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Whimsical decision making and dysfunctional political party


By Kuir Garang

July 27, 2013 - I was never a fan of late Dr. John Garang but, on principle, I admired one quality in him: extensive reading and autodidactic attitude. Comfortingly enough, he read and referenced issues and facts he postulated and argued for or about. This is a quality, among other things, officials in Juba should adopt. SPLM and the GOSS should also know that any institution is governed by behavioural and information decimation protocols. People should not talk anyhow…or because they ‘feel’ it’s right. It might feel right but facts might go contrary to that feel-good-ness.

Face value application (or violation) of the constitution and out of context utterance of statements such as ‘it’s a normal democratic process’ don’t do justice to the already jittery nation. We still have an unconstitutional governor in Lake State and the president knows that’s a clear violation of the constitution’s sixty day (60) requirement. Taban Deng Gai was removed unconstitutionally because we know there is no crisis in Unity State.

What the president and South Sudanese need to realize is that section (101r) doesn’t only say there just has to be a crisis in the state. The crisis has to be one threatening ‘national security and territorial Integrity’. If the crisis is not threatening national security then citing such a crisis becomes unconstitutional. Jonglei State is the state whose crisis is threatening national security and territorial integrity but the governor is still there.

The president’s actions are just whimsical rather than constitutional!

The onus in on the president to therefore explain how the ‘crisis’, if any, in the Lake State or Unity State, threaten our ‘national security and territorial integrity’. In essence, the president is ruling a nation of people not nation of cows. People need to know. Abdon Agau, the government secretary general told the media that president Kiir can fire the cabinet with giving any reasons; arguing that it’s his ‘constitution right’ not to give explanations! What? It’s supposed to be a ‘national constitution’ not ‘whimsical presidential constitution.’

Mr. President should know that he’s a servant of South Sudanese not their boss. He’s only the boss of his cabinet; not South Sudanese. Ideally, the president has to justify his actions to the South Sudanese people because his decisions directly affect the average citizen. Make no mistake, president Kiir should account to US as South Sudan. We employed him not the other way round.

Officials like the always-in-your-face Marial Benjamin (while I know he has improved lately) have the knack of talking without checking their facts. This is indeed scary for South Sudan’s future. Besides, both the SPLM and the government of South Sudan don’t adhere to functionality protocols. This is the source of the problem within SPLM.

There’s nothing ‘democratic’ about firing a cabinet. Just because something is constitutional doesn’t mean it’s democratic. Actions of individuals can’t be called democratic even if they are clearly constitutional. Constitutional actions are necessary undemocratic decisions within a democracy. Not all decisions within a democracy are democratic. This is the culture of talking anyhow.

Both Pagan Amum and Riek Machar should know that belonging to an organization requires adhering to organizational protocols and internal avenues of problem solving. Disagreements within a political party are normal, however, these disagreements should be solved behind closed doors. If you can’t solve internal issues behind closed doors then maybe belonging to one political party isn’t such a good idea. Publicly criticizing your own political party and the president as a senior party official is wrong…it doesn’t happen anywhere in the world.

And how naïve would someone criticize the boss, tells the boss ‘I want your job’ and expects the boss to say ‘go ahead, take my job…you are a great man!’ I don’t know which world Riek Machar is living in. What he’s saying regarding the country is admittedly the general truth; that the country is off the cliff and something has to change to salvage it, however, this doesn’t mean entering into the culture of ‘care-free-ness.’ An able leader would seek helpful ways of solving problems. You don’t get to criticize your boss, an uncritical boss for that matter, and get to keep your job. What were you smoking, Mr. Machar? Ambition intoxication?

In the end, the president needs to justify his actions, follow the constitution and let his officials know that talking to the media should be bound by party or government protocols; and that facts have to be researched and appropriately referenced for the government to have some respect in the eyes of South Sudan.

