SPLM-FDs should consider the suffering of citizens


By Opio Jackson

A good politician should be of a discipline person that offers selfless service to make life better for his citizens. Nobody has a monopoly of wisdom. Any person who aspires to be a great politician should have the ability to find and analyse problems in his constituency and find the best solutions for such problems.

On Monday the First Vice President, Gen. Taban Deng Gai dissolved his faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) in a bid to restore peace in the country by uniting the fractured SPLM party. This bold decision must be applauded.

If the other SPLM factions could follow the same path of the General Taban Deng Gai, peace will come in the country as soon as possible through the SPLM reunification.

However, it is very difficult to determine the seriousness of the Sudan People Liberation Movement -Former Detainees (SPLM-FDs) faction in ending the suffering of the citizens because some of them believe in monopoly of wisdom. They think they have more duty and responsibility to play than other citizens and even to give out the country for foreign rule.

The recent statement issued by the United States government threatening to terminate its partnership with South Sudan did not come as a surprise. It is one of the continued efforts by some South Sudanese self-exiled politicians who wish to see the suffering of their own people is continued.

Despite the fact that the United States was a proud and hopeful supporter of the newly independent nation of South Sudan, it has no right to issue a statement to shoot the interest of few individuals.

The US government said that they have assessed that the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan is no longer inclusive. The forced exile of key leadership representatives who signed the ARCSS further demonstrates the Kiir regime’s cynical repudiation of the peace process.

The South Sudan civil war is acting as means of survival for some politicians and the immediate families. The SPLM-FDs faction does not represent the interest of any South Sudan masses. Their decision to live in exile should not keep the country in hostage because there are many local approaches being taken to end the conflict in the country such as the national dialogue that so far have restored peace in most parts of the country.

Everybody in the country is tired of war and wants peace now. The United States cannot threaten to cut off aid for vulnerable people in South Sudan or ties with the government at a time when calm has returned in most parts of the country.

The SPLM-FDs should convince United States to remain committed to working with the regional leaders to bring peace and stability to South Sudan, instead of urging them to give punitive measures against vulnerable citizens like the threat to cut aids. This is an inciting measure that will worsen the situation.

If the second country is offering you a better treatment, you should not turn against your own country.  No foreign land is better than your own country. A good politician does not destroy his own country simply because he thinks that the present government does not perform very well.

You cannot hate your country because you don’t like the current government, for there is no permanent government but the state will ever remain.




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