By Dr. Tugul Nyak Diew,
April 9, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — If the international community follows President Salva’s Kirr speeches and the comments he been making, they should realize this man does not want peace to prevail in South Sudan whatsoever; and if I may add he may have deep hatred to Dr. Machar, if not the entire Nuer, and he cannot let it go for the good of the people he claims to be suffering as a result of this crisis.
Quite frankly, I am sadden and sickening when I read his address to the people of South Sudanese on April 5, 2015, referring to the current conflict as senseless war and uncalled for, and, in his view, it was provoked by power greedy individuals who do not have regard for human life. Statements like these are insults to the victims of this war and obstacles to peace. If Dr. Riek Machar really hungry for power, ones should ask himself/herself how come he did not declare war when he was sacked from his position as a vice president in July, 2013?
The truth is Salva Kirr is the only person who need to explain to the people of South Sudan the root cause of conflict, which resulted in the loss of many innocents’ lives. If Dr. Machar was, indeed, the instigator of the war why then Uganda forces were in South Sudan soul on December 13, 2013, way before the war broke out on December 13? And why the so called Mathiang Anyor who committed the horrific massacre in the history of South Sudan were deployed to Juba in November 2013?
Moreover, If Dr. Machar was the problem why he did not go after him alone, instead of turning his guns to his own citizens, the very people who elected him into office? These questions cannot be answer by anyone else other than President Salva Kirr himself. He must stop blaming others for his deliberated act against the people of South Sudan and accept the responsibility.
The people of South Sudan want peace in order for them to live in harmony, build a better future for their children, but this current governance system, which is being ran based on tribal domination, will take time for peace to come in South Sudan unless there is a complete overhaul of the entire government system.
A multi-ethnic society such as South Sudan need a system which recognize the right of every ethnic group and accommodate all of them equally. Therefore, Federalism introduced by Dr. Machar is the only solution to end the current crisis in South Sudan. As we have seen from multi-cultural countries like United States, federalism is designed to accommodate ethnic diversity while at the same time maintaining national unity.
It help to keep States function well and allow citizens to have equal access to national government policies. If the international community wants to solve the political conflict, which claimed the lives of thousands and displaced many more in South Sudan they must embrace Dr. Machar’s idea of federalism and make it a priority in the upcoming AU, IGAD plus mediated peace process between the SPLM/IO and the SPLM/A Juba.
The author is the General Secretary of newly created Adar (Northeast Upper Nile) State. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org