The South Sudan Political Heritage


By Riak Machar Pathot,

Dr. Riek Machar and his former boss, Salva Kiir (Photo: supplied)

Dr. Riek Machar and his former boss, Salva Kiir (Photo: supplied)

Feb 8th, 2019(Nyamilepedia) — The genesis of the South Sudanese political problems lies in the fact that our political leaders are always unable to sit down and discuss political issues face to face while the citizens watches them like they are heavenly made leaders .

Nobody is immune from this lack of ability to sit down and discuss issues even John Garang was like that in the early days, it is repeatedly scenarios that have been on trends all the times . Eventually he learnt it  hard ways and had to accept to sit down and be insulted while he kept his composure.

John Garang started sit down and discuss political issues starting with the convention of 1994 and other heated SPLM meetings of 1996, 2002, 2004 and all the rallies that were held and addressed in the different countries and inside South Sudan when he was about to sign the CPA.

Until the  Post conflict of 1991 politician John Garang De Mabior was not the early 1980s soldier John Garang and so did the SPLM of ruling elite sat down with the former leaders to discussed pertaining issues? .the answer to the question is always little a bit more complicated to the maximum consideration that Dr. John Garang sat down with other opposition leaders until he was pushed to edges of the ball by then political power struggle politicians including Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Salva Kiir the who lead Yei faction that led to the Rumbek Conference in 2004 when he claimed to be humiliation and calumny in his supposedly leadership .

Its seems Salva Kiir is following the same trajectory and line that John Garang did. He inherited the political secure space of John Garang when the man passed on and failed to understand the environment . This is why the Salva Kiir of post separation country first became a soldier to try to intimidate and secure his political niche which he terribly managed ideologically.

Now how does the man rebound and will he successfully reunite the SPLM and muster a clear political path?

Absolutely not.

Why? Because Salva Kiir had failed the ideological test as he has no clue in term of his political direction and he had surrounded himself with political deadwood, old men who had been all along hostile to the SPLM some of whom have ran out of political ideas. This is the mud in which Salva Kiir is drowning the SPLM and the country simultaneously .

No doubt that the SPLM will reunite in the long run when Salva Kiir is gone.

In the short run, Riek Machar maybe less likely to lean towards forming his own party if Salva Kiir is willing to reunite the SPLM and start the reforms needed. But do a Riek Machar Teny and his folks have a better chance and good political ideology to reform the government and the country from the current status quo? Absolutely no Riek and Salva Kiir are the same coins in different faces.

Like early John Garang, after this civil war if Salva Kiir had not learnt anything at all, I doubts whether he will learn anything ever. If he had, then the current Salva Kiir will be like the post 1991 John Garang. He will be able to let people talks and try to gather consensus and open new chapters with other political leaders who split away from the mother SPLM in this special consideration to his main rival Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

In conclusion to this version of writing it is a charity entity that they had inherited from the last SPLM political elites like Dr. John Garang De Mabior which they ideologically failed to understand undoubtedly.

Salva Kiir and Riek Machar Teny have failed the country beyond doubt in the broad daylight.

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