Media War Should Be Avoided, It Benefits Nobody
By Keat Bayak,
Dec 31, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) —- My pleasure to get time to send this piece of information to the entire citizens of South Sudan. I have been going through a lot of articles and comments which tell me that it will take ages for peace to be implemented and for Citizens of South Sudan to eat together like before.
On my own analysis, the biggest mistake the Republic of South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit is the fact that his conscience has been flawed by the so-called Jieng Council of Elders that was formed by one tribe against other tribes in the country. Jieng Council of Elders is a big baggage for the people of South Sudan; the Jieng Council of Elders has its advantages and disadvantages at some point. One disadvantage is that Members of Jieng Council of Elders only look into one side of the coin; they ignore to look at the other side of the same coin. They will only be playing the interest of one community. They will only be playing their own interest which can’t really tell the future of the country. On the other hand, an advantage is that Jieng Council of elders will not betray the President Kiir and loyally protect what they consider as the Jieng’s property (GRSS).
It could have been better if all the 64 tribes form their respective Councils of Elders or such Councils of Elders be transformed and be merged into South Sudan Council of Elders (SSCE) so that individual self-interest cannot be served.
The creation of 28 states is the clean work of Jieng Council of Elders as a mechanism to keep Salva Kiir in power on the expense of other South Sudanese tribes. The 28 states were established based on tribal lines, some tribes lost land to their neighboring tribes building a case for long tribal wars.
I have many reasons to object the creation of 28 state but among these many reasons, I will only highlight only two important reasons:
- People of South Sudan have suffered enough for two years in which they need peace. If the creation of additional 18 could have been announced before the crisis, I think, it will be a brilliant idea. The IGAD mediated initiative was based on 10 states that Jieng council of Elders scrapped, anything that changes the previous 10 states is the clear violation of just concluded Peace Agreement between the warring parties of South Sudan.
- The abolished 10 states were never developed since 2005; the GRSS did not furnish the South Sudanese as to what caused the underdevelopment of 10 states before the war when we were in peace as a nation. If the reason of underdevelopment of previous 10 states is lack of funding, one would ask the rationale behind the creation of 28 states when only 10 states were unable to be properly. The creation of 28 states will do us more harm than good, and it’s important that all South Sudanese from all spectrum must come up and condemn Kiir’s Establishment Order that created 28 tribal stats.
The devaluation of South Sudan local currency has contributed to the worsening situation; all tribes are affected by Salva Kiir missteps.
Our people should stop hateful messages and control the abusive language used throughout several media outlets. We need to embrace peace in our various communities and confront politicians who want to make material gains on expense of the communities.
No matter how bad you hate Nuer, Dinka, Shilluk, Maban, Ma’di, Moru, Zande etc, the aim is to tarnish our image as a country and it is to nobody’s benefit. It was written in the Bible that speaks the truth that tell the truth and the truth shall set you free. We must be truthful to ourselves, irrespective of tribe, gender or objective, for the sake of unity.
Tell the wrong things done by Nuer, tell the wrong things done by Dinka, tell the wrong things done by Murle, Moru, Ma’di or Shilluk in a constructive manner. Using abusive language will not add anything to you but instead will drag our country behind. I know that people shy not to speak the truth in criticizing their own communities, and if we submit to the tribal bandwagons driven by the greedy politicians, our poor people will continues to starve and the flame our country will take longer period of time to die down.
Let’s be brave enough to be truthful, don’t provoke someone’s peace because of hate, let’s pray for peace to return to our country. Peace be up on all of you!
The author is a concerned South Sudanese and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.
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