because one fundamental virtue of any leaders is to remain vigilant. If a leader categorically admit that certain wrongs where deliberately omitted or committed without his consent when he ought to know them, that demonstrate incompetence or either negligent on the part of a leader, thus he ought to be impeached or forced to resign to pave way for a fresh plebiscite.
WHO STILL BELIEVE THE ALLEGED COUP?
To begin with the purported ‘’COUP.’‘ at the onset , what is coup? and who masterminded it? Three months down the line, those questions were never substantiated by this kangaroo regime. They cannot define what a coup is and who orchestrated it with tangible evidence. The evidences produced against the Ambassagor Gatkuoth Lul, Majak Agoot, Pagan Amum and Oyai Deng were shoddy facts that cannot be used to hold one responsible for treason if indeed our courts is an independent and impartial institution. When they read their charges against the four, I promptly formed an opinion that our country is on a verge on ruination.
The other evidence brought earlier by Minister Michael Makuei that a flag was found and that Riek Machar was the led perpetrator in the so called aborted coup, was also another ulcerous one. How would someone overthrow a government by holding a press conference and designing a flag? How could Riek Machar planned a coup without armies? Shame! Shame! Shame!
Nevertheless, Let the truth be told though it make people miserable before its set them free, There was no attempted coup in Juba, what happened on December 15th was a coronation of autocracy. President salva Kiir was just launching his eight year’s strategic dictatorship plan. (EYSDP). Hence, Dr Riek Machar and company never meditated, attempted or planned any act to abrogate a constitutionally elected government. Dr Machar will never be found guilty in any human, independent, competent judicial court erected on the foundation of natural justice and the rule of law on anything pertaining the December 15th incident. His constitutional right to democratically seek any position in south Sudan can never be barred or compromised by any living creature. I know he is only guilty for the goods he did not do to himself. I have disagreed with him on many fronts particularly on matters of national importance, but I shall defend to death his rights to utter his opinion.
President Gen Salva Kiir has miscalculated his strategy to counter his opponents. His Order to killed civilian populations in juba on the 15th December 2013 has proven him beyond reasonable doubt that he was baldly incompetent and somehow lacking gut for human values. They say, ‘‘it is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.’’ Why would he think of killing innocent, destitute Nuer civilian peasants in juba instead of going for those he deemed his antagonists. Has he not felt ashamed to imposed a curfew in front of international media such that civilian can be selectively slaughtered and maimed in their houses.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN KIIR ‘S SPLM AND ADOFT HITLER ‘S FARCIST REGIMES
Frankly speaking , once a government pronounced that somebody is plotting a coup against it, the citizens ought to realize that the government has committed a serious wrong that it is trying to conceal or it is just about to commit treason against it own people . It is our duty to speak our minds on such issues or wait to suffer the terrible consequences of totalitarianism.
If you may allow me to refer you the old story of a fascist Germany where Hitler was picking up his critics one by one and sending them to the gas chambers. At first, he came for the intellectuals, and the rest of society kept quiet. Then when he realized that not all intellectuals were bad and that it was mainly the Marxists who were uncompromising, he decided to target the Marxists intellectuals, the rest of the society still keep quiet thinking that the rest of the Marxist had gone too far. Then he realized that most intellectuals and Marxists wee jews so he decided went for jews en masse; the rest of the society thought the jews were strange anyway.
Finally, he went for anybody who was not avowed follower and sycophant; by the time the German society begun to realized Mr Hitler‘s autocratic machinations; it was now too late but to suffer the consequences of fascism, whoever, wherever, they were.
THE BEGINNING OF PRESIDENT ‘S DICTATORIAL STEPS
Similarly, When President Kiir and his cohorts ruthlessly mangled the opposition leader Dr Lam Akol and send him into exiled, we were saying, hoo, Dr Lam was a 1991 architect and the shiluk;
Secondly, He went for those of George Athor, Isaiah Abraham, and again send away those of Mabor Garang, majority were saying, hoo this are political orphans of john Garang and that they are becoming jealous because their man died.
