To begin with, I must admit that I had such a hard time writing this article. I called it off time and time again, not so much of the fear of meeting the fatal fate of the freedom of speech’s victim, the late Ustaz Isaiah Abraham, if I ever set foot on South Sudan’s soil, but because, up to the time of President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s recent conspiracy, I was one strong supporter of him and the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, SPLM.
In the wake of the aftermath of Kiir’s coup d’etat, pundits, journalists and political scientists are all in a unanimous agreement that a civil war within the SPLM is eminent. The president’s surprised move, which was widely criticized by most- if not all of- the Western nations to ouster the old guard, came just a few weeks after the nation celebrated its second anniversary. Subsequently, the President’s decision to impose two soldiers of Allah, El. Sheikhs, Riek Gai Kok and Abdulla Deng Nhial as federal ministers in the newly deformed, undemocratic and unconstitutional government was a slap in the face to all of the South Sudanese, but particularly those who have lost some loved once during the course of the civil war.
Unless you are a South Sudanese who was born yesterday, then, you won’t know that both Kok and Nhial have so much blood in their hands of the two million plus innocent civilians murdered by the regime of tyrant and ICC most wanted man, Omar Hassan Ahmed al Basher in the name of jihad. More so, they were there in the " situation room" where decisions were made to turn our beloved homeland into a morgue. By rewarding these murderers, the President has failed miserably.
Most troubling, the President’s showing signs of following the foot steps of some of the most brutal dictators of the caliber of Muammar al. Gadahfi, Idris Deby and Isaias Afworeki. What else can explain the the latest assault on the deposed Secretary General, Ustaz Pagan Amum, and the unjustly ban put on his travel outside of the capital, Juba? In the real world, those actions are called " Unlawful imprisonment, and perpetrator is punishable by law.
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Not only that, by ruling the country by decrees, the President has totally disregarded both the Parliament and Judicial systems, which is certainly undemocratic by all standards.
At the end, however, we as individual citizens have a pivotal role to play in making our voices heard by those corrupt leaders, who put their personal interests above the nation’s.
Vote them out.
The author is a former anchorman at Juba Radio. He can be reach at: [email protected]