Opinion

National Dialogue: Panacea for warring parties stormy conflict

The National Dialogue which has attracted some notable world diplomats and a large number of strong coherent body of supporters is seen from the vantage point of political analysts to be the only therapeutic process well-tailored to bring the long awaited peace and allow dust to settle down in all parts of the country.

It is gauged to be the litmus test to justify how serous the parties to the conflict are prepared to bring about truce and stability in the war-devastated country.

In this regard, the thumping majority of political leaders as the central pillars of such strategy believe that there is nothing that could derail the process if the favorable climate of critical opinions in which all participants of all creeds share and express diverse views is freely allowed.

Another point that may add quota of divisive feelings between the two warring parties is existence of tribal political structures that act behind closed doors as kitchen cabinet.

Such structures attempt to manipulate some government machineries to satisfy their ego gratification at the expense of the silent entities or groups.

By consensus of all acceptable opinions, there is extreme necessity to quash such structures from functioning closely knitted with government ambitious agenda in order to pave the way for other parties to the conflict to participate in historic national dialogue which would in, uncheckabe certainity, leads to the parties crowning achievements ever known in history.

It is known through the most striking epic struggle of the liberation movements Any-Anya One and SPLA that South Sudanese were thoroughly combing our tropical forest in combat against the oppressors without tribal tendencies of polarizing into tribal groupings.

They collectively and manfully endured hunger, thirst, mosiquito bites, sankes, and threat of preying wild animals and adverse tropical climate with unprecended valor to free their motherland. Brotherhood was the universal motto of our heroes and heroines. But today after protracted wars has decimated our loved ones; we hear everyday and then inter-clannish and intertribal war-cry echoing in every part of this country. And the actors at the gory scene endure pestilential odors emitted by corpses strewn unburied on the ground in the conflict frontiers.

And the question that could be asked by a strange wayfarer is that South Sudanese have struggled for more that 50 years in heroic sacrifice, why should they fight among themselves before they could spend 5 years enjoying the fruit of the long lasting struggle known on inhabited earth?

However, I think South Sudanese are cursed and pursued by malignant fate in the light of recorded grim truth.

It might be worth-noting that since the time of signing of CPA in Jan 2005, some political leaders were making secret plans and remain on tenterhook waiting for their chance of working their way into the uppermost rung of nation’s leadership by violence.

To whatever magnitude, the exploratory studies asserted that shotgun approach to leadership is costly and risky by all standards but always the ball is thrown in the court of venturesome personalities who left no stone unturned for making themselves wealth using the motto: “let me get rich quick.”

We as people, who have just come out from rubbles of wars, had better handle carefully the most conflict –prone zones by formulating the policy of addressing the grievances of local people on the ground but not forceful diplomacy.

By so doing, the beneficiaries would come to their sense and raise their eyebrows in appreciation that they are getting fair treatment from the nation’s father.

Keeping the Nation’s sacred precinct between anvil and hummer as it is now, would frighten potential investors, private sectors and business elites who would have come into the country in a large number and receive business licenses.

Their coming is a blessing disguise because they could open up job opportunities for the local people as their appreciation for contributing to fight poverty. With the national dialogue and unilateral ceasefire announced publicly by the President, some expected participants begin to arrive in dribs and drabs to take their seat in the dialogue forum, the political interactive environment where the attendants could share tidbits gossip.

By the same token, I think the intellectual elites from different backgrounds taking part in the national dialogue would have a moral responsibility to use their talents, professional expertise and influence as skillfully as they could to let opponents peace and devotees of bloodshed and violence accused of being hand in gloves with some foreign powers to fight proxy war on their behalves, step aside and allow history to run its inevitable course.

The national dialogue is the irrefutable panacea for warring parties as peace is within the sight and cannot be proved to be more costly and prolonged than had been bargained for by international peace brokers.

By Albino Deng Jauch

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