Citizens cautioned against improper wealth

By Martin Manyiel Wugol

The Presidential Advisor on Military Affairs has cautioned citizens on improper acquisition of wealth without hard work.

Gen. Daniel Awet Akot said richness is not something bad, but becoming wealthy one needs to work extremely hard instead of corrupting public funds. He continued that pleasure without control is a “deadly disease”.

He made the statements during the memorial service of Late Gen. John Laat Makoi Zachariah in Munyonyo suburb in Kampala on Monday. Gen Akot and who is the uncle to late Gen. Zachariah described the deceased as a ‘hero” who fought hard during the liberation war.

Gen Akot said there are six destructive elements that people must be careful of them, including wealth without hard work, pleasure without control, knowledge without character, politics without principles among others.

According to Gen. Akot, knowledge without characters is very destructive element which he said many South Sudanese are well educated but they lack personal characters on how to approach national issues in civilized way.

Late Gen John Laat Makoi Zachariah passed on last year. He was a former and the first governor of defunct former Lakes State before his return to the military service as director of military intelligence and later moved to head directorate of logistics and procurement in the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

He served the citizens in different capacities until his untimely death deprived him from serving the citizens.

The Presidential advisor said every politician must have basic principles that govern politics in order to avoid politics of daily criticism without proper justification of why you criticize leaders of a given institution.

Gen. Akot urged all South Sudanese living in Uganda to be united and support the National Dialogue, saying the government was committed to peace in the country.

The memorial service for Late Zachariah was attended by several South Sudan government officials including deputy ambassador to Uganda Majur Muorwal who spoke on behalf of the late’s family.

He encouraged the family to be united and always to seek for advice from the elders if there is a need.

“We gathered here to remember your beloved father’s legacy who left us behind,” Ambassador Muorwal said.


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