“We work with the people not out of pity, but out of respect for their potential for growth and development, both as individuals and as communities,” Jimmy Yen.
By Majak Kuany Alier, Juba, South Sudan
December 3, 2016 (SSB) — With due respect and integral rights of every citizen to access and impart information as enshrined in the Transitional National Constitution, 2011, I write to response to article published on facebook wall of Uncle Aldo Ajou. Before I get into details let me acknowledge that Uncle Aldo Ajou made efforts to shine within our society in many other situations, however, he missed the point in his recent post. Anthropology educates us that every community has people who by accident, experience, or training can provide the most complete or useful information about particular aspects of life. Unfortunately, Uncle Ajou missed that concept.
His assertions serves to deepen divisive politics unsurprisingly characterizes JCE. I need not to say that the JCE posits do no good to the nation, thus it should not be given room to perpetuate to the detrimental of our society. One of the posterity’s expectations is that our energy should gear toward undoing knots tied by JCE to sustain mediocre leadership that has failed to sustain hopes of independence, or bolstering international efforts to reconcile the broken nation. It is sad, that the opposite is true propagated by his group (JCE).
It is equally clear that, since Aldo Ajou joined Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in 2007 just two years after the SPLM charismatic leader died in helicopter crash; he and the likes have dragged our country into fragility. Away from the hopes and aspirations of the heroes and heroines who fell fighting for a free, equality, prosperous nation. Indeed, and to their surprise Ajou and the company steered the nation off the course and divided us deeper more than ever happened since the creation began.
In Dinka tradition, elderly symbolizes patience, wisdom, and truthfulness, but Uncle Ajou’s writing allegedly provoked by a facebook poster doesn’t represent the above beliefs, thus robbed he of what symbolizes elder-hood. His reaction to the alleged social media abuser from Bor against his JCE and Bahrl el Ghazal region didn’t achieve the purpose instead he has further implicated the allegations.
Without prejudice, his piece is divisive and undermines national unity. I think Uncle Aldo Ajou and the elites in J1 may need to learn from William Tordoff’s, ‘Government and Politics In Africa’ in which he gives us knowledge that many African leaders who use power to divide the country on ethnic lines never succeed. Over the centuries, groups with power have attempted to justify their privileged and dominant social positions by declaring minorities to be innately inferior. But this attempt often ends in wars and suffering. So, what am I saying? It’s hard for Jieng Council of Elders (JEC) to escape blames for middling over the affairs of the country. Bearing in mind that JEC is a lobby entity with key objectives and motives with desires aims to achieve sooner or later.
Uncle Aldo, your opinion is not only friable but also undesirable. In a nutshell, let me narrow my argument over specific comments you communicated in article title “Education in our Political History” appeared on your Facebook wall and published on PaanLuel Website. The article indeed went viral on social media and sparked mixed debates pestering majority of your followers from Greater Upper Nile and in particular “Jonglei Dinka” as you said.
It is important to highlight that you and the company efforts have earned us a divided and fragile country. It is not wise for a person of your caliber to preach politic of hatred among the communities for you were not just an elder but also a politician who once represented the country at the national level as a minister in the then Sudan.
Inclusion, African proverb said, “Unity is strength, division is weakness”. So, I appeal to you, the elders of the nation to shunned championing a rousing politics of division and starts acting like role models of peace to shore up restoration of social fabric broken by ethnic division. In addition, I would rather say it was of ‘naivety’ of an elder to use plural term against entire community instead of directing his grievances to offending individual. Attacking the whole community because of one person or two is spiteful, especially when such utterance are coming from a well-known figure like Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey. His writing has projected him as abrasive to the entire community in question and to the national cohesion. Again, may I ask you what you meant by Biblical problem unresolved?
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