By Gatgong Koang Thany,
Dec 14, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- Among other vital elements to define and measure Democracy are the degree of freedoms, especially the freedom of expression, when the governed are allowed to explicitly, independently and voluntarily talked their ‘heads’ consciously on matters affecting them without the fear of intimidations and reprimands, hearts are cleaned and grudges that arises as results of divergent opinions are settled through debates and Dialogues, because conversations brings not only understanding and consensus but also produces the very ideas upon which actions are based , however conversations of whatever kind, are never fruitful unless and until when the parties involved were sincere ‘here , YESs are put where they are necessary and so are NOs’ ,
An uproarious , even divisive and confrontational argument had ensued and is intensifying throughout all social forums following the revelations of the SPLM/A-IO commander-in-chief’s order which appointed Mrs. Angelina Jany Teny as the Chairperson in charge of the SPLM/A-IO’s Defend and security Committee, a portfolio equivalent to that of a Minister for Defend and National security by Government status;
Interestingly, unlike usual debates, this unique situation is fitting opposition supporters and sympathizers against each other, literally, the proponents and opponents of this surprising decision are none but mostly comrades of the same Party, its however noticeable that some opportunistic outside-propagandists are crowding-up and infiltrating the conversation, hoping this would provide them a scoring grounds; but why is this particular decision so important a topic for a debate? why must we even waste our time talking about this one-but-sensitive decision when there were others done at or around the same time by the Chairman?
Well It’s important that the decision is discussed thoroughly so that our divergent views on this regard are heard, but before I could declare my side on this interesting debate, let me first of all make a simplified and sketchy scrutiny and analysis upon which I would base my argument; this would be on two folds; professional/intellectual argument and Moral and culturally prospective;
Professional/intellectual Prospective; on this regards, lets us briefly examine Angelina Teny’s Professional and intellectual capacity in relation to the portfolio recently assigned to her by the Chairman who also double-up as her husband; British Educated, studied Nutrition, Diploma/degree I don’t know, State Minister for Mining in the Khartoum based Government of National Unity formed after the Comprehensive Peace agreement,
member of SPLM national Liberation Council (NLC), also served as member of some government commissions, notably the energy/mining commission before the crisis broke-out, currently we learnt; Angelina is member of SPLM/A-IO Military Command Council, National Liberation Council, Negotiation Team and others significant yet deserving assignments, a wonderful political profiles by African Standard I must admit, but note the conspicuous absent of Military link,
Moral and Cultural Prospective; in the ancient times, dynasties were the known and cherished system of governments; those old-good-days, one or few-sets of families and their linages would rule over their loyal subjects, century after another, the Royal-families were then regards as God-sent, they were unquestioned, they could do with the people and their nations as their wills and whims pleases, Kings/chiefs Queens, Princes and Princesses and their lords were the automatic rulers; none dare objects their Natural gift-to-rule, but that was then, today , most of the surviving Dynasties/kingdoms are more or less reduced to mere ceremonial symbols or completely modernized.
Time is a healer; thus as time passes, human civilization evolved and so are the systems of governances, revolutions cracked-up and demolished the cruel-old-governance-ways, modern system of governments were adapted, leading being the democracy to which South Sudan Nation falsely claims recognizant to; the government of the People as democracy is known thrives where majority owns shares in their own affairs, equity, fairness, justice, where merits, diversity find a place and minority voices are heard;
In conclusion; successful organizations are those who put the right person at the right place at the right time, however it’s necessary sometimes that a right person is put in the wrong place but at the right time, but whenever the right person is put at the wrong place at the wrong time, the results would be nothing but absolute dissatisfaction not only on the side of the affected person but also on the part of those he would incompetently try to serve;
According to the C-in-C’s order, Maan-teny would be in charge of the defend and security, in other words she will be the 2rd top most Boss of SPLA/IO Men and women in Uniforms, a portfolio I personally assumed hold-the-heart of the Moment itself, at a critical time like this, though she is Politically qualified, all my serious background-checks could not attach any significant Military qualification whatsoever to this tough Woman;
Thence with no military qualification whatsoever, at this time of war, I wonder how did Pagak then came to their surprising conclusion of appointing Angelina as their top Military Person, I would simply assume a Soldier’s wife is too a militant since I am a civilian, but would a soldier buy that ? What about the hierarchical point-of-view; if Indeed Angelina is a Soldier, what rank is she? And if she is not a militant, then how easy would those professional Military generals take orders from her, an untrained civilian!! Would their reasoning match in as far as bush-military strategies are concern given the fact the war isn’t over yet? Am but just wondering?
Morally; other than the question of conflict-of-interest, what about the nepotistic aspect of the appointment, wouldn’t the opponents of the moment and Gatmachar use this to discredit the moment’s valid crusade for democracy, wouldn’t this be thought to be the reflection of the SPLM’s unceasing tribalistic, nepotistic and dynastic mentality, I believe in what the proverb said’ those who lives in glass house shouldn’t be throwing stones’ those who sincerely and genuinely believes in Democracy shouldn’t contravene its principals, I personally have no issues with Madam Angelina as woman, however I strongly believe that appointing one’s own wife no matter what the circumstances contradicts aspect of equity and transparency .
Finally; from both professionally and moral points of view, I couldn’t seem to find any reasonable justification whatsoever to agree with this appointment, I may not be part of the ‘SPLM-IO to certain extend, however the moment’s activities affects me like any other South Sudanese either directly or indirectly and therefore am obliged to interfere in its affairs since their effects would still reach me, a spade must be called nothing else but a spade if things are need to go right!
If it weren’t for its moral eligibilities, sufficiently qualified women like Michel Obama of the US, Salma Kikwete of Tanzania, Margaret Gakuu Kenyatta of Kenya, Samantha Cameron of the UK and many others superwomen would have been or would now be without any doubts or questions whatsoever Cabinets Secretaries in their Countries, even Ayian Mayardit of South Sudan would be one, with all this reasons and many others I might have not mentioned, I humble chose to disagree with Angelina Jany’s Appointment , because it does not only send a contradictory message in regards to the Moment’s stance on Democracy, anti-Corruption, tribalism, nepotism but also because its giving much away, now Gatmachar’s Opponents are finding soft-hitting-spot, it seem to justify and approve their propaganda, to avoid enriching these fast-spreading misinterpretations , I respectfully call for the reversal of the Order.
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