Kuir ë Garang is a South Sudanese poet and author living in Canada. He’s the author of upcoming analytical book, South Sudan Ideologically: Tribal Socio-Democracy, SPLM Ideologues, Juba Corruptocrats, Khartoum Theocrats and their Time-Frozen Leadership. To contact the author visit www.kuirthiy.info or www.kuirthiy.com

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  • 28 July 2013 02:16, by Manyiel Quol Mach

    I like the way you put your thought into writing this article Mr. Garang, because the article is free from bias and prejudice. I think it may help those open minded one since we all known now a day people don’t acknowledge wrong and right. People are so confused way beyond reality and they think that you are against any things they are doing wrong or right.

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  • 28 July 2013 02:47, by Akol Liai Mager

    Rich of common sense and so educative Article. The good news about this situation our Country South Sudan is in now is that a disciplinary measures based on Constitutional and principles for both Country and Parties Levels has taken it course. However, the bad news is that a slip of a tongue or being too emotional has caused South Sudan so dearly. How the two have caused our Country.....

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    • 28 July 2013 02:58, by Akol Liai Mager

      Before answering myself, I would like to add another question which is; has anyone observed that 1 mistake can wipe off the whole life-built legacy? back to the first question, our Country South Sudan is about to lose one of our talented and most charismatic figure of our time. This gentleman Ustaz Amum, a man whose the enemy (Khartoumers) fear & dislike him to death is a big asset to South Sudan.

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    • 28 July 2013 21:35, by panom lualbil

      Hey MR JOHN KUIR!!
      Do you mean [by autodidactic] that DR JOHN GARANG was never been in school??

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  • 28 July 2013 03:13, by Akol Liai Mager

    Well, people are entitled to their views that Amum is corrupt, sharper-tongue, but to me he is the most sophisticated weapon that South Sudan has to defend its interests not only against Khartoumers, but also against international stakeholders who are trying vigorously to deny South Sudan people’s rights over their land and resources. I wish safe atmosphere to Ustaz Amum & safe return to politics.

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    • 28 July 2013 21:16, by Redeemer

      Bro. Akol
      This one is just a piece of temptation.which is preparing him. Amum should know how to go about it. We cannot afford to loose him in politics, he is to think harder.

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  • 28 July 2013 04:32, by George Bol

    Hey Kuir,
    The first sentence turn me off and that can not make me read article. Where were you coming from if you can never be fan to Dr John Garang.Dr Garang is number three in the whole world after Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther the King. Believed me without John Garang people would have been still wearing skin and not know A,B,C,D that were are prouding nowadays.

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  • 28 July 2013 10:30, by Dauson Gieth

    Very objective, educative and well crafted article brother Kuir Garang! Unfortunately, only a few of South Sudanese policy makers take time to read such analysis. I look forward to reading your upcoming books.

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  • 28 July 2013 22:03, by panom lualbil

    Put one of your fingers in your ass in and out repeatedly and then suck it this how nasty your article is. It’s what it’s whether you like or not the PRESIDENT’S DECISIONS were at work. Your defunct brain is like of RIAK MACHAR whom KHARTOUM used to fight proxy war against SPLA as of 1991.

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    • 29 July 2013 09:30, by Agutthon

      Severe personal attack of which one may conclude that there might have been something else between yourselves other than what is conveyed by this article.

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  • 29 July 2013 14:29, by Manyiel Quol Mach

    Incomprehensible attitudes is this problem here and just no blame that is how some of us are.

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    • 31 July 2013 09:16, by Mangoor

      Kuir wrote several articles that have criticized Kiir’s Gov’t as a dysfunctional one. I wonder how Kiir will bring about change if he does not change the cabinet who are not delivering services? the author is confused though his good English has made others believed that he had concrete point.

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      • 3 August 2013 11:28, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        I totally agree with you that this moron called Kuir Garang is learning to understand democracy and the word ’constitutional rights’ of president, party members; rulers and the ruled without studying where SPLM/A has come from regardless of varied individual backgrounds and ambitions; and where it’s heading regardless of the current domestic and international climate.

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        • 3 August 2013 11:37, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          We don’t need to pretend that we’re highly educated while what we write can never ever be translated into reality in the current political climate in South Sudan where power-hungry morons want to mess up the new nation. It will never happen on our watch, believe me or not. We got to grow our own democracy like most individual western countries not import one from outside.

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