Opinion South Sudan

Opinion: Taking tea is the sole medicine to fight the stress of unemployment

By Kuek Deng Kuek

Taban Deng Gai drinking tea in Pagak in 2014 (Photo credit: unknown)
Taban Deng Gai drinking tea in Pagak in 2014 (Photo credit: unknown)

July 28, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – It is almost a year now since I completed my basic degree of science in Public Health from St. Lawrence University Kampala, Uganda. It took me four years to complete my university studies and if you are to add the 8 years of Primary School and 4 years of secondary education, you will definitely arrive at the total years of the studies to be 16 years of vigorous work of academia if added up in totality.

However, what I had learned so far is that the job in South Sudan is not given based on technical know-how or meritocracy but it is awarded based on technical know-who. In any other nation, there are always two main sectors that a citizen of a given country gets employment from, that is the private sector which employs technocrats and the public sector which also employs technocrats and those who had obtained reasonable qualification like secondary school certificate for the case of South Sudan.

Moreover, the public sector is known to be compromised politically, I mean like when you don’t have an uncle in the government then it is not easy to get a job in public sector in South Sudan. This is something relating to the issues to do with corruption, nepotism, and tribal relationship.

In actual fact, the private sector like NGOs, private companies and so on and so forth is known internationally to be free from corruption, mismanagement, and nepotism but here in South Sudan, they are also compromised politically. They don’t employ people based on technical know-how, they don’t employ people based on merits, they don’t employ people based competence, they are doing it in contrast, for instances, if you are Dinka in the office working for a certain organization or a company then the fellow employees must be from the same tribe, similarly to the Nuer and the rest of the tribes in South Sudan.

This is making it very hard for us to move this country forward, am wondering that the only way of fighting the stress of unemployment is taking tea every day around rukuba in the markets in South Sudan. Research shows that 73% of the youths in south Sudan are unemployed. Meaning they are managing their stresses through taking tea method or playing cards from sunset to the evening hours.

For my case I was trained during my university studies to be more of a job creator than job seeker but those ideas are getting lost every day because for one to make it you first have to get capital to commerce small business scale and enterprise but there is no institution of the government that gives loads to the citizen to undertake small business scale.

Businessmen in south Sudan are proven to be rich but their richness is based on government contracts, they are not creating an employment to the citizens, to me, they would have  constructed private schools, making agricultural schemes, and more to get many youths employed. They only know how to form money transfer companies in order to be known as rich people with money. This is very unfortunate indeed. They are not working on the legacies they will leave behind.

Youths in South Sudan are resilient youths, just like the generation of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and his other colleagues who devoted their youthful times to fight for the independence of this country and they have achieved it after 21 years of struggle without being paid with money.I know we shall also endure this situation and work for the better south Sudan.

The writer is a South Sudan Concern Citizen; he can be reached via: Kuekdengkuek@gmail.com

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