Dear Peter Agou Kuot Agou and the Group,
By T.T. Shaka
September 23, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — I carefully read and digested your concerns in the above article. I am not writing to open a dialogue or confrontation with you and your group but to put my views on it to you and our young nation.
It is always mature to let people know your dislikes so that they can streamline ideas before things become toxic. However, your view points are full of rage, resentment and warnings that could stir some section or sections of our population that could come on board without understanding the core of the problem. It has been my thinking always, if we want to educate our people, we should avoid emotional articles.
I am not sure in the meantime who you are warning. Whether it is the Greater Equatorians or that to whom the petition was addressed. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem to be right. I will tell you a couple of things to support my points. Unless one is new to our society, he/she would have not noticed experienced the following:
- I am not sure who denies and who accepts that since 2005, government jobs from the President to Murasila belonged to particular section of the population.
- Equatorians became like the vultures or the hyenas that have to go for left-over carcasses and these happened to be jobs with NGOs.
- Remember, jobs with NGOs are either professional or technical. They are purely out of merits but not hand-picking.
- Wherever the Equatorians work, they are development agents but not occupants of land. May be if you don’t see it this way. A policy can be designed to allow any Equatorian who goes to work in Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal regions has to be recruited as an expatriate until we know each other’s values as the servants of the land.
- NGO jobs are more concern with supporting the needy and this is what the Equatorians are employed to do. If this is true, Mr. Peter, your anger is misdirected. You should have been angry to the government of South Sudan for having created wounds of inequality in the country. I guess you can see that you and I are all victims of this inequality.
- Do know that any Equatorian working in any part of South Sudan is not robbing anyone. He/she works to earn his/her living and to support fellow country man and woman. Your singling your anger on them will not be good for the future of the nation we want to build. Words like “our next action is at our fingertip “are certainly not good to hear. Do you really know what it will do to our fragile nation? It will interrupt the good jobs the NGOs and Equatorians are doing. Mark me if you think I am wrong.
Mr. Peter and the group. I do understand your frustrations especially when it comes to taking care of family member which you can’t do without a job. However, I suggest you don’t transfer your anger to innocent fellow countryman. Let’s work to find a formula to allow peace and growth.
I bat Mr. Peter, I am better too to Jieng , Nuer , shiluk and Equatorians in the government but not everybody in Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal or Greater Equatoria. The country belongs to your generation Mr. Peter. Don’t mess it up with any wrong thinking and steps taken. Let every word you say out counts. Some elders in South Sudan have confused us enough for their own gains. It is time we think well and positively before acting. Let’s emulate what we hear and see from the Western countries that experienced what we are going through long time ago.
I hope you would take my brotherly advice seriously.
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