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SPLM party and by-partisanship, are we there yet?

By: Daniel Abushery Daniel, USA

October 14, 2012 (SSNA) -- It takes a while since the vice president of the republic of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Dhourgon to analyse his speech in both UN general assembly meetings in New York, and his political rallies speeches in various States in the United States. Therefore, I would like to considerate in his adequate and well-articulated message in my home town Phoenix, in Arizona State on September 30th 2012. While he was accompany by Ambassador, veteran Dr. Akec Koch, and the head of ceremonies and protocol office, Mr. Stephen Dayak. The worth mentioning is that; his VP” tour to Flagstaff to visit one of the world seven wonders place; Grand Canyon which added a recipe to his wonderful journey.

During his (VP) visit he elaborated about the importance of education as the power in the era we are in, and encouraged the investors to go and invest their money in South Sudan, he also talked about all the obstacles that are facing our new born nation, especially, insecurity in capital City, Juba, as a replication to one of the questions asked by Arizona Youth Chairman, Mr. Alexander Okuye Oriho who represents the ideals of the crimes in the country, and skipt any question about the corruption in the government.

Mr. VP Dr. Machar blame the high rates of crimes in Juba, in his explaination, due to the fact that; some returnees soldiers and among them some high ranking officers may developed PSTD during the liberation struggle era. VP said.

In another development, Dr. Riek also, mentioned that; South Sudanese people in the Diaspora should work together in by- partisanship, regardless of different party’s affiliations, “just as South Sudanese community”, he urged the crowds. Contradicted his first statement that; we have 23 parties in South Sudan, among those, it is your choice to choose which one you want to constitute.

Patriots. My humble anlysis is;

Ever since, the death of the founder of SPLM/A Dr. John Garang, the party had quietly been divided into two camps, with competing visions about which direction the party should go. Hard-liners wanted to stay the course and forge ahead with a policy of confrontation and repression.

Reformers believed that this old model would not work, and would ruins the party repertationin the new future, due to the rampant corruption which wears thin the public patience, and failure to make some changes, would eventually resulted in defastated results, the people’s party is now in bad shape, and we don’t want to feed the beast “the opponents” in 2015 coming elections.

Here is the joke!

Two guys were standing in line at the gas station in Juba Napery to fuel their vehicles. They were there for a half hour, then an hour, then an hour and half.

“I am sick of this” one guy finally said, “I am going to Bilpam HQ to shoot the president”.
The man left and returned about an hour later.
“Well, did you shoot him? The other asked.
“Hell, no,” he responded. The line up there is a lot longer than this one”.

In conclusion, I am a member of people's party, but, living in India for half a decade, and more than a decade in the United States, “the two biggest and true democracy countries ever in the world, there’s no doubt in my mind that; the role of by-partisanship and transparency of other parties in South Sudan would eventually, contributed into our nation building, and to pinpoint the most is; “gridlock”, which means “check and balance”, therefore, the notion to get rid of other parties is infringement of all the freedoms and rights of our citizen.

Truly, I admire the man who never flip-plop or change course, even in pursuit of his personal political glory.

We are almost there!
This is my prospective!!

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