By Hon. Atem Garang D. Dekuek
ANALYSIS – “’The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’:
‘Inspired by the Socialist principles of freedom, equality and social justice’
‘and in order to:’ ……
‘curb the crime that has been rising.’
‘Destroy forever the social diseases of corruption, cheating, theft, robbery and exploitation’
‘Rid society of hunger, disease, ignorance and other harmful habits and practices.’”
(The Penal and Disciplinary Law of the SPLM/SPLA1984, preamble p. 1)
The then SPLM objectives as quoted above, are still relevant and realistic to be embraced, therefore, there is need to work with intention to operationalise and implement some of them in the ten states. These objectives were among many other principles hat guided the SPLM/A to wage a patriotic war(1983-2011) for justice, freedom and human dignity, which are in sharp contrast with the confused war (2013-2018), that was fought among the SPLM/A factions, centred on positionsand opportunities. This 2013-2018 war of positions had ravaged our country and the lives and livelihoods of our people; and it ended in a negotiated peace based on positionsin public offices the so -called power model of peace.
By the appointments of the state governors and their governments, the real work to implement the agreement has just started.
This is an indication that the stakeholders are tirelessly trying to work together in order to restore stability and mitigate the effects of the war that initially they ignited, and vigorously fanned. Peace building requires funding and commitment of all stakeholders, of the Peace Agreement. Meanwhile, we the citizens of this country, are expected to fully cooperate with them, in their endeavor to reconcile, and mend the damage they have inflicted on our social fabric.
Therefore, peace building and restoration of confidence among various social strata and components of each state rest on the shoulders of Governors, their Administrations and the people of each state; and to each Governor I appeal that:
‘Local Government Administration’ is based on thorough information about the people you are administering, you should have comprehensive updated statistic of the people and every thing in the county; (even the species of trees, birds, invasive plants etc. in the state!). Through local government administration, you can learn new things every single week or month, if you are frequently visiting people in their counties and payams.
(Together we can build South Sudan!)
Atem Garang D. Dekuek is a former inspector of local government, former deputy speaker of the Sudan National Assembly, former government chief whip.
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