OpEd, Politics

Addressing the gap between the rich and the poor

By Theem Isaac Machar


South Sudan, a multilingual country with 64 tribes, has been divided into two groups: The Poor and the rich (oppressors and the oppressed).

The oppressors control the government and promote totalitarianism, while the oppressed constitute a larger number living in extreme destitution.

They have no jobs, are cruelly treated, have low incomes, and are heavily taxed. Since gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan has been plagued by political turmoil, economic instability, and corruption.

The oppressed citizens, who have suffered from systemic discrimination, economic negligence, and political exclusion, are the most affected.

The concentrated power and resources in the hands of a few elites have perpetuated the cycle of poverty and deprivation for the majority.

The lack of access to basic services like education, healthcare, and clean water has further exacerbated the plight of the oppressed.

The division between the oppressed citizens and the corrupt government officials stems from the pervasive corruption that plagues South Sudan. Government officials, entrusted with the responsibility of serving the people, have instead used their positions for personal gain, perpetuating a culture of impunity and undermining democratic principles.

Corruption in South Sudan is multi-faceted, ranging from embezzlement of public funds to bribery, nepotism, and fraudulent practices. These corrupt practices have hindered economic development, stifled investment, and deepened social inequalities. The corrupt government officials, often from influential tribes or connected to powerful networks, have used their positions to accumulate wealth and maintain their grip on power, contributing to the oppression of the citizens.

Democracy, with its principles of equality, justice, and popular participation, has been severely undermined by the actions of corrupt government officials. The suppression of dissent, restrictions on freedom of speech, and manipulation of electoral processes have eroded democratic institutions and impeded the citizens’ ability to express their will.

Corruption has also eroded public trust in the government, fostering cynicism and disillusionment among the citizens. As a result, citizens’ participation in political processes has waned, further entrenching the power of corrupt officials and perpetuating the cycle of oppression.

Tranquil policies, promote dialogue and reconciliation and foster a culture of respect for diversity.

Investing in Economic Development: Addressing the socio-economic disparities that contribute to the oppression of citizens is crucial. Investing in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and agriculture can provide opportunities for economic growth and poverty alleviation. This will reduce the vulnerability of citizens and provide a foundation for a more equitable society.

International Support and Diplomatic Engagement: The international community should continue to support South Sudan in its efforts to address corruption and promote democracy. This can be done through financial assistance, capacity-building programs, and diplomatic engagement. Collaboration with regional and international organizations can also help in combating corruption, promoting good governance, and fostering peace.

Addressing the divide between the oppressed citizens and the corrupt government officials in South Sudan requires a multi-faceted approach that encompasses good governance, transparency, citizen empowerment, and socio-economic development. It is a complex task for all the oppressed to stand up for the rights that they are being deprived of.  Face tough times and God will come your way.

The writer is a second-year student University of Juba School of Education.  He is reachable via email at theemisaacmachar@gmail.com  / +211922218519



Comments are closed.