When everything falls on Kiir’s shoulders!

Posted: October 21, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Columnists, Commentary, Contributing Writers, Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers, Sunday de John

By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

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October 21, 2017 (SSB) —- President of the Republic of South Sudan shoulders huge responsibility of running a country engulfed by hostilities. From the time of the SPLM fallout and its subsequent disintegration, the country has been put in shreds.

Rebellions of different fronts have surfaced. They all have been fighting for undefined goals. Some of the rebellions have tribal motives and some have even individual motives but they have all disguised their ulterior and sinister motives in the shadow of transformation.

It is inevitable that South Sudan has been transformed into a country were poverty is ragging like a wildfire. We are victims of our own stupidity. Undeniably, a brother has murdered a brother. We have no bond. We have faltered. Peace is a distance thing. We have invited our own problem. We shoulder the downfall and all the mayhem it attracts.

Not elsewhere but South Sudan were one party turned against itself and then fight with vigor creating more anarchy and putting the whole country in an unmatched lawlessness.

The degree with which we have escalated our hate for each other is high so that restoration of normalcy becomes a wild thought. The worse part of this mess is that, myopia for whatever reason has shielded us off from knowing the crux of our problem.

Our problem isn’t President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Our problem is greed for power. Our problem is greed for wealth in the public expense. Our problem is corruption of all sorts. Our problem is tribal jingoism. We have inflicted harm on ourselves. The good news is:, we can still pick ourselves and piece the torn fabric for a lasting togetherness.

However, refusal to accept the fact that Kiir Mayardit isn’t our problem has impeded us from addressing the matters of concern. We are victims of denial. We dwell on things that divide us more than what unites us. We love to reap where we have not sown.

Perverted ego of Riek Machar Teny, members of G10 and other rebel groups has birthed unforetold suffering. Although President Salva Kiir Mayardit shares a blame in what has happened, it is true that if Aye  zol Deir ye kun Beny, the outcome is what South Sudanese are feeling.

We must think beyond heaping blames on Kiir. We elected him and in turn, he appointed most of the members of the said factions to deliver services. That was the collective responsibility of all the leaders, once they failed to effect their assigned duties, they too should shoulder the responsibility for the job not well-done.

It is when everything falls on Kiir’s shoulders that is when he too shoulders the blame on everyone’s mistakes. This fact is clear, those that should have shouldered the significant responsibility for what has gone wrong in our country are the leaders in holding President Salva Kiir Mayardit responsible for the crimes they have themselves committed. Shameless crooks.

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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