SPLA’S’ DAY: A DAY TO RENEW OUR RESOLVE TO ACCEPT AND IMPLEMENT THE PEACE AGREEMENT(RARCSS).
“If there is any South Sudanese who thinks there is an alternative to this agreement, they’d better come to their senses, and they really should join us in ensuring its implementation.”Angelina Teny,
Minister of Defense, RTGoNU.
38 years ago, the first gun shot that started one of longest and bloodied liberation struggle in Africa was fired. It was a struggle by strong, committed and selfless South Sudanese who wanted to see the best for the future generations.These men and women fought wholeheartedly without considering their parents, children nor their tribes; they fought collectively as South Sudanese fighting to be free from Arabs domination & marginalization that was meted on them in different forms. Nevertheless, through their selfless sacrifices, we today have a COUNTRY that WE can proudly call our OWN – delivered to us through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement(CPA) that paved way for the REFERENDUM vote for SEPARATION.
The South Sudanese vote for SECESSION from the NORTH was and will remains one of the best decision that the South Sudanese have ever made in their lives. I am sure and believe that, wherever the men and women who sacrificed their dear lives for this to be achieved may be; they are TRULY PROUD. May their souls be FOREVER honored!
However, as we honor this day in recognition of our heroes and heroines contribution to the COUNTRY that we have today, it is important that we also remind ourselves of the things we are doing that can only make them roll with anger in their graves.
It is sad that, despite the selfless commitment by these men and women to continue the fight for liberation; most of the street children that are currently on the streets of Juba, Wau & Malakal are mostly their children.
It’s sad that, despite the great devotion to the liberation struggle without any salary or compensation, the SPLA soldiers remain the least paid and most of the times go for months without pay.
It is sad that, despite the unwavered loyalty that these men and women displayed by forgoing every possession they had for the sake of this country, the only honor we can afford for them is a mini celebration in the SPLA HQ-Bilpham yet; we declare four working days holiday celebrations for a few followers of a religion that was used to deny us the right to exercise our unalienable rights.
It is sad that, despite the huge sacrifices made by these men and women to free us from Arabs domination & marginalization, there is a “CLIQUE” that wants to take us back to the religion that was used to inflict sufferings on us.
It is really sad, that despite the 99.9% vote for SECESSION in the REFERENDUM which was exercise by all South Sudanese regardless of their tribes; our country is today immersed in negative tribal consciousnesses that transcend all other things that bind us.
There was nothing really wrong for our HEROES and HEROINE to follow the path of liberation struggle that they followed and for us to vote for SECESSION in 2011. In fact, these are obligations any patriotic and mentally sound South Sudanese who never participated in, should have fulfilled if they were born before any of the two periods. Therefore, I urge the leadership of the country under the stewardship of President Kiir Mayardit to recommits to making sure that, the men and women who made these sacrifices are happy whereever they are. This recommitment SHOULD entails that the leadership of the RTGoNU commits to the full implementation of the agreement and more specifically the security arrangement (reunification of forces) and carrying out major reforms in the economic Institutions.
As was rightly stated by Hon. Angelina Teny and I quote, “If there is any South Sudanese who thinks there is an alternative to this agreement, they’d better come to their senses, and they really should join us in ensuring its implementation.” Indeed there is no other alternative to this agreement (RARCSS). This agreement requires all our contributions whether you are an ordinary citizen, a soldier or a politician. We MUST all renew our PATRIOTISM, commit and abide to the stipulation of the agreement as the ONLY way for us to realize peace and walk away from the messes we have created for ourselves.
Happy SPLA’s Day Celebrations, Countrymen and women.
God bless South Sudan!
Dhuor R.Badeng, MSE,PgD(GPP).