Success of government begins from an individual working in the government: The case of Honourable minister in the office of the president of South Sudan, Mayiik Ayii Deng
By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda
February 9, 2017 (SSVB) — In my recent visit to South Sudan I was surprised to observe some notable changes that had taken place in the office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit. There is in other words rule of law and good management in the office unlike in the past when the State house was turned into a den of mismanagement.
As observed in the above paragraph, the following changes had taken place: there is strict observance of the rule in the State House; no more shadow dealings or cheatings; there is order in the State House as rules are being applied equally to all the people who want to see the President. As a result, the conflicts that used to occur frequently in the State house are minimized to the lowest level. Resources in the State are being protected unlike in the past when millions of dollars were siphoned away from the State House.
In general, the State House is now the real state house and it is no longer the State House by name as it used to be. In the past State House was controlled by the relatives of the President without his authorization and corrupt the system, which extremely affected the relationship of the President with the citizens of South Sudan. However, today there is a success in the State House or J1 in Juba which shows that there will be success in the government.
In my opinion, the credit of those good things happened in the State House should be given to the Hon. Minister in the Office of the President, Mr. Mayiik Ayii Deng. Because of that I must give him compliment for the good work he is doing.
In fact, I have come to realize that success in the government does not begin with group but it begins from an individual working in the government. For that reason there is a much lesson to be learned from the case of Hon. Mayiik Ayii.
For instance, the government where there is no collaboration there is always tension as government officials and public servants constantly struggle against each other with an attempt to play politics in order to destroy each other.
What is bad in South Sudan is the politics of staffing at the back as there are no different between politicians and civilian servants. A civil servant or public servant is a person in the public sector employed for a government department or agency. The extent of civil servants of a state as part of the “civil service” varies from country to country. In the United Kingdom, for instance, only Crown (national government) employees are referred to as civil servants whereas county or city employees are not.
On the international level, an international civil servant or international staff member is a civilian employee who is employed by an intergovernmental organization. These international civil servants do not resort under any national legislation but are governed by internal staff regulations.
All disputes related to international civil service are brought before special tribunals created by these international organizations such as, for instance, the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization.
In South Sudan, the politics is misunderstood and this is why there is no any difference between the real politicians and civil servants or students. The consequences of infiltration of politics in system of all lives in South Sudan have caused my problems. It is not therefore surprising to get even in the household level a politics between children and parents and also between parents and between children being seriously played.
The consequences of the politics as explained above are that there are moral and material corruptions and lack of hard work to serve citizens as everything done is done in accordance with personal interest.
It was that politics which almost brought the state house to its knees and we must appreciate Hon. Minister, Mr. Mayiik Ayii for the good work and at the same time we should learn lesson from him.
What should be learned in the case of Hon. Mayiik Ayii is that when we need to succeed in what we do we must be ready to work for success because without that vision, the work will not be done based on the interest of succeeding. Instead, work will always be seen as a means but not the end as the mission of the employees will always be looking out on how to destroy the superiors in order to take over their position.
Actually, the same thing mentioned above is what is happening in South Sudan today. In South Sudan, most of the employees do not work because they enjoy what they do but they work because there either no alternative to work or they need to get something like money. Therefore, money becomes the end and work becomes the aim of achieving the end which is money.
Of course someone may ask the question such as if money is not important then why do people look for jobs that pay. The answer to this question is that yes people work to get money.
However, I should add to the above answer that though people work to get money the most important thing in work is service and the employees should be guided by the professional ethics or ethical code of conduct in serving the people.
Service to the people can only be achieved when an employee or a worker is interested in serving. This is the reason why Hon. Minister Mayiik Ayii is successful as already explained above. It is the same reason General Paul Malong Awan is successful in managing the army of South Sudan despite the fact that there are many untrained militias within the army.
Untrained militias have been integrated since 2005 by the President due to the fact that if left out they may cause trouble as majority of South Sudanese have got used to fighting their ways into power or employment. Such tendency as become a culture for all the people as they are ready to fight or resign from works when given the work they are not interested in.
Nonetheless, General Paul Malong Awan is able to hold the army together and is able to defend South Sudan.
In summary, where a person has interest in work he or she does then he or she can succeed in that work. The interest will make a person to be innovative and because of that he or she can get a means to overcome the internal problems.
This is why Hon. Minister in the office of the president is able to improve administration in the office of the president and it is my prayer that the president should put him in his right hand.
NB//: the author is South Sudanese Students staying in Uganda and can be reached through: firstname.lastname@example.org
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