“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw.
By Luk Kuth Dak – USA
July 22, 2010 (SSNA) — A much deserved kudos is owed to Engineer Charles Kisanga, the former senior executive member and co-founders of the SPLM –DC Party, who courageously resigned his number two ranking position in the party most Southerners, if not all, believe it is a Southern wing of the National Islamic Front (NIF) and the National Congress Party (NCP), respectively.
“The Chairman started to show dictatorship and corruption, whereby the party became a one man show,” wrote Kisanga in his much publicized separation letter from the party chaired by the kingpin of defection and betrayal, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin.
Evidently, Mr. Kisanga’s differences of opinions with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), didn’t blind his eyes to see that Dr. Akol’s party was there to serve the best interest of the (NIF) and (NCP) of the genocide criminal Omer Al Basher. He should be celebrated for his patriotism and truthfulness to uphold the principles and beliefs that the great people of south Sudan have scarified so much for over the course of more than half a century of brutal occupation and oppression.
Because of him, South Sudanese people will now see the SPLM –DC party as the sellout opportunistic organization that it really is.
Until now, the SPLM – DC gained it popularity and power in the North, by selling the South Sudan’s rights for self-determination, and by berating the SPLM on unfounded corruption allegations.
“A lie cannot live.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Without a doubt, Dr. Lam Akol is a smart man to realize that his once shining star within the NIF/ NCP arena is now fading away with the new campaign to make unity attractive by his mentors. He should keep in mind that, if Al Basher’s uncle, Al Tayib Mustafa could be sidelined by the regime, so could he.
Certainly, if you are a follower of the news media outlets in Khartoum, like I am, then, I assume that you must have noticed that Dr. Lam’s face is hardly seen on the TV networks and the regime’s newspapers that he once ruled.
And with Kisanga’s departure, the already sinking boat will not reach the shore safely. Additionally, if Dr. Lam were to be listening to Al Basher lately, he could have heard him as saying: “We need a Sudan without militias.” He said in his meeting with the representatives of the Sudanese Lawyers Union, just a couple of days ago.
“There are enough rooms for everybody in the SPLM/A.” – Dr. John Garang de Mabior.
I believe, perhaps like many Southerners out there, that if Dr. Lam Akol kicks off his compulsive addiction to wealth appetite for betrayal, he, too, can be re-welcome back to the SPLM/A with opened arms.
Essentially, the ball is therefore now in his corner. But he must acknowledge the fact that he is not getting any younger, and this should be the time for him to think creatively, and to think critically, about the legacy he wants to leave behind for his children, on the one hand, and for the Shilluk Kingdom, on the other.
The author is a Sudanese journalist and former anchorman at Juba Radio, South Sudan. He can be reached at: email@example.com