By Gabriel Matut Maliah
OPINION – “No matter what obstacles you face, you first need to get deep with knowing yourself—your strengths, your values, your comfort zones, your blind spots, and your biases. When you fully understand yourself, you will know where your true north lies,” quote by unknown.
I chatted online yesterday with my White man friend whom I met two years ago in a bookshop in South Africa and asked me impolitely, ” Why are you still at war with yourselves and how do you handle COVID-19 with your fragile economy, healthcare systems and ineffective government? ”
I kept silent for 3 minutes to get an accurate answer and before responding, he asked me again, why are you silent. My answer was that we are managing despite all our shortcomings as a nation. The fatality and cases rate in South Sudan is low compare to yours, I told him.
After 30 minutes while chatting, he asked me with the last most stupid question: Is there same sex marriage in your country? My response to him was that you check ONLINE whether it is allowed or not in South Sudan.
His comment on my reply was that South Sudan needs to legalize same sex marriage so that it gets get more funds to stabilize its fragile economy and improve healthcare systems as it has been legalized in some few African countries.
My emotional response to him was that same sex marriage would NEVER happen in South Sudan; given our rich culture of resilience toward challenges. I felt offended and locked him out of communication.
The lesson learned from such conversation to my African Heads of States and governments:
You need to fight governance curse which has been hampering our continent development for centuries and this is possible when we ARE BRUTALLY HONEST WITH OURSELVES AND PRIORITIZE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY in the management of our God-given resources.
Here we will not suffer from what is called the paradoxes of plenty and therefore we will be able to fund our megaprojects of development and other upcoming unforeseen pandemics.
If we fight this governance curse by defending our constitutions, where those found guilty to face rule of law, we will not be forced by outsiders because of their millions dollars to adopt cultures and implement agendas that are against our way of life.
With zero tolerance to widespread corruption, high economic inequality and sub-standard public institutions, human rights abuses and tribal/ethnic conflicts, our heads of states and governments will be able to deter intervention of external political agents or imposition of foreign interests in term of regimes changes.
In conclusion, there is no way African Heads of States and governments should be vulnerable to such humiliating conditions to those that named themselves superpowers if we are financially stable and govern ourselves as they do, because they are not ANGELs or small gods.
To everyone discomfit, National Employees working with foreign businesses across Africa despite their excellent credentials and experiences, are being treated as animals and living miserable working conditions at the watch of their governments as consequences of such vulnerabilities and inferiority complexes of the highest orders.
Our daily business as African citizens of fighting over petty issues need to stop and start taking charge of our roles to avoid re-enslavement of the continent.
The author is a concerned South Sudanese and can be reached via his email: email@example.com.
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