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Enough of Salva Kiir!!

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“Justice delayed is justice denied.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Luk Kuth Dak

June 15, 2014 - South Sudan has more tribes than I can personally count. Therefore, we have to hard to build a national solidarity that is inclusive and that is good.

That will require a new leadership that looks far beyond our tribal barriers. But for the past eight years and counting, we have had the bitter taste of what a tribal regime is all about under Mr. Salva Kiir Mayadit, the disgraced President of the republic of South Sudan.

A new leadership is crucial to guiding our beloved country’s direction. If we don’t act now, the questions about leadership changes become prominent, and we will have no country to talk about.

That’s why we must pull together- yet again- to remove the man who took our trust for granted, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, by all means possible. We need to do this because national solidarity is essential to the health of the country. These feelings of solidarity mean that we do pull together and not apart, particularly in times of crisis, like after the untimely death of our founding farther, Dr. John Garang de Mabior.

Despite our virtual differences, we managed to pull together as a one nation. Unfortunately, President Kiir failed us all by not building on that monumental momentum.

In any event, the court of public opinion has already tried and convicted Kiir for his horrendous crimes in the genocide of the Nuer innocent civilians. Therefore, there is no way he could possibly be still an effective leader, when all the while, the victim’s families are crying for justice, and they will only continue to do so until that illusive justice emerges.

Meanwhile, Dr. Riek Machar, Chairman and Commander-in- Chief of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-in- Opposition, should be commended for his leadership to end the crisis civilly and peacefully, even though his movement is aiming for more victories in South Sudan, emboldened by its stunning diplomatic success in turning the world against Kiir including his pal, the Ugandan tyrant, Yoweri Museveni.

No doubt, Kiir’s diplomatic defeat is only going to give a renewed energy to the federalism movement base, which started as a protest against the dictatorship regime. “It’s going to motivate and fire them up in a very, very big way,” said an insider, who wants to remain unanimous for security reasons.

With Museveni gone wild, Al- Basher undecided and Machar’s diplomatic victories, Kiir- virtually- has nothing to fall back on, and it would be fatal for him to try to hold on to a power that has no legs to stand on. Therefore, the best exit strategy for the President is to call it quits, and not waste anymore time that can be used in the nation building under a new leadership, a new path and a new vision.

This new vision, this new path and this new leadership will not and should not include those who want to have it both ways, as it is the case with the so-called “Former detainees.”

Still, what is so delightful is that- once and for all- no longer are we going to hear Mr. President, nor Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, or Mr. Michael Makuei, telling us of the so-called coup d’état.

Luk Kuth Dak is a syndicated columnist. Hit me on my e-mail at lukedak@hotmail.com, or on Tweeter @kuthdak, to let me know how together we can help our beloved country.



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  • 17 June 05:04, by Akol Liai Mager

    Well, I wish for a peaceful solution. However, Riek Machar hasn’t and will never be a peaceful person and South Sudan under is management will be same as it’s was under his directorship for six out of the last eight years. He had failed twice to prevent the massacre of non-Nuers in his controlled areas. Will he do that only after assuming power?

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    • 17 June 10:30, by Ambago

      My friend South Sudan is neither a private property of Kiir nor Riek. Our priority now is to bring peace to our people. As for Riek, his political future depends on how he will perform in the coming elections to be held by a neutral Interim government. Kiir together with his rotten transitional constitution must leave to allow for a federal peaceful and reformed country.

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      • 17 June 22:19, by Madina Tonj

        Mr. Luk Kuth Dak
        I am the person who does not cover people. I know you have mention thing show you are absolutely pro-Dr.Riek Machar Teny and does not help any thing for him to lead Southern Sudanese people. In fact that, most Dinkas were about to vote for him if he was waiting 2015 for general election unfortunately, he was been driving by his Nuers ally that, the easy way maybe was to make coup

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      • 18 June 00:57, by Akol Liai Mager

        You should also bear in mind that Federal system with the same mentality of corruption and lack of infrastructure and proper education that we have seen in the last eight years will also fail. You can have good system of government, but with bad managers, you can still face the same issues such as these ones in place. So, South Sudan is in quest for a better system as well as good people........

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        • 18 June 01:21, by Akol Liai Mager

          It’s the good managers that make positive differences rather than a system itself. Honestly, I did fully understand the logic behind Equatotrian demand for Federal system in the first place where Riek was reluctant to back it up when he was in a senior decision-making position and why he is now calling for it. Simply, Equatorians are fed up with Dinka & Nuer violence and greed. But for Riek......

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          • 18 June 01:30, by Akol Liai Mager

            Riek’s latest demand for Federal system has nothing to do with the system being good as it was when he was VP. He is now politically motivated by the fact that it’s the dying demand for Equatorians thinking that this is his opportunity to get Equatorian backing him for the highest position plus, he’s thinking that his wife will be installed to manage Unity State’s Oil for family and nothing else.

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  • 19 June 09:25, by kuach yak

    Mr. Akol, I want you to understand that there has never been a corrupt subordinate but there is a corrupt boss. If the system is set in such a way that it abhor corruption beginning with the President himself, no one would dare to commit that suicide. But if over a million USD could get lost in the President’s office what would a mere employee do? Corruption start with Kiir.

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