Contributor's Dak Buoth Opinion

Open Letter to AU and IGAD: Festus Mogae Be Relieved and JMEC disbanded

By Dak Buoth,

Former Botswana President and Chairman of JMEC, Festus Mogae(Photo: file)
Former Botswana President and Chairman of JMEC, Festus Mogae(Photo: file)

21ST April, 2017(Nyamilepedia) ——- It is an opportune time for President Festus Mogae, the Chair of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation commission (JMEC) to pack and go back where he came from. And if he so wish to remain in Juba, then he should be consider as an ex-JMEC Chairperson.

Festus’ persistent silence on the face of deteriorating situation breeds confusion, complications, and hence makes the world stand aloof. And as Will Rodgers says ‘‘Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction’’ Without much ado, he ought to be excommunicated for he did not communicate what keep transpiring on the ground for reasons best known to him and company.

As matter of fact, I’m not happy with the way he is dancing on victims’ graves together with those belligerents. To add insult to injury, I’m now seeing him dining and winning with the same peace violators whom he is supposed to offer wise counsel.

He was hired on conditions that he will be monitoring, overseeing the smooth implementation of peace accord only in the ‘pre-transitional’ and ‘during the transitional period’.

However, he is not supposed to continue occupying the same office in the ‘post’ transitional period.

I’m convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the peace accord has collapsed and dead, and there is nothing being implemented.

Festus’ continue stay in office send wrong impression that the peace agreement still exists when in fact there is none. In other words, his continued stay in the office covers the window for peace. To make matter worse, he is squandering resources that can be used to fast tract desirable peace in our country.

I solidly hold that he should be relieved and JMEC disbanded respectively. By doing so, the world will see that the same peace agreement is dead or on comma. And thus, they can either initiate afresh political process and or reinvigorate the same peace accord as soon as possible. In my conscious analysis i believe:

  1. That he failed to oversee and monitor the implementation of Peace Agreement
  2. That he failed to finger-point at the peace violators, instead he is giving blanket-blames
  3. That he failed to suggest alternative solutions and so he is ideas bankrupt.

I hereby challenge the appointing authorities, the African Union (AU) and IGAD to act accordingly because his legitimacy has been overtaken by events.

Three years of inaction are enough. Let’s devise decisive ways. ‘‘Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph’’ Haile Selassie.

The writer is the Chairman of the Congress of South Sudanese Patriots; he can be reached for comments via eligodak@yahoo.com

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1 comment

yangi April 21, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Dear Mr Dak,
There are two things, you mentioned one. If Mr Mogea has some shame in his blood, he should have packed and left long time ago – Mr Koffi Annan has shown to them a good example when appointed as a UN envoy for Syria – Second, Dr Riak should come out clean. He does not have to sit on the top of the movement under house arrest in South Africa doing nothing. He should come out clear and loud, what is the way forward? It is very sad to see some of the IO young brave men who stood in front of the heavy handed regime in Juba for four days giving their lives sacrifice to protect the IO leaders, it is sad to see them relinquish in the camp in D.R.C while some of the IO politicians, if not all of them living in hotels in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania or even in the diaspora doing nothing. Some one has to tell Dr Riak, he can not boil an empty pot expecting food. The regime in Juba understands the language of bullet only.


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