Opinion: Regime change is the only call for lasting solution

By David Bang Teny

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, speaking at the launch of South Sudan International gateway in Juba on Tuesday, May 21st 2019 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 4th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – Much has been said or done in an apparent effort to restore peace and tranquility in the republic of South Sudan. It hurts to say it but it is all that it takes for a free and an independent thinking mind that only regime change in Juba would set a new course in how political turmoil can successfully be addressed. International support both political and developmental tracts were given in order that this newest nation would kick start and catch on with older countries with no little noise to make asking for donations. Those good gestures went through thin air as Salva Kiir Mayardit defies all odds for democratic transformation voices.

Presidency has it is known is not exceptional tool that one can use as he wishes. There are other bodies such as the National Legislature just to mention one which have inherent equity power to stop a president from committing high crimes and misdemeanors that also violate our constitutional rights if indeed, we are acting in accordance with the laws of the land at the presidency and its affiliates.

Mayardit bore the primary responsibility plunging the country into this state of affairs.  He was and is still claiming that he is legitimate leader which to some doesn’t hold any water given the fact that he failed to abide not only by the constitution but also his own words and actions are quite contradictory as far as record goes. A lot of talks has centered around finding compromising solution to the conflict so that the two principals can help pulling together their adversarial forces under one umbrella. It sounds like a plan but something that does have the intended consequence at heart especially from those supposedly saviors.

Nothing seems to be working and exciting as people expect though the third extended deadline is looming. When you are in doubt, chances are that you would be told by a lawyer to wait a second trial or so perhaps you would be proven right. This has happened eight months ago and it was consequently followed by six months and now in the middle of one hundred days in order to implement key provisions of the revitalized peace agreement. Should this 100-day work, then we shall celebrate it as it happens but should parties failed as usual, then we would have seen it coming all along.

There is no secret that Juba is not interested in resolving the issue of states and their boundaries as clock ticks toward transitional unity government formation next month. It does not take rocket science as well to figure out what the intention is for we know that the trick is to keep drumming up support from those petty states. In the coming days, it is more likely that Juba would only prioritize formation of the transitional government hoping that a rushed kind of the recycled faces in Kiir’s regime would help save image. Nope! We have plenty of measures to use once proper handling mechanism is bypassed either by Juba or other party in that matter. South Sudan is a way too big for one or two to toss it here and there. All it takes now is to regroup our focus and chart a collective, inclusive and comprehensive settlement to South Sudan conflict once and for all. It is only then we shall restore shattered social fabrics among the people of this beloved country.

In conclusion, it hurts to say the truth but for a real peace to prevail comes what may, Mayardit must exit South Sudan presidency and in the same token, his regime be dismantled as that of NCP was. Anything short of that is just buying time tactics.

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

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