South Sudan: The dystopia of black-hearted, self-dignified and decorated kleptocrats

Posted: February 18, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Wunkuel, South Sudan

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February 18, 2018 (SSB) — If there exists a miserable dysfunctional society or state rich in different types of mineral resources, fertile agricultural land and currently experiencing extreme poverty, then South Sudan will never miss topping the lists of those impoverished countries on the planet.

After years of persistent wars and conflicts with far-reaching peaceful solutions, the revolutionary slogan, vision, and development has been destroyed by the revolutionists themselves and instead, the political settlement of issues of immediate attention is diminishing into the infinity. Not even the words of encouragement, restoration of hopes and security assurances from the country political leaders. They are quiet and we are eager to listen to them at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum.

The church leaders, civil societies, international communities and freelance observers have tried their best over the last four years or so but the position of their arguments and suggestions felt into deaf ears of the key players of this country political instability.

In an undeniable scene, the native markets and prices are now controlled and dictated by foreign business elites (some of the them-State in-laws) and protected by powerful national collaborators who acted in exchange for kickbacks and huge profit shares as the country wealth continues to be exploited and exported both in cash and data while the natives stormed the streets for bagging.

The dollar black-market rate is the dominance oral news in every corner of Juba and other cities within South Sudan because it is the business ingredient to import the daily consumption of basic commodities in the markets. The rate of dollar dictates everything from transport, fuel, water and bread prices.

When you happened to be in Konyo-konyo market, it is as if you are in Suk Arabic in Khartoum. If you commute along Tambura Road in Juba it is like you landed in Addis Ababa Street. When you go to Malakia, it is small Mogadishu inside South Sudan. Suk wewe and Sherikat is another Arua park in the making.

In hotels, a visiting foreigner can tell that “Abashes” have confiscated the country and they can even topple the government if they just only persuaded their water-tanker drivers to go on strike! It is not worth mentioning. The poverty is now crippling on to the doors of the elites and our V8 land cruisers earned by state funds have been cheaply taken and driven by Ethiopians and Eritreans business community in Juba.

The question of whether the country will hold elections in 2018, not the priority to the architects as for now be it the incumbent or opposition groups- President Salva Kiir himself included. The target right now is that how many years should be added to the three elapsing years of the post-transitional period. The performance projected in the latest economic inflation is another tool that has collaterally weakened the country to the level of a failed State-Are you aware of its brothers/sisters?

With the hopes for peace not promising, the confusion increases and dwindles around the doors of the vulnerable populace wherever they are because nobody seems to be working for them towards economic hardship, peace attainment, and insecurity all over.

Let’s talk about resignation. Why do people resign? Is it because of being empowered by some situational prevalence? Or is it because of mounting calling voices? Or is it a choice of reputation overriding the interest? Or is it because of collapsing institutions? Or is it due to oneself acceptance of failure?

All the answers to the questions vary depending on the ultimate choices of the most sacred compassion of the elements in question! But on my presumptive thinking, resignation is a conundrum of a son of the man who is not megalomaniacal, who spiritually sympathizes with the impoverished and who looks at it as a better stance than a humiliating departure or exit.

In South Sudan, reputation never overrides the interest and a number of unprecedented events and issues had transpired in the defense of dignified self-interest. Very few South Sudanese since the inception of the country had been bold in their positions to resign.

I felt a pity for South Sudanese citizens to just die in silence over their damn rightful power to claim at any cost at any time if the meaning of a country or governments has something to do with protection of its people and improvement of living standards. Why die in silence! Tanks are rolling on the streets of Juba and the unknown gunmen are known gunmen to the subjects except to the government. Pray to God to effect change!

The author, Emmanuel Ariech Deng is a graduate of Kampala International University-Uganda with Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Bcs-IT). He is also Windle Trust Trained Teacher in Kakuma Teachers’ Training College and a long time freelance and opinion writer with the then Khartoum Monitor, now Juba Monitor. A co-editor and extensive contributor with Paanluel Wel: South Sudanese Bloggers. The author can be reached via his email:

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