Opinion

Who enforced SSD in the first place?

Up to now, I do not know what the SSD number plate stands for?  Does it stand for socialist society for a popular demand, or what does it mean exactly? Though I recognized it in my Nationality ID Card, I completely failed to understand what the SSD stands for.

But according to the rumours from other people they say that, the SSD number plate stands for South Sudan dedminar groups in the former Eastern Equatoria State. The definition is very controversial and there is no clear understanding regarding the introduction of the SSD number plate.

So when SSD number plate was introduced last year, there were a lot of problems with the replacement of the old number plates in the old states in South Sudan. The replacement brought a lot of debates between the states and the department of Traffic Police in the country.

Some of the states’ lawmakers argued that it is the constitutional right for the states to posses their old number plates in accordance with the constitution. The constitution grants them to do so. And so why does the department of Traffic Police in the country want to impose on the states unconstitutional movement?

Some of them went on to say, it was illegal process since the money collected for  these SSD number plates are not going to benefit the citizens, but will end up going to the individuals pockets.

Since then the debates have been heated and the relationship between the Directorate of Traffic Police of South Sudan and the states become sour, causing much disagreement over who is to control the number plates in the country. For example, Jubek State was previously in loggerheads with the department of Traffic Police over the matter of these new number plates.

There were exchanges of words and statements through the Social Media, which seemed not to be friendly over the replacement of these number plates. Since this argument did not end, these SSD number plates have been suspended by the national parliament according to the news, which appeared on Juba Monitor newspaper on Wednesday October 25th, 2017.

The suspension came after the Transitional National Legislative Assembly was petitioned by the civil society organizations to intervene on the matter on 9th October 2017. According to some lawmakers the order for replacing the number plates breached the constitution of the states.

They said that, the Council of Ministers Resolution No.25th and the Ministerial order were illegal and unconstitutional and they deprived the states of their legal and legitimate sources of revenue, which they said was contrary to Schedule (B) and affront on the constitution.

“The Ministerial imperatives and principles and undermines good governance, separation of powers, transparency and accountability and socio-economic development,” they said. Articles 47 and 48 on the decentralized system of governance prescribe the constitution manner in which the national government should respect,” the civil society groups argued.

Despites all these arguments and debates, I would like to know who enforced the SSD in the first place which has brought mistrust and disagreement between the national government and the states, especially, the Directorate for the Traffic Police?

I have seen that some leaders in South Sudan always wake up from their sleep and issue such decrees to make changes without the knowledge of the general public. It has happened several times and most of these decrees and changes have caused many problems in this country.

Some people have taken the law into their hands, which affects the lives of our citizens since they do not follow the right procedure to do their work professionally. They have abandoned the parliamentarians and the constitution to pave the right way to tackle the issues affecting this country.

On many occasions, this happens. Governors in the states follow the same route of dismissing their state cabinet members in case of any problem amongst them. Hence, this approach is challenging the country’s progress, because many of these leaders turn to be violent sometimes.

So now, the parliament has suspended the new driving permit, what is going to happened to this SSD number plates, which was introduced a year ago? Is there going to be introduction or issuance of new number plates, other than the SSD? What is going to happen to the millions of South Sudanese Pounds that have been collected for the issuance of these SSD number plates?

So who is going to pay the money used for the SSD number plates or the changes made now? This is a national concern and the government of South Sudan in- concluding the Directorate of Traffic Police has to think twice towards the changes they are making today.

The government of South Sudan needs to care for our people and not always to come up with issues like the SSD number plates and others and later on abandon  them, leaving people in confusion. It is an unfair judgment before South Sudan and the Creator (God)!

The writer is a political analyst reachable on: modijamesladu@yahoo.com

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