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Opinion: Are the parties forming the government in February?

By David Bang Teny

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)

January 23rd 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – History of deceits, insensitive remorse to human sufferings and lack of political will dictate that the long awaited government of national unity will never be formed on February 22nd 2020 as agreed upon on November 7th 2019 by Salva Kiir Mayardit and his arch rival, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon. To this date, one cannot imagine to have angels working to save this nation from being classified as a failed state.

This is because any probable criteria is being met considering the fact that the country is run by people who are pretty much dominated by personal hatred particularly from Mayardit and his circles toward Machar coming into presidency as revitalized accord called for.

As Deputy Ambassador to Tanzania, Hon. Peter O. Kleto Aharanya of SPLM-IO recently commented, “It is cruel and inhumane to subject our people to such unimaginable suffering just because of power. Leadership is all about forgiveness, reconciliation and doing what is necessary to unite our people and ensure they coexist in a peaceful environment.” Indeed, the plight of the masses must take centre stage in order to foster healthier political environment if those in leadership do not focus exclusively on personal interests, as this is the case in point.

In the last few days and weeks, I have authorized opinions and I was and still is of the opinion that the extended 100 days extension was just another time to be wasted as usual. Records on implementation files would attest to me right if not now but in the near future. Talking of history and the likes, It is true that no killer would turn around the following day as decorated peace maker as the region and some quarters in the international community would want us to believe. It didn’t work in any other known country and it will definitely not work with Mayardit. This stands might not be taken as is but as F. E. Smith, on 12 March 1906 once described in the British House of Commons in 1906, “I know that I am the insignificant representative of an insignificant numerical minority in this House, but I venture to warn the government that the people of this country will neither forget nor forgive a party which, in the heyday of its triumph, denies to the infant Parliament….” and the people who had lived in wars for the past fifty years to live peace.

Another point that I made more recently is that Juba would be focusing on transitional government formation even before putting proper mechanism for its function in place as if this could buy them cards and carrots. Exactly that is what we are witnessing and as expected, Juba under Mayar is trying its last kick to derail this peace agreement. As simple as it is, there is no one that Juba wishes to foul and therefore, any government formed using the status quo will be dead on arrival. We all wanted an inclusive government of national unity but not one that retains the old faces that have torn this great country apart even if this would mean another extension, be it.

Most people in part see to it that the regime in Juba is not there for them rather, it is driven by few tribally inclined or even strange hardliners as the case of Cabinet Affairs Minister is. Our people have spoken and that activists issued a Red Card to Mayardit himself though they were met with arbitrary arrests and other cruel punishments in the hands of the lost herds in the crowds. As of late, it is widely reported SSPDF were reporting to cantonment sites as agreed upon by all parties to the peace agreement. So what does this tell you?

In conclusion, it is about time that the long awaited revitalized transitional of national unity is ought to be formed on time. But now that Juba is playing dirty games as always, there is no justification at all that a government should be formed without having government structures in place. If we are to be honest to ourselves, whether South Sudanese or concerned friends, the only way that normalcy will prevail in South Sudan is when Mayardit takes off his cowboy hat and then relinquish leadership to a new blood.

The author is a concerned South Sudanese citizen. He is reachable via:

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