By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan
October 28, 2016 (SSB) —- Since the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the South Sudanese President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit has missed to tour the nation even at the time his physical appearance would be mostly needed. Many of his supporters have kept supporting him for so long until they become victims of why the supported Kiir. Kiir’s supporters too became hated and labeled as liars in the communities they live because the leader they claim to follow was neither heard nor visible in their villages.
When the country got its independence the President was supposedly wanted to address the traditional population at their traditional villages. It would be rather better and more important for the president to speak his own words directly to people that were happy for having achieved their freedom from the Arabs in the north, a business that President Kiir did not allow to occur.
Years went and the President could only visit regional and international presidents in their palaces more than often. His Ministers have stayed in hotels for years instead of delivering services to the Nation. The Ministers and other government top officials have travelled several times abroad instead of visiting their constituencies though they really have exhausted government account to facilitate most of their unofficial travels. Kiir has visited Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kampala or Washington more than he could visit Terekeka town just north of Juba town which is only few miles away from J1 Presidential Residence.