Letter: AN OPEN LETTER TO PAGAN AMUM OKIECH.
I therefore speak from a position of that ignorance,but with a lucid appreciation of what future us south Sudanese are likely to face if things remain as they are and SPLM in opposition becomes a majority party in the next government.
It is obvious to most of us,as it must be to you that our beloved country has been in the wrong hands for quiet a long time and this cannot be allowed to continue because if it does,it is the poor and marginalized majority of south Sudanese who are likely to continue to carry the burden.
I am an optimist and I truly believe that we are at the cusp of something far greater than you and I and yet,we can easily lose it if we are not united as a front against a dictatorship whose reign must surely come to its inevitable end.
You see comrade Pagan, every man or woman at some time in his or her life,is compelled to make some hard choices,choices that may subordinate his or her own needs and concerns but lift the hope in others.That is the burden of leadership that we must carry in times like these.
I watched a documentary on lions the other day and it was instructive to learn that their hunting together in packs does not necessarily increase their success of catching their prey however,this coming together, is solely for purpose of protecting their turf and their offspring from predators and other packs of lions that want to invade their territory;it works all the time.It is a territorial instinct that mere animals such as lions have.
Now,if we as humans are to be instructed from this,especially in politics and specially with regard to removing a tyrant and his entourage,it is critical that we move in packs as lions do.
I,therefore, entreat you Pagan Amum to seriously consider partnering SPLM/A in opposition for the sole purpose of dealing with the tyranny which has created too much unnecessary poverty and suffering for those that you aspire to lead.
Pagan Amum Okiech,SPLM ruling party has no interest at all in our well-being and you of all people are aware of their continued disregard and disrespect of their own word.This has been shown over and over many times especially now and the fact that a president, who has taken Oath and sworn in to adhere to the constitution and protect the interest of ALL south Sudanese, takes unilateral action solely for his own interests and his bid to remain in power.
I am sure from where you are,you know more about the enemy and the fight ahead than I do. Ordinary innocent south Sudanese of all ages have endured pain and suffering enormously in the recent past.
In my opinion,this has largely been a result of our continued narrow concern of our personal needs and the unwillingness of most of us to sacrifice for a great good.You, of course,have distinguished yourself as different from that mindset.
South Sudanese have been vulnerable,fearful and selfish in the past and this has resulted in a political party such SPLM becoming today;corrupt,uncaring,a bully that is self centered,and Irrelevant.
It would be beneficial to all of us who are expectantly hoping for change, if you were to partner with SPLM in opposition Pagan Amum,it would hearten me in particular, to see you hand in hand with the Resistance Leader Dr.Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and walking ,as Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth did,towards this despicable Goliath that seeks to prolong our suffering solely for its own egoistic desire.
My dear Pagan Amum Okiech, I can imagine how difficult such a move could be for you,given your seemingly irreconcilable differences with Dr.Riek Machar. But surely,just as we expect God to forgive us for or sins.
Should we not therefore forgive those we feel may have unfairly treated us in the past, especially when the livelihoods of millions could be at stakes?
South Sudan deserves a new leadership,a new lease of life,a new future that is significantly different from the past and you can truly be a part of that history which creates a country where all are equal and are free to exercise their rights without fear;a country that can begin to live to its full unlimited potential for me there can be no ideal greater than that.
I wish you well,
Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut.
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