Odongo Odoyo

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With Odongo Odoyo    

I have been focusing onto one thing since the announcement appointing the first and the four vice presidents by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. This one thing has been to see the white smoke come from the seat of power that cabinet and the entire government of national unity had been announced and appointed in place by the appointing authority.  Please forgive me, do not misunderstand my point which is where l am seated a number of people are approaching Juba Monitor with what they call opinion pieces but in each of these from different communities they are yes congratulating the President for spearheading the peace process towards the formation of the unity government. But the catch in all these each one is advocating or applying for a job through these opinions asking the appointing authority to appoint so and so because they are competent and the son of this or that community. Nobody should think of influencing the thinking of the president. He should be left to decide who he should appoint to help him steer the country to the next level of socio-economic development. The country needs patriotic and dedicated servants of the people like the president himself. These are people who should be appointed based on their qualifications and on merit. Not because this community or that want their own son or daughter to be in position of this or that public office. Such opinions do not have a room with us and we do not encourage any serious and meaningful media outlet to encourage such. My critics will say that each and everyone has a right to freedom of expression. True, but should this be based on ethnic support for public office? This time we are crossing a very delicate road to stability which has been brought home after many years of struggles and border criss-crossing.  The president who led and saw it all is working within his presidency to bring about a unity government which will lead the country throughout the revitalized transitional period. He needs support from all inclusively not application for jobs through community based or ethnicity. Let the best be included but only on merit and qualification.  This is how this country can be moved forward to positive stability and prosperity. To be a one people a one country we must learn to be patient and do our doings silently. Time has taught us that this is the best way to follow. Let your neighbours or other people see you in action not in talking. Remember a wise man’s saying, “A seed grows with no sound, but a tree falls with huge noise. Destruction has noise, but creation is silent. In your success remain silent as there is power in silence”. In which category can you be counted? For me l would like to always remain silent and let people see me by my action.

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