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Opinion: Peace is not free in South Sudan

TT Shaka,

Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, speaks during the 66th annual United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Kiir said that his nation, the world's newest, will use its oil reserves to create an "agro-industrial powerhouse" in Africa. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, speaks during the 66th annual United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Kiir said that his nation, the world’s newest, will use its oil reserves to create an “agro-industrial powerhouse” in Africa. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images

March 29, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — If you love peace and ask for weapons, you are not peaceful, if you want to have a peaceful neighbors and practice unrest, then you are not peaceful, if you want to mediate peace, and provide a base for another country to provide hostility to another country this is never a good sign. It is hypocrisy.

I am talking about South Sudan. We have fought for many years over land and when we acquire it, we want to give it indirectly for another form of occupation by Egypt to fight a friendly country that gave us hospitality for decades. Do you think we cannot catch the cold if Egyptians and Ethiopians begin to fight one another in a war in our soil?

What rights has Egypt to claim the two Niles and have ownership on them? Why would they want to prohibit the countries surrounding the Niles to use the waters? The dam Ethiopians are building came out of history. The whole world remembered in 1984 when hundreds of Ethiopians died of famine. Therefore, anybody can understand the building of this dam will definitely stop the repeat of that miserable experience. I know, if it were not for the intervention of the international bodies, more than half Ethiopians could have died. Do we want to see that again? Do Egyptians think they are more humans than others are?

The fact that Kiir has no plans to prevent famine for his own people does not mean Ethiopians should be sleeping because the Egyptians want to claim Blue Nile and White Nile waters. If war breaks between the two countries, Kiir is to blame. Remember, having a rat in the house will attract a cat to come by. Egyptians and Ethiopians cannot watch each other in our backyard indefinitely without having a shot. Egypt cannot have an inch of our land for her hostile future activities.

South Sudan has been on fire set by Kiir and Jieng since CPA and now before the fire is out more and more fuel is added. While the majority of the populations live in hunger and poverty, a few are living in heaven on earth. They call for election. Who are to vote? I wonder when the houses are empty.

I was so stunned when Peter Bair Ajak with his host America thought the election was a solution to the South Sudan problem. Why is Peter Biar Ajak in denial about the dilemma of South Sudan when he knows very well that the government of South Sudan is not concerned with the people? It is certain with or without election; Kiir and his Jieng think they are to stay at the expense of the people. 

For how many years if I may ask Bair, Kiir has been ruling illegally. A rubber stamp election will still be a passport for the people of South Sudan to continue suffering, and therefore, war is likely to continue too. How do you hope to have an election without the people and constitution? How long will the tribal forces (Military, Police, Prison Game officers) continue to torture and kill innocent civilians? The government is not ready to give up for a civilized rule and wants to continue under the status the country is experiencing. Any solution to them will be a displacement

Not all those today who want Kiir to leave are different from him. They want positions but not solutions. Right now, what South Sudan needs are a list of priorities and unified or organized forces cannot be among them. A viable constitution should be born on which everything will stand. Today and tomorrow and from this constitution, organized forces have to include the right of the 63 tribal groups. On the other hand, a constitution cannot come without knowing the root causes in the whole country and this I guess takes a system we all know of, “Federal System” that will avoid any more conflicts and misunderstanding.

The author, TT Shaka, can be reached through his email at hicksambira@yahoo.com


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