Dr. Riek Machar Must Not Give Ears To Cowards

By Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut,

Opinion.

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the former vice president and the chairman of SPLM/SPLA, Opposition faction in Nasir earlier this year(Photo: Reuters/Nyamilepedia)

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the former vice president and the chairman of SPLM/SPLA, Opposition faction in Nasir earlier this year(Photo: Reuters/Nyamilepedia)

Oct 03, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Should we trust and have good expectations from the fervent prayers of the devil? I support SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar 100% on the need to take mass action and create the urgency necessary for SPLM-Juba to wake up and smell the coffee.

In fact, I had join him.

I can’t believe some few element of hunger, opposition parties, academics, including some infamous Pentecostal churches, who are saying this will disrupt the economy!

What economy when we have 90% of our people eking a living in the informal sector and are now to be taxed even more to fund a government that is presiding over a failed State; when millions of dollars are being stolen and spent not on reviving this economy, but in propping up the lifestyles of a leadership cabal that has lost the plot?

How low can we get?

Our problem in South Sudan is that we have a bunch of opposition politicians who think that things will change through corporate politics and Press conferences from boardrooms.
Nothing can be further from the truth!

We also have a pathetic business sector which remains complicit and is quick to run and raise funds for SPLM-Juba functions at the drop of a hat.

Our churches have unashamedly failed on their mandate to commit themselves to the truth at all costs.

All they want are thousands of members who feel pity for themselves to flock to their gatherings and “sacrifice” their hard-earned dollars with the expectation that God will reward them.

The motives of the new “prophetpreneurs” are disgusting and Dr. Riek Machar must rightly ignore these parasites who are feeding on the hopelessness of South Sudanese.

Imagine if thousands of South Sudanese who sacrificed their lives for our freedom had also taken the same view; that going to join the struggle would disrupt the economy and peace; that is was better to talk to Ian Smith and have gradual change than to have majority rule as a matter of urgency.

I am amazed that, to this date, South Sudanese seem not to understand this beast called SPLM-Juba Faction.

It is a beast that has survived through violence and cohesion; a beast that has lied, killed and cheated its way to power.

It is a beast whose sole priority is to retain power even when it is evident that its ideas and what it stands for are no longer relevant or attractive to many of us the future leaders of a new South Sudan.

Its leadership has become insensitive, arrogant and irrelevant and yet it must force itself and its moribund ideas upon us. We must fight for our rights.

Now, thousands and thousands of you, including prostitute writers out there, have commented on how Dr. Riek Machar made a fatal mistake in entering the government of national unity and how he formed the resistance movement and yet none of you, not one of you, will lift a finger to cause the change you want to see.

You are all waiting for things to change. My question is: If it is not you, who do you think will make that change happen?
Salva Kiir?

In my opinion, if there is any time to send a clear message to SPLM-Juba Faction and its underlings, it is now because if we do not do that, things will get worse as we sit and complain and do absolutely nothing to create the future we want.

I will support Dr. Riek Machar Teny in this endeavor and for me, he continues to stand out as the only man who dared to challenge Salva Kiir Mayardit and his establishment in the last 9 years.

We can all sit and rationalise on the pros and cons of mass action; we can sit and condemn how other opposition leadership has let us down — and then what?

The SPLM-Juba government has clearly failed to rig the economy because economic success is based on principles and not populist politburo decrees.

This government has failed in all areas and to say that China and Russia deals will save us is delusional.

As long as there are no fundamental changes in behaviour in our politics, our economy will continue as it is and we will continue to see the protection of a cabal of predator capitalists as they sign joint venture deals with China and Russia to exploit our resources.

They will create their own wealth while the masses continue to survive in an informal economy that is tough and brutish.

There will be no end to mass poverty as long as we do not see a change in the political ideology of SPLM-Juba that is based on the idea of “none but ourselves”.

I am just so saddened that many of us just do not get this. We cannot trust nor have noble or good expectations from the fervent prayers of the devil.

Ideologies of dictators do not change through negotiation or through demanding free and fair elections.

Those who are discouraging Dr. Riek Machar from leading mass action must just please shut up and be spectators because, over the years, they really have done nothing to fight this evil system.

South Sudan now needs brave patriots and not boardroom cowards or self-righteous puppets.

Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is the current acting Chairman for SPLM Youth League in Egypt; get Him at sirirgabrielyiei3@gmail.com

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