Gatwech John Kutei
May 14, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Following the arrival to Juba of first Vice President, HE Dr. Riek Machar and subsequent formation of Transitional Government of national Unity (TGoNU), all the evil plans the former regime had have somehow died down however, that does not mean the end of their uncouth business.
The people of South Sudan should not sleep thinking all is well with arrival of the few VIVA troops alongside Dr. Machar, we have all seen and continue to witness the level of hatred our leaders have developed within themselves, we (ordinary citizens) may easily interact and reconcile but our leaders are still holding their political grudges closer to their chests as clearly shown on president Kiir’s appointment of the people he calls “presidential advisors” without consulting the first vice president.
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This is what I call the first test by Salva Kiir’s side of the national government, whether or not the Viva and the Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a body charged to oversee the August peace implementation “have teeth to bite if provoked”. The presidential decree appointing his advisors was a clear violation of leadership arrangement in peace agreement where the president is suppose to consult his deputies on any key government appointments.
President Kiir’s side of the coalition government has proven that they have hidden agenda which would only be implemented by his closest aides as he constituted his advisory team. It has to be noted that most of these persons he appointed knew much about December 2013 massacre of Nuer ethnic group of South Sudan.
As he (Kiir) warned them during their appointment, according to him, there are unknown countries which are agitating for a “regime change” and that process of regime change must be taken care of and resisted by all means, but the begging question is, who are those being fanned for regime change as claimed by the president? Why is he not rallying the whole country including the SPLM viva since they have become part and parcel of the transitional government of national unity to collectively face those who are trying to enforce regime change in our country?
It is cheaply a clever way of saying Riek Machar and his team is still his foe and possibly a pose threat to his incompetent team. It is another means of trying to implement projects they might not have achieved in the fast two years of conflict hence, South Sudanese must now take the initiative to unite and say no to the negativity of Salva Kiir’s side of the coalition government.
Coming back to our president’s visit to Uganda, it is truly an obligation of our country (South Sudan) to attend not just inauguration of leaders but to also attend national ceremonies of any country with which we may have a diplomatic relation.
However, for building of trust among ourselves as a nation, our president must now lead in front and exhibits some sort of honesty for us to imitate. There could be sideline meetings which definitely discuss matters development and implementation assistant but there also exists meetings whose topics may not entirely relate with any sort of development or assistant to implement the Addis Ababa peace accord.
Obviously in his agenda, the regime change issue he always raises in any forum he holds might have appeared and dominate his meeting with some of his colleagues. Hence, such speculations should never be demeaned especially, on the part of VIVA side of the government. Most of the leaders I saw on television as they grace their colleague’s filth consecutive inauguration were ones who have participated in one way or the other in our country’s strife.
Therefore, our president’s meeting with some of those colleagues, who are actually ruling their countries with fist hands may not bear any positive results in regard to our case as a nation, I put forth my gesture to president Kiir’s inner circle to correctly advice him. We cannot afford any other mayhem in this country simply because someone hates his colleagues or rather wants to rule our country for life.
God bless our country
The author, Gatwech John Kutei, is a Member of chapter assembly, Nairobi Kenya but currently in Juba. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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