Odongo Odoyo


By Paul Jimbo

“You can’t go back to the beginning and change things but you can start where you are now and change the end,” -(C.S Lewis).


C.S Lewis was simply telling the world that it is better to focus on what you can do than live in regrets and lamentations; after all we only have one life to live.


Human beings have the tendency of looking back at their past and in most cases we waste a lot of our energies focussing on negative things that have nothing to do with our future. South Sudan has had its fair share of challenges like any other country across the globe.

Although we might be looking at our challenges as unique and unheard of, the way we deal with our situations as a people will define our future as a nation.

The best option is to always accept your situation but use it to focus on a better tomorrow.

There are countries that suffer serious catastrophies year in year out. These include disasters, diseases, natural calamities and self-inflicted civil wars.

“Don’t raise your voices, improve argument,” says celebrated former South African Bishop Desmond Tutu.

It is better that we listen to our inner voices, avoid disagreements, conflicts and look at the positive side of life that builds our status and raises our profile as a people.

I have used above quotes to draw examples of how wise we can become as a people if we just reasoned a little bit with our dreams related to where we want this country to be in future.

Despite the difficult economic times we have gone through, there is every reason to indicate that we are back on the track and soon we will be on our feet economically.

The on-going peace implementation efforts should be nurtured and harnessed for the better future of this nation.

We should therefore own up to the fact that we all have our short comings and can commonly chat a great future for our future generations.

Hard-line politics that involves chest thumping has no space in the currently peace dissemination era. All we need is sobriety and unity of diversity to turn around this economy.

Recent stand-off in the national assembly that nearly stalled the reading of the 2018/2019 physical year’s financial budgetary allocation can only serve the interests of our enemies.

We have to be careful not to play at our adversaries’gallaries when our people continue wallowing in adverse poverty.

When members of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly gang up to block the reading of the budget then we raise several accountability questions on the part of the custodians of our resources.

It is important to ensure that the legislative arm of the government collaborates well with the executive to ensure services are delivered to the public without any hindrances.

There should be proper coordination between the assembly leadership and the executive arm of the government, the ministry concerned in ensuring non interruption of operations.

These feuds have slowed down service delivery to members of the public and can be a major threat to the on-going national healing process through the Revitalised Peace Agreement.

We have heard of cases of bad blood or bitter rivalries between transitional state legislative assemblies and their state executives.

We have also been treated to ugly verbal exchange incidents where some governors have failed to cooperate or work with speakers of state assemblies.

In such cases, splinter groups have gone hummer and tongs at each other.

At the end of it all, you find that their major source of contention is control over state resources.

A scholar once said that at the centre of any conflict lies fight over recourses. It simply means certain fraction of the population feels disadvantaged and side-lined when it comes to distribution and allocation of resources.

Several state assemblies have registered poor performance when it comes to service to the public.

The latest example is Latjor State where the state assembly has failed to work with the executive arm of the government.

At the end of it all, residents of Latjor continue suffering when the executive and assembly are up in arms against each other.

These state governments should not display any form of arrogance but show humility and utmost good faith like President Salva Kiir Mayardit did during the stalemate over the budget reading stalemate.

Governor Elijah Liej Bany Keat should not be seen as running the state’s affairs in isolation and must involve stakeholders in the area in every decision that affects the public.

The bitter fall-out between the Latjor Transitional Legislative Assembly speaker and the Governor should not even he heard of.

Like he has done before in other state, the President should urgently intervene and solve the crisis in Latjor and other states that are stuck in unending leadership rivalry.

At the end of it all, these squabbles undermine the on-going implementation of the peace process and should therefore not be entertained in whatever form.

As I said before that most conflicts usually rotate around fight over resources, some residents of Latjor state have revealed that some of the tractors donated to by President have since disappeared.

And if they are there then they are not being used for the purposes they were meant for. The President donated tractors to all the 32 states to boost food production.

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