Some of us joined oppositions with desire to contribute to reforms in South Sudan

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Some of us joined oppositions with desire to contribute to reforms in South Sudan

By Juol Nhomngek Gec, the SPLM-IO Lakes State News Desk

When the nation is led by non-functional and non-nationalists the move by others to disagree with them is interpreted as they are only opportunists who are looking for Greener pastures in politics.

The reason may be that the way they understand issues makes them view every person opposing them or Government to be someone looking for opportunity to enter the system.

This is even worse in South Sudan where people struggle for survival without thinking of others. It was the same reason the resignation of Comrade Captain Mabior Garang was viewed with contempt when he resigned from the Ministry of Interior where he was appointed as the Deputy Minister.

It is the same thinking in which we are being blamed today for criticizing the Government yet we are in the same Government and even some of us got positions. Those who view being in the Government as a way of getting jobs wonder at what should be our motive for getting jobs yet we still talk against the Government.

I am not able to explain or properly describe such understanding other than saying that there some kind of deformity in the way we South Sudanese view Government in the country.

In fact, our view of government was once summed up by the Late SPLM/A leader Dr John Garang De that the concept of Sudanese us that the government is viewed as heap of resources where each person just takes as he or she wishes.

The whole is deformation of what the Government means in actual sense. Dr. Garang knew very well but nothing was done. This is why I say that such deformity was the SPLM mainstream strategy for governance.

The SPLM-IG or the SPLM mainstream uses poverty as a tool to control citizens and to command unquestionable loyalty. The SPLM-IG has mentally conditioned citizens to think that Government is everything and cannot be questioned.

The citizens become bunch of redundant individuals who have nothing to offer to the Government yet in reality it is the Government that depends on them. Therefore, the citizens end up struggling for jobs, money and other personal benefits without going beyond the Government benefits and how the Government gets those benefits they receive in return.

Hence, every person that is seen questioning the system is viewed in the angle of jobseekers or those who are seeking for attention to be given something. Those who beg and worship are viewed as true patriots. This kind of understanding of patriotism and criticisms has clouded the whole purpose of opposing the Government in South Sudan..

The thinking of who is a true patriot in South Sudan is contrary to a true Nationalism. The true Nationalism as practised by a Nationalist that opposes the Government on genuine grounds such as bad governance and its components love the country not the leadership.

This means that those who love the people not the leadership love the Country. Someone who love the country puts the Country above his or her personal life and benefits.

The concept of Nationalism has been there throughout human history and Patriots have been paying for their love of the country. The reason few Government critics existed in the past was due to the limited means of communication.

As the internet advanced and came with the power of the people activisms have increased which has put traditional leadership style in question. Previously, it used to be difficult for those who oppose the Government as it used to be easier for the government to control individuals’ writings through controlling the newspapers by censoring those who are critical against the Government.

However this has changed in the 21st Century as internet revolution has revolutionized the activism and its roles. The internet has empowered the people. As it has been observed, social media bring power to the people by making it easier for them to become prominent critics of Government.

It has become so easy for one to oppose the Government and sometime people are caught up in the wire mesh of government crackdown. But it is not easy for the government to control the critics as any move to oppress the critics can easily be publicised that can raise the eyebrows of the international Community and human rights system that is highly specialized.

The only alternative the Government can devise is to copt some citizens to defend it on social media. In that way, the Government has even employed some people as youth ambassadors who are paid like the real ambassadors in order to defend the Government with all their hearts.

In addition to the above point, some people defend the Government purely on the ground of tribal affiliation. This has further increased hate speech and intense fighting on social media. It was due to that reason someone made observation that the war that had been fought on social media if it were physical and direct combat, South Sudan would have been erased onto ashes.

At present, South Sudan as many critics as defenders on social media. What is peculiar about those defenders is that majority are from Dinka tribe as seen recently when some of those prominent media activists and Government defenders set their feet in Juba after traveling from far.

Some of those prominent Government social media defenders that came from abroad last week were Mama Amira Awad Ali, Akuac Elissa Wol and Daniella Valentino Wol. These are the people that I saw with my naked eyes.

