"A house divided against itself cannot stand” – Former US President, Abraham Lincoln.
By Luk Kuth Dak
December 18, 2013 (SSNA) — Cde Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), had a tone of potential and an opportunity of a lifetime to be a permanent member of elite league of the world’s great leaders. His name could’ve been easily mentioned in one sentence with iconic such Nelson Mandela.
Like Nelson Mandela, Kiir spent most of his adulthood fighting to free his people from slavery, oppression,racism and bigotry by the successive Khartoum regimes. Most importantly, he let his country to its independence, and subsequently, was elected as first President of the RSS.
However, those potentials and those opportunities of becoming a great leader are now slipping away, because the President has chosen to follow not the footsteps of the great leaders, such as Mandel. Instead, he’s now clutching arms with the must brutal dictators. Now, if you don’t see him hanging around with Sudan’s Omer al-Basher, he’s over the phone chatting with Isaias Afewerki, Idriss Deby and Robert Mugabe respectively.
It’s so true that ever since Kiir illegally ousted the SPLM’s historical leaders, such as Cde Pagan Amum, Cde John Luk Jok, Cde Deng Alor among others, Kiir’s actions have been nothing short of treason to the principle on which the party was founded. On any given day, the President is constantly violating his oath off of office. " If you don’t like my policies, he was quoted as saying, go ahead and form your own party."
Also, in a bizarre turn of events, the relations between the RSS and the Western nations are things of the past. The President was absent from the UN General Assembly session, but had all the time to visit with his new pal, the ICC most wanted man, Omer al-Basher.
And so, if you are a concerned citizen of the RSS, you should be very, very worried about the direction of the country we all cherish. In a short couple of years, you’ll head to the polls to elect the leader of our nation for the next five years. Unfortunately, that election will be between Cde Salva Kiir Mayardit and Cde Salva Kiir Mayardit.
The President is aware that if the election were to be about his performance and potential, he would be defeated by just about anyone, because he poorly performed during his first term. That explain why he’s taken control of the three government branches, not to mention the military for which he’s the Commander-in-Chief. Bluntly put, the election won’t be a fare game, and no one in his/her right mind would want to take a risk of running against a dictator with so much powers in his hand. The fade will be fatal.
And if the recent events unfolding in Juba are indicative of anything, they indicate clearly that General Kiir’s now more determined to use deadly force against those who simply disagree with his regime.
Our only choice: Impeach the President.
The author’s a former broadcasting journalist & a regular writer for Sudan Tribune, South Sudan News Agency, the Upper Nile times and Gurtong. Hit me on e-mail at lukeda[email protected], to let me what you plan to do to save our country.