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Mr. Salva Kiir: The time to move on is now!


By Luk Kuth Dak

March 23, 2014 - The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once pointed out that “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power in its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at it best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

A few weeks ago, am American rocker, Ted Nugent called the most powerful man in the world, President Barack Obama “a subhuman mongrel,” among other insults that I can’t repeat here. But if you do not already know the meaning of the term as I was, I ask you to check your dictionary for answers.

Today, Mr. Nugent not only is he still a free man, but he has then become the darling of the so-called conservative news media, such as Fox, for speaking up his mind. From one TV channel to another, he continues to throw his racially motivated insults not only at the President, but the entire black race. Yet despite the bigoted nature of the insults, President Obama did not order the black people of America to retaliate against the white people. When asked by a reporter about his take on the derogatory remarks, he was quick to say that “I respect Mr. Nugent’s constitutional rights of the freedom of speech.”

Case closed!

In the republic of South Sudan, however, just pointing a finger at the tyrant, Mr. Salve Kiir Mayardit, the disgraced President of the republic and Chairman of the ruling party, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement ( SPLM) will not only land you behind bars, but it could very well cost you the most precious possession... your life. It is in this young nation that disagreeing with the President is considered treason. And, as I write this column, four of the most loyalists SPLM members are facing the ultimate punishment for simply expressing their frustration on the way in which the country is run.

Truth be known, I was a strong and longtime supporter of SPLM. I have very many articles to prove it. Mr. Kiir broke me of that, much in the same way his pal, Sudan’s tyrant Mr. Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Basher broke me of Islam.

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, Mr. Kiir continues to turn the nation into a morgue, while establishing a fascist form of government. The perpetual pain that he created will be remembered as the most trying time any people could ever endure. Today, virtually the nation is divided on tribal lines. For instance, if you are not from the ruling tribe, you need to run for your dear life as fast as you can to the nearest U.N. compound and stay there as long as they allow you to stay. The sad truth is: there is simply no hope that the regime will change its focus and start reaching out to others.

As journalists, we catch fire so frequently for what we voice, but never did I ever thought I would be accused of tribalism for criticizing the regime of tyrant, Salva Kiir. Some Dinka intellects believe that attacking Kiir’s performance is an attack on the Dinka as a whole. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our disagreement with Kiir is based solely on principles… not personal. If he were a Nuer, I will do the exact same thing.

In any nation, the fundamental goal of the government is to unite and protect its citizens, make their livelihood better, and pull them out of poverty. This regime has done the exact opposite. But if the leader of our nation must be a Dinka, I personally believe that the Dinka nation is not in short supply of a gentler, educated, and a warm-hearted leader, who can change our destiny, put the country first, and place the people at the core

U.S Senator John McCain (R- Arizona) once said: “When I look at the eyes of Mr. Putin (the Russian tyrant) I see KGB.” Subsequently, as I closely monitor the events unfolding in the republic of South Sudan, when I look at the eyes of the strongman, Mr. Salva Kiir, I see blood.

I hope with all my heart that there will come a time when we could all come to terms with the notion that it’s quite alright to agree to disagree, but without being disagreeable.

Luk Kuth Dak is a former broadcasting journalist and a reporter for Radio Juba. He can be reached at lukedak@hotmail.com, or on Twitter @luk Dak.

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  • 24 March 2014 05:51, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Writing is your gift Mr Luk Kuth, Iam not going to add more to your analysis. Kiir Mayar does not want to cling to power by hooks and crooks. He is being egg on by those who thinks their wealth will be plunder when another man take over. Kiir had enough wealth to sustain his lifestyle. his worry are his people and colleagues who might be kick out of lucrative positions when he left.

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    • 24 March 2014 08:06, by wacjak

      Thank you Lotodo for your response and above all the truth in those words you just wrote. This is his dilemma.
      Luk, your article is inspiring, but you didn’t say anything that can help Kiir to change his style of leadership. You said all the evils he did, which is your right, but you should help him too. However, with our mentality, no man can claim to truly hold the keys for success now.

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  • 24 March 2014 10:57, by Akol Liai Mager

    Dear Luk, stepping down of President Kiir is just a one tiny step towards the solution. What we have in South Sudan is not a single problem precisely Kiir as some do imagine. Well, some would put it as a single object and will be correct if they can courageously say "SPLM" is the one. We South Sudanese have to be careful not to fall in the same trap that has caught SPLM leaders.

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  • 24 March 2014 11:09, by Akol Liai Mager

    Here are some of the problems of South Sudan: Wrong names such as South Sudan, SPLM, Unaccountable SPLA generals that placed them 2nd to Chines Army generals, lack of military doctrine, lack of transparent, Magicians Vs Spear-chiefs, So-called Businessmen, lack of position descriptions or boundaries, self-serving government officials to mention just a few. This has resulted in no infrastructure.

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  • 24 March 2014 11:17, by Akol Liai Mager

    I would like to see your next article containing recommendations or more suggestions for what can be done apart from Kiir’s departure that can help bring peace and harmony to the South Sudanese societies. I would like too, to see how and where Riek Machar did or did not contribute into this senseless killing of innocent civilians whether in Juba or elsewhere. I think both men must leave politics.

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  • 24 March 2014 15:25, by Ambago

    Akol Liai Mager
    You seem to have your own list of what you think constitutes south Sudan’s exit strategy out of the current mess. So instead of demanding someone like Luk Kuth to parrot it for you, why don’t you just market your own ideas. I believe, you have what it takes to write an opinion article.
    Am I wrong to suggest so??!

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    • 24 March 2014 22:54, by Akol Liai Mager

      My strategy is clear and simple: President Kiir and Riek should not be allowed to destroy what God has given. I say no right to use force to stay or take power. Instead of asking Kiir to leave with no alternative, South Sudanese who are dialoguing from Addis must select someone from this list to lead an interim government: Rebecca Jeshoua Okuachi, Jemma Nunu, Joseph Bakasoro and Dr Luka Biong.

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      • 24 March 2014 23:03, by Akol Liai Mager

        Ustaz Pagan Amum Okiech has a vision to lay a foundation of infrastructure and economic management minded government, but he has many enemies amongst his colleagues in the SPLM and therefore, has no place in my list at least for now. Other thing that South Sudan needs is free and fair elections where the ruling party can win government by 50-60 MPs not 99 MPs and Opposition with 49+ MPs.

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        • 24 March 2014 23:09, by Akol Liai Mager

          With healthy democracy, a minority government is always the government that delivers services to people which is what South Sudan needs. With that healthy democracy system, opposition party is an eye of people with the abilities to make the government of the day accountable to its mismanagement of public funds, security of the nation and relationships with neighbours and international community.

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