Opinion: Enemies of Peace’s attempt to derail Government’s Mega-Road Construction that connects Equatoria and Upper Nile Regions with East Africa.
By Prof. Simon Arop D Ring
Sep 21, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — It is quiet disturbing to see a bunch of frustrated individuals circulating concocted, falsified documents on social media outlets aimed at tarnishing the image of the Government with intention of wooing the UN Security Council to impose additional sanctions on patriotic citizens working to bring about development in the country.
As if this is not enough, the same enemies of peace are working day and night to thwart the ongoing road construction earmarked to connect Central Equatoria and Eastern Upper Nile Region (i.e. Jonglei and Upper Nile States).
Generally, the people of greater upper Nile region applauded the Government of South Sudan for initiating such a multi-million dollars road that shall not only enhances efficient development but also improves economy, create jobs, for the whole country; a move that has also restored people’s hope in their Government and specifically to the President H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit. The people of Greater Upper Nile view this project as a dividend of peace as well as a pay back for oil extraction in the area.
H.E Salva Kiir ’s love for the people of Greater Upper Nile is historic and undeniable. This noble relationship could be traced back to his previous deployment in the same region in his early age as young, energetic, military Intelligence Officer during the days of the struggle. More specially during the operation of Blue Nile and Bright Star Campaign with great men fighting side by side with him, like the Late Cdr. Isaac Tut Dhayier and many other officers from Upper Nile
Unfortunately in the last couple of days, a web of outlaws who are also opposed to a better legacy of H.E Salva Kiir sat down and unleashed their ill-motive tarnishing images of some businessmen and equally falsified documents of the companies contracted to undertake the road construction. All these attempts by these economic mercenaries were engineered to sabotage the ongoing construction of the road that shall bring beam-lights of development to the people of Upper Nile. One can easily conclude that these crooks could be the same cartels who almost destroyed construction of Bhar el Ghazal Highway by working beneath the clock and forged a shoddy partnership with inexperienced Chinese Company and the result was so frustrating in the eye of the public and to the value of the resources committed by the government. But the question is why did they not disclosed or shared the exemption letter or any other related documents of Speedo Nile Company? This is a clear act of deliberate sabotage to deny people of Greater Upper Nile Region the much-needed services initiated by Government.
In Comparison, the engineering design of the Juba-Bor-Malakal-Renk Highway obtained by the author is modern, professional and does meet the standard of the universal road construction compared to what Speedo Nile Company did along Bhar el Ghazal Road that was washed away by drop of ten minutes rain. Maybe, that is what angered these enemies of state to discredit the work of ARC by faking documents. If these enemies of State have personal issue with some businessmen like Dr Bol Mel et al who are also not connected to ARC in any way; then they should seek other proper channels to express their grievance instead of destroying Government programs in Upper Nile Region.
One of the best components of the ongoing road construction along Juba-Malakal Highway is the Stone Crusher Site designed to be the second largest producer in the whole of East Africa which shall create over 5,000 jobs for Youth of South Sudan. Are these enemies of peace against such potential opportunities taking roots in Upper Nile and Central Equatoria Region?
Importantly, the author would like to categorically make it clear to the readers that, accountability and transparency measures are essential ingredients of services delivery at all times; but the process of validating the same should not be acquired through falsifications, doctoring and forgeries neither through unlawful or illegal acquisition of documents.
In conclusion, the direct and immediate beneficiaries of the mega Road construction project in the duo regions, friends of South Sudan plus the diplomatic corps should not allow their conscience to be misled by these individuals who are not only against the Government programs but against anything that benefit the people of Upper Nile and Equatoria. We all know that, the country had been at war within itself over the last seven years and is struggling to implement the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement with some challenges, but such challenges shouldn’t be narrowed down to sabotage and destroy Government’s effort to build the most affected region. South Sudanese should not allow these negatives forces to derail this noble project that will enhances better opportunities for South Sudan and connect it to the rest of the world.
About the Author:
Prof. Simon Arop D Ring is a south Sudanese citizen and resides in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a Political Analyst, part time lecture at Juba University, Moi University-Kenya, and CEO& Founder of African Centre for Governance and Public Policies. He can be reached via: SimonA.DRing@gmail.com
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