The purpose for their coming to the Republic of Juba was not clear though from the inference from their talks that was held inside the State House or famously known as J1, those Government social media defenders might have come to meet and brief the President, Salva Kiir Mayardit on their war against the oppositions on social media.

In addition, they might have come to sit down together with the Presidency to assess the activities of the members of oppositions social media against the Government and to find a way how they should control them by paying them off into silence or find another way to make sure that they are silence at all costs.

I have reached the above conclusion because of the information that I got from reliable source from the State House. I was reliably informed that I was one of the people discussed during their meeting in J1. Those J1 visitors were blaming the Government Officials as to why they made a mistake to allow someone like Juol Nhomngek to join the opposition in the first place.

When I heard this information, I was happy simply because I realized that others and I who are the members of oppositions engaged on social media war front are doing a good job in fighting for true reforms.

I am confident that we are on the way to win the war through the non-violence means which has given me incentive to even increase my speed and volume in order to put pressure on the Government to ensure that the Agreement is implemented in letter and spirit.

What I also realized from J1 talks was the fact that the government is still ignorant of what some of us want . The Government agents thought that money is everything and the people like Juol should be employed in order to gag their mouths with dollars and make them quiet indefinitely or become stance supporters of the Government.

What I would like to tell the members of J1 is that some of us have not joined oppositions purely to get jobs but we have joined due to the desire to achieve true reforms in South Sudan.

In summary, the war for reforms must continue. With time, those Government social media defenders will realize that the government they are defending is not there to acknowledge their support but they are only treated well as long as they are useful.

As Daniella Valentino Wol observed in her remarks on September 17, 2020 at 18:41 PM, “Honestly speaking I have met with President Kiir today but I didn’t speak with him because Ateny Wek Ateny was speaking on my behalf. If I didn’t love SPLA/SPLM I would have rebelled today……

President asking me what do I want without being given water in his office like I was going there to beg him for money and food…. Unfortunate day that I will remember for the rest of my life, I thank him for peace and unity nothing more and nothing much”

Ateny Wek was controlling her simply because he was fearing that if he allowed her, she would say some secrets to the President. At that point Daniella Valentino Wol was not useful to the system so she has to controlled.

When the nation is led by non-functional and non-nationalists the move by others to disagree with them is interpreted as they are only opportunists who are looking for Greener pastures in politics.

The reason may be that the way they understand issues makes them view every person opposing them or Government to be someone looking for opportunity to enter the system.

This is even worse in South Sudan where people struggle for survival without thinking of others. It was the same reason the resignation of Comrade Captain Mabior Garang was viewed with contempt when he resigned from the Ministry of Interior where he was appointed as the Deputy Minister.

It is the same thinking in which we are being blamed today for criticizing the Government yet we are in the same Government and even some of us got positions. Those who view being in the Government as a way of getting jobs wonder at what should be our motive for getting jobs yet we still talk against the Government.

I am not able to explain or properly describe such understanding other than saying that there some kind of deformity in the way we South Sudanese view Government in the country.

In fact, our view of government was once summed up by the Late SPLM/A leader Dr John Garang De that the concept of Sudanese us that the government is viewed as heap of resources where each person just takes as he or she wishes.

The whole is deformation of what the Government means in actual sense. Dr. Garang knew very well but nothing was done. This is why I say that such deformity was the SPLM mainstream strategy for governance.

The SPLM-IG or the SPLM mainstream uses poverty as a tool to control citizens and to command unquestionable loyalty. The SPLM-IG has mentally conditioned citizens to think that Government is everything and cannot be questioned.

The citizens become bunch of redundant individuals who have nothing to offer to the Government yet in reality it is the Government that depends on them. Therefore, the citizens end up struggling for jobs, money and other personal benefits without going beyond the Government benefits and how the Government gets those benefits they receive in return.

Hence, every person that is seen questioning the system is viewed in the angle of jobseekers or those who are seeking for attention to be given something. Those who beg and worship are viewed as true patriots. This kind of understanding of patriotism and criticisms has clouded the whole purpose of opposing the Government in South Sudan..