Thirdly, when peaceful demonstrators in Wau were fired with live bullets and killed like flies, majority said ‘’ who are the Equatorians to destabilized this Government?
Fourthly, when President Gen Salva Kiir introduced the infamous unconfirmed strategy, to Eliminate those of General Tito Biel Chuor, Brig Gen Par JIEK, Gatluak Damai, General chuol Gakak and later killed Gatluak Gai, the like of Dr Riek and the general public were saying, ‘’ you see these people are somehow uneducated, that they are used to Nyagaatism, and so forth.
Fifthly, when legitimate Governor like Chol Tong Mayai were unconstitutionally sacked, it was said, hoo this people are allies of Dr Riek, so what? Are we not a democratic state? Every south Sudanese have a constitutional right to formed, join, any political party of his choice.
Sixthly, when a decree was televised to ride out all the top Generals from the ranks and files of the Military realm and replaced them with Militia men like Bapiny Munytuil, the public said.’’ The spla is corrupt, let them go.
Seventh, at the time when President Gen Salva unconstitutionally, dissolved the all cabinet without consulting the parliamentarian; there was an applausive murmuring, saying you know, some of them are critics to the president.
Finally, to cut the story shorts, when time for SPLM convention arise; and its leaders began to called for its internal democracy by holding a press conference. led by its deputy chairperson Dr Riek Machar who had earlier pledged to contest the party top seat; this was where the issue of Coup attempt was invented and shooting continue with cluster bombs. majority are still testifying and swearing that ‘’it is a Nuer who want to take power by force; so let murder those that we could managed to killed and that gave birth to juba Nuer Massacre. Because of my knowledge of all the aforementioned, I (we) said that the ongoing conflict was not a tribal war between Naath and the Dinka; that it was a political and ideological tussle with the ruling SPLM party that has nothing whatsoever to do with innocent members of the Nuer and the Dinka.
MY MESSAGE TO THE READER
I dedicated this article to every south Sudanese wherever they are to combined efforts regardless of their ethnicities, region, and political affiliation so as to free our country from dictatorship that has vowed to stay put at any cost.
I appeal to my fellow diaspora community, progressive war veterans, progressive politicians from all the political parties in south sudan, the student movements to challenge the governance crisis crippling our new born nation and to come up with solution that can bring REAL CHANGE, CHANGE IN BRINNGING A BETTER AND STANDRAD CONSTITUTION FOR POSTERITY AND THRIVING ECONOMIC DESPENSATION.
Let us not portray indifference in our political growth; for we shall be a country rule by people worse than ourselves. We must soldier on with the unwavering fight to bring about absolute revolution started by our ancestors and heroes of the liberation struggle whose primary aims was to usher in a democracy based on the wishes and aspiration.
South Sudan is a young democracy that still has to go through growing pains as it finds its rightful place in Africa and the world. Those who are going to determine its path are we the current generation- who have found themselves imprisoned by our current liberators. We must conquer our fears, besides the apathy and hopelessness I have seen across south Sudanese community, I know that among us are a few good man and women who have grasped the challenge and the necessity for us to go on a totally new trajectory in our politics and how we relate to the new global realty.
Inclusion, I do NOT support Rebel (s) Perse, it is the CHANGE that i support. I am certain that nobody can obstruct a change whose time has come. They can only delay its process and may be influence its outcome. I do not owe allegiant to individual, am much more realistic and pragmatic than that.
I cannot be hold hostage to any form or shape of archaic loyalty, particularly if the spin-off‘s goal is meant to expediently spurn constitutionalism and the rule of law. We must challenge the status quo, dynasties, social and economic oppression, nepotism, inequality and impunity. We must lambast those who think of leadership in term of biblical term; and those that believe leadership south sudan belong to certain club. Unless we are a country that challenges that, we will be a stagnant society. History has a nut of remembering not those who begins the race but those who finish the race.
The writer is The Representative of the CONGRESS OF SOUTH SUDANESE PATRIOTS, (C.S.S.P) he can be reach via firstname.lastname@example.org