By Chuar Juet Jock,
Feb 11, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Congratulations Dr. Machar and the people of South Sudan for the bold step taken today towards a promising process of full and successful implementation of peace agreement. On the other hand one cannot forget to appreciate the role of IGAD and Troika in doing all that’s possible to keep a sustainable and consistent pressure on the parties to the agreement until peace and stability are realized in this battered country, South Sudan. That’s a good step toward restoring our people lives to normalcy and this country to function again and fully.
However the bloody game is far from over and in fact this could be the start of the practical part of the tough process ahead. First of all, we wish that the Juba regime is sincere in its drive for peace and cooperation with all the stakeholders of the political process and in particular with the main armed and political opposition the SPLM-IO. Many doubts and suspicions are being casted to whether Juba is truly willing to see a new era of peace, reconciliation and healing that will usher to a better state of affairs to our suffering people and to our destroyed country or whether it is on its deception game as usual. These doubts and suspicions haven’t emerged out of the nowhere but the regime in Juba has consistent records of playing with all cards of deception and inconsistency and in particular, the terms of this peace agreement.
There are serious liabilities and concerns that would be windows of political exploitation that Juba could use in future. To mention few among many, the issue of 28 states that might set the allies in the SPLM/A-IO apart and the absence of the constitution that may govern and direct the roadmap of the peace agreement and the work of Transitional Government of National Unity in the long run. However, the IGAD communiqué has prioritized the formation of TGoNU as a necessary step to rescue the country from economic collapse, untold suffering of ordinary populace due to hunger, malnutrition and all related negative war effects. These people are actually telling us, the issues of 28 states and the constitution are both luxury talks given the dire situation the country and the nation is in.
How long will the issue of 28 states take to be settled? How long will it take to draft, review and finally enact the constitution? Will South Sudan and its people survive the agonizing wait, the political confusion and the chaotic wrangling over endless tribal ego and power based motives and opposition? Our opposing voices are too many in too many issues and it could take us decades without possible settlement that could satisfy everyone because they are not systematic debates channeled or directed towards a meaningful end rather than an open chaos that randomly hitting here and there without end in sight. These voices must be organized and heard in a democratic setting in order to bring them to a meaningful end and it needs an authorized body with courage and farsightedness, should that be the TGoNU? Well, Mr. Kiir and Machar have just done that today and they just need to continue with the formation of TgoNU to oversee the outstanding issues.
However, skipping the issues of the 28 states or the transitional constitution for the time being shouldn’t mean abandoning them rather than putting them on hold for a short period of time while the TGoNU is arranging and putting the house in order. Those who think that the TGoNU has no constitutional ground to be based upon or a mandate to execute, they are wrong. The peace agreement has made it clear in its articles and clauses what each party should do or take. All the noise here and there is not all genuine but partly motivated by political and power wrangling.
The SPLM/A-IO must have an inclusive, good enough paralleled plan A and B while it is being part of the TGoNU in Juba or else. The movement needs an inclusive security strategy and force that will swiftly act in time the anti-peace players in the underground decided to viciously act again like Dec 15, 2013. This time and around, Mr. Machar and the movement must not be caught off guard. The conspiracy against this country and its people is far from over. Some internal and external vicious groups are working tirelessly day and night to undermine our stability and peace using tribalism and the Macharphobia as tools to light the flames of war again. It is time for South Sudanese to handle their differences peacefully and through politics of non-violence.
Chuar Juet Jock is a South Sudanese entrepreneur, columnist and PhD candidate based in Omaha, Nebraska – United States. He has authored his new book “In a Nutshell: Opinions and Articles during South Sudanese Civil War (2013 -2016)”; a powerful truth that has been injected into the body of South Sudan’s history, it unearthed the truth of the current since war started on December 15, 2013 up to this month. The book is available at Amazon.com and other online bookstores. The author can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.
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