By Chuar Juet Jock,
Feb 18, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- It seems the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) is being started on the wrong footing that will also be problematic and prove with time that it is no different from the past failed governments. However, feeling the heat and the signs of the imminent collapse of the economy, Kiir’s administration is rushing for the partial formation of the TGoNU and wishing such a unilateral move will help the ailing economy after both of his inexperienced boys at the central bank and the black market has checkmated it flat with that deadly injection of the wrong prescribed fix of the floating the SSP against the US Dollar.
Now, don’t wonder anymore, because the 7 days ultimatum to Dr. Machar was not just a mere roar of a mad lion showing his sharpen teeth rather than a cry for immediate rescue. No kidding, because when it comes to the economy, the minds games do stop here, the lies don’t work anymore and the opportunist politicians will be the last people the president want to see, since at this point, all of their excuses and scapegoating has been consumed and don’t function anymore and Riek Machar has been vindicated, he is no more the usual scapegoat of our greedy tribalists and opportunist politicians. Now his quick return to Juba and his immediate approval to the formation of TGoNU is not anymore just a mere wish but a reality that will rescue this country from the sure collapse. Well, at least Juba has learned some lessons, the hard way though.
A partial formation of TGoNU will not help the economy, since it will not be financed by International Community or function as a whole without the SPLM-IO partial share. However as a matter of fact, the TGoNU will not function as alternative government and leadership even in its full formation and at the same corrupted settings and grounds. The economy if not the whole country will be saved and uplifted from the current shallows of socio-economic and political failure through new faces or born again old faces of executives and politicians alike who has what it take to bring about the needed change and who should operate in new sound and healthy settings aimed to fix the deformed economy, the troubled country and the divided nation. Given the lessons of the past and in the light of the high and well documented corruption practices, the international community this time and around will not just pour money and support the implementation of peace agreement financially without putting in first place effective restrictions, effective monitoring procedures and efficient accountability systems that ensures that the financial rescue package goes in fact to the projected development projects and programs and to their right recipients, the South Sudanese people otherwise the repeat of the same negative experience of the past is high likely.
Financial and all sort of corruption, killing of people and all the policies of terror and fears has never made this country anything but the current failed state, neither they have done any good service to our leaders but the sure destruction of their legacy and reputation and If our leaders have learned anything of value from the crisis of 2013 that has brought the nation and the country to this dead-end and the shameful state of affairs then the TGoNU should be completely different in its mandate and substance as well, it should a be a government of technocrat professionals with the necessary know-how and not mere opportunistic politicians with just CVs of know-who, and who has nothing to give but more of the same. The TGoNU at this critical hour and juncture in our country history should be a government that has learned from the past and have the character and the drive to build a new better reality and future to our people. Consistency, cooperation and unity of purpose should be part of TGoNU nature and values even though it members comes from the divided house of the warring SPLM, and namely, the IO, the IG and the FD. There have to be a clear mission and roadmap of what TGoNU shall do and fix from the time of its formation until the time of the projected elections of 2018 otherwise its time will be wasted in dwelling mostly in political wrangling and consumption without deliverables on the ground.
However, irrespective of their divisions, placing a watchful eye on corruption must be a first thing first of TGoNU if it has to be any different from the failed governments of the past. We must admit the failure and that since 2005, we have been robbing our own country in a way or another and all the billions of dollar money received from the oil sector or as loans since 2005 until now has ended somewhere in our neighboring countries and made other people so rich rather than the people of this country. South Sudan and its people today are totally bankrupt and that include of course our tycoons of corruption and czars of fraud. What do we gain from destroying ourselves and the country or from making ourselves consumers of other and the feeding tube of others’ economies without policies that sustain our own economy and country? Someone should ask where all the money went, billions of them, they must ended somewhere outside this country. Why we are at war and why the economy has collapsed? Since today we are just a begging country and nation that has nothing but skeletons and skulls of walking dead in UN camps and refuge countries, a country with an ailing economy and destroyed social fabric leave alone that it is politically set to abyss. This need to change and change forever otherwise will wind up in the same cycle of poverty, war and collective failure.
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 email@example.com.
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