OpEd, Politics

Independence is nothing else, but a freedom to improve people’s lives

 What is the price for which 2.5 million Southern Sudanese perished during the liberation struggles? What is the price for which South Sudanese voted for independence? What is the price for which H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit was voted as the first elected President of the Republic of South Sudan?   The price is that South Sudanese had wanted to have an independent country free from second-class citizenship, corruption, hunger, discrimination, oppression and all other sorts of inhumanity.

When South Sudan became independent, new leaves of life began to bud as the happiness of having a country continued watering them.   Before a breath of fresh air was taken, leaders who once united to liberate South Sudan, fought a fierce war, which if analysed, could be analysed as if they had disagreed during the liberation struggle but promised themselves to liberate South Sudan first, and then they would fight after independence to show who is stronger than who. The two wars fought could not be fought by those who just disagreed in the course of months, but by those who disagreed for years not less than 10.

As freedom was expected to heal the wounds created by the liberation struggles, freedom itself was maimed and this led to loss of so many lives. The Revitalised Peace Agreement was inked and nothing has improved to date as evidenced by the fact that other parts of South Sudan have never tasted the fruits of peace agreement.   The economy continues deteriorating on a daily basis despite tremendous efforts being truly or falsely (who knows) exerted to control it. South Sudan is free but her people are enslaved by hunger, poverty, corruption, tribalism, injustice, and bad governance. This revokes the freedom of South Sudan.

No other country on earth has her economy deranged like that of South Sudan where a commodity attains a different price on daily basis. With the extension of the transitional period, it has clearly shown that leaders of South Sudan are more concerned with what improves their own lives than what improves the lives of the citizens.   Extension of the transitional period means an extension of crises. It also means an extension of war ongoing in the Upper Nile region and parts of Equatoria region. There should not be another extension at all.

The peace agreement which was as sweet as honey has now become as bitter as the bark of a mahogany tree. It has been made bitter by the unending hardships into which South Sudanese have fallen. The suffering is beyond the description.  Is this not a political tactic to harm more lives than those harmed already? Would there be more people, apart from the families of the government officials, to embrace the end of the transitional period?

Why would humanity be extinct in a broad daylight like this? Does this mean nobody among the international community cares about humanity by waging war against what destroys it? Where is the visionary leadership often claimed by the leaders of South Sudan if neither the President nor one of the Vice Presidents shows concerns about how South Sudanese struggle getting just half a meal per day?

It is unfortunate that hunger has engulfed the country and leaders seem to be reluctant about devising ways to get rid of it. Is there any president who rules over a country inhabited by vultures that have landed to scavenge on the dead and dying people?  If yesterday was like today and tomorrow will still be like today, how would South Sudanese expect their lives to improve?

Thank you for reading “Sowing The Seed Of Truth”.

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