The Heroic Return of Dr. Riek Machar Teny – Dhurgon

By Deng Vanang,

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the first Vice President greets the First Cabinet Ministers of Transitional Government, April 29, 2016(Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the first Vice President greets the First Cabinet Ministers of Transitional Government, April 29, 2016(Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)

May 02, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Ever since he mysteriously petered into a nearby thicket outside Juba on fateful 15th December 2013, Dr. Riek Machar Teny – Dhurgon had of yesterday made a tumultuous come back to Juba after two years of unceremonious departure in uncompromising situation.

The incident came hot on the heels of his arbitrary dismissal from eight year’s old Vice presidency on 23rd July of that year and ushered into a simple life of an ordinary South Sudanese citizen.

A life he long forgot following his appointment by SPLM/A founding leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior as SPLM/A’s representative in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in late 1984 and eventual government garrison towns – winning legendary guerrilla commander Gol Battalion.

Despite rocky hills and hallow valleys he painfully negotiated through as a guerrilla leader for a couple of two years, Dr. Riek Machar Teny – Dhurgon returned as larger than life figure he wasn’t previously. For in legal terms he is a co-President euphemized into an executive First Vice President in a Transitional Government of National Unity, TGONU, he shares with his co-principal, President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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His is a proverbial roller – coaster journey of firsts after leaving under cover of darkness nearly a lonely man, but returned to a giant million-man reception in broad daylight.

Chased out into the thick bushes like an intruding thief, but tumultuously returned as a dashing heroic statesman.

Got out for is dear life from his former Vice president’s palatial home in a loosely flowing Arab garment, Jalabia and a pair of sandals, but summersaulted back in a commando uniform and jet black pair of boots of a gallant soldier.

Ventured into the bush scarcely unguarded on a supporting stick, he now returns as a full-pledged Kalashnikov wielding Commander-in-chief of over a hundred thousand strong Army.

Lived in both rain and shine, but he is today back to his palatial Vice President’s office he lost in a surprise reshuffle three years ago.

Ate like a pauper in the bush characterized by most basic of delicacies, but ever since came in on ward will be seated at the long and endless banquet of a king.

However, the Chairman, Commander-in-chief of SPLM/A-IO and First Vice President is coming to implement a flowery peace full of thorns hoisted on most enduring legacy of state – sanctioned corruption and repelling ethnic relations that require both courage and statesmanship to overcome.

The man born from the Dok Nuer section in Leer, Unity State in 1953 was initially baptized Catholic Christian, but he is currently a devoted member of the Presbyterian church.

A trained Engineer at Khartoum University who later obtained a PhD in Philosophy and strategic planning from the British – based University of Bradford in 1984, his mega return is in response to a national call of duty to carry out a myriad of tasks.

One of which is an immediate repair of the damage caused by a two year- old dilapidating civil war. That war has claimed lives and maimed thousands with countless millions internally and externally drove from their sweet homes into hostile wilderness.

A war having reduced invaluable property to rubbles while drove countless investments into an utmost nothingness with foreign investors hurriedly leaving behind a country in mortal ruins where local traders closed up shop.

He is also back to help reconcile a country divided by flared up emotional losses behind the thick walls of divisive issues of good governance which set apart politicians from different political shades and opinions.

Much as he will additionally settle down on returning the country in standstill to not just business, but historic economic boom and remarkable political stability solidly anchored on a popular ‘’national federalist vision’’.

One in which social services such as security based on rule of law, schools, roads, water and electricity supplies shall be on offer to the needy and neglected downtrodden.

While previous political grievances based on the alleged historical and social injustices that once divided and still divides the country shall be unanimously consigned to the dark and forgiven past.

But not to be forgotten past so as to help shape the country in right direction towards a brighter future common to all and sundry.

Followed by harmonious songs and praises of a peace at last that will shower fresh drizzles on the country driven into dryness and desolation.

With joyous smiles and chest – to – chest traditional embrace South Sudanese are globally renowned for as a sign of their genuine generosity shall return to reign forever lasting.

Such amplified accolades won’t be his first national achievements, but ones of many after he changed once draconically dictatorial SPLM/A into ‘’quasi – democratic liberation movement’’ in the 1990s.

Followed by successful pacification of once war – ravaged Northern Uganda due to his outstanding mediating role between Ugandan government and Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army, LRA in 2006.

That is in addition to his successful nurture of once troubled ‘’Comprehensive Peace Agreement’’, CPA into his brain child – ‘’self-determination’’. The plebiscite at last delivered his people from Biblical Egypt {Sudan} into today Promised land {the sovereign and independent South Sudan state}.

Being his beloved motherland whose ‘’flag’’ he raised conspicuously high and proud in 2011 at the community of nations {United Nation} in New York, United States of America.

Deng Vanang is the author and columnist of Tuesday Nation Mirror Newspapers in Juba. He can be reached at dvanang@gmail.com


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