OpEd, Politics

The country is ravaged by political prostitution.

By Theem Isaac Machar Akot


The term “prostitution” may evoke strong reactions, and it leads us to question: Are politicians involved in inappropriate activities within their offices? Are they associated with establishments commonly linked t prostitution?  The answer is no; they don’t. The writer targets behavioural prostitution sponsored by the naked politics of this nation.

It is time he or she who may question something like that sits down and learns about it, as I have learned the diminishing value of politics in my country. What is happening in South Sudan is not politics. It is something I can’t tell. If I enlighten it as a baby cry, it will never suit these promiscuous politicians of ours.  Describing this as a crying shame for food entices despair.

The word prostitution no longer describes women’s promiscuity. It best describes those possessed by political greed, and this brings us to the question: What is political prostitution? What causes it?

In simple terms, political prostitution is a dishonest political act that keeps politicians switching from one political party to another in search of greener pastures. The practice portrays naked politics, which makes politicians rapists. In other words, most of our political agenda is “political rape.”

We know that there is political freedom in the world of politics. However, dignity is worth protecting, no matter what the case may be. As I have questioned above what the causes are, there are a lot, but a few potential causes will be discussed below.

One of the primary causes of political prostitution is the pursuit of power and influence. Politics is an arena where individuals compete for control over resources, decision-making processes, and public perception. In this context, politicians may be willing to compromise their principles and engage in unethical behaviour to increase their chances of success. They may also be influenced by powerful interest groups or individuals who offer them financial or other forms of support in exchange for favours.

What baffles me is that one understands the weaknesses of his party when sacked. A case in point is that of the person who accused the SPM of unfairness and corruption. Things they don’t see when holding political posts. The same case arises after joining the parties of their choice when they fail to meet the targeted desires.

Another contributing factor to political prostitution is the lack of transparency and accountability in political systems. When politicians are not held accountable for their actions, they may feel emboldened to engage in unethical behaviour without fear of consequences.

This can create a culture of corruption where politicians believe that they are above the law and can act with impunity. Furthermore, the absence of clear and enforceable rules and regulations can make it difficult for citizens to hold their representatives accountable.

The role of money in politics is also a significant cause of political prostitution. Elections are extensive endeavors, and politicians must raise significant funds to compete effectively.

This has created an environment where politicians are heavily reliant on financial support from special interest groups, corporations, and wealthy individuals.

What we have here are nominal parties. This means lacking the qualities of good political parties.  Their true meanings are “money briefcases.” The national resources are divided among the parties. A further elucidation looks at how resource distribution is done.

The easiest way to get a share of national resources is to own a party and frame bogus objectives to implement, which, in broad daylight, never work out because individuals personalize the resources.

To sum up, the act is dishonest and greedy. The nation will never progress unless the politicians change their money-reliant policies. Loyalty is no longer for the country; people are loyal to money, making corruption an official practice.

Have a blessed day!

The author is a third-year student at the University of Juba School of Education, Department of English Language and Literature.

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