Tomori, NCMP – President Kiir described the Upper Nile state’s governorship nominee, General Johnson Olony as a ‘warmonger’. Dr. Riek Machar continually explained to the President that He is the choice of the party, and should be respected for the sake of peace.
Riek Machar’s party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), was allocated three states, including the Upper Nile state, where the appointment of a governor is still pending and generating a lot of tension.
It will be recalled that in July 2017, Machar appointed Olony who belongs to the Shilluk Kingdom of the Upper Nile state as the governor of the SPLM-IO controlled Fashoda state,
The general and his Shilluk militia defected from President Kiir’s army and joined the SPLM-IO in May 2015 after a three-day attack on the government forces in and around Malakal.
The Shilluk political and tribal leaders are frustrated with their marginalization of the South Sudanese government, after the eruption of the civil war in December 2013.
According to the FVP, Olony is the party’s choice. He also reminded President Kiir of ARCISS and about the provisions that allow each political party to nominate their representatives without interference from other political parties.
This disagreement is becoming very obvious and it is a source of worry in the implementation of the RTGoNU. Furthermore, it’s causing division and hatred among South Sudanese.
Over the years, there is a complete absence of service delivery to South Sudanese people. It has been a quest for power and position in the president’s administration. The implementation of the peace agreement has been paused and other irrelevant issues are focused on. The people of South Sudan have continually been neglected by Kiir’s administration.
Kiir’s administration obviously did not have a clear agenda to jumpstart much-needed development. Has observers have rightly put it, the past is pulling down the president’s administration.
The disagreement over the appointment of the Governorship nominee of the Upper Nile state is a testimony to this fact. The past displayed attitude of Olony is of concern to the president and Machar believes bringing Olony on board strengthens his position in the administration.
When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, as we speak, most of the essential government institutions are not carrying out their duties. The government of South Sudan is still in a stage of its evolution and has not matured enough in its daily operations.
There are still numerous gaps within public institutions to coordinate projects with their branches. The lack of coordination among the government institutions is caused by the absent of modern technology and Salva Kiir does not bother to supply much-needed technological equipment. It seems party to the peace agreement is after themselves being well positioned within the government rather than focusing on development of South Sudan.
Development is a long-term process that requires an appropriate approach and genuine business with joint and synchronized efforts from various angles. It is true that the divergent growth cannot be achieved within one decade; however, main public institutions such as hospitals that are urgently needed would have been built and should be in place by now started in 2005 and present.
Conclusively, because of the inability of the leaders on the issue of appointment, running the government in a disorganized manner, Salva Kiir lead administration will go down in the history as a government that promoted tribalism, a government that failed to combat rampant corruption and more importantly, a government that plunged the country to war and kill innocent people aimlessly because they are from different groups.