By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan
June 30, 2015, (SSB) — The war our country is currently plunged into cannot be an exclusive responsibility of South Sudanese. An important angle into explaining the root causes of this senseless war implicates the international community for its failure to do its imperative part, especially in supporting an elaborate DDR (Demobilization, Disarmament, and Re-Integration) program in South Sudan.
In 2005, after the SPLA was forced by circumstances to absorb other armed forces with which it had bitterly fought for years, consequent security arrangement steps could not be logically done by South Sudanese alone. That surely was not because of lack of willingness among South Sudanese to own up to their responsibility, but simply for lack of capacity (both financial and technical) to gradually and effectively reduce the size of the so called “big tent government”.
Creating the ‘big tent government’ was indeed a case of a wrong step in the right direction, when the direction was more important than the step itself. It was a classic case of what was a necessary evil in the sense that the people of South Sudan valued the referendum more than anything else, and for the right reason. Without the big tent government South Sudan was not going to be able to have an environment conducive to holding a referendum and attaining its independence.