May 24, 2015 (SSB) — We, the born SPLA/M members by blood and history, are not happy with how things are going in the Republic of South Sudan. We (you and my type out there) wrote very compelling articles to stop the war when it first broke out in Juba on the eve of that public declaration and denunciation by G11 led by Dr. Riek Machar and Nyandeng Chol, the wife to our late dear leader Dr. Garang.
But to our appallness, no one listened to us. Our ideas were thought of as ‘Noises’ coming from saboteurs, would-be Nyigeetin and exhibitingly the Nyageet of our times.
However, this article or piece of writing is not coming from a political genius but an economic genius who only knows why nations grow, develop or fail. Take that to your nearest cash counter of any bank and you can get a quick change out of it!
The SPLA/M Within: Meritocracy & Meritocrats
Some SPLA/M members sacrificed a lot during those formative years of our struggle in the midst 1980s. Mostly these chaps and lasses gave everything they had to rid our southern region of Jalaba and Nyageetin.
They gave free boys now known as Lost Boys of the Sudan to go for military and academic training in Southern Ethiopia — Panyunduk, Itang and Dima. Most of these people are alive today and fit the description of being born and life ‘blood’ members of the mother party and force.
In whatsoever situations, they will never betray her cause since they ideologically knew why they left their parents, relatives and friends at a relatively tender age of 5-10 years.
In this group are great army commanders like current defense minister, Mr. Kuol Manyang Juuk, Awet Akot, Bol Madut, Yusuf Kwah (late Nuba war liberator), Abu John (late, Western Equatoria), Louis Lobong (current Eastern Equatoria governor, Salva Kiir Mayardit (pres of South Sudan), Ustaz Maker Kur Lueth, ustaz Maker Thiong Maal, and the list is long. I only put the names of those men whom I met and heard of when I was going to (in) Ethiopia.
Those are men and women who deserve the word ‘meritocracy’. They are never warlords or tribal kingpins who champion their individual selfish agenda. They sacrificed a lot to be where they are now. No qualms over their tribal/ethnic identity since the war started with them and ended with them. The rest joined later owing to various reasons that none one of us can vividly explain.
The SPLA/M Without: Mediocracy and mediocrats
These are neither born/life members of the mother party and revolution but saboteurs, opportunists, foodlovers, sales outs, bought ones, Nyigeetin, etc. They jumped the line to become who they are now. Imagine a stupid UN-fed altar boy becoming a general in nanoseconds.
Imagine a warmonger as he always loves taking up gun to make it his means of living – earning livelihoods because he failed to put into his head when growing up that ‘you become who you think you are’ — No doubt, he thought he would be a murderer one day, and he is now doing it.
Imagine good-for-nothing PhD holders holding the young nation hostage for not allowing them their selfish agenda — rule us because they are very educated. Nay, and never will it happen that way.
Meritocracy is the talking point here, not ‘jumping the line’ and wishful thinking.
The mediocrats are 95% hiding in SPLA/M -in- opposition. The remaining 5% is wreaking havoc in SPLA/M – Juba. These guys and ladies are causing us sleepless nights because our current leadership gave them too much power to rule us. Decreeing them out NOW, the better my cows can graze peacefully along River Nile in Jonglei state!
Now Johnson Olony has left with blood of the innocent after massively fooling us that he is a genuine Paul, not Saul, of our times. He has punctured an unsealable hole in the South Sudan boat, and it is now gushing waters overboard like that demobilised gunbarge floating in Melut because of irrationality — ill thinking and short-sightedness.
What does a person of Olony’s calibre want if he is given power in a silver plater like that! — made to be an army general without going through the rank-and-file of SPLA/M born members. Given so much money to quench his thirst for rebellions and resettle into our mainstream life as a baptized Judas Iscariot of our present church, South Sudan.
Hope our South Sudan leadership has learnt one thing for now — don’t buy peace, buy only souls of the innocents wasting away in Sudd swamps, displaced and refugee camps. Economic DEVELOPMENT is their asking price.
Again, I am so sure it is high time for Mr. Pres Kiir and like members of his leadership to give back our mother party and force to its rightful owners — the Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Kids, the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan to chart new better ways of changing lives and conditions amid all these chaos.
God bless you all and our beloved nation, South Sudan!
From a Patriarch and Kid of Junub e’ Thudan.
Facebook: Deng Lueth Yuang – holds BA and MA in Economics.
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