Do not wish President Salva Kiir a fall! 

Posted: September 29, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Columnists, Commentary, Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers, Sunday de John

By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

September 28, 2017 (SSB) — Many a time, a lot has been said about those that support the government of the day. Names have been called and curse levied against individuals. That is the nature of humanity.

It has been twirling around that offensive talks and christening people expressly as sycophants, lunatics, illiterate, stupid, foolish majority, beneficiaries of the regime, slaves etc are excessively being used as tools of opposition. It is true so but that is a smart way meant to serve as a machinery by those that do it to woo the supporters of the President to their camps.

It should be acknowledged that human nature has complexities and therefore sides in opposition can iron out issues mannerly so as to safeguard the national cohesion. We are part and parcel of each other.

However, in recent times, there are allegations of no validity and wishful manifestation of hate directed at the President. He has been wished death, others have shameless and falsely talked about his health and demeaned him in a manner so much inhuman and barbaric.

It seems the opposition have depleted their political ammunition. They are only ranting. They do not have any agenda besides “Kiir Must Go” and the hate speech. What to note is that the hate speeches that are being expressed in churches, under trees, and on the social media serve very little purpose in the quest for his removal from power.

In conformity with principles of democracy, it is right for those who do not want President Salva Kiir to remove him from power in a manner that doesn’t contravene the law. Nonetheless, his removal on earth so wished isn’t anybody’s responsibility and hence haters must know and acknowledge that he deserves to live let them. It is against humanity and more so against God the creator to wish others death.

Political antagonism shouldn’t supplant one’s senses beyond reasonability. It is imperative that opposition ought to reason well, devise working principles, table the national agenda, then woo the common citizens and stop disaffection.

Hate speech directed at the President, his supporters and the silent population are but means of fragmenting the social bond. It is true that law allows freedom of expression but the irresponsible expression does not add value to the free speech one is expressing.

Responsible citizens do not wish each other death. It is unSudanic and one great philosopher, Dr. Abdalla Hassan Al Turabi needs to be emulated for his straight utterance that “Sudanese can betray, they can fight, they can differ politically but assassination or death wishes for others are never part of our history”.

Needless to say, the majority of South Sudanese are Christians and it is against Christians’ faith to wish others death. On the same note, it is less nationalistic, less intellectual and more primitive to wish others death. On the other hand, God will not bless people who wish others death. Wishing other person death is a sin.

Those who want to be Presidents deserve to but they must not wish President Salva Kiir Mayardit death so that they can ascend. On the contrary, the current kleptocrats craving for the presidency isn’t aware that they are too dirty to ascend even for a day.

By chanting President Salva Kiir bad deeds slogans each day, they think that brightens them. Thieves who stashed away the national wealth and claim purity then use the wealth to destroy their own country have but little place in the hearts of informed citizens that will, in turn, inform the other citizens.

A change agenda must not start with the death of President and if there is that change, it would have started long ago. If somebody has been in the government for over five years, others up to eight years without creating a change, how then do such people claim sharpness when they had been that blunt?

Our leaders have been part and parcel of what they noisily called President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s failure. They jointly shoulder the responsibility for all the sufferings South Sudanese are going through. Finally, never wish anybody death and do not wish President Salva Kiir Mayardit a fall. Till then, yours truly, Mr. Teetotaler!

Sunday de John is an MBChB, University of Nairobi, former Editor in Chief, Stone Soup Magazine, Columnist (THIRD EYE), Khartoum Monitor now Juba Monitor, (Streets Sweeper), Juba Telegraph. Currently in Juba South Sudan. Can be reached via emmajoson@yahoo.com

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