September 7, 2014 (SSNA) — It is my hope and I think the hope of many the constitution that will guide the future of this country will not create for us a South Sudan we don’t want.
We don’t want a South Sudan with a dominant political party whose members are immune from justice; members of a political party who plunder and murder and who smash and grab other people’s property with impunity.
We don’t want a south Sudan with leaders who steal peoples votes; leaders who force themselves on the majority when their sell-by date has expired.
We don’t want a south Sudan with security forces that do not protect the country’s citizens; security forces that terrorize ordinary men, women and children on behalf of a political party and greedy leaders.
A South Sudan where the law is selectively applied for the benefit of an oligarchy that specializes in looting their country’s resources.
We don’t want a south Sudan whose leaders unnecessarily create enemies beyond its borders, leaders who do not want their neighbours to point out their mistakes.
A South Sudan where laws are crafted to bar even the barest minimum of criticism against the leader(s), a south Sudan where the majority are forced to view the leader as an infallible demi-god.
We don’t want a south Sudan where soldiers are made to believe they are politicians, where soldiers deviate from protecting the country to delve into partisan politics.
A South Sudan where a few pretend to have fought for the country alone, as if the majority were asleep at that time only to wake up at Independence.
We don’t want a south Sudan with a corrupt police force that harasses innocent civilians and motorists; a police force that does not adhere to the service charter in pursuit of ill-gotten wealth; a police force that is indoctrinated to be blindly partisan.
We don’t want a south Sudan with a public broadcaster and State-controlled media that are turned into partisan and hate-mongering entities; media that spew hate speech day in day out.
We don’t want a south Sudan that is polarized, a south Sudan that encourages tribalism, regionalism, racism and other ills of that nature.
A south Sudan that deliberately creates two posts of vice-president to ensure people from a particular region can only become deputies.
We don’t want a south Sudan that derails its economy to the extent of destroying its own currency; a south Sudan that uses other peoples currency; a south Sudan that mortgages its mineral wealth for the benefit of a few.
We don’t want a south Sudan with a disgruntled public service workforce; a workforce that works against development.
We don’t want a south Sudan that fails to develop because it lives in the past; a south Sudan that fails to embrace global trends by singing old tunes that are out of sync with global realities.
We don’t want a south Sudan that tramples on people’s rights; a south Sudan where security forces trigger fear in its citizens.
We don’t want a south Sudan where losers in elections refuse to hand over power, as if the country was their personal property. We don’t want a south Sudan with a Cabinet full of deadwood which is recycled for political expedience at the expense of development.
We don’t want a South Sudan that is enjoyed by a few for South Sudan is not someone’s personal property.
A South Sudan that forces its sons and daughters to flee to other nations where they are treated as scum!
The author is the current acting chairman of SPLM Youths in Egypt. He can be reached ta [email protected]