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SPLM-Juba: A system that needs a total overhaul

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

October 19, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan, a country who lost its way toward development from the hands of hungry politicians whose intention is to have luxurious life and expensive cars is now crying helplessly for somebody to help her fixes herself to its roots………..

Mega-salaries and perks of chief executives and top management in quasi-governmental institutions are nothing other than the symptoms of a corrupt

These salaries do not just expose the greed purportedly inherent in the exposed individuals as some top officials would want us to believe, they show us a system of governance that is rotten to the core.

The fact that shocking salaries being exposed are found within parastatals shows that it is the national system of governance that has gone to the dogs. Parastatals are governed through Acts of Parliament and they fall under the purview of government ministries.

We should not be fooled into believing that what we are seeing is the exposure of greedy individuals whose subsequent punishment would deal a major blow to corruption.

This is not about the border money and the Beer companies; this is about a whole system whose culture is hinged on corruption and patronage.

The borders and the taxes are small fry in a sea of corruption and they can be culled. But who is more culpable, the one who proposed the salaries or the one who approved them?

It is fact that in such a rotten system as the one obtaining in this country, crimes such as the misuse of public money are softened to look like technical offences that do not require severe punishment.

We only hear of equally soft actions such as suspensions and salary cuts, nothing about prosecutions. It is obvious that if action is taken to root out corruption, then the system would be utterly destroyed or rather, it would destroy itself.

The only satisfaction the suffering public and subordinates get out of such scenarios is the exposure of weak individuals in the chain who are used as buffer for the big fish.

The point we are making here is that the problem of corruption is fundamental and institutional.

The borders money and the delayed of salaries only take advantage of a permissive and supportive system to corruptly misuse public funds by awarding themselves unreasonably large perks.

It is a shuddering thought to imagine what the big fish, who give the green light for such corrupt activities, are doing behind the scenes. These people, we can safely imagine, are making a killing for they control access to the nation’s natural resources such as Oil, gold, land, etc.

It would be naïve to assume that while they facilitate corruption among their subordinates their moral compass points them to a clean life. It is a pity that we see instances where the politician is called in instead of the police to solve obvious criminal matters such as the misuse of public funds.

Politicians simply cover up by pretending to take “stern” action.

They can’t do anything else as they know fully well the boomerang effect of such actions as prosecuting the individuals who would have been exposed.

They cannot risk having the whole system exposed. It is our contention that as long as corruption is looked at in individual terms nothing will change. We need a complete overhaul of the system.

Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut, is the current acting Chairman of SPLM/L in Egypt; get Him through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Recent Juba-Kampala Military Co-operation Agreement, A New Conspiracy Against the People of South Sudan?

By Tor Madira Machier

October 17, 2014 (SSNA) -- Despite the commitment assured to the people of South Sudan by the government of South Sudan in Juba, that it is committed to a peaceful resolution of the current conflict, a leaked document indicated before it was published in the media that, South Sudan has ratified a plan to boost its military position with extreme backing from Uganda's UPDF. The treaty which stipulated that since the Ugandan government is not a subject to the arm embargo which many international Human Rights entities ( organisations) has urged the international community to impose on the South Sudanese government , it( Uganda government ) will buy advanced weapons on behalf of Salva Kiir's Juba based government so as to help Juba crash its main opposition movement the SPLM/A (IO) that it ( Juba government ) claims to be in the interest of restoring laws and orders which they have misdefined.

As we have saw it above , the South Sudanese government and its counterpart in Uganda believe it that a mobilization of army with huge modern weapon will boost the fight against the current reasonable rebellion in the country, but they are lying but good that they are lying to themselves. Did they saw what had happened during the struggle for independence when the Sudanese government signed a military cooperation agreement with Egypt against the former South Sudanese rebels the SPLM/A when there was a unified Sudan? Or does Museveni pretend to be more powerful or more influential than the former Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak? But I don't think so , the revolution which did emerge out of Juba massacre which did instigated the death of more than 20 thousands people mostly children and elderly persons is in the heart of the people of South Sudan and since it is there in their heart no compromise and will not give up the struggle. So with Kiir still in power with huge military backing from Museveni, it will be a long journey to reach peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict. It’s obvious and popular that the government of South Sudan believes in military solution to this conflict but which they have misunderstood as well.

The current Juba based government is not immune or capable to achieve peace whether to the current rebellion or to these daily communal insurgencies nor it is capable to to run this country as it was expected by the civil population. Now the call and the need of a better government of the people by the people and to the people is looming within and outside Juba and so it is too vague to predict whether Salva Kiir who came to know Uganda in 2013 is going to continue going ahead with his current leadership of South Sudan.

