A Tale of Juba and the Presidency!

By Deng Mangok Ayuel

July 25, 2013 (SSNA) — This is a presidential saga and its cabinet’s analogy. When twining cohesively as political family and the sons of special mother, it has ostensibly regarded as a weakness, turned rivalry by individuals who wanted to weight their political thermometers before the dawn of 2015 election. President Kiir is always calm and friendly; give him your hands to let the peace reign. When Joshua is truly busy fulfilling the promise, another challenge arises from within, incredibly, but time shall make him work perfectly. For those who started a fight within one canoe. It is invincible for them as opposite part of the crew. The canoe is stable but never always expects a canoe in the river to be stable … and when in the same canoe, don’t laugh at those who don’t swim well because the river might also be full of creatures that can swallow those who can swim better, believe me.

And when driving a vehicle whose rhizome is worn out in front, it is better to stop driving before it goes dark. One can’t use ordinary eyes to drive a vehicle at night, it’s a violation of traffic law and you may sometimes cause an accident. It shouldn’t also happened by pious exhortation. The only solution is to pack your vehicle on the right side of the road and lope to look for cash in order to buy its missing parts, and your missing political eyes, missing legs. But if you are unable to get money to buy spare parts, then how did you get the vehicle? Do you possess insurance certificate, driving license and updated logbook? The former cabinet members who made their ways to the cabinet but didn’t meet expectations, failed to deliver services shouldn’t be consider a run into the new cabinet if president is striving for change – I wish them a good stay at home with the community – khafara alekum for now!

Therefore, President Kiir is always peaceful in his doings; hopefully the presidential advisors might also be agent of change and peace in the country, lest they shall take the geometry of peace to the wrong angle. These advisors are like the compass needle at the magnetic pole. They travel in spaces, like a bunch of light at night until all the thoughts, evil gestures, pains, joy are dissolved into one solution in many, which is sometimes peaceful joyful, inevitable, absurdity and hopeful. Politics is an endless business. Two years had gone. Since our political wheels and the engine are newly shining and strong, it is good to obamatize our political engine from SPLM Oyee to “Yes We Can” in order to reduce the noise and the tone, rhythm of reggae music with Dr. Riek Machar.

As a concerned citizen – one among thousands of people who live below poverty line and spend less than a dollar a day, it is my courage to urge all the people, all South Sudanese – political farmers, ordinary citizens, organized forces and leaders to take full initiative of development, avoid tribal equations of politics that lead to hatred, always carve up co-existence as one people. Now that the new season of politics and cabinet with the new Vice President is expected overnight, it is my hope that the situation should remain calm. Of course, my political magic is not ready to name the mass of the popular heavy weight politicians who usually bait for success to remain as the cabinet members for all the seasons. They know themselves. I pray that Mr. President shouldn’t appoint anyone who has been suspected of corrupt cases in his to – do – list of the day. We have been the champion of our nation – all of us. We voted for separation together during the referendum that made our history – and now wishing politicians a peaceful politicking!

Is it a nightmare politics of our time? When did Mr. Pagan Amum, who has suffered negotiating with Khartoum for South Sudan, began removing the bricks of the luak he participated in its building? Is it true? Oh God, let the politics not be a dirty game by this time. I need peaceful SPLM and prosperous South Sudan. I hope he wouldn’t be sacked from the party.

Who didn’t want to be on the right side of history? The storm has blown over, while another season of politics has begun. It is just the beginning. Light is seen and the government is fashioning itself – it is a matter of time. South Sudan is a beloved country with great people. When twist of hope arises, smile yearns in our faces and makes us laugh before anything goes well. For decades – a generational age, South Sudanese fought with Khartoum against marginalization and economic fatality. It was the core of ailing for humanity when others are regarded as second class citizens in their own country. It was a tumor which ate into entail for change whose some of us are currently enjoying its fruits. Did we say goodbye to Khartoum and began troubling ourselves within two years of independency? It has been the best of time, extremely full of impediments. However, Juba is no longer Juba but piece of hope for change.

The nation is economically at limbo but politics took its course. Poverty is just unbearably glowing into portrayal of one man’s solitary agony while some of the leaders’ eyes seemingly on political food for egoism instead of helping Mr. President for the welfare of our society. Austerity measures as they called it, is quivering. Its’ married our pockets, left us running up and down especially those who wanted to tower our new city and towns. It increases poverty. Nobody has a choice when oil is minutely to be shut down – how long should austerity measures continue if the solution for marketing the crude oil is not worked out?

For God’s sake, cooperation agreement – somehow, I don’t know how many agreements – raggedly dishonored by Khartoum. No doubt that Khartoum looks too old and tired of agreement since 1970s. Getting things going especially in the era of political error with Khartoum is not a simple task but pairs of complication and fabrication of truth. Khartoum is known for its U-turns, chameleonic colours when coming to economical and political related issues. When did our oil become economically bitter to Khartoum? God helps those who help themselves! Since Khartoum has been accusing Juba of helping Sudanese rebels, it is alarming in my mind that Khartoum is too helpless to Juba anymore or the two cities became helpless to each others; the tales of two cities, Juba and Khartoum versus oil without pipeline. While Khartoum has been extremely jealous over the flow of our oil through its pipeline, should Juba say enough is enough and find its own ways of pumping, selling the oil? How long does it take to construct a pipeline to Kenya? I wish the presidency may make a quick better solution for our oil as he did for the cabinet?

Deng Mangok Ayuel lives in Aweil, South Sudan. He can be reached via [email protected]

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