Contributor's Deng Vanang Peace Process Politics South Sudan

Why Dr. Riek Machar Must Look Out For Raila Odinga and Vshangaria Before Joining a Kiir-led Government

Part –one

By Deng Vanang,

DR Machar, Kiir and Riala Odinga in Addis-ababa (Nyamilepedia photo)
DR Machar, Kiir and Riala Odinga in Addis-ababa (Nyamilepedia photo)

Feb 27, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Dr. Machar is surely coming to Juba soon to roost. But not to mainly attend to petty issues of individual mistakes arising from pure and simple greed. For he is too tall to stoop so low so as to resolve such scrap of issues, like putting readily made food of a mere spoon on the table of a few trouble makers whose vocation is dinning and winning in and around Juba.

And neither is he rushing back with cosmetic solutions to current political menace only for civil war more devastating than it is currently to unravel all over again. Nor is he returning home on anybody’s terms other than those enshrined in the signed August’s Compromise Peace Agreement.

Surely he is coming back well-armed with bag full of real and ever last solutions to the on-going madness for every man and woman, old and young in this beloved country.

These are none other than more attainable hopes and promises as concretized in durable and sustainable peace, roads and communications networks, health and education facilities, affordable and sufficient food, clean drinking water and electricity supplies for all across the height and breadth of South Sudan.

And above all, before plunging back home head over heels, he must compare notes with likes of Raila Amolo Odinga and Morgan Vshangaria. Goes back to his hotel’s room and lies on the back in bed while he sips his favorite tea as well as peers up into sky in reflection of the hell – Juba – to which he is returning.

Machar shall be doing this because experience, as the popular quote goes, is the best teacher to be his complementary guide. For alike many of his peers in Africa who passed through fire and brimstone and yet survived unscathed, nothing of that nature this time he shall take for granted.

For he must know joining this government is one remaining last lap among a few more to reach the finishing line, being the transformative leadership that has eluded him for the last three decades. That is the fate he must avoid which so far has befallen some of his peers.

In this regard for Machar, as a matter of responsibility to this nation hungry for reforms and eagerly awaiting him, he must know why previously popular Odinga and Vshangaria failed to exploit and maintain political momentum that swept them into forced coalition governments with archrivals they defeated in the rigged Presidential polls.

Moreover, why their previously immense popularity in their respective countries plummeted and now struggling to keep up with ever fast moving pace.

And as for South Sudan, elections may be far off, but either failures or successes to be brought to his attention and which eventually hand victory to the victor and loss to the vanquished respectively in the elections usually start immediately before and after coalition government’s formation.

And Common problem many observers diagnosed, quite obvious, both Odinga and Vshangaria shared is complacency.

Another mistake so usual opposition normally does is after cruising through into the government from nearly nothing, the former has always some delusion of having won. Without taking into consideration such a win is over a battle and not war.

That the coalition government is not a whole loaf of bread but half and neither an end in itself but a means through which to prepare for a more wholesome government at the slated elections following the post-transitional period.

That such coalition of a kind is always loaded with unnecessary political intrigues and wrangles far from the one each coalition partner can own in order to achieve its set out politico-economic blue print it may mean well for the populace.

While the incumbent in government on the other hand, doesn’t only intend to remain largely in control of security apparatus and electoral institutions, more so works around the clock to tighten grips on them as an option to secure post-transition against the opposition partner.

The next part – two shall be the detailed accounts as to why either Odinga or Vashangaria didn’t make it in their quest for desired democratic change and transformative leadership in Kenya and Zimbabwe respectively.

Deng Vanang is the journalist and author, to be reached at: dvanang@gmail.com

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GatNor February 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

..And so, we shall wait. In the meantime the big bird is not roosting. At least not yet. Great warning Mr Deng. Thanks.

Mr. Machar is final episode of do or die is pretty much unfolding before our very eyes.

Those who appreciate a classic textbook history in the making are making notes. I know I am.

Its obvious South Sudan will never be the same ever again.

History will judge Nuer leaders on this episode in terms of which leader herded them into the hands of Jaang for a total surrender in submission to JCE back door deals and demands. And it will be JikuecCeng.

On the other hand it could be who led the Nuer into a final push to stop Jaang madness should another skrimmish start after Machar lands in Juba.

Dr. Machar should look at this as that he has been, in less words given a fair chance to defeat tyrant Kiir and his entrenched tiresome thugs of JCE militarily.

No need for the Opposition to fear that the world will not recognized their government should they decide to change the leadership by force because the world is clearly tired of Kiir and his tribal government plus the world will have no better choice than to try working with a diffent administration as a fresh start for the suffering people of South Sudan.

Beek February 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Just killing innocent because of positions,it was not a shock when Raila Odinga’s son overdosed himself with Drugs like ecstasy (XTC) plus Alcohol and died in sleep.

Bol Gatjang February 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Hello buddy, and in this secular world, people usually die for at least couples things.
1 the power that lead to popularity
2 the money which lead to wealthy but I we others tribes in South Sudan has given them to Jaang or Dinka. The burning question in my mind is, why people are still slaughtered or butchered in Juba by you Dinka?

Beek February 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

You said you have a masters in international Relations and now you fall in the same Nuer’s Watery Eye.


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