SOUTH SUDAN’S 2015 ELECTIONS: AN EPITOME OF FAILURE

Posted: January 18, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Contributing Writers, Dut-machine De Mabior, Featured Articles

By Dut Mabior, Kenya

January 18, 2015 (SSB) —  As I prepare my readership to go through this topic, it’s painful to realise that our country is in such a difficult time in history. It is the time we should put our energy together as a people and work toward achieving everlasting peace for all. If we hear of something different other than bringing peace, then we are damned! I hold the view that these elections being talked about are meant to uphold the integrity of our supreme law and renew the legitimacy of our elected government. I don’t think this is the right idea as at now. Below I justify.

Our country has had a number of violations to the constitution and further violations won’t cause harm anymore. It’s well stipulated in the Transition Constitution of the Republic that the president can fire an elected governor of a state amid failure in running the state. The exercise is thereafter followed by an immediate appointment of a caretaker governor after which the state elections are held within 60 days. This has not been the case in Unity state when Governor Taban Deng was fired and replaced with Governor Monytuil (caretaker ), Lake state when Governor Eng. Chol Tong was fired and replaced with Governor Gen. Matur Chut (caretaker ), Jonglei State when Governor Kuol Juuk was appointed to head the ministry of defense and veterans affairs, replaced with Governor Gen. John Nyuon (caretaker) and Northern Bar El Ghazel state when Governor Paul Malong was replaced with Governor Kuel Aguer (caretaker) after promotion to the chief of Military staff. If indeed the constitution is being upheld in totality, then why are the elections in the said states have not been conducted upon the expiry of the caretaker terms? It doesn’t show that, the constitution is being respected. It looks more or less that something is being cooked to suit the diagrammatic scheming in the country.

This constitution has been violated in so many avenues. The ministry of information gave orders barring journalists from interviewing rebels because they would be rebels by osmosis or diffusion, whatever the biological concept behind it. These rebels being citizens of South Sudan have the rights of expression. The citizenry too have the rights to hear the side of the story of the rebels, why did they rebel, a right we have been robbed of by the same body now purporting to protect the law.

If the constitution was being preserved in its totality, then the likes of opinion writers like Isaiah Abraham would not have lost their lives. Others like the G-10 would not be forced into exile after being acquitted by a court of law.

It tells me that the constitution has been violated so many times and violating it again makes the difference the same.

Why would we expose our population to an exercise they are not ready to undertake? The whole of the upper Nile Region with all its states are not ready Lake State is bleeding, Northern Bar El Ghazel has issues too. Who will vote then! This convinces me to priorities peace before elections.

Others ask: Why can’t we vote yet it has been the case in the former Sudan, Syria and many other countries. The results of sidelining others in the matters of national importance leads to a civil war like the one in Syria and the SPLA war with the Khartoum regime which led to the independence of South Sudan. Not unless we want to have a part of our country to claim independence, we won’t advocate for an exercise as shameful as these elections. And why can’t we give examples of Ghana, South Africa, Kenya let alone the examples of failed states like Sudan.

I think, the reality of the Juba chaos is now taking shape. Before these crises, the government was talking of conducting census before elections. The same administration was crying of having no funds to conduct the said exercise. Indeed I quote the president once saying the elections could be differed by a year or two. Why would we be rushed into elections without having done the constitutional prerequisites, does it mean the violence was engineered to exile the political competitors? I fail to answer.

If indeed elections are to be held in the absence of rebels and the G-10, then the elections are to go unopposed, Let’s not vote and allow the electoral commission to announce the candidates winners by default.

Others may think that I am damn mongrel with no resolution and the way forward to legitimize the government after it’s official expiry. South Sudan has its law making body, parliament. Not only the 2015 elections will legitimize the presidency of H. E after the July 9th, this can be extended by an act of Parliament. If the term limit is the problem than, it can be extended by 5 years, I will have no problem with that so long the $517 millions is put into something else required to keep our suffering population in the displaced camps going. Elections are not important now above bringing peace first.

I wonder how our people think, it has been repeatedly said by our president that he is committed to bringing peace to the country. The realisation of this peace is succeeded by an interim period of 2-3 years after which elections are doable. Why do we talk lots about elections now when peace can make a different recommendation or are we not ready to negotiate for peace any more? For me, I will first give peace a chance and then find out what it says to do elections.

If violating the constitution is only applicable when the title is preceded by a caretaker as in the caretaker Governor, then Let’s call our president caretaker president after the July 9th and we first work to bring peace to the country before doing elections.

Ladies and gentlemen,my fellow compatriots, running around defending a constitution that has been violated on so many occasions will not convince a rational thinker of my caliber. Therefore, conducting these elections will only confirm our readiness to be like Sudan and Syria, indeed an epitome of failure.

The author is a student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya.

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Comments
  1. David says:

    my brother Dut your article is very fantastic to ready, but I can call it an opinion of today not tomorrow. Why? because you are see things that are not helpful to the country because you are using the same speech that was use by somebody I heard over SBS radio last week. Those people you are listening to are the same people who gave the president those powers he used to remove the elected officials. President did not give himself these powers they were given to him by the so call G-10 and those of Riek rebel, so violation there brother. The violators of the constitutions are those people who think election should not be conducted this year. they want to preached to the world saying that we have to give peace a chance to work instead of election. that is right we need peace to come, but let me tell you this my brother, the so call G-10 and rebel are the obstacle of the peace and now they playing politics, tomorrow when the time for election pass without election the first word you hear from filthy mouths on both side G-10 and rebels is violation of the constitution because the election did not take place on the right time according to the constitutions. They will run to the international communities claiming that we do not have a legitimate president because is over and that will be other agenda to talk about in the peace process. that is why I called your opinion an opinion of today not tomorrow. To me election will not prevent peace to be achieved, but it prevent other compliant that will delay peace. If peace were come it could have achieved long time ago. so election should go ahead as it is stated by the constitutions and if peace come tomorrow will pick it up there and share whatever come with it without any problem. You talk about G-10 being exiled from the country that is lie no body exiled them they choose that path because they are together with rebels and that why they are voicing the same compliant of election and they are obstacle to peace. They know that if they come home and run for election none of them will get a vote and that is why they want to ruin other people life. So brother this coming election is not away to failure it is away to democracy. whoever do not see it as away to democracy is the one that leading to the failure.