The thinking of who is a true patriot in South Sudan is contrary to a true Nationalism. The true Nationalism as practised by a Nationalist that opposes the Government on genuine grounds such as bad governance and its components love the country not the leadership.

This means that those who love the people not the leadership love the Country. Someone who love the country puts the Country above his or her personal life and benefits.

The concept of Nationalism has been there throughout human history and Patriots have been paying for their love of the country. The reason few Government critics existed in the past was due to the limited means of communication.

As the internet advanced and came with the power of the people activisms have increased which has put traditional leadership style in question. Previously, it used to be difficult for those who oppose the Government as it used to be easier for the government to control individuals’ writings through controlling the newspapers by censoring those who are critical against the Government.

However this has changed in the 21st Century as internet revolution has revolutionized the activism and its roles. The internet has empowered the people. As it has been observed, social media bring power to the people by making it easier for them to become prominent critics of Government.

It has become so easy for one to oppose the Government and sometime people are caught up in the wire mesh of government crackdown. But it is not easy for the government to control the critics as any move to oppress the critics can easily be publicised that can raise the eyebrows of the international Community and human rights system that is highly specialized.

The only alternative the Government can devise is to copt some citizens to defend it on social media. In that way, the Government has even employed some people as youth ambassadors who are paid like the real ambassadors in order to defend the Government with all their hearts.

In addition to the above point, some people defend the Government purely on the ground of tribal affiliation. This has further increased hate speech and intense fighting on social media. It was due to that reason someone made observation that the war that had been fought on social media if it were physical and direct combat, South Sudan would have been erased onto ashes.

At present, South Sudan as many critics as defenders on social media. What is peculiar about those defenders is that majority are from Dinka tribe as seen recently when some of those prominent media activists and Government defenders set their feet in Juba after traveling from far.

Some of those prominent Government social media defenders that came from abroad last week were Mama Amira Awad Ali, Akuac Elissa Wol and Daniella Valentino Wol. These are the people that I saw with my naked eyes.

The purpose for their coming to the Republic of Juba was not clear though from the inference from their talks that was held inside the State House or famously known as J1, those Government social media defenders might have come to meet and brief the President, Salva Kiir Mayardit on their war against the oppositions on social media.

In addition, they might have come to sit down together with the Presidency to assess the activities of the members of oppositions social media against the Government and to find a way how they should control them by paying them off into silence or find another way to make sure that they are silence at all costs.

I have reached the above conclusion because of the information that I got from reliable source from the State House. I was reliably informed that I was one of the people discussed during their meeting in J1. Those J1 visitors were blaming the Government Officials as to why they made a mistake to allow someone like Juol Nhomngek to join the opposition in the first place.

When I heard this information, I was happy simply because I realized that others and I who are the members of oppositions engaged on social media war front are doing a good job in fighting for true reforms.

I am confident that we are on the way to win the war through the non-violence means which has given me incentive to even increase my speed and volume in order to put pressure on the Government to ensure that the Agreement is implemented in letter and spirit.

What I also realized from J1 talks was the fact that the government is still ignorant of what some of us want . The Government agents thought that money is everything and the people like Juol should be employed in order to gag their mouths with dollars and make them quiet indefinitely or become stance supporters of the Government.

What I would like to tell the members of J1 is that some of us have not joined oppositions purely to get jobs but we have joined due to the desire to achieve true reforms in South Sudan.

In summary, the war for reforms must continue. With time, those Government social media defenders will realize that the government they are defending is not there to acknowledge their support but they are only treated well as long as they are useful.

As Daniella Valentino Wol observed in her remarks on September 17, 2020 at 18:41 PM, “Honestly speaking I have met with President Kiir today but I didn’t speak with him because Ateny Wek Ateny was speaking on my behalf. If I didn’t love SPLA/SPLM I would have rebelled today……

President asking me what do I want without being given water in his office like I was going there to beg him for money and food…. Unfortunate day that I will remember for the rest of my life, I thank him for peace and unity nothing more and nothing much”

Ateny Wek was controlling her simply because he was fearing that if he allowed her, she would say some secrets to the President. At that point Daniella Valentino Wol was not useful to the system so she has to controlled.

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