South Sudanese sacrificed their blood to see the next generation have their own Country that cares for its people and provide the basic services for them. Simple! We did not expect more suffering than it was when we did not have this country. Today, I take a look back since we got to rule ourselves and check where we have reached. I based my judgment against the below basic functions of what government should do and realities on the ground;
- Security to the Territory and all the citizens
- Provision of basic services (Food, Hospitals, Education, and Clean water)
- Infrastructures (Roads, electricity)
Let’s have a look at them one at a time
- South Sudan doesn’t have internationally recognized borders until I write this note
- There is bloodshed all over the country in all the Thirty-two plus states, at least dozen of lives are lost in a day in this country on average (This is my own figure)
- I cannot call the police when I have a problem because I do not trust the police to help me and indeed he won’t. The arm forces part takes in huge crimes committed in the country.
- I can’t work in another state freely, I may be killed and true this is happening. People get killed.
- I cannot travel by road from one county to another, I may be killed and for sure, people die every day
- The farmer can’t grow crops or they get killed on the farm by the neighboring communities
- The Judiciary is on strike. So, the country is ruled by no law
So, has this been met? NO
Provision of basic services
- Famine was declared in the country earlier this year, 2017 to evidence the lack of food. No mere ugali
- We import everything including okra, tooth pick. Match stick. Everything!
- 90% of our women and mothers are still victims of villages’ midwives. No hospitals.
- Our education system is the worse in the world. In fact, the worst form of corruption has reached to another stage in South Sudan. Corruption in education sector hits the last nail on the country’s coffin. No unified curriculum and system for Primary, Secondary and Higher Education. Students have no good classes but passing National Exams with 90%. You find second year Student in University that can’t write a letter. Yet, we have two Ministries for Educations.
- The clean water issue is a luxury and can’t be talked of at this watch in my beloved country.
- The Economy can’t move an inch. It is crippled. The Central Bank has become a shopping center for the government officials
- No salaries for the civil servants for the last 4 months for the Juba based staffs and six months for the rest outside the capital. The arm forces have nothing to feed their families. What will stop them from using the power they have to get food?
- Though we have oil underground, Citizens line for a fuel up to 2km. Still, you can’t fuel your bike. The government subsidizes the fuel highly and when it arrives, it is allocated to the chiefs of the nation, not to petrol stations, who in turn sold it in a Black market, take to Uganda or DR Congo for a better deal.
So, has this been met? NO
- There are no roads across the country. An ideal nation with vision would at least have had one tarmac from Juba –Renk, Juba-Awiel, Juba-Yambio, and Juba-Narus to mention but few.
- No electricity across the state. In fact, it is the only country without city power in the world.
- Nothing has been done
So, has this been met? NO
What a resilience society? With all these, they can still afford to smile? People still pretend that everything is alright! We are ok! NOT ME!
To nobody surprise, the families of all our BIG GUYS access all these provisions internally or externally
- Huge Government (Take simple calculation, when we had tens states. Government pays 10 Governors + Deputies + its government, and serve them with V8s, compare with Thirty two states’ spending
- Poor Institutions (Governance) which is manifested by war, ethnic hatred & Economic crises
- Stop the war like yesterday
- Reduce the government size (for instance, 1 Minister for Education, 1 for Finance, Economic Planning and Trade, 1 for Petroleum, Mining and Mineral resources, 1 For Wild Life, Forestry, Dams & Water, Another for Transport, Roads and Bridges to mention but few examples that are being separated at the movement)
- Reverse the decision of thirty-two states, yes; we appear to implement the ‘taking-Town’ to people policy, but this has successfully divided people of South Sudan according to their tribes. It makes everything more complicated. Besides, taking the town to people doesn’t mean putting everyone on the government payroll. But taking development to the people. At the movement, the government should swallow the pride and accept the fact. There is no money to pay this huge government. Divert those funds to develop the nation.
- By the way, was the parliament able to pass the financial Year budget 2016/2017? How about FY 2017/2018? That crowd in that building who when shown on SSBC resemble passengers in the Malaysian MH70 is obsolete and must be down sized to less than 100 Members. After all, they are just MPs by the show of hands and figures.
- N.B. Salaries make an average of 40% of the overall budget. So, instead of calling Country Financial year Budget, It should be renamed as Salaries forecast of year 2017/2018 and beyond.
- The SPLA after restructuring this year still need some bold decisions such as; reduce the number of Generals to match the number of divisions. Send Home everybody above the rank of major, borrow money and pay them off. Have only ten Generals. Stop rampant promotions. Do not confirm rebel’s ranks when they come back. This has spoilt our army. Professionalize SPLA.
- Build our institutions and have systems working in every sector. Stop transporting cash in the boxes. Especially, the Education sector, it is the only sector that will ”re-liberate” this country and makes it great! And Makes it a place to live in.
- I don’t wish to talk about SPLMSSSSS.. what is wrong with our people? If they truly love the name that everyone wishes to oppose and still keeps the names, why can’t you keep one name or make reforms? Rather than confusing our innocent citizens with SPLM-DC, SPLM-IO-IG, SPLM-IO-In the Bush, SPLM-IO- In Uganda, SPLM-Former Detainees, SPLM-IG, SPLM-Neutral, SPLM Oyeee, and so forth. Can’t give us another name, come up with a real manifesto that will convince the citizens and you will for sure one day win? For me, SPLM should gloriously be accompanied to join KANU.
If all these can’t be done, then there would be no better term to call South Sudan than ‘’ A failed State’’.
I think it is at this stage, a mechanic recommends for an engine overhaul.
I am just saying!