Kiir and Museveni Are Committing War Crimes and Violating International Law

In absolute sense, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is responsible for what is taking place today in South Sudan. Museveni do really believes that he is a brilliant and tough African president, citting his influence over the IGAD countries and their respective heads of state in particular. But this may apply to his people in Uganda. Since the people of Uganda were subjected to aggression since the death of Appolo Milton Obote and the subsequent emergency of Idi Amin in power has planted seed of fear inside the people of Uganda which make them fearful to Museveni and this cannot make one self to be stronger than all the African people.

Museveni, A Criminal Responsible For Regional Terrorism and the Death of Dr. John Garang As Well.

Yoweri Kagutta Museveni is one of the terrorist African presidents who is responsible for many African terrorism acts. His involvement in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and his involvement in the congolese internal war justifies this. The death of the father of South Sudab Dr. John Garang is deemed as his responsiblity because Dr. John Garang died in a presidential military Helicopter belonging to Ugandan presidency. At this point, the regional leaders must open their eyes and tell museveni that it is enough.

How Can The People Opt For Peace When The Country Is Under Foreign Aggression?

Any involvement of foreign country in the internal affairs of any country is absolutely considered an invasion of a sovereign state by external powers. Museveni's involvement in the internal affairs of South Sudan is unacceptable in this country and it is obvious that his only vision behind his interference into the internal affairs of South Sudan is that he get it as a great threat to him if a great, a visionary and a intellectual leader took on the power in South Sudan.

Tor Madira Machier is a South Sudanese student pursuing Law Degree at the University Of Ain Shams in Cairo, Egypt.He can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or reach him at his twitter account : @TorMadira.

The Dying Horse: Is Salva Kiir Ready to Run an Illegitimate Government Comes January 9, 2015

By Nhial K. Wicleek

“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government” James Madison

October 21, 2014 (SSNA) -- With the separation of the text from historical background on December 15, 2013, the Horse has begun to slouch on his death bed waiting to harvest what he has planted. As the saying goes, “what goes around comes around” is a fundamental praise principally applicable to any environmental principle used by the living being. This is about a kicking Horse and the Hyena story. Once, a Hyena attacks a Horse, the sympathetic form of reaction from the Horse is to start kicking until it finally exhausted the power and then lie awash on the ground waiting for a devouring Hyena to devour while kicking still on the ground.

You see! Here, the behavior illustrates the scenery of Salva Kiir is perverted and subverted constitution and its emerging death strategies. The Horse is dying, and in less than no time, the Horse will completely drown amicably with its potential bewilderment coming to pass comes January 2015. The history has proven true that there is never a better way to die when it comes to dying. There is, for the matter of fact, only a better way to escape the foreseeable death/danger. And this is exactly the ideological behavior going on in Arusha, to SAVE THE SPLM AND SALVA KIIR FROM DYING.

Salva Kiir has seen the ticking clock but has not emerged victorious in battling with his own death. The killing of the 20,000 innocent Nuer civilians made it worst and so the exit strategies are concealed, and the last option standing is the death penalty comes whenever. The potential options are exhausted like a trying Horse battling Hyena. WHERE WILL THE BIG MAN GO??????

The government is nearing its collapse. The transitional constitution is coming to expiration on January 9, 2015, making the political rescue mission in Juba simmers. Although Salva Kiir’s government is illegitimate already; however, this is the wake of a political anarchy (even though it actually is) and so the government in Juba will have to come to its full illegitimate sense internationally when the constitution expires. Are the freedom fighters aware of such a move manifesting? If they do, the truth of the matter is, illegitimate government always risk vanishing internationally. The international community will have to prepare for a takeover either by declaring the government of South Sudan an illegitimate or risk taking out Salva Kiir from power and install Dr. Machar, in order to avoid putting the government in a trusteeship, or bringing the two, with one being forced to accept the newly designed structure (Federal State) and allow the Prime Minster (Dr. Machar) to become the head of the government and security sector (if the negotiation favors the move), and the President (Dictator Kiir) taking the lead in ceremonial processes. What does the Horse like? And what is the step forward from the Hyena’s strategic planning?

Arithmetically, the Hyena is winning whether now or in the future. It is up to the Horse to decide whether to quit now and face death sentence or wait till the last bite. The political arithmetic is that the government under the dictatorship is dying in two ways. The first charge leading to a death sentence is the collapse of the government by losing her legitimacy through transitional constitution’s expiration comes January 9, 2015. Failure of such step leads to a forceful defeat of the government by the freedom fighters. Why? Because the support molded internationally gives freedom fighters an upper hand. Such brings an end to the government. In this case, the so called Arusha signatory, preparing to align SPLM principle, must be approached with care. If the freedom fighters prepare to rescue the dying Horse, they need to be told that the mission they are taking is still a political hot bed, and only meant to save Salva Kiir from experiencing a quick death. Is it questionable? Well, don’t ask me!

Nhial K. Wicleek is a columnist and a contributor in South Sudanese affairs. You could reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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