By Hakim Moi
Fellow country men and women,
We all go through the journey of life with thoughts and feelings for our loved ones, family, friends and colleagues with whom we shared life-long experiences, love and friendships, in our country at home, in our villages or abroad in Diaspora, or wherever we happen to be in this journey.
Our country and place of birth South Sudan bled over the years leading up to CPA, and continued to bleed intermittently when conflicts of various kind flared up, communities, militias, or from results of strife arising from SPLM failure as a party or institution or instrument that governed South Sudan without challenge.
And we have seen it starting to bleed profusely again since 15th December 2013, the effects of which we are all witnessing in the IDP camps, in refugee camps and life in neighbouring host countries as reported by the media.
The new generation of future South Sudan is growing up amid war and in refugee camps, condemned to a life of misery and suffering as if the sacrifices of thousands before them to birth this country, was all in vain. Who is to blame?
At the top of the failure list is SPLM and its system and practice of governance and accountability on behalf of the country and the people of South Sudan which SPLM purports to represent their wishes and govern on their behalf. In spite of all the good faith in having the confidence of the people to govern, it has all but failed!
South Sudan will never be fully stable and enjoy the stability and break from conflict it deserves, nor learning any lessons and be in a position to walk the nations corridors with pride with heads held up high, so long as it is being tarnished by the actions of corrupt leaders, ministers, and political leaders who cannot represent the best interests of all the people of South Sudan.
And if our country is ruled by a clique of few power brokers who are not accountable to any one, Parliament or party but only to themselves and their personal wishes, then instability and conflict will fester in South Sudan to rob the current and future generations of what their country deserves for many years.
The people seem powerless, at least for now, while many so called politicians representing their own ambitions, are left to determine our future on their terms and how our country is governed without accountability for corruption and impunity.
Does the country not deserve better, does the country not deserve to be rid of impunity, and to be rid of leaders and politicians who do not have any more ambition and vision for this country and its people to prosper, other than looting public resources for their benefit and their relatives or tribes?
When can the people of South Sudan say enough is enough and we will choose our own leaders, and we have a right to do so? Or are we all vested in ensuring that what’s left of this deformed system and state of things we have today continues to serve and benefit the interests of the few. And hoping that while it lasts we benefit, as revolutions will take years to bring a radical change!
Wherever you are in our life’s journey as a people, South Sudanese, Diasporans or not, I believe we all have something positive about all of us, which is bigger than our personal interests and ambition. That bigger interest of all our people is what will make us all content and proud if those who lead us do sincerely and care to serve that public interest with honesty, integrity and no strings attached.
As the generals, ministers, rebels, and politicians gather in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss what agenda (which few of us may know), the message I want to share with them is: evidence of your failure as SPLM leaders, secretaries, ministers, or politicians; you have all failed us and the country. Few of your sons and daughters can walk the streets proud and happy that their country is less corrupt today, more democratic, more accountable today, and less bloody today, or with less and none of its population and people living in refugee and IDP camps guarded by UN forces!
And many of our people today return to burned down villages to live in destitution from the actions of their villages burned down by those who are supposed to protect their property and provide security.
The people, younger generation, cry for your country and do not let those responsible get away with impunity when the day comes for you to choose your leaders, and cast your voice truly for a change that will change South Sudan, and wipe off the tears of humility, shame and suffering that so much robbed your dignity for so long.
South Sudan rise up and take up what rightly belongs to you, not to trust those who have corrupted your country to make you a laughing stock of the world for loss of golden opportunities! What truly is your vision for your land?
The journey of life should mean something for each one of us, and our families and children, think about it. Isn’t there a reason for building countries, nation states and enjoy life’s creations to make a difference in this world. Isn’t that what creation does and which makes life a meaningful experience for individuals, and life as nations and countries or parties!
I do not have more say than anyone of you, may God bless you.