By Gai Karanja
1. JUNIORS TRYING TO OUTSHINE THE MASTER
This is the root cause of conflict and underdevelopment in South Sudan. The juniors of Salva Kiir, unlike Dr Machar were very arrogant, look on him and approach him like a clown given his little or no education. With the state honour and might, Kiir realized that inu, it was a sabotage. This drew a line of mistrust between Kiirdit and his comrades.
2. THE NCPists CAPITALIZE THE FRICTION
If one doesn’t know the art of Arabic Language, it’s diplomacy, bootlicking and wit. Arabic is too sarcastic, and at the same time, it appeals to the moral sense of the authority so much when it needs a favour. The NIF agents got into the president’s circle and ignite the issues even more as they continue to pretend as good boys around Kiirdit. The in fantasy, “Falling Kingdoms”, the narrative asserts that “Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.” They locked the president the paradise, blocking him from the masses’ demands.
3. MILITARY CONFRONTATION
Yes, Kiirdit has a right to depend his position against competitors, either perceived or real. His game turned away from elections which seemed to be more challenging to military confrontation. Thus military confrontation, to civil war. If this strategy serves one purpose, the other, which is the suffering of the civil populations was compromised.
4. VAMPIRISM DURING THE WAR
The armed forces and security departments got an opportunity to loot in the name of fighting the war and state security. Unquestionable budget is requested as plans to continue with war rages.
5. BUOR (I REALLY MEAN BUOR) DOUBLE EDGE SWORD
Makuei Lueth, Kuoldit, Malaak Ayuen wanted to kill two bird with one stone. While owning the state’s arsenals and media, this clique by all means prolonged the war to annihilate their home rivals, Twi, on one hand, and revenge against 1991 on the other.
6. WARRAP GREED CREED
Take an example, in ELS, our governor hails from a section called Na’am. These people by the virtue that their son is the governor didn’t lobby for any position in the executive or even in the state legislature. This is different story when it comes to Warrap. These people lost the Dinka culture of a “good heart”.
They didn’t allow the corners of the country to be represented. Instead, they took up all the fat positions of the government, raising criticism of Dinka Government, which is Warrap in reality.
7. KIIRDIT’S AGE
Kiirdit is officially 67 years and 80 in reality. He was 73 in 2011. That age is believed to be turning into a toddler again. No decision is made, no radical step is taken, no critical thinking. No creativity.
It’s this age, that does not allow Kiir to tell Makuei Lueth in the face that he’s wrong. It’s this age, that doesn’t allow Kiir to arrest the culprits of Presidency theft. It’s this age that does not ask for roads, electricity and even roaming the University of Juba premises. It’s this age that doesn’t allow him to tell his fellow Warrap people that it’s un-Dinka to eat alone. It’s this age that grand thefts are forgiven.
The only man who respect Kiirdit in that age is Dr Machar.
Yajamaa’na compare Kiirdit, Awendit, Kuoldit, John Lukdit Jok with your uncles in the village and related the mental abilities, creativity and critical thinking.
80% of the political appointments are decided in Nigeria, India, Brazil etc. This buries meritocracy.
9. LACK OF NATIONAL IDEOLOGY
There’s never a viable state that’s built without an ideology. An ideology forges a national identity in a diversified state like South Sudan.
10. CULTURES ERODED BY WESTERN EDUCATION (BOKO HARAM)
This complaint becomes more poignant when it comes to the conservative Nilotic Groups, the Dinka, Nuèr Chollo etc have lost their shared values and tradition.
We can just put on glasses to see the next society where today’s slay queens will be the mothers of our society. I’m not being a sexist, boys do not have much impact on a society. 90% of child’s informal education is from a mother.
I didn’t mean education. Education is a man’s efforts. What matters is literacy – to read and write. In South Sudan, graduates are illiterates.
South Sudan Army didn’t get any conventional military training, ideological training and nationalism. The army was just open as a source of employment and patronage.
13. A PERCEIVED THREAT
Kiirdit himself doesn’t have any problem with anyone. So, this perceived threat that our heads are going to stop bullets when we demand our right is a lie.
Let’s speak up, demanding roads, electricity, healthcare, technology etc. It’s different from “Kiir Must Go”. Why is he going to kill?