By: Dong Samuel Luak
“The right to rebel and to change or overthrow a dictatorship are both constitutional and legal”. Will Mutunga, Chief Justice of Kenya
August 10, 2014 (SSNA) -- Today 10 August 2014 is a turning point in my life, marking a complete one year since I fled my Country South Sudan for security reasons after being threatened by the security for petitioning the President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayar-dit before the Supreme Court for violation of the Transitional Constitution 2011, and his blatant infringement on the civil liberties of Mr. Pagan Amum the Secretary of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM).
By then I was trying to sound an alarm and issue a wake-up calls about the future of South Sudan. But the South Sudan Ambassador in Washington DC in an interview with Voice of America (V.o.A), downplayed the threats on my life and said the lawyer is on a visit to his family in Nairobi, Kenya. My visit continued up to date. I believe he might be visiting his family now in Juba or recalled for not promoting President Salva Kiir’s home made coup.
In 15 December 2013 the war broke out in the capitol of South Sudan, Juba, under overall command of President Salva Kiir involving his private army and Presidential Guard unit (Tiger). The reports of human rights violations, targeting killings and ethnics cleansing by human rights groups or organizations continued to stream in even today, saying no where is safe in South Sudan, with horrible accounts of atrocities committed against the civil population, by the warring parties those horrific crimes brought down the country to its knees. Including ‘declining moral values and political civility all over the country, with over-extended foreign military presence and fiscal irresponsibility by central government. ‘Who would think again that the future of this young country and its people will be at the mercy of Both President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar. This means, no accountability only impunity will prevail.
History reveals that all dictators and governments of men, no matter how grand, no matter how powerful, ultimately they fall. It happened to Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Husseni Mubarak of Egypt, Mummer Gadhafi of Libya and the list goes on, Even South Sudan will never be exempted it will ultimately fall if legitimacy of people who voted overwhelmingly for independence South Sudan is substituted with Salva Kiir legitimacy.
There is an old and popular saying: “Rome was not built in a day.” Likewise, the Roman Empire did not fall in one night; its decline was gradual. Not long after the birth of the new Republic of South Sudan it raised to the world’s top list of failed States, several factors were already at work contributing to the nation’s ultimate demise.
The families of our rulers living abroad while their parents are busy looting the country, fathers never took serious their roles in training, educating and properly instructing their children about how importance is the nation. The family is weakened and fractured. Also, parents came to spoil their children, who then grew up to become lazy adults. They live in a fantasy world in which they “must” have a car, cellphones, they wanted their privacy, and they needed their rights. The result? A generation of children who oppress and rule over their parents and show no respect for their elders.
The foundation of knowledge doesn’t exist; the people of South Sudan are destroyed for lack of knowledge by their parents who are the rulers today President Salva Kiir and his group are blind men groping around in spiritual darkness.
If you see Our President Salva Kiir yesterday, today and tomorrow with his siren and motorcade on Sunday going to Church to worship, which he turn to be the Temple of prostitution, drunkenness and other vices that appealed to his flesh. These were common across South Sudan government officials, deceiving, stealing, getting drunk and committing fornication, adultery, even rape! Do Salva Kiir and his colleague in government truly worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? I doubt.
The President of South Sudan and his comrades are masters of extreme pleasure seeking. They entertained themselves with Nyama-choma and gambled on who would live or die. Ministers were proud of their lavish villas, imported V8s, cuisine and fine attire. They thrilled themselves with plays, bathhouses, indoor pools and drunken parties held in the honor of liberation and martyrs.
Originally, agriculture was the starting point for making wealth in South Sudan, but importing foods from Uganda was disastrous to the economy and created a massive consumer economy that focused on services rather than production and growth. With government huge public service, the presence of foreign troops and overstretched military. Having a huge army on papers not real boots on the ground makes it difficult to maintain and introduce reform into a professional army. The revolving door of army generals in all aspect of life is taking its toll on every institution.
Family, education, religion, pleasure seeking, economy, government and the military. The failure of these and other factors have contributed to the death of Salva Kiir’s government. Whether Yesterday, Today or Tomorrow South Sudan has no future under President Salva Kiir. Kerry or IGAD are only there for entrenching impunity in South Sudan.
However, the good news is, there is a future government that will be established by a perfect Leader, as foretold in Isaiah 9: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end” (vs. 6-7).
An incorruptible King, Jesus Christ, will direct His government—the kingdom of God—to teach true family values; place educational institutions upon the right foundation; empower true religion to provide guidance and purpose to empty lives; maintain a global economy that will never see a depression—or even a recession; ensure that government on all levels will be free of bureaucracy; and convert all weapons to a greater purpose (Isa. 2:4).