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South Sudanese president to unveil strategic reform plan

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June 16, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir will soon unveil a strategic reform plan that seeks to examine performances of specific public institutions, identifying areas that require improvements and recommendations, Sudan Tribune understands.

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File - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (Reuters)

The initiative is seen as an attempt to solicit the dwindling public support and confidence in the current administration as its leaders grapple with the country’s raging ongoing.

A draft reform plan, a copy of which by Sudan Tribune saw, identifies six priority areas, including the immediate stoppage of war to bring peace; honouring the ceasefire agreement signed with the rebels under former vice president, Riek Machar; promote national dialogue; carry out nationwide reconciliation and healing; adopt simple and measurable plans and mechanisms to fight against poverty; strengthen capacity of independent institutions; diversify the economy and enhance transparency and accountability.

“The six point plan which is being worked upon by the presidential team is a very appropriate solution to the current crisis because it has been prepared based on the realities", a presidential aide not allowed to speak to the media on policy matter told Sudan Tribune Monday.

"The most important part of it is that it calls for an immediate end to the armed conflict and stresses commitment of the government to honour ceasefire and accept to engage in the negotiation with rebels and other stakeholders in the conflict", he added.

What, however, remains unclear is how the presidency plans to implement these key priority areas and its intention, with observers already doubting its tangible outcomes.

SPEAKER BACKS

Meanwhile speaker of the national legislative assembly pledged support of the law-making institution to back up efforts by the government to combat corruption that still exists within the system, particularly in public service and security sectors.

The assembly, Magok Rundial said, will adopt more stringent legislation against bad tendencies in governance.

“We have to change attitude, a typical example of how horribly things can go wrong is public service. We have spent so many millions of dollars into security and public service reform projects since we became an independent state; one project after the other and you can see how people can cripple a lofty ideal and scuffle a dream that would have lifted this country out of a lot of things,” he observed.

Government’s ultimate objective, Rundial stressed, was to transform the new nation into an "ultra-modern city-state" that will shun corruption in all forms.

"The ultimate objective of the government is to make sure that even if you drop one million on the way; somebody would pick it and drop it at the police station. Honesty and the fear of God would be inculcated in the minds of our people and would be enforced by legislation,” he stressed.

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  • 17 June 08:08, by Mi diit

    When did this primitive dude know how to initiate workable reforms in government? Maybe copying from Museveni and pasting in South Sudan? You better quit because you are good for nothing.

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    • 17 June 12:40, by Ahmed Chol

      "promote national dialogue; carry out nationwide reconciliation and healing; adopt simple and measurable plans and mechanisms to fight against poverty"

      Why didn’t the government do the above before the war? Didn’t Kiir know that these were the top priorities and should be addressed? Stupid indeed!

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    • 17 June 14:47, by Ito

      Ya Jamaa, what do you see as new in this message from the leader of the murderous regime. This shows they are in great deal of confusion with no direction and vision for the country. What need now is not reform with current personalities in power but reform with new faces otherwise a barrel of guns is still an option if this is not done.

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    • 17 June 16:08, by Rommel

      Salva Kiir is well and truly out of touch. He doesn’t seem to realise that he no longer has the trust of the people. His only recourse is to resign, with immediate effect. What makes him think that the people will again opt to subject themselves to another decade of nepotism, marginalisation, corruption and insecurity!?

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      • 17 June 16:22, by Rommel

        If Salva Kiir truly loves this country more than he loves being in control of it... he would resign immediately — to salvage any vestige of respectability that he may have, and *maybe* [just maybe], leave behind a *legacy* that isn’t entirely farcical. This ’country’ is in desperate need of deep, comprehensive and far-reaching political, social and economic reforms...

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        • 17 June 16:37, by Rommel

          .. And our program of reform should begin with a a series of questions and assessments in a genuinely all inclusive symposium, in which every political party and civil society organisation can actively take part. We then need to ask ourselves a series of pertinent questions. Example: What is a *country*? What kind of ’country’ are we right now? And what kind of country should we aspire to be?

