Number of refugees will increase if conflict continues
By Omuno Mogga Otto
The ruling system has allowed South Sudan to have another new culture. This new culture is called tribalism. Tribalism is leading the country to an era of serious political chaos with a possibility of continuation of conflict and gradual economic suffering of its people.
Every day, the problem of economic inflation created by the floating exchange rate of local currency against the hard currency and a failure to pay civil servants on time has become a very alert taking point. Our economy is falling. It is chasing away investors. The consequence of war has forced a closure of many business operations in the country and will continue to do so, if peace fails to come in the near future.
Reverent Bishop Enock Tombe said peace is eminent. He said “I want to assure you that peace is coming, so prepare for elections next year.” From where would it come if the hearts of some elites in the system is not proving anything to do with peace now? There is a wide vacuum between the truth and reality to prove that peace is on the way coming. The current political climate in the country is not good and is not proving that peace is on the way coming soon. I know very well that there is a silent and indirect cold conflict between those who are for peace and those who are anti peace from within.
The ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) is no longer a party which has a vision of taking the town to the village and rural areas. Instead the party has left people to face an awful political and economic suffering. It has become a party that has let our people down. If the SPLM was united from the beginning, the crisis which had forced many South Sudanese to settle and suffer in refugees’ camps in Uganda and Kenya would have not happened. The new figure of more than one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda and elsewhere indicates that the system in Juba is not more serious enough to double its effort to end the war.
The South Sudanese who are now living in Uganda as refugees are facing a life of difficulties in the camps in Uganda. Worldwide, South Sudan has a growing number of refugees, and a growing number of people suffering from economic turmoil. This growing number will continue to increase. More undeniable sufferings in the camps will continue. Life in the camps is not easy. Their settlement is very hard, unfriendly and challenging indeed.
Today, a Professor in the University earns less than 150 US dollars per month. Today, an officer in the army and a high official in civil servants earn less than 100 dollars in a month. South Sudan is edging closer to a verge of economic collapse and one day the country will face a total political and economic conflict.
I have received some rumors indicating that the national Ministry of Finance has not set a particular date to pay the delayed salaries of civil servants. It stated that the Ministry is instead planning to pay our diplomats in embassies abroad. This is ridiculous. How can the ministry rush to pay our diplomats without considering the ones of the civil servant who are economically suffering first? I came to know that some of the refugees who are settling in the camps in Uganda and other places have gone there not because of political war alone but because of hunger and lack of money.