March 17, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A new South Sudan Ambassador to the United State, Amb. Garang Diing Akuong, narrates the events that led to South Sudan crisis in December, 2013.
Through his elaboration, Amb. Garang, clarifies that the conflict that broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 was a reaction from the president to critical voices who criticized his leadership, and demanded that he should step down from power because he is a dictator and a failure.
According to the newly appointed ambassador, Dr. Riek Machar, and the eleven politicians, who were arrested and accused of having staged a coup in December, 2013, met in presidency in March 2013 to demand that Salva Kiir must step down.
“We know what happened in the time leading to the crisis, aaaah, Dr. Machar would recall that, aaaaah, in Mash [March] 2013, he and group 11 call for a meeting in the presidency where they call the president, he himself was there, Pagan was there, Deng Alor was there and they call for the president to step down” Amb. Garang responded to Dr. Machar on VOA.
“That was in Mash [March] 2013, then, in that meeting they call the president to step down and each one of them [group 11] expressed his desire to lead the South. The president told them that he didn’t have any problem but let’s us go back to our institutions, which are the SPLM congress and the people of South Sudan. That was the meeting of Mash” Garang explains the genesis of South Sudan crisis.
Garang also referred to Dr. Machar’s July interview, published by Reuters, as a critical piece with enough evident that president Salva Kiir was unfairly criticized and pressured to step down from power.
“Then in December, in December when the president was in France. Himself and others went to SPLM headquarters and called the president by all names, he is a dictator, he is a failure and all these” the alarmed ambassador continued.
According to Amb. Garang, any leader in the shoes of Salva Kiir should have acted to a protruding political climax as Salva Kiir did in mid December 2013.
“What do any body expect from a leader to do. So Dr. Riek cannot claim he is innocent when he has been building up for the climax of 2015  ”
According to John Tanza Mabusu,Host and Managing Editor of VOA’s South Sudan In Focus, South Sudan has been postponing issues for a long time and such issues were not handled the right way after the independent.
“When the people of south Sudan were fighting the long war with Khartoum, of course, there were a lot of things that were swept under the carpet, postponed, if you like. They would say let us finish with our common enemy first, then we will come to address these issues. And these issues were prolong for a quiet a long time and that is why it erupted.” Tanza said.
Tanza believes that South Sudan has no independent but just weak institutions that are compromised by the leading elites.
The managing editor of VOA’s focus on South Sudan reiterates that the politicians and civilians are left vulnerable due to lack of institutions, and only look up to their social organizations or tribes for protection and safety.
“But the courts in South Sudan are compromised. A lots of analysts are saying the judiciary is partisan,so where do you go, which court do you go to?… So in the absence of a system, people take refuge in their community for protection” Tanza stresses.
The host, Dr Shaka Ssali, reiterates that many people believes that Salva Kiir government has not accomplished anything but institutionalized corruption and impunity.
“In fact some observers have gone to extend of saying that the only thing that the government in Juba has accomplished so far is basically institutionalizing corruption and impunity” Dr. Shaka strongly emphasized.
Dr. Riek Machar emphasizes that the March 5th dateline was not achieved because Salva Kiir government did not agree to the quest of accountability, federalism and security arrangements.
VOA: Straight Talk Africa Wed., March 11, 2015