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  2. David says:

    my brother Dut your article is very fantastic to ready, but I can call it an opinion of today not tomorrow. Why? because you are see things that are not helpful to the country because you are using the same speech that was use by somebody I heard over SBS radio last week. Those people you are listening to are the same people who gave the president those powers he used to remove the elected officials. President did not give himself these powers they were given to him by the so call G-10 and those of Riek rebel plus those still obeying the constitutions, so violation is not there brother. The violators of the constitutions are those people who think election should not be conducted this year. they want to preached to the world saying that we have to give peace a chance to work instead of election. that is right we need peace to come, but let me tell you this my brother, the so call G-10 and rebel are the obstacle of the peace and now they are playing politics, tomorrow when the time for election passed without election the first word you hear from filthy mouths on both side G-10 and rebels is violation of the constitution because the election did not take place on the right time according to the constitutions. They will run to the international communities claiming that we do not have a legitimate president because his team is over and that will be other agenda to talk about in the peace process. that is why I called your opinion an opinion of today not tomorrow. To me election will not prevent peace to be achieved, but it prevent other compliant that will delay peace. If peace were come it could have been achieved long time ago. so election should go ahead as it is stated by the constitutions and if peace come tomorrow we will pick it up there and share whatever come with it without any problem. You talk about G-10 being exiled from the country that is lie no body exiled them they choose that path because they are together with rebels and that why they are voicing the same compliant of election and they are obstacle to peace. They know that if they come home and run for election none of them will get a vote and that is why they want to ruin other people life. So brother this coming election is not away to failure it is away to democracy. whoever do not see it as away to democracy is the one leading to the failure.

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  3. First and far most, I would wish to resent my sincere condolences to the families,colleagues and relatives of the deceased who perished as a result of crisis instigated by individuals who never offer brilliant decisions whenever a talk emerged in their lives time. Personally, I would kindly wish to appreciate the legislatures of the republic of South Sudan legislative Assembly for giving the electoral commission of the republic a green light in terms of preparing in readiness to conduct the elections on 30th June 2015. Indeed, any responsible and a sound minded person whose intention is to restored peace and stability back into the country could have made such a great decision. Why I think beyond reasonable doubt that the upcoming elections shall bring a lasting solutions to the ongoing crisis in the Republic of South Sudan .

    My brother Dut Mabior, I would love to promptly reprimand your article by terming it as somebody’s mole article. If you aren’t aware, these are not times for blame games of who might have initiated the turmoil in our nation on 15th December 2013. As a patriotic citizens, these are moments where all of us are expected to think beyond our individual’s interest and expected to make wise decisions even the unwise ones for the sake of our nation’ future generations to come. Historically, all south Sudanese aware of each and everyone’s contribution during the struggle for independence. There are those whose behaviors resembles to those of the robots and the then Germany chancellor Hitler during the world wars. Am certain you are conversant with how Hitlar died.

    Back to elections issue whether it is the best way to end south Sudan crisis. I absolutely support the idea of having elections as scheduled. To any nation, elections normally offer the citizens a chance to change or vote in the government of their choice without political manipulation. This decision to have election was the best after all talks between the government and the rebels failed which can be supported by any person whose love and support for the nation can’t be diluted by money or materials offered to him/her by those whose interests is not to see the country sailing towards prosperity.

    Mabior, yours is indeed catering for today and not for tomorrow. Your argument at this juncture to the nation is not neither logical nor beneficial to the public. We as citizens of Lakes States, our crisis are not connected to the ongoing crisis at all. Therefore, you should not comment on an issue that you might not have a clue about. As south Sudanese, we all know the genesis of the current conflict in the nation and therefore shall not be dragged into divisive politics by “politician (s)” in order to gain in the political arena. Too late and unfortunate for them indeed!!!!

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  4. dutmachine says:

    My Brother David, I must confess that I understand the South sudan constitution in totality, Besides I have soft copy of it with me. so the problem is not removal of the governors, the violation is not conducting elections 60 days after a caretaker Governor is sworn in. that is the violation am talking about.

    I think, I will personally vote in those elections if they materialise, I do understand, they stand to promote democracy but it’s only wise to use the money elsewhere to settle the country.

    My advice could be simple, an act of Parliament to extend the term will make the presidency legitimate. Yes, it will!

    As for my brother Biar, I am not blaming anyone who could have caused the chaos but I am analyzing why it was engineered.

    As for whether, the idea is mind, I don’t blame you because you have never had excess to my academic background and my thinking.

    But I see elections will give us more problems than solve them.

    Yes, with David, I agree that the rebellion is not willing to bring peace, perhaps too the government on some occasion but the G-10 are not a problem to the peace process. if the warring parties had a political will, peace would have been realize a long time ago.

    Thank for the views though, keep in mind I will vote, I don’t where u will be, I will be on juba at that time!

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