Gen. Taban has manifested to be beacon of hope and peace
By Dut Deng Kok.
First Vice President Taban Deng Gai is considerably an icon of peace and justice in South Sudan. He has delivered magnificently on some of his dreams and promises since the struggle of the SPLA/M till now and that was the reason Dr. John Garang praised him in his statement that “If I have more Tabans, this movement would have succeeded earlier.” Dr. Garang perceived him as the foremost of the virtues and he also weighed him as a man with vision, courage, integrity, and humility.
Nevertheless, the entire nation is delighted with your benevolent leadership, but nowhere as ecstatic as your bothers around you who saw us the personification for their highest aspiration and the embodiment of the kind of the leadership needed desperately, and you are working tirelessly day and night for the unity of our country, trying any means of success like George Washington who lost almost every battle he fought during the revolutionary war with his colonial ruler’s but he succeeded at last.
The biggest success in history has also been one of the biggest failures. Try any possibilities to bring togetherness to our country and the upcoming generation will enjoy the rewards of stability of your exerted efforts.
Together, we shall make our whole nation more vibrant and successful. But if you totally fail to bring about the much-needed unity in Greater Upper Nile Region, no one among us will do it, till other generations to reunites upper Nile. You have contributed to the successful signing of the revitalized peace agreement signed in Khartoum.
Optimism about Upper Nile’s future is in short supply, it still has extensive and dilapidated infrastructure, its spectacular landscape and climate offer considerable agricultural potential and it boasts a relatively skilled and educated workforce as well as it’s talented in diaspora. But none of these assets are likely to be utilized until political woes are addressed.
We also like you to give a voice to poor entails increasing the economic and political opportunities available for them in order to ensure that their opinions and preoccupations are taken seriously by the government because many poor citizens still have little influence on decision making process.
We need citizen activism of door to door canvassing and publicity campaigns. I’m appealing to you to rethink your platforms in an effort to better capture the support of this new system of good governance. Put your attention to help young people’s associations or reconnect them with international agencies to expand the realm of possibility by making a set of demands that appeared to be politically unattainable.
Accept responsibilities for the actions of government to bring up qualified young people in order to avoid loitering of youth that may push them to commit unnecessarily crimes.
Perhaps, we are all witnessing that the conflict is totally disadvantageous to the young people and upper Nile region particularly. However, the best way to overcome this messes is by exposing how some individuals with constitutional post promoting erroneous promises and self-preservation and a belligerent mindset are needed to be the top priorities.
We are in the midst of the devastating challenges, we strongly want you to take action together with our President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit to bring a total reform because the country is totally disintegrated politically and we will reunite this country using door to door campaign, mobilizing rural youths, talking of tranquility, peace and reconciliation by the group called Community Peace Action Group (CPAG). This group is comprised of so many groups, community leaders (Chief) Youth Leaders, women leaders, and religious leaders based on our diversities, because the root cause of this conflict is about the lack of sufficient economic activity, while they politicians are just too happy to extract resources or quash any type of independent economic activity that threatens themselves and economic elites.
The extractive economic institutions do not create the incentive needed for the people to save, and extractive institutions directly contribute to the gradual neglect of investment in the most basic public services. This is what is happening in South Sudan today. We are continuing to advocate for peace because we are tired of being perpetual victims of state sponsored poverty and human degradation vested on us by what seems like a despotic rule. We are committed to peace by any means but what we are not committed to is to become a victim of peace. We know our cause to be just and God will never abandon us in our struggle to reconstruct a new South Sudan.
Your idea of conflict resolution will provide recognition and legitimacy to build another perception of Youth as peace builders as it is stipulated in UN Security Council resolution 2250, the role of youth in peace building. The youth stand together with you, supports your positive idea of peace and reconciliation.
I personally encourage you to continue with that idea of unity, and it will provide a platform for partners to work together and build partnership with different sectors to generate inclusive peace process, and bring back the spirit of love. The youth are not agents of violence, and we need to play a vital role together with you in encountering violence and extremism. I hope the Government of South Sudan is ready to ensure the protection of civilian’s properties and protection of lives specifically youth and women from any forms of sexual assault and gender- based violence; we want your support to end impunities bringing to justice those who have committee grave crimes against humanity.
Therefore,I wouldlike to share in this special message offering to you my sincere prayers and good will for the almighty GOD to continue nourishing you with good health, long live, good wisdom that will enable you steering this country to even a greater height.
The author is a member of upper Nile region and a student of St. Lawrence University, pursuing degree in local governance and human rights; he can be reach through this. Email: email@example.com.