By Dut Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya
January 30, 2015 (SSB) — The war of liberation was fought by many of our veterans in the SPLA but only a few of them have extended the war to the second phase. The vision of the SPLM is taking town to the people. This has been implemented by a few members in our ruling elites. This article pays special attention to the developmental activities of Dr. Majak D’ Agoot between 2005 and 2013. This is to explain in depth to the likes of David Chol who wrote “why is Dr. Majak D’ Agoot Brainwashing South Sudanese” and many others who may not know the facts about the work of Majak. I also challenge many of my colleagues who are aware of the good doings of our leaders to punish us with the information so that we actually know who we are dealing with.
- Majak in Education development
The man in question has done all in his power to promote the academic knowhow in the country. This topic is surely very vast in this writing as he did:
- Building of Malek Academy
This school was first built by Abel Alier Kuai in the 1970 (s) to cater for the needy population of the Bor people whose educational knowhow was far much below the world-class index. The school did very well till it produced many of south Sudanese who are now world-class leaders, the PhD holder in Financial Economics, Dr. D’ Agoot inclusive.
This great institution was ruined and indeed reduced down to nothingness in the war of liberation fought by the SPLM/A and the Khartoum regime for twenty-one years. Till 2005, when the CPA was signed, this school had noticeably only a third of the wall intact and no significant building up standing. Majak thought of rebuilding the school on the same foundation so that the efforts and the history of our great legend, Justice Abel Alier does not die out of the history books.
He did this through his personal relationship with Sir Chalton, a British wealthy man whom he befriended when he was a student in the UK. For a few of us who are fans of the English football, Sir Chalton is the president of Chalton Athletic Football Club. This is after Chalton was interested in helping him as he saw in him a future leader who always put people above his personal gains. Dr. Majak used the opportunity to develop the country through building the school.
The funding was then made by DAREK CHAPEL, a charity organization under Sir Chalton. This provided a fund of $ 8 million to raise the school. Dr. Majak recommended the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan,Daniel Deng Bul Yak to head the Board of trustees who now manages the funds. This is to promote transparency and speed up the implementation as he was busy in Khartoum during the time. So far, $ 5 million has been committed to the project and it was stopped by the current crises and will resume soon when the political skirmishes are solved. This work is visible on “malekacadamy.com”.
I must make my readership aware that Malek Academy is different from Bor intermediate (malek secondary) which is being managed and maintained by the state government. Malek Academy has had two batches of graduates so far producing 100% pass in the South Sudan Secondary School Certificate. As the statistics stand, Malek Academy is the best school in Jonglei state and among the top five best in the country. I must also state that the school is being managed by DAREK CHAPEL till today. No single penny of the government (state and central) has been used in construction and its management.
Dr. Majak whose village is about 70 miles north of Bor Town raising a standard institution in this place shows that he views the country in a unitary nuclear manner. He knows we are one people in which any able member of the society can raise beneficial institutions at the point of common meetings in the country.
- Mangalla Primary School
This school is located in Central Equatoria state, Mangalla as the names suggest. It was too built through the solicitation of Dr. Majak D’ Agoot when he was still in Khartoum. He did this through his wealthy friend, a millionaire from Darfur named S. Wada who lives in London. The Dr. requested him to build the school when he learnt that the millionaire friend was out to help him develop his personal finances. It was the first school to be built under his influence. Since he had already signed the Darek Chapel funds to build Malek Academy, he had to locate this project in Central Equatoria to equally distribute amenities to the needy children of South Sudan.
- Scholarship Funds
Dr. Majak built relationship with many charity organizations and churches while a student in the UK. This is how he has been in a position to assist many students (noticeably even before he joined the government) doing various degree courses in foreign universities. The records so available show that each an every state in South Sudan has had a beneficiary in this organization needless to mention that all the payams across greater Bor (3 counties) have had an elite produced by this courtesy.
He extended this to his personal finances when the economy hit hard on his white friends who used to fund his agenda. This is the time he introduced the cost sharing strategy in which he would pay a part of the course and the family of the affected student does the rest. This had to be done to improve the work force of the independent republic.
- Majak in improving Jonglei State Security.
While the director of security in charge of Southern Sudan. He did the following to improve the security in Jonglei state.
- Network Towers
These were brought to the state by various telecommunication companies like Zain. These boosters under Dr. Majak were distributed to many parts of the state. Jalle, Akobo, Duk, Fangak, Ayod and Pibor were among the places which the towers where constructed in. This was in the light of improving Jonglei state wanting security situation.
The governor too was immobile due to impassable roads; he Dr. Majak sent a helicopter from Khartoum to facilitate the governor survey the counties under his care. He too and Dr. Lual Achuek negotiated roads construction projects with the government of Khartoum, unfortunately, referendum was executed before the project kick off.
- Majak in Health improvement
- Maar Clinic
In the improvement of health care, Dr. Majak through his friend from Sudan, too a millionaire whom he persuaded to establish a company in South Sudan built the Maar Clinic. This project was implemented by a company from Khartoum.
- Majak out of Corruption.
Others who have not read the president’s letter to the 75 concerning the vanishing of $ 4 billion can easily think Dr. Majak is among the wanted gluttons. For the sake of reality, the list of 75 was issued when Majak was only 87 days (roughly three months) in Juba. It was basically about those who were working with the Government of Southern Sudan. This is to set the record clear so that innocent officials are not accused falsely.
Upon his appointment as the deputy minister of Defense and veterans affairs, Dr. Majak invited the Anti-corruption commission of South Sudan and made declaration of Assets. He instructed the anti-graft body to be inspecting his family accounts after every six months to ascertain if he had done away with any public penny. He was indeed cleared by the same commission when he exited the office two years later. He has never had any corruption claim whatsoever in the country.
While in the same docket, he built the military pension funds to a billion South Sudanese pounds. By the grace of God we hope that this money is still intact upon his exit. My worry is that, a number of officials who were working in the pension scheme are gone; indeed one went to the U.S, an indication that not all is well.
NB: THESE PROJECTS WERE ALL IMPLEMENTED WHEN DR. MAJAK WAS STILL IN KHARTOUM AND THEIR FUNDING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH SUDAN.
As I conclude, many more can be found on my first article on this subject “Dr. Majak D’ Agoot: The only One in Thousand Leaders”. Many people may mistake my writing as political fanatism, while the latter has no problem were it the case, I need to make it clear that my view of writing all these is to set the clear picture of our leaders. I challenge you too to write anything positive about the one you know better than others. I happen to have the tract records of Dr. Majak D’ Agoot and there above they are. I am not wrong to say that Dr. Majak is a blessing in disguise.
The author is a student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
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