By David Aoloch Bion
‘’Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your father’s eyes and pay no attention to plank in your own eye? How can you say to your father ‘’ let me take the speck out of your eye’’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye, you hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your father‘s eye’’ Philosopher Jesus Christ.
The political crisis facing President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar today in SPLM will face SPLM Youth League members who waiting in the wing to be leaders of SPLM party tomorrow and therefore the President and Ministers of South Sudan tomorrow too. That political crisis is inevitable, unless pure model of democracy is established at the SPLM Youth League .
SPLM Youth League members have been criticizing, condemning His Excellency, the President Salva Kiir Mayardit as a failed dictator in social media like facebook ,blogs , twitter and so forth ,They claim Salva Kiir do not know democracy , he only knows dictatorship ,in which he gives himself 5% of votes before any election , he says voting methods should be showing of hands .
Can these SPLM Youth League members justify their criticism and condemnation in the rationale of intellectual argument? Do they know the principles of democracy like the regular election? Do they have wisdom to analyze the political climate they are in? Do they have the eyes to see the political roadblocks erect by others rather than Salva Kiir ? .
SPLM Youth members have overstepped their mark in the political race. For your information , Salva Kiir is not your political caliber that you can say words about him, he is above you as you are a boy , he is above your father as man, he is Fountain of Honour in South Sudan . You are fighting wrong war at wrong time at wrong platform . Do not waste your time and energies in decampaigning of Salva Kiir . How can you jump from SPLM Youth League level to SPLM party level? . Is there no issue at SPLM Youth League level?
To the youth , you have plank in your eye .The plank is ‘’ How long have SPLM Youth League chairman Akol Paul been in the office , SPLM youth ? . Have you called for reform in youth league? No , you have not . Do not leave plank in your eye and talk of speck in other eyes . . To Akol Paul , ‘’ you have been haranguing against Dr Riek that he is villain , as the chairman of the SPLM Youth , what principle of democracy have you established in the League ?. you(Akol) have been in office for many years , have you (Akol) conduct any free and fair election ever , which is one principle of democracy ? Have you set the age limit for membership ? . Democracy in SPLM Youth League now is the democracy in South Sudan tomorrow . let not leave plank in our eyes and talk of speck in other eyes. let not see the speck in Salva Kiir and Dr Riek eyes and leave plank in our eyes
There must be age limit for the membership so when you reach that age , you shall no longer be the member of the League but promote to SPLM party .
From the disinterested point of view ,there are 2 issues in SPLM Youth League . 1 . Akol Paul is not a Youth now because he is above 30 years therefore he can become President like Joseph Kabila who became the President of Democratic Republic of Congo at age of 31 and youth do not become the President . 2 . There is either a Dictatorship or incompetency or ignorance of democracy in SPLM Youth League . It is either Akol is dictator or there are no youth capable or competent of becoming the SPLM Youth chairman or they (youth) are ignorant of democracy. All the youth who are the student in Juba , Upper Nile , Rumbek , Bare el Gazal and Dr John Garang Universities are incapable and incompetent of becoming the SPLM Youth chairman or are ignorant of democracy . This is why no one challenge Akol Paul democratically .
When Riek Machar called for democracy in the SPLM , his call for democracy turned violent . Youth must learn a lesson from Kiir-Riek scenario. Youth must prepare to avoid such scenario in the future. SPLM Youth League should be a model of pure democracy in South Sudan because one analyst said South Sudan was plunged into crisis because 1 . High level of illiteracy 2 . Lack of ideology 3 lack of values.
Therefore ,Juba University should reform the SPLM Youth League in order to be model of democracy . SPLM Youth must break taboo of unchangeable leadership. Egocentrism, chauvinism and parochialism must be up rooted in the youth leadership . Universities are centers of Revolutions, peaceful revolution not violent revolution like Dr Riek’s . Youth must practice change so that they are used to it . and it be their value.
In the reform agenda 1( a ) tenure of the office of the youth chairman shall be two years but once , should not seek reelection (b) age limit for chairman, minimum shall be 25 years , maximum shall be 30 years 2 .maximum age limit of membership shall be 30 , anyone who become 31 loses his membership automatically and so forth and so forth 3 ordinary membership shall from one day age to 30 years .
Let leave Kiir and Riek above with their system of leadership but let youth start another type of leadership down here. If SPLM Youth League do not reform then it is league hypocrites.