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          • 17 June 17:07, by Rommel

            .. What political philosophy do we need to adopt, create or mould around our circumstances, needs and objective? What system of government is best for South Sudan. I personally believe that we need a constitutional Republic; this system would better define the role of government [on a State and Federal level], the branches of government and their respective powers...

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            • 17 June 17:21, by Rommel

              .. We would then need to address our diversity and the best way in which to manage it. The last time I checked, the Dinka constituted 60% of government. This figure is not only obscenely high -and unacceptable- it also makes it impossible to have a government that is truly representative of the country as a whole...

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              • 17 June 17:43, by Rommel

                .. It’s painfully clear that we need legislation that would affect change in this regard. I oppose legislation that would merely mandate representation based on percentages in regards to the census. That would be half a solution. We need equal representation for all the tribes in South Sudan...

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                • 17 June 18:09, by Rommel

                  The Luo [’Jurchol’], Jie, Burun, Kachipo, Bongo, Uduk, Avokoya, Pajulu, Lango, Kuku and many others, should be as well represented as the Dinka at the National level, regardless of size. This would engender harmony, stability and prosperity.

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                  • 17 June 18:29, by Rommel

                    Salva Kiir and members of his ’government’ should be investigated for human rights violations. The rebels should also be investigated for human rights violations. We should also put forward a Bill prohibiting people guilty of having committed human rights violations [at any point in their lives] the opportunity to participate in the political environment. This would allow genuine reconciliation.

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    • 17 June 20:29, by Nyesi Ta

      What does this dummy understand of strategic reforms if he did nothing leave along reform in the last ten years of his bad governance, where he institutionalized tribalism, nepotism, and above all, corruption and looting of the national treasury. If we have to ask him, what happened to his bogus 100 days plan? I tell you there is and there will be nothing new that this tribal chief can offer.

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  • 17 June 08:14, by hamil

    The first agenda on his reform package should be his resignation. South Sudanese are fed up of your failed leadership Salva Kirr don’t you just get it?

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  • 17 June 08:17, by Mr Point

    This strategic reform package that Kiir, the killer, has just unwrapped does not contain anything new.

    It is not the result of surprising and original thinking by Kiir and his team. It is not a new vision for South Sudan.

    The points in this so called strategic reform package are what the government should have been doing all along.

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  • 17 June 08:43, by hamil

    Honest speaking does Slava still think that South Sudanese have trust in him? This talk of reform is a desperate measure to appease the Masses but we are not that naive anynore we can’t be twisted & manipulated with deflated political ideas aimed at supporting a failed government surviving on a knife edge.

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  • 17 June 09:46, by Ambago

    President Kiir must understand that he and his government have run out of any fruitful ideas. They too lack the political will to implement any of their so-called strategic reform package. This country is in an urgent need of total overhauling. A few years of a transitional government of technocrats will set the country on a new track of a federal government that can implement the right reforms.

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  • 17 June 10:47, by John Sebit

    The only reform package I might like to hear are: Relieve B. Marial to be replaced by John Luk Jok, Malong to be replaced by Dau Aturjonh, Kuol Manyang to be replaced by Mabuto Mamor, Makuey Lueth: Prof. Peter O. Nyaba to replace him, Marial N. to be replaced by Lado Gore, Wani Iga to be replaced by Rebecca Garang. Interim president to Oyai Deng Ajak. Kir, Riek and Museveni to ICC.

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  • 17 June 15:18, by Letigolight

    For a deformed leader leading a deformed party to initiate and at the same time implement reforms is a joke; the only reform we need is overhaul of the government!, security reforms, civil service reforms, justice and accountability, prosecutution of corrupt officials, reform of the judiciary - to be independent and manned by competent professionals etc

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  • 17 June 19:30, by thomas

    Right. For once we are all in agreement: if Kiir was serious about these reforms, he’d have done them yesterday.

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