By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan
June 16, 2015 (SSB) — Whether we are concerned with suffering born of poverty, with denial of freedom, with armed conflict in our nation, or with an irresponsible attitude to the natural environment and everywhere, we should not view the ongoing peace talk in isolation with national stability and insecurity.
Eventually the IGAD repercussions are felt by all of us. We, therefore, need effective directives from government authorities to address our national issues from the perspective of the oneness of humanity, and from a profound understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of today’s violence.
The proposal of powers sharing amongst the warring parties by IGAD peace mediation bloc is unreasonable and immature ruling to our quarrel and lethal actions in our nation this will undermined the opportunity of peace and stability situation across the nation. How possible that we can surrender the whole country to one party?
The proposals of endorsing President Kiir Mayardit to continue as the president for another 30 months with 53% to SPLM ruling party, 33% to SPLM-IO and 14% to SPLM-FD and other political parties. IGAD should have to note this in excavation that there is no SPLM in government, SPLM-IO and SPLM former detainees there is only SPLM ruling party and other political parties.
It is a fault to resolve crisis by an extra problem, SPLM as a party has give the wrong impression about this country so far we should not philanthropic them another chance to funny story with people lives. The negotiation team has to be watchful of likely outcome of poor agreements if not monitored in good health by national concern.
There is no explanation of giving rebel power over upper Nile region and government with Bahr-el-Ghazal and Equatoria regions. This signifies the country is divided into two parts under two headships, which is out of people concern but for leaders. Any proposal that divide powers will be setback to our national insecurity.
IGAD has to focus on cultivating good citizen’s relations in the country, regardless of differences in tribal line, religious faith, believe, or whether people are rich or poor, educated or not, we are all 64 tribes who fought for sovereignty of this nation. When we are facing difficulties, we invariably meet someone, who may be a stranger, who immediately offers us help.
We all depend on each other in difficult circumstances, and we do so unconditionally. Therefore, we will never tolerate any division brought to us by own politicians who are fighting for their own interests. Remember, Yesterday we got interdependent, but I wonder if truly understood by our politicians. We have to be sympathetic; sympathetic in our choice of goals, sympathetic in our way of cooperation and our quest for peaceful nation.
However, responsibility for working for peace lies not only with our leaders, but also with each of us individually IGAD has to make a note of this visibly. Peace starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.
When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities and so on. When we feel love and compassion toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. We can work deliberately to develop feelings of love and kindness.
If we accept that others have an equal right to peace and happiness then we will be able to make peace without redline, and we have responsibility to help those in need across the nation. I believe many of the violations of human rights and dignity in South Sudan are the consequence of misgiving, lack of trust and true understanding of South Sudanese culture and religion.
As I have said many times in the past, it is extremely important for the South Sudanese leadership to come to a better and deeper understanding and pleasure of the South Sudanese through community’s leadership with cultural mandate and civilization of their youths. I absolutely support President Salva Kiir wise statement that we must “seek truth from facts.”
Therefore, we South Sudanese must accept the progress and improvements that SPLM ruling has already reached the destination promise land and all the doubt has been accomplished. At the same time the rebel authorities must recognize that the South Sudanese had undergone remarkable suffering and destruction during the 21 years of struggle.
In relation to current crisis, despite some development and little economic progress in South Sudan, there are chronic violations of human rights persist throughout the country. Yet they are only the symptoms and consequences of unending problem in the nation. The South Sudan authorities have so far been unable to take liberal and pluralistic view of its citizen distinct cultural and religion norm; instead they are suspicious of them and seek to control them in all aspect, which resulted into total misunderstanding.
South Sudan needs respect of human rights, democracy and the rule of law because these values are the foundation of a free and dynamic society. They are also the source of true peace and stability. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality in among the warring parties can lead us to a viable solution of our problems.
There is a great and growing desire for perfect peace in the nation; peace that guide in a renewed commitment to ethical and divine values of the people, that resolves conflicts peaceably, employing dialogue and non-violence through peace and reconciliation campaigns that support human rights and human dignity as well as human responsibility.
We need peace that educates and promotes the urgent need to care for the citizens and its natural resources that calls upon all tribes to work towards the national development but commercial peace that may end with killing civil population.
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