IS IGAD A MEDIATOR OR BUSINESS DEALER?

BY Yien Lam,

Opinion.

An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 10 June 2014 (IGAD photo)

An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 10 June 2014 (IGAD photo)

Jan 31, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — To me, it is simple as this, an Igad role in kiir’s mess is to do its business on the expense of South Sudanese as it definition does not purport peace mediator than the business developer. This is the main purpose of it.

By the definition, IGAD stand for Intergovernmental authority on development. If that is so as we all know, why does it mediate peace? Judge it by yourself. In basic reality, should the organization as such makes peace in south Sudan? People, this is a jesting. It will never bring peace at all because its interest blindfold it to totally expunge the root cause of the war and the organization does not want to hear  the word “root cause “ because its members are involved in the war with its knowledge. Namely, Kiir and M7.

Due to that, IGAD will never press Uganda to withdraw from the south Sudan territory because it is a part of the deal that the rest of the world does not know for certain. As you can see the businesses in action, Arusha agreement was seen as positive step by many, now the organization goes back to the square one to reinstate kiir as president and Dr.Riek as the Vice president as well as Wani. The organization avoid the previous parliamentary system that include prime minister and the president. What does that tell you if you have rational mind?  What brought back the very system that killed the people in the first place?  Where is the system that involve the prime minister?  Should we go back every gathering when we try to negotiate peace? Be the judge!

In this respect, I am always being irritated by the word “elect president.” Referring to kiir. This word should have no meaning of what so ever if not because of the business being ran in south sudan.Kiir could not be revered as elected president while he himself killed the people who were elected him. What a hell is going on with an Igad? Should someone who killed his own people still being entitled elected president or simply resigned? This is rubbish. What kind of system should that be rather than the business that is being ran by this organization if not more?

However, in my view, IGAD now imposes itself to be the government of south Sudan than being the mediator. When I saw the copy of the imposing document that says two vice presidents in the country in the newly created system. This trigger a lot in my mind that this organization has entrenched itself deeply into south Sudan as far as saying “the speaker of the parliament will be from equatorial” in which nobody has the problem with it. When I read that, I reminded myself with the article that I wrote on December the 5 last year about the IGAD Titled “Is IGAD a trustworthy organization to bring peace in south Sudan or a dealer in question”. This is exactly what I was portended.

Nonetheless, when it comes to the power sharing in south Sudan, it imposed the ratio giving government 60% and opposition 30% and the rest 10%. If this is the real power sharing, why would the government that openly said 70% of its soldiers defected to the rebels in January last year be given 60% of total share? Folks, Guinea fowl cannot be tamed as seeing you as such. There is no way at all to favor one side than the other if you are legitimate mediator rather than the business dealer. This won’t be the case at all because kiir lost 70% of his forces that was why he brought in Uganda. If that is so, is IGAD saying 60% will include Uganda in the government of South Sudan or who is going to be given 60% while majority of the people of south Sudan rejected the specious president?

Moreover, not only that, a legitimate mediator has a system of its own to follow. Now it seems that An IGAD that is given an important role as mediator is likely to have obscure system that is guiding it. It comes with this today and tomorrow changes it to a different one. Which one to believe in? If the organization has no system as it seems to be the case, why would the parties in conflict refer the case to advance level of the AU or UN to solve the problem?  In my view, this should only be the option now because this organization seems not to be a good referee because its rationality is being compromised by the internal business.

Nevertheless, the organization went even further to create 68 additional members of the south suduan parliament. Why does it add that number to the parliament?  Is that to accommodate others minorities or what does that mean? To be frank with this organization, this problem does not need the increase of the parliamentarians. This one will not solve the problem in my view. IGAD can increase the number to whatever it wants. But will not be the solution of the south Sudan problem. The Only solution to all this mess is to take the killer out of power. Keeping him as the president of whole south Sudan will never bear a fruits of any kind. A killer must be ousted by any mean is possible. There should be no reason to leave him hanging on with blood on his hands. The IGAD decision to keep him as president could only be done by toddlers not grown up people ever. It may be a first to negotiate peace without finding the cause of it ever in the history of the peace in the world.

When you look at this crisis with curiosity, you can ask yourself what a heck is going on with this organization to reward a person who killed more than 20,000 people and continue to be the leader of the people whose mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters had been killed by him? How do you think those people go along with the person who killed their relatives? This is outrageous and nothing can be compared with it because it is pure and clear to most who apply the simple logic than the business to solve this problem. This would have been done since January last year if the logic has been given a chance than the game. People were killed by the feigned coup and are still dying today. If an IGAD wants to apply logic, it could first ask what cause the war? Was it a coup or not? Then investigate it as the neutral body. But it shows not to be as expected by many now. In essence, one cannot imposed power sharing and whatever case without finding the cause of the problem. Believe me,you could not achieve peace without investigating the cause of the war or anything in that matter. A good mediator does whatever it takes to find the bottom of the case.

Unfortunately, in this case, there are no law that can help do the power sharing. The only laws that one can think off is kiir himself.  If that is the case, how would one share a power with someone who knowingly killed your relative and at the same time is the supreme laws of the land?  Should that be logical for the organization to push people in the corner as such? This is absurd in my view. But IGAD should think out of the box. Leaving kiir as the south Sudanese president will never bring peace I assure you. Weather IGAD call him elected president or not, peace will never yield a lasting fruits because people of south Sudan see him as the Judas Iscariot. This is simple as such. IGAD may do its business for now, but truth will never be skinny. Time for it will come.

In addition, IGAD is being blindfolded by its business than finding the root cause of the problem. I never see anything like this in my entire life. IGAD never focus on the cause of the war than praising the killer to agree on what ever necessary for him. It never touches that since the bringing of the peace that it has led. If it does not need to find the root cause of it, then what is the point of being the mediator? A real mediator always find a common ground for the parties in conflict. Does IGAD think that keeping kiir as the president will solve the problem without finding what led to the killing of only one ethnic group in the capital of the nation? This will not be case and the business will  no longer works in the months to come if not days.

Finally, unprincipled IGAD will never bring peace in south Sudan instead, will add gas into fire in order to gain. This organization is doing business with the lives of south Sudanese.Therefore,It will never press Uganda to withdraw and keep going back and forth on the issue of peace as such to let time goes by. Keeping kiir as the president is otherwise a recipe for more catastrophic that needs not to be accepted by people of South Sudan.

The author is Maverick concerned south Sudanese that can be reached by lam981@hotmail.com

One comment

  • Yen

    I think brother Yien you should add also judge and lawyer at the same time. those ruthless dealers they all afraid of M7. but M7 with America are not God who create Nuer people, if the whole world just watching Kirr killing innocent with his fake Coup. we need to mobilize more youths to fight this ruthless tribal president