Opinion: Open letter to the people of Bahr El-Ghazal in general and Warrap in particular

By Kanybil Noon,

South Sudan’s map featuring defunct Warrap state (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

September 30th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Is there a good reason for the people of Bahr El-Ghazal region in general and greater Warrap in particular to continuously support the leadership of President Kiir Mayardit after the failed of Juba-Bahr El-Ghazal high way?

His Excellency the President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a citizen of the Republic of South Sudan apart from the trust bestowed upon him by the South Sudanese. This trust was availed to the president on the bases of a social contract between him and his voters or electorates.

The people of Bahr El-Ghazal and Warrap are equally electorates besides being immediate community members of the president and have signed a social contract with him in 2010.

This was confirmed further by a successfully declaration of our independence on July 9th 2011 under President Kiir Mayardit leadership. However, no sooner had we achieved our independence, the people’s hopes and expectations vanished at his watch indefinitely.

His Excellency the President Salva Kiir Mayardit believes that he will indefinitely get a blanket support from the people of Bar El Gazelle or greater Warrap especially despite ineffectiveness of his leadership to deliver to the people expectations. Supporting him under a banner of our son is a catastrophic mission to the region and individual members because of too much lose without reparations. The most disappointing and appalling incidences of this administration are two mayhems of 2013 and 2016 in which Bar El Gazelle as a region lose so many young people in a defend of president Kiir leadership which turned out to be one man show and his elites.

However, support to any leadership is only guaranteed by deliverable capabilities to the people without which, there is no best interest that reconciles the anguish to cement a continuous loyalty. The social contract signed by the people with the president in 2010 is an obligation, a demand and not a request whatsoever since we voluntarily relinquished our rights and powers to him and his leadership vulgarly responded to our demands since 2010.

Thus, the people of Bar El Gazelle have suffered for so long defending his leadership from unconstitutional means of a regime change with the hope that his leadership shall rewards the labourers. The sweat and struggle to maintain him in the leadership turned out to be a buildup of regional allies whose interests are nothing but resources repatriation and looting at the expenses of the people at periphery.

The people of Bar El Gazelle have been fooled for so long by their blind loyalty to his leadership to the extent that thousands lives were lost both at J1 and in different frontlines in defends of his leadership with the hope of receiving both economic and social services deliveries which is in vain.

Couple with these ineffective service deliveries to the needy; his leadership has been condoning massive and wild corruption in which millions of dollars continue to exits public coffers for a group or individual benefits besides neglects of talented and educated young people that continue to loiter on the streets of Juba and many other states capitals whose frustrations have increased robberies and none stop insurgencies.

It is true that his adversely leadership proved to the people of Bar El Gazelle and South Sudan in general as leadership of upper class designed to achieved an everlasting inequality in a nation that was founded on the bases of eradicating inequality.

Nevertheless, President Kiir Mayardit was a darling of the people of South Sudan and Bar El Gazelle in particular but surprisingly, he turned out to be a champion of class system he fought against for the rest of his entire life. If he is not a champion of class system, he would not have cut Bar El Gazelle –Juba high way ribbons twice without significance outcome yet this is a region with a huge population neglected;

Therefore, the region of Bar El Gazelle continuous to suffer yet we continue to sacrifice our dear ones in defend of one man to remains in power which has no significance or value of common good compared to precious lives lost in J1 2016.

It is critical that every member of Bar El Gazelle community advises his or her relatives either in the military, National security or any other organized forces to think twice while pursuing a blind loyalty to the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit before they perish again at J1.

The writer views are not politically motivated but economically and socially motivated as per my social contract with President Salva Kiir Mayardit in 2010 general elections in which he promised we as the people the economic and service deliveries which never materialize 10 years later but continuous to witness a buildup of class system abased;

Reference to his speech during historical meeting on November 2004 in Rumbek , he alluded rampant corruption among top officials , suffering of the people of Bar El Gazelle, lack of system and I’m so surprised that he never stood by your words.

Kanybil Noon is currently a student of Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Juba, acting secretary General for South Sudan Civil Society Alliance and Strategic and Security Review Board member of (ACRSS-2018). He can be reached via: kan1noon@gmail.com.

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