April 4, 2014 (SSNA) — Kiir’s minister of misinformation Michael Makuei was reported to have gone bananas on hearing president Obama’s authorization of the “ground sweeping sanctions” against all south Sudan’s warlords in government and in opposition, obviously including both President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Dr Riek Machar.
Makuiei who looks and behaves like someone fresh from the cattle camp is one of the many unpolished characters in Kiir’s current cabinet. A lawyer by profession, there is hardly anything in his crude behaviours to suggest he had even seen a blackboard let alone going to school or holding a degree in Law from Sudan’s prestigious University of Khartoum.
His comments here sums it all:
“In the first place, I don’t know what are the criteria used by him (president Obama) to decide who whether X or Y has committed human rights violations or abuses," he said
“The investigation has not yet started, and based on that investigation, this would have been the most appropriate time for him ( Obama) to decide as to who violated and what action should be taken against them," Makuei continued rambling.
You see, this is the same Michael Makuei who was involved in physical shovels and abusive words with the UNIMISS forces in Bor when his heavily armed guards were refused entry into the UN compound.
Do we really want to be told that this very minister is the first on Obama’s list of people who obstructed the UNIMISS duty in South Sudan? But see how he is reacting now and asking for an investigation to be carried out, as if he is just waking up from a deep sleep, and all that he did was a “sleep walking”.
On the other hand was it not his boss, the South Sudan’s Vice President, James Wani Igga, who addressed the SPLM mob as they demonstrated against the UNIMISS in Juba, accusing the UN of being a colonialist organisation?
This is more than a gone case by the way. And we all know that the international community is fully behind Obama’s sanctions. We also know that it only a matter of time before the remaining Oil production in Poluch, Upper Nile State is brought to a complete halt by the imminent rebel attack on the site.
With these glaring facts, Kiir and his dinkocrats are between a rock and a hard place. They will have to both choose between using their cows’ dung for fuel, cows’ milk for food and export the cattle hides to fetch them the much needed hard currency.
Or with a local currency in a free fall and an economy that never ever existed, their other alternative will be to continue begging Museveni of Uganda for both food and endless military protection, crowning him as Master of the Dinka and Ruler of the Great Lakes region.
Which is the lesser of two evils, when the choice is in fact between the devil himself and the deep blue sea!
For those you who follow articles on South Sudan, there is a well written piece of Ed/Op under the heading “Kiir should plan his exit strategy: A Citizen’s Concern’s point of view, by: Abraham Deng Lueth, B.S., MPA, Kansas City, MO, USA, APR/03/2014, South Sudan Nation.
This beautifully thought through article, represents the author’s attempt to assist President Kiir with an exit strategy.
However the truth remains that Salva Kiir’s leadership has long been identified by many analysts as a system too deformed to be reformed. And the only way for Salva Kiir to appreciate what the author has suggested to him is for something dramatic to happen.
As a less humiliating exist strategy after those who stood with the independence of South Sudan are turning their backs to him en masse, our friend’s advice is still not in any way an easy prescription that Kiir can adhere too, nor is it an easy pill for him to swallow.
But at this very advanced stage of his mental confusion, Kiir has obviously repeatedly made many wrong decisions than he had made right ones. It all boils down to his state of mind.
Thus anything new can only make sense to Kiir and his coterie if they underwent mind transplants first. The truth is that these type of operations are not feasible even in the far future and South Sudan cannot be kept waiting forever when atrocities are being committed everywhere.
Instantly calling it quits after reaching this stage would have been the only logical thing to do. Yet logic, like common sense, are things that have long left the country the moment these guys came the default rulers in the embattled South Sudan.
Hence, it is impossible for president Kiir to relinquish power voluntarily. Even if he were promised another chance to rule South Sudanese in the next world, he won’t do it. Voluntarily stepping down is just too much for this dictator’s inner psychic which has long been mal-conditioned to recognise no any other possible successor.
Practical speaking this dictator has very limited choices and I hope President Barack Obama sees it the way I see it. To me Salva Kiir and his followers have only two exist strategies to choose from.
To cut a long story short, as things stand now President Kiir can either choses to exit power the Sadaam Hussein’s way or he chooses the Muamar Gadhafi’s way. There is no any third option left for this dictator after he has caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians!
Dr. Justin Ambago Ramba is a concerned citizen and a voice for the voiceless. He can be reached at [email protected].