Juba, South Sudan,
July 05, 2021 – An outspoken Kenyan activist has called on his government to deport all children of what he called corrupt South Sudanese politicians living lavishly in Kenya while their parents destroy their country of origin.
In a 2 minutes 59 seconds video obtained by Nyamilepedia, the activist, Boniface Mwangi said other East African countries hosting families of South Sudanese politicians should also follow suit. This, Mwangi says, will force South Sudanese leaders to fix their own country to the advantage of the majority population.
Mwangi, who visited Southern Sudan before the secession in 2011, said he had seen the potential of how prosperous the Southern part of the country could be after independence.
“Why are you letting your people die? Some people are saying ‘I wish we remained as Sudan’ because of you greedy, politicians,” the activist said adding that “You got independence, instead of working towards making the country stable and prosperous, you’re looting and destroying the country with violence. I urge you to stop it.”
“And I would like to ask my government, the government of Kenya, you need to deport every child of a politician involved in the war in South Sudan, we must stop the bleeding of South Sudan. And that can only happen if you put political pressure on the political players involved in the violence. The politicians are using other people’s kids to fight this war. So they [their children] ran away from their own country and then they let other people’s sons and daughters die,” Mwangi said.
The activist added that if South Sudanese politicians believe in violence to have opportunities to loot, they should be at the forefront of the violence instead of using other people’s children.
“If you want violence, be on the frontline and I ask every Regional government and international government as well. If those politicians don’t agree to make South Sudan stable and peaceful, send their sons and daughters back to South Sudan. You [South Sudanese] cannot continue suffering because of very greedy politicians; the reason why the violence is going on, the reason why these politicians are very greedy and looting South Sudan dry because they hide their money in other countries,” Mwangi insists.
In the pre-recorded video, the activist says the people of South Sudan are suffering because politicians have evaded their responsibilities. Mwangi warned that no foreigner will ever work towards a better South Sudan except its leaders and nationals.
“I’d like to appeal to the South Sudanese leaders that you need to actually work together and you need to unite. People are dying because of the violence, people are dying because of hunger, people are dying because of you for refusing to take political responsibility, but you need to fix South Sudan. South Sudan will not be fixed by foreigners, by Kenyans, by Ugandans, or by Ethiopians. South Sudan is going to be fixed by you the people of South Sudan.
“Stop shaming your country. I was in Juba in 2006 after they signed the peace Accord and I saw what progress can do to a country, but now we’re taking the country back to colonization, taking the country back into Sudan and people are suffering,” he urged.
Mwangi called on regional governments to stop giving safe havens to South Sudanese politicians.
“They come here for holiday in Kenya and other countries. So you must stop these people from traveling. They must stay in South Sudan and fix South Sudan,” he said.
He appealed to South Sudanese to unite and work for a better and prosperous future for South Sudan and desist from supporting politicians who do not care about them.
“To my brothers and sisters in South Sudan, the young people of the country, you are the energy of the nation. Please do not fight for a politician. Do not kill for a politician. They don’t care about you. They care about themselves, let us not fight for these people, these people are cowards,” he said.
“They’ll never fight their own battles. They use us [the youth] to fight their battles. Do not let your body, your mind be used by politicians. Work towards peace, work towards a better future and that future doesn’t involve violence. Love other tribes. South Sudanese should be together. Do not be tribal, do not let politicians separate you because you’re going to suffer alone. All the youth of South Sudan should unite and work together,” Mwangi added.