By Daniel Abushery Daniel
May 26, 2010 (SSNA) — We all know that South Sudan is a homogenous society: different tribes, cultures, traditions, ethnicities, religions and political affiliations. But above all, we have one thing in common, and that’s patriotism and loyalty to a land called South Sudan!!
In most my previous articles- if not all of them- I had always tried to stress and maintain our solidarity, the word that our enemy doesn’t want us to achieve. Yes, I said to myself that I will continue on that line until the whole South will be united under one concept, “South Sudan is first, South Sudan is the second, and South Sudan is forever."
First of all, the government of South Sudan’s members is not angles; they are human subject to commit mistakes just like all of us. But make no mistake about it, there is no justification for any wrong doings under the law, and everybody can exercise their constitutional rights, again under the law.
Herby, the point that I am trying to make, is about the current event of well known hero, and outstanding veteran, and former deputy chief of staff for South Sudan Armed Forces, known as SPLA, Major general George Athur Deng, who’s lately contested for Gonglei state governorship post won by his opponent Governor elect Comrade Kual Manyang Juuk. Guys, I don’t care if the election was rigged or not, we have to follow the right procedures, and not to take the law on our own hands.
To be honest, for former general George to take arms and turned them against his own soldiers in Dalibb hill, the soldiers that he used to commands during struggle. And as I strewed above, General Athur was an outstanding officer, no doubt about that, but what he’d done to his soldiers is bazaar, despicable to say the least, and it cannot be condoned under any circumstances. And as son of this land (South Sudan) I personally condemn this hyena’s act, especially when it’s came from a once highly respectable man like George Athur.
Believe me, the truth of the matter is, all over the world, there is no such a thing as a perfect election, per se, even in one of the biggest/oldest democracies in the world, namely: the United States of America, Great Britain and France. That brings to mind one of the most contested elections in the history of the USA, following the 2000 elections between Governor George W. Bush, and then Vice President Al gore in Florida. Subsequently, Al Gore didn’t rebel against his people. He took the matter before the US Supreme Court, which decided in Bush’s favor. Instead, Gore congratulated Bush, and offered his services whatever he needed him. We in South Sudan should learn from that. We don’t want what happened to our heroes: Karbino, William Nyoun, just to mention the few, to repeat itself.
Please, we don’t want another rebellion before CPA’s ink dries. Most certainly, we don’t want to lose another hero in vain.
In – conclusion, my advice to demagogues, and war mongers, who are supporting General George based on tribal affiliations or sectional ties, to please step to the plate, by giving a good advices to him, because the man needs such advice. Also I urge both government, and SPLA army to act wisely, and fast before it s too late. With due respect; General Athur under Criminal Justice System is a fugitive, and must be brought to justice. However, he’s now an innocent person until proven guilty in a court of law.
The author is a Criminal Justice System Graduate, Phoenix, AZ, U S A, and can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]