Elections Should Come After Peace and Reconciliation are Secured!
By Gatwech Deng Wal
Feb 13, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The main focus at this time in South Sudan should be peace and reconciliation instead of election. Without peace and reconciliation, then election is meaningless.
South Sudanese’s president has created hatreds and disparities to the people he is calling for election and wanted to vote for him. Such hatreds and disparities are still “sky high”. Although he wants election to be conducted, I think he will not go anywhere with it.
In less than one year, South Sudan’s president killed thirty-forty thousand people. Only one in five were considered an armed combatants and hundreds of thousands more were forced to leave their homes as a result of his action. In addition, the president has tortured, raped and terrorised the people of South Sudan. All these evil acts are violation of human rights and crimes against humanity. Instead of election, criminal justice needs to be served.
These days and ages, South Sudanese will not make another mistake to vote for someone who will kill and displace them like Salva Kiir Mayardit, however, will vote for someone who will work in favour of their interests, develop the country and allow them to have freedom of speeches.
Mr. President and his followers have to first preach peace, reconciliation and build trust among South Sudanese. Once succeeded in these areas, then election can come into place.
Although Mr. President and his government become an answer to everything, this idea of election should be reversed. This is because conducting an election at this time is a waste of country’s resources, time and energy. People should come first and election after. This is something can come to Mr. President’s minds before being told to him by anybody else. South Sudanese are affected by this current senseless war, thus peace and reconciliation should be the first priority, maybe unity and stability wracked by instability can come back.
Election should not be done under the guise of wanting power legitimacy, however, for the purpose of good vision, mission and possible means of bringing South Sudanese back together. Seeking power legitimacy will not bring peace but chaos and will claim many more lives.
To me, building trust and collaboration within South Sudanese communities/civil society, army and other organs that can help bring the change that we want to see in our newborn nation should be the first priority. Otherwise, failing to follow the right process will neither bring peace nor promote change for the better but chaos and hostility.
The author of this article is a student who is studying postgraduate/Master Degree of Justice and Criminology. He studied mediation and conflict management and is waiting to be accredited to be mediator. He can be reached by email. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org