By: Daniel Abushery Daniel, USA
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” By: Alexander Hamilton, 1775
July 5, 2011 (SSNA) — Our traditional enemy the NCP/NIF is vigorously circulating speculations and rumors around the globe about whether or not South Sudanese people have the essential capability to rule and care for themselves, if in fact we become an independent state from the "Jallaba" on July 09th 2011.
That shameful propaganda about Southerners being unable to rule themselves, due to corruption, nepotism, and tribalism among others, is racist at best. Because in reality if given an equal opportunity, Southerners have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that they have the best administrators in the whole of Sudan, even by the admission of some honest Northern Sudanese.
For instance, during the ten-year- tenure of the Addis Ababa agreement, South Sudan was actually more stable than the North in terms of democracy and peaceful transfer of powers, that president Al Nimeri was so jealous, that he had to dissolve the regional government in order to undermine the unity of South Sudanese.
Indeed tribes and tribalism are alive and well in all parts of Northern Sudan, especially in the Northern state, West and East Sudan. So, to suggest that somehow South is the only exception is, truly unfounded and misguided to say the least.
This song or music is nothing more than a psychological warfare to further wound our dignity and indeed our unity, because there are some folks in South Sudan who have actually bought into this smear campaign that, in fact we cannot manage our affairs without the help from the Jallaba. This song is not new. It’s is a very old one dating back since 1950s, and it continues patting it to the present generation. Now the time has come to prove them wrong.
How could South Sudanese be expected to achieve miracles in a six- year’s period of time, and just coming off a two decades long civil war? For expertise, to plan for projects alone takes at least a couple of years, if not more. Then, to put that plan in execution, it will need even more time than the planning time. Let us be optimistic that when we put all our hands together, South Sudan nation will be the best country in the horn of Africa.
Furthermore, after Addis Ababa accord, which granted South Sudan autonomy government, (small government), and to the best of my knowledge, I have never experienced the presence of any Northerners carrying out training or managing any institution over the course of ten years tenure of peace time. Yet with little educated people at the time, South had managed to run a relatively smooth government, even in the face of the sabotage from elites in Khartoum.
Nevertheless, the Independence Day is milestone away, and it’s within our reach. Yet there some enormous challenges ahead which require from all of us to work together, like security stability, and economic crisis, just to mention a few, but at the end we will prevail.
At this juncture, I urge Opposition parties, GOSS, and the civil society in our nation, to really and honestly rise to plate in seeing to it that our mutual enemy in Khartoum doesn’t get its wish of seeing a divided South. Essentially, everyone among us has a pivotal role to play, no matter how big or small that role might be, but it’s a role that we must all undertake, for the sake of our nation.
President Kiir and his cabinet should work very hard to initiate another dialogue with rebels. We need each and everybody to have a chance to participate in our nation building, and this is truly an important and healthy step forwards for our unity, and will pull out the red carpet from beneath Omer El Bashier and company, who are diligently working to tear all of us apart.
In conclusion, a peaceful independence is what we need, but in any event, we most certainly have to prepare ourselves for any eventualities. Even more so, our plan" B" must be handy, just in case the enemy resorts to its smear tactics and dirty tricks. Also, a well articulated constitution must be implemented in place of the current unpopular drafted document of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Justice John Luk Jock. What we need in the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS) is a constitution that is adheres to true decentralized system based on residency and regardless of the origin, region, or ethnicity.
That’s my dream. I hope it’s yours, too.
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