Everything in South Sudan needs renewal, starting at Parliament.
March 14, 2015 (Nyamilepedia)—-As Winston Churchill once remarked: “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”
We have seen in South Sudan that our leaders, despite stumbling upon the truth that it’s time for political change, continue to hurry off as if nothing is urgent.
Our leaders actually fear reforms and the battle in my country is really about the reformist challenging the bunch of dictators.
The dictators continues to dominate simply because of its access to arms of war and control of the security sector and, therefore, they will always pose a potential threat to destroy or expunge those of us who wish for substantive reforms.
That does not make them legitimate or right.
It also does not mean we should give up or cower at the first sign of intimidation, but rather we should be strengthened by their resistance knowing that all we want, all we aspire to be, is a better society that lives under better life conditions. That is not impossible.
Resistance to reforms seems a common factor in our society; whether in government where we have old dogs that really have no capacity to create the South Sudan we want; our private sector which has become less competitive and more internally focused on surviving without any leadership change; and in our public institutions where we have seen incompetent and overpaid leadership that is arresting progress and development.
We even have resistance to change in our community and social organizations where leaders claim positions for life despite the lack of results.
All are seeking to maintain lifestyles and are afraid of the pain of the social transformation which we desperately need.
Because of our unchanging and anemic political leadership, South Sudan is stuck in a time bubble of the past.
We can hardly progress were we are continually reminded that the past matters more than the future. That is indeed a tragedy.
Societies that progress focus more on the future and most are fast progressing as we remain stuck in the past that has no benefit to our people at all.
Our neighbor’s economies are fast advancing and even surpassing ours as we bicker about what happened yesterday and who did what.
As leaders, our responsibility must now be to change this narrative. We have to renew everything that we are about so that we may see social progress. We must embrace reforms and continually renew how we operate and how we seek to change our circumstances. If we do not do that, we will regress as a society as we have seen in the last 9-10 years.
What has gone wrong?
If you ask me that my answer is simple: Our politics is regressive and enervating. We have personality-based fiefdoms that seek to maintain a status quo of the same people at the top and the rest of society following even where we cannot see the results.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his crew of yesteryear praise singers are now moribund and hugely irrelevant to the future we want to create.
Anyway, as we all know; nothing lasts forever and the chickens will one day come home to roost.
Despite the sporting talent of many South Sudanese, our institutions are unable to harness and showcase new talent simply because of vested interests of those that have led our sports organizations to the ground and yet today they remain at the helm steadfast in their foolishness.
The heartbreak is that some of us accept this trend as normal. How pitiful.
Yet our people continue to suffer because of non-delivery of services. Nothing will change until we have new leaders whose concern is our country and its people. The cancer continues to be treated like a mild flu.
Everything in South Sudan needs renewal, starting at Parliament and including our opposition political parties[SPLM-DC, UDF, among others] who must now lead with a new narrative and strategy; there is no doubt about that.
That is where our only hope for positive and substantive recovery lies; anything else will be us merely postponing the inevitable.
Our challenge is, therefore, to be proactive fearless change agents who embrace the new and avoid complacency and the false comfort that comes with it.
The future is in our hands!
I have spoken my words and may the gods of land hear my voice…………….
Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut, is a writer and commentator and He is the Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt he can be simply reach through firstname.lastname@example.org Skype Cde. Sirir or +201115133229