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Opinion: An unprecedented wanton attacks on the opposition constitutional Post holders in S. Sudan is a bottleneck to peace:

By Ustaz Dhieu Ariik,

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

April 11, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — Broadly speaking, the unbecoming aggression on the personalities belonging to opposition groups allegedly by the government troops and security apparatus both at the national and state levels without action taken against the perpetrators is gradually suffocating the swift implementation of the revitalized peace agreement on the resolution of conflict in South Sudan.

Furthermore, there is a plethora of reason as to why the accord is at risk and “political quagmire”may persist for a lot more time then expected because the regime seems to be comfortable with unrest in the country due to the fact that, they are using it as a stepping stone and political scapegoat to cling to power for the fear of an election soon. In fact, the government inked an accord un interestingly with the opposition in order to use it as a curtain to hoodwink its on citizens and to legitimized its stay in the eyes of both international community and that of the citizens without procedural guarantee to hold itself accountable in case of renege.

More importantly, last week there was an assassination attempt on the lives of two opposition post holders in Cueibet county of Lakes and governor of Upper Nile state respectively plus Northern Bahr el Ghazal state incident when security personnel attack the youth and sport minister in his hotel along with two others tantamount to what I correctly call ” political persecution on opposition “. These with other skirmishes of insecurity across the country like communal violence, cattle raiding minus unified forces in place puts the implementation of peace agreement at stake.

On the other hand, security forces themselves are also suffering from multiple issues like unjust and favorite promotion by the country leadership without considering the merits and capabilities to deserve what one is rightly meant to be, but only requires aristocratic connection making the country that was suppose to be a bread basket for east and central Africa to be a basket case itself. From the frying pan into fire, they are poorly fed and kept under an appalling and filthy humanitarian conditions. Couple with the deliberate delay of their monthly lest then two or three dollars salaries making them desert their would be profession and resort to cutting of trees for coals to put food on their tables exposing the country to untold deforestation that has dire human consequences in a near future.

Finally and last but not least, South Sudan has got qualified and patriotic intelligence intellectuals in a very tangible sense. But these people are block by the system’s elites for the fear of exposing or even voicing for change that might not spare them and therefore opts to keep them aloof resulting to leadership misconducts with peace agreement with the holdouts and internal oppositions implemented at snail speed.

Ustaz Dhieu Ariik is a secretary of education of South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF). He can be reached him at Majakbar50@gmail.com

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