Reacting To Jieng Council Of Elders Led Government’s New Referendum Proposal Over 28 States
Feb 24, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- I was highly amused by a story I read on Sudan Tribune insinuating the possibility of allowing the nation its right by letting South Sudanese exercise their constitutional rights to say yes or no to the unilateral decision creating 28 unconstitutional states through a referendum. The move is so excellent and could be democratic had it been properly planned, however, the JCE led cabinet has gotten it all wrong yet again on few grounds.
Firstly, even as the move looks more reasonable than the decree they made, the move is not enshrined as such in the peace agreement signed by both parties.
Secondly, this is what they should have done before greenlighting their senior most member (Salva Kiir) decreed the Establishment Order 36/2015 and the eventual appointment of the so called 28 governors to subsequently establish their unconstitutional state governments.
Thirdly, our country does not need to be rushed into any form of electoral moods as elections in Africa are known to be so chaotic due to campaign trails while we’re just getting out of the currently ending violent.
Furthermore, the new JCE referendum proposal is the most needed decision as they are slowly coming to their senses, I am pretty sure that I am not the only citizen who is in support of this new proposal, however, the JCE cabinet needs to understand that we are just emerging from a destructive armed conflict, I know the conflict has not affected some of your home states hence, you people are not even aware of the level of destruction our country has reached since the war broke out in 2013.
It has therefore come to my concrete understanding that the JCE government has learnt beyond doubt that their move has fallen short of national glory, which has now resulted in an extreme shame on them as it is slowly diminishing despite the extensive campaign on the government led SSTV showing organized groups of few people here and there under the pretext of show of popularity for the newly forged states.
As I, among many others welcome the proposal, equally call on the same JCE cabinet to immediately suspend the operationalization of the order and reverse the 28 state until constitutional grounds facilitating the plebiscite on whether or not to create more states are made.
The most urgent thing we (citizens) want is seeing you (government) fulfil your commitment to implementing peace agreement to the letter and as it is, let the constitutional amendment committee get back to amending the constitution in line with the agreement and they must be reminded that this constitution belongs to South Sudanese, they should stop impeding the amendment process as well as seeing themselves as permanent enemies.
The people of South Sudan need actualized peace and not repeated empty words of commitment to peace by some JCE ministers on the gallery which is not the case when they are behind the cameras. We want to see what you (gov’t) tell us in front of the camera implemented to the spirit behind the cameras or in another word, we want practical implementation of peace agreement and that must be felt in the whole country.
Killings of innocent population in Greater Upper Nile, Greater Equatoria and parts of Greater Bahr el Ghazel regions must stop, this is no longer a war between the Arabs and South Sudanese, it is simply a clash between South Sudanese themselves. We are enemies today but anytime soon, we will revert back to our brotherhood and will laugh together, so JCE must cease setting this tribe against the other as means of extending their tenure at the helm of the nation.
God bless South Sudan.
Gatwech Kutei, simply known as Kutei Jnr, is the author and can be reached through email@example.com
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