An Open Letter to Commander in Chief and the chairman of the SPLM In Opposition Dr. Riek Machar Teny
By Philemon Daud Tom,
March 18, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — This is an open letter to commander in chief and the chairman of the SPLM in opposition Dr. Riek Machar to alarm him about what appear to be a “Laissez Faire” leadership style that may affect organization function, water down community trust and slow mobilization process. I alarm you to have a thoroughly decisive institutional correction, discipline, and manage the individual behaviours within organization performance. The chapters and mission offices in diaspora completely influence by tribal politics that add no value of reforms that SPLM in opposition has been advocating. There should be an action taken to ensure all chapters guided by the principles and guidelines of SPLM in opposition not community based principles.
The people of South Sudan tired of dictatorship styles, tribalism, corruption and nepotism but they believe on your vision, trust, credibility and transparency to transform the broken system into functional system that can build a bridge between past and future task. They believe on your charismatic leadership, ambitious, extraordinary abilities and the inspiring hope to build a strong united south Sudan that bring 64 tribes together.
As strong member of the SPLM in opposition I alert you the chairman of the movement to have a double check on the following issues that may direct or indirectly weaken the organization performance as follow.
The appointment of Diaspora representative mission officers must be inclusive, transparent and honest so that other minority tribes should feel represented and join the cause of the movement to fight dictatorship. But unfortunately the representatives that you appointed in diaspora mostly dominated by the same two bigger tribes and some of us like me question your fairness and transparency.We had enough lessons for eight years Kiir has been busy appointing Dinkas as heads, Nuer as deputies, Bari as directors and we don’t want such a leadership characteristics repeat itself. I strongly oppose your same tribalism appointment. Give minority a chance to participate in any role than appointing the same faces that corrupted government system.I want minority tribes must be included in any assignments or promotions so that they may not feel isolated.
Nepotism is the enemy of any organization success. Be alert of institutional nepotism practice , you must stop nepotism, it fail Juba government and it will fail us if you did not addressed in the early stage. I strongly believe some of the members of the SPLM in opposition inherited the culture of nepotism, corruption, tribalism and systematically they might apply in SPLM in opposition institution and you must not tolerate such practice.
I suggest the chief negotiator of SPLM in opposition should be a non Nuer to change the perception of the people of south Sudan that negotiation is between Dinka and Nuer. The change of chief negotiator may be a game changer and positive outlook of SPLM in opposition demands for inclusiveness and the unity of the people of South sudan. The current peace negotiation looks so tribal because the two chief negotiators are from the bigger tribe and many south sudanese doubt that negotiation process may just only for big tribes to set up their own priorities to isolate other tribes. To bury suspicious and doubt I suggest changes must be made on the next round of negotiation.
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