By Dak Buoth
Nairobi August, 2022 )In the wee hours of Tuesday 9th August 2022, Kenyans goes to the poll to choose their leaders for a third time in a row since the promulgation of the constitution 2010 thirteen years ago. On 6th August 2022, political campaigns came to a close after months of successful and peaceful vote hunting by aspirants vying for various presidential and parliamentary seats.
Election is not an event but a process that has four essential stages namely registration and verification of voters, campaign, voting, counting and declaration of results. The two remaining stages of voting and counting are crucial to this democratic exercise.
The way the campaign ended peacefully is the same way the outcome will be at the end of the day. I’m pretty sure and confident that this historical plebiscite will be peaceful. The peaceful outcome of this election will largely depend on the seriousness of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that has vowed to conduct a free and credible election.
The just concluded peaceful campaigns will greatly attracts and motivates the registered voters to turn out in large numbers knowing that there would be no cases of skirmishes during and after the poll.
On 30th May 2022, I perused on citizen weekly a publication on the American report titled Worldwide Threat Assessment. It says and I quote ‘‘the agencies warn of the likelihood of poll violence given that none of the two leading presidential contenders-Azimio La Umoja one Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga, and United Democratic Alliance flag bearer and deputy president William Ruto is ready to accept the voters verdicts if defeated at the final presidential results.’’
I partly disagreed with these findings saying there would be violence because none of them will accept presidential results. The duo had worked together before and they are Nilotic brothers who shared some political ideals.
In any event, if one of them felt unhappy that the election was not carried out in the manner prescribed by law, the aggrieved party will approach the court of law.
As at now, Kenya has a functional judiciary that all Kenyans believe in. The manner in which contestants carried out their campaign devoid of any political violence demonstrate that Kenya’s democracy has come of age. Thus, i doubt if the report’s findings will come true.
I know Kenyans do not take this election exercise for granted. As someone who studied in this country, this democratic space that Kenyans are enjoying, was not given in a silver platter. There are gallant Kenyans leaders who toiled and moiled for Kenya’s second liberation that brought the Kenya’s new constitution to fruition.
I can mention a few of these second liberation stalwarts, and especially those who are in the race vying in this election. First, revolutionary Kogi Wamwere who is vying as an independent candidate for Nakuru County senatorial seat, second, James Orengo, candidate for Siaya gubernatorial position, third, Kiraitu Mirungi, gubernatorial candidate in Meru county, fourth, Peter Anyang Nyongo, gubernatorial candidate for Kisumu county, fifth Raila Amolo Odingo, Presidential aspirant vying under Azimio La Umoja coalition not forgetting Martha Wangari Karua who is a running mate to the Azimio la Umoja flag bearer.
Now as Kenyan decides, I wish them a good luck in this coming election. Those of us from South Sudan, who lack this democratic opportunity to elect our leaders cannot envy but enjoy and learn from this example. We should just try to be happy that our region has got a mentor whom we can emulate or imitate when it comes to matters democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law.
On 29 July, 2022, I was among the South Sudanese community leaders that were called to the Embassy by South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya Chol Mawut Ajongo. He briefed us on how south Sudanese in Kenya should conduct themselves during and after this election.
Ambassador Ajongo only told us to tell our people to exercise utmost precaution in spite of the fact that the election is likely going to be peaceful. In Nuer language we say ‘chi wan la dwal’ which means precaution is not cowardice. Therefore, he reminded us to do the following;
First, he urges the South Sudanese leaving in Kenya to do advance shopping so that on the election day they can remain indoors as voting takes place, second, he said do not send underage children for shopping, third he encourages us to avoid crowd and rowdy places, fourth, he strongly warn us to refrain from discussing and analyzing politics with strangers particularly on the streets, Fifth, Ambassador Ajongo encourages all South Sudanese nationals to leave unnecessary travels during and after this election. Sixth, he wants us to pray and wish our Kenyans brothers and sisters a peaceful election. On 30th July 2022, Ambassador Ajongo spoke at length about these points when he addressed the Liech Community gathering during the graduation thank-giving of Unity State minister of Land and public Utilities, Lam Tungwar Kueigwong in Nairobi. He emphasized very much on point number four saying that there south Sudanese, who by virtue of them being in Kenya for long time think they are Kenyans even when they do not have Kenyan identity cards.
Ambassador Ajongo, who is trained lawyer said by law we are foreigners, and that there are certain things such as this election that we should distance ourselves from. In addition to what Ambassador Ajongo pointed out, I would say that this is time to sit, watch news and read books or newspapers to acquaint ourselves of what will be transpiring during and after the poll.
The Writer is the Chairman of Liech community Association in Kenya, the views expressed here are his own, and he can be reached for comments via firstname.lastname@example.org
Gen. Buay rejects investigation committee on Mayom extrajudicial killings
JUBA – South Sudan opposition commander and leader of the holdout South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) Gen. Stephen Buay Rolnyang has downplayed impact of a recent investigation committee formed by President Kiir to investigate Mayom extrajudicial killings.
In July, fighting between rebel forces belonging to Buay and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces resulted in the killing of Mayom County Commissioner who was attacked and assassinated in his house at dawn on July 21.
The government responded by hunting down rebel forces and was able to convince Sudan to handover to them those who had fled to Sudan. Four opposition commanders who were handed over by the Sudanese authorities were later on executed.
The killing parked public outcry with President Kiir being urged by members of the public to remove the governor of Unity State Nguen Manytuil Wijang who is accused of direct involvement in the killing of the opposition commanders.
Kiir then formed a committee to investigate the rising insecurity in Unity State and told the committee to receive a report in a period not exceeding two weeks.
Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, General Buay said he doubts that something will be done by the committee, citing previous committees formed without tangible results.
“The SSPM/A has learned with great concern the formation of the investigation committee that was formed by the regime to investigate the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers who were kidnapped in Fula state, Sudan on 6 August 2022 and summarily executed in Mayom by the governor of unity state on 8 August 2022,” he said.
“It has been a tendency of the regime to form an investigation committee which usually ends up without any tangible results or outcome,” he added.
He said “Several investigation committees were formed by the President himself and the results were undermined and sabotaged and thrown into dustbin with good example of the recent investigation committee that was formed to investigate atrocities that were committed by allied militias and SSPDF forces in South of Unity state, therefore, the investigation committee ended up without any tangible results. So, this investigation committee is not exceptional.”
General Buay further alleged that army generals who were involved “in the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers have been secretly sent to Khartoum by Hon. Tut Gatluak pretending to be sick to avoid investigation committee.”
These, he said, are General Joseph Manyuat, General Bol Mayak, and General Michal Makal Kuol Majak.
South Sudan rejects Morocco’s request to severe ties with Sahrawi
NEW YORK – South Sudan has rejected Morocco’s request for it to severe diplomatic ties with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, saying it supports the position of the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) on the matter.
The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a partially recognised state, recognised by 41 UN member states, located in the western Maghreb, which claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, but controls only the easternmost one-fifth of that territory.
On Tuesday, South Sudan’s Vice President for Services Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol met and held discussions with the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the 77th regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, how to advance the interests of Africans, advocate for peace, security and supporting more than a decade-old policy in which they supported the continental body’s call for free self-determination of the Sahrawi people.
The meeting between the two leaders angered the Moroccan government, which protested in a letter it sent to the South Sudanese embassy in the North African country.
However, South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs ministry informed the Kingdom of Morocco government that “the meeting between our delegation and the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs does not negate our strategic bilateral relations with the kingdom.”
“The Republic of South Sudan is a member of the African Union and the United Nations and would want to reiterate that it does not see it fit to have contrary views to the position of the African Union and UN [Security Council] Resolution 690, as a viable engagement framework to find a lasting solution over the dispute on Western Sahara”, it added.
Juba further said it has not deviated from supporting the AU and UN’s position which insists the Sahrawi people be allowed to decide their future.
“South Sudan’s leadership and the government position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is fully supportive of the decision of the Organization of African Unity turned African Union to admit SADR to its membership on 22nd August 1982, and the AU Charter which calls for the unquestionable and inalienable right of a people to self-determination,” stressed the ministry’s statement.
In 2017, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI visited South Sudan and held talks with President Salva Kiir aimed at “promoting friendship and solidarity” between both nations. The visit came at the time Morroco was seeking support to return to the AU.
Foreign policy experts, however, argue that the position of South Sudan would have backpedaled a decade-old policy in which African countries generally support calls for a referendum in a region Morocco claims is part of its territory.
MoH deploys Ebola response team at southern borders
The national Ministry of Health has deployed a technical team of 15 health workers to areas bordering Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor and screen travelers amid the new Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
Dr. Victoria Anib Majur, the ministry’s undersecretary said a five-member team is heading to Yambio of Western Equatoria State.
The health personnel include public health officers, lab technicians, case management surveillance officers and infection and preventing control officers.
“The ministry of health is very determined to make sure that there are precautionary measures in place to make sure Ebola doesn’t enter to the country,” said Anib.
“On top of it, we want to send a message to people to adhere with measure by washing hand If any person develops symptoms of fever or suspects any symptoms, he should report it to the nearest health facility.”
Dr. Victoria who spoke to reporters upon the departure of the doctors from Juba Airport, revealed that the ministry has also dispatched similar five-member team to Yei and another to Nimule.
Team of specialists deployed in Yei to conduct surveillance on Ebola Virus Disease. (Mabior Kiir).
She said the health professionals will launch precautionary measures center to monitor suspect Ebola cases.
On Tuesday, health authorities in Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case of the rare Sudan strain was confirmed in Mubende district in the central part of the country.
So far, 31 confirmed and suspected cases, and 19 deaths have been reported by Uganda’s health ministryOn Friday, President Kiir’s cabinet meeting allocated 500,000 US dollars as funds for mitigation and prevention of Ebola following reported outbreak of the virus in Uganda early